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17 MAY 2013

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TOP STORIES
- Arts Council to launch new talent fund at The Great Escape today
IN THE POP COURTS
- New Zealand supreme court to hear MegaUpload evidence case
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Ivor Novello Awards awarded
RELEASE NEWS
- Franz Ferdinand announce new LP
- Fuck Buttons bare LP details
- Julianna Barwick shares new track, LP details
- Italians Do It Better unveil after Dark II
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- One Direction list stadium dates
- Beck et al to play Song Reader, live
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Isle Of Man Festival, Godiva, Summer Sets On The Beach and more
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- Björk to speak at Wired conference
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- The 40 year old Virgin announces birthday plans
- Tim Burgess to launch new Band On The Wall music courses
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Spotify to show play counts for some tracks
- Alt-J launch new real time gig download app Soundhalo
AND FINALLY...
- Madonna makes Rita Ora her material girl
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

ARTS COUNCIL TO LAUNCH NEW TALENT FUND AT THE GREAT ESCAPE TODAY
During a keynote speech at The Great Escape in Brighton later today, Alan Davey, the boss of Arts Council England, will officially launched the Momentum Music Fund, which will make half a million available to help develop the careers of artists and bands. Grants of £5000 to £15,000 will be available via the scheme, which will be run by PRS For Music Foundation.

Commenting on the launch, Davey told CMU: "It's great to be launching Momentum at The Great Escape in partnership with PRS For Music Foundation. We look forward to supporting them to deliver this small grants scheme which is responsive to the needs of artists in this fast paced and ever changing industry. It is vital that talented musicians and bands have opportunities to access the kind of support that ensures their talent can find its way and flourish. As well as supporting some great artists over the next two years I hope that our experience of this fund will provide us with a clearer understanding of how we can best support artists in this area to fulfil their potential and reach the audiences they deserve".

Meanwhile Foundation chief Vanessa Reed added: "Momentum is a breakthrough moment for music in England, where it's now harder than in many other parts of the world for talented artists to access finance. It's entirely fitting that today's announcement is being made at The Great Escape where we're surrounded by exactly the kind of artists and bands that this fund is designed for. I hope that many of them will enter the application process and use this opportunity to drive their career to the next level".

There will be a number of panels on day two of The Great Escape convention looking at funding and finance, including an interview with Remi Harris about a new research report on access to finance she is authoring for MusicTank, and a panel exploring how government-funded initiatives in music talent development have worked in other countries.

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BPI TO CALL ON COURTS TO BLOCK GROOVESHARK
The BPI is preparing to force UK ISPs to block access to a new list of rogue music services through the courts. And on this occasion, rather interestingly, Grooveshark is amongst them.

As previously reported, the BPI began gaining court orders forcing the UK's main ISPs to stop their customers from accessing web services that enable piracy after the movie industry successfully secured such an order against Newzbin, setting an important precedent.

Although such blocks are easy to get around, the record industry's trade body clearly feels that they do enough to move some internet users over to legal services and has kept up the campaign - the most high profile block being against The Pirate Bay.

Now, according to TorrentFreak, a new list of services is being drawn up ready for a judge to take a look at. This list features BitTorrent search engines 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Isohunt, TorrentReactor, TorrentCrazy, Monova, Torrentdownloads, TorrentHound and Torrentz; file-transfer services Filestube, Filecrop, Filetram and Rapidlibrary; download sites BeeMP3, Dilandau, MP3juices, MP3lemon, MP3raid, MP3skull, Abmp3, Bomb-mp3, Emp3world and Newalbumreleases; and finally, often controversial streaming service Grooveshark.

Grooveshark's inclusion, of course, is interesting because the site insists that it is a legitimate service, operating something akin to an audio version of YouTube. Users upload music to the streaming service and if rights owners want that music gone, they must submit a DMCA takedown notice. Unless you're The Beatles, in which case Grooveshark will always ensure your music is offline.

