3 JUL 2013

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French musician Matthieu Lescop released his eponymous debut album, dropping his first name for the project, last month. A collection of dark pop and punked up disco, he's already drawn wide acclaim from the indie press, with increased live activity over the summer months set to bring in more. With the album now out, we got in touch with Lescop and asked him to put together a playlist for us, the results of which you can see here

'Ice Raft' by Arctus Questu first appeared on the 'Hello Pink Mist' compilation, released by the Pink Mist collective of indie labels in 2011. Sounding a bit like Plaid remixed by Aphex Twin, there it was, just sitting quietly at the end of the record not telling anyone why it was there, but welcome all the same. Now, two years later, it has moved to a proper home, with Blood & Biscuits releasing a three track EP by Arctus Questu last week more>>

- Google and Vevo renew partnership
- Jury rules that Smiley Culture's death was self-inflicted
- Lou Reed is rehydrated, discharged
- Hookworms sign to Weird World
- Ciara streams Ciara
- Annie details Richard X-featuring EP
- Babyshambles tidy sequel to the prequel LP
- Leonard Cohen moves shows following clash with holy days
- Icona Pop to play one-off London show
- Alunageorge adddates
- Festival line-up update: Pearl Festival and Ringmaster Festival
- Henley Business School hosts annual creative industry gathering tomorrow
- Ole acquires Sony Pictures publishing catalogue
- Pandora agrees temporary terms with Universal Publishing
- Bebo back in ownership of founder
- McDonald's partner with 4music on music promotion
- Planet Rock puts more repeats into evening schedule
- Iron Maiden beer stocked in parliament

MAMA & Company are looking for dynamic, experienced General Business Managers, Assistant General Managers & Bar Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at some of London's most established venues. Based in London, closing date for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 24th July 2013, starting

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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£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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Google has renewed its partnership with Vevo, making an investment in the music video platform as part of the new deal, thought to be in the region of $40 million (maybe up to $50 million) and giving the web giant something like a 7% stake in the business.

As the original deal between Google and Vevo - the digital firm owned by Universal Music, Sony Music and the Abu Dhabi Media Group - reached its conclusion there was some speculation that the music video company might look to strike up a partnership with a different web partner.

Though, in reality, a divorce never seemed all that likely because, while Vevo has been busy building its own platforms and apps to connect with web-users direct, a significant part of its user-base still access the service via the YouTube platform, many unknowingly, meaning the Google company brings audience as well as technology to the table.

Nevertheless, negotiations between the two parties were long drawn out, and no new deal was in place by the time the original agreement expired in April. Vevo, knowing that the official music content it brings to YouTube is a key part of the video site, was pushing for a better deal in terms of what cut of the ads it sells it has to share with Google.

Although the terms of the new arrangement aren't known, YouTube has confirmed in a statement: "We made an investment in Vevo. We are excited by their future prospects and to provide YouTube users with the best possible music experience".

Vevo will use the Google money to fuel further international expansion and the creation of original content. The music video company is known to have sounded out other possible investors in recent months, and speculation of an all out sale by its current owners to someone like Guggenheim Partners continues.

It's not clear what the Google deal, and shareholding, says about those other activities, though talks with possible other investors or buyers were likely hindered slightly by the insecurities caused by the YouTube partnership being in limbo. Meaning further developments in those areas could now be likely.

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Reggae man Smiley Culture, real name David Emmanuel, died from a self-inflicted stab wound, an inquest jury has ruled.

As previously reported, Emmanuel died at his Surrey home during a police raid in March 2011. Police attended the one-time reggae star's house to arrest him on a new drugs charge (he was already facing other drug-related charges) and to search his premises.

Three officers conducted the search while a fourth stayed with Emmanuel. But before the search was over Emmanuel had died from a single stab wound. His stabbing, officers insisted from the start, was self-inflicted, although Emmanuel's family said they believed was more to the matter than a man suddenly and violently deciding to kill himself.

But after nearly 13 hours of deliberation following an inquest hearing, a jury reached a majority verdict yesterday ruling that the official version of events was correct, though it was suggested that the police officer left to supervise Emmanuel was distracted by also being in charge of the 'premsies search book', and that with hindsight that was not advisable.

According to The Guardian, the jury foreman said: "David Victor Emmanuel took his own life. Although the tragic events of 15 March 2011 were unforeseeable, giving one officer the responsibility of supervising Mr Emmanuel and at the same time the premises search book was a contributory factor in his death".

