An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 17 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: It's like my grandma always used to say: "Mix a bit of time and envy, and all streaming services will add a freemium option eventually". If I remember rightly, it was a saying she picked up during the war. And so it came to pass. Yes, the fifth Beatle of streaming music Rdio has announced it is launching a free-to-access version of its fully on-demand musical flim flam in the US, seemingly powered by... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Tonight, Shoreditch's XOYO plays host to some drum and bass courtesy of Shy FX and Ms Dynamite as the Digital Soundboy record label takes over. Shy FX has been rolling out the beats for many many moons and will be headlining, with Ms D providing vocal support. These two will be followed by Breakage and BTraits on the decks with their selection of bass and breaks... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: A new series of 'The Voice' started on BBC One last Saturday. You might have watched it. If not, they'll probably have another one on this Saturday. You could watch that one instead. Though, you'll not see the debut performance of former Streets vocalist Leo Ihenacho. A bit like when former Happy Mondays singer Rowetta went on 'X-Factor' and all the judges kept patronising her by telling her it was... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Rdio launches freemium option in US
Creative Industries Council launches new website
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LEGAL Conrad Murray conviction upheld by appeal court
Sherriff defends Bieber raid
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DEALS Warp Publishing ties in Death Grips
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal publisher launches new platform for sync market
Digital head appointed at Caroline International
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LIVE BUSINESS Artists back Manchester's Night & Day after noise complaint
Live Nation announces new alliance in Taiwan
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MEDIA New business affairs chief for BBC's radio and music operations
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RELEASES Google burgers and horsemeat murders: Kasabian are back
Release round-up: OFF!, Francoise & The Atlas Mountains, Smoke Fairies and Colourmusic
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival line-up update: ATP Iceland, The Garden, We Are FSTVL and more
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AWARDS Pharell, Karen O, U2 songs nominated for Oscar
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #189: Mike Skinner v Leo Ihenacho
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AUTHORITY COMMUNICATIONS - WEBSITE EDITOR
Authority Communications Ltd is looking for a Website Editor to manage websites, mailing lists and social media platforms for our roster of global music clients. You will have 2-3 years of industry experience, the ability to deliver compelling copy to tight deadlines, a good working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop and an intimate familiarity with social networking platforms of all kinds.

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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.

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

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
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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Rdio launches freemium option in US
It's like my grandma always used to say: "Mix a bit of time and envy, and all streaming services will add a freemium option eventually". If I remember rightly, it was a saying she picked up during the war.

And so it came to pass. Yes, the fifth Beatle of streaming music Rdio has announced it is launching a free-to-access version of its fully on-demand musical flim flam in the US, seemingly powered by its previously reported alliance with Cumulus Media, the Paul McCartney of American radio. Having taken a small stake in Rdio, Cumulus brings with it a sales house and promotional platform ideally suited for a freemium streaming set-up in the US.

Although most streaming services initially come to market with a subscription-only business model, perhaps offering some nominal previews or a four week free trial, most ultimately adopt the Pandora/Spotify approach of offering a fully-fledged ad-funded freemium entry-level option too.

Though said streaming firms don't always seem too certain whether that freemium service is a serious revenue generator and equal strand to their business, or just a loss-leading marketing platform to persuade people to sign up for premium. That said, for the last couple of years you've sensed that in most cases the latter is true, ie freemium is a marketing tool.

And it works to an extent, given that Spotify has often enjoyed faster sign-ups than most of its competitors when it launches in a new market. The challenge there is what to deprive freemium users of in order to persuade them to upgrade. There may be a monthly listening limit on the free service (though Spotify has now got rid of that completely), and premium users may get better audio quality or - most commonly - better mobile functionality.

Though, in an increasingly competitive market, most services have been slowly enhancing their freemium services in the last year. What's not clear is if that's based on a marketing plan that says "this year, let's get millions of freemium users so we can sell them premium next year", or whether those digital firms now see a second ad-funded revenue stream as crucial to their businesses again. The problem is, the subscription approach to streaming music makes much more sense from a commercial perspective.

The launch of freemium Rdio, which will only really apply to the web-experience, with free users limited to a Pandora-style interactive radio experience on mobile, will be backed up by a big promotional campaign on Cumulus radio stations. The push will come as the big Beats Music streaming service goes live, it without a freemium option. For now. The in-the-pipeline YouTube audio service is also expected to launch premium only.

