17 APR 2013

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Since the announcement of Margaret Thatcher's death there has really been a battle of narratives - one led by a group which would like history to record that she was the worst thing to ever happen to Great Britain, and another that would like history to tell that she was the best. It's this strength of feeling that caused 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead', from 'The Wizard Of Oz', to begin rising up the charts, almost as soon as the news of Thatcher's passing came in more>>
Last week Xfm announced that it had hired Scroobius Pip to join the station's presenter team. From 27 Apr, Pip will guide listeners through the world of hip hop and spoken word material, with a show called The Beatdown. In addition to that, Pip will reunite with Dan Le Sac for live shows this summer, and the pair have already begun work on their third album together, their first since breaking off to work on solo albums. With all that going on, CMU's Andy Malt caught up with Scroobius Pip to find out more more>>

- Hives ordered to pay Cardigans £1.8 million in accounts mess
- Pirate Bay founder charged over hacking allegations
- Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding banned from driving
- Katy Perry not popular enough for $2 million, says GHD
- Ozzy Osbourne admits drink and drug relapse
- Labrinth to receive Nordoff Robbins Innovation Award at Silver Clefs
- Psy breaks more YouTube records
- Man quits Yuck
- Your Demise confirm their demise
- Grass House sign to Marshall Teller, share new track
- Ludovico Einaudi adds Barbican shows
- Japandroids playing live in July
- Austra add Koko show
- DIIV cancel European live, festival dates
- Festival line-up update: Lovebox, Latitude, ATP and more
- McIntosh joins Capitol in LA
- Notting Hill US chief steps down
- Download stores still dominate despite rising streaming services, says NPD
- Kid Rock says lots of artists tout their own tickets
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The Hives have been ordered to pay fellow Swedes The Cardigans 18.5 million kroner (or about £1.8 million), after a slightly confusing legal battle resulting from dubious financial management practices at the Malmö-based Tambourine Studios.

According to local media reports, the Lund District Court heard that it was standard practice at Tambourine Studios to move money between the accounts of artists it represented to provide cheap cash flow. This was how 18.5 million kroner belonging to The Cardigans ended up in The Hives' account.

However, The Hives argued that they were never told by Tambourine that some of the money transferred into their band account was, in essence, a loan from other artists, in particular The Cardigans. And in a blog post ahead of the court hearing the band stated "there are no loan agreements, no signed documents, no agreements on interest rates".

The judge hearing the case agreed that the transfers made by Tambourine "shouldn't be viewed as a loan", given the lack of any formal agreements to that effect, but nevertheless the money that belonged to The Cardigans should be returned to them.

The case is reportedly one of a number involving Tambourine Studios currently working its way through the courts.

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Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm has been charged with aggravated fraud, attempted aggravated fraud, and being an accomplice to attempted aggravated fraud, over allegations he was involved in the hacking of computer systems of various Swedish state agencies, as well as making an illegal online money transfer.

As previously reported, Svartholm, one of the men convicted for criminal copyright infringement in Sweden for his role in setting up the Bay, was extradited from Cambodia last year and incarcerated on return to his home country. He had previously failed to attend appeal hearings in relation to his Pirate Bay conviction, so that his one year prison sentence stemming from that charge stood.

However, it always seemed that the extradition and resulting imprisonment of Svartholm really related to other hacking allegations, even though until know it's not been especially clear exactly what he was accused of.

Confirming charges had now been pressed, prosecutor Henrik Olin told The Local: "A large amount of data from companies and agencies was taken during the hack, including a large amount of personal data, such as personal identity numbers of people with protected identities. I'd say that Svartholm is the main person and brains behind the hacker attack".

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Former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding has been banned from driving for six months after admitting to failing to stop for police when she was spotted talking on her phone while driving.

As previously reported, an on-bike officer saw the singer using a mobile handset while driving down Charing Cross Road in Central London earlier this month. She initially failed to pull over when the policeman signalled that she should, but was stopped a few minutes later. After speaking to officers by her vehicle for a few minutes she was arrested and taken to Holborn Police Station to be charged for both using her phone while driving and failing to stop for police. She appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court yesterday to face the charges.

Harding's solicitor Nick Freeman tried to save his client from the driving ban, arguing that the singer's celebrity status would make it a "massive inconvenience" for her to use public transport like a normal person. But District Judge Nina Tempia wasn't impressed with that argument, telling Harding: "As Mr Freeman has said, he is asking the court to deal with you [differently] to a normal person. [But] you are a normal person. I can see no reason why you shouldn't be disqualified".

