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Q&A: MATTHEW YOUNG, PALE IMITATION FESTIVAL
While the Edinburgh Festival is not without a music strand, it's far better known for its theatre and comedy and suchlike. This can mean that music struggles to be heard, particularly beyond the folk and classical programmes that are more abundant at Edinburgh's massive cultural fest. But never one to turn away from a challenge, Young is this year going up against Edinburgh's other summer festivals with his own, the Pale Imitation Festival more>>
 
APPROVED: CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS
Because-signed Heloïse Letissier and band, aka Christine And The Queens, first planted a shady kiss on France's alt-pop fascia via 2011's 'Mac Abbey' and its dark star track 'Narcissus Is Back'. Letissier et al - who are based, for all their 'francité', in London - released a new EP titled 'Nuit 17 à 52' earlier this year, an achievement they'll celebrate by playing the city's all-new, all-French festival OohLaLA! in late October more>>

TOP STORIES
- Grooveshark close to deal with EMI Music Publishing
- Hilco confirms HMV's return to original Oxford Street store
IN THE POP COURTS
- US publishers sue Fullscreen MCN
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- D'Angelo cancels shows citing "medical emergency"
POP POLITICS
- Lady Gaga comments on Russian visa threats
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- AIM Awards nominations out
RELEASE NEWS
- Example says hits album release is "totally beyond my control"
- Chase & Status announce third album
- Keep Shelly In Athens announce debut album
FILMS & SHOWS NEWS
- National Portrait Gallery to show Bob Dylan drawings
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Mikky Ekko to play London show
- Zola Jesus adds Versions date
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Reading & Leeds, Sŵn and OohLaLa!
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Universal launches new D2F unit on back of digital stores
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Louis Walsh to leave X-Factor after tenth series
- Eternal to reunite for The Big Reunion
AND FINALLY...
- Miley Cyrus names new album
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. Salary £25-50k depending on experience.

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PLEDGEMUSIC - GLOBAL HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PR
PledgeMusic is looking to hire a full-time Global Head of Communications and PR. The Global Head of Communications and PR will be responsible for controlling all communication originating from PledgeMusic. This is inclusive of, but not limited to, all press releases (whether generated by Pledge or third parties), presentations, onesheets and other marketing materials. The position will be based in either London or New York.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
!K7 RECORDS - INTERN
!K7 Records are looking for a bright and diligent intern to support the Artist Management, A&R and Marketing departments of the label. We offer a six month placement, integral training within the company and given responsibility working alongside our artists to support their various activities.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ESSENTIAL MUSIC & MARKETING - DIGITAL SALES EXECUTIVE
Essential Music and Marketing is seeking a confident, high calibre individual to lead its digital retail representation. The position will manage partnerships with digital music services (eg iTunes), working closely with label managers and reporting to the Sales Director. This is an ideal position for someone with experience of dealing with key online accounts, looking to forward their career and skills in a dynamic and fast growing music distribution company.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
SOUND CHANNEL - DIGITAL MARKETING ASSISTANT
Sound Channel is one of the leading companies working in the electronic music industry. We are looking for a bright individual who has a solid grasp of music to work with us across all our projects including Hideout Festival, Unknown, Canal Mills, Wax:On and Metropolis.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
CYPHER PR - SOCIAL MEDIA MUSIC INTERN
Passionate about social media & dream about working in the music business? Well here's your chance to take that first important step with a leading music PR firm Cypher - the agency responsible for looking after artists, music brands such as including Food Music, Pacha, Big Chill, and New State album and artist releases.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
SECRETLY LABEL GROUP - UK PRESS JUNIOR (PRINT & ONLINE)
The Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a junior press officer to manage online, print press and general public relations for select artists on the roster of the in-house labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian.

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

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

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
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GROOVESHARK CLOSE TO DEAL WITH EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING
Grooveshark is close to settling its legal dispute with EMI Music Publishing, according to The Verge, which says some sort of deal announcement is imminent.

Although best known as the streaming service the music industry loves to hate, Grooveshark did for a time have a licensing deal in place with both the recordings and publishing side of EMI, after settling a bit of litigation launched by the major in 2009.

However, as the other music majors subsequently lined-up to sue Grooveshark, which lets users upload music to its servers, meaning it routinely hosts unlicensed tracks, the partnership with EMI started to crumble.

EMI Music Publishing launched new litigation against Grooveshark in January 2012, claiming the digital firm was in breach of its 2009 agreement. And by the time the EMI business was split into two, with recordings going to Universal and publishing falling under the control of Sony/ATV, both sides of the company had stopped working with the Groovesharkers.

