15 APR 2013

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It's the London Marathon on Sunday. If you're running it, I hope it all goes well. If you're going to be standing watching it, I hope it doesn't rain. If you're planning to watch it on TV, that's nice. If you have no intention of watching or participating, I hope you enjoy whatever else it is you have planned. Perhaps you could use that time to catch up on this week's CMU features, which will include an Eddy Says column from Eddy Temple-Morris, an interview with Scroobius Pip and a playlist from Josh Kumra. We'll also have another TGE convention announcement to share - hurrah!
Swedish singer-songwriter Sibille Attar has been involved in various musical projects in recent years. I'm going to take a punt and say that the place you've most likely heard her before is contributing vocals to Camera Obscura's 2006 album, 'Let's Get Out Of This Country'. Now solo and signed to Universal, Attar released her debut album, 'Sleepyhead', in Sweden back in February. The album, as far as I know, currently has no scheduled UK release date, which is a shame because the four tracks from it that you can hear on her SoundCloud page are really lovely more>>

- Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead fails to knock Duke Dumont off number one
- Deftones bassist Chi Cheng dies
- Universal accused of operating sex and drug hub at LA Studio
- Jacksons request to see visitors logs of Murray jail
- Meat Loaf cancels Nottingham show due to illness
- Jo McCormack 1962-2013
- Westlife's Shane signs to London Records, Louis Walsh "thrilled"
- Bring Me The Horizon confirm BMG Chrysalis deal
- Robbie and Buble do UFO duet
- Disclosure disclose LP release date
- Maya Jane Coles debut due via Kobalt
- Diplo pitching EDM film
- Skepta, Joker to play London night
- Chelsea Light Moving to tour in June
- Melt Yourself Down announce tour dates
- Festival line-up update: Beat-Herder, Jersey Live, ArcTanGent and more
- Taylor Swift holds a pencil funny
- Twitter music elements revealed by source code spy
- Bieber criticised for Anne Frank Museum note
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
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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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Record Store Day. It’s Record Store Day on Saturday, the annual pilgrimage to independent record shops to buy up stacks of specially released records. Queuing there may be. In-store performances too. And by the end, your wallet will be much, much lighter. But you could also have in your possession a rabbit-shaped Chas N Dave seven-inch. Amongst other things.

Coachella 2. What could be better than one Coachella festival than TWO Coachella festivals? Yep, the dust is only just settling on round one, and this weekend they’ll do it all over again. Topping the bill once again are The Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

AIM Music Connected. The Association Of Independent Music’s digital music conference Music Connected will take place on 17 Apr at Glaziers Hall in London, kicking off with a keynote from Consolidated Independent’s General Manager Kieron Faller.

GIT Award. The winner of this year’s GIT Award, handed out to the creator of the best new music from Liverpool in the last year (the ‘Scouse Mercury’ they call it), will be announced this Friday at Leaf in the city. Amongst the nominees are Stealing Sheep, Wave Machines, Baltic Fleet and Dan Croll.

Lamacq’s 20th anniversary show on iPlayer. Steve Lamacq broadcast his first programme on Radio 1 on 12 Apr 1993, which means last Friday was the 20th anniversary of his employment with the BBC. To celebrate he broadcast a special show for 6music, which you can check out any time this week via the wonders of the iPlayer.

New releases. There are a lot of albums out this week. A lot. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are releasing one. Fall Out Boy are releasing one. Michael Buble’s releasing one. Major Lazer, Iron & Wine, Charli XCX, John Parish, Andrew Wyatt, Shuggie Otis, Haxan Cloak, Parquet Courts, Fuzz and Feathers are all releasing one each. M83’s soundtrack to new Tom Cruise film ‘Oblivion’ is out. Killing Joke have a compilation of singles out.‘Inspiration Information’ and ‘Wings Of Love’ are being reissued. See? Busy. And on top of that, Little Mix’s collaboration with Missy Elliott is out.

Gigs and tours. Assuming you have time to take your headphones off to stop listening to all that new music, there are some gigs you can go to. Actually, there are four gigs organised by Deezer that will require you to put headphones back on, as that’s the only way you’ll be able to hear what Little Boots, The Ramona Flowers, Dog Is Dead and Fridge Magnets will be playing inside soundproof boxes. For a more traditional gig experience, you might try shows from Tribes, Alison Moyet, Wiley, Skepta and JME, Frank Turner, Charli XCX, The Cribs, DOOM, Gallows and/or Cuushe.

