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Congress to consider giving DOJ powers to shut down infringing websites
In The Pop Courts
RIAA sue-the-fans lawsuit could be heading to Supreme Court
INXS in legal fight with Hutchence rights owners
Pop Politics
Lady Gaga speaks against 'don't ask, don't tell'
In The Studio
REM complete fifteenth album
Gigs & Tours News
Elbow announce 2011 tour
Laura Marling announces UK tour
Flying Lotus announces UK shows
Album review: Detachments - Detachments (Thisisnotanexit)
The Music Business
Tinie Tempah album to get lanyard release
Proper Music rejig
MySpace Records form partnership with Downtown
The Digital Business
Zune coming to the UK
Topspin bring brands into the party
The Media Business
Sarah Kennedy didn't present her show drunk, OK?
Annie Nightingale presented with Guinness record award
And finally...
Kylie blocked Neighbours repeats
Katy Perry sings with Elmo
Winehouse apologises to Ronson

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his first album 'Postcards & Daydreaming' in 2005, before touring the world relentlessly for several years. The follow-up, 'Nice, Nice, Very Nice', received widespread critical acclaim, and also picked up a nomination in this year's Polaris Music Prize. Since his latest album release he has since shared the stage with artists like Broken Social Scene and Julian Casablancas, and played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury. He can even afford to bring a band along now. Ahead of his upcoming UK tour, and a show this week at the Reeperbahn Festival, we caught up with Dan to find out more.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
Poorly. Lots of covers of 90s grunge music.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Many things - travelling, my home town of Vancouver, Kurt Vonnegut, a handful of novels, long distance phone calls.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
It can come from a variety of angles. Sometimes it's a sheet full of lyrics that find a melody, other times it's simply a guitar rhythm or something that eventually finds words. I edit relentlessly, and sometimes go crazy in the process of writing songs, but it's something that gives me a whole lot of pleasure.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I feel like it changes all the time. Sometimes it's the classics - Beatles, Dylan, Drake.. Other times it's very contemporary - Bon Iver, Wilco, Radiohead, Arcade Fire. Lastly, I'd say I'm pushed in all kinds of directions by musical friends and peers. The best part of being a touring musician is meeting great creators everywhere you go.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Listen for the consonants, and the vowels.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I tried to get over myself for this record - to be more lighthearted, to be more playful. I'm sensing myself getting more serious on the next album, but also more thoughtful of the quality of sound. Epicness is no longer a goal, but rather poignancy.

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DAN MANGAN AT REEPERBAHN: Hasenschaukel at 10pm on 24 Sep
The first time I heard Surf City, I assumed they were an old Flying Nun Records signing from the 80s that I'd just not come across before. It turns out they're much newer on the scene than that, but they don't half sound like some of the bands once signed to the Kiwi indie - The Clean and The Chills in particular. Plus they're from New Zealand. And they've got all the finest fuzzy guitar pop heritage of their home country running through every note they play. Which, just in case you weren't sure, is a good thing.

The band released their eponymous debut EP in 2008, which caused a little flurry of attention. Now, two years later, the band are preparing to release their debut album, 'Kudos', which will be put out by Fire Records on 1 Nov. It's an album full of instantly lovable, ramshackle pop songs, featuring that sound all the hip bands from New York are currently attempting to create but take themselves too seriously to actually pull off.


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A Senator in the US has put a bill to Congress proposing the Department Of Justice be given more power to close websites that provide access to copyright infringing content. Senator Patrick Leah wants the DoJ to be able to take swift action to shut down infringing websites in the US, and to force internet service providers to block access to such services based outside America.

The UK music and movie industries pushed for something similar to be included in the Digital Economy Act earlier this year, making it easier to force infringing websites offline through the British courts. But the proposals proved even more controversial than the three-strikes system also set out in the Act, with some fearing the proposed provisions could be used to target search engines like Google which inevitably do provide links to infringing content. In the end the specific clause setting out such provisions was cut and some vaguer commitments placed elsewhere in the Act instead.

Whether similar concerns will be raised in the US remains to be seen. Giving his support for the bill, the boss of the Recording Industry Association Of America, Mitch Bainwol, told reporters: "The trafficking of pirated American movies and music from rogue websites outside our borders is a big business. This bill is a welcome first step toward cutting off the financial lifeline that sustains these illegal operations and threatens the livelihoods of countless members of the American music community".

