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Friday 18 October 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: One of the entertainment industry's original and longest running file-sharing battles is nearing an end, as it was announced yesterday that the US movie industry had reached an agreement with Gary Fung, the man behind isoHunt, one of the longest-running and most prolific file-sharing services on the net... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: The Orb are back and kick off their 25th anniversary shows in London this weekend. Initially formed by Alex Paterson and the KLF's Jimmy Cauty in 1988 of course, this outfit has since involved various other collaborators after springing to prominence with 1989's 'A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain... [READ MORE]
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Well here's a searing debate that will likely rage till time's bitter end, is Ke$ha's career being stifled by producer and label boss Dr Luke's "tyrannical finger"? An alliance of Ke$ha fans, adamant that that is the case, have launched an online petition to 'Free Ke$ha' (and her "dwindling creativity") from the corporate cosh.... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES isoHunt to go offline after long running legal battle reaches its conclusion
LEGAL Van Halen not happy with the trademark applications of a former Mrs Van Halen
Metropolitan Entertainment sues CMJ after failed merger
Conrad Murray plans to fight to get medical licence back
BRANDS & MERCH New US service aims to help brands turn online ads into music players
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES launches new iOS app
Spotify surveying users on best tracks for "music moments"
MEDIA Peebles moves soul show to Gold
ARTIST NEWS Morrissey's Morrissey book now in book shops
Death Grips direct and score short film on prostitution - or do they?
A Tribe Called Quest to split after Kanye dates
Officials could veto plan to name street after 'poor role model' Notorious BIG
RELEASES Release round-up: MIA, R Kelly, Ryan Hemsworth and East India Youth
GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival line-up update: SXSW, Sonar Stockholm and Watchet
AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #178: Ke$ha fans v Dr Luke
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isoHunt to go offline after long running legal battle reaches its conclusion
One of the entertainment industry's original and longest running file-sharing battles is nearing an end, as it was announced yesterday that the US movie industry had reached an agreement with Gary Fung, the man behind isoHunt, one of the longest-running and most prolific file-sharing services on the net.

Originally launched at the start of 2003, isoHunt - like LimeWire - was one of the few high profile North American file-sharing services to continue operating after the landmark MGM v Grokster Supreme Court ruling in 2005, which basically confirmed that the classic excuses provided by the operators of file-sharing services - "but we're not actually involved in the transfer of content" and "but our service has legitimate uses too" - couldn't circumvent liability for copyright infringement in the eyes of American law.

Fung is Canadian, so found himself in conflict with both the US and Canadian entertainment giants (at one point he sued the Canadian record industy), though - whereas the music business led in the legal assault against LimeWire - it was the Motion Picture Association Of America's litigation that dominated in the fight against isoHunt, even if it took over six years for that legal action to deliver yesterday's result.

For years Fung insisted his service wasn't liable for infringement, though mainly by using the 'transfer of content' and 'legitimate use' excuses, so his long term prospects never looked great. And yesterday it was revealed that Fung had finally agreed to wind down his operation, as well as committing to pay the US movie industry damages of $110 million. Both parties submitted a request to the courts to conclude the long running legal battle, though there is still some legal technicalities to get through just yet.

Speaking to TorrentFreak last night, Fung said: "It's sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of isoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition, and forever in internet start-up time. I think one worry I want to address is at no time have I compromised privacy of any user on isoHunt, in terms of your IP addresses or emails".

Needless to say, this resolution of such a long-running legal battle meant for a happy day at the Hollywood trade body. MPAA chief Chris Dodd told reporters: "Today's settlement is a major step forward in realising the enormous potential of the internet as a platform for legitimate commerce and innovation. It also sends a strong message that those who build businesses around encouraging, enabling, and helping others to commit copyright infringement are themselves infringers, and will be held accountable for their illegal actions".

Although the legal battle was led by the movie industry, the imminent demise of isoHunt will be welcomed by the music business too. The Canadian record industry's Music Canada organisation has already issued a statement, telling reporters: "The closure of isoHunt's worldwide operations announced today is a landmark victory for the creative community in Canada and around the globe".

