23 APR 2013

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- Jury in place for Jacksons v AEG Live
- Richie Havens dies
- Divinyls frontwoman Amphlett dies
- Three Doors Down bassist charged over car crash death
- Hill's tax evasion sentencing postponed
- Nominations open for The Great Escape's Yearly Music Conference Awards
- Baltic Fleet takes GIT Award
- Calvin Harris breaks UK chart record
- Gallops split
- Diplo and Dr Luke co-sign publishing deal
- Domino to re-issue Julia Holter's Tragedy
- Blue to headline October shows
- John Mayer adds show at London's O2
- Selena Gomez sets extra Stars Dance date
- Festival line-up update: Benicassim, T In The Park, Oxegen and more
- Rough Trade's Stephen Godfroy on the future of music retail
- Universal promotes Global Digital Accounts director
- Grooveshark launches "democratised radio platform"
- HMV Canada launches download and streaming service
- Rita Ora stays at 'fat camp'
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The jury is now in place for the big Jacksons v AEG Live court case. Agreement was reached by both sides on which six men and six woman should sit on the jury for the case sooner than initially expected, though reserve jurors are still to be appointed.

As much previously reported, the Jackson family says that AEG should accept liability for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, because it - as promoter of the late king of pop's ill-fated This Is It show - hired Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of causing the singer's demise through negligent treatment. But AEG counters that, while it paid Murray's bills, Jackson himself appointed and managed the doctor on a day-to-day basis.

The court battle is expected to last for up to three months, and could include many juicy revelations about what went on behind the scenes as preparations were made for the This Is It shows that were due to take place in London at AEG's O2 Arena. Revelations about Jackson's dependencies on certain prescription drugs, referenced in, though generally kept off the agenda at, Murray's criminal trial, may also be made during the civil court case.

If they are successful, the Jacksons plan to push for up to $40 billion in damages, an extravagant and unrealistic claim, but one that would give the court battle even more razzle dazzle.

A pool of over 100 candidates were put forward for the jury that will rule on the legal battle. Many said that sitting in on what will likely be a three month case would cause them hardship and were excused. Others were rejected after admitting in a questionnaire to having preconceptions about Jackson and his lifestyle, or negative opinions about any lawsuit that seeks mega-buck damages. A few more were rejected because of links of one kind or another to AEG or the wider Jackson family.

Work will now begin on appointing reserve jurors, just in case, after which we'll expect a proper start date for what could be a very curious court case indeed.


Folk singer Richie Havens, assured a place in music history as the opening act at the original Woodstock festival, has died of a heart attack aged 72. The singer's reps at the Roots Agency confirmed to Reuters yesterday that he had died at his New Jersey home.

A statement from Havens' family, who also confirmed a public memorial would be announced in due course, said of the singer: "Beyond his music, those who have met him will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humour and his powerful presence".

Meanwhile the Roots Agency said in a statement that Havens had been "gifted with one of the most recognisable voices in popular music", adding that "his fiery, poignant, soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless".


Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer with Australian band Divinyls, probably best known in the UK for their 1991 hit 'I Touch Myself', has died after losing a battle with breast cancer.

The singer also suffered from multiple sclerosis and announced she had been diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Writing about her illnesses on Facebook in March 2012, Amphlett said: "Unfortunately the last eighteen months have been a real challenge for me, having breast cancer and MS and all the new places that will take you. My illnesses have really exhausted this little body of mine that I have thrown from one end of a stage to another and performed thousands of shows".

Meanwhile, a new post placed onto Amphlett's Facebook profile overnight read: "Our beloved Chrissy peacefully made her transition this morning. Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. She passed gently, in her sleep, surrounded by close friends and family".

It continued: "Chrissy's light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women. Best remembered as the lead singer of the ARIA Hall of Fame inductees the Divinyls, last month she was named one of Australia's top ten singers of all time. Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit 'I Touch Myself' would remind women to perform annual breast examinations. Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched. Rest in peace our beautiful Chrissy".

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Three Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has been charged with 'vehicular homocide' after allegedly causing the death of another driver in a road accident last Friday.

According to police, Harrell clipped a pick-up truck as he was speeding down Interstate 40 outside Nashville, Texas. The driver of the truck, named as Paul Shoulders Jr, subsequently lost control and swerved down an embankment, where his vehicle overturned and, not wearing a seatbelt, he was thrown out. He later died in hospital.

Harrell "acknowledged consuming hard cider" before driving, said police, as well as consuming prescription drugs, Lortab and Xanax. After being arrested, he was later discovered to have smuggled Xanax, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone tablets into his cell in a sock and was also charged over that.

