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The Great Escape kicks off in Brighton
In The Pop Courts
Katy Perry breaks US radioplay record
In The Studio
Killers to begin work on fourth album
Release News
Lady Gaga to preview album on FarmVille
Snoop Dogg and Charlie Sheen complete song
DJ Shadow announces fourth album
Gigs & Tours News
Young Legionnaire announce tour dates
ANR announce tour dates
Festival News
Sonisphere announces ballot for day tickets
Festival line-up update
Album review: Jessica 6 - See The Light (Peacefrog)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
David Lynch added to IMS line-up
The Digital Business
The Hype Machine launches iPhone app
Amazing Media launches D2F sales platform
And finally...
Whitney Houston banned from all future Prince shows
Justin Bieber vomits his way through show

Hailing from the Sydney-adjacent Blue Mountains, indie quartet Cloud Control began making harmonic psych-pop in 2007, making their UK debut with 'Meditation Song #2' earlier this year. Featuring Alistair Wright on guitar and lead vocals, with Heidi Lenffer on keyboards, Ulrich Lenffer on the drums and Jeremy Kelshaw on bass duties, the group won this year's Australian Music Prize with their first album 'Bliss Release'.

Their latest single from that, 'This Is What I Said', comes complete with the jaunty bass hooks and ethereal harmonies that go some way to characterising the band's sonic style. It's scheduled for release via Infectious Music on 16 May, followed by the album on 23 May. As the band tour our shores in support of these occasions, making two stops at The Great Escape, at the Corn Exchange tonight and The Hope tomorrow.

Ahead of all that, we spoke to bass-wielding bloke Jeremy to gauge his antipodean answers to our Same Six line of questioning.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
The Blue Mountains is full of garages, basements and spare rooms begging to be taken over by time-rich teenagers keen on making noise, melody and rhythm. Birthday parties and school halls was the best we could all do for gigs until we moved to the city, realised we couldn't ditch the need to make music and eventually quit our jobs.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
It's hard to say, this is our first album so you have a lifetime of ideas, experiences and relationships to draw upon on your first. It's hard to say, everything and nothing at the same time. It's a collection of fragments sewn together, given some context and sent on their way.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
We make music in a variety of ways which can be a good and bad thing. It could be a loose idea or jam that spontaneously inspires those present and half an hour later you have a song. Or it could be a demo written over six months. We wade through a lot of half baked ideas to find the stuff that sticks and when we have writers' block we eat home cooked meals.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
We have never really tried to emulate a specific artist or style. It has been said that art is a good balance of tradition and innovation, I can't disagree. Musicians are but musical vultures that sometimes have fresh ideas and later discover they didn't.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Listen in headphones without the TV on.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
This album was recorded in living rooms on a shoe string, released without any expectation and did better than any of us thought. We just wanted people to listen to our music, some people actually like it. From here on out, we are in uncharted territory, staring at the prospect of actually making a living from this. Not sure what else there is after this?

MORE>> www.cloudcontrolband.com
In the run up to this year's Great Escape, which takes place in venues across Brighton from 12-14 May, we'll be previewing some of our favourite artists who are playing the festival this year.

Former ballerina Nanna Øland Fabricius, aka Oh Land, released her debut album, 'Fauna', in 2008. The beautiful collection of songs managed to sound like recordings of a late night in a 1920s speakeasy, then unearthed in the 21st century and spruced up with modern production. Then the following year she was snapped up by Sony Music to record her eponymous follow-up with producers including Lester Mendez, who is best known for his work with Shakira.

Poppier, and with more pronounced songwriting than its predecessor, 'Oh Land' is due for release in the UK on 25 Jul. Ahead of the release, she will be appearing at The Great Escape at Digital on Friday. We're particularly excited to see her play, firstly because she writes such excellent songs, but mainly because it's a chance to see her unique live set-up, which was shown off in recently release studio performance of 'Perfection'.

To get into this show, plus all the other hundreds of panels, sessions, parties and gigs taking place at The Great Escape this year, get your delegates pass from escapegreat.com.


New State Group is looking for a self motivated fired up individual as an Administration & Label Assistant. Working within a close-knit team of 20 and across many different parts of the business, this role is a perfect opportunity for a 'first timer' or graduate to learn the ropes.

The successful candidate will start work in specific areas - the Business Affairs & Finance, Royalties, and Labels and Digital Distribution sides of the business. You will need to be a smart thinker, numerate, display a great attention to detail even under pressure and confident with standard office computer software.

Established in 1995 our companies include a brace of well known dance music labels, TV Advertised compilation albums, brand licensing, digital distribution, online PR, graphic design & even iPhone & mobile application creation all under one roof. Our open plan studio style offices are located in Queens Park (NW6 London), with great transport links to the whole of London.

