WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: It's a classic when it comes to copyright dilemmas, how many beats can you sample before you're infringing the original beat maker's intellectual property rights? Some would say any sampling at all - however slight - requires the permission of whoever controls the original work, while others think there should be a tiny little bit of flexibility. In among "the others"... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Zyna Hel's debut single 'Catacombs' and its accompanying imagery are so overloaded with drama that they verge on the ridiculous. On the cover artwork, Hel sits, eyes closed, in a purple veil surrounded by crystals and occult symbols. Whilst hitting play on the release instantly throws you into an overloaded electronic track helmed by Fuck Buttons' Benjamin Power... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: Based on a CMU Insights presentation at this year's Great Escape conference in Brighton - 'Building a more skilled music industry' - CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke considers the skills and knowledge gap in the music industry, how to overcome it, and how individuals can make themselves more employable. To access CMU Trends become a premium subscriber for just £5 a month. [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the highlights of the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016 conference in Brighton, the government's new report on the secondary ticketing market, and the ongoing saga of Bpoplive and its inability to hold onto a line-up. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES German court says uncleared Kraftwerk sample not infringement because of "artistic freedom"
LEGAL Troy Ave denies attempted murder in TI concert shooting
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMG launches Brazilian operation
Warner Music Group does deals with Times Music and PT Indo Semar Sakti
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LIVE BUSINESS DHP Family acquires two MAMA venues
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE: Nats Spada on Platform B
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EDUCATION & EVENTS New season of CMU Insights courses kicks off next Monday
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ARTIST NEWS Members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill for Prophets Of Rage
Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete dies
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ONE LINERS X-Factor, Gwen Stefani, Mercury Prize, more
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AND FINALLY... Glastonbury team working on new event, to launch before 2020
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FABRIC RECORDS / HOUNDSTOOTH - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for a new Label Manager to work alongside us in supporting the Fabric Records and Houndstooth labels. The successful candidate will have proven experience of strategising, managing and implementing release campaigns from start to finish, a thorough understanding of sales, marketing and distribution and a sound grasp of the challenges of the modern music market.

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PARTISAN PR - PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Partisan PR is seeking an online and print publicist. We require a quick witted, resourceful applicant with impeccable writing skills, a great, no-nonsense ear for new music and the adaptability and initiative to thrive working across the shifting landscape of social, online and print media.

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SENTRIC MUSIC - CATALOGUE ADMINISTRATOR (LIVERPOOL)
Sentric Music are looking for a Catalogue Administrator to join the Rights Management team based in our Liverpool office where they will help manage sub-published catalogues.

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OUTPOST MEDIA - SUPERSTAR PR ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Fast growing music PR agency Outpost Media is looking for a sharp Account Manager who loves PR and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require an encyclopaedic music knowledge, a passion for clubs and gigs and be obsessed with popular youth culture.

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SIX07 PRESS – FREELANCE SENIOR PR (LONDON)
Six07 Press is a well-established, independent music PR company, based in Camden. Are you an individual with a couple of years’ experience in music PR, who is able to take your acumen and apply it directly to our roster?

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SIX07 PRESS – FREELANCE JUNIOR PR (LONDON)
Six07 Press is a well-established, independent music PR company, based in Camden. This is a great chance for someone who has a tremendous sense of fun and creativity and would like to work in music PR.

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FIRE RECORDS – IT DEVELOPER / PROGRAMMER / SUPPORT (LONDON)
Fast growing North London music company Fire Records is looking for a full time IT genius and developer to support a close knit team, covering a variety of roles.

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YOUR ARMY - PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Press Officer to join its busy press department and promotions team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of one year’s experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns.

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!K7 - LABEL MANAGER (BERLIN)
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INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
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German court says uncleared Kraftwerk sample not infringement because of "artistic freedom"
It's a classic when it comes to copyright dilemmas, how many beats can you sample before you're infringing the original beat maker's intellectual property rights? Some would say any sampling at all - however slight - requires the permission of whoever controls the original work, while others think there should be a tiny little bit of flexibility.

In among "the others" you can now include the German Constitutional Court, which has bounced back a long-running Kraftwerk sample case to the lower court that previously said a two-second sample of the legendary electro-pop band's track 'Metal On Metal', used without permission, did constitute copyright infringement.

As previously reported, Kraftwerk's Ralf Hutter sued Moses Pelham way back in the early 2000s over a 1990s track that the latter had made with the rapper Sabrina Setlur called 'Nur Mir', which included the tiny 'Metal On Metal' sample on a loop. The case bounced around the German courts for years, with both sides winning at different points in the proceedings.

