FRIDAY 3 JUNE 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The boss of Universal Music parent company Vivendi has been discussing synergies between the different companies in the group and, perhaps more interestingly, between Vivendi firms and the separate marketing services business Havas, in which he is the majority shareholder. Investor Vincent Bolloré, who now controls 14.3% of Vivendi's shares and 25% of the voting... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Yeah, you're right, New York's DJ/producer extraordinaire Danny Krivit is flying in for his debut set at Deep Into Soul this weekend. I'm glad you're paying attention. Also on the bill you will find Swedish house head Mad Mats plus Mi-Soul's Sy Sez and Melvo Baptiste, and your residents: Neil Pierce, Ziggy Funk and David Bailey. Or, for some more afro house flavours, check... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK:  The saga of Bpoplive – and it is a saga – is a long and complicated one. But the event's stated aims are simple: put on a pop concert in the run up to the EU referendum to convince young people to vote. It's a simple idea. Maybe even a commendable idea. But ideas and actions are different things. First, for as much as it has been claimed that this is a non-partisan event, simply... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Guvera's IPO and the current challenges facing the streaming music market, the latest twist in Kraftwerk's legal battle over a two second sample of 'Metal On Metal', and Ellie Goulding’s defiant political stance on Donald Trump. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Boss of Universal parent discusses synergies within the group, and beyond into his advertising empire at Havas
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LEGAL Appeals court upholds ruling on 'Vogue' sample
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DEALS European music export offices launch more formal alliance
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Warner Music buys playlist-focused licensing company
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Bucks Music branches out into management
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ARTIST NEWS Autopsy confirms Prince died from accidental painkiller overdose
PPL count up the plays in 2015
Thousands gather to celebrate World Motern Day
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ONE LINERS Busted, Calum Scott, Pins, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #308: Pop v Brexit (Round 3)
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THE BREWHOUSE - EVENTS & LIVE MUSIC MANAGER (LONDON)
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PROPER MUSIC - NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Proper Music Distribution is now the largest truly independent, full service distributor of music on all formats in the UK. Reporting directly to the Head of Sales, the National Account Manager’s role is to develop strong direct relationships with key domestic retail partners. Customers include HMV, Fopp, Amazon and supermarkets.

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PROPER MUSIC - ROYALTIES ACCOUNTANT (LONDON)
Proper Music Distribution is now the largest truly independent, full service distributor of music on all formats in the UK. The Royalty Accountant role exists to make sure that the companies’ contractual royalty obligations are interpreted accurately and on time.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP - PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Kobalt Label Services is looking for a Project Manager to join the UK Marketing Team. We are expanding our UK Marketing team to include a new Project Manager responsible for managing relationships with a wide range of clients, from emerging to established artists, both UK-based and international, as well as record labels and catalogue owners.

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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 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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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)
The position of International Digital Account Manager is responsible for the development and growth of key accounts in the digital music industry outside of North America. You will work closely with label representatives to ensure maximum visibility for our key projects and manage relationships with external accounts and internal teams at INgrooves.

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MINDS ON FIRE - PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Minds On Fire, a dynamic music publishing company, is looking for an assistant to work across all aspects of the company. Reporting to the two directors, the role will involve managing the extensive works database, song registration, liaising with sub publishers, updating the website / social media platforms and assisting with synchronisation.

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Boss of Universal parent discusses synergies within the group, and beyond into his advertising empire at Havas
The boss of Universal Music parent company Vivendi has been discussing synergies between the different companies in the group and, perhaps more interestingly, between Vivendi firms and the separate marketing services business Havas, in which he is the majority shareholder.

Investor Vincent Bolloré, who now controls 14.3% of Vivendi's shares and 25% of the voting rights, engineered his way into the Chairman role at the French conglom back in 2014, of course, and has since overseen a number of acquisitions, spending a cash pile created before his tenure by the offloading of the firm's gaming and tel co assets.

Much of that cash pile has gone on, erm, gaming and tel co assets. Which, Bolloré concedes in a new interview in the Financial Times, might seem a little odd. But, says he: "It's like a painter. You may not know why there's a blob of blue and a dash of brown but in the end you will see that we are painting something that is relevant".

The picture Bolloré seemingly wants Vivendi to paint is of a global media giant with interests across the entertainment industry, on par with the big American media and entertainment businesses. Which does sound rather like the grand Vivendi plan of the Edgar Bronfman Jr and Jean-Marie Messier era that began in the late 1990s. A plan that came to an abrupt halt when the whole come nearly collapsed amidst a financial crisis.

