22 APR 2013

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Did you all have fun on Record Store Day? Did you buy something nice? Good. Well in that case, I guess what's coming up this week is listening to records. And what could be better than that? Nothing at all. Although coming up pretty close will be the contents of this week's CMU Dailies, which will include an interview with House Of Black Lanterns.
Last summer anonymous Tokyo-based duo LLLL appeared in a flurry of activity. Over the course of five months, they released two EPs and a single, ten tracks in all. Then... nothing. Was that it? I don't want to be all 'NOW NOW NOW' about it, but six months does seem like a long time for a new act that's getting a lot of attention to disappear more>>

- MegaUpload lawyers call for criminal case to be dismissed again, citing DOJ letter
- Storm Thorgerson 1944-2013
- Carly Rae Jepsen stands out over Juno weekend
- Warner owner is top music industry player in latest rich list
- Katy Perry's LP two quarters done
- Grimes' Enya-inspired visions sequel "two fifths done"
- Cheryl Cole has "no plans" to release third LP, still loves pop
- Bowie data turned into music
- Van Dyke parks to play live in London
- Haim move Heaven date
- Tokyo Rocks to be rescheduled later this year, says organiser
- Festival line-up update: Global Gathering, Secret Garden Party, Exit and more
- Convention updates: Liverpool Sound City, Focus Wales
- Jay-Z sells stake in basketball team due to conflict of interests
- Young music fans lead in vinyl purchases
- Tesco appoints new entertainment chief
- Kasabian are the ultimate Glastonbury headliner, says Kasabian frontman
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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Digital Music Trends. This week CMU Editor Andy Malt will be back as a guest on excellent digital music industry podcast Digital Music Trends. The show goes live on Friday and is available via many a digital services in both video and audio form. More details here.

Danielle Perry and Scroobius Pip join Xfm. There's another influx of new presenters at Xfm this week (if two can be called an influx), with Danielle Perry taking over the evening show Monday to Thursday and Scroobius Pip presenting a brand new hip hop show on Saturday night.

Vampire Weekend live stream gig. Vampire Weekend are collaborating with actor Steve Buscemi to present a special show on 28 Apr. Taking place at NYC's Roseland Ballroom as part of American Express's 'AmEx Unstaged' initiative, and with Buscemi directing, it'll stream in real time via YouTube, Vevo and

Andy Cato photo exhibition. Groove Armada's Andy Cato is set to release solo album 'Times & Places' through Apollo/R&S on 29 Apr. Featuring work that goes back two decades, tracks on the LP date back as far as 1993 and were recorded in numerous locations. To celebrate his finally managing to get these tracks down on record, Cato will launch it all with a photographic exhibition at The Book Club in Shoreditch, displaying the history and locations in which the album was created. The exhibition will be launched with a private view on 25 Apr, with DJ sets from Cato and Geddes. It will then be open to the public until 25 Jun.

New releases. The wait is over, people. Snoop Dogg's first reggae album is out. Or should we just say that Snoop Lion's debut album is out? Either way, there's nothing anyone can do about it now. Also unleashed on the world this week are new LPs from, Kid Cudi, Phoenix, Josh Kumra, Frank Turner, Daniel Johnston, Caspa and Lilacs & Champagne. Also available is a new charity compilation released in memory of recently deceased Magnolia Electric Co frontman Jason Molina, with contributions from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Damien Jurado and Scout Niblett, amongst others.

Gigs and tours. Beyonce is coming! Beyonce is coming! Tidy up a bit, would you? Also playing live this week are Rudimental, Chvrches, Matthew E White, Minus The Bear, Kaiser Cheifs and Melt Yourself Down. Plus, the ever brilliant Ja Ja Ja Nordic showcase night is on this Thursday, headlined by recent CMU approvee Truls.

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Lawyers for MegaUpload are having another go at getting charges against the controversial and now defunct digital company dismissed on the grounds the firm didn't have a formal base in the US, so it is impossible for the American authorities to file charges against it.

