An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 14 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Organisers of the South By Southwest festival shared their shock yesterday at the incident that occurred outside one of their venues in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night in which an allegedly drunk driver crashed through a barrier and drove into a crowd of pedestrians, many of them festival-goers. As previously reported, two people died after being hit by the motorist, while over 20... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Electronic pioneers The Orb are riding high again. And after last year's also tipped 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld' gig at the Electric Brixton, which saw Paterson and Fehlmann celebrate their 25th anniversary by returning to the location of their first ever gig, they are returning to South London again. Which means we get another chance to witness these bastions of live dance music, and this time... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: If you tuned into BBC One to watch hospital drama 'Holby City' this week, I'd imagine you were both shocked and stunned by a line of dialogue in it. You may not even have recovered yet, in which case I'd stop reading now, because I'm going to repeat it here shortly. One of the storylines in the programme this week was about a One Direction fan who had been admitted to hospital after fainting at a signing... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES SXSW organisers comment on crash incident as Dutch music industry exec confirmed as one of the fatalities
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LEGAL Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS CV America announces new publishing ventures
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LIVE BUSINESS CPA announces exec committee changes
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MARKETING & PR BPI promotes Lynne McDowell to Head Of PR role
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Full line-up confirmed for MusicTank digital royalties debate
Pledge plots open evening event
First speakers announced for International Music Summit
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ARTIST NEWS London to host all-Oasis exhibition
Lil Wayne to make Tha Carter V his last solo LP (probably)
Madonna writing with Avicii, Cheryl with Eminem songwriter, Charli XCX with Weezer and Vampire Weekend men
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RELEASES Led Zeppelin re-releasing I, II and III with unheard tracks
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Pukkelpop, Eastern Electrics, Run To The Sun and more
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AWARDS Guadalupe Plata win IMPALA best album prize
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #197: Holby City v Perrie Edwards
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CMU INSIGHTS: THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN 2014
This eight part evening course provides a complete overview of the music industry in 2014, offering music business professionals the chance to get a full understanding of their sector, with a focus on revenue streams and music rights; how artists can build, analyse and monetise a fanbase; and the deals they need to do to capitalise on all the opportunities.

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MAMA & COMPANY - HR MANAGER
We are looking for a fully qualified HR manager with circa three years experience to work with minimal supervision to manage a workforce of around 450 part time and full time staff. Working full time three days a week.

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MAMA & COMPANY - SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST/DIGITAL MARKETING ANALYST
We are looking for an experienced Social Media Manager to work across all MAMA brands to oversee their social media campaigns and strategies and measure the success of our online performance. The Social Media Strategist/Analyst will be responsible for proposing, managing and coordinating social media campaigns whilst working closely with our venues, festivals and marketing teams and fostering and building relationships within each of our social media channels.

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UNDER THE BRIDGE - EVENTS AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
Under The Bridge is seeking an Events And Marketing Assistant to assist in operational aspects of events at the venue including corporate events, private events, filming and public music events. Liaising with security, cleaners, in-house caterers and Chelsea FC venue sales team. Assist with all administration for sales, marketing and PR campaigns for music and private and corporate events.

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GREEN MAN FESTIVAL - BOOKINGS ASSISTANT
The Green Man festival is looking for a bookings assistant to join our friendly team on a 5-6 month contract. The candidate will be passionate and interested in the style of music showcased at Green Man and have promotional experience. Very strong administrative and communication skills are essential for this role, and applicants should be personable, trustworthy and reliable.

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ANDERSON & PENNINGTON - MUSIC ACCOUNTANT
We are seeking an accountant with music industry experience to join our expanding Music Division, where you will work with artists, producers and writers. The role requires solid experience of international touring, whilst a knowledge of recording and publishing contracts is desirable. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to gain a broad range of experience in order to provide business advice to a wide portfolio of music clients.

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WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER/PA (MATERNITY COVER)
Contract for London based established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the music entertainment Industry. Role will include providing support to CEO, MD and artist managers, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the office including all general administrative duties. Initial six month contract starting in April.

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MANNERS MCDADE - SYNCHRONISATION EXECUTIVE
Manners McDade Music Publishing is an independent publisher representing the copyrights of composers and songwriters working primarily in audiovisual media. We are currently recruiting for a Synchronisation Executive to work within a small team, placing our music into film, television, advertising and games.

