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Peter Gabriel speaks up for net neutrality after Vaizey speech
Two unknown Vivaldi works discovered
Awards & Contests
Festival Awards awarded
Charts, Stats & Polls
SuBo breaks another chart record
Clapton tops best guitar man survey
Reunions & Splits
New Velvet Revolver singer in place? Probably not
Artist Deals
Pearl Jam do publishing deal with Kobalt
In The Studio
CSS close to completing third album
Release News
Randy Jackson: That's not my brother
James Blake reveals album details
Gigs & Tours News
Fundraising artwork to be created at fab soundclash event
Slow Club announce Shepherds Bush show
Reviews
Single review: The Human League - Night People (Wall Of Sound)
The Music Business
Criminal gangs may target smaller festivals in 2011
New digital chart database nearly ready, smaller indies take note
Panasonic confirms Technics turntables are no more
The Digital Business
MySpace and Facebook confirm alliance
McFly declare Super City project a success
Merlin does deal with Audiotube
The Media Business
Christmas push planned for digital radio
And finally...
Katy Perry's boobs too big to salute the troops


 
FRIDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
Hey, there you are. This has been a very busy week for reasons I can't quite figure. Perhaps it's all these big announcements people have been making which, while mostly dull, have been rather distracting. I've also been busy adding a few new bits and pieces to our always up to date CMU Training course on the future of the music industry, and the new music business models that are slowly being adopted. It's one of my favourite of all the courses we do, and we'll be doing it again on 1 Dec in Shoreditch. Places are just £95 plus VAT, crystal ball included. Go to www.theCMUwebsite.com/training for info. Meanwhile, here's your week in five.

 
01: The Beatles came to iTunes. While still teasing what their big announcement would be, Apple said Tuesday was a day that would go down in history. And it almost certainly will. As the biggest anti-climax ever. But still, it's good to see EMI and the other Apple, Beatles company Apple Corps, finally reaching a deal that enables the Fab Four's catalogue to be legally sold as digital downloads. Apple iTunes will have the exclusive rights to digitally sell Beatles tunes until sometime in 2011. There's been much speculation as to what impact the band will now have on upper end of the music charts this weekend. Probably very little, other than possibly a couple of greatest hits in the lower part of the album top ten. CMU report | Fun Mark Mulligan blog post

02: Domino, Beggars and Merge quit eMusic. They said that the bulk-buy-subscription-based download service had changed its terms in a bid to get Universal on board and those terms were not acceptable. eMusic admitted it would change its pricing structure when it announced a Universal deal last month. For years eMusic only carried indie label music and became the muso's download service of choice. In a bid to get the majors onboard it may lose that fanbase, though the download store would probably argue that it can win over a bigger new subscriber base in return.

CMU report | New York Times report

03: Some major labels issued mediocre financials. Warner Music's losses for the last financial year were up, while Universal's profits for the year so far were down. Warner's figures led some to conclude the much mooted merger of the Warner and EMI record labels was essential to fix both company's woes. Others concluded Warner's losses meant it was unlikely the US music firm could afford to by EMI's labels, even if they were for sale. On the Universal front, a comment by the CFO of parent company Vivendi made some predict a job-cutting restructure is being planned at the world's biggest music company. CMU report on Warner | CMU report on Universal

04: Jim Urie called on US music types to support anti-piracy proposals. The Universal US exec, a key player in America's Music Rights Now organisation, emailed his mailing list urging them to write to their Congress reps in support of new proposals put forward in the US Senate to obligate the Justice Department to investigate copyright infringing websites, and to give the Supreme Court powers to shut such sites down. Urie has been arguing for a while that new laws are needed in America to help cut online piracy. CMU report

05: South Park producers were sued by music video makers. Having admitted they "accidentally" stole some gags off CollegeHumor.com for a recent spoof of 'Inception', 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were sued by the makers of the video to YouTube hit 'What What (In The Butt)' in relation to their spoof of said pop promo in a 2008 episode of their show. But the makers of that video had previously said they liked the South Park homage, while the cartoon show's producers insisted the spoof was protected by parody provisions in US copyright law. CMU report | Consumerist report

Do look out for the CMU Weekly this afternoon, won't you?

