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MONDAY 19 MARCH 2012
FIVE DAY FORECAST
So, are you feeling refreshed after a hard day treating your mother right? I hope at the very least you signed her up for CMU Daily so she can get all the latest music and music business news delivered to her inbox every morning. You did that, right? Oh well, you'll just have to wait until next year. Here are some things that are happening this week (that your poor mother won't know about) more>>
APPROVED: EX COPS
One of only two acts so far signed to the Other Music Recording Co, NYC record store Other Music's brand new Fat Possum Records imprint, Brooklyn 'devotional tropical goth' group Ex Cops are, as yet, still to release an album. Things in that department look set to alter, though, since the band have been working with producer/engineer John Siket on a debut LP that's due in late spring more>>
TOP STORIES
- Mega chief could regain assets after court order error
IN THE POP COURTS
- EMI sues Cash Money Records over unpaid royalties
- IFPI welcomes Mega web-block ruling in India
- ECJ rules on public space queries regards music licensing
- Drake files response to Marvins monologue lawsuit
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Englebert's Eurovision song unveiled
CHARTS, STATS & POLLS
- 2011 was a good year for Brit acts in the US, BPI confirms
RELEASE NEWS
- Madonna previews MDNA songs
- Kate Bush prepares Record Store Day release, as does Noel Gallagher
FILMS & SHOWS NEWS
- Boy George, Wale for Mark Ronson ballet
BOOKS NEWS
- Tim Burgess to release amazeballs memoir
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- DJ Kentaro heading for London
FESTIVAL NEWS
- CBGB to return as festival
- Festival line-up update
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- StubHub launches in UK
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Nickelodeon confirms One Direction TV show
AND FINALLY...
- Aerosmith documentary reveals tensions
COOPERATIVE MUSIC, INTERNATIONAL LABEL MANAGER
Independent label group Cooperative Music is looking for an experienced International Label Manager. Based in Old Street, the role will involve working closely with Co-op's Independent partner labels and UK label managers to initiate, implement and coordinate worldwide marketing campaigns.

It is essential for candidates to have a passion for independent music, be familiar with the labels and artists we work with and be able to build and maintain relationships with our independent label partners. Experience of music marketing, promotion and digital marketing is essential and the ideal candidate will have knowledge of international music markets, including media, retail and digital outlets.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, able to multi-task and stay focused under pressure.

Interested? For more information, please visit www.cooperativemusic.com/jobs.
   
DIVISION PR, ONLINE/PRINT PR
Division PR are looking to welcome a new press officer who has experience in working online press and/or national print campaigns. Applicants must have great organisational skills, an established network of contacts in journalism, a history of successful press campaigns and a passion for indie/rock and beyond.

We absolutely love music here and are looking to find another hard working, pro active person who will join our team with the same enthusiasm. Our current roster includes Pulled Apart By Horses, Enter Shikari, We Are Augustines, Blood Red Shoes, letlive, Gallows, Sex Pistols, Ane Brun, Tom Williams and the Boat and many more. Other artists we have worked with in the last 9 years include J.Mascis, Pendulum, MGMT, Black Lips, Les Savy Fav, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, The Who, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Placebo, Nero, Sub Focus, Andy C, Mark Ronson and many more.

2-3 years minimum experience of working UK press campaigns is essential. Please send a CV and covering letter to zac@divisionpromotions.com or call 0208 962 8282.
   
AEI MEDIA, EVENTS & PROMOTIONS CO-ORDINATOR
AEI Media Ltd is the company behind a number of leading electronic music brands: UKF, Drum&BassArena, This Is Dubstep and Get Darker. We're looking for an energetic and well-organised individual, with fastidious attention to detail, to co-ordinate the day-to-day operations of our rapidly growing live division. Reporting to the Head of Events & Tours the responsibilities of the role include producing and co-ordinating detailed promotion campaigns for our events; implementing an agreed data strategy for all our events; creating design briefs.

For a full job description and details go to www.theCMUwebsite.com/jobs
   
AEI MEDIA, FINANCE MANAGER
AEI Media Ltd is the company behind a number of leading electronic music brand: UKF, Drum&BassArena, This Is Dubstep and Get Darker. We're growing rapidly and looking for someone to manage and maintain all accounting functions for the company. Reporting to the Managing Director you will be AAT Qualified/Part Qualified ACCA/CIMA with at least 5 years' experience working in an accounts environment, ideally within a music/media company. A self-driven, results oriented team-player with a positive outlook, you'll have a clear focus on high quality and business value.

