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TODAY'S TOP STORY: Administrators for HMV say that they have received a number of offers for the flagging entertainment retail business. Accountants at KPMG had set Tuesday as the deadline for anyone interesting in acquiring the company to come forward... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES HMV administrators confirm offers have been made for the business
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LIVE BUSINESS The Underworld partners with Dice
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RELEASES Hozier announces new album
James Morrison announces new album, releases Joss Stone collaboration
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Fabric announces 20th anniversary parties and more
The Antlers announce Hospice tenth anniversary shows
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ONE LINERS Europe For Creators, Clickamix, Loyle Carner, more
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AND FINALLY... Idles overjoyed at "vapid" BRITs nominations
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NINJA TUNE - TV SYNC ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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The Orchard has an immediate opening for a label manager in our London office. Managing key frontline relationships, you will be the first point of contact for a number of our distributed labels.

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MUSHROOM GROUP - DIGITAL ACCOUNTS/INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Australia’s leading independent entertainment group, the Mushroom Group, is looking to add a digital account/product manager to its labels division, working from London.

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ADELPHOI MUSIC - PRODUCER (LONDON)
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PARAMOUNT ARTISTS - JUNIOR BOOKING AGENT (BRIGHTON)
This is an exciting opportunity for a hard-working, enthusiastic individual to join a sociable, dynamic and successful agency as a Junior Booking Agent Assistant to work across artists including Mount Kimbie, Paula Temple, Mella Dee, Roy Davis Jr, Kelly Lee Owens.

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STANDON CALLING - MARKETING & EVENT MANAGER (LONDON)
Standon Calling is looking for a Marketing & Event Manager to join our London office as part of a small team in the lead up to the 2019 festival, taking place 25-28 July, and during the festival on site. You’ll report to the Festival Director to deliver the overarching 2019 marketing campaign.

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NINJA TUNE - SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for an experienced product manager working across our main imprints Ninja Tune and Counter Records. You will manage record release campaigns from beginning to end working closely with the A&R, production, marketing, digital, social media and international teams.

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HMV administrators confirm offers have been made for the business
Administrators for HMV say that they have received a number of offers for the flagging entertainment retail business. Accountants at KPMG had set Tuesday as the deadline for anyone interesting in acquiring the company to come forward.

HMV, of course, fell into administration for the second time over the Christmas break. Hilco, which bought the retail firm after it went into administration first time round in 2013, said various factors were behind its decision to bail on the business. This included steep declines in DVD sales, the high costs of business rates on many of its stores and a tough Christmas quarter for UK high street retail across the board.

Although the record industry is not quite so spooked this time about the prospect of losing its last national high street chain - compared to its reaction back in 2013 - obviously no one actually wants to see that happen. If HMV were to shut its doors entirely, that would almost certainly escalate the ongoing decline of the CD format, which is still bringing in decent money for many UK labels despite streaming now being the dominant revenue stream.

Administrator Will Wright at KPMG gave little information yesterday about who the possible bidders to buy and rescue the HMV business are. He said in a statement: "We can confirm that a number of offers on various bases have been received and we now need to evaluate these further over the coming days. Given the commercially sensitive nature of this process, we will not be providing further detail at this time".

It's generally thought that, even if a buyer can be found, HMV's network of stores will be cut again if and when the business comes out of administration, as happened when Hilco took over in 2013. Any new owners would also almost certainly be looking for assistance from their suppliers in the music, home video and gaming industries to help minimise risks and overheads.

As we wait to find out who the bidders are and what plans they might have for HMV, Wright said the administrators would "continue to endeavour to trade all stores while discussions with all the relevant stakeholders continue".

As for keeping the doors open while those discussions go through the motions, he added: "Since our appointment as joint administrators, we have received significant support from key stakeholders, including employees, suppliers and creditors, as we have endeavoured to trade the HMV business. We'd like to thank everyone for their support during this time, in what remain challenging circumstances".

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The Underworld partners with Dice
The Underworld in Camden has become the latest venue to partner with Dice to offer mobile-first ticketing. Tickets for shows at the venue will now be offered through the Dice app, locking them to each buyer's smartphone.

"Camden is known for its amazing musical heritage but we're not stuck in the past", says the venue's Jon Vyner. "Music fans coming through our doors are tech-savvy and used to organising their lives through their smartphones. Ticketing should be no different. App-based tickets makes it easier for fans to discover our events and book tickets hassle-free".

Meanwhile Dice's Chief Revenue Officer Russ Tannen reminds us that mobile-ticketing aids anti-touting activity. He says: "With Dice, venues have complete control over their tickets and know that they are going to real fans, not touts".