The record industry has accused Grooveshark of operating a deliberately shoddy takedown system, with music reappearing on the site almost as soon as it's taken down. The major labels, led by Universal, are also pursuing various legal actions through the American courts - one in which Universal claims that Grooveshark employees themselves have uploaded music to the site, which would mean the company could not hide behind the safe harbour elements of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

But that's American law. If a Grooveshark block really is on the BPI's list, it will be an interesting test of what DMCA-style safe harbours digital firms can rely on under UK and European law. Assuming the Groovesharkers were included to fight the block application in the British courts. The firm's boss Sam Tarantino recently admitted that the long running legal actions against his company were taking their toll financially.

Rightholders are reportedly being asked to confirm to the BPI whether or not they have any licensing deals in place with any of the sites listed by 21 May, after which presumably the final document will be handed to the High Court.

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NEW ZEALAND SUPREME COURT TO HEAR MEGA EVIDENCE CASE
MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz will be able to pursue one of his various legal fights to New Zealand's Supreme Court, it has been confirmed.

As lawyers working for Dotcom and other former MegaUpload chiefs fight efforts by the US to extradite their clients to face various charges relating to the controversial file-transfer operation, they have demanded access to all the evidence the American authorities have amassed against Team Mega. The US government does not want to comply.

An initial court ruling on the dispute found in the Mega team's favour, but the US successfully appealed, with a higher court ruling that America should be allowed to pursue its extradition case while only sharing some of its evidence against Dotcom et al.

The Mega legal team sought to take the case to New Zealand's Supreme Court, and according to Torrentfreak, that court has now accepted the case. Which means yet another court appointment for the long drawn out US v Mega legal battle.

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IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS AWARDED
The Ivor Novello Awards were handed out at a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London yesterday. As well as recognising the best in contemporary songwriting, Marc Almond was handed the Inspiration Award, while Justin Hayward received the Outstanding Achievement Award and Randy Newman Special International Award.

Oh, and Emeli Sandé was given PRS For Music's Most Performed Work prize, along with her 'Next To Me' co-writers Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze and Anup Paul. I mean, of course she was. The same song was also named Best Song Musically And Lyrically.

Those winners in full:

Best Contemporary Song: The Maccabees - Pelican (Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White)

PRS For Music Most Performed Work: Emeli Sandé - Next To Me (Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)

Best Television Soundtrack: Lucian Freud - Painted Life (John Harle)

The Ivors Inspiration Award: Marc Almond

Album Award: Alt-J - An Awesome Wave (Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton)

The Ivors Classical Music Award: Errollyn Wallen MBE

PRS For Music Award For Outstanding Achievement: Justin Hayward

Best Original Film Score: Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: Emeli Sandé - Next To Me (Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)

International Achievement: Gavin Rossdale

Songwriter Of The Year: Calvin Harris

Outstanding Song Collection: Noel Gallagher

PRS For Music Special International Award: Randy Newman

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FRANZ FERDINAND ANNOUNCE NEW LP
In the first of today's 'big-name F-bands releasing a new LP' features, Franz Ferdinand have said they're releasing a new LP - their fourth, in fact - on 26 Aug.

'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' (so yeah, that's only the singular 'action'), which is classified by FF's Alex Kapranos as "The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band", apparently recreates the "imagination, vitality and fun" of Franz Ferdinand's first LP, 'Franz Ferdinand'. So, that's rather nice.

This is its tracklisting:

Right Action
Evil Eye
Love Illumination
Stand On The Horizon
Fresh Strawberries
Bullet
Treason! Animals.
The Universe Expanded
Brief Encounters
Goodbye Lovers & Friends

And this is a trailer revealing... well, not a lot.

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FUCK BUTTONS BARE LP DETAILS
The world's most explicit buttons, that's 'noise' abstractionists Fuck Buttons, have unfastened the basic info on their new LP, 'Slow Focus'. Released via ATP Recordings on 22 Jul, it's the band's first long player to have been made at their Space Mountain Studio, and follows 2009's 'Tarot Sport'.

But what on/off earth is that title meant to mean? FB's Benjamin John Power explains all (well, a bit): "'Slow Focus' seemed like a very apt title when considering the sentiment of the music. It almost feels like the moment your eyes take to readjust when waking, and realising you're in a very unusual and not a particularly welcoming place. We like to think that we create our own new landscapes, and with this it's a very alien one".