As much previously reported, file-transfer and video-sharing site operator MegaUpload was taken offline in January 2012 after US authorities raided its American server facilities, froze most of the company's assets, and seized its dot com domain. Charges were then filed against both the MegaUpload company, which was incorporated in Hong Kong, and various execs linked to the business, including mouthy founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz.

Dotcom, of course, is now living in New Zealand and fighting efforts to have him extradited to face money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement charges back in the US. His lawyers have long argued that the charges against Dotcom's company are invalid because the business had no formal US base, making it impossible for prosecutors to formally file those criminal charges in writing, while the allegations made against Dotcom personally are not sufficient to justify extradition.

But last October a US judge disagreed, siding with the prosecution in the case who argued that it would be mad for the country's criminal justice system to allow foreign corporations, trading in the USA over the net, to be able to break American laws without the risk of facing the consequences in a US court just because they don't have a mailing address within the States. In his ruling on the matter Judge Liam O'Grady stated: "It is doubtful that Congress would stamp with approval a procedural rule permitting a corporate defendant to intentionally violate the laws of this country, yet evade the jurisdiction of United States' courts by purposefully failing to establish an address here".

But lawyers for MegaUpload have now noted a letter written by the recently departed Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the US Department Of Justice, Lanny Breuer, to the Advisory Committee On Criminal Rules in which he calls for a re-write of said rules regards the procedure for filing criminal charges against corporations. He notes that existing rules indeed assume that a company will have a US base if it is operating in the States, and that criminal charges are meant to be formally filed there.

But, he says, a lot has changed since the process was set in stone in 1946. Then "organisations, such as domestic corporations, were established, conducted activities, and expectedly maintained a presence in the United States", but now "the economy is global. Electronic communications continue to displace ordinary mail. Organisations can maintain no office or agent in the United States, yet conduct both real and virtual activities here. This new reality has affected federal criminal practice fundamentally".

Breuer then calls for an update to the rules allowing for alternative ways of serving notice of criminal charges against companies, presumably electronically, specifically mentioning the MegaUpload case in a footnote. Such a change is probably sensible, except - say Team Mega - the very fact Breuer is now calling for the rules to be altered proves that, as of January 2012, their interpretation of American criminal procedure, ie that MegaUpload could not be charged because it lacked US base, was indeed correct. And while those rules may now change, that doesn't alter the fact that American prosecutors broke the rules last year.

In a new court filing, MegaUpload's lawyers wrote last week that Breuer's letter "contradicts the [US] government's repeated contention that it can validly serve MegaUpload - a wholly foreign entity that has never had an office in the United States - without regard for [Criminal Rules] mailing requirement".

They continued: "To the contrary, the government explicitly acknowledges in the letter that it has a 'duty' under the current Rule to mail a copy of the summons to a corporate defendant's last known address within the district or to its principal place of business elsewhere in the United States. By seeking to have the mailing requirement eliminated, the government implicitly admits it cannot validly serve MegaUpload consistent with [Rules] as currently written".

It remains to be seen if this new attempt to have the MegaUpload case dismissed works.

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Graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, who designed album artwork for many bands from the late 60s up to the present day, died last Thursday, aged 69. He had been suffering from cancer.

Thorgerson was best known for his work with Pink Floyd, with whom he worked throughout his (and their) career. His association with the band went back to childhood, when he attended primary and secondary school with Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. He also met Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour as a teenager, and was the best man at Gilmour's marriage to second wife Polly Samson in 1994.

In the late 60s, Thorgerson founded album artwork design group Hipgnosis with Aubrey Powell, their first job being Pink Floyd's second album, 'A Saucerful Of Secrets'. This led to continued work with the Floyd, notably 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Dark Side Of The Moon', as well as with many other bands. By the time Hipgnosis dissolved in 1983, they had worked with artists including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Yes.