So that's her (and Freeman) told. Harding was also ordered to pay a fine of £500, plus a £20 'victim surcharge' and £85 court costs.

Despite trying to dodge the ban, Harding seemed keen to repent over the 'using phone while driving' thing, saying outside court: "Too many people use their mobile phone whilst driving and think it's acceptable. It is not. Every year people die or are seriously injured because they were distracted making that 'oh so important call'. Mobile phones are a convenient tool for modern life but they must be used safely. I made a mistake by using my phone whilst driving, but I was lucky. I accept the court's penalty but it could have been a lot worse. I have learned my lesson".

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Katy Perry and hair straightener manufacturer GHD have found themselves in a legal tussle over whether or not an oral agreement was made to pay the singer $2 million to continue acting as an ambassador for the brand.

Perry signed a $4.5 million contract with the company in 2011 to promote its products, and her agent claims that it was subsequently agreed the singer would continue in this role for a further year at a fee of $2 million.

However, the British company says that no such second agreement was made, because it decided not to renew the deal after research showed that people in Europe aren't that keen on Perry any more. GHD's parent company Jemella Group has now filed a lawsuit, in which it explains all of this, in a bid to put an end to the matter.

Confirming that Perry plans to counter sue if the cash isn't handed over, a rep for the singer told TMZ: "Jemella's attempt to embarrass Ms Perry by including defamatory statements about her in a public filing is shameful".

Perry herself added: "They're backing out of the deal because of an ownership change, and just throwing shade to hide their bad faith".

Jemella Group was sold to Lion Capital by Montagu Private Equity in February for an undisclosed amount.

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Ozzy Osbourne has published a statement denying rumours that he and wife Sharon are on the verge of divorce - as has been claimed in the last week - but admitting that he has begun drinking and using drugs again in the last year and a half.

Writing on his Facebook page, Osbourne said: "For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober. Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I'm just trying to be a better person. I would like to apologise to Sharon, my family, my friends and my bandmates for my insane behaviour during this period... and my fans".

Osbourne has had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, though had been clean for a number of years.

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Labrinth has been announced as the recipient of this year's Innovation Award at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards, which are due to take place on 28 Jun at the Park Lane Hilton in London.

Labrinth told CMU: "It's amazing to be awarded the American Express Innovation Award. Especially when my pal Emeli Sandé won it the year before. I'm always looking for new ideas and inspiration for my music and it's great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins. Music is my life, so to see how it can help so many people through music therapy is really cool".

Nordoff Robbins Chairman David Munns added: "It's like this Innovation Award category was created for Labrinth. It's amazing when you consider what he has achieved at just 24 years old - the future can only hold more success for him. As an event that recognises true talent in the music industry, Nordoff Robbins is delighted to have Labrinth - one of the biggest names in British music - to support the vital work that we do".

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Can Psy follow-up the success of 'Gangnam Style' with his next single? That's the question everyone's been asking. And considering last year's viral hit has had over 1.5 billion views on YouTube, it's probably fair to say that he was being set up for a fall, whatever happened. But last week he returned with 'Gentleman', his first new track since 'Gangnam Style' last July, and he's having a good go at matching its success.

In fact, the video for 'Gentleman', which went online on Saturday, has already broken several YouTube records. The first was for the most views in a video's first day online, previously held by Justin Bieber's 'Beauty And A Beat' with 10.6 million. The Korean star sailed past that with 18.9 million on Saturday. He's now also become the first person to reach 70 million views in just three days, and as of this morning has become the first person to pass 100 million views in four days.

So, it's going alright. Watch the video here.

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Daniel Blumberg has resigned his place at the front of 1990s-aping alt-pop band Yuck, and is leaving, the now-trio says via Facebook, to do "other things".

But it's alright, really, because Yuck are going on with the taping of a new LP to follow 2011's 'Yuck', and say new tracks, live dates, and "bigger afros" are on the horizon. Yum.

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HxC punks Your Demise will 'cease to be' after one last lot of shows in March 2014. The band, who released an EP earlier this year called 'Cold Chillin', insist the split is amicable and a "positive thing", and have made this video to prove it.

The dates of the final shows, by the way, are still TBA.

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London quartet Grass House have signed off on an alliance with Marshall Teller Records, so that's nice. The band are marking the occasion via a giveaway of new track 'Spinning As We Turn', which is apparently a taste of the band's TBC first LP. Grass House play Dalston's Babble Jar on 18 Apr and Islington's Old Queen's Head on 9 May.

