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Wednesday 2 April 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: The stat dudes at the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry released their biggest annual dose of stats yesterday in the form of the global record industry trade group's 'Recording Industry In Numbers' book, which you can all now go and buy for a mere £750. Of course we already know the big top line figures, they having also appeared in the IFPI's recent 'Digital Music Report'. After... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Hannah Diamond, the shiniest sugar-bead on the silly-sweet candy necklace that is young London producer AG Cook's PC Music label, split the web quite neatly into "love it", "hate it" and "WTF is it?" camps via 2013 single 'Pink & Blue', a ride so garish, girlish and spinny, and with 'girl-boy' lyrics so super-sticky-kitsch, it'll either exhilarate you or have you being sick in a bag. Or both, if you're unlucky... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES More stats as IFPI releases annual numbers book
LEGAL Notorious BIG estate sues over uncleared sample claim
DEALS Tom Waits signs to William Morris Endeavor
Island Recs sign Ill Blu
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal separates Def Jam, Island and Motown
New A&R for Warner/Chappell
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify launches revamped design and library function
THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU Insights to present results of three new surveys at The Great Escape
OBITUARIES Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014
RELEASES Jack White announces new solo album
XL to release 'spartan' Gil Scott-Heron LP
Release Round-Up: The Antlers, Róisín Murphy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Woman's Hour
GIGS & FESTIVALS The Rolling Stones add European shows
Kanye West pushes back Australian dates to make an LP
Idlewild look forward to first live shows since reuniting
Festival Line-Up Update: BluesFest, Sonar, Leopallooza and more
AND FINALLY... Kurt Cobain musical "very likely", says Courtney
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More stats as IFPI releases annual numbers book
The stat dudes at the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry released their biggest annual dose of stats yesterday in the form of the global record industry trade group's 'Recording Industry In Numbers' book, which you can all now go and buy for a mere £750.

Of course we already know the big top line figures, they having also appeared in the IFPI's recent 'Digital Music Report'. After the worldwide record industry saw some growth in 2012, it returned to decline in 2013 mainly thanks to a significant fall in revenues in the Japanese market, caused by the continued decline of CD sales and the fact the country's distinct pre-smartphone mobile music services are now in free fall. In Japan, digital services more akin to those that now dominate in the US and Europe are yet to gain momentum.

All of which means a 3.9% global fall overall, though if you take Japan out of the equation the decline is a mere 0.1%, compared to 0.2% growth in 2012, so basically flat. But there are reasons to still be upbeat. The top six markets in Europe - Germany, UK, France, Sweden, Netherlands and Italy - all saw growth in 2013, and there was significant digital growth in some key merging markets, including Argentina (68.5%), Peru (148.5%), South Africa (106.8%) and Venezuela (84.9%).

Overall digital revenues were up 4.3% in 2013, meaning digital income now accounts for 39% of monies overall. Within the digital domain, downloads still account for 67% of income, though subscription and ad-based revenues from the streaming platforms combined are becoming more significant, together accounting for 27% of the digital money. Label income from subscription services passed $1 billion in 2013, as did public performance income, a significant if less talked about growth area for the record industry, which was up 19% last year and now accounts for 7% of all recorded music revenues.

Commenting on the publication of this year's stats frenzy, IFPI boss Frances Moore told CMU: "The broad picture that emerges is of an extremely diverse industry. Most of our major markets have stabilised, digital continues to grow, revenue streams have diversified and we are starting to deliver on the huge potential in emerging markets. Against this, there were sharply declining revenues in Japan, a market which accounts for one fifth of global revenues and is right at the start of its digital transition. Yet the difficulties in one market, however large, should not divert us from a broader story of digital opportunity".

Notorious BIG estate sues over uncleared sample claim
Ah, the good old "how many notes can be sampled before you infringe copyright?" debate, that's always fun. Though in America the answer usually seems to be "not very many at all actually".

