12 APR 2013

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I was sure we'd had a local radio-based Beef Of The Week before, but apparently not. One featuring a local paper, yes. Even one featuring a local council. But none involving a local radio station. So, to make up for lost time, here's one that features two local radio stations going head to head. The stations in question are both based in Teeside, or at least they were, though that's sort of the source of the beef more>>
Tempo Clash heads to Corsica Studios, with Kuedo performing a live set featuring Lucy Benson's acclaimed futuristic visuals, which may well be the last rendition of the show on such a small scale. Hey!Zeus's Dahlia Black project also features, alongside Kromestar & Jason X who will be providing a heavy bass excursion. The Tempo Clash crew take over Room 2, one of the better spaces and soundsystems in London more>>

- Daily Mail in a ding dong over this weekend's Radio 1 chart show
- Modest duo amongst winners at Music Week Awards
- AIM Awards dates and judges announced
- Jay-Z shares Open Letter
- Psy re-styles himself a "mother fxxxx gentleman" via new track
- Scott Walker re-releasing first five LPs
- Andy Cato to launch solo album with photography exhibition
- Wu Tang to play Manchester, London shows
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra add November dates
- Lescop sets Lexington show
- Festival line-up update: Electric Daisy Carnival London, In The Woods, Lounge On The Farm and more
- Nicole Scherzinger seals 'de Luxe' Müller deal
- Manchester club Sankeys to close
- Demon Music Group launches vinyl-only label
- Pirate Bay's Greenland domains already blocked
- Universal deal on Apple streaming service could be imminent
- Twitter's We Are Hunted acquisition confirmed
- Mark Cooper named BBC Head Of Music Television
- Andrew Harrison steps down as Q Editor
- Gallagher backs Bieber again
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: The Official Charts Company confirmed over a billion single track downloads have been sold in the UK since it started documenting such things in 2004. Which is quite a lot. "The explosion in download sales over the past nine years means we are genuinely now living in the digital music age - with Adele as our queen!" said OCC boss Martin Talbot, the latter clause because Adele's 'Someone Like You' is the most downloaded of all the tracks in the download-o-sphere. And talking of Adele... CMU report | OCC infographic

02: Adele topped the list of young musical millionaires, published this week ahead of the launch of the latest Sunday Times Rich List. The broadsheet reckons Adele is now worth in the region of £30 million. She tops a young musical rich list dominated by female artists, with Cherly Cole, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua and Florence Welch also appearing. The poor 1D boys had to make do with spots at the bottom of the Top 20 list, being worth a mere £5 million each. Though in the over-all British rock rich list it's the old men that dominate, Paul McCartney at the top with the £680 million fortune he shares with wife Nancy Shevell. CMU report | Guardian report

03: Universal announced a deal with Roc Nation. The deal sees Jay-Z working again with his former label and employer, with Universal handling major releases from artists signed to or managed by the rapper's JV business with Live Nation. The new alliance will include the distribution of Jay-Z's own new record, and also means Universal will continue to handle the annual album release from Roc Nation-managed Rihanna. CMU report | Wall Street Journal report

04: The Pirate Bay moved to Greenland, briefly. Well, it officially switched its main domain name from being the Swedish-based to one using the Greenland top level domain, so The move came amidst fears the authorities in Sweden were plotting to seize the controversial file-sharing site's Swedish domain. But within a day of announcing the move, the company that oversees the .gl TLD had blocked the new URL on the grounds TPB would use it for illegal operations. So the Bay is back with its .se address for the time being. CMU report | Torrentfreak report

05: The IFPI published its annual stats report. Most of what was contained in the global record industry trade body's big book of stats we already knew: the global recorded music market grew very slightly last year for the first time since the 1990s, digital is booming and streaming services are increasingly important, though CDs still generate more cash overall. Emerging markets like Brazil, India and Mexico are also contributing to the perceived record industry recovery, the report confirmed. The actual size of that recovery was amended ever so slightly downwards between the publication of the IFPI's Digital Music Report in February and the main stats document this week, from 0.3% to 0.2%, which doesn't sound like much, but probably represents in the region of $1.5 million. CMU report | Billboard report

On CMU this week we chatted to musician and producer John Parish about his latest release 'Screenplay', The Black Angels compiled us a great playlist, and Vasilis Panagiotopoulos reported from Tallinn Music Week. Approved were Club 8, Bass Drum Of Death, Ty and Bonobo.

