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PLAYLIST: ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
Playing a sound she describes as 'funeral pop', notable for its heavy use of church organ, Swedish musician Anna Von Hausswolff released her second album, 'Ceremony', last month through City Slang. As she prepares for a show in New York tonight, we asked Anna Von Hausswolff to put together a playlist for us, which saw her scouring Spotify for the finest organ-based music she could find more>>
 
APPROVED: ARIEL PINK FEAT JORGE ELBRECHT - HANG ON TO LIFE
Another day, another collaborative dollar for serial backseat-driver Ariel Pink, who, having hijacked a CMU approved SoKo track only the other day, has since made his mark all over a new seven-inch split with Violens' Jorge Elbrecht. Not that I'm mad at him; I really like Ariel Pink. The new track itself - titled 'Hang On To Life' - is a sweet if tear-salted slice of 'if only' pie more>>

TOP STORIES
- Strike trois amended in France's Hadopi law
IN THE POP COURTS
- Joss Stone murder plotter sentenced to eighteen years in prison
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- The Crimea return, split
ARTIST DEALS
- Death Grips join Universal, launch own imprint
- 65daysofstatic sign to Superball, get robbed (not by Superball)
RELEASE NEWS
- Pusha T pushes back LP release, cans Cruel Winter
- King Krule announces debut album
- I Break Horses break new single
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Julia Holter shares new clip and live dates
FESTIVAL NEWS
- AEG makes British Summer Time free as ill Elton cancels
- Festival line-up update: Latitude, Open East Festival, Semibreve and more
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Citigroup sells EMI pension fund, as retrial over Terra Firma allegations gets provisional kick-off date
- Japanese government considering copyright term extension
- Tesco now second biggest entertainment retailer as HMV slips
- Roadrunner founder launches new company, signs pop act
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Spotify appoints Asia director
AND FINALLY...
- Johnny Borrell admits to being both "obnoxious" (at times) and "a really good bloke" (always)

NINJA TUNE - RECORD LABEL CAMPAIGN MANAGER
Ninja Tune is looking for an experienced reliable and inspiring Campaign Manager (aka Product Manager). The job involves successfully overseeing record releases from beginning to end of campaigns working closely with the Ninja Tune A&R, production, marketing, digital and international teams.

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

   

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.

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

 
   

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, 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.
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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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STRIKE TROIS AMENDED IN FRANCE'S HADOPI LAW
The French version of three-strikes has been revised so to remove the ultimate sanction of net disconnection, though a new fines system will be introduced that could penalise file-sharers earlier in the 'graduated response' process.

As much previously reported, France was one of the first countries to introduce a three-strikes style system for combating online piracy, with a special government agency called Hadopi set up to administer the procedure.

Under the system, rights owners can report suspected illegal file-sharers to the agency, which then forces the suspected file-sharer's internet service provider to send the offender a warning letter. If said file-sharer fails to disprove the allegations and continues to file-share, they receive a sterner letter that carries a threat.

Quite what that threat is varies between the different countries that have introduced three-strikes (under the UK version, which is yet to go live, parliament left the strike three threat pretty much undefined), but in France the threatened sanction was disconnection from the internet. Originally it was implied this disconnection would be permanent, though more recent interpretations of the rule was that it would be more suspension than disconnection.

However, while warning letters have been speeding out since Hadopi was launched, there has only been one case of strike three being struck - with a two week net suspension - and now the French government has published a decree removing "the additional misdemeanour punishable by suspension of access to a communication service".

The move follows a recent review of the 2009 anti-piracy law, which questioned the effectiveness of the three-strikes deterrent in pushing file-sharers over to licensed music services, which was the original intent. That report also suggested removing the most draconian part of the three-strikes system. Instead file-sharers will face automatic fines, which could rise to 1500 euros for persistent offenders.