After this, Thorgerson began directing music videos, working with artists such as Paul Young, Dave Gilmour, Robert Plant, Nik Kershaw, Yes, Rainbow, Bruce Dickinson and Pink Floyd between 1983 and 1994. In 1987 he also launched a new design company, Storm Studios, continuing to produce iconic album covers. In recent years, he designed artwork for artists including Muse, Biffy Clyro, Pendulum and The Mars Volta.

In 2003, he suffered a stroke but made a good recovery. He was later diagnosed with cancer, and it was this that caused his death last week.

He is survived by his mother Vanji, his wife Barbie Antonis, his son Bill, and two stepchildren children, Adam and Georgia.

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That Carly Rae Jepsen was arguably the star of the Juno festivities in Canada this weekend, she picking up gongs in three of the five categories in which she was nominated in the Canadian equivalent of the BRITs. In two of those categories she beat a certain Justin Bieber, who had a role in launching Jepsen on an unsuspecting world, of course.

Asked about that fact backstage, she told CBC News: "I think in general it's a shared success and I'm sure he'll send some love. The fact that he has really been my main supporter, and he signed me, and because of that I was able to make the record 'Kiss' and be exposed to the world beyond Canada, means I have nothing to say to him other than 'thank you', and I know he's been rooting for me just as much as his own stuff".

Bieber did take the fan-voted Fan Choice Award though, thanks to the votes of his ever faithful Beliebers, who presumably hoped that if they phoned in their support they might feature next time their idol posts a cartoon of himself bedding a fan to Instagram. And now, this year's winners in full, who were all presented with their awards at one of two Juno shows this weekend...

Album Of The Year: Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss
Single Of The Year: Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
International Album Of The Year: Mumford & Sons - Babel

Artist Of The Year: Leonard Cohen
Breakthrough Artist Of The Year: The Weeknd
Group Of The Year: Marianas Trench
Breakthrough Group Of The Year: Monster Truck
Songwriter Of The Year: Leonard Cohen
Juno Fan Choice Award: Justin Bieber

Video Of The Year: Drake - HYFR (director: Director X)
Music DVD Of The Year: The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon

Pop Album Of The Year: Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss
Country Album Of The year: Johnny Reid - Fire It Up
Adult Alternative Album Of The Year: Serena Ryder - Harmony
Alternative Album Of The Year: Metric - Synthetica
Rock Album Of The Year: Rush - Clockwork Angels
Rap Recording Of The Year: Classified - Inner Ninja (feat David Myles)
Dance Recording Of The Year: Anjulie - You And I
R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year: The Weeknd - Trilogy
Electronic Album Of The Year: Grimes - Visions
Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year: Woods Of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Adult Contemporary Album Of The Year: The Tenors - Lead With Your Heart
Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year, Solo: Rose Cousins - We Have Made A Spark
Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year, Group: Elliott Brood - Days Into Years
Vocal Jazz Album Of The Year: Emilie-Claire Barlow - Seule Ce Soir.
Contemporary Jazz Album Of The Year: Joel Miller - Swim
Traditional Jazz Album Of The Year: Murley, Bickert & Wallace - Test Of Time
Instrumental Album Of The Year: Pugs & Crows - Fantastic Pictures
Francophone Album Of The Year: Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizieme Étage
Children's Album Of The Year: Emilie Mover - The Stella and Sam Album (featuring Emilie Mover)
Classical Album Of The Year, Solo or Chamber Ensemble: Amici Chamber Ensemble - Levant
Classical Album Of The Year, Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: James Ehnes - Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Classical Album Of The Year, Vocal or Choral Performance: Karina Gauvin - Prima Donna
Classical Composition Of The Year: Vivian Fung - Violin Concerto
Reggae Recording Of The Year: Exco Levi - Storms of Life
Aboriginal Album Of The Year: Crystal Shawanda - Just Like You
Blues Album Of The Year: Steve Strongman - A Natural Fact
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album Of The Year: The City Harmonic - I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)
World Music Album Of The Year: Lorraine Klaasen - Tribute To Miriam Makeba

