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TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2012
EDDY SAYS: GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. SOAR
There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you see a live show that knocks you off your feet. Figuratively speaking, of course (although I'd imagine the feeling of one that literally causes you to fall over is a bit weird too). Eddy went to such a show recently, featuring Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Jehst and Engine Earz Experiment. And here begins his quest to help more people see that show more>>
APPROVED: KEEL HER
I've been following the progress of Rose Keeler-Schäffeler, aka Keel Her, closely over the last few weeks. Everyday almost. Which possibly sounds like an odd thing to say, until you see her phenomenal level of output, with new recordings posted to SoundCloud on an almost daily basis. In the last six months she's posted over 70 songs, and her hit rate is incredibly high for someone so prolific more>>
TOP STORIES
- Houston's body back in hometown, Sony criticised for album price hike
- European Parliament's president expresses ACTA concerns
IN THE POP COURTS
- Similarities noted between new Madonna and old Brasil
- TLC singer's bankruptcy application denied
- Man who incorrectly appointed Winehouse coroner suspended
IN THE STUDIO
- Coxon confirms new Blur album, sort of
RELEASE NEWS
- Azealia Banks plots EP, tour
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Michael Kiwanuka to tour
- James Murphy to appear at Gorillaz Sound System show
- Dillinger Escape Plan announce London show
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- TicketWeb investigates mailing list hack
- US content industries update copyright watch lists
- Sony DADC bails on physical distribution in US, but extends digital
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- MySpace sees user base rise after revamping music player
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Sarah Harding, Chris Moyles to judge unstoppable TV talent show
AND FINALLY...
- M83's Gonzalez discusses sacking Aussie support band
CMU, MARKETING INTERN
CMU is looking for an enthusiastic and capable marketing intern to assist in the day-to-day activities of CMU's non-editorial areas. Working directly with CMU's Marketing & Development Manager, you'll be helping compile and make sense of industry information and working on marketing outreach, as well as assisting with the development and production of events. This is a voluntary 1-3 month role, though interns will get free coaching throughout, and will be able to attend our acclaimed music business training courses for free. You'll leave CMU with a deeper understanding of the UK music industry and some good contacts across the industry, as well as being able to show clearly how you contributed to specific projects.

For more information and details of how to apply got to www.theCMUwebsite.com/jobs
   
DOMINO RECORDING CO, INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANT
Domino is seeking an International Assistant to join their team. The job is focused on the support needed for the international marketing campaigns including the smooth flow of digital tools like video and music files, helping with the production/stock needs of partners around the world, the organisation of marketing support tools like merch, print ads, banners and the collection of sales data for marketing reports.

The successful candidate should ideally have experience working inside a record label or a similar creative music environment, preferably in the areas mentioned above.

The position is based in our London office.

CVs to internationalassist@dominorecordco.com
   
WARP MUSIC PUBLISHING, COPYRIGHT AND ROYALTIES ADMINISTRATOR
Warp Music Publishing, an independent music publishing company based in North London, is looking for a Copyright and Royalties Administrator.

The role: Looking after copyright registrations, income tracking and royalties for Warp Music Publishing.

Based in the Warp offices in Kentish Town in London, you will report to the General Manager and discuss priorities on a weekly basis.

You will have a passion for music and a strong interest in music publishing. You will be enthusiastic about providing a great service to our artists (which include Boards Of Canada, Breton, !!!, Oneohtrix Point Never, Squarepusher, Gang Gang Dance, Hudson Mohawke, Battles, Rustie, The Hundred In The Hands).

For more info and application details go to theCMUwebsite.com/jobs
   
RESIDENT ADVISOR, SENIOR SALES MANAGER
Resident Advisor (RA) is a multi-award winning online electronic music and club culture magazine. RA combines a strong editorial voice with in-depth local information and listings for 1.5 million unique readers a month. We are looking for a Senior Sales Manager to represent us to global agencies and brands.

This is an exciting proactive sales role, selling online media, partnerships and sponsorships. You'll have a deep understanding of digital media and a strong sales track record. You will be able to work alongside internal teams to put together creative and innovative proposals. The opportunity exists to shape the role and influence the direction of new business based on your ideas and initiatives.

