8 MAR 2013

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You remember Rickrolling, right? Of course you do. Cast your mind back to 2008; it was the internet meme of the day. Someone would send you a link saying it was one thing, but when you clicked on said link it would turn out to be the video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Rick Astley. It was all very funny. Never gonna give, never gonna GIVE (give you up). Classic. more>>
Following the spectacular failure of last year's Bloc festival in London, its founders have dusted themselves off and are back this year with a series of ten London clubnights in an exclusive "secret" venue in Hackney Wick, the first of which takes place tomorrow. The original Detroit hard hitter, Juan Atkins will first DJ, then perform a live set under his rather tasty Model 500 moniker more>>

- iStream delayed as Apple pushes for super low royalties, while Pandora losses increase
- Kenny Ball dies
- Bieber hospitalised after fainting during show
- Hermitude win Australian Music Prize
- Florence Welch signs up WME for US representation
- House Of Black Lanterns announces debut album
- Caspa announces new album
- DIIV announce Heaven show
- Festival line-up update: Festival No 6, Electric Daisy Carnival, Land Of Kings and more
- Andrew WK becomes the face of sex wipes
- Warner publisher renews partnership with country songs firm THiS Music
- Facebook revamps news feed design
- O2 launches big marketing push for 'less is more' streaming service
- Time Warner to spin off magazine business, including NME publisher
- Later... With Jools Holland to move to Maidstone studios
- Styles can write a song about me, says Swift
- Bowie to open pie & mash shop in Tokyo
Building on our success of being voted Live UK’s National Promoter of the Year, DHP are looking for a Concerts Assistant to assist in the promotion team with our growing number of concerts.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
This post heads the Ticketing operation for the DHP venues and Concert Promotions. DHP has its own Box Office system – alt-tickets and marketing (which this role is involved with) is carried out in-house. This role involves close working with DHP promoters on marketing events and generating sales.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
ReverbXL are seeking a full time Intern to work in our London office based in Chiswick. This is an ideal entry level position for a graduate looking to gain employment in the music industry. The position will give the chosen candidate a diverse range of experience in how a music publisher, record label and management company operates.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Involved Management is one of the world’s leading electronic music management companies, with an artist roster that includes Above & Beyond, Mat Zo and Dusky. Involved also shares an affiliation with Anjunabeats, one of the biggest independent dance labels in the UK and currently number one in the iTunes US dance album chart.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Sydney based company representative for Australia, New Zealand and Asia. This position supports the activities of the company globally under the supervision of the London based Director, Label and Project Management. The role will cover supporting activities surrounding master rights owners as well as retail accounts. It will also have a business development aspect to the role.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Berlin based company representative for Europe. This position supports the activities of the company globally under the supervision of the London based Director, Label and Project Management. The role will cover both supporting activities surrounding master rights owners as well as retail accounts. It will also have a business development aspect to the role.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Merlin, the global rights licensing agency representing independent labels, is looking for a talented individual to join our London team through its work experience scheme. The two month placement would involve assisting staff in the central London Merlin office for two days a week, in particular in the areas of administration, royalty reporting and general operations. The role would suit a music business student or recent graduate looking to learn more about the digital music industry, as well as new and emerging services and markets.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Listen Up is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic radio intern to primarily assist our radio department across various promotional campaigns. If you are looking to get your first foot in the door in the music industry then this could be the opportunity for you.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Killing Moon is a London-based record label, artist management company, club night promoter and (nearly) award-winning new music blog. Due to recent expansion and gradually-increasing output through our record label, we are now seeking several spritely and talented individuals to learn about and assist on all of our operations.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
With a split role of business development and ongoing client relationship management, the candidate will be the UK based point person for INresidence artist projects, as well as being the liaison for projects with a physical component.