For a full job description and details go to www.theCMUwebsite.com/jobs

MEGA CHIEF COULD REGAIN ASSETS AFTER COURT ORDER ERROR
MegaUpload chief Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz could get back pretty much everything that was seized from him by the New Zealand authorities in January because it turns out police and prosecutors applied for the wrong kind of court order.

New Zealand prosecutors arrested Schmitz and seized $200 million of his assets at the request of the US authorities, who are trying to extradite the Mega boss and six of his colleagues to face charges in the States of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering in relation to the Mega enterprise. The firm's servers, based at two facilities in Florida, were also switched off as part of the same multi-national raid.

Schmitz's arrest, and the swoop on the $30 million mansion where he was living, was dramatic, and it took the Mega chief a month to secure bail. But it apparently emerged in mid-February, probably before said bail was granted, that prosecutors had applied for the wrong kind of court order before seizing Schmitz's property and cash reserves.

Reports suggest mistakes were made as the country's Crown Law Office tried to work out how to secure a warrant without giving Schmitz the opportunity to appeal, which would have prevented the coordinated and sudden raid on his property in New Zealand and servers in the US.

According to the New Zealand Herald, legal reps for the prosecution formally admitted their mistakes to the country's courts last week, while simultaneously applying for the right court order in hindsight, which was granted on a temporary basis pending further discussions.

Schmitz's legal people will now argue that the "procedural error" meant that their client's belongings were seized illegally and should therefore be returned forthwith. The Mega legal team had already been arguing that Schmitz should be reconnected with some of his fortune, to help cover living costs for him and his family, and to cover ongoing legal fees in relation to America's extradition application.

It remains to be seen if Team Schmitz can now capitalise on this technicality to win their man back his fortune, in the short term at least. A legal expert told the Herald that New Zealand law does accommodate mistakes being made by officials, and the new court order could well be made permanent unless Schmitz's people can prove prosecutors acted in bad faith by initially applying for the wrong warrant.

But either way, bungling up like this on such a high profile case being conducted under the spotlight of the world's media is pretty embarrassing for New Zealand's Crown Law Office.

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EMI SUES CASH MONEY RECORDS OVER UNPAID ROYALTIES
Universal affiliated Cash Money Records, the hip hop label headed up by its founders, brothers Bryan 'Birdman' and Ronald 'Slim' Williams, but perhaps better known these days for having Lil Wayne as its president, has been sued by EMI, which claims it's owed money for sample royalties. The London-based major reckons Cash Money owes it $491,000 in royalties from past sample licensing agreements, and says it has been forced to sue after previously agreed quarterly payments stopped being made.

According to the Courthouse News Service, EMI's lawsuit reads: "Because [Cash Money Records] has ignored numerous communications from EMI regarding [Cash Money's] contractual obligations, EMI once more is being forced to commence a lawsuit against [Cash Money Records] to recover royalty payments. The sales of [Cash Money Records'] products have far exceeded the payments that EMI has received [and] it is clear from [Cash Money's] conduct that it has no intention of honoring [our] agreement".

Of course if Universal could just get on with the business of buying EMI, perhaps this could all be dealt with 'in the family', as it were. And then Cash Money could focus its attentions on those five previously reported song theft and royalty lawsuits filed against its president.

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IFPI WELCOMES MEGA WEB-BLOCK RULING IN INDIA
The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry dusted off its gloat hat last week to welcome a ruling in the Indian courts that ordered all 387 internet service providers operating in the country to block access to 104 copyright infringing websites. Well, that's efficient isn't it? No need to go to the hassle of suing every individual ISP over every single dodgy website like in the UK, just get one super injunction to deal with everything.

Welcoming the judgement, IFPI boss lady Frances Moore, wearing the aforementioned hat with a certain kind of class, told reporters: "This decision is a victory for the rule of law online and a blow to those illegal businesses that want to build revenues by violating the rights of others. It highlights the importance the Indian courts place on the creative industries and their contribution to the economy. The court ruled that blocking is a proportionate and effective way to tackle website piracy. The Indian government should build on this progress by moving forward legislation to effectively tackle all forms of digital piracy to enable the country's digital music market to reach its full potential".

