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Q&A: MIKE CHADWICK, ESSENTIAL MUSIC & MARKETING
Ten years ago Vital Distribution's Mike Chadwick teamed up with Cooking Vinyl boss Martin Goldschmidt to launch a new company, Essential Music & Marketing, initially focused on helping US labels market and distribute their releases in Europe. Ahead of the company's tenth birthday later this year, tonight Essential will host a pre-Great Escape party with CMU to celebrate the landmark. And ahead of that, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke caught up with Chadwick more>>
 
APPROVED: LAKI MERA
Glaswegian trio Laki Mera have been slowly building a name for themselves by way of some particularly arresting and hypnotic music, as witnessed on their 2011 album 'The Proximity Effect'. 'Sweet Warm Dance', the first taster from forthcoming long player 'Turn All Memory To White Noise', starts off as a piece of desolate electronica, with shards of ice cold synths, but things soon warm up, with hushed vocals from Laura Donnelly and more organic instrumentation, into a captivating slice of atmospheric downtempo mood-pop more>>
TOP STORIES
- "Never in a million years did I think he would leave us": Jacksons v AEG update
IN THE POP COURTS
- Franklin cancels two shows due to ill health
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Sony Awards presented
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Eighties Matchbox fold (again)
RELEASE NEWS
- New Daft Punk album previewing on iTunes
- Katy B streams new single, explains love
- Röyksopp share Late Night Tales tracklisting
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Paramore to tour
- Avenged Sevenfold add UK dates
- Jagwar Ma cancel festival appearances, add new shows
THE GREAT ESCAPE
- Artist brands and the challenges of communicating copyright tackled at TGE IP-themed sessions
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- MIDEM moves
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Red Bull media house signs publishing deal with Sony/ATV/EMI
- College offers foundation degree in heavy metal
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- SoundCloud to open New York office
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- The Sun will launch paywall in August
AND FINALLY...
- Shane MacGowan wants teeth fixed for Hollywood
DHP GROUP - PROMOTER/VENUE PROGRAMMER
We are looking for a promoter based in Nottingham, who'll have specific responsibility for programming one of our award winning venues, as well as significant roles in our Dot To Dot festival and other activities. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative, knowledgeable and hardworking individual to join one of the UK's fastest growing national promoters and venue operators, with ever expanding career possibilities.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
CODA - RECEPTIONIST
CODA requires a full time receptionist for immediate start within our busy and successful artist music agency based near Farringdon, London. We're looking for someone with excellent communication skills, friendly and motivated who is able to multi-task. We need a "can do" attitude. This is an excellent first step in to the live music industry.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PARTISAN RECORDS - PRODUCT MANAGER
Partisan Records, part of Knitting Factory Group, is looking for a dynamic and forward thinking Product 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.
   
KILIMANJARO - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO CEO
Kilimanjaro are concert promoters working on over 400 shows per year from small halls to green field festivals. This role is providing full support to the CEO and requires someone who is highly efficient, motivated, unflappable and very hard working.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ELITE MUSIC MANAGEMENT - ADMIN/PA TO DIRECTOR
Since 1999, Brighton-based Elite Music Management has represented breakthrough and established DJs, producers and label parties. We are looking for a hard working, exceptionally organised individual to work as part of a small, hard-working team. You will be required to assist the Director with bookings, and the efficient day to day running of the office. You will liaise with artists, managers and promoters on a daily basis.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
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.
   
MASCOT LABEL GROUP - LABEL/MARKETING MANAGER
Mascot Label Group, is looking for a dynamic and experienced UK label/marketing manager. Do you have solid experience in label management, marketing, retail, digital, and promotion and are you looking for a new challenge? Ambitious, hands on, creative, efficient, organised, hungry for success and an affinity with hard rock, metal and blues rock genres in particular is what we are looking for.

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.
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

"NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DID I THINK HE WOULD LEAVE US": JACKSONS V AEG UPDATE
Michael Jackson was ready to go for his planned 'This Is It' residency in London, a choreographer who worked on the show told an LA court yesterday. Countering previous testimonies from witnesses who admitted that they feared for Jackson's well-being in the final days of his life, Stacy Walker told the court: "I just never in a million years thought he would leave us, or pass away. It just never crossed my mind".

As much previously reported, the Jackson family is suing AEG Live claiming the live firm should be held liable for the death of the late king of pop in 2009, because as the promoter of 'This Is It' it was paying and managing Conrad Murray, the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing the singer's demise through negligent treatment. AEG says that while it may have paid Murray, it didn't recruit or manager him.

