An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 24 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: After a New Zealand court recently ordered the authorities there to return seized assets to MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, the defunct file-transfer company is now trying to get its corporate assets back in Hong Kong. As much previously reported, police in New Zealand seized personal property belonging to MegaUpload founder Dotcom in January 2012 at the request of the US authorities, who... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: One of the bands that turned up on the playlist for last weekend's Amazing Radio review show 'It's Amazing' (on which I was a guest, and you can listen back to here) were Yvette and their song 'Pure Pleasure'. The New York duo make an intense noise, of which 'Pure Pleasure' is a fine example. Evoking bands like eX-Girl, The Boredoms, Jesu and the recently approved The Body, the track lurches... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES MegaUpload files papers in Hong Kong to get assets back
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LEGAL Bieber's DUI trial date delayed
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DEALS X-Factor trio Rough Copy sign to Epic
Rosie Lowe joins Wolf Tone
Warner/Chappell signs Jay Joyce
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LIVE BUSINESS SFX buys Perryscope Productions
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES vKontakte founder says he's been fired by Putin allies
Lauren Zalaznick joins Shazam's board of directors
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Young Guns Network to celebrate first birthday with free event
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ARTIST NEWS Iggy Azalea discusses fans' fingering problem
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RELEASES Wu-Tang fans raising money on Kickstarter to buy one-off album
Release Round-Up: Hannah Diamond, Courtney Love, Hercules & Love Affair, FM Belfast, Reabo and Lily Allen
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Reading & Leeds, V Festival, Outlook and more
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AWARDS MTV VMAs move back to LA
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber offends with Japanese war shrine photo
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THE MOST RADICALIST BLACK SHEEP MUSIC - MUSIC RESEARCHER
The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music is looking for a full time music researcher, based at our office in Kingly Street, London. With a minimum two years experience within a music supervision company, sync department or music production company you'll have extensive knowledge of all genres of music and be a savvy internet user with in depth knowledge of music blogs/online music magazines in the UK and worldwide.

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THE BORDERLINE - ASSISTANT BARS MANAGER
MAMA & Company are looking for dynamic, experienced Assistant Bars Manager with experience within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at one of London's most established venues.

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

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BIGBOX - ASSISTANT BOOKER
BIGBOX is looking for an exceptional individual to work within our culture team as an Assistant Booker. You will be required to source, book and manage the operations / logistics across a variety of events which fall within the realms of music, culture, fashion & beyond.

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LIVE NATION - EVENT TICKETING MANAGER
Live Nation Music UK is seeking an Event Ticketing Manager to maximise ticket sales for Live Nation events by providing effective ticketing information and advice; and proactively managing inventory, ticket agents and allocations.

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7DIGITAL - OPERATIONS REPORTING MANAGER
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and talented Operations Reporting Manager. Reporting to the VP of Operations, this role is critical to the future success of this company. Our ability to report and pay labels is paramount and fundamental to the relationships we hold with our suppliers. This role is about stabilising, enhancing and creating a best in breed supplier reporting capability.

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MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - PA AND COMMITTEE CO-ORDINATOR
The MPA is seeking a capable and conscientious PA and Committee Co-coordinator to support the Chief Executive. As the trade association for music publishers in the UK, the MPA exists to promote and support the business of music publishing and is a highly professional organisation with a small, committed team.

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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.

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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.

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MegaUpload files papers in Hong Kong to get assets back
After a New Zealand court recently ordered the authorities there to return seized assets to MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, the defunct file-transfer company is now trying to get its corporate assets back in Hong Kong.

As much previously reported, police in New Zealand seized personal property belonging to MegaUpload founder Dotcom in January 2012 at the request of the US authorities, who were in the process of shutting down the digital firm's operations over allegations it and its management team were liable for mass copyright infringement.

At the same time the Americans requested that the Hong Kong authorities freeze the MegaUpload company's assets, it being incorporated in the Chinese special administrative region. Dotcom's legal reps have long questioned the legality of that move, and have now submitted court papers demanding that the assets be returned.

Team Mega maintain that the Americans legal assault on the controversial company is illegal, because under US law a criminal summons against a company must be handed over on home soil, and MegaUpload never had a base in the States, and none of its directors live there (though many of the servers the firm used were in the jurisdiction).

