TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: OK people, it's time to update your piracy gripe lists. You all have a piracy gripe list, right? I store mine on my vKontakte profile. But only now that vKontakte no longer tops the piracy gripe list. Some people reckon that it was my refusal to store my piracy gripe list on my vKontakte profile while vKontakte was on my piracy gripe list that forced vKontakte to do... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Pop-rap duo Cherryade began writing tracks together as teenagers looking for something to pass the time before a night out. Since then, they've grown a bit more serious about their music, releasing three songs in the last few months that have started to gain them a lot of attention - 'Fractured Fairytales', 'The Crown', and now 'Houdini'. Having already... [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 Record industry sues YouTube-mp3.org as stream-ripping tops piracy agenda
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DEALS Kobalt buys Fintage House's music division
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LIVE BUSINESS Sadiq Khan to protect venues with introduction of 'agent of change' principle
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Pandora hires former Apple exec Nick Bartle for marketing role
Early D2F player MusicToday files for bankruptcy, hopes to find buyer
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Florence Welch, Brian Wilson and more channel The Beatles to paint for Youth Music
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ARTIST NEWS Prison helped Lil Wayne's creativity to flourish, he writes in prison memoir
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Illuminations announces fifth anniversary blackout
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ONE LINERS Bucks, Downtown, Metallica, more
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AND FINALLY... Robbie Williams turned to Ed Sheeran during last minute panic about hits count
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CHUFF MEDIA - REGIONAL PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Chuff Media are on the hunt for a regional press officer to come and join our team in E17. Ideally you will have a minimum two years experience in print, live and/or online music PR and be capable of hitting the ground running, having already worked or be working campaigns across major and indie labels including touring acts.

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END OF THE ROAD – ASSISTANT ARTIST MANAGER (LONDON)
End Of The Road is seeking an experienced Assistant Artist Manager to work full time in its East London office. This is a key role at the heart of our young and growing artist management enterprise.

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INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP - MANAGER, DIGITAL ACCOUNTS (LONDON)
The position of Manager, Digital Accounts is responsible for generating revenue growth at key accounts in the digital music industry in the UK and Europe. You will work closely with label representatives, marketing information and various data sources to ensure maximum visibility for our key projects.

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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.
 
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Record industry sues YouTube-mp3.org as stream-ripping tops piracy agenda
OK people, it's time to update your piracy gripe lists. You all have a piracy gripe list, right? I store mine on my vKontakte profile. But only now that vKontakte no longer tops the piracy gripe list. Some people reckon that it was my refusal to store my piracy gripe list on my vKontakte profile while vKontakte was on my piracy gripe list that forced vKontakte to do the things it did to ensure vKontakte was no longer on my piracy gripe list. But I couldn't possibly comment on any of that.

Anyway, if you've still got vKontakte at the top of your piracy gripe list, then get yourself a bottle of Tippex and remove it forthwith. Stream-ripping, that's the real enemy, people. Bloody stream-ripping. Fucking stream-rippers. Will you all please stop stream-ripping? And that person sitting next to you currently stream-ripping, slap them on their head. Hard. We need to stop the stream-ripping. Think of the children, I say. Why won't anyone ever think about the children? Too busy stream-ripping probably.

So yes, the US and UK record industries yesterday both began legal proceedings against YouTube-mp3.org, and not just because everyone in the music business is desperate to sue a company with YouTube in its name and it got to the point that people just couldn't wait any longer for all that safe harbours nonsense to be sorted out. No, Germany-based YouTube-mp3.org is being sued because it's the biggest site dedicated to stream-ripping and, as I may have mentioned, stream-ripping is now the top piracy gripe.

"Stream ripping is the process of 'ripping' or creating a downloadable file from content that is available to stream online", says the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, just in case you were wondering. "It is often done with music videos, to create copies of tracks that can be downloaded and listened to offline or on other devices".

Sites like YouTube-mp3.org make it remarkably easy to strip the audio off streaming videos and download it as an MP3, and in some ways it's amazing it took this long for the record companies to go legal on all this. They possibly hoped YouTube itself would go after the sites that allow users to rip audio off its platform - and they did a little - though we all know about YouTube don't we? "Bloody YouTube". Though get on message people, today it's "Bloody YouTube-mp3.org".

"This is a co-ordinated action to protect the rights of artists and labels from the blatant infringements of YouTube-mp3, the world's single-largest 'stream ripping' site", said IFPI boss Frances Moore while announcing the record industry's new legal efforts yesterday. "Music companies and digital services today offer fans more options than ever before to listen to music legally, when and where they want to do so - over hundreds of services with scores of millions of tracks - all while compensating artists and labels. Stream ripping sites should not be allowed jeopardise this".

