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8 MAY 2013

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PLAYLIST: ANDREW WYATT
Andrew Wyatt, one third of Sweden's Miike Snow, released his debut solo album, entitled 'Descender', last month. Featuring guest artists like ex-Interpol bass player Brad Truax, ex-Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Anthony Rossomando, Tortoise drummer John Herndon and Prague's Philharmonic Orchestra, the LP shows a darker side to Wyatt than his work with his band. With the album out, we asked Wyatt to put together a playlist for us more>>
 
APPROVED: GARAGE SWIM
Given I've approved Bass Drum Of Death, King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees and Mikal Cronin in past months, doing the same to American telly station Adult Swim's new 'Garage Swim' compilation LP - which features all four acts and others - was kind of a 'no-brainer'. Doing what it says on the tin, 'Garage Swim' dips into the dark and slightly dirty depths of is genre fixe, starting with BDOD's battle-scarred 'Dregs', and closing to the dreamtime static of Weekend's 'Teal Kia' more>>


TOP STORIES
- "What was this doctor planning to do?" - Jacksons v AEG Update
- Cable MD responds to Network Rail
IN THE POP COURTS
- Bieber sued over Somebody To Love
- Ja Rule out of prison
OBITUARIES
- Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Polar Music Prize winners announced
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Naughty By Nature rapper "officially fired" via Twitter
IN THE STUDIO
- New Shellac LP almost done, says Steve Albini
- Blood Orange LP to feature Clams Casino, Kindness
RELEASE NEWS
- Editors detail new single, album
- Frightened Rabbit to release EP
- Azealia Banks teases Pharrell-featuring single
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Standon Calling, Heineken Open'er, T In The Park and more
THE GREAT ESCAPE
- Parallels between music and tech start ups to be considered at The Great Escape
BRANDS & STUFF
- Mountain Dew ends partnership with Lil Wayne
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Hilco in talks with former HMV landlords in Ireland
- Alan McGee to launch new label
- Universal acquires Criterion Music
- Sony Music announces alliance with TEN Music
- PRS appoints new public affairs man
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- We Love Pop announces Primark partnership
- Capital music man moves to new Global role
AND FINALLY...
- Union J want to mend 1D/Wanted relations
CHERRY RED RECORDS - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Cherry Red Records requires a full-time administrative assistant for immediate start in our West London office. Playing a key support role across several areas of the business the ideal candidate will be someone with a good working knowledge of, and interest in, catalogue music across several genres, self-motivated, with a keen attention to detail.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
SRD - NATIONAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER
Working closely with label managers and reporting to the Managing Director this is an ideal position for someone with experience of dealing with key online and physical accounts as well as taking the initiative in building relationships with new customers.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
LISTEN UP - ONLINE AND PRINT PRESS OFFICER
London-based music promotions company Listen Up is recruiting for an experienced online and print press officer to join the expanding company. The ideal candidate should have at least three years experience in a similar role with a thorough knowledge of online and print portals across music, culture and lifestyle.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
7DIGITAL - CONTENT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
We are looking for an experienced Content Operations Director to join our ever expanding team here at 7digital. The successful candidate will have experience working in and managing a digital supply chain function, preferably in music, for a digital retailer, label or content aggregator. You will be passionate about content and you must be able to work in a fast-paced and fast-growing environment.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DHP GROUP - HEAD OF FESTIVALS
We are looking for a dynamic individual who will be responsible for delivering music festivals for DHP. The Head Of Festivals will: develop the proposition for new outdoor events in different genres; source suitable locations; develop a model for ticket pricing and suitable artist budgets; work with the promoter team on programming; develop non-music areas of the festivals; take over the management of the existing 20,000 capacity event, Splendour; oversee the city based events, Dot To Dot, Hit The Deck and Gathering.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PARTISAN RECORDS - MARKETING MANAGER
Partisan Records, part of Knitting Factory Group, is looking for a dynamic and forward thinking Marketing Manager to join the recently established UK office. The successful candidate will have at least two years product management experience and will be experienced in implementing multiple artist campaigns across traditional and digital marketing platforms.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
DESK SPACE AVAILABLE IN HOXTON
We organise indoor and outdoor music & arts events and have two desks available for rent in our friendly and comfortable office. It's a great creative space located in Hoxton for anyone working in the creative industries (ie graphic designers, journalists, digital, marketing). Just five mins from Hoxton Station. The building is very secure and has 24 hour access. Rent is £250 a month plus VAT per desk which is inclusive of all bills and wi-fi.