Producer Of The Year: James Shaw
Recording Engineer Of The Year: Kevin Churko
Recording Package Of The Year: Justin Broadbent

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Mr Len Blavatnik is the highest ranking music industry bod in the latest Sunday Times Rich List of Britain's wealthiest residents, on account of him [a] being worth £11 billion, [b] now owning Warner Music and the Parlophone label, plus stakes in the Deezer and Beats streaming services, via his Access Industries conglom, and [c] dividing his time between homes in New York and London.

Blavatnik is the second richest (part time) Brit overall, according to the latest wealth survey, being a couple of billion poorer than another Russian born businessman Alisher Usmanov. The highest ranking British born bod in the Rich List is the good old Duke Of Westminster at number eight, while the wealthiest British born businessman with (albeit mainly legacy) links to the music and entertainment industries is Richard Branson, whose family sit at number nineteen in the list with a combined fortune of £3.5 billion.

The next highest ranking music type appears at number 58 in the form of Clive Calder, whose record industry earned fortune was secured thanks to three clever moves: one, building his Zomba recorded music and publishing company into one of the world's biggest independent music firms with a roster including some of America's biggest pop acts; two, selling the Zomba company for silly money to BMG in 2002 (about £1.2 billion); and three resisting the temptation to reinvest any of those winnings back into the flagging record industry in the subsequent decade.

Paul McCartney, whose fortune is now combined with that of wife Nancy Shevell, appears at 133 in the list, making him the highest ranking artist - this we already knew though, because the Times revealed its rock star rich list a couple of weeks back. Elsewhere amongst the usual suspects is Spotify chief Daniel Ek, valued at a neat £250 million, though most of that is based on the current valuation of the streaming music platform, and his sizable stake in it.

Anyway, here's the top ten Rich List listees with links to the music industry (in it's widest sense), with their 2013 position, their 2012 position in brackets, and their fortune as estimated by the Times...

2 (5) Len Blavatnik - £11,000m
19 (16) Richard Branson and family - £3,514m
58 (51) Clive Calder - £1,350m
108 (108) Cameron Mackintosh - £825m
133 (124) Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell - £680m
145 (143) Andrew Lloyd-Webber - £620m
238 (233) Simon Fuller - £375m
319 (339) Simon Cowell -£250m
319 (395) Daniel Ek - £250m
338 (345) Elton John - £240m

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Katy Perry has revealed a bit about the new LP she's making in the wake of 2010's 'Teenage Dream'. Apparently, it's half-finished, and features ideas by pop names (and 'Teenage Dream' team) Bonnie McKee, Dr Luke and Max Martin plus songwriter-to-the-stars Greg Kurstin and jazz-pop artiste/creative Sia. So far, so predictable.

Fans mayn't get to hear it any time soon, mind, because KP is taking her time over it all. Chatting at ASCAP's I Create Music Expo last week, she said: "When I put myself on a timeline, when I tell the record company when I want to release the album, that's when the race starts. That's when I put pressure on myself".

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Canadian alt-pop artist Claire 'Grimes' Boucher is "probably like two fifths" into her new LP, the sequel to last year's 'Visions'. At least, that's an approximation of what she's done so far; in reality it's "more than one-third but less than two-thirds, not one-half but more than one-quarter". So yeah... you do the math(s).

Grimes has said to Billboard that the TBA long player, which she plans to finish off after this year's festival season (so in autumn-ish), is:

a) Inspired by Enya AND Paramore
b) "Experimental in its own right"
c) Quite hi-fi

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This is one of the most exhilarating seat-edge headlines we've ever shared via CMU, so hold tight. Cheryl Cole is, as the headline says, not going to do anything, pop-musically speaking, for quite a while. She isn't even releasing a third single off 2012's 'A Million Lights' LP, because that'd be so, like, 'then', and she's ready to move on. And perhaps because she's a bit lazy. But I guess she's earned a break, really, what with the Girls Aloud drama, and all.