It remains to be seen if, through the new freemium offer Stateside, Rdio can become the Ringo of streaming music. Or once Beats goes live, will it be more of a Jane Asher. Still, those are great backing vocals on 'All You Need Is Love'.

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Creative Industries Council launches new website
The Creative Industries Council, which is both a thing and a whatnot, yesterday launched "an innovative new digital approach to promote the UK creative industry on the global stage", which I think is a very creative way of saying "a new website".

The Council provides a forum for reps from the various creative sectors in the UK and relevant branches of government, and the new site - www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk - provides an online hub for that activity, and for promoting and explaining the various creative industries.

The new website has launched at the same time as some new stats about the UK creative industries, including the quotable quote that between them the creative sectors generate £8 million an hour for the British economy. And only £6.8 million of that is generated by One Direction and 'Downton Abbey'. Probably.

Launching the new website, the government's top culture bod Maria Miller told CMU: "There can be no doubt that the creative industries are a powerhouse within the UK economy. We should be incredibly proud that they are one of the most influential and diverse sectors of the UK economy and a world leader. The launch of this new digital initiative as part of the wider growth strategy for the sector is a practical way of driving growth through ensuring promotion of the sector both domestically and globally".

While Jo Dipple, boss of UK Music, which is backing the scheme, added: "[The government's] figures show how valuable the creative industries are to the British economy. UK Music's research published at the end of 2013 established that British music contributed upwards of £3.5bn of GVA [gross value added] in 2012. It is clear that British creativity defines us as a nation both culturally and economically. The launch of this new website will act as an invaluable resource for those wanting more information on British creativity and for those wanting to do business in the UK".

Conrad Murray conviction upheld by appeal court
An appeals court in California has upheld the criminal conviction of Conrad Murray, the doctor jailed for causing the death of Michael Jackson through negligent treatment.

Murray's lawyers argued that the judge who oversaw the doc's criminal trial, Michael Pastor, made various errors, including his refusal to allow Team Murray to present evidence on Jackson's financial situation and the other doctors who allegedly provided the king of pop with questionable treatment.

But the appeal judges were not impressed with those arguments, ruling that the defendant's "callous disregard for Mr Jackson's health and safety was shown throughout the trial from the manner in which he administered a number of dangerous drugs to Mr Jackson without the appropriate medical equipment, precautions or personnel in place, and to the manner in which he left Mr Jackson unattended".

The appeals court said that it found no errors in Pastor's decision making, including allowing the trial to be screened on TV, and therefore Murray's conviction must stand. As previously reported, the doctor was actually let out of jail last year after serving about half of his four year sentence.

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Sherriff defends Bieber raid
LA County Sherriff's Lieutenant David Thompson has defended his decision to send a heavy police presence to the home of Justin Bieber earlier this week.

As previously reported, police gained a warrant to search Bieber's home on Tuesday, following reports that the singer had thrown eggs at a neighbour's house. In total, twelve detectives raided the singer's house. But, says Thompson, this was justified because Bieber's garage is "humongous" and he also has a guesthouse in the garden.

He explained to Fox News: "We were dealing with three locations and we had no idea how many people were in that house. He has had so many people in there before - some tied to guns, drugs and all kinds of things. The decision was based on how many people to expect, which we didn't know, and it was also based on previous contacts, which have always been negative. I stand by my decision".

He added that he actually thinks he should have had more back up, saying that he regretted deciding not to take a SWAT team: "We had twelve detectives and there were in fact seven people at the house. To me, those odds aren't that good".

But all that said, you might still think this sounds like a bit too much for some egg throwing. Though Thompson also detailed the crime a bit more and said that Bieber caused $20,000 worth of damage to his neighbour's home, and, he continued, "the victim and his young daughter were in the line of fire for the eggs, which is an assault".

Plus, ruining all earlier reports on this story, he added that the police weren't actually looking for eggs during their search. He said: "When we got there, we were looking for anything that would support the crime. We were not looking for eggs. We were looking for security footage, which we did get".

