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Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Cliff Richard flew back to the UK from his home in Portugal this weekend to speak to police investigating allegations of an historical sexual offence, the singer's reps have confirmed. As previously reported, the popstar's property in Berkshire was searched by police earlier this month following claims regarding a sexual assault of a boy under the age of sixteen at a Christian faith rally in 1985. The... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The popularity of Deafheaven's second album, 'Sunbather', brought with it accusations of the band making black metal for hipsters. And their latest track appearing in the Adult Swim Singles series isn't going to help with that much. But if you're quietly seething about a black metal band picking up fans who carry tote bags, just remember that the elitist nature of the genre probably means it's not... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Cliff Richard returns to UK to face police questions about assault claims
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LEGAL Sony's entertainment network forced offline by DDoS attack, possibly by ISIS supporters
Suge Knight shot at pre-VMAs party
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS US indie stores back global street day, but not Friday
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MEDIA SpinMedia announces latest CEO
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RELEASES Two Prince albums incoming
Jessie J reveals her sweet-talking new LP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Morrissey tour, O2 date
All Time Low and You Me At Six are going to tour the UK's arenas together
Rinse lists live and on-air genre hijacks
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AWARDS Cyrus champions homeless cause at VMAs
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AND FINALLY... Parfitt had second heart attack, and he's glad about it
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Cliff Richard returns to UK to face police questions about assault claims
Cliff Richard flew back to the UK from his home in Portugal this weekend to speak to police investigating allegations of an historical sexual offence, the singer's reps have confirmed.

As previously reported, the popstar's property in Berkshire was searched by police earlier this month following claims regarding a sexual assault of a boy under the age of sixteen at a Christian faith rally in 1985. The singer quickly denied the claims, saying that they are "completely false", while adding that he would "co-operate fully" with the police investigation.

To that end Richard returned to the UK this weekend to be interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police. It's thought the singer first met with his legal team before reporting to a pre-agreed police station. He was not arrested and no charges were made.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police gave a typically ambiguous statement to reporters, confirming they had spoken to a "73 year old man" and that "the man was interviewed under caution but was not arrested. He entered South Yorkshire Police premises by arrangement".

Meanwhile a spokesman for the singer himself told the BBC: "Today Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police. He was not arrested or charged. He co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him. Other than restating that this allegation is completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time".

Sony's entertainment network forced offline by DDoS attack, possibly by ISIS supporters
Entertainment congloms like Sony have had their online networks targeted by so called Distributed Denial Of Service attacks before, though usually such initiatives are led by anti-copyright or anti-capitalist campaigners, not groups claiming allegiance to jihadist fighters.

Sony's PlayStation and Entertainment Network, which includes the firm's streaming music service, went offline this weekend after a DDoS attack swamped the company's servers. Though unlike the infamous attack on Sony's networks in 2011, this time no data was grabbed during the DDoS.

The source of the server attack is not certain, though a Twitter feed using the handle @LizardSquad claimed responsibility.

Initially the Twitter account said the attack had been instigated because Sony wasn't spending enough of the income generated from the PlayStation Network on enhancing the service. But then it later tweeted "today we planted the ISIS flag on @Sony's servers", alongside a photo of a man carrying the flag of the Islamic State movement (known until recently as the Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria, aka ISIS).

The DDoS coincided with drama in the US after a plane carrying the President of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley, was diverted after bomb threats were made online, including on the @LizardSquad Twitter feed. American Airlines Flight 362, flying from Dallas to San Diego, was redirected to Phoenix as a result of the bomb threat.

Smedley later tweeted: "Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys".

It's hard to know whether @LizardSquad really does represent the group behind this weekend's DDoS attacks; Microsoft's Xbox network was also reportedly targeted. It's also not clear whether the feed really does have any formal or informal links to ISIS. Though the online manifestations of the current conflict in Iraq and Syria have been notable of course, both those that have been shocking, and those that are more mundane.

