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Virgin talking to Spotify about plan b music service
TI denies suicide rescue a publicity stunt
In The Pop Courts
Paramore hit with 'you stole my song' lawsuit
Sony exec arrested for gun possession
Aguilera files for divorce
Awards & Contests
Coldplay named songwriters of the year at ASCAP Awards
Reunions & Splits
Former Babe to quit music
Artist Deals
King Charles signs worldwide deal with Universal
In The Studio
Second Major Lazer album to feature Vampire Weekend
Release News
Horsepower Productions announce new album
Films & Shows News
Bon Jovi to screen live film in cinemas
Reviews
Album Review: Tamaryn - The Waves (Mexican Summer)
The Music Business
In The City: Drop album prices to a pound, former major chief says
In The City: Analyse this
The Digital Business
Google offer new piracy spotting service for labels, at a cost
The Media Business
Chris Evans says Chris Moyles should quit the Beeb
And finally...
Lady Gaga buys up old demos
Kanye West nude photos for sale


 
FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
So, hello from Manchester where the third and final day of In The City is in full swing. It's been a busy few days, especially for me, with three CMU seminars in The Hive educational section to run and two panels to take part in within the main conference. Phew. Sorry to everyone at ITC for having to listen to so much of me talking! At least that was countered with a particularly impressive line-up of bands in the evening. And I'm pleased to report my two favourite bands this year were both on the unsigned stage, and without a synthesizer in sight. It's nice to be reminded that magnificent things can still happen with just three guitars and a drum kit on stage. It's probably time for a straight guitar band revival, and I do hope Frontiers and Oberhofer can be part of that. Except Oberhofer do have a glockenspiel on stage as well, but I think we can sneak that through under the guitar band banner. Anyway, enough of that, how about a quick review of the biggest industry stories this week?

 
01: The world got ready for Terra Firma v Citigroup. OK, not the world, they were too busy watching miraculous rescues in Chile. But the City is definitely lining up for a good nosey in on what some business journalists have dubbed "the trial of the century", Terra Firma's lawsuit against bankers Citigroup over the allegedly duff advice the latter gave the former before its takeover of EMI. Out of court negotiations continued this week, but it seems certain the case will now go to court on Monday. CMU reports | WSJ report

02: Irish courts said no obligation on ISPs to operate three-strikes. The infamous anti-piracy system is already underway in Ireland via an agreement between the record industry and the country's largest ISP, Eircom. But the labels hoped to force other ISPs to introduce similar systems via a lawsuit against net firm UPC. But the judge said that, while he felt the growth in online piracy was bad for Irish music, there is no obligation under current Irish law for ISPs to get involved in policing such things. CMU report | Guardian report

03: The Pirate Bay trial v.2 rumbled on. So far very little has been said this time round that wasn't said in the original trial last year. The rogue file-sharing site's founders and funder are appealing their copyright infringement convictions. The prosecution found time to say the one year jail sentences dished out last time but not yet served were justified and should stand. The defence are summing up their arguments right now. CMU reports | Torrentfreak reports

04: There were more iTunes subscription service rumours. According to the New York Post, this time Apple really are investigating the possibility of launching a subscription element to iTunes, and are talking to US labels about it as we speak. The service would cost between ten and fifteen dollars per month. It's not clear if it would be stream or download based, though rumour has it Apple chiefs are urging their label contacts in America not to licence Spotify over there. CMU report | NY Post report

05: There were rumours Chris Moyles is planning his exit from Radio 1. Possibly wanting to jump before he's pushed, various media reported that the DJ is in talks with Global Radio about joining the soon-to-be-expanded Capital FM network when his contract with the BBC runs out next year. Moyles is good friends with Global chief Ashley Tabor, so it's all very possible. That said, Global denied any active talks were taking place, and the BBC said Moyles would certainly not be leaving their station mid-way through his current contract, which runs until July. CMU report

And that's your lot. If you're at ITC, we'll be hanging round the lobby of the City Inn until 6pm, so come and say hello!

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Kisstory at IndigO2
Can it really be twenty years since Kiss FM shunned its pirate past and became legit? Apparently so. One ongoing tribute to the Kiss legacy is the Kisstory venture, which now appears as a monthly residency at the IndigO2 venue under the O2 Dome. This time Justin Wilkes will provide the old school dance tunes while Jez Welham (a sixteen year veteran at Kiss) dishes out the classic hip hop and R&B tracks.

