WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As the so called safe harbour rules protecting tech firms from liability for copyright infringement are debated in Europe, a legal case in the US testing similar principles there continues to go through the motions. As previously reported, late last year BMG and Round Hill Music sued American cable company Cox Communications over its alleged inaction in forwarding warning letters to... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: I had a headache all day yesterday. All bloody day. And yet I still clicked on a link promising to show me a new Squarepusher live video. That's how much I like Squarepusher. Because if there's one thing you can say about our Tom, it's that his music tends not to be particularly headache friendly. Still, as the staccato beats and violently flashing colours filled my screen... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES ISP and music publishers squabble over financial data in safe harbour test case
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LEGAL American lawyer disagrees with Pharrell over Blurred Lines case
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LIVE BUSINESS Southbank Centre promotes Gillian Moore
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THE GREAT ESCAPE How data should inform live music marketing
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ARTIST NEWS Simon Danczuk MP calls on music industry to do more to protect musicians' mental health
Joni Mitchell hospitalised
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RELEASES EddyTM reveals details of tinnitus awareness compilation
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks announce album, FFS
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to release new film soundtrack
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GIGS & FESTIVALS The Maccabees have made a 70 minute video in which nothing happens, like they're French or something
Hey critics! James Bay has announced a tour
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ONE LINERS Azealia Banks video, Jaga Jazzist album, Refused tour, and more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber, working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin on new album
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DOMINO - DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino is seeking a confident individual to oversee its digital account and sales initiatives, based in the London office. The position will manage key partnerships and initiatives across digital music and video service providers (such as iTunes, Spotify, VEVO and Amazon MP3) with a particular focus on the UK and European markets.

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SOLD OUT - DIGITAL DESIGNER (LONDON)
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ISOLATION NETWORK INC - ASSOCIATE, CLIENT OPERATIONS (LONDON)
Isolation Network, Inc. ("IN") is the parent company of INgrooves Music Group and INscribe Digital. IN's technology powers media distribution for INgrooves Music Group, INscribe Digital, as well as a number of corporate enterprise media clients. Operations Associate will be client facing, responsible for content ingestion, catalogue change requests and other operational activities.

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YES PLEASE - PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Yes Please is a dynamic music publicity agency based in Brick Lane. We are looking for a press and online officer to join the team. We are currently working with some of the industry’s best labels in the indie and major world and some fantastic artists including; Karen O, elbow, Conor Oberst, Speedy Ortiz, Fat White Family and The Districts amongst many others.

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Premier Aviation UK Ltd, a member of the Hunt & Palmer group, are specialist brokers to the music and entertainment industries and have worked with many of the world's top acts since 1996. With so many exciting new opportunities on the horizon for 2015, we are looking to appoint a dedicated Business Development Manager to help us grow our business and enhance Premier Aviation's position as Europe's foremost provider of aircraft charter to the music and entertainment industry.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
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YOUR ARMY - SENIOR PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Senior Press Officer to join its busy Press Department and Promotions Team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns. Knowledge of dance music is preferable and a good understanding of social media a bonus.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - UK SALES MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Digital is looking for a sales manager to join its label management team in the UK. A deep knowledge of the independent music industry and key labels, as well as the experience and knowledge to sign content is essential as Believe continues to drive its label acquisition strategy in the UK and internationally.

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THE ROUNDHOUSE - HEAD OF MUSIC (LONDON)
The main purpose of this role is to create and lead the Roundhouse's internationally renowned music programme. The Head of Music leads on nurturing and maintaining our relationships with promoters and leading players in the music industry and developing the Roundhouse's own music programme, including opportunities for 11-25 year olds. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the successful candidate joins a strong and proactive team that ensures the organisation and all its activities flourish.

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ISP and music publishers squabble over financial data in safe harbour test case
As the so called safe harbour rules protecting tech firms from liability for copyright infringement are debated in Europe, a legal case in the US testing similar principles there continues to go through the motions.

As previously reported, late last year BMG and Round Hill Music sued American cable company Cox Communications over its alleged inaction in forwarding warning letters to suspected file-sharers. The music firms argued that by failing to act after being alerted to piracy on its networks, Cox should lose its safe harbour protections and be held liable for the copyright infringement of its customers.

Most of the big ISPs in America signed up to the Copyright Alert System, a voluntary programme that sees net firms forwarding warning letters to customers suspected by music and movie companies of accessing content from unlicensed sources. Cox was the biggest of the net companies not to participate in that programme, instead saying it had its own system in place to deal with suspected file-sharers. But BMG and Round Hill argue that that system is decidedly and possibly deliberately mediocre.

