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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #172: BROMLEY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION V BEZ
Poor Bez. Having hung up his dancing shoes, due to his advancing years (he's 49), he's discovered why other members of The Happy Mondays went around writing songs all the time. Apparently you can't copyright shaking some maracas, so he's found himself without any sort of pension plan set up for his old age. Luckily though, he's been taken in by a commute in Wales, where he now spends half of his time learning to live a self-sufficient life, spending the other half undoing all of that in Manchester. And it's in that commune that he's found a new love: beekeeping more>>
 
APPROVED: MANNY NORTE AT JAZZ CAFÉ
I usually tip gigs at Camden's Jazz Café, but tonight it's a club night that catches my eye. Choice FM puts on the Norte Show every month at The Jazz Café and it's been proving popular. The venue as a club is mid-sized capacity and if you like your urban sounds then this shouldn't disappoint. Manny Norte is a stalwart of the urban scene; this West Londoner started off as a dancer nearly 20 years ago and began running the Rotation nights at Subterrania, picking up a Best DJ gong at the MOBOs on his way. His hard work has earned him the tagline ‘the name you can trust’, and he has DJed for a list of international superstars more>>

TOP STORIES
- Pre-1972 issue comes up again in statutory licence litigation against Sirius
POP POLITICS
- Kanye West criticised for Kazakhstan show
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Bon Iver "not over by any means", says label
- Ewen again says Sugababes are over
IN THE STUDIO
- Wiz Khalifa records with Adele
RELEASE NEWS
- Drake shares LP tracklisting feat Jay-Z
- Connan Mockasin talks hip hop dolphin saga
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Jon Hopkins adds 2014 show
- Los Campesinos! set December dates
- Dutch Uncles announce orchestral tour
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Summer Sundae will not return in 2014
BRANDS & STUFF
- Primark approves Smash & Grab with download t-shirt venture
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Cooking Vinyl launches Aussie division
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Pete Tong announces bunch of USA ventures, plus relocation to LA
AND FINALLY...
- Bieber N-word song a fake
CLEAR SOUND & VISION - SALES EXEC
CSV is an established London based project management company providing, manufacturing, print/packaging solutions for the music industry and beyond. Working within the expanding Sales department we are seeking a dynamic sales person to win new business, primarily from the independent sector. Ideally, you will be passionate about music, commercially minded, resilient with a desire to succeed and have previous sales experience. A strong understanding in social media will also be an advantage.

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CLEAR SOUND & VISION - PRODUCTION/CUSTOMER SERVICES (MATERNITY COVER)
CSV is an established London based project management company providing, manufacturing and print/packaging solutions for the music industry and beyond. CSV is seeking maternity cover within its production department, with the potential to expand the role beyond the period of cover. Ideally, you will have previous production experience and have a good understanding of printing processes, however importantly you will be an excellent communicator and be able to work under pressure from time to time.

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PRS FOR MUSIC - LICENCE SIMPLIFICATION MANAGER
We are recruiting for a two year fixed term contract to manage and implement a major licence simplification programme which will in turn lead to increased revenue, simplified ways of working, and transparency for licensees and reduced costs. This is a pivotal role within our Public Performance Sales (PPS) business unit and the role holder will play a large role in contributing towards our five-year plan.

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Eight week evening course with music journalist Lulu Le Vay (Guardian, Independent, Observer, i-D, Sleaze Nation, The Face, DJ magazine), and Matthew Bennett, Deputy Editor of Clash Magazine. Learn how to source hot music stories, network with industry insiders, interview artists, write reviews and features, and deliver copy under pressure. You will also get to pitch your interview and feature ideas to editors at our partner publications: Clash Magazine, Dummy, Resident Advisor and DJ Mag.

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COOKING VINYL - SENIOR PRODUCT/MARKETING MANAGER
Cooking Vinyl is expanding its team and is looking for a passionate music lover with at least three years previous experience of planning and managing high profile artist campaigns. You must be up to date with the current digital landscape and have a sound and current knowledge of media, marketing and retail.

