9 MAY 2013

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Dylan Richards, who has previously released music under the names of King Cannibal and Zilla for labels including Ninja Tune and Warp, last year announced a new project called House Of Black Lanterns. With his debut album under the new name, 'Kill The Lights' out this week through Fabric/Houndstooth, CMU's Andy Malt caught up with Dylan to find out more about the House Of Black Lanterns more>>
Radwimps frontman Yojiro Noda released his debut solo album, 'Ubu', earlier this year, under the name illion. Splitting his vocals between English and Japanese, the record spans a vast range of styles from twitchy math-rock to cinematic piano ballads. His sound has been compared to Radiohead, and the influence seems clear on a number of the album's tracks, but despite this, Noda stamps his own mark all over the album more>>

- US Attorney General defends MegaUpload assault
- Steve Martland dies
- "I kept saying that Michael is dying": Jacksons v AEG Live Update
- As I Lay Dying frontman arrested for trying to hire hitman to kill wife
- Kerrang! Awards nominations announced
- Uni Music League final tonight
- These New Puritans talk new LP, share track
- Pharrell, Solange, Gaga and Billie Joe all on the new Lonely Island LP
- Fire Records to reissue Spacemen 3 LPs
- RBMA makes DFA anniversary film
- Festival line-up update: Eden Sessions, The xx's Day + Night, Live From Jodrell Bank and more
- Merlin chief interview to kick off The Great Escape next Thursday
- Line-up confirmed for video-themed Great Escape conversation
- Jess Hamilton joins Imagem
- Hal Leonard appoints Mark Mumford as Europe MD
- Rhapsody gives more credit, welcomes Taylor Swift
- Little Mix want reality show
- Kid Rock wants a bartender
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US Attorney General Eric Holder has hit back at claims by MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz that the American government moved to shut down the controversial file-transfer platform in early 2012 to placate the Hollywood elite, some of whom are important donors to the Democrat Party.

As previously reported, the US accuses Dotcom and his fellow Mega chiefs of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement, and is trying to extradite them to face the charges in an American court. The charges were first made after the US authorities swooped on Mega's America-base server facilities in January last year, taking the service offline.

Dotcom has denied the charges he faces from the start, arguing that his company worked within US copyright law by operating a takedown system as described in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The music and movie industries would probably beg to differ. Meanwhile, Team Dotcom are also fighting the US government's extradition attempts on various technicalities, while honing in on some procedural errors made by the authorities in New Zealand.

This week, Dotcom has reasserted his claim that his old business was legitimate, and that the US government acted on baseless allegations against MegaUpload just to appease its mates in Hollywood, in a new paper published to coincide with a visit by Holder to New Zealand. Dotcom has also accused certain New Zealand politicians of sucking up to the Americans too much, as authorities there assist in the US investigations.

But in an interview with Radio New Zealand, Holder denied the Hollywood donor allegations, insisting that the American government's case against MegaUpload "was brought on the basis of the facts, on the basis of the law, and it's consistent with the enforcement priorities that this administration has had".

According to Agence France-Presse, Holder went on insist that it was totally legitimate for the US to try to extradite the former MegaUpload chiefs now living in New Zealand, adding: "We have an existing treaty between the United States and New Zealand that's been used many times over the years. I don't see why any individual would not be subject to that treaty".

Dotcom, of course, has to fit in his America dissing and efforts to fight extradition around running the MegaUpload successor Mega.

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Composer Steve Martland has died aged 53, his publisher Schott Music has announced.

Although usually included within the classical genre, Martland often collaborated with artists from outside conventional classical institutions, resulting in distinctive work. He was one of the composers signed to the short-lived classical imprint of Tony Wilson's Factory Records, and collaborated with Spiritualized at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe.

Confirming his passing, a statement from Schott Music read: "We are very sad to announce that Steve Martland, one of the outstanding voices in British music since the mid-80s, died in his sleep on the night of 6 May. Steve was a unique figure, an independent, questioning spirit who inspired a generation of younger musicians - composers, players, promoters".

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The director and associate producer of the ill-fated 'This Is It' show feared for Michael Jackson's life just days before he died, the latter, Alif Sankey, told the LA court hearing the Jacksons v AEG Live case yesterday.

