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Ministry Of Sound sue the file-sharing fans
Benn "distraught" over sexual assault at Latitude
Young expresses sympathy after stage hand's fatal fall
In The Pop Courts
Sean Kingston accused of sexual assault, though police dubious of claims
In The Pop Hospital
Lily Allen too ill to fly to Benicassim
Cole loses seven pounds to malaria
Pop Politics
Gaga hits out at Westboro Church
Hank Cochran dies
Charts, Stats & Polls
U2 are rock's biggest earners
Artist Deals
Labels wooing Robbie
Alicia Keys parts from manager
In The Studio
Liam says new band will be bigger than Oasis
Release News
Label deny Aguilera panic
Gigs & Tours News
LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Live review: Gilles Peterson And Roberto Fonseca Present Havana Cultura Live at The Barbican on 6 Jul
The Digital Business
Apple respond to iPhone issues: have a free case and shut the fuck up with your whinging
Spotify man still eyeing 2010 launch in US
The Media Business
Metal Hammer to publish Ozzy special
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Miami officials not digging Enrique's nude ski plan

Well, that was quite a weekend. On Friday night I went and saw Converge at ULU, which was easily one of the best gigs I have seen this year - oh my, that band are loud. Saturday and Sunday was spent a Lovebox, which was less loud but also much fun. Today I am very tired, though mainly just from thinking about Grace Jones' costume changes. But that's all in the past, what about this week?

01: Mercury nominations. Get ready for a wave of tedious articles and discussions about how the twelve albums selected by the Mercury judging panel are wrong/irrelevant/a threat to all that is good and holy, because this year's Mercury Music Prize nominations will be announced tomorrow. Lauren Laverne will be reading out the names at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden at 11.30am. For my predictions, check out last Friday's CMU Weekly.

02: Bug. Adam Buxton's Bug returns to the BFI Southbank for its 20th edition, looking once again at the evolution of the music video and showcasing brand new work from some of the medium's hottest new directors. Afterwards some DJs will be playing records one after another and you may even get the opportunity to touch Buxton's beard (please ask first, we would like to remain on good terms with him. Actually, thinking about it, just keep your filthy hands to yourself).

03: Festivals. It's still very much all about festivals in the music world at the moment. You'd think everyone would be bored of them by now. Perhaps that's why this weekend sees some of the more exciting and interesting ones step up to the plate. Frankly, you're a bit spoiled for choice with the Secret Garden Party, WOMAD, Truck, Wickerman, Indietracks and 1234 all going on this weekend.

04: New releases. Here are some things out this very morning that you might like to dig into your pocket and buy with actual money. First up, the new single from Four Tet, which comes on a big slab of vinyl and features two remixes of 'Angel Echoes' by Caribou and Jon Hopkins. Also on the shelves this week is 'Crooks & Lovers', the debut album from the very buzzy (and good) Mount Kimbie, who I distressingly saw described at post-dubstep recently, and 'Crystal Axis', the second album from Australian synth-rockers Midnight Juggernauts.

05: Gigs. Shitting hell, there are a lot of gigs on this week, I'll have to be brief. Funeral For A Friend play two shows in London to say farewell to guitarist Darran Smith, School Of Seven Bells play Manchester and London with support from Active Child, who is also in the UK for his own headline tour, and you will also find Skinny Puppy, Émilie Simon, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Toro Y Moi and Themselves out and about in various bits of the country.

It seems that time to recover from my weekend is not going to be coming my way any time soon. Oh well, I'll survive. Probably. Find out if I make it in this Friday's CMU Weekly.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily
Former music students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where their project was given a kick start in a one-to-one songwriting session with one of the university's co-founders Paul McCartney, Stealing Sheep have found themselves a fast-growing fanbase since the release of their debut EP, 'With A Wand She Is A Poet', in January.

The follow-up, 'What If The Lights Went Out', comes courtesy of Manchester indie label Red Deer Club, and features yet more of their gentle folk songs, created using a variety of unusual (and less unusual) instruments and disarming three-part harmonies. You can listen to the EP in full on their MySpace page, and check them out live at various shows, so long as you live no further south than Warwick.


