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WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2012
Q&A: BLOOD RED SHOES
Having formed in 2004 after the demise of respective bands Cat On Form and Lady Muck, Brighton alt twosome Blood Red Shoes, aka Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, released their debut album 'Box Of Secret' via Mercury in Spring 2008. It was immediately well received and soon bred a sequel in 2010's 'Fire Like This'. Now, as album number three arrives, we catch up for some chatter with Carter. more>>
APPROVED: FANZINE
If you must lump East London quartet Fanzine into a category of any kind; file them beside Mazes, Weird Dreams, Gross Magic, and the class of guitar bands who are surpassing the capital's live divebar scene to write songs that'll resonate beyond (god forbid) that semi-sacred Dalston-Shoreditch-Stoke Newington radius. more>>
TOP STORIES
- Sony/ATV offer EMI concessions in Europe, as Californian Attorney General takes an interest
- Industry welcomes Hooper's initial thoughts on a Digital Copyright Exchange
IN THE POP COURTS
- MegaUpload targeted with civil actions
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- The Morning Benders opt for name change
RELEASE NEWS
- The Men debut RSD track, announce new UK dates
- Peaking Lights discuss new LP
- Smashing Pumpkins to release Oceania LP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Efterklang to tour with Northern Sinfonia orchestra
- Poliça announce show
FESTIVAL NEWS
- 141 more bands added to Great Escape line up
- Festival line-up update
BRANDS & STUFF
- Converse announce latest artist collaboration
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- The Orchard streamlines staff post merger
- Sony DADC London centre due to relaunch this summer
- EMI launch dance network
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Odd Future premiere TV prank show
AND FINALLY...
- Bieber could be sued over phone number prank

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MUSIC CONCIERGE, PLAYLIST DESIGNER
Do you know your Oscar Peterson from your Chilly Gonzales? Award-winning music consultancy, Music Concierge, is looking for a Playlist Designer.

Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a music playlist designer to join our small but expanding creative team. The playlist designer will develop a sound understanding of our clients' needs, and then source, program and timetable appropriate tracks in line with the client brief. (Please note this relates to designing music playlists NOT composing original material.)

You will have an encyclopedic music knowledge across a multitude of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, world music, and all forms of electronic music. You will also bring with you a bulging industry contacts book and knowledge of how to uncover hidden gems from the furthest corners of the music world. Alongside your creative talent, your professional and motivated approach to work means that you relish pressure and eat deadlines for breakfast.

For full details, and how to apply, visit www.theCMUwebsite.com/jobs

   

ONLINE CONTENT MANAGER: MUSIC (Attractive base + benefits)
Online Content Managers - ready to burst onto our scene? If you think you could be the next big thing in the Amazon Music Team, we'd like to hear from you. We have an immediate opening in the UK Music Team for an Online Content Manager. Working on a key account with a major label, you will be centre stage for some of the biggest releases of 2012, delivering a first-rate customer experience through best-in-class merchandising. At Amazon we work hard, have fun and make history.

You will have strong attention to detail; excellent written English and strong communication skills; an analytical approach to measuring / optimising performance; and a demonstrable ability to think on your feet and make smart decisions. You'll be highly tech-literate, with the ability to learn new systems quickly, and have experience in a related role using content management and web analytics systems. You'll be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and managing multiple priorities, and have a passion for customer experience and the digital channel.
Due to the pace and scope of this role, we are looking for someone special to join our team. In return, you'll get an attractive salary with healthcare and pension contributions, and an Amazon Employee discount.

Motivated by more than money? Then how about a casual dress code, season ticket scheme, childcare voucher scheme and cycle to work scheme. Oh, and there's an Xbox in our subsidised onsite cafe. Ready to take this to the next level? We hope so. To find out more and apply, click here.

   
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.

SONY/ATV OFFER EMI CONCESSIONS IN EUROPE, AS CALIFORNIAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TAKES AN INTEREST
While Universal Music resisted the temptation to offer concessions to competition regulators in Europe during the European Commission's initial investigation into its proposed acquisition of the EMI record companies, it emerged late yesterday that Sony/ATV has offered concessions in a bid to allay fears about its acquisition of the EMI music publishing business.

