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TOP STORIES
- Rihanna wins injunction against Topshop and its t-shirt
IN THE POP COURTS
- Shakur estate kicks off new Death Row lawsuit
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Wet Nuns to retire
RELEASE NEWS
- Giant Bob Dylan compilation confirmed
- Sun Kil Moon detail new LP
- Charli XCX releases single off TBA LP
BOOKS NEWS
- Andrew WK releasing Party Bible
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Robbie, Dizzee, Ellie and Little Mix all playing Children In Need Rocks
- Fall Out Boy to play Vevo show
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: LEAF, Bugged Out Weekender, ADE and more
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- HMV returns to original London store tomorrow
- Warner appoints Cools to global EDM role
- Universal appoints VP for US recorded music
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Radio 1 presenters to fall silent today
AND FINALLY...
- The Roots join The Muppets for a sing song
CMU INSIGHTS: MUSIC RIGHTS - INTRODUCING COPYRIGHT & LICENSING
This in-depth half-day course on Wednesday 2 October (2-6pm) provides an overview of how music rights work, with a beginners guide to copyright law, what enjoys copyright and how ownership works. It looks at how music rights are monetised, why both direct and collective licensing exists, and how the collective licensing system works in the UK.

For more information and how to apply click here.
   
NOMANIS - PA/BOOKING ASSISTANT
An opportunity has arisen for a PA/Booking Assistant to join Nomanis, a busy independent music booking agency based in Bethnal Green, London. The applicant must be extremely organised with meticulous attention to detail.

For more information including a full job description 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

01: The final arguments were delivered in the Jacksons v AEG case, and yesterday the jury began their deliberations. In his closing remarks, AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam said that it was Michael Jackson who insisted on the appointment of Dr Conrad Murray, whose negligent treatment caused the singer's death, adding that the star rejected proposals by AEG execs that they hire a British medic for his London residency and that he then deliberately kept secret the kind of dangerous treatment Murray was being asked to deliver.

But the Jacksons' legal man Brian Panish said that, while the late king of pop may have played a role in creating the perfect storm that killed him, AEG was 80% to blame. If jurors agree with the latter lawyer, they'll also have to decide on what damages AEG should pay. Panish told the court this week somewhere between $1 billion and $2 billion would be fair, though Putnam said $21 million would be more appropriate. Panish's closing arguments report | Putnam's closing arguments report

02: A select committee hit out at Google over piracy. Parliament's Culture, Media & Sport Committee said in a new report that the UK's £36 billion a year creative industries were being threatened by a dilution of intellectual property rights. The report said that the government should get it's arse into gear in enacting the long promised online piracy crackdown, while also treading carefully with its plans to introduce new copyright exceptions. The report also singled out big bad Google, stating that the web giant "has to stop feeding up unlicensed free content" through its search engine. CMU report | Register report

03: The Copyright Licensing Steering Group issued a progress report. The organisation launched on the back of Richard Hooper's 'Copyright Works' paper is aiming to streamline, simplify and better explain the copyright licensing process. The report summarised developments in the Group's first year in existence, including the launch of the pilot Copyright Hub, work on a Voluntary Code Of Practice for licensing bodies and the introduction of two new joint licences by the two music rights societies PRS and PPL, which are pretty modest steps, but the Group seemed please. CMU report | The CLSG report

04: The BBC/Eos dispute went before the Copyright Tribunal. Eos represents a body of Welsh-language music publishers and songwriters who withdrew their catalogues from the PRS For Music collecting society at the end of last year and are instead licensing them directly to the BBC, which has a use for such songs on its Welsh-language BBC Cymru service. After a six week period earlier this year during which the Beeb wasn't able to play any of the music represented by Eos, an interim deal was reached whereby the broadcaster pays the rights body £120,000 a year. But Eos actually wants something closer to £1.5 million. With no agreement reached it is now for the Copyright Tribunal to decide on fair rates. CMU report | BBC report

05: Hard Rock confirmed it was ending its London festival. The company said it had enjoyed staging the Hard Rock Calling festival, but was now moving onto new projects. Hard Rock's partner in the event, Live Nation, said it would now look for a new brand with which to stage a similar Calling event aimed at ageing rock fans. The festival this year moved to a new base at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, having previously been staged at Hyde Park. CMU report | Evening Standard report

On CMU this week we caught up with PRS For Music Foundation Executive Director Vanessa Reed about the Momentum Music Fund that was launched at The Great Escape back in May, plus Frankie Rose did us a lovely playlist and we revisited some past CMU Approved tracks. Newly approved were Hyperdub-signed producer Jessy Lanza, returning hip hop duo Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, the looptastic The Field and Cillian Murphy's recent 6music mix.

