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Tuesday 22 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Prince has entered into a new deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he rather famously fell out with nearly two decades ago. The new alliance will see the singer regain ownership of his early recordings catalogue, but he will then work with the Warner Music of today on a re-release programme, at the heart of which will be a 30th anniversary edition of his seminal 'Purple Rain' album in 'remastered... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Back in 2009, members of King Creosote, Animal Magic Tricks and Meursault got together to record what became an album called 'Cold Seeds', released through Song, By Toad. The simple concept, albeit a concept that formed during the process of recording, was that each vocalist wrote some songs for the others to sing. Three years later, in 2012, the project was reprised by Song, By Toad with a... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Prince makes up with Warner Music, re-release campaign planned
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LEGAL Jay-Z recordings at heart of extortion allegations
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DEALS Domino Publishing signs Angel Olsen
Melissa Steel inks Atlantic deal
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Blurred Lines named the UK's all time most downloaded song
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LIVE BUSINESS Live Nation takes complete control of Japanese business
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Indegoot opens London office
Raw Power makes new board appointments
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Beats Music not off to a flying start, sources claim
Rdio partners with Brazilian media firm Grupo Bandeirantes
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Mastodon, Jedward, The Horrors, Tynchy Strider, The Proper Ornaments
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Austin Mahone, Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip and Paws
Festival Line-Up Update: Long Division, Dimensions, Barnaby Festival and more
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AWARDS Blackburn to get lifetime achievement gong for second time at Radio Academy Awards
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AND FINALLY... White House refuses to deport Justin Bieber
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Prince makes up with Warner Music, re-release campaign planned
Prince has entered into a new deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he rather famously fell out with nearly two decades ago.

The new alliance will see the singer regain ownership of his early recordings catalogue, but he will then work with the Warner Music of today on a re-release programme, at the heart of which will be a 30th anniversary edition of his seminal 'Purple Rain' album in 'remastered with added rarities' form.

In his statement confirming the new Warner alliance, Prince also reconfirmed that a brand new album is on its way, ie the long player recorded with his new backing group 3rd Eye Girl (something confirmed in his spelling of 'I' in the quote). Said the singer: "A brand new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship".

It's not entirely clear what involvement Warner Music will have in the new record, Prince having self-released most of his albums since his original fall out with the major. Though he has often worked with distribution partners on previous releases.

While there are marketing reasons why Warner might have chosen to cut a deal of this kind with Prince at this time - ie a re-release campaign is likely to be more lucrative with the artist on side - this new alliance may also be the result of an as yet untested bit of American copyright law.

As previously reported, a bit of US copyright legislation from the 1970s gives creators a one-off statutory 'reversion right', which enables them to reclaim works previously given up by contract 35 years after the original deal, subject to a various conditions. The law came into effect in 1978, so the first round of 35 year terms started to expire last year.

The music publishing sector has been preparing for the reversion right cut off for a long time, and indeed has often incorporated similar reversion rights into publishing contacts in more recent years.

However, the record companies reckon that the reversion rights do not apply to sound recordings, because under traditional record contracts the label is the 'creator' and the artist a 'work for hire'. Many veteran artists do not agree though, and it's a dispute that most expect to be settled in court at some point or another.

Though rumour has it that some senior label executives, less confident in private about their interpretation of the revision right rule, are becoming more flexible in renegotiating legacy contracts with high profile artists who might be tempted to fight for reversion through the courts. And Billboard, for one, reckons that that might have influenced Warner in its most recent negotiations with Prince.

The label, however, has not commented on that theory, Warner top man Cameron Strang instead saying: "Everyone at Warner Bros Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world's biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces".

Jay-Z recordings at heart of extortion allegations
A producer called Chauncey Mahan was questioned over allegations of extortion on Friday in relation to a collection of master recordings that once belonged to Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella record company that has been valued between $15 million and $20 million.

According to TMZ, Jay Z and his team thought that the collection of recordings made between 1998 and 2002 had been lost until Mahan recently made contact with Live Nation, the rapper's joint venture partner in his current business venture Roc Nation.

