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TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
Terra Firma could push for seven billion if it wins Citi lawsuit
In The Pop Courts
Pirate Bay trial v.2 approaches conclusion
In The Pop Hospital
George Michael possibly heads back to rehab
Awards & Contests
Mumford & Sons lead UK Festival Awards nominations
Reunions & Splits
School Of Seven Bells become a duo
In The Studio
Charlatans frontman calls in My Bloody Valentine for solo album
Release News
Kanye West remixes La Roux
Ne-yo album to be accompanied by Stan Lee comic
Cold War Kids announce third album
Books News
Jerry Lee Lewis to write autobiography
Gigs & Tours News
Everything Everything to perform debut with classical ensemble
Mystery Jets announce November tour
The Chap announce UK tour dates
Reviews
Live review: River Nelson at Notting Hill Arts Club in London on 30 Sep
Talks, Debates & Conventions
Andy C to address Oxford University
The Crayonettes announce London workshop for kids
The Music Business
In The City 2010: When bands meet brands
And finally...
Gavin Rossdale admits Marilyn affair, finally
Beyonce might play Glastonbury. But so might a lot of people


 
THURSDAY 14TH OCTOBER
KISSES
LA duo Kisses, aka Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, make disco-pop. Although where many acts with the 'disco' stamp have just a general appreciation for four-to-the-floor beats, this pair have a genuine love for the genre, and in particular for that pioneer of the 70s French disco scene, Alec R Constandinos, and his Love And Kisses project, who they seem to idolise. The pair released their debut album, 'The Heart Of The Nightlife', this week through This Is Music. Our reviewer referred to is as "a master class in modern pop", and he would not lie. Tonight they kick of a brief UK tour with the first of two shows at In The City. To prepare you for such excitement, we caught up with Jesse Kivel to ask the Same Six Questions.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I have been making music since I was a little kid. I first played the flute in elementary school as well as the piano. Then I played the saxophone for seven years before learning guitar.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Many things. Certain types of music from the 70s and 80s, as well as a desire to make a record with a continuous sound and feel. Love was also an inspiration.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Often times I start by strumming some chords and singing stream of consciousness lyrics over the top of them. Once I find a melodic pattern I like I will add proper lyrics to match the rhythm.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Arthur Russell, Love And Kisses, Cerrone, Giorgio Moroder, The Talking Heads, Will Powers... a lot of different artists.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would say, I hope you have fun!

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
To simply have many different people enjoy the music and to get to travel the world spreading the music and dancing with people.

MORE>> www.blowkisses.info

KISSES AT IN THE CITY: The Castle at 7.45pm on 14 Oct and the Ruby Lounge at 12.30am on 15 Oct (well, technically 16 Oct)
 
JAMES BLAKE - LIMIT TO YOUR LOVE
London-based producer James Blake has been causing people to make excited noises for much of this year with his scratchy blend of dubstep and R&B. The 'CMYK' EP, released in May, was the tipping point for many, but it's his latest offering, a cover of Feist's 'Limit To Your Love', that's got me really worked up.

 
Stripping the original track's instrumentation back to just a section of Chilly Gonzales' piano part, adding juddering and then rich, deep bass, Blake's production allows plenty of space for his own incredibly soulful vocals, which have hitherto not made it onto any of his releases. The result is simply stunning - real heart in the throat stuff.

Out as a single on 8 Nov, 'Limit To Your Love' is the first track to be released from Blake's debut album, which is due for release early next year. If this is the direction he's moving in, then that album could be a very special record indeed. Check it out for yourself via the Martin De Thurah-directed video below.

vimeo.com/15624524


TERRA FIRMA COULD PUSH FOR SEVEN BILLION IF IT WINS CITI LAWSUIT
Gary 'The Guy' Hands reportedly wants seven billion pounds in damages from Citigroup over the whole EMI shambles. Which is rather a lot. He could buy two more major music companies with that, and run them into the ground too. Only joking.

Actually, these reports are even more speculative than normal, but commentators reckon that if Gary's Terra Firma wins its upcoming legal action against bankers Citigroup the equity firm would push for the highest possible damages and, if the US bank was found to have acted dishonestly and without morals (with 'moral turpitude' to use the American legal term), that could be the £1.75 billion Hands reckons the EMI deal has cost him, plus three times that in punitive damages. Bringing us up to somewhere around the seven billion figure. It seems unlikely the case will turn out that way, but in theory it could, and commentators reckon if such mega-damages were a possibility Hands would push to get them.