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'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead', from the soundtrack of 1939 movie 'The Wizard Of Oz', has reached number two in the UK singles chart, failing to knock Duke Dumont and A*M*E's 'Need U (100%)' off the top spot, where it remains for a second week.

As previously reported, 'Ding Dong!' began rising up the chart following the announcement of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher last Monday. Initial sales of the track were attributed to a Facebook campaign, though the movement was subsequently boosted by considerable media coverage, even though much of it was opposed to the chart initiative, which many journalists and politicians deemed to be in bad taste.

By Tuesday at midnight the Official Charts Company reported that the song had sold 29,000 copies and was selling at a rate of 2000 per day - though ultimately that was still not enough to catch up on Duke Dumont's lead, despite a late surge which saw the 'Oz' track sell 18,000 copies between Friday morning and the cut off point of midnight on Saturday.

The final figures show that Duke Dumont sold 58,321 copies of his single in the last week, while the version of 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' being bought by most people (several other versions also saw a boost in sales this week but failed to chart) shifted 52,605, putting it in second place. The OCC notes that the high chart postion achieved by 'Ding Dong' was aided in part by this being a relatively low sales week for singles, stating that the average sales figure for a number one record in 2012 was 106,000.

Though those who felt buying the 'Ding Dong' track was a suitable way of expressing their continued opposition to Thatcher's legacy can perhaps take comfort that, while they missed the number one spot, they have helped set a chart record. At 51 seconds in length, 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' is the first single under 60 seconds in length to make it into the top ten in chart history.

Though for Radio 1 even that was too long for its chart show, it choosing instead to air a brief clip of the track as part of a news report on the macabre chart campaign. Facing strong pressure from political leaders and other media, the BBC chose not to play the record on its chart programme, instead pulling in Newsbeat to explain why Thatcher's death has so divided public opinion in the UK, mainly for the benefit of Radio 1′s core demographic, many of whom were born after Thatcher was forced to resign in 1990.

With many feeling that the whole 'Ding Dong' campaign was in bad taste, supporters of Margaret Thatcher, led by former Conservative MP Louise Mensch, launched their own campaign to get a song into charts on Friday. Slightly bizarrely, they chose 'I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher' by late 70s/early 80s punk band The Notsensibles, which is not exactly the pro-Thatcher song they seemed to believe (the clue is in the band's name). And even if it was, that Mensch et al felt the message they wanted to send out following Thatcher's death was that they found her very sexy seems rather inappropriate too. Anyway, the campaign began too late in the day, and the song just scraped into the top 40 at number 35 with 8768 units shifted.

But anyway, as Britian's political community awaits Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, here ends one of the more unusual weeks in the music charts. Though, as an aside, now that a Ministry Of Sound-released single has thwarted anti-Thatcher protesters' hopes of getting 'Ding Dong' to number one in the week of her death, perhaps Thatcher-fan Boris Johnson could return the favour by blocking that controversial residential development next to the MoS nightclub in London.

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Chi Cheng, bassist with Deftones, has died nearly four and half years after a car accident left him in a semi-conscious state.

Although left seriously ill after the 2008 accident, Cheng's condition had improved slightly since coming out of a coma in 2009, and last year it was confirmed he had been able to move his leg as well as his hands. But this weekend he lost his fight for life.

Confirming his passing on the One Love For Chi website, a note from Cheng's mother Jeanne Marie posted on Saturday read: "Our dearest family, this is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emergency room and at 3am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear".

It continued: "He fought the good fight. You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi site and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi's son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go".

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If you're one of the biggest music corporations in the world, often portrayed as being run by the men in grey suits, lawyers and accountants who care little for the music, then you could argue that being accused by a former employee of operating an HQ where sex, drugs and rock n roll are the norm is rather good for your reputation. Though possibly less so with the allegations of racial slurs.

A lawsuit filed against Universal's music publishing operation in Santa Monica has hit the headlines, with an unnamed former female security guard for the company claiming that the firm's offices were the home of "pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and [it was] openly used in common areas, and lounges".

The former employee has seemingly taken legal action after basically being dismissed by management at the Universal Music offices and studio complex, and in the suit claims she lost her job after complaining to bosses about illegal activities that occurred on the premises. The litigation also cites other labour law violations, including unsafe work conditions and harassment.

