30 JUL 2013

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Alela Diane came to many people's attention with her third album, 'Alela Diane & Wild Divine', which was released by Rough Trade in 2011. This week, she returns with the follow-up, 'About Farewell', on Believe Recordings, the title track of which was released as a single earlier this month. In the run up to the album release, we asked Alela to put together a playlist for us. Taking us through some of her influences, she brings the playlist to a close with a track from JJ Cale, who sadly died at the weekend more>>
There's been a trend for bands to having ungoogleable names over the last few years, but today's approved act takes things one step further by naming themselves after a website that they don't actually own. It took several permutations of Charisma.com plus a carefully selected keyword to finally track them down. At which point, Google Translate's piss poor attempt to translate their website from made the whole thing fairly pointless anyway. But, hey, I do know a few things, so let's get on with it more>>

- Bauer buys Absolute Radio
- Record shop discovery could lead to more Savile-related arrests
- Flavor Flav's fried chicken dream is over
- Braxton loses copyrights in post-bankruptcy auction
- Dotcom's evidence dispute returns to New Zealand court
- Ricky Gervais may record album as David Brent
- Gaga affirms Applause
- Michael Jackson/Freddie Mercury duets to be released
- Johnny Flynn unveils new LP, Country Mile
- Lana Del Rey confirms Tropico film
- Danny Elfman adds arena dates
- Guilfest hoping to make 2014 return
- Imagem launches new venture to represent music rights for TV and filmmakers
- Pivotal PR exec becomes partner in Viaduct agency
- MTV to air Miley Cyrus special
- Jack White donates $200,000 to sound recording charity
- Psy talks vice
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Bauer Media has bought Absolute Radio, bringing to an end over two years of speculation about the future of the national rock station.

As previously reported, current owner TIML Radio has been toying with the idea of selling the loss-making UK radio business for a while, though initially withdrew from active sale talks until John Pearson, who previously led the station when it was still Virgin Radio, arrived with a new offer late last year.

Pearson's bid ultimately failed, but seemingly led to new talks between TIML and Bauer, the radio division of which owns the likes of Magic, Kiss and Kerrang! Radio. Though word had it for a time that those talks were faltering too, most likely over price. But yesterday morning Bauer confirmed a deal had now been done.

Bauer boss Paul Keenan told CMU: "We are looking forward to working with the award-winning team at Absolute Radio and have great respect for what they have achieved. We are excited about welcoming this complementary music radio business with renowned digital assets into Bauer. Absolute Radio and its sister brands are loved by millions of UK consumers and by advertisers. This acquisition will be an opportunity to learn and share across both businesses".

Donnach O'Driscoll, current CEO at Absolute Radio, added: "The Absolute Radio business has never been in better shape as we approach our fifth birthday. Bauer Media UK is a business that really cares about building famous media and entertainment brands and music radio in particular. This brand will continue to thrive as part of the Bauer group".

What the deal means for the future of Absolute, and its spin-off digital services, remains to be seen. Bauer, of course, also bought digital station Planet Rock earlier this year, subsequently giving the service the Midlands FM frequency previously occupied by the Kerrang! radio station. With Absolute, Planet Rock and Kerrang!, Bauer now owns three rock-themed stations, and it will be interesting to see how they will operate as part of one business.

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The criminal investigation into the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile has discovered a list of names scribbled on a wall in Manchester which is believed to record some of the victims of the shamed DJ.

According to the Mirror, the list potentially extends further the number of victims that suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Savile, and may provide evidence against a number of other celebrities, many still alive, who were also allegedly involved in abusing young girls. The list was written on a wall in a room above a record shop in Greater Manchester. Police seemingly discovered it after a tip off; the incriminating words having been hidden behind plaster and wallpaper.

Criminologist Professor David Wilson from Birmingham City University told the tabloid that the list suggested that the room was occupied by a paedophile ring who used the wall to document their crimes, basically as a way of boasting about the abuse they committed, in a way that today would occur online. The location, above a record shop, is also likely significant, Wilson said, as in the 1980s and 1990s a record store would attract a large number of young people.

Numerous men have been arrested since formal allegations about Savile's conduct were made public last year; some former Savile allies directly linked to his crimes, others who seemingly acted independently, and others of Savile's era also accused of past inappropriate behaviour, but not against minors.

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Flavor Flav's third fried chicken restaurant has closed, after losing a battle with its landlord against eviction.

As previously reported, the Public Enemy member opened his first chicken restaurant as a joint venture in Iowa in 2011, but asked for his name to be taken off the eatery four months later, due to allegations of mismanagement. He then tried again in Las Vegas, that business lasting just six months. Finally, he opened Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs in Michigan earlier this year, but now that has closed for good too.

Flav and his business partners were accused of being behind on the rent. Initially they claimed they were withholding rent payments because their landlord had failed to fix a faulty heater, but that didn't seem to stop said landlord applying for an eviction order.

