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Weller suddenly favourite to win Mercury
In The Pop Hospital
Bee Gee recovering after stomach surgery
Obituaries
Early ELO member dies
Awards & Contests
Brit Awards to move to the dome
Reunions & Splits
Taylor still uncertain about Slipknot future
Release News
The Big Pink compile !K7 tapes
Joy Of Sex and Gindrinker for split single
Films & Shows News
Joaquin Phoenix documentary not a joke, says director
Cinemas get Stoned
Gigs & Tours News
Kylie announces UK tour, drops booking fees
Losers to launch album at Club Remix
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Reviews
Album review: ceo - White Magic (Modular Records/Yours Sincerely)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
Line-up coming together for Reeperbahn
Brands & Stuff
Girl Aloud confirms Tesco deal
The Music Business
Hands and Citigroup may have met to discuss EMI court case
Jeremy Fabinyi departs PRS
The Media Business
Benji B moves to Radio 1
And finally...
Brian McFadden neither Australian nor new: Confirmed


 
TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
STARS & SONS
Turning his focus to music in 2007 after a series of low-profile failures in other careers, Brighton-based former hotdog vendor Mike Lord began songwriting in his bedroom with just a piano and some lo-fi recording equipment, marking the start of Stars & Sons. Keen to make his music project a fully fledged band, other members were recruited in 2008 making Lord's new venture a five piece. Influenced by the likes of Scott Walker, Eels and Flaming Lips, the band have recently finished recording their debut album 'Good Morning Mother' with producer Dave Eringa. With the album out this week via Twice Burnt, we caught up with Mike to find out some more.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
Well, I was pressured into some piano lessons by darling mother dearest who thought that playing an instrument might make me more cleverer. Something to do with concentration span. This obviously backfired when music took over my life and I left the career in keyhole surgery behind.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
A general level of incompetence in recording techniques shaped the sound; we just add stuff until it sounds good. If it's not thick enough, add a choir. If it's too bassy, chuck on a glockenspiel. Stuff like that. It's the same as a lot of debut albums in the sense of it being a 'greatest hits' package of the band's early days, but I still think it's reasonably cohesive.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I generally record a few parts and get a structure together, and sing some nonsense lyrics to get an idea of the melody. Then I send it to the band to see what they think. If I'm not so confident about it I'll send it to Stu [the drummer] because he's quite nice about most ideas, whereas Luke [guitar] specialises in raw brutal honesty.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Anyone with a bit of ambition to step away from whatever is safe at the time. Scott Walker recorded nearly a whole album in 3/4, fully knowing that the kids in the disco were definitely not going to be dancing to that. Also, I can't imagine The Avalanches ever really caring about how long it might take to clear the samples from their album. They sampled Madonna, for Pete's sake!

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
For your safety, and the safety of those around you, please take your seat and fasten your seat belt. And also make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full upright position. LET'S ROCK LOLZ!!1!

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I'm just happy that the music is available for people to listen to, and hopefully it will put us in a position where we can release further albums. We've got about fifteen new songs on the go at the moment, the process is incredibly addictive and I can't really imagine doing anything else. I'm sure I wouldn't sniff at a bit of success though. At least to keep my mum happy...

MORE>> starsandsons.com
 
SUTEKH ON BACH
Experimental electronic producer Sutekh hasn't released a new studio album since 2002's 'Incest Live', and for his first record in eight years he's chosen to blend his own style with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Not a new idea, of course - Wendy Carlos famously reinterpreted Bach in the 60s and 70s, and William Orbit has just released the sequel to his 2000 album, 'Pieces In A Modern Style' - but what Sutekh brings to the table is undoubtedly something all his own.

