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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #154: THE NETHERLANDS V JOHN EWBANK
Earlier this month, over here in the UK the death of a former Prime Minister resulted in some musical controversy. At around the same time, a fuss was brewing just across the North Sea over a song for The Netherlands' new king. Prince Willem-Alexander is set to take the throne in The Netherlands on 30 Apr, when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates. To celebrate the royal promotion, the country's National Inauguration Committee decided it would be nice if there was a new song to mark the occasion. But not everyone was happy with the results. more>>
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: CIRCUS LDN AT EGG
The Circus LDN team have rounded up some hot names for their April party, with Josh Wink makes his Egg debut, joining chief resident Yousef, DJ T and Smash TV. A tycoon of techno and house, and a die-hard exponent of the familiar acid sound he created with the classic 'Higher State Of Consciousness' back in 1995, Wink will deliver an exclusive underground set complete with new tracks and remixes from his own Ovum label. Amongst those will be tracks from his newly released EP, 'Balls', his first new record since 2009's 'When A Banana Was Just A Banana'. more>>
TOP STORIES
- Warner boss discusses Parlophone plans in memo
IN THE POP COURTS
- Drugs and stun gun found on Bieber's tour bus in Sweden
- Hill responds to court revelation of Sony deal
ARTIST DEALS
- TV On The Radio 'part ways' with Interscope
IN THE STUDIO
- Kelis releasing Summer-y/Love-y LP
RELEASE NEWS
- Olugbenga to release EP
FILMS & SHOWS NEWS
- Senna director shopping Amy Winehouse film
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Mogwai to live-score Zidane film
- JT, Taylor Swift and Robbie Williams RSVP to Capital FM Summertime Ball
- Sean Paul to play June dates
FESTIVAL NEWS
- ATP to scale back holiday camp festivals, lists 'last hurrah' feat Television and Loop
- Festival line-up update: Glastonbury, Electric Daisy Carnival London, Secret Garden Party and more
BRANDS & STUFF
- MySpace partners with Gucci
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- SpinMedia acquires Vibe
AND FINALLY...
- Snoop discusses criticism by Bunny Wailer
- Tricky 'explains' glasto fail
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: An appeals court overturned Grooveshark's win in Universal's pre-1972 litigation. The mega-major specifically sued the controversial streaming service in relation to recordings it owns that were released before 1972 and which appear on the Grooveshark site, because of a technicality in US copyright law. Grooveshark says that it can't be held liable for copyright infringement when it makes available Universal content without licence, because its users upload the music files, and the digital firm will remove any one track if requested to do so by the mega-major (just in time for another user to reupload it). And, to be fair to the Groovesharkers, that is sort of what the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act says.

But, says Universal, the DMCA is federal law, and therefore can only apply to copyrights that themselves stem from federal legislation. And copyrights in works released before 1972 in America come from state law. Ha, gotcha! Except when Universal's lawsuit reached court last year the judge hearing the case didn't accept that argument. But then this week an appeals court overturned that ruling, saying the DMCA didn't apply to the older catalogue, and Grooveshark could be held liable for distributing tracks from it without licence. Needless to say, Grooveshark will now appeal. CMU report | Ars Technica report

02: Capitol UK launched. Universal Music announced last month that it would launch a UK version of what was EMI's main American label, it having acquired Capitol in the US via its EMI takeover last year. And this week that launch occurred. The UK version of Capitol will be morphed out of existing British Universal label London Records, and will be led by London chief Nick Raphael, though the new division will be quite a bit bigger. Capitol UK is likely to work closely with its US counterpart. The mega-major also confirmed Capitol UK would not be based at its Kensington HQ, adding fuel to rumours that the new division will set up camp at Abbey Road Studios, mirroring Capitol US, which is based in the Capitol Tower, the famous studio complex in LA. CMU report | Billboard report

