An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Monday 2 Jun 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: Peter Sunde, perhaps the highest profile of The Pirate Bay's founders, has been arrested in Southern Sweden and is now set to serve the eight month jail sentence he was handed for his role in running the always controversial file-sharing website. Although few specifics about the arrest have been revealed, a spokeswoman for the Swedish National Police Board told Reuters: "We have been looking... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having made themselves a name several years back with air-whipped candyland jams like 'All Around And Away We Go' and the slightly stickier 'Bad Street', NYC crew Twin Sister are paddling their way back with a new image and a (discretionary) new title. Mr. They're Mr Twin Sister these days, and advertising this new career era with a new track. Born of twisted twilight times and shady disco climes, the... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Peter Sunde arrested in Sweden, set to serve Pirate Bay jail term
LEGAL One Direction lawyers cite privacy and copyright issues with leaked video
Movie studios to try and stop assets from being returned to Kim Dotcom
ReDigi chief to address Congressional committee on First Sale Doctrine
DEALS Fat White Family make a label baby with PIAS
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Kylie reportedly set to part company with Parlophone
New president for Sony Entertainment
LIVE BUSINESS John Lydon-starring Jesus Christ Superstar US tour cancelled
BRANDS & MERCH Sam Smith does live advert just like he said he would
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Onkyo and 7digital partner on high quality music service
EDUCATION & EVENTS Tickets on sale for user-friendly three-part music rights course
RELEASES Release Round-Up: Earth, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Roses Gabor, Mykki Blanco and My Panda Shall Fly
GIGS & FESTIVALS Bruce Dickinson to stage WWI dogfight over Sonisphere
AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber apologises for racist joke
Jack White apologises for Black Keys and Meg White comments
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Peter Sunde arrested in Sweden, set to serve Pirate Bay jail term
Peter Sunde, perhaps the highest profile of The Pirate Bay's founders, has been arrested in Southern Sweden and is now set to serve the eight month jail sentence he was handed for his role in running the always controversial file-sharing website.

Although few specifics about the arrest have been revealed, a spokeswoman for the Swedish National Police Board told Reuters: "We have been looking for him since 2012. He was given eight months in jail so he has to serve his sentence".

Sunde was the official spokesman for the Bay in its early years, and during its first run-ins with the content industries, the courts and the authorities, and became known for issuing defiant and often amusing statements whenever the music or movie industries moved - always unsuccessfully - to have the file-sharing service shut down.

When he, his co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, and their main financial backer Carl Lundström, all ended up in court in 2009 facing combined civil and criminal charges for enabling and encouraging rampant copyright infringement, Sunde promised ground-breaking legal arguments that would shake up the copyright system.

But his lawyers relied on more conventional defence lines - "but we didn't actually host any of the infringing content" - and the four men lost the trial, being ordered to pay mega-bucks damages to the music and movie industries, and to serve a year in jail. All the men appealed, but the second court upheld the ruling, and increased the damages payments, but reduced the jail terms a little.

Svartholm by this time had gone AWOL, not even showing up for his appeal, so that his jail term wasn't altered. He was eventually arrested in Cambodia in 2012, mainly because of unrelated hacking charges, and has since served his jail time relating to TPB. Lundström, meanwhile, managed to get his jail term reduced sufficiently that his legal team could negotiate that he serve the time under house arrest, which he did.

Neij and Sunde, however, circumvented their jail time, partly by pursuing an assortment of other appeal routes, and partly by steering clear of Sweden. Though Sunde couldn't be accused of going into hiding, being the frontman of another tech start-up called Flattr and representing The Pirate Party in the recent European elections in Finland.

But Sunde's business and political projects will now be on hold for eight months as he finally serves his time over the 2009 Pirate Bay conviction. Asked about the latest turn of events, Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital, who both backs Flattr and sits on its board, told TechCrunch she was "deeply saddened" about Sunde's arrest.