After early testimonies from those who responded to the emergency call on 25 Jun 2009, last week attention in the court case turned to those working with Jackson on preparations for 'This Is It' in LA, with most witnesses recalling how the singer seemed in bad health in the days and weeks before his death, and how concerns had been raised, but that AEG bosses said they were satisfied with assurances from Jackson and Murray that all was fine.

But Walker, the first witness called to the stand by AEG Live's legal team, rather than the Jackson family's lawyers, said that the singer hadn't appeared to be in a bad way to her when he attended 'This Is It' rehearsals. He had been wearing multiple layers of clothing, she had noted, but she had assumed that was a personal fashion preference, whereas others have said it was because an ailing Jackson was feeling very cold.

Walker conceded that her role at the 'This Is It' rehearsals meant that she wasn't in as close contact with Jackson as the earlier witnesses, though for AEG's legal team that is probably a positive.

While those very close to Jackson may have witnessed the singer's ailing health in the last weeks of his life, AEG will want the jury to see that the live firm's executives, who had much less contact with the star, couldn't have been expected to see that themselves. And when concerns were raised by those close to the singer, Jackson and Murray fooled said execs into believing all was fine, they will likely argue.

Walker's testimony contrasted with that of make-up artist Karen Faye, who had worked with Jackson for nearly three decades, and who told the court she feared for the singer's mental and physical wellbeing as the 'This Is It' preparations progressed. In the latter part of her testimony last week she was asked about the 'This Is It' movie, which AEG released after Jackson's death showing preparations for the big live show that never was.

Faye said that she'd been asked to advise on the retouching of the film to make Jackson look healthier in some key shots. "It was a lie", she said, according to CNN, adding that she declined to help. "I didn't want to lie. Everybody was lying after he died, saying that Michael was well, and everybody knew he wasn't. I felt that retouching Michael was just a part of that lie".

The case continues.

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FRANKLIN CANCELS TWO SHOWS DUE TO ILL HEALTH
Aretha Franklin has cancelled a couple of live appearances due to ill health. The two American shows have been canned based of the recommendation of the soul star's doctors, with a statement saying the singer would be receiving "treatment during the time period the shows were scheduled". The nature of Franklin's ill health is not known.

The two shows were a charity event with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on 20 May and a concert at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on 26 May. Janelle Monae will step in to Franklin's slot at the former.

71 year old Franklin previously had to cancel a number of shows in late 2010 when she required surgery for an undisclosed health problem, though in January 2011 she declared that problem "resolved" and returned to performing.

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SONY AWARDS PRESENTED
So the radio industry gathered last night for this year's Sony Awards, that night in the year when everyone who works in the commercial radio sector gets to grumble about how they'd have taken more gongs if only they had access to the sort of budgets routinely squandered at the BBC. Or if their organisation was run by an overpaid bumbling fool willing to go on one of his own radio programmes to commit professional suicide. And well done John Humphreys on your award for radio journalism.

Oh well, at least the commercial sector is assured a win in the Best Use Of Branded Content category, which went to Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell and his good mates over there at your local Wickes DIY centre.

And while 5 Live was declared overall station of the year (no surprise in a year that included the London Olympics), Global Radio's Classic FM was named UK Radio Brand Of The Year. Whatever that means. So it wasn't a total BBC gong fest. Though Radio 1's Dan & Phil did pick up the all new listener-voted Sony Golden Headphones Award, but that's got a ridiculous name so nobody in commercial radio wanted it.

Coming up a list of all the gold winners from last night, but first John Myers, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards Organising Committee, with some words: "It's great that radio has played such an important part in the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games; BBC Radio 5 Live played a blinder and they are worthy winners of this year's UK Station Of The Year. At the other end of the scale, I'd like to pay tribute to KL.FM 96.7 who won Station Of The Year (under 300,000) for the second year running. All the night's winners are proof that we have the most exciting, creative and dynamic radio industry in the world: I salute them all".

Winners, winners, winners... enjoy them all now before Spotify reaches the car dashboard and radio as we know it dies (only joking radio people).

