11 MAR 2013

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It's St Patrick's Day this Sunday, which you can either view as a disappointing day for the annual Guinness promotion to be held, or a good excuse to drink a lot of Guinness on a Sunday. It's up to you, I'm not your mum (as proved by the distinct lack of cards on my doormat yesterday). Though I think your real priority this week should be going to see 'Stoker' at the cinema, because it really is a fantastic film. And you can also read an interview with Steve Mason here in the CMU Daily, as an extra treat.
In August last year Saturday, Monday released a collaboration with O'Spada vocalist Julia Spada called 'Headshake'. It was a good match, so it's good news that the next Saturday, Monday single is also a collaboration with the singer. While 'Headshake' sounded like it was trying to keep a party going long after most people's bodies had started to give up, 'The Ocean' takes the mood down a little, relaxing into itself more more>>

- WH Smith brings back some CDs, but on a nominal tactical basis
- Bieber's dramatic week in London ends as singer jets off to Lisbon
- One Direction tattoo tweet criticised
- Ocean sued over song theft claim
- New research says MegaUpload shutdown was effective
- One time Pirate Bay bidder facing swindle charges
- Kasabian guitarist joins Beady Eye
- Universal signs Abba's Agnetha Fältskog
- Spector and Hynes work on MKS track
- The Knife release new track, video
- Jones wrote Stereophonics track for Amy Winehouse
- Pirate Bay's move to North Korea confirmed a hoax
- Global proposes three station sales to secure Real Smooth takeover
- Nokia teams up with La Blogotheque on UK sessions
- Gallagher brothers split over Bieber, Louis Tomlinson calls for calm
- Azealia fires at Stone Roses over soundcheck
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Ian Watkins in court. Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is due to appear at Cardiff Crown Court today for a routine plea and case management hearing, to ensure that everything is in order before a trial date can be set. Watkins will officially enter his plea regarding various charges of child abuse and other sexual offences. So far he has denied these charges, though if he enters a guilty plea he may also be sentenced today (though an adjournment for this seems more likely, given the severity of the alleged crimes).

SXSW. It started last week and is showing no signs of stopping. Actually, the music bit of the South By South West conference only gets started tomorrow and runs through until Sunday. If you're over there, be sure to bring us back something nice. A steak or a buzzy new band, or something.

New York Sound City. Oh, you thought SXSW was the only music industry convention taking place in the US this week? Oh no, we're only just getting started. Also kicking off tomorrow is the one-day New York Sound City, a spin-off, of course, of Liverpool Sound City, and now in its second year. Speakers will include the music industry legend that is Andrew Loog Oldham.

Winter Music Conference. Not kicking off until Friday but running all the way through to Sunday 24 Mar, Miami's Winter Music Conference is also taking place this week (and next, obviously), scooping up whoever's not completely conferenced out already (or, mainly, the EDM crowd that gave the other festivities a miss). This one, of course, has the added advantage of being by a beach. In Miami. Just saying.

BBC Baroque Remixed. This BBC venture, due to air as part of the Corporation's Baroque season, will see various music types collaborating with the BBC Concert Orchestra to reinvent works from the Baroque era of classical music. 6music's Lauren Laverne and Radio 3's Andrew McGregor will host the proceedings, which will feature Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, Scandinavian singer-songwriter Ane Brun, and Matthew Herbert, and will be broadcast live on R3 from London's Roundhouse on 11 Mar.

New releases. There's not much happening with new releases this week, except that David Bowie has only got a new album coming out. I know you know this already, but let's just think back to those days just over two months ago when we all had no idea David Bowie had even begun recording new material. Also out this week are new LPs from Eric Clapton, Stornoway, John Grant, Devendra Banhart, The Virgins, Letherette and everyone's favourite former Westlife member, Brian McFadden. As well as that, Kate Boy and Soap&Skin both have EPs out that are brilliant.

Gigs. Well, we finally got rid of that Bieber guy. But what a week that was. My top tip for your gigging needs this week is Susanne Sundfør at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen tonight. It will be amazing. Also playing one-offs in London this week are My Bloody Valentine, Wall and Killing Joke. Well, we'll assume KJ frontman Jaz Coleman isn't going to disappear off to the desert again. And if none of that takes your fancy, well there's always Eels' UK tour.

