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New York Post says Terra Firma backers ready to bail on EMI
German teenager apologises to Lady Gaga for stealing songs
In The Pop Courts
Judge roundly rejects ACS:Law claim
Jim Morrison pardoned
Awards & Contests
BRITs Critics Choice shortlist out
Holy Roar launches charity raffle
Charts, Stats & Polls
Ozzy names own album best of 2011
Reunions & Splits
Full Sepultura reunion still blocked by one member
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Gorillaz to release free album on Christmas day
Portishead singer on Shakespeare film soundtrack
Woman gives birth to Here We Go Magic drummer
Reviews
Album review: British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade)
The Music Business
Stephen Lea joins Nexus
Atlantic appoints new marketing man
Brighton's Freebutt to return
The Digital Business
Longer track previews arrive on iTunes USA
The Media Business
Howard stern re-signs with Sirius XM
Cowell planning new pop show for ITV
And finally...
Debbie Harry escaped Ted Bundy
Seaworld refutes accusations of looming orcatastrophe
Jagger: Keith's book is tedious


 
FRIDAY 10TH DECEMBER
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
Well, hey there everybody, and how are you doing this morning? How did it get to be Friday so soon? How did we arrive at the point where this is officially the penultimate Week In Five of 2010 as a result of it being Christmas Eve in a fortnight's time? Hmm, is it just me, or have the ConDem coalition taken a couple of hours out of each day as part of all these government cutbacks? It wouldn't surprise me. Anyway, with so little time to spare, I'd better get on with this here Week In Five music business news review thing...

 
01: Barry Weiss kick started a load of gossiping in the US record industry. The boss of Sony Music's RCA/Jive division in the US announced he was jumping ship to main rivals Universal Music next spring. Given he was one of the contenders to take over from Sony Music top man Rolf Schmidt-Holtz next year, many wondered if that meant he knew one of his rivals for that job, Rob Stringer and Marty Bandier, were a shoo-in. Some also asked exactly what Weiss will do at Universal and whether he'll ultimately replace anyone there as part of new Universal CEO Lucian Grainge's big plan. Some even speculated that the man Grainge is replacing, Doug Morris, rather than staying on as Universal's Chairman, might be interested in the Sony CEO job. So, plenty of gossip to be had all round. CMU report | New York Times blog

02: LimeWire closed its doors. Or at least announced it would do so at the end of the month. The Lime company had previously complied with a court order to stop distributing its file-sharing software, but had still hoped to keep operating its legal download store and to launch a brand new legal music service. But with the majors preparing to sue for billions, it seemed unlikely they would ever licence any legit LimeWire set up. And last week the Lime company seemingly finally accepted that fact. CMU report | PC Mag report

03: Sky Songs also announced it was closing, just over a year after it opened, due to lack of customer uptake. Arguably Sky relied too much on its existing TV and ISP customers taking up the service, doing very little specific marketing for Sky Songs. Though while the free version of Spotify is available, some might ask why anyone would pay for basically the same service, even with the sweetener of five MP3s bundled in each month. CMU report | Guardian report

04: Irish ISP launched a digital service to complement its three-strikes campaign. Eircom announced the launch of its Music Hub which works rather like Sky's about to be shut music service, except the streaming bit is free for their existing users. Eircom has opened up the new digital music service while instigating a three-strikes system to target file-sharers on their network, arguing that file-sharing is no longer excusable now they themselves offer free unlimited streaming music. They are the only ISP in Ireland currently operating three-strikes. CMU report | Irish Times report

05: Jammie Thomas's lawyers pushed for zero damages. A jury recently ordered the famous American file-sharer to pay $1.5 million in damages to the record industry, despite a judge previously slashing an earlier jury-set seven figure damages sum to a more modest $54,000. Thomas's lawyers argue that the record industry has failed to demonstrate what negative impact their client's specific downloading of 24 songs had, over and above the $24 in sales they lost. Therefore, the legal men say, somewhat optimistically perhaps, damages should be set at zero. CMU report | Arts Technica

And that's your lot. Remember to download the new Cage Against The Machine version of '4'33"' on Sunday (or pre-order it on iTunes now). And see you here for the final Week In Five of 2010 next Friday.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Tayo's Tracksuit Party at The Book Club
Tayo's Tracksuit Party is back, this time teaming for with Tiger Beer for some New York stylee block party action.