For more information please contact info@festivalproduction.net

"WHAT WAS THIS DOCTOR PLANNING TO DO?" - JACKSONS V AEG UPDATE
It was back to red flags at the ongoing Jacksons v AEG Live court case yesterday, with a medical expert called by the Jackson family listing the reasons why AEG should have been concerned about the appointment of Conrad Murray as the personal medic of Michael Jackson as work on the 'This Is It' venture got under way in 2009.

Murray, of course, was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing Jackson's death through negligent treatment. In the current civil case, the Jacksons are trying to prove that AEG should be liable for Murray's actions as his employer, though the live giant and 'This Is It' promoter says they didn't recruit the doctor or manage him day to day.

But, said Dr Daniel Wohlgelernter in court yesterday, the live firm should never have agreed to pay Murray's bills without investigating the medic's background, and had they various red flags should have emerged.

Not least, Wohlgelernter said, the fact that Murray was primarily a cardiologist, and Jackson had no history of heart problems. Yet Murray gladly shut down his own cardiology practice to take on the Jackson job. Why, said the witness, according to the LA Times, would Murray "leave what he was doing for a patient who doesn't need his services?"

Other things that should have concerned AEG as Murray's paymasters, Wohlgelernter said, was the doctor's request for a CPR machine, written into his contract. This is technology usually used in surgery. "What is this doctor planning to do?" Wohlgelernter asked the court. "What are his treatment plans in taking care of Michael Jackson?"

And while AEG is keen to stress in this case that it had no role in appointing Murray, Wohlgelernter's testimony yesterday proposed that this in itself was negligent, especially given Jackson's known issues with prescription drugs. Why did no one at AEG question why Jackson was so keen to hire this expensive doctor with irrelevant specialisms?

Or in Wohlgelernter's words: "It's a red flag that Michael Jackson has a history of substance abuse and addiction [and] he specifically is requesting a given doctor who has no training in any of those areas. What is the nature of this relationship? Why do these two want each other?"

The medical expert - who was paid $4700 to provide his expertise in court - also questioned a line in Murray's contract which said that the doctor was to "perform the services reasonably requested by the producer". That gave the producer, ie AEG, an unusual power over the doctor that could lead to a conflict of interest as someone whose primary concern should be the welfare of his patient.

Murray's significant financial problems prior to his work on the 'This Is It' tour were already raised last week as a cause for concern, in that the doctor needed the highly paid job as Jackson's personal medic so much, that could have arguably clouded his judgement regards requests and instructions from either AEG management or Jackson himself, when he should have been primarily acting according to medical best practice.

AEG is sure to counter Wohlgelernter's testimonies by pointing out that Jackson's doctor-patient relationship with Murray stretched back as far back as 2006, so he wasn't being presented as a new medic out of the blue at the start of the 'This Is It' project. Murray's past experience treating Jackson was sufficient to overcome any other possible concerns, the company might add.

The case continues.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Jackson news, new allegations of child abuse have emerged against the singer, echoing those that haunted the star while he was alive. According to TMZ, choreographer Wade Robson has filed a claim against the Jackson estate related to allegations the singer molested him as a child.

