An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Monday 19 May 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Ah, so this could be fun. The founder of one-time streaming service MOG is suing Beats Electronics in a $20 million lawsuit. Good times. The Beats company bought the MOG streaming platform, an early provider of a Spotify-style service in the US market, in July 2012, it providing the foundations of the Beats Music set up that launched earlier this year. MOG founder David Hyman... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: He may have a name that's really annoying to type, but Le1f is nonetheless one of the most exciting rappers around at the moment. I know, who would ever have thought it possible? His 'Hey EP was released digitally through XL in March, and was joined by a twelve-inch vinyl counterpart last week. Marking the physical manifestation of the EP was the simultaneous release of the video... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES MOG founder sues Beats
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LEGAL French industry seeks to block The Pirate Bay
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal revenues dip in first quarter
Warner Bros US hires dance music specialists
Indegoot Entertainment springs its own label
Nina Kraviz to start 'trippy' label
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LIVE BUSINESS Brighton venue to stop live music after receiving noise abatement order
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BRANDS & MERCH Blinkbox sponsors AEG's newly expanded pop fest franchise
Isle Of Wight Festival announces Domino's tie up
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MARKETING & PR Anna Mears joins Dog Day Press
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MEDIA Ke$ha, Brad Paisley and Ludacris join America's Rising Star
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RELEASES Foo Fighters confirm new LP, a love-note to USA's musical locales
Release Round-Up: Lil Wayne, Anna Calvi & David Byrne, Jean Michele Jarre and JJ
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GIGS & FESTIVALS My Life Story to stage "one last hurrah"
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AWARDS Billboard Awards presented
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AND FINALLY... Morrissey tweets not real
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MINISTRY OF SOUND - SYNC LICENSING MANAGER
Ministry of Sound are looking for an experienced Sync Licensing Manager to handle all areas our sync licensing for our new artists and tracks as well as our back catalogue, making sure revenue is maximised and proactively seeking out new sync opportunities.

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AUDIO - PROMOTIONS MANAGER
Brighton's number one music venue Audio and Above Audio is recruiting a Promotions Manager. Regarded as one of the best small clubs in the UK, Audio regularly hosts some of the worlds best DJ's and is also a well established live music venue. Above Audio, one of Brighton's premier cocktail bars, boasts the largest back bar, and is home to some of the finest mixologists in the city.

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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL SALES MANAGER
[PIAS] A&L Services have a vacancy within the A&L National Accounts Team as International Digital Sales Manager. The role has responsibility for maximising digital revenues outside of the core [PIAS] territories as well as coordinating activity and campaigns on a pan-territory basis.

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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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FUGA - SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE
FUGA are looking to expand our London-based team with a Sales & Business Development Representative to develop the market, drive revenue and manage client relations in the UK.

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AEI MEDIA - ROYALTIES ASSISTANT
AEI Media Ltd are seeking an experienced and passionate Royalties Administrator to join their team; the role will sit within a dynamic accounting function and report directly into the Finance Manager.

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AEI MEDIA - FINANCE ASSISTANT
AEI Media Ltd are seeking an articulate and ambitious Finance Assistant; the role will sit within a dynamic accounting function and report directly into the Finance Manager.

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MOG founder sues Beats
Ah, so this could be fun. The founder of one-time streaming service MOG is suing Beats Electronics in a $20 million lawsuit. Good times.

The Beats company bought the MOG streaming platform, an early provider of a Spotify-style service in the US market, in July 2012, it providing the foundations of the Beats Music set up that launched earlier this year. MOG founder David Hyman initially stayed on as CEO of the streaming business, but then exited somewhat abruptly the following November, with Topspin's Ian Rogers subsequently being hired to lead Beats big play in the streaming space.

Although an official statement at the time said Hyman would continue to work as a 'strategic advisor' to Beats on streaming music matters, he implied he was going on an extended holiday after his speedy departure. He subsequently reappeared at a tech start up called Chosen.fm earlier this year, though - according to a Billboard report last week - actually spent at least four months running Neil Young's Pono service in between.

But the new lawsuit, reported on by the Courthouse News Service last week, suggests that Hyman's 2012 exiting from Beats was not especially amicable. In his legal papers, Hyman claims that he was pushed out of the company in a bid to stop him from claiming shares in the Beats business that had been promised in the MOG acquisition, a commitment that would have started to kick in had he worked for the company for over a year.

It seems that a dispute over a "problematic" marketing executive led to Hyman's ousting, though the MOG founder reckons that [a] he had been in his contractual rights to try and fire said marketing person and [b] the difficult marketeer was sent packing after his departure anyway. The implication is that the squabble over the marketing dude was just an excuse to get rid of Hyman before he could take his equity options.

