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21 FEB 2013

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PLAYLIST: COMANECHI
Formed in 2005 by singer/drummer Akiko Matsuura and guitarist Simon Petrovich, Comanechi followed up a string of single releases with their debut album 'Crime Of Love' in 2009. Expanded to a trio, last year they returned with a new single, 'Major Move', through Gossip's Fast Weapons label, and last week released their second album, 'You Owe Me Nothing But Love', through Tigertrap Records. Currently on a Japanese tour with Bo Ningen, we asked Petrovich to put together a playlist for us more>>
 
APPROVED: KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS - MADMEN LOVE
It's taken a while for real Greeks Keep Shelly In Athens to ready an LP, but they've done it at last, and will release a set of new tracks en masse via Cascine "later this year". Until that time, they've given us a new toy in the shape of 'Madmen Love' to play with, which is kind. And slightly jarring, since it has nothing of the avant-pop-plashings of their past EPs to it, but rather is a seared and synth-marked slab of ire, drama and bile that scales the band's 'dark side' in ways that, say, 2011's 'Lazy Noon' only dreamt of more>>


TOP STORIES
- HMV announces 37 more store closures
- McCready's death confirmed as suicide
IN THE POP COURTS
- Swedish rights owners target Pirate Party over its TPB hosting
- Phone calls reveal Bieber castration plot in the making
OBITUARIES
- Kevin Ayers 1944-2013
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- A customary summary of last night's BRIT Awards
- Juno Awards nominations announced
- German Eurovision entrants Cascada accused of ripping off 2012 winner
- PRS to present Heritage Award to Queen
CHARTS, STATS & POLLS
- Change in Billboard chart rules helps 'Harlem Shake' to the top
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Milo Cordell leaves The Big Pink
- Steph Carter quits Gallows
ARTIST DEALS
- Iggy Azalea signs to Mercury
RELEASE NEWS
- Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt to release solo "meditation"
- Casablancas label releasing new Har Mar Super-LP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Calvin Harris scores Vegas residency
- Bruno Mars adds Moonshine Jungle shows
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- IMS announces initial line-up, legend award for Fatboy Slim
- Music Connected date announced
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- US publisher Reservoir makes another UK acquisition
AND FINALLY...
- MIA accuses Grammys of stealing stage ideas
MUTE - JUNIOR DIGITAL PRODUCT MANAGER
Mute is hiring. Do you have experience of working in a digital environment and have a good understanding of music marketing? Do you have a passion for music and love the idea of working within a creative and independent environment? We have a vacancy for a Junior Digital Product Manager to work within the marketing and promotions team on our wide-ranging roster.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ANORAK LONDON - DIGITAL PR
Anorak London is looking for an exceptional, talented digital PR person to join their multi-award winning team. The successful applicant will have at least two years experience as a digital PR with known acts. They will have excellent media contacts across the board, solid working relationships within the music industry and an excellent knowledge of the digital music marketplace. A strong passion for music is integral, as is someone who works well in a team and is full of ideas.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
LD COMMUNICATIONS - DIGITAL SPECIALIST
A rare opportunity to join the UK’s leading music and entertainment PR Agency, LD Communications. LD Digital, a division of LD Communications is expanding. We are seeking a talented and creative digital PR Account Executive with at least two years experience to join the team. If your network of digital media contacts is unrivalled and the latest social trend is another great opportunity to gain visibility, then we would like to hear from you.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC GROUP - LABEL MANAGER
Eleven Seven Music Group seeks a full-time London-based Label Manager to create and implement marketing plans for new releases and set strategy for the multiple phases of the life cycle of every release. Responsible for the day-to-day UK label operations of Eleven Seven Music and Five Seven Music and reporting to the group’s VP International.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
JAZZ CAFE - GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGER
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic, experienced General Business Manager with a proven track record of business development within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at one of London’s most established venues, incorporating food, drink and live music.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
INVOLVED MANAGEMENT - LIVE EVENTS & MARKETING MANAGER
Involved Management represents a range of electronic music artists including Above & Beyond, Mat Zo and Dusky, and is affiliated with Anjunabeats, one of the UK’s leading independent dance labels. We are recruiting a new team member within our artist management division, reporting to the MD. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, self-motivated individual with excellent organisational and communication skills, good attention to detail, and prior experience of promoting and marketing live events within the music industry.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
OOH BRILLIANT - DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER
The role is very broad, meaning that flexibility and adaptability is key; you're expected to have working knowledge of PHP and HTML and a keen understanding of how social networks can be utilised for the purposes of digital music culture. Above all a love of music and a willingness to learn is paramount. Ideally you have some experience of working in a digital, label or management role already. The role is split roughly 60% digital marketing & social and 40% publicity.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
KILIMANJARO LIVE - DIGITAL CO-ORDINATOR
This is a broad role covering all elements of online marketing, content management of our website, CRM population, e-shot delivery and online advertising management. It requires a person with strong organisational skills coupled with technical know-how, an eye for detail, an interest in the subject and a willingness to bring an editorial twist.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ELITE MUSIC MANAGEMENT - BOOKING AGENT & ASSISTANT BOOKING AGENT
Since 1999, Brighton based Elite Music Management has represented breakthrough DJs, producers and label parties. We are looking for two dynamic, talented individuals to work as part of a small, hard-working team. You will be required to promote a roster of acts, and manage their worldwide tour diaries. You will liaise with artists, managers and promoters on a daily basis.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.


