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Tuesday 1 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Intellectual Property Office last week published draft statutory instruments that will amend IP law in the UK to expand the number of copyright exemptions, ie circumstances in which individuals can copy or use copyright material without licence. Copyright in the UK has generally had less such exemptions than IP systems in the US and elsewhere in Europe, and there has been chatter for years... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Yeah, so five years after the release of their folky debut album, 'Yeah So', Slow Club seem to be making a full on break for pop freedom with album number three, 'Complete Surrender'. The first track from the album to be unveiled last month, 'Tears Of Joy', was a Metronomy-esque ballad, a lazily strummed, quietly infectious song that hinted at a distinct shift in sound. First single proper, and the album's... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Drafts for new copyright exemptions published
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LEGAL RIAA subpoenas YouTube for Chris Brown leaker's identity
Incubus frontman denies meeting reality star with restraining order against him
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DEALS SO Recordings signs North American distribution deal with Caroline
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MEDIA BBC re-commissions The Voice
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THE GREAT ESCAPE Ten questions about music rights in 2014, all to be answered at The Great Escape this May
Japan announces first ever official European festival showcase at The Great Escape
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ARTIST NEWS Frankie Knuckles dies
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RELEASES New Michael Jackson album Xscape announced
Flaming Lips record Dark Side Of The Moon companion piece
Release Round-Up: Rita Ora, First Aid Kit, Ratking, Todd Terje, Thomas Barfod and Brontide
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Ásgeir, Circa Waves and Fabienne
Festival Line-Up Update: British Summer Time, Lovebox, Dot To Dot and more
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AND FINALLY... Elton John and David Furnish to marry in May
Not many people think Bez would be a good politician, shocker
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END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL - CEO
End Of The Road Festival wants a Chief Executive to oversee the running of the existing festival and to identify and develop new ventures from a new London office. EOTR is a festival for the real indie music fan. It offers a wide musical and artistic experience while avoiding the excesses of commercial sponsorship.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MANNERS MCDADE - ROYALTIES AND FINANCE MANAGER
Due to expansion, Manners McDade is looking for an experienced Royalty Accountant to work alongside our small team of publishing personnel in Central London. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of both Music Maestro (or similar) and SAGE.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
THE ORCHARD - CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to the Senior Director of International Client & Video Services, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content and campaign manager for key clients across the UK & Europe. Working across both digital and physical for primarily frontline clients, the person will have a deep understanding of music distribution and label services and preferably a good grasp of rock, metal and heritage content.

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ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC - MUSIC BUSINESS LECTURER
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in conjunction with its strategic Partner Metropolis Studios London is looking to appoint a Music Business Lecturer. Reporting to the Business School Manager, successful candidates will be lecturing on the Music Business Degree.

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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER / FREELANCER
Music PR agency Outpost is looking for a sharp online PR account manager who loves the web and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require significant music online experience, with a proven track record of working across artist PR, events and social media campaigns.

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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.

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Drafts for new copyright exemptions published
The Intellectual Property Office last week published draft statutory instruments that will amend IP law in the UK to expand the number of copyright exemptions, ie circumstances in which individuals can copy or use copyright material without licence.

Copyright in the UK has generally had less such exemptions than IP systems in the US and elsewhere in Europe, and there has been chatter for years about increasing the 'use our stuff for free' list over here too, especially since the 2011 Hargreaves Report. The draft proposals that will not go before parliament follow a lengthy consultation process by the IPO.

For the music industry, the big amend is the introduction of a private copy right, which means that consumers will be able to legally rip music files from CDs so they can store and/or listen to recordings via their PC or smart-phone, or indeed burn tracks back onto another CD like we all did back in the glory days of 2001. Providing, that is, the back up copies are for personal use only.

The fact such file ripping has been the norm for years now (and back up copying to cassette was common for ages before that) makes the bit of law that forbids it seem bizarre to the public at large, and arguably damages the credibility of copyright as a result. And to be fair the music industry has recognised this for some time, and doesn't oppose the private copy right - that already exists in most other countries - in principle.

Though elsewhere in Europe where there already is a private copy right it's usually customary to add a levy to CD-Rs and MP3 players that is paid back to the music community as compensation for the exemption existing. But the IPO's proposal for the UK private copy right doesn't include any such levy, which is something the British music industry ain't so happy about. Even though the levy system is already proving problematic in Europe where there has been much debate about what exactly to apply the levy to in the post-CDR, post-MP3-player age.