These events have featured some big names in the past, including The Chems, Hot Chip, Annie Mac, Skream, Grandmaster Flash and Basement Jaxx. With a brand new sound system in tow, it's the turn of the original UK reggae don, David 'RamJam' Rodigan, this time, with support from Wild Geese (Frank Tope and Dan Foat), Tayo3000, Sophie Lloyd, J33 and Roxanne Roll.

 
There will be free beers from the sponsor for the early birds, Def Jam Rapstar battles, live graffiti from Jam Free and Sight One, film screenings of seminal 80s flicks on rotation and golden tickets for champers at this Shoreditch venue. Get down there in your standard sports casual nylon stylin. Sounds like a top night out.

Saturday 11 December, The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH, 8pm-4am, £5 adv (sold out), £7 door, more info: on.fb.me/dMqpeC, press info from tayostracksuitparties@gmail.com


 
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Working closely with the Editor, the intern will manage the reviews database, input content into the CMU content management system, prepare photos for email bulletins, and assist with other editorial tasks. There will also be opportunities to write, including artist biogs and reviews.

Some writing experience and a passion for music are a must, while any admin, CMS and/or Photoshop experience will also be useful. Although unpaid, this internship role will provide excellent hands-on experience and some formal training. Zone Two travel will be covered. The post runs from one month minimum to three months maximum. Early January start.

Send your CV and two recent examples of your writing to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk, indicating how soon you could start and how long you would like your internship to last. Deadline 5pm Wednesday 15 December.
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NEW YORK POST SAYS TERRA FIRMA BACKERS READY TO BAIL ON EMI
So, the New York Post reckons that Terra Firma's financial backers will not stump up the hundred million or so EMI is likely to need to stick to its loan covenants with Citigroup next spring, leading to new speculation that the US bank will take ownership of the music company at some point next year and most likely sell it off.

Of course, the exact same rumours circulated this time last year and Terra Firma chief Guy Hands managed, in the end, by one means or another, to raise the cash and obtain permission from his backers to hand it over to EMI, thus ensuring the music major stayed within the terms of its multi-billion bank loan.

But a year on, and with EMI still relying on its parent company for financial assistance (albeit mainly with regards the stupidly severe terms of the debt said parent company saddled it with), and with the embarrassment of Terra Firma's unsuccessful litigation against Citigroup over its EMI acquisition still very much on their minds, the Post reckons the equity group's investors are now even less likely to support Hands on this one.

And, of course, since that court case it seems unlikely that Citigroup - already resistant to helping Terra Firma out - will agree to any restructuring of EMI's debts, nor give approval to any big asset sell offs in order to raise the hundred million.

Since that court case senior insiders at both Terra Firma and EMI have insisted the equity group remains committed to the music company in the short term, though, ultimately, it's the former's backers who are in control here. How reliable the Post's sources are we don't know, but what is certain is that 2011 is going to be another year of uncertainty for the UK's major music company.

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GERMAN TEENAGER APOLOGISES TO LADY GAGA FOR STEALING SONGS
A German teenager who used Trojan horse software to steal music and other files from computers owned by pop stars, including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha and Kelly Clarkson, has written a letter to the former apologising for his actions. Deniz A, who also goes by the name of DJ Stolen, said he was "ashamed" of his actions, adding that he had "not really thought about the consequences" of his hacking.

The hacker earned over 10,000 euros from selling the illegally obtained songs, and is accused of blackmailing one star, thought to be Ke$ha, with a "sexually compromising" photograph.

