3 JUN 2013

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It's June. Not quite sure how that happened, but I guess there's nothing we can do about it now. In the absence of one of those Olympics to enjoy we'll just have to turn our attention back to festivals again this summer. Glastonbury is of course back in the calendar again this year, so you can breathe a sigh of relief. But that's not for a few weeks yet. Right here this week there are plenty of things to keep you occupied, not least this week's CMU features, which come in the form of a report from Primavera Sound, a playlist from Emily Wells and a brand new podcast.
Sky Ferreira-like (in no other ways than that she's signed to Polydor and fraternised with Essexian pop pharaoh Blood Orange aka Devonte 'Dev' Hynes on past single 'Unravel') Laura Welsh has shared a new track with anyone who cares to listen to it (personally, I'd advise doing that), and its name is 'Cold Front'. Comparable to Welsh's most topical rivals (Jessie Ware, especially) via its echo chamber tropicalia and the brittle-rich quality to its beats and synths, this 'cold' collaboration with Rhye's Robin Hannibal also has shades of Sade and, at times, Portishead more>>

- Apple signs up Warner for iRadio
- Appeals court orders Terra Firma v Citigroup retrial
- Dotcom to get his data back, by court order
- Miguel may face legal action over Billboard Awards stage dive
- Lou Reed had liver transplant, wife reveals
- Slayer confirm Bostaph will replace Lombardo
- Boards Of Canada to stream new LP - today!
- Jahmene Douglas details Love Never Fails
- No Age releasing DIY new CD/LP
- Festival line-up update: V Festival, Ultra Europe, Whitehaven Festival and more
- [PIAS] to market and distribute BMG's Mute and Sanctuary catalogues
- Nielsen to end airplay monitoring in Europe
- Davies promoted at Bucks
- BBC still negotiating with Stones over airing Glastonbury set
- Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj leaving American Idol
- The Wanted propose boxing match with One Direction
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A round up of music-related happenings to look out for in the next seven days...

PPL AGM. Royalty collection society PPL will hold its Annual General Meeting this Wednesday at King's Place in London. This year's keynote speaker will be broadcaster Jeremy Vine. Well, he plays music on his Radio 2 show, so why not? Expect big talk from him and big stats from PPL.

GoNorth. Running on Wednesday and Thursday this week, the annual get together of Scotland's creative industries, GoNorth, will take place right up there in Inverness. Various music-related seminars feature in the programme, including a discussion on the challenges of putting together the Scottish Album Of The Year Award, a conversation between songwriters Rab Noakes and Gary Clark, plus a keynote from PledgeMusic's Malcolm Dunbar, amongst other things.

Stone Roses film opens. Following its premiere last week, 'This Is England' filmmaker Shane Meadows' Stone Roses doc 'Made Of Stone' - which records the band's 2012 reconciliation and latter shows at Heaton Park - will be shown in British cinemas from Wednesday. The Stone Roses will also play two shows in London this weekend, which is good timing.

Mercury submission open. If you're a British or Irish artist who has an album release date which sits between 11 Sep 2012 and 9 Sep 2013, then today is the day to start thinking about putting that album forward for this year's Mercury Prize. Submissions will be accepted between 3 Jun and 10 Jul this year. The shortlist announcement will take place on 11 Sep, with the ceremony itself happening on 30 Oct.

Jon Hillcock joins Amazing Radio. Jon Hillcock will take over as host of Amazing Radio's weekly review show, 'It's Amazing', this Saturday, replacing Chris Martin (not that one). Hillcock joins as Amazing Radio returns to the DAB network in the South East and Dublin.

New releases. Queens Of The Stone Age have a new album out this week, which is exciting, isn't it? They're also playing an in-store show in Rough Trade East, which is also quite exciting. Be excited. You might also like to be excited about the new albums from Disclosure, Jon Hopkins, Emily Wells, iamamiwhoami, Lescop and Anna Von Hausswolff. Plus, you should be enormously excited about the re-issuing of Scott Walker's first five albums. And if you have any energy left, you could also do a little punch of the air for the new Frightened Rabbit EP.

