25 FEB 2013

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Rounding off another cluster of awards ceremonies, the NME Awards take place this week. Hopefully everyone will then be fully awarded up and happy for a few months before we need to do it all again. Though, while we're here, we might as well have some awards of our own. The awards for best features in this week's CMU Daily go to interviewee Doldrums and playlist curators Mazes, while the Global Success Award goes to the CMU Podcast, now available worldwide. Look out for more from those later this week.
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- Google negotiating licenses for streaming service, says FT
- Judge throws out Lohan's Pitbull lawsuit
- Harry Styles talks politics
- Adele and Epworth's Bond theme takes Oscar
- Music+Sound Awards presented
- Madonna tops Billboard's list of US pop earners
- New Ocean track surfaces
- Cirque Du Soleil planning second Michael Jackson show
- Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake to make US summers legendary
- Dirty Beaches adds May dates
- Emmylou Harris touring with Rodney Crowell
- Festival line-up update: Wireless, 2000trees, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and more
- Jepsen to flog shampoo
- AEG bids reportedly under expectations
- Craig David and Colin Lester form new publishing venture with Universal
- Kanye rants and rambles
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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Boris' decision on MoS flats. Ministry Of Sound will find out this week what London Mayor Boris Johnson has decided with regard to a planning application to build a block of flats opposite the superclub. Property developer Oakmayne's proposals were unanimously rejected by Southwark's planning committee in October 2011. However, a few months later London Mayor Boris Johnson's office agreed to reconsider the decision, placing the club under threat once again.

NME Awards. One time alternative to the BRITs, now very much a part of the establishment itself, the NME Awards show takes place this Wednesday. Featuring heavy on the nominations list this year are David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Florence Welch, The Maccabees and bloody Jake Bugg. The Cribs will pick up the Outstanding Contribution prize, while their former bandmate Johnny Marr will be named Godlike Genius.

IFPI's Digital Music Report. The global record industry trade body's annual report on all things digital is published tomorrow, 26 Feb. It covers "the latest global industry trends, market data and analysis of the music markets internationally". So a good day for digital stat junkies.

AIM Sync event. The Association Of Independent Music's 2013 sync licensing master class is this Thursday, 28 Feb, at Deloitte's London HQ. Music supervisors set to share their expertise with the indie label community at the event include Alex Hancock, Sergio Pimentel of Nimrod Productions, Nick Angel of Working Title Films, Will Quiney of Vamanos Music and Sophie Urquhart of Tin Drum Music, while from the rights owner's side, Mute's David McGinnis will be offering advice.

New releases. Coinciding entirely coincidentally with their respective awards from NME, Johnny Marr and The Cribs have new records out this week. Marr's in the form of his debut solo album displaying his godlike genius and The Cribs' a career-spanning compilation showcasing their outstanding contribution to music. Also, Atoms For Peace, Doldrums, Caitlin Rose and Palma Violets are releasing albums. Oh and that David Bowie has a new single out.

Gigs and tours. Well, we just can't seem to get shot of that Bieber boy, can we? His UK arena tour continues this week. Jessie J and One Direction are also doing the circuit. The arenas won't know what's hit them. And if those don't take your fancy, you could check out The Jackson Four, Chase & Status, Fall Out Boy, Sigur Rós, James Blake or Lianne La Havas. If you'd prefer something a little more intimate, then also on those road this week are Chrvches, Death Grips, Egyptian Hip Hop, Tall Ships, Clinic, Christopher Owens, Iceage, and Bleached.

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Google is in talks with the majors seeking licenses to launch its own streaming music service, according to the Financial Times. The web giant plans to launch a service to compete with the likes of Spotify later this year, copying the Swedish digital player's model of offering both ad-funded free and subscription-based premium options.

There has been talk of Google launching a "killer music service" for years, of course, with sources at the web firm originally talking up an in-development Google platform that would take on Apple's dominance of the download market.

With it sitting on such great data about the likes and preferences of its hundreds of millions of users worldwide, there are reasons why Google could be the company to shake up the digital music market, though all of its music products to date have been pretty lacklustre; it's most recent innovation being the Google Play download store and digital locker service, the closest the firm has got to directly competing with iTunes. It's certainly not done much to bother Apple to date.