 
The genus of the record, entitled 'On Bach', was a live performance in Paris last year, where various musicians were asked to play their own interpretations of Bach's compositions. The only electronic musician involved, Sutekh worked hard on creating something that would stand up next to more traditional artists. Once the show had passed, he decided to carry on and create a complete album. The result is a mixture of staccato MIDI, sampled pipe organs, skittering percussion and a satisfyingly strange album, which you can hear in full on SoundCloud until Monday, when it is released.

soundcloud.com/cloudcreaked/sets/sutekh-on-bach


 
  KUDOS RECORDS, PRESS & PR OFFICER
Kudos Records Limited is an independent physical and digital distribution company based in Kentish Town, London. Due to expansion, we now require an in-house press and PR officer.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain a media database of key influencers, provide proactive marketing support to a selection of our distributed labels and help us develop innovative tools to enable our labels to successfully market their releases.

Applicants should be well versed in both social networking as well as traditional marketing techniques, have that rare combination of enthusiasm and tenacity, without being pushy, and, perhaps most important of all, have a genuine passion of the music we distribute.

Initial salary will be based on experience. We also offer a performance related bonus scheme. Application by email only to pressoffice@kudosrecords.co.uk. Please attach a copy of your CV.
       
  CMU, EDITORIAL INTERN
CMU is looking for a full time (Mon-Fri 10.30am-4pm) intern to assist with editorial tasks at its Shoreditch-based HQ.

Working closely with the Editor, the intern will manage the reviews database, input content into the CMU content management system, prepare photos for email bulletins, and assist with other editorial tasks. There will also be opportunities to write, including artist biogs and reviews.

Some writing experience and a passion for music are a must, while any admin, CMS and/or Photoshop experience will also be useful. Although unpaid, this internship role will provide excellent hands-on experience and some formal training. Zone Two travel will be covered. The post runs from one month minimum to three months maximum. Immediate start available.

Send your CV and two recent examples of your writing to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk, indicating how soon you could start and how long you would like your internship to last.
       
  INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE, SALES EXECUTIVE
The ICMP is widely recognised as being one of Europe's leading schools of modern music. As part of our ongoing expansion, the Institute is recruiting a Sales Executive who will report to our Admissions Manager, salary 25K-29K OTE.

The role of the Sales Executive is to primarily ensure that student recruitment and enrolment targets for the business are met. This generally involves taking initial enquiries, pro-actively managing the student contact database and guiding students through the process from enquiry to enrolment.

The successful applicant will have previous sales experience and be a confident self-starter. Experience in both telephone and face-to-face sales would be preferable, as well as a keen interest in modern music and musicianship.

How to Apply: Please complete the ICMP application form available at www.icmp.co.uk/about-us/job-opportunities.aspx and return to us along with your CV and a covering letter to enquiries@icmp.co.uk
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  INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR RECORD LABEL?
Music Gain is acquiring record labels and catalogue. If you are thinking of selling, or have a large catalogue you want managed on your behalf, then please contact us. Introduction and spotters fees also paid. Please visit us - www.musicgain.com
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WELLER SUDDENLY FAVOURITE TO WIN MERCURY
So, this is interesting. Tonight the Mercury Music Prize will be presented, and this morning is very quiet news-wise. We tried finding a music angle on the tube strike, but Justin Bieber's got a Segway so is unlikely to be affected. So, we're leading with some speculation as to who might win the Mercury. This despite the fact I'm finding it really hard to care this year. I don't know why. I tried to muster up some enthusiasm for the whole thing before writing this story but got distracted by a desire to rearrange the pen pots on my desk.

Anyway, the dude that is Paul Weller is now favourite to win this year's Random Music Prize gong, according to William Hill, following a surge in the number of bets being placed on indie rock's favourite old man in the last few days. He was a 20/1 outsider, but as of yesterday William Hill make him the 1/10 favourite. He won't win.

According to William Hill, Weller's climb up the Mercury favourites list is the "biggest turnaround in music betting for the last 40 years". Spokesman Rupert Adams told The Guardian that the company received hundreds of bets for Weller in the space of just 90 minutes, particularly in the Birmingham area. And as we all know, when it comes to predicting what random decision a small group of music pundits will make after a round of drinks, the punters of the West Midlands are always on it.

Adam added: "In no way are we suggesting that this surge in bets reflects anything untoward in the Mercury camp. The change in odds is not a comment on the integrity of the judges. Our feeling is a consensus has built that Weller is likely to be handed the award because it could well be his last chance to win it".