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WH Smith is reportedly bringing CDs and DVDs - albeit only major new and chart releases - back to some of its stores in the wake of HMV's recent collapse, according to the Telegraph. This despite the retailer's CEO Kate Swann insisting that she didn't see the demise of HMV as any kind of opportunity for her business, she having moved the firm out of the entertainment retail domain since joining the company in 2003 because "it's simply not profitable enough".

Though to be fair, the reintroduction of a nominal CD and DVD area in some WH Smith stores in recent weeks does seem to be a small-scale tactical move, based in shops that are very near an HMV store that is in the process of being closed down, in particular in station and airport sites. That is to say, a few CDs and DVDs may now appear in shops where WH Smiths reckons there is some passing trade to be won as a local HMV shuts its doors, but this does not reflect a major chain-wide change in policy.

HMV's administrators are in the process, of course, of shutting down 116 of the flagging retailer's stores, as negotiations are ongoing with restructuring firm Hilco to take over the rest of the HMV UK business. Meanwhile eight HMV shops in Hong Kong and Singapore were sold to AID Partners last month. That purchase was led by one Kelvin Wu, who has told the South China Morning Post he now has ambitions to expand his newly acquired HMV Asian business into mainland China and to launch new online operations, mainly through acquiring other players in entertainment retail.

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So, Justin Bieber concluded his headline-grabbing week in London on Friday afternoon with a very public (ie recorded and immediately posted to the internet) tussle with a paparazzo.

Well, why the hell not? As noted on many a previous occasion, while the average teen star may indeed be a self-important wanker, if you earn your crust pushing cameras in their faces at every possible opportunity, it's surely to be expected that occasionally said stars will push or swear at you. Indeed the occasional slap in the face, kick in the balls, punch in the gut or rude note to a loved one isn't all that surprising, not that we'd ever condone any violence here at your peace loving CMU, even between overpaid teen stars and "scum-of-the-earth" tab paps.

Anyway, Friday's run-in seemingly began when the Biebster and/or one of his minders physically pushed one of the waiting photographers as the teen star, fresh from receiving hospital treatment after passing out during the previous night's O2 show, left his London hotel. The pushed photographer immediately cried "assault" and told "that fucking cock" to "fuck off back to America", prompting Bieber, who had already boarded his vehicle by this point, to bounce back out shouting "what you fuck you say?" before lunging towards a random snapper. Though, alas, the star's security intervened before the singer could add another proper pap assault charge to his collection.

Despite being over in seconds, the brief run-in grabbed headlines as Bieber performed his final of four shows at London's The O2 on Friday evening. It had been something of a controversial stay in the British capital, starting with the star's birthday party entourage being refused entry into his West End club of choice; followed by a two-hour delay to his first London show, allegedly because of a diva fit backstage, leaving loads of Beliebers in tears as parents forced them home before the show had even started; followed by the health issues during Thursday's performance (which some cynics suggested was a bid for sympathy after the Monday night late start debacle).

The various events of the week led to newspaper reports that Bieber had vowed never to return to the UK. "I'm never coming back here", he allegedly screamed in the midst of a bout of tears following the paparazzo incident, though perhaps he was referring to the W1B postal district he was speeding through at the time, which, truth be told, can be a bit tedious, what with all the tourists and shoppers. And I still don't get what all the excitement was when they re-opened the Oxford Circus pedestrian crossing in 2009; it's still a nightmare navigating that junction on foot at rush hour.

Anyway, despite additional reports that the singer had pulled out of a UK TV interview, so keen was he to exit this fair isle, Bieber subsequently told Twitter: "I see the tweets from the UK fans. I was never scheduled to be on any TV show Saturday night. Just rumours... again. I was always scheduled to leave the UK that day and I loved every show I had at The O2 this past week. The UK Beliebers are incredible. I will be back. And I will see you again. And I am grateful for all of you. You are what made some of the other stuff worth it".

So that's nice. Though a quick note to Bieber's PR people: Assuming he does return to London one day - and having just had to fix another batch of his tweets after a busy week for Bieber news - next time he's in town could we get twelve minutes with the boy to discuss capital letters? The singer arrived in Portugal this weekend preparing for the next leg of his world tour, where he immediately grabbed headlines by cancelling the second of his Lisbon shows (officially due to "unforeseen circumstances" though most likely because of slow ticket sales).