Noting their own legal wranglings with Fung, the statement goes on: "The members of Music Canada had united with other music companies in an amended pleading in the Canadian action against isoHunt Web Technologies Inc and its owner Gary Fung. As one of the largest unauthorised BitTorrent sites in the world, isoHunt has been profiting from the work of creators by enabling millions of infringing acts and making a vast variety of unlicensed music, film and other creative content available for instant download. We welcome its closure".

Van Halen not happy with the trademark applications of a former Mrs Van Halen
ELVH Inc, the company that manages the trademarks of the legendary rock band Van Halen, has begun legal action against Kelly Van Halen, the ex-wife of the band's drummer Alex Van Halen, over her use of her surname in commercial enterprises.

Van Halen the band, of course, sourced its moniker from the family name of two of its founder members, Eddie and Alex, a family name Kelly Carter then took when she married the latter brother in 1984, and continued to use even after they divorced twelve years later.

Two decades on, Kelly Van Halen, pretty reasonably you might think, is running an interior design business, which is also involved in some fashion products and construction services, that uses her real name. And to that end she seemingly recently file a trademark application for exclusive use of the Kelly Van Halen mark in her areas of business.

It's that trademark registration that has resulted in the legal action from ELVH Inc, which is trying to block the mark applications, arguing - according to Billboard - that her use of the Kelly Van Halen brand violates the band's Van Halen trademarks, is diluting the value of those marks, and also constitutes passing off and unfair competition.

Should the case get to court it could raise some interesting issues around the old debate of whether trademark rights can impinge on someone using their family name, even if it's a name acquired through an annulled marriage. Though legal experts say that before that debate could be had, the Van Halen band would first have to show how Kelly VH's business activities are negatively impacting on their commercial operations.


Metropolitan Entertainment sues CMJ after failed merger
With the annual CMJ festival currently busily underway in New York, this was a timely week for the New York Times to bring to wider attention a legal squabble that is underway between the live music and media business and its one time suitor, live and management firm Metropolitan Entertainment.

CMJ and Metropolitan announced that they were merging four years ago in a surprising deal that, we assumed, was attractive to the latter business because of the good reputation of the annual CMJ festival and the firm's connections in the American student market. But that there deal never actually went ahead, despite the 2009 announcement.

Metropolitan Entertainment now claims that while it was in talks with CMJ about the merger, it provided loans to the company to the tune of $595,307 (loans which have since incurred $178,827 in interest). But those loans were never repaid, Metropolitan says.

Metropolitan chief John Scher also alleges that CMJ's owners, having seemingly found new investors, set up a new company and transferred their business's assets into it, without the debts, and subsequently told Scher that he had no claim for repayment from the current CMJ firm.

Scher told Billboard this week: "My partner and I went and had a meeting with [the current CMJ management]. They looked us in the eye and they said 'We've taken over CMJ, and we'd like to work together'. We said 'Well there's a little thing about the $600,000 or $700,000 you owe us'. They said 'Well you're not gonna get it. You've got a claim against old CMJ'. I thought 'I'm not a lawyer, but that can't be legal'".

But, responding to this week's New York Times report, the CEO of CMJ Holdings Alexis D'Amecourt, has told reporters that he believes Scher's lawsuit is without merit, adding:
"To that end CMJ timely filed [a rebuttal], and has pending before the court a motion to dismiss the action".


Conrad Murray plans to fight to get medical licence back
Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor imprisoned for causing the death of Michael Jackson through negligent treatment, has plans to restart his career in medicine, according to reports.

Murray, who continues to proclaim his innocence in relation to the death of the late king of pop, is due to be released from prison later this month. Murray lost his medical licences in both Texas and California as a result of his conviction, but according to TMZ he is planning on fighting the decisions to revoke those licences once he is out of jail.

TMZ says Murray has a list of patients he treated during his twenty years of practice who are supporting his bid for reinstatement.

