28 MAR 2013

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It's that time again. Time, if you were wondering, for an audio round up of some of the biggest stories in the music business over the last month. As such, in the latest edition of The CMU Podcast, Chris Cooke and Andy Malt discuss HMV (a bit), Universal's merging of Virgin and Mercury to create Virgin EMI, the rapid expansion of Robert FX Sillerman's new SFX company, AEG's decision not to sell up and pending legal battle with the Jacksons, plus Justin Bieber's eventful trip to the UK more>>
So it's the Easter weekend, and presumably you're all looking for three nights worth of clubbing fun, which would give you Friday night to hoover the living room and Monday to recover ready for back to work. Yes, here are three highly tipped Easter Weekend nights - Push Play's Sonia Akow benefit at Egg tonight, We Fear Silence at Cable on Saturday and the Groove Odyssey Sessions album launch party at Ministry Of Sound on Sunday more>>

- German and US industries see record sale revenue slip, despite booming digital sector
- IMPALA presents outstanding contribution award to Merlin boss
- Ant & Dec on course for number one
- Johnny Borrell switching off Razorlight to go solo
- Lucy Spraggan signed by Columbia
- King Midas Sound sign to Ninja Tune
- New Kanye track potentially titled I Am A God
- Tom Odell, Vampire Weekend LPs delayed
- Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Michael Bolton feature on Kid Cudi LP
- Laura Marling scores RSC's As You Like It
- Festival line-up update: Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival and more
- Hendrix pop-up store to open to promote recent rarities release
- Exec changes at Planet Rock
- 4Music aims for older audience with new Vice show
- Pixie Lott joins Inspector George Gently cast
- Marvin JLS joins Capital
- Olly Murs falls over, again
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In 2011 Germany was one of the few markets that bucked the trend of decline in the global record industry by scoring a 0.1% increase in revenue. But following the news that record industry revenues worldwide were up 0.3% in 2012, contrary Germany has posted a 3.2% decline.

Which probably tells us very little in terms of the big picture, though all those people who got very excited last month about the first worldwide record industry growth since Napster will be hoping global figures don't follow Germany's lead and slip back 3% this year.

A further slide in CD sales in the German market was behind the overall decrease in 2012 revenues, such declines having a sizable impact because physical product still accounts for nearly three quarters of record sale income in the country. Though the German digital music market - despite being some way behind that in many other key European territories - is now gaining momentum.

8.4 million Germans downloaded music from legit digital stores last year according to the latest stats from the country's record industry trade body BVMI. Over half of those purchases were of digital albums, with downloads generating about 250 million euros in revenue, up 24.4% on the previous year. Streaming services are also gaining traction in Germany (many arriving late in the market, mainly because of the hard bargaining of publishing rights collecting society GEMA), and generated about 36 million euros in revenue last year, a 40% increase on 2011.

Despite the overall decline, Berlin-based Universal man Frank Briegmann, who heads up the mega-major's Central Europe operations, managed to be upbeat when speaking to Billboard, remarking that: "It will still take some time for a genuine economic turnaround to emerge in the market as a whole. Even so, an important turnaround has occurred in people's heads; we are in a completely new climate, music is back in. There is hardly a technology provider or platform operator which can afford not to have an attractive range of music. And the fact that the two global players, Apple and Microsoft, are placing store on music content clearly demonstrates the potential in this market. Content is king again".

The US recorded music market also saw a slip in 2012, according to stats released this week by the Recording Industry Association Of America, with a 1% decline overall, despite substantial digital growth, especially in the streaming and subscription service space.

And while digital still only accounts for 29% of revenues in Germany, it now brings in 59% of the US record industry's recorded music income, the American market having been at the 50/50 point in terms of digital v physical in 2011.

Download service revenue grew by $235 million, a more substantial increase than the previous year, so that it totalled $2.8 billion. Which puts it someway ahead of the money being made from ad-funded and subscription-based streaming services, though that is where the most growth occurred. In fact streaming service revenue was up 58% to $571 million.