Gigs and tours. The Stone Roses will be taking to London's Finsbury Park on Friday and Saturday to run through a few of their hits this week. And speaking of old men trying to relive the past, The Who will are heading out on tour to perform their 'Quadrophenia' album. Meanwhile, if you prefer someone younger looking back at old music, Alexandra Burke will be singing Billy Holiday's 'Lady Sings The Blues' at the Albert Hall. Or, other possible choices for live entertainment this week are the Capital FM Summertime Ball, Mudhoney, Action Bronson, Toro Y Moi, Tegan & Sara, Marnie Stern, Neon Neon, Zebra Katz, Lescop, Skepta and Joker, Sean Paul, Emily Wells, Splashh, or my personal choice Vessels.

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Apple has signed up the Warner Music Group for its long mooted iRadio service in a deal which is significant because it means another major label is now on board, but also because this agreement includes publishing rights, something the tech giant has so far been struggling to secure for its planned streaming venture.

As previously reported, Apple has already signed up Universal Music on the recordings side for its planned Pandora-style music service, which many still think will be a gamechanger in the increasingly competitive streaming audio market given the dominance of iTunes in the download domain. So Sony Music remains the major label hold out.

But on the music publishing side, Apple still needs to persuade both the Universal and Sony/ATV publishing companies to do the deal. The tech giant finally got to the negotiating table on iRadio just as the big publishers, especially in the States, were rethinking their approach to digital licensing, with moves to licence services directly rather than via their collecting societies, motivated by the prospect of securing a bigger slice of the royalties pie that way.

As with all things streaming audio, the terms of Apple's deals with Universal and Warner are shrouded in secrecy, though insiders say that just like Universal secured a significantly better deal on the recordings side than the Apple chiefs first offered, Warner has likewise upped the payouts on the publishing side too.

Though according to the Wall Street Journal, the tech firm has given way most on ad revenue share, offering the publisher 10% of ad income linked to its content, double what Pandora apparently pays the owner of publishing rights (bearing in mind the record label will demand the lion's share). Apple has been most willing to negotiate on ad revenue splits from the start, because it shares the risk better than giving way to higher advances and minimum guarantees, though there has been some give there too according to insider chatter.

Whether all the give on recording and publishing deals will be enough to satisfy the Sony record and song rights companies remains to be seen, and talk of deals with the indies has been lacking so far, though the Journal reckons Apple bosses are still keen to make some kind of solid announcement about their entry into the streaming music space at their annual developer's conference which takes place in San Francisco later this month.

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A New York appeals court has ordered a retrial in Guy Hands' case against Citigroup, in relation to the bank's conduct during his equity company Terra Firma's takeover of the major music company EMI in 2007.

As previously reported, in 2010 Terra Firma failed to convince a New York jury that the only reason it bought faltering music company EMI for £4 billion at the moment that it did was because one of the US bank's top advisors gave the equity firm false information about the intentions of another bidder. The deal resulted in Terra Firma being laden with heavy debts to the bank, which proved a bad situation to be in when the credit crunch occurred, not long after the transaction was completed.

In the first court battle Terra Firma failed to come up with any killer witnesses, and in the end (despite Citigroup's reputation taking a bit of a bashing in the courtroom too) it took the jury just four and a half hours to rule in the bank's favour. Three months later Citigroup repossessed EMI, leading to the company being split in two and sold off to Universal and Sony/ATV. And the rest, of course, is history.

And now, it seems, a lot of that history is going to be raked up again in a retrial. Following a request from Terra Firma's lawyers last September, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday that District Judge Jed Rakoff had incorrectly instructed the jury first time round on the relevant English law in the case - the sale having taken place in England, despite the original trial eventually being heard in the States - and therefore ruled that the whole case should be heard again.

While you await a date for the new trial, you can relive the original one in the CMU archive here.

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The New Zealand High Court last week ordered that authorities there hand back to MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz all and any property and data seized from his home in January 2012 that isn't directly related to the ongoing extradition claim against the controversial digital entrepreneur.

As much previously reported, New Zealand police raided Dotcom's home in the country at the start at 2012 just as the US authorities were shutting down his MegaUpload business back in the States. Dotcom was arrested and various of his assets were seized. Ever since American prosecutors have been trying to have Dotcom extradited to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement in the US courts.

Those extradition efforts have been hindered by various issues, not least the fact New Zealand police raided Dotcom's mansion with the wrong kind of warrant, and then breached rules by allowing US officials to take copies of seized digital data back to America.

