16 SEP 2013

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So, this is the week that Apple will finally launch its long talked about streaming service. Will it be the death of Pandora? Will it be the death of radio? Will it be the death of music altogether? Who knows, but it will definitely be one of those things. Unless it's a massive disappointment and a big fat failure. Or just another streaming service that co-exists with all the others. But it'll be fun finding out. Or not.
'Lithuanian' and 'popstar' might seem like two words I've selected at random, if you are yet to be introduced to Lithuanian popstar GJan. Thankfully, I am here to do just that. Though it's also entirely possible that you don't need my help here, should you be one of the several million people who have viewed her videos on YouTube to date, helping her to pick up a lot of attention both at home and elsewhere more>>

- Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand spies
- Ray Dolby dies
- Williams says no Blurred Lines with Gaye track
- Electric Zoo deaths confirmed to be drug-related
- Amazon announces 100% increase in vinyl sales
- Tinie Tempah premieres new single
- Death Grips to properly release No Love Deep Web
- The Internet announce album details
- Morrissey autobiography cancelled at the last minute
- Wolf Alice announce tour dates
- Primary Waves allies with Elm City
- City Of London police's IP crime unit launches
- Westwood moves to Choice
- Emma Willis to replace Holly Willoughby on The Voice
- Robin Thicke says VMA performance "naughty", not "sexual"
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London-based music promotions company Listen Up is recruiting for an experienced online and print press officer to join the expanding company. The ideal candidate should have at least two years experience in a similar role with a thorough knowledge of online and print portals across music, culture and lifestyle.

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Union Square Music, one of the UK's most successful reissue and compilation specialists, is looking for an experienced in-house designer. Working collaboratively with the marketing team you will primarily be responsible for the concept, development and design of CD and digital covers, as well as the design of marketing and PR campaign materials, promotional materials, on-line advertising and the USM website.

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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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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 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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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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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

iTunes Radio goes live. After years of speculation and months of waiting, iTunes Radio is expected to go live this Wednesday, along with the launch of the new version of Apple's iOS software. Will it rise up to dominate the streaming market? Well, we'll see, won't we? It certainly has the potential to draw in mainstream users where all-you-can-eat services like Spotify struggle. Or it might just be rubbish.

ERA AGM. The Entertainment Retailers Association will hold its Annual General Meeting this Wednesday over at The BPI's offices. Focus for the morning's events will be split between music and videogames.

CMU Insights. The latest season of CMU Insights training courses begins this Wednesday with an afternoon session entitled 'A Complete Overview Of The Music Business in 2013'. There are a couple of spaces left if you book quick! For full details on all five courses and how to book, click here.

New releases. Continuing their coy announcement of events surrounding their tenth anniversary, The Killers last week announced via morse code that they'd be premiering a new single this week. Over to new albums, and this week you're spoiled for choice with releases from Avicii, The Wanted, MGMT, Manic Street Preachers, Elvis Costello and The Roots, Cloud Control, Bill Callahan, Body/Head, Gang Colours, Crystal Stilts, Daedelus, Keep Shelly In Athens, Las Kellies, 65daysofstatic, and Sky Larkin. There's also a new book on the history of 4AD, an EP from Aidan Moffat as L Pierre and, perhaps most important of all, a new single from Britney Spears.

Gigs and tours. Well, there are some one-off shows of note this week in London, including the marvellous-sounding Joy Division Reworked, Mikky Ekko, and Lorde, who is playing her first London show. Commencing tours this week are Fleetwood Mac, Paramore, James Blake, McFly and Sky Larkin.

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As expected, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has sued New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau in a NZ$6 million lawsuit. The spy agency broke the law in the way it spied on Dotcom and his Mega colleagues ahead of the raid and shutdown of the file-transfer company in January 2012 in a joint initiative by the American and New Zealand governments.

As much previously reported, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key admitted just under a year ago that the GCSB "acted unlawfully" in the way it gathered communications between former MegaUpload execs.

The PM ordered an investigation, while New Zealand's Green Party reported the GCSB to the police. Earlier this month said police confirmed that their investigation had indeed uncovered illegal activity on the part of the GCSB, but added that no prosecutions would be made because it couldn't be shown the rule-breaking was deliberate.

Dotcom, needless to say, was not impressed with that announcement, though he said the police's decision didn't surprise him because it was "the police investigating the police". Civil action against the GCSB was already underway though, with the action getting court approval back in March.

It remains to be seen what course the NZ$6 million lawsuit now takes, and whether the spy agency looks to do a deal. Meanwhile America's legal efforts to extradite Dotcom to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement rumble on.

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Audio technology inventor Ray Dolby died at his San Francisco home on Thursday, aged 80. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease for a number of years.

