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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #169: LADY GAGA FANS V KATY PERRY FANS
Being a fan of a musician is a strange thing. Sometimes I say to people about an artist, "I'm a big fan of their music". But then I look at teenage 'big fans' of popstars and I feel stupid ever even thinking that I might like an artist. The strength of feeling amongst certain pop fans is so strong that it seems all consuming. And so it was, over the last weeks, that Lady Gaga fans went head to head with Katy Perry fans, after learning that Perry had dared to release her third album slightly before Gaga's more>>
 
APPROVED: SUPERNOVA FIFTH BIRTHDAY WITH DANNY TENAGLIA
Clocking up five years in the capital, Supernova hauls in NYC dance music giant Danny Tenaglia for a mentally shattering, feet-killing thirteen hour set as part of its birthday celebrations tomorrow night. From its intimate, Supernova has grown to become a big Saturday night house in Kings Cross at Egg London's cool multi-roomed space and garden. Danny Tenaglia, meanwhile, shouldn't need much introduction, having worked with musical icons such as Madonna, Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, and Blondie more>>

TOP STORIES
- Dave Lee Travis charged with sexual offences
IN THE POP COURTS
- HP tries to have Chubby Checker app case dismissed
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Marianne Faithfull cancels shows after breaking back
CHARTS, STATS & POLLS
- Lady Gaga gains second million-selling UK single with Bad Romance
ARTIST DEALS
- Imagem signs Jimmy Cliff
IN THE STUDIO
- Flo Machine in studio with MNEK
RELEASE NEWS
- King Krule streams LP via CCTV
- R Kelly's Phoenix remix previewed
- Justin Timberlake teases new 20/20 tracklisting
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Two Door Cinema Club set biggest live date yet, premiere new track
- Baths/Dirty Beaches to share London show
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: iTunes Festival, Reading & Leeds, Lodestar
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- MusicTank puts focus on access to finance with full day conference
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- ABCs - music mag circulations down again
AND FINALLY...
- Nadine Coyle having first baby aloud
- Grimes denies trolling Boiler Room
- The Who not suing One Direction, fans now up in arms about Channel 4 documentary instead
DEF - ARTIST PROJECT MANAGER
DEF Ltd is a London-based international music company working in the artist management sector extending into label services, rights management and publishing. DEF is working worldwide with Moby, Royksopp, The Knife, Mylo, M83, Robyn and Fever Ray amongst others. After a long, exemplary service DEF is losing a very important member of our fabric and is now looking for someone who can come in and join our small team to be an Artist Project Manager.

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THE ORCHARD - SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to the Senior Director, International Client & Video Network Services, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Senior Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content & campaign manager for key music clients across Europe.

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

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
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.
   
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.
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01: Ticketmaster President Nathan Hubbard was reported to be leaving the Live Nation-owned firm. It's thought that the decision to ease out Hubbard, who has been a Live Nation exec since 2006 and head of Ticketmaster since 2010, was due to bosses feeling that the ticketing firm needed someone with more of a tech background at the top. Ticketmaster's top man in North America, Jared Smith, it to move into the President role, at least in the interim. CMU reportWall Street Journal report

02: Live firm MAMA & Company confirmed CEO Dean James was on "leave" and Chairman Richard Thompson was overseeing the running of the business. Although the reason for the switch isn't currently clear, MAMA owners Lloyds Development Capital strongly refuted rumours that it had pushed James aside at the company he co-founded in 2005, and which he successfully led through the HMV acquisition and subsequent LDC-backed management buy-out. CMU report

03: Live Nation boss Michael Rapino sold a third of his shares in the company. The sale reportedly netted Rapino, who signed a new five year contract with the company last year, around $11.7 million, he choosing to sell as the shares hit a 52 week high. Live Nation said that the sale was for "estate-planning purposes". CMU report | Bloomberg report

04: Sony withdrew its sponsorship of the Sony Awards after 32 years. The radio industry's most prestigious award ceremony will for the time being be called The Radio Academy Awards while a new sponsor is found. On its decision to pull out of the ceremony, Sony said that it was now time for Sony to move on and focus on other areas of the business". CMU report | Radio Today report

05: The Pirate Bay celebrated its tenth birthday. Despite continued attempts to shut it down, block access to it, seize its domains, imprison and fine those involved with it, The Pirate Bay remains firmly online. To mark the occasion, the site's current operators held a party in Stockholm last weekend and launched a new web-block avoiding browser. CMU report | The Local report

In our features section this week, we interviewed the wonderful Julia Holter, and got two excellent playlists from Ghostpoet and The Axis Of Awesome's Benny Davis.

