An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Tuesday 13 May 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Lawyers lawyering for the late, great - sorry, I mean thankfully defunct piracy farm - MegaUpload have asked the federal court in Virginia to freeze two civil lawsuits filed against the former digital firm last month by the movie and music industries respectively. As much previously reported, MegaUpload was taken offline in 2012 by the US authorities, and the people behind it are facing a criminal... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Born in Norway, now living in Berlin, singer-producer Ellen AW Sunde, aka Sea Change, has been eking out tracks via SoundCloud for the last couple of years, and more recently allowing some of them to escape as self-released singles. Joining the dreamy, atmospheric 'Bursting' and 'Let's Dance' now is 'Bridges', perhaps Sunde's strongest recording to date. Led by a thumb piano melody and a... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES MegaUpload asks for record and movie industries' lawsuits to be postponed until after criminal proceedings
Hadopi makes new recommendations for fighting piracy, including super-takedowns
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LEGAL Dre denied royalty claim over debut album
GoldieBlox agreed to pay $1 million to charity in Beastie Boys settlement
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DEALS Sinead O'Connor to release LP via Nettwerk
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMI appoints new writer/publisher relations exec for Europe
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Leaked royalty statement puts Beats Music subscribers above 100,000
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THE GREAT ESCAPE Positive steps towards a less misogynist music industry discussed at The Great Escape
Digital Music Trends recorded live at this year's TGE
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ARTIST NEWS Wu-Tang make truce, resume making album
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RELEASES Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, Santigold and Rita Ora to feature on Pepsi's 'visual' World Cup compilation
Deadmau5' LP title < every LP title ever
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Bestival, Connect The Dots, Way Out West and more
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AWARDS Radio Academy Awards presented
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AND FINALLY... Music Producers Guild post clips video from recent awards
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ALPHA MUSIC PUBLISHING UK LTD - ROYALTY AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
We are a small but very established French music publisher looking for a French-speaking Royalty And Administration Manager for our London office.

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DHP FAMILY - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Based in Nottingham, we are looking for a creative individual who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily working on concerts and festivals, you will be responsible for our social media channels, e-mailouts, websites and online advertisements. We expect you to be able to deliver reach, growth and engagement with our online community, and be able to lead the development of our online marketing strategy going forward.

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TICKETMASTER - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER - MUSIC
Reporting to the Head of Client Account Management, the Client Services Manager – Music, will be responsible for the management of all aspects of Ticketmaster’s client relationships (Music) whilst working closely with Directorial and Regional ‘stakeholders’ in the development, and execution, of current and future business strategies.

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - WEBSITE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Responsible as part of the digital team for the front-end maintenance of the website and email templates, producing HTML/CSS web pages and graphics to reflect key promotional activities and online communications.

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DOMINO - PARALEGAL / BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT
Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join record label and publishing company assisting the Business Affairs department. Reporting to the Business Affairs Manager and Company Directors, the role will provide every opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their commercial and legal skills in the music industry.

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SOUND ADVICE - MUSIC LAWYER
Sound Advice is a London based law firm specialising in the music industry, focusing mainly on the representation of artists and managers. We have a client roster to be proud of, from home and abroad. We are looking for an experienced lawyer to join us.

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MegaUpload asks for record and movie industries' lawsuits to be postponed until after criminal proceedings
Lawyers lawyering for the late, great - sorry, I mean thankfully defunct piracy farm - MegaUpload have asked the federal court in Virginia to freeze two civil lawsuits filed against the former digital firm last month by the movie and music industries respectively.

As much previously reported, MegaUpload was taken offline in 2012 by the US authorities, and the people behind it are facing a criminal prosecution in the states over allegations of money laundering, racketeering and rampant copyright infringement. Though the criminal case has been much delayed because the accused need to be extradited to the US.

It's always been assumed that the American music and movie industries would subsequently sue MegaUpload and its founder Kim Dotcom for damages, though it was originally thought the civil action would follow the conclusion of the criminal proceedings. Though, possibly frustrated by all the delays on that side, both the Motion Picture Association Of America and the Recording Industry Association Of America have now gone legal.

