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THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2012
PLAYLIST: SUB FOCUS
Having first begun producing drum n bass tracks while at school, Sub Focus, aka Nick Douwma signed to Ram Records in 2003 and fast rose up the ranks of the genre with a series of well received singles. With the first single proper from his second album, 'Out The Blue', out now and the album itself due out in the autumn we asked Sub Focus to put together a playlist for us more>>
APPROVED: MARCONI UNION
With modern life lived at an increasingly frenetic pace, there are times when it becomes immeasurably beneficial to just stop, take time out from the world and immerse yourself in music like this. Taken from 'Different Colours', the Manchester duo's sixth album, the musical aesthetic will be no surprise to those familiar with Richard Talbot and Jamie Crossley's previous work more>>
TOP STORIES
MPAA supports return of lost MegaUpload data - but with proviso that will probably make such a thing impossible
- RIAA chief calls on Google to do more to block links to piracy
ARTIST DEALS
- Andy Burrows signs new publishing deal with Strictly Confidential
RELEASE NEWS
- Muse announce album
- Grizzly Bear outline new LP
- Kid Cudi names new LP
- Clams Casino shares second mixtape
BOOKS NEWS
- Warner's Rhino launches ebook series
FESTIVAL NEWS
- All Tomorrow's Parties ends relationship with Butlins
- Festival line-up update
BRANDS & STUFF
- MOG and Ford announce alliance
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Transcend announces revamp and expansion
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- 7Digital expands US team
- VEVO launches million-viewed video award
AND FINALLY...
- Miley Cyrus engaged to Hunger Games Hemsworth
- Rihanna: Society needs to get over what Chris Brown did
THE COLUMBO GROUP, PRESS & PROMOTIONS OFFICER
Independent nightclub, bar and restaurant group The Columbo Group are looking for a talented press & promotions officer. The job is to run all printed, online press and promotional campaigns across three of their venues, ensuring high press and sales targets are met.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
WELSH MUSIC FOUNDATION, SENIOR MANAGER
It's an exciting time at Welsh Music Foundation (WMF) and we are looking for someone who can play a leading role in the future of our organisation. WMF is committed to supporting a sustainable and vibrant music industry in Wales, and you will be too. As Senior Manager you'll ensure that WMF represents the needs and value of the Wales-based music sector to Welsh Government, Westminster and beyond.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DOMINO RECORDING CO, DIGITAL OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Domino Recording Co is seeking a skilled individual for the role of Digital Operations Assistant. This position will oversee the management of digital assets for the label under the direction of the Head of Digital with a main focus on managing, distributing, and monetizing the label's video catalogue, along side management of label and artist apps.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
7DIGITAL, LABEL AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER GSA (CONSUMER TEAM)
7digital is seeking a talented individual to help manage its constantly-expanding network of music download and streaming services. You will be responsible for stores and consumer-facing services in Germany/Switzerland and Austria.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
QUEST MANAGEMENT, BOOKKEEPER
Established music management company seeks an experienced bookkeeper to provide financial support for an established music management company based in London.

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QUEST MANAGEMENT, JUNIOR MANAGERS
Established music management company is looking for the managers of the future. We're looking for prospective junior managers. An instinctive entrepreneur, you must have great musical taste, an appetite for hard work and the drive to succeed. You will already be immersed in the latest talent emerging from London and beyond.

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

MPAA SUPPORTS RETURN OF LOST MEGAUPLOAD DATA - BUT WITH PROVISO THAT WILL PROBABLY MAKE SUCH A THING IMPOSSIBLE
The Motion Picture Association Of America has said that it does not have any problem with former MegaUpload customers reclaiming their legitimate files from the now defunct Mega servers, but that it would want assurances that unlicensed content belonging to its members would not be accessible.

As much previously reported, the MegaUpload platform was taken offline without warning by the US authorities in January amidst allegations that the company and its management were guilty of mass copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering.

