An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Monday 14 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Aborted AEG sale has informed future direction of the live giant, says CEO Live music giant AEG has plans for further expansion, according to the Wall Street Journal, having regrouped after an aborted attempt to sell the company just over a year ago. As previously reported, Anschutz Entertainment Group owner Philip Anschutz put his entertainment company on the market in 2012, but called... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Born on a farm in the small town of Fruitland, Washington, brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson lived out a boyish 'rockstar' fantasy via their dad-financed eight track LP 'Dreamin Wild', recorded in a log pile shack-come-studio with shagpile walls, and put out, pretty much unnoticed, in 1979. An accomplished haul of spit roast soul/funk wig-outs and puppy love pop songs, the album languished unsung... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Aborted AEG sale has informed future direction of the live giant, says CEO
MTV's official streaming chart to be first, ahead of 4Music's official streaming chart which will be second
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LEGAL Sacked War Horse musicians go to High Court
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DEALS Domino Publishing signs Fat White Family
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Syco CEO Charles Garland steps down
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LIVE BUSINESS Ultra says Miami mayor no longer set on stopping the event in 2015
Huw Humphreys name Barbican's Head Of Music
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify to take on Beats Music's family bundle with Sprint partnership
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MEDIA The Voice loses Kylie
Kim Shillinglaw named Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four
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ARTIST NEWS Atomic Kitten searching for "modern" music
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: MNEK, Linkin Park, Altrego, Venetian Snares and Max Tundra
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Live East India Youth and Gwilym Gold sets added to TNP exhibit
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Wolfgang Voigt's St John Session, The War On Drugs, The Orwells and Tom Williams & The Boat
Festival Line-Up Update: Electric Daisy Carnival, T In The Park, Iceland Airwaves and more
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AND FINALLY... Voice winner's single fails to make Top 40
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Aborted AEG sale has informed future direction of the live giant, says CEO
Live music giant AEG has plans for further expansion, according to the Wall Street Journal, having regrouped after an aborted attempt to sell the company just over a year ago.

As previously reported, Anschutz Entertainment Group owner Philip Anschutz put his entertainment company on the market in 2012, but called off his plans to sell just over a year ago after failing to find a buyer willing to pay the $8 billion+ asking price. Some executive changes followed the aborted sale, with former CFO Dan Beckerman becoming CEO.

He has now told the Journal that his post-sale strategy for the company was very much influenced by the sale process, in that sales talks made him and AEG management refocus on what were the most important elements of the business, resulting in the offloading of some periphery assets.

The focus, now, it seems, is on AEG's venue real estate (the area where the company is really dominant), and on better utilising the firm's AEG Live concert promotion business to support its venue network, perhaps by encouraging new US talent to tour internationally earlier in their careers, providing shows for AEG's smaller venues around the world.

Another focus for AEG in 2014 is further expanding the company's relatively new ticketing venture and other digital assets. AEG management know that their AXS.com ticketing platform is a small player in the wider ticket sales space, but high on the agenda for the near future is encouraging more non-AEG venues and shows to use the service.

Describing the sale process as "sort of eye-opening", Beckerman has said in an interview: "What was important to [possible buyers] and what they got excited about - it didn't necessarily coincide with what we'd always thought". That new focus will inform AEG's next round of expansion, Beckerman added, noting that that might mean turning down business opportunities that the AEG of two years ago may have embraced.

Says the CEO: "It's about being selective and not being distracted with every opportunity that comes our way".

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MTV's official streaming chart to be first, ahead of 4Music's official streaming chart which will be second
Now, I'm sure you all remember - because it was in last week's CMU Daily, and you re-read every story last night ahead of this morning's test - how Box TV and Spotify recently announced an alliance that will see the former broadcast, and I quote, "the first 'official streaming' chart on music TV". It kicks off tonight on Box's 4Music channel at 6.30pm.

Though, as I think we pointed out at the time, that 'official streaming' chart isn't THE official streaming chart, as in the one put together by the Official Charts Company, whose charts are so official they put it in their name. Rather it's the Spotify chart made an official streaming chart by calling it The Official Box+ Streaming Chart. And why not?

