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LimeWire founder settles out of court for $105 million
In The Pop Courts
Pete Doherty won't be charged over party death
Awards & Contests
Arvo Part, Il Divo honoured at Classic BRITs
In The Studio
Cribs may work with producer Richards
Release News
Deerhoof announce milk man re-issue
EMA releases new video
Gigs & Tours News
The Darkness announce shows
Flux Pavilion announces first UK headline show
The Music Business
Beyonce discusses management split from father
Big Boi and daughter create new label
The Digital Business
eMusic adds execs
And finally...
Jedward set for Eurovision
Thom Yorke's dancing is "incredible", says choreographer

Hello. As you may have noticed, your CMU Daily is a little late today. Actually, it's very very late. We had such grand plans for it all to run smoothly while we were here at The Great Escape, where we've programmed the convention side. Unfortunately, we didn't factor our editor getting locked out of his hotel room into the plan. We'll know better next time. But look, here we are, and hardly any doors needed to be smashed down in the process (actually, none did, but it sounded dramatic, didn't it?).

As I said, The Great Escape is running right now, we're at the ed of the second day of the convention, which has been going very well indeed I think, locked out CMU editors aside. The future of digital, ticketing, the music company and licensing have been debated, we know how to influence the infuencers, develop artists, and what direct to fan really means, plus Will Page, Simon Fox and Tony Wadsworth have keynoted, and we've had Paul Epworth, Frank Turner and DJ Shadow in conversation.

But it's not done yet - we have another night full of gig-like madness, and then the final day of convention proceedings, which will be a much more relaxed affair. Look out for our panel reports in the CMU Daily next week.

Meanwhile, away from Brighton, it's the CMU week in five.

But now, let's have a look at what's been happening in the music industry this week with your week in five.

01: LimeWire settled with the record labels out of court for $105 million. The long-running legal action brought against LimeWire by the four major labels reached its final stage when a new trial to decide how much the company should pay in damages earlier this month. It was already ordered to shut down last year, after it was ruled that the software was illegal, but it was then dealt another blow when it was decided that founder Mark Gorton could be sued for damages directly, along with all his other companies. Yesterday, just over a week and a half into the trial, it was announced that Gorton had settled out of court for $105 million. LimeWire settled a similar dispute with publishers in March. CMU Report | FT report

02: Google launched its digital locker service without licences. Google's long-awaited music service launched on Tuesday despite not have any licensing deals in place with the record companies. Basically the web firm is applying the same logic as Amazon, which launched an identical service in March, that such a storage-based platform does not require licences from rights holders. But some in the music business reckon that as soon as digital locker operators specifically position themselves as music services and/or offer a player that allows easy over-the-net playback, that they cease to be simply hard disk providers and that licences are therefore required. CMU reports

03: The live sector joined UK Music. Although UK Music - the trade body of trade bodies - in theory represents the interests of the whole music business, where those interests are allied, it did not actually represent the live music sector until this week, when Paul Latham of Live Nation UK joined the board. A total of eight live music trade bodies have joined. However, all eight have formed their own little sub-committee called the UK Live Music Group, which will meet every six weeks, and which will in turn have a seat around the UK Music table. CMU report

04: It was reported that Spotify and Virgin are due to launch a new digital music offering together. The Telegraph last week quoted a source as saying Spotify had done a deal with Virgin Media and that the two companies will launch a new digital music offer shortly. Virgin is keen to add a 'comes-with-unlimited-music' option to its internet packages, and had hoped to launch its own all-you-can-eat MP3 download service. But when most of the majors expressed concerns about such a thing, the company started looking into offering some kind of unlimited streaming package, and has reportedly been in talks with Spotify about it powering such a service since last year. CMU report

05: MusicTank launched a new report at The Great Escape. Actually, at the time of writing this hadn't happened yet. The fourth music business report from the University Of Westminster's MusicTank has been written by Tony Wadsworth, Chairman of the BPI and the former Chairman and CEO of EMI UK & Ireland, and will be officially launched at The Great Escape in Brighton today, where Wadsworth will give a keynote address. The report puts record companies under the spotlight, looking back at the record industry's tumultuous last decade, and at how both major and independent record labels are evolving to cope with and benefit from the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. The report will be published on Monday. CMU Report

As planned, we'll not be releasing a podcast today, but don't worry, it is coming. Andy and I will sit down somewhere in Brighton on Sunday morning to record it post-Great Escape. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes here. As not planned, we'll also not be publishing CMU Weekly until tomorrow.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU
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Drum n bass label Hospital Records take their Hospitality night to The Waterfront in Norwich tonight, with headline DJ sets from Danny Byrd, Netsky, Logistics and Break. Ruthless, Risky and Messy MC will also be on hand to provide vocal encouragement, plus there'll be main room sets from residents Oblivion, Perfection and Scotty.