With Universal the most anti-Grooveshark of all the music companies, it seems unlikely the streaming company will ever secure a new deal with what were the EMI record companies, but talks on the publishing side have seemingly continued, and The Verge says a deal has now been agreed and will be confirmed shortly.

Which is an interesting turn of events. Though with the three major record companies currently pursuing two separate lawsuits against Grooveshark, while lobbying US Congress to tighten up the statutory obligations on user-upload websites to run effective takedown systems (reckoning that Grooveshark is exploiting the current loose obligations), the company still faces an uphill challenge for survival in the increasingly competitive streaming market.

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HILCO CONFIRMS HMV'S RETURN TO ORIGINAL OXFORD STREET STORE
Hilco has confirmed rumours that HMV is to return to its original store on Oxford Street in London, having given up the lease on its larger flagship store earlier this year to Sports Direct.

HMV occupied the space at 363 Oxford Street from July 1921 until April 2000, when it moved up the road to number 365, and the building has a blue plaque on it to prove it. Which means that the new store will have a sign on the front saying that it isn't there anymore, but never mind.

The retailer's Chairman Paul McGowan said in a statement: "We are thrilled to be returning to HMV to its original home at 363 Oxford Street and this reflects HMV's renewed focus on going back to its roots and getting the basics right, providing the deepest range of entertainment products".

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US PUBLISHERS SUE FULLSCREEN MCN
America's National Music Publishers Association has launched litigation against Fullscreen Inc, one of the so called 'multi-channel networks' that represents a growing number of content makers on YouTube.

As previously reported, the way most MCNs work means that their content sits outside YouTube's blanket agreements with labels and publishers, so that rights owners are not automatically paid if their content is used in videos via the existing YouTube Content ID system.

To that end the MCNs have been looking to secure their own deals with music rights owners, and Fullscreen does has such deals in place with some publishers, most notably Universal. But critics in the US industry have said the firm has made too little effort to strike up agreements with even the bigger independents, and Matt Pincus of SONGS Publishing wrote an op-ed on the issue for Billboard back in March.

Confirming that the American publishing sector's trade body was now going legal on the issue, mainly in the interests of the indies, NMPA boss David Israelite told reporters: "The problem of copyright infringement is endemic to the MCN industry. Fullscreen's success and growth as a digital business is attributable in large part to the prevalence and popularity of its unlicensed music videos. We must stop the trend of ignoring the law, profiting from someone else's work, then asking forgiveness when caught. It is not only unfair, it is unacceptable".

Presumably the NMPA hopes the litigation will also force all MCNs into line, not just Fullscreen. Meanwhile another big player in that market, Maker Studios, is close to reaching a deal with the publishers' trade organisation.

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D'ANGELO CANCELS SHOWS CITING "MEDICAL EMERGENCY"
R&B star D'Angelo, real name Michael Archer, has cancelled several live appearances, his reps say, as he battles a "medical emergency". The singer's missed show in Minneapolis last night was the latest in a series of recent cancellations which began last week, when he withdrew from a PA at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park on the same day he was meant to play.

Official confirmation via the Minneapolis show's promoter Live Nation says D'Angelo "expresses his sincere regret due to this unfortunate circumstance", whilst Archer's agent adds that, health-wise, "It's serious, but he should be OK".

D'Angelo, who having worked with The Roots' Questlove at the start of the year on the TBA follow-on to his last LP, 2000's 'Voodoo', is still to release any tracks off it, is billed to appear at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival this weekend.

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LADY GAGA COMMENTS ON RUSSIAN VISA THREATS
Lady Gaga has taken time off from worrying about a leaked (and quite poorly received) demo apparently taken from her new album 'ARTPOP' to comment on threats by Russian authorities to prosecute her and Madonna for performing without having the proper visas.

As previously reported, both Madonna and Gaga supposedly broke Russia's increasingly controversial 'gay propaganda' laws during performances in the country last year, which make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to minors. Ever since, both performers have been pursued by one of the key writers and proponents of the law, Vitaly Milonov.

Last week is was reported that Russia's Prosecutor General's Office was now investigating whether they had broken the terms of their visas, following a complaint from Milonov. According to the Russia Legal Information Agency, RAPSI, the office said in a statement: "The visas issued were of the basic cultural exchange sort, which does not grant their bearers the right to engage in any commercial activity".

Commenting on this via her Facebook page, Gaga said: "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia? The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom. Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?"

