THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Russian divisions of the three majors - so that'll be Universal Music Russia, Sony Music Russia and Warner Music Russia - have all hit out at previously reported proposals by the country's government that it take over the administration of collective licensing in Russia. The local major label chiefs have put their name to a letter, also signed by other Russian... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Following on from her debut single 'Porcelain', released in July, Skott returns with the second, 'Amelia'. And while her catalogue of releases may be small right now, it's already proving incredibly strong. 'Amelia' invites you to make a quick judgement about what kind of song it is, before flipping that on its head a minute in, and adding one further... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from this summer, including the closure of Fabric, the launch of the FanFair campaign against secondary ticketing, and Frank Ocean's two new albums and how they contributed to the debate over streaming exclusives. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: As the European Commission publishes its draft new copyright directive, we review the key issues that the music community hopes might be addressed by the latest review of copyright law in Europe, and what the directive says about each of them. What has been achieved so far, and what next? CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Majors criticise proposal for government takeover of collective licensing in Russia
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LEGAL Fake Sheikh in court over conduct in Tulisa sting
Fans sue over shooting at TI concert
Woman arrested for reselling Arashi tickets in Japan
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Pat Handlin named Senior A&R Manager of Syco Music UK
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Sainsbury's to close digital entertainment service
Slacker woos users of now defunct Samsung music service Milk
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Great Escape to stage series of London gigs as first 50 acts playing 2017 festival are announced
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ONE LINERS Maverick, Universal, Prophets Of Rage, more
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AND FINALLY... Pharrell to blame for Calvin Harris breaking singing ban
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NINJA TUNE - DIGITAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a bright, meticulous and technologically-minded aspiring music industry professional to fill the role of Digital Assistant, based out of its London office.

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YOUR ARMY - CLUB PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Your Army is looking for someone with a broad understanding of electronic dance music to be Club Promotions Assistant. Your role will involve researching and building relationships with tastemaker DJs, database management and reporting back to a wide range of labels and artists.

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KARTEL MUSIC GROUP - PROMOTIONS EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Kartel Music Group is a global, independent label services company representing an internationally acclaimed roster of labels and artists. The role we are seeking to fill is a Promotions Executive within our in-house Promotions Department.

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NOTTINGHAM TRENT STUDENTS' UNION - ENTERTAINMENTS SUPERVISOR (NOTTINGHAM)
Nottingham Trent Students' Union is recruiting for an enthusiastic individual to join its entertainments team. The Union operates across three campuses running a busy schedule of activity in its diverse venues. The Entertainments Supervisor will play a key supporting role in the programming and delivery of a wide range of entertainment.

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NAME PR - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Name PR is looking to hire an Account Executive. This is a fantastic opportunity for a bright individual with exceptional writing ability and a good grasp of the music business to work on some of the UK and Europe's most interesting music issues.

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EINSTEIN'S GARDEN / GREEN MAN - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are looking for a creative and motivated Marketing Assistant to join our friendly team, which organises events across the country including Wales’ largest music, arts and science festival, Green Man.

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YOUTH MUSIC - PA/ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
We’re Youth Music. We're a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances. The PA/Administrator will be responsible for managing the CEO’s diary, co-ordinating and administrating trustee meetings and ensuring the smooth running of Youth Music’s office on a day-to-day basis.

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ANJUNABEATS & ANJUNADEEP - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep are looking for an experienced digital marketer to join our growing team in London. You will execute digital marketing campaigns for our releases, streaming playlists and tours with a specific focus on leveraging our social media network to drive results.

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INVOLVED MANAGEMENT - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Home to Above & Beyond, Dusky, Lane 8 and Yotto (among others), Involved Management is looking for a motivated and proactive management assistant to work across two of our highest profile acts and our broader roster.

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INVOLVED GROUP - OFFICE MANAGER & PA (LONDON)
Involved Group is looking for an enthusiastic, highly organised and proactive individual to take on a new, wide-ranging office manager role within our growing operation. The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude, excellent attention to detail and experience implementing and managing office systems.

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ERASED TAPES - MARKETING & PR MANAGER (LONDON)
Erased Tapes is currently seeking a dedicated and highly creative Marketing & PR Manager to collaborate with both our in-house creative team and external PR partners. Core tasks include overseeing social media management, advising on overall business and product marketing strategies, special event planning, brand partnerships, and fostering relationships with online and print press partners.

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NINJA TUNE - SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune requires a Social Media Assistant to work on the planning and execution of of compelling content across the label's social channels, working closely with the Social Media Manager and Digital team.

