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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #162: Rihanna v Liz Jones
The Daily Mail's resident character comedian Liz Jones has found herself in a spot of bother with her latest column in which she refers to Rihanna as "toxic" and a "poisonous pop princess [who] should come with a government health warning". Riri herself saw the piece and wasn't impressed at all, hitting back at Jones via that popular debate platform Instagram. more>>
Soundcrash take over the Kentish Town Forum this Saturday to bring together live bands and DJs all dedicated to the beats and bass. Tru Thoughts signings Hidden Orchestra play live, bringing bring organic soundscapes that build with a cinematic beat-laden feel. Red Snapper play live too, and their shuffling bass ballistics surely don't need much of an introduction. more>>

- MegaUpload considering legal action against Dutch server firm after data wipe
- As I Lay Dying frontman back in court over wife murder plot
- says he's not suing Pharrell
- 'Sick' Earl Sweatshirt contracts pneumonia, cancels July PAs
- There might be a Yeezus sequel in the pipeline, says Rick Rubin
- Yoko Ono Plastic Band to release LP feat Questlove, Tuneyards
- Avenged Sevenfold add name, date to sixth LP
- Empire Of The Sun scoring Dumb And Dumber To
- Arctic Monkeys release arena dates
- Low add November shows
- Dean Blunt to play once at 100 Club
- HMV's flagship store to become a Sports Direct
- AIF celebrate five years, publishes some stats
- Sharemyplaylists becomes
- Bieber monkey heading to the zoo
Warp Records are looking for an experienced royalties accountant who will be responsible for managing all aspects of royalty accounting for the record company. This will include preparation of bi-annual accounting to artists, mechanical royalty accounting, internal reporting and analysis. Candidates will have experience in a similar role.

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The 100 Club and Cornerstone Agency are looking to recruit an experienced candidate to work with The 100 Club's owner, help fill any gaps in the schedule and work to improve the Club's marketing and promotion (including social media) to raise awareness of the Club's activity. This is great role for someone who is well connected in music and has a great relationship with agents, promoters, record labels and managers.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
As the Fulfilment Coordinator, you will manage the ticket fulfilment process for our customers in a timely and accurate manner in order to maintain and grow the company's market leadership aspiration. Additionally, you will work to maintain relationships with fulfilment sub-contractors and any related partners in the UK and Europe.

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Futuresound Events are looking to recruit a concert promoter based in its Leeds City Centre office. The ideal candidate must have a broad knowledge of the music industry, excellent organisational, digital and communication skills are required; combined with a genuine passion for music.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
based in its Leeds City Centre office. The ideal candidate must have a genuine passion for music, excellent organisational, digital and communication skills. This will be a varied role, where you will learn all aspects of promoting and you must be willing to work long hours and unsocial hours. A great opportunity for the right person!

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
We are looking for an experienced online/web publicist to join our team and look after all aspects of online music promo. The position offered is full-time and based in Manchester but for the right candidate there could be an option of working in London or remotely. We offer a competitive salary based on experience.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
£600 per calendar month

Come and share our lovely office in Camden NW1, which is available from the beginning of July 2013

Situated in a 620 sq ft former photographic studio, up to four of you will be sharing with us - a music PR company. One third of the office is available in a friendly, spacious, airy, media environment. The space offered is partially separated from the main room and currently acts as our meeting / ping pong room! Individual desk spaces may also be considered.

The office is tastefully designed, has ample storage and is based in Camden close to all the amenities. The space would suit music professionals, designers or architects or a small company involved in the creative arts.

The studio has excellent security and is situated in a private yard off the street. It is 5 mins walk from Chalk Farm tube and Kentish Town West Overground stations. It is equally close to Camden Lock and Market with its numerous shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and a short journey on bus or tube will take you into the west end quickly.

There's a kitchenette, with sink for tea/coffee, microwave and fridge. The studio is situated on the lower ground floor of the building with its own locked door, with 24 hours access.

The rental cost is for the space and includes all utilities but not telephone. Wireless high speed broadband (reasonable use) could also be shared.

