18 MAR 2013

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Hello to all of you returning from SXSW. Did you have a nice time? Did you see Prince? I hear he was quite buzzy this year. I predict big things for that boy. Assuming you're not heading straight off to Canadian Music Week or Winter Music Conference, there's plenty to look forward to back at home this week. Or you could just sit around trying to recover from all the Texas you got on you. But be sure to stick around with CMU for treats such as an interview with Ben Watt and a playlist from Retro Stefson.
Now, I think we've made it very clear how we feel about reunions around here. But two things allow for an exception to be made in this case. Firstly, the original Sugababes have got back together under a different name (mainly due to trademark issues, but whatever). Secondly, a large part of their decision to reform was out of pure spite, which we are totally down with. Love us some spite. There's a third thing too, but we'll get to that more>>

- HMV debts topped £347 million at collapse
- Jacksons suing AEG for $40 billion
- Lil Wayne suffers seizures, but not at death's door
- Tone Loc collapses at Des Moines gig
- Morrissey confirms all US dates off as ill health continues
- Ninja Tune signs Machinedrum
- BMG signs Sam Lee
- New Foo Fighters LP will be "crazy" and "not conventional", says Grohl
- and K-pop girlband 2NE1 release single
- Bastille to release mini LP
- Secret seven-inch RSD series to feature Nas, Jessie Ware, Haim
- Jay-Z executive producing Gatsby OST
- Noise Of Art to celebrate 100 years of electronic music
- Festival line-up update: Isle Of Wight Festival, Other Voices and Wood Festival
- Could Universal put Capitol UK into Abbey Road studios?
- Anorak London to close
- Gallagher not impressed with lady popstars, Sandé responds
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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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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Canadian Music Week. Slightly confusingly kicking off tomorrow and running until Sunday (confusing in that's definitely not a week by British standards), Canadian Music Week is about to descend on Toronto. Combining showcase festival, conference, tradeshow and various awards ceremonies, plus focuses on Japanese, Korean and Nordic music, this year you can see Rihanna sing and producer Steve Lillyshite speak, amongst others.

David Bowie V&A exhibition. Entitled 'David Bowie Is' this exhibition at the V&A museum in London features over 300 items for public display, not least instruments, LP artwork, hand-drawn video storyboards and various iconic stage costumes.

Unsigned Guide tenth anniversary. The Unsigned Guide turns ten on Wednesday. Happy birthday Unsigned Guide. To celebrate there are discounts and prizes to be had for subscribers new and old.

Snoop Lion/Dogg reggae film. A documentary about the making of Snoop Dogg, sorry Lion's first reggae album with Diplo in Jamaica opens in cinemas this Friday. Entitled 'Reincarnated', the album of the same name is due for release next month.

Best of BUG. Another cinema experience, Adam Buxton's monthly music video night at the BFI Southbank shifts to the Odeon on Leicester Square for one night only tomorrow to run through some of the best videos it's featured throughout its history.

New releases. Justin Timberlake's new album is out this week. You've probably already streamed it on iTunes and tweeted that it's too long. The Saturdays also have a new album out this week, which I have higher hopes for. Although more exciting than both of these are the new LPs from Marnie Stern and Steve Mason. As well as all that, you can also grab new albums this week from Billy Bragg, Low, Daughter, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Peace and The Virgins.

Gigs and tours. If you're in Brighton this Wednesday evening, you can catch The Great Escape's spring launch party at The Green Door Store, featuring performances from Marika Hackman, Drop Out Venus and The Dancers. Then the next night, you can head down to the V&A for you first visit of the week (before you go to the Bowie exhibition on Saturday) to see Napalm Death smash up some ceramics. Not only that, also performing this week are Biffy Clyro, The Gaslight Anthem, Wild Nothing, Wire, The Men, Palma Violets and that Professor Green, who will be playing a very secret Barclaycard-sponsored show.