As previously reported, although the US record industry is now following the lead of its European counterparts in putting most of its anti-file-sharing efforts into persuading ISPs to operate some sort of three-strike system, there have been few moves to date to force such a system on the net firms through legislation, as has happened in the UK, France and New Zealand.

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Staying in US, and news that one of the Recording Industry Association Of America's lesser known sue-the-fans lawsuits might be set to be the first to go before the Supreme Court. The country's highest court has been asked to consider whether the concept of "innocent infringer" can be applied to file-sharers who do not really understand the legal implications of what they are doing.

As previously reported, although the RIAA has now abandoned its self-harming sue-the-fans strategy for combating file-sharing - so that no new lawsuits will be filed against individual file-sharers - a number of cases are still working their way through the system. These are the cases where the targeted fan chose not to settle out of court; the most famous ones, of course, involve Jammie Thomas and Joel Tennenbaum.

But the case that could reach the Supreme Court is that of Whitney Harper. Although she ultimately admitted to illegally accessing music via P2P networks, she pleaded the "innocent infringer" defence. She argued that at that time when she was file-sharing she did not know doing so infringed copyright, equating P2P file-sharing networks with online radio services.

Although the "innocent infringer" claim is not a complete defence in US copyright law, it does mean a court can ignore the minimum damages set out in statute, which insist a defendant pay at least $750 for every copyright they infringe. Given Harper is accused of file-sharing 37 tracks, if you applied the statutory minimum she'd face damages of $27,750.

The Texas judge who first heard Harper's case decided she should be considered an "innocent infringer" and ruled she should pay just $200 per copyright violation, so $7400. But when the RIAA appealed, a higher court said Harper's chosen defence did not apply in file-sharing cases, and upped the damages to the statutory minimum.

Harper's people are now appealing to the Supreme Court, which has asked the RIAA to respond to the file-sharer's legal petition before they decide to consider the appeal. Although the request for a response does not mean the ultimate US court has agreed to hear this case, commentators familiar with the Supreme Court's processes think it's a definite sign it is seriously considering it.

If it was to get a second appeal hearing, it's expected Harper's case would go before the Supreme Court this autumn.

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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the surviving members of INXS have been caught up in all sorts of legal wranglings of late thanks to a lawsuit pursued by a mysterious company called Chardonnay Investments, which is based in the Virgin Islands and about which very little is known.

What we do know about Chardonnay Investments is that they did a deal with former INXS frontman Michael Hutchence four years before his untimely death in 1997, in which the company took ownership of his cut of any broadcast royalties relating to INXS's catalogue, as well as control of his likeness rights relating to TV and merchandise. It was also involved in the release of the singer's posthumous eponymous solo album, released by V2 in 1999.

According to court papers only just released, Chardonnay recently sued the remaining members of INXS, their manager and lawyer, and various INXS-related companies alleging that the defendants had conspired to stop the claimant getting its share of royalties from the band's Hutchence-fronted catalogue. The band denied the allegations.

Chardonnay also wanted the court to force INXS to hand over a share of their post-1997 profits, and asked the judge to wind up the partnership business that sits behind the band, presumably because then Chardonnay could deal directly with collecting societies and such like rather than having to get its cut of any royalties via the band's company.

It seems that the judge hearing the case, Paul Brereton, has decreed that Chardonnay's lawsuit was incomplete and that it needs to resubmit its legal claim before the case can proceed.

For reasons I don't quite understand, it seems the court has already cleared four of the band's five surviving members of the claims made against them, but Chardonnay's allegations in relation to Andrew Farriss remain, possibly because he and Hutchence were the main songwriting partnership behind most of the band's big hits. The band's manager and US lawyer are also still listed as defendants.

Although, for now, Andrew's brothers Tim and Jon, as well as Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly, have been cleared, Judge Brereton has warned they may be renamed as defendants when Chardonnay resubmits its lawsuit.

The timescale for Chardonnay resubmitting its legal papers is not currently clear.

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Lady Gaga yesterday gave a speech in front of over 4000 gay rights activists, calling on the US Senate to vote in favour of a bill that would scrap the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy which prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the US Army. The upper house of the US Congress were voting on the proposals yesterday.