Please send your CV and short cover letter to lisa@residentadvisor.net

HOUSTON'S BODY BACK IN HOMETOWN, SONY CRITICISED FOR ALBUM PRICE HIKE
Whitney Houston's body is now at a funeral home in her hometown of Newark in New Jersey, after being released to the family yesterday. As previously reported, an autopsy of the late singer, who died on Saturday, was inconclusive, pending the results of toxicology tests.

Police again confirmed yesterday that Houston's death was not being treated as a homicide, but did not comment on what may have caused the singer's premature demise. Giving a little detail about the discovery of Houston's body - she was found underwater in her bath tub by her staff, who called hotel security, who in turn called paramedics, none of whom could revive the star - they added that so far it wasn't clear what circumstances actually led to the singer's death.

Of course there has been much speculation that drugs may have been involved in someway, with most speculators preferring some kind of theory involving the singer falling into a deep drug-induced sleep in her bath, and then slipping and drowning, though that theory is based wholly on supposition and not evidence. Police wouldn't comment on that theory, and the coroner, while revealing prescription drugs where near by when Houston died, noted that "you probably have just as many prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet".

Houston's body was flown from California to New Jersey yesterday, being driven in a gold hearse from Teterboro airport to Newark. The city's New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston first began singing in public, has become a mini-shrine to the pop star, with the BBC reporting that fans and mourners have left flowers, balloons and candles outside the building. It is thought her family are planning a public memorial service, though details of that so far remain sketchy.

Elsewhere, Houston's long-term record label Sony Music was yesterday accused of attempting to cash in on the singer's premature death when it was revealed that the major raised the wholesale price of the digital version of the singer's 'Ultimate Collection' compilation around twelve hours after she was pronounced dead.

While it's not clear where within the Sony Music empire the price hike was initiated, it had an immediate effect on the price of the album within the iTunes store in the UK, with the published price jumping from £4.99 to £7.99. Apple subsequently revised the price of the record - currently at number two in the iTunes chart - back to £4.99 later on Sunday, though it's not clear if Apple or Sony are taking the hit on that.

Neither company has so far commented on the matter, though a source told The Guardian that the price hike occurred when, after the news of Houston's death broke, someone at Sony reviewed what stock was available via iTunes and noticed the price for 'The Ultimate Collection' had been set too low, and therefore corrected that error. Which may well be true, though hiking the price of what was likely to be the most popular Whitney record on iTunes amongst those more casual fans rushing to download her music in the wake of her death is clearly going to look bad.

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S PRESIDENT EXPRESSES ACTA CONCERNS
Opponents to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement got a boost yesterday when the President of the European Parliament, who chairs debates within the European legislature and represents the interests of the parliament within the wider European Union, said he had reservations about the global intellectual property agreement.

As previously reported, ACTA, which took years of negotiations to write, has been subject to increased opposition in recent weeks, despite it being signed by many participating countries last year. High profile protests against anti-piracy proposals SOPA and PIPA in the US helped rally opposition to ACTA, especially in Europe, where the agreement was only signed last month.

Although much of this opposition is coming after the fact - the European Union and most of its member states have already signed the treaty - the agreement is yet to be approved by the European Parliament. Meanwhile, with opposition to ACTA becoming increasingly vocal, politicians in those European countries which did not sign up last month, are now expressing concerns about the agreement.

Plus ministers in some of those European states that did sign are also expressing more caution, with the Polish government - which ignored protests there last month and went ahead and signed ACTA - now saying it is planning a public consultation before making any changes to the country's IP laws to ensure the terms of the agreement are met.

European Parliament President, German MEP Martin Schulz, told a TV network in his home country that he didn't think ACTA was "good in its current form", adding that the need to appropriately balance the interests of copyright owners and individual net users is "inadequately anchored in this agreement".

The chief of the UK Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, has welcomed rising concern in European political circles with regards ACTA, telling the BBC: "One of the things that's very interesting is that now the ACTA agreement is coming under fire from all sides. It's becoming clear that European citizens are very concerned about this agreement. It's hard to find anyone who is standing up for it right now". Of course the UK government is still standing up for ACTA, telling reporters this weekend that the agreement provided an "international standard for tackling large-scale infringements".

