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Q&A: STEVE MASON
Former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason released his first solo album under the name King Biscuit Time in 2006, returning as Black Affair two years later. Then in 2010, he released his first album under his own name, the acclaimed 'Boys Outside'. On 18 Mar, Mason releases his new LP, 'Monkey Minds The Devil's Time', a more politically-focussed record than any of his previous releases and next month will play three UK live shows. Ahead of all that, CMU's Andy Malt caught up with Steve to find out more about the new album more>>
 
APPROVED: THEE OH SEES - TOE CUTTER/THUMB BUSTER
Psychedelic grot-pop lot Thee Oh Sees are giving away a new track, the beautifully titled 'Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster', from their zillionth (well, twelfth) LP 'Floating Coffin'. First, the facts: it has pleasingly pithy top notes, is rich in rolling riff pay-offs, and is nothing if not improved by its Azealia Banks-style (in that it features fangs) art. The sequel to last year's excellent (and CMU Approved) 'Putrifiers II', 'Floating Coffin' will be released on 16 Apr. The band play a promotional show in London's Scala on 9 May more>>


TOP STORIES
- Is ASDA a late bidder for HMV?
- Two parties in talks with Mad Decent over uncleared Harlem Shake samples
IN THE POP COURTS
- Ian Watkins appears in court, "furiously" denies child abuse charges
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Morrissey hospitalised with "double pneumonia"
IN THE STUDIO
- Hudson Mohawke to release new LP this year
RELEASE NEWS
- James Blake teases new LP
- Ai Weiwei releasing heavy metal LP
- Nicolas Jaar remixes Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear for RSD
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Professor Green playing 'secret' Barclaycard show
- Everything Everything add live dates
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Glastonbury, Global Gathering, T In The Park and more
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- Speakers confirmed for AIM's Music Connected conference
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Buzzin Fly to cease releasing new material
- Tom Odell, Ghostpoet and Benga for Record Store Day UK launch
- Former HMV PR man Liam McMahon joins Nordoff Robbins
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- OfCom publishes piracy report
- Soundcloud simplifies pro accounts, launches pro partner programme
- Rdio expands into seven new territories
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Unsigned Guide celebrates tenth anniversary
- Bauer appoints Sony marketing man to new digital role
- This Is Fake DIY launches weekly tablet mag
AND FINALLY...
- "Styles sent me rude texts", says Most Haunted host
- Nine Inch Nails drummer not keen on Jepsen mash-up
DHP GROUP - CONCERTS ASSISTANT
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.
   
DHP GROUP - TICKETING MANAGER
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.
   
THREE MONTH INTERNSHIP WITH A MUSIC PUBLISHING AND MANAGEMENT GROUP OF COMPANIES
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 - ARTIST MANAGEMENT POSITION
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.
   
INGROOVES FONTANA - MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE - AUSTRALIA
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.
   
INGROOVES FONTANA - MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE - GERMANY
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 - INTERN
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.
   
KILLING MOON - INTERNS
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.
   
INGROOVES FONTANA - DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL LABEL AND PROJECT MANGEMENT
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
INGROOVES FONTANA - DIRECTOR, SALES & MARKETING
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.
   
CHEMICAL RECORDS - DIGITAL MUSIC CONTENT MANAGER
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 - DIGITAL OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
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.
MUSIC JOURNALISM COURSE
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.

IS ASDA A LATE BIDDER FOR HMV?
Well, here's a curveball. According to The Sun, ASDA has emerged as a potential alternative bidder for HMV, and not to acquire the flagging retailer's defunct shop units to turn into mini-ASDA food stores, but to take on the brand and its streamlined network of entertainment outlets.

As much previously reported, restructuring company Hilco, which already owns HMV Canada, has been the favourite to take over HMV UK ever since the British entertainment retail firm went into administration in January, not least because it bought up most of the HMV Group's debts, meaning Hilco bosses are in talks with administrators Deloitte as both bidders and creditors.

But, says The Sun, ASDA, owned by US supermarket giant Wal-Mart, is also interested in acquiring the HMV business. As with Hilco, it would look to operate a streamlined network of HMV stores across the UK, but would also likely set up HMV concessions in its bigger supermarkets, it having been one of the few supermarket chains to have been stepping up its entertainment product operations in recent years.

The HMV brand could also be used by ASDA in the online space, where Tesco is busy developing its Blinkbox brand as an alternative identity in the entertainment and content domain, partly in a bid to take on Amazon which is increasingly treading on the supermarkets' territory in mail-order shopping.