While it's accepted that Pelham used the sample without permission, what has been of much debate is whether or not that constitutes copyright infringement under German law. In 2012, one key debate that led to a court siding with Hutter was that Pelham could have relatively easily replicated the sound he sampled - either by using a 1996 Akai Sampler or simply crashing some metal onto metal - and therefore the producer was just taking a short cut. This, it was argued, was sufficient to push the sample into the realm of infringement.

What about Pelham and Setlur's "artistic freedom" though? Won't somebody consider Pelham and Setlur's "artistic freedom"? Oh, the German Constitutional Court has done just that. It's told Germany's Federal Court Of Justice, which ruled in Hutter's favour in 2012, that it must reconsider the case, with the constitutional judges reckoning that the negative impact on Kraftwerk caused by the uncleared sample was not sufficient to outweigh the samplers' right to artistic freedom. Who'd have thought it possible?

According to the BBC, the Constitutional Court mused that, if Pelham's sample was deemed copyright infringement, that would "practically exclude the creation of pieces of music in a particular style". Presumably because samples are licensed on a case-by-case basis, rather than under any kind of blanket licence, meaning the owner of the original work can always say no - or demand unreasonable rates - screwing up the sampler's artistic vision. Just ask Car Seat Headrest.

Though, of course, sampling cases are always interesting in that they pitch creators against creators. And German record industry trade group BVMI has already expressed concern about the ruling, arguing that an "artistic freedom trumps everything" viewpoint sets a dangerous precedent and - says BVMI's Florian Druecke - "would be grist to the mill for those who claim that everything should be allowed on the internet".

Though there are supporters for Pelham too within the German music community who, like the German Constitutional Court, reckon there should be a tiny little bit of flexibility when it comes to the samples. We now await to see what happens when this case returns to the Federal Court Of Justice.

Troy Ave denies attempted murder at TI concert shooting
Rapper Troy Ave, real name Roland Collins, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder following that incident backstage at a TI show last week, despite CCTV footage of him opening fire in the greenroom.

As previously reported, one person was killed and three, including Collins, were injured in the shooting at New York's Irving Plaza venue. The rapper, who had been scheduled to perform at the show, was later arrested and charged with attempted murder and illegal weapons possession. He also potentially faces a murder charge, pending the results of ballistics tests.

The man killed, Ronald McPhatter, had been Collins' bodyguard and, it is alleged, was shot by accident by his employer, who then shot himself in the leg, also by accident. It is also alleged that Collins had been targeting rapper Maino during the incident, with whom he had been feuding, and who had just left the stage.

However, at a court hearing on Monday, his lawyer put forward a different version of events. "What really happened here is Mr Collins here is the real victim", said attorney Scott Leemon, according to New York Daily News. "The person who was killed at this event, he died a hero. He was his bodyguard. He wasn't shot by Mr Collins. He was a lifelong friend".

"This eleven seconds of video that the NYPD released, it doesn't say what happened before, it doesn't say what happened after", the lawyer added. "The scientific evidence will show [Collins] didn't shoot himself".

Collins was remanded in custody without bail. The case continues.

BMG launches Brazilian operation
Keen international expander BMG has announced the launch of a new operation in Brazil, which follows the acquisition of music publisher Basement Brazil. The newly incorporated BMG Brazil will be headed up by that company's founder, John Telfer.

"The launch of BMG Brazil is one of the most significant developments in the Brazilian music market for many years", says Tefler, who launched Basement Brazil in 1978. "I have been incredibly impressed by the scale, the infrastructure, and the reach BMG has achieved in such a short time. This is a tremendous opportunity for Basement's clients, who I am confident will receive an even better service than before, and for the new BMG Brazil team".

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added: "The addition of John Telfer and the respected Basement operation gives BMG a strong platform to launch in Brazil. The new operation will not only increase the speed and quality of our service to our international clients in Brazil, it will allow us to offer that unique BMG service to artists and songwriters from Brazil. Great music knows no barriers".

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Warner Music Group does deals with Times Music and PT Indo Semar Sakti
Warner Music Group has been doing catalogue deals, which is always a fun thing to do. I might do a catalogue deal this afternoon, if I have time. Warner's done deals relating to a publishing catalogue and a recordings catalogue too, which is great. All bases covered. Not sure I'll have time for that.

On the publishing side, Warner/Chappell has expanded an existing deal with Indian music company Times Music, which will see the latter license the major's catalogue in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as India.