As previously reported, Sony's publishing company, a joint venture with the Michael Jackson estate, is leading a consortium of investors to buy EMI Music Publishing, which is likely to remain a separate entity if the takeover goes ahead.

With Sony only owning half of Sony/ATV, and Sony/ATV only owning a slice of EMI Publishing under the proposed deal, some speculated that this takeover might have a smoother ride through the regulatory process than Universal's bid to buy the EMI labels, the Universal music company being much more closely integrated under one parent conglom.

However, even if EMI Publishing was to remain a stand-alone entity, it would still report into Sony/ATV's leadership, led by former EMI publishing chief Marty Bandier, and the two companies would almost certainly speak as one in the all important collecting society domain, which is much more significant in the publishing sector than the record industry.

Either way, presumably by making concessions at this point, Sony/ATV are hopeful European regulators might be persuaded to green light their EMI deal without a full three month second phase investigation, like that launched with regards Universal's EMI acquisition at the end of last week.

The EC confirmed Sony/ATV had offered concessions yesterday, but gave no details as to what exactly they were. The regulator added that the proposals would push back its phase one investigation into the Sony deal until 19 Apr, when it will announce whether the Sony-led consortium has won approval, or whether a full three month inquiry will be required for this deal too.

Sony itself revealed little about its negotiations with the EC, except to tell reporters yesterday that it and its investment partners remain "confident that the transaction will be approved". Though those who opposed both EMI deals, which together would make the two biggest music companies in the world even bigger, remain hopeful both takeover proposals may as yet be blocked.

Meanwhile, in the US, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris has reportedly started making her own inquiries into the two EMI deals, separate from the ongoing competition investigation being conducted in the US by the Federal Trade Commission. According to Bloomberg, Harris's office has made contact with various people and organisations likely to be affected by the deal, though it's not clear to what end, or what power the Attorney General would have to hinder any deal-making if both transactions were approved at a federal level.

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INDUSTRY WELCOMES HOOPER'S INITIAL THOUGHTS ON A DIGITAL COPYRIGHT EXCHANGE
Former OfCom man Richard Hooper yesterday published his first report on the proposed Digital Copyright Exchange, one of the grand proposals in the government's Hargreaves review of copyright law last year.

As previously reported, the proposed Exchange would aim to lower the administrative costs of licensing content for digital services, and to give business and consumers easier access to copyright material, which is a great idea, but Hooper has been charged with the task of working out exactly how that might work. It's thought he might recommend some sort of a formal government-run online information exchange, or some other industry-run system that would achieve his objectives.

Launching his provisional report on the matter, which mainly sets out the case for such an Exchange's existence, Hooper told the BBC yesterday: "This will drive economic growth across the UK's creative and technology industries. And if the media companies are seen to be doing everything possible to enable and encourage new digital services via easier and more streamlined copyright licensing, then that makes it easier for politicians to be even tougher against copyright infringement".

The provisional report was welcomed by reps for the music industry, who noted in particular Hooper's admission that, relative to other countries, the UK's copyright licensing processes are already amongst the best, even if said processes could be simplified further. Quite how that latter bit can be achieved is what is still to come in the government's big feasibility study, but UK Music said it looked forward to working with Hooper and his colleagues to look for solutions.

UK Music chief Jo Dipple told CMU: "I think everyone involved in this feasibility study has appreciated Richard Hooper's thoughtful and methodical approach. Having revisited the question of whether copyright licensing is fit for the digital age, he has quite rightly recognised that the UK music industry is breaking new ground - licensing more digital music services than any other country and consistently supporting innovation. The report also identifies areas where music licensing can be improved. That is our aim too. UK Music looks forward to working with Richard Hooper [and his colleagues] throughout stage two of this study, and will be keen to highlight existing industry initiatives that have this specific goal in mind".

Meanwhile speaking for the record industry, BPI boss Geoff Taylor added: "We support the overall conclusion of the study that whilst the licensing of digital music is more advanced in the UK than in most other countries, a voluntary and industry-led DCE could help to further enhance transparency and efficiency. We welcome the acknowledgement that rights owners should remain free to choose the way in which they license their creative works, and look forward to working with Richard Hooper in Phase 2 to help design a DCE that will stimulate even more innovation in the UK's world-leading digital music market".

