14 MAR 2013

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Last month discussion series Table Talks returned with a series of debates on different areas of music and the music industry. Taking place at EMI's former vinyl press plant in West London, they covered access v ownership in the digital space and the dominance of live music, but kicked off with the question of whether or not popular music still had a cutting edge. Eddy Temple-Morris sat on that opening panel, and here runs through the discussion more>>
So, Carpark Records-signed girl quartet TEEN - aka Here We Go Magic bassist Kristina 'Teeny' Lieberson's semi-eponymous other band - are all set to release a new LP. It trails 2012's 'In Limbo', a bright start to Lieberson et al's collaboration (especially sass-rally 'Come Back' and the pallid 'Why Why Why'), albeit one that at times tapered off and ran slightly thin. Whilst nearly half the tracks on that LP lasted too long, TEEN's new one 'Carolina' is excellent - light, pithy and crisp more>>

- Pirate Bay founders' case refused by European Court Of Human Rights
- Dave Lee Travis re-arrested over abuse claims
- Q Prime manager pulled into spat with attorney during Nashville ticket touting debate
- Is MIA facing a custody battle with the Bronfmans over her son?
- Rihanna "still recovering", cancels another show
- Imagem re-signs Billy Ocean
- Black Sabbath, Rick Rubin talk 13
- Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker to release solo LP
- David Bowie may play Next Day shows, hints Iman
- Why? add live shows
- Bleached to make next stops in May
- Festival line-up update: ATP, Beach Break Live, Boomtown Fair and more
- MAMA buys Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
- MU welcomes European proposals on musical instrument policy standards for airlines
- Royal Opera House musical director accuses singers of lack of commitment
- Universal and Samsung launch mobile music service for African markets
- Twitter acquires We Are Hunted, developing music app
- BBC to shut album reviews website
- Radio 3 to broadcast Baroque Bieber for Red Nose Day
- BBC to give Beyonce documentary UK premiere this month
- Notorious BIG to appear as animated spirit in daughters' new cartoon
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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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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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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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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Two of The Pirate Bay's founders, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, have had their attempt to refer their convictions for copyright infringement to the European Court Of Human Rights rejected.

As much previously reported, Sunde and Neij were two of four men prosecuted in Sweden over their involvement in the file-sharing service. All four were found guilty in a combined criminal and civil case in 2009, and a subsequent appeal failed in 2010. The Swedish Supreme Court then refused to hear the case last year, meaning the prison sentences handed down by the lower courts stood.

The Bay's main funder, Carl Lundström, was able to serve his time under house arrest, while co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm, who left Sweden after the original trial and didn't show up for his original appeal hearing, is now in a Swedish jail after being deported back to his home country from Cambodia last September. But Sunde and Neij continued to attempt to avoid prison.

Sunde appealed for clemency from the Swedish authorities and asked for a retrial, again questioning the case against him, while also citing health issues and his new business venture Flattr as reasons why his prison sentence should be quashed. But in November the Swedish Supreme Court rejected his application, at which point he joined Neij in attempting to have his conviction overturned at a European level on freedom of speech grounds.

But yesterday the European Court Of Human Rights rejected the two men's application to have their case heard, with no option to appeal the decision. In its ruling, the court said that "the convictions and damages awarded [by the Swedish courts] pursued the legitimate aim of 'protection of rights of others' and 'prevention of crime'".

It concluded: "The application must be rejected as manifestly ill-founded. For these reasons the court unanimously declares the application inadmissible".

With all avenues seemingly exhausted, presumably the Swedish authorities will now try to enforce Sunde and Neij's sentences. Neither of the men, nor the authorities, have formally commented, though Peter Sunde tweeted this morning: "ECHR denied appeal for me. One judge in ECHR was also the one that ratified [anti-piracy directive] IPRED as legal in Sweden... small world? Coincidence?"

Read the full ECHR ruling here.

