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Q&A: ROGER WRIGHT, CONTROLLER OF BBC RADIO 3 AND DIRECTOR OF THE BBC PROMS
Roger Wright's varied career within the classical music industry. Since 1998 though, he has been Controller of BBC Radio 3, and a year prior to that became Director of the BBC Proms - both roles he still holds today. With the 2013 edition of the BBC's annual Proms festival almost ready to go, CMU Editor Andy Malt spoke to Wright about his dual roles and how his work relates to the wider classical music industry more>>
 
APPROVED: LITTLE DAYLIGHT
New York-based pop trio Little Daylight have already had plenty of virtual tongues wagging about them recently, thanks to new single 'Glitter & Gold', which they released on iTunes this week. One more can't hurt though. Sound-wise they fall very much within the indie-pop zeitgeist - you could, if you so wished, mention them in the same sentence as rising outfits like Kate Boy and NONONO. So, all driving beats, wired synths and brain-drillingly catchy vocals, as is evident on both 'Glitter & Gold' and earlier single 'Overdose' more>>

TOP STORIES
- UK Music to launch new Skills Academy
IN THE POP COURTS
- After a long line of 'experts', Ortega takes the stand: Jacksons v AEG Update
- Katy Perry settles with GHD
POP POLITICS
- Mos Def undergoes Guantanamo Bay force feeding procedure
- Drenge comment on MP Tom Watson's endorsement
RELEASE NEWS
- Manic Street Preachers name new LP
- PINS detail new disc
FILMS & SHOWS NEWS
- A Winged Victory For The Sullen score contemporary ballet
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- CocoRosie confirm Grasswidow shows
- Primal Scream add December dates
- Neko Case to play live in London
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Bicycle Music Company acquires Offspring man's label
- Outpost Media launches publishing and distribution divisions
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Beats talking to tel cos about streaming service
- MusicQubed appoints telecoms veteran as chairman
AND FINALLY...
- One Direction plotting move into ballet - well, sort of, possibly, not really, says The Sun

ARTIST MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Management Assistant required for London-based, established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of three years management or related experience. Knowledge of release campaigns, promotion and touring required. Candidates must be super organised, capable of multi-tasking and possess a good knowledge of the music industry. Role will include providing support to artist managers, co-ordinating day to day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, closing date for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 24th July 2013, starting

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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.

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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.

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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.

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UK MUSIC TO LAUNCH NEW SKILLS ACADEMY
Cross-sector trade body UK Music will later today officially launch the UK Music Skills Academy, a new strand of the National Skills Academy: Creative & Cultural Skills. The new body aims to "build an infrastructure enabling the music industry to engage directly with skills and training providers", with a view to better informing those educating the next generation of music business professionals as to what skills are required. The new venture will also operate a UK Music Apprenticeship scheme and stage an annual Skills Festival.

Commenting on the new initiative, UK Music boss Jo Dipple told CMU: "There are thousands of different jobs in the music industry, from marketing new artists with an innovative digital strategy to rigging lights at a gig. These jobs are hugely prized and the purpose of our Skills Academy is to provide alumni with all the necessary tools to ensure they are at the front of the queue when music businesses are looking for new talent".

Live Nation COO Paul Latham, who already chairs Creative & Cultural Skills, will also be a patron for the new music-focused academy. He told CMU: "The UK puts on some of the best live music concerts and festivals in the world because the people working behind the stage on rigging, lighting and sound are some of the most talented and experienced in their field".

He added: "It is the same with people working at record labels, management companies, publishers or anywhere else in the music industry. They are a fantastically creative workforce. But, we need to find and encourage a new and diverse workforce that will keep driving our industry forward and the UK Music Skills Academy will do that. It is tailored to the specific skills needs of the music industry, ensuring its students will graduate with the best chance of a rewarding job within it".

Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey is amongst those due to attend an event in London tonight formally launching the new Skills Academy, and he added: "The UK has one of the most dynamic and influential creative industries in the world. Music is a crucial part of this and helps the sector punch well above its weight, making a huge contribution to our national economy and enriching our cultural lives. By training and nurturing the next generation of outstanding talent, UK Music's Skills Academy will play an important role in maintaining our competitive and imaginative edge, and government is committed to supporting this".

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AFTER A LONG LINE OF 'EXPERTS', ORTEGA TAKES THE STAND: JACKSONS V AEG UPDATE
Another key player in the final weeks in the life of Michael Jackson has taken to the stand in the ongoing Jacksons v AEG Live court case, which continues to rumble on in LA.