HMV ANNOUNCES 37 MORE STORE CLOSURES
HMV administrator Deloitte yesterday announced the closure of a further 37 branches of the entertainment retailer. This follows the earlier announcement that 66 shops would be shut down in the UK, and all in the Republic Of Ireland would remain closed permanently (they having been shuttered as soon as the company went into administration in January).

Joint administrator Nick Edwards told reporters: "As part of our ongoing review of HMV's financial position, we have undertaken a further review of the store portfolio and have identified an additional 37 stores for closure. This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of the restructured business continuing as a going concern. Together with the previously identified 66 closures, this restructuring will result in a residual portfolio of some 116 stores".

The latest closures, expected to take place by the end of March, will leave 464 people out of work. The 37 shops affected are: Ashford, Basildon, Bolton, Cheltenham, East Kilbride, Enfield, Folkestone, Glasgow Argyle, Gloucester, Grimsby, Hatfield Galleria, Heathrow T5 Departure Level, Heathrow Terminal 1, Heathrow Terminal 3, Heathrow Terminal 4, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Isle Of Wight, Lancaster, Leadenhall, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Newbury, Newcastle Silverlink, Newport, Nuneaton, Redditch, Salisbury, Scarborough, Southport, Stafford, Staines, Stockport, Swindon, Taunton, Torquay, Woking.

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MCCREADY'S DEATH CONFIRMED AS SUICIDE
Police in Arkansas have said that a preliminary autopsy has confirmed that country singer Mindy McCready's death last weekend was the result of suicide.

Investigators say that McCready shot dead her late boyfriend's dog before turning the gun on herself on Sunday at her home in Heber Springs. Offices founder her body and that of the dog on the porch where her longtime partner David Wilson died last month. He is also believed to have taken his own life.

In a statement yesterday, the Cleburne County sheriff said that McCready died by suicide from a single gunshot to the head.

Having risen to fame in the country music world in the 1990s, and enjoyed commercial success with her first two albums, McCready became better known for her troubled personal life in later years.

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SWEDISH RIGHTS OWNERS TARGET PIRATE PARTY OVER ITS TPB HOSTING
An alliance of Swedish rights owners have reportedly written to the country's Pirate Party demanding it stop providing internet access to the infamous Pirate Bay, threatening legal action if the political organisation fails to comply. A Swedish net firm called Serious Tubes Networks has also been sent a missive, according to The Local.

There have been various efforts over the years by the Swedish authorities, pressured by the music and movie industries and empowered by various court decisions, to take TPB offline, in much the same way the US authorities shut down MegaUpload last year.

However, it's never quite clear how and where the rogue file-sharing site is hosted, and on the one occasion some key servers were seized, operators of the site got it back up and running on new kit within a couple of days.

Of course unlike MegaUpload, which actually hosted unlicensed music and movie files, TPB's databases simply identify the whereabouts of content files elsewhere on the net, making the site itself much more nimble, especially since the shift from storing BitTorrent files to magnet links.

Nevertheless, it is believed The Pirate Party provides some web services to the Bay, and Sara Lindbäck of Sweden's Rights Alliance says "if they don't stop, we will have to go to court".

