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Majors collaborate on global rights database
In The Pop Courts
Lennon killer parole hearing postponed
Man sued for posing as Drake's manager
Phelps 'Catfish' Collins dies
Reunions & Splits
The Buggles to reunite for one night only
In The Studio
Van Halen recording new album
Release News
Matthew Herbert announces second One
Egyptian Hip Hop announce new EP
Films & Shows News
U2 Spiderman musical to open in December
Gigs & Tours News
Libertines announce Reading and Leeds warm-up
Ninja Tune announce 20th anniversary exhibition
Mirrors announce new single and tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Festival review: Sonisphere 2010
The Music Business
Appeal judge overturns tribunal ruling on video TV rates
Will.i.am made Grammy Foundation director
The Digital Business
Songkick announce YouTube and Vevo partnerships
Jay-Z spoof taken off YouTube
And finally...
Robbie Williams likes his wife
Now you too can smell like Sid Vicious

Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, released his debut EP through indie label Big Scary Monsters before signing to Warner/Atlantic in 2006. He has since released two albums, 'The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager' and 2008's 'Searching For The Hows And Whys'. Sam has just released 'Collapsing Cities' via Cooking Vinyl, a collaboration with Shy FX and the first single to be taken from his third LP, which is eponymous in title and due out in September. Performing at London's Borderline tonight, we caught up with Sam to ask the Same Six.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
My dad plays guitar and decided to teach me when I was younger. There were always instruments around the house. After picking up the guitar and just bashing out noise my dad started to teach me.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
I wanted to make a record about the social situation of current times without being dismissive. I wanted to make a record that shows that a crisis isn't the end of the world; there's no point wallowing. I wanted to put across a sense of community and solidarity, to try and see a positive side to things that are happening in society.

Q3 What process do you go through when creating a track?
I guess it usually starts off the same way but changes for each album and project that I'm working on. The basis is on guitar, it's the core of the sound and more so for this album. There was a lot of time spent on trying to build up the beat and the groove and using the drum machine. I wanted to try and keep things upbeat to portray energy and a sense of joy; working with Shy FX on some of the album helped to do that.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Growing up I listened to punk rock and nothing but punk rock. My influences now vary a lot, and change from week to week. For this album in particular I was influenced by Fela Kuti, Parliament, and Don Blackman for the funk sound, De La Soul for the hip hop sound, and Radiohead are always a core influence for me for their experimental style.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would say good luck. Everyone hears things differently, people pick up different things when they listen to music, so just listen and I hope you enjoy it.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album and for the future?
Just to be able to carry on doing what I enjoy doing, I'm lucky to be able to do what I'm doing at the moment.

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Teenage brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence began making music together as Disclosure early last year. Born into a musical family (their father apparently once had a major label record deal), they are heavily influenced by the vibrant dance scene that surrounds them where they live in Croydon, their music combining garage beats with dubstep basslines, though it's also informed by broader influences picked up throughout their childhood, from jazz to 90s hip hop.

The brothers' debut single, 'Offline Dexterity', is due for release through Moshi Moshi (who know a good thing when they hear it) on 6 Sep. A track that creeps up on you, 'Offline Dexterity' builds to a peak of screaming noise while remaining eminently danceable. B-side 'Streetlight Chronicle' meanwhile keeps things on a more balanced level but nonetheless shows Disclosure's potential for a big future in dance music.


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The lovely girls and wonderful guys over at the EMI and Universal music publishing companies have teamed up to try to create the world's first global database of music rights, recording who owns all the various rights in each territory in every song and sound recording currently under copyright.

The publishing majors will work with various digital music firms and collecting societies to compile the database, which is designed to make it easier for licensees to access songs and for rights holders to get paid. The new initiative stems from a working group originally set up in 2008 by EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, those EU types being very keen for the licensing of music across borders to be simplified.

The working group has now put together a 'request for proposal' document and are inviting clever technical types to come forward with proposals as to how the global database might work. The deadline for submissions is 15 Oct, and the request for thingy can be accessed at www.globalrepertoiredatabase.com.

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The latest parole hearing for Mark Chapman, who shot John Lennon dead in 1980, has been postponed until next month.

Chapman was jailed for '20 years to life' and has been denied parole five times since becoming eligible in 2000. His latest hearing was due to take place on Monday.

