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A lot of BRITS nonsense
Record Store Day date set for 2011
SEC might investigate 50 Cent's share tipping tweet
In The Pop Hospital
Etta James very ill, husband seeks control of finances
Broadcast frontwoman very ill
Charts, Stats & Polls
O2 still world's biggest music venue
Reunions & Splits
Interpol man on his departed bassist
Release News
Funeral For A Friend: album, single, gigs, finger snaps
Brands & Stuff
Hilfiger and Universal talk artist fashion lines
The Music Business
AFO warns of a hard year upcoming for smaller festivals
BMG appoint new legal exec for UK
EMI Publishing promote European execs
The Digital Business
News Corp confirms MySpace sell off plans
Shazam and Spotify announce partnership
YouTube three times more popular for music than download sites
The Media Business
New appointments at Radio 1
Global appoint new digital chief
And finally...
Money For Nothing banned in Canada for homophobic lyrics

So, welcome to 2011. Yes, I know, Christmas and New Year all seems like it happened months ago now, but this is my first Week In Five of the year so I'm giving you new year salutations whether you like it or not. And do you know what? I'm very excited about 2011, for at least two reasons (a third being all the great new artists and albums on the release schedules).

The first reason is that I genuinely believe 2011 could be a turning point after a decade of turmoil for the music (and especially record) industry, as some of the innovative new approaches to developing, funding and monetising new music, that have been quietly emerging from certain quarters over the last couple of years, start to gain momentum.

The second reason is that in May we'll be getting some of the key people behind those new approaches onstage in Brighton to talk about, dissect and share their experiences of the 'new music business', at the Team CMU programmed Great Escape convention. I'm going to use this slot at the top of Friday's CMU Daily to keep you up to date with Great Escape sessions and events as and when we confirm them. But for now, all I can say is that I hope you can all join us there, and to do so head over to escapegreat.com where early bird delegate tickets are just £80.

Meanwhile, back to the music business of the last seven days.

01. Terra Firma filed an appeal in their legal fight against Citigroup over EMI. Last year a New York jury was unconvinced by equity group Terra Firma's claim they were tricked into buying EMI in 2007 by Citigroup, who, they alleged, provided misleading information about other bidders. Terra Firma's appeal challenges some technical aspects of last year's trial. Meanwhile speculation remains rampant that Terra Firma will soon hand over EMI to Citigroup, to whom the label owes three billion, and that the bank will then sell it. Though a Terra Firma spokesman insisted nothing will happen until at least March. CMU report | Telegraph report

02. The US Supreme Court refused to block a new hearing for the download price-fixing case. The major record companies are accused of colluding to fix the price of music downloads, breaking US anti-trust laws. A judge previously dismissed the case, known as Starr v Sony, but an appeals court has said that dismissal was wrong and the allegations should be considered anew. Record industry reps hoped that Supreme Court judges would overrule that appeal court decision, but this week they refused to get involved, meaning Starr v Sony will now have to be reconsidered afresh. CMU report | Guardian report

03. The Canadian majors agreed to pay $47.5 million into the country's songwriting community, as part of a settlement to a class action lawsuit launched by the estate of late jazz man Chet Baker. The majors were accused of being deliberately sloppy in sorting out the mechanical rights on compilation albums, ie getting a licence from the publisher who owns the publishing rights in any songs featured. This, the Baker estate lawsuit claimed, meant there were 300,000 works that had featured on Canadian compilation releases on 'pending lists' where publisher and songwriter royalties had not been sorted. The labels also promised to overhaul their mechanical licensing processes as part of the settlement. CMU report | Montreal Gazette report

04. UK industry reps met to discuss their submission to the Hargreaves review. This is the latest government-instigated review of intellectual property laws. Some in the industry fear Professor Hargreaves may be hostile to the traditional copyright industries or, at least, by prioritising a review of the UK's fair dealing laws (ie users rights), might propose changes that would be detrimental to copyright owners. That said, Music Week reports that Feargal Sharkey, whose UK Music will spearhead the music industry's submission, is confident the music biz can successfully argue its case. CMU report | Music Week report

05: MySpace announced 500 job cuts, just under half of their total workforce. The cuts had been rumoured over the Christmas break. CEO Mike Jones said the cuts were needed because the web company had changed its business model last year. Many reckon the cuts are really pre-empting a sale of the struggling firm, and owners News Corp this week confirmed it plans to sell, merge or spin-off the web company. CMU report | Register report

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Non-Sense at Plastic People
A quick one for you this week - it's been a very busy week for me! Fortunately picking a night to tip was easy. Plastic People is a venue known for its mad for it crowd and top notch sound system, and is truly one of the capital's finer small clubs. And this weekend the Non-Sense crew take over for a night joining the dots from afro to funk to boogie to techno, in a roundabout way, with Benny Blanco and Judah. Should be a cracker.