Robson first met Jackson aged five and spent time at the singer's homes, including the Neverland ranch, until his early teens. The specific claims in the new lawsuit, which are unknown because the legal papers have been sealed, will presumably conflict with a testimony the dance man gave during the 2005 court case in which Jackson successfully defeated other allegations of abusing a child. In that case a former housekeeper of Jackson's claimed she had seen the singer showering with Robson when he was eight or nine years old, but Robson himself insisted nothing untoward ever occurred.

Responding to the new legal claim, the lawyer of the Michael Jackson Estate, Howard Weitzman, told TMZ: "Mr Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic. This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is".

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CABLE MD RESPONDS TO NATIONAL RAIL
The Managing Director of the Cable nightclub in London has responded to a statement issued by Network Rail. As previously reported, bailiffs acting on behalf of the railway operator repossessed the space under London Bridge Station which the club occupied last week, having gained an entry order through the courts.

On Friday a spokesperson for Network Rail told CMU: "This club occupies one of our arches under London Bridge station that will form part of the rebuilding and modernisation of this critical station that serves some 180,000 passengers a day, and forms the central hub of the £6 billion Thameslink upgrade programme. Our plans for the station have long been in the public domain and we gave our tenant two years notice of the need to take back possession to enable us to start our work on this essential project".

However, Cable MD Ryan Ashmore disputes this, telling CMU yesterday: "Network Rail claim in their statement that the plans have long been in the public domain, yet the plans approved on the Southwark Council planning website actually show a different scheme for the [proposed new] stairs that would not affect the club. Network Rail first notified us two years ago of their about turn concerning their sudden need for the space, long after Cable had opened".

He continued: "Cable have repeatedly questioned Network Rail about the reasons and justification for needing to destroy the club and the surprise change of plans that appeared out of the blue. The shock new plans could easily have been changed once Network Rail became aware they would be destroying Cable".

Finally, he said: "Network Rail had other options and alternatives but decided to go with the only option that destroyed Cable. In fact, sadly, our attempts to reach resolution with Network Rail have been ignored".

As previously reported, Cable founder Euan Johnston last week issued a statement saying that it was Network Rail which originally broached the idea of him launching a new club under London Bridge Station, adding that he was assured at the time that the space would not be affected by redevelopment plans for the station. As a result, he says, he invested millions of pounds in setting up the new venue assuming it had a long future ahead of it.

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BIEBER SUED OVER SOMEBODY TO LOVE
The Bieber boy has gone and got himself a brand new copyright infringement lawsuit, which might make up for the lost monkey. Singer Devin Copeland and songwriter Mareio Overton are claiming that Bieber's 2010 track 'Somebody To Love' was basically theirs.

According to the claimants, they presented their song 'Somebody To Love' to Justin Bieber's mentor Usher in 2009. They say there was talk of him recording the track, and of Copeland maybe even touring with the R&B star, but then everything went quiet. And then Bieber rocked up on the radio singing a version of their song.

The track certainly began with Usher, who had initially planned to record it for his sixth album 'Raymond v Raymond' before suggesting his then protégé Bieber take it on instead. The released song is credited to production outfit The Stereotypes, songwriter Heather Bright and Bieber himself, who might regret taking the customary popstar namecheck in the songwriting credits if it turns out this lawsuit has any credence.

Copeland and Overton claim that Bieber's track has the same title, time signature and underlying beat pattern plus similar chords and lyrics to the song they shared with Usher's people in 2009. Their lawsuit adds: "There is essentially a zero probability for the number of points of congruence between the two versions of 'Somebody To Love'".

None of the nineteen parties listed as defendants on the lawsuit have as yet responded.

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JA RULE OUT OF PRISON
I think it's the rule in the American criminal justice system that as one hip hop star goes into jail, another is let free.

Which is possibly why, as Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in the slammer on Monday, Mr Ja Rule was let out of jail yesterday after serving a couple of years time in relation to weapons charges and his own round of unpaid tax bills.

The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, served sentences for his gun and tax crimes concurrently. Although out of jail, he will reportedly be confined to his home until 28 Jul.

