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TUESDAY 15 MAY 2012
EDDY SAYS: AND IT FELT LIKE NEW YEARS EVE
Back at the beginning of the month, the Camden Crawl took over the many venues of that particular corner of London once again, with a mix of music, comedy and more taking place over three days. Eddy was there to oversee the closing party of the whole event, with a line-up to send it out with a bang. Here he recalls all the goings on, both on stage and behind the scenes more>>
APPROVED: OPOSSOM
Many of us Brits will have just narrowly missed a live visitation from New Zealand trio Opossom, who played a couple of dates in London towards the tail end of last month. The garage/pop brainchild of Kody Nielsen, whose brother Ruben fronts the unquantifiably great Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the band's first album 'Electric Hawaii' is out now in all good Antipodean record stores more>>
INTRODUCING: MANAGING A MUSIC BUSINESS ENTERPRISE COURSE
This unique fast-track course covers the A-Z of the music business in sixteen classes over four months. Each day long class covers a specific area of knowledge.

Ideally suited to young entrepreneurs starting out in the music business; those who are changing careers or graduates from other fields our accredited course will give you a fuller understanding of copyright, management deals, labels, contracts, live industry & touring, publishing and all other related areas, delivered via informal face-to-face classes.

Every session features a guest presentation from an established expert in their field, themselves currently working in the UK music business. We also focus heavily on social media, mobile and apps with specific lectures as well as focusing on the 'DIY' model, offering new ways of developing fans and revenue streams.

At the conclusion of the course successful candidates will receive a full accreditation; Managing a Music Business Enterprise (MMBE), recognised by leading trade organisations and employers.

Find us at The Great Escape, for a special 'last-minute' booking price.

See our website for more details.

Next course starts on 30th May, followed by, final course in 2012; 5th September.
TOP STORIES
- Pirate Bay founder takes case to European Court Of Human Rights
IN THE POP COURTS
- Lil Wayne starts to settle Tha Carter III disputes
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Sony Awards presented
IN THE STUDIO
- AC/DC album update: There is no album
RELEASE NEWS
- Sigur Rós to stream album one time zone at a time ahead of release
- Gold Panda shares new single
- Julia Holter, Ariel Pink feature on Human Ear compilation
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Skinny Lister playing pop-up store shows
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- Free social media tips from CMU Training ahead of new course
- The Great Escape 2012: Where next for the music press?
- The Great Escape 2012: Band brand partnerships
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Grooveshark says it's back on Facebook
- Music industry failed to embrace Zune, says former Microsoft man
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Petition launched to get Amazing Radio back on DAB
AND FINALLY...
- Freddie Mercury 'hologram' added to We Will Rock You cast
SIX07 PRESS, NATIONAL SENIOR PR
Six07 Press is looking for an experienced national music press officer to take the role of Senior PR within the company. The candidate must ideally have two to three years' experience and have managed music press campaigns.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   

UNION SQUARE MUSIC, BUSINESS AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATOR
Union Square Music, one of the UK's most successful reissue and compilation specialists, is looking for an experienced Business Affairs Administrator. Already working within a music company you will be a highly organised and motivated administrator with an eye for detail.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

   
FABRIC RECORDS, A&R / PRODUCT MANAGER
We are seeking a self-motivated, proactive individual to help expand fabric Records beyond our compilation series. The successful candidate will have strong artist and industry contacts across all electronic genres, and at least two years record label experience.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

PIRATE BAY FOUNDER TAKES CASE TO EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
So, with those pesky jail sentences now hanging over the founders of The Pirate Bay in their home country of Sweden, two of the three creators of the always controversial file-sharing search service are trying very different approaches to avoid prison.

According to Torrentfreak, legal reps for Fredrik Neij are ready to fight the Swedish legal system by taking his case to the European Court Of Human Rights. They will argue that, under the European Convention Of Human Rights, Neij has the right to "receive and impart information", and that via operating The Pirate Bay he was merely exercising that right.

Neij's lawyers will again stress that The Pirate Bay itself did not host or copy any infringing music or movie files, and will argue that while the information TPB distributed may have primarily directed users to copyright infringing content, the imparting of that information in itself is not illegal, and, moreover, the right to impart such things is protected under European human rights legislation.

It's a timely argument, given the increased tendency of the pro-file-sharing community to equate copyright enforcement with censorship, and the convention article Neij will rely on - should his case be accepted by the Human Rights courts in Strasbourg - is the freedom of expression provision.

