Hey, I’m back from Eurosonic Noorderslag. But only just. Maybe one day I’ll tell you the story about how I very nearly missed my plane back, but not right now. It was a brilliant festival and conference, though. Hello to the many, many people I met out there in Groningen last week, it was a pleasure to meet every single one of you. To celebrate our meeting, I have prepared a list of things that are happening this week just for you.
01: CMU podcast. We’ve been talking about this for a very long time now. Actually, I think the first pilot editions of it were recorded back in 2009, but now we’re finally ready to go with a CMU podcast. Each week CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke and I will jabber on for 30 minutes about things that have happened in music and the music business over the last week, then you can listen to it and hopefully enjoy it. The very first edition will arrive with your all-new CMU Weekly this Friday.
02: Courtney Love in court. Good old Courtney Love goes on trial for defamation this week in relation to claims she made about fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir on Twitter and various other social networks in March 2009. Simorangkir’s legal team will argue that Love’s rant, coupled with the musician’s status as a fashion icon and trendsetter, caused significant damage to the designer’s career, entitling her to millions of dollars in compensation. This is the first defamation case that focuses on a celebrity’s tweets to go to trial, so will be watched closely by many when it kicks off tomorrow.
03: MIDEM. Technically this starts on Sunday, which isn’t in the next five days. But the digitally focused MidemNet starts on Saturday. Which also isn’t in the next five days. But hey, MIDEM kicks off before the next Five Day Forecast, so I think I ought to mention it. The more commercial of the European music business junkets, I know what those of you heading out to the Cannes event really want to know. And I have good news. It looks like it’ll be rather sunny throughout this year. A little cloud at the weekend, but no rain. Hurrah. Let the junketing begin.
04: New releases. Out this very week that is starting right now are, White Lies‘ second album ‘Ritual’, debuts from Bruno Mars and Anna Calvi, ‘The King Is Dead’ by The Decemberists and ‘Ventriloquizzing’ by Brighton electronic trio Fujiya & Miyagi. Also out this week is the long-awaited vinyl release of Pixies best of compilation ‘Wave Of Mutilation’. I say ‘long-awaited’, six years isn’t that long if you think about it in terms of everything that’s ever happened in the entire history of the universe, is it?
05: Gigs. Promoting their sixth album, ‘Lisbon’, which came out last October, The Walkmen will begin a UK tour this week in Glasgow on Thursday. They don’t actually hit London until next week, so if you’re based in the capital you still have more than seven days to prepare yourself for their brilliant live performancingness (that’s a word, yes). Actually in London this week, both commencing UK dates here, are Sleigh Bells and K-X-P.
Okay, I’ll see you again this Friday with the previously mentioned all-new, polished up CMU Weekly and the first edition of the CMU podcast. Good bye until then.
Sections: CMU Planner | Tags: