15 MAR 2013

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Poor old Justin Bieber, all he wanted to do was come over to the UK and sing some of his songs. And for the two weeks he was out playing regional arena shows in February he managed to do just that, pretty much unnoticed (save for when he was refused entry to one club in Manchester). But then he came down south for a week in London and it all went wrong more>>
Cable sees Paul Arnold's marvellous Chew The Fat night take over tomorrow, and with a slightly more eclectic line-up than you might have previously expected by the look of it. House head Ian Pooley is headlining, fresh from releasing his rather good 'What I Do' album. He's shored up by Dutch producers Homework, who will be supported by A1 Bassline, Josh Butler and Alex Blaxx more>>

- AEG taken off the market as CEO departs
- One-time Pirate Buy bidder found guilty of overstating financing of his TPB plan, though other 'swindle' charges thrown out
- Bronfman restraining order bars MIA from taking child out of US, says report
- New Bieber murder plot revealed
- Morrissey cancels festival appearance
- Pet Shop Boys announce Kobalt partnership
- Afrojack signs to Island
- Gang Of Four release track
- Peter Gordon and Factory Floor collaborate
- Green Day man working on new musical
- New Dean Blunt play to premiere at ICA
- Katy Perry to write autobiog
- Lil Wayne and Birdman's daughters characters in fame-themed book
- Bring Me The Horizon to tour intimately
- Napalm Death playing fragile show at V&A
- Festival line-up update: Heineken Open'er, Larmer Tree, South West Four and more
- Liberty man appointed chairman of Live Nation
- Cherrytree chief confirms he is staying with Interscope
- eBay UK ticket auctions begin shifting to StubHub
- Kerrang! Radio gives show to a dog
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: AEG was taken off the market. The venue operator and tour promoter had been up for sale since last year, though recent reports said that bids were coming in somewhat below what current owner Anschutz Inc had hoped for, mainly because of its insistence one buyer take on the whole of the AEG business. The live entertainment company will now remain part of the Anschutz company, with its top man Philip Anschutz playing a more active role moving forward. Meanwhile, in a surprise move, AEG CEO Tim Leiweke will depart the company, with CFO Dan Beckerman taking on most of his responsibilities. CMU report | FT report

02: The Madison Square Garden Company sold its Live Nation shares, which amounted to about 2% of the company. The sale follows the recent departure from the live giant's board of James Dolan, Exec Chairman of MSG and a close ally of Irving Azoff, the former co-boss of Live Nation who exited the firm at the end of 2012. Meanwhile the live group also this week announced the appointment of Gregory B Maffei, CEO of the company's biggest shareholder Liberty Media, to the role of Chairman, formally taking over that element of Azoff's former job (though Maffei won't have any of Azoff's former executive responsibilities). CMU report | Bloomberg report

03: ASDA was mooted as a late bidder for HMV. And not just to take over the flagging entertainment retailer's shops to turn them into convenience stores, but to actually operate an albeit streamlined network of HMV outlets, and maybe launch some HMV-branded departments in its supermarkets. To date HMV administrator Deloitte has been mainly speaking to one bidder for the actual HMV brand, Hilco, the restructuring company that already owns HMV Canada and which bought up most of the UK company's debts once it went into administration in January. No official comments from anyone on all this, though we are expecting an announcement before the big March rent day hits. CMU report | Sun report

04: Two Pirate Bay founders had their human rights case thrown out of court. Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij had both hoped to fight their Swedish convictions for mass copyright infringement (by being original operators of the Bay) through the European Courts Of Human Rights on free speech grounds. But judges at the ECHR said that the Swedish court ruling against Sunde and Neij was about "protecting the rights of others" and therefore the two men's subsequent claim to overthrow that judgement on human rights grounds was "manifestly ill-founded". In theory it means that Sunde and Neij must now serve the prison sentences that were handed down as part of the Swedish ruling. CMU report | SPIN report

05: Global proposed selling three radio stations to get the OK for its Smooth/Real deal. The radio firm stressed that it didn't agree with the UK Competition Commission's preliminary report last month that said Global acquiring the Smooth and Real radio networks would negatively impact on the local advertising market in most regions, adding that it has research to back its argument. However, Global said in a submission, if remedies were required to win the all-clear for the Smooth/Real takeover, then it would propose selling the two Real XS stations in Manchester and Glasgow, and its own Gold station in the East Midlands. A Commission ruling is expected in May. CMU report | Guardian report

In CMU this week, we chatted to Steve Mason about his new album, enjoyed a great playlist from the members of The Leisure Society, and Eddy TM discussed the arguments presented at a recent debate he took part in asking whether pop music had lost its edge. Approved were Saturday Monday, Thee Oh Sees, Sparrow And The Workshop and TEEN.