But enough picking apart the second bit of Box TV Music Director Mark Adams' quote about his network's new show. Let's pick apart the first bit instead. Because, presumably unbeknownst to him at the time, whether or not 'The Official Box+ Streaming Chart' is truly official, it's certainly not going to be the 'first' streaming chart show to air on British telly.

Oh no, not at all. Because MTV has just announced that it will start broadcasting the Official Streaming Chart - as in the official chart of the Official Charts Company - from, wait for it, 5pm this afternoon! So more official and more first. Go MTV, you sneaky one-up-meisters you.

So that's all very exciting, isn't it? Two whole streaming music charts to choose from on your music television networks. And there was you thinking that no one cared about charts or music television anymore.

Sacked War Horse musicians go to High Court
Five musicians took the National Theatre to the High Court last week, seeking an injunction to allow them back into the West End production of 'War Horse'.

The musicians had their roles in the show cut to just a few minutes of performance time in March last year, and were then cut entirely last month, replaced with pre-recorded music. They say that they were given only eleven days notice that their contracts were being terminated, and continued to show up for nightly performances, only be turned away.

The musicians argue that the move to cut them out of the show was a breach of contract adding that they are now enforcing that contract with a view to returning to the production. But the NT countered that the show was a play with music, rather than a musical, and as such did not require live music.

A ruling on the case is expected this week.

Domino Publishing signs Fat White Family
Last Friday was both a good and a bad day for Fat White Family, the greatest and most unwashed of CMU's Artists Of The Year circa 2013. On the 'good' side, Fat Whites gave in (only slightly) over their previous insistence of being "fiercely independent" amidst the mercenary hit-making biz of music, and signed to Domino Publishing.

On the bad side, the band was barred from playing this year's Summer Series festival at London's Somerset House, having been deemed "unsuitable" with regard to the historic site's "reputation". I guess Somerset House isn't into the whole 'smearing in margarine' thing FWF do at a lot of their shows. But so what? You win some, you lose some.

I'd say it's mostly Somerset House's loss, to be honest. Also, now that Fat Whites have this publishing deal, they can smear themselves in finest shop-bought butter, the best that not very much money can buy. Death to margarine!

Ahem. Anyway, Domino Publishing HQ states that the band are working on an LP to run on from their 2013 debut 'Champagne Holocaust', and latter singles 'Wet Hot Beef' and 'Touch The Leather'.

And this is a glimpse of what Domino is letting itself in for, c/o Fat White Family's "insane" (apparently) show at this year's SXSW festival. Which I'm scared to watch all the way through.

Syco CEO Charles Garland steps down
Charles Garland has announced that he is leaving Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell's joint venture with Sony Music, of course, which includes the Syco TV business and record label.

Garland was promoted from his previous role at Syco, COO, to take the top job in 2012, having joined the company in 2011. He previously worked for then 'Idol' owner 19 Entertainment and ran his own band-brands partnership agency.

Announcing his departure, Garland said: "I leave the business in magnificent shape and poised for further growth. Throughout my career I have always been keen to push on and seek out new challenges and for me now is the right time to do so".

Cowell added: "Charles is a true gentleman and a very talented executive. And I now wish him well with his future plans".

What those future plans are is not yet clear.

Ultra says Miami mayor no longer set on stopping the event in 2015
Organisers of the Ultra Music Festival say that moves to ban the dance music franchise from taking place in its original home of Miami next year have been called off.

As previously reported, Miami mayor Tomas Regalado was highly critical of the festival's promoters after a security guard was seriously injured at this year's edition when non-ticket-holders pushed over part of the event's perimeter fence.

Regalado said that police had warned Ultra management about the particular length of fence where the incident took place, and because of their failure to do anything about it he would now seek to have the festival's licence withdrawn ahead of their 2015 dates.

But Team Ultra, who defended their security provisions this year, but said that they would still look to make further improvements for 2015, have now told reporters that Regalado is no longer seeking to have the Miami date of the festival banned; though we still await official word from the mayor's office.

