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Friday 25 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse has published the findings of its recent review of the secondary ticketing market, and says it will now table amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill, due to be debated in the House Of Commons next month, to put in place some obligatory regulations for ticket resale sites to follow. The APPG's report doesn't call for ticket touting to be banned, or... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Manchester's long running drum n bass night Soul:ution presents an Exit Records takeover tonight at Band On The Wall. The brilliant dBridge, head honcho of Exit and a resident on Rinse FM, will headline the night. He'll be joined by Skeptikal, who has released music on a diverse range of labels, including Exit. Also on the bill are Soul:ution resident Intalex, who always provides a solid set, Bane... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: This week, Avril Lavigne released a music video so objectionable that the entire internet turned against her and she was forced to take it down. So the reports went, anyway. And, it's true, the video for 'Hello Kitty' was met with a great deal of derision. "It's awful", said some people. "It's racist", said others. "It's a dubstep track co-written by Chad Kroeger from Nickleback", wept everyone. Some parts of... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES APPG proposes new regulations for secondary ticketing, Ticketmaster does not approve
Great Escape convention programme available to download, networking sign-up deadline this Monday
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LEGAL Conrad Murray has latest appeal request rejected
Late Slipknot bassist's wife testifies against former doctor
DLT pleads not guilty to new indecent assault charge
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Cato Academy to start school-for-roadies
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ARTIST NEWS RZA gives Raekwon 30 days to end Wu-Tang recording strike
Liam Gallagher spelling test sparks Oasis rumours
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Libertines confirm Hyde Park reunion
Pet Shop Boys to premiere new Alan Turing tribute at BBC Proms
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Lorde, Austra, Twin Atlantic, St Vincent and Thee Oh Sees
Festival Line-Up Update: Benicassim, Ibiza & Mallorca Rocks, SW4 and more
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AWARDS Music Week hands out awards
Ivor Novello nominations announced
Scottish Album Of The Year Award reveals longlist
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #203: The Internet v Avril Lavigne
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APPG proposes new regulations for secondary ticketing, Ticketmaster does not approve
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse has published the findings of its recent review of the secondary ticketing market, and says it will now table amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill, due to be debated in the House Of Commons next month, to put in place some obligatory regulations for ticket resale sites to follow.

The APPG's report doesn't call for ticket touting to be banned, or limited really, but seeks safeguards to ensure resale platforms are not used by ticket fraudsters, and more transparency as to who it is selling the tickets, especially where people are selling large quantities of tickets for any one event.

Amongst the Group's recommendations are the following:

• Guaranteed compensation for fans falling victim to ticket scams through resale websites, covering their costs for getting to the event.

• A legal requirement for resale websites to publish full information about the tickets listed through them, as well as information on the seller.

• A further requirement for resale websites to declare where tickets have been given directly to them from an event organiser, as well as to investigate the provenance of tickets where one individual tries to sell more than 20 for one show.

• Responsibility for tracking down and prosecuting those committing ticket crimes to be given to a national police agency.

Possibly keen to not be seen to only be forcing new regulations onto the secondary ticketing market itself, the APPG report also calls on promoters to do more to stop large quantities of their tickets from entering the secondary market, and to support limited-mark-up ticket exchanges for fans who bought tickets with the intent to attend but then cannot. Though those are things most promoters would likely say they are already doing.

Two of the key MPs behind the Ticket Abuse APPG are Tory Mike Weatherley and Labour's Sharon Hodgson, who have both commented on their findings.

The former told CMU: "The whole industry needs to be much more open. Consumers deserve to know which tickets they're buying and who they're buying them from. Nobody's saying there shouldn't be a secondary market, but it needs to work in the favour of consumers and the creative sector, not of a few faceless individuals getting rich off the hard work, investment and talent of others".

Meanwhile Hodgson MP added: "As the Metropolitan Police have said, the complete lack of transparency in the secondary ticketing market contributes to consumers getting ripped off - whether that's through artificially high prices or buying fake or cancelled tickets. There's no excuse for inaction from either the secondary market or the government, and I hope ministers will use the Consumer Rights Bill to put fans first".

