11 APR 2013

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Now in its fifth year, the Tallinn Music Week festival and conference has been taking place annually in the Estonian capital since 2009. Having grown considerably in that time, this year's speakers included former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and industry veteran Seymour Stein. Plus there were a whole host of live performances from artists both homegrown and from across Europe. Vasilis Panagiotopoulos visited and spoke to some of the key figures from the event for CMU more>>
Swedish duo Club 8 are due to release their latest album, 'Above The City', the follow-up to 2010's 'The People's Record', on 21 May via Labrador Records. The new long player sees them experimenting within the confines of pop, working their way through an array of sounds, all nicely held together by the vocals of Karolina Komstedt. First single, 'Stop Taking My Time' (available to buy right now), is an urgent rush of pop that does as its title suggests and gets out of your way in under three minutes more>>

- Musical millionaires: Lady pop stars dominate in young rich list, but male rockers lead overall
- Tracey Thorn: Does Thatcher's death expose negative attitudes to powerful women?
- Sony Awards noms announced
- Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead hits midweek top ten
- Touch Tones signs Artery Music and Shabaka Hutchings
- Jonas Brothers do licensing deal with Universal
- Beady Eye make LP title from band initials
- Daft Punk to stage LP playback on a farm, in Australia
- CSS to release fourth LP
- Kimberley Walsh writing book
- Suede touring anon
- Foxes to play small London show
- Festival line-up update: Made In America, End Of The Road, South West Four and more
- Kid Rock offers bargain pricing on new tour
- Wind-up is latest indie to strike up FM/online royalty deal with Clear Channel
- Xfm hires Scroobius Pip
- Leona still hates meat
- Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich offer dating advice to teenage girls
National music journalist Lulu Le Vay (Guardian, Independent, Observer, i-D, Sleaze Nation, The Face, DJ magazine) opens up the workings of the music industry during this practical, fast-paced eight week evening course.

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.

This course is suitable for those with little or no experience of journalism, but is also relevant to those already working in the media who want to develop new skills. A certificate from London Journalism Centre is awarded to students who successfully complete this course. Course starts 18 Apr.

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9PR are looking to take on an online publicist with at least one year’s experience. We need an enthusiastic, thorough and tenacious person who appreciates a variety of genres and has the contacts to match.

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Domino is looking for a junior marketing manager to join our existing marketing and project management department. Two years experience working in a music management company or a record label essential. Liaising with the project management team – the ideal candidate will be a meticulous organiser and be well versed in the day to day running of a modern marketing campaign.

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We are an established, substantial network connecting record labels and independent artists to thousands of professional music video directors worldwide. We are looking for a stand-out individual to help build our business by promotion across multiple channels, including trade press, improving user engagement and developing new partner relationships. A successful track record is essential.

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Cryptic is recruiting a Head of Communications to play a vital role in ensuring the on going success and growth of the company. The Head of Communications is responsible for developing and delivering marketing, communications, digital and audience development strategies. As part of a small but dedicated team the Head of Communication will have the opportunity to make a difference in how Cryptic and its brands are perceived globally.

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!K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced Product Manager to join its London team. Founded in Berlin in 1985, !K7 is a multi-faceted music services and label group with offices in London, New York and Berlin, with partners across the globe. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with at least three years of product management experience.

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Are you looking for a change, a new challenge, or to take your career up a level? We aim to expand our current team of five full-time staff by recruiting a Senior Publicist. Applicants need to have at least three years experience working in either national print PR, online PR, or both. The ability and desire to seek out new business is essential and our salary rate is competitive, for the right person.

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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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In an industry that is still, in many ways, male dominated, it's interesting, is it not, that the 'top ten British musical millionaires under 30 years old' list is dominated by female performers, led, of course, by Adele, but also featuring Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua and Florence Welch.

And while the One Direction boys, each thought to be worth about £5 million, now appear in the Young Music Millionaires Top 20 within the latest Sunday Times Rich List report, their combined fortune still wouldn't match Adele's wealth, which the newspaper now reckons to be in the region of £30 million. Good times.

Though, of course, if you move over to the all-ages musical rich list, it's the old men who still dominate, with Victoria Beckham and Olivia Harrison the only ladies in the top ten, and both reliant in one way or another on a man for some of their fortune (the former being bundled with other half David in the list). In fact you have to go down to 26 to find a sole musical lady in that list, where you will find Enya of all people with her estimated fortune of £87 million. Who knew that the Orinoco mainly flowed with cash?