Various officials, including the judge in Murray's trial, have criticised the doctor for not showing any public remorse for his role in the death of Jackson, who died of an overdose of the drug Propofol administered by the doctor, and it seems likely that such criticism will play against the doc if and when the medical licensing boards consider his case.

New US service aims to help brands turn online ads into music players
A US company called F# - or F Sharp - this week launched a new service to enable brands to connect with consumers through music via ad spaces online.

An F# ad spot - on platforms like Spotify and Facebook, or within conventional web ad slots powered by one of the ad networks - allows a brand to offer consumers the option to stream music rather than just looking or watching a conventional advert, the idea being that a musical exchange is a more positive way to make a connection with and engage a potential customer.

There are two ways the service works.

A brand can either licence a specific track or tracks from relevant rights owners direct, and then use F#'s technology to deliver the content through conventional ad slots (with the option for the user to 'pop out' the music ad, so they can continue to listen even if they leave the web page where they first find the advert). So this could mean that, if a brand syncs a track for a major advertising campaign, they could include in the deal the rights to make the track available via the F# system to reinforce their marketing activity.

Alternatively, brands can choose to offer an online radio experience, where an ongoing stream of music would be played, with tracks selected by the f# system from the streaming music catalogue operated by based on various criteria so that the brand's musical ad spot plays "the right music to reach the right audience". So basically the f# system applies similar algorithms to those used by a service like Pandora, but to find tracks that suit a brand's 'personality' and target audience, rather than the preferences of the user.

The latter option, unlike the former, is only available in the US, but that means that the sound recordings side can be licensed via the statutory licence operated by SoundExchange, meaning F# can offer pretty much a one-stop shop service to brands. Says the company: "By tapping into our extensive collection of historical data, F# Music Intelligence spots trends and identifies the music brands should use to drive higher engagement".

F# CEO Dan Merritts told CMU: "There's an incredible opportunity for advertisers to utilise music in their online campaigns, both through digital media buys and on the digital music services themselves. Following the wave of online advertising that focused on social media, we believe the next wave will be digital music. By branding musical experiences online, advertisers can now connect directly with consumers, and consumers get the musical content they love". launches new iOS app - formerly Share My Playlists - has announced the launch of a new iOS app which, says the company, provides what they believe to be "the best way for users to discover new music using a mobile device". Amongst other features, with the new app users can upload playlists from their Spotify library via their mobile and 'pin' playlists to certain locations.

Says founder Kieron Donoghue: "The app is the ultimate way to discover new music on a mobile device. We've made discovery as easy as possible giving users multiple ways to explore and surface music through a variety of methods. Our unique Playlist Charts, Playlist Reviews and New Release listings mean it's now easier than ever to enjoy new music on the move".


Spotify surveying users on best tracks for "music moments"
Spotify is inviting UK users to vote on the tracks that best suit their "music moments", which basically means picking the best songs for driving, getting a party started, getting through Monday morning or surviving a hangover.

However, before you all think that this is a great opportunity to annoy the Spotify naysayers by forcing Radiohead and Talking Heads tracks to the top of all these polls, voters have to pick from shortlists of five for each category.

Though those who like to annoy pop stars might want to let Hanson know they are up for the Best One Hit Wonder category. Spotify will presumably side-step the wrath of Hanson fans (yes, they still exist) by stressing that the shortlists are based on the songs that most frequently appear in user-created playlists on their platform that are based around each topic.

So it's Spotify users, rather than Spotify itself, that think that the best way to 'get a party started' is to swot up on all the excuses you could use if you accidentally rape someone before the night is out. Ah, those 'Blurred Lines' are everywhere, aren't they?

Says Spotify VP Global Communications Angela Watts of the user survey: "We can't wait to hear which track gets wallflowers strutting their stuff on the dance floor.... or the song that gets even the laziest person turning the treadmill up a notch at the gym".