Dolby founded his company, Dolby Laboratories, in 1965, building a team of scientists and engineers to advance audio and visual technologies. He himself is best known for his work on noise reduction and surround sound.

In a statement, Dolby Laboratories' current President and CEO Kevin Yeaman said: "Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary. Ray Dolby founded the company based on a commitment to creating value through innovation and an impassioned belief that if you invested in people and gave them the tools for success they would create great things. Ray's ideals will continue to be a source of inspiration and motivation for us all".

Ray's son David, who also sits on the company's board of directors added: "My father was a thoughtful, patient and loving man, determined to always do the right thing in business, philanthropy, and as a husband and father. Our family is very proud of his achievements and leadership. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy of innovation will live on".

The company also prepared this video tribute to its founder.

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Pharrell Williams has commented, briefly, on the litigation he is involved in against the Marvin Gaye estate over the allegations Robin Thicke's controversial hit 'Blurred Lines', which he produced, co-wrote and guested on, lifted from Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up'.

As previously reported, Williams, Thicke and fellow Blurred Liner TI all sued the Gaye family last month seeking court confirmation that their song doesn't borrow from any of Gaye's works in anyway. According to Billboard, Team Thicke previously offered the Gaye family some sort of settlement after the plagiarism allegations first emerged, but they refused to accept it. =

Asked about those allegations at a New York Fashion Week event last week, the super producer told The Associated Press that Gaye "is the king of all kings, so let's be clear about that", but: "If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It's completely different. Anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One's minor and one's major. And not even in the same key".

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It has been confirmed that two deaths at the Electric Zoo festival in New York last month were drug-related. As previously reported, the third day of the EDM festival was cancelled after the deaths.

The New York City medical examiner's office confirmed that both Olivia Rotondo and Jeffrey Russ, both in their early 20s, died from overdoses of MDMA combined with hyperthermia on the second day of the event.

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Amazon has announced that it has seen a 100% year-on-year increase in sales of vinyl so far in 2013, boosted particularly by Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories', which is not only the website's best vinyl seller of this year, but also its biggest vinyl seller overall since 1999. The vinyl edition of David Bowie's 'The Next Day', also released this year, is the fourth biggest seller in the same time period.

Announcing this, Amazon's VP of European Consumer Business Xavier Garambois said: "Vinyl has traditionally been the music enthusiast's format of choice. It's great to see so many people rediscovering a format that holds such an important place in music history".

Other top vinyl sellers since 1999 include Adele's '21', 'Back To Black' by Amy Winehouse and Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon'. Meanwhile, this year Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age's latest albums complete the vinyl top five.

For more data, have a look at this handy infographic.

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Tinie Tempah premiered his new single, 'Children Of The Sun', on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show last week.

The rapper then put a radio rip of the song, which features John Martin, up on SoundCloud.

It's the second single from Tempah's new album, 'Demonstration', which is due for release on 4 Nov.

Listen to the song here.

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Having leaked their 'No Love Deep Web' album following a dispute with Sony Music last year, Death Grips are now planning to give the record a full release.

It will be available on CD, vinyl and download in the US on 19 Nov - sporting a blank wraparound to cover up its otherwise quite penis-y artwork.

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Recently Approved Odd Future affiliates The Internet have announced full details of their second album, 'Feel Good'.

That title is one of those details. Another is that guests on it include Mac Miller, Yuna, Jesse Boykins III and Tay Walker (twice), and that there is production help from The Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Incubus' Mike Einziger and Thundercat.

The album will be released on 24 Sep and bears the following tracklist:

Tellem (Intro)
Sunset (feat Yuna)
You Don't Even Know (feat Tay Walker)
Pupil | The Patience
Red Balloon
Cloud Of Our Own
Runnin' (feat Tay Walker)
Matt's Apartment
Shadow Dance
Wanders Of The Mind (feat Mac Miller)
Partners In Crime Part Two
Higher Times (feat Jesse Boykins III)

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Anyone who was looking forward to reading Morrissey's autobiography this week - BAD LUCK. It's not coming out after all.

Apparently, according to the True To You website, there was a "last minute content dispute" which "has caused the venture to collapse".

What Morrissey can have said to cause the entire project to be called to a halt at such a late stage is anybody's guess. And whatever you guess, the reality if probably more unbelievable.

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Wolf Alice are going to be touring next month, just after releasing new EP 'Blush'. Currently they're supporting Swim Deep around the UK, but these will be shiny headline dates.

The dates are these, which you can read while you check out the EP's title track.

18 Oct: Cardiff, Sŵn Festival
19 Oct: Gathering Festival
22 Oct: Bath, Moles
23 Oct: Exeter, The Cavern
24 Oct: Guildford, Boilerroom
27 Oct: Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
28 Oct: Leicester, Scholar Bar
29 Oct: Bristol, Louisiana
30 Oct: London, Dingwalls

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Primary Wave Music last week announced a partnership with fellow American independent Elm City Music which will see the former administrate the publishing rights of the latter, including works from the indie's current and future artists. The alliance was confirmed by Elm City founder Michael Caplan and Primary Wave Music Publishing President Justin Shukat.