And while there isn't a specific law in the US that obliges ISPs to take part in any letter-sending anti-piracy programmes (unlike in the UK, where the Digital Economy Act does obligate net firms in this way), the music publishers reckon that Cox's failure to act when made aware of its file-sharing customers should impact on the safe harbour protections that stem from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and which say that tech firms that inadvertently and unknowingly enable others to infringe can't themselves be held liable for the infringement.

As the case develops, both sides are busy seeking information from the other party that might aid their case. According to Torrentfreak, Cox is seeking clarification over the exact ownership of the songs BMG and Round Hill claim have been infringed by its customers, while trying to pick holes in the way anti-piracy firm Rightscorp monitors its networks on behalf of the music publishing firms.

Meanwhile the music publishers have asked for all the specifics about Cox's anti-piracy policies, as well as information about the company's financials. The latter is needed, says BMG and Round Hill, to inform their argument that Cox has a financial incentive in turning a blind eye to piracy on its networks, and to ascertain what damages might be due if they were to win the case.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cox ain't so keen in providing that financial information, and so the publishers have filed a motion with the courts demanding the ISP comply.

They argue: "The financial information that Cox refused to produce is directly relevant to Cox's strong motivation for ignoring rampant infringement on its network because ignoring this infringement results in a financial benefit to Cox. Moreover, Cox's financial motivation for refusing to take meaningful actions against its repeat infringing customers is important to both the knowledge element of contributory infringement and the financial benefit element of vicarious liability".

But Cox is standing its ground, arguing that the music firms' request for financial information was way too wide, and basically amounts to wanting to see "virtually every financial record that Cox maintains about its internet customers and its provision of internet services". Saying it would be happy to comply with more specific requests, the cable company says in its response to the latest motion: "The plaintiffs have never offered to entertain even minor limitations to the scope of their discovery requests, making any compromise effectively impossible".

The court is yet to rule on what data must be shared.

American lawyer disagrees with Pharrell over Blurred Lines case
US-based entertainment lawyer Michael Sukin has responded to comments made by Pharrell Williams in his previously reported recent interview with the Financial Times regarding the ruling against him and Robin Thicke in the high profile 'Blurred Lines' copyright case. In a letter to the broadsheet, Sukin notes that Williams mused "there are songs that utilise other material, but until now there has not been copyright infringement, which is why this is so scary". But that's just not true, says the attorney.

"This could not be further from the truth", he writes. "Even in current popular music. George Harrison's infringement of 'He's So Fine', written by Ronald Mack and interpreted by the Chiffons, was decided in favour of Mr Mack. Mr Harrison apologised. And the 1990s saw the first significant sampling decision by a federal court, Biz Markie's looping of my client Gilbert O'Sullivan's 'Alone Again Naturally', without permission, resulted in a judgment in Mr O'Sullivan's favour against Biz Markie, his record company and Warner Brothers Records, the distributor".

Defending the ruling in the 'Blurred Lines' case, which has been criticised in various quarters since the jury spoke last month - including by people in both the legal and songwriting communities - Sukin says: "Remember, the award was made, not because the jury were 'experts', but because they were an average group of normal people who heard a substantial similarity to the underlying work. All of the experts seemed to disagree depending on which side of the litigation they were on".

He concludes: "There is a moral to the story: If the lines are 'blurred', ask permission. It is the right, civil and moral thing to do".

You can read Sukin's full letter - an edited version of which is published in today's FT - on the CMU site here.

Southbank Centre promotes Gillian Moore
The Southbank Centre's Head Of Classical Music, Gillian Moore, has been promoted to the wider role of Director Of Music.

The venue's Artistic Director Jude Kelly said in a statement: "I am delighted to announce Gillian's newly created role which reflects her huge contribution working closely with me and the rest of the team on the development of our festival programme over the last few years. As a renowned and respected figure in the world of music, Gillian is ideally qualified for this important leadership role".

Moore added: "This will enable us to forge a future for all music here on the Southbank, a future that is inclusive, innovative and in which as many people as possible will be able to benefit from the great riches London has to offer".

As she takes on her new role, Moore is working on a production of Wagner's 'The Ring Of The Nibelungs', which will be performed at the Royal Festival Hall by 25 singers and an orchestra over four days in the summer of 2016.