Of course all this is of increased interest to Hyman given the rampant speculation about Apple buying the Beats business, including its streaming music subsidiary, in a possible $3.2 billion deal. Which would make the 2.5% of the Beats Music company Hyman claims was part of the MOG acquisition very much worth having.

Neither side has yet formally commented on the litigation.

French industry seeks to block The Pirate Bay
The French record industry is following its UK counterpart in seeking a web-block injunction against The Pirate Bay, which would force internet service providers in the country to stop their customers from accessing the controversial file-sharing site via its principle domains.

And according to NextINpact, the lawsuit filed by the French Civil Society Of Phonographic Producers back in February, and now being shared with France's net sector at large, also names over a hundred Pirate Bay proxies, which help web users circumvent ISP-initiated web-blocks.

As previously reported, the web-block route to limiting illegal file-sharing has become increasingly fashionable in anti-piracy circles in recent years, especially in Europe, in countries where either new laws have passed allowing such web-blockades, or where rights owners have successfully argued web-blocking injunctions are allowed under existing copyright regulations.

Although the French government's three-strikes programme for combating file-sharing has been much more high profile (even if its successes have been disputed), a web-block case succeeded in the country last year, albeit one targeting sites that enabled the unlicensed distribution of movie and TV content.

That case was particularly interesting in that search engines were also ordered to remove the offending sites from their listings; a common complaint from labels and studios being that although in some countries web-block injunctions are now relatively easy to secure, their effectiveness is hindered by the ease with which blocked sites can still be found via Google et al.

It's not known if the French record industry's efforts to block access to The Pirate Bay also includes the search engine element, though most of the country's big ISPs have now been informed of the labels' web-blocking efforts.

Universal revenues dip in first quarter
Universal Music saw a 2% dip in revenues for its first quarter this year, it was revealed last week, though profits were up thanks to an overall cut in overheads, and the fact that restructuring costs associated with the acquisition of EMI, which were impacting on things a year ago, are winding down.

The 2% dip takes into account currency fluctuations and the offloading of the Parlophone Label Group to Warner last year, so is a proper decline.

Of course nominal rises and falls in year-to-year revenue figures at major labels can always be explained with busy-to-quiet release schedule variations, though some reckon that the widely reported slowdown in the download market - with iTunes revenue actually slipping ever so slightly in the US record industry last year - may also be having an impact.

Booming payments from streaming and subscription services are compensating to a point, though seemingly not quite enough just at the moment, and - of course - there remains the fear that monies from the streaming sector are still being artificially inflated by venture capital and tech firm subsidies at the moment, which is not a problem in the short term, but makes a long-term reliance on Spotify, Beats et al far from secure.

Which was very possibly the subject of this keynote speech at The Great Escape earlier this month.

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Warner Bros US hires dance music specialists
As is the way in the US industry at the moment, the Warner Bros label Stateside announced a couple of new dance music appointments last week, though without mentioning 'EDM' or 'EMC' once, which means we now like Warner Bros Records.

Taryn Haight becomes Director Of Dance Marketing & Artist Relations, having most recently worked at Sony-allied dance label Ultra Music, while Lauren Lipsay, who has worked on dance music content at a variety of media, becomes Manager Of Dance Marketing. They will support the development of US-based dance music talent, as well as international Warner-signed dance acts who are being marketed Stateside.

Warner Bros CEO Cameron Strang told CMU: "It is our mission to seek out creative excellence wherever it lives, regardless of genre. The level of innovative and exceptional talent within the burgeoning dance music scene is extraordinary, and we continue to deepen our commitment to this rapidly evolving sphere. I am thrilled to welcome Taryn and Lauren to the WBR team".

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Indegoot Entertainment springs its own label
NYC and now London-based management co Indegoot Entertainment is moving into the label biz, launching its own record company Indegoot Recordings.

Its first release, arriving in Europe later this year via a distribution deal with The Orchard, will be Jon Langford & Skull Orchard's latest LP 'Here Be Monsters', which has already been unleashed Stateside via a separate distribution alliance with Sony's RED.

Indegoot CEO and founder Bill McGathy goes: "Launching a record label was a logical step for Indegoot Entertainment. We have the skills, expertise, experience and resources to implement and oversee global artist campaigns and the ability to give those artists the focus and attention they need through Indegoot Recordings. It is an exciting time for us and we are looking forward to working with The Orchard in Europe who I know will really add value to our efforts".