So it will be interesting to see what the labels and music publishers are saying as these statutory instruments move through parliament in the coming weeks. Statutory Instruments are debated and voted on as they go through Westminster, but not amended. The aim is for the new exemptions - which also include new parody and quotation rights and provisions for the educational use of works - to kick in on 1 Jun.

On publishing the draft statutory instruments last week, the IPO said in a statement: "The government is making a series of small but important changes to copyright law to make it better suited for the digital age. They will also introduce greater freedoms in copyright law to allow third parties to use copyright works for a variety of economically and/or socially valuable purposes without the need to seek permission from copyright owners".

You can check each of the new proposals online here. And we'll provide an update on what these changes mean during the 'Maximising Music Rights' strand at The Great Escape in May, details on which here.

RIAA subpoenas YouTube for Chris Brown leaker's identity
The Recording Industry Association Of America recently secured a subpoena from a federal court in California ordering YouTube to reveal the IP address, email and any other contact info available about a user who uploaded two new unreleased Chris Brown tracks to the video platform earlier this year.

According to Torrentfreak, the RIAA said in its application for the court order: "The purpose for which this subpoena is sought is to obtain the identity or identities of the individual or individuals assigned to this URL. This information will only be used for the purposes of protecting the rights granted to our members, the sound recording copyright owners, under [the Digital Millennium Copyright Act]".

The subpoena presumably means that the RIAA is considering direct action against the YouTube user who uploaded the Chris Brown tracks, even though a takedown notice issued to the Google-owned video platform saw the content quickly removed from the site.

It's not known how often the RIAA pursues such action, though in the main when content is uploaded to a site like YouTube without licence, a rights owner will use the upload service's takedown system to get the files removed, but won't then launch action against whoever uploaded the file in the first place. Even though they were actually responsible for the copyright infringement that took place, and aren't protected by the DMCA in the way the YouTube-type platform is.

Obviously the record industry, and especially the RIAA, has tried going after individual non-commercial infringers before with the rampant sue-the-fans programme of the last decade, though that approach to anti-piracy achieved little other than getting the record industry a mountain of bad press.

Though, while such sue-the-fan litigation has generally fallen out of favour, the labels have been more severe in protecting their copyrights where pre-release content is leaked onto file-sharing platforms, and that approach is possibly now being extended to video-sharing sites. That said, back in February Brown was accusing an ex-manager of being behind leaks of his music - something she publicly denied, challenging him and his label to properly trace the source of the uploaded tracks - so this might just be a special case.

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Incubus frontman denies meeting reality star with restraining order against him
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has denied ever meeting a reality TV star who has secured a restraining order against him.

According to TMZ, Svetlana Shusterman, who appeared on MTV reality TV show 'The Real World' in 2005, was granted a temporary restraining order against Boyd last week after filing a police report. She claims that he has been stalking her for a number of years, and recently threatened to kill her.

Pending a court hearing next month, Boyd is prohibited from coming within 100 yards of Shusterman. However, a spokesperson for the singer told TMZ: "Brandon has been advised about this but doesn't know anything about it. He doesn't know this person nor does he recall ever having met her".

As previously reported, Boyd is currently working on a solo album, while Incubus take a break from doing anything at all.

SO Recordings signs North American distribution deal with Caroline
SO Recordings has announced a new digital and physical distribution deal with Universal's Caroline label services business, covering the US and Canada.

Caroline President Dominic Pandiscia said of the deal: "All at Caroline are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with SO Recordings. Their creative vision, A&R sensibility, and approach to market are all truly cutting edge and we look forward to partnering with them across a wide range of services to help support their artists".

While SO Recordings CEO Reynold D'Silva added: "As we continue to invest heavily in global A&R, whilst targeting our strategy towards the US market, we needed a team to entrust with our records. To this end, Caroline and Dominic Pandiscia's formidable team have demonstrated a vision that fully complements our commitment to establish the label in North America".