As previously reported, Gary accuses Citigroup and his main contact there, David 'The Worm' Wormsley, of providing duff advice ahead of his audacious 2007 acquisition of EMI. Terra Firma claim Citi had a vested interest in seeing the EMI acquisition happen, given the bank was expensively advising Terra Firma and EMI, and was providing the loan to enable the deal. Citigroup denies the charges, which Gary first made after the bank refused to write off a billion of EMI's loan as part of a debt restructuring plan.

As also previously reported, while the whole thing looks certain to head to court next week, both sides are still talking about possible settlements, recognising the court case might prove embarrassing for both the equity group and the bank. It's thought that one deal being discussed is that Citigroup write off half its loan to EMI in return for equity in the music company. Sky News initially reported that this was a proposal made to the bank by Terra Firma, though The Guardian reckons it was the other way around, and that Gary isn't keen on the proposal because of the control it would give Citi over the music firm.

In related news, The Guardian also has a list of the people likely to be called as witnesses once the case goes to court. A video from pre-Terra Firma EMI boss Eric Nicoli is expected to be shown, while former EMI chairman John Gildersleeve and Simon Borrows of another of EMI's banking advisors, Greenhill & Co, will both be called to the witness stand. Though it is Gary and The Worm's testimonies that will probably get the most attention.

Unless a deal can be struck, this all kicks off in New York on Monday.

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PIRATE BAY TRIAL V.2 APPROACHES CONCLUSION
The Pirate Bay appeal trial in Sweden is approaching its conclusion after seven days of arguments that have generally happened out of the media spotlight. The three founders and main funder of the rogue file-sharing website have been trying to fight the convictions for copyright infringement they were handed last year.

As previously reported, this trial has centred on all the usual arguments that surround this kind of file-sharing litigation.

The defendants claimed that The Pirate Bay was too shambolic an organisation for anyone to be held liable for its operations, that all concerned believed that because they didn't host infringing content they were not liable for infringement, and that the aim of the game was to enable sharing among the internet community, and not to promote piracy (despite the service being called The Pirate Bay).

The content owners spent most of their time claiming The Pirate Bay four had become fabulously rich through their copyright infringing venture.

On day six that debate turned to that classic topic: is file-sharing really to blame for the record industry's undeniably slumping profits, or it is actually providing a tool to help artists promote and ultimately sell their music? The content owners had graphs that showed the former, while the defendants presented an academic who insisted the latter.

Yesterday, attention turned away from whether or not The Pirate Bay Four were guilty of copyright infringement, and moved onto what should happen to them if they were. The prosecution insisted that the one year jail sentences dished out last year were justified and should still be part of any sentence, adding that some of the defendants continued to work for the Bay in one way or another despite last year's verdict and, in doing so, were "defying the law".

The prison sentences are unlikely to happen until the appeals process has been exhausted, and the Bay Four have vowed to take this to Sweden's Supreme Court if necessary. This appeal will continue on Friday with the defence wrapping up their case.

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GEORGE MICHAEL POSSIBLY HEADS BACK TO REHAB
You can't beat a good bit of sweetened rehab to go with your prison sentence, that's what I always say. So it would make sense for popular druggy George Michael to spend a few days in a rehab facility following his recent four weeks living at Her Majesty's pleasure.

Which is why no one was at all surprised when the singer emerged from his London home on Tuesday morning and told the assembled media types parked in the street outside, who were all waiting for George to do something interesting (well, maybe not interesting, but definitely something), that he was rehab bound.

He told The Sun: "I want to beat my drug addiction and lead a normal life. I don't want to end up back in prison. It's a very horrible place to be. You're not considered a person when you're inside, you're just a number and that freaked me out. I have done wrong and paid my time for doing this stupid crime and I want to get my life back on track".

But then Michael's partner, Kenny Goss, returned to their home shortly after and denied rehab was on the agenda, describing speculation that Michael had just left for some sort of treatment centre as "nonsense". Later in the day he returned to the still-waiting throng so inform them that George was simply "relaxing".

But fear not, "George is in rehab" speculators. The tabs have found an unnamed source, who frankly could have been anybody, who said: "If he said he was going into rehab, we have no reason to disbelieve him". Which is officially the least useful thing a source has ever said, unnamed or otherwise.

Of course, it's possible that when George said "rehab" he meant "chill out" rather than lock himself up in some over priced treatment centre for celebrities.

