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Wednesday 12 February 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: HM Revenue and Customs has announced that it is cracking down on unpaid internships at music companies. The government body has announced that it has written to various record labels and live firms to explain the rules regarding unpaid labour and that if they are not paying their interns the minimum wage they may be breaking the law. This follows an announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Kelis - as is and has always been her shtick, ever since 'Caught Out There' - is trying on all variety of vibes via her new LP 'Food', which is released 21 Apr on Ninja Tune. And she's caught out in a kind of R&B no man's land, really, an 'auteur' who - in spite of the LPs and singles she's shifted - is still to fit into any especial niche. An advantage, I'd say, in that it gives her the space, choice and time to do... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES HMRC targets major labels in unpaid internship crackdown
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LEGAL Emotionally damaged Michael Jackson fans receive 82p court payout
Sony Music goes after the cheerleaders (well, their mix makers)
Legal battle over US festival site could pitch SFX against AEG
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony/ATV confirms its BMI relationship will continue
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Pop dominates single sales, though rock regains highest share of albums
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BRANDS & MERCH Music Glue adds print-on-demand t-shirt service
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES iTunes Radio launches in Australia
Shuffler.fm launches new iPad app
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MEDIA Boiler Room to highlight international 'scenes' in new film/events series
4Music airing Rimmel-backed pop show
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ARTIST NEWS Kathleen Hanna film The Punk Singer given UK distribution
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours round-up: Embrace, Madlib, Kiran Leonard and Cashmere Cat
Festival line-up update: Y-Not, Sziget, Hit The Deck and more
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AND FINALLY... Bieber's NYC waxwork removed after far too much groping
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HMRC targets major labels in unpaid internship crackdown
HM Revenue and Customs has announced that it is cracking down on unpaid internships at music companies. The government body has announced that it has written to various record labels and live firms to explain the rules regarding unpaid labour and that if they are not paying their interns the minimum wage they may be breaking the law.

This follows an announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron before Christmas of a crackdown on companies who do not properly pay employees, with an increase in penalties due to come into force this month. Previously, the most a company could be fined was £5000 per unpaid worker, but from this month the maximum penalty will rise to £20,000. Also increased its the exact amount a company will be fined per unpaid worker, now the equivalent of 100% of the wages calculated to have not been paid, up from 50% previously.

Michelle Wyer, Assistant Director of HMRC's National Minimum Wage Department, told CMU: "Non-payment of the national minimum wage is not an option, it's the law, and we're letting the music industry know that we've got them in our sights. If they are not playing by the rules, now is the time to put things in order. Last year we fined over around 800 employers, so our message is clear: if you are not paying your interns, but should be, come forward now and put things right to avoid a penalty".

Although there is no legal definition of what an 'intern' is in the UK, the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 states that 'workers' - so anyone with a written or oral contract to provide work or services - must be paid the minimum wage, unless they are:

• On a government-accredited apprenticeship.
• Participating in certain kinds of work-based training schemes.
• A student doing their first degree or a teacher training course who must complete a work placement (that's no longer than twelve months) as part of their course.
• Volunteers employed by a charity or other voluntary organisation.
• In certain other circumstances, including homeless people working in exchange for shelter.

The Institute For Public Policy Research has also noted a series of criteria which distinguish an 'internship' from simple work experience, voluntary work or work shadowing schemes, participants in the former likely counting as a 'worker' in the eyes of the law. Features of such an internship might include a placement that lasts between three and twelve months, working to set hours (often full-time), being required to complete specific tasks within set timeframes, and undertaking tasks that would otherwise be carried out by a member of staff.

The music industry, as with various other sectors in entertainment, is known for relying heavily on interns, in many cases working unpaid. As the crackdown on this practice began this week, Employment Relations Minister Jenny Willott said: "The music industry is often seen as a glamorous industry to work in, particularly for young people. However, that is no excuse for interns not to be paid at least the minimum wage if they are employed as a worker. We need to make sure that interns who want a career in music are getting a fair deal and are not being exploited".

So far, 35 music companies have been contacted by HMRC, explaining the rules regarding unpaid workers, with follow up visits due to begin later in the year to monitor compliance.

