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Q&A: AVICII
Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, real name Tim Berling, releases 'Wake Me Up', taken from his debut album, '#TRUE', this week, and is already on course to hit number one. Also this weekend, Avicii plays the first ever UK edition of the US dance festival Electric Daisy Carnival, at Queen Elizabeth Park in London, before returning to the UK for Creamfields over August bank holiday weekend. But before all of that, CMU's Andy Malt caught up with Avicii to ask a few questions about the album, dance music in general, and his specific studio technique more>>
 
APPROVED: OH LAND - MY BOXER
Oh Land's 2011 second album saw her move more towards a mainstream pop sound than on her debut, though with an experimental edge that stopped her from quite crossing over. For many artists, the taste of at least some mainstream success might convince them to have another go, by this time going the whole pop hog. However, the first track to be released from 'Wish Bone', her third album, 'My Boxer', suggests that it's the experimental side of her songwriting that she's decided to ramp up more>>

TOP STORIES
- Spotify and Message contribute to Godrich and Yorke's streaming music debate
IN THE POP COURTS
- Charity issues legal complaint against title of new Justin Timberlake single
- Cole lawyers to get access to Cowell contract
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Plácido Domingo leaves hospital
POP POLITICS
- Ministry Of Sound founder to be nominated to become a lord
ARTIST DEALS
- Decade sign to Universal/Spinefarm
- Lambert parts company with RCA
RELEASE NEWS
- James Blunt announces new album details
- Twenty One Pilots announce debut album
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Jay-Z announces October tour dates
- Porcelain Raft announces one-off London show
BRANDS & STUFF
- Kanye West launches APC clothing range
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Cassette Store Day planned
- Salaam Remi gets Sony imprint
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- US government welcomes web giants' commitment to removing ads from piracy sites, content industries more cautious
AND FINALLY...
- Miley Cyrus' manager says her image is fine
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ROOD MEDIA - FREELANCE PR
Rood Media is predominantly a boutique music PR agency, handling specialist radio, online and print on a global scale for some of electronic music's most respected and popular artists and labels. Recent projects include Disclosure, Cyril Hahn, Bromance Records, Felix Da Housecat and Yuksek/Partyfine. We are looking for a Freelance PR who has a keen interest in all that we do.

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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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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 24 Jul 2013.

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SPOTIFY AND MESSAGE CONTRIBUTE TO GODRICH AND YORKE'S STREAMING MUSIC DEBATE
As the internet started debating anew the pros and cons, for the music business and artist community, of streaming music services yesterday, following Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich's criticisms of said platforms on Sunday, Spotify, the main focus of the Atoms For Peace men's remarks, issued a statement defending its commitment to artists of all kinds.

The company said: "Spotify's goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music. We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love".

The statement continued: "Right now we're still in the early stages of a long-term project that's already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music. We've already paid $500 million to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach $1 billion. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music".

And finally: "We're 100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers".

The UK management community has, in the main, been very supportive of Spotify, with the Chair of the Music Manager's Forum, Brian Message, aka Radiohead's manager, a vocal supporter of the streaming music business and what it is trying to do.

Faced with a rebellion on the issue from the frontman and producer of one of his most high profile acts, Message told the BBC yesterday that debate in the artist community was healthy, even if it meant manager and artist disagreeing.

On Spotify et al, he said: "I think myself, and a whole range of managers, look at new technologies such as Spotify as a good thing. The internet is a great way for fans and artists to communicate with each other, and streaming services one of the newer ways for fans and artists to engage, and we want that opportunity to develop and evolve".

He went on: "Obviously when Thom speaks out, I take note and listen", he continued. "It's a good healthy debate to be having. And he's right to ask, what's in this for new artists and new music. We are all debating this; how, as this model gets bigger, can artists, managers and all creators receive equitable remuneration? It's a complicated area, but the technology is here to stay, and it's up to us - and me as a manager - to collaborate with Spotify and other streaming services to find a way to make all this work".

Although The Godrich Tweets have been mainly spun as a key member of the artist community taking on Spotify, there is a more conventional element to all of this too, in that he and Yorke also heavily imply concerns about the role of the big record companies in the streaming space, putting us into more familiar 'artists v majors' territory. There is a feeling that the Spotify business model favours big catalogue owners because it has been driven, on the music industry's side, by the big catalogue owners.

Of course the majors having an advantage when it comes to reaching and selling to consumers is nothing new, the process of getting music onto radio and into record shops has always favoured big companies and established talent. And at least, because of the infinite capacity of the internet, anyone can get into the iTunes store and onto Spotify, even if smaller acts and labels then have to try harder to score downloads and plays, and may even then struggle to make ends meet on the money generated.