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RESIDENT ADVISOR - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (LONDON)
Resident Advisor is seeking a digital media expert to manage our social media strategy. With more than one million fans across all platforms, a huge opportunity exists for an ambitious, quick-thinking person to directly shape the company’s social media agenda.

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9PR - ONLINE PUBLICIST (LONDON)
9PR is looking for an account manager with at least one year's experience in online press. Our campaigns range from up-and-coming-talent, established acts, catalogue releases and events across a variety of genres.

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YOUR ARMY - ARTIST MANAGER (LONDON)
Your Army are a developing media company known for promoting the likes of Disclosure, Christine & The Queens, Major Lazer and Duke Dumont, with offices in London and Los Angeles. They are looking for an Artist Manager to join their growing Artist Management Division. The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience of working within a management company, or a proven track record working independently, and have been managing a 'dance' act.

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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.
 
22 Sep 2016 CMU's Chris Cooke will moderate a session at Radio // Future Sounds
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26 Sep 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Music Business Explained – For Start Ups & Brands
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27 Sep 2016 CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: The Politics Of Licensing
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Oct/Nov 2016 CMU Insights Seminars Programme: How The Music Business Works
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3 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Making Money From Music
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10 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Rights Work
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17 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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24 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: From Napster To Now – The Battle With Music Piracy
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24 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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31 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Merch, Live & Brands
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21 Nov 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Digital Deals, Dollars And Trends – Explained!
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Majors criticise proposal for government takeover of collective licensing in Russia
The Russian divisions of the three majors - so that'll be Universal Music Russia, Sony Music Russia and Warner Music Russia - have all hit out at previously reported proposals by the country's government that it take over the administration of collective licensing in Russia.

The local major label chiefs have put their name to a letter, also signed by other Russian music industry leaders, urging ministers to drop those proposals. According to Russian business newspaper Vedomosti, the music industry reps argue that government taking over the collection and distribution of performing right and other royalties would destroy the existing system rather than reform it.

The letter also states that, because Russia is a signatory on the World Trade Organisation's Agreement On Trade-Related Aspects Of Intellectual Property, the government there can't take over the collective licensing system, because that treaty prevents private intellectual property rights from being transferred to government institutions.

As previously reported, it's not the first time Russian ministers have proposed taking over responsibility for collecting various copyright royalties from the RAO, which represents song rights; VOIS, which represents the record industry's performing rights; and RCP, which collects a private copy levy.

The latest proposals come amid various controversies over at the RAO, the General Director of which - Sergei Fedotov - is still fighting fraud charges from jail. And, according to Billboard, just last week a Moscow court decided not the grant the rights body chief bail.

Meanwhile, although the RAO board and management continue to back Fedotov, a small number of the society's members attempted something of a coup last month, overhauling the constitution of the organisation and putting a new boss in charge. But the RAO top guard refused to recognise any of that, and instead chucked those leading the coup out of the society. Now the whole matter has now gone legal.

It remains to be seen what the Russian government's next move on all this is.

Fake Sheikh in court over conduct in Tulisa sting
The trial of former Sun and News Of The World journalist Mazher Mahmood, aka the "fake sheikh", is underway. He is accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to a court case involving Tulisa Contostavlos.

The one time N-Dubz member and 'X-Factor' judge found herself in court in 2014 following one of Mahmood's classic stings, the "let's see if we can trick a celebrity into getting us some drugs" sting, that being the sort of thing that constitutes news for his former employer.

As previously reported, the case against Contostavlos collapsed after the judge presiding accused the journalist, who had given evidence against his latest victim, of "serious misconduct to the point that the integrity of the court would be compromised by allowing the trial to go ahead".

It was claimed that there were inconsistencies in statements Mahmood had made to the court between a pre-trial hearing and the main trial. These related specifically to comments made by Contostavlos and overheard by the journalist's driver Alan Smith, which led the judge to believe that Mahmood had been "manipulating the evidence".

Kicking off the trial against Mahmood and Smith, Sarah Forshaw QC told the jury this week, according to the BBC: "In effect, the hearing in June 2014 put Mr Mahmood and his journalistic process on trial. He liked to call himself the king of sting, he boasted in a book he had written of the number of convictions that he personally was responsible for".

The QC continued: "He knew that if it could be shown that he had acted improperly as an agent provocateur, inducing Miss Contostavlos to do something she would not otherwise do, his own credibility and standing and the prospect of conviction in the case might both be severely damaged".