Emotionally damaged Michael Jackson fans receive 82p court payout
A court in France has ruled that five Michael Jackson fans should receive damages of one euro each from Conrad Murray for the "emotional damage" they suffered following the late king of pop's death. Murray, of course, was found guilty in 2011 of causing Jackson's demise by providing negligence treatment while working as the singer's personal doctor.

A total of 34 members of the Michael Jackson Community fan club, which is based in France, sued the doctor, though a court in the city of Orléans yesterday ruled that just five of them - from France, Belgium and Switzerland - had proven that they had legitimate claims against the former doctor. Each was awarded symbolic damages of one euro.

The lawyer acting on behalf of the fans, Emmanuel Ludot, told AFP: "As far as I know, this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognised".

Ludot added that none of the five fans intend to seek their payout from Murray, but instead hoped that their legal status as victims of Jackson's death would gain them access to his burial site. Yeah, good luck with that.

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Sony Music goes after the cheerleaders (well, their mix makers)
Sony Music filed litigation against four companies in the New York courts on Monday over special mix albums being sold to the organisers of cheerleading competitions Stateside.

Recordings owned or repped by the major in the US, including tracks from Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and Adele, have all appeared without permission on the special cheerleading releases, according to the record company. One of the targeted companies was selling its cheerleading disks for $75-$249 per mix, while another was asking for $850-$1500 for its lovingly compiled tunes-to-cheerlead-to.

According to Law360, the lawsuit alleges: "This is an action for the blatant, wilful and ongoing infringement of Sony Music's copyrights in and to certain sound recordings. Defendants sell, distribute and commercially exploit customised 'mixes' of popular sound recordings for use in cheerleading competitions that include Sony Music's copyrighted sound recordings without any attempt to obtain the requisite permission".

The major added that it had sent cease and desist letters to the targeted companies just under a year ago but to no avail.

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Legal battle over US festival site could pitch SFX against AEG
A brewing legal squabble in the US could pitch acquisitive EDM firm SFX against live industry major AEG Live, and could impact on the 2014 edition of American music festival Electric Forest, which has already sold 21,000 tickets.

According to EDM website Dancing Astronaut, the owners of the venue in Michigan where Electric Forest is staged, Progressive Resorts, have told the event's promoters Madison House Presents that they can no longer use the property, even though said promoter seemingly had a 20 year lease to host a festival there.

It's reported that Progressive Resorts recently ran into financial problems and has restructured its finances as a result. Presumably it's because of that restructuring that the firm is now allegedly declaring its agreement with Madison House Presents void, even though a $60,000 deposit was reportedly paid last October for this June's festival.

Either way, the matter is now with the Michigan courts. But it gets more interesting because Dancing Astronaut also reports that, according to legal papers it has seen, SFX has taken an interest in the Electric Forest site through a deal with Progressive Resorts, presumably spying it as a good location for its growing festivals business to stage future events.

But earlier this month Madison House Presents was acquired by AEG Live. And MHP's partner in Electric Forest is Live Nation ally Insomniac Events. So is SFX exploiting its new interest in this festival site to get one over its rivals AEG and Live Nation, both of which have also been expanding their operations in the dance music festival domain?

Well, Dancing Astronaut quotes Jennifer Forkish, VP Communications at Insomianc, as follows: "We have worked with Madison House over the last three years to build this festival into an experience that the fans would love. This sounds like a case of sour grapes - Madison House chose AEG as their partner over SFX, and now SFX is seeking to punish us, Madison House and most importantly the loyal fans who have already purchased their tickets. The 2014 show is still going on as planned and tickets are still on sale and we are extremely confident that the court will decide to allow the festival to move forward as planned".

Sony/ATV confirms its BMI relationship will continue
Sony/ATV is staying with BMI, people. So, the panic is over, and people can get back to their lives safe in the knowledge that, well, erm, Sony/ATV is staying with BMI.

Speedy recap. The music publishers in the US have traditionally licensed most streaming services through their collecting societies - so principally ASCAP and BMI - rather than striking up direct deals with Pandora et al. However, the mood in the publishing sector of late has been to withdraw digital rights from the collective licensing system and to negotiate agreements direct, on the basis that away from the constraints of collective licensing they'll get a better deal.