The 2013 Top 20s of wealthy British musicians, according to the Sunday Times, which will publish the full Rich List (in which we'll also be able to see industry people as well as artists) on 21 Apr, are as follows...

Top musical millionaires (followed by estimated fortune)
1. Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell - £680m
2. Andrew Lloyd-Webber - £620m
3. U2 - £520m
4. Elton John - £240m
5. David and Victoria Beckham - £200m
5. Mick Jagger - £200m
7. Michael Flatley - £191m
8. Keith Richards - £185m
9. Olivia and Dhani Harrison - £180m
9. Sting - £180m
11. Ringo Starr - £160m
12. Roger Waters - £150m
13. Tim Rice - £149m
14. Tom Jones - £145m
15. Eric Clapton - £140m
16. Rod Stewart - £130m
17. Phil Collins - £115m
18. George Michael - £105m
18. Robbie Williams - £105m
20. David Bowie - £100m
20. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne - £100m

Young musical millionaires (followed by estimated fortune)
1. Adele - £30m
2. Cheryl Cole - £14m
3. Leona Lewis - £12m
3. Katie Melua - £12m
5. Florence Welch - £9m
6. Charlotte Church - £8m
6. Jessie J - £8m
8. Lily Allen - £6m
8. Nadine Coyle - £6m
8. Duffy - £6m
8. Jonathan (JB) Gill - £6m
8. Marvin Humes - £6m
8. Aston Merrygold - £6m
8. James Morrison - £6m
8. Nicola Roberts - £6m
8. Oritsé Williams - £6m
17. Niall Horan - £5m
17. Zayn Malik - £5m
17. Liam Payne - £5m
17. Emeli Sandé - £5m
17. Ed Sheeran - £5m
17. Harry Styles - £5m
17. Louis Tomlinson - £5m

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Singer-songwriter and former member of Everything But The Girl, Tracey Thorn, has written an article on Margaret Thatcher's death for the ITV News website, offering a more measured view than some other musician commentators. Although not saying that she ever agreed with Thatcher's politics, Thorn questions whether the type of vitriol the former Prime Minister's demise has raised would ever be directed at a male politician.

Thorn writes: "I was a product of 1970s feminism, an era of good old-fashioned collectivism, women's groups and belief in The Sisterhood. To me a feminist was someone who believed in attempting to remould society in terms that were more favourable to women in general. What I didn't realise was that during the 80s the idea of what a feminist was would be redefined, and in the individualist mood of that decade would be relocated into the persona of any individually successful woman, whether it was Madonna or Margaret Thatcher. To those of my generation and ideals this was anathema".

However, on musical criticism of Thatcher by some of her male counterparts, Thorn continues: "I never liked that Costello lyric about dancing on her grave, or Morrissey's about seeing her on the guillotine. I was on the same side as both of them politically, but couldn't see the value in reducing the politics of a decade down to the personal dislike of an individual. I worried that some of the vitriol of that personal dislike had roots, however deeply buried and unacknowledged, in the fact of her being a woman, a particular type of woman even - bossy, prim, school-teachery".

She concludes: "Her male equivalent often seemed to me to be Norman Tebbit, and while he was widely loathed, I don't remember songs about stamping on his grave or executing him. So there is a core of unease in my feelings about her, and my response to the anger she provokes. I share so much of it, and understand where it comes from. But when I see a banner, as I did this morning, strung up proud and joyful, declaiming 'THE BITCH IS DEAD', I still feel that it's a response that perhaps only a powerful woman could provoke, and that the implied violence and loathing embodied in the phrase is something that all of us women still have good reason to fear'".

Of course, the rise of 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' up the UK charts possibly falls within this trend too. Whether harmless fun or something more sinister, it is indeed difficult to think of a similar song that might immediately ignite the charts upon a male Prime Minister's death.

Read Thorn's article in full here

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The once doomed BBC Asian Network will compete with fellow BBC station 5 Live and Global Radio's Classic FM for the overall station of the year prize at this year's Sony Awards, the UK radio industry's biggest annual back slapping fest. In the long list of nominations announced yesterday, Radio 1 breakfast newcomer Nick Grimshaw picked up his first ever nomination, Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell secured three noms, and Radio 1 itself is shortlisted for its coverage of its own festival, the Hackney Weekend.

