An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 10 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit made an arrest on Monday in relation to a number of copyright infringing streaming link sites, according to Torrentfreak. As previously reported, the policing unit specialising in intellectual property crime was set up last year and often goes by the acronym PIPCU, a name which may or may not make you think of Pingu. And if it didn't, I bet it does now. The arrest was... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The thing most writers push first in write-ups of London-based producer / percussionist / artist Joseph Deenmamode, aka Mo Kolours, is the fact of his Anglo-Mauritian background. Though in MK's case, this isn't just filler (though it is a bit), for his music so obviously hangs on that piquant dualism, that ample cultural hotch-potch, and skips with ease from isle to isle, fishing a rich bi-national catch of sounds... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit makes arrest as Operation Creative continues
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DEALS Azoff adds another marketing agency to his new business
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS PPL announces increase in international income
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MEDIA Radio 1 to celebrate ten years of counting downloads this Easter
Box TV and Spotify announce 'official' streaming chart show
Dance music is healthy, but faces challenges, says Resident Advisor founder
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THE GREAT ESCAPE Full Great Escape festival schedule now live
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ARTIST NEWS Kim Deal's Breeders making first LP since 2008
Civil Wars' Joy Williams hints at solo LP
As I Lay Dying may or may not be continuing, who knows?
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RELEASES Chilly Gonzales announces book, masterclass to aid "lapsed amateur pianists"
Release Round-Up: Michael Jackson, Kylie, Boris and Siinai
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Future Islands, Eagulls, Tom Vek, Teebs and Bernard + Edith
Festival Line-Up Update: Benicassim, Sonisphere, British Summer Time and more
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AWARDS Billboard Music Awards nominations announced
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AND FINALLY... Hanson announce craft beer festival
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YOUR ARMY - ONLINE PR OFFICER
Your Army Promotions are looking for a dynamic new publicist. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about electronic music and be passionate about online media. Social media strategy is a bonus.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
NEW STATE ENTERTANMENT - LICENSING ASSISTANT
We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised person with twelve months administrative experience and commercial awareness. The successful applicant must be computer literate, work well under pressure, have a good attention to detail and be interested in the issues surrounding music licensing and copyright law. Previous music licensing experience would be an advantage.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
7DIGITAL - CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER
Based in London, we are looking for a highly organised, enthusiastic and multilingual individual to manage technical support enquiries and ensure that our customers' issues are resolved promptly. With exceptional communication skills and an ability to prioritise, you will make a significant contribution to 7digital's user experience.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
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.

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.
 
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City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit makes arrest as Operation Creative continues
The City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit made an arrest on Monday in relation to a number of copyright infringing streaming link sites, according to Torrentfreak. As previously reported, the policing unit specialising in intellectual property crime was set up last year and often goes by the acronym PIPCU, a name which may or may not make you think of Pingu. And if it didn't, I bet it does now.

The arrest was part of the Operation Creative initiative PIPCU kicked off pretty soon after its launch last September. Most activity in that domain to date has centred on writing to the operators of allegedly copyright infringing websites pointing out the legal implications of their services and urging them to meet with officers. And then, if there is no positive response from said operators, ad agencies and domain registrars are alerted to the fact these sites are very likely piracy operations.

But that doesn't mean Team PIPCU won't utilise more conventional policing tactics where they believe individuals are profiting from industrial level copyright infringement, which is presumably the allegation against the 26 year old York-based man arrested this week.

Confirming an arrest had taken place, PIPCU told Torrentfreak: "A 26 year old man was arrested on Monday 7 Apr by detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in York, on suspicion of hosting a number of websites allowing people to illegally stream TV and films. A number of websites have been suspended and the suspect was taken to a local police station for questioning. The investigation is ongoing".

It's not clear exactly what sites the arrested man operated, other than that they were focused on sharing links to unlicensed sources of TV and film content. Though Torrentfreak wonders whether the fact that several sports streaming sites, mainly focused on boxing, were taken offline earlier this week is linked to the arrest.