A one month deposit would be required with a three-month minimum agreement, with one month written notice and rent to be paid monthly in advance by standing order.

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

01: iTunes Radio's indie deals were revealed. Following much speculation as to what terms Apple would offer the independent labels for its long awaited streaming service, which is due to launch later this year, Billboard got its hands on a copy of the agreement the tech giant has been sending out.

It is thought the deal is in line, though ever slightly less favourable, that that offered to the majors, with a $0.0013 per play royalty and 15% share of ad revenue. The agreement also revealed that Apple won't have to pay anything while the service is in beta, and when tracks are immediately skipped by a user.

Earlier in the week digital rights body Merlin confirmed it wasn't actively involved in iTunes Radio negotiations, because its members already have deals with Apple - that predate Merlin - so are negotiating individually. Agreement story | Merlin story

02: Joel Tenenbaum's damages bill was upheld. One of the long-running file-sharing lawsuits hanging over from the days when the Recording Industry Association Of America pursued litigation directly against file-sharers, Tenenbaum is still appealing the $675,000 in damages he was ordered to pay the record industry by the courts. Although the original judge in the case expressed concern about the size of those damages, an appeals court upheld the jury's ruling, and this week the First Circuit Court Of Appeals did likewise, knocking back the arguments of Team Tenenbaum that the figure was excessive. CMU report | Business Insider report

03: Pandora v everyone rumbled on. It's interesting, is it not, that after a decade during which the US music industry's enemy number one switched from file-sharing platform to file-sharing platform (Napster to Grokster to Kazaa to LimeWire to The Pirate Bay to MegaUpload), it now seems like the big bad foe is a fully licensed streaming set up.

Late last week the surviving members of Pink Floyd hit out in a USA Today op-ed piece at letters the streaming service has been sending to artists, trying to enlist their support for a change in the rules governing internet-radio sound-recording royalties, which are set by statute in the US. The Floyd said the letter was misleading, and failed to tell artists how much they'd lose in any royalties cut. But Pandora hit back, saying the band were wrong, because they had been misled by the Recording Industry Association Of America.

Meanwhile on the publishing royalties side, Pandora is trying to stop the big publishers from withdrawing from the collective licensing system when licensing their songs to the streaming set-up, even though it is yet to agree terms with collecting society ASCAP. Fun times. Pink Floyd op-ed | Pandora response | ASCAP dispute

04: SFX announced an IPO. The latest business venture from Robert Sillerman, who built the original SFX live music business that contributed a big chunk to what is now Live Nation, is seeking to raise $175 million through a share sale. The money will enable the company to buy outright some of the businesses it has previously acquired stakes in, and provide working capital. The new SFX is focused on the EDM genre that has boomed so much in the US of late, with interests in live and online ventures. The firm's IPO paperwork admits that being so focused on EDM means the company's long-term fortunes rely very much on the genre's current popularity being maintained. Opinion is very much divided on whether that's going to happen. CMU report | Billboard report

05: BMG announced Mute and Sanctuary partners, and signed the Stones. The music rights firm, which acquired the Mute and Sanctuary sound recording catalogues off Universal Music earlier this year, confirmed that [PIAS] will handle much of the marketing and distribution of those recordings, though INgrooves will do the business in North America, and the Depeche Mode and Black Sabbath catalogues will be represented by Sony and Universal respectively (because those artists are currently working with those majors on their new output). Elsewhere, BMG confirmed it had signed up Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to a publishing deal, the first time since 1983 that the Stones songwriting duo have had external representation for their song rights. Mute/Sanctuary report | Stones report

In CMU this week we chatted to Austra's Katie Stelmanis, enjoyed a playlist by Kisses, and guest columnist Dan Le Sac considered the cons of crowd-funding. Approved were Robyn, Nothankyou, Run The Jewels and the latest Tasty Morsels collection.

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MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz has confirmed he is considering legal action against the European server firm that wiped 630 machines containing content uploaded by customers of the now defunct file-transfer service.

As previously reported, it emerged earlier this month that Dutch company Leaseweb had wiped the servers that hosted much of MegaUpload's European operations earlier this year. The wiped machines contained, according to Dotcom, "petabytes of pictures, backups, personal and business property".

