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TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
The Conrad Murray case: To note or not to note
In The Pop Courts
Aussie rights holders lose second claim against net firms
Vince Neil is out of jail
In The Pop Hospital
Ear infection forces Slayer out of Soundwave
Awards & Contests
Reznor adds an Oscar to his awards pile
Efterklang win IMPALA album award
MTV launch digitally-focused awards
Charts, Stats & Polls
MTV Base publish UK MCs top ten, allegations of producer meddling
Artist Deals
PIAS sign Seasick Steve
Essential to distribute full Duran album
Release News
Becoming Real to release new double a-side
Gigs & Tours News
Martin Rossiter announces May tour dates
Dananananaykroyd give away free song, announce tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
The Music Business
Western Australian parliament to review tourism grants given to Perth festival
Julie's Bicycle commends eco-friendly venues
Live Nation to manage Olympic stages
The Digital Business
Live Nation revamps websites
Island Def Jam forms app alliance, wants developers
And finally...
Ciara and Rihanna participate in shortest ever Twitter war


 
MONDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
FIVE DAY FORECAST
Good morning! Did you all stay up and watch the Oscars? An alarming number of people seem to have done. Still, that did mean that I could pop Twitter open this morning and experience the entire ceremony in about five minutes, which is the best way to do it, I reckon. The big lesson of the evening seems to be that stuttering is better than mumbling. So, c-c-c-c-congratulations to Colin Firth and commmssssrrrnns to Jeff Bridges. Is that awards season over now? I hope so. There's plenty of other stuff going on, look...

 
01: Proud2 launch at the O2 Dome. The Proud Group, best known for operating Camden's Proud Gallery, is taking over the running of the club under London's Dome, previously the Fabric-managed Matter. The club venue in AEG Live's The O2 complex will become Proud2, hosting weekend club nights and circus-themed productions - something between Manumission and a Vegas cabaret, I think. Maybe with some La Clique-style nonsense thrown in for good measure. I guess we'll all find out at the launch party on Thursday.

02: VAT loophole to be raised in parliament. Tory Lord Ralph Lucas plans to raise the issue of the Channel Islands VAT-dodge in parliament tomorrow. He will ask the government to clarify just how big the mail order industry that employs the slightly bizarre tax arrangement has become, and how much tax is lost to the government as a result of its existence. Treasury officials have been rather vague in the past regarding the extent of the VAT dodge party, so it's hoped that Lucas's parliamentary questions will force some clarity on that front.

03: MusicTank - It Started With A Click: How to Spawn A Viral Hit. Viral marketing, and engaging fans through social media networks, will be the focus of the next Music Tank event, taking place at the University Of Westminster in London on Thursday. Joining the debate are Matt Smith from marketing agency and viral video experts The Viral Factory, blogger and film-maker Dan Nixon, Darren Hemmings from the digital marketing unit of [PIAS], Beggars' digital marketing man David Emery and Rob Gotlieb, marketing man for MUZU.

04: New releases. What's out this week? Oh, a whole load of stuff, that's what. If you want the big mainstream stuff, you can have your Jessie J and Claire Maguire albums. Or you could get the excellent 'Lights And Offerings' by Mirrors, or even the new albums by The Death Set, Rainbow Arabia, The Get Up Kids, Nu:Tone, or Buck 65. For shorter releases, try the new singles from Dum Dum Girls, Gold Panda and Trophy Wife.

05: Gigs. Justin Bieber is in town, kids! Well, he's in Birmingham at the end of the week. THE Justin Bieber, though. So, you could go and see him at the start of his UK tour, or you could see the amazing Janelle Monáe at The Roundhouse tomorrow night, or the fantastic Seerauber Jenny at various dates around the country. Your choice. Also on offer are Jack Beats, who will be hosting their first Fabric residency on Friday, Plan B, Mumford & Sons, Rusko, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Decemberists, The Good Natured and Sparks' co-headline tour of libraries, and even Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye.