The lawsuit makes specific drug-taking claims against various artists and/or their entourages, including Macy Gray, Jamie Foxx and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. She claims she was once told that the latter could "do whatever he wants ... if he wants to come to the lobby and do a line of cocaine on the floor, it's OK". However, it was seemingly a run in with minders working for TI that led to her suspension, who allegedly refused to move their client's car at her request when using the major's studios, one telling her: "I gotta be able to get this boy outta here if a shoot out or something goes down".

Suggesting that it was visiting artists that were really the problem, and that some other workers at the mega-major didn't appreciate their shenanigans either, the lawsuit continues: "UMPG employees were complaining about finding bras hanging in the studio and people being found passed out in the showers after partying and drug use. The plaintiff found condoms plastered in the men's bathroom while on patrol". Though some other Universal staffers are also accused of inappropriate behaviour, with the lawsuit continuing: "She began witnessing UMPG employees engaged in intimate touching and grinding, involving buttocks and genitalia".

Perhaps most damaging for the reputation of Universal, however, are the allegations of racial slurs the plaintiff claims to have suffered, which include being referred to as 'the 'HNIC', short for 'Head Nigger In Charge".

As the juicy lawsuit started doing the rounds last week, Universal said that it couldn't comment on any dispute between the plaintiff and her direct employer, but added that the allegations made against the company itself were "absurd".

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Katherine Jackson has reportedly requested that the visitor's log from the jail where Conrad Murray is serving his time for causing the death of Michael Jackson be subpoenaed for the upcoming Jacksons v AEG Live court case.

According to TMZ, the Jackson matriarch, who is leading the family's litigation against the promoters of the ill-fated 'This Is It' show that the late king of pop was preparing for when he died in 2009, wants to see if any reps from AEG have visited Murray since he was incarcerated.

Assuming that request is real, it's not entirely clear to what end the Jackson's legal reps would want that information, though they, of course, are trying to show in court that AEG should be held liable for the actions of the negligent doctor because it employed him. AEG counters that it only paid Murray's bills, and that Jackson himself hired and managed the medic, and it's possible that the Jackson family's reps want to try to show the live firm had a closer relationship with Murray than they admit.

The Jacksons plan to call Murray to testify in the court case, though he is likely to resist participating in the hearing, using the Fifth Amendment to avoid having to speak. Meanwhile a legal rep for the doctor said that any efforts to claim there was any kind of dodgy relationship between AEG and her client would fail, because no such relationship existed.

Valerie Wass told TMZ: "I believe the subpoena is a rather desperate, last minute attempt by counsel for Katherine Jackson and the children to try and find or create a surreptitious relationship between Dr Murray and AEG. There is and has been no such relationship".

As previously reported, jury selection is now underway in the Jacksons v AEG case.

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Meat Loaf had to cancel a show in Nottingham yesterday an hour before it was due to start because of illness.

The singer was previously taken ill during a show in 2011, and last year announced that the current 'Last At Bat' tour would be his last, though the statement put out before last night's concert said that several band members had actually been taken ill this time, suggesting a virus was doing the rounds, rather than there being any specific health concerns related to the singer specifically.

The Nottingham show will be reschedule for 20 May, and all tickets for this weekend's concert will be valid then.

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JO MCCORMACK 1962-2013
A&R executive Jo McCormack died on Easter Sunday at the Wellington Hospital in London, aged 50, her family announced last week. She had been suffering from cancer.

Born in Harrogate in 1962, McCormack worked in A&R at Virgin Records for many years, where, amongst many others, she brought The Spice Girls to the label. In the 90s she left the company for a new role with Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller's 19 company, and later became part of the creative team behind the firm's 'Pop Idol' TV format - still successful as 'American Idol', of course.

McCormack became particularly involved with the career of the first ever 'Pop Idol' winner, Will Young, who paid tribute to her last week, saying: "Jo turned from a talented A&R lady into my good friend. Super good at her job yet always modest about her ability. She made me laugh, was always bringing a sublime sense of fun and most importantly was a source of inspiration and unfaltering support and love. Her variety of dances for any new demo that came in became legendary! Jo will live on for me in my memories and my heart for the rest of my life. May you rest in peace Jo".

