1 MAR 2013

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One Direction are currently on a tour of the arenas of the UK and Ireland which stretches out to April. With that sort of a commitment, you want to ensure that the group stay free from injury or illness. Sadly for them, their fans exist. At Glasgow's SECC Arena on Tuesday, a shoe was thrown on stage. While Harry Styles was waving it in the air trying to identify its owner, another flew through the air and hit him clean in the balls, causing him to double up and fall sideways. I know we shouldn't revel in another's misfortune, but it was pretty funny more>>
Newish Bethnal Green venue Oval Space continues to have a rather interesting programme of events, and next Thursday it plays host to Cobblestone Jazz playing live as well as FaltyDL kicking off the European leg of his 'Hardcourage' tour and James Preistley. The Cobblestoners hail from Canada and are an electronic music quartet made up of Mathew Jonson, Danuel Tate, Tyger Dhula and Colin de la Plante. They create jazz influenced electro-tech montages, which sit in a niche between bedroom and dancefloor more>>

- Bertelsmann takes full control of BMG
- HMV sells Asian shops
- Temptations' Richard Street dies
- New Zealand court says FBI doesn't have to share all Mega evidence
- Anastacia diagnosed with breast cancer for second time
- Imagem signs The Legendary Traxster
- Motörhead recörding again
- Polyphonic Spree back with new LP? Yes, it's true
- Van Dyke Parks to release new material
- Sean Nicholas Savage shares new LP details
- Questlove publishing "punch drunk memoir"
- Eric Clapton to quit touring at 70
- Festival Line-Up Update: Longtitude, Kendal Calling, End Of The Road and more
- Financial updates: Universal, Live Nation
- Former Wheelbarrow bookers join the Monarch
- Syco to launch YouTube-based talent contest
- Download announces Google+ band hangouts
- Skinny to launch North West edition
- Morrissey hits out at Kimmel gags
- Biffy Clyro too selfish to write pop hits
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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.

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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: Universal completed its EMI divestment obligations by selling a stake in Now! to Sony and the Co-op company to [PIAS]. The mega-major agreed to sell off nearly two thirds of EMI's European catalogues and operations and some of its own periphery units in Europe to get regulator approval of its wider acquisition of the EMI record company. All of the deals, including this week's arrangements with Sony and [PIAS], will now need to be approved by the European Commission, though with the indie label community formally supporting the biggest, Warner's acquisition of the majority of the EMI assets for sale, few expect any major issues at that stage. Sources close to the deal making say Universal will net in the region of £600 million from its various deals, not far of half what it paid for the EMI recorded music business outright. CMU report | Variety article

02: The IFPI revealed that the global recorded music market grew slightly, by 0.3%, in 2012, the first growth in the record industry since 1999. The record label trade body said this was a sign the sector was turning a corner, and that the digital music business was starting to mature. Factors behind the good news include the continued growth of downloading, subscription and ad-based services gaining momentum, the growth of smart phone and tablet usage, and the emergence of successful legit services in some markets that have not traditionally generated much revenue for the record business. Of course, even with the slight growth, the record industry is still 40% smaller than it was in the late 1990s, and some question if it will ever return to those heights again, though, of course, the exploitation of sound recordings is just one strand of the wider music industry. While the UK market did not see growth in 2012, British music was behind the world's two most successful artists of the year in terms of record sales, Adele and One Direction, who between them outsold the five next biggest record selling acts combined. CMU report | Guardian report

03: The BPI won three more web-block injunctions, this time against Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents. It means the UK's six main internet service providers - Sky, BT, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media - will have to block their customers from accessing these file-sharing sites. BPI boss Geoff Taylor said "blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent", but the Open Rights Group said widespread web-blocking would "encourage new forms of distributed infringement" and that "the BPI should be mindful that their tactics may have the opposite effect to their intention, by legitimising and promoting resistance to their actions". CMU report | ORG statement

04: Three-strikes went live in the US. Well, the Copyright Alert System went live, via which a number of US internet service providers will voluntarily send letters to customers believed to accessing unlicensed sources of content. Unlike in France, New Zealand and (in theory) the UK, this graduated response system is not the result of new laws. Up to five warning letters are likely to be sent under the American programme, with final sanctions for those who ignore the warnings likely to vary according to ISP. CMU report | PC Mag report