03: Warner boss Stephen Cooper revealed info about his Parlophone acquisition. According to a memo to Warner staff, the mini-major's purchase of the Parlophone Label Group, aka most of the bits of EMI that Universal was forced to sell by competition regulators last year, should be completed by the middle of summer. It will result in Parlophone becoming a frontline label alongside Atlantic and Warner Bros. Cooper also hopes the takeover will throw up new opportunities for Warner in Europe, where the company will now have a stronger base, help relaunch the major's classical operations and a provide a "catalyst" for a new global approach to catalogue. CMU report | The Music report

04: HMV Canada put a new digital service properly live. Called The Vault, the company's top man said "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 is, of course, owned by Hilco, which recently acquired HMV UK, leading to speculation The Vault might launch over here too, though the streaming market is much more competitive here than in Canada. CMU report | Toronto Star report

05: The jury was appointed for the Jacksons v AEG Live case. Over 100 people were considered for the jury of twelve, most being removed either because they said committing to a three-month trial would cause problems, or because they had pre-existing opinions on Jackson or mega-bucks legal claims, or because of links to either the Jackson family or AEG. Proceedings in what is likely to be a lively trial are now due to kick off next week. The Jackson family say 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. CMU report | Reuters report

On CMU this week, guest poster Caroline Bottomley of Radar Music Videos shared some insights on promoting an independent single release, while CMU Editor Andy Malt delved once again into the murky world of brand partnerships. Nominations also opened for this year's Yearly Music Convention Awards at The Great Escape. And approved were LLLL, Parquet Courts, The Good Natured and Hebronix.

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WARNER BOSS DISCUSSES PARLOPHONE PLANS IN MEMO
The boss of Warner Music has issued a memo to staff with some information about the integration of the Parlophone Label Group with the mini-major. The memo was seemingly circulated to coincide with a filing with the US Securities And Exchange Commission covering some specifics regards the financing of the deal.

As previously reported, when it acquired EMI last year, Universal Music was forced by competition regulators to sell the Parlophone Label Group - which includes the UK-based Parlophone frontline label and catalogue, some more British EMI archive, and EMI operations in various other European markets - and it was announced that Warner would buy it in February in a £478 million deal.

In his memo, Warner boss Stephen Cooper tells his staff that the deal, which itself is subject to regulator approval, has been given the green light by the authorities in Brazil and US, and is on track to be completed this summer. The main hurdle in that regard was always going to be the European Commission, though with Europe's indie label community smiling on this deal, no major issues are expected there either.

Cooper went on to describe his plans for Parlophone once the deal is done. He confirmed that Parlophone will operate as another frontline label within the Warner business, alongside Atlantic and Warner Bros, suggesting the brand will become active in more territories that under EMI. He added that the classical catalogues and brands that would also come with the acquisition would be used to "reinvigorate" Warner's approach to the genre.

And that's not the only area in which Cooper hopes the Parlophone acquisition will provide a catalyst for change within the Warner business. The CEO notes that the arrangement will also strengthen Warner Music's presence in a number of European territories, before adding that he saw the expansion as a "catalyst for a new global catalogue strategy". As previously reported, in the US Warner has more closely aligned its record label catalogue operations with its music publishing business, and it will be interesting to see if the new "global strategy" mirrors those efforts.

Cooper's memo didn't go into any detail about his agreement with the European independent community to work in partnership with some indie music companies to capitalise on the potential of the Parlophone Label Group catalogue. That, of course, could well be the most interesting element of this merger, though the specifics may well not be worked out until the PLG acquisition is properly completed.

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DRUGS AND STUN GUN FOUND ON BIEBER'S TOUR BUS IN SWEDEN
Drugs and a stun gun were found on Justin Bieber's tour bus ahead of a show in Stockholm earlier this week, Swedish police said yesterday. The bus was parked outside a hotel in the city as Bieber waited to perform at the Globen Arena on Wednesday night. Police, alerted to the smell of marijuana coming from inside, searched the vehicle after the ten passengers on board (including Bieber) went into the arena for the show.

Police spokesman Varg Jyllander told Sky News: "They found a small amount of drugs and a stun gun. Now the drugs are [being] sent over to the forensics lab, and before we have the analysis results we won't [comment further]. It was a short search for around half an hour".