The estate of the Notorious BIG has launched a pre-emptive lawsuit over allegations one of the late rapper's tracks infringed the copyright in a 1970s song. It seems that the owner of the latter track has been making high demands, and most recently moved to halt the payout of royalties on the rap release pending litigation.

The case is interesting, because no one is denying that 1994 Biggie Smalls track 'The What' samples, without permission, the 1974 song 'Can't Say Enough About Mom', which was co-written by soul singer Leroy Hutson and Michael Hawkins.

But the Notorious BIG estate reckons that only "two non-sequential tones" were taken from the original, and that they were modified for the new track. And such usage, the Biggie estate says, constitutes fair use under US copyright law, so no infringement took place.

Although originally put out by Curtis Mayfield's music company, ownership of 'Can't Say Enough About Mom' seemingly reverted to Hutson in 1989, and it is he who is threatening to go legal. Hutson first alleged infringement had occurred fourteen years after 'The What' was released, and out of court negotiations have seemingly being going on ever since.

Billboard says that during this time Hutson's legal reps have demanded 50% ownership of the Notorius BIG track, including 50% of all income generated by it over the years. But legal experts hired by the estate say they are confident that, under American case law, the size and nature of the 'Can't Say' sample means there is no case for infringement.

With the dispute now heading for court, the BIG estate clearly wanted to get in first, seeking court confirmation that no infringement occurred, and damages from Hutson for 'copyright misuse', based on the allegation he has been threatening legal action in the knowledge no actual infringement took place.

Though when it comes to sampling cases in the US jurisdiction there is rarely such certainty. It will be interesting to see what happens if this dispute does indeed reach a court room.

Tom Waits signs to William Morris Endeavor
Tom Waits has signed to booking agency William Morris Endeavor, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed to CMU. According to Billboard, this is the first time Waits has been represented by a talent agency in over 20 years.

A new adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', featuring music co-written by Waits with Kathleen Brennan, and adapted by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), had its first preview in Las Vegas last night.


Island Recs sign Ill Blu
London production two Ill Blu, aka James Grant and Darius Ellington Forde, have signed some papers equating to a contract with Universal's Island Records. The deal will spring its first single in a track titled 'Blue Magic', which features the voice of Max Marshall, and will be available in shops on 5 May. And here it is.

Covering virtually all bases sound-wise, a press release (via FACT) by the label states Ill Blu's future Island releases will be inspired by "the musicality of Artful Dodger and Wookie, the bass weight of Shy FX, the sampler's ear of people like DJ Premier, the soul of Teedra Moses and the future shock production of legendary US R&B producers like Rodney Jerkins and The Neptunes".

Universal separates Def Jam, Island and Motown
Universal Music Group has announced that it is re-establishing Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Motown Records as standalone labels in the US.

The mega-major originally created the Island Def Jam Music Group in 1999, with the Motown label's operations being moved into the group in 2011 after being split off from the firm's Republic division. Moving forward all three labels will have their own management, marketing, publicity and A&R teams.

UMG CEO Lucian Grainge said of the restructuring: "UMG is a collection of some of the greatest record labels the industry has ever seen. At the heart of these great companies is the vision and creative instincts of a team of passionate professionals. At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing Def Jam, Island and Motown as standalone labels within the UMG family, we're positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success".

There will also be some rejigging of staff, with Barry Weiss, who had been in charge of IDJ, stepping down, though he is in discussions to find a new role within Universal. Of this, Grainge said: "Barry is a terrific music executive who led our East Coast labels during a critical time of transition. I can't say enough about his contributions to our labels or to thank him enough. He has positioned Def Jam, Island, Motown and Republic for new levels of growth".

Meanwhile, IDJ COO Steve Bartels will become CEO of Def Jam, Ethiopia Habtemariam will become SVP of Motown Records (while maintaining her role as Head Of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing), while former IDJ Head of A&R Karen Kwak will move into the newly created position of Executive Vice President A&R, US Recorded Music.