She said: "I believe that history will look back on peer-to-peer and file-sharing networks and highlight what a farce it was for the recording industry to litigate against developers and technology providers who wrote software - which enabled both legal and illegal activities alike as agnostic platforms. This is akin to suing ISPs for what internet users do or the telephone company for illegal activities people might conduct/transact in a telephone call".

She went on: "The fact that Peter has been arrested in order to serve out a criminal sentence for his role in The Pirate Bay is such a stark contrast to where other individuals are at the moment such as Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker - two of the founders of Napster - or Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis - two of the founders of Kazaa".

"All of these others are heralded as tech visionaries, wunderkinds and positive disruptors for their respective roles in peer-to-peer development, file-sharing and how technology has impacted users' consumption of content and information. They are all now venture capital or angel investors, heralded as industry luminaries - meanwhile two of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay are sitting in jail cells".

Of course, the content industries, and Swedish prosecutors, might note that the Napster founders never intended to enable rampant copyright infringement when they developed and first distributed their file-sharing software. Whereas The Pirate Bay was deliberately set up to not only enable but also promote copyright infringement (the clue is in the name).

And while Kazaa did it's own bit of jurisdiction dodging to stay online, after the record industry finally caught up with the P2P firm in the Australian courts, and won, a precedent had now been set in multiple territories that the "but we didn't host the infringing content" excuse wasn't as solid as Team Bay pretended in the run up to the Swedish case.

Also, The Pirate Bay - and Sunde especially - did a fair bit of taunting the legal establishment in the early days of the rogue file-sharing platform, which can be funny, and often was, but is never going to help when your legal arguments fall flat and you find yourself asking a judge for clemency.

Though Sunde supporters, like Burbidge, might in return note that the Pirate Bay's founders were no longer formally linked to the site by the time of their 2009 court case, that the service has continued to operate unhindered by the prosecutions, and the fate of the Bay founders hasn't stopped a whole new generation of programmers from developing their own copyright circumventing software and platforms.

One Direction lawyers cite privacy and copyright issues with leaked video
Reps for One Direction have reportedly threatened legal action against Mail Online over the website's 'pop punks' Peruvian pot puff' exclusive from last week.

As previously reported, 1D boys Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were last week seen and heard in a video, seemingly recorded on the former's phone, smoking and discussing smoking cannabis, and possibly using a racial slur in the process.

The video, first posted by the Mail, initiated plenty of online chatter, and some outrage, though most of it from Daily Mail journalists. 1DHQ declined to comment as the story broke, instead announcing that they were handing the matter to their lawyers, which is always a questionable move in PR terms.

Though, to be fair, there is a legal case to answer if the allegation that the video was "stolen" from Tomlinson's phone is true. According to the Press Gazette, law firm Lee & Thompson has written to the Mail and other news organisations stating that distribution of the video amounts to both an invasion of privacy (because the conversation happened in a private vehicle) and copyright infringement (because Tomlinson owns the copyright).

The legal letter reads: "This video is a private 'home' video (filmed in a private vehicle) which has been stolen and the copyright in which is owned by our client Louis Tomlinson. Any publication of the video is unauthorised and unlawful and legal steps are being taken against the parties involved".

Though pragmatic tweets posted over the weekend by 1D member Liam Payne might do more to kill the story. The first to address the 'scandal' head on, Payne tweeted: "I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways, I apologise for that. We are only in our 20s we all do stupid things at this age".

He added: "We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance, I'm not making excuses but it's fact we are gunna fall short somewhere", and "Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us through this, just know that we love you guys for it and it means the world".

Elsewhere in 1D v Fleet Street, the Daily Star thought it had its own exclusive scandal about the boy band on Friday, with its first edition running with the headline "1D Harry x-rated sex pic shame", accompanied by a half-censored photo dubbed as an "explicit selfie image of Harry Styles".

Though unfortunately the photo had been confirmed as a fake before the Star had even finished printing the edition, with later versions of the paper running with the headline "1D Harry fury at faked sex pic - internet hoaxers target hunky star", minus the offending photo. Though given that pop stars have to contend with "faked sex pics" of themselves appearing online pretty much every day, presumably Styles wasn't any more furious on Friday than any other day.