The report is unlikely to be favourably received by the UK secondary ticketing market, which will no doubt argue that it already has measures in place to stop fraudsters, and to compensate customers if they are victims of fraud, and that the other transparency measures are unnecessary.

Certainly the secondary ticketing division of Ticketmaster was quick to hit out at the APPG's report, it having already questioned whether the name of the Group - 'Ticket Abuse' - wasn't an indication that participating MPs had certain preconceptions about the industry.

The Live Nation-owned ticketing giant's MD for Resale Christoph Homann told CMU: "The APPG on Ticket Abuse have not listened to industry advice. They've ignored the facts and the lessons to be learnt from other markets where onerous legislation has pushed the resale market underground or offshore - exposing fans to fraudulent cyber touts".

He went on: "Fans should not be put in a position where they end up buying tickets on the street and from unsecure sites. We have responded to what fans want by creating a safe, transparent and lawful environment for the buying and selling of tickets. With its raft of recommendations, the APPG is only serving to harm the secondary ticketing industry, and more importantly, the fans".

It remains to be seen if Weatherley, Hodgson et al have any luck in talking their ticket touting regulations into the Consumer Rights Bill. Many have noted that the recently appointed Minister For Culture, Media & Sport, Sajid Javid, has previously spoken up in favour of the secondary ticketing market in parliament, though the APPG would likely stress that their proposals aren't about stopping online touting, rather making the whole process more transparent.

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Great Escape convention programme available to download, networking sign-up deadline this Monday
With just two weeks to go until Europe's leading festival for new music, so that will be The Great Escape then, the full PDF programme for the CMU Insights-programmed convention is now available to download. Meanwhile registered delegates have until the end of Monday to sign up for this year's networking programme.

As previously reported, this year's TGE convention will include six half day insight strands presented by CMU. You can now check the full line-ups and timings for each of these strands online:

Building A Fan Business, Thursday, 10.30am-3.45pm
Maximising Music Rights, Thursday, 2.00-5.00pm
New Product Strategies, Friday, 10.30am-3.45pm
The Festival Business, Friday, 10.30am-1.30pm
Global Digital Markets, Friday, 2.00-5.00pm
Blurred Lines, Saturday, 11.00am-3.00pm

Or click here to download the convention's PDF programme, which includes the full schedules for the six insight strands listed above, plus the full lowdown on the previously reported Great Escape conversations programme, and details of delegate parties, networking events and daytime showcases.

And talking of networking, once again TGE delegates have the opportunity to attend a series of formal networking sessions, organised around sector and region. Plus British delegates can sign up for meetings with bookers, agents, labels and music supervisors from numerous international markets with networking sessions presented by UK Trade & Investment.

Networking sessions delegates can apply to attend this year include:

International Networking, Thursday and Friday from 1.45pm
Label Services, Thursday 12.30pm
Marketing & PR, Thursday 3pm
Sync, Friday 10.30am
Professional Services, Friday 11am
Bookers, Friday 2.30pm
Meet The Polish Industry, Thursday 2pm
Meet The Dutch Industry, Thursday Thu 4pm
Meet The Canadian Industry, Friday 10.30am
Meet The Finnish Industry, Friday 4pm

Registered delegates can apply for places at these networking strands via the delegates area on the Great Escape website. The deadline for signing up is 5pm on Monday, so you should get your passes and get properly signed up this weekend.

Conrad Murray has latest appeal request rejected
Conrad Murray's latest attempt to have his conviction for the manslaughter of Michael Jackson overturned has been unsuccessful.

As much previously reported, Murray was convicted of causing the late king of pop's death through negligence in 2011. After serving two years in prison, he has since been attempting to clear his name.

An appeal court refused to hear the case in January, after Murray's legal team were unsuccessful in claiming that mistakes had been made in the original trial.

