24 MAY 2013

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Well, the Jackson family's attempt to extract billions of dollars in damages from AEG Live by proving that the company was in some way responsible for the actions of Conrad Murray, the former doctor found guilty of killing Michael Jackson through negligence, continues. And it really is a gift that keeps on giving. I know it's wrong to be so flippant about a trial that stems from someone's tragic death, but... wait, no it isn't, this trial is ridiculous more>>
Soulful house night Groove Odyssey throws the capital's biggest Bank Holiday Sunday party, with international headliners DJ Spen, Ralf Gum and soulstress Monique Bingham flying in to deliver exclusive sets, whilst Soul II Soul's Jazzie B shores up the second room. Headlining the main room at Pacha for the very first time, or so I'm told, DJ Spen from America's Quantize Records, will combine vocal house with the toughest beats more>>

- "Does this mean you get to meet the freak?": Jacksons v AEG update
- System Of A Down not firing Serj Tankian
- Arctic Monkeys perform new song
- Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announces second album
- Deerhunter announce UK tour
- Emily Wells announces London show
- Giant Drag announce farewell shows
- Festival line-up update: Sŵn, British Summer Time, Sziget and more
- Great Escape 2014 dates announced
- Kobalt appoints new MD for neighbouring rights business
- EDM trade body announces full board of advisors
- Bauer announces rejig
- Box TV channels now available online
- Library offers to waive Keith Richards' fines if he drops by in person
- 'Psy' visits Cannes
The Product Manager is a key member of the marketing team at Defected, the world’s leading house music label. Responsible for managing and developing artist and third party label projects, you will have an established and knowledgeable music background with comprehensive campaign management skills and extensive experience of the release process.

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The Promotions Manager role sits within the marketing team at Defected, the world’s leading House music label. Responsible for managing Defected and partner labels’ international club and radio promotions, you will come from an experienced, music promotions background and have an extensive network of contacts.

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We are looking for an intern with a keen interest in digital marketing to join our UK team. Experience in digital marketing would be a plus; being interested in music and wanting to learn more about the industry is a necessity.

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Cherry Red Records are looking for an assistant to our digital manager in the creation of a marketing/project management department within the company. The successful candidate will work closely on our new frontline releases, but also assist in the general running of the digital department across our entire catalogue and various media platforms.

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London office for well-established rock/metal label is looking for a dynamic and experienced Promotions Manager to handle TV and Radio promotion for its rapidly diversifying roster. The ideal candidate should have at least two years experience in a similar role with existing contacts within the rock/metal media. Working in a fast-paced environment, organisation, communication and motivation are all key, as is a strong passion for rock/metal music.

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Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a Music Team Assistant to join our small but expanding creative team. This is an excellent starter role giving the opportunity to work in the music industry with an exciting growing company.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: Global Radio was told to sell stations in seven regions as part of its Real Smooth acquisition. The demands by the UK competition regulator regarding the radio giant's purchase of what was the Guardian Media Group's radio business were pretty severe, and mean that Global will likely have to sell on more of the Real and Smooth Radio networks than it'll be allowed to keep. This means Global could lose out significantly from the whole deal. It remains to be seen if the radio giant will appeal the Commission's ruling. CMU report | Guardian report

02: Eminem's publisher Eight Mile Style sued Facebook and its ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, alleging that the social network used music from one of Slim Shady's tracks, 'Under The Influence', without permission for a promotional film shown during a webcast by the firm's top man Mark Zuckerberg. The publisher also hit out at a letter from W+K's lawyer accusing Eminem collaborator Dr Dre of himself lifting music from a Michael Jackson song without permission when recording 'Under The Influence', with Eight Mile Style's reps saying that was a ridiculous allegation, not least because Dre didn't work on that track. CMU report | Courthouse News report

03: Five one time Grooveshark employees were taken off one of the major labels' lawsuits against the often controversial streaming service, after they signed agreements pledging to never infringe a music copyright again. The lawsuit, led by Universal, accuses Grooveshark of having its staff upload unlicensed content to its own servers. Legal papers listed a number of said employees, but Benjamin Westermann-Clark, Paul Geller, John Ashenden, Chanel Munezero and Nikola Arabadjiev have now all been removed after signing the never-infringe-again agreement. The Grooveshark company and co-founders Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg are still named. CMU report | DNM report