Since 2009, when three-strikes was high up the agenda of many governments committed to fighting online piracy, alternative options have generally been prioritised. That includes web-blocking injunctions (like in the UK, despite parliament actually prioritising three-strikes), and initiatives to stop file-sharing sites from accepting money and appearing in search engine results. Some now wonder if the British three-strikes system outlined in the 2010 Digital Economy Act will ever actually go live.

Though in Ireland, the three-strikes system voluntarily operated by ISP Eircom (ie it was the result of an agreement between the labels and the net firm, not a three-strikes law) will be allowed to continue. As previously reported, the country's Data Protection Commissioner questioned the legality of the three-strikes system Eircom was operating, but an Irish court last year overruled those concerns. The DPC appealed, but last week Ireland's Supreme Court upheld the original judgement, allowing three-strikes to continue.

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JOSS STONE MURDER PLOTTER SENTENCED TO EIGHTEEN YEARS IN PRISON
One of the two men convicted earlier this year of plotting to kill Joss Stone at her Devon home in 2011, Junior Bradshaw, has been sentenced to eighteen years in prison. His accomplice, Kevin Liverpool, was previously sentenced to life for leading the plan, with a minimum prison term of ten years and eight months. Bradshaw will be eligible for parole after serving six years and eleven months.

As previously reported, Bradshaw and Liverpool travelled to Devon from the Manchester home they shared with the intention of stealing £1 million they believed Stone kept in a safe, then kidnapping the singer, beheading her and dumping her body in a river. The plan was thwarted when locals spotted the two men acting suspiciously as they attempted to find her home and reported them to the police.

When testifying during the trial, Bradshaw said that he hadn't heard of the singer prior to his arrest and thought that he and Liverpool were simply going on a day trip, though he could not remember where they were going. Called as an expert witness, consultant psychiatrist Dr Michael Alcock said that Bradshaw has diagnoses of learning disability and hebephrenic (disorganised) schizophrenia. Bradshaw's mental health was seemingly one of the factors behind the decision to delay his sentencing.

Meanwhile Bradshaw's lawyer, Martin Meeke, argued that his "fundamental intellectual impairment" caused him to be easily led and should be taken into account in his sentencing. However, Judge Francis Gilbert said that he believed Bradshaw had been fully aware of the plot, telling him: "Liverpool was the instigator and you were the foot soldier, you were a party to what he intended to do".

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THE CRIMEA RETURN, SPLIT
Best known for taking the then ballsy and unexpected move of giving their second album, 'Secrets Of The Witching Hour', away as a free download in 2007, The Crimea have announced that they will return with the follow-up, 'Square Moon', later this month. Released jointly through Alcopop! and Lazy Acre on 29 Jul, the band will perform at The Jazz Café in London the following night. And then they'll split up forever.

Announcing the decision, frontman Davey Macmanus said: "It's the right time. I've been spending time as a nurse in Diepsloot, South Africa over the past few years, where I'm starting a children's orphanage. Now that the album's found a home with the guys at Alcopop! and Lazy Acre, it seemed right to go out on something we're incredibly proud of and close the book on an amazing few chapters of our lives".

Listen to a track from the new album, 'Only Living Boy And Girl', here.

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DEATH GRIPS JOIN UNIVERSAL, LAUNCH OWN IMPRINT
Death Grips' track record with major labels isn't great, having "purposefully" got themselves dropped by Sony Music's Epic last year. However, they've now announced a new alliance with the most major of all the majors, Universal.

The new deal will see the group launch their own imprint, Thirdworld, underneath Capitol's Harvest label in the US. For a long time an archive label, Harvest was relaunched earlier this year as an active imprint, after much of the unit's European catalogue was sold off as part of Universal Music's agreement to get regulator approval for its EMI takeover.

Provided they can stop themselves from leaking it first, Death Grips will release their first album under this deal at some point next year.

Anyway, here's drummer Zach Hill playing while wearing handcuffs for some reason.

