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CLOSING OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY NAMED MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR AT ROTD AWARDS
Among the winners were the Observer Music Monthly, which was voted Magazine Of The Year just weeks after its owners, Guardian Media Group, announced they were shutting the music supplement down. Collecting his award, editor Caspar Llewellyn Smith joked that it doesn't get better then winning the Magazine Of The Year gong at the RoTD Awards, and so now he and his team would be calling it quits.
Elsewhere Popjustice's Peter Robinson picked up two writer of the year awards, one for Breaking Music and one Student Choice. Music critic's music critic Alexis Petridis of The Guardian won reviewer of the year for the seventh year in a row, leading host Matt Everitt to joke that Alexis Petridis was winning the Alexis Petridis Award For Music Reviewing. While the surprise of the evening was probably Editor Of The Year, which went to the boss of one of the smaller music mags out there, Kruger Magazine.
On the PR side of the equation, the Polydor press team picked up three gongs, one for best in-house team, and two for Polydor publicist Adrian Read, who won Best In-House PR Person and Best PR Campaign For A Non-UK Act. Deserved winners I reckon, despite Team Polydor failing to fulfil an earlier commitment made to CMU via Twitter to wear their best hats to the awards event. In the end, there was not a hat in sight.
Finally, there were three student-based awards this year, supported by CMU and organised in association with our sister website CreativeStudent.net. We consulted a panel of opinion forming student journalist types about which publication and professional music writer they most admired, and NME.com and Peter Robinson came out top respectively. Meanwhile, we threw the work of a barrage of student music journalists in the direction of some pros, and they picked out Simon Catling from Student Direct in Manchester for the prestigious Student Music Journalist Of The Year award. Well done him.
Coming up, the full list of winners. But first, here's RoTD chief Paul Scaife saying things: "The rise of digital platforms and blogs has seen the media landscape shift dramatically in recent times but this has not affected the best of UK music journalism and PR. Interest in great writing remains high and is perhaps best illustrated by the record number of votes we received this year. To properly represent the evolving media world we now inhabit we have re-introduced the 'Best Free Magazine' category and have launched a brand new award, 'Best Feature', to reflect how in-depth, intelligent music journalism deserves highlighting. The event marks a real celebration of the music media and all those who work in it".
The full list of winners:
Student Choice Publication Of The Year: NME.Com
Magazine Of The Year: The Observer Music Monthly
Live Reviews Writer Of The Year: John Doran, The Quietus, NME And Others
Best Independent PR Company: Stoked
Best PR Campaign For A Breakthrough UK Act: Toast PR for Florence And The Machine
Best PR Campaign For An Established Non-UK Act: Taponeswa Mavunga - Atlantic Records for Jay Z
The PR Reputation Management Award: Michael Cleary (Formerly of XL Recordings now of Columbia Records) - Dizzee Rascal
Outstanding Contribution To Music Journalism Award: Phil Alexander
JERMAINE SAYS JORDY RETRACTED MOLESTATION ALLEGATIONS
As we all know, the Chandler family's allegations rocked the Michael Jackson machine, with all kinds of sordid stories circulating about what the pop star was meant to have done with and to the then young teen. The Jacko clan maintained all the allegations were untrue and that they were being made to extort money out of the millionaire pop star.
The claims were never tested in court, though, after Jacko handed over millions to the Chandler family to buy their silence on the matter. Jackson's career never recovered after the allegations, and the trauma of it all arguably sent the pop star over the edge, turning an eccentric musical genius into a paranoid, reclusive, drug-dependent performer going through the motions. The Chandler family also collapsed, with Jordy becoming estranged from his mother, and his father Evan never recovering from a mental breakdown. He, of course, committed suicide earlier this month.
Jordan Chandler, who himself seemingly never really got over the trauma of the scandal, has never commented on the allegations he made since the multi-million dollar cash settlement. But Jermaine claims that since his brother's death, Chandler has come forward and admitted Michael never molested him. Jermaine also says he believes Evan Chandler ultimately committed suicide because his guilt over the false accusations became too much to bear.
Speaking at a charity event earlier this week, Jermaine reportedly said: "From the 93 case, they were accusing him [Jacko] of just the most horrible things. This kid's father has committed suicide because he just couldn't take it and now the kid has come forward and said Michael never touched him".
