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4 APR 2013

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Q&A: NITIN SAWHNEY
This Saturday Nitin Sawhney, his nine-piece band and the engineers of Metropolis Studios will all take part in the One Zero project, a very rare 'direct-to-disc' recording, in which the music Sawhney et al play - a retrospective of the musician, producer and composer's oeuvre - will be cut straight onto acetate disc, ready to be pressed onto vinyl with no meddling or mastering in-between. Ahead of Saturday's recording, CMU's Chris Cooke spoke to Nitin about the motivation for the project, and that tenth studio album more>>
 
APPROVED: OMD - NIGHT CAFE
The question posed by OMD on the forthcoming 'English Electric', their twelfth album, is "What does the future sound like?" The answer, based on first single 'Metroland', is essentially "Kraftwerk". Inevitable as this may be, for a band who have unashamedly admitted their love of the Düsseldorf pioneers, they have only rarely actually sounded like their heroes. Our featured track today, 'Night Café', meanwhile, is also resonant of OMD's past, with its glistening synths, choral sounds and slow tempo more>>


TOP STORIES
- Joss Stone murder plotters found guilty
IN THE POP COURTS
- Jackson family's all-star witness list revealed
- Prince issues takedown notice to Vine
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- McFly's Harry develops heart condition while training for London Marathon
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Sambora drops out of Bon Jovi tour
ARTIST DEALS
- Kid Cudi leaves GOOD Music
- Jagjaguwar signs Angel Olsen
- SONGS signs Nelly
IN THE STUDIO
- Giorgio Moroder discusses working with Daft Punk
- White Denim in studio with Jeff Tweedy
RELEASE NEWS
- Beyonce to release new single today. Or a Pepsi advert. Or both
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Wiley to headline September shows
- Clutch add UK dates
- Truls, Oyama, Slowaolf playing April's Ja Ja Ja
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Stones tie up with AEG for US tour and Hyde Park gig
- Festival line-up update: Wireless, Hove, Sundown and more
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- Liverpool Sound City confirms more convention additions
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Warner make two new worldwide A&R appointments
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Rdio launches Vdio
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Team Rock confirms radio service
AND FINALLY...
- Bieber given four weeks to collect monkey
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As well as finding out how to unearth exclusive music stories, and write under pressure, you will develop interview and feature ideas which you will pitch to editors at our partner publications: Clash, Dummy, Resident Advisor and DJ Mag. Fun and interactive exercises will help you learn interview techniques, review and feature writing, and how to pitch your work.

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9PR - SENIOR PUBLICIST
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YOUR ARMY - NATIONAL RADIO PLUGGER
Your Army Promotions are looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable plugger. This is an ideal position for someone with experience in plugging but wants an exciting new challenge. Minimum of one to two years experience in a relevant role required. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

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BLEEP - PHYSICAL MUSIC BUYER
Bleep is an online retailer specialising in independent music, film and art. We strive to provide exceptional retail experience and focus on the curation of high quality products. We are looking for a highly skilled individual to join our team as a physical music buyer. A proven track record within a similar role and existing relationships within the industry are essential. Experience measuring sales and stock performance is required.

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Eight week evening course with music journalist Lulu Le Vay (Guardian, Independent, Observer, i-D, Sleaze Nation, The Face, DJ magazine). Learn how to source hot music stories, network with industry insiders, interview artists, write reviews and features, and deliver copy under pressure. You will also get to pitch your interview and feature ideas to editors at our partner publications: Clash Magazine, Dummy, Resident Advisor and DJ Mag. Guest tutor: Matt Bennett, Deputy Editor, Clash Magazine. Courses start 9 Apr and 18 Apr. 

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EAST LONDON CREATIVE AGENCY - JUNIOR DESIGNER
We are an East London creative agency and require a junior designer to work on a freelance basis on some short-term projects, based at our Shoreditch offices. You will be mainly working on the layout of print materials to existing style guidelines. Good working knowledge of In-Design and Photoshop essential, as is an attention to detail. These are fun music and culture-based projects that will look great in any young designer's portfolio. Daily rate paid.

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DISTILLER MUSIC - SIX MONTH PAID INTERNSHIP
Distiller Records is on the hunt for a new marketing intern that can also help us out with all manner of things. We want bright, motivated and creative folks who want hands on experience in how an independent label works. We’re looking for people who have a passion for music and a crazy love for the internet.