The relatively new 'anti-gay' laws in Russia are currently getting more attention in the run up to the next Winter Olympics, which is due to be held in the country. Milonov has already suggested that homosexual athletes and spectators could face arrest if they attend the event. Pressure is now being put on the International Olympic Committee and other world leaders to speak out against this, with over 300,000 people signing a petition to the IOC. This morning Stephen Fry also published an open letter on the subject to David Cameron, Sebastian Coe and the IOC.

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AIM AWARD NOMINATIONS OUT
What's that you say? You're desperately wondering who the devil might have been nominated in this year's Independent Music Awards from the Association of Independent Music? Well fear not you crazy wonderer, here are the nom lists in their very fullness. Expect winners next month via a London awards bash on 3 Sep.

Best Live Act: Bellowhead (Navigator), Bonobo (Ninja Tune), Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality/[PIAS] Recordings), Johnny Marr (New Voodoo), The National (4AD).

Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: The 1975 (Dirty Hit), Daughter (4AD), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC), Palma Violets (Rough Trade), Passenger (Nettwerk), Public Service Broadcasting (Test Card Recordings).

Hardest Working Band or Artist: Alt-J (Infectious), The Computers (One Little Indian), Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality/[PIAS] Recordings), Frankie & the Heartstrings (Wichita), Sam Lee (Nest Collective).

Best 'Difficult' Second Album: Ghostpoet - Some Say I So I Say Light ([PIAS] Recordings), John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union), Major Lazer - Free The Universe (Because Music), Villagers - {Awayland} (Domino), The xx - Coexist (XL Recordings).

Best Small Label: Alcopop! Records, Gringo Records, Hyperdub, Rocket Girl, Too Pure Singles Club.

Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: Bonobo - The North Borders (Ninja Tune), Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights 10th Anniversary Edition (Matador), The Horrors - Higher (XL Recordings), Various Artists - Kenya Special (Soundway Records), Various Artists - Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie Pop 1980-89 (Cherry Red).

Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival: Hebridean Celtic Festival, In The Woods, LeeFest, Truck Festival, Y Not Festival.

Independent Video Of The Year: Childhood - Solemn Skies (Marathon Artists), David Byrne & St Vincent - Who (4AD), Django Django - WOR (Because Music), Grimes - Genesis (4AD), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop (Macklemore LLC), The Ramona Flowers - Lust & Lies (Distiller Records).

Indie Champion Award: Gilles Peterson, BBC 6music; Joe Sparrow, A New Band A Day; John Kennedy, Xfm; Lauren Laverne, BBC 6music; Lawrence Montgomery, Rise Music.

Independent Track Of The Year: Daughter - Youth (4AD), Jagwar Ma - The Throw (Marathon Artists), Palma Violets - Best of Friends (Rough Trade), Passenger - Let Her Go (Nettwerk), TNGHT - Higher Ground (Warp Records), Vampire Weekend - Diane Young (XL Recordings).

PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act: The 2 Bears (Southern Fried), Alabama Shakes (Rough Trade), Alt-J (Infectious), Django Django (Because Music), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC).

Independent Album Of The Year: Daughter - If You Leave (4AD), David Byrne & St Vincent - Love This Giant (4AD), Ghostpoet - Some Say I So I Say Light ([PIAS] Recordings), Jagwar Ma - Howlin (Marathon Artists), John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union), Jon Hopkins - Immunity (Domino), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed), Public Service Broadcasting - Inform - Educate - Entertain (Test Card Recordings), Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (XL Recordings), The xx - Coexist (XL Recordings).

Independent Label Of The Year: Bella Union, Cooking Vinyl, Matador, [PIAS] Recordings,
Warp Records.

Pioneer Award: Geoff Travis (Rough Trade)

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Billy Bragg (Cooking Vinyl)

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EXAMPLE SAYS HITS ALBUM IS "TOTALLY BEYOND MY CONTROL"
Example has commented on a new greatest hits album, called '#Hits', which is out via Ministry Of Sound this week, following complaints from some fans that he's cashing in and hasn't had nearly enough hits yet to justify the best of. The hits LP also comes just ahead of the release of new single 'All The Wrong Places', the first from his next studio album.

Writing on Instagram, the musician said: "I am receiving lots of enquiries (and abuse!?) about the '#Hits' compilation album being issued this week by Ministry Of Sound featuring all the singles from my last three albums. I wish to inform my fans that I have recently signed with a new record label - Sony/Epic".

He continued: "The decision to issue this compilation album therefore is not mine and totally beyond my control. Hence also why it doesn't include my new single 'All The Wrong Places'. So the various comments I am receiving regarding 'cashing in', 'bad timing' and 'undeserving of a greatest hits' please direct to Ministry. The official Example greatest hits, if it ever happens will be much further down the line and if you are still following me then I will let you know about it! (Not gonna lie though - pretty good tracklisting)".

