TUESDAY 18 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So, as I'm sure you all remember with some precision, back in 2012 when the US government raided server facilities used by controversial file-transfer service MegaUpload, taking the entire operation offline, a multitude of users suddenly lost access to the content they had been diligently storing on the digital locker platform. Now, a sizable portion of that content was... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks. And today it's Simon Thacker and his show 'Svara-Kanti' which runs at Summerhall until Sunday. "This too short hour of virtuosic Baul music – re-imagined by guitarist Simon Thacker – reinterpreted... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including big tech accusing the MPAA of trying to resurrect the controversial SOPA web-blocking scheme in the US through the back door, Dr Luke’s breakbeat infringement case, why iTunes is no more illegal than it ever was, and Prince comparing record deals to slavery. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Server firm seeks to finally delete the old MegaUpload files
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LEGAL A$AP Rocky sued over crowd surf injury
PRS to increase admin fees on TV income to fund copyright tribunal costs
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal boss says freemium and premium "in proper relationship" will make everyone a winner, as major gets close to SoundCloud deal
UK record industry's video age rating pilot to be made permanent
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LIVE BUSINESS Sillerman confirms he is working on SFX buy-back Plan B
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Apple announces all new look Roundhouse season
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ONE LINERS Chart After Parties, RATM Finsbury Park DVD, Skepta's AIM award and other glorious moments of goodness
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AND FINALLY... Boy George comments on him thieving Tom Jones’ Voice seat (sort of)
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ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERS, ARTS CLUB, LIVERPOOL; HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN AND THE BORDERLINE, LONDON (TEMPORARY CONTRACT)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation to work at Arts Club, Liverpool and at our London venues. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of London’s most established venues.

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ASSISTANT BAR MANAGERS, LONDON VENUES
MAMA & Company is looking for Assistant Bar Managers for its London venues. You will have some experience of maximising bar, cloakroom and other revenues while minimising all relevant costs. You will have exceptional stock and staff management and must be driven to achieve the best results for the venue in support of the Bars Manager. Some experience of duty management within a live music venue would be beneficial.

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PROMOTIONAL MANAGER - ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic Promotional Manager ideally with some experience within a live music operation to work at Arts Club, Liverpool. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of the UK’s most established venues.

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OUTPOST - GRADUATE TRAINEE OPPORTUNITY (PUBLISHING & DISTRIBUTION) (LONDON)
Fast growing music company is looking for a sharp graduate to join our team on our three month paid Graduate Trainee Scheme. Working in our publishing and distribution departments, you will also gain first-hand experience in our PR department, working across print, online, radio and TV. Training in general office management will also form part of the role.

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a Client Services Manager to manage our expanding creative and account management teams and oversee the smooth day-to-day operations of the business, whilst liaising at senior level with world-class brands.

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THE ORCHARD - ACCOUNT CO-ORDINATOR, VIDEO SERVICES (LONDON)
As an Account Co-ordinator in the Video Services department, you are vital in helping to scale our fast growing Video Services business in Europe; executing on a value proposition that drives client satisfaction, engagement and revenue. You are a positive, smart, creative and analytical forward-thinker, and an Orchard evangelist in and outside of the company.

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AIR ARTIST AGENCY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Air Artist Agency is an innovative live music agency. The agency represents the cream of today's jazz musicians, cutting edge innovators and mainstream established artists. With an extensive worldwide network of contacts, we book for emerging talents as well as established artists. We are looking for a personal assistant to one of our directors.

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AUDIO NETWORK - PRODUCT AND A&R MANAGER (LONDON)
Working in our London office, we are looking for a music industry professional with passion and experience to join the Audio Network Music Team, primarily as cross discipline (B2B and B2C) Product Manager but also in support of all A&R functions.

