25 MAR 2013

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Hey, it's Easter this week, which means this is the first of two short weeks. How lovely. Thanks, Jesus. I will gorge myself on cheap chocolate in your honour. This also means that things will be a bit different around here - mainly because you'll only get four CMU Dailies, instead of five. Also, this Thursday you'll get a selection of club tips for the long weekend from our chief club tipper Vigsy. And as well as all that, there'll be the latest edition of our podcast and an interview with Susanne Sundfør.
It's not often you hear contemporary albums driven largely by church organ. There was Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible', but even that only used it a couple of times. I suppose you either need to be very confident or a bit foolish to make it your instrument of choice. Whichever Anna Von Hausswolff is, it paid off, because the Swedish musician's second album, 'Ceremony', is really excellent. The new long player will be released in the UK on 1 Jun more>>

- AEG's Wembley contract to go to Competition Commission
- Images released of Amy Winehouse statue
- Mega chief also plans to sue Hong Kong
- Live Nation sued over Kiss cannon
- My Chemical Romance split
- Pregnant Fergie a Black Eyed Pea "4ever", says
- The National name fifth LP
- Deerhunter to release 'mystery disc'
- Little Mix and Missy Elliot collaborate
- Sigur Rós preview new LP, Kveikur
- Festival line-up update: T In The Park, Bestival, Camden Crawl Dublin and more
- Restructuring firm takes Blockbuster out of administration
- Ex-Anorak staffers launch new PR agency
- Aussie radio firm launches streaming platform
- AATW to launch new pop-themed TV channel
- Ant & Dec back in iTunes chart after 'Rhumble' reunion
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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

HMV sale. Not the HMV 'everything must go' sale that has been going on in various forms in store since the company went into administration in January, but rather the sale of the whole company. Today is the big quarterly rent day, which many assumed administrator Deloitte would see as a deadline by which to have sold off the flagging HMV business. Though latterly it seems the 25 Mar deadline wasn't as important as previously mooted. Nevertheless, it's still thought that Deloitte hopes to have got the retailer out of administration by the end of this month, which would mean a sale this week. The most likely buyer is still Hilco, which already owns HMV Canada and controls much of HMV UK's debt.

Beyonce documentary. BBC One will give Beyonce's 'Life Is But A Dream' documentary its UK premiere at 10.35pm on 28 Mar. 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?

JD Roots Live Music Week. The Strongroom bar in Shoreditch is running a special series of gigs this week, from tonight to Saturday, which will showcase the regional winners of the recent JD Roots new band competition, along with some Strongroom favourites. Jack Daniel's (the whisky brand being the JD in question) will be putting on food and drinks to keep you going. Entry is free, full details here.

Push Play's Sonia Akow benefit. This club night, put on to raise money for music PR and DJ Sonia Akow's ongoing treatment for leukaemia, features some big names. Shy FX, B-Traits, Dub Pistols, MJ Cole, Deekline & Ed Solo, Congo Natty, Freestylers, Shut Up & Dance and more will all donate their services for free.

New releases. Releasing new albums that people will likely either say are a "return to form" or complain about endlessly this week are Depeche Mode and The Strokes. Also, Edwyn Collins' latest album, moved back from its original release date in January, is out. As are albums by Retro Stefson, Lapalux, Wire, Wavves, Senses Fail and This Is Head. If you want something shorter, Sky Ferreira has an EP out and East Indian Youth becomes the first artist to release a single through The Quietus's new label.

Gigs and tours. For this month's Ja Ja Ja Nordic showcase night, the fabulous Fallulah will play what I think I'm right in saying is only her second UK gig ever. You really should go and see her play. Also playing one-offs in London this week are Tyler, The Creator, Foals (well, two shows at Royal Albert Hall, but on the same day), Retro Stefson, Frida Sundemo, Sinead O'Connor and Efterklang (but, shhh, that one's a secret). Having played one show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden last night, The Weeknd will play three more over the next three nights, and also in residency mode (in Bristol this time) are Grouper. Meanwhile, touring around are Emeli Sandé, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beach House, Suede, La Roux and Bo Ningen.

