An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 15 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The threshold at which physically released music videos - primarily DVDs and Blu-rays - must receive an age classification from the BBFC is to be lowered. The organisation is also planning to launch a voluntary pilot for online music videos, in partnership with record label trade body the BPI, a spokesperson confirmed to CMU yesterday. This follows a review of the Video Recordings Act by the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: So the whole (un)civilised world wants in on CMU Artists Of The Year 2013 features Fat White Family, whose 'repulsive' pull grows stronger with every weird, horrible, incredible song they spit out. 'Touch The Leather', a two-sided story of skin and cowhide full of holes and chewed-up, slovenly riffs, is the most recent of those, and is coming out (like it or not) on 3 Mar on Hate Hate Hate Records... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES BBFC to pilot voluntary ratings for online music videos, as exemption threshold for music DVDs narrowed
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LEGAL Dave Lee Travis sexual assault trial begins
Counting Crows sue for bigger digital cut
Coinye team throw in the towel after Kanye goes legal
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DEALS 4AD signs Merchandise
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Record industry's public performance revenue to top £600 million, says Deloitte
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Editor to lead music journalism course
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ARTIST NEWS Outkast back to work, possibly on new LP
Efterklang set 'final' live date
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Details announced for this year's Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition
Boiler Room confirms live collaboration with V&A
Real Estate add London show, share new track
Royal Blood list headline dates
Festival line-up update: Sonar, Download, Pinkpop and more
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AWARDS NME Award noms out
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AND FINALLY... Police raid Bieber's house following egg attack
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DOMINO RECORDING CO LTD - INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANT
Domino Recording Co Ltd is seeking an International Assistant to be part of the Domino International Team, supporting all work across campaigns. The role requires good organizational and computer skills including some experience in these areas: collecting sales figures, servicing digital music and videos, providing marketing tools and merchandising to the territories and assisting on some aspects of international promotions.

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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - LABEL MANAGER
[PIAS] Artist & Label Services has one of the most experienced label management teams in the business. We are looking to add to the team and bring in a new label manager to work alongside us in supporting the broad range of labels with whom we work.

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GET INVOLVED - PR/MEDIA SPECIALIST
Leading event marketing agency/festival promoter Get Involved is looking for an experienced national PR Officer to work across live events, festivals and consumer brands.

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PRS FOR MUSIC - INTERNATIONAL ANALYST (BUSINESS AFFAIRS)
PRS for Music is looking for an Analyst to support the International Business Affairs team’s objectives of revenue growth, increased market penetration and the maintenance of good relations with overseas affiliates.

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OFFICIAL CHARTS COMPANY - CONTENT & MARKETING ASSISTANT
The Official Charts Company is expanding: Do you know your Miley from your Kylie and have a passion for writing, content marketing, social media? Then read on!

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WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER/PA (MATERNITY COVER)
Office Manager/PA required for maternity cover contract for London-based established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the entertainment industry.

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DISCIPLE MEDIA - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Disciple Media is looking for a business development executive. Your job will be to identify musicians who will thrive on our mobile platform and manage the sales pipeline.

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DIGITAL PROJECT COORDINATOR
Are you familiar with the digital music world? Can you build and maintain websites and social media destinations? Would you like to put your knowledge and skills into practice at one of the UK’s leading independent record labels, working on an incredible array of catalogue, and some exciting new release campaigns?

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SNAPPER MUSIC - PRESS & PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR
Reporting to the Sales & Marketing Director you will be responsible for planning and coordinating all press and PR, working across all forms of media. Being the main contact, you will take full ownership for this area and use your initiative to maximise PR across all Snapper labels helping build upon its excellent reputation and catalogue.

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INGROOVES - PHYSICAL OPERATIONS MANAGER
Physical Operations Manager will be responsible for all aspects of production for albums released outside of North America as well as being the in-house physical distribution expert and assisting the label management team with any inquiries from clients.

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ESSENTIAL MUSIC - HEAD OF DIGITAL STRATEGY & MARKETING
The Head of Digital Strategy & Marketing will be the lead digital strategist representing distributed labels and artists. They will craft and execute digital campaigns for select projects, spanning promotion, social strategy, community engagement, D2C, and partnership opportunities.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGER, THE BORDERLINE
MAMA & Company is looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant General Manager with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of London’s most established venues. As AGBM, you will have experience of duty management, diary management, liaising with clients, forecasting and budgeting, venue administration and a passion for live music.