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The senior person in the international office for all Sales & Marketing activities. This position will work closely with label representatives and product managers to ensure maximum visibility for key projects. He/she will also manage relationships with various teams for the external clients as well as internally at INgrooves Fontana and support business development activities.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
We are looking for someone to provide operational and administrational support for the Music Team through the planning, delivery and execution of all Roundhouse music events. The successful candidate must have professional experience in music booking and promotion, event management and artist liaison; strong working knowledge of the live music industry and a good understanding of contemporary music genres; a solid understanding of technical and production elements involved in live music.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
We are a fast growing and innovative company currently looking to recruit a Digital Music Content Manager. The successful candidate will report directly to the Directors & General Manager and should have the ability to work effectively on their own and also within a team environment. We require someone who possesses strong attention to detail and ability to build business relationships. You must have three or more years experience in a similar role within a relevant sector for this position.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Domino Recording Co is seeking a skilled individual for the full-time role of Digital Operations Assistant in their London office. This position will oversee the management and generation of creative digital assets for the label under the direction of the Head of Digital with a specific focus on the label’s video catalogue, label and artist apps, image and data assets.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Colluded Talent is the artist agency division of Defected Records and represents a broad roster of leading house music and electronic music DJ/producers and performers and Defected In The House branded events. We are looking for an experienced Booking Agent to join our team.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Eight week evening course with music journalist Lulu Le Vay (Guardian, Independent, Observer, i-D, Sleaze Nation, The Face, DJ magazine). Learn how to source hot music stories, network with industry insiders, interview artists, write reviews and features, and deliver copy under pressure. You will also get to pitch your interview and feature ideas to editors at our partner publications: Clash Magazine, Dummy, Resident Advisor and DJ Mag. Guest tutor: Matt Bennett, Deputy Editor, Clash Magazine. 

For more information including a full course description and how to book click here.
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.
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.

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

01: Warner reportedly reached a deal with Google regarding two new subscription services. It's thought the first is a new premium pay-to-access version of YouTube, while the second is the mooted Google streaming audio platform that is in development. Talks continue with both Sony and Universal in relation to both Google innovations. CMU report | C-Net report

02: Warner owner Len Blavatnik bought a stake in the Beats streaming service. Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats Electronics has spun its in-development streaming music platform off into a standalone business, being led by Topspin founder Ian Rogers with creative input from Trent Reznor. Presumably utilising the MOG set-up Beats acquired last year, the all new Beats service - code name Daisy - will launch later this year. $60 million in new investment for the service was confirmed this week, with Blavatnik amongst the new backers. The Access Industries chief, as well as owning Warner Music, also already has a stake in digital service Deezer. CMU report | Billboard report

03: Tesco confirmed Blinkboxmusic is in the pipeline, a music channel attached to the Blinkbox video-on-demand set up it acquired in 2011. The new music service will presumably utilise the We7 platform the supermarket giant bought last year. The retailer plans to build a portfolio of digital services, including an e-book strand, around the Blinkbox brand, sitting separately from Tesco's existing online operations. The plan, it seems, is to take on Amazon, with plenty of cross-promotion via Tesco's stores, mailing lists and website, plus a big advertising and marketing push. CMU report | The Next Web report

04: The labels reached a settlement with Chinese search engine Sogou. The major record companies and China-based entertainment group Gold Typhoon had sued Sogou and its owner Sohu over an MP3 search facility it offered, which the labels said was a gateway to illegal content. Under the agreement, the labels will forget past grievances, and Sogou will become a customer, licensing music for a new streaming and download service, which will be seemingly free to the user (and therefore presumably funded by advertising). The deal echoes that reached in 2011 with another once controversial Chinese search engine, Baidu. CMU report | China Daily report

05: Vince Power confirmed that the Hop Farm festival will return this summer, despite the company that produced the event, Kent Festivals Ltd, collapsing when its parent company, Power's Music Festivals plc, hit the wall last year. Power still owns the rights to stage a Hop Farm event, and will announce a line-up for a 2013 programme soon. He also bought back the rights to Spain's Benicassim festival from the shortlived Music Festivals plc business. Local newspaper Kent On Sunday last week published a story claiming that the Hop Farm owed £4.8 million when Music Festivals plc went under, basically questioning whether a relaunched event could be commercially viable. But Power told CMU that that claim was misleading, because not all of Kent Festival Ltd's debts related to the Hop Farm festival, adding that the fall of Music Festivals plc was "one blip" in a three decade career promoting major music events, and that artists and suppliers were being "very supportive" as he relaunches his two main festivals post the closing of his PLC. CMU report | Kent On Sunday report

In CMU this week, we got busy announcing some more information about this year's CMU Insights-programmed Great Escape convention, revealing strands on Data & Discovery, Music Marketing and DIY, the latter featuring key sessions with Billy Bragg and Infectious boss Korda Marshall. We also chatted to the buzzy buzzy man that is Tom Odell, enjoyed listening to some quality tunes selected by Tall Ships, and Editor Andy Malt wondered if everyone in the music business had got the memo revealing that now was a very exciting time indeed to be in the music and creative industries. Approvals, meanwhile, went to Emily Wells, Vanessa Paradis, Smith Westerns and Truls.