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The BBC is under pressure about this weekend's 'The Official Chart' show and whether or not to play all or any of the 51 seconds of 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead', which seems likely to go into the top five on Sunday on the back of the Facebook campaign that has encouraged people to download the 'Wizard Of Oz' track in the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death on Monday.

Needless to say the Daily Mail, always seeking the anti-BBC angle in any news story, is leading the charge, putting the Corporation's chart show challenge on its front page today, after insiders at the Beeb said yesterday that Radio 1 would likely play the record on Sunday evening.

Indicating that was so, a spokesman for the broadcaster said that what gets played on the chart programme was down to sales rather than BBC policy, saying simply: "'The Official Chart' show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear".

Word has it that Radio 1 might ask a journalist from its Newsbeat team to speak before the track is played, to explain to the station's target demographic - many of whom weren't even born when Thatcher was Prime Minister - why she remains such a controversial figure, to the extent that something like the 'Ding Dong' campaign can occur concurrent to all the tributes that have been paid to the former Tory leader since her passing earlier this week.

But, says the Mail, the BBC has banned controversial songs before, and - according to the tabloid, with its ever fluid views on censorship based on causing possible offence - a similar ban should be instigated here. MPs of all political persuasions, it adds, have said it "would be wrong to give airtime to a song denigrating our greatest peacetime Prime Minister less than a week after her death".

The chart dilemma story follows earlier criticism by the Mail of the BBC's coverage of Thatcher's death which, it said, showed leftwing bias, even though more viewers complained that the Corporation's news reports were overly positive when summarising Thatcher's record as PM.

Of course there is a strong argument that the whole campaign to get 'Ding Dong' into the chart is in bad taste, though given how much Thatcher relished noisy opponents in her prime, it's hard to believe she herself would be too bothered by the whole thing. Interestingly, as the copyright has expired in the 'Wizard Of Oz' sound recording in Europe, had the orchestrators of the Facebook campaign thought to upload 'Ding Dong' to iTunes themselves they could have profited financially from the whole affair too. And perhaps their failure to do so is the real assault on what Thatcherism stood for?

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So, industry types galore amassed in London town last night for the annual Music Week Awards, with 4AD walking away with the best indie label gong, and Universal's Island Records taking the best record company prize.

The lifetime achievement style Strat Award went to Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee of Modest!, the management duo probably best known these days for their stint taking on the careers of 'X-Factor' finalists, and therefore their role in the One Direction phenomenon. 'X' man Simon Cowell was on hand to present the duo with their special prize.

And the winners were...

A&R: Universal/Island
Promotions Team: Warner/Atlantic
Sales Team: EMI
Distribution Team: [PIAS]
Artist Marketing: EMI/Virgin for Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
Catalogue Marketing: Warner/Rhino for Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

PR Campaign: Murray Chalmers PR for The Stone Roses
Manager Of The Year: Adrian Sykes & Greg Castell
Music & Brand Partnership: Converse and Cornerstone for Converse Represent

Retail Brand: Rough Trade
Independent Retailer: Banquet Records, Kingston

Publisher (Albums): Sony/ATV/EMI
Publisher (Singles): Sony/ATV/EMI
Independent Publisher: Kobalt

Live Music Venue: The O2 Arena, London
Live Promoter: Simon Moran, SJM Concerts

Radio Station: BBC 6Music
Radio Show: Lauren Laverne, 6Music
TV Show Featuring Music: Later... With Jools Holland (BBC)
Music Media Brand: NME

Independent Record Company: Beggars/4AD
Record Company: Universal/Island

The Strat Award: Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, Modest! Management

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Returning for its third outing, the AIM Independent Music Awards are to take place on 3 Sep this year, again at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, and again hosted by Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq.

