LOSTPROPHETS FRONTMAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN
Officers said they were revealing Watkins identity at this time "in order to assist their investigation". Commenting on the current enquiry, the police force's Detective Inspector Peter Doyle told reporters: "Specially trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up. I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us. Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken".
Formed in 1997, the now fully Sony-signed Lostprophets (their European releases were previously handled by Visible Noise) released their fifth album, 'Weapons', earlier this year. The band are yet to comment on the allegations made against their frontman.
ALICIA KEYS SUED OVER GIRL ON FIRE
To be honest, if I thought some of my lyrics sounded a bit like some as bad as the ones in 'Girl On Fire', I'd stay quiet about it, but it's only a very small bit of Keys' track that Shuman says has been lifted from his song.
The similarity was apparently first brought to his attention via an article on Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411 website, in which the entertainment journalist stated: "In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman's 1970 classic 'Hey There Lonely Girl'. The song was written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman, who are both gone to rock and rock and roll heaven ... Keys only uses two seconds of the original, but it helps make her record".
Shuman subsequently got in touch with Friedman, firstly to point out that he's not dead, and secondly so say that he's not amused with Keys borrowing his words and that he is now getting his lawyer on the case. Previously both Anita Baker and Beastie Boys have used unaccredited samples from Holman's recording of 'Lonely Girl', both subsequently reaching settlements with Shuman and the estate of Leon Carr.
RZA SUED FOR ROYALTIES BY FORMER COLLABORATOR
But a spokesman for RZA has told Pitchfork that the legal claim is baseless, accusing Van Seijen of trying to "drag the producer's name through the mud" despite him having "done nothing but help" the singer over the years.
RZA's publicist said: "RZA and his entire family have done nothing but help Thea Van Seijen over the years. He even welcomed her into his home and gave her all the resources and money she needed to start a career in music (and eat!). She was a streetwalker in Sweden brought to his attention by a family member many years ago, who literally pulled her off the street and encouraged her talent as a singer. I met her back then. She was eager and just trying to sing".
Continuing: "RZA helped her by collaborating with her and put her on a handful of tracks as a 'work for hire'. Very common in the music industry. This is the second time she has tried to knock RZA down for money she isn't owed. She is a fish out of water. She has no idea what she is doing and thinks she can build a case for herself in the media and have it hold up in court. Meanwhile, she is dragging RZA's name through the mud conveniently positioned during a time when his film career is blossoming".
JOHN KENNEDY RECEIVES XFM INSPIRATION AWARD
The award is usually presented to musicians - previously artists including Mick Jones of The Clash and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas have won it - and Kennedy had been told that he would be handing it over to Mumford & Sons this year in the middle of the Xfm Winter Wonderland show at London's Brixton Academy on Monday. However, when he took to the stage it was the band who presented the award to him.
Speaking after receiving the award, Kennedy said: "There are too many highlights to mention from my years at Xfm but this is definitely up there. I feel honoured to receive this award".
Ted Dwayne from Mumford & Sons added: "John's had a place in our hearts before we were even a band. We all grew up in London listening to Xfm, listening to 'X-posure', as any self-respecting teenager does in London, and John showed us loads of great music and continues to do so for loads of people every night of the week and we're just really grateful that John does what he does and stays true it".
Prior to the presentation, a video of artists, including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Guy Garvey and Brett Anderson, all paying tribute to Kennedy, was played. And you can watch that video too, right here.
And to find out more about Kennedy's illustrious career in radio, have a read of this interview he did with us earlier this year, ahead of appearing at the CMU-programmed Great Escape convention in Brighton in May.
MADONNA HAS HIGHEST GROSSING TOUR OF 2012
Here's the Billboard end-of-year touring top ten...
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
3. Roger Waters
4. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil
6. Lady Gaga
7. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
8. Van Halen
9. Jay-Z & Kanye West
10. Andre Rieu
X-FACTOR WINNER SLIGHTLY AHEAD IN CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE RACE
According to the Official Charts Company, Arthur's single, which shifted 490,000 units last week, has so far sold 76,000 further copies this week. That puts it just over 3000 units ahead of the all-star Justice Collective's cover of The Hollies classic, which has been bookies' favourite to be Christmas number one in recent weeks. Both tracks are in aid of charitable causes, with profits from the 'X' song going to Together For Short Lives.
Commenting on this year's Christmas number one race, OCC boss Martin Talbot said these words: "While James Arthur has an early lead over The Justice Collective after just two days of sales, it is exceptionally tight - especially with Christmas gift purchases likely to impact on both releases as the week progresses. It looks like being an extremely exciting race for this year's Official Christmas Number 1".
ADELE TOOK AGES TO RECORD SKYFALL, ALRIGHT?
The 'ten minute' claim arose from an interview with the song's producer and co-writer Paul Epworth, who said of the moment that he finished writing the initial instrumental version: "I thought, 'This could be the song', and I rang her up and said, 'It might be too dark'. But she said she loved it. [And once she was in the studio] within ten minutes, she put down most of the vocals. She had the lyrics ready in her head when she drove over. It was the most absurd thing. She's fast, but it was really quite phenomenal".
But yesterday, Epworth said via Twitter: "OK OK... Can I clarify this? Adele didn't record her final 'Skyfall' vocal in ten minutes. We cut the first draft of the verse and chorus. It took us a while to hone the track into the end result. Don't you just love it when things are taken out of context?"
ENTER SHIKARI "WILL DEFINITELY HAVE BEEN IN THE STUDIO" BY 2014
Says James Batten of the band, who released 'A Flash Flood Of Colour' to great fanfare back in January: "The first half of [next] year will be spent finishing up the tour. Half a year's quite a lot touring really. And then for us it takes us about eighteen months to do a solid album really because we're lucky enough to go to a lot of places really, so it does take us a fair while".
He also notes: "But towards the end, and in the second half of the year we'll be focusing on the next record. We won't have anything released next year but we'll definitely have been in the studio".
So that's that, we'll all have to have patience. Or spend the intervening time staring at the Enter Shikari tour dates page.
NEW DANNY BROWN LP TO FEATURE RUSTIE, A$AP ROCKY, PURITY RING
In a conversation with Pitchfork yesterday, the Detroit MC added that the "75% done" sequel to last year's 'XXX' will feature collaborations with Purity Ring, Kitty Pryde, A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q, and guest "beats" by Rustie and Darq E Freaker.
MOGWAI RELEASE ZOMBIE TV SCORE
The four-track EP is available now via iTunes, and will also have a limited release on ten-inch vinyl on 28 Jan. Meanwhile Mogwai will release their 'Les Revenants' soundtrack in its entirety via their label, Rock Action, in all formats on 25 Feb.
GAGGLE CHARGE £3000 FOR NEW SINGLE
The group explain: "What does money mean to you? How do you put a value on the things you care about? Is money the same thing as worth? This song is precious. And yet, we're told that, nowadays, 'a single' is almost valueless. And that pisses us off. So we have done a budget of how much this single 'cost'. The many hours it took to write, arrange, compose, master; the expertise of all the musicians, technicians, designers, producers involved; all money, time, energy, love and blagging that was ploughed into making all that happen. And [we have] come up with a VALUE. We are putting this tune to market for the sum of £3000".
PATTI SMITH WRITING JUST KIDS SEQUEL
She adds: "It's in the 'Just Kids' vein and even in the similar time period, but shifts more to family, Fred [Smith, MC5 guitarist and Smith's late husband], music. So it's a different perspective".
She also notes: "I don't have a big rock n roll lifestyle, a sex, drugs and rock N roll story to tell. I think I have maybe a better story. Through rock n roll I travelled the world, worked with my late brother and, best of all, that's how I met Fred. It changed my life in many unexpected ways, so I have my story to tell".
MEAT LOAF TO QUIT TOURING AFTER LAST AT BAT SHOWS
Says Mr Loaf of his and collaborator Jim Steinman's pre and post-'Bat' experience: "When we first came together, we couldn't have dreamt the profound effect 'Bat Out Of Hell' would have on both our lives, and the lives of our fans around the world. I know the fans will enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together".