The Indian market has long been dogged by rampant piracy, of course, but many content owners hope that the digital era could open up new opportunities if unlicensed online content distribution can be curtailed, hence why the local music industry's trade body pursued the legal action that resulted in last week's landmark ruling.

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ECJ RULES ON PUBLIC SPACE QUERIES REGARDS MUSIC LICENSING
Elsewhere in copyright rulings made last week, the European Court Of Justice made two separate judgements on what constitutes "public" in the context of public performance royalties.

Of course when music is played in a public space, under most copyright systems the owners of the copyrights in that music are due a royalty (and in most cases that applies to both the publishing and sound recording rights). That's simple enough, except when you try to define what constitutes a public space. What about hotel rooms? What about a dentist's surgery?

Two examples not exactly picked at random, given those were the two spaces being considered by the ECJ last week, in two separate cases, one stemming from Italy, the other from Ireland.

In the case of a dentist's surgery, the Italian case, the ECJ said that a room where teeth are examined is not necessarily a public space, so no licence is required if music is played (even though places of work are usually treated as public places).

But Irish hotel rooms, which had been exempted from public performance licences by the Irish government, are public places in the eyes of European law, the ECJ said, meaning the Dublin government is not allowed to exempt hoteliers from the public performance licensing system.

So there you go. It's not clear whether this has any impact on the UK system, though what we do know for sure is that if Irish hotel owners don't want to pay for licences from Ireland's collecting societies, they'll have to install a dentist in each of their rooms.

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DRAKE FILES RESPONSE TO MARVINS MONOLOGUE LAWSUIT
Drake has filed his response to that previously reported lawsuit pursued against him over the monologue that appears in his song 'Marvins Room'.

As previously reported, Ericka Lee, who claims to be a former girlfriend of the rapper, says she was promised a cut of the money created by the song in which she guested, and which was the first single taken from Drake's 2011 album 'Take Care', but has so far been given nothing. Although credited as a co-writer under the pseudonym Syren Lyric Muse, Lee wants the courts to give her a full co-writer credit, a stake in the copyright, and royalties from the record.

When Lee filed her lawsuit last month, a rep for Drake called the claim "frivolous" and "entirely without merit", adding that prior to the track's release the claimant agreed to allow her voice to be used in the record and asked only for a credit under the pseudonym Syren Lyric Muse and no compensation. It was only after she fell out with Drake and hired a lawyer, the rep added, that the royalty claims began.

In his formal response to the courts last week, Drake said pretty much the same, insisting Lee "consented to the use of her voice in the song 'Marvins Room' for no compensation". The rapper also seemingly denies that he ever had a romantic relationship with the plaintiff too.

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ENGLEBERT'S EUROVISION SONG UNVEILED
Englebert Humperdinck's Eurovision entry has been unveiled. As previously reported, the singer was chosen to represent the UK partly due to his continued popularity in some key Eastern European countries which can swing the vote. Entitled 'Love Will Set You Free', the song has been written and produced by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, who between then have worked with the likes of Mary J Blige, Adele, Lana Del Rey and James Blunt.

Humperdinck will perform the song live at the Eurovision Song Contest on 26 May. When he was announced as the UK entrant earlier this month, he said: "It's an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. When the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to be a part of an institution like Eurovision. I'm excited and raring to go and want the nation to get behind me!"

Watch the video for the song here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFNv9pjqZkk

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2011 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR BRIT ACTS IN THE US, BPI CONFIRMS
As two UK acts battle it out for the top spot in the Billboard albums chart this week - and if One Direction win they'll be the first British pop group to ever debut at the top of the countdown - the BPI has published stats showing that last year was a very good year indeed for British music in North America. In fact, UK artists collectively commanded their biggest share of the North American albums market so far this century in 2011, commanding 11.7% of the US market, and a 16.2% market share in Canada.

The Brit ladies led the way, with Florence And The Machine, Sade, Susan Boyle, Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, Amy Winehouse and, of course, Adele all selling shitloads of records. Adele had the biggest selling album of the year in both the US and Canada, outselling the previous year's American best seller, Eminem's 'Recovery', by 2.4 million units. But some men contributed to the success too - Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, and now-a-music-star-too Hugh Laurie in particular.