In Room Two, you'll find a mix of dubstep, breaks, funk and dub from Al Royal & Chronic Redeye, Chocablock, Easily Dun, Slipz, and Tokyo Stereo. Should be a stormer.

Friday 13 May, The Waterfront, 139-144 Kings Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH, £12.50 adv, £14 door, more info from www.hospitalitydnb.com

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Well, that's disappointing. The trial to work out just how much money LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton should hand over to the record labels ended abruptly yesterday when Gorton agreed to settle out of court for $105 million.

As previously reported, LimeWire shut up shop late last year after US judge Kimba Wood ruled that the technology company was liable for the copyright infringement its P2P file-sharing software enabled. The record industry then sued for $1.4 billion in damages, which was still rather a lot less than some initially expected (partly due to restrictions put in place by Wood), but still a phenomenal sum of money. Wood also ruled that Gorton was personally liable for any damages awarded if LimeWire itself wasn't able to pay (which it wasn't).

Kicking things off last week, reps for the US record industry said that file-sharing, and in particular LimeWire, was "largely to blame" for the 52% decline in music sales that have occurred in the last ten years. But according to CNET, Gorton's legal people argued that that statement was very misleading. A multitude of things had contributed to the slump in record sales, he argued, citing emails and public statements from record industry execs that admitted the late nineties CD ripping phenomenon and the music companies' own failure to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the internet at the start of the last decade were also to blame.

Gorton then took to the stand on Monday and told the court: "I was wrong. I didn't think our behaviour was inducing [copyright infringement] but I understand that a court has found otherwise".

The Recording Industry Association Of America's argument, of course, was that Gorton didn't get anything "wrong", he knew exactly what was going on, ie that LimeWire was liable for copyright infringement, but that he ploughed on anyway because of the profits he could make.

Upon the announcement of the settlement chairman and CEO of the RIAA Mitch Bainwol told reporters: "We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement following the court's finding that both LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton were personally liable for copyright infringement. LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists".

He added: "The significant settlement underscores the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in the Grokster case: designing and operating services to profit from the theft of the world's greatest music comes with a stiff price".

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Pete Doherty will not face charges over the 2006 death of actor Mark Blanco. As previously reported, Blanco died from head injuries fall from a balcony at an east London building, and the family of the 30 year old actor are not only convinced that he was unlawfully killed, but that Doherty and friends were involved.

Following an investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service has said that there is insufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with the death. Doherty, his minder Johnny Jeannevol and writer Paul Roundhill were involved in a confrontation with Blanco prior to his demise; there is CCTV footage showing Roundhill roughly evicting the actor from his flat twice that evening, and it was shortly after the second incident that Blanco fell to his death. All three men deny any wrongdoing.

Blanco's family are said to be furious, no doubt especially in light of the findings of their own investigation, given to the police in July of last year, which included evidence from a study by neurobiology expert Professor Richard Wassersug, who believes that Mr Blanco's head injuries were not consistent with him having jumped.

Jenny Hopkins, from the CPS, said: "None of the evidence is capable of establishing to the required standard that Mr Blanco was thrown or pushed from the balcony or that any other individual was present at the time he fell. We have met the family of Mr Blanco today to explain our decision to them and we would like to extend our sympathies to them on their loss".

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This year's Classic Brits Awards have taken place, and Estonian Arvo Part has been named composer of the year, while operatic quartet Il Divo were pronounced artists of the decade.

The awards, hosted by Mylene Klass, also recognised the work of a plethora of violinists: Dutchman Andre Rieu, who received the album of the year award for 'Moonlight Serenade', Norwegian Vilde Frang, who received a newcomer award, and British string star Tasmin Little, who took home the critics' award for Elgar Violin Concerto album.

The late John Barry was posthumously honoured with an outstanding contribution to music award, and the show finished with a medley of some of the screen composer's greatest scores. Amongst the performers on the night were Katherine Jenkins, and trumpeter Alison Balsom, whilst award presenters included Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

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The Cribs are hoping to work on their fifth album with David Richards, who produced David Bowie's 1987 album 'Never Let Me Down', and Queen's 'Innuendo', released in 1991, as well as working with the likes of Iggy Pop and Deep Purple. As previously reported, the band have been working on new material following the departure of Johnny Marr, who played with them for four years.

Anyway, the group's Gary Jarman told NME: "I used to be obsessed with the Queen album 'Innuendo'. I've been in touch with the producer, Dave Richards, who works out of a studio in Switzerland. He's interested in doing it - we're going out there to visit him in July, I think".