Previously The xx were favourites to win the Prize, with Wild Beasts and Dizzee Rascal frequently in second place. As we go to press, the favourites list is as below. The Prize will be presented to Foals tonight at a televised ceremony in London.

Paul Weller 1/10
The xx 7/4
Wild Beasts 5/1
Laura Marling 7/1
Mumford & Sons 8/1
I Am Kloot 10/1
Villagers 12/1
Foals 16/1
Biffy Clyro 16/1
Corinne Bailey Rae 25/1
Dizzee Rascal 33/1
Kit Downes Trio 33/1

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BEE GEE RECOVERING AFTER STOMACH SURGERY
Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees is reportedly recovering well after undergoing emergency stomach surgery. The singer was allegedly rushed to hospital after complaining of abdominal pain last month.

Gibb's twin brother Maurice died in 2003 when he suffered a cardiac arrest during surgery to correct an intestinal blockage.

An unnamed source told Globe magazine: "The similarities with Maurice's tragic death were eerily worrying. Everyone was praying there wasn't something in their genes that made both twins susceptible to some deadly condition. Thankfully he's home and feeling much better, but doctors are still examining test results".

The source also claimed that plans for a tour at the end of this year have been put on hold.

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EARLY ELO MEMBER DIES
An early member of ELO and founder member of the Devon Baroque orchestra, Mike Edwards, has died after a freak road accident in Devon. Edwards was killed after his van was crushed by a bale of hay as he drove down the A381 on Friday. It is thought the 600 kilo hay bale fell off a tractor on nearby farm land and rolled onto the road into the musician's vehicle, killing him instantly.

A member of ELO between 1972 and 1975, cellist Edwards was trained at the Royal Academy Of Music. Although ELO are often referred to as a "rock band with classical overtones", they were quite removed from most of the other groups and bands Edwards performed with during his long mainly classical music career. His live performances while with ELO became legendary, mainly because of his 'party tricks' which, according to the Face The Music website, included playing the cello with a grapefruit. Edwards later said he played around in that way to make his time with ELO "more entertaining".

Although he subsequently played with a number of outfits as well as working as a music teacher, he became particularly associated with Devon Baroque, which specialises in performing baroque and early classical music played on period instruments and in an appropriate style.

Paying tribute to Edwards yesterday, the Chairman of that orchestra, Angus Gordon, told the BBC: "He was simply the nicest guy and a brilliant musician. He was capable of turning his hand to any type of music at all. He taught the cello and his incredible patience and encouragement - even with the slowest of students - made him a very good teacher. I'm devastated. He was a really likeable person and such good fun that I keep thinking this has been a horrible mistake".

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BRIT AWARDS TO MOVE TO THE DOME
As expected, the BRIT Awards will move to The O2 Arena over there in windy North Greenwich, leaving the slightly less windy Earls Court in west London, where the event has been held annually (bar two years at the London Arena in Docklands) since 1996. The 2011 ceremony will take place at its new home on 15 Feb.

Confirming just how very exciting this news is, the awards' Chairman, David Joseph told CMU: "Looking at what The BRITs stands for - the 'must see' spectacle and the unique performances which stretch every artist who performs - it was clear that moving to a state-of-the-art venue like The O2 was an obvious evolution".

David Campbell, President and CEO of O2 Arena owners AEG Europe, added: "Since The O2 opened nearly three years ago we have wanted to host The BRIT Awards and I am absolutely thrilled that dream has become reality. We will ensure, along with the BPI, that the awards are the biggest and best yet, and are delighted to be the new home for the awards".

The future of the Earls Court Convention Centre is, of course, currently in doubt as its owners are seeking permission to knock it down and build 8000 flats in its place, though this will not happen until after the 2012 Olympics.

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TAYLOR STILL UNCERTAIN ABOUT SLIPKNOT FUTURE
Although the band's drummer Joey Jordison recently said there would definitely be another Slipknot album, frontman Corey Taylor seems less sure. The future of the band has been uncertain, of course, since the sudden death of their bass player Paul Gray back in May.