In his letter, Deniz A said: "Dear Lady Gaga, I am ashamed for what I did. I have not really thought about the consequences. I'm incredibly sorry. I realise that my ambition was a big mistake".

His lawyer, Denise Burke Benecken, told German newspaper Bild: "My client felt as if he were in a feature film. It is almost unbelievable that such a boy could hack the accounts of world stars. He knows he made mistakes".

The Duisburg prosecutor, Rolf Haferkamp said that the case against Deniz A was building: "At the moment the results are being collated. They now fill two thick volumes. The investigation will be completed soon".

It's still not clear exactly how the teenager managed to hack into the personal computers of the celebrities.

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JUDGE ROUNDLY REJECTS ACS:LAW CLAIM
When London-based sue-the-fans specialists ACS:Law recently let the personal details of thousands of suspected file-sharers leak onto the internet in what was possibly the greatest ever breach of data protection laws, at least the legal firm's top man Andrew Crossley could argue that he's never claimed to be an IT expert. But what his excuse is for seemingly bungling what should have been a pretty straightforward copyright infringement action is anyone's guess.

According to Torrentfreak, the controversial legal firm - which works for various content owners in anti-file-sharing litigation - recently took eight alleged file-sharers to court seeking default judgements. Crossley said that he had filed copyright infringement proceedings against all eight defendants on behalf of his client Media CAT, and all eight had failed to respond, and the court should therefore find in his client's favour by default.

The judge did not concur. For starters, he said, of the eight defendants who had failed to respond to court papers three had, erm, responded. Meanwhile, ACS failed to provide evidence that any action had been taken against three others. Which only left two of the eight claims.

Then, the judge pointed out, in copyright actions only a copyright owner or exclusive licensee can sue - which is why when trade bodies lead copyright litigation the actual lawsuit lists the labels they represent as plaintiffs. Media CAT is an agency that represents content owners pissed off by file-sharing, but itself is not a content owner. As ACS had listed them as the claimants, all the claims were invalid. So, good work there.

But there is wider significance to this hearing than just demonstrating the, erm, skills of legal man Crossley. In amongst the court papers was an argument designed to combat any suggestion that perhaps it wasn't the accused who actually illegally shared the claimant's content, but someone else using the defendant's PC or unprotected wi-fi network.

Crossley said that, even if such an argument was provided as a defence, his client's claim would still stand, because allowing someone else to use your internet connection in this way would amount to authorising infringement. This is of wider significance because other sue-the-fan lawyers have indicated plans to use this argument as well.

Now, as we've mentioned many times before, the English law concept of 'authorising infringement' is as close as the UK gets to the wider concept of 'contributory infringement' successfully used in the US to identify Napster, Grokster and LimeWire as infringers by providing P2P software to others who then infringed. A similar concept was used in the Swedish courts to find The Pirate Bay guilty of copyright crimes.

But authorising infringement has never been tested in an English court as a legal concept for making the providers of internet tools used by others to infringe guilty of infringement. Doing so would probably require sophisticated legal argument, and would almost certainly have to rely on the Australian case against Kazaa, Australia's copyright system being very similar to ours.

But using the concept of authorising infringement to imply an obligation on every UK ISP customer to stop friends and family from using their PCs to file-share, and another obligation to password protect their wi-fi networks, is even more ambitious, and would most likely rely on one case in the German courts with very little persuasiveness in the context of English law.

Judge Colin Birss was not impressed, saying in his judgement: "The plea that 'allowing' others to infringe is itself an act restricted by s16 (1)(a) and 17 of the 1988 [Copyright, Design & Patents] Act is simply wrong. The term used by those sections of the Act is 'authorising' and the difference may be very important if the allegation is about unauthorised use of an internet router by third parties".

In rejecting all eight of ACS:Law's claims for default judgements, Birss added: "I should end by recording that I am not sorry to have reached the conclusion I have in refusing all the requests for default judgment".