If you like the idea of a relaxed, friendly working environment, love music & think you’ve got what it takes to make a difference; send your CV and salary expectations and tell us why you 'have the right stuff' - jobs@newstate.co.uk

GigSell is a start-up company that has developed a unique platform for selling event tickets through Facebook. Our initial targets for the system are club events and concerts but the application will be tailored for other sectors. The technology is proven and the company is funded for launching the system.

GigSell want a proven sales and marketing professional who can lead the launch and sale of the ticketing platform. The approach will be to sell directly to significant event organisers, venues, promoters and marketing agencies but also to organise a network of sales people who target smaller and regional opportunities.

You must have significant experience of entertainment marketing and a track record of successful sales and promotion. You must have an enthusiasm for the web and a good understanding of social media and digital marketing. You should also have a strong network of relevant industry contacts.

We are offering a good salary plus a straight forward performance bonus scheme. We want an energetic, entrepreneurial marketer that can take a fantastic technical solution and turn it into a commercially successful business.

Please send a CV and covering letter to: lewis@gigsell.com

More info from www.gigsell.com

"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" from delegate feedback

We are currently taking bookings for the following CMU TRAINING courses:

A beginner's guide to music copyright – everything you need to know about copyright law, licensing, monetising copyright, the fight against piracy and the future of the music rights industry. Wed 18 May 2011

How to build a profile for your artists - the state of the music media, traditional and new publicity techniques, social media and the future of music PR. Wed 1 Jun 2011

For more information or to book visit www.theCMUwebsite.com/training

So, The Great Escape is go, people. Europe's leading festival for new music and the UK's biggest music business convention is up and running as you read this. Taking over Brighton for three days, hundreds of bands from across the world will play, while on the convention side over 100 industry leaders and innovators will speak.

As much previously plugged, Team CMU have programmed the TGE convention this year. Speaking ahead of the convention's kick off this morning, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke said this...

"As Business Editor of CMU Daily I am frequently asked for comments by other media on the music business. Usually it's when more gloom has crossed over into the mainstream news agenda - piracy is up, record sales are down, revenues are falling, music businesses are struggling, major record companies are being repossessed.

And yet, probably to the annoyance of a doom-hungry news media, I remain stubbornly optimistic about the future of the music business. Artists continue to innovate while fans continue to be thrilled by musical innovation, and, despite what you hear, most of them are still willing to pay to be part of our party. It's just that they want to spend their money via different routes, and we, as the business that exists to enable musicians to develop their sound, reach an audience and live off their art, have to get better at identifying where the money is, and how to link that income to new talent investment.

It's sounds complicated, I know, but people are already doing it, and it's this 'new music business' that we are here to discuss, discover and celebrate at The Great Escape. We have over 100 leaders and innovators speaking, and we hope that by listening to them our delegates will be inspired, informed and motivated to continue scouting, developing, funding, distributing, promoting, producing, making, marketing and enjoying great new music".

So, there you have it. The Great Escape runs until Saturday. You'll find more information at www.escapegreat.com, and you can check out the full convention programme and all our coverage of the event as it unfolds at www.theCMUwebsite.com/thegreatescape

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Katy Perry's new single 'ET', which features that Kanye West fella, has broken the record for the highest number of plays on US radio in a week, a record she already held. Previously, her song 'California Gurls', which features that Snoop Dogg bloke, scored 12,159 plays in seven days, according to Nielsen. But last week 'ET' just topped it with 12,330 total plays. So, that's nice.

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The Killers will begin work on their fourth album next week, drummer Ronnie Vannucci has revealed. Vannucci is preparing to release his debut solo album, 'Big Talk', on 11 Jul.

He told Xfm: "Tuesday I think we start doing some writing again. We have piles of songs we want to show each other. We're going to get back in that room and start working".

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Lady Gaga has announced that she will premiere her new album, 'Born This Way', through a specially made version of gaming company Zynga's inexplicably popular FarmVille title, entitled GagaVille. Users will unlock tracks by completing tasks.

Gaga explained: "I want to celebrate and share 'Born This Way' with my little monsters in a special way that's never been done before. Zynga has created a magical place in FarmVille where my fans can come play, and be the first to listen to the album".

Zynga's director of entertainment and media Raquel DiSabatino added: "Lady Gaga is as passionate about her fans as we are about our players. This really was a great meeting of the minds to create an innovative and playful experience for those folks".

The game will launch at www.zynga.com/ladygaga/ on 17 May, ahead of the album's release on 23 May.

