An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 26 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: It's no secret that takedown issuing has become a routine part of the rights management game for the entertainment industry in recent years - as this CMU trends report outlines - but to illustrate that point in one nice stat a new paper from the Virginia Journal Of Law And Technology notes that the number of takedown notices submitted to Google alone increased 711,887% between... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: From Lone to Pariah, the resurgent R&S label has been responsible for some of the most thrilling electronic music of recent years. Among the label's new breed of artists are Cloud Boat (London duo Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke). Their new single 'Carmine' contains a dubstep kernel, but is awash with mellifluous Cocteau Twins style guitars, shimmering ambience and fragile vocals, making the whole... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Legal report measures growth of takedown issuing in last five years
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LEGAL Taylor Swift secures restraining order against threatening fan
VMG Salsoul sues Moby over alleged sample use
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DEALS Universal/Republic signs Vine stars
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New appointments at Warner Music
BPI promotes digital man
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BRANDS & MERCH Kiss confirm alliance with former Live Nation merch man's new firm
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify takes student discount offer to US
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MEDIA BBC announces new arts coverage strategy
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Jill Sinclair dies
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ARTIST NEWS Sean Combs breathes new life into Puff Daddy
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RELEASES Madonna teases 'Rebel Heart' thing
The Black Keys key in LP details, stream new single Fever
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Great Escape festival line-up completed
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Rick Ross, The Used, Kiesza and Dean Blunt
Festival Line-Up Update: James Lavelle's Meltdown, Wireless, Bestival and more
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AND FINALLY... Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split
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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER / FREELANCER
We are after a Marketing & PR Co-ordinator who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily, you will be responsible for looking after the day to day population of our social media channels, e-mailouts and websites delivering reach, growth and engagement with our online community. You will also be using your digital knowledge to develop our PR strategy and actioning subsequent initiatives.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DHP FAMILY - MARKETING & PR CO-ORDINATOR
We are after a Marketing & PR Co-ordinator who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily, you will be responsible for looking after the day to day population of our social media channels, e-mailouts and websites delivering reach, growth and engagement with our online community. You will also be using your digital knowledge to develop our PR strategy and actioning subsequent initiatives.

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KOBALT LABEL SERVICES / AWAL - DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER
Kobalt Label Services / AWAL is looking for a dynamic Digital Account Manager to oversee day to day relationships with key digital accounts along with sales strategy and co-ordination through our international offices and partners. The right candidate will have broad knowledge of rapidly changing digital markets, and great relationships with key DSP Accounts.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
HOUSE OF 27 - INTERNSHIP
House Of 27 is a UK digital PR company representing a balance of major and independent label, emerging and development artists. We currently have a place for an intern, to gain a first-hand experience in the world of promoting music online over the course of the placement.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS
MAMA & Company is looking for dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at some of London's most established venues.

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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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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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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Legal report measures growth of takedown issuing in last five years
It's no secret that takedown issuing has become a routine part of the rights management game for the entertainment industry in recent years - as this CMU trends report outlines - but to illustrate that point in one nice stat a new paper from the Virginia Journal Of Law And Technology notes that the number of takedown notices submitted to Google alone increased 711,887% between 2008 and 2012. And will have increased even more since then.

And a few big organisations are behind much of that increase, including record industry trade groups like the Recording Industry Association Of America and the UK's BPI. As previously reported, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry announced in January that it and its affiliates worldwide had now submitted over 100 million takedown notices to Google. And that number would likely be higher if the web giant didn't limit how many notices can be submitted by any one group in any one week.

Takedown notices are issued inline with America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, even when alleged infringement occurs outside the US jurisdiction. The DMCA says that web companies which inadvertently infringe or aid copyright infringement (via user-upload or automated services) can circumvent any liability for that activity providing they operate a system via which copyright owners can request content or links be removed.

Use of the DMCA takedown process against Google has reached industrial levels as content owners attempt to have links to unlicensed content removed from the search engine's result lists, so that when people search for artists or tracks legit sources of content dominate on the first few pages of results.

According to Torrentfreak, this new paper on the takedown phenomenon cites new research by Stanford Law School's Daniel Seng which documents the rapid rise in takedown notice issuing against sites like Google in the last five years. Seng also says that the number of URLs and pieces of content per takedown notice has also significantly increased in that time.