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SLAYER GUITARIST JEFF HANNEMAN 1964-2013
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure on 2 May, the band announced via their Facebook page last week. He was 49.

Born in California in January 1964, Jeff Hanneman formed Slayer in 1981, when he met fellow guitarist Kerry King. King recruited drummer Dave Lombardo, who he had also recently met, and bassist and vocalist Tom Araya, with whom he had previously played in another band. Despite a number of years without Lombardo throughout their career (the most recent split due to a pay dispute earlier this year), the line-up otherwise remained constant throughout their career until Hanneman's illness forced him to bow out of live performances.

The band signed to Metal Blade and released their debut album, 'Show No Mercy', in 1983, gaining popularity within the metal scene very quickly. Though it was with their third album, 'Reign In Blood', released through Def Jam and produced by Rick Rubin, that they really cemented their position, becoming known as one of the 'Big Four' thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.

Having grown up in a military household, his father serving in the Second World War and his two brothers in Vietnam, Hanneman had a keen interest in war, which often came out in his lyrics for Slayer. This interest sometimes proved controversial, particularly on 'Reign In Blood' opening track 'Angel Of Death', with lyrics based on accounts of surgical experiments conducted by Nazi physician Josef Mengele on prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp. This and Hanneman's collection of Nazi medals and other memorabilia often led to accusations of right wing leanings, though Hanneman and the band always denied this.

Controversy aside, Slayer became and have remained one of the most successful US metal bands of the last 30 years. However, since 2011 Hanneman's involvement with the band had been reduced, after he contracted necrotising fasciitis. The flesh eating disease was thought to have been the result of a spider bite and forced Hanneman to pull out of the band's early 2011 'Big Four Live' tour dates.

He did join the band to perform two songs later that year, but never toured with them again. More recently the band had indicated that Hanneman's health was improving, but his condition subsequently took a turn for the worse. He died of liver failure at the Hemet Valley Medical Center in California.

Hannemann is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry.

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POLAR MUSIC PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Royal Swedish Academy Of Music has announced the winners of this year's Polar Music Prize, a lifetime achievement type award for musicians of any kind which is presented each August in Stockholm by the King Of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. And the winners this time round are Youssou N'Dour and Kaija Saariaho.

Of the winners, the Academy says of Senegalese performer and songwriter N'Dour: "With his exceptionally exuberant band Super Étoile de Dakar and his musically ground breaking and political solo albums, Youssou N'Dour has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions. His voice encompasses an entire continent's history and future, blood and love, dreams and power".

While of Finnish composer Saariaho, the Academy noted: "Kaija Saariaho combines acoustic instruments with electronics and computers. She has written chamber music, orchestral works and operas. Kaija Saariaho is a modern maestro who opens up our ears and causes their anvils and stirrups to fall in love".

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NAUGHTY BY NATURE RAPPER "OFFICIALLY FIRED" VIA TWITTER
It appears that hip hop sorts Naughty By Nature are now a man short, the one-time trio's Vin Rock having been "officially fired" by NBN rapper Treach via Twitter.

"Vinnie from NAUGHTY BY NATURE is Officially FIRED!! Anything he does besides shows til Sept is Frugazy!! Fuck him & the Ground he Walks!!", typed Treach earlier this week, adding: "Anybody that fucks with that Bitch ass Nigga Don't Fuck with Me!!". Nice.

Whether Vin Rock's apparent firing will have any bearing on a show NBN are meant to be playing on 18 May at Durham Plaza, North Carolina, remains to be seen.

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NEW SHELLAC LP ALMOST DONE, SAYS STEVE ALBINI
Steve Albini has said that his band, Shellac (Of North America), are "just about finished" with a new LP they've been making in "dribs and drabs" over the past seven years or so, aka since 2007's 'Excellent Italian Greyhound'.

He adds that it's still sans a name, release date and/or artwork and will be "done when it's done". Which, technically, might be never.

