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  What a week it's been. I'm quite used to following developing news stories in great detail, but rarely does so much news, with so many twists and turns, come in such a short space of time.

Of course, the News Of The World phone hacking scandal is not new, the story has been rumbling on for years now. Illegal practices have been uncovered, people have gone to jail, and David Cameron's own press secretary lost his job along the way, thanks to his involvement. But until this week, the story was largely ignored by the mainstream press. Only The Guardian and Private Eye really gave it any time.
 
The Guardian, in fact, mercilessly followed the story when all around them were saying to give it up. There have been various points along the way when the journalists working on uncovering the shady practices at the News Of The World, while under the leadership of Rebekah Brooks and the aforementioned former Tory spindoctor Andy Coulson, must have thought the rest of the media would join them. Though I think it's fair to say they'd never have expected that, when that moment finally happened, it would turn out quite like this. But still, at least they've finally been completely vindicated for their persistence.

As someone who works in the media, but at a remove from the action of this story, it's been fascinating to observe. From the emergence of the information that would rally both the other media and the wider public to the story - the hacking of the mobile phone of murder teenager Milly Dowler - to the closure of the News Of The World yesterday, this story has continued to throw up new and amazing details with no sign of a dip as yet.

There's still plenty more come. Coulson was arrested this morning, just after David Cameron had issued a speech about the former NOTW editor's failed "second chance", it remains to be seen if he's charged, and what impact that has on the PM. Rebekah Brooks remains in charge of News International, despite her involvement in this scandal (or lack of involvement - as editor at the time of the Milly Dowler hack, both are unforgivable), but for how much longer? And what about the Met, there are huge questions about police corruption that still need answering. Plus, of course, us in the media are especially interested to see how long News International will leave it before launching the Sunday edition of The Sun (a logistical merger of NOTW with its sister title having already been in the pipeline).

News International's response to all this has been, and still is, fascinating to watch. Not least as it's all kicked off just as the government was about to approve the takeover by News International owners, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, of the whole of BSkyB, a decision now delayed. Such is the commercial and political power of the Murdoch family and their company, never before have they faced such scrutiny and unanimous backlash. And they were clearly completely unprepared for the assault. Interviews given by Simon Greenberg, News International's Director Of Corporate Affairs, are testament to that.

One of my favourite moments from this week was Greenberg's interview with Jon Snow on Channel 4 on Tuesday, just after things started to kick off. Coming shortly after Ed Miliband's embarassing looping interview, in which he repeated the same answer again and again in response to questions on public sector strikes, News International's man on the ground proves it's not as easy as it looks to blindly state the agreed PR line.

But anyway, music news is actually what brings us here today. And music news you shall have. In this week's CMU Weekly podcast, Chris and I tore our attention away from the wider media to chat about the goings on in the music world this week, including Spotify's new deal with Virgin Media, calls for the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review of copyright to be implemented, more MySpace, a bit of Grooveshark, Pete Doherty and the one and only Noel Gallagher.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU
 

 
 

  This week's biggest stories and developments in the world of music making...

Piracy war news...
US industry strikes deal with ISPs over piracy action
Coadec call for Hargreaves recommendations to become law
Better licensing innovation and a working DEA will safeguard artist development, says BPI chair

Tenuous music news link of the week...
George Michael makes allegation in News Of The World scandal

Spotify news...
Virgin announces Spotify deal
Spotify announces US launch... in a way

Shaky business model news...
Timberlake's MySpace gig agreed very last minute
Grooveshark chief says artist development a priority

Obligatory EMI sale story...
Citigroup to seek bids by end of month

Legal stuff...
Former Nation Of Islam man claims to know Biggie murderer
Pete Doherty facing German jail
Pete Doherty released from British prison

Roger Daltrey tries to perk everyone up a bit...
Daltrey says record industry decimated, touring too expensive, telly evil
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  Mary Anne Hobbs
Last July, Mary Anne Hobbs announced her departure from BBC Radio 1, a station on which she had been presenting shows for fourteen years, covering a diverse range of genres through programmes such as the Rock Show and experimental electronic music programme The Breezeblock.

The news of her departure was something of a shock, as was the fact that - being an incredibly important figure in underground music - she was apparently leaving radio altogether. However, she later explained in an article for Billboard that her 2-4am slot on Radio 1 "was beginning to feel like a dungeon".
 