Which is all fab, though the decline of CD sale revenue quickened in 2012, resulting in a 17% fall, meaning the digital boom didn't compensate for the physical sale slide Stateside last year. Though it's not far off.

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The boss of indie label digital rights agency Merlin, Charles Caldas, has been given this year's Outstanding Contribution Award by pan-European indie labels trade body IMPALA. The award comes as Merlin approaches its fifth anniversary, and, says the trade organisation, recognises Caldas's "successful and dedicated work [at Merlin, which] has turned the organisation into the virtual fourth major in the digital space".

Confirming the latest winner of IMPALA's annual award for indie label people and initiatives, which was launched in 2011, the group's Executive Chair Helen Smith told CMU: "Before 2008, it was all too common for digital services to consider independent music as something of an afterthought. Not any more. Charles' tireless work with Merlin has put our sector firmly on the digital map and helped ensure that the enormous value of our members' repertoire is recognised by those in the technology sector and wider music industry. Five years on, and for independent labels and independent artists it is difficult to imagine a world without Merlin".

Caldas himself added: "I care very deeply about the work that we do at Merlin, and am truly honoured that the leaders of our sector, whom I admire and respect immensely, have chosen to recognise that work in this way".

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So, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are currently on course to have the coveted Easter number one single this weekend, with a song they originally released nineteen years ago, 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble'. As previously reported, the boost in sales comes after the duo reprised their past life as pop duo PJ & Duncan with a performance on their ITV show 'Saturday Night Takeaway' last weekend.

So far this week, the single has shifted over 46,000 units, and the duo have announced that they will donate all royalties received to Childline. Ant told the Official Charts Company: "'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble' kinda changed everything for us. Though I never thought we'd be performing it nineteen years later on a Saturday night TV show! People are still buying the track, so we've just decided that any money we make out of it will be put towards Childline".


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Okay, I'll play this straight. Johnny Borrell has placed 'the band Razorlight' on ice, but will, he says, release a solo single and LP. Borrell and his new backing band - that's Razorlight guitarist Freddy Stitz plus saxophonist Joao and keyboardist Darren (Joao and Darren, like Madonna and, er, Pope Francis, don't need surnames) - have been playing live already, with extra dates added in April, whilst Razorlight will play (as Razorlight) one last time at the Paris Olympia on 3 Apr.

Talking to France's Oui FM, Johnny recalls the scene that led to the making of his still-TBA first solo LP: "We had gone to the South Of France to a small house in the Pays Basque last year and the music just came very naturally. It's an album that was born in the spirit of a party, and the arrangements for the songs come from that atmosphere. When music works its like love, you can't force it and that's what happened with this".

He rambles on: "I'm so happy that it's come about this way, I'm just very removed from all the commerciality and the circus of rock n roll and I'm really happy that this record has come about in this way, and happy to have made the record".

Johnny (and co's) first single will be a double seven-inch vinyl, featuring tracks titled 'Dahlia Allegro' and 'Pan-European Supermodel Song', to be released on 8 Apr.

He'll also make an 'intimate' live PA at London's Servant Jazz Quarters - which really is quite intimate - on 1 Apr, and again on 5 Apr at London's Rough Trade East, which is a shop.

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'X-Factor' ladette Lucy Spraggan will release her first ever LP in 2014 via a new deal she's signed with Sony/Columbia.

Spraggers - who ,despite being a favourite to win 2012's 'X', resigned mid-way through the series after falling ill - says: "I'm really excited to be working with Columbia, it is such a respected label with an incredible heritage. To be signed to the company who have worked with great icons like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and the newer generation of artists like Calvin Harris and Rita Ora is amazing - I can't wait!"

Ah yes; Cash, Dylan, Ora... all the greats.

