14 AUG 2013

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Rapper Ghostpoet released his Mercury nominated debut album, 'Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy', through Giles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label in 2011. Signing to Play It Again Sam the following year, he released the follow-up, 'Some Say I So I Say Light', in May just gone. The next single from the album, 'Cold Win', is released on 26 Aug, and he will be heading out on a tour of the UK in October. Ahead of all that, we asked Ghostpoet to put together a playlist for us more>>
Molly Nilsson has so far scraped quite the solo niche via five back-to-back LPs, freeing her latest, 'The Travels', earlier this year. Most of Nilsson's work to date is only playable online in flashes, making it hard to find a real way into what she is, and does, as an artist. But I guess if you like her stony-cold Nico-at-the-disco krautisms of songs like 2009's 'Won't Somebody (Take Me Out Tonight)', or Nilsson's rave-trifling 'Dear Life', you won't mind deep-searching for her discography online more>>

- Lostprophets' Ian Watkins placed on suicide watch ahead of child abuse trial
- Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies
- Jon Brookes 1969-2013
- Stolen Recs steals East India Youth
- Dave Stewart announces Kobalt Label Services deal
- Nicole Scherzinger writes with Tom Odell
- Justin Timberlake to release 20/20 LPs on vinyl
- Spector commit to 'intimate' dates
- White Denim add shows
- Johnny Borrell to tour
- Festival line-up update: iTunes Festival
- O2 teams up with Plan B for 4G launch
- Ticketmaster president to go
- The O2 has another go at making its clubbing space work
- Global begins Real Smooth consolidation
- Colbert discusses Daft Punk no-show
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Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been placed on suicide watch as he awaits trial for child abuse offences, it was revealed at a court hearing this week.

As previously reported, Watkins and two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, face trial for charges including raping a one year old child, plus making and distributing images of child abuse. Their trial is due to begin on 25 Nov, this latest court appearance being a routine case management hearing.

According to WalesOnline, Watkins' barrister Sally O'Neill told the court: "He has been seen by a clinical psychologist and she believes he should be receiving anti-psychotic medication. She wants him to be taken to a secure hospital for assessment and treatment. He is on suicide watch five times an hour".

While Watkins and one of the women deny the charges against them, WalesOnline reports that the third woman, the youngest of the three at 20 years old, has admitted to distributing indecent images of and inappropriately touching a child.

All three remain in custody, with the hearing adjourned until 14 Oct.

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Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes died yesterday morning, the band announced via their website. He was 44.

As previously reported, Brookes suffered a seizure on stage during a US tour in 2010, and was later diagnosed with a brain tumour. He made his live return at the final date of the band's UK tour the following month, but had been receiving ongoing treatment, including several surgeries, in the years since.

He had been working with the band on new material over the summer, but went into hospital for further surgery last month. The band told fans at the time that he seemed to be recovering well from the surgery, but was being kept in hospital for additional treatment.

In a statement following Brookes' death in hospital yesterday, the band said: "Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with [his wife] Debbie and all of Jon's family".

Brookes is the second of the band's founder members to die, keyboard player Rob Collins was killed in a car crash in 1996 during the recording of the band's fifth album, 'Tellin Stories'.

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JON BROOKES 1969-2013
Drummer with The Charlatans Jon Brookes has died, aged 44, following surgery relating to a brain tumour he was diagnosed with in 2010.

After their previous band, The Gift Horses, broke up in 1989, Brookes and bassist Martin Blunt formed The Charlatans, enlisting fellow West Midlanders keyboard player Rob Collins and singer/guitarist Baz Ketley. When Ketley left soon afterwards, vocalist Tim Burgess and guitarist Jon Day were brought in to replace him, with the band relocating to Northwich, near Manchester, which later helped them to become associated with the 'Madchester' scene.

The band scored a top ten hit with their second single, 'The Only One I Know', and went to number one with their debut album 'Some Friendly'. Two follow-up albums proved less successful, but the band underwent a resurgence with their fourth record, 1995's 'The Charlatans', while their third number one album, 'Tellin Stories', was also their best selling record to date - released following the death of Collins in a car crash.

To date, the band have released eleven studio albums, and were working on the twelfth at the time of Brookes' death. The new album is the band's first since the drummer was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010.

It was while promoting their last album, 'Who We Touch', that Brookes collapsed and briefly stopped breathing on stage in Philadelphia. Following medical tests in the US and back in the UK, he received his diagnosis. Meanwhile, the band continued their tour with Verve drummer Pete Salisbury sitting in for Brookes, who managed to rejoin the band for the final song of the last date on their UK tour the following month.

Since then, Brookes continued to receive treatment, and underwent several surgeries. The most recent surgery came last month, meaning Salisbury again stood in for him on tour, the band reporting that Brookes had "recovered well from the operation and will remain in hospital for additional treatment".

A statement on the band's website yesterday revealed that Brookes had "passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside".

He is survived by his wife Debbie and their three children.

