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Q&A: VANESSA REED, PRS FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION
At this year's CMU-programmed Great Escape convention back in May, Arts Council England chief Alan Davey officially launched the Momentum Music Fund. The programme is run by the PRS For Music Foundation. CMU's Chris Cooke spoke to the Foundation's Executive Director Vanessa Reed to find out more about what the Momentum Fund is aiming to achieve, the kind of projects being funding, and to get some tips for future applicants more>>
 
APPROVED: DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP - GOLD TEETH
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip have a new album, 'Repent, Replenish, Repeat', out in two weeks, so now is the time to reacquaint yourself. You should already have stepped back into their world through the album's first single, 'Stunner'. Like that track, new single 'Gold Teeth', a collaboration with Flux Pavilion, finds them on aggressive form. They may have reinserted that 'versus' between their names, but it's outwardly that they're baring their (pearly white) teeth more>>

TOP STORIES
- MIA comments on NFL dispute
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Bon Jovi's Tico Torres returns to hospital
POP POLITICS
- Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova begins hunger strike
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Godspeed win Polaris Music Prize
- Eurovision rules change to combat vote rigging
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Mumford & Sons taking "considerable amount of time off"
RELEASE NEWS
- Madonna's MDNA tour Blu-ray recalled in US
- The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies re-issue to include unreleased music
- Xiu Xiu adapts Nina Simone classics
FILMS & SHOWS NEWS
- Leona Lewis filming big-screen musical
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip add 2014 shows
- Liam Gallagher, The Vaccines playing Charlatans' Jon Brookes night
- Karenn set new dates
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Hard Rock no longer Calling
- PledgeMusic launches fan powered vinyl re-issue site
- DHP Family appoints new Head Of Festivals
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- iTunes Radio signs up eleven million users in five days
- Topspin exec goes to Twitter
- Stephen O'Reilly joins Shuffler.fm
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Ninja Tune taking over NTS Radio
AND FINALLY...
- Bono addresses criticism of U2's tax set up
CMU INSIGHTS: NEW SEASON OF 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.

For more information and how to apply click here.
   
