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LFO frontman dies
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Amie Street sold to Amazon - set to close
Justin Bieber is 3% of Twitter
The Media Business
Cowell might walk from ITV shows
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Foals man on the night that dick Morrissey saw his band

Mt Desolation are an alternative country band formed by Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and the band's live bassist Jesse Quin. With the help of friends from various other acts including members of The Long Winters, Mumford & Sons and Noah And The Whale, the band set out to record their debut album with producer Emery Dobyns, with the aim to record as much of the LP live as possible in true country style. The band kick off their tour of the UK tomorrow which runs through to the end of September, and are all set to release that eponymous debut album on 18 Oct via Island Records. We put the Same Six to the band's Jesse Quin.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I can't speak for Tim but for me it was my friend Amy Gibbons teaching me how to play a drum beat at the age of seven. I was completely hooked from that moment on. I guess I'm one of those lucky few people in the world that never felt worried about what to do with their life. I couldn't do anything other than music anyway. Had a bar job for a while. Just ended up drinking too much. You can't really play too much guitar. I hope.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
It's Mt Desolation's first record and I think the main inspiration behind making it wasn't necessarily other bands as much as the desire just to make some music with friends that we don't usually get to play with. It was just for the sheer fun of it. It might sound like bullshit but we weren't really even thinking that it would necessarily be released. It feels almost more like we went on some kind of retreat for a month just to help us to advance in the rest of our musical endeavours. That sounds pretty cheesy, doesn't it?

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Tim and I both wrote a bunch of songs and recorded demos of them that made it to various stages of completion. Then everyone set up a load of drums and amps and stuff at Eastcote in London during those snowy few weeks last January and off we went. That's pretty much all there was to it, I guess. Again, I can't speak for Tim but it's only when I listened back to the finished article that I realised how much had really gone into the songs lyrically and melodically. The actual recording was very emotionally charged too because there wasn't a lot of overdubbing so I personally felt like we all got into the moment a lot more. It's pretty rare that you get covered in sweat in a recording studio. We just started playing and didn't stop until we got kicked out when the engineer wanted to go home. It was pure joy.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Well, I think we were vaguely aiming at something quite traditional to begin with, but it kind of lost its way in a good way. I was going through a slightly uncool but incredibly passionate phase of pretty much only listening to 'Band On The Run' by Wings and 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac. I kept pushing for that really thick, dead drum sound. I'm sure it annoyed the hell out of everyone. Especially Fimbo, whose drums it was that I was messing with.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Be patient and bear with it. Ha ha. Well I'd probably ask them to kindly turn it up nice and loud. It's the kind of music that sounds good loud. Especially the softer ones on the album. Emery did a really good job mixing it.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Well, our ambitions are definitely humble ones. It would be nice if we could sell enough copies that the record company would let us make another one some day. I think if I'm completely honest, a few really nice reviews to show the grandchildren would be enough to keep me satisfied.

MORE>> www.mtdesolation.com
This is us, in someways, approving of one of our own - certainly one of the links below takes you to a page on our own website. But while it's no secret Mr Eddy Temple-Morris is a columnist on theCMUwebsite.com, and that we've had a long association with him, his Remix show on Xfm, and all the spin-off Remix events, we'd like you to know that the debut album from Losers - the musical unit that has Eddy and former Cooper Temple Clause man Tom Bellamy at its heart - is approved totally on its own merits.

And if you don't believe me, well just get yourself a copy (or check out the four tracks at the Soundcloud link) below, it's freakin marvellous, why wouldn't anyone with a sane musical brain (and despite rumours to the contrary, CMU brains are totally sane, when it comes to music at least) love this? A long time coming, 'Beautiful Losers', is officially released next week, and is officially launched tonight at a very special edition of the previously reported Club Remix at Camden's Proud Galleries. You'll find more info and a track by track outline by Eddy himself on his Eddy Says column this week.


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 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.
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The former bodyguard of Britney Spears, who previously accused the popstress of abusing her children, has now filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against his former employer.