Though, while Google-branded music services have all been rather rubbish so far, the web firm is actually already sitting on the biggest, most popular and most lucrative streaming music service on the internet in the form of YouTube, even if an ever increasing amount of music consumption on the company's video site is actually hosted by the music industry's own VEVO platform.

YouTube, of course, doesn't have the functionality or the catalogue of its audio-streaming rivals, it not being specifically designed for music, and being generally (though not exclusively) limited to those tracks that come with a promo video. Though plenty of research suggests that for the youth demographic those limitations aren't all that off-putting (nor is the variable sound quality of recordings), especially while the service is free, very searchable and easily sharable.

The new Google streaming service would, it seems, be a separate product to YouTube, more closely aligned to the existing Google Play platform, and really designed with the Google Android smartphone and tablet operating system in mind, though obviously a desktop version would be required to assure mainstream appeal.

Given many still believe the future of online music is very much mobile-centric, the continued growth of the Android eco-system makes Google seem ever more like an obvious major player in the digital music market. And especially in the emerging streaming space, where Apple doesn't dominate (yet - rumours of an iTunes streaming service persist), and where no one player can really claim global dominance, especially if Pandora and Spotify-style services are all considered to be part of the same market.

And Google would have the resources to enable a major play in the freemium streaming domain, both in terms of cash and, perhaps more importantly, ad sales power. Of course Google hasn't, in the main, been all that keen to put its own money on the line when it comes to developing content-services, whereas most start-up streaming firms are still operating at a loss. Though on the YouTube side the web giant has starting spending a little more, and with such a well established in-house ad network to call on, Google's required investment would likely be less than for almost any other rival.

All of which means the launch of any Google streaming service could be very interesting indeed, and possibly a bigger game-changer than any Apple plans to launch a Pandora rival. All the company needs now is licences from the record labels and music publishers.

The big music companies will likely use any licensing negotiations to bang on some more about their pet gripe of the moment - the web giant's perceived inaction in stopping music pirates from performing well in Google searches - though the label's have long had a love/hate relationship with the web firm, and that hasn't stopped lucrative partnerships via YouTube and VEVO, nor the licensing of the albeit disappointing Google Play download store.

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A US judge has thrown out a lawsuit being pursued by Lindsay Lohan against Pitbull. Lohan took offence at a line from the rapper's 2011 track 'Give Me Everything' in which he alluded to the singer-actress's runs in with the law with the line: "Hustlers move aside, so I'm tiptoeing, keep flowin/I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan".

Although Pitbull apologised for any offence caused by the rap, Lohan sued under New York law claiming her publicity and privacy rights were violated by the track.

It was an ambitious legal claim, and when it finally got to court this month the judge unsurprisingly said that works of art are exempt from the New York laws on which Lohan relied, and that the First Amendment gazumped the lawsuit.

Lohan tried to claim the song was a commercial venture not a work of art, but the judge knocked that argument on the head, saying that just because something was "created and distributed for the purpose of making a profit" doesn't stop it being art.

As previously reported, Pitbull counter-sued Lohan in 2011. The counter-suit disputed Lohan's claims, questioned her ability to sue under New York law as a Californian resident, and sought a sanction against the plaintiff for filing a "frivolous lawsuit".

On the latter point, the judge said that case law on this issue to date had been limited, so that while Lohan's litigation was ambitious, it couldn't be considered 'frivolous'.

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One Direction's Harry Styles has come out... as pro-Labour. He apparently - or so says The Mirror - boasted of his political inclinations at a post-BRITs party last week, saying: "I'm a Labour supporter. I lean to the left. I'm for the people". Awkward.

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So, Adele and Paul Epworth took the Oscar for Best Song last night for their track 'Skyfall', the first Bond theme to ever win an Academy Award.

An emotional Adele told the Oscar audience: "Thank you so much, this is amazing. I'd just like to thank Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson at Eon, Sony Pictures, MGM and Paul Epworth... And my man, I love you, baby!"

Echoing his collaborator's corporate thanks, Epworth added: "I can't really believe I'm up here to receive this. I've got to thank my wife Danielle and my daughter Vivienne... [also] Joe and Matt who spent hours working on this... and most of all I'd like to thank Adele for being the best person I've ever worked with, she's absolutely amazing".

It was a timely win for the latest in a long line of Bond themes, given the 007 movie franchise's 50th anniversary last October was one of the things being specifically celebrated at the Academy Awards this year. Former Bond girl Halle Berry introduced a video montage about the film series' history before Shirley Bassey took to the stage for a rendition of 'Goldfinger'.