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Huw Humphreys name Barbican's Head Of Music
Former Director Of Artistic Planning at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Huw Humphreys, has been named the new Head Of Music at The Barbican in London.

Announcing the news, the Barbican's Director Of Arts Louise Jeffreys said: "We're delighted to appoint Huw to this vital role at the Barbican. His experience of working with international artists and arts organisations, as well as his role in nurturing young talent as part of the European Union Youth Orchestra, makes him the perfect candidate to help deliver our vision of world-class arts and learning".

She continued: "Huw's work at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has shown him to be a truly innovative and visionary leader and we're looking forward to the new perspectives he will bring to the Barbican's outstanding music programme."

Huw Humpreys himself added: "After eight years with the wonderful Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, I am thrilled to be returning home to be taking up the position of Head Of Music at the Barbican. The opportunity to be working with such a talented and dedicated team and to collaborate with such extraordinary resident and associate ensembles proved to be an irresistible offer. I look forward to working in the Barbican's stimulating environment and contributing to its world class cultural programme".

Humphreys will take up his new role in late August.

Spotify to take on Beats Music's family bundle with Sprint partnership
US mobile provider Sprint is set to announce a new partnership with Spotify later this month, according to Billboard. Sprint has sent out invitations to a 29 Apr event in New York, where the deal is expected to be unveiled.

No official details have been confirmed as yet, but it is expected that the deal will be similar to that offered by Beats Music and AT&T - specifically offering family bundles, possibly allowing five people to use one Spotify account at a discounted rate.

The Voice loses Kylie
Kylie Minogue has said a polite but firm 'adieu' to 'The Voice UK' following the show's horrific 2014 finale earlier this month, leaving a pint-sized feminine gap in the show's still TBA coaching line-up going forward to series four.

A line-up that, as it stands, features... well, no one, since none of this year's other coaches - Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson - have said they'll definitely be back in 2015. One thing is for sure, though, which is that 'The Voice', like the Celine Dion song, will go on (and on, and on), the BBC having commissioned two additional seasons of the show earlier this month.

It's time for some quotes now. First, Minogue, who wisely uses the opportunity to push some gigs she's doing to promote her new LP, 'Kiss Me Once': "Hi Lovers, thanks to all of you for your incredible support throughout this past season of 'The Voice UK'. I'm sad to say that, due to the timing of my European tour, I won't be back for season four. I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I'll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience".

Now it's the turn of Moira Ross, Executive Producer of 'The Voice UK' producers Wall To Wall. Ross says: "Kylie has brought her own very special magic to 'The Voice UK' and we have loved having her on the show. We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future".

The press release confirming Kylie's exit goes on to state that "discussions for series four are ongoing and the [judging] line-up will be announced in due course". And if that's not reassuring, I don't know what is.

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Kim Shillinglaw named Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four
Kim Shillinglaw has been named the new Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, replacing Janice Hadlow. Shillinglaw is currently the Beeb's Head Of Science And Natural History Commissioning.

Shillinglaw said of the news: "BBC Two has always been one of the most creative channels in the world, with a huge range of quality programming. I'm delighted and honoured by the prospect of working with the best of our British talent and programme makers; I look forward to taking it and BBC Four to the next phase of great, thought provoking and lively TV for British audiences".

BBC Director of Television, Danny Cohen, added: "Kim has proved herself to be an exceptional creative at the BBC. She has an eye for scale and the bigger picture and seeks out distinctive, high-quality ideas. BBC Two is in fantastic shape and I'm looking forward to seeing the channel blossom further under Kim's leadership".

  Approved: Donnie & Joe Emerson
Born on a farm in the small town of Fruitland, Washington, brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson lived out a boyish 'rockstar' fantasy via their dad-financed eight track LP 'Dreamin Wild', recorded in a log pile shack-come-studio with shagpile walls, and put out, pretty much unnoticed, in 1979.

An accomplished haul of spit roast soul/funk wig-outs and puppy love pop songs, the album languished unsung until - on the good word of vinyl nut Jack Fleischer, who dug it up in a junk shop - the blog gods and, later, lo-fi divinity Ariel Pink toasted it as a 'lost' classic.