The Sun quotes a City source as saying: "Asda has been looking at HMV and it's not about taking on a few stores to convert into supermarkets. They've been looking at taking on the brand - the business".

Just how serious ASDA's interest in HMV really is, and how it would stand in a competition for the business with Hilco, isn't clear, though we are expecting an announcement on all this pretty soon, because administrators will likely want to have reached some closure on the whole HMV furore before the next big rent payment day later this month.

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TWO PARTIES IN TALKS WITH MAD DECENT OVER UNCLEARED HARLEM SHAKE SAMPLES
So you nick a few samples for your underground dance track, everyone gets on with their lives none the wiser, then it somehow becomes part of a new internet phenomenon and all those sampled musicians emerge from the shadows demanding their cut of the action. Such is life.

Two separate artists have come forward each claiming ownership of one of the two phrases that appear in the Baauer track 'Harlem Shake', which has now officially soundtracked 4,917,538 one-idiot-dancing-bam-lots-of-idiots-dancing videos around the world (well, quite a lot anyway).

With the track now earning buckets of cash from YouTube plays, not to mention more conventional download monies on the back of the 'Harlem Shake' video craze, retired reggaeton artist Hector Delgado has come forward to claim ownership of the repeated "con los terroristas" line that appears in the track, while Philadelphia rapper Jayson Musson, it turns out, is behind the crucial "do the Harlem Shake" moment.

Musson, who originally said "do the Harlem Shake" in a 2001 track called 'Miller Time', released by the group Plastic Little, says he has been in "friendly talks" with Diplo-led label Mad Decent, which released 'Harlem Shake', about getting a cut of the loot now that the track is bringing in uber royalties.

Having apparently called Baauer, real name Harry Rodrigues, to thank him for "doing something useful with our annoying music", Musson told the New York Times: "Mad Decent have been more than cooperative during this".

But Delgado, now a preacher, is being much more Christian about the whole thing and kicking up a big fat fuss. Well, to be fair, it's his former label, Universal-owned Machete Music, which is being more hard line in its legal talk with Mad Decent, though Delgado himself did tell the Times "it's almost like they came on my land and built a house".

Meanwhile Delgado's former manager, Javier Gomez, who first noticed the use of the "con los terroristas" line in the latest YouTube phenomenon, added: "[Delgado will] get what he deserves. We can turn around and stop that song. That's a clear breaking of intellectual property right".

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IAN WATKINS APPEARS IN COURT, "FURIOUSLY" DENIES CHILD ABUSE CHARGES
Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins appeared at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday for a routine plea and case management hearing. The date for the start of his trial for child abuse and other charges was set for 15 Jul, though the formal entering of his plea - expected to take place yesterday - was delayed until May. However, the singer's lawyer issued a statement saying that Watkins "furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made".

As previously reported, Watkins was charged with conspiring to rape a one year old girl; conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children; possessing, making and distributing indecent images; and possessing "extreme" animal pornography. Two women in their 20s, are accused of similar crimes and also appeared in court with Watkins yesterday - only one in person, Watkins and one of the women appearing via video link.

Watkins will remain in custody until at least his next hearing in May, though as he has previously been denied bail it is likely he will continue to be held in Parc Prison in Wales until the trial begins.

Following the court hearing yesterday, Watkins' solicitor issued a statement to the press, saying: "Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time".

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MORRISSEY HOSPITALISED WITH "DOUBLE PNEUMONIA"
Morrissey has been forced to cancel more shows after being hospitalised again, this time with "double pneumonia" - that's pneumonia in both lungs. This follows a bout of hospital treatment for the singer earlier this year for a bleeding ulcer, concussion and a throat condition.

However, a statement on the True To You website says that the singer is expected to be well enough to perform his headline slot at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico this Thursday. A show due to take place at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco last Saturday will now take place on 1 May.

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HUDSON MOHAWKE TO RELEASE NEW LP THIS YEAR
Scots mixologist Hudson Mohawke, Kanye West's only GOOD Music collaborator to be based in Glasgow, says he's making a new solo LP, so that's 'cool'. Apparently, it's an "album album" and will be released "this year, definitely".

It's like he was saying to NME the other day: "I've been working on it for a while and taking my time with it. Every month or two I'll go back and do another couple weeks work on it. A lot of it's been me saying 'Yeah, I'm definitely using that' and then I scrap it a month later because I don't like it".

An indecisive HudMo goes on to compare and contrast the tba new LP to his last one, 2009's 'Butter', adding: "'Butter' was a collage of different stuff I'd done over the few years before that. This one is a bit more consolidated as a project. I want it to be like an album album, you know?"