This week Murray went to the California Supreme Court to argue that the growth of digital media would have made it impossible for the jury in the original trial to have avoided seeing reports on the case outside of the court, some of which may have prejudiced their judgement. Unfortunately for Murray, this appeal was also rejected.

The former doctor still has the option to go to federal court, and yesterday his lawyer Valerie Wass said that this was now his intention.

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Late Slipknot bassist's wife testifies against former doctor
The wife of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray testified at the trial of his former doctor earlier this week.

As previously reported, Dr Daniel Baldi is accused of the involuntary manslaughter of Gray, who died of a drug overdose in 2010, and eight other patients. Criminal proceedings were launched in 2012 after Baldi was subject to four medical malpractice lawsuits, including three wrongful death suits, mainly for prescribing dangerous levels of prescription medications to patients.

With the trial now underway, Brenna Gray was called to testify on Wednesday, reports The Des Moines Register. She told the court that in the months leading up to her husband's death, she had attempted to convince Baldi to take his addiction to various prescription drugs more seriously. Although the doctor eventually provided pills to treat the addiction, she said, he also continued to supply the musician with other drugs, particularly pain medication Xanax, which she described as Gray's "drug of choice".

She also said that she had shown the doctor pictures of her husband passed out from drug use, and told him that she had found hypodermic needles in their house. Baldi's lawyer Guy Cook countered that there was no mention of this in Gray's medical records, to which Brenna responded: "A lot of things weren't noted in there".

Cook also said that the only drug prescribed by the doctor found in the hotel room where Gray died was Suboxone, which is used to treat drug addiction. Toxicology reports found that Gray had died from an overdose of Fentanyl and morphine, neither of which were prescribed by Baldi. The lawyer suggested that Gray had in fact bought these drugs "on the street somewhere" meaning that his death was "nobody's fault except Mr Gray or the person he got it from".

Tearfully, Brenna Gray replied that she "wasn't with him" so had no idea where he might have got the drugs from.

Gray had checked himself into the hotel where he died after his wife and members of their family had staged an intervention, she explained in court. He disappeared after the intervention but, fearing that she would be arrested and their then unborn child taken away by authorities if she called the police and they found the drugs her husband had hidden in their house, Gray instead called on friends and family to help track him down.

In this part of her testimony she was particularly damning of Gray's Slipknot bandmates - two of whom, Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan, are also due to testify - saying that they had refused to help.

"One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come", she said. "Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem".

The case continues.

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DLT pleads not guilty to new indecent assault charge
Dave Lee Travis has, as expected, entered a not guilty plea in relation to a new charge of indecent assault.

As previously reported, Travis was formally charged with assaulting a woman in 1995 last week. He was previously found not guilty, earlier this year, of twelve charges of indecent assault, but will face retrial on two other charges, as the jury in the original court case could not reach a conclusion on them.

His next hearing will be at Southwark Crown Court on 8 May.

Cato Academy to start school-for-roadies
Ring ring, calling all aspiring 'backline technicians' and freight agents aged 18-30. If that's you, know this: Cato Music, a tour production company based in London, is starting its own school-for-young-roadies, the Cato Academy, which is taking email applications now.

Launching in late May, it'll provide practical experience-based training in all facets of the live business; from tech staff, to tour, stage and production managers and assistants, to combo roadies for small bands.

And thanks to sponsorship dough from MM Band Services, Shure Distribution, Sound Moves UK, KB Events, William Morris Endeavor and Appointment Group, the course is able to grant five pay-nothing scholarships.

Find out about those, and how to apply for the Academy, by contacting info@catomusic.com

Glen Rowe, one-time roadie and now boss at Cato Music, says this of it all: "Business acumen is important these days as labels are practically giving away the recorded music to promote a tour. It's the one section of the music industry that can't be stolen, ripped off or downloaded. The smell of a concert hall is something you can't put in a bottle and sell".