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WARP RECORDS - FINANCE ASSISTANT
We’re looking for a bright, enthusiastic part qualified accountant with a love of music to join our finance team. Working across all the companies in the group the main duties will include: Cash book and bank reconciliation, purchase and sales ledger processing, HMRC returns – VAT, Intrastat, writing cheques/setting up online payments, intercompany postings and reconciliations, dealing with customer and supplier queries.

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ULTRA DJ MANAGEMENT - BOOKING AGENT
Ultra DJ Management is an independent company that is part of the Mission Control Group of companies including Mission Control Artists Agency and ASM Damage Ltd. We represent some of the world’s leading recording artists and producers and our roster includes multi-platinum album selling and award winning touring artists. We are recruiting for a booking agent with a good knowledge of dance music, the club and festival scene who possesses excellent negotiation skills and a high degree of professionalism.

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JOSS STONE MURDER PLOTTERS FOUND GUILTY
Two men have been found guilty of plotting to rob and murder singer Joss Stone at her Devon home in June 2011. Kevin Liverpool was sentenced to a minimum of ten years and eight months in prison for leading the plan, while his accomplice Junior Bradshaw will be sentenced at a later date.

As previously reported, the two men travelled to Devon from the Manchester home they shared with the intention of kidnapping the singer, beheading her and dumping her body in a river. The plan was thwarted when locals spotted the two men acting suspiciously as they attempted to find her home and reported them to the police.

Inside their car officers found balaclavas, a knife and Samurai sword, as well as notes in Liverpool's handwriting detailing the plan. The court heard that the motivation for the crime was Stone's links to the royal family, as well as her reported £10 million fortune. When asked about her royal connections in court, Stone said that she had just "sung for them a couple of times" at charity events.

When testifying during the trial, Bradshaw said that he hadn't heard of the singer prior to his arrest and thought that he and Liverpool were simply going on a day trip, though he could not remember where they were going. Called as an expert witness, consultant psychiatrist Dr Michael Alcock said that Bradshaw has diagnoses of learning disability and hebephrenic (disorganised) schizophrenia. Bradshaw's mental health was seemingly one of the factors behind the decision to delay his sentencing.

Meanwhile Liverpool chose not to give evidence and was not assessed by mental health professionals. Though that didn't stop Judge Francis Gilbert QC somewhat inappropriately declaring, while handing down Liverpool's sentence: "It was your scheme. This may have been the crazy scheme of a crazy person... but it was a very real plan".

Both men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit assault causing grievous bodily harm, and conspiracy to rob.

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JACKSON FAMILY'S ALL-STAR WITNESS LIST REVEALED
The Jacksons v AEG Live court battle is set to be an all-star affair given the proposed witness list provided by the claimants, no wonder CNN and NBC are trying so hard to persuade the judge to let their cameras into the court room.

Diana Ross, director Spike Lee, producer Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson's one-time wife Lisa Marie Presley could all be called to the witness stand in the case, in which the Jackson family will try to argue that AEG Live, promoters of the late king of pop's ill fated 'This Is It' show, should be held liable for the singer's death, because they hired Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted for causing Jackson's demise in 2009 through negligent treatment. As previously reported, AEG counters that it paid Murray's bills, he was hired and managed by Jackson himself.

Jury selection is now underway for the trial, which could run for months and make public Jackson's various prescription drug dependencies, as well as behind-the-scenes conversations and emails between the singer and various people involved in the 'This Is It' project.

In addition to the list of celebs likely to be called to court, unearthed by ETOnline.com, it's also known that the Jackson family's legal team expect to question the late king of pop's three children during the court case. A legal rep for AEG Live recently criticised that move, saying it would put unnecessary pressure on the children, whose testimonies would offer little to the case, and that he was certain Jackson himself would not have approved.

Either way, The Jacksons v AEG Live looks likely to be quite a trial once court proceedings properly get under way.

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PRINCE ISSUES TAKEDOWN NOTICE TO VINE
While Beyonce is busy uploading six seconds of her music to the internet, Prince, as ever, is busy trying to get short bursts of his own taken off it.

A takedown request published in the Chilling Effects database of DMCA notices that have been submitted to various companies in the US shows that last month Prince's record label, NPG Records, demanded that six videos on Twitter's recently acquired Vine service (which allows users to upload six second chunks of video from their iPhones) be removed.