Torrentfreak goes into much more detail about Birss' actual judgement here:
torrentfreak.com/acslaw-take-alleged-file-sharers-to-court-but-fail-on-a-grand-scale-101209/

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JIM MORRISON PARDONED
Doors frontman Jim Morrison has received a posthumous pardon for a 1970 indecent exposure conviction. So now everyone can sleep at night again.

As previously reported, Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in March 1969 after apparently exposing himself on stage. It was a hot night, the venue was well over capacity, and a very drunk, half-naked Morrison declared: "You want to see my cock, don't you? That's what you came for isn't it? Yeah!" Whether the audience did then, indeed, get a glimpse of Morrison's cock is of much debate.

He was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity the next year and his appeal was still going through the motions when he died in 1971. At various points since then Doors fans have called for an official pardon, though so far the authorities there have avoided such a populist measure.

But now the outgoing governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, who is due to leave office next year, has successfully pushed through the pardon. On Wednesday, the state clemency board unanimously voted to pardon Morrison on what would have been his 67th birthday.

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BRITS CRITICS CHOICE SHORTLIST OUT
The BRITS have just announced the shortlist for their Critics Choice Award for 2011, the one for buzzy new talent picked by a panel of journalists. The overall winner will be announced next week as the main round of BRITS voting closes. But for now the shortlist is as follows:

The Vaccines
James Blake
Jesse J

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HOLY ROAR LAUNCHES CHARITY RAFFLE
Hardcore label Holy Roar has launched a Christmas raffle to raise money for Centrepoint. The top prize is the chance to win everything the label releases in 2011.

Tickets cost £1 each, or £3 for five, and will remain on sale until 31 Dec. They can be bought at the label's website - holyroarrecords.com - or in person at Hang The Bastard's single launch show tonight at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch.

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OZZY NAMES OWN ALBUM BEST OF 2010
So, all these publications are busy announcing their top albums of the year, but what are Ozzy Osbourne's? Well, wonder no more, as he's picked his top ten favourite metal records of the year for Yahoo! Music blog List Of The Day. Topping the poll this year is 'Scream' by, er, Ozzy Osbourne. He also put in a re-issue and a retrospective boxset, which I'm not sure is allowed. Oh, Ozzy.

Here's the complete list:

1. Ozzy Osbourne - Scream
2. Black Label Society - Order Of The Black
3. Motorhead - The World Is Yours
4. Slash - Slash
5. Halford - Made Of Metal
6. Korn - III: Remember Who You Are
7. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (reissue)
8. Lamb of God - Hourglass Box Set
9. Firewind - Days Of Defiance
10. AC/DC - Iron Man 2

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FULL SEPULTURA REUNION STILL BLOCKED BY ONE MEMBER
Former Sepultura frontman Max Cavelera has said that his efforts to bring the band's classic (ie late 80s, early 90s) line-up back together are currently being blocked by bassist Paulo Jr, the only original member still in the current incarnation of the metal outfit. Andreas Kisser, also still in the band, and who is also considered part of the 'classic line-up', is apparently up for it. As are Cavelera himself, who left the band in 1996, and his drummer brother Igor, who quit in 2006.

Cavelera told Sonic Excess: "I did call Andreas, and I had a real good talk with him. It sounded like he wanted to do it, and I had Igor onboard for the reunion. I think the only person preventing it is Paulo. I don't know why, but I think Paulo is really against the reunion. People should ask him why he is so against it, because I think it would be a great think for the fans to see the original line-up".

He continued: "Sepultura was one of the most important bands in the metal scene, and it would have been really cool to do it. I don't need a reunion, because Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy are doing great, but I would like to do it for the fans to show them we had this kick-ass band. We can do it again, but people should ask Paulo why it doesn't appeal to him".

He adds that he doesn't think the current line up of his former band should still use the name Sepultura, despite Paulo and Kisser's involvement, because since Igor's departure none of the band's original founders (ie him and Igor) are there. He added: "The 'original' band is not in the band anymore, me and Igor are out. Igor was original, because he was there in the beginning. But, now that we both are out, I don't see the credibility".