Seng's report confirms that a small number of organisations are behind the large increases - Microsoft is another prolific takedown issuer - and also notes that the rapid rise began around about the time most recent efforts to introduce new anti-piracy laws in the US - the so called SOPA and PIPA proposals - fell apart amidst protests from the tech community. Though here in the UK, where the web-blocking initiative SOPA and PIPA were attempting to enable has gone ahead, rights owners are still submitting high quantities of takedown notices.

For their part, the rights owners would argue that companies like Google are partly to blame for the high numbers of takedown notices being issued, because they won't de-list entire sites that are basically piracy hubs, even if that has been proven in court. It's Google's narrow implementation of each individual takedown order - say the content firms - that results in the constant flood of new notices.

Taylor Swift secures restraining order against threatening fan
Taylor Swift has been granted a restraining order against a man called Timothy Sweet, who is accused of claiming to be married to the music star, and to have threatened her family.

An LA judge granted the order after Swift made a submission to the court earlier this month in which she stated: "Mr Sweet's course of conduct, including threats to harm my family, are seriously alarming and harassing and are extremely distressing to me and my family".

Sweet, who is accused of posting online messages like, "Dearest Taylor, I'll kill any man who gets in the way of our marriage", did not attend the court hearing to consider the restraining order yesterday. The injunction forbids him from approaching the singer's homes, her parents home, and places where the singer routinely works in LA and Nashville.

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VMG Salsoul sues Moby over alleged sample use
Having lost its legal battle against Madonna over a sampled "single horn stab" in 1990 single 'Vogue' last year, New York record label VMG Salsoul is having another go. This time taking on Moby.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, VMG says that Moby used uncleared samples of a recording it owns, 'Let No Man Put Asunder' by First Choice, on his 1992 songs 'Next Is The E' and 'Thousand'.

It's not clear how much of the earlier track the label claims was taken, though probably not much because, as in the Madonna case, the alleged unapproved sampling was only uncovered at this late stage with the use of advanced audio technology not previously available.

VMG lost its 'Vogue' case after a judge ruled that "no reasonable audience would ... recognise the appropriation". The company is currently in the process of appealing that judgement. Meanwhile this new litigation is seeking damages of up to $150,000 from Moby, Sony/ATV, Warner Music Group and Knitting Factory Records, plus profits and legal fees.

Universal/Republic signs Vine stars
Universal/Republic has signed US folk-pop duo Us off the back of their success on mini-video sharing site, Vine. Welcome to 2014.

The married couple self-released their debut album, 'No Matter Where You Are', last year, and while promoting it began posting six second snippets of themselves performing other people's songs on Vine late last year. The idea took off, and now they've amassed over 2.5 million followers on the Twitter-owned website.

Honing in on the duo's original work rather than their mini-covers, Republic's Senior VP A&R Nate Albert told The Hollywood Reporter: "There's a universality to what they're doing, and I don't think there's a glass ceiling to it. Their songs are like walking through the birth of their relationship, and it's really rare that you see something that has that level of earnestness to it. These are songs that everybody can relate to, but there's an elegance to how they do it".

The label will released a remixed version of 'No Matter Where You Are' later this year. While you wait, why not endlessly watch this six second cover of 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams?

New appointments at Warner Music
Warner Music's CFO Brian Roberts is stepping down, the music major confirmed to the US Securities & Exchange Commission yesterday. Roberts, formerly with the original BMG publishing business, joined Warner in 2007, initially heading up the finances of the mini-major's publishing unit, before becoming CFO of the wider group in 2012. Roberts will actually depart at the end of the firm's current financial year on 30 Sep.

In an internal memo confirming Roberts' departure, published by Billboard, Warner chief Stephen Cooper wrote: "Even though nothing will change for some time, and I will have another opportunity to thank Brian for all he's done, I would like to acknowledge his on-going contributions to WMG. As an influential member of our senior management team, the range of his accomplishments far exceeds what the traditional title of CFO would suggest. During a period of rapid transformation, he's proven himself to be an adept strategist, leader and operator, all the while ensuring we maintain the discipline to nurture our growth".

Elsewhere in the world of Warner Music, the major has announced a replacement for the boss of its Japanese business, Kei Ishizaka, who announced he was retiring last month. Kazuyuki Kobayashi will take over the CEO role for Warner in Japan, joining from Sony Music Japan where he actually most recently oversaw non-recorded music ventures including TV, magazine, live and ticketing initiatives.

