11 JUL 2013

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The Vinyl Factory began as a vinyl pressing plant, but has since grown to also operate a vinyl-only record label, two gallery spaces, and music magazine FACT. And now, for the latest London edition of the Independent Label Market, The Vinyl Factory is pressing a series of ten special and very limited edition twelve-inch singles, with proceeds from their sales going to Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal. Ahead of that, CMU's Andy Malt spoke to Creative Director Sean Bidder more>>
Back in February, Truls Heggero, who goes simply by his first name for professional purposes, put the video for his first track, 'Out Of Yourself', up on YouTube and it was very good. Then he played a gig in London in April, and that was also very good. And now the video for a new song, 'The Next' (incidentally the song that was stuck in my head for days after that gig), has emerged. Frankly, he could do with getting on with it a bit, as one song every four months really isn’t enough more>>

- "I should stick to my job and leave the rest to Murray": Jacksons v AEG update
- Plácido Domingo hospitalised
- Everyone please stop with the teaser videos now; especially you Justin Timberlake, you've done quite enough already
- Kanye bristling after Black Skinhead leak
- Regina Spektor shares new TV theme
- Dâm-Funk releasing funky LP with funk great Steve Arrington
- Nick Cave discusses canned 'Gladiator 2' screenplay
- MKS to play 'first' live show
- DJ Derek celebrating career finale via NYE set
- Festival line-up update: Y-Not, Roadburn and more
- Daft Punk are doing condoms now; oh, and a Chic thing with Nile Rodgers
- UK Music launches latest rehearsal space in Tottenham with Beggars support
- Virgin US appoints A&R director
- vKontakte in talks with majors
- Indian music service adds premium service
- Justin Bieber pisses in a bucket and then totally shows Bill Clinton who's boss

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the testimony of Kenny Ortega, the director of Michael Jackson's ill-fated 'This Is It' venture, is proving pretty emotional as the Jacksons v AEG court case continues to go through the motions. As previously reported, Ortega took to the witness stand on Monday, after a few weeks mainly occupied with testimonies from 'experts'. Both he and Jackson's mother Katherine have become tearful during the director's deposition.

The Jackson family, of course, claim that AEG Live, as promoter of 'This Is It', should be held liable for the death of the late king of pop, for hiring and mismanaging Dr Conrad Murray, the medic jailed for causing the singer's death through negligent treatment. AEG counters that it merely advanced money to pay Murray's fees, and that it was Jackson himself who hired and managed the doc.

Ortega's dealings with the doctor have therefore been a key area of questioning during the his testimony. The director recalled how, after he had expressed concerns to AEG bosses that Jackson had been a no-show at several rehearsals, execs at the live firm told him that the doctor had been put in charge of getting the singer to the rehearsal venue. Ortega was also told to call Murray direct if there were any further issues.

From then on there were seemingly tensions between Ortega and Murray. First when there were further no-shows and the director called the doctor to express his frustrations of the setbacks coming so close to the scheduled start-date for the 'This Is It' London residency. And then when Jackson did show up, but was so frail that the director wouldn't let him perform.

At this point Ortega expressed further frustrations to his paymasters at AEG, including emails previously discussed in court. In one the director proposed "a top psychiatrist" be brought in to evaluate the singer. It led to that meeting of Jackson, Murray, Ortega and AEG President Randy Phillips, in which the singer and his doctor insisted all was fine.

Said Ortega in court this week, according to CNN, "[Murray] said I had no right to not let Michael rehearse, that Michael was physically and emotionally capable of handling all his responsibility as a performer and I should be a director and not an amateur doctor or psychologist. I should stick to my job and leave the rest to him".

Sure enough a very different Jackson arrived at the next scheduled rehearsal. "It was miraculous", said Ortega. "I was overjoyed at his energy, his state of mind, his enthusiasm. He had a metamorphosis. It was pretty extraordinary".

It is thought that Jackson's renewed energy was simply the result of him having a couple of nights without using the drug propofol to induce sleep. As previously reported, a sleep expert previously told the court that while the anaesthetic might have helped Jackson fall asleep, the drug meant he wouldn't have enjoyed any REM sleeping, which is essential for the body's good health.