It was the latter failings that were being discussed in court again last week, Dotcom's legal people having claimed that, given things were basically seized illegally, all property taken from their client's home in January 2012 should be returned. And Judge Helen Winkelmann basically agreed with them.

She has ordered police to inspect all the data they seized last year and to return everything not directly related to the ongoing extradition hearing. Meanwhile the US authorities must return cloned hard drives they took back to America, and delete any copies they made from their own servers. It's not clear how easy it will be for the New Zealand courts to enforce that latter order, though presumably US authorities have to show some respect to the country's judiciary, who ultimately control whether or not Dotcom can be extradited.

New Zealand police had argued that they made only minor errors when securing a warrant to raid Dotcom's home, and that therefore an order to hand back all seized property would be going too far, but, according to TorrentFreak, Winkelmann said: "The deficiencies in the warrants and, as a consequence, the searches, were more than merely technical. The defects in the warrants were such that the warrants were nullities. The warrants could not authorise the permanent seizure of hard drives and digital materials against the possibility that they might contain relevant material, with no obligation to check them for relevance".

It's the latest in a series of setbacks for the authorities in the US and New Zealand in their ongoing MegaUpload investigation, though prosecutors in America remain optimistic they'll be able to extradite Dotcom and pursue their charges against him on home soil.

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The lady who R&B type Miguel crash landed on and kicked in the face - accidentally, we should add - at last month's Billboard Awards is "considering" taking legal action, says her canny new lawyer.

The fan, named Khyati Shah, appeared fairly healthy and happy in this Billboard Q&A immediately after the mishap, but has - her legal rep Vip Bhola claims - been having medical "difficulties" since.

Talking to E! News, Bhola said he and Shah were awaiting "feedback from medical providers", adding that Shah was "in shock and star struck" at the time of the chat with Billboard, hence her seeming fine.

Oh dear.

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When Lou Reed pulled out of Coachella due to "unavoidable complications" in March, he was actually taking time away for a life-saving liver transplant. Which as excuses for gig cancellations go is pretty much as good as they get.

Reed's wife Laurie Anderson has discussed her husband's recent surgery in an interview with the Times, saying: "I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months. He's already working and doing tai chi. I'm very happy. It's a new life for him".

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Slayer have confirmed that Paul Bostaph will replace Dave Lombardo as the band's full time drummer.

Lombardo exited the band back in February amidst disputes over financial matters, and Jon Dette - who previously drummed with the group in 1996 - has been filling in since then. But it is Bostaph who will take over from the band's original drummer full time (presumably meaning Lombardo didn't "resolve the issues" as he hoped, despite the band being united recently in mourning their fellow founder member Jeff Hanneman, who died last month).

It's the second time Bostaph has replaced Lombardo, the former taking over on drums when the latter first quit the group in 1992. Bostaph then played with the metallers until 2002, with a one year break in 1996 when Dette first stood in.

The band said in a statement last week: "[We] are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full time basis. He will be behind the drumkit beginning 4 Jun when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Poland".

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Finally taking the straightforward tack after all the codes, hints and hoo-ha, Boards Of Canada are going to go ahead and stream their new LP, 'Tomorrow's Harvest', as any respectable band (bar Daft Punk) might have done to start with.

Anyway. They're doing it tonight, in fact, at 9pm BST via a 'live transmission' over at, as this Facebook page will clarify.

'Tomorrow's Harvest' has its official release on 10 Jun via Warp, by which time we'll all probably be sick of it.

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Having made 2012's 'X-Factor' final and signed to Sony's RCA division back in January, square-haired ex-ASDA staffer Jahmene Douglas is all set to release his very first LP. Okay, I'll stop patronising him, and move on to its title - a bold claim: 'Love Never Fails' - and release date: 22 Jul.

With a first single - Jahmene's take on David Guetta's 'Titanium' - on its way on the same day, the disc features remakes of Coldplay's 'Fix You', Beyonce's 'Halo', Emeli Sandé's 'Next To Me', and gospel standard 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow'. Oh, and a duet with his 'X-Factor' BFF Nicole Scherzinger on Whitney Houston's 'The Greatest Love Of All'.