Of the new deal, he goes on: "Signing The Underworld as a partner will bring a load more heavy music to Dice fans week-in, week-out. It's not just guitar bands either, last year The Underworld put on some amazing alt rap shows with artists like Slowthai, Scarlxrd and $uicideboy$. This is a venue pushing live music forward".

Don't forget that Threatin will also be making their triumphant return to the venue later this year too. Though they might set a fake ticketing app to sell tickets to their show.

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Approved: Maria Somerville
Experimental musician Maria Somerville is set to release her debut album, 'All My People', in March. She's just released its second single and title track, which follows on from last year's 'Eyes Don't Say It' in building a world of sound to get lost in.

The new track, she explains, is heavily influenced by the landscape and music of the west of Ireland, where she grew up.

"I wrote it with a strong feeling of place and experience of rural Ireland", she says. "Influenced by traditional folk motifs and all of the dots between that and contemporary experimental music, it explores the equanimity of rural freedom while touching on its supernatural aura and mysticism".

"It's an exploration of vulnerability, resilience, surrender and resolution", she continues. "It's a response to oppressive situations and finding a sense of freedom from those experiences, both personally and collectively. The space I've left in the music is the space I feel in the landscape".

With the album out on 1 Mar, Somerville will be touring Ireland later the same month. Listen to 'All My People' here.

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Hozier announces new album
Hozier has announced that he will release his second album, 'Wasteland, Baby!', in March. This follows the recent release of opening track 'Nina Cried Power', featuring Mavis Staples.

"I'm THRILLED to announce my new album 'Wasteland, Baby!'", says the musician. "The album has been over a year in the making and it's a pleasure to finally turn out my pockets and share the work. I want to sincerely thank fans and listeners for their continued support in between the records. See you out on the road soon".

'Nina Cried Power' is the subject of the latest episode of the 'Song Exploder' podcast, where Hozier pulls apart and explains the process behind the creation of the song. You should absolutely listen to it.

'Wasteland, baby!' is set for release on 1 Mar.

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James Morrison announces new album, releases Joss Stone collaboration
James Morrison has announced that he will release his new album, 'You're Stronger Than You Know', in March. First single, 'My Love Goes On', featuring Joss Stone, is out now.

"I always love working with people, especially when they have a wicked voice like Joss", says Morrison of the new song. "She's from the same musical heritage as me. I'm excited to celebrate soul music with another artist who is recognised for soul".

Watch the video for the song here.

With the album set for release on 8 Mar, Morrison has also announced that his first UK tour for three years will start later the same month. Here are the dates:

25 Mar: Norwich, UEA
26 Mar: Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
27 Mar: London, Shepherd's Bush Empire
29 Mar:Bristol, Academy
30 Mar: Birmingham, Institute
1 Apr: Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket
2 Apr: Manchester, Albert Hall

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Fabric announces 20th anniversary parties and more
So, all that stuff with Fabric. It's all fine. The London club has now emerged from its three-day blackout to announce the first of 20 special nights to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Fabric's social media accounts and website were wiped earlier this week and - to the alarm of some passers by - the physical club was boarded up too. Subsequently two large white arrows were painted on the black boards around the venue pointing to a message hinting of something to come.

Now the club has finally revealed what's going on, announcing this morning that it will be hosting a special series of nights between now and October to mark the end of its second decade in business.

"Many of you will be wondering what this means, why we boarded up and repainted parts of the club and why we deleted our online presence this week", reads a statement. "In 2019 we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and while to many this would present an opportunity to reflect on the past, we see it as an important opportunity to look to the future".

It continues: "Since opening our doors for the first time in 1999 we have always put our focus on running a space that would become a home for expression and creativity in London. Artists and dancers from across the globe have descended our staircases and established our position as both a local dance spot and international melting pot. As we enter our 20th year, we'll be celebrating our anniversary by refreshing and building upon everything that's helped us reach where we are today".

So, yeah, there will be these 20 parties, the first of which will feature extended sets from Lee Burridge, Bonobo, Tale Of Us, Fuse, John Digweed and The Martinez Brothers. That's not all though. Oh no, don't be thinking that's all. Things kick off tonight with a free party, starting at 7pm, where Fabric will introduce two new resident DJs, Anna Wall and Bobby. They will be regulars at the club from today onwards, in addition to founding residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis.

The club has also announced a new mix compilation series, 'Fabric Presents', which will come out quarterly and replace the recently retired monthly Fabriclive series. The first edition of 'Fabric Presents' will be mixed by Bonobo, with release details still to be announced. Fabriclive is not dead as a brand though, because it will be part of two London festivals this summer.

