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TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2012
EDDY SAYS: NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST TOO
The music industry is sometimes seen as one fuelled by angry, money-grabbing cokeheads. Is this really true? And if it ever was, are we now seeing a shift? Could it be that the nice guys are taking over? This week Eddy Temple-Morris asks if you really need to be a bastard to get ahead, and suggests that being supportive towards each other could improve everything for everyone more>>
APPROVED: LONE - CRYSTAL CAVERNS 1991
Last year's 'Echolocations EP' by Lone was one of the R&S label's finest ever releases, which is heady praise when you consider the rich heritage of electronic classics in its catalogue. 'Crystal Caverns 1991' picks up where 'Echolocations' left off. It's simultaneously brutal and lush, with its aggressive synth stabs juxtaposed with some tight programming and effortlessly interwoven melodies more>>
TOP STORIES
- Toto pull Sony Music into digital royalties debate
- Sony/ATV files EMI Publishing bid with EC
- Church explains decision to settle over phone hacking
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Labrinth to collaborate with fan
ARTIST DEALS
- Sex Pistols sign to Universal for 35th anniversary bollocks
- EMI signs Rascals
- Death Grips sign to Sony
- BMG Chrysalis signs Tame Impala songwriter
RELEASE NEWS
- Azealia Banks sets date, title for debut album
- Keane discuss new LP
- Hodgy Beats releases free mixtape
- Julia Holter streams LP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Guns N Roses to tour
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Over 90 more bands added to Great Escape bill
- Festival line-up update
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Davenport Lyons appoints two new people
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Uncut revamps
AND FINALLY...
- Dappy disses Murs
PURPLE PR, ONLINE PR
Purple PR, who look after a roster of high profile international and UK music artists, are seeking an Online PR. The ideal candidate must be highly organised, pro-active, creative, hard-working, enthusiastic and reliable, and will have a proven track record of successful campaigns, with a minimum of 2-3 year's previous online PR experience.

The successful candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced press office environment and under their own initiative, and will be working on campaigns across the company's varied roster of artists. Liaising with existing contacts at websites, blogs and key social media feeds (across the UK and internationally), pitching for features and reviews, seeding viral content, thinking up creative PR ideas, working closely with clients and artists and overseeing departmental interns.

Please emails all applications, with a CV and covering letter, through to purplemusic@purplepr.com
   
MAMA GROUP, EMAIL MARKETING MANAGER
Mama Group is looking for an Email Marketing Manager to work across our venues & festivals, including HMV Hammersmith Apollo, HMV Forum, Jazz Cafe & Barfly and Lovebox & Vintage festivals. You will have overall responsibility for all our customer data, management of our email execution process from design and data segmentation to delivery and analysis of results. Experience of working with a major ESP, brilliant design skills (Photoshop & Dreamweaver essential), attention to detail, excellent analytical and organisational skills, and the ability to get on with all internal stakeholders and manage their requirements are all crucial to the role.

If you think you are perfect for the role, please send your CV and a covering letter to lisa@mamagroup.co.uk
   
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

TOTO PULL SONY MUSIC INTO DIGITAL ROYALTIES DEBATE
Good news for Sony Music, the major label too now has a potentially devastating digital royalties lawsuit all of its own, to do with what it likes -put it in an in-tray, pin it to a wall, share it with family and friends, maybe even shred it. Not that doing any of that will make it go away. Though wishful thinking and some decent legal representation might; Sony, after all, has successfully fought off one of these before.

So yes, Toto have sued Sony over the royalties they are being paid on download sales. As much previously reported, many heritage artists are paid a larger royalty on licensing revenue than record sales. Record companies are treating downloads as the latter, but some artists reckon they should be treated as licensing income.

The Allman Brothers and Cheap Trick both sued Sony on this very issue a few years back and lost. But then early Eminem collaborators FBT Productions successfully sued Universal for the higher pay out on digital revenue, and in the wake of that ruling a plethora of old timers have filed their own litigation, hoping for a bigger cut of the loot.

Universal insists the ruling in the FBT case was unique to the production outfit's contract, and all four majors will be hoping that's correct, because if the US courts now decide there is a more general precedent on digital royalties, it will cost the big record companies millions.