DHP FAMILY - PRODUCTION REP
DHP Family is currently recruiting for a full time Production Rep based in London. The qualities needed to make this role a success are communication, organisation and experience. Ideally the successful candidate will have a minimum of two years practical experience working in the live music industry. You will be responsible for advancing events allocated to you and acting as a promoter representative on site where required.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DHP FAMILY - BODEGA GENERAL MANAGER
The Bodega is a 330 capacity venue, club and bar in Nottingham city centre serving a music and fashion aware profile of customer. The venue has a cool and underground profile with both students and locals. It has a reputation for catching live acts at the beginning of their career and is stylish watering hole and atmospheric club venue with a diverse programme of events. It has a mixture of in house and third party club nights, with the live gigs booked through the Concerts team at DHP Family.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ENTRY LEVEL RADIO PROMOTIONS ROLE
Entry level radio promotions role in small boutique company - must have passion for alternative music. You love discovering new bands and going to gigs, and are actively intrigued and up to date with technology and social media. The ideal candidate is articulate, organised, self motivated and able to work under pressure to deadlines as well as keeping up to date with current A&R developments.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
UNLIMITED CREATIVE, PART-TIME WEBSITE EDITOR
UnLimited Creative is looking for a part-time Website Editor to edit and manage the website of Creative Skills For Life, a social venture that aims to leverage digital technologies and social media to enable young people living with cancer and other long-term life-threatening conditions to explore their creative potential as a catalyst for healing and personal development. Working 8-10 hours each month, this freelancer will write news stories, edit blog posts, create images and generally keep the website up to date plus manage the CSL Twitter account.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PRS FOR MUSIC - 4 X MUSIC LICENSING ADVISORS - CONCERT SALES
The role holder's prime responsibilities are to manage a portfolio of Concert Sales Centre accounts in order to achieve all the set targets and to also maintain a healthy customer satisfaction for both internal and external customers.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PRS FOR MUSIC - 4 X MUSIC LICENSING ADVISORS - CORPORATE
The role holder's prime responsibilities are to manage a portfolio of Corporate accounts in order to achieve all the set targets and to also maintain a healthy customer satisfaction for both internal and external customers.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PRS FOR MUSIC - AUDIT AND MONITORING MANAGER
The role holder will have ultimate responsibility for the control of royalty examinations via the day to day administration of the MCPS and PRS audit programmes, including responsibility for the delivery of the departmental Monitoring targets, pressing plant liaison and other revenue assurance outputs. These programmes ensure the department maximises PRS and MCPS member distributions through audit and monitoring processes.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
COOKING VINYL - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Cooking Vinyl is looking for a digital savvy and passionate music lover with at least two years previous experience of planning and managing high profile artist campaigns. The ideal candidate must be up to date with the current digital landscape and have a creative and innovative approach. You will be responsible for developing commercial, promotional and social strategies across all platforms.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
LISTEN UP - ONLINE AND PRINT PRESS OFFICER
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PRS FOR MUSIC - REGIONAL SALES MANAGER
We are growing our field presence and as part of this expansion we are recruiting for a Regional Sales Manager to cover the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The role is responsible for maximising revenue and overseeing the field force in their geographic area.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
INGROOVES - OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
INgrooves provides clients customized marketing, promotion, sync licensing and administrative support to help maximize the earnings potential of specific music and video releases or catalogues. Operations Associate will be client facing, assisting the Client Services department with content ingestion, catalogue changes requests and other operational activities.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MAMA & COMPANY - WEB DEVELOPER
MAMA and Company is a leading independent live music business. We are looking for a talented web developer who is passionate about technology and wants to be an integral part of a dynamic and innovative digital team. If you want to build & develop some of the industry leading websites, work with cutting edge digital technology and make a difference in the music industry whilst reaching music fans worldwide, this is the job for you.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
UNION SQUARE MUSIC - DESIGNER
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ANJUNABEATS - FRONT END WEB DEVELOPER
A superb opportunity to join Anjunabeats, a London-based independent record label with a worldwide reputation for releasing the best in dance music and home to Above & Beyond, Andrew Bayer, Dusky, Mat Zo, Norin & Rad and more. We’re looking to recruit a front-end web developer as part of a small yet powerful tech team. If you want to develop some of the finest websites and social apps in the industry and reach millions of fans worldwide, this is the position for you.

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

MIA COMMENTS ON NFL DISPUTE
Once MIA's lawyer went public over his client's ongoing dispute with the NFL, it was only a matter of time before the lady herself spoke.

As previously reported, it has emerged that the American Football body is still going after the British singer and rapper after she fleetingly raised her middle finger during an appearance at the Superbowl half time show in January 2012. The NFL says MIA breached a contractual commitment to ensure her performance didn't negatively impact on the "tremendous public respect and reputation" enjoyed by the sport.

Revealing that, even though media-regulators took no action over the finger incident, the NFL has been seeking damages and an apology through arbitration, MIA's lawyer Howard King told the Hollywood Reporter last week: "The NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same".

In a video message, in which MIA seems to be commenting on the whole thing to someone by phone, she hones in on other elements of the Madonna performance during which the middle finger lift occurred, wondering why it's her action that is causing controversy. With transcription courtesy of Pitchfork, she says: "The NFL thing is completely ridiculous. It's been making me laugh for a while, but now it's so boring I don't even laugh anymore".

She goes on: "So the precise moment in question, and you can actually freeze-frame this, as many media outlets have, the frame you're looking for has my middle finger in the foreground, and the larger picture where it zooms out is a row of ten, fifteen cheerleaders, young black females that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under sixteen. If you look at them, they're all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position".

