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CMU Info
TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
Captain Beefheart dies
Could Neverland become a music school?
In The Pop Courts
Doherty may be requestioned about 2006 party death
Awards & Contests
Mute boss to be honoured at producer awards
Charts, Stats & Polls
X-Factor winner tops Christmas chart
Reunions & Splits
Paramore lose guitarist and drummer
Films & Shows News
One more delay for Spiderman musical
Gigs & Tours News
Fujiya & Miyagi do album, tour, video
Reviews
Live Review: Jenny and Johnny at 93 Feet East in London on 7 Dec
Brands & Stuff
Burst to sell ads for Sony UK
The Music Business
Syco CEO steps down
BMG UK boss steps down
Believe appoints new UK label manager
Music Export Norway opens Berlin office
The Media Business
Huey Morgan joins Radio 2
Heat editor stands down
Digital Spy steals NME's online editor
And finally...
Zac Hanson becomes father again
Badly Drawn Boy tells LA twats to fuck off


 
MONDAY 20TH DECEMBER
FIVE DAY FORECAST
Hello, I've got something a bit different for you today. Rather than rounding up what's coming up in the music world over the next five days, I'm going to tell you what's happening at CMU over the next five months. So that'll be fun, won't it? No, really, it will. We've got loads of brilliant and exciting stuff coming up. Look, here it is...

 
01: Artist Of The Year. So, tomorrow the waiting comes to an end and we finally reveal our top artist of the year. Actually, anyone who read last week's CMU Weekly will already know who it is, but that's beside the point. Tomorrow we publish a lengthy feature explaining exactly why that person is top of the pile in 2010, which I expect you all to read. There will be a test (there won't).

02: Review Of The Year. On Wednesday it's the return of our ever popular CMU Review Of The Year, which rounds up all the big stuff that happened in the world of music in the last twelve months and shrinks it all down to easily digestible nuggets. Like those mini burgers they sell in M&S but with words. We've slavishly gone back through our archives and pulled out all the most interesting and exciting stuff, so stay tuned.

03: The Great Escape. As we announced earlier this month, CMU will be programming the conference section of next year's Great Escape festival in Brighton. We're very excited about this and have already lined up some very cool stuff, though it's currently all top secret, and telling you now would require subsequently killing you, which would be no way to start the Christmas holidays. But rest assured, you'll find out more about what is in store at the ultimate music business gathering next May here in the CMU Daily from January. Though if you're willing to take my word for it that it will be brilliant, and you fancy picking up a pre-Christmas bargain, you can get early bird tickets at a special price at www.escapegreat.com.

04: CMU-Tube and podcast. Two new additions to the CMU media empire will be coming your way in the new year. Firstly, there's the relaunch of our CMU-Tube video service, which will bring you great interviews, live performances and more every week. And we've also got the new CMU podcast, which will round up the week in music every Friday from 21 Jan. Hosted by Chris Cooke and myself, it will feature the usual waffling in the CMU style you've come to know and love, but in glorious audio. Bonus.

05: CMU Training. The next series of our acclaimed one-day CMU training seminars begins on 12 Jan. As before, we'll be covering music copyright, music PR and developing business models for the music industry. They're filled with up-to-the-minute information and ideas at an affordable price. Hey, but don't take my word for it, here's what one delegate said earlier this year: "The best music business training event I have attended; relevant and up to date, your knowledge of and enthusiasm for the industry is simply exceptional".

And there ends my final Five Day Forecast of 2010. There will be more in 2011, so please stop your crying. The last CMU Daily of the year will be with you tomorrow, and it will then return on 6 Jan, followed lazily by CMU Weekly on 21 Jan, along with our first podcast.

So, now all that remains to do is wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope it's all extra festive, restful and fun.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU
 
BEST OF CMU APPROVED 2010: REBEKKAMARIA
Describing the music of Rebekka Maria Andersson, or RebekkaMaria to use her stage name, is no simple task. I could simply say that she's a Danish pop singer who sounds a little like Lykke Li and has supported Mika. And that would be completely accurate. But it would also completely misrepresent her.