Rob Zombie, Chuck D and the estate of Rick James are among those suing Universal on this issue, while Sister Sledge have targeted Warner, and Kenny Rogers has included the digital dispute in a more wide-reaching royalties lawsuit against EMI. Toto's legal action, filed with the New York court yesterday, brings Sony back into the action.

Sony Music is yet to comment.

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SONY/ATV FILES EMI PUBLISHING BID WITH EC
Talking of Sony, the entertainment conglom's publishing company has finally submitted its proposals to buy EMI Music Publishing to the European Commission, a week after Universal filed its paperwork with regard to its bid for the EMI record labels.

As much previously reported, Sony/ATV - a joint venture between Sony Music and the Michael Jackson estate - is leading a consortium of bidders to buy the EMI music publishing catalogue, one of the most prized catalogues in the music publishing domain. The deal needs regulator approval in both the US and Europe. Confirming the company had filed its proposals with the European Commission, a spokesman for Sony/ATV said yesterday: "[We] will continue to engage constructively with the Commission and are confident that the transaction will be approved".

Some have speculated that the Sony deal might get through the regulatory process more quickly than Universal's bid for the EMI labels, mainly because Sony does not own its publishing business outright, and Sony/ATV will not own EMI Publishing outright either. And early indications suggest EMI Publishing would continue to operate as a standalone company after the takeover, albeit reporting into Sony/ATV management.

That said, in Europe in particular, the publishing rights collecting society system is already under intense scrutiny, and some might worry that a duopoly in music publishing, where Universal and Sony/ATV/EMI totally dwarf their rivals, will give those two players far too much influence over the societies, and those concerns could complicate Sony/ATV's bid. So a speedy resolution is not assured.

The independent sector and mini-major Warner Music are opposing both EMI deals. Officially they want both bids blocked outright, though Warner in particular possibly expects the deals to be approved, but wants the regulators to force Universal and Sony to sell off some parts of their new acquisitions, allowing Warner to step in and get some bargain catalogues to help it boost its own market share.

As previously reported, the initial phase of the EC's investigation will take about a month, though it is likely a phase two will be required, which could delay a ruling by up to six months.

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CHURCH EXPLAINS DECISION TO SETTLE OVER PHONE HACKING
Charlotte Church has apologised to those who are disappointed that she decided not to pursue her phone hacking litigation to court, explaining that she feared for her family's mental well-being if she took the legal action all the way.

As previously reported, until last week Church was the one remaining person from the first batch of celebrities told that they had had their voicemail accounts hacked by the News Of The World to have not settled out of court with the paper's publisher News International. With procrastination tactics from NI's lawyers having failed, it looked like Church's case might get a court hearing, but then last week it was confirmed she too had settled.

Those frustrated with the slow speed of the Metropolitan Police's late-in-the-day investigations into illegal practices at News International had hoped that if a civil case actually came to court then some remaining questions could be answered about exactly what went on at the News Of The World, who within News International knew about the illegal activity, to what extent they went to cover it up, and why it took so long for the authorities to properly act.

With the criminal investigation ongoing, it actually wasn't clear how much could be addressed in the civil courts, but if nothing else, a high profile celebrity court hearing on the issue would have been nice and embarrassing for the cover up merchants running Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper business. But it wasn't to be. Church's lawyers settled last week, for £600,000, half of which will cover legal fees to date.

Speaking about the settlement, Church says she felt her hand had been forced once it became clear that News International's legal team would make any court case as emotionally damaging for her and her family as possible, by dragging up in detail those elements of her parents' private lives that allegedly became public knowledge in the first place because of the NOTW's phone hacking tactics.

Given much of Church's anger over the whole phone hacking scandal is related to the mental distress the tabloid's revelations caused her mother, she says she decided she couldn't risk putting her family through another ordeal of that scale. However, while accepting an apology and compensation package in court, Church says she doesn't believe News International's management are genuinely sorry for its papers' past illegal actions, and rather they are just sorry they got caught.

