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Friday 6 December 2013

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: David Cameron's Intellectual Property Adviser Mike Weatherley will lead a music rights-focused strand at the 2014 Great Escape Convention it was announced this morning. The CMU Insights-programmed TGE Convention, which is, in case you forgot, the UK's premiere music business conference sitting within Europe's leading festival for new music, will centre around six core half-day strands... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Prolific Swiss producer Ripperton is going to be tearing it up at Tender Hooks for their last bash under the Elephant And Castle arches this year. As well as his take on beats and breaks, there'll be sets from Anton Zap and Romare, amongst others. Also, whether or not this matters to you I don't know, but the Tender Hooks folks promise that this party will be in no way festive. So if you're not yet... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Prolific Swiss producer Ripperton is going to be tearing it up at Tender Hooks for their last bash under the Elephant And Castle arches this year. As well as his take on beats and breaks, there'll be sets from Anton Zap and Romare, amongst others. Also, whether or not this matters to you I don't know, but the Tender Hooks folks promise that this party will be in no way festive. So if you're not yet... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Mike Weatherly to lead music rights strand at The Great Escape 2014, plus new-look convention programme confirmed
Spotify expected to announce freemium mobile option
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Osborn confirmed as new MPA CEO
Warner announces launch of new South African business
Passenger track sells a million, confirming continue strength of UK singles market
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Imogen Heap partners with Pledge on mega-boxset pre-order
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MEDIA Royal hoax DJ resigns
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ARTIST NEWS US cuts 'humasexual' paras out of Morrissey's autobiography, as Ja Rule denies gay relationship
Wild Flag stop waving
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RELEASES Release round-up: Lana Del Rey, Let's Wrestle, Dena and Pariah
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Kings Of Leon bound for Milton Keynes Bowl
New Young Pony Club and Alice Russell to sing Sound:Check Sessions with choir
Emily Wells touring UK soon
Festival line-up update: Ibiza & Mallorca Rocks, Bilbao BBK, Soundwave and more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #185: (Definitely) BBC Radio Lancashire v (Probably not) Radio Caroline
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Mike Weatherly to lead music rights strand at The Great Escape 2014, plus new-look convention programme confirmed
David Cameron's Intellectual Property Adviser Mike Weatherley will lead a music rights-focused strand at the 2014 Great Escape Convention it was announced this morning.

The CMU Insights-programmed TGE Convention, which is, in case you forgot, the UK's premiere music business conference sitting within Europe's leading festival for new music, will centre around six core half-day strands in 2014, a new programming approach that will allow delegates to focus in more depth on the key issues the music business now faces, and offer more opportunities to question and network with the experts involved.

'Maximising Music Rights' is the first of those six strands. Presented in association with PPL and PRS For Music, the session will include an overview of the music rights sector in 2014, looking at how different revenue streams are working for artists, labels and publishers around the world, and at how the industry is rising to the challenge to simplify the licensing process.

Reps from PPL, Kobalt and the artist community will then lead a debate on the increased importance of neighbouring rights, before a focus on the tools and services being used by labels to manage and curtail the unlicensed distribution of their content online. CMU Business Editor and TGE Convention Programmer Chris Cooke will then talk to Mike Weatherley, who is MP for Hove, about current thinking on IP issues in Whitehall and Westminster.

Details about the other five CMU Insights-curated convention strands taking place at TGE next May will be confirmed in early 2014, alongside news about The Great Escape's ever popular In Conversation programme and DIY Day for the grass roots music community. The Great Escape takes place from 8-10 May next year, and delegate passes are now available at the special early bird rate of £145 from the TGE website.

Meanwhile, have some quotes from the key people involved in 'Maximising Music Rights'...

Mike Weatherley MP: "It is a huge honour to welcome The Great Escape to Brighton & Hove once again. It's a fantastic event filling our music venues and debating halls with all things music related. As the Prime Minister's Adviser on Intellectual Property Rights, it is especially gratifying for me to see support for our creative industries raised to such a high level by all those involved - organisers, artists and supporters. Thank you".

PPL CEO Peter Leathem: "PPL is very pleased to be supporting The Great Escape once again this year and we are looking forward to participating in the Maximising Music Rights strand and especially the panel on 'neighbouring rights'. This is an increasingly important revenue stream for our performer members. We will be sharing tips and advice on how artists and producers should be capitalising on it and will be happy to answer any questions that come from the floor".