But Pandora in particular didn't really want to do direct deals with the publishers - not yet, anyway - and so led a legal battle to stop the change in approach. Although it did enter into contingency negotiations with the big music publishing firms just in case.

The big questions were: could the publishers withdraw their digital rights from BMI and ASCAP blanket licences that still had some time left to run (the court said yes for BMI but no for ASCAP); and could they withdraw from the collective licensing system for digital but not broadcast, live and other public performance?

In the UK, a distinction has been made between digital and other rights when it comes to collective licensing, so that the majors can opt in for one and opt out of the other. But in the US a court ruled that, because of the wording of the 'consent decrees' that BMI and ASCAP operate under, that option was available. Withdraw in the digital domain, and you have to withdraw from everything else. Which is no fun at all. For the publishers.

Anyway, to that end Sony/ATV, the world's biggest music publisher as a result of its concurrent control of EMI Music Publishing, has said it will continue to licence the half of its catalogue repped by BMI to digital services through the collective licensing system.

Sony/ATV boss man Marty Bandier says in Billboard: "Sony/ATV is proud to renew our relationship with BMI, which will continue to license the world's largest and most relevant music catalogue to the hundreds of thousands of businesses that rely on music to drive their profits. In the current digital environment, it is critical that we reform the current system which does not fairly compensate songwriters and composers. BMI is an important player in this fight".

Which is all lovely. Though, while both the Sony and Universal publishing companies have now said they'll continue to licence songs through BMI (though the latter also has a direct deal with Pandora), word has it behind the scenes both are lobbying in Washington to have the aforementioned consent decrees amended to allow partial withdrawal from the collective licensing system in the future.

Meanwhile BMI CEO Michael O'Neill told reporters: "We appreciate the vote of confidence from Sony/ATV and the faith our writers and composers place in us every day as their trusted broker. It is our privilege to represent the incredible writers and musical works in the Sony/ATV repertoire. We are dedicated to the mission to fairly value the rights of publishers and songwriters in today's market".

Pop dominates single sales, though rock regains highest share of albums
Pop is no longer the most popular genre in the UK. Not in terms of album sales anyway, as rock returns to the top after a brief drop in popularity in 2012. However, pop holds its crown in terms of single sales.

According to new stats from the BPI and Official Charts Company, pop took the largest share of the singles market in 2013 with 36.2% (down from 38.5% in 2012). Rock only managed to make up 21.4% of that domain, though this is still its best share of single sales since 2009.

As for albums, rock took the top spot, with a 33.8% share of the market, its highest since 2010, putting in back in the top position, having lost out to pop in 2012 (which in 2013 dropped from 33.5% to 31% when it comes to LP market share).

Despite pop albums making up all five of the biggest sellers of 2013 - Nows 86, 85 and 84, One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' and Emeli Sandé's 'Our Version Of Events' respectively - new long players by Arctic Moneys, Jake Bugg, Mumford & Sons and Rod Stewart, as well as strong showings from catalogue sales and increased interest in vinyl helped rock to regain its dominance. Mumford & Sons?

Elsewhere, other genres saw a boost, particularly dance music, which gained its largest share of the albums market since 2006, with 8.3% - this aided by releases from Rudimental, Calvin Harris and Disclosure. And you can argue that those are really pop records all you like, it's not going to change anything.

And speaking of blurred lines between genres, what the BPI is calling 'contemporary urban' also saw a boost, with R&B taking 5.7% of album sales and hip hop taking 3.6%. Meanwhile, Robbie Williams and Michael Buble took MOR/Easy Listening to an 8.1% share.

BPI's Gennaro Castaldo told CMU: "While the appeal of pop remains consistent, the popularity of rock music tends to ebb and flow a little more, reflecting as it does the excitement that can quickly build around new acts as they burst through. With Arctic Monkeys now taking on near-iconic status, and the likes of Jake Bugg and Bastille to name a few connecting with a new generation of fans, rock music looks set to enjoy another wonderfully vibrant period".