If you fancy something to listen to while you read the rest of today's CMU Daily, may I recommend this playlist of ten tracks put together by Glasvegas guitarist Rab Allan? And if you want more music news and analysis after you'd read it, maybe you could download the latest CMU podcast from iTunes or SoundCloud.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU

 
TEAM ME
One project of many for serial band former Marius Drogsås Hagen, Team Me first began gaining serious attention at home when they found themselves in the finals of Norwegian radio station NRK P3's new band competition last year, and also had a song playlisted on said station. Now the band are beginning to gain recognition outside their home country, thanks in part to an extremely well-received performance at the recent by:Larm festival.

 
The band are now set to release their eponymous debut EP in the UK on 4 Apr, the lead track from which can be heard while playing an accompanying game at the link below. I'm not sure the game's theme of rushing home in a panic really fits the upbeat nature of the song, but it's good fun, so that at least fits. You can catch the band in real life supporting The Wombats at various UK dates in May.

www.teammegame.com


ANORAK, SENIOR DIGITAL PR
Anorak is looking for an exceptional, Senior Digital PR person with excellent press contacts and at least three years experience working digital campaigns to join our award winning digital department. All applicants must have extensive experience in strategy (and will be required to demonstrate this) plus a true passion for all things digital, a genuine love of music and the ability to work as part of a team. This role will only be suitable for someone senior. Good contacts are essential.

Please send CVs to: laura@anoraklondon.com and dan@anoraklondon.com

       
  UNLIMITED MEDIA, PART-TIME DESIGNER/PRODUCTION MGR
We are looking for a part-time designer and production manager to work on a number of upcoming print and online projects. You will need to know your way around InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and combine a creative spark with the drive and attention to detail required to lay-out content-rich media to tight deadlines.

This is a part-time freelance role based at our Shoreditch HQ. You will be needed at least two days a week throughout March and April, though we can be flexible on exact days and times. This would suit a junior designer with great ideas and some experience in magazine and/or website design and layout. Daily rate £90.

Send CV and cover letter to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.

"The best music business training event I have attended; relevant and up to date, your knowledge of and enthusiasm for the industry is simply exceptional" from delegate feedback

We are currently taking bookings for the following CMU TRAINING courses:


PROMOTING MUSIC - MEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE

How to build a profile for your artists - the state of the music media, traditional and new publicity techniques, social media and the future of music PR. Wed 9 Mar 2011

For more information or to book visit www.theCMUwebsite.com/training




THE CONRAD MURRAY CASE: TO NOTE OR NOT TO NOTE
It's not even begun yet, and already there have been some dramas relating to the pending Conrad Murray trial. The judge overseeing the case, in which Doc Murray is accused of killing Michael Jackson through negligent conduct in the administration of the drug Propofol, squabbled with the medic's lawyer last week over the latter's failure to prepare reports on the witnesses he plans to present during the trial.

At a pre-trial meeting to discuss evidence last week, attorney J Michael Flanagan told Judge Michael Pastor he didn't prepare notes on likely witnesses for trials like this, he hadn't done so for ten years, and didn't have to under California laws.

Pastor wants Flanagan to share notes about his witnesses with the prosecution so that both sides are fully and fairly prepared for the court hearing. When Flanagan argued that Californian law was on his side in this squabble, Pastor countered that the legal man's failure to prepare notes undermined court rules intended to prevent unneeded surprises during testimonies at trail. He called the lack of any such notes as a "recipe for disaster".

Prosecutor Deborah Brazil said Murray's trial, due to begin in late March, should now be delayed, arguing Flanagan's team would never be ready if they haven't prepared any notes on their witnesses as yet. Pastor did not concur, but did warn Flanagan that his failure to provide witness reports could delay the court case, or even result in the exclusion of some witnesses.

Among the people the defence are likely to present during the trial are former patients of Murray who will likely speak up for the doc's competence. Murray's reps expect the prosecution to portray their client as a reckless medic, and want to counter any such claims.

They are also expected to present an expert who will claim Jackson was addicted to Demerol and was suffering withdrawal from the drug when he died. Though Pastor wanted to know how said expert and Flanagan intended to make such a claim in court without having notes to consult.