Speaking to The Guardian, Church said: "I really wanted to take it all the way as well. I am really sorry, I hope people don't feel let down, but the thing is it's not so black and white, it's definitely not a case of money; it became totally irrelevant. [But it felt like I was] trying to fight with two hands and a leg tied behind [my] back, and you can just kick with one leg. You just have to look at the court room, look at News International and their 25 lawyers and then look at the individuals with maybe their three lawyers and one barrister and a couple of juniors. You are fighting a massive corporation with endless resources, a phenomenal amount of power and it is just made really difficult".

Presumably unable to deny the actual phone hacking, and the sourcing of stories from that route, NI's legal team - according to Church - planned to focus on the extent to which those stories caused distress to the Church family, and especially Charlotte's mother. There are legal grounds for doing so - for the court to award damages, it needs to consider what damage the defendant has actually caused and is therefore obliged to put right through compensation - though that whole process would have the happy side effect, for the defence, of throwing Mrs Church's private life and mental health back into the spotlight all over again, causing new distress.

Referencing NI's chief legal rep and moral vacuum for hire Michael Silverleaf, Church continued: "In the pre-trial hearing, Silverleaf made it reasonably plain the way they were going to be playing it. They [wanted to subject] my mother to a psychological analysis, which is ridiculous. How are you going to get a psychologist for an hour to judge what happened seven years ago? It was just a totally pointless exercise. They were just going to drag my parents through the mud again and I couldn't let that happen".

She concludes: "I've seen what it's done to my family the first time round and they were going to do it all over again, which just says to me they haven't learned anything".

At the same time Church's settlement was confirmed, a whole new set of revelations about illegal activities at News International - this time involving The Sun - were revealed, as the government's Leveson Inquiry moved onto the relationship between certain newspaper publishers and the police, government and the civil service. Nevertheless, Murdoch and his NI business were in a buoyant mood after the launch of a Sunday edition of The Sun this weekend seemingly sent the company's new Sunday title to the top of the pack on its first outing. Shifting over three million copies, the Sun On Sunday immediately hit its red top rivals, which previously benefited in terms of sales from the NOTW's sudden demise at the peak of the phone hacking scandal last summer.

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LABRINTH TO COLLABORATE WITH FAN
Grime-pop sort Labrinth is inviting the more musically proactive of his fans to compete to join him in a one-off collaboration. Run as part of headphone manufacturer Sennheiser's Masters Of Sound programme, the contest requires aspiring singers, songwriters, musicians, DJs or producers to submit an original composition; whether that be a beat, sample, or vocal line.

Entries will then be put to a public vote on Facebook and Twitter, with Labrinth's personal favourite finalist securing studio time with the 'Earthquake' hitmaker to develop their idea, plus the opportunity to see the finished version performed live at a playback show at London's HMV Oxford Street in May.

Says Labrinth, no doubt whilst modelling a shiny new pair of Sennheiser headphones: "A couple of years ago I was fighting to get my sound out there, so now I want to give people the chance to show the world what they can do. Opportunities like this can get you heard and change your life".

Over eighteens have until 8 Apr to send in their pieces, and can do so at www.facebook.com/sennheiseruk

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SEX PISTOLS SIGN TO UNIVERSAL FOR 35TH ANNIVERSARY BOLLOCKS
The Sex Pistols have signed a new deal with Universal Music's catalogue division for the release of a 35th anniversary edition of their 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album worldwide, excluding North America.

Says John Lydon, in typically modest fashion: "Music can be great, when done by the great. The Sex Pistols are the greatest. Universal now has a trophy room. Music is the imitation of nature. The Sex Pistols are nature".

Karen Simmonds, MD of UMC UK added: "To be given the opportunity to re-evaluate The Sex Pistols catalogue is every music lover's dream. We're looking forward to working with the band and celebrating their impact on worldwide culture".

Details of the anniversary release are due to be announced shortly, with other events and Sex Pistols releases apparently also in the pipeline.

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EMI SIGNS RASCALS
EMI has signed London-based pop outfit Rascals to its Virgin Records imprint, with their first release for the label expected later this year. Whether Virgin is still part of EMI when that happens remains to be seen. Fun.