05: Bertelsmann took complete control of BMG, the music rights company it founded in 2008 (having sold off the original BMG record company and publishing business). Equity group KKR had been a partner in the new BMG since very early on, providing the cash that enabled a prolific period of acquisition making the firm a significant player in music rights worldwide. Rumours that KKR would exit the venture had circulated for sometime, but the New York Post reported a deal was "imminent" last week. Bertelsmann announced it would take full control of the BMG business this morning. CMU report | FT report

In the CMU this week, good times galore with Doldrums leading the conversation, Jack Cooper from Mazes choosing the tunes, and Chris Cooke and Andy Malt solving all the world's problems via the latest CMU Podcast. Approving also went on, mainly in relation to The Deer Tracks, King Tuff, Linnea Olsson and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This morning we started listening to the full David Bowie album stream on iTunes. And we may, or may not, have been enjoyed watching Harry Styles' balls being attacked by a Scottish shoe from every possible angle. Take that, official Villain Of The Year (according to those ever trusty NME readers, who possibly don't have a great grasp of what constitutes villainy).

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German media group Bertelsmann has taken full control of its music company BMG after reaching a deal with equity group KKR to acquire its half of the business.

As much previously reported, Bertelsmann launched the version two BMG company in 2008, having sold the original BMG record company to Sony and music publishing business to Universal. The second gen company works with both master recording and song publishing rights, though is more prolific in the latter, and throughout has said it does not intend to become a conventional record company that takes frequent sizable risks investing in unproven new talent in return for complete control of any recording rights created.

KKR came on board as a partner in the new BMG very early on, providing access to the sort of funds that has enabled the new firm to become a significant player in just a few years by acquiring numerous catalogues and smaller music rights businesses, most notably the Chrysalis publishing company. Most recently BMG acquired the Virgin and Famous publishing and Mute and Sanctuary recordings catalogues that went on the block as part of the split up of EMI.

Reports that KKR was looking to sell out of the BMG venture have circulated for sometime, though the New York Post recently reported that Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe was now talking more openly about his desire to take full control of the music company, and that a deal could be "imminent" providing a price point could be agreed.

That a deal had been reached was announced this morning, with Rabe telling CMU: "This is a great day for Bertelsmann: we are bringing the music home to our group. A few years after our exit from the traditional music business, in association with KKR, we have succeeded in building the world's fourth largest music rights management business. Our partnership made it possible for BMG to take advantage of consolidation opportunities and to rapidly advance the organic expansion of the business. I thank them for an excellent collaboration".

He continued: "We are happy to have BMG as our own company again. CEO Hartwig Masuch and his team deserve our thanks for the passion and know how they brought to developing a small creative nucleus into a powerhouse that provides the right answers to the challenges of the music industry in this digital age".

Speaking for KKR, the group's Europe boss Johannes Huth added: "Our innovative partnership with Bertelsmann, which combined the professional expertise of a global media company with the financial strength, network and business-building expertise of KKR, was a complete success. We explored new business approaches with Bertelsmann; BMG did pioneering work in the music rights market with its digital, service-focused business approach. The model of a 'growth and build' partnership between a corporate group and KKR is bound to be seen more often in the future".

Terms of the deal, which will need regulator approval, are not known, though it is thought KKR will have made a good return on their investment in the music venture.

Meanwhile BMG boss Hartwig Masuch told CMU: "For BMG, this is a return home. Being a subsidiary of one of the world's leading media companies opens up more fields of cooperation for us and our customers in the future, and we look forward to many new, long-term development opportunities. The worldwide increase in the use of music, and the emergence of new digital business models offer a variety of opportunities that we will actively explore. We are grateful to KKR for always sharing our vision of an alternative, service-oriented company in the music rights market, and for actively supporting us with their team these past three and a half years. Without KKR, this development would not have been possible".

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HMV's administrator Deloitte has announced the sale of the company's small network of stores in Hong Kong and Singapore.