Breakfast Show Of The Year (10 million plus): Today Programme, BBC Radio 4
Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 10 million): Sam & Amy, Gem 106
Best Music Programme: The Dermot O'Leary Show, Ora Et Labora/BBC Radio 2
Best Entertainment Programme: Danny Baker Show, Campbell Davison Media/BBC 5 Live
Best Speech Programme: Witness, BBC World Service
Best Sports Programme: 5 live Olympics with Peter Allen and Colin Murray, BBC 5 Live
Best News & Current Affairs Programme: Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC Radio 1
Best Coverage Of A Live Event: London 2012, BBC 5 Live
Best Community Programming: Ciaran's Cause, Real Radio North West

Music Radio Personality Of The Year: Gold: Christian O'Connell, Absolute Radio
Music Radio Broadcaster Of The Year: Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
Speech Radio Broadcaster Of The Year: Eddie Mair, BBC Radio 4
Radio Journalism Of The Year: John Humphrys, BBC Radio 4

Best Use of Branded Content: The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes, Absolute Radio
Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign: The Gothic Imagination, BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra Presentation for BBC Radio 4
Best Competition: Coca-Cola Fan Reporter, talkSPORT
Best Station Imaging: BBC Radio 2

Best Music Feature or Documentary: The Story of Ed Sheeran, BBC Radio 1
Best News Feature or Documentary: The Bombardment of Homs, BBC World Service
Best Feature or Documentary: Just Radio, BBC Radio 1
Best Comedy: Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave, BBC Radio 4
Best Drama: The Resistance of Mrs Brown, BBC Radio 4
Best Use of Multiplatform: Radio 1's Review Show, Somethin' Else/BBC Radio 1

Station Of The Year (under 300,000): KL.FM 96.7
Station Of The Year (300,000 to 1 million): BBC Radio Humberside
Station Of The Year (1 million plus): Metro Radio
UK Station Of The Year: BBC Radio 5 Live
UK Radio Brand of the Year: Classic FM

The Special Award: Steve Lamacq
The Gold Award: Richard Park
The Sony Golden Headphones Award: Radio 1 - Dan & Phil

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EIGHTIES MATCHBOX FOLD (AGAIN)
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster have parted ways (again), saying things like they "did not have the strength" to go on, and that "a shared musical common ground could not be found".

The band, who originally split in 2011 only to change their minds last June, have since cancelled all their live dates, not least a headline show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire and an appearance at this year's imminent Great Escape festival. Plans to release a new LP have also been called off. So boo to that.

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NEW DAFT PUNK ALBUM PREVIEWING ON ITUNES
So, that there new Daft Punk album is streaming on iTunes, after a select few were treated to one of those old-fashioned playback parties last night, albeit in the not-at-all old-fashioned environ of the top of London's glassy Shard. So go preview if you want.

You don't have to. You could instead watch Chilly Gonzales talking about his involvement on 'Random Access Memories', which is a very interesting little video, even if you're not joining in with the 'Daft Punk are gods, this album is a true moment in musical history' party.

Or just watch an astronaut singing 'Space Oddity' on the International Space Station. Or get all excited about the new 'Arrested Development' trailer. These are some random things to access in order to gain new memories.

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KATY B STREAMS NEW SINGLE, EXPLAINS LOVE
Hey, that Katy B is back again with a new single titled 'What Love Is Made Of', a real mystery we'd all (especially Jens Lekman) like to solve. Its release date is 8 Jul, whilst an LP (as may/may not have Katy's new tin whistle on it) will follow soon afterwards.

Play 'What Love Is Made Of' here.

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RÖYKSOPP SHARE LATE NIGHT TALES TRACKLISTING
Röyksopp have released details of a new compilation LP they've made for the Late Night Tales series, past editions of which have been presided over by MGMT, Trentemøller, Friendly Fires, Air and The Flaming Lips. Röyksopp's mix features a brand new original track titled 'Daddy's Groove', the pair's version of Depeche Mode's 'Ice Machine', and tracks by Vangelis, John Martyn and XTC.

It ends in a reading by 'Sherlock' and 'Star Trek: Into The Darkness' actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who narrates part of a short story titled 'Flat Of Angles', the first chapter of which can be heard on Friendly Fires' Late Night Tales comp circa 2012.

The album's release isn't til 17 Jun, but a fairly informative mini mix and tracklisting are available in the meantime:

Röyksopp - Daddy's Groove
Rare Bird - Passing Through
Little River Band - The Light Of Day
Tuxedomoon - In A Manner Of Speaking
Vangelis - Blade Runner Blues
Röyksopp - Ice Machine (Depeche Mode cover)
Johann Johannsson - Adi Et Amo
FR David - Music
Prelude - After The Goldrush (Neil Young cover)
Richard Schneider Jnr - Hello Beach Girls
Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore
Thomas Dolby - Budapest By Blimp
Byrne & Barnes - Love You Out Of Your Mind
Andreas Vollenweider - Hands And Clouds
John Martyn - Small Hours
XTC - The Somnambulist
This Mortal Coil - Till I Can Gain Control Again
Popol Vuh - Aguirre I (Lacrime Di Rei)
Benedict Cumberbatch - Flat Of Angles (Part 2)

