5 JUL 2013

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If you've been sitting there just waiting for the Daft Punk backlash to begin, well good news, good old Tiësto opened the gates on that one just this week. Discussing all the love and acclaim his rivals in Planet Dance Music have been receiving for their new long player this year, Tiësto told The Huffington Post. "Sorry Daft Punk, but the 'Tron' soundtrack wasn't that great and [the new album's] not great, either. more>>
Oh this'll be a good one. Kiwi funkateer Mark De Clive-Lowe jets in from LA tonight to bring some soul to South London at the Bussey Building/CLF Art Café. We're being promised a 90 minute live set, which will be something special. Support tonight will come from CLF boss man JAZZHEADCHRONIC and Kay Suzuki. And all this for a mere fiver. Bargain. more>>

- MegaUpload lawyers ask courts to restart lost data talks
- Bernie Nolan dies
- Steven Tyler needs new knee
- Tom Watson bigs up Drenge as he resigns Labour frontbench
- Bragg to be honoured at AIM awards
- Commercial Radio Awards presented, forty years celebrated
- Scum Kids rebrand as Astral Pattern
- Albert Hammond Jr talks new EP
- Roy Harper to release LP after thirteen year gap
- Mogwai's Braithwaite calls on bands to save Glasgow stone circle
- Woods plant August date
- Festival line-up update
- Universal launch new experimental classical label
- DHP relaunch as a Family
- Boris backs Earls Court demolition
- Stones most discussed act at Glastonbury, but Mumfords perform better on social media overall
- Miley Cyrus thinks she was Lil Kim in a past life

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

01: Warner's Parlophone acquisition was completed. The mini-major now owns the former EMI UK division, plus other catalogues and European units that were previously part of the British major. Warner, of course, picked up most of the EMI assets Universal Music was forced to sell by European regulators when it bought the UK major record company last year. The boss of Warner owners Access Industries, Len Blavatnick, said this week "this is a defining moment for Warner Music". Music Week spotted that EMI's former offices in Kensington, which have housed the Parlophone Label Group since the rest of EMI moved over to Universal's HQ, were quickly rebranded with Warner logos once the deal was finalised. CMU report | Music Week report

02: The Williams squabbled over "I am". last week denied he was suing Pharrell Williams over the latter's exploitation of the 'I Am Other' brand. However, lawyers for the Black Eyed Pea clarified this week that they were opposing Williams' application for a trademark including the 'I Am' words, but by filing a complaint as part of the routine mark application process in the US, rather than via an actual lawsuit. Williams responded by suing for court clarification that he is OK to carry on using the 'I Am Other' name without violating any of his pop rival's trademarks. CMU report | Sky News report

03: YouTube and Vevo renewed their partnership. It was no surprise that the two firms agreed to continue working together, the Google-owned video site needs Vevo's vast music video catalogue, and the Sony/Universal-owned music video venture needs YouTube's audience (even if it relies less on YouTube's technology, now it has built its own platform and apps). But negotiations to renew the deal were long and drawn out, mainly because Vevo wanted better terms. As expected, as a sweetener Google made an investment into Vevo, to help fund further expansion and original content. CMU report | Variety report

04: The UK government announced it was funding an IP crime policing unit. The Intellectual Property Office will provide £2.5 million to the City Of London Police to fund a unit focused on combatting IP crimes, including online piracy. The boss of global record industry body IFPI, Frances Moore, said: "Creative industries such as music are a vital part of our economy, providing jobs and investment; copyright is the engine that makes these industries tick and that is what makes the work of this new intellectual property crime unit so valuable and important". CMU report | The Lawyer report

05: SJM and Denis Desmond bought into Benicàssim. There had been speculation about the future of the Spanish festival, reacquired by Vince Power after his Music Festivals plc company went under last year, but still suffering from slow ticket sales, mainly as a result of Spain's flagging economy. But with new investment from the UK and Irish promoters, the near and longer term future of the popular Spanish festival seems more assured. Vince Power will remain MD of the event. CMU report | NME report

In CMU this week we chatted to Ben Osborne about his celebrations of one hundred years of electronic music, Lescop provided us with a most marvellous playlist, and Eddy TM shared a very sad story, but one that also resulted in something very positive. Meanwhile the CMU team got very busy approving Lace Curtain, LA Witch, Arctus Questu and SoKo.