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FULL TIME HOBBY - PROJECT MANAGER
Full Time Hobby is a London-based independent music company looking for a project manager to work directly on our Full Time Hobby label releases. The ideal candidate should be passionate about music, very organised and ideally have some experience of working as a project manager within a record label, though experience within other areas of the music industry will be considered.

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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Music PR agency is looking for a sharp Online PR Account Manager who loves the web and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require significant music online experience, with a proven track record of working across artist PR, events and social media campaigns. You must also have excellent writing ability, coupled with a passion for music and youth culture.

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LISTEN UP - PRESS INTERN
Listen Up is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic press intern to assist our press department across their print and online campaigns. If you are a budding publicist looking to get your first foot in the door then this could be the opportunity for you.

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TRAINING AD: NEW SEASON OF CMU INSIGHTS COURSES
These five courses each work as stand-alones, but also join together to provide a complete overview of the music business in 2013 over five Wednesday afternoons. Each session costs £99, or you can attend all five courses for £399.

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EMMS PUBLICITY - FREELANCE MUSIC PR
EMMS Publicity is looking for an experienced Music PR Freelancer, 2-3 days a week. You should have a proven track record of successfully launching new artists as well as managing high profile campaigns. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional writing ability and a great industry contact base. You'll be required to assist on existing accounts with equal focus on both digital and print media.

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MAMA & COMPANY - E-MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR
MAMA & Company are looking for someone with a passion for e-marketing and database management. You will be creating and managing all of MAMA's email marketing campaigns to promote artists, gigs and tours through new announcements, pre-sales and event listings based on the requirements of Marketing department.

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NEVER SAY DIE - LABEL MANAGER
Never Say Die are a forward thinking electronic bass music company based in London. We are looking for a Label Manager to manage our two labels and oversee the day-to-day running of our multifaceted business. As opportunities arise for growth so do the opportunities for the role of Label Manager as we expand our PR and Management divisions.

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

01: Ministry Of Sound sued Spotify. The clubbing firm says that the streaming service has ignored its repeated requests to have user-playlists deleted that rip off the tracklistings of Ministry-curated compilation albums. If the case gets to court it will test whether or not copyright exists in curation. Some reckon that in principle there's no reason why it shouldn't, though extending copyright to playlists could have practical consequences. Ministry could also be in for a rough ride in PR terms as the dispute goes through the motions. CMU report | Guardian report

02: Irving Azoff announced a new venture. The former co-chief of Live Nation, who departed the live giant in the closing hours in 2012, confirmed he was launching a new JV with the Madison Square Garden Company, a long-term ally of Azoff which invested in his previous company, and offloaded its Live Nation shares after his departure from there. Azoff MSG Entertainment will have management, TV, branding and digital marketing divisions. Azoff will run the new private company, with the publicly listed MSG Co providing $125 million in funding, credit and some expertise. CMU reportBillboard story

03: BMG and Primary Wave announced a strategic alliance. Under the deal, the two companies will launch BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services, expanding BMG's recorded-music strategy in North America (record company provides limited investment and lots of services, artist keeps rights). BMG also gets a stake in Primary Wave's publishing catalogue as part of the deal, and will work with its new partner to exploit those songs. CMU reportFT report

04: The Competition Commission green-lighted AEG's Wembley contract. As expected, in that it reconfirmed an initial report, the competition regulator said that it didn't believe AEG taking over the management of Wembley Arena would result in "substantial lessening of competition" in the London live entertainment market. Some (mainly AEG competitors presumably) raised concerns that the live giant already operated the capital's other main arena venue at The O2, as well as one of the key big theatre venues for comedy and music, the Hammersmith Apollo. CMU reportCompetition Commission statement