Former MegaUpload users lost access to any files they had uploaded to the file-storage platform when the US government shut the company down, disconnecting its American servers directly and seizing its dotcom domain in January 2012.

Ever since, various parties have been trying to reconnect those users with their data, with Dotcom's lawyers asking for frozen Mega funds to be released to fund some sort of data return programme. But the US authorities have, in the main, not been especially sympathetic to any former Mega users who lost their files, pointing out that the defunct service's small-print advised customers to keep local back-ups of data.

Leaseweb has claimed that it deleted the former Mega files on its servers because no one had been in touch about them for a year, and a letter it sent warning of plans to wipe the data had gone unanswered. And of course, storing 630 full-and-unusable servers is expensive.

But Dotcom disputes those claims, saying that in March 2012 his lawyers wrote to the company requesting the firm hold onto the Mega data for the foreseeable future. In an email to the server firm, now made public by Dotcom, Mega's lawyer Ira Rothken writes: "MegaUpload continues to request that Leaseweb preserve any and all information, documentation and data related to MegaUpload - as destruction by Leaseweb would appear to be in violation of amongst other things the applicable civil litigation data preservation rules and would interfere with evidence in a criminal matter".

The letter added that "MegaUpload is negotiating with the United States to discern feasibility of consumer data access and the conditions for the same".

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is representing individuals who lost data as a result of the Mega shutdown, also sent a letter, in which it said: "We now write to formally request that you preserve that material both for purposes of contemplated future litigation and as a matter of obligation and courtesy to the innocent individuals whose materials have unfortunately been swept up into this case".

While Dotcom and Team Mega really blame the US government for the loss of data caused by the Leaseweb wipe, they have confirmed to TorrentFreak that they are contemplating legal action against the server firm.

Rothken told the website: "Leaseweb was put on written notice repeatedly to preserve data relevant to both pending criminal and civil litigation, including potential civil litigation involving Leaseweb. Whether one couches it in terms of e-discovery litigation holds or just being a good corporate citizen we believe that Leaseweb acted inappropriately under the circumstances when they destroyed data".

But the server company, in a statement on Wednesday, says it is confident that its actions did not violate any laws, because the contract between it and MegaUpload was governed by Dutch law. The firm told reporters: "This means the termination, and subsequent data retention needs to be valid under Dutch law. As there was no claim from the Dutch authorities on the data, the data was not subject to evidence rules. Also Dutch and European privacy legislation prohibit giving third parties (ie MegaUpload customers) direct access to their data".

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The frontman of metalcore outfit As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis, was back in court this week for another hearing in his wife-death-plot case.

As previously reported, Lambesis is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan. The person the metaller is accused of attempting to get to carry out the killing was actually an undercover police officer.

Lambesis reconfirmed he was pleading not-guilty to the charges against him at this week's short hearing, with the next court date to consider the case now set for 16 Sep.

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WILL.I.AM SAYS HE'S NOT SUING PHARRELL has said that he is not suing Pharrell Williams over the right to use the phrase 'I Am', despite a report in Rolling Stone quoting both legal documents and Pharrell himself on the matter earlier this week.

As previously reported, Rolling Stone said that had taken exception to the name of Williams' I Am Other company, worried that it might cause confusion and "dilute" his own exploitation of the highly distinctive and seldom otherwise used 'I Am' phrase.

But taking to Twitter to address the report, said: " not suing @Pharrell and I never was... what doing is #iamangel TRANS4Ming inner cities with #STEAM tools".

He's referring there to the 'TRANS4M' and 'Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math' initiatives run by his Foundation, if you were wondering. I know I was.

So anyway, that's all fine and lovely, though it still doesn't explain why Pharrell seems pretty sure that he is being sued.

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Earl Sweatshirt's European live dates have gone the way of an appearance at this year's Bonaroo, aka into the bin.

Having failed to make an appearance at the American festival earlier this month, the rapper has revealed that a case of pneumonia has meant he's had to cancel his part in several live PAs with OFWGTA and Tyler, The Creator, not least at Glastonbury, T In The Park, and an Odd Future show at London's Forum on 1 Jul.