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BIRD ON THE WIRE - PRODUCTION AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
London-based independent live music promoter Bird On The Wire is offering the opportunity to join their team as their Production and Marketing Assistant. The right person for this position will be passionate about music and be used to attending concerts several nights a week.

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MATERIAL - MARKETING AND PRODUCT MANAGER
As the Marketing and Product manager at Material you will have overall responsibility for driving the marketing strategy for the business and its subsidiary brands whilst also ensuring the delivery of commercial targets. Reporting to the Managing Director, you will work collaboratively with the team to achieve your goals through strategic planning and delivery of creative marketing initiatives that build the Material, Needwant and Future Disco brands and generate revenue for the business.

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ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
The Director of Communications will be responsible for leading and managing communications, and for the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of transformational strategies to promote the profile and work of the RCM nationally and internationally. This is an important role for the RCM where we recognise the importance of good communications and leadership and there is huge scope for you to stamp your mark on this position.

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SXSW organisers comment on crash incident as Dutch music industry exec confirmed as one of the fatalities
Organisers of the South By Southwest festival shared their shock yesterday at the incident that occurred outside one of their venues in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night in which an allegedly drunk driver crashed through a barrier and drove into a crowd of pedestrians, many of them festival-goers. As previously reported, two people died after being hit by the motorist, while over 20 more were injured.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, SXSW MD Roland Swenson confirmed that, despite the shock and obvious sympathies for those directly affected by the incident, it had been decided the show must go on. According to Billboard he told reporters: "As much as we want to go home and absorb the shock of this event ... we feel we have an obligation to the people who have travelled here from all over the world".

Organisers liaised with the venues near the scene of the incident regarding their wishes for events planned for yesterday. An afternoon showcase due to take place at one of those venues, The Mohawk, was cancelled, though evening shows were set to go ahead as planned.

The driver involved in the incident has been named as Rashad Charjuan Owens, with local media reports suggesting he will now likely face charges of capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle as a result of his actions. Also speaking at the press conference, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said "this is a selfish individual with no regard for other people".

As the thousands of artists and music industry people in Austin for SXSW came to terms with Wednesday night's events, Dutch company MassiveMusic announced the sad news that one of the people killed was its Creative Director Steven Craenmehr. He died after Owens crashed into a bike he was riding.

The music firm posted an announcement on its website yesterday confirming the news. It reads: "It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our close friend and colleague Steven Craenmehr, 35, on 13 Mar 2014 at SXSW. During the eight years that Steven worked for MassiveMusic, we got to know him as an unstoppable force, full of life, love and laughter. This is an irreplaceable loss for the MassiveMusic family and we are grateful for the years we spent with him. Our thoughts are with Steven's family and friends".

While it was originally thought the two people who were killed in the incident had been together, that's seemingly not the case, the other fatality reportedly a local woman who was knocked off her moped.

Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder
Often controversial dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murdering a man called Clive 'Lizard' Williams at his Jamaican home in August 2011.

Four of Kartel's associates were also accused of beating Williams to death and then disposing of his body, and all but one of those men were also found guilty of the murder this week, at the end of a high profile 65 day trial in the Jamaican capital Kingston.

Kartel was previously accused of murdering music promoter Barrington 'Bossie' Burton, but the case against him there collapsed last year. Meanwhile lawyers for the dancehall star have already dubbed this case "dishonest" and "incompetent" and confirmed their client's intent to appeal the ruling.

CV America announces new publishing ventures
CV America - the US business of the Cooking Vinyl Group - has announced a new music publishing venture which will see the company sign songwriters to its own roster, and also provide publishing services to other indie labels looking to move into this side of the music rights sector but needing support on rights management, marketing and administration.

Team Ghost, Mary Epworth, Postiljonen and The Balconies are amongst the first signings to CV America's publishing unit, while Brooklyn indie Cascine, which works with the likes of Chad Valley, Erika Spring and Keep Shelly In Athens, is the first record company to partner with the firm in launching its own publishing division.

Confirming that, Cascine founder Jeff Bratton told CMU: "We're excited to partner with CV America in launching a publishing division for the label. By leveraging CV's expertise in the space and Cascine's relationships with artists, I'm confident the relationship will be both fun and fruitful".

CV America has also announced the launch of a new A&R network which will see reps from around the world input into the company on new talent, especially from a publishing standpoint, with Dan Koplowitz of US-based Friendly Fire Recordings and Rich Thane of UK music magazine The Line Of Best Fit the first members of that network.