Smith initially told police about Contostavlos's comments in which she spoke negatively about drugs, and in particular cocaine. But the driver then asked to retract that part of his statement. At a pre-trial hearing under oath, Mahmood said he had had no involvement in that change to Smith's statement. But he later admitted that he had indeed seen a copy of what Smith had originally said to the police and had spoken to his driver about it.

Forshaw: "Miss Contostavlos had expressed her disapproval of hard drugs to his own driver, that was the bit of the statement that was altered. Mr Smith had told the police officer making the statement that he remembered that while driving Miss Contostavlos... that she had spoken about someone in her family being dependent on cocaine".

On Mahmood's original denial of knowledge about Smith's police statement, Forshaw continued: "He deliberately misled the court - not only had he discussed it but he had been sent a copy of the statement. There is no doubt that Smith did change his statement ... The change would undoubtedly have disadvantaged Miss Contostavlos's case. It would have deprived her of supporting evidence from Mahmood's own right-hand man that she made an anti-drugs comment at a time when untainted by any influence or pressure".

Concluding, the QC said: "Mr Mahmood may be the master of subterfuge and deception. But on this occasion it is he, together with his employee, who are exposed".

Both Mahmood and Smith deny the charges that have been made against them.

As also previously reported, Contostavlos has repeatedly hit out at Mahmood, and the tactics he employed to get a story, accusing the journalist of entrapment. The fake sheikh told Contostavlos that he could get her a high profile film project, and then exploited the resulting relationship to try to persuade her to get him illegal drugs, all in a bid to run a "popstar deals cocaine" story.

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Fans sue over shooting at TI concert
Two people who attended that TI show where a backstage shooting occurred earlier this year are suing the promoter and venue over the injuries they sustained as fans rushed for the exits after gunfire was heard and the mental anguish caused by the incident.

As previously reported, rapper Troy Ave - real name Roland Collins - was later arrested over the shooting at New York's Irving Plaza, in which his bodyguard Ronald McPhatter was killed and three others, including Collins himself, were injured. Collins, who had been scheduled to perform at the show, was subsequently charged with attempted murder and illegal weapons possession.

According to TMZ, the two unnamed fans say that they were crushed in a stampede as fans in the main venue ran to get outside after hearing the shots. They are suing Live Nation and Irving Plaza for not properly screening people entering the venue, seeking unspecified damages.

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Woman arrested for reselling Arashi tickets in Japan
A woman in Japan has been arrested for reselling tickets for concerts by popular boyband Arashi, netting herself 10 million yen (over £75,000) over a two year period.

According to RocketNews24, Izumi Nakayama funded the purchase of around 300 tickets through her work as a dog breeder, putting them back onto the resale market at inflated prices once the performances had sold out. However, she was arrested this week on suspicion of violating Japan's Secondhand Articles Dealer Act.

Exactly why Nakayama has been singled out isn't clear, when a quick online search will throw up many individuals reselling Arashi tickets. It's possible that she just wasn't as careful in masking her identity as others and is being made an example of to deter others. She may also have been found out when Arashi introduced facial recognition scanning at their shows

Touting has become a big topic in Japan of late, after the industry there launched a campaign against the secondary market, similar to the FanFair campaign in the UK.

The group, who added their name to that campaign, are currently poised to become Japan's number one boyband once veteran pop outfit SMAP finally retire at the end of this year, and they have a particularly fervent fanbase (as shown in one of our all-time favourite Beef Of The Week columns). So, picking on someone who exclusively sold tickets to their shows does make it a more high profile arrest.

Precise laws around ticket touting vary from county to country, and in the UK only reselling tickets to football matches is actually a criminal offence. Explaining the local laws, Tokyo Metropolitan Police state that while it is fine to purchase a ticket to an event and then resell it if you find that you are unable to attend, buying tickets only with the intention of reselling them is illegal without a proper permit. Nakayama seemingly did not have such paperwork, and clearly wasn't buying 300 tickets because she likes some space around her at boyband shows. She has reportedly admitted that she was acting commercially.

Whether targeting individual resellers like this will have any effect on the market is debatable. Despite the laws explained by the Tokyo police, secondary ticketing is widespread in the country. Japan has a number of domestic ticket resale websites and, as RocketNews24 notes, there are a number of nationwide secondary ticketing chains which have physical shops too.