04: Sony was considering a proposal to sell off some of its entertainment business. The proposal was made earlier this month by Daniel Loeb, whose hedge fund Third Point now owns 5.6% of Sony Corp. He suggested the Tokyo-based entertainment and electronics firm sell off a slice of its US-headquartered music, movie and TV business to free up funds to speed up the recovery of its flagging electronics division. Although Sony top guard have in the past denied reports that they were considering any such sale, Japanese newspaper Nikkei said this week that they had now begun to give Loeb's proposals some thought. CMU report| Billboard report

05: It was confirmed 93 Feet East had its licence back. The East London venue was shut following a police raid in January and amidst allegations management had not done enough to combat the trade and consumption on drugs on their premises. But following an appeal hearing at Thames Magistrates Court last week, bosses of the venue have won their licence back and are now free to reopen the club. CMU report | Metro report

On CMU this week, we had a very interesting chat with Emika and got a marvellous playlist from Club 8's Johan Angergård. Dan Le Sac reported on The Great Escape and wondered why more artists don't take advantage of such events to ensure they are part of the conversation on the future of the music business, while we approved of Lubomyr Melnyk, Liars, Eye Emma Jedi and Julia Holter.

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An email exchange in which a senior AEG exec referred to the late Michael Jackson as "the freak" was amongst the evidence shown in court this week as AEG Live General Counsel Shawn Trell continued to give testimony.

The Jackson family, of course, are trying to show that AEG Live should be held liable for the 2009 death of the late king of pop because it hired and put pressure on the doctor who was convicted for causing the death of the singer through negligent treatment, Conrad Murray. AEG says that Jackson hired and managed Murray, and that it had no control over the treatment he was dishing out.

Earlier this week, Trell admitted that Murray's fees were listed in the budgets for Jackson's 'This Is It' venture as a production expense, rather than as an advance to the singer, which contradicted AEG's past claims regards how the doctor was paid. He also conceded that AEG hadn't done any background checks into Murray, despite the firm's President Randy Phillips assuring concerned 'This Is It' production team members that they had shortly before Jackson's death. His colleagues had made mistakes in both cases, Trell said.

In more recent testimony, lawyers for the Jackson family showed an email exchange between Trell and his counterpart at parent company AEG, Ted Fikre. In the emails, from January 2009, Trell tells Fikre that he is due to meet Jackson to get contracts for the 'This Is It' project signed.

"Does this mean you get to meet the freak?", Fikre wrote back to Trell. "Apparently", the AEG Live attorney responded. "Not sure how I feel about that. Interesting for sure, but kind of creepy".

In court earlier this week Trell actually spoke positively of his subsequent meeting with Jackson, but that email exchange was, said the Jackson family's legal team, evidence that AEG executives held the singer in contempt despite going into business with him in 2009.

Jackson lawyer Brian Panish said outside the courtroom: "That email just exemplifies that AEG had no respect for Mr Jackson. All he was was a vehicle to make money and to promote their concert business to catch up to Live Nation".

AEG's legal team have, unsurprisingly, played down the significance of the email exchange between two of its in-house lawyers. Resisting the temptation to point out that the use of words like "freak" in reference to Jackson wasn't exactly uncommon in early 2009, they say that the Jackson team have simply brought the emails to trial to embarrass their client.

Arguing that the correspondence does nothing to prove the Jackson family's contention that AEG managed and put pressure on Murray, the lawyer leading the live firm's defence, Marvin S Putnam, told reporters: "We are four weeks into trial and we have yet to hear one piece of substantive evidence".

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Vocalist Serj Tankian is still part of the System Of A Down line-up, despite anything bassist Shavo Odadjian might have said earlier this week, OK? Don't worry yourself. Off hiatus since 2011, the band are going to be playing live shows this summer as planned. All four of them. But you might have to wait for a follow-up to their twin 2005 albums 'Mezmerize' and 'Hypnotize'.

Earlier this week, Odadjian said via his personal Facebook page: "OK, I'll come clean. It's not us ... it's Serj, who doesn't want to do a new album! So please stop harassing us about it! We are just waiting for SERJ! Now he might hate me for exposing the truth but I had to... sorry folks! We're trying to get a new album out, it's just not passing Serj's RULES! Kinda funny, since we started the band [together] and now he's holding us back!"