Prince, of course, has always been particularly firm when it comes to blocking unauthorised appearances of his music online - famously issuing a takedown notice on a 29 second video of a baby dancing which his music happened to be playing in the background of, resulting in a lengthy legal battle.

What the eight Vine videos listed in the new takedown notice contained is unknown, as they have already been removed. However, the timing of the notice, sent on 22 Mar, would suggest that they featured footage of Prince's performance at SXSW on 17 Mar.

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MCFLY'S HARRY DEVELOPS HEART CONDITION WHILE TRAINING FOR LONDON MARATHON
McFly drummer Harry Judd has been training so hard for the London Marathon later this month that he's developed a heart condition. There, I hope you're happy now.

Judd tweeted earlier this week: "So I've acquired an ectopic heart beat through excessive exercise. It's known as a 'wandering pacemaker', commonly seen in athletes ... it's really annoying! [But] it proves I've been pushing as hard as possible for the marathon and if you've been thinking of sponsoring me then surely that will [persuade] you?"

For those thinking that Judd is suggesting there that the lure of possibly seeing a celebrity keel over and die should convince you to sponsor him, he added: "It's nothing to worry about but just means I have to chill out a bit".

Yeah, you know, he just needs to chill out a bit. And what could be more relaxing than running 26 miles?

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SAMBORA DROPS OUT OF BON JOVI TOUR
Bon Jovi will continue their current American tour without guitarist, and Jon Bon Jovi's main songwriting partner, Richie Sambora.

The guitar man didn't perform at a Bon Jovi gig in Calgary earlier this week. According to WENN, Jon Bon told his audience: "I had two choices - pack up and go home or give you everything I got. Richie Sambora won't be performing for a while. If there's ever a night I need you, it's tonight, Calgary!"

A subsequent statement said: "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled".

What exactly the "personal issues" are isn't entirely clear, though, according to TMZ, insiders say that, while Sambora has struggled with alcohol problems in the past, that's not the issue this time round.

Rather, frequent frictions between the band's frontman and guitarist have come to ahead, with the latter apparently accusing the former of constantly belittling him. It's also thought there has been a dispute over money.

So, fun times. Both sides of the squabble are still in touch though, it seems, and band reps hope a reconciliation will be possible before the current tour is over.

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KID CUDI LEAVES GOOD MUSIC
Kid Cudi has left Kanye West's GOOD Music label, he announced in an interview with LA radio station Power 106 on Tuesday.

Cudi said: "I'm announcing that I'm no longer on GOOD Music. And this is something that no one knows really. I'm no longer on GOOD Music. Me and Kanye were talking on the phone the other day. These have been things I wanted to talk to him about, about me wanting to start my own direction. He got it because he's trying to start his new path, and trying new things as an artist. He was just like, 'Man, I feel you. It's cool. Whatever'".

The rapper's new album, 'Indicud', which features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, RZA, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Haim and... Michael Bolton, is due out on 23 Apr. It will (as has always been the plan) be released through his own label, Wicked Awesome Records, which is an imprint of Universal/Republic.

Listen to Kid Cudi speak about the split from GOOD Music here.

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JAGJAGUWAR SIGNS ANGEL OLSEN
CMU Approved artist Angel Olsen, author of last year's 'Half Way Home' LP, has signed to Jagjaguwar, thus aligning with Bon Iver, Kurt Vile Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Sharon Van Etten.

In celebration, she'll play several live dates in May, the first British/Irish one of which is at Dublin's Whelans on 2 May.

This is Olsen live-singing 'Miranda', as features on 'Half Way Home'.

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SONGS SIGNS NELLY
US independent publisher SONGS Music Publishing has announced a worldwide co-publishing deal with Nelly. The deal covers some of the rapper's existing works, including 2010 album '5.0', as well as upcoming new album 'MO', and other future output.

Confirming the deal, SONGS A&R man Ron Perry told CMU "Nelly has proven time and time again that he is one of the most consistent hit makers in contemporary music. He's a rare artist who has been able to thrive across all genres and radio formats, working with artists who span the musical spectrum, from Tim McGraw to Janet Jackson to Florida Georgia Line".

Meanwhile SONGS boss Matt Pincus added: "Having an artist and songwriter of the calibre Nelly join the SONGS family is both a tremendous honour and a big step towards our goal of being the world's leading contemporary independent music publisher".