If and when cases like this get to court, it will be interesting to see what specific charges are made against the defendants - just criminal copyright infringement, or more serious fraud charges - and how those cases then fair in the courtroom.

Azoff adds another marketing agency to his new business
Former Live Nation boss man Irving Azoff has further ramped up the marketing services side of his new business, Azoff MSG Entertainment, by buying a 50% stake in an American brand partnerships agency called Burns Entertainment.

Following on from his buying a 50% stake in experiential marketing firm Pop2Life last month, Azoff's latest deal sees him take half of Burns, which matches big name brands with music and celebrity partners. Presumably so that the marketing directors of the former can pretend they actually work in showbiz, while the latter get to issue those always fun fatuous statements about how their rise to fame makes them just like Dr Pepper, or some such.

Nah, I'm sure the celeb/brand partnerships the Burns team manage are much more sophisticated than that. Though that is sort of what Macklemore said as part of a Burns-negotiated ad-tie-up with the popular fizz seller earlier this year.

Anyway, Allison Statter, who heads up the commercial division at Azoff MSG, confirmed the latest acquisition, telling Billboard: "Irving's strategy here is to create a group of companies that all complement each other, that can all work together, that at the same time are all beneficial to our clients on the [artist] management side. The biggest thing about all these companies that Irving has rolled up is he feels strongly about their business model, and feels our company can be instrumental in growing their businesses".

PPL announces increase in international income
PPL has announced that it has just made its highest ever international quarterly royalties payment to its members. International monies paid out by the UK record industry's collecting society for the first three months to those labels who use the organisation's services on a worldwide basis totalled £13 million, which is £3 million more than the previous record for global royalties.

Announcing the news, PPL's Director Of International Laurence Oxenbury said: "We are proud to ensure our members continue to be deservedly paid for the use of their recordings around the world. Our concentration on improving global licensing and distribution processes and the delivery of revenue means that they can focus on creating music".

Earlier this week, the music publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music also announced an increase in international royalties, 11.7% year-on-year in 2013.

Stories

Radio 1 to celebrate ten years of counting downloads this Easter
Remember when putting download sales stats into the official charts was a debate? Remember that? Well do you? I do. Those were the days, weren't they?

Having to put out nine copies of a track on CD single so your iTunes stats would count in the chart. Suing the fans. Sticking DRM onto CDs so that they crashed people's computers. Not allowing tracks to be sold as MP3 so that only iTunes could sell iPod-compatible music, rendering every other download store in the world pointless. I think in future decades, when future generations look back, that'll be always held up as the record industry's greatest age.

Anyway, it's nearly ten years since the iTunes store launched in the UK, and the official UK download chart followed soon after that (though only after months of music downloaded via the seminal MyCokeMusic service had gone uncounted - which meant at least tens of sales were lost to the system).

And to mark that magnificent occasion, Radio 1 will present the The Official All-Time (Minus All The Mycokemusic Stats No One Counted) Download Top 100 on Easter Monday (aka 21 Apr). And if ever there was a way to mark the torture, death and resurrection of Christ, that is surely it. It's what he would have wanted.

Look, here's Radio 1 music man, the Rev George Ergatoudis, more or less saying just that: "Downloads started arguably the biggest revolution in the history of the music industry, transforming the way audiences discover and enjoy music. After a decade of legal downloading in the UK it's time for Radio 1 to celebrate with a countdown revealing the nation's Top 100 most downloaded songs. Given how much choice and how quickly music fans can now access their favourite songs, there may be a few surprises in store!"

And who doesn't like surprises? So let's all gather to celebrate ten years of music downloads - quick, before the download market crashes and burns and there's nothing left to celebrate.

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Box TV and Spotify announce 'official' streaming chart show
Box TV and Spotify have announced a new partnership to create what they are referring to as the 'Official Streaming' chart. Though don't confuse that with the Official Streaming Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company, which features more data that just a few (well, quite a lot of) numbers provided by Spotify.