In a slightly rambling speech, Gaga said: "My name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. I am an American citizen ... [and] to the Senate, to Americans, to Senator Olympia Snowe, Senator Susan Collins - both from Maine - and Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts: equality is the prime rib of America. Equality is the prime rib of what we stand for as a nation. And I don't get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat that my country has to offer. Are you listening? Shouldn't everyone deserve the right to wear the same meat dress that I did? Repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'".

She continued: "There are amazing heroes here today whose stories are more powerful than any story I could tell, any fight I've ever fought, and any song that I could tell, I'm here because they inspire me. I'm here because I believe in them. I'm here because 'don't ask, don't tell' is wrong ... it's unjust and, fundamentally, it is against all that we stand for as Americans".

Despite Gaga's protestation (and support from President Obama, who promised to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' when he became president), the bill was blocked by the Senate, the Democrats falling 60 votes short of the required majority needed.

What's that, an opportunity to post a relevant Bill Hicks clip? Well, it would be a waste not to: youtu.be/Np6_b-72H3E

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REM have announced that they have completed work on their fifteenth studio album, their second with producer Jacknife Lee. God, I used to love REM so much. Why must they continue to ruin everything for me by endlessly releasing ever more boring and irrelevant albums? Okay, it's true I am assuming this new album won't be a sudden return to form. Because it won't. Fuck you, REM.

The album is due for release next year. I am only telling you this so you can prepare yourself to ignore it. Please, whatever you do, don't encourage them by buying it. I beg you. I can't even listen to 'Document' any more. Why won't they split up? WHY?!

In other REM news, the band have topped a poll which sought out the most misheard lyrics. The line, "Call me when you try to wake her up" from their 1993 single 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite' (Ah, that was a good one, wasn't it? If only they'd split up now, maybe I could enjoy it again).

Four out of ten people polled apparently thought the line was "Calling Jamaica", even though it sounds more like "Calling to wake her up". Actually, I seem to remember at the time of the record's original release some British fans thinking Michael Stipe was singing about Cheryl Baker. Personally, I like to imagine he is singing "Tony Tobacola", though I'm not sure why.

Anyway, REM, please split up.

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Elbow have announced that they will head out on a tour of UK arenas next March, which could be a hint at the release date for the band's next album, the follow-up to 2008's 'The Seldom Seen Kid', which they are currently in the process of recording.

Tickets go on sale next week, initially only at www.elbow.co.uk on Tuesday.

Tour dates:

15 Mar: Glasgow, SECC
16 Mar: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
17 Mar: Nottingham, Trent FM Arena
19 Mar: Sheffield, Arena
20 Mar: Liverpool, Echo Arena
22 Mar: Birmingham, NIA
23 Mar: Cardiff, International Arena
25 Mar: Manchester, Evening News Arena
28 Mar: London, O2 Arena

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Laura Marling is going to tour. Tour the UK. The UK she will tour.

Tour dates:

20 Nov: Sheffield, Leadmill
22 Nov: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
23 Nov: London, Conway Hall
24 Nov: London, Conway Hall
26 Nov: Norwich, Waterfront
27 Nov: Liverpool, University Stanley Theatre
28 Nov: Edinburgh, Liquid Room
29 Nov: Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
1 Dec: Cardiff, Glee Club

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Flying Lotus has confirmed that he will play some live shows in the UK in October, which is pretty soon. We'd best tidy up before he gets here.

Tour dates:

23 Oct: Liverpool, Masque
26 Oct: London, Koko
27 Oct: Bristol, Thekla
28 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
29 Oct: Manchester, Warehouse Project

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ALBUM REVIEW: Detachments - Detachments (Thisisnotanexit)
Anyone introduced to the world of obscure early 80s European synth-pop via Angular's excellent 'Cold Waves And Minimal Electronics' compilation (released back in February) will find much to enjoy here. Indeed, it's hard not to mistake Detachments for some long lost band from that oeuvre, given their uber-serious, monochrome musical output owes much to the aforementioned movement (not to mention Factory Records, post-punk and maybe even the likes of Colder), their debut album sounding like it was recorded in a freezing cold empty warehouse amid visions of a dystopian future.