But, say Team Mega, civil action should not occur before any criminal hearings, because the defendants wouldn't be able to speak frankly in the former for fear of hindering their case in the latter - basically they're pleading the Fifth.

And so with all that in mind Mega's legal team have asked the courts to put the two civil cases on hold until any criminal proceedings are complete. Which at this rate will probably be 2056. Wrote the lawyers: "A stay is warranted here to avoid burdening the Fifth Amendment rights of the individual defendants".

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Hadopi makes new recommendations for fighting piracy, including super-takedowns
French anti-piracy agency Hadopi has published a report recommending new measures to help with the never-ending battle against online piracy, a lot of which covers similar ground to measures already proposed in the UK by both the Prime Minister's IP Advisor Mike Weatherley and the City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit, though one proposal in particular will interest piracy-fighters worldwide if adopted.

Hadopi was set up to run France's particularly draconian (on paper) three-strikes system that targets individual file-sharers, though as enthusiasm for actually disconnecting persistent file-sharers waned in French political circles, just as that strike-three moment was on the horizon, the group was asked to consider other measures for targeting piracy.

Like Weatherley, the Hadopi report focuses a lot on 'going after the money', something the UK PM's IP Advisor spoke about a lot at TGE last Thursday, ie making sure piracy sites lose access to advertising income and payment processing services. Hadopi also want a black list of sites deemed to be piracy operations to be made public, whereas similar lists have in the past been circulated mainly to a trade audience of ad agencies and financial services firms.

But perhaps the most interesting proposal in the French document is the creation of a super takedown notice, that would go quite a bit further that the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the bit of legislation under which most takedown systems currently operate, even when services are running outside the US jurisdiction.

The DMCA says that websites that inadvertently host or link to infringing content via user-upload or automated processes can avoid liability for copyright infringement if they operate a system via which rights owners can demand content be removed. On the back of that many rights owners now issue hundreds if not thousands of takedown notices against DMCA compliant sites each week.

But even when sites are DMCA compliant, and even when they're not operating a deliberately shoddy takedown system (something the DMCA arguably tolerates), there is the issue that as content is taken down, it frequently reappears pretty quickly through new user-uploads or automated processing.

Under Hadopi's proposals, rights owners would be able to issue 'stay-down' notices, which not only order a web-platform to take infringing content down, but obligate the web operator to ensure the offending content does not reappear on its servers for a set period of time.

Quite how that would work and be enforced isn't yet clear - and such moves are certain to be opposed by the tech sector - but it would certainly shift some of the responsibility for keeping infringing content down from the content companies to the web industry. So definitely one to watch.

Dre denied royalty claim over debut album
While Dr Dre gets his 'richest man in hip hop' poster framed - ready to put above his new desk in Apple HQ if and when the Beats deal goes through - the hip hopper's bean-counters might have to accommodate a $3 million hole in their man's accounts. Maybe go with a solid gold frame instead of the platinum one?

The hole has been caused by a ruling in the US bankruptcy court relating to Dre's long running squabble with Death Row Records, his original business venture and label home, with which he has had acrimonious relations since 1996. Though in more recent years those bad relations have been with bankruptcy judges and those who acquired the once seminal label's assets, rather than with Death Row's larger than life founder Suge Knight.

Dre has had both hits and misses in his bid to claim more royalties from what's left of Death Row over the years, mainly in relation to his debut album 'The Chronic'. He alleges that his former label has repeatedly underpaid him, and also exploited the album in ways not allowed under his original contract. And in 2011 a lawsuit regarding Death Row's selling of the record digitally went in the producer's favour.

But a new attempt to recover $3 million in lost royalties stemming from the dispute has not gone so well, with a judge ruling against the producer last week mainly because of a list of technicalities, including a failure to properly present the numbers and contracts at the heart of the case, and some statute of limitations fun times.