US officials see this as a technicality, but MegaUpload's chief legal man Ira Rothken insists it poses a major problem for the American's legal case, and - with over two years now having passed without receiving a summons - that this is grounds for the former company's seized assets to be returned to their owners.

Rothken says that if that was to happen, his clients would have the funds to reboot up the long offline MegaUpload servers (well, those that haven't been wiped and repurposed) so to take a back up for evidence purposes, and ultimately to reconnect former customers with any legit files they once had stored on the storage platform.

The High Court in Hong Kong has given the region's Department Of Justice until 4 Jun to reply to MegaUpload's filing.

Bieber's DUI trial date delayed
A request to delay Justin Bieber's trial on DUI charges has been granted, following a court filing earlier this week by the singer's lawyers.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin on 5 May, but Bieber's legal team asked for a 60 day postponement to give them time to examine evidence and decide whether or not to accept a plea deal. In the end, they were granted slightly longer at a hearing yesterday, with a new date set for 7 Jul.

Billboard reports that Bieber's legal rep Roy Black said that a particular area his team would be focussing on the trial were the drug and alcohol tests carried out by police when the singer was arrested, saying: "There are some serious matters regarding the testing".

X-Factor trio Rough Copy sign to Epic
R&B-pop trio Rough Copy - who wound up coming fourth on 'The X-Factor' back in 2013, for what it's worth - have signed to Sony's Epic Records.

The Croydon-based boyband's Kazeem Ajobo, Sterling Ramsey and Joey James will release their first single 'Street Love', a Beatfreakz-'pimped' spin on Anita Baker's 'Sweet Love' with added new lyrical stylings, on 29 Jun, with an LP to follow soon.

Speaking at length and at the same time, the RC boys said: "Being signed to Epic makes everything worthwhile; all the hard work, all the grafting and difficult times make this a magical and memorable moment that will live with us for years to come. We can finally take off the 'X-Factor' training wheels and enter the big industry. Along with being signed to a huge major label, we are also excited and happy to announce that we will be releasing our first official single 'Street Love'".

Then they added: "We can't wait to hit stages everywhere and deliver performances to be remembered. How Epic is that?!"

I'm taking it I don't have to answer that last bit. Because I can't. All I can say is this: this is Rough Copy's so-rough-it-hurts-my-mind copy of one of the most beautiful love songs of all time.

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Rosie Lowe joins Wolf Tone
Paul Epworth has picked dark-pop orchid Rosie Lowe to join his Wolf Tone label. The signing follows London-based vocalist Lowe's four track 'Right Thing' EP of last year, which had The Invisible's Dave Okumu and Kwes on board as producers.

Lowe is at the moment making an LP with the pair, and possibly Epworth, and will play a variety of shows this year to back it, not least a headline date at London's XOYO on 19 May, and an appearance at the capital's Meltdown festival on 18 Jun, this sharing a split-bill with Wolf Tone co-signs Glass Animals.

She's also hitting a load of city-wide live showcases in May, like, for instance, Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds and The Great Escape. In the meantime, do the right thing and watch 'Right Thing' track 'Games' at play now.

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Warner/Chappell signs Jay Joyce
Warner/Chappell has announced that it has signed a new worldwide deal with songwriter and producer Jay Joyce's Neon Cross publishing company. As well as co-signing new artists, the two companies will also manage Joyce's own repertoire. Neon Cross has also announced the appointment of former Capitol Records Nashville A&R Melissa Spillman as Director Of Publishing.

Joyce said of the Warner/Chappell alliance: "I am thrilled to team up with such a storied and progressive group, and am looking forward to a long prosperous journey together".

EVP of Warner/Chappell Music Nashville, Ben Vaughn, added: "Wow - getting to work with Jay Joyce is a music lover's dream come true. His talent cuts across all genres of music and he is the definition of a music innovator. It's a real honour to welcome Jay and Melissa into the family".

Joyce produced the most recent Cage The Elephant album, which went to number one in the US, and has also worked as a musician with various artists, including Iggy Pop.