Meanwhile, in the Approved column, we tipped Faroese electro duo Byrta, John Maus associate Molly Nilsson, Wildbirds & Peacedrums' Mariam The Believer, and former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougal.

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DAVE LEE TRAVIS CHARGED WITH SEXUAL OFFENCES
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with eleven counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault, Scotland Yard announced yesterday.

As previously reported, Travis was questioned by police in November last year as part of the ongoing Operation Yewtree, which was sparked by the high profile revelations regards child abuse conducted by Jimmy Savile over several decades. DLT's police questioning followed accusations by two women that he had touched them inappropriately. He was then re-arrested in March of this year.

Travis's alleged incidents are not thought to be directly related to Savile in any way, and he has been keen to stress throughout that the allegations he faces do not involve child abuse, though one of his accusers was 15 at the time of the alleged assault.

In a statement about the charges against Travis, who is being charged under his real name, David Griffin, the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree. Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Griffin to be charged".

The presenter has always denied any wrongdoing. He is now due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 23 Aug.

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HP TRIES TO HAVE CHUBBY CHECKER APP CASE DISMISSED
Hewlett-Packard has asked that a lawsuit being pursued against it by American singer and 'The Twist' man Chubby Checker, over an app available in its app store, be dismissed.

As previously reported, Checker sued HP over an app it distributed called 'The Chubby Checker', which claimed to help users work out the size of a man's penis using the always reliable shoe-size comparison method. Checker, real name Ernest Evans, said the punny app violated his trademarks and publicity rights, and sued HP for distributing it.

In a case that's interesting beyond the dick-pun around which it is based, Checker's lawsuit will test whether the operator of an app store can be held liable for trademark infringements committed by third-party app developers, either directly or as a contributory infringer.

Evans' legal team say HP should be held liable because, like the operators of the bigger app stores, it vets each app before making them available via its proprietary platform. That vetting process should include checks regards trademark violation, the Evans lawsuit says.

But HP is citing various American legal principles, including the so called "innocent publisher defence" and safe harbours in the Communications Decency Act to say that as the distributor rather than maker of The Chubby Checker, it can't be sued under trademark or publicity rights law.

HP also note that, while the offending app wasn't free - as originally thought - only 88 copies of the digital tool were sold at a price of 99 cents before the technology firm was made aware of the trademark claim and removed it from its app store. HP's cut from those sales would be less than $20.

It remains to be seen if judges allow this case to proceed properly to court.

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL CANCELS SHOWS AFTER BREAKING BACK
Marianne Faithfull has announced the cancellation of several upcoming performances, revealing that she broke her back last month.

One show in Lebanon and two headline performances in the US next month, along with an appearance at an Edith Piaf tribute show in New York, have been cut.

In a statement about the Beirut show, Faithfull said: "I broke my back in July and hoped and prayed I would be better enough to be able to do the performance on 17 Aug, although it's not very long, but my recovery was going well. Alas. I have never been to the Lebanon though I know it through books. It looks like one of the most beautiful places in the world".

Faithfull is currently recovering at her home in Paris.

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LADY GAGA GAINS SECOND MILLION-SELLING UK SINGLE WITH BAD ROMANCE
As Lady Gaga's latest single 'Applause' battles with Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' for the top spot in the UK charts this week, her 2009 effort 'Bad Romance' has surpassed one million sales in this country, the Official Charts Company announced this morning.

This is Gaga's second million-selling UK single, along with 'Poker Face', and one of only 138 ever to reach the milestone. She is also one of just eighteen artists to release more than one million seller - Paul McCartney leads that group with nine. But he was in The Beatles, which is kind of cheating.

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IMAGEM SIGNS JIMMY CLIFF
The US side of independent publisher Imagem has announced it has signed a worldwide administration deal with reggae star Jimmy Cliff.

Confirming the deal, Imagem Music President Richard Stumpf told CMU: "It is an honour to work with a legend like Jimmy. His musicality crosses numerous genres and generations. His art is as relevant now as it was when he was first defining the Reggae sound. This is evidenced by his receiving a Grammy for his most recent album, 'Rebirth'".

Cliff's manager Ernie Gonzalez added: "Imagem Music has a diverse roster of quality artists. Combined with their passion and creativity, we couldn't think of a better publishing company to partner with".