Sat 15 Jan, Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, London EC1, 10pm-4am, £7 after, info at www.plasticpeople.co.uk

We are looking for an experienced, dedicated, extremely organised and well connected individual to assist the promotions manager at one of London's most revered 3000 capacity super clubs. The role will see you assisting the promotions manager. This includes, amongst other things, helping them find strong and current promoters (we expect the biggest names in the business) suited to the venue and its ethos, artist and event liaison, overseeing and monitoring all our current promoters to ensure they and the venue are working together to obtain optimal overall results, and elements of programming and booking for various club nights.

Not for the faint hearted, the ideal candidate would possess: Minimum 3 years working in a similar role, a very strong contact base within the music/promotions industry, exceptional, outstanding organisational and communication skills, strong drive and pro-activity, common sense and great lateral thinking. You must above all have a strong ability to multitask effectively and roll with the punches.

Please send an original cover letter outlining why we should consider you for the role, detailed information about your previous experience and a CV with a recent photograph to [email protected]. Salary dependant on experience. Please note that failure to provide any of the above will result in your application being unsuccessful.
We are looking for an experienced, dedicated, extremely organised and well connected individual to head live band bookings at one of London's most revered 3000 capacity super clubs. The role covers, amongst other things, booking exceptional, current and well known bands (we expect the biggest names in the business) suited to the venue and its ethos, artist liaison, building and retaining strong relationships with booking agents and management in order to preserve the reputation of the venue, and elements of programming and booking for various live and club nights.

Not for the faint hearted, the ideal candidate would possess: A minimum of 3 years working at a venue of similar capacity, a very strong contact base within the music/promotions industry, with an emphasis on live music, a phenomenal understanding of the current live music scene, exceptional, outstanding organizational and communication skills, strong drive and pro-activity, common sense and great lateral thinking. You must above all have a strong ability to multitask effectively and roll with the punches.

Please send an original cover letter outlining why we should consider you for the role, detailed information about your previous experience and a CV with a recent photograph to [email protected]. Salary dependant on experience. Please note that failure to provide any of the above will result in your application being unsuccessful.

So, the BRIT nominations are out for 2011, and whatever you think about the shortlists this time round, there's surely a very strong argument that in terms of artists who combine critical acclaim with commercial success, 2010 was the year of Tinie Tempah, and so it's fitting that he's up for the most awards.

Mr Tempah appears on no less than four shortlists, best Male, Best Breakthrough, Best Album and Best Single. His dominance also means the urban genre, arguably the most fertile in the last eighteen months in the UK, but often not fairly represented on non-genre-specific award lists like this, leads the way. So hurrah for all of that too.

Other artists with multiple nominations include Mumford & Sons, Plan B and The xx, with three noms each, and Take That who appear on the lists twice. Again, it's hard to deny that all of that little lot deserve some credit for their achievements in the last twelve months, and with those four acts and Tempah on the table, we have a nicely eclectic mix of artists enjoying multiple nods.

In fact if you want a criticism of this year's BRIT noms, you'll probably have to go with the fact they are wholly predictable. But they probably should be. Some have noted that the X-Factor machine, an important cash generator for the UK music industry, and especially Sony, only gets a look in with the one category based on record sales rather than votes by industry and media types, ie Best British Single.

But then again, while the X-Factor machine is, in some ways, awe-inspiring in itself, there's little special about the music it pumps out. Perhaps Syco can get a proper nod next year with their most interesting signing to date, Tinie Tempah collaborator Labrinth.

The major label imprints dominate in the shortlists, as they often do, though three Beggars acts are nominated, the aforementioned The xx plus The National and Vampire Weekend, while the first signing to the relaunched Infectious label, The Temper Trap, are up for International Breakthrough.

And, of course, let's not forget that some of newer acts, while now signed to majors, initially broke through thanks to an indie. Plus some of the international nominations are released by major imprints in the UK but indies back home, most notably Arcade Fire, signed to the excellent Merge in North America.