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WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Management Assistant required for London based established artist management company. Role will include providing support to artist managers for release campaigns, promotion and touring, co-ordinating day-to-day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties. Candidates must have a minimum of three years proven management, promotion or label experience.

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FAMOUS FLAMES RECORDINGS - DIGITAL ASSISTANT INTERN
Internship available for Digital Assistant at label specialising in rock n roll, blues, soul and jazz music. You will be tasked with sourcing and digitising content and ideally, you will be passionate and knowledgeable about this era of music and able to contribute creatively, as well as being technically proficient with all things digital.

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DAINTY GROUP - TOUR ACCOUNTANT
Dainty Group is an Australian-based and internationally renowned live entertainment business which presents world class concerts, musicals, exhibitions, sports and special events. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the finance team as a Tour Accountant, based in Southbank, Melbourne. The successful candidate will have extensive tour accounting experience ideally gained in an international environment. The package is negotiable based on experience.

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BBFC to pilot voluntary ratings for online music videos, as exemption threshold for music DVDs narrowed
The threshold at which physically released music videos - primarily DVDs and Blu-rays - must receive an age classification from the BBFC is to be lowered. The organisation is also planning to launch a voluntary pilot for online music videos, in partnership with record label trade body the BPI, a spokesperson confirmed to CMU yesterday.

This follows a review of the Video Recordings Act by the government, which was completed last year. Until now, only physically released music videos containing "extreme" content have required an age rating. Under the pending changes to the Act, expected to be implemented in the spring, anything that fits the criteria for a twelve certificate or above will have to be classified by BBFC examiners. Previously these would have been stamped 'exempt', or simply not put forward for review at all.

Government has also asked the BBFC and the BPI to launch a pilot scheme to rate online music videos. At the moment online content does not come under the BBFC's remit, and so anything sent to it for classification is done so voluntarily (which some labels do in some cases).

Currently at the planning stages, the pilot scheme is expected to launch later this year, with a view to gauging the level of support from the industry for a permanent voluntary rating system for online music videos. Although voluntary and purely for guidance rather than a legal requirement, , initially at least, Google has already said that it will use the ratings on its services if it takes off, and possibly implement parental controls based on them.

Speaking to The Guardian, BBFC Assistant Director David Austin said: "The classification of a music video will take account of any elements which are of concern to parents, including glamorisation of behaviour which they consider inappropriate".

A spokesperson for the BBFC noted that in the film industry, iTunes and Netflix both use the organisation's ratings in this way, while Netflix also submits its own original content for classification voluntarily.

Dave Lee Travis sexual assault trial begins
Radio DJ Dave Lee Travis appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, accused of thirteen counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2008.

As previously reported, Travis, real name David Griffin, was originally questioned by police in late 2012 as part of the ongoing Operation Yewtree police investigation, which was sparked by accusations against the late Jimmy Savile. Following his initial arrest, more women came forward, increasing the number of alleged victims to eleven - the youngest fifteen at the time she claims to have been assaulted.

Since the initial allegations went public, Travis has always strongly denied all the charges against him. However, at yesterday's hearing, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told the jury that he was an "opportunist" who targeted "young women who were vulnerable".

The Guardian reports that one alleged incident happened on a live edition of 'Top Of The Pops', when Travis is said to have groped a nineteen year old woman as he introduced a song by The Smurfs. Another, backstage at a pantomime in Crawley, was allegedly interrupted when one of the Chuckle Brothers walked past Travis' dressing room, as he pinned a woman up against the door and put his hand down her jogging bottoms.

The youngest victim claims that she met the DJ at a Showaddywaddy concert, where he told her "I love big boobs" before flicking her nipples and attempting to remove her top. Showaddywaddy frontman Dave Bartram is expected to give evidence at the trial.

Some of the accusations come from fellow broadcasters, a BBC trainee saying that he fondled her breasts as she introduced 'Woman's Hour' on Radio 4, while a former colleague at Chiltern Radio accuses him of sexually assaulting her.

The jury were played recordings of police interviews with Travis. In one, discussing groping a BBC colleague, he insisted that the claims were fabricated, saying: "If you live in a sweet shop you don't eat sweets".

In a busy day for Operation Yewtree-related court appearances, Rolf Harris also appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday to enter a plea of not guilty to sexual offences, and 'Coronation Street' actor Bill Roache began his trial at Preston Crown Court. Meanwhile entertainer Freddie Starr was arrested for a third time by Operation Yewtree officers to be questioned about new allegations made against him.