Jyllander added that while police currently had no specific suspects in relation to the drugs and the weapon, and although Bieber and his crew had already left town, the investigation was ongoing. He also explained that while stun guns were not illegal in Sweden, "you need a permit to carry one or have one - and they hadn't". Much like that monkey.

This is not the first time Bieber has been linked to cannabis, of course, with TMZ claiming earlier this year that a photograph it had obtained showed the singer smoking a joint. While not directly confirming or denying this, Bieber did tweet that he was "trying to be better" at the time.

Elsewhere in Bieber news, his manager Scooter Braun has told MTV News that the singer has been writing "one or two songs a day for the entire tour". And given that his current tour started last September, that's quite a lot of songs.

This possibly explains a lot of things. By the time he reached London in March, Bieber was probably suffering writer's block, making his daily songwriting slower than normal, hence his late appearance on stage for one show at the O2 Arena. Also, who writes one or two songs a day except stoners? And as for the stun gun, it's probably the only way his team can get him to stop writing and go up on stage. Maybe they bought it after the London incident, or maybe they'd just misplaced it that night. Maybe the monkey took it and that's why they've abandoned the animal in Germany!

It's all so clear now.

Oh, just before I go, our lawyers would like us point out that CMU does not believe that any marijuana or other drugs of any kind that may or may not have been found on Justin Bieber's tour bus belonged to the singer himself. Nor do we believe that Justin Bieber owns a stun gun.

Nor, for that matter, do we believe that anyone in Justin Bieber's entourage has or ever would use a stun gun on him. Or anyone else. Oh, and we don't think the monkey known as Mally was abandoned in Munich for stealing said stun gun.

In fact, forget I ever mentioned anything you've read in this story. Justin Bieber hasn't even written any songs. And his manager isn't called Scooter Braun. And Sweden has no police force. Sweden doesn't even exist. Who is Justin Bieber? Who are you? Yo no hablo Inglés.

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HILL RESPONDS TO COURT REVEALTION OF SONY DEAL
Lauryn Hill has responded to this week's court hearing regards her tax affairs, or rather the revelation during it that she has entered into a new deal with Sony Music, and will get a million dollars from it that should cover most of her tax debts.

In a new typically rambling Tumblr post Hill confirms she has a new deal with Sony, but says that the figures cited by media coverage of her court appearance are wrong. The million is just part of the deal, she says. US tax authorities will no doubt be doing the sums already, just in case she forgets to file her next tax return.

The full post reads as follows...

It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.

I've remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce... free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I've been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.

It took years for me to get out of the 'parasitic' dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.

The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).

Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.

MLH

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TV ON THE RADIO 'PART WAYS' WITH INTERSCOPE
TV On The Radio's relationship with Universal's Interscope, their label since 2006's 'Return To Cookie Mountain', is over, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe has confirmed.

Talking to Spin, Adebimpe said this: "Ehhhh... we parted ways with them. To the best of my knowledge, they can ask about another record, but I don't think we're gonna do that. Um, yeah they did what they did. That's as diplomatic as I can put that".

With new TVOTR set to be released via Federal Prism - the band's Dave Sitek's label - later in the year, Adebimpe said that the quartet were "sort of collecting material for a record", adding: "right now we're only thinking in terms of songs, smaller things we can put out regularly until an album seems possible. Which I love. It's not that you're less precious about the process, but I like coming in and saying, 'Let's make a couple songs' not feeling any sort of pressure to lock ourselves in a room".

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KELIS RELEASING SUMMER-Y/LOVE-Y LP
Wepa and again, wepa! Kelis is releasing an LP that "sounds like love and summer balled up into one", apparently, which is quite a feat. I've no idea what date she plans to do that on, but I'm guessing that, given the summer thing and the R&B pop realm's dislike of irony, it won't be in the winter.

Kelis, who's been inactive LP-wise since 2010's 'Flesh Tone', said via Twitter: "You asked when new stuff was coming, I procrastinated but no more. It's here now, I'm happy. You should be too, embrace it! Wepa!"