Asked if the new set will be sample-based in the main, he answers "Yes, but there are also live instruments - strings, horns, trumpets... I wanted to make it more musical in general and less computer focused. I want to step out of the electronic bedroom producer role and move into a musician producer role".

So there you go. Meanwhile, have an abbreviation of HudMo's new track 'Monte Fisto' (as may potentially feature on the new LP) by pressing 'play' on this Adidas ad.

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JAMES BLAKE TEASES NEW LP
Want to hear what James Blake's 8 Apr-dated new LP 'Overgrown' sounds like when it's squashed into a fifteen minute 'teaser'? If yes, have a listen to this.

If no... go away.

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AI WEIWEI RELEASING HEAVY METAL LP
Chinese activist and artist - and 'Gangnam Style' reinterpreter - Ai Weiwei is going to release a heavy metal LP. Yeah, you read that right: heavy metal. A satire on China's political and legal systems, the idea to write 'Divina Commedia' began in 2011, when Weiwei spent 81 days in a Chinese prison over his various acts of anti-authority activism.

Ai told The Guardian: "To tell you the truth, I never listened to music. Then, during my detention, the guards were so bored they kept saying to me, 'Can you sing a song?'. After I came out, I realised I had never really listened to music or sung, so I decided to make an album. I know so many artists and musicians and they were really supportive".

"Some are like heavy metal, some are more punkish, and some are more pop", he says of his record's nine tracks, adding: "You'll be surprised. You'll like it".

He also said that he was planning to ask Elton John for advice on how best to distribute the record - having befriended the British musician at a recent performance in Beijing. Pending John's verdict, 'Divina Commedia' is set to be released in three weeks' time.

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NICOLAS JAAR REMIXES BRIAN ENO, GRIZZLY BEAR FOR RSD
A trio of 'alternative' A-listers - Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear and Nicolas Jaar - have collaborated on a special 'vinyl disc' thingy they'll release in time for Record Store Day, which this year falls on 20 Apr.

The two-sided single features Jaar's remixes of the title track to Eno's 2012 LP 'Lux' and Grizzly Bear's 'Shields' overture, 'Sleeping Ute'. Neither are available to listen to at this point in time, so... sorry.

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PROFESSOR GREEN PLAYING 'SECRET' BARCLAYCARD SHOW
Rapper Professor Green has partnered with Barclaycard to play a not very secret "secret live gig" as part of the financier's Contactless initiative. I guess it's kind of secret though... after all, it's going to take place in one of those "secret London locations", to which guests will be "whisked away" via special buses.

It's free, so if you want to go, you have till 15 Mar to apply for tickets via www.facebook.com/Barclaycard. The show's on 23 Mar, by the way.

Pro Green, a keen admirer of Barclaycard Contactless - a newish 'payment technology' whereby you can pay for things by waving a credit/debit cards at them (mainly bus rides) - says this: "Being a London lad born and bred, I have been using public transport all my life so I am really looking forward to performing at the Barclaycard Contactless Gig and to help celebrate this new form of payment on London buses".

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EVERYTHING EVERYTHING ADD LIVE DATES
Everything Everything are touring all over the shop in October, honouring bookings in nine cities to publicise their new LP, 'Arc'.

Here are the dates, and a nice official visual clip to go with the band's new single 'Duet':

4 Oct: Newcastle, Academy
11 Oct: Manchester, Ritz
13 Oct: Liverpool, Academy
15 Oct: Bristol, Academy
16 Oct: Portsmouth, Pyramid
17 Oct: Cardiff, University
18 Oct: Birmingham, Institute
20 Oct: Norwich, UEA
21 Oct: Nottingham, Rock City
22 Oct: Sheffield, Academy
24 Oct: London, The Forum

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: GLASTONBURY, GLOBAL GATHERING, T IN THE PARK AND MORE
So, what's 'hot' in the always-heated festival scene? I guess I'll start at Global Gathering, as - says its initial artist listings missive - will feature dance-y type sets by dance-y types like Seth Troxler, Example, 2manydjs, Erol Alkan, Katy B, Skream and DJ Fresh. Oh wait, and Wiley, Rita Ora and headliner Plan B! What a thrill.

Alternative festival thrills are available via this year's Lounge On The Farm, which will cultivate live appearances by Seasick Steve, Soul II Soul, David Rodigan, DJ Format and Lucy Rose. And what of the London-based Playground Festival and its pretty revelatory first line-up reveal? Well, it features Gary Numan, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Pantha Du Prince, Juan Atkins and John Foxx & The Maths, so have that.

