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Love Parade brought to an end after nineteen die
In The Pop Courts
RapidShare win again in copyright claim
In The Pop Hospital
La Roux dates cancelled due to Jackson's ill-health
Reunions & Splits
Next Stones tour won't be the last
Artist Deals
Nuns sign to Decca
Gigs & Tours News
Les Savy Fav announce UK tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Festival review: Latitude 2010
The Music Business
UK Music confirm line-up of Leadership Network
IMS publish dance sector report
Dougherty to lead press at Atlantic UK
The Digital Business
All new look HMV Digital launches
YouTube revamp music page
The Media Business
Richard Desmond gets Five
Interest in GMG's radio stations, though they're not for sale
Haymarket to make X-Factor magazine
Mary Anne leaves Radio 1
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Heartbroken Leona cancels your, returns to studio
Kings Of Leon walk from (pigeon) shit gig

How did you all enjoy 'Sherlock' then? If Twitter is anything to go by, everyone in the entire country watched it and concluded that it was a work of genius, the like of which British television has never seen before. I watched 'Die Hard' instead, because when faced with the decision of some crappy drama written by that guy who did 'Dr Who' or the greatest action movie of all time, I know where my loyalties lie. Of course, you might have been doing something more worthwhile with your Sunday evening than watching TV, but I ate a massive roast in the afternoon and movement wasn't much of an option. Anyway, here's what's going on (or possibly going on) this week. Some movement may be necessary.

01: Faxon's grand plan? So, this could be the week that EMI announces its latest business plan, written by the third man to sit in the big boss' chair at the major label in the last six months, Roger Faxon. He was appointed Group CEO last month after the sudden departure of Charles Allen, and now oversees both the recording and publishing divisions of the company. According to a New York Post article two weeks ago, Faxon's grand plan is expected to be revealed this week, which would be exciting. Many see Faxon as EMI's last hope for survival as a stand alone company, but many of the many concede that if anyone can rescue the struggling major, Faxon is that man.

02: Kerrang! Awards. Known as one of the most raucous awards ceremonies in the music industry calendar (but aren't they all?), the Kerrang! Awards will take place this Thursday at a top secret location (we reckon Nando's in Camden). Scoring big in the nominations this year are the likes of Paramore, Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars, Lostprophets and Bullet For My Valentine. Though we're mainly excited to see hardcore types Throats up for Best British Newcomer. The event will be hosted by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.

03: Festivals. It's a big weekend for festivals this week, with numerous demographics specifically catered for. One of dance music's biggest events, Global Gathering, will be taking place, while Camp Bestival will be offering more family-orientated fun, Sonisphere will have all metal angles covered, and fans of both contemporary music and "traditional rural entertainment" will be delighted by Kendal Calling. Meanwhile, London's Victoria Park will be overrun all weekend, with Tiesto's annual big bash on Friday, Field Day on Saturday and Underage Festival on Sunday.

04: New releases. After all that hoo haa earlier this month, the new release everyone will have their eye on this week is Tom Jones' 'Praise & Blame' album. Is it too folky for the singer's main fanbase? Will it attract 'proper' music fans? We're about to find out. Also out this week are Avenged Sevenfold's 'Nightmare', Digitonal's 'Be Still My Bleeping Heart', Miniature Tigers' 'Fortress' and the final album from Slum Village, 'Villa Manifesto' (though those last two are available only as US imports right now). Also, you really should go and buy Josephine's 'I Think It Was Love' EP, it won't cost you much and it will improve your life immeasurably.

05: Gigs. Tomorrow night Klaxons will take to The Village Underground in London to play an intimate show ahead of the release of their second album, 'Surfing The Void', next month. Also in London, Alan Moore's intriguing 'Unearthing' album will be performed with Crook&Fail, aka Fog's Andrew Broder and Adam 'Doseone' Drucker, at The Old Vic Tunnels on Thursday and Friday. And in London again (sorry non-Londoners, nothing is happening where you live this week... nothing at all) Converge will be blasting down the walls of The Underworld on Thursday ahead of their Sonisphere appearance this weekend.