Look out for a new look to your CMU Daily from Monday. The CMU Digest will be taking a short break, but will return bigger and better than ever in November.

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RIHANNA WINS INJUNCTION AGAINST TOPSHOP AND ITS T-SHIRT
Rihanna was awarded an injunction against Topshop yesterday as part of her dispute with the fashion retailer over a t-shirt. As previously reported, Rihanna sued after Topshop started selling a top with her photo on it.

The retailer had correctly licensed the photo from the copyright owner but the singer successfully convinced the court that, because the photo used was very similar to imagery on her album 'Talk That Talk', consumers would likely think it was an officially endorsed product, which it was not. Therefore the court sided with Rihanna under the legal principle of 'passing off', rather than because of any IP (or image right) violation.

The UK High Court having made that ruling in July, this week the singer secured an injunction stopping Topshop from selling clothing that uses her image. And while the judge hearing the case, Colin Birss, stressed that his ruling did not mean he was implying into English law a "freestanding general right" for celebrities to control the use of their image, the injunction will likely make it very tricky for Topshop to make any product involving Rihanna-related imagery, even if there wasn't a case for passing off.

Topshop was given permission to appeal the ruling to the Court Of Appeal, and if the retailer goes that route the singer's damages won't be decided until after that hearing. Though legal costs were discussed yesterday, with Rihanna's team putting in a rather optimistic bill of £919,000, a figure Birrs said he found "startling".

Said judge instructed Topshop to pay Team RiRi £200,000 as an interim payment to cover costs, pending further discussion.

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SHAKUR ESTATE KICKS OFF NEW DEATH ROW LAWSUIT
Afeni Shakur, the mother of the late Tupac, has launched a new lawsuit in the latest legal squabble over her son's catalogue and the assets of the former Death Row Records label.

The once legendary hip hop independent has continued to have a rocky history even since the label's often controversial founder Suge Knight was pushed out of the picture when his business went bankrupt in 2006.

The company who originally bought Death Row out of bankruptcy then admitted it couldn't raise the money it had committed to pay, and then the second company to take ownership fell out with the lawyer who had negotiated the deal with the intent of running the label post-acquisition.

Then the new owner, New Solutions/WIDEawake Entertainment, agreed a distribution partnership with E1 Entertainment, the company previously known as Koch Entertainment (which had already distributed some past Death Row releases), and things seemed to calm down a bit, catalogue was successfully re-released, and word had it artists were getting paid the royalties they were due.

But then, last year, New Solutions reportedly went under and the Death Row catalogue went back on the block. And E1 Entertainment, which was basically managing the label already, seemingly took ownership earlier this year. Which made it eligible to be sued by the Shakur estate, good times.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new lawsuit covers some very old ground, citing a deal with Death Row and its then-distributor Interscope made a year after the rapper's murder in 1996 in which it was apparently agreed the Shakur Estate would get ownership of the plethora of unreleased Tupac material the label was sitting on, that Death Row would be allowed to release just one album of said unreleased material, and that the Estate would be paid royalties on any Tupac tracks distributed by the record company.

It seems the big hand-over of unreleased materials never occurred, and the Shakur estate reckons it's not been paid all the royalties it is due either. While it's not clear if E1 is itself accused of any bad faith, it seems it has possibly acquired some very old liabilities through its Death Row purchase. The firm is yet to comment on the $1.1 million lawsuit.

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WET NUNS TO RETIRE
The end is nigh for 'death blues' band Wet Nuns, aka Rob Graham and Alexis Notts, who say they're breaking up because they "hate the sight of each other". The um... 'consensual' split will follow the release of the pair's first (and last) LP on 6 Oct.

Explaining why they've decided to part, they say: "Wet Nuns was a joke we started in the summer of 2009. We never thought we'd do much more than play a couple of the pubs in and around Sheffield. There's personal things going on in and out of the band that has rendered it an increasingly stressful and negative entity to be a part of. In short, our four year long joke isn't very funny anymore. We're sick of the sight of each other and the band is imminently to cease to exist".