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Adding to Ninja Tune's rapidly expanding roster, King Midas Sound, aka producer Kevin Martin and vocalists Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, have signed to the label. They follow Machinedrum, who announced he had switched from Planet Mu earlier this month.

King Midas Sound have previously released music through Hyperdub, though Ninja Tune is already home to Martin's alter ego The Bug, as well as his Acid Ragga label.

Announcing the trio's arrival yesterday, Ninja Tune said that an album will emerge later this year, with a new single, 'Aroo', due to be released for Record Store Day.

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Immortal rap divinity Kanye West's new single is to be named 'I Am A God', or so says The Huffington Post.

A slight (but vital) variant on BBC-based-blather that West was to release a new LP by the title 'I Am God', 'I Am A God' the single has since been verified (kind of) by Kanye collaborator Malik Yusef, who claims via Twitter it's based on the first lines of Psalm 82 in the Bible ("I said, 'You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High'").

Referring to the supposed album title as reported in the original BBC story, The HuffPo credits a "reliable" West associate as saying: "We would never be so presumptuous or sacrilegious to call ourselves the supreme being".

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Regrettably, the releases of Tom Odell and Vampire Weekend's (not at all related) new LPs have been set back to alternative dates.

Vampire Weekend's 'Vampires Of The Modern City' is postponed by seven days from its original 7 May date (aka, to 14 May) because of, say the band via Facebook, "unanticipated delays in the production of physical copies of the record".

"We all worked very hard on this record and promise it will be worth the wait", they swear.

Meanwhile Odell's 'Long Way Down', initially meant to be available on 15 Apr, now won't be till 24 Jun. He says it's because "things are going so well" in America and Europe that he'd prefer to have a synched international release so that it isn't leaked online.

"I'm really sorry to keep you waiting longer. Hope you understand it's for the right reasons", writes a contrite Odell, who's compensating fans via this free demo of the 'Long Way Down' title track.

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Kid Cudi's still "appallingly titled" (as we've been saying since June) third LP 'Indicud' is set to feature guest indi-viduals like Kendrick Lamar, RZA, A$AP Rocky, ex-Fleet Fox Father John Misty and Haim. Oh, and Michael Bolton, whose name is attached to track #17, 'Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)'.

'Indicud' and its flammable cover art shall be released on 13 Apr, apparently.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's new staging of 'As You Like It' will feature an original score by Laura Marling.

The play, which will... well, play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford (12 Apr - 28 Sep) and Newcastle's Theatre Royal (29 Oct - 2 Nov) is directed by Maria Aberg who, by the look of its 'Mumford & Sons go to a rave'-style trailer, has devised a 'contemporary' take on Shakespeare's classic script.

Meanwhile, Laura Marling's non-Shakespearian new LP 'Once I Was An Eagle', her fourth to date, is released on 27 May. Taken from it, this is 'Where Can I Go'.

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So, to the festivals! Wait, I didn't mean that literally... I mean gather round to hear today's FLUUs. Don't all rush off to the nearest festival to where you are right now.

As expected, The Rolling Stones are playing at the pinnacle of Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage this year, and Mick Jagger has his wellies ready. Glasto's vast artist reveal yesterday also features Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The xx, Cat Power, Dizzee Rascal, The Vaccines, Smashing Pumpkins, The Weeknd and Azealia Banks - to name but a fraction - so that is nice.

But what else? Well, first in a deluxe Rob Da Bank featurette, I have news on his original and 'best' (says its title) fest, Bestival. New passengers aboard Bestival's 'HMS'-themed tenth birthday bash, the likes of James Blake, Courtney Pine, London Grammar, Savages, Willy Moon, Parquet Courts and The Child Of Lov, all RSVP to a party-and-a-half starring Elton John, Snoop Lion/Dog, MIA, Franz Ferdinand and Wu-Tang Clan.