The article in question does allow the freedom of expression right to be restricted for the "prevention of disorder or crime", which is presumably how Sweden will fight the case if it reaches court - arguing that by setting up an online operation that enables and indeed encourages others to infringe copyright law, TPB was guilty of copyright crimes and therefore the convention right does not apply. Though quite when copyright infringement, and especially so called contributory infringement (where you help others to infringe), should be dealt with under criminal rather than civil law is very debatable.

It will be interesting to see how this one turns out. And if the European Court Of Human Rights were to rule that the convention right to freedom of expression was being breached via various forms of copyright enforcement, that could have a big impact on the copyright systems of countries bound by the convention, including the UK.

And given that, arguably, under European Union law (which is separate to European human rights law), EU countries have a duty to protect copyright, such a ruling could have the potential to put Europe's two judicial systems (the human rights courts and the EU's European Courts Of Justice) in conflict for the first time, which could cause all sorts of constitutional quandaries. I'll say this, The Pirate Bay story is one that just keeps on giving.

Elsewhere, Neij's fellow TPB founder Peter Sunde has opted for a very different route to avoid prison, pleading with the Swedish authorities rather than taking them to the European Courts Of Human Rights. Sunde's lawyers have said that their client being forced into jail for eight months now would be damaging for his new business Flattr, as well as offering albeit undisclosed health reasons as to why the former Pirate Bay spokesman should be given clemency.

Sunde's legal reps have also said that, if their client's prison time can't be revoked, it would be helpful if it could at least be postponed (presumably to the 29th Century). The Swedish courts are yet to respond to that application for clemency, though Sunde, who was due to start his prison sentence last week, remains free for the time being.

As much previously reported, the so called Pirate Bay Four - founders Neij, Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm plus funder Carl Lundström - were handed jail sentences after a joint civil and criminal trial over their involvement in running The Pirate Bay in 2009. The sentences were postponed pending appeal hearings though. They lost their first appeal in 2010, although the jail terms were reduced, and earlier this year Sweden's Supreme Court refused to accept a second appeal hearing.

Lundström has reached a deal to serve his sentence under house arrest rather than actually going to jail, while Svartholm has been AWOL for sometime, so much so he didn't even take part in the first appeal hearing, meaning the one year jail term handed to him at the original trial is binding.

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LIL WAYNE STARTS TO SETTLE THA CARTER III DISPUTES
Lil Wayne has settled two of the four (by our maths) lawsuits that stemmed from his 2008 album 'Tha Carter III'.

First up, TMZ is reporting that Wayne's legal reps have just settled with producer and songwriter David Kirkwood, who sued last June claiming he was owed $1.5 million for royalties and "production services" in relation to the track 'Love Me Or Hate Me'.

The gossip site also reckons that last month a similar out of court agreement was reached with Darius 'Deezle' Harrison, who also sued claiming he was still owed money for work on the same album.

Terms of both deals are not known.

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SONY AWARDS PRESENTED
Now, some might say that handing Fearne Cotton the Best Music Programme prize either makes a mockery of the entire Sony Awards enterprise or necessitates a radical reinterpretation of the word "best" by English speakers worldwide. Though, to be fair, once again the unstoppable Cotton has proven to aspiring young presenters who are both ambitious and shit that a lack of any presenting skills or musical knowledge need not hinder your career, which is nice.

Thinking about it, having handed the Best Sports Show prize to self-satisfied misogynists-for-hire Richard Keys and Andy Grey, perhaps the Sony judges just felt they should have a woman winning the Best Music Programme gong, and however much you may have all been rooting for Michael Buble to take that particular prize, even you will have to admit Buble is no woman.

Anyway, it was the UK radio industry's Sony Awards last night. Some shit people won, but 6music got Best Station, which is something worth getting on your desk and dancing about (unless you're Huey Morgan, if his tweets last night were anything to go by). But don't get so involved dancing to 6music that you then forget to tune into the Best [sic] Music Programme on British radio at 10am, will you?

Here's your full list of Sony winners.

Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 10 million): Real Radio Breakfast with Gary and Lisa
Breakfast Show Of The Year (10 million plus): KISS Breakfast with Rickie, Melvin and Charlie
Best Entertainment Programme: Beryl and Betty, BBC Radio Humberside
Best Music Programme: Fearne Cotton, BBC Radio 1
Best Specialist Music Programme: David Rodigan, Somethin Else for BBC Radio 2

Best Speech Programme: Stephen Nolan, BBC News for BBC Radio 5 live
Best Comedy: Mark Steel's In Town, BBC Radio 4
Best Drama: On It, Woolyback Productions for BBC Radio 4
Best Sports Programme: Keys & Gray, talkSPORT
Best News and Current Affairs Programme: 5 live Drive
Best Breaking News Coverage: PM, BBC Radio 4
Best Community Programming: Face To Face, National Prison Radio
Best Internet Programme: Science Weekly: Sounds Of The Space Shuttle - An Acoustic Tribute, The Guardian

Best Live Event Coverage: The Royal Wedding, BBC World Service
Best Interview: Eddie Mair interviews Julie Nicholson, BBC Radio 4
Best News Feature/Special: Child Of Ardoyne, Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 3
Best Feature/Special: Walking With The Wounded, Smooth Radio
Best Music Feature/Special: Feeling Good - The Nina Simone Story, Sue Clark Productions for BBC Radio 2

Best Competition: 2 Strangers And A Wedding, 106 JACKfm Oxfordshire & glide FM 107.9 Oxfordshire
Best Single Promo/Commercial: Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show - The Complaints, Absolute Radio
Best Station Imaging: BBC Radio 1Xtra
Best Use of Branded Content: Danny Wallace's Naked Breakfast, Global Radio for Xfm
Best Use of Multiplatform/Social Media: Now Playing@6music, Somethin Else for BBC 6music
Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign: Wimbledon 2011, Fresh Air Production for BBC Radio Cross Trails for BBC Radio 2, 5 live & Local Radio

Music Radio Personality Of The Year: Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
Music Broadcaster Of The Year: Jools Holland, BBC Radio 2
Speech Radio Personality Of The Year: Danny Baker, Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live
Speech Broadcaster Of The Year: Victoria Derbyshire, BBC News for BBC Radio 5 live
The Sony DAB Rising Star Award: Luke Franks, Fun Kids
News Journalist Of The Year: Mike Thomson, BBC News for BBC Radio 4
Station Programmer Of The Year: Andy Roberts, KISS

Station Of The Year (under 300,000): KL.FM
Station Of The Year (300,000 - 1 million): 107.6 Juice FM
Station Of The Year (1 million plus): Radio City 96.7
UK Station Of The Year: BBC Radio 6music

The Special Award: Classic FM

The Gold Award: Nicholas Parsons

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AC/DC ALBUM UPDATE: THERE IS NO ALBUM
AC/DC's next album, the follow-up to 2008's 'Black Ice', is not on the way any time soon. This news comes despite previous claims by frontman Brian Johnson that fans could expect new material within a year.

Speaking to Classic Rock, guitarist Malcolm Young said: "You know what Brian's like. He just says things and then walks away. It'll be a little while - a year or two anyway. I've been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band. We are still working. But we had a long rest between 'Stiff Upper Lip' and 'Black Ice', so I think we need a couple of years to recuperate and work on [the new record] a bit more".

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SIGUR RÓS TO STREAM ALBUM ONE TIME ZONE AT A TIME AHEAD OF RELEASE
Sigur Rós have announced that they will stream their latest album, 'Valtari', a week and a half ahead of its release. However, there's a catch. You'll need to be in front of your computer at the right time to hear it. The record will be streamed once at 7pm in each time zone around the world on 17 May. After that, you'll have to wait until its release on 28 May to hear it again.

When your time comes, you'll be able to hear 'Valtari here: sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/hour/

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GOLD PANDA SHARES NEW SINGLE
Electronic artist Gold Panda, real name Derwin Schlecker, has previewed both sides of his new single, 'Mountain'/'Financial District', which he'll self-release as a seven-inch via his own label NOTOWN on 11 Jun.

A concept piece of sorts, Schlecker says the two tracks are a "short story" of the "modern hip hop" genre.

He also says: "The 808 snares on 'Mountain' are a nod to Noah '40' Shebib and some-time Drake collaborators Boi-1da. 'Financial District,' at 125bpm, though actually feels slower than that because the drum machine pattern on it has a completely different feel. It's in the rhythms that I depart from that initial hip hop idea".

Listen to both featured tracks below, and/or download each individually for 79p (or both for the bargain price of £1.29). A digital steal, if ever there was one.

soundcloud.com/gold-panda/sets/mountain-financial-district-1/s-Nf2u7

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JULIA HOLTER, ARIEL PINK FEATURE ON HUMAN EAR COMPILATION
Julia Holter, Ariel Pink and Nite Jewel are amongst the artists featured on a new archive mix compiled by Human Ear Music, a 'curatorial' collective based between LA and Berlin.