Ferando Flores claims Spears repeatedly exposed herself and made sexual advances towards him while he was on her staff. In legal papers seen by TMZ, his lawyer apparently claims that one evening while Flores was on duty "[Spears] was wearing a white lace, see-through dress. She walked over close by [Flores], intentionally dropped her cigarette lighter on the floor, bent over to retrieve it and thereby exposed her uncovered genitals... The incident caused [Flores] shock and disgust". The suit also alleges the troubled pop star "engaged in numerous sex acts" in front of her employee.

In addition to all this, the lawsuit repeats Flores' aforementioned allegations regarding Spears' parenting skills, alleging he once witnessed her "loudly having sexual relations" in a hotel suite where her children were present, that she once "savagely hit" her eldest son with Flores' belt, and that she had fed both her sons crab meat despite knowing they had "serious seafood allergies". Embellishing on the latter incident, he claims that the two boys started vomiting after eating the crab meat, but when staff members suggested they call for medical help Spears refused, telling them to "mind your own fucking business!"

When Flores first made his claims about Spears' alleged child abuse in the media, the Los Angeles Department Of Children And Family Services investigated and ruled that there was "absolutely no truth" in the former bodyguard's allegations. At the time a source close to Spears told The Sun Flores was "an opportunist".

Spears' people have not yet responded to Flores going legal over his various allegations against his former employer.

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Foxy Brown has had all but one criminal charge against her, relating to an incident earlier in the summer, dropped by prosecutors in New York. The charges constituted a violation of the probation terms put in place after a previous run in with the law, so could have resulted in more jail time for the rapper.

As previously reported, Brown was arrested in July after a fracas involving her and a neighbour, Arlene Raymond, at her Brooklyn home - the same neighbour that the rap lady threw her Blackberry at back in 2007, which resulted in a restraining order. After the most recent incident, Brown pleaded guilty to breaching that restraining order, and was facing up to seven years in prison.

But a grand jury at the Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday failed to indict Brown on the two felonies and three of four misdemeanours that stemmed from the incident, though she is still due to be charged on one count of criminal contempt on Friday, which may result in community service.

Outside the court, Brown said: "I always knew I was innocent. And this is all about jealousy".

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The son of producer and DJ Goldie, Jamie Price has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after murdering a rival gang member in Wolverhampton.

Price, a member of the Firetown Crew gang, stabbed Marlon Morris of the Pendeford Crew four times during an altercation in 2008. Morris later died in hospital from his injuries.

Goldie told Mixmag: "I tried to give him opportunities; I told him that I'd pay for anything he wanted to do. But he went the other way".

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Last year, US animal rights group PETA were pleased when Lady Gaga vowed to never wear animal skins, though that's possibly because they didn't realize the singer planned to wear the flesh from under the skins instead.

OK, it's possible that wasn't what Gaga meant at the time, but on the cover of the latest issue of the Japanese edition of Vogue Hommes the singer is wearing a bikini made of slabs of meat. See it here.

It's rather grim, and it hasn't pleased the aforementioned PETA. Their President, Ingrid Newkirk, told reporters this week: "Lady Gaga's job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body. No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal. Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that's the look they were going for, they achieved it".

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Rich Cronin, one third of 1990s American boyband LFO, or the Lyte Funky Ones, has died aged 35 after losing a battle with leukaemia.

Cronin was a founder member of and the principal songwriter for LFO, a group best known for their 1999 hits 'Summer Girls' and 'Girls On TV'. The group split in 2002, but Cronin resurfaced in 2007 when he took part in VH1's US-based reality show 'Man Band', which brought together former members of four American boy bands to create a new group.

After that project Cronin released a solo album and formed a rap duo called Loose Cannons (not to be confused with the UK duo of the same name), before joining LFO on a reunion tour in 2009.

Cronin was first diagnosed as suffering from leukaemia in 2005, but received treatment and the disease went into remission. He set up the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise awareness of the disease and the need for blood and bone marrow donors. Earlier this summer it was confirmed Cronin was again suffering from leukaemia and that his condition had worsened.

Cronin's death was first announced by Tweets from members of fellow boybands N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, in particular N Syncer Chris Kirkpatrick, who also appeared on VH1's 'Man Band' show. He tweeted simply: "RIP to a great friend Rich C".

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Rihanna has been discussing her upcoming new album 'Loud', which is due for release in November, exactly a year after last album, 'Rated R'.