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.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 23 July
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The Ministry Of Sound's record label has broken rank with most other UK record companies and ordered its lawyers to send legal letters to 2000 people who they reckon have illegally accessed or shared their music on the good old internet.

According to The Guardian, the letters, sent by London-based lawyers Gallant Macmillan, tell suspected file-sharers they will be taken to court for a proper whipping unless they stump up £350 in an out-of-court settlement for past copyright infringement.

Unlike the American and German record industries, who turned suing file-sharers into an expensive blood sport in the last decade (alas most of the blood came from the labels' own wrists, given the sue-the-fans approach is the business equivalent of self-harm), there have been relatively few file-sharer lawsuits in the UK.

Although the BPI dabbled with suing fans between 2003 and 2006, it only actually launched 139 lawsuits, of which two went to court. Having won those two cases - and got judicial confirmation that file-sharing did constitute copyright infringement under English law - they stepped back from the sue-the-fans party, mainly because, despite what everyone will tell you, BPI bosses are actually quite clever and they realised such litigation would achieve little more than demonising their industry in the eyes of the public.

As previously reported, more recently it was revealed London law firm ACS:Law had started sending out legal letters to suspected file-sharers on behalf of various content owners, and had even made such work one of their USPs. ACS:Law were working, in the main, for smaller content owners, and it's not thought they were representing any UK record companies, though they did seemingly have music industry clients.

It's claimed that ACS:Law have not, as yet, gone properly legal with anyone they sent a threatening letter to, even though it's known many people have ignored those letters. Some claim ACS's strategy is to send out large numbers of legal letters based on only nominal evidence of file-sharing, on the hope a certain portion of those who receive a letter will settle no questions asked, just to avoid the hassle of proper litigation. And this makes the whole process profitable.

One lawyer adds that because some of ACS's clients own copyrights in pornographic content, they will get a higher return from their legal threats, because file-sharers won't want the embarrassment of fighting accusations they've pirated porn. Michael Coyle of Southampton-based law firm Lawdit told The Guardian: "A significant number of cases were connected to porn, seeking to embarrass porn users into paying up, and it developed from there".

When ACS:Law's letter campaign first came to light earlier this year the BPI specifically criticised the mass mailing approach, saying such a method was "at odds with the proportionate and graduated response advocated by BPI and proposed in the Digital Economy Bill".

Despite also mass mailing suspected file-sharers, solicitors working for the Ministry Of Sound insist they will go all the way in protecting their client's copyrights - ie those who don't agree to the £350 settlement will be taken to court. Ministry's reps seem confident they'll win if any cases do go to court, because of the precedent set in the aforementioned BPI instigated file-sharing cases.

That said, one area of the file-sharing litigation swamp that hasn't been tested under English law is whether someone can be held liable for the infringement another person undertakes via their net connection - ie is the net access bill payer liable for other's surfing activity. Ministry's legal men are relying on German rulings on that point, which they hope might prove persuasive in an English court.

But Coyle is not convinced. He says: "These firms are trying to argue that just because you pay for the internet connection you are somehow responsible for everything that is downloaded on it - whether you were responsible or not. It just doesn't stand up in law".

Even if Ministry do actually go to court and win, as much previously commented, this kind of litigation does a lot more favours to fee-charging lawyers than anyone in the record industry. Any damages earned are swallowed up by legal fees, such lawsuits do little to deter others from file-sharing, and it just makes everyone think record labels are run by cunts.

And, perhaps more importantly, it distracts label execs from identifying and developing the many as yet untapped new revenue streams that are out there for music rights owners who are willing to accept that the file-sharing battle - like the home-taping battle in the 1980s - can't be won, but that that doesn't mean artists and labels can't make lots of cash out of their IP.

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Festival Republic chief Melvin Benn has said he is "distraught" that a particularly nasty sexual assault happened on the site of this weekend's Latitude festival. A nieteen year old girl was raped near one of the festival's camp sites on Thursday night before the event had really begun. It seems after the victim asked a group of men for directions to the campsite toilets, they led her into a wooded area near the site and raped her.