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Apple's much and long mooted streaming service is taking longer than the tech giant would like to reach market because of the firm's royalty offer, according to a report in the New York Post.

It's no secret that Apple chiefs have been driving a hard bargain when negotiating with labels and music publishers about the addition of a streaming element to the market-leading iTunes platform, though the Post article includes claims about the sorts of figures being bandied about.

Although Apple arguably did the music industry a massive favour by kicking the labels into licensing the iTunes download store back in the day, and now provides one of the labels' most important revenue streams, the IT giant has never been all that keen on taking too big a financial risk itself when it comes to licensing content.

In the download space that's never been a problem, iTunes only paying money to the labels and publishers when a track is sold, but most streaming music services have had to operate at a considerable loss at launch, paying royalties to content owners before any advertising or subscription revenues have even begun to take off. Keen to keep any upfront financial risk to the minimum, Apple has - according to the Post - been proposing a six cents per 100 streams rate.

It is thought that any iStream service would operate a Pandora-style service, with limited interactivity. Such services are cheaper to licence than fully on-demand streaming platforms like Spotify. But even so, says the Post, Pandora pays twelve cents per 100 streams, via its licence from American collecting organisation SoundExchange, the rates for which are set by the statutory Copyright Royalty Board.

Pandora, of course, has been busy lobbying - somewhat controversially in music business circles - to have its rates cut, arguing that the current rates are not viable, and that it puts online interactive radio services at a big disadvantage to satellite radio services in terms of percentage of overall revenue that goes directly to content owners (royalties paid by Sirius XM are calculated differently), and even more so to terrestrial radio stations, which, due to an anomaly in American copyright law, pay no royalties to the labels in the US at all (though they do have to pay publishers).

An Apple streaming service, built on the back of the iTunes download store, could become a big deal very quickly of course, and provide a new revenue stream to the labels. But the record companies will be wary of dropping their royalty demands too far, especially while concurrently fighting Pandora's efforts to cut its payments in Washington.

Talks, it is said, are ongoing, with both sides due to come back with updated proposals, though initial resistance at the music companies has caused Apple to slow down its ambitions to enter the rapidly expanding streaming music market.

In related news, the now publicly listed Pandora announced that its revenues were up 56% for the financial year ended 31 Jan, thanks mainly to an increase in mobile revenue, though losses were nevertheless up, from $16.1 million to $38.1 million, thanks to rising content costs. Nevertheless, the firm's share price went up, with increased optimism that the company could actually go into profit in the next couple of years.

Just before its latest earnings call, Pandora revealed that its CEO, Joe Kennedy, was stepping down. He told investors it was time to "head to a re-charging station". Pandora founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren said: "Over the last nine years I have enjoyed an extraordinary partnership with Joe, working with him to grow the company and build an exceptional team".

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Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball has died, aged 82, after suffering from pneumonia. The musician's manager, Les Squire, said Ball had been ill for a number of weeks, and died yesterday morning.

Best known for his band Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, Ball became known for his regular TV appearances in the 1960s/70s with comic duo Morecambe And Wise. He continued to perform with the Jazzmen up until his death, and was due to appear at a show with them in Lincolnshire tonight alongside Acker Bilk and Chris Barber. Ball's son will front the band for the show, as he has done at other recent performances.

Paying tribute to Ball, Bilk told the BBC: "I've done so many gigs with Kenny it's not true. Every night with Kenny was different. He was a good lad, with a good sense of humour, and a lot of fun to be with".

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After a week in which the pop teen has felt the pressure following a high profile late start to his first of four London shows on Monday evening, Justin Bieber needed medical treatment during and after his latest concert last night having suffered breathing problems during his performance.

The star was forced to take a 20 minute break during his latest show after fainting. During the pause in the proceedings, his manager Scooter Braun took to the stage to explain what was going on, at one point subtly referring to the controversy that has surrounded the two hour late start at the outset of the singer's latest London run, and the many complaints from parents who had to pull their kids out of Monday's show before it had finished in order to make their trains.

Announcing that Bieber was being checked out by doctors, but had insisted he come back out and finish the show, Braun is seen saying in a YouTube recording: "Justin got very light of breath, the whole show he's been complaining. He's backstage with the EMTs [emergency medical team] and the doctor. They're telling him they want him to go and see somebody and find out what's going on with his lungs, [but] he's just told me that in five minutes, if it's OK with you guys, he's going to come out and finish the show".