So well done to the independent sector, even if when I pasted the shortlists off the PDF I was tediously sent (PR people - never send press releases as PDFs, thank you) into a Word file your credits were all mysteriously deleted while the major label listings remained (it was bizarre - Adobe must really hate independent music).

In other BRITS news, the all new look BRIT gong designed by that Vivienne Westwood was revealed yesterday, and James Cordon was confirmed as host of the awards show itself (I can't remember whether we already knew that or not).

The BRITS will be presented under the O2 tent in Greenwich on 15 Feb. With no lifetime achievement award this year, the winner of which traditionally plays out the awards show with a greatest hits set, and given that urbany dancey sounds have been so in fashion of late, I'm proposing they finale this year with another BRITS dance medley and some funky dancers strutting their collective stuff on stage (remember the 1990 medley? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr0psFd62hE).

Anyway, here's your full nom lists, you lucky lucky people...

British Male Solo Artist: Mark Ronson (Sony/Columbia), Paul Weller (Universal/Island), Plan B (Warner/Atlantic), Robert Plant (Universal/Decca), Tinie Tempah (EMI/Parlophone).

British Female Solo Artist: Cheryl Cole (Universal/Polydor), Ellie Goulding (Universal/Polydor), Laura Marling (EMI/Virgin), Paloma Faith (Sony/Epic), Rumer (Warner/Atlantic).

British Breakthrough Act: Ellie Goulding (Universal/Polydor), Mumford & Sons (Universal/Island), Rumer (Warner/Atlantic), Tinie Tempah (EMI/Parlophone), The XX (Beggars/Young Turks).

British Group: Biffy Clyro (Warner/14th Floor), Gorillaz (EMI/Parlophone), Mumford & Sons (Universal/Island), Take That (Universal/Polydor), The XX (Beggars/Young Turks).

British Producer: Ethan Johns, John Leckie, Markus Dravs, Mike Pela, Stuart Price.

British Single: Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull - All Night Long (Sony/Syco), Cheryl Cole - Parachute (Universal/Polydor), Florence & The Machine - You've Got The Love (Universal/Island), Matt Cardle - When We Collide (Sony/Syco), Olly Murs - Please Don't Let Me Go (Sony/Syco), Plan B - She Said (Warner/Atlantic), Scouting For Girls - This Ain't A Love Song (Sony/Epic), Taio Cruz - Dynamite (Universal/Island), Tinie Tempah - Pass Out (EMI/Parlophone), The Wanted - All Time Low (Universal/Geffen).

British Album of the Year: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (Universal/Island), Plan B - The Defamation Of Strickland Banks (Warner/Atlantic), Take That - Progress (Universal/Polydor), Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy (EMI/Parlophone), The XX - XX (Beggars/Young Turks).

International Male Solo Artist: Bruce Springsteen (Sony/Columbia), Cee Lo Green (Warner/Elektra), David Guetta (EMI), Eminem (Universal/Aftermath), Kanye West (Universal/Def Jam).

International Female Solo Artist: Alicia Keys (Sony/J Records), Katy Perry (EMI/Capitol), Kylie Minogue (EMI/Parlophone), Rihanna (Universal/Def Jam), Robyn (Universal/Cherrytree).

International Breakthrough Act: Bruno Mars (Warner/Elektra), Glee Cast (Sony/Columbia), Justin Bieber (Universal/Island), The National (Beggars/4AD), The Temper Trap (Infectious).

International Group: Arcade Fire (Universal/Mercury), Black Eyed Peas (Universal/Interscope), Kings Of Leon (Sony/Columbia), The Script (Sony/RCA), Vampire Weekend (Beggars/XL).

International Album: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Universal/Mercury), Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (Warner/Elektra), Eminem - Recovery (Universal/Aftermath), Katy Perry - Teenage Dream (EMI/Capitol), Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown (Sony/Columbia).

Critics' Choice: Jessie J (Universal/Island), James Blake (Universal/Polydor), The Vaccines (Sony/Columbia).

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Organisers of Record Store Day, the global celebration of the independent record shop, have announced that this year's big day will be 16 Apr. Once again indie record shops around the world will be staging special events, while certain artists and labels will make special limited edition releases available via participating stores, all in a bid to encourage music fans to go check out their local indie music establishments. No details as yet regarding the events or special releases that will be coming our way here in the UK, but we'll let you know as soon as we know.