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FLO MACHINE IN STUDIO WITH MNEK
To several And The Machine fans' great dismay, Florence Welch has been 'experimenting' with "electronic type dude" MNEK, aka British producer Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike.

Tweeting earlier this week, Emenike, who has recent writing/mixing credits on tracks by A*M*E, Rudimental and 'X-Factor' acts Misha B and Little Mix, said he was "in studio with Flo for the next three dayzzz", in so doing proving the above.

Whatever he and Welsh have been writing, it is, at least, highly likely that it'll be better than this.

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KING KRULE STREAMS LP VIA CCTV
Jazz kid King Krule crashed his site earlier this week when he began streaming his new LP '6 Feet Beneath The Moon' pre its real release date (24 Aug).

It's back up again (I think) after the initial blip, so hear/see the LP's fourteen tracks (which are each paired with a CCTV tape filming various roads in London), as they stream via KKTV.

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R KELLY'S PHOENIX REMIX PREVIEWED
R Kelly has remixed Phoenix's 'Bankrupt!' LP track 'Trying To Be Cool', so that's nice.

The two acts first sparked an affinity at Coachella, when the French band (Phoenix) invited the R&B lothario (R Kelly) to sing a bit whilst they (Phoenix) played a headline set, even mixing their respective greatest hits in a series of live hybrids.

Aaanyway, this is the remix (which, by the way, is released digitally on 19 Aug).

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TEASES NEW 20/20 TRACKLISTING
J Timberlake has relayed to his zillions of fans the tracklisting to his new LP, 'The 20/20 Experience: 2 Of 2', as will follow this year's 'The 20/20 Experience' when it's released at the very end of September.

Here's the tracklisting via an Insta-vid JT released Wednesday night, and here it is again, in a still-life list:

Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want)
True Blood
Cabaret
TKO
Take Back The Night
Murder
Drink You Away
You Got It On
Amnesia
Only When I Walk Away
Not A Bad Thing

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TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB SET BIGGEST LIVE DATE YET, PREMIERE NEW TRACK
Kev, Alex and Sam - aka Two Door Cinema Club - 'revealed' a brand new track last night via the radio, celebrating by adding their largest headline date to... well, to date at practically the same time.

The track, 'Changing Of The Seasons', splits its title with a new three-track EP the band are releasing on 30 Sep, and can be heard here.

That live date, meanwhile, is at London's O2 Arena on 13 Dec, and tickets to it will go on sale 21 Aug, ie next Wednesday.

To pass several minutes in the meantime, read TDCC's Sam Halliday's lengthy speech re his excitement at getting to play The O2, a speech that starts, and ends, like this: "I want to know how many gigs we have done to get here. We have been quite lucky to build our following in the right way - the pub shows, then the theatre shows, then the warehouse shows. It feels like a huge achievement, it is the thing we have been working very hard towards for a long time but at the same time we feel confident and ready that we are experienced enough and have got enough fans and enough songs and enough records behind us to headline The O2. It will be the biggest moment of our career so far!"

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BATHS/DIRTY BEACHES TO SHARE LONDON SHOW
Alex Zhang Hungtai, aka Dirty Beaches, and Baths, aka Will Wiesenfeld, will pool their quite disparate 'sonic approaches' at a co-headlining show this winter.

Weisenfeld will likely be heard playing highlights of his new-ish LP, 'Anticon', whilst Hungtai will sing astride the dual LP 'Drifters'/'Love Is The Devil' he released as DB back in May.

Tickets to the show, which takes place at London's Oval Space on 22 Nov, are already available via this link.

Sample Baths' 'Anticon' via one of its tracks, 'Miasma Sky', here, after which give Dirty Beaches' 'Casino Lisboa' a spin.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: ITUNES FESTIVAL, READING & LEEDS, LODESTAR
In a sad start to today's festival headlines, environmentally-minded 'psy-dance' rave Waveform has been cancelled, apparently because its directors were "unable to comply" with increasingly restrictive licensing laws "and still maintain any sensible budget".

In direct contrast, the once one-day Ringmaster has grown into a weekend event lasting 27-28 Sep. It will take place Hopton Court featuring an all-new camping area and an unchanged line-up boasting Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Ghostpoet, Deaf Havana, Theme Park and Johnny Borrell.