Jahmene says: "I know I seem shy, but singing was my therapy, my outlet, my release. It was how I could be just me. First of all it would be singing to Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley. Just singing at the top of my voice. It's a way of zoning out and making you strong. The singing became my sanctuary when I was growing up".

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Lo-fi LA-ites Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, aka No Age, are releasing a thing - specifically, an LP - titled 'An Object' on 19 Aug.

It follows 2010's 'Everything In Between', and was made in LA (naturally) entirely by the band, who've even packaged it and made matching merch in a bid to be "manufacturer, artist, and musician" all at once, till the various hats "trip on themselves and individual parts lose their distinct meanings, demanding to be considered as a whole". Right on.

Trip on this tracklisting:

No Ground
I Won't Be Your Generator
C'mon Stimmung
An Impression
Lock Box
Running From A-Go-Go
My Hands, Birch And Steel
Circling With Dizzy
A Ceiling Dreams Of A Floor
Commerce, Comment, Commence

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Any takers for the new list of artists added to this year's V Festival(s), the one that features Steve Angello, DJ Fresh, The Saturdays, Katy B, McFly, Everything Everything, 5ive and Take That's Mark Owen? Oh, okay, that's a shame.

Still, moving on, perhaps you'll appreciate a similar additions missive via Croatian island dance paradise Ultra Europe; this one starring Adventure Club, Hard Rock Sofa, Jon Rundell, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, W&W and Danny Avila.

Or, alternatively, the news that Mr Scruff will headline Mancs-based independent Raw Fest, a festival otherwise bent on breaking new artists.

Whatever the festival preference, it's certain to be catered to via the following FLUU updates:

RAWFEST, Chorlton, Manchester, 15 Jun: Mr Scruff, Black Lights, Thingumabob & The Thinumajigs, The Chanteuse And The Crippled Claw, Shauna Mackin, Kirsshan Jade.

ULTRA EUROPE, Spli, Hvar, Croatia, 12-14 Jul: Adventure Club, Hard Rock Sofa, Jon Rundell, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, W&W, Danny Avila.

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Essex/Weston Park, Staffordshire, 17-18 Aug: Steve Angello, DJ Fresh, Mark Owen, Katy B, Netsky, Nina Nesbitt, K-Koke, The Saturdays, The Heavy, Jaguar Skills, Eels, McFly, Everything Everything, 5ive, The Original Rudeboys, Jamie Cullum, James Skelly & The Intenders, Lewis Watson, The Skints, Lucy Spraggan, Diana Vickers, John Newman, Exit Calm, Lissie, Conor Maynard, The Pigeon Detectives, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Monsta, Misha B, Hoffmaestro, Sam Smith, Tori Kelly, A*M*E, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Nell Bryden, Ed Drewett, Moya, Silhouette.

WHITEHAVEN FESTIVAL, Whitehaven Harbour, Cumbria, 21-23 Jun: McFly, Bruce Foxton, The Sweet, Slade, Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers.

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[PIAS] last week announced a new partnership with BMG that will see the independent music group's label services unit provide digital and physical manufacturing, distribution and marketing services for much of the two recording catalogues the German music rights company acquired as part of Universal's big EMI divestment last year.

As previously reported, BMG acquired the Sanctuary and Mute catalogues sold by Universal to satisfy its agreement with European competition regulators regarding its acquisition of the EMI record company. Mute was one of the EMI catalogues Universal agreed to sell, while the Sanctuary master recordings archive was one of its own assets divested to satisfy the regulator.

[PIAS] will provide a variety of services to BMG in relation to the two catalogues, in a deal that excludes North America and, it is thought, a small number of key Sanctuary and Mute artists, most likely Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode.

Announcing the deal, Adrian Pope, MD of the [PIAS] label services business, told reporters: "[PIAS] has a potent combination of experience, great systems, specialist expertise and an established international network of offices and partners. BMG has clearly established a reputation as a company which genuinely cares about the rights and repertoire that they hold. Together we share a common goal in working collaboratively to really bring to the surface a raft of repertoire that has huge potential, not least in the continually evolving and globalized digital markets".

In other [PIAS] news, the firm has also announced it will open a new office in New York this month led by Sean Maxson, who was previously GM for Co-operative Music in the US. Co-op was the business [PIAS] itself acquired as part of Universal's big regulator-placating divestment splurge last year.