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BLOOD ORANGE LP TO FEATURE CLAMS CASINO, KINDNESS
Thrice CMU Approved via doings with Sky Ferreira, Solange and Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Dev Hynes has shared notes on his new solo LP as Blood Orange, the follow-on to 2011's 'Coastal Grooves'.

Apparently quite rich in collaborations, it'll feature, says Hynes to MTV Hive, "lots of vocalists and a lot of musicians", not least Clams Casino and Kindness's Adam Bainbridge. It'll be released later this year.

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EDITORS DETAIL NEW SINGLE, ALBUM
Man, love is heavy, or so intimate Brit band Editors via their new single 'A Ton Of Love'.

It's the first track to be taken from 'The Weight Of Your Love' - Tom Smith et al's first LP since 2009's 'In This Light And On This Morning' - a mostly live-taped compilation that's set to be released on 1 Jul.

Hear 'A Ton Of Love' in the meantime.

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT TO RELEASE EP
Warner/Atlantic-signed quintet Frightened Rabbit have detailed a new EP based on (and named after) 'Late March, Death March', as features on their 2013 LP 'Pedestrian Verse'. In addition to original and 'alternate' versions of the title single, the five-track EP carries a B-side in 'The Architect' - a collaboration with the Manchester Orchestra - and live recordings of 'Decembers Traditions' and 'The Oil Slick'.

The band's Scott Hutchinson says: "This song takes a fairly commonplace, mundane event (an argument on the way home from a night of drinking) and adds a fair bit of melodrama, mimicking the gasoline effect of pouring drink on an argument, I suppose. I've always loved elevating 'the everyday' into something larger and louder than it actually is. These small things can seem so serious and earth shattering at the time, then you wake up and you can see how daft you both were".

If you like, you can play 'Late March, Death March' and 'The Architect' in advance of the EP's official 4 Jun release date.

Frightened Rabbit will headline London's Brixton Academy on 8 Nov.

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AZEALIA BANKS TEASES PHARRELL-FEATURING SINGLE
That Azealia Banks has been 'teasing' the new single from her so-many-times-postponed-it's-barely-worth-releasing LP 'Broke With Expensive Taste'.

Apparently the track is titled 'ATM JAM' - whatever that means - and will feature hip hop's fave hired hand, Pharrell Williams.

So, that's a thing.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: STANDON CALLING, HEINEKEN OPEN'ER, T IN THE PARK AND MORE
First to set today's FLUU-fire alight is Standon Calling, which has speed-dialled Simian Mobile Disco, Gilles Peterson, Nina Kravis and DJ Format to ask if they'd like to join its Digitalism/De La Soul/Band of Skulls-headlined listings. They all said yes, by the way.

Poland's beer-backed Heineken Open'er has been equally as proactive in adding to its line-up, signing on a pair of 'Crystal' bands (that's Castles and Fighters) and Matisyahu, all of whom align with (or slightly underneath) star Open'er attractions like Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Nick Cave, QOTSA, Kenrick Lamar and Tame Impala. Hurrah!

And now it's time to cast a glance over a list of the above plus additional FLUUs via T In The Park, Tramlines, and Sevenoaks' charitable Lawnfest:

HEINEKEN OPEN'ER, Gdynia, Poland, 3-6 Jul: Crystal Castles, Crystal Fighters, Matisyahu, Steve Reich. opener.pl/en

LAWNFEST, New West Heath School, Sevenoaks, 6 Jul: Billy Ocean, Sing Tank, Sam Gray, Lulu James, Fire Hazard, Sean Rowley. www.lawnfest.co.uk

STANDON CALLING, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug: Simian Mobile Disco, Nina Kraviz, Gilles Peterson, DJ Format, Benin City, Roy Davis Jr, Greg Wilson, Ross Allen, Tuesday Born, Two Inch Punch, Mele, Sophie, Debian Blak, Shox, Pusherman, Natty Bo, Count Sizzle, Count Skylarkin, Leo Beckford, Cleen Boys. www.standon-calling.com

