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- White House forces SOPA rethink, though campaign against web-block laws continues
- Sue the fans lawyer suspended for two years
- Marilyn Manson recruits Pink's former drummer
- David's Lyre to call it a day
- New Hot Chip album complete
- Chuck D talks Public Enemy LPs, rappers' social responsibility
- Stooshe announce new single
- Wiley streams new LP ahead of release
- SCUM to tour
- Los Campesinos! announce tour
- The Cure to play Euro festival dates
- Festival line-up update
- Former Warner Europe boss joins Live Nation
- HMV to increase music stock
- VEVO launches BRITs themed channel
- NME.com editor apologises to Ed Sheeran
- Mixmag launches new cover star feature with Richie Hawtin
- One Direction boys get radio show
- Jay-Z won't say "bitch" ever again

The American music and movie industries' efforts to get some sort of web blocking measures introduced into US copyright law have hit something of a roadblock, though it may just be a temporary setback, so those who oppose such new rules plan to continue the fight, and a Wikipedia black out.

As previously reported, the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act being considered by US Congress has become big news in the States in recent months, with opponents to the proposals, backed by many of America's big tech firms, gaining the upper hand in the public debate on the issue.

Unlike in the UK, where controversy outside parliament over the three-strikes-enabling Digital Economy Act never really resulted in widespread opposition in political circles, in the US some vocal congressmen have been taking note of discontent outside Capitol Hill. Though it was opposition to key SOPA proposals in the White House, confirmed late last week, that really scuppered efforts to make the anti-piracy legislation law in the short term.

Confirmation that the White House would block certain SOPA measures brought Rupert Murdoch into the debate via his new favourite medium Twitter. The News Corp chief accused President Obama of being in bed with his "Silicon Valley paymasters", by which he really means Google.

The web giant, Murdoch continued to tweet, is a "piracy leader", helping with the free unlicensed streaming of News Corp's movies and selling ads around them. Needless to say, that's a viewpoint Google disputes, telling C-Net: "This is just nonsense. Last year we took down five million infringing web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million in the fight against bad ads... We fight pirates and counterfeiters every day".

For its part, the Obama administration insisted that, despite opposing elements of SOPA, it remains committed to helping the entertainment industry protect their intellectual property rights online, just not in the ways the Stop Online Piracy Act proposed. The White House said in a statement: "Let us be clear, online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs. [But we] will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet".

SOPA aimed to make it easier for content owners to force ISPs to block access to non-US based websites which they believe primarily exist to help others to infringe copyrights. Similar measures are being considered in other countries, sometimes alongside though often instead of three-strikes style anti-piracy programmes, which force ISPs to send warning letters to suspected file-sharers.

Spain is probably most advanced in introducing a fast-track web-blocking system - which removes some of the time and cost involved in seeking web blocking injunctions through traditional routes (not that any such traditional routes really existed under Spanish law) - ironically after ministers there responded to pressure to act on piracy from representatives of the American government.

Opponents of web blocking argue it gives too much power to traditional content companies to censor the internet, fearing any high speed system for blocking access to websites would be misused.

Although last week's White House announcement is certainly a big set back for those who support SOPA, requiring, as it does, a radical rethink, it hasn't necessarily killed off the legislation. Plus, concurrently to SOPA, another set of anti-piracy proposals called PIPA are also being considered by US politicians.

All of which means those who oppose web blocking hope to maintain the momentum of their campaign, with Wikipedia planning to take its English language service offline for 24 hours in protest. As previously reported, Wiki chief Jimmy Wales proposed such action last month, taking a similar campaign against new web legislation by the Wiki community in Italy as inspiration.

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Andrew Crossley, the London-based lawyer who, for a short time, led the sue-the-fans charge on behalf of smaller and often pornographic content owners, sending threatening legal letters to suspected file-sharers in return for a cut of any damages recipients were pressured into paying, has been suspended from the legal profession for two years by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Crossley's sue-the-fans adventure was one of the more comical episodes in the bigger file-sharing story, though, while his services were never engaged by any big music company, his activities did damage the credibility of the wider content industries as they lobby for tougher rules to help to tackle online piracy.