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PARAMORE TO TOUR
Increasingly poppy rock faves Paramore say they are "psyched" to have revealed a new set of shows they're playing in September. Hayley Williams et al's new single, 'Still Into You', is released on 20 May, an offshoot of the band's fourth LP, 'Paramore'. You may now, if you want, look at the 'Still Into You' video and/or the dates I was just talking about:

2 Sep: Dublin, The O2 Point
20 Sep: Manchester, Arena
21 Sep: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
23 Sep: Birmingham, LG Arena
24 Sep: Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
27 Sep: London, Wembley Arena

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD ADD UK DATES
Holy crap! (To borrow a phrase from Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevefold are touring the UK next winter! For the first time since Download in 2011! It's only a mini-tour consisting of arena shows at Manchester (30 Nov), Wembley (1 Dec) and Birmingham (5 Dec), but still.

The band's M Shadows shares this cordial invitation: "It's been far too long since we've played for our friends in the United Kingdom. We've been itching to get back since our last appearance at Download in 2011. We are putting the finishing touches on a new album, and can't wait to share the new songs with you in concert".

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JAGWAR MA CANCEL FESTIVAL APPEARANCES, ADD NEW SHOWS
Only days after sharing details of their first LP, 'Howlin', Jagwar Ma have unfortunately had to cancel appearances at this year's Great Escape, London Calling, Field Day, and Forbidden Fruit festivals. One half of the band, Jono Ma, has been advised by doctors to avoid flying for a month or so, so that's why. They've added new June dates at London's XOYO (19 Jun) and Manchester's Deaf Institute (20 Jun) by way of a consolation prize.

Jono and bandmate Gab chime in sync: "We're really disappointed to have to miss these shows and sorry to let anyone down, we're looking forward to playing in UK, Ireland and Europe as soon as possible, thanks for all the support for the band and the music really appreciate it! Be seeing you, Jagwar Ma".

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ARTIST BRANDS AND THE CHALLENGES OF COMMUNICATING COPYRIGHT TACKLED AT TGE IP-THEMED SESSIONS
Music rights will once again go under the spotlight at The Great Escape this year, though possibly in different ways than you might expect.

On Thursday the focus will be on artist brands, which means the intellectual property being considered will be trademarks. The session, 'Managing The B[r]and' is being presented by ACUMEDIA, the year-round programme of networking, panels and live music organised by Brighton-based ACUMEN Media Law, and ACUMEN's Josh Little will be explaining how trademarks work, what can be trademarked, and how artists might going about protecting this IP.

He will be joined by a panel of industry experts bringing insights on how artists can develop, extend and commercialise their brands, whether through a more sophisticated approach to merchandise, or by developing new spin-off products, or by forming brand partnerships. AMP's Louise Minter, Signature Brew's Sam McGregor and Universal Music's Jennifer Hills will all take part in the session, that kicks off at 11am in Dukes@Komedia 2, with ACUMEDIA networking in the Dukes Bar afterwards.

On Friday at 2.30pm in Dukes@Komedia 1, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will lead a debate on the challenges of 'communicating copyright', with Sentric Music's Chris Meehan, Henley Business School's Helen Gammons, First Column Management's Phil Nelson and the Music Managers' Forum's John Webster.

Says Cooke: "Everyone agrees that any punitive anti-piracy measures should be backed up by education programmes, to educate the public on the rights and wrongs, and maybe even the benefits of copyright. But what does that mean? Are we talking the school curriculum, or ISPs writing to their customers, or massive PR campaigns? And given what a dry subject intellectual property can be, is the idea that piracy can be stopped through education a little bit idealistic? I look forward to mulling this over with a great panel on Friday".

The Great Escape, with its CMU Insights-programmed convention, kicks off at 10.30am on Thursday. Festival tickets and delegate passes have now completely sold out, though some stand-alone tickets are still available for the programme of shows at the Brighton Dome and Concorde 2 - details here.

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MIDEM MOVES
MIDEM has announced it's moving its dates for next year, due to a clash with the 2014 Grammy Awards. Traditionally taking place at the end of January, the Cannes-based music industry conference will now shift to the first week of February.

US broadcaster CBS yesterday announced that the Grammys would take place at the Staples Center in LA on 26 Jan - the awards themselves moving to avoid clashes with sporting events - though the decision to move MIDEM was announced prior to official confirmation of this.