All of which - any appeals pending - leaves Dre $3 million down. Though with all the Beats deal bragging, I'm not sure anyone's going to care.

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GoldieBlox agreed to pay $1 million to charity in Beastie Boys settlement
Toy maker GoldieBlox's settlement with Beastie Boys, over the adaptation of one of the band's songs for an advert, was a $1 million charitable donation, legal documents have revealed.

As previously reported, the surviving Beastie Boys objected when GoldieBlox used a reworked version of their 1987 song 'Girls' in a video promoting the firm's toys, noting that while they respected the toymaker's mission to make toys for young girls that break down gender stereotypes, they had long held a resolve to never licence their music for ad sync.

The company initially argued that its use of the song was protected by parody exemptions in US copyright law, subsequently suing to make this point. The group then countersued, with a wide-ranging list of claims that would have firmly tested the American copyright system's parody exemption had the case got to court.

In the end though, it never came to that, as both sides reached an agreement in March. Although this was undisclosed at the time, the details appear in online court documents (via The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner), which show that GoldieBlox agreed to donate 1% of its gross revenue to a charity of the band's choice every year until the amount paid reaches $1 million. In return, Beastie Boys agreed that the charity chosen would focus on supporting "science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics education for girls".

Sinead O'Connor to release LP via Nettwerk
Nettwerk Records claims it has signed an international LP deal with the "inimitable" Sinead O'Connor, and who am I to deny that? The LP of which the deal speaks, titled 'The Vishnu Room', will be released on 11 Aug. Again, something I will not dispute.

And the press vignette on it reads like so: "Indicative of where Sinead is in life, the album is passionate, and direct, yet with an overarching fragile beauty. As always Sinead's voice is a weapon, as powerful as it is tender".

Meanwhile Nettwerk Music Group MD in the UK, Blair McDonald, says this: "Having published Sinead as a songwriter for the last five years, it's great to now broaden that relationship to the Nettwerk label too. The new recordings are incredible and we're all very excited to be working on this worldwide release for later this year".

BMI appoints new writer/publisher relations exec for Europe
One of the US music publishing sector's collecting societies, BMI, has announced the appointment of a new Writer/Publisher Relations exec for this little here continent of ours in the form of Tina Hart, last seen editing deputy features at Music Week.

Working from BMI's London office, she'll report into Brandon Bakshi in her new role, who told CMU: "We are very pleased to welcome Tina to BMI and look forward to our songwriters and publishers benefiting from her diverse knowledge and experience. Tina will play a vital role in continuing to build upon BMI's success as home to the world's most popular music".

Leaked royalty statement puts Beats Music subscribers above 100,000
Beats Music had just under 111,000 users at the end of March, according to a royalty statement published by The Trichordist.

The document would initially appear to show that the streaming service was doing better than estimates published by Billboard last month. However, it also states that on 31 Mar there where 61,621 subscribers signed up through the AT&T family plan, all of whom would still be within their 90 day free trial at that stage, so at least that many were still not paying for the service.

Interestingly, it also shows that while there are more family subscribers overall, and each of those accounts could have up to five users, the individual subscribers collectively clocked up almost double the amount of track plays. Meanwhile, only around a third of those plays seem to be subject to full royalty payments, due to a promotional rate currently in place.

The Trichordist goes on to note the seemingly low royalty rate paid to publishers and songwriters on this statement, suggesting that Apple's possible interest in buying the service, as part of a deal to acquire the whole Beats Electronics company, might be to do with not having to pay songwriters very much on streams - $0.000126 per play, according to the statement. Though this suggestion seems to be based on the assumption that there's no framework in place for those royalty payments to increase down the line, and that Beat's deals would be allowed to transfer to Apple.

Still, if the streaming service were to be part of a $3.2 billion deal, making the company's owners very rich indeed, and leaving songwriters out in the cold again, then that would make a lot of them very angry. Except one songwriter, of course. Don't forget about Dre.