Confirming all this from a CV America standpoint, the company's CEO Erik Gilbert told CMU: "These are exactly the sorts of deals that we envisaged being able to make when we formed CV America, and we're very pleased to have secured such a strong roster of songwriters. Having a US publishing division has opened up a lot of exciting opportunities for the CV Group - not least our new label partnerships and A&R network - which we are continuing to explore".

CPA announces exec committee changes
The UK's Concert Promoters Association earlier this week announced some changes to its executive committee, which oversees the organisation that represents the interests of promoters from across the live sector to government, the wider music business, and the public.

Standing down from the committee are CMP's Chas Cole and Kennedy Street Enterprises' Danny Betesh, both of whom have campaigned on various live sector issues for the CPA over the years, the latter having been a founder member of the trade group and having sat on the exec committee for a massive 28 years.

Meanwhile new recruits to the committee include Live Nation's Phil Bowdery, Green Man Festival's Fiona Stewart and Anton Lockwood of DHP Family.

Confirming his joining the CPA exec committee, Lockwood told CMU: "It is an honour for me to be asked to join the executive committee of the CPA. While promoters are often fierce rivals, it is very important to work together to improve the future of an industry which is a vital and growing part of the UK economy. The CPA is the best way of doing that, and I look forward very much to working with my colleagues from all of the major promotion companies to make a significant contribution".

BPI promotes Lynne McDowell to Head Of PR role
Record label trade body the BPI has announced the promotion of Lynne McDowell to the role of Head Of Public Relations. She was previously Senior Communications Manager at the industry group, and in her new expanded role will take on more responsibility for the organisation's government relations activity and corporate social responsibility projects.

She will report into the BPI's Director Of Communications Gennaro Castaldo who told CMU: "Lynne is passionate about the BPI and the work it does on behalf of its members, and she is a wonderful ambassador for our industry. This well- deserved promotion recognises her abundant qualities and will enable Lynne to make an even more telling contribution to key areas of the BPI's work".

Full line-up confirmed for MusicTank digital royalties debate
The full line-up for the upcoming and previously reported MusicTank think tank event on 'The Artist Economics Of Streaming' has been confirmed, with Beggars Group digital chief Simon Wheeler and musician and AllStars Collective manager Paul Pacifico both confirmed to join Billy Bragg, Spotify's Mark Williamson and The Royalty Consultancy's Roger La Haye at the debate.

Digital royalties is the topic for discussion, and specifically what cut of streaming income artists receive. The debate is pretty timely, following the recent combined call by the Musicians' Union, the Music Managers' Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition for artists to receive 50% of the monies paid into the record companies by Spotify et al. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke recently reviewed the various digital royalty debates in a CMU trends piece, and he will provide a short summary at the start of the MusicTank event.

Confirming all this, MusicTank Chairman Keith Harris told CMU yesterday: "It's time to shine a light into the dark corners of the ongoing furore about streaming. While recent events suggest that there are clearly ongoing issues that need to be dealt with, there's a danger that discussions about streaming will be reduced to polarised shouting matches, unless we as an industry collectively make an effort to clarify what is really going on. As ever, MusicTank aims to do this with honest and open debate and an investigation into the positions of all parties involved".

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Pledge plots open evening event
Following its recent and previously reported platform relaunch, direct-to-fan company PledgeMusic has announced it is planning an open evening at its Covent Garden base in London on 31 Mar.

Team Pledge say: "The event is free and open to all labels, managers, artists/bands and anyone interested in finding out about PledgeMusic services in direct-to-fan engagement, release marketing and fundraising".

The company's Paul Barton will make a short presentation, with campaign managers also on hand to answer questions. If you want to attend you need to register your interest to jessica.carmody@pledgemusic.com

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First speakers announced for International Music Summit
Organisers of Ibiza's annual EDM (or possibly now EMC) music business conference the International Music Summit have announced some details about this year's event, which, as previously reported, will this time take place at the island's new Hard Rock Hotel from 21-23 May.

Keynoters this year include George Clinton, Steve Angello and Annie Mac, while long-term (now semi-retired) U2 manager Paul McGuinness, !K7 founder Horst Weidenmueller, AIM chief Alison Wenham, Parlophone boss Miles Leonard and SBTV founder Jamal Edwards will be amongst those taking part in panels and other sessions.

More info and such like is here.