A spokesman for the Division Of Parole told reporters that this has now been delayed until next month while they await further information, though refused to divulge what details are missing from Chapman's report.

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US promotions company Eagles Entertainment has filed a lawsuit with the Milwaukee County Court accusing local man Joey Turner of impersonating Drake's manager Cortez Bryant, booking a fake gig for the actor turned R&B star and duping the company out of a large sum of money.

Legal papers state that Turner told Eagles that the booking fee for his 'client' was $90,000 and that he then collected a deposit of $9000 for the show, which was planned to take place on 1 Sep. The lawsuit adds: "In making his statements said defendant knew that said statements and misrepresentations of defendant were in fact false and intentionally fraudulent". The company is seeking $27,000 in damages, plus costs.

This is not the first time this has happened. Someone, it's not clear if it was Turner, operated an identical scam in a number of cities in February this year. At the time, Drake told AllHipHop.com: "It has been brought to my attention that false promoters and booking agents are illegally using my name and likeness to promote concerts and club appearances for their own financial gain. It is frustrating for me to hear that many of my fans, who like myself are innocent victims in these scams, have been misled due to the greed of these promoters".

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Parliament and Funkadelic guitarist Phelps 'Catfish' Collins has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

Collins and his younger brother William (better known as Bootsy Collins) first became known when their band The Pacemakers were hired as James Brown's backing band. They changed their name to The JBs and appeared on many of Brown's biggest hits, including 'Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine'. In 1972 the brothers joined George Clinton's Funkadelic and Parliament funk bands. Phelps also played in a number of other bands and contributed to various musical projects both with and without his brother.

Bootsy Collins' wife Patti told the Cincinnati Enquirer: "He was a father figure to my husband. He's the reason why Bootsy is who he is".

Meanwhile, Bootsy himself said in a statement: "Catfish was my brother, my father and most of all my best friend. My world will never be the same without him. Be happy for him, he certainly is now and always has been the happiest young fella I ever met on this planet".

Phelps Collins is survived by two children, Carmen and Phelps The Third, his brother Bootsy and sister Brenda.

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Thirty years ago, The Buggles - Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes - scored an international hit with 'Video Killed The Radio Star' (also the first ever music video to air on MTV) and went on to release two albums. However, they never got around to playing any gigs, which was a bit of an oversight.

They're going to rectify this, though. Horn, Downes and other original member Bruce Woolley (who wrote most of 'Video Killed The Radio Star' but left the band before it was released) will perform live somewhere in west London on 28 Sep, playing their debut album, 'The Age Of Plastic', in full. The exact location of the show, as well as the names of some special guests who will join the band on stage, are to be announced soon.

The announcement of the gig on Trevor Horn's website stresses that "no tour is planned, no DVD or live CD will be released". Proceeds from the gig will go to London's Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

To find out more, email info@ztt.com with the subject 'The Buggles special concert... add me to the mailing list, please!'

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Van Halen have announced that they are recording a new album, the follow-up to 1998's 'Van Halen III', and their first LP with original vocalist Dave Lee Roth since 1983's '1984'.

Last week it was announced that the band had renewed their publishing contract with Warner/Chappell, with the company's president Scott Francis saying in a statement: "It's fantastic to continue our relationship with Van Halen, which is one of the most enduring and successful partnerships within our roster of songwriters. Since its inception, Van Halen has written driving melodic rock songs performed in groundbreaking style".

Now, according to Billboard, the band have confirmed that they are currently in the studio recording an album with Roth that is due for release in 2011.

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Matthew Herbert has announced that he will release the second part of his 'One' trilogy of albums on 20 Sep via his own Accidental Records.

Entitled 'One Club', the album was created entirely from sounds recorded in one night at the Robert Johnson nightclub in Frankfurt, with microphones rigged up all across the building, from the cloakroom to the DJ booth to the toilets. Each track is named after a person present that evening.

Herbert explains: "For a long time now, clubs have accepted a corporate version of reality, with excessive branding and sponsorship, yet reluctant to acknowledge the potential political or social power implicit in large numbers of people gathering in public places. The 'One Club' project is intended to offer an alternative version of that relationship between the audience, the building, the locality, the political, the performer and the music".

As previously reported, the first record in the series, 'One One', was created using over 2000 samples created by around 350 people on a single day in various cities around the world. The final part, 'One Pig', documents the life of a pig from birth to death and beyond, and is made up entirely of recordings made of the various stages of the pig's existence.