"Warner/Chappell songwriters' music knows no boundaries and Times Music has been a fantastic partner in helping us extend their reach", says Stephen Clark, SVP Global Administration over at Warner/Chappell. "The expansion of our partnership allows us to tap into new and vibrant markets with enormous growth potential, and we look forward to further exploring South Asia with the continued help of Times Music".

Nice. I promised you a recordings deal too though, and I am a man of my word. WMG has acquired the catalogue of Indonesian indie label PT Indo Semar Sakti. Or ISS, as it is often known, to people who don't spend much time thinking about the International Space Station. The deal will see many of the smaller label's recordings from the 70s, 80s and 90s digitised for the first time.

"Digital technology is opening up incredible opportunities in Indonesia, where previously piracy hindered our ability to invest in local music", says Warner Music Asia president Simon Robson. "This deal strengthens our position there, enabling us to help preserve Indonesia's strong musical heritage by bringing this incredible repertoire to new generations of music fans".

Warner's CEO of International, Stu Bergen, adds: "The world is full of possibility for musical talent and, wherever there is a vibrant, viable local music market, we are looking to expand WMG's ability to develop artists' careers. This deal will enable us to create new opportunities for artists in Indonesia and extend our reach in Asia, underscoring our determination to accelerate our global growth".

DHP Family acquires two MAMA venues
Two more former MAMA & Company venues have been sold off, following the group's Live Nation acquisition last year. The Borderline in Soho was handed over to DHP Family on Friday, with a deal for The Garage in Highbury expected to be completed with the same company shortly.

DHP Family already operate Oslo in Hackney, Thekla in Bristol and Nottingham's Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Bodega and Stealth. The company says it expects its new venues to be able to take advantage of the upcoming shift to a 24 hour tube service in London, thanks to their close proximity to underground stations. Both venues will undergo refurbishment now that they are under new ownership, with The Borderline set to close between December 2016 and March 2017. The Garage will not have to close as it is refitted.

"We hope this is a start of new era for these venues", says DHP Family's George Akins. "Having delivered a successful model with Oslo, we feel London would welcome more venues offering this type of high quality experience".

The Nordic-themed Oslo offers food and drink throughout the day, as well as opening its venue space at night. It's not clear if this is the model Akins is referring to, or if either of the new venues is really suited to daytime opening. Full plans are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Another of MAMA's former venues, The Jazz Café, was sold to the Columbo Group last year, and reopened following refurbishment last week.

CMU@TGE: Nats Spada on Platform B
Look out for insights, advice and viewpoints dished out at this year's CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference here in the CMU Daily throughout June. This week, a series of interviews conducted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke as part of this year's CMU:DIY programme, where the spotlight was on the grass root live scene. And today Nats Spada from Platform B, a project that integrates radio with the live experience.

It's no secret that the radio industry faces a big challenge in the years ahead as young listeners increasingly shun traditional radio services in favour of more interactive online platforms, mashing together music from SoundCloud and Spotify with chat, interviews and sessions off of YouTube, where - in addition to all the YouTubers' channels - conventional radio stations also increasingly post their stand-out editorial content.

In recent years the radio sector has assumed it can pull in at least some of the YouTube generation once they start driving, the assumption being they'll have pretty cheap and rubbish vehicles with limited in-car entertainment options. But the mobile internet is ruining that plan.

For old timers who always loved the immediacy and intimacy of live radio, this trend is distressing. Though perhaps the medium does have a future, it just needs to be reinvented for and possibly by younger listeners. Which is where Brighton-based Platform B comes in, led by Nats Spada, Senior Producer at online radio station Totallyradio.

"I think, for many fifteen to 25 year olds, radio today can sound rather staid, lacking the vibrancy and interactivity of the online platforms they are used to, especially YouTube. So I think it's time to reimagine what radio can be, and only people in that age range can do that. Which is what Platform B is all about".

The starting point is to combine the radio show with the live experience - not in the old fashioned roadshow sense, where the live side is just tagged on, or in the live-stream-from-a-club sense, where the broadcast is secondary, but an attempt to truly combine both elements, so it works as both a live event and a radio show.

"Platform B is a new radio station that we've just launched", explains Spada. "It's a youth-led station that will broadcast from locations all around Brighton - we did our first broadcast at the Green Door Store recently. This is something I've wanted to do for a while, because although in Brighton we have some great online and commercial radio stations, there is nothing specifically aimed at the fifteen to 25 age range".

Totallyradio experimented with the pop-up radio format in Brighton last year, but Platform B will make the pop-up studio the norm. "It's about taking the traditional radio model out of the studio, to make it more accessible, so anyone can come along, hang out, and ultimately get involved in what we are broadcasting".