A hang-over from the entertainment retailer's past international expansion, most of which was subsequently sold off, the HMV Group had six stores in Hong Kong and two in Singapore when it went into administration in January. The stores have been bought by AID Partners Capital Ltd, which will seemingly continue to operate the small chain as a going concern. The same company has also bought rights to use the HMV brand in China, Macau and Taiwan.

Administrator Rob Harding told reporters: "We are delighted to have completed the sale of HMV's Asian business and wish AID Partners and the HMV Asia team every success for the future in developing this iconic brand further. Since the broader HMV Group entered administration on 15 Jan, the on-going support and funding we have received from Hilco, the group's secured lender, has provided sufficient time to allow this sale to be concluded on a solvent basis".

Hilco, which already owns HMV Canada, and acquired most of the British business's debts once it was in administration, seems most likely to takeover the HMV UK company. The HMV brand is already controlled by a third party in the Japanese market, and it is thought Deloitte is also talking to other companies interested in acquiring the rights to use the trademark in other especially Asian territories.

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Former temptations singer Richard Street has died, aged 70. Doctors found a blood clot in his lung last Friday after he complained of back pain and breathing difficulties. His death comes just days after another former member of The Temptations, Damon Harris.

Confirming his death, his wife Cindy Street told CNN: "He was really fighting for his life. He's a fighter. They're dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon. I'm in disbelief right now. He was part of black history. He was always proud of that. He sang on a lot of those classic songs: 'Papa Was A Rollin Stone,' 'Hey Girl', 'Heavenly', 'Superstar', 'Masterpiece'".

A funeral will be held in Cypress, California next week.

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An appeals court in New Zealand has overturned an earlier ruling that ordered American prosecutors in the MegaUpload case to share all of their evidence with Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz, the founder of the controversial file-transfer service, who the Americans are trying to extradite to face charges of racketeering, money laundering and copyright infringement.

As previously reported, an earlier court ruling said that Dotcom should have access to all the evidence compiled by the FBI in relation to the case so his legal team can properly fight the extradition application in court. But appeal judges have said that while the US government has a duty of "candour and good faith" in the way it handles its extradition bid, a pre-trial summary of the evidence the Americans will present as part of their application would suffice.

Responding to the ruling via Twitter Dotcom said this morning: "Am I disappointed about the ruling today? YES. Do 'good faith' and 'US government' go together? NO. Will I sleep like an innocent baby tonight? YES". Meanwhile his legal reps said they were considering taking the matter to New Zealand's Supreme Court.

Dotcom's extradition hearing has been much delayed, but should take place later this year. He and three other Mega execs were arrested in New Zealand as the US moved to shut down MegaUpload in January 2012. Dotcom has since launched a replacement service called Mega while fighting legal battles on various fronts with regards the original MegaUpload business.

As previously reported, in a separate legal squabble, Mega's people are trying to get evidence amassed against Dotcom et al by New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau. A court said those files should be shared after it emerged the GCSB had been spying on the Mega execs without the required warrants, though the security agency is trying to fight that ruling.

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Singer Anastacia has cancelled her upcoming European tour after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. She previously announced that she had recovered from the disease after a series of treatments in 2003.

In a statement, the singer said: "I feel so awful to be letting down all my amazing fans who were looking forward to 'It's A Man's World Tour'. It just breaks my heart to disappoint them".

Anastacia will continue to write and record her next album, and also says she hopes to be able to reschedule the tour at some point in the near future.

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Independent music publisher Imagem Music has announced a worldwide administration deal with Sam Lindley, better known as The Legendary Traxster, the hip hop producer behind the Ludacris/Nicki Minaj hit 'My Chick Bad' amongst many other tracks. Lindley has also worked on recordings with the likes of Mariah Carey, Twista, Chris Brown and Mystikal, working as both a songwriter and producer.

Confirming his new partnership with Imagem, the producer told CMU: "I am extremely excited to be working with my new team at Imagem Music. They get it! From their creative team to the back office they have shown incredible vision and focus. I am humbled by their belief in me".

Meanwhile Imagem Music A&R Director Amanda Schupf added: "I couldn't be more excited about Traxster joining the Imagem family. He's truly a legend in his own right, having heavily influenced the Chicago hip hop sound made known worldwide by acts like Twista and Kanye West. I believe now is his time to become a household name likes the acts he's helped propel and I'm excited to partner with him at this time and help him achieve his next level of success".