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Back in March, Charlie Sheen announced that he and Snoop Dogg were working on a track together. Oh how we laughed. Well, now they've completed said track and put it up on the internet for all to hear. It's called, perhaps unsurprisingly, 'Winning'.

It's not exactly clear what, if anything Sheen actually does on the track, but he had some ideas, which he articulates thus: "Well, the genesis of the song is about, you know, winning. It's just everything in life. I think Snoop did a really good job at encapsulating the whole vibe of, you know, the movement".

Movement? Well, here's the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtqY2Z5AJFE

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Not being one to rush things, DJ Shadow has announced that he will release his first album for five years this autumn. Entitled 'The Less You Know The Better', it will be released via Universal/Island on 5 Sep.

Shadow's new single, 'I Gotta Rokk', was played by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 on Tuesday, and the track was released to download stores in the UK yesterday. As well as 'I Gotta Rokk', the EP also features 'Def Surrounds Us' and 'I've Been Trying', which were released last year, and remixes of each track.

DJ Shadow will be headlining the first day of The Great Escape festival in Brighton tonight, then tomorrow he will appear at the CMU-programmed convention to speak about his impressive career to date.

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With their debut album, 'Crisis Works', out this week, Young Legionnaire - aka Bloc Party's Gordon Moakes and yourcodenameis:milo's Paul Mullen - have announced a series of live dates.

You can watch the video for the duo's latest single, 'Numbers', here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_DMfPOjfoU

Tour dates:

21 May: Liverpool Sound City
1 Jun: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (supporting Dananananaykroyd)
2 Jun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (supporting Dananananaykroyd)
3 Jun: Glasgow, Ivy (supporting Dananananaykroyd)
8 Jul: Sonisphere
23 Jul: Tramlines Festival
24 Sep: Jam, Brighton
25 Sep: Underground Festival
26 Sep: Bristol, The Fleece
27 Sep: Birmingham, The Rainbow
28 Sep: Southampton, The Joiners
29 Sep: London, The Borderline
30 Sep: Guildford, Boiler Room
1 Oct: Jericho, Oxford
3 Oct: Sheffield, The Plug
4 Oct: Newcastle, The Cluny
5 Oct: Glasgow, King Tut's
6 Oct: Manchster, The Ruby Lounge
7 Oct: Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast

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Miami dance duo ANR have announced that they will be in the UK later this month to promote their 'Stay Kids' album, which is released via Something In Construction next week.

Asked what inspired the album, the duo told CMU earlier this year: "A lot of the major events of 2010 (the oil spill, the earthquake in Haiti, continuing social uneasiness), and the overall vibe amongst people lately. Also, the general environment and culture of our locale, both the beautiful and the not so much".

You can watch the very NSFW video for their track 'Big Problem' here: vimeo.com/21777575

If you are in the office, you'd probably best just download the MP3 here.

Tour dates:

16 May: London, Bush Hall (supporting Perfume Genius)
17 May: Bristol, Thekla (supporting Ariel Pink)
18 May: Manchester, Academy (supporting Ariel Pink)
19 May: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
21 May: Liverpool Sound City
23 May: London, Heaven
24 May: London, Victory
25 May: Glasgow, King Tut's (supporting The Duke Spirit)
26 May: Leeds, Cockpit
27 May: London, Barfly

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The Sonisphere festival's organisers have announced that "in response to an overwhelming number of requests" they will be releasing a limited number of one day tickets. Presumably most of these requests have come from people who want to see Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax - aka The Big Four - perform on the Friday, but a limited number of one day tickets will be made available for each day. To avoid these going straight into the hands of touts, they will be allotted via a ballot system.

Announcing this news, the festival said: "In response to an overwhelming number of requests, we have been able to secure permission to put a strictly limited number of day tickets on sale via THE POWER BALLOT scheme. Due to the huge demand for day tickets anticipated, and the limited number that can be made available, we have decided to use a ballot system as we believe it is the fairest way to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to obtain tickets".

I think THE POWER BALLOT is written in capitals because you have to shout it when you say it. I certainly am, though the people I just shouted it at looked more scared than impressed, to be honest. Anyway, you have until 23 May to sign up for THE POWER BALLOT, with successful applicants informed on 25 May.