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GORILLAZ TO RELEASE FREE ALBUM ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Those who have been visiting the Gorillaz website recently will know that the animated band have been giving away digital treats via an online advent calendar this month. Now it has been revealed that the big present on Christmas Day will be a whole new album written by Damon Albarn on an iPad. Which may or may not be a good thing.

Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett told Australian newspaper Perth Now: "At the moment we've got an advent calendar on our website and there is a daily door that opens to reveal a gift. On Christmas Eve a video for one of the new songs from the iPad album will be released. Then, on Christmas Day fans get the whole album downloaded to their computer for free as a gift".

Albarn added: "I wanted to make sure that it came out [just] at the end of the tour because I don't want anyone to think I'd tampered with it. I literally made it on the road in America over a month. I didn't write it before, I didn't prepare it. I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America. If I left it until the New Year to release it then the cynics out there would say 'Oh well, it's been tampered with', but if I put it out now they'd know that I haven't done anything because I've been on tour ever since".

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PORTISHEAD SINGER ON SHAKESPEARE FILM SOUNDTRACK
Portishead's Beth Gibbons appears on a song on the soundtrack of a new film version of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', directed by Julie Taymor.

Gibbons appears on 'Prospera's Coda', the final track on the Elliot Goldenthal composed soundtrack, which also features contributions from School Of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis and Helmet's Page Hamilton.

You can listen to the soundtrack in full here: on.fb.me/eWyIrI

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WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO HERE WE GO MAGIC DRUMMER
Brooklyn-based indie rockers Here We Go Magic have released a new video for 'Casual', a track taken from their 'Pigeons' album, which was released by Secretly Canadian earlier this year.

The gory video was directed by Nat Livingston Johnson and Gregory Mitnick. Shot in a hospital, it required twelve gallons of blood and birth fluid from real livestock to complete its various scenes, including the climax in which a 70 year old woman gives birth to the band's drummer, Peter Hale.

Johnson explained: "The challenges of getting a seven-foot drummer to be born from a 70 year-old woman are painfully obvious". "But we did it", added Mitnick.

Watch it here: youtu.be/mY4qWFa8v7Y

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ALBUM REVIEW: British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade)
In Scandinavian mythology, Valhalla was a huge, majestic hall of the slain. The Norse god Odin chose half of those slaughtered in battle to travel to Valhalla led by valkyries. Quite what this has to do with anything here is anyone's guess. On their fourth album (not including their soundtrack LP 'Man Of Aran'), BSP are as playful and quirky as ever.

The opening track 'Who's In Control' certainly has a heroic Viking swagger, with powerful guitar riffs, eerie screams and even some aggressive swearing, which I don't think has featured in any BSP songs up till now. 'We Are Sound', 'Georgie Ray' and 'Luna' are archetypal BSP songs; well crafted, with great guitars and a sense of melancholic nostalgia, while simultaneously evoking a yearning for what the future may hold.

The most immediate and obvious track is upcoming single 'Living Is So Easy' which is very poppy and features some very jaunty toy organ sounds. On 'Mongk II' the band have gone for something a bit different using some ominous keyboard sounds which wouldn't be out of place on a Flock Of Seagulls record.

In summary raise a glass of mead and celebrate the triumphant return of one of our most interesting and ambitious bands. JW

Physical release: 10 Jan
Press contact: Rough Trade IH

Buy from iTunes
Buy from Amazon

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STEPHEN LEA JOINS NEXUS
Northwest-based music lawyer Stephen Lea, whose clients have included Tears For Fears, Take That, New Order, The Charlatans, James, Russell Watson, Happy Mondays and the late Tony Wilson, is to join Manchester-based legal firm Nexus where he will continue to represent his existing clients as well as helping the company expand its music and entertainment division.

Confirming his move, Lea told CMU: "My areas of specialism are extremely compatible with those offered by the like-minded team at Nexus, and I'm very excited about the prospects of working with them. Both new and existing clients will now enjoy the support of an even broader range of expertise. Our combined experience will be unique in the North West".