Currently in jail will bail set at $100,000, Harrell is due to appear in court on Thursday. According to reports, he was also arrested following another drink driving accident last year.

In a statement, Three Doors Down did not reference Harrell or his arrest directly, but said: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders Jr. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time".


A US judge has postponed sentencing Lauryn Hill over the tax evasion charges she pleaded guilty to last year.

As previously reported, Hill entered a guilty plea last July, admitting that she failed to submit tax returns between 2005 and 2007. US tax authorities reckon Hill earned about $1.8 million during that time, and that she now owes around a million dollars when fines and interest are added to the owed taxes.

Hill could face over two years in jail over the tax evasion charges - though the exact maximum sentence would depend on whether the monies owed actually exceeded a million. The one time Fugee's legal reps disagree with the American tax man on exactly how much is owing.

The singer had planned to have a big chunk of the owed monies paid before sentencing took place, though so far has only paid $50,000. US Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo yesterday criticised Hill for not having paid more of the outstanding monies, but gave the singer until 6 May to get on with it, before the court considers a sentence. Though Hill's lawyers are already pushing for a probationary sentence noting that she has six children to care for.

Hill's reps added that the singer was now busy finalising a loan secured on two properties to raise the money to settle her tax debts. Judge Arleo did recognise those efforts, though said that Hill wasn't someone "who stands before the court penniless", given her property assets, and criticised the singer for seemingly relying on promised income from a new record deal to make her tax payments.

Said the judge: "This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes".

As previously reported, when first faced with the action against her, Hill wrote on Tumblr that she had always intended to pay her tax bills, but at the time she was trying to avoid "being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex".

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With The Great Escape now less than a month away, nominations are being taken for the Yearly Music Conference Awards, the annual gathering that takes place on the final day of the Brighton festivities to mark the closing of another year of showcase festivals and music conventions around the world.

This year's YMCAs presentation will take place at Al Duomo, just behind the Brighton Dome complex, at a ticketed reception on Saturday 18 May hosted by John Robb and Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne. Tickets for the exclusive event, which includes a late lunch of 'fish and chips with a twist' plus a choice of beer and wines, are now on sale.

Meanwhile, anyone who has done the showcase festival circuit in the last twelve months is invited to put forward nominations for the eight main YMCA categories, including best networking event, best convention app, best bar and best delegate bag. Nominations can be submitted via the CMU website, with shortlists for each category to be announced in early May.

Commenting on the YMCAs, Elbourne told CMU: "We've had another busy year of showcase festivals and music conventions across the globe, with both newcomers and old favourite events offering the industry so many different ways to meet, network, exchange ideas and experience new talent. As we all amass in Brighton in May for The Great Escape - the UK's premiere showcase festival and convention, and one of the last such gatherings before the summer festival season begins - it's always fun to sit down with the organisers and attendees of this calendar of great events worldwide, to down a few drinks, sample some of Brighton's finest food, and remember the best bits from the year just gone. I look forward to seeing the nominations and votes come in for this year's YMCAs, and even more so to dishing out the awards next month".


Baltic Fleet was announced as the winner of the third annual GIT Award on Friday night. The prize recognises the best emerging talent from Liverpool. Live keyboard player for Echo & The Bunnymen Paul Fleming, aka Baltic Fleet, released his second album, 'Towers', last August.

This year also saw the introduction of an additional Innovation Award, which was given to The Justice Collective for their cover of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', which reached Christmas number one last year and was released to raise money for families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Accepting this award on behalf of the collective, The Farm's Peter Hooton, who helped organise and appeared on the charity single, said: "I accepted this award on behalf the tremendous team behind the Justice Collective - they were truly inspirational and everyone involved from the music industry gave their time and effort free of charge. But really this is an award for the 24 year campaign for justice by the families and survivors. It was a truly remarkable achievement to get a Christmas number one within such a short period of time and just shows what people power can bring about when they believe in a cause. I dedicate the award to John Glover and Anne Williams, true campaigners for truth and justice!"

Following the event, GIT Award founder, Peter Guy, hailed the night saying: "The GIT Award champions the unity and team-work that's evident in Liverpool's arts community. It's this ethos which is pushing new, innovative art right across the world. This is a city with the finest new music - and much of it was here tonight in this room. Roll on The GIT Award 2014".

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Calvin Harris has broken the UK chart record for the most top ten singles released from one album. So far Harris has seen eight tracks from his third album 'Eighteen Months' reach the top ten, the latest being 'I Need Your Love', featuring vocals from Ellie Goulding, which entered the chart at number seven on Sunday.