Commenting on this year's contenders, John Myers, Chairman of the award's organising committee, told reporters: "In 2012 radio proved that it's an audio visual medium, as it conjured vivid pictures from its stunning coverage of those once-in-a-lifetime events. This year's nominations make me proud to be part of the UK radio industry; the sheer range of talent across stations of all shapes and sizes is inspiring. I'm particularly delighted to see many new faces appearing amongst the nominations as these will ensure the continued vibrancy of an industry we are all so passionate about".

The awards will be presented on 13 May. And here are all those noms...

Breakfast Show Of The Year (10 million plus): Breakfast - BBC Radio 3; Chris Evans - BBC Radio 2; The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show - Absolute Radio; KISS Breakfast with Rickie, Melvin & Charlie - KISS; Today Programme - BBC News for BBC Radio 4

Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 10 million): The Andrew Peach Show - BBC Radio Berkshire; BBC Tees Breakfast - BBC Tees; Sam & Amy - Gem 106; Steve & Karen's Breakfast Show - Metro Radio; Xfm Manchester Breakfast Show with Tim Cocker - Xfm Manchester

Best Music Programme: The Dermot O'Leary Show - Ora Et Labora for BBC Radio 2; Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service - BBC 6music; Lauren Laverne - BBC 6music; The Ronnie Wood Show - Somethin Else for Absolute Radio & Absolute Classic Rock; Zane Lowe - BBC Radio 1

Best Entertainment Programme: Charlie Sloth - BBC Radio 1Xtra; The Danny Baker Show - Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 Live; Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show - Absolute Radio; Greg James - BBC Radio 1; Kate Lawler - Kerrang! Radio

Best Speech Programme: Alan Robson's Nightowls - Metro Radio; Iain Dale - LBC 97.3; The JVS Show - BBC Three Counties Radio; The Listening Project - BBC Radio Documentaries with BBC English Regions & BBC Nations for BBC Radio 4; Witness - BBC News for BBC World Service

Best Sports Programme: 5 Live Olympics with Peter Allen and Colin Murray - BBC Radio 5 Live; Keys & Gray - talkSPORT; Mary and the Minstermen - BBC Radio York; Not Just Cricket - TBI Media for BBC Radio 5 Live; Rugby Nation - Town and Country Broadcasting for Nation Radio, Radio; Pembrokeshire, Radio Carmarthenshire, Bridge FM and Nation Hits!

Best News & Current Affairs Programme: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat - BBC News for BBC Radio 1; File on 4 - BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4; Newshour - BBC World Service News for Current Affairs for BBC World Service; Nick Ferrari at Breakfast - LBC 97.3; The Nolan Show - BBC Radio Ulster

Best Coverage Of A Live Event: Hillsborough: Truth and Justice - BBC Radio Merseyside; Judgement Sunday - Final Day of Premier League (Matchday Live) - talkSPORT; London 2012 : The Olympic & Paralympic Games - BBC Radio 5 Live; Paralympic Sportsworld - BBC Sport for BBC World Service; Radio 1's Hackney Weekend - BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Best Community Programming: Ciaran's Cause - Real Radio North West; Crossroads - PRA Productions for BBC Radio 1Xtra; Make a Clean Break - Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio; Walk for Harry - Free Radio (Birmingham); Word Up - Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio

Music Radio Personality Of The Year: Charlie Sloth - BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra; Christian O'Connell - Absolute Radio; John Suchet - Classic FM; Ken Bruce - BBC Radio 2; Lauren Laverne - BBC 6music

Music Radio Broadcaster Of The Year: Cerys on 6 - BBC 6music; Jamie Cullum - Folded Wing for BBC Radio 2; Johnnie Walker - Wise Buddah Creative for BBC Radio 2; Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie - Smooth Operations for BBC 6music; Suzy Klein - BBC Radio 3 & BBC Radio 4

Speech Radio Broadcaster Of The Year: Danny Baker - Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 Live; Eddie Mair - BBC Radio 4; Nicky Campbell - BBC Radio 5 Live; Stephen Sackur - BBC News for BBC World Service; Victoria Derbyshire - BBC Radio 5 Live