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Blabbermouth says umlaut and lager-loving rock dinos Motörhead are back in the studio, meaning Lemmy et al have a new LP on the way. They're apparently playing it safe by staying with serial collaborator Cameron Webb - who oversaw the band's last LP, 2010's 'The Wörld Is Yours' - to make the new record, which is set for a very 'tentative' summer release.

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The 22-strong Polyphonic Spree have kindly shared the title of their first LP since 2007's 'The Fragile Army'. Yes, it's true. 'But what's the title?', you ask. Well, that was it... yes, it's true. Anyway, I'll stop this nonsense and just say that The Polyphonic Spree's new LP, 'Yes, It's True' will have its release day on 27 May.

The Spree's Tim DeLaughter gives it this billing: "The songs here are from many different periods in the last few years. This record feels like a collection of 'songs' rather than a long listening piece which we've done previously in the Spree stylistically. It's kind of refreshing".

Have a bracing play of the new record's first track, 'You Don't Know Me', and a tracklisting:

You Don't Know Me
Popular By Design
Hold Yourself Up
Carefully Try
You're Golden
Heart Talk
Blurry Up The Lines
Let Them Be
Raise Your Head
What Would You Do?

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Having last year re-pressed a set of vintage LPs, a 70 year old Van Dyke Parks is back with his first new material since 1989. He'll release originals 'Dreaming Of Paris', 'Wall Street' and 'Missin Missisippi' as part of 'Songs Cycled', a play on his 1968 debut 'Song Cycle', which will also carry rearrangements, collaborations, and covers. It's all quite intricate, so click this link to look at all the details.

Says VDP: "This album is released 45 years from 'Song Cycle' (when I was but 24). In both cases, there's a maverick on the loose, with a highly personal set of tunes and instrumentals. All of them reveal an iconoclast tilting at windmills, railing at tyrants, barking at masters of war, and celebrating a shameless commitment to the very definition of 'Americana'. My first aim is to entertain the ear with beautiful sounds. I try to do that as an arranger. These pieces reveal my best effort".

'Songs Cycled' is released via Bella Union on 6 May. Taken from it, this is a new re-taping of 'Hold Back Time', VDP's 1995 duet with Brian Wilson.

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Kind-of-CMU-Approved alt-pop artist Sean Nicholas Savage is soon to release 'Other Life', aka his eighth LP in half as many years. He'll promote it in advance of its 30 Apr buy-date by playing April shows with Mac Demarco, Melody's Echo Chamber and Doldrums, and via an appearance at this year's Great Escape festival.

Have a taste of it tout suite via one of its featured tracks, the chirpily-titled 'Lonely Woman'.

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The Roots' Questlove - real name Ahmir Khalib Thompson - has written (well, New Yorker editor Ben Greenman has, really) a "punch drunk memoir" he'll release in June.

Bearing the title 'Mo Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove', it'll feature the Roots musician's personal POVs (and he has many) on "the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements", "pivotal moments in black music and pop culture" and "the lates, the greats, the fakes and the true originals of the music world".

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Eric Clapton has said that he will quit touring when he hits 70, which gives him just over two years to get some serious gigging in.

The guitarist told Rolling Stone: "The bit onstage, that's easy. If I could do that around my neighbourhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I'm taking a leaf out of JJ [Cale's] book: When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think".

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So, notable amid today's festival additions is the initial lot of artists set to play Latitude's Irish cross-parallel Longitude. And they are headliners Kraftwerk, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend, plus Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals, Hot Chip, Jake Bugg, Modest Mouse and many others still tba.

Like Longitude, Kendal Calling is at the 'revealing its first artists' stage, and has placed co-monarchs Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, and Primal Scream atop its Mystery Jets, I Am Kloot, British Sea Power and Ash-featuring listings.

Quite excitingly at this year's Belle And Sebastian, Sigur Rós and David Byrne & St Vincent-starring End Of The Road is a new live conscription featuring Warpaint, Dinosaur Jr and Cass McCombs. Oh yeah, and I've got a sizeable early expansion from Lancashire dance party Beatherder too, it having added the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Bokka Shade, Norman Jay, Standon Warriors and Mr Scruff.