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Following on from last Wednesday's BRIT Awards, on Thursday night just gone the second ever Music+Sound Awards took place, celebrating the use of music and sound with moving image, so original composition, sound design and sync in the TV, film, gaming and advertising sectors.

And the winners were...


TV Advertising: The Guardian - Three Little Pigs (Woodwork Music, Phil Kay and BBH)

Cinema Advertisting: Pearl & Dean - Doomed Planet (Nick Samuel and BETC London)

Non Broadcast & Viral Advertising: Hoss Intropia feat Florrie - Make Your Own Rhythm (RSA Films, Erik Olsson & Christian Larson [Red Pipe])

Trailers & Promos: BBC 2012 - Stadium UK (Warner/Chappell & RKCR/Y&R and Elbow)

Titles & Branding: Downton Abbey Series 3 (Carnival Films and John Lunn)

Film Score: Ill Manors (Universal Music Publishing and Plan B & Al Shux)

TV Programme: Sherlock Series 2 (Hothouse Music and David Arnold & Michael Price)

Gaming: Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment and Austin Wintory)


TV Advertising: GlaxoSmithKline - The Crowd Is My Only Drug (Factory Studios, Anthony Moore & Jon Clarke and TBWA London)

Cinema Advertising: Vogue Italia - Get Richard (750mph and Sam Ashwell)

Radio Advertising: Cocaine Unwrapped - One Life. One Line (Grand Central Recording Studios, Munzie Thind and Leo Burnett)

Non-Broadcast & Viral Advertising: Radio Soulwax - Machine (Rogue Films and Alex Grossman)

Trailers & Promos: Channel 4 - Meet The Superhumans (Envy Post Production and Rich Martin)

Titles & Branding: Honda Channel 4 Idents - The More We Look, The More We Learn (Factory Studios, Daniel Beckwith and Wieden+Kennedy)

TV Programme: The Hollow Crown (Gold Crest Post and Antony Bayman, Sue Harding, Adam Horley, Rob Humpage, Ben Norrington, Julien Pirrie, Adrian Rhodes, Philip Syversten, Christopher Wilson)

Gaming: Battlefield 3 (EA Digital Illusions CE)

Best Audio Mix In A Commercial: Lurpak - Rainbow (Wave Studios , Aaron Reynolds and Wieden+Kennedy)


TV Advertising: The Bee Gees' Staying Alive in British Heart Foundation - Hard & Fast (Grey London & Grand Central Recording Studios)

Cinema Advertising: Woodkid's Run Boy Run in Nike/O2 Priority Sports (Soho Music & VCCP)

Trailers & Promos: Max Richter & Dinah Washington's On The Nature Of Daylight/This Bitter Earth (Shutter Island Remix) in The Secret World (Simon Poole & Funcom and Nimrod Productions)

Film Soundtrack: Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra in Moonrise Kingdom (Imagem Creative Services and Randall Poster)

TV Soundtrack: Piney Gir's Letting In The Sunshine in Hit & Miss (Manners McDade and Iain Cooke)

Re-records/Adaptations: Masters In France's Playin With My Friends in Playin With My Friends (A&G Sync Music and Mother)

Non Broadcast & Viral Ads: The Bee Gees' Staying Alive in British Heart Foundation, 'BHF - Vinnie' (Grey London)

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While digital revenues, whether download or stream-based, are booming, and a solid online base is ever more important for artists, if you want to be amongst music's biggest earners it pays to be [a] an old man and [b] a major concert draw. Or at least that's what we can take from Billboard's review of the most commercially successful artists in the US in 2012.

Of course Madonna, at number one in the 2012 US earners list, isn't a man, and the artist at the other end of the top ten, Justin Bieber, isn't old, though much of the rest of the ten most profitable American acts last year were of the aging male variety - though if the survey also took artists' corporate and brand partnership earnings into account, the list might have looked more diverse.

An artist's ability to pack out some of America's biggest arena and stadium venues plays a key role in this poll. Of the revenues counted in Billboard's Top 40 big earners, 68.9% comes from live. And if you remove Adele and Taylor Swift from the proceedings (who are at eleven and fifteen respectively despite not touring), that figure moves up to 72.5%.