Taylor told Metal Hammer: "It's kind of a grey area right now. Everybody is still feeling it. It's too soon to tell. I'm very conflicted about whether or not I want to do anything with Slipknot, because, to me, Paul was such an integral part of the band. He was the whole reason that the band was the way it was. Paul was the glue and the orchestrator behind some of the best music we ever wrote. He was the soul of the band. Right now, it just doesn't make sense [to continue]. Until it does, that's the way it stays for me".

Of course Taylor's other band Stone Sour do continue and have a new album out this week, 'Audio Secrecy'. To mark that occasion Taylor is presenting shows on Rock Radio each evening this week - you can listen at www.rockradio.co.uk. Also, Taylor's previously reported upon first novel, based on Taylor's own views of the Seven Deadly Sins, has been given a release date of 1 Mar by publisher De Capo Press.

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THE BIG PINK COMPILE !K7 TAPES
The Big Pink's Milo Cordell (who is also the boss man at Merok Records) has put together the latest compilation in !K7's 'Tapes' series. The album is due for release on 18 Oct.

Cordell explained: "Doing this mix was a complete pleasure because I grew up recording mixes for myself and friends. My goal has always been the same: to make something that transports you somewhere completely different. There's a DIY aspect to most of the sixteen tracks. Many are nothing more complicated than a person tinkering on a laptop. I imagine 90% of music on the compilation was made in someone's bedroom. That's always appealed to me and my label, Merok. We've always championed this generation of musicians that make music in their bedrooms. It's where people feel most at home".

The full tracklist for the compilation is this:

GRLLGRLL - Slow Dancing
Love Distance - Move On The Rain
Gang Gang Dance - Ego War
Joker - Snake Eater
Active Child - Body Heat (So Far Away)
Henny Moan - Vreg Dreams (Little Slow Mix)
Sewn Leather - Smoke Ov The Pvnk
Balam Acab - See Birds
Yusuf B - Kiss The Nite
ZVA - Nothing
No Bra - Minger (These New Puritans Remix)
jj - Let Go
Salem - Dirt
Light Asylum - Shallow Tears
The Big Pink - Velvet (BDG Remix By Gang Gang Dance)
Actress - Hubble
oOoOO - Mumbai
The xx - Fantasy
Horse Macgyver - Tetanus Wine

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JOY OF SEX AND GINDRINKER FOR SPLIT SINGLE
Welsh bands Joy Of Sex and Gindrinker will release a split single together next week, the first in a new series from I Blame The Parents Records called 'Split Definitives'. Cover artwork for the single is handled by UK painter Anthony Frost, who is best known for creating the covers of The Fall's 'Imperial Wax Solvent' and 'Extricate'.

The limited edition seven-inch will be released on 13 Sep, and the same day both bands will perform live at Cardiff's Buffalo Bar.

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JOAQUIN PHOENIX DOCUMENTARY NOT A JOKE, SAYS DIRECTOR
There has been much speculation about the authenticity of Casey Affleck's documentary following fellow actor (and Affleck's brother-in-law) Joaquin Phoenix as he attempts to break into the world of hip hop ever since it was announced. And no less so now that the film has been completed and screened at the Venice Film Festival.

Phoenix announced his intention to turn his back on acting and become a rapper in an interview with David Letterman last year. Since then his story has made headlines on numerous occasions, including when he attacked a heckler during a live performance, an incident that makes it into the film.

Speaking to reporters after the film's screening yesterday, Affleck said: "I can tell you that there is no hoax. That never even entered into my consciousness until other people began to talk about the movie. I'm very interested to hear those sorts of reactions and I appreciate that point of view, and I understand how a lot of this movie could be confusing in terms of, 'oh well, it seems like something's real or not real'".

Amongst the stars who also appear in the movie is Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who agrees to listen to Phoenix's demo, before refusing to work with him. Asked whether, if nothing else, this scene was staged, Affleck said: "The role that [Combs] played in Joaquin's life was to be the bearer of bad news. He was the hammer that crushed the dream. All of that is a little bit of an act".