05: Kim Dotcom stood down from Mega, hit out at the police, and went a bit political. The Mega chief - dubbed the "chubby Che Guevara" by FAC's Crispin Hunt at the BPI AGM this week - confirmed he was stepping down from day-to-day involvement in Mega, the cloud storage firm he launched in January, a year after the original MegaUpload was shut down by US authorities. He will now focus on other projects and legal battles, including his plan to sue New Zealand spy agency GCSB for breaching rules in monitoring his MegaUpload activity. That legal action, Dotcom's reps said this week, is all the more important after police confirmed they would not prosecute the spies, despite confirming they broke rules. Meanwhile Dotcom also revealed this week plans to launch a political party in New Zealand. Step-down storyGCSB story

In CMU this week we prepped for the AIM Awards with a playlist and for next week's Mercury shortlist announcement with an Editors' Letter. We also spoke to MUSO founder Andy Chatterley about the business of monitoring and removing unlicensed content. A whole new season of CMU Insights training courses were announced, plus we approved of Karen O's contribution to the soundtrack of Spike Jonze's new film, new pop wunderkind Altrego, 's new collaboration with Diplo, and jazz duo Satelliti.

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PRE-1972 ISSUE COMES UP AGAIN IN STATUTORY LICENCE LITIGATION AGAINST SIRIUS
While the big copyright story in the UK this week involved Ministry suing Spotify over the intellectual property that exists, or not, in curated playlists, in the US mounting legal woes for satellite radio firm Sirius pose some interesting questions about the copyright rules governing sound recordings Stateside.

It's all about that 1972 thing. In the US, federal copyright law began protecting sound recordings in 1972, prior to which protection came from State laws. So every time a new bit of federal law affecting these copyrights is passed, the same question is eventually posed: does it apply to recordings from pre-1972?

You might remember that Universal Music is suing Grooveshark, arguing that the safe harbours the digital music service always cites when accused of infringing copyright (ie "providing we respond to takedown notices from copyright owners, we can't be sued, even if we routinely host unlicensed files") stem from federal law, so can't apply to the mega-major's pre-1972 catalogue. The case is ongoing.

Sirius XM likewise benefits from a federal law that says that record companies are obliged to licence their catalogues to satellite and online radio services, paying statutory royalties via the SoundExchange collecting agency. But does that obligation apply to labels when it comes to pre-1972 catalogue, or are direct licences actually needed to play those recordings?

This is going legal thanks to Flo & Eddie, aka Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, aka the two vocalists with American rock band The Turtles, a band whose heyday predates 1972. In a test case, and class action, Flo & Eddie are claiming that Sirius cannot rely on statutory royalty rates with their catalogue, and other pre-1972 hits. The litigation is being pursued at a state level, with the initial lawsuit filed in California, and subsequent litigation on the same issue launched in New York and, this week, Florida.

Interestingly, this all follows a lawsuit launched by SoundExchange itself last month in which, among other things, the rights body said the satellite radio firm was at fault for basically failing to pay royalties to it on pre-1972 recordings, which make up 10-15% of the network's output. Through it's lawsuit SoundExchange seems to think that it is indeed collecting royalties for these older records. And if Sirius doesn't want to have to negotiate different rates with the likes of Flo & Eddie directly, there's an argument the satellite firm would be better off making that assumption too.

Sirius is yet to comment.

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KANYE WEST CRITICISED FOR KAZAKHSTAN SHOW
Kanye West has been criticised by the Human Rights Foundation for performing at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev last weekend. West reportedly received a fee of $3 million for his appearance.

In a statement, HRF President Thor Halvorssen said: "Kazakhstan is a human rights wasteland. The regime crushes freedom of speech and association; someone like Kanye, who makes a living expressing his views, would find himself in a prison under Nazarbayev's rule. This particular dictator's ruthless behaviour includes kidnapping the families of dissidents to his rule and abusing judicial systems across the world in persecuting his opponents".