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Lawyers working for MegaUpload have filed new papers with the US courts requesting that new efforts be made to try and reconnect former customers of the now defunct file-transfer business with their lost data.

As much previously reported, there has been much discussion in the US since the authorities there took MegaUpload offline without warning in January 2012 as to how to allow customers who used the digital firm's servers to store legitimate non-copyright infringing files to reclaim their content. Team Mega have repeatedly asked that some of the company's frozen assets be made available to fund some sort of mass file-returning programme.

US prosecutors, though, haven't seemed especially concerned about the lost data, stressing that MegaUpload's small print cautioned users to keep local back-ups of files. Meanwhile the Hollywood studios, while having no problem with former Mega users being reunited with their legit data, have demanded that any data return initiative first filter out the copyright infringing content that many MegaUpload users were storing on the company's servers.

US judges have been more sympathetic towards those who lost data when Mega was shut down, though have generally pushed for all involved to work together to find a solution. So far that hasn't resulted in anything useful.

Team Mega have been motivated to push for further action in this domain following the revelation that Leaseweb, the server firm that hosted the Mega platform in Europe, had already deleted its former customer's files. The digital company's lawyers say that action now needs to be taken to ensure the same doesn't happen to old Mega data stored by US service companies, mainly Carpathia Hosting.

In a new letter to the courts, MegaUpload lawyer Ira Rothken writes: "The destruction of the Leaseweb servers demonstrates the urgent need to reach a workable solution for data preservation as soon as possible, lest the 1103 servers currently in Carpathia Hostings possession meet the same fate. We therefore respectfully urge the court to reconvene the interested stakeholders and renew negotiations as quickly as the court's schedule permits".

The letter goes on: "While Leaseweb's deletion of relevant evidence in the face of explicit preservation requests is inexcusable, the United States is equally culpable. The government was plainly on notice of the need to preserve the Leaseweb servers. As MegaUpload has long maintained, by freezing the defendants' assets and denying defendants access to or possession of the servers, the government has exercised de facto control over the servers and is therefore in constructive possession of them".

As also previously reported, there is a dispute between Leaseweb and the MegaUpload team as to what communication took place between the two firms before the former deleted the latter's files, and what the law says about such a deletion.

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Bernie Nolan, lead singer with sibling group The Nolans, has died aged 52 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Although more prominent in more recent years for her acting work, especially in TV series like 'Brookside' and 'The Bill', Nolan will be best remembered for her pop career, and especially The Nolans' biggest hit 'I'm in the Mood For Dancing'.

Nolan was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010, but after chemotherapy and a mastectomy she appeared to have overcome the disease two years later. But shortly after getting the all-clear, the illness returned and spread to other parts of her body.

A spokesman for the singer's family told reporters yesterday: "Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her. The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister, she is irreplaceable".

There had been tensions between the various Nolan sisters over the years, not least in 2008 when two of the siblings, Denise and Anne, were left out of a major reunion tour. However, in a recent autobiography, Bernie said that the reunion was still "one of the best things I've ever done", adding that she had since made peace with all her sisters.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has shared (via Rolling Stone) the fact that he'll be having a knee replacement later this year.

Tyler, who is taking "time off" from his band to make a solo LP that's been tentatively scheduled for winter 2014, says this of the inevitable op: "My knee is giving out. It'll take me about three or four months to recover... I've had so many operations on my knees and feet that just to be standing is a miracle. But to turn around and do one of my spins where I don't fall, that's the shit! But hey, all these years have taken their toll on me".

Yes, they have.