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CINEMAS GET STONED
Eagle Rock Entertainment and Omniverse Vision have teamed up to bring the Rolling Stones to a cinema near you, whether you want them or not.

The two companies have planned a Europe-wide screening of 'Ladies & Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones', the 'Exile On Main St' era concert film originally released in 1974. The movie has been remastered for the new cinema screening, and a brand new Mick Jagger interview has been added.

It will appear for one night only in selected Vue, Picturehouse and Showcase cinemas between 16 and 21 Sep. Full listings are at this URL:

cinerock.net/tickets/the-rolling-stones/united-kingdom/

Elsewhere in Rolling Stones news, a Stones version of Monopoly has been released with some of the band's album and tour titles replacing the street names and stations, while playing pieces are things like drum kits, wild horses and lips.

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KYLIE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR, DROPS BOOKING FEES
Kylie Minogue has announced UK tour dates for 2011. The 'Les Folies Tour' will see the singer perform two nights each in Glasgow, Manchester and London. Tickets go on sale on 13 Sep.

Minogue said: "The reaction to 'Aphrodite' has been absolutely incredible and has inspired me and my creative team to develop a new show that will take all of us on a euphoric journey of joy, excitement and glamour. I can't wait to get on the road and see all my fans in 2011".

The big news, apparently, is that no booking fees with be charged on tickets, provided they are purchased from approved outlets, as a thank you to fans. A transaction fee will be charged on all orders, though. And while I know there is a difference between booking fees and transaction fees, it does take the shine off a bit.

'Get Outta My Way', the second single from 'Aphrodite', will be released on 27 Sep. Here's the video: youtu.be/BHGaW8lBlSk

Tour dates:

28 Mar: Glasgow, SECC
29 Mar: Glasgow, SECC
1 Apr: Manchester, MEN Arena
2 Apr: Manchester, MEN Arena
7 Apr: London, O2 Arena
8 Apr: London, O2 Arena

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LOSERS TO LAUNCH ALBUM AT CLUB REMIX
Losers, aka Eddy Temple-Morris and Tom Bellamy, will officially launch their debut album, 'Beautiful Losers', at Eddy's own Club Remix night at Proud in Camden this Thursday.

As well as a headline set from the duo, Riz MC, Envy and Nightbus will also perform live, and there will be DJ sets from Dumb Blonde and Bryn 547.

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BRANCHAGE FILM FESTIVAL, various venues, Jersey, 23-26 Sep: Amongst the music related events at this year's Branchage Film Festival are live soundtracks by Euros Child & Richard James, Bo Ningen, and Zombie Zombie, plus a screening of Gruff Rhys' documentary, 'Separado!', in which he goes in search of a long lost Patagonian uncle, followed by a Q&A with the music and director Dyl Jones. www.branchagefestival.com

BURNT OFFERINGS 2010, Unicorn, Camden, 22-24 Oct: Northern Oak, Corr Mhona and Conquest Of Steel are all set to appear at this three-day metal-themed fest in Camden next month, along with Celtachor, Dark Forest, Disarm Goliath, and BAST. www.myspace.com/ironagepromotion

FREEZE FESTIVAL, Battersea Power Station, London, 29-31 Oct: MNDR and Rose Elinor Dougall are amongst the latest acts confirmed to play at nxt month's Freeze Festival, with Starsmith (DJ set), Pocket Lips, Diagram of the Heart and Pippa Marias also added to the line-up. www.thefreezefestival.com

LOOPALLU, Ullapool, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, 17-18 Sep: Paolo Nutini has been confrimed as the Friday headliner for this year's Loopallu festival, joining the likes of The Magic Numbers, Idlewild and Turin Brakes. www.loopallu.co.uk

THE OX4 FESTIVAL, Cowley Road, Oxford, 9 Oct: Everything Everything, Abe Vigoda and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin head up the acts announced to play at Oxford's OX4 fest, with Crocodiles, Dog Is Dead, Chad Valley, Fixers and Boat To Row also confirmed to play. www.thisistruck.com/about-ox4-festival.aspx

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ALBUM REVIEW: ceo - White Magic (Modular Records/Yours Sincerely)
'White Magic' isn't, on paper at least, the most enticing of records; an album of Balearic-tinged Baroque pop by one half of a duo known for, well, Balearic-tinged Baroque pop. This, Eric Berglund of The Tough Alliance's debut album under the ceo moniker, is a record heavily indebted to the work of its creator's day-job.