And here is a very alien tracklisting:

Brainfreeze
Year Of The Dog
The Red Wing
Sentients
Prince's Prize
Stalker
Hidden XS

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JULIANNA BARWICK SHARES NEW TRACK, LP DETAILS
So, Julianna Barwick spent time in Reykjavik, Iceland, earlier this year, primarily to make the new LP she's set to release via Dead Oceans on 20 Aug. She has named it 'Nepenthe' after an ancient Greek narcotic that was believed to ease sadness and grief, a title that was inspired by a death in her family that took place mid-way into taping.

She says: "Everything I was making was visceral - the record represents some serious emotional stuff. I also was inspired just by being there, and the gorgeousness of that place. Your eyes can't believe what they're seeing. I walked home one night and got totally lost in Reykjavík. I ended up walking alongside the ocean - and it was glowing blue. It looked like it had a lamp underneath it. This is a completely different experience than recording myself in my Brooklyn bedroom".

Yes, that it is, as this trailer featuring album track 'Forever' shows.

Tracklisting:

Offing
The Harbinger
One Half
Look Into Your Own Mind
Pyrrhic
Labyrinthine
Forever
Adventurer Of The Family
Crystal Lake
Waving To You

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ITALIANS DO IT BETTER UNVEIL AFTER DARK II
Ah, at last, approved-by-association synth-pop polygamist Johnny Jewel's 'Italo-disco' imprint Italians Do It Better has confirmed the release of part II of its 'After Dark' compilations chain, as started in 2007.

Jewel says: "The last five years have been a blur of art & parties. This record represents the people we've connected with along the way... in Moscow, in Mexico, in Barcelona, in London, in Portland, in Montreal, in Melbourne, in Houston, in Berlin, in Beijing, in Los Angeles, in Dublin, in Athens... I am so excited to finally be sharing it with you".

'After Dark II' is/will be available today via vivaitalians.blogspot.com, and features IDIB signings like Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Mirage, who plant this track titled 'Let's Kiss'.

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ONE DIRECTION LIST STADIUM DATES
Hi, stadiums of the world; One Direction are going to tour you. Not (to the #disappointment of many, many Asian fans) all of you, but at least ten. Well, actually it's fourteen, but who cares. Millions of 1Disciples based in Asia, you say? Oh, right.

Anyway. Niall, Harry, Zayn, Liam and Louis are starting on 25 Apr in South America, before - bypassing most other nations because they hate them - moving off into the wilds of Dublin, Sunderland, Manchester and Edinburgh pre a significant (as in they'll be the first boyband to headline it since Bros in 1989) 7 Jun show at London's Wembley Arena. And I, for one, am 1Deliriously happy about it.

And finally, those (Britain-based only, because that's where we are) May/June 1Dates:

25 May: Dublin, Croke Park
28 May: Sunderland, Stadium of Light
31 May: Manchester, Etihad Stadium
3 May: Edinburgh, Murrayfield
7 May: London, Wembley Stadium

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BECK ET AL TO PLAY SONG READER, LIVE
That Beck is going to have a stab at playing his new sheet music pamphlet, 'Song Reader', live.

He won't be doing it solo, quite the contrary, because Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan As Police Woman, Villagers' Conor O'Brien, Michael Kiwanuka, The Staves, The Guillemots, Pictish Trail and James Yorkston - and an honorary 'house band' featuring The Invisible's Dave Okumu and Tom Herbert, and Polar Bear's Seb Rochford - are going to join him at London's Barbican on 4 Jul.

He's pretty co-dependent, is that Beck.

Get tickets to the show here.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: ISLE OF MAN FESTIVAL, GODIVA, SUMMER SETS ON THE BEACH AND MORE
So! Festivals. Line-up updates here, there and everywhere. Well, specifically at the likes of the Isle Of Man's brand new Isle Of Man Festival, which has added Primal Scream, Paloma Faith, Johnny Marr and Laura Mvula as its initial guests artistes.