As previously reported, supporters of the Agreement insist it doesn't introduce any new IP laws into Europe, with the principles of ACTA already ingrained in European law. And it does seem that most of the complaints raised by ACTA opponents are either misleading (ie not really in the agreement, and rely on a 'thin end of the wedge' arguments) or are about rules or practices that already exist, generally without controversy, in UK law, either explicitly in statute or via judicial precedent.

But nevertheless, the anti-ACTA movement does seem to be gaining real momentum in Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, which could ensure a rocky ride for the Agreement when the European Parliament discussed it in June.

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SIMILARITIES NOTED BETWEEN NEW MADONNA AND OLD BRASIL
Lady Gaga should possibly take note, Madonna may take it as a compliment when you rip off one of her songs, but will whoever Madonna rips off take it with such good grace? That is to say, if Gaga were to rip of new Madge track 'Give Me All Your Luvin', she might find legal reps for Brazilian producer Joao Brasil at her door. Though, that said, Brasil would probably take it as a compliment too. So go ahead Gaga, borrow as many Madonna hooks as you want.

Anyway, the point here really is that label and legal reps for producer and musician Brasil are reportedly considering legal action over 'Give Me All Your Luvin', Madonna's new single (the one with Nicki Minaj and MIA guesting), after various people noted similarities between it and Brasil tune 'LOVE Banana'. I think it's mainly the cheerleading bit that is particularly similar, though that may just be the nature of cheerleading, and while in Madge's new record it's the pop queen herself being cheered, Brasil's track - as its title may suggest - celebrates the much more modest banana.

Anyway, whether or not there is a case for claiming Madonna's track copies 'LOVE Banana' in any way, this probably won't go legal, mainly because Brasil insists he's too big a Madonna fan to consider suing her. He told Brazil's Folha da Sao Paulo newspaper: "I still don't understand what happened. I'm a huge fan of hers. If it's plagiarism, then even better. She is always at the cutting edge of music, so it's a good sign about what I do... It's in their hands, they're looking at how to proceed and what they can do. But personally I don't want to do anything. The last thing I need in my life is a fight with Madonna".

Anyway, if you want to compare and contrast, or just join MIA and Minaj in some champion cheerleading of Madonna, or perhaps chant along as Brasil and his mate Lovefoxx big up the banana, here's the video links...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cItHOl5LRWg
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uviwxdcpGSg

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TLC SINGER'S BANKRUPTCY APPLICATION DENIED
Former TLC singer T-Boz has had her application for bankruptcy turned down by the US courts. As previously reported, the singer, real name Tionne Watkins, filed for bankruptcy last autumn, after running up debts of $700,000, and struggling to pay off the mortgage on her $1.2 million home.

But, according to TMZ, the US Bankruptcy Court last week ruled that the singer had not put enough effort into negotiating new payment terms with her creditors, and knocked back her bankruptcy application.

She can re-file in July, providing she can show stepped up efforts to settle her debts before then, though in the meantime her creditors can make efforts to seize her assets.

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MAN WHO INCORRECTLY APPOINTED WINEHOUSE CORONER SUSPENDED
The London coroner who made his unqualified wife a coroner too has been suspended, according to The Sun, while his conduct is investigated by the Judicial Complaints Office. This story has a pop angle, of course, because one of the deaths Suzanne Greenaway oversaw as a coroner, before her lack of qualifications was discovered, was that of Amy Winehouse.

Andrew Reid thought his wife was qualified when he appointed her, believing her legal work in Australia should count, however it then emerged that the rules state a new coroner must have five years experience practising law in the UK, which Greenaway did not. Once this discovery was made, Greenaway resigned, and Reid was subsequently suspended. The Sun says Reid could now face disciplinary action or even the sack for his mistake.

There's no reason to suspect any of the inquests overseen by Greenaway while in the coroner role - including that of Winehouse - were handled wrongly, but her rulings could be overturned in the high court because she had been incorrectly appointed. Reid has written to all affected families, and earlier this month it was reported Winehouse's parents were taking legal advice on the matter.

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COXON CONFIRMS NEW BLUR ALBUM, SORT OF
Graham Coxon has said that Blur will "definitely" release another album, though hasn't yet appointed even a vague date by which such a thing might happen. I'm guessing it'll be at some stage before the end of time. Which is preferable to afterwards, I suppose.