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Earth, Wind & Fire. www.tinthepark.com

TRAMLINES, various venues, Sheffield, 19-21 Jul: Shangaan Electro, Fenech-Soler, Ty, Amplifier, Anathema, Bondax, Bromheads, Brolin, Citizen, iLIKETRAiNS, John J Presley, Kasra, Luke Abbott, Masters In France, Maybeshewill, Melanie Pain, Nadine Shah, Stay Positive, Sweet Baboo, The Pineapple Thief, Witch Hunt, Broken Hands. 2013.tramlines.org.uk

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PARALLELS BETWEEN MUSIC AND TECH START UPS TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE GREAT ESCAPE
Soundcloud's David Adams has told CMU more about the panel that he will be leading at this year's Great Escape, which kicks off on 16 May in Brighton.

Adams' panel 'The Artist And The Start Up' takes place at midday on Friday 17 May at Dukes@Komedia 2. Says Adams: "I'm interested in looking at what connects new companies in the music business with technology start-ups, in particular highlighting similarities in their creative origins, the buzzwords they use, and the way they grow to be established businesses".

"The aim," he adds, "is to draw on anecdotes, opinions and lessons learned from key players in both areas to demonstrate what's relevant to any entrepreneurial mind, whether in music or tech. Hopefully by taking a step back and looking at larger trends, we can better understand the parallels between these two sectors, what each can learn from the other, and what transferable skills people working in both areas have to offer".

Adams will be joined by BandApp's Adam Perry, 33seconds' Dominic Cook, Communion's Jamie Emsell and The Orchard's Scott Cohen for the session. A small number of delegate passes are still available for this year's TGE convention here.

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MOUNTAIN DEW ENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH LIL WAYNE
As well as Tyler, The Creator, Pepsi-owned soft drink Mountain Dew has fallen out with another rapper, this time Lil Wayne. While a series of adverts created for the brand by Tyler were deemed too controversial (following complaints that the third in the series promoted violence towards women and enforced racial stereotypes), it was lyrics in a track not even directly linked to his partnership with the drink that led the company to ditch Wayne.

Pressure to drop Lil Wayne came from the family of Emmett Till, a civil rights icon who was tortured and murdered in 1955 for allegedly wolf whistling at a white woman. In a remix of Future's 'Karate Chop', Wayne appears on the third verse and raps that he "beat that pussy up like Emmett Till". He actually means he's quite aggressive in bed, though that only annoyed the Till family further, who communicated their annoyance in an open letter published earlier this year.

Sony/Epic later said that the track was an unauthorised version and that the offending line would not appear in the retail version. Last week, Wayne also published a letter to the Till family apologising for causing offence, and adding that on top of the offending lyrics not being officially released: "I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue".

Coming three months after the matter was originally raised, Wayne's letter seemed to have little effect, with Pepsi announcing on Friday that the partnership between Wayne and Mountain Dew had ended, saying in a statement: "We do not plan any additional work with Lil Wayne moving forward. His offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand".

Though Wayne's publicist said that it had been "an amicable split" prompted by "creative differences".

This comes less than a month after Reebok announced that it was ending a partnership with Rick Ross, after campaigners pressured the company over a lyric which seemingly condoned rape that he contributed to Rocko's 'UOENO', in which he says: "Put molly [MDMA] all up in her champagne, she ain't even know it, I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it".

Ross denied that the lyric condoned rape - mainly on the grounds that he'd not actually said the word "rape" - though he later told Hot 97 that he would not perform that line in future.

Meanwhile, back to Tyler, The Creator, and in an interview with Billboard last week he also denied any malicious intent in his adverts for Mountain Dew, which saw a goat attacking a waitress in a restaurant, escaping the from the police and intimidating the waitress as she attempted to identify him on a police line-up. He argued: "It's just a goat. I just think a goat is funny. It's no deeper meaning. They said, 'Tyler, you can come up with any commercial that you want'. I said, 'You wanna know what's funny to me and my friends? An animal talking'. Why? Cause animals don't talk in real life, so let's make an animal talk. What's a funny animal? A fucking goat".