Travis' trial will continue this morning.

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Counting Crows sue for bigger digital cut
Counting Crows are the latest arrivals at the digital royalties dispute house party, which has quite a guest list at the moment, including Kenny Rogers, Rob Zombie, Chuck D, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, Toto, The Temptations, a Doobie Brother and Sister Sledge. Though 'Weird Al' Yankovic recently snuck out through a patio window, and the Warner-signed party-goers are currently in the kitchen considering a class action settlement proposal.

As much previously reported, a stack of veteran artists in the US - all with pre-iTunes contracts - are claiming that the labels should treat download income as 'licensing' rather than 'record sale' revenue. It's an important distinction, because a classic record contract will pay the artists a much bigger cut of the money on the former than the latter (licensing income traditionally being a much smaller revenue stream overall).

The key ruling in this dispute is FBT Productions v Universal Music, where the early Eminem collaborators secured a much bigger payout on download money relating to the Slim Shady tracks they have a stake in. It's yet to be tested in court whether that ruling sets a wider precedent, though many music attorneys reckon it does, and both Sony Music and Warner Music have proposed settlement agreements, which suggests they think the heritage acts have at least something of an argument.

Though neither of those settlements - the Warner one was put forward last month - are particularly generous, offering to pay a few per cent more on downloads than physical CD sales, but nowhere near the figure that would be customarily paid on licensing income (the cut on record sales would be up to 15%, the licensing cut could be in the region of 40-50%). It's not clear if any affected artists have accepted or indicated an intent to accept those proposed settlements.

But Counting Crows were signed to Universal Music's Geffen, so don't even have a settlement proposal to consider. In the band's lawsuit, filed with the LA Superior Court, their legal reps say: "Through this lawsuit, Counting Crows seeks to compel defendant to account to and pay the rightful share of licensing income paid to defendant for downloads and ringtones of the recorded music licensed by defendant to these entities".

As has occurred with some other digital royalty lawsuits, Counting Crows have thrown various other royalty-related gripes into the mix, claiming that an audit of the mega-major's books turned up $1 million in alleged underpayments. Which would buy an awful lot of pizzas for this increasingly raucous litigation party.

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Coinye team throw in the towel after Kanye goes legal
Well, this battle was over quicker than we expected. The people behind the new digital currency, the Kanye West celebrating/mocking (delete as you see fit) Coinye, have closed down their venture after legal pressure from the man himself.

As previously reported, West's people issued a cease and desist as soon as they got wind of the Coinye venture, arguing that people would assume the currency was endorsed by the rapper, and that it therefore violated his publicity and trademark rights.

The Coinye creators initially seemed keen to go into battle, bringing forward the project's launch on the basis that, because of the decentralised nature of the way the currency is created, once out on the net it would be impossible to stop. Team Coinye also altered their official name and logo to (very slightly) distance themselves from West.

But, while it might be hard for West to go after the anonymous individuals distributing the Coinye, his lawyers quickly filed litigation citing any website that had indicated it would accept the currency, and Amazon because it hosts some of those sites, as defendants. And if no one dares accept the new digital money, why bother creating it?

The currency's website now carries the line "COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye".

So there you go. Now West's lawyers can concentrate on a reported battery charge the rapper faces after punching a man on Monday, seemingly after said man made racist remarks aimed at Kanye's better half Kim Kardashian.

4AD signs Merchandise
Alt-rock band Merchandise, of Tampa, Florida, have signed a deal with 4AD, on the strict condition the label release the band's new twelve-inch single, 'Begging For Your Life/In The City Light', which seems only fair.

Now a five-piece featuring new face Chris Horn on guitar, keys and saxophone, Team Merchandise are, as I write, making what'll be their first LP on 4AD, following last year's five-track 'Totale Nite' EP.

They say of the signing: "We're happy to announce that we have begun a new partnership with 4AD. The endeavour is in its infancy, but has already proven to be fruitful. On the horizon lay many great things that we aim to accomplish with our new kindred partner".

'Begging For Your Life/In The City Light' will be available on 24 Feb. Play the single here until then.

Record industry's public performance revenue to top £600 million, says Deloitte
For all the talk about sync and streaming in recent years, we've noted before that public performance income is the often the fastest growing revenue steam in the music rights sector, and especially the record industry, as music is played in more places and by more broadcasters than ever before, and as labels get better at collecting the royalties they are due.

