19 APR 2013

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No, you haven't slipped and fallen into a time machine and woken up over a decade in the past, this beef between The Cardigans and The Hives came to a head this very week right here in 2013. However, its seed is very much in the two bands' more affluent past. Also, as with so many of these things, this isn't a straight head to head between two artists, but one where they're drawn together by a common enemy. The enemy, in this case, is a company called Tambourine Studios, which once handled their finances more>>
Since its launch just over a year ago, The Date makes one simple promise - to book legendary DJs to play extended sets at The Loft. And so far - having had the likes of Tony Humphries, Kerri Chandler, Spen & Karizma and Timmy Regisford - it's held firm to that pledge, with tomorrow night's sixth outing no different. Two disco heavyweights - Danny Krivit, who jets in from the states, and homegrown Greg Wilson - will be at Loft Studios back-to-back for six hours more>>

- Judge reaffirms original ruling in Viacom v YouTube case
- Storm Thorgerson dies
- Jocz departs Sum 41
- Cara Delevingne to 'do' pop
- Daft Punk finally premiere a whole new track
- VV Brown to self-release new LP
- Daughn Gibson shares new track, LP details
- Britney Spears teases Smurfs film theme
- BBC proms programme announced
- Pete Tong to launch new Ibiza club night
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour may be the last, says guitarist
- Savages add Dadaist slam night, share short film
- Festival line-up update: Coachella, Roskilde, T In The Park and more
- HMV market share slips 1.5% in administration quarter
- Former Rizzle Kicks co-manager joins Machine
- Twitter launches music app
- eMusic Europe chief departs
- Music dating service Tastebuds receives seed funding
- Sonicbids and Billboard to be run out of same company
- Brian Eno composes music for hospital
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: A US judge upheld his original ruling in Viacom v YouTube. The MTV owner sued YouTube in 2007, claiming that the video sharing site was liable for copyright infringement for letting users upload Viacom owned content without permission. But YouTube claimed it was protected from liability by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act because it operates a takedown system allowing content owners to request user-uploaded videos they own be removed. And in 2010 a US court agreed. But last year an appeals court raised concerns about that ruling, and told judge Louis Stanton to have a rethink. Which he’s now done. Though he stands by his original ruling. Viacom plans to appeal again. CMU reportLA Times report

02: Twitter Music went live, providing a music discovery service built out of the We Are Hunted app the micro-blogging company bought last year. Users can basically get lists of recommended music based on what people are tweeting about. A lot of what the service does had previously been leaked, though in the end launch partners – which enable users to stream tracks being recommended – are iTunes, Spotify and Rdio, with SoundCloud, YouTube and VEVO, expected to be in there, not currently part of the mix. CMU reportTwitter blog

03: Reports suggested job losses are incoming at the all-new HMV. The Times said that a memo had gone out warning staff at the rescued entertainment retailer that up to 400 jobs will have to go as new owners Hilco work out how to make the HMV UK business a going concern. The new job losses will affect all roles in the firm’s remaining 141 stores. Hilco took HMV out of administration earlier this month in a deal thought to be worth £50 million. CMU report | Times report

04: PRS and MCPS restructured their alliance. The two collecting societies, which both represent music publishing rights, one in the performance space, the other when licensees want to make mechanical copies of songs, have had an alliance since 1997. And since 2009 their affairs have gone through one co-owned company called PRS For Music, though the two bodies remained seperate with their own boards. Since then MCPS, which has always generated most of its revenue from labels who need mechanical copy licence when releasing records, has seen its revenue slump as the record industry shrinks, while PRS has concurrently grown its income, something which has created a number of issues. In the latest move to allow MCPS “to operate more efficiently”, the body will sell its stake in PRS For Music to PRS, and then hire the company to administrate MCPS member rights, but as a customer of the business rather than a shareholder. Although a significant change, it shouldn’t affect PRS For Music staffers or licensees in any major way. CMU report