Radio Journalist Of The Year: Becky Milligan - BBC Radio 4; Capital East Midlands News Team - Capital FM East Midlands; John Humphrys - BBC News for BBC Radio 4; Jon Donnison - BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service; Michelle Livesey - Key 103

Best Use Of Branded Content: Classic FM's Tasting Notes paired with Laithwaite's Wine - Classic FM; The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes - Absolute Radio; Kerrang! Radio The Darkest Hour - Kerrang! Radio; Sky Bond - Absolute Radio - Absolute Radio; The World's Largest Pub Quiz with Bells - LBC 1152

Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign: BBC Radio 6music Celebrates Kraftwerk - BBC Radio 6music, BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 4; BBC Radio 6music Celebrates Punk Britannia - BBC Radio 6music, BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 4; Classic FM's More Music Breakfast Campaign - Classic FM; The Gothic Imagination - BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra Presentation for BBC Radio 4; The Olympics - BBC Radio Xtrails, 5 Live Station Sound, Fresh Air Production, BBC A&M, BBC Nations and Regions for BBC Radio

Best Competition: 500 Words - BBC Radio 2; Coca-Cola Fan Reporter - talkSPORT; Round Our Way on Xfm Manchester - Xfm Manchester; Talk To The Animals - Geoff Lloyd - Absolute Radio; Two Strangers Risk It For A Biscuit - Real Radio Scotland

Best Station Imaging: 106 JACK fm (South Coast); BBC Radio 2; BBC Radio 6music; Capital FM Network; Classic FM

Best Music Feature or Documentary: 6music Celebrates: 50 Years of the Cassette - BBC 6music; Black is a Country - Brook Lapping Productions for BBC Radio 4; Titanic: Minute by Minute - TBI Media (with BBC Drama) for BBC Radio 2; The Art of Garfunkel - BBC Radio 2; The Story of Ed Sheeran - BBC Radio 1

Best News Feature or Documentary: Adventures of a Blue Badger - Alfi Media Ltd for BBC Radio 5 Live; Assignment/Crossing Continents: Uzbekistan - BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4 & BBC World Service; Lawrence of Arabia - Man and Myth - Just Radio for BBC Radio 4; The Bombardment of Homs - BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service; The Left to Die Boat - BBC World Service

Best Feature Or Documentary: Belongings - TBI Media for BBC Radio 3; Bon Voyage - Julia Scott Productions for BBC World Service; Bruising Silence - Just Radio for BBC Radio 1; Dying Inside - Unique The Production Company for BBC Radio 4; Titanic: Minute by Minute - TBI Media (with BBC Drama) for BBC Radio 2

Best Comedy: Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave - BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4; John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme - BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4; Meera Syal's Asian Comedy Night - BBC Asian Network & Tonic Productions for BBC Asian Network; My Teenage Diary - Talkback (part of Freemantle Media UK) for BBC Radio 4; Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - Fuzz Productions Ltd & Sky Potato Productions for British Comedy Guide

Best Drama: Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels - Savvy for BBC Radio 4; Easter & Christmas Diaries - BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra Presentation for BBC Radio 4 Extra; The Grapes of Wrath - BBC Radio Scotland; My Boy - Somethin Else for BBC Radio 4; The Resistance of Mrs Brown - BBC Radio Drama London for BBC Radio 4

Best Use Of Multiplatform: InStream from Absolute Radio - Absolute Radio; Letter From America - BBC Radio 4/Audio and Music Interactive for BBC Radio 4 & BBC World Service; The Listening Project - BBC Radio 4 and BBC Nations & Regions; The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw - BBC Radio 1; Radio 1's Review Show - Somethin Else for BBC Radio 1

Station Of The Year (under 300,000): KL.FM 96.7, National Prison Radio, Touch FM

Station Of The Year (300,000 to one million): BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Tees, JACKfm Oxfordshire

Station Of The Year (one million plus): BBC Newcastle, Fun Kids, Metro Radio

UK Station Of The Year: BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 5 Live, Classic FM

UK Radio Brand Of The Year: Classic FM, KISS, Smooth Radio UK

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'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' by the cast of the 1939 film 'The Wizard Of Oz' is currently at number ten in the UK Singles Chart, the Official Charts Company has announced in its midweek update.