All of which means that the felony case against Bieber continues, which may as yet result in the singer's arrest and possibly a jail sentence (the cost of the damage raising the severity of the charge). However, contrary to various reports, this would not potentially result in Bieber being deported from the States back to his native Canada, because the crime doesn't fit the specific criteria for that. Canada rejoices.

Warp Publishing ties in Death Grips
Cantankerous rap clique Death Grips, aka Stefan 'MC Ride' Burnett, Zach Hill and Andy 'Flatlander' Morin, have signed exclusively to Warp Music Publishing, Billboard confirms.

The worldwide publishing deal encompasses the group's stealth-released 2013 LP, 'Government Plates', plus all past and future albums and such. Fin.

Universal publisher launches new platform for sync market
Universal's publishing business has announced the launch of a new online service for the sync market, making it easier for music supervisors working for film, TV, gaming or ad producers to navigate the music major's song catalogues. Universal Music Publishing says that its sync platform has particularly good curated content and search tools.

Introducing the new sync service, UMPG UK's Senior Marketing Manager Alice Greaves told CMU: "Our aim with UMPG Songs was to create a responsive, intuitive system that empowers creatives to dig deep into the heart of our vast music catalogue".

She went on: "The new platform provides creative, cutting edge tools to help our clients quickly uncover the perfect music for their advert, film, TV series or game - whether they are looking for something highly specific or simply to browse for inspiration. We're confident that UMPG Songs will make our clients' jobs quicker and easier, whilst continuing to achieve the very best for the artists and writers we represent".

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Digital head appointed at Caroline International
Universal Music's new label services business Caroline International has only gone and got itself a Head Of Digital Marketing. And the man in question? Mr Dominic Louth, formerly Digital Media Manager for Parlophone.

He will report in jointly to Caroline's UK Label Manager Emma Greengrass and Head Of International Ed Scott, who both stood up yesterday and said the following in perfect unison: "We're very pleased that Dominic is joining us in this critical role for Caroline. Having managed so many extremely impressive digital campaigns for such a diverse range of artists he's a great resource for our partners in the UK and all around the world and will ensure that Caroline always delivers the very best in digital marketing services".

Louth himself then piped up: "Emma and Ed are building such an impressive team that I feel very privileged to have been asked to join. Caroline International is becoming the partner for some amazing artists and labels and I'm excited about creating and implementing innovative and highly effective digital marketing campaigns for them".

Artists back Manchester's Night & Day after noise complaint
Johnny Marr, Frank Turner and Tim Burgess are amongst the artists backing a petition to try and save popular Manchester gig haunt Night & Day from one of those pesky statutory nuisance abatement notices.

The operators of the venue have said their business is now at risk after a neighbour complained about noise levels at the space. According to local media, the complaining neighbour has only lived in the neighbourhood for a year while the Night & Day Café has been in business since 1991. And while you might think that a local council would side with a venue on such issues when a complainant has clearly chosen to move into a city centre property next to a pre-existing and long-established gig venue, things don't always turn out that way.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Night & Day's in-house promoter Gareth Butterworth said that the venue's owners could face a £20,000 fine or six month jail term if they don't deal with the complaint. And that would likely ruin the business. Says Butterworth: "The worst case scenario is that we shut down - bringing an end the employment of everyone who works here, not to mention destroying one of the major hubs for live music in Manchester, for local and international musicians",

He went on: "It's very upsetting. We understand that this resident has lived here for less than a year. We're an independent business that's been a staple of the Manchester arts scene for 23 years. We tried to speak to the resident, to explain the nature of our business, and we understand noise can be annoying - but why would you choose to move next door to a live music venue if noise is going to be an issue?"

The petition calling on Manchester City Council to withdraw the statutory nuisance abatement notice is here.

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Live Nation announces new alliance in Taiwan
Live Nation continues its global expansion with a new alliance in Taiwan. The live giant has announced a partnership with B'In Music International to form Live Nation Taiwan, to be based out of the country's capital Taipei.

Confirming the new division, Live Nation's President Of International And Emerging Markets told reporters: "Taiwan is one of the strongest economies in Asia and its proximity to the established touring markets of Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong make it an ideal stop on any Asian tour".