The next report is expected in July, meanwhile Hooper's provisional thoughts are online here:
www.ipo.gov.uk/dce-report-phase1.pdf

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MEGAUPLOAD TARGETED WITH CIVIL ACTIONS
Two independent rights owners in the US have launched civil proceedings against MegaUpload and its founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz over the alleged infringement of copyrights they own.

The civil litigation follows, of course, criminal action against the Mega empire and its top execs, four of whom are currently fighting extradition from New Zealand to face copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering charges made against them in relation to their involvement with the controversial file-transfer and video sharing company.

First plaintiff Microhits owns music rights while co-litigant Valcom owns the copyrights in various TV and film assets, and according to The Hollywood Reporter both companies rely heavily on the charges made against the Mega business in America's criminal investigation in their civil lawsuits, filed with the Virginian courts.

Both claimants are seeking compensation of $30,000 to $150,000 per infringement, though their legal papers do not reveal how many of their works they believe MegaUpload infringed. Both companies have copyrights in thousands of bits of content, so could well push for mega-damages if they were successful in court, though a lot of content owners will be going after the Mega fortune if copyright infringement is proven in either the civil or criminal cases in the US. It's already thought the Motion Picture Association Of America is planning its own litigation on behalf of the big studios.

Team Mega, of course, continue to claim their operations were protected from infringement claims under American law, and that the US authorities' assault on their empire was politically motivated.

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THE MORNING BENDERS OPT FOR NAME CHANGE
Actually a rebrand rather than a reunion, US indie pop outfit The Morning Benders have opted to drop their moniker of seven years, deciding instead that they'd prefer to be referred to as POP ETC. Whilst touring the UK, the band realised that their original name had different connotations overseas than in America ("We were told it was the equivalent of 'The Morning Fags'", they say), and changed it to avoid public offence.

Writing on behalf of the band in this statement (www.themorningbenders.com), frontman Christopher Chu explains: "We simply cannot go on using a name that is demeaning to the gay community. The reason we are making music is to reach and unite as many different kinds of people as possible, and the idea that our name may be hateful towards anyone makes us sick".

He continues: "In the UK and many parts of Europe the name has simply become too distracting. The MUSIC has always been our number one focus, and we want to present that to people in as pure a way as possible".

Now free from all such distractions, Chu and POP ETC have released a free mixtape (popetcetera.com), their first new output since 2010 album 'Big Echo'.

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THE MEN DEBUT RSD TRACK, ANNOUNCE NEW UK DATES
Magnificently mussy Brooklyn band The Men have gifted new track 'A Minor' to 'Todo Muere Vol 2', a compilation to be released on Record Store Day (21 Apr) by their host label, Sacred Bones. Clocking a duration that demands absolute faith and devotion (it's over eight minutes long), the track features alongside other offerings from Crystal Stilts, Amen Dunes and Iceage offshoot War.

Why not listen to it here: soundcloud.com/sacredbones/the-men-a-minor

In addition to playing London's Field Day festival this year, the band have also just confirmed amid a forthcoming US and European tour live dates at Dublin's Whelan's (30 May) and the Shacklewell Arms in East London (3 Jun).

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PEAKING LIGHTS DISCUSS NEW LP
Dub-pop couple Peaking Lights, aka wed Wisconsinites Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, have confirmed the release of their third studio LP, 'Lucifer'.

Out via Weird World on 18 Jun, it was recorded in Brooklyn following the birth of the duo's son, who is hailed as a "guiding light muse for the album".

That said, Coyes offers a further quote: "All of our record titles have come to us in dreams, daydreams and epiphanies. 'Lucifer' sat so strong with us. It means 'Venus, bearer of light' and is the first sign of the sunrise. To us this record is about play and playfulness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration".

Hear all that manifest in this hour-long 'Lucifer' mixtape, which features fragments of several unknown album tracks. Or, in Peaking Lights speak, gives "a few distant glimpses of [the record's] many spoils".

soundcloud.com/peakinglights-1/lucifer-mixtape-1/s-J1ta9

You can also have a closer look at this tracklist:

Moonrise
Beautiful Son
Live Long
Cosmic Tides
Midnight
Lo Hi
Dream Boat
Morning Star

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SMASHING PUMPKINS TO RELEASE OCEANIA LP
Billy 'Pill Popping' Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins have - at long, long, infinitely long last - come to an arrangement with EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution as to the distribution of their new album 'Oceania'. An instalment of the band's 44-song concept opus 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope', said LP is released - for all those who still care or remember - on 19 Jun.