First track 'Audio/Video' is a kinetic burst of energy that sets the tone: a frenetic tempo, glistening synths and affected vocals that house a pure pop chorus but leave you in no doubt that the London group have something important to say that commands your attention.

The re-recorded version of 'Fear No Fear' may lack the punch of the original but is still a brutal slab of industrial pop, whilst the other singles here ('HAL' and 'Circles') are imposing amphetamine-fuelled trips into noir-ish post-punk-disco.

Meanwhile, 'Holiday Romance' is less a sun-kissed Mediterranean sojourn and more like a week spent in an East Berlin tenement block, whilst stately closer 'Words Alone' is reminiscent of OMD at their imperial melodic best.

Making the likes of La Roux sound impossibly inconsequential, this is a bold statement of intent and a fiercely impressive debut. MS

Physical release: 27 Sep
Press contact: Bang On

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So, every single member of EMI staff, from the Fax man down to the cleaners, yesterday lined up alongside High Street Kensington to show off the latest ground breaking innovation in recorded music. The Tinie Tempah lanyard album. It's a day that could go down in history.

Yes, 'Disc-Overy', the debut album from rather good south London rapper Mr Tempah will not only be available for download, and on CD, but you will also be able to buy it in the form of a souvenir lanyard. It seems marketing types at EMI's Parlophone label noticed how popular promotional lanyards given out at Tinie Tempah gigs earlier this year proved to be, especially among younger fans, ie the sorts of people who aren't all that bothered about owning physical albums from the artists they dig.

With that in mind, and I quote, they "worked with EMI's product development resources and research" to "devise a way to make the album available through a lanyard". And thanks to all that product development resource and research funded by EMI and their financial backers Terra Firma, Parlophone were able to conceive the brilliant idea of, erm, sticking a download code on the back of the pass hanging from the lanyard. Just like countless other alternative product release gimmicks employed by other labels and artists for years now.

Only slightly stating the obvious, Parlophone's marketing man Alex Eden-Smith told CMU: "Due to technological developments and music consumption trends, we know that for the thirteen to 24 target demographic the standard CD is losing its appeal as a physical product. We wanted to create an alternative for fans that would sit alongside more traditional formats and expand our commercial reach beyond the conventional music retailers. Tinie's always pushed the boundaries in what he does and put his fans first; we wanted to reflect this in the way we created the product range".

The Tinie Tempah lanyard will retail at a price unit between that of a digital and physical album, and will be available from the rapper's website and, EMI hope, a stack of other retailers. To be fair, while not especially original, the lanyard product is kinda cool and, FYI, the album is utterly brilliant. It will be interesting to see how well it sells, in all formats.

For legal reasons, we should also point out that every member of EMI staff did not parade around Kensington yesterday modelling the Tinie Tempah lanyard. We made that up. Think about it, how could EMI's product development research team possibly find the time for such frivolities, when they're so very busy providing resources that state the bloody obvious.

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Independent distributor Proper Music announced a rejig of its execs yesterday, partly as a result of the creation of a new unit providing a wider range of label services.

First up Drew Hill, currently Commercial Director, will become Director of Proper Records overseeing the company's own label and the newly formed label services entity. Esther Tewkesbury, currently Head Of Label Management, will join Hill in the internal move taking on the role of Head Of Label Services.

Elsewhere, former Nettwerk Records UK label manager Gary Levermore will replaced Tewkesbury as Head Of Label Management. Meanwhile Tony Engle, Paul Riley, Drew Hill and Rob Hutchison will join the Proper Music Group board.

Confirming all of this, top man Malcolm Mills told CMU: "Although the provision of label services is something that an increasing number of companies are offering, it is nothing new to us. We have artists on their own labels that have been releasing their own material for years. We believe the combination of our own unique distribution arm in conjunction with the project management skills already within the Group will offer a distinct service to artists and managers".

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MySpace Records, the record label backed by the social networking firm and Universal's Interscope, has announced a new partnership with US indie Downtown Music, which will provide distribution and artist development support.

The future of MySpace Records has been in doubt for a while, not only because of MySpace's more general woes, but because back in January the company's GM, Jay Scavo, quit to go back to Hollywood Records. However, he has now been replaced, by former Warner/Chappell A&R David Andreone.