As previously noted, one relatively simple solution to all this is for streaming platforms to help artists initiate other sell-through, of merch, tickets and premium products, something already on the agenda at most streaming music companies, and maybe a couple of lines higher up that agenda after yesterday's debating.

Meanwhile, Spotify yesterday announced the appointment of a new director of communications for the US in the form of Jason Roth, formerly with iTunes and before that EMI's Capitol Records. He's certainly joining Spotify during an interesting week.

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CHARITY ISSUES LEGAL COMPLAINT AGAINST TITLE OF NEW JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SINGLE
US sexual assault awareness charity Take Back The Night has issued a complaint via its lawyers over the new Justin Timberlake single, which bears the same name. As previously reported, the new track was unveiled last Friday. And that was the first the charity knew about Timberlake's new song title and the name clash. The organisation's bosses reckon that the singer should have alerted them to his plan, because the single could have a detrimental effect on the charity's online presence.

Speaking to RadarOnline, Take Back The Night Foundation Executive Director Katherine Koestner explained: "Everyone at Take Back The Night is really shocked, because normally, we get asked when people want to use the name. Normally entities as large as Justin Timberlake do very kind and thoughtful things to support our cause. We have some big concerns. For example, all of a sudden on Wikipedia, 'Take Back The Night' has a different definition. That's not been helpful".

She continued: "[Timberlake's] legal agent got back to us and said they're sorry. His agent said 'Justin's a good guy! He's a family man!' They claimed he'd never heard of us before he wrote that song. I don't know what country he's been in. I suppose it could have slipped off his radar screen somehow. Somebody working for him definitely messed up [though]. It's a big song, and he didn't take the necessary steps to make sure that it was appropriate. Normally they do have due diligence".

Although the organisation's lawyers have passed on the complaint to Timberlake's people, it's not entirely clear on what legal grounds the charity could stop the singer from using 'Take Back The Night' as a song title, or why he would have been obliged to clear it with the charity. Though clearly in PR terms, Take Back The Night isn't an organisation any celebrity really wants a public squabble with. Koestner concluded: "Usually people are pretty mindful because no one is actually 'for' sexual assault. This whole thing with Justin is just really unfortunate and we're hoping it can be amicably resolved".

For his part, Timberlake has now issued his own statement, saying he hopes this dispute can be turned into a positive, by winning the charity more attention. He said: "I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with this organisation. As I've learned more about the Take Back the Night Foundation, I'm moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women - something we all should rally around. It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause".

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COLE LAWYERS TO GET ACCESS TO COWELL CONTRACT
A US judge has given Cheryl Cole's lawyers access to contracts between 'X-Factor' US makers Blue Orbit and the judging panel on the first series of the show - Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Paula Abdul - as part of the Girl Aloud's attempts to sue the telly firm for a neat $2 million.

As previously reported, Cole began legal action against 'X-USA' last year. The singer, of course, moved with Cowell from the UK version of the show to the American edition when it first went into development, but was dropped as a judge before the programme ever aired.

Cole says that, while she was paid for the first season of 'X-USA', her contract entitled her to a fee for the second series as well, even though she never appeared on the actual programme. She also says she's owed expenses relating to her short time working on the show.

According to the Mirror, Cole's legal team requested that the courts give them access to their client's fellow X judge's contracts to help with their prep for the case. The legal agreements will not be made be public though.

One of those insiders told the tabloid: "This paperwork is a clear sign that Cheryl wants her day in court. She is pushing for full fees... $2million, legal fees and a bonus, which could total $3.5million. Cheryl will learn what Simon earned and her co-stars too. Those papers could be the smoking gun if she can show others have been treated differently to her".

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PLÁCIDO DOMINGO LEAVES HOSPITAL
Plácido Domingo has left hospital in Madrid after being treated for a blood clot on one of his lungs. As previously reported, the opera singer and IFPI Chairman was admitted to hospital last week, forcing him to miss a string of July performances in Daniel Catán's opera 'Il Postino'. He is now expected to begin performing again next month.

According to the BBC, Domingo said of his quick diagnosis after falling ill during a rehearsal and subsequent treatment: "I thought I would return from the check-up straight away back to the rehearsal. But I was told, 'No, there is something serious here'".

Domingo's doctor said that the quick diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis had ensured a quick recovery. The clot, he said, formed in the singer's right leg and then moved up to his lung, where it had become lodged in an artery, requiring surgery. "It sounds catastrophic, but it didn't turn out like that", the doctor explained. "We established an early diagnosis, and there should be a good recovery, a complete and full recovery".

