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TOP STORIES
- "He is shooting him up with something": Jacksons v AEG Update
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Golden Gods presented
CHARTS, STATS & POLLS
- Rihanna overtakes Bieber as YouTube's most viewed
ARTIST DEALS
- Cheryl Cole parts ways with American management team
IN THE STUDIO
- Psy badgers Brian May
- Dev Hynes hints at Blood Orange LP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- MGMT to tour in OCTBR
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs add one-off London show
- Owen Pallett sets 'intimate' live dates
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Vans Warped Tour, Hard Rock Hell, Glasgow Summer Sessions and more
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Warner music buys Russian label, Gala
- SONGS confirms Conde Naste alliance over online videos
- Pledge announces Universal alliance in Canada
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Songbird to close
- Pink Floyd catalogue goes live on Spotify, including for freemium users
- Chinese music sites move away from free downloads
AND FINALLY...
- Jake Bugg calls Nashville songwriters "complacent"

"HE IS SHOOTING HIM UP WITH SOMETHING": JACKSONS V AEG UPDATE
When last we looked in on the ongoing Jacksons v AEG Live court case over a week ago, the live music giant's President Randy Phillips was in the witness stand, and he's only just stepped down, after a mammoth eight days of bickering with the Jackson family's legal reps.

At one point judge Yvette Palazuelos admonished the AEG exec for being tetchy and evasive, pointing out that his approach was making his testimony last much longer than would otherwise be necessary, while adding, according to CNN: "You give an answer, and you're not answering the question, the jury is going to get the impression that you're being evasive". Phillips told the judge "I realise that".

As much previously reported, the Jackson family reckon AEG, as promoters of the late king of pop's ill-fated 'This Is It' venture, should be held liable for the death of the singer in 2009, because they paid and managed Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted for causing the pop star's death through negligent treatment.

AEG failed to check Murray's credentials and ignored various red flags about Jackson's health, the Jackson family argues, and put pressure on the doctor to get the singer on stage whatever it took. But AEG counters that Jackson himself hired and managed Murray, and that its executives could not have known about the medic's dangerous treatments.

Much of the questioning over Phillips' eight days in the stand focused on the weeks before the London launch of the 'This Is It' venture in March 2009, and the weeks prior to Jackson's demise on 25 Jun that year. And as with all their questioning of AEG staff, the Jackson legal team seemed keen to highlight inconsistencies in past statements, and all and any warning signs that were allegedly ignored.

AEG's lawyers counter that all that is irrelevant in ascertaining whether or not the live firm had any power or influence over Murray, which the company says it did not. Though Phillips himself also introduced a new line of argument to counter the Jackson clan's claims, that the ghost of the late king of pop has confirmed himself that neither AEG nor Murray was liable for his death.

But first, back to the palaver that occurred in London before the 'This Is It' show was first announced in March 2009. The AEG boss admitted in court that he first feared Jackson might pull out of the live venture almost as soon as he had signed his deal with the live giant, making the London launch crucial, because in theory it would be much harder for the star to bail once the project was public.

"I was worried that we would have a mess [and] his career would be over", Phillips admitted in court last week. "There were a lot of things I was worried about".

Demonstrating that the 'get it announced quick' strategy was real, the Jackson legal team presented yet another email from spring 2009, in which previous witness Paul Gongaware told Phillips, "Once we go on sale, which we have the right to do, he is locked".

The London launch was full of drama, of course. We'd already seen the email from the scene in which Phillips reported to overall AEG boss Tim Leiweke that, just as their star was due to head to The O2 to announce 'This Is It, "MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent".

More emails between Phillips and Leiweke from that day expanded on the scene. "I screamed at him so loud the walls were shaking", Phillips wrote to his boss. "[Jackson's manager] Tohme and I have dressed him, and they are finishing his hair, and then we are rushing to The O2. This is the scariest thing I have ever seen. He's an emotionally paralyzed mess, filled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time. He is scared to death. Right now I just want to get through this press conference".

In an email to another colleague revealed in court last week, Phillips said he had put Jackson into a cold shower, in a desperate bid to get him ready for the press launch, and "just slapped him and screamed at him". Though in court the AEG prez played down that particular email, telling the jury, "I slapped him on the butt like what a football coach would do to a player".