As previously reported, the 56 second recording began rising up the chart on Monday following the announcement of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in part motivated by a Facebook campaign originally set up sometime before the late Tory leader's passing. Currently the track is at number one in both the iTunes and Amazon MP3 charts.

As it stands at the moment, in the official chart Duke Dumont feat A*M*E is on track to hold the number one position for the second week, though there is still a long way to go before the midnight on Saturday cut off for Sunday's chart.

The top five as it currently stands:

1. Duke Dumont feat A*M*E - Need U (100%)
2. Pink feat Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
3. Bastille - Pompeii
4. Nelly - Hey Porsche
5. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

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Tummy Touch's publishing division Touch Tones has announced two new signings, songwriting and production duo Artery Music and jazz musician Shabaka Hutchings.

James New and Josef Page of Artery Music were previously members of Brighton bands Mumm-Ra and Mirrors. Currently they are working with the Polydor-signed Laura Welsh, and Jetta, a former backing vocalist for both Paloma Faith and Cee-Lo.

Clarinet and saxophone player Shabaka Hutchings, meanwhile, has performed with artists including Courtney Pine and Polar Bear, as well as the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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The Jonas Brothers have signed an almost worldwide licensing deal (US excluded) with Universal Music, which will distribute the pop outfit's upcoming fifth album as well as representing catalogue recordings for both the group and its constituent members.

Universal has previously worked with the pop act in the UK and US via its partnerships with their original label, Disney's Hollywood Records, though the new deal covers all territories except America and is direct with the band's own venture Jonas Enterprises.

Confirming the deal, Universal's Andrew Kronfeld told CMU: "The Jonas Brothers are part of the pop music industry's bedrock and we're delighted they've chosen us to support their welcome return".

Meanwhile the brothers added in perfect unison: "We are really excited about this new chapter in our career and looking forward to working with the team at Universal Music to deliver our music to a global audience".

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Beady Eye are releasing a new disc titled 'BE', a collaboration with TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, on 10 Jun.

The band made the LP, Liam G says, with "clear heads" and "none of that crap from the 90s", so that's nice. "Working with Sitek just opened something up in us" he adds. "He's without a doubt the best producer I've ever worked with, a real outlaw - he doesn't give a fuck, no rules".

And: "We had a new found focus when we were writing it. It feels like a really special record for us".

LG has shared a 'BE' tracklisting via Twitter, and all, and this is it:

Flick Of The Finger
Soul Love
Face The Crowd
Second Bite Of The Apple
Soon Come Tomorrow
Iz Rite
I'm Just Saying
Don't Brother Me
Shine A Light

Play that first track, 'Flick Of The Finger', here.

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In typically 'zany' style, Daft Punk are going to give their new LP, 'Random Access Memories', its first ever playback at a family farm fair in the 2100 population Australian locale of Wee Waa, New South Wales. And why not, that's what I say.

The listening party will go on at the same time as a baby show, "showgirl competition" and "buzz's lolly drop" (whatever that is). And, in all probability, a pig race, which I'd choose above all the other attractions.

It's all happening on 17 May, just in advance of the LP's 20 May release date.

Info and tickets (lol) to the Wee Waa-based spectacular via this link.

If you do go, let's just hope it's not all an elaborate ruse, as befell Mixmag Bass Editor Seb Wheeler recently.

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Brazilian alt-pop band CSS, who are now an all-girl quartet and really into black turbans, are poised to release a new LP, 'Planta', on 10 Jun. Like Beady Eye's 'BE', it too was made on the sonic say-so of TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, who'd be advised to take a day off once in a while.

CSS' Lovefoxxx says: "'Planta' was written and recorded in LA. We had a lot of fun doing it and met some incredible people in the process. Our first single 'Hangover' is like summer in space for me. We can't wait for people to hear the album!"

"Summer in space, is it, what'd that be like?" I hear you ask. Like this, I'd imagine.

Into The Sun
Too Hot
Teenage Tiger Cat
Frankie Goes To North Hollywood
The Hangout
Faith In Lov

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Now that Girls Aloud are dead (figuratively, that is) and her first solo LP, covers album 'Centre Stage', is all done and released, what is Kimberley Walsh meant to do with her days? Why, 'write' a book, naturally, something she's doing right now.

Apparently, the autobio will reveal what it was "really like" to be "behind the scenes" at Girls Aloud HQ (as if we weren't already aware, thanks to that Sarah Harding/Look Magazine Q&A).