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Wbeeza Album Launch Party at Visions Video Bar
South Londoner Wbeeza (pronounced double U beeza, in case you wondered) launches his rather good debut album 'Void' next week. His previous Detroit-leaning techno/house releases on the Third Ear have made waves, and his live show has gone down well too.

 
With support from Uzuri Records' Lakuti, and Third Ear Recordings' Demetrio Giannice from Zurich making his London debut, this is a night of serious grooves.

Thursday 25 Nov, Visions Video Bar, 588 Kingsland Road, London, E8, 9pm - 2am, £5 adv, press contact Jonas at EPM, more info from www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?199060


PETER GABRIEL SPEAKS UP FOR NET NEUTRALITY AFTER VAIZEY SPEECH
Peter Gabriel is one of an increasing number of people to speak up for the principle of net neutrality following a speech by Tory boy communications minister Ed Vaizey earlier this week in which he indicated he was inclined to allow internet service providers to alter the speed with which their customers can access different websites, so that some sites enjoy faster connections than others.

'Net neutrality' in a general sense is a catch all term that means neither governments nor telecommunication companies impose restrictions on the kinds of content, services, technologies and hardware that can be distributed on or connected to the internet. But in recent years it has often been principally used in connection to the debate about introducing a two or multi-tiered internet.

This would be a system whereby ISPs could connect to certain websites and online services faster, or give preference to certain sites when networks were busy. Most likely the sites that received preferential treatment would be those affiliated to the ISP, or those which paid a fee to the net company. Some net firms that support such a system argue they do so because it ensures a more efficient internet overall, but advocates of net neutrality, who oppose a tiered internet, reckon the main motivation for ISPs is that it would provide a new revenue stream.

Net neutrality fans rightly fear that any introduction of a tiered internet would benefit those web set-ups backed by cash rich corporations which would be able to offer faster and more sophisticated services because they can afford to pay ISPs to ensure web-users have high speed access to their websites. Smaller operators, by comparison, would have to accept that users would likely not enjoy high speed connections to their sites. This gives big business an unfair competitive advantage and, given the vast majority of innovation in internet technologies takes place in bedrooms and garages not corporate tower blocks, that would hinder the growth of the web overall.

Net neutrality has been much more debated in the US than over here in recent years, but concerns have been raised among the UK web community after the aforementioned Vaizey said in a speech at an FT conference on Wednesday that he didn't have a problem with net providers introducing a tiered system for managing internet traffic.

Former Genesis man Peter Gabriel, who has backed a number of internet start-ups over the years, including OD2, We7 and The Filter, told The Guardian yesterday: "I feel very strongly about this. Freedom of access [to information online] is going to be an important battleground. It's vital to a free and open democracy: [net neutrality] serves everybody".

His viewpoint is shared by the CEO of The Filter, David Maher Roberts, who added: "From our point of view, net neutrality makes things accessible. That plays into the ubiquity of content, and that makes everything more relevant to me. If users only have access to what their ISP allows through, that's not good from a business perspective. You've got to allow start-ups to deliver next-generation tools".

Aside from the unfair advantage a tiered internet gives big companies over smaller ones, Gabriel also believes that once you start to erode one aspect of net neutrality other aspects are under threat too - ie governments or ISPs can further control what users can access online. He added: "The pace of technological change means there's a battle for the internet. It used to be a free and open zone. Now there are governments around the world, especially in China, spending money trying to control this beast".

Gabriel joins an increasing number of web, media and creative types expressing concerns about shifts in the net neutrality world. World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is a big opponent to the tiered internet, as is the BBC's top digital man Erik Huggers. And even many of the big media owners and web business chiefs oppose the system, even though it might ultimately benefit them, mainly because they don't want to hand over more cash to the ISPs.