Last month a court delayed eviction to allow landlord and tenants to reach a deal over unpaid rent. But, according to TMZ, that did not happen, so the court has now allowed eviction to proceed, leading to the closure of Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs.

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American R&B star Toni Braxton has lost the rights she owned in some of her biggest hits after being outbid at an auction for the copyrights, caused by her bankruptcy.

As previously reported, Braxton declared bankruptcy in 2010, with debts of somewhere between $10 and $50 million. Her assets were sold to pay off creditors, though the singer negotiated the rights to buy back some of her property.

The copyrights in songs like 'You're Making Me High' and 'Always', however, were put up for auction. Braxton was allowed to bid herself, and offered $20,000 for the 27 copyrights on the block.

But, according to TMZ, a man called Ross M Klein offered twice as much, and walked away with Braxton's rights. The singer is yet to comment.

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The increasingly tedious battle between MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz and the American and New Zealand governments over what evidence the former should have access to, as he fights extradition attempts, is back in court.

As much previously reported, the US government is trying to extradite Dotcom and friends to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement in relation to the original MegaUpload enterprise, shut down by the American authorities in January 2012.

Extradition efforts, being led by the New Zealand government on behalf of the Americans, have been long drawn out because of various complications, including the fact the authorities in New Zealand raided Dotcom's home with the wrong warrant, and then breached rules by allowing the Americans to take seized evidence out of the country.

Dotcom's lawyers have also been pushing for access to all of the evidence the US government has against the former MegaUpload business, arguing that they need to see it in order to properly fight the extradition application.

The New Zealand authorities insist that it's not standard practice to hand over all evidence in that way in extradition hearings, and a summary of evidence from the US authorities should suffice.

When the dispute first went to court, Dotcom's people prevailed and the US was ordered to hand over all its Mega files. But then in May an appeals court sided with the authorities, so now Team Dotcom are taking the matter to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, according to The Press, lawyers for the New Zealand government again stressed that there was no precedent for the courts to order the authorities to share all their evidence in an extradition case, and that doing so would run contrary to national law, and also the country's extradition agreement with the US.

The hearing on the evidence issue isn't expected to last long, with five judges then due to rule on the matter. Dotcom's much-postponed extradition hearing is now set for November, though even that might be looking ambitious.

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Ricky Gervais has apparently been approached to record an album as his character from 'The Office', David Brent. The comedian has recently resurrected the character for a series on YouTube, called 'Learn Guitar With David Brent'.

Gervais said on Twitter: "I'm getting offers of major record deals for a Brent album.
Where the fuck were these people when I was trying to be a real popstar? Haha".

Here's Brent's latest video, basically recycling jokes from 'The Office'.

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As per all the pretty un-cryptic clues circulating last week, Lady Gaga has affirmed that her new single is, in fact, titled 'Applause'. So, that's nice if you like Lady Gaga, and clapping, and all that. Oh, and the 'Applause' 'promo image', which is, as this GAGAnalysis piece explains (in inconceivable depth) based on France's masked panto clown Pierrot.

Talking up the new track, a co-write with DJ White Shadow, via WWD, Gaga has said: "I'll tell you that it is very fun, and that it's full of happiness, because what I'm saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me. Give me that thing that I love. Put your hands up, make them touch".

She added: "They do that all the time for me; before I even open my mouth, the fans start cheering for me. And so this exclamation: 'Give me that thing that I love. Give it to me. I'm ready, start the music'. I'm from New York. I've worked since I was a five-year-old to be a performer. All my life. I deserve to be here. I'm ready".

Yeah, she's ready all right. As is 'Applause', which will have its release party on 18 Aug, the same day links to pre-order the Lady's fourth long-playing record/first long-playing app 'ARTPOP', out 10 Nov, will go live.

This, meanwhile, is a naked Gaga sitting astride a sofa made of microchips.

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A sequence of 'lost' duets by Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury, recorded at Jackson's Californian home studio 30 years ago, is set to be released later this year.

Hinting via The Times at a potential trio of tracks dating back to 1983 - when Mercury and Jackson collaborated for a time, but ultimately failed to make anything 'official' of it - Queen man Brian May told the paper that "something for folks to hear" will be available in the autumn.

Meanwhile Jim 'Miami' Beach, Queen's then-manager, has revealed that the two pop stars' collaboration ended when Mercury tired of Jackson's eccentricities, and in particular when the king of pop let a llama into the studio. He recalled: "Mercury rang me and said: 'Miami, dear, can you get over here? You've got to get me out of here, I'm recording with a llama'".

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Timid folk type Johnny Flynn has shared his new LP's 'essential details', aka its title and buy-date.

'Country Mile', as it's called, will carry the somewhat Mumford-esque theme of "journeying, with the way as a teacher", and is released 30 Sep.

Its lead single, 'The Lady Is Risen', sounds thus.