Vote at, or peruse and angrily critique to yourself the shortlists here:

Best Driving Song

1. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
2. Eric Clapton - Layla
3. The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
4. Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
5. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody -

Best Hangover Cure
1. Avicii - Wake Me Up
2. Taio Cruz - Flo Rida Hangover
3. Kanye West - Stronger
4. The Commodores - Easy
5. Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song

Best Guilty Pleasure
1. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
2. Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
3. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
4. Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
5. Wilson Philips - Hold On

Best Song To Get Over An Ex
1. Adele - Someone Like You
2. Kelis - Caught Out There
3. Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River
4. Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
5. Beyoncé - Best Thing I Never Had

Best Party Starter
1. Avicii - Levels
2. Robin Thicke, TI, Pharrell - Blurred Lines
3. Beyoncé - Crazy In Love
4. Bee Gees - Night Fever
5. Chic - Le Freak

Best Work Out Song
1. Shakira, Wycleaf Jean - Hips Don't Lie
2. Eminem - Lose Yourself
3. LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It
4. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
5. Snoop Dogg, David Guetta - Sweat

Best One Hit Wonder
1. Vanilla - Ice Ice Ice Baby
2. Hanson - MMMBop
3. Los Del Rio - Macarena
4. Aqua - Barbie Girl
5. Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy

Best Monday Song
1. The Bangles - Manic Monday
2. Death Cab For Cutie - Monday Morning
3. New Order - Blue Monday
4. The Mamas And The Papas - Monday Monday
5. The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays

Peebles moves soul show to Gold
Andy Peebles' 'The Soul Train' radio show is shifting from Smooth Radio to the Gold network, following the (ongoing) acquisition of Smooth by Gold operators Global Radio.

Peebles stepped down from his daily show at Smooth as part of a schedule rejig earlier this year but continued to do his weekly 'Soul Train' programme. In the latest revamp he will depart the Smooth network completely but will take 'Soul Train' - which first aired in the 1970s and has also appeared on both Piccadilly Radio and Radio 1 - to Gold.

Says Peebles: "I am thrilled to bits to take 'The Soul Train' to Gold and delighted that Richard Park is giving the show such a fantastic platform. I hope that people will make a date with me on Saturday nights and join me for the greatest soul music".

The there mentioned Park, Global's Director Of Broadcasting, added: "Andy Peebles is one of the UK's true broadcasting legends. I look forward to welcoming his new home at Gold where 'The Soul Train' will be one of the highlights of the weekend schedule".

Other changes in the latest Smooth overhaul will also see Andi Peters and Paul Anderson depart.

  VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: The Orb 25th Anniversary Tour
The Orb are back and kick off their 25th anniversary shows in London this weekend.

Initially formed by Alex Paterson and the KLF's Jimmy Cauty in 1988 of course, this outfit has since involved various other collaborators after springing to prominence with 1989's 'A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain Which Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld'. And while 'Little Fluffy Clouds' remains their biggest hit, these guys have created so much other great music over the years.

Saturday's live show promises to be an explosive melting pot of all the dance music genres including ambient, techno, dub, house and more. Supported by their long term pals and collaborators System 7, who have just released their 'Phoenix Rising' album, this show should be a testament to the longevity of a truly original British musical talent. And hopefully we'll get to witness some of the original euphoric spirit which turned acid house into a massive youth revolution.

The Orb 25th Anniversary Tour, Saturday 19 Oct, The Forum, Kentish Town, NW5, 10pm-4am, tickets available here.
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Morrissey's Morrissey book now in book shops
It's odd that, as opposed to when a film or TV show comes out, the world thinks it's fine to make 'spoiler' lists of the highlights of a famous person's autobiography.

And indeed that is the case with Morrissey's new book 'Autobiography', which is, in actual, non-fictional fact, an autobiography. For a while it looked like it wasn't going to be published, but now it has been, so why not go and buy it?