And this is the ball of summertime love that is Kelis's brand new track 'Jerk Ribs'.

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LUGBENGA TO RELEASE EP
Moonlighting Metronomy bassist, the CMU approved Olugbenga, is to release a new three-track EP via Pictures Music. Its A-side (and title track) 'Hafiza [INNOCENCE]' is available to preview whenever you'd like to do so, but you'll have to wait till 30 May to lay ears on tracks two and three, 'I Can Be Whatever You're After' and 'Time Dollars'.

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SENNA DIRECTOR SHOPPING AMY WINEHOUSE FILM
Filmmaker Asif Kapadia is in talks to direct a new non-fiction film looking at the life and times of Amy Winehouse, and featuring rare archive visuals of the late singer.

Kapadia, who directed 2010's excellent 'Senna', apparently has the approval of Winehouse's family, and will pitch the doc to potential buyers at May's Cannes Film Market.

Says Kapadia: "This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can".

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MOGWAI TO LIVE-SCORE ZIDANE FILM
Mogwai will play their original score to directors Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's 2006 film 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait' live, and for the first time in its entirety, in July, once at the Manchester International Festival and once at London's Barbican on 26 Jul.

The film charts French footballer Zinédine Zidane on and off the pitch at a 2005 Spanish League game in Madrid. Tickets to the Mogwai-scored 26 Jul London showing are available via this link, and, meanwhile, here's the trailer.

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JT, TAYLOR SWIFT AND ROBBIE WILLIAMS RSVP TO CAPITAL FM SUMMERTIME BALL
So, Capital FM has invited Justin Timberlake to MC its Summertime Ball ('Suit & Tie' optional), the same one the pop-playing station is throwing at London's Wembley Stadium on 9 Jun.

Timberlake will 'host' (and potentially sing a bit in the gaps) the likes of Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, Jessie J, The Saturdays, Olly Murs, Will.i.am, The Wanted, Ellie Goulding, Cheryl Cole and... Lawson, so that's nice.

Details and tickets via this link.

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SEAN PAUL TO PLAY JUNE DATES
Sean-a Paul will play a pair of dutty live dates in London and Manchester in June.

The 'Deport Them' hitmaker will play all his hits at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 5 Jun, moving to The Ritz in Manchester the following night.

Vibe off all this info via the vid for Sean and Beenie Man's new collab, 'Greatest Gallis', which, I think, is a way of saying 'Greatest Girls'. But I can't be sure. Anyway, this is it.

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ATP TO SCALE BACK HOLIDAY CAMP FESTIVALS, LISTS 'LAST HURRAH' FEAT TELEVISION AND LOOP
All Tomorrow's Parties is to slimline its large-scale live activities, it's been revealed. The promotions co has billed a pair of 'End Of An Era' events as its last ever 'holiday camp festivals', meaning its city-based I'll Be Your Mirror fests will become the firm's core business.

It's been a rocky ride for the promoter over the past couple of years. ATP boss Barry Hogan announced he was phasing out the company's springtime seaside festivals back in 2011, and then the ATP company went into liquidation last July. A less-than-positive 2012 also saw ATP 'end its relationship' with erstwhile holiday camp base Butlins, moving its remaining seaside fests back to Butlins rival Pontins. The ATP business re-emerged though, and while a partnership with MAMA proved to be short-lived, the company continued to promote its always interesting events.

And so, after that brief history of ATP, to news of its last holiday camp hurrah, a two-part 'End Of An Era' extravaganza taking place at Pontins, Camber Sands, from 22-24 Nov and 29 Nov-1 Dec. Staged in partnership with Primavera Sound, weekend one is headlined by Television, who'll play their 1977 LP 'Marquee Moon', and will co-star Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr's Dinos Chapman, Les Savy Fav, múm, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hebronix, Mike Watt, Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Wolf Eyes, BEAK> and Eraas. The final weekend, meanwhile, is curated by art-rock icons LOOP, and will feature The Pop Group, 23 Skidoo, Fennesz, Edan, The KVB, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms and Thought Forms.