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MUMFORD & SONS LEAD UK FESTIVAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Mumford & Sons lead the nominations at this year's UK Festival Awards with four nods, putting them in all but one of the categories they are eligible for. As for the actual festivals, Vintage at Goodwood, which only launched this year, leads the way with three nominations.

James Drury, Managing Director of the UK Festival Awards, told CMU: "The public response to this year's UK Festival Awards has been phenomenal. We've had over 300,000 votes so far, which goes to show just how much the British public cares about festivals. The Awards is about celebrating the hard work which goes into producing such an incredible array of events each year, and it certainly seems festival-goers are keen to share their appreciation in great numbers".

The second round of public voting is now open at uk.festivalawards.com. The awards themselves take place at IndigO2 in the O2 Dome on 18 Nov.

Here are the nominations in full:

Best Major Festival: Bestival, Creamfields, Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Sonisphere, T In The Park, V Festival Chelmsford, Download, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival

Best Medium Festival: Beach Break Live, Beautiful Days, Camp Bestival, Green Man festival, High Voltage, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Vintage At Goodwood, RockNess, Ben & Jerry's Summer Sundae

Best Small Festival: 2000 Trees, Beat Herder Festival, Cambridge Rock Festival, End Of The Road, Glasgowbury, Hevy Festival, Kendal Calling, Standon Calling, Y-Not Festival, Leopallooza

Best Dance Event: Vintage At Goodwood, Alchemy, Beat Herder, Bestival, BLOC, Creamfields, Global Gathering, Lovebox, RockNess, Standon Calling

Best Metropolitan Festival: Bristol Harbour Festival, Dot To Dot Manchester, Evolution, The Warehouse Project, Gaymers Camden Crawl, HMV Next Big Thing, Land of Kings, OX4, Ozzfest, Big Reunion

Best New Festival: Deer Shed, Gottwood, High Voltage, HMV Next Big Thing, Just So Festival, Ozzfest, Parklife, Strawberry Fields Festival, The Willowman Festival, Vintage At Goodwood

Best Overseas Festival: EXIT Festival (Serbia), Ibiza Rocks, Outlook Festival (Croatia), Amsterdam Dance Event (Netherlands), Spirit Of Burgas (Bulgaria), Sonisphere Festival Poland, Big Day Out (Australia), Oxegen Festival (Ireland), Snowbombing (Austria), Pukkelpop (Belgium)

Best Toilets: 2000 Trees, Croisant Neuf, Download, High Voltage, Larmer Tree, Solfest, Sonisphere, T In The Park, Vintage At Goodwood, Wood

Family Festival: Beautiful Days, Beverley Folk Festival, Camp Bestival, Cornbury, Glastonbury, Green Man, Greenbelt, Guilfest, Harvest At Jimmy's, Wychwood

Grass Roots Festival: 2000 Trees, Beat Herder, Beautiful Days, Bloodstock, Cambridge Rock, Glasgowbury, Kendal Calling, Leopalooza, Standon Calling, Stummer Camp

VF Critics' Choice: Biffy Clyro (Glastonbury), Billy Bragg (Ben & Jerry's Sundae on the Common), · Heaven & Hell (High Voltage), Deadmau5 (Creamfields), The Prodigy (V Festival Staffs), Steel Panther (Download Festival), Mumford and Sons (Latitude), Rolf Harris (Glastonbury), Chase & Status (Bestival), The Libertines (Reading Festival)

Anthem of the Year: Muse - Uprising, AC/DC - Back in Black, Florence & the Machine - You've Got The Love, Mumford And Sons - The Cave, Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name, Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling, The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die, Stevie Wonder - Superstition, Biffy Clyro - The Captain, Example - Kickstarts

Breakthrough Artist: Mumford And Sons, The XX, Plan B, Ellie Goulding, Two Door Cinema Club, Example, Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Marina & The Diamonds, Pulled Apart By Horses

Headline Performance: Muse - Glastonbury Festival, AC/DC - Download Festival, Rammstein - Sonisphere, David Guetta - Creamfields, The Prodigy - Bestival, Mumford And Sons - Summer Sundae Weekender, The Flaming Lips - Green Man Festival, Madness - Camp Bestival, Chase & Status - Beach Break Live, Twisted Sister - Bloodstock Open Air

Feelgood Act Of The Summer: Seasick Steve, Florence And The Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris, Toots And The Maytals, Slash, Paolo Nutini, Madness, Stevie Wonder, 2ManyDJs

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SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS BECOME A DUO
CMU favourites School Of Seven Bells have announced the departure of vocalist Claudia Deheza, citing "personal reasons" for the split. Her identical twin sister and guitarist Benjamin Curtis will continue to perform together as a duo.