Ah, that's nice. And now, the dates:
5 Apr: Newcastle, Metro Arena
IMAGINE DRAGONS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Check out the video for 'Radioactive' here, after which you'll find those tour dates:
2 Apr: Bristol, Academy
FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE
Earlier in the year than that, death-blues twosome Wet Nuns have invented a new alternative to any average festival. The band's all-new Detestival, as will overtake Sheffield's Queens Social Club at the end of March, is set to feature such special guests as Hookworms, Bo Ningen, Wolf People and - self-evidently - Wet Nuns themselves.
Daft Punk are also rumoured to be playing next year's Coachella, but since that isn't a certainty yet, it won't appear in the following official festival line-up update:
DETESTIVAL, Queens Social Club, Sheffield, 30-31 Mar 2013: Wet Nuns, Wolf People, Bo Ningen, Hookworms, KULT COUNTRY, John J Presley, Blood Sport. wetnuns.com
SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK, various venues, Sidmouth, Devon, 2-9 Aug 2013: Capercaillie, Show Of Hands & Miranda Sykes, Blowzabella, The Spooky Men's Chorale, Lau, Nic Jones Trio, Flook, Peatbog Faeries, Maddy Prior & Hannah James & Giles Lewin, Le Vent Du Nord, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Saltfishforty, Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young, Tim Eriksen, Roy Bailey, Coope & Boyes & Simpson, John Kirkpatrick, Melrose Quartet, Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch, Dave Burland, Colum Sands, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Emily Portman Trio, Lady Maisery, Steve Turner, Jeff Warner, Sandra Kerr, The Askew Sisters, Jim & Lynette Eldon, Richard & Jess Arrowsmith, Pete Shepheard & Arthur Watson, Will Duke, Roger Digby & Liz Giddings, Bob Lewis, Short Sharp Shanties, Under Her Skin, Toothless Mary, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Bedlam, Flowers And Frolics, Mr Gubbin's Bicycle, Steamchicken, Gloworms, English String Band, Cis Hinkle, Joe Hodgson, Frances Richardson, Les Barclay, David & Kathryn Wright, Ivan Aitken, Madeleine Smith, Jerry O'Reilly, Pendragon, Moonlighting, Momentum, The Jovial Crew Band, Mollie Koenigsberger, Berkshire Bedlam, Boggarts Breakfast, Flag & Bone, Gog Magog Molly, Outside Capering Crew, Sallyport Sword And Rapper, Silver Flame Rapper, Stoney Steppers, Stroud Ladies, Whip The Cat, Witchmen. www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
CMU INSIGHTS ANNOUNCES NEW EVENING TRAINING COURSE
Introducing the new course, CMU Publisher and Business Editor Chris Cooke says: "We've had a lot of people contact us this year asking if they could access our training expertise outside of office hours, and this new programme has been developed with those people in mind. With ten two-hour sessions taught over ten weeks, it provides an overview of where the music industry is at in 2013 - with a particular focus on music rights, music marketing and the changing relationship between artists and their fans and business partners".
The new course will kick off on 21 Jan in Shoreditch, East London. New editions of all of the CMU Insights training courses have also been announced. Cooke continues: "As 2012 draws to a close and the customary 'reviews of the music year' are published, it's clear that the music industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, but also that opportunities abound as challenges are met. In a changing business it pays to stay in touch with the latest trends and developments, to expand your knowledge of the wider industry, and to consider what's coming next. And that's where our courses come in. When better than the start of a new year to brush up on the basics, delve into the detail, and catch up with the changes?"
CMU's one-day training courses are £125 including VAT and booking fees. The new ten part course is £295. Information about all of the CMU Insights courses are online at www.theCMUwebsite.com/insights/
GOOGLE ADDS SCAN-AND-MATCH TO LOCKER IN US
This meant that, under copyright law, the web firm couldn't offer users the add-on service where its software scans a customer's hard-drive for music files and automatically puts copies of any tracks already in the Google libraries into his or her online music storage locker, rather than the customer having to manually upload every track. Offering that service requires Google to make a copy of said tracks, which requires a licence (whereas, in most countries, the user can upload copies of legitimately acquired MP3s without a licence using their 'private copy' or 'format shifting' right).
With Apple entering the digital locker market with the music companies on board, and therefore with scan-and-match included, and after Amazon added the arguably essential function to its digital locker service in August, it was clear Google would have to follow suit to compete. And sure enough, when the web firm launched its digital locker in Europe last month, scan-and-match was included. The latest development sees scan-and-match incorporated into the Google Play locker in the US.