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American data company Nielsen has announced it will shut its airplay monitoring service in Europe on 31 Aug, according to Music Week.

The company says it has decided to end tracking airplay in Europe after "careful consideration". The decision was presumably influenced by the competition the firm faces in Europe from London-based rival Radiomonitor. Nielsen's airplay tracking in North America is not affected, nor is the company's digital download data operation SoundScan International.

Confirming all this, Nielsen said in a statement "After careful consideration, Nielsen will no longer offer airplay monitoring services to clients in Europe. This will have no effect on digital download sales data and businesses in the USA and Canada will continue as usual. No other services are affected. Ensuring a seamless transition for our clients is our top priority and we will be working with them closely in the coming weeks".

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Independent publisher Bucks Music Group last week announced the promotion of Harri Davies, who has been with the company since 2008, to the role of A&R Manager.

Confirming the move up, the music publishing firm's Director Of A&R Sarah Liversedge said: "Harri is a fantastic asset to our creative team. He is popular with our writers, has good ears and works relentlessly to get the best results".

Meanwhile Davies himself added: "Having been at Bucks for close to five years, this move feels like a natural progression. Bucks has carved itself a unique position as one of the remaining true independent publishers in the UK and as such I'm looking forward to continuing working with the team and our roster of world class songwriters."

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The BBC is still in talks with the Rolling Stones about the broadcaster airing the band's headline set at Glastonbury later this month, according to various reports late last week.

As previously reported, the Beeb last week announced details of its most extensive coverage of Glastonbury yet, capitalising on new digital channels to pump out extra live content in addition to the television and radio airtime set aside to screen footage from the big music fest.

The BBC will have access to a plethora of content from the festival site, with the option to screen full sets from many artists, though it's not uncommon for headline acts to make demands regarding how their performances are screened.

And The Stones were always going to drive a hard bargain on that front. Commercially speaking, the band will be pondering whether being beamed into living rooms across the UK and beyond is great promotion for future live activities, or a massive freebie (for the viewers) that could hinder the future sale of tickets, live DVDs or pay-to-view live screenings (not that the latter went especially well when a New York show was made available that way last year).

Insiders say that Jagger et al are fine for the BBC to screen a few songs from the start of their Glastonbury set, but a deal is still to be done on anything more substantial. Though it's been suggested that the band have creative as well as commercial concerns about their Glasto full set being aired, which might save the BBC from having to write a bigger cheque than they would like. That said, sometimes writing a bigger cheque is easier than reassuring a major artist their set will be of broadcast quality whatever the weather.

But a spokesman for the Corporation played down speculation that negotiations were proving particularly stressful, telling reporters that discussions with the band were "absolutely business as usual for this stage of the festival" adding, "Our conversations with The Rolling Stones have been extremely constructive and are ongoing".

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Marking a sad, sad day in the shelf life and times of 'American Idol', Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are to follow long time 'AI' arbitrator Randy Jackson's lead and exit the show.

"Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!", tweeted Minaj last Thursday, only shortly after Carey's camp had made an official confirmation to the same effect.

All of which leaves only Keith Urban to preside (potentially, since he may quit too) over the fates of auditionees for 'American Idol' season thirteen, which is meant to start filming in the new year.

Season twelve, by the way, closed in mid-May with the 'AI's least watched finale ever.

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Aspiring UN peacekeeper Max George off of The Wanted says he is bored of bashing boy band rivals One Direction in media interviews and on Twitter, and would much rather invest his energies into, erm, bashing them in the head in a boxing ring.

Asked about his group's 1D rivalry by the New York Post, George mused: "We would like a boxing match - them against us. It would be brilliant for TV. They've got twelve million followers on Twitter and I get that they have an army of kids. But instead of [slagging us off on Twitter], if they have got an issue, why don't we actually do something financially - like make some money for a charity, and blow off some steam in a boxing ring. I don't think there is a better idea".

Of course when George says this boxing match would be "brilliant for TV", he's obviously thinking about what the 1D boys would get out of the proposition, because, as he astutely noted in March 2012, they are a "TV and children's magazine based" group, while The Wanted are "more of a music band". George doesn't personally have any time for cheap telly projects. Other than maybe the new US reality series 'The Wanted Life' he was promoting in the Post interview.

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