  Vigsy's Live Tip: The Orb at Electric Brixton
Electronic pioneers The Orb are riding high again. And after last year's also tipped 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld' gig at the Electric Brixton, which saw Paterson and Fehlmann celebrate their 25th anniversary by returning to the location of their first ever gig, they are returning to South London again. Which means we get another chance to witness these bastions of live dance music, and this time they'll also bring Banco de Gaia and Bomb the Bass along for the ride. Enjoy the show, and to get you in the mood check out this little Orb mix on YouTube.

Saturday 15 Mar, Electric Brixton, SW2 1RJ, 10pm - 6am, £15, more info here.
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London to host all-Oasis exhibition
Liam Gallagher doesn't want you to buy any of Oasis's previously reported 'Chasing The Sun' album reissues, but fuck him, because 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the group's debut single 'Supersonic', and the world cannot allow that to pass without some kind of PR stunt. Like, say, a big Oasis exhibition in London, also titled 'Chasing The Sun', full of historic pictures, instruments and misc junk. It just wouldn't be right not to.

But as luck has it, that is in fact what's going on. The exhibition, titled 'Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997', is the first of its kind given over entirely to Oasis, and will occupy the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London, from 11-22 Apr. It'll include previously unseen pics, instruments, old posters and LP covers, plus some dusty audiovisual stuff from back in the day. And hey, it's free entry!

The first of the 'Chasing The Sun' reissues will see a shiny 'new' version of 'Definitely Maybe' come out on 19 May. Though please note; you're not supposed to actually buy it.

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Lil Wayne to make Tha Carter V his last solo LP (probably)
Music's reigning boss-of-depositions (sorry, Biebs) Lil Wayne is threatening to retire as a solo artist again, this time making it more real by confirming that his forthcoming fifth LP, 'Tha Carter V', will be his last lone endeavour. With one slim exception; he might consider doing a sixth for... oh, just a tiny $25m fee. Minimum.

Anyway, speaking with MTV re 'Tha Carter V', the optimistic MC said that, whilst he'd carry on "pitching in" on collaborations with his Young Money label fam, "I personally plan on this being my final solo album, yes and it's definitely the final Carter album. It's the final Carter album. It's stopping at five".

Asked if anything might change his mind, he said "25 to 35 million would get me to do another solo album after this", adding: "I didn't smile when I said it".

See, this is Weezy being serious. Kind of. MTV sets the 'Tha Carter V' release date at 5 May, though apparently that's still moveable.

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Madonna writing with Avicii, Cheryl with Eminem songwriter, Charli XCX with Weezer and Vampire Weekend men
As she hinted last week via this cringey misspelling of his name, Madonna has indeed been 'in the lab' with sweet DJ Avicii.

The word online is that the two are working on some kind of special extra to go on the re-release of Avicii's 2013 smash 'True', though of course it's also very feasible that part of the collaboration will find its way onto a Madonna LP. I mean, anything's possible in the world of pop, isn't it? And apparently, said Madonna via Instagram, she and Avicii created "so many great songs", so that leaves plenty to share and share alike.

This is what Madonna said: "The end of a long week with Viking Leader AKA DJ Virgo AKA Avicii! So many great songs! #icantwait #revolution".

And whilst Queen Madge might be taking the EDM express straight to hits-ville, Cheryl Cole is, reportedly, considering a new hip hop direction. It seems Chez has written a track with friend-of-Eminem Jon Bellion, who co-wrote Shady's Rihanna-featuring single 'The Monster'. Or so producer Jesse Shatkin has said via MuuMuuse, and apparently he was there at the time, and pitched in to co-write a "strong, powerful and from the heart" ballad for Cole.

And finally, a third bit of collaborations gossip, as super-duper 'SuperLove' singer Charli XCX says, explicitly, that her TBA new LP will feature Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. Here she is, chilling at SXSW, and breaking the news in a clip.

Led Zeppelin re-releasing I, II and III with unheard tracks
Let's all have a mystical, mythical rock party, because Spotify's new best ever friends Led Zeppelin are at last ready to start releasing their remastered LPs series! As well as several unreleased tracks! Yes that's right. And the series will begin 2 Jun with a triple-whammy, with the first three self-titled Led Zeppelin records, 'I', 'II' and 'III', arriving (individually, that is).