And it's that trend that Deloitte has honed in on for the music business in its latest set of predictions for the media and entertainment sectors. Commenting on expected worldwide public performance income this year, Deloitte's lead media partner Neil Allcock told CMU: "In 2014, Deloitte predicts revenues from music performance rights, a license payable for the right to play recorded music to the public, should exceed £600 million for the first time".

He goes on: "This may seem insignificant relative to other parts of the technology, media and telecommunications sector, but for the £10 billion recorded music industry, this will make a difference. Performance rights, which are collectable from all sizes of company, from bars to broadcasters, should continue to grow over the next few years and are likely to be the fastest growing industry segment. Over time performance rights revenues should reach £1.2 billion, although the timing for this is uncertain as yet".

Elsewhere in the latest Deloitte media report, the accountancy and consultancy firm reckons that 50 million homes worldwide will have two or more separate pay-television subscriptions by the end of the year, as the range of video-on-demand services grows, with at least a million such households in the UK. Meanwhile the value of sport broadcast rights worldwide will increase to £16 billion this year, partly fuelled by pay-TV firms competing for access to exclusive sports content to make their offers unique.

More on the report here.

CMU Editor to lead music journalism course
CMU Editor Andy Malt is to take over the teaching of the London Journalism Centre's music journalism course later this month. The eight week evening course will provide an introduction to the world of music journalism, from writing technique to pitching articles to editors. Two sessions will also be taught by Clash Magazine Features Editor Matt Bennett.

Says Andy: "I'm really excited to be taking over this well-established course. Along with Matt, I'll be breaking down the different aspects of music journalism in 2014, as well as showing how it fits into the wider music industry. I believe that the best way to learn anything is to do it, so there will be a heavy practical side to the course with plenty of guidance and feedback throughout. Hopefully, by the end of the eight weeks we should have a group of people ready to provide strong contributions to music writing".

Clash Magazine is also offering an internship to one student at the end of the course, providing an opportunity to put the skills learned into action immediately.

The eight week course begins on 29 Jan at the London Journalism Centre in Dalston, costing £225. To apply click here.

  Approved: Fat White Family - Touch The Leather
So the whole (un)civilised world wants in on CMU Artists Of The Year 2013 features Fat White Family, whose 'repulsive' pull grows stronger with every weird, horrible, incredible song they spit out. 'Touch The Leather', a two-sided story of skin and cowhide full of holes and chewed-up, slovenly riffs, is the most recent of those, and is coming out (like it or not) on 3 Mar on Hate Hate Hate Records.

Fat Whites' 'Tour Of Struggle' begins, perversely, on 14 Feb, at The Hope in Brighton. And whilst the tour ends on 25 Feb at London's Electrowerkz, the struggle will, I'm guessing, go on, hopefully with lots more shows like this one still to come.

You may now 'Touch The Leather'.
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Outkast back to work, possibly on new LP
So, hip hop's #1 odd couple Outkast - aka Andre 3000 and Big Boi - are back on, having taken some time (seven years, in fact) to do things apart.

The pair's peace-making in 2014 neatly makes it an even 20 years since their very first LP, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik', was released. And, perhaps, may signal the release of a brand new LP, if their ex-manager Queen Latifah's heavy hint has any real weight to it.

Revealing via FB that they'll play over 40 festivals this year, not least their already-confirmed appearances at States-based events Coachella and the Governor's Ball, Andre 3000 added: "Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast".

Big Boi, meanwhile, chipped in with: "I'm looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans - stank you smelly much, this is for y'all!"

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Efterklang set 'final' live date
The times are a-changing in Efterklang's camp, as the indie experimentalists hint that, following one final show in their native Sønderborg, Denmark, they will that take time to 'think' and 'reflect'.

Writing in riddles via their site, the band bill the Sønderborg gig as "an exploration, a rite of passage, a strange celebration", adding: "It will be the last concert with Efterklang as you and we know it. We are not sure what happens after this concert. It is time to reflect and time to move forward. We want to fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform. We are celebrating a decade of Efterklang releases and concerts and we are doing it in the most decadent way".

Efterklang's last live appearance in their present shape will be on 26 Feb, and will feature highlights of their four LPs to date, and never-heard new tracks. The Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, conductor Hans Ek and a local Sønderborg girls choir will join the band on-stage.

Details announced for this year's Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition
New bands who fancy playing one of the main stages at Glastonbury this year, take note, entries for the festival's customary Emerging Talent Competition will be accepted during just one week this year, 20-27 Feb.