Mahan allegedly told Live Nation that the recordings were in his storage unit in California and that he was thinking about auctioning them off to the highest bidder, but that he'd send them back to Roc Nation if they agreed to pay a $100,000 storage fee.

The story goes that Live Nation negotiated Mahan down to $75,000, but that when he met with reps from the company at the lock-up where the recordings were stored they had brought LAPD officers with them, who took him in for questioning.

TMZ says that Mahan voluntarily allowed police officers to take away the master recordings in question for safe storage while a judge determines ownership. The producer wasn't actually arrested at the scene, though police are now investigating allegations he was trying to extort Jay-Z and his business partners.

Domino Publishing signs Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen, a folk pop artist with a strong 'choppy fringe' game, has signed a deal with Domino Publishing.

A one-time backing singer for Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Olsen released her latest solo LP, 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness', earlier this year, via Jagjaguwar, to great praise, which is nice.

Here's a link to a piece confirming this news, and not a lot else.

Taken off Angel's 'BYFFNW' (catchy, that), this is 'Forgiven/Forgotten'.

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Melissa Steel inks Atlantic deal
'Fresh face' Melissa Steel has signed a similarly fresh deal with Warner's Atlantic Records, so I think it's safe to say this is pretty fresh news.

This is a pic Melissa - who features on DJ Kove's dance hit 'Way We Are', and will release her new solo single, 'Kisses For Breakfast', later this year - tweeted live at the scene of the deal, in case evidence is needed.

And this is Kove's Melissa-featuring 'Way We Are', which will be available in digital and real shops on 9 Jun.

Blurred Lines named the UK's all time most downloaded song
Hey, you know how 'Blurred Lines' was really controversial in the UK and lots of people said it should be banned, while others did ban it from being played within their institutions? Yeah, turns out that didn't work so well. Yesterday it was announced on Radio 1 that Robin Thicke's hit is the most legally downloaded song of all time in the UK.

Actually, it was one of three songs featuring Pharrell Williams to make the top ten, all of which were released in 2013. Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' came in at number six, while Williams' solo single 'Happy' was at number nine.

In fact, all of the songs in the top ten were decidedly recent, the bulk of them released in 2011, while the oldest (and only track in the top ten to come out outside the 2010s) was Kings Of Leon's ode to pirate sex, 'Sex On Fire'.

Commenting on Thicke's achievement, The Official Charts Company's Martin Talbot said: "To become one of only two tracks to have been downloaded 1.5 million times - and climb to the top of the poll as the biggest download of all time - is an incredible achievement".

Here's the complete top ten:

1. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (feat Pharrell Williams and TI)
2. Adele - Someone Like You
3. Maroon Five - Moves Like Jagger (feat Christina Aguilera)
4. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat Kimbra)
5. Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
6. Daft Punk - Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams)
7. Rihanna - We Found Love (feat Calvin Harris)
8. Avicii - Wake Me Up
9. Pharrell Williams - Happy
10. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire

Live Nation takes complete control of Japanese business
Live giant Live Nation has taken full ownership of its Japanese division, previously a joint venture with native live firm Creativeman Productions. Live Nation has bought out its business partner's minority stake in the company, and Live Nation Japan MD Frank Takeshita will now give up other responsibilities he had with Creativeman.

Confirming the deal, Live Nation's President Of International & Emerging Markets Alan Ridgeway told reporters: "As we continue to expand our global network, we wanted to assume full ownership of Live Nation Japan. Although we still expect to work together [with Creativeman] on some projects, this allows Live Nation to pursue our own interests and work with a variety of partners".

Indegoot opens London office
US-based artist management group Indegoot Entertainment is opening a London office to be led by former Roadrunner Records exec Wally Van Middendorp, who was last seen setting up a European office for Eleven Seven Music.

The new London office will oversee European activities for Indegoot's existing roster of artists, which include Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and Neon Trees, as well as seeking European talent to represent.