Of course things are still very hard for the independent music retail sector, which has seen hundreds of stores close in the last ten years as record sales have declined, supermarkets have entered the more mainstream end of the market, and more and more consumers move online, where the big mail-order websites undercut the independent retailer on the high street by basing themselves in the Channel Islands and enjoy the subsequent VAT dodge.

Though there has been some good news. London-based Rough Trade Records recently announced its pre-Christmas sales were up 5% in December 2010 compared to 2009, and despite all that snow that other retail organisation have been blaming for sale slumps. And the people of Oxford are getting a new indie store courtesy of independent retailer Rapture, who have announced plans to expand into the city with their third shop.

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Earlier this week rapper come business mogul 50 Cent took to Twitter to talk up a US company called TV Goods, a subsidiary of H&H Imports, suggesting his 3.8 million followers should follow his lead and buy shares in the parent company. The tweet saw the share price of the so called 'penny stock' company (ie shares are traded 'over the counter' rather than on a stock exchange) move up ten cents, and motivated a number of articles about the growing power of celebrities on Twitter.

But while 50 Cent may be a rising business man and a powerful celebrity tweeter, he is possibly not an expert on Security Exchange Commission rules regarding manipulating stock value. With 3 million H&H shares to his name, Fiddy stood to benefit considerably by talking up the company on Twitter, and some commentators have suggested that means the tweet breached SEC rules and could now lead to the rapper being investigated by the regulator.

It should be noted the SEC itself has so far refused to comment on this story, though it does seem likely one of 50 Cent's advisors has cautioned him about share tipping on Twitter, given the original tweet bigging up H&H shares has now been removed, being replaced by this: "[My] own HNHI stock thoughts on it are my opinion. Talk to [a] financial advisor about it. HNHI is the right investment for me it may or may not be right for [you]! Do ur [sic] homework".

Of course, the new tweet could be good news for the financial advice sector, who could now win all sorts of new business from Fiddy's fanbase, most of whom, presumably, don't have such an advisor on their staff.

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The husband of Etta James, Artis Mills, has applied for a court order in California to take control of the R&B singer's finances.

As previously reported, James' son Donto confirmed just under a year ago that his mother was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, and it seems her conditioned has worsened of late. Court papers also reveal she is undergoing treatment for leukaemia. A doctor's statement supplied with the court papers says James can no longer sign her own name, and that she needs help with feeding, dressing and hygiene.

According to reports, James' two sons already have power of attorney for the singer's affairs. It's not clear why Mills was excluded from that arrangement, nor why he needs it's now, nor whether the sons support Mills' application. Local media say a court will consider that application later today.

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Trish Keenan, frontwoman with indie electro types Broadcast, is being treated for pneumonia, her label and management confirmed yesterday.

A statement from Warp Records said: "[Manager] Martin [Pike] says that he can confirm that Trish is in hospital and very ill with pneumonia. At this time, please respect the privacy of the band and the family and when there is any more news he will be sure to update fans".

According to Pitchfork, a Facebook user claiming to be Keenan's sister had earlier stated that the singer had been on life support since Christmas, having contracted swine flu shortly after completing an Australian tour in December.

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London's The O2 remains the world's biggest music venue in terms of ticket sales, according to US live sector magazine Pollstar. The Dome tops their traditional end-of-year venue poll for the fourth year running, selling 50% more tickets for music events than second placed venue, New York's Madison Square Garden. Another British venue, the Manchester Evening News Arena, came in third. In terms of numbers, The O2 sold 1,73 million concert tickets in 2010, while Madison Square sold 1.15m and the MEN Arena just over a million.

The boss of AEG Europe, which operates The O2, David Campbell said this: "We are immensely proud of what The O2 has achieved. In what was a tough economic year, we are thrilled to reinforce our position. I thank all the artists, promoters, agents, managers, the more than 2,500 people who work at The O2 and all our partners. We always said London deserved a world class entertainment destination and we will keep working to make sure we remain a clear world leader".

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Interpol frontman Paul Banks has been discussing his former bandmate Carlos Dengler, who quit the band last year. Basically it seems that Dengler's departure was a cloud with a silver lining given that, according to Banks, his former bandmate was both a genius and an arsehole.