Each LP package will carry the original tracklisting, and an additional 'companion disc' of good things. So for instance with 'I', that's a taping of the band's 1969 performance at Paris Olympia, whilst with 'II' it means alternates, backing tracks and an unheard song titled 'La La'. 'III', meanwhile, will feature an early prototype of 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' named 'Jennings Farm Blues', a medley of dual blues classics, 'Keys To The Highway'/'Trouble In Mind', and 'Out On The Tiles' demo 'Bathroom Sound'.

The band's guitarist, Jimmy Page, who's been locked in a cupboard since 2012 working on all this, says: "The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes and new material recorded at the time".

Festival Line-Up Update: Pukkelpop, Eastern Electrics, Run To The Sun and more
So without wanting to put all the other festivals in this line-up in the shade, today's FLUU is all about the first influx of artists to Belgium's Pukkelpop. Outkast, Deadmau5, Portishead, Queens Of The Stone Age, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Calvin Harris, The 2 Bears, Anna Calvi, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Jungle, Kelela, Bill Callahan and Black Lips are all playing, as are another load of stars from all over the world. Need I say more?

BROWNSTOCK, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, 29-31 Aug: Razorlight, The Feeling, Jack Beats, DJ Ez, P Money, Doorly, Goldie Lookin Chain, Nothing But Thieves. www.brownstock.co.uk

DOUR, Plaine De La Machine A Feu, Dour, Belgium, 17-20 Jul: Mogwai, The Notwist, Band Of Skulls, Atari Teenage Riot, Chris Liebing, Len Faki, RL Grime, Just Blaze, World's Fair, Paula Temple, N'To, The Subs, DJ Hype & Daddy Earl, Enei b2b Mefjus, Alix Perez live, The Upbeats, East India Youth, Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri, Leaf House, + Dub Corner, O.B.F Soundsystem feat Soom T, Iration Steppas, King Shiloh. www.dourfestival.be

EASTERN ELECTRICS, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 2 Aug: Art Department, Ellen Allien, Kerri Chandler, Route94, Tania Vulcano, tINI. www.easternelectricsfestival.co.uk

FLOW FESTIVAL, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland, 7-11 Aug: Mirel Wagner, Sin Cos Tan. www.flowfestival.com

FOR FESTIVAL, Hvar, Croatia, 19-22 Jun: Haim, Neneh Cherry feat RocketNumberNine, Temples, Baio, MØ, Erlend Øye. for-festival.com

PUKKELPOP, Kiewit, Hasselt, Belgium, 14-16 Aug: Outkast, Deadmau5, Portishead, Queens Of The Stone Age, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Calvin Harris, The 2 Bears, Anna Calvi, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Jungle, Kelela, Bill Callahan, Bombus, Black Lips, Clean Bandit, Dub FX, Duke Dumont, Ed Sheeran, Bring Me The Horizon, Buraka Som Sistema, Brody Dalle, Calyx & Teebee, Dirtyphonics, August Burns Red, Brodinski, Camo & Krooked, Cashmere Cat, Crookers, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Editors, Faul & Wad Ad, Flume, Frank Turner, GTA, Hozier, Klangkarussell, Mo, Paul Woolford, DJ Snake, To Kill A King, Young Fathers, A Day To Remember, Andy C, Balthazar, Blaudzun, Boy & Bear, The Bloody Beetroots, Breach (DJ Set), The Cat Empire, First Aid Kit, The MK, Modestep (DJ Set), The National, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine, Nina Kraviz, Of Mice & Men, Omar Souleyman, Royksopp & Robyn, Shlohmo, Sub Focus, Tom Odell, Truckfighters, xxyyxx, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Dusky, Epica, I Am Legion, The Jillionaire, John Wizards, Kavinsky, Mat Zo, Maybeshewill, Neck Deep, Red Fang, Rockwell, Submotion Orchestra, Tensnake, Tourist, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Flatliners, DJ Fresh & Messy MC, John Newman, Kaytranada, Lonely The Brave. www.pukkelpop.be

RUN TO THE SUN, Trevelgue Holiday Park, Porth, Newquay, 23-26 May: Jaguar Skills, Artful Dodger, Matrix And Futurebound, Brookes Brothers v Prototypes, Youngman, Koven, Cyantific, Eddy Temple Morris, Danny Howard, Danny Byrd, Kissy Sell Out, DJ Klimax, Illaman, Rhymestar, MistaJam, Krafty Kuts, Wideboys, Mason, Major Look , Coco Cole, Jay Funk, Illaman, Hannah Jacques, Rawkus Noise, Snatch The Wax, Illaman. www.runtothesun.co.uk

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Paul Kalkbrenner, Booka Shade, MK, Andy C. www.southwestfour.com

Guadalupe Plata win IMPALA best album prize
Pan-European indie labels trade group IMPALA has presented its annual Best Independent Album in Europe prize to Spanish band Guadalupe Plata for their eponymous long player released by Madrid-based label Everlasting Records.