Kimbo says: "People have been asking me to tell my story for years but it never felt right while the band was still together. Now, as we all turn the next page in our lives, it feels like the perfect time for me to share with my fans what my life is really like".

Headline Publishing Group will do what it does best, and publish the thing, in the autumn.

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Distinguished pop fops Suede will be taking their new LP, 'Bloodsports', to task by dragging it off on a series of live dates they've set in the midst of October.

The hunt runs thus:

26 Oct: Leeds, Academy
27 Oct: Glasgow, Barrowlands
28 Oct: Dublin, Olympia
30 Oct: Manchester, Academy 1
31 Oct: Birmingham, Academy 1

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Pop femme Foxes is playing a single show at East London's most 'intimate' boozer, the Sebright Arms, on 21 May.

I say 'single show' because that's what it is, really, a party for Foxes' new track 'Beauty Queen', which is released on 13 May. Tickets go on sale Friday at this link.

Give the 'Beauty Queen' vid a look over now.

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So, while not meaning to sideline the European festivals in today's FLUU, Jay-Z's Budweiser-backed Made In America venture is a pretty big deal, so we'll start with that. Starring Jay's first lady Beyonce, her real-life sister Solange and, bizarrely, Nine Inch Nails, its wildly varying listings also name QOTSA, Deaadmau5, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, AlunaGeorge, Calvin Harris and 2Chainz.

Paul Chibe, marketing VP at Budweiser, says this to Billboard: "The point of having that diversity in our music line-up is that we're trying to expose the people to different types of music. The eclectic mix creates an opportunity for us to really show the impact of music and culture".

That it does. And speaking of eclecticism, I shall pass over to new artist additions c/o shabby-chic Wiltshire three-dayer End Of The Road, London-based EDM rave South West Four, insistent indie fest Standon Calling, and Hungary's Sziget:

END OF THE ROAD, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Eels, Bob Lind, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Deptford Goth, Doug Paisley, Dutch Uncles, Ed Harcourt, Eyes and No Eyes, Fossil Collective, Futur Primitif, Houndmouth, Ichi, Julianna Barwick, Parquet Courts, Rachael Dadd, Ralfe Band, RM Hubbert, Seventeen Evergreen, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Valerie June.

MADE IN AMERICA, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, USA, 31 Aug - 2 Sep: Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Solange, Deadmau5, Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Public Enemy, Nero, 2 Chainz, Gaslight Anthem, A$AP Rocky, Walk The Moon, Feed Me, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sandé Haim, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, GTA, Robert DeLong, Red Light, Rudimental, Aluna George, Jay Rock, Jessie Rose, TJR.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 24-25 Aug: AfroJack, Groove Armada, Paul Oakenfold, Mark Knight, Orjan Nilsen, Tocadisco, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Pete Tong, The 2 Bears, Dusky.

STANDON CALLING, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug: Dutch Uncles, Josephine, Craig Charles' Funk & Soul Show, Treetop Flyers, Autoheart, Smoove & Turrell Sound System, Carnival Of Souls, Silver Moths, Silver Darter, Maddox.

SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, 7-12 Aug: David Guetta.

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American rocker Kid Rock has announced that he is cutting the costs for his fans on his upcoming US tour offering a plethora of tickets for every show for just $20 while also working with venues to keep the costs of food, drink and parking down too.

Concurrent to that, Rock and his promoters will also sell premium seats at the shows in the style of a secondary ticketing site, ie to the highest bidder, the plan being to maximise revenues that way to subsidise the $20 seats, and at the same time make it harder for touts to profit from the enterprise. And, on top of all that, the very best seats in the house (assuming you count front row as best) will be distributed to fans via a random allocation.

Although by no means the first artist to offer tickets deliberately priced some way below market value in a bid to ensure the 'real fans' can get in, the scale of the economies being offered, and on amphitheatre tour at that, are pretty impressive here.

Announcing the tour plans earlier this week, Kid Rock said: "Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country, but I didn't want that to be a reason why everyone couldn't get out and enjoy themselves on a summer night. So we're going to throw the biggest and best party ever, with prices across the board that are reasonable and transparent. No hidden fees, no gimmicks".