But, says Bolloré, "Jean-Marie was right in terms of the merger of content and the distribution network ... everyone is doing that now". Time and place then. Though detractors might note that all those big American media and entertainment giants that Vivendi aspires to sit alongside have always sought more synergies between their respective divisions – music, film, TV, media, games – but with limited success.

But Bolloré remains upbeat about the plan. "We have got Universal Music, we are getting into video games and we are investing in movies, series and shorts. The idea is to deliver the content through a galaxy of relationships with tel cos".

Though, he adds, that doesn't mean owning mobile networks like the Vivendi of old. "We are in telecoms but it is complementary to content. We don't want to be an operator. We don't want, industrially speaking, to manage a telecoms company. We manage content".

So you heard the man, Universal artists, make sure your music is mobile friendly moving forward. Though, at the moment, Bolloré is more interested in the affairs of Vivendi's loss-making TV firm Canal+ than its relatively successful music business.

But synergies between the group's companies are clearly a priority for the top guard, and for Bolloré that means more than just the Vivendi companies. He is also the majority shareholder in Havas, an advertising and marketing group that already has a number of formal and informal alliances with Universal Music divisions.

Although once a part of Vivendi back in the day, Havas is now a totally separate company, except for having a shareholder in common in Bolloré. But that is enough to assure ever-closer relations in the future, says the chief, who now has his son Yannick – who heads up Havas – on the Vivendi board.

"It is clear something will happen" between the two businesses, says Bolloré to the FT. "What, when and how? Honestly, I can't answer today. But you don't need to be clever to make such a prediction. It's logical".

Appeals court upholds ruling on 'Vogue' sample
Following the ruling in the German courts earlier this week that basically said an uncleared two second sample of a Kraftwerk track didn't constitute copyright infringement, now the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals in the US has upheld an earlier ruling that a fraction-of-a-second sample in Madonna's 'Vogue' also doesn't infringe.

As previously reported, American music company VMG sued Madonna and 'Vogue' producer Robert 'Shep' Pettibone in 2012, claiming the duo illegally sampled a 1970s recording called 'Love Break', which the claimant owns, for their hit single back in 1990. The music firm said that Pettibone had cleverly hidden the sample, but that new technology had revealed that it is definitely there, which is why they were suing over two decades later.

But the following year, a court ruled against VMG, concluding that the 0.23 second sample was simply too short to be protected by copyright. And this week the appeals court very much concurred with that conclusion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, judge Susan Graber said: "After listening to the audio recordings submitted by the parties, we conclude that a reasonable juror could not conclude that an average audience would recognise the appropriation of the horn hit".

The ruling went on: "That common-sense conclusion is borne out by dry analysis. The horn hit is very short - less than a second. The horn hit occurs only a few times in 'Vogue'. Without careful attention, the horn hits are easy to miss. Moreover, the horn hits in 'Vogue' do not sound identical to the horn hits from 'Love Break'... Even if one grants the dubious proposition that a listener recognised some similarities between the horn hits in the two songs, it is hard to imagine that he or she would conclude that sampling had occurred".

As much previously noted, there has been much debate over the years over whether or not tiny uncleared samples do indeed constitute copyright infringement. In the Kraftwerk case in Germany different courts have reached different conclusions, the German Constitutional Court ruling this week that any judgement to the effect that a two second sample equals infringement would negatively impact on the artistic freedom of those doing the sampling.

In the 'Vogue' case, however, judges seem to have reached their conclusion on the simpler basis that the sample is so slight – and inconsequential within the song – that there shouldn't be a case for infringement.

Though, in doing so, the Ninth Circuit court arguably is in conflict with a famous ruling in American's Sixth Circuit court over an NWA track that sampled a Funkadelic riff, the conclusion of which was a rigid "get a license or do not sample". VMG cited that case in its appeal, though that wasn't enough to convince the Ninth Circuit judges.

European music export offices launch more formal alliance
As music industry shindig MIDEM gets underway in Cannes today, over twenty export offices from across Europe have announced the launch of the European Music Export Exchange Network, which will work "towards the common goal of increasing the circulation of European repertoire".

Lots of countries have export offices and - while their form, funding and actual operations vary greatly - they usually exist primarily to help 'export-ready' new music talent to build audience and industry connections away from their home territory.