MySpace's record label was launched back in the early days of the social network's move into music, and is probably still best known for releasing the 2008 album by Pennywise, 'Reason To Believe'.

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Former Radio 2 early show host Sarah Kennedy has denied reports she sometimes presented her show while a little drunk. The drink rumours appeared alongside other speculation in the Daily Telegraph - linked to BBC insiders - that Kennedy was forced out of her daily show on the Beeb's biggest radio station.

Responding, Kennedy told the paper: "I have never, never, never in my life gone into the BBC other than being stone cold sober. It wouldn't even occur to me. I mean that from the bottom of my heart". Admitting she may have slurred her words on occasion, she said that that would have been down to tiredness not alcohol.

Told about the rumours coming out of the Beeb, she continued: "I would give my two feet to know who's got it in for me at the BBC. Is it Alan Dedicoat? I have known for an awfully long time that I have got an enemy at the BBC and I would love to know who it is".

It was announced earlier this month that Kennedy would leave Radio 2's pre-breakfast show after seventeen years presenting the programme.

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Someone you could never accuse of presenting a radio show sober (only joking) is Annie Nightingale, who was yesterday presented with a Guinness World Record certificate for being the longest-serving female radio presenter in the world. The world record badge is in recognition of Nightingale's forty years presenting on Radio 1, a landmark that has, as previously reported, already been celebrated through a number of special shows on the nation's favourite.

Commenting on the world record presentation, Radio 1's big bad boss Andy Parfitt told CMU: "Annie is so important to Radio 1. Over the last 40 years she's connected effortlessly with generations of listeners and sustained amazing energy championing new music every week. This well deserved award underlines her importance as one of the UK's leading broadcasters".

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records, added: "Not only was Annie the first female DJ on BBC Radio 1, but her outstanding contribution to music over the years - and her continued relevance to listeners today - means that she is now also the longest-serving female presenter at the BBC, and indeed the world. From the Rolling Stones to Tinie Tempah, Annie has provided the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and looks set to do so for many more years to come".

When Team CMU are brought in to sort out Radio 1 Matthew Bannister style - and let's face it, a major cull is overdue - we've decided both the Annies can stay. But most of the rest of the station's presenters are for the chop, I'm afraid. Apart from Matt Edmondson. He can have breakfast.

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When her pop career first began to take off, Kylie Minogue took legal action to try to stop the makers of 'Neighbours' re-releasing or re-airing editions of the soap in which she appeared as the character Charlene Mitchell.

It was through the Aussie soap, of course, that Minogue rose to fame. The marriage of her character to Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donovan, remains one of the programme's most iconic moments, and it was that edition in particular that seemingly caused her most concern, according to the show's creator Reg Grundy. Not that she could actually do anything to stop the continued distribution of the show.

Grundy told Australia's Nine Network: "That marriage probably got the highest ratings of any marriage in Australia. She went on to great success and I applaud that. She said we couldn't use the tapes because she didn't want us to use them. And we said, 'No, we own the tapes'. And she had to accept it. It was like, our lawyers versus their lawyers. But I think she felt as her career grew, she didn't want to be remembered for being on a soap. That's understandable I think. But it did give her the break and I think now she does acknowledge that".

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Katy Perry appeared on 'Sesame Street' recently to perform a reworked version of her single, 'Hot N Cold', with the show's Elmo character. I can't think of anything else to say about this.



Amy Winehouse has seemingly apologised after seemingly dissing former collaborator Mark Ronson.

As previously reported, after Ronson was seen on 'Later' discussing his role on Winehouse's 'Back To Black' album last week, Winehouse - it is assumed - took to her @amyjademermaid Twitter account and wrote "Ronson you're dead to me; one album I write and you take half the credit - make a career out of it? Don't think so BRUV".

Asked about the Tweet by BBC Breakfast, Ronson admitted he was "confused" about the outburst, adding that "Amy is a friend and I think that's something I should discuss with her personally".

Subsequently a new tweet has appeared on the @amyjademermaid Twitter feed that reads: "Ronson I love you; that make it better? You know I love you. It's a jew thingz".

Though, presumably, taking to the internet at 6am on a Saturday morning and writing a ranty tweet you subsequently regret, is more of a pisshead thing than a jew thing.

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