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CMU ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 2012: TY SEGALL
"What has Ty Segall done this year? And who is he?", you may ask. Well, to start with the basics: SoCal lo-fi thrasher Segall has released a mercurial triple-set of LPs this year, promoted each via non-stop touring, incited an apparent "garage renaissance", and set a new, very loud standard for live guests on Chicago's 'WGN Morning News'. That's all more>>
 
APPROVED: SAINT ETIENNE - CASINO CLASSICS MIX
Not content with releasing new album 'Words And Music By Saint Etienne' (a record whose criminal omission from the Mercury shortlist will hopefully be made up for somewhat by appearances in the end of year Best Of charts), 2012 also sees the last elements of Bob, Pete and Sarah's back catalogue reissues programme finally surface more>>
TOP STORIES
- BBC Sound Of 2013 longlist announced
IN THE POP COURTS
- Doherty party death: Blanco appeared to be thrown from balcony, CCTV experts say
- Notorious BIG autopsy report published by TMZ
- Cheryl Cole sues over X-Factor USA monies
POP POLITICS
- Psy responds after anti-American performances emerge
IN THE STUDIO
- One Direction to record 2013 Comic Relief single
RELEASE NEWS
- Katy B releases free EP
- Django Django announce new single, remix album
- Rhosyn announces debut EP
- X-Factor winner single is Impossible
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Kylie and Jason duet back on at Hit Factory Live
- Rick Ross cancels US shows
- Amanda Palmer cancels Australian tour to be with sick friend
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- BMG announces deals with Sam Eldridge
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- LoveLive to stream Christmas Tree Sessions
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Penk pulls prank show following Middleton nurse tragedy
AND FINALLY...
- Ke$ha removes revealing fan photos from memoirs on legal grounds
KILIMANJARO LIVE – ARTWORK DESIGNER
Kilimanjaro Live Ltd are concert and festival promoters and organisers based in London, working on around 400 shows per year. We are seeking a talented designer to join our small but effective marketing team to create the artwork which is used in print advertising and general marketing for our live shows, including adverts such as those seen in at the back of Kerrang or the NME. This artwork regularly needs to be created in very short timescales and with a minimum of supplied material.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DOMINO – RADIO PLUGGER
Domino is looking for a new radio plugger to join its in house promo team. The successful applicant will work within Domino’s current radio structure and will have an extensive knowledge of UK radio. He or she will need established relationships at radio and a proven track record of working successful releases.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
VMS LIVE - PROMOTER/BOOKER
An experienced promoter/booker is required to work in our events team. Based in Manchester the position will include overseeing the booking of events for all four Manchester Academy venues, as well as into the company’s other venues around the UK. The ideal candidate will already have a well established network of industry contacts and must be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of negotiating and delivering shows at all levels.

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EVENTIM - CLIENT ACCOUNT MANAGER
Eventim UK, part of CTS Eventim AG, the leading ticketing company in Europe, is looking for a Client Account Manager to join its London team. You would be the first point of contact for clients, using in-depth knowledge of Eventim’s ticketing technology to provide business analysis and support for promoters, accurately building events using the Eventim ticketing system and providing ongoing management of events throughout their lifecycle.

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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR
Fast growing Music PR agency is looking for a sharp Online PR account executive who loves the web and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require solid music online experience, with a proven track record of working high profile releases. You must also have exceptional writing ability. Superb training and support provided.

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

A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

CMU Artists Of The Year. There are but two weeks until Christmas, which gives us just enough time to run you through our Artists Of The Year. As ever, we're selected ten artists who've gone above and beyond the call of duty in the last twelve (or eleven and a half) months. We'll reveal a new choice each day in the CMU Daily as we roll up to the Christmas holiday, our final selection being unveiled in the CMU Review Of The Year on 21 Dec. More about that next week though.

BRITs voting closes. If you're a member of the BRITs Academy then you have until 3pm on Wednesday 12 Dec to vote. Voting for the Best Single, however, will open on 10 Jan and close a week after that, so that's something to look forward to in the new year.

MPA Christmas lunch. The Music Publishers Association's annual Christmas lunch takes place this Friday at the Park Lane Hotel in London, kicking off with a champagne reception and continuing long into the night (yes, this iconic event in the music publishing calendar goes on somewhat longer than your conventional lunch).