PRS For Music CEO Robert Ashcroft: "This debate couldn't be more timely. PRS for Music is licensing new online services every day, all of which are vastly changing the music industry landscape we've been accustomed to. Some of these new business models are becoming leading platforms for music discovery but are creating an increasingly complex digital landscape. The Great Escape's Maximising Music Rights strand will provide vital insight to those wanting to tackle the new issues surrounding intellectual property. We are also delighted to be involved alongside new IP adviser, Mike Weatherly MP. Mike is a music lover as well as politician and has always been a great champion of copyright".

TGE Festival Director Kat Morris: "We're delighted to be announcing the first instalment of our convention programme and are privileged for Mike Weatherley MP to be leading our music rights strand. The Great Escape convention will break with the norm next year by offering six more in-depth strands. Delegates will still be able to dip in and out as they wish, but, by having more time dedicated to each topic, we'll be able to cover each more thoroughly. We can't wait to welcome everyone to Brighton for the ninth Great Escape, which will be our biggest and best festival to date. Roll on May".

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Spotify expected to announce freemium mobile option
Now that it's been decided that Team Spotify aren't, as it turns out, quite so evil after all, because evil people would never launch a website called Spotify Artists, the streaming music dudes can focus on their next big innovation: free mobile streaming. Because we all know how much artists love the freemium version of Spotify, with the lower royalties it pays out.

To date, of course, the full smart-phone element of Spotify has only been available to those opting for the top tier ten pounds a month subscription package, with mobile listening one of the main attractions for the premium offer. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, the streaming firm is close to launching a new freemium mobile service too.

Though, according to the WSJ's sources, the free mobile option will be more limited than the premium version. Aside from the inclusion of all those irritating ads, users will only be able to access a limited number of tracks, and a Pandora-style personalised playlist option, where listeners have less control over what they listen to, will be pushed to the fore, it is thought.

That said, in the US, Spotify actually already offers a free mobile option of the Pandora kind, so it's not clear if the new development will simply see that service upgraded, or if the existing American free mobile option is due to made available in other markets (or both). Though all this is set to be announced in New York, which would suggest a new service for American users too (though Spotify makes most of its announcements in NYC these days, possibly because it has aspirations for an IPO on the city's stock exchange at some point).

Either way, it's an interesting development, given that for the last couple of years Spotify has seemed to treat its freemium service as a marketing channel for its pay-to-listen options, with 'lose the ads' the main feature to its sell basic five pound premium option, and full mobile functionality the selling point for the higher price service.

The move is possibly a result of streaming music becoming increasingly mobile-centric in the last eighteen months, or because of assumptions that the YouTube audio service that's in the pipeline, a serious competitor when it goes live, will have Spotify-style mobile functionality, for Android-users at least. Though YouTube audio will be primarily a subscription service and it's not yet clear what will be available for free.

Spotify is expected to reveal all about its new freemium offer at a doughnut party in New York next week. The doughnuts, we are assured, will be of the non-evil kind.

Osborn confirmed as new MPA CEO
The UK music publishing sector's trade body MPA has announced that Sarah Osborn, the organisation's General Manager since April last year, will become its new CEO with immediate effect. She takes over from Stephen Navin, who announced he was exiting earlier this year, formally standing down at the trade group's AGM in June.

Osborn, who spent eight years at publisher Schott Music before joining the MPA, told CMU yesterday: "I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation, particularly at such a crucial time for the MPA and for music publishing as a whole. Our challenge as a trade association is to remain relevant to our members' interests, to enable members to do more and better business, to ensure that music publishers receive the support they need from policy makers in order to maintain their contribution to the UK economy, and to promote a better understanding of the business of music publishing and the importance of copyright".

Meanwhile the MPA's Chairman Chris Butler added: "The MPA Board is delighted to have appointed Sarah as Chief Executive. Her thorough understanding of the music publishing industry, proven commitment to the MPA and its members, and strategic vision for the organisation meant that she was the outstanding candidate. The Board looks forward to working with her to ensure that the MPA becomes even more vital to the interests of each and every one of its members".

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Warner announces launch of new South African business
We've resisted the temptation to spin a music-related story out of the really big news coming out of South Africa today - except to squeeze in an RIP to the great Mandela and to note that through its acquisition of the Chrysalis catalogue earlier this year we're pretty sure Warner Music ended up with control of one of the greatest protest songs ever recorded - but in music business news, yesterday the mini-major announced the launch of Warner Music South Africa.