Positive steps towards a less misogynist music industry discussed at The Great Escape
The issue of misogyny in pop is part of a wider societal issue, concluded the first of the Blurred Lines panels that took place at CMU Insight-programmed Great Escape Convention on Saturday. But there are things that the music industry could do, both on its own and in tandem with other sectors, to make positive changes.

Chaired by Radio 1's Jen Long, the panel featured Cooking Vinyl's Sammy Andrews, Coda's Stephanie Clive, Transgressive's Claire Southwick and John Robb from Louder Than War.

Asked if the industry should or could do anything about male artists who create misogynistic lyrics or videos, or female artists who choose to give sexualised performances, all agreed that they would like to see more industry and media support for those artists who wanted to move away from that domain, with Lorde coming into particular focus. Though there was also a resistance to censoring artists who are doing the opposite.

"I think there's a lot of female popstars who do genuinely believe that they're empowering themselves", said Andrews. "But there's a - dare I say it - blurred line between whether you are empowering yourself or you are just exploiting yourself. I don't think you should censor any artist. It's up to her if she wants to put that content out, and it's up to us as an industry to decide if there are blocks in place to stop children and young girls from accessing this, but that's a much wider debate about the internet".

On how the music industry feeds into this, Long said: "Everyone in the music industry wants to quantify success in some way, whether that's number of streams on SoundCloud or number of likes on YouTube, and because record sales aren't what they used to be, that's the way that you say something's successful and obviously you're going to get way more views if you do something that's causing controversy".

"I think that there must be some correlation between this trend and record companies struggling to sell records", agreed Clive. "I think a lot of things have become safe - these images are shocking, but in some ways they're a no brainer".

The lack of women behind the scenes in certain areas of the industry can also cause problems. A&R still being predominantly a male domain was singled out as a continuing issue, though the panel said that other parts of the business - particularly booking agents, management and live promotion - have changed to include a more even gender split in recent years.

"We were looking at some stats the other day and we found that agents, promoters, managers are almost at 50/50 now, in terms of male/female", said Clive. "But it's actually the area of sound technicians, producers and A&R that are really imbalanced".

As for the impact that has on the artist community, Clive continued: "I think it's hard for female artists touring around venues with predominantly male crews, front of house, tech. I think that has been difficult for bands like Savages, Warpaint. You're sometimes treated like you don't know how to tune your own guitar because you're female".

More women are beginning to come into technical roles within the industry, but John Robb noted that in general many men still feel like they "own the idea of buttons moving backwards and forwards".

Even where positive changes are being made, things can still be held back by people not considering what effect seemingly minor actions might have. Claire Southwick told a story of a studio manager proudly telling her that he'd hired two female interns and had used them on a lot of recording sessions. However, he said that a lot of male bands specifically requested a male engineer when they come in to record because they "don't want a female engineer in the studio because they can't concentrate".

In these situations, the studio manager admitted, he'd bowed to the band's request, rather than point out the stupidity of it.

Sticking with this point, both Southwick and Andrews said that their rise up the industry ladder had only really begun when they'd given up trying to come in through more traditional routes and left to start their own companies.

"That's a story that you hear quite a lot from women in the industry", said Andrews. "That at some point we just go, 'fuck this' and start off ourselves. And a lot of us have done quite well with it, but it's sad in a way that we have to move out of the industry to go and get that platform, but also brilliant because we can go and make it on our own a fold back into the industry".

You can listen to this discussion in full here.

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Digital Music Trends recorded live at this year's TGE
An exciting new addition to the CMU Insights-programmed Great Escape Convention this year was a live recording of the popular music tech podcast Digital Music Trends, with panellists appearing elsewhere in the convention joining host Andrea Leonelli to tackle both topics being discussed at TGE this year, and the most recent events in digital music.

Sharing their thoughts were music business analyst Chris Carey, Sony Music's Fred Bolza, Cliff Fluet from Lewis Silkin and Eleven, and CMU's very own Andy Malt, while topics covered included YouTube royalties and Kobalt's ProKlaim platform, the future of direct to fan, Bloom.fm looking for a buyer and Sean Combs' plans with Revolt.tv.