 
There are some live PAs, too. SFA will be performing 'Flowers', DJ Luck and MC Neat will do some live stuff, and Liquid will be on stage with their 1991 legendary smasher 'Sweet Harmony'. A bit of an education and a knees up south of the river (just) - should be a good one.

Saturday 16 Oct, Indigo2, O2 Dome, North Greenwich, £12.50 advance and £15 door, 10pm til late (last admission at a rather daft 1am), more at www.totalkiss.com/2010/09/kisstory-at-indigo2-2/


VIRGIN TALKING TO SPOTIFY ABOUT PLAN B MUSIC SERVICE
Virgin Media is reportedly set to offer its ISP customers a new Spotify-powered music service after the company's ambitious plans to launch the first ever all-you-can-eat DRM-free download store outside China stalled.

As previously reported, Virgin Media announced its plans to launch an all-you-can-eat subscription-based MP3 service last summer. Bundled into its ISP packages, it would mean subscribers could download as many MP3s as they wanted from a vast catalogue of music in return of a monthly fee. They could end their subscription at any time and keep anything they'd downloaded by that point.

It would be a revolutionary service, because previous all-you-can-eat platforms have used DRM so that music ceases to work either as soon as subscriptions stop or at least when the device the track was downloaded too becomes redundant. When Virgin first announced its plans to launch such a service it confirmed Universal Music was already on board but, alas, its fellow major labels, and even indie-label representing Merlin, have been less keen, worried all-you-can-eat models are open to abuse and could jeopardise the growth of other digital services. Sony Music is reportedly most hesitant.

So, over a year on, no new Virgin download store has launched. Which is why rumours that they are now working on a plan B, some sort of Spotify style service, is not a surprise. Details of what a Virgin/Spotify alliance might offer are unclear, and both companies are being vague about whether or not they are actively talking, but it is likely Virgin customers would be able to get a premium Spotify account as part of their ISP package, possibly with some extra Virgin-only functions or content.

It's the Daily Telegraph which seems certain Virgin's all-you-can-eat plan is on hold and a Spotify deal is being done instead.

The paper quotes a source who says: "Virgin Media has built its own service and it's really good. But it has yet to sign up any of the other major three record labels, so it can't launch for at least twelve to eighteen months. Warner and EMI are driving a tough deal, but Sony US management has really stuck its heels in and is not budging. The company do not like the idea of offering unlimited amounts of downloads for a monthly subscription fee".

And another one that adds: "Virgin are very keen to get something off the ground, so while it can't launch its own service, it has been looking to partner with a music service and is set to launch a new offering with Spotify. It's own music service has gone on the backburner for the time being".

While Virgin has been trying to get its download service together, their main ISP rivals Sky have launched Sky Songs, of course, an Omnifone-powered service which combines Spotify style streaming with a monthly bundle of MP3 downloads. It will be interesting to see if any Virgin/Spotify service includes the MP3 bundle element.

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TI DENIES SUICIDE RESCUE A PUBLICITY STUNT
Hip hopper TI has denied media reports in the US that his widely reported role in talking a suicidal man down from a 22 storey building in Atlanta was just a publicity stunt.

Earlier this week the rapper, real name Clifford Harris, helped out when a man was threatening to jump in his home city. He recorded a video message for the unnamed jumper who then agreed to come down if he could spend a few minutes talking to Harris.

As news of the rapper's involvement in the incident emerged, some suggested it might have all be set up to show TI as a community hero. He is due in court later this week to face a new set of drugs charges.

But TI reacted angrily to that suggestion, saying: "I didn't know this guy, I didn't wake up in the morning to say, 'Hey, let me find a way to go and save someone's life so I can be looked at favourably come Friday'. My situation never even became a thought in my mind in the process of dealing with this - it was just something that touched my heart".

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PARAMORE HIT WITH 'YOU STOLE MY SONG' LAWSUIT
Paramore are the latest act to be accused of ripping off someone else's song. A little known Florida-based band called Tenspoke Indies say that the pop rockers have lifted part of their song 'Starlighter' for the Paramore hit 'The Only Exception'.

The accusers say they sent a copy of their demo containing 'Starlighter' to Paramore's record label Fueled By Ramen in 2006. Paramore's album 'Brand New Eyes', which included 'The Only Exception', came out in 2009.