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Possibly in a bid to take some of the heat off the Bieber, One Direction generated some fury of their own over the weekend by encouraging fans to send in footage of any "real tattoos" they have inked on their bodies that celebrate the boyband. The best, the message on Facebook and Twitter promised, would feature in the in-development 1D film.

The group's tweet read: "Have a real 1D tattoo? Show us! Submit a 90 sec YouTube video to and show us why you should be in the 1D 3D movie!" Thousands of the pop phenomena's teen fans retweeted the call to action before some boring old grown-up somewhere in the world pointed out that the request might encourage younger 1D fans to get a sneaky but permanent tattoo without the permission of their parents, resulting in a bit of an inky mess.

A day later the request was removed from the internet, while a press rep told the papers: "This tweet was posted in error and has now been removed. One Direction do not want to encourage any of their fans to get 1D tattoos".

To be fair, 1D have done their bit in the past to discourage fans from tattooing their bodies, mainly by having some of the worst tattoos in history permanently inked on their own torsos, thus exposing the risk of spur-of-the-moment body art. Though, of course, such is the way with these things, that's probably made terrible tattoos fashionable which, coupled with Saturday's tweet, possibly means there'll now be thousands of 1D fans with rubbish inkings on their arms.

Oh well, at least you'll be able to spot them coming.

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Well, you've not really made it in hip hop until you've got at least one royalties lawsuit under your belt, so many congratulations to Frank Ocean, who has picked up a bit of litigation in relation to his much acclaimed 2012 album 'Channel Orange'.

Though the legal action seems to be more aimed at Ocean's producer partner Malay, real name James Ho. Claimant Micah Otano says he previously collaborated with Ho, and that the two men co-wrote a track called 'Daylight', which, the lawsuit alleges, the Ocean producer than ripped off for the 'Channel Orange' song 'Lost'.

Otano is suing for unspecified damages and back royalties in relation to the track, listing Malay, Ocean and the singer's label Def Jam as defendants. All of whom are yet to comment.

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While there is always research out there to show that anti-piracy measures either result in a decrease in the number of people accessing illegal content sources or, on the other hand, have no major impact at all (or, indeed, result in an increase in users for piracy services due to the publicity), the latest study reckons that one of the highest profile piracy attacks, last year's shutdown of MegaUpload, had positive results for the entertainment industry.

A study by American academics at Wellesley College and another CMU, Carnegie Mellon University, considered increases in digital revenues for two Hollywood film studios in early 2012 in various different countries, and compared those increases with how prevalent the often controversial MegaUpload had been in each of those markets. The conclusion was that where MegaUpload usage was highest, digital revenues rose most dramatically for the two film companies after the file-transfer platform was shut down.

According to Torrentfreak, the researchers wrote: "Our analysis across twelve countries suggests that, in the eighteen weeks following the shutdown, digital revenues for these two studio's movies were 6-10% higher than they would have been if not for the shutdown. Thus our findings show that the closing of a major online piracy site can increase digital media sales, and by extension we provide evidence that internet movie piracy displaces digital film sales".

MegaUpload, of course, was accused of providing free access to vast quantities of unlicensed music and movie files, with the Mega company and its owners accused of illegally profiting from that piracy. There have been mixed reports on the actual effect of the shutdown of Mega - which has proven as controversial as the service itself - with some reckoning that users of the defunct content platform would simply have switched to other unlicensed music and movie services. But the Wellesley/CMU research suggests that at least some ex-Mega customers switched to licensed online content services, initially at least.

What would be interesting to know is - assuming the new research is right - did those who switched to legit operations stay with them once the drama surrounding the Mega shutdown (and initial expectations that further radical clamp downs would follow) faded away? And if not, is that because more regular Mega-style action needs to be taken, or because the film industry is yet to offer decent legit digital services (it being someway behind music in that domain).

Meanwhile, of course, the legal fallout of the Mega shutdown continues.