Sankey recalled how the late king of pop appeared "extremely thin" and "was not speaking normally" when he attended a consume fitting on 19 Jun 2009, less than a week before he died. The producer said that the meeting with the singer left both her and show director Kenny Ortega in tears, such was their worry for his health.

According to CNN, Sankey told the court how, after the fitting, she stopped her car half way home to call Ortega "because I had a very strong feeling that Michael was dying. I was screaming into the phone at that point. I kept saying that 'Michael is dying, he's dying, he's leaving us, he needs to be put in a hospital', please do something. Please, please".

Ortega did do something, sending a series of emails raising concerns about Jackson's health the next morning. It resulted in a meeting at the singer's rented home attended by Ortega, AEG Live President Randy Phillips, Dr Conrad Murray and Jackson himself. The meeting seemingly left Team AEG satisfied that all was fine, despite Sankey's pleas to put the singer in hospital.

After the meeting, Phillips sent an email in which he said he'd had assurances regards Jackson's health from Murray, the doctor subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his negligent treatment of the singer. The AEG chief then said of the doctor: "I am gaining immense respect for [him] as I get to deal with him more. This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig, so he [is] totally unbiased and ethical".

As much previously reported, the Jackson family reckon AEG should be held liable for their most famous son's death as the employers of Murray. Their lawyers argue that, despite Phillips' claims in that email, AEG did not check out Murray's credentials before agreeing to his appointment as Jackson's personal medic. Had they done so, they would have discovered the doc's woeful financial situation. Murray really did "need this gig", as did Jackson, meaning both had reasons to cover up the singer's health issues.

Sankey saw Jackson again the day before his death at a 'This Is It' rehearsal. "He didn't look good", she said. He'd wrapped a blanket around himself, so "I asked him if he was cold, and he said 'Yes'". Recalling how, the next day, she'd been with Ortega when Phillips phoned with the news of Jackson's death, she revealed, "Kenny collapsed in our arms".

Having first met Jackson when working as a dancer in 1987, Sankey's testimony also included a tribute to the singer, saying: "Michael's imagination was endless. He would visualise it, and it happened. It was amazing. We got to see Michael's imagination come to life". Working with Jackson was "magical", she added.

The case continues.

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The frontman of US metalcore band As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.

In a statement, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said that Lambesis was arrested in a retail park on Tuesday afternoon and charged with 'solicitation of another to commit murder'. The person he allegedly attempted to hire, it turns out, was an undercover detective.

San Diego police spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told Reuters: "The information [about Lambesis' intentions] came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy".

According to reports, Lambesis's wife Meggan filed for divorce in September. The couple have three adopted children.

Currently in police custody, Lambesis is due to appear in court later today.

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Hey, I know what you're wondering: What do rock music fans like? Who do they think is good at music? What musical events do they attend and most enjoy? What do they watch on TV? What videogames do they play? What films do they like? Who do they find funny? Who do they think provides the most engaging and entertaining updates on the social media service Twitter? And who, in 2013, do they deem worthy of a prize purely on the basis of their physical attributes?

Well wonder no more, tonight you can sleep soundly because Kerrang! has the answer. Nominations for the magazine's annual awards ceremony are out now, ahead of the big show, which this year will take place at the new home of all music award ceremonies, The Troxy in East London, on 13 Jun. The event will be hosted by first time overseer Mark Hoppus (himself up for an award), and Kerrang! Awards-presenting veteran Scott Ian.

Leading the pack nominations wise are Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil, all of whom have four nominations for variously being British, international, attractive, impressive within a visual medium, impressive in non-recorded situations, and good at songs acting as promotional markers for album releases. You can see which matches up with which in the list below, I'm not going to walk you through this like a child. You're better than that and the sooner you realise it the better.

Now, here's Kerrang! Editor James McMahon with a humorous quote that makes me feel a little bit bad for being slightly dismissive of this whole thing: "Once again the Relentless Kerrang! Awards returns to celebrate all that is great and good in rock music. I can say for a fact that all other awards ceremonies are crap compared to ours. I know this because I've been to loads of them, and ours is the only one where I've ever ended up on a rooftop talking to Jack Black about what pigeon tastes like at 3am".