Check the full top 40 and other Billboard analysis of the stats here, or just quickly digest the top ten big earners in American music below, complete with each artist's US earnings...

1. Madonna ($34.6m)
2. Bruce Springsteen ($33.4m)
3. Roger Waters ($21.2m)
4. Van Halen ($20.2m)
5. Kenny Chesney ($19.1m)
6. Dave Matthews Band ($18.9m)
7. Tim McGraw ($18.3m)
8. Jason Aldean ($17.6m)
9. Coldplay ($17.3m)
10. Justin Bieber ($15.9m)

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A new Frank Ocean track has seemingly appeared online, apparently recorded during the sessions for his debut album 'Channel Orange'. It's called 'Eyes Like Sky'.

Meanwhile, the Odd Future star recently chatted about work on the follow up to that acclaimed debut LP, saying: "I'm like ten, eleven songs into the next thing. It's another cohesive thing bordering on a concept album again".

He added: "At the end of 'Channel Orange' there's 'Golden Girl' and I kind of want to extend that feeling into the next record. I'm going to Bora Bora and setting up a studio there and we'll see what happens".

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Cirque Du Soleil has announced a second alliance with the Michael Jackson estate to create a new stage show called 'Michael Jackson One'. The new production follows the success of the circus firm's first show utilising the Jackson oeuvre, 'Immortal', which was one of the highest grossing concert tours last year, and which continues to travel the world.

The new show will be based in Las Vegas rather than touring. It was originally planned that 'Immortal' would eventually set up permanent residency in the US city, though the creation of the new production suggests that show will remain a touring venture for the foreseeable future. 'Michael Jackson One' will start previewing at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on 23 May, with an official premiere on 29 Jun.

Says Cirque chief Daniel Lamarre: "Michael Jackson is an all-time phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary. As a creative challenge, this project is the ultimate. Through the use of cutting edge technology, we will produce a new Cirque du Soleil theatrical experience not only respectful of Michael's legacy but also very distinctive from 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour'".

Meanwhile John Branca and John McClain, as co-executors of the Jackson estate, added: "We are guided by Michael's own philosophy in all that we do. In preparing for this production, Michael's message to the cast and crew for his 'This Is It' concerts was foremost in our minds".

They continue: "He counselled them on what the audience experience should be: 'They want wonderful experiences. We want to take them places that they've never been before. We want to show them talent like they've never seen before. We're putting love back into the world to remind the world that love is important. We're all one. That is the message'. We feel the same, and that is what we are delivering both to lifelong fans and those just discovering his artistic genius with 'Michael Jackson One'".

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Sartorial 'Suit & Tie' popstars Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z have arranged to circle America and Canada's stadiums on a grandly-titled live manoeuvre, so that's nice... if you're American. There are twelve 'Legends Of The Summer' dates in all, the first one being at Toronto's Rogers Centre on 17 Jul.

Whether the Wireless co-headlining pop collaborators will have the time and/or inclination to provide a tour that is legendary in Britons' eyes is still tbc. 'Legends Of The Fall' is taken so... winter, perhaps?

Anyways, this is 'Suit & Tie'.

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So, it transpires Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhang really is releasing that pair of LPs he hinted at back in July. In fact, it's official; 'Drifters' and 'Love Is The Devil' will be released as "one conceptual piece" on 20 May via Zoo Music.

Zhang and band will take a promotional trip prior to that, moving as follows:

5 May: Newcastle, The Cluny
6 May: Dundee, Soul Function Suite
7 May: Glasgow, Nice & Sleazy
8 May: Dublin, The Workman's Club
9 May: Liverpool, Forecast
10 May: Chester, The Compass
11 May: Manchester Soup Kitchen
12 May: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Scoring the wait until May, this is the title track to 'Love Is The Devil'.

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Country girl - well, lady - Emmylou Harris and her live guitarist of 38 years Rodney Crowell, who are releasing a duets LP titled 'Old Yellow Moon', will play a series of live dates in May behind it.

Comprising four original Crowell-authored tracks - and covers of Hank DeVito's 'Hanging Up My Heart', Roger Miller's 'Invitation To The Blues' and Allen Reynolds' 'Dreaming My Dreams' - 'Old Yellow Moon' will be released on 4 Mar via Nonesuch Records.

Says Harris to Rolling Stone: "I think we always knew we would do a record together one day. I guess it was sometime last year that I said, 'You know, if we're going to do this record, we've got to put a fence around some time and get started'".