In a lawsuit filed in the Pennsylvanian courts this week, Tenspoke Indies claim there is "substantial" similarity between the two songs "including but not limited to, similarities in the introductions, arrangements, the chord progression, the key, the melody, the lyrical theme, the rhythm and tempo of both songs".

Paramore and Fueled By Ramen are yet to respond.

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SONY EXEC ARRESTED FOR GUN POSSESSION
A good record label exec is meant to be able to empathise with their artists, which is possibly why Sony US exec Bryan Leach, who specialises in hip hop, got arrested for driving through New York with a loaded gun earlier this week.

Leach, who runs his own imprint within Sony's RCA Music Group division, was pulled over for driving erratically when police found the semiautomatic pistol loaded with rather nasty hollow-point bullets. According to the Associated Press, it's not clear whether or not Leach had a license for the firearm, but either way he shouldn't have been driving around with it loaded.

The hip hop exec declined to enter a plea at his arraignment, though his lawyer waffled on about all his charity and community work, and told the judge how he cares for his terminally ill mother.

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AGUILERA FILES FOR DIVORCE
Following the announcement earlier this week that Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman had separated, the singer has now filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences". The date of separation is listed as 11 Sep this year, in court documents obtained by TMZ which also state that Aguilera is seeking joint custody of the couple's two year old son, Max.

The documents, filed in LA, also reveal that a pre-nuptial agreement protects Aguilera from having to share any of her money with her soon-to-be ex-husband, stating: "Earnings and accumulations of [Aguilera] before marriage, during marriage and from and after the date of separation be considered separate property".

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COLDPLAY NAMED SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR AT ASCAP AWARDS
Coldplay took home the Songwriters Of The Year prize at Wednesday's ASCAP Awards, while the title track from their 2008 'Viva La Vida' album took Song Of The Year. The awards are, of course, based on radio airplay, which is why a two-year old song can get such an accolade, just in case you were wondering.

Accepting the songwriting award via a video message, frontman Chris Martin told the assembled audience that the band couldn't be there in person because they are "in the studio, trying not to be too shit". Wonder if they'll achieve that aim this time round.

Other winners on the night included Taio Cruz, who picked up the ASCAP Vanguard Award for his song 'Departure', and Scouting For Girls, who were given the ASCAP College Award for 'Everybody Wants To Be On TV'.

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FORMER BABE TO QUIT MUSIC
Former Sugababe Mutya Buena is quitting music, apparently. Some of you might be surprised to hear she was still "in" music, but you're just cruel.

According to the Daily Star, the one time Babe has enjoyed her time out of the spotlight and has decided she doesn't want to return to it, so she's exchanging a life in pop for a life in child psychology, which seems admirable.

She also implies she is dropping her bid to own the Sugababes trademark. As previously reported, after the final original member, Keisha Buchanan, left the girl group last year, Buena applied for ownership of the outfit's name, something neither Universal Music nor the band's management had ever got round to doing. Universal were planning on opposing the application.

Says Buena to the Star: "I took up a course in child psychology because it was an interest of mine. I can't be bothered to argue about the Sugababes, it's so silly. I'm in two minds about music in general. I love doing it but I'm not sure if I want to carry on".

Bringing George Michael's recent woes into the conversation, she continued: "Bless George. He is having a hard time. He only gets caught for these things because he gets followed constantly. I'm enjoying being out of the spotlight, not having people follow me on motorbikes".

And there was me thinking George getting doped up and then driving into things was where the former Wham star's problems lay, if only Buena had been on hand in court to explain its all the paps' fault.

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KING CHARLES SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL
Hotly tipped for some time now, particularly since winning the International Songwriting Competition last year, UK-based musician King Charles has signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal Music imprint Universal Republic. UK releases with by put out by British Universal division Island.

Commenting on the deal, Universal Republic CEO Monte Lipman said: "With extraordinary acts like Florence And The Machine and Mumford & Sons now breaking in America, there is no doubt that King Charles will only drive the British invasion into pop culture even further".