Having seen the UK record industry, and one of the sector's leading law firms Davenport Lyons, dabble with sue-the-fans litigation, suing individual file-sharers who access unlicensed content online for copyright infringement, Crossley decided to try to build a business on the back of it all, offering to send legal letters on behalf of content owners on a commission basis. Said business was called ACS:Law.

ACS's tactics were quickly criticised by consumer rights groups and some other lawyers specialising in intellectual property. Critics said that the ACS approach was designed to pressure individuals into making quick damages payments (to avoid the cost of taking legal advice and the embarrassment of public exposure when the content allegedly accessed was pornographic), with no actual intent on the lawyers' part to pursue copyright actions against the accused file-sharers in court. Such an approach risked turning infringement litigation into a business in itself, rather than a way to try and stop the infringing activity.

Crossley was initially vocal in shouting down his critics, insisting that his operations were legit, and that he'd take any suspected file-sharer who refused to settle to court. Having to make good on that pledge, Crossley did eventually sue a small group of alleged file-sharers, but his case against them quickly untangled as it became clear the legal man's grasp of intellectual property law was weak, and in many cases there was no evidence that the defendants had failed to respond to his legal letters, as the legal man claimed. In some cases there was firm proof that they had.

Concurrent to all this, and having made himself enemy number one of the file-sharing community, the ACS:Law servers were targeted with a Distributed Denial Of Service attack, taking the company's website offline. For reasons best known to no one, when the law firm's IT people tried to deal with the attack, they accidentally published confidential information about over 6000 people who had been targeted with ACS's dodgy legal letters. One of the UK's biggest ever data spills, it ensured Crossley's business was in free fall before even the farcical court hearing began.

Anyway, the whole matter was referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal which considered no less than seven charges against Crossley, including that he let his independence be compromised, damaged the reputation of the legal profession and used his position as a solicitor to gain unfair advantage over the people he sent letters to.

According to Torrentfreak, a now much more humble Crossley accepted all the charges without contest, except one relating to the data spill incident, which he blamed on his former company's web hosts, saying the publication of all those people's personal information was not the result of improper conduct on his part.

The tribunal banned Crossley from operating as a lawyer for two years and ordered him to pay costs of £77,000. According to Torrentfreak, the former lawyer remains bankrupt, and, presumably as a result of all the stress this shambles has caused, has now split from his partner of fifteen years. Which, you know, however big an arse he may have been, is sad nonetheless. There is a moral in all this somewhere. And when I write 'ACS:Law The Musical', I'll make sure that's the theme of the final number.

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Remember ex-Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna, who recently also became ex-Marilyn Manson drummer Chris Vrenna? If so, you'd best forget all about him, because he's been replaced in the Manson band by former Chris Cornell, Pink, and Foreigner collaborator Jason Sutter.

Despite having recorded drum parts for the forthcoming Manson album 'Born Villain' (due this year via Cooking Vinyl), Vrenna was unwilling to take part in the goth-rock provocateurs' 'God Of Fuck' tour. Well, who can blame him? So Sutter will now take to the drum kit for those shows.

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David's Lyre, aka Paul Dixon, has announced that he will retire the project after the release of his debut album and a farewell tour. In a message to fans on Facebook last week, he revealed that he'd made the decision to end the project after his deal with Universal's Hideout Records was terminated just before Christmas. He also revealed that the end of his major label partnership meant he wouldn't be able to afford to fulfil touring obligations supporting Spector in February, but that he would undertake one final smaller solo tour instead.

Dixon wrote: "David's Lyre began a little over two years ago. I signed a record deal with a major label six months after starting the project, and this relationship ended just before Christmas 2011. When we first signed we had hoped that the album would be out summer 2011, but for various reasons, as you know, this didn't happen".

He continued: "I remain hugely grateful for the opportunities and patronage given to me, but it is evident that the natural tension in the relationship between art and business within the music industry is currently at its most strained. I join an ever-expanding group of artists who are opting out of this model in order to bring you, the fans, our best. [But] unfortunately, without label support, we will not be able to fulfil the touring commitments we had previously made ... [I] hope that you choose to journey with me into my new projects and beyond".