Meanwhile Ngiam Kwang Hwa, who will head up the business, added: "The combination of Live Nation's international touring power and its Asian network along with B'In's local experience and its roster of Taiwanese acts will enable our new company to rapidly become the leading promoter in Taiwan".

New business affairs chief for BBC's radio and music operations
The BBC yesterday announced the appointment of Isabel Begg to the rather wordy role of Head Of Commercial & Business Development, Rights And Business Affairs within its radio and music division.

Begg, who moves over from BBC North, will oversee business affairs and commercial deals for the Beeb's core radio and music activities, which will include plenty of intellectual property negotiations, around both music rights and the Corporation's own IP.

Confirming her new role, Begg told CMU: "I'm really excited about the opportunity to work in Radio and Music, two of my personal passions, and to contribute to such fantastic output".

Meanwhile BBC radio boss Helen Boaden and Commercial Director Bal Samra said in one of those fashionable joint statements: "We're delighted to welcome Isabel to BBC Radio. She brings a wealth of legal, business affairs and commercial experience, and will play a vital role in the BBC Radio management team".

Begg replaces BBC radio's previous business affairs man John Moran, who is departing for a new role at Channel 4.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Digital Soundboy at XOYO
Tonight, Shoreditch's XOYO plays host to some drum and bass courtesy of Shy FX and Ms Dynamite as the Digital Soundboy record label takes over.

Shy FX has been rolling out the beats for many many moons and will be headlining, with Ms D providing vocal support. These two will be followed by Breakage and BTraits on the decks with their selection of bass and breaks.

Friday 17 Jan, XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A, 9pm-4am, £12.50-£20, more info here.
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Google burgers and horsemeat murders: Kasabian are back
Twitter hate-bait Kasabian this week added, um, 'intrigue' to their still-vague new LP, which is meant to be 'landing' later this year, perhaps (definitely) in the midst of all the festivals they'll be playing, and around the time Kasabian might (definitely will) be rockin Glastonbury. But wait, I digress. The actual, authentic facts on Kasabian's sans-title new album are that it:

a) Will feature a track titled 'Ezz-Ehh', which itself features the now much tweeted lines "Horsemeat in the burgers, people commit murders/Everyone's on bugle, we're being watched by Google", which the band's Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan thought of during some "ridiculous" songwriting sesh or other. Whilst in no way high on bugle.

b) Is, says Meighan via NME, "a dangerous, dangerous, dangerous, dangerous drug we've created. I can't get my head round it. It's rock n roll, it's got the rawness and it's edgy, but we've gone back to electronica and we've gone beyond leftfield. What else can we do? It's a silver bullet mate. It's fantastic".

Fab. And since it's way, way too easy to rip into Tom n Serge's (semi-)rhymes, let's instead take the high road and think a little deeper, as deeply perhaps as Vice's Clive Martin has. Or just hide in a cupboard until this all blows over.

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Release round-up: OFF!, Francoise & The Atlas Mountains, Smoke Fairies and Colourmusic
Hardcore flag-wavers OFF! have switched fans on to this new LP, 'Wasted Years', they're releasing via Vice Records in week #1 of April. It has sixteen tracks to it, each laid - live and unedited - to eight-track tape by the band themselves in their practice space. So basically it's about as DIY as is possible. Oh, and its cover art is by Raymond Pettibon, who did Sonic Youth's 'Goo' sleeve of 1991, and designed Black Flag's iconic logo. Details and a tracklisting are via this link, and see an interview with the band here, via NPR.

Softly softly pop artisans Frànçois And The Atlas Mountains (from France) are also in the act of introducing an LP, titled 'Piano Ombre'. The band's fourth such outing, it follows 2012's 'E Volo Love', and comes out via Domino in March. Hear one of its tracks, 'La Vérité' (which is available as an 'instant grat' gift to fans who order the LP now), via this 'Tube player.

Smoke Fairies, of brooding folk infamy, have moved over to the Full Time Hobby label to release their eponymous third LP on 14 Apr. "This album gave us the opportunity to actually be two voices, rather than two voices as one entity: two people talking to each other as distinct characters", says the pair's Katherine Blamire, on harmonising with co-vocalist Jessica Davies. Hear their voices at play via sample 'Smoke Fairies' track 'Eclipse Them All'.