Being ensemble dates, all the shows are still in tact and will go ahead as planned sans Sweatshirt. And, say his representatives, the rapper's own live activities will resume from mid-July, starting with a show in Buffalo, New York on 21 Jul.


This, meanwhile, is 'Doris' (aka the namesake to Earl's first LP, set to be released later this year) and this is 'WHOA' (which appears on the album):

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Producer Rick Rubin has said that there might be a sequel to Kayne West's 'Yeezus' album in the pipeline. That is literally what he said. Well, the Daily Beast asked, "So there might be another Yeezus in the pipeline?" and Rick Rubin replied: "Might be".

Before that, to prompt TDB's question, Rubin explained: "Initially, [Kanye] thought there were going to be sixteen songs on the album. But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, 'Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half'. That was one of the first breakthroughs. Kanye was like, 'That's what I came here today to hear! It could be ten songs!'"

So, there you go. There might be more 'Yeezus' in the offing. I hope he rhymes 'spouse' with 'house' a few more times. That's something no one could ever tire of.

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The Yoko Ono Plastic Band are to release a charmingly-titled new LP, 'Take Me To The Land Of Hell', via Chimera Music on 16 Sep. Made at a particularly prolific time in Ono's life - her eightieth year, in fact - in New York with her son Sean Lennon and Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda, it features guests in tUnEyArDs, Questlove, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, and guitarist Nels Cline.

Talking post her stint as host to Patti Smith, Siouxsie, Marianne Faithfull, Patrick Wolf and Peaches at this year's Meltdown festival, Ono says: "My new album comes at a very special time for me. I'm so happy that it's being released after all the incredible shows that made up Meltdown. The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forwards all the time. This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I've been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such an exciting time of my life".

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Avenged Sevenfold are all done making the LP they began late last year, as has gained the title 'Hail To The King'. The band's first since the death of drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan in 2010, it'll be released on 26 Aug. The band's mini trip to Britain, consisting of shows in Manchester, London and Birmingham, starts 30 Nov.

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Now, some of you who are more cruel than I might say this was apt, but I won't, because I'm nice. Real nice. Also, my brain is too busy thinking that his can't possibly be happening to come up with anything like a mildly witty insult.

Anyway, the soundtrack to the long-awaited (not really) sequel to Jim Carey film 'Dumb And Dumber' will be provided by Empire Of The Sun, according to co-director Peter Farrelly. He tweeted a review of the duo's new album earlier this week, adding: "They'll be scoring 'Dumb And Dumber To!'"

The film is actually called 'Dumb And Dumber To', by the way. Because that is a funny joke about grammar and that. Hahahaha. Ha. Haa. Ha. Ha.

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With the Glasto hype machine in overdrive, it's high time one of its Pyramid stars - Arctic Monkeys, say, since they have a new LP in 'AM' to advertise - capitalised on said hype via a promotional announcement. And to that end I give you Arctic Monkeys' visionary new live initiative, tickets to partake in which will be available on Friday 5 Jul:

22 Oct: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
23 Oct: Manchester Arena
25 Oct: London, Earls Court
28 Oct: Liverpool, Echo Arena
29 Oct: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
31 Oct: Birmingham, LG Arena
1 Nov: Glasgow, Hydro
2 Nov: Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena

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Low will make visible/audible their new LP, 'The Invisible Way', via a set of new live dates that became a reality yesterday. So what I'm saying is, here are Low's Great Britain-relevant live listings:

14 Nov: Cambridge, Junction
15 Nov: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
16 Nov: Sheffield, Queen's Social Club
18 Nov: Liverpool, Anglican Cathedral
19 Nov: Edinburgh, Queen's Hall
20 Nov: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
21 Nov: Norwich, Arts Centre

This, in related news, is the new-ish video for the band's 'Just Make It Stop':

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Hype Williams' Dean Blunt is making a rare live arrival at London's 100 Club on 11 Sep, this a means of ingratiating his new solo LP, 'The Redeemer', to fans following its release via World Music/Hippos In Tanks.