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CHASE & STATUS ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM
Chase & Status have announced that they will release their third album, entitled 'Brand New Machine', on 7 Oct through Casablanca Records. The album will be preceded by a new single, 'Count On Me', featuring vocals from Moko on 29 Sep.

Listen to 'Count On Me' here.

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KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
Approved back in 2011, Greek duo Keep Shelly In Athens will release their debut album, 'At Home', through Cascine on 17 Sep.

The pair will also be touring the US with Chad Valley in October, news they are celebrating by shunting a new track from the album up on SoundCloud.

You can listen to that track here. It is called 'Oostende'.

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO SHOW BOB DYLAN DRAWINGS
A range of portraits by Bob Dylan is to go on display at the London-based National Portrait Gallery later this month. Billed as 'an amalgamation of features the musician has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people', 'Bob Dylan: Face Value' will present twelve newish pastel drawings of real and fictional characters, as will a book of the same name that'll be available later this year.

Despite sketching since he was a child, Dylan only began showing his work six years ago, and hasn't exhibited in the UK since 2008.

He says: "I've done sketching most of my life. In notebooks, on napkins, on rough paper or cardboard, plates and coffee pots... basically when there's something to look at - so it's not new for me. As to exhibiting it..."

The National Portrait Gallery's director Sandy Nairne adds: "There is an indirect but delightful relationship with Dylan, who is one of our great, even extraordinary storytellers. To have his stories in visual form, to allow the viewer to make their own stories from his work, is intriguing".

'Bob Dylan: Face Value' opens at the NPG on 24 Aug, closing on 5 Jan 2014. Find a pair of preview images via The Telegraph.

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MIKKY EKKO TO PLAY LONDON SHOW
Nashvillian Rihanna collaborator Mikky Ekko has confirmed a one-off date at London's St Pancras Old Church on 16 Sep. His main motive in doing so is probably to promote his new single, Clams Casino co-write 'Kids', which will hit pop shops on 2 Sep.

Tickets to the London show won't go on sale till Friday, so fill the wait till that time by watching this 'Kids' vid.

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ZOLA JESUS ADDS VERSIONS DATE
Experimental artist Zola Jesus, aka Nika Roza Danilova, will make a select set of European live appearances later this year, not least a single UK show at the Tabernacle in London on 3 Oct.

Backed by a string quartet, she'll play in part her new LP 'Versions', a compilation of classical rearrangements of her past tracks, these c/o no-wave icon JG Thirlwell, that's released 19 Aug.

Filmed live at NYC's Guggenheim museum, this is Danilova and co's live 'version' of 'Avalanche', a track first released via her 2011 LP as Zola Jesus, 'Conatus'.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: READING & LEEDS, SŴN AND OOHLALA!
Treading the festival news-beat today, we pass identical updates (Wacka Flocka Flame, Duologue, Young Fathers) at this year's Reading and Leeds fests; a large consignment of artists (Mr Scruff, Amateur Best, Childhood, Spectrals, Bo Ningen etc) just added to Cardiff's quite magnificent Sŵn bill; and the final acts confirmed to play the capital's celebration of all-things France, OohLaLA!:

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Duologue, Waka Flocka Flame, Smiler, Young Fathers, Bloody Knees, Twisted Wheel, Dolomite Minor. www.leedsfestival.com

OOHLALA!, Village Underground, London, 21-24 Oct: Tomorrow's World, Petit Fantôme, Moodoïd. www.oohlalafestival.com

READING FESTIVAL, Richfield Avenue, Reading, 23-25 Aug: Duologue, Waka Flocka Flame, Smiler, Young Fathers, Bloody Knees, Twisted Wheel, Dolomite Minor. www.readingfestival.com