 
Sure, Lykke Li is the obvious reference point for quick comparison, but it completely misses the amazing ability Andersson has to switch her voice between all manner of styles from cutesy pop to world-weary soul. And, yes, she technically makes pop music, but it's so varied that, while at times you can see why she'd be booked to support Mika, at others it makes about as much sense as The Knife supporting Boyzone.

www.myspace.com/asinrebekkamaria


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART DIES
American musician and painter Don Van Vliet, better known to the music world as Captain Beefheart, died last week aged 69, after succumbing to complications caused by the multiple sclerosis he had suffered from for many years.

Van Vliet began making his distinctive, eclectic and experimental brand of music using the Captain Beefheart moniker in 1964, joining with The Magic Band the following year. He garnered much critical acclaim with his debut album 'Safe As Milk' in 1967, though label issues followed and he was dropped by two record companies in as many years, and it was thanks to his school friend Frank Zappa, who signed Van Vliet to his Straight Records label, that one of the most acclaimed and most influential Captain Beefheart albums - 'Trout Mask Replica' - was released in 1969.

A falling out with his Magic Band and a brief flirtation with more conventional rock music saw Van Vliet's music career take a wobble in the mid-seventies, but the recruitment of a new supporting band resulted in a return to form for the final three Captain Beefheart albums between 1978 and 1982. Then Van Vliet decided to quit music and concentrate on his other passion, painting. It's said that art gallery owner Michael Werner told Van Vliet he'd never be taken seriously as an artist while he continued to make music.

Despite having been known for his distinct public persona at the height of his music career, Van Vliet kept a low profile after 1982, though there were regular exhibitions of his artwork. By the 1990s it was known the now full time visual artist was suffering from health problems, though there were differing reports as to the extent to which his MS affected Van Vliet's day-to-day life.

Confirming his death, a spokesman for Werner's New York gallery, an organisation with which Van Vliet enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship, told reporters this weekend: "Don Van Vliet was a complex and influential figure in the visual and performing arts. He is perhaps best known as the incomparable Captain Beefheart who, together with his Magic Band, rose to prominence in the 1960s with a totally unique style of blues-inspired, experimental rock n roll. This would ultimately secure Van Vliet's place in music history as one of the most original recording artists of his time".

He continued: "After two decades in the spotlight as an avant-garde composer and performer, Van Vliet retired from performing to devote himself wholeheartedly to painting and drawing. Like his music, Van Vliet's lush paintings are the product of a truly rare and unique vision".

Van Vliet is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Jan.

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COULD NEVERLAND BECOME A MUSIC SCHOOL?
The LA-based finance firm which controls the Neverland Ranch in California is considering proposals to turn Michael Jackson's former home into a college for young musicians, according to TMZ.com.

Colony Capital are the key shareholders in the Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, which has owned the Neverland property since 2008. Michael Jackson was also a shareholder in the company, as part of a deal with Colony designed to fight off the late king of pop's then mounting debt problems, so presumably his estate still has an interest in it, though the exact details regarding the ownership of the site are not known.

Since Jackson's death there has been much speculation regarding the future of the ranch. There was talk of setting up a Graceland-style memorial and tourist attraction, with initial speculation that the late singer may be buried there. More recently there were rumours that the now cash rich Jackson estate might buy the property back for the singer's children.

The latest plans, according to TMZ, would see the site turned into a music institute similar to New York's Julliard School, teaching teenagers all aspects of music making, including songwriting and performing. It is thought the new school would want to use the Michael Jackson name so, even if the singer's estate does not have any controlling influence over the future of the Neverland site itself, their approval would still be required for the educational institute to go ahead. Though a source connected with the estate told TMZ: "It's an interesting idea and we'd be open to it".

Santa Barbara officials would also have to approve the proposals. The owners of neighbouring properties have previously raised concerns about any Neverland projects that might result in a significant increase of traffic to the site.