New A&R for Warner/Chappell
The UK wing of Warner's music publishing shindig Warner/Chappell has announced the appointment of Amber Davis to the role of Creative Director, which is basically an A&R role in which she will sign and develop some of those musical creator types.

Davis joins the Warner company from Sony/ATV and will now report to Mike Sault, the Senior Director of A&R for Warner/Chappell UK.

Says Sault: "Amber has an impressive track record in discovering big hits and developing critically-acclaimed and successful songwriters and producers. Her extensive experience combined with her dynamic approach and creative flair make her perfect for this new role".

Spotify launches revamped design and library function
Spotify has today unveiled a new design across its desktop and mobile apps, ditching dark grey in favour of very, very, very dark grey, aka black.

More importantly though, the new design features a revamped library function, organising albums and tracks saved for later listening into one section of the software, rather than grouping them with the user's other playlists.

The new design and features will roll out to users gradually, beginning today. If you're still waiting, here's a video showing you what you'll get.

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.

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CMU Insights to present results of three new surveys at The Great Escape
The CMU Insights team are currently undertaking three pieces of research ahead of The Great Escape in May, with the findings of each due to be presented and discussed during the Brighton music business convention.

As previously reported, CMU is teaming up with Dan Le Sac to survey a panel of artists and managers about the digital debates that have been rumbling on in the artist community over the last year. A key part of the Global Digital Markets insights strand at TGE, the survey will look at what artists know and think about the emerging streaming music market, where concerns lie, and what information they would like to see, and what changes to occur.

Says Le Sac: "Whether or not you agree with Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, the debate they initiated in the artist community about Spotify et al has been an important one. As new digital services rush to sign up labels and publishers, the artist community often gets left out of the conversation. I look forward to finding out what digital issues concern artists and managers in 2014, and where the artist community sees the opportunities as digital becomes the primary way we distribute our music".

CMU Insights, the training and consultancy side of the CMU operation, will also be surveying music media editors and journalists about the way they approach and cover festivals, information from which will be presented during The Festival Business insights strand, which will discuss how festivals can stand out in the media and on social media in such a crowded market place.

Meanwhile a third piece of research will speak to artists, journalists and campaigners who have taken part in the debate this last year about the way women are represented in and by the music industry, a debate fuelled by the controversy surrounding the release of Robin Thicke hit 'Blurred Lines'. CMU Insights will prepare an action list based on the input of this panel as to what action the industry could take to tackle concerns, which will then be discussed by a panel of artist and industry execs at The Great Escape.

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Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014
DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles died on Monday from complications relating to diabetes. He was 59.

Born Francis Nicholls in New York in 1955, Knuckles first began DJing as a student in the city, before moving to Chicago in 1977 to take up a residency in the newly opened Warehouse club, where he stayed for five years before setting up his own clubbing operation The Power Plant.

As the popularity of disco waned in the late 70s and early 80s, Knuckles responded by creating re-edits of R&B and soul records, using drum machines to beef up the beat, and mixing in then obscure records from newer electronic acts from Europe, such as Depeche Mode and New Order. Developing this sound earned Knuckles the nickname 'the godfather of house music' - the genre term having been derived from the name of the club where he started it (ie Warehouse).

As well as becoming an in-demand DJ internationally, Knuckles created his own original house tracks, recording two albums for Virgin, and releasing singles such as 'Your Love' and 'The Whistle Song'.

Despite various medical problems in recent years, including developing type II diabetes and having one of his feet amputated, Knuckles continued to travel the world DJing - his most recent performance being at Ministry Of Sound in London on the Saturday before his death.

  Approved: Hannah Diamond
Hannah Diamond, the shiniest sugar-bead on the silly-sweet candy necklace that is young London producer AG Cook's PC Music label, split the web quite neatly into "love it", "hate it" and "WTF is it?" camps via 2013 single 'Pink & Blue', a ride so garish, girlish and spinny, and with 'girl-boy' lyrics so super-sticky-kitsch, it'll either exhilarate you or have you being sick in a bag. Or both, if you're unlucky.