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Electronica pop act East India Youth, aka The Quietus Phonographic Corporation's first signing circa earlier this year, has signed off on a new LP he'll release via his new backers, Stolen Recordings.

Whilst it hasn't any tracks/a title to show for itself yet, the TBC disc will probably shape part of EIY's set when he plays Beacons festival this weekend.

In the meantime, 'Heaven, How Long', a track off the 'Hostel' EP he released back in March, will have to do.

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Dave Stewart has signed up with Kobalt Label Services for the release of his next album, 'Lucky Numbers', with a first single, 'Every Single Night' featuring Martina McBride, going online yesterday.

The new Stewart long-player will be released by the one-time Eurythmic's own label Weapons Of Mass Entertainment in partnership with the Kobalt label services business via a partnership that covers all territories excluding Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Confirming the new deal with Kobalt, which expands Stewart's existing relationship with the music publishing side of the company, the musician/producer told CMU: "I've had a really great relationship with Kobalt for over five years and it seemed natural to me when they started KLS, to continue working with such a great company".

Kobalt President Richard Sanders added: "As an entrepreneur and pioneer of innovation himself, Dave has been a long-time supporter and valued client of Kobalt's alternative model. We're extremely proud to further extend our already successful relationship with him to be his official label services partner on this exciting new album".

Listen to 'Every Single Night' here.

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Flaxen-haired piano man Tom Odell has 'created' a single (or potentially several) track(s) with Nicola Scherzinger. And to prove it, this is a link to a post on Nicole's Instagram profile featuring Odell in a sea captain's hat and Scherzinger... wearing a jacket.

Whilst the part the hat/jacket play in the pair's liaison is still unclear, provided Tom's dad approves of the collaboration, Tom n Scherzy may allow fans to hear its 'fruits' one day soon.

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Justin Timberlake is to release his pair of complicatedly-titled '20/20 Experience' LPs - that's the original 'The 20/20 Experience' and its still-unreleased latter half, 'The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2' - on vinyl.

The four-disc wax pack will be available on the same date as 'The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2' - and that date is 29 Sep. In lieu of anything else to say re that, here instead is JT play-acting his new track, 'Take Back The Night'.

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Sartorial pop-rock spivs Spector, who are now a quartet (guitarist Chris Burman having quit), will begin a 21 date live flirtation with the nation's most 'intimate' sites later this year. Given the band, we hear tell via their PRs, have new, Dev Hynes-assisted material on its way, they'll likely preview it as listed:

3 Oct: Brighton, The Haunt
4 Oct: Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes
5 Oct: Coventry, Kasbah
7 Oct: Guildford, Boileroom
8 Oct: Bournemouth, Sixty Million Postcards
10 Oct: York, The Duchess
11 Oct: Glasgow, King Tuts
12 Oct: Newcastle, Think Tank
14 Oct: Leicester, The Musician
15 Oct: Birmingham, Hare And Hounds
17 Oct: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
18 Oct: Margate, Escape
19 Oct: Reading, Oakford Social Club
24 Oct: Wrexham, Central Station
25 Oct: Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
29 Oct: Hull, Fruit
30 Oct: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
31 Oct: Sheffield, Queens Social Club
1 Nov: Stockton, Georgian Theatre
2 Nov: Manchester, Gorilla

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White Denim have added five live dates to the campaign trail for their new LP, 'Corsicana Lemonade', which is in fact (my bad) being released on 4 Nov.

The unmissable (I say that based on a wealth of clips like this) shows are as follows:

17 Nov: Brighton, The Haunt
18 Nov: Bristol, Fleece & Firkin
19 Nov: Manchester, Gorilla
20 Nov: London, Village Underground
24 Nov: Glasgow, Broadcast

And finally, this is the lyric vid to go with lead 'Corsicana Lemonade' track 'Pretty Green'.

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Johnny 'GSOH' Borrell is to carry on championing his still-on-sale solo LP, 'Borrell 1' via a headline trip that starts in Norwich on 24 Sep. Fans can also catch Boz and his band Zazou at this year's Ringmaster festival (27-28 Sep) and/or in a virtual capacity in this 'Pan-European Super Model Song (Oh! Gina)' clip:

24 Sep: Norwich, Arts Centre
25 Sep: London, Dingwalls
26 Sep: Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes
27 Sep: Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
30 Sep: Newcastle, Cluny
1 Oct: Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
2 Oct: Glasgow, King Tut's
4 Oct: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
5 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
6 Oct: Wedgewood Rooms

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Lady Gaga will headline the first night of this year's iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse in London on 1 Sep. Fans of her many hits will be pleased to know that she will perform for one hour and only play new material.


And here, for the third time, because we're sticking to the format of this column whether you like it or not, are those details again:

ITUNES FESTIVAL, Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Lady Gaga.

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Sticking with its music sponsorship strategy, O2 will celebrate the launch of its 4G network at the end of the month with a big Plan B gig at the O2-branded Shepherd's Bush Empire in West London. The gig, on 29 Aug, will also be live-streamed to screens at Kings Cross and Victoria stations, and in the Westfield shopping centre, also in Shepherd's Bush.