Likewise, the year's cheapest (in that you don't have to pay to go in) pop party, Coventry's Godiva, has named its three headliners; namely Amelia Lily, Maximo Park and Echo And The Bunny Men. Which, really, is quite a trio, if you think about it.

And even that isn't half as exciting as what's going on at ITV's replacement for Channel 4's cancelled T4 On The Beach, the lengthily-titled Summer Sets On The Beach. Want to know who's playing at it? Professor Green, Gabrielle Aplin, Stooshe, The Strypes and 5ive, that's who (so far).

Now, please be seated for further FLUUs via Jamie Oliver n Alex James' Big Feastival, Ireland's superlative Body & Soul, familial sit-in Camp Bestival, the ultra-educational EF Summeranza, Nottinghamshire's Rockin The Park, and never-satisfied London dance-athon South West Four:

THE BIG FEASTIVAL, Alex James' Farm, Chipping Norton, 31 Aug - 1 Sep: Mark Owen, Lianne Le Havas, Laurence Fox, Bernhoft, The Milk, Dodgy, Mr Tumble. www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival

BODY & SOUL, Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland, 21-23 Jun: James Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, Doldrums, Kid Karate, Rootical Soundsystem. bodyandsoul.ie

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 1-4 Aug: Mark Owen, Valerie June, The Skimmity Hitchers, Cherishport, Red River Hogs, Phil & Tilley, The Nextman, David Rodigan, Venum Sound, MC Wrec, Russ Cuban, Jstar, Dick Kurtaine, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Rowan Chernin, In Light of Aquarius, Shepdog. www.campbestival.net

EF SUMMERANZA, Kempton Park Racecourse, London, 11 Jul: Sky Blu. www.multivu.com/mnr/60650-EF-Education

GODIVA FESTIVAL, War Memorial Park, Coventry, 5-7 Jul: Echo And The Bunnymen, Amelia Lily, Maximo Park, The View, Lucy Rose, Steve Cradock, Reverend And The Makers, The Risk, The Loveable Rogues, Tich, The Dancers, SixtyFours, Russian Gun Dogs, and The Fallows, Pint Shot Riot, Dark Actors, Katie Sky, Sonrisa, Severn Trent Choir, Jill Freeman. www.godivafestival.com

ISLE OF MAN FESTIVAL, TT Grandstand, Nobles Park, Isle Of Man, 6 Jul: Primal Scream, Paloma Faith, Johnny Marr, Wretch 32, Laura Mvula, Loveable Rogues, Davy Knowles, Kassidy, Toseland, Ebony Day. www.theisleofmanfestival.com

ROCKIN THE PARK, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, 16 Aug: Family, Caravan, Asia, Michael Chapman, Snakecharmer. www.ukeventsandproduction.com/rockin-the-park.html

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 24-25 Aug: Steve Aoki, Eddie Halliwell. www.southwestfour.com

SUMMER SETS ON THE BEACH, Royal Sands, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, 31 Aug: Professor Green, Gabrielle Aplin, Stooshe, The Strypes, 5ive. www.summersets.com

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BJÖRK TO SPEAK AT WIRED CONFERENCE
Björk will be among the speakers at Wired 2013, the annual conference organised by Wired magazine. The Icelandic singer will join a line-up of speakers who will discuss the future of culture, business, science and technology, touching at least in part on her 'Biophilia' app.

The event will take place at the Tobacco Dock in East London from 17-18 Oct. Early bird tickets are on sale now for the bargain price of £1431. More details here.

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THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN ANNOUNCES BIRTHDAY PLANS
Virgin Records is to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and new status as a Universal-owned label, with a series of events and releases this year.

Commenting on the milestone, founder Richard Branson told CMU: "Virgin Records is where it all started for Virgin and 40 years later it's great to see we are still being innovative. This exciting series of events is the perfect way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Virgin Records and the artists, from Mike Oldfield to Emeli Sandé, who continue to disrupt the status quo".

That's right, the man who once signed The Sex Pistols is holding Emeli Sandé up as an example of a rule breaker.