Oh, why do people let Relentless sponsor things? Putting the world 'relentless' in front of anything makes it sound like an ordeal. But whatever, this isn't about brands, it's about fans, as McMahon attests in his continued (still quite humorous, the bastard) quote: "The secret is that we only do this for the fans. Yeah, I know that makes me sound like Bob Geldof or something. But it's true. We only do this to celebrate the music the readers love, and to create new stories and a bit of magic that makes the music world that little bit more exciting than it would be if we didn't get a whole load of stars in a room and say, 'Let's rock!'"

If (and only if) you are a reader of Kerrang!, you may vote for the overall winners here. Below are the nominations in full. Memorise them, there will be a test later:

Best British Newcomer: Mallory Knox, Fearless Vampire Killers, Marmozets, Lower Than Atlantis, Heaven's Basement

Best International Newcomer: Sleeping With Sirens, Set It Off, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Tonight Alive

Best Single: Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix, Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up), Paramore - Now, Bring Me The Horizon - Shadow Moses, Pierce The Veil - King For A Day (feat Kellin Quinn)

Best Album: Biffy Clyro - Opposites, All Time Low - Don't Panic, Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal, Don Broco - Priorities, Black Veil Brides - Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones

Best Live Band: Black Veil Brides, Of Mice & Men, Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine, The Blackout

Best Video: Paramore - Now, Pierce The Veil - King For A Day (feat Kellin Quinn), Bring Me The Horizon - Shadow Moses, 30 Seconds To Mars - Up In The Air, Cancer Bats - Bricks & Mortar

Best International Band: Green Day, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Pierce The Veil

Best British Band: Young Guns, Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, You Me At Six, Enter Shikari

Best TV Show: The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Game Of Thrones

Best Video Game: BioShock Infinite, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, Halo 4, Minecraft

Best Film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Django Unchained, The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers Assemble, Sinister

Best Comedian: Russell Howard, Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee, Louis CK, Chris Ramsey

Tweeter Of The Year: Jack Barakat (All Time Low), Jono Yates (Blitz Kids), Laurence Beveridge (Fearless Vampire Killers), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)

Hottest Female: Hayley Williams (Paramore), Jack Barakat (All Time Low), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Tay Jardine (We Are The In Crowd), Jenna McDougall (Tonight Alive)

Hottest Male: Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens), Jack Barakat (All Time Low)

Best Festival: Download, Vans Warped Tour UK, Slam Dunk Festival, Reading and Leeds, Hit The Deck

Best Event: You Me At Six: The Final Night Of Sin, The Kerrang! Tour 2013, Green Day's 'secret' show at Reading, Dave Grohl's Sound City Players at The Forum, Fall Out Boy at Camden Underworld

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The final of the previously reported student bands competition Uni Music League takes place at the Islington Academy tonight with the final four contenders competing for the overall prize.

From the 32 acts that made it through to the original heats, the four bands due to appear at the final include Rubin & The Groovy Tuesdays (from University College London), T*U*A (from Portsmouth University), Alaskan Faction (from Nottingham University) and James & The Rabbit Hole (from Imperial College).

More info here.

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Having taunted fans with a 'making of' trailer for their new LP, 'Field Of Reeds', late last month, These New Puritans have now added to that a tracklisting, a 10 Jun release date, and a new track titled 'Fragment Two'.

Gabbing with The Quietus, the band's Jack Burnett - who wrote the LP's brass, orchestral and choral score - has named conductor Andre De Ridder, composer Michel Van Der Aa and jazz artist Elisa Rodrigues as collaborators, adding of 'Field Of Reeds' at large: "I tried to make all the lyrics and songs mean something, something very specific; I don't like it when you're allowed to be singing about nothing in particular - I was inspired by people like Stephen Sondheim, Oscar Hammerstein, Kurt Weill".


This Guy's In Love With You
Fragment Two
The Light In Your Name
V (Island Song)
Organ Eternal
Nothing Else
Field Of Reeds

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As on past LPs, frat-rap pastichists The Lonely Island have packed a meat market of A-list participants into their wack new album, 'The Wack Album'. The sequel to 2011's 'Turtleneck & Chain' and 2009's incredibadly-titled 'Incredibad', it'll feature Billie Joe Armstrong, Pharrell Williams, T-Pain and Solange.

And Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Adam Levine.

And James Franco and Zack Galifianakis, who appear at the start of TLI's new vid 'Spring Break Anthem'.

Which is the first such thing to be released via an initiative The Lonely Island are billing as 'Wack Wednesdays', whereby they'll share a new 'Wack Album' visual via YouTube every Wednesday. Well, it makes sense.

This is 'Spring Break Anthem', which I think is based on a film.

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Fire Records has committed to a 'comprehensive reissue campaign' involving narcotic psych rock band Spacemen 3, aka Spiritualised's Jason Pierce and Pete Kember of Sonic Boom.

The label is re-releasing a trio of Spacemen 3 LPs, 1986's 'Sound Of Confusion', 1987's 'The Perfect Prescription', and the band's live record circa 1988, 'Performance', on 13 May.

Details are here, and this is 'The Perfect Presciption' track 'Walkin With Jesus'.

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Hey, want to watch Red Bull Music Academy's new short film marking NYC dance label DFA Records' twelfth anniversary? No?

Oh go on, it has DFA boss James Murphy (in a panama hat, on a boat) in addition to acts signed to the label (The Rapture, Holy Ghost! et al) saying/doing things in it, which has to be worth thirteen minutes of your time.

Taking it as a given that that's won you over, this is the film now. Its too-long-to-be-cool title is 'Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic', by the way.

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Oh looky at this for a prize FLUU, Cornwall's Eden Sessions has only gone and finalised its line-up by adding ever-present (in that they're on practically every festival bill this year) disco icons Chic feat Nile Rodgers to it's The xx-starring day, aka 2 Jul. What'll that be like?!

Nile Rodgers says this: "We're looking forward to setting the Eden Project alight with the sound of disco in July and are proud to be special guests to the incredible xx. Get ready..."

In reply, The xx shyly whisper: "Chic and Nile Rodgers have been enormously influential on modern-day music, including our own. It's a surreal honour having them play with us at the Eden Sessions".

Ah, what beautiful repartee. Also making a commotion by adding new artistes to its 2013 listings is the Cheshire-stationed Live From Jodrell Bank, as has signed on Manchester's Halle Symphony Orchestra to play lots of spacey classical suites (Holst's 'The Planets', the theme from 'Close Encounters' etc) at its last 'transmission'. New Order, Sigur Ros and The Australian Pink Floyd will headline on earlier live nights 'neath the stars.

And with that, it's time to gaze at a stellar scenery of FLUUs via Cream Ibiza (which is more of a superclub summer season bill than a festival, but ah well), Iceland Airwaves, Rhythmtree, Roskilde and South West Four:

CREAM IBIZA, Amnesia, Ibiza, Spain, 13 Jun - 19 Sep: AN21, Max Vangeli, Ørjan Nilsen, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Benny Benassi, NO_ID, Otto Knows v Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu v Danny Avila, Danny Howard v DOD, Super8, Adam Sheridan, Sean Hughes, James Dutton, Anthony Probyn, Ben Santiago, Jemmy, Josh Demello.

EDEN SESSIONS, Eden Project, Cornwall, full dates tba: Chic feat Nile Rodgers.

ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 Oct - 3 Nov: Yo La Tengo, TAPE, El Rojo Adios, Carmen Villain, Moon King, Jakob Juhkam Bänd, Ólafur Arnalds, Sólstafir, Prins Póló, Legend, RetRoBot, The Vintage Caravan, Borko, Kontinuum, Samaris, Ophidian I, Angist, Low Roar, Nolo, UMTBS, Lord Pusswhip, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Blood Feud, Magnoose.

LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK, Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, 7 Jul - 31 Aug: Halle Symphony Orchestra.

RHYTHMTREE, Isle Of Wight, 19-21 Jul: Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion.

ROSKILDE, Denmark, 29 Jun - 7 Jul: Chase & Status, Kenton Slash Demon, Om Unit.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 24-25 Aug: Paul Van Dyke, Aly & Fila, Andy More b2b Lange, W&W, Super8 & Tab, Orjan Nilsen, Simon Patterson, Lee Osborne.