With more announcements about anniversary shenanigans still to come, the club concludes its statement: "We want to say thank you to everyone that's been part of this journey over the past two decades. So much of the world surrounding us has changed in this timespan, but your love for us has always been unparalleled. From the celebratory times to our most challenging moments, it's your support that's built our legacy".

Here are the headliners for the first of the 20th anniversary nights:

27 Jan: Lee Burridge (extended set)
24 Feb: Bonobo (four hour set)
24 Mar: Tale Of Us (ten hour set)
7 Apr: Fuse (twelve hour set)
18 Apr: John Digweed (all night long)
24 Apr: The Martinez Brothers (all night long)

More details here.

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The Antlers announce Hospice tenth anniversary shows
The Antlers have announced that they will head out on tour later this year to mark the tenth anniversary of their 'Hospice' album, to coincide with a re-issue of the LP. The shows won't be in actual hospices, which is a shame, but they will see the album performed in full, so there's that.

The band's Peter Silberman says of the reissue campaign: "It will be newly pressed on double white vinyl, with deluxe artwork and packaging courtesy of the album's original artist, Zan Goodman". Adding info about the shows and the band's current line up, he goes on "we'll be playing a limited number of acoustic shows to celebrate ... but it will be a bit different this time as the core band now consists of myself and drummer Michael Lerner".

Which means that longtime multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci is no longer involved. Don't worry though, they'll be getting a few guests in to make up the numbers. "Though we've pared down for the time being", he says, "these shows will feature some old friends and guests, and together we'll perform 'Hospice' in its entirety. We're truly looking forward to revisiting these old songs in a new light".

Here are some dates:

19 Apr: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
20 Apr: Manchester, The Dancehouse Theatre
21 Apr: Glasgow, St Luke's
23 Apr: London, Union Chapel

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Europe For Creators, Clickamix, Loyle Carner, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Now article thirteen of the European Copyright Directive even has its own website. article13.org has been launched by music community campaigning group Europe For Creators ahead of further talks around a final draft of the directive that are due to take place next week. It aims to counter all of YouTube's recent article thirteen shouting, and explain why the safe harbour reform that the music industry wants won't, in fact, kill the internet.

• Clickamix, the London-based start-up seeking to unlock new revenues for labels and publishers when music is used in cheerleading and other sporty things like figure skating and gymnastics, has rebranded as ClicknClear. It has also become the first ever 'approved music vendor' of the International Cheer Union, the global body for cheerleading.

• Loyle Carner is back with new track 'You Don't Know', featuring Rebel Kleff and Kiko Bun.

• Fat White Family have released the video for new single 'Feet'.

• Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes have announced that they will release their third album, 'End Of Suffering', in May. New single, 'Crowbar', is out now.

• Du Blonde has released new single 'Angel'. Her new album, 'Lung Bread For Daddy', is out on 22 Feb.

• SK Shlomo has released new single 'Look Away'. His album, 'Surrender', is out on 29 Mar. There'll be a special launch show, where he'll perform with a full live band, at Omeara in London the same day.

• Rustin Man has released the video for 'Judgement Train', the second single from upcoming new album 'Drift Code'.

• With Confidence have released the video for 'Icarus', from their album 'Love And Loathing'.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily - updated every Friday.

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Idles overjoyed at "vapid" BRITs nominations
Idles are overjoyed to have been sealed in the "vapid chamber" of the BRIT Awards, having received a nomination in the British Breakthrough Act category.

The band are up against Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Mabel and Tom Walker in the public voted category - the shortlist for which is selected by the 1000+ member BRITs voting Academy, made up of industry professionals, media types and the previous year's awards nominees.

Speaking to the NME, frontman Joe Talbot says: "It's a surprise [to be nominated], and something that we won't take for granted. It's easy to turn your nose up at the drab pop culture that there is at the moment, but I think it's magic. I think it's fucking stunning that we're being recognised in a vapid chamber".

He adds that he's pleased to be in one of the two public voted categories at the awards, saying: "I think that's the only way we'll ever win anything like this! You know, the industry is kind of fixed in a certain way and I think people are getting bored of that. I think we are part of the change, so people are excited as using as some sort of message to the boring".

Well, let's see if you get it first. At least they're not nominated in the Best Video category, where they'd definitely be dead in the water. This year's other anomaly is Aphex Twin, who goes up against Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs and Sam Smith in the British Male Solo Artist category. Find out if either take anything home on 22 Feb.

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