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TODAY'S TOP STORY: US TV network Lifetime has announced a follow-up to its 'Surviving R Kelly' series which will look at the impact the original programme had in relation to the many allegations of sexual abuse made against the musician. It will put the spotlight on the new allegations and criminal investigation that have followed the documentary's airing, and also the wider conversation around sexual violence that it initiated... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Lifetime to air follow up to Surviving R Kelly documentary
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DEALS Dave Stewart signs to Paradigm
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RELEASES Skepta announces Ignorance Is Bliss
Help Musicians UK to release fundraising compilation
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Stormzy to Glastonbury naysayers: "I'm a serious musician"
Two Door Cinema Club announce UK tour, launch new album into space
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ONE LINERS Zara Larsson, Rammstein, BTS, more
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AND FINALLY... Moby claims he rubbed his penis on Donald Trump
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Lifetime to air follow up to Surviving R Kelly documentary
US TV network Lifetime has announced a follow-up to its 'Surviving R Kelly' series which will look at the impact the original programme had in relation to the many allegations of sexual abuse made against the musician. It will put the spotlight on the new allegations and criminal investigation that have followed the documentary's airing, and also the wider conversation around sexual violence that it initiated.

Few of the claims in the programme were new, journalist Jim DeRogatis having rigorously documented allegations that have been made and civil lawsuits that have been filed against Kelly since the early 2000s. And amid mounting media coverage, a campaign calling on the music industry and music media to stop working with and supporting the musician had been steadily gaining momentum for a few years now.

However, the Lifetime documentary took things to a whole new level when in was first aired in January, with the documentary's allegations dominating the news agenda in the US shortly after broadcast. Kelly continues to proclaim his innocence, pointing out that he was acquitted the only time criminal charges were previously pressed. But in the wake of the programme new charges have been made, and this time the music industry seems more keen to cut its ties with the star as a result.

According to Deadline, the follow up programme will be called 'Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact' and will "highlight the impact the documentary has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor". It will also look at the now infamous interview Kelly gave to CBS journalist Gayle King after the original show aired and put the spotlight on those still defending the musician.

The new programme will be hosted by journalist Soledad O'Brien and will air in the US next Saturday, 4 May.

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Dave Stewart signs to Paradigm
Dave Stewart has signed to the Paradigm Talent Agency which will now represent him in his various guises, including when he is making music, producing film and TV projects, taking photos and writing books and all that.

"I'm excited to work with Marty Diamond, Tom Windish and the powerhouse team at Paradigm", says Stewart. "I am a polymath with music at the core of everything I do and still have that hunger to disrupt, create and build new worlds and platforms so music has an interesting and exciting journey ahead. I'm happy we will be on that journey together".

The there mentioned Diamond adds: "Paradigm's mandate to push the boundaries of creativity makes partnering with Dave a natural fit. Dave is a maverick and one of the most underrated guitarists of all time - we are THRILLED to be a part of his evolution as a global media multi-hyphenate".

I wish I'd known I could just call Stewart a "global media multi-hyphenate" back in that first paragraph. It would have saved me listing all his various guises. And sounding like nonsense bullshit is definitely better than a sentence being slightly too wordy.

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Setlist: 20 years of CMU - How web-blocking became the anti-piracy tool of choice
This week’s episode of Setlist is another marking CMU’s 20th birthday, the fifteenth in a series of special editions reviewing the 20 biggest stories CMU has covered over the last two decades. This time we look at the various strategies the music industry has employed to combat online piracy during that time, and how it ultimately settled on web-blocking as a preferred method. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

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Skepta announces Ignorance Is Bliss
Skepta has announced that he will release his new album, 'Ignorance Is Bliss', next month. The LP is the follow-up to 2016 Mercury-winning 'Konnichiwa'.

Other than the title, artwork and a release date of 31 May, there are few details about the rapper's fifth album available as of yet. Since the release of 'Konnichiwa' he has put out an EP - 'Viscious' - and a number of standalone singles, most recently Wiley diss track 'Wish You Were Here'.

In a post on Instagram announcing 'Ignorance Is Bliss', Skepta thanked his management company Metallic Inc "for bringing my ideas to life".

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Help Musicians UK to release fundraising compilation
Help Musicians UK has announced a new compilation album titled 'Smoke Rainbows' which aims to raise funds for its Music Minds Matter mental health service.

The album features twelve tracks, each recorded in one take at Abbey Road Studios by artists including The Magic Numbers, The Leisure Society, Matt Deighton, The Blow Monkeys, Ren Harvieu, Pat Dam Smyth and more.

"I've always liked the parquet flooring at Abbey Road, along with the room sounds you can get", says Deighton. "'Overshadowed' had an extra dimension in there", he adds of the track he contributed to the record.

"Thanks to Help Musicians UK", he goes on, "who over the past have indeed helped this musician in a time when the chords were of a minor persuasion. So I would like to dedicate this live version to all at Help Musicians UK, and to my friend Chris Sheehan who lit the spark for the record to be possible".