Rascals' co-manager Elias Bally told CMU: "We are very proud to have signed to EMI/Virgin. With experienced A&R players such as Jade Richardson, Glyn Aikins, Nick Burgess, Miles Leonard and EMI's premiership marketing team, it made perfect sense. We believe and both hope we can justify their decision to sign us and look forward to forging a successful partnership".

Virgin's VP A&R Nick Burgess added: "The signing of Rascals is something everyone at Virgin is very excited about. We love that they are a unique band with four individual stars and great songs. Rascals are a breath of fresh air for the UK music scene and we have no doubt that fans of all kinds of music are going to connect with them".

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DEATH GRIPS SIGN TO SONY
Abrasive hip hop outfit Death Grips have signed to Sony Music for their previously reported two album releases due this year. They will release through the Columbia imprint in the UK and Epic in the US.

The trio, consisting of rapper MC Ride (real name Stefan Burnett), producer Flatlander (real name Andy Morin) and drummer Zach Hill, will release the first of those two albums, 'The Money Store', on 23 Apr. A vinyl version of the record will be made available exclusively for this year's Record Store Day on 21 Apr. The second album, 'No Love', is scheduled for release in the autumn.

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BMG CHRYSALIS SIGNS TAME IMPALA SONGWRITER
BMG Chrysalis has signed a new publishing deal with Kevin Parker, songwriter for Australian band Tame Impala. The band are due to return with a follow-up to their 2010 album 'Innerspeaker' later this year.

BMG Chrysalis A&R Manager Craig Michie said of the signing: "Tame Impala are ace. I'm so excited we are working with Kevin. I can't wait for them to be back on tour with a new record!"

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AZEALIA BANKS SETS DATE, TITLE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
Harlem-based MC Azealia Banks is poised to capitalise on her '212' infamy with a debut album, which now bears the brand new title 'Broke With Expensive Taste'.

Speaking in an interview with Nylon magazine, Banks described the LP's overarching theme as being based on "a young girl trying to find it", 'it' being: "Success! Herself! Her path! The young girl trying to make it! She needs to get what she can get! She needs to go out there and show people she knows how to work for it".

Well, I might need a little time to react to all! That! Enthusiasm! Fortunately, Polydor-signed Banks isn't due to release the LP, plus a '212' EP, until 25 Mar.

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KEANE DISCUSS NEW LP
Keane have shared various details about their previously reported new album, which is nice if you like Keane. The band have christened their first post-hiatus LP 'Strangeland', a title that key Keane member Tim Rice-Oxley claims is akin to "an adventure... full of uncertainty, and the potential for mishap, as well as the possibility of amazing things and glorious discoveries".

Adds Oxley of the long player, which is due for release on 7 May: "I love the idea of the journey through 'Strangeland' being a journey of redemption".

With that sentiment in mind, lets all have a redemptive scroll through the 'Strangeland' tracklisting, shall we?

You Are Young
Silenced By The Night
Disconnected
Watch How You Go
Sovereign Light Café
On The Road
The Starting Line
Black Rain
Neon River
Day Will Come
In Your Own Time
Sea Fog

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HODGY BEATS RELEASES FREE MIXTAPE
Rapper Hodgy Beats, perhaps best known for being in Odd Future sub-sect Mellowhype, has released a free nine-track EP - a track count which sounds more like an LP to me, but whatever, the tracklisting is below. Bearing the title 'Untitled', the L-EP is available for download here: ofwolfgangkta.myshopify.com/products/hodgy-beats-untitled-ep

Bullshittin
Cookie Coma
Lately
Samurai
In A Dream
Ave
Lamented
If Heaven Is A Ghetto
Higashi Loves You

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JULIA HOLTER STREAMS LP
Avant alert! Acclaimed alt-pop singer songwriter Julia Holter's new album 'Ekstasis' is now previewing on US site NPR.

It's all free, which is very good value indeed. Not least because CMU approved track 'Goddess Eyes' features in two alternative guises, thus proving one can never have too much of a good thing.

But all this free listening can't and shouldn't discourage you from buying the LP upon its proper release on 8 Mar, so do be aware this is all just temporary and will pass.