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Deerhoof will re-release their 2004 album 'Milk Man' in remastered form through ATP Recordings on 27 Jun. Limited to 1000 copies on vinyl, the release will coincide with a live performance of the album when the band support The Flaming Lips at Alexandra Palace in London on 1 Jul.

Before that, the band are set to release a new single from their latest album 'Deerhoof Vs Evil' on 31 May. Entitled 'Behold A Marvel In The Darkness', you can listen to it on SoundCloud now: soundcloud.com/alltomorrowsparties/deerhoof-behold-a-marvel-in

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To mark the release of her debut album this week, plus various UK shows, EMA has released a video for standout track 'Milkman', which you can see here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZrKAR32WKU

You can also download the track on SoundCloud (though you'd do much better to go and buy the whole album): soundcloud.com/souterraintransmissions/ema-milkman

EMA also releases her excellent cover of Danzig's 'Soul On Fire' on seven inch on Monday, by which time she will have finished her brief UK tour. She play Manchester's Islington Mill tonight, supporting Scout Niblett, followed by two shows at The Great Escape in Brighton on Saturday.

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The screenplay Tupac Shakur wrote while he was in prison in 1995 - 'Live 2 Tell' - is to go into production next year. The script centres on the story of a teenage drug lord attempting to put his criminal career behind him, and the film is being produced by Preston Holmes and Ivan Juzang, the team behind 2003 documentary 'Tupac: Resurrection'.

Juzang told Variety: "Tupac was a genius, and the net of it is, he was from this community, he knew the struggles these young people were dealing with. He's able to talk to young people in 2011, 2012, the same way he was able to talk to young people in 1995".

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The Darkness have announced three live dates set to take place ahead of their appearance at this summer's Download Festival, their first gigs since 2006.

The band will play Norwich Waterfront on 5 Jun, Leamington Spa Assembly on 6 Jun and Shepherd's Bush Empire on 8 Jun. Tickets for the latter two gigs will only be made available to those who already have a Download Festival pass. Tickets for the Norwich set will be publicly available, however.

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Hotly tipped dubstep act Flux Pavilion is to play his first headline show in the UK later this summer. Having gained recognition for remixes of The Freestylers and DJ Fresh, before releasing his 'The Lines In The Wax' EP which was played heavily by Zane Lowe, he's also built up a reputation as an impressive live act recently, too.

You can catch Flux at The Scala in London on 18 Aug. Tickets are available now.

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Beyonce has discussed the recent announcement that her father would cease to be her manager, a role he has carried out since the formation of Destiny's Child. The singer says she has taken on the job of being his replacement herself.

Speaking to Billboard, she said: "It's not that anything bad happened between us. My family has my support always, and they support me, but when you've been working with the same people for fifteen years, it's natural to eventually have your own ideas. I believe that parents prepare their kids for the moment that they're on their own: at this point, I'm taking everything my dad and my mother have taught me, and I'm able to do things my way. We were at a point where we'd learned so much from each other, and now it's exciting for me to do this on my own and hire my own team. I've started managing myself".

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Big Boi is launching a record label to release the work of young artists. It will be named Purple Kids and the Outkast star will co-run it with his sixteen year old daughter Jordan. The roster will include the likes of Gabbie Rae, a twelve year old who has already made it into the public eye, having appeared on t he Tyra Banks show.

Big Boi told Billboard: "My daughter just turned sixteen years old, and you can see it on MTV [on 'My Super Sweet Sixteen'], where they get cars, and things that depreciate and just don't mean nothing. I wanted to give my child something that she can grow and build and nurture. So I gave her her own label".

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Subscription download service eMusic as announced the addition of to new executive staff. Former ORCA Digital CEO Richard Caccappolo takes on the role of Chief Technology Officer, while Adam Ingberman, who was previously VP of Product Development at Thestreet.com, has become the company's VP of Content and Community.

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'X-Factor' stars Jedward have made it through the semi-finals and will appear at Eurovision's main event in Germany on Saturday. The Irish twins will compete alongside 24 other acts, including British competitors Blue, but not Israeli former song contest winner Dana International, who failed to make the final 25.

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When Radiohead announced the release of their new album with the video for 'Lotus Flower' earlier this year, there was as much talk about Thom Yorke's dancing in the clip as there was about the music. Possibly more so. What were these strange movements Yorke was making, people asked.

Well, they were strange movements devised with choreographer Wayne McGregor, not just random flappy arm movements. McGregor told Time Out that he was interested that many people assumed the routine was improvised: "I've looked at the comments and it's really interesting, the debate that it's caused. Whether it is choreography, whether it's just someone dancing to music - all those things about authenticity of action, they're all [questions] of authenticity we're engaged in all the time".

I don't know what that means, really. McGregor added that he was pleased with how the performance had turned out, saying: "I honestly think he's an incredible dancer".

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