Indegoot Entertainment CEO Bill McGathy told CMU: "The UK and continental Europe are increasingly important territories for our artists and it is important that we have a presence on the ground to make sure we maximise the opportunities available to them there. I have known and worked with Wally Van Middendorp for a long time and know that he has a great overview and deep understanding of the European marketplace, which makes him the perfect person to represent our interests in London".

Meanwhile Van Middendorp added: "Bill and his team at Indegoot Entertainment represent an amazing roster of artists many of whom are starting to build real traction in Europe. Having a dedicated office in London will allow Indegoot to be right at the heart of all the activity surrounding those artists and I am delighted that Bill has asked me to be part of this new phase of the company".

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Raw Power makes new board appointments
Artist management firm Raw Power has announced the appointment of two senior staff members to the company's board, London-based Commercial Director Don Jenkins and LA-based Matt Ash, who heads up the firm's North American operation.

Jenkins and Ash join existing board members - founder Craig Jennings, Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor - and will now "take an active role in overseeing the organisation's strategy and growth moving forward".

Confirming all this, Jennings told CMU: "As Raw Power Management continues its upward trajectory it is important that we put in place a strong group of directors to help us navigate this exciting period of growth. Don and Matt have already played a very important part of the existing success of the company and both bring huge experience, creativity and wise counsel to our executive board".

Beats Music not off to a flying start, sources claim
Beats Music managed to sign up fewer than 100,000 paying subscribers in its first 100 days out of beta, sources have told Billboard. And this would seem roughly in line with a Bloomberg report last month, claiming that 28,000 people had subscribed during the company's the first month.

The company itself has so far released no figures, though the latest estimates reported by label sources - ie 'fewer' than 100,000 sign ups in total - could either be seen as Beats settling into a rhythm of signing up around 1000 new customers per day, or suggest that conversions from its free trial have slowed slightly over time, depending on what is meant by 'fewer'.

Certainly, Bloomberg's initial report last month was written and received a lot more positively than this latest one. Billboard's sources certainly seem to be going with the whole 'it's not really going that great' view, with one label exec telling the magazine: "Jimmy [Iovine] is finding out this is tougher than it looks. This business takes time".

Another (or perhaps the same one, who knows?), added: "We've learned from Spotify that you have to fund free for a length of time with users investing time, creating playlists and getting used to the service".

That Beats does not currently have a freemium option, rather offering a two week free trial before payment is required (already increased from seven days due to problems at launch), has been a criticism since the service launched. Though, of course, you'll find plenty of other people who will tell you that ad-funded free streaming does not pay high enough royalties to be viable as a business model longterm.

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Rdio partners with Brazilian media firm Grupo Bandeirantes
Rdio has partnered with Brazilian media company Grupo Bandeirantes, with the latter incorporating the former's streaming set-up into some of its own online platforms, and promoting the service via its print and broadcast media.

"This partnership is a major innovation in music distribution in Brazil", explained Antonino Ruggiero, Vice President for Business Subscription of Grupo Bandeirantes. "Streaming music is a reality that will revolutionise the way we listen to and share music".

Rdio CEO Anthony Bay added: "As we have said publicly before, global expansion and localised customer experiences are key focuses for Rdio. Brazil is one of the most dynamic countries in the world with a vibrant music culture. In fact, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are among the top cities for Rdio users in the world. We've had success in establishing a unique customer value proposition with our partners in other territories, and this partnership allows us to create a more diverse, all-encompassing listening experience in Brazil that travels from radio to TV to online to mobile".

This announcement follows Rdio's recent acquisition of Indian digital music service Dhingana, and forms part of an interesting strategy for Rdio's global expansion.

  Approved: Bastard Mountain
Back in 2009, members of King Creosote, Animal Magic Tricks and Meursault got together to record what became an album called 'Cold Seeds', released through Song, By Toad. The simple concept, albeit a concept that formed during the process of recording, was that each vocalist wrote some songs for the others to sing.