If you're heading down to any festivals this weekend, have fun. Not that I'm saying you can't have fun if you're doing anything else. Maybe I should have just told you all to have fun *whatever* you're doing. Although having fun might not be appropriate in all situations. It's probably safer if none of us have any fun, that way we all know where we stand. That way no one is going to be offended. Unless someone's organised something that they expect you to enjoy. Oh, this is getting us nowhere. Right everyone, you should all have an acceptable level of fun based on the situations in which you find yourselves.

See you on Friday for the CMU Weekly,

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily
Alex Metric has seen his reputation as one of the UK's finest new producers rise exponentially in the last year. Impressive work on a string of unofficial remixes saw bands like U2, Bloc Party and Phoenix falling over themselves to get him to do proper reworks of their tracks. He's shown that he's just as adept at creating his own music, too. Earlier this year he released his latest single, 'It Starts', featuring guitar from Bloc Party's Russell Lissack, and showcasing the upbeat pop direction of his forthcoming debut album.

But he's not lost that love of whipping up a great bootleg. The latest came as a gift to fans when he reached 5000 followers on Twitter recently, a remix of Beastie Boys classic, 'Sabotage'. Sacrilege if attempted by many, but in safe hands with Metric, he keeps the essence of the original while spinning it into a wholly modern-sounding production. Video wizards Comix VJs have now taken the track and created a video using the Beastie's original visuals, creating the perfect accompaniment.


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The founder of Love Parade has announced he is bringing the German techno festival to an end after nineteen people were killed when overcrowding led to a stampede at this weekend's event. An investigation is already underway to find out what caused the crowd surge, though most people believe the decision to have just one public access point to the festival site, which required passing through a tunnel, was to blame.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Love Parade founder Rainer Schaller told reporters: "The Love Parade has always been a joyful and peaceful party, but in future would always be overshadowed by yesterday's events. Out of respect for the victims, their families and friends, we are going to discontinue the event in the future, and that means the end of the Love Parade".

Although originally Berlin-based, the parade and its spin-off festival - both free events - have toured different German cities since 2007 after organisers ran into problems with licensing officials in the capital. This year's event took place in Duisberg, a city on the west side of Germany. Because it's free, it is hard to know accurate attendance figures for the Parade, though it is thought it often tops a million and, this year, may have reached 1.4 million people.

The fatal crowd surge occurred on Saturday as thousands of festival-goers made their way onto the old railway works site where the event was staged. Entering the site involved moving along a relatively narrow road way cut into the ground and then passing through a tunnel.

This area quickly became dangerously overcrowded, though there are claims things came to ahead because police on the festival side of the tunnel ruled that the whole site was too full and started turning people away, meaning that people were pushing in both directions through the runnel and ramp.

Either way, we know that as the tunnel and ramps in and out of it became over-crowded some festival-goers climbed up the steep walls of the ramps to free themselves from the over-crowding. Some claim that one of these people possibly fell back onto the crowd causing the panic that led to the surge and fatalities, most of which seemed to occur outside the actual tunnel. Though the specifics of what actually happened remain unclear.

The festival continued despite the deaths because both organisers and police representatives felt to suddenly stop the event might result in additional unrest.

Some festival-goers said they tried to warn police and officials that the number of people around the tunnel entrance was getting out of control shortly before the surge, and there are reports that some police officers tried, unsuccessfully, to close the tunnel about half an hour before the fatalities.

Meanwhile, the boss of a German police union told the Bild newspaper that his organisation had told the Duisburg authorities as early as last year that the site they were using for the event simply wasn't big enough. But the Mayor of Duisburg, Adolf Sauerland, said at the press conference on Sunday that dishing out blame at this stage, ahead of a proper investigation, was "out of order". A criminal investigation has now been launched into the incident.