Anyway. It's as Chez was saying to that man off 'Strictly' on last Friday's 'Daybreak': "It's exciting that I actually don't have any plans for once because I got a little way in with the third album and then decided to put it to one side so I could focus on the Girls Aloud tour and that's just come to an end, so I actually don't know".

She adds: "I had a third single [from 'A Million Lights'] planned and it kind of feels like that's like, 'then', and I'm ready to move on".

But asked if this 'no plans' lark means she's quitting pop, she answered back: "No, not pop music. Music is my life, music is my passion, my first love, so that will always be part of what I'm doing. But I actually don't have any plans right now".

And here she is saying all that, and other things.

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Data relating to record sales, lyrics and song keys in music by David Bowie across his career have been turned into 'sonifications' by composer Alexis Kirke and musician Martyn Ware.

Kirke told Wired: "I created a database of Bowie's lyrics going from 'The Laughing Gnome' up to the end of the 'Tin Machine' era. These were then searched for key emotional words. This is a simplified emotional analysis in the sense it doesn't look at the context in which the words were used. But such non-contextual textual emotion analysis is not uncommon. The resulting valence and arousal measures were then low pass filtered in an attempt to find longer term patterns. To our surprise, we found a broader cycle as well as some shorter cycles in between".

On sounds created using the data from Bowie's music, Kirke continued: "What's interesting about this is that in musical emotion studies, major key is the most commonly used factor indicating positive valence of emotion. So Bowie's music becomes emotionally more positive from 'Year Zero' up to 'Let's Dance', and then the emotional indicators become more erratic".

The 'sonifications' will be played at an event at the V&A, which is currently hosting an exhibition of Bowie memorabilia, this Friday.

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Aged (well, aged 70) Americana great Van Dyke Parks is to mark the release of his new LP, 'Songs Cycled', by playing a show live in London. It's at the Borderline on 5 May, and has been arranged in reply to Grizzly Bear's I'll Be Your Mirror fest - at which VDP was meant to play - being moved back to 2 Nov. And that's all, really, bar this link to details and ticket sales.

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The girls of sassy pop trio Haim have said that they're "sad" and "angry" over having to postpone their five-date April tour, aka the one that featured a show at London's Heaven on 24 Apr, so that they have time to wrap their TBA first LP. The Heaven show has moved to 28 May, by the way, and all original tickets will remain valid.

Anyway, here are Alana, Este and Danielle sharing the "bummer news".

And here's what Este's 'bass face' looked like on last Tuesday's 'Later... With Jools Holland'.

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Recently cancelled Japanese festival Tokyo Rocks will be rescheduled for later this year, organisers have said. As previously reported, the festival, which featured a line-up of British and Japanese artists co-curated by Alan McGee, was due to take place next month. However, late last month it was announced that "management problems" meant that organisers were forced to cancel and had begun issuing refunds to ticketholders.

Festival producer Takashi Yano told CMU: "Unfortunately the festival was badly let down by some business associates in Japan which directly resulted in the cancellation. I cannot express enough my extreme disappointment in the circumstances surrounding the situation and the upset this caused both the artists and people due to attend".

He continued: "However, after hearing rumour after rumour I would like to make it clear that Tokyo Rocks still has complete confidence from its financial backers and will return later this year with a promotions team who we have complete faith in to do the job. I also cannot offer my thanks enough to the people involved in the festival - both in Tokyo and the UK - who remain, as I, committed to delivering an amazing experience for people of Japan".

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So, FLUUs galore to share with you all today, starting with a high-profile artist intake at Serbia's Atoms For Peace, Cee Lo and Bloc Party-starring Exit. Said intake features Chase & Status, Diplo, SBTRKT and Rudimental, which is quite an intake, as intakes go.