With that in mind the now defunct post-metal band also called ISIS have been forced to rename their Facebook profile to Isis The Band, after some confused web surfers started posting angry messages on it. The band split in 2010, but kept the Facebook profile to update fans on band members' other projects.

The outfit's former drummer Aaron Harris, speaking to ABC News about people getting his ex-band confused with the ISIS that is dominating headlines this year, said: "It certainly caught us off guard. Fans have emailed us that they're reluctant to wear our t-shirts now and we've also gotten some off-colour comments".

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Suge Knight shot at pre-VMAs party
There was drama ahead of this weekend's MTV VMAs after a shooting at an unofficial pre-event party in LA in which one time hip hop mogul Suge Knight was reportedly shot six times. Two other men were also injured, with all three rushed to hospital where they were receiving treatment yesterday. A spokesman for the LA Sheriff's Department said that, although Knight's injuries were serious, all three men are expected to make a full recovery.

While Knight has been involved in violent altercations in the past, there was early speculation that the Death Row Records founder had been caught in the cross-fire, and that another party-goer - maybe even the event's host Chris Brown - had actually been the target. But investigators say footage from inside the club venue where the party was taking place suggest the shooter was indeed targeting Knight.

His family issued a statement yesterday that read: "The family of Suge Knight asks that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media. Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood, he's human. He's done a lot of things for the community and the culture as a whole so we ask that you respect that

US indie stores back global street day, but not Friday
Good news everybody. The Department Of Record Stores - which represents about hundred indie record sellers in the US and Canada - thinks a global record release street day is a great idea. Providing the street day the globe adopts is the North American one.

As previously reported, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry recently confirmed moves are afoot for the record industry worldwide to adopt the same day of the week for releasing new records, making online marketing easier. It's not a controversial proposal in principle - most people agree with the logic of new releases going online on the same day worldwide - but the big question is "which day?".

The IFPI said that "positive dialogue with organisations representing artists, chart compilers, digital services, independent record labels and physical format retailers" had honed in on Friday as the preferred day, though a few such organisations around the world responding with a "who said what about what now?"

To be fair, while the Department Of Record Stores is pushing for the US release day of Tuesday to be adopted around the world, it is willing to be a bit flexible. Just not as far as Friday.

According to Billboard, the group said in an email: "The worldwide change should be made in a positive way and it should be done to maximise opportunities to increase sales for all retail partners. Tuesday would be the least disruptive because North America and the UK are the world's largest markets for music, and the Tuesday street date used by Canada and the US would mean that only the UK would need to move up its street date" (which is currently Monday).

Wednesday might be workable, the DRS added, but "Friday is the worst choice for a worldwide street date, because it will require costly changes and would lead to less sales". So there you go. The IFPI hopes that a global street day could go live as soon as next summer.

SpinMedia announces latest CEO
SpinMedia, the American music and entertainment blog owner known as Buzzmedia before it bought SPIN magazine, has announced Stephen Blackwell as its new CEO, succeeding Dale Strang, who will stay with the company as its Chairman.

In a press statement, Blackwell said: "I am thrilled to lead SpinMedia into an exciting new era. Our audience is young, vibrant and fully engaged in all forms of media and our brands, scale and digital assets have perfectly positioned Spin to capture the benefits of mobile and social growth across the web. Dale built an exceptionally strong and talented team - he will continue to be a valuable resource in our evolution".

And evolution is what the company will be hoping Presswell will bring. The founder of the Death And Taxes website, he is SpinMedia's fourth CEO in two years and joins following a restructuring at the company earlier this year designed to pay off debts.

But that's all behind them now, Blackwell insisted in an interview with Capital, saying: "When I first got to Spin, and I started talking to everybody about [how] we've got an incredible brand here and a lot of opportunity for growth, I saw nothing but upside. I started expressing my vision on how we could help the brand grow, and that's kind of when the conversation started about, well how does the CEO position look to you?"

He added: "The board is committed to a long-term strategy with SpinMedia. They see tremendous value in the brands and the people inside the walls of this company".

Well, let's hope so.