Police and festival organisers are appealing for information regarding the incident. Meanwhile Benn told reporters on Friday: "Festival Republic are taking the allegation very seriously and are liaising closely with Suffolk Police in their investigation. We have significant sympathy for the victim of this most awful act and are so shocked that it should happen here".

A second rape then took place on Friday night, though it was unconnected to the first incident, and the victim seemingly knew her alleged attacker, who was arrested the next day.

Commenting on the impact the two incidents had had on the wider festival, Benn told reporters on Sunday: "People are obviously entitled to be nervous. But these things, as awful as they are, are outside anyone's control. Whether it's at a festival or in a village or high street, there are people around who - either determinedly or opportunistically - will do such a thing".

As previously reported, there was also a sexual assault at this month's T In The Park, though overall crime does seem to be down at most mainstream music festivals this year.

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Will Young said he was "shocked and saddened" last week after a member of the stage crew at his concert at Rochester Castle fell to his death shortly before the show was due to begin. The unnamed man in his forties was working backstage when he fell from some staging and suffered fatal head injuries. He was rushed to Medway Maritime Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident caused the concert to be delayed, but it did go ahead after the police and Health & Safety Executive gave the event the all clear. Although a PA announcement before the show asked for any audience members who may have witnessed the fall to come forward, Young says he himself was not made aware of the seriousness of the incident until after the concert.

He said on Friday: "I am shocked and so saddened by last night's tragic accident before the Rochester show. I was unaware of the seriousness of the incident until after I left the stage. My deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family".

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Reggae fusion rap type Sean Kingston was accused of sexual assault by two women last week, though according to TMZ police aren't taking the accusations seriously.

The two unidentified women, aged nineteen and 20, joined Kingston and his entourage in a Seattle hotel the weekend before last and, according to reports, had sex with both the rapper and other men in his posse. After the party, both women seemingly told local police they had been forced into performing the sex acts. Emergency services were called to the hotel and both women were taken to a local hospital so doctors could undertake 'rape tests'.

The results of those tests are not yet known, though - for reasons not yet made clear - police seem to be very dubious of the two women's allegations. Officers initially seemed to want to speak to Kingston about the incident, but according to TMZ the police have now said they do not need to question the rap man.

The Kingston camp are yet to comment.

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Lily Allen isn't well, it seems. After apparently pulling out of two TV and radio appearances earlier this month, she had to cancel her performance at this weekend's Benicassim festival after doctors told her she was too ill to fly to Spain.

A statement on the festival's website this weekend: "Lily Allen regrets that she has been forced to pull out of her appearance tomorrow at the Benicassim festival due to illness. Having been advised by her doctor that she would be unfit to travel in the next seven days Lily had no option but to cancel. She sends her deepest apologies to fans".

Allen herself posted via Twitter: "My deepest apologies. I really am truly sorry, I was so excited but the doc wouldn't allow it. I hate letting down my fans. I've done this four times over the past two years, sadly Spain has had a raw deal or a lucky escape depending on which way you're looking at it. Sorry Benicassim".

Isn't Allen meant to have retired from music anyway? Was her Benicassim set going to consist of her talking through her latest fashion designs, and maybe stitching together a vest? Anyway, get well soon Lily.

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Cheryl Cole has lost seven pounds after suffering from that bout of malaria, or so says the News Of The World, which reported yesterday that the Girl Aloud's weight had dropped to a "worrying 98 pounds" as a result of the disease.

They quote a source: "Cheryl is far too thin. She was seven and a half stone to eight stone before but she doesn't have any meat on her now. Her hip bones literally stick out. She won't be dancing for some time. Her routines were exhausting. Cheryl understands that she now has to follow medical advice. Her ridiculously busy work routine is off so there's time for her to focus on getting healthy and putting the weight back on".

As previously reported, Cole will not take part in the boot camp component of the next series of 'The X-Factor' while she recovers from her illness. She hopes to be well enough to return for the live shows in the autumn.

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A Lady Gaga concert in Missouri was picketed by idiots from the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend. The 'church' opposes Gaga's raunchy shows and, more importantly, her public support for those horrible gays.