Simon Fuller and his family also issued a statement, saying: "This was a special girl. She was cool, irreverent and beautiful. Passionate about music, bright as a spark and took no nonsense. She had a sense of humour second to none, was a loving, devoted mother and wife and still found the time to be a wonderful and loyal friend. Jo McCormack we will miss you more than you will ever know and nothing will ever be the same again".

Meanwhile, her husband Mike said: "If ever proof were needed that life can be cruel and unfair, Jo's early passing is a truly painful example. She was a generous, kind spirit, a devoted and caring mother loved and respected by her friends, colleagues and the artists she worked with. It's tragic that she had to endure such a painful and debilitating struggle for so long, only to finally lose her life this past weekend. It's a devastating loss for myself and the children who loved her dearly".

A memorial service is currently being planned - for details email

Jo McCormack is survived by her husband Mike, their son Connor and daughter Esme.

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Westlife's Shane Filan has signed, on a solo proviso, with Universal's London Records. His first LP is set to be released in the latter half of this year.

Says Shane, who's finessing the disc in Nashville and London (not at the same time) as he speaks: "I am so excited to be joining London Records and Universal Music, and being back in the studio recording new songs has been amazing. One of the things that pleases me the most about this record is that I've been given the opportunity to write my own songs. I'm so excited for people to hear them!"

Meanwhile Shane's manager, one Louis Walsh, barges in with: "This is a fantastic new deal for Shane, we are thrilled to be part of the team at London Records".

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Having last week released their first 'major' LP, the #3-charting 'Sempiternal', via Sony's RCA, Bring Me The Horizon have since confirmed an international publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK.

BMTH's Oli Sykes soliloquises: "We couldn't be more stoked to be working with BMG. We had a lot of offers and talks with publishers but no one impressed us more than BMG did. They were genuinely excited about this record, and got us really excited about future projects and collaborations".

Alexi Cory-Smith, Senior VP at BMG Chrysalis UK, gladly adds: "Bring Me The Horizon are an amazing rock band with very strong management doing a classic artist development job. We are delighted they have chosen BMG to be their publishing partner. It is clear music is getting louder in 2013 and Bring Me The Horizon are leading the charge".

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Robbie Williams and Michael Buble have done "neo-swing" track together. Inspired by Robbie's fabled penchant for aliens, it features the line: "Soda pop, Yoda what?" Hmm, whatever next?

Well, a remark via Buble, actually, who's said this to The Sun: "We're around the same age, we've gone through a lot of the same things. He's just become a dad, I'm just about to. We both have problems, we both probably go too far with things we do. He just talks about it more than I do".

Yes, that's all very fascinating. But what of the single? "It's catchy and fun, neo-swing. One of the lyrics is 'Soda pop, Yoda what?' Robbie wrote it when looking at UFOs".

Anything but 'Rudebox II', I suppose.

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Disclosure bros Guy and Howard Lawrence have revealed the date on which they'll release their first LP. Which is jumping the gun a bit, since it isn't finished and is minus a title, but still. The date, by the way, is 3 Jun, so stick that in the iCal.

Chatting to MTV at this year's Snowbombing festival, Guy said: "We've got a lot of collaborations on the album, which is very nearly ready. We can't name any names right now but yeah there's a few surprises on there and maybe some 'not surprises' but it works".

As heard in Topshop, this is Disclosure's AlunaGeorge-affiliated new(ish) track 'White Noise'.

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After several years remixing and releasing tracks via various aliases, DJ Maya Jane Coles is at last to deliver us her first straight LP, 'Comfort'. Or rather, she'll make it, while Kobalt's label services division will handle the actual release in July on behalf of Coles' own I/AM/ME label.

Maya says: "It's very exciting to be in charge of my debut album. Kobalt has given me total creative freedom and that is a necessity for me as an artist. The infrastructure is also there to support my music internationally so I look forward to seeing the response and hope that others will love the album just as much as I loved working on it".

Meanwhile, voicing Kobalt's side of the coin, its MD Paul Hitchman adds: "Maya is exactly the kind of artist client we want to be working with. She has an extraordinary talent combined with a clear vision of what she wants to achieve and an inspiring independence of spirit. We are truly excited by the opportunity of working with Maya and her management team".

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Diplo is to immortalise 'the EDM craze' in a new film, apparently. At least, that's what Deadline is saying, the site having confirmed that 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to the "untitled pitch", which is based on three teenagers going to a Diplo show.