The new network of these organisations says that "our common goal is to export music and increase the circulation of European repertoire", to share ideas on the best ways to achieve just that, and to "contribute to political dialogues and processes in that context".

EMEE will meet three times a year, with Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdottir of the Nordic export programme NOMEX taking the role of Chair, alongside Peter Smidt of BUMA Cultuur in Holland as Vice-Chair and Virgo Sillamaa from Music Estonia as Secretary.

Says Hildur: "Music remains one of Europe's most prized cultural and economic assets, and the creation of this network is hugely significant given that support and approach to our sector is being reassessed at EU level".

She goes on: "The European Commission has chosen the music ecosystem as the best example of a sector strongly influenced by the digital shift, built on small and medium-sized businesses, and with a strong potential for growth and job creation. This goes hand in hand with EMEE's common goal to increase the circulation of European repertoire".

Warner Music buys playlist-focused licensing company
It's all about the playlists isn't it? Ah, I love playlists. Well, I like lists. They can play if they want to. Anyway, Warner Music has bought X5 Music Group, a Swedish company that "specialises in licensing deep catalogue and specific genres of music to create playlists, streaming and download products". Glorious.

Says X5 co-founder Johan Lagerlöf, who will still run the company: "Our business is to increase the value of catalogue music by putting it in the right context. We are excited to be working with the amazing catalogue of Warner Music Group and look forward to harnessing our scalable business model to increase its value. X5 has helped pioneer the digital music business for more than a decade and now we are bringing our unique expertise and experience to WMG".

From Warner's side, the new business partnership will be overseen by President Of Global Catalogue Tim Fraser-Harding, who says: "X5 is an incredibly exciting company that has done great things in the digital space. This team, led by Johan, has an impressive ability to curate specific genres of music and create engaging and accessible digital products and playlists. We hope to help X5 grow its business in the years ahead and believe that we in turn will benefit hugely from its experience".

Bucks Music branches out into management
Independent music publisher Bucks Music Group has launched a management division headed up by Anthony Hippsley, formerly off of Big Life and Spilt Milk Management. He brings with him the first signing to the firm's new management roster, producer and writer Jordan Riley.

Says that there Hippsley said: "I am excited to start Bucks Music Management and partner with the UK's strongest independent publisher to offer management and the chance to work with great artists, producers, writers and mix engineers to see their goals accomplished".

Meanwhile Bucks' Director Of Creative A&R Sarah Liversedge had this to say: "The time feels perfect for Bucks Music Group to branch out and develop a new management venture. Anthony first came onto my radar a couple of years ago at our Bucks writing camp at Rak Studios – he was guest bass guitarist in a session with our friends and business associates, producer Bless Beats and Ivor 2016 nominated songwriter Jin Jin".

She went on: "His interaction and communication with artists, producers and songwriters is impressive and we are pleased that Anthony will kick start the management roster with rising producer and writer, Jordan Riley".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Deep Into Soul Opening Summer Terrace Party w/ Danny Krivit & Mad Mats at The Prince of Wales
Yeah, you're right, New York's DJ/producer extraordinaire Danny Krivit is flying in for his debut set at Deep Into Soul this weekend. I'm glad you're paying attention.

Also on the bill you will find Swedish house head Mad Mats plus Mi-Soul's Sy Sez and Melvo Baptiste, and your residents: Neil Pierce, Ziggy Funk and David Bailey. Or, for some more afro house flavours, check out Shaun Ashby and Deejay Fiddla in room two.

Basically, it's twelve hours of deep soulful house business on the south side. Sorted.

Saturday 4 Jun, The Prince Of Wales, 467 Brixton Road; London, SW9 8HH, 5pm – 5am, £17.50, info here.

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Autopsy confirms Prince died from accidental painkiller overdose
Prince died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, according to a report from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota.

According to the autopsy report, the musician self-administered the painkiller, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin, and which has been called a "threat to health and public safety" by the US Drug And Enforcement Administration, because "incidents" and overdoses related to the drug are "occurring at an alarming rate".

As previously reported, Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park Studios home on 21 Apr. According to the Associated Press, citing a friend, the musician was taking pain medication because of knee and hip pain, the result of years of performing.

According to the BBC, detectives have already questioned a doctor who saw Prince twice in the weeks before he died, and who prescribed medication to the singer on 20 Apr, though it is not known what the doctor prescribed at that time.