The London-based label, part of the Silva Screen Music Group, launched in 2010 and has a roster currently featuring Dinosaur Pile-Up and Morning Parade, both of whom have albums scheduled for this year, as well as The Chevin, Apache Relay and Fenech-Soler. The company has also worked with former 'X-Factor' contestants Matt Cardle and Diana Vickers.

BBC re-commissions The Voice
The BBC has confirmed that its bought-in singing show 'The Voice' is to linger on, like a waft of bad cologne, for another couple of years at least. Execs at the Beeb have signed on to air two further UK series of the non-looks-orientated pop franchise on top of its current third season, which has done reasonably 'okay' ratings-wise lately, having drawn 9.41 million viewers at its peak.

Speaking ahead of series three's gripping finale, which is happening this weekend, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore says: "It's been fantastic to see 'The Voice' return in top form to kick start BBC One's brilliant year so far, the new [judging] line-up has really connected with audiences and I look forward to it returning to the channel next year".

Meanwhile, Mark Linsey, Entertainment Commissioning Controller at the BBC, adds this: "'The Voice' has really cemented itself as hugely popular on BBC One Saturday nights and I am delighted that we will be dusting down the iconic red chairs for another airing next year".

Charlotte, Mark and co are still to confirm which, if any, of the four current 'Voice' coaches, aka Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and Will.i.am, will return to the show in 2015. The gossip so far on that front is that Kylie is likely to leave following this year's series finale, having realised, quite late in the day I'd say, that she is too famous to even be in the same room as Ricky Wilson.

With just five weeks to go to The Great Escape 2014, which once again includes the CMU Insights-programmed convention, look out for TGE updates and features everyday here in the CMU Daily.

For information on this year's convention programme click here, and to book your delegates passes click here.

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Ten questions about music rights in 2014, all to be answered at The Great Escape this May
One of the insight strands being presented by CMU Insights at The Great Escape this year is Maximising Music Rights, supported by PPL and PRS For Music.

This will be a complete and concise update on all and everything you need to know in 2014 about music rights - by which we mean the copyrights that exist in lyrics, musical score and sound recordings - all squeezed into a neat three hours. Whether you are an artist, songwriter, producer, manager, label, publisher, distributor or digital service provider, you are in the copyright business, while promoters, broadcasters and ad agencies are all customers of music rights. And whichever of those you may be, you'll find this strand hugely valuable. And no previous copyright knowledge is required.

The spotlight will be thrown on neighbouring rights and anti-piracy tools, while Hove MP and David Cameron's Intellectual Property Advisor Mike Weatherley will be discussing the political dimension of all things copyright. But to kick things off, CMU Business Editor and Insights Director Chris Cooke will be providing a speedy overview of all the key music rights issues by answering all of the following ten questions in a mere 40 minutes.

1. How much money do we make from music rights?
The 'we' in that question being the music community at large. The revenue stats you most commonly hear coming out of the music industry actually relate to just recorded music, but what about the bigger picture. We'll be sharing figures from across the music rights sector, so publishing (lyrics and score) as well as recordings income. And for all the hype in recent years about streaming music and sync deals, what music right revenue streams are really delivering right now?

2. How are we licensing digital services?
What digital services do we licence as one through the collective licensing system, and which need to do direct deals with labels and publishers? Well, it varies, depending on the kind of music right, and the territory. And the year. Oh why can't we make digital licensing simpler? Well, we can't do that in a 40 minute presentation, but we can explain the current situation in a nice big diagram on a nice big screen. Come and get your head around it all.

3. How are we licensing global services?
Most digital services operate in multiple territories, and some aspire to be available in every single country. Which has created challenges for the copyright system, especially in collective licensing where everything previously happened on a country-by-country basis. How are we dealing with multi-territory licensing. Well, we'll tell you. This will require a very big diagram. But we've got a big screen.

4. How do licensees know who owns what music rights?
Ah, data. What's up with the Global Repertoire Database? What exactly is the Broadcast WAV file and how will it help? And what are we doing with metadata? Give us four minutes and we'll tell you.

5. Are we doing anything to simplify music licensing?
Well, we're doing a bit. Come and find out more, and hear about the One Music project in New Zealand, possibly a pilot for how collective licensing at least could be simplified for users of music.

6. How is music rights income shared between artists and labels?
Aha, so this is an increasingly contentious point isn't it? Of course, beyond neighbouring rights, what royalties a label pays a featured artist depends on their record deal, but what are the industry standard splits for CD, download, streaming and other revenues? And why is all this being debated? We'll have the stats and the bullet point arguments.