The solo tour of smaller venues will take place in February, with a farewell show featuring his full band planned for 1 Mar at the 100 Club in London. The album, 'Picture Of You', will also see the light of day, released on a pay-what-you-want basis via Bandcamp - davidslyre.bandcamp.com - on 20 Feb.

Now let's mourn the loss of David's Lyre by watching the video for his cover Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games' (one of the better ones of the many that were released at the end of last year), which doubles up as a short film on Salford superhero, Knight Warrior: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbAFkEuU8xg

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Hot Chip have signed off on recording sessions for the sequel to their 2010 long player 'One Life Stand'. Producer Mike Ralph, who also worked with Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor on his jazz-inspired side venture About Group, broke the news via Twitter, writing this: "Just finished the new Hot Chip album... gonna miss the studio banter".

So you see, it's all true. There's been no indication as to a release date or title for the LP, but I'm sure those details will follow in their own sweet time.

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Public Enemy's Chuck D has revealed that the hip hop group intend to release two new albums this year. Produced by longstanding collaborator Gary G-Wiz, the first of these, 'Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp' (take that, PETA poster-boy and US stamp star Russell Simmons) is due out in June. A successor entitled, 'The Evil Empire Of Everything', is expected in September, with Chuck D describing the dual LPs as "two concise statements that are connected in the same breath".

D also spoke to Billboard about the group's part in LA street festival Operation: Skid Row, proceeds from which will fund stable housing for low-income families.

He said: "[Outsiders] look at rap music, and artists in hip hop, as being as elitist as the power structures that keep them down. My place in hip hop is not to be a tycoon, making trillions with a yacht. That's not my place. My place is maybe bringing people together and me being able to identify and illuminate a cause, and we'll make it comfortable for them to be themselves, but say what they've really been wanting to say all along, you know, with my protection".

Well said indeed. Read the rest of the Billboard interview here: www.billboard.com/news/chuck-d-talks-new-public-enemy-albums-skid-1005874352.story#/news/chuck-d-talks-new-public-enemy-albums-skid-1005874352.story

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Everyone's been gabbing about pop-rap outfit Stooshe since their inclusion on the BBC Sound Of 2012 longlist (they failed to merit a place on the shortlist, but still), and that chatter is likely to continue as the trio confirm that their second ever single, 'Love Me', will be released via Warner Bros on 5 Mar.

The song finds the band collaborating with Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, but don't let that put you off. I mean, you've come this far, you might as well watch the video. At first glance it looks like some sort of Jessie J-esque cosmetics campaign, but since Time Out has dubbed Stooshe "the most subversive mainstream pop act of their generation", there's got to be more to it than just that.


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Busy MC and 'grime machine' Wiley is offering music fans a head start in hearing his previously reported new album, 'Evolve Or Be Extinct', opting to stream it prior to its official release on Thursday (19 Jan, also his birthday).

The Guardian have the exclusive first listen, so experience that here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/jan/16/wiley-evolve-extinct-album-stream - or find Wiley on fighting form on the LP's title track (the natural selection, surely?) via Soundcloud below.


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East London shoegaze sect SCUM have announced plans for a live outing in support of their debut album 'Again Into Eyes'. Following his engagement to Peaches Geldof, SCUM frontman Tom Cohen (also an expectant father, as you'll no doubt have noted from the cover of this week's Hello! magazine), will lead the band out on the following dates:

21 Feb: Brighton, Green Door Store
23 Feb: Bristol, The Lanes
24 Feb: London, Bush Hall (NME Awards Show)
25 Feb: Coventry, Kasbah
27 Feb: York, Stereo
28 Feb: Sheffield, Harley
29 Feb: Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast

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Having proven their staying power with fourth album 'Hello Sadness', indie sorts Los Campesinos! are newly set to tour in its honour. If you like, you could browse the band's live calendar whilst listening to this CMU playlist, as lovingly compiled by LC guitarist Neil Beale last November:

Tour dates:

20 Mar: Exeter, Phoenix
21 Mar: Bristol, Thekla
22 Mar: London, Electric Ballroom
23 Mar: Oxford, Academy
24 Mar: Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
26 Mar: Manchester, Academy 3
27 Mar: Liverpool, Academy 2
28 Mar: Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
29 Mar: Newcastle, Academy 2
30 Mar: Norwich, Waterfront
31 Mar: Sheffield, Leadmill

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The Cure have taken up residence at the top of several European festival bills this summer, and have also hinted that they'll follow those with several outdoor UK dates.

They'll first visit Hultsfred Festival in Sweden (14-16 Jun), playing alongside headliners The Stone Roses, before journeying on to Germany's Hurricane and Southside festivals (both on (22-24 Jun). The latter two share a line-up that also features Blink 182, The Stone Roses, Florence And The Machine and Justice.

Staying tight-lipped about any UK-based appointments, the band say: "much more to come".

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BEARDED THEORY, Kedleston Hall Park, Derbyshire, 18-29 May: Folk singer Cara Dillon is the latest addition to this year's Bearded Theory bill, as co-headlined by Levellers, The Damned, and Dreadzone and hosting the eclectic likes of Terrorvision, The Ashan Project, Astralasia, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, The Popes and The Travelling Band. www.beardedtheory.co.uk

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 8-10 Jun: Soundgarden will play their first UK show since 1996 at rock and metal fest Download this year. Also added to the bill today are Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, Lamb Of God, Trivium, Anthrax, You Me At Six and Machine Head, while leading the charge from a totally different musical direction will be Chase & Status, who will be guests of already announced headliners, The Prodigy. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

WARRIOR'S DANCE FESTIVAL, Kalemegdan Fortress, Belgrade, Serbia, 15 Sep: Also joining The Prodigy, but this time on the line up for this Serbian rave fest, are Skrillex, Eyesburn, Goblini & Ritam Nereda, Lollobrigida, and Petrol. A treat of a bill as it stands, with more acts to be announced soon. www.warriorsdancefestival.com

WINTER SESSIONS WEEKENDER, Chamonix, France, 30-31 Mar: Norman Jay, Trojan Sound System, Scratch Perverts' Mr Thing, Ninja Tune's DK and rap types Lazy Habits are amongst the first flurry of acts confirmed for this annual snow-sports bash, with more DJs and performers yet to be unveiled. www.wintersessions.net

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The former European chief for Warner Music, John Reid, has a new job, as President Of Concerts for Live Nation Europe.

Confirming Reid's shift from records to live music, the CEO of Live Nation's European business, Simon Lewis, told reporters: "We are delighted to have John join us at a time of exciting growth for Live Nation. His pedigree speaks for itself and he is an immensely valuable talent to have with us as we continue to develop our business across Europe. John will be pivotal in broadening our touring artist portfolio and strengthening our show marketing capabilities as we head into what we expect to be another strong year".

Name-checking Live Nation's overall top two execs as well Lewis, Reid himself added: "I'm very pleased to join Irving Azoff, Michael Rapino and Simon Lewis at Live Nation. Having spent a number of years navigating and leading the transition of the recorded music business to digital, and to full rights management, this is a great opportunity to join the largest live music, management and ticketing businesses at a very exciting time for the company".

Reid spent over ten years at Warner, joining the major from rivals Universal in 2000. He left the Warner Music Group last November as part of an executive rejig orchestrated by the firm's newish owners Access Industries.

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HMV has once again stressed that, even though it is busy throwing over ever more floor space to iPads and headphones, the retail chain remains committed to selling music. And, in fact, the number of racks dedicated to music product is likely to increase in the coming months, as is the amount of vinyl the high street store stocks. Presumably more CDs and records, alongside ever more tech product, will mean fewer DVDs and games, more likely the latter, given HMV chief Simon Fox recently admitted the gaming market was increasingly competitive as supermarkets push into that particular zone, and that the amount of floor space given to the area in his shops was likely to be reduced.