Originally established in 1989 as the Cold War reached its conclusion and the Berlin Wall looked likely to be opened up for the first time since being built, Love Parade - although always a major dance music event - initially had political objectives too.

While the "peace, man" ethos never went away, the Parade became more of a commercial operation over the years, resulting in the Berlin government - who had picked up the tab for policing the event because it was classified as a political protest - going to court to have it formally labelled as a commercial festival, thus removing some of their financial obligations to it.

While audience sizes did decrease at the start of the last decade, it remained one of the world's biggest dance music events, and was one of the few times DJs could play to an audience in the region of a million people.

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So, there was another development last week in the content industries' long-term legal battle against online file distribution service RapidShare.

Where to start on this one? Various content owners - including German songs collecting society GEMA - have accused the digital firm of contributory copyright infringement (or something similar) because their users might use the file distribution service to illegally distribute song or movie files.

At one point, as a result of legal action by GEMA, RapidShare started developing a filter system that would, in theory, try to stop its users from uploading unlicensed content to its servers.

But back in April a German court ruled that RapidShare was not liable for contributory infringement even without a filter system being introduced. Moreover, the court actually criticised the proposed content filtering, because, it said, it might stop users from distributing files legitimately. Either because a filtering system based on file name recognition might incorrectly block legit files (ie other files with the same name; there was a worry some of the copyrighted works that would be listed in such a filtering system would have generic words as titles) or because users might be using RapidShare to distribute a private copy of a copyrighted file to another device, something covered by fair user provisions under German copyright law.

Despite that ruling (and despite being involved in that actual case), movie distributor Capelight Pictures went back to court to accuse RapidShare of copyright infringement once more. I think the distinction between the earlier case and this one was that the names of the movies Capelight accused RapidShare of illegally distributing were longer and therefore, the movie people argued, could be filtered out without any risk of other files being blocked, because it was unlikely other files would have the same name.

But the Dusseldorf court stood by its spring ruling on this matter, not least because Capelight's new case didn't deal with the issue of some use of RapidShare to distribute the film firm's content being covered by fair dealing type rules. All in all, the message seems to be, if you're a content owner, don't bother suing RapidShare.

Their legal man Daniel Raimer told reporters: "The ruling is a further step in the right direction. The previously common practice of copyright holders to sue RapidShare on the off-chance there might be something to be gained from it, misunderstanding the realities it is operating within and showing contempt for its business model, will no longer bear fruit. The newest court rulings in Germany and the USA indicate this very clearly".

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La Roux have cancelled a number of US tour dates because Girl-Roux Elly Jackson is ill.

A statement on the duo's Facebook page confirms Jackson has pharyngitis and says: "Her doctor has advised her to rest for three weeks so unfortunately she'll be unable to continue with her American tour. We are endeavouring to reschedule as many of the cancelled shows for November as possible. An announcement will be made shortly".

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It's a full moon tonight, so surely time for another "Rolling Stones to split" rumour? And look, here it is. Various newspapers reported this weekend that plans were afoot for the Stones to stage a grand finale tour next year before calling it a day.

A source told The Sun: "They're likely to perform in stadiums. It's almost certainly the last full-scale world tour. The band realise that age is creeping up on them. They want to bow out on top of their game, and not short-change fans".

Of course, some might say that if the Stones wanted to "bow out on the top of their game" they should have called it quits a long time ago, though I suppose commercially they are still as big as ever, even if the creative spark has long since been extinguished.

Anyway, like most Stones to split (or Charlie Watts to quit) rumours, there was a quick denial of this story. Ronnie Wood told reporters this weekend he and his bandmates had no intent of calling it a day, saying: "We have all agreed this won't be the last time. Everyone's rocking".

Though Wood did add the band planned to "rock till we drop". So perhaps The Sun's source is right, but knows something the rest of us don't.

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I love press reports to the effect that a bunch of French Benedictine nuns have "signed to Lady Gaga's record label", as if acts in contract to Universal's classical division Decca in Europe hang out with artists from the American pop labels elsewhere in the mega-major's empire. No mention that the nuns are also now label mates with the Pope.