He added: "I am very proud of this course. It's taught by the kind of people I love to be around. We are not teachers, we are road crew and proud of it. I want to give something back, and shape the next generation of hero roadies".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Soul:ution at Band On The Wall
Manchester's long running drum n bass night Soul:ution presents an Exit Records takeover tonight at Band On The Wall. The brilliant dBridge, head honcho of Exit and a resident on Rinse FM, will headline the night. He'll be joined by Skeptikal, who has released music on a diverse range of labels, including Exit.

Also on the bill are Soul:ution resident Intalex, who always provides a solid set, Bane, and MC DRS, who's a sure fire hitter.

Friday 25 Apr, Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ, 9pm - 3am, £10+, more info here.
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RZA gives Raekwon 30 days to end Wu-Tang recording strike
Wu-Tang leader RZA has given the group's Raekwon 30 days to fall into line and record his parts for the group's new album, 'A Better Tomorrow'. Failure to do so, says the producer, may result in the entire project being scrapped.

As previously reported, as well as releasing a single copy album that will tour art galleries before being sold off to the highest bidder, Wu-Tang Clan are also set to release the long-awaited 'A Better Tomorrow' through more traditional means this year.

However, completion on the album has been delayed due to Raekwon going "on strike" over issues with his contract and a dislike for the musical direction RZA has taken with the new record.

"I'm in a limbo situation", he told Rolling Stone recently. "I am on strike. It ain't the fact that I don't want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if we're there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work ten times harder, because that's what I'm signing in for. I'm not about listening to somebody that's not an artist telling me what the fuck they think is hot".

The person who's "not an artist", just to clarify, is RZA. Raekwon explained his current opinion of the producer thus: "As far as the RZA, I respect him, I love him - the love ain't gonna go anywhere - but you're not in the music world no more. So to me, you need to take a backseat and respect the niggas that is playing the game. I'm always out in the field and finding out what's going on with the new. Period".

Responding earlier this week, RZA said that he was still working on getting Raekwon involved with the record, telling Rolling Stone: "We did speak six, seven days ago and he gave me his demands, which we presented to the company. If they can be reached, they can be reached. If they can't, they can't. And if they can't, then we have to re-evaluate what we're going to do. But there was no lying there".

However, subsequent to those interviews things have taken a new turn, as RZA has issued Raekwon with an ultimatum to end his strike within 30 days. If he does, the producer said, that could mean that the album release is cancelled entirely.

"The album is slated to come out in July", RZA told Sports Illustrated. "If we don't come to terms within the next 30 days, then this will have to be an album without Raekwon or an album that never sees the light of day. That's a very strong potential. I would never want to put out a Wu-Tang album without every member available. At the same time, I don't want the fans to not have this incredible music we've been working on for the last year. So that's going to be a tough decision, but we have about 30 days to make that decision and come to that conclusion".

Let's hope Raekwon comes around, because this sounds like the perfect environment in which to make great art.

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Liam Gallagher spelling test sparks Oasis rumours
Liam Gallagher has sparked rumours that Oasis are set to reform, after he tweeted the band's name last night. That really is all it takes.

Actually, he did put a little bit of effort into it.

"O", he tweeted at exactly 6.30pm.

Then, over the course of two and a half hours, he followed this up with "A", "S", "I", and another "S".

Just in case anyone was struggling, he added "OASIS" just after 9pm.

But what could it mean? Could it mean that Oasis are getting back together and will fill the last, still to be announced headline slot at this year's Glastonbury? Yes, that's definitely exactly what it means. Or it could just have been Liam sending out some random tweets to remind everyone that he wasn't always in Beady Eye.

I'm not sure the world could cope with Oasis and Libertines reunions in the same summer.

Libertines confirm Hyde Park reunion
Speaking of which, The Libertines have confirmed that they will reunite to play the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park on 5 Jul.

"It's official", the band said on Facebook this morning. "THE GOOD SHIP ALBION IS SETTING SAIL SOONER THAN YOU THOUGHT".