Comprising a set of eighteen live recordings made between 2006-2010, the collection hasn't yet been given a release date. You can nonetheless sample the whole lot via this SoundCloud player: soundcloud.com/human_ear/linda-perhacs-chimacum-rain

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SKINNY LISTER PLAYING POP-UP STORE SHOWS
Honoured with the PRS prize for the most festival appearances accrued in 2011, indie quintet Skinny Lister have announced that they'll play four consecutive 'pop-up' shows at various East London vintage shops in a single afternoon. This very afternoon, in fact.

The band, who signed to Rob da Bank's Sunday Best Recordings for the forthcoming release of their debut LP 'Forge & Flagon', will first visit the Brick Lane branch of Beyond Retro at 2pm. From there on they'll visit Hunky Dory, Blitz and the Curtain Road-based Paper Dress within the space of two hours. Then they'll probably have a nice nap.

Further details here: www.facebook.com/events/263299007101116/

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE, Myrtle Park, Bingley, 31 Aug - 2 Sep: Citizens!, Ellen & The Escapades and The Chevin are new to the Bingley bill, and align with existing bookings including The Charlatans, Nero, Hard-Fi, The Pigeon Detectives, Stooshe and Maverick Sabre. www.bingleymusiclive.com

BLISSFIELDS, Woodmancott, Hampshire, 29 Jun - 1 Jul: Now billed under the banner 'Game For It', this year's sports-themed Blissfields has on-side the just confirmed Bastille, Tropics, Me, Jake Bugg and King Charles, who will play alongside such already mentioned attractions as Patrick Wolf, The Noisettes, Spector, Toddla T, Guillemots, Clock Opera, Theme Park, Eugene McGuinness, Toy and Charli XCX. www.blissfields.co.uk

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 26-29 Jul: Karima Francis, Liz Green and King Charles front a list of fledgling folk hopes just added to the Cambridge Fest proceedings, and thus share space with the more established and previously announced likes of Clannad, Joan Armatrading, The Proclaimers, June Tabor & Oysterband, Billy Bragg and Seth Lakeman. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

INDIETRACKS, Butterley Station, Derbyshire, 6-8 Jul: Darren Hayman and Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson join established Indietracks fixtures including The Vaselines, Summer Camp, Girls Names, The Proper Ornaments and Veronica Falls. www.indietracks.co.uk

WICKHAM FESTIVAL, Wickham, Hampshire, 2-5 Aug: As well as an apt live set by the just added Wurzels, this rural familial fest will also host KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Jools Holland, Levellers and Bellowhead. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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FREE SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FROM CMU TRAINING AHEAD OF NEW COURSE
This week the CMU Tips library - the free online resource for music people from the CMU Training team - will again expand ahead of the launch next week of a new training course focused on social media. As previously reported, the new one-day course will focus on social and digital networks, and how they can be used to engage and grow a fanbase for both established and new artists.

It will look at the key social media platforms available and other useful digital tools, the importance of interaction and content, how to manage an artist's social media presence on a day-to-day basis, advertising on social media platforms, how to measure social activity, and how social media fits in to a wider marketing and communication strategy. The first edition takes place next Wednesday, 23 May, in Shoreditch, East London, and places are just £95 plus VAT.

Ahead of that, CMU Training's social media expert Sam Taylor has thrown the spotlight on Facebook's timeline, that recent innovation that most artists and labels are still grappling with. The new default landing page for anyone's Facebook presence has a lot of potential if used correctly, and today we provide a introduction to the feature, and on Thursday will provide ten tips to getting the most out of it.

Access the CMU Tips for free at www.thecmuwebsite.com/training-tips, and book your place on the social media course at www.thecmuwebsite.com/cmutraining-socialmedia/

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THE GREAT ESCAPE 2012: WHERE NEXT FOR THE MUSIC PRESS?
Day two of last week's Great Escape convention in Brighton included a focus on the music media, and the future of both the music press and music radio, in the UK and beyond. Before she joined the debate on the future of the music press, CMU caught up with the Sunday Times' Serena Kutchinsky, and asked her what the music media might look like in ten years time - would print titles die out in her opinion, and where is digital publishing heading?

"Currently, there's a lot of hype about the demise of print but not that much evidence it's actually happening", she mused. "Print is still relatively healthy. Websites have huge reach but haven't yet found an effective revenue generating mechanism. Digital sales currently account for less than 1% of total ABCs. So print and digital formats are likely to continue to co-exist for at least the next ten years".