By the way, any media referencing Borat in headlines when reporting this story, please stop it now. "Kanye West paid millions to play in Borat Land" was a particularly low point.

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BON IVER "NOT OVER BY ANY MEANS", SAYS LABEL
Bon Iver is over. Wait, no it isn't, not by any means. That is to say, it is over, in a way... I guess it depends on who you're talking to.

The band's main man Justin Vernon said earlier this week that it felt great to "shift away" from Bon Iver and onto his other band Volcano Choir, adding: "I'm really honoured that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there's only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I'm not in a hurry to go back to that temperature".

Aha, so that's vague. Approached by Consequence Of Sound to give clarification, the band's label Jagjaguwar said Bon Iver was only "off-cycle", and "not over by any means", carrying on: "Justin isn't currently writing Bon Iver songs, but that doesn't mean he won't write them in the future".

Great, glad that's all clear at last. One thing, at least is certain, and that is this: Volcano Choir's 'Comrade'.

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EWEN AGAIN SAYS SUGABABES ARE OVER
That Jade Ewen has again told Digital Spy that the Sugababes are basically finito, despite her bandmate Amelle Berrabah saying "would like to think that all three of us would get back together at the end of 2014 to do another album" in an interview with That Grape Juice this week.

But asked about that by DS, Ewen said this week: "This is a tricky one because I don't feel comfortable lying, saying we're in the studio recording and we're going to bring music out next year, which seems to be the favoured line. I think it's unfair to fans and we should be honest. There was so much drama surrounding the group, I think the music just got lost. I don't like all the drama and the negativity. We kind of fizzled out about two years ago".

Ewen added that she thought the regular line-up changes in Sugababes had contributed to waning interest in the group, admitting that she had joined at the start of the outfit's final chapter, something she says she was sort of aware of at the time, but she signed up anyway, partly because of fears her label was losing interest in her solo career plans.

"One day I'm hoping that I'll be able to put out a book and explain that whole chapter", she concluded. So that's something to look forward to.

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WIZ KHALIFA RECORDS WITH ADELE
Wiz Khalifa has reportedly recorded songs (plural) with Adele for potential inclusion on his next album.

Speaking to Fuse, he said: "I got a lot of guest appearances that I've already done, but none of them have been cleared for the album yet. I got songs with Miley [Cyrus], I got songs with Adele. I want to do something with Lady Gaga really bad".

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DRAKE SHARES LP TRACKLISTING FEAT JAY-Z
Hey, haven't you heard, Drake is releasing a new LP by the name of 'Nothing Was The Same'. It features Jay-Z and Detail, the only names on a shockingly minimalist list of collaborators, plus Drake's past singles 'Started From The Bottom' and 'Hold On, We're Going Home'. Oh, and a track titled 'Tuscan Leather', which I can't wait to hear.

Glean all the extra detail you can via the LP's brand new tracklisting, which is printed beneath this 'Hold On, We're Going Home' stream:

Tuscan Leather
Furthest Thing
Started From The Bottom
Wu-Tang Forever
Own It
Worst Behaviour
From Time
Hold On, We're Going Home
Connect
The Language
305 To My City (feat Detail)
Too Much
Pound Cake (feat Jay Z)
Paris Morton Music

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CONNAN MOCKASIN TALKS HIP HOP DOLPHIN SAGA
Odd-pop barbarian Connan Mockasin has given fans a first taste of what his latest LP, 'Caramel', will be like when it's released 4 Nov.

Elaborating the same marine/mammalian motifs as in Mockasin's last, 'Forever Dolphin Love', its narrative (says Connan) "starts with the dolphin leaving, and the boss (the man) who is so in with love with the dolphin is sad, and then it kicks into the new album, and he is happier. But there's a car race and a crash".

Grand. With a tone Mockasin says has shades of "Prince goes to Canterbury" (aka soul and South East English psychedelia) to it, it's also a bit hip hop.