While a lot of the content stored on the Mega servers by its customers was unlicensed movies, TV programmes and music files, some utilised the cloud-locker service to store legitimate files they themselves had created, and when the MegaUpload site was switched off they lost access to that content too.

Various affected parties have been trying to retrieve that data, most notably filmmaker Kyle Goodwin, whose case has been backed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. But the US authorities who shut down MegaUpload have not been especially sympathetic, mainly pointing out that the digital firm's terms and conditions did not guarantee permanent access to files stored on its servers.

Meanwhile the MPAA has also expressed concerns about the public being given full access to the former Mega servers, even on a temporary basis, and in particular objected to a proposal that lawyers working for the defunct file-transfer company be given access to both seized funds and their client's switched-off hardware to coordinate the return of lost data.

But the movie industry trade body has now clarified its position, saying it is happy for former Mega customers to be reunited with their lost files, providing any copyright material belonging to its members is first removed. The MPAA was responding to a court submission by Goodwin last week, which called on the federal court of Virginia to address the lost data issue directly after interested parties failed to reach a voluntary arrangement.

According to Torrentfreak, in its latest submission the MPAA writes: "The MPAA members are sympathetic to legitimate users who may have relied on MegaUpload to store their legitimately acquired or created data, although the MegaUpload terms of use clearly disclaimed any guarantee of continued access to uploaded materials".

Adding that it wouldn't block moves to reunite former customers with their files in principle, the submission continued "if the court is willing to consider allowing access for users such as Mr Goodwin to allow retrieval of files, it is essential that the mechanism include a procedure that ensures that any materials the users access and copy or download are not files that have been illegally uploaded to their accounts".

Another proviso for the MPAA is that no former MegaUpload executives be granted access to their former platform, though presumably said execs' legal representatives would want such access, as those attorneys have already said they need to see those files in order to prepare their clients' defence. The MPAA also wants unrestricted access for itself to the former Mega servers to prepare its civil action against the former bosses of the MegaUpload business.

Of course a cynic might argue that, while it's good for the MPAA to, in theory, support the return of legitimate files stored on the MegaUpload platform, its demands that all unlicensed material first be removed possibly makes any such return of data, in reality, impossible, given the scale of operation that would be required to first clean the former Mega servers of copyright infringing files.

However, presumably it would be possible to make it so that former Mega customers could only access the files they themselves uploaded (ie ban the world at large from accessing files others were sharing), and if that was the case, a cleverer MPAA might support a 48 hours data amnesty, even if that allowed many Mega customers to reclaim illegally obtained movie files, given that one great way for the content industries to win grass roots support regards the importance of copyright is to help the man of the street protect his own intellectual property. But, of course, content industry giants are notoriously not clever when it comes to winning public support on copyright issues.

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RIAA CHIEF CALLS ON GOOGLE TO DO MORE TO BLOCK LINKS TO PIRACY
Google may have removed 31,922 links to unlicensed content files from its search engine on behalf of the Recording Industry Association Of America since last July, but the web giant could still be doing more to help protect copyrights, or so says the CEO of the American major label trade body Cary Sherman.

He made a speech as part of a Congressional hearing on 'The Future Of Audio' yesterday, and indicated that he would like search engines to automatically block all links to websites which notoriously enable copyright infringement, such as The Pirate Bay. Google has always resisted blanket takedown requests aimed at entire websites, arguing that goes way beyond its obligations under America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

But, Sherman says, advertising agencies have drawn up black lists of entire websites to ensure they don't inadvertently buy ad space alongside unlicensed content, and he thinks search engines should have a similar approach to those websites that have, through one process or another (maybe a judicial one) been shown to be liable for contributory copyright infringement.

Said Sherman: "Major advertisers and ad agencies announced a series of voluntary best practices so that their valuable brands are not associated with rogue internet sites that offer illegal goods, and advertisers don't inadvertently enrich rogue website operators. We hope other intermediaries like search engines will follow suit in negotiating voluntary marketplace best practices to prevent directing users to sites that are dedicated to violating property rights".