And with that, it's ready to "get weird at iTunes Festival" (say iTunes' newly-added act HAIM), and stay equally as weird at this year's Beautiful Days, Reading Leeds and V Fests, whilst imagining weirdness still-to-happen at 2014's Bloodstock and Hammerfest.

Additions listings to all those named to follow:

BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Escot Park, Fairmile, Devon, 16-18 Aug: , Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Sam Lee & Friends, The Emily Brothers, The Chair, Heidi Talbot, Moulettes, Gaz Brookfield, Baraka, White Bone Rattle, Rodney Branigan, Ruarri Joseph, Raevennan Husbandes, Mad Dog Mcrea, Merry Hell, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Dan Donnelly, Neck, The Fold, Luke Jackson, Alice Jemima, Just A Couple Of Mums, Hazah, Men With VenThe Big V, The Little Unsaid, Tobias Ben Jacob, Iona Marshall, Reverend Ike's Church Of Perpetual Enjoyment, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, Bad Cardigan, The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys Medicine Show Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting Revue, Stokka & Pacman, Jay Redefeat b2b Grudge, Laid Blak. www.beautifuldays.org

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug 2014: Emperor. www.bloodstock.uk.com

HAMMERFEST, Haven Holiday Park, Gwynedd. Wales, 13-15 Mar 2014: Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Moth, Darkane, Goldsboro, Sound Storm, Collisions, Cypher16, Huron, Maplerun, Dead Existence. www.hammerfest.co.uk

ITUNES FESTIVAL, Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, HAIM, Naughty Boy, Dan Croll, Agnes Obel, Skinny Girl Diet. www.itunesfestival.com

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Childhood, Dog Is Dead, Lauren Aquilina. www.leedsfestival.com

LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 6 Jul - 31 Aug: Broadway And Beyond, Tom Middleton, Adam Lacey, Jon Christos. www.livefromjodrellbank.com

LODESTAR, Lode, Cambridge, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: VV Brown, Eleanor Friedberger, Lonely The Brave, Lady Lamb, The Beekeeper, Deaf Havana, Ellie Rose, Chasing Grace, The Shadow Project, Reaper In Sicily, Graeme Lloyd, An Escape Plan, Tom Sutcliffe, Dexter, The Sigma Collective, John Clarke, Schmaughan, Andy Wall, Vernon Frost, The Cyriacs, Burwell Folk Club, Zacharias, Laura Tapp, Andy Doonan, Mark Ellis, Alicia Caitling, The Staycations, Rachel Clark, Chloe Anna. www.lodestarfestival.com

READING FESTIVAL, Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Childhood, Dog Is Dead, Lauren Aquilina. www.readingfestival.com

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Essex/Weston Park, Staffordshire, 17-18 Aug: Reverend And The Makers. www.vfestival.com

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MUSICTANK PUTS FOCUS ON ACCESS TO FINANCE WITH FULL DAY CONFERENCE
Following a preview of its new report on access to finance at The Great Escape back in May, MusicTank has announced details of 'Easy Money? The Convention', a full-day event taking place at Somerset House in London on 22 Oct focused on the various different kinds of funding available to music projects.

Aimed at both musicians and entrepreneurs and SMEs operating in the music space, the event will feature workshops, presentations, Q&A sessions and a networking market place.

Commenting on the event, MusicTank Chairman Keith Harris told CMU: "The issue of access to finance impeding small music businesses innovation predates the digital revolution; so we are happy to announce this much-needed convention for all those wishing to find out about the array of funding options available. We hope that attendees also get the opportunity to network with people who are in a position to offer direct help with any funding issues".

Super early bird tickets for the event are available until 30 Aug at £75, for full info check this link.

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ABCS - MUSIC MAG CIRCULATIONS DOWN AGAIN
So the latest round of ABC circulation figures for magazines were unleashed yesterday, with further declines reported across the music press.

The biggest slump in circulation occurred at free title The Fly, previously the biggest music mag in terms of copies shifted. It had long relied on the HMV store network for some of its distribution - owner MAMA being an HMV division for a time - so obviously the closure of 81 HMV stores around the UK was going to have an impact.

Having distributed over 100,000 copies a month in the past, The Fly was distributing a more modest 55,580 a month in May, giving it an average distribution of 70,866 over the ABC period. Which means the title can no longer claim to be the "biggest music magazine" in the UK. That honour goes to Mojo at 79,345 copies per month (or RWD at 98,683 if you still count that as a music title, with the ABC charts do not).