In a webchat with fans, the singer said: "I'm done recording the whole album. I made sure not to let you down with my music! You guys are always defending me, so now you've got some great songs to justify it. I wanted the next step in the evolution of Rihanna..."

And what might the next evolution of Rihanna be? Well, she added: "Get LOUD everybody, get crazy, get excited, cuz I'm pumped. I'm just gonna be ME, cuz that's what u guys love the most, and that's what makes me feel best... Just being normal, normal for me is LOUD! Sassy, fun, flirty, energetic".

The first single from the album will be 'Only Girl (In The World)', which recently debuted on US radio.

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Are you ready for Weezer's new album, which is or isn't named after clothing firm Hurley and/or 'Lost' character Hurley? Well, tough if you're not, because here it is. Right now. It won't be in shops until Monday, but you can listen to it in full on the band's MySpace page.

This is the band's MySpace page: www.myspace.com/weezer

Alternatively, you could get on Spotify and listen to their first two albums. Not that I'm saying those albums are way better. Oh wait, yes I am.

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Blonde Redhead have announced that they will play one show, and one show only, at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 29 Sep, following the release of their utterly brilliant new album, 'Penny Sparkle', which is due out on Monday through 4AD.

You can download the opening track from the album, 'Here Sometimes', right now from the band's website: www.blonde-redhead.com

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Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will be in London in November to perform for five nights at the Shepherds Bush Empire, following on from a three night sold out residency at the same venue back in 2007.

The shows will run on 2-3 and 5-7 Nov. tickets are on sale now.

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Organisers of In The City have announced details of seven panels which will take place as part of this year's convention.

Among them will be a session on blogging including Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, a discussion on all things dubstep led by Mixmag's Joe Muggs, a look at the potential of the Chinese music industry including tour promoter Storme Whitby-Grubb and a debate on the potential for internet radio including Radio Academy boss and former Radio 1 man Trevor Dann.

There'll also be two panels involving CMU founder and Business Editor Chris Cooke, which surely deserve this extra paragraph. He'll take part in a debate on the growing importance of fan analytics, and will chair a session on the topic of music brand partnerships.

This year's In The City runs from 13-15 Oct, more at www.inthecity.co.uk.

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Organisers of the next edition of pan-European music business convention MIDEM have announced that the keynote speaker in the digital and internet strand of their 2011 programme will be Jean-Bernard Levy who, as CEO of Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music, is ultimately responsible for all things Bieber, who is surely single handedly responsible for slowing down the world wide web? Levy will take about all things digital from a Vivendi and Universal viewpoint.

MIDEM takes place in late January in Cannes.

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Sat Bisla, the man behind the MUSExpo music business conferences, is planning a new convention in LA on all things radio. He has teamed with Allaccess.com, the world's largest community of radio professionals, to create the Worldwide Radio Sumit, which will take place in Los Angeles next April.

Says Sat: "As a member and advocate of the global radio and music community I felt it was essential to bring together a melting pot of positive creative and business inspiration in a forum that would be productive and meaningful to those who participate at the Worldwide Radio Summit. Having been a part of the radio family for the past 26 years and sharing new sounds with music fans around the globe - radio has played a vital role in sharing great talent with the masses".

A stack of US radio names are already lined up to speak, as are Xfm's music man Mike Walsh, Brendan Smyth and Mike McClung of New Zealand's On-Air organisation, Andrew Phillips of the Australian Broadcasting Corp and Markus Kuehn and Mona Rübsamen, managing partners at MotorFM Germany.

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Live Nation has announced it will add the O2 brand to the name of its Apollo venue in Manchester, making it, officially, the O2 Apollo Manchester, a new name that approximately fourteen people will use.

O2, of course, have naming rights over most of the venues run by the Academy Music Group, which is in turn half owned by Live Nation. The Apollo isn't actually part of the Academy network, though may be marketed as such moving forward, I'm not sure.

The new sponsorship deal, which will also give O2 customers access to priority tickets, will coincide with the interior of the venue being cleaned up and redecorated.

Says Live Nation's COO International Paul Latham: "It gives me great pleasure to announce this partnership with O2 and it facilitates our investment in one of the greatest music venues in the UK. Concert fans deserve the best and this partnership delivers that and so much more".

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According to reports, Warner Music has signed up to Google's new digital music service, while the other three majors are still in talks with the web firm.