Sherman's speech follows a blog post last week by the RIAA's Brad Buckles which responded to that previously reported paper from Google listing which organisations had submitted the most link takedown requests in the last year, and which websites had been most commonly targeted with takedown notices. The RIAA's 31,922 takedown requests were tiny compared to the number submitted by its UK counterpart the BPI, which had submitted 182,805 takedown notices, which was in turn dwarfed by the 536,716 requests made by Microsoft.

But, Buckles argues, those numbers - while spun as "huge" in a lot of the coverage of Google's report - are small compared to the number of links to illegal content sources listed by the web giant's search engine, figures which the firm is less forthcoming with. And that's partly because the web firm puts limits on how many takedowns copyright owners can submit, the RIAA man said.

Writes Buckles: "Google acknowledged that fighting piracy is very important and that it doesn't want search results directing people to materials that violate copyright laws. It is good to see that Google agrees with this fundamental principle and continues to take steps to deter infringement. Transparency is also important - knowing which infringing sites receive the most notices presents an important red flag regarding those sites".

But, he added: "Even more transparency is needed to fully understand the scope of the problem. Knowing the total number of links to infringing material available and the limitations Google imposes on rights owners to search for infringements reveals how meagre the number of notices is relative to the vast amount of infringement".

While usually expressed in polite terms, and with some customary commendation for certain measures already introduced, both the RIAA and the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry have been increasingly critical of Google in the last eighteen months, possibly as file-sharers have increasingly started to rely on the search engine to find sources of unlicensed content. As previously reported, last year the two trade bodies reviewed the web firm's own previous commitments on copyright protection, concluding a lot of work still needed to be done.

With regards Sherman's remarks, Google is unlikely to accept the principle of blocking out right certain domains from its search engine on the basis of copyright infringement, though The Pirate Bay, for one, doesn't seem too bothered about such a suggestion. Responding to Sherman's speech, the Bay says that only 10% of its traffic comes from search engines like Google, and that if the web giant was forced to remove all file-sharing services from its search results, it reckons it would encourage more people to go directly to the Pirate Bay.

The file-sharing site's current operators wrote on their blog: "Our competitors at the Recording Industry Assholes of America are trying to make sure that the search engines that compete with us have to stop linking back to us. This is really great news! Right now about 10% of our traffic comes from these competing search engines. With that ban in place that means that our traffic numbers probably will increase. Users will go directly to us instead and use our search instead. We'll grow even more massive. It's really hard to compete with Google, but if they can't index media search engines like us, we'll be the dominant player in the end. So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU RIAA".

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ANDY BURROWS SIGNS NEW PUBLISHING DEAL WITH STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
Former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows has signed a new global publishing deal with [PIAS] publishing division Strictly Confidential, the company announced yesterday. The deal covers all of his future compositions, including his solo work and anything he co-writes with We Are Scientists, of which he is now a permanent member.

Strictly Confidential CEO Pierre Mossiat told CMU: "We're very, very happy to work with an internationally acclaimed artist with Andy Burrows' level of talent - he's a unique songwriter who has an incredible future before him. His new songs are among the best he has ever written. We are absolutely thrilled to see Andy join the Strictly Confidential family".

Burrows recently signed to Play It Again Sam for the release of his new solo album, the first single from which, 'Keep On Moving On', is due for release on 18 Jun. Watch the video for the single here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvhgQpYgxKc

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MUSE ANNOUNCE ALBUM
So, Muse have fulfilled their promise to do "something radically different" to 2009's 'The Resistance' with their new record, having shared a trailer from what appears at first glance to be an eco-conscious concept LP entitled 'The 2nd Law'.

Playing on an oblique reference to science's second law of thermodynamics, the promo features a collage of hyper-political images and culminates in a dubstep-style breakdown. Yes... Muse are doing dubstep (or something like it) now, and it's all very radical.