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PPL count up the plays in 2015
Your good mates over at the PPLs had their Annual General Meeting yesterday and, to celebrate, they dug deep into all the airplay and public performance data they've been gathering on their desks in the last year to work out the most play artists and tracks of 2015 in this most United Kingdom.

All Adele you reckon? Don't be a fool, she wasn't doing much for most of 2015. No, it's all about the boy Sheeran and that bloody Mark Ronson. What a time to be alive!

Most played artists...
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Taylor Swift
3. Olly Murs
4. Take That
5. Ellie Goulding
6. Sam Smith
7. Jess Glynne
8. Years & Years
9. Mark Ronson
10. Maroon 5
11. Coldplay
12. Calvin Harris
13. James Bay
14. George Ezra
15. Madonna
16. Rihanna
17. Queen
18. Michael Jackson
19. Katy Perry
20. Adele

Most played tracks...
1. Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
2. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
3. James Bay - Hold Back The River
4. Years & Years - King
5. Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
6. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
7. Maroon 5 - Sugar
8. Jason Derulo - Want To Want Me
9. Demi Lovato and Olly Murs - Up
10. Taylor Swift - Style
11. Sam Smith - Like I Can
12. Take That - These Days
13. OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
14. Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
15. Hozier - Take Me To Church
16. Walk The Moon - Shut Up and Dance
17. Ed Sheeran - Photograph
18. Little Mix - Black Magic
19. George Ezra - Blame It on Me
20. Taylor Swift - Blank Space

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Thousands gather to celebrate World Motern Day
BBC Music Day? What the fuck is that? Happy World Motern Day, everyone! Today is the second attempt by prolific songwriter and 2014 CMU Artist Of The Year Matt Farley to earn $1 million in streaming income in a single day. All you have to do is listen to a playlist featuring 200 of the best of his 18,000 or so songs.

"If you listen to all 200 songs, I'll earn a dollar", says Farley. "The goal is to get a million people to listen to the whole playlist on Friday. That will make me an instant millionaire! Last year, only 300 people participated. I was devastated.  My wife was so disappointed in me. Please don't let this happen again!"

Listen on Spotify here or Google Play Music here. Do not let Matt down.

Busted, Calum Scott, Pins, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Warner's East West Records have signed Busted – and that means "all three original members" says the press release. Though they should read up on their Busted history, because that Charlie Simpson ain't an original member. But still, this does mean the united threesome will release a new record later this year. So that's a thing.

• YouTuber-focused music firm Instrumental has signed one of the acts in its network, Calum Scott, to a record deal with Universal's Capitol in the US. Instrumental says that, working with Scott's management at Vector, they led a 'social first' strategy that has seen him build a significant following in just six months. It's the power of the YouTubes, see.

• Ninja Tune's publishing arm Just Isn't Music has signed a three album deal with Pins, the Manchester band who, says the publisher: "Bring a giant gust of fresh air to punk rock". It follows Pins' recent alliance with Bella Union on the recordings side.

• New York-based indie music publisher Reservoir has hired long-time Universal Music Publishing exec Donna Caseine as its SVP Creative And A&R, to develop and oversee the firm's West Coast operations.

• Snapchat now has more daily users than Twitter, sources have told Bloomberg. It's thought that the rapidly evolving Snapchat now has 150 million daily users, while Twitter is on 140 million. So you should all stop following us on Twitter and find us on Snapchat. If you do find us on Snapchat, do let me know, I've been wondering where we are.

• Twitter and Yahoo recently met to discuss a possible merger, says the New York Post. Twittoo! - what could possibly go wrong with that? Though it seems those initial speculative talks haven't progressed to anything more serous.

• Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' sixteenth studio album 'Skeleton Tree' is only going to be bloody released on 9 Sep. A film containing the new music, 'One More Time With Feeling', will hit cinemas the previous day.

• Bastille announce new album 'Wild World'. That's pretty much all the press release says. Oh look, there's a short video.

CMU Beef Of The Week #308: Pop v Brexit (Round 3)
The saga of Bpoplive – and it is a saga – is a long and complicated one. But the event's stated aims are simple: put on a pop concert in the run up to the EU referendum to convince young people to vote.

It's a simple idea. Maybe even a commendable idea. But ideas and actions are different things. First, for as much as it has been claimed that this is a non-partisan event, simply highlighting the importance of using your vote on 23 Jun, it only has the involvement of one side of the debate. Leave.EU officially endorses the unofficial event.