Some of Donnie and Joe's story is told in this shortish doc from the Light In The Attic label, which re-released the LP in 2012, and will on 16 Jun follow it with a compilation of tracks and scraps dating back to the 'Dreamin Wild' days, and forward a bit to 1981. 'Ride The Tide' is on it.
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Atomic Kitten searching for "modern" music
Atomic Kitten are working on new music. Nothing they'd want to release just yet though, because none of the songs they've recorded have been quite "modern" enough.

Liz McClarnon told Digital Spy: "We have [been recording new music] but we all got busy, so it's been put on the back burner. We also haven't quite found the right song. We want to be modern and stuff, [but] we don't want to lose that Atomic Kitten thing. You never know what might happen, we might get an amazing song and get the bug, and say, 'OK, we're back, forever!'"

Yay. Forever. Of course, what might also happen is that they'll find the right song and then Kylie will rob it off them and have a massive hit with it. Like what happened with 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. McClarnon explained: "I'll tell you what was going to be our song - Kylie's 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. Can you believe it? She 'robbed' our song. She's a little robber".

Well, you know what they say - one person's theft is another person's public service.

Release Round-Up: MNEK, Linkin Park, Altrego, Venetian Snares and Max Tundra
MNEK unveiled the first single from his forthcoming debut album last week on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show. Now the track's available on SoundCloud. Coincidence? I don't know, but it certainly is suspicious. It's also quite good, which is nice, because everyone's been banging on about how he's going to be a big deal for ages now. Anyway, you can have a listen to 'Every Little Word' here.

Linkin Park. Remember them? Well, they're releasing their sixth album on 16 Jun. It's called 'The Hunting Party'. And that's all there is to say about that.

CMU approved back in September last year, funky pop type Altrego is now ready to release his debut EP. Produced by Björk and Sigur Rós collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson, it's called 'Miraculous Epiphanies' and will be out via Bonka Circus on 16 Jun. Check out the video for the title track here.

Also out on 16 Jun is the new album from Venetian Snares, which is to be known as 'My Love Is A Bulldozer'. He'll also be playing live at The Scala in London on 24 May. I've not got any new music for you to listen to, but would you look at that album artwork.

Finally in today's amazing journey through new releases, we have an album that you can buy right now. While most musicians try to hide away their early forays into music making, Max Tundra has made his available for all to hear. And, annoyingly, they're pretty good.

Explains Max (aka Ben Jacobs): This is an album of two halves, entirely recorded during my childhood. 'Selected Amiga/BBC Micro Works 85-92' is a curious mix of throwaway song-titles, rave- and videogame-influenced programming and pubescent re-imaginings of the musical themes of the time. It is a fascinating precursor to 'With Love To Mummy' - the next stepping stone on the path to the subsequent Max Tundra sound - also available here on Bandcamp. It is fairly easy to infer the kind of music I was listening to as a kid, some of which is still buzzing around my head these days".

Download and listen here.

Live East India Youth and Gwilym Gold sets added to TNP exhibit
These New Puritans have released additional details on 'Magnetic Field', the 'interactive installation' based on their latest LP 'Field Of Reeds', that they first hinted at earlier in the year. And what additional details they are.

Basically, the band have 'widened' the 'Field', inviting artists like East India Youth, Will Dutta, Halls, Gwilym Gold, Scanner and Charles Hayward to play live on site at the exhibit, which takes place at The Vinyl Factory in London (aka 180 The Strand) from 15-19 Apr. The acts will also play about with the MRP, or 'Magnetic Resonator Piano', at the heart of the installation. And what's more, Andrew McPherson, who created the MRP in the first place, will give a talk about what it is, how it works, and so on.

In the meantime, see it in action via a 'Magnetic Field' trailer, and stream 'Sound Dredge', a preview of the limited edition 'cannibalised' EP version of 'Field Of Reeds' TNP release today.