Speaking to The Daily Record about the band's impending BRITs appearance in honour of their being awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Music gong, he says: "We haven't planned the rehearsals yet, but there will definitely be another Blur album".

He continues: "We're always going to meet up and want to play things. We do like recording. Eventually, even if things aren't around the corner, Blur will do more recordings together. We all love each other and still like making music so that's not a bad start".

As previously mentioned, Coxon will release his latest solo LP 'A+E' on 2 Apr. Feel free to glance through the full Daily Record interview, in which he touches on the album, bad oysters, and getting "gyp" from Liam Gallagher, here: www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/2012/02/10/blur-star-graham-coxon-i-felt-guilty-when-we-won-brit-awards-but-we-ll-enjoy-it-now-86908-23742937/

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AZEALIA BANKS PLOTS EP, TOUR
Azealia Banks is set to splash a profane verse or two across a new EP, which will be released by Polydor on 25 Mar. As well as a number of tbc remixes, the collection will include 'Liquorice', 'Pineapple Crush' and Banks' viral smash '212', which is rumoured to be her next official single.

The MC and singer has also shared details of an autumn tour, dates for which are as listed:

28 Sep: Manchester, Club Academy
29 Sep: Glasgow, ABC
1 Oct: Newcastle, Academy 2
2 Oct: Liverpool, Academy 2
3 Oct: Leeds, Met Uni
5 Oct: Birmingham, Library
6 Oct: Oxford, Academy
7 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
9 Oct: Cambridge, Junction
10 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
12 Oct: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

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MICHAEL KIWANUKA TO TOUR
Having sold out his current UK tour, retro-aping soul sort Michael Kiwanuka has plotted a further run due to take place in spring.

The outing comes by way of a promotional prop for the singer-songwriters's debut album 'Home Again', which is released via Polydor/Communion on 12 Mar.

Catch Kiwanuka's live act on these dates:

13 May: Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
14 May: Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
15 May: Manchester, HMV Ritz
17 May: Glasgow, ABC
19 May: Dublin, Academy
21 May: Sheffield, Leadmill
22 May: Cambridge, Junction
23 May: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

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JAMES MURPHY TO APPEAR AT GORILLAZ SOUND SYSTEM SHOW
An apparent affiliate of all sorts of soundsystems, one-time LCD figurehead James Murphy has been booked to appear at a Gorillaz Sound System show happening on 15 Feb.

Murphy, who has collaborated with Gorillaz and Andre 3000 on one-off track 'DoYaThing' (out on 23 Feb) as part of Converse's 'Three Artists. One Song' project, will stop by at London's 100 Club for a DJ set, as will electronic producer Om Unit.

Free tickets for the event are still available at www.converse.co.uk

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DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW
Having completed a brief UK tour supporting Mastodon with an amazing performance at Brixton Academy on Saturday night, The Dillinger Escape Plan have already announced their return to our nation's capital. They will play a headline show at The Garage in London on 26 Apr. This is excellent news.

And from excitement, let's move straight on to confusion, with DEP's new video for 'Parasitic Twins', taken from their 2010 album 'Option Paralysis'.

www.nme.com/nme-video/the-dillinger-escape-plan---parasitic-twins/1437926562001

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

ROCK AM RING, Nurburgring, Germany, 1-3 Jun: Anthrax, Azealia Banks, Crystal Castles, The Maccabees and Evanescence are the latest eclectic inductions to Rock AM Ring's 2012 roster, with Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Gossip, Skrillex, Tenacious D and MIA also set to perform. www.rock-am-ring.com/en

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London: 25-26 Aug: Production duo Chase & Status have been confirmed to bring their signature bass-and-beats blend to the Saturday bill at this year's South West Four, with additional acts and a second headliner yet to be announced. www.southwestfour.com

WAKESTOCK, Abersoch, North Wales, 6-8 Jul: Rizzle Kicks, High Contrast, Burns and DJ Fresh join proceedings at this waterlogged wakeboard fest, which prior to this latest booking boasted co-headliners Dizzee Rascal, Ed Sheeran, and Calvin Harris. www.wakestock.co.uk

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TICKETWEB INVESTIGATES MAILING LIST HACK
Ticketmaster's UK grass roots ticketing service TicketWeb is investigating how spammers managed to infiltrate its mailing list system this weekend, sending out phishing emails to an undisclosed number of people on its database.