SFX buys Perryscope Productions
SFX Entertainment is continuing its quest to own all of the world's 'EMC' companies, with the acquisition of licensing and merch company Perryscope Productions. The company will now manage all of SFX's merchandise operations globally.

Perryscope founder Norman Perry said of the deal: "[SFX CEO] Bob Sillerman and his senior management team have assembled some of the brightest visionaries and brand builders in live entertainment, resulting in festivals and events that are the new gold standard. It will be a great experience to transform their ideas and show concepts into wearables, collectibles and memories for EMC fans across the world".

Sillerman himself added: "Norman Perry is a true innovator in merchandising. He will expand the brand awareness of our many SFX properties and ensure high quality, cutting edge merchandise and collectibles will be available at events and wherever EMC fans shop".

So, that's good to know, if you're an EMC fan who shops.

vKontakte founder says he's been fired by Putin allies
The founder of vKontakte, the Russian social network that has come under much criticism of late from the music industry for facilitating unlicensed file-sharing (resulting in litigation earlier this month), says he has been fired after allies of his country's President Vladimir Putin took control of the company.

The specifics of Pavel Durov's departure from the company are somewhat confused. Durov announced his resignation from the company on 1 Apr, but subsequently claimed that statement was an April Fool. But vKontakte's management say the firm's founder had indeed resigned in mid-March and he is therefore no longer with the company.

But Durov claims to have been fired, saying he found out about his axing in the newspapers. He also says that his firing comes after he refused to censor certain political groups on the vKontakte platform, and that the company is now controlled by shareholders Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov, both seen as close allies of the increasingly controversial Russian president.

Durov said in a statement: "Today I was fired as General Director of vKontakte. It's interesting that the shareholders didn't have the bravery to do this directly, and that I learned about my firing from the press. Today vKontakte goes under the complete control of Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov. Probably, in the Russian context, something like this was inevitable, but I'm happy we lasted seven and a half years. We did a lot. And part of what's been done can't be turned back".

Meanwhile in an interview with TechCrunch he went on: "Unfortunately, [Russia] is now incompatible with internet business at the moment. I'm afraid there is no going back [to the company], not after I publicly refused to co-operate with the authorities. They can't stand me".

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Lauren Zalaznick joins Shazam's board of directors
Shazam has announced the appointment of Lauren Zalaznick to its board of directors. Zalaznick has previously worked for NBCUniversal and MTV.

Shazam Executive Chairman Andrew Fisher said of the Zalaznick's addition to the board: "Lauren has devoted her career in media to transforming the cultural landscape. From her start as an independent feature film producer to her most recent role as Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal, Lauren's expertise on the intersection of content, technology, and data will bring tremendous value to Shazam as we pursue our mission to be the world's leading media engagement company".

Zalaznick added: "Shazam is uniquely positioned to build on its leadership role in music, further enabling its 90+ million active consumers to deeply engage with television content and brand offerings in dynamic ways. This is a unique opportunity to deploy data and technology in the content space that will enhance Shazam's consumer experience and deliver value to its customers".

Young Guns Network to celebrate first birthday with free event
The Young Guns Network, an initiative providing non-old biz insiders with the chance to socialise and share ideas, will celebrate its first birthday at The Social, in London, with a night featuring live speakers and bands/DJs. And drinking, and chatting, and partying, within appropriate limits.

Taking place on 28 Apr, which is quite soon, the occasion will kick off with a talk from Sony Music's VP of Strategy, Fred Bolza, who'll cover ways to link artists to fans, and how 18-24 year olds can break through industry 'status quos'. Southern Hospitality signing Rob Pursey and BBC 1Xtra DJ Jamz Supernova will provide the soundtrack once that's done.

The event is free to attend by RSVP-ing here.

  Approved: Yvette
One of the bands that turned up on the playlist for last weekend's Amazing Radio review show 'It's Amazing' (on which I was a guest, and you can listen back to here) were Yvette and their song 'Pure Pleasure'.

The New York duo make an intense noise, of which 'Pure Pleasure' is a fine example. Evoking bands like eX-Girl, The Boredoms, Jesu and the recently approved The Body, the track lurches toward you, slow in pace but with a frantic feel thanks to percussion that sounds like a box of golf balls falling down stairs and a guitar riff that thunders across it at regular, controlled intervals. Halfway through it all descends into chaos before snapping back into a faster, sharper, more resolved attack. It's pretty great.