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AEG's deal to take over the running of Wembley Arena has been referred to the Competition Commission after an initial investigation by the Office Of Fair Trading.

As previously reported, AEG won the rights to manage the Wembley Arena venue, previously held by Live Nation, late last year. But competitors immediately raised concerns about the new arrangement, mainly because AEG also operates London's main other arena venue at The O2 complex, meaning the capital's two most important venues for major entertainment events will be in the hands of the same company.

AEG also now runs the Hammersmith Apollo, of course, one of the bigger theatre venues for the music and comedy industries, and often seen as a 'stepping stone' for acts moving from theatre-sized venues to arenas for the first time. The OFT confirmed it was referring AEG's Wembley contract to the Competition Commission on Friday "due to concerns the merger may substantially reduce competition in the live entertainment venue sector".

Justifying the decision, the OFT's Senior Director and Decision Maker in this case, Jackie Holland, told CMU: "The O2 Arena and Wembley Arena are the two largest indoor live entertainment venues in London. This merger would result in a major consolidation of the indoor spaces where large concerts, sports and other shows can be held in the capital and may result in higher costs for promoters to hire suitable venues, which ultimately may be passed on to consumers in the form of higher ticket prices. As such, we believe it is appropriate that the Competition Commission reviews this merger in detail to ensure that the interests of consumers are protected".

The referral of the deal to the Commission doesn't necessarily mean the competition regulator will find sufficient concerns to block the arrangement, or to force other remedies, although it has interfered in live entertainment acquisitions in London in the past, forcing Live Nation to offload some of its venues in 2007 when it acquired a sizable slice of the Academy Music Group. But either way, the Commission is likely to take until early September to rule, causing insecurities in the meantime.

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Photos showing the design of sculptor Scott Eaton's commemorative Amy Winehouse statue have been released online via the Evening Standard. First proposed back in November, the life-sized bronze effigy will, providing Camden Council sanctions it (which it's still to do), be placed at the Roundhouse in North London, a mile away from the flat in which Winehouse died in July 2011.

The late singer's father Mitch says he intends to unveil the statue at a memorial gala show in 2014, adding: "The reason why there will hopefully be a statue of her at the Roundhouse is everyone loved Amy. She was a strong girl who had weaknesses. Even the strongest people have them. Amy was a wonderful person, who did a lot for Camden and for kids. She was one of the greatest singers the world has ever known so why shouldn't we put a statue up?"

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Because ongoing legal squabbles with just two governments simply aren't enough for one man, MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz is reportedly now planning to sue the authorities in Hong Kong too.

Dotcom, of course, is currently battling efforts by the US government to extradite him from New Zealand to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement in relation to the now defunct MegaUpload business.

Meanwhile the Mega chief has accused the American government of acting unlawfully when it shut down the mainly US-based servers of his former business in January 2012, and concurrently requested that New Zealand police raid Dotcom's home and that the authorities in Hong Kong raid the MegaUpload offices and freeze the company's many assets in the Chinese special administrative region.

While fighting various aspects of the American case, Dotcom has also had legal squabblings with the New Zealand government and affiliated agencies about their role in raiding his home, in arresting him and other Mega execs at the request of the Americans, and in spying on his company's activities before the big January 2012 raid.

But Dotcom reckons the authorities in Hong Kong also acted inappropriately in assisting American prosecutors, and that they too should accept some liability for the collapse of the original Mega company. Dotcom says that prior to the 2012 raid he and his colleagues had planned to float the MegaUpload business, which could have been valued at up to $2 billion at the time, he claims.

According to the South China Morning Post, Dotcom has now said: "We will take the Hong Kong government to court for the destruction of our business, because they acted for the US government when shutting down our business and freezing all our bank accounts. We were in the process of preparing a listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the valuation of our company was over US$2 billion. Fortunately, the US government will have to indemnify Hong Kong for any damages awarded to us".