He continued: "So he might not be jumping around as much and everything else, you guys need to be patient with us, we're not trying to be disrespectful, we're not trying to get you guys home late, we're truly trying to put on a show for the people who love him".

Bieber did indeed then return to the stage and finish his show. According to reports, the star was then taken to hospital for more checks. He later tweeted: "Getting better. Thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight. Best fans in the world. Figuring out what happened. Thanks for the love".

The singer then posted a photo of himself in his hospital room to Instagram, revealing that he was "gettin better listening to Janice Joplin", which is a very fine idea indeed, just as long as he doesn't take too much inspiration from the late great songstress when it comes to methods of blocking out the stresses of life.

Bieber is due to perform his final scheduled show at The O2 tonight. The latest on that via The O2's Twitter feed is that "as things stand Justin Bieber is still set to perform the final night of his shows at The O2 this evening".

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Hip hop outfit Hermitude were declared winners of the Mercury-style Australian Music Prize for 2013 in Sydney last night. The duo's fourth album 'HyperParadise' took the prize, beating other shortlisted long players from the likes of Flume, Tame Impala, The Presets, Grand Salvo, Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors, Liz Stringer, Daily Meds and Urthboy.

One half of Hermitude, Angus Stuart, said on winning the prize: "Wow, I wasn't really expecting this", before thanking his label Elefant Traks, which he said was "the most incredible label we could possibly hope for. It's like a family. We have barbecues where we all hang out. It's the most close-knit community".

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Florence Welch has signed up with agents William Morris Endeavour, who will - says the Hollywood Reporter - represent Ms Welch for personal appearances with and without her machine in North America, and in "all other areas" elsewhere in the world. Rival agency CAA will continued to represent Welch for personal appearances outside North America.

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Producer Dylan Richards, who has formerly released as King Cannibal through Ninja Tune and Zilla through Warp, has announced the debut album from his latest musical guise, House Of Black Lanterns. Entitled 'Kill The Lights', it will be released through new Fabric imprint Houndstooth on 12 Apr, preceded by the single, 'Truth & Loos', on 25 Mar.

While maintaining the dark edge of his earlier work, with HOBL Richards weaves through a broader range of electronic music genres this time. Or, as he puts it: "House Of Black Lanterns is firstly about suspense, space and depth. It's more restrained than anything I have worked on before; that threat of violence is buried deep in texture rather than worn outwardly on my sleeve".

Listen to clips of all eleven tracks from the album here.

House Of Black Lanterns will also be playing live at the Houndstooth launch night at Fabric on 12 Apr, with Throwing Snow, Akkord, Special Request, Call Super and Al Tourettes. More info here.

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Dubstep producer Caspa has announced that he will release his second album, 'Alpha Omega', through Dub Police on 22 Apr. The follow-up to 2009's 'Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening', it features guest appearances from Keith Flint off of The Prodigy, Dismantle, Dope DOD, Mighty High Coup, Geoff Smith, Ayah Marar, Party Squad and Diane Charlemagne.

Listen to 'Freeze' from the album here.

And cast your eye over the album's tracklist here:

Alpha Omega
Setting Sun
War feat Keith Flint
Sexy Beast
Techno Terry feat Dismantle
Ghost Town feat Dope DOD
On It feat Mighty High Coup
Smoke & Mirrors feat Geoff Smith
One By One feat Ayah Marar
Phone Dub (Skit)
Let The Rush Kick In feat Party Squad
If They Knew What I Know
Reach For The Sky feat Diane Charlemagne
Back For The First Time

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CMU Approvees DIIV have announced that they will play a one-off show at London's Heaven on 15 May, playing songs from their debut album 'Oshin'. And maybe even some that they've just made up on the spot. Probably mainly the ones off their album though.

Tickets are available here.

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Hey look, more festival line-up announcements. Every single band in the world must now be booked onto half the festivals going this summer. Except for the Manic Street Preachers, who have announced that they will play just one. And that one is six. Festival No 6 to be precise, which is to take place for the second time in Portmeirion, the strange setting for 1960s TV series 'The Prisoner', in September.