It's free for bands to put themselves forward, contenders will need to supply a link to one track on SoundCloud and a video of themselves performing live (though that can be super lo-fi if necessary, bedroom performances are acceptable). A team of music writers will help select a longlist, before Team Glasto select a shortlist to take part in a live final in April.

Emily Eavis told CMU: "We get very excited about new music, and the Emerging Talent Competition is just a brilliant way for us to discover fresh talent. Our stage bookers come down to the live finals, and dozens of the acts who've entered over the years have been given a slot at the festival. We can't wait to see what this year's competition brings!"

Bands will be able to put themselves forward via the Glastonbury website next month.

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Boiler Room confirms live collaboration with V&A
Similar to Warp Records' collaboration with Tate Britain late last year, live/online sonic hothouse the Boiler Room will, on 31 Jan, take over the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the V&A's Friday Lates series.

The free-entry event, titled Sound It Out, will feature still-TBA DJ and live sets taking place in secret spaces at the V&A, and various installations looking at music's relationship to technology, and vice versa, not least a performance by specialist synth shop London Modular featuring Hemlock Recordings boss Jack Dunning, and talks by sociologist Laurie Waller and sonic artists Tom Richards and Fiorenzo Palermo.

RSVP and find details here.

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Real Estate add London show, share new track
Easy breezy indie agents Real Estate yesterday added news of a brief UK visit to pre-existing deets of their third LP, 'Atlas', which is released 3 Mar.

They'll play a single show at Bush Hall in London on 19 Feb, this as one third of a quick trip around Europe.

Lead 'Atlas' single, 'Talking Backwards', by the way, is previewable here.

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Royal Blood list headline dates
BBC Sound Of shortlistees Royal Blood, also known as the Brighton 'power'-rock duo supporting Arctic Monkeys at their big Finsbury Park shows, will on 13 Feb hit the pub/club circuit for a pretty gruelling eleven show run of their own.

See those shows in order, and listen to RB's 2013 single debut 'Out Of The Black', which Black Mammoth Records put out pre the group's signing to Warner Bros, here:

13 Feb: Southampton, The Cellar
14 Feb: Cardiff, The Globe
15 Feb: Exeter, Cavern
17 Feb: Leicester, The Musician
18 Feb: Norwich, Waterfront Studio
20 Feb: Sheffield, The Harley
21 Feb: Hull, Fruit
22 Feb: Bedford, Esquires
24 Feb: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
25 Feb: Reading, Face Bar
26 Feb: Oxford, Art Bar

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Festival line-up update: Sonar, Download, Pinkpop and more
An 'insider' has told the Daily Star (claims the Daily Star) that increasingly haggard-looking rock rakes Kasabian will headline Glastonbury as its closing act, joining so far the only official headliners, Arcade Fire and - possibly - Dolly Parton. Whilst the band are still to confirm the booking, they have been banging on about taking top billing at Glasto for... oh, ages really, and this is probably the only way Michael Eavis can think of to appease them.

A 'spy' told the Star: "Kasabian are the perfect finale for Glasto this year. It's a real coup that Dolly Parton is expected to be on the bill too, but her set won't provide the desired fireworks to truly rock the final night. That's where Kasabian come in".

Oh-kay. Right, onto the FLUUs...

BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug: Biohazard, Orphaned Land, Aborted, ReVamp. www.bloodstock.uk.com

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Derbyshire, 13-15 Jun: Bowling For Soup, Opeth, Black Label Society, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals, The BossHoss, Skid Row, Tesla, Bury Tomorrow, Danger Danger, Powerman 5000, Huntress, The Graveltones, Anti-Mortem. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

PINKPOP, Landgraaf, Netherlands, 7-9 Jun: Rudimental, Bastille, Avenged Sevenfold, Stromae. www.pinkpop.nl

SONAR REYKJAVIK, Harpa Concert House, Reykjavik, Iceland, 13-15 Feb: James Holden, Jon Hopkins, Paul Kalkbrenner, Bonobo, Daphni, Evian Christ. www.sonarreykjavik.com

SONAR STOCKHOLM, Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-15 Feb: James Holden, Jon Hopkins, Paul Kalkbrenner, Bonobo, Daphni, Evian Christ. www.sonarstockholm.com

UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL, Bisley Pavilion, Brookwood, Surrey, 19-21 Sep: Gentleman's Dub Club, Spizzenergi. undercoverfest.com

NME Award noms out
So let's see shall we, has it stopped sounding odd having an American city sponsoring the NME's annual awards bash yet? Testing, testing, testing. No, it hasn't. So yes, the noms are out for this year's "NME Awards with Austin, Texas".