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65DAYSOFSTATIC SIGN TO SUPERBALL, GET ROBBED (NOT BY SUPERBALL)
65daysofstatic signed a new worldwide record deal with Superball Music this week. Officially the hardest working band in UK independent music, they happily announced the deal by saying: "As the music industry slowly crumbles around our very ears, it's comforting to have found a new home with Superball Music who we intend to use as a solid base from which to launch our surprise attack on the entrenched mainstream that is modern day alternative music. There is a lot of danger out there, OK?"

Unfortunately, someone else launched a surprise attack on the band first, breaking into their studio and clearing it of much of their equipment, not least "ALL of our good guitars". With tour dates looming, the band would quite like to get their stuff back, so are appealing to people, particularly the second hand instrument sellers of the North of England, to keep an eye out for the stolen items, all of which are listed here.

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PUSHA T PUSHES BACK LP RELEASE, CANS CRUEL WINTER
Rapper Pusha T has 'pusha' backed (ahaha haha) the buy-date of his debut LP 'My Name Is My Name' to a TBA day in August. It was meant to be released this coming Monday via Kanye West's label GOOD Music.

Revealing details of the delay on Stateside radio station Power 98, T said: "At the end of the day, I still stand my ground. That's politics and logistics".

When released, the album will feature collaborations with 2Chainz and Big Sean (a la its lead single 'Who I Am') Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Wale and Future; and 'beats' by Pharrell Wiliams, Hudson Mohawke, The-Dream, Swizz Beatz and Nottz. And Kanye West, obvs.

T also had time to write off 'Cruel Winter', the long talked-of follow-on to GOOD Music's 'Cruel Summer' LP, saying: "Nah, man. We're not doing the 'Cruel Winter' album or the 'Cruel Summer' sequel. There are too many projects we got going on. Right now, we're not working on [any] compilations".

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KING KRULE ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM
CMU approvee King Krule, aka musician Archy Marshall, has announced that he will release his debut album, 'Six Feet Beneath The Moon', through XL on 24 Aug (also his nineteenth birthday, which is nice).

Cast your eye over the tracklist and listen to album opener 'Easy, Easy':

Easy, Easy
Border Line
Has This Hit?
Foreign 2
Ceiling
Baby Blue
Cementality
A Lizard State
Will I Come
Ocean Bed
Neptune Estate
The Krockadile
Out Getting Ribs
Bathed In Grey

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I BREAK HORSES BREAK NEW SINGLE
Sweden's I Break Horses are back with a new twelve-inch single that they'll release via Bella Union on a limited basis this Saturday, aka at the East London-based Independent Label Market.

The track, titled 'Denial', signals a new LP to be released by the band later this year. Listen to it here.

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JULIA HOLTER SHARES NEW CLIP AND LIVE DATES
All-time CMU fave Julia Holter has shared an 'avant garde' promo for 'In The Green Wild', one of the tracks on her 19 Aug-dated LP 'Loud City Song'. Anyone wanting to order the LP in advance will be given an 'In The Green Wild' MP3 instantly, so that's nice. As an added gift, the vid is backed by a swarm of live dates I'm going to list... now:

12 Nov: Brighton, Komedia
13 Nov: Manchester, Deaf Institute
14 Nov: Leeds, Howard Assembly Hall
15 Nov: Liverpool, Leaf
16 Nov: Bristol, The Cube
17 Nov: Dublin, Dublin Unitarian Church
19 Nov: Dublin, Whelans
20 Nov: Glasgow, CCA

And this, at last, is said 'vid'.

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AEG MAKES BRITISH SUMMER TIME FREE AS ILL ELTON CANCELS
Elton John has cancelled all his approaching live dates, not least an imminent headline billing at AEG's Hyde Park-based British Summer Time this Friday, because he has appendicitis.