And here's all that information and more in list form:

Shares of album sales by genre:

Rock (33.8%)
Pop (31%)
Dance (8.3%)
MOR/Easy Listening (8.1%)
R&B (5.7%)
Hip hop (3.6%)
Classical (3.2%)
Country (1.7%)
Jazz (1.3%)
Folk (1.2%)
Blues (0.9%)
Reggae (0.7%)
Children's (0.2%)
World (0.2%)
Spoken word (0.1%)
New age (0.1%)

Share of single sales by genre:

Pop (36.2%)
Rock (21.4%)
Dance (16.1%)
R&B (13.5%)
Hip hop (8.6%)
MOR/Easy Listening (1.6%)
Classical (0.7%)
Reggae (0.5%)
Country (0.5%)
Folk (0.3%)
Jazz (0.2%)

Top ten highest selling albums of 2013:

1. Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music 86
2. Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music 85
3. Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music 84
4. One Direction - Midnight Memories
5. Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
6. Michael Bublé - To Be Loved
7. Robbie Williams - Swings Both Ways
8. Olly Murs - Right Place Right Time
9. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
10. Rod Stewart - Time

Music Glue adds print-on-demand t-shirt service
Music Glue has added on-demand t-shirt printing to its range of direct-to-fan services. And while it's not the first firm to offer this facility, it does so alongside all of its other D2F functions, meaning artists and labels using the platform can now easily bundle downloads, other merch and tickets with print-on-demand t-shirt sales.

Music Glue founder Mark Meharry told CMU: "We think this could be a game changer. Basically you upload an image for your t-shirt, set the price you want to make per shirt, then sit back and watch the money come in. The print quality is as good as traditional screen printed shirts, but with no stock risk".

Have a closer look here.

iTunes Radio launches in Australia
Yesterday, Australia became the first country outside the US to have access to iTunes Radio. The on switch was flicked down under, commencing the international roll out which we've been expecting since the beginning of the year. It's not clear when the service will go live in other countries, but also in line for access are Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

The service is available for free to all iTunes users, while iTunes Match subscribers will get access ad-free.

Meanwhile, Apple has also added new Beatles content to the iTunes store to mark the 50th anniversary of the band's first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. Which apparently is still something we're supposed to be celebrating.

If you head on over to the Beatles section of the iTunes store, you can watch a fourteen minute clip of their Ed Sullivan performance, and you can buy all of the US versions of their albums for the bargain price of £89.99. Plus, should you have already purchased any Beatles music from iTunes in the past, you can now replace the files with newly 'mastered for iTunes' versions.

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Shuffler.fm launches new iPad app
Music discovery service Shuffler.fm has launched a new iPad app called PAUSE - so named because the music it finds for you will make you scream for it to stop. No, not really, it'll find you some awesome stuff to listen to.

And, unlike other discovery services, it won't feed you a constantly updating, unmanageable list of new music to listen to. Instead, it will update every three months with the best new music to come out in that time.

Says Shuffler.fm founder Tim Heineke: "The internet is a treasure trove of music goodness. With PAUSE you don't have to trawl through the web's best music content. PAUSE does this for you in collaboration with the web's leading voices in music culture".

The app has just gone live with a round up of the best tracks, videos and music writing from across the internet in 2013, with its quarterly updating due to begin later in the year.

Download it here.

Boiler Room to highlight international 'scenes' in new film/events series
Online music show Boiler Room has linked with whisky brand Ballantine's to present 'Stay True Journeys'.

A set of live-streamed events and doc films highlighting international 'scenes', and the artists and DJs driving them, both high-profile and not, the campaign will align with Ballantine's 'Stay True, Leave An Impression' tagline, which apparently "serves as an invitation to consumers to express themselves in a genuine and authentic way, applauding conviction and self-belief". An invitation that's easier to RSVP to post a scotch on the rocks, am I right?

Anyway, Boiler Room will chart and broadcast its first one-off 'Journey' in March, at a TBC site in Mexico. Tickets and info, as and when they go live, will be available via this microsite.

Boiler Room boss Blaise Bellville says of the deal: "We don't enter into brand partnerships lightly. What excited us about this opportunity was that Ballantine's stands by its mantra of being genuine and authentic, with a true passion for music - where it's come from, where it is at currently and where it's heading. This project is going to allow us to capture and share the best of these stories, from all over the world".