He will be joined in his new job by Shuji Utsumi, who will become the COO of Warner Music Japan, and who also comes from a non-recorded music background, joining Warner from gaming company Q Entertainment. Which possibly tells us something about where Warner sees the real opportunities for its Japanese business, building its interests in music-based ventures beyond just record sales.

Lachie Rutherford, President of Warner Music Asia Pacific, told CMU: "I am thrilled to welcome Kaz and Shuji to Warner Music. They are both pioneering executives with exemplary track records and a wealth of entertainment experience".

He went on: "Kaz is one of Japan's leading music professionals whose unrivalled A&R and marketing expertise has guided the careers of huge Japanese artists and global superstars. Shuji's many business successes can be attributed to his sharp entrepreneurial instincts, strong operational knowledge and deep understanding of the wider opportunities to monetise music. I am confident that their combined skills, vision and commitment to innovation will ensure that we continue to offer the best home for extraordinary talent in Japan".

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BPI promotes digital man
Record label trade body the BPI has announced the promotion of its digital man Giuseppe De Cristofano to the new role of Head Of Digital. In his new job De Cristofano will take on "primary responsibility for digital strategy around the BRIT Awards alongside his current remit for the BPI".

The online elements of the BRITs took another step up this year, of course, with the YouTube webcast and Twitter-voted award (even if sponsor Mastercard's own amusingly ruined social media campaign grabbed most media attention), and De Cristofano will likely be charged with furthering this expansion in years to come.

Confirming the appointment, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: "Over the last two years we have greatly expanded the digital initiatives undertaken by the BRIT Awards and BPI. Giuseppe's new role will see him take primary responsibility in this area, helping to ensure that we connect with music fans in the UK and around the world in innovative and exciting ways that are relevant to how they want to discover and enjoy the music they love".

Kiss confirm alliance with former Live Nation merch man's new firm
Kiss have announced a new merchandising and brand licensing deal with Epic Rights, the newish business from Dell Furano, who used to head up Live Nation's merchandising division, where he previously worked with the rock band.

Confirming the new deal with Furano, Kiss men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons said in a joint statement: "Epic Rights founder and CEO Dell Furano has worked with us for over 25 years, and he is the best in the business. We are confident that Dell and his Epic Rights team will lead us to the Promised Land".

Despite Furano having worked the Kiss brand for years now via Live Nation and elsewhere, he still reckons there is more revenue potential. He told CMU: "Paul and Gene are definitely the dream team, and it's very exciting to continue to work with them. The bottom line is that we are looking to grow the Kiss brand and generate substantially increased revenue. Loyal Kiss fans are now beginning to introduce their teens to the band, spawning an entire new generation of ardent Kiss lovers".

Spotify takes student discount offer to US
Spotify has announced that it is offering a 50% discount to university students in the US. Which you might say is fighting talk. Or just nice. Or a smart move. Pick one, I don't mind which. Or make up your own. This is an interactive news service.

Students in the UK have been able to claim the same half-price discount since 2012, though up until now this seems to have been the only such offer Spotify has operated worldwide. Rdio also launched a similar offer in the US last year.

US students are able to claim money off Spotify for up to four years, though they must re-apply each year. Details on how to sign up are here.

BBC announces new arts coverage strategy
BBC Director General Tony Hall announced a new strategy for arts and music coverage across the BBC yesterday. This included the creation of two new jobs, Director Of Arts and Director Of Music, the former going to Jonty Claypole and the latter to current Radio 2 / 6 Music boss Bob Shennan. In a gallant attempt at some joined up thinking, the two new appointees will respectively oversee arts and music coverage across the BBC's TV, radio, iPlayer and other online platforms.

Most of yesterday's announcement focussed on the new BBC Arts unit, with a further announcement on the all new BBC Music division later in the year. However, a number of projects falling under the arts side of the new programming initiative will involve classical music, including coverage of the 80th anniversary of Glyndebourne, and a new animated children's film, 'Mimi And The Mountain Dragon', featuring music composed by Rachel Portman.

Hall said: "I want BBC Arts - and BBC Music - to sit proudly alongside BBC News. The arts are for everyone - and, from now on, BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do. We'll be joining up arts on the BBC like never before - across television, radio and digital. And, we'll be working more closely with our country's great artists, performers and cultural institutions".

It was also separately announced yesterday that National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner will join the BBC Executive Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 Apr.