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GIORGIO MORODER DISCUSSES WORKING WITH DAFT PUNK
So, Daft Punk have been letting out information about their new album, 'Random Access Memories', very slowly. But now we've got something slightly more substantial.

Not a taste of the album as such, but a taste of one of the people the French duo have been working with. In the first of a series of interviews with their collaborators, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder discusses working with Daft Punk here.

As previously reported, 'Random Access Memories' is due for release on 20 May via Sony/Columbia.

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WHITE DENIM IN STUDIO WITH JEFF TWEEDY
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame has assisted White Denim in making their fifth LP, the follow-on to 2011's 'D'. Having been hard at it in Tweedy's Chicago studio HQ, The Loft, the band have a pair of tracks and a set of instrumentals on tape so far.

Quizzed by Relix Magazine, singer/guitarist James Petralli says: "We've always had a very DIY approach to recording. Early on it was because of necessity, but we always liked the idea of being a DIY band. So it was mind-blowing to go from that to recording in The Loft".

He adds: "When we started, Jeff said to us, 'I like your records but I love your live show. We are hoping to change that with this record. This album is going to be full of smaller moments larger in the mix. It is going to sound more like 'us' than anything we've ever recorded".

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BEYONCE TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE TODAY. OR A PEPSI ADVERT. OR BOTH
A new album from Beyonce has been on the cards for some time now. We all know there's a new record coming, she's just being all coy about announcing it. But in these post-Bowie times I don't think any of us can be doing with people being coy any more. Just tell us, right?

She did actually release some new music last month of course, two CMU Approved tracks 'Bow Down' and 'I Been On', but they were simply cast out into the world and left to fend for themselves. Album, Beyonce. Album. Tell us about the album.

Anyway, yesterday Beyonce thumped a video down onto YouTube. Being only six seconds long, it seems made for Vine, but it went on YouTube nonetheless. But let's ignore that, because the clip seemingly contained information pertaining to an important announcement. We see Beyonce. We see her metal-clad hand. We see a close up of her face. Some music plays. A message appears: "4.4.2013 9AM EDT #BeyHereNow".

Based on this information, the internet deduced that Beyonce would be announcing her new album tomorrow (that's today now) at 9am EDT (that's 2pm over here in the UK). Then we'd all be expected to tweet about it using the hashtag #BeyHereNow.

These seemed like fairly safe assumptions, but then Sony Music Ireland tweeted this: "FAB! Beyonce has just posted a teaser of her Pepsi TV spot for the campaign launching tomorrow at 2pm Irish time!"

Oh, right. I remember now. Beyonce did that deal with Pepsi last year. And now she's on the corporate bandwagon we're all supposed to be excited about her 'creative' efforts with the brand. There will be no new album. Only Pepsi.

Oh but wait, what's this? A long forgotten tweet from Pepsi posted back when the deal was announced, which reads: "Beyonce will be featured in a new, global Pepsi commercial in 2013. The new advertisement will feature a single from her upcoming album".

So, it seems we will get to hear Beyonce's new single this afternoon. But we will have to pump our eyes full of Pepsi branding at the same time. Rumours that it will only be possible to hear the song while drinking Pepsi would be ridiculous and unbelievable if someone started spreading them (though that definitely is true).

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WILEY TO HEADLINE SEPTEMBER SHOWS
Grime-y MC Wiley has listed a series of new headline dates to go with his new LP, 'The Ascent'. They are all, each and every one, in September, and look like this:

7 Sep: Birmingham, Academy 1
8 Sep: Manchester, Academy
10 Sep: Leeds, Academy
13 Sep: Newcastle, Academy
14 Sep: Nottingham, Rock City
16 Sep: Bournemouth, Academy
17 Sep: London, Shepherd's Bush Empire

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CLUTCH ADD UK DATES
Hard-rockin Americans Clutch have shared particulars on four trans-Atlantic dates they're playing in July. They're all "well stoked" about it, a fact frontman Neil Fallon substantiates when he says: "We are well stoked to have booked some UK headline dates in our summer festival run and can't wait to get back to the UK! Our fans will be in for a good time, I guarantee it!"