Speaking to Undercover, Banks says: "I'm the kind of person where, if I think someone is a genius, I'll put up with tonnes of crap from them. If you're in the presence of someone who you think is a genius then you think, 'I'd rather deal with them being an a-hole than not'. It's a more rare treat, a more rare treasure, their ability. Carlos is that".

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The new Funeral For A Friend album, 'Welcome Home Armageddon', will come out on 14 Mar, preceded by a free download single, 'Front Row Seats To The End Of The World', which will be available online from 24 Jan, all via Distiller Records.

The new singles sees drummer Ryan Richards take lead vocals again, about which he told CMU: "It was a lot of fun for me to do a lead vocal again on a track, as it's probably something I've not done since way back on the first record - and even then it was a co-vocal with [frontman] Matt [Davies-Kreye] on tracks like 'Red Is The New Black' and 'This Year's Most Open Heartbreak'. It's also the first track I've ever done finger snaps on too! I remember reading the liner notes to Michael Jackson's 'Bad' and seeing him credited with 'Vocals and Finger Snaps' and it inspired me to one day be credited as such on one of our albums. I've now dreamed the dream - and it's a beautiful thing".

The band will also play a gig at the Borderline in London on 13 Feb, before embarking on a UK tour in March, as follows:

16 Mar: Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
17 Mar: Buckley, Tivoli
18 Mar: Penrith, Leisure Centre
19 Mar: Edinburgh, Bongo Club
20 Mar: Glasgow, King Tuts
22 Mar: Bury St Edmonds, Apex
23 Mar: Birmingham, Academy 2
24 Mar: Manchester, Academy 3
25 Mar: London, Relentless Garage
27 Mar: Liverpool, 02 Academy
28 Mar Stoke, Sugarmill
29 Mar: Wakefield, Black Flag
30 Mar: Durham, Live Lounge
1 Apr: Poole, Chords
2 Apr: Saltash, Livewire
3 Apr: Wycombe, Academy
5 Apr: Brighton, Concorde 2
6 Apr: Coventry, Kasbah
7 Apr: Gloucester, Guildhall

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According to fashion industry website WWD.com, Tommy Hilfiger is in talks with Universal Music about creating fashion ranges around some of the artists signed to the major in the US.

Which artists may feature isn't as yet clear, though the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Rihanna would be obvious contenders. Of course Universal presumably doesn't have automatic rights to enter into fashion deals on behalf of any of its talent, so any participating artists' managers would also have to be part of any negotiations. And some artists may already have separate fashion deals in place.

Hilfiger launched a new business called MESH last year, aiming to forge alliances with music, entertainment and sports figures, and the Universal negotiations are presumably being led by that company.

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The Association Of Festival Organisers, which represents 150 odd smaller and folk festivals, has urged its members to exercise extra caution with their budgeting this year, fearing that the recent VAT increase will impact on profit margins and expected fuel price hikes will increase costs, while wider economic issues may affect ticket sales. The association also calls on booking agents and festival contractors to be reasonable in their demands, to ensure the UK's smaller festivals - which operate on much tighter profit margins - don't hit the wall.

Music Week quote AFO General Secretary Steve Heap as saying: "The debate over artist fees is heating up, but how the hell some agents can justify a 15% increase is beyond me - if events start to disappear, then it is the artists who will ultimately suffer. If people agree to clamp down on costs, then these events will have a sustainable future, but if we're slaughtered by increases then a lot of festivals could start to disappear".

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BMG Rights has appointed lawyer Alexi Cory-Smith, previously with London entertainment law firm Lee & Thompson, to the job of SVP Legal & Corporate Development in the UK.

Look, here's BMG top man Hartwig Masuch saying so in an internal memo distributed to staff this week: "Having already worked with BMG on a number of projects in her recent role at Lee & Thompson, Alexi is well prepared to meet our expectations and objectives as a global rights management business, as well as our innovative approach to the challenges of today's music market".

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EMI Music Publishing yesterday announced it has promoted European sales heads Olivier Cabrol and David Alonso to SVP roles at the major's French and Spanish offices respectively, meaning they will take on new responsibilities as well as heading up their existing sales teams. The new remits will mean they report into EMI Publishing's Europe COO Claudia Palmer as well as the major's Exec VP Of Sales, Manuel Tessloff.

Confirming the promotions, Palmer told CMU: "With the extensive experience that David and Olivier have in music publishing, leading teams and working with writers and clients, I am confident that they will help foster even greater collaboration amongst the functions and help us excel as a tightly-knit, high-performing region".