BRITNEY BUS CRASHES
The vehicle was driving to Melbourne where Spears will play the latest date in her Aussie tour later today, when it flipped off the road during a bad storm. Its thought the equipment was undamaged and that the incident shouldn't effect tonight's show.
It's the second serious crash involving a pop tour this month. Last week Miley Cyrus' tour bus crashed in the US killing the driver and injuring nine crew members.
DEPECHE MODE MAN CALLED AS EXPERT ON MISERY
In papers filed on Tuesday, Estavillo accuses the company of maintaining "a harmful virtual environment to many of its customers by forcing them to follow ['World Of Warcraft's] sneaky and deceitful practices". These practices apparently include making characters in the game walk too slowly.
And who better to back up these claims than Martin Gore? According to Estavillo, the musician would be called because "he himself has been known to be sad, lonely and alienated, as can be seen in the songs he writes". Gore would be joined by a second alienation expert, Winona Ryder, who would explain "the significance of alienation in 'Catcher In The Rye' and ... how alienation in the book can tie to alienation in real life [and] videogames such as 'World Of Warcraft'". Obviously.
This isn't the gamer's first attempt to sue a technology company. Past (unsuccessful) lawsuits have included suing Microsoft, due to stress arising from a broken Xbox, and Nintendo for interfering with his right to seek happiness by blocking some software from being released on the Wii.
In this case he is seeking $1 million in damages from Activision Blizzard. That money probably wouldn't make him happy, but at least it could fund a few more bizarre lawsuits.
EMPIRE OF THE SUN DOMINATE AT ARIA AWARDS
Album Of The Year: Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (EMI/Capitol)
Breakthrough Artist Album: Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke (Modular Recordings)
Best Group: Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (EMI/Capitol)
Best Female Artist: Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night (Dew Process)
Best Pop Release: Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (EMI/Capitol)
Best Rock Album: AC/DC - Black Ice (Sony/Albert Productions)
Highest Selling Single: Jessica Mauboy - Running Back (Sony)
GOGOL BORDELLO ON RICK RUBIN
He told Spinner: "[Rick Rubin is] a genius. He's a person who's absolutely confident and absolutely believes his instincts. And that means he's going to bring the best out of you. His instincts are deadly - you can see that through his work, many years through many styles. He builds a song from the ground up. It's not about a riff, it's not about this or that. The whole thing is about a song".
STEEL PANTHER ANNOUNCE XMAS SINGLE
FUTURE OF THE LEFT TOUR DATES
Here are the dates:
28 Nov: Norwich, Arts Centre
HORSE FEATHERS TOUR DATES
7 Dec: London, Hoxton Bar & Grill
MUSE TO PLAY GLASTO?
LIVE REVIEW: Ingrid Michaelson at The Scala in London on 23 Nov
First thing's first - Ingrid Michaelson is kooky. She might just be the kookiest kook in all of Kookville, and goddamn, do I love her for it. What made this more than simply a live show of music were her interactions with the audience - she told stories, jokes, got some crazy-obsessive fan up on stage to sing with her (who actually turned out to be very good), and even tried her hand at the English accent (FYI, at that she's not very good).
But stripping all of that onstage charisma away and taking her for what she is - an excellent voice and a, well, interesting songwriter - I was very quick to learn just why she has so many devoted fans. TW
BORDERS GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION
ATLANTIC US DOING RATHER WELL, APPARENTLY
Bronfman: "I have always believed that a key executive management team is critical to success, and the team at Atlantic has jelled together - and that is not just the leadership of Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, but the entire Atlantic team and staff, and they have employed a very disciplined financial strategy. And that allows Atlantic to focus very strongly on the artist that it believes in and not to spend too much time on artists that don't have that kind of potential".
He continued: "The last three years are the most successful years in the history of Atlantic Records; 2008 was the greatest year in Atlantic's history, 2009 is even ahead of 2008. So it is the rebuilding of our artist roster, but most importantly it is the right executive team with the right management underneath them and disciplined focused financial approach, which is really bearing fruit at Atlantic".
MININOVA STREAMLINES ITS SERVICE, SHUTS DOWN INFRINGING BIT
That network consists of content owners who have signed up to use Mininova as a way of promoting and distributing their work, and therefore provides links to mainly unsigned and lesser-known musicians and filmmakers.