Help Musicians UK CEO James Ainscough adds: "This is an album of truly beautiful songs, where the passion and artistry of those involved in creating it shines through. An album of this nature dedicated to the charity is a first for Help Musicians and a huge honour ... At Help Musicians, we want a world where musicians thrive".

"Supporting the mental health of musicians via the Music Minds Matter listening ear service is an important part of our work" he concludes. "The proceeds from this album will help us continue to reach more musicians in the years ahead - offering a lifetime of support, when it is needed most".

Here's the full tracklist for the compilation:

1. The Leisure Society - Last Of The Melting Snow
2. The Magic Numbers - Wayward
3. Penny Police - Take On A Little Love
4. The Magic Lantern - Different Paths
5. Matt Deighton - Overshadowed
6. Rory Butler - Mind Your Business
7. Bloom - People Like You
8. Charlie Wood - Grand Piano
9. Ren Harvieu - Little Raven
10. The Blow Monkeys - Fortune's Wheel
11. Pat Dam Smyth - Where The Light Goes
12. Tyni - Fighter

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Stormzy to Glastonbury naysayers: "I'm a serious musician"
Apparently there are still people out there who don't think Stormzy won't be very good at headlining Glastonbury - something he'll be doing regardless later this summer. Those people need not worry, he says, it is no accident that he's ended up topping the bill alongside The Killers and The Cure.

"There were so many doubters being like, 'Oh he hasn't got no number one song' or, 'Oh he's got one album out, he's not ready'", he told BBC 1Xtra. "I'm there because I'm a serious musician. If you think I got booked for Glastonbury headline to come there and not give you an iconic headline performance, you've gone crazy".

Last week, the rapper released 'Vossi Bop', the first single from his still-to-be-announced second album.

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Two Door Cinema Club announce UK tour, launch new album into space
Two Door Cinema Club have announced UK tour dates for October, which will follow a number of festival shows over the summer.

Last week the band also launched their new album, ‘False Alarm’. Literally launched it. Like, they shot it into space. Their new single is called ‘Satellite’, so it makes sense. Does it? No, probably not. But if you can do something, you might as well.

"We're trying to create a new world for this record to exist in, and we want that to go everywhere from the music videos, to the artwork to the live show”, says frontman Alex Trimble, not actually referring to why they fired the record into space, but it’s more amusing if you pretend he is.

“We're putting together the live show right now”, he adds. “It's so exciting because there are no limits anymore. We're not just Two Door Cinema Club as defined by what we've done, we're Two Door Cinema Club doing whatever we want to do”.

The album will be available on Earth from 14 Jun. Here are the tour dates:

3 Oct: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
4 Oct: Glasgow, Academy
8 Oct: Manchester, Victoria Warehouse
10 Oct: Hull, Bonus Arena
11 Oct: London, O2 Arena
13 Oct: Plymouth, Pavilions

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Zara Larsson, Rammstein, BTS, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Zara Larsson has released the video for new single, 'Don't Worry Bout Me'.

• Rammstein have released the video for new single, 'Radio'.

• Japanese Breakfast has released new single, 'Essentially'.

• Joy Crookes has released new single, 'London Mine'. The track is taken from an upcoming new EP.

• Candy Says have released new single, 'Gravity'. Their new EP, 'You Are Beautiful, We Are All Beautiful', is out on 7 Jun.

• BTS have announced that they will live stream the first of two shows at Wembley Stadium on 1 Jun. The band will be the first Korean act ever to play the venue.

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

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Moby claims he rubbed his penis on Donald Trump
It wasn’t that long ago that we could only wonder which pop penises had come into contact with politicians. Now, suddenly, everyone’s talking about it. Recently we learned that Pop Will Eat Itself drummer Fuzz Townsend once dunked his genitals into Boris Johnson’s beer. Now Moby’s claiming to have rubbed his right up against Donald Trump’s leg.

Trump wasn’t a politician at the time – assuming you consider him one now – the incident taking place at a party in 2001, when Trump was still just a silly billionaire businessman.

“The party wasn’t that exciting”, Moby tells The Sunday Times. “It was mainly full of businessmen and real estate developers, most notably Donald Trump, who was standing a few yards away, talking loudly to some other guests. I drank a shot of vodka to brace myself, pulled my flaccid penis out of my trousers and casually walked past Trump, trying to brush the edge of his jacket with my penis”.

Somehow, no one seems to have noticed the penis, or Moby bobbing back and forth as he attempted to slap it against Trump.

“Luckily he didn’t seem to notice or even twitch”, says Moby of Trump’s non-reaction. “I returned to my friends and ordered another drink”.

So, the denouement of this story is that Moby might have touched Donald Trump’s jacket with his cock once. I think we’re going to need more certainty in any future stories in this series. Or everyone could just keep their trousers on.

Anyway, as well as adding to the pop penis politician prodding cannon, this is just the latest slightly odd story involving Moby and Trump. The musician has previously claimed to have insider information on collusion between the current US President and Russia. He said last year that “active and former CIA members” had given him the information over dinner and then encouraged him to share it online because he had a bigger social media following than them.

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