The Media Blog documents the non-story front page here.


Movie studios to try and stop assets from being returned to Kim Dotcom
The US movie industry last week confirmed that it was considering new legal action in a bid to ensure that Kim Dotcom and his fellow MegaUpload founders do not get reconnected with their former company's assets in either New Zealand or Hong Kong. Content industry lawyers argue that if said assets were returned it would allow Dotcom et al to put them beyond the reach of the American courts, where the film studios are suing Team Mega for copyright infringement.

As previously reported, as the criminal case against Dotcom continues to go through its incredibly slow motions, in April both the movie and music industries launched civil proceedings against the former MegaUpload team, who are accused of enabling, encouraging and profiting from rampant copyright infringement. But lawyers for the Mega men quickly requested that the civil lawsuits be postponed until after any criminal proceedings are complete, citing the defendants' fifth amendment rights.

Even though that could mean a very long delay indeed - given how slowly criminal proceedings are currently proceeding - word has it the movie studios might voluntarily agree to that postponement, except that at the same time Dotcom's lawyers have made progress to get back assets taken from the Mega team when the US authorities shut down the file-transfer operation back in 2012.

A New Zealand court ruled in April that the order that allowed Dotcom's personal assets to be taken in 2012 should not be extended, though prosecutors in the country are currently appealing that judgement. Meanwhile Team Mega filed new papers the same month in Hong Kong, where MegaUpload was incorporated, arguing that assets seized there should also be returned.

But the movie studios will try to fight moves to return Mega assets in both countries, arguing that the return of monies amassed by MegaUpload would enable Dotcom et al to move that wealth into hard-to-reach places, preventing them from collecting any damages they may or may not win when their civil litigation gets to court.

According to Torrentfreak, lawyers for the film studios have written: "If the New Zealand government loses [its] appeal, the assets will be unfrozen, and there is a significant risk that they will then be immediately dissipated. [The defendants] have or have had sophisticated global business interests and have the ability to move assets offshore quickly and immediately".

The lawyers go on: "To ensure that defendants' New Zealand assets remain frozen even if the New Zealand government loses the pending appeal, several of the plaintiffs have initiated civil proceedings in New Zealand to freeze defendants' assets pending a judgment in [their civil case]".

The legal filing adds: "In addition to opposing extension of the asset freeze in New Zealand, defendants are also seeking to unfreeze their assets in Hong Kong. If defendants are successful in their efforts to unfreeze their assets in Hong Kong, there is a significant risk that those assets will be dissipated in very short order. Plaintiffs are monitoring developments in Hong Kong and assessing whether they may need to take legal action there to further preserve defendants' assets".


ReDigi chief to address Congressional committee on First Sale Doctrine
The founder of the sometimes controversial MP3 resale platform ReDigi will be in Washington later today to give evidence to a congressional committee on intellectual property and the internet.

As previously reported, ReDigi's business model has come under the spotlight mainly via litigation by the record industry, which is set to test whether customers can actually legally resell MP3s in the same way they can legitimately resell a CD. The labels reckon not, and therefore that ReDigi is helping others to infringe copyright.

While that matter continues to work its way through the courts, the House Of Representatives' sub-committee on Courts, Intellectual Property And The Internet will today consider the so called 'First Sale Doctrine', the specific bit of American law that allows the resale of CDs in the US.

In his presentation, ReDigi's John Ossenmacher will argue that the content industries have been doing their best to water down the First Sale Doctrine for some time, most recently by exploiting terms and conditions nobody reads to claim that when a customer clicks a 'buy' button on a digital content platform, they aren't actually 'buying' anything.