His doctors anticipate operating on the inflamed appendix within the month (which seems like a long time to leave an inflamed appendix, but apparently antibiotics are helping at the moment), whilst his press team say the star is "eager" to be back in time to play live again in early September. John has a show booked at Leeds Arena on 4 Sep, and latter German dates and appearances at this year's Bestival (8 Sep) and iTunes Festival (12 Sep), which are currently all still intact, his official site confirms.

This consolatory note via the site: "Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans".

British Summer Time promoter AEG Live and The Royal Parks, meanwhile, have made the Friday edition of their festival free-entry, now it's lost its headline star. Fans with 12 Jul tickets will be given their cash back automatically, but can still gain access to the site (on 12 Jul) by printing and bringing their existing tickets. Extra free tickets are also available on a first come, first served basis via this link, with Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Gabrielle Aplin and Nick Lowe all set to play on the day in Elton's stead.

Rob Hallett, President of International Live Touring at AEG Live, says: "We certainly wish Elton a speedy recovery and know that he would have hated for us to cancel the whole day's events because of this. In the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park and the incredible weather we are having, our show goes on! And there's no better way to enjoy the start of our final weekend with a free event for all to enjoy with some excellent headline artists topping off even more great entertainment in our ten-day event".

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: LATITUDE, OPEN EAST FESTIVAL, SEMIBREVE AND MORE
So, bypassing the drastic changes that've been made to Barclaycard's British Summer Time (basically, 12 Jul headliner Elton John has appendicitis and so has cancelled, leading AEG Live to make the day free-entry), we'll start today's FLUU headlines at this year's iTunes Festival and its new additions.

Arctic Monkeys, John Legend, Pixies, Robin Thicke and - providing he's well again by his starring iTunes PA on 12 Sep - Elton John all align with Sigur Rós, Justin Timberlake, Kings Of Leon, Phoenix, Rizzle Kicks and the like at the September-spanning fest, free tickets to which are still available via www.itunesfestival.com

Oily R&B man Thicke says: "I'm so excited to be taking part in the iTunes Festival this year. Once again iTunes has gathered some incredible talent and I am honoured to be included".

One/all of an uncharacteristically inarticulate Arctic Monkeys add: "We're looking forward to performing at the Roundhouse and excited to be playing songs from our new LP".

And on that bland note, we move on to details of thrilling additions to festivals besides iTunes; not least final enhancements to Latitude and an initial missive via Portugal's ultra-niche Semibreve:

BROWNSTOCK, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Disembowelled By Sharks, Frett. www.brownstock.co.uk

ITUNES FESTIVAL, Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Odell, John Legend, Pixies, Robin Thicke, The Olms, NO CEREMONY///. www.itunesfestival.com

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk, 18-21 Jul: Richard Ashcroft, Gaz Coombes, Craig Charles, Mary Anne Hoobs. www.latitudefestival.com

OPEN EAST FESTIVAL, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 27-28 Jul: Ondatropica feat Quantic & Frente Cumbiero, Viv Albertine, Le Volume Courbe, The Fairey Band, U-Roy, Bomba Estereo, Jupiter Bokondji & Okwess International, Soul Caribbean. www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=14778

REDFEST, Robins Cook Farm, Redhill, Surrey, 26-27 Jul: The LaFontaines, Continents. www.redfest.co.uk

SECRET GARDEN PARTY, Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, 25-28 Jul: Will Joseph Cook, Sykur, Mayaeni, Jeremy Loops, Death By Chocolate, Killaflaw, Mark Jones, Jagz Kooner. www.secretgardenparty.com

SEMIBREVE, Braga, Portugal, 15-17 Nov: Atom TM, Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak Rafael Toral's Space Collective 3. www.festivalsemibreve.com

SIMPLE THINGS, various venues, Bristol, 12 Oct: Jon Hopkins, No Age, These New Puritans, Hyetal, Poritco Quartet, Planet Mu DJs. www.simplethingsfestival.co.uk

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CITIGROUP SELLS EMI PENSION FUND, AS RETRIAL OVER TERRA FIRMA ALLEGATIONS GETS PROVISIONAL KICK-OFF DATE
Citigroup has sold the EMI Group pension fund to the Pension Insurance Corporation, in a deal which brings to an end the US bank's involvement in the former UK music major.