A word on it all from Barry Hogan: "When we started all this fourteen years ago, we had no idea how a festival curated by a single artist and based in a family holiday camp would play out. It was a mad idea that somehow came to fruition helped by the fact that people were looking for something different from the overpriced conveyor belt corporate rock sponsor-fests that populate the British summer. Looking back we have so many great memories - where else would you find Iggy Pop, Matt Groening, Patti Smith or Nick Cave holed up in a basic chalet at a Pontins' Holiday Camp? The support from the artists and festival-goers alike has been incredible but it's time to move on and look towards the future, it may also be time to let Camber Sands rest in peace!".

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: GLASTONBURY, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL LONDON, SECRET GARDEN PARTY AND MORE
And so we head on into the land-of-the-FLUU, kicking off with a matching set of artists (Enter Shikari's never-ever-seen-live Shikari Sound System, Frightened Rabbit, AluneGeorge, Parquet Courts, Spector, Charli XCX, Lower Than Atlantis, Sick Of It All) being added to this year's identically-billed Reading and Leeds fests, as will each be headlined by the great Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem.

Also on the agenda today, passing updates to line-ups at festivals like this year's London-based Electric Daisy Carnival (Flux Pavilion, Jack Beats, Sub Focus and Nero); Finland's The Knife/MBV/Kraftwerk/Nick Cave-finessed Flow (Jacco Gardner, Ravi Coltrane); Essex fest Brownstock (Mark Ronson, The Fratellis); Scottish love-in Belladrum Tartan Heart (Seasick Steve, The Pigeon Detectives); the Secret Garden Party (Serafina Steer, Little Comets); and this year's Glastonbury, as has added an extra... oh I don't know, 'je ne sais quoi', to its gargantuan artist cache via new names Jake Bugg, Seth Lakeman, Bootleg Beatles and Gypsy Queens.

Once itemized, said updates look like this:

BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART, Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland, 2-3 Aug: Seasick Steve, The Pigeon Detectives, Julie Fowlis, Andy Burrows, Gentleman's Dub Club, Meursault, Washington Irving, PAWS, The LaFontaines, Tich, Nick Mulvey, MacFloyd, The Springsteen Sessions. www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

BROWNSTOCK, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: The Fratellis, Mark Ronson, The Pigeon Detectives, Benga & Youngman, Doorly. www.brownstock.co.uk

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL - LONDON, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 Jul: Flux Pavilion, Jack Beats, Mat Zo, Nero, Burns, Chris Lake, Chuckie, Deniz Koyu & Danny Avila, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dirty South, Feed Me, NERVO, Sub Focus, Tom Staar. www.electricdaisycarnival.co.uk

FARMFESTIVAL, Bruton, Somerset, 26-27 Jul: Crazy P. www.farmfestival.co.uk

FLOW FESTIVAL, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland, 7-11 Aug: Ravi Coltrane, Jacco Gardner, Timo Lassy Band, Serenity Ensemble. www.flowfestival.com

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26 Jun - 1 Jul: Jake Bugg, Seth Lakeman, Bootleg Beatles, Zac Brown Band, Gypsy Queens, Steve Forbert, The Riptide Movement, Rainy Boy Sleep, Lucy Ward, Joel Rafael, London Community Gospel Choir, Ricky Ross, Blues Boy Dan, Jack Savoretti, Matt Corby, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, Port Isla. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

HARD ROCK HELL, Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Wales, 28 Nov - 1 De: Michael Monroe, Snakecharmer, Vain, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Electric Mary, Voodoo Six, Pat McManus, Canadians Striker, Sweden's Screamer, Stubb, Spit Like This, Druganaut, States of Panic, Alunah, Fatal Smile, Cage the Gods, Skarlett Riot. www.hardrockhell.com