Though given that we all thought they were going to do exactly what they have now confirmed, I'm not sure what's happening "sooner than we thought". As previously reported, last weekend the band posted a picture of Hyde Park on their Facebook page. Then Carl Barat said that people should "keep the 5th of July free". And then, just in case anyone was still unsure, Pete Doherty said that he'd agreed to a reunion show in Hyde Park in order to pay off some debts.

Support acts for the show will include The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park and The Enemy. Tickets will go on general sale on 2 May, with a pre-sale allocation on offer on 28 Apr. When they go live, they'll be available here.

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Pet Shop Boys to premiere new Alan Turing tribute at BBC Proms
Oooooh, the BBC Proms are (nearly) back (again). And the main pop-based revelation of this year's eight-week festival, which gets going on 18 Jul, is this: an 'orchestral work' from the Pet Shop Boys on the life of late codebreaker and computing whizz Alan Turing.

Premiering on 23 Jul at London's Royal Albert Hall, the 40 minute piece, titled 'A Man From The Future', is inspired by Turing's time as a WW2-era codebreaker at Bletchley Park, and latter conviction for homosexual activity, for which he was royally pardoned, posthumously so, only last year.

It'll be the centrepiece of The Pet Shop Boys' 'Late Night' at the Proms, featuring beside new arrangements of classic PSB hits by Sven Helbig who collaborated with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on the score to the 2011 ballet, 'The Most Incredible Thing', and who is similarly involved in 'A Man From The Future'.

Lowe and Tennant say: "It is an honour for us to be invited to present some new music at The Proms and to celebrate Alan Turing 60 years after his death".

Laura Mvula, Paloma Faith and Rufus Wainwright are also part of the 'Late Night' pop side of the 2014 Proms, which are the last to be directed by Roger Wright, soon-to-be-ex BBC Radio 3 controller, who is leaving the Beeb as the Proms begin in July.

Look at the Proms programme in its totality, late and early night, via this link.

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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Lorde, Austra, Twin Atlantic, St Vincent and Thee Oh Sees
So Lorde has rallied a bit following her 'I am too ill and tired to play'-style declaration earlier this week (which led to the postponement of her entire Australian tour), and confirmed a one-off GB show at London's Brixton Academy on 6 Jun. Why is she risking her health again? I have no idea. But still the fact, and the date, remain. As does this photo of Lorde lying in bed, looking quite ill actually. And as does the fact of the date on which tickets to the show will go on general sale: tomorrow. All that is written.

As is Flume's mix of Lorde's new single 'Tennis Court', which is more streaming than written really, but, whatever. Here it is.

Now it's over to Austra, who are, like, so on trend with Lorde's 'one-off London show' thing right now. The band, who are still taking laps of honour in honour of 2013's 'Olympia' LP, have announced a night at Oval Space on 10 Jul, at which Blue Hawaii and Maxixe will also play live. Buy tickets to it now.

And oh, look who's at it now. It's Scots rock clan Twin Atlantic, who are playing a 'London fan gig', in London, at the Boston Arms aka Tufnell Park Dome on 14 May. The show will go to boost promo for the band's forthcoming LP, 'Great Divide', which is released on 18 Aug. Find info on the intimate fan gig, ticket links for which are live NOW NOW NOW, via this link.

Next, going a different way as always, it's St Vincent, who has shaken up her May tour of the UK, cancelling three dates because of timing issues re her appearance on the imminent season finale of 'Saturday Night Live'. So whilst you might doubt her priorities a bit in doing that, you'll be pleased to know she's already set new dates for the cancelled ones, and added additional shows in Cambridge, Gateshead and Liverpool. The tour will now take place in August, starting on 19 Aug at the Junction in Cambridge.

"Previously purchased tickets will be honoured, of course", swears Saint V in this FB post containing all the necessary listings and details.

In new news re the relentlessly excellent Thee Oh Sees, John Dywer and his lo-fi enterprise will bring their very new new LP, 'Drop', to one of those one-off London shows on 17 Aug, at the Ace Hotel. In London.