Kenny Ortega, the director of Jackson's ill-fated 'This Is It' live venture, saw more of the singer than most in the weeks before his death, and was perhaps most vocal in raising concerns with his AEG paymasters about the late king of pop's deteriorating health in June 2009. Indeed, it was after Ortega expressed his concerns that AEG Live President Randy Phillips called a meeting at Jackson's home, where the star's doctor Conrad Murray seemingly convinced the live exec that all was fine.

The first few hours of Ortega's testimony yesterday was more of a eulogy to Jackson's creative talents, he had a voice, created songs and danced "like no one else in his generation", the director said. But today attention should shift to the events that occurred as Ortega and Jackson worked on 'This Is It' in spring 2009, and whether or not AEG execs ignored warning signs regards the pop star's health issues, and concerns about the treatments he was receiving from Murray.

As much previously reported, the Jackson family wants AEG held liable for the death of their most famous sibling and son, arguing that it hired Murray, who was found guilty of causing Jackson's death through negligent treatment. The live giant also put undue pressure on the medic for commercial reasons, the Jacksons argue, and failed to act on obvious 'red flags' regards the singer's physical and mental health. AEG counters that Jackson himself recruited and managed Murray, and that it's only with hindsight that the sinister clues regards the singer's wellbeing in early 2009 now seem so obvious.

Since last we looked in on the Jacksons v AEG case three weeks ago, just as the key testimonies from AEG bosses reached their conclusion, it's been mainly experts speaking in court. They've been discussing the treatments the late king of pop received from Murray, the singer's consumption of prescription drugs, and whether AEG Live fulfilled all its duties when agreeing to pay the negligent doctor's bills, the company having admitted it did little to check out the medical man's credentials once Jackson had chosen him.

On the latter point, the Jackson's reps last week presented Jean Seawright, an expert in human resources, who insisted that best practice in her profession would say that the live giant should have performed a "comprehensive background check" on Murray before allowing him to work on the 'This Is It' venture. Especially after the doctor initially demanded $5 million for the project, later settling on £150,000 a month, figures which - it's been noted already - are exorbitant, and should possibly have made the live firm suspicious of the medic's motivations.

Another expert last week discussed Jackson's drug use, and whether the singer was, in fact, an addict. Dr Sidney Schnoll told the court that, on the evidence available, he wouldn't classify Jackson as having had an addiction, rather he was drug dependent. Jackson only took drugs prescribed to him by doctors, and generally stuck to recommended dosages, neither of which are the actions of an addict. And while the singer did seek medications for multiple medics, ultimately the drugs he sought were treating genuine conditions, mainly to relieve pain stemming from past injuries.

Elsewhere in the long line-up of boffins, last month a sleep expert from Harvard Medical School gave what was, perhaps ironically, one of the least sleep-inducing testimonies so far, discussing Murray's administration of the surgical anaesthetic propofol to help Jackson overcome insomnia. Dr Charles Czeisler explained why the treatment was incompetent beyond the risk of overdose, noting that while the medication gives the patient the impression that they have slept, they are actually deprived of rapid eye movement sleep, which is essential for a healthy body.

If, as Murray has said, Jackson went through nearly two months of propofol-induced sleep every night, that is likely the longest any human has gone without any REM sleeping. So much so, the doctor reckoned, the treatment could have caused Jackson's demise even he hadn't actually overdosed on the drug. Certainly the various symptoms reported by those working with the singer in the weeks before his death were in line with what you'd expect from sleep deprivation. "I believe that that constellation of symptoms was more probably than not induced by total sleep deprivation over a chronic period", the expert concluded.

Of course whether or not any of these expert testimonies help the jury answer the core questions in this case - ie did AEG hire Murray (or did the company simply provide finance for Jackson to hire him), and did its executives put inappropriate pressure on the doctor? - is debatable. It's possible the input from people like Ortega will be much more important in that regard.

The case continues. Meanwhile, in Ohio, a sideshow case goes through the motions involving the family of the late Frank DiLeo, the on-again-off-again former manager of Jackson, who was involved in the star's business affairs once again in the final weeks of his life. As previously reported, the Jackson family want to review DiLeo's emails and files from those weeks, to see if AEG was putting pressure on him to put pressure on Murray to get the star ready to perform "whatever it takes".