That "co-ordinated action" sees the majors in the US sue both YouTube-mp3.org and its operator Philip Matesanz through the Californian courts, while in the UK record industry trade group the BPI has put the site on formal notice that legal action will be launched if it does not cease making copies without licence with immediate effect. It will be interesting to see how the site responds, and whether it will attempt a defence.

"This site is raking in millions on the backs of artists, songwriters and labels", declared Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association Of America, before issuing a coded call on the likes of Google and Apple to assist in curbing the stream-rips. "We are doing our part, but everyone in the music ecosystem who says they believe that artists should be compensated for their work has a role to play. It should not be so easy to engage in this activity in the first place and no stream ripping site should appear at the top of any search result or app chart".

Meanwhile BPI boss Geoff Taylor was more explicit in calling on search engines to downgrade (or preferably de-list) stream-ripping platforms, while also requesting that advertisers ensure their banners don't appear on these sites. "It's time to stop illegal sites like this building huge fortunes by ripping off artists and labels", Taylor said. "Fans have access now to a fantastic range of legal music streaming services, but they can only exist if we take action to tackle the online black market. We hope that responsible advertisers, search engines and hosting providers will also reflect on the ethics of supporting sites that enrich themselves by defrauding creators".

It's the banner ads that provide the "millions" the record industry reckons Matesanz is making off the back of free-to-use YouTube-MP3.org. Almost ironically, when I checked out the site this morning - in the name of journalistic research I would like to add - a banner for London Metropolitan University appeared, which is where I did my law degree and wrote my dissertation on music piracy. Which is almost ironic, isn't it?

Hey, talking about me talking about piracy, why not come to my CMU Insights masterclass next month all about the music industry's past, present and future efforts to crack down on online copyright infringement. It'll be great. And in the break we'll find some stream-rippers and given them a good kicking. See you there!

Kobalt buys Fintage House's music division
The Kobalt gang have bought up the neighbouring rights and music publishing units of rights management firm Fintage House and yes, I know what you thinking, that deal "matches Kobalt's ongoing commitment to more efficiency and transparency in the industry with Fintage House's renowned business ethic in enriching basic collection models with high-end service, innovation and operational excellence". And you're right. That's exactly what this deal does. Well done. Have a penny chew to celebrate.

"We're incredibly excited to work with the roster of creators that Fintage represents", says Kobalt boss man chief Willard Ahdritz of the acquisition. "This deal strengthens our ability to collect more income for more creators from more places around the world. With a larger roster, we're also excited to put more technology investment into neighbouring rights global collections". Me too Willard, dead excited.

"For 30 years we have been creating leading services engineered by experience and as such provided a platform where transparency can thrive", says Niels Teves, co-CEO at Fintage House. "I really believe we can achieve more for the music industry and its clients by merging our forces and values, than we could apart. I have a lot of respect for the technologic advances that Kobalt has built and for the portfolio that it currently represents". Me too Niels, a bucket full of respect. And a big bucket too.

"In my view the music industry still has a long way to go to best serve the interests of recording artists and composers", says Andrew Gummer, President of the music division at Fintage House. "The innovative and service-orientated approach adopted by Fintage House combined with Kobalt's long-term commitment to transparency and empowerment has convinced us that the combined forces of the two companies will provide by far the best and most influential service available in the neighbouring rights and music publishing sectors". I'm convinced too Andrew, and not just because the format this news story has taken obliges me to agree with each quote. Though mainly that.

While Fintage's music publishing unit is part of the deal, this acquisition is clearly more about the neighbouring rights business, ie the collection of the performing rights income due on sound recordings, and in particular the performers' cut of that money, due as a result of good old performer equitable remuneration.

Fintage House has become a big player in the growing neighbouring rights business of late, partly as a result of its alliance with Rights Agency Limited, a very long-term player in this space, back in 2012. Which was around about the time Kobalt also joined the neighbouring rights party. And now they can all party as one. Woo! I might have another penny chew.

Sadiq Khan to protect venues with introduction of 'agent of change' principle
London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to introduce the 'agent of change' principle in the capital to help protect cultural venues from the licensing woes that can be caused by property developers plonking new residential properties alongside their buildings.

As previously discussed, the introduction of this rule would mean that when new flats are built near a venue, the responsibility to protect against noise bleeding into the new properties would fall to the developer, rather than the venue. The lack of protection such as this has endangered numerous UK venues in recent years, such as The Night & Day Cafe in Manchester and Ministry Of Sound in London.

Khan actually announced his plans to introduce the agent of change principle off the back of the recent news that one of London's Curzon cinemas was under threat of closure, thanks to offices above being converted into flats.

"I intend to protect venues like the Curzon Mayfair by introducing an 'agent of change' rule into the next London Plan", wrote Khan on Facebook. "Developers would be responsible for ensuring their new developments don't threaten the future of existing venues. That would mean developers building flats near existing venues will need to ensure that residents are not unduly affected by sound from the venue, and that may include paying for soundproofing".