According to The Local, the Alliance believes that the decision a year ago by the Swedish Supreme Court to not hear the appeals of the four men convicted for their involvement in founding or funding the Bay, piles on the pressure for anyone assisting with the current operations of the file-sharing set up. Indeed, says the Alliance, hosting The Pirate Bay constitutes a "criminal act".

The rights group has give the Pirate Party and Serious Tubes until 26 Feb to respond to the letters. But the head of the Swedish Pirate Party disagrees with the Alliance's viewpoint, telling reporters: "The Pirate Party's activity is legal, and lawful activities should not be subjected to threats of this type. It is not illegal to provide The Pirate Bay with internet access".

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PHONE CALLS REVEAL BIEBER CASTRATION PLOT IN THE MAKING
Phone conversations between the three men who planned to castrate and murder Justin Bieber have been made public, and feature Dana Martin, the initiator of the plot, talking to his accomplices about how the popstar and his bodyguard should be suffocated to death, and how the teen idol's testicles should be removed.

As previously reported, the bizarre plot failed when Mark Staake, Martin's former jail-mate, who was to organise the Bieber attack, was picked up by police in relation to some outstanding warrants. His nephew Tanner Ruane, also recruited to assist in the attack, then made contact by phone to Martin to discuss what to do next, and that call was overheard by prison officials.

In an earlier phone call, Martin is heard asking Ruane, "Did he [Staake] go over the Bieber thing with you?" Ruane responded: "Nah. The way I like to work dude, I like to know as little as possible", but Martin was assured "he's gonna use one of the things you gave him, and then he's gonna take care of it".

Taking care of it, according to prosecutors, referred to killing Bieber. "Tie it really tight", said Martin, describing how to use a tie (or possibly scarf) to kill the singer and his security man, "and that cuts off all the oxygen, and then tie it in the back again, really tight, that seals the deal".

Later discussing the castration part of the plot, Ruane told Martin that "we went and bought the hedge clippers - you're gonna give me five large [$5000] for each one I get".

The grim plot was set to take place in November last year before officials uncovered the plans and Martin confessed under questioning. According to reports, Martin, a convicted murderer and rapist, is obsessed by Bieber and has a tattoo of the star on his leg.

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KEVIN AYERS 1944-2013
Kevin Ayers, co-founder of psych-rock pioneers Soft Machine, died at his home in France on Monday, he was 68.

Born in Kent, though spending much of his childhood in Malaysia before returning to England aged twelve, Ayers became involved in the then burgeoning music scene in Canterbury in his early college years, joining a band called Wilde Flowers in the mid-1960s.

That group subsequently morphed into Soft Machine, influential players in the British sixties psychedelic movement whose distinct sound stood out partly because of an eclectic mix of influences, and partly because of the contrast between Ayers' voice and that of drummer and co-vocalist Robert Wyatt.

Sharing management with Jimi Hendrix, Soft Machine toured America with the guitarist and while in the States recorded their acclaimed eponymous debut album. Ayers departed the group shortly after the tour, though, and moved to Ibiza where he began his prolific solo career, collaborating with Syd Barret on some early releases, and regularly producing albums through to the early 1990s.

After 1992's 'Still Life With Guitar', Ayers stopped releasing new works. Settling in Southern France and battling drug addiction, he had become something of a recluse by the late 1990s. But in 2007 he returned with a new album called 'The Unfairground', a project initiated by collaborations with American artist Timothy Shepard, who spearheaded the completion and release of the album after discovering the level of interest in Ayers' work amongst a new generation of British artists.

Confirming Ayers' death, Bernard MacMahon of Lo-Max Records, which released the 2007 album, said of Soft Machine co-founder: "He was the moving embodiment of that sixties ideal of creativity, freedom of speech and free love".

Ayers is survived by two daughters, Rachel and Galen.

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A CUSTOMARY SUMMARY OF LAST NIGHT'S BRIT AWARDS
Hey, it was the BRIT Awards last night. I'm sure you already know that. You may even have the hangover as evidence. And if you do, can you actually remember what happened? No, I'd wager, so let's have a quick recap.

As per current protocol, Muse and Emeli Sandé both played, thus assuring that the natural order of music-related events remained stable. Muse opened the show with their usual mix: a lengthy song and pyros to distract from the lack of any sort of substance in their more recent musical offerings. Meanwhile Emeli Sandé closed proceedings with that one about being a clown. And no, before you ask, her finale set didn't mean she won the Outstanding Contribution Award. We'll get on to that in a minute.