The deal has been done in partnership with King Charles' current label, UK indie Mi7 Records, which signed him in 2008. Mi7 managing Director James Barnett told CMU: "Since winning the ISC many US labels and publishers stated they had been following the competition for many years but had never heard a winning song on a par with 'Love Lust'. We've been overwhelmed with major label and publishing interest since the win and we're very much looking forward to working with Universal Republic in the US and Island in the UK".

King Charles manager Mitch Amachi added: "We signed with Monte because of his integrity and vision. He urged us to keep doing what we're doing and I think his directive was essential for a creative like King Charles who has a very clear idea of where he wants to go".

The musician's debut album is due for release next year, and he will support Mumford & Sons on their US tour next month.

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SECOND MAJOR LAZER ALBUM TO FEATURE VAMPIRE WEEKEND
Diplo has revealed that he and fellow producer Switch are "about half way" through recording their second album as Major Lazer, and announced the impressive list of guests involved, which include Vampire Weekend, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Lykke Li.

Speaking to Interview, Diplo said: "It's a pretty random selection - top-form dancehall guests; Vybz Kartel, Bugle, Timberlee. Also, Vampire Weekend, Lykke Li, and Santigold. Then we have some classic fellas like Lee Perry and Junior Murvin. It's like reggae is the vehicle, but we really live in this Major Lazer post-apocalypse world where all these artists don't seem strange together".

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HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Horsepower Productions, whose 2002 debut album, 'In Fine Style', set the blueprint for dubstep, have announced the long-awaited follow-up, 'Quest For The Sonic Bounty', which will be released on 29 Nov by Tempa.

The album's tracklist is as follows:

Rain
Mexican Slayride
22
Water
Kingstep (LP Version)
18th Special
Damn It (Extended LP Version)
Lee Perry: Exercising (Horsepower Remix)
Poison Wine

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BON JOVI TO SCREEN LIVE FILM IN CINEMAS
Bon Jovi have announced that they will screen a live concert film, featuring footage from their recent sold out New Meadowlands Stadium shows in the US, around Europe next month to celebrate the release of the band's new greatest hits compilation.

A joint venture between Omniverse Vision and AEG Network Live, 'Bon Jovi: The Circle Tour' will be screened for one night only in over 200 cinemas around the UK and Europe.

Omniverse Vision Director, Grant Calton told CMU: "Bon Jovi has been rocking millions of fans in stadiums and arenas around the world for more than 25 years with hit after hit and fans won't want to miss this opportunity to see them return home to Jersey for 'The Circle Tour' on the big screen. Bon Jovi always delivers an unforgettable concert and seeing them perform on their home turf at the New Meadowlands Stadium is a must-see for not only their die-hard fans, but fans of all ages".

For more information on when and where you can see the film, go to www.cinerock.net.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tamaryn - The Waves (Mexican Summer)
On the basis of 'The Waves', San Francisco's Tamaryn wear a lot of black, but are not goths, even if they are very serious indeed. We're in the realms of shoegazing here, though not nu-gaze - this is old gaze if anything, given the sound harks back to the 60s and early 90s but lacks the more electronic sounds of acts like Ulrich Schnauss or M83.

In fact, with its guitar feedback and distortion and uncomplicated drumming, this harks back to the more garage-y sound of The Jesus & Mary Chain in the 80s, though Slowdive is another key reference point, with the somnambulant breathy vocals redolent of a slightly angrier Rachel Goswell. So far, so Mazzy Star, then.

The insistent title track meanwhile recalls My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless', which is no bad thing. And whilst the lyrical phrases about rain, wind and waves and so on are clichéd to say the least, there's a melodic sensibility about much of this debut album that bodes well for the future.

Promising. MS

Physical release: 4 Oct
Press contact: Darling Dept

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IN THE CITY: DROP ALBUM PRICES TO A POUND, FORMER MAJOR CHIEF SAYS
A former boss of Warner Music UK reckons the record industry should slash digital music, or at least that's what he said during a keynote session at In The City yesterday.

According to the BBC, former Warner chief Rob Dickins, at In The City for an 'in conversation' event with REM manager Bertis Downs, said that if record labels slashed download prices so that an album cost a pound, rather than the current £5-8, they'd sell much more music overall. His thoughts echo other albeit isolated voices in the music business, some of whom have suggested that the long since shut down allofmp3.com, the rogue Russian download store that sold MP3s of chart hits for just pennies a piece, actually had the right business model.