Speaking of which, it's over to Deutschland's most 'groß' rock do, Rock Werchter, whose new guest artistes - the likes of Stereophonics, Youth Lagoon and Haim - RSVP in the stead of top RW draws Green Day, The National, Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro and Sigur Rós.

All of which is quite nice, but not as nice as a full FLUU summary including updates via Belgium's Dour, Finland's Flow, Stratford's Global Gathering, Cambridgeshire's Secret Garden Party, Nottingham's Splendour, Poland's Tauron Nowa Muzyka, and Croatia's Ultra...

DOUR, Plaine De La Machine À Feu, Dour, Belgium, 18-21 Jul: Jurassic 5, Ultramagnetic MCs, Gilles Peterson, Veence Hanao, Watsky, The Herbaliser, Jungle by Night, The Bug feat Flowdan, Daddy Freddy and Miss Red, Mungo's Hifi feat YT & Solo Banton, Panda Dub, Blackboard Jungle Sound System, Dub Invaders, Brodinski, Pleasurekraft, French Fries, S-Typ, Manu Le Malin, Hellfish, Murdock, Eptic, DIIV, White Denim, Jacco Gardner, Concrete Knives, Beware of Darkness, Thee Marvin Gays.

EXIT FESTIVAL, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-14 Jul: Chase & Status, Diplo, Rudimental, SBTRKT, Broke N £nglish, Camo & Krooked, Dynamite MC, Rage, Dismantle & LX One, Feed Me, Redlight, Wilkinson & VisionObi.

FLOW FESTIVAL, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland, 7-11 Aug: Moderart (Apparat & Modeselektor), Austra, Woods.

GLOBAL GATHERING, Long Maston Airfield, Stratford, Warwickshire, 26-27 Jul: AfroJack, Dada Life, James Zabiela, Mark Knight, Eats Everything, Dusky, George Fitzgerald, MK, Doorly, Mihalis Safras, Rene Amesz, Prok & Fitch, Filthy Rich, Spectrasoul, Pedestrian, Matt Smallwood.

ROCK WERCHTER, Rotselaar, Belgium, 4-7 Jul: Stereophonics, Youth Lagoon, Haim, SX, Twin Forks, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

SECRET GARDEN PARTY, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, 25-28 Jul: Vent, MC Mash Can, Itchy & Scratchy DJs, Mouldy Soul, Hidden Riddim, JFB, BSide, Russ Cuban, Too Many Ts, Streetwise, Pythagoras, KB & Airayd, Cat Cat Cat, Fruity De La Mer, Freaky Dimitri, Prawn T Cracker, The ASBO Disco, Skelly Man, Frenic, T-Sex, 7 Deadly Breaks, MC Gobblejob, Mr Goativator, Fat Mouse.

SPLENDOUR, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, 20 Jul: Peter Hook And The Light, Dog Is Dead, Nina Nesbitt, Jack Savoretti, Indiana, Kagoule, Park Bench Society, Rob Green, Saint Raymond, Ferocious Dog, Ryan Keen, Harleighblu, Joel Baker, Gavin James, Injured Birds, Georgie Rose, Ryan Thomas, OneGirlOneBoy.

TAURON NOWA MUZYKA, Katowice, Poland, 22- 25 Aug: Moderat, LFO, Squarepusher, !!!, Skream & St Pokes, Venetian Snares, Jon Hopkins, Zebra Katz, JETS (Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum), ZA!, Matias Aguayo Band, DJ Koze.

ULTRA EUROPE, Split, Hvar, Croatia, 12-14 Jul: Chase & Status, Cazzette, Deniz Koyu, Nervo, Yousef, Adam Beyer.