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HILCO IN TALKS WITH FORMER HMV LANDLORDS IN IRELAND
Hilco is hoping to relaunch a small HMV chain back in Ireland with six possible stores, according to the Irish Times, which quotes estate agents Colliers International as confirming the restructuring firm is in talks with landlords at six former HMV sites.

As previously reported, when HMV UK went into administration in January, the firm's Irish chain shut down more or less immediately, and it was then confirmed in February that, while talks were ongoing to rescue the British business, the company would cease trading in Ireland.

But ever since it was announced Hilco had bought HMV UK and would take the firm, albeit in a streamlined form, out of administration, there have been rumours some of the Irish business might also be saved.

It seems getting the right deal from landlords will still be key regards whether Hilco's Irish ambitions go ahead, though if they do stores could reopen in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork.

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ALAN MCGEE TO LAUNCH NEW LABEL
The former boss of the Creation and Poptones record labels Alan McGee has announced that he is going to have another go. McGee will launch a new label, called 359 Music, in partnership with Cherry Red Records.

In a statement, McGee said: "Recently I found myself reinvigorated by new music again, after being five years away from music living in rural Wales, and from which there has been much talk about how I will return to music. As recently talked about in the press, my original plan was to do a deal with major label backing in Japan. But when it came down to it, I realised that I didn't want to come back to music through a major music label - that's not what I want to be part of. That's when I had a chat with Iain McNay from Cherry Red and we quite quickly put our heads together and developed between us a much better deal for 359 Music which will be a joint venture with Cherry Red".

He added: "My vision for 359 Music is a launch pad for new talent and some ignored older talent. We intend to release on average a dozen new bands per year every year - maybe more if I find a lot of new talent I like. Hopefully some of the artists will stick around and make numerous albums with 359 but some will go on to other things and that is just nature of the musical beast".

McGee first announced possible plans to return to the record label domain last year, initially suggesting that he might relaunch Creation. A month later he'd ditched that idea, but confirmed that a new label was in the works.

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UNIVERSAL ACQUIRES CRITERION MUSIC
Still in an acquisitive mood despite its record company swelling in size last year through the big EMI deal, the Universal Music Group has announced another purchase, this time on the publishing side of the operation.

The mega-major has acquired Criterion Music, a US-based publisher with catalogues of pop, country, jazz and Hawaiian music that, interestingly, began life in the 1940s as the publishing wing of Capitol, which of course subsequently became the main US division of EMI, before being absorbed by Universal last year. Criterion founder Mickey Goldsen took the publishing business into independent ownership in 1950.

Confirming the deal, Universal Music Publishing boss Zach Horowitz said: "Over seven decades, the Goldsen family has built one of the finest collections of songs in contemporary music publishing. We are privileged that they have entrusted their legacy to UMPG. We are delighted that Bo Goldsen will continue to run Criterion as its President and work with us to write the next chapter in the company's history".

Bo Goldsen added: "I am excited to take Criterion into the future, under the wing of UMPG, and the great enthusiasm for the catalogue shown to me by Zach Horowitz, Lance Freed, and Evan Lamberg".

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SONY MUSIC ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH TEN MUSIC
Sony Music has announced a new alliance with Swedish music company TEN Music Group, which has label, publishing, studio and management sides to its business, and works with artists like Icona Pop and Niki & The Dove.

Through the partnership, Sony will provide TEN with office facilities in London, LA and New York, and will have the option to handle international releases of artists signed to the Swedish firm.

Confirming the new deal, Sony Music top man Doug Morris told reporters: "The team at TEN Music understands artist development and they have proven they know how to successfully identify talent with global appeal. We are delighted to welcome TEN to the Sony Music family as we further grow our creative business around the world".