Anyway, the French nuns are the latest religious signing to Universal, and have been signed up after a long search for the best God fearing types to sing some Gregorian chants. Anyone worried that, by doing a deal with Lucian's lot, the nuns will be collaborating with the devil, need not worry. St Joseph has given the project the all clear. And we don't mean Universal UK chief David Joseph. No, the real deal.

In a statement, Rev Mother Placide Devillers from the abbey near Avignon where the signed up nuns reside said: "We never sought this, it came looking for us. At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St Joseph in prayer. Our prayers were answered and we thought that this album would be a good thing if it touches people's lives and helps them find peace".

According to The Guardian, because the nuns must shun all contact with the outside world, the recording contract had to be handed through a wooden grille for an Abbey representative to sign it. And record producers will never be in the same room as the nuns while the album is recorded. Decca MD Dickon Stainer is quoted thus: "Although the nuns do not leave the convent, the whole world will now hear the true beauty of their singing".

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Following the announcement of a one-off album launch show at London's Cargo on 10 Sep, which sold out pretty much instantly, Les Savy Fav have announced a small UK tour for November. The band's new album, 'Root For Ruin', will be released by Wichita on 13 Sep.

Tour dates:

13 Nov: Glasgow, ABC2
14 Nov: Constellations Festival
15 Nov: Brighton, Komedia
22 Nov: London, Electric Ballroom

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BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL, Beauly, Inverness-shire, 6-7 Aug: Eliza Doolittle heads up the latest acts announced to play at this summer's Belladrum, with Hip Parade, Iain McLaughlin And The Outsiders, The Aquascene, James Mackenzie and many more also added to the line-up. www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

SONISPHERE, Knebworth, 30 Jul - 1 Aug: Enforcer, The Defield, Karma To Burn, Cerebral Ballzy and Winnebago Deal are amongst the latest acts confirmed to play at this weekend's Sonisphere, joining the previously announced Iron Maiden, Rammstein and Motley Crue. www.sonispherefestivals.com

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Latitude 2010
The sun shone in Suffolk as the fifth edition of Latitude took place. Events previously reported here overshadowed things to some extent, the acts performing as a reported rape on the Thursday night and another on Friday made everyone a little uncomfortable, although there was no onsite announcement about either incident.

In fact, it seemed that the only time it was mentioned on stage was when Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass suggested that the perpetrator should be castrated. She then repeatedly jumped into the crowd, later accusing someone of grabbing her breast and hitting said person in the head. The security team continued to drag fans out of an increasingly rowdy moshpit until the band left the stage early as their shouty set was cut mercifully short amid scenes that you wouldn't normally associate with such a laid back and middle class festival. This was more Reading-style surely, or perhaps Ultimate Fighting Championships?

I don't want to give the impression that the weekend was shrouded in a veil of violence and tension because, certainly from where we were camped, it was not. The atmosphere was chilled and lovely for the most part, although I've heard stories about rampaging teenagers in other campsites and the crowd was significantly younger than I anticipated.

Turning up on Friday afternoon in time to catch The Unthanks' brand of Geordie folk was a nice introduction to all things Latitude, although what I have been reliably informed was a "tap-dancing percussion segment" was lost on me as a half-hearted Riverdance. Later on that evening Laura Marling looked assured and confident as she played a lovely main stage set and the Obelisk arena (with grandstand seating!) was a beautiful setting in general.

Eddy TM has done a good review of the Empire Of The Sun set in his Eddy Says column (http://eddysays.theCMUwebsite.com/post/Latitude-longitude-and-the-thin-blue-line.aspx) so I won't rehash that, but after all the spectacle on the main stage the substance came from Richard Hawley in the Word Tent, who battled through bronchitis to deliver his tales of love, loss and Sheffield. And if this was good then The National were even better. Away from the teeny-boppers crowding the main stage for Florence they played a mature, intense and powerful set.