Filmed as the Convention kicked off on Thursday, the special edition of DMT went live on Friday. Watch the discussion on the Digital Music Trends website now.

  Approved: Sea Change
Born in Norway, now living in Berlin, singer-producer Ellen AW Sunde, aka Sea Change, has been eking out tracks via SoundCloud for the last couple of years, and more recently allowing some of them to escape as self-released singles.

Joining the dreamy, atmospheric 'Bursting' and 'Let's Dance' now is 'Bridges', perhaps Sunde's strongest recording to date. Led by a thumb piano melody and a forceful snare drum, it builds softly to an enveloping pop soundscape.

Following a series of shows at last weekend's Great Escape, the Sea Change bus will arrive in London on Thursday (15 May) for a performance at Birthdays in Dalston.

Have a listen to 'Bridges' here.
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Wu-Tang make truce, resume making album
It's a case of 'peace at last' in the Wu-Tang Clan camp, as the rap clique's leader RZA and errant MC Raekwon declare a ceasefire in their (pretty silly, really) 'artistic disagreement', meaning Wu's long-awaited new ensemble LP, 'A Better Tomorrow', can go ahead with both rappers taking part.

As previously reported, RZA gave Raekwon, who'd gone 'on strike' over issues with the musical direction of the LP, a 30 day time limit to decide if he'd like 'in' on 'A Better Tomorrow'. RZA said at the time that, whilst he remained extremely keen to have Raekwon involved, it'd be a case of "an album without Raekwon or an album that never sees the light of day".

He added: "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".

This was a month ago, which I guess means the ultimatum worked, because Raekwon is back on board. And for proof of that, one has only to look at the official Wu-Tang Clan site, which says: "Breaking news: Raekwon and RZA truce. Raekwon scheduled to hit studio to complete verses for album: 'A Better Tomorrow'".

And there it is, clear as crystal. And further details are arriving soon, apparently, so sit tight and wait for those.

Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, Santigold and Rita Ora to feature on Pepsi's 'visual' World Cup compilation
Some good artists, some not so good ones, some Brazilian ones, and Rita Ora, have joined Janelle Monáe on a Pepsi MAX-backed compilation coinciding with the 2014 World Cup, titled 'Beats Of The Beautiful Game'.

Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, Santigold and approved Rio band Pearls Negras all feature on the LP, which is released on 9 Jun. Most of its tracks are paired with a 'filmtrack', aka a short film, directed by the likes of Spike Lee, Idris Elba and actor Diego Luna, in a bid to represent the "sights, sounds and international spirit of football".

This is Kelly Rowland talking now: "It's a very important message and I'm honoured to partner with Pepsi on a project that brings the worlds of music, sports and film together. As an artist - and a huge film and sports fan - it's been an incredible experience".

Pepsi will start streaming and releasing tracks as singles next week (20 May), via iTunes, premiering the 'filmtracks' over on pepsi.com/thegame, and/or on YouTube.

And to start things off, this is lil Janelle Monáe's inspirational take on Bowie's 'Heroes'.

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Deadmau5' LP title < every LP title ever
DJ/producer Joel Zimmerman, aka dance lab-rat Deadmau5, has taken his head out of his Mau5 hole for a short while and announced an LP. And it's a double one! So that's twice the mau5, if you think about it. Or 25 times the mau5, since it contains 25 tracks. Both are valid.

Anywayyy, in the great, great tradition of empty and meaningless Deadmau5 LP titles (see '> album title goes here <', 'Random Album Title' and my all-time fave, '4x4=12') its title is this: 'while(1<2)'.

Deadmau5 says: "It's a good mix of shit I want to do versus shit people want to hear or what they would expect. It's a good balance. It's not like, 'Oh, it's such a departure. He's doing smooth jazz'".

Okay, I'm with it so far. A 50/50 split of 'safe' shit and more innovative shit. And no smooth jazz. Gotcha. So how did it all start?