Having heard that the protest would happen, Gaga blogged ahead of her show on Saturday night: "At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organisation, I would like to make my fans aware of a protest being held outside the [concert] in St Louis tonight. My request to [fans] and public authorities is to pay these hate criminals no mind. Do not interact with them, or try to fight. Do not respond to any of their provocation. Don't waste your words, or feelings, no matter what you hear or see you are more fortunate and blessed than they are, and in your heart just pray for them".

She added: "This group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lewd and violent language and imagery that I wish I could protect you all from. Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity. Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular to me is violent and dangerous. I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists".

Although the protest went ahead, it did so without any real trouble. After the concert Gaga tweeted: "Tonight love and hate met in St Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed and together, we sang".

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Songwriter Hank Cochran, perhaps best known for writing the Patsy Cline hit 'I Fall To Pieces', has died from pancreatic cancer aged 74.

After a traumatic childhood, Cochran scored an early hit, co-writing 'I Fall To Pieces' aged 24 just months after moving to Nashville in 1960. Two more of his songs resulted in hits for Cline - 'She's Got You' in 1961 and 'Why Can't He Be You' in 1962 - making him a much sought after songwriter in the country music community.

He penned many more songs for numerous other artists over his long songwriting career, while also enjoying some success as a recording artist in sixties and seventies. While working for Nashville music publishers Pamper Music he persuaded the company to sign a then young Willie Nelson, and more recently worked on projects with the likes of Natalie Cole and Lea Anne Creswell.

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame way back in 1974, he once said in an interview for the Hall Of Fame's website: "I have a theory that somebody beside me must write my songs because half of the time I don't have the slightest idea where they come from. I even wake up out of a dead sleep and write a song completely".

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U2 were the biggest rock earners of the last twelve months, according to Forbes.com, who track these things for fun. According to the US website, Bono et al raked in $130 million in the last year, despite the band having to put their touring activity on hold in recent months after Pauly did his back in.

Other music types to appear in the Forbes list of big earners were AC/DC, Beyonce, Springsteen, Britney, Jay-Z, Gaga, Madonna, Kenny Chesney, Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay; and if you ever wondered what that list would look like presented as a chart, well, wonder no more, because here it is:

1. U2: $130m (£84.9m)
2. AC/DC: $114m (£74.5m)
3. Beyonce Knowles: $87m (£56.8m)
4. Bruce Springsteen: $70m (£45.7m)
5. Britney Spears: $64m(£41.8m)
6. Jay-Z: $63m (£41.1m)
7. Lady Gaga: $62m (£40.5m)
8. Madonna: $58m (£37.9m)
9. Kenny Chesney: $50m (£32.6m)
10. Black Eyed Peas/Coldplay: $48m (£31.3m)

Commenting on the Forbes poll, Paul 'Bono' Hewson told reporters: "We'd like to thank our fans for putting over a hundred and thirty million dollars into the U2 pot this year, this means Adam can eat as many Snickers bars as he likes, Larry can buy a new basket for his cat, The Edge can commission a brand new hat and I'll be able buy $129,999,917 worth of Deep Heat. Now if you could all just hand over another $130 million to make poverty history, we won't have to". Well, that's the sort of thing he might have said.

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Despite presumably being committed to the Take That reunion for at least the first half of 2011, a bidding war is reportedly underway to sign up Robbie Williams, whose current solo record deal with EMI ends with the upcoming hits collection, due out in October. Word has it Universal and Sony have both begun talks with Robbie's management about doing a deal for his future solo output, and presumably EMI would rather like to keep him.

His last deal with EMI in 2002 was reportedly worth £80 million, but also delivered EMI a cut of some of Robbie's non-recordings based income. If the singer's management are willing to consider some sort of 360 degree contract this time round, some insiders say they could top the 2002 financial commitment EMI made, especially if the excitement around his return to Take That can be used to reinvigorate interest in his solo output.

A deal with Universal would bring Williams into the same record label fold as Take That, which would obviously have benefits if the Robster is planning on collaborating with his former band mates on a long term basis. Word has it stadiums are currently being booked for a Take That tour including Robbie for early 2011.