A Dutch court ruled in August that the wider Mininova service was guilty of copyright infringement for linking to unlicensed sources of content. The court also ruled that Mininova's 'take down procedure', where they pledged to remove links to illegal content sources if told to do so by content owners, was not sufficient to side step liability for infringement.
It was with that in mind that Mininova have decided to simply shut down the bit of its service where the dodgy links occurred, having not found a viable way to automatically stop infringing links from being submitted by users.
In a statement on their company blog, Team Mininova wrote: "We've been testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found that it's neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on".
However, the statement added that the torrent firm was still considering its legal position confirming: "We are still considering an appeal at this moment".
The General Counsel of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, Jo Oliver, welcomed the development, saying: "[It] is further proof that courts will not tolerate operations that offer infringing torrents. By curbing the illegal distribution of content online we can create an environment in which investment in legitimate digital music services can thrive".
ABSOLUTE LAUNCH ITUNES TAGGING
The new service utilises the FM receiver that has been added to the iPod Nano, and uses that technology originally developed for the now defunct CLIQ download service. Basically, as you listen to Absolute, if you like a song playing you can press a button, then the next time you sync your iPod to iTunes you will be given the option to download the song from the iTunes Store.
CLIQ was developed by Unique Broadcasting, and planned to incorporate a download service into a clever radio set. The service never really got off the ground. However, technology developed for that service will be utilised by Absolute's iPod service.
Unique's Simon Blackmore told reporters this week: "We were extremely pleased to see Apple announce the arrival of an FM tuner in the latest iPod Nano and it's now even more welcome having implemented iTunes Tagging with the team at [Absolute Radio's] One Golden Square Labs, who continue to be at the forefront of technology".
Unique CEO Simon Cole, meanwhile, said this: "The use of radio as a prompt to purchase for music has been a vision of ours for the last three years. I'm really pleased to see much of the work we have put into developing IP in this area coming to fruition in our work with Absolute".
Elsewhere in Absolute news, their previously reported 'listener controlled' live music station Dabbl will formally launch next week with a recording of a recent Kasabian gig.
ITV BUY DISNEY OUT OF GMTV
For historic reasons, the franchise to broadcast between 6am and 9.25am on the third terrestrial channel is separate from the franchises to broadcast after 9.25am. The breakfast licence is also national, whereas the other third channel licences are regional.
GMTV have held the breakfast licence since 1993. As the other ITV companies in England and Wales all merged to create ITV plc that company ended up with a 75% stake in GMTV, with Disney owning the other quarter of the company. Yesterday ITV plc bought out Disney.
It's thought that ITV plc taking complete ownership of GMTV will result in more integration between breakfast and daytime on ITV1, though GMTV also airs in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the other ITV franchises are owned by different companies, STV and UTV respectively.
Both STV and UTV traditionally air most of ITV plc's English programmes, though STV are increasingly replacing English shows with Scottish-made ones, resulting in a lot of ITV/STV squabbling. Whether that will limit ITV plc's hopes to make breakfast and daytime ITV more cohesive remains to be seen.
GROHL THOUGHT READING SHOW COULD BE NIRVANA'S LAST
Speaking to The Scotsman, he said: "I really thought, 'This will be a disaster, this will be the end of our career, for sure'. Kurt had been in and out of rehab, communication in the band was beginning to be strained. Kurt was living in LA, Krist and I were in Seattle. People weren't even sure if we were going to show up. We rehearsed once, the night before, and it wasn't good. It turned out to be a wonderful show, and it healed us for a little while".
XMAS LP COMPLETELY SERIOUS, SAYS DYLAN
Dylan told The Big Issue: "Critics like that are on the outside looking in. They are definitely not fans or the audience that I play to.They would have no gut level understanding of me and my work, what I can and can't do - the scope of it all. Even at this point in time they don't know what to make of me. These songs are part of my life, just like folk songs. You have to play them straight, too... The songs don't require much acting. They kind of play themselves".
DEBELLE BOOED BY TAKE THAT FANS
The Mirror claims that Debelle retorted: "I'm a rapper. I don't do Take shit". Although that seems quite unlikely. However, it seems that the event's host, James Corden, did return to the stage and announce: "That was shit, anyone can rap", before launching into a rap of his own.
Held in aid of HIV charity Body & Soul, Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Rachel Stevens, Kate Moss, Pixie Geldof, Amy Winehouse's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield and Take That themselves were all in attendance.
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