She continued: "Tablet publishing is the new great white hope and the blueprint is there for this to become the dominant platform, offering an integrated, enhanced reader experience with room for longer format articles. Plus, the ability to have all your magazines stored on one device means you're likely to read more, which is a positive for the industry. But the price of devices such as the iPad is currently preventing them from being ubiquitous. This is one area where the evolution over the next ten years is key but I think it's still too early to make a definitive statement".

Focusing in particular of the music press, Kutchinsky added: "In terms of titles, I think we all suspect that the NME will be digital only. Its print circulation is down to 27,650, yet its publishers claim an audience of over one million thanks to their digital platforms. If they can pour their energy into improving their digital offering and focusing on spin-off, brand enhancements such as NME Extra and NME Radio then there might be a future for what is still a strong brand. On the flip side to that, established online-only publications such as Drowned In Sound, Pitchfork and Resident Advisor might see revenue opportunities in physical products down the line, whether they be printed annuals, compendiums of best content presented in a box set, or other limited edition formats".

Joining Kutchinsky on the new music press panel was Dan Miller from VICE, who likewise observed that while the future will obviously be dominated by digital, print still had its place. Similarly optimistic about the future, despite the many challenges faced by the magazine publishing sector just now, Miller also reckoned that those titles which properly engage their audience will be able to find revenue streams beyond somewhat lacklustre banner advertising - whether that be branded content, an area where VICE has led, or the subscription route, the option where Kutchinsky's employers are the pioneers.

Miller told CMU: "The landscape will almost certainly be dominated by digital, but print will definitely still survive across some multi-platform titles. The success stories will be those that identify their audience and consistently engage and challenge them - be it through branded content or exploring subscription models".

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THE GREAT ESCAPE 2012: BAND BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
While Saturday's sessions at The Great Escape convention last week were more laid back, there was still time to discuss a couple of important topics for bands and rights owners, perhaps most prominently the whole brands thing.

Richard Kirstein from Resilient Music, Tim Dellow from Love Live, Jemma Downey from Live Nation and Jasmine Skee from O2 debated when and why brands work with new acts over global rock stars, what brands might offer such acts in return, and how artists should go about pursuing brand partnership opportunities. After the event Richard took to his own blog to round up some of the points raised by both himself and his fellow panellists.

In terms of how band brand partnerships are formed, a lot was said about the importance of 'fit'. Richard writes: "Clearly authenticity and credibility are important objectives in any artist partnership - and on Saturday we examined the idea of 'fit'; though it's certainly a subjective term, there were some strong views on partnerships that worked and those that didn't".

Richard shares some of those case studies on his blog, before advising artists considering approaching brands that they too consider the 'fit' thing: "Identify brands who work with artists in a similar genre to you, examine the types of campaign that target brands have previously activated, and examine brands' campaign cycles [ie when are they likely to be planning new activity] and time your approach accordingly".

He adds: "Consider brands that you or your artist already uses in daily life, and consider brands whose services or products you need to support your career eg transport, clothing, footwear, equipment".

As for what brands will offer artists in return, we asked the panel what was on the table for new artists, money, free product or audience? "Yes to all three", Richard says. "During the panel, on money, Tim felt that artists should always be paid, but Jasmine commented on how O2 rarely paid emerging artists. I believe that 'value exchange' is certainly a better strategy for both parties (rather than a straight financial transaction), especially where longevity of relationship is a key objective".

He continues: "Where brands pay fees, managers take commission and labels/publishers withhold artists' shares against unrecouped balances. In contrast, artists receive the full benefit directly for any goods or services provided by a brand within a "value exchange" deal. A manager can't take 20% of a van or jacket!"

You can read Richard's full post-TGE blog post here:
resilientmusic.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/reporting-back-from-great-escape.html

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GROOVESHARK SAYS IT'S BACK ON FACEBOOK
Grooveshark has confirmed that both its official page and app were removed from the Facebook platform at the start of the month because of a copyright takedown request from an unknown rights owner, but adds that it has now reassured the social network that its presence on the Facebook site operates within US copyright law.

As previously reported, when official links between Facebook and Grooveshark were terminated the often controversial streaming music service, which is currently fighting lawsuits from all four majors labels, said a mistake had occurred. But Facebook confirmed to Digital Music News at the weekend that it had actually been responding to a complaint by a copyright owner when switching off the Grooveshark page and app, and it now turns out that Grooveshark confirmed the same late last week via its own blog.

But Grooveshark has gone one step further by, on Sunday, claiming it had sufficiently reassured Facebook that the rights owner's complaint was without merit, and that as a result the two services would soon be fully linked again.