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BIMM LONDON - EVENTS & GUESTS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The post holder will have a supporting role to the Head of Events & Guests with specific responsibility for BIMM in house and external events, gigs, artist auditions, masterclasses and supplying the marketing department with information on events, guests and student success stories.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - HEAD OF HIGHER EDUCATION & COURSE LEADER (MANCHESTER)
The post holder will be a highly experienced, dynamic professional with a strong background in music and in education who will share responsibility for the leadership, creative development and delivery of all the academic activities of BIMM Manchester.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - COURSE LEADER BA PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP (MANCHESTER)
The role requires an inspirational course leader and teacher who can also bring a high level of music industry and academic experience and demonstrate an understanding of, and affinity with, the curriculum at BIMM Institute.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER X 2 (MANCHESTER)
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic experienced, dynamic professional with a background which will enable them to take on a key role in upholding all Student Support systems to ensure all students complete their studies and achieve at the highest level.

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BIMM DUBLIN - RECEPTIONIST (DUBLIN)
The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all students, tutors and visitors to BIMM Dublin. Working within the reception team, the role will involve dealing with a high volume of calls and responding to all queries in a timely and informative manner.

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BIMM DUBLIN - RECEPTIONIST (TEMPORARY CONTRACT, 6.5 MONTHS) (DUBLIN)
The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all students, tutors and visitors to BIMM Dublin. Working within the reception team, the role will involve dealing with a high volume of calls and responding to all queries in a timely and informative manner.

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BIMM DUBLIN - TEMPORARY STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER (DUBLIN)
The Student Support Officer will have a key role in supporting the QSS Manager in ensuring that all aspects of the School’s Student Support provision, including pastoral tutorials, counselling, learning support welfare awareness programmes and student representative programme are delivered in line with the requirements of our key educational partners and in order to support all students at BIMM Dublin.

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MUSIC GLUE - HEAD OF SALES AND MARKETING (LONDON)
Music Glue, the world’s leading D2F e-commerce platform, is looking for a Head of Sales and Marketing to lead our sales team. You will be an experienced and well-organised sales professional with wide ranging contacts, an excellent network in the music industry and a keen desire to make a name for yourself in a fluid, exciting role.

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MUSIC GLUE - DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Music Glue, the world’s leading D2F e-commerce platform, is looking for a Digital Communications Manager to join our team. We’re looking for an experienced communications professional who is searching for a job unlike any other in music or PR. Music Glue is a company at the forefront of the ongoing revolution in music and we want someone who is as comfortable evangelising our brilliant new features to our rapidly increasing user base as they are crafting the messaging and voice of the company as a whole.

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Server firm seeks to finally delete the old MegaUpload files
So, as I'm sure you all remember with some precision, back in 2012 when the US government raided server facilities used by controversial file-transfer service MegaUpload, taking the entire operation offline, a multitude of users suddenly lost access to the content they had been diligently storing on the digital locker platform.

Now, a sizable portion of that content was music and movies said users had acquired, uploaded and/or shared without permission from relevant copyright owners – which is why the music and movie industries had done so much to persuade the US authorities to tackle the MegaUpload company – and the record labels, movie studios and American feds would just find some polite way of saying "fuck you" to any user complaining about losing access to such files.

But then some MegaUpload customers were using the digital locker to store, distribute and share their own content, where no copyright infringement was occurring, and they too lost access to their files without warning. And unfortunately the record labels, movie studios and American feds have delivered something of a 'fuck you' to those users too.

There was much talk early on about how those users might be reconnected with their content. And when one affected user went legal to reclaim his lost files, the judge hearing the case was sympathetic, but the US authorities just stressed that MegaUpload's terms and conditions told users to make sure they kept local back-ups of anything they uploaded to the platform.

Meanwhile legal reps for Hollywood said that they didn't object to such legit users getting their stuff back, but didn't want the old MegaUpload servers just switched back on, because then all the infringing users could grab back their content too.

But neither the authorities nor the content industries were keen on the idea that some of the money seized when MegaUpload was shut down be used to pay for some sort of organised redistribution of just the legit lost content, the labels and studios wanting that cash for damages if their civil action against the former file storage company ever gets to court.