The frail incapable Jackson was simply suffering from sleep deprivation, having had propofol-induced sleep for weeks. After sleeping properly, the singer quickly returned to good health. Though, as we know, Murray still allowed Jackson to use propofol again, with fatal results.

Ortega told the court that it was AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware who delivered the news that Jackson had died, telling the director "our boy is gone". Ortega added: "I think I was in shock. I wanted to believe that it was some weirdo on the phone".

On Tuesday the director also revealed that he was kept in the dark about the dramas that surrounded the press conference in London where Jackson first announced the 'This Is It' venture, events retold in court during Phillips' testimony. Ortega, hired shortly after that event, told the court that he would probably not have taken on the project had he known the problems caused by Jackson's state of mind before the London press event.

With Ortega's testimony, the jury has reheard the story of the final weeks of Jackson's life from yet another viewpoint. Though for Team Jackson, what's most important is the responsibility seemingly given to Murray by AEG. Is that proof that the live firm was, in fact, in charge of the medic, and was putting too much pressure on the cash strapped doc? AEG's legal reps, who would say "definitely not", should get to properly start their defence next week, with the case now expected to run into August.

The case continues.

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Plácido Domingo was admitted to a Madrid hospital on Monday with a blood clot on one of his lungs. The Spanish opera singer, one of the Three Tenors and Chairman of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, will miss a string of July performances in Daniel Catán's opera 'Il Postino' whilst he's treated. All being well, he's still expected to appear at this year's Salzburg festival in August.

Domingo's representatives say he is "doing very well and responding very well to treatment", whilst the singer himself writes this via Facebook: "I am eternally grateful and overwhelmed by the outpour of good wishes and sympathy from all of you! The saddest part of it all is being in my own city and unable to perform for Madrid's public. I will be feeling much better soon. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart".

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Tease, tease, tease, that's all these popstars ever seem to do these days. Now that Justin Timberlake guy is at it again. This time he's teasing the first single from the sequel to his 'The 20/20 Experience' album, a record which itself was put out after a load of tedious teasing earlier this year.

In the new teaser video, we are reminded of the release dates of his previous two singles and the first '20/20' album via messages written on cards, Bob Dylan-style. He then hints that this new song, 'Take Back The Night', also has a release date. I say 'hints' because someone's accidentally blurred out the few frames of the video where he holds up that particular card. Justin should fire whoever did that, it's really shoddy work. Anyway, then there's some music and we're all supposed to get excited.

Watch for yourself here

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Kanye West has issued a reasonably polite 'stop it' to the many sites that've leaked a "ruff" edit of his NSFW new 'Yeezus' video, 'Black Skinhead'. At least, it started politely, only he spoilt it all by adding a "FUK YOU!"

Tweeting earlier this week when the clip first appeared online, West said: "Me and [co-director] Nick Knight have been working on this video for five months and for creatives it's heartbreaking when something like this happens", later adding: "Any website that may have the unapproved/unfinished ruff, I ask you to please take it down. Allow me and Nick to give the world what we've been losing sleep over".

The Kanye-approved final cut will, he says, be watchable "within the next week".

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Regina Spektor has premiered a 'heavy' new track titled 'You've Got Time', her first new release since 2012's 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats'.

Written especially as the theme to new Netflix TV series 'Orange Is The New Black' and available to buy via iTunes, it doesn't appear to relate to anything substantial by Spektor, who's busy making a new LP to release in 2014.

Stream the track by itself here, and/or hear it over the 'Orange Is The New Black' credits via Entertainment Weekly.

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Ariel Pink's 'Baby' affiliate Dâm-Funk, aka the Stones Throw-signed Damon G Riddick, has co-sired a new collaborative LP with Steve Arrington of 1970s/80s disco boogie band Slave.

In the making since 2010, fourteen-track 'Higher' features several of the greatest song titles I've seen this year/ever, and a 'For The Homies' 'edit' by Peanut Butter Wolf, who inspired the pairing in the first place by giving Riddick a live Slave DVD.