Says Ossenmacher: "Consumers are given the option to 'buy' music, movies, and books on their screen and the 'buy' button looks identical for digital and physical items alike, but in the largely unintelligible legalese (that no one reads) the rights of ownership are watered down or worse, dissolved all-together for these digital purchases. Content holders are attempting to take away a fundamental consumer choice by styling what they call a long-term lease/license into their less-than forthright marketing strategies".

For their part, the content industries argue that the First Sale Doctrine can't apply in the digital domain, certainly where resale occurs over the net, because the transfer of a digital file requires a new copy to be made, something the first sale doctrine was not designed to permit. Though Ossenmacher claims his technology allows file transfer without copying.

You can read the full transcript for the ReDigi chief's presentation to Congress here.

Fat White Family make a label baby with PIAS
Fat White Family have baked themselves a nice new independent label, and its name is Without Consent. The band, who signed with Domino's publishing sideline in April, have done a deal with the [PIAS] Cooperative, who'll do distribution and marketing for Without Consent over the whole world, bar North America.

Besides a new TBA Fat Whites single, and a nascent LP (which will trail last year's 'Champagne Holocaust'), the label is also set to release material by other artists, and also reissue some old blues tracks.

[PIAS] man Craig Caukill said: "Fat White Family are a hugely exciting proposition, the band have amazing potential and a clear artistic vision for the label - we're delighted to be working with them".

Then FWF manager Stuart Green said this: "The band attracted a lot of interest from labels both big and small over the last few months but when I met with Craig Caukill and was asked if the band would like their own label this became the obvious solution".

Green added: "It means the band retain their independence and are in control of their own destiny. This is something I have always sought for every artist I have worked with and consider this to be the most exciting deal I have ever been involved in".

Kylie reportedly set to part company with Parlophone
Kylie Minogue will not renew her record deal with Parlophone, according to The Sun On Sunday, meaning she will part company with the UK label after a fifteen year partnership.

The tabloid's sources claim that the decision to part with Parlophone, now a Warner subsidiary of course, comes after the relatively disappointing performance of her most recent album 'Kiss Me Once', which has so far shifted 60,000 units. The tab's gossip guy Dan Wootton reckons that the pop lady is particularly pissed off with the record's performance after agreeing to sully herself with all that 'The Voice' nonsense in a bid to build hype for the album.

Said the source: "The deal with Parlophone has come to a natural end. She has the option to re-sign with them, but has decided against it because of what happened with 'Kiss Me Once'. Kylie is one of the world's leading pop stars, so she was bitterly disappointed about the performance of her album. Kylie did everything she could, even agreeing to be a judge on 'The Voice' for a year, which is something she would've liked to avoid".

Of course, Kylie parted company with her long-term manager Terry Blamey last year and is now within the Roc Nation family, which may well have had an impact on her label partnerships once the Parlophone deal was done whatever happened to 'Kiss Me Once'.

As yet no official word from either side on Kylie's alliance with Warner.


New president for Sony Entertainment
Sony Corp has announced an expansion of duties for Nicole Seligman, who will become president of the conglom's US-based Sony Entertainment division, which includes the firm's two main music businesses, the Sony Music record company and the Sony/ATV music publishing powerhouse.

Seligman will retain her job as president of Sony Entertainment's direct parent in the Sony hierarchy, Sony Corporation Of America, and will continue to have an albeit streamlined legal advisory role with the company, but will also have much more involvement in "developing overall strategy and growth opportunities, identifying and implementing efficiencies within and among the three Sony Entertainment companies, and expanding the businesses' combined global footprint and influence".

She will work alongside Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton in her new job. He told reporters this weekend: "I sought out Nicole for this role and am thrilled to work with her to explore new ways to leverage Sony Entertainment's business and creative assets into new opportunities for profitability and growth".

Although Sony Corp's much documented financial woes are in the main the result of problems in the Japanese firm's consumer electronics businesses, there has been pressure on Sony Entertainment to save costs and perform better too, especially on the movie and TV production side.