How data should inform live music marketing
As The Great Escape speeds into view, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke is interviewing some of the people set to share insights and expertise as part of the four CMU Insights conference stands that will sit at the heart of the TGE convention this year. And today's he's questioning Shane Mansfield, Head Of Performance Marketing at Ticketscript, who will explain how promoters could and should be better using analytics and data to sell more tickets as part of the strand Music Marketing Is Broken: Let's Fix It.

Says Mansfield: "For a long time people have overlooked the value of data. As we've evolved to become a more online society people have realised that a lot of data is available and that this data, used properly, can be extremely valuable. Promoters with the means to capture and utilise their data give themselves a strong competitive edge and the best chance of selling more tickets for their future events".

He goes on: "The wealth of data now available to event organisers means that they can highly target their marketing campaigns, from internet advertising through to email and all touch points in between. Embracing data, and the insights it can provide, will enable you to improve all aspects of your event organisation".

Read the full interview with Mansfield here. And find out more about Music Marketing Is Broken: Let's Fix It here. And buy yourself a TGE delegates pass here.

  Approved: Squarepusher
I had a headache all day yesterday. All bloody day. And yet I still clicked on a link promising to show me a new Squarepusher live video. That's how much I like Squarepusher. Because if there's one thing you can say about our Tom, it's that his music tends not to be particularly headache friendly.

Still, as the staccato beats and violently flashing colours filled my screen, my concerns about the pain slowly creeping round behind my eye washed away, and all I could think was that I should really get tickets to see Squarepusher at The Troxy in October. 'Rayc Fire 2', taken from new album 'Damogen Furies', already sounded pretty good in its studio form, but combined with visuals it steps up to the next level.

Recorded for Vice Japan's 'Most Valid Reason' series, here is that very video (aspirin not included).
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Simon Danczuk MP calls on music industry to do more to protect musicians' mental health
Simon Danczuk MP has called on the music industry to do more to protect the mental health of musicians.

The call comes after Danczuk, who is currently standing to be re-elected as MP for Rochdale, spoke to former East 17 singer Brian Harvey for one of a series of interviews he has conducted exploring different political issues for LBC.

In the interview, Harvey spoke about his struggles with his mental health, feelings of suicide, and problems accessing NHS services. Many of his problems, argues Danczuk, were exacerbated by his time in the music industry, particularly by people working with him introducing him to hard drugs.

This is an issue of particular interest to Danczuk, the politician says, because he and other MPs are currently being lobbied by the music industry to support the introduction of tax breaks for the sector.

"It's a great industry, worth nearly £4 billion a year, but I think they need to change attitudes towards mental health and do more to support their own", he told Rochdale Online. "The music industry chews up and spits out a lot of people and a study last year by Help Musicians UK said almost 60% of professional musicians had suffered mental health problems. But no money is going to support these people. The industry is effectively ignoring it".

Speaking to The Observer about his interview with Harvey, the MP added: "Brian was introduced to drugs by the industry. He might have dabbled earlier on, but he was introduced to hard drugs by people in the industry. That's not looking after his welfare. Compare the music industry to the football industry, where they are now waking up to this. [Former footballers] Paul Gascoigne and Kenny Sansom get the help they need if they want it. The music industry compares very poorly".

In response, the BPI said: "Mental health problems sadly affect people in all walks of life, including those in the creative community. Fortunately, there is greater awareness of what can be done to help now, and one area we are looking to develop is our work with Help Musicians UK - a wonderful charity that reaches out to artists in need of support across a range of issues, including mental health".

Harvey and Danczuk first met earlier this year, when the former popstar presented evidence of an investigation into child abuse within the music industry to the politician.

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Joni Mitchell hospitalised
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital yesterday, after being found unconscious at her LA home.

According to jonimitchell.com, the singer "regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an LA area hospital" after which she was taken to an intensive care ward for tests. The site added that she was "awake and in good spirits".

According to TMZ, a 911 call was made from Mitchell's home at around 2.30pm local time yesterday afternoon.

EddyTM reveals details of tinnitus awareness compilation
Eddy Temple-Morris has revealed details of a compilation being put together to raise awareness for the British Tinnitus Association and the need for more research into tinnitus, featuring contributions from Coldplay, DJ Fresh, Enter Shikari and more.

First detailed in a CMU column in 2012, the idea is that everyone involved in the record's creation has or works with people who have tinnitus.