Announcing this, AIM Chairman Alison Wenham told CMU: "Anyone who attended last year's event will know that there is no pretence around the AIM Awards - it's simply a brilliant show spotlighting some of the most talented artists and businesses around. And there is nothing else like it in the industry, a fact of which we are very proud. We intend to take the AIM awards to a new level each year, meaning that fans, artists and indies will benefit from the exposure we can now deliver".

The judges for this year's awards have also been announced. Presiding over the various categories will be: Sean Adams (DrownedInSound), Tom Robinson (BBC 6music), Ben Patashnik (Rock Sound), Luke Turner (The Quietus), Pete Paphides (journalist), Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag), Laura Lukanz (BBC 1Xtra), Paul Stokes (Q Magazine), Elisa Bray (The Independent), John Kennedy (Xfm), Ras Kwame (DJ), Tim Ingham (Music Week), JJ Dunning (The Fly), DJ Target (1Xtra), Danielle Perry (Q Radio), Eve Barlow (NME), Janice Long (BBC R2), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Steve Lamacq (BBC 6music), Arwa Haider (Metro), Mike Walsh (XFM) and Jen Walker (Kerrang!).

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Shaun 'Jay-Z' Carter has released an 'Open Letter' via a new track titled... well, that. It deals with his and Mrs Bey Carter's politically shaky anniversary trip to Havana last week; you remember, the one that may or may not have breached America's Cuban embargo. Yeah, that one.

Anyways, its lines are all fairly pertinent a propos of said Havana hullabaloo, especially this: "Obama said 'chill, you gonna get me impeached'/We don't need this shit anyway chill with me on the beach'".

What a rhyme. Hear 'Open Letter', a collaboration with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, here.

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K-Pop star Psy has released (at last) a new track.

It's his first single since that other thing, whatever that was. And it was announced with this avant garde 'art' (sadly not what you'll actually get if you download the single, but you could attach it yourself). The track itself features the Guetta-esque phrase "Damn, girl! You so freaky sexy". So that's fun.

Released worldwide on iTunes at midnight, you can own it right away, or exercise a little caution by previewing it here first.

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Alt warbler Scott Walker's first five solo LPs are being given a grand re-releasing on 3 Jun via Universal.

Remastered re-prints of 'Scott', 'Scott' sequels 2-4 and 1970's 'Til The Band Comes In' will be available as CD/vinyl box sets with added extras - not least rare photos, a hardback essay/Q&A book, and Walker's notes on each of the discs.

Details on each of the options via this link.

And now, because it seems like a good excuse to do so, let's listen to 'It's Raining Today' from 'Scott 3'.

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Groove Armada's Andy Cato is set to release solo album, 'Times & Places', through Apollo/R&S on 29 Apr.

Featuring work that goes back two decades, tracks on the LP date back as far as 1993, before Groove Armada formed, and were recorded in numerous locations. To celebrate his finally managing to get these tracks down on record, Cato will launch it all with a two month photographic exhibition at The Book Club in Shoreditch displaying the history and locations in which the album was created.

Recalling when he first decided to put together the retrospective of unreleased works, Cato told CMU: "The first spark for 'Times & Places' came in 2011. It was daybreak in an East European republic on top of a Greek temple, with a micro light dropping confetti on the crowd and the country's defence minister in the booth with sausage dog balloons around his head. Driving back through the desert-like fields and potholes, memories from the road merged, flashed and disappeared. Fragments of a kind of audio diary began to appear. Soundtracks to those long moments in between gigs, where a four-track, computer or piano was to hand. This album and exhibition represents a handful, at least, of these times and places".

The exhibition will be launched with a private view on 25 Apr, with DJ sets from Cato and Geddes. It will then be open to the public until 25 Jun. Here's a video to get you in the mood.

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With appearances already billed at various festivals this year (Primavera Sound, Bonnaroo, Coachella and Bestival), rap pack Wu-Tang Clan have added a pair of inside dates to their live itinerary.

The shows, which mark twenty years since WTC's debut 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' was released, may also act as premiere settings for the brand new Wu LP that's been hyped by several Clansmen of late.