While all this occurred, Jackson's fans over at The O2 waited patiently for their hero to arrive and announce whatever it was he was going to announce. Though Phillips reckons that, actually, in the end it all turned out OK. "In an odd way, it created more anticipation", he testified, "and made it a bigger event, as people doubted whether or not it was going to happen".

Once at The O2, Jackson uttered just a few sentences to his waiting fans, words Phillips says he wrote as the pair made their way to the stage, only realising at the last minute that the singer hadn't prepared any kind of speech. But at least the initiative had been announced, and - according to Gongaware's logic - the singer was now publicly committed to the project.

Though concerns clearly remained in the AEG camp as preparations for 'This Is It' went through the motions, not least when staff started reporting "trouble at the front". Indeed, so concerned was Phillips about the number of Jackson no-shows at rehearsals in the weeks before the singer's death, further email exchanges show the live firm was considering withholding cash advances to the star, who, Phillips reckoned, might be "in an anticipatory breach" of his contract.

Concerns were also being expressed at the live giant about Dr Arnold Klein, the dermatologist and long term ally of Jackson who the singer was still visiting, despite having Murray as his personal medic. In the ever mounting pile of emails presented by the Jackson legal team, one was between Phillips and one of Jackson's business managers, Michael Kane, discussing Klein's bills.

"He scares us to death because he is shooting him up with something", Phillips said to Kane. The business manager responded: "Since we owe him $48K and he wants payment, maybe I should stop paying him so he would stop shooting him up". Lawyers for Conrad Murray tried to raise the drugs Klein was providing to Jackson in his criminal case, though the judge there said the other doctor's actions were irrelevant, because none of those medications were in the singer's system at the time of his death.

Though here, for the Jackson's legal team, what's important is that Phillips was expressing concerns, back in 2009, regards the singer's access to different medications. Even though he and other AEG execs have, in the main, pleaded ignorance (prior to his death) to the star's drug dependencies which, the Jacksons say, were a reason why the live giant should have been keeping a closer eye on Murray.

But, said Phillips last week, even if he expressed some concerns about the singer's healthcare, he didn't really have any actual knowledge of what the problems were in spring 2009, and as Jackson's promoter, he didn't really have any right to know the specifics of the star's health and treatments. And, after all, Murray "pretty much assured us that Michael Jackson was fine" when Phillips called that emergency meeting to discuss concerns amongst the 'This Is It' team regarding the singer's health.

Plenty of emails were revealed, stories told and then retold, and inconsistencies argued over at length during Phillips' week-plus on the witness stand, though the stand out moment was probably when the AEG man recalled conversations with his longtime friend Brenda Richie (the ex-wife of Lionel).

She, it seems, had 'communications' with Jackson after his 2009 death. "Brenda called me to tell me that she was in communications with Michael, either through a medium or directly", Phillips told the court. "She said Michael told her that it wasn't Dr Murray's fault, and that he had accidentally killed himself".

Perhaps unsurprisingly the Jackson team objected to the inclusion of a ghost story in Phillips' testimony, though mainly because it was "triple hearsay", something Phillips had been told by Richie who was told by a medium who was told by Jackson. Who was dead at the time.

With Phillips' long drawn out moment in the spotlight now done, the case continues.

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GOLDEN GODS PRESENTED
Tradition now dictates that with the Download festival comes two metal-themed award bashes, and while Kerrang!'s gong-dishing ceremony takes place just before the annual rock fest, rival Metal Hammer presents its Golden Gods just after.

Coming up, this year's winners, but first Metal Hammer Editor In Chief Alexander Milas saying some words: "The Metal Hammer Golden Gods are the ultimate celebration of this astounding cultural phenomenon we call heavy metal, and we do it shoulder-to-shoulder with the fans who make it all possible".

He goes on: "From honouring the lords of our world Black Sabbath and the crown princes of rock and roll Motörhead as well as today's most cutting edge acts, there's simply no other event like it. In the spirit of tonight's Spirit Of Hammer winner Brian Blessed, the message of tonight's outrageously entertaining event is clear... metal's alive!"

Winners...