Also performing were Robbie Williams, doing his usual singing-the-song-as-if-he's-trying-to-remind-you-what-it-sounds-like-rather-than-actually-singing-it thing, Justin Timberlake sang only slightly out of tune (though he's out of practice, bless him), and Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard ensured that the folk angle was covered from both sides (slow and fast).

One Direction, meanwhile, ran around on a giant pinball machine singing their Comic Relief single, a cover of Blondie's 'One Way Or Another'. While singing a song about stalking someone was somehow endearing when Debbie Harry did it in the 70s, it really isn't when five men start doing it. And inserting an excerpt from 'Teenage Kicks' into it for the bridge just makes it worse. Still, it is for charity, so let's just pretend we didn't notice.

The best performance of the night was from Taylor Swift, who went full dubstep with 'Trouble' and had a costume change. It was quite long though, so she had plenty of time.

As for the awards, the big winners of the night were the aformentioned Sandé and Mumfords, who both received two awards. Due to no artists agreeing to accept the Outstanding Contribution Award, this year it was given to the War Child charity (and renamed the Special Recognition Award). A short video about the upsetting situations in which children caught up in war can find themselves and how the charity helps them was shown, after which host James Corden shouted, "Anyway, back to this mindless decadence!" Well, he didn't, but he could have. I did.

Also given a special award were One Direction, who basically took home the Special Made Up Award For People Who Didn't Win Any Other Awards, last given to Steps in 2000 and The Spice Girls in 1998. And they didn't even thank Capital FM.

Anyway, here are all the winners in full:

British Female Solo Artist: Emeli Sandé
British Male Solo Artist: Ben Howard
British Group: Mumford & Sons
British Breakthrough Act: Ben Howard
British Live Act: Coldplay

International Male Solo Artist: Frank Ocean
International Female Solo Artist: Lana Del Rey
International Group: The Black Keys

British Single: Adele - Skyfall
British Album Of The Year: Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
BRITs Global Success Award: One Direction

And the ones we already knew about...

Critics' Choice: Tom Odell
British Producer: Paul Epworth
Special Recognition Award: War Child

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JUNO AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
BRITs, what BRITs? Exactly. It's all about the 2013 nominations for Canada's less capitalised (but still quite BRITs-esque) Juno Awards, released earlier this week. And that Carly Rae Jepsen is shortlisted for five, meaning she is a slightly greater Canadian artiste than Justin Bieber, who only features four times in the noms shortlists. So far, so blah.

Have a look at the unabridged nominations lists, as also feature Grimes, The Weeknd, Japandroids, Cold Specks, Metric and One Direction (who aren't at all Canadian, but have crept in via an International Album Of The Year loophole), by clicking this link.

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GERMAN EUROVISION ENTRANTS CASCADA ACCUSED OF RIPPING OFF 2012 WINNER
This year's German Eurovision Song Contest entrants Cascada, best known for their 2009 ode to not dancing, 'Evacuate The Dancefloor', have sparked controversy after being accused of ripping off last year's winning track, 'Euphoria' by Sweden's Loreen, for their entry 'Glorious'.

Cascada vocalist Natalie Horler denied the accusations to Deutsche Presse-Agentur, saying: "If you like, we can superimpose one song on the other. They are two different songs".

However, "music expert" Tina Johns didn't agree, telling Bild: "[The opening sections of the two songs are] absolutely identical. [Also] the chorus uses the same accentuation, the ending peaks with the same combinations. The singers even use the same breathing methods".

So heated has the debate become that now German media company NDR, which broadcasts Eurovision in the country, has launched an investigation, although NDR's Head Of Entertainment, Thomas Schreiber played this down, saying: "Every year, there are stories. Last year, Loreen's 'Euphoria' was accused of being filched from David Guetta and Rihanna, claims that went nowhere".

Regards the two songs at the centre of the current debate, really they're just similar in the way that a lot of pop tracks are currently similar. But why don't you make up your own mind:

Loreen - Euphoria
Cascada - Glorious

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PRS TO PRESENT HERITAGE AWARD TO QUEEN
Collecting society PRS For Music will next month present another one of its Heritage Awards, this time to the second best Queen tribute act of them all, Queen, aka Brian May and Roger Taylor.