Jill Sinclair dies
Co-founder of music company the SPZ Group, Jill Sinclair, has died from cancer, aged 61.

In a statement, her husband Trevor Horn said: "Jill was an inspiration in every aspect of her life, as my wife and as the mother of our children. She had an adventurous, maverick spirit and built up music businesses - and made her way through life - successfully and independently, and always on her own terms. She will be sorely missed".

Sinclair co-founded SPZ Group with legendary producer Horn in 1984, overseeing its growth from operating Basing Street Studios and the publishing company Perfect Song, to encompassing a number of music firms, including Stiff Records and Sarm Studios. She was severely injured in a tragic shooting accident in 2006 that left her in a coma for several years.

A funeral was held on Monday.

  Approved: Cloud Boat - Carmine
From Lone to Pariah, the resurgent R&S label has been responsible for some of the most thrilling electronic music of recent years.

Among the label's new breed of artists are Cloud Boat (London duo Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke). Their new single 'Carmine' contains a dubstep kernel, but is awash with mellifluous Cocteau Twins style guitars, shimmering ambience and fragile vocals, making the whole thing sound strangely reminiscent of David McAlmont's ethereal first band Thieves.

'Carmine' is taken from their as-yet-unnamed new album (the follow up to last year's debut 'Book Of Hours'), which will be released on R&S/Apollo Records in the summer. The duo are touring the UK in March and April, meanwhile 'Carmine' is available on SoundCloud now.
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Sean Combs breathes new life into Puff Daddy
Sean Combs, aka P Diddy, has swapped his rap alias back to his far swaggier original one, Puff Daddy, in order to release a new LP titled 'MMM'. At least, I think that's what's going on, in spite of the fact that his Twitter handle is still @iamdiddy, and Combs himself doesn't seem very certain either. Saying that, he did change the date of his actual birthday, which I think is an indication that 'PD', let's say, can and will change whatever the hell he likes, when he feels like it.

Combs released his first official solo single, 'Can't Hold Me Down', as Puff Daddy in 1997, going on to make a pair of solo LPs by that name. Then in 2001 he became P Diddy, later losing the 'P' in 2005, a move that cost him significant damages and legal costs after London artist Richard Dearlove, who'd taken on 'Diddy' as his DJ name years earlier, sought a High Court injunction to stop Combs from using the moniker in the UK.

Well, never mind all that, because a) he could more than afford that lawsuit and b) apparently he always was Puff Daddy anyway.

Look at a trailer for lead 'MMM' single 'Big Homie', which is released next week.

Madonna teases 'Rebel Heart' thing
Madonna might release a thing - single, animal or mineral, nobody knows which - titled 'Rebel Heart', soon. It might, since Mad revealed she'd been 'creating' with him a few weeks back, be a collaboration with Avicii. Or, a solo single. Or it's always possible Madonna is simply trolling the whole world.

Whatever its significance, this is the Instagram post that started all this silly 'Madonna might do a thing' flim flam. And this, its caption: "Day turns into night. I wont give up the fight. Don't want to get to the end of my days... saying I wasn't amazed! #revolutionoflove".

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The Black Keys key in LP details, stream new single Fever
So, The Black Keys have built on rumours they'd announce an album soon by... announcing an album. The Danger Mouse-produced 'Turn Blue', Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney's eighth LP as a duo, will come out on Nonesuch on 12 May. The band say its title, and mood, could signify any/all of the following options:

a) Suffocation
b) Sadness
c) Numbness from extreme cold
d) A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
e) All of the above

"We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record - not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either", argues Carney. "On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear 'Turn Blue'".

Here, in the meantime, is lead 'Turn Blue' single 'Fever.

Great Escape festival line-up completed
The final batch of bands has been added to this year's Great Escape Festival, taking the line up to over 400 acts, who will play at venues across Brighton from 8-10 May alongside the CMU Insights-programmed Great Escape Convention.

As previously reported, this year's convention will feature six half-day strands going into key music business topics in much more detail. Details of two of the strands is already online, with the other four due to be confirmed later this week. On top of that delegates will have access to a brilliant conversations programme and numerous networking events, plus priority access to all festival venues, subject to capacity. More info here.

