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COMING UP THIS WEEK
Well hello there. What a glorious sunny day it is. What a perfect day to sit in a dark office with not particularly good air conditioning. Anyway, tennis. Andy Murray did a tennis yesterday and now we're all happy. It was all very exciting. But there's more to be excited about this week, what with all the music news and that. We also have an interview with the BBC's Roger Wright, the man in charge of The Proms, which start this week.
 
APPROVED: ANNIE
A late play at re-starting a party that began circa 2004's 'Anniemal', Norway's 'original' alt-pop dazzler Annie releases her new EP 'A&R', an co-initialled collaboration with Richard X, on 5 Aug. Taken from the top of that, Little Boots co-creation 'Back Together' shows similar stripes to past Annie tracks, its 90s-style pianos and satiny synth backing taking a fairly straight line to the pleasure centre more>>

TOP STORIES
- Rebecca Ferguson settles with Modest!
IN THE POP COURTS
- Pussy Riot two hope to take case to Russian Supreme Court
- Gaga moves to seal court battle between early collaborators
- Shakira ex denied access to her Swiss bank account
RELEASE NEWS
- Portishead's Adrian Utley releasing live LP feat nineteen guitarists
- Sampha details solo EP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Vampire Weekend set arena dates
- Steve Mason adds solo shows
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Reading & Leeds, Bestival's Lost At Sea and more
BRANDS & STUFF
- Katona hits out at payday loan company which axed her over bankruptcy
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- I Like Press allies with Northern Music Company
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Shazam announces new alliance to facilitate Latin American expansion
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Jessie J exits The Voice
- Kate Lawler joins Bauer stations in north in addition to Kerrang! gig
AND FINALLY...
- Daft Punk action figures incoming

ROYAL ALBERT HALL - EVENTS ASSISTANT (9 month fixed term contract)
The Royal Albert Hall has an exciting opportunity for an organised and motivated Events Assistant to support in the delivery of its diverse range of own- and co-promoted events. The Events Assistant will undertake all duties in respect of the coordination and management of these events, acting as the first point of contact to artists and partners in managing all administration processes. The ideal candidate will have outstanding customer service experience, excellent relationship building and communication skills.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

   

PARTISAN PR/KONKZ - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Partisan PR and Konkz are seeking to appoint a Social Media Manager to work across key client accounts. The candidate must have experience in devising and implementing digital campaigns for a broad range of artists. Experience of working at a record company or digital agency is preferred.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

   

FABRIC - COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
WANTED: Experienced Communications Officer! We are seeking a self-motivated, proactive individual to take a key role in further developing our PR and communication strategies. The successful candidate will have strong artist and industry knowledge, first class experience in social media and excellent relevant PR experience.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

   

MAMA & COMPANY - GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS, ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS & BARS MANAGERS
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 and Manchester, closing date for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 24th July 2013, starting

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

   
WARP RECORDS - ROYALTIES ACCOUNTANT
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
THE 100 CLUB / CORNERSTONE AGENCY - ACCOUNT MANAGER
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.
   
CROWDSURGE - FULFILMENT COORDINATOR
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
FUTURESOUND EVENTS - PROMOTER
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.
   
FUTURESOUND EVENTS - PROMOTER'S ASSISTANT
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.
   
IN HOUSE PRESS - ONLINE/WEB PUBLICIST
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.
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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.

Please contact hello@six07press.com for more details

A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

UK Music Skills Academy Launch. UK Music and Creative & Culture Skills will launch a Skills Academy for the British music industry at a bash in London tomorrow night. In attendance alongside music business types will be Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey, CBI chief John Cridland and Meral Hussein-Ece, ambassador for UK Music's Equality & Diversity Chamber.

Mercury Prize submissions deadline. You have just two days left to submit any releases you have been involved in this last year for consideration in the 2013 Mercury Prize. So you better speed on over to this page and find out how it’s done.

BBC Proms. Yes, it may be T In The Park and Wireless this weekend, and AEG’s British Summer Time gigs may continue in Hyde Park this week, but make sure there’s room in your diary too for the opening of the Beeb’s Proms season. Over the summer the Proms will include a performance of music from ‘Doctor Who’ and an “urban classical” show featuring contributions from Laura Mvula, Maverick Sabre and Fazer, as well as the more traditional classical concerts.

Independent Label Market. Yes, it’s the very latest AIM-backed Independent Label Market this coming weekend, 13 Jul, at Spitalfields in East London. And look, here is a full list of the labels that will be represented - there’s flippin loads of them: 4AD, Angular, Because, Bella Union, Big Dada, Blank Editions, Brownswood, Caught By The River, Chess Club, Communion, Critical Heights, Damnably, Dead Oceans, Discrepant, Domino, Double Denim Records, East London Printmakers, Exotic Pylon, Fabric, Factory Benelux, Faux Discx, Fierce Panda, Fire, Fortuna Pop!, Full Time Hobby, Gringo, Heavenly, Hospital Records, Houndstooth, Human Level, Huntley & Palmers, Invisible Spies, Jagjaguwar, JPU, !K7, Killing Moon Ltd, Laissez Faire Club, Late Night Tales, Les Disques du Crépuscule, Lex, LoJinx, Liberation Technologies, Mais Um Discos, Marshall Teller, Matador, Metamatic, Monotreme, Moshi Moshi, Ninja Tune, No Pain In Pop, O Genesis, Parlour, Perc Trax, Phantasy Sound, PIAS, Pink Mist, Proville, Quietus Phonographic Corporation, R&S, Rega, Robot Elephant, Rocket Girl, Rocket Recordings, Secretly Canadian, Song By Toad, Sonic Cathedral, Soul Jazz, Soundway, Stolen Recordings, Strut, Swamp 81, Tape Club, Too Hip, Tough Love, Transgressive, UK Poster Association, Upset The Rhythm, Vice, Wichita, WIAIWYA, XL and ZZK Records.

New releases. CMU approvees Daughn Gibson and Hebronix both share new LPs with us this week, which is rather exciting, while the likes of Pixies’ Frank Black, The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Art Brut’s Eddie Argos, as Thriftstore Masterpiece, release a collaborative remake of Lee Hazlewood’s first solo LP circa 1963, ‘Trouble Is A Lonesome Town’. Elsewhere, Katy B releases a new single, defunct post-metallers Isis re-release their 2000 debut album ‘Celestial’, and new Eminem track ‘Symphony In H’ should appear on DJ Tony Touch’s ‘The Piece Maker 3’ mixtape.

Gigs. While really in London to play the aforementioned Wireless festival, Frank Ocean will also play the Brixton Academy tomorrow night. Kendrick Lamar will also play some pre-Wireless shows (but in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds), while Modest Mouse and Clutch are both on tour around the country. Elsewhere Paul Weller will play a forest, Thundercat a party and DJ Shadow an All Basses Covered show at Fabric.

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REBECCA FERGUSON SETTLES WITH MODEST!
Bad news for anyone hoping to see an 'X-Factor' management contract dissected in court, Rebecca Ferguson has settled with Modest! Management.

As previously reported, 2010 'X' runner-up Ferguson and Modest! - the management firm that used to have the first right of refusal to manage the careers of 'X-UK' finalists - fell out last year, with the singer calling the Modest! team "vile". She also tweeted: "Be nice to have a nice new responsible caring management team! Who care for me and my children's wellbeing. See you in court!"

But it was actually Modest! that sued Ferguson, after she pulled out of her contract with the company. In September last year the firm filed legal papers seeking damages and a cut of Ferguson's future earnings to the end of the five year term of the singer's original agreement with the company. And while disputes of this kind are usually settled out of court, for a time neither side seemed especially keen to budge.

But some budging must have occurred, because it has been announced that both sides have now "settled their outstanding legal disputes". Terms of the deal will remain secret, though both parties issued short statements complimenting the other, possibly through gritted teeth, it's hard to know with written remarks.

Modest! noted that "Rebecca is a great artist and we wish her all the best for the future", while Ferguson said: "I would like to thank Modest! for the contribution they have made to my career over the past years. They have done a great job". Even if they are a bit vile, presumably.

Ferguson is currently finishing off her second album, while Team Modest! are presumably trying their best to work out what the hell to do with all that One Direction commission.

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PUSSY RIOT TWO HOPE TO TAKE CASE TO RUSSIAN SUPREME COURT
Lawyers for the two members of Pussy Riot jailed for their involvement in a protest performance are set to take the case to Russia's Supreme Court.

As previously reported, three members of the Russian punk outfit were jailed last August for taking part in the performance of a protest song in a Moscow church. One of the jailed women, Yekaterina Samustsev, was given a suspended sentence on appeal and freed, but Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova remained incarcerated after the appeal hearing. More recently both were denied parole.

Lawyers hope to argue in the Russian Supreme Court that the ruling that members of Pussy Riot were guilty of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' was in fact illegal, and the convictions should therefore be reversed.

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GAGA MOVES TO SEAL COURT BATTLE BETWEEN EARLY COLLABORATORS
Lady Gaga has reportedly asked the US courts to seal aspects of a legal squabble between two of her former collaborators, because papers relating to the case contain information that she does not want to be made public.

The legal battle in question involves Rob Fusari, the producer involved in creating the star's early recordings and, he says, the man responsible for conceiving the Gaga persona and putting the singer in front of key record industry execs.

Fusari, who was also romantically linked to Gaga at one point, sued the singer in 2010 claiming he was due a bigger cut of the pop star's income than he was earning from his production credits on her first album. Although Team Gaga initially argued the contract Fusari was relying on in his legal claim was void, the two parties reached an out of court settlement six months later.

But while Fusari may have made peace with Gaga herself, he's had various legal run-ins with other producers and songwriters who claim they too were involved in developing the singer's sound, and are therefore due a cut of his cut of her subsequent income.

One of those disputes is with Wendy Starland, who says that it was she who first introduced Fusari to a young Gaga, then still performing under her real name Stefani Germanotta, and that she is therefore due a cut of the money for actually discovering the future star.

Gaga herself is not party to the Fusari/Starland legal squabble, which has been rumbling on for a few years now, but the singer says that some information in papers relating to the dispute is "sensitive, private and personal" and would "inflict significant personal and professional harm upon" her if it was made public.

Gaga says that she has a non-disclosure agreement with Fusari that provides grounds to have the courts seal elements of his legal battle with Starland. Whether the courts concur on that point remains to be seen. If not, you can be sure the press will scrutinise any published papers relating to Starland v Fusari extra carefully, seeking whatever it is that Gaga would prefer remained private.

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SHAKIRA EX DENIED ACCESS TO HER SWISS BANK ACCOUNT
A court in Geneva has denied the ex-boyfriend and former business partner of Shakira, Antonio de la Rua, access to one of the singer's bank accounts. He claimed that he should have access to the account because it contained the spoils of his former business partnership with the star.

As previously reported, de la Rua, the son of former Argentine president Fernando de la Rua, sued Shakira last November, claiming that the singer had reneged on business commitments made after the couple's romantic relationship ended.

He argues that while Shakira initially said their professional relationship would continue after they split as a couple in 2010, last year she dropped his business services, cutting him out of the profits of deals he claims he negotiated, including her big alliance with Live Nation.

But according to papers seen by the Associated Press last week, a Swiss judge ruled in June that de la Rua did not have sufficient evidence to prove what agreements the couple reached regards Shakira's business affairs in 2010.

De la Rua himself conceded that the agreement had not been written down. Meanwhile the bank account in question was just in Shakira's name.

It remains to be seen if the ruling has any bearing on de la Rua's other litigation against his ex, which is being pursued through the US courts.

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PORTISHEAD'S ADRIAN UTLEY RELEASING LIVE LP FEAT NINETEEN GUITARISTS
Portishead man Adrian Utley and his 24-strong Guitar Orchestra (in reality nineteen guitarists, four organists and a clarinet player) are to release a new LP interpreting American composer Terry Riley's minimalist bible circa 1964, 'In C'.

Says Utley: "I've been exploring the sonic possibilities of massed guitars for a while now in various contexts from pure noise to the sacred choral music of Arvo Part. So it was interesting to see what would happen if we had 20 electric guitars plus organs playing 'In C'. It is an amazing piece of writing and original thought. A new free idea of organised group playing. The beginnings of what we know as minimalism".

Utley et al's reprisal, due 30 Sep via Geoff Barrow's Invada Records, was taped live at St Georges in Bristol back in February. They'll also play a series of still-TBA live dates later this year.

Till that time, here's a preview clip filmed by John Minton at the Bristol show.

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SAMPHA DETAILS SOLO EP
Perhaps most famed as a 'feat' foil on tracks by SBTRKT, Drake and Jessie Ware, Sampha is at last taking care of his solo interests, and will release an EP titled 'Dual' via Young Turks on 29 Jul.

This is its tracklisting, including a new version of Sampha's 'Indecision', reworking this 2011 original.

Tracklisting:

Demons
Beneath The Tree
Without
Hesitant Oath
Indecision
Can't Get Close

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VAMPIRE WEEKEND SET ARENA DATES
Rock-pop bloodsuckers Vampire Weekend are playing a host (well, five) of the nation's arenas later in the year. The band's third LP, 'Modern Vampires Of The City', is still on sale, in case anyone'd care to buy it. Tickets to the shows, meanwhile, will hit online shops on a pre-sale basis on 10 Jul, with general sales starting on 12 Jul.