New releases. Arriving just in time for the Christmas present buying market, today sees the release of the new Bruno Mars album, which people have told me is surprisingly good, and the debut long players from Gallops and Rachel Zeffira, which I can tell you myself are very good indeed. Also on offer is a Black Sabbath vinyl boxset, the special boxset edition of Mumford & Sons' new concert film, and a dub version of Peaking Lights' 'Lucifer' LP. There are singles too, singles like the amazing 'Lucky' by Albert and 'Disappear' by Petite Noir. Oh yes, and the 'X-Factor' winner single and that 'One Pound Fish Song'.

Gigs and tours. This Wednesday Friendly Fires will play a charity show to raise money to help improve awareness of male suicide, following the recent death of the band's friend Adam Connelly. Meanwhile, with the festive season now upon us, there will be Christmassy shows in the form of Soulwaxmas, Bella Union's Christmas Service, and a wintervallion gig hosted by Los Campesinos. As well as that, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens, Pinback, Cold Specks and Lowell will be playing one-off shows in London. You people outside London will be able to see Slow Club and Allah Las, and I think you should be happy with that.

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BBC SOUND OF 2013 LONGLIST ANNOUNCED
The long list is out for BBC Sound Of 2013, the Beeb's annual poll of music pundits as to the new artists they reckon will be big news in the year to come.

Radio 1's Huw Stephens will announce the overall winner of the poll on a special breakfast show on the station on the 4 Jan, and this morning he said he reckoned the long list was "exciting and vibrant", with a good mixture of "strong vocalists, leftfield artists and a number of bands with their own take on modern pop".

He added: "It's always a varied list that surprises people, causes debate and speculation about the state of the music scene. For me, it's an exciting time of year, where we don't really know what the year will bring with new music, but this helps give people an indication of what might sound good".

If you want more from Huw, you can listen to him talking through the list here, and you'll find more information on each and the poll itself here.

And here it is, the long list, for you to digest and debate, consume and critique, dissect and dismiss, and bloody well bitch about. Good times.

AlunaGeorge
A*M*E
Angel Haze
Arlissa
Chvrches
Haim
King Krule
Kodaline
Laura Mvula
Little Green Cars
Palma Violets
Peace
Savages
The Weeknd
Tom Odell

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DOHERTY PARTY DEATH: BLANCO APPEARED TO BE THROWN FROM BALCONY, CCTV EXPERTS SAY
CCTV footage shows that Mark Blanco, the actor who died at a house party attended by Pete Doherty back in 2006, was thrown to his death, according to experts consulted by the BBC's 'Newsnight'.

As previously reported, Blanco fell to his death from a balcony in the building where said party was taking place. He had previously had a run in with Doherty, the singer's minder Johnny Jeannevol and the owner of the flat Paul Roundhill, and was forcefully evicted from the party. Shortly afterwards he returned to the building and less than a minute later was seen on CCTV falling to his death. Just over ten minutes later Doherty and two friends were filmed leaving the building and examining Blanco's body before running away.

At the time, police investigations focused on the theory Blanco's death was either suicide or an accident, perhaps as the actor attempted to make his exit by jumping to a lamppost. But a coroner rejected the suicide theory and, on declaring an open verdict, encouraged police to reopen their investigations. They did so in 2010, and Doherty was re-interviewed in February 2011.

However, following the new investigation the Crown Prosecution Service said in May last year that there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with the death.

Blanco's family have always maintained that previous investigations have not been thorough enough, and are again urging police to reopen the case following the re-examination of some of the evidence by 'Newsnight'.

In the process of its investigation, the programme showed footage of Blanco's death to two CCTV experts. The first, US based FBI trainer Grant Fredericks, said that the fall was "very consistent with a person being carried and literally dropped over the edge of the balcony".

Meanwhile, UK-based video forensics examiner John Kennedy said: "There's no defensive movement whatsoever. It's literally a drop from outside the rail. The only explanation I can think of is that somebody might have dropped him off the balcony. He doesn't climb over the railing himself. He doesn't jump. He just suddenly appears outside the railing and falls".

Doherty's former minder Jeannevol also spoke to the programme, explaining why he had, at one point, confessed to murdering Blanco but then later retracted his statement, saying: "The reason why I said to the police that I did it, is cos I'd go out and people would say 'you murderer', and the stress was just too much. [My] conscience is clear".

Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, Doherty admitted to feeling "sick to my stomach" about leaving the scene, but maintained that Blanco had caused his own death, saying: "I can understand how it looks dodgy. How ashamed do you think I am that I stepped over the body and legged it down the street? In my heart, I pray and pray that his mother will stop punishing and torturing herself because she is convinced that there was foul play. But I am certain there wasn't. The door was bolted and there wasn't anyone from the party outside on the balcony with him".