All parties will regroup today to further discuss the notes issue.

Elsewhere in the Murray case, Pastor also considered an application by Flanagan and his colleague Ed Chernoff to allow a third lawyer called Nareg Gourjian to join their defence team. There may be some questions around Gourjian's involvement because he previously worked for Mark Geragos, a former legal rep of Michael Jackson himself.

Although Geragos worked for Jacko in the run up to his 2005 child abuse trial, Gourjian was only involved in the very early stages of that case. Meanwhile Geragos himself has said he has no concerns about his former colleague now working for the Murray defence. However, Pastor deferred making a decision and asked Gourjian to prepare a sworn statement detailing his past work relating to Jackson's legal affairs.

And elsewhere in Jackson legal news, legal reps for Katherine Jackson have said she will drop claims of civil conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress against AEG Live in her civil lawsuit in relation to her son's untimely death.

When a judge refused AEG's application to have the lawsuit dismissed earlier this month, she did stress that Mrs Jackson would need to present better evidence for those particular claims. With that in mind, her people have decided to remove the claims from the lawsuit altogether, but will still pursue their charge that the live music conglom failed to properly supervise Murray when they hired him to be her son's personal medic.

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AUSSIE RIGHTS HOLDERS LOSE SECOND CLAIM AGAINST NET FIRMS
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft has lost an appeal against Aussie internet service provider iiNet in relation to that previously reported lawsuit in which the TV and movie industry trade body argued that net companies had an obligation under existing Australian copyright laws to take a more proactive role in policing online piracy.

Of course, in the UK, France, New Zealand and elsewhere, copyright laws have been changed to specifically force ISPs to help combat piracy, mainly by participating in three-strikes style systems. However, in both Ireland and Australia there have been attempts by rights holders to suggest such an obligation already exists under copyright law via the concept of contributory or authorising infringement.

In Australia, it was the concept of 'authorising' that made Sydney-based Kazaa liable for copyright infringement back in 2005 even though they didn't host any of the actual infringed content shared over their networks. AFACT argued that the same principle puts a duty on ISPs to monitor and filter unlicensed content that moves across their networks, and that a failure to do so would make them guilty of authorising.

In the US the Digital Millennium Copyright Act specifically clears net firms of any such liability, but in Australia there is no such clarity in the law.

But when the case went to court this time last year AFACT lost, with the judge ruling that iiNet could not be held liable for any copyright infringement undertaken on their networks under the current Australian copyright system. The trade body appealed, but last week the appeals court backed the original judgment, with the three judge panel ruling two to one in the net firm's favour.

There is another level of appeal still open to AFACT, though some would argue they and their counterparts in the music industry would be better off lobbying for a change in copyright law with regards online piracy, rather than trying to make a claim under existing ambiguous copyright rules written long before the internet came along.

Needless to say, iiNet boss man Michael Malone welcomed the ruling, telling reporters: "Today's judgment again demonstrates that the allegations against us have been proven to be unfounded. We urge the Australian film industry to address the growing demand for studio content to be delivered in a timely and cost effective manner to consumers, and we remain eager to work with them to make this material available legitimately".

Meanwhile AFACT Executive Director Neil Gane told reporters "it cannot be right" that the ISP takes no responsibility for copyright infringements on its network.

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VINCE NEIL IS OUT OF JAIL
Vince Neil is out of jail having served ten days of his fifteen day sentence for that much previously reported DUI conviction. The Motley Crue man will now spend a further fifteen days under house arrest. It's not clear why he's been let our early.

Although before serving his short sentence Neil told People magazine that "I made a mistake, and I have to finally learn my lesson and go do a little bit of time", he has also criticised the sentence he was given, saying it was "a little harsh" and that the judge simply wanted to "make an example" out of him.

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EAR INFECTION FORCES SLAYER OUT OF SOUNDWAVE
Slayer had to cancel their slot at the Sydney Soundwave festival yesterday because frontman Tom Araya was hospitalised with a severe ear infection.