7. How is music rights income shared between labels and publishers?
A contentious point for future years, this one. How is the digital pound split between the different rights owners? And will this change in the future? We outline the basics of a forthcoming debate.

8. How long does copyright last?
Well, for recording rights owners the answer is "longer than at the last Great Escape". Find out how the longer sound recording copyright in Europe is working, brush up on your copyright terms in general, and we'll explain why those unreleased Beatles tracks from 1963 slipped out last December.

9. When can people legally use our music without a licence?
Exemptions, exemptions. This is changing in the UK right as we speak. Find out how.

10. Can copyright adapt to the digital world?
"Copyright is an archaic concept that can't work in the digital age", it's often been said in the last decade as the content industries have tackled the opportunities and threats thrown up by the digital age. But copyright is just as relevant now as it ever has been, and for all the challenges and weaknesses, copyright can and will evolve with the changing world. And if you're not convinced, we'll convince you. Promise.

So there you go. Get up to speed on all things music rights at The Great Escape from 2-5pm on Thursday 8 May. All you need now is your delegates pass, which you can buy here.

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Japan announces first ever official European festival showcase at The Great Escape
Over 400 bands will play the festival side of The Great Escape this May, which is rather a lot, but to help delegates navigate all the talent on offer there is a series of industry partner showcases presenting artists from a specific region. And this year that will include the first ever official showcase from the Japanese industry to take place in Europe.

Backed by The Foundation For Promotion Of Music Industry And Culture and the Recording Industry Association Of Japan, the event is being co-ordinated by touring firm It Came From Japan, which has previously held unofficial showcases at TGE.

PROMIC's Kaz Michijima told CMU: "Britain is always a dream country for Japanese artists, and before I joined PROMIC last April, I had heard great stories about The Great Escape. Shortly after I joined I met Daniel Robson from It Came From Japan, and he encouraged me and helped me to send Japanese artists to TGE. We decided the best way would be to send Japanese artists who had performed at Tokyo International Music Market".

He added: "We're delighted that we can send three Japanese artists to perform at TGE, and that we have government support. Each of the three artists are unique, and we hope people in Europe will enjoy their shows!"

Taking place on 10 May from 12-4pm, with free sushi for attendees, bands performing will be Buffalo Daughter (playing their first UK shows for thirteen years), singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka, and acoustic rock duo TarO&jirO. As mentioned by Michijima, all three artists also performed at Japanese music conference the Tokyo International Music Market in October last year, and will play additional sets beyond the showcase at The Great Escape this May.

The move for the Japanese music industry to look more proactively to promote its artists abroad is a positive one, coming after recent figures from the IFPI showed that the country's domestic revenues are slipping significantly.

Watch a two part special edition of PROMIC's weekly YouTube show, announcing the Great Escape showcase here:

Part one

Part two

  Approved: Slow Club - Complete Surrender
Yeah, so five years after the release of their folky debut album, 'Yeah So', Slow Club seem to be making a full on break for pop freedom with album number three, 'Complete Surrender'.

The first track from the album to be unveiled last month, 'Tears Of Joy', was a Metronomy-esque ballad, a lazily strummed, quietly infectious song that hinted at a distinct shift in sound. First single proper, and the album's title track, which is out this week, plays its cards far less close to its chest though, bursting with high drama from the first note.

The album is due for release on 14 Jul, with a one-off live show scheduled for London's Village Underground on 13 May. Check out the video for 'Complete Surrender' here.
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Frankie Knuckles dies
Pioneering house DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles has died, aged 59. His business partner Frederick Dunson told The Chicago Tribune that Knuckles had died "unexpectedly" at his Chicago home. Further details are expected later today.

Known as 'the godfather of house music', Knuckles began DJing in New York in the late 1970s, before moving to Chicago where he was key to the development of house, as the popularity of disco began to wane.

Knuckles final live DJ set was at Ministry Of Sound in London on Saturday. He had been scheduled to return to the UK for shows at Gatecrasher in Birmingham and The Arches in Glasgow later this month.