"We still have no cure for tinnitus, because there is no government funding for any research", writes Temple-Morris in a new article for CMU. "And the problem is getting worse and worse, because every kid is listening to loud music on their phone, with earbuds or swish Dr Dre mobile bass bins, and our spam-faced Prime Minister and his NHS-annihilating cronies have still not spent one single penny on letting us know that doing this could give us brain damage. Yes. Brain damage. I'm not making this up. Tinnitus is not an ear problem. It's damage to the pathway between ear and the hearing centre of the brain".

He continues: "Rather than carry on bleating about it here and on Twitter and Facebook, I decided to do something. The useless Tory government has done nothing and will do nothing, so I have to do it myself, with a lot of help from a lot of kind people, every single one of whom has, or works closely with people who have, tinnitus".

The release date is for the record is due to be announced imminently. In the meantime, find out the full tracklist and other details in Eddy's latest CMU column here.

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Franz Ferdinand and Sparks announce album, FFS
Five years ago, we ran an April Fools Day story in which we claimed that EMI was merging bands in a bid to cut costs. It was clearly the greatest April Fool of all time, which is why we've never done one again. Though The Sun has something similar today.

Meanwhile, we've been told this morning, such a merger is now happening in real life, because Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are set to release an album under the name FFS. OK, yes, this announcement has also arrived on 1 Apr, but if this is a big joke then someone has gone to a lot of trouble over it. Like booking actual gigs and listing an album on iTunes. Also, they initially announced the tie-up ages ago, which really isn't in the spirit of this most awful of days.

So, now we're all confident that this is really happening, I'll let you know that the album, also titled 'FFS', will be released through Domino on 8 Jun, with first single, 'Piss Off', out now.

The collaboration actually has its roots way back in the early days of Franz Ferdinand, says Sparks' Russell Mael: "We thought 'Take Me Out' was very cool, and wouldn't it be nice to say hello when they came to Los Angeles? We met and decided then it would be great to do something together. We put forward a couple demos, one was 'Piss Off'. But they got swept up by everything, and it didn't happen at that time".

Ten years later, the two bands bumped into each other at the 2013 edition of Coachella and decided that they should probably get on with it.

"We approached it the way bands do with their first record", says Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. "We had the songs first, rehearsed them and then recorded it all together, in a room. So no hanging around or fannying about. The real motivation was to make something new, not 'Franz featuring Russell Mael', or 'Sparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them'".

The new band is set to tour Europe this summer, starting with a sold out show at Glasgow's Art School on 16 and with a London date at The Troxy on 29 Jun.

Listen to 'Piss Off' here.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to release new film soundtrack
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, as they so often do, have recorded a film soundtrack together. This one is for David Olehoffen's 'Loin Des Hommes', which stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb.

"Very often a tension can happen between music and picture that is about chance and a kind of unknowingness that can be really amazing", says Nick Cave on the attraction of working with film. "Just by putting together two things that were created in isolation, music and film, suddenly something quite magical can happen".

On the duo's distinct soundtrack style, Cave adds that the breakthrough was discovering Ellis' archive of violin loops, saying: "It was suddenly an amazing way to write because you didn't have to do things from scratch. Warren would put on a loop that would create this instant atmosphere, and we could go off and work on top of that. To sit at a piano, put chords onto a linear loop and make something out of that is just an easy and very pleasurable way to work".

You can hear music from the soundtrack, which is released on 18 May, via this trailer for the film.

The Maccabees have made a 70 minute video in which nothing happens, like they're French or something
The Maccabees have announced a short UK tour, which will see them play four dates around the UK next month.

Announcing tour dates though, that's something bands do all the time. I could probably find you another band announcing tour dates before you were able to turn around three times and shout, "Who is the king, and when will he be free?" Go on, try it now. See? Two bands touring together there.

Releasing feature-length cryptic videos though. Well, that's something bands don't do every day. Go on, you spin around six times and shout, "My prince! My prince! Bring me a ham!" Nope, see, I didn't find one. Except for The Maccabees, I suppose. But I meant a different band. I should have been clearer on the rules. Look, you just turn yourself around a few more times, and for God's sake don't be sick on my shoes.

Aaaaaanyway, this video. It's titled '----- / -- / ----- / --' - MYSTERIOUS! - and in it very little happens - MYSTERIOUSER! - it's just some instruments getting set up in a room over the course of an hour and ten minutes - MYSTERIOUSEST!

What could it mean? No one knows. There's a single out on 11 May called 'Marks To Prove It', but I don't think that holds any clues. You can watch the mystifying video here.