Rob Da Bank has also added a parade of pop acts - many of whom hit their chart zenith in the 1980s - to his Camp Bestival cache. Heaven 17, The Proclaimers and Nik Kershaw join existing CB artistes like Richard Hawley, Levellers, Labrinth, The Polyphonic Spree and DJ Fresh.

"As a child of the 80s", Da Bank says, "I love that era. One hit wonders sit happily alongside some of the most visionary pop and electronic records ever made in my record collection. It's time for some serious leg warmers, rah rah skirts and fingerless lace glove action... well that's what I'll be wearing anyway!"

Oh great, so now I'm imagining that. To take my (and now, probably, your) mind off it, let's take a look at the following fest memos via Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham-based Dot To Dot, Dalston's Land Of Kings, and the made-in-Herefordshire Nozstock:

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: James Blake, Savages, Courtney Pine, Max Romeo, Willy Moon, The 1975, Clean Bandit, London Grammar, The Child Of Lov, Musical Youth, Evian Christ, Parquet Courts, Molotov Jukebox, Moulettes, Introducing, Filthy Boy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Champs, Woodpecker Wooliams, Lloyd Yates, Barbarossa, The Keepsakes, Isaiah Dreads, Parlour Flames, Charley Macaulay, Devilman Tweakaholic feat Jackmaster & Spencer, Bicep, Hieroglyphic Being, Addison Groove, Oneman, Psychemagik, Happa, Chris Coco, Pbr Streetgang, DJ Scotch Egg, Misty Conditions, Bill Brewster, Copy Paste Soul, Krysko, Applescal, Pete Gooding b2b Danny Whitehead, Pathaan, Johnno, Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Flying White Dots, March Hare, Gutterslut.

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 1-4 Aug: Heaven 17, The Proclaimers, Nik Kershaw, The Cuban Brothers Present, Barry Peters, Sam Lee & Friends, Molotov Jukebox, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Lloyd Yates, Isaiah Dreads, Craig Charles, Sunday Best Forum All Stars, DJ Dapper Dan.

DOT TO DOT, various venues, Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham, 24-26 May: Tom Odell, Deap Vally, Swim Deep, Chlöe Howl, Beans On Toast, London Grammar, Ruen Brothers, A Plastic Rose, Ady Suleiman, Best Friends, Bipolar Sunshine, Billy Lockett, Blackeye, Blue Hawaii, Candy Says, Chlöe Howl, Dan Croll, Findlay, Heart-Ships, Houndmouth, Indiana, Matthew & Me, Mausi, Middle Class Rut, Random Impulse, Snakadaktal, Syron, The Family Rain, Wildflowers.