Aside from the irritation of being cut off from their content, the big fear for the legit former customers of MegaUpload was that their files would be deleted altogether. Because the server companies previously used by the digital locker company were no longer being paid, and would therefore want to repurpose the servers that previously hosted the MegaUpload service. And indeed, in 2013 it emerged that a Dutch server company that also hosted files for MegaUpload had already deleted the content that the firm's former users had uploaded to its machines.

But the server company used by MegaUpload that got the most attention from the start was US-based Carpathia Hosting. It initially made some commitments to protect former users' files, but then started to get understandably tetchy as the legal case against the now defunct digital locker company moved forward at a snail's pace, while it was sitting on a warehouse full of servers it could no longer use. The firm said at one point that just storing all the kit was costing $9000 a day, though the servers have since been moved to a new facility reducing the costs to just under $6000 a month. Though, that's still quite an expense.

And now, three and half years on from the MegaUpload shutdown, Carpathia Hosting has a new owner, and it wants to put to an end this inconvenience by finally wiping clean those servers, allowing them to be put back to money-generating use.

So the server firm has gone to court to ask for permission to do just that. New owners QTS argue that US authorities haven't visited the old MegaUpload servers in ages, and seemingly have all the evidence they need for their criminal case against the former MegaUpload management, including founder Kim Dotcom.

Says QTS in its legal filing: "As the successor-in-interest to Carpathia, QTS now requests judicial relief from the physical and financial burden of storing and maintaining the 1103 computer servers at issue. As the servers have not been used for the purposes of any litigation since the filing of Carpathia's motion for protective order on March 20, 2012, QTS seeks an order from the court allowing for disposition of the servers and data".

Legal reps for the former MegaUpload bosses, and Dotcom, oppose the suggestion those servers now be wiped, and will try to stop any court order allowing such a thing from being issued. Dotcom himself told Torrentfreak last week: "Obviously we will try to keep the data safe. Not only because it contains important evidence but also because we want to return the digital property to millions of Megaupload users".

We now await the judge's decision on all this.

Though, as noted before, this is another lost opportunity for the big copyright companies to boost the credibility of copyright law, in that the labels and studios could have intervened here to help save the copyright work of those caught in the crossfire of the entertainment industry's war with Dotcom et al. Because, by allowing the work of bedroom copyright owners to be deleted, it frames this dispute not as copyright creators v copyright infringers, but as big entertainment corporations v the world. And so the PR nightmare continues.

A$AP Rocky sued over crowd surf injury
A$AP Rocky – aka Rakim Mayers - is being sued after a fan was seemingly injured at one of his shows in 2013 after a crowd surfing incident, though it wasn't actually Mayers doing the surfing, but another member of his A$AP Mob.

According to TMZ, Krystina Clowes says she was pushed to the ground and suffered a fractured vertebra after colliding with the crowd surfing Mob member, and has been suffering ever since. Mayers is named as a defendant, it seems, because crowd surfing is common at all events involving the A$AP Mob, so all members should be liable for any harm caused. Or so says Clowes' legal papers.

The victim is reportedly suing for damages of at least $75,000.

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PRS to increase admin fees on TV income to fund copyright tribunal costs
The UK music publishing sector's collecting society PRS last week wrote to its members to announce it would be temporarily increasing the admin fees it charges on royalties collected from TV companies in order to fund the legal costs of a copyright tribunal hearing that has been instigated by ITV.

When rights owners choose to licence as one through a collecting society, all deal making is subject to extra rules and regulations in order to satisfy competition law. If the society and a licensee cannot reach an agreement, the matter can be taken to a special court, which in the UK is called copyright tribunal. Which is what ITV is now doing having failed to agree a new deal with PRS covering broadcasts from the start of this year.

In the letter to its members, posted by the Music Law Updates website, the PRS executive board says that: "We feel it is vital that we fully participate and vigorously defend this referral to secure a fair return for the use of our members' work. Copyright tribunals are costly but it's important to protect and champion your work and ensure you are fairly remunerated whenever it is used"

Explaining how the admin fee increase will work, and why it will apply to all income generated by the use of songs on TV, and not just by ITV, the letter continues: "The Executive Board has approved a proposal for a one percent increase in our TV admin rates for a period of one year, this being the fairest way of covering the expected costs in defending this referral. While the tribunal will only rule on the ITV licence, it is an important decision for all members whose music is played on TV, meaning we are sharing the cost across all our TV revenues".