Whilst you're at it, take a dual update c/o Sinead O'Connor, who's been confirmed to play Levellers' Primal Scream/Ocean Colour Scene-capped Beautiful Days AND the Brighton-wide Brighton Festival. So that's nice, isn't it? And talking of festival pleasantries a lot of very pleasing Bristolian artistes have been added to Bristol-based new-kid-on-the-block ArcTanGent, not least: Thought Forms, Zun Zun Egui, The Pirate Ship Quintet and The Naturals. They align with headlining acts 65daysofstatic and Fuck Buttons, and others.

ArcTanGent's gent-in-charge James Scarlett says: "I feel very confident that we've booked the cream of Bristol's music scene and I can't wait for people to check out these bands because they are seriously amazing. They have all been booked on merit and the fact they are from Bristol is just an added bonus for us!"

Moving away from Bristol, and past riveting changes at Glastonbury (basically, it's re-done its late-night spaces, Bloc9 and The Common, and added a new 'pre-digital' EDM-themed arena, Genosys) we at last reach this list of FLUU particulars:

ARCTANGENT, Fernhill Farm, Cheddar, Somerset, 29-31 Aug: Thought Forms, Zun Zun Egui, The Pirate Ship Quintet, The Naturals, Deej Dhariwal, Oliver Wilde, Giant Swan, Anta, Joe Garcia, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Scarlet Rascal & The Trainwreck, Anthroprophh, Spectres, Hysterical Injury, Damien Schneider, RiceBeats, SJ Esau, Vostok, The Mother Beef, The Dagger Brothers, Oxygen Thief, Pohl, Falling Stacks, Flights. arctangent.co.uk

BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Escot Park, Fairmile, Devon, 16-18 Aug: Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, Levellers, Sinead O'Connor, Andy C, Roy Harper, Clannad, Arrested Development, Imelda May, Sam Lee, The Wonder Stuff, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Babylon Circus, The Skatalites, The Selecter, Molotov Jukebox, Brother & Bones, Skamanians, Spiers & Boden, The Staves, Treacherous Orchestra, Damien Dempsey, Viv Albertine, Sharon Shannon, Headmix Collective, Sheelanagig, Gaz Brookfield, The Emily Brothers, The Chair, Heidi Talbot, Moulettes, The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys, Banco De Gaia. www.beautifuldays.org

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL, various venues, Brighton, 4-26 May: The Flaming Lips, Sinead O'Connor, Fatboy Slim, Apparat, Lucinda Williams, Angelique Kidjo, Sam Lee, Herbie Flowers, Future Wife, Nina Hagen, David McAlmont, The Irrepressibles, The Tiger Lillies, Wara, Felix's Machines, Zoe Rahman, The Great Enormo. brightonfestival.org

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26-30 Jun: Gene Hunt, Tyree Cooper, Greg Wilson, Bicep, Mosca, Randall, Digital & Spirit, Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens, Horse Meat Disco, My Love Is Undergrounnd, DIY. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

GLOBAL GATHERING, Long Maston Airfield, Stratford, Warwickshire, 26-27 Jul: Plan B, Seth Troxler, Example, Rita Ora, Wiley, 2manydjs, Erol Alkan, Katy B, Skream, DJ Fresh, Andy C & MC GQ, Benga, Annie Mac, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Hardwell, Madeon, Disclosure, Rudimental, Major Look, Hucci, Netsky, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Modestep, Delilah, Etta Bond & Raf Riley, Jem Atkins, Jamie Jones, Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Infinity Ink, Subb-an, Richy Ahmed, Bicep, Mark Jenkyns, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Heidi, Scuba, Jesse Rose, Lewis Boardman, Sasha, Porter Robinson, W&W, Arty, Mat Zo, Paul Thomas, Marc Spence, Gareth Emery, Sub Focus, Jaguar Skills, Friction, David Rodigan, B.Traits, DJ Hype & IC3, Dismantle, Breakage, DJ Ez, Killsonik, Monsta , Pegboard Nerds, North Base, Flux Pavilion, Shy FX, Calyx & Teebee, Dimension, Subzee D, Zedd, Fake Blood, Redlight, Gorgon City, Ejeca, Dguru, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila, Simon Patterson, Tenishia, John '00' Fleming, Jordan Suckley, TyDi, Jorn Van Deynhoven, HeatBeat, Andrew Reyal, Mark Eteson, Infected Mushroom, Mistajam, Dot Rotten, Matrix And Futurebound, K-Koke, Devolution, John Digweed, Chris Liebing, Nina Kraviz, Cassy, Yousef, Just Be/Bushwacka, and Jon Rundell, Ferry Corsten, John O'Callaghan, Orjan Nilsen, Cosmic Gate, Richard Durand, Andy Moor b2b Lange, Omnia, Steve Arnold, London Elektricity, Camo & Krooked, LTJ Bukem & Fabio, Spy, Wilkinson, Nu:Logic, Fred V and Grafix, DJ TC, Metrik, Lung, Wrec, Dynamite, Lowqui, Youthstar, Texas, Carasel, Nicky Romero, Bingo Players, Danny Howard, Michael Woods, Micky Slim feat Majestic, G Master Funk, Sander Van Doorn. www.globalgathering.com

ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 Oct - 3 Nov: Kraftwerk. icelandairwaves.is

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 26-28 Jul: Seasick Steve, Soul II Soul, David Rodigan, Marshall Jefferson, Simone Felice, DJ Format, DJ Alfredo, Inland Knights, Lucy Rose, Dub Pistols, Aswad, Bobby Langley, Jon Dasilva, No Artificial Colours, Eastend Dubs, Rae Morris, Marika Hackman, Treetop Flyers, Charlie Lakin, MK. www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk

PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL, O2 Academy Brixton, London, 7-8 Jun: Gary Numan, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Pantha Du Prince, Juan Atkins, John Foxx & The Maths, James Lavelle, James Zabiela, Richard Dorfmeister, DJ HELL, Kavinsky, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, X-Press 2, Tokimonsta, Lapalux, Nathan Fake, Luke Vibert, Boddika, Luke Solomon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Om Unit, Olugbenga, Deadboy, Krystal Klear, Mickey Pearce, No Artificial Colours, WildKats, Severino, Whyt Noyz, Dan Beaumont, Luke Unabomber, Flechette, Charlie Traplin, Molo, Maxx Baer, Templa, The Ninetys. www.theplaygroundfestival.com

SOLFEST, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, 23-25 Aug: Maxmo Park, Flogging Molly,
Victorian Trout Conspiracy, Home Service, New Rope String Band. The Undertones, Bombskare, Roughneck Riot, The Boston Tea Party, The Minx, Thatcher's Bush, Carousel Circus, The Bluebuds, Nikki Rous, Missarioty, 13 Stars, Life In A Glasshouse, David Kay. www.solfest.org.uk

SUMMER SERIES AT SOMERSET HOUSE, Somerset House, London, dates tba: Goldfrapp, First Aid Kit. www.somersethouse.org.uk/music/summer-series-2013

SUNSPLASH ANTALYA, Hillside Su Hotel, Antalya, Turkey, 2-9 Jun: Mad Professor, Simbad, Stuart Patterson, Shuya Okino, Tim Keenoy, DJ Cliffy. www.sunsplash-festival.com

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Snoop Lion. www.tinthepark.com

WICKERMAN, East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dumfries & Galloway, Soctland, 26-27 Jul: Amy Macdonald, The Enemy, KT Tunstall, Dexys, Bellowhead, King Charles, Holy Esque, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Steelband. www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

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SPEAKERS CONFIRMED FOR AIM'S MUSIC CONNECTED CONFERENCE
The full line-up of panels and speakers for AIM's digital music conference Music Connected this year has been announced. The Association Of Independent Music event will take place on 17 Apr at Glaziers Hall in London, kicking off with a keynote from Consolidated Independent's General Manager Kieron Faller.

Panels and speakers for the rest of the day are as follows:

- The Digital Music Market In 2013 with Keith Jopling (independent digital music consultant)
- How To Increase Exposure Of Your Catalogue On Digital Services featuring Laura Kirkpatrick (Spotify), Kameil Sattar (eMusic), Thor Martin Jensen (WiMP), James Foley (Deezer) and Ian Greaves (Napster).
- Building A Successful YouTube Channel with Peter Worsley and Max Savard (Eagle Rock), Matt Riley and Zac Vibert (Hospital Records) and Tom Hoare ([PIAS]).
- Ask The Experts: A Digital Marketing Q&A involving Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown), David Emery (Beggars Group), Lucy Blair (Ministry of Sound) and Ali Tant (Essential Music & Marketing).

There will also be a digital marketing campaign presentation, a labels-only presentation from iTunes, and other focussed workshop sessions.

More information and tickets available here.

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BUZZIN FLY TO CEASE RELEASING NEW MATERIAL
Buzzin Fly, the label founded by Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt, is to scale back its operations and cease releasing new music, existing only to manage the back catalogue the label has built up over the last decade. The company's Strange Feeling Records imprint will continue to put out records by Watt's former EBTG partner Tracey Thorn.