SŴN, various venues, Cardiff, Wales, 17-20 Oct: Alun Gaffey, Amateur Best, Among Brothers, Annie Eve, Ashli Spillers, Babe, Bo Ningen, Burum, Call Back The Giants, Cam O'r Tywyllwch, Camera, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Cheatahs, Childhood, Clare Maguire, Claw The Thin Ice, Conner Youngblood, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Cut Ribbons, Dan Bettridge, Danny Byrd, Dau Cefn, Deg Mewn Bws, Drenge, Early Hominids, Elly Sinnett, Fimber Bravo, Fist Of The First Man, Fortuna, Frankie And The Heartstrings, Geraint Ffrancon, Ghostpoet, Gulp, Gwenno, Gwyllt, His Naked Torso, HMS Morris, Iron Eye, Jemma Roper, Jen Long, Joe Robert Lewis, Joey Fourr, John Smith, Jonny Trunk, Joy Collective (DJ set) , Lanterns on the Lake, Llion Swyd, Macho City, Maddie Jones, Mark Eitzel, Money, Mr Scruff, Nai Harvest, Neil Yates' Five Countries Trio, Nick Mulvey, Night Engine, Olympians, Osian Howells, Paint Happy, Palomino Party, Peggy Sue, Playlounge, Plu, Plyci, Radio Rhydd, Radstewart, Rhodri Brooks, Right Hand, Left Hand, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Saturdays Kids, Sivu, Slowly Rolling Camera, Spectrals, Summer Ghost, Telegram, The Broken Vinyl Club, The Keys, Theo, Trampolene, Tuluum Shimmering, Verity Susman, Violas, Well Wisher, Winter Villains, Y Pencadlys. swnfest.com

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UNIVERSAL LAUNCHES NEW D2F UNIT ON BACK OF DIGITAL STORES
Universal Music yesterday announced the launch of a new direct-to-fan unit which will build on the platform of Digital Stores, the music-focused e-commerce company acquired by EMI in 2010, and now part of Universal via its acquisition of the EMI record company last year.

The Digital Stores technology will become the standard in-house e-commerce set up for the major's artist music stores. The new unit will be headed up by Digital Stores founder Russel Coultart, who becomes VP Global D2C at Universal, reporting into the mega-major's global digital supremo Rob Wells.

Says Wells: "Digital Stores know better than anyone how to run first rate and profitable artist and label digital stores and their D2C technology is the best we've ever seen. We're really pleased to bring them into Universal Music so we have a strong and experienced partner in this important area for our artists and our business".

While Coultart added: "With Universal Music's incredible artists, people and assets, the D2C opportunity for the company around the world is immense and everyone at DSL is very excited about the possibilities ahead of us. We're already exploring some great ideas with our new colleagues and the strength of UMG allows us to deliver an even more effective and seamless service to all of our partners".

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LOUIS WALSH TO LEAVE X-FACTOR AFTER TENTH SERIES
'Evergreen' ex-Westlife MD Louis Walsh has revealed he'll leave 'The X-Factor' after this year's series. Walsh has been a part of the franchise since the now ten year-old 'X' first aired (bar that time in 2007 when he was temporarily replaced by Brian Friedman), 'winning' only once via his one-time ward, Shayne Ward, in 2005.

Walsh, who back in May began auditioning for a Boyzone-style pop band to manage once he has nothing to do 'X'-wise, told the TV Times: "I'm happy this is going to be my last year. I've been judging 'X-Factor' for ten years so I've done it all. It was never in my plan to be on TV but Simon put me there. I'm very grateful to him but I need my life back!"

A comment-bot at 'X-Factor' HQ intoned: "We're delighted Louis is back for a record breaking tenth series this year. It's far too early to say what the judging panel for 2014 may or may not look like".

So that means Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh will be on the judging panel for the upcoming series. But what about Simon Cowell? Well, according to the rumour mill, he's cancelled plans to return the UK edition of the show, on account of the having-a-baby-with-a-friend's-wife scandal he's caught up in at the moment.

A "show source" told The Mirror: "Simon has delayed the original date he was going to set sail on his boat and it is not going to work in his schedule now, so it has been cancelled. His problems and drama off screen are now starting to impact on his TV shows. He even called the UK judges personally to apologise for messing them around. ITV bosses are furious at the last-minute change. Simon's return was going to be a big coup for them, but now that he's just doing exactly the same as he did last year, it's no big draw for the viewers. It's really disappointing".

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ETERNAL TO REUNITE FOR THE BIG REUNION
Eternal are reportedly set to reunite for the next series of inexplicably popular ITV show 'the Big Reunion'.

This apparently includes Louise Redknapp, who was the first to leave the group in 1995 and who said earlier this year that she wouldn't be comfortable reuniting "just for a TV show".

However, what has made doing just that more comfortable, according to Heat, is a fee of £500,000.

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MILEY CYRUS NAMES NEW ALBUM
Last month, Miley Cyrus announced that she would reveal the title of her new album if she reached thirteen million followers on Twitter. Yesterday, she finally reached that milestone, and so the title was unveiled. It is called 'BANGERZ'.

"If you don't know why my record is called BANGERZ you'll know as soon as you hear it", explained Miley. "Nothin but #BANGERZ".

BANGERZ? BANGERZ. #BANGERZ.

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