Actually, the official title of this 'official chart' is 'The Official Box+ Streaming Chart'. So while you're not confusing it with the official Official Streaming Chart, you should probably be careful not to confuse it with the Unofficial Box+ Streaming Chart. Just remember that the unofficial official chart is the one with the TV show, the official official chart is the one on the Official Charts Company website, and the official unofficial chart is the one I just made up.

Talking all (well, not all) of this up, Box TV Music Director Mark Adams told CMU: "The popularity of music streaming has grown significantly over the past eighteen months and is widely regarded as the new currency for our 16-34 audience and music industry alike. By partnering with Spotify we will deliver the first 'Official Streaming' chart on music TV".

Tash Shah, Head Of Marketing at Spotify UK, added: "We are really excited to be partnering with Box TV to bring the Spotify chart to the small screen for the first time. The Spotify chart gives the most accurate possible reflection of what music fans are really listening to and loving each week".

The show will air weekly at 6pm on Box TV's 4 Music channel from Monday 14 Apr. Officially.

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Dance music is healthy, but faces challenges, says Resident Advisor founder
The booming dance music industry is in good shape at the moment, though has challenges to face if it is to continue to prosper, Resident Advisor co-founder Nick Sabine has told CMU.

Speaking in the first of a series of CMU interviews with music media editors and founders, Sabine said: "Overall, [dance music] is in a good place. That isn't to say there aren't challenges on the horizon for everyone, from large scale festival promoters dealing with the rising costs of artists in a saturated marketplace, to small independent labels adapting to new technologies and new ways of doing business. But overall it feels like the spotlight is firmly on electronic music at the moment and it is enjoying its time centre stage. The most important thing is that electronic music doesn't lose its soul".

Meanwhile Resident Advisor Editor Ryan Keeling added: "Obviously things are blowing up in the US, and that's having a positive knock-on effect on the global mainstream market. More specifically thinking about the world RA inhabits, I think we're in a healthy place. No major trend has swept the scene for a couple of years, but on a personal level I'm enjoying the influence that hip hop and its related forms are having on club music".

Read the full interview, in which Sabine and Keeling also discuss the recent overhaul of the Resident Advisor website and its future, here.

Full Great Escape festival schedule now live
The full festival schedule for this year's Great Escape - which is now less than a month away - has gone live on the event's official website, with times and venues available for each of the 400+ bands who will play this year. Organisers have also confirmed details of a brand new festival hub, being staged in partnership with the Brighton Spiegeltent in the Old Steine Gardens.

Says Great Escape Festival Director Kat Morris: "We're really excited to relocate and extend the festival hub into the Old Steine - it's a great part of the city, right in the middle of all the venues, which will become the heart of the festival. We'll be programming music right into the night and we hope it'll provide an exciting new dynamic for The Great Escape festival-goers and Brighton residents alike".

The festival runs alongside the CMU Insights-programmed Great Escape convention, of course. As previously reported, in a new look to the convention programme this year CMU will present six half-day insight strands, allowing industry delegates to dig deeper into key topics, and with more research, case studies and one-on-one interviews with leading players from across the music, media and digital industries.

The six insight strands are: Building A Fan Business, New Product Strategies, Maximising Music Rights, Global Digital Markets, The Festival Business and Blurred Lines - Does Pop Have A Misogyny Problem?

In addition to that lot, the TGE:DIY programme for the grass roots music community returns, plus new this year is the creative tech conference Blueprint, both of which are open to TGE delegates, plus standalone tickets are also available here. And this year's extensive conversations programme is yet to be announced. That, plus the full timings for all convention activity, will go live next week. But delegate passes are selling fast, so make sure you get yours now.