He added: "We're not sparing any expense on this tour, we're going over the top as always, but that doesn't mean we're going to ask the fans to pay more. If this works we're going to play to packed houses of fans who appreciate what we're doing. If it doesn't, might be a long summer. But someone has to go out there and fight these high prices and change things up, and I'm lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut. $20. Best night ever".

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Another US independent has reached a deal with Clear Channel Radio which will see the broadcaster offer the label a royalty for recordings played on terrestrial radio in return for a better deal on online services.

In the US labels are not due, under copyright law, a royalty when their recordings are played on traditional radio stations (though song-owning publishers are). The argument has always been that the label gets free promotion when its music is played on AM or FM radio programmes, though the American record industry does not concur and continues to lobby (so far without success) to have US law brought in line with most other copyright systems in this domain.

However, the freeplay system does not apply to online radio services, where broadcasters have to have licences from labels to use their recordings. Such licences can be obtained via rights agency Sound Exchange at rates set by statute. However, some of those broadcasters more proactively operating in the online space have started doing deals directly with labels, where they have offered, for the first time, a revenue for the rights owner based on terrestrial radio airplay in return for more favourable rates for online that Sound Exchange is able to offer.

As previously reported, radio firms Clear Channel and Entercom have both entered into such deals, with independents Big Machine and Glassnote getting involved in the label side, now joined by one of the world's biggest indies, tedious rock specialists Wind-Up Records.

Confirming the new deal, Wind-Up's CEO Edward Vetri told reporters: "Wind-up at its essence is an artist development company. This partnership with Clear Channel will provide us a new and innovative platform to make our artists' music more accessible to their fans. We believe growing digital radio is critical to artist development and are excited to be aligned with Clear Channel in its digital radio strategy".

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Xfm has announced that, later this month, rapper Scroobius Pip will launch a new hour long weekly show on the station on Saturday nights called The Beatdown, featuring selections of hip hop and spoken word material.

In a statement, Pip said: "The chance to work with Xfm was one I couldn't pass up. It's the station that launched my career and, through amazing people like John Kennedy and Eddy Temple-Morris, has always been at the forefront of giving exposure to new sounds. Hip hop is such a deep genre and, through my show, I want to shine a light on some of the stuff that maybe doesn't get enough of it".

The first edition of The Beatdown will go out on 27 Apr at midnight.

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Popstar and avid anti-meat advocate Leona Lewis really, really isn't a fan of humans eating animals. Or animals of any kind eating other animals. So basically, the general eating of animals by any thing: man, beast or machine.

Anyway. She'd like the world to know this, and so has composed a blog post on the topic.

It's all quite abstract, but go with it:

"I decided at an early age that I did not want an animal to be killed so that I could eat it. I wasn't fooled by the golden crispy chicken nugget that looked nothing like it would have, had it not been highly processed and disguised.

Instead I saw blood, flesh and bone. The exact same blood, flesh and bone that you and I have. I knew that they felt pain; I knew that they felt suffering. I knew that they did not want to die.

How could I be OK knowing that male baby chicks are thrown into meat grinders because only females can give us eggs, veal is actually a calf ripped from its mother and slaughtered, animals are electrocuted, gassed, their throats cut the list goes on and on and I refused to be any part of it.

As I got older I became more knowledgeable about the damaging effects that the mass meat industry has on our environment.

I also learned about the negative effects that ALL meat, not just red meat, has on our health and how animal protein is heavily linked to many forms of cancer.

When someone tells me I don't have enough protein I tell them that for every 100 calories of steak there is 6.4g of protein and for every 100 calories of broccoli there is 11.1g of protein. The same pattern continues for all meat protein vs vegetable protein nutrient tables".

"Stick that in your pipe and smoke it", it ends. Right, I'm off for a burger. With broccoli on the side.

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And the Bizarre Booking Of The Week Award goes to... Rookie for hiring Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich as agony uncles.

The Atoms For Peace members (and Radiohead collaborators) were brought in to preside over the 'Ask A Grown Man' section of the American website, in which middle aged men advise the site's teenage girl readership on their love lives (previous contributors include Jimmy Fallon and Judd Apatow). Not something you can imagine happening in the UK's current media climate, but over in the US it's all fine, and the duo's advice is delivered with a gentleness and pragmatism that will either warm your heart or disappoint you, depending on what exactly you were hoping to get out of this.

Watch the video here.

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