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Entertainment firm Anschutz Entertainment Group - which includes venue real estate, various sporting interests and the AEG Live tour and festivals business - has been taken off the market after the company failed to find a satisfactory bidder, it announced yesterday. The announcement also came with the surprise news that President and CEO Tim Leiweke is to leave, to be replaced by CFO Dan Beckerman.

In a statement, AEG Chairman Philip Anschutz, who is to take a more active role in the company again, said: "From the very beginning of the sales process, we have made it clear to our employees and partners throughout the world that unless the right buyer came forward with a transaction on acceptable terms we would not sell the company ... The company's operations will continue to be run by AEG's experienced senior executive team, most of whom have been with AEG for over a decade. We will continue to set the standards in the industries in which AEG operates, bringing our unique vision and development model to entertainment locations throughout the world".

On Leiweke's departure, he added: "We appreciate the role Tim has played in the development of AEG, and thank him for the many contributions he has made to the company. We wish him well in his new endeavours".

Meanwhile, Beckerman said: "Phil's active reengagement in the operations of the company has brought a renewed spirit and passion to the management team's focus on AEG's next steps".

As previously reported, last month it was reported that bids for AEG had come in well below the asking price, thought to have been up to $10 billion.

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The man who staged an audacious bid to buy The Pirate Bay shortly after its founders had been found guilty of copyright infringement crimes in 2009 has been himself found guilty of misleading investors regards the financing of the planned Bay acquisition, though other charges that he lied to falsely inflate the share-price of his company were rejected in court.

As previously reported, ambitious plans by Hans Pandeya and his company Global Gaming Factory to buy the controversial file-sharing platform and make it legit grabbed headlines in 2009, but the takeover bid soon fizzled out amidst widespread doubts regards the buyer's ability to pay the mooted multi-million dollar asking price and the soundness of his plan to turn the Bay into a commercially viable legal business.

The takeover fell off the agenda, the Bay's operators subsequently said they had no plans to sell, and last year GGF went under. But not before Swedish prosecutors made formal allegations against Pandeya to the effect that he manufactured the Pirate Bay acquisition plan simply to rally the share price of his flagging business in what prosecutors called a "gross swindle".

The case against the former GGF chief has recently been going through the motions in Sweden, with one time Grokster owner Wayne Rosso and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning both reportedly testifying, having had business dealings with Pandeya regarding his TPB plans.

Judges considered the matter this week and, according to Torrentfreak, threw out most of the charges against Pandeya, though did rule that he broke Swedish company law by misleading investors regarding the financing of the planned Bay acquisition. The businessman was given a seven month suspended sentences and ordered to complete 180 hours community service.

Speaking to Torrentfreak, Pandeya's lawyer said: "We won almost everything. The only thing which the court thought was wrong was that Pandeya stated too early that the financing was in place. But that was regarded as a minor mistake and one of the judges wanted to acquit Pandeya from that too. It is important to state that the court did not believe the testimonies from John Fanning [sic] and Wayne Rosso".

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MIA's previously reported Twitter outburst accusing her ex-partner Ben Bronfman of attempting to take their four year old son Ikhyd away from her relates to a restraining order barring the hip hopper from taking the child out of the US, according to the New York Post.

A source told the paper: "MIA has been texting and calling Ben, saying she will take their son to London, even though they both live in Brooklyn and the child goes to school there. Ben filed a motion for a temporary restraining order preventing her from taking their son to the UK against his wishes".

MIA was reportedly handed the legal papers on Wednesday evening, prompting the since-deleted tweets.

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If Justin Bieber wants to take his mind off his constant hounding in the press for a while, he could always spend some time thinking about the US prisoner who is still plotting to kill him.

As previously reported, Dana Martin, who is currently serving a sentence for the rape and murder of a fifteen year old girl, has apparently developed an obsession with Bieber and has a tattoo of the popstar on his leg. He was also reportedly the brains behind a foiled plot to castrate and murder Bieber last year.

That plan bungled by the two people he hired to carry it out, Martin has now written to a US TV station about a new plot, telling the broadcaster: "I arranged for another hit man. This new hit man will place an explosive device... at a live performance, killing everyone on stage and quite a few in the audience".