Best UK Band: Black Sabbath
Best International Band: Stone Sour
Best Live Band: Gojira
Best New Band: Bleed From Within
Best Underground Band: The Algorithm
Breakthrough Artist: Asking Alexandria
Best Album: Black Sabbath - 13
Best Song: Coheed And Cambria - Dark Side Of Me
Best Video: Avenged Sevenfold - Carry On
Best Event: Heavy Metal Census

Dimebag Darrell 'Shredder': Eric Calderone
Metal As Fuck: Burgerkill
Riff Lord: Scott Gorham
Spirit Of Hammer: Brian Blessed
Inspiration: Paradise Lost
Legend: Doro
Icons: Alice In Chains
The Golden God: Motörhead

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RIHANNA OVERTAKES BIEBER AS YOUTUBE'S MOST VIEWED
Rihanna's official Vevo channel has now brought her more video views overall than those enjoyed by Justin Bieber via his official profile, passing to her his long-held crown as top dog on the video website.

Both have racked up almost 3.8 billion views in total, though Rihanna has had her profile for four months longer. The songstress also has nearly four million more subscribers than the pop boy on the site, presumably meaning more people watch her videos once, but her fans aren't so into repeat plays. Both being Universal-allied artists, Rihanna and Bieber's official channels on the YouTube site operate under the Vevo banner.

As for who's most popular on a day-by-day basis across the YouTube platform, online popularity monitor Starcount had Rihanna slightly ahead of Bieber yesterday, though both are lagging far behind Psy in that regard, he currently pulling in more YouTube views per day than Rihanna and Bieber put together.

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CHERYL COLE PARTS WAYS WITH AMERICAN MANAGEMENT TEAM
Cheryl Cole has apparently done that 'parting ways' thing with her US-based managerial team. The singer hired said team, as is/was lead by Will.i.am, back in 2011 to assist in 'breaking' her Stateside, a dream that became less likely to be realised (so basically, died) after Cole's brisk 'X-Factor USA' dismissal that same year.

An incorporeal voice intones via the Mirror: "Cheryl had originally brought in a new and experienced team to help her with cracking America when news of her 'X-Factor USA' signing broke, but it's been two years since she was sacked and she no longer has plans or a desire to make it over there. She doesn't have a US record deal and, despite the rumours, is not going to be moving over there".

The paper adds that Cole and i.am "remain good friends and were out for dinner in London last week", so that's a nice silver lining to all this, isn't it? That said, we all know how serious Will's hot meal addiction is, so it's hard to say if he genuinely wanted to be there.

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PSY BADGERS BRIAN MAY
Here's a strange twist of rock-pop fate it's safe to say no one imagined, even in their wildest dreams; badgers' champion Brian May going at it - by making a crazy new collaborative track, that is - with Psy.

The Queen guitarist and 'Gangnam Style' star are - claims The Sun - in talks to remix a single May has written for failed 'The Voice' contestant Kerry Ellis. May says he was drawn to Psy having learned the K-pop gent is an avid Queen fan, adding: "I was quite nervous to meet him. The guy's had 1.6 billion views on YouTube. It turns out that he was pretty nervous too. So we just sat there and looked at each other for a while. Then we had a good conversation and it was nice. It was a friendly lunch".

On possible collaborations, he added: "You never know what might happen. We talked music, strangely enough, in its various forms, and our history. He's not a flash in the pan, he's made six albums. I've come to understand what he's about. He's a very thoughtful guy".

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DEV HYNES HINTS AT BLOOD ORANGE LP
Retracing his solo Blood Orange alias post collaborations with Solange, Sky Ferreira and Sugababes originals Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Devonte Hynes has a new LP as BO (lol) titled 'Cupid Deluxe' on the go.

All he'll say at this early stage - this via Twitter - is that a) it's finished and that b) he "fucking loves it", so that's illuminating. Here, in place of anything relevant, is a link to Dev's cool Blood Orange blog.

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MGMT TO TOUR IN OCTBR
MGMT have started the promo campaign for their still-TBA third LP, the same one that was only a glint in a scared cat's eye back in January, by confirming new shows in October.