The film has alternately been billed as "Eminem and Christopher Walken at a Manchester rave" (this via an email to The Fader from its one of its creators, Diplo business associate Kevin Kusatu) and "'8 Mile' meets 'Project X' in tone". If and when it's ever made, Diplo will act as its executive producer.

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Wiley's main grime rival Skepta is MCing at a one-off live night. He'll be squaring up to bass king Joker at London's Shoreditch Warehouse on 8 Jun, as the finale to an eve also featuring Darq E Freaker, P Money and Stooki Sound.

Details available here.

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Thurston Moore's other (than Sonic Youth) band Chelsea Light Moving have an eponymous record to play back to those that purchased it when it came out in March, and as such will do so via a variety of shows in June.

And the shows, CLM's first UK dates as a band, are:

14 Jun: London, Village Underground
17 Jun: Bristol, The Fleece
18 Jun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

And here, to finish, are Thurston and co playing 'Chelsea Light Moving' track 'Burroughs' live at this year's SXSW.

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Led by Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear's Pete Wareham, along with members of Hello Skinny, Heliocentrics and Zun Zun Egui, Melt Yourself Down are set to release their debut album through The Leaf Label on 17 Jun.

Before that, they'll be heading out around the UK for some live shows. Check the dates below, and then check out the video for 'Fix My Life'.

24 Apr: London, Corsica Studios
29 Apr: Guildford, Boileroom
13 Jun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
14 Jun: Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
21 Jun: Bristol, Exchange

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Ushering in this Monday 15 Apr FLUU bulletin is Lancashire's Beat-Herder, as has just shoved a drove of beat-making artists onto its line-up. So post that, Groove Armada, Kissy Sell Out, Shakleton, Temples and others fight for space with the already-confirmed likes of Jimmy Cliff, Booka Shade, Norman Jay and Jaguar Skills, which is exciting.

Next, news of Jersey Live, which has added Fatboy Slim to its ranks. He'll headline the event on its first night (31 Aug), with the fest's remaining acts still tba.

And with that, it's on to the main body of today's amalgamated updates, as includes Cheddar's ArcTanGent, Belgian dance treat Dour, and extra add-ons to the festival's Kaiser Chiefs-headlined day on 29 Jun.


ARCTANGENT, Fernhill Farm, Cheddar, Somerset, 29 - 31 Aug: Earthtone9, Dragged Into Sunlight, BossK, Devil Sold His Soul, Winterfylleth, Humanfly, Manatees, Astrohenge.

BEAT-HERDER, The Ribble Valley, Lancashire, 5-7 Jul: Groove Armada, Feed Me, Kissy Sell Out, Roni Size DJ, Dynamite MC, Shackleton, Banco De Gaia, Bondax, Temples, To Kill A King, Skinny Lister, Featurecast, Public Service Broadcasting, Dub Pistols, Idjut Boys, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Dub Mafia, Freefall Collective, Paul Taylor, DAVE, The Drummer, Eddy Temple Morris, Josh Wave, Doctor & The Medics, Krysko, The Squatters, Random Hand, Low Down & Dirty DJs, The Inexplicables, Extra Love, Cazal, Gideon Conn, Ushti Baba, Sound Assembley, The Darlingtons, Formby In Da Club, The Squire Of Gothos, Dankle, Olivia Fern, Dohnut, Karl Roscoe, Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers, Wolfie Razmatazz, Tom Jarvis, Bane, Paul Thornton, Chris Holt, The 59ers, Ticker Le Punk, Underground Roots Ft. Dan Man & Bongo Chilli, 1st Aide, Johnny Clash, Axis Soundsystem, Dub Smugglers, La La And The Boo Ya, Tom Jarvis, Stacey Cohen, Lewis Garland, Nathan Ball, Clayton Blizzard, The Yuya, Bunty, Silver Tortoise, Hang Project, Kalika, The Wonderful Sound Of The Cinema Organ, Riders In The Ska, Stee Bowden, King Summat, Waka, Red Tin Dave, Glyn Bailey, Tooley, Louise & The Righteous Bees, Stagger Lee Fisher, Jonnie Common, Adam & Piwi, Age Of Glass, Wisegoldfish, Wolfson & Winters, Jamie Brewer, Phil Smith, Blowjangles, Earth Doctor, All We Are, Danielle & Cowbell, Purple Turtle, Rubber Kazoo.