Country Mile
After Eliot
The Lady Is Risen
Gypsy Hymn
Einstein's Idea
Tinker's Trail
Bottom Of The Sea Blues
Time Unremembered

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Lana Del Rey has confirmed that she will release 30 minute film 'Tropico' later this year. The singer recently tweeted the poster for the short, which informs us that it will be "a tale of redemption", so that's nice. Basically, it's going to be a long music video, featuring three songs from last year's 'Paradise' EP.

As previously reported, filming took place earlier this month with director Anthony Mandler.

Elsewhere in Lana Del Rey news, last week a new track apparently by the singer leaked, in which she seemingly disses Lady Gaga. So that's fun.

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Having sold out a show at London's Royal Albert Hall on 7 Oct, composer-to-movies Danny Elfman has confirmed another score of live dates in Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham.

Each will feature the BBC Concert Orchestra playing Elfman's OSTs to various Tim Burton films ('Beetlejuice', 'Batman', 'Edward Scissorhands', 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' et al), large-scale visuals of Burton's original storyboards and drawings, and a 'special guest performance' by Elfman himself.

Bigging up the shows, Burton told reporters: "I've always heard Danny's scores performed live during our recording sessions for the films we've collaborated on. For others to finally be able to hear his music live is something special".

Special indeed. And the new dates are:

8 Oct: Leeds, First Direct Arena
9 Oct: Glasgow, The Hydro
10 Oct: Birmingham, NIA

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The organisers of GuilFest are hoping to bring the festival back next year. As previously reported, the 21 year old event went into administration last September after poor ticket sales left it with debts of over £300,000.

This year, Live Nation put on a new event, called Magic Summer Live, on GuilFest's site and traditional dates, which seems to have gone well. Live Nation is apparently keen to do all that again next year, but GuilFest founder Tony Scott has told eFestivals that he hopes Guildford Council will allow him and his team to return instead.

To that end, the festival has posted a plea to its website, asking fans to show public support for GuilFest, in order to convince the council that there is a desire to see it return.

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Independent music publisher Imagem has teamed up with former EMI Music Publishing exec Jonathan Channon to launch a new London-based business called Imagem FTV, which will look to manage music rights owned by television, film and other media companies.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new venture's first client will be the TV distribution business of comedy industry giants Avalon, which represents Avalon's own TV company and others. Imagem FTV will administrate and exploit the rights in all and any music owned by the Avalon-affiliated programme makers.

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The founder of radio promotions agency Viaduct, James Pegrum, has announced a new partnership with Russell Churcher, who previously worked for Pivotal PR. The two plugging execs will now co-run the Viaduct company, offering national and regional radio promotion services to artists and labels.

Confirming the new alliance, Churcher told CMU: "I am very pleased and excited that this opportunity to join forces with Peggers has come about. After eight happy years at Pivotal, the timing of this new chapter feels pretty impeccable".

While Pegrum added: "I'm really happy to be able to welcome Russell into the Viaduct fold. I have known him for a number of years now and I'm very much looking forward to working with someone with so much experience and enthusiasm for radio".

As the new partnership begins, Viaduct's roster includes Tricky, When Saints Go Machine, Public Service Broadcasting, Filthy Boy, Sykur, Ultraista, Satellites, Black Onassis, Rozi Plain and This Is The Kit.

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MTV is to air a scary, blare-y new Miley Cyrus special in autumn. The one-hour show, which doesn't have a title yet (my idea is 'I Won't Stop: The Molly Cyrus Story'), will chart the 'making of' Miley's new LP, which has neither a release date nor a title.

Said still-secret title, by the way, will be 'unveiled' when Miley gets thirteen million Twitter followers. Help/decline to help her achieve that via twitter.com/mileycyrus

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Having donated $142,000 to a Masonic temple earlier this year, Jack White has now dished out a bit more of his hard earned cash to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. $200,000, in this case.

The charity, which was established in 2010 by US Congress as part of the National Recording Preservation Act, supports institutions in preserving sound recordings. This donation, the organisation's Executive Director Gerald Seligman said in a statement, is a "game changer".

He added: "With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan - and give out our first grants. We're committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months".

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'Gangnam Style' star Psy has admitted to liking a drink. In fact, to drinking - he claims - practically all the time, rain or shine. In a frank interview with the Sunday Times last week, the K-Pop hitmaker said he looks on vodka as his "best friend" and "vice partner", adding: "If I'm happy, I'm drinking, if I'm sad, I'm drinking. If it's raining, I'm drinking, if it's sunny I'm drinking. If it's hot, I'm drinking, if it's cold, I'm drinking".

All of which leaves little to no time for not drinking. In the same Q&A, Psy also talked about his difficult childhood and 'abusive father', addiction to cigarettes, and the time he spent in a South Korean jail for marijuana possession, saying of the latter: "As an artist, the more experience, the better the creation. I'm a very positive person. So if shit happens, I think maybe this happens because a huge amount of happiness is coming to me".

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