Meanwhile, here are the latest artist additions: Albert Albert, Alice Boman, Amatorski, Ambassadeurs, Annie Eve, Antimatter People, Audience Killers, Badbadnotgood, Ballet School, Bang Bang Bang, Beasts, Billy Lockett, Bite The Buffalo , Blizzard, Bo Saris, Boreal Sons, Brns, Brolin, Buffalo Daughter, Calling All Cars, Carnival Youth, Charlie Cunningham, Childhood, Claire, Clare Maguire, Clean Bandit, Coely, Coves, Dizraeli And The Small Gods, Dog Is Dead, Drowners, Eagles For Hands, Eliza And The Bear, Etches, Ethan Johns, Eyes And No Eyes, Ezra Furman, Frànçois And The Atlas Mountains, Freddie Dickson, Future Folk Orchestra, Gavin James, Glass Animals, God Damn, Gomad! & Monster, Grumbling Fur, Hannah Peel, Hidden Orchestra, His Clancyness, Hollie Cook, Honeyblood, I Have A Tribe, Ichi, Jargon V.A, Jenn Grant, Jess Glynne, Jlyy, Josh Flowers & The Wild, Josh Record, Jungle Doctors, Kate Miller-Heidke, Khushi, Kid Wave, Kieran Leonard, Kimberly Anne, Lay Low, Lily Oakes, Le1f, Lisa Knapp, Little Dragon, Lola Colt, Looks, Luke Howard, Major Look, Marmozets, Mayu Wakisaka, Mazes, Meanwhile, Men's Adventure's, Mise En Scene, Mister Wives, Misty Miller, Mø, Neighbour, Night Engine, Norma Jean Martine, Pale Grey, Panama Wedding, Pearls Negras, Persian Rabbit, Prides, Rachael Dadd, Rare Monk, Rhodes, Roger Molls, Salt Ashes, Seoul, Serafina Steer, Sheppard, Shift K3y, Smoove And Turrell, Sophie Jamieson, Sticky Fingers, Superfood, Taro&Jiro, Tcts, Team Me, Ted Zed, The Amazing Snakeheads, The Animen, The Coronas, The Diamond Age, The Rails, The Royal Concept, The Subways, The Wet Secrets, The Xcerts, Tomas Barfod, Trans, Twin Atlantic, Ulla Nova, Vimes, Werkha, Whilk And Misky, White Hinterland, William Carl Jr, Xxanaxx, Y.O.U, You Are Wolf, Young And Sick, and Zhala.

Buy your delegate passes here.

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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Rick Ross, The Used, Kiesza and Dean Blunt
The OG Rick Ross, Rick Ross, will stop in to play only one solo show this spring, at the Roundhouse in London on 18 May. It's all part of an evil genius plan to push pan-European sales of his sixth LP, 'Mastermind', which is out now. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, via this link. And in relevant viewing, this is Rozay's light and frothy new video, 'The Devil Is A Lie'.

The Used have announced a cosy show at The Scala in London on 17 Jun, so fans can come for a group hug in honour of the band's sixth studio LP, 'Imaginary Enemy', once that comes out on 31 Mar. While you can listen to the whole album on YouTube right now, you'll have to hang on until Thursday to buy into to the show.

Also playing a single London show, it's Canadian singing artiste Kiesza who'll pass a pop-tastic night at the London Electrowerkz on 22 May, her first time headlining solo in the capital. The set will likely feature Kiesza's massive smash single-in-waiting 'Hideaway', which will cease to be intangible when it's released, finally, on 13 Apr. Catch that now while it's still hot.

And lastly, following an event headlined by Trevor Jackson, NTS Radio will throw another of its inter-disciplinary 'Parallel Visions' nights at the ICA in London, this time featuring international-man-of-Hype-Williams-mystery Dean Blunt. It's billed as an 'Urban' show, which could quite literally mean anything. Tickets and info are on this page.

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Festival Line-Up Update: James Lavelle's Meltdown, Wireless, Bestival and more
So, this year's James Lavelle-curated Meltdown, which takes over London's Southbank Centre in mid-June, is looking like a pretty covetable ticket right now.

As the event's Artistic Director, Mo Wax label boss Lavelle has chosen Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry, Petite Noir and Edwyn Collins, amongst others, for his Meltdown bill, also booking in Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra, composer Max Richter accompanying the Royal Philarmonic in a recital of his acclaimed 'Waltz With Bashir' film-score, and Micachu, who'll live-soundtrack a showing of Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed horror movie 'Under The Skin'. So go and buy tickets now, if any of that sounds good, which it should.