A statement posted on the band's Facebook page reads: "We just wanted to let you all know that Claudia has left the band for personal reasons. In the meantime, we are excited to continue to write and tour as usual, and we're very much looking forward to seeing you all at our upcoming shows".

So, that's sad. The Deheza twins' harmonies were always very impressive both on record and live, and Claudia's absence will undoubtedly change the dynamics of the band hugely. Let's console ourselves with Benjamin Curtis' Powers Of Ten playlist:

www.thecmuwebsite.com/playlists/schoolofsevenbells.html

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CHARLATANS FRONTMAN CALLS IN MY BLOODY VALENTINE FOR SOLO ALBUM
Tim Burgess is apparently preparing to record a new solo album, which will feature a guest appearance from "the guys from My Bloody Valentine". How many of them will be involved (or rather, whether Kevin Shields will be involved) isn't clear.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Burgess revealed that there will be more guests too: "I'm doing something with Ladyhawke and the guys from My Bloody Valentine. There will be some other surprises too. It will be eclectic".

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KANYE WEST REMIXES LA ROUX
I tried to count the number of remixes of La Roux's 'In For The Kill' that are already in existence the other day, but had to give up when I got to 408,387. It's a bit odd, seeing as Skream created the definitive version very early on. But, hey, they only just getting around to releasing the original version as a single in America, so why not let Kanye West have a go?

West apparently called La Roux into his studio to work on the remix with him. The duo's Elly Jackson told MTV: "He's a very exciting person to be around. He's a special breed of person. He's not quite like anyone I've ever met before. He's very, very, very creative. He comes up with ideas every five seconds. We've had a very interesting three days. It's a very interesting mix of things".

The result actually seems a little light on ideas, but maybe I'm just not listening properly: youtu.be/GH7ebChtFzc

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NE-YO ALBUM TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY STAN LEE COMIC
Ne-Yo's new album, 'Libra Scale', is to be accompanied by a comic book created with legendary comic writer Stan Lee. Which is pretty cool. The videos for the album's three singles - 'Beautiful Monster', 'Champagne Life' and 'One In A Million' - plus two other album tracks are being turned into a continuous animated story.

Speaking at The New York Comic Con last Saturday, Lee said: "Basically a really good rapper or really good music is super because people love it - and it inspires a man, it makes him feel great. Reading a really good comic book with super characters does the same thing. And I promised Ne-Yo that I'm gonna make him feel at home and make sure that he feels comfortable with what we're doing, because he's a very shy guy! But, seriously, nothing appeals to young people or even older people as much as a good story and good music, so we're gonna put them both together".

Speaking the The Daily Star this week, Ne-Yo added: "I've been a fan [of Lee's] for years. I'm trying not to geek-out being with Stan. It's cool that I can take this comic element of myself and blend it into the R&B element. I got to draw characters myself".

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COLD WAR KIDS ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM
Cold War Kids have announced that they will release their third album on 24 Jan via Downtown Records. Entitled 'Mine Is Yours', the album was produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse).

Frontman Nathan Willett says of the inspiration for the new album: "I got home from tour and realised I was married. All my friends had either jumped in the deep end of a relationship or had drowned. When did things get so serious? We fought growing up but the wild nights and free-for-all caught up with us. Some people got out in time and others had permanent damage. For this record, I wrote about the joys and failures of commitment all around me".

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JERRY LEE LEWIS TO WRITE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Jerry Lee Lewis has been signed up by HarperCollins imprint It Books to write his autobiography, and its currently pencilled in to be published in 2012.

Of the deal, Lewis said: "I have spent my life listening to those who know so little say so much about me and my life. I am ready to say a whole lot about why I lived my life the way I did. People can read it, burn it, or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told, and I'm the only man still standing who can touch it".

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EVERYTHING EVERYTHING TO PERFORM DEBUT WITH CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE
Everything Everything will perform their debut album, 'Man Alive', in full with the accompaniment of a thirteen-piece classical ensemble at two live shows later this year, it has been announced. New arrangements for the extra musicians from the Royal Northern College Of Music have been created by David Coyle and Ben Cottrell.

Dates:

13 Dec: Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
15 Dec: London, Union Chapel

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MYSTERY JETS ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER TOUR
Mystery Jets will be on tour next month, playing some songs they wrote. One such song is 'Show Me The Light', which will be their next single.