In the case of the Curzon, it seems, this protection is actually already in place. Say Khan: "I'm very pleased to hear that Westminster Council included this principle when the planning application was first submitted in 2013, and are taking the necessary steps to protect a cinema which makes a significant contribution to the character of the area and is a real cultural gem".

Pandora hires former Apple exec Nick Bartle for marketing role
As Pandora attempts to convince more people to pay for its personalised radio service and soon-to-launch on-demand streaming platform, the company has hired former Apple marketing exec Nick Bartle.

Announcing the news, Pandora CEO Tim Westergren said yesterday: "From the moment I met Nick, his ability to make a substantial and immediate impact on Pandora was clear. Nick brings a deep understanding of consumer marketing and strategic communications from years of experience with the world's most revered brands. He is the perfect leader to accelerate Pandora's brand momentum during this transformative time".

Bartle adds: "I'm THRILLED to join Pandora at this inflection point. The company is poised to completely redefine the music experience once again. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and connect our listeners to artists in ever more unique and personal ways".

Most recently, Bartle spent a year as Vice President Of Member Marketing And Communications at LinkedIn, but prior to that he was Apple's Senior Director Of Marketing Communications for four years. Which is just as well, otherwise our headline to this story would have been a big fat lie.

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Early D2F player MusicToday files for bankruptcy, hopes to find buyer
The operator of MusicToday, the US merch-focused direct-to-fan company, has filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection, because that's what all the cool kids are doing these days.

"This is a very positive development for our company and our customers", reckons the boss of MusicToday's parent company Delivery Agent, Mike Fitzsimmons, who sees the bankruptcy process as an opportunity to restructure the company to enable it to move forward.

He continued: "Through these proceedings we're initiating a process that preserves company value, allows the company to reorganise its business affairs and establishes a necessary foundation for future growth and profitability".

An early player in the online artist store domain, MusicToday was originally launched by artist manager Coran Capshaw, before becoming a Live Nation business in 2006. Delivery Agent acquired the company from the live music giant two years ago.

Delivery Agent, which also owns a promotional products agency and e-commerce platform ShopTV, says it has secured the required approvals to continue operating as normal during the bankruptcy proceedings, subject to a green light from the courts, and that it hopes to find a buyer for the business.

Florence Welch, Brian Wilson and more channel The Beatles to paint for Youth Music
The Youth Music charity will open an art exhibition in London this week under the title 'Art In The Corner' showing original works by musicians, including Florence Welch, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, The Specials' Jerry Dammers and more.

All the artworks being exhibited were created for the show, which was inspired by the 50th anniversary of 'Images Of A Woman', the only known painting produced collectively by The Beatles. All the exhibited works were made using the same materials available to The Beatles in 1966.

"It is a wonderful idea", says Level 42's Mark King, whose band also contributed a painting. "The last time we painted was at school. It was like a time machine".

Charlie Higson, who produced a painting with fellow comedian Paul Whitehouse in the guise of their re-formed punk band The Right Hand Lovers, adds: "Sadly I think this painting is all that the newly re-formed Right Hand Lovers is going to achieve. We haven't actually made any music. Although maybe..."

Youth Music CEO Matt Griffiths says: "We're delighted to hear that so many revered musicians and bands have been putting time and effort into creating paintings that will support our work using music to transform the lives of young people in challenging circumstances. We're hugely grateful to all those taking part".

Other acts involved include Marillion, Imagine Dragons, Wolf Alice and John Illsley of Dire Straits. Following two private views at Cass Art in Islington and Pretty Green in Carnaby Street this week, the paintings will be auctioned off to raise month for the charity. Find out more and buy prints here.

 
  Approved: Cherryade
Pop-rap duo Cherryade began writing tracks together as teenagers looking for something to pass the time before a night out. Since then, they've grown a bit more serious about their music, releasing three songs in the last few months that have started to gain them a lot of attention - 'Fractured Fairytales', 'The Crown', and now 'Houdini'.

Having already teamed up with producers like Dimitri Tikovoi and Lewis Gardiner, their sound is already pretty well-formed. There are still some rough edges to their songs, some of which could do with a bit of a polish, but others that will hopefully remain over time.

"'Houdini' was written about our experiences with religion and going to a religious school", say the duo of their latest song. "The priest was later convicted for being a paedophile, the music teacher was apparently fired for cheating on his wife with a male student, and all the time we were the one's being judged and told what was right and wrong. When you're young and naive the last thing you need is more people telling you who you should be, and once you're caught in that web it's not an easy thing to get out of".

Listen to 'Houdini' here.