Leave.EU is, however, very keen to point out that it is not organising the show, even though it has three speakers (the only three speakers) on the line-up, is funded by the same people, all statements relating to the gig come via Leave.EU, the theoretical third party organisers have no apparent online presence, and senior members of Leave.EU have talked openly about attempting to book acts.

Booking acts has been a difficult thing though. Or at least keeping them once they're booked has proven tricky. To quickly recap, the original event, due to take place in May, fell apart when it's fairly impressive line-up, including Sigma and Ella Eyre, all pulled out upon realising its political agenda. The date was then moved back to 19 Jun, four days before the vote and just under two weeks after enthused young people could register to take part, and a new line-up was published.

But that second line-up – two members of 5ive, Alesha Dixon, East 17, Sister Sledge and Rose Royce's Gwen Dickey – all pulled out within 24 hours, someone again having failed to inform the acts that they would be playing a political rally. Perhaps because Leave.EU keeps insisting that it's not a political rally, even though it's billed as "the biggest campaign rally in modern British political history".

But the show must go on, Queen once sang. Queen aren't playing, by the way. But there is a new line-up. And the big new headliner is Mike, Cheryl, Jay and Bobby, aka Bucks Fizz. Actually, sorry, in order to avoid any legal action I have to refer to them by their official name, Formerly Of Bucks Fizz.

Wait, aren't Mike, Cheryl, Jay and Bobby the classic Eurovision-winning line-up of Bucks Fizz? Yes, they are. Almost. But also, no, they are not. Are you ready for a sub beef?

After several years of battling over who exactly owned the name Bucks Fizz, original member Bobby G won the rights to the moniker in court back in 2011. He now performs as leader of a group called Bucks Fizz, and as a stern note on his website will inform you: "Bucks Fizz is a registered trade mark. The current line up as featured on this site is the only group authorised to perform as Bucks Fizz".

The Bobby you see listed as a member of Formerly Of Bucks Fizz is actually Bobby McVay, ex-vocalist of 80s band Sweet Dreams. He's not even a former member of Bucks Fizz, which makes a mockery of what was, obviously, otherwise a very sensible situation. We approached a rep for Bobby G for a comment on his former bandmates repping the anti-EU campaign, but sadly have heard nothing back. Perhaps he's still making his mind up.

Leave.EU is pretty certain that it's nailed it this time though. "Cheryl, Jay, Mike and Bobby – formerly of Bucks Fizz, the last British team to really win big in Europe – will be part of a fantastic event which promises to be the most memorable night of the referendum calendar", said a statement on Facebook. That's right, more memorable than the referendum itself. "It's time for us to start making our minds up, and who better to hammer that message home?"

Guys, I already made the 'making your mind up' joke. Back off. Actually, it seems it might be me they're hoping would back off, with their statement continuing: "Journalists wondering how Bpop could possibly top East 17 and two-fifths of 5ive need wonder no longer, as the Eurovision stars will be joined on stage by none other than Gordon Hendricks as the King himself, Elvis Presley".

That's quite a complicated gag, isn't it? It appears that they're mocking their own former line-up for not being as good as some former members of Bucks Fizz who aren't allowed to perform as Bucks Fizz and an Elvis impersonator. But at the same time, it's self-deprecating enough to suggest that there was always a lack of confidence in that previous line-up, and that they realise that this one is possibly on shaky ground too.

Not that there should be any doubt about the second booking. Elvis impersonator Gordon Hendricks has credentials. He has previously been crowned Europe's best Elvis impersonator and came top ten in the world Elvis impersonator championships in Memphis. Good job Europe was there to give him that stepping stone to the world stage, don't you think?

Commenting on the new line-up, which will have further acts announced today and on Monday, a spokesperson told The Mirror: "We've got some good ones. We've drip fed it rather than putting out the whole thing in one go. It got completely annihilated last time, there's no point trying to deny that".

In another moment of honesty, they added, in something of an about turn: "It's also a political rally. People are coming because it's a political rally as well. The entertainment is just to give it an end-of-term feel - we thought we would throw a party".

So far, "about a third" of the tickets have been sold, said the spokesperson. So that's 5000 young people ready to be enthused. There are still 10,000 seats available though, all ready to be filled with budding young voters. Don't forget that Nigel Farage, Liam Fox and Kate Hooey will be speaking too. What a night it's going to be.

 
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