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HMV's debts topped £347 million when the flagging entertainment retailer went into administration in January, the company having made losses in the first half of its financial year pretty much in line with its full twelve month losses the previous year.

And that despite optimistic chatter from HMV HQ as recently as last summer about the company going back into profit sometime soon. It seems the last ditch strategy of dedicating more floor-space to iPads and headphones to turn round the company's fortunes was as daft as it sounded from the start.

Of the £347 million owing, £237 million was owed to unsecured creditors who, administrator Deloitte has confirmed, will go unpaid. It's not yet clear who exactly that impacts, and whether any suppliers will be left exposed to dangerous levels by HMV's collapse.

The Inland Revenue is likely to be amongst the biggest losers. A previously reported list of those private concerns owed money, which originated in an earlier 'statement of affairs' from Deloitte, listed accountants as amongst the biggest creditors, though the biggest debt in that list was £155,000 to KPMG.

The latest figures come from new documents prepared by Deloitte for HMV's creditors, while previously unpublished company accounts to 27 Oct reveal the size of the retailer's ongoing losses, having lost £37.3 million on sales of £286.6 million in the previous six months.

Of course that doesn't include the all-important Christmas quarter, though the fact the company fell into administration shortly after the festive period presumably shows that the anticipated (or, at least, desperately wished for) recovery did not occur during those months.

The creditors; report reveals that there have been 33 expressions of interest to buy some or all of the HMV business, though the document says that, at the time of writing, no formal offers had been made for the company.

As much previously reported, restructuring specialist Hilco is expected to make a bid for a streamlined HMV business anytime now, it already owning HMV Canada and having acquired most of HMV UK's bank debts. And with the big quarterly rent payment day just a week away, a deal could well be rushed through this week.

In related news, there were reports this weekend that four bidders had come forward specifically interested in the Fopp brand, the one-time independent record seller that went under in 2007, living on in a much streamlined form as an offshoot of the HMV Group.

Though, while smaller bidders have expressed an interest in the Fopp brand and its nine-store network, insiders say that Hilco is also interested in keeping that part of the HMV business as part of its wider bid for the company.

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Katherine Jackson and the children of Michael Jackson are suing AEG Live for a cool $40 billion according to TMZ, which says it has seen legal papers where the Jackson family set out the damages they consider they are due should their legal spat with the live music firm succeed.

As previously reported, the Jacksons argue that AEG Live - promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated 'This Is It' show - is liable for the singer's death because it hired and managed Dr Conrad Murray, the medic convicted of causing the late king of pop's demise through negligent treatment. AEG counters that Jackson himself chose Murray and was the doctor's day-to-day manager, and therefore it is not liable for his actions.

Although AEG managed to get some of the Jackson family's other claims removed from the lawsuit, the core claim of negligence for hiring Murray remains, and the case is now heading for court in what could be a very dramatic trial, given the correspondence between AEG and various people involved in the 'This Is It' venture that is likely to be analysed as part of the proceedings.

The somewhat ambitious (to put it lightly) $40 billion damages claim appears in legal documents apparently seen by TMZ. The breakdown of the damages claim includes $10 billion for Jackson's children based on what they seemingly believe their late father could have earned had the 'This Is It' project gone ahead as planned, with the fifty night London residency leading into a world tour.

To put the claim in perspective, the absolute upper valuation of the entire AEG business while owners Anschutz Inc were considering a sale of the company recently was $10 billion. AEG has already called the $40 billion claim "preposterous", adding that Jackson's career was in a downwards spiral in the last few years of his life, making the estimates of his future earning potential vastly over the mark.

Indeed if you were being brutal, while obviously there is a case for significant damages for the emotional harm caused to family members by Jackson's premature demise, in terms of lost income, the earning potential of the Michael Jackson legacy is arguably much higher than with any of the business projects the singer was involved in towards the end of his life.

Quite how judges respond to the family's claim remains to be seen. Few expect anything like that kind of pay out even if the Jackson's win in court.