Quite how telling a TV station about the plot first helps isn't clear, though it did result in Martin being put in solitary confinement with most if his channels to the outside world cut off.

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It seemed a little optimistic when a statement announcing that Morrissey had been hospitalised with "double pneumonia" at the weekend also claimed that he would be well enough to perform a headline show at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico on Thursday. And it was. He was forced to pull out, resulting in the cancellation of the event's entire first day.

A statement published on the festival's website on Wednesday said: "The Vive Latino festival announces the cancellation of the opening day, due to the health of British singer Morrissey".

Other bands due to perform yesterday have been moved over to today's line-up. Morrissey's next performance is scheduled for Monday in Kansas.

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In an interesting development, Pet Shop Boys have announced they will release their new Stuart Price-produced album through a partnership with Kobalt Label Services, ending a nearly three-decade relationship with Parlophone Records.

Confirming the new partnership, the Pet Shops Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, said in unison yesterday (well, I bet Neil said it with Chris looming in the background tapping on his iPhone): "We are hugely proud of the new album and are very pleased to be working in conjunction with Kobalt".

They continued: "We'd like to thank everyone we've worked with at Parlophone over the last 28 years both in the UK and abroad. When we signed to the label in 1985 we had no idea how long and successful a relationship we were embarking on. However it is also exciting now to commence a new phase working with a new team in a new business structure and we look forward to a creative and equally fulfilling relationship with Kobalt".

Confirming the deal from his side, Kobalt's Label Services MD Paul Hitchman said: "The whole global Kobalt Label Services team is hugely excited to be a part of the forthcoming Pet Shop Boys release. We look forward to working in partnership with Neil, Chris, and [their managers] the Becker Brown team to maximise the potential of the record, which is already sounding like a classic".

The PSB deal follows Kobalt's partnership with another act formerly signed to an EMI subsidiary, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, who recently released their new album 'Push The Sky Away' with KLS. New Pets Shop Boys album 'Electric' will be released in June, though there's an album trailer to enjoy right now.

Watch a trailer for the album here.

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Dutch dance DJ Afrojack, real name Nick Van De Wall, has signed an international deal with Universal Music and its Island division, in the form of a partnership between the major and his own label Wall Recordings. Island will take over promotion of Van De Wall's Chris Brown-featuring new single 'As Your Friend', so that's nice.

Says Afrojack: "I want to take my music to the next level, both creatively and from a business point of view. Partnering up with Island Records will give me the chance to do both, so I am very happy we were able to make a deal. Island/UMG will promote my releases with very strong support and with great people working my music around the world".

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The new Gang Of Four roll-call - which is kind of like that of 'the new Sugababes' in that it features fewer original than non-original names (though still having the one original player remaining in Andy Gill, they're doing better than the Babes - a score I'm sure they're keeping) - have shared a track titled 'Broken Talk'.

Written and recorded by Gill, it's apparently taken from a new EP that he et al are releasing late in the spring; 'al', by the way, are new vocalist John Gaoler and less new drummer and guitarist Mark Heaney and Thomas McNeice, who've been in the band since the mid-2000s.

And here is that new track.

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Auteur-of-alt Peter Gordon is to release a double a-side twelve-inch with DFA-signees Factory Floor.

The collaboration began when Factory Floor's Nik Colk emailed Gordon to say that she loved his one-time band Love Of Life Orchestra's 1982 track 'Condo', adding: "It completely catches my personality and when I feel disillusioned or need comfort, I always put this on, and it makes me feel good and strong... I will stop gushing now! Thank you!"

Gordon, apparently, reciprocated her admiration, and the 'fruits' of his and FF's love-in are two tracks titled 'Beachcombing' and 'C Side'. They'll be released via Optimo Music on 8 Apr, and are available to play now via SoundCloud and The Quietus.

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Billie Joe Armstrong, now over that burn-out incident last year, is planning on working on a Shakespearean-themed rock musical, according to the New York Times.

And whereas the 'American Idiot' stage show span out of a record (albeit one written with such an extension sort of in mind), this project will be theatrical from the start. The Times says Armstrong is assisting Yale Repertory Theater with the project, working titles 'These Paper Bullets', which will adapt a Shakespeare play ('Much Ado About Nothing', I think) into a rock band themed story.

Assuming all goes to plan, 'These Paper Bullets' could premiere in a year's time.

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Dean Blunt, 50% of pop anomalies Hype Williams, has scripted a new 'stage performance' that'll be shown at London's ICA on 11 Apr.