So add yet another strand to the many legal battles of Dotcom, who also somehow finds time in between his various meetings with lawyers to run the all new Mega service, which launched earlier this year.

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A Kiss fan has sued Live Nation after being allegedly injured by debris discharged by a cannon during a show by the flamboyant rockers in St Louis, Missouri last year.

William Mueller Jr was already receiving treatment for brain cancer at the time of the show and, in his lawsuit, says that he was injured after the on-stage cannon "exploded and with great force launched a metal ratchet tie-down strap" that hit the claimant, who was standing by his allotted seat at the time.

Noting that Mueller was already in a "weakened and vulnerable condition" because of his illness, the lawsuit says: "[The] defendants owed to [the] plaintiff the duty to exercise the highest degree of care for his safety. [The] defendants' actions, conduct, or omissions were negligent, negligent per se, or both and were not those of a reasonably prudent person".

The litigation targets the show's promoter Live Nation, and doesn't list Kiss themselves as defendants.

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My Chemical Romance have split because, well, why not? Last May the band said that work was about to begin on a follow up to their 2010 long player 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys', but then all went quiet on that front. Instead the focus fell on a series of double A-side releases dubbed 'Conventional Weapons' that featured tracks recorded in 2009, but ultimately dropped in favour of the material that appeared on 'Danger Days'.

Confirming the split on their website this weekend, the band said as one: "Being in this band for the past twelve years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure".

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So, since R&B wino Fergie is 'preggalicious' with a petit pois (aka, a baby) and all, what of her place in the Black Eyed Peas... is it safe?

Well, yeah, it is, says lead Pea, who's been speaking out against salacious 'unfair dismissal' gossip that said he'd been auditioning "aspiring" wannabes to replace the real Fergie while she's with child.

Says via Twitter: "The rumours on Fergie being replaced are so false".

"#BEP4ever #fergieROCKS... #family", adds the hashtag-happy star.

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As you may already be aware, since it was first affirmed last week, The National's fifth LP, 'Trouble Will Find Me', is set to be released via 4AD on 20 May. So there, I hope you're happy, because I am. Its taping was done at New York's Clubhouse studio by the band themselves, and mixed by Craig Silvey, Peter Katis and Marcus Paquin.

Vocalist Matt Berninger says: "For the past ten years we'd been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring [2010 LP] 'High Violet', I think we felt like we'd finally gotten there. Now we could relax - not in terms of our own expectations but we didn't have to prove our identity any longer".

Guitarist/bassist/pianist Aaron Dessner adds: "Our ideas would immediately click with each other. It's freewheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they're our most simple and human. It just feels like we've embraced the chemistry we have".

In lieu of a new track, you'll have to make do with this tracklisting:

I Should Live In Salt
Don't Swallow The Cap
Sea Of Love
This Is The Last Time
I Need My Girl
Pink Rabbits
Hard To Find

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Deerhunter have shared a weird spiel re their avant garde new "mystery disc" via an aptly avant garde press release that features talk of "nocturnal garage", "rat tapes" and "futurist snares". I'm not 100% on what any of that means, but it approximates to the fact that the band's fifth LP, 'Monomania', will be released via 4AD on 6 May.

Its tracklisting, at least, is (relatively) straightforward:

Neon Junkyard
Leather Jacket II
The Missing
Dream Captain
Blue Agent
Back To The Middle
Punk (Le Vie Antérieure)

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Ex-'X-Factor' pop sweeties Little Mix have gone and done a collaboration with Missy Elliott, so that's nice. The girlband's brand new single, 'How Ya Doin?', will feature a "sensational guest rap" by MC Missy, aka one she phoned in from America.

Still, it's all pretty incredible, or so raves enthusiastic Little Mix-ette Jesy Nelson, who's said to The Mirror: "We honestly can't believe that Missy is on our song! She's been one of our biggest idols forever - it's incredible. As soon as we thought there might be a chance she'd appear on the track we did literally everything we could to make sure it happened".