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This time next week The Great Escape will be underway once again, with artists, industry players and music fans from across the world amassing in Brighton for three days of showcases, debates, insights, networking and parties.

Things begin on the convention side at 10.30am next Thursday morning with 'Where We're At', a keynote session led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. He will track the ten biggest stories and most illuminating stats from the last twelve months in the music business, before chatting the Charles Caldas, CEO of indie labels digital rights agency Merlin.

Merlin is fast approaching its fifth anniversary, and has just undertaken a new survey of its member labels, and Caldas will share his views and insights on the evolution of the digital market. He recently told CMU: "From day one, independent labels and artists have been at the forefront of digital music: adapting to change, driving innovation and weathering perennial challenges - from both inside and outside the industry".

He continued: "As the digital market continues to evolve, and particularly with the growing adoption of streaming services, I look forward to sharing some of the insights that Merlin has gathered over the past five years with The Great Escape's audience".

In the second half of the keynote session, Sony Music's Federico Bolza and MAMA & Company's Rich McGinnis will join the debate, discussing the greatest threats and opportunities facing the music industry in the coming year. A small number of delegate passes are still available for this year's TGE - but buy them quick!

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The full line-up has been confirmed for the final addition to The Great Escape's conversations strand for 2013, the series of more informal sessions with artists and industry leaders discussing their work, opinions and the changing music business.

Called 'The Art Of Music Video: A Conversation', veterans and rising stars of the music video domain will discuss how the pop promo has a new role in the YouTube age, and how the increased importance of an artists' visual output is changing the relationship between directors, artists and labels. Led by Radar Music Video's Caroline Bottomley, taking part in the conversation will be Kevin Godley, Andy Soup, Emile Rafael and Jamie Muir.

Bottomley told CMU: "Backed by the might of Google, YouTube is becoming more and more powerful, and I think we all know music videos are now considered essential for an artist's success. With that in mind, I really look forward to chatting with some top flight directors, both established and new, at The Great Escape next week, about how the art of the music video is changing. And maybe throwing in some extra little questions too - like 'if you can get a music video done for £2000, why spend £20,000?', and 'does your video have to be NSFW if you want it to be successful?'"

'The Art Of Music Video: A Conversation' takes place at 4.15pm as part of the TGE Convention at Komedia@Dukes Screen 1.

Godley will also be showcasing WholeWorldBand at TGE this year, a new audio-visual music app he has conceived which helps artists collaborate with likeminded creative people, and to generate new revenues. Ahead of a full launch later this summer, the WholeWordBand team will be at The Great Escape this year demo-ing the app.

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Independent publisher Imagem has announced the appointment of Jess Hamilton to the job of A&R Manager at its UK business.

Having previously worked at Universal Music Publishing and on the songwriter side at 19 Management, for the last three years Hamilton has run her own company Canyon Music. Her move to Imagem sees the A&R working again with Kim Frankiewicz, the former Universal VP who is now MD of Imagem's UK company.

Confirming her new role, Hamilton told CMU: "I started my career working with Kim many years ago so it's great to be reunited. Imagem has a first class roster of established and breaking artists and writers and am looking forward to help build this".

Frankiewicz added: "The A&R team are at the forefront of our business, so I'm delighted she has accepted the position. Jess is a real muso, knows what works, and is as tenacious as they come".

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Sheet music company Hal Leonard has promoted Mark Mumford to the new role of MD for its European operations. He will retain his responsibilities with Hal Leonard Europe, a JV with Music Sales Limited, but will now also oversee the firm's other Europe-based businesses, including MGB and De Haske Hal Leonard.

Confirming the new appointment, Hal Leonard CEO Keith Mardak told CMU: "Mark has 25 years of experience in the music industry, and a proven track record for success. In his new position, he will help us unify our European operations, with a coordinated strategy that's in line with our overall corporate goals. We're confident that his leadership and efficiency will energize all of our branches, and pave the way for the expansion of our business".