Playing ahead of the 'Higher' release on 7 Aug, this is 'I Be Trippin'.


I Be Goin Hard
Tap That
Good Feeling
I Be Trippin
I Love This Music
Do You Feel Me
The Way I Feel About You
Blow Your Mind
Hear Me Knockin
Galactic Funtionals
For The Homies (Peanut Butter Wolf Edit)
Crazy In Here!

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As unlikely as it may seem, the world was once quite close to having a sequel to 'Gladiator' written by Nick Cave. And not some quick knock off either - Ridley Scott would have been back directing and Russell Crowe would have starred once again (despite his character dying in the first film).

Discussing the sequel project back in 2009, Scott told "We tried [to work with Cave's screenplay]. Russell didn't want to let it go, obviously, because it worked very well. When I say 'worked very well', I don't refer to success. I mean, as a piece it works very well. [As a piece of] storytelling, [it] works brilliantly. I think [Cave] enjoyed doing it, and I think it was one of those things that he thought, 'Well, maybe there's a sequel where we can adjust the fantasy and bring [Crowe's character] back from the dead'".

But what was that story? Well, in a recent edition of US comedian Mark Maron's 'WTF' podcast, Cave has discussed the script, explaining (via Den Of Geek): "[Crowe] rang me up and asked if I wanted to write 'Gladiator 2'. For someone who had only written one film script, it was quite an ask. 'Hey Russell, didn't you die in 'Gladiator 1'?' 'Yeah, you sort that out'. So, he goes down to purgatory and is sent down by the gods, who are dying in heaven because there's this one god, there's this Christ character, down on Earth who is gaining popularity and so the many gods are dying so they send Gladiator back to kill Christ and his followers".

He continued: "I wanted to call it 'Christ Killer', and in the end you find out that the main guy was his son so he has to kill his son and he was tricked by the gods. He becomes this eternal warrior and it ends with this 20 minute war scene which follows all the wars in history, right up to Vietnam and all that sort of stuff and it was wild. It was a stone cold masterpiece. I enjoyed writing it very much because I knew on every level that it was never going to get made. Let's call it a popcorn dropper".

Amazing. Listen to the full podcast here.

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Mutya 'M' Buena, Keisha 'K' Buchanan and Siobhan 'S' Donaghy, aka the holy trinity of Sugababes spin-offs, have confirmed a live show feted as their 'first headline gig' (which it isn't technically, is it?) at London's Scala.

It's on 1 Aug, so if you aren't doing anything that night and want to go, take this link to tickets any time post 9am on 12 Jul.

This is the MKS girls' new single 'Flatline', by the way.

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Bristolian reggae DJ Derek Morris is retiring, he says, after a final set on New Year's Eve. Morris, who's 71, will celebrate the end of a nearly 40 year career with a last appearance at London's Notting Hill Arts Club, where he has a regular residency.

Spilling the beans to We Love Cool Beans, he says: "I will be 72 the fortnight before I do my last ever gig, and while I'm reasonably healthy it'll be nice to do some travelling without carting my gear around!"

The still-active DJ headlines the Sheffield-based Quality Control on 12 Jul, and will appear again at Notting Hill Arts Club the next night.

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Reggae artist (and son of Bob) Julian Marley has replaced an absent Toots & The Maytals on the bill at this year's Boomtown Fair, Toots et al having cancelled their appearance after Toots himself was injured earlier this year. Marley and a pair of still-secret acts will headline the festival's Lion's Den Temple Stage.

And hey, guess what? This year's Zoo Project fest (30 Aug - 1 Sep) has moved from its original site at Boughton House, Kettering, to Donington Park. Why? I'll leave its organisers to explain: "As preparations in Kettering went underway, it became clear that we couldn't create the festival experience that you deserve. In our new location we can really go wild! Donington Park is just over half an hour up the road, better connected, and ideal for three days and nights of dynamite sounds!"

So, that's all cool. Also cool are the following artist addition updates:

BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire, 8-11 Aug: Julian Marley.