  Approved: Deafheaven - From The Kettle To The Coil
The popularity of Deafheaven's second album, 'Sunbather', brought with it accusations of the band making black metal for hipsters. And their latest track appearing in the Adult Swim Singles series isn't going to help with that much. But if you're quietly seething about a black metal band picking up fans who carry tote bags, just remember that the elitist nature of the genre probably means it's not designed to appeal to you either. So let's just move on.

Anyway, 'From The Kettle To The Coil', is the latest track to appear in Adult Swim's procession of free downloads, and is available for you to store on your computer from today. From a running start, the track is a pretty solid wall of noise for the first half, before dropping a minute of more shoegaze-inspired riffs during which to catch your (and their) breath, before the roaring final stretch.

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Two Prince albums incoming
Prince has confirmed that he will release two brand new albums at the end of September, solo long player 'Art Official Age' and his first with newish band 3RDEYEGIRL 'Plectrumelectrum'. Both albums are now available for pre-order, with some instant-grat action for those who get their purchasing done early.

The albums will be released by Warner Music, with whom Prince recently made up. The major's boss Cameron Strang told reporters: "Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture. For the past 35 years, he has never stopped evolving, challenging himself, reinventing his sound, and pushing boundaries".

He went on: "In true Prince fashion, he has just given us not one, but two extraordinary albums that express the incredible range and depth of his talent. All of us at WBR are immensely proud to be working with Prince to bring this brilliant new music to his legions of fans around the world, and needless to say we are thrilled to be working in partnership with him again".

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Jessie J reveals her sweet-talking new LP
Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.

And BOOOOOOOOOOM, pop vocalist Jessie J has confirmed 'lift-off' on her third LP, revealing its title ('Sweet Talker') and release date (13 Oct).

And BOOM (again), the "slick" and "kick-ass" disc showcases both J's "phenomenal vocal range" and her "divisibility" as one of the pop world's main power-players. I think that 'divisibility' bit means she is a popstar of many parts.

Anyway 'Sweet Talker' features the rapper 2 Chainz, the popstars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (who both joined with J in LA to sing their and her collaborative single 'Bang Bang' at the MTV VMAs over the weekend), hip hop trio De La Soul, and also hip viral violinist Lindsey Stirling on the auspiciously-titled LP track 'Loud'.

So that's that basically, all the info one could want. Now take in the official 'Sweet Talker' tracklist, high-waisted-pants-tastic cover 'art', and a nice lyric clip for 'Bang Bang':

Ain't Been Done
Burnin' Up (feat 2 Chainz)
Sweet Talker
Bang Bang (feat Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
Fire
Personal
Masterpiece
Seal Me With A Kiss (feat De La Soul)
Said Too Much
Loud (feat Lindsey Stirling)
Keep Us Together
Get Away

Morrissey tour, O2 date
Morrissey? On tour? All over Europe? With a date at The O2 in London on 29 Nov? While simultaneously "urgently" looking for a new label to do the releasing honours on his latest LP 'World Peace Is None of Your Business'? It couldn't be true, could it?

Well, yes, it is true to you. In that, that's what usually reliable Morrissey fan site truetoyou.net is saying. Further fall outs with the big band music business machine and the poor health gods permitting, presumably.

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All Time Low and You Me At Six are going to tour the UK's arenas together
All Time Low and You Me At Six are going out on a co-headlining tour next year. Both of them. Together. At flippin last. The tour will include a Valentine's Day show at the O2 Arena, aka the world's most romantic place.

Showing off his noted skill for using words to communicate with people, All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth said: "We've never managed to hit up the UK with the hometown boys in You Me At Six, so this is going to be a really amazing experience. I think the fanbases will come together and make the shows unforgettable".

You Me At Six's vocaliser Josh Franceschi disagrees though. No, not really, he said this: "We can't wait to hit the road with All Time Low. It's the tour we know our fans want, and we are so excited to be doing a full arena tour".