Watch the video here: youtu.be/0wZR1rS3KgU

Tour dates:

22 Oct: Manchester, Cathedral
23 Oct: Sheffield, Leadmill
25 Oct: Cambridge, The Junction
26 Oct: Leeds Metropolitan University
27 Oct: Brighton, Digital
29 Oct: Edinburgh, Liquid Room
30 Oct: Glasgow, ABC
31 Oct: Bournemouth, Academy
02 Nov: Belfast, Speakeasy
03 Nov: Dublin, Academy 2
05 Nov: Birmingham, Institute
06 Nov: Bristol, Anson Rooms
07 Nov: Cardiff, The Glee Club
09 Nov: Nottingham Trent University
10 Nov: Brighton, Concorde
11 Nov: London, The Roundhouse
4 Dec: London, The Quad

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THE CHAP ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
The Chap will be touring the UK later this month to coincide with their latest single, 'Your Latest Breakdown', which will also feature a Dire Straits cover and three remixes.

Tour dates:

22 Oct: Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
23 Oct: Glasgow, Captain's Rest
24 Oct: Hull, The Adelphi
26 Oct: Winchester, The Railway
4 Nov: Liverpool, The Kazimier
5 Nov: London, The Luminaire

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LIVE REVIEW: River Nelson at Notting Hill Arts Club in London on 30 Sep
Performing songs from his debut album 'The Rise And Fall Of', River Nelson had the crowd at this intimate venue in the palm of his hand, demonstrating with ease why he's become such a big hit on the underground scene. He has an infectious energy that really came out as he rapped along to my personal favourites, 'Always Winter' and 'Beautiful Life', songs as beautiful and poetic as, say, Common might produce.

But this show had more than just the songs, as great as they are. A projector shared clips of Brooklyn, providing a glimpse into the world that has surrounded and influenced Nelson's music. The DJ did a great job at enhancing River's vocals with cleverly timed samples, while in between the songs River himself added to the proceedings with his laid back humorous chat. I overheard one crowd member observe River's witty banter in itself could make a show, and certainly it made the evening that little bit extra special.

And his crowd interaction was superb. Just when you thought he couldn't step things up any more, he was in the crowd embracing his fans or, as in my case, having a little dance with his audience. With such character and humour and warmth, it doesn't matter whether hip hop is your thing, River is a man to check out. SD

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ANDY C TO ADDRESS OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Drum n bass producer and DJ Andy C will address students at Oxford University this Friday, discussing his life in the scene and everything he's experienced as a result of his music, before taking part in a Q&A session.

Says Andy: "It's a massive honour for me to be asked to speak at Oxford University knowing that previous speakers have included the likes of Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Malcolm X. To be able to go and talk about life in drum n bass is a huge privilege and one of my greatest achievements".

He forgot to mention Courtney Love, too.

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THE CRAYONETTES ANNOUNCE LONDON WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
Child-focussed band The Crayonettes, aka Kathryn Williams and Anne Spencer, have announced a special event at the Museum Of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London on 31 Oct, featuring workshops and live performances.

The Crayonettes released their debut album 'Playing Out: Songs For Children And Robots' last month via One Little Indian and you can hear a selection of tracks from it here: soundcloud.com/onelittleindianrecords/sets/the-crayonettes-playing-out-songs-for-children-and-robots

Meanwhile, the line up for the London event includes a workshop for the older children on 'How To Make A Pop Video' led by film director James Hunter, a session for younger kids making Halloween-themed costumes out of recyclable materials, and two live performances by The Crayonettes.

It all kicks off at 2.30pm and admission is free. More info from www.vam.ac.uk/moc/

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IN THE CITY 2010: WHEN BANDS MEET BRANDS
Brands are keen to work with musicians because of the audiences they reach, the 'conversations' they can instigate with consumers, the content they can provide to enhance a brand's own website, and the coolness the association may deliver. But that doesn't just mean the brand will write a big cheque, and it doesn't mean bands should be on the phone bugging sponsorship managers at big corporations. Those were the key messages from the Brand On The Wall panel, chaired by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, at In The City in Manchester yesterday.

Although at least one of the brands on the panel was willing to invite bands to get in touch. Tom Carson, who heads up Jagermeister's eclectic and impressive music sponsorship programme, said: "Bands usually approach us. They like our product, and they want to work with us. And if they are the right band and they have the right idea, we'll get involved. There's no one way for us to work with acts, we work out each relationship on its own merits. For us, we're looking for original ideas of how we can work together, and what we get out of it. So, not just a logo on a flyer, but an interesting idea where we get a benefit too".