Lacking anything to add, I'll move straight to the dates:

12 Oct: Glasgow, ABC1
13 Oct: Wolverhampton, Civic
14 Oct: Manchester, Apollo
16 Oct: London, Forum
19 Oct: Dublin, Olympia

Oh, and this, MGMT's Record Store Day special, 'Alien Days'.

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS ADD ONE-OFF LONDON SHOW
Those that didn't go to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' ATP-promoted I'll Be Your Mirror festival back in May, may be pleased by news that the band will be back again, playing live in London, in July.

15 Jul, in fact, at the capital's Islington Academy. They're appearing at T In The Park on 24 and Latitude on 20 Jul, hence the flying visit to Britain. Tickets will go on sale on Friday at this link.

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OWEN PALLETT SETS 'INTIMATE' LIVE DATES
Acclaimed Canadian composer and guest strings-player on LPs by The National, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and... Linkin Park, Owen Pallett has shared a fairly 'intimate' live itinerary featuring dates at Brighton's The Haunt (10 Aug), London's Bush Hall (11 Aug), and The Hall in Manchester (12 Aug).

The CMU approved Buke And Gase are joining him on all those occasions, so that'll be nice. Meanwhile, Pallett's new solo LP, tentatively titled 'In Conflict', may be released later this year.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: VANS WARPED TOUR, HARD ROCK HELL, GLASGOW SUMMER SESSIONS AND MORE
I like festivals, especially festivals like Glasgow's brand spanking new big-name extravaganza, Summer Sessions. As if Eminem and KOL weren't adequate as main artist attractions, GSS has only gone and added a pair of new co-headliners, Avicii and Tinie Tempah, to its listings.

DF Concerts & Events CEO Geoff Ellis, who's in charge of the fest at large, says: "We are delighted to bring Avicii to Scotland for the first time and to welcome Tinie Tempah back again - it's going to be a phenomenal show! With four of the biggest international names in music confirmed to play, we're delighted with the line-up for the first year of Glasgow Summer Sessions. The events will have a real festival vibe, with doors opening at 4pm and a wide range of tasty festival food on offer".

Hear that? A "real festival vibe". Talking of which, it's over to an alternative to GSS with a 'vibe' all its own; the Vans' essentially-a-festival-despite-its-title Warped Tour, as has confirmed its London outing headliners Enter Shikari and Parkway Drive, added to a cache for featuring Rise Against, Billy Talent and Coheed And Cambria.

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds has many things to say on his band's new booking, and they are these: "We're chomping at the proverbial bit. It's an honour to even play let alone headline! And being able to experience that Warped Tour vibe and not have to be [first] crammed into a 400 ton cylindrical object 36,000 feet above the ground for nine hours is great! Alexandra Palace is such a smashing venue too, very salubrious. If I was a lame ass (and I'm not), I'd say we were gonna give this gig 110%. But seeing as that isn't physically possible (and, as we've established, I'm not a lame ass) I won't say that".

Ha, he kind of still did. Carrying on with the 'vibe' vibe, here are extra festival line-up update vibes via the Wales-based Hard Rock Hell IV and Gateshead's quippily-named Summertyne Americana Festival:

GLASGOW SUMMER SESSIONS, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Scotland, 15-20 Aug: Avicii, Tinie Tempah. dfconcertsandevents.com/summersessions

HARD ROCK HELL, Haven Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, 28 Nov - 1 Dec: Airbourne, Black Spiders, The Treatment, Uli Jon Roth, Tracer, The Jameson Raid, Stormzone, Rocky Shades, Sister, Gold, Desert Storm, Trippy Wicked, Groan, Enos, Reds' Cool. www.hardrockhell.com

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL, The Sage, Gateshead, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 19-21 Jul: Elizabeth Cook, Jan Howard, Brennen Leigh, Yolanda Quartey, Lou Dalgeish, Hannah Rickard. www.sagegateshead.com/tour-dates/summertyne-americana-festival-2013

VANS WARPED TOUR, Alexandra Palace, London, 16-17 Nov: Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, Escape The Fate, Blood Command, Cytota, Hacktivist, Ghost Town, Neck Deep. vanswarpedtouruk.com

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WARNER MUSIC BUYS RUSSIAN LABEL, GALA
Clearly in acquisitive mood, following the purchase of the Parlophone Label Group earlier this year, Warner Music yesterday announced it had struck a deal to buy a Russian record label, the Gala Records Group. The purchase of the 25 year old company also comes mere days after Stu Bergen was promoted to the role of President Of International in the major label's recorded music division.