The increase should take effect from October. As regular readers will know, I like to buy a new hat for each major copyright tribunal. So, I'll be adding 1% to the delivery fee of your CMU Daily next month to fund said hat purchase.

Universal boss says freemium and premium "in proper relationship" will make everyone a winner, as major gets close to SoundCloud deal
So, the freemium debate continues unabated in music circles. And with a decent chunk of that debate so far this year framed around speculation that Universal Music's policy on free-to-access music is in flux, it was interesting to see the top man there – your good mate Lucian Grainge - chat about the whole thing in an interview with Hits last week.

But, Mr Grainge, what we in the press want to know is this: are you bloody well 'for' or bloody well 'against' ad-supported on-demand music consumption. That's the big question I think we can all agree. "A lot of the press coverage ... has degraded the conversation to the point where you're cast as either 'for' or 'against' ad-supported on-demand music consumption. Clearly, it's not that simplistic". Oh.

But surely, sir, ad-supported on-demand music has a place, whether as part of discovery or trials of new products, even if freemium alone is inadequate to support the critical ecosystem of artists, labels and the platforms themselves?

"As I've said before" says Grainge, "while ad-supported on-demand music definitely has a place, whether that's as part of discovery or trials of new products and offerings, freemium alone is inadequate to support our critical ecosystem of artists, labels and the platforms themselves".

Yeah, having claimed I'm degrading the conversation, I'm pretty sure you just nicked what I said there. "What that means", he went on, "is that we must seek the proper balance between ad-supported and paid subscription. It's not one or the other. With the two approaches in proper relationship, we can continue the level of investment we make in artists who then, in turn, can be fairly compensated for their work. If we get that right, everyone wins".

It's true you know. Everyone's a winner baby, that's the truth. Talking of which, sort of, what about bloody SoundCloud? Where does that fit into your plan Mr Grainge?

Well, he didn't talk about SoundCloud in that interview, though sources have told MBW that the mega-major is now very close to having a licensing deal in place with the popular free-to-access music service, as it goes from being a neither-ad-funded-nor-subscription platform to being both. Maybe even with the two approaches in proper relationship.

Warner Music and the Merlin-allied indies are, of course, already on board for SoundCloud's big move into being a revenue-generating – rather than just buzz-making – audio platform. But talks with the biggest two record companies have been slower going, with Sony in particular providing tricky to get on board.

But, say MBW's souces, it's thought Universal is now close to inking a deal, which will include some of those useful guarantees and advances, and some lovely equity. It's thought Warner got 5% of SoundCloud as part of its deal, and Universal will likely want more, given label equity is usually divvied up based on market share.

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UK record industry's video age rating pilot to be made permanent
A pilot programme set up by the UK government and the UK record industry that set out to stop children watching "age-inappropriate' music videos online is to be made a permanent initiative, it was announced this morning.

As previously reported, the UK majors agreed last year to start submitting music videos to the British Board Of Film Classification, before passing on any age guidance the regulator provides to both YouTube and Vevo, which then mark content that is deemed unsuitable for younger audiences.

In a statement this morning, the government's culture department said that, "building on the pilot, the government has agreed with the UK music industry and with the digital service providers that the measures trialled will be now be made permanent for videos produced in the UK by artists who are represented by major labels".

Indies who were not part of the pilot are also being encouraged to participate though, for the whole thing to truly work, presumably it is hoped labels beyond the UK will adopt similar practices down the line, given many of the pop videos that have caused controversy in recent years have tended to come from the American record industry.