A spokesperson for HMV told NME yesterday: "A lot of customers have been asking us to increase the amount of racking we dedicate to music in store and we're pleased to say we'll be doing a lot more of that soon - in fact we're also planning to significantly increase our range of vinyl in quite a few locations as well. Unlike singles, around 75% of albums are still sold in CD format, and a sizeable chunk of these are bought by customers who like to purchase them in store. A lot of us talk about having a vibrant high street at the heart of the community, but that's not going to happen by itself - if that's what people want, then, along with buying online and downloading, they also need to support their local stores and specialist chains".

The last bit of that quote does read a little bit like "please come to our shops and buy things, please, please, please, please", even if what the retailer is trying to say is, technically, a valid point. Given the firm's current highly known woes, which will likely force the sale of its only profitable division, the MAMA Group, NME also asked HMV's spokesman if he thought management there had made any mistakes. Said spokesman pointed the finger of blame, albeit very politely, to the HMV top guard of ten years ago.

Says HMV: "Clearly, we wouldn't be where we are today without having made some mistakes and the seeds of many of the challenges we now face were actually sown a good ten or more years ago. There were an amazing generation of people who worked here then - incredibly passionate about music and highly driven, that helped to make HMV a powerhouse of music and entertainment retail - but, ironically, that very same culture arguably blinkered us to some of the changes that were beginning to bubble away around us, including the first stirrings of the internet. It meant that we didn't fully anticipate and act on the opportunities that could potentially be developed online, whereas others did. If we could go back a decade, that's the one thing we'd change".

It might seem unfair to blame long since departed execs for HMV's current hardships though, again, technically speaking the retailer is right to say most of its problems today have their origins in catastrophic decisions made by delusional execs between 1995 and 2005. Though to excuse those bad decisions by saying the bosses of the day totally missed the internet because their intense passion for music was such a big distraction is rather generous.

As with the big record companies, a general arrogance in senior circles at big music retail ten years ago, coupled with an over reliance on expensive and equally arrogant lawyers and IT consultants, caused most of today's problems, and resulted in HMV handing the then emerging entertainment mail-order business on one plate to Amazon, and the now huge download market to Apple on another.

HMV's close alliance with the majors - important customers of the retailer's pay-to-rack services back in the day - didn't help, and ensured HMV's first entry into the digital market was one of the most woeful digital products to ever sully the internet. Which is something those veteran execs still running major labels might like to think about if their product totally disappears from the high street later this year.

Still, that's all water under the bridge really. Whether the continued strength of its brand, a lucrative sale of MAMA, and some tinkering of relative stock levels will assure HMV's survival, short term and long term, remains the story of the moment.

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VEVO will run a dedicated channel for the BRIT Awards this year, which will feature archive footage in the run up to the big back slapping fest, and live performances and back stage interviews on the night. The Universal/Sony owned video platform will be the awards show's "first-ever dedicated online HD music video partner", which is certainly something for Team VEVO to tell the grand kids.

Here's VEVO's Head Of Programming Tom Connaughton talking it all up: "The BRIT Awards are the most talked about night of the UK music calendar, so we're absolutely thrilled that VEVO is partnering with them for the very first time this year. We are all about championing great music, and this is the perfect opportunity for us to bring this amazing UK show to our VEVO audience. We're proud to have been chosen by The BRITs as their first dedicated online HD music video partner, and working alongside media partners like ITV we want to bring the magic of the awards to the fans, on demand".

You can join the VEVO BRITs party at www.vevo.com/britawards.

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NME.com Editor Luke Lewis has been forced to apologise after he encouraged the magazine's Twitter followers to give their opinions on that lovable Ed Sheeran bloke over the weekend, using the hashtag #howshitisedsheeran.

The tag quickly gained momentum, initially led by those who follow Lewis and/or the NME on Twitter, with the NME.com Editor retweeting his favourites, though it all soon started to take off on its own, providing a useful platform for the distribution of a bucket load of Sheeran-hate that has seemingly been building of late. People are probably sick to death of that poster his label have been pasting up everywhere. Still, it wasn't long until the singer-songwriter's people had noticed the #howshitisedsheeran phenomenon.