He added: "I'm ready to release [an album] with someone who wants to be the singer of System, [but] not someone we have to beg to be a part of System! So with that in mind, what do you guys [think we] should do? Just remember, he's been holding us back for seven years so far. Wanna wait another four to five years? Or shall we release a record without Serj? You tell us!"

Odadjian did then say that he'd prefer record with Tankian, if that could be arranged, but the cat was out of the bag. Such uproar was there that later, the band's official Facebook put out its own statement, saying: "Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone".

It continued: "To be clear, the full band line-up of Serj, Daron [Malakian], Shavo and John [Dolmayan] will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new SOAD music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans".

So chill out, right?

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The Arctic Monkeys made their first live appearance since last year's Olympics Opening Ceremony on Wednesday night. Performing at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, the band even opened their set with a brand new song, entitled 'Do I Wanna Know?'

Last we heard the band were in the studio "working stuff out". So now it would seem they've worked that stuff out. Or at least one song's worth of stuff.

Though there's no release date publicly scheduled for the band's fourth album - or even that new track - as yet. Which means the question you have to ask yourself now is, do you want to wait to hear this new song through proper channels on a TBA date, or do you want to hear it via a shitty gig recording on YouTube? The answer is that you want to wait. You really should wait. You really shouldn't watch this video that some idiot filmed.

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Following her sold out debut London show earlier this year, Japanese popstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has announced details of her second album, 'The What The!? Collection' (or 'Nandakorekushon'). The album will be released in Japan on 26 Jun and sees her work again with Capsule's Yasutaka Nakata as songwriter and producer.

Announcing the release, Pamyu Pamyu said: "My second album will finally be released! It would make so happy if the picture for the limited edition made you mutter, 'What the!?' The CD also has all sorts of songs, from the rock-flavoured 'Fashion Monster' to the sparkly alien song 'Invader Invader', so please look forward to it! It definitely won't let you down! I want you all to hear it soon!"

I'm not sure why she thinks the artwork on the limited edition version is more surprising than the standard edition, cos it really isn't. But anyway, there's no word if this album (in any form) will receive an official UK release, though, like her debut, 'Pamyu Pamyu Revolution', it should at least be available through iTunes.

Watch the video for recent single 'Invader Invader' here, a good example of how dubstep sounds have suddenly started, er, invading Japanese pop lately.

And, just for good measure, here's the album's tracklist:

Ninja Re Bang Bang
Kimi Ni 100%
Super Scooter Happy
Invader Invader
Fashion Monster
Saigo No Ice Cream
Noriko To Norio
Otona Na Kodomo

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Having just released their fifth album, 'Monomania', Deerhunter will be over here in the UK (and also Ireland) to play some songs in our nation's gig venues in October. One of said shows will be as one of the headliners of this year's multi-venue Sŵn festival in Cardiff on 18 Oct - they being the first of this year's Sŵn acts to be announced.

Here are all the tour dates for you right now:

11 Oct: Dublin, Vicar Street
12 Oct: Belfast, Empire Music Hall
13 Oct: Glasgow, The Arches
15 Oct: Manchster, Academy 2
16 Oct: Leeds, Stylus
17 Oct: Liverpool, East Village Arts Club
18 Oct: Cardiff, Solus
19 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2

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Recently CMU approved Emily Wells has announced that she will play a one-off show in London next month to celebrate the release of her new album 'Mama'.

That'll be available on 3 Jun, the day before the show, courtesy of Partisan Records. The show itself will be at The Water Rats on 4 Jun.

Now have yourself a little listen to new single, 'Darlin', which is taken from the album and due out on 27 May.

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Since an initial flurry of attention around debut album 'Hearts And Unicorns' in 2005, things have not been easy for Giant Drag's Annie Hardy, having been diagnosed with muscular disorder fibromyalgia in 2008. More recently, she has also sought treatment for addiction to prescription drugs.

In 2010, she release the 'Swan Song' EP, which suggested a certain finality. However, earlier this year she released Giant Drag's second studio album, 'Waking Up Is Hard To Do', via Bandcamp. Now she's also announced a series of UK shows that are being billed as a farewell tour, after which she will concentrate on other musical projects.