If the trailer is to be believed, 'The 2nd Law' is set for general release in September.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqFZGnfMLMw

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GRIZZLY BEAR OUTLINE NEW LP
Brooklyn indie pack Grizzly Bear are soon to release their first LP in three years. Though it's still without a title, the long player will be released via Warp Records on 17 Sep.

The band will also play the first of several UK-based live dates on 28 Aug, appearing at The Junction in Cambridge. They'll be back for a more substantial run in the autumn, beginning Gateshead's The Sage on 17 Oct and finishing on 22 Oct at the Brixton Academy, London.

Why not absorb all this info to the sounds of LP opener 'Sleeping Ute', which is noted as part of the album's tracklisting below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk3tURx8a2Q

Sleeping Ute
Speak In Rounds
Adelma
Yet Again
The Hunt
A Simple Answer
What's Wrong
Gun-shy
Half Gate
Sun In Your Eyes

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KID CUDI NAMES NEW LP
Having seemingly shelved his rock-informed WZRD project (at least, for the time being), Kid Cudi has just announced a new solo LP proper in the appallingly-titled 'indicud'.

Detailed via the rapper's Twitter account earlier this week, it will mark his first lone output since 2010's 'Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr Rager'.

Billing it as his version of Dr Dre's '2001: The Chronic', Cudi added that he'd play a variety of roles across the long player, saying "Some songs I'll produce, others I'll feat and/or play songwriter".

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CLAMS CASINO SHARES SECOND MIXTAPE
Having had artists like Lil B and Soulja Boy jostling to rap over the tracks on his debut collection 'Instrumentals', Clams Casino - aka producer du jour Mike Volpe - has released a sequel in the aptly-titled 'Instrumentals II'.

It features soundtracks custom-made for rap types A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd, plus remixes of Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' and Washed Out's 'Amor Fati', and you can download it for free via this Clams-supplied link.

www.sharebeast.com/ytvnnszba9g2

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WARNER'S RHINO LAUNCHES EBOOK SERIES
Warner Music's Rhino division in the US has announced a move into e-publishing with a series of short ebooks on music and pop culture under the heading Single Notes.

Initial releases in the new series, which is available via the iBookstore and Amazon's Kindle store, include ebooks about Duran Duran, Beastie Boys, Chic, The Grateful Dead and The Planets, the latter of which is available for free for a limited time.

itunes.apple.com/gb/book/my-life-in-ghost-planets-story/id532028755

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ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES ENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH BUTLINS
This year's ATP festival, which is being curated by The National, has been moved from its erstwhile base at Butlins, Minehead to another holiday camp at Camber Sands.

It seems Butlins bosses have "decided to end their six year relationship" with ATP organisers, thus meaning that the festival will now be staged at rival holiday camp Pontins' Camber Sands branch, which incidentally was the setting for ATP's Mogwai-hosted inaugural event way back in 1999 (and the Bowlie Weekender that preceded and inspired the entire ATP venture).

In a statement, ATP said: "Butlins have decided to end their six year relationship with the festival. In reaction to this ATP will move The National's event to our original home - the recently refurbished Pontins holiday camp in Camber Sands - on the same dates this December".

Those dates are 7-9 Dec and the festival will feature performances from overall hosts The National alongside Sharon Van Etten, The Antlers, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile, Youth Lagoon, Deerhoof and Menomena. All tickets for the original location will remain valid, and refunds will be available until the end of June for those who no longer wish to attend.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

BANGFACE WEEKENDER, Trevelgue Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall, 14-16 Sep: Die Antwoord and the Amen Allstars accompany the previously announced likes of Aphex Twin, Egyptian Lover, Dave Clarke, 2 Bad Mice and Venetian Snares on the overall Bangface bill, with further names to be added to the annual rave-up in the coming months. www.bangface.com