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Mancunian quartet Egyptian Hip Hop have announced that they will release a new Hudson Mohawke-produced EP, entitled 'Some Reptiles Developed Wings', on 20 Sep through Moshi Moshi Records.

The band will also be heading out on a tour of the UK in October and November.

Here's the EP's tracklist:

Moon Crooner
Rad Pitt
Middle Name Period

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The long-awaited Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark', featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, will finally open in December, it has been announced.

As previously reported, the production ran into financial difficulties last August, forcing it to be halted for a number of months. The team behind it insisted that they were still on track to start running preview shows in February this year, though a source told the Hollywood Reporter in October that it was "a $45 million mess".

That claim seemingly turned out to be true, as the previews were cancelled and all tickets refunded in January this year.

However, producer Michael Cohl has now announced that the first preview performance will take place on 14 Nov, with the opening night proper set to take place on 21 Dec at the Foxwood Theatre in New York.

The delays have meant that the show has now lost its big-name stars. Alan Cumming had been due to play The Green Goblin, but pulled out in April to be replaced by Patrick Page, while Evan Rachel Wood, who had been cast as Mary Jane, has now been replaced by Jennifer Damiano. The part of the lead character will be played by the newcomer Reeve Carney.

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The Libertines will play The Forum in London on 25 Aug in preparation for their performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals the following weekend. Which is exciting, isn't it? Is it? I don't know.

Anyway, if that sort of thing interests you, you need to go to thelibertines.com and tell them. Fans who register before 6pm on Friday will be entered into a ballot for the opportunity to buy two tickets each.

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As part of the record label's ongoing 20th anniversary celebrations, Ninja Tune will open an exhibition of art, design and photography from across the history of the company and its offshoot labels on 20 Aug.

The exhibition is part of Black Dog Publishing's Labels Unlimited series, and will run on Monday to Friday, 12-5pm from 20 Aug to 16 Sep, with a press launch on 19 Aug. It will also run on Saturday 11 Sep with a pop-up shop selling merchandise and music at discounted prices.

For more information, have a little look at www.blackdogonline.com

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Brighton four-piece Mirrors have announced that they will release a new single, entitled 'Ways To An End', on 23 Aug via Skint.

Look, you can even listen to it here: soundcloud.com/skintrecords/ways-to-an-end

As well as that, the band will be heading off for a brief tour of the UK this month, before supporting OMD on their mainland European tour in November. Here are the dates:

13 Aug: Birmingham, Rainbow Rooms
18 Aug: London, Lexington
20 Aug: Bristo,l Start The Bus
21 Aug: York, Basement
27 Aug: London, Koko
28 Aug: Brighton, Audio
10 Sep: London, Monarch

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BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, South Derbyshire, 13-15 Aug: Cathedral and Winterfylleth have been confirmed to replace Behemoth and October File at Bloodstock this weekend, joining a line-up that includes the likes of Opeth, Children Of Bodom, Fear Factory and Twisted Sister. www.bloodstock.uk.com

END FO THE ROAD FESTIVAL, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 10-12 Sep: CW Stoneking, Dylan LeBlanc and Voice Of The Seven Thunders are the final acts to be added to the bill for this year's End Of The Road, joining the previously announced Modest Mouse, Wilco and Iron & Wine. www.endoftheroadfestival.com

OZZFEST, O2 Arena Complex, London, 18 Sep: Paradise Lost have been confirmed as headliners on the second stage at this year's Ozzfest, with Jettblack, Black Spiders and Revoker also set to play. www.ozzfest.com

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sonisphere 2010
The second ever UK leg of the Sonisphere European festival tour was highly anticipated by the 55,000 strong crowd. Disappointment had been evident as two of the Big Four of 80s thrash, Metallica and Megadeth, who had headlined the festival in other countries, were missing from the line-up of the UK finale, though Slayer and Anthrax did play. However, filling the two holes were British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden and German industrial showmen Rammstein, so the festival-goers could hardly complain.

In what seemed to be a progression from a two-day event towards a three-day event (fingers crossed for next year), the organisers offered music on all but the main Apollo stage on Friday night. These acts included fist-pumping battle-metal from Turisas, a one hit wonder from Europe, and a fantastic headline slot from Alice Cooper who faked his own death four times during the performance and played his timeless classic 'School's Out' both as an opener and a finale. The Bohemia tent presented an evening of alternative stage shows and smaller musical acts, many of whom had played at High Voltage festival the previous weekend.