Writing on Facebook, Lewis repents as follows: "I'd intended this to encourage a funny and light-hearted bit of banter. In fact it soon snowballed into something that had the ugly air of an orchestrated hate campaign. After about twenty minutes I realised I'd made an appalling mistake and stopped RT-ing people's responses. But by then the hashtag had picked up its own independent momentum, and soon became a vehicle for all sorts of crude and unfunny personal jibes".

He continued: "It's certainly not my goal in life to add to the sum total of bile and viciousness online. God knows there's enough of it already. That's why I cringe at the memory, and really, really wish I hadn't done it. Either in my name, or NME's. For that reason I'd like to say sorry to Ed, who dealt with the whole thing with saintlike calm, as well as anyone who was upset by the insults that gushed forth". Given the length of Lewis's apology, one assumes Sheeran's PR people weren't so understanding.

Getting in one final bit of self-admonishment to placate the publicists, Lewis concluded: "I'd also like to apologise to followers of @nmemagazine's Twitter feed, who presumably signed up to be kept abreast of music news, not be subjected to the NME.com Editor's slightly baffling personal tirade. It was a clanking great social media fail, and I'm thoroughly ashamed of myself".

For those of you still wondering, how shit is Ed Sheeran? Well, this shit obviously. Yeah, work that out.

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Dance title Mixmag has announced it will be throwing over its cover, its covermount CD and ten pages inside to one artist per month from its March issue, out on 16 Feb. A series of dance music legends will appear on the magazine's cover, as well as editing ten pages of the magazine they front, and providing the mix on the cover CD. Said cover star will then also headline a Mixmag Live event in London, which will streamed live via the magazine's website.

The first such cover star will be Richie Hawtin, with Simian Mobile Disco, Visionquest and Chuckie all lined up for future editions. Hawtin will play a special Mixmag Live event to launch his issue at London's Village Underground on 23 Feb. Fans who buy his issue of the magazine will also be able to download the Remiix Mixmag app for iPhone or iPad for free, which allows users to rework and remix songs for themselves, and which has been developed by tech company Liine, of which Hawtin is a co-founder.

Commenting on all this, Mixmag Editor Nick DeCosemo told CMU: "We are all incredibly excited about this new chapter in Mixmag's history. Mixmag has always been at the cutting edge of club culture and we believe this series of events, coupled with our new digital activity and the monthly, cornerstone, magazine cements our position as the world's leading authority on dance music and club culture. We are also looking forward to some rather amazing parties".

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The boys from One Direction are each being given a radio show, albeit one that will only last an hour. Each of the One Direction chaps will take it in turns to host an hour of radio on Manchester station Key 103 each Sunday from 3-4pm, with Zayn Malik presenting the first one this weekend, and Harry Styles the last one on 22 Feb.

The 'Direct From 1D HQ' show, which I suspect won't actually come direct from 1D HQ, partly because I suspect there isn't really a 1D HQ, will also air nationally on the digital network via another Bauer owned station, The Hits.

Key 103 Programme Director Gary Stein told Radio Today: "This is the band that gets the fans screaming and we're delighted that they'll kick off 2012 with us. It's sure to be must-hear radio for fans of the band!"

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Jay-Z has promised to exclude the word 'bitch' from his future lyrics on the grounds that it's derogatory towards women. Well, well... who knew? A poem just published by the '99 Problems' rapper would suggest the realisation was prompted by fatherhood (rather than marriage), with Jay citing the recent birth of his and wife Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy Carter as reason for his change of heart.

Part of it reads: "Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/I didn't think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it".

He adds: "No man will degrade her, or call her names/I'm so focused on your future, the degradation has passed/I wish you wealth, health and insight/Forever young you may pass/Blue Ivy Carter, my angel".

Excellent, very progressive of Mr Carter. Perhaps an initial post-baby edit could now be made to Jay-Z's verse in 'Watch The Throne' collaboration 'That's My Bitch', which could re-titled 'That's My Wife', or if we're really being PC, 'That's My Feminine Equal'. Wouldn't that be nice?

Also in Baby-Beyonce happenings, the couple are set to donate presents intended for baby Blue Ivy to charity. It's reported that many of the gifts, which were sent in by the celebrity likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey and P Diddy, will be given to local causes benefitting young mothers.

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