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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Wolfgang Voigt's St John Session, The War On Drugs, The Orwells and Tom Williams & The Boat
First, something highbrow for all you non-philistines in the round-up house. In short, St John At Hackney church in London has added LSD-loving neo-classicist Wolfgang Voigt, Edinburgh duo Dalhouse and Shri Lankan-born sonic artist Paul Jebanasam to the listings for its Sessions series of live nights. Voigt and co will split a bill at St John on 22 May, and join the likes of Sun Awar, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Demdike Stare and Shackleton on the Sessions itinerary, which stretches into late July.

See this site for info on every single 2014 show in St John Sessions field.

Rootin tootin folk troubs The War On Drugs are to tote their hearty third LP, 'Lost In The Dream', all the way from Philly in the States to... the Academy in Liverpool, England. The Liverpool show, which is on 4 Nov, signals the start of a larger UK tour for the band, who'll also hit the Roundhouse in London (5 Nov), Bristol's Academy (6 Nov), Manchester's Ritz (7 Nov), and Glasgow's ABC (8 Nov).

If you're curious, find those listings in full, plus links to buy tickets to the shows, on www.thewarondrugs.net

Well, well, well. Mussy US rock kids The Orwells will on 16 Apr - so, Wednesday - do a 'pop-up' show at The Pavilion on Brick Lane, in London. Why? Because they want to, because they want to. And because they want to give fans the keys to their new and indeed first ever LP, 'Disgraceland', ahead of its release on 2 Jun.

I'll say one thing, though. They sure are playing fast and loose with the unwritten 'rules' of a 'pop-up', mainly by announcing the show in advance, staging it in a place that was designed to host shows, and by charging admission to the show. Buy tickets to this new breed of pop-up show here, and after, be amazed by the band's crazed live antics in the official clip for 'Disgraceland' single 'Let It Burn'.

Blues-hued UK rock group Tom Williams & The Boat are sailing off - like a real boat, only on land - on a tour of their native British Isle next month. Arranged in the main as a means to celebrate the fact that the band's third LP, 'Easy Fantastic', is being released on 19 May, the nine-date voyage hits Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach first on 23 May, and docks finally at Ipswich's Cult Café on 1 Jun. Aaaand that's it for the maritime similes.

See all the dates detailed here, and then, if you feel so inclined, press 'play' on 'All Day', TW&TB's winning 'Easy Fantastic' single.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Electric Daisy Carnival, T In The Park, Iceland Airwaves and more
The internationally famed and admired Electric Daisy Carnival is back in Milton Keynes again this year, which is nice if you like any of the following acts playing at its 2014 UK iteration: Avicii, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Steve Aoki, Paul Oakenfolk, A-Trak and/or Gorgon City. And I know you must like all of those. How could you not?

Electric Daisy's parent firm Insomniac's CEO Pasquale Rotella sums up the mood quite nicely with the following words: "Every time I think back to the last summer, I'm humbled that over 50,000 fans showed up to share their amazing energy and enthusiasm during our first international show, EDC in the UK. Because of their amazing support we're bringing the festival back for its second year and, it's going to be bigger and brighter than before. Milton Keynes Bowl is such a world renowned venue and we're excited to transform it into something that's never been seen before".

Yeah, what she said. And now, to give Electric Daisy's competitors at least a sporting chance, here's a list of updates just made to festivals like Cheshire's Farm Feast, the David Rodigan-featuring Festibelly, Iceland's ever-brilliant Airwaves, Surrey vehicle Indietracks, North Wales' main wave-chamber Wakestock, and, last yet not least (not even alphabetically), this year's Biffy/Calvin/Arctics-headlined T In The Park...

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL, Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire, 12-13 Jul: Avicii, Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, Fatboy Slim, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Showtek, Marco Carola, Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Hot Since 82, Davide Squillace, Timo Maas, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Orjan Nilsen, Simon Patterson, Ben Gold, Paul Oakenfold, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo, R3hab, Carnage, Blasterjaxx, Dannic, DVBBS, Dyro, Julian Jordan, Laidback Luke, Rebecca & Fiona, Sander van Doorn, A-Trak, B Traits & Juma, Destructo, Dillon Francis, Gorgon City, Jack Beats, My Nu Leng, Shift K3y. www.electricdaisycarnival.co.uk