The exclusive EMI deal stems from Corgan and co's wish to make the album simultaneously available on an international scale (with the possible exceptions of Canada, Brazil and Australia, who are excluded from the EMI distribution zone), without pre-releases or press/radio previews spoiling any of their 'Oceania' fun.

Says "thrilled" EMI GM Mike Harris: "Everybody at EMI Label Services is looking forward to working closely with Billy and the band to help them deliver their vision and their music to fans around the world".

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EFTERKLANG TO TOUR WITH NORTHERN SINFONIA ORCHESTRA
Danish post-rock trio Efterklang are to embark on a concert tour with The Sage Gateshead's resident orchestra, the 35-piece Northern Sinfonia.

Staged in promotion of forthcoming Efterklang LP 'Piramida', preparations for 'The Piramida Concerts' have seen the band appoint Missy Mazzoli, Karsten and Daníel Bjarnason - past collaborators of Kronos Quartet, Oh Land and Sigur Rós respectively - to assist in composing classical arrangements for various album tracks.

Following the show's premiere at the Sydney Opera House, UK dates will run as follows:

23 Oct: Gateshead, The Sage
24 Oct: Edinburgh, Usher Hall
27 Oct: Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
28 Oct: Brighton, Dome
29 Oct: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
30 Oct: London, Barbican

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POLIÇA ANNOUNCE SHOW
Fresh(ish) from a rapt reception at this year's SxSW festival, CMU approved synthpop ensemble Poliça will mark the release of their debut album, 'Give You The Ghost', with a one-off date at CAMP later this summer.

With the LP's issue date reset to 30 Apr, the show takes place at the East London venue the following week (7 Jun).

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141 MORE BANDS ADDED TO GREAT ESCAPE LINE UP
141 more bands have been added to the line up for this year's The Great Escape, which is very exicting indeed. Amongst the latest editions are The Temper Trap, returning to the Brighton festival three years after playing one of their first ever shows there, this time in a headline slot at the Brighton Dome.

Confirming their return to TGE, the Temper Trap told CMU: "We can't wait to play The Great Escape again - being part of the event in 2009 was incredible and 2012 is going to be even better. We'll be playing songs from our new album, it's set to be a very special show".

Jack White signings The Black Belles on their first UK trip, former Supergrasser Gaz Coombes and We Are Augustines are among the other bands now added to the extensive list of acts set to play venues across Brighton between 10 and 12 May, alongside the CMU-programmed Great Escape convention, more news from which will be announced tomorrow.

Meanwhile, find out about all this year's TGE bands, and get yourself tickets, at www.escapegreat.com

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

BENICASSIM, FIB Heineken, Valencia, Spain, 12-15 Jul: Vince Power scores a serious booking coup in bagging Bob Dylan, who joins festival proceedings alongside other new conscriptions Jessie J, Robyn Hitchcock and TEED. At the Drive-In, The Stone Roses, Florence And The Machine, New Order, Noel Gallagher´s High Flying Birds, David Guetta, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees are amongst those announced on previous occasions. benicassimfestival.co.uk

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Cherry Hinton Hall, 26-29 Jul: Festival coordinaters enlist Anais Mitchell, John Prine, Ruthie Foster, The Unwanted and Four Men & A Dog to Cambridge Folk Festival's rosy live ensemble, this latest lot joining existing bookings Joan Armatrading, The Proclaimers, Clannad, June Tabor & Oysterband, Billy Bragg, Seth Lakeman, Dry The River, Roy Harper and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

DOT TO DOT, various venues, Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham, 2-4 Jun: Taking place across multiple venues in a triplet of cities, Dot To Dot organisers have named Wavves, Bastille, Clock Opera, Islet, Willis Earl Beal, Pond and Beth Jeans Houghton amid the festival's initial line-up, with Neon Indian also primed to play its Mancunion edition only. www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