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Lil Wayne took to Twitter on Friday night to assure his fans that he wasn't quite at death's door. The rapper had required hospital treatment earlier in the week after suffering "multiple seizures", paralleling health issues the hip hop star suffered back in October too.

TMZ then reported that Wayne, having initially been discharged from hospital, had returned just hours later after collapsing again, and this time was in a coma and near death. Talks of family members rushing to be by his side and the last rites being dished out also circulated.

But, while Wayne did indeed suffer seizures last week, the latter reports turned out to be false. Wayne himself tweeted on Friday night: "I'm good everybody, thanks for the prayers and love", while a spokesman told reporters the death's door rumours were ill-founded, adding that "Lil Wayne is recovering".

Long-term friend of Wayne, and President of his Young Money imprint, fellow rapper Mack Maine later took to Twitter to confirm everything was OK. "Wayne is alive and well! We [are] watching the Syracuse game... thanks for the prayers and concern", he tweeted, before adding: "We will be releasing an official statement shortly but don't believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe... that's false!"

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Also collapsing in the world of hip hop this weekend was Tone Loc, real name Anthony Terrell Smith, who collapsed during a show in Des Moines in Iowa on Saturday night.

Amateur video footage posted on the website of the Des Moines Register shows paramedics kneeling over the rapper giving first aid treatment. The show was cancelled and audience members asked to leave, though it's thought Smith recovered at the venue and refused to be taken to hospital.

It's not the first time Smith has collapsed during a show, he last did so at a gig in Florida in 2009.

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Morrissey finally confirmed this weekend that all of the rest of his planned North American tour was now off because of ongoing medical problems.

The singer has had to cancel numerous shows and festival appearances in recent months because of various health issues, including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's oesophagus and most recently double pneumonia. Each time reps said the former Smiths man hoped to recover and resume his live commitments, but this weekend admitted that wasn't going to be possible.

A spokesman told CMU: "Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour. Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts. Refunds for the remaining shows are available at point of purchase".

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Ninja Tune has signed American producer/DJ Machinedrum to a four album deal, the first record from which should be released as early as this June. We know this because the producer, real name Travis Stewart, has announced the deal via Twitter a few times, writing in one: "Oh and by the way I'm signed to mother fucking Ninja Tune now ahhhhhhhhh".

Ninja Tune chief Peter Quirke subsequently told Billboard: "He fits in particularly well [at Ninja] because he's an experimental electronic artist and that's one of our key principles. Not just that, he's unmistakably precise and prolific - just a brilliant producer. I think we'll see him producing records for all sorts of people, not just for us but for big stars and pop artists".

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BMG Chrysalis has signed an international (except Japan) publishing deal with Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee.

Folk-loving Lee, who self-released his 2012 LP 'Ground Of Its Own' via his own label The Nest Collective, says this of the new publishing alliance: "BMG are brilliant because they've got really strong international connections so we can feed into a lot of parts of the industry. I'm in an interesting world because my repertoire is traditional, so the way it works is everywhere I go any musician I collaborate with I bring songs to the table. Anything I do with them is my arrangement".

BMG's UK SVP Alexi Cory-Smith adds this pearl: "As soon as I saw Sam perform at the Mercury Awards, it was clear that he was something special and we connected directly at the show. Significantly this was a deal that was finally done by Gareth Smith, our VP Of Marketing & Sync, who is very clear on the potential of Sam's music. It has a real honesty about it, which really cuts through".

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Foo Fighters may still be in the process of "going a way for a while", but that doesn't mean plans for the next Foos LP aren't already being hatched in Dave Grohl's head.

Talking to Billboard at an SXSW-based showing of his new film, 'Sound City: Real To Reel', Grohl said: "Well, we're just writing right now. When we start working on a record, what I've found is we work best at our own pace, and sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it takes a while".

He then said: "I have a crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record and how we record it. It's not conventional. It won't be a conventional record".

Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins added: "It's just sort of a germ in Dave's head at this point. He says he's got a lot of ideas. We haven't really gotten down to brass tacks. I don't know what the path will be. It's always a little different, which is good".

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Last year it was revealed that was collaborating with A-list K-pop phenomena 2NE1. The 'fruits' of that collaboration, as is financed by Intel's Ultrabook Project, have since been made flesh in the shape of new track 'Take The World On'. Chances are it'll feature on 2NE1's first English-speaking LP, if and when that's ever released.

And here it is, providing backing noise on an Intel commercial.

But this isn't the only pop co-op has released of late, oh no. A new track featuring one Justin Bieber - as is likely, given its title 'That Power' and all, to be off Will's TBA new disc '#willpower' - has also 'appeared' online in the form of an unofficial radio rip. Have a listen here.

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Pop types Bastille, aka Dan Smith and band, will later this year release a mini compilation of all the spare tracks that didn't quite make their first LP, 'Bad Blood'.

Confiding in the Daily Star, Smith said: "We have a lot of tracks because I ran out of time while making the album. Stuff like 'Sleepsong' and 'Durban Skies' I wanted to put on the extended cut of 'Bad Blood', but I was talked out of it. So the compromise is that I'm going to re-visit those and others later in the year, and put out a mini-album of songs".

Said mini-album, when it materialises, will also feature "stuff from old EPs" and various live favourites. So, that's nice.

But till that time, this is 'Sleepsong', as was initially released part of Bastille's 'Overjoyed' EP.

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Tracks by Nas, Elton John, Public Enemy, Jessie Ware, Laura Marling, HAIM and the late Nick Drake will all be given a special re-release as part of the Record Store Day-relevant Secret Seven-Inch scheme.

As per last year, the 'secret' is that the 700 or so singles - each featuring a one-off original sleeve designed by famed artists like Gilbert & George and Ai Weiwei - will be unlabelled, so it's all really a lottery as to which tracks people buy.

The sleeves will go on show at Mother in London on 13 Apr, and go on sale the following weekend (20 Apr, aka RSD). All cash raised will go to anti-crime charity Art Against Knives.

Info via

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It's official, Jay-Z is boss of the score to Baz Luhrman's brash new 'Great Gatsby' adaptation, remember, the one potentially featuring Lady Gaga, Prince and Lana Del Rey. He'll executive-produce composer Craig Armstrong's OST to the film, and (again, potentially) add new tracks of his own devising.

Says Jay, who sparked the collaboration when he invited Luhrman and 'Gatsby' star Leonard DiCaprio to the recording of his and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' track 'No Church In The Wild: "As soon as I spoke with Baz, I knew this was the right project. 'The Great Gatsby' is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It's ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist".

'The Great Gatsby' will be released in cinemas on 17 May. This is its trailer.

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Noise Of Art has announced its next series of events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of electronic music, and the publication of Italian futurist Luigi Russolo's 'Manifesto For An Art Of Noises' in 1913.

Putting his money where his mouth was, Russolo also built a number of new instruments, called Intonarumori, which are now considered to be a precursor to the modern synthesiser. His first performance, also in 1913, elicited extremely polarised reactions.

A launch show for the upcoming series of Noise Of Art events will take place at Village Underground in Shoreditch on 17 May. Headlining will be the acclaimed Eccentronic Research Council, playing their first ever show in London, with vocals from actress Maxine Peake. Also confirmed so far are Fil OK, Justin Robertson, Jim Stanton, Scottee, Severino, Ben Osborne, Your Mum and Mark Scott Wood.

You'll find more information at, and you can book tickets here.

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It's a relatively bite-sized FLUU rundown today, as a mere three festivals add to their respective artist caches. The Isle Of Wight Festival's situation is slightly different, its six new in-fest artistes, who are all sans label deals, having been chosen via its Unsigned contest. The six winners, not least Tank Trap, Chidi, Oxva and Crystal Seagulls, will all play IOW's main stage, as is headlined by The Stone Roses, The Killers and Rihanna.