According to the Beeb, Dickins said: "What we need is a revolution. What we've got is an erosion. If record labels made the decision to charge much less, fans would not think twice about buying an album on impulse and the resulting sales boost would make up for the price drop, he predicted".

But BBC reporter Ian Youngs found that not everyone at In The City agreed with Dickins' radical proposal, with N-Dubz manager dubbing it a "totally ridiculous suggestion".

Meanwhile CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, who was apparently loitering around the ITC lobby, remarked: "It is a gamble. Once you've slashed the price of an album you can't really go back. It's a big risk and the record companies will resist it. But Rob's not alone, outside the record companies, in saying perhaps that is the future".

You can read the full BBC report at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11547279

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IN THE CITY: ANALYSE THIS
Whether it's Facebook page data, Google Analytics on your website, the back end of Bandcamp or some other form of web stats, fan analytics - data on when, where and how people are interacting with your websites, emails and social media profiles - are one of the internet's most important gifts to the music industry. Or at least that seemed to be the consensus at the In The City panel on all things fanalytics yesterday afternoon, though panellists were keen to stress the limits of the stats frenzy too.

"Record companies have always been keen to know as much as they can about their customers, their bands' fans, but the internet has revolutionised this", began Barney Wragg, formerly a senior digital man at both Universal and EMI and now a consultant in this area. "Through the internet, we have access to a plethora of data, most of it automatically generated, and all of it available really fast. That offers great opportunities for understanding who likes an artist, where they live and how they want to interact and consume". And that data, of course, can be used to help plan tour routes, devise CD, download or merchandise packages, and make mail-outs and sales pitches more relevant.

The problem though, Wragg added, is that there is too much data. The trick to getting something of value out of the barrage of stats is "to know what you are aiming to achieve before you start mining the data. What do you want to know? What will you do with the data once you've got it? One of the best uses of analytics is it can help you make decisions. If there is a disagreement within a band over what to release next, when to announce a tour, what to put in your fan email, you may well be able to solve the issue with your analytics".

For Fanshake's Dana Al Salem, fanalytics isn't just about monitoring who is clicking on your web links. "It can be more proactive than that", she said. "Once you have a fanbase online, if you are struggling to make a decision, ask your fans. Which track to release, what t-shirt design to sell. This is really simple stuff - I used to do it for my bands with just email - but you can get some of the most valuable data just by asking your core fanbase questions, plus it enhances an artist's relationship with their fans".

There are now a plethora of tools out there that can help artists and labels learn more about their fans, monitor what content and activity is popular, and to survey their fans' opinions, and many such tools are free or cheaply available. "I'd encourage people to jump in and give it a go", panel chair Liz Leahy of Section 101 told the audience. "Don't be frightened of making mistakes, learn how fanalytics can best help you by trying it out".

And while Al Salem cautioned that it's perhaps unwise to invest too much time learning how to use brand new web tools, just in case they quickly go under - "leave it four months" she advised - Wragg concurred with the chair. "There are only really two mistakes you can make. Don't spam your mailing list with irrelevant content, and don't give away your data. Other than that, try it out, you have nothing to lose".

So what about the limits? Well, says Stephen Stanton-Downes of start up Music Balloon, "analytics can help you better target your sales and marketing activity once you have a fansbase, but they won't help you find fans in the first place".

CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, also on the panel, concurred. Despite waxing lyrical about the potential of analytics for helping artists and labels understand and monetise their fans, he concluded "in terms of building a fanbase, none of this changes the traditional advice for new bands - you need eight good songs and to gig relentlessly. Build a fan base and then use social media, a web presence and analytics to turns fans into customers".

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IMPALA WELCOME EC RULING ON FRANCE'S MUSIC CARD
Pan-European indie label trade body IMPALA has welcomed a European Commission ruling approving the French government's youth music card, which gives the kids government subsidised discounts on legit digital music stores in a bid to move them away from illegal online services.

The card has been in development for a while since it was first proposed in the previously reported French Creation & Internet report, but needed European approval because it is basically a government subsidising the record industry. The European Commission gave that approval this week.

IMPALA is a big supporter of most of the measures in the Creation & Internet report, it having been prepared by one of the trade body's board members, Naïve's Patrick Zelnik.

They welcomed yesterday's EC approval for the music card, with Exec Chair Helen Smith telling CMU: "The music card is unique and demonstrates the importance of a carrot as well as stick approach. Alongside measures to guarantee market access and diversity, a European music card could be part of a new EC strategy to developing the digital market".