Dates are as follows:

25 Jul: Manchester, Apollo
26 Jul: London, Brixton Academy

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Having shifted all advance tickets to their pre-existing May shows in Manchester (6 May) and London (16 May), Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced additional dates in the same cities, this time in November.

The new dates, which are still attached to the band's sophomore LP 'II', are as listed:

7 Nov: London, Electric Ballroom
8 Nov: Manchester, Gorilla

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Pop Noire-signed disco-naut Lescop is playing a one-time show in the name of his first LP, 'Lescop'. It's at London's The Lexington on the same date the album's released, 3 Jun, and you can buy tickets to go to it here.

In the meantime, as a stop-gap, Jehnny Beth of Lescop's label peers Savages has directed the video for LP track 'La Foret', so watch that now.

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In a brave (if risky) move given the dicey festival climate, bosses at boutique-y alt bash In The Woods have opted to keep their 2013 listings a secret till the day of the event. They're asking buyers-to-be to purchase tickets in good faith that the line-up will be as great as in past years, when artists like Alt-J, Lianne La Havas, Micachu and AlunaGeorge have made pre-fame appearances.

They share this tempting spiel on the 'mustery initiative': "Somehow In The Woods has everything you would want from an independent music festival: a gorgeous forest setting lends it a magical ambience, the line up repeatedly reads like a who's who of the latest talent seemingly picked from bedroom obscurity, while beautiful artwork and a host of little extras make you feel like you're partying in a dream by the time the sun comes up".

Lovely, Moving on to pastures FLUU, we have big additions to relay via the likes of A-list dance party Electric Daisy Carnival (Tiësto, Avicii, Steve Angello et al), Kendal's Kendal Calling (Public Enemy, Seasick Steve, Johnny Marr) and cathedral city pop bash Lounge On The Farm (Jessie Ware and Willy Moon). And more.

Take a look:

CAMDEN ROCKS, various venues, Camden, London, 1 Jun: Rise To Remain, Fearless Vampire Killers, Lostalone, Evarose, Straight Lines, Cytota, DEAD, The Dash, Purson, The Black Delta Movement, Cage The Gods, Itamar, The Social Club, Gem & The Deadheads, Anavae, Ocasan, The Manic Shine, Claytown Troupe, Bleech, New Device, The Dead Famous, The Talks.

COCKERMOUTH ROCK FESTIVAL (COCKROCK), Wellington Farm, Cockermouth, 20-22 Jul: The Cribs, Kids In Glass Houses, Gentleman's Dub Club, Dreadzone, Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers, Young Kato, Jakarta Club, Falling Red, Highly Strung, Boomin, The iFoundation, Heavyball, Sidewinder, Kill For Eden, The Ambersons, Joan Ov Arc, Five And Dangerous, Presley Johnson, Edens Daughter, The Greeting Committee, Lem And The White Fire, New Bays, The Vertigos, Smiling Ivy, Mr Huw, Broken English, theLights, Thirteen Stars, AWOL, Beard of Wolves, Model Society, Heath:Ward, Joel Sarakula, Captain Dangerous, Sons Of Icarus, Jack Trainer, Image Of A Busker, Alex Hulme.

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL - LONDON, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 Jul: Tiësto, Avicii, Steve Angello, Alesso, Hardwell, MadeonFake Blood, Porter Robinson, Jaguar Skills, Rusko, Caspa, Mistajam, Crookers, SHY FX, Goldie, Destructo, Stamina MC, MC GQ, Ken Mac.

HIGH DEFINITION FESTIVAL, Forest Farm, Essex, 29 Jun: Katy B, Shy FX, Frcition.