This won't be his first play, mind, he having created and acted in 'Lord Knows', which ran (for one night only) in Switzerland last year.

'I'm Just Passin Thru To Show Some Love', as the new work is titled, will star Mendeeces LaCore, Siobhan Denny and J-Star Valentine.

Find info and tickets at this link.

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Popstar and crisp ambassador Katy 'K-Pez' Perry has apparently been paid £2 million to 'write' the story of her life 'so far', aka a tell-all autobiography featuring erm... faux lesbianism, dating that one off of Gym Class Heroes, and an in-depth exposé of what it's like being married to Russell Brand.

Apparently its title will be 'Part Of Me', just like the film Katy released last year. So, that's nice. The Sun paraphrases a secret informant as having said: "Several publishers have been after Katy for a while. She decided to go ahead so fans don't have a one-sided story when Russell publishes another 'Booky Wook'".

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Yesterday in 'extrovert kids-of-rappers doing things' news we had Notorious BIG's daughters negotiating a strange new show in which their late father appears as an animated ghost, and today... well today it's MCs Lil Wayne and Birdman jrs who are... erm, doing a thing.

The thing that Lil Wayne's fourteen year old, Reginae Carter, and Birdman's similarly-aged teen progeny, Bria Williams, are doing is a book titled 'Paparazzi Princesses'.

Basically, it's all to do with the ways in which the girls' deal with their inherited fame, and features, as do many early-teen memoirs, "Money and designer clothes. Fame and red carpets. VIP concert tickets. Expensive parties..."

Birdman says: "There's no better feeling than watching Bria and Reginae make this dream come true. They took an idea, worked extremely hard, and brought it to life. It's the kind of story that everybody can feel, and it's only the start of much bigger things for these two wonderful young ladies".

Lil Wayne adds: "Proud doesn't even begin to describe how me and the Birdman feel. I can't wait for everybody else to experience their story".

The book is set to 'hit shelves' in June. Its Amazon listing is here, if you care.

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Anyone who'd like to watch Bring Me The Horizon play live in close proximity, this is your chance, because the band have set several 'intimate' dates. They shall all transpire in April, following the following chronology:

1 Apr: Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
2 Apr: Leeds, Cockpit
3 Apr: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
4 Apr: Bristol, Thekla

But wait, because you'll have to order BMTH's new LP, 'Sempiternal', to go, because only once you've done that will you be able to access a Ticketmaster code.

As Metal Hammer cautions, spaces at the shows will go "like fucking hotcakes", so buy buy buy (at any time after 9am on 25 Mar) via

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Grindcore types Napalm Death are playing a special (and free) show at London's Victoria & Albert Museum on 22 Mar.

It's special because the band will be amplifying their set via 'clay speakers' designed by ceramics artist Keith Harrison. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, and you're right... the speakers are indeed liable to "disintegrate", depending on the noise and 'reverb'. Amazing.

Anyway. Info on the show is available via this link.

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So, the first festival name-checked in today's update is Poland's lager-loving (and Blur, Kings Of Leon, QOTSA and Arctic Monkeys-starring) Open'er party. It's excelled itself once again by adding Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 'Drank' rapper Kendrick Lamar, Devendra Banhart and Hey!

And hey, take a look at dance-y Clapham rave South West Four while you're at it, which as of now has dual headliners in Example and Eric Prydz, who'll be making his only London-based live appearance of 2012.

Capping off the festival additions-fest are the following:

HEINEKEN OPEN'ER, Gdynia, Poland, 3-6 Jul: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kendrick Lamar, Devendra Banhart, Hey.

LARMER TREE, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire, 17-21 Jul: Van Morrison.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 24-25 Aug: Eric Prydz.

SUNSPLASH ANTALYA, Hillside Su Hotel, Antalya, Turkey, 2-9 Jun: Jamie Lidell, Mad Professor, Shuya Okino, Simbad.

SUPER BOCK SUPER ROCK, Meco Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal, 18-20 Jul: Carl Craig, Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann, Julien Bracht, Josh Wink, Expander, Freshkitos, Kinetic, Joao Maria & Miguel Neto, Henriq, Rui Vargas & Andre Cascais, Mary B.

SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, Hungary, 7-12 Aug: Rachid Taha, Calexico, Tako Lako, Warsaw Village Band, Fanfara Tirana & Transglobal Underground, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shutka Roma Rap, Spaghetti Balkaneers Figli Di Madre Ignota, Dubioza Kolektiv, La Pegatina, Moana And The Tribe, Mokoomba, Leningrad, DakhaBrakha, Cankisou, RUTA., Sondorgo, Besh o droM, Parno Graszt & Latcho Drom, Pannonia All-Stars Ska Orchestra, Csik Band.

WE ARE FSTVL, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex, 25 May: Damian Lazarus, Art Department, Dixon, Mathew Jonson, Mr C, Subb-an, Clive Henry, Amirali Live, Fur Coat, Francesca Lombardo.

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Live Nation has announced the appointment of a new Chairman of the board in the form of Greg Maffei, who is also CEO of Liberty Media, the biggest single shareholder in the live music, artist management and ticketing group.

Liberty Media has been quietly increasing its stake in Live Nation, and its influence in the board room, for a while now, with some speculating that the media group might attempt a full takeover of the live entertainment company at some point. It is Liberty Media which seemingly snapped up the Madison Square Garden Company's 2% of Live Nation earlier this week.

Maffei takes over the Chairman role from Irving Azoff, the former co-boss of Live Nation who, before exiting somewhat suddenly at the end of last year, chaired the board in addition to his executive role at the business. Maffei will be a Non-Executive Chairman, leading in the boardroom but with no hands-on role in the company.

Confirming the appointment, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino told reporters: "Greg brings years of experience and business acumen that will continue to be a valuable asset as our team executes on the three-year plan, driving profitability and shareholder value".

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Cherrytree Records boss Martin Kierszenbaum has finally confirmed he is staying with the Universal Music Group, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As previously reported, Kierszenbaum announced he was departing Universal's Interscope division last June, and indicated he would be taking his Cherrytree imprint with him. But then a few weeks later it emerged Kierszenbaum was still in talks with Universal, and it seemed like he would be sticking around after all. And although not announcements followed to confirm that fact, Cherrytree continued to sign artists seemingly as a Universal affiliate.

Now the Reporter has a quote from Kierszenbaum confirming he and Cherrytree are staying put, and also bigging up Fueled By Raman co-founder John Janick who, as previously reported, joined Interscope as COO last October.

Says Kierszenbaum: "[Interscope boss] Jimmy Iovine not only gave me the opportunity to start Cherrytree Records in 2005, but also the support, advice, and encouragement to sign progressive artists with a point of view and stick with them until they break. I'm not only deeply grateful to him, but also over the moon about the arrival of John Janick, one of the premiere record executives in the business, to the helm of Interscope Geffen A&M where I'm excited to begin this new chapter for Cherrytree".

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eBay UK has confirmed that it is in the process of shifting the ticket reselling that occurs on its online auction platform over to the UK wing of StubHub, the firm's secondary ticketing service which launched over here last year.

The plan, first mooted in January, is to remove some ticket categories completely from eBay UK by May, forcing buyers and sellers of tickets to switch to its sister site. eBay says that StubHub, especially built with ticket reselling in mind, is a more user-friendly platform, plus users benefit from a dedicated customer service team on call from 9am to 9pm every day. And, of course, eBay gets bigger commissions on StubHub, so winners all round (well, all round eBay HQ anyway).

Says StubHub's GM International Brigitte Ricou-Bellan: "StubHub launched in the UK in March 2012 and in our first year of business here we have proven our model and offered thousands of fans a premiere service to access the very best in sport, music and live entertainment. We are now opening up our specialised platform to eBay buyers and sellers with a suite of additional tools and services to make the process safer and more efficient".

Meanwhile eBay's VP Marketplaces, Paul Newman, added: "There's no doubt that StubHub offers the best way to buy and sell tickets online. We're committed to offering customers the very best experience and that's why we are confident this is the right move at the right time for ticket buyers and sellers in the UK".

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Now, the first of April is approaching, but seemingly this isn't an early fool of a story. Kerrang! Radio's latest recruit is, erm, a black Labrador dog, who will play an hour of music every Sunday on the rock station.

Which is mad enough, but station bosses are promising that Rockdog will also be interviewing celebrity guests. Kerrang! Radio Programme Director James Walshe told reporters: ''People seem to be having trouble believing us but it really is a dog. Like, an actual dog. It's a programme for people who love rock music. And dogs''.

To be fair the one hour programme is part of a partnership with the Guide Dogs charity, so there is a admirable side to this as well as the ridiculous. Though other DJs at Kerrang! might want to watch out, there's always a rival in the wings willing to work for a bowl of Pedigree Chum.

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