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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #166: WILEY V COCKROCK
Wiley's a man prone to falling out with people. There was that time he gave away all of his unreleased music for free because he fell out with his manager. Or more recently when he claimed to be "walking out" of his deal with Warner Music. "Walking out" has been a bit of a theme for Wiley this year, in fact more>>
 
APPROVED: FABRICLIVE AT FABRIC
Fabriclive is still going strong, and tonight is a drum n bass masterclass. DJ Hype and crew will headline Room One, with Drumsound & Bassline Smith also on the packed line-up. Plus, over in Room Two there's LTJ Bukem with Grooverider and Dynamic, and in Room Three there are the Total Science boys more>>

TOP STORIES
- Warner UK revamps top team post PLG acquisition
- Ticket fraud does happen on secondary sites, says Radio 4
ARTIST DEALS
- Pink Floyd ally with Imagem
RELEASE NEWS
- The Blow break seven-year gap via new LP
- Cults announce LP
- Sam Smith previews new EP
BOOKS NEWS
- Genesis P-Orridge confirms 'controversial' photo-book
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Future Of The Left set new dates
- Foxes to go on tour
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Illuminations, Visions and Damnation
BRANDS & STUFF
- Brand spend on music up 6% in 2012
- Shakira made tooth ambassador
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- IVS to bring contactless tech to AIF member festivals
- AEG announces Hammersmith Apollo refit
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- BBC announces film music season
AND FINALLY...
- Student requests Nirvana shout out video. Sub Pop provides one
CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE - DEPUTY ART EDITOR
TeamRock are looking for a Deputy Art Editor for Classic Rock magazine. You will be an experienced commercial designer whose current role will include cover design, page concepts and layout, and ideally some experience of digital publishing. You will excel in making old stuff look really vital and exciting and feel comfortable commissioning and directing photographers, even if you secretly think they are a bunch of prima donnas and perverts.

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[PIAS] RECORDINGS - PRODUCT MANAGER
London based independent record company seeks Product Manager to join our existing marketing team. Candidates will report to a Head of Marketing and be responsible for the day to day running of artist campaigns. Hard working, enthusiastic and a genuine passion for music a must. Previous experience as a Product Manager at a record label required.

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FEATURED JOB: DITTO MUSIC - DIGITAL CONTENT/LABEL MANAGER
Liverpool-based digital distributor Ditto Music is seeking an experienced Digital Content/Label Manager to join our team. The role will feature a wide range of duties including digital content delivery, liaising with retailers, customer support for artists and record labels, co-ordinating promotional campaigns with online stores and working alongside our offices in Nashville and Melbourne to provide an award-winning service.

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DITTO MUSIC - ONLINE MARKETING OFFICER
Liverpool-based digital distribution company Ditto Music is looking for an Online Marketing Specialist with experience in planning, executing and optimising digital marketing campaigns, including paid search, display advertising, blogging, SEO and especially email marketing, to increase brand awareness and drive revenue.

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PRESCRIPTION PR - NATIONAL & DIGITAL MUSIC PUBLICIST/ACCOUNT MANAGER
We’re looking for a driven music publicist with a minimum of two years print and online PR experience to join our team in Cambridge on a temporary basis. Candidates will be results driven, able to work to deadlines, and be enthusiastic about a wide range of genres. A network of contacts across print and online media is essential. Radio contacts a plus.

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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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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: Warner UK revamped its top team, following its recent acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group. The incoming Parlophone label and existing Warner Bros UK label will be united under one management team led by long term EMI man Miles Leonard; though, while a number of execs will have combined Parlophone/Warner Bros responsibilities, the two units will seemingly retain some autonomy, with overall Warner UK chief Christian Tattersfield keeping a Co-Chair role atop Warner Bros. The mini-major's Atlantic and Rhino UK divisions will be unaffected. CMU report | Hollywood Reporter report