05: The Hives were ordered to pay back £1.8 million to The Cardigans that they didn’t realise they’d borrowed. The two Swedish bands both had their finances managed by a company called Tambourine Studios which, it transpired, had routinely moved money between the accounts of the acts it represented for cash flow purposes. Which is how it came to be that The Cardigans reckoned The Hives owed then £1.8 million, and a Swedish court this week agreed. But The Hives, who plan to appeal, say that they were never told about the cash transfers, that they are yet to see full accounts that show where exactly transfers into their account came from, and that they don’t want to pay any interest on loans they never knew they were receiving. CMU reportBeef Of The Week report

This week in CMU we chatted to Scroobius Pip about his new Xfm show, Josh Kumra did us a playlist, Eddy TM reported on an exiting new arty project he’s been involved in, and CMU Editor Andy Malt shared some thoughts on the ‘Ding Dong’ chart race. We made a barrage of new Great Escape convention announcements, including Merlin boss Charles Caldas keynoting and Everything Everything in conversation with John Kennedy. Meanwhile approved were Sibille Attar, Dirty Beaches and Hookworms.

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YouTube has scored another victory in its long running legal battle with Viacom.

As much previously reported, MTV owner Viacom sued YouTube and its parent company Google in March 2007, arguing that the video sharing website, both before and after is acquisition by the web giant, had deliberately turned a blind eye to users uploading content that infringed Viacom's copyrights, because the presence of such content generated much of the video site's traffic.

Viacom wasn't the only content owner to threaten legal action as YouTube became one of the biggest sites on the web in 2005, filled, as it was, at the time, with huge amounts of copyright infringing uploads. But most content owners negotiated licensing deals with YouTube and Google, getting a cut of any advertising revenue generated by their content.

Viacom chose not do a deal though, possibly because it saw YouTube as a big threat to its youth-orientated MTV network. Either way, the media firm sued accusing the video-sharing service of contributory copyright infringement. YouTube, predictably, insisted from the start that it could not be held liable for any infringement that occurred when users uploaded content to its servers without the permission of the content owner, because it complied with the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act by operating a takedown system, allowing content owners to request infringing content be removed.

Viacom countered that that takedown system, in the early days of YouTube, was deliberately shoddy, and anyway, allowing the web firm to circumvent liability for distributing infringing content in this way would put a huge onus on copyright owners to constantly monitor the video sharing site's servers for newly uploaded infringing content, which - the media company reckoned - couldn't have been the intent of Congress when passing the DMCA.

But in 2010 a US judge ruled in YouTube's favour, saying that the video site did indeed have protection under the DMCA, even if its takedown system did put a lot of pressure on content owners to regulate the YouTube network. Viacom promptly appealed, and last year an appeals court expressed reservations about the original ruling, and ordered the lower court to have a rethink.

But, having done so, US District Judge Louis Stanton yesterday said he stood by his original judgement in this case. He wrote: "There is no evidence YouTube induced its users to submit infringing videos, provided users with detailed instructions about what content to upload or edited their content, pre-screened submissions for quality, steered users to infringing videos or otherwise interacted with infringing users to a point where it might be said to have participated in their infringing activity".

Needless to say, Google welcomed the ruling while Viacom pledged to appeal for a second time.

A statement for the latter read: "This ruling ignores the opinions of the higher courts and completely disregards the rights of creative artists. We continue to believe that a jury should weigh the facts of this case and the overwhelming evidence that YouTube wilfully infringed on our rights".

While Google's Kent Walker said: "This is a win not just for YouTube, but for people everywhere who depend on the internet to exchange ideas and information".

Of course since Viacom's litigation began, YouTube has done much to improve and refine the way it operates its takedown system, automating some of the process, so that even if it ultimately lost this case, any ruling in Viacom's favour would be unlikely to increase the video site's obligations in this domain beyond what it is already doing voluntarily (though, obviously, the Google business would rather not pay any damages for past activities). However, the case does have influence over other user-upload web services, including Grooveshark, whose current takedown systems are arguably more akin to that YouTube was operating back in 2007.

Although there has been some inconsistencies in court opinions on cases revolving around DMCA safe-harbours and takedown system requirements, two key cases - against YouTube and now defunct Veoh - have ultimately ruled in favour of the digital firms over the content owners (further appeals pending).

Which is why the labels have been reluctant to sue Grooveshark specifically over the efficiencies of its takedown system, because there's a high chance the controversial audio streaming site would win based on current precedent. Though, as previously reported, alongside the litigation, the content industries are also quietly lobbying in Washington for a refinement of the DMCA to better clarify (and preferably increase) web companies' obligations in the takedown domain.