Blanco's mother Sheila told Newsnight: "I think the whole case needs revisiting. The truth will out".

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NOTORIOUS BIG AUTOPSY REPORT PUBLISHED BY TMZ
The autopsy report into the death of the Notorious BIG has been unearthed by TMZ fifteen years after the rapper's untimely demise. Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed, of course, in a drive by shooting in LA in March 1997. His murder remains unsolved.

The rather grim autopsy documents reveal that the rapper sustained four gunshot wounds in total, the fourth of which killed him, entering his right hip and tearing through his colon, liver, heart and left lung. Toxicology results showed no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of death.

It's not entirely clear why the report has been published now, though the Wallace family wasn't informed about plans to make the document public, leading some to criticise the move. A spokesman for the LAPD yesterday apologised for not keeping the family in the loop, telling reporters: "Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family last night, and apologised for not notifying them prior to the release. Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case".

Wallace was just 24 when he was gunned down in one of the more violent moments of the hip hop community's famous feuding. Various hip hoppers and off duty or former LAPD officers have been linked to the murder over the years, investigations into which are still ongoing.

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CHERYL COLE SUES OVER X-FACTOR USA MONIES
Cheryl Cole filed a lawsuit on Friday against Blue Orbit Productions, one of the TV companies involved in the US version of 'X Factor'.

The Girl Aloud alleges that she is owed at least $2.3 million relating to her short time working on the show. As previously reported, Cole followed Simon Cowell from the UK version of 'X' to sit on the judging panel of the American version of the talent franchise, but was axed before 'X USA' had even begun airing, reportedly because US producers had concerns about the Geordie's accent.

Cole says that while she was paid her $1.8 million fee for the first series of 'X-Factor USA', despite never appearing, she was contractually due another $2 million for the second series too, which her original contact included. She is also owed various expenses that were listed in that contract, including costs for wardrobe, a stylist, hotels in LA, first class flights and personal security.

Cole's lawsuit asks for all that she alleges is owed from the 'X' makers, plus interest, legal fees and any "further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate". Neither Blue Orbit nor any of the other companies with a stake in 'X USA' have as yet commented on the litigation.

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PSY RESPONDS AFTER ANTI-AMERICAN PERFORMANCES EMERGE
Now global South Korean pop oddity Psy has been forced to apologise to his American fans after footage appeared online of him performing in his home country in 2002 and 2004 at anti-America protest events.

The shows were protests against America's foreign policy, the first specifically responding to the death of two Korean schoolgirls killed in an accident with an American military vehicle, and the second against the US's 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In the footage he smashes a model US tank, and performs the lyrics: "Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives, Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture, Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers, Kill them all slowly and painfully". Which is nice.

The emergence of the angry protest performances comes as Psy tours the US in a bid to build a fully fledged worldwide pop career on the back of his YouTube hit 'Gangnam Style'. Responding to criticism of the videos, he said this weekend: "As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world".

"The song I was featured in - from eight years ago - was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq, and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians, that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time. While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words".

He adds: "I have been honoured to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months, and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology. While it's important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language, we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology".

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ONE DIRECTION TO RECORD 2013 COMIC RELIEF SINGLE
One Direction will record the official single for the 2013 Red Nose Day festivities, with a cover of Blondie's 1978 classic 'One Way Or Another', all raising money for the Comic Relief charity.

Confirming their involvement in the charity project, 1D's Harry Styles said these words, presumably in a suitably comedic fashion: "We have grown up with Comic Relief and taken part in lots of Red Nose Days at school, so we were thrilled to be asked to do this year's Red Nose Day single. It's such an honour for us. We can't wait to perform our version of this iconic pop song and to raise as much money as possible for this incredibly important cause that is really close to our hearts".

The group's Zayn Malik added: "At school Red Nose Day was a big deal! Me and my friends used to really look forward to it - I remember one year we all came in our pyjamas which was pretty cool!"

There's a gag in there somewhere, but let's save it up for when the not-quite-what-it-used-to-be 'comedy' telethon is really struggling around about 11pm on 15 Mar.

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KATY B RELEASES FREE EP
Back in October Katy B producer Geeneus was confident that the singer's second album would be complete by the end of this year. Whether that's quite happened or not yet we don't know, but she has definitely finished work on four new tracks, because she gave them away for free last week.