Up in the lovely woods Losers on the Sunrise stage after hours blew the night away, while there was some weird and wonderful UFO stuff happening in the Film & Music tent and a cheesy disco in the comedy tent which was manageable compared to the rammed Guilty Pleasures on Saturday. Having said all that, one of the highlights was finding the lounge room complete with sofas and piano, providing a level of comfort not often found at a festival.

Saturday saw School Of Seven Bells in the Word tent playing their Cocteau-esque brand of pop before James comfortably won the main stage, despite Tim Booth looking like a cross between Ben Kingsley and Ming The Merciless. The Maccabees followed on with some angular and jaunty pop before The Horrors showed a tent how a wall of sound, er, sounds.

All pretty good, but in the main simply leading up to the main event of Belle & Sebastian who triumphantly headlined with a performance so full of love and joy that grins were everywhere. From the beautiful 'Fox In The Snow' to the impromptu cover of 'Jumpin' Jack
Flash' it was all great and even the old festival trick of getting a load of kids on stage for
the favourite song ('The Boy With the Arab Strap') was done with charm and wit; "Don't
touch me!" and "OK, you can get off now".

On the gorgeous lake there was a platform where fashion shows took place during the day and Daniel Kitson told stories at night and what a beautiful way to nod off at the end of a tiring festival yomp.

Duly inspired by the non-musical side of things, Sunday we saw Adam Buxton do his BUG thing and have a whole crowd of people get ecstatic about a double rainbow, Rufus Hound do a stand up set primarily about blowjobs and Richard Herring tell stories that he wrote as a six year old (while being signed for the deaf).

Back with the music Jamie Liddell was great with his blend of soulful pop, Mumford & Sons had a massive crowd loving the folky-banjo and Yeasayer were a psychedelic, poptastic presence while The Coral were a little uninspired, Jonsi was good without being entirely engaging and I have now been in the presence of a Grizzly Bear live set twice and managed to almost entirely ignore it both times.

Latitude is a lovely festival in a great setting with lots of super touches. From what those that have been since its inception say, maybe it is getting a little larger and busier, but it's still one of the better weekend bashes out there I'd say. IM

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Cross-sector music business trade body UK Music has announced the ten people who will make up it's previously reported Leadership Development Network. This is the Arts and Skills Council funded initiative that aims to "provide strategy and support to the music community". And the ten members of the network are:

Matt Booth, co-founder and Chair, Bristol Music Foundation
Jackie Davidson, MD, Jackie Davidson Management
Jane Dyball, SVP International Legal & Business Affairs, Warner/Chappell
Keith Jopling, Director, Jopling Associates
Jessica Koravos, Managing Director, AEG Live
Jim Mawdsley, CEO of Generator
Pamela McCormick, Chief Executive, Urban Development
Vanessa Reed, Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation
Mike Smith, Managing Director, Columbia Records
Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive Officer, UK Music

And look, here's Feargal saying things: "The UK Music Leadership Development Network is part of an ongoing process to provide professional career development throughout this industry. We are hugely indebted to the Cultural Leadership Programme for their support. This is a progressive step to ensuring the UK music industry has the ability to sustain and attract a workforce capable of meeting the challenges and demands that lie ahead".

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Organisers of the International Music Summit, the music business conference staged in Ibiza and aimed at the dance music industry, have published an 'annual business report' on the electronic music market. Initially shared with delegates at the IMS back in May, according to the blurb it "contains up-to-date statistics, analysis and insight on the key elements of the global electronic music industry, providing individuals and organisations from all areas of electronic music with a global end-to-end view of the industry".

Ben Turner, co-founder of IMS, told CMU: "The IMS mission statement from year one was 'Back To Business' and its amazing to see what has happened to our industry in the last twelve months. It is clear with all the conversations people in the electronic world are having with brands, media companies, mainstream labels and investors, that there is a hunger to be associated with this genre".