02: It was confirmed that indie record stores in the UK had seen album sales grow 44% this year, compared to last. And while still only accounting for 3.2% of album sales overall, that's still a considerable uplift for the indies in an entertainment retail sector that remains challenging. The Entertainment Retailers' Association, which revealed the stat having crunched numbers from the Official Charts Company, said the success of Record Store Day and the renewed interest in vinyl amongst indie fans were both factors in the upturn. Though the closure of nearly 100 HMV stores earlier this year also presumably helped. CMU report | Telegraph report

03: Def Jam founder Russell Simmons announced a new joint venture with Universal. The hip hop industry veteran is teaming up with film producer Brian Robbins and experienced music exec Steve Rifkind to launch a YouTube-focused music company, looking to build communities and businesses for artists around their YouTube channels. Building on Simmons' existing digital venture, the new company, to be called All Def Music, will have both content and talent management wings. It will operate under the Universal Music Group banner. CMU report | Forbes report

04: It emerged Google had added Grooveshark to its autocomplete blacklist. It means that the search engine won't suggest Grooveshark pages to users typing in artist names and suchlike, though it will still link through to the often controversial streaming music service if people explicitly request it. It seems Google stopped auto-completing Grooveshark back in April, but it's only just been noticed. The autocomplete blacklist is one of a number of ways in which Google is helping content owners in their bid to direct web-users to legit rather then unlicensed content. Though, of course, some content on Grooveshark is licensed, and the digital firm would argue it is operating totally within US copyright law. CMU report | Torrentfreak report

05: Tulisa's manager hit out at the recent Sun 'sting'. It emerged that Jonathan Shalit had written to the chair of parliament's Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale, accusing the tabloid of entrapping his client in a piece that saw the paper buy a small amount of drugs from someone the former N-Dubber and 'X-Factor' judge put them in touch with. Tulisa had been under the impression the undercover journalists were drug-hungry film execs, the manager claimed. He chose to right to the parliamentary committee because he felt the sting was another example of an irresponsible press, and that it fitted into the wider and ongoing debate about media ethics and regulation. For it's part The Sun argued the scoop was a legitimate bit of journalism. Though it's possible the paper was still high on the drugs Tulisa's mate sold them. CMU report | Guardian report

In CMU this week, Andy Malt looked through some recent developments in the strange world of brand partnerships, Aly Barchi spoke to the brilliant Daughn Gibson, and Grumbling Fur, aka Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan, put together a playlist for us. In the Approved column we had Joy Division Reworked, Anna Meredith, Agnes Obel and Crystal Stilts.

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WARNER UK REVAMPS TOP TEAM POST PLG ACQUISITION
Warner Music yesterday announced a revamp of its top team following the mini-major's recent acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group, aka most of the European EMI assets Universal Music was forced to sell by the regulator when it bought the wider EMI record company last year.

The main development is that the Parlophone label - the main strand of the PLG in the UK - will be united with the Warner Bros UK label, and will be led by long-term EMI and Parlophone man Miles Leonard. As Chairman of Parlophone and Warner Bros, he will lead a team who will oversee both units, though the two labels will still seemingly retain some autonomy, with overall Warner UK boss Christian Tattersfield retaining a Co-Chairman role on the Warner Bros side.

Leonard's team will include Mandy Plumb, who will become SVP Marketing for the Parlophone/Warner Bros division, while Kevin McCabe will be SVP Media for the combined label unit. Both come to Warner via its PLG acquisition.

Elsewhere in the Warner UK mini-empire, Max Lousada will continue to be Chairman of Atlantic Records UK, while Dan Chalmers will continue to oversee the company's catalogue, distribution and artist services operations. Jeremy Marsh, until now Vice Chairman of Warner Bros Records UK, will take on the new role of VP International Marketing for the whole of Warner Music UK, taking over from the departing Mike Allen.

Also with roles at a Warner Music UK level are Bob Workman, who becomes VP Brand Partnerships; Rich Robinson, who will become VP Sync for UK and Europe; and Derek Allen, who will be SVP Sales.