Pressure has arguably increased since shareholder Daniel Loeb called for Sony Entertainment to be spun off and partly floated, forcing more financial accountability onto the film studios and music companies. While Loeb's demands were knocked back, it has arguably resulted in the Sony entertainment firms being more heavily scrutinised.

John Lydon-starring Jesus Christ Superstar US tour cancelled
An all-star production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Jesus Christ Superstar', which was due to begin a 51 date tour of the US later this month, was abruptly cancelled on Friday. Low ticket sales were cited as the reason for the decision.

As previously reported, amongst the cast were Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez of The Backstreet Boys and the one, the only John Lydon.

The show's producer Michael Cohl, the veteran tour promoter who also worked on U2's ill-fated Spiderman musical, told The New York Times: "It became obvious the shows were in trouble, but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around. In the end, it just did not make business sense to continue, and we didn't want the cast to endure playing to disappointing audiences".

That sales were low to the point of potential disaster was seemingly information that was kept from the cast until the last minute, with many of the performers involved expressing surprise at the cancellation of the tour. Ben Forster, who has been playing Jesus in the touring show elsewhere since winning a competition in 2012, tweeted: "I am so devastated. I'm sorry to everyone who got tickets and flights. Who ever fucked it up I hate you. But I forgive you, I'm Jesus... well I was".

Brandon Boyd announced the news to his fans, saying: "I got fired from 'Jesus Christ Superstar' today... but so did the rest of the cast so we're all sad together. Yeah, it's true. Tour cancelled".

Meanwhile, some of the 70 supporting cast members rehearsing in London and preparing to travel to the US posted this photo.

Cohl said that money spent on the show prior to its cancellation amounted to "eight figures", suggesting that actually going ahead with it would only have increased losses further and that everything possible had been done to avert this situation. However, Forster told NYT that promotion of the tour had not been up to much, particularly noting how few radio and TV appearances he or the rest of the show's stars had done - something you would expect to be a high priority for a touring show that was hitting venues of up to 20,000 seats.

John Lydon, who was to play King Herod in the show, told NYT that he and his fellow cast members had been rehearsing for months "devoid of human contact". Commenting on Cohl, he added: "I had a run-in with the alleged promoter in New York. I didn't like him and I instinctively didn't trust him. The excuses are going to have to be phenomenal. All that Mr Cohl had to do was ring me up, and I'd have lent him $5".

Asked what he might do to fill the new hole in his schedule, Lydon claimed: "I'm going to be doing the ballet next".

Sam Smith does live advert just like he said he would
So, we reported last week that Sam Smith was going to do a live TV advert of Google Play Music, and he only bloody did. In a break from the 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man' programme on Friday night, Channel 4 tapped into Smith's show at The Roundhouse in London and viewers saw him perform his single 'Stay With Me'.

Sadly for everyone not involved, the whole thing went very smoothly with no obvious hitches at all. Which means the only thing I can focus on to pad this story out is to mention that for the first 30 seconds of the video, an iPhone being held up by an audience member sits in the front of the shot.

Completely REFUSING to comment on this, Google UK's Azi Eftekhari said in a stock quote post-event: "We're so delighted Google Play Music, Sam and his millions of fans could be a part of music and TV history this evening. Google Play's all about connecting music lovers with the tracks and artists they love".

Watch the iPhone iPhoning all over the place here.

Onkyo and 7digital partner on high quality music service
Japanese hi-fi manufacturer Onkyo has announced plans to expand its high quality music store, e-onkyo, into the US and Europe via a partnership with 7digital. The store will give users of net-connected Onkyo products access to downloads of Flac format music files from the 7digital catalogue.

Onkyo president Shinsuke Yamashita said of the expansion: "We feel strongly that consumers deserve to hear their favourite music in clear, clean and crisp sound. Our e-onkyo music service launched in 2005 in Japan and we are now delighted to bring the successful service to consumers in Europe and the US. There is no better partner to do this with than 7digital, whose long-standing expertise and dedication to high quality is second to none".