The launch follows Warner buying out its former business partner in the region Gallo Records, so that their joint venture company Warner Music Gallo Africa will become a wholly-owned WMG subsidiary. The former firm's General Manager Tracy Fraser will become MD of Warner Music South Africa, which will oversee the release of the major's international repertoire in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.

Confirming the Gallo deal and new wholly owned business in South Africa, Warner Recorded Music's President, International Stu Bergen told CMU: "We are very excited about the growth potential of the music industry in South Africa. Our commitment to strengthening our geographical reach and global network continues, and we see this investment as another step towards delivering best in class services and driving new opportunities for our extraordinary artists all around the world".

Meanwhile Fraser added: "Thanks to the recent launch of legitimate online services combined with the increasing availability of technology and mobile handsets we are experiencing an increasing demand for digital music, while our physical market remains significant. I look forward to working with our international team to capitalise on these positive trends in South Africa and maximise local access to our world-class repertoire".

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Passenger track sells a million, confirming continue strength of UK singles market
While it was noted last month that there will be no million-selling album in the UK this year, for the first time since the early 1980s according to Music Week, the stats for single track sales continue to look good.

Four singles have now sold over a million copies this year, which is the first time there have been four million-selling singles in a year for fifteen years. Passenger track 'Let Her Go' is the latest to pass the million sales mark, according to data from the Official Charts Company and record industry trade body the BPI. Other million selling tracks this year include Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky', Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and that ever popular rape anthem 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke et al.

'Let Her Go' is the 141st single to sell more than a million units in the UK since the singles chart began, and only the third million seller from an indie label since 2000. Commenting on that fact, charts chief Martin Talbot told CMU: "Congratulations to Passenger and his label Nettwerk on scoring only the third independent million selling single this millennium. 'Let Her Go' is not only one of the singles of the year, it is one of the classics of the digital era - as this achievement underlines".

Meanwhile on the increasing number of tracks now reaching the million seller landmark, thanks to the iTunes-initiated revival of the singles market, BPI spokesman Gennaro Castaldo added: "The last few years have shown how much the digital revolution has completely revitalised the singles market, and this latest landmark of four one million sellers in one year underlines just how popular the format has become again".

Elsewhere in chart stats, One Direction are the first group to ever have their first three albums enter the US Billboard Albums Chart at number one in first week of sale. 'Midnight Memories' sold a mega 546,000 units in first week of sale Stateside.

Imogen Heap partners with Pledge on mega-boxset pre-order
Imogen Heap will work with PledgeMusic on a pre-order direct-to-fan campaign around a deluxe box-set edition of her forthcoming album 'Sparks', it's been confirmed.

And when we say deluxe, it's a substantial product that includes, in addition to the new long player, twelve data DVDs full of content, a video DVD, a big fat book, a pack of playing cards, some vinyl and access to some exclusive downloads. Which hopefully makes the £215 price point seem like a good deal.

Confirming that the super box set release was being sold via a Pledge pre-order campaign (other cheaper pre-order products are also available), PledgeMusic MD Malcolm Dunbar told CMU: "We're delighted to be working with Imogen Heap. Her visionary use of innovation and desire to truly engage her fanbase is to be admired - hence we're pleased we can offer her an opportunity to bring on board PledgeMusic's ever expanding worldwide community too".

Meanwhile Heap herself added: "I've never released anything other than through the 'usual channels' and am looking forward to seeing how PledgeMusic's community responds to the goodies we've set up".

Royal hoax DJ resigns
Mel Grieg, one of the Australian radio presenters involved in a hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess Of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness last December, has resigned from the company where she was working at the time, Southern Cross Austereo.

Grieg and co-host Michael Christian phoned London's King Edward VII's Hospital, which was, at the time, caring for a then recently pregnant Kate Middleton, in a pre-recorded item for their show on the Southern Cross-owned 2Day FM station in Sydney. Pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, they convinced one nurse to connect them to Middleton's ward, and another into discussing her condition. The former nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, took her own life just days later.