Pat Handlin named Senior A&R Manager of Syco Music UK
Sony division Syco has announced that Pat Handlin is taking up the role of Senior A&R Manager for its UK record label. He joins from Sony Music Australia.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work at Sony Music Australia with the amazing team there", says Handlin. "Now I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to join Syco Music and work with Simon Cowell and his team who are, undoubtedly, one of the best and most respected in the business both in the UK and around the world".

Syco Music's Head Of A&R Tyler Brown adds: "Pat is a proven record maker and artist focused A&R. We will all benefit from his talent and wealth of experience. I'm very excited to welcome Pat to our already fantastic A&R team and look forward to having many hits with him over the coming years".

Due to a clerical error, Simon Cowell believes that Handlin is escorting him to a funfair. "Pat, get ready for the ride. Now the fun really starts", he says.

Handlin started out as an intern at Sony's Red unit in 2006, becoming a talent scout two years later. He became A&R Manager for Sony Music Australia before being promoted to Director of A&R in 2013.

Sainsbury's to close digital entertainment service
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced that it has begun closing down its Sainsbury's Entertainment On Demand service, which offers music, movies, TV shows, books and magazines in, like, you know, super duper digital formats. It's the future.

Or maybe the past. In a statement, the company said: "We have made some great progress and learnt a lot about the digital entertainment market. However, following a detailed review of our service we have made the difficult decision to close Sainsbury's Entertainment On Demand and focus on our core businesses".

Different parts of the service will close at different times over the coming months - the movies and TV section having already gone - before a complete shutdown on 1 Dec. Its digital music store, which was only relaunched in January, will cease to sell downloads on 1 Oct, with its associated mobile apps going offline on 30 Nov.

Unless of course, as it is prone to do with British supermarket-owned digital music platforms, Guvera decides to buy the Sainsbury's download store. Then it will close on 2 Oct with apps going offline on 1 Dec.

Don't worry though, as far as we know vinyl within Sainsbury's actual supermarkets is safe. News that I'm sure will please audio enthusiasts everywhere.

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Slacker woos users of now defunct Samsung music service Milk
Samsung's Milk Music service officially shuts down today, and we never did find out what possessed the electronics firm to call its streaming service Milk. We'll just have to file that in the mystery box marked "eternal". The mystery being eternal, not the service. No Samsung music service is ever eternal.

Although, the mainly US-based Milk Music was always powered by the existing personalised radio set up Slacker Radio, and that's not going anywhere. And so the team at Slacker are suggesting that any remaining Milk Music subscribers just switch over to their platform, and go from being music milkers to slackers. Which does sound like much more fun. To help with that process, Slacker is offering Milk Music users a free fourteen day trial of its Plus service, plus it will move a user's personal stations and song history from the Samsung service over to its set-up.

Says Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones: "While we're not commenting on Samsung's decision to no longer support Milk Music, our hope is that the impact on users will be minimal. Milk Music has always been powered by Slacker Radio, and by switching over to Slacker, music fans can continue to enjoy the same personalised listening experience they've come to love through our unique programming, storytelling and curated stations. For users that want to check Slacker out, we're giving them a free trial of Slacker Radio Plus".

 
  Approved: Skott
Following on from her debut single 'Porcelain', released in July, Skott returns with the second, 'Amelia'. And while her catalogue of releases may be small right now, it's already proving incredibly strong. 'Amelia' invites you to make a quick judgement about what kind of song it is, before flipping that on its head a minute in, and adding one further twist before its final notes ring out.

"You've had to fight so hard for this love, but it's not turning out the way you thought", she says of the song's meaning. "Is it worth continuing or is this the end? The song's about not giving up, fighting to keep that special someone next to you despite the hardest of times. I get a bit nostalgic. 'Amelia' reminds me of my first love as a young teenager when I'd dream up crazy plans for the future. They weren't always realistic but they were honest and dramatic".

You can catch Skott live in London at Notting Hill Arts Club on 28 Oct and then Birthdays in Dalston on 29 Oct. She'll also be at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris on 26 Oct.

Listen to 'Amelia' here.

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Great Escape to stage series of London gigs as first 50 acts playing 2017 festival are announced
So, what's all this about The Great Escape First Fifty then? Well, let me explain. In late November, the first 50 artists set to play next year's Great Escape festival will be officially announced. And to celebrate, the more impatient of those fifty artists will get up on stage in East London to play at one of ten special shows all taking place under the banner First Fifty. See, pretty simple really, right?