DiLeo died in 2011, but the Jackson family lawyers wanted access to his laptop. Despite efforts by the former manager's widow, supported by AEG, to block those moves, a court ruled that the Jacksons could review the computer in question. Though by the time that ruling had been made, the laptop was missing.

As it turned out, DiLeo's lawyer had backups of most files, which are in the process of being turned over to the Jacksons, but it's now alleged that the manager's widow and/or daughter do actually know the location of the original computer, and are refusing to hand it over. A judge has told the two women that if they don't deliver the machine this week they could face jail for contempt of court. It remains to be seen how that one pans out in the coming days.

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KATY PERRY SETTLES WITH GHD
Katy Perry has received "a significant amount of money" from haircare firm GHD, according to TMZ.

As previously reported, Perry and GHD fell out over whether the latter renewed its brand partnership deal with the former, after a two year alliance that began in 2011 reached its conclusion. GHD struck first, asking for court confirmation that there was no new agreement, saying amongst its various arguments that it had not renewed the deal because market research had shown that people in Europe no longer really like Perry all that much.

Perry countersued, saying that the company had continued to use her image for promotional purposes after the original deal had ended, suggesting that the continuation of the deal - which even GHD admitted had been discussed - was implied. She and her legal team also alleged that the company simply wanted to delay the end of the deal because its parent company Jamella Group was in the process of being acquired, and management at the top possibly didn't want any public falling out with Perry while that deal was being closed.

But, despite all that backbiting in the legal papers, an out of court settlement has now been reached, according to TMZ, and while the exact terms of that agreement are not known, the gossip site reckons that PERRY WON. That is to say, although GHD was the first to launch legal action, the company has now backed down. Or at least it has if TMZ's sources are correct.

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MOS DEF UNDERGOES GUANTANAMO BAY FORCE FEEDING PROCEDURE
Currently 120 inmates in America's Guantanamo Bay prison camp are on hunger strike, 44 of whom are currently being force fed. In a bid to raise awareness of this process, being carried out on people who, in many cases, are being held without charge, rapper and actor Mos Def, or Yasiin Bey as he is now known, agreed to undergo the same force-feeding procedure as that carried out in the prison for Human Rights organisation Reprieve.

Those inmates who are fed by force go through this process twice per day, and it can take up to two hours to complete. In the short film, Bey lasts only a few minutes before calling it to a halt (something inmates are, of course, unable to do). Afterwards, he says: "I really didn't know what to expect. When the tube went in, the first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning and then it starts to be really unbearable and feels like something was going into my brain. Then it reached the back of my throat and I just had to... I really couldn't take it".

For more on the current conditions in Guantanamo Bay, have a listen to this report from a recent edition of US radio show 'This American Life', and watch the video of Bey undergoing the force feeding procedure (which, we should warn, you may find distressing) here.

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DRENGE COMMENT ON MP TOM WATSON'S ENDORSEMENT
Drenge drummer Roy Loveless has spoken to BBC Newsbeat about the duo's recent endorsement by MP Tom Watson, as he resigned from his position as Deputy Chair of the Labour Party.

As previously reported, Watson closed his resignation letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband, saying: "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".

Commenting on this, and the subsequent media coverage around it, Loveless said: "It's got nothing to do with us really, we've had no involvement in it. It's just a guy signing off in a quirky manner and mentioning us. I'm not totally overjoyed that it happened but at the same time I don't really care".

He continued: "I'm glad he's a fan and that other people have discovered us through it. My mum's a fan, but when she says she is a fan to her mate there's no media storm over that. We've kind of been shown to a load of people who don't really care, which is fine. I'd rather that we hadn't and people had discovered us in their own way rather than through a news story".

Yeah, have a think about that next time you resign Tom. And the same goes for any other politicians out there, for that matter. We don't need any more of that Cameron/Marr business do we? Though if Dave's reading, don't let that requirement stop you from actually resigning, will you?

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS NAME NEW LP
So it's official; The Manic Street Preachers will release a new LP, titled 'Rewind The Film', on 16 Sep.

Preceded by a week by its lead single 'Show Me The Wonder', it is to the band (says James Dean Bradfield) a stripped-back and "sedate coming of age", and carries collaborations with Lucy Rose and Cate Le Bon. Oh, and Richard Hawley, who sings on its title track. Hear that here.