Slayer's recent live activity has been dogged by ill health, in particular Araya's back problems. So much so that when guitarist Jeff Hanneman contracted a serious arm infection shortly before the band's latest tour, the outfit decided to continue without him. But, alas, they couldn't continue without Araya.

According to his wife, Araya is feeling much better today, though is still awaiting test results regarding his condition. Nevertheless, Soundwave promoters are confident the band will be back on stage for their Melbourne date later this week.

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REZNOR ADDS AN OSCAR TO HIS AWARDS PILE
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have added an Oscar to their awards haul for the soundtrack to 'The Social Network', having previously won the Golden Globe. The duo picked up the Best Original Score prize at last night's film industry bash.

Reznor said: "Wow. Is this really happening? When we finished work on 'The Social Network', we were very proud of our work and happy to just be involved in this film, and to be standing up here in this company is humbling and flattering beyond words. I'd like to especially thank the Academy for recognising our work here, and [director] David Fincher, thank you so much for the opportunity".

In the other main music award of the night, Randy Newman got the Best Song Oscar for 'We Belong Together' from 'Toy Story 3'. He noted that the Best Song category only had four nominations, compared to five in other categories. He joked "cinematography has five, what, they couldn't find a fifth song?" Though he noted that this is only his second Oscar win despite having received twenty nominations over the years, so he concluded he was glad the shortlist only named four contenders, because the fifth would probably have beaten him.

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EFTERKLANG WIN IMPALA ALBUM AWARD
Efterklang's 'Magic Chairs' has won the first ever IMPALA European Independent Album Of The Year Award, beating 20 other shortlisted long players to the overall title. The record is their third full-length album, and their first for UK label 4AD.

IMPALA chief Helen Smith told CMU: "There were many deserving artists among the 21 nominees and it was a close run thing. 'Magic Chairs' is a great album and I'm delighted to see it winning. On top of that it's a truly European release - a Danish band with their own label working with a seminal UK independent".

Martin Mills, who heads up the 4AD-owning Beggars Group, added: "Efterklang make amongst the most joyous and uplifting sounds I've ever heard - and it's a particular pleasure, as a UK-based global record label to represent such wonderful artists from Scandinavia, making this award particularly apropos".

While the band's Rasmus Stolberg said: "We are honoured and happy to receive this award! Thank you! Just last week Owen Pallet gave us an award for Band With Best Skin, which was nice, but winning the European Independent Album of the Year beats it by far - wow".

But what if Efterklang were to compile a ten-track album of other people's records, what could that possibly sound like? If only there was a link where you would find the answer to that very question.

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MTV LAUNCH DIGITALLY-FOCUSED AWARDS
Do you know what the music industry needs right now? Another awards ceremony. I mean, there's only been 43 in the last four days. But good news people, because MTV is launching a new awards show alongside its VMAs and EMAs to specifically celebrate digital music innovations. They will be called the OMAs, the 'O' standing for "oh, do we really need another set of". More details are expected shortly, with the inaugural OMAs due to take place on 28 Apr.

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MTV BASE PUBLISH UK MCS TOP TEN, ALLEGATIONS OF PRODUCER MEDDLING
Let's hope MTV's all new OMAs prove less controversial than a recent poll to identify the ten best British MCs, undertaken by MTV Base.

There's been quite a lot of chatter about this poll online in recent days, not because of the ten rappers that were chosen, nor the fact they actually chose eleven, but because of claims that the list put together by a panel of urban music types was altered at the last minute when someone pointed out Dizzee Rascal and Chipmunk had been missed off.

It's alleged producers removed Wretch 32 and Maxsta from the final ten to make way for the big boys. And then, for some unknown reason, Lowkey was made joint tenth with Chipmunk, resulting in the eleven-man top ten.

That said, we should stress that MTV has told Billboard that while there were last minute changes to their MC poll, that was simply because the top ten was being constantly updated as new votes from panellists came in, and that there were various versions of the list before the final ten was aired, including the one in which Wretch 32 and Maxsta appeared. Which could be true. Though it does seem odd Dizzee Rascal didn't appear at all, and then shot up to position number two at the last minute, but whatever.