She adds: "So, now, they're scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America. Like, is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? That's basically what it comes down to. It's a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it's a massive display of powerful corporation dick-shaking. They want me on my knees and to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, so they can say it's OK for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock. That is what it boils down to, and I'm being sued for it".

NFL is yet to comment. It remains to be seen if the now public war of words persuades the football body's chiefs that this is a PR battle not worth fighting, or whether it just makes them more adamant this dispute should go fully legal.

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BON JOVI'S TICO TORRES RETURNS TO HOSPITAL
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres has been admitted to hospital for gall bladder surgery, following an emergency appendectomy earlier this month which halted the band's current tour in Mexico City.

The band restarted that tour at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro at the weekend, with Rich Scannella standing in for Torres until he is given the all clear by the doctors. In a statement, Jon Bon Jovi said: "Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago. He's also one tough SOB and we look forward to him again pounding away brilliantly at the drums on the remainder of this and on future tours".

Torres himselfadded: "There is nothing that can prepare one for a medical emergency but I have been taken especially good care of and would again like to thank all my doctors and health care professionals. I am very disappointed not to be able to perform but our friend Rich Scannella will stand in for me. You are in good hands. I will be there in spirit and back on stage in soon".

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PUSSY RIOT'S NADEZHDA TOLOKONNIKOVA BEGINS HUNGER STRIKE
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has begun a hunger strike in protest against the conditions at the prison where she is being held.

As previously reported, Tolokonnikova was one of two Pussy Riot members controversially jailed last summer for their involvement in a political protest. Three members of the band were found guilty of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred', despite condemnation of the prosecution by artists and politicians around the world.

Her bandmate Maria Alyokhina, who is being held in a separate jail, also went on hunger strike earlier this year, accusing prison officials of attempting to turn other inmates against her, and of encouraging some of the more dangerous criminals in the prison to threaten her with violence. For making these claims she was placed in solitary confinement. Her hunger strike ended after a week, when she was hospitalised.

In a long open letter, published in English by The Guardian, Tolokonnikova explained her reasons for going on hunger strike, saying: "This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation. The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands. I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves".

You can read her letter in full here.

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GODSPEED WIN POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE
So, the Polaris Music Prize was presented over there in that Canada place last night, and this year the big prize - aka CDN$30,000 - went to Godspeed You! Black Emperor for their album 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!' The band say they will use the money to fund music education programs in Quebec prisons.

Godspeed won the Mercury-style award for best Canadian album of the year by beating competition from other shortlisted records by Zaki Ibrahim, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan And Sara, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse and Young Galaxy.

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EUROVISION RULES CHANGE TO COMBAT VOTE RIGGING
The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a change in its rules to make judging panels more transparent. This comes after allegations of bribery, after Azerbaijan gave the Russian entry no points at this year's competition.

As previously reported, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, launched an investigation earlier this year, after it was claimed that both the public and judging panel had strongly supported the Russian song, 'What If' by Dina Garipova, prior to the country's voting being announced.

Under the new rules, the names of the members of each jury in the voting countries will be announced on 1 May and the scoring of each jury member will be made public after the Eurovision final.

Eurovision's Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand said: "Tighter rules and increased openness are important for the Eurovision Song Contest to build on its success. To make sure participants, viewers and fans know that we have done and will always do our utmost to secure a fair result. These changes show that the Eurovision Song Contest is an ever evolving tradition, which continues to adapt to the spirit of time".

The next Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Denmark on 6, 8 and 10 May next year.

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MUMFORD & SONS TAKING "CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME OFF"
Mumford & Sons want some time off, and so are going to take a breather from doing what it is that they do.

Breaking news of their decision via Rolling Stone, keyboardist Ben Lovett said he had "no idea" as to what the pause's duration might be, adding: "We just know we're going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you're in high school".

He went on to say: "We're just going to rest up. I don't think we've had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that's what's in place at the moment, to do very little - especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons".

Fine by me. Meanwhile this article in the Guardian says more on the matter than I possibly could/would want to.