Taking a break from organising the stationery on his new desk, Bergen told reporters: "Gala shares our long held commitment to discovering and developing the very best in local talent and their success is apparent in their enviable roster and renowned catalogue. The entrepreneurial flair of Gala's leadership team is evident in their impressive diversification strategy, which allows them to work with artists across multiple areas of their activities to build long-term, successful careers. We look forward to working with Gala in Russia and to tapping into our global network to further amplify the worldwide success of their artists and songwriters".

Meanwhile, Gala's founder and CEO Alexander Blinov added (well, sort of repeated): "We are joining one of the most experienced and professional teams in the music industry and one that shares our passion and love for music. WMG's expertise and involvement is extremely valuable for the developing Russian music market, and will strengthen our efforts to foster its growth. WMG and Gala are driven by the same priorities and goals: we both place huge emphasis on developing great artists. WMG will make an ideal home for Gala's artists and writers and Russia's abundant creative talent will have a wider access to the world audience".

In addition to releasing music from Russian artists through its main label and the dance-focussed Kontora, Gala also operates a distribution arm, Music Ltd, which releases various international catalogues in Russia, including those of !K7, FatCat and EMI. It also operates two publishing companies, SBA Music Publishing and the United Musical Publishing House.

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SONGS CONFIRMS CONDE NASTE ALLIANCE OVER ONLINE VIDEOS
US independent music publisher SONGS Music Publishing has entered into an interesting alliance with Conde Naste, which will see the magazine maker use songs represented by SONGS in its titles' video content.

Although Conde Naste magazines like Vogue, Glamour, GQ and Wired won't be restricted to only use SONGS music in the videos they post to YouTube and elsewhere, the publisher's catalogue will be prioritised, and the music firm in return will help the magazine people select appropriate tracks. Royalties will then presumably be paid according to the new agreement.

The ins and outs of licensing songs and recordings for inclusion in original videos posted to YouTube are complicated. The Google-owned video site has blanket licences from some labels, publishers and collecting societies in some territories, allowing for any tracks or songs in a rights owners' catalogue to be used on pre-agreed terms.

However, when and how such licences apply varies from country to country (in the publishing domain, a blanket licence may cover 'performance' but not 'mechanical' rights), and often said agreements apply to individual users syncing music, but not brands and media. And even where blanket licences exist, rights owners usually can still veto the use of their content on a case-by-case basis if they so wish.

Some start-ups, such as the Peter Gabriel-backed Cue Songs, have capitalised on these complications and created one-stop shops, which make it easier for filmmakers to access music for online syncing (and beyond YouTube where there may be no blanket licences at all). For Conde Naste, the deal with SONGS will provide similar security, while, for the publisher, increasing the usage of its songwriters' work in the magazine firm's content.

Discussing his company's new deal, SONGS boss Matt Pincus told Billboard: "There is a new paradigm of high-volume content producers creating entertainment for distribution on YouTube and other online video outlets. This is a huge and growing business that uses lots of music. The traditional music licensing infrastructure does not yet support this kind of content in an organised way. [And] when they do, there is little service provided to them by publishers and labels".

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PLEDGE ANNOUNCES UNIVERSAL ALLIANCE IN CANADA
Providing further proof that direct-to-fan and fan-funding platforms - two kinds of digital services for artists that increasingly look the same - can complement as well as compete with the traditional label system, Universal Music Canada has announced a partnership with PledgeMusic. Under the alliance, the major label will have access to Pledge's pre-order platform and 'social syndication technologies'.

The new album by Canadian rockers The Headstones tested the partnership. Confirming the tie-up, Universal Music Canada CEO Randy Lennox said: "As we have seen with the success of The Headstones wonderful new album, PledgeMusic is a vibrant new way of artist discovery. [Pledge boss] Benji [Rogers] and his Pledge team have developed an artist and music fan-friendly experience and we couldn't be happier to partner our artists and their assets with Pledge's exciting direct-to-fan platforms".