The fact that it could possibly just be another Tough Alliance release is its greatest strength and most crippling weakness. It sticks faithfully, perhaps too faithfully some may argue, to the TA blueprint. The songs come in two flavours: familiar sounding melodies transposed onto vaguely dancey backing tracks ('Oh God, Oh Dear', 'No Mercy') or Left Banke style wistful 60s pop ('All Around', 'Illuminata')

Stand-out track 'Come With Me' demonstrates the potential that this album had. It's a sublime example of how pop classicism and dance music don't have to be mutually exclusive. The track's anchored by a doleful, dubbed-out bassline that repeats it's sombre march over and over again whilst sad, surely azure blue (to all the synesthetes out there) synths buzz around Berglund's keening vocal. Then a piano line reminiscent of 'Children' by Robert Miles comes in, winding round the skippy percussion until the whole thing, sounding like it could feasibly loop into eternity, fades out into the ether. It's the type of song that suites the late-night bedroom dreamers as much as the early-morning blissed out clubbers.

If only the rest of the album was as strong. As it stands, 'White Magic' is the sound of end of summer regrets. We're left, here in September, wondering about what could have been. JAB.

Release date: 6 Sep

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LINE-UP COMING TOGETHER FOR REEPERBAHN
With Popkomm kicking off in Berlin tomorrow, the line-up is also pretty much sorted for another German music business convention, the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

The Reeperbahn Festival runs from 23-25 Sep 2010 and has three strands, an arts festival, a music festival and the convention bit, which goes by the name of Campus. In the latter strand record label veteran Seymour Stein will provide the keynote speech, while mobile industry expert Kathleen McMahon and songwriter Donovan will also present, ensuring many bases are covered. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will also take part in a great panel titled 'The Geeks Will Kill The Creatives'.

On the music side, the bill includes Marina And The Diamonds, Cee Lo Green, Ali Love, Band Of Skulls, Beat! Beat! Beat!, Blood Red Shoes, Egyptian Hip Hop, Goldhawks, Goldheart Assembly, James Yuill, Johnossi Junip, Stornoway, Wild Palms and Wolf Parade.

More at www.reeperbahnfestival.com

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GIRL ALOUD CONFIRMS TESCO DEAL
Girl Aloud Nadine Coyle has confirmed her debut solo album will only be available via the cultural emporium that you call Tesco. She's also confirmed that she decided to release her debut via a partnership deal with the supermarket giant rather than a traditional record label because it gave her more artistic control.

Says Nadine: "To be able to create an album where you are in complete creative control and to work with people as supportive, powerful and forward thinking as Tesco is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an artist. Releasing my album through Tesco is such a great way to connect with everybody".

Tesco's entertainment man said Rob Salter said: "We are delighted that Nadine Coyle has agreed to entrust the first album of her solo career to Tesco. Nadine has delivered a real album with musical integrity and, most of all, that great big warm voice and fantastic songs which we believe will speak to all of Tesco's customers".

Lovely. I wonder if Nadine could persuade my local Tesco to start stocking Cheshire Cheese again. Anyone got her number?

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HANDS AND CITIGROUP MAY HAVE MET TO DISCUSS EMI COURT CASE
So, according to reports, Terra Firma boss Guy Hands put on his finest woolly jumper yesterday, you know, the one his Aunt Aida knitted while on that coach trip to Bridlington, for a closed doors meeting with the men from Citigroup, to discuss the two parties' upcoming court squabble in New York.

The aim of the meeting was to see if there was any last minute deal that could be done that could result in an out of court settlement. Rumours that said meeting had been planned started circulating last month, though this Sunday The Mail were quoting insider sources that said neither side was really in negotiating mood, and said meeting was therefore expected to be very short.

