TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As expected, Radio 1's 'Official Chart Show' is moving to a new day so that it can still be the first place that the new UK singles chart is revealed when the much previously reported global release day kicks in and new tracks start to go live on a Friday morning. From July, the big top 40 countdown will air between 4-6pm on Friday afternoon as part of the Greg James drive time show... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The words 'Robyn protégé' will get you a long way, but only so far. At some point you'll have to step out on your own, and for Zhala that time is now. Only the second artist to sign to Robyn's Konichiwa label - after Robyn herself - nine years after the company was founded, Zhala drew a lot of attention with her 'Prophet' EP last year, not least in the CMU office. After that, she got to with... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Radio 1 Chart Show to move to Friday as global release day kicks in
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LEGAL Neil Fox charged with nine sex offences
Slipknot guitarist faces charges over brotherly punch up
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DEALS Kobalt to administer John Denver catalogue Stateside
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Vivendi investor promotes Universal sell off plan, management board not impressed
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ARTIST NEWS Ronnie Wood and Johnny Marr announce books
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RELEASES Diplo announces new Major Lazer album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Brandon Flowers announces UK tour dates
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AWARDS YouTube premieres thirteen new music videos as part of awards show
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ONE LINERS Florence And The Machine, Sufjan Stevens, Nneka and more
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AND FINALLY... Beyonce working on shoe design
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Radio 1 Chart Show to move to Friday as global release day kicks in
As expected, Radio 1's 'Official Chart Show' is moving to a new day so that it can still be the first place that the new UK singles chart is revealed when the much previously reported global release day kicks in and new tracks start to go live on a Friday morning.

From July, the big top 40 countdown will air between 4-6pm on Friday afternoon as part of the Greg James drive time show, though with the slot being an hour shorter than the current Sunday tea time chart programme the focus will fall more on the top 20. That way there's still an hour free between 6-7pm to play some good old dance anthems, because that's what the kids really like.

Though those kids who do dig the charts, but who prefer their lists of popular music in a visual form, will be able to tune in to the all new 'Official Chart Show' on telly channel CBBC, which will run alongside the radio programme with an "energetic mix of pop, gossip, UGC interactive features and fast-moving entertainment". So, there's a thing.

And a good thing, I should add, for the pop pluggers who are constantly seeking new places to push their shiny records and singing stars. Perhaps now they'll all stop moaning on all the time about "when is the BBC going to bring back 'Top Of The Pops'?" Never, that's when, but look, here's a music-focused kids show instead. Now shut up.

The schedule shift on Radio 1 could also generate a new audience for the chart because, while the Top 40 countdown is basically being subsumed by another radio programme, it's a show that regular scores ratings four times as high as the standalone chart slot on Sundays. It remains to be seen if that gives the chart a greater listener base and more relevance amongst mainstream music fans. Or if it just scares people away from Radio 1 drive on a Friday.

But whatever, at least it means record label execs will now be able to call it a day at 4pm each Friday afternoon, crack open some beers, turn on the radio, and claim they're "assessing current market trends" and "investigating the latest consumer engagement analytics". And given the charts have always been most important to the people who work in the record business, why shouldn't consuming it fall into the working week?

So, good news all round then. And now some quotes...

Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper: "The days of recording your favourite songs from the chart onto cassette are long gone and Radio 1 now operates in an instant digital world. So when the global release day changes to a Friday we will also move 'The Official Chart', continuing our commitment to stay relevant to young music fans of today and tomorrow".

Future chart show host Greg James: "It's great that Radio 1 can make big statements like this. Radio has been under scrutiny over the last few years to keep up with the internet, but with the popularity of our content online as well as out of the speakers we are proving that we're more relevant than ever. We can react quicker than TV and most online outlets so the reality is the oldest medium has become the most vital and strangely the most reactive. 'The Chart' must feel like it's providing news, not just confirmation of something the listeners already knew. It's a privilege to host it and even better that I don't have to work Sundays".

Charts chief Martin Talbot: "This is an exciting new era for the Official Singles Chart - following the integration of streams - with the move to a new, more high profile slot. BBC Radio 1 has been the home of the UK's Official Singles Chart for more than 40 years and we are delighted that they are as excited about future plans for the chart as we are".

Neil Fox charged with nine sex offences
Radio DJ Neil Fox has been charged with nine sex offences involving six people, some of whom were under sixteen at the time of the alleged assaults.

As previously reported, Fox was first arrested over allegations of sexual assault last September, and has since been taken in for questioning on two further occasions, most recently earlier this month.