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26 Jun - 1 Jul: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, The Vaccines, Kenny Rogers, Ben Howard, Rita Ora, Rufus Wainwright, Jake Bugg, Professor Green, Laura Mvula, Billy Bragg, Rokia Traore, First Aid Kit, Haim, Portishead, Chase & Status, The xx, Foals, Example, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club, Public Image Ltd, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Editors, Azealia Banks, Of Monsters & Men, The Lumineers, Enter Shikari, I Am Kloot, The Hives, Amanda Palmer, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Public Enemy, The Weeknd, Seasick Steve, Major Lazer, Tom Tom Club, Maverick Sabre, Lianne La Havas, Toro Y Moi, Ondatropica, Sergio Mendes, Dub Colossus, The Orb & Indigenous People (The Orb & Kakasitsi Master Drummers of Ghana), The Child Of Lov, Alice Russell, Goat, BadBadNotGood, The Bombay Royale, Matthew E White, Riot Jazz, Crystal Castles, Hurts, Phoenix, Bastille, Everything Everything, James Blake, Johnny Marr, The Courteeners, Jessie Ware, Tyler, The Creator, Frightened Rabbit, Miles Kane, Local Natives, The Strypes, Savages, Tim Odell, Peace, Villagers, Toy, Jagwar Ma, Sonic, the Wow Stage, the Gully & more with Nas, Hot Natured, Disclosure, Rudimental, The Family Stone, Skream & Benga, Sub Focus,Charles Bradley, SBTRKT, Netsky, Dog Blood, The Congos, The 2 Bears, AlunaGeorge, Eats Everything, Julio Bashmore, Wiley, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Gold Panda, David Rodigan, Cat Power, The Horrors, Fuck Buttons, Django Django, Rodriguez, Dinosaur Jr, Calexico, Steve Mason, Palma Violets, Devandra Banhat, Michael Kiwanuka, Solange, King Krule, Stealing Sheep, Tim Burgess, Melodys Echo Chamber, Ed Harcourt, Half Moon Run, Jospehine, Teleman, Steve Winwood, Sinead O' Connor, Lucinda Williams, Glen Hansard, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Gabrielle Aplin, The Proclaimers, Martha Wainwright, Seth Lakeman, KT Tunstall, Gretchen Peters, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, Ben Caplan, Beverley Knight, Crowns, Evan Dando, Gary Clark Jr, JJ Grey & Mofro, Josh Doyle, Lucy Rose, Mad Dog Mcrea, Molotov Jukebox, Newton Faulkner, Oysterband, Penguin Cafe, Shooglenifty, Stornoway, The Destroyers, The Staves, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Vintage Trouble, Xavier Rudd, Gene Hunt, Tyree Cooper, Maurice Faulton, Greg Wilson, Mosca, Bill Brewster, Grant Nelson, Youngsta, Digital & Spirit, MC Chickaboo, Randall, Flight, Kerri Chandler, Horse Meat Disco, Brawther, Robert Owens, Underground Paris, Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, Slim Chance, Simian Mobile Disco, Terakaft, System 7 vs Eat Static, Don Letts, DJ James Monrpo, Gypsy Hill, Electric Swing Circus, DJ Tristan, Mixhell and others.

LAND OF KINGS, various venues, Dalston, London, 5 May: Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Babe, Boxed In, Brownswood DJs, Casual Sex, Darkstar, Drums of Death, Faze Action, Fimber Bravo, Five Easy Pieces DJs, Flako, Friendly Fires DJs, Gaggle, Gang Colours, Gentlemen, Great Waves, The Lovely Jonjo, Kiwi, Moshi Moshi DJs, NYPC, Rhosyn, Reggae Roast, Rompa, Rory Phillips, Sega Bodega, Stevie Neale, Sweet Baboo, Tayo, To The Lazer Cave, Tropics, Troumaca, The Wave Pictures, Week of Wonders, William Adamson.

NOZSTOCK, The Farm, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 26-28 Jul: Mr Scruff, DJ Yoda, Resonators, Heymoon Shaker, S.P.Y, Kasra, By The Rivers, Backbeat Soundsystem, Coda, Octp Pi, Koncept, MouthMaster Murph, Goldseal, More Like Trees, Gypsy Unit, Cazal, Too Spicy, Duncan Disorderly and The Scallywags, Gaz Brookfield, Wyynona Ryyder, Caolin Claby,Johnny Kowasaki and The Sexy Weirdos, Captain Accident and The Disasters, Sarah Joy, Jennifer Booton, The Inexplicables, The Cadbury Sisters.

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A Jimi Hendrix themed pop-up store will, well, pop up on Ganton Street just off Carnaby Street in London on Monday to promote the recent release of the previously reported album 'People, Hell, And Angels', which contains a number of previously unreleased tracks from the late guitarist.

As well as selling the new record and other Hendrix back catalogue, plus official merch, the special shop, open until 12 Apr, will also host an exhibition of work by rock photographer Gered Mankowitz and, in the basement, a Fender space where fans will be able to practice their guitar skills and attend 'Jimi Hendrix Master Classes'.

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As digital station Planet Rock moved into the London HQ of its new parent company Bauer Media yesterday, a few new executive appointments were made at the rock service.