END OF THE ROAD, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, 31 Aug - 2 Sep: 2:54, Deer Tick, The Mark Lanegan Band, Concrete Knives, Marques Toliver and Peggy Sue expand upon EOTR's existing 2012 roster, which hitherto housed Grandaddy, Grizzly Bear and Tindersticks in its headline slot, plus Midlake, Beach House, The Low Anthem, Dirty Beaches, Veronica Falls, The Antlers and Villagers. www.endoftheroadfestival.com

GOLDEN DOWN, Black Bush Valley, Matterley Estate, Hampshire, 15-17 Jun: Mount Kimbie, Thundercat, Hercules & Love Affair and Lorca number amongst Golden Down's most recent roll-call, thus lining up beside prior recruits Lee Scratch Perry, Roots Manuva, Four Tet, Apparat, Ghostpoet, Dub Pistols, Floating Points and Slow Club. www.goldendownfestival.co.uk/

HARD ROCK CALLING, Hyde Park, London, 13-15 Jul: Resurgent grunge legends Soundgarden have been newly named to reign over the Friday bill at this year's Hard Rock Calling, with Iggy & The Stooges also set to join such select performers as Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Lady Antebellum, Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Alison Krauss & Union Station. www.hardrockcalling.co.uk

HOP FARM MUSIC FESTIVAL, Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Kent, 29 Jun - 1 Jul: Bob Dylan is poised to reprise his 2010 appearance atop the Hop Farm roster, confirmed as he is to share headlining duties with Peter Gabriel & The New Blood Orchestra and Suede. An extra horde of just announced acts includes Damien Rice Primal Scream, My Morning Jacket, Maximo Park, Patti Smith, The Stranglers, Billy Ocean, The Psychedelic Furs, Lianne La Havas, Slow Club, Tom Vek and White Denim. www.hopfarmfestival.com/

LONDON BLUESFEST, various venues, London, 26 Jun - 6 Jul: The London leg of this double-barreled blues spectacular is newly set to host Erykah Badu and Nick Lowe, who further supplement a bill that also stars Van Morrison, Tom Jones, George Benson, Hugh Laurie and Ronnie Wood. www.bluesfestlondon.com

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 15-17 Jun: Recent add-ons Grace Jones, Mika and Felix Da Housecat mean three more stars for this year's Lovebox tenth anniversary happening, sharing space with Lana Del Rey, Bobby Womack, Niki & The Dove, Patrick Wolf, Hot Chip, Magnetic Man, Azealia Banks, Danny Byrd and Emeli Sande. www.lovebox.net

PUKKELPOP, Kempische Steenweg, Belgium, 16-18 Aug: With supreme Pukkelpop beings Björk, Foo Fighters and The Stone Roses ruling this festival's delectable listings in some style, additional Belgian treats include Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Hot Chip, Two Door Cinema Club, Frank Ocean, The Big Pink, Enter Shikari, Jessie Ware and Tune-Yards. www.pukkelpop.be/en

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 6-8 Jul: Cher Lloyd, McFly, Shed Seven, The Subways and Childish Gambino form a sundry batch of brand new T acts, accompanying the afore announced Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Florence And The Machine, Tinie Tempah, New Order, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Nicki Minaj. www.tinthepark.com

TRAMLINES, various venues, Sheffield, 20-22 Jul: Roots Manuva, We Are Scientists, Ms Dynamite, Mr Scruff, Charli XCX, Spector, Alt-J, Clock Opera, Frankie And The Heartstrings and Peace are first to feature on the roster of this free-for-all music fest, as are Alternative Stage guests Esben And the Witch, Mazes, Frankie Rose, 65daysofstatic, and Rolo Tomassi. www.tramlines.org.uk/

WIRELESS FESTIVAL, Hyde Park, London, 6-8 Jul: The Weeknd, Labrinth, Childish Gambino, Chiddy Bang, Jaguar Skills and Theophilus London lead the latest additions to what's perhaps the festival season's most mainstream music programme, as also features co-headliners Deadmau5, Drake and Rihanna, plus a supporting cast including Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Professor Green, Wiz Khalifa, J Cole and Example. www.wirelessfestival.com

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CONVERSE ANNOUNCE LATEST ARTIST COLLABORATION
Converse has announced details of its next Three Artists One Song collaboration, which will see Mark Foster of Foster The People, DJ A-Track and singer songwriter Kimbra work together on something musical to coincide with the launch of a new Converse collection of shoe like objects next week.