Acting as a 'Frabjous Sunday' after-party to ATP's first ever Jabberwocky fest, which will sit at the ExCel Centre on 15-16 Aug, and gives billing to James Blake, Neutral Milk Hotel, Darkside, Caribou and so on, the show is free to go-to for all Jabberwocky ticket-holders.

All the info on the main festival, and a series of additional after parties featuring the likes of Kode9, Patten, and a Fuck Buttons DJ set, is available via www.jabberwockyfestival.com

Let's end this thing right with the video for 'Drop' song 'The Lens'.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Benicassim, Ibiza & Mallorca Rocks, SW4 and more
Well, well, well. It's all happening at Benicassim, by which I mean the festival's 'HQ' has added Cat Power, Albert Hammond Jr, Drenge, Francois & The Atlas Mountains and the like to its Kasabian, Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Jake Bugg, Chase & Status and Ellie Goulding-featuring bill. Which also has lots of good acts on it, too.

More on that, plus the latest listings updates to 2000Trees, Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks, Poland's OFF Festival, and London's SW4, to follow.

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 10-12 Jul: Frightened Rabbits. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

BENICASSIM, Recinto De Conciertos, Benicassim, Spain, 17-20 Jul: Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Cat Power, Albert Hammond Jr, Drenge, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Nina Nesbitt, Slow Magic, Automatics, Tachenko. www.fiberfib.com

IBIZA ROCKS, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Ibiza, Spain, 4 Jun - 17 Sep: Kaiser Chiefs, Kiesza, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish & The Bottlemen Rag N Bone Man. www.ibizarocks.com

MALLORCA ROCKS, Mallorca Rocks Hotel, Mallorca, Spain, 3 Jun - 26 Aug: Kaiser Chiefs, Kiesza, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish & The Bottlemen Rag N Bone Man. www.mallorcarocks.com

OFF FESTIVAL, Katowice, Poland, 1-3 Aug: Wolf Eyes, Clipping, Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Rose Windows, Wild Books, Kaseciarz. off-festival.pl

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Madeon, John Digweed, Pete Tong, Bicep b2b Simian Mobile Disco, Kolsch, Shadow Child, Special Request b2b Marcus Intalex, Boddika, Danny Daze, Jesse James & Johnny Bloomfield, Kolsch, Shadow Child, Special Request b2b Marcus Intalex, Boddika, Danny Daze, Jesse James & Johnny Bloomfield, Liam D. www.southwestfour.com

Music Week hands out awards
Hey, it was the Music Week Awards last night. You were probably there. I hope you brought us back some cake.

Lots of companies won awards, particularly Sony in its various forms - with Sony/ATV winning Publisher Of The Year (twice), Sony Music winning the Sales Team award, Sony Commercial Music Group's campaign for 'The Trevor Nelson Collection' named best Catalogue Marketing Campaign, and Sony/Columbia's US chairman taking the prize that they still insist on calling The Strat.

Another big winner was event sponsor Spotify, which took home the prestigious Best Streaming Platform prize.

Anyway, for all of you who woke up this morning with a big headache and no memory of what happened last night, here's a reminder of all the winners:

Record Company: Virgin EMI
Independent Record Company: Bella Union
Publisher Of The Year Singles: Sony/ATV
Publisher Of The Year Albums: Sony/ATV
Independent Publisher: Kobalt
A&R Award: Domino

Live Music Venue: The Black Heart, Camden
Promoter: SJM Concerts
Agent: Alex Hardee, Coda

Retail Brand: HMV
Independent Retailer: Resident, Brighton

Promotions Team: Atlantic Records
Sales Team: Sony Music
Label/Artist Services: [PIAS] Artist & Label Services
Music & Brand Partnership: Launched At Red Bull Studios, Globe
Manager Of The Year: Ian McAndrew & Geoff Barradale, Wildlife

Catalogue Marketing Campaign: The Trevor Nelson Collection, Sony CMG
Artist Marketing Campaign: London Grammar, Ministry Of Sound
PR Campaign: Rudimental, Atlantic Records

Radio Station: BBC 6 Music
Radio Show: John Kennedy, XFM
Streaming Music Platform: Spotify

The Strat: Rob Stringer, Sony Music
Outstanding Contribution to Charity: Roger Daltrey, Teenage Cancer Trust

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Ivor Novello nominations announced
The nominations for this year's Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting prowess have been announced, ahead of the 2014 ceremony on 22 May.