Confirming Leonard's appointment, Warner UK CEO Tattersfield told CMU: "I am delighted to confirm Miles' appointment. His influence on the UK music scene has been enormous and the success of the acts he has championed, both at home and abroad, makes him a tremendous addition to our team. As well as building on Parlophone's many achievements, I am confident his new role within Warner Bros Records opens up great potential for us to further sharpen our focus on local A&R, as well as continuing to provide best-in-class support to the many global superstars on the roster".

Meanwhile Leonard himself added: "I am very excited to finally be bringing Parlophone over to Warner Music and working with both Christian and Max, who I have huge respect for. Clearly Warner Music and Parlophone share a vision and culture that puts artists first and together we have the most forward thinking and exciting music company in the business".

And on the other developments, Tattersfield continued: "The Warner Music UK and Parlophone teams consist of some of the industry's most gifted, visionary and driven executives. The new line-up we have created blends the best of both organisations, preserving our existing knowledge and expertise while introducing complementary new skills. The combination of the Warner Bros and Parlophone labels with Max Lousada's Atlantic UK further strengthens our position as the UK's first-choice home for new talent".

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TICKET FRAUD DOES HAPPEN ON SECONDARY SITES, SAYS RADIO 4
Ticket fraud is on the rise and the secondary ticketing sites are being utilised by the fraudsters, or so says a report by Radio 4 consumer affairs programme 'You And Yours'.

With both live music players and the Metropolitan Police expressing concerns about the rise of ticket fraud in recent years, as rogue sellers utilise the internet to appear legit while taking money for tickets that don't exist, the BBC programme investigated claims that some fraudsters use ticket resale sits like Viagogo, Seatwave, Ticketmaster's Getmein and eBay's Stubhub to sell their non-tickets.

In theory the ticket touting websites, while still controversial within the music business for allowing individuals and companies to resell tickets at a considerable mark up, provide protection against fraudulent ticket sales, because sellers generally don't get their money until after a gig has occurred, and the resale company provides a guarantee to the end consumer if there is a problem with the ticket they buy.

Indeed, Viagogo published a report on ticket fraud earlier this year, proposing its platform as a solution rather than catalyst to the problem.

However, 'You And Yours' says that sellers on the secondary sites can get their money before an event happens if they gain 'trusted status' by regularly selling genuine tickets. Some fraudsters know this, the programme said, and exploit the system, touting legit tickets for a period and then utilising their trusted status to commit a flurry of fraudulent sales.

The report alleged that one such seller had sold thousands of fraudulent tickets after gaining trusted status before complaints caused him to be cut off. And while the secondary sites will provide a refund to anyone who is sold a non-ticket via their platform, that doesn't stop the buyer from having the disappointment of showing up to a gig venue and being turned away.

Confirming ticket fraud was on the rise, Reg Walker of The Iridium Consultancy told the Radio 4 programme: "In the last four months alone we've seen over 2000 [fake tickets]. We've seen more counterfeits in one venue than we've seen in the preceding six years. In the majority of cases the barcode is for another event, or it's the same barcode from one ticket resold over and over again".

It's not entirely clear how frequently fraud actually occurs via the secondary sites, given the fraudster has to be pretty committed to the operation (conducting all the legit sales first to get trusted status), and will then only be able to sell fraudulent tickets for a short time before being found out. Though if said fraudster sells thousands of non-tickets in that time, that could still be a lot of disappointed music fans even if the actual number of people doing this via the resale sites is very small.

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PINK FLOYD ALLY WITH IMAGEM
Following the recent decision by the Rolling Stones to ally with BMG on publishing matters, having self-published their songs catalogue for three decades, now Pink Floyd - who have handled their own publishing for over forty years - have announced a partnership with independent publisher Imagem Music UK. Under the new deal, Imagem will administer the music publishing rights in the Floyd's full catalogue (though Roger Waters' solo works are outside the deal).

Confirming the new arrangement, the managers of the various members of Pink Floyd told Billboard: "This is a big change for us. Together with Peter Barnes [who has overseen Pink Floyd Publishing to date] we did a detailed review that made us really think about what we needed from a publisher partner. That's not easy when the band had effectively done their own publishing via Peter Barnes for PFMP since the days of 'Atom Heart Mother'".