That broadcast is currently live online - with listen again via MixCloud - though the plan is to relatively quickly expand into a full-on radio operation. "We are initially online, with a new broadcast each Sunday afternoon" says Spada, "but while we are starting small, we will expand. The ambition is to be on air 24/7, and as well as the online broadcast, we have applied for a full-time community FM licence and will broadcast on small scale DAB".

The current Sunday shows are all about playing with the format. "We are broadcasting from the Green Door Store every Sunday from midday to 4pm. It's a bit like a social, people can come down, hang out, listen to the DJs playing some tunes and talking. And if they want to get involved, they just need to come and find us at the venue".

The current shows are themed around genres. "The first was focused on hip hop and grime, and we had lots of local producers, MCs and music makers come down, most of whom had never done any radio before. They played records, discussed the Brighton hip hop scene, and towards the end, one of the MCs took the mic to do some improvised rapping. It was a great show".

As the project grows, more shows will take place at more venues, with the aim to ultimately have a 24/7 service, totally led by the young creators who participate. Along the way, they might just find the radio format that appeals to their generation. It's a not-for-profit venture, and Spada says that she is currently seeking arts funding, though down the line brand partnerships and paid-for events may provide revenue, if that's what the young creators driving the editorial think might work.

"The programming will be led by the young creators" she adds. "And will begin with a music bias, but I hope we can bring in spoken word, poetry, other art forms, and some political debate down the line". A real mix that appeals to the Platform B's audience, and might just be an insight into what radio will become.

Find out more about Platform B at platformb.org.uk.

New season of CMU Insights courses kicks off next Monday
A new season of CMU Insights courses kicks off next week, with another edition of the eight week seminar programme 'How The Music Business Works', plus two masterclasses, one helping brands navigate the music industry, the other an overview of the digital music market and digital licensing.

'How The Music Business Works' provides a concise overview of the wider music industry in eight two hour sessions, taking place each Monday at 4pm in Shoreditch from next week, Monday 6 Jun. Along the way it will consider music rights, the live sector, brand partnerships, merch and direct-to-fan, with particular focuses on copyright and fan engagement. Tickets are available for the full eight-week programme or individual sessions - click here for information.

'Music Business Explained - For Brands', presented in association with Lewis Silkin on Wednesday 15 Jun, provides an overview of the music industry from a brand and sync perspective, explaining the roles different music companies play, how the different music rights fit together, and what that means for brands or sync clients looking to work with artists or license music for their own content. Tickets for this half-day session are £125 and are available here.

'Navigating The Digital Market', also in association with Lewis Silkin, runs through the digital music market as of now - which services are really dominating in which territories. It then explains, once and for all, how different streaming services are licensed by record labels, music publishers and collecting societies, and what happens to the money as it flows through the system. Finally, it will consider the challenges ahead for the streaming services, and the digital pie and transparency debates within the music community. Tickets for this half-day session are £125 and are available here.

Don't forget, CMU Insights can also run seminars in-house for labels, publishers, promoters, management firms, digital platforms and other music businesses. Companies can choose from a menu of two-hour 'primer' sessions, or the CMU Insights team can put together bespoke courses to suit a client's needs. More information here.

  Approved: Zyna Hel
Zyna Hel's debut single 'Catacombs' and its accompanying imagery are so overloaded with drama that they verge on the ridiculous. On the cover artwork, Hel sits, eyes closed, in a purple veil surrounded by crystals and occult symbols. Whilst hitting play on the release instantly throws you into an overloaded electronic track helmed by Fuck Buttons' Benjamin Power, aka Blanck Mass.

It's this teetering on the edge of going completely over the top that makes it so exciting. For all that, the song's subject matter is perhaps not what you would expect. "'Catacombs is about the sometimes complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, and the ways in which we inherit patterns from our parents and often repeat their mistakes, or their behaviour unconsciously", explains Zyna.

"It's in part inspired by Persephone's descent into Hades and her mother Demeter's frantic search for her", she adds. "I've always been fascinated by this myth, and I really relate to Persephone and her journeys in and out of the Underworld. Ultimately in the song there is a release from this damaging symbiotic relationship through the practice of self-awareness and self-creation".

The single is released through Zyna Hel's own Occult Babes label on 10 Jun, and you can catch her live next at The Hug And Pint in Glasgow on 3 Jun. Listen to 'Catacombs' here.

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Members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill for Prophets Of Rage
A supergroup made up of members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill - Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord, to be exact - is a thing now. Prophets Of Rage is its name, as had been assumed when a countdown timer went up on prophetsofrage.com earlier this month.