As a final nail in the coffin, they've re-titled a set of October shows the 'Death Tour', so that's nice. RIP Wet Nuns.

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GIANT BOB DYLAN COMPILATION CONFIRMED
Sony's Columbia and Legacy Recordings will put out a gigantic Bob Dylan compilation box, collating most of his official releases to date, later this year.

The box will contain Dylan's six live and 35 studio LPs - from his eponymous 1962 debut to 2012's 'Tempest' - plus a two CD mix of rare extras titled 'Side Tracks'. Dylan's anthology so far will also be available as four smaller sets split into decades.

Those, and the whole thing, which is titled 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol 1', will hit sales racks on 4 Nov. A second volume centring on Dylan's 'Bootleg' series is supposedly due in 2014.

And with that, it's time to watch a nice trailer detailing it all.

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SUN KIL MOON DETAIL NEW LP
Having made it big in 2013 with a trio of solo, live and collaborative (with Desertshore) LPs, Mark Kozelek is to release another one in 2014 via his long-time baby Sun Kil Moon.

Featuring a guest cast that includes Will Oldham aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, 'Benji' will arrive on 4 Feb 2014.

Stream one of its listed tracks, the Shelly-featuring 'Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes', via Pitchfork.

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CHARLI XCX RELEASES SINGLE OFF TBA LP
Charli XCX - maker of this year's 'True Romance' - is already ready to release a new LP, and has signalled this by sharing its lead single, 'SuperLove'.

Details on the LP are scant to say the least, but one thing I can say for certain is that 'SuperLove' will be available on 1 Dec.

Catch singing candy cane Charli in the 'SuperLove' clip.

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ANDREW WK RELEASING PARTY BIBLE
Last seen lending his face to the selling of sexy wipes, Andrew WK is to go back to making cash off his original love; that of partying, and partying hard. WK has signed a deal to release a 'Party Bible' (because what gets a party started faster than reading, am I right) preaching all he has learned re partying at parties whilst partying.

Available in the 'near future' as a physical party pamphlet and as an audiobook, it is, says its editor Michael Szczerban via AV Club: "An unforgettable voyage in search of truth, wisdom, and party bliss" in which "every feeling will be permitted, every thought will become prophecy, and humanity's surging life force will be harnessed and ridden into the abyss".

Here's a trailer charting its 'Genesis'.

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ROBBIE, DIZZEE, ELLIE AND LITTLE MIX ALL PLAYING CHILDREN IN NEED ROCKS
This year's Children In Need Rocks (which is nothing like Ibiza Rocks, by the way), has gained its first acts c/o head act-picker Gary Barlow. Happening at the Eventim née Hammersmith Apollo, the charity pop party's first night (12 Nov) will feature Robbie Williams, Little Mix and Dizzee Rascal, whilst Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks and Bastille will entertain fans the next day.

Fearne Cotton, who's hosting both shows alongside Chris Evans, says: "BBC Children in Need Rocks is always fantastic and once again Gary has pulled off a mega line-up. I can't wait to present this year, we've got two nights of music which means double the fun, and I have no doubt that we're going to raise a huge amount of money for a very special charity doing amazing work".

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FALL OUT BOY TO PLAY VEVO SHOW
A "stoked" Fall Out Boy confirmed the other day they'll play a special Vevo Presents show at London's Islington Academy soon, if 5 Nov is considered 'soon', that is.

The 'Vevo Presents' bit means it'll be streamed in real time online, but FOB fanatics wishing to watch the band 'IRL' will have to fight over tickets (on sale today) at this link.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: LEAF, BUGGED OUT WEEKENDER, ADE AND MORE
First off, it's straight to exciting news of an all-new event on the scene, the Rob Da Bank/Ben Turner created LEAF, aka London Electronic Arts Festival, which takes place in spots all over the capital on 7-10 Nov. Mixing talks, installations and live performances by the likes of Major Lazer, William Orbit, Omar Souleyman, Trentemøller and Dinos Chapham, it'll also feature 'in conversation' chats with Giorgio Moroder and New Order, plus workshops and masterclasses, catering by Seth Troxler and his Smokey Tails BBQ grill, and an exclusive Boiler Room side-event with Eats Everything and MK.