So. Here's 'Ekstasis'.

www.npr.org/2012/02/26/147294456/first-listen-julia-holter-ekstasis

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GUNS N ROSES TO TOUR
Guns N Roses will mark the year of their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame with an aptly ambitious arena outing, perhaps (though, almost definitely not) featuring the band's 'classic' line-up. Set to be GNR's first stab at playing to UK crowds since 2010's Reading And Leeds debacle, Axl Rose and a tbc supporting cast will appear across the following UK dates:

19 May: Nottingham Arena
20 May: Liverpool, Echo Arena
23 May: Newcastle, Metro
25 May: Glasgow, SECC
26 May: Birmingham, LG Arena
29 May: Manchester Arena
31 May: London, O2 Arena

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OVER 90 MORE BANDS ADDED TO GREAT ESCAPE BILL
The second festival announcement for this year's Great Escape was made this morning, with Maximo Park added to the Dome show line up, and Mystery Jets, Rolo Tomassi and Foxes among the stack of talent added to the core festival line-up. It's also been announced that selected Great Escape shows will this year be opened up to the fourteen to eighteen age group, responding to popular demand.

The Great Escape, of course, is Europe's leading festival for new music, taking place in Brighton each May, with hundreds of new bands playing across the city, plus the UK's premiere music business convention, which is programmed by CMU. On the convention side, a series of panels on the role of music radio in 2012, including an in conversation with Xfm's new music champion John Kennedy, have already been confirmed, and a second convention announcement is also due later this week.

On the festival side, Maximo Park join the Africa Express Sound System in the Dome show programme, taking place in the Brighton Dome (a £7 top up ticket guarantees access to these shows), while among the 90 bands added to the rest of the bill are Mystery Jets, Booka Shade, Alabama Shakes, Natty, Lianne La Havas, Ema, Forest Swords, Madeon, Errors, Willy Mason, Foy Vance, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Micachu & The Shapes, Maxxi Soundsystem, We Have Band, Loney Dear, Tanlines, New Look, Koreless, Jordan Cook Aka Reignwolf, Jackson Firebird, Massmatiks and Martha Paton.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for both the festival and the convention. The £120 early bird delegates pass gets you access to whole convention and priority access to festival venues, subject to capacity. Buy them now! Click here: bit.ly/zgZHWq

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

AWAKENINGS FESTIVAL, Spaarnwoude, The Netherlands, 30 Jul: Running for eleven hours and across nine stages, this techno-centric Dutch rave-a-thon will feature such leading beatsmiths as Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, John Digweed, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Speedy J, Marcel Fengler, Len Faki and Marcel Dettmann, and Ben Klock. www.awakeningsfestival.nl

BUSHSTOCK, various venues, Shepherds Bush, London, 2 Jun: A single wristband grants access to a multitude of W12-based happenings at London label Communion's newly expanded Bushstock, which, with further bookings still to be announced, is slated to host Dan Croll, Lanterns On The Lake, Marcus Forster, Pale Seas, Rae Morris, Raghu Dixit and Sarah Jarosz. www.bushstock.co.uk

ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, 31 Oct - 4 Nov: Organisers have handpicked an initial batch of Airwaves acts to entice early interest, confirming Friends, Django Django, Exitmusic, Daughter, Prins Póló, Úlfur Úlfur and The Vintage Caravan, with many more international names to be unveiled in due course. www.icelandairwaves.is

LIVE AT LEEDS, various venues, Leeds, 4-7 May: The Enemy, Dog Is Dead, Ghostpoet and Lianne La Havas form the latest assortment of acts added to Live At Leeds' 2012 line-up, as also features Example, Wretch 32, Marina And The Diamonds, Los Campesinos!, Ladyhawke, Friends, AlunaGeorge, Charli XCX and SCUM. www.liveatleeds.com

LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK, Cheshire, 23-24 Jun: Elbow headline night one, while Paul Weller will top the bill on day two, at this countryside fest on the site of the rather marvellous Jodrell Bank space gazing centre in Cheshire. Alongside all the music there'll be plenty of scientific goings on too. www.livefromjodrellbank.com