The track is taken from the band's debut album, 'Process', which was released by Godmode in the US last year, and makes its way to Europe via the Tough Love label on 5 May.

Listen to 'Pure Pleasure' here.
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Iggy Azalea discusses fans' fingering problem
Hey, remember when Bruno Mars had to ask fans to stop throwing plastic grenades onto the stage while he played his song, 'Grenades'? It seemed kind of obvious why he and his band wouldn't especially want fans to celebrate that song in that way. But that pales into comparison when Iggy Azalea has to point out that she doesn't really enjoy being sexually assaulted while she's trying to work.

The rapper has said that she no longer crowdsurfs and wears extra pairs of underwear at shows in order to avoid being "fingered" unannounced by her fans.

Speaking to US radio station Hot 97, she said: "I had to stop [crowdsurfing]. On my tour, I'm only doing 2000 seaters, but I still have to have barriers - even if it's, like, 200 people - because people try to finger me. I will get lurk tweets for a week before my show, like, 'I'm about to go to the Iggy Azalea show and I'm going to finger her', and I'll see it and be like, 'Please don't! That's a violation. I don't actually like that stuff'. They think I'm real slutty like, 'She's got a song called 'Pu$$y', I know what she wants. She wants these two fingers'. Why would I want a stranger to ever finger me? I don't want that. Buying my album for $12 doesn't mean you get to finger me when I come to your city".

She continued: "The crazy thing is, girls will try to do it the most. Girls will try to do it more than guys cos girls think it's cool, like, 'We've both got vaginas, it's fine'. Doesn't make it OK. Now I wear, no lie, two pairs on underpants and then a pair of skin-coloured tights and then my pants as like a protection barrier, because there's just no way I'm going to be intruded".

Presenter Ebro then used that as a segue to talk about Azalea having sex with her boyfriend. This was the breakfast show, by the way. You can watch the interview here, if you want.

Wu-Tang fans raising money on Kickstarter to buy one-off album
Fans of Wu-Tang Clan "the world over" have clubbed together to raise enough money to buy the rap troupe's new album, 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'. As previously reported, the group are pressing just one copy of the record, which they'll tour around art galleries before selling it off to the highest bidder.

Wu-Tang fans Russell Meyer and Calvin Okoth-Obbo have set up a Kickstarter page to raise at least $5 million - enough to match what producer RZA has previously said was the highest current bid. The whole thing appears to contravene several of Kickstarter's rules, but it's up there and has pulled in almost 600 backers, offering over $14,000 so far.

The organisers explain their reasoning for wanting to buy the record thus: "The risk is some Saudi oil baron's kid spending his dad's money to collect a trophy and then he'll keep the album to himself and fans the world over will suffer".

Of course, another risk is that this pair suddenly find themselves with $5 million and fuck off to an island somewhere. Though they assure everyone that backers should have no such worries.

They continue: "If for some reason we are unable to purchase the album to distribute it to all fans or we are outbid, there will be a vote to either refund all money to backers or use the money to fund a Wu-Tang related project such as a free concert for backers. The founder of this group will not profit by even a single penny of backers' contributions, nor will a cent be spent until the auction date when the entirety of funds raised will be bid in an attempt to win the album".

The minimum you can donate to the Kickstarter campaign is $1, so maybe it's worth the risk. Or maybe that's what they want you to think. As for what happens to the lone copy of the album, Okoth-Obbo joked in an interview with DNAinfo that they "could rock-paper-scissors to see who gets to hold it", but they have since clarified that they'll donate it to a museum.

I'm not sure which museum would take it. Maybe they could raise money on Kickstarter set up a Wu-Tang museum. Maybe they should have done that in the first place - it would at least not have made a mockery of Kickstarter's terms and conditions.