Responding to the ruling, the reggae man's cousin Merlin Emmanuel told reporters: "We have lost an integral part of our family. He had a lot of hope and he had a lot to live for. Why he should have wanted to end his life in that way I do not know, but I do not think he should have been in a position to do that".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission previously ruled that there were no specific failings on the part of the four officers involved while they were in Emmanuel's home, and therefore there wasn't a case to pass the matter onto the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Lou Reed has been discharged from hospital, having been admitted to a medical facility in Long Island last Sunday with a bad case of dehydration.

TMZ claims to have heard that doctors initially feared Reeds' condition was related to the emergency liver transplant he had earlier this year, but - given the length of his hospital stay - that seems unlikely.

In partly relevant news, Reed has written (this pre his being taken ill) a review of Kanye West's new LP 'Yeezus'. Have a read via The Talkhouse, if you like.

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Approved-in-April band Hookworms have signed to Domino imprint Weird World, aligning at the label with acts like Smith Westerns, How To Dress Well, Melody's Echo Chamber and the debatably-named Salvia Plath.

Made available earlier this year via Nottingham-based Gringo Records, Hookworms' first LP 'Pearl Mystic' will now be given an international (bar Britain) re-release on 2/3 Sep.

As an intro to it, this is its first track 'Away/Towards':

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Bionic R&B lady Ciara's fifth solo LP, 'Ciara', is now playing online for anyone wanting to play it. The 'Body Party' star's first release via Sony's Epic US following her non-amicable split with another Sony division RCA/Jive, its official release is in five days time (8 Jul).

Stream its ten tracks - which credit rapper Future and Nicki Minaj (twice) as collaborators - via Dazed.

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Popstar-it's-okay-to-like Annie is releasing a collaborative five-track EP with single/remix fanatic Richard X.

Its title is 'A&R', a tricky amalgam of 'A' for Annie and 'R' for Richard, who's releasing the 'suite' via his Pleasure Masters label on 5 Aug.

First to appear on the following tracklisting, this is Little Boots co-write 'Back Together'.

Back Together
Hold On
Ralph Macchio
Mixed Emotions

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Babyshambles have made a new LP titled 'Sequel To The Prequel'. The sequel to 2007's 'Shotter's Nation' and the prequel to... well, it's too early to say, it'll be released via Parlophone on 2 Sep. The band will exhibit it over a series of live dates (detailed here) beginning in Glasgow on 4 Sep.


Nothing Comes To Nothing
New Pair
Farmer's Daughter
Fall From Grace
Sequel To The Prequel
Dr. No
Picture Me In A Hospital
Seven Shades Of Nothing

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AEG has had to find alternative dates for a pair of shows on Leonard Cohen's August/September arena tour. Cohen asked the live co to do so having realised, quite late in the game it has to be said, that said dates - in Leeds and London - clashed with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, both Jewish holy days. The Leeds show will now fall on 7 Sep, whilst the London one has moved to 15 Sep.

States a red-faced AEG: "When Leonard Cohen learned today that two of his UK concerts were scheduled on days of solemn religious observance, he respectfully asked AEG to move the dates. We at AEG, and Leonard [himself], apologise deeply for the inconvenience this will cause, and we hope and trust that the reasons for the changes will be understood".

All tickets to the original dates will remain valid at their new equivalents.

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One-time paupers Icona Pop are to cash in on their #1 single, 'I Love It' by playing a show at London's XOYO on 9 Oct. Tickets to it will go on sale Friday, at this link.

Icona Pop were unavailable at time of writing to say anything tantalising, apparently because they're hard at it making a new LP to "release later this year".

In their absence, here instead is an official 'I Love It' visual thing.

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Hi-vis pop pairing AlunaGeorge will give their imminent LP 'Body Music' (released 29 Jun) a promotional shove via a live trip in October.

12 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
13 Oct: Newcastle, Digital
17 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
20 Oct: Bristol, O2 Academy
21 Oct: Manchester, Academy 2
22 Oct: Birmingham, Library
24 Oct: London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
25 Oct: Cambridge, The Junction
26 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
29 Oct: Sheffield, The Plug
30 Oct: Nottingham, Rock City

Dates listed, this is the needless new clip AG have filmed for their early hit 'You Know You Like It', which is being re-released as a single on the same day as the LP. Poor George.