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MADONNA'S MDNA TOUR BLU-RAY RECALLED IN US
Universal/Interscope in the US has announced a recall of the Blu-ray edition of Madonna's new 'MDNA World Tour' film, after an "error in manufacturing" on copies of the disc in the country impacted on sound quality.

In a statement, the label said: "Due to an error in manufacturing that has compromised the 5.1 audio in the US, a full recall of the Blu-ray disc will be issued in the US. No other markets will be affected. We apologise for this inconvenience".

The issue was raised in the singer's recent Reddit AMA, in which one user asked her about the problem, suggesting that it had also been an issue on European copies of the release.

Madonna wrote: "I'm absolutely horrified. My label is looking into it... trying to get to the bottom of it. It might be a case of old technology not working with new technology. Please be patient".

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THE KINKS' MUSWELL HILLBILLIES REISSUE TO INCLUDE UNRELEASED MUSIC
A deluxe, two-disc reissue of The Kinks' 1971 LP 'Muswell Hillbillies' will include a number of previously unreleased tracks, it's been announced, plus instrumentals, demos and collected excerpts from 1970s BBC sessions with John Peel. And the original tracklisting, obviously.

The new songs include 'Lavender Hill', 'Mountain Woman', 'Kentucky Moon' and 'Queenie', whilst an early recording of 'Nobody's Fool' is also included.

Hear 'Lavender Hill', which was first released on a bootleg (unofficial, so it doesn't count) LP, now.

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XIU XIU ADAPTS NINA SIMONE CLASSICS
Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and pals have made an LP of avant-garde takes on tracks by Nina Simone, and will release it via Graveface on 2 Dec.

Says Stewart, who was moved to make 'Nina' after talking with Swans' Michael Gira: "Nina Simone's singing is way over my head and while I was back stage feeling like I blew it that night, hearing the Swans be amazing and thinking of Nina made me want to not give up. The idea came from wanting to honour her, challenge myself to be better than I think I can be and to say thank you to music".

One of eleven Simone songs covered on the LP, this is Stewart's (very breathy) spin on 'Don't Smoke In Bed'.

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LEONA LEWIS FILMING BIG-SCREEN MUSICAL
Leona Lewis has been cast in a 'Mamma Mia!' style film musical titled 'Holiday'.

It's billed as a "classic feel good love story", and will feature an unoriginal soundtrack of hits like Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun', Wham!'s 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and, aptly, Madonna's 'Holiday'. Lewis began shooting earlier this month, on location in Italy.

Here she is discussing that, and carbs, in a silly clip.

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DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP ADD 2014 SHOWS
Having sold all available tickets to a score of shows starting 10 Oct, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip have committed to a load of new live dates, all in 2014.

The basis of all this activity is the LP 'Repent Replenish Repeat', which the pair will release on 7 Oct, from which their three-way collaboration with Flux Pavilion, 'Gold Teeth', is CMU approved today.

2014 tour dates:

19 Jan: Manchester, Academy 2
20 Jan: Edinburgh, Liquid Room
21 Jan: Glasgow, Arches
22 Jan: Newcastle, Academy 2
23 Jan: Sheffield, Plug
24 Jan: Leeds, Stylus
25 Jan: Birmingham, Institute
27 Jan: Cardiff, Solus 2
28 Jan: Exeter, Lemongrove
30 Jan: Oxford, Academy
1 Feb: Norwich, Water Front
2 Feb: Hull, University
4 Feb: London, Koko
5 Feb: Cambridge, Junction
6 Feb: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
7 Feb: Bristol, Anson Rooms
8 Feb: Bedford, Corn Exchange
13 Feb: Derry, The Nerve
14 Feb: Belfast, Limelight
15 Feb: Dublin, Vicar Street

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LIAM GALLAGHER, THE VACCINES PLAYING CHARLATANS' JON BROOKES NIGHT
Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers and members of The Vaccines and New Order will all play at a charity night dedicated to late Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes.