And while some urban bloggers have hit out at the alleged last minute meddling in the poll, others have pointed out that a Top 10 UK MCs list without Dizzee or Chipmunk would have been a bit rubbish. And no one seems to dispute that Tinie Tempah is the deserved poll topper.

Here's the list as it was finally published:

1. Tinie Tempah
2. Dizzee Rascal
3. Skepta
4. Professor Green
5. Wiley
6. Giggs
7. Devlin
8. P Money
9. D Double E
10. Chipmunk/Lowkey

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PIAS SIGN SEASICK STEVE
PIAS has signed Seasick Steve to its recently relaunched Play It Again Sam label. The blues man joins PIAS having completed his recent deal with Warner Music. PIAS UK MD Peter Thompson says he hopes to replicate Steve's successes here in the UK across the rest of Europe. The first album under the deal will be out on 18 May.

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ESSENTIAL TO DISTRIBUTE FULL DURAN ALBUM
Duran Duran have entered into a deal with Essential Music for the full UK release of their Mark Ronson-produced album 'All You Need Is Now', which was released digitally on iTunes last year. The full version of the record will have five more tracks, and Essential will handle both the digital and physical distribution of it.

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BECOMING REAL TO RELEASE NEW DOUBLE A-SIDE
Grime genius Becoming Real will return with a new double A-side single - 'Closer/Antarctic City' - on 7 Mar. It will be released via his own Cold World Industries label and will be available both in digital format and on vinyl.

Listen to 'Closer' on SoundCloud here: soundcloud.com/becoming-real

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MARTIN ROSSITER ANNOUNCES MAY TOUR DATES
Martin Rossiter, the ex-frontman of 90s alt-rockers Gene, will undertake a whistle-stop UK tour in May. In support of a new solo album due out in summer, he will play a series of intimate, stripped-back shows on the following dates:

1 May: Brighton, Unitarian Church (sold out)
5 May: London, The Bloomsbury Theatre
13 May: Manchester, The Deaf Institute
14 May: Glasgow, King Tut's

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DANANANANAYKROYD GIVE AWAY FREE SONG, ANNOUNCE TOUR
Sharpshooting Glaswegian fight-popsters Dananananaykroyd have been working on the follow up album to 2009's 'Hey Everyone!' for quite a long time now.

Although no release details of the unnamed new LP have been announced, you can quell your impatience with this free download of new track 'E Numbers', available here: soundcloud.com/workit/dananananaykroyd-e-numbers

The band are on tour at the moment, catch them at the following venues:

1 Mar: Cambridge, Haymakers
2 Mar: Southampton, Joiners
4 Mar: Sheffield, The Harley
5 Mar: Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

BEAT-HERDER, Gisburn, Lancashire, 1-3 Jul: Confirmed to partake in the back-to-basics hedonism of this countryside dance fest are acts including Simian Mobile Disco, Mylo, Mr Scruff, We Have Band and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. www.beatherder.co.uk

CHESTER ROCKS, Chester Racecourse, 2-3 Jul: This new Cheshire festival is an event of two halves, with the Saturday hosting a line-up of distinctly poppy acts including Eliza Doolittle, Taio Cruz, The Saturdays, Sugababes, The Wanted and McFly. Bringing about a change of pace on the rockier second day will be weathered insurance salesman Iggy Pop & his Stooges, as well as Echo & The Bunnymen and The Lightning Seeds. www.chester-rocks.com

HUB FESTIVAL, Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool, 21-22 May: Liverpool Sound City will host a music stage as part of this street-sports festival, featuring headliners Funeral For A Friend and fellow Welsh rockers The Blackout. Also playing on the Sound City stage across two days will be acts including The King Blues, Mayday Parade, Young Guns, Chickenhawk and We Are The Ocean. www.hubfestival.co.uk