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Alicia Keys has parted company with her manager. The singer has been managed by Jeff Robinson for over a decade, but said in a statement on Friday that their parting was "mutually agreed upon and amicable".

She will now essentially self-manage her career via her company AK Worldwide, which is probably a terrible idea, but what do I know?

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Liam Gallagher reckons his new band, the terribly named Beady Eye, will be bigger than Oasis. But then he would, wouldn't he?

As previously reported, Beady Eye is basically Oasis minus Noel Gallagher who, of course, quit the band last summer. Liam G told the Sunday Times this week that the new band's debut album was 75% done and that his music had "never sounded better". He hopes to have a single out this year and an album in 2011.

On that album, Gallagher said: "It'll be bigger [than Oasis]. I've got no doubt about the music, no doubt about me. It's proper rock n roll. Oasis was a pop band compared to what we're doing".

Asked about his brother, Liam predicted that Noel would "come crawling back very fucking soon" once he heard his new band's music. I wouldn't be holding my breath for that.

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A spokesman for Sony's RCA US division has denied there is panic in the ranks over the latest Christina Aguilera album which, although outselling all rival releases during its first week of release, has not come anywhere close to label expectations, sources say.

A report in the New York Post last week claimed label insiders blamed artistic and promotional decisions made by Aguilera herself for the disappointed sales figures. The paper quoted a source who said: "The label has done its part, but she's headstrong. There have been candid conversations between her and the label about connectivity, but it doesn't seem that she's been open to that dialogue. She wants to compete with her peers, but there is a disconnect because, over the years, she's been a mother and a wife, not a rocker".

But an official RCA spokesperson denied there were any concerns this weekend. Well, sort of. He said: "Aguilera is a pillar of the RCA Music Group and is an undeniable talent with one of the greatest voices of our time. She continues to push herself as an artist, and we are behind her efforts 100%".

Meanwhile, her manager, Live Nation's Irving Azoff, told reporters: "I am the one who deals with the label, and this [the rumours of panic at RCA] couldn't be further from the truth".

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LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip have announced a co-headline tour for the autumn, which is very exciting indeed. Well, it would have been in 2007. But it's still rather exciting, surely? Anywhere, here are the dates...

10 Nov: London, Alexandra Palace
12 Nov: Cardiff, Arena
13 Nov: Sheffield, Magna Arena
15 Nov: Manchester, Apollo

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V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, Weston Park, Staffordshire, 21-22 Aug: The Coral, Jason Derulo and Joshua Radin head up the latest acts confirmed to play at next month's V Festival. Also added to the line-up are Professor Green, Daisy Dares You, The Pretty Reckless, Diagram Of The Heart and The Boy Who Trapped The Sun. www.vfestival.com

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LIVE REVIEW: Gilles Peterson And Roberto Fonseca Present Havana Cultura LIVE at The Barbican on 6 Jul
We've written quite a lot about Gilles Peterson's 'Havana Cultura' project since it was originally unleashed last October. This was his effort to bring his "new Cuban sound" to the stage, with the help of Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

To kick things off at this live extension of it, we were treated to a short film explaining the original 'Havana Cultura' project, which involved Peterson going to Cuba to track down the country's newest talent and most current 'sound'. The Havana Cultura band features some of that talent and as the film finished, they arrived on stage to a considerable fanfare. Gilles then gave a little sermon about the project and we were off. Opening track 'Revolucion del Cuerpo' got things going with some real promise, with lots of energy and a great pace, aided by Havana-based duo Ogguere on vocals.

As the band worked their way though the subsequent tracks all manner of instruments were employed. The AfroCuban hybrid that is 'Roforofo Fight' came with some saxophone, while Joel Hierrezuelo, Ramses Rodriguez and Vince Vella provided some very fine percussion and drums.

Then Omar Gonzalez started strumming a very peculiar electronic double bass while the aforementioned Fonseca played the keys with convincing passion, his speedily delivered high notes tinkling. For 'Lento y Despacio' flute player Javier Zalba was added into the mix, though he sounded, perhaps, a little too rough and ready. Still, Fonseca's playing became more frantic, pleasing his audience immensely.