He continued: "Yet when it comes to facts and figures, our industry tends to undersell itself. This report is the start of an investment from the IMS side in providing some real data and whilst it falls short of being in anyway comprehensive, it is a starting point, the first step in finally explaining to the wider industry quite how popular this scene really is".

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Warner division Atlantic Records UK has announced the appointment of Briana Dougherty as their new Head Of Press. Having started out at MTV, Dougherty has spent much of her music PR career on the agency side, working for LD Publicity and, more recently, Darling Dept. She will take on the new role on 9 Aug, reporting to Atlantic UK boss man Mark Terry.

Terry told CMU: "Press remains an important medium for launching and developing long-term music careers, and we're committed to producing the most agile, eye-catching and innovative campaigns for our artists. Briana's appointment further strengthens our talented team. She has creative flair, a strong network of contacts, and broad experience in extending the audience of all types of artists, from legends to the latest signings".

Dougherty herself added: "I'm really honoured and excited to start my new position as Head of Press at Atlantic Records. Their press team have a fantastic reputation and I can't get wait to get stuck in".

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As expected, HMV will properly launch its all new look download service this week at hmvdigital.com. It'll sell MP3s and do all sorts of crazy modern stuff, don't you know. Much is being made of the fact top 40 singles will be available for just 40p, and that chart albums will retail at £4.99, though one assumes HMV won't be relying entirely on cost cutting to try to steal some of the digital music market away from market leader iTunes. It's not like it's a strategy that has particularly worked for Amazon or Play.com.

HMV have dabbled with digital before, of course, their original HMV Digital proposition being based around an almost unusable proprietary player that about nine people actually installed. It was a service that prioritised signing up subscribers over selling a la carte tracks like iTunes, a model that - at the time - more or less nobody wanted outside the youth demographic being targeted by Napster or the muso community being serviced by eMusic. To be fair, these were the days when major labels still insisted on all downloads being DRM protected, meaning HMV couldn't sell MP3s and therefore couldn't service iPod owners.

The new look service has been developed by 7Digital, the London-based digital firm in which HMV now has a 50% stake, of course. They were one of the first to capitalise on the major labels' late in the day realisation that "DRM is dumb", and know a thing or two about developing and running user-friendly download services that work with all major digital devices. Though I still don't understand why HMV insists on keeping its digital service on a separate website from its mail-order operation, as if consumers are either physical shoppers or digital consumers but never both. But hey, what to I know?

Confirming the new HMV service, that has been in beta for a while, will launch this week, HMVs Head Of Online Sarah Hughes told reporters: "We are delighted to launch a world class download store that reflects both HMV's music retailing heritage and our strategy to be a broad-based entertainment brand. Our partners at 7Digital have built for us a significantly improved new site that looks great and has never been easier to use. With so many innovative and wonderful features, it offers a truly intuitive and engaging customer experience that I very much hope will lead to HMV becoming a bigger player in the burgeoning digital market".

Elsewhere in HMV news, the retailer has announced it has completely refinanced a whole year before current banking and financing facilities run out, meaning it has financial partners in place until at least 2013. Terms of the new financing deal are not known.

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YouTube is revamping its music page, which is interesting mainly because I never knew the video sharing website had such a thing.

Apparently "music discovery" and "recommendation" will come to the fore, with room for curated playlists, unsigned band tips and record and event promotions.

All of which poses an important question. Why doesn't Word ever accept the word 'curated' as being a real word? More at www.youtube.com/music

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Express and OK! magazine owner Richard Desmond secured ownership of Channel Five on Friday which is nice. For him. What it means for Five's viewers, I don't know. If I knew any I'd ask them.

Confirming a deal had been done, the boss of former owners RTL, Gerhard Zeiler, told reporters: "With a significant recovery of the UK TV advertising market and Five performing well in the first half of 2010, we saw a window of opportunity to realise a transaction based on a fair evaluation of Five. The disposal is in line with RTL Group's strategy of being number one or two in each of our markets".