Barry Diller, outgoing Live Nation chairman and owner of web giant IAC, has accused the net firms of trying to set up a "tollbooth" on the internet, telling reporters: "It seems ridiculous to charge the toaster for the electrical grid, instead of the consumer. The ISPs want to charge both".

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TWO UNKNOWN VIVALDI WORKS DISCOVERED
Two previously unknown violin sonatas by that Antonio Vivaldi fella - he of 'The Four Seasons' - have been uncovered after they were found in a 270 year old anthology of manuscripts which includes musical scores by a range of composers, including Handel, Corelli and Purcell. After gathering dust for centuries the anthology was left to London's Foundling Museum in 2008, who catalogued all the content within and realized two of the Vivaldi pieces were unknown.

Liverpool Hope University's visiting Professor Of Music, a Vivaldi expert, Michael Talbot, has analysed the music and deemed they are authentic works. Though we are still to hear from Randy Jackson as to whether he's convinced, and Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am has so far been quiet regards the ethics of releasing these two new compositions without knowing whether Vivaldi himself would have wanted them aired in public. But either way, one of the rediscovered pieces will be performed at Liverpool Hope University on Sunday.

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FESTIVAL AWARDS AWARDED
It was the UK Festival Awards last night. I know this because I read it in that there last sentence. Coming up, the full list of winners. But first, and with no expense spared, we present an exclusive quote from the awards' MD James Drury, expertly cut and then pasted for your enjoyment from the press release.

Drury: "This year's awards were the most hotly-contested we've had, with over half a million votes, demonstrating just how important festivals are to the UK public. Despite the
continued challenges of the economy it's been an incredible year for festivals and our awards are all about celebrating that. The winners should be rightly proud of their achievements, as should the rest of the industry".

Thanks James. Now here's Maurice with the full list of winners...

Best New Festival: Vintage At Goodwood
Best Metropolitan Festival: Gaymers Camden Crawl
Best Family Festival: Camp Bestival
Best Dance Event: Creamfields
Overseas Festival: Snowbombing
Line-Up of the Year: Rockness

Best Breakthrough Artist: Mumford & Sons
Feel Good Act Of The Summer: Paolo Nutini
Headline Performance Of The Year: AC/DC at Download Festival
Virtual Festivals' Critics Choice: Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
Anthem of the Summer: Florence & The Machine - You Got The Love

Outstanding Contribution To Festival Production: Neil McDonald
Best Sponsor Activation: Coca Cola
The Grass Roots Festival Award: 2000 Trees
A Greener Festival Award: Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Promoter of the Year: Team Glastonbury

Best Toilets: T In The Park

Best Small Festival: Kendal Calling
Best Medium Festival: Green Man
Best Major Festival: Bestival
Lifetime Achievement: Geoff Ellis, T in the Park

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SUBO BREAKS ANOTHER CHART RECORD
Susan Boyle has become the first lady to have had a simultaneous number one album in the US and the UK twice in less than a year. It's a big day for gender equality this. She's also the first solo artist to achieve such a thing, so it's a big day for lonely people equality, too.

According to her label, Sony Music, and I'm sure they wouldn't lie, the only other acts to have had two simultaneous US/UK numbers ones in the same year are The Beatles and The Monkees, and that was in the days when the music charts were basically made up*.

Commenting on the achievement, that Simon Cowell dude said this: "I'm thrilled for Susan, she has once again defied the odds. She is my superwoman".

*That is to say, the olden day hit parade was not quite as accurate a reflection of real time sales as the charts are now - please don't sue us chart people.

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CLAPTON TOPS BEST GUITAR MAN SURVEY
Eric Clapton is the best guitar player ever, and anyone who says otherwise has no respect for informal surveys conducted at busy trade fairs by insurance companies.

Insurers Allianz asked the (probably quite old and seemingly quite predictable) guitar fans who visited their stall at last weekend's Guitar Nation Live show in London to name their number one guitar hero. Presumably the average person being surveyed was old enough not to answer "oh, the third one on the Playstation was my favourite". The most favourited guitar players were as follows...

1. Eric Clapton
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Jimmy Page
4. Jeff Beck
5. Chuck Berry

The insurers also asked people what guitar from history they'd most like to own, and Clapton came top there too.