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British graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, best known for his work with Pink Floyd, died yesterday, aged 69. In a statement his family said that the designer's passing "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends" at the time of his death. He had been suffering from cancer.

Thorgerson came to prominence in the 1970s with artwork for albums including Led Zepplin's 'Houses Of The Holy' and Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon'. Over the last decade, his work has been seen on releases by bands including Muse, Biffy Clyro and The Mars Volta.

In a statement, his family said: "Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18 Apr in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003".

Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour added: "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge, and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work. I will miss him".

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Sum 41 'sticksman' Steve Jocz is leaving the band after seventeen years. He says that, in hindsight, said years were a "blast", so it's all alright.

Writing via Facebook, Jocz said: "Touring with the band has been an amazing experience that has taken us far beyond our old practice space in my parent's basement to countless countries around the world. I've had the opportunity to see and experience so much and for that I am truly grateful. I just want to thank all of our fans for making the last seventeen years possible. I had a blast".

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Pro model Cara Delevigne has aspirations to be a popstar, and is being assisted in making said aspirations a reality by one Rita Ora, claims the always-sage Sun (in an article titled 'Hot Right Brow', a play on Rita Ora's single 'Hot Right Now' and Cara's... well, brows. Not even just the right brow). The pair have apparently spent time in an LA studio, but then again, that's what they all say.

A nameless, faceless figure blabs thus to the tab: "Cara's singing voice is a lot better than anyone will expect. She started sessions in LA this month and has already played Rita a few of the songs she's come up with. She has a first single ready to go that she is considering releasing online soon. Cara is lucky that in her friendship group she has loads of mates in the music industry. Rita has promised to head into the studio with her so they can record together. They want to create a fun pop track together".

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If you were up bright and early, like you should have been, you would have been able to listen to the new Daft Punk track, 'Get Lucky', in full right as it was premiered online at 5am UK time.

If not, I'm sure you've already listened to it anyway, cos everyone seems to be excited about Daft Punk for some reason.

The track, which features Pharrell Williams, is taken from the band's much and incredibly tediously teased new album 'Random Access Memories', which is due for release on 20 May. 'Get Lucky' is available to buy on iTunes now.

Any stragglers who haven't listened to the track yet can do so here.

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Not saying that she ever went away, or anything, but pop fashionista VV Brown is officially 'back'. Brown will self-release her new LP, the "darker" 'Samson And Delilah', in September via her new-ish label YOY Records (this following a "diplomatic" split with Island Records).

Her new single, 'Samson', will be buyable on 14 Jul, but in the mean time, this is 'Bullet', a collaboration with All About She that has nothing whatsoever to do with her solo LP.

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CMU approvee circa 2012 Daughn Gibson has shared new track 'The Sound Of Law', part of a new LP titled 'Me Moan' he'll release via Sub Pop on 9 Jul.

This is what it, and the 'Me Moan' tracklisting, sound and look like:

The Sound of Law
Phantom Rider
Mad Ocean
The Pisgee Nest
You Don't Fade
Won't You Climb
The Right Signs
Kissin on the Blacktop
All My Days Off
'Into the Sea

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Britney Spears has revealed via Twitter that she's made a new track, titled 'Ooh La La', to feature on the new Smurfs film, 'The Smurfs 2'.

She adds via press release: "I always loved The Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans EVER. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they'll think it's Smurftastic!"

Is that a Smurfact?

'Smurfs 2' director Raja Gosnell smurfs in with: "I am very excited that Britney is joining our smurfy adventure. 'Ooh La La' is the perfect Smurf-party song, and the perfect button on the film for audiences around the world".

'Ooh La La', it is said, is a collaboration with top pop bods Dr Luke, Ammo, Cirkut, Bonnie McKee, J Kash, Lola Blanc and Fransisca Hall. It'll play over the final credits of the film when it's released into cinemas later this year.

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The programme for the 2013 BBC Proms has been announced, with a vast range of classical music events set to take place between 12 Jul and 7 Sep this year.