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DOHERTY MAY BE REQUESTIONED ABOUT 2006 PARTY DEATH
Pete Doherty may be re-interviewed by police over the death of Mark Blanco, the actor who died after being thrown out of a party attended by the Babyshambler in 2006.

As previously reported, Blanco fell to his death from a balcony in the building where Doherty was attending a party. Some eyewitnesses said Blanco had previously had a run in with Doherty and/or one of his associates that night, though the host of the party, Paul Roundhill, denied this. What is pretty certain, though, is that Roundhill twice forcefully evicted Blanco from his flat, the first time punching him several times in the process. It was shortly after Blanco's second eviction that he fell to his death.

At the time, police investigations focused on the theory Blanco's death was either suicide or an accident, perhaps as Blanco attempted to make his exit by jumping to a lamppost. But the coroner rejected the suicide theory, and, on declaring an open verdict, encouraged police to reopen their investigations.

Blanco's mother has also been calling for further investigations and, according to the Daily Mail, the Met police have now confirmed they are revisiting the case, with a source telling the tabloid: "[It will be] a meticulous search for the truth... A number of individuals who were at the party will have to be interviewed". It is widely assumed that will include Doherty.

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MUTE BOSS TO BE HONOURED AT PRODUCER AWARDS
Mute founder and boss man Daniel Miller will receive the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music Award at the Music Producers Guild Awards next year, it has been announced. Mute, of course, recently became an independent music company again after a period in which its record company was a division of EMI.

Confirming the winner of next year's Outstanding Contribution prize, MPG chief Steve Levine told CMU: "The Outstanding Contribution Award acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry. This may be a producer or engineer, but it can equally be a manager, an A&R person or even a great artist".

He continued: "We have chosen Daniel as our 2011 recipient because he has long been a supporter of independent creative talent as well as a frequent early adopter of new studio technology. His work has helped develop the careers of recording artists who might otherwise have been overlooked. People who really make a difference for the better are fairly rare in the music industry. Daniel's example is even more relevant in these difficult times for the business and therefore his contribution to the industry is live and real".

Shortlists have also been announced for the other categories at next year's MPG Awards, which will take place at the Floridita on Wardour Street, London on 9 Feb. And the nominations are as follows:

Producer Of The Year: Markus Dravs, Ethan Johns, John Leckie, Mike Pela

Recording Engineer Of The Year: Phil Brown, Matt Lawrence, Tony Platt

Mix Engineer Of The Year: Mark Rankin, Mark 'Spike' Stent, Cenzo Townsend

Mastering Engineer Of The Year: John Davis, Ray Staff, Tim Young

Live Album/DVD Of The Year: Electric Proms, iTunes Sessions, The Who Live From Hull

UK Single Of The Year 2010: Biffy Clyro - God And Satan, Mumford & Sons - The Cave, Paloma Faith - Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?, Plan B - She Said

Re-Mixer Of The Year: Freemasons, Simon Gogerly, James Rutledge

The Joe Meek Award For Innovation In Production: Bjork, Trevor Horn, Tony Visconti

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year: Eliot James, Labrinth, Starsmith

Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year: Jake Jackson, Stevan Krakovic, Andy Savours

Best Studio: AIR Studios, Livingston Studios, Metropolis, Strongroom

International Producer Of The Year: T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Stuart Price

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X-FACTOR WINNER TOPS CHRISTMAS CHART
So, as pretty much expected really, the 'X-Factor' franchise regained the Christmas number one trophy last night, for all it's worth, which isn't much really, but still, well done them.

Yes, this year's 'X' man Bob Curdle topped the Christmas chart yesterday with his only slightly awful cover version of Biffy Clyro's 'Many Of Horror'. The single, retitled 'When We Collide', sold 439,000 units last week, over ten thousand less than last year's lap of honour single from Joe McElderry, but enough to comfortably assure Curdle the top spot in this week's chart. It was also one of the biggest selling singles of the year in terms of number of units shifted in one week, not all that far behind that other terrible Cowell-instigated cover version, the 'Everybody Hurts' cover in aid of the Haiti earthquake fund.