The two DJs were put on leave shortly after the news broke and their show was eventually replaced in January. Christian returned with a new show on the also SCA-owned Fox FM in Melbourne in February, and was named Australia's Next Top Jock by his employer in June. Grieg, meanwhile, remained off air, and in July took legal action against SCA for "failing to provide a safe workplace".

But this dispute has now been resolved, SCA and Grieg said in a joint statement yesterday, with the presenter agreeing to resign from the company. Saying that they "have amicably resolved all aspects of their dispute arising from the royal hoax call", SCA said that it takes full responsibility for the broadcast and "greatly regrets the unforeseeable tragic aftermath of the call". Though the media firm maintains that the broadcast did not breach the law.

Yesterday's statement added: "Mel Greig wishes to make it clear that as an announcer she was not responsible for the decision to broadcast the hoax call. Prior to the call being broadcast she made suggestions for changes to be made to the recording of the call. 2Day FM decided that the call should be broadcast without alteration".

Grieg will officially leave SCA at the end of this month and will also provide a statement to the UK Coroner's inquest into Saldanha's death.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Tender Hooks at Corsica Studios
Prolific Swiss producer Ripperton is going to be tearing it up at Tender Hooks for their last bash under the Elephant And Castle arches this year. As well as his take on beats and breaks, there'll be sets from Anton Zap and Romare, amongst others.

Also, whether or not this matters to you I don't know, but the Tender Hooks folks promise that this party will be in no way festive. So if you're not yet ready to get into the Christmas vibe, this is the place for you.

Saturday 7 Dec, Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB, 11pm-6am, £10+, more info here.
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US cuts 'humasexual' paras out of Morrissey's autobiography, as Ja Rule denies gay relationship
Mention of Morrissey's relationship with photographer Jake Walters has been edited out of US editions of Moz's 'Autobiography'.

As previously reported, Morrissey 'came out' in his own oblique way in the book, stating he was "humasexual" and "attracted to humans", and also writing about Walters - still quite ambiguously - as a significant other in his life in the mid-1990s.

WENN has since confirmed that, in the American edits of 'Autobiography', many of Moz's anecdotes have been altered so as not to include Walters as much as in the original UK edition. Also, a photo of Walters as a child has been removed, whilst his name has been entirely taken out of one story involving a night out with Chrissie Hynde.

In a week when - what with these edits and Tom Daley's (albeit positively received) 'revelation' - there's been an implication that gay relationships still need to be "explained" or, worst still, hidden, rapper Ja Rule has been busy denying allegations that he too has been in a relationship with another man.

Said allegations have been linked to his ex-wife, Aisha Atkins, who supposedly said during the recording of MTV show 'Married Life After Prison' that her former husband left her for a male prison cellmate. According to Metro, Atkins apparently said: "He wrote all them love songs and still don't know how to treat a bitch. We spent ten-plus years building our marriage but it only took him two to decide he'd rather suck a dick than be with his wife".

Rule, who was released from prison earlier this year having served two years in relation to various weapons and unpaid taxes charges, jumped on Twitter to deny his ex-wife's claims (and, seemingly, that his ex-wife had even made them). He tweeted that the rumours were "FASLE LIES made up by some non mf factor website CLOWNS".

Of course Ja Rule doesn't look to have a great track record when it comes to gay rights, having said in a 2007 interview with Complex (re-printed here by the Independent): "We need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and let's talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can't watch this shit".

Though he later said that the remarks had been "taken out of context", adding that he was "a very avid speaker for all people's rights and people having their own preference".

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Wild Flag stop waving
Indie-rock confederacy Wild Flag - the superband featuring members and ex-members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders and Quasi - has "kinda run its course", apparently, having only released the one LP back in 2011.

In an article in The Skinny, which states Wild Flag are officially "no more", one-time Sleater-Kinney drummer, now Quasi player Janet Weiss, says: "It was great but I think it just kinda ran its course. It's hard to have a band when you live five hours apart by plane".

So, location got in the way, like it always does. On the bright side, Wild Flag's factions are still showing signs of life, with Sleater-Kinney (who might yet reunite) guesting recently on-stage with Pearl Jam, and Weiss releasing a 24 track album titled 'Mole City' as part of Quasi.

Release round-up: Lana Del Rey, Let's Wrestle, Dena and Pariah
Hey, let's have a light smattering of appreciative clapping and sarcastic pictorial gags, because Lana Del Rey has released her biblical short film thing, 'Tropico'. Oh, and she's also confirmed the title of her new LP! Which is: 'Ultraviolence'. Possibly a closeted (not) nod to 'A Clockwork Orange'.