DOUR, Plaine De La Machine À Feu, Dour, Belgium, 18-21 Jul: Rusko, Venetian Snares, Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Ben Pearce, Darkstar, Kate Nash, Suuns, And So I Watch You From Afar, Half Moon Run, J.C.Satàn, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Dj Shadow, DJ Yoda, Criolo, Toots and the Maytals, ERM & Lee Scratch Perry, Buster Shuffle /Skarbone 14, The Skints, Biohazard, Adept, Dagoba, ETHS.

EDEN SESSIONS, Eden Project, Cornwall, dates tba: Deap Vally, Tom Tom Club, The Computers, Brother & Bones, The PJP Band, Cosmo Jarvis, Michael Cassidy, Kezia, Lily & Meg.

JERSEY LIVE, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, Jersey, 31 Aug - 1 Sep: Fatboy Slim.

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Earlier this year, Taylor Swift pronounced that Diet Coke "just gets" her. Now we can see evidence of that in action by tuning into her first advert for the drink. OK, we can't, because that notion was a nonsense. But we can see the fucking weird way Taylor Swift holds a pencil, and that should be enough.

For educational purposes only, you can watch the advert here.

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Elements of Twitter's previously reported new music discovery service have been revealed after a designer called Youssef Sarhan worked out how to view some CSS code linked to the new venture, and noticed some key words that suggest some of the functionality and partners that will be offered at launch.

Rumours of a new music-specific app from Twitter first began seriously circulating last month after C-Net discovered that something was in development, and that the web firm had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted to help make it happen.

It is thought the new app will suggest music for users to listen to based on various criteria, including what feeds the user follows on the Twitter platform. Within the app users will see four tabs offering lists of personalised suggestions, most popular tunes, new talent and songs being played by the tweeters they follow. Users will then be able to play music from recommended artists from within the app via third-party streaming services.

It was originally thought that the streaming element would be limited to iTunes previews and SoundCloud, the former only 90 seconds in length, and the latter relying on rights owners uploading their content to a platform where music cannot be directly monetised. But Sarhan's source code read suggests that Spotify, Rdio, VEVO and YouTube are also partners, which would greatly enhance the preview element of the service, for users and rights owners alike.

Said code also suggests that Twitter will provide artist biographies and charts, and that it will be available via a smart phone and tablet app as well as on the web.

Official information about this new service remains sketchy, though gossipers reckon a launch could be imminent. And while said launch won't shake up the streaming music market in quite the way Apple, Google and Amazon might if and when they enter that domain, it could quickly become a leader in the music recommendation space, which will pose challenges for those streaming platforms trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded market place by offering the "best discovery service". Which is most of them.

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Perhaps next time Justin Bieber could send a look-a-like or hologram to do his European tour for him, that way he'd stop doing and saying things that generate ever more reams of criticism.

The singer has further pissed off the world (minus the Beliebers, obviously) this weekend after his European tour reached Amsterdam, and the Bieber - as every good Canadian teen back-packing their way around Europe should - visited The Anne Frank House.

The Dutch museum, of course, honours one of the most famous victims of The Holocaust of the Third Reich, the teenage girl who documented her experiences living in cramped hidden rooms with her family in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to escape persecution in the Nazi occupied Netherlands. Her diary was published after the Second World War, and after her death from typhoid in a concentration camp aged fifteen.

Bieber's visit to the museum will do much to spread Frank's important story to a new generation, which is presumably why the museum reported on his visit on its official Facebook page, complete with the few lines he'd written in their visitors' book.

Which is where the new criticism stems from. The pop star's note in the book started off well with the line "truly inspiring to be able to come here", but then failed at the second and third hurdle with the follow up "Anne was a great girl; hopefully she would have been a belieber".

Of course had Frank been a teen in Amsterdam in 2013 rather than during the more horrific period of history in which she lived, perhaps she would have been a Justin Bieber fan. But few outside the star's core fanbase thought such a self-centred remark was really the best way to express just how inspiring he had found Frank's story.

Though, of course, few other nineteen year olds in the world have to endure having every stupid thing they say or write scrutinised in quite this way, and if they did, perhaps the Bieber wouldn't look quite such the self-absorbed idiot he has frequently seemed on this particular European adventure.

The Anne Frank House added a further Facebook update this morning, saying: "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary".

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