Co-founder of 7digital, Ben Drury added: "Over the last decade, we have set the standard in simplifying access to digital music for our partners and their customers. With the introduction of our HD digital music portfolio we hope to reconfirm 7digital's position as a leader in high quality digital music services. There is a global demand for higher definition digital music and it's exciting to have such an internationally-recognised and respected industry brand as Onkyo as our first major partner in this space".

He continued: "We have always been focused on transforming the way people listen to and engage with music through connected devices. The upgrade of our catalogue and partnership with a premier global brand such as Onkyo keeps us both at the front of this HD music revolution".

Earlier this year, Neil Young raised more than $6 million on Kickstarter for his new high quality portable audio player and download service, Pono. E-onkyo probably won't be as rubbish as that.

Tickets on sale for user-friendly three-part music rights course
The latest season of CMU Insights evening courses kicks off tonight in Shoreditch, and a single ticket is now on sale to attend all the music rights sessions.

The evening seminars, taking place each Monday at 6.30pm, are led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, who says: "Anyone working in music is actually working in the copyright business, and therefore a good understanding of all the copyright basics is important to get ahead. Intellectual property law can be quite a dry subject, but we've managed to distil all the key facts you need to know and have found a compelling way to present them".

The three music rights sessions kick off next Monday, 9 Jun, with a session on copyright law basics, another of music and collective licensing, and the final session on the music rights sector in 2014. You can get one ticket for all three for just £125 here.

Meanwhile a couple of places are still available for this evening's session, an overview of the music industry, and/or for the full eight week programme, if you book very quickly. More info here.

  Approved: (Mr) Twin Sister
Having made themselves a name several years back with air-whipped candyland jams like 'All Around And Away We Go' and the slightly stickier 'Bad Street', NYC crew Twin Sister are paddling their way back with a new image and a (discretionary) new title. Mr. They're Mr Twin Sister these days, and advertising this new career era with a new track.

Born of twisted twilight times and shady disco climes, the darkly camp 'Out Of The Dark' is the 'night' to the 'day' of past Twin Sister singles, sounding like a flipside mix of something from Scissor Sisters' box of vogue-pop tricks.

Hear it now as the world waits for Mr Twin Sister to make another move.
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Release Round-Up: Earth, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Roses Gabor, Mykki Blanco and My Panda Shall Fly
Earth, as in the Seattle-based band named Earth, are set to release their tenth LP, which is titled 'Primitive And Deadly', relatively soon.

Well, in September. It finds Earth's native pairing - long-time collaborators Dylan Carlson and Adrienne Davies - teaming their backing tracks with voxby Mark Lanegan and Rose Windows' Rabia Shaheen Qazi. Sunn O)))'s Bill Herzog, Built To Spill's Brett Netson and Narrows' Jodie Cox also feature on the record's list of creditors.

And hey, Earth's label Southern Lord is also bringing back to life a pair of back-in-the-day LPs by the pairing, 2005's 'Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method' and 2008's and 'The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull'. The big day of the re-releases is this: 24 Jun.

Pressing on intrepidly after the not exactly overwhelmingly positive reaction to their recently-released LP 'Someday World', Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have given their creative alliance another whirl, and will on 30 Jun release another long player titled 'High Life'.

Explaining why he and Hyde decided to release quite so immediate a follow-on to 'Someday World', Brian Eno says: "When 'Someday World' was finished I felt like we were still on a roll and I wasn't ready to stop working and get into 'promotional mode' for that record. So I suggested we immediately start on another album, a different one, where we extended some of the ideas we'd started, and attempted some of the ideas we hadn't".

Karl Hyde, meanwhile, adds: "I wanted to work with a stripped down set of equipment... For this album I was very keen for Brian to live process my guitar playing so that we would be effecting one another's performance, bouncing off each other, inspiring new combinations of polyrhythms". Hear 'High Life' track 'DBF' here.

Next, Brit R&B poster girl Roses Gabor last week premiered her new single, the MNEK-mixed 'Rush'. Landing 24 Jun on Toddla T's Girls Music label, it looks as if the track is an initial taste of Gabor's fast-approaching first LP, which is still TBA at the moment. Coast on over and stream 'Rush' via this link.