A pastel-shaded take on UK garage, trappy beats and bon-bon dance-pop, it's one of the songs at the apex of AG Cook and peers like GFOTY and Danny L Harle's smart and far-sighted sonic fantasyland, one way into which is this Disown Mix featuring mini-sets by all three.

Diamond plays her first live show this Friday, alongside AG and 'Bipp' hitmaker Sophie, at an RSVP only night at London's Edition Hotel Basement. I think you'd better hear 'Pink And Blue' and Diamond/Cook collaboration 'Keri Baby' before you make a decision on going to that, though.
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Jack White announces new solo album
Jack White has announced that he will release his new solo album jointly through XL and his own Third Man label on 9 Jun. Entitled 'Lazaretto', the album is the follow-up to 2012's 'Blunderbuss'.

As well as the standard physical and digital editions, Third Man will release a limited special edition, pressed on blue and white vinyl with alternative artwork, amongst other bonuses. You have until 30 Apr to pre-order that through the Third Man website, after which the opportunity to own a copy will be gone forever. Forever and ever.

Here's a video of White playing album track 'High Ball Stepper'.


XL to release 'spartan' Gil Scott-Heron LP
XL Recordings will on 19 Apr, which happens to be Record Store Day, release a limited edition, vinyl-only LP by the late Gil Scott-Heron, titled 'Nothing New'.

Recorded at the same time, in the same sessions at NYC's Looking Glass studios, as the final album of Scott-Heron's life, 2008's 'I'm New Here', it'll consist of stripped-back, piano-only arrangements of songs he chose from across his repertoire, plus a series of spoken-word interludes and um... 'informal' asides.

Writing in its sleeve notes, the album's producer, XL Recordings' Richard Russell, who was drawn back to the acoustic takes on listening to Scott-Heron's whole oeuvre following his death in 2011, introduces the covers on 'Nothing New' as sounding "completely different to the originals, and full of magic in their simplicity".

Russell adds: "In our early letters, Gil had picked up on my use of the word 'spartan' to describe how our record could be. 'Nothing New' is truly spartan in that it is utterly sparse and devoid of anything that is not completely necessary. All it contains is Gil's singing and piano playing".

Find details on the release, which will be limited to only 3000 pressings, at this link, and from it hear 'Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)', originally from Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's '1980' LP, plus a couple of interludes titled 'Enjoy Yourself' and 'The On/Off Switch'.


Release Round-Up: The Antlers, Róisín Murphy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Woman's Hour
The Antlers, who are just about the most ultimate of all the Brooklyn indie bands I can think of right now (sorry, Grizzly Bear) will on 16 Jun follow 2011's 'Burst Apart' with another LP, titled 'Familiars'. The band made it, in Brooklyn (of course), with Chris Coady, a past collaborator of TV On The Radio, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and all that lot.

Play around with the first single to come off 'Familiar', 'Palace', now.

Cool pop soloist Róisín Murphy, once of Moloko, is plotting a six-song release with all-Italian lyrics. And mamma mia, isn't that a smart idea? 'Mi Senti', which translates as 'I Feel' in English, consists of one original track and Róisín's interpretations of five classic Italian pop songs. It's out 28 May via The Vinyl Factory. This is a quick teaser clip of her take on 'Pensiero Stupendo', a 1978 single by 'Venetian diva' Patty Pravo.

American indie types Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, aka main man Alec Ounsworth and friends, have revealed a new track featuring The National's Matt Berninger, the first sign of their first LP in three years, 'Only Run'. Considering his band, and things in general, from a distance, Alec says: "Lately, I've been assaulted by news, both distant and near, that suggests a certain sense of frustration. But Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - the entire concept of the band, the name itself - is about balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds". Bear that in mind, or don't, as you play the Matt Berninger-featuring 'Coming Down', which will be released with the LP on 2 Jun.