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Formal endorsement from an MP isn't really high up any musician's priority list now is it? Though Labour's Murdoch-basher in chief Tom Watson has just enough street cred to make such a recommendation of value in PR terms, especially when it comes in the sign-off of a resignation letter. And even if said resignation is in part linked to a scandal currently engulfing the Labour Party (albeit one in which Watson wasn't directly involved, a confidential internal report has apparently confirmed).

Anyway, Watson resigned from the Labour frontbench yesterday, referencing that scandal, describing the appeal of the back-benches of parliament where an MP can be more forthright with his or her views, and then referencing his recent trip to the Glastonbury Festival and the best band he saw there, Infectious signings Drenge.

Wrote Watson in his resignation letter: "John Humphrys asked me why you were not at Glastonbury this weekend. I said Labour leaders can't be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands. And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true. So: be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge".

Whether the readers of the political pages of the press now being introduced to the buzzy drums-guitar duo from the Peak District will like what they hear if they go looking online to sample Watson's tip is debatable, though given the social media chatter yesterday, the MP's big up seems likely to have had a positive impact overall.

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The marvellous Mr Billy Bragg will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the Association Of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards later this year, it was announced yesterday.

Confirming the award for Bragg, AIM boss Alison Wenham told CMU: "Billy is bottled independent spirit. His ethos, his work ethic, his constant campaigning towards a better deal for musicians the world over - not forgetting a catalogue of great music - earns him AIM's coveted 2013 Outstanding Contribution To Music".

Meanwhile Bragg himself said: "I was inspired by punk rock, not just by the music but by the DIY ethos that drove the scene. Over the years I've held onto that spirit by working with labels whose commitment to independence has offered me greater control of my output. Therefore, to be recognised by AIM as an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to music is a great honour".

In addition to the award for Bragg, it has already been confirmed that Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis will get the Pioneer Award at the AIM event in London on 3 Sep.

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So the commercial radio sector gathered in London this week for its annual back-slapping fest, the one where the unfairly over-funded (or so most in commercial radio would say) BBC are locked out of the room.

And this year the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were not only about celebrating the year just gone in the sector, but also the full four decades that commercial radio has now been on the air in the UK. Perhaps also noting that those BBC radio services now so loved by the music community would probably never have developed had the early commercial radio operators not reinvented the medium in the 1970s.

Anyway, have a list of all the people being celebrated in commercial radio in 2013, after a little bit of nostalgia with this RadioCentre video celebrating those 40 years on air.

Presenter Of The Year (under 2 Million TSA): Steve & Karen, Metro Radio
Presenter Of The Year (over 2 Million TSA): Iain Dale, LBC 97.3
Newcomer Of The Year: Andrew Murray, 103.1 Central FM / Forth One & Forth 2
Journalist Of The Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award): Dan Freedman, LBC 97.3
Programmer Of The Year: James Rea, LBC 97.3

Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 2 Million TSA): Steve & Karen's Breakfast Show, Metro Radio
Breakfast Show Of The Year (over 2 Million TSA): Kiss Breakfast with Rickie, Melvin & Charlie, Kiss
Specialist Programme Of The Year: The Ronnie Wood Show, Absolute Radio
Single Programme or Broadcast Of The Year: Ciaran's Cause, Real Radio North West
Feature Of The Year: Lionel Glitzy/Hywel and Jamie's Vegas Adventure, Rock FM
News Coverage Of The Year: IRN News & Sports Coverage produced by Sky News Radio

Station Imaging Award: Classic FM, Global Radio
Marketing Award: The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes, Absolute Radio
Social Action Initiative: Walk For Harry, Free Radio
Radio Station Event Of The Year: Capital's Summertime Ball with Vodafone, Capital FM

Station Of The Year (<500,000 TSA): Isle of Wight Radio
Station Of The Year (500,000 to 2M TSA): Metro Radio
Station Of The Year (over 2 Million TSA): LBC 97.3

Local Sales Team Of The Year (sponsored by NRS Media): Smooth Radio London, Real & Smooth Ltd
National Sales Award: InStream, Absolute Radio
Advertiser Of The Year: British Sky Broadcasting Ltd
Media Agency Of The Year: Mindshare

PPL Breakthrough UK Artist Of The Year: Emeli Sandé
PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio: Coldplay

Chairman's Award: John Mottram, formerly of Department Culture Media & Sport, now at PRS

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Huw Webb, Melissa Rigby and Bradley Baker, once of deceased-since-Jan band SCUM, are back and playing beneath a new alias, Astral Pattern. Webb et al released their first EP, 'Light Poems', last week, sharing a clip for new single 'Faraway' earlier in this.