Here are the dates:

9 Feb: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
10 Feb: Birmingham, LG Arena
12 Feb: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
13 Feb: Manchester, Phones 4U Arena
14 Feb: London, O2 Arena

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Rinse lists live and on-air genre hijacks
Radio station/label/way-of-life Rinse is presenting a series of genre-themed on-air takeovers and live nights (at London's Dance Tunnel) over the next several weeks, this as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations. Go, Rinse.

The first of the FWD>> branded parties, which is this Thursday 28 Aug, is given over to jungle, and will feature Uncle Dugs, Brockie, Jumpin Jack Frost and DJ Ron.

Coinciding with a jungle takeover of the Rinse FM station on 29-31 Aug, the live jungle tip continues on to Friday (29 Aug) with a weekend mini-fest, again, headlined by Uncle Dugs, and also co-starring Grooverider, Shy FX, London Elektricity and Nicky Blackmarket.

Latter events, all tying in with parallel radio takeovers, will highlight the best in dubstep, house, funky, grim and garage, and will play host to the likes of Elijah & Skilliam, Marcus Nasty, Spoony, Coki, N-Type, Randomer and Klose One.

You have to sign up for admission to the free-entry FWD>> events first, so do that, and look at all the live listings in one place, via rinse20.com.

Cyrus champions homeless cause at VMAs
So, how to grab the headlines for a second time at MTV's Video Music Awards, even when you've not been booked to twerk into the groin of a singing man who's main achievement, other than teaming up with Pharrell to achieve a sneaky one-hit-wonder, is mastering the 'sex predator' look to perfection?

I know, bring a homeless guy along as your date, have him accept your award, and turn the whole thing into a promotion for a worthy homeless charity! Go, Miley Cyrus.

Accepting the popstar's gong for Best Video (for some reason presented for her 'Wrecking Ball' promo), Cyrus's friend said: "Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people".

He went on: "Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight. Los Angeles, entertainment capital, has the largest population of homeless youth in America. The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home".

Shortly after the speech Cyrus posted on her Facebook details of a new LA homeless centre, encouraging fans to donate. So that's all nice isn't it? And even better, she didn't stick out her tongue once. Not once. Not even when Beyonce picked up her fourth award.

Talking of which, VMA winners...

Video Of The Year: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Female Video: Katy Perry - Dark Horse
Male Video: Ed Sheeran - Sing
Artist To Watch: Fifth Harmony - Miss Movin On

Pop Video: Ariana Grande Feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Hip-Hop Video: Drake Feat Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home
Rock Video: Lorde - Royals
MTV Clubland Award: Zedd Feat. Hayley Williams - Stay The Night
Collaboration: Beyonce Feat Jay Z - Drunk In Love
Lyric Video: 5 Seconds Of Summer - Don't Stop
Video With A Social Message: Beyonce - Pretty Hurts

Cinematography: Beyonce - Pretty Hurts
Choreography: Sia - Chandelier
Art Direction: Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Editing: Eminem - Rap God
Visual Effects: OK Go - The Writing's On The Wall
Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Beyonce

Parfitt had second heart attack, and he's glad about it
Rick Parfitt is glad he had a second heart attack. In that he reckons it's a much needed wake-up call.

As previously reported, Status Quo recently had to cancel some shows after Parfitt was taken ill in Croatia. He was flown back to the UK for heart surgery, and has now confirmed that his medical emergency was the result of a heart attack, his second.

The rocker previously had a quadruple heart bypass in 1997, but he admits he didn't alter his heavy boozing, heavy smoking lifestyle. Until now.

He's told the Daily Mail: "I've had 50 years of smoking and drinking and abusing my body. There comes a time when you have to look at yourself and think, 'Right, that's it, it's now time for a change'. All my life I've defied the doctor's orders, thinking that I'm made of steel. As stupid as this may sound, I'm pleased I've had this heart attack because I couldn't see a way out of my bad habits".

He's now gone three weeks without drink and fags, which, he says, is a real achievement for him.

"There are so many advantages I never realised to being sober," he added. "When I wake up in the morning I want to get up and get the day going and I can't tell you how much better I feel. I'm going to enjoy my life so much more now. I'm ready to rock, I can't wait".

 
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