A spokesman for MAMA told the Guardian that although The Fly's circulation had slipped considerably since the streamlining of HMV, it had also relaunched the title in May with a swish new look, and that a new distribution strategy had also been employed "concentrating smaller drops in more venues, bars, cafes and shops, where music lovers are. We are now putting a better product in passionate communities".

Despite having (officially) the highest ABC amongst the music titles, Mojo also saw its circulation fall 5.2% on the end of 2012, and 6.8% year on year. Kerrang! was down 2.5% (6.5% year on year) to 37,604, Uncut 8.8% (9.7% year on year) to 56,894 and NME 13.2% (16.4% year on year) to just over 20,000.

In the pop-mags-for-kids market, Top Of The Pops magazine saw its circulation drop to 63,482, while rival We Love Pop fell to 42,864.

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NADINE COYLE HAVING FIRST BABY ALOUD
Girl Aloud's most Irish fifth, one Nadine Coyle, is to have a baby (aloud) in nine months or so, she having declared herself pregnant yesterday via Instagram.

The always-agile Nicola Roberts was first to send her best wishes, tweeting: "Congratulations on your lovely news".

Cheryl Cole, apparently a late sleeper, added at 4.29pm: "I just woke up to the news that there is to be a baby aloud! This is so crazy. But amazing!"

Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding haven't said anything yet, soz.

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GRIMES DENIES TROLLING BOILER ROOM
Usually filmed in dark and gloomy clubby spaces, online club Boiler Room has relocated to Richie Hawtin's back garden in Ibiza. One of the artists invited to come and lay on the sunshine party tunes was Grimes. And that she did, rolling out tracks by artists like Taylor Swift, The Ramones, Nicki Minaj, The Venga Boys, and most brilliantly (but not summery) of all, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'.

This perplexed a lot of people watching the live stream, leading many to accuse her of 'trolling' Boiler Room, intentionally and "ironically" playing a load of tracks that she knew would annoy the website's faithful.

Responding to this yesterday, she tweeted: "I don't think there is a DJ rule book". She also added: "I will leave it at this: Nothing about anything I do is ironic".

Also, her love of Mariah Carey is pretty well documented.

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THE WHO NOT SUING ONE DIRECTION, FANS NOW UP IN ARMS ABOUT CHANNEL 4 DOCUMENTARY INSTEAD
Well, here's a big fuss about nothing. One Direction fans, as they so often are, were up in arms yesterday over the 'news' that The Who were suing One Direction. This was sparked, seemingly, because one reviewer suggested that 1D's 'Best Song Ever' sounds quite similar to The Who's 'Baba O'Riley'.

Presumably already angered by said reviewers' suggestion that Trading Standards should be called about the 'Best Song Ever', 1D fans somehow read the 'Baba O'Riley' comparison, and immediately assumed that meant an old band they'd never heard of were going to try and stop them and anyone and everyone from listening to the 'Best Song Ever'. Even though the similarities between 'Baba O'Riley' and 'Best Song Ever' had been noted before without any litigation following, and that time by the song's producer Julian Bunetta.

Asked about the similarities between the two songs by MTV, he said: "Well I mean it starts with a synth and 'Baba O'Riley' starts with a synth. I mean [that comparison is] a huge compliment because if that can evoke that same excitement than that's amazing but that was not the... we weren't saying 'OK, let's rip off 'Baba O'Riley''. At a certain point we recognised it had the same type of intro where there's a synth and a piano, but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that".

Getting the other side of the story, Uncut got on the phone to The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend, who laughed off any suggestion that they might be about to sue. He said: "No! I like the single. I like One Direction. The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music - not always. I'm still writing songs that sound like 'Baba O'Riley' - or I'm trying to!"

He continued: "It's a part of my life and a part of pop's lineage. One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I'm happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who. I'm just relieved they're all not wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets. The funniest thing is that in Canada this year I met with Randy Bachman once the leader of Guess Who, who told me that he not only copied 'Baba O Riley' for their hit 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet', but he even called his band after us. Why would I not be happy about this kind of tribute?"

Whether any 1D fan would be bothered to read to the end of that statement I don't know, but it matters not. The group's fans have already forgotten about their Who feud, and are instead up in arms about the previously reported Channel 4 documentary all about them, which aired last night.

Apparently they're not happy that it claimed that they have a tendency to be quite obsessive and over the top. Some have chosen to prove that this is not the case by sending death threats to the makers of the film and fans featured in it.

Being a One Direction fan sounds exhausting.

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