Although originally positioned more in Kickstarter crowd-sourcing territory, PledgeMusic now very much sees itself as a platform to enable artists to sell music and premium products to core fans on a pre-order basis. By generating cash upfront, Pledge, like Kickstarter, can assist DIY artists looking for help with cash flow. But it can also be used by labels working in partnership with artists, and it is in that latter domain where some of the most interesting campaigns using the Pledge platform have occurred.

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SONGBIRD TO CLOSE
The team behind Songbird will cease developing the open source music player at the end of this month, it was announced on the software's official blog last week. Parent company Pioneers Of The Inevitable will also close at the same time.

Launched in 2007, Songbird was pitched as an alternative to the iTunes platform, providing many of the same features, including the ability to purchase music thanks to a hook up with 7digital inked in 2009.

In its six year lifespan the company managed to raise $11 million in funding, and launched mobile apps as well as an online music discovery service, Songbird.me. However, despite favourable write-ups, it never managed to take off in quite the way its creators hoped (though it did claim to have "been delivering innovative media playback experiences to millions of consumers").

In the blog post announcing the closure, CEO Eric Wittman wrote: "Unfortunately, the company has found ourselves unable to fund further business operations and as of 28 Jun 2013 all of Songbird's operations and associated services will be discontinued".

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PINK FLOYD CATALOGUE GOES LIVE ON SPOTIFY, INCLUDING FOR FREEMIUM USERS
Pink Floyd's whole back catalogue has gone live on Spotify - for both freemium and premium users - following a promotion between the band and the streaming service, whereby users were told access to the group's full archive would only be made available once their 1975 track 'Wish You Were Here' had been streaming a million times on the platform. It took less than four days to reach that number.

Although Pink Floyd have been hesitant on all things digital - with concerns about both royalty rates and the splitting up of albums in the digital domain - they aren't complete hold-outs. Music by the band has been available via subscription-based streaming platforms for a while, though their management previously expressed reservations about ad-funded freemium platforms, and it's the fact their catalogue will be available across all of Spotify that is most interesting here.

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CHINESE MUSIC SITES MOVE AWAY FROM FREE DOWNLOADS
Various Chinese music websites that previously offered downloads as well as streams for free, both funded by advertising, have reportedly started charging for the former, seemingly at the insistence of the big record companies.

According to Chinese news service Sina, music website Kugou.com has relaunched offering downloads on a subscription basis (five yuan a month - that's about 52p - for 150 tracks), while rival Xiami.com is now running an iTunes-style pay-per-download model (albeit with much cheaper rates).

It is thought that Baidu, the Chinese search engine which for years was accused of being a hub for music piracy, will also start charging for downloads on its now legit music service. Sina says that the Chinese offices of the major labels insisted music sites in the country move away from free downloads this month, presumably in a bid to drive up the rates received by the rights owners for each track downloaded.

It remains to be seen whether the move drives more Chinese users over to illegitimate sources of music, or whether recent anti-piracy measures in the country, coupled with the rise of streaming, which on most sites will remain free, will be enough to avoid a too significant loss of legit customers.

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JAKE BUGG CALLS NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS "COMPLACENT"
A number of "the biggest names in songwriting" based in Nashville are "complacent" according to Jake Bugg. Speaking to The Daily Star, the musician said that a recent trip to Tennessee to work with some of these songwriters had turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

"I thought I'd learn something, as these were the biggest names in songwriting. But they'd got complacent", he said. "They were presenting songs they'd already written, not caring what I wanted. I had to say: 'No mate, let's get our guitars out and see what happens together'. It was really disappointing".

Honestly, imagine not wanting to sit down for any length of time with Jake Bugg. Perhaps the aging songwriters were worried about all the hiding from 'the feds' they'd have to do if he skinned up 'a fat one'. Or maybe they just thought, perhaps, that he had very little to offer them in terms of helping out with that whole songwriting thing.

Anyway, Bugg, who earlier this year sparked a minor feud with One Direction after criticising them for working with outside songwriters, added that he felt justified in doing so himself, saying: "I'm still very young, and I should soak up what I can learn from people with more experience. I'm taking it on board, so I can step into writing on my own eventually".

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