As is customary, the plaque will be unveiled at a location significant to the band's early career, in this case London's Imperial College, where May and Taylor first met, and where the rock pop outfit subsequently played their first ever "proper" gig in 1970.

May told CMU: "The first proper gig we did was at Imperial College in the Union Hall. I remember it very distinctly because I'd seen all sorts of people playing in there. I'd been part of the entertainment committee and we booked a group every Saturday night in those days. People like Spooky Tooth and Steamhammer! We booked Jimi Hendrix too. So for us it was a dream come true to actually play on that stage. It used to get packed in there so it was a major stepping stone for us".

Confirming that the next PRS Heritage Award would go to Queen, PRS Chair Guy Fletcher added: "Loved by millions the world over, they were often thought of as the People's Band. Queen's songwriting originality combined musicianship with real life emotion sustaining generations of dedicated fans. It will be an enormous honour to present Brian and Roger with the PRS For Music Heritage Award at such a fine institution".

While Paul Beaumont, the current President of Imperial College's Students' Union, said: "We're very proud of Imperial College Union's musical past, including the small role we played in the Queen story. It's a privilege to host a plaque commemorating the band's first London performance here and to welcome them back here today".

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CHANGE IN BILLBOARD CHART RULES HELPS HARLEM SHAKE TO THE TOP
Producer Baauer has jumped to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in the US thanks to the ongoing 'Harlem Shake' video phenomenon and an important change in the way the track countdown is compiled, in that YouTube data has been incorporated for the first time.

America's flagship songs chart, which always took both sales and radio airplay data into account, started including data from audio streaming services just under a year ago. Though the inclusion of YouTube data this week could have a bigger impact, it being the biggest streaming music service on the net, and one where crazes like the one that has recently built up around the 'Shake' track, initiated and fuelled by users uploading their own videos soundtracked by a certain song, can really take off.

The combination of the 'silly group dance video' fad and the change in Billboard chart rules means 'Shake', actually first released last year, becomes only the 21st song ever to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at number one. It's also very rare for artists to go top with their first appearance on the Billboard countdown, that achievement usually being reserved for 'Idol' winners or artists famous through membership of a group who have gone solo.

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MILO CORDELL LEAVES THE BIG PINK
The Big Pink has lost musician Milo Cordell to the bright lights of New York City and the label he runs, Merok Records, leaving frontman Robbie Furze to do as he will.

And he's opted to continue, and is, says Furze via Facebook, "well into" making a new Big Pink LP with drummer Vicky Jean Smith at the Electric Ladyland studio in New York. He also revealed that they have so far been joined in recording sessions by Fever Ray's Van Rivers, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt and Chicago rap posse Supreme Cuts.

He adds that he, Smith and whoever will also join Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when they play a series of British live dates in late Mar.

And this is a 'studio snip' of an untitled new track Furze et al shared earlier this week.

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STEPH CARTER QUITS GALLOWS
Gallows guitarist Steph Carter has left the band, it was announced via the outfit's Facebook page yesterday. The update reads: "Steph has left Gallows and we wish him the best of luck with his future projects. We will be moving on as a four piece like the early days. First stop, Australia".

How amicable the split is at this stage is unclear, though on his personal Facebook page, Carter lists his current job as new musical project The Ghost Riders Of The Sky, with the description, "This has saved my sanity". So, not very amicable, we're guessing.

Carter's brother Frank also quit Gallows in 2011, forming new band Pure Love. He was replaced by former Alexisonfire guitarist Wade MacNeil. The band released their third album, 'Gallows', last year.

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IGGY AZALEA SIGNS TO MERCURY
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, nee Amethyst Amelia Kelly, has signed to Mercury Records UK, and will release a new EP titled 'Work' via the Universal label on 8 Apr. Her first LP, 'The New Classic', is on its way in spring.

Mercury UK President Jason Iley gushes: "Iggy Azalea is exactly the kind of artist we are trying to sign at Mercury - incredibly exciting and forward-thinking. With her new songs, she will leap forward from her brilliant mixtape, whilst retaining what makes her so utterly unique. She is without doubt going to be a force to be reckoned with".

This is a 'radio rip' of the EP's title track.

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MIIKE SNOW'S ANDREW WYATT TO RELEASE SOLO "MEDITATION"
Andrew Wyatt, one third of Sweden's Miike Snow, is going solo, and will release his first LP, a "32 minute meditation" entitled 'Descender', on 15 Apr. It'll feature guest artists like ex-Interpol bass player Brad Truax, ex-Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Anthony Rossomando, and Tortoise drummer John Herndon.