Announcing the tour, Hardy said: "I want to engage people once again and make the rest of the world care as well. Basically the last couple years of my life were pure hell and I spent it (and my 'success' period of GD) a slave to prescription drugs, only to go to rehab last October to get clean".

She continued: "Charlotte Froom and Tennesse Thomas from The Like will be helping me to reform GD for a select few shows to promote the record and say goodbye to the band properly so I can concentrate on my new project Annie Hardy And The Psychos, as well as my pet project PnP, who will also be finishing up recording EPs with Joe Cardamone of The Icarus Line".

The dates are as follows:

12 Sep: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
13 Sep: Manchester, Deaf Institute
14 Sep: Liverpool, Kazimer
15 Sep: Glasgow, Broadcast
16 Sep: Newcastle, The Cluny
17 Sep: London, The Borderline
18 Sep: Bristol, The Fleece
19 Sep: Brighton, Green Door Store

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Some festivals have bands. Some festivals have bands and other entertainment. And some festivals have The Gruffalo, JLS and The Beach Boys (or Mike Love's Beach Boys sideshow, as you might call it). Barclaycard British Summer Time has The Gruffalo, JLS and The Beach Boys. And that's a good thing.

Explains promoter AEG Live's Rob Hallett: "Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is much, much more than just a music event. I have always wanted to promote a show where you can take your kids and your parents. Junior can be enthralled with the Gruffalo and your daughter can scream at JLS while your parents dance around to The Beach Boys. Everyone's happy!"

Yes, everyone. Everyone except you, apparently. Oh well.

In other festival news, Stephen Fry has been announced as the curator of this year's Deloitte Ignite opera festival, which will take place at the Royal Opera House in London on 6-10 Sep, exploring the works of composers Verdi and Wagner, the latter of whom is celebrating his 200th birthday this year. Well, he would be if he wasn't dead, but you can't have everything, can you?

Royal Opera Director Kasper Holten told the BBC: "We are planning to celebrate two giants of European cultural history in a lot of different and unexpected ways that hopefully will be interesting and entertaining both for long-time opera lovers and people who have never yet been to the opera".

Back to more contemporary music focussed festivals, and also announcing new intakes of bands (though not The Gruffalo) are ArcTangent, Bingley Music Live, the Ramsbottom Festival, Sŵn and Sziget. As you can see here:

ARCTANGENT, Fernhill Farm, Cheddar, Somerset, 29-31 Aug: Amplifier, Public Service Broadcasting, Delta Sleep, Vessels, Nordic Giants, UpCDownC, Cleft, Fat Goth, Theo, Howard James Kenny, Charlie Barnes, Memory Of Elephants.

BARCLAYCARD BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Hyde Park, London, 5 Jul - 14 Jul: JLS, The Beach Boys, The Saturdays, Paul Young.

BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE, Myrtle Park, Bingley, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Chic feat Nile Rodgers.

RAMSBOTTOM FESTIVAL, Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, 13-15 Sep: The Futureheads, Richard Hawley, Sinead O' Connor, The Beat, Junip, Public Service Broadcasting, The Unthanks, Moreland & Arbuckle.

SŴN FESTIVAL, various venues, Cardiff, 17-20 Oct: Deerhunter.

SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, 7-12 Aug: Franz Ferdinand, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, !!!.

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The dust has barely settled on the 2013 edition of The Great Escape festival and convention, but already dates for next year's event have been confirmed. The 2014 event will take place 8-10 May.

Announcing the dates, Festival Director Kat Morris said: "A huge thank you to everyone who made TGE 2013 so brilliant, to all the incredible artists that played, to every person that attended, our wonderful partners and our amazing production team. We are so excited to announce the dates for 2014 right off the back of this year's festival and hope to see you there".

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The neighbouring rights business of Kobalt has announced the appointment of a new MD in the form of Ann Tausis, who joins from Universal Music Publishing where she had various senior rights management roles.

She will be charged with the task of expanding the newish Kobalt business, which launched last year and is focused on helping artists and producers secure all and any royalty payments they are due from so called 'neighbouring rights', while also having an industry role in lobbying on neighbouring rights issues.

Confirming the appointment, Hans Van Berkel, Executive Chairman of Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, told CMU: "Ann brings fantastic experience from her time at Universal, and Polygram before that, to the role. Her stability and clarity of vision gained across the publishing sector will stand her in great stead in the rapidly developing sphere of neighbouring rights, where complex distribution policies and qualifying criteria vary widely from society to society in a patchwork of countries covered by relevant treaties".