Experience the real horrorshow 'Tropico', which is also the name of an EP featuring three recycled 'Born To Die: The Paradise Edition' tracks that Lana released digitally yesterday, here, o my brothers.

In less overwrought news, third-timers Let's Wrestle will on 10 Feb 2014 enter a new era in their career by releasing an eponymous LP, apparently by far the band's most "heartfelt and diverse" yet. Its first single, 'Codeine And Marshmallows' (quite a combination), likens trendy London environ Stoke Newington to the Old West, like this.

Having been a presence on Berlin's alternative pop scene for a while now, Denitza Todorova, aka Dena, is at last soon to release her first solo LP. Its name is 'Flash', and it's released on 3 Mar 2014, which is basically all you need to know for now. To stem the wait, this here is key track 'Bad Timing'.

Finally, new-ish-ly approved faces Real Lies have had their recent single 'World Peace' remixed in an extended kind of way by beat-maker Pariah, in what's his first - and, given time constraints, possibly last - solo release (ie not as one half of Karenn) of the year. Hear the mix here.

Also as a sidebar to that, Real Lies were on BBC Radio 1 the other night, and did a live version of a new track titled 'North Circular'. Listen to them in session with Huw Stephens here.

Kings Of Leon bound for Milton Keynes Bowl
Kings Of Leon are poised to ride their 'Mechanical Bull' all the way to Milton Keynes Bowl for a truly huge summer show on 22 Jun 2014. Grabby fans can grab tickets as of 13 Dec at 9am.

And since we're talking of 'Mechanical Bull', which is of course the name of KOL's latest LP, let's have a watch of the video for its new single, 'Beautiful War'. Peace out.

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New Young Pony Club and Alice Russell to sing Sound:Check Sessions with choir
Soul star Alice Russell and synth-pop guild New Young Pony Club will split the bill at a charity show in London on 13 Dec, in aid of ChildHope and Children In Need.

Banner-titled the Sound:Check Sessions, both sets will see Russell and NYPC singing with Sound:Check's in-house choir, which sounds nice.

Find tickets to the event here, and see NYPC Sound:Check-ing with the choir in this clip.

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Emily Wells touring UK soon
CMU approval-winning Brooklyn soloist Emily Wells, whose niche skill is in mixing hip hop in with ghosting violin-pop (not easy, that), is playing various live dates in the UK soon, starting off tomorrow at Start The Bus in Bristol.

Emily's set to release her new single, 'Mama's Gonna Give You Love', a side-helping of this year's 'Mama' LP, via Partisan on 16 Dec, and has also done her own thing with Haddaway's 1993 track 'What Is Love'. Listen to the latter here and look at Well's impending live listings here:

7 Dec: Bristol, Start The Bus
8 Dec: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
9 Dec: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
10 Dec: Glasgow, King Tut's
11 Dec: Dublin, Whelans
12 Dec: Leicester, Cookie Jar
14 Dec: Cardiff, Bogeiz
15 Dec: Brighton, Sticky Mike's
16 Dec: Guildford, The Boilerroom
17 Dec: London, Lexington

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Festival line-up update: Ibiza & Mallorca Rocks, Bilbao BBK, Soundwave and more
So, twin Spanish pop fiestas have made today's main festival splash with the exciting news that they'll both feature sets by Haim and The 1975.

Haim say: "Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks are going to be insane. We literally cannot wait to get there. Book your flights NOW".

Hear that? NOW. But wait, this is all moving too fast, because you haven't even seen these other FLUUs we've compiled to go with Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand-featuring fest Bilbao BBK, niche Berlin bash CTM, Croatian island dance party Soundwave, and heart-curdlingly rustic weekender WeyFest.