Amongst the events on offer will be a performance of music from 'Doctor Who' and an "urban classical" show featuring contributions from Laura Mvula, Maverick Sabre and Fazer, as well as more traditional classical performances, including a complete performance of Wagner's 882 minute piece 'Ring Cycle', in honour of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth (he's dead now).

The BBC also announced yesterday that American conductor Marin Alsop will become the first woman ever to led The Last Night Of The Proms. She told BBC News: "I think the fact that I'm an American woman, conducting the last night of the Proms is really a statement. I'm extraordinarily proud to be the first woman, but I'm also sad that it's 2013 and there still can be firsts for women".

More of this year's festival than ever before will also be broadcast live on radio, TV and online. And all performances will also be available on the iPlayer for a week after broadcast.

For full details of the programme, go here.

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Pete Tong has announced that he will launch a new clubnight, called Le Grand Bazaar, at Ushuaïa in Ibiza this summer. Opening on 5 Jul and running weekly until 30 Aug, DJs currently lined up to play are Hot Natured, Fatboy Slim and Carl Cox. Damien Hirst is also on hand to create all artwork for the night.

Tong told CMU: "When I started thinking about the Le Grand Bazaar concept it was inspired by Ushuaia and the possibilities the venue offered. I'm very excited to be working with the Ushuaia team, I think they have genuinely changed the face of the island and have offered something new. I'm looking forward to making Fridays completely unique, bringing daytime clubbing back to the island with an incredible line-up of underground and global names, and also to dreaming up more crazy and inspiring events with Ushuaia this summer and beyond".

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Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro, guitarist in Neil Young's band Crazy Horse, has reasoned that the quartet's June European tour, part of a world tour that started back in August 2012, may be their last ever together.

Talking to Rolling Stone, Sampedro says: "My gut tells me this is really the last tour. I hate saying their ages, but I'm 64 and I'm the baby of the band. I love playing and we're playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us".

He adds: "Our shows are physical. It takes a lot of energy to play that much. It just seems at some point something is going to break. I already had an operation on my thumb. Neil's wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays. You can't fool time. You can't count on this happening again in five years".

Young, Sampedro and co will - thumbs, wrists and guts allowing - start the Britain-based length of their tour on 10 Jun at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, this being a means of presenting new LP 'Psychedelic Pill'.

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So, punk paramours Savages and Bo Ningen are to co-host a night of Dadaist slam prose on 29 May. Take that, dead-eyed iPhilistines.

It's at the Red Gallery in east London, and will find the bands improvising a "sonic simultaneous poem" titled 'Words To The Blind'. Tickets are available by clicking away at this link.

Condition the right side of your brain in the meantime by watching a new film Savages have made in collaboration with filmmaker Giorgio Testi. It's titled 'Shut Up', and is scored by the band's new single of the same name.

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So, we start today's FLUU at Coachella, and a listings edit that's meant one-time Friday headliners The Stone Roses trading places and their one-time line-up subsidiaries Blur. Hmm.

Blur will now play after Ian Brown et al, closing the American festival's repeat weekend on 19 Apr. This may have something to do with the fact that The Stone Roses apparently attracted only a small following when they played Coachella's first 2013 half, whilst Blur, apparently, proved popular. Or, you know, it might just be because the two bands were always billed as co-headliners on the bill and they were always going to switch around for the second weekend.

Over in Denmark, Roskilde last night completed its line-up with the announcement of another 80 odd acts playing the festival this year. Amongst the new additions are The National, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown and Goatwhore. They join the likes of Rihanna, Kraftwerk, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknot, Sigur Rós and more.

And finally it's back to Britain, and a change of scenery for The xx's artsy creation Night + Day. Thanks to TFL graciously closing the Piccadilly Line (aka the station closest to the festival's initial base at Osterley Park) on 23 Jun, the one-day event has moved forward to 22 Jun, and to a new, increased-capacity site at Hatfield House.

So, that's quite a lot of detail to take in. Fortunately, the following FLUU info is infinitely more straightforward:

BOARDMASTERS BEACH SESSIONS, Fistral Beach, Watergate Bay, Newquay, 7-8 Aug: The 1975, Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN, various venues, Dublin, Ireland, 4-5 May: Josephine, Eagulls, Leanne Harte, I'm Your Vinyl.