Click this link to get tickets, and see Deano's 'Felony/Stalker 7' clip here.

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HMV's flagship Oxford Street store, which has been open since 1984, is to become a new branch of discount sporting goods chain Sports Direct, according to The Telegraph. The paper says that Sports Direct has paid £5 million to take on the lease from HMV's new owner, Hilco.

However, this does not mean the music brand is disappearing from London's most famous shopping street - it is also reported that Hilco has now confirmed that previously mooted deal to move HMV back to its original smaller Oxford Street unit, currently occupied by Footlocker.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, given 2012 was a rocky year for the UK festival sector, new research by the Association Of Independent Festivals says that - according to a survey of people who visited one of the independent festivals allied to the trade body last year - the average spend per event by a UK festival-goer in 2012 was down on 2011, from £461.58 to £382.49.

Though, perversely perhaps, surveyed festival fans said they felt the recession affected their spending on entertainment less in 2012 than it did in 2011, with 72% saying economic uncertainty affected their entertainment consumption in 2011 versus 69% in 2012. On festival spending specifically, 56% said the recession had an impact in 2011, and 53% in 2012.

Either way, and despite the slip in average spend, AIF reckons that patrons of independent music festivals still contributed over £213 million to the British economy. And the trade body adds that half of those surveyed said they chose to attend a festival instead of taking a trip abroad, meaning the festival helped keep that spending within the UK. Though the majority of independent festival-goers prefer to travel a little when taking in a festival, rather than just going to whichever event they live nearest to.

The new survey comes as AIF celebrates its fifth anniversary. The trade body now represents 44 events, with a collected capacity in 2012 of 557,000. Commenting on the group's first five years, the organisation's General Manager Claire O'Neill told CMU: "It is a pleasure to see AIF grow and evolve since its launch, not least for the inspiration gained from the individuals who are putting their heart and soul in to delivering great experiences year after year. It is by no means easy and is getting no easier to organise festivals and survive, AIF strives to help organisers on that journey, and with such a creative industry I look forward to seeing what the next five years will bring!"

Meanwhile AIF co-founder and Bestival chief Rob da Bank added: "Time flies when you're having fun, and the last five years of running AIF have gone by in the blink of an eye. Growing from our first tiny meeting with a handful of festivals, we're now very proud to have over 40 festivals under our banner as well as numerous friends of AIF and festival suppliers hanging out with us. Our monthly meetings are a hotbed of technical advice, heated debate and the odd bit of festi-gossip. Of course there's no doubt we're all learning how to run better, greener and more efficient festivals all the time. Here's to the next five!"

AIF published its research as one of the issues on which it has been particularly vocal was discussed in parliament this week - that of secondary ticketing. According to Music Week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group On Music has agreed to put pressure on relevant select committees in parliament to reconsider the rules (or lack of) around ticket touting, in part as a result of continued pressure from Sharon Hodgson MP, who has been lobbying on the secondary ticketing topic for sometime.

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Spotify playlist sharing site ShareMyPlaylists has rebranded as, at the same time launching a new Spotify app.

Founder and Chief Exec Kieron Donoghue told CMU: "We decided to change the name to something shorter and more memorable and also to reflect the fact that playlists are now very much part of music culture and a universally recognised format".

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Justin Bieber's former pet monkey Mally is doing just fine in Germany, and is now preparing to settle into the Serengeti Park zoo in Hodenhagen, having left quarantine earlier this week.

As previously reported, Bieber was given the capuchin monkey as a gift for his nineteenth birthday, because that's the sort of thing someone thought was a good idea. He received the pet while on tour and when he arrived in Munich, Mally was confiscated because no one in Bieber's entourage had thought to get whatever papers they needed in order to travel with a monkey.

As Bieber and his team showed little interest in getting the monkey back, it was eventually confiscated permanently by German authorities and promised a better life (not better than living free from captivity, but better than being the play thing of a spoilt pop brat).

Zoo manager Fabrizio Sepe told BBC Newsbeat: "Mally is a clever little guy and we're confident that he will settle in quickly".

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