Commenting on the pilot becoming permanent, the government's Minister For Internet Safety And Security, Joanna Shields, told reporters: "Movies in the cinema and music DVDs are age rated to inform the viewer and help parents to make informed choices. We welcome this voluntary step from industry to bring internet services in line with the offline world. Keeping children safe as they experience and enjoy all the benefits the internet has to offer is a key priority"

Speaking for the record industry, and encouraging the video platforms to now expand on the way they use the age rating information they are receiving, BPI boss man Geoff Taylor added: "UK record labels value the opportunity to work with government to build on the pilot and, as a key next step, we encourage Vevo, YouTube and other digital service providers to look at how they can make filters available to parents so they can use age ratings to screen out any inappropriate content".

Sillerman confirms he is working on SFX buy-back Plan B
SFX founder and boss man Robert Sillerman has confirmed that he will have a second go at taking his company back into private ownership, keeping most of the EDM powerhouse as it currently stands together as one business.

As previously reported, Sillerman admitted last week that he couldn't raise the money to buy back all the shares in his company not currently in his control at $5.25 a piece, the price he had offered earlier in the year. Not least because shares in SFX have been slumping of late, from $3.70 at the start of the year to $1.33 as we speak. All of which made the $5.25 offer both very generous and very unrealistic.

A special committee of independent directors set up by SFX to consider its CEO's proposals has now said it will accept any credible offers to buy the company, or any of its assets, up until at least 2 Oct. It's thought third party bids are more likely to be for parts of the SFX business, rather than the company outright.

Sillerman, however, who also has until the 2 Oct to come forward with new proposals, will again form a plan to keep SFX together and take it back into private ownership with him at the helm. He has told the investment community he is now working with his financial advisors on that new plan, including considering forming one or another strategic partnerships to facilitate any buy-back. It remains to be seen what that plan looks like, and how other SFX shareholders respond.

  From The Fringe: Simon Thacker
Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks.

And today it's Simon Thacker and his show 'Svara-Kanti' which runs at Summerhall until Sunday. "This too short hour of virtuosic Baul music – re-imagined by guitarist Simon Thacker – reinterpreted Bengal's traditional, mystical song" our reviewer reports.

"Relaxing and invigorating in turns, the interweaving of punk, funk, flamenco and soul with Baul ensured it was not too unfamiliar for western ears. Thacker was not the only great artist entertaining us this evening, Raju das Baul has travelled from Bengal to sing beautifully, telling the traditional stories of his culture with clarity and sensitivity".

Before plonking a 5/5 rating on the proceedings, our reviewer added: "Tabla master Sarvar Sabri played with deceptive ease, demonstrating why this hardest of percussion instruments is also the most expressive. This 'Made in Scotland' initiative has excelled itself".

Check out a snippet of Thacker's music at the end of this edition of the TW Podcast.
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Apple announces all new look Roundhouse season
Do you remember the iTunes Festival back in the old days? iTunes Festival. How antiquated. How old fashioned. How old hat. How old fangled. How outmoded. How archaic. How fusty. How past it. How hoary. How antediluvian. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Apple Music Festival.

"We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year" says Apple man Eddy Cue, "The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1".

Oh, Connect and Beats 1. How modern. How contemporary. How recent. How fresh. How of the moment. How newfangled. How modish. How state-of-the-art. How concomitant. Yeah I'm not sure that one works. But it's in my thesaurus.

Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are amongst those set to play Apple's latest and – don't forget – all new look series of gigs at London's Roundhouse next month.

Chart After Parties, RATM Finsbury Park DVD, Skepta's AIM award and other glorious moments of goodness

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• As if Friday becoming chart day in the UK wasn't exciting enough – which, frankly, it wasn't – now the Official Charts Company has teamed up with Coalition Talent and Renegade Music to stage Official Charts After Parties on Friday nights at students' unions across the UK. Students still listening to the commercial radio chart on Sundays will have to organise their own after party.

• Syco Entertainment has promoted Tyler Brown to the new role of Head Of A&R for Syco Music. Guess how Syco Music President Sonny Takhar feels? Could it be "thrilled"?

• BMG UK has appointed Jamie Nelson to the role of Director of A&R for its recordings business, reporting into Korda Marshall. Nelson previously signed Jake Bugg to Universal. But we've forgiven him for that, and this new job is fully deserved. Plus Marshall managed to welcome Nelson to the company without using the word "thrilled" Consider this 'appointment of the week'.