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, East Cumbria, 26-28 Jul: Public Enemy, Seasick Steve, Johnny Marr, The DOT, Mike Skinner DJ, Nina Nesbitt, Prince Fatty & The Horseman, Hudson Taylor, Scrufizzer, Justin Robertson, Beans on Toast, The Heartbreaks, A Plastic Rose, Sam Bradley, The Feud, Will Tramp, Clint Boon, Gareth Brooks, Seelie, Dave Haslam, Werkha, Techniques, Champs, Jinx In Dub, Baggy Mondays, London Grammar, Silhouette, Sweet Baboo, Peter & Kerry, Dan Croll, Hatcham Social, Fiona Clayton, Charlene Soraia, Lauren Aquilina, Misty Miller, Micky P Kerr, Waylayers, Ash Howell, Beat Boutique DJs, The Witch And The Robot, Birds v Planes, The Lucid Dream, Nancy Kent, Herbal Sessions Soundsystem, Lowdown & Dirty Residents, Spirit of John, Jack Bee, Gamu, Throwing Up, Slowgun, Jakarta Club, Black Cat DJs, The Whip DJs, Alex Hulme, Karl Yates, Dermo, Fallback Productions, Sam P, Sauced Residents, Paper Cranes, Gritty Britain, Howling Rhythm DJs, Spirit Of John, Mobius Loop, The Wax Collection, Handbrake Shirley, Clique DJs, The Velveteen Saints, Mark Abbott, Ben Dyson, Joe McCorriston, Tea Street Band, Bad Bad Me, Gramotones, Edger Summertyme, All We Are.

INCUBATE, various venues, Tilburg, Netherlands, 16-22 Sep: Front 242, Built To Spill, Tim Hecker, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Prurient, Hieroglyphic Being,East India Youth, Levon Vincent, Worship, 808 State, A Guy Called Gerald, Kosmik Kommando, Tyree Cooper, Ceephax Acid Crew, Chris Moss Acid and Mantra, Kyle Hall, Cut Hands, Orthodox, My Cat Is An Alien, Grumbling Fur, Vessel, WIFE, Beneath, Dalhous, Kowton, Maston, Mmoss, The Resonars, Shannon & The Clams, Batillus, Iron Witch, Nohome, The Black Heart Rebellion, Carlton Melton, White Manna, Mujeres, Date Palms, Dead Existence, The Soupcans, Plankton Wat, Staer, Heartbeat Parade, Sex Jams, Heirs, Warm Toy Machine, Condor Gruppe, Axes, Tinner, Faal, Hessian, Jig Ai, Ahumado Granujo, Nunwhore Commando 666, Satan's Revenge On Mankind, Stoma, Ben Nash, Nick Millevoi, Fasenuova, Hexis, Lucia Lip, Screw Houston Start Screaming.

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 26-28 Jul: Jessie Ware, Willy Moon, Tribes, Man Like Me, Scratch Perverts, Broken Hands, Justin Robertson, Blanaevon, Ethan Johns, Sivu, Communion, Farewell JR, Hidden Orchestra.

SOLFEST, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, 23-25 Aug: The Joy Formidable, Alabama 3, New Model Army, Deaf School, Ahab, Delhi 2 Dublin, NUMB, By The Rivers, Jakarta Club, Gerry Richardson's Big Idea, The Young'uns, Jaywalkers, Pikey Beatz, Paddy Garrigan Band, Sid Wright, Middleman, DJ Templehead, Jeramiah Ferrari, Colt 45, The 45s, Project 9, Humanism, The Indicies.

TATTON PARK PICNIC CONCERTS, Tatton Park, Cheshire, 20-21 Jul: The Human League, Katherine Jenkins, National Symphony Orchestra.

WAKESTOCK, Abersoch, Wales, 12-14 Jul: Wiley, K-Koke, King Charles, Mallory Knox, Lucy Spraggan, Willy Moon, MS Mr, Russ Chimes, Loadstar, Tich, Heavy Feet, Jigsaw, The Kickbacks, Plastic Thumbs, Nancy, Dash & Ben Proudlove, True And False, Simplex, Jimmy Needles, Ed Mackie, Ken Marks, Jack Meeks.

WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 25-28 Jul: Sean Kuti, Toots And The Maytals, Spoek Mathambo, The Heavy, Adjagas, Fimber Bravo, Hidden Orchestra, The Bombay Royale, Carminho, Christine Salem, Dizu Plaatijes & Ibuyambo Ensemble, Flavia Coelho, Iadoni, Jesca Hoop Katy Carr & The Aviators, Malouma, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Riot Jazz, Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys, Yes King.