New Michael Jackson album Xscape announced
Michael Jackson will release a new album called 'Xscape' in May. Well, he'll not really be involved with the release, what with being dead and all. But Epic Records boss LA Reid has pulled eight unreleased tracks out of the king of pop's vault, called in a few producers to tidy them up, and then said various things that he hopes will make you think it's a proper LP.

One of the things Reid said was: "Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world. Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honoured to present this music to the world".

The music on the album, originally written and produced by Michael Jackson and Rodney Jerkins, has been through a process referred to by Reid as "contemporising". Overseen by Timbaland, additional production work was also carried out by Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome 'Jroc' Harmon and John McClain.

The title 'Xscape' was chosen because this might have been the name Jackson himself would have chosen - the singer having explicitly chosen single word titles that sound a bit edgy ever since 'Thriller'. Hence 'Bad', 'Dangerous', 'Invincible' and Jackson's previous posthumous album... 'Michael'.

The executors of Jackson's estate, John Branca and John McClain, said of the release: "Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank LA Reid for his vision".

The album is available for pre-order from today, before being released through Sony/Epic on 13 May. As previously reported, it was rumoured that the release would be made available exclusively through Sony's new Xperia mobile phone. Clearly this is not the case, though there are still announcements to be made, so there may as yet be some sort of tie-up.

Meanwhile, have yourself a little look at the pretty terrible artwork for 'Xscape' here.

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Flaming Lips record Dark Side Of The Moon companion piece
The Flaming Lips have recorded an "immersive companion piece" to Pink Floyd's 1973 album 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.

Similar to their 'Zaireeka' album, which came on four discs designed to be played simultaneously, 'Flaming Side Of The Moon' is meant to be played in sync with the Pink Floyd classic. In fact, say the band: "For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons-engineered quadraphonic LP mix of 'Dark Side', but it will work with the album on any format".

Back in 2010, The Flaming Lips also recorded their own version of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' as a Record Store Day release. It's not clear (because I can't be bothered to check) if that recording will work with this accompanying piece of music.

Reception to the new recording has been, as you might expect, mixed. Some claim that it is a work of genius, some say that attempting to improve on a classic album is sacrilege. Or, put more bluntly: "YOU STUPID FUCKS, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?"

The band have pressed 100 vinyl copies of the recording to distribute to friends and family. If you don't feature in either of those categories, there's always SoundCloud.

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Release Round-Up: Rita Ora, First Aid Kit, Ratking, Todd Terje, Thomas Barfod and Brontide
Having first revealed its title, then teased it via a clip, Rita Ora has now finally (finally), shared her new single 'I Will Never Let You Down' in its entirety. The Calvin Harris-mixed track still isn't due to be released till 11 May, though, so take it slow as you play it forward via this link.

Steering clear of Rita n Calvin now, it's on to "supersupersuperpsyched" Swedish sisters First Aid Kit, who have confirmed details of their third LP, 'Stay Gold'. The duo told fans of their FB page yesterday that the album was "made with love" at the ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska, with producer Mike Mogis, who also worked on First Aid Kit LP #2, 2012's hearty folk comp 'The Lion's Roar'. 'Stay Gold' is out on 10 Jun. Listen in on its lead song, 'My Silver Lining' (which is amazing by the way), and stream a 'Stay Gold' trailer directed by Neil Krug.

Sounding pretty damn jarring after FAK's lush new single, it's 'So It Goes', the first official LP from stony boombap trio Ratking. On course to come out this coming Monday on XL Recordings imprint Hot Charity, it's available in preview right here, via NPR's streaming channel.

Also giving the fans what they want (assuming what they want is to hear his Bryan Ferry-featuring new LP, 'It's Album Time', in advance of its official 7 Apr release date), is Norway's zaniest dance DJ Todd Terje. So yeah, I guess there's little else to do at this stage bar giving it a spin.

It's also album time for prime Danish club DJ Tomas Barfod, who will, on 9 Jun in the UK, issue 'Love Me', his first LP since 2012's 'Salton Sea'. It'll feature 'Pulsing', Tomas's approved collaboration with singer Nina K, and other tracks looping in vocals by Night Beds and Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple. You can sample all that now, if you like, inside this 'Loves You' mix.