Festival co-founder Gareth Cooper told CMU: "We're delighted and very proud that we've managed to entice one of the biggest Welsh bands of all time to end their hiatus and play Festival No 6. There's a wonderful synchronicity in the fact that this year's event falls on the fifteenth anniversary of one of the Manics's greatest albums 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours'. The cover of that record was shot on the beach at Portmeirion, which makes it all the more special. We feel it's important to maintain Welsh heritage within our line up and entertainment and there is no bigger way to do it than by booking this band!"

Speaking of new festivals, an even newer one has just been announced, it happening for the first time ever the very same weekend. Red Rooster will focus on good old rhythm and blues. Cerys Matthews is very excited about this, and for some reason says so in the festival's press release, so here you go: "Through my BBC 6music radio show I'm really aware of an ever increasing audience for roots and blues music. The UK doesn't have an equivalent of the legendary New Orleans or Newport Jazz Festivals; this being music made to be performed live, the idea of a real Rhythm and Blues Festival such as Red Rooster will create a great excitement, with both audience and live acts queuing up to be there".

Also in today's FLUU, we have more genre-specific festivals in the shape of the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the EDM-focused Electric Daisy Carnival, over there in the US of States. Round that off with the more indie-focused Land Of Kings and Indietracks and, well, here are some lists:

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cambridge, 25-28 Jul: The Mavericks, Bellowhead, KT Tunstall, Levellers, Liam O'Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny aka LAPD, Capercaillie, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Lucy Rose, Martin Simpson, Le Vent Du Nord, Mud Morganfield Band, Sam Lee & Friends, Heidi Talbot, The Chair, Mokoomba, Willy Mason, The Bombay Royale, Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Frigg, Jim Moray's Silent Ceilidh, Brian McNeill, We Banjo 3, Larkin Poe, Monster Ceilidh Band, The Willows, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL, various venues, Cheltenham, 1-6 May: Dionne Warwick.

ELECRTIC DAISY CARNIVAL, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, USA, 21-23 Jun: Above & Beyond, Andy C, Armin Van Buuren, Arty, Avicii, Blond:ish, Borgore, Brillz, Bro Safari, Christian Martin, Crizzly, Culture Shock, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, Delta Heavy, Dirtyphonics, DJ Boats, DJ Fresh, DJ Fury, DJ Koze, Dub Phizix, Ed Rush & Optical, Empire of the Sun, Fallen, Gareth Emery, Gina Turner, Hardwell, Heidi, Helicopter Showdown, High Contrast, Huxley, Jack Beats, Justin Martin, Kaskade, Kill Frenzy, Koan Sound, Loadstar, LowRIDERz, Luminox, L-Vis 1990, Markus Schulz, Matrix & Futurebound, Mayhem & Heroes X Villains, Metrik, Michael Mayer, Midnight Conspiracy, Mimosa, Morgan Page, Mt Eden, Nadastrom, Nick Monaco, Noisia, Nu:Logic, Popof, Quintino, Rene LaVice, Run DMT, Sander van Doorn, Schoolboy, Smooth, S.P.Y, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tale of Us, Terravita, The Bloody Beetroots, Three, Thug, Tiesto, Tittsworth, Uz, W&W, Wilkinson, Wolf + Lamb, Worthy.

INDIETRACKS, Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, 26-28 Jul: Camera Obscura, Bis, The Ballet, Flowers, Martha, The Understudies, Fever Dream, The Secret History.

FESTIVAL NO 6, Portmeirion, 13-15 Sep: Manic Street Preachers, James Blake, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, AlunaGeorge, Laura Mvula, The Staves, Mount Kimbie, Tracey Thorn, Clinic, Caitlin Rose, Chapel Club, Dutch Uncles, Jagwar Ma, Sweet Baboo, Temples, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Indians, Frankie Knuckles, Carl Craig, Gilles Peterson, Justin Robertson, Greg Wilson, Maxxi Soundsystem, Daniel Avery, San Soda, Unabombers, Futureboogie, Krysko, Content DJs, Balearic Mike, Bobby Irish.

LAND OF KINGS, various venues, Dalston, London, 5 May: A Love From Outer Space - Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Babe, Boxed In, Brownswood DJs, Casual Sex, Darkstar, Drums of Death (DJ set), Faze Action, Fimber Bravo, Five Easy Pieces DJs, Flako, Friendly Fires DJs, Gaggle, Gang Colours, Gentlemen, Great Waves, The Lovely Jonjo, Kiwi, Moshi Moshi DJs, NYPC, Rhosyn, Reggae Roast, Rompa, Rory Phillips, Sega Bodega, Stevie Neale, Sweet Baboo, Tayo, To The Lazer Cave, Tropics, Troumaca, The Wave Pictures, Week of Wonders, William Adamson.