Most notably, the station's long-time Programme Director Trevor White departed, with Planet Rock's Senior Producer Liz Barnes taking over day-to-day scheduling in a new role as Programme Manager, and Bauer's Music And Content Director Ric Blaxill becoming ultimately responsible for programming on the digital service moving forward.

While there is no sign as yet that Bauer might merge Planet Rock with its existing rock radio channel Kerrang! Radio, Blaxill isn't the only existing Bauer exec who will have influence over the new acquisition. The media firm's Alex Baker, currently Commercial Programming Manager for Kerrang!, will become Head Of Commercial Programming for both rock stations.

Confirming Planet Rock would fall under Blaxill's remit, Bauer Radio MD Steve Parkinson told CMU: "Ric is a passionate programmer with extensive rock credentials who really cares about music and the radio industry. He is a chair of The Ivor Novello songwriting awards, strums a mean bass and has even played for Iron Maiden's football team. With such great all-round experience, we are confident that he will continue to increase the success and popularity of Planet Rock by providing quality music and the best possible listening experience for rock music fans".

Meanwhile on the departing White he added: "We'd like to put on record our thanks to Trevor for all his hard work in turning Planet Rock into the successful digital station it is today".

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4Music has commissioned a new post-watershed six episode series from Vice in the hope of attracting an older audience to the Channel 4-owned music TV station.

Due to air from mid-May, the 30 minute show, entitled 'The World According To Vice', will mix news, politics and entertainment commentary, as well as repurposing content from Vice's online video archive.

Vice publisher Matt Elek said: "It's not only about commercially exploiting the content we own but finding new audiences to broaden our reach. The deal with 4Music makes sense in lots of different ways".

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Pixie Lott has been cast in the role of a singer for a new feature-length episode of BBC One's 60s detective drama 'Inspector George Gently', filming for which is due to begin in Northumberland next month.

Says 'Inspector George Gently' producer Matthew Bird: "We were casting the second film of the new series and were looking for someone to play Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969. We were looking for an actress that could act, sing and dance and then I saw Pixie acting so brilliantly with Rowan Atkinson in their performance of 'Goodness Gracious' for the NHS Organ Donation 'From The Heart' campaign".

He goes on: "It was a brilliant remake of the classic 60s song performed by Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers - and that was it! Pixie was very excited about joining the cast and we are delighted that Pixie is to make her TV acting debut in 'Inspector George Gently' - we know she will bring something very special to the role".

Pixie Lott herself added: "I love the fact that 'Inspector George Gently' is a period drama set in the 60s and I can't wait to play the role of Megan. It will be great to be filming in the North East, and getting to play a role that gives me a real feel for the period".

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Capital FM has announced the recruitment of one quarter of JLS to present a weekly mix show on a Friday night. Marvin Humes will kick things off with a special preview tonight from 8pm to midnight, before settling into what will become his regular slot on the Capital network from 7-10pm tomorrow night. So, that's something for you all to look forward to.

Confirming Capital's newest recruit, Global Radio's Director Of Broadcasting Richard Park told reporters: "We recognised Marvin's talents as a DJ, and approached him some months ago. JLS are one of the UK's biggest groups so it's a great fit for Capital. Each week he'll be playing the hottest hit-music, remixes and latest upfront club songs to provide the most pumping start to the weekends".

Humes himself added: "It's an absolute honour to become part of the Capital family, the JLS boys and I have always had a close relationship with the team and it only felt right to grab this opportunity with both hands. My DJing is going incredibly well and having my own Friday night show on the UK's number one hit music station is the icing on the cake!"

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Hey, remember that time accident-prone pop character Olly Murs slid down the side-of-stage stairs at Guilfest 2012 as he sang Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed Delivered'? All-time classic, 20 carat slapstick gold, wasn't it?

Well, he's since gone and 'ripped and tripped', as they say, once again, this time at a show in Cardiff. "Hilarious".

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