Also taking a third crack of the LP whip are odd-pop troupe Colourmusic, who will on 24 Mar release their new album 'May You Marry Rich', via Memphis Industries. So without further ado give one of its songs, 'Horse Race', a spin.

Festival line-up update: ATP Iceland, The Garden, We Are FSTVL and more
So, ATP. The Iceland-based festival, that is, which has added Kurt Vile, Swans and Fuck Buttons to its already Portishead and Interpol-featuring line-up.

Whilst ATP's latest announcement is on the tame side, Croatia's The Garden has gone all out, confirming a landslide of acts like Crazy P Soundsystem, Genius Of Time, KiNK, Session Victim, Eats Everything, Wolf And Lamb, Ben UFO and Levon Vincent.

So too has Essex dance fest We Are FSTVL given a massive boost to its listings via a large additions list, locking in the likes of Annie Mac, Knife Party, Steve Lawler, Ellen Allien, TEED and Shy FX to its 2014 edition.

Still to come is more on all that, plus concurrent updates to Bearded Theory, Chagstock, Hit The Deck and Rock Werchter...

ATP ICELAND, Ásbrú, Iceland, 10-12 Jul: Kurt Vile & The Violators, Swans, Fuck Buttons, The Haxan Cloak, Forest Swords, Eaux. www.atpfestival.com/events/atpiceland2014.php

BEARDED THEORY, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 22-25 May: Ali Campbell's UB40. www.beardedtheory.co.uk

CHAGSTOCK, Whiddon Down, Chagford, Devon, 18-19 Jul: Sheelanagig, The Stanfields, Sam Green & The Midnight Heist, New Crisis. www.chagstock.info

THE GARDEN FESTIVAL, Tisno, Croatia, 2-9 Jul: Crazy P Soundsystem, Genius of Time, KiNK, Session Victim, Seven Davis JR, Paqua, Bicep, Richards, Eats Everything, Darshan Jesrani, Prosumer, Wolf And Lamb, Soul Clap, The Revenge, Subb-An, Tim Sweeney, Ben UFO, Levon Vincent feat Just Jack, Adam Regan, Adam Shelton, Adjowa, Anthony Mansfield, Autocycle, Axel Boman, Bad Passion DJs, Begin, Belfast Music Club DJs, Bing Ji Ling, Bobby Beige, Brinsley Kazak, Cedric Maison, Christophe, Damiano Von Erkhert, Dan Beaumont, Dan Wild, Dax, Dean Sunshine Smith, Delano Smith, Detroit Swindle, Discomendments, Dorisburg, Eats Everything, Eddy Ramich, Eric Duncan, Fantastic Man, Feel The Real, Felix Dickinson, Flux DJs, Futureboogie DJs, Galactic Boogie DJs, Galen, Greg Wilson, Hackman, Hesseltime, Hidden Agenda DJs, House Of Disco DJs, Jaime Fiorito, Jimmy B, Josh T, Jukes of Hazard, Justin Vandervolgen, Katie Barber, Krankbrother DJs, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Last Waltz, Leftfoot DJs, Levon Vincent, Lukas, Marcel Vogel, Mark Seven, Matt Beck, Maxxi Soundsystem, Medlar, Midland, Mislav, My Love Is Underground - Jeremy Underground and Brawther, Neil El Diablos, Olof Uhlin, Outboxx, Paddy Freeform, Pardon My French DJs, PBR Streetgang, Peak & Swift, Phil Mison, Pytzek, Ray Mang, Rollerboys, Solar, Somethingsounds DJs, Soul Clap, Steve Cobby, Studio 89 DJs, Studio Barnhus, The Pool DJs, Tiago, Tom Rio, Tristan Da Cunha, Under Bron DJs, Wolf DJs, Young Marco. www.thegardenfestival.eu

HIT THE DECK, various venues, Nottingham, 20 Apr: Saves the Day, Brutality Will Prevail, Ghouls, Gnarwolves, Hands Like Houses, Memphis May Fire, More Than Life, Nai Harvest, Palm Reader, Patent Pending, People On Vacation, Rat Attack, The Summer Set, Verses, William Beckett, The Word Alive. www.hitthedeckfestival.com