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News Corp has confirmed it is looking to sell off its flagging web company MySpace. Following much speculation that a sale was in the offing, a rep for the Rupert Murdoch controlled media giant told Bloomberg on Wednesday that the company was "assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout - the process has just started".

As previously reported, it is widely assumed that this week's axing of 500 MySpace staffers was in part designed to make the company more attractive to potential buyers. Despite trying to reposition itself as an entertainment sharing, consumption and delivery platform whatnot, MySpace is still struggling to compete with other digital operators such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Shazam yesterday announced a tie up with Spotify which will see a button linking to the streaming music platform added to the music discovery service's various smart phone apps. It means that when someone uses Shazam to identify a song they will be given an option to listen to the track, or music by the same artist, on Spotify. Obviously users would have to have a premium subscription with Spotify in order to play any music on their mobile.

Shazam boss man Andrew Fisher told CMU: "Integrating Spotify into Shazam's applications combines music discovery with one of the world's most popular music streaming services, providing a seamless experience for music fans at the point of inspiration in any location. Spotify is delivering an innovative, high quality experience to music lovers and we're excited to bring the Spotify service to Shazam".

Spotify chief Daniel Ek added: "Shazam is a very innovative company in the mobile space, having achieved a massive following around the world and we're excited about the potential of this partnership for new music discovery through Spotify. Now if you hear a great new track, you can identify it, listen to it instantly in its entirety, and easily add it to your music collection. That's pretty powerful stuff".

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Did you know that web users are three times more likely to access a song on YouTube than to buy the track from an a la carte download service? Or, rather, three times as many people use YouTube for music than download services? What do you mean "well, duh, of course they do"?

Well, an obvious fact it may be, but it's also one of the key findings of a Digital Music Consumption & Access report prepared by research types Nielsen for this year's MIDEM conference.

Other random stats in the survey include that of the 26,644 people surveyed 27% use MP3 players of some description, 30% listen to music on their phones, 36% use streaming services on their PC, and 35% access music via social networking sites.

You can download the whole report here.

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The BBC has appointed Piers Bradford to the role of Commissioning Editor for Radio 1 and sister station 1Xtra, while Joe Harland becomes Short Form Content Editor for both stations, whatever that means. The appointments are part of a move to step up Radio 1's partnerships with independent programme producers, though Bradford will commission programmes from both in-house and non-BBC teams.

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Global Radio has announced the recruitment of Christopher Thorogood, previously Head Of Online Marketing for Woolworths.co.uk and more recently Director Of Operations at production company Shine, to the job of Director Of Digital. All the websites and mobile phone apps operated by stations within the Global group will come under Thorogood, who will lead a digital team of fifty in his new role.

He'll report to Global's recently promoted CEO Stephen Miron, who told reporters: "This is a significant appointment for us as the importance of digital grows for Global. With over 10 years experience at some of the most dynamic companies within the digital landscape, we are absolutely delighted that someone of Chris' calibre is joining us".

Thorogood himself added: "I'm really looking forward to joining the dynamic team at Global Radio. The opportunity to work on a portfolio of stations, which includes the likes of Capital and Heart, was compelling. I recognise and share Global's ambitions for digital growth across its business, and I am tremendously excited about the opportunity it presents".

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Bad news for Canadian Dire Straits fans. Anyone? Well, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that one of the British band's most famous songs, 'Money For Nothing', is just too darn offensive to play on the radio because the word 'faggot' appears three times in its lyrics. Though one radio station in Edmonton, K-97, last night vowed to play the track back to back for an hour to defy the ban.

The Council ruled on the song after a listener complained when Newfoundland radio station OZ FM played the track. The Council concurred that the song did, indeed, breach their rules because it "refers to sexual orientation in a derogatory way".

Critising the ruling, and justifying their decision to continue playing the song, K-97 Operations Manager Patrick Cardinal told reporters: "If you look at the context of the term, it's an artistic portrayal of a bigoted person looking at the riches of the music industry. Our listeners absolutely support our right to play the song. If we get a CBSC complaint about it, we will vigilantly defend our right to play it".

Who knew a Dire Straits pop record would need a radio edit made? Whoever gets to remove the 'f' word from the song might also want to alter other lines which have previously caused offence - "chicks for free" has been deemed sexist and "banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee" racist - though neither of those claims have been ruled on by a radio regulator.

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