JERSEY LIVE, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, Jersey, 3-4 Sep: Taking place relatively late in the festival season, this year's Channel Island bash will welcome bill-toppers Plan B and Madness, with The Streets, The Beat and Wretch 32. Spinning tunes in The Dance Arena will be Nero, Danny Byrd, Toddla T, Dynamite MC and Breakage. www.jerseylive.org.uk

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 19-21 May: Amongst the third batch of acts announced for Sound City this year are Canadian hardcore types Fucked Up, as well as the Young Knives, grime artist Wretch 32, Amanda Blank and Dutch Uncles. Indie moptop Miles Kane is booked to play a special hometown show at St Georges Hall. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 8-10 Jul: Big names like Annie Mac, Devlin, Jamie Woon and Example will join artists including Summer Camp, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Trophy Wife, Flashguns and Lulu & The Lapshades at this year's relaxed rural festival. www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk

MAGIC LOUNGEABOUT, Broughton Hall, Yorkshire, 29-31 Jul: Billed as "a refined unwind", this tranquil three-dayer will feature headline performances from Badly Drawn Boy and 80s faves The Human League. Also delighting campers old and young will be New Young Pony Club, Florrie, Fenech-Soler and Henry Johnson, who will appear live alongside sets from ex-Hacienda DJ Graeme Park and former carpet roller Clint Boon. www.themagicloungeabout.net

STAG AND DAGGER, various venues, London & Glasgow, 19 & 21 May: The London leg of Stag & Dagger, which takes place in six venues across the city, will host James Yuill, Wire, Toro Y Moi and New Young Pony Club. Meanwhile homegrown bands like Sons & Daughters and The Scottish Enlightenment will play alongside Warpaint, Cults, Toro Y Moi, Broken Records, Bo Ningen and Three Trapped Tigers at the Glaswegian edition. www.staganddagger.com

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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW TOURISM GRANTS GIVEN TO PERTH FESTIVAL
Western Australia's parliament has said it will investigate grants given by the region's tourist commission to organisers of the One Movement festival, the Perth-based music event that also includes the Asia Pacific outing of the Musexpo music industry conference.

The region's Estimates & Financial Operations Committee will review the Western Australia Tourism Commission's reported $2.95 million investment into the two year old festival. Some opposition politicians in the region have said the festival has delivered a poor return on that investment, and that it sometimes enabled promoters to give away more tickets than they sold.

They also want the Committee to review allegations of conflict of interest relating to the fact that a former Tourism WA exec, involved in securing the festival its government grant, went on to work for its majority stakeholder Sunset Events.

A spokesman for Sunset told The Music Network that the review had been instigated as part of a "political debate" about the work of Tourism WA, and did not reflect on their operations.

But the firm's MD David Chitty did admit: "We are disappointed that this inquiry is proceeding despite the event having already undergone considerable parliamentary analysis. [Nevertheless] our current focus is on planning the third One Movement For Music event, with local, national and international stakeholders and industry".

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JULIE'S BICYCLE COMMENDS ECO-FRIENDLY VENUES
Julie's Bicycle, the body which encourages music companies to be more eco-friendly, has handed out more of its Industry Green certificates to six major UK venues, commending them for being so darn green.

The venues getting an IG nod are the newly named Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, Wembley Stadium, Cardiff International Arena, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, O2 Apollo Manchester and Southampton Guildhall.

Julies Bicycle Director Alison Tickell told CMU: "We are delighted to announce the award of IG certificates to six of the UK's most high profile live music venues. All have demonstrated their strong commitment to reducing their environmental impact and join a community of creative industry leaders that are setting the standard for environmentally responsible business practices through their transparency and accountability".

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LIVE NATION TO MANAGE OLYMPIC STAGES
Live Nation will manage four stages around London on behalf of the 2012 Olympics next summer. The stages will provide big screen footage of the Games in Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Trafalgar Square and Potters Fields Park as well as a programme of free live entertainment.

Confirming the deal, Live Nation UK's COO John Probyn told CMU: "Live Nation are delighted to be producing and promoting the London Live Sites 2012. This is a remarkable opportunity for Londoners and the UK to show the rest of the world how to celebrate en masse and embrace the spirit of the 2012 Games".