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Release Round-Up: Hannah Diamond, Courtney Love, Hercules & Love Affair, FM Belfast, REABO and Lily Allen
Yaaaay. Hate-to-love/love-to-hate pop lolly Hannah Diamond has shown off a new single titled 'Attachment'. It falls on the sad side of her approved last one, the brain-splittingly divisive 'Pink & Blue', and is available to 'booooo' at or 'ooooo' over now by single-clicking this (post)internet link.

And look! It's another lady-in-pop (or rather, rock) that half the world probably hates! It's Courtney Love, of course, who has a double A-side solo single, 'You Know My Name/Wedding Day', coming out, like it or not, on 4 May. 'America's Sweetheart' will match her first new material since 2004 by playing nine British shows in May, moving off with a two-night stop-in London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 11 and 12 May.

This is 'You Know My Name'.

Sashaying on over to disco clique Hercules & Love Affair's corner now, as bandleader Andy Butler et al deal a new single featuring the great and richly-bearded John Grant on the mike. A side-dish to H&LA's latest LP, 'The Feast Of The Broken Heart', which is released 26 May, the track finds Grant dealing lyrically with his HIV positive condition "in that beautifully punky, spirited and courageous way he has about him", says Butler. Listen in on John "singing and playing his heart out" on the song now.

Abiding CMU faves FM Belfast have granted fans an early stream of 'Brighter Days', their new LP, ahead of its release tomorrow. So basically, it's the gift of an additional bright day, which let's face it, is priceless. "We hope it will brighten up your days and adds colour to whatever you are doing", say the Iceland-based band. Acclimatise to the 'Brighter Days' vibe right away, here.

Penultimately, Reabo, a super-band with Jägermeister backing, have knocked heads on a single titled 'Whatever May Come'. The group's line-up, which includes some-time CMU columnist Eddy Temple-Morris, grime MC Beaupierre, Skindred's Arya, ex-Evile guitarist OI, and bass DJ/vocalist Redneck, came up with the track spontaneously over a twelve hour lock-in in a studio. So take from that what you will, as you play it now.

Finalily, it's Lily. Allen. Innit. Pop's most docile garbage-lady (admittedly so) has released the video to the title track of her forthcoming solo LP, whose name I don't want to say. Because if I even typed it, I'd have to hide away wincing in a dark room for a while. Which wouldn't accomplish a lot, to be honest. It sounds like 'Cheezus', only less cheese, more feminism-themed.

Anyway, to the track, because the track, as Shakespeare once said, is the thing. What to say? It finds Lily standing far back from the charts and appraising her she-rivals, and 'the game' in general, mainly by taking mild pains to aim semi-rhyming snipes at Rihanna, Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Lorde. And she wears a hood in the promo, so, that's another important point to consider.

The song clanks along quite nicely, really, so give it a go now.

Festival Line-Up Update: Reading & Leeds, V Festival, Outlook and more
Hi! Highlights of today's Festival Line-Up Update, a summary of the changes just made to outdoorsy music goings-on all over the worrrrld, include the addition of a big name headliner (hint: it's Coldplay) to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow, which is free, but totally fully booked.

And extra, extra; there's news too of a big new consignment over at the twin Reading and Leeds bills, one featuring The Horrors, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, Brody Dalle, Dry The River and Marika Hackman.

In a big day for festival headlines, clean and pleasant pop picnic V has added Tinie Tempah, Childish Gambino, Cee Lo Green, John Martin and Pixie Lott to its billing, whilst Croatian dance party Outlook, B-Town summer bash Fusion, leafy Hampshire rave Blissfields, pastoral one-dayer Lounge On The Farm and this year's Glasgow Summer Sessions all make the latest tweaks to their listings.

BBC RADIO 1'S BIG WEEKEND, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, 24-25 May: Coldplay. www.bbc.co.uk/events/ep3g9r

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 4-7 Sep: Diplo, JME, Numbers DJs, Jackmaster & Oneman, Redinho, Kool Clap, Spencer b2b Optimo, DJ Harvey, Daniel Avery, Pachanga Boys, Eric Duncan, Hugo Capablanca, Jolly Mare, and Andre Laos. On Saturday the Tropical heat is provided by JME, Skepta, Logan, Preditah, Slimzee,Riko Dan, Plastician, DJ EZ, and Elijah & Skilliam, Kaytranada, Trippy Turtle, Artwork, Martelo, DJ Slow, Sinjin Hawke. www.bestival.net