Curdle told reporters: "I can't believe it, as if winning wasn't enough. I honestly didn't think I'd even make it on to the live shows, let alone win and now be the Christmas number one. I can't even begin to describe how if feels. It's nuts, crackers and crazy. To think that many people have supported me and bought the record is absolutely mind blowing. Thank you so much to everyone. I'm going to have one or two beers to celebrate!"

The second place single, the recent Rihanna and Drake collaboration, also zooming up the charts on the back of recent 'X-Factor' exposure, was along way behind Curdle, selling 104,000 units last week. The eighth best selling single was also there because of the 'X-Factor', in a distorted sort of way, with Biffy Clyro fans taking to the internet to buy the original version of the song Curdle covered.

In terms of the anti-X Facebook-based rallying calls for alternative chart domination, it was the Family Guy inspired 'Surfin Bird' campaign that scored the highest chart position.

Although a long way off the sales created by a similar Facebook campaign in favour of Rage Against The Machine this time last year (over 500,000 copies of 'Killing In The Name' were sold in Christmas chart week in 2009), the old Trashmen record that featured in a 2008 episode of 'Family Guy' shifted a not at all insignificant 70,000 units, putting it at number three in the overall chart.

Although getting a lot less press coverage than the Cage Against The Machine project (though I think Radio 1's Scott Mills was supporting it), the 'Surfin Bird' campaign took off on Facebook much earlier, and actually had multiple Facebook pages in its favour, the main one of which had over 630,000 supporters by last week. It quickly took third place in early week charts as the race began last weekend.

The charitable Cage Against The Machine venture, a more avante-garde affair and, in our minds, the more artistically interesting of this year's anti-X campaigns, ended up at number 21 in the final chart, selling nearly 16,000 units in aid of five charities, including the British Tinnitus Association and CALM. The re-recording of John Cage's silent work '4'33"' remains a great project though, and the accompanying remixes (different producers recording 273 seconds of the noise that surrounds them), are great pieces of musical work that you can still download in aid of those great charities.

There were other Facebook campaigns for the Christmas chart, of course, none of which dented the Top 40, but some of which appeared lower down in the chart countdown. One, which we only came across for the first time last week, clearly took the sweary nature of last year's successful anti-X campaign as its inspiration. The song by comedy music outfit Kunt & The Gang sports the title, 'Use My Arsehole As A Cunt'. With this track only coming to wider attention on its arrival at number 66 in the chart last night, there are now moves on Facebook to send it higher for the New Year chart next Sunday.

Commenting on their number three chart position, a spokesman for the 'Surfin Bird' campaign told CMU: "We're actually pretty pleased to have nabbed the Christmas number three and were top of the Facebook campaigns this year. We were totally inspired by last year's Rage campaign and wanted to give it a go. We did it for a bit of fun and it certainly was that! So a big thank you to those who got involved and bought it. It's now in the Christmas chart stats, which is pretty cool. For the New Year number one we're supporting this week's number 66, Kunt & The Gang, to try and chart it into the top 40. Bird!"

Meanwhile, looking back on the busiest week of the Cage Against The Machine project, Xfm DJ and CMU columnist Eddy Temple-Morris who, of course, joined with this particular Facebook venture in October and orchestrated the new recording of '4'33"', told us: "On the surface of it, number 21 is not good enough for a charitable initiative, and it reflects the apathy of the general public towards less cuddly causes, pitifully neglected organisations like the tinnitus and depression charities we were supporting. But, that said, it was never really about the chart position for us, it was about awareness - of the project and the charities we were supporting - and raising funds for those organisations".