RED ROOSTER, Euston Hall, Euston, Suffolk, 13-15 Sep: The Jim Jones Revue, Heartless Bastards, Kitty, Daisy And Lewis, Pete Molinari, Son Of Dave, Marcus Bonfanti, Dollar Bill, Big Boy Bloater, Urban Voodoo Machine, Honkeyfinger, Ross Allen, Lady Kamikaze, Count Sizzle, Natty Bo, Count Skylarkin, Jazzman Gerald.

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Energizer Personal Care has announced that Andrew WK is now the official spokesperson for its Playtex Fresh + Sexy Wipes. At last. Now he'll be on hand to tell you all you need to know about cleaning up anything fresh and sexy you might have, er, spilled.

Things like this, which the singer uttered while announcing the new deal: "Whether you just finished rocking a packed club or have an intimate encounter after a busy day, this product will make couples feel brand new. Fresh + Sexy Wipes were specially designed to help couples feel confidently clean, before and after they engage in sexual activity!"

As if that wasn't enough, the faceless corporate voice of Playtex added this: "This exciting new product required the help of someone who could embody the brand's playful yet bold campaign; someone who could party hard, but still be clean when it counted. Andrew WK is that someone and we are thrilled to have him on board with us for Fresh + Sexy Wipes".

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Warner Music's publishing division Warner/Chappell has renewed its partnership with THiS Music, the Nashville based publisher created in 2006 by country music songwriters Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington. THiS Music, led by General Manager Rusty Gaston, was launched in partnership with Warner, and the major will continue to administer the company's catalogue under the new deal.

Confirming the partnership had been renewed, Ben Vaughn, Exec VP for Warner/Chappell Nashville told reporters: "THiS Music is a renowned Nashville brand known for top shelf hit songs, and extraordinary songwriters who are helped to achieve their best by Rusty and his team. On behalf of everyone at Warner/Chappell Music, it is with great pleasure that we announce the continuation of our partnership with Rusty, Tim and Connie".

Meanwhile Gaston added: "We are blessed and thrilled with how far THiS Music has come in building a hands-on boutique environment for some of today's best songwriters. Warner/Chappell Music has been a rock solid partner over the course of the past seven years, and together our teams have helped to create hit singles and influential country music that we are extremely proud of. Extending our arrangement with Warner/Chappell was an easy decision and we look forward to continue working with them".

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Have you been looking at your web-based Facebook news feed recently and thinking "well, this is all looking a bit dated isn't it - I mean, my personal Facebook timeline is all snazzy and sexy and OMG, but no one other than me and my mum ever looks at that - why won't that Zuckerberg make my news feed look a bit more 2013 too"? Yes? Well, we have good news for you. Ever added, "I really wish the ads were more prominent when I log into Facebook"? No? Hmm, well brace yourself.

Facebook is overhauling the design of its web-based news feed, the main thing most users of the uber social network interact with on a daily basis. Revealing the new design at a press conference in San Francisco yesterday, Facebook top man Mark Zuckerberg said the revamp would "reduce clutter" and present photos in a much nicer way (they accounting for 50% of all shared content via the platform) and make the news feed feature more like a "personalised newspaper" (which may or may not mean Bieber outrage, 1D sex scandals and horse meat obsessions will be prioritised).

Which is all groovy, though advertising will also have a more prominent positioning on the new look news feed, which is all part of efforts at Facebook to step up the variety of ad revenue streams on offer, now that the overvalued publicly-listed tech firm has to keep Wall Street convinced of its commercial sustainability and long term profits.

It remains to be seen how Facebook users respond to the upped presence of advertising materials, though it seems unlikely the change would be sufficient to actually turn off most committed Facebook users, and execs at the social network would likely tell you that ad-targeting technology is getting more sophisticated all the time, in theory making ads less intrusive even though they are - in terms of positioning - more intrusive.

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Often useless phone firm O2 (yeah, still haven't forgotten how the company screwed up the internet at CMU HQ) has launched a massive £7.3 million ad campaign for O2 Tracks, an interesting mobile-based streaming service that went online last month.