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Former Radio 1 and 'Top Of The Pops' presenter Dave Lee Travis was arrested and bailed for a second time yesterday by Scotland Yard detectives investigating sexual abuse claims in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

As previously reported, Travis was arrested in November. Though specifics of his arrest then weren't divulged at the time, it followed accusations of chauvinism and groping in the press by some former BBC colleagues. In a statement, shortly before his Magic FM show was axed by Bauer Media, Travis stressed in a statement that the accusations against him were "nothing to do with kids", before denying all the allegations.

Earlier this week, the Chief Crown Prosecutor said that there were be further arrests as part of the post-Savilegate Operation Yewtree in the coming weeks, saying: "There are more arrests scheduled over the next few weeks. Some are very high-profile figures. They are people whose names have come forward because of the high profile of child abuse in recent months. There are people you will be interested in".

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An interesting spat has developed as part of a debate in the Tennessee state legislature about ticket touting, and proposals to introduce new laws to crack down on the rampant reselling of tickets.

The boom in touting in the internet age has been contentious all over the place, of course, though in the US moves to restrict the resale of tickets online is mainly a matter for State law, and proposals have been considered in some places. The debate is currently ongoing in the Tennessee Senate.

The spat is between a lawyer who is opposing the proposed crack down and the Nashville office of artist management group Q Prime, and centres on allegations by the attorney, one John Ray Clemmons, that Q Prime's Fielding Logan, who manages The Black Keys and country star Eric Church, keeps trying to give him free tickets.

The implication in Clemmons' remark, in which he said he was "disturbed" by the Q Prime man's repeated efforts to provide free tickets, is that the manager was trying to bribe the legal chap into withdrawing his opposition to the proposed new ticketing rules.

But, according to WTVF-TV, Logan has responded to the implied allegation, saying that while he had, indeed, offered free tickets to Clemmons, he did so in a bid to show how easy paperless tickets could be transferred; the pros and cons of e-tickets in combating touting be part of the debate in the Tennessee senate.

Clemmons is yet to respond, though the letter containing his original allegations has reportedly been passed to the Nashville prosecutor's office.

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Could a custody battle be on the horizon between MIA and her ex-partner and baby-father Ben Bronfman, son of former Warner Music chief Edgar Bronfman Jr?

A seemingly angry MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasa, took to Twitter yesterday seemingly to rant about efforts by the Bronfmans to allegedly win custody of the former couple's four-year old son Ikhyd.

MIA wrote: "Ben, you can't take my son away from me... Just because you have money doesn't mean you have the right... THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME. WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THAT? THEY NEVER SEE HIM".

She then added: "Every child needs the MOTHER, I GREW UP WITHOUT A DAD. If [I] grew up without my mother I wouldn't be here".

The tweets were subsequently deleted, possibly because MIA calmed down, or maybe a lawyer pointed out it's not a great idea to fight a custody battle via Twitter. It remains to be seen whether an actual legal battle is pending regards custody of Arulpragasam and Bronfman's son.

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A laryngitis and flu-struck Rihanna has failed to show at another date on her US-based 'Diamonds' tour.

Having cancelled one show last weekend, another was postponed on Tuesday, prompting the tour's promoter Live Nation to release a statement saying that the R&B star is "still recovering" from previously revealed ill health.

Fans who were meant to attend the two 'Diamonds' dates Rihanna's cancelled so far - those in Boston on 10 Mar and Baltimore this past Tuesday - are advised to keep their tickets pending the postponed shows being re-set.

Depending on her health, Rihanna may or may not appear live tonight in Philadelphia. We shall see.

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Independent publisher Imagem Music has re-signed Billy Ocean to a new worldwide publishing deal.

Ocean was originally signed in 1983 to the publishing company owned by Clive Calder's Zomba business, which was later acquired by BMG. Imagem itself was created in 2008 by the acquisition of a number of the catalogues formerly owned by the original BMG music publishing company - including the Zomba songs catalogue - which Universal Music had been forced to sell on by European regulators to get approval for its BMG Music Publishing takeover.