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US streaming service Rhapsody used the Music Biz 2013 conference in LA earlier this week to announce that it is going to be the first digital music service to join Grammy organiser The Recording Academy's 'Give Fans The Credit' campaign. Launched last year, the drive advocates better crediting on digital music - bringing the same comprehensiveness generally seen in liner notes on physical releases.

Over the coming months, Rhapsody will begin adding full credits, including producers, engineers, songwriters and session musicians, to releases on the service (with some already live now), to music in its catalogue. The information will also be fully searchable, allowing users to search for specific musicians or studio personnel, rather than just featured artists. This is something many, particularly in the producer community, have been arguing for in recent years.

Announcing this, Rhapsody president Jon Irwin said: "Rhapsody listeners are avid music fans who value the craft of musicianship and recording, and they want to know who was involved in bringing a song to life. We have a responsibility to our listeners to back this initiative, and further, view the inclusion of more complete credits as a truly useful feature that will only deepen our listeners' connection to their favourite artists and songs".

President and CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow added: "Since we launched the 'Give Fans The Credit' campaign, we've seen an outpouring of support from music makers and music lovers alike. Fans want more information about the tracks they like, and we applaud Rhapsody for taking a leadership role on this initiative. Putting credits in the hands of fans is the next step forward in guiding fans to music discovery, as they find new songs and artists based on songwriters, producers or band personnel. It is our hope that other digital music services will follow Rhapsody's lead".

As well as becoming the first streaming service to add this level of crediting this week, Rhapsody also became the first to officially feature Taylor Swift's 'Red' album. As previously reported, Swift's label Big Machine Media decided to keep the album off streaming platforms indefinitely when it was released last year.

Big Machine Media boss Scott Borchetta told Billboard at the time: "I personally struggle with [the streaming] model - and I don't think that it should be free. We've spoken with the services, and spoken with Spotify in particular ... We just haven't hit on the right model that works for us. I don't have thousands and thousands of albums and hundreds and hundreds of artists, I have a finite artist roster and finite number of releases. If you're a big battleship like Sony or Universal and have tens of thousands of masters, that income stream makes sense at a big corporation. It doesn't make sense to a small record company".

Rhapsody launched a highly vocal campaign against this decision, urging fans to tweet the hashtag #WheresTaylor and arguing in a blog post that Swift and her label would be more successful if they embraced streaming.

All that shouting seemingly paid off (eventually), as Big Machine Media has now caved. A little. 'Red' is now playing exclusively on Rhapsody, which is of little use to Swift fans outside the US - though may raise the hopes of the four people using the Rhapsody-owned Napster. The streaming release also comes accompanied by other bits of exclusive Swift content, including an acoustic performance of 'Our Song', which you can watch here.

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Little Mix have said they want to make a reality TV show and screen it in America, which probably means their 'team' have said it's a possibility. They claim they're going to film it anyway, even if no one wants to show it, so that's nice.

Sharing the 'goss' (or, at this stage, non-goss) with Kiss FM, the pop quartet's Jesy Nelson said: "We've always wanted our own reality show, haven't we? But we actually want to film it".

Her co-Mixer Leigh-Anne Pinnock cut in with: "So if we film the footage then hopefully that'll happen. Dreaming big! It's one of our dreams to have our own reality show but if we all had to live in the same house together it would absolutely mental".

As mental as The Saturdays' US reality show, 'Chasing The Saturdays'? Because that really is wild.

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Much (well, hardly) in the same way that Psy is searching for a personal chef, so too is Kid Rock looking to hire cheap staff via a promotional 'prize giving' partnership. Basically, he's being paid by bourbon brand Jim Beam to pretend to want to find a fan to be his private bartender.

Mixing drinks for Kid Rock... wow, that's a prize and a half. Fans who are 21 and over can apply for the fake position via, and the winner will be given a 'prize package', mixology training and the chance to barkeep backstage on the rock-rapper's summer tour. As I said, it's quite a prize.

Master Distiller at Jim Beam, Fred Noe, says: "Kid Rock has helped make Jim Beam's decades-long music legacy even stronger. We figure it's time to pour him a drink or two, and we need our fans to help us make Kid Rock's perfect cocktail. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!"

Apparently too far gone to say anything, Kid Rock nods.

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