Or just look at one of the many, many skim-read media reviews of what's in it. "But what is in it?" you ask. Well, amongst other things, that:

a) Morrissey nurses numerous grudges
b) Morrissey has had a significant, loving relationship in his life
c) Morrissey's POV on The Smiths remains ambiguous
d) Morrissey nearly became a sitcom star

and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, that:

e) Morrissey is prone to being maudlin

Here is a link to buy Moz's 'Autobiography' via its publishers, Penguin Books.


Death Grips direct and score short film on prostitution - or do they?
Despite being fans of playing mind games (or at least seeming like they are, a mind game in itself), Death Grips have played it fairly straight - or have they? - in updating fans on their latest doings.

Which are, in the main, or at least so states a note passed on to Pigeons And Planes, hardback books of visual art by the band's Stefan Burnett, and a short film directed by DG drummer Zach Hill, and featuring an original Death Grips score.

Titled 'Misoneism' - defined as a 'hatred/fear of change' - the monochrome short "follows a young man forced into the underground prostitution business in Brazil". It will star Robert Pattison (which may finally explain this) and Colin Hanks, and is set to be released in spring.

Or is it? I keep asking because, apparently, Death Grips aren't really doing any of that, and they contacted Pitchfork straight after the Pigeons And Planes report appeared to say all that news had been fabricated, and that they have no idea who provided P&P with the update. But then again, as Pitchfork points out, this is Death Grips, so who honestly knows? And if the movie claim is all a lie, it's an oddly specific one.

Say Death Grips/fake Death Grips: "The film was conceived with the ethos of Sacramento's 1970s independent films, most of which were fairly low budget and gained, at best, modest popularity. In a sense, the promotion is a social experiment. We purposefully employed very high profile actors to star in an experimental, avant-garde film, promoted only on smaller indie music websites and publications for reasons that we will reveal in the upcoming press kit".

'They' go on to confirm that 'Birds', Death Grips' previously reported new track circa earlier this year, will form part of the 'Miseoneism' OST, adding "it was received extremely well". Oh, I give up.


A Tribe Called Quest to split after Kanye dates
Rapper Q-Tip has revealed via Twitter that A Tribe Called Quest will disband (again) once they've cashed in their next paycheq... I mean, played a final pair of live dates in late-November.

The group, who formed in 1989, breaking up in 1998 only to reform for the Rock The Bells festival in 2004, have decided to put a halt to the occasional touring they've done since.

Their last shows - for now - will be supporting Kanye 'Yeezus' West at New York's Barclays Center (20 Nov) and Madison Square Garden (24 Nov).


Officials could veto plan to name street after 'poor role model' Notorious BIG
A plan to rename a street corner in honour of late rapper the Notorious BIG in his one-time hood of Brooklyn, New York, could be squashed by local authorities on the grounds that he isn't a good enough role model. One local decision maker has told reporters that the slain MC, real name Christopher Wallace, wasn't, in life, in great shape, either physically or ethically, and on that basis she is voting against naming the corner Christopher Wallace Way.

Having looked into Biggie's history, local official Lucy Koteen is quoted by WENN as saying: "He started selling drugs at 12, he was a school dropout at 17, he was arrested for drugs and weapons charges, he was arrested for parole violations, he was arrested in North Carolina for crack cocaine, in 1996 he was again arrested for assault, he had a violent death, and physically the man is not exactly a role model for youth".

"I don't see how this guy was a role model", she adds, "and frankly [the street naming proposal] offends me".

LeRoy McCarthy, who's behind the petition backing the campaign, counters: "There are many artists that share stories in a vernacular that their audiences understand. Biggie used the language from the streets he grew up in to convey what he wanted to say. [Council] board members should not hold Wallace's physical appearance nor how he died against him".

Release round-up: MIA, R Kelly, Ryan Hemsworth and East India Youth
MIA previewed an extra feature to her new LP, 'Matangi' yesterday, rephrasing Drake's track 'YOLO (You Only Live Once)' in new song 'YALA', which is short for 'You Always Live Again'.