Oh, and here are those boring old tour dates:

11 May: Birmingham, Institute
12 May: Glasgow, ABC
13 may: Manchester, The Ritz
14 May: London, The Coronet

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Hey critics! James Bay has announced a tour
James Bay, the man who, let's not forget, all British music critics believe is really the most exciting new artist you will hear in 2015, has announced tour dates for September and October. Good luck getting tickets before the critics snap them all up. They've already bought all the tickets for his upcoming April dates.

Tell you what, I'll tell you the dates now and you can set an alarm for 8.55am tomorrow, so you can be totally prepared for when they go on sale at 9am.

Of course, this plan totally falls down if any critics are reading this. Hmm, OK, well there's a special music critic allocation of tickets going up for sale at 10am. Honest. Or you could just try to blag them. But I think there'll be quite a rush on the guestlist, what with every single critic hoping to get through that door.

Oh, by the way, James Bay's album came out this week. As if you weren't listening to it non-stop already. Just in case you've allowed a gap in your listening, here's current single 'Hold Back The River'.

Right, anyway, those dates. Here they are:

23 Sep: Manchester, Apollo
24 Sep: Glasgow, Academy
27 Sep: Newcastle, Academy
28 Sep: Leeds, Academy
30 Sep: London, Brixton Academy
4 Oct: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
5 Oct: Brighton, Dome
6 Oct: Bournemouth, Solent Hall
8 Oct: Birmingham, Academy
9 Oct: Swindon, Oasis
11 Oct: Belfast, Ulster Hall
14 Oct: Dublin, Olympia

Azealia Banks video, Jaga Jazzist album, Refused tour, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Azealia Banks has released a video for 'Ice Princess', taken from her debut album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste. Here it is.

• Jaga Jazzist are set to release a new album, 'Starfire', through Ninja Tune on 1 Jun. A new Jaga Jazzist album is always good news. Here's the title track, to prove my point.

• PINS have covered The Misfits' 'Hybrid Moments' as the b-side of new single, 'Too Little, Too Late'. Listen. They're also touring with Wire this month, and have a headline show booked at The Lexington on 27 May.

• Refused have announced global tour dates, which will include appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. Nothing else on these shores as yet though.

• Lighting Bolt are touring Europe this summer, and have booked in a UK show at The Roundhouse on 28 Jun.

Justin Bieber, working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin on new album
Things are so different for Justin Bieber now, compared to a year ago. He's gone from being a social pariah to someone considered a hero by all young men for showing them the most extreme possibilities of being a really great guy.

This week he went through the last stage of his complete turnaround, a 'comedy roast'. That's a thing where lots of comedians (and non-comedians) go on a TV show and insult someone, for some reason. Whatever, he's like some sort of angel now. If any one of us could be half as good a bloke as the Bieber is right now, we'd probably die of being lovely. Our hearts would give up, because we are not as strong as the JBiebs.

Once upon a time, of course, Justin Bieber was known as a simple musician, singing his songs in whatever shopping centre could lay on enough security. And now he hankers for those days again. Speaking to USA Today, Biebo said that he is in the process of finishing a new album with the help of Kanye West and master of the comeback record, Rick Rubin.

Asked how becoming a bloody nice bloke affected the music he was working on, he said: "It's changed everything. My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I'm thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music".

He went on: "I had to re-do my whole album. It was done but it didn't match up to where I am now and where my head's at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it's about getting out of that rut. It's about knowing there's sunshine on the other side".

Wow. I mean, just... wow. What else? What are the songs actually about?

"About growing, being in touch with yourself", he continued. "What can I say? It's life experiences, and knowing that you can get back up and keep going. Hope and faith, that's what's gotten me through this too, my faith. What I believe in. You're around some people sometimes and it might taint what you believe. I think that's what happened with me, I lowered my beliefs".

He lowered his beliefs. I think we can all take something from that, can't we? Put your beliefs on an escalator, people. Or even on a remote controlled helicopter, just to get them a bit higher. I think that's what Justin's trying to tell us.

"I'm finishing up the album now, working with Kanye and Rick. I'm not rushing it, I'll just wait until it's totally done", he added, giving us another lesson in taking life at the right speed (which, now I think about it, might rule out using that remote controlled helicopter for your belief lifting). "I don't want to say 'it's different', because that's what everyone says. But it is different, it's a grown-up version of Justin and I think people will be shocked".

I would be shocked if I wasn't so in awe.

 
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