EUROKEENNES, Malsaucy Peninsula, Belfort, France, 4 Jun - 7 Jul: The Vaccines, Palma Violets, Deep Vally, Greveyard, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A$AP Rocky, Woodkid, Keny, Arkana, Wax Tailor, Kavinsky, Dinosaur JR, Busy P, Joey Badass, Mass Hysteria, Neurosis, Disclosure, Lilly Wood And The Prick, Red Fang, Lou Doillon, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Fidlar, Trash Talk, Matthew E White, Beware of Darkness, Valerie June, Scaters, Gesaffelstein, La Femme, Juveniles, Electric Electric, Hyphen Hyphen, Parquet Courts, Cassius, Jupiter & Okwess Int, Rick Aucoin, Fauve, JC Satan, Is Tropical, Jackson And His Computer Band, Chvrches, Kvelertak, Mykki Blanco, Pih Poh, Von Pariahs, Chapelier Fou, Mesparrow, Oy, Yules, Griefjoy, The Strypes, Da Octopusss, Le Club des Justiciers Milliardaires D'Abidjan.

JERSEY LIVE, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, Jersey, Channel Islands, 31 Aug - 1 Sep: Pete Tong, Netsky, The Cribs, Tom Odell, Zed's Dead, Doctor P, Dusky, Hot Since 82, Waze & Odyssey, Russ Chimes, Fuzzbox Inc, Warren Le Sueur, Warren Holt, Craig Charles, Kanka, Count Sizzle.

INDIETRACKS, Midland Railway, Ripley, Derbyshire, 26-28 Jul: Helen Love, The Wave Pictures, The Lovely Eggs, Haiku Salut, Monnone Alone, Alpaca Sport, Anaesthetics, Big Wave, Brilliant Corners, Cars Can Be Blue, Expensive, The Fenestration, Finnmark!, Jupiter in Jars, Lardpony, Making Marks, The McTells, The Middle Ones, The Mini Skips, Northern Spies, Pale Spectres, Seabirds, The Soulboy Collective, Tunabunny, Without Feather, Woog Riots.

NIGHT + DAY, Osterley Park, London, 23 Jun: Hatfield House, Hatfield, London, 22 Jun: Solange, Jamie XX, Benji B, Sampha DJ.

ROSKILDE, Denmark, 29 Jun - 7 Jul: Airbourne, Age Coin, Andy Stott, Azealia Banks, Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene, Bixiga 70, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blood Command, Bobby Womack, Chords, Christian Hjelm, Danny Brown, David Lindley, Dawanggang, Dead Fader, Dead Rat Orchestra, Dubioza Kolektiv, Ekkozone, El-P, Eloq, Ensiferum, Felipe Cordeiro, Fidlar, Flume, Geomungo Factory, Goatwhore, Henry Rollins, Iceage, Ingrid feat Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, Coco and J. Ahlund, James Blake, John Grant, Karpe Diem, Kid Koala, Killer Mike, King Tuff, Geata Krar Collective, Laurel Halo, Linkoban, Marcos Valle, Martin Ryum, Maskinen, Meher & Sher Ali, Metz, Miguel, My Bubba, Mykki Blanco, Nils Bech, Nubanour, Ondatropica, Parquet Courts, Pinkunoizu, Pissed Jeans, Quadron, Sohn, Sondorgo, Suicidal Tendencies, Talbot, The Blue Angel Lounge, The Heliocentrics, The National, Soul Rebels, Throes + The Shine, Tomas Barfod, Tremoro Tarantura, Truls, Turbonegro, Tyranny, Uz, Vinnie Who, and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

SONAR BARCELONA, Fira Monjuic/Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, 13-15 Jun: Chromatics, Sebastien Tellier, Skip&Die, Atom TM, Jackson And His Computer Band, Sara Galán & Edu Comelles: Cello, Laptop Tiger Menja Zebra, Jansky, Coàgul, Wooky Sísý Ey, Evol, XTRNGR, Drömnu, ZA!, Tutu, Lost Twin, TGES, Beardyman, Hermutt Lobby, Barcelona Laptop Orchestra, Metro Area, Branko, JESSE & Jimi Tenor, Elektro Guzzi, Oddisee, Felix Kubin & James Pants, Kidsuke, Palmbomen, DZA, Cassegrain, Satore, C Tangana, We like Turtles.