Tracklisting:

This Sullen Welsh Heart (feat Lucy Rose)
Show Me The Wonder (feat Richard Hawley)
Rewind The Film
Builder of Routines
4 Lonely Roads (feat Cate Le Bon)
(I Miss The) Tokyo Skyline
Anthem For A Lost Cause
As Holy As The Soil (That Buries Your Skin)
3 Ways To See Despair
Running Out Of Fantasy
Manorbier
30 Year War

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PINS DETAIL NEW DISC
Sororal rock gang PINS are releasing a new LP - their first, in fact - via Bella Union on 30 Sep. 'Girls Like Us', as they've titled it, features the CMU approved band's past single 'Stay True' and this new track, 'Get With Me'.

Guitarist Faith gives it this billing: "'Girls Like Us' isn't about being like us, it's about being yourself. I always wanted to be in a band, ever since I can remember, it's all I've ever wanted to do to... our album may have been recorded and mixed in a week but it's been dreamed about for years! We had to be ruthless but we've got each other's backs, we don't let each other make bad decisions".

Yeah! PINS will hit the road on 5 Oct, playing the first in a stack of continental dates, the Great British ones of which are as listed:

5 Oct: Sheffield, Harley
7 Oct: Bristol, Louisiana
8 Oct: Brighton, The Hope
9 Oct: London, Birthdays
10 Oct: Norwich, Hog in Armour
11 Oct: Newcastle, Cluny
12 Oct: Glasgow, Broadcast
15 Oct: Liverpool, Leaf
16 Oct: Birmingham, Bull's Head

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A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN SCORE CONTEMPORARY BALLET
A Winged Victory For The Sullen's Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O'Hallaran have collaborated with contemporary dance master Wayne McGregor on an OST to his new ballet, 'Atomos'. The show, which "imagines the indivisible order created through uncuttable structures and interwoven with an architectural manipulation of bodies", premieres at London's Sadler's Wells theatre on 9 Oct, with Wiltzie, O'Hallaran and a string ensemble present to play the score live.

AWVFTS say in sync: "The nature of this project has invariably guided our compositions into a strange world we did not create. We are really testing the ability to leave vanity, and the safety of our whole notes in the closet. It seems quite fitting that our next musical output is also our first foray into dance with this lovely human being, from that island across the pond, Wayne McGregor. We continue into the unknown".

The pair have set several pre- Sadler's Wells dates and they are as listed:

1 Oct: London, Village Underground
2 Oct: Reading, South Sea Arts Centre
3 Oct: Leicester, Bishop Street Church
4 Oct: Gateshead, The Sage

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COCOROSIE CONFIRM GRASSWIDOW SHOWS
Spacebar-hating pop freaks CocoRosie have confirmed a trio of live dates to aid sales of their fifth LP, 'Tales Of A GrassWidow'. First is a show at Manchester's Academy 2 on 29 Sep, and following that, one at London's Oval Space on 30 Sep, and finally, at The Sage in Gateshead on 1 Oct.

The band also play at the Barbican in London on 20 Jul, co-headlining with Youth Lagoon.

In the meantime, play the band's last single 'After The Afterlife' here.

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PRIMAL SCREAM ADD DECEMBER DATES
Primal Scream have added winter live listings to the legacy of their new LP, 'More Light'. In related news, the band's new single, 'Invisible City', is released on 5 Aug.

Lacking anything else to say on the matter, I'll go ahead and present the December dates (tickets on sale this Friday) and a clip of PS and HAIM playing 'Rocks' at Glastonbury.

11 Dec: London, Brixton Academy
14 Dec: Glasgow, SECC
15 Dec: Manchester Academy

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NEKO CASE TO PLAY LIVE IN LONDON
America's Neko Case will celebrate the 2 Sep release of her new LP, 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You', by making a single London-based PA at The Forum on 12 Dec. No additional dates, I'm afraid, that's it. Tickets here.

This is 'Man', a featured track on 'The Worse Things Get'.

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BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY ACQUIRES OFFSPRING MAN'S LABEL
US-based music rights firm the Bicycle Music Company has acquired Nitro Records, the label set up in 1994 by The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland. The label released both early works and catalogue recordings from various mainly punk rock acts, and is perhaps most notable for releasing the early albums of AFI.

Confirming the deal with the Bicycle Music Company, Holland told reporters: "Starting and running Nitro Records has been an amazing experience. I have made some of the best friends of my life at this label and I've had the privilege to put out records by my favourite bands. It's a music catalogue that I'm insanely proud of! I know Bicycle will carry on Nitro's legacy and ensure its recordings are well taken care of and available to fans for years to come".