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Prison helped Lil Wayne's creativity to flourish, he writes in prison memoir
Lil Wayne is set to publish his long-awaited prison memoir, 'Gone Til November', next month, featuring excerpts from his journal written while serving an eight month sentence for illegal gun possession back in 2010.

One of the lessons he learned while locked up was about creativity, finding being cut off from the world a surprisingly fertile time for songwriting.

"I always thought I needed things like being high with my niggas, a Bugatti, a dope-ass crib or some big-booty bitches to be creative", he writes, according to The New York Post. "But once it was taken away from me, my creativity was put to the ultimate test".

That creativity didn't just stretch to new lyrics either. While inside, he oversaw the marriage of two inmates, finding himself tasked with providing decorations for the ceremony to the best of his improvised ability with what was available.

"Imagine seeing grown-ass men in jail hanging tissue for wedding decorations", he says. "AND one of them is Lil Wayne. Crazy".

I'm imagining it now. So crazy. And the crazy creativity didn't end there - the nuptials were toasted with thirteen bottles of Gatorade.

"Gatorade is liquid gold in this bitch", he notes.

The book is out on 11 Oct.

Illuminations announces fifth anniversary blackout
London's Illuminations Festival returns next month with a series of innovative events straddling music, art and film.

Discussing the event, Illuminations programmers Dan Monsell and Lisa Wright told CMU: "This year is the fifth anniversary year of Illuminations, and we have two events exploring darkness, as the winter nights close in. One is an event taking over the Museum Of London about the lost, found and dark sounds of London, and the second is an event in collaboration with a collective called Blackout".

On the latter event, they explain: "Blackout - a night of music performed in total darkness - embodies the boundary-pushing and innovative ideas that Illuminations stands for. The line-up remains a secret throughout, which both removes any preconceptions for the audience and allows us to be supremely creative and playful with the curation".

"It's been proven that when once sense is deprived, your other senses become heightened", they continue. "Without the visual element of performance, Blackout's crowd are made to hear the music in a far more visceral way. We can tell you now - it's going to be quite some journey for the audience, with the performers and what we have lined up".

Illuminations runs from 28 Oct to 11 Nov. For the full programme, go to illuminationslondon.com

Bucks, Downtown, Metallica, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Bucks Music Group has partnered with producer Charlie Andrew's new publishing venture Big Tree Music to provide worldwide administration for the latter's first signing, Francobollo. "It's fantastic", says Bucks' Sarah Liversedge Platz.

• Downtown Music Publishing has hired Alan Goodstadt as its new CFO. "Alan is the ideal executive to lead finance for us," says CEO Justin Kalifowitz of the former banker.

• Metallica have released the video for new single 'Moth Into Flame'. Their new album, 'Hardwired... To Self Destruct', is out on 18 Nov.

• Jamie Lidell performed a new song called 'How Did I Live Before Your Love' on KCRW. Look, here is a video of that happening.

• Kero Kero Bonito have released another track from their forthcoming debut album. This is 'Trampoline'.

• Calexico member Sergio Mendoza's Orkesta Mendoza will release a new album, '¡Vamos A Guarachar!', on 7 Oct. They'll also play Wahaca's Day Of The Dead at The Vaults in Waterloo on 4 Nov. Here's a track, 'Volcadora'.

• Trim will headline a 1-800-Dinosaur night at Brixton Jamm on 5 Nov, which will also feature DJ sets from James Blake, Mark Pritchard and more.

• Kraftwerk will be bringing their 3D show back to the UK for a tour next June, finishing up with two performances at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

• Insisting on pursuing this reunion thing, The Stone Roses will play three UK shows in Belfast, London and Glasgow in June. They'll probably do those dreadful new songs and everything. Urgh.

Robbie Williams turned to Ed Sheeran during last minute panic about hits count
Robbie Williams pleaded to that there Ed Sheeran via email that he provide his fellow popstar with a little song to sing during a last minute panic about his new album's hit count, apparently.

Having confirmed this weekend that he has a new record to share called 'Heavy Entertainment Show', Williams is quoted by The Sun as saying of the Sheeran collaboration on that new album: "[I panicked and thought] days are running out for the album, have I got enough hits? Are there enough hits? I've got Ed Sheeran's email. I'll send him an email and see what happens. One last hope".

And so, he says, he wrote in his email to Sheeran: "Dear Ed, Robbie Williams here. Do you have any spare hits?" And good old Ed provided the goods. "He sent me this song about 'Pretty Woman'. I added a chorus and I think the song is fully formed".

"I'm honoured that he said yes", Williams continues. "And I'm honoured that I get to be in Ed's thoughts. You can't not be a fan of Ed. He's a phenomena. And also the nicest guy. He's incredibly talented".

So that's all nice isn't it? Though, come on Robbie, you're a talent guy, next time you need a hit surely you could just (allegedly) rip off a Matt Cardle track yourself without bothering poor old Sheeran.

 
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