Other former SCUMer Tom Cohen, meanwhile, is still to change his Twitter handle.

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Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr has a new solo EP on the go, and will release the TBA five-track set in early September, this via Julian Casablancas' label Cult Records.

It will mark his first since 2008's '¿Cómo Te Llama?' LP, and features drum-playing by his long-time collaborator Matt Romano.

Here Al is chatting on (and on) about it on Har Mar Superstar's 'Nocturnal Emotions' radio show.

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Folk bard Roy Harper is to release his first all-new LP in thirteen years, titled 'Man And Myth', via Bella Union on 23 Sep.

Dating back in parts to 2009, when Harper felt inspired to start writing again after a pause, it was mainly taped at American artist Jonathan Wilson's studio in Laurel Canyon.

Says Harper: "I've written poetry, prose, essays and articles and gone through the motions of being Roy, but I didn't have the will to make another album until recently. I'd picked up the guitar after a long break, and this [one] song started to engage me with different tunings and ideas, and suddenly I was off to the races again".


The Enemy
Time Is Temporary
January Man
The Stranger
Cloud Cuckooland
Heaven Is Here
The Exile

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Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai/Scottish fame has called on a heap of artists to play a show in aid of Glasgow's Sighthill Stone Circle.

Braithwaite's late father was part of the team who built the landmark back in 1979, it being hailed at the time as Britain's first astronomically-aligned stone circle in 3,500 years. It's since been placed in danger of being dismantled by Glasgow City Council, as plans are made (albeit plans that hinge on Glasgow winning its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games) for a £250 million redevelopment in the area.

The show takes place at Platform (in Glasgow) on 27 Jul, and will feature live sets by Braithwaite, Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat, Eugene Kelly, Emma Pollock, RM Hubbert, Remember Remember and The Twilight Sad. Tickets are available here.

Says Braithwaite via this in-depth The Quietus Q&A: "The main objective is to just get the story out about the stones as much as possible and to keep pressure on the council over their position, as the decision as to whether they remain or whether they destroy them is still to be made".

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Woods have added a new date at London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 19 Aug.

They're also releasing a 7-inch single titled 'Be All, Be Easy', a new remake of a track dating back to the band's 2011 LP 'Sun And Shade', featuring new drummer Aaron Neveu. It's backed by a B-side take on The Kinks' 'God's Children', and will be buyable on 9 Jul. And/or at the 19 Aug show, in all probability.

Hear the all-new and beat-heavy 'Be All, Be Easy' here.

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As this year's Camp Bestival reveals its daily splits (and makes available limited day tickets), what say we start today's FLUU with an update on, erm, I know, WOMAD? Yeah, let's.

And WOMAD HQ tell us that Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Max Romeo have replaced Toots & The Maytals on their bill, the band having cancelled their appearance after Toots was hit on the head by a fan-thrown bottle.

WOMAD MD Chris Smith celebrates these additions by saying: "We are delighted to be able to host two of the greatest reggae legends, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Max Romeo within this already exciting and unique line-up. I am positive they will be a highlight of the festival and the WOMAD audience will have them on their must-see list".

And now the main body of today's FLUU, the listings, which arrive via Skegness dance-fest The Big Reunion (not to be mistaken for ITV's pop-band reanimator); Lamb Of God/King Diamond/Slayer-starring rock rager Bloodstock; Somerset's Farmfestival; Copenhagen-based electronica fete Strøm; Poland's primary live date Tauron Nowa Muzyka; and, as above, WOMAD:

BIG REUNION, Butlins, Skegness, 15-17 Nov/22-24 Nov: Duke Dumont.