Speaking as one, co-curators Rob and Ben say: "London has defined a genre. It may not have invented electronic music, but it gave it a global focal point for decades. Its influence from DJs to parties, flyers to technology platforms has been pivotal to the durability and the inventiveness of this scene. LEAF aims to bring all of this together for the very first time in the capital. This is our way of giving something back to a city that helped shape our entire working lives".

Talking of electronically-inclined festi-conventions, is anyone headed to this year's ADE (aka Amsterdam Dance Event)? Well, if headliners like Calvin Harris and Carl Cox didn't quite clinch a ticket purchase at first, perhaps the EDM-athon's latest announced acts - Seth Troxler, Tidd Terje, Nina Kraviz and Ame - might.

As you ponder that, please also ponder info on additions to Electronic Beats Festival's Dresden arm, headbanging Butlins 'bash' Giants Of Rock, London's Vans Warped Tour, new kid on the block Blackpool Rocks, Birmingham's super-alt Bring To Light and Oxford all-dayer Audioscope, which donates all its profits to homelessness charity Shelter.

Over to the FLUUs...

AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT, various venues, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16-20 Oct: Ame, Culoe De Song, Goldfish, Henrik Schwarz, Joris Voorn, Midland, Nina Kraviz, Pachanga Boys, Sander van Doorn, San Proper, Seth Troxler, Solomun, The Martinez Brothers, Todd Terje, Tom Trago. www.a-d-e.nl

AUDIOSCOPE, Jericho Tavern, Oxford, 23 Nov: Esben And The Witch, Grumbling Fur, Califone, Pet Moon, Eat Lights Become Lights, Fonda 500, Pye Corner Audio, Thought Forms, Salvation Bill, Sauna Youth, Tomaga, Listing Ships. www.audioscope.co.uk

BLACKPOOL ROCKS, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 21 Dec: The 1975, Disclosure, Wretch 32, Trevor Nelson, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Swim Deep, Little Comets, Rae Morris, Huw Stephens, Grum, Hannah Wants, Fully Charged, Jay Fontalba, M.O, DJ Elliott Smith, Giles Hayton, Nick Coulson. www.blackpoolrocks.com

BRING TO LIGHT, Rainbow Warehouse/Library Of Birmingham, Birmingham, 25-27 Oct: Evil Blizzard. www.capsule.org.uk/project/bringtolight

BUGGED OUT WEEKENDER, Pontins Southport Holiday Park, Merseyside, 7-9 Mar 2014: Sasha, Dave Clarke, Erol Alkan, Dixon, Dusky, Eats Everything, Kölsch, Paul Woolford. www.buggedoutweekender.net

EB FESTIVAL DRESDEN, Alter Schlachthof, Dresden, Germany, 10 Nov: Mount Kimbie. www.electronicbeats.net/en/tag/dresden

GIANTS OF ROCK, Butlins Resort Minehead, Somerset, 7-10 Feb 2014: Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Sweet, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Snakecharmer, FM, Curved Air. www.bigweekends.com/your-break/125857

HARD ROCK HELL, Haven, Gwynedd, Wales, 28 Nov - 1 Dec: Skindred, Alpha Tiger, The Treatment, Logan, Attica Rage, Gonga, The Jokers, Massive Wagons, Cross Eyed Mary, Klose. www.hardrockhell.com

LEAF FESTIVAL, various venues, London, 7-10 Nov: Major Lazer, Trentemøller, Dinos Chapman, William Orbit, The Bloody Beetroots, Giorgio Moroder, Omar Souleyman, Eats Everything, MK, Rob Da Bank, Éclair Fifi, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes, Dantiez. www.leaflondon.net

VANS WARPED TOUR, Alexandra Palace, London, 16-17 Nov: We Are The Ocean, The Skints, Attila, The Defiled, Love Zombies, Rat Attack. vanswarpedtouruk.com

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HMV RETURNS TO ORIGINAL LONDON STORE TOMORROW
HMV will return at 363 Oxford Street tomorrow in a very clever bit of marketing spin from the new owners of the flagging entertainment retail brand that sees what is actually a floorspace-downsize move presented as a triumphant return to the music seller's original home. Well, always good to get some pomp out of the circumstance.