In an email to all TicketWeb's UK users, the company said: "We have discovered that our TicketWeb UK direct email marketing system was exposed to unauthorised access. As a result, you may have received up to four emails on Saturday, February the 11th, from an unauthorised party with the subject as 'Action Required: Update Your PDF Application' and containing a link to update an Adobe Acrobat PDF application. Please do not click this link, but delete the email".

The company assured users that it had taken "immediate action to close the vulnerability" and that credit card data in the TicketWeb system had not been accessed during the attack. However, users who clicked the link in the email were asked to enter credit card details. TicketWeb urged anyone who did this to contact their card issuer immediately.

Speculating on the cause of the attack, a Ticketmaster insider told CMU that discovering its origin may be difficult, saying: "TicketWeb gives each of the venues which uses the service access to the mailing system, so the database could have been compromised from any third-party machine connected to the network, making it hard to identify the source of the problem".

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US CONTENT INDUSTRIES UPDATE COPYRIGHT WATCH LISTS
The International Intellectual Property Alliance, which, despite its name, is a coalition of US-based content industry trade bodies, has issued an updated list of the countries it reckons are failing to crack down on copyright infringement. The list has been handed to the office of the US Trade Representative, who will be encouraged to put pressure on these countries to do more to crack down on piracy, both physical and online.

As is frequently the case, one amusing inclusion on the IIPA's 'most wanted' list is America's neighbour Canada. As much previously reported, Canadian copyright law has struggled to cope with the growth of online copyright infringement, much to the annoyance of both domestic content companies and those abroad, especially in the US. Efforts are ongoing to revamp Canadian copyright law, though progress remains slow going.

It's interesting China also remains of the IIPA's highest priority list, despite some being positive about moves made by the Chinese government in this domain, which have arguably led to some tangible results, most notably search engine Baidu's deals with rights owners regarding its music services. Though everyone knows China has quite some way to go in terms of copyright enforcement, which is presumably why the IIPA wants US trade reps to continue to put pressure on political leaders there.

Anyway, here's the IIPA's lists:

Priority Watch List (aka please kick these guys into action): Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, Thailand, Ukraine.

Watch List (aka we're not especially impressed with these guys either): Belarus, Brazil, Brunei, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Paraguay.

Countries Deserving Special Mention (aka we have some specific problems with these guys): Albania, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Singapore, Taiwan.

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SONY DADC BAILS ON PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION IN US, BUT EXTENDS DIGITAL
Sony Corp's CD manufacturing and distribution company Sony DADC has sold its American CD distribution business to Anderson Merchandisers. The deal will see Anderson take over physical distribution for three of the majors in the US - Universal, EMI and Sony - giving the buyer an important role in the declining but still important CD market Stateside. Anderson already looks after the supply of music product to big US retailers like Walmart and Best Buy.

Sony DADC will continue to manufacture CDs Stateside and to distribute DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, though the Anderson deal does mean two of its American distribution centres will be wound down. Interestingly, at the same time the Sony distribution company was cutting back its disc operations, it was expanding its role in digital distribution by announcing a new deal with Warner Music, also in the US. That deal will see the Sony company handle the logistics of digital distribution for the major, though Warner will also retain account managers to liaise directly with digital platforms on a day to day basis.

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MYSPACE SEES USER BASE RISE AFTER REVAMPING MUSIC PLAYER
MySpace has added a million new users to its service since relaunching its music player in December, so take that all you cynical doom mongerers you. Oh hang on, we were the cynical doom mongerers, weren't we? I suppose we should never forget the ancient maxim - just because your service is shit, doesn't mean it can't be successful. I mean, look at BT Broadband.

Anyway, it's MySpace itself which are hailing this recent success, though its bold claims are seemingly based on independently verified comScore figures. Tim Vanderhook, one of the bosses of Specific Media, who bought the flagging social network from News Corp last year, told reporters: "The numbers tell an amazing story of strong momentum and dramatic change for MySpace. And the one million-plus new user accounts we've seen in the last 30 days validates our approach".