Speaking at a nomination unveiling event yesterday, BASCA Chairman Simon Darlow said: "The Ivors nominations clearly reflect the health of British songwriting and composing, highlighting the wealth of creative talent the UK possesses. BASCA is delighted that The Ivors continue to be the award songwriters and composers want to win, and I congratulate everyone represented here today".

Here are those nominees:

Best Song Musically And Lyrically
Palma Violets - Best Of Friends (Will Doyle, Sam Fryer, Chilli Jesson and Pete Mayhew)
John Newman - Love Me Again (Steve Booker and John Newman)
London Grammar - Strong (Dominic Major, Hannah Reid and Daniel Rothman)

Best Contemporary Song
Everything Everything - Kemosabe (Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alexander Robertshaw and Michael Spearman)
Disclosure - Latch (Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence, James Napier and Sam Smith)
James Blake - Retrograde (James Blake)

PRS For Music Most Performed Work
Emeli Sandé - Clown ('Naughty Boy' Khan, Grant Mitchell and Emeli Sandé)
Passenger - Let Her Go (Mike Rosenberg)
Olly Murs - Troublemaker (Claude Kelly, Oliver Murs and Steve Robson)

Album Award
Arctic Monkeys - AM (Alex Turner)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Nick Cave and Warren Ellis)
Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon (Laura Mvula)

Best Original Film Score
Captain Phillips (Henry Jackman)
Gravity (Steven Price)
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing
The Epic Of Everest (Simon Fisher Turner)

Best Television Soundtrack
Mr Selfridge (Charlie Mole)
Ripper Street (Dominik Scherrer)
The Thirteenth Tale (Benjamin Wallfisch)

Several other awards will also be announced at the ceremony: International Achievement; Lifetime Achievement; Outstanding Song Collection; Outstanding Contribution To British Music; Special International Award; The Ivors Classical Music Award; The Ivors Inspiration Award and Songwriter(s) Of The Year.

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Scottish Album Of The Year Award reveals longlist
A hoard of assorted Scottish artists, bands and orchestras have made the so-called longlist for this year's SAY (which is to say, Scottish Album Of The Year) Award for the finest Scots LP of 2013.

The likes of Biffy Clyro, Edwyn Collins, Boards Of Canada, Mogwai, Young Fathers, Chvrches, Steve Mason and The Pastels are amongst the more known acts nominated (by 100 impartial 'nominators') for this year's main £20,000, prize, which will be awarded on 19 Jun.

In the meantime, ordinary fans have the chance to narrow the list down to a shortlist of ten LPs, by casting votes via www.sayaward.com between 26-28 May. The SAY Award site will be streaming the 20 long-listed LPs online, one each day, from 28 Apr.

It's now to look at the longlist, and read some appreciative exclamations from some of the names named on it. Like, say, Chvrches, Biffy Clyro and Edwyn Collins, since they (kind of) represent three different generations of Scotland's contemporary artists.

First, relative wee bairns, Chvrches: "As is generally the case, it has been a wonderful year for Scottish music. We're genuinely honoured and thrilled to see our album in the mix for The SAY Award".

In the middle, it's Biffy Clyro: "We're delighted to be longlisted for The SAY Award, alongside some of our favourite Scottish artists!"

And up top, it's auld (if only in comparison to Chvrches) Edwyn Collins: "I'm flattered and delighted, immensely so, for 'Understated' to be selected. This album was important to me, I felt full of confidence once more. Hooray for SAY!"