With the album itself due for release in the spring, the 'Danger' EP is a pretty bold statement - it's not every artist who'd be happy to sling out collaborations with the likes of Diplo, Wiley, Jessie Ware and more on a free stop-gap release. Katy is though, and here's what she said about the EP: "I thought it would be a great opportunity to work with people I always respected and wanted to work with. All of the tracks were written quite quickly because I was so inspired by the beats. It was important for me to give people new music before the end of the year, a taster and a warm up of what's come".

Download the EP in exchange for your email address on Katy's official website or stream it here.

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DJANGO DJANGO ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE, REMIX ALBUM
Django Django have decided to celebrate the end of the year and their addition to the NME Awards Tour with another single release, 'Life's A Beach', from their Mercury-nominated debut album.

You can also hear a remix of the track by former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason on the band's new remix album, alongside reworks of its other tracks by a variety of producers. It'll be available with the original long player in independent record shops, and digitally as a standalone release.

Check out the full tracklist of the remix album below, and watch the video for the original version of 'Life's A Beach' here.

Bail Hop
Default (Dan Carey Dub Mix) OR Default (Tom Furse Remix)
Firewater (Nick McCarthy from Franz Ferdinand Drunk Remix)
Waveforms (Mickey Moonlight Remix)
Zumm Zumm (DJ Mujava's Pitori Remix)
Hand of Man (Gulp Cover)
Love's Dart (Rude Pravo Cover)
WOR (Adrian Sherwood Hey Gringo Remix)
Storm (Andy Wake's Lunar Storm Version)
Life's a Beach (Steve Mason Priests of Sound Remix)
Skies Over Cairo (Bullion Version)
Silver Rays (Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle Remix)

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RHOSYN ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP
CMU approved shortly after originally launching Rhosyn back in 2010, cellist and vocalist Rose Dagul has since spent two years developing her solo compositions and is now ready to launch herself onto the world properly. She will release her debut EP, 'Elbow Of Capture', via Blessing Force on 4 Feb.

Listen to lead track 'Glass', a swirl of layered instruments and vocals, here.

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X-FACTOR WINNER SINGLE IS IMPOSSIBLE
Most of the headlines relating to the latest series of 'X-Factor' may have been about the flagging talent show's slumping ratings, but when the 'X' show was the undisputed king of primetime telly its overall winners could still disappear without trace, so perhaps James Arthur, declared Mr X 2012 last night, will be hoping that, perversely, the lower viewing figures could result in a more successful career.

The winner's first single, out now digitally, is a cover of a track by Barbadian popstar Shontelle, 'Impossible', which Arthur performed on the 'X-Factor' final this weekend. The physical release, out on Wednesday, will also come with three extra covers, of LMFAO's 'Sexy And I Know It', Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams' and Adele's 'Hometown Glory'.

As expected, the winner single will be a charity release this year, and Together For Short Lives, a charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, has been picked as the beneficiary.

Commenting on the release of 'Impossible' as his winning single, Arthur told reporters: "I am absolutely overwhelmed to have won 'The X-Factor'. I am lost for words. To have been be able to perform my winner's single was just insane. I love the song and am so glad that proceeds of the single will be going to such a great cause".

Meanwhile 'X-Factor' overlord Simon Cowell said of the charity to benefit from the release: "Together For Short Lives is such an inspiring and important charity for so many kids and their families who really need help and support. I'm delighted that 'The X-Factor's' winner single sales will go directly to helping them".

As last year, the 'X' release will not overtly compete in the race for Christmas Number One.

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KYLIE AND JASON DUET BACK ON AT HIT FACTORY LIVE
When the Hit Factory Live mini-festival was rescheduled in a pre-Christmas slot at The O2 Arena, it wasn't clear if the planned centrepiece of the original event - a duet of 'Especially For You' by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan - would be part of the line-up.

As previously reported, the original outdoor Hit Factory Live event in the summer was cancelled after rain waterlogged Hyde Park, where it was due to take place. When it was rescheduled as a winter indoor show, Minogue told The Daily Star: "They've revamped the show and I've said: 'If I'm available, I'll be there'. My schedule to the end of the year is making me cross-eyed - I'm all over the place. [But] if it doesn't happen now, it'll be something to look forward to [at another time]".

But now, according to reports, organisers have confirmed that the duet will go ahead at the 21 Dec show, which I'm sure will please everyone who has tickets. And Kylie. And most of all Jason.