'How Ya Doin?' is released on 14 Apr.

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Unlike the other artists - naming no names (Little Mix, The National, Deerhunter) - in today's Release News slot, Icelandic band Sigur Rós have provided us with an actual track to go with details of their new album release. Which is nice if, as I do, you like to listen as you read.

Also, to mark the release of their self-made new long player 'Kveikur', which, when XL releases it on 17 Jun, will pass 2012's 'Valtari' as the band's seventh LP to date, Jónsi and co have announced they will play several live dates in November. Which, again, is a nice thing to do.

If you care to, you can gaze at said dates, and the visuals for new 'Kveikur' track 'Brennisteinn', right away:

16 Nov: Dublin, O2 Arena
19 Nov: Nottingham Arena
20 Nov: Brighton Centre
21 Nov: London, Wembley Arena

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It's Festival Line-Up Update time again, and I'll go straight to presenting today's first FLUU; an update via the Camden Crawl's Dublin-based spin-off, the imaginatively-titled Camden Crawl Dublin. Featured on its official 4-5 May programme are Black Lips, Darkstar, Amateur Best, Gallops and PAWS, whilst Dirty Beaches, Big Deal and Tropics will play at a separately-ticketed pre-Crawl party at Whelan's on 3 May.

Next, inevitably, is the Killers, Rihanna and Mumford-topped T In The Park, whose latest intake of artists consists of Odd Future's Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator, and non-OF R&B star Rita Ora.

And with that, the ever-roving FLUU periscope moves to this year's sailor-themed HMS Bestival, and the international fleet of new names it's allowing aboard to mark Fête de la Musique, aka World Music Day, on 7 Sep. Curated by the team at Isle Of Wight festival Rhythmtree, Bestival's esteemed WMD guests include AJ Holmes And The Hackney Empire, London Afrobeat Collective, Myles Sanko, Muha and Modeste Hugues.

Says Bestival captain Rob Da Bank: "There's a lot of amazing music in this world and we only really ever hear a tiny amount of it, so I'm really pleased that the chaps from Rhythmtree have put together such a great line-up for our World Music Day. Taking over our solar powered bandstand in the Tomorrow's World field, all day on Saturday, you'll be able to sample the delights our planet has to offer from Malaysian mayhem to Ghanaian soul and don't forget to have a bit of tea and cake from the Women's Institute while you're there!"

Talking of tea and cake, have a slice and a cuppa as you take a look at today's remaining festival additions:

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: AJ Holmes And The Hackney Empire, London Afrobeat Collective, The Heritage Survival Band, Lokandes, Little Axe, Airtist, Modeste Hugues, By The Rivers, Muha, Tantz, Myles Sanko, Martin Newnham, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Cable Street Collective, Mama con Yuka & Amazee, Electric Jalaba, Rabbit Foot, The Ouse Valley Singles Club.

CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN, various venues, Dublin, Ireland, 4-5 May: Black Lips, Darkstar, PAWS, Amateur Best, Prince Rama, We Were Evergreen, Stubborn Heart, Three Trapped Tigers, Gallops, Kid Canaveral, The Pictish Trail, Lanterns On The Lake, Wife, Concrete Knives, PVT, Hounds, Amateur Historians, Croupier, Overhead, The Albatross, School Tour, So Cow, Toby Kaar, VerseChorusVerse, Bantum, Bouts, The Casanova Wave, Cian Nugent And The Cosmos, Cloud Castle Lake, Daithi, Dogs, Elaine Mai, Faune, Fight Like Apes, Forrests, Girl Band, Grouse, Hidden Highways, The Holy Roman Army, Inni-K, Kid Karate, Kool Thing, Le Galaxie, Lemonada, Low Sea, Margie Lewis, Miracle Bell, Mossy Nolan, Nanu Nanu, The Nota, O Emperor, Orla Gartland, Orquesta, Owensie, Peter Delaney, Ships, Skelocrats, Sleep Thieves, Soil Creep, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Squarehead, Swords, Unwinding Cables, We Cut Corners, White Collar Boy, Yawning Chasm.