"It was", adds Zimmerman, "when I was working on some live stuff, setlists for shows and stuff like that, and it just must have been a couple of tracks that sounded pretty good stitched together end to start and I thought, 'Well, if I ever do an album or compile this into some kind of album this has got to be that part of the order for that''. And I just kind of took everything and played musical Tetris with it".

Brilliant! 'while(1<2)' will have a digital release first on 17 Jun, followed by a physical one on 23 Jun. Preview a measly little bit of its lead track, 'Avaritia', here.

Festival Line-Up Update: Bestival, Connect The Dots, Way Out West and more
So-ooo, first thing's first. Bestival has added Tune-Yards, MNEK, Wolf Alice, Jessy Lanza, MØ and The Amazing Snakeheads to its 2014 line-up, which prior to this latest influx featured Outkast, Foals, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Beck, Busta Rhymes, Candi Staton, Sven Vath and Chase & Status. Which is still does, by the way, only now with the extra acts. Hurrah!

News now of imminent Sheffield fest Connect The Dots, a "celebration of contemporary arts, digital multimedia, music and technologies". And live 'soundscapes', too, created by the likes of The Human League's Martyn Ware, Darkstar, Fatima Al-Qadiri and My Panda Shall Fly. Taking place over two days in late-May, this year's 'Contact'-themed CTD also includes a variety of label stalls, exhibitions, workshops and talks from Algorave's Alex Mclean, Dropr.com's Bruno Cyrankiewicz, and Bruno Zamborlin of Mogees. And guess what, tickets are free, and available via ctdots.co.uk

Stand by for updates just made to Latvian indie/dance event Positivus, this year's City Showcase-affiliated Soho Flea Market (which donates its profits to a local charity, the Soho Family Center), the inaugural Third Rail, and Sweden's Way Out West...

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 4-7 Sep: Tune-Yards, Factory Floor, Mnek, Wolf Alice, The Amazing Snakeheads, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, The Wytches, MØ, Fat White Family, Say Lou Lou, Glass Animals, John Wizards, Ezra Furman, Joel Compass, Woman's Hour, Pional, Rosie Lowe, Childhood, Kate Tempest, Jessy Lanza, Melt Yourself Down, The Front Bottoms, Hockeysmith, Wild Smiles, Black Orange Juice, Rag N Bone Man, Vaults, Ftse, Tourist, Sivu, God Damn, Happyness, The Correspondents, Bo Saris, Congopunq, Indiana, The Bulletproof Bomb, Fé, Cousin Marnie. www.bestival.net

CONNECT THE DOTS, Castle House/The Night Kitchen, Sheffield, 24-25 May: Martyn Ware, Darkstar, Andrea Byrne, Aaron Daniels & Jamie Clough, Fatima Al-Qadiri, Tommy Marshall, E Albrow + O Bennet + M Holt, Alex McLean, Bruno Zamborlin, Matt Cyrankiewicz, Walter Ego, Manni Dee, My Panda Shall Fly, Jitwam. ctdots.co.uk

POSITIVUS, Salacgriva, Latvia, 18-20 Jul: The Horrors, A-Trak, Just Blaze, Cherub. www.positivusfestival.com

SOHO FLEA MARKET, Dean Street, Soho, London, 25 May: Passport to Stockholm, Peasant's King, Amani, Louise Golbey, Hannah Jane Lewis, Louis Centioni, Joe Jury, Sophie Morgan, Lucy Kitt, Dan Raza, Sara Spade, Erica Iji, The Soho Hobo. www.cityshowcasemarkets.com/soho/soho-flea-market

THIRD RAIL, Thames Prom, Reading, 5 Jul: A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Lakker, Polar Bear, Grumbling Fur, Teeth Of The Sea, Oliver Wilde, Crushed Beaks, Boxed In, Black Channels, The Art Club, Firefly Burning, Jo Bartlett, Fauntleroy, Sun Skeletons Jnr. www.thirdrail.co.uk

WAY OUT WEST, Gothenberg, Sweden, 7-9 Aug: Kurt Vile, Nils Frahm, Seinabo Sey, Jamie xx, Pional, Studio Barnhus feat Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács, Petter Nordkvist. www.wayoutwest.se

Radio Academy Awards presented
So, radio types and radio peeps and those people who 'do' radio all gathered in London last night for their industry's prestigious 'Used To Be Called The Sony Awards And No One Can Quite Remember What They're Now Called Awards'. And what a night. I mean, what a night. Well, it was definitely a night.