As previously reported, speculation that Google will launch its own download and/or streaming service has risen in recent months. Details of what that service will offer remain very sketchy, though it's thought whatever is being planned could be launched, in the US at least, in time for Christmas.

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It looks like US-based digital music community Amie Street will disappear later this month following a slightly confusing deal with Amazon.

As previously reported, Amie Street was a digital download store with social networking elements to it. For starters, tracks became more expensive as more people downloaded them, incentivising users to be first to find new music. Users could also recommend tracks to their friends, and earned a credit commission if said friends then bought them.

The music in the community was mainly from independent artists and labels, though the service did have a relationship with Sony.

Amie Street's relationship with Amazon began in 2007, a year after its launch, when the web retailer put an undisclosed investment into the company. The new deal sees Amazon buying various Amie Street assets, though the service as it currently stands is due to go offline later this month and user credits will not be transferable to AmazonMP3, so it's not clear what the web giant plans to do with stuff it's acquired in this deal.

Meanwhile, Amie Street's sister streaming-based service, Songza, will remain an independent concern run by the download community's original founders. Amie Street CEO Elias Roman told reporters: "We're the generation that created social networking so we could personalise anything and everything. Since there is no way a computer-generated radio station can represent us, we built Songza to be a social music service that let users share their music, see what their friends are listening to and collaborate with new people who share their interests".

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According to an interesting tweet that we retweeted earlier this week, the phenomenon that is Justin Bieber currently accounts for 3% of all of Twitter's server activity at any one time, and the squeaky popstrel has racks of servers dedicated solely to him in the HQ of the micro-blogging network.

The claim comes form a blogger called Dustin Curtis, who says he got the stats from an unnamed employee at Twitter. Mashable has since been trying to verify the figures Curtis published. And although Twitter itself has refused confirm or deny the Bieber stats, Mashable seems to have concluded they are entirely believable.

Explaining why JB would need plenty of Twitter bandwidth all to himself, Curtis has added: "Every time Bieber tweets, his messages have to be delivered to more than five million people who then endlessly retweet it. Apparently, his account receives more than 60 @-replies per second for a while after he tweets, which is something Twitter wasn't originally designed to handle".

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Simon Cowell has been mouthing off about how he'd happily walk away from the UK version of 'X-Factor', presumably to strengthen his hand in on-going contract renewal negotiations with ITV.

The stand off between Cowell and the third channel broadcaster seems to be less about money and more about the timing of the SyCo man's two big telly ventures, 'X-Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent'. The problem is the previously reported launch of 'X-Factor USA' in 2011, which seems likely to air in the autumn, making it impossible for 'X-Factor' UK to air in its usual calendar slot.

ITV bosses are known to be nervous about moving the pop talent show to the first half of the year, if only because they'd have to schedule it around 'BGT' and presumably would prefer it not to clash with all that ice-skating nonsense that they air at the start of the year.

Talking about the future of the X franchise in the UK, Cowell told reporters this week: "I haven't decided if I am doing 'BGT'... [but] 'X-Factor' will have to move and we have to decide whether we can make the show better. Do people want it back? Even though I have got some plans, I'm going to have to wait a few more weeks before I make a final decision".

On the other side of the fence, the Mirror has reported sources inside ITV as saying bosses there are desperately seeking other big prime time Saturday night shows they could use to replace 'X-Factor' if necessary. Poaching Andrew Lloyd Webber and his West End talent contests from the BBC or some new project involving Jonathan Ross are reportedly being considered.

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Foals keys man Edwin Congreave has told Xfm about the night earlier this year when Morrissey came to see his band play.

Speaking at the Mercury Awards earlier this week, Congreave said: "We were told about an hour before that he was on the guestlist, and I was astonished. I was a teen fan of The Smiths, as a lot of people are, I kind of idolised them. And Morrissey is obviously famous for being a bit of a dick, for want of a better word".

He continued: "I was excited he was coming to our show and I wanted to know what he thought of us. And, true to form, he left after about three songs. So I think he told us what he thinks of us. And that's absolutely fine. We're not The Smiths and never will be".

This claim that Morrissey only likes bands who sound like The Smiths is a new one on me. If that's the case, maybe it is time for a reunion.

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