Meanwhile TEN CEO Ola Hakansson added: "We are delighted to be a part of the Sony Music family and to have the opportunity to establish the first ever Swedish record company in US".

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PRS APPOINTS NEW PUBLIC AFFAIRS MAN
Because the music business can never have enough lobbyists, the publishing sector's collecting society PRS has announced the appointment of a new Public Affairs Manager in the form of John Mottram, formerly of the government's Department of Culture, Media & Sport.

Confirming the appointment, PRS boss man Robert Ashcroft told CMU: "John has long experience and expertise in government and policymaking and will be bringing to the role valuable insight and lobbying capability which is crucial right now. His understanding of the regulatory environment and the businesses that PRS For Music license is an immense asset. We are delighted to welcome John to the PRS For Music team".

Meanwhile Mottram himself added: "PRS For Music is a leading and influential voice for the creative industries both in the UK and around the world. I look forward to using my experience of political and regulatory environments in the communications markets to secure a strong and sustainable copyright framework which supports growth and innovation for our members".

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WE LOVE POP ANNOUNCES PRIMARK PARTNERSHIP
Good news for fans of pop music and dirt cheap clothing, some of it made in fatally dangerous conditions (the clothes, not the pop music).

We Love Pop magazine has announced an alliance with Primark which will not only see the pop mag sold in the budget clothing stores, but also offer customers t-shirts featuring images of Jessie J, Justin Bieber, The Wanted, The Saturdays and/or Little Mix, all of which will come with the added extra of access to an online 'design your magazine cover' widget.

Says We Love Pop Publisher Siobhan Galvin: "Many of the artists in our magazine appeal to Primark's demographic so they are a perfect partner for the brand and magazine. We're excited to be the first magazine to be sold in Primark and look forward to this being the start of a long-standing relationship".

The partnership has been spearheaded via Universal's Globe division and also involves the mega-major's Bravado merchandising company.

Commenting from their side, Universal's MD of Creative & Commercial Partnerships Marc Robinson told CMU: "We strongly believe in the We Love Pop brand here at Universal Music and this partnership with Primark and Bravado is a great phase in its development. We Love Pop is an exciting world that we will be building on in the next few months with further initiatives and partnerships with the aim of exciting the consumer and engaging our artists".

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CAPITAL MUSIC MAN MOVES TO NEW GLOBAL ROLE
Capital FM's long-serving Head Of Music Mark Findlay is moving to a new group-wide role with the station's owners Global Radio, with the title of Group Head Of Live Music. In his new post he will still have a role in playlisting at the radio giant, but also book artists for all of the company's live events.

Findlay's move comes as Robert D'Ovidio is appointed Managing Editor of Capital FM in London, a role he has been fulfilling in an acting capacity since his predecessor James Brownlow left in December. Mike Parker, currently Network Producer for Capital, will become Deputy Managing Editor.

Says Global's Director Of Broadcasting Richard Park: "Robert D'Ovidio and Mike Parker have been integral to Capital FM's success, both in London and across the network. We are delighted to promote them to these new key roles and know that their enthusiasm, vision and wealth of experience will help drive the station to the next level. Mark Findlay's move to a group role allows him to build on his existing role group wide within an exciting central content team at Global Group programming".

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UNION J WANT TO MEND 1D/WANTED RELATIONS
Don't worry people, no need anymore to lose sleep over the only slightly made up One Direction/The Wanted feud, because Union J, the only slightly made up 'X-Factor' boy band, are going to sort it out.

Asked about who they might like to collaborate with by Star magazine, the group's Jaymi Hensley said: "We're hoping we could bring One Direction and The Wanted together and get them to make friends again. We'll stand in the middle so they don't have a scrap. We've [just] lost JLS... us boybands have to stick together. We need love and lots of hugs - not fighting".

Yeah, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, Louis, Max, Siva, Jay, Tom and Nathan, it's all about the love and hugs remember. And the money. All that money.

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