Speaking of good, check the following additions to the likes of Wireless, Bestival's BBC 6 Music-hosted Big Top, big-name LDN park weekender Field Day, Sweden's premier eclectica fest Way Out West, and grown Croatian dance party Unknown...

ARCTANGENT, Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, Somerset, 28-30 Aug: God Is An Astronaut, Tall Ships, iLiKETRAiNS, El Ten Eleven, Year Of No Light, Alarmist, We Are Knuckle Dragger, No Spill Blood, Bats, Lost in the Riots, Cleft, Olympians, Shiver, Human Pyramids, Astrohenge, Diagonal, Rumour Cubes, Monsters Build Mean Robots, Blueneck, The Winchester Club, Suffer Like G Did, Charlie Barnes, Memory of Elephants, Big Joan, AK/DK, Adding Machine, Samoans, Waking Aida, Wicket, Sleep Beggar, Howard James Kenny, Super Squarecloud, Flies Are Spies From Hell. arctangent.co.uk

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Isle Of Wight, 4-7 Sep: Bonobo, SBTRKT, Darkside, Temples, DJ Yoda, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Peter Hook And The Light, Cate Le Bon, Nick Mulvey, Denai Moore, Public Service Broadcasting, The Radiophonic Workshop, Ady Suleiman. www.bestival.net

EDEN SESSIONS, The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, full dates TBA: Pixies. www.edensessions.com

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 7-8 Jun: Thurston Moore, Future Islands, The Wytches, Lovepark. fielddayfestivals.com

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, 25-29 Jun: The Black Keys. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

JAMES LAVELLE'S MELTDOWN, Southbank Centre, London, 13-22 Jun: Chrissie Hynde, Mark Lanegan, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine, Edwyn Collins, Goldie & The Heritage Orchestra, Petite Noir, Max Richter, Philharmonia Orchestra, Keaton Henson, Radkey, Micachu, UNKLE, Philip Sheppard, Mo Wax, Glass Animals, DJ Harvey, ESG, 23 Skidoo, The Fairey Band, A Love Supreme. meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk

LIVERPOOL PSYCH FEST, Camp & Furnace, Liverpool, 26-27 Sep: Goat, Woods, Suuns, White Hills, Amen Dunes, Zombie Zombie, Sleepy Sun, Wolf People, Hills. liverpoolpsychfest.tumblr.com

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 1-3 May: The Kooks. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

SHHH FESTIVAL, Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, London, 24 May: Tiny Ruins, B* Mountain, Land Observations, Adam Stafford, Myyths, Sophie Jamieson, Arch Garisson, Charlie Cunningham, Grimm Grimm, Jim Perkins + Leah Kardos, Nathan Ball, Dan Bettridge. thelocal.tv/shhh.html‎

UNKNOWN, Rovinj, Istria, Croatia, 8-12 Sep: Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Jamie xx, London Grammar, Disclosure DJs, Clean Bandit, Moderat, DJ Koze, Eats Everything, Richy Ahmed, Prins Thomas, Fainting By Numbers. www.unknowncroatia.com

WAY OUT WEST, Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-9 Aug: Tinariwen, Mac DeMarco, Sharon Van Etten, Elliphant, John Wizards, Bo Ningen, Veronica Maggio, Pearson Sound, Ben UFO, Pangaea. www.wayoutwest.se

WEYFEST, The Rural Life Centre, Farnham, Surrey, 29-31 Aug: Squeeze, Big Country. www.weyfest.co.uk

WIRELESS FESTIVAL, Finsbury Park, London, 4-6 Jul: Tinie Tempah, Robin Thicke, Sean Paul, Naughty Boy, Labrinth, Kid Ink, Wilkinson, Meridian Dan, Lizzo, Jon Bellion, Schoolboy Q, Javeon, Elli Ingram, Blonde, Rixton, Alec Benjamin, Say Lou Lou, Sinead Harnett, Indiana, All About She, Sasha Keable. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced that they are going to "consciously uncouple". Which is the fluffiest possible way to say that they're splitting up. The news was announced via Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop, which (the About page says) she set up in order "to share all of life's positives".

"It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate", the couple's statement reads, thus ruining the premise of the whole website. "We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate".

They continued: "We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner".

Paltrow's next film, 'Mortdecai', is due out later this year, and Martin is also gearing up for the release of a new Coldplay album in May.

 
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