The charges now made against Fox relate to allegations of an indecent assault against a girl aged under fourteen, two further indecent assaults against a girl aged under sixteen, four against a female over sixteen, and two additional sexual assaults. The most recent alleged incident took place last year.

The DJ, who was working at Magic FM at the time of his first arrest, "categorically denies each and every allegation that has been made against him", according to his lawyer, who said it would be inappropriate for his client to make any additional comments at this time.

Fox is now due to appear before Westminster magistrates court on 16 Apr.

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Slipknot guitarist faces charges over brotherly punch up
Skipknot guitarist Mick Thomson has been charged in relation to that fight he had with his brother in which he was stabbed in the head.

Both Mick and his brother Andrew Thomson will appear in court on 30 Mar to face charges of disorderly conduct after police were called to their home in Des Moines after an altercation between the two men turned violent. Both required hospital treatment after the fight.

Despite being stabbed in the back of his head during the fracas, the guitarist is expected to make all upcoming Slipknot shows, which begin with a festival booking in Florida next month.

Kobalt to administer John Denver catalogue Stateside
Everyone's favourite copyright administrator - oh, and super-cool tech start up and saviour of music, apparently - Kobalt has only gone and signed on the dotted line to administer the catalogue of John Denver in the US. If only the great man himself hadn't gone and died, he'd have really loved that data processing system.

Confirming the deal, Kobalt Music Group President Richard Sanders told reporters: "We feel extremely privileged to be able to work with the Denver Estate and help bring John's music to a new audience. His gift for songwriting sees his music continue to resonate with both new and old fans, and with record sales in the millions his legacy lives on".

Meanwhile, speaking for the John Denver Estate - which, presumably, really does care about quick and transparent royalty reporting - Brian Schwartz and Amy Abrams said in a statement: "We're excited to be working with this forward-thinking and technologically advanced company to continue John's legacy".

Vivendi investor promotes Universal sell off plan, management board not impressed
You're not in the cool crowd as a major record company owner if you've not got at least one shareholder wanting your music business spun off or sold. So well done Vivendi, which has had to reject a proposal from P Schoenfeld Asset Management that it flog off the Universal Music Group.

The suggestion was seemingly first made by the asset management fund back in December, and has been refloated again this week. According to the Financial Times, the proposal to sell off UMG sits alongside a number of grievances expressed by PSAM - which controls just under 1% of Vivendi stock - mainly relating to dividend payments, uncertainty about future plans, and the impact those things are possibly having on share price.

Oh, and Team PSAM don't seem to like the influence bigger shareholder and now Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has over the French entertainment group these days. On a possible Universal sell off, the investor group said: "Strategic acquirers paying a control premium for either UMG, Canal+ or both could be a source of additional upside".

But Vivendi insists that, with plans to grow the firm's interests in media and entertainment, current key assets Universal and Canal+ are very much part of the company's future. "The management board opposes the dismantling of Vivendi", said, well, the management board of Vivendi.

As previously reported, Vivendi has been doing a lot of denying of any plans to sell Universal of late following reports that US-based Liberty Media had expressed an interest in buying the music company. I've counted seven denials so far. Corporate conventions dictate that once there have been eleven denials, a sale quickly follows.

  Approved: Zhala
The words 'Robyn protégé' will get you a long way, but only so far. At some point you'll have to step out on your own, and for Zhala that time is now.

Only the second artist to sign to Robyn's Konichiwa label - after Robyn herself - nine years after the company was founded, Zhala drew a lot of attention with her 'Prophet' EP last year, not least in the CMU office. After that, she got to with producer Mathias Oldén on her debut album, which is due out on 25 May.

The finished record is an exciting trip further into what she describes as 'cosmic pop', a high energy, often tense sound, based, she herself says, "on physical reactions". At times it can feel like she's holding back, but only so that the shock of the unrestrained run she's about to make at you has maximum impact.

Listen to 'Holy Bubbles', one of the album's standout tracks, which typifies her style perfectly, here.
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Ronnie Wood, Elvis Costello and Johnny Marr announce books
Guitarists Ronnie Wood, Elvis Costello and Johnny Marr have all announced new books. Wood will publish his teenage diaries, while Costello and Marr will publish autobiographies.

"I suppose my own private world is in the diary", says Wood of 'How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary', which focuses on 1965, when he was seventeen and his music career was first getting underway (pre-Faces and pre-Stones). It will be published in May.

"This diary shows what an amazing schedule I had. We'd be travelling the length and breadth of the country every day. With youth on our side, it was a continuing adventure. Our overspilling energy was enough to take care of work every night of the week. It was enough to chase the girls, enough to write songs, enough to rehearse and enough to travel. It was all go, all the time".