BLOC WEEKEND, London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks, 6-7 Jul: Last minute additions Luke Vibert, Ben Sims and Al Tourettes are amongst those just inducted to the highly-regarded Bloc roster, which already hosts Richie Hawtin, Gary Numan, Flying Lotus, Steve Reich, Snoop Dogg, and Amon Tobin. www.blocweekend.com

EXIT FESTIVAL, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 12-15 Jul: Elektra Monsterz, The Middle Beast, Playground Syndicate, The Zombie Kids and Dutch DJ collective Boemklatsch Records are newly listed to showcase across Exit's Suba Stage, with acts including Erykah Badu, Guns N Roses, New Order, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Lone, Azari & III and Duran Duran also featuring on the festival's line-up at large. www.exitfest.org

FESTIVAL SEMIBREVE, Braga and Guimar√£es, Portugal, 2-6 Oct: Ben Frost, Pole, Grischa Lichtenberger and Jacob Kirkegaard are the latest artists to align with existing bookings Vladislav Delay, Mouse On Mars, Roly Porter and Ryoji Ikeda on Semibreve's select 2012 programme. www.festivalsemibreve.com

STANDON CALLING, Standon, Hertfordshire, 3-5 Aug: A brand new Standon summons decrees that Shy FX, Toddla T, Union, Julio Bashmore, Kode9, Dark Sky and Urban Nerds will host a variety of sets and parties at the festival's all-new and secretly-situated Meantime Discovery Stage. This lot now share space on the line-up with Fat Freddy's Drop, Death In Vegas and Beardyman, plus Casiokids, Field Music, Stealing Sheep, Dub Pistols and King Charles. www.standon-calling.com

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MOG AND FORD ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE
MOG has announced an alliance with Ford in the US that will enable American drivers to access the streaming music service via their car stereo systems. Actually, via their iPhones, hooked up to their car stereo systems. Which isn't that exciting, except that Ford has a special app that will enable drivers to control the streaming service via voice activation, which will either be kinda cool or really irritating.

Says Ford's John Ellis: "MOG offers a great mobile app experience, and now, using SYNC AppLink, we've enhanced it even further for in-car use by adding voice command and control. And, thanks to the 320 kilo bits per second streaming quality unique to MOG, users will still get the high audio resolution they expect when listening to their favourite music".

The MOG/Ford partnership is the latest in a number of deals between digital music providers and car companies, MOG already working with BMW, and Ford having similar alliances with MOG competitors like Pandora and Clear Channel's iHeartRadio.

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TRANSCEND ANNOUNCES REVAMP AND EXPANSION
Metal label Transcend Music has announced a revamp into what it calls a "total music company". The revamp, which includes the integration of associated management agencies The Legacy Agency and RMR Management, will see the firm further expand the services it offers its artists, and an expansion of its roster. The company has also just signed British metallers Malefice, who are currently on tour and will begin work on their third album later this year.

Confirming the changes, Transcend boss Rob Ferguson told CMU: "We recognise that the music industry is changing, and our business model has been re-drawn in order to embrace these changes. The focus of our business is the talent we are nurturing and we firmly believe that our current roster represents some of the very best in classic and contemporary rock and metal artists".

He continues: "We are not a record company in the traditional sense and we are not just a management company. We are a total music company offering positive solutions to enhance, encourage and grow the careers of those who work with us. We have an amazing team of fiercely passionate and enthusiastic individuals who are ready to take on the world!"

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7DIGITAL EXPANDS US TEAM
London-based digital music firm 7Digital has expanded its North American operations with a number of new hires - namely former eMusic exec Jon DeMond-Axelrod and former Apple and Pandora man Matt Jwayad, both to the role of Business Development Director; former IODA exec Kyle Pierce to the job of Project/Account Manager; and Lisa Tiver, formerly with RightsFlow, who joins the company in a consultancy role. Also, existing 7Digital exec Anna Siegel will relocate from the company's London office to New York.