FARM FEAST, Claremont Farm, Bebington, Wirral, Cheshire, 25-26 May: Peter Hook And The Light, Stealing Sheep, Emilio Pinchi, Charley Blue, David Hirst, The South Band, The Attic Band, Mikey Kenney, Mike Badger & The Shady Trio, Rob Vincent, Rangoon Sons, Roxanne Jones, The Levons, Springtime Anchorage, The City Walls, Rob Vincent, Ottersgear, Reva, Wirral Ukulele Orchestra, Dominic Dunn, The Ragamuffins, Silent Sleep, Mono LPs, Natalie McCool, Sugarmen, The Hazel Empire, Sparkwood & 21, Cousin Jac, Paul Straws, Silent Sleep, Mono LPs, Beaten Tracks DJs. farmfeast.co.uk

FESTIBELLY, Undershore, New Forest National Park, Lymington, 11-12 Jul: David Rodigan feat Jus Now & Reggae Roast, Mighty Oaks, Femme, Skinny Lister, Mausi, Dems, Wild Smiles, Ginger And The Ghost, Lexy and The Kill, Adam Street Singers, Annie Eve, Black Gold Buffalo, Charlie Cunningham, Dios Mio, Farmageddon, Feldspar, Gaps, The Operators, Plastic Mermaids. festibelly.com

ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, Iceland, 5-9 Nov: The War On Drugs, Caribou, Future Islands, Oyama, Farao, Kaleo, Zhala, Spray Paint, Rökkurró, Emilie Nicolas, Endless Dark, Kippi Kaninus, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Brain Police, Beneath, Þórir Georg, Fufanu, Epic Rain, Skurken, AMFJ, Kontinuum, Ophidian I, Var, Atónal Blús, Mafama, Vio, Lucy in Blue, Conflictions. icelandairwaves.is

INDIETRACKS, Butterley Station, Ripley, Surrey, 25-27 Jul: The Hidden Cameras, Joanna Gruesome, Laura J Martin, Teen Canteen, Los Cripis, The Just Joans, Linda Guilala, Elopes, Big Joanie, Axolotes Mexicanos, Slum of Legs, Cosines, MJ Hibbett, & The Validators. www.indietracks.co.uk

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross, Scotland, 11-13 Jul: Paul Weller, Soul II Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, Charli XCX, Neon Jungle, King Charles, Hudson Taylor, Jess Glynne, The LaFontaines, The Amazing Snakeheads, Lonely The Brave, Dolomite Minor, Little Matador, Carlia, Becky Hill. www.tinthepark.com

WAKESTOCK GWYL Y MOR, Perhos, Pwillheli, North Wales, 11-13 Jul: Charlotte Church, Gulp, Cian Ciaran, The Earth. www.wakestock.co.uk

Voice winner's single fails to make Top 40
Ah, remember the days when people used to complain that 'X-Factor' had 'hijacked' the Christmas number one spot? "If you give someone several weeks of free promotion on primetime TV before they put their single out", people spluttered, "then of course they're going to go to number one".

Then the BBC launched a scientific experiment to test that rule, and thoroughly disproved it. Disproved it to the point of almost being comical. Disproved it over and over and over again.

Science won out yet again this weekend, as the winner of the third series of 'The Voice', Jermaine Jackman, only managed to reach number 75 in the charts with his debut single, 'And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going', a heartfelt ballad about his refusal to break into even the Top 40. Possibly, I've not heard it.

Elsewhere, 'Voice' runner up Sally Barker faired better with her cover of Olly Murs' 'Dear Darlin', which went to number 46. Unlike Jackman, she had featured in the Top 40 in the midweeks, but sadly it was not to be come Sunday for her either.

So far, the most successful 'Voice' finalist in terms of single chart placings is last year's second place finisher Leah McFall, who went to number eight with a cover of 'I Will Survive'. However, 2013 winner Andrea Begley, despite performing fairly poorly with her debut single, did score a number ten album in October.

In other news, 'Voice' judge Ricky Wilson's band The Kaiser Chiefs are at number one in the albums chart for the second week running. So at least someone got something out of it all.

 
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