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Starting today's FLUU party is the usually Shepway-based Pearl Festival, which this year will vacate its original site in Heane Wood, moving instead to Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Organisers blame "insurmountable problems" for the change, and as consolation for any incovenience caused have arranged free travel to the festival's new location. All's well that ends well, as I always say.

On now to info on additions to that, and to this year's Ringmaster Festival:

PEARL FESTIVAL, Houghton Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk, 24-26 Aug: Hedflux, Atomic Drop, Ans, Ben Coda, Simon Baring, Ed Real, Tongue & Groove, IPcress, Geo, Lurk, Tom Real, Ajja, Altruism, Ambidextrous, AMD, Aphid Moon, Asimilon, Avalon, Bombax, Burn in Noise, Chromatone, Dala, Dick Trevor, Digital Talk, Dirty Saffi, Earthling, Electric Universe, Everblast, Flooting Grooves, Full Face, Gaspard, G'noo, Headroom, Ital, Justin Chaos, Killerwatts, Laughing Buddha, Lost and Found, Master Blasters, Menog, Nuky, Pogo, Psymmetrix, Rinkadink, Satchel, Shotu, Stretch, Thatha, Tristan, Tron, Yab Yum.

RINGMASTER FESTIVAL, Whitbourne Estate, Whitbourne, Worcestershire, 28 Sep: Ghostpoet, We Are The Ocean, Johnny Borell & Zazou, Dutch Uncles, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Arcane Roots, Waylayers, Chronographs, Meadowlark, Mike Dignam.

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The Henley Business School will tomorrow host its annual gathering for the music industry, an event designed to promote the institution's music business MBA course.

That course has now expanded to cover both the music and the wider creative industries, and as a result tomorrow's networking event, which coincides with the Henley Royal Regatta, will also involve representatives from the TV, film and digital sectors.

The formal part of the proceedings has the title 'Opportunities In Branded Content', and will include input from The Clash Music Group's Ian Irving, The Upfront Marketing Group's Matt Jagger, and product placement expert Mark Popkiewicz of MirriAd. Helen Gammons, Programme Director of the creative industry MBA unit, will lead the event.

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Toronto-based independent music publisher Ole has acquired the recent songs catalogue of Sony Pictures Entertainment, covering music created for TV and film releases between 1993 and 2012.

Billboard reckons the deal is worth up to $150 million. The catalogue includes music from shows like 'Breaking Bad', 'Dawson's Creek' and 'Wheel Of Fortune', and movies including 'Groundhog Day', 'Stuart Little' and 'The Da Vinci Code'.

Confirming the deal, Ole boss Robert Ott said: "This is a transformative deal for Ole. This deal will double our NPS [net publisher share] to about $35 million annually, which puts us in the upper mid-tier of the music publishing companies out there".

Ole will seek sync opportunities for the acquired catalogue, as well as liaising with Sony Pictures itself on any potential new distribution routes for the programmes and films from which the music originates, which would also benefit the publisher. It is thought that the Sony publishing company, Sony/ATV, which has an administrator role on the Sony Picture songs catalogue, will continue to be involved on that side.

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Universal Music Publishing Group has agreed a short-term direct deal with Pandora, though the arrangement is subject to the streaming company's legal efforts to stop the big publishers withdrawing from the collective licensing system in the digital domain.

As previously reported, many of the big music publishers in the US, which have traditionally chosen to licence digital services via their collecting organisations ASCAP and BMI, are now looking to do direct deals with the streaming sector, believing they can get better terms as a result. Sony/ATV went first, and now Universal, BMG and Warner are following (albeit Warner, seemingly, not until 2014).

Although it did a direct deal with Sony/ATV, Pandora recently began legal action to try and have a court rule that those publishers allied with ASCAP are tied to an existing collective licensing agreement until 2016 (even though the rates to be paid under that agreement are yet to be ascertained, pending a separate court hearing).

The publishing sector disagrees with Pandora, insisting publishers retain the right to withdraw from collective licensing subject to the rules of each society. And while the digital service hopes it will prevail when the matter reaches court, it is faced with the tricky challenge that according to the big publishers, their catalogues are no longer covered by the ASCAP licence.