They all report to 7Digital's North America President Vickie Nauman, who told CMU: "In our complex business, we need people with a mix of technical, music, business and product skills. Jon, Matt, and Kyle all come from complementary rich digital-music backgrounds, and I'm confident that each is going to contribute significantly to building 7Digital-North America. We are highly partner-centric and in order to grow our operations here in the US and Canada, we need to leverage the global rights and platform, that will continue to be based in London, by building our partner relationships on the ground. Our business is everywhere, and I felt it was critical to have a great team that can work independently and collaboratively regardless of location".

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VEVO LAUNCHES MILLION-VIEWED VIDEO AWARD
Music video site VEVO has announced a new gold disk style awards programme called CERTIFIED (the company's capital letters) that will dish out certificates to those artists who have videos that receive over 100 million views via the web platform and its partners' websites. The first acts to receive the new awards are Katy Perry, LMFAO, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

All have had multiple videos viewed over 100 million times, with the Bieber having eight certified - sorry, CERTIFIED - videos. Other artists with similarly well viewed videos will presumably get their bit of paper in due course, while videos passing that milestone anew will now be honoured every quarter.

VEVO man Doug McVehil told CMU: "VEVO is the authority on music video view counts. We receive hundreds of new music videos every month and, out of our catalogue of more than 7500 artists, an elite group of just 34 have videos that have exceeded 100 million views. Reaching that threshold is a huge achievement that merits recognition. CERTIFIED was born to salute these artists and the most popular videos of all time in the same way audio releases are awarded for sales achievements".

To celebrate the launch of VEVO CERTIFIED, we got straight on the phone to the Bieber, who told us: "To have eight VEVO CERTIFIED videos means the world. I always say the internet is where I got my start. I posted videos and now to have it come full circle - and now I'm getting CERTIFIED - it's amazing".

Also on the phone (aka the VEVO press release) was Katy Perry, who said: "I just want to thank all my friends and fans online that have watched my music videos so many times that I can barely count. Thank you all for your attention and for your love and support. I will always try my best to give you something special. Rock on!"

Lovely.

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MILEY CYRUS ENGAGED TO HUNGER GAMES HEMSWORTH
Precocious pop teen Miley Cyrus is engaged to be wed in holy matrimony to her beau of three years, actor Liam Hemsworth of 'The Hunger Games' fame, after he proposed to her last week.

A demure Cyrus, nineteen, had this to say of her soon-to-be-legalised relationship to Hemsworth, 22: "I'm so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam".

Honestly, I'm so happy I could weep. And speaking of things that bring a tear to one's eye, here's the official trailer for Miley's new movie, 'LOL': www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4XmycID4eE

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RIHANNA: SOCIETY NEEDS TO GET OVER WHAT CHRIS BROWN DID
Rihanna has reacted angrily in an interview with Esquire magazine to questions about the controversy that occurred over her collaborations with Chris Brown on two remixes earlier this year.

When the topic was initially broached the singer, according to a transcript published by Hollywood Gossip, said: "The whole thing caught me a little off-guard to be honest... especially the amount of... negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem, you know. It really didn't".

When pushed the exchange became more heated, especially when the journalist suggested that she had "gone back to someone who put you in the hospital", to which Rihanna responded: "Okay. [But] in a completely professional environment. And on a completely professional note. I mean, if I went back to him [as a girlfriend], then that's a whole different discussion. And if I ever do, then that's something that y'all have to talk to me about when - if - that ever happens. Until then, look at it for what it is. I think a lot of people jumped to an assumption that was incorrect and they ended up looking stupid".

Rihanna went on to blame "society" for having "a lot of shit y'all can't get over". And maybe she's right, maybe it is really our problem. Though if the problem is being horrified that a man who beat his girlfriend unconscious in the street has been able to proceed with his career almost without pause, and to become even more celebrated by his industry, despite showing only token gesture remorse and seemingly having not addressed his anger issues, then that's surely a good problem to have, right?

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