Saturday's line-up was kick started by Swedish power-metallers Sabaton who saluted the hangover-ridden audience before launching a powerful assault on the morning crowd's ears. The rest of the day was divided between metal from the likes of Anthrax and Fear Factory, and pop-punk/emo presented by the seemingly out of place Papa Roach and Good Charlotte.

Placebo added a post-punk tinge to the afternoon, followed by an acoustic set from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, whose relaxing un-distorted set made for a pleasant break before the evening's heaviness.

Mötley Crüe played a brilliant show chock-full of classic songs from their 80s heyday, none of them seemed too addled by age or substance-abuse and so were able to put on a crowd-pleasing performance.

Saturday headliners Rammstein came out swinging with their furious industrial metal. The reaction from the crowd was massive, fuelled by one of the most intense stage shows in the world. Arriving with six lorries of pyrotechnic equipment, Rammstein set about using all of it, from flame throwing guitars to fire-breathing masks and pyro-jets shooting from the floor, not to mention the fireworks shooting up from behind the backdrop. Cynics might say that Rammstein use this extravagant display to distract the crowd from less talented musicianship, but this was not so. The band played very well together and really gave the following day's line-up something to think about.

Sunday started with post-grunge rockers CKY who were almost perfect for the half-awake crowd as their trundling stoner-influenced set fell on attentive yet somewhat muffled ears. Madina Lake followed on the Apollo stage but didn't go down very well - vocalist Nathan Leone sounded quite off-key and the more metal-inclined audience had witnessed enough pop-punk the previous day. Skindred, however, managed to get the entire crowd bouncing with their potent combination of metal and reggae, followed by what can only be described as an interesting set from the Japanese band Dir En Grey who enthralled the crowd with a dark and sinister set comprised of super-progressive doom metal.

Ageing thrash titans Slayer followed the Japanese youngsters, pulling out all the stops with a classics-filled set including 'Angel Of Death' and 'Raining Blood', which they executed with incredible accuracy considering the blistering speeds.

Sheffield deathcore upstarts Bring Me The Horizon and grunge legends Alice In Chains paved the way for a heavy electronic and visually inspiring slot from Pendulum who had the majority of the crowd jumping up and down in time with their pounding bass lines.

Bohemia tent headliners on Sunday night were Welsh screamo pioneers Funeral For A Friend whose well-established sound and fanbase led to impressive crowd-participation with epic singalongs to 'Streetcar,' 'Rage' and 'The Art Of American Football.'

Iron Maiden completed the weekend with a well-rounded set that included a lot of material from their latest three albums. The more old-school Maiden fans were disappointed not to see more of the classics from the 80s, but a flamboyant set and impeccable musicianship had the crowd's full attention for their two hour slot.

All in all it was a successful weekend with a strong eclectic mix of performers: I look forward to seeing what next year will produce. TC

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The video-focused sister company of recording rights collecting society PPL - so, that'll be VPL then - have scored a court win in their long running dispute with a company that operates various music video-based TV channels, including Chart Show TV, The Vault, Flava and NME TV.

CSC Media took VPL to the Copyright Tribunal back in 2009 over the royalty rate charged to music TV channels, arguing the collecting society's royalty system was outdated and that rates ignored the promotional value to content owners of having their music on a CSC channel (yes, it's that old argument).

The Tribunal agreed and ruled that CSC Media should pay 12.5% of its gross revenue to the collecting society rather than the 20% VPL requested. But the society appealed, and that appeal hearing was held last month with a ruling being issued this week.

And the good news, for VPL members that is, is that the appeal judge ruled that the Tribunal had made analytical errors when originally considering the case. That doesn't mean CSC Media will now have to pay 20%, but that the Tribunal will have to consider the case anew.

VPL/PPL top man Fran Nevrkla told reporters: "We are determined to stand up for the rights of our members and for the value of the repertoire we represent. Our successful High Court Appeal was an essential part of that process".

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Will.i.am has been appointed as the new director of the Grammy Foundation, the US non-profit organisation which aims to promote the contribution of recorded music in American culture, largely through the Grammy Awards, in association with MusiCare and The Recording Academy.