GALTRES FESTIVAL, Duncombe Park, York, 23-25 Aug: Miss 600, JP Cooper, Stolen Earth, White Bone Rattle, John Ainsworth, Africa Entsha, Troubadour, Van Susans, Asio's Eyes, Bull, Familiar Creatures, La Petite Mort, Laurel Canyons, Red Chevrons, Rook And The Ravens, The Buccaneers, Three Sheets T'Wind, 360, Game Theory, Leo And The Dandelions, Little Triggers, My Forever, Panda Cubs, Paris XY, Rocketsmith, Smiling Ivy, The Bluebuds, The Dukes of Bevington, Traffic Wire, Wolf Club, Young Believers, Affairs, Dub Barn Collective, Gallery Circus, Iceni, Kaminari Taiko, King Courgette, Sarah Horn & James Cudworth, Static Soul, This Ground Moves, Union Jill, Wes Finch, Beggar's Bridge, Beth McCarthy, Chloe And The High Tides, Disctracted, Gerry McNeice Band, Handmadehands, Harry Oakwood, Jonny & the Rizzlas, Josephine and The Artizans, Purple Mafia, Rose & The Howling North, Steph Stephenson & Matt Bentley, Tantz, The Hot Soles, The Hypnotic Eye, The Jar Family, The Lottery Winners, The Van Doos.

ROADBURN FESTIVAL, Tilburg, Netherlands, 10-13 Apr 2014: Loop.

Y-NOT FESTIVAL, Pikehall, Matlock, Derbyshire, 2-4 Aug: Nizlopi, By The Rivers, Throwing Up, Thrill Collins, Jasper In The Company Of Others, Dolomite Minor, The Struts, House Of Thieves, The Swiines, Neutralize, Big Bad Wow, Eva Plays Dead, Lux Lisbon, The Sons, John Ainsworth, Beth Morris, Park Bench Society, Kappa Gamma, Jack Shaw, WhiteMoor, I Am In Love, Injured Birds, Micro Jupiter, Taylor & The Mason , Harley Likes Music, Satsuma Elephants, Little Night Terrors, Dark Horses, Wrongkong, Shout Timber, Charlotte Carpenter, Three Minute Heist, The Fontana Instincts, The Silver Factory, Blue Sunday, Fleet Arts - Turn It Up Project.

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Daft Punk have sealed a JLS/Ke$ha-style deal with Durex to release a line in 'Get Lucky' (get it?) condoms. Which makes sense, I guess; if you're going to 'Get Lucky', you may as well be safe whilst doing it. Why, even Diplo has a pack, nice.

In less sexy news, it seems the be-helmeted French producers will be mixing side-by-side with Nile Rodgers again (that's 'again' in the sense that Rodgers had a big part in making DP's new LP 'Random Access Memories') in the near future. This time, they'll be remastering "at least one" track in a set of unreleased Chic material Nile discovered in the Warner Music tape library.

Talking to DJAZZtv (what else?), Nile said: "Daft Punk want to do at least one of them with me, so that should be very cool because they respect the music. They understand".

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Following on from the launch on Tuesday night of its new Skills Academy, UK Music has confirmed details of its latest rehearsal space, part of the cross-sector trade body's nationwide initiative to open music rehearsal rooms in deprived urban and rural areas. There are now fourteen such spaces around the country.

The latest, in Tottenham, is unique, however, in that it has been made possible via funding from the record industry and a local council, rather than central government. The Beggars Group has supported the launch of the latest rehearsal space, while Haringey Council will fund its operations moving forward.

The North London borough has been chosen because of the way it was affected by the summer riots just under two years ago; though, by happy coincidence, it's also the birthplace of Beggars' most famous artist of recent years, Adele.

Welcoming the initiative, local MP David Lammy told CMU: "This new rehearsal space in Tottenham is a fantastic way of bringing the community together and helping to develop our new music stars of tomorrow. It also shows the music industry has a commitment to invest in talented kids from this area, which has produced an array of stars ranging from Chipmunk to Adele".

Meanwhile Beggars CEO Paul Redding added: "By giving young people a safe environment to write, produce, perform and develop their music skills we hope we can help in some small way to rebuild a community that was badly affected by events a couple of summers ago".