Three years later, in 2012, the project was reprised by Song, By Toad with a (mostly) different cast of players - solo artist Rob St John, Sparrow & The Workshop's Jill O'Sullivan, Pete Harvey and Neil Pennycook from Meursault, Rory Sutherland from Broken Records, and Reuben Taylor from James Yorkston And The Athletes. St John, O'Sullivan and Pennycook each arrived with a couple of songs for the others to sing, and from there, Bastard Mountain was born.

Recorded over the course of a week, the band's album, 'Farewell, Bastard Mountain', finally sees the light of day 12 May. Which is good news, because it's a great record, ten atmospheric, layered folk songs, perfectly balancing the musical styles of each of the group's temporary members.

Following the album release, they'll keep it going a bit longer with a couple of live shows. They'll play the Shhh! Festival in London on 24 May and then a headline date at Queen's Hall in Edinburgh on 29 May.

Listen to the album's opening track, 'Meadow Ghosts', here.
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Release Round-Up: Mastodon, Jedward, The Horrors, Tynchy Strider, The Proper Ornaments
Mastodon. You know them, right? They've got a new album coming out this year. It is called 'Once More Around The Sun'. It takes twelve months for the earth to go around The Sun. That's a year. To this end, I have concluded that this new release is a concept album about a year in the life of Mastodon. Track 1: 'Beard Maintenance'.

I'm not sure where 'High Road' fits into that, but that's the track that the band have just released as a preview of what to come. You can listen to it here.

Now, if you were to try to imagine the exact opposite of Mastodon, I think you'd get somewhere close to Jedward. Which is a completely seamless link into me telling about the new album from Jedward. Called 'Free Spirit', the duo's third album is 100% written and produced by the twins themselves. Yes, that is a thing that happened.

Anyway, I thought we were supposed to call them John And Edward now, as per some announcement last summer, but that seems not to be the case. Nonetheless, they're still trying to transition from novelty act to serious popstars. Whether that's a possibility or not, you can find out on 17 May when the album's title track comes out as a single. While you wait, you can listen to a different song, 'Everyday Superstar', here.

Imagine if Jedward did become legit, proper pop musicians. Imagine. As legit as The Horrors. That doesn't seem too high to aim, does it? And this is the perfect time to compare the two, because The Horrors have a new album out on 5 May. It's called 'Luminous', and they've just put out the video for the first single, 'So Now You Know'. To be honest, if they want to compete with Jedward, they're going to have to step up their game a bit.

Tinchy Stryder though. He's a guy you can depend on. He's got a new album coming out this year too. His one's called '360º', and the first single from it is 'Misunderstood'. I mean it's called 'Misunderstood', obviously. I understand it perfectly. You can come to reach an understanding with it too, via the video here.

Finally, I want to talk about The Proper Ornaments. They've just announced that they're going to release an album on 9 Jun, via the Fortuna POP! label, called 'Wooden Head'. They've also got lots of stories about mental hospitals, car crashes, footwear theft and threatened testicle removal, if their press release is to be believed, but you don't want to hear about those. You just want to hear a track from the album. Here it is, it's called 'Summer's Gone'.

Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Austin Mahone, Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip and Paws
Sup, Mahomies? Moms' favourite pop boy Austin Mahone is going to play a show in the UK, his first UK show, at London's IndigO2. It's on 23 Jun, and tickets will go on sale on 26 Apr.

Austin, who'll let slip 'The Secret', his first ever LP, on 26 May, wants you all to know this: "I'm coming to see you, UK Mahomies! Can't wait to give you new music and play a show for you all. I loved seeing you all last year when I came to visit - but now it's time for a big show - and I really hope to share the moment with you all".

Onwards, and this is more a tour-based prompt than anything, but another thing you should know is that Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, aka producer Dan Le Sac and MC Scroobius Pip, are starting a UK tour today. Encompassing eleven shows, it moves off tonight following a stop at Wolverhampton's Slade Rooms, on to Preston's 53 Degrees tomorrow. The whole thing wraps on 3 May at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Look up the full listings on this page, and move to the sound of Dan Vs Pip's latest 'Repent Replenish Repeat' single 'The Terminal', here.