The previous holder of this particular chart record was Michael Jackson, who released seven top ten singles from his 1991 album 'Dangerous'.

Official Charts Company MD Martin Talbot told CMU: "Many artists only achieve a handful of hits in their entire careers, so for any act to secure three or four from one album is an excellent achievement. In turn, eight top tens from one album is not just impressive, it is absolutely remarkable. And, of course, record breaking. Congratulations to Calvin Harris, THE modern day hitmaker".

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Instrumental quartet Gallops announced yesterday that they have split up after six years together, cancelling all upcoming shows, including appearances at The Great Escape and other UK festivals this summer.

In a statement published on Facebook, the band said: "We are sad to announce that as of now Gallops is dead. We've been to some really great places over the last six years and met some amazing people but Gallops as we know it has unfortunately run its course. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported us along the way. Watch this space for future projects from members of the band. Music will continue, Gallops will not".

The band had been on tour throughout Europe with And So I Watch You From Afar, but cancelled a set at a sold out show at The Garage in London on 16 Apr moments before they were due to go on stage, officially citing illness as a reason, though members of the band had been seen on stage setting up their equipment shortly before the cancellation.

Although the announcement of their split only came yesterday, the band failed to appear on the remaining four UK dates of the tour, tensions between members, that had been building up over the course of the tour, apparently coming to an irresolvable head backstage at The Garage.

To mark the occasion of their break up, the band and their label Blood & Biscuits have put a commemorative t-shirt on sale. And, of course, you can still purchase their excellent debut (now only) album, 'Yours Sincerely, Dr Hardcore', which was released last year.

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Oft topless EDM DJ Diplo and pop lab technician Dr Luke have announced an alliance between their respective publishing companies. Mad Decent Publishing (prop: Diplo) and Prescription Songs (which belongs to Dr Luke) will amalgamate their signings - TNGHT's Lunice, Bennt Blanco, Bonnie McKee, Maxime, to name several names - into one intra-collaborative megabank of song-writing talent.

"I am a huge fan of Diplo and Mad Decent and the music they are putting out, I look forward to our teams collaborating and making music together", says Dr Luke to Billboard, pausing in time for Diplo to add: "I'm really looking forward to collaborating more with Luke and putting his crew with ours".

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Julia Holter having signed to Domino last year, the label will now re-release her 'Tragedy' album (originally put out by Leaving Records in 2011) on 20 May.

Out of print for some time, the latest re-release follows the label's re-issue of her 2012 album 'Ekstasis' last December. Holter's first new long player under the Domino deal is due for release later this year.

Here's the video for 'Try To Make Yourself A Work Of Art' from the album.

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Too-big-for-their-boots pop lotharios Blue have listed a new set of 'headlining' live dates. You'll remember that the group withdrew from a number of the spin-off concerts from ITV's 'Big Reunion' show, due to take place in May, to free up time for their own tour in, erm, the Autumn. Here are the new dates...

14 Oct: Norwich, UEA
15 Oct: Manchester Academy
17 Oct: Newcastle, Academy
18 Oct: Leeds, Academy
19 Oct: Glasgow, Academy
21 Oct: Birmingham, Institute
22 Oct: Hammersmith Apollo


Serial starlet-dater (and singer) John Mayer has added a show at The O2 in London as the only British date on his 'Born And Raised' world tour. John and a man named Phillip Phillips will play the arena-sized arena on 20 Oct.

Meanwhile, have another date - Friday 27 Apr - which is when tickets to the John show will go on sale. Fin.


Staying with the white knuckle thrill ride that is Bieber's on-off (and potentially on, again) flame Selena Gomez's 56 date 'Stars Dance' trip, the 'Spring Breakers' pop miniature has just added an extra date at London's Hammersmith Apollo on 8 Sep.

Tickets to that, and the other date she confirmed the preceding night, are available online.

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So it's FLUU time, and we start today's Festival Line-Up Update (because that's what a FLUU is, after all) via new updates to the line-up for the Benicassim festival. Beady Eye, Johnny Marr, Skream, Telepathe and DJ Zane Lowe are amid the variable list of acts joining the Beni bill, highlights of which so far are The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primal Scream, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Next, and in placatory news for pop-lovers with tickets to this year's T In The Park; the festival has revealed Ke$ha, Little Mix, Lawson, Gabrielle Aplin, Diana Vickers and 'X-Factor' grads James Arthur and Lucy Spraggan as the latest artists to infiltrate its Mumford/Rihanna/Killers-headlined billing. Brilliant.