Announcing the decision, Watt said: "I loved every minute, but all good things come to an end. It simply feels like the right moment. Buzzin Fly was born out of my commitment to the culture of DJing and helping young artists, but these days I am edging away from it towards other challenges - a new book I'm writing, research for another one, and a long-planned solo music project. At heart I have always been a creative person - whether as a writer or musician - as opposed to a business person, and after ten years in clubs and in the office I need time again to focus fully on my own stuff rather than other people's".

He continued: "It feels appropriate to stop now in our tenth year and leave the label with, I hope, a strong reputation for what it has managed to achieve, rather than to continue with a muted presence. Someone asked why I couldn't hand over the reins to someone else, but I don't think it would ever have been the same. In the meantime, I hope my ongoing show for BBC 6music's 6Mix can still be a distilled showcase for some of the great music I come across. You never know, there might even be another imprint one day".

To mark the label's scaling back, it will digitally release five label retrospectives over the course of this year, the first, 'Buzzin Fly Anthology: Volume 1, 2003-2004', on 22 Apr. Further releases, each comprising two years in the label's history, will be released on a monthly basis until September. A series of vinyl releases and a book of the label's artwork are also planned.

Meanwhile, the label's first ever release, Watt's own 'Lone Cat', is available to download for free for a limited time here.

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TOM ODELL, GHOSTPOET AND BENGA FOR RECORD STORE DAY UK LAUNCH
Tom Odell and Ghostpoet are to play live at the UK launch party for this year's Record Store Day later this month. Benga will also DJ at the invite-only event, due to take place at Rough Trade East in London on 21 Mar. Record Store Day itself will take place on 20 Apr.

RSD's UK co-ordinator Spencer Hickman said: "Record Store Day has now become an established part of the music calendar. What makes it special is the character and individuality of record stores. There's nothing to beat the enthusiasm and atmosphere of a great record shop. The reason great indie stores succeed is that they love music as much as their customers do. Record Store Day is like one huge festival taking place in every part of the UK".

It has also been announced that RSD UK will this year be supported by Clarks Originals. And the brand has created a collection of limited edition vinyl desert boots for anyone who gets to their record shop of choice next month and realises they've forgotten to wear shoes.

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FORMER HMV PR MAN LIAM MCMAHON JOINS NORDOFF ROBBINS
Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has announced that Liam McMahon has joined the organisation's PR team. McMahon joins from flagging retailer HMV, where he managed PR for the company's in-store events in the UK. Previously he worked for PR firms Coalition and Radar Maker.

The charity's Head of Communications Lucy Jackson told CMU: "Liam joins Nordoff Robbins at a really exciting time. His work will raise our profile to a national audience and create awareness about music therapy so even more people know about our work and can get access to it".

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OFCOM PUBLISHES PIRACY REPORT
Media regulator OfCom has published a report based on research into digital content consumption and piracy by Kantar Media, in which 5500 people were surveyed about how they consumed content online between the start of August and end of October last year.

According to the poll, 5% of those surveyed admitted to exclusively accessing content via unlicensed platforms, while 16% admitted to accessing at least one piece of content from an illegal source. 10% of those surveyed admitted to accessing at least some music from non-legit platforms.

Of the pirates surveyed, over a third said they were still using good old P2P networks to access unlicensed content, while 10% were raiding unlocked digital lockers to find free stuff. In terms of motivation, half admitted the fact illegal content was free was a key factor, while convenience and speed were also noted by nearly half, with 26% claiming they used illegal services as a 'try before I buy' facility.

In terms of turning those pesky pirates into consumers of digital content, nearly a third said cheaper legal services might appeal, while a quarter cited confusion over what is legit and not legit, and a similar number claimed that some of the content they wanted just wasn't available via licensed platforms.

Less than a fifth reckoned a threatening letter from their internet service provider, like those in theory due to be sent out next year under the long-awaited three-strikes system outlined in the 2010 Digital Economy Act, would affect their online content habits.

You can download the report in full here.

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SOUNDCLOUD SIMPLIFIES PRO ACCOUNTS, LAUNCHES PRO PARTNER PROGRAMME
SoundCloud has announced that it is simplifying its premium account selection, now offering just two paid-for tiers, rather than four.

It has also launched a thing called Pro Partner profiles, which will throw a spotlight on certain key content providers, who will also seemingly get some extra functionality than less famous pro customers. Pro Partners at launch include Red Bull Sound Select, Snoop Lion, The Recording Academy and The Guardian.

Though the extra bits and pieces those Pro Partners really like will be subsequently rolled out for all. Said SoundCloud founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss told CMU: "We're excited to be working with such a well-known group of partners to develop new ways to showcase their music and audio on the SoundCloud platform".