He continued: "I would like to thank the whole team at Five and CEO and chair Dawn Airey for their passion and professionalism, especially in the difficult past 20 months which saw a comprehensive restructuring of the company".

There's been lots of speculation as to what tabloid and porn man Desmond will do with the channel, with rumours he is interested in bidding for the rights to 'Big Brother' and that, as a one time record shop owner, he likes the idea of launching a prime time 'Top Of The Pops' style music show, maybe even trying to license the UK rights to the TOTP brand from the BBC. Whether there is any truth in any of that remains to be seen.

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According to reports, the Guardian Media Group has been approached by two other companies interested in buying its radio business, which owns the Smooth, Real and Rock Radio franchises.

A Sunday Telegraph report says the radio division of UTV, which owns TalkSport and a network of local stations, and Orion Media, the newish company set up to acquire a bunch of Midlands-based stations off Global Radio last year, have both made approaches.

However, GMG chiefs say they are not actively looking to sell their radio company at this time. A spokesman said: "Our radio stations are attractive assets so it is unsurprising that we receive expressions of interest from time to time. While we keep our portfolio under constant review, we are not seeking a buyer at this time".

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Haymarket Network, the contract publishing division of business publishers Haymarket Group, has announced it has won the contract to publish an 'X-Factor' magazine. The new title will launch in September when the new series of the talent show arrives on ITV.

The new magazine is the result of a deal between Haymarket and the TV show's makers Syco and FremantleMedia. From the statement issued by Haymarket Network MD Andrew Taplin it seems like the contract publishers see the new title as sitting in the women's magazine market rather than the youth or pop market, which seems sensible.

Taplin: "The women's weekly category is very vibrant at the moment and the launch of this magazine will provide it with a further significant boost. We've been working closely with FremantleMedia Enterprises and Syco for a number of months now and have developed a really compelling proposition. This is great news for Haymarket Network, a real reflection of the quality of our editorial and publishing capability, working on behalf of the biggest clients".

Earlier this year, when rumour was first going round that Syco were looking for a publishing partner to launch an 'X-Factor' mag, Word magazine owner David Hepworth penned an interesting little blog about why he thought such a magazine was a terrible idea. Now seems like a good time to re-plug it.


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One of our favourite Radio 1 DJs has announced she's leaving the nation's favourite to pursue other projects. Presumably being lumped together in the same group as fellow Radio 1 femaler Fearne Cotton just got too much for poor old Mary Anne Hobbs. You can't blame her. I mean, Annies Mac and Nightingale may be cool, but not cool enough to detract from the shear embarrassment of being associated with the Cotton.

Anyway, I possibly digress. Announcing her decision to leave the BBC station via MySpace, Mary Anne said on Friday: "Yesterday I resigned from BBC Radio 1, after an amazing multi-dimensional fourteen year career. The great freedoms the BBC have given in me as a broadcaster, have allowed me to help break so many confrontational artists as diverse as Slipknot and Skream, and of course, the whole genre of dubstep in recent times. My current experimental show is in peak condition, it's never been stronger. And although it's a very emotional decision to leave the show that I love so much, it's also an optimum moment to bow out, at the very top of my game".

Looking forward to life after Radio 1 - she'll actually leave in September - Hobbs continued: "I will continue to DJ live, work in film, and curate at Sonar festival in Barcelona I have also accepted a new job mentoring and teaching students at the University of Sheffield's Union Of Students radio station, TV station and the newspaper that operate out of their superb Forge Media Hub, which presents me with a really exciting new challenge".

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There's been an awful lot of shuffling about in the singles chart this week. It all started with last week's number one, BOB with 'Airplanes', falling to number three. With nothing to stop them, Yolanda Be Cool Vs D Cup and Eminem shot up one place each, taking the first and second positions respectively.