DOUR, Plaine De La Machine À Feu, Dour, Belgium, 18-21 Jul: Modeselekor, Phon.o, Shed, Otto Van Schirach, Bambounou, Dave Clarke, Len Faki, Carl Craig, Compuphonic, High Contrast, Dynamite, Roni Size, Loadstar, Rustie, Rockwell feat MC Mantmast, Cyril Hahn, Surfing Leons, Loefah, Sherwood & Pinch, Kahn, Bishop Dust, Downlink, SkisM, Ben UFO, Dusky, Huxley.

GHOSTFEST, Leeds University Student Union, 29-30 Jun: Brutality Will Prevail, Heart In Hand, Polar, Betraying The Martyrs, Monuments, Dead Harts, Broken Teeth, Survival.

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26-30 Jun: Netsky.

MEADOWLANDS, Glynde Place, Glynde, East Sussex, 24-26 May: British Sea Power, AK/DK, Apples & Eve, Clowns, Cold Crows Dead, Common Tongues, Early Ghost, Elk, Forestears, Gypsy Disco, Hatful of Rain, Jamie Freeman Agreement, Kovak, Laish, Laurent Garnier, Marika Hackman, Native Roses, Nordic Giants, Rebel Control, Scarecrow, Scarlet Mae, Simonne & The Darks Stars, Small Shipwrecks, Speakeasy 3, Straw Bear, Swing Ninjas, Syd Arthur, Kalakuta Millionaires , The Meow Meows, The Running Dogs, The White Star Liners, The Wytches, Them The Sky, Time Fort, Ty, Vocal Explosion, White Mink Electro Swing Speakeasy, Woodland Blue, Written in Waters.

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Rita Ora, Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt.

WICKERMAN, East Kirkcarswell Far, Dumfries & Galloway, 26-27 Jul: Vukovi, Roman Nose, Vigo Thieves, Fat Goth, Fake Major, TeKlo, Rungs, Honeyblood, Woodenbox, Solareye, Siobhan Wilson, Behold The Old Bear, Young Philadelphia, Flutes, Machines In Heaven, Bears Arms, Kayce One & Toni Smoke, Vasa, The Recovery, Saint Max And The Fanatics.

WILDERNESS, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 8-11 Aug: Martha Wainwright, Sam Lee, The Bees, London Grammar.

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As we wait with some anticipation for news on Hilco's bid to buy HMV out of administration, the other British entertainment retailer that collapsed in January - Blockbuster - has been rescued, albeit in a streamlined form.

Restructuring specialist Gordon Brothers Europe has bought the Blockbuster brand in the UK, and reportedly plans to keep a high street network going of about 264 stores (about half of the shops the firm was operating when it went into administration).

However, much of the company's game and film rental operations will be moved online, where it can better compete with younger competitors LoveFilm and Netflix, with new product lines introduced in store, likely to include digital content devices and music products.

Confirming the deal, Joint Administrator Lee Manning told reporters: "Having identified a profitable core portfolio of stores we are pleased to have achieved this sale for creditors. Together with the previously announced store sales, more than half of the original estate has been secured for ongoing use. This transaction provides Blockbuster with a future in the UK and we owe a special vote of thanks to all the company's employees, suppliers and customers for helping us rescue the business".

Former HMV Commercial Director Gary Warren, who was involved in various aspects of HMV's business before departing in July 2011, has been hired to be MD of the all new Blockbuster UK.

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Two more Anorak London staffers have announced the launch of a new PR agency, following the news that Anorak itself will close at the beginning of next month. With directors Laura Martin and Emily Cooper both setting up separate companies, Sarah Richardson and Sinead Mills will join together to create new agency, Bleached.