Newcomers noted by the BPI for starting to make waves in the American market last year include Two Door Cinema Club and The Joy Formidable, while catalogue from some classic artists also helped with the overall impressive sales stats, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Led Zeppelin.

Commenting on all these lovely achievements, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: "British music has resonated strongly in North America since the 1960s, but right now British artists are on the crest of a new wave. Led by Adele, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay, British artists are again storming the US and Canadian charts. In 2011 they took taken their highest share this century of the North American albums market".

He continued: "The strong Stateside performance of British boybands, The Wanted and One Direction, signals more success to come. These results prove that the risks UK labels take investing in British talent - spending more than 20% of the revenues annually on A&R - together with their digital and marketing expertise, help British artists break internationally and generate important exports that boost the UK economy".

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MADONNA PREVIEWS MDNA SONGS
Madonna's new album is out next week. Are you excited? Like, really really excited? Can you not wait to hear it? Well, should that be the case, then you can listen to clips of most of the tracks on it right now via her YouTube profile, plus 'I Fucked Up', and the previously released 'Give Me All Your Luvin', in full. How nice.

To listen, press play here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UU81VD6eeuLLSfyY_D-N8sVw&feature=plcp

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KATE BUSH PREPARES RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE, AS DOES NOEL GALLAGHER
Even the reclusive Kate Bush realises Record Store Day is fast approaching, and thus has readied a limited edition ten-inch picture-disc vinyl single for release on 21 Apr. It will combine 'Lake Tahoe' and 'Among Angels', both from Bush's excellent seasonal set '50 Words For Snow'.

Noel Gallagher and his flock of High Flying Birds are also issuing a special RSD release, a special twelve-inch EP called 'Song From The Great North', which includes four tracks hitherto released as B-sides.

2000 individually numbered copies of the two releases - that's Kate and Noel's both - will be available on Record Store Day, which, once again, falls on 21 Apr.

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BOY GEORGE, WALE FOR MARK RONSON BALLET
Boy George, US rapper Wale and Jonny Pierce of The Drums will appear in Mark Ronson's previously reported collaboration with the Royal Ballet School, it's been announced.

The contemporary ballet, entitled 'Carbon Life', will comprise nine love songs co-composed by Ronson and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, with orchestration courtesy of Rufus Wainwright.

Boy George and Pierce - who wrote two tracks for Ronson's 2010 LP 'Record Collection' - will perform as part of an on-stage cast that also includes The Kills' Alison Mosshart, alt-pop soloist Hero Fisher and American MC Black Cobain.

Mark Ronson and Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor will discuss the production, which premieres on 5 Apr at The Royal Opera House, during a live-streamed broadcast taking place on Friday: www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-ballet-live-online-streaming-day-announced

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TIM BURGESS TO RELEASE AMAZEBALLS MEMOIR
Tim Burgess is to relate his life's memoirs so far in an aptly-titled new tome 'Telling Stories', which is, of course, christened after The Charlatans' classic LP of 1997.

Set for publication via Penguin on 26 Apr, the book is said to "describe the mad life of a rock star: the dynamics of the band, the creativity, the sex and the drugs but also the rock n roll".

Sex, drugs, rock n roll... and cereal? What of the cereal, that's what I'd like to ask. Fortunately, Tim will be addressing such queries - not to mention playing material from his forthcoming solo LP - at a 'Totes Amazeballs' book launch on 25 Apr at St James Church in London.

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DJ KENTARO HEADING FOR LONDON
The amazing DJ Kentaro will be heading over to London from Tokyo to play at XOYO in London this July. Let's all get tickets. The show will coincide with the launch of his new album, which is scheduled for a summer release. Support at the show will come from DJ Woody, DJ Cheeba, Reso and DJ Irk. It will be ace.

Now let's all watch Kentaro being brilliant: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL0J9VydcAo

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CBGB TO RETURN AS FESTIVAL
Legendary and now defunct New York venue CBGB is set to be reborn as a festival, according to reports. Since its closure in 2006, the CBGB name has also been applied to a short-lived fashion store and an iheartradio channel, as well as being subject to a legal battle for ownership amongst members of founder Hilly Kristal's family.