Scott Cohen, founder and VP af The Orchard, meanwhile, added: "We're long-term admirers of Indegoot Entertainment and are excited to shepherd their releases into digital and physical stores. Our partnership will be supported by our fully staffed offices throughout Europe so that we can give their artists local sales and marketing services".

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Nina Kraviz to start 'trippy' label
Siberian DJ Nina Kraviz is planning to start a label, to be called TPNn (that's an approximiation in email-capable text - basically the new name means 'trip' in English), later this year.

Officially launching in September, it'll shine a light on "the trippier, acidic side of electronic music", both Kraviz's output, and that by sonically similar artists and acts she admires.

In the run up to the launch, Kraviz will also host a number of parties, the first on 14 Jun at the Sala Instinto in Barcelona, which will feature sets by Nina, Stanislav Tolckachev, Luke Hess and Breaker 1 2.

Brighton venue to stop live music after receiving noise abatement order
Popular Brighton music venue The Blind Tiger has announced that it will cease staging gigs with immediate effect because of a dispute with a resident living in the same building as the pub which has led to one of those pesky noise abatement orders from the local council.

In a post on their official website, the venue's management revealed that efforts to placate a neighbour who had complained about noise levels on various occasions since moving in a year ago had failed, and that after said neighbour complained to the local police, Brighton's council issued a 'notice to abate a statutory nuisance' which comes into effect today.

If the venue staged any more gigs it would be in breach of the order, leading to possible court action and a £20,000 fine.

The team behind the independent venue say that they pursued various routes to try and deal with the problem. Simply adhering to stricter noise controls in the venue wasn't an option, as unamplified drums were enough to cause problems upstairs.

Meanwhile installing sound-proofing would have been a major and expensive endeavour for a venue that had already admitted it was facing a number of financial challenges. A last ditch attempt to help the complaining neighbour find a new home, and for the venue to then rent the property immediately above its stage, also failed.

A petition against the council's order has already begun, which over 9000 people have now signed. And while any council has a duty to deal with noise complaints made by residents, those opposing the order would presumably raise the point that, in this case, the gig venue came first. To put it in the words of one petitioner: "Only an idiot would move into a flat above a live venue and then complain about the noise. Brighton & Hove Council, don't pander to idiots, please".

As previously reported, a similar situation - ie a complaint from one new neighbour leading to a noise abatement notice - occurred at the Night & Day venue in Manchester earlier this year. Meanwhile back in Brighton one complaining neighbour resulted in live music being pulled at the Free Butt venue back in 2010.

Noting that live music has been performed on the site currently occupied by The Blind Tiger on Brighton's Grand Parade since as far back as the 1850s, and that the space as been a modern gig venue for the last thirty years, the team behind the venue note: "We think the fact that these numbers have not turned out to matter to anyone in a position of power to change this situation, adds up to something rather silly, rather sad, and rather destructive".

Blinkbox sponsors AEG's newly expanded pop fest franchise
Tesco-owned streaming music bonanza Blinkbox Music, which would be written all lower-case if it wasn't for the CMU style guide disallowing such things, has been confirmed as headline sponsor for AEG Live's three big pop parties, which go under the umbrella heading UK Live.

As previously reported, AEG is expanding what began as North East Live last summer to a three dater, which will take in Sunderland (North East Live), Ipswich (East Coast Live) and Weston-super-Mare (South West Live).

Though as of last week we ought to have inserted a 'blinkbox music' in before each of those show names. But breaking CMU style guide rules just once is a brave move, three times could have resulted in some serious calamities occurring at the hands of the style guide gods.

Jessie J is set to head up all three of the popfests, which take place on 22 Jun, 28 Jun and 29 Jun respectively, and which will also be filmed for airing on 4Music.

Confirming the brand tie up, Blinkbox Music marketing man Iain Sawbridge told CMU: "Here at Blinkbox Music we love our pop music and association with these high profile events offers us a great opportunity to introduce our fantastic service to a key section of our target audience".

Meanwhile AEG's Sam Bush added: "We are delighted to have Blinkbox Music on board for UK Live. They are the perfect partner for these great music events and will add a formidable digital platform for fans".

They actually said 'Blinkbox Music' without the capital letters. The style guide gods were not impressed.

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Isle Of Wight Festival announces Domino's tie up
This year's Isle Of Wight Festival will come with extra Domino's; though if like me you hate pizza but love a good domino rally, prepare yourself for a big disappointment. This is a deal between the IOW Festival and Domino's Pizza UK. To be fair, most festival-goers would probably choose pizza over toppling plastic blocks, which is why I no longer go to festivals.