Hence the temporary direct deal with the Universal publishing company, which is thought to include the most favourable terms secured by a publisher from Pandora. A spokesperson for the major music firm told reporters: "We can confirm that UMPG has worked out an arrangement with Pandora that we believe is in the best interest of our writers while ensuring Pandora access to our music through the end of the year".

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Well, if MySpace can have another stab at success (well, survival), why not Bebo?

The founder of the social network that for a time competed pretty seriously with MySpace and Facebook (especially amongst teens) has bought the company back for a million dollars, having sold it to AOL in 2008 for $850 million. Ah, those crazy, crazy digital deals.

Michael Birch confirmed he had bought back the social networking brand and platform on Monday, tweeting: "We just bought back Bebo for $1m. Can we actually re-invent it? Who knows, but will be fun trying ..."

AOL offloaded Bebo to a bunch of equity types in 2010 in a deal reported to be worth less than $10 million. The new owners subsequently brought Birch in as an advisor, before eventually decided to bail on the venture.

The Bebo founder's San Francisco-based company Monkey Inferno is now reportedly working on redesigning the site. It's not known which former member of N Sync they plan to bring in as a creative advisor. My money's on Lance Bass.

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Fast food, ice cream and pop music are coming together - at last - in the form of the McFlurry Music Mix Up, a new McDonald's sponsored programme to air twice this summer on TV channel 4Music. The shows, hosted by 4Music duo Rickie and Melvin, will include celebrity guests, quizzes and live music. And, one would hope, lots of ice cream, with chocolate sprinkles on top.

In addition to the show, the tie up with the Channel 4/Bauer Media owned music channel will also see the fast food chain offer access to some exclusive online music-based content and competitions to anyone who buys a limited edition McFlurry. Ice cream chompers will access the content by scanning in one of those QR Codes that marketing people - and only marketing people - seem to still be excited about. The QR blob will be printed on the side of the special edition McFlurry tubs. Good times.

Says Sinead Dean, Brand Solutions Manager of Box TV, the company that actually operates 4Music: "McFlurry Music Mix Up is a perfect example of how Box TV is working with innovative partners to create engaging TV and online content. We are continuing to offer brands great promotional options on and offline. We're excited that McDonald's is one of the first brands to experience the benefits of our new streaming player where we can now create more commercial opportunities through bespoke programming and content".

Meanwhile Alistair Macrow, Vice President Marketing at McDonald's UK, told CMU: "We know that our customers love our food but we're always looking for ways bringing added value and an extra dimension to our customers' experience. The McFlurry Music Mix Up delivers fresh, fun content that's in-step with our customers and showcases McFlurry as the number one choice for that summer treat."

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Planet Rock has rejigged its evening schedule, a move which will see a number of the rock station's weekend shows get midweek repeats.

Amongst the weekly programmes to get a second airing will be Al Murray's Sunday morning show and Joe Elliott's Saturday evening slot, both on a Tuesday; the new 'Mojo Rocks' programme fronted by Mojo Editor In Chief Phil Alexander on a Wednesday; and Bernard Doherty's 'Listomania' and 'My Planet Rocks' on a Thursday.

Despite the increase in repeats in the station's schedule, two new shows will be launched on Friday night in the form of 'Friday Night Officially Rocks' with Alex Baker and 'Metal At Midnight' with Johnny Doom'.

The rejigs follow the acquisition of the rock radio service by Bauer Media earlier this year, and the launch of the digital station on FM in the Midlands last month. Nicky Horne, who previously filled the evening slot on Planet Rock, is jumping to new rival station TeamRock Radio.

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It feels like every band has their own beer brand these days, but only Iron Maiden - as far as we know - are selling their brew in the Palace Of Westminster.

The Strangers' Bar in the House Of Commons has regular 'guest ales' in a bid to promote lesser known British beers, and former music business exec and now MP for Hove Mike Weatherley recently nominated Iron Maiden's Trooper Ale for inclusion.

Weatherley told CMU: "As an Iron Maiden fan and an MP, it is a real treat to have this specialist ale as one of the guest ales in parliament - the fact that I also get to try it for the first time on my birthday is just a bonus. The guest ales programme is an excellent way of drawing attention to small and independent beers from around the UK and I would encourage any local brewers who would like opportunity to have their product showcased in parliament to get in touch".

Meanwhile the Maiden's Bruce Dickinson added: "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: [brewers] Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is Trooper. I love it".

The metal band's beer has its own website at

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