1. Blackie Stratocastor, played by Eric Clapton
2. Double neck Gibson, played by Jimmy Page
3. Number one strat, played by Stevie Ray Vaughan
4. Les Paul, played by Les Paul
5. Red Special, played by Brian May

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NEW VELVET REVOLVER SINGER IN PLACE? PROBABLY NOT
Kerrang! are busy wondering if Velvet Revolver have finally found their replacement for Scott Weiland to sing words and such like.

They note that Slash told them last month he and his bandmates had got it down to two contenders for the frontman role, and that if all went well they might have made an appointment in time for writing and sessions to begin in the studio before the guitarist heads out on tour in January. Now the Slash man has tweeted: "So far so good in the studio! Got a couple brand new riffs, pretty heavy stuff!"

So does that mean a new singer is in place? Or perhaps Slash and co are just jamming without a vocalist. Given that just two weeks ago he told Backstage Axxess the search continued and was proving much trickier than hoped, I suspect the latter.

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PEARL JAM DO PUBLISHING DEAL WITH KOBALT
Pearl Jam have signed an administration deal with music publishing firm Kobalt that covers everywhere outside the US. The songs on Pearl Jam albums 'Ten' and 'Vs', future works and the Eddie Vedder solo catalogue with be administrated by Kobalt from the start, with the rest of the band's albums becoming part of the deal in 2012.

Confirming the deal, Kobalt boss man Willard Ahdritz told reporters: "We're extremely proud and honoured to be working with Pearl Jam and look forward to a long relationship with new releases and other exciting activity planned for their 20th anniversary in 2011".

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CSS CLOSE TO COMPLETING THIRD ALBUM
Brazilian popsters CSS are nearing completion of their third album, the follow-up to 2008's 'Donkey', frontwoman Lovefoxxx has revealed.

Speaking to inthemix, the singer said: "We were all done with it and everything, but then we decided to go back in and rework it, and now it sounds even better. We never want to make the same record twice so this one will have a lot of new things on there. This time we weren't even thinking about how we would perform the songs live, we were just making them sound really big in the studio. Some songs don't even have guitars, they're just done on keyboards".

As for lyrics, Lovefoxxx said she had been using her teenage diaries for inspiration, saying: "I love them! There is something about being a teenager that I connected with when I read them again - when you're a kid you don't think twice about anything, you live in that moment and it's really intense".

No release date has yet been announced for the record.

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RANDY JACKSON: THAT'S NOT MY BROTHER
Randy 'brother of Michael' Jackson has insisted once again that some vocals on his late sibling's new album were not recorded by the singer himself.

As previously reported, there has been much debate about the authenticity of the vocals on 'Michael', the first posthumous Michael Jackson album. Earlier this month a legal rep for the Michael Jackson estate issued a statement insisting that great lengths had been gone to in order to ensure that all singing on the album was 100% Jacko.

But on Wednesday, Randy took to Twitter to say: "Some of the songs are him, and some aren't. I would bet my life on that. I know this may seem harsh, but this is the truth, as I know it... But what's worse than harsh is that my brother isn't here, and all these people are more concerned about making money off his death... They could[n't] care less about why and how he died, or maybe they already know. [Jackson estate co-executor John McClain] didn't care about the quality or how complete the vocals were".

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JAMES BLAKE REVEALS ALBUM DETAILS
Electronic producer James Blake has revealed that his debut album will be released on 7 Feb and "probably" have an eponymous title. It will be released through Blake's own Atlas Records label, which is backed by Universal.

Blake said that the album was written while he was at university, telling the NME: "[These are] the first songs I've really written ... you can probably tell when I wrote them by the sounds. Especially how I treat my vocals - the way they're produced is quite unique".

He added that he's also preparing to tour in support of the album: "We've done trial runs and it's going great. I'm rehearsing with a proper band - we're going to be playing 100% live".