Shukat told reporters: "Michael and I worked together for years while he was at Sony and I'm excited to have his ear for talent as part of the Primary Wave team. He is a true A&R man and very few exist in this business anymore".

Caplan added: "It's refreshing to see a team like Primary Wave, who think so large and don't wait for the opportunity to come to them. They have always approached publishing with an unfettered naked aggression. They not only land syncs consistently for their publishing roster, but also market their catalogues in ways that other music publishers don't".

The new partnership follows Primary Wave's recent strategic alliance with BMG, which saw the Bertelsmann-owed music rights business take a stake in its new ally's publishing catalogue, as well as launching a new US-based artist services venture.

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The City Of London Police formally launched its previously reported new IP crime unit on Friday. Made possible by £2.5 million in funding from the Intellectual Property Office, the new department, with a team of nineteen, will focus on various kinds of intellectual property infringement, including online piracy, though is likely to go after more industrious infringers.

The new unit has been welcomed by UK record label trade body the BPI and global record industry organisation IFPI.

The boss of the former, Geoff Taylor, told CMU: "The UK is one of the world's leading nations in developing artists and producing popular music. So it is only right that our copyright framework should protect, promote and reward creators, music businesses and investors in talent. The creation of a dedicated IP Crime Unit is vital in creating a level-playing field for legitimate businesses to grow. The City Of London Police have been forward-thinking in their approach to tackling websites that exploit music illegally and we will continue to work closely with them to deliver new initiatives to support our creative sector".

IFPI CEO Frances Moore added: "The City Of London Police has a strong track record in tackling intellectual property crime and this unit should take that to a new level. Its work with the industry and payment providers has already seen more than 50 illegal download sites based in Russia and Ukraine, selling to a global audience, deprived of revenues. We look forward to supporting the new unit in its efforts to tackle the borderless problem of online piracy that affects the livelihoods of artists, songwriters and record producers around the world".

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As he clocked out of the BBC for the final time this weekend, Tim Westwood revealed that he is heading to Choice FM, having been given a gig by Global Radio chief Richard Park, the first man to hire the hip hop DJ way back in the day.

Westwood tweeted: "Shout out to Richard Park he gave me my first job & he's hired me again #WestwoodChoiceFM21stSept", and shortly after that Choice FM posted to its Twitter feed: "The Big Dawg is coming... next and every Saturday night 9-11. Westwood on Choice!"

Meanwhile Park told reporters: "Tim Westwood is a true pioneer of the music and radio industry in this country. He is the undoubted king of urban and hip hop in the UK and we are thrilled to welcome him to Global and Choice FM".

It was announced Westwood would depart Radio 1 after two decades back in July, and unlike with most veteran DJs phased out from the pop station, a booking at Radio 2 or 6music didn't quickly follow.

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Continuing the 'all change' theme for the next series of 'The Voice UK', presenters Reggie Yates and Holly Willoughby have announced they are following the lead of judges / coaches/ seat-spinners / whatever-they-are Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue by getting the hell out of there. And who can blame them?

They are to be replaced by 'Big Brother' presenter Emma Willis, who at the very least gets the perk of being able to stand near fellow newcomer to the show Kylie Minogue.

Announcing her departure, Willoughby said: "After much consideration, I will not be returning for series three of 'The Voice UK'. I've had two wonderful years on the show, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. Finding the right balance between my work and family life is my priority and this has contributed to my decision. I look forward to watching the next series from my sofa, and I wish the whole team the best of luck".

Yates, meanwhile, said: "I've had a fantastic time on the last two series of The Voice UK and I wish all the team the best of luck for the new series".

Willis added: "I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it and I cannot wait to get started. 'The Voice' is an absolutely brilliant TV show with the unique ability to showcase and nurture amazing raw talent".

So that's something to look forward to in January. That or sitting in a cupboard crying, I haven't quite decided yet.

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Oh, those blurred lines. Robin Thicke says we've got it all wrong about his performance with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs last month. It wasn't sexual, it was just naughty. If only everyone would learn the difference between the two, life would be so much easier.

Thicke told MTV News: "We're entertainers, and the VMAs [are] the perfect place for a little shock and awe. We kind of knew when we were in rehearsal and we were like, 'Okay, if you touch me with your foam finger all over my crotch, obviously a few people are going to have something to say about this'. But that was the whole point! The whole point was to excite and provoke and entertain. I thought it was silly and funny. She was being humorous and naughty, but it wasn't sexually charged at all".

Next week, Robin Thicke explains how eating meat is vegetarian.

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