  Approved: Mo Kolours
The thing most writers push first in write-ups of London-based producer / percussionist / artist Joseph Deenmamode, aka Mo Kolours, is the fact of his Anglo-Mauritian background. Though in MK's case, this isn't just filler (though it is a bit), for his music so obviously hangs on that piquant dualism, that ample cultural hotch-potch, and skips with ease from isle to isle, fishing a rich bi-national catch of sounds on the way.

Tracks like 'Childs Play' and 'Curly Girl' may sway with the warm, cinnamon-spiced winds of a schoolyard or stoop in the République de Maurice, but could just as surely be songs you'd hear playing any place, on any given grey day, in Britain. And feel your heart gladdened on hearing them.

And since his latest eighteen track long-platter, the eponymous 'Mo Kolours', is such a mélange of styles, tastes and neat genre accents, why not train your palate in its ways by paying whatever you please for the new album in full via the MK BandCamp, or pick at this handpicked list of other smaller plates, which has in it, in order: the title track to 'Banana Wine', the middle child of three EPs released between 2011-2013; present-day MK single 'Mike Black'; and a clip of Mo looping beats in the Boiler Room back in 2012.
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Kim Deal's Breeders making first LP since 2008
The Breeders - ie the band Kim Deal is still in, and indeed, leads - are in a basement right now, making what will, when it's all done, stand as their first LP in six years.

The band, to give a brief history, reunited in 2012 for a tour coinciding with the 2013 reissue of 1993's 'Last Splash', this following a quiet period post the 2008 release of their last LP, 'Mountain Battles'. And yeah, they've been offline in the main since then, at least, until now.

Spilling on the nascent new LP via Stereogum earlier this week, Deal said: "We're down in the basement recording and the songs are sounding good. And honestly, I don't know what else to do. This is what I like to do. I like to record and play songs. I don't think there's much of an industry for it these days, but that's just what I do, you know?"

So in case anyone is still not clear: Kim Deal writes and plays songs for a living. Got it?

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Civil Wars' Joy Williams hints at solo LP
Joy Williams, one-time vocalist of the now-torn Civil Wars, who split apart in 2012 before releasing a chart-topping album in 2013, has started on a solo LP. So how's that for a thrill, hmmmm? Hmmmmmmm? Quite.

Anyway, whilst waging her first release as a single entity since 2010's 'We Mapped The World' EP, Williams in a spare minute climbed on the still active Civil Wars FB page to post an in-studio clip of an untitled new song, and to write: "Started recording a solo album yesterday. Butterflies. Bittersweet. Mostly sweet".

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As I Lay Dying may or may not be continuing, who knows?
The official website of As I Lay Dying has published a lengthy statement on the future, or non-future of the metal band, saying that the project "is sleeping rather than dead". But band members and the band's label Metal Blade have said they had no involvement in the publishing of it.

The band's future, of course, was thrown into doubt by frontman Tim Lambesis's arrest for and subsequent admission of attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Although he originally pleaded not guilty, he reached a plea deal in February and is now set to be sentenced on 2 May, and is expected to receive a nine year jail term.

In the statement published on the band's website, the authorship of which is not clear, it is claimed that pending Lambesis' sentencing, the group has been shrunk down to its two "official" members, Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino. Both are currently working on separate projects - Mancino with three other members of AILD's most recent line-up, with an album featuring a "more radio-friendly sound" due for release through Metal Blade later this year.

The statement also said: "Tim has acknowledged his guilt and clearly made some bad decisions in a period of time where he acted contrary to the person he's been most of his life. He believes AILD should only pick back up if it's in a form restored to its roots. For Tim, the potential of pursuing AILD again means working on a lot of other more important things in his personal life first".

However, responding via Facebook, guitarist Nick Hipa published a statement from the other members of the group noting that: "Tim is the only one with access to the As I Lay Dying site". It also added that by revealing that they were working together and have an album ready, he (or whoever wrote the statement) has spoiled their plans for announcing this information themselves.