Converse's VP of Brand Marketing, Joy Howard, told CMU: "Converse is in its seventh Three Artists One Song series, and with each new collaboration we're continually blown away by how talented these artists are when they come together to express themselves. Mark Foster, Kimbra, and A-Trak are making some of the most exciting music out there today and we're thrilled that [we] could be the catalyst for bringing them together".

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THE ORCHARD STREAMLINES STAFF POST MERGER
Digital distributor The Orchard has announced a small number of redundancies following its merger with rivals IODA earlier this month. According to Billboard, about ten people from the IODA side of the business were let go on Monday, and more cuts are expected. It's not yet clear how the combination of the two companies will impact its UK team.

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SONY DADC CENTRE DUE TO RELAUNCH THIS SUMMER
Sony's logistics business Sony DADC has announced it will open a new "enhanced" distribution centre in Enfield, North London on the site of the facility that was burned to the ground during the riots that occurred in the capital last August, taking stock from numerous independent record companies with it.

The new complex will have an extra layer of offices than the old building, and will have "more capacity, technology investment and an enhanced security concept" according to Sony DADC bosses, who hope to have the facility up and running by the summer.

MCV quote Sony DADC's UK General Manager Natasha Tyrrell thus: "Despite suffering the complete loss of our UK distribution centre in summer 2011, our customers have been very supportive and encouraging during the difficult period post fire, while our team has shown tremendous strength of character and determination to succeed. We are determined to keep this fantastic team together, to strengthen their resources and to create a great place to work - while supporting our current client base in their growth strategies".

Indie label distributor [PIAS] used the Sony DADC centre, which was why the fire affected so many independent labels. The music firm has been using an alternative Sony DADC centre since the fire, as well as working with Proper Music to supply independent retailers.

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EMI LAUNCH DANCE NETWORK
EMI yesterday announced the launch of the EMI Dance Network, a new A&R and marketing network that will bring together specialists in dance and electronic music around the world. Overseen by the major's Bart Cools, the new network will help dance artists signed to the firm's various labels expand their global precense.

Says Cools: "EMI has long been home to some of the most innovative and successful artists in dance music and given our incredibly strong dance roster and our global rights approach we've been looking at how we can best serve our electronic music artists going forward. By taking our existing expertise in dance music and creating a new global structure we can ensure that our artists are working with people who are the experts in the genre, who have an unrivalled track record of success, and know how to take full advantage of the ever growing opportunities for dance music around the world".

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ODD FUTURE PREMIERE TV PRANK SHOW
It's always absolute Odd Future mania here at CMU HQ, but this week has been made especially maniacal by the virtue of some UK dates coinciding with the premiere of OF's new 'reality' TV show 'Loiter Squad'. Hurrah.

Produced by 'Jackass' creators Dickhouse Entertainment (yes, really), the show comprises a mix of skits, sketches, pranks (plus the occasional live performance), and is available for UK viewers to screen via its American broadcasters Adult Swim.

So if you fancy watching a be-wigged Tyler, The Creator and friends hitting each other with bin lids, and other such stunts, look here to find the first of what may be many 'Loiter Squad' episodes.

As previously reported, Odd Future's UK tour starts today in Birmingham, continuing on to London's Brixton Academy tomorrow. Speaking of London, as of today the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane will be flogging OFGWKTA merchandise at a short-term pop-up shop, this exclusive sample sale ending on 2 Apr.

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BIEBER COULD BE SUED OVER PHONE NUMBER PRANK
Justin Bieber could be facing legal action over a Twitter prank that went a bit wrong.

The Biebster reportedly teased his fans by tweeting a phone number recently, with the call to action "call me right now". It was a fake number, and didn't even have enough digits. But that didn't stop his fans from inserting their own final digits, trying zero through nine in the desperate bid to make phone contact with their hero.

Which left ten land line owners really rather pissed off as a deluge of Bieber fans started swamping them with optimistic phone calls. And I've seen Bieber fans chatting on Twitter, they're not the sorts of people you'd want to be taking wrong number calls from.

According to TMZ two of the affected phone line owners are now suing the popster claiming his behaviour was "reckless". Bieber is yet to respond. I tried calling him on this number I got off the internet (I added the missing zero), but I just got some very rude people telling me to "fuck off". He really ought to hire some new staff.

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