He continued: "We were talked about by every newspaper, from the Telegraph to The Sport, on every radio station, TV channel, music website or blog. Ian Hislop and Alexander Armstrong even mentioned it on 'Have I Got News For You'. Rage Against The Machine tweeted about us and The Prodigy made a statement in support. From New York to LA, Rome to Amsterdam, people were communicating about it, discussing, thinking about something important... what we did here was immensely powerful. Silence never caused so much noise. Now we have to keep going. Keep spreading the word, keep downloading the tune, keep talking, keep communicating; as CALM say, 'being silent is not being strong".

Chart stats, as always, come courtesy of the Official Charts Company.

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PARAMORE LOSE GUITARIST AND DRUMMER
Paramore confirmed this weekend that two of the band's founder members, brothers Josh and Zac Farro (guitars and drums respectively), have quit, having revealed their intent to leave the outfit to their bandmates two months ago.

A statement on the Paramore website said: "Over the past six years, our band has been through some of the most intense and incredible experiences of our lives. None of these things have been without trial. A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore".

It continued: "We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn't here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere. But we never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. We have some amazing things lined up for next year starting with our tour in South America. We are still coming to you and we are excited about who we are bringing with us! The tour is still on and we can't wait to see you all".

For the time being at least, the Farros will not be replaced and Paramore will continue as a three piece.

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ONE MORE DELAY FOR SPIDERMAN MUSICAL
Producers of the Bono-and-The-Edge-scored musical 'Spiderman Turn Off The Dark' have confirmed that they are again postponing the official launch of their rather ambitious and very expensive Broadway stage show.

As previously reported, the Spiderman musical has been hindered by all sorts of problems and delays, and those problems have continued even though the show is now previewing to the public at New York's Foxwoods Theatre. The original (well, most recent) plan was for the show to formally open on 11 Jan, but it was confirmed last week that the production will now stay in 'preview' until 7 Feb.

Co-producer Michael Cohl told reporters: "The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process. Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision. 'Spiderman Turn Off The Dark' is an extremely ambitious undertaking, as everyone knows, and I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line".

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FUJIYA & MIYAGI DO ALBUM, TOUR, VIDEO
Brighton-based electro types Fujiya & Miyagi have a new album coming out on Full Time Hobby next month called 'Ventriloquizzing', on which frontman David Best says this: "It's quite an accusatory record, but you never know why, or what the target of the accusation has done. I think there's an underlying anger, or perhaps just annoyance, at institutions and people in general, and probably ourselves too".

But it's not really the 17 Jan album release that this little bit of CMU reportage exists to communicate. No, a March tour has just been announced as well. Oh, and there's a new video trailer for the album just been posted on YouTube. Here are your details:

2 Mar: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
3 Mar: Salford, Islington Mill
4 Mar: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
5 Mar: Bristol, The Fleece
8 Mar: London, Heaven

The video: youtu.be/nOqGhdqLCYI

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LIVE REVIEW: Jenny and Johnny at 93 Feet East in London on 7 Dec
"If you've got any questions, you can ask them now", Johnathan Rice tells the crowd.

"Thanks for coming to Brick Lane on a Tuesday night", one punter shouts from the back.

"That is not a question, sir." Johnathan replies flippantly, cocking his guitar and flicking his slightly sweaty dirty-blond hair away from his face. "But you're very fucking welcome".

And so the attitude of Jenny and Johnny's first of five London gigs is set in place - cool and collected, but tarred with a hint of (nevertheless endearing) loftiness.

It's a long gig - but it's in no way slugged out as the duo - both amazing solo artists in their own right - play every song from their debut 'I'm Having Fun Now', plus a few surprises and old favourites most of us (rabid fans) in the audience know very well. Jenny Lewis is a tiny redhead with a voice that could tear down walls, Johnathan Rice is her rough and world-weary partner in crime. I'd say she's the June Carter to his Johnny Cash - but let's not compare, because she's definitely not sweet enough for that, and that's a good thing.