Peter Moore, Ballantine's Global Brand Director, says: "Boiler Room is a natural partner for Ballantine's. They've consistently delivered the most credible live and streamed music experiences to music lovers across the globe and, as such, epitomise the 'Stay True' values of our brand. At a time when music is all too often viewed as disposable, 'Stay True Journeys' allows us to immerse fans in the stories which lie behind the world's most exciting and authentic musical talent".

Watch this clip summing up what it's all going to look like.

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4Music airing Rimmel-backed pop show
Slap brand Rimmel London is backing a new style/beauty/music-type series on Channel 4's pop channel 4Music, which, as if totally by chance, gave its site and logo a makeover only last month.

4Music co-owner Bauer Media confirms the show, titled 'Rock The Look', will be presented by Miquita Oliver, and will have lots of experts and popstar guests on it, sharing 'how to' tips on looking fab.

The first ep will feature Miquita's best friend Lily Allen, and airs in March. The series will run for six months, supposedly.

4Music's Production And Commissioning Director Janie Valentine says: "Rimmel London is a perfect fit for 4Music and it's been really exciting developing a brand new style format that will resonate with both of our brands and really appeal to our target audiences across all our platforms".

 

Approved: Kelis
Kelis - as is and has always been her shtick, ever since 'Caught Out There' - is trying on all variety of vibes via her new LP 'Food', which is released 21 Apr on Ninja Tune.

And she's caught out in a kind of R&B no man's land, really, an 'auteur' who - in spite of the LPs and singles she's shifted - is still to fit into any especial niche. An advantage, I'd say, in that it gives her the space, choice and time to do things right. And qualify as a saucier.

First plate on the 'Food' pass was lead single 'Jerk Ribs', a goodtime soul love-in skewered through with juicy brass, and its B-side mixes, by Mount Kimbie and Ben Pearce.

Now comes 'Rumble', whose honky tonk groove has greater gravitas than the 'saucier' (sorry) 'Ribs', but toes a similar line.

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Kathleen Hanna film The Punk Singer given UK distribution
'The Punk Singer', a Kickstarter-funded film on feminist and Riot Grrrl scene-leader Kathleen Hanna, is to have a springtime release in UK cinemas, having just been acquired by distributor Dogwoof.

Directed by Sini Anderson, the doc follows Hanna's early years and stints in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, also featuring the solo band she's in today, Julie Ruin, and tracing her marriage to Beastie Boys MC Adam Horovitz, and her diagnosis in 2010 of Lyme disease.

It premiered in 2013 at the SXSW festival, and will, Dogwoof confirms, have a theatrical release in Britain on 23 May, thus coinciding with Hanna's UK tour with The Julie Ruin, which begins on 22 May at London's Tuffnell Park Dome.

This is its trailer

Gigs & tours round-up: Embrace, Madlib, Kiran Leonard and Cashmere Cat
Embrace have set their first nationwide dates as a band since 2007, having evidently given in to that 'seven year itch' to play live. Having signed with Cooking Vinyl back in December, the five-piece will back the 28 Apr release of their new LP, 'Embrace', via nine shows in May, visiting Liverpool's Academy venue first on 9 May, and London's Shepherds Bush Empire last on 20 May. Here are the deets, and here is the clip representing new Embrace track 'Refugees', which gives its title to an EP they're releasing next week.

On the hip hop side of things, LA producer and MC Madlib is paying a rare flying trip to London's Koko on 19 Apr. Hosted by promotions co Soundcrash, the night will also give room to Brainfeeder beat-maker Jeremiah Jae and Ninja Tune-signed DJ Moire. Tickets and info are at this link.

In weird gig news, psych-rock oddment Kiran Leonard will hike his new and first LP, 'Bowler Hat Soup', to fans via his FIRST HEADLINE SHOWS EVER. Following drop-ins at the BBC Radio 6music Festival at Salford's Victoria Warehouse (1 Mar), and Carefully Planned All-Dayer Festival in Mancs on 15 Mar, said HEADLINE appearances will be at The Castle in Manchester on 5 Apr, and London's The Waiting Room on 11 Apr. In the meantime, fished from 'Bowler Hat Soup', this is a spoonful of Leonard's latest single 'Geraldo's Farm', which is out on 24 Mar.