Well, you can't say fairer than that. And as an extra Clutch-themed treat, this is the learn-as-you-go 'lyric video' for 'Crucial Velocity', one of many tracks featuring on the band's new LP 'Earth Rocker', followed by the relevant dates.

8 Jul: Norwich, Waterfront
9 Jul: Nottingham, Rock City
10 Jul: Manchester, Academy 2
11 Jul: London, Forum

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TRULS, OYAMA, SLOWAOLF PLAYING APRIL'S JA JA JA
Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah, because Nordic night Ja Ja Ja has released the names of the artists who are playing at its 25 Apr iteration, which is, as always, at London's The Lexington.

Representing 'the R&B genre' is Norway's CMU approved Truls, whilst Icelandic band Oyama will do it for shoegaze. Copenhagen-based Andreas Asingh, aka Slowolf, since he has a single to promote in the Raekwon-featuring 'Dance Floor', is also playing.

Find details and ticket links via Facebook.

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STONES TIE UP WITH AEG FOR US TOUR AND HYDE PARK GIG
The Rolling Stones will play London's Hyde Park this summer, four decades after their seminal gig in the park in 1969, as part of AEG Live's previously reported Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival. The Stones' outdoor London gig on 6 Jul will follow the band's headline slot at Glastonbury on 29 Jun.

Confirming the new booking, Mick Jagger told reporters: "We had such a great time playing the five concerts [in London and New York] last year, we want to keep it going! Hyde Park holds such great memories for us and we can't think of anywhere better to perform to our UK fans this summer".

While fellow Stone Keith Richards reiterated: "We all had such a ball last year, and the energy between the band is so good, we can't wait to get back on that stage where the Stones belong".

Meanwhile Rob Hallet, the boss of AEG in the UK, which won the rights to stage gigs in Hyde Park last year, rivals Live Nation having previously controlled the stage there for a number of years, told reporters: "This will be the biggest gig of the summer in London. The Rolling Stones are a true British institution and the true spirit of rock n roll. Their return to Hyde Park is a landmark event".

Presumably it won't be as big as when the Stones played Hyde Park in 1969 and half a million people turned up. That was a free gig though, and this time tickets will cost about £9000 (well, between £95 and £399, to be precise).

AEG will also promote a US tour for the Stones. It had been expected that the new joint venture between Australian promoter Paul Dainty and Richard Branson's Virgin Group, which promoted the Stone's short run of shows in London and New York last year, would lead on the American tour, but - according to various sources - the set-up couldn't agree on a guarantee with the band. AEG swooped in at the last minute to do the deal. The US tour will run during May and June, kicking off in LA.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: WIRELESS, HOVE, SUNDOWN AND MORE
So, we all know the Rolling Stones are headlining AEG's Hyde Park bash this summer, but what about that former Hyde Park fest from rival promoters Live Nation, now lovingly relocated East to the capital's Olympic Park? Well, the latest news from Wireless is that Jessie J, Katy B, Magnetic Man and 2Chainz will convene with the already revealed Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Snoop Dog/Lion, Emeli Sandé, Frank Ocean, and the like. Marvellous.

Talking of Franky-O, he's been newly listed to appear at Norway's Kings Of Leon, Calvin Harris and A$AP Roky-starring Hove to-do, whilst another lone rapper added to a festival is Wiley, who's to give his new LP 'The Ascent' an airing at Norfolk's all-day Sundown soiree.

Stand by for info on the above, and the following:

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham, 11-13 Jul: Mystery Jets, King Charles, Stagecoach, Gunning For Tamar, The Crimea, Rat Attack, Andy Oliveri, The Arteries, Axes, Black Art, Bermuda Ern, Cauls, The Cadbury Sisters, Casimir, Velcro Hooks, Hot Feet. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

BARCLAYCARD BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Hyde Park, London, 28 Jun - 7 Jul: The Rolling Stones, The Vaccines, The Temper Trap, Gary Clark Jr., King Charles, Palma Violets, The Boxer Rebellion, Temples, Story Books, Tribes, Broken Hands, Drenge, Gabriel Bruce, Will Heard, Trigger Finger, Kimberley Anne, Splashh, Loom, Will Cook, Whinnie Williams. www.bst-hydepark.com

CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN, various venues, Dublin, Ireland, 4-5 May: Echo & The Bunnymen, Adultrock, Come On Live Long, Ghosts, Hunk, Liza Flume, Slow Skies, Terriers. www.camdencrawldublin.com