He adds: "Over the coming months, we'll be introducing new features to see which ones resonate with our community and making the best ones available to our Pro and Pro Unlimited subscribers. Our new Pro accounts make our best paid-features more accessible, bring content and brand partners more visibly to the platform, and allow music and audio creators to be heard everywhere".

The new look premium accounts - Pro and Pro Unlimited - will also offer higher upload limits and more comprehensive analytics than before, and will be charged at three euros and nine euros per month respectively.

Read more information on the new updates here.

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RDIO EXPANDS INTO SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES
Rdio has launched in Mexico, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Austria, as well as expanding its offering in Brazil, the streaming service has announced. Consumers in all these territories now have access to the company's six month free trial, which was recently launched in the UK.

Rdio CEO Drew Larner told CMU: "Rdio is the best product on the market for discovering music, and we will continue to improve that discovery experience by developing smarter tools to surface artists and songs our users love. By opening the social circle to seven new international markets, we're making Rdio an increasingly global way to play, discover, and share music".

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UNSIGNED GUIDE CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Music industry directory and resource provider The Unsigned Guide turns ten this month, and is celebrating by giving stuff away, which is nice. Though I'm sure it's supposed to be the other way around when it comes to present giving on birthdays (which you'll all surely remember when it's CMU's fifteenth in May).

New subscribers to the Unsigned Guide service this month will receive a bundle of discounts from music companies including Ditto Music, UK Music Jobs, Dawsons Music, Castle Rock Studios, Awesome Merchandise, Media Plant and 360 Mastering.

Also, on the company's actual birthday, 20 Mar, ten subscribers will be chosen at random to receive lifetime access to The Unsigned Guide, a free digital album or EP release, three month subscription to Record Of The Day and a premium SoundCloud account. One of those ten will also get a free subscription to The Fly and a pair of Reading or Leeds Festival tickets.

Unsigned Guide Editor Louise Dodgson told CMU: "A decade is quite a big deal in the music industry, especially for an independent company such as The Unsigned Guide, and we're over the moon to be celebrating such a landmark. We created The Unsigned Guide to help grassroots artists navigate the music industry and put them in touch with individuals and businesses who can help them further their careers, so it feels great to be able to give something back to our members!"

Founder Stephen Loukes added: "We wanted to introduce a blueprint for new bands breaking through in the music industry. The Unsigned Guide was always about DIY. We set out to help explain how the industry works and who does what. That's still what we're doing now, ten years on".

Read more about The Unsigned Guide's ten year history here.

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BAUER APPOINTS SONY MARKETING MAN TO NEW DIGITAL ROLE
Q and Kerrang! publisher and Kiss and Magic operator Bauer has appointed Sony Music man Mark Hardy to a new role called Group Digital Director, in which he will oversee the web, social and mobile activity of the media firm's "London lifestyle and radio brands".

Having worked in the film and gaming sectors as well as music, Hardy joined the Sony Music empire in 2010 via a marketing role at the Syco business, before becoming a Senior Strategic Director for the wider group. At Bauer he will initially work on developing the online presence of Bauer's existing brands, though will also have a role in developing new digital services.

Confirming the new hire, Bauer UK boss Paul Keenan told CMU: "Mark's unique experience of marketing branded content globally will be exceptionally valuable to us as we accelerate the digital migration of our world-famous brands. I know that Mark is fascinated and excited by our swiftly changing and ever challenging consumer landscape - especially the commercialisation of new and emerging digital formats".

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THIS IS FAKE DIY LAUNCHES WEEKLY TABLET MAG
The team behind This Is Fake DIY have added a new weekly tablet-only magazine to their portfolio, which will sit alongside the website and the company's monthly free print title, launched in 2011. The first issue of DIY Weekly, available for the iPad, is out now. Versions for use on iPhones, Kindles and Android devices will follow.

DIY Editor and founder Stephen Ackroyd told CMU: "Publishing has become more than just having a magazine or website. The range of devices and platforms available present an exciting time for any publication to experiment and try new things. That's why we decided to launch DIY Weekly. Apple's Newsstand gives us the same flexibility to publish quickly, with rich media and beautiful photography that we enjoy on the web, but the opportunity to marry that with the craft and context of print".

He added: "As a platform, Newsstand lets us publish a low cost paid-for title which can be distributed worldwide, and hopefully brings a greater sense of permanence to digital publishing. This isn't a collection of single articles where readers will dip in and dip out, relying on quick win news snippets and social media noise to reach an audience, but a proper coherent publication. It really is the best of both worlds".