"We never want to capture attention dramatically, which is precisely why we've been off the radar for close to a year", Hipa wrote. "Though the third person statement released earlier compromises a lot of how we had hoped to unroll things, we remain positive in our outlooks and look forward to sharing new music soon".

Chilly Gonzales announces book, masterclass to aid "lapsed amateur pianists"
Chilly Gonzales has announced a new book of 24 piano pieces, designed to bring people who gave up learning piano as children back to the instrument. Entitled 'Re-Introduction Etudes', he will promote the book with a series of masterclasses around the world, including at The Roundhouse in London on 29 Jul.

The live masterclass will see Gonzales explain the musical theory behind each piece in the book, provide tips for mastering them, and provide live on-stage coaching to a number of competition winners. The book will be published on 14 May, while the Roundhouse show takes place on 29 Jul. To book tickets and to find out how to win on-stage one-on-one tutoring, click here.

Find out more about the book and its contents in this handy video.

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Release Round-Up: Michael Jackson, Kylie, Boris and Siinai
Shamone. The title track from Michael Jackson's compilation of old songs, 'Xscape', is online! The LP, as you surely must now know, comprises eight songs dug out of MJ's vaults, only they've been given a face-lift, or "contemporised", by Timbaland and a crack team of beatsmiths, so as to seem virtually like new.

Its title track is a co-write by Jackson and Rodney Jerkins, and is the only one on the LP to have been modernised by the man who wrote it in the first place. That's Jerkins, not Jackson (because Michael Jackson's dead, in case you hadn't heard). Tune into the young n smooth new version of 'Xscape' now.

And hey, get this; lil Kylie Minogue has identified her new single as 'I Was Gonna Cancel', which was a) written and b) finessed by Pharrell. It's off Minogue's oh-so-now LP, 'Kiss Me Once', and will be released on 12 May. Read its lyric vid, which made me feel quite sick, and also none the wiser as to what the song is meant to be about, here.

Now to a band miles away from Kylie. Both location-wise, and sonically, and in all the other ways I can think of. It's Japan-based rock trio Boris, who on 17 Jun will loose a "bold and streamlined" LP titled 'Noise'.

The band say of it: "If we had to suggest just one album for those unfamiliar with our music, we will pick this for sure". Which is saying something, since 'Noise' is one of over 21 Boris LPs in existence. So in case you missed all those, this is your chance to fall in love with Boris for the first time. And if you didn't, you can always fall in love with Boris all over again. It's 'Noise' track 'Quicksilver'.

Speaking of bold bands, it's Finnish instrumental quartet Siinai, whose Olympian audacity was approved back in 2012. Sinaii came back this week with a brave new LP idea, 'Supermarket', which is apparently a "hypnotic odyssey" into the aisles and workings of a big shop. 'Supermarket' will hit the stockpile on 17 Jun, though you can listen in on one of its songs, 'What', right now.

Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Future Islands, Eagulls, Tom Vek, Teebs and Bernard + Edith
I have to say, I'm still a bit of a floating voter on Future Islands and 'that' Letterman appearance, but that's just me. Still, since the rest of Planet Earth really like them, it follows that most of Britain/Ireland will be pleased to find that the band have added new live dates in Britain/Ireland.

Of the four shows FI have announced, the first is on 2 Nov at Dublin's Vicar Street, and the last on 6 Nov at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. All go to support the group's fourth LP 'Singles', and follow a string of UK shows in May that are all sold out. Pick up tickets to the non-sold-out November ones here.

Spiky Leeds creatures Eagulls, seen here being liked by me, have added a slew of new October shows to their schedules, this in light of the recent emergence of their self-titled first LP. Check the exact dates, which fit in after the band's many summertime festival appearances, and find Eagulls hitting Cambridge's Portland Arms first, on 7 Oct, via this link.

Eagulls, by the way, will play beside Neneh Cherry, Clean Bandit, and their kindred spirit Engelbert Humperdinck on the first episode of the new series of 'Later... With Jools Holland', which airs on 15 Apr.