• "Micro-licensing solution" CueSongs, the licensing company launched by Ed Averdieck and Peter Gabriel in 2012, has appointed a new SVP Global Business Development, and it's only bloody Paul Sampson, formerly VP Business Development at Music Dealers. Both Sampson and his new boss Christina Vaughan are "excited". But not thrilled. Now I'm missing the word "thrilled".

• The film of that time Rage Against The Machine played in London's Finsbury Park, to celebrate the success of the Facebook campaign that stopped the evil and entitled Joe McElderry from getting the Christmas number one he evilly felt entitled to, will come out as a standalone DVD next month, having only been previously available in a RATM deluxe box set. 'Live At Finsbury Park' is out via Eagle Rock on 11 Sep.

• The resplendent Chilly Gonzales will tonight "join the dots between the seemingly polarised worlds of classical and pop" with a Radio 1 documentary called 'Classical Connections With Chilly Gonzales'. I'm currently at the world's greatest cultural festival where all sorts of dots are routinely joined, but will still be sitting down with my wireless set to tune into this. It's on a 9pm.

• Mykki Blanco, via his super new !K7 joint venture Dogfood Music Group, is soon releasing a compilation called C-ORE featuring artists who have influenced him, and he has just posted a short film sort of guiding you through it. It "follows four vigilantes as they track down a wanted techno-junkie in the middle of developing a new way for users to experience old earth". Go see.

• Nickelback have cancelled the final leg of their current world tour, including a stack of UK dates, on account of them hating Europe. No, it's because Chad Kroeger is dead. No, no, it's because Nickelback have, to date, been a mere figment of your imagination. No, no, no, it's because Chad Kroeger's got a sore throat. Well, he needs time to recover from surgery to his vocal cords. Which I bet made his throat sore.

• The National will play at the 500-capacity Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood on 16 Oct to raise money for charity Cooperative For Education and its efforts to improve the education of girls in Guatemala. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

• If you've always thought Skepta's outstanding contribution to music deserved capital letters, well, good news for you, because Skepta's outstanding contribution to music is set to become an Outstanding Contribution To Music. Thank you AIM's Independent Music Awards. Which take place on 8 Sep. Obviously. Outstanding.

Boy George comments on him thieving Tom Jones' Voice seat (sort of)
So, having stayed utterly silent on the scandal of the century for a whole weekend, Boy George finally took to the internet yesterday to explain just how he had the nerve to steal Tom Jones's seat on that top BBC show 'The Voice'.

As you'll remember, because we specifically made sure yesterday's CMU Daily went out late so that it would be super fresh in your memory when you arrived at this 'and finally' story, the BBC last week announced the line up of judges-come-coaches for the next edition of its singing contest, revealing that George and Paloma Faith would be joining the show.

Given there was only actually one position vacant on the 'Voice UK' judging team, that meant one of the incumbents was out of a job. But who could have predicted it was Tom Jones? Not Tom Jones, that's for certain, who complained that he was given less than a days notice that he was being axed before George was announced as his replacement on the programme. There had been "no consultation or conversation of any kind" Jones said.

So what have you got to say about all that, Mr so called Boy George? "I have absolute respect for Tom Jones" said he, once that deafening silence had been broken. "The man is an absolute legend" he added. "Huge fan" he concluded. Oh, well that's alright then. Consider the matter closed Let's all agree to never mention it again.

Though, if you'll let me breach that agreement for the slightest moment, I might mention that a BBC spokesman has responded to Jones's complaint that he was treated pretty badly over all this.

"The final decision on the coaches' line-up for series five of 'The Voice' was only taken on Wednesday" the BBC drone bleats via Digital Spy, "and Tom's team was informed early yesterday morning". Why so little time between that and the big announcement about the new judges? "We announced it to the press so that it didn't leak. This has been the same every year and no role was ever promised".

Oh, I see, it was all the press's fault. Well, we'll just sit here tightly until the press takes to Twitter to respond.

 
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