Assuming no agreement can be reached this week, the big court case should kick off next month on 18 Oct. As previously reported, Hands is suing the bankers over the information and advice they provided just before his company's big takeover of EMI in 2007. The financier argues that Citigroup had a conflict of interest, because another part of the company was working for the then-and-still flagging music firm. He contends that had the bank provided more accurate information he wouldn't have gone through with his ambitious and ultimately disastrous takeover of the London-based music major.

EMI still has a multi-billion pound debt to Citigroup stemming from Terra Firma's acquisition, of course. The equity group began legal action against their bank last year after efforts by Hands to restructure that debt failed. As also previously reported, EMI needed a further cash injection from Terra Firma earlier this year to meet covenants relating to that loan, and it seems likely that further cash injections will be required in future years too. Though Terra Firma are very keen to tell us that the vast majority of their investors are still very supportive of their music company, so that's no problem at all then.

Neither Citigroup nor Terra Firma have commented on their out of court negotiations, not even to confirm or deny they are happening. It therefore seems likely we'll hear no more about this case, idle speculation aside, until 18 Oct.

For legal reasons we must stress that, if this meeting did indeed happen, which it may or may not have done, Guy Hands would not have worn a woolly jumper knitted by his Aunt Aida. In fact that jumper, that aunt and all of that knitting were figurative. Coach trips to Bridlington do occur, however.

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JEREMY FABINYI DEPARTS PRS
Jeremy Fabinyi has stepped down from his full-time roll at UK collecting society PRS For Music after nine months in the role of Executive Director Licensing.

Fabinyi previously spent six months as Acting CEO of the society after the sudden departure of former boss Steve Porter last year. He took on his most recent role after former Sony exec Robert Ashcroft was appointed CEO in January.

Fabinyi left the Society last week though will continue to work with the organisation in an advisory capacity. Jez Bell, formerly Director Of Broadcast & Online, will take over Fabinyi's former areas of responsibility in addition to his own in a new role, job title tbc (possibly The Main Man).

Commenting on Fabinyi's departure, Ashcroft told Music Week: "I would like to thank Jeremy for his enormous contribution both to PRS For Music and to the industry that he has served, and continues to serve, with such distinction. I look forward to continuing to draw on his unrivalled experience and knowledge in the future".

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BENJI B MOVES TO RADIO 1
1Xtra DJ Benji B will take over Mary Anne Hobb's Thursday overnight slot on Radio 1 from next month, following Mary Anne's previously reported decision to leave the nation's favourite. Benji B will leave his 1Xtra weekend show to join Radio 1.

Benji B told CMU: "I've loved every minute of my eight years at 1Xtra and am delighted to be given this incredible opportunity. I can't wait to bring the essence of my Sunday night show and my loyal audience to my new Radio 1 programme".

Radio 1 deputy boss Ben Cooper added: "Benji B's reputation for finding and supporting new cutting edge music is exemplary, and I'm excited about him being able to put his own mark on the slot by bringing some of the finest cutting edge dub step and experimental electronica to our audiences".

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BRIAN MCFADDEN NEITHER AUSTRALIAN NOR NEW: CONFIRMED
Organiser's of the Australian music industry's big awards bash, the ARIAs, temporarily made former Westlifer Brian McFadden an Australian and a breakthrough artist yesterday.

Some industry types who get to vote in the ARIAs were surprised to see Brian McFadden listed as a possible contender for the Breakthrough Australian Artist category. Overlooking his Irishness, said voters pointed out that by having four solo albums since his stint with the mega-selling globe-trotting boyband made it hard to consider the boy Brian a 'breakthrough' anything.

When contacted by Aussie music business mag The Music Network yesterday ARIA bosses conceded McFadden shouldn't have been on the eligible lists for that category.

ARIA Awards Producer Mark Pope said: "The ARIA Awards eligibility vetting process is rigorous, but not fool proof. In spite of three gates of checks and balances, still the odd anomaly slips through the cracks. Brian Mc Fadden may be a new Australian, but it is obvious, given his previous success, that he is not a Breakthrough Artist as defined in the ARIA Awards Eligibility Document. The situation has now been rectified".

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