Sharing it via Twitter, she added the post-it: "If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?". Fair point. 'YALA' is available to those advance-ordering 'Matangi' from 22 Oct. 'Matangi' itself, meanwhile, is released 4 Nov.

Oh, and a quick note on R Kelly's 'Black Panties' album, which will now 'drop' (sorry) on 10 Dec. Originally slated for an 11 Nov release, the LP's month-long postponement is, says an R rep via Rolling Stone, because Mr Kelly and team are making "final tweaks" to all its silly, silly tracks.

Moving on to a good kid who's handed in his LP assignment on time, it's over to CMU approvee Ryan Hemsworth. The Canadian mix whiz's 'Guilt Trips', which carries collaborations with Sinead Harnett, Tinashe and Lofty305, is streaming on Pitchfork's oft-inoperable Advance player pending its release next week, so have a try at hearing it via that.

Taking prime 'finale' place in this release synopsis is new Stolen Recordings singing East India Youth, real name William Doyle, who yesterday released his first official video, 'Looking For Someone'. First out earlier this year, the track will feature on EIY's very first LP when that arrives in 2014. Watch the video here, and bone up on its concept via this Quietus quiz with its director Joe Spray here.

Festival line-up update: SXSW, Sonar Stockholm and Watchet
First and foremost in this FLUU you're looking to now, it's South By Southwest, or SXSW, the most southern-fried Texan festival/conference going. Since SXSW HQ just shared the first 'phase' of its listed acts, we now know to expect the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Eliza Doolittle, Micah P Hinson, London Grammar and Teengirl Fantasy at next year's event.

And with that intro done, let's do some listings, also taking in Sonar's first ever Swedish edition, Sonar Stockholm, and news of new additions to Somerset's Watchet Live.

SONAR STOCKHOLM, Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-15 Feb 2014: Bonobo, Daphni, Jon Hopkins, Skudge, La Fleur.

SXSW, various venues, Austin, Texas, 11-16 Mar 2014: Aer, Kyle Andrews, Atlanter, Atomix, The Autumn Defense, Avi Buffalo, Belle Adair, Betunizer, The Black And White Years, Jeff Blac, Black Taxi, The Black Watch, The Blank Tapes, The Boxing Lesson, Boyfrndz, Bring Me The Horizon, Bugs of Phonon, Burgess Meredith, Allysen Callery, Capsula, Casual Sex, [Champagne], The Chevelles, Christeene, Shawn Chrystopher, Cinco Doce, Amy Cook, Crossfaith, Rodney Crowell, Current Swell, David J, Deidre and the Dark, DeLorean, Dems, Desert, The Devil Makes Three, Division Minuscula, Eliza Doolittle, Doughbeezy, Dråpe, Drenge, Dumb Waiter, The Dunwells, Lincoln Durham, Dusty Stray, East Cameron Folkcore, East Forest, Andrea Echeverri, E-Dubble, Robert Ellis, Sean Falyon, Feathers, Folly And The Hunter, Ghost Loft, Ariana Gillis, Glass Animals, The Great Wilderness, Gungor, Hamell On Trial, Elias Haslanger, Hey Ocean!, Micah P Hinson, Hollow Jan, Hopsin, Hyenaz, Il Pan del Diavolo, INVSN, Garland Jeffreys, Jonzieeee, Vance Joy, June, Jungle, Kaytranada, K Camp, Killa Kyleon, Kins, Kira Kira, KristalAand Jonny Boy, La Orquesta Vulgar, Kieran Leonard, Like Swimming, Lil Ray/Wheels Up, Lions In The Street, Little Daylight, Little Jesus, Grace London, London Grammar, Lord Buffalo, Los Lonely Boys, Lost Tapes, Calvin Love, Lovely Bad Things, Love X Stereo, Lene Lovich Band, Eleni Mandell, Marigold, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, Mibbs, Mighty Oaks, Fernando Milagros, The Ben Miller Band, Mirror Travel, Mise En Scene, Money For Rope, Mon Laferte, Mono Inc, Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step, Mozes And The Firstborn, Mr Gnome, Neulore, Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children, Nightmare Air, Kurt Nilsen, NO, NoNoNo, OBN III's, Only Real, Palmbomen, Panama Wedding, PapaNegro, Pedaljets, Penny & Sparrow, People Of Letters, The Pepper Pots, Juan Perro, Phonalex, Pompeya, Porter, Propain, Pure Love, Que, Random, The Rocketboys, Raina Rose, Roxy Roca, Royal Canoe, Rusty Maples, Saint Rich, Josef Salvat, Saor Patrol, Savoir Adore, Jack Savoretti, Shakey Graves, Sigmun, Sisu, Ski Lodge, Soldout, The Sour Notes, Speak, The Spring Standards, Starlight Girls, The Suffers, Sweet Baboo, The Swis, SwizZz, Dudu Tassa, Teengirl Fantasy, Kristian Terzic Band, To Be Frank, Jonathan Toubin, Truth Universal, Ume, Urge Overkill, Vampillia, Vida Boulevard, VIP, Vockah Redu, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Taj Weekes & Adowa, Wes Fif, Whiskey Shivers, Dot Wiggin Band, Wild Child, Wild Moccasins, Wild Ones, Roosh Williams, WonFu, Dizzy Wright, Yip Deceiver, Gabby Young And Other Animals, Zefirina.