And following on from his confirming his long-awaited third LP in 'Luck' only the other day, Tom Vek has gratified fans' patience all over again with the news that he'll play live at XOYO in London on 11 Jun. Other than a drop-in at Latitude on 19 Jul, it's Tom's only announced UK show so far, so hurry over and buy a ticket to it via his home site.

LA's impeccable Teebs, aka producer Mtendere Mandowa, has committed to a solo show in the name of his new LP, 'Estara', which had its release via Ninja Tune this very week. He'll appear at London's Birthdays on 11 May, so check details re that here, and stream Teebs' Jonti-featuring lead 'Estara' single 'Holiday' precisely here.

So whilst you'll have to pay to watch Teebs at Birthdays, there's news next of a free-entry set at the same site by Bernard + Edith, the opiate pop act approved on CMU just last month. B+E will appear live and in the flesh, backing their eerie first single 'Poppy', on 9 May. RSVP to its FB event here.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Benicassim, Sonisphere, British Summer Time and more
So, Barclaycard's pop-picnic-in-the-park British Summer Time has revealed a tasty new spread of artists playing at it. One is family-friendly Welsh sex belter Tom Jones, who will headline the event's final day, aka 13 Jul.

Mr Jones sonorously intones: "I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there. There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening".

In contrast, and on a noisier note, this year's Prodigy/Maiden/Metallica-capped Sonisphere bill has gained a lorry-load of additional acts, not least Atari Teenage Riot, Canterbury, Trash Talk, Bo Ningen and alt-metal heads Therapy?, who as a special treat will play their 1995 LP 'Infernal Love', from its first track to its last, at the festival.

Therapy? leader Andy Cairns says, "Delighted to have been asked back to Sonisphere UK to perform 'Infernal Love' in its entirety. Our 'Troublegum' show there back in 2010 was a special night indeed and we are very much looking forward to playing our 1995 fan favourite at the UK's premiere rock festival. See you all on the Bohemia stage!"

BEERMAGEDDON, Stoke Prior Country Club, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, 22-24 Aug: Achren, Engraved In Blood, Razorblade Smile. www.beermageddon.co.uk

BENICASSIM, Recinto De Conciertos, Benicassim, Spain, 17-20 Jul: Travis, Razorlight, Hozier, Chloe Howl, La Femme, Jero Romero, Triangulo De Amor Bizarro, Mucho, Kokoshca, El Ultimo Vecino, The Parrots, Skizophonic. www.fiberfib.com

BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Hyde Park, London, 4-13 Jul: Tom Jones, Little Mix, Boyzone, 10cc, Bootleg Beatles. www.bst-hydepark.com

COACHELLA, Indio, California, USA, 11-13 Apr/18-20 Apr: Pixies, Julian Casablancas And The Voidz. www.coachella.com

THE ELECTRIC FROG & PRESSURE RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL, Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland, 3-4 May: Tiga, Killer Kitsch, Mash, Pan-Pot, Derrick May, Slam, Notsosilent, Ivan Kutz, Lindsay Green, Kendal Baird, Visionquest, Francois K, Lord Of The Isles, Sunday Circus, Craig Moog, Kev Stevens, Derrick Carter Does Disco, Melting Pot, Pistols At Dawn. www.theelectricfrog.co.uk

FARR FESTIVAL, Bygrave Woods, Newnham, Hertfordshire, 18-20 Jul: Âme, Channel One Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, Luke Solomon, Dan Beaumont, Eagles For Hands, Tudor Lion, Dub Conductors, Horus Records, Dagger Soundsystem. www.farrfestival.co.uk

GALTRES PARKLANDS, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York, 22-24 Aug: A Joker's Rage, Bull, Counting Coins, Pantheon, RSJ, The Buccaneers, The Holy Orders, We Could Be Astronauts. www.galtresfestival.org.uk