Says the festival's promoter John Giddings: "We want to thank all the musicians who entered and the finalists, the standard was exceptional. It's fantastic to be able to give unsigned artists the chance to play at the Isle of Wight Festival in front of our amazing crowd. Who knows, maybe one day they'll be performing further up the bill".

Ah, that's nice. And since we're all being nice, go on and take your pick of today's FLUU-based treats...

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle Of Wight, 13-16 Jun: Tank Trap, Crystal Seagulls, Louise Golbey, Chidi, Cable Street Collective, Oxva.

OTHER VOICES, Wilton's Music Hall, London, 5-7 Apr: Stornoway, Imelda May, John Grant.

WOOD FESTIVAL, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, 17-19 May: Jackie Oates, La Morte Subite, Jack Cade & the Everyday Sinners, Ralfe Band, Oxford Ukuleles, Colorado's aptly named The Wood Brothers, Canadian roots-rock songwriter Dustin Bentall & Kendall Carson, Adam Barnes, Edd Keene, Jess Hall, Art Theefe, Rainbow Reservoir, Megan Henwood, The August List, Katy Rose & The Cavalry Parade, Reichenback Falls, Until The Bird, Natureboy, Will Phipps, Milky Moon, Rye Wolf, House of Hats, Jess Roberts & the Silver Rays, Oliver Wilde, Owen Tromans, The Cedars, Case Hardin, The Redlands Palomino Company, Paul McClure, The Mad Staring Eyes, The Arlenes.

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Universal Music could turn Abbey Road Studios into a London base for Capitol Records, according to the Sunday Times.

As previously reported, having been forced to sell off EMI's most famous British asset Parlophone to get regulator approval for its purchase of the wider EMI recorded music business, Universal is planning to launch a UK wing of Capitol, the former British major's most famous American label.

Capitol UK could launch this summer and, echoing the label's famous LA-base, the Capitol Records Tower that also houses one of the city's most famous studio complexes, the Times reckons plans are afoot to base the British version of the label in London's most famous studio building.

With deals now done (regulator green light pending) for all those EMI assets in Europe Universal was forced to sell, including Parlophone, Universal chief Lucian Grainge is expected to reveal his plans for those European assets he got to keep later this week, with a new Universal division expected to be created utilising EMI's other big brand, Virgin Records.

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Music PR firm Anorak London is to close after ten years in operation. Originally launched under the name Scruffy Bird in 2003, the company changed its name in 2009 after breaking away from its management division. The company will officially close its doors on 5 Apr.

Directors Laura Martin and Emily Cooper told CMU: "We've had an extremely successful ten years and broken countless artists over this time. We have had high levels of success as a business in this ever changing industry but it has come to a point where we would both like a change - we want to quit whilst we are ahead in order to pursue new personal challenges. Emily will be doing freelance digital PR and Laura will be doing freelance press. We are sad to say goodbye to Anorak and our excellent staff but in turn we are very excited about the future".

Contact Emily on and Laura on

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Praise the Lord for Noel Gallagher, always on hand to help fill the 'and finally' slot on a busy Monday morning with a nice simple diss story.

Lady popstars were the target in the one time Oasis man's latest chat to The Sun, in which he took aim at Paloma Faith - "do me a favour - who fucking decided she's a star?" - and the 2012 phenomenon that was Emeli Sandé - "she's making fucking music for grannies".

Gallagher went on to bemoan requests by unnamed popstars to have him help them write some songs, clearly of the opinion said stars should write their own material. He went on: "I must have been asked to write songs for people about 20 times. 'Hey man - we should write some songs together'. Fucking write your own songs. I spent 46 years busting my arse to get here, slaving over a line in a song for a month. So no, I won't write a song with you, you little prick".

So, that's popstars everywhere told. Sandé chose to respond to the latest round of entertaining Gallagher ranting with an equally entertaining (if more concise) Twitter response.

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