Haim and the Arctic Monkeys do particularly well in the shortlists, while Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles are up for the East Target Award, aka Villain Of The Year. Actually, while it would be nice for nominees Pussy Riot and Vladimir Putin to respectively win the Hero and Villain prizes, I'm rather hoping Russell Brand, considered a hero by half of the NME's readership, and a villain by the other half, wins both.

And now, NME Editor Mike Williams on a year that has had everything, the NME readership noticing this, and more people than ever voting to compile some incredibly exciting shortlists: "The past twelve months of music have had everything - returning legends, era-defining singles, more albums with a claim to be modern classics than any year in recent memory and tons of massive live moments to celebrate".

He goes on: "None of this has gone unnoticed by NME's huge audience, with more people than ever voting to compile these incredibly exciting shortlists. I can't wait for the ceremony at the Brixton Academy on February 26 to find out who the big winners will be".

Best Solo Artist: Lorde, Lily Allen, Jake Bugg, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, David Bowie

Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure, Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band: Haim, Arcade Fire, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend

Best New Band: Drenge, Swim Deep, Chvrches, Jagwar Ma, Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett

Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Haim, Queens Of The Stone Age, Savages

Best Track: Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?, Lily Allen - Hard Out Here, Disclosure - White Noise, Arcade Fire - Reflektor, Primal Scream - 2013, Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Best Album: Arctic Monkeys - AM, QOTSA - ...Like Clockwork, Peace - In Love, Kanye West - Yeezus, Savages - Silence Yourself, Drenge - Drenge

Best Reissue: Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition, The Clash - Sound System, The Beta Band - The Regal Years: 1997-2004, The Breeders - LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition), Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Best Music Video: Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?, Pharell - Happy, Arcade Fire - Reflektor, Lily Allen - Hard Out Here, Eagulls - Nerve Endings, Haim - Falling

Best Festival: Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park, Latitude, Bestival, V

Best Small Festival: Rockness, Y Not, Kendall Calling, Swn, Green Man, Festival Number 6

Best TV Show: Breaking Bad, Fresh Meat, Sherlock, Game Of Thrones, Misfits, Doctor Who

Best Music Film: Muscle Shoals, Made Of Stone, Sound City, The National: Mistaken For Strangers, Good Vibrations, Muse

Best Book: Morrissey - Autobiography, Alan McGee - Creation Stories, Bob Stanley - Yeah Yeah Yeah, Mark Lewisohn - The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In, Beck - Song Reader, Richard Hell - I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp

Best Band Blog Or Twitter: Jehnny Beth (Savages), Albert Hammond Jr, Alana Haim (Haim), James Blunt, Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts), Grimes

Best Fan Community: Hurts, Haim, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Peace, Morrissey

Music Moment Of The Year: Pussy Riot are freed, Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury, Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust, Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury, Morrissey's autobiography is released, Kanye West brings Jesus on stage

Worst Band: One Direction, The Wanted, The 1975, Imagine Dragons, 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse

Hero Of The Year: Alex Turner, David Bowie, Este Haim, Russell Brand, Pussy Riot, Lou Reed

Villain Of The Year: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Harry Styles, David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Russell Brand

Police raid Bieber's house following egg attack
It's not uncommon for Justin Bieber to annoy his neighbours to the point of them calling the police, but yesterday things stepped up a level. After reports that Bieber had thrown eggs at a nearby house, police turned up, locked him in his garage and searched his home. For eggs.

Assuming Bieber hadn't eaten all the evidence, police have deemed this a felony case, which means that there is the possibility of a jail term if it results in a conviction. Presumably it won't go anything like that far, but just imagine if Bieber was locked up for egg-related crimes. Imagine.

In a statement, police lieutenant David Thompson told reporters: "He has not been arrested, nor has he been exonerated. I get that the eggs don't seem that significant, but it does rise to the level of a felony. There is a victim in this case who has extensive damage done to their home. And that's a serious incident".

Justin should be all too aware of the risks of launching eggs at people, given that an Australian teenager was arrested and later convicted for doing just that to the Bieber himself at a 2011 concert in Sydney. That seventeen year old got off with a six month good behaviour bond, as well as having to feel very silly for the rest of his life. Is that what you want, Justin? Is it?

 
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