In a statement, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot said: "We didn't want to take the risk of overlapping with the Grammy Awards as many of our clients attend this important music industry event. After checking with a great number of our attendees that they were favorable to this change, we decided to reschedule Midem 2014 to 1-4 Feb So that people can re-organise their agendas, we are announcing the new dates as soon as possible".

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RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE SIGNS PUBLISHING DEAL WITH SONY/ATV/EMI
The Red Bull Media House, which handles all the Red Bull-branded sport and media activity, has announced that it has signed a new music publishing administration deal with Sony/ATV/EMI. The agreement will cover the world, except the US and Austria (where the company will continue to work on publishing in house), and will look after the publishing interests of artists sign to the Red Bull Records label, including AWOLNATION and Twin Atlantic.

Red Bull Media House's Head Of Audio Portfolio, Martin Brem told CMU: "Joining forces with Sony/ATV/EMI means more power to our musical creators on a worldwide basis through the market leaders network. Our multifaceted approach as a media and content production company means that we can support both established and up-and-coming artists by offering unique and exciting opportunities. To have Sony/ATV/EMI on our side will help us to take our global artist development initiatives to a new level".

Sony/ATV's VP International Acquisitions Janice Brock added: "We are really happy to conclude this deal with Red Bull Media House. Red Bull has long been on the forefront of championing young new bands and giving them the time to develop. They have built a powerhouse of a company which we are honoured to be in business with".

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COLLEGE OFFERS FOUNDATION DEGREE IN HEAVY METAL
New College Nottingham has announced that it is to be the first university in the UK to offer students the opportunity to study a foundation degree in heavy metal. The course will provide teaching in writing, recording and performing music, promoting and marketing yourself, and the context of heavy metal within the wider music industry.

With tuition fees of £5750 a year, the college insists that the two year course is "designed with your future career in mind". Suggested occupations post-degree are listed as musician, songwriter, music teacher or, on the industry side, possible roles in publishing, gig promoting or at a record company. Presumably required reading doesn't include Metal Insider's always eye-opening Metal By Numbers column.

If you're interested, full course details are here.

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SOUNDCLOUD TO OPEN NEW YORK OFFICE
SoundCloud has announced it is opening an office in New York, with Dan Gerber, previously Director Of Strategic Partnerships at Pandora, its first recruit, working in a brand partnerships role.

Confirming the new office on their blog yesterday, the SoundCloud team wrote: "We're looking forward to working alongside NYC's hundreds of other ambitious companies: being closer to our friends at start ups like Tumblr, and continuing to strengthen our relationships with New York's major media players. We're also excited about getting up close and personal with the rest of the city's creatives from the worlds of media, fashion, publishing, the arts... and, of course, music & audio".

Which is all very exciting. Even if, technically speaking, that's an incorrect use of the ampersand. Ah, grammar pedantry. That'll only motivate the other pendants out there to look for all the errors I've made in today's CMU Daily.

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THE SUN WILL LAUNCH PAYWALL IN AUGUST
The Sun has announced that it will put a paywall around it's website on 1 Aug. News International chief Mike Darcey indicated that his company's tabloid would follow its broadsheet, The Times, down the paywall route at some point this year back in March.

Access to the tabloid's site will be £2 per week. Incentives that, News International hopes, will persuade subscribers to pay up will include "exclusive offers and promotions" and, perhaps more importantly, Premier League football highlights, which former BSkyB COO Darcey secured exclusive online rights to in a deal back in January.

A number of the UK's national newspapers are now charging, or moving towards charging, for their web content, after years of offering online news and editorial free of charge. It remains to be seen if the strategy helps reinvigorate the British newspaper sector, that has been struggling for a few years now as print revenues slide but web-based income remains relatively modest, despite most papers boasting much bigger audiences online than they ever did in print.

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SHANE MACGOWAN WANTS TEETH FIXED FOR HOLLYWOOD
Are you a dentist? Do you like a challenge? No, do you really like a challenge? No, I mean... look, have you ever seen Shane MacGowan's mouth? Right, your challenge, should you accept it, is to turn that into a Hollywood smile.

The Pogues frontman's partner Victoria Mary Clarke tweeted yesterday: "Shane is keen to find a dentist, so he can star in [a] Hollywood film ... Pogues/Shane fans who are great dentists please apply!"

She added later: "Shane promises to do advertising campaign for the winning dentist!"

I think that would pretty much make you king of the dentists.

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