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FUNDRAISING ARTWORK TO BE CREATED AT FAB SOUNDCLASH EVENT
Plaid, Red Snapper, Luke Vibert, Eskmo, Stateless and Anchorsong will all appear on the same bill this weekend in something of a Warp/Ninja Tune super show.

And as if that in itself wasn't pretty damn exciting, arty type Will Barras of the Scrawl Collective will be creating an original piece of work as the gig takes place. The artwork will then be signed by all the artists performing and auctioned off in aid of cancer charity MacMillan.

The Soundcrash event takes place at Koko on Saturday, 20 Nov, from 9pm, details at www.soundcrashmusic.com.

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SLOW CLUB ANNOUNCE SHEPHERDS BUSH SHOW
Slow Club have announced that they will play their biggest show to date at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 18 May. The band's second album, the follow-up to 2009's 'So Yeah', which has gone on to be one of the Moshi Moshi label's most successful releases to date, is due for release in the spring.

Ahead of that, the duo play a sold out show at Union Chapel on 22 Dec. They will be joined by labelmates The Wave Pictures, plus Sweet Baboo.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Human League - Night People (Wall Of Sound)
It feels a little wrong to call this a comeback, given The Human League have never been a prolific group, but this, the first single from their forthcoming 'Credo' album is a fortunately-timed return and a welcome one.

Given that electro-pop is now officially (at least still at the time of writing) the nation's favourite music, you could be forgiven for expecting the League to return after their usual lengthy hiatus with a good but relatively safe synth-pop song of the sort they've been knocking out sporadically ever since 'Dare!' And whilst 'Night People' is no major departure - they've not gone post-rock or anything - it's arguably the group's most surprising and unlikely single since 1984's 'The Lebanon'.

It seems to be striving for some kind of post-Xenomania non-conformist pop wherein standard verse/chorus convention is dismissed for loads of random bits thrown together that end up working by virtue of their individual and synergistic brilliance. There's also the faint, though possibly misleading, suggestion - mainly by way of the ludicrous lyrics and general air of deranged pop - that Oakey has listened to the group's two pre-'Dare!' albums for inspiration.

Thankfully, it's neither awful, nor embarrassing. In fact, after several listens, it eventually reveals itself to be almost a preposterously brilliant pop song from Phil, The Girls and whoever has programmed this album for them.

On the remix front, Cerrone do disco, Mylo pretends it's 1985 for three seconds before going a bit Northern Soul, whilst Emperor Machine try throbbing hi-NRG/Italo. Best of the bunch is Villa's frenetic Frankmusik-esque wonky pop, but none are a match for the original, really. MS

Physical release: 22 Nov
Press contact: Bang On

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CRIMINAL GANGS MAY TARGET SMALLER FESTIVALS IN 2011
Smaller music festivals may become targets for criminal gangs, that was a warning given at the Festival Conference in London yesterday.

A session on festival security noted the successes achieved in recent years by bigger festivals in cutting on-site crime, including the achievements made by those Association Of Independent Festival members who have collaborated on crime issues via their Security Task Force. On that initiative, AIF member Jim Loud of the RockNess festival told the conference: "The conscious effort to get police and promoters in one room and look at tackling this has been incredibly successful".

But, according to the BBC, security expert Reg Walker of The Iridium Consultancy said he feared that, as a result of the successes of initiatives like the Security Task Force, criminals would be "pushed to the smaller festivals, with less security", adding: "Small festivals do not have specially trained officers they can call on and have very low, or sometimes no level of policing at all".

Detective Constable Kevin Walker of Leicestershire Police, who oversees the policing of the Download festival, agreed, admitting he'd already seen this trend begin. Meanwhile Sofia Hagberg from the 7000 capacity End Of The Road festival revealed that, after being crime free for years, this year her event was targeted by a criminal gang and thefts were reported from 100 tents.

Hagberg added that, for small festivals, it is particularly hard because budgets are tight and big security operations are expensive. Though they had offered a free lock-up facility for festival-goers this year which had been popular and successful.