Vocalist Danay Espinita sauntered on for 'Lagrima de Soledad', with her fresh face and natural vocals, and brought a certain honesty to the proceedings. Apologising for her actually pretty reasonable English, she declared "love is the most important word in life" before introducing her new track 'Ser O No Ser', a song which resulted in more Fonseca getting carried away on the keys.

But what about Gilles? Well, come 'Think Twice' he returned to add some beats and pieces via a nifty console under more vocals from Espinita. She turned from singing to rapping her lyrics, in a way, while traditional Cuban trumpeter Jay Phelps stood forward for a solo. Now genres were being well and truly amalgamated on stage.

Ogguere returned for what is probably the most catchy and memorable track from the album, 'Arroz con Pollo', and soon had the audience singing along to the chorus, in fact this was the liveliest I'd ever seen a Barbican audience. Not a soul remained seated once this pair were up and running, making for the highlight of the night.

For the encore, the modern jazz fusion of 'Mi Gente', with its Latin lyrics and a nod to Africa, and then 'Rezando', which got the remix treatment in a Michel Cleis style, as per the 'Havana Cultura' remix album - though it lost some of its clunkiness 'live'. And finally some African tribal rhythms for the slightly more abstract final track, 'En lo profundo'. And then to the foyer for a Peterson DJ set with yet more Fonseca on keyboard and some freestyle rapping from 'Ogguere'.

An excellent finish to a rather special night - I am sure we will be hearing much more from these talents for years to come. PV

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Apple boss Steve Jobs, the most important person in the British media according to the new Media 100 published by The Guardian today, took to the stage on Friday to apologise for antenna problems suffered by some users of the IT firm's latest iPhone.

The impromptu press conference was a typically Apple way of dealing with a load of bad press regarding the fact holding the company's latest smartphone in a certain way has a negative impact on phone signal. Jobs was wheeled out to halt calls by some for a complete recall of the iPhone 4, and to counter what some PR experts saw as the start of a backlash towards the now (overly, some might say) dominate Apple brand.

Glossing over his previous claim that those complaining about the so called "death grip" were just holding their phone wrong, and his company's subsequent insistence the apparent fall in phone signal was a software issue addressed by an operating system upgrade, Jobs basically admitted that the way his new phones are made means that, when held in a certain way, phone signal strength can be affected.

However, via a video showed at the start of the press call, Jobs insisted this was a fault common to most smart phones, which is why his company hadn't considered it a big enough deal to stop the release of the device to market. He added that his company had had a tiny amount of complaints about this fault, and that the whole thing had been blown out of all proportion by the media.

It seems that, for technical reasons, putting the iPhone into a case stops the "death grip" problem, and to that end everyone who has bought one of the devices will now be given a free case (and anyone who has already bought one on their own back will be reimbursed). Anyone not happy with Jobs' apology, or satisfied by the "but all phones do this" video, or placated by the free case, can get a full refund for their phone. So that's alright then.

Whether his speech will placate the iPhone owners and consumer rights groups who have kicked up a fuss about the "death grip" isn't clear, but Jobs once again impressed PR experts and, perhaps more importantly, the Financial Times says that city types - who had remained confident regarding Apple despite the mounting crisis - seem to have been fully reassured. Certainly the company's share price hasn't been too badly hit.

This despite the bosses of Apple's rivals taking to the media circuit on the weekend to deny their products share the weaknesses of the iPhone 4. The bosses of Blackberry owners RIM told reporters: "Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation". Nokia meanwhile said in a statement "we prioritise antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict".

But as is so often the case - and this must be really irritating for Apple's competitors - no one really noticed the rebuttal's of Jobs' claims of industry wide antenna issues. Of course, choosing to do their big press call on a Friday helped to reduce the impact of competitor responses, though the fact media types remain in awe of Jobs was another factor. It must be the jumpers.

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Spotify top man Daniel Ek has told the Daily Telegraph his company is still on track for launching its streaming music service in the US this year, adding that he is in constant talks with key people in the American market about the launch.