WOOD FESTIVAL, Braziers Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, 17-19 May: Paper Aeoplanes, Liz Lawrence, Band Of Hope.

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Well-chilled popstar-in-a-pot Nicole Scherzinger has 'lifted the lid' on a new silver-spoon branding deal with Bavaria-based dairy co Müller. Sorry, I'll stop.

The one time Pussycat Doll will be the (possibly yog-slathered) face of Müller's 'de Luxe' dessert range, representing champagne, coconut, praline and after dinner mint-sweetened milk treats. She really, actually says: "I'm a foodie and I love desserts; so working with Müller de Luxe Corner has been a lot of fun. The creamy coconut flavour is my favourite, but they're all so Müllerlicious!"

Adding: "My Müller de Luxe Corner moment is like a date! I go home and kick off my shoes and enjoy a little moment to myself; it's a treat". ill her real-life, non-lacto human 'date', one Lewis Hamilton, be pleased with that comparison? I think he will.

Asked by Glamour mag as to what she finds particularly attractive about the campaign, she says: "I'm a huge fan of yoghurt and indulging myself, what a great combination. I was like, 'do I get some free yoghurt for this?' and they said 'yes'".

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the bottom line.

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Manchester club Sankeys has announced that it is to close next month. Seems like a lot of effort to go to in order to stop Justin Bieber from having another go at getting in.

This is the third time the venue has closed its doors in its nineteen year history, and while David Vincent - its owner since 2000 - has not ruled out a reopening, he will for the time being focus on his Ibiza club, Playa D'en Bossa, which was launched in 2011.

In a statement published via Facebook, Vincent said: "I have decided to close Sankeys in Manchester indefinitely this summer as I focus my attention on our third year in Ibiza. I want our Ibiza project to be the best club in the world, just like what we have achieved previously in Manchester, as I get the feeling this could be our summer. But I need my production and staff from Manchester to come to Ibiza with me to achieve this goal and therefore both clubs cannot be open at the same time. Who knows when we will be back in Manchester, or if we ever will be back, or what comes next in this great city I love".

The club will go on hiatus on 6 May, bowing out with a twelve hour party featuring Joris Voorn, tINI, Enzo Siragusa, Darius Syrossian, plus Sankeys residents Jozef K and Us & Them.

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Demon Music Group has announced a new company, Demon Records, a vinyl-only catalogue label that will kick off by launching a number of special releases for this year's Record Store Day.

Demon's Ben Stanley told CMU: "As a company of record lovers, it's hugely encouraging for Demon Music Group to see the resurgence of vinyl. Anything we can do to contribute to this rise will be hugely satisfying. We have some brilliant releases lined up across a variety of genres, and are very excited about the future".

The Record Store Day releases will feature music from The Jesus and Mary Chain, Suede, Dinosaur L, Marc Bolan, Heaven N Hell, Ashley Beedle, Ian McCulloch, Men Without Hats and Chas & Dave.

Vinyl re-issues will then follow of albums by Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle, The SOS Band, Average White Band, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, T Rex, The Beat, Sugar, Leo Sayer and Saxon amongst others.

More info here.

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The Pirate Bay's plans to prepare for an anticipated seizure of its .se domain in Sweden by making the site's official address - utilising Greenland's top level domain - have been scuppered after the company that oversees the .gl TLD said it would block the URL.

According to TorrentFreak, Tele-Post, the company that oversees the Greeland domain suffix, said it had decided to block after deciding the URL would be used for illegal purposes. That decision was mainly based, it seems, on a ruling in legal action against the controversial file-sharing website in the Danish courts, Greenland being a self-governing province of Denmark.

The Bay's Swedish domains still seem active at the moment, so the file-sharing site will seemingly move back to those for the time being, though a switch to another alternative in the near future is likely. The original domain was dropped early last year amidst fears the US authorities might seize it.

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Apple could sign a deal with the Universal Music Group as soon as next week for its planned streaming service, according to The Verge. Negotiations between the IT giant and the mega-major about the latter licensing a streaming element to iTunes are now apparently at a 'final stage'.

Talks with Warner Music are also speeding along, insiders say. That would leave deals needing to be done with the Sony music companies and the independents.