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Shikari Sound System, Funeral For A Friend, Alkaline Trio, Gallows, And So I Watch You From Afar, Crystal Fighters, British Sea Power, Frightened Rabbit, FIDLAR, Spector, Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis, AlunaGeorge, Chvrches, Lucy Rose, Pure Love, The Jim Jones Revue, Tim Burgess, Merchandise, Splashh, Parquet Courts, California X, Chapel Club, Kate Nash, Drenge, Skaters, Fenech-Soler, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion, Charli XCX, Friction, Redlight, Fred V, Grafix, Clean Bandit, Jagwar Ma, Is Tropical, Willy Moon, Bondax, Big Black Delta, Jacob Plant, Robert DeLong feat Majestic, Night Works, Crossfaith, Arcane Roots, Heavens Basement, The Living End, RX Bandits, Quicksand, Sick Of It All, The Bronx, King Prawn, The Computers, Cerebral Ballzy, Balthazar, Nico Vega, To Kill A King, Twenty | One | Pilots, The Family Rain, Mo, MS MR, Half Moon Run, Findlay, MMX, We Are The In Crowd, Bury Tomorrow, Kodaline, Tribes. www.leedsfestival.com

READING FESTIVAL, Richfield Avenue, Reading, 23-25 Aug: Shikari Sound System, Funeral For A Friend, Alkaline Trio, Gallows, And So I Watch You From Afar, Crystal Fighters, British Sea Power, Frightened Rabbit, FIDLAR, Spector, Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis, AlunaGeorge, Chvrches, Lucy Rose, Pure Love, The Jim Jones Revue, Tim Burgess, Merchandise, Splashh, Parquet Courts, California X, Chapel Club, Kate Nash, Drenge, Skaters, Fenech-Soler, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion, Charli XCX, Friction, Redlight, Fred V, Grafix, Clean Bandit, Jagwar Ma, Is Tropical, Willy Moon, Bondax, Big Black Delta, Jacob Plant, Robert DeLong feat Majestic, Night Works Crossfaith, Arcane Roots, Heavens Basement, The Living End, RX Bandits, Quicksand, Sick Of It All, The Bronx, King Prawn, The Computers, Cerebral Ballzy, Balthazar, Nico Vega, To Kill A King, Twenty | One | Pilots, The Family Rain, Mo, MS MR, Half Moon Run, Findlay, MMX, We Are The In Crowd, Bury Tomorrow, Kodaline, Tribes. www.readingfestival.com

SALUTING THE BLACK PRESIDENT FELA KUTI, 229, London, 17 May: Ginger Baker, Tony Allen, Shingai Shoniwa, Keziah Jones, Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra, TY, Blak Twang, Afrikan Boy, BREIS, Terri Walker, KOF, Bumi Thomas, Max Reinhardt & Rita Ray, DJ Koichi Sakai. www.229thevenue.com

SECRET GARDEN PARTY, Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, 25-28 Jul: Serafina Steer, Clean Bandit, Sykur, Cherub, Little Comets, The Staves, John Newman, Nina Nesbitt, Sam Smith, Ruen Brothers, Janet Devlin, Saint Raymond, House of Hats, Ben Smith Band, Shannon Wardrop, Krankbrother, Real Nice, Heavenly Jukebox, Kitch N Sync, Love Sick, Blonde Ambition, Samuel Potts, Amp+Deck, Jay Karim & Michael Palmer, Issac Ferry. www.secretgardenparty.com

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MYSPACE PARTNERS WITH GUCCI
Apparently MySpace is still going, something I know because Justin Timberlake's favourite social network has just announced a new deal with Gucci to promote the fashion brand's new Sync range of watches.

A press release for the partnership explains: "The Gucci Sync MySpace profile taps into the site's sleek new platform, focused on music and discovery by featuring a special MySpace-produced Gucci Sync video, which depicts real world connections based on music and the creativity. The profile will also feature a multimedia mix of dynamic artists".

So that's good to know. You can watch the video mentioned there, here.

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SPINMEDIA ACQUIRES VIBE
The ever acquisitive and recently renamed SpinMedia - formerly Buzzmedia - has acquired another classic American music magazine, the R&B and hip hop focused Vibe, originally founded two decades ago by Quincy Jones.