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In an interesting side story to the long-running and often bizarre Pirate Bay saga, The Verge last week reported that a court ruling is pending on the 2009 bid by a Swedish company called Global Gaming Factory to buy the controversial file-sharing platform.

As you might just recall, following the first trial of The Pirate Bay's founders and funder in the Swedish courts in 2009, GGF suddenly arrived on the scene with an audacious plan to buy the file-sharing company. In bold statements, GGF and its top man Hans Pandeya said they were buying the Bay in a multi-million dollar deal, with plans to take the company legit and a curious business model that would see users swap bandwidth for content.

Despite being initially spun as a done deal, the GGF/Bay alliance soon started to untangle amidst doubts about the buyer's ability to pay the mooted asking price, let alone settle with the music and movie studios already out for massive damages. Questions then started to be asked about the proposed business model, and pretty much every other aspect of the acquisition. Over time talk of the purchase went quiet, and when the following year GGF suggested a new deal was now in development, reps for the Bay denied any sale was now on the agenda.

Since then Pandeya has seemingly been accused of a "gross swindle" regarding the statements he made about his Pirate Bay plans, with allegations that he announced the deal simply to capitalise on media interest in the file-sharing site at that time, in a bid to rally the share-price of his own company, a plan which initially worked. According to The Verge, Swedish prosecutors are now pursuing the GGF man over allegations he "provided misleading information to affect the price of [GGF's] shares in press releases".

Various witnesses have seemingly been called to testify as part of the investigation, including larger than life file-sharing veteran Wayne Ross, the man behind the early P2P service Grokster, who was briefly hired by Pandeya to work on the plan to buy and legitimise The Pirate Bay. He told Swedish authorities he quit after just a few weeks working for GGF because of doubts about claims Pandeya had made regarding his financial position. According to The Verge, a court ruling on the affair could come this week.

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Kasabian touring guitarist Jay Mehler is leaving the band to join Beady Eye, it was announced last week via a video on YouTube.

Sergio Pizzorno said of the band's frequent collaborator via the Kasabian Facebook page: "Jay is our bro we're all good and the last six years have been mega. He's moving on and will be incredible in Beady Eye".

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Ex-ABBA character Agnetha Fältskog has signed with Universal Music to release her twelfth solo LP, 'A', and a "curtain-raising" new single titled 'When You Really Love Someone'. 'A' is out on 13 May, whilst the track is purchasable right now.

"I never thought that I'd ever sing again, but hearing the first three songs, I just couldn't say no!", says Fältskog, whose co-wrote parts of the album with Jorgen Elofsson, Grammy-nominated author of Britney Spears' 'Sometimes'. "I hadn't written any music for a long, long time, but I sat at the piano, and suddenly it was there", she adds.

Excitable UMG don Max Hole shares his views, which are: "You can imagine the excitement that all of us felt at the prospect of Agnetha making new music. So we were determined that she would choose Universal to bring that music to the world, and we are gratified that she did. This is a dream project for so many people inside our company, and for Agnetha's fans around the globe".

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Spector frontman Fred Macpherson and Lightspeed Orange man Dev Hynes have both provided backing vocals for a new song by Mutya Keisha Siobhan, aka The Original Sugababes (though not "aka" in any official way, the outfit's trademark lawyers would presumably be keen to stress).

The group's Siobhan Donaghy revealed via Twitter on Friday that she was "recording BVs [with] Dev Hynes [and] Fred Macpherson" before adding that the Hynes-penned track, called 'Blue', was "sounding great".

Macpherson also provided updates, posting a picture of him and Hynes doing their singing to Instagram and saying that doing so was a "life highlight", adding later via Twitter that 'Blue' is "hotter than the surface of the sun".

So, there's something for us all to look forward to.

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The Knife have made a 'concept' video to go with their new single 'A Tooth For An Eye', as features on the band's 8 Apr-released new LP 'Shaking The Habitual'. Apparently, it questions "images of maleness, power and leadership" (says director Roxy Farhat), which is nice.

The track itself is available to buy as of today, but in the meantime, this is the vid.

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The Stereophonics' Kelly Jones has said that his band's new track 'Been Caught Cheating', aka one tenth of their new LP 'Graffiti On The Train', was part-inspired by the late Amy Winehouse.

Quizzed by the Daily Star, Jones said he'd originally meant to give 'Been Caught Cheating' to Winehouse to release herself, but "never got round to it".

He says: "I read an article about Amy's love life and the line 'Been Caught Cheating' came to me. I'd said hello to Amy at festivals and then I bumped into her at a record company party where she was with her fella Reg Travis".

And: "We got talking about songwriting and Amy was up for me sending her this song, but I never got round to it. I thought it was too bluesy for Stereophonics to play but it's come out really raw and tough".

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The people currently running The Pirate Bay last week confirmed that an earlier announcement, that the set-up would be taking up an offer to host the site in North Korea after legal pressure forced the Swedish Pirate Party to withdraw net services, was a hoax.

As expected, the announcement - and an accompanying IT trick to make it look like the Bay was now being hosted in North Korea to people who made just a cursory check - was designed to make a political point. Bay supporters equate the copyright enforcement of Western entertainment companies with censorship, hence the lark of pretending that in order to battle that action the Bay was having to rely on the North Korean regime, known in the West as one of the world's most prolific censors.

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Global Radio has proposed three possible station sell-offs in a bid to get regulator approval for its acquisition of the radio networks formerly owned by The Guardian.

As previously reported, Global won the bidding to buy the Guardian Media Group's Real and Smooth radio networks last year, though the deal is subject to approval from UK competition regulators. Last month, in a preliminary report, the Competition Commission raised concerns about a lessening in the local advertising market that the takeover could cause in most UK markets.

In its response, Global Radio says it does not concur with the regulator's initial report, adding that it has "irrefutable evidence" that the absorption of the Real and Smooth stations by what is already the UK's biggest radio business will not lead to any substantial lessening of competition in the ad markets. Indeed, it says, the proposed merger could bring about "significant benefits" to advertisers and listeners.

But, Global says, should station sell-offs be required to alleviate the regulator's concerns, it proposes the sale of GMG's Real XS stations and the East Midlands branch of its own Gold network. Real XS operates in Manchester and Glasgow, and was previously known as Rock Radio before being repositioned under the Real Radio brand in 2011.

Global said in its formal response to the Competition Commission's initial report: "Whilst not accepting that an [substantial lessoning of competition] actually exists [if this merger goes ahead], Global has engaged with the [CC's] standard process which requires provisional remedies to be proposed at this time, should they be required at the conclusion of the process. On this basis Global Radio look forward to further dialogue with the CC in order to demonstrate the strength of these arguments and working to achieve the appropriate outcome".

The Commission has until 22 May to publish its full final report on the Global/GMG merger.

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French music website La Blogotheque, probably best known for its 'Take Away Shows', video spots in which artists play in unusual locations, last week announced a tie up with Nokia which will see the staging of free gigs across the UK, with featured artists filmed performing an acoustic set. The team behind La Blogotheque will pick the headline bands for the 'Lumia Live Sessions', with each gig also featuring local new acts selected by Nokia Music.

Says La Blogotheque founder Christophe Abric of the brand partnership: "When Nokia proposed that we partner with them to bring our vision to the UK, we were in no doubt that it was a great opportunity; the UK is full of unbelievable - and often undiscovered - talent, and we would be happy to work with Nokia Music to bring the newest and best acts to the British public".

Nokia UK's Annie Kearney then rightly noted La Blogotheque's credentials in spotting and filming great new acts just before they break, before declaring the website to be "the perfect partner for Nokia Music" and a series of sessions named after the phone firm's Lumia smartphone. The press release adding, in a little bit of marvellous brand-speak nonsense, "[these sessions] will build on Nokia's heritage of combining music and light to bring to life the features of the Nokia Lumia smartphone at gigs".

So, if you want to see La Blogotheque's take on the best in new British musical talent, or just watch the features of the Nokia Lumia smartphone come to life at a gig through that unusual combination of music and light, follow the programme here.

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Justin Bieber may have jetted out of the UK, but his London antics were still getting plenty of coverage back in Britain this weekend. The Sun quoted Lord Noel Gallagher on the matter, who didn't seem especially well informed on the pop boy, but joined in with the dissing anyways, telling the tab: "Is it rock n roll to be two hours late [for the start of a show]? It depends on what he was doing in those two hours. Was he snorting coke off prostitutes? Or was he playing bridge? That's not very rock n roll, is it? My cat sounds more rock n roll than that".