It's also all go over at Ireland's Oxegen (Calvin Harris, Rizzle Kicks, Duke Dumont); the Yorkshire-based Beacons (Julia Holter, Melody's Echo Chamber, Vondelpark, Mikal Cronin, Amateur Best); cheap-as-you-like Sheffield fest Tramlines (Lianne La Havas, New Young Pony Club, The Invisible, Friends) and many others besides, as you'll no doubt note via this tasty feast of FLUUs you can eat and/or read:

BEACONS, Funkirk Estate, Carleton, North Yorkshire, 16-18 Aug: Julia Holter, Mikal Cronin, Melody's Echo Chamber, Amateur Best, Lulu James, Stealing Sheep, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Splashh, Vondelpark, Wet Nuns, Wolf People, Only Real, Dan Croll, Spectrals, Kult Country, Cowtown, Bill Ryder Jones, Menace Beach, Nope, Department M, Galaxians, Dark Bells, Team Spirit, Best Friends. www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

BENICASSIM, FIB Heineken, Valencia, Spain, 18-21 Jul: Beady Eye, Johnny Marr, Knife Party, Skream, Hola A Todo El Mundo, Zane Lowe, Wretch 32, Telepathe, Lazaro Casanova, Svreca, Jessica Sweetman, Doorly, Aldo Linares, Nicola Bear, DJ Rojiblanco, Suna Templeton, Moomba & Cherry, Juanpopp, Indiespot DJs. fiberfib.com

FOR FESTIVAL, Hvar, Croatia, 21-23 Jun: Tame Impala, Solange, 2manydjs, James Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, Bag Raiders, Tensnake, Jacques Greene, Canyons, Kate Boy, Horse Meat Disco, Young Dreams, Symbolone. www.forfestival2013.com

NASS, Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset, 11-14 Jul: Nas, Hadouken! Monsta, Loadstar, We Are The Ocean, Watsky, Heavens Basement, Run From Robots, Das Kapital, Crisis MC, Mr Nice & Jonny G, Premise, Re-Defeat v Grunge, Snatch The Wax. www.nassfestival.com

OXEGEN, Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Ireland, 3-4 Aug: Calvin Harris, Rizzle Kicks, Jack Beats, Duke Dumont. www.oxegen.ie

SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 31 Aug - 1 Sep: Charlie Brown, Ed Drewett, Ria Ritchie, Amplify Dot. www.sundownfestival.co.uk

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Ke$ha, Little Mix, Lawson, Gabrielle Aplin, James Arthur, Diana Vickers, Lucy Spraggan, Bo Bruce, Josh Record. www.tinthepark.com

TRAMLINES, various venues, Sheffield, 19-20 Jul: Lianne La Havas, New Young Pony Club, Slow Club, Duke Dumont, The Invisible, 2.54, Friends, Lulu James, Jim Jones Revue, Veronica Falls, Dutch Uncles. www.tramlines.org.uk

Y-NOT, Matlock, Derbyshire, 2-4 Aug: The Darkness, The Virginmarys, I Am Giant, Dan Croll, Waylayers, Seasfire, My Preserver, Scholars. ynotfestivals.co.uk

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In an interview with Billboard to coincide with last weekend's Record Store Day, Rough Trade Retail's Stephen Godfroy has spoken about the future of music retail as he sees it. Specifically, he notes the importance of recognising changes in the way people consume music and embracing them, rather then trying to block them out.

Godfroy said: "Music retail is volatile only so much as it's in a perpetual state of flux, an eco-system so fragmented and complex, it defies generalisation. We now live in a post-digital era, where multi-format consumption morphs to reflect whichever offer is most relevant to each individual at any given time. Someone buys a smartphone, they then change their relationship with music accordingly. The same person then walks into Rough Trade, and they change their relationship with music once again".

He continued: "There is no 'all conquering' format, behaviour, offer - it's complementing and co-existing that matters. We recognise that our biggest competitive threat isn't another music offer, it's how people chose to spend their time. Our response is to create destination experiences that defy convention, that have no precedent, where purchase is just 1% of a much more rewarding, meaningful and memorable occasion".

Earlier this year, Rough Trade launched a new digital service in partnership with The Guardian, which delivers subscribers a weekly selection of six MP3s, covering new releases as well as some exclusive tracks. The company, revealed Godfroy in the Billboard interview, is also readying a new service which will provide customers with MP3 downloads of physical releases bought in store immediately.