They went on: "We wanted all the flexibility we have now, combined with creativity, enthusiasm and the ability to punch its weight for us in the digital world. We met and liked the [Imagem] team and we all feel that we are going to get the sort of personal service we need. We are very much looking forward to it".

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THE BLOW BREAK SEVEN-YEAR GAP VIA NEW LP
Khaela Maricich's one time solo digi-pop baby The Blow - now a collaboration with Melissa Dyne, who joined in 2008 - will on 30 Sep release her/their/its first LP in seven years, ie since 2006's 'Paper Television'.

Feting it as an "odyssey of experimentation", the pair say: "After a few years of swapping ideas and watching them grow and breed new ones, we decided, 'Fuck it, why not record a record together?' So we went together into the wordless realm and were there for a couple of years, fusing together the landscape of sounds and samples and waves and sensations that make up 'The Blow'".

If and when they share any preview tracks, they'll be taken off this list:

Make It Up
A Kiss
From the Future
I Tell Myself Everything
Invisible
Hey
Like Girls
The Spector
Not Dead Yet
You're My Light

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CULTS ANNOUNCE LP
Chirpy NYC pop band Cults, aka Madeline Follin and her beau Brian 'Oblivion', are all done making a sophomore LP to follow 2011's creatively-titled 'Cults'. 'Static', as the new record is named, will be released 15 Oct.

Here's a preparatory trailer to it, as features LP tracks 'We've Got It' and 'So Far'.

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SAM SMITH PREVIEWS NEW EP
Singer Sam Smith, who having sung on Disclosure's 'Latch' is now officially a 'one to watch', is going to release a solo EP later this year via PMR. In the meantime here he is playing pitch gymnastics on first track 'Safe With Me', a collaborative split (in that they co-wrote, arranged and mixed it) with Two Inch Punch.

Oh wait, first I'll let Sam have his say: "Ladies and gentlemen, since 'La La La' I've been experimenting with different sounds and producers in preparation for my record. I have loved the process so much that I have decided to release an EP this summer to show you what I've been trying out. 'Safe With Me' is the first song on the EP".

Now, here's 'Safe With Me'

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GENESIS P-ORRIDGE CONFIRMS 'CONTROVERSIAL' PHOTO-BOOK
Artist, auteur, pandrogyne and ex Throbbing Gristle-ite Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is to release a 'controversial lifetime of memories' - that is to say, a photo book.

It features over 350 selected images, an intro and Q&A by writer Mark Paytress on P-Orridge's motivations, and relevant scribblings by Genesis h/erself.

Details re the deluxe signed version - which is strictly super-limited to 333 editions and on pre-sale already - and a slightly less limited option limited to 990 copies, are available via publisher First Third's site.

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FUTURE OF THE LEFT SET NEW DATES
Future Of The Left have handed a new set of dates into the live ether, which is nice if you like Future Of The Left, which we (CMU) do. The band's PledgeMusic-funded new album, 'How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident', is due on a TBA date in October.

And so, the dates, ticket links to which you'll find by clicking this one.

1 Nov: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
2 Nov: Glasgow, Broadcast
3 Nov: Newcastle, The Cluny
5 Nov: Sheffield, Queens Social
6 Nov: Liverpool, East Village Arts Club
7 Nov: Manchester, Gorilla
8 Nov: Nottingham, Bodega
9 Nov: Birmingham, Temple
12 Nov: Brighton, The Haunt
13 Nov: London, Heaven
14 Nov: Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
15 Nov: Bristol, Thekla

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FOXES TO GO ON TOUR
Urban pop scourge Foxes has provided for the overspill from her sold-out show at London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 30 Jul by announcing lots of October shows.