Perhaps FatCat's beardiest signees, Scottish rock trio Paws, are to play a rolling raft of live shows as props to their forthcoming sophomore LP, 'Youth Culture Forever', which is released on 2 Jun. Of the live dates, the first is an appearance at Leeds' Gold Sounds Festival on 26 May, with the band hitting York's Basement on 29 May to start the tour, which goes on throughout June, for real.

Here are the dates written on the same page, for easy skimming. And this? This is 'Tongues' from the band's second LP, 'Youth Culture Forever', which is released on 2 Jun.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Long Division, Dimensions, Barnaby Festival and more
Hey, would it interest you to discover that New Order's Stephen Morris is choosing the musical line-up at one of the venues for this year's Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield? And that his line-up at the town's Christ Church so far includes The Blockheads, Tim Burgess (and his Tim Peaks Diner), and artist Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass, featuring Stockport-based Fairey Brass Band playing rave hits? It does? Good.

Here's Stephen with a comment: "We go back a long way, Christ Church and me. All the way to 1963 - the year I started at the primary school down the road. I have to say I have what they call 'fond memories' of the place. In my mind, it is always the services here that signalled the start of something good. Easter egg binges, Harvest Festivals, presents from Santa and those long sunny summer holidays that were never long enough (and in reality probably not that sunny either).

And: "With each passing year, I have looked at the place misty eyed and said to myself 'wouldn't it be great if the building got used for something again?' and now it is! The most Macclesfield-centric of holidays - Barnaby - what better reason to inject some new life and have some fun while we're at it. Get involved. It'll be great - honest!"

So there it is, long live Barnaby. And long live the following updates to the following line-ups at the following festivals. Info to follow:

BARNABY FESTIVAL, varius venues, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 14-29 Jun: The Blockheads, Tim Burgess, Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass, Gilliant Gilbert & Nik Colk Void (DJ set), Jake Evans, Mike Garry, Joe Duddell. www.barnabyfestival.org.uk

LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL, various venues, Wakefield, Yorkshire, 12-14 Sep: The Cribs, The Wedding Present, Gruff Rhys, Toy, Summer Camp, Roddy Woomble, iLiKETRAiNS, Frankie And The Heartstrings, The Membranes, Beans On Toast, Candy Says, Post War Glamour Girls, Bleech, Brawlers, Islet, Joel RL Phelps, Randolphs Leap, Witch Hunt, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Milloy, The Ainsley Band, VerseChorusVerse, Nadine Carina, Treason Kings, The Sunbeams, Ruby Macintosh, The Reacharounds, The Grand, Protectors, Mi Mye, Knuckle, Gunnarson, Forever Cult, Clandestines, Aztec Doll, Jamiesaysmile. www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk

DIMENSIONS, Fort Punta Christo, Croatia, 28 Aug - 1 Sep: Warpaint, Daphni, Theo Parrish, Robert Hood, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, & Can U Dance, Kelela, The Internet, Special Request, Onra, Tama Sumo, Nick Hoppner, Petar Dundov, Trus'me, Flako, Calibre, Rosie Lowe, Gogo Penguin, Matthew Halsall Trio, Kutmah, Stray, Ilijah Rudman, Greg Beato, Si Tew, Eddy Ramich, Miss Sunshine, Barker, Planas, Jabru, Jet Letts, Lixo, Johnny Dub. www.dimensionsfestival.com

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, 18-20 Jul: Sam Bailey, Sigma, The Sugarhill Gang, Shadow Child, Fred V & Grafix. www.guilfest.co.uk

KENDAL CALLING, Lowether Deer Park, Hackthorpe, East Cumbria, 1-3 Aug: Tim Burgess, Frankie And The Heartstrings, Wigan Young Souls, Albert Albert, Seahawks, The Everley Pregnant Brothers, Kitch, The Hummingbirds, Bird To Beast, Mint Royale, Simon Rimmer, Felix Hall, Sarah Walters. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