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GOOGLE OFFER NEW PIRACY SPOTTING SERVICE FOR LABELS, AT A COST
Google has offered the US record industry a new tool to help it more easily find links to infringing content that appear on the search engine, though there will be an admin fee to use it.

In a recent letter sent by the web giant to the Recording Industry Association Of America, seen by CNet, Google exec James Pond advises that his company is making a number of new API-accessing services available, one of which will be useful for content owners trying to keep track of illegal content sources appearing in Google searches.

Once the content owner has found an illegal source they can use the take-down system that exists under America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act to force Google to remove the offending content link from the search site's system. The cost of using the new service, called Site Search, will be five dollars per 1000 queries.

Some reckon Google will become more proactive in stopping unlicensed content from appearing in its searches as it schmoozes American music, movie and telly firms to secure content for its Google TV service; though the web giant insists it has have always been proactive in helping content owners on copyright issues, adhering to the DMCS takedown procedure and developing the ContentID system for YouTube.

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CHRIS EVANS SAYS CHRIS MOYLES SHOULD QUIT THE BEEB
Chris Moyles should leave Radio 1 as soon as is possible. I don't think Chris Evans is alone in thinking the Moylster, as no one calls him, is now far too old and tired to be fronting Radio 1's peak time breakfast show, despite the continued good ratings, but he's the most high profile person to go on Radio 5Live to say so.

An increasing number of people are now saying that Moyles, while still a popular DJ, is no longer the right fit for youth station Radio 1. His recent self-absorbed rant about payment delays from the Beeb hasn't helped either. And this week there were albeit denied rumours he is in talks with Global Radio about moving to Captial FM sometime next year, they more actively chasing the demographic Moyles' Radio 1 is believed to be getting.

Speaking to Richard Bacon, Chris Evans, himself a former Radio 1 breakfast show host and now presenter of the same slot on Radio 2, said: "It's time for him [Moyles] to leave. Chris has got to go somewhere else - he's lost perspective".

Referring to the aforementioned recent on air anti-BBC rant, Evans continued: Why do you think you have the right to hijack a BBC microphone to make that kind of complaint? I think he'll go to commercial radio, he'll get a massive pay packet, and I think he'll do very well".

Evans, who himself left Radio 1 on a high, albeit in somewhat controversial circumstances after falling out with and dissing station boss Matthew Bannister, advised "you've got to leave [Radio 1] while there's still some heat around", concluding Moyles was now "way out of the demographic" of Radio 1's target audience.

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LADY GAGA BUYS UP OLD DEMOS
Lady Gaga has bought a selection of demos recorded under her real name Stefani Germanotta from online auction house Gotta Have It! for an undisclosed sum. The items had been put up for sale by the singer's former manager Bob Leone but have now been removed from the company's listings.

Amongst the items for sale were a 2002 demo and two more released in 2005, entitled 'Stefani Germanotta' and 'Stefani Germanotta Band, Words', and a DVD of a 2006 showcase performance, one of Germanotta's first as Lady Gaga.

Speaking to People earlier this month, Leone said of his time working with the singer: "She was painfully shy - very different from who she is now. She came to the open mics with her mother twice before she built up the courage to go onstage ... She was prodigy-like. She was clearly a very good songwriter and keyboard player. [Her relaunch as Lady Gaga in 2006] was a very important six months because going into it, she was Stefani, and she was still writing pop music. By the end of that six-month period, she was officially Lady Gaga".

Gotta Have It! was last in the news earlier this month when the FBI seized finger prints made during John Lennon's 1976 application for US residence, which had been put up for auction by the company. Unfortunately for Lady Gaga, she doesn't have the US government's backing, so had to shell out hard cash for her own memorabilia.

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KANYE WEST NUDE PHOTOS FOR SALE
A selection of nude and otherwise candid photographs of Kanye West are being shopped around various media outlets by an unnamed seller, according to RadarOnline.com. The pictures, taken by Kanye himself, apparently show the rapper and producer in various states of undress.

But how could such images fall into the hands of the wrong people? According to the seller, it's surprising they've not surfaced already: "These pics have been floating around since he hit so many girls up on MySpace. He probably sent them to many, many women".

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