The phone firm will be demoing its 4G gubbins at those spaces during the day too, and will have buskers playing songs to demand on special stages, with requests taken via Twitter.

Presumably keen to tick as many social media boxes as possible, the Plan B gig will also be streamed to the O2 Academy YouTube channel, while Eventstagram will distribute photos taken by gig-goers and Soundhalo will record the show and make a download available immediately.

Which sounds like an awful lot of technology that could go wrong. But don't worry - they've got a Plan B.

Says O2's Head Of Brand Shadi Halliwell: "We want to inspire customers by showcasing the exciting possibilities provided by 4G, and what better way to do this than by live streaming an exclusive gig across London. By bringing to life brilliant entertainment on the move, we hope to encourage customers to explore technology and to live more, do more and be more with O2".

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Movements are occurring at the top of Live Nation's Ticketmaster business, with the news that President Nathan Hubbard is on his way out. The ticketing giants top man in the North American market, Jared Smith, will take over the role, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hubbard joined Live Nation via fan club operator MusicToday, which the live conglom acquired in 2006. He was given the top job at Ticketmaster after its merger with Live Nation in 2010.

It's thought Hubbard may have been eased out of the Ticketmaster President role because overall management at Live Nation increasingly see their ticketing company as an e-commerce, data and online services business, and want someone from a tech background at the top.

The changes at Ticketmaster HQ in the US follow recent executive rejigs at the ticketing firm's UK business, initiated by the previously reported promotion of Chris Edmonds.

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In a case of third time lucky, management at AEG's The O2 complex have teamed up with London Warehouse Events to try to make a go of the big dome's clubbing space, now apparently called Building Six.

It's the area previously operated by both Fabric, as Matter, and the Proud group, as Proud2. Despite being generally well received as a venue by acts and clubbers alike, both Fabric and Proud struggled to make the space work, mainly because of location issues.

While people are willing to hike East for a big concert, Londoners seem less keen to head to the dome for a night of clubbing, mainly because once the decent tube connections stop for the night, it does feel like you're parked in the middle of nowhere.

The O2 GM Rebecca Kane told Music Week: "I am very excited at the prospect of working with LWE to deliver some cool events in Building Six - our newest space within The O2. The high profile club nights the promoter is renowned for delivering are a perfect fit for the warehouse-style space the venue offers. This deal also highlights the diversity of entertainment offered at The O2".

Meanwhile LWE Director Will Harold added: "This is a great thing for London's club scene right now. Promoters have been struggling to find the spaces they need to accommodate the level of talent there is out there. Dance music is growing and this is the perfect venue to take it to the next level, specially with the amazing body sonic dancefloor and layout, this makes it the perfect space for any event".

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While it is still fighting a Competition Commission ruling relating to the majority of its acquisition of the Smooth and Real radio company, Global Radio has begun integrating the two networks with its other stations in the two regions where the regulator raised no concerns, London and the West Midlands.

Presumably that means that, even if it fails to force the Commission to reverse its decision on the other Smooth/Real outposts later this year, Global has no intention of selling on that business - formerly the radio division of the Guardian Media Group - as a whole.

London-based Smooth staff will move into Global's HQ in Leicester Square, while Real and Smooth people based in the Midlands will move to the firm's Birmingham base. Global has also admitted that the integration will likely result in some job losses.

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Stephen Colbert has discussed the non-appearance of Daft Punk on 'The Colbert Report' earlier this month.

As previously reported, the duo were apparently booked to perform on the US talk show, but cancelled two hours prior to air time because they had also been secured to make a 'surprise' appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month (presumably with some sort of exclusivity). Though some questioned if Daft Punk had ever really been set to appear on Colbert's show, suggesting the whole thing may have been an elaborate prank to promote the VMAs.

But in an interview on dancer and choreographer Paul Mercurio's podcast, Colbert said that the duo had definitely been booked to appear on his show, but that he had been told from the off that they would not talk or perform (which explains how Robin Thicke was able to reference this in his pre-recorded performance shown in the same episode).

Colbert said that he'd planned to deliver a monologue in place of an interview, eventually getting the duo's manager Paul Hahn to speak for them, explaining: "They said, 'Do you want to cancel?' I said, 'No, this is an interesting challenge'. I wish we could have done this joke. It was: 'Paul, can I ask you - how do I even know it's them in the robot outfits, how do I even know it's them?' And he goes, 'Stephen, if it wasn't really them, they'd be doing the song'".

The video of Colbert dancing with various celebrities to 'Get Lucky' aired after Colbert announced the duo's cancellation was also intended as a joke as part of the original plans, aimed at goading Daft Punk into performing live. Though Colbert admitted that they had not initially liked this idea, worried that it might be "playing too much on the idea that they're not performing as opposed to the joy of them being there".

Listen to the full interview here.

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