Look at info on those, and Rudimental's Foxes-co-starring 'Right Here', now:

3 Oct: Glasgow, ABC
4 Oct: Birmingham, Academy 3
6 Oct: Manchester, Roadhouse
7 Oct: Bristol, Exchange
8 Oct: London, XOYO

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: ILLUMINATIONS, VISIONS AND DAMNATION
Placing high in today's Festival Line-Up update stakes; initial names confirmed at London's vari-sited Illuminations, which isn't exactly a festival, but rather - says its promoter Rockfeedback - a "week-long series of specially curated music and arts events". So there.

News also of this year's hard-moshing Damnation, and of a 'special guest' added to the first ever Visions festival:

DAMNATION FESTIVAL, Leeds University Union, 2 Nov: Katatonia, God Seed, The Ocean, Year of No Light, Shining, Mourning Beloveth. www.damnationfestival.co.uk

ILLUMINATIONS, various venues, London, 3-10 Nov: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, MØ, Field Music, Money. www.illuminationslondon.com

VISIONS, various venues, London, 10 Aug: Public Service Broadcasting. www.visionsfestival.com

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BRAND SPEND ON MUSIC UP 6% IN 2012
Brand spend on music in the UK (not including the sync revenue of labels and publishers) was up 6.09% in 2012, according to a report by PRS For Music and music-specialist brand agency FRUKT.

So that's nice. Let's all go to an O2 Academy and celebrate by watching the McFlurry Music Mix Up on our Jay-Z-backed phones, while downing a Beyonce-branded Pepsi and nibbling on a One Direction-endorsed cracker. And if that sounds expensive, just take out a Kerry Katona (now not) approved pay-day loan to cover the costs.

In total UK brand spend on music was up to £104.8 million in 2012, according to the PRS/FRUKT report, which considered artist partnership deals, brand-created music events and online content, and the sponsorship of live music and music TV.

Digital-based music-focused brand ventures saw the highest increase in spend, up 33.81% to £10,341,000, possibly part of a recent trend in which brands increasingly want to own their own media platforms and music content, rather than badging existing media. Artist endorsement deals saw the next biggest rise, up 32.85% across the board to £4,684,750, though they are still the least lucrative of the brand strands the report considers. Unsurprisingly live music sponsorship is the biggest area, despite being down 5.56% in 2012, generating £33,150,424 - the live sector has long dominated in the music/brand space.

Commenting on the stats PRS boss Robert Ashcroft told CMU: "Innovative companies understand the power of a good song and how a memorable music experience inspires and connects with fans. Historically, sport was where big brands put their money, but the last twelve months have demonstrated the unique power of music to convey brand value and how the right partnership can benefit music lover, songwriter and business alike".

Meanwhile FRUKT CEO Anthony Ackenhoff added: "The brand and music space is an incredibly active and vibrant one. We've seen an increase in both the volume of activity and sophistication of platforms over the last five years and there are no signs of this changing. Music is something people instinctively love - when brands improve or enrich music moments and experiences they strengthen relationships with their consumers. There's a clear trend in brands wanting to take control of platforms and move away from traditional sponsorship - we're really excited by this and see it as an opportunity to get even more creative".

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SHAKIRA MADE TOOTH AMBASSADOR
Shakira has been made the international smiling face of oral care brands Oral-B and Crest's '3D White Collection'.

Stephen Squire, Global Marketing Director at P&G Oral Care says: "As an award-winning recording artist, star of NBC's 'The Voice', philanthropist, beauty icon and mother, Shakira embodies the true spirit of the multi-dimensional woman, and always does it all with a brilliant smile on her face. We are thrilled to have a beautiful, strong woman of Shakira's calibre to represent the brand".

The squeaky clean singing star and her scarily radiant teeth, which we're advised to view via special glasses, adds: "[Oral-B and Crest] are iconic brands and I know they will be a great partner, including the work we will be doing together to support children in Colombia through my Barefoot Foundation".

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IVS TO BRING CONTACTLESS TECH TO AIF MEMBER FESTIVALS
Intelligent Venue Systems, which provides contactless payment, access and data technology to live events - usually in the form of clever wristbands or smartcards - has announced that it will bring its 'RFID technology' to a series of Association Of Independent Festivals affiliated events this summer. Starting with WOMAD this weekend, the company says that this is the first time smaller UK events have used such systems.