After a good (bloody good) forty minutes of material from the aforementioned album plus a new song, J and J part ways for some solo treats, including Lewis's excellent 'Carpetbaggers' which sends the crowd into a frenzy. They lift us up, and up again, and it is with this feeling so inexplicably high that I leave the building, safe in the knowledge that I ended the year with the best gig I've seen in 2010. TW

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BURST TO SELL ADS FOR SONY UK
Web advertising agency Burst Media has announced it has become the exclusive ad sales house for Sony Music UK. It will now sell advertising on the Sony record company's UK websites.

Burst MD Ian Woolley told CMU: "Sony Music UK is an excellent complement to other sites within the Burst publisher group and further enhances our ability to reach influential audiences. By offering top music content, Sony Music UK has gained a substantial and dedicated fan base. We are very proud to be exclusively representing its display advertising inventory".

Sony's digital VP Samantha Sawyer added: "This is the perfect marriage of two brands that have expertise reaching engaged audiences. No other entertainment, interest or lifestyle pursuit can evoke as wide a range of emotions as music. We understand this and look forward to working with Burst to deliver this insight to advertising partners".

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SYCO CEO STEPS DOWN
The CEO of Simon Cowell's JV with Sony Music, Syco Entertainment, has stepped down less than a year after joining the music and media company. Ellis Watson was brought in to the business in March following the restructure of Syco that followed Simon Cowell renegotiating his deal with Sony Music back in January.

Although Watson oversaw the whole Syco empire in his CEO role, he was brought in mainly to oversee the expansion of the firm's TV operations, in particular the launch of the 'X-Factor' brand outside the UK. As well as a background in newspaper management, Watson had spent three years as MD of TV producers Celador and had overseen the expansion of the 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' franchise.

But, strangely, nine months on, it is that global expansion of the Syco business being given as a reason for Watson's departure. The Scottish executive says his role requires too much time in the US away from his family back in Scotland. He told reporters: "We've achieved an amazing amount in a short time, and Syco is more than ready to take on America. I'm gutted that I can't reconcile my family needs in Scotland with the demands of being in the US - Rodeo Drive isn't quite ready for my Highland cattle. I'm proud of the team's achievements and will enjoy watching their continued success from Blighty".

Confirming Watson's departure, Cowell said: "I would like to thank Ellis for his valuable contribution, hard work and enthusiasm; he will be missed by all of us". A spokesman for Sony Music told The Guardian they had no plans to replace Watson at present.

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BMG UK BOSS STEPS DOWN
The UK boss of the BMG Rights Management company has stepped down, according to Music Week. It's not clear why Tony Moss has left BMG, where he's headed or if he'll be replaced.

There is speculation that Moss's departure is a sign that BMG's UK office will be merged in with Chrysalis, the relatively large UK indie music publisher which the German-owned music rights firm acquired last month.

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BELIEVE APPOINTS NEW UK LABEL MANAGER
Digital distribution firm Believe Digital has announced it has appointed Victoria Hunt to the role of UK Label Manager. Joining the European distributor from 7Digital today, she will be charged with the task of managing and extending relationships with labels and partner distributors over here.

Hunt will report into Believe Digital UK's sales and new business head Lee Morrison, who told CMU: "As Believe Digital expands its operations in the UK we are keen to put together a high quality team to help us realise our ambitious plans moving forward. Victoria joins us having already established a great reputation and her insight and experience in this market will be a tremendous asset to the company".

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MUSIC EXPORT NORWAY OPENS BERLIN OFFICE
The Norwegian music export office has announced it will open a new office in Berlin next month to service Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Music Export Norway already operates a London office to help Norwegian artists and music companies navigate the UK market.

Confirming the launch of a new base in Germany, Siri Narverud Moen, who will run the new office, told Billboard: "In Germany there is already a lot of interest in Norwegian music. We want to increase the connections between these two markets".

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HUEY MORGAN JOINS RADIO 2
Radio 2 last week announced that Fun Lovin Criminal and 6music DJ Huey Morgan would be taking over the Friday night slot on the station recently vacated by Mark Lamarr.