But who the devil, may I ask, are the artists set to play at the First Fifty shows this year? Well, as you asked so nicely, I'll tell you. They are: Hannah Georgas, Klangstof, Nilüfer Yanya, The Age Of Luna, Ray Blk, Miles From Kinshasa, James Hersey, Plaitum, Ider, Tigertown, Fil Bo Riva, Matt Maeson, Marthagunn, Poté, Shitkid, Gothic Tropic, Jameszoo, Sarathy Korwar, Be Charlotte, Shells, Drones Club, Cabbage, Moses, Saint Phnx, LA Salami, Brian Deady, Carys Selvey, Indigo Husk, Abattoir Blues, Husky Loops and Eat Fast.

Given that those artists are playing the First Fifty shows, that also means they will feature in the list of the first 50 bands to play TGE 2017. But you'll still act surprised when the full list comes out in the midst of the shows won't you? Don't worry, there'll be another nineteen bands on that list to act surprised about. It'll be fine.

Commenting on the First Fifty events, the boss of TGE operator Mama Festivals, Rory Bett, says: "Over the last eleven years The Great Escape has been providing the soundtrack to our future with over 3750 artists showcasing in Brighton, and today's announcement of the First Fifty shows previews the next wave of artists set to go down in TGE history. No other festival out there launches in this way with ten live gigs, and the best thing is that this is just the start; we'll have another 400+ bands to announce in the new year!"

You can book tickets to the First Fifty gigs in London here, and get your delegates pass to the main event in Brighton next May here.

Maverick, Universal, Prophets Of Rage, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Artist management firm Maverick have signed up Shania Twain and Andrea Bocelli. Yep, both of them. Not just Shania Twain. Not just Andrea Bocelli. But Shania Twain and Andrea Bocelli. These are glorious days at the Live Nation-owned management agency.

• Universal Music Publishing in the US has promoted David Kokakis to the role of Executive Vice President/Head Of Business & Legal Affairs, Business Development And Digital. Not sure how he's going to fit all of that on his business card. "True", says COO Marc Cimino.

• Prophets Of Rage have released their first music video for the song 'Prophets Of Rage'.

• JoJo has released the title track from her new album, 'Mad Love'. The album itself is out on 14 Oct.

• Having just announced her first album for 38 years, Shirley Collins has released another track from it. This is 'Death And The Lady'.

• Get Inuit have released the video for their latest single, 'Teryaki'.

• Jain has released the lyric video for new single 'Makeba'. She'll be playing live in London at the Lexington on 27 Sep.

• MJ Hibbett & The Validators have released the video for new single, '(You Make Me Feel) Soft Rock'. "As you can see it looks like the 'Take On Me' video by A-ha done in the style of 'Roobarb & Custard' using MS Paint", says Hibbett. "I've spent the last couple of months SLAVING over a hot computer drawing it all myself, so I'm very very happy to finally be able to show it to you!"

• Sløtface have shared new single 'Bright Lights', taken from their upcoming new EP 'Empire Records'.

• The Warehouse Project in Manchester has announced that it will rename one of its existing nights in solidarity with Fabric. 'Fabriclive x WHP' on 11 Nov will feature Danny Brown, Wiley, Section Boyz, Clams Casino, Benji B and more. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Fabric's fighting fund. "This an issue that directly affects every music venue in the UK, so it's great to join forces together", says Fabric.

• The noms are out for this year's MOBO Awards, which take place on 4 Nov. The awards will take place in Glasgow, but the nominations are housed on that internet. Here, in fact.

Pharrell to blame for Calvin Harris breaking singing ban
Back in 2010, Calvin Harris said he was going to stop singing. "Zero percent of my time will go on singing", he said.

Then in 2012, he released 'Feel So Close', which featured him singing. And in 2014, he released 'Summer', which featured him singing. And last week he released 'My Way', which, you guessed it, features his very own voice doing some singing. So Calvin Harris is a liar. But whose fault is it really? As with most things, it's that bloody Pharrell Williams.

"There's only so far you can go with a voice like mine", Harris told Zane Lowe on that Beats 1 this week. "There's limited range".

But then in comes Pharrell with his 'advice'.

"Pharrell told me something about hitting the notes. Occasionally people try to persuade me to sing again, and he's one of those people. He said some of the most memorable and character voices that we have - including himself - it's not about hitting the notes. It's about getting the emotion and the feeling and the character across".

Pfft, Pharrell. What does he know? Silly, multi-platinum-selling, Midas-touch-possessing producer and songwriting genius Pharrell. Oh sure, all the singles Harris has sung on in recent years have been massive hits. But still, that hat Pharrell wore once didn't take off, did it? So what does Pharrell really know?

 
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