Though on the upside for Bieber, by applying the "my enemies enemy is my friend" theory, Noel's ramblings for the tabloid does mean the pop singer now has Liam Gallagher as a supporter. The Beady Eye frontman made a rare appearance on Twitter to write "Wow, yeah, Justin Bieber rules!", a message Bieber duly noted and retweeted.

Elsewhere, the pop press noticed, a fellow teen idol was hanging out on the micro-blogging platform also defending Justin. One Direction's Louis Tomlinson told his Twitter followers: "Although I don't know him personally, I do wish the press would take it easy on Justin Bieber", adding: "I really do empathise with him, I don't see anything out of character in comparison to any other teenagers I know". Which was either a reminder that teens in general can be a bit tetchy sometimes, or a revelation that his 1D co-stars are also always lunging at photographers.

But while the singer's recent activities were being defended by celebrity supporters, family members were expressing concern about the star's behaviour while in the British capital. Though they felt sure it was the result of 'bad crowd' peer pressure. Or at least that's according to the ever reliable Sunday Express, which quoted Bieber's grandmother as saying: "He's only just turned nineteen and he's still learning to cope with the pressures of fame ... he needs to understand some of those so-called friends probably don't have his best interests at heart. Justin is a sweetheart. He just needs to be kept away from unsavoury people who want to bask in his limelight and lead him astray".

Though, according to a Sun article, one of the people influencing Justin of late is God; so, is he part of the bad crowd worrying Granny Bieber? No, of course not, the problem clearly is that God, what with all that Pope Idol nonsense, has been distracted the last couple of weeks and hasn't been able to guide the pop teen as well as normal.

But, says the star's 'preacher friend' Judah Smith to Sun journalists: "[Justin] feels under pressure. Every eyeball is on your life. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. This is the first challenge he's had in life, but it won't be the last. I give Justin encouragement. Take time to say to God, 'I'm over my head here. I need your help'. He has coping methods like turning and talking to God and practising the ancient scriptures. We exchange scriptures every day. Justin asks, 'God if you're there, I need help. I don't know what decision to make'".

Well, Justin, for the sakes of the Beliebers of Lisbon (the ones with tickets for the show that wasn't cancelled), please do remember what Jesus said on the mount that day: "Blessed are the prompt show starters". And if you can keep a lower profile for the rest of your European tour that would be great; these Bieber update essays are becoming a chore.

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Sometimes we think to ourselves that we should all stop reporting on idle Twitter bitching by celebs, it being hardly original these days, but then Azealia Banks fires up her smartphone and it's hard not to take notice.

The latest targets for some Azealia-abuse were The Stone Roses, after they allegedly ruined her set at Australia's Future Music Festival by soundchecking nearby during her performance. According to the rapper, the reformed Manc band deliberately timed their soundcheck to clash with her set at the request of her ex-tour manager as payback for his firing.

Then, says the NME, began the Twitter bashing. "Wow! I must really fucking be a superstar" she noted, "You've got an established band trying to sabotage my lil rap bitch shine. A bunch of old white men trying to bully a young black girl... What the fuck else is new in this world?" But refusing to get too down-hearted by the whole furore, she mused: "Fuck those old saggy white niggas stone roses. I wish them nothing but excrement and death".

So that's nice. Banks subsequently deleted those tweets, possibly as a result of the subsequent post "The Stone Roses apologized to me". All's well that ends well, eh? Except that things rarely end well where Banks is involved. The rapper cancelled her performance on the Adelaide leg of the Future Music Festival tour due to unspecified "road hags", who we presume to be The Stone Roses again.

Shortly before she was due to go on stage this morning (UK time), she tweeted: "These stupid road hags are at the back of my stage trying to sabotage AGAIN... not going on until they're off", adding later that her show would not go ahead, saying: "I waited an hour. The promoter refused to make the same guys who messed up my show the other day move... So I'm leaving".

A short time later, as either a means of placating fans or to capitalise on the increased attention (depending on your level of cynicism), she posted her delayed new single 'Yung Rapunxel' to SoundCloud. You can listen to that here.

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