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RICK ROSS CANCELS US SHOWS
Rick Ross has announced the cancellation of all remaining shows on his current US tour. A spokesperson for the rapper told AllHipHop that the decision had been taken due to an "apparent lack of organisation and communication on the part of the tour promoter".

Initially Ross cancelled just two US shows in North Carolina due to take place over the weekend, with speculation that this was due to online threats from the local chapter of the Gangster Disciples gang, according to local newspaper The Charlotte Observer. In a video posted to YouTube, the gang warned Ross against playing the planned shows in Charlotte and Greensboro, accusing him of having "dishonoured" a gang leader and using gang signs disrespectfully.

But now the cancellations have been blamed on the tour's promoter, with Ross himself telling AllHipHop: "I want to apologise to all of my fans who I missed performing for due to the cancellations and want to let them know that I will get back to their cities. I enjoyed my experience with my little bros Wale and Meek Mill and I'm ready to get back in the studio to make good music".

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AMANDA PALMER CANCELS AUSTRALIA TOUR TO BE WITH SICK FRIEND
Amanda Palmer has cancelled her Australian tour to be with a friend, Anthony Martignetti, while he undergoes cancer treatment.

In a long blog post explaining her decision, Palmer wrote: "This is really, really hard for me to tell you. I feel like I'm letting a lot of people down. If you know me, you'll know that in thirteen years of touring, I've almost never canceled a single engagement. It's not my style. I take my professional commitments really seriously. Even if I'm sick, I play. But I also take my friendships really seriously.
This situation calls for no other solution. My best friend is really sick and his future is uncertain.
So I am going to stay with him while he goes through this".

She continued: "I know it's going to affect so many people - my band, my crew, all of you, especially those of you who have already made travel plans, booked hotels, bought plane tickets. All I can do is ask for your forgiveness and understanding... and ask you to wait. I will come".

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BMG ANNOUNCES DEALS WITH SAM ELDRIDGE
BMG Chrysalis in the UK has announced two alliances with Sam Eldridge, perhaps best known for managing Plan B, and who was named Manager Of The Year at the Artist & Manager Awards earlier this month. Both deals are in the music publishing domain.

The first is linked to Merok Records, the label Eldridge runs will The Big Pink's Milo Cordell, while the second will see Eldridge's own management company, Urok, launch a publishing unit. Urok is a partnership between Eldridge and his father Roy, who has had a long career in the British music business, including at the original Chrysalis Music company.

Confirming the new publishing partnerships, which will see some immediate signings (American singer-songwriter Daughn Gibson to Merok and DJ/producer Gemini to Urok), BMG Chrysalis UK SVP Alexi Cory-Smith told CMU: "These signings demonstrate the range and potential of these joint ventures. Sam Eldridge is a hugely talented music executive who richly deserves the title of 'Manager Of The Year' and we are delighted to be working with him".

Eldridge added: "BMG is the most dynamic and exciting publisher around today, combining the creativity of its indie heritage with a drive, focus and ambition to compete at the highest level. They have an amazing sync department which can allow smaller artists to become profitable quickly and maximise revenue for bigger artists. It is also genuinely international. We have spoken to every BMG office around the world and it's clear they immediately get it".

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LOVELIVE TO STREAM CHRISTMAST TREE SESSIONS
Music content company LoveLive will live stream the previously reported Christmas Tree Sessions being held in aid of Save The Children on Friday. The event, which will feature music, comedy, poetry and literary readings, will be streamed via the charity's YouTube channel.

As previously reported, Myleene Klass, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Spiritualized, Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield, Summer Camp, Josh Kumra and Kodaline are all set to perform at the Union Chapel fund-raiser, while Christmas-themed readings will come from the likes of Caitlin Moran, Chris Addison and Stuart Maconie.

Confirming his company's involvement in the charity stream, Richard Cohen, CEO at LoveLive, told CMU: "Undertaking a four hour live stream for a unique event such as this is hugely exciting. Save The Children is a remarkable charity and the line-up ensures that this will be an amazing experience for fans and supporters, who enjoy not just music, but the host of additional stars contributing to the evening. The stream will mark the first event of its kind for a UK charity and we are thrilled to have been chosen to collaborate with, and be part of this live music event".

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PENK PULLS PRANK SHOW FOLLOWING MIDDLETON NURSE TRAGEDY
British radio DJ Steve Penk announced this weekend that he was pulling the 'wind-up' show from his Manchester radio station The Revolution as a mark of respect following the death last week of one of the nurses involved in a prank call on Australian radio station 2DayFM.