Last and absolutely not least, it's vox-less instrumentalists Brontide, who've put a stop to a long-ish period of quietude by announcing a new album called 'Artery'. Turns out the band have been working on it for a while, because, they say: "We put a lot of care into every aspect of these songs and wanted to get everything just right". And that's as fair an excuse as any. 'Artery' is due out on 30 Jun, c/o Pink Mist. Here's a little AV clip featuring 'making of' scenes and a bit of music.

Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Ásgeir, Circa Waves and Fabienne
Lily "fucking frustrated" Rose Allen will pander to her "beige" music industry taskmasters by stooping to play an actual show, at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 28 Apr. Which is good of her. It's going to be very, very special, especially since it's Lil's first headline date in years. Four years. Lily's LP 'Sheezus' is released the week after her live appearance, which explains the timing. Tickets will go on sale to those that want to buy them this Friday.

Less reluctant chart princess Paloma Faith is playing not just one UK show, but lots of UK shows, in the form of a 21 stop tour running throughout the autumn months. The first date is 28 Oct at Sheffield City Hall, and the last at London's Hammersmith Apollo on 25 Nov. Find what happens in between here, and watch an 'off the cuff' acoustic spin on Paloma's new single, 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This', which is out 12 May, for afters.

Icelandic alt sensation Ásgeir, who starts a UK tour with a sold-out show at London's Union Chapel on 8 Apr, has just signed up to a further LDN show, at the larger Shepherd's Bush Empire, on 26 Nov. And while that's ages, frankly, away, you can hit your Ásgeir fix a lot sooner thanks to the two-track single, 'Going Home'/'Dreaming', he's releasing on 7 Apr. And or the other two track single, 'Here It Comes' (a live favourite) and 'Heart Shaped Box' (a Nirvana cover), that'll follow on 19 Apr, aka Record Store Day.

In between making appearances at festivals like Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds and The Great Escape, Imagem's newest, indie-est publishing signings, Liverpool band Circa Waves, will headline a set at The Lexington in London. The show is on 28 May, and pays lip service to CW's recently-released single, 'Stuck In My Teeth'. Details and tickets are here.

And in conclusion, rich-voiced pop debutante Fabienne is on the same bill as London soloist Bruno Major at a show of his tonight. So if your night winds up close to St Giles-in-The-Fields Church in London at around 7pm, you should probably pop in and hear Fabienne singing cuts from her debut EP, 'City Of Shadows', whose title song is thus.

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Festival Line-Up Update: British Summer Time, Lovebox, Dot To Dot and more
So, Warpaint are new to the bill at Glasto, which leads nicely on to the slightly vague news that the festival's full line-up, secret headliners and all, will be released in this month. So, hurrah for that.

Another Glasto fact to bear in mind is this, that the event's ticket resale dates will be these: 24-29 Jun. And by 'ticket resale', I mean any reserved but still unpaid-for tickets will go back on sale to the general public. So register to be in with a chance of snatching a re-sold ticket, and look at the full info on the matter, here.

And now, hold onto your silly straw hats, and stand by for the latest updates to line-ups at Lovebox, which include Nas playing 'Illmatic' all the way through, plus Dot To Dot, British Summer Time, Doune The Rabbit Hole, Flow, and some others besides...

BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Hyde Park, London, 4-13 Jul: Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly, Gallows, Hell, Kobra And The Lotus, Bo Ningen, Rise To Remain, Broken Hands, Wolfmother, The Bots, The Graveltones, Hang the Bastard, A Plastic Rose, Rise To Remain, Blitz Kids, The Struts, The First. www.bst-hydepark.com