Rising young band Woman's Hour have announced an album dialogue called 'Conversations'. Out on the Secretly Canadian label on 14 Jul, it'll accompany a busy stint playing shows and festivals including a headline tour of the UK that starts 25 Apr at Gulliver's in Manchester. In the meantime, engage in 'Conversation' ahead of the big release.

The Rolling Stones add European shows
Having postponed all the Australia/New Zealand-based stops on their '14 On Fire' world tour last month, The Rolling Stones are now to hit the road again in May for a group of just-announced European shows.

The band, of course, called off the Australian/NZ part of the tour following the suicide of Mick Jagger's long-time partner L'Wren Scott, writing in a statement at the time: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mick and L'Wren's family and friends at this incredibly devastating and difficult time. As a band we are one big family and we've all come together to support Mick, and will do everything we can to help him. We are currently rescheduling touring plans. We thank everyone for their understanding".

Whilst The Stones are still to reschedule the missed shows, they have added new dates over on the continent (so no UK or Irish ones), the first of which is on 26 May and Oslo's Telenor Arena in Norway. Find those listed at this link.


Kanye West pushes back Australian dates to make an LP
Making worse the 'touring drought' Australia is going through of late, what with those postponed Rolling Stones shows and all, Kanye West is also to hold off on his forthcoming 'Yeezus' tour of Oz, which was supposed to start in May, so as to have time to finish off making an album.

Don't worry, though, because Kanye's new business partners at Roc Nation have printed a nice list of stand-in dates in September, at which, as the old saying runs, "tickets for the initially scheduled shows will be honoured".

Yeezy has previously expressed a desire to put out a new post-'Yeezus' LP, which will represent his seventh solo set, by this very summer.


Idlewild look forward to first live shows since reuniting
Idlewild have discussed their first shows since reforming last year, which will take place at the Iona Village Hall Music Festival in July and the Purbeck Folk Festival in August.

Says frontman Roddy Woomble: "These are not 'comeback' gigs and I hope people don't think that they are. To me anyway, it's much more an opportunity to open the songbook again - to revisit and re-imagine old songs, to play new songs and ideas, and generally just have some fun singing and playing, in a relaxed, all-acoustic way in some lovely (and unusual) venues and places".

He added that the band are working on a new album, which is scheduled for release in 2015, saying: "[The shows are] a chance to take a break from that process, while also using the gigs as part of that process, if you see what I mean".

On the band's current line-up, he explained: "We have had a line-up shift too, only to be expected when you all go and do other things for five years - [bassist] Gareth Russell has left; he is semi-based in Australia now, so family and work commitments deem it impractical to say the least. Of course we wish him all the best. We're delighted to be joined by multi-instrumentalist and friend Lucci Rossi. Lucci has made a big difference to the new record already, so it will be cool to get out and about and play some concerts together".

The Iona Village Hall Music Festival takes place on 4-5 Jul, while the Purbeck Folk Festival spans 21-24 Aug.


Festival Line-Up Update: BluesFest, Sonar, Leopallooza and more
First some festival news, and all 50,000 tickets to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, which this year takes place in Glasgow on 24-25 May, and will feature pop-tastic performances by Pharrell, Rita Ora, and Paolo Nutini, are gone. To repeat, all the tickets are now gone.

Radio 1's Head Of Live Music And Events Jason Carter has this to add: "Radio 1's Big Weekend is the network's flagship event and every year delivers a stunning artist line up. The event's reputation is such that every year ticket demand is huge. We are not surprised that once again tickets have gone so quickly".

Now on to some other 'huge' outdoor and indoor music goings-in, all of which have just updated their line-ups. London's BluesFest, for one, has added its first acts, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and that, whilst Cornish alt-pop dollop Leopallooza, Sonar Barcelona and both the Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks fests have all enhanced their existing listings. Check which acts have joined which events recently here:

BLUESFEST, Royal Albert Hall, London, 26-31 Oct: Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Level 42, Georgie Fame.