He added: "Live Nation has produced some of the biggest multi-artist events in London including Live 8, Concert For Diana, Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling, but this event reaches entirely new levels. Combining every magical sporting moment throughout the London sites and showcasing a world class line up of multicultural activity and internationally known artists, this will be the most exciting chapter in the history of Live Nation in the UK".

Meanwhile, that nutty mayor of London, Mr Johnson, added: "I want every Londoner and all our visitors to be able to share the experience of the greatest show on earth. These fantastic live sites will mean everyone can soak up the atmosphere and revel in the excitement of this sporting spectacular. Whether it is watching the Games as they unfold, or seeing a fabulous international act performing against these wonderful backdrops, we're in for a summer to remember".

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LIVE NATION REVAMP WEBSITES
Talking of Live Nation, the live music giant has "upgraded" its websites in seventeen countries, including the UK, adding all sorts of exciting new features that are so exciting I couldn't be bothered to write them down. Though one new feature is called My Live Nation, which I have a feeling makes it easier for fans to stay connected to their favourite artists with alerts and access to presales, though I'm not sure where I got that from.

Says Live Nation's President Of International eCommerce (who knew someone still used the term 'eCommerce') Mark Yovich: "We are committed to constantly improving our customer experiences online and this upgrade is a huge step forward for our business and the millions of customers who use our website every day. Meanwhile, 'My Live Nation' makes it easier for fans to stay connected to their favourite artists with alerts, and access to presales that we are delighted to offer to our customers".

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ISLAND DEF JAM FORM APP ALLIANCE, WANT DEVELOPERS
Universal Music's US-based Island Def Jam division last week announced a partnership with an outfit called The Echo Nest which, and I quote, is "a music intelligence platform that powers smarter music technologies".

The two companies are inviting developers to use Echo Nest's technology and Island Def Jam's music to create commercial music-based apps to sell to those crazy app-obsessed smartphone-wielding kids.

Any apps created through the programme will be sold by Island Def Jam, who will make sure any publishing royalties are paid, and then split revenues between themselves, Echo Nest and the app developer. How fair the revenue split terms are to the developer isn't completely clear as yet.

But I do have a quote from Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest, who says: "The music app is the new music format. In the same way that the music video provided a promotional wrapper around songs and artists while also functioning as a new creative work, music apps can attract new fans and raise an artist's visibility while standing alone as a creative product".

Of the partnership, he added: "This is a bold move on the part of Island Def Jam, which has become the first major label business department to embrace an open development ecosystem to attract the best and brightest developers".

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CIARA AND RIHANNA PARTICIPATE IN SHORTEST EVER TWITTER WAR
R&B-sters Ciara and Rihanna have been participating in a Twitter feud after the former accused the latter of being rude when they met at a party.

Asked what she thought of Rihanna's style by Joan Rivers on a fashion show on the E! channel, Ciara said: "I ran into her recently at a party. She wasn't the nicest. It's crazy, because I've always loved and respected what she's done in fashion. It wasn't the most pleasant run-in".

Rihanna responded via Twitter, resulting in a few exchanges of words on the micro-blogging platform. I think they were playful exchanges, though it's hard to tell. To be honest I have no idea what either songstress was talking about. Perhaps I'm getting too old for this shit.

Anyway, it went like this:

Rihanna: "My bad Ci, did I 4get to tip u? Howrudeofme".

Ciara: "Trust me Rihanna u dont want to see me on or off the stage".

Rihanna: "U gangsta huh? Haaa...Good luck with bookin that stage u speak of".

I'm assuming this was playful dissing - or perhaps the shortest feud in pop history - because the Twitter exchange soon became a love-in.

Rihanna: "Ciara baby, I love u girl! U hurt my feelings real bad on TV! I'm heartbroken! That's y I retaliated this way! So sorry! Letsmakeup".

Ciara: "Rhi u know its always been love since day 1! Doing shows/everything. You threw me off in that party! Apology accepted. Let's chat in person".

What's this "chatting in person" of which they speak?

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