Loud urged those who run smaller boutique festivals to review their security set ups in 2011 so to give festival-goers at large peace of mind. To that end Walker said that, while there were always stories about crime rates after major music events, "statistically, you are still much safer at a music festival than you are walking down the high street".

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NEW DIGITAL CHART DATABASE NEARLY READY, SMALLER INDIES TAKE NOTE
The Official Charts Company is on schedule to launch its own database of all digital releases at the start of next year, and is encouraging any independent labels not distributed by one of the big digital distributors to get in touch to ensure their data is included.

While the company that looks after all the stats and data for the OCC, Millward Brown, has its own database of all physical music releases that are chart eligible, since digital sales were included in the mix six years ago they have relied on the data held by sound recordings collecting society PPL for information on digital releases. Record companies need to enter data relating to all of their releases with the PPL system anyway to ensure they get any royalties they are due for the broadcast or public performance of their recordings.

But from January Millward Brown will start running its own Digital Audio Database, meaning PPL data will no longer be used in the compilation of the chart. The majors and independent digital distributors IODA and The Orchard are already hooked into the chart's new database, and discussions are ongoing with other distributors like Consolidated Independent, PIAS and Southern. But any indie labels not covered by one of those aggregators or distributors are encouraged to get in touch with Millward Brown directly to make sure they aren't missed out.

The man you need to speak to is Mark Moist, who says: "We are fully on schedule for the introduction of DAD in January, thanks to the support and co-operation of the UK's leading digital aggregators and distributors. But to make the chart process as streamlined as possible, we are keen to speak to any labels which do not believe they will be covered by the feeds we are setting up".

Relevant indie labels can contact Moist on 01926 826258 or by email at mark.moist@millwardbrown.com.

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PANASONIC CONFIRM TECHNICS TURNTABLES ARE NO MORE
Panasonic has confirmed recent rumours that it has ceased production of its Technics-branded analogue turntables. That the popular turntable range was for the axe has been mooted before, but the rumours returned late last month.

A spokeswoman for the consumer electronics firm told CMU: "[We can confirm that we] ceased the production of the Technics-branded analogue turntables this autumn. After more than 35 years as a leading manufacturer of analogue turntables, Panasonic has regretfully taken the decision to leave this market. However, we will continue to sell headphones under the Technics brand".

She continued: "We are sure that retailers and consumers will understand that our product range has to reflect the accelerating transformation of the entire audio market from analogue to digital. In addition, the number of component suppliers serving the analogue market has dwindled in recent years and we brought forward the decision to leave the market rather than risk being unable to fulfil future orders because of a lack of parts".

She concluded: "Panasonic employees who have been working on the analogue turntable range have been redeployed elsewhere within the company - many of them continuing to work in Panasonic's Audio Video Business Unit".

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MYSPACE AND FACEBOOK CONFIRM ALLIANCE
So, MySpace announced details of its new tie-up with Facebook yesterday. Like flippin loads of other websites, users will now be able to login to MySpace using their Facebook account.

When they do so the one-time Facebook rival will suggest entertainment content hosted somewhere on the MySpace platform which said users might want to consume, based on the interests and suchlike that they have declared on their Facebook profile. MySpace will also likely post automatic updates to a user's Facebook page, partly so their likeminded friends can learn about the super duper content offerings too, and partly to embarrass Facebook users by revealing to all their friends that they've sullied themselves by playing in the MySpace garden. Or something like that.

It is, of course, all part of MySpace's move out of the social networking space and into the entertainment content domain, something basically forced on it by Facebook's dominance in its original market, but a strategy the Rupert Murdoch owned digital firm has been pursuing for some time now.

Announcing the new alliance with his company's one time arch rivals, MySpace CEO Mike Jones told reporters: "We feel this is a complementary service to Facebook. This new feature is a great illustration of our strategy around social entertainment and enabling the real-time stream".

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MCFLY DECLARE SUPER CITY PROJECT A SUCCESS
McFly's management have declared the band's new subscription-based website a success after their first six month target was achieved in a day.