Nexus partner Tony Brook added: "We are delighted that Stephen is joining us. His knowledge experience and reputation will prove a considerable asset to our team. Although Manchester has enjoyed a vibrant music scene for many years, the focus for legal expertise has been in London - Stephen is one of the few notable exceptions".

Lea will continue to act as a consultant for Lea & Company, the Stockport-based law firm he set up in 1990.

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ATLANTIC APPOINTS NEW MARKETING MAN
Warner Music's Atlantic UK division has announced the promotion of Mark Mitchell to the role of Marketing Director.

Look, here's Atlantic GM Mark Terry saying so (he calls Mark 'Mitch' by the way, don't let that confuse you, they're an informal lot over at Atlantic): "Since arriving at Atlantic last year, Mitch's experience and creativity has benefited a wide range of talent. He is respected by media partners, artists and managers for his sophisticated and incisive understanding of the modern entertainment landscape. I've no doubt his broad expertise and thoughtful leadership skills will make him a valuable asset as we aggressively build on our recent successes".

Mark himself, that is to say Mitch, not Mark Terry, oh, now I see why they need to call Mark Mitch so as not to confuse him with Mark. Anyway, here's what the label's newly promoted marketing guy had to say: "I've very much enjoyed my time at Atlantic so far and I look forward to continuing to work with Mark and the whole Atlantic team as we build our artists' audiences, offering them exciting new creative and commercial opportunities".

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BRIGHTON'S FREEBUTT TO RETURN
Oh, so this is good news. Brighton live music haunt the Freebutt, which stopped hosting gigs earlier this year because of licensing problems over noise leakage claims, has announced it is reopening in the New Year as a gig venue.

There seems to be a new team managing the revamped venue, and they posted on the venue's website yesterday: "Yes, the Brighton Freebutt is to reopen in 2011, 24 Jan to be exact! With some special launch shows to remind us everything great about the Freebutt. The limiter and sound issues that have caused the council action are in the process of being rectified and we are currently working on changes to the infamous 'pillar' for all your viewing pleasure. We are also rebuilding the stage and fitting a new PA and lighting system".

They add that they will relaunch the Freebutt website very soon and post a programme of events planned for the weeks following the reopening. Meanwhile, they note that the Freebutt's former management team are promoting one last show at Brighton's Audio venue this Saturday with Furyon, Imicus and OAF.

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LONGER TRACK PREVIEWS ARRIVE ON ITUNES USA
Apple has started to roll out the long mooted 90 second preview clips on iTunes in the US. Previously iTunes previews were thirty seconds long.

As of yesterday the extended previews were not available on all tracks, but it is thought that is for technical reasons, and very soon every song over 2.5 minutes long will come with a 90 second sample. With all four majors seemingly supportive of the new initiative, according to CNet indie labels were basically told to like it or fuck off, such is Apple's caring sharing nature when it comes to anyone who isn't a billion dollar corporation these days.

The longer previews are important for iTunes' recent dabblings in social media, as making song recommendations to friends via something like Ping only really works if said friends can then listen to the track for free. Of course its debatable whether a 90 second preview is really any better than 30 seconds, it's still not the entire track. It's also debatable whether the longer previews are needed in Europe, where surely anyone recommended a song on a social network will go and preview it in full for free on Spotify or We7.

Still, there are now longer previews on iTunes. Let's take a vote, is that more or less exciting than the news The Beatles are now on the Apple download platform? What's that, you couldn't care less about either innovation? Oh right.

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HOWARD STERN RE-SIGNS WITH SIRIUS XM
Howard Stern has renewed his deal with US satellite radio network Sirius XM. He confirmed yesterday that he had signed a new five year contract with the company, telling listeners: "I have come to the conclusion that the real innovators, the real geniuses are the people here at Sirius".