All takings from the show, which is at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 Oct, will go to The Brain Tumour Charity. Brookes sadly died earlier this year, aged 44, of complications relating to a brain tumour.

Tickets and info at this link.

Confirming his place at the gala, Gallagher wrote last Friday: "Looking 4wd 2 singing 4 the 1 n only Jon Brookes 18th October RAH. Live Forever LGx".

Ys, snds lk a gr8 nite.

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KARENN SET NEW DATES
Hear this techno-philes, Blawan and Pariah are taking their Karenn collaboration on the road relatively soon, playing five GB sets in mid-October and early Nov.

The dates, and a link to download B&P's first EP at no cost at all, are as printed.

10 Oct: Glasgow, Subclub
11 Oct: Manchester, Warehouse Project
25 Oct: Birmingham, House Of God
26 Oct: Dublin, Twisted Pepper
16 Nov: London, Wapping Studios

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HARD ROCK NO LONGER CALLING
Hard Rock International has confirmed that its London-based rockathon, Hard Rock Calling, won't take place in 2014. Presumably Springsteen can't make it.

Active annually since 2006, HRC was the result of an alliance between the retro-rock café and Live Nation, and was originally based in Hyde Park, but moved this summer to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after Live Nation decided not to compete for the licence to stage music events in the former. It's not clear if the change in location was behind Hard Rock's decision to withdraw from the event; perhaps they actually preferred it when you couldn't quite hear the music.

Following Hard Rock's announcement, Live Nation issued a statement confirming that it is now seeking a new partner for its 'Calling' festival brand. In a Facebook post the live giant wrote: "Live Nation Entertainment notes today's announcement by Hard Rock International, regarding their decision not to sponsor a rock music event in London in 2014. Following record ticket-demand and audience numbers at festivals this year, Live Nation is exploring new sponsorship partnerships for its highly successful 'Calling' franchise".

The company added: "After six years of rising ticket sales for 'Hard Rock Calling', Live Nation intends to build on this popular rock festival event. Further details about venues and timings for 2014 events will be made in due course".

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PLEDGEMUSIC LAUNCHES FAN POWERED VINYL RE-ISSUE SITE
PledgeMusic has announced a new venture, called Vinyl Vaults, which is to repress out-of-print vinyl releases based on levels of interest from fans. The service is very similar to standalone service Beat Delete, and Universal's own in house fan-funded vinyl website.

Yet to go live, interested parties are invited to sign up for the Vinyl Vaults mailing list, with plans to offer "items unavailable elsewhere, seven-inch singles which have not been available since they were first released, test pressings, artwork proofs" and more.

More information here.

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DHP FAMILY APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF FESTIVALS
Live firm DHP Family has announced the appointment of Ali Mclean to the new role of Head Of Festivals.

Mclean, who worked on last year's Olympics as well as being Event Manager at various festivals in her native Australia, will be charged with increasing the profitability of DHP Family's existing festival brands, including Dot To Dot, Hit The Deck and Everywhere, as well as looking for new festival opportunities.

Confirming her new role, Mclean told CMU: "To me the UK has the best festivals in the world, and I wanted in, so I made the move, spent a year working on the biggest event in the world, London 2012, and am extremely excited to be working on plans for new and exciting festivals with DHP Family. Watch this space".

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ITUNES RADIO SIGNS UP ELEVEN MILLION USERS IN FIVE DAYS
There has been much speculation about the viability of Apple's new iTunes Radio streaming service, but the company has announced that it signed up eleven million users to it in the first five days it was live in the US. This is still a way off the more than 200 million registered users Pandora claims, but is still a significant start and enough to cause Pandora's share price to slip.

Apple also announced that it had sold over nine million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets in their first three days on sale worldwide, the company's most successful iPhone launch to date, according to CEO Tim Cook.

In a statement, Cook said: "This is ... a new record for first weekend sales. The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone".