WATCHET LIVE, Parsonage Farm, Watchet, Somerset, 22-24 Aug 2014: Lunatrix, Tankus The Henge.

CMU Beef Of The Week #178: Ke$ha fans v Dr Luke
Well here's a searing debate that will likely rage till time's bitter end, is Ke$ha's career being stifled by producer and label boss Dr Luke's "tyrannical finger"? An alliance of Ke$ha fans, adamant that that is the case, have launched an online petition to 'Free Ke$ha' (and her "dwindling creativity") from the corporate cosh of overbearing label bosses and, in particular, of pop tyrant Dr Luke. The main aim of the 'Free Ke$ha' crew is to have the 'Tik Tok' star released from an alleged eight-LP deal with Kemosabe Records, Dr Luke's Sony imprint.

Silly and over-dramatic as all the phrasing of the petition is, this does sort of hark once again (I know, sorry) back to the topical topic of popstars, especially ones with XX chromosomes, and the alleged lack of real say they have as regards their image and career. Britney Spears and newer face Sky Ferreira have both emerged recently revealing that they have felt leant on by management, label execs etc in different ways; Britney in the sense that she has to balance being 'sexy' with being a 31 year-old 'mom' to two young children, and Sky in that she's felt obliged to scale back her 'alternative' traits in order to appeal to the pre-teen mainstream. That said, Spears, despite her feelings, still released a pretty 'sexy' video in 'Work Bitch', whilst Ferreira poses topless on the cover of her new LP 'Night Time, My Time', a thorny move she has a fair go at explaining in this new interview with Stereogum. And then, of course, there's Miley. On which let's not dwell.

In Ke$ha's case, whilst she hasn't made any complaints about feeling oversexed, she did say last year that she felt "forced" to promote her 2012 single 'Die Young' against her will, despite the incredibly ill-timing of its release coinciding, by chance, with the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut.

Though she later retracted the statement, and seems to have acted as she pleases ever since; drinking wee, making TV, having supernatural sex and generally happily enacting every PR's darkest nightmare. And that, essentially, is Ke$ha's image; the eccentric rebel with adequate artistic cred to hang with The Flaming Lips, enough 'weirdness' in reserve to design lewd jewellery, and the dead-eyed commercial bent it takes to duet with Pitbull (this on a new single 'Timber', which is advertised by an image of a lady's behind, which may be Ke$ha's).

And given all that, and this, you'd hope anyone who encourages fans to "be yourself fucking always" would be themselves fucking always. You hear that, 'Free Ke$ha'-ites? Ke$ha is herself fucking always. Or so she says when she has a single about trees falling over to plug.

Sign or don't sign the 'Free Ke$ha' petition here.

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