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The Beatles‘ record label has moved to deny rumours that the band’s music is about to be made available online.

The legends are one of the last acts to license their back catalogue to online stores.

However, UK download site Wippit recently claimed it would be the first to sell the songs, posting a headline on its homepage.


This immediately prompted The Beatles’ record company EMI to issue a statement denying the link-up and asked that the download site removed its claims, reports BBC News.

The claim has since been removed, though Wippit have yet to comment.

Rumours that The Beatles’ back catalogue would be available for download soon have been rife lately.

A potential deal with iTunes was suggested last month after the band’s own label Apple Corps settled a long-running trademark dispute with Apple Inc, leading Apple Corps manager Neil Aspinall to say The Beatles looked forward to “many years of peaceful co- operation with the firm”.

This followed more talk in January when Apple boss Steve Jobs used a selection of music from the band’s classic ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album to demonstrate the musical properties of the new iPhone.

Source: NME.com

Starbucks and Concord Music Group have formed a new label, Hear Music, which will sign established and emerging artists directly for distribution inside and outside the coffee chain.

Under the collaborative venture, Starbucks will take primary responsibility for A&R, while Concord will lead marketing, promotion and distribution of Hear Music artists outside the cafes.


Hear Music expects to release its first album by the end of this year. Neither Starbucks nor Concord would confirm a New York Post report that Sir Paul McCartney is close to signing a deal.

Since 1999, the Hear Music brand has been used for compilations and co-releases for sale at Starbucks locations. The name will now be used exclusively for the Los Angeles-based Hear Music label partnership.

Source: Billboard.com


Jarvis Cocker has denied he is planning a Pulp reunion.

Despite being joined onstage by Pulp bassist Steve Mackay, auxiliary guitarist Richard Hawley and keyboard played Candida Doyle for a solo show in November, he admitted that he hadn’t considered a full-blown reunion.

When asked about it Cocker declared: “Hell would have to freeze over first! No, I don’t know. The members of the group are all in touch with each other and all friendly, there have been no deaths that I know of.

“So there is no barrier other than the fact that at the moment I can’t really see a point. If it was to seem like the right thing to do then there’s no reason why not, but I am certainly not planning it at the moment.”

Cocker also said he considered making a Pulp album before making his first solo album ‘Jarvis’, due to the fact former Pulp member Steve Mackey played on the album (and is also in Jarvis’ touring band) along with Richard Hawley, who was also briefly in the Sheffield band.

He said: “If I wanted to make a Pulp record, I would have made one. We talked about that before we did it and also we didn’t want to sound like one of his (Hawley’s) records, not because I don’t like his records, but because that wouldn’t do either one of us any favours.”

Cocker also considered his musical legacy, he told The Trip Wire: “I hated that term (Britpop) and never considered Pulp to be a part of that…I actually don’t think that much interesting music came out of Britpop really, maybe other people would disagree with me.”

Source: NME.com

The former Pulp frontman will release his first solo album, Jarvis, April 3 in North America via Rough Trade.

Download: Jarvis Cocker – “Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time”

Starbucks and Concord Music Group have formed a new label, Hear Music, which will sign established and emerging artists directly for distribution inside and outside the coffee chain.

Under the collaborative venture, Starbucks will take primary responsibility for A&R, while Concord will lead marketing, promotion and distribution of Hear Music artists outside the cafes.


Hear Music expects to release its first album by the end of this year. Neither Starbucks nor Concord would confirm a New York Post report that Sir Paul McCartney is close to signing a deal.

Since 1999, the Hear Music brand has been used for compilations and co-releases for sale at Starbucks locations. The name will now be used exclusively for the Los Angeles-based Hear Music label partnership.

Source: Billboard.com


So, the new Wilco album leaked last week and if you know where to look, you’ll find it.

Did I download it? Yes.

Will I buy it when it comes out? Yes.

Will I send you a copy? No. (go get your own you slacker)

It seems lately that new albums leak all the time, but when one of the most important bands around lets their work filter into the interweb and appear to be unscathed by it, it piques your interest. It’s happened to them before and resulted in over $10,000 being raised for Doctors Without Borders. As soon as they announced a listening party last week my first thought was “Why bother with the listening party? Someone will record it and I’ll get a copy next week.” And viola, here it is.

Unsurprisingly the backlash has begun. From the haters who detest the new stripped-down sound, to the alt.country snobs who want more banjo, there’s no shortage of opinions. Honestly, I’m a little surprised by the direction, but so far I like it. The sound is more mellow, closer to the A.M. & Summerteeth songs, and very far away from he experimentation of “A Ghost is Born.” But here’s the thing about opinions, everybody’s got one and you should go form your own.

Parts of the songwriting remind of of Randy Newman, maybe because at a concert in Washington DC last year that NPR broadcasted they did a great cover of Newmann’s “Political Science,” a tune about xenophobia. Other parts remind me of Bob Dylan, maybe because Jeff Tweedy likes Bob’s beard and Dylan went through many phases that didn’t really reveal their true beauty to most listeners until years later. Overall It’s a great, unexpected left turn in the road that is Wilco.

While MTV have no problem showing people who intentionally hurt themselves for entertainment value on their channel, they apparently do have a problem with the new video from The Decemberists.

Directed by Aaron Stewart (who’s worked with the band before), the video for “O Valencia” clocks in on nearly 10 minutes, although this is probably not the (full) reason why MTV decided to cut it down to less than 5 minutes. No, I’m guessing the guns and violence had something to do with it, although with MTV you never know considering the stuff they do let through the censors.

Anyway, here is “O Valencia” in all it’s uncut glory:

A Santa Ana, Calif., drug rehabilitation center has sued Courtney Love, claiming the singer has repeatedly refused to pay her $181,000 bill for her stay there a year and a half ago.

The lawsuit, filed March 1 in Orange County Superior Court, said Love paid $10,000 when she entered Beau Monde, an oceanfront retreat in Newport Beach in August 2005, but she still owes $181,286.

“Although demanded multiple times by plaintiff, orally and in writing, none of the balance stated has been paid,” the lawsuit said.

Love’s attorney Howard Weitzman said today the lawsuit “will be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties shortly.” A phone message left for Beau Monde’s attorney was not immediately returned.

In September 2005, Love was sentenced to 180 days at a drug treatment facility for violating probation in three misdemeanor cases — one for illegal possession of painkillers, one for being under the influence of a controlled substance in public, and another for assault and battery.

Some of her time, about 11 weeks, was spent at Beau Monde, according to court documents.

From: Billboard.com

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