As contract renegotiations took place earlier this year, with Sirius XM known to be keen to cut its talent costs now that Sirius and XM are one company, rather than competing networks, Stern indicated he might be considering other options, including some sort of internet venture.

However, insiders say both the radio company and the DJ were both keen to renew their partnership from the start, though, as always, the devil was in the detail of the new deal.

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COWELL PLANNING NEW POP SHOW FOR ITV
Simon Cowell has indicated that he is developing a new pop music show for ITV1 which might fill the 'X-Factor' slot when the tedious talent show is off the air.

The new format wouldn't be competition based, and it sounds like it would be more of a conventional music programme at least a little bit like the late great 'Top Of The Pops', though presumably with a more mainstream music policy to satisfy a prime time ITV audience.

Cowell revealed that he was talking to ITV about the new show at a press conference pre-empting this weekend's 'X-Factor' final. He told reporters: "There is always room for more music ... and we will be doing something on Saturday nights".

ITV confirmed ideas were being discussed and a new show could launch next year, but couldn't provide any more information than that.

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DEBBIE HARRY ESCAPED TED BUNDY
Debbie Harry has said that she came close to being one of the victims of 70s serial killer Ted Bundy.

The singer said in a recent interview: "It was in the early 70s and I was trying to get across town at two or three o'clock in the morning. This little car kept coming around and offering me a ride. I kept saying no but finally I took the ride because I couldn't get a cab".

She continued: "I got in the car and the windows were rolled up, except for a tiny crack. This driver had an incredibly bad smell to him. I looked down and there were no door handles. The inside of the car was stripped. The hairs on the back of my neck just stood up. I wiggled my arm out of the window and pulled the door handle from the outside. I don't know how I did it, but I got out. He tried to stop me by spinning the car but it sort of helped me fling myself out. Afterwards I saw him on the news. Ted Bundy".

Bundy killed 30 women before being arrested. He was executed by electric chair in 1989.

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SEAWORLD REFUTES ACCUSATIONS OF LOOMING ORCATASTROPHE
SeaWorld in Florida has hit back against accusations levelled at the marine park by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and animal rights group PETA.

In a letter, published earlier this week by TMZ, Lee accused owners of putting staff in danger by keeping a killer whale, named Tilikum, in captivity for breeding purposes. Tilikum has killed three people this year, and is no longer supposed to come into direct contact with humans, though, says Lee, the whale is the park's "chief sperm bank" and staff "masturbate him with a cow's vagina filled with hot water".

Commenting on the method by which semen is extracted from the whale, Lee wrote: "Even during my wildest days with Motley Crue, I never could have imagined something so sick and twisted".

But a spokesperson for SeaWorld told TMZ: "The process of collecting semen for [artificial insemination] doesn't differ in any meaningful way from the techniques employed in managing livestock or other species for zoological display. Contrary to the charges made by PETA and repeated in Lee's letter, our trainers do not now nor have they ever entered the water with Tilikum for this purpose. The safety of SeaWorld staff and the welfare of our animals are our highest priorities".

They went on: "If Mr Lee's information on Tilikum and SeaWorld's artificial insemination program for killer whales comes from PETA we're not surprised that it's wrong. PETA is as careless with facts as they are extreme in their views. Whatever his views on SeaWorld, Mr Lee would be wise to spend more time checking his facts".

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JAGGER: KEITH'S BOOK IS TEDIOUS
Mick Jagger has said that he thinks Keith Richards' autobiography is "tedious". I wish he'd said sooner, I've just bought it for a friend for Christmas. Actually, I think he was referring to autobiographies in general, which ruins several Christmas presents. Thanks, Mick. Thanks for ruining Christmas.

Jagger told the New York Times: "Personally, I think it's really quite tedious raking over the past. Mostly, people only do it for the money. You don't want to end up like some old footballer in a pub, talking about how he made the cross in the cup final in 1964".

Some of the tediousness in Richards' book includes accusations that Jagger is an "unbearable" egomaniac who has made various bad decisions on the band's behalf and has a "tiny todger".

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