Jacintha Saldanha was a nurse at London's King Edward VII Hospital, which last week treated Kate Middleton for hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness. It was Saldanha who answered the phone to Aussie DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian when they called, at 5.30am London time, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. She put them through to another nurse who discussed Middleton's condition. The conversation was then aired on 2Day FM and soon became a global news story.

Saldanha died on Friday, in an apparent suicide. The circumstances around her death will not be known, of course, until the conclusion of an inquest which is due to begin this week, while experts stress that suicide is never the result of a single incident. However, most assume the prank call was a key element, leading to widespread condemnation of Greig and Christian, 2Day FM and its owners Southern Cross Austereo.

The DJs and radio station had already apologised to an extent after initial criticism of the call, insisting it was just a joke, that the presenters had never expected to be put through to Middleton's ward given their unconvincing British accents, and that lawyers had cleared the pre-recorded piece before it was aired. Nevertheless, Greig and Christian continued to brag about their involvement in what was now a worldwide story, while the station was heavily promoting the prank on air and on its website.

All that changed once Australia woke up on Saturday morning to the news of Saldanha's death. The boss of Southern Cross Austereo issued a sombre apologetic statement (though continued to insist his company had done nothing illegal), confirmed that Greig and Christian would be taken off air until further notice, and that 2Day FM would not run any adverts in the short term (at least two major advertisers having already requested that their spots be removed). The station has subsequently claimed it tried to contact the two nurses to gain permission to broadcast the call before originally airing it.

The two DJs themselves withdrew from the social networks on Friday night our time to avoid angry and at times threatening criticism of their actions, and are said to be, understandably, devastated by the turn of events. A TV interview with the duo will air later today, clips of which are already online.

Nevertheless, and despite the tragedy, some have pointed out that prank calls are a regular feature on radio stations across the world. In the UK, Penk is perhaps the best known prank caller, such calls being a key component of his former shows for both Key 103 in Manchester and Capital FM in London. The wind-ups show on The Revolution, the Manchester station Penk now owns, includes 'greatest hits' from his prank calling past.

In the main such prank calls pass without incident, and there have been very few controversies in the genre here the UK. Though, whereas the original practical joke shows on TV usually began with a viewer nominating a friend or family member to be the victim of the joke, thus taking responsibility for them 'seeing the funny side', in more recent years prank formats have often picked their victims at random. In the vast majority of cases that's not an issue, though such random selection does remove any such buffer after this sudden, unexpected and potentially unwanted attention.

Some producers ensure all victims give their approval before any footage is aired (sometimes because regulations say they must, other times on ethical grounds), even if doing so delays broadcast and, in some cases, prevents content from being made public at all. Though in radio, where budgets are usually much smaller than in TV, such approval chasing may be less thorough.

Southern Cross Austereo, while maintaining it has broken no laws, says it will review its policies regarding such content. Meanwhile, from a UK point of view, Penk reckons prank calls could be phased out on British radio too. Speaking to Sky News he said: "I think there will be huge fallout. I think it will be, for want of a better phrase, the death of the wind-up phone call. [Media regulator] OfCom will wrap it in so much red tape that it will make it almost impossible to get these things on the air, which I think is a shame because they can be entertaining".

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KE$HA REMOVES REVEALING FAN PHOTOS FROM MEMOIRS ON LEGAL GROUNDS
Ke$ha has been forced to remove a section from her upcoming memoirs on the advice of her lawyers, after they said it could lead to litigation.

Apparently whenever a male fan boards the 'Tik Tok' singer's tour bus he is told to "drop trou" for a photo, and while said men are not seemingly required to expose their genitalia as part of this impromptu photo shoot, some do (and if they happen to be 'going commando', that's sort of compulsory). It was these photos that Ms Sebert was planning on including in her book.

Explains the singer to Rolling Stone: "Whenever a man came onto my bus, he had to drop trou, and I took a Polaroid of him, just to emasculate him and make sure he knew he was in the vagina jungle. That's what I call my bus. Some of the guys were wearing man-panties - but even if they were free-balling, there were no exceptions; they had to pose for a photo".

But, while any guy who boards Ke$ha's bus and immediately gets his dick out probably deserves whatever's coming to him, said flashers need not worry about incurring wider exposure. "I really tried to use these photos in my book" she continued, "but I think it's illegal, technically".

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