NYC rap man Mykki Blanco has screened the new clip for new track 'She Gutta', the lead off of his brawny 'Spring/Summer 14' EP. It's quite NSFW, by the way, but nonetheless you should probably just go on and watch it, because a life half-lived is barely a life at all. And also, #YOLO, and all that. Here's the vid.

We'll close this thing off with one final new video, this time for 'SSIM', the latest track to appear off electronic aesthete My Panda Shall Fly's latest EP, 'No Secrets'. The animated clip, made by CGI creative Clifford Sage, follows an imaginary SIM chip as it travels through a big digital mechanism, kind of like the insides of a robot. It's weirdly enticing, right?

Bruce Dickinson to stage WWI dogfight over Sonisphere
Sometimes bands have fireworks at the end of their sets when they headline a festival. Which is nice, I guess. But it's no recreation of a World War One dogfight, is it? Yeah, bands, Iron Maiden are going to spoil festival shows for you all.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson last week announced that he had arranged a twelve minute air display from The Great War Display Team ahead of his band's headline performance at Sonisphere this year. The show will take place at around 6pm on the Saturday of the festival, and feature five different types of early 20th century fighter planes.

Says Dickinson, who will also be flying as part of the display team: "The air show over Sonisphere is something I'm really excited about and we're determined to put on an unforgettable display for everyone. We're planning an extravaganza of derring-do, especially when you consider the manoeuvres we'll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago! What some of these fighter pilots achieved back then was nothing short of miraculous given the conditions they were working under and the seriousness of what was at stake".

Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith added: "We all got very excited when Iron Maiden approached us with this idea. It's going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth. We've made sure we were able to squeeze a gap into the outdoor stage programme on 5 Jul so that it has the impact it deserves".

And, hey, you know what would be cool? If they could do this all again at Glastonbury. Yeah, well, good luck waiting for that to happen. Dickinson said last week that he and his band would never ever ever play there. Ever.

"Personally I have no interest in going to Glastonbury", he told The Daily Star. "In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting. Now it's the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me".

Justin Bieber apologises for racist joke
Justin Bieber has apologised publicly after a video of him telling a racist joke appeared online. The video, apparently an outtake from Bieber's 2011 documentary 'Never Say Never', was published by The Sun over the weekend.

In a statement issued to TMZ, Bieber said: "As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn't realise at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance".

He goes on: "Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what's right".


Jack White apologises for Black Keys and Meg White comments
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is often getting himself into trouble for bad-mouthing other bands and then having to apologise. Turns out he's just copying Jack White. Possibly.

White published a lengthy post on his website this weekend, apologising for recent comments he's made about The Black Keys and former White Stripes drummer Meg White.

The comments appeared in an interview with Rolling Stone, in which he said of The Black Keys: "There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don't know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I'll hear TV commercials where the music's ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it's me. Half the time, it's The Black Keys. The other half, it's a sound-alike song because they couldn't license one of mine. There's a whole world that's totally fine with the watered-down version of the original".

Meanwhile, he said of his former bandmate: "She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown. She viewed me that way of 'Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?' Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We'd be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I'm like, 'Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!' And Meg's sitting in silence".

In his "apology and explanation", White said that he'd "felt in a way forced into talking about very private opinions", which would normally have stayed "behind the curtain" lest the silly public misconstrue them as negative.

He continued: "There are a lot of things that only people around me can know about or understand, but despite all of that I want to say this: I wish the band The Black Keys all the success that they can get. I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring The Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that The Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career".

On Meg White, he added: "Meg White, who I also talked about to Rolling Stone about our working conversations, or lack thereof, is, of course, a musician I've personally championed for fifteen years. She is a strong female presence in rock and roll, and I was not intending to slight her either, only to explain how hard it was for us to communicate with our very different personalities. This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music".

Read White's blog post in full here.

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