As previously reported, it's thought that US labels are not keen on signing up to the free version of Spotify, concerned it will kill existing subscription-based streaming and download services in the States. An increasing number of people reckon Spotify will eventually launch Stateside without a free version, but either way, wrangling over licences is seemingly delaying the firm's arrival in North America.

Speaking to the broadsheet, Ek added that his music service is growing "healthily", and that continued growth is important for his company to ultimately succeed. Success, he seemed to be saying, also required a US launch. He told the paper: "Is it [Spotify] a perfect system? No. Does it work? No, not yet. It works when you reach enough of a scale. Hence, one of the most important things Spotify can do is to grow. It's not really about how many paying users have we got versus free users, it's about how big we can grow the entire system".

In sort of related news (well, in other digital music news that doesn't deserve its own story), HMV is expected to take its new look download service out of beta by the end of this month, while MySpace is reportedly implementing new page templates which artists will be able to use for their profiles on the sort-of social networking site, which will reportedly make said profiles look much slicker. Good times.

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Metal Hammer will publish a special edition on 16 Aug celebrating all things Ozzy Osbourne ahead of the return of Ozzfest to the UK. It will retail at £7.99, almost double the magazine's usual cover price, and will come with some free downloads.

The one-off mag is the result of a deal between Metal Hammer publishers Future, Sharon Osbourne Management, Sony Music and Ozzfest UK promoters Kilimanjaro.

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The club may be alive, but its occupants do seem to be flagging a little this week as JLS' latest single (it's called 'The Club Is Alive', if you were wondering what I was banging on about there) has slipped from number one right down to number seven this week. Taking its place is 'Airplanes' by BOB, featuring the vocals of Hayley Williams from Paramore, which is up from last week's number three.

The highest new entry on the singles chart this week is Professor Green with Lily Allen (who's still pretty busy for someone who's taking a break from music) with 'Just Good To Be Green' at five, followed immediately by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl with 'Bang Bang Bang' at six. If you want more new entries (which you do, because that's what I'm writing about), you have to go all the way down to 26. Who will you find there? You will find MIA, with 'XXXO'. Other than that, the only new face in the top 40 this week is Jason Derulo with 'What If', which makes its way up from last week's 153.

Now, I know, let's take a little break from convention and take a look outside the top 40 for once, because I know you're all wondering where Katie Price's new single, 'Free To Love Again', ended up. The person most fervently predicting a flop was Price herself but, all things considered, 60 probably isn't that bad a position, given what a pasting it has (deservedly) received throughout its weak promotional campaign.

Albums now, and it's all very exciting up at the top of the chart. Having been knocked off the top by Kylie Minogue last week, Eminem has retaken the number one position, pushing Kylie down to number two. This battle at the top also faced a challenge from Eliza Doolittle's eponymous debut, which is new at number three. And flailing its arms around further down the top ten is Bombay Bicycle Club's second offering, 'Flaws', which goes in at eight. Still, they were supported by Stephen Fry at The Roundhouse last night, so kind of win anyway.

There are another five new entries in the album chart this week, with The Coral at sixteen with 'Butterfly House', Tired Pony at seventeen with 'The Place We Ran From', MIA at 21 with '/\/\/\Y/\' (or 'Maya', if you like), Korn with 'Korn 3 - Remember Who You Are' (an album which bizarrely pretends their last seven albums don't exist) at 23, and Dangermouse & Sparklehorse's 'Dark Night Of The Soul at 32.

The charts are compiled by The Official Charts Company with no input from Stephen Fry whatsoever

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Enrique Iglesias's plans to water-ski naked in Miami may be hindered by the local authorities, who seem to be insisting that a "speedos must be worn at all times" policy must be obeyed.

Earlier this year the Spanish born singer pledged to go water-skiing nude if Spain won the World Cup which, of course, they went and did. When asked if he'd make good on his pledge, the singer told reporters: "A bet is a bet!"

But, according to TMZ, officials in Iglesias's home city of Miami have said that going naked on their beaches would break local laws. A spokesman told the gossip site: "We enforce all laws here, regardless of what your status is in the Miami community".

Still, I read somewhere there are other cities with a coast line, so perhaps all is not lost for 'The Hero' singer making good on his bet.

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