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: My Bloody Valentine, Trash Talk, FIDLAR, The Virginmarys.

TRAMLINES, various venues, Sheffield, 19-20 Jul: Toddla T Sound, Theo Parrish, Maurice Faulton, Forgemasters, Chris Duckenfield, David Rodigan, EZ, Stylo G, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Dre Skull.

WAKESTOCK, Abersoch, North Wales, 12-14 Jul: Twin Atlantic, Jakwob, Dog Is Dead, The Howling.

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HMV saw its share of the entertainment retail market slip just 1.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, despite the firm shuttering nearly half its stores during this period after falling into administration in January. Though, of course, the closing down sales that resulted from the administration, plus the rally of consumer support seen once the firm was truly on the brink, will have helped.

According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, in the quarter up to 17 Mar, HMV had a 17.6% market share of UK entertainment retail, just 1.5% down on the same period in 2012. Amazon's share continued to grow in the same period, up 2.9% to 21.8%, while Tesco, Sainsbury's and ASDA all saw their shares increase during the quarter too.

Commenting on the latest stats, Kantar Worldpanel's Consumer Insight Director Fiona Keenan told reporters: "The supermarkets have had a really strong first quarter, driven predominantly by the huge success of [James Bond film] 'Skyfall'. Their aggressive pricing and large advertising campaigns lead to them taking over 80% of its sales to date".

Regards HMV, Keenan noted that - while the company had held up OK in the quarter, all things considered - it is still in decline. Amazon is leading in growth terms, she added, because it succeeds in both the physical and digital product domain.

Keenan: "The growth of digital music has played an important part in [Amazon's] performance. Sales of digital music grew by 12% in quarter one compared with the same period last year and now account for almost half (47%) of all music purchases. Amazon has been fast to react to this trend, making it the largest music retailer and helping to push up its overall share within entertainment by 2.9 percentage points. HMV will need to act quickly to regain some of this market".

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London-based artist management agency Machine Management has announced the recruitment of Martha Kinn, co-founder of Alley Cat Music and previously co-manager of Rizzle Kicks.

With experience in both music journalism and talent scouting, Kinn discovered Rizzle Kicks in 2010 and helped them launch their music careers via a deal with Island Records. She will bring some of her other management clients with her to Machine, where she will also have a role in assisting with the development of the company's brand consultancy and label.

Confirming the appointment, Machine Management MD Iain Watt told CMU: "Martha shares the entrepreneurial and creative spirit that drives Machine Management. She will be fantastic addition to our team and we are all looking forward to working with her to deliver further success across our businesses".

Kinn herself added: "I am starting a new chapter in my career and am really excited to be working with Iain, Phil [Morias] and the team at Machine Management. As well as bringing a number of new acts with me I'm really looking forward to working with the artists on Machine's current roster and getting involved in the company's music publishing, record label and consultancy ventures".

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Twitter has launched its previously reported new music app, which is initially available for the iPhone or via the web at

Built on the back of existing music discovery app We Are Hunted, which the company purchased last year, the new service creates playlists based on various Twitter-based criteria, including what music is currently popular on the social networking platform, which new artists are beginning to gain popularity, which artists people (or, specifically, other artists) you follow are tweeting about via the #NowPlaying hashtag, and which artists it reckons you'll like based on your previous Twitter activity.

Although launched with a barrage of hype after key celebs were given pre-launch access to the new tool, basically it's a pretty standard music discovery app. Whether it'll be of any use to you or not depends on how you like to discover new music. If you like to pick up recommendations on an ad-hoc basis from the people you trust, as and when they get excited about something new, then it's probably best to avoid it. If music discovery for you is all about setting aside a set time to do your discovering, when you go through as many new tracks as you can bear in one sitting, then maybe this is for you. I suspect more people fall into the former camp though.