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Italian alt-classicist Ludovico Einaudi has added five additional dates at London's Barbican to his live, piano-playing rota. Having already filled the Barbican twice over in advance as part of a set of April shows, he'll play once each night between 31 Jul and 4 Aug.

Tickets are available here.

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Still revelling in the feat of LP-making that was 'Celebration Rock', Japandroids will be back here, playing live again, in July. Catch them at Leeds' Brudenell Social Club (14 Jul), Brighton's The Haunt (16 Jul) and/or London's Dingwalls (17 Jul), or alternatively at this year's Latitude and Longitude festivals, to be party to scenes like this.

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CMU faves Austra are playing a show at London's Koko on 25 Nov, which is quite a long way off, but still. Excitingly, the band have a new LP titled 'Oblivion' all set to release, and will do so via Domino on 17 Jun.

Hear one of its tracks, 'Home', via this player.

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DIIV have cancelled each and every date on their European tour, which means they won't be playing at this year's Great Escape or Primavera festivals, or that UK date at London's Heaven on 15 May.

Talking to NME, the band's lead singer, beau-of-Sky-Ferreira Zachary Cole Smith said he was tired of playing incessant shows, and wanted free time to "write and create".

Smith, who back in March shared jaded views on the "bureaucracy" and "branding, branding, branding" he'd seen at SXSW festival, added this of his reasoning in wanting a break: "It's an unspoken thing, it's not really articulated, [but the] pressure to constantly tour, I do feel it. And everyone wants you to play in their city, so there's a pressure from fans".

He continued: "Management make these plans, like, 'January, February, you'll do this tour, then March, go to SXSW, April to Coachella and back, then May do Europe'. There's just this constant barrage of stuff. As an artist, the biggest, most important reason for me to do this is to write and create. That then becomes the thing that falls by the wayside because you have to keep all this other stuff going".

Smith et al are collaborating with Girls' Chet 'JR' White on a new LP, the sequel to last year's 'Oshin'.

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Chosen at random to lead today's busy FLUU parade is Lovebox, as has capped its 2013 line-up via the addition of headliners-at-large Azealia Banks, Goldfrapp and Plan B.

"Lovebox at Victoria Park! My home crowd of East London right on my doorstep - I can't wait", raves avid Londoner Plan B, whilst errant Harlem-ite Azealia adds: "I can't wait to play Lovebox. I love UK crowds so it's going to be amazing to play a festival in London".

Moving away from London to Suffolk's Latitude, and artist add-ons c/o new guests Grizzly Bear, John Grant, Rudimental, British Sea Power, Tim Burgess and Ed Harcourt. They all align geometrically with Bloc Party, Kraftwerk, Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Hot Chip and Cat Power.

Oh, and there's a lot going on at ATP's assorted alt-fests, perhaps most notably at the promotions co's first ever Icelandic event. Headlined by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the two-day saga will also feature Thee Oh Sees, The Fall, Deerhoof and Chelsea Light Moving. Nice.

And with that, it's on again to the real crux of all this, aka the actual FLUUs. And here they are:

ATP CURATED BY TV ON THE RADIO, Pontins Holiday Centre, Camber Sands, East Sussex, 10-12 May: Marques Toliver, Mykki Blanco, Iran, The Juggs, Rain Machine.

ATP ICELAND, Ásbrú, Keflavik, Iceland, 28-29 Jun: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Chelsea Light Moving, The Fall, Deerhoof, The Notwist, Thee Oh Sees, Sqürl, Múm, Ham, Dead Skeletons, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Mugison, Amiina, Ghostigital, Puzzle Muteson, Apparat Organ Quartet, Hjaltalín, Snorri Helgason, Kimono, Æla.

ATP'S I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR, Alexandra Palace, London, 4 May: Jah Shaka, Freedia, JG Thirlwell Presents Manorexia, Jonathan Toubin.

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, 11-13 Jul: Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, This Town Needs Guns, That Fucking Tank, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Hold Your Horse Is, Oxygen Thief, The All New Adventures of Us, 20p & A Packet Of Crisps, Crowns, Fighting With Wire.

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire, 8-11 Aug: Gama Bomb, Beholder, Last In Line, Grifter, Cypher16, Betraeus, The Way Of Purity.

EASTERN ELECTRICS, Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug: Hot Natured, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Ali Love, Luca C.

GOTTWOOD, Carreglwyd Estate, Wales, 20-23 Jun: Ejeca, Urulu, Pedestrian, Extrawelt, Ben UFO, Luke Vibert,Tom Demac, Sophie Barker, AZ & TOR, Zoo Look, Urulu, Luvian, Werkha, Move D, Bicep, Wolf Music, KRL, Crazy P, Maribou State, Marcus Intalex, 2 Bad Mice, Detroit Swindle, Cera Alba, Waze & Odyssey, Joonipah, The Scribes, General Roots.