She came to the BBC's flagship music station from Xfm, and this weekend it is there she returns to with a brand new Saturday evening slot.

Hobbs told CMU: "I had to take a risk... It was time to see if I could redefine radio and really break some new ground by winning a primetime slot for the music I love and believe in. I wanted to raise the entire platform on the basis of creative significance, not commercial success. Xfm understood that vision and gave me a primetime slot on Saturday nights 7-10pm, beginning 9 Jul. It's such a victory for the artists, the listeners and everyone in my world".

But prior to that, we got Mary Anne to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist. Because when the opportunity for her to play you some songs arises, you bloody well take it.
 
MARY ANNE HOBBS’ TEN
Click here to listen to Mary Anne's playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about her selections.

01 Kode 9 & The Spaceape - Sine Of The Dub
The creator of the Hyperdub empire sets the bar with his devastating first single for the label.

02 Rakim - Let The Rhythm Hit Em
Endlessly and forever my favourite voice in hip hop... glorious.

03 Dorian Concept - Her Tears Taste Like Pears
Incendiary dancefloor track from the Viennese boy wonder, I never leave home without it in my record box.

04 Floating Points - Vacuum Boogie
A brilliant micro-biologist by day, who thrills me with his diagrams of cell activity as much as he does with his heavenly beats.

05 Roni Size & Bahamadia - New Forms
Roni cut a dubplate of this for me when it was first recorded, it's still one of my most treasured possessions.

06 Burial - Fostercare
This is the extraordinary south London shadow at his most haunting and heartbreaking.

07 Mosca - Nike (Club Edit)
One of my biggest UK producer crushes of the last couple of years, a true game changer.

08 Deftones - Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)
Once a rock chick... always a rock chick

09 Misty In Roots - Mankind (Live)
One of John Peel's favourite songs. He loved the intro so much that he had the lyrics embroidered in cross-stitch, framed, and hung above the door to his sitting room door at Peel Acres.

10 Happy Mondays - Wrote For Luck
The way I've always heard it, Shaun Ryder sings: "I draw the line... you formed a queue". I'm not even sure that's accurate, but it is brilliant. I'm very excited to be broadcasting my new Xfm show from Manchester. It's one of my favourite cities on earth, I've always wanted a decent excuse to go and live there, and now I've got one!
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  Artists, tracks, videos, tour dates, release updates and other online nonsense to check out this weekend...

This week's Same Six Questions interviews...
Duane Eddy
Robots In Disguise
Evi Vine

This week's CMU Approved acts...
Zomby
King Cannibal
Cat Martino
Antlered Man

More links for you...
Listen to new Radiohead remixes by Caribou and Jacques Greene
Watch the video for Yann Tiersen's new single
Listen to a new track form Peggy Sue
Find out what Ke$ha likes to pee on
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  #70: Noel v Liam
Noel Gallagher announced this week that he plans to release not one but two solo albums in the next six months or so. The first, 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Bird' will be released in October, followed by a collaboration with Future Sound Of London's psychedelic rock offshoot Amorphous Androgynous next year.

And once all the journalists at his press conference on Wednesday had feigned interest in all of that, they got on with the business of asking him about the break-up of Oasis that caused him to become a solo artist in the first place.
 
Oasis, I'm sure you remember, imploded suddenly, splitting just minutes before they were due to go on stage at the Rock En Seine festival near Paris in 2009. There'd already been much talk about Liam wielding a guitar about the place and shouting just before the split, which Noel spoke about on Wednesday, though he added that no one was actually hit, but said: "Liam doesn't like me. I don't get on with him, but he doesn't like me in a very violent way. I did everyone a favour when I left".

He explained: "I'd never had enough of Oasis - I'd had enough of him. It started to unravel when he started his clothing label [Pretty Green] and he demanded that in the Oasis tour programme he be allowed to advertise. And I didn't think it was right for him to be flogging his gear to our fans. There was a massive row about it. It slowly went downhill after that".

Finally, he said: "At the end of the day he doesn't like me. For me, there's no point in being in a band with people you fight with. What's the point?"

Shortly after the press conference, Liam took to Twitter and published his own response. It simply reads: "SHITBAG".
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Andy Malt
Editor
Chris Cooke
Business Editor &
Co-Publisher
Caro Moses
Co-Publisher
           
Eddy Temple-Morris
Columnist
Paul Vig
Club Tipper
Andy Murray
Scottish

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