Confirming Ocean had renewed his publishing partnership with Imagem, the company's UK MD Kim Frankiewicz told CMU: "Billy is a seminal artist. His work has stood the test of time and his contribution to the global R&B scene has been significant to say the least. We're delighted that Billy has re-signed, and here's to the next 30 years!"

Meanwhile Ocean's manager John Arnison added: "Imagem/Zomba have looked after and helped create an ongoing legacy to Billy's work for more than quarter of a century. Their enthusiasm and creativity is second to none. We are very much looking forward to the next chapter working with Kim and her team".

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So, despite it making sense date-wise, Black Sabbath aren't releasing their new LP '13' on 13 Jun, but rather on the 10 Jun. Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Brad have shared this revelation via a new 'In The Studio' clip featuring... well, themselves and a Z-list sonic assistant. Only joking, it's Rick Rubin.

Says Rubin in the promo: "I've been a fan of Black Sabbath my whole life, and getting to come in to work everyday and hearing Black Sabbath play, it stimulates something in me just like when I was fourteen years old".

Ozzy O adds: "He looks like a bit of a guru, but he knows what he's looking for and when he's satisfied with what he's got".

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Miles Whittaker, one half of Demdike Stare, is to release his first solo LP 'Faint Hearted' via Modern Love on 8 Apr. I say ' first', but technically that was 'Ascetic Ideals', the disc he released as his solo alias Suum Cuique last year, so really it's just the first thing he's released under his own name. Kind of like Paul Banks.

Anyway, this is an official 'Faint Hearted' tracklisting:

Status Narcissism
Sense Data
Archaic Thought Pattern 1
Loran Dreams

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So, after guitarist Gerry Leonard said the chances of David Bowie playing live off the back of his new LP, 'The Next Day', were "50/50", his (that's David's) other half Iman is apparently over half-convinced that he (Bowie) will tour.

Chatting to Grazia in the style magazine's new edition, Iman hinted that she'd be unable to join Bowie "on tour" (gasp) because of their young daughter Alexandria.

"We have a twelve year old in school, so we are stuck, we can't travel", she said, adding: "Our schedule is around her, so I don't know. We'll have to go visit him, but we won't be on tour with him because she's in school".

So, that's that.

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American alt-rap quartet WHY? are playing TV On The Radio's ATP iteration on 11 May and, since they're here anyway, have added to their live diaries several preceding dates in Ireland, England, and such like.

The band are unavailable to talk on the above because they're at SXSW, so instead this is the video for 'Strawberries', a new track off WHY?'s new LP 'Mumps, etc':

Oh, and the dates are:

6 May: Dublin, Whelan's
7 May: Liverpool, Kazimier
8 May: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
9 May: London, Islington Assembly Hall

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Hey, having played a one-off show in late-February, Bleached are going to be back doing a three-date live stint in May. Bless them. They'll start at Leeds' Brudenell Social Club on 20 May, whilst their next stops will be at Glasgow's Nice & Sleazy (21 May) and London's Corsica Studios (22 May).

And talking of next stops, have a glance at the visuals for the band's top single off new LP 'Ride Your Heart' (released 1 Apr), 'Next Stop'.

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Taking alphabetical precedence in today's FLUU is, or rather are, ATP's Deerhunter and TV On The Radio-designed spring/summer events. Deerhunter's one will now feature Robyn Hitchcock, Black Dice and a duet by Steve Reich and the London Sinfonietta orchestra, whilst TV ON The Radio's adds Death Grips, Antibalas and Why?

But hey, ATP isn't the only festival with artist additions to reveal, what of the seemingly revamped (slightly) Newquay pop interval Beach Break Live? Well, since you asked, I'll answer that BBL's foamy first wave of acts is crested by Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge, High Contrast, Lucy Rose and MC Devlin, so that's nice.

And with that mini intro, it's time to dive into today's FLUU pool, whose main swimmers - aka featured fests - are (in addition to the above trio) the always-acquisitive Boomtown Fair, northern rock one-dayer Crooked Ways, London's ultra-alternative Denovali Swingfest, the Newnham-based Farr Festival, Bulgaria's green, pleasant and altitudinous Meadows In The Mountains, and Live From Jodrell Bank, as has added Poliça, Daughter and Nik Colk Void to its Sigur Rós-starring later-in-the-year sixth 'transmission' on 30 Aug:

ATP CURATED BY DEERHUNTER, Pontins Holiday Centre, Camber Sands, East Sussex, 21-23 Jun: Steve Reich & The London Sinfonietta, Robyn Hitchcock, Black Dice.

ATP CURATED BY TV ON THE RADIO, Pontins Holiday Centre, Camber Sands, East Sussex, 10-12 May: Death Grips, WHY?, Antibalas, Light Asylum, Bouquet.

BEACH BREAK LIVE, Fistral Bay, Newquay, 20-24 Jun: Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge, Devlin, Lucy Rose, Foreign Beggars, Lulu James, Dub Pistols, High Contrast, David Rodigan, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic, Metrik, MC Wrec & Dynamite MC, Shy FX, Breakage, B.Traits, Dismantle, Skream feat Sgt Pokes, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Roska, Will And The People, Scratch Perverts, The Nextmen, DJ Format, Benji Boko, Imperial Leisure, Alice Jemima, Neil Halstead, Panda, J-Man, Marc Roberts, The Intermission Project, The Drum, Machine Project, By The Rivers, Mystery, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Hidden Riddim, Andy H, The Magnet, More Like Trees, Emily And The Woods, Greta Isaac, Luke Ritchie, Sam Beeton, Wokka, Sebastien, Minuten, Rondo Linx, Rogue Elements, Astroid Boys, True And False, Tankus The Henge, Auction For The Promise Club, Annaca, Erin K, Ten Story, Shark Bait, Audio Sleaze, Jack Light, Ben James, The Attic Project, Gareth Lee, Kola, Rosie & The Vandals, Blair & The Mackichan Band, LFM & Mali, Brown Bear, Olee & Mr Morri, Matt Anderson, Frisky Nippa, Phrizus, Tom James, FIM, NUMB, Xander Rawlins, The Daydream Club, Glot, DJ Demonise, Jay Bee, Lovelight Soundsystem, Yannick, Trick The Fox, Felix Hagan And The Family, Whiskey Jax, Iller Instinct b2b Shortson, Modu, The Budos Band, Xhosah, Prospero's Judgement, Bear Arms, The Magnus Puto Band, Jasper In The Company Of Others, The Standard, Jakarta Club, Alex Davies, Bim, Bridges, Browse, Callum Beattie, Captain Backfire, Chaka Chaka, Chloe Foy, Deep Medi, DJ Dubman, Dr Kotch, Emerging Icons, The French Wives, Ghouls, Gil Dech, Grudge, Jack Wallen, Injured Birds, Jello, Kezia, Killamonjambo, Lago, Leanne Smith, Leroy, Little Arrow, Luca, Mark Nichols, Martin Vital, Moriarty, Nu:Tone, Obliqka, Planes, Polar Caps, Reckless, Redefeat, South, Spy, Steve Moore, Suitenoir, Swiss Elf, The Bedford, The Icarus Youth, The Kind Regards, The Oxbox, The Soul Circle Gang, The Vertigos, The Winter Olympics, They Say Jump, This Calamity, Tom Aux, Tom Bradley, Tom Brady, Tom Dibb, Tom Figgins, Tom Gall, Tom Staniford, Two Fold, Vendetta, Waylayers, Wiseman.

BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire, 8-11 Aug: Toots And The Maytals, Gentleman And The Evolution, Jah Shaka, Necessary Mayhem, Solo Banton and Upper Cut Band, Radikal Guru, David Boomah, Chris Murray, Reggae Roast, Laid Blak, Chopstick Dubplate, Serial Killaz, Psychofreud & Navigator, Resonators, onlyjoe, The Friendly Fire Band, Babydub, Nucleus Roots, The Drop, Jstar, Backbeat Soundsystem, Aries, Nanci & Phoebe, DJ Wulu, Adam Prescott, Afriquoi, Dub Boy ft Tenja, Jah Mirikle, Dope Ammo, Rebel Control, Dub Heart, The Majestic, More Like Trees, Samsara, General Roots, Balkan Hi-Fi, C-Strike-Z, Jam Baxter, Dabbla, Bahia, Dubkasm, Kelvin 373, Eva Lazarus, By The Rivers, Captain Accident, Treehouse Fire, Bigtopp, Black Star Dub Collective, Regime.

CROOKED WAYS, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, 1 Jun: The Enemy, Gradnmaster Flash, Peter Hook, The DOT, Mallory Knox, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Rolo Tomassi, The Defiled, Gallops, Sam Forrest.

DENOVALI SWINGFEST, Scala, London, 20-21 Apr: Andy Stott, Bersarin Quartett, Maybeshewill, Fennesz, Omega Massif, Petrels, The Pirate Ship Quintet, William Basinski, Poppy Ackroyd, Thomas Köner, Greg Haines, James Blackshaw, Carlos Cipa, Talvihorros.

FARR FESTIVAL, Bygrave Wood, Newnham, 19-21 Jul: Robert Owens, Daniel Avery, Andrew Weatherall, The Martinez Brothers, Subb-an, Adam Shelton, Justin Robertson, Bruh Jackman, The Other Tribe, Py, A.z.&T.o.r, Chasing Grace, Sea Stacks, Angharad May, Nathan Ball, Harting, Jenny Burdon, Redinho, Sophie.

LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK, Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, full 2013 dates tba: Poliça, Nik Colk Void, Daughter.

MEADOWS IN THE MOUNTAINS, Rhodopian Mountains, Bulgaria, 8-10 Jun: Baby Prince, Mt Wolf, Nick Monaco, San Proper, Moomin, Just Jack, Sebastian Voigt, The Common Tongues, Northern Purpose, Mirko Hector, The Colour Movement, The Priory, Bruno Schimdt, Dead Echo, QVC, Carlos Valdes.

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MAMA & Company has announced that it has purchased East London bar and music venue, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.

MAMA CEO Dean James told CMU: "Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen is one of the premiere venues in London for showcasing new talent. We started fifteen years ago with The Barfly in Camden and gave first London gigs to bands like Coldplay and Muse. The axis of London's music scene has definitely shifted East over the years and we have long coveted a space where we could do what we do best - promote up and coming artists. With Hoxton we think we have got the best site in East London".

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The Musicians' Union has welcomed a new proposal being considered by the European Parliament to force certain standards on the airline sector regards the transport of musical instruments.

As previously reported, this is an area the MU has been lobbying on for sometime, with many musicians finding rules regarding taking instruments on flights - which currently vary from airline to airline - confusing and frustrating, and sometimes prohibitively expensive, with additional fees, where they are charged, sometimes only apparent when the musician arrives at the airport.

The confusion often covers both putting instruments in the hold and taking them on board as hand luggage (and for some musicians with instruments of high financial or emotional value, the prospect of having them stored in the hold is not especially attractive).

The MU agreed standards on the issue with the Department Of Transport in 2006 that would apply to flights under the UK jurisdiction, but those guidelines still arguably allow for too more variation between airlines, plus are not so useful when rules vary all over Europe. Since then the US has forced standards onto airlines based there.

The proposals currently being considered by the European Parliament would revise so called Air Passenger Rights so that "the air carriers must accept smaller instruments into the passenger cabin and must clearly indicate the terms and conditions for the transport of larger instruments in the cargo hold".

Welcoming the latest developments in this domain, MU General Secretary John Smith told CMU: "I am delighted that the European Parliament looks set to adopt this proposal, which will make such a difference to working musicians.

He added: "The MU has been lobbying on this issue for years and actually reached an agreement with the Department for Transport in 2006, but we have long been saying that it is only by working at a European and international level that we can successfully tackle this issue, as the problem is much broader than just UK airlines. The problem has always been that existing law allows each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instrument, and this proposal would bring much needed uniformity and fairness to the whole sector".

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Music Director of London's Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano, has said that the younger generation of opera singers are not committed enough, after a number of performers pulled out of performances last year. "They are either weaker in their bodies or don't care", he said, adding that performers need to plan "greater periods of rest" to ensure that they stay fit.

When pressed, however, Pappano admitted that today's opera singers do have a much harder time than ever before, telling the BBC: "I think that the young opera singers of today are faced with tremendous pressure, first of all. PR pressure, image pressure, but also vocal pressure ... They're expected to sing more in the rehearsals, the rehearsals are longer".

He added: "[Also] the cutting of operas, which used to be a big tradition, is no longer seen in a favourable light, so they're singing much longer versions of the operas, even the popular ones - you know, Maria Callas never sang a whole 'La Traviata' in her life, and a lot of other repertoire too. So I think it's a combination of all these things, plus the travelling that they do, [that make it] very difficult".

After all that, it kind of sounds like opera singers are actually more committed today than ever before, so there you go. Well done, opera singers.

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Universal Music has teamed up with Samsung to launch a new mobile-based music service aimed at the African market, which will initially be available in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Angola. The service, called Kleek, will be available via an app that will work on any Android phone (and is available via the Google Play platform), though the service will be pre-installed on Samsung devices.

Although Universal has a stake in Kleek, music will be licensed from other content owners too. So far a variety of African labels and publishers are on board, with an ambition to have a comprehensive catalogue of local repertoire, so to reflect the kind of music played on radio in the African markets, although licensing talks are also reportedly ongoing with at least one other major.

Announcing the new service, which will be free to access initially though payment plans may be added down the line, Universal Music's Francis Keeling told Billboard: "You can't simply take an international service and plonk it on Africa and expect it to be successful. The idea of the Kleek is that it will provide the kind of unique, experience-focused recommendations on artists that are relevant to the Nigerian consumers, the Ghana consumer, the Kenyan consumer, as well as the South African and Angolan consumer".

Meanwhile Universal Music International chief Max Hole told CMU: "By investing in the Kleek we're providing a platform for the very best of African talent to reach a wider audience. With the explosion of smart phones and other mobile devices, the Kleek has the potential to attract tens of millions of music fans across Africa".

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Twitter is launching a new music discovery app, according to C-Net, utilising the technology of music discovery service We Are Hunted, which it apparently acquired last year.

The new app, which could be available for iOS devices by the end of the month, will suggest music for users to listen to based on various criteria, including what feeds the user follows on the Twitter platform. Within the app - which can also be used without a Twitter account - users will see four tabs offering lists of personalised suggestions, most popular tunes, new talent and songs being played by the tweeters they follow.

Users will then be able to play music from recommended artists from within the app, though at launch the choice will be either iTunes previews or SoundCloud streams, ie none of the established streaming services are integrated.

Assuming previews aren't attractive to most, that puts the onus on SoundCloud, which in turn puts the onus on the artist or label to post tracks to the audio platform, because obviously SoundCloud doesn't licence any music directly (it also creates issues where there are multiple rights owners, as SoundCloud is a promotional rather than royalty paying service).

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The BBC is shutting down its music reviews website. The service is the latest to be axed as part of the BBC's much reported cost cutting efforts.

The service was actually managed by UBC Media for the Corporation, and edited by former Drowned In Sound Editor Mike Diver who utilised a team of freelancers to provide the musical critiques. The reviews site proved popular within the industry, and even more so amongst the music journalism fraternity, where the opportunities to be paid to review new albums have slumped in recent years.

Confirming that the site would close later this month, and that he would depart UBC Media as a result, Diver told Music Week: "Unfortunately, budget cuts within BBC Audio & Music mean that there can be no reviews service from the end of this month".

He added: "These budgets are, naturally, reviewed regularly; and this time the decision was made to cut the reviews service entirely. All writers, save myself, were freelancers. Losing the BBC album reviews is, after the closure of The Stool Pigeon, another disappointing chapter in an ongoing saga of dwindling opportunities for music critics. The landscape is changing, not for the better".

The BBC has been quietly downsizing its online operations for sometime now. Partly to save money, and partly amidst pressure from commercial newspaper and magazine owners who argued that the BBC website that emerged in the early days of mainstream net usage, with large quantities of text-based features not directly linked to the Beeb's TV or radio shows or the BBC News machine, took the Corporation outside its remit as a licence-fee funded broadcaster.

The BBC's online output is therefore increasingly directly linked to TV and radio output, and increasingly centres on audio and video rather than long-form written content. In this environment, the future of the BBC music reviews site had been uncertain for a while.

The axing of the BBC reviews site follows a recent announcement that the Corporation was also shifting its on-air cultural reviews programme, 'The Review Show' (formerly the 'Newsnight Review'), to BBC 4 and making it monthly rather than weekly.

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As part of the BBC's Red Nose Day money-raising activities this Friday, Radio 3 will broadcast a new arrangement of Justin Bieber's 'Beauty And A Beat' for a countertenor, chamber choir and baroque orchestra. Robin Blaze will handle Bieber's vocals, though no word yet on who will stand in for Nicki Minaj. I guess we'll find out when it's broadcast at 1pm.

The performance sits within the Beeb's current 'Baroque Spring' season, which sees the broadcaster examining and reinterpreting music from the Baroque period. As previously reported, the BBC Concert Orchestra collaborated with artists including Goldfrapp's Will Gregory and producer Matthew Herbert earlier this week at The Roundhouse in London.

As well as this, on Friday Radio 3 presenters will fight it out to have their favourite Baroque piece named 'Top Of The Baroque'. Read more about that here.

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BBC One will give Beyonce's 'Life Is But A Dream' documentary its UK premiere at 10.35pm on 28 Mar, the channel has announced.

As previously reported, the film, directed by Beyonce herself, was premiered on HBO in the US last month, and delves into the behind the scenes world of the singer. Reviewers generally agreed that it was a fairly vacuous film, more an advert for Beyonce than a warts and all look at her life, but you'll probably still watch it, so what does that matter?

Here's a trailer to get you in the mood.

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Notorious BIG's teen daughters, CJ and T'yanna Wallace, are in talks to voice a new TV cartoon co-starring the late rapper and based in his Brooklyn studio.

Rolling Stone says the girls' characters will "maintain and defend" the recording space against evil (aka larger hip hop players who want to take it over), whilst BIG will appear as a kind of spiritual presence to advise them. So far, so strange.

Apparently - says the show's creator, Wally Eltawashy of Ossian Studios in a press release - its "creative format will allow for advertising integration in the truest, purest sense of the term". This 'integration' will take the shape of brand-sponsored guest appearances by "some of the world's greatest talents", and, even weirder, "re-imagined renditions of classics from Notorious BIG's catalogue".

Say the Wallaces: "It's been sixteen years since our dad was murdered and we miss him dearly. This project is a great opportunity for us to bridge the gap between our parents, who loved his music, and the kids and young adults our ages, that were not around to really appreciate it".

'House Of Wallace', as the series is titled, is still to be commissioned.

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