Morgan already presents a Sunday afternoon show on BBC 6 of course, and has recently been filling in for Lauren Laverne on daytime there as well, while she is on maternity leave. From next April he will add Lamarr's former midnight on Friday (so, technically speaking, Saturday morning) show to his weekly task list, presenting a similar music mix to his Sunday show for 6, which he will also continue to host.

Says Morgan: "Radio 2 is the most listened to radio station in the land and it's a huge honour to be given three hours a week to kick back and play some of the hottest tunes, both new and old, with a disregard of genre. Growing up in NYC, I could never have imagined that the prestigious and world famous BBC would give me six hours of airtime a week to play my favourite records and allow me chat to some of the people who have inspired me along the way".

When announcing his departure from Radio 2 to friends recently, Lamarr said: "It's become obvious over the last year the station has become much less interested in non-mainstream music, and my position there has been extremely uncomfortable. It's a sign of the times I suppose. I'm stupidly proud of the shows I've done there for twelve years and I know I always did the right thing. I'm equally sure I'm doing the right thing now. Not looking for sympathy, or another job, or even a reply. Just letting you know".

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HEAT EDITOR STANDS DOWN
Bauer Media last week announced that Sam Delaney is to step down as editor of its gossip weekly Heat after sixteen months in the job so to concentrate on a new book and TV series. The title's Executive Editor Lucie Cave will fill in until a permanent replacement can be found.

Confirming his departure, Delaney told reporters: "I have been honoured and privileged to edit such a great magazine and work with the best editorial team in the business. I've enjoyed every minute but these new opportunities are too exciting to turn down. I wish Heat every success in the future and leave it in the supremely talented hands of Lucie Cave".

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DIGITAL SPY STEALS NME'S ONLINE EDITOR
Digital Spy has announced it has hired NME.com's David Moynihan to take over from its co-founder Neil Wilkes in the Editor's chair at the entertainment news site.

Wilkes announced he was leaving the website he helped found nearly ten years ago, and which was bought by Hachette Filipacchi UK in 2008, earlier this year. He will stay on until March next year, when Moynihan will start his new job, to allow a smooth changeover period.

Moynihan took over as Editor of NME's website in 2007, having previously done the same job for FHM.

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ZAC HANSON BECOMES FATHER AGAIN
Zac Hanson - yes, he's the little kid on the drums - has become a father for the second time, his wife Kate giving birth to a baby girl last Wednesday. The couple already have a two year old son together. The youngest of the Hanson brothers is now 25, which makes me feel very old indeed.

Confirming to People.com that his second child had been born, Hanson said: "We couldn't imagine a better Christmas gift than this sweet little girl. In just the short time she's been here, she's enriched our family and our lives beyond measure. We're looking forward to celebrating the season with our family and introducing her to everyone".

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BADLY DRAWN BOY TELLS LA TWATS TO FUCK OFF
Now, who was it that once sang "Those LA twats can just fuck off"? You know, that song. Oh I know, it's the one off Badly Drawn Boy's as yet unwritten next album.

Yes, Damon Gough had a bit of a run in with his audience at a gig at LA's Troubadour club last Thursday. I think it all began with a few sound problems and a handful of audience members getting a bit pissed about the resulting delay, but Gough was taking no nonsense from this crowd.

With sound problems fixed, he told his audience that "if these cunts don't stop saying shit I'm going to fuck off". The cunts did carry on saying shit, but Gough chose not to fuck off, instead ordering the cunts to do so, telling the complainers "fuck off if you don't want to be here, fuck off you LA twats".

Some of his audience did indeed leave the building, either offended by the British singer-songwriter's words, or it's possible they were just twats doing what they were told. Gough apologised to those who remained, saying LA was full of nice people but was "tethered by this group of twats".

Some US reports suggested the majority of Gough's audience walked out following his outburst, though the albeit gloomy YouTube footage suggests a sizable portion stayed and seemed generally supportive of or at least amused by the Badly Drawn Boy's sweary rant.

See for yourself here: youtu.be/SfPIyb31tGA

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