Now that it is on par with Apple and Amazon in terms of functionality, Google will hope to win a bigger slice of the music locker market by offering its service for free, rather than charging a nominal annual subscription fee (£21.99 for Apple's service in the UK). Users can also stream music over the net from their Google lockers at a higher bitrate.
Apple and Amazon presumably hope to compete despite charging an annual fee partly by their lockers being closely linked to their respective download stores, which are much more popular than the fledgling Google Play download platform, and partly by allowing users to store more tracks in their lockers (25% more in the case of Apple, ten times more in the case of Amazon).
JON HOLMES NAMED NEW XFM BREAKFAST HOST
Holmes said of his new role: "Xfm has always been the go-to station for enormous indie music, funny, irreverent broadcasting and the best ballsy entertainment on the radio. The Xfm Breakfast Show is the stuff of legend, and this is where we take it to the next level (which, in accordance with council regulations, has both steps and a ramp)".
The Global-owned station has also announced two more new appointments, who will also join the station on 7 Jan. Jo Good, who like Holmes is a former BBC 6music presenter, will take over the 1-4pm slot on weekdays in both London and Manchester, while Dan O'Connell will return to the station to follow her on the drivetime slot from 4-7pm in London only. In Manchster, Clint Boon will move from early afternoons to take over the drivetime show.
VICE BUYS I-D
The Guardian quotes Vice's Andrew Creighton, who previously worked for i-D, as saying: "We have traditionally built everything we do here within the company, but i-D was perfect as a partner to launch a play into fashion. What i-D has not necessarily done, by accident or design, is move into the digital area in a big way".
i-D's founder Terry Jones, who reclaimed full ownership of the title in 2004 after two decades of being in business with Time Out, will retain a minority stake in the publication with his wife Tricia. He said of the new deal with Vice: "This marks the beginning of an incredibly exciting chapter in i-D's history. There is a huge void in video-driven fashion channels and this partnership will fill and dominate that void".
While the printed Vice magazine is a free title, i-D will remain a newsstand magazine, for the time being at least, though its new owners seemingly feel that the real potential of their new partnership with Jones is online, where Vice and i-D together will bid to win a slice of the online fashion media market.
ABSOLUTE RADIO OWNER CONSIDERING A SALE AGAIN
TIML Radio's parent company, the Times Of India Group, toyed with selling the loss making music radio station last year, but took it off the market, reportedly because none of the interested bidders would commit to anything near the £20 million the current owner wanted for it. According to The Guardian, TIML ise now talking to just one possible bidder, John Pearson, who previously ran the station when it was still Virgin Radio.
Pearson was part of one of the consortiums that bid last year. Then he was reportedly backed by the Virgin Group, who would have rebranded the station under the Virgin name had they successfully acquired the Absolute business and frequencies.
But this time Pearson, who has continued to work as a consultant to the Virgin Group since leaving Virgin Radio in 2004, is seemingly bidding without Richard Branson's firm, with financial backing coming instead from Oakley Capital, the venture capital firm best known in media circles for its stake in Time Out.
Whether a deal can be struck this time round remains to be seen. Experts value the Absolute business at about half the figure TIML was looking for last year (and about a fifth of what TIML paid for it in 2008). Though with the radio company making a loss of just under £4 million last year, the Indian media group may now be ready to cut its losses.
It's not thought that UTV Radio, which was also bidding for Absolute last year, is interested in the company any more, while Global Radio, which has expressed an interest in the past, would now be unlikely to get an Absolute purchase passed the competition regulator, given its current and ongoing acquisition of the Real and Smooth radio networks.
PETE WATERMAN PROUD OF "ONE OF THE ACTS" FROM POPSTARS: THE RIVALS
He tells the Daily Star: "It's amazing how they've been worked. Brilliant. From a show that everyone tells me was a piece of garbage, we had number one, number two and number three in the Christmas charts [that year] and one of the acts is still around ten years later. But we didn't know what we were doing".
You might think Waterman is being a bit modest at the end there, but as the career of the show's winning boyband, who he was he was supposed to be managing, clearly shows, he really didn't know what he was doing.