The management team put in place by that new HMV owner Hilco might, possibly rightly, argue that the shift of its flagship London store along Oxford Street to its smaller original base is symbolic of their wider strategy to rescue the firm: keep costs down where you can and exploit HMV's heritage as much as possible.

The fact that HMV originally departed its 363 Oxford Street base - nearly 80 years after it was opened by Edward Elgar - in 2000 is also possibly noteworthy, given it was arguably decisions being made by a rather arrogant (and digitally naïve) HMV management around about that time that ultimately sealed the firm's fate, and its subsequent collapse into administration earlier this year.

For the new guard at HMV the return to 363 Oxford Street kicks off a relaunch for the streamlined company, which needs to perform well in the all important Christmas quarter even now that it's in private ownership. Although the revamped 363 Oxford Street shop opens tomorrow, a formal launch event will take place later in October, with a special series of in-stores planned around the country.

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WARNER APPOINTS COOLS TO GLOBAL EDM ROLE
Warner Music has announced the appointment of Bart Cools to the role of Executive Vice President, Global A&R And Marketing, Dance Music, Warner Recorded Music, which will certainly fill his business card.

Cools had a similar role at the pre-sale EMI where, having led various European units for the major, he ended up as overseer of the globally-focused EMI Dance Network. He also worked with EDM juggernaut and tedious-pop-template-maker David Guetta. Some of the EDM artists Cools worked with at EMI, including Guetta, have since moved to Warner via its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group.

In his new role at Warner, Cools will report into Atlantic Records chief man Craig Kallman who told CMU: "There are few executives that can match Bart's track record in dance music and I'm delighted to welcome him to the team. This is a dynamic genre that breaks many of the rules of traditional artist development, and Bart's unique insight - gained working with some of the world's biggest and most successful artists - will be invaluable as we continue to transform our capabilities".

Cools himself added: "There have never been more opportunities for dance music artists than there are today and, in order to fulfil their potential, they need the support of a closely coordinated, multi-disciplinary and agile network across all their key territories. Warner Music has those elements in place and I look forward to working with Craig and the talented team here to discover amazing new artists and to continue to deliver best-in-class support to the incredible dance acts we already represent".

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UNIVERSAL APPOINTS VP FOR US RECORDED MUSIC
Universal Music yesterday announced Michele Anthony has been appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President, US Recorded Music.

Reporting into UMG big cheese Lucian Grainge, she will work with the management teams across Universal's US labels to "maximise commercial and strategic opportunities ... establish new revenue streams, form alliances with third parties and oversee a variety of the company's special projects". Previously with Sony Music, most recently Anthony has run her own music business consultancy and management firm 7H Entertainment.

Confirming the hire, Grainge told CMU: "There are scarce executives in music with the depth of Michele's experience on both the label and artist sides of the industry. Michele's versatility and creative approach to business will make her a valuable addition to our management team".

Anthony herself said: "Over the past several years, Lucian Grainge has transformed Universal Music into the industry's most progressive music company. I'm excited to be a part of the forward-thinking executive team Lucian has put into place, and I look forward to helping UMG lead the music industry's reinvention, working along side the extraordinary artists, employees and entrepreneurs that make up today's UMG".

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RADIO 1 PRESENTERS TO FALL SILENT TODAY
As Radio 1's 'Even More Music Month' draws to a close today, the station will cram yet more songs into its schedule by forcing its presenters to shut the bloody hell up for twelve hours.

Already underway since the start of Nick Grimshaw's breakfast show this morning, the jocks are only allowed to communicate with listeners via the official Radio 1 Twitter account. So, it'll be really easy to avoid them all day. Except Newsbeat, which will insist on filling your brain with spoken words. I knew there had to be a catch.

From 5pm today, the station will also be playing its 100 most played tracks of the last five years back to back, culminating in a listener voted top 30. So that's nice.

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THE ROOTS JOIN THE MUPPETS FOR A SING SONG
Who doesn't want to watch The Roots and Jimmy Fallon sing the 'Sesame Street' theme tune with Big Bird, Elmo and the Count? Who I ask you, who? No one, that's who. So let's all just watch it now, enough of this unnecessary introductory waffle. Seriously, stop reading this. Why are you still reading it?

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