Tausis added: "I am delighted to be joining a thriving, industry-leading company that operates in an area of the recordings business that is developing fast, both at a commercial and at a policy level. Opportunities abound for an efficient global neighbouring rights agency, and it is testament to KNR that it has been able to attract the cream of the crop in terms of clients in such a short space of time".

Tausis will replace Sabine Jones, who was MD for KNR during its launch period, and who is now planning to pursue a consultancy career.

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The Association For Electronic Music, which launched at MIDEM earlier this year, has confirmed the members of its 51-strong advisory board, which includes most of the big names of the global EDM community.

Full information of the board has been published as the new trade group meets at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. Additions to the board since January include Ed Banger Records' Pedro Winter, Ministry of Sound's Lohan Presencer, K7's Horst Weidenmuller, Defected's Simon Dunmore and Avicii manager Ash Pournouri.

Commenting on developments since AFEM launched at the start of the year, co-founder Ben Turner told CMU yesterday: "We set out with the objective of creating an inclusive organisation with the objective of being a worldwide voice for electronic dance music. The response so far has confirmed our view that the time is right for dance music to assert its voice. The energy and passion of our advisory board is clear. It is striking to see so many people who ordinarily are fierce rivals joining together to fight for the music they love".

For fans of lists, here's the full list of AFEM's Board Of Advisors:

Amy Thomson, ATM Artists (England)
Arny Bink, Black Hole Recordings (Netherlands)
Ash Pournouri (Sweden)
Ben Turner, Graphite (England)
Bobby Simms, Pop Shop (France)
Brian Tappert, Trax Source (North America)
Bruce Eskowitz, Red Light Management (North America)
Carlos Correal, Insomniac (North America)
Caroline Prothero, Prohibition DJ (England)
Danny Whittle, IBZ Entertainment (Spain)
David Levy, William Morris Endeavor (England)
Duncan Stutterheim, ID&T (Netherlands)
Georgia Taglietti, Sonar (Spain)
Henry Village, Stackhouse Music Management / Black Butter Records (England)
Horst Weidenmueller, K7 (Germany)
James Barton, Live Nation (North America)
Jason Bentley, KCRW (North America)
Jason Ellis, Universal (England)
Jason Huavere, Movement / Paxahau (North America)
Jens Thele, Kontor (Germany)
John Truelove, Truelove (England)
Kurosh Nasseri, Nasseri (North America)
Liz Miller, Big Beat / Atlantic (North America)
Lohan Presencer, Ministry of Sound (England)
Lynn Cosgrave, Safehouse Management (England)
Marcus Trojan, Weekend (Germany)
Maria May, CAA: Creative Artists Agency (England)
Mark Brown, CR2 (England)
Mark Gillespie, Three Six Zero Management (North America)
Mark Jowett, Nettwerk Music Group (Canada)
Mark Quail, Mark Quail (Canada)
Martin Gontad, 2 Net Producciones (Argentina)
Matthew Adell, Beatport (North America)
Maykel Piron, Armada Music (Netherlands)
Nic Burger, F! Records (South Africa)
Patrick Moxey, Ultra Records (North America)
Patrick Stolpmann, SweetN Low (Germany)
Paul Morris (AM Only (North America)
Pedro Winter, Ed Banger Records (France)
Nikhil Chinapa, Submerge (India)
Philipp Jung, Get Physical (Germany)
Ralf Kollmann, Mobilee Records (Germany)
Richie McNeill, Totem One Love (Australia)
Sam Evitt, Method Music (England)
Simon Dunmore, Defected (England)
Steven Braines, The Weird & The Wonderful)
Stephanie LaFera, Little Empire Music (North America)
Steve Goodgold, Windish Agency (North America)
Tim McGee, Ministry of Sound (Australia)
Tim Smith, Blood Company, North America)
Tom Preuss, Desolat / Artist A-Life (Germany)

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Bauer Media has rejigged its rock music brands, giving Mojo a weekly radio show on its recently acquired Planet Rock station, realigning its Kerrang! radio service to be more targeted at the younger demographic who read the magazine, and handing its West Midlands FM frequency to Planet Rock rather than Kerrang!