KANTAZIP REPUBLIC, 31 Jul - 14 Aug: Ace Ventura, Adam Freeland, Âme, Anja Schneider, Art Department, Assai, Audiofly, Blond:Ish, Bonaparte, Booka Shade, Cassy, Cesar Merveille, Claude Vonstroke, Clockwork, Dan Ghenacia, Dandy Jack, Danny Daze, Davide Squillace, Dixon, DJ T, DJ W!Ld, Djebali, Dub FX, Dub Pistols, Dyed Soundorom, Eli Verveine, Ellen Allien, Ernesto Ferreyra, Ferry Corsten, Gerd Janson, Growling Mad Scientists, Guti, Hector, Infinity Ink, Jamie Jones, Julia Govor, Kink, Krafty Kuts, Lady Waks, Lady Waks, Lee Burridge, Lee Van Dowski, Leon, Loco Dice, Lucas, Luciano, MANDY., Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, Marc Romboy, Marco Carola, Marcus Worgull, Markus Schulz, Martin Buttrich, Matthias Tanzmann, Moderat, Monika Kruse, Mr G, Namito, Nick Curly, Odd Parents, Pachanga Boys, Pan-Pot, Pendulum DJs & Verse, Petre Inspirescu, Quest, Quest, Raja Ram, Raresh, Ray Okpara, Reboot, Rhadoo, Ricardo Villalobos, Richy Ahmed, Riktam & Bansi, Robert Babicz, Robert Dietz, Rodriguez Jr, Sapunov, Sebo K, Sergey Sanchez, Shonky, Shpongle, Simon Posford, Smash Hifi, Sonja Moonear, Sossa, Stanton Warriors, Steve Bug, Tale Of Us, Terry Poison, The Amplifetes, The Martinez Brothers, The Martinez Brothers, Thugfucker, Vera, Wankelmut, Westbam, 1200 Micrograms.

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, 18-21 Jul: Grizzly Bear, John Grant, Rudimental, British Sea Power, Tim Burgess, Ed Harcourt, Duane Eddy, Richard Thompson Trio, James Yorkston, Junip, Milo Greene, Matt Corby, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Amateur Best, Austra, Ruen Brothers, Nick Mulvey, Teleman, Theme Park, Night Engine, Joe Banfi, James Skelly & The Intenders, Half Moon Run, Flamingods, White Mink Presents The Lost Fingers, Flap!, Twilight Players, and New York Brass Band, Dermot O'Leary's Indie Disco, Goldierocks, Jess Indeedy's Musical Bingo.

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 2-4 May: Willy Moon, Swiss Lips, Ruen Brothers, Dark Horses, Bill Ryder Jones, Nina Nesbitt, Stevie Neale, No Ceremony, Wall, Glass Animals, Sugarmen, Alejandra Burgos, Alfred Hall, Bad For Lazarus, Birthday Girl, Broken English, Fiona Clayton, Mamma Freedom, Man Get Out, Mic Lowry, Mikel Paskalev, Moodyman, My Forever, Reid Anderson, Rick Kevill, Roy Dahan, Secret Rendezvous, September Girls, Shane Beales, Spring King, The Loud, The Ocean, The Pukes, The Razz, The Shadow Theatre, The Verdict, Underdog, Waylayers, Wonderlust, Wooden Arms.

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 19-21 Jul: Plan B, Goldfrapp, Azealia Banks.

PITCH FESTIVAL, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 5-6 Jul: Dizzee Rascal, Rustie, Fat Freddy's Drop, Darkstar, Julio Bashmore, Cyril Hahn, Tunng, Hudson Mohawke DJ, Chvrches, Flume, Shangaan Electro, Bondax, Objekt, Mulatu Astatke, Palmbomen, Happa, Roosevelt.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 24-25 Aug: Knife Party.

SUPER BOCK SUPER ROCK, Meco Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal, 18-20 Jul: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, We Are Scientists, Midnight Juggernauts, Miguel, Digitalism.

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Local Natives, Lucy Rose, Swim Deep, Theme Park, Lewis Watson, Sons And Lovers.

UNKNOWN, Rovinj, Croatia, 10-14 Sep: The Horrors, Factory Floor, Richie Hawtin, Tiga, Nina Kraviz, Lulu James, Jagwar Ma, Clean Bandit, East India Youth, Tale Of Us, Craig Richards, Waze & Odyssey, Justin Robertson, Trevor Jackson, Renato, Eskimo Twins, Joe Hart, Lock Tavern DJs, Mike Jones, Tom Grainger, Shacklwell Arms DJs.