Meanwhile Bicycle's Co-President Steven Salm added: "Bicycle acquires and represents important master recording rights across all genres. We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to Nitro Records and its roster of artists".

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OUTPOST MEDIA LAUNCHES PUBLISHING AND DISTRIBUTION DIVISIONS
Music PR firm Outpost Media has announced that it is branching out further into the music industry with the launch of two new divisions offering distribution and publishing services. The company also operates a record label, 3 Bar Fire Recordings.

Outpost Distrubution will be powered by indie distributor INgrooves Fontana, whose Director Of Business Development Quentin Chambers told CMU: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Outpost on their new distribution service. By combining their significant promotional experience with INgrooves enhanced distribution, marketing and artist services, Outpost are in a unique position to offer something meaningful and different to labels and artists".

Outpost MD David Silverman added: "We can now provide a centrally managed business solution to record labels and artists. As our PR arm continues to grow, this new extension to our services will allow us to help a wide range of music companies. We are delighted to move into partnership with INgrooves Fontana for our distribution arm".

Outpost Publishing has recently signed Finnish electro house duo TJH87's forthcoming single 'Deadlock' and producer Pablo Nouvelle.

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BEATS TALKING TO TEL COS ABOUT STREAMING SERVICE
Beats is talking to various US mobile operators about them bundling its in-development super new streaming music service into their phone packages, according to sources.

As previously reported, the Dr Dre/Jimmy Iovine-led overpriced-headphones-peddler is busy developing a new streaming platform, with Topspin founder Ian Rogers in charge and Trent Reznor advising. It's thought the new service will launch later this year.

In an increasingly competitive streaming music marketplace, an alliance with a tel co would make sense, allowing users to bundle payments in with their phone bills. It is thought AT&T is amongst those in conversations with Beats, though negotiations are at an early stage.

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MUSICQUBED APPOINTS TELECOMS VETERAN AS CHAIRMAN
MusicQubed, the company behind the previously reported O2 Tracks streaming service, has recruited Chris Burke, formerly CTO at Vodafone, as its new Chairman. Burke has three decades of experience in the telecoms sector, most recently as MD EMEA for Blackberry.

Following the launch of O2 Tracks in March, MusicQubed is plotting other mobile-based music services around the world, mainly in partnership with other parties, most based around the model of providing users with access to a relatively small number of tracks which change each week, similar to a radio station's playlist

Confirming his new appointment, Burke told Mobile Today: "I am excited to be part of such an innovative company, particularly following the successful O2 Tracks deployment and engagements with other tier one operators internationally".

MusicQubed CEO Chris Gorman added: "We have a number of hugely exciting international projects in the pipeline and are extremely pleased to have Chris Burke join MusicQubed. His in-depth knowledge of mobile and range of global contacts will prove invaluable in accelerating our growth internationally. We see it as a testament to our company's success that Chris has chosen to join our team".

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ONE DIRECTION PLOTTING MOVE INTO BALLET - WELL, SORT OF, POSSIBLY, NOT REALLY, SAYS THE SUN
Once the upcoming movie is done and dusted, how about 'One Direction: The Ballet'? True, the 1D boys can't dance, but they could jump up and down in amongst people who can.

Anyway, Harry Styles has apparently expressed an interest in taking up ballet. Well, according to The Sun, he had a conversation with Mick Jagger's personal trainer Torje Eike backstage at a recent Rolling Stones gig and discussed how the aging rocker can still manage all that on-stage strutting. And Eike revealed it's all down to a programme of running, weight lifting, kickboxing and, yes, ballet.

Says the Sun's source: "Harry wants a career spanning decades like Mick's and to have that he recognises that fitness, health and developing his body is the key. He spoke to Torje about Jagger's intense routine of kickboxing, running, weights and, most importantly, ballet. That's the Achilles' heel in Harry's training. He can't dance and neither can any of the 1D boys - their choreographer recognised early on that they shouldn't dance on stage".

But nevertheless, ballet could still be useful behind the scenes, if only to further hone that 'not really doing anything on stage' thing the 1D boys have perfected.

Or so says Ramzy Khachik, who works with Mark Jarvis, who is seemingly acting as personal trainer for the boy band at the moment. He told the tab: "Nobody works harder than ballet dancers. It's all about grace, stance and strength. Harry sees how supple Mick is, how he manages to stretch his body and do contortions. It's a brilliant art form and will get more grace into his movements - if you're graceful you can get away with minimalistic moves, which is what their choreography is about".

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