Meanwhile Rupert Vereker boss of DIY publisher Sonic Media Group added: "We remain committed to publishing DIY as a monthly print title alongside the new weekly edition and, obviously, the website. With cumulative sales of just under 100 million units in the first three years since launch the iPad cannot be ignored. Apple still dominates the market, which accounted for 43.6% of tablet shipments, so it's the obvious place to start".

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"STYLES SENT ME RUDE TEXTS", SAYS MOST HAUNTED HOST
One time 'Blue Peter' presenter and subsequent 'Most Haunted' squeeler Yvette Fielding claims that One Direction heartthrob dude Harry Styles sent her "disgusting text messages" over the dinner table one night, when she and her husband dined with the then-not-famous pop boy, his mother and her partner.

Styles was seemingly friends with Fielding's son Will, which was how he and his mother came to be dining out with the TV presenter and her hubby at a Chinese restaurant near where they all live in South Cheshire. I'm guessing the Fortune City, which is just round the corner from Styles' childhood home. Look at me with my local knowledge. I was never a fan of their chips.

Speaking to Woman magazine, Fielding said of the meal time texts: "The last time I saw him we went for a Chinese, his mum and her partner, Robin, plus me and my husband, Karl. Harry was sending me disgusting texts from across the table. I can't even repeat the words, they were so rude! He's a Romeo, he's very romantic. When there's a love interest, Harry will go all out to get the girl. He's totally obsessed. I think that's what Simon Cowell saw in him, the cheeky chappie charm".

Having grabbed everyone's attention with the smutty texts claim, Fielding then got on with what she was presumably really there to do, which was to moan about how quickly Styles lost touch with her son Will once his 'X-Factor'-fuelled fame beckoned. Harry and Will were best friends, she says, and had formed a band called White Eskimo, but all that was dropped quicker that you could say "weird infatuation with oldies" once the One Direction machine was booted up.

Says Yvette of life before 1D: "He called me his second mum, and he and Will lived in each other's pockets, dressing and talking the same. In the car I'd put Elvis or Little Richard on and we'd sing along. Harry confessed that he wanted to be a singer, but thought he couldn't make it. I told him to follow his dream".

But post-fame, she adds: "Will texted Harry to see if he was coming home. They'd arrange to meet up but then Harry never showed. There were tears from Will and he said, 'I've lost my brother, it's like he's dead'. William kept trying and was devastated, but had to learn to let go, because Harry was just gone. Harry broke Will's heart. But I'm gobsmacked at how understanding Will's been. A lot of lads would be bitter but he just says, 'I hope somebody is looking out for Harry', and I think that's the mark of a true friend. I've helped Will through the whole thing with lots of hugs".

So, that's all a bit sad isn't it? For the purpose of balance, we should stress that a spokesman for the Democratic Republic Of One Direction last night told the tabs: "Harry has never sent any rude or inappropriate texts to Yvette Fielding". Yeah Harry, I suppose it was the famous Ghost Of The Fortune City sending those smutty texts? Actually, you should try that excuse; Yvette'll probably buy it.

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NINE INCH NAILS DRUMMER NOT KEEN ON JEPSEN MASH-UP
Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna isn't very impressed with the mash-up of the band's 1989 track 'Head Like A Hole' with the vocals from Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' which took the internet by storm last week.

Vrenna, who handled some of the programming on the 'Pretty Hate Machine' album from which the NIN original is taken, told TMZ: "Honestly I find the whole thing silly and partly offensive ... I find it kind of insulting. It has trivialised something we've done. I am proud of what we've done and to take art - just to be a joke - I don't have any respect for it. [But] in 48 hours no one will even know it existed".

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has so far said nothing publicly about the track, created after a request from a Reddit user, though in 2008 he did comment on Johnny Cash's cover of NIN track 'Hurt', telling The Sun: "[The first time] I listened to it ... was very strange. It was this other person inhabiting my most personal song. Hearing it was like someone kissing your girlfriend. It felt invasive".

He then added that the turning point in coming to terms with the cover (which he also said was "wonderful", I should point out) was seeing the video for it, directed by Mark Romanek, saying: "It really, really made sense and I thought what a powerful piece of art. I never got to meet Johnny but I'm happy I contributed the way I did. It felt like a warm hug. For anyone who hasn't seen it, I highly recommend checking it out. I have goose bumps right now thinking about it".

So, there you go, maybe the 'Call Me A Hole' mash-up just needs an emotive video to help Chris Vrenna find his sense of humour. Feel free to make one of those now, or just listen to the track without visuals here.

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