The rejig steps up the profile of Planet Rock, the previously digital-only rock station that was bought by Bauer in February. The station will now have an FM outpost in the Midlands, and a formal alliance with Mojo, with a weekly show presented by the magazine's Editor In Chief Phil Alexander.

The changes also mean that the distinction between the Planet Rock and Kerrang! brands is clearer - some did wonder why Bauer would want to own two radio services that basically compete when the Planet Rock deal was completed earlier in the year. But Bauer clearly see Planet Rock as a rock brand for an older audience, in sync with the MOJO readership, whereas Kerrang! - on air and in print - is for younger rock fans (who presumably don't even know what an FM radio is).

Confirming the rejigs, Steve Parkinson, MD of Bauer Radio London, told CMU: "We are very excited about the opportunities offered through greater synergy of our three national rock brands - Kerrang!, Mojo and Planet Rock. Each brand has massive potential to grow and cross-promote through its own particular passion for the genre of rock music".

He continued: "We believe listeners will be excited about the enhancements we have planned for these much-loved brands. At the same time there will be increased opportunities for commercial partners to engage right across the UK's community of rock music fans across key platforms of radio, print, TV, online and events".

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Talking of Bauer, Box TV, the music television company co-owned by Bauer and Channel 4, has announced that its telly services will now also be available online.

Viewers will be able to stream the 4Music, Heat, Kiss, Kerrang!, Box, Smash Hits and Magic TV services for free via the web or their mobile and tablet device of choice, either via each individual service's own website, or

In addition to that, Freeview viewers will now be able to access the Magic, Kiss and Kerrang! music channels, in addition to the existing flagship 4Music service, by pressing the red button while watching 4Music programmes.

Says Julie Wright, Business Development and Commercial Director at Box TV: "Music and TV consumption patterns are changing and we are now able to meet our core 16-34 audiences on their preferred connected device and on compatible Freeview devices. We're offering innovative, editorially curated and legal alternatives to pirate internet TV services and are giving our advertisers exciting new opportunities to market their brands and products".

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Dartford Library has offered to waive fines dating back 50 years if the man who owes them, namely Keith Richards, pops by for a visit.

Speaking to The Mirror about his love of the library when he was a teenager growing up in Dartford, Richards said earlier this week: "To me it was a place where you got a hint there was somewhere called civilisation. It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in. I've still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago. They must be astronomical by now".

That statement would suggest he was actually willing to break the library's rules, but whatever. Having estimated that the fines could have reached as high as £3000 by now, The Mirror got on the phone to check. A Dartford Library employee said: "For fines going back 50 years it's going to be tough to work out exactly how much is owed. We'd have to check the archives. Usually the biggest fines we issue are around £100".

However, since then a higher power has got wind of the story and had an idea. Head Of Libraries, Registration And Archives at Kent County Council, Cath Anley, got in touch with The Mirror and explained: "We are really delighted that Keith Richards has said how useful the library was for him in his youth. If he would like to come and visit and help us spread the word about what a great service this is, he would more than compensate us for the books he didn't return".

Now Keith just has to decide if this is a genuine offer, or if he's going to turn up and get jumped by a bunch of angry librarians.

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The film industry is holding its big get together in Cannes at the moment, and one special guest, South Korean rapper Psy, has been spied frequently over the last few days, along with three security guards, hanging out with various celebrities at numerous parties. Well, why not?

What's more, the celebs have been keen to document their meetings with the pop phenomenon of the moment. There he is with James Bond actress Naomie Harris, part of a group including star of 'The Pianist' Adrien Brody, and with basketball player Nicholas Batum. He sure does get around.

Only problem is, Psy claims to be in Singapore. And Cannes isn't in Singapore. It's not even close to Singapore. The commute would be exhausting. How has he managed it? Well, it seems, as you may already have guessed, the Psy in Cannes is an imposter.

Asking his manager to track down his doppelganger, Psy tweeted: "Seems like there's another ME at Cannes... say Hi to him, @scooterbraun!"

He also posted another picture of the imposter with photographer Dylan Don, in which it's particularly apparent that the faker doesn't even look that much like Psy. Still, well done to him for getting away with it. Sadly, it seems that word has got around now and folks are now steering clear of him. Someone help this guy launch a pop career, I say.

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