BLISSFIELDS, Vicarage Farm, Winchester, Hampshire, 4-5 Jul: Spector, Bipolar Sunshine, Dan Croll, Kyan, Johnny Flynn, Eclair FiFi, Gang Colours,Kidnap Kid, Thumpers, Wild Stage DJs, DJ Will ChuMp, Matt Clark, Little Chief, Nellie, Years And Years, Laurel, Burning Beaches, Pachango, Pandora's Jukebox, Little Brother Eli, Erika, Moral Panics, The B of the Bang, Brother Goose, Dan Hayes (Subgiant) & Angry, Dan Munro, Digits McPhee, Alex The Kidd, DJ Envious Mind, Radio Active Bones, Sam 'Killaman' Jago & Jack Curtis, Shotaway, Rejenr8, Diarmo & L'Aubaine, Doktor Mohlberg, Seb Marx, Chromatouch, Wub World, KMP, Danzai, Moulettes, Hallouminati, Soundtracks, Tom Lowman, Edd Donovan And The Wondering Moles, Head North!, Bite The Buffalo, Tiki Taane & Jayson Norris, Hollie Smith, Jake Gauntlet, Floella Grace, Lily Juniper, Ward Thomas, Bruno Major, Will Varley, Itchy Teeth, KSH & The Going Goods, Frankie Forman, Little Robyn And The Mob, Gaz Brookfield, Grant Sharkey. www.blissfields.co.uk

FUSION FESTIVAL, Cofton Park, Birmingham, 30-31 Aug: Dizzee Rascal, Jessie J, Pitbull, Foxes, Union J, Lawson, Neon Jungle, Elyar Fox, Fuse ODG, Luke Friend. www.thefusionfestival.co.uk

GLASGOW SUMMER SESSIONS, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Scotland, full dates TBA: The Killers, The Courteeners, Miles Kane. glasgowsummersessions.com

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 22-24 Aug: The Horrors, The Kooks, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, Gesaffelstein, Twin Shadow, Gogol Bordello, Brody Dalle, Mongol Horde, Blood Red Shoes, Crossfaith, Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses, Twin Atlantic, Mallory Knox, Lonely The Brave, Gnarwolves, Papa Roach, The Orwells, Marika Hackman, Palma Violets, Band Of Skulls, Augustines, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, The Glitch Mob, Borgore, Adventure Club, Snakehips, Electric Youth, A Wilhelm Scream, Baby Godzilla, Dave Hause, Every Time I Die, Pup, The Flatliners, The Front Bottoms, The Skints, The Wonder Years, Slaves, Touche Amore, Wovenwar, Bear Hands, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Darlia, Hudson Taylor, Mayday Parade, Meridian Dan, P Money, The Districts. www.leedsfestival.com

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 2 Aug: The Subways, Rebel MC with Nancy & Phoebe, Syd Arthur, Sam Sure. www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk

OUTLOOK FESTIVAL, Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia, 4-7 Sep: Congo Natty, Daddy G, Boddika, Dub FX, Gramatik, Zed Bias, Phaeleh, Roy Davis Junior, Bondax, Snakehips, The Four Owls, Jam Baxter, Dirty Dike, Pete Cannon, London Zoo, Problem Child, Truth, Seven Swindle, Gentleman's Dub Club, Newham Generals, Paleman, General Levy, Randall, Roska, Logan Sama, Kenny Knots, Solo Banton, Elijah & Skilliam, True Tiger, Cultural Warriors feat Nello B, LV & Joshua Idehen, Fliptrix, Leaf Dog, BVA, Verb T, Jam Baxter, Edward Scissortongue, DJ Madnice, DJ Sammy B-Side, Earl Gateshead, MC DRS, Nucleus Roots, LX One, Royal T, Anushka, Barely Legal, Nomine, Safire, Benton, Amy Becker, Acre, Geode, BMB Spacekid, Jonny Dub, Livin Proof, Dr Syntax, Split Prophets, Sonny Jim, Lee Scott, Onoe Caponoe, The Purist, 184, Disorda, Skuff, Jman, Cracker Jon & Too Late, Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn, Konchis & Physiks, DJ Fingerfood, Jives, Patrice, Jroots, Jaksun, The Saint, Inkling, Passion Fruit, Dr. Meaker, Flava D, Etch, Gardna, Horus Records, Finna, Andy H, Oscar Luweez, Boyson, Finwa, Defenders Of Style. www.outlookfestival.com