CROISSANT NEUF SUMMER PARTY, Usk, Monmouthshire, 8-11 Aug: Natty. Gabby Young And Other Animals, e Smerins Anti-Social Club, Kitten and The Hip, Ellen and the Escapades, Will And The People, Crowns, The Zen Hussies, Biggles Wartime Band, Zervas And Pepper, Raven, Boat Band, 25 Past The Skank, Swamp Donkey, Regime, Maya Burchell-Haslett, Kizzy Crawford, Gaps, Cats In The Basement, RSVP, Woodland Blue, Sam Green & The Midnight Heist, The Ten Pound Suit Band, Rum Jig, Gaz Brookfield, Vamanos. www.croissantneuf.co.uk

CROOKED WAYS, Pontefract Park, West Yorkshire, 1 Jun: The Pigeon Detectives, Fenech Soler, Yashin, The LaFontaines, China Rats, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, Middleman. www.crookedways.co.uk

ECHO FESTIVAL, Kanegra, Croatia, 6-9 Jun: David Squillace, Kassem Mosse, Andres, Ion Ludwig, Madteo, Apes, Borut, Brighton, Cuisine Dub, Deefa MC, Dubok, Examine, Jackson Blumenthal, Lemon, Mark Ash, Pedestrian, Roberto Amo, Seb Wildblood, Thanksmate, Vojko. www.echofestival.com

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 25 May: Ben Pearce, Bok Bok & Girl Unit, Clean Bandit, Dollop DJs, Feathers, Jen Long DJ, Jon Hillcock DJ, Lil Silva b2b Melé, Oneman, Psychemagik, Todd Edwards, Waze & Odyssey. www.fielddayfestivals.com

HOVE FESTIVAL, Tromøya, Norway, 2-5 Jul: Frank Ocean. www.hovefestival.com

SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/South Hertfordshire University/Wolverhampton Civic/O2 ABC Glasgow/Cardiff University/The Academy Dublin, 24-29 May: ITCH, Devil Sold His Soul, Gavin Butler, William Beckett, Ace Enders, Chas Palmer Williams, Class Of 92, Sophomore, Marc Halls. www.slamdunkmusic.com

SOUNDWAVE, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 19-21 Jul: DJ Shadow, DJ Yoda, Lapalux, Hiatus Kaiyote. soundwavecroatia.com

SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norfolk, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Wiley. www.sundownfestival.com

SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, 7-12 Aug: Biffy Clyro, Nero, Mika, The Cribs, Regina Spektor, Bat For Lashes, Flogging Molly, Dub FX, Little Boots, The Joy Formidable, Erol Alkan, Booka Shade, Gesaffelstein, Felix Cartal, Donots, Hoffmaestro, dOP, Blaudzun, Daily Bread, Splendid, Rangleklods, Monophona. www.sziget.hu

VANS WARPED TOUR, Alexandra Palace, London, 16-17 Nov: Rise Against, Billy Talent, Capture The Crown, Crossfaith, Itch, Real Friends, Yellowcard. vanswarpedtouruk.com

WIRELESS, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 12-14 Jul: Jessie Ware, Katy B, Magnetic Man, 2Chainz, Porter Robinson, Angel, Daley. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 31 May - 2 Jun: The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. www.wychwood.co.uk

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LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY CONFIRMS MORE CONVENTION ADDS
Following their festival line-up announcement earlier this week, organisers of Liverpool Sound City added more names and sessions to its conference programme yesterday.

Topics to be covered include tech, brand partnerships, sync, management, digital and touring, plus football and music, with music supervisor John Bissell, Hospital Records sync and marketing man Matt Riley, Bucks Music creative chief Jonathan Tester, Vision Nine MD Jez Patterson and artist manager Dave Bianchi amongst the new panelists to be confirmed.

They join previously announced speakers including industry legend Andrew Loog Oldham, former Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn and Jon Morter, the man behind the Rage Against The Machine Christmas number one campaign.

Liverpool Sound City takes place this year from 2-4 May. More info, including all the latest festival line-up news, at www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

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WARNER MAKE TWO NEW WORLDWIDE A&R APPOINTMENTS
Warner Music made two new appointments to its US-based worldwide A&R team yesterday. Aton Ben-Horin becomes Director Of Worldwide Rhythm & Pop A&R while Latoya Lee is appointed to the role of Manager Of Worldwide Urban A&R. Providing creative and A&R support across Warner's frontline labels, in the US and beyond, the new recruits will report into Warner's President Of Worldwide A&R Mike Caren.