Also new on the charity's board are singer-songwriter Darryl Brown, Daniel Cherry of Anomaly and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino.

Foundation President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement: "We look to [our board members] for creativity and stewardship as we continue our growth. The talent and vision of our board members is truly inspiring, and we are very fortunate to have highly respected individuals working with us".

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The boss of live music social network gig recorder and recommender whatnot thingy Songkick has announced new partnerships with YouTube and Vevo.

The former will see a new 'events near you' list appearing on YouTube's music home page, with information provided by the UK-based live music site. Universal and Sony owned Vevo, the YouTube-powered music video site already live in the US, will carry gig and ticket information provided by Songkick alongside videos.

Songkick co-founder and CEO Ian Hogarth told Billboard: "From our point of view, this is one step closer to making it incredibly easy to find local concerts, whether you're on Songkick or on another site discovering music".

The new deals are part of Songkick's move into the US market, a move aided by the recent hire of Caren Kellher, formerly of Paste magazine and Sony Music, to head up the company's business development in North America.

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A spoof of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' 'New York State Of Mind', called 'Newport State Of Mind', has been doing the rounds for a few weeks now, managing to reach over two million views on YouTube in its first two weeks on the video sharing site. I'm sure you're aware of this. But if you hadn't got around to watching it yet, that's just tough, because it's been taken down after EMI Music Publishing submitted a copyright claim against it.

Parodies of popular songs made without the original songwriter's permission are a contentious issue, especially when their distribution isn't covered by a blanket licence, as with the internet. Although under US law parodies made without a songwriter's permission may not constitute copyright violation (where as a straight adaptation without permission would) - because of so-called fair use provisions - it's a bit of a grey area, even when the parody lampoons people directly associated with the song being spoofed (the main requirement of the parody fair use provision).

The recent dispute between US politician Chuck DeVore and Don Henley over two parodies of the Eagles man's songs posted on the political man's website has arguably reduced the extent of the parody provision somewhat, whereas an earlier ruling over Family Guy's spoofing of a Disney song was seen by many to widen that bit of fair use. Though, either way, there is no parody provision in the UK anyway, and even in the US YouTube has shown to be cautious in this domain when asked to take spoof content down by the content owners who have been spoofed.

The two people behind the 'Newport State Of Mind' video, Alex Warren and Terema Wainwright, were recently invited to perform the song at the reopening of the Newport Transporter Bridge. However, they aren't popular with everyone in Newport, with some taking offence at the duo's portrayal of their city.

Warren and Wainwright's video may be offline, but you can still watch Goldie Lookin Chain's parody of their parody at youtu.be/Dx8CZyFM4b4. And if you really want to watch the offending video, search YouTube hard enough and you'll find newer postings of it on there somewhere. Just don't tell those pesky EMI bigwigs or their humourless lawyers, will you?

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Robbie Williams is very happy to be married to actress Ayda Field. In fact, he says he's "the happiest man alive". And that's pretty happy.

In an interview with Hello! Magazine, Williams also revealed details of their wedding ceremony, which took place in LA on Saturday. He sang his best known hit and popular wedding song 'Angels' to his bride during the ceremony, and instead of bridesmaids, Field had eight dogs wearing flowery collars. The 60 guests apparently had no idea they were going to a wedding, and had instead been told they were going to a James Bond-themed party in order to trick them into dressing smartly.

Williams said: "The only thing that's traditional about the wedding is the vows. No hen party, no bachelor party, no wedding showers. The setting was so magical and to be surrounded by family and close friends and then see Ayda appear looking so radiant was almost too much for me to take ... I'm the happiest man alive".

I imagine she's pretty pleased, too. Having someone sing 'Angels' at you during your wedding ceremony must surely be the true test of any relationship.

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Perfume company Etat Libre D'Orange has announced that it is launching a perfume inspired by the Sex Pistols, joining its collection of strange and unusual scents (at least in name, I haven't smelled any of them). According to the company, this particular one smells of "a fresh, restless bite of lemon, sharpened and intensified by a defiant black pepper".

The company adds: "Electrified by aldehydes, you can feel the pure energy, pared down and pumped up by leather, shot through with heliotrope and brought back down to earth by a raunchy patchouli".

And who wouldn't want that (whatever the hell it actually means)? More here: www.etatlibredorange.com/blog/?p=770

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