The festival will take place in New York from 4-8 Jul, and will feature film and conference strands as well as music. No line-up has yet been announced, and the festival is still calling on bands to apply to play, though it does claim to expect between 500,000 and a million people to attend.

More information at www.cbgb.com

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

GLOBAL GATHERING, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, 27-28 Jul: Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin Van Buuren, Friendly Fires, Magnetic Man, Maverick Sabre, Sub Focus, Nero and Modestep form but a fragment of the mass of acts just added to the Global Gathering roster, which hitherto only hosted lone headliner Skrillex. www.globalgathering.com

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Guilford, Surrey, 13-15 Jul: Musi-comic and 'Matilda' maestro Tim Minchin proves an apt supplement to GuilFest's tenth anniversary billing, as also boasts the family-suitable presence of Olly Murs, Jools Holland and Jimmy Cliff. www.guilfest.co.uk

HEVY, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent, 3-6 Aug: Announcing acts with such wild abandon as is only apt for a festival staged in the grounds of a zoo, Hevy staff declare brand new bookings including Sunday headliners Descendents, Cancer Bats, Rolo Tomassi, Shai Halud, Rise And Fall, Municipal Waste, Listener and This Is Hell, all of whom align with the already billed Converge, Will Haven, Deaf Havana, Protest The Hero and Set Your Goals. www.hevy.co.uk

ISLE OF WIGHT, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, 22-24 Jun: Melanie C, James Walsh, Matt Cardle, Gretchen Peters and EnglanE represent the latest consignments to IOW's Garden Stage. This lot supplement an existing line up featuring tri-headliners Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen, plus Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream, Example, The Darkness, Jessie J, Feeder and Professor Green also playing. www.isleofwightfestival.com

KAYA, Vaynol Estate, Gwynedd, North Wales, 1-3 Jun: This worldly arts and crafts three-dayer enlists Tinchy Stryder, Drymbago, Banda Bacana and EFA Supertramp to a bill also including the previously announced Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Tony Allen, Dub Pistols, Kanda Bongo Man, Ska Cubano and The Craig Charles Funk N Soul Club. www.kayafestival.co.uk

LEMONFEST, Newton Abbot Racecourse, South Devon, 30 Jun: Headlining act Hard Fi are joined by the lesser-billed likes of Cosmo Jarvis, These Reigning Days, Ryan Keen and lunar mod ensemble The Moons on Lemonfest's fresh and only 2012 line-up. www.lemonfest.co.uk

MEADOWLANDS, Glynde Place, Glyne, East Sussex, 1-3 Jun: Speech Debelle, Lamb, LTJ Bukem and Fink lead the acts confirmed for this year's Meadowlands, with Skinny Lister, The River Boys, Absent Elk, Maker and Caramel Jack not far behind. www.meadowlandsfestival.com

MEADOWS IN THE MOUNTAINS, Rhodopian Mountains, Bulgaria, 8-10 Jun: Crazy P, Will Saul, Bicep, Riot Jazz, Reggae Roast and Somethink Sounds will all be present at MITM's inaugural dawning, with Mirko Hector, Dead Echo, Just Jack DJs and Lo*Kee also braced to grace the scenic fest's twin main stages. www.meadowsinthemountains.com

OUTLOOK, Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia, 30 Aug - 3 Sep: Croatia's foremost bass fest confirms Skream, Zinc, Andy C, Disclosure and Roska & Jamie George as the latest acts to impact its capacious 2012 line-up list, as also features Phife of A Tribe Called Quest, Gold Panda, Joker, Goldie, Phaeleh and Fat Freddy's Drop. www.outlookfestival.com

PRIMAVERA SOUND, Par Del Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 31 May - 2 Jun: Suede are fairly late additions to a near-capacity Primavera programme also starring Björk, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Laura Marling, The Weeknd, The Rapture, The War On Drugs, A$AP Rocky, Girls and Sharon Van Etten. www.primaverasound.com

RADIO 1'S HACKNEY WEEKEND, Hackney Marshes, East London, 23-24 Jun: Example, Lostprophets, Enter Shikari, Lethal Bizzle, Santigold and US rapper BOB further enrich the running at Radio 1's Olympic free-for-all, as will also co-star Jay-Z, Deadmau5, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Florence And The Machine, Professor Green and a host of popular pop types. www.guilfest.co.uk