To put in your request, go here: kililive.wufoo.com/forms/sonisphere-day-ticket-power-ballot/

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FUTUREEVERYTHING, various venues, Manchester, 11-14 May: Probably going on right now at this very moment, this Council-funded music and arts fest will host over the next few days a rather good programme of acts including Fucked Up, Dark Dark Dark, Das Racist, Scout Niblett, EMA and Suuns. Warpaint and 65daysofstatic lead the line-up on the closing day of the event, which is held across an array of novel venues including churches and warehouses. www.futureeverything.org

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 19-21 May: Late additions to the Sound City bill are indie warblers The Kooks, who have just been confirmed for a special show at the Bombed Out Church. They join a finalised line-up that stars US indie heroes Black Lips plus Miles Kane, Frank Turner, Young Knives, Jamie XX and The View. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jessica 6 - See The Light (Peacefrog)
With the clear nods to the dance music of twenty years ago made by the (inevitably) New York-based trio on this sprightly debut album, it proves a surprise to see that it's not released on DFA, as it almost feels like it should be. Indeed, kindred spirits Hercules And Love Affair are an obvious but valid reference point (and not least since Antony Hegarty contributes guest vocals here, on 'Prisoner Of Love'), and fans of their two albums will find much to enjoy here.

Opening track 'White Horse' instantly reveals itself to be a modern disco anthem - effortlessly simple mid-tempo melancholy pop, like some fantasy modern day collaboration between Ewan Pearson and still-good Madonna. And whilst NY disco is clearly a key influence, the material is far from one-dimensional; the title track tries the kind of cross-genre pollination Santigold had some success with, whilst elsewhere there's sultry balladry (including a gorgeous torch song in 'Not Anymore'), Prince-style P-funk and, on 'In The Heat', the kind of euphoric, melodic house that you might hear Frankie Knuckles or Marshall Jefferson playing in the late 80s.

Named after a Logan's Run character, the music here is all shot through with a cinematic moodiness that, along with Nomi Ruiz's compelling voice, helps elevate the whole thing from potentially mediocre to genuinely memorable. MS

Physical release: 6 Jun

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Organisers of the International Music Summit, which takes place in Ibiza later this month, have added a last minute keynote to their programme - legendary film director David Lynch will speak via satellite about his recent and previously reported musical projects. The legendary film producer's sound engineer 'Big' Dean Hurley will also take part.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner told CMU: "This is a true honour. It was at the IMS twelve months ago that I heard 'Good Day Today' for the first time, sat in the hills of Santa Agnes in Ibiza, trying to recover from the summit! I played this record and I was astonished it was produced by my favourite film director of all-time. Lynch didn't make it for the dancefloors - he just made the music he felt inspired to make. One year on, its an incredible moment to have him beamed into the Ibiza delegation at the IMS so everybody can hear his musical story, his vision, and his future plans in music..."

IMS takes place from 24-29 May - more at www.internationalmusicsummit.com

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It's about time The Hype Machine had an iPhone app. Thankfully, the blog-fuelled streaming website launched one yesterday, so it's all fine now.

The website boasts that the app "turns music blogs into radio stations", splitting your choices for streaming music channels into the latest music posted on Hype Machine affiliated blogs, the most popular tracks on the site, genres, what your friends are listening to and more. You cannot, however, search for specific artists or songs.

The app costs £1.79 from the UK iTunes App Store. More info here: hypem.com/#!/iphone

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Amazing Media, the company behind the unsigned bands digital radio station Amazing Radio, is entering the direct-to-fan space by offering artists a platform to host their music, which they can then either sell or giveaway. If they go for the former, they get 100% of the revenue, which, Team Amazing point out, isn't the case with most of the existing players in the D2F space (getting a cut of download sales generally an important revenue stream for other providers of fan engagement platforms).

Says Team Amazing: "If you think you have skillz on the mic, your garage band is the new Killers or you have a voice that could sing the birds out of the trees, simply create a new artist account on amazingtunes, upload your tunes, tell all your friends via Facebook, Twitter et al, listen to your songs on Amazing Radio and watch the royalties roll in!"

More at www.amazingmusic.co.uk

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Having recently checked into a rehab facility to seek further treatment for drug and alcohol problems, Whitney Houston has now also been banned from all future Prince shows. All of them. Ever.

According to TMZ, Houston attended several recent Prince shows, appearing intoxicated at all of them and annoying his staff. As well as behaving "erratically" and making "excessive ticket demands", a source told the website that she also asked several times to be allowed up on stage to perform with the musician, though was told she could not because Prince's people "didn't want her to embarrass herself".

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Justin Bieber was apparently called a "trooper" for making it through a whole show in Manila in the Philippines despite having to leave the stage several times to be sick.

Prior to the show earlier this week, Bieber tweeted: "Sick as a dog, but the show must go on. Got called a trooper".

Afterwards he announced: "Sick or not that show went hard! That show was great but tough. Real sick. Time to rest".

Poor old Justin. It almost seems a shame to finish this story by linking to a video of him getting hit in the face: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e50vqY7Szo

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