As much previously reported, Citigroup took ownership of EMI in early 2011, basically repossessing the music firm from Terra Firma, the equity group which acquired the record label and music publisher in 2007 in an audacious debt-laden Citigroup-backed deal of the kind that prospered prior to the credit crunch, and fell over spectacularly post-crunch.

After taking control of EMI, Citigroup split the firm into its two constituent parts - recordings and publishing - and sold them off to Universal Music and a Sony-led consortium respectively. Though there remained the issue of what to do with the EMI pension fund, which complicated Citi's sale negotiations for a time, especially on the side of the sound recordings deal.

In the end the pension fund stayed with Citi when the bank confirmed its Universal and Sony deals, but ownership will now be transferred to PIC, whose Chairman Clive Gilchrist told reporters yesterday: "I have written to the fund members telling them that their benefits have been secured in full with PIC; as a trustee, fully securing benefits is the ultimate goal".

So Citigroup can put its EMI adventure behind it once and for all. Except, of course, Terra Firma's Guy Hands is having a second go at suing the bank over its involvement in his catastrophic and costly 2007 takeover of the music company. In 2010 a New York jury ruled that Hands' allegations of dodgy dealings on the part of Citi were unfounded, but in May an appeals court decided that ruling was based on bad advice from the judge, and ordered a retrial.

According to the FT, unless an out of court settlement can be reached (both sides came out of the original trial looking like bumbling fools, so such a settlement would be attractive to all), the retrial could kick off on 7 Oct. We've put in a biscuit order, just in case.

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JAPANESE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING COPYRIGHT TERM EXTENSION
The Japanese government is considering legislation to extend the copyright term on original works, which would increase protection for songwriters, composers and music publishers who own rights in lyrics and musical score.

The copyright term for such works in Japan is currently the life of the author plus 50 years. According to newspaper Nikkei and music business site McClure Music, proposals are now being considered to extend that to life plus 70 years, bringing Japanese copyright inline with the US and European Union.

The country's collecting society JASRAC has been lobbying for the extension for sometime, though it seems the issue is on the Japanese government's agenda now as part of its plans to enter negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, in which the US is known to be pressuring other participating countries to step up their IP laws.

Assuming that is true, TPP talks could result in extended copyright terms in a number of Asia-Pacific countries, though given the size of the music market in Japan, the increased term there would have the biggest tangible benefit to global music publishers.

Term extension talk in the region so far has generally focused on the copyright in songs rather than recordings. The latter term in Japan is currently 50 years after release, compared to 95 years in the States and 70 years in the EU.

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TESCO NOW SECOND BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT RETAILER AS HMV SLIPS
Despite the flurry to support the flagging music chain when it hit the wall at the start of the year, and the bigger-than-expected streamlined network of stores that Hilco bought out of administration in April, HMV has still slipped to become the fifth biggest entertainment retailer in the UK, having previously been second, and not so long ago at the top of the pile.

According to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Amazon benefited the most from the downsizing of the HMV store network, increasing its market share to 23.4% in the last quarter, matching its previous record from last year's Christmas quarter.

HMV's slide allows Tesco to become the second biggest entertainment product seller (though that's more to do with its DVD sales than music), while Sainsbury's also saw a 2.4% rise in its market share after HMV's slip, even though it still sits just below the entertainment specialist overall.

Meanwhile, and despite continued claims that the download market is wobbling as streaming services boom, a 12.5% increase in digital music sales in the last year has helped the iTunes store also achieve a 2.4% increase in market share this last quarter, putting it in third place in the overall entertainment retailer chart.

Commenting on all this, Kantar's Consumer Insight Director Fiona Keenan told CMU: "HMV's recent store closures have hit the high street retailer hard, with its number of shoppers almost halving in the latest twelve weeks compared with the same quarter last year and its market share dropping by 8.4 percentage points".