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MINISTRY OF SOUND FOUNDER TO BE NOMINATED TO BECOME A LORD
The founder of Ministry Of Sound, James Palumbo, is to receive a nomination to join the House Of Lords, according to The Times. The nomination will come later this month from Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

Palumbo has advised Clegg on business matters in the past, and has donated half a million pounds to the Lib Dems since 2004. He also gave the party use of his nightclub as its campaign headquarters during the last London mayoral election.

So, whether he likes it or not, James Palumbo should probably get used to people calling him the Lord Of The Dance.

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DECADE SIGN TO UNIVERSAL/SPINEFARM
Universal metal imprint Spinefarm Records has announced the signing of new band Decade. They will release their debut album through the label early next year.

Announcing the news, Spinefarm Label Manager Leo Nicholas told CMU: "Decade have been blasting from my car, headphones and (as the office can testify) my speakers religiously since being sent their album demos earlier this year and it is always a privilege to help develop the career of such exciting, homegrown talent. 2014 will be a BIG year for Decade".

The band themselves added: "Signing to Universal/Spinefarm is a huge opportunity for us and a massive step up. We're so stoked to get to work with everyone at the label and can't wait for our existing and new fans to hear everything we've been working so hard on".

The band will be supporting Emily's Army in tour in July, followed by dates with Tonight Alive in September and October.

Here's 'Never Enough' from their 2012 eponymous EP.

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LAMBERT PARTS COMPANY WITH RCA
Adam Lambert is parting ways with Sony's RCA Records, the label he signed to after not winning 'American Idol' in 2009. The singer has told The Hollywood Reporter that artistic differences are behind his decision to leave the major, with RCA staffers seemingly pressuring the star to release an 80s cover album for his next project.

In a letter to THR, Lambert says "I've had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA; I admire all of them a great deal", but that the 80s covers project is "the only kind of release they are prepared to support", and "while there are lots of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album".

Sony is yet to comment on the news, and it's not entirely clear what the former nearly-Idol now has planned. Though he will reunite for another gig with Queen later this year, that much we do know. Lambert will play with the rockers at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas in September.

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JAMES BLUNT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM DETAILS
James Blunt has announced details of his previously reported fourth album. It will be called 'Moon Landing' and will be released by Warner/Atlantic on 21 Oct. The record was produced by Tom Rothrock, who also worked on Blunt's debut, 'Back To Bedlam'.

Says Blunt: "This is a much more personal album, and also quite back to basics. It's about me and Tom, the producer, finding where the story all started and where we are now".

You can get a taste of what the album will sound like in this trailer, which features album track 'Blue On Blue'.

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TWENTY ONE PILOTS ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
New-ish Fueled By Ramen signings Twenty One Pilots have announced that they will release their debut album, 'Vessels', on 2 Sep. The duo will precede it on 19 Aug with the new single 'Holding Onto You', which Zane Lowe is already getting in a flap about on his radio show.

The band have announced that they will play two UK live shows, at Academy 3 in Birmingham on 19 Aug and Manchester's Deaf Institute on 20 Aug, ahead of appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals the following weekend.

Now, here's 'Holding Onto You'.

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JAY-Z ANNOUNCES OCTOBER TOUR DATES
Having headlined the Wireless Festival in London at the weekend, twice, Jay-Z has announced that he'll be back in the UK and Ireland in October for a handful of arena shows, including a three night run at the O2 Arena in London.

Tickets for the shows are due to go on sale this Friday at 9am:

3 Oct: Manchester Arena
6 Oct: Dublin, O2 Arena
8 Oct: Birmingham, NIA Arena
10 Oct: London, O2 Arena
11 Oct: London, O2 Arena
12 Oct: London, O2 Arena

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PORCELAIN RAFT ANNOUNCES ONE-OFF LONDON SHOW
Porcelain Raft has announced that he will play a one-off show at Cargo in London on 24 Oct. As previously reported, he'll release his second album, 'Permanent Signal', via Secretly Canadian on 20 Oct.

Tickets for the show are on sale now, here. And this is one of the tracks from the new album, 'The Way Out'.

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KANYE WEST LAUNCHES APC CLOTHING RANGE
Kanye West has launched a new clothing range with French brand APC. Amongst the pricey West 'designed' items are special 'hip hop t-shirts', which will set you back 80 euros.

For that, you get to bask in the knowledge that your plain black or white t-shirt has at some point been thought about by Kanye West, which definitely justifies spending about twelve times what you normally would on a plain t-shirt.

Check out the full range here.

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CASSETTE STORE DAY PLANNED
Yes, people, Cassette Store Day is now a thing. On 7 Sep, Rough Trade East in London and Burger Records in Fullerton California will celebrate that music format no one loved. And why not?

Aping Record Store Day, a number of indie labels will make special releases or re-releases available on good old fashion cassette as part of the celebrations.

Organisers say: "No longer the inadequate, younger sibling of vinyl and CD, the humble cassette has been making a resurgence of late. Proving that cassette tapes are not just for those of us who remember buying Nirvana's 'Nevermind' with birthday money, or making lovingly compiled mix tapes for the object of our teenage affections, International Cassette Store Day 2013 is a celebration of a physical product that is accessible, fun, cheap and still going strong in the turbulent current musical climate".

As previously reported, UK cassette single sales trebled in 2012. Though that brought them up to just over 600, while album sales totally over 3800. It remains to be seen if Cassette Store Day can help to boost sales of tapes in the same way Record Store Day has for vinyl.

In store events on the day will include a 'who can fix a jammed cassette player the fastest' challenge and a 'spot the walkman that needs new batteries' competition. Possibly.

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SALAAM REMI GETS SONY IMPRINT
Songwriter and producer Salaam Remi, who has worked with the likes of Usher, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse, has formed his own label within the Sony Music empire, Billboard has reported. The new joint venture with the major will be called Louder Than Life, though will also have two imprints from launch, RemiFa Music and Flying Buddha Records.

Commenting on the venture, Remi said "[Sony boss] Doug Morris has given me a great opportunity to incubate and market artists", while adding that in his new role he might also input on new talent elsewhere in the Sony empire, adding: "From RCA, Epic and Syco to Kemosabe and Columbia, I sit down with the heads of those labels to help with any artists they want me to look at".

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US GOVERNMENT WELCOMES WEB GIANTS' COMMITMENT TO REMOVING ADS FROM PIRACY SITES, CONTENT INDUSTRIES MORE CAUTIOUS
The American government's intellectual property overseer Victoria Espinel has endorsed an initiative by web giants AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google to crack down on piracy-enabling websites by not allowing them to carry advertising administered by one of the web firms' ad networks.

As previously reported, the presence of advertising on piracy websites, usually pulled in from an ad network, has become an increasingly big gripe of the content industries in the last couple of years.

While each of the web companies will insist it already has measures in place to stop piracy sites from carrying its advertising, a consortium of US firms has signed up to a voluntary agreement which sets out 'best practices' for responding to complaints by rights owners, and stopping the operators of piracy sites from earning an income via their respective ad set-ups.

Welcoming the initiative, the US government said in a statement: "The administration strongly supports voluntary efforts by the private sector to reduce infringement and we welcome the initiative brought forward by the companies to establish industry-wide standards to combat online piracy and counterfeiting by reducing financial incentives associated with infringement. We believe that this is a positive step and that such efforts can have a significant impact on reducing online piracy and counterfeiting".

Meanwhile Google told reporters: "In addition to developing legitimate, innovative, and convenient content offerings - such as Google Play and YouTube, through which our partners together generate hundreds of millions of dollars - we continue to develop solutions to help fight piracy and counterfeit online. We think one of the most effective ways to do this is to cut off the money supply to rogue sites that specialise in piracy or counterfeiting".

The US record and movie industries cautiously welcomed the move, though the Recording Industry Association Of America added that "the real test will come as these practices are implemented, and whether they have a demonstrable impact", while the Motion Picture Association Of America expressed concerns that the measures the web giants were signing up to still rely on the copyright owners to initially spot the infringing websites.

While cutting off the income of piracy sites - by banning them from ad networks and payment systems like Paypal - has been one of the music and movie industries' key priorities in recent years, so has persuading the likes of Google to also do more to stop piracy services from appearing in search results. In that domain the web giants have complied with takedown requests relating to specific URLs, but continue to resist calls to simply block entire domains from being listed if said domains belong to persistent pirates.

And according to Torrentfreak, Google boss Eric Schmidt reaffirmed his company's opposition to that latter more extreme approach at a conference last week, noting: "The industry would like us to edit the web and literally delete sites, and that goes counter to our philosophy".

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MILEY CYRUS' MANAGER SAYS HER IMAGE IS FINE
Miley Cyrus' manager has responded to criticism that the current image of the former child star as she attempts to shift to a more grown up audience is a bit too sexual, and is possibly a cynical move on his part.

Larry Rudolph, who has also overseen other teen-to-adult-star transitions for artists including Britney Spears and Christian Aguilera, told The Hollywood Reporter that there's no evil masterplan, saying: "Miley is doing it now organically. There's no such thing as 'OK, let's figure out the plan for growing up'. It doesn't work. The public sees through it in two seconds, and every artist who's tried to do it has failed".

He continued: "Some artists have it, some don't have it, in terms of the ability to make that transition. Most don't, but you can't plan for it. If you get to that point, you hope it happens. If it does, it does. If it doesn't, then it wasn't in the cards".

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