Shuffling there may have been, but not in order to make way for a wave of new entries, which are pretty thin on the ground. This week's highest new entry - 'DJ Got Us Falling In Love' by Usher - is way down at number 20, followed at 21 by Basshunter's 'Saturday'. After that, 'Witchcraft' by Pendulum bobs up into the top 40 at 29, having been at 67 last week, 'The Boy Who Murdered Love' by Diana Vickers is at 36, up from 57, and 'Famous' by Scouting For Girls is at 37, up from 43.

In the album chart, Eminem is refusing to budge at number one, having wrestled the position back from Kylie Minogue last week. He's followed by this week's highest new entry, Professor Green at number two with 'Alive Till I'm Dead'. Also new this week is Earth, Wind & Fire's new greatest hits album at nine.

Further down, Diana Vickers' album, 'Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree', has made it back into the top 40, sitting this week at thirteen, despite her horrible voice. Brand new this week are 'Hearts & Minds' by Seth Lakemen at seventeen, 'Streets Of Gold' by 3OH!3 at nineteen, the eponymous debut from by Richard Ashcroft's United Nations Of Sound at 20, 'Symphonicities' by Sting at 30, and '100 Miles Of Memphis' by Sheryl Crow at 34.

Enjoying a post-Mercury nomination boost is 'XX' by The xx, which is at sixteen, up from 44 last week. As for the other nominees, Mumford & Sons remain in the top ten, moving down one place to seven, Biffy Clyro's 'Only Revelations' is down two places to 48, I Am Kloot's 'Sky At Night' is up from 77 to 52, 'Tongue N Cheek' by Dizzee Rascal drops one place to 58, 'I Speak Because I Can' by Laura Marling enjoys a massive jump from 145 to 63, 'Total Life Forever' by Foals is up to 89 from 121, and Paul Weller's Wake Up The Nation' moves from 155 to 97.

In terms of the actual award, this all means absolutely nothing, though it does seem that The xx have been given a big vote of confidence by the public, possibly helped by the fact that 97% of pundits are predicting that they'll walk away with the £20,000 prize come September.

The charts are shuffled an awful lot by The Official Charts Company.

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Leona Lewis has reportedly canned plans for a world tour because her boyfriend's left her. According to the Sunday Mirror, the former 'X-Factor' winner plans to mope around the studio instead, recording some new tunes for a deluxe version of her 'Echo' album.

A source says: "Leona's heart just wasn't in the tour towards the end of the UK leg. She was upset, teary and heartbroken over her split with Lou [Al-Chamaa]. She'd been with him for ten years. This was the love of her life. The last thing she wanted was to be on the road away from a support network of friends and family. She wasn't up for it emotionally".

Once in the studio Lewis is expected to also start work on a third album, working title 'Rubbish Excuses For Cancelling Tours'.

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Kings Of Leon canned a gig in Missouri just three songs in this weekend because they were fighting a losing battle with bird poo.

According to reports, there was an infestation of pigeons at the Verizon Amphitheater in St Louis where they were playing. The birds, possibly scared shitless by all the loud music, responded by, well, shitting.

Bass man Jared Followill said they'd been aware of the problem before taking to the stage because of the experience of their support acts, but decided to start their set anyway. Followill: "We couldn't believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets. We didn't want to cancel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play [but] it was ridiculous".

It was Followill who seemed to come out worst from the bird poo attack, and when some landing on his face the band decided enough was enough. Drummer Nathan Followill told fans via Twitter: "So sorry St Louis, we had to bail. Pigeons [were] shitting in Jared's mouth and it was too unsanitary to continue".

Manager Andy Mendelsohn confirmed to the Mail On Sunday: "Jared was hit several times during the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn't deal any longer. It's not only disgusting, it's a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there. We want to apologise to our fans in St Louis and will come back as soon as we can".

Perhaps the Leon boys should be sent to the Cyndi Lauper School Of Pop. Bird shit once landed on her lower lip during a gig in Boston in 2004. She just wiped it off and carried on. Though she has since denied reports that circulated at the time that she actually swallowed some of the stuff.

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