SPRING STATION SESSIONS, St Pancras International, London, 22 Mar - 4 May: Staged in the bustling midst of London's commuter/tourist rush hour, this year's free-to-view Station Sessions will feature sets by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Futureheads, The Wave Pictures and Alt-J across its assorted seven week programme. www.stpancras.com/station-sessions/festival

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 6-8 Jul: Bombay Bicycle Club, J Cole, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Feeder, Zulu Winter and Benjamin Francis Leftwich share roster room with a horde of aforementioned names, not least The Stone Roses, Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Florence And The Machine and Simian Mobile Disco. www.tinthepark.com

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STUBHUB LAUNCHES IN UK
Good news for producers of Channel 4 documentaries, eBay's secondary ticketing service StubHub has launched in the UK, so that's a whole extra company to expose. Though Ticketmaster haters everywhere would like you to investigate its ticket resale website Get Me In first.

Yes, following reports last September that the US-based ticket resale website was planning a UK launch, eBay-owned StubHub went live last week, just as the whole online ticket touting thing has become a bit controversial again, following Channel 4's 'Dispatches' programme last month which showed how some big players in the market were buying up tickets themselves, or working with promoters to put tickets straight onto the secondary market, rather than just providing a platform for fans to sell tickets to other fans. The exposé has reignited the debate in UK political circles as to whether online touting should be regulated.

But StubHub - whose original founder Eric Baker went onto launch Viagogo, one of the subjects of the aforementioned 'Dispatches' - insists that it's not a dodgy evil set up that exists to screw over music fans for profit. Oh no.

The company's GM International Brigitte Ricou-Bellan told The Huffington Post: "We have a very different proposition which does not include buying and selling tickets on our own behalf, nor benefiting from direct allocations from promoters and venues. Now, excuse me, that's Gary Barlow on the phone, he's got four thousand Take That tickets for us to flog". Well, she said some of that.

The Labour MP who has been campaigning the most against unregulated ticketing touting, Sharon Hodgson, noted that Viagogo also denied being directly involved in the buying and selling of tickets prior to the Channel 4 exposé, adding that, despite StubHub's assurances it won't be doing that, she still wanted the government to investigate the sector at large.

Hodgson: "StubHub say they won't be buying and selling tickets themselves - but Viagogo were saying exactly the same thing until they were exposed. The government needs to look seriously at how we can rebalance the scales in favour of the event-going public instead of the small number of people who are creaming off big profits".

As previously reported, the government last week said that the Office Of Fair Trading was reviewing the secondary ticketing market anew, and that they would consider some sort of action if that review showed "market failure".

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NICKELODEON CONFIRMS ONE DIRECTION TV SHOW
US children's TV network Nickelodeon has confirmed previously reported rumours that it is working on a new project with One Direction. Exactly what form their TV show will take isn't clear, but the company said via Twitter last week: "The rumours are true, our live-action slate does include a development project for One Direction. Welcome to the family!"

The news has proved unpopular with many of 1D's UK fans, who believe variously that the band should be making a show back home, or that Americans won't 'get' them, or are just annoyed that this hitherto credible underground music group will suddenly have loads more casual teen fans damaging that all important credibility.

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AEROSMITH DOCUMENTARY REVEALS TENSIONS
An edition of US TV show '60 Minutes' aired over the weekend featuring candid interviews with members of Aerosmith. Amongst the topics that came up in the documentary were the well documented tensions between frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry.

Asked if these tensions had ever led to a full on fight, Perry said: "That would damage the relationship too much; besides he needs his jaw to sing".

When the filmmakers repeated this to Tyler in a separate interview, he responded: "It's a terrible message that sends. I always sleep with one eye open with him... He needs his jaw to sing? Does that mean that maybe there's a fight in the near future? I think he's still got a good, strong ego".

Following the broadcast though, Tyler told Access Hollywood that he and his bandmates regretted being so open about their relationships on the '60 Minutes' programme, saying: "We all realise we might have said a little too much. Being Italian, you know, there's some things you don't say. There was stuff we were going through".

Though with Aerosmith, there's always stuff they're going through.

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