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Organisers of Liverpool Sound City announced the final additions to their convention schedule on Friday, with SJM boss Simon Moran in conversation as part of the LSC-hosted UK Music Student Awards, plus new panels confirmed on mobile music and the state of music radio, and a session focused on A&R involving Dan Smith of headliners Bastille with his manager Polly Comber and Virgin Records A&R man Nick Burgess. LSC takes place from 2-4 May, info at

Also announcing details of their conference is FOCUS Wales, the Wrexham-based festival and convention that runs from 24-27 Apr this year. Building audience, social media campaigns and engaging the music press will be amongst the topics discussed, while Un-Convention will present a session titled 'Building Your Ideal Festival'. More at

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Jay-Z has been forced to sell his stake in basketball team the Brooklyn Nets following the launch of his new company, Roc Nation Sports. National Basketball Association rules prohibit the rapper from owning both a sports person management agency and a stake in a basketball team.

In a post on his Life+Times blog, Jay-Z said: "The Nets have made their mark on the NBA and as they enter a new era, Roc Nation does as well; as we embark on Roc Nation Sports. Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today's top music artists".

He continued: "For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough decision but as I stated earlier, it's not about ownership. Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net".

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Ahead of Saturday's Record Store Day festivities, research firm ICM last week published a new piece of research that showed that 18-24 year olds account for a higher number of vinyl purchasers than 25-34 and 35-44 year old consumers.

Of the 2030 consumers ICM interviewed, 5% said they had bought music on vinyl in the last month, though 14% of 18-24 year olds had, compared to 9% of 25-35 and 5% of 35-44 year olds. Which is possibly surprising given younger music fans are meant to be listening to crappy MP3s on smartphones via overpriced Beats headphones.

Some of those buying vinyl records cited "a much fuller organic sound" as their motivation, though - backing up anecdotal accounts we've heard before - a quarter admitted that they wouldn't listen to the music they'd bought via the vinyl record, preferring digital options for listening, but liking having a vinyl collection on their shelves.

The majority of vinyl purchasers were buying archive material second hand and, while websites exist for such things, 85% said they preferred to buy from their local record shop, which was a nice bit of news with which to lead into Record Store Day. Though do remember with all these vinyl revival stats, while the percentages always sound impressive, overall unit sales are still rather modest.

Commenting on the research, ICM's Maurice Fyles told reporters: "Our research shows that independent record stores are driving and fulfilling a growing demand for music on vinyl - from new limited editions to second hand collectibles. With the closure of many branches of HMV some might expect that demand for music shops and physical formats are declining - our research rejects this".

He continued: "Rather, when there is so much music available to buy or download online, people's needs from the high street record store have changed. Independent record stores offer a diverse, interesting and rare range of music - and that seems to be the key to their continued survival. It's a real sign that our high street is evolving to changing consumer needs, and that other local independent retailers can take encouragement from this story".

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Tesco has appointed a new chief for its home entertainment operations in the form of Charlotte Harrington, replacing Rob Salter, who, as previously reported, departed the supermarket firm at the start of the year.

Harrington, who will now oversee the retail giant's music, DVD, gaming and book departments, has worked in various roles at Tesco since joining the company from WH Smith in 2004, most recently as the boss of 'multi-channel general merchandise', whatever that means.

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Kasabian's Tom Meighan is upset that his band weren't asked to headline Glastonbury this year, the festival instead asking Kasabian wannabes Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons and The Rolling Stones to top the bill.

Meighan told the NME: "I'm not playing second fiddle to those bands. We're just as good, if not better. We're the ultimate, we're the headline band. But he didn't call us, the bastard. Glastonbury's on our 'to-do' list. All he's got to do is pick up the phone. We've got every fucking right to headline Glastonbury cos we're good enough. It will happen".

Of course, it's entirely possible the call didn't come this year because Kasabian were already committed to headlining Hard Rock Calling, which takes place on the same weekend as Glastonbury. But I'm sure calling Michael Eavis a bastard will help for next time.

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