Tracklisting:

Horse Latitudes
Harlem Boyzz
Cluster Subs
She's Changed
And Septimus...
It Won't Let You Go
Descender (Death Of 1000 Cuts)
In Paris They Know How To Build A Monument
There Is A Spring

This is the above-listed 'And Septimus...'

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CASABLANCAS LABEL RELEASING NEW HAR MAR SUPER-LP
As above, Har Mar Superstar is at last (finally!) to trail 2009's 'Dark Touches' with a new ten-track LP going by the title 'Bye Bye 17'. He's being ably assisted in doing so by one Julian Casablancas (and his label Cult Records), who'll release the thing on 6 May.

Har Mar, aka Sean Tillman, stopped acting silly momentarily and said this: "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person. It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life... it was easier to get onstage as this other guy and be outrageous and have it be glorified. I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life so now we're one and the same".

Tracklisting:

Lady, You Shot Me
Prisoner
Everywhere I'm Local
Restless Leg
12:12
We Don't Sleep
www
Rhythm Bruises
Don't Make Me Hit You
Late Night Morning Light

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CALVIN HARRIS SCORES VEGAS RESIDENCY
Calvin Harris has been announced as the first resident DJ at the new Las Vegas branch of global restaurant brand Hakkasan, which will sit within the MGM Grand hotel and casino complex, and will come with a superclub as well as a eatery. He will play 46 DJ sets in the club over a 20 month period, as well as 22 daytime sets at the MGM Grand's 'dayclub' Wet Republic.

Speaking to Billboard, Harris said: "I think the most exciting thing about this club is the team behind it. They have been so important in the growth of European dance music back in the UK. They know clubs, it's the main thing that they've done for so many years. When they came to me and say they're going to build this massive, massive club and [that] it's going be finished in the most incredible way, it was just too good to be true. Being an established brand, you know it's going to be quality".

Neil Moffitt, a founder of the Godskitchen and Global Gathering clubbing franchises, and whose company Angel Management Group will run the new Hakkasan club in Vegas, explained the reasoning behind the hiring of Harris, saying: "It wasn't just about who's hot and who's not. It was about looking at things from a longevity standpoint. I've been working with Calvin on and off since he left his full-time job and became a musician. We wanted to partner with people who can remain relevant, who are challenged by what they do and who continually move the goalposts".

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BRUNO MARS ADDS MOONSHINE JUNGLE SHOWS
R&Pop sprite Bruno Mars isn't taking the banner title of his new 'Moonshine Jungle' live safari lightly, at all. Not if this trailer is anything to go by, he isn't.

Its dates are as follows:

5 Oct: Manchester Arena
6 Oct: Glasgow, Hydro Arena
8 Oct: London, O2 Arena
11 Oct: Birmingham, NIA Arena
12 Oct: Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE
Hi, listen to this. Rose-tinted Dutch party Pinkpop is back again this year, and going wild. It's just made additions to its stash of 2013 acts, inviting chart faves like The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Paramore, 30 Seconds To Mars, Fun., Phoenix, Jimmy Eat World, The Gaslight Anthem and Ellie Goulding to join existing headliners Green Day and QOTSA, so that's nice. Wild, even.

Also line-up adding of late has been triumvirate pop-rock bop Dot To Dot - as thrice-transpires (featuring slightly varying live listings) in the fair cities of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham over the same May Bank Holiday. It's revealed its first phase of names, in fact, with wild abandon, not least Dry The River, MØ, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Wave Machines and Lucy Rose.

Elsewhere, verdant Welsh fest Green Man has given its bank of artists an extra root-boost via new additions Ben Howard (who joins Band Of Horses in the headlining dept), Villagers, Veronica Falls and Rachel Zeffira.

Oh, and Radiohead/RHCP spin-offs Atoms For Peace go to fortify a Pohoda roster that already featured Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave and Amon Tobin. Thom Yorke et al's presence was barely necessary, really. But still, hurrah for that!