Scroobius Pip took the best specialist show prize which was rather marvellous, meanwhile Jamie Cullum, Frank Skinner, Zane Lowe, your Deputy Prime Minister, tennis players galore and a dead Nelson Mandela were also all involved in radio programmes deemed worthy of celebration. And hurrah for that.

Coming up, winners. But first words. From Radio Academy Awards Chair John Myers: "This was a night to celebrate". And Radio Academy CEO Paul Robinson: "UK radio is in rude health". And unfortunately that's all we've got time for because we've got to throw to the travel news.

Best Entertainment Programme: Greg James, BBC Radio 1
Breakfast Show of the Year (under ten million): Iain Lee, BBC Three Counties Radio
Breakfast Show of the Year (ten million plus): The Capital Breakfast Show with Dave Berry & Lisa Snowdon, 95.8 Capital FM
Best Music Programme: Jamie Cullum, Folded Wing for BBC Radio 2
Best Specialist Music Programme: The Beatdown on XFM with Scroobius Pip, The XFM Network
Best Speech Programme: The Frank Skinner Show, Avalon for Absolute Radio
Best News & Current Affairs Programme: PM, BBC Radio 4
Best Sports Programme: The Day We Won Wimbledon, BBC Radio 5 live
Best Drama: The Morpeth Carol, BBC Radio Drama London for BBC Radio 4
Best Comedy: The Secret World, BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4

Best Feature/Documentary: Between The Ears - Mighty Beast, BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 3
Best Music Feature/Documentary: Soul Music - Strange Fruit, BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 4
Best News Feature or Documentary: Tempted By Teacher, markthree media for BBC Radio 1
Best Coverage Of A Live Event: The Death Of Nelson Mandela, BBC World Service News
Best Community Programming: Slavery On Our Streets, LBC 97.3

Radio Brand of the Year: The Absolute Radio Network
Best Station Imaging: Kiss FM (UK)
Best Promotional Campaign: Wimbledon 2013, BBC Global News Creative Services for BBC World Service
Best Use Of Branded Content: The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes, Absolute Radio
Best Competition: The Heart House, Heart West Midlands
Best Creative Innovation: #Lipdublincoln, BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Best Technical Innovation: InStream for Absolute Radio

Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1
Music Radio Personality of the Year: Sam & Amy, Gem 106
Speech Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5 live
Speech Radio Personality of the Year: Danny Baker, Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live
Local Radio Journalist of the Year: BBC Radio Norfolk News Team, BBC Radio Norfolk
National Radio Journalist of the Year: Tom Swarbrick, LBC 97.3
Best Interview of the Year: Winifred Robinson interviews Ralph Bulger, BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 4

Station of the Year (under one million): BBC Tees
Station of the Year (one million plus): BBC Radio Ulster
UK Station of the Year: BBC Radio 2

Special Award: The Production & Presentation Team for Call Clegg & Ask Boris, LBC
Gold Award: Tony Blackburn

Music Producers Guild post clips video from recent awards
You know how you didn't make it to the Music Producers' Guild Awards this year? That was you, wasn't it? Oh, no, I think it was me.

To be honest I wasn't that bothered, but then the MPG put this little clips video online and now I kinda bummed I missed it all. Wonder if I could persuade Trevor Horn to come to the office and lead a live rendition of 'Video Killed The Radio Star' to compensate?

Anyway, clips video. We listed all the winners back in February. Yes, despite me not being there. But how was that ever possible?

 
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