Earlier this month the now self-releasing one time teen band launched Super City, a jazzy little website, access to which costs fans £40 a year or £6 a month. Among other things, the site offered fans advance access to the band's new album 'Above The Noise', which was properly released on Monday. According to Music Week, the site already has 15,000 members, 5000 more than was initially anticipated, and has generated £400,000 for the band.

The premium site is seemingly a good case study of a new music business model advocated by some, especially in the management sector, whereby bands with established fanbases can generate a strong revenue stream basically by reinventing the old fashioned fan club. So that while casual fans may interact with the band by buying records via a traditional label or distributor and gig tickets from a traditional promoter, artists sell directly to their more dedicated fans.

Such a system is easier, of course, for bands like McFly who are out of record contract, though Robbie Williams' people have operated a similar service while he's still been in contract to EMI.

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MERLIN DO DEAL WITH AUDIOTUBE
Merlin, the digital rights agency that represents a stack of the bigger independent labels, has signed a licensing deal with Audiotube, a music video-based website and digital content provider that is focused on the indie sector. Well, it says it is, its home page has a feature on an Island Records project and bigs up Crystal Castles, signed to Universal imprint Fiction. But whatever.

Confirming their deal with Merlin, Audiotube's Paul-Rene Albertini told CMU: "Besides being an impressive global professional organisation which is emerging as a leading force in the new music industry landscape, Merlin is also a group of amazing individuals who have brought more talent to the world than the rest of the music industry put together. Reflecting the spirit and passion for new talent of Audiotube's founders, I cannot imagine being in better company".

Merlin's Charles Caldas added: "We are genuinely excited at the launch of Audiotube as a key new player in the audiovisual space. The vision and passion of the independent music sector, together with the excellent quality of service that Audiotube and its partners in Dolby and Nokia provide, is a powerful combination. When you top it off with the amazing artists represented by our members, you end up with what is surely going to be a major destination for lovers of the quality music produced by the most innovative and vital sector in the music industry".

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CHRISTMAS PUSH PLANNED FOR DIGITAL RADIO
Digital Radio UK, the organisation trying to persuade us all to buy DAB radio sets, is set to stage its biggest marketing push yet this Christmas with a TV and radio advertising campaign due to kick off this weekend. David Mitchell and Arthur Smith will appear on ads on commercial networks, while the BBC will air a separate set of adverts featuring Hugh Dennis and Sue Perkins.

As previously reported, the BBC and bigger players are still keen to move all radio listening to the digital network to meet the government's aim of moving most stations off the FM network by 2015. However, some smaller radio companies say that is unrealistic, and FM will have to stay part of the radio mix for many years to come.

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KATY PERRY'S BOOBS TOO BIG TO SALUTE THE TROOPS
If we write any more stories about Katy Perry's breasts, they're going to have to be thought of as artists in their own right. In fact, once again, they are in the news because they've upstaged the singer, so maybe they already have gone solo.

Last time Perry's chest was in the news it was because parents deemed a dress the singer wore for her appearance on 'Sesame Street' too revealing. Now the complaint has come from the singer's own people, who decided her pesky boobs are just too damn big, especially when paying tribute to the American military. They've asked for the singer's breasts to digitally altered on a poster advertising VH1's upcoming 'Divas Salute The Troops' concert, which is due to take place on 5 Dec, featuring a performance from Perry.

The concert will feature an all-female line-up performing for the US Army at the Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego and at an undisclosed military base in the Middle East, as well as being broadcast on VH1. Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson and Paramore's Hayley Williams (and the rest of Paramore, but that doesn't fit the 'all-female' thing so well) are amongst those also on the bill. I imagine it'll be like the Playboy bunnies scene in 'Apocalypse Now'.

Wait, no, this is not about titillation. It's about top class singing and rapping and that. There is nothing sexy about it. And not all soldiers are men now, you know. God, you're so sexist. Katy Perry's breasts being shrunk down on the poster, which features Perry parachuting into view, is proof of that. A source told Us magazine, quite matter-of-factly, that "her team thought her boobs looked too big".

So, you see, there is nothing about this poster that is designed to be sexy in any way.

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