Stat fans may also be interested to know that the most popular song on iTunes Radio, as of yesterday, was 'Hold On, We're Going Home' by Drake.

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TOPSPIN EXEC GOES TO TWITTER
Twitter has appointed a former Topspin exec to the role of Head Of Music.

Bob 'Moz' Moczydlowsky will in essence replace Tatiana Simonian, who departed the social networking firm a month ago, overseeing music partnerships. He is also expected to appoint two deputies who will focus on artist relations.

At direct-to-fan specialists Topspin, Moczydlowsky was Senior VP Of Product And Marketing.

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STEPHEN O'REILLY JOINS SHUFFLER.FM
Another former Topspin man in a new role is Stephen O'Reilly who, having led UK and later international activity for Mobile Roadie as well as representing Topspin in Europe, is now to join Shuffler.fm as Chief Marketing Officer. In his new role, O'Reilly will look to build strategic partnerships and will oversee the launch of various new products for the curated internet radio service.

Confirming this, Shuffler.fm Co-founder Tim Heineke told CMU: "Stephen has built a great reputation in the music and tech scene and it's great to have him as part of the Shuffler team. As Shuffler.fm continues to expand Stephen is the ideal person to join our team and help to accelerate the growth of our business. We have an exciting roadmap ahead as well as some exciting new products and partnerships that we are looking forward to unveiling soon".

O'Reilly himself added: "I'm looking forward to some exciting times ahead with Tim, Marcel and the rest of the Shuffler team. I've had some great years with Mobile Roadie and Topspin and have been lucky enough to have worked on mobile projects with some of the biggest and best artists, managers and labels in the industry".

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NINJA TUNE TAKING OVER NTS RADIO
Ninja Tune and sister label Big Dada are staging an all-day raid on London-based internet radio station NTS Radio this Thursday, playing new tracks, interviews and special treats by signings like Amon Tobin, Mr Scruff, The Invisible, DELs, Falty DL and Machinedrum.

Highlights include mixes by Scruff, Tobin, FaltyDL and Luke Vibert; live sessions with The Invisible and Dels, Congo Natty and Werkdiscs; Toddla T and Raf Daddy presenting an episode of the Girls Music Radio Show; and an interview with Machinedrum.

Coldcut will also host a show looking back at '25 Years Of Solid Steel', Ninja Tune's specialist mix imprint that began life as a show on Kiss FM when it was still a pirate station. The takeover starts at midday, streaming live via ntslive.co.uk

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BONO ADDRESSES CRITICISM OF U2'S TAX SET UP
Bono has addressed the longrunning criticism of U2's offshore tax set up, which many see as being at odds with the singer's outspoken views on tackling poverty.

In an interview for The Observer, journalist Tim Adams asked Bono, "Was it not hypocrisy for you to try to hold the Irish government to account for its spending while going through fairly exhaustive efforts to avoid paying into the Irish exchequer yourself?"

The singer responded: "It is not an intellectually rigorous position unless you understand that at the heart of the Irish economy has always been the philosophy of tax competitiveness. Tax competitiveness has taken our country out of poverty. People in the revenue accept that if you engage in that policy then some people are going to go out, and some people are coming in. It has been a successful policy. On the cranky left that is very annoying, I can see that. But tax competitiveness is why Ireland has stayed afloat. When the Germans tried to impose a different tax regime on the country in exchange for a bailout, the Taoiseach [head of the Irish government Enda Kenny] said they would rather not have the bailout. So U2 is in total harmony with our government's philosophy".

And just in case you still think that doesn't quite stand up, he added: "I think for many reasons people have taken a dislike to our band, and to me this is another one. I have worked as an activist for all my adult life, and I think overall that no one can doubt we have been pretty effective. You can criticise me for a lot of things, but probably not for my commitment of time and energy to this. I think some of the people who criticise us in Ireland and America have a history that you can trace back to our opposition to Noraid. A lot of the others probably hate our music. And a lot of other people probably have a point".

Read the full interview here.

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