LOVE SUPREME JAZZ FESTIVAL, Glynde Place, East Sussex, 4-6 Jul: Imelda May, De La Soul, Incognito, Melt Yourself Down, Phronesis, Jaimeo Brown, James Torme, Takuya Kuroda, Slowly Rolling Camera, Mammal Hands, Jazz Rooms Soundsystem,Nikki Yanofsky, Matthew Halsall, Natalie Williams Soul Family, Reuben James Trio, Natalie Williams. www.lovesupremefestival.com

SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/The Forum, Hertfordshire/Wolverhampton Civic, 24-26 May: Feed The Rhino, Natives, Landscapes, Vinnie Caruana, Mike Hererra, You Me And Everyone We Know, Rob Lynch, The Lion & The Wolf. www.slamdunkmusic.com

SONISPHERE, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, 4-6 Jul: Therapy?, Atari Teenage Riot, Bo Ningen, Trash Talk, Canterbury, LostAlone, Bleed From Within, Hellacopters, Dregen, TRC, Beastmilk, Malefice, Glass City Vice. sonisphere.co.uk

SPLIT FESTIVAL, Mowbray Park, Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, 9-10 Aug: Dizzee Rascal, Maximo Park, The Cribs. www.fiberfib.com

WE LOVE GREEN FESTIVAL, Parc De Bagatelle, Paris, France, 31 May - 1 Jun: Foals, Lorde, London Grammar, Cat Power, SBTRKT, Evian Christ, Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Jungle, Joakim, Lunice, Moodoid Denai Moore, Winter v Riton, Joy Orbison v Boddika, George Fitzgerald, DJ Tennis & Luke Jenner, Asgeir Trausti, The 2 Bears, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn. www.welovegreen.fr

Billboard Music Awards nominations announced
The nominations for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, with Imagine Dragons and Lorde taking the lead, both featuring in twelve of the 40 categories.

The names in each category are decided by analysing "key fan interactions with music" between March 2013 and March 2014. As well as chart position, this includes record sales figures, radio airplay, ticket sales, streaming and social media activity.

Such a system, of course, throws up a few anomalies, such as both parts of Justin Timberlake's generally not much rated '20/20 Experience' album being listed separately in the 'Top R&B Album' category. And there's a compilation in the 'Top Christian Album' list. Also, they've had to put Pitbull in twice. Tough times.

The prizes will be handed out at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 18 May, with a TV broadcast in the US on the ABC network. You can find out all sorts of top info, as well as voting in the Milestone Award, here.

And here are all of the nominations:

Top Artist: Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist: Bastille, Capital Cities, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Passenger

Top Male Artist: Luke Bryan, Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist: Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Katy Perry, Rihanna

Top Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, OneRepublic

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, One Direction, Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist: Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake

Top Digital Songs Artist: Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist: Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake

Top Touring Artist: Beyonce, Bon Jovi, P!nk, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Rihanna, Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist: Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry, Psy

Top R&B Artist: Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake,

Top Rap Artist: Drake, Eminem, Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pitbull

Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist: Capital Cities, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Passenger

Top Latin Artist: Marc Anthony, Gerardo Ortiz, Jenni Rivera, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Avicii, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Lady Gaga, Zedd

Top Christian Artist: Mandisa, Skillet, tobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West

Milestone Award: Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, Carrie Underwood

Top Billboard 200 Album: Beyonce - Beyonce, Luke Bryan - Crash My Party, Drake - Nothing Was The Same, Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Top R&B Album: Beyonce - Beyonce, R Kelly - Black Panties, Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines, Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)

Top Rap Album: J Cole - Born Sinner, Drake - Nothing Was The Same, Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

Top Country Album: Garth Brooks - Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, Luke Bryan - Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line - Here's To The Good Time, The Robertsons - Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, Blake Shelton - Based On A True Story

Top Rock Album: Lana Del Rey - Born To Die, Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll, Imagine Dragons - Night Visions, Lorde - Pure Heroine, Mumford & Sons - Babel