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Universal Music has appointed Evan Peters to the role of A&R Director at its recently revitalised Virgin US division, one of the labels the mega-major acquired when it bought the EMI recorded music business last year.

Peters, whose past A&R roles include a nine year stint at another Universal division, Interscope, will report into Ron Fair, Virgin US's Chief Creative Office. Fair told reporters: "I told Evan to take the ball and run with it. He has great record making skills, strong relationships in our community and I'm a hundred percent confident he will hit his stride as an A&R man of distinction at Virgin Records".

Peters himself added: "I could not be more excited to be reunited with Ron Fair at the newly revitalised Virgin Records. Coming in with a fresh start to this label with such a rich legacy is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm proud to begin working with the diverse and talented roster and am looking forward to cultivating the new crop of Virgin artists".

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After fighting, unsuccessfully, litigation from Russian music company SBA, and having finally gotten round to removing unlicensed music files from its platform, Russia-based social networking firm vKontakte is now reportedly in talks with the majors in a bid to work out a deal that will allow tracks to be shared and distributed over the social media site legally.

The boss of vKontakte, Pavel Durov, has told Russian business paper Vedomosti that talks are now ongoing to see if his company can find a way to allow its users to continue to access music in the ways they have become accustomed to via his social network, while accommodating the requirements of the rights owners. He concludes "in the next few months we'll see some positive changes in this area".

When first criticised by the record industry for enabling the rampant distribution of unlicensed content, Durov's company initially rolled out the classic "it's our users to blame" line that has been heard many times before, but which rarely stands up in court.

The social networking set-up - which is basically a Facebook rip off - also insisted that it removed unlicensed files if made aware of them, in line with US copyright law. Local labels and publishers were dubious of this claim, though in recent weeks - following the SBA court ruling and moves in Russian political circles to step up copyright protection rules - unlicensed content has been disappearing from the social network.

Legend has it that Spotify's Daniel Ek once reached out to Durov about forming an alliance in the country, but the vKontakte chief wasn't interested, arguing his network already provided access to more songs than Ek's streaming service offered. Though now Durov is thinking about paying to offer that content, and facing the challenge of how to make that work commercially, he might regret not working with Ek et al.

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India-based streaming music service Dhingana, which provides free access to tracks from various genres of Indian music, has launched a premium offer.

So far the company has operated only an ad-funded option, but will now also offer Dhingana Gold for two dollars a month, adding downloads, HD quality and offline listening into the mix.

When the last batch of stats were published last year, Dhingana claimed to have fifteen million active users, of which about 40% were based outside of India itself.

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Hey everyone, it's time for another update in our occasional series looking at celebrity toilet habits. Are you excited? Of course you are. But first, a quick recap.

It all started with the news that NOFX frontman Fat Mike hadn't duped an audience into drinking his urine, despite video evidence which appeared to show otherwise. Then there was the whole thing about Ke$ha's penchant for peeing on "weird things", and the other thing where she drank her own wee, and the fall out from all that. Plus, of course, there was that time Antony Costa was caught relieving himself on a Post Office, and that other time when Kreayshawn went a whole step further and pooed during an interview (in a toilet, it wasn't that bad).

Both Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have also admitted in the past that they sometimes urinate in rubbish bins and buckets respectively. And it's from the bucket file that this new story comes. Justin Bieber did a wee in a bucket. There you go, this news probably didn't warrant such a long introduction. Or being written about at all, really. But it's happened now, and you've read this far, so you might as well go with it.

TMZ has obtained a video which shows Bieber pissing in a cleaner's bucket backstage at a club, or bar, or something, as his friends look on (one of them being the, presumably now slightly wealthier, filmer). They all have a good laugh about it too, because what's funnier than causing a cleaner to unwittingly wipe popstar piss all over the floor? How about said popstar spraying a cleaning product at a picture of Bill Clinton and shouting, "FUCK BILL CLINTON!" as he runs away? Because that also happens in the video.

I'll leave you now to decide which of those caused your sides to split more. See for yourself here.

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