That timer was counting down to the announcement of the group's first live show. When might that be? Well, you've missed it. It happened last night. They played the Whisky A Go Go in LA in aid of homelessness charity PATH, performing a collection of songs by their respective original bands.

"We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history", said the band as they announced their existence. "Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It's time to take the power back. It's time to make America RAGE again".

An extraordinary number of mad things have failed to make America rage recently, so I'm not sure what effect this will have, but it's nice they're giving it a go.

"We're not a supergroup", Tom Morello told Rolling Stone. "We're an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing".

So it's good they're not being over the top about it at all. In the same interview, drummer Brad Wilk said RATM frontman Zack De La Rocha's absence is because he's "making a record right now", while bassist Tom Commerford said that he had "got [De La Rocha's] blessing" to form the new group. However, Morello said that he had "not spoken to Zack about Prophets or Rage", which might suggest there was never any question of him being involved in the new project.

A new countdown timer is now teasing another announcement this Saturday.

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Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete dies
Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has died, following a year and a half of treatment for a rare form of cancer. His wife Jessica announced the news yesterday on a crowdfunding page set up to raise money for his medical costs.

"Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand", she wrote. "With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again".

She concluded: "It was an absolute privilege to stand next to Thomas and face this monster head on. Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on. Never was there a day that we weren't filled with hope. Never was there a day that he even considered throwing in the towel. He was the kind hearted, funny, fearless, magnetic beam of light you all knew him to be up until his very last breath".

A tribute on the band's Facebook page reads: "I love you Thom. Thank you for convincing me to leave Florida to play shows, and for playing music with me for six amazing years. I've never met anyone like you and I know I never will again. I don't know where or who I would be without you, and I'll miss you everyday".

Fekete had been receiving treatment for cancer since late 2014. In December last year he released a solo album, 'Burner'. From it, this is 'Treason'.

X-Factor, Gwen Stefani, Mercury Prize, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Sony Legacy has acquired the entire catalogue of singer-songwriter Janis Ian, which spans more than 50 years of music. A series of re-issues are planned, and all fifteen of her albums hit streaming services yesterday.

• Dave Stewart has been announced as the new head of Music Gateway's advisory board. Who knows what that even means? Not me. "It's a pleasure", says Stewart, so that's nice.

• Want to fix your flagging pop talent TV show? Pretend it's 2004 all over again I say. Which is presumably why the judging panel on the next series of 'X-Factor' will consist of Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell. Oh, and Nicole Scherzinger. And Dermot O'Leary is hosting. Maybe just pretend it's 2013 all over again, then.

• Gwen Stefani has released a video for 'Misery', which you can wallow in here.

• Wretch32 has shared the video for new track 'Antwi', released in tribute to manager Richard Antwi, who died in February.

• Slow Club have announced that they will release a new album, 'One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore', on 19 Aug. Here's the video for recent single 'Ancient Rolling Sea'.

• Rejoice! It is a new video from Gold Panda.

• They Might Be Giants will release a new album, 'Phone Power', on 10 Jun. Here's the single, 'I Love You For Psychological Reasons'. And while you're here, check out their cover of Destiny's Child's 'Bill, Bills, Bills', which also features on the LP.

• EinarIndra has released a new album, 'Stories'. From it, this is 'Your Eyes Are Burning'.

• Bell X1 will play Islington Assembly Hall on 11 Nov. Tickets on sale this Friday.

• We mentioned that the deadline to enter this year's Mercury Prize was coming up recently. It's possible we gave you the wrong date. Sadly there is no way to check if that's what happened now, but just to clarify, the deadline is THIS FRIDAY, 3 Jun, at 6pm. Put your records forward here.

Glastonbury team working on new event, to launch before 2020
Emily Eavis has spent recent weeks attempting to play down rumours, started by her dad, that Glastonbury Festival is coming to an end. Or at least it's going to be forced to move to a new site. Earlier this month she did reveal plans for the festival's team to launch a new event in the next few years though. Albeit, slightly vague plans.

"We are going to do a show somewhere else with the same team behind Glastonbury but it hasn't got a name yet and we're still not entirely sure what shape it's going to take", Emily Eavis told the Guardian in a new interview this week. "For now we're all [focused] on Worthy Farm. We're not thinking too far down that road because we're quite busy with this one at the moment!"

The first outing of the new event will take place "in 2019 or 2018, but probably 2019", she says. Feel free to start your 'Glastonbury to shut down in 2020' rumours now. By the way, the full line-up and stage times for this year's edition of the DOOMED festival are now available.

 
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