The company blogged: "As a fellow US-based DMCA-compliant service, Facebook's copyright notice and takedown process is very similar to Grooveshark's. [So we worked] with Facebook to reactivate the Grooveshark Page and App in accordance with their process. In fact, this incident has created an even stronger line of communication and cooperation between our two companies. We completed Facebook's notice, takedown and appeal process for our Facebook Page on Friday, and we're happy to share that the official Grooveshark Facebook Page has been reinstated".

Grooveshark previously had its mobile apps removed from both the Apple and Android stores because of complaints by rights owners, though has got around that by offering an HTML5 app that does not need the approval of any device or operating system manufacturers.

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MUSIC INDUSTRY FAILED TO EMBRACE ZUNE, SAYS FORMER MICROSOFT MAN
A former Microsoft executive has blamed the music industry for the failure of the Zune player, the IT giant's attempt to take on Apple's iPod, according to Tech Radar.

Noting how the Zune failed while Microsoft's Xbox enjoyed big successes in the gaming space, Robbie Bach, who, when heading up Microsoft's entertainment division, oversaw both product lines, told the Northwest Entrepreneur Network event in Seattle: "It's not like we didn't try but - and I don't know how to say this politely - the music industry just didn't get it. They just didn't figure out that being dependent on Apple was bad for them. And they were so hooked on the drug of what Apple was supplying them, that they couldn't see past that to realise that they needed something else to actually drive their business. The label business, the music industry, has never recovered from that".

However, Bach did concede that the Zune was possibly also too little too late in the short-lived MP3 player market. He added, Tech Radar says, that the portable music market was "already leaving when we started", and that "we just weren't brave enough, honestly, and we ended up chasing Apple with a product that actually wasn't a bad product, but it was still a chasing product, and there wasn't a reason for somebody to say, oh, I have to go out and get that thing".

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PETITION LAUNCHED TO GET AMAZING RADIO BACK ON DAB
Amazing Radio, the independent music radio station that has broadcast online and on the DAB digital radio network since 2009, has ended its DAB broadcasts because of contractual difficulties between it and the operators of the Digital One network. The specifics of those difficulties are not known, but a petition has already been launched to pressure the digital radio operator to get Amazing back onto its platform.

Although initially playing music from just unsigned acts, the Amazing station has grown over its three years on air to encompass a wide range of independently released music too, and has won a sizable fanbase for its eclectic, independent and ad-free approach.

The petition reads: "Amazing Radio plays just new music. If you got involved in the Save 6music petition then you're probably aware of Amazing Radio which gives new artists their first play and could be said to act as a filter for 6music. The station is commercial free".

It continues: "On 14 May 2012 the station pulled off air on DAB due to a contractual dispute with the platform provider. The station continues, as upbeat as ever, online and on apps. However, normal radios that you can just switch on in your kitchen or car are always preferable to online listening or apps with data limits. We therefore call upon the parties involved to resolve this impasse and for Amazing Radio to resume transmission on the DAB network".

The petition is online at www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/saveamazingdab with more information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaveAmazingDab

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FREDDIE MERCURY 'HOLOGRAM' ADDED TO WE WILL ROCK YOU CAST
When a 'hologram' version of Tupac Shakur stepped out onto the Coachella festival stage last month, it was generally assumed that Freddie Mercury wouldn't be too far behind, thanks to the surviving members of Queen's stunning lack of respect for their own legacy.

Although Roger Taylor recently said that he'd not want to perform with a 3D animation of his band's late frontman himself, he added: "Were somebody [else] to use a hologram of Freddie I would have no objection". And that somebody else turned out to be, er, Brian May, who revealed last night, ahead of a special tenth anniversary performance of the band's West End show 'We Will Rock You', that Freddie would be making his debut appearance in the musical.

Speaking to the BBC, May said ahead of the special anniversary show: "People will come out saying, 'did we actually see Freddie?'"

Noting that comparisons with Tupac's recent onstage return were likely, May added that this had been planned for sometime, and used different technology to that used to resurrect the rapper. He continued: "It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac, as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while. [That particular technique] is something we've looked at ourselves, but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it's not really quite practical".

People indeed did come out saying "did we actually see Freddie", though not due to amazement at the spectacle. It seems there's some dispute over whether the special effect happened or not. However, May and Taylor did definitely perform with the cast in front of an audience which included Kylie Minogue, Robert De Niro, Bill Oddie and Mercury's family.

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