Connan adds: "Maybe it comes a smidge more from hip hop, which to me sounds much fresher than what's called 'indie'. Sometimes I'm ashamed to be in a band, or a musician, at this point in time".

Aaanyway, this is its tracklisting (note the five variations on 'It's Your Body'):

Nothing Lasts Forever
Caramel
I'm The Man, That Will Find You
Do I Make You Feel Shy?
Why Are You Crying?
It's Your Body 1
It's Your Body 2
It's Your Body 3
It's Your Body 4
It's Your Body 5
I Wanna Roll With You

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JON HOPKINS ADDS 2014 SHOW
Having sold all available tickets to his one-off AV show at London's Koko (21 Sep) in advance, Jon Hopkins has added a new date at the capital's Oval Space on 22 Feb 2014.

Whilst that isn't exactly looming large, fans can, if they like, claim a pass today here.

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LOS CAMPESINOS! SET DECEMBER DATES
It's taken a while for Los Campesinos! to declare where and when their first and last live dates of the year will be, which is why I'm especially pleased to reveal they finally did, yesterday.

Falling on the far side of the band's LP, 'No Blues', which is released on a TBA day in October, and which features the below track 'What Death Leaves Behind', they are as listed:

5 Dec: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
6 Dec: Cockpit, Leeds
8 Dec: Manchester, Gorilla
9 Dec: London, Heaven

And this is 'What Death Leaves Behind'

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DUTCH UNCLES ANNOUNCE ORCHESTRAL TOUR
This just in: Dutch Uncles are due to tour in continued support of third LP 'Out Of Touch In The Wild'. Distinguishing the shows from the norm, the group's usual line-up will be supplemented by an ensemble of strings musicians, which is nice.

DU's Duncan Wallis bills the tour thus: "These shows seem a logical progression but have always been resolute that they should not be the polite, seated affair that is all too often the case with these things. Hopefully the experience will represent the very best of both worlds, the record but still maintaining the energy of the live show".

Now, the tour listings, and a look to Dutch Uncles' new promo 'Nometo':

30 Nov: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
2 Dec: Brighton, Komedia
3 Dec: Leicester, Academy
5 Dec: London, Islington Assembly Hall
6 Dec: Manchester, Academy 2

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SUMMER SUNDAE WILL NOT RETURN IN 2014
Leicester-based festival Summer Sundae will not return in 2014, having not taken place this year either.

As previously reported, organisers announced in December last year that they were taking a year off "to look at different models and fresh ideas to bring the festival back for 2014 and beyond". However, yesterday it was announced that 2014 would also see no Summer Sundae.

The festival's Director, Coda's Rob Challice, told the BBC: "Running a city centre event of this size with such an array of entertainment and professional production standards is just not possible in the current economic climate. We have been thinking about this for the last year or two - but it is the financial reality of trying to run a festival in a city centre with the standard of performers we have set. We couldn't fall behind and produce a sub-standard event".

Anthony Flint, manager of De Montfort Hall, where the festival has previously taken place, said: "No one takes this sort of decision lightly - the festival has always needed a subsidy from the city council - but the landscape has changed and it is a case of adapting to that reality".

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PRIMARK APPROVES SMASH & GRAB WITH DOWNLOAD T-SHIRT VENTURE
'Smash and grab' isn't usually something high street retailers want anything to do with, but Primark has teamed up with dance producer Smash & Grab, aka Simon Saunders, to release a 'download t-shirt'.

Available from 50 Primark stores next week, the t-shirt is real, but it comes with a free download of a Smash & Grab track. The downloads-bundled-with-t-shirts idea has been around for a while but never really taken off - though there has been more success in the US - so it remains to be seen if this project can spark some interest in what seems like a music/fashion combo that should work.

Says Saunders, who has worked with Universal Music's merchandise business Bravado on the venture: "The music industry is struggling and I wanted to create a new way to get music to fans. Primark and Bravado are the perfect partners. Primark is one of most successful retailers on the high street selling cutting edge fashion and Bravado is the worlds biggest merchandise company".