All dates will feature Noah And The Whale as special guests, and are thus:

12 Nov: Birmingham NIA
13 Nov: London, O2 Arena
15 Nov: Glasgow, The Hydro
16 Nov: Leeds, First Direct Arena
17 Nov: Manchester Arena

And hey, here are Ezra et al at this year's Glastonbury!

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STEVE MASON ADDS SOLO SHOWS
Ex-Beta Band leader Steve Mason, who did this CMU Q&A at the time his last solo LP, 'Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time', was released in March, has listed nine new live dates he'll play later this year.

Meanwhile, here's a visual manifestation of Mason's 'Monkey Minds' track 'A Lot Of Love', and here are the dates:

29 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
31 Oct: London, Electric Ballroom
1 Nov: Sheffield, Leadmill
2 Nov: Manchester, The Ritz
4 Nov: Norwich, Waterfront
5 Nov: Birmingham, Library
6 Nov: Bristol, The Fleece
8 Nov: Leeds, Cockpit
9 Nov: Newcastle, Warehouse 34

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: READING & LEEDS, BESTIVAL'S LOST AT SEA AND MORE
So, Rob Da Bank has kept his and Bestival's faces in the FLUU-papers by creating a new 'free-floating', Bestival-affiliated arts festival the week before the main event. Taking place in various spots on the Isle Of Wight, and christened Lost At Sea, the new arts programme caters to all tastes, featuring Da Bank's King Kong Alternative Soundtrack, a 'theatrical Edwardian steam train adventure', an 'Amazing Bubble Show' and an array of theatrical, comical and philosophical side-events. Details and ticket links are via www.lostatseaarts.net

Specifics on that, news of a Transgressive showcase at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, and the very last new adds to Serbia's Exit festival, are as written:

EXIT, Petrovardin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-14 Jul: Kerri Chandler, Guti, George Fitzgerald, Marko Nastic. www.exitfest.org

LOST AT SEA, Isle Of Wight, 31 Aug - 4 Sep: Rob Da Bank, Courtney Pine & IOW Youth Orchestra. www.lostatseaarts.net

READING & LEEDS FESTIVALS, Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading/Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Fuck Buttons, Jon Hopkins, James Holden, Snakehips, Blaenavon, Thumpers, Karma Kid at Reading, London Grammar, Foals DJs, Pulled Apart By Horses DJs, Jen Long, Rockfeedback DJs, Bless DJs, Transgressive Records DJs. www.readingfestival.com / www.leedsfestival.com

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KATONA HITS OUT AT PAYDAY LOAN COMPANY WHICH AXED HER OVER BANKRUPTCY
Kerry Katona has come out fighting against Cash Lady, the payday loans company that the Atomic Kitten singer fronted for a while, until being dropped last week after she was declared bankrupt for the second time.

Katona, back in Atomic Kitten since 'The Big Reunion' telly show, has told The Sun that she found out she was being dropped by Cash Lady through the papers, having recorded a new ad for the firm just days earlier. As previously reported, Katona entered bankruptcy again last week, despite the recent revival of her pop career.

Asked by The Sun about the end of her deal with Cash Lady, Katona said: "They knew exactly what they were doing when they took me on. They looked at my popularity and my financial problems and thought, 'This will get us a shit load of publicity and make us tons of money'. And that's exactly what they got. I'm the best thing that ever happened to that firm. They got their pound of flesh then ditched me at the first sign of trouble".

She added: "They dropped me in a heartbeat. Imagine what they'll do to you. They didn't even have the courage to tell me they had given me the boot. They just announced it to the world in a statement. How dare they tell everyone about my financial problems? I have a right to do that in my own time. I could have had a breakdown for all they cared. It could have finished me off. What kind of message does that send out to their customers? Basically they're saying if you're struggling we'll come for you and we'll stitch you up".

Continuing with her theme, Katona went on: "It was my moment of need but they stabbed me in the back. Don't get me wrong, I only did the adverts for the money. I needed to provide for my kids. But the way they behaved hasn't done them any favours. Payday loan firms have got a terrible reputation as it is. I'm sure this has made it worse".

In a statement, Cash Lady told reporters: "Our first TV advert had a complaint upheld because we mentioned Kerry's past financial problems. Now she is back in bankruptcy we could not continue with her due to social responsibility. Kerry was a pleasure to work with. We wish her all the best in future".