ROCK WERCHTER, Rotselaar, Belgium, 2-6 Jul: Kings Of Leon. www.rockwerchter.be

WE ARE FSTVL, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex, 24-25 May: Annie Mac, Knife Party, Steve Lawler, Ellen Allien, TEED, Shy FX, Thomas Gold, Jaymo & Andy George, Hard Rock Sofa, Michael Woods, Syn Cole, Matador, Pleasure State, Derrick Carter, Guti, Brawther, October, BLM, Giles Smith, James Priestly, Hector Couto, Tim Sheridan, Terry Farley, Jesse James, Martin Ikin, Shane Watcha, Electronic Youth, No Artificial Colours, Max Chapman, Parris Taylor, Raresh, dOP, Guy Gerber, Laura Jones, Miss Kitten, Nikos, Tube & Burger, ZIP, Mark Knight, Tensnake, Weiss, Tough Love, Mark Storie, Pete Griffiths, Long Play, Alexis Raphael, Geddes, Lee Brinx, Simon Baker, Noisia, Rene Le Vice, June Miller. www.wearefstvl.com

Pharell, Karen O, U2 songs nominated for Oscar
The human race's strange but true infatuation with Pharrell Williams has reached a new high, as the R&B hit man scores a nomination for this year's 'Best Original Song' Oscar for his highly original song 'Happy', off of 'Despicable Me 2'.

Karen O (for her 'Her' theme 'The Moon Song'), and second-time nominees U2 (for their hammy 'Mandela' elegy 'No Ordinary Love') are also amongst those vying to win the award, which last year went to 'Bond' babe Adele.

Singer-songwriter Owen Pallett and Arcade Fire's Win Butler are nominated in the 'Best Original Score' stakes, also for the Spike Jonze-led 'Her'.

Look at all the noms on this page.

CMU Beef Of The Week #189: Mike Skinner v Leo Ihenacho
A new series of 'The Voice' started on BBC One last Saturday. You might have watched it. If not, they'll probably have another one on this Saturday. You could watch that one instead. Though, you'll not see the debut performance of former Streets vocalist Leo Ihenacho.

A bit like when former Happy Mondays singer Rowetta went on 'X-Factor' and all the judges kept patronising her by telling her it was her "last chance", after several years trying to make it as a solo artist Ihenacho decided to hit one of those telly talent contests. And he seemingly went down very well, making it through the first stage and gaining that Kylie Minogue as a mentor.

If you're struggling to remember him, Ihenacho - or Leo The Lion as he's known - contributed vocals to two Streets albums, 2004's 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' and 2006's 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living'. Number one smash 'Dry Your Eyes' was one of his. He also toured with the band until 2007.

So, you could say that he was pretty integral to the sound of The Streets, at least for a time. And Wikipedia says that he was definitely an official member of the band. But the man whose project it actually was Mike Skinner says no. It's hard to know who to trust.

Following Ihenacho's introduction on 'The Voice' as a former member of Skinner's now defunct project, Skinner himself updated his blog with a simple message: "Leo The Lion wasn't in The Streets. He was a session singer on a few album tracks. He also sang on tour for a bit. He wasn't part of any songwriting".

Well, that's harsh. We should probably find out what Leo himself thinks, eh? Thankfully, there's this thing called Twitter that they have now. It's basically like a newspaper, but anyone can write it. And it's on computers.

Anyway, he 'tweeted': "YOU ARE A TOTAL DISGRACE! HOW FUCKING DARE YOU... SESSION SINGER?! #EGOTISTICAL #ARSEHOLE".

Once he'd calmed down a bit, and/or discovered the caps lock button, he continued: "Explain to the fans why we haven't spoken for years. You refuse to be happy for me. After all these years. You gonna post that?!"

Skinner did not post that, if you were wondering. But another former Streets member, keyboard player Eddie Jenkins came to Leo's defence, tweeting: "Just saw Mike Skinner's blog. I think the way he's spoken about Leo The Lion is really sad. As an ex band member myself, I'd like to say [that] Leo and everyone else involved played a big part in the success of The Streets".

Mike Skinner has said no more, but if The Streets keep getting mentioned as this series of 'The Voice' continues, who knows? Anyway, it's worked well as a tactic to get people talking about the show. I look forward to former New Order member John Barnes entering next year's 'X-Factor'.

 
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