In addition to WOMAD, the company will also work with Galtres Parklands Festival, Weyfest and the Cornbury Festival, amongst others. Previously it has provided services to events such as The Isle Of Wight, T In The Park, Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, Goodwood Festival Of Speed and the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.

Claire O'Neill, General Manager of the Association Of Independent Festivals, told CMU: "Promoting more efficiently managed events and improving customer experience have always been priorities for the AIF. We can see that contactless technology holds great promise for both and we are very encouraged that independent festivals are now starting to adopt it. We look forward to working with IVS to further this exciting process and help enable our members to benefit to the fullest possible extent".

IVS Director Paul Pike added: "Whilst we are very proud of our work with our large event clients, it has long been our ambition to extend the benefits of this technology to the independent sector, where we feel it has the potential to make an even greater difference to organisers. We consider it a great accomplishment to have made our systems sufficiently cost-effective to achieve this aim. And this is just the beginning".

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AEG ANNOUNCES HAMMERSMITH APOLLO REFIT
AEG has announced it is refurbishing the Hammersmith Apollo, the West London venue it acquired last year in partnership with CTS Eventim off what was then HMV's live division, MAMA.

Being led by Foster Wilson Architects, the multi-million overhaul of the venue is underway and should be completed by September. Work includes restoring various fixtures and fittings so that they look like they would have done when the theatre opened in the 1930s, reviving two marble staircases in front of the stage, bringing natural light back into the circle bar, and installing lovely LED lighting on the façade.

Confirming all this, AEG Live COO Colin Chapple told CMU: "As the new owners AEG and CTS Eventim recognised that London deserved more from one of its foremost venues. With a passion for delivering a high standard of comfort to the fan the changes we are making in seating, ventilation and the bar operations will ensure they will enjoy the best music and comedy talent in a wonderful venue capturing the original art deco heritage".

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BBC ANNOUNCES FILM MUSIC SEASON
The BBC has announced a season of programmes on film music, entitled 'Sound Of Cinema', due to air in September. Shows will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 1, Radio 3, 6music, and the Asian Network, looking at everything from classical to contemporary music in film, as well as a three part series on soundtracks presented by silent film composer Neil Brand.

Brand told CMU: "It's so fantastic that the BBC, the biggest producer of music content, is showing how music works for films. Film scores demand an extraordinary degree of both musicianship and dramatic understanding on the part of their composers. Whilst creating potent, original music to synchronise exactly with the images, composers are also making that music as discreet, accessible and communicative as possible, so that it can speak to each and every one of us".

He added: "Film music demands the highest standards of its composers, the insight to 'see' what is needed and come up with something new and original. With my series and the other content across the BBC's 'Sound Of Cinema' season I hope that people will hear more in their movies than they ever thought possible".

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STUDENT REQUESTS NIRVANA SHOUT OUT VIDEO. SUB POP PROVIDES ONE
Sub Pop's inbox is a strange and wonderful thing, as are the legendary label's responses to some of the letters and emails it receives. Earlier this year, for example, the label pretended to sack a member of its customer services team, after complaints about a particularly choice reply.

This week came another classic, quickly posted to the label's Tumblr blog, in which a student from Virginia Tech requested that Nirvana provide a short video to help her in her bid to become the university's Homecoming Queen.

Now, you might have spotted a hole in this plan. But, wait, maybe she meant the surviving members of Nirvana. She obviously knew that Kurt Cobain died in 1994. And sure, it's a long time since they were affiliated with Sub Pop directly, but requesting a thumbs up from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic would be sort of reasonable, right?

"As Virginia Tech loves Nirvana, we'd love to have her in our video", the anonymous writer announced. So, you see, that's... wait, "her"? Oh, right.

Well, not being ones to let someone down, a few members of Sub Pop staff got together and read out the script suggested by the potential Homecoming Queen. And, you know, I'm not sure I can actually tell them apart from the real Nirvana.

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