The band fought off competition from the likes of Alborosie, Sigur Rós, Agnes Obel, Junip, Elisa, Iceage, Milky Chance, Birdpen and Woodkid to win the annual prize, which celebrates great albums released by European indies in any one year. They join the likes of The xx amongst the alumni of former winners of the prize, their album 'Coexist' winning the honour a year ago.

Commenting on their win, Guadalupe Plata said in a statement: "We're all big music fans and if you are really into music, you look around the records you have at home and most of them tend to have been produced by small, independent labels. So it's very pleasing that the people who represent those labels are listening to our music and enjoying it. All the work we've done outside Spain has been in the Americas. It looks like we've got some new countries to visit now, in Europe!"

CMU Beef Of The Week #197: Holby City v Perrie Edwards
If you tuned into BBC One to watch hospital drama 'Holby City' this week, I'd imagine you were both shocked and stunned by a line of dialogue in it. You may not even have recovered yet, in which case I'd stop reading now, because I'm going to repeat it here shortly.

One of the storylines in the programme this week was about a One Direction fan who had been admitted to hospital after fainting at a signing session by the band. It then turned out that she had an infected tattoo of all five 1D members' faces on her back. But that was not the shocking thing. No.

Asked by a nurse which of the group was her favourite, she identified Zayn as the one for her. Of course, there's one problem with being in love with Zayn, and that's his engagement to Little Mix's Perrie Edwards. It's OK though, said the girl: "I've got it all worked out, all I have to do is track down Perrie Edwards, cut off her head with a rusty chainsaw, marry Zayn and have all his babies".

All his babies, mind. Not just some of them. But that wasn't the bit people were shocked and stunned by. They were shocked and stunned by the bit where she said she was going to behead Edwards with a rusty chainsaw.

And you can see why - chainsaws are high maintenance tools, which require regular oiling to ensure that the chain can move freely and efficiently. If you leave it to rust, it could jam and then where would you be? Potentially left chasing around a half decapitated popstar, who would quite possibly have contracted tetanus in the process. The mess, plus the risk of infection yourself just isn't worth it.

Also, all this talk of fan-initiated beheadings of 1D-WAGs is a very poor representation of One Direction's famously mild-mannered fanbase.

But most of all... most of all... it's not a very nice thing to wish on someone, even if it's only pretend. Or so seems to be the collective opinion of Little Mix fans, who have this week been campaigning for the BBC to apologise. They've got a hashtag and everything.

The BBC also confirmed earlier this week that it had received around 30 formal complaints, though this didn't prompt an apology from the organisation, a spokesperson saying: "The line referencing Perrie Edwards was made to emphasise the character Kayleigh's devotion to One Direction. It was absolutely not intended to be taken seriously and clearly in the context is not intended to cause offence".

But it did cause offence. At least to fans of Perrie Edwards. And Edwards' mum, Deborah, who tweeted during the 'Holby City' broadcast: "Anyone watching 'Holby City'??? Really upset.com".

I think the .com really gets across just how upsetting she found it. Though this does mean that she joins Tom Odell's dad and Chris Brown's mum in the prestigious list of angry parents who have appeared in the CMU Beef Of The Week column, so at least some good has come of all this.

Meanwhile, in accidentally related news, in an interview with OK! Magazine published this week, Little Mix addressed the thorny issue of One Direction fans who hate Perrie Edwards (specifically because, apparently, lots of them think her skin is too pale).

"I'm an English Rose, thank you very much", said Edwards. "I'm not going to dye my skin orange. I'm working too hard taking America by storm to fake tan".

Oh, la-di-dah. I'm amazed with all the storming you're doing in the US of States you even have time to address such issues, Perrie. Her bandmate Jesy Nelson then chipped in: "Can I just say, all the people hating are just stupid little Zayn Malik fans. They're hating because they want to be with Zayn".

And that's just the kind of comment that leads to this sort of thing.

 
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Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of UnLimited Media she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

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

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