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I LIKE PRESS ALLIES WITH NORTHERN MUSIC COMPANY
Leeds-based music PR agency I Like Press has announced a deal with the Northern Music Company, which will take a stake in the publicity business, while Northern Music's owner Andy Farrow becomes a Non-Executive Director. The deal means that I Like Press will now sit under the Northern Music Group banner, which also owns a booking agency, music publisher and label.

I Like Press Director Simon Fogal told CMU: "Andy Farrow first showed interest in I Like Press over a year ago. When he outlined his vision to us it became an easy decision, a no-brainer so to speak. We have formulated some great plans, linking in with more regional and building on our festival work. Andy brings in over 25 years experience so it's exciting times ahead".

Farrow added: "While some in the industry complain of falling revenues the last two years have seen huge areas of growth with my companies. As a management company we have to have knowledge of all areas of the business and be aware of total marketing spend verses actual record sales and I have to say I was very impressed with what I Like Press achieved on our acts that they did campaigns on. So I saw a gap in the PR market for affordable, effective PR and felt that it was a company worth investing in and that I could bring them more business".

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SHAZAM ANNOUNCES NEW ALLIANCE TO FACILITATE LATIN AMERICAN EXPANSION
"I wonder what that is" app maker Shazam has announced a strategic alliance with Mexican tel co America Movil, which will see the telecommunications firm invest $40 million into the digital company to fuel Latin American expansion, and further development of Shazam's newer advertising and TV programme recognition services.

Although the investment will come in useful, Shazam Executive Chairman Andrew Fisher has told Billboard that there is much more to the alliance with America Movil, and its owner businessman Carlos Slim Helu, than simply cash, with his new partner's infrastructure and reach in Latin America the real attraction.

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JESSIE J EXITS THE VOICE
No one's favourite coach on BBC anti-superficiality gala 'The Voice' - Jessie J - has quit her swivel chair, leaving the show and remaining co-coaches Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue to its/their fate/s. Apparently it's because she has live and promotional commitments overseas, and isn't anything to do with the programme never quite achieving the hype levels of rival 'X-Factor'.

Says J: "I've absolutely loved my time on 'The Voice' and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show. However, I can't wait to promote my new record around the world and that has to take priority. I shall be keeping a very close eye on series three showing my support in every way I can and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show".

Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the Beeb, Mark Linsey, despairingly adds: "We're so sorry to see Jessie go as she's been an exceptional coach on, and advocate for, 'The Voice', but we totally support her decision to leave due to touring commitments overseas. We very much hope that Jessie will remain part of the show and come back and perform for us next series. In the meantime we will now start the search for a new coach".

Whilst odds-on faves to claim Jessie's rotating-seat so far are Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger; original coaches Jones, O'Donoghue and i.am are still to confirm their places on 'The Voice UK' ahead of its third series.

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KATE LAWLER JOINS BAUER STATIONS IN NORTH IN ADDITION TO KERRANG! GIG
While Kerrang! Radio may have lost its FM outlet in the Midlands, one of its presenters - one time 'Big Brother' champ Kate Lawler - will still have an audience on the analogue radio network, albeit further north.

Kerrang! owners Bauer Media have announced that Lawler will host a new late night show that will air on its FM stations in Yorkshire and the North West, so that's Radio Aire, Hallam FM, Viking FM, Key 103 and Rock FM.

The DJ will host the new late show in addition to the breakfast show on the now digital-only Kerrang! On the new show, she told CMU: "I'm so excited about my new show. My aim is to create a community that listeners really want to be part of each night. I can't wait to get started across the North West and Yorkshire. We're going to have a lot of fun!"

Meanwhile Bauer Media's Group Programme Director for the North and Scotland, Owen Ryan, added: "It's great to have Kate on board. With her unique mix of humour, passion and love of music, I have no doubts that she will be a huge hit with our listeners, and a real appointment to listen each weekday evening".

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DAFT PUNK ACTION FIGURES INCOMING
If, like Tiësto, you're not sure Daft Punk's music is actually all that good, but you dig those cool helmets, well worry not, because official Daft Punk action figures are in production, meaning you'll soon be able to participate in the coolness of the brand without actually having to listen to any of the duo's records.

Being developed by Japanese companies Bandai and SH Figuarts, the Daft Punk action figures should be in the shops in Japan and the US before Christmas, though there are currently no release dates on the schedule for Europe.

Apparently they are "crafted with meticulous attention to detail" and the "helmet area employs a shiny metallic finish and clear parts for enhanced realism". So that's something to look forward to, isn't it? Let's hope Tiësto's got a trip to Japan planned so he can pick himself up a pair.

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