Next, Costello will publish his memoir, 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink', on 13 Oct this year. "This is his story, written himself, rich with anecdotes about family and fellow musicians, introspective about the creation of his famous songs", says the Penguin website.

Marr's previously reported autobiography, meanwhile, is set for publication in autumn 2016.

"For the past few years, as I've been out on tour promoting my solo work, fans and journalists have been asking me when I'll write my book", says Marr. "I'm very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story".

The book, of course, follows ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey's autobiography, 'Autobiography', which came out in 2013.

Diplo announces new Major Lazer album
Diplo has announced a new Major Lazer album, 'Peace Is The Mission', which is set for release on 1 Jun through his own Mad Decent label.

The LP features numerous collaborations with artists such as Ariana Grande, Elliphant, Ellie Goulding, 2Chainz and Pusha T. The news comes alongside the new video for previously released track 'Leon On', with MØ and DJ Snake.

Speaking about shooting the video in India, Diplo says: "India is special and its beauty absolutely humbled me. When we toured there as Major Lazer, it was mind blowing to see our fanbase and we wanted to incorporate the attitude and positive vibes into our video and just do something that embodies the essence of Major Lazer".

He goes on: "Major Lazer has always been a culture mashup and to us, India feels like some kind of special creature with one foot in history and one firmly in the future. The experience is something we'll never forget".

Here's the full tracklist for the album:

1. Be Together (feat Wild Belle)
2. Too Original (feat Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell)
3. Blaze Up The Fire (feat Chronixx)
4. Lean On (feat MØ & DJ Snake)
5. Powerful (feat Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)
6. Light It Up (feat Nyla)
7. Roll The Bass
8. Night Riders (feat Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T & Mad Cobra)
9. All My Love (feat Ariana Grande & Machel Montano) (Remix)

Brandon Flowers announces UK tour dates
Brandon Flowers has announced UK tour dates in support of his new solo album, 'The Desired Effect', which is set for release on 18 May.

The Killers frontman also premiered 'Can't Deny My Love', the first single from the album last night, and golly, if you can't just listen to it here.

Tickets for the dates go on sale on Friday. What are the dates? These are the dates:

21 May: London, Brixton Academy
24 May: Manchester, Academy
25 May: Edinburgh, Usher Hall
26 May: Leeds, Academy
28 May: Birmingham, Academy

YouTube premieres thirteen new music videos as part of awards show
YouTube yesterday slapped a playlist of thirteen brand new videos featuring the 50 winners of this year's YouTube Music Awards. They all fit together into "a new kind of awards show". I don't really get it, but it sounds good, doesn't it?

Artists involved include Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, Usher, Charli XCX, Shamir, FKA Twigs and Action Bronson & Chance The Rapper, with the whole thing produced by Vice and hosted by YouTube star Tyler Oakley.

Watch it here, if you want.

Florence And The Machine, Sufjan Stevens, Nneka and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Well, there's a new FloMac video. It's apparently "chapter 2 of the 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful' odyssey", which is a fancy way of saying it's the second single from her new album.

• Singer-songwriter Nneka will release a new album, 'My Fairy Tales', on 26 May. Here's the first single, 'My Love, My Love'.

• M+A and Dena have clubbed together and recorded a new track, called 'Habes'. It's taken from the former's new EP, 'Anyway Milkyway', which is out on 20 Apr.

• Don't forget to listen to Sufjan Stevens' new album over on the Guardian website today. It really is brilliant.

• Dems have released a new video for their song, 'Wake'. Have a watch.

• DFA1979 have announced a one-off show at Concorde 2 in Brighton on 28 Jun.

• Iron Maiden and Il Divo will both receive Silver Clef awards at the annual fund-raising lunch for the Nordoff Robbins charity on 3 Jul this year. I'm already lobbying for a collaboration between the two winners.

Beyonce working on shoe design
Beyonce is collaborating on a shoe design with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti, he has told Forbes. The final product is set to be revealed in the next two weeks.

Commenting on a sketch shown to him by the designer, writer Declan Eytan says of the work-in-progress: "I'm not able to see what the final product will turn out like exactly, but going by the sketch, Beyonce has a thing for ultra thick platform stilettos".

"Beyonce has very clear ideas - she knows exactly what she wants", adds Zanotti. "The thing which she then also has over other celebrities, is that she has an amazing voice. She's incredibly talented and she's an amazing dancer - she's complete. Few are like Beyonce. I'm working on finalising the shoe with her stylist right now. And Beyonce will then say what she likes and what she doesn't like. It will be one shoe only".

Well that's going to make it very difficult to walk in.

 
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