READING FESTIVAL, Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, 22-24 Aug: The Horrors, The Kooks, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, Gesaffelstein, Twin Shadow, Gogol Bordello, Brody Dalle, Mongol Horde, Blood Red Shoes, Crossfaith, Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses, Twin Atlantic, Mallory Knox, Lonely The Brave, Gnarwolves, Papa Roach, The Orwells, Marika Hackman, Palma Violets, Band Of Skulls, Augustines, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, The Glitch Mob, Borgore, Adventure Club, Snakehips, Electric Youth, A Wilhelm Scream, Baby Godzilla, Dave Hause, Every Time I Die, Pup, The Flatliners, The Front Bottoms, The Skints, The Wonder Years, Slaves, Touche Amore, Wovenwar, Bear Hands, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Darlia, Hudson Taylor, Mayday Parade, Meridian Dan, P Money, The Districts. www.readingestival.com

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Essex/Weston Park, Staffordshire, 16-17 Aug: Tinie Tempah, Childish Gambino, Cee Lo Green, John Martin, Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Vance Joy, Chloe Howl, Josh Record, Jess Glynne, Icona Pop, Howling Bells, Becky Hill, To Kill A King. www.vfestival.com

MTV VMAs move back to LA
Well, the MTV Video Music Awards went to New York for a year, and it turned out to be such an embarrassment to the city it was sent straight back to LA, where morals are looser.

OK, the ceremony has alternated between the two cities (and once Miami) at irregular intervals since it began in 1984. One time it even took place in both cities at once. Madness. But after three years in LA, last year it switched to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Then there was that whole thing with Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. I'm sure we don't need to dig that all up again, do we?

Anyway, the move back to LA actually comes as MTV takes advantage of being able to claim to be the first major awards ceremony to take place in the city's newly spruced up Forum venue - beating the Emmy Awards by one whole day.

Says MTV President Stephen Friedman: "With its incomparable legacy as a world class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California's most iconic entertainment landmarks. The Forum has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen and we can't wait to add the 2014 Video Music Awards to this list and create the type of memorable moments that music fans will talk about for years to come".

It'll all take place on 24 Aug, by which time they'll hopefully have thought up something really controversial to top last year's event. That's traditionally the date it's said that Mount Vesuvius erupted and brought about the destruction of Pompeii. Maybe they could celebrate the 1935th anniversary of that by encasing Justin Bieber in lava.

Justin Bieber offends with Japanese war shrine photo
Speaking of The Biebs (three times in one edition!), he's got himself in a bit of hot water again. No, he's not broken any laws. This is more like when people were offended that he suggested that Anne Frank might have been a Belieber if only she was born in another time and not murdered by the Nazis. Except this time he's offended the entire populations of China and South Korea.

Travelling through Japan, Bieber posted a picture of himself outside the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, which memorialises Japanese soldiers who died in various conflicts. It was originally built in 1869 to honour soldiers who were killed during the Boshin War. Its foundation during a period when Japan was expanding its empire, plus the fact that it has subsequently grown to include further war dead, including some convicted war criminals, has made it somewhat controversial in neighbouring countries that were often on the other side of the fighting.

Bieber, not knowing any of this history, simply posted a message under his photo saying, "Thank you for your blessings".

As controversy about the picture spread, Bieber deleted the original shot and posted a screengrab of a Time report on his faux pas, saying: "While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over [after] I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said during his weekly press briefing that he was unaware of the incident, but added: "I hope that this Canadian singer after visiting the Yasukuni shrine can have a clear understanding of Japan's history of invasion and militarism and of the source of Japan's militarism".

To be fair, it's a very complex issue, and Justin has a lot of court appearances coming up, so I'm going to go ahead and assume that he hasn't read up on it further. But if it helps, here's a classic video of him walking into a door.

 
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