DOT TO DOT, various venues, Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham, 23-25 May: The Pizza Underground, Drenge, Saint Raymond, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Lauren Aquilina, Luke Sital-Singh, Hudson Taylor, Josh Record, Amber Run, Big Sixes, Champs, Charlotte OC, Ezra Furman, Fred Page, Freddie Dickson, Gallery Circus, Gengahr, God Damn, Jaws, Joel Baker, La Femme, Life, Life In Film, No Sinner, Noah Gundersen, Port Isla, Slaves, Southern, The 45s, The Heartbreaks, The Jacques, The Trouble With Templeton, Young Romance. www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE, Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire, Scotland, 22-24 Aug: Acid Mothers Temple, Jeffrey Lewis & The JRams, The Wave Pictures, Heatsick, Laura J Martin, The Cosmic Dead, Howie Reeve, Mickey 9's, My Old Blue Terraplane, New Urban Frontier, EastCoastDefector, Sloth Metropolis, Woodwife, Secret Chiefs 3, Balkanarama, Victorian Trout Conspiracy, Josephine Foster, Bass Clef, Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures, Richard Dawson, Grumbling Fur, Babe, Glad Community Choir, The Yawns, Eugene Twist, Fists, Jer Reid & Solene Weinachter, The Daddy Naggins, Daniel Meade, Jamie Flynn, Molly Wagger, Steven Kemp, Billy Ray Osiris, Looking Forward To Yesterday, The One Ensemble, Ela Orleans, The Shiverin Sheiks, Woodenbox, Adam Stafford, The Strange Blue Dreams, Dan Haywood, The Oscillation, Let's Talk About Space, Esperanza, Flamingods, Freschard, Galoshins, Honey & the Herbs, No More Tiger, Sharptooth, The Rope and the Colt, The Dodgy Characters, Hometown Social Club, Jacob & Rory Green. dounetherabbithole.co.uk

FLOW, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland, 8-10 Aug: The Horrors, Real Estate, FKT Twigs, Marissa Nadler, Phantom, Joose Keskitalo, Aivovuoto, Pietarin Spektaakkeli. www.flowfestival.com

FOREST LIVE, various venues, full dates TBA: Kian Egan. www.forestry.gov.uk/music

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

JERSEY LIVE, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, 30-31 Aug: John Newman, Klaxons, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat Al McKay, Luke Friend, Lucy Rose. www.jerseylive.org.uk

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 18-19 Jul: ) Nas, Soul II Soul, Jess Glynne, Woodkid Adam Beyer, Adesse Versions, Benji B, Breach, Citizen, Cottam, Craig Charles, DJ EZ, Dolan Bergin, Duff Disco, Fort Romeau, Guy Williams, House Of Disco, Kenny Dope (Disco Fever Set), Kid Fiesta, Maxxi Soundsystem, Normski, Mic Newman, Monki, Norman Jay, Nihilismus, PBR Streetgang, Pete Herbert, Ralph Lawson, Randall, Son Of Sun, Soul Clap, Tayo & Tope, The Reflex, Timanti, Tom Edgar, Tom Trago, Visions. loveboxfestival.com

MYSTERYLAND, Floriade, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands, 23 Aug: Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Nervo, Sander van Doorn, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Loco Dice, Chris Leibing, Joris Voorn, Art Department, Ben Sims, Yellow Claw, Rusko, Frontliner, Noisecontrollers, Traffasi, The Flexican & Sef. www.mysteryland.com

TAURON NOWA MUZYKA, Katowice, Poland, 21-24 Aug: Chet Faker, Laurel Halo, Kode9, Sorry Boys, Jaga Jazzist, Scratch DVA, Okonika, Cooly G, WhoMadeWho, Aukso Orchestra. www.festiwalnowamuzyka.pl

Elton John and David Furnish to marry in May
Elton John is to consciously couple with his long-time other half, David Furnish, having announced they will marry later this year.

The pair, who began a civil partnership in 2005, can now wed legally, this following the change this past Saturday in English and Welsh law to allow same-sex marriages for the first time.

John has said of the ceremony, which is set to take place at an English registry office in May: "We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion".

Speaking via NBC's Today show, he adds: "I'm very proud of Britain and the laws that we've seen come into existence since we've been together. Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time - through the 1960s and the 1950s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act".

And: "So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn't just say, 'Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married".

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Not many people think Bez would be a good politician, shocker
If Bez is hoping to become Salford's next MP (and he is), he's got his work cut out for him.

Apparently finding themselves with nothing much to do, YouGov researchers last week decided to ask the British public what they though of the prospect of the Happy Mondays dancer becoming a spokesperson for the people in parliament.

Of the 2070 people asked, 43% said that they didn't know enough about Bez to say either way (which must be a very small amount indeed), while 19% said that they couldn't be bothered to form an opinion. However, of those who did make the effort to give the idea a moment's thought, only 31% thought he would make a good politician. I say 'only', that does seem quite high. Though I suppose that it is only 31% of 38%.

Bez has until next May to turn things around.

 
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