At launch, the company's roster will be: Angel Haze, Battles, Beacon, Bishop Nehru, Blaenavon, Braids, Cave Painting, Forte Bowie, Flume, FTSE, George Fitzgerald, Ghostpoet, Hudson Mohawke, Is Tropical, Johnny Flynn, Lianne La Havas, Marika Hackman, Matthew Dear, Of Monsters And Men, Post War Years, People Just Do Nothing, Plant Plants, Post War Years , SoKo, Story Books, The Ramona Flowers, TNGHT

Find out more here.

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A new streaming music service called Songl properly launched in Australia last week after a soft-launch earlier in the month, and a beta testing period before that.

It is perhaps most interesting because of its owners, Aussie radio firm Southern Cross Austereo. As the internet reaches the kitchen, bathroom and car dashboard, the rapidly growing but still niche streaming music platforms will start to compete head on with more traditional radio services, making any attempt by traditional radio firms to launch into the on-demand streaming music market interesting. The most notable players in this space to date, of course, have been Clear Channel in the US with their service iHeartRadio.

Southern Cross Austereo has partnered with both Universal Music and Sony Music to launch its proprietary streaming service. The new venture, which will have a subscription offer and a limited free-to-use try-before-you-buy option, hopes to distinguish itself in an already crowded market place by including curated playlists from DJs from its sister radio stations.

Songl boss Mark Shaw told, when asked about entering an already crowded market place: "Our position is that, despite the hype, revenues for subscription service are very, very small. There was a report that came out of ARIA that said 0.5% of all music revenue was attributable to streaming, that's $2 million. That's not a very large number. So we are coming to the market with a desire to educate the market about streaming, and we can do that because we've got media support with SCA and their various assets that we can utilise".

Aside from all the other competing streaming platforms in the Australian market, Songl will also have to deal with vocal criticism from some key indie labels, after independent music digital rights body Merlin announced it hadn't been able to do a deal with the new platform. Merlin boss Charles Caldas told Billboard: "Merlin tried to have a discussion with the major label proprietors of Songl to license our music, but they simply haven't bothered to do so".

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The Universal-allied dance and urban music company All Around The World will launch a new pop music based TV station on the Sky network, it has been confirmed.

AATW, best known for representing artists like N-Dubz and owning various successful dance compilation franchises (and, as of late 2011, for running Universal's compilations unit), already operates four urban and dance-themed channels on Sky, including the TV spin-off of compilations brand Clubland. The new pop-themed channel, to be called Planet Pop, will replace one of those, Massive R&B, which will have its content absorbed by the new network and AATW's existing Channel AKA.

The new channel will be led by AATW TV COO Simon Sadler, who joined the company from rival music television operators Box TV (the Bauer/Channel 4 JV) last year. Of the new service, he told CMU: "We're talking about Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Pop is by far the biggest genre, it's an extremely vibrant area, and it's still what people want from music TV. Planet Pop will be our big mainstream channel and it is an obvious place for us to head as we build our portfolio".

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Ant & Dec's 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble' is at number two in the iTunes chart as we speak after the ITV twosome revisited their CBBC past during this weekend's edition of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' show as the finale of a musical medley promoting ITV2 series 'The Big Reunion'.

Confirming, in case there was any doubt, that it's not just shit pop music from the 1980s that can cash in on the nostalgia circuit, 'The Big Reunion' has scored impressive ratings for an ITV2 show, and resulted in a fourteen date arena tour featuring the programme's stars this coming May.

'TBR' acts 5ive, Atomic Kitten and Blue all appeared on the Ant & Dec Saturday night prime time show this weekend before the programme's hosts donned their PJ & Duncan wardrobe (I'm guessing a few sizes bigger than first time round) for a rendition of their 1994 hit 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble'.

Resulting interest in the track on the Apple download store could see the song chart higher this time round than it did back in the 1990s. I always preferred their track 'Shout', though that's possibly because I was slightly too old to be within the 'Byker Grove' generation.

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