Confirming the appointments, Caren told reporters: "A&R is an increasingly global undertaking, as extraordinary music can come from any part of the world, at any time. By expanding our worldwide A&R team, we grow our ability to respond swiftly to artist development opportunities and reinforce WMG's company-wide commitment to providing the best home for the most influential and popular talent. Aton's wide-ranging experience as a producer, artist manager and entrepreneur will make him a superb addition to the industry's leading network of A&R executives. At the same time, Latoya's energy and instincts will ensure she brings a fresh perspective to our collaborative creative activities".

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RDIO LAUNCHES VDIO
Having put it into private beta last November, Rdio has now officially launched its video offshoot Vdio. As previously reported, the service is similar to Netflix, allowing paying subscribers to stream movies and TV shows.

Many are already predicting that the only safe future for music streaming services is to become part of a video streaming platform - a takeover of Spotify by Netflix one possible deal waiting to be done. In which case, Rdio's move into video is certainly a shrewd move.

However, already trailing behind the aforementioned Spotify and Netflix in the music and video-on-demand sectors respectively, it may have an uphill struggle for market share. Still, it looks nice and has a good catalogue (the thing that lets down a lot of video-on-demand services), so it's off to a good start.

Currently the service is only available to existing Rdio subscribers, who have all been given £20 of credit to get them started. If that includes you, check out Vdio here: www.vdio.com

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TEAM ROCK CONFIRMS RADIO SERVICE
The new owner of Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines has announced that it will also launch a new national rock radio station, which isn't much of a surprise given that the two men leading the new venture - John Myers and Billy Anderson - both come from radio backgrounds.

Myers and Anderson's new company, the Harwood Private Equity-backed Team Rock, announced it had acquired Classic Rock and Metal Hammer from Future Publishing in a £10.2 million deal earlier this week, with the intent of establishing a "content creation and distribution company aimed at the "large but under-served community" of rock music fans.

Of course, when it comes to radio stations, the rock music community arguably isn't under-served, with Planet Rock, Kerrang! and Absolute all already going after that market.

But Anderson said of his firm's new radio venture: "All rock stations in the UK seem to play the same rock songs. That's fine, but we are not a classic rock station. Instead, we celebrate the whole spectrum of rock music. Too many great bands go unplayed".

The new station will also try to stand out by employing a different commercial model, with revenues generated through sponsorship deals and on-air promotions, keeping the output ad break free.

Quite how the radio service will link in to Team Rock's magazines isn't yet clear. The station will initially launch on the national DAB digital radio network and, presumably, online, though it's thought the company will look for other broadcast channels too.

To that end, Team Rock is now a favourite to bid for the Manchester and Central Scotland licences of Anderson and Myer's former employer GMG Radio, if Global Radio is forced to sell them to get regulator approval for its acquisition of the Guardian Media Group's former radio business.

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BIEBER GIVEN FOUR WEEKS TO COLLECT MONKEY
German authorities have given Justin Bieber four weeks to come and collect his pet monkey, which was, as previously reported, quarantined at Munich airport last month as the singer did not have the correct paperwork to take it into the country. If he does not return to Munich to collect the monkey, it will be permanently confiscated and kept in either a shelter or local zoo.

The fourteen week old capuchin monkey, named Mally, was given to Bieber as a present for his nineteenth birthday on 1 Mar. Earlier this week the director of the animal shelter where Mally is currently being cared for told Der Spiegel that Bieber had not yet been in touch about the animal, but said that it was seemingly happy in the shelter.

However, two German animal rights groups have criticised Bieber for keeping the monkey as a pet in the first place.

German Animal Protection Society president Wolfgang Schröder told Der Spiegel: "Bieber must face up to his responsibility, also as a role model for many young people. From the point of view of animal protection he should under no circumstances be allowed to keep the animal that was brought into the country illegally. We also expect him to use his major influence through Facebook and Twitter to apologise and to do more for animal welfare in the future".

Laura Zimprich added Animal Public: "Mally is only fourteen weeks old. Separating her from her mother and taking a living cuddly toy on tour can only be described as animal cruelty".

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