The shows shall go as follows:

8 May: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
9 May: London, Hammersmith Apollo
10 May: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
12 May: Belfast, Waterfront
15 May: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
16 May: Gateshead, The Sage

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So, as the Jay-Z/JT-headlined Wireless sells all its tickets in record time, what of other festivals it's still viable to buy into? Indie fete 2000trees has added an abundance of new artists to its leafy-green, Future Of The Left and Gallops-featuring live bank - not least Stornoway, We Are The Ocean, Funeral For A Friend and And So I Watch You From Afar.

2000trees warden Andy Rea is pleased with the way it's all going so far, and says: "Tickets for our Thursday Early Entry Evening are almost sold out and standard weekend tickets are flying too, it's all pretty exciting here right now. Plus we have booked some pretty special headliners for the main stage which we're keeping under our hats until later on, to give our hard core 2000trees fans the chance to buy tickets first".

Whilst Rea et al may be keeping certain acts a secret, the same can't be said for ATP's Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzly Bear co-hosted I'll Be Your Mirror, which has made space amid the festival's heaving listings for grindcore band The Locust - who'll be having a live renaissance after a considerable break - Chilean ace Nicholas Jaar, and ex-LCD bloke James Murphy.

Also notable in today's FLUU summary is the addition of Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich et al's collaborative love-in Atoms For Peace as headliners to Serbia's Exit and Germany's Melt! Atoms For Peace! Hurrah!

Oh, and flaxed-haired BRITs darling (and potential new beau of Taylor Swift) Tom Odell joins The Vaccines and Basement Jaxx (and Ben Howard) at Relentless's Boardmasters 'bash'.

Oh, and this lot:

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham Gloucestershire, 11-13 Jul: Stornoway, Funeral For A Friend, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, InMe, Wet Nuns, Adebisi Shank, Stealing Sheep, Nine Black Alps, Fight Like Apes, HildaMay, Childhood, Beans on Toast, Cold Crows Dead, Brontide, Sky Larkin, Park Bench Society, Bovine, Wot Gorilla?, The Family Rain, Emperor Yes, Portasound, The Physics House Band, Her Name is Calla, John J Presley, Bats, Hot Feet, Gnarwolves, The Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Empress, Black Moth, Crash Of Rhinos, Landscapes, Grappler, Bear Cavalry, Woahnows.

ATP'S I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR, Alexandra Palace, London, 4-5 May: The Locust, Nicholas Jaar, James Murphy, Prince Rama, K-Holes.

BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire, 8-11 Aug: Les Hurlements D'Leo, Les Yeux D'La Tete, Rafven, The Fat Bastard Gang, Gadjo, Flap!, Slamboree, Tragic Roundabout, The Carny Villains, The Zen Hussies, Gentle Mystics, Gypsy Hill, Mad Dog Mcrea, Pas De Probleme, Gypsy Fever, Pronghorn, Bootscraper, Worldly Savages, The Great Malarkey, Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos, Boot Hill All Stars, Seas of Mirth, Drunken Balordi, The Binewski Murder, Buffo's Wake, Biere De Luxe.

COCOON IN THE PARK, Temple Newsam, Leeds, 13 Jul: Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Craig Richards.

DOUR, Plaine De La Machine À Feu, Dour, Belgium, 18-21 Jul: The Vaccines, Klaxons, Darwin Deez, Brns, Gold Panda, Petite Noir, Com Truise, Sinkane, Fauve.

EDEN FESTIVAL, Raehills Meadows, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, 7-9 Jun: Caravan Palace, The Correspondents, Sam And The Womp, Craig Charles, Shy FX & Stamina, The Carny Villains, Electric Swim Circus, Slamboree.

EXIT, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-14 Jul: Atoms For Peace.

GHOSTFEST, Leeds University Student Union, 29-30 Jun: Terror, KnuckleDust, Breaking Point, Azriel, Mind X Control, Grader.

MELT! Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Germany, 19-21 Jul: Atoms For Peace.

RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, 7-11 Aug: Tom Odell.

SPLENDOUR, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, 20 Jul: Jake Bugg, Squeeze, KT Tunstall, Maximo Park.

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So, Carly Rae Jepsen is now officially bigging up güd, though please note the lower case type and umlaut there (the Canadian Idol loser is not promoting GUD as in genital ulcer diseases, or GUD as in Groupe Union Défense, the mainly 20th Century French far right movement).