Anyway, Domino's will have stalls all across the Isle Of Wight festival site selling their foodstuffs this year as part of a deal which will also see the pizza chain give-away tickets to and report on the event via it's social media channels, all leading go-to places for quality music journalism I'm sure.

Says Domino's Pizza UK marketing man Simon Wallis: "Pizza and festivals go hand in hand, so we are really excited to be involved with the first major UK festival of the season and to have such a strong presence across the site. Our on-site team will be serving up to 600 handmade pizzas per hour to ensure party-goers can enjoy the ultimate in festival refuelling day and night. With such an amazing line up it should be an unforgettable weekend".

Anna Mears joins Dog Day Press
Music publicist Anna Mears, most recently with Dog Day Press, though previously also with both Warner Music and Wasted Youth, joined music PR agency INSIDE/OUT this morning. She brings a number of the artists she has previously worked with to INSIDE/OUT's roster, including Bat For Lashes, Rosie Lowe and Adult Jazz.

Confirming the new move, Mears told CMU: "I'm thrilled to be joining INSIDE/OUT, they've had an incredible year delivering first class campaigns and are working with some of the best and most exciting bands around right now. I can't wait to be part of the team".

Meanwhile INSIDE/OUT co-director Adrian Read said: "We've long admired Anna's work across a range of fantastic press campaigns, and hers was a name that repeatedly cropped up in glowing terms in conversations across the industry. We're tremendously excited to be having her join INSIDE/OUT".

Ke$ha, Brad Paisley and Ludacris join America's Rising Star
Ke$ha, Brad Paisley and Ludacris will all lend their ears (and eyes, faces, and selves in general) to a brand new 'American Idol'-esque singing series, ABC's imminent 'Rising Star'. This is the same nightmarishly interactive 'Rising Star' franchise, which invites app-based voting in real time, that ITV acquired back in late-2013 (though is still to air), it having been a massive hit in its native Israel.

Premiering Stateside from 22 Jun, the show will display Ke$ha et al as a 'panel of experts' giving advice and feedback to contestants. Whilst they'll get to air their views, the ultimate decision as to who wins and who doesn't lies with the TV-having citizens of America. Yee-ha! Preview the way the 'Rising Star' voting system - which involves a vast, moving 'video wall' - will look via this clip.

  Approved: Le1f
He may have a name that's really annoying to type, but Le1f is nonetheless one of the most exciting rappers around at the moment. I know, who would ever have thought it possible? His 'Hey EP was released digitally through XL in March, and was joined by a twelve-inch vinyl counterpart last week.

Marking the physical manifestation of the EP was the simultaneous release of the video for a track from it, 'Sup'. The clip sees Le1f larking about in the woods wearing a range of stylish outdoor-wear. And who doesn't like seeing rappers larking about in the woods? No one. It's baffling why they don't do it more often. Metallers and folkies, they're always hanging around in the wood. Rappers not so much.

Anyway, here is said video, trees and all.
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Foo Fighters confirm new LP, a love-note to USA's musical locales
Shouts out to the Foo Fighters, you guys, for boldly announcing what's to be their eighth LP. Billed as a "love letter to the history of American music", the still-untitled, Butch Vig-produced disc was made in eight parts, over eight stop-offs in eight iconic US studios.

Footage from Dave Grohl and co's States-wide trip, which was filmed from start to finish, will air on TV via its own HBO show. Each episode in the series will centre on one song off the LP, highlighting a different city's "regional identity".

Whilst visiting Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC, the band paid homage to, talked to and (in the cases of The Eagles' Joe Walsh, Fugazi's Ian MacKaye and Heart's Nancy Wilson) collaborated with their favourite local artists.

Grohl, who's done the documentary thing before of course with 'Sound City', took to writing the lyrics for this project "in an unprecedented experimental style".

The Foos chorus in unison: "Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process".

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Release Round-Up: Lil Wayne, Anna Calvi & David Byrne, Jean Michele Jarre and JJ
Last week, Lil Wayne scattered a new single - titled 'D'usse', like the cognac Jay-Z thinks is "the shit" - from what's possibly (or possibly not) his final solo LP, 'Tha Carter V'. The track, which is mixed and mastered by Lee Majors, if that means anything, follows lead ' Tha Carter V' song, the Drake-featuring 'Believe Me'. Stream it ahead of the LP's still-TBA release here.

Elsewhere, Anna Calvi has collaborated with one David Byrne on a fairly daring new EP. Daring because it finds Calvi tackling a wild bunch of tracks originally done by the likes of FKA Twigs, Suicide, Conan Mockasin and David Bowie.