MERTHYR ROCKS, Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, 17 Aug: Taking Back Sunday, Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, The Blackout. merthyrrock.com

RHTHYM REUNION & BEER FESTIVAL, Hertford Corn Exchange, 10 May: The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, The Men they Couldn't Hang, Nine Below Zero, John Otway, Lucy Ward, Buiick 6. www.reallylivemusic.com/rhythm-reunion-2014

THE STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm, Ebbw Vale, Wales, 19-20 Jul: Sebastian Bach, Electric Boys, Toseland, The Amorettes. www.steelhousefestival.com

TAURON NOWA MUZYKA, Katowice, Poland, 21-24 Aug: Kelis, Cakes Da Killa, The Field, CLARK, Paula Temple, Pink Freud, Autechre, NERVY. www.festiwalnowamuzyka.pl

ULTRA EUROPE, Poljud Stadium, Split, Croatia, 11-13 Jul: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Aly & Fila, Andrew Rayel, The Chainsmokers, Cosmic Gate, Danny Avila, Deorro, Disclosure, Example, Knife Party, Marco Carola, Ørjan Nilsen, Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul van Dyk, Pretty Lights LIVE, Showtek, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. www.ultraeurope.com

Blackburn to get lifetime achievement gong for second time at Radio Academy Awards
Tony Blackburn will get a lifetime achievement prize at this year's Radio Academy Awards (previously known as the Sony Awards) to mark his 50 years in the biz, the second time he's received the honour. The radio industry's big awards bash previously gave Blackburn the same award in 1989 to mark his 25 years in the industry.

Confirming this, John Myers, Chair of the awards committee, told CMU: "Tony Blackburn is not only loved by his listeners, but also by his fellow broadcasters right across the UK. He has become an icon of British broadcasting with a commitment to and a love for radio that remains unmatched by just about anyone in the medium today. 50 years on the air and still going strong is a remarkable achievement and we are thrilled to mark this occasion with the prestigious 2014 Gold Award".

Blackburn himself said: "I am truly honoured to be receiving the Gold Award for the second time in my career. I can only assume The Academy thought I'd be dead by the time my 50th anniversary came around and wouldn't have to worry about me! Ever since I joined Radio Caroline in July 1964 I have made a living out of my passion. Being a radio presenter, in my opinion, remains the greatest job in the world. I want to thank everyone who has given me a job, the amazing artists whose music I have played and, most importantly, the listeners who have listened to me for the past 50 years. Without you on the other end of the microphone, I'm just a man in a room talking to myself for hours on end".

Award organisers have also confirmed that PPL and Blinkbox Music have signed on to sponsor awards at the radio sector's big bash, which takes place on 12 May in London.

White House refuses to deport Justin Bieber
You remember that petition on the White House's We The People website calling for American resident Justin Bieber to be deported back to Canada? Of course you do. It got over 270,000 signatures, which meant the US president's people had to respond. Well that response has now come. However, much to everyone's disappointment, the response was that there was no response.

"Sorry to disappoint", said a statement. "But we won't be commenting on this one".

"No!" You're probably now screaming. "They must say more than that!"

Well, you're in luck. Given that the White House doesn't actually have the power to deport Bieber anyway, the statement went on to point out that it never comments directly on individual legal cases, so to "avoid the appearance of improper influence". Not that there is any legal case to deport the singer, but he has had a few brushes with the law of late, most of which are still working their way through the courts.

The White House did have some things to say about immigration in general though - using the petition to lay out its proposals for reform in this area, and holding up Bieber's success as a measure for why more people should be allowed though US borders legally, rather than the current situation where eleven million people are working illegally within the country.

"Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it's the right thing for our country", said the statement. "Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that's 12.5 billion concert tickets - or 100 billion copies of Mr Bieber's debut album".

And what would you rather have, America? You're incredibly tough border restrictions or 100 billion Bieber albums?

 
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