Top Latin Album: Marc Anthony - 3.0, Alejandro Fernandez - Confidencias, Jenni Rivera - 1969 Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 1, Prince Royce - Soy El Mismo, Romeo Santos - Formula: Vol. 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album: Avicii - True, Daft Punk - Random Access Memories, Lady Gaga - ARTPOP, Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling, Zedd - Clarity

Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson - Precious Memories: Volume II, Skillet - Rise, Third Day - Miracle, Chris Tomlin - Burning Lights, Various Artists - WOW Hits 2014

Top Hot 100 Song: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball, Imagine Dragons - Radioactive, Lorde - Royals, Katy Perry - Roar, Robin Thicke feat TI & Pharrell Williams - Blurred Lines

Top Digital Song: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive, Lorde - Royals, OneRepublic - Counting Stars, Katy Perry - Roar, Robin Thicke feat TI & Pharrell Williams - Blurred Lines

Top Radio Song: Avicii - Wake Me Up!, Lorde - Royals, Katy Perry - Roar, Robin Thicke feat TI & Pharrell Williams - Blurred Lines, Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

Top Streaming Song (Audio): Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky, Imagine Dragons - Radioactive, Lorde - Royals, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us, Robin Thicke feat TI & Pharrell Williams - Blurred Lines

Top Streaming Song (Video): Baauer - Harlem Shake, Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop, Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz - Thrift Shop, Katy Perry - Roar

Top R&B Song: Beyonce feat Jay Z - Drunk In Love, Drake feat Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home, Pharrell Williams - Happy, Robin Thicke feat TI & Pharrell Williams - Blurred Lines, Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z - Suit & Tie

Top Rap Song: Eminem feat Rihanna - The Monster, Jay Z feat Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz - Thrift Shop, Pitbull feat Ke$ha - Timber

Top Country Song: Luke Bryan - Crash My Party, Luke Bryan - That's My Kind Of Night, Florida Georgia Line feat Nelly - Cruise, Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel, Blake Shelton feat Pistol Annies & Friends - Boys Round Here

Top Rock Song: Capital Cities - Safe And Sound, Imagine Dragons - Demons, Imagine Dragons - Radioactive, Lorde - Royals, Passenger - Let Her Go

Top Latin Song: Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida, Daddy Yankee - Limbo, Enrique Iglesias feat Romeo Santos - Loco, Prince Royce - Darte Un Beso, Romeo Santos - Propuesta Indecente

Top Dance/Electronic Song: Avicii - Wake Me Up!, Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky, Icona Pop feat Charlie XCX - I Love It, Lady Gaga - Applause, Zedd feat Foxes - Clarity

Top Christian Song: Building 429 - We Won't Be Shaken, Mandisa - Overcomer, Sidewalk Prophets - Help Me Find It, Chris Tomlin - Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies), Matthew West - Hello, My Name Is

Hanson announce craft beer festival
Mmmbop, dah-bah-doowop, dibby dah-bah-doobop, dah-bah-doo ye-y yeah, Hanson have announced they are launching a beer festival.

Having foisted their own Mmmhops Pale Ale on the world last year, the brothers Hanson will host the very first edition of The Hop Jam beer festival as part of American Craft Beer Week next month. Congratulations to everyone who predicted that would happen in 1997, you may collect your prize now.

In total, fourteen breweries, including the Hansons' own, will showcase their beers at the event in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 18 May, and there will be musical performances from several groups. Including Hanson. One performance slot is still waiting to be filled, with a competition launched this week to find an Oklahoma act to fill it. The winning band will also have one of their songs made available as a free download via a QR code on bottles of Mmmhops. Yeah, a QR code. Lap it up, Okies.

Says Taylor Hanson (that's the one you thought was a girl) said: "Through The Hop Jam, our hope is that we can help support the craft beer community and foster a one of a kind music event, while also creating an anchor for the city's downtown renewal".

Dibby dah-bah-doowop.

 
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