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire, 8-11 Aug: Skreamer.

FARMFESTIVAL, Bruton, Somerset, 26-27 Jul: Louis La Roche, Shoot The Moon, SMJ.

STRØM, various venues, Copenhagen, Denmark, 12-18 Aug: Blawan, Sherwood & Pinch, Isolée, Rockwell feat Mantmast, Ital Tek, Major Notes feat Dappa MC, Ametsub, DJ Hvad, Kasper Marott, Rumpistol.

TAURON NOWA MUZYKA, Katowice, Poland, 22- 25 Aug: Jackmaster, Omar Souleyman, BadBadNotGood, Darkstar, London Grammar, Sherwood & Pinch, Spencer, Sophie, Redinho, Deadboy, Vladislav Delay, Yosi Horikawa, NOVIKA, KAMP!, Gregor Schwellenbach.

WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 25-28 Jul: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Max Romeo.

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Universal classical label Deutsche Grammophon has launched a new imprint called Panorama to sign and release music from "innovative artists and unique musical and creative projects exploring new spheres of classical music".

The team running the new unit say that their first signings, electronica act Schiller whose new release 'Opus' features Deutsche Grammophon artists Anna Netrebko, Hélène Grimaud and Albrecht Mayer, is a perfect example of the sorts of artists likely to work with the new venture.

Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson told CMU: "Our goal is always to deliver incredible and innovative music right around the world, and Panorama is our additional new Deutsche Grammophon home for creative artists and projects".

Meanwhile Universal's President Central Europe Frank Briegmann added: "Panorama is Deutsche Grammophon's new 'innovation lab'. Besides Deutsche Grammophon's wonderful and established classical music productions, the label will create new sound-worlds, touching the borders and pushing the boundaries of the classical music genre".

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Live firm Daybrook House Promotions, already often referred to as DHP, has relaunched under the new name DHP Family. Perhaps best known for running venues like Nottingham's Rock City and Bristol's Thekla, the company has more recently moved into festivals, tour promotion and artist management, though the venues side of the business continues to expand with a new London base called Oslo due to open in the Autumn.

Confirming the rebrand, DHP MD George Akins told CMU: "We wanted to retain our independent spirit and the best of our heritage, hence DHP Family, but we needed a new identity because the music business has changed hugely and we're a very different company now from even five years ago".

He added: "Music consumption has been completely changed by the internet with live performance becoming more important to bands and fans and that plays to our strengths. The people who work here are passionate about presenting the very best artists from around the world in the best venues the UK has to offer. Whether you're a music-lover or a music-maker, a band manager or a live venue, you will get a great experience from DHP Family".

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has given the green light for the redevelopment of the site currently occupied by the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which has been facing closure for some time. West London's big shed is due to be demolished, and replaced by mainly residential properties.

Earls Court, which hosted many concerts and, for many years, the record industry's BRIT Awards, as well as major conferences, opened in 1937. There has been a campaign to save the venue, with opponents to the redevelopment plans trying to persuade English Heritage to list the building.

Johnson said he was "acutely aware of the concerns" raised by local residents when confirming his controversial backing to the demolition plans, but said yesterday that: "I'm in no doubt that the development will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London's wider community as well".

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Arctic Monkeys may have seen their Spotify streams go up 329% in the days after their BBC-broadcast headline set at Glastonbury, but which acts at the festival got the biggest social media boost as a result of playing the event?

Well, according to an infographic just published by marketing agency Crush London the Rolling Stones were the most discussed act, but Mumfords & Sons had the best 'social media performance' overall. Check it out here.

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Having by all appearances shared way too many smoke breaks of late with her born again 'Ashtrays And Heartbreaks' 'partner-in-rhyme' Snoop Dogg/Lion, twerk-happy 'wild child' Miley Cyrus has likened the girl she is "on the inside" to Lil Kim. Well, why not?

Spilling trash to Billboard, she admits: "In my past life, I feel like that was me. I feel like Lil Kim is who I am on the inside. She just makes me happy... I just love her and I can't help that I love her".


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