Now cast thine eyes over this list of extra details on the above, and brand new information on Serbia's Exit, Hebridian ceilidh Hebcelt, green and pleasant familial land Lawnfest, Cumbria-based rave Solfest, secret Somerset shindig Sunrise Celebration, Bill-Bailey-embracing love-in Wychwood, and the first ever London edition of Dingle's best-kept secret fest Other Voices, free tickets for which are available only via ballot.

BEATHERDER, Gisburn, Lancashire, 5-7 Sep: Jimmy Cliff, Booka Shade, Norman Jay, Jaguar Skills, Stanton Warriors, Mistajam, Clean Bandit, Kormac's Big Band, Mr Scruff, Gentleman's Dub Club, Slamboree, Prince Fatty feat The Horseman, Sharam Jey, The Other Tribe, Roosevelt, Toy, Edu Imbernon, Justin Robertson, Elite Force, Jon Carter, Utah Saints, Rennie Pilgrem, Suns of Arqa, Shepdog, Mr Benn, Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate, Cut La Roc, Only Joe, Barry Ashworth, Beans on Toast, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Captain Hotknives, Russ Cuban, Monster Ceilidh Band, Mooqee, Velvet Stream, George Ezra, Too Many T's, Club Smith, Extra Curricular, Toni Jarvis, The Lancashire Hotpots, The Acoustic Conquistador, Dutty Moonshine, Eddie Earthquake & The Tremors, Resonators, Wolfie Electroswing, Rum Jig, Ed Stones & The BD3, Foxes Faux, The Corporate Tramps, James Kelly, The Age Of Glass, Andy Cap's Funky Disco, The Fire Beneath the Sea, Pepper Jam, Emmott & The Folkestra, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Gritty Britain, Wooden Machine, Love Em Touch Em Squeeze Em, Skinny, The Yorkshire Puddings, Nana Moon, Breakbeatroot, Miss McQ.

END OF THE ROAD, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Dinosaur Jr, Warpaint, Allo Darlin, Birthday Girl, Cayucas, Dawes, East India Youth, Ethan Johns, Indians, The Leisure Society, Cass McCombs, The Staves.

EXIT FESTIVAL, Petrovaradin Foretress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-14 Jul: Seth Troxler, Dubfire, Pan-Pot, Matador, Subb-an b2b Adam Shelton, Apollonia, Deniz Kurtel.

HEBCELT, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 17-20 Jul: Capercaillie, Darrell Scott, Paddy Callaghan, Anderson McGinty Webster Ward & Fisher, Pete Roe.

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, East Cumbria, 26-28 Jul: Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream, The Charlatans, I Am Kloot, Mystery Jets, Lightning Seeds, Ash, Fake Blood, British Sea Power, Mr Scruff, Foreign Beggars, Roni Size, Willy Moon, Dutch Uncles, Jackmaster, Dub Pistols, Kodaline, Wave Machines, Oneman, and Tricka Technology (Krafty Kuts, A Skillz & Dynamite MC), Bondax, Loadstar, Theme Park, Public Service Broadcasting, Monsta , Slamboree, Artwork, The 1975, Drenge, Dynamite MC, Grooverider, Dismantle, Walter Ego, Sons And Lovers, Chunky, Tonn Piper, The Wind Up Birds, The Mispers, Flight of Arrows, Father Funk, Calling All Astronauts, Genre Sluts.

LARMER TREE, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire, 17-21 Jul: Dexys, Seasick Steve, KT Tunstall, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, The Bombay Royale, Gentleman's Dub Club, Phil King, Stone Donkey Pilots, Pronghorn, Ben Waters, Megson, Cowbell, Ruth Theodore, Fran Smith, Maniere des Bohemiens, The Woodland Creatures, Head North!.

LAWNFEST, West Heath School, Sevenoaks, Kent, 6 Jul: Man Like Me, Josephine.