She went on: "Amazon has benefited the most from HMV's decline, gaining across music, games and video. It made an additional £4.5 million in the second quarter of 2013 by welcoming former HMV customers and has returned to its record share of the entertainment market - 23.4%, a figure last seen at Christmas 2012. Sainsbury's was the main grocer to win from HMV shoppers switching store, gaining an additional £2.3 million compared with this time last year".

But, she added: "Tesco is now Britain's second largest entertainment retailer with 13.2% of the market, boosted by its ongoing success selling big video releases. It took over a quarter of all spend on 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', the biggest selling film in the second quarter of this year".

On the continued rise of iTunes, Keenan concluded: "iTunes Music's record share is testament to rising sales of digital music which have grown by 12.5% over the past year to make up 51.4% of all music. The growth of digital, boosted largely by invigorated digital album sales, has helped the total music market to grow slightly over the past year, despite continued declines in physical music".

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ROADRUNNER FOUNDER LAUNCHES NEW COMPANY, SIGNS POP ACT
The founder of Roadrunner Records, Cees Wessels, eased out of the now Warner-owned rock label last year, has resurfaced with a new music company called Robot Of The Century Music.

And, moving away from the metal-bias of his original label, the new firm's first signing is a pop act called Ashley Allen. Her first single is called 'Let's Go'. And that's all we know so far.

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SPOTIFY APPOINTS ASIA DIRECTOR
Spotify has appointed a new Director for the Asian market in the former of ex-Facebook exec Sunita Kaur.

And look, she's said these words: "Spotify has been leading the music revolution across Europe and the US and the opportunity to help continue that journey into Asia was one I wasn't going to miss. We've been waiting for Spotify to arrive in Asia for a while and the reception we've received has been overwhelming".

Kaur will now lead the streaming firm's growth in Asia, capitalising on recent launches in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. She will presumably also be involved in ongoing label negotiations regarding a launch in Japan.

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JOHNNY BORRELL ADMITS TO BEING BOTH "OBNOXIOUS" (AT TIMES) AND "A REALLY GOOD BLOKE" (ALWAYS)
Former Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell will release his debut solo album, 'Borrell 1', on 22 Jul. You've probably already cast a wry eye over its tracklist and made a joke about its title. Well you shouldn't, says Borrell in an interview with The Telegraph. And he perhaps has a point.

"I don't get it. The title for this record is 'Borrell 1', right? Why is it 'Borrell 1'? Because that's an unpretentious title to me, right? Scott Walker - 'Scott 1', 'Scott 2', 'Scott 3', 'Scott 4'. 'McCartney 1', 'McCartney 2'. I don't get it".

It could possibly be said that comparing yourself to Scott Walker and Paul McCartney is quite pretentious, but let's just assume he was making a point about the merits of simplicity in album-naming, rather that drawing any other sort of comparison. After all, later in the interview he does give some thought as to why people think of him as, well, a bit of a cunt at times.

The problem, he says, was his trying to be what success had made him, even if that's not what he wanted to be at all. "It just went boom", he said of Razorlight's ascension to fame. "And suddenly we're on a world tour for two and a half years. And you come back and you're the high street. Everything you've spent your whole life working against, you are it".

He continued: "I gave everything to touring that second record, running round with my shirt off, clapping my hands in the air and going 'oh-oh-oh' - that was the nature of what it was. And you know, it wasn't a happy camp that was going around the world. I guess I was constantly attempting to be what I thought I should be doing in that scenario. To be fair, I'm sure there were times when I was obnoxious. But that's rock n roll, you know?"

Of course, what makes it slightly more difficult to take in this newly sympathetic Johnny Borrell is this David Brent-esque quote he proceeded to give: "I've spent the last six years going around England with people going to me, 'You're a really good bloke'. And I'm like, 'Yeah, guess what?'"

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