O2 Tracks is interesting in that it costs about the same as a basic (albeit non-mobile compliant) Spotify subscription (£4.99 a month, or £1 a week for O2 customers), but only provides access to the current UK Top 40 and a couple of themed playlists. But while for most streaming music services the massive size of their catalogues has been one of the big selling points, for O2 Tracks the lack of the music on offer is the USP.

Presumably the assumption is that for mainstream consumers less is more when it comes to digital music, and a pound a week to access the latest chart hits and a timely playlist (a Mother's Day selection is currently available) on a mobile is actually an attractive offer, even though a similar amount would get them access to millions of tracks on their PC. It will be interesting to see if there is, indeed, a market for such a thing.

Certainly O2 is putting a lot behind the new service, which is currently available via an app for Apple and Android phones, and also includes a free 30-second-previews-only option to whet appetites. The seven million pounds will go on a big Emeli Sandé-fronted TV and online ad campaign.

Says O2 Consumer & Marketing Director Sally Cowdry: "O2 has a proud heritage in offering our customers brilliant music experiences and O2 Tracks forms a key part of this. We're thrilled to be working with Emeli to promote the app and continue our tradition of working with some of the world's best artists".

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Time Warner is set to become Time and Warner, with the entertainment firm now planning to spin of its Time Inc magazine publishing business, which includes UK-based NME and Uncut publisher IPC Media, into a separate publicly-listed entity, leaving the Warner side of the company with all the telly programmes and movies.

The split - which parallels a move made by rival News Corp recently, which has also separated its Fox TV and movie business from its newspaper and book publishing interests - follows the news that negotiations by Time Warner to sell some or all of its publishing unit have stalled. Talks had been underway to merge Time Inc with another US media firm Meredith.

The boss of Meredith, Stephen Lacy, yesterday said that a merger of his company with the Time publishing business was still a possibility, though that he respected Time Warner's decision to prioritise the spinning off of Time Inc in the short term.

Time Inc had already announced a 6% downsizing of its head count before merger and now spin-off talk was on the agenda, a move which will likely result in 150 job losses at IPC. The Warner Music company, of course, has not been part of Time Warner since 2004.

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The recording of BBC Two's 'Later... With Jools Holland' is to move to ITV's Maidstone Studios after the show was turfed out, along with everything else, of the closing-down BBC Television Centre in West London. The move means it'll now be a right ball-ache to go and watch it being filmed. Oh well.

Anyway, the show's Executive Producer Mark Cooper told Music Week: "We spent the best part of a year ever since the closure of TV Centre was announced going around to virtually every studio in the London area looking at all kinds of facilities. It's taken an awful lot of time. We were a month away [from the new series] and we had been looking for a year".

Praising the final choice of studio, and denying what I said earlier, he continued: "[The new studio is] a wonderful size. It's bigger than TC1 at Television Centre. We won't use all the space, but we can adapt the size. It's accessible around the M25 and you can get to it from Central London via St Pancras so it will be relatively easy to get to. It's got a great sound desk and that's important for 'Later...' and they have made us very welcome".

Yeah, bit of a ball-ache. It'll be alright for Jools though, as he lives in Kent. Says Cooper: "He's a Southeast London boy and he feels good about it".

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Taylor Swift and Harry Styles may never ever, ever be getting back together (like ever), but Swift doesn't mind if Styles writes a song about their brief relationship. I mean, how could she? Writing songs about ex-flames is, after all, her bread and butter.

Speaking to InStyle magazine, Swift said: "I can take it. If I'm gonna write songs about my exes they can write songs about me. That's how it works. I'm not gonna complain about it. I'm not gonna sit there and say, 'I'm the only one who can write songs about this relationship'. It's fair game".

Of course, One Direction don't really write their own songs as such (beyond a few minor contributor credits here and there), but that lovely Ed Sheeran chap has also been recently romantically linked to Swift, so perhaps he could have a messy break-up with her too, and then write a song for Styles to sing with his 1D buddies.

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It's always good for artists to have something to fall back on if the whole music thing doesn't work out, which must be why David Bowie is having a crack at running a café.

To mark the release of his new album 'The Next Day', Bowie is opening a new emporium tomorrow under the name the David Bowie Café in Tokyo's Sony Building - taking over its Cardinal bar. The temporary operation will play Bowie's own music exclusively on the stereo, and serve up culinary treats from the singer's home town of London.

The only thing on the menu seems to be pie & mash with a pint of Guinness on the side, but that would do me. There'll also be a selection of cocktails named after Bowie hits for afters.

More details here (in Japanese).

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