LONGITUDE, Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland, 18-21 Jul: Kraftwerk, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Villagers, Foals, Hot Chip, Jake Bugg, Modest Mouse, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Paul Kalkbrenner, SBTRKT, Mark Lanegan, Local Natives, Django Django, Jessie Ware, Trentemoller, Kodaline, Mmoths, Tom Odell, AlunaGeorge, Flume, The Cast of Cheers, Young Wonder, Mo, Mikhael Paskalev, SOHN, Petite Noir, Half Moon Run, Vondelpark, Stealing Sheep.

OTHER VOICES, Wilton's Music Hall, 5-7 Apr: Laura Mvula, Dexys, Matthew E White.

SOLFEST, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, 23-25 Aug: Utah Saints, DJ Yoda, Eat Static.

SUNRISE CELEBRATION, secret location, Bath & Frome, Somerset, 30 May - 2 Jun: Simian Mobile Disco, The Neville Staple Band, Plucky Purcell, MC Profit, DJ Rockaphonic, Benjamin Michael, Insomniac Jack, Carrie Tree, Forcenra!, Tallulah Rendall, The Rinky Dinks, The 32-20s, Kings Of Ping.

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 31 May - 2 Jun: Bill Bailey, Mr Bloom, Lucy Rose, Shields, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Eliza And The Bear.

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A quick summary of some financial updates released this week. And firstly Universal Music owner Vivendi admitted its profits were down, 17.8% in the last quarter of 2012 and 13.6% for the year, though the results were better than expected.

Net profit for the year was 2.55 billion euros, with the group's gaming company Activision Blizzard compensating for a continued slide in revenues at Vivendi's French mobile business SFR. Universal Music saw sales and earnings improve, with 525 million euros in earnings from 4.54 billion euros in sales.

Over at the other big player in music, Live Nation, losses for the year were up, from $83 million to $163.2 million. Declines in the European market and artist management related revenues contributed to the widening losses, though costs related to the departure of co-top man Irving Azoff at the very end of last year also contributed to the losses leap - there being $5.5 million in costs directly relating to his exiting and another $62.7 million in write-downs on the talent division he led.

The live giant's CEO Michael Rapino remained upbeat though, saying an overhaul of the company's Ticketmaster platform, an expanded festivals business and new ventures in Asia and Latin America provided great opportunities for future growth.

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Former bookers for The Wheelbarrow, Jay Sensible and Dave Danger, have moved on to another Camden venue, The Monarch, owner Camden Bars has announced. Sensible and Danger have also previously worked at Nambucca, FROG and The Flowerpot.

Sensible told CMU: "The Monarch is a banging venue. We've been moving around Camden for years now putting on shows and clubs. We're really happy to have found a new home here and are gonna work with the team to make beautiful things happen. Our input will kick in on Friday and roll out from there on in".

Meanwhile, Camden Bars' Jeremy Ledlin, added: "We're looking forward to Jay and Dave bringing the best up and coming local and international talent into The Monarch, to enhance its already established booking policy".

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YouTube is partnering with Simon Cowell's Syco for a global online talent competition looking for "unconventional and original talents" from a number of different disciplines.

'The You Generation' venture will run for a year, kicking off next month, with a different category of talent featuring on the bespoke YouTube channel every fortnight. The winner of each category will get a prize, with one big prize available for an overall winner at the end of the year, though it's not yet clear what exactly all those prizes will be.

While music, photography and magic will all seemingly feature in the new YouTube initiative, so will cooking, possibly because Cowell is now into food thanks to his latest telly venture for ITV, 'Food Glorious Food'. Though that enthusiasm for kitchen-based fun might be waning if he's looked at the first edition's ratings.

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Now the line may be "Google+ is like the gym of social networking, everyone's a member, no one goes", but a number of artists have started using the 'hangout' bit of the web-giant's social media platform for fan Q&A sessions, now that there's no 'Live & Kicking' to host such things, and given that when you have pop stars answering fan's questions in person, they just throw shoes at their balls.

Artist-centric Google+ Hangout sessions have been more common in the US and in the pop domain to date, but organisers of Live Nation's Download Festival are taking it British and metal by launching their own Google+ profile and inviting acts playing the rock event in for some online questioning. Cancer Bats and Young Guns have committed to hangout in such a fashion this month, and Download fans can win a place in the Hangout too by tweeting the questions they'd like to ask to @downloadfest with the hashtag #DownloadAsks.