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 31 May - 2 Jun: The Wedding Present, Bwani Junction, Rachel Sermanni, Paper Aeroplanes, The Brickwork Lizards, Steve Gifford, Hannah McIntyre, Rebecca De Winter, Gaz Brookfield, Of Rust And Bone, Roo Panes.

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Former Sony Music UK executive Robbie McIntosh, who has more recently run his own marketing and management consultancy RMC International, has been appointed to the role of Executive VP International at the all new Capitol Music Group, the US-based Universal Music division that is operating most of EMI's old American labels. He will relocate to LA for the new role.

Confirming the appointment, CMG boss Steve Barnett told reporters: "I've had the great pleasure of working with Robbie for many years, and his well-rounded experience, acumen and demeanour make him the ideal person to head international for the Capitol Music Group and serve as a senior executive at the company. All of us at Capitol congratulate Robbie, welcome him to Hollywood, and look forward to his leadership in bringing our artists and their music to the worldwide marketplace".

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The president of independent music publisher Notting Hill's US company is departing after over two decades with the business, it has been confirmed. Peter Chalcraft has "decided it's time for pastures new", and has sold his stake in the company to fellow execs Andy McQueen and David Loader.

McQueen told Music Week: "I'd like to place on record both my thanks and my admiration for all that Pete achieved with the company over the course of our long partnership. On behalf of Dave and myself and all the staff of Notting Hill Music I'd like to wish him all the very best for the future".

Meanwhile Chalcraft added: "From very 'umble beginnings at Bronze Records in 1975 through to my co-ownership of Notting Hill Music Group from the 90s until today I feel extremely lucky to have enjoyed such an incredible journey in this ever evolving business and I am now looking forward to new challenges ahead. My thanks to Andy and Dave for sharing the past 20 years plus of their lives with me and I would like to wish them and the entire Notting Hill Music team much continued success".

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Previously stated theories that the download era would render the album format redundant and that the streaming era would render downloads obsolete have not proven to be true, according to new research by the NPD Group based on digital music consumption in the US last year, though I suppose the latter prediction could still come to pass if and when subscription-based music services go mainstream.

The new NPD report reckons that about 44 million Americans paid to download music last year, which is pretty much consistent with the previous two years, despite the recent growth of streaming services in the US market. Meanwhile the amount of money the average downloader spends has gone up, partly, it seems, because of the growth of album downloads over single track purchases.

Unsurprisingly iTunes remains the dominant player in the download space, with NPD reckoning the Apple download store still has 63% market share in the US (based on Q4 stats from 2012), with Amazon in second place accounting for 22% of the market in terms of revenue. Though, says NPD, 80% of digital music buyers mainly downloaded from iTunes.

Commenting on the new report, NPD's Russ Crupnick told CMU: "Since the launch of Apple's iTunes store, digital music downloads have become the dominant revenue source for the recorded music industry and iTunes continues to be the dominant retailer. There's a belief that consumers don't need to buy music because of streaming options, when in fact streamers are much more likely than the average consumer to buy music downloads".

NPD said that, based on its research, over a third of consumers still want to own their music collections, while just under a third said they still enjoyed listening to full albums. And of the Pandora users the company surveyed, 41% said they still wanted to own their favourite tracks, in addition to accessing music via a streaming platform (though, of course, Pandora doesn't offer quite the level of on-demand interactivity of some of its rivals).

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Kid Rock has basically admitted that his reps have, in the past, touted tickets to his own shows, anonymously selling a slice of tickets for each gig via the secondary ticketing market online.

As previously reported, while the growth of online touting remains controversial, various promoters, managers and artists have been accused of participating in the resale of tickets at marked up prices to their own shows.

In an interview with Piers Morgan on US TV, the rocker said: "I'm going to tell people, a lot of artists already do it. I think I've been guilty of it in the past, too. We take some of our tickets, we put them on StubHub, overcharge with what the market determines they're worth".

Rock has made the admission as he promotes his previously reported new US tour, where tickets will be available for as little as $20, plus efforts will be made to ensure food and drink is reasonably priced, and every punter will get a free coffee at the end. Premium tickets for the shows are being sold via a bidding process, but officially rather than anonymously on the secondary market.

Rock added: "People are going to be pleasantly surprised when they come in there and they see, you know, four hot dogs and two Cokes for $20... We're going to give free coffee at the end".

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