And hurrah for the following FLUU summary:

BONNAROO, Great Stage Park, Manchester, Tenessee, USA, 13-16 Jun: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Björk, Wilco, Pretty Lights, R Kelly, Cat Power Wu-Tang Clan, Daniel Tosh, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St Vincent, Passion Pit, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Jim James & John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste and his Big Chiefs, Ed Helms' Bluegrass Situation, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, A$AP Rocky, Weird Al Yankovic, Tame Impala, Wolfgang Gartner, Glen Hansard, The Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Boys Noize, Billy Idol, Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Dwight Yoakam, Foals, Porter Robinson, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Dirty Projectors, Trombone Shorty, John McLaughlin And The 4th Dimension, Noam Pikelny & Friends, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Baroness, The Tallest Man On Earth, Walk The Moon, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, A-Trak, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Paper Diamond, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Mike Birbiglia, Purity Ring, Swans, Frank Turner, Big K.R.I.T., Allen Stone, AraabMuzik, Cults, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fatoumata Diawara, Two Gallants, The Sheepdogs, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Death Grips, Conspirator, Wild Nothing, John Fullbright, and Django Django. Completing the first announcement made last night by Weird Al Yankovic are HAIM, Killer Mike, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Action Bronson, Clockwork, Twenty | One | Pilots, Reptar, DIIV, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, Futurebirds, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Charli XCX, Jeff The Brotherhood, Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors, Sea Wolf, JD McPherson, Trixie Whitley, Deap Vally, Patrick Watson, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Stepkids, Bombino, Bernhoft, Matthew E White. www.bonnaroo.com

DOT TO DOT, various venues, Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham, 24-26 May: Dry The River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Lucy Rose, The 1975, Chapel Club, Little Green Cars, Wave Machines, MØ, Wolf Alice, Bo Ningen, PINS, Teleman, Golden Fable, Only Real, Black Books, Skaters, Satellite Stories, Night Engine, Gavin James, The Bots, Story Books. dottodotfestival.co.uk

GREEN MAN, Glanusk Park, Powys, Wales, 15-18 Aug: Ben Howard, Villagers, Stornoway, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Erol Alkan & Daniel Avery, Veronica Falls, Rachel Zeffira, Half Moon Run, Sweet Baboo, Jacco Gardner, Teleman, Annie Dressner. www.greenman.net

ONE LOVE, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex, 16-18 Aug: U-Roy, Black Uhuru, The Orb Sound System, Al Campbell, Joseph Cotton, Rod Taylor, Iqulah Rastafari, Enos Mcleod, Overproof Sound System, Serial Killaz, Remarc, Chopstick Dubplate feat Aries & Jacky Murda, Krak In Dub, Miniman feat Earl 16, Jideh High Element & Bunnington Judah, Heartical Sound, Creole featt The Dub Master, Subslayers featt Jay Cunning, King Yoof, Gold Dubs feat Moose, Slo Down, Black Symbol, Conscious Sounds feat King General & Culture Freeman, Lion Dub, Don Letts, Ragga Twins, Alpha Steppa, Adam Prescott, Vibration Lab, Mr Quest, Jah Scrachy feat Kris Khemist, Fogata Sounds, Patrick IOJ, Sammy Dread, 3 Lions Sound, Zion Inna Vision Soundsystem, Spydah, Inspirational Sounds, Jaylarno, Marshall D, Junglettes. www.onelovefestival.co.uk

PINKPOP, Landgraaf, Netherlands, 14-16 Jun: The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Paramore, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Fun., Phoenix, Jimmy Eat World, The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, Miles Kane, The Vaccines, Kensington, Blaudzun, Alt-J, Die Antwoord, Lianne La Havas and Grouplove, The Opposites, Passenger, Douwe Bob, C2C, Graveyard, Handsome Poets, Netsky, Kodaline, I Am Arrows. www.pinkpop.nl

PLYMOUTH VOLKSFEST, Newnham Park, Plymouth, 24-26 May: Levellers, Zion Train, Land of the Giants, Mad Dog Mcrea, Ruarri Joseph, Josie Ghost, Grooveyard, The Scribes, Empire of Fools, The PJP Band, 4th Street Traffic, Forever 27, Secrets For September, Vince Lee, The Lena Smith Band, Shoot The Moon, Week Night Thieves, Black Jack Davey, Hamer & Isaacs Gypsy Jazz Band, Thomas Ford and the Dirty Harmonies, Jeff The Horse Horsey, Peter Crawford, The Magnus Puto Band, These Reigning Days, Chris Davies, The Retro Gents, The Paisley Strays, Ayre Point, Dream Bringer, Crowleys Tears, Miss Von Trap, Harry & Libby. www.plymouthvolksfest.co.uk