Given the Download Festival has a famously loyal and social-media savvy following, competition for the Hangout spots will presumably be fierce, though those not able to get into the Q&A sesh itself will be able to follow the video-based conversation on the festival's website and Google+ profile.

Say Cancer Bats: "YOOOOOOO we're gonna be hanging to the max via the interweb on the 7th at 7pm GMT come and digitally party with us!"

Say Young Guns: "We're incredibly excited to share the stage with a number of bands we grew up listening to, it's definitely one of our favourite festivals to play! Make sure to come and chill with us at the Google+ Hangout, we're always up for having a chat with our fans. Feel free to ask us anything!"

And from the corporate side...

Google+'s James Howard: "Rock fans are amongst the most tech savvy around and we're excited to collaborate with Download in 2013 to reach the Google+ rock community and beyond. A digital first for festivals in the UK and only possible via Google+, Download will bring fans closer to artists than ever before in the build up to the main event".

Download's Andy Copping: "Google+ Hangouts are an incredible way for us to engage with our audience. We're really excited to be using them to bring fans closer to artists and their music and can't wait to get started".

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Publishers of Scottish culture mag The Skinny have announced plans to launch a new edition covering the North West, including Liverpool and Manchester. Also distributed free, the North West edition of the title will launch on 2 Apr.

Confirming the new title launch, Skinny Editor-in-Chief Rosamund West told CMU: "With a dedicated regional team of seven full-time staff, initially based in Manchester, The Skinny Northwest will cover local music, arts, events, books, film and theatre".

She added: "It is essential for us that it offers the same kind of specialist knowledge we provide in Scotland. Manchester and Liverpool each has its own unique creative communities and our staff have been selected to reflect that. At least half of the content - a mix of articles, reviews and previews complemented by photography from local contributors - will be reporting directly on what's happening in the local scene".

In Scotland The Skinny competes with paid-for listings magazine The List. The North West lost its Time Out equivalent City Life years ago, though there are some smaller local music and culture magazines and websites operating on The Skinny's new patch.

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So, after Morrissey pulled out of a booking on US TV show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' this week having discovered his fellow guests would be the stars of a reality show about duck-hunting, 'Duck Dynasty', the Kimmel-meister predictably filled the gap with jokes at the one time Smiths man's expense. Kimmel said he had to choose the 'Duck Dynasty' stars over the singer because they had the guns, before mocking vegetarians at large, and accusing Mozza's music of causing depression.

None of which went down well with Morrissey because, well it wouldn't would it? Accusing Kimmel's show of having "an overwhelming loss of meaning", before adding: "Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s", the singer took issue with most of Kimmel's gags in a statement.

Said Morrissey: "I was disappointed with last night's 'Jimmy Kimmel Show' wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70% of Americans have experienced depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health). He then found time to ridicule healthy eating (the obesity epidemic in the US costs $147 billion per year in medical expenditure), and he also ridiculed the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives. Furthermore, he found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership - hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook, no doubt. He also promoted his special guests 'Duck Dynasty' - who kill beings for fun".

Ed The Duck was unavailable for comment.

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Biffy Clyro would in principle like to write hits for more popstars - ie not just Matt Cardle - but frontman Simon Neil is probably too selfish for that to happen. This isn't a statement out of the blue, mind. The band have apparently been asked to work with Leona Lewis and Robbie Williams.

Neil told The Daily Star: "We got asked to have a writing session with Leona Lewis and play on Robbie Williams' record 'Take The Crown'. Writing for others is something I'd love to do once we slow down as a band. But if you write a song that you think is one of the best ever, and it's not for our band, I don't know if I'd be happy giving it away. I'm a wee bit selfish about it, plus we've got enough side projects, so we've got other outlets. It's a beautiful thing to sit and write songs all day".

As for how the Robbie offer came about, he continued: "The guy who produced Robbie's record - Jacknife Lee - is a friend of ours. I was at his house and he was in the middle of it when he asked me. If we'd had time we might have but I don't think Robbie needs our help".

Oh, I don't know about that.

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