Vanderhook added that the turnaround in user figures - which had previously been declining for years - is a direct result of the service's new music player launching, coupled with Facebook and Twitter integration. He also stressed once again that the company has a bigger catalogue of digital music than any of its competitors in the streaming music space. Vanderhook: "MySpace is building a meaningful social entertainment experience around content, where consumers can share and discover the music they love. Consumers are getting excited about MySpace again - a testament to a great music product".

While Specific Media's complete plan for turning around MySpace's fortunes, both commercially as well as in terms of users, are not yet known, music and the new music player are known to be key. And, as previously reported, at CES last month Specific chiefs and their MySpace creative advisor Justin Timberblake also revealed ambitions in the second screening space, providing a platform through which net-connected users can watch and comment on content - most likely music - in real time.

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SARAH HARDING, CHRIS MOYLES TO JUDGE UNSTOPPABLE TV TALENT SHOW
Ah, Sky is having another go at the talent show format. Remember 'Must Be The Music'? No? Really? Come on Sharleen, surely you remember it? No, oh well, it was a thing. As will be 'Don't Stop Me Now', though this is set to be a lame copy of 'Britain's Got Talent' rather than a lacklustre imitation of 'X-Factor', so that's something to look forward to. Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and radio DJ Chris Moyles have been booked to judge.

The main difference between this and 'BGT' is that the studio audience will get a vote. While Harding, Moyles, cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff and 'Pineapple Studios' dance personality Louie Spence will all provide what's sure to be quality critique of the wannabe acts that appear on the show, the studio audiences will then be able to vote on keypads for their preferred performers, with the less favoured ones condemned to expulsion from the stage via a trap door, bungee rope or on-stage explosion. The overall winner will receive a £25,000 prize, which should surely cover any potential loss of personal dignity incurred. Well, nearly.

Says Amanda Byron, who will take time out from sneering at 'Total Wipeout' contestants to present this terrible new show: "We're hoping to find some serious talent along the way, but contestants be warned! One bum note or bad joke and your hopes and dreams of success will be literally swept away from you, with a dramatic departure from the show".

And if that doesn't sound like a frighteningly 'real' realisation of 'Black Mirror' episode 'Fifteen Million Merits', I don't know what does.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vsYnaqpIpE

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M83'S GONZALEZ DISCUSSES SACKING AUSSIE SUPPORT BAND
M83's Anthony Gonzalez has spoken about the decision to kick electronic outfit Teenage Mothers out of their position as support band on the Australian leg of his current world tour.

Following their sacking, Teenage Mothers guitarist Raph Brous posted a lengthy statement on Facebook under the title: "Touring with M83, the meanest band in the galaxy". He wrote that his band's singer, James Kennedy, often inhales nitrous oxide on stage, but that the band had made sure M83's team were aware of this before the tour began. Also, when just that happened at their first show, no one seemed to mind.

However, says Brous, 30 minutes before their set the next night, they were told they would not be allowed to perform and were forcibly ejected from the venue. They then flew to Sydney for the next show, but were informed when they got there that they were now off the entire Australian tour.

Brous claims: "M83's tour manager claimed that we were 'disrespectful', because our lead singer inhaled a soda bulb onstage. So apparently M83 is a fundamentalist cult that requires abstinence from fun? Before the tour, I clearly informed M83 about our singer's antics".

He added that Gonzalez had said that the decision was made because Kennedy "looks like a junkie". Brous hits back at that, though, by claiming that Gonzalez had asked members of Teenage Mothers to procure illegal drugs for him and his band.

Commenting on the dispute to in an interview with Triple J, Gonzalez said: "It's hard for me to talk about it. I didn't really like the way he behaved in front of my audience - offering whippets [nitrous oxide bulbs] on stage and almost setting the stage on fire. You don't do that when you open for bands. I had tonnes of respect for all the bands I was opening for and I just wish the bands opening for me would have the same respect".

He continued: "It's not that I'm against punk and rock n roll, I love that. It's just not professional... I mean this is my career we're talking about and I want to make sure everything is under control and it wasn't, unfortunately".

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