He explained: "Very soon, we'll also be rolling-out our Rough Trade Card, which allows customers of our London stores to automatically enjoy download copies of the physical items they purchase in-store. Our tills marry the offline purchases with the customers online account, creating a seamless multi-format, multi-channel offer. It's a world-first, developed by us, something we expect to prove very popular when we introduce into the US later in the year".

Stephen Godfroy is one of the keynote speakers at this year's CMU-programmed Great Escape convention in Brighton, kicking off two sessions focused on music retail on the first day of the proceedings on 16 May.


Universal Music yesterday announced the promotion of Hayley Lloyd within the major's Global Digital Accounts team, which "provides continuous worldwide support to the company's major digital partners". Previously Director of Global Digital Accounts, Lloyd will now become VP of the same, reporting into department head Amanda Marks.

Confirming the promotion, Marks told CMU: "Hayley has proved herself to be an invaluable member of our team and one on which I rely during this exciting time of growth for the digital business. I am very proud of what she has accomplished to date and pleased that she's taking on this expanded role, ensuring that we continue to provide our partners and our labels and artists around the world with first class support and service".

Meanwhile Lloyd herself added: "Being at the forefront as part of Universal Music's Global Digital Accounts team and at a time when many of our existing partners are developing and expanding, and new innovative services are launching, is both challenging yet extremely rewarding. The opportunities for growth are huge, and we will continue to work with our partners around the globe to maximise success together".

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Grooveshark will later today launch a new service called Broadcast, which will allow users to create their "own live online radio shows". Described by the often controversial streaming music set up as "the first ever truly democratised radio platform", the new service sounds very like Turntable.fm and Soundrop, in that users will be able to listen in while other users choose the tunes. Though not quite as revolutionary as the Groovesharkers claim, word has it that Broadcast has a particularly user-friendly interface.

However, the major labels will be sure to point out that, as far as they are concerned, Grooveshark isn't licensed to allow their content to be used in this way. None of the majors currently licence Grooveshark, though their content regularly appears on the site because it allows users to upload music to its platform.

Grooveshark insists that, because it routinely takes down copyright material when asked to do so by rights owners, it operates within US copyright law, even though users re-upload content as quickly as the labels can get it taken down. And given recent interpretations of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act in court they are probably right, though the American record industry would like that law to be changed to close what it considers to be a loophole.

The launch of Broadcast comes as Grooveshark founder Sam Tarantino admits in a new interview with Mashable that his company had a challenging 2012 amidst legal threats and new competitors like Spotify. So much so his firm has had to downsize, he says, and he's struggling to get by on the mere $60,000 a year he pays himself.

The frank admission may be an attempt to convince Grooveshark's critics in the grass roots music community that he and his company are not the big bad enemy making millions off the back of cash-strapped artists and songwriters. Though said music types might ask: if Grooveshark is struggling to make ends meet without paying any royalties for much of the content it streams, how can it possibly hope to grow into a fully licensed operation?

Though Grooveshark might counter that many of its competitors have similarly uncertain business models once the millions and millions of start-up capital is taken out of the equation. Fun times all round really.


HMV Canada has launched a new download and streaming music service called The Vault. The service has been running in beta since the beginning of the year and currently has a catalogue of thirteen million tracks.

Nick Williams, President and CEO of HMV Canada, explained: "While we continue to see strong demand for CDs, we are also seeing an increased demand for accessing music in the digital environment, making the launch of The Vault especially timely. We know that the more than 35 million consumers who come through our stores each year count on us to enhance their music experience and The Vault is a clear indicator of our ability to do that. This combined retail and online offering will enable us to better connect with our customers and drive our business forward in 2013".

HMV Canada, of course, is owned by Hilco, which recently bought the HMV UK business out of administration. Whether The Vault could enjoy a UK launch remains to be seen - the streaming market being very different over this side of the Atlantic - Spotify, for one, is still as yet to launch in Canada. Though HMV UK's previously woeful record when it comes to online services is one of the factors which led to the company falling on hard times financially.

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So apparently Rita Ora spent this past weekend at a facility The Mirror is billing as "the world's strictest fat camp", aka the Viva clinic in Italy. Which seems pretty extreme, really, since she's only a slip of a girl.

But anyway, it looks (via Twitter) like the 'RIP' hitmaker did indeed go on a lakeside 'detox' recently, though whether she had to "exercise like a loon" and learn to chew each "doll-sized morsel" of boiled potato/broth 30 times prior to swallowing (as the Mirror claims) is... well, not quite a fact. Still, if it is, it's really quite a sad fact.

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