POHODA, Trencin Airport, Slovakia, 11-13 Jul: Atoms For Peace, Bloc Party, Bonobo, SBTRKT, Tony Allen, Ondatropica, Sam Lee and Friends, The Bots, Karin Park. www.pohodafestival.sk

SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norfolk, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: James Arthur, Skepta, Redlight, Jaguar Skills, High Contrast, Zinc, Friction, Huxley, Angel, Little Nikki, Amelia Lily, Tich, Netsky, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic, S.P.Y, Fred V and Grafix, Metrik, MC Wrec, Dynamite, SP:MC, MC Texas. www.sundownfestival.co.uk

SUPER BOCK SUPER ROCK, Meco Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal, 18-20 Jul: Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr, Ash, Anarchicks, Gary Clark Jr, Owen Pallett, Tomahawk. www.superbocksuperrock.pt

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IMS ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINE-UP, LEGEND AWARD FOR FATBOY SLIM
Organisers of the International Music Summit, the EDM-focused music business event that takes place in Ibiza each May, have announced details of this year's programme.

With the title 'Beyond The Boom Boom!', sustaining the recent successes in the dance music sector is obviously going to be the key topic this year. Ultra Records founder Patrick Moxey, who recently became President Of Electronic Music for Sony via a joint venture between the major and his label, will speak, as will William Morris Endeavour's Marc Geiger whose keynote will be very much focused on the 'sustainability' thing, while Paul Van Dyk will give a keynote interview on the importance of social responsibility in electronic music.

Meanwhile a certain Fatboy Slim will be celebrated at an IMS Legends Dinner hosted by the event's co-founder Pete Tong.

Commenting on this year's programme, IMS's other founder Ben Turner told CMU: "The focus [this year] is on life beyond the boom, but presented in a positive framework and with a sunny outlook. IMS has been criticised for being 'too positive' before - something I won't ever apologise for! IMS keeps it real, but celebrates positivity and longevity".

This year's IMS event takes place from 22-24 May. More here.

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MUSIC CONNECTED DATE ANNOUNCED
The Association Of Independent Music has announced details about its annual digital music conference Music Connected, which will take place in London on 17 Apr.

Topics covered this year will include building a successful YouTube channel, increasing exposure of catalogue on digital platforms, and some digital marketing campaign case studies from leading players in the indie space.

Info and tickets from here.

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US PUBLISHER RESERVOIR MAKES ANOTHER UK ACQUISITION
New York-based music publisher Reservoir has announced the acquisition of UK-based publishing firm P&P Songs, bringing over a thousand pieces of pop to its catalogue.

The deal follows Reservoir's purchase last September of UK-based Reverb Music, and P&P's British songwriters will now be supported by Reverb's London office, led by MD Annette Barrett. Meanwhile Reservoir's US division will seek opportunities for P&P creators in America.

Confirming the new deal, Reservoir Exec VP Rell Lafargue told CMU: "P&P has long been associated with prolific pop music writers and iconic catalogues alike. Absorbing the catalogue and focusing our creative energy on opportunities for each songwriter allows Reservoir to do what we do best - market, develop, and otherwise support incredible talent and hit songs".

Meanwhile Peter McCamley and Paul Flynn, who founded P&P seven years ago, added: "From our first conversations with Reservoir it was clear that they share our vision of music publishing, where creativity is matched by business insight and strategy. We are both proud of what we have achieved at P&P, and being able to transfer our catalogue and writer agreements over to a similarly respected, creative, and hardworking independent publisher in Reservoir was extremely important to us. We trust that their team will provide the P&P roster with the continuing attention and support such songwriters deserve".

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MIA ACCUSES GRAMMYS OF STEALING STAGE IDEAS
MIA has accused the Grammy Awards of stealing the stage design of her current live show for a tribute to Bob Marley at the ceremony earlier this month, performed by Sting, Bruno Mars and Rihanna with Marley's sons Ziggy and Damian.

In a post on Tumblr, MIA place images of both performances side by side, showing that both featured squares constructed from lights - something never before seen, apparently. Referring to it on Twitter as a the first entry in her new "steal log", she added in the blog post: "My ideas came from my life. My set was based on Tamil Hindu temple. Not Bob Marley. If you wanna see the real thing or get it first, come to a MIA show!"

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