The app provides short previews of tipped tracks from iTunes, while Rdio and Spotify users can get full songs (where available) within the app. Services such as SoundCloud and YouTube, which more commonly host pre-release music, are not currently supported (despite expectations they would be), which means a certain amount of brand new music tweeted on the #NowPlaying tag will not be available to stream directly through the app (which was a problem mFlow, a previous attempted at a Twitter-meets-iTunes service, suffered from), though users will be able to return to Twitter and click on any SoundCloud/YouTube links as normal.

Presumably new content partners will follow in due course, which would enhance things, though for the time being - assuming iTunes previews aren't really compelling to anyone - how good the service is depends very much on a user's appetite for committed discovery time, and on how much you and the people you follow on Twitter use Spotify or Rdio. Though the 'music discovery' obsessed digital music industry will definitely watch future developments in the Twitter Music camp with interest.

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Following those previously reported changes at eMusic HQ in the US, the digital firm's European chief Madeleine Milne is to leave the business after seven years in the job. According to Music Week, she is heading to a new role at the Telegraph Media Group.

As previously reported, eMusic - one of the first download stores to market back in the day, but one that has struggled to compete in recent years in the increasingly competitive digital music space - recently merged with an American e-book company, resulting in the departure of overall CEO Adam Klein.

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Here's a different kind of music discovery service - one which helps you discover potential romantic partners through your shared musical tastes. Tastebuds, access to which comes via its website and Spotify app, has received $600,000 in seed funding from investment firm Black Ocean.

The London-based dating service was founded in 2011 by Alex Parish and Julian Keenaghan, signing up 100,000 users by the end of last year (half through the Spotify app).

Parish told CMU: "We created Tastebuds because we believe in the power of music to connect people. It's proved to be an extremely effective social connector as a massive 43% of first messages sent get a reply. We've also been contacted by half a dozen married couples who met on the site and there's already a Tastebuds baby on the way".

Black Ocean COO Dickon Waterfield added: "We are very excited to be partnering with Tastebuds and help them scale the business internationally. Music is a universal medium that connects people from different countries and backgrounds".

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Sonicbids is to become part of the same company as US industry trade magazine Billboard, following a restructure of some of the media assets of finance firm Guggenheim, which owns both businesses.

Guggenheim took full control of Billboard publisher Prometheus Global Media back in January, and then acquired Sonicbids - the online network linking artists and gig promoters - the same month, through Prometheus spin-off Backstage, publisher of the entertainment industry trade magazine of the same name. More recently Prometheus took full control of the Backstage company.

In the latest rejig, Billboard, Backstage and Sonicbids will all be run out of one unit, to be called the Billboard Group, and to be headed up by Backstage LLC boss John Amato, with Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde overseeing content on all three platforms.

Confirming all this, Ross Levinsohn, heading up a Prometheus unit now called Prometheus Guggenheim Digital Media, told reporters: "John Amato has led Backstage to remarkable growth, making it an invaluable resource for performing artists and performing-arts professionals. Bringing these industry-leading brands together will make the group stronger and continue to build on that momentum".

In other news, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Guggenheim Digital Media is in talks to take a stake, and possibly a controlling stake, in VEVO, the music video service owned by Sony and Universal Music.

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Well, he's done music for airports, so why not a hospital? New music by Brian Eno is now playing in the new Montefiore private hospital in Hove.

The ambient music is playing in a 'quiet room' where patients can "think, take stock or simply relax", according to orthopaedic surgeon Robin Turner, who commissioned the piece after visiting Eno's '77 Million Paintings' audiovisual installation at the Brighton Festival in 2010.

Turner said that the idea came to him after seeing the effect Eno's work had on his mother-in-law, telling The Guardian: "She is normally very fidgety, you can't pin her down; the phrase we use is that she goes at a million miles an hour with her hair on fire. She went in and was there for two hours, which is unheard of. It was proof that this has a calming influence on people".

Eno added: "It seemed a natural step for me to take as I've been dealing with this idea of functional music for quite a few years. I've met many women who have had children listening to one of my records so I knew there was this dimension and here, in the last couple of days I've met patients and staff who have said, 'I really like that room, it makes a big difference'".

The hospital plans to monitor any physiological effects that the room has on patients, to see what benefits it may have for other institutions. Says Eno: "I'm so thrilled with having done this and I think it is helpful to people, I really think it's useful. And the good news is it isn't expensive or require sophisticated technology".

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