For the uninitiated, güd is a "millennial natural personal care brand", which isn't much of an initiation it's true, but that's how makers Burt's Bees describe the soap and body lotion line. And Jepsen is the American brand's first ever spokeswoman.

The appointment was "obvious" of course, because, as you've all surely noted, Jepsen's "high energy, sing-along sound which is self-described as 'flower-child pop' is a perfect match for güd's mash-up of indulgent fragrances and natural formulas".

Or in Jepsen's own words: "To be able to use a brand that you know has natural ingredients but also smells scrumptious is the best of both worlds. I love these products because I know I can count on them, they're good for me, and make me feel beautiful".

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Bids for the Anschutz Entertainment Group have come in at the lower end of expectations, according to a report by the New York Post, which is someway below the price AEG's current owner Philip Anschutz had been reportedly pushing for.

When Anschutz put his entertainment company - which includes venue real estate, various sporting interests and the AEG Live tour and festivals business - up for sale last year, the global entity was valued by most commentators at between $6 and $8 billion. Though reports later in the year mentioned a price tag closer to $10 billion, possibly based on briefings by Anschutz insiders.

But, according to the Post, two serious bidders through to the second round of the auction - Guggenheim Partners and Qatar Sports Investment - are both offering less than $7 billion. And some insiders are apparently predicting that Anschutz might call off the sale if that's the sort of money the deal would generate.

One issue, it seems, is Anschutz's reported insistence that any buyer should keep the wider AEG company going as one entity after purchase. Indeed, some reckon that to maximise return Anschutz should split up AEG himself before sale, not least because some of the firm's US sports club interests would attract generous bids from individual billionaires who have neither the desire nor the means to bid for the group in its entirety.

AEG reps say simply that sale talks continue with various parties.

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Craig David and his manager Colin Lester have launched a new joint venture with Universal Music Publishing to be known as JEM Music. David has also signed a global publishing deal with Universal and the new business, and will merge his existing publishing company Bootyman Music into JEM. Lester is also a partner in the new entity and as he also heads up Universal's artist management unit Twenty First Artists, the deal keeps everything very much in the family.

Confirming the new deal, UMPG's President Of North America Evan Lamberg told CMU: "To be in business with a great manager and song man such as Colin Lester is going to be pure fun. He is timeless in his approach as to what really matters... the song. And to make things even better, we get to work with one of my favourite songwriters of the last fifteen years, Mr Craig David".

Lester added: "I have worked with Craig David for many years and we both decided it was about time we formed a music publishing company that would allow us to work with the many great artists, producers and writers that we encounter. We have partnered with Evan Lamberg and his team at Universal Music Group because they are the best in the business and because their global reach and ambition gives the best platform to develop this exciting new company".

And finally David said: "I'm really pleased that I am working with a publisher in Evan Lamberg whose opinion I really value and respect and who has a great understanding of artists and songwriting".

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So Kanye, "what do you think about the good old business of music?", no one at the rapper's first London show this weekend shouted out, though they got to find out anyway.

West used one of his three Hammersmith Apollo shows to share, telling his audience: "I hate business people. People get on the phone with me and tell me, 'What kind of business can you do, though? What type of business are you doing? What's the numbers? How much did you sell? What's the radio spins? How much shampoo can you sell with your face on it and shit?'"

He rambled on: "Remind me again why we in this shit. Can you remind me again why we in this shit? Since when [is] making music about getting rich? Since when [is] making art about getting rich? Remind me again why we in this shit. Remind me again why the Grammys couldn't suck my dick".

He's right you know, making music isn't about getting rich. And the £125 'Diamond Upgrade' ticket his promoters are selling for next weekend's Apollo show, which gets the lucky buyer almost front row seats, access to a special bar and a 'complimentary' drinks voucher, is all about expanding the artistic credentials of the experience, and nothing to do with maximising revenues.

Away from the commerce v art debate, West also turned to his sometimes collaborator Jay-Z moonlighting with another creative partner, ie Mr Justin Timberlake. "I got love for Hov [Jay-Z]" he noted, "but I ain't fucking with that 'Suit & Tie'". Well, that'll keep the laundry bills down. Not that it's about the money, remember.

Enjoy the ranting for yourself here.

And some more.

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