Look at those NOW:

BILBAO BBK, Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain, 10-12 Jul 2014: Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, The Lumineers, Jack Johnson, The 1975, Poliça, Elliott Brood, Dorian, Los Enemigos, El Columpio Asesino. www.bilbaobbklive.com

CTM FESTIVAL, various venues, Berlin, 24 Jan - 2 Feb 2014: Actress, KTL, Helena Hauff, Concrete Fence, Yasunao Tone, Veronica Vasicka, Sasha Go Hard, Julia Kent, Mika Vainio & Charlemagne Palestine, Chris Madak, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Main, Rashad Becker, Patten, COH + Tina Frank, Outer Space, TR \\ ER, Thomas Ankersmit, Dasha Rush, Ornament & Verbrechen, OAKE, Beneath, MESH, Upperground Orchestra, Hobocombo, Russell Haswell, DIISSC Orchestra, The First Latvians On Mars, Łukasz Szałankiewicz, Ensemble Mi-65, én aka Pal Tóth, Kassel Jaeger, Alexander Robotnick, Godfried-Willem Raes, Mørbeck, Lotic, Fearplay. www.ctm-festival.de

IBIZA ROCKS, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Ibiza, Spain, full dates TBA: Haim, The 1975. www.ibizarocks.com

MALLORCA ROCKS, Mallorca Rocks Hotel, Mallorca, Spain, full dates TBA: Haim, The 1975. www.mallorcarocks.com

SOUNDWAVE, The Garden, Tiso, Croatia, 17-21 Jul 2014: Gold Panda, Gentleman's Dub Club, Huey Morgan, Om Unit, Riot Jazz, Flako, Alexander Nut, Andrew Ashong, Dele Sossimi, Mr Thing, & Essa, The Mouse Outfit, Soleance, Anuska. soundwavecoratia.com

WEYFEST, The Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey, 29-31 Aug: 10cc. www.weyfest.co.uk

CMU Beef Of The Week #185: (Definitely) BBC Radio Lancashire v (Probably not) Radio Caroline
So, for this week's Beef Of The Week, we head north into the wonderful world of local radio (not that all local radio is to be found in the north of England, obviously), to wonder how a man could end up being interviewed for 90 minutes about something he did not do.

Appearing on BBC Radio Lancashire's 'The Late Show' with presenter Alison Butterworth, Mark Dean was interviewed and answered listener questions over the course of an hour and a half about his memories of working on Radio Caroline in the 1960s. The problem was, he didn't really seem to have that many.

He had, he said, worked on Radio Caroline North, the original ship of the pirate station, though he got the name of the ship wrong (referring to it as Mi Amigo, the name of Radio Caroline South's boat), got the year the station had closed down wrong, and claimed to have never met one of the key broadcasters, Bob Stewart, who presented a show from the boat he claimed to have been on every morning.

Something about the whole thing seemed a little odd, particularly to BBC Local Radio's political correspondent Paul Rowley, who also happens to be a Radio Caroline expert, having, amongst other things, produced an award-winning documentary about the legendary pirate station.

Listening in to the interview, Rowley contacted the show to explain his confusion and then phoned in to interrogate Dean himself - an exchange you can listen to here.

Speaking to Radio Today about the incident, Rowley said: "Everything he said was either hazy or wrong. So I emailed Alison Butterworth during the show, and she put me on air. I told Mark Dean that no one of his name had ever worked on Radio Caroline, I asked him pretty simple questions about the history of the station, and he didn't seem to know the answers".

He continued: "I put it to him that he'd never broadcast on the ship, and he insisted he had. I cross-examined him live on air, and he continued to get basic facts wrong. So I challenged him to admit he was making it up. He maintained he was genuine, so I put it to him bluntly that he was a 'phoney' and a 'fake'".

It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for Dean at this point. It's not clear if this is simply a lie that got out of hand or if he genuinely believes, for whatever reason, that he was a pirate radio presenter in his youth. Either way, he probably didn't deserve the grilling he got.

You might also question how he got on the BBC show in the first place. Apparently he was booked on the strength that he'd said he used to be a "pirate" during a phone-in about 60s music. If that's the entry requirement, then it's surprising there aren't more instances of people coming onto radio shows and making stuff up. Maybe there are, but their chosen topics just don't coincide with the specialist subjects of the Corporation's in-house political journalists.

Although Dean insisted that he would be able to find evidence that would prove his position, he's not returned repeated calls to return to the show to explain himself.

 
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CHRIS COOKE | Co-Publisher, Business Editor & Insights Director
Chris provides music business coverage, writing key business news and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business, and is MD of CMU publisher UnLimited Media.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
Aly reports on artist news, coordinates the festival, gig and release round up columns, and contributes to the CMU Approved column. She also writes for CMU's sister title ThisWeek London.
Email aly@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of UnLimited Media she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
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