Byrne, who features on Calvi's take on Mockasin's 'I'm The Man, That Will Find You', and the EP's title track, her version of Keren Ann's 'Strange Weather', says this of that: "I'm a big fan of Anna's two records and I caught her tour after her first record at Bowery Ballroom here in NY. 'Epic' I think is the word that is often used. I was invited to suggest songs and I loved the last Keren Ann record and I thought 'Strange Weather' had a haunting quality that might suit Anna.... so we did that, and Anna then suggested I join in on the Connan Mockasin track she'd done too".

In advance of the EP's release on 14 Jun, there's plenty of time to get familiar with this spin on FKA Twigs' 'Papi Pacify', which has Nico Muhly playing 'the strings' on it:

Straight from the heart of the nouveau wave of France's electronica times past, this next bit of news relates to synth great Jean Michelle Jarre, and the fact that Sony Music is to re-release six remastered edits of his many LPs. Having acquired the rights to Jarre's discog, the six still-to-be-specified records will go on iTunes first, and have a physical release on 26 May. A TBA brand new LP by JMJ, his first in seven years, is arriving some time in 2015. Tres vague, soz.

Glittery pop weirdos JJ (who are big kids now, and so write their alias in capitals) have confirmed a new LP titled 'V'. Following 2011's 'Kills', and out on 19 Aug via Secretly Canadian/Sincerely Yours, the new album so far has only a 'written motif', and a trailer, to its name. So tap into both now, in that order.

At last we meet again
and I'm like baby, what you doing here?
You stay on my mind.
We been up all winters for someone like you and we know that you been up all winters for someone like us.
We don't even know your name or where you came from
and someday this war will be over so we and our friends will stay together until the end.
Making our way through this motherfucking life.
Come on, we have to do it.

Click for the trailer here.

My Life Story to stage "one last hurrah"
The marvellous My Life Story are planning "one last hurrah" later this month, with the band's frontman Jake Shillingford confirming he has no plans for any future reunion shows after this one at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 31 May.

Says Shillingford: "After twenty amazing years, we felt it was time to bow out with one last big theatre show. A final thanks to our utterly amazing and unhealthily loyal and devoted fans. Bring your memories, bring your laughter, dress up to the nines, and party like its 1994!"

The final show is promising "all the trimmings: slashing violins, flutes that sound like butterflies could live forever, foxy horns, horny foxes, glam guitars, white falcons, cavernous drums, punk attitudes, sex sax, sparkling pianos and huge orgasmic strings. Oh, and very long harpsichord solos!"

As with some of the other occasional reunion bashes My Life Story have staged in the last decade, VIP tickets will also be available to the 31 May gig offering access to a second post-main-show performance and some meeting and greeting type gubbins.

Info on Facebook, tickets on Ticketweb

Billboard Awards presented
So, it was the Billboard Awards in the US last night, an event so exciting even Michael Jackson showed up to sing a song.

The finalists in each category were decided by analysing "key fan interactions with music" between March 2013 and March 2014, a system that seems to make Justin Timberlake the biggest news in pop. So that's a thing. And here's some winners.

Top Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist: Lorde
Top Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist: Katy Perry
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry
Top Radio Songs Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Touring Artist: Bon Jovi
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Miley Cyrus

Top R&B Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Artist: Marc Anthony
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Daft Punk
Top Christian Artist: Chris Tomlin

Album Awards
Top Billboard 200 Album: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
Top R&B Album: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
Top Rap Album: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Top Country Album: Luke Bryan - Crash My Party
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
Top Latin Album: Marc Anthony - 3.0
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson - Precious Memories: Volume II

Song Awards
Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Top Digital Song: Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Top Radio Song: Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Top Streaming Song (Video): Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Top R&B Song: Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Top Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Top Country Song: Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly - Cruise
Top Rock Song: Lorde - Royals
Top Latin Song: Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Avicii - Wake Me Up!
Top Christian Song: Matthew West - Hello, My Name Is

Morrissey tweets not real
So, if you found yourself getting all excited last week about the arrival of Morrissey on Twitter, well, prepare to unexcite yourself, because it wasn't him. Despite the little blue-tick-of-assurance seemingly appearing alongside the tweets.

"Hello. Testing, 1, 2, 3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope..." said the first tweet on a verified account called @itsmorrissey. "Follow, follow, follow. Twitter is the perfect metaphor for...something. Dunno what" came next.

But the man himself has announced - via the more-reliable-when-it-comes-to-Mr-Morrissey website True To You - that those tweets had nothing to do with him.

Writing "untwitterably yours", Morrissey said in a statement: "I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account. I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care".

If you don't remotely care, then feel free not to read any of the preceding 186 words.

 
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ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
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