Adam Holmes And The Embers - Heirs and Graces
Adam Stafford - Imaginary Walls Collapse
Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe
Dunedin Consort (John Butt) - JS Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Edwyn Collins - Understated
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
Hector Bizerk - Nobody Seen Nothing
Kid Canaveral - Now That You Are a Dancer
Mogwai - Les Revenants
Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart
RM Hubbert - Breaks & Bone
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire - Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire
Scottish Chamber Orchestra (R Ticciati) - Berlioz: Les Nuit D'été
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - In The Spirit Of Duke
Steve Mason - Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time
The Pastels - Slow Summits
Young Fathers - Tape Two

CMU Beef Of The Week #203: The Internet v Avril Lavigne
This week, Avril Lavigne released a music video so objectionable that the entire internet turned against her and she was forced to take it down.

So the reports went, anyway. And, it's true, the video for 'Hello Kitty' was met with a great deal of derision. "It's awful", said some people. "It's racist", said others. "It's a dubstep track co-written by Chad Kroeger from Nickleback", wept everyone.

Some parts of all this are easier to explain than others. Why was the track co-written by Chad Kroeger? Well, he's married to Lavigne now, and features on another single from her latest album, 'Let Me Go'. Doesn't explain the dubstep, but it's only a co-write. Sure, he could have said something about how bad an idea the dubstep thing was (and is). Though I'm not sure where artistic criticism fits within their rules for a happy marriage.

Lots of other people sure told her the record was awful this week, but as the album it's on came out almost six months ago, it's a bit bloody late now. Honestly, it's like you all only watched this video because people said it was shit. Haven't you been listening to the album for months?

But did this sudden surge in animosity cause Lavigne to take the video down from YouTube shortly after it went online? Well, no. Sorry to disappoint you. Given that the video was still readily available on her website the whole time, that seems unlikely. A rep for the singer told MTV that the video that was taken down from YouTube was a fan upload - it only officially arriving on Vevo and YouTube the next day, following the premiere on Lavigne's own site.

Also, while you'll probably have seen a lot of criticism of the video, you may have missed the rush of praise from many other people (Avril Lavigne fans mainly, but it still counts). Because, despite what Twitter might lead you to believe, it's not actually possible for something to be universally derided. There'll always be someone around to think that a clearly bad thing is alright. Being racist, for example.

But is the 'Hello Kitty' video racist though? Well, Lavigne, of course, says no. Actually, she said on Twitter: "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan".

At which point it's probably a good time to actually examine the video itself. If you've not yet seen it, here it is in all its glory. Day-glo! Deadpan backing dancers! Giant cupcakes! Skrillex hair! Dubstep!

OK, I'm glad we finally got that bit over with. You'll probably have noticed her singing the odd word in Japanese here and there. Specifically she mentions "kawaii" a lot, which translates as "cute". And cute is clearly what she's aiming for, though, if the critics are anything to go by, she failed spectacularly. But "kawaii", in this setting, is a bit more specific - an over the top fashion style linked to Tokyo's Harajuku district.

Let's have a look at what it is Avril's co-opting here by looking at a few Japanese pop videos. Here is what you'll need to make your very own 'Hello Kitty' video at home:

Take the overall feel of Tommy February6's 'Love Is Forever', add some set design and a little bit of sass from Shishido Kavka's brilliant 'Love Corrida', rip the rest off from 'Pon Pon Pon' by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and there you have it. If you put all these together, you can make your very own kawaii music video. Bonus points for the song featuring dubstep, a style that started to creep into J-pop in the last year or so. Though you lose all of those points again for not doing it subtly enough. Also, Avril will need to lose further points for coming up with that kind of misses the point of everything she's borrowing from.

Is Avril's video racist? No, I don't think so. But it does prove that kawaii style is not actually as easy to pull off as artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu make it look. For one thing, 29 year old Avril's made her childlike song and video overtly sexual, which J-pop stars generally wouldn't, and that makes the whole thing quite uncomfortable.

Look, let's just forget all of this and watch this video of DJ Hello Kitty instead. Yeah, that's a thing.

 
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