Anyway, the celebrations. There will be a special exhibition of photos, videos and memorabilia held in London later this year. There will also be a book, written by music journalist Adrian Thrills, a documentary directed by Paul Tilzey, and, of course, a compilation. The label will also hold a series of live events at Koko in Camden in October.

Here's a video to look at.

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TIM BURGESS TO LAUNCH NEW BAND ON THE WALL MUSIC COURSES
Manchester venue Band On The Wall has announced a series of new music education courses, covering the music industry, performance and backstage topics.

The Charlatans' Tim Burgess will launch the new course programme with a day of live performances from student bands on 29 May. He'll be joined by Terry Christian, who will act as compere for the event, and 6music presenter Craig Charles.

Burgess told CMU: "I would have given my right arm for this when I was setting out. Having something like this happening in the North West is really exciting. I think it is going to continue Manchester's great tradition of producing many of the UK's finest artists".

Band On The Wall CEO Gavin Sharp added: "Manchester has a world famous music scene, and is also Europe's biggest student city. This partnership brings these two amazing cornerstones together in one place where we aim to nurture today the stars and music industry professionals of tomorrow".

More information here.

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SPOTIFY TO SHOW PLAY COUNTS FOR SOME TRACKS
Spotify is to begin showing play counts for some of its most popular tracks, the company has announced. The company has been resistant to releasing specific figures on the number of plays track receive until now, but he new feature will roll out over the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for Spotify told MusicAlly: "We're committed to making Spotify even more artist and fan-friendly and showing play counts is a clear step in that direction. Now artists can get immediate feedback on how their music is performing on Spotify and fans can keep up to date with popular tracks".

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ALT-J LAUNCH NEW REAL TIME GIG DOWNLOAD APP SOUNDHALO
Fresh from winning themselves a couple of Ivor Novello Awards yesterday lunchtime, Alt-J sauntered over to Brixton Academy and launched a new app called Soundhalo.

Now in beta and available on Android devices, the app allowed users to buy live audio and video recordings in real time (well, shortly after each song finishes, at least). Which means people no longer need to hold up their phones in everyone else's way to record terrible videos they'll never watch. Plus, they could get the experience of filming a show on their phone for no obvious reason but watching the videos of the show instead of actually looking at the stage, but without blocking anyone's view. Just in case it's not obvious, people who films gigs on their phones annoy me quite a lot.

Of course, it's not just idiots who can use this app. Any gig attendee can have the show ready to watch again on the bus back home. Or, if you can't go to a show, you can still watch it as it happens. And then when it's finished you too could watch it again. And again if you wanted, but that's probably too much Alt-J for anyone.

Commenting on the app, Alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton told CMU: "I think the future of music and technology as an artist, and looking at how artists and fans interact, is really exciting. Artistic output no longer has to be dictated by the things it used to be. It used to be how much music can you fit on a vinyl record? And how long is a video cassette? Now that no longer has to be the case".

Soundhalo co-founder Barry Palmer added: "I'd long been carrying around an idea that my 22 year old son, Declan, had come up with: of capturing, in real time, a band's live performance - the music, the visuals, the whole thing - mixed, mastered and graded straight from the stage to a smartphone in an instant, and in the process capturing that intense insane magical moment that only live music can muster".

He continued: "That's the crux of Soundhalo. For fan and band alike, Soundhalo keeps alive those incredible moments and offers the music lover the choice to do so while at the gig, in the thick of things, when one can truly appreciate how special it is, knowing all too well that those gigs are rare birds: once gone, gone forever".

One of the best things about gigs is that they're a one time only experience, but I see his point, I suppose. If you're all annoyed now that you missed the chance to download an Alt-J gig live as it happened, don't worry, they're doing it all again tonight. Find out more here: www.soundhalo.com

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MADONNA MAKES RITA ORA HER MATERIAL GIRL
Madonna has made advertising exec's dream Rita Ora the £500,000 face of her teen fashion label, Material Girl. Apparently, says The Sun, Madge and the brand's co-MD, her daughter Lourdes, 'spotted' Ora at the NYC Met Ball last week, and signed her straight away.

"That will please Rita when the pics are plastered all over billboards" adds the tab, probably rightly so.

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