And if that sounds too good to be true, Janine Smith of agency Que Pasa, who works with Red Bull on their music activity, added: "The Red Bull and Jagermeister stages were close by at a number of festivals this year, and I know of three bands who were working with us who are now working with Jagermeister as well, just by meeting their music team back stage". Red Bull don't really want bands phoning them up out of the blue, though they do recruit new acts to work with through an open access competition run through their website.

Tom is probably the exception, or at least the brand agencies on the panel thought so. Of course, they are a little biased, they make their money being the middle men between brands and music people, but Steve Smith, MD of Ear To The Ground, sounded convincing when he said: "Yes, a handful of brands may employee people like Tom who work directly with bands they like, but most brands want to utilise music - and maybe support music - but without becoming actual players in the music business. That's why they come to people like us. We've got the music business experience and contacts, we can do the leg work to help them achieve what they want to achieve".

So should bands and their managers be sending him demo tapes instead? "Not really", he advised. "To be honest, when we need bands, we'll come to you. We know the managers, the agents, the promoters, and through those trusted relationships we'll select the right artists for the right brands".

But if you are lucky enough to strike a brand partnership, will the money then just come flooding in? "A lot of what Red Bull offers is practical support, we help bands record their music, or give them a platform through which to reach an audience", Smith observed. "And as brands become more established in the music space, as they form their own communities of music fans, they'll look to leverage the value that brings to the artist as well as providing money".

Stephen Campbell from sports firm Umbro, who works on their music initiatives, concurred. "On our Kasabian tie up for the England away kit, by far the biggest spend was on media. On advertising with conventional and outdoor media. That's not cash for the band, but for them and their label, Sony, it delivers an incredibly high profile ad campaign they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford".

So, brand partnerships are out there to be had (assuming you want such a thing), though getting one might involve quite a bit of networking, and once you've got it you can expect as much in kind support as cash.

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GAVIN ROSSDALE ADMITS MARILYN AFFAIR, FINALLY
Bush frontman and Gwen Stefani's other half, Gavin Rossdale, has confirmed long running rumours that he and 80s pop type Marilyn were formerly lovers, despite previously denying that was the case.

The claim that Gavin and Marilyn were once an item was originally made by Boy George in his 1995 book 'Take It Like A Man', but at the time both men denied it, with Rossdale subsequently telling reporters: "I wasn't dating Marilyn. We were, and still are, good friends. George thinks everyone is gay".

However, in an interview with In Touch magazine last year, Marilyn said: "Gavin and Gwen are perfect for each other, but he was the love of my life. He was just becoming successful in America, [so] I agreed to lie against every grain of my being [about our relationship, but] we were together five years".

Now Rossdale too has admitted he did indeed have a romantic relationship with Marilyn, though seems to play down how serious it was. He's told Details magazine: "That was right at the beginning of Bush. I've never wanted to appear closed about it. It's not something I've talked about really because it's always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It's just one of those things, move on. When you're seventeen, Jesus Christ, I don't think there's anything strange about any form of anything - you're learning about life. It's a part of growing up. That's it. No more, no less".

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BEYONCE MIGHT PLAY GLASTONBURY. BUT SO MIGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE
This rumour is going to keep getting trotted out each year until either a) it actually happens, or b) everyone forgets that Jay-Z once headlined Glastonbury. Assuming the latter won't happen for a very long time, let's make option a happen, shall we? So, if you're reading this Beyonce, would you please get on the phone to Michael Eavis and book yourself in for next year's Glastonbury. All the headline slots are gone, but I'm sure he could give you 4pm on the Avalon stage on Sunday?

Anyway, yes, just like they did ahead of this year's festival, unnamed sources are claiming that Beyonce is going to perform at Glastonbury next year. Because her husband played it once, you see? So, it's an obvious link. One of those sources told Daily Star this week: "After all the furore over Jay-Z playing Glasto last year, it went off brilliantly and he had a wonderful time. Beyonce was, of course, in the wings soaking up the atmosphere and told everyone how happy she was at Worthy Farm. Getting her to perform in her own right seems the ideal next step".

Beyonce is currently working on a new album so may well be touring next summer. But then again, Jay-Z played Glastonbury in 2008, and not "last year", which makes me think that quote is exactly the same one everyone used this time last year.

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