RADIO 1'S HACKNEY WEEKEND, Hackney Marshes, London, 23-24 Jun: Sean Paul, Tinchy Stryder, Flo Rida, Devlin and Azealia Banks head up a host of hip-hop types just added to Radio 1's free-for-all fest, lucky ticket winners to which can also take in live sets from Will.i.am, David Guetta, Jack White, The Maccabees, Lana Del Rey, Tinie Tempah, Plan B and Florence And The Machine. www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/hackneyweekend/2012/

ROCK WERCHTER, Rotselaar, Belgium, 28 Jun - 1 Jul: Jack White, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Ed Sheeran, Kreayshawn, M83, Azealia Banks and Chase & Status are amongst the latest supplement to this year's Rock Werchter roster, which thus far also stars Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence And The Machine, Justice, The Cure, Elbow, Kasabian, Mumford & Sons and Anna Calvi. www.rockwerchter.be

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex/Weston Park, Staffordshire, 18-19 Aug: Taking place, as is tradition, at dual sites with identical bills, the festival's seventeenth edition is to be headlined by The Killers and The Stone Roses, no less. Elsewhere on the bill, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Snow Patrol, Nicki Minaj, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Pixie Lott, Example, Rizzle Kicks, James Morrison, Frank Ocean, Emeli Sande and Olly Murs make for a selection sure to delight any V devotee. www.vfestival.com

WAY OUT WEST, Gothenburg, Sweden, 9-11 Aug: Fresh roster meat Wilco, Factory Floor and Mazzy Star join an existing bill featuring the previously booked likes of Blur, Bon Iver, Azealia Banks, The Black Keys and Florence And The Machine. www.wayoutwest.se

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DAVENPORT LYONS APPOINTS TWO NEW PEOPLE
Media and entertainment law firm Davenport Lyons has announced the recruitment of Philip Somarakis, most recently with Blake Lapthorn, and Jonathan Monjack, a founder of Engel Monjack Solicitors, who will take on the roles of Partner and Consultant respectively.

Somarakis has a background in licensing for the bar and live entertainment sector (as well as being something of an expert on motoring offences, apparently), while Monjack specialises in media law and has worked with companies across the media and music industries, and directly for numerous artists, producers and industry execs.

Davenport Lyons Partner Michael Hatchwell told reporters: "We are delighted that we continue to attract high calibre lawyers to the firm. Philip and Jonathan are both well-regarded in their respective fields of practice. Philip's appointment extends our extensive [high net worth] client offering to cover motoring offences and we are also delighted to be further strengthening our licensing team, a traditional practice area of the firm which is important to our clients in the hotel, restaurant and club sector. Jonathan is extremely well connected in the media industry one of our traditional areas of strength and we look forward to sharing the synergies that result from our relationship".

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UNCUT REVAMPS
IPC Media will relaunch its Uncut title today, with a new design and various new editorial features, including the republishing of old interviews from IPC's music archives, including classic features from the NME and long defunct music weekly Melody Maker. A revamped reviews section will also extend the coverage of catalogue reissues and such like.

Commenting on the use of the IPC archives, Uncut Editor Allan Jones told reporters: "For years this [content] has been fairly dormant. There have been one or two attempts to make use of it, like the Ultimate Music Guides, but it is coming up with the idea and context for the material. There is stuff in the archive which is just amazing".

On the revamped reviews section, he continued: "If there is one thing we know about our readers, it is [that] they love reviews and they love reading about music. It seemed an opportune moment [to redesign the reviews section] because there are so many lavish box sets coming out these days with so many extras, it can get a bit mind-boggling".

Uncut, like all newsstand music magazines, has seen its circulation decline in recent years. The revamp would suggest a stepped up focus on an older demographic who, presumably, are more prone to splash out on a print magazine once a month.

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DAPPY DISSES MURS
I don't think we needed Dappy to confirm that Olly Murs' performance at last week's BRITS was a bit of a shocker, but he has.

Says the former N-dubber: "Bloomin hell. Olly Murs needs to learn how to sing, boy. He came off 'The X Factor' so he should be able to sing and yet that was a horrific performance. You can't do things like that".

If Murs wants to return the critique, he can find Dappy's version of 'We Will Rock You', performed on Radio 1 to promote his solo single collaboration with Brian May, right here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lzXYIJC01Y

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