You can see what the t-shirt looks like here.

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COOKING VINYL LAUNCHES AUSSIE DIVISION
London-based independent Cooking Vinyl has announced the launch of a new office in Melbourne. The new division, Cooking Vinyl Australia, will sign both local and international artists, represent the wider Cooking Vinyl roster in the region and, in partnership with distribution partner Caroline Label Services, provided a range of services to other labels.

The new Aussie base will be led by Leigh Gruppetta and Stu Harvey, who both join Cooking Vinyl from Shock Records.

Confirming all this, Cooking Vinyl boss Martin Goldschmidt told CMU: "Having enjoyed our best ever year in 2012 in the USA with Marilyn Manson, The Cult and The Cranberries, Australia was next on the list for Cooking Vinyl's international expansion plans. Tim [Janes, Caroline Label Services], Leigh and Stu have looked after us for the last decade in Australia. Getting them into Cooking Vinyl Australia is a dream. It's our friends and the A team for Australia".

Harvey added: "I've always been a huge fan of the modern, artist-friendly approach that Cooking Vinyl takes. They understand their role in the team and how to play it. I was thrilled to be approached and very excited to join such a progressive music company".

Meanwhile Gruppetta said: "The opportunity to be a part of Cooking Vinyl's continued growth in the global market is beyond exciting. I've always held the label in very high regard and have watched it develop a truly progressive and dynamic model over the years. To be welcomed into the Cooking Vinyl family is incredibly humbling".

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PETE TONG ANNOUNCES BUNCH OF USA VENTURES, PLUS RELOCATION TO LA
Presumably to better capitalise on the Americans' new found love for all things Eee-Dee-Em, Pete Tong has confirmed he is relocating to LA, as well as announcing a bunch of US-based activity, including a tour and festival dates.

Tong has helped US radio giant Clear Channel tap into the boom in dance music Stateside by hosting shows for the group, including a daily programme on the dance strand of the media giant's iHeartRadio online music service. Being located in the US will aid that work as well as the live ventures, though none of this is expected to interfere with that little old Radio 1 show he still presents each week.

Confirming all this, Tong told CMU: "I'm looking forward to being based in Los Angeles. The electronic dance music scene in the USA has reached a critical mass and the opportunities for our world are taking us into unchartered territory. I feel now it's essential to be in the middle of all that".

He added: "LA is an inspiring and creative city where content is king and I look forward to giving the rest of the world a more detailed insight into what going on in the USA whilst also looking for better opportunities to represent all the brilliant new artists/ producers and DJ's breaking through in the UK, Europe. I have been involved in radio throughout my career and I think this fresh perspective is going to enable me to make some very exciting shows".

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BIEBER N-WORD SONG A FAKE
So, Justin Bieber might show up two hours late for gigs, illegally transport a monkey around the globe and then leave said monkey stranded, be disrespectful to his neighbours and Anne Frank, carry drugs and a stun gun on his tour bus, and piss in a bucket before spraying Bill Clinton's face with kitchen cleaner, but he'd never - note NEVER - use the word "nigga" in a song. And shame on you for thinking he might.

A new Bieber song seemed to surface online earlier this week, in which the pop teen used the N-word, which is, of course, a much bigger no-no for a white Canadian boy than keeping young fans waiting all night / monkey trafficking / neighbour disrespecting / drugs and stun gun carrying / violating a cleaner's bucker / half cleaning a representation of a former president's face. Online criticism duly followed.

But, Bieber's people were very quick to announce, the song was a big fat fake, and the powers that be have moved to have the song removed from YouTube. According to TMZ, the offending record was uploaded by someone called Khalil Underwood on a YouTube channel deliberately set up to look like it was official Bieber. Naughty Khalil. He'll be pissing in buckets next.

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