FARMFESTIVAL, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset, 1-2 Aug: 2929 Vision, Ralph Lawson, Romare, Leo Zero, Jus Now, Beaty Heart, Face+Heel, Kyshido, The Kelly Twins, Shapes, Slim Slim Goodgroove, Franklin, Wholemeal DJs, Ways and Means, COR DJs, DJ Louie Louie, Paulo Fernandez, The High grade Rockers Dub Soundsystem, Farmfest DJs, HUGS, Kat Richmond, James 'James Bell' Bell, The Quintessential Soundsystem.

FOREST LIVE, various locations, full dates TBA: Rebecca Ferguson.

HOP FARM MUSIC FESTIVAL, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Kent, 4-6 Jul: Grace Jones.

IBIZA ROCKS, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Ibiza, Spain, 4 Jun - 17 Sep: Jake Bugg, The Kooks.

LEOPALLOOZA, The Wyldes, Bude, North Cornwall, 1-3 Aug: Fenech-Soler, Foxes, Brother & Bones, The Other Tribe, Rae Morris, Arcane Roots, Chasing Grace, Gnarwolves, Eliza and The Bear, Brawlers, Yumi & The Weather, Jake Isaac, Winter Mountain, ChainSka Brassika.

MALLORCA ROCKS, Mallorca Rocks Hotel, Mallorca, Spain, 3 Jun - 26 Aug: Jake Bugg, The Kooks.

PURBECK FOLK FESTIVAL, WIlkswood Farm, Swanage, Dorset, 21-24 Aug: Idlewild.

SONAR BARCELONA, various venues, Barcelona, Spain, 12-14 Jun: Nils Frahm, Buraka Som Sistema, Chris & Cosey, MØ, Daphni b2b James Holden, Simian Mobile Disco 'Whorl', Tokimonsta, Ryan Hemsworth, DJ2D2, Monki, Debruit & Alsarah, PIONEER DJ, Stwo, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Elijah & Skilliam feat Flava D, Sau Poler, Jameszoo, Simmone Jones, Arufe, Pick A Piper, Octo Octa, Mwëslee, Shelby Grey, Kresy, NevEra, Pina, Mr K!, Territoire, Eme DJ, Sunny Graves, Rayo 60, Xavi Mateu & Carlos Bayona, Sonia Gómez & Lucy Suggate & James Holden, Discos Paradiso Crew, Glue Kids, BSN Posse, Mario Nieto, 3QUINOX, DJ Enpunto, DJ Der, Ordre Etern, Sanatruja, Vallès.

STOP MAKING SENSE, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 31 Jul - 3 Aug: Mr Ties, Maribou State, Marcus Worgull, Phonica Records.

SUNDOWNER SESSIONS, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, 4-31 Jul: Morcheeba.

SZIGET, Margit-sziget, Budapest, Hungary, 11-18 Aug: Deadmau5, Axwell, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks, Crystal Fighters, Anti-Flag.

WAY OUT WEST, Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-9 Aug: Slowdive, Conor Oberst, Mapei.

WOOD FESTIVAL, Braziers Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, 16-18 May: Luke Sital-Singh, My Sad Captains, Valleyers, My Crooked Teeth, Sephine Lo, Ellie Ford, Natureboy, Brian Briggs, Catweazle Club, The Acoustic Ballroom, DJ Badger.

Kurt Cobain musical "very likely", says Courtney
The story of the life of Kurt Cobain is "very likely" to be turned into a Broadway musical, says Courtney Love. I'm sure that's what he would have wanted. Well, regardless, it's what the fans want. Apparently.

Speaking to the NME, Love said: "After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fanmail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances [Bean Cobain, Kurt and Courtney's daughter] and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen".

Love continued: "There would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn't been told before. I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected on stage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see. I know her father's spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theatre with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives".

Musical theatre is, of course, well known for its ability to represent the spirit of rock music highly accurately. Just look at 'We Will Rock You'. Hey, Courtney should get Ben Elton to write her show too. This is gonna be so great! I always though 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was missing some jazz hands.

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