Rumours of an Apple streaming service to compete with Pandora and Spotify have been circulating for years, of course, though have seemed ever more credible of late.

It is thought Apple's streaming set up with be more akin to Pandora that Spotify, though with a much stronger download upsell element, something the IT firm has tried to use to secure better terms on royalty rates from the majors than would be possible if the service was licensed through US rights agency SoundExchange.

Though, latest gossip says, Apple is now talking about paying rates much closer to Pandora than were originally on the table, which has helped negotiations move forward.

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Twitter has confirmed that late last year it quietly acquired We Are Hunted, the music discovery service that monitored activity across social networks to track the most popular songs of the moment. The acquisition means that the We Are Hunted service as was will go offline, with the team focusing their efforts on building a new music-based offer within the Twitter platform.

The We Are Hunted acquisition was first reported on last month by C-Net, which claimed that a new Twitter app was very much in development that would provide users with lists of tunes, partly informed by what the people a user follows on Twitter are chatting about. It's thought iTunes previews and SoundCloud streams would then be embedded within the app.

In a statement on their website, We Are Hunted's founders have written: "The last few years have been an incredible experience made possible by the various staff, contractors and partners we've worked with. We would like to thank our board and investors, particularly Graeme Wood, who backed us in late 2007 and never stopped supporting and mentoring us. A huge thanks also to our users, who kept coming back each day to discover the great new music. While we are shutting down, we will continue to create services that will delight you, as part of the Twitter team".

They concluded: "There's no question that Twitter and music go well together. Artists turn to Twitter first to connect with fans, and people share and discover new songs and albums every day. We can't wait to share what we've been working on at Twitter".

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The BBC has appointed Mark Cooper as its new Head Of Music Television, stepping up from his previous role as Creative Head Of Music Entertainment. Cooper has been with the BBC for 23 years, and has worked on programmes including 'Later... With Jools Holland' and coverage of Glastonbury.

Cooper told CMU: "It's a tremendous honour to be asked to lead a team which brings together the expertise and passion that drives our coverage of everything from the Proms to Glastonbury as well as our documentary output. We can maximise the benefits of the classical and popular music production teams working together in the same building without diminishing their unique contributions".

Director of BBC Radio, Graham Ellis added: "Mark has an outstanding track record in television music production and he has been responsible for many of the BBC's most successful popular music programmes. This move brings together our in-house television music production teams in London and, under Mark's leadership, allows them to forge new creative partnerships which will delight audiences and reflect the rich musical life of the nation".

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Andrew Harrison has stepped down as editor of Q Magazine, just fourteen months after replacing Paul Rees (who left after a decade at the top of the music title).

Saying the Harrison had left "to pursue other interests", Q publisher Bauer announced that former Closer Editor Jane Johnson had been brought in as a consultant editor, saying in a statement: "Bauer remains focused on developing Q's editorial proposition to increase the brand's relevancy for mainstream music fans with a view to building exciting new properties out of a strong magazine product".

This brings to an end Harrison's second stint as the magazine's chief, he having briefly worked in the role in 2000. He was previously involved with Smash Hits and Mixmag, and joined Q from a position as Editor-At-Large at Word.

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Liam Gallagher has been getting busy in his new role as the Bieber Protector, again defending the pop boy's recent arrival on stage two hours late for a London show, leaving a room full of parents having to deal with tetchy, tired and tearful teens.

As previously reported, Gallagher took to Twitter to stick up for the under fire Bieber a few days after the late-start gig, mainly because his brother Noel had told the paper's that the pop star's late arrival wasn't very rock n roll. Liam subsequently tweeted: "Wow, yeah, Justin Bieber rules!" The message was spotted by the Bieber himself, who promptly retweeted his new backer.

Asked about the whole thing by ShortList in a new interview, Liam G has now expanded thus: "Anyone who goes on two hours late is fucking right in my book, man. All these so called rock bands that sit backstage going, 'Hey, let's wait fifteen minutes'. Fuck that, wait two hours and fifteen minutes! No one will beat that, ever. So get off his back, man - I am a Belieber! I've got his fucking back, man".

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