Buzzmedia previously acquired Spin magazine, of course, shutting down the publication's print edition before adopting its brand in its corporate entity. It's now expected that the print version of Vibe will be phased out, so that the title becomes an online only operation, likely with fewer staff.

Confirming the acquisition, SpinMedia boss Steve Hansen said Vibe had been "an industry leader in the urban and hip hop category for decades", adding: "It's really exciting to add this to SpinMedia's collection of music properties and bring more digital DNA to the team and see what they can do".

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SNOOP DISCUSSES CRITICISM BY BUNNY WAILER
Snoop Dogg, sorry Lion, or Dogg... one of the two, has commented on claims made by Bunny Wailer earlier this year that the rapper turned reggae star has engaged in "outright fraudulent use of the Rastafari Community's personalities and symbolism" to promote his new album, 'Reincarnation', adding that Snoop was promoting the idea that "smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is ... what defines the Rastafari indigenous culture".

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Snoop said that their falling out was "a miscommunication", noting that the last time he saw Wailer, as shown in his documentary about recording the album in Jamaica, "it was all love".

Wailer also claimed that Snoop had made and broken "contractual, moral and verbal commitments" to the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council, an organisation that represents various churches within the Rastfarian religion. Responding to this, Snoop said: "To me, a lot of these guys from back in the days have been done wrong, and they think younger artists owe them, because we've been paid and treated right. It's not my fault if you haven't been paid. I just met you".

Despite starting out by saying that "loving energy is the only way I can match his negative energy", he did admit that he'd removed Wailer's contributions from the album after hearing that the musician was speaking out against him - only leaving him in the film in order "to show his positivity against his negativity".

Snoop continued: "He's speaking and the album isn't out. That gave me fair warning to get this motherfucker off my shit. I have no insight what turned him. The people I visited at the Nyabinghi Temple aren't speaking negative on me. They're real Rastas. I went in there and filmed them, showed their whole get-down. Nobody did that before. If anyone, they should have complained - 'He exploited us!' Why aren't they saying that? To me, they have the most gripe to make. How did I exploit Bunny? I gave you a chance to be in my movie. My movie gonna be the shit with or without you. I'm gonna be the shit with or without you. I'm Snoop Dogg. Relevant right now".

Aha! So he is still called Snoop Dogg. That's that cleared up then.

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TRICKY 'EXPLAINS' GLASTO FAIL
Trip-hop star Tricky has no real idea who Beyonce is, so, naturally, when he was asked to join in when she played 'Naughty Girl' at 2011's Glastonbury festival, he was a bit baffled. Like, really baffled. Especially given the smoke, the dancers, a faulty microphone, and the fact the Jay-Z was staring at him. That'd baffle anyone, right?

(Finally) clarifying what the 'Halo' was going on when he guested during Bey's 2011 Glasto performance in a new Q&A with FACT, the Trickster said: "[Beyonce's] got a guy who does her choreogra-lalalala. What's it called? The dancing stuff. She was in England and she wanted somebody to do a feature. He mentioned me - I don't know if she knew who I was. I don't think so. She might have heard about me, but I don't know. He mentioned me so she said okay, and I had to do that because it's so perverse, to go on stage with Beyonce. I don't know much about her and I don't know her music and I really can't say I'm a fan. She's a nice girl. But I can honestly say I'm not a fan".

He went on: "I went on. The smoke, the dancers... and then my mic didn't work. When my mic didn't work, I just started watching everything. And she's so professional - when she saw my mic didn't work, she came over and started winding down on me. It was professional, but it was sexy. And I'm not that kind of guy, I'm a bit shy. So she's winding down on me, and I look at the front - and Jay-Z is right in front of me. It's just weird. I got a cousin, he's a Jamaican guy in London, and him and his friends were watching it. And he and his friends, they were talking to me, they said 'Go on Tricky! Wind it! Wind it!' But I couldn't do it. There's no way I can grab Beyonce around the waist and start doing that stuff".

Baffling.

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