Lastly, it's time to cross paths with hot-tip turntablist Cashmere Cat, aka Norway's Magnus August Høiberg, who on 4 Apr will land at a TBA East London location for a one-time show, alongside S-Type Logos, Neana and Joe Marinetti. Get tickets to see them here, and ring in CC's 'Wedding Bells', the title track to the EP he released earlier this week, here.

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Festival line-up update: Y-Not, Sziget, Hit The Deck and more
Dizzee Rascal, White Lies, The Fratellis, Newton Faulkner, Reel Big Fish and... Andrew WK are all on the bill at this year's Y-Not Festival, and why not?

Why not, indeed? And why, for that matter, can't Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Skrillex, Jake Bugg, London Grammar and The Big Pink be permitted to play Hungarian bash Sziget, and join Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Placebo, Bastille, Imagine Dragons and Klaxons? Well, they can, and have, so there.

Stand by for changes to listings at the above, plus additional fests besides...

FARMFESTIVAL, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset, 1-2 Aug: Public Service Broadcasting, Melt Yourself Down, Alpines, Skinny Lister, Emily And The Woods, Beans on Toast, Gorgeous George, Firewood Island, The Ukes Of Hazzard, DJ Food, Channel One Soundsystem. www.farmfestival.co.uk

HIT THE DECK (BRISTOL), various venues, Bristol, 19 Apr: The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, A Plastic Rose, Bastions, Battle Lines, Brontide, Cytota, Dead Harts, The Front Bottoms, Grappler, Hawthorne Heights, Kristopher Roe, The Maine, Neck Deep, Save Your Breath, Seahaven, Thomas Nicholas & Matt Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, Vukovi, Action Plan, Bats About Bats, Koshiro, St Perrier. www.hitthedeckfestival.com

HIT THE DECK (NOTTINGHAM), various venues, Nottingham, 20 Apr: The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, A Plastic Rose, Bastions, Battle Lines, Brontide, Cytota, Dead Harts, The Front Bottoms, Grappler, Hawthorne Heights, Kristopher Roe, The Maine, Neck Deep, Save Your Breath, Seahaven, Thomas Nicholas & Matt Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, Vukovi, Adelphia, A World Defined, Elegies. www.hitthedeckfestival.com

SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 29-31 Aug: Katy B, Neon Jungle. www.sundownfestival.co.uk

SZIGET, Margit-sziget, Budapest, Hungary, 11-18 Aug: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Skrillex, Jake Bugg, London Grammar, Die Fantastischen Vier, Tom Odell, Michael Kiwanuka, Darkside, The Big Pink, Brody Dalle. szigetfestival.com

Y-NOT, Mouldridge Lane, Pikehall, Matlock, Derbyshire, 1-3 Aug: Dizzee Rascal, White Lies, The Fratellis, Newton Faulkner, Reel Big Fish, Andrew WK, The Blackout, Cerebral Ballzy, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Itch, Eliza And The Bear, Lonely The Brave, Darlia, Night Engine, Best Friends, Flyte, Brawlers, Nothing But Thieves, Nordic Giants, Black Moth, The First, Youth Man, Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots. www.ynotfestivals.co.uk

Bieber's NYC waxwork removed after far too much groping
The Bieber's waxwork at the New York outpost of Madame Tussauds has been taken off display because there's been far too much groping going on. Basically Justin's wax alter-ego has been fondled into a waxy blob by the star's fans, and the last thing the poor boy needs right now is "meltdown" analogies.

Well, that was the New York Post's PageSix.com's take on this story. It sounds a bit like the tourist attraction has actually decided that its Bieber wax model, based on a younger version of the popstar, is looking a bit dated, and really they ought to make themselves a new version, presumably dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands cuffed.

Though a source at the museum admitted that having so many Beliebers posing with the wax version of their hero had taken its toll on the model. Said source told PageSix: "With no ropes or barriers to stop them, thousands of fans have had their photographs taken with him since then - but it has taken its toll".

Meanwhile Tussauds General Manager Bret Pidgeon said of the need to remove his wax Bieber from display: "This is disappointing, but hopefully we can welcome a new 'grown up' Justin back to the attraction in the near future".

 
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