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Another one who can’t see the wood for the trees! Now Blur singer Damon Albarn is attacking co-writers – but mysteriously fails to mention he didn’t write a single song on Gorillaz latest album by himself…

One controversy in the showbiz world this week appears to be over songwriting. Is it perhaps the scandalous revelation that Universal boss Lucian Grainge was paid more last year than every songwriter in Britain combined? Or maybe the press got wind of Spotify trying to reduce their payments? Not exactly. No, a singer called Damon Albarn - you might know him from Gorillaz, or 90s band Blur - recently claimed…

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Is there ANY festival that doesn’t rely on the generic McDonald’s style lineup? Apparently so – Dimensions takes place in September… and refreshingly, there’s no business techno types in sight!

Some people occasionally complain that this blog isn't positive enough about the dance music world. To which I plead not guilty - I think there's a lot of fantastic music being created out there. But the mere idea that discussing issues within dance music somehow makes me negative is downright ridiculous. One thing I've mentioned a few times lately is cash-strapped festivals deciding to go for broke by only booking…

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One rule for us, another rule for them! As BBC radio DJ Maressa Innerarity is fined £1,000 for lending her speakers to a plague rave, when will Boris Johnson be receiving his demand for payment?

It must be quite expensive being Boris Johnson. For starters, there's the taste for the finer things in life he's had since pretty much the day he was born. For example, he once described his £250,000 salary for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph each Monday as "chicken feed". There's also the British Prime Minister's rather well-known dalliances with women who aren't his wife at that particular moment. In…

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Where’s your tan, Mike? Nervous boss comes from home from his trip to Tulum (with the two label models, naturally) and remains very pale indeed – despite temperatures of up to 30°C in recent days…

It can't be easy being Michael Weiss of Nervous Records this week. A few days ago, the label boss went down to the Mexican municipality of Tulum. It's not entirely clear from the label's social media accounts what the reason for the trip was - but an insider tells me it was a "business trip to take new pictures of merchandise that'll be launched later this year". This would explain…

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McDonald’s have the same menu everywhere too! Secret Project tickets for Portugal go on sale tomorrow – and the lineup is as stale as a three day old Big Mac…

During the heights of the MDL Beast Soundstorm festival controversy last year, I described the event as being "like the McDonald’s of festivals". I was commenting on what I was seeing as festivals started to come back during last year - and one thing was very noticeable. Many of the big festivals essentially have the same lineups. This is great news if you're a DJ due to the earning opportunities…

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Touchy little fellow, isn’t he? Carl Craig is upset (yes, again!) about people “whose opinions you don’t care about” – and he even switches comments off in sign of contempt towards his own fans…

There's always one, isn't there? I'm sure you've probably come across one of these in life, dear reader. The sort of person who constantly claims not to care about the opinions of others - generally speaking, they're lying to try and conceal some kind of inner insecurity. And speaking of inner insecurity, we come to the subject of Carl Craig - a man who's getting increasingly prickly and bad tempered…

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Has Kerri Chandler been playing music to aliens again? Mystery as “flashing radio waves” are detected in space – and scientists aren’t sure what they’re coming from…

There's a lot which this blog does well. Asking questions about the dance music world that no one else dares touch is one. Covering subjects you will not see beforehand elsewhere is another. But even I must concede that Amateur’s House can only do so much in regards to the topic of outer space. But that won't stop me from trying to help anyway. Today, one story you might have…

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No wonder the music world backs the BBC licence fee! Defected sub-label Sondela secure monthly show on Radio 1 for the next six months – and it’s the British taxpayers who will be footing the bill for this free publicity…

When Defected does something, there's usually a reason why. Label boss Simon Dunmore doesn't seem to me to be the type of person driven by sentimentality - and everything the machine does is a new cog which fits in somewhere to keep it all turning over smoothly. This makes good business sense, not to mention reduces costs from things like duplication. For example, the MK back catalogue was purchased many…

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Well done on climbing to Mount Everest’s base camp, Rebekah – now is there any chance you could do some work on your struggling #ForTheMusic movement when you return?

Firstly, many congratulations must go to Rebekah Teasdale after successfully completing her expedition all the way up the 5,364 metres it takes to get to Mount Everest's base camp. Like her, I have a certain fascination with very tall mountains - and she has accomplished something here which I almost certainly couldn't do myself. From what she's published on Instagram, the climb went quite well. Indeed, the main issue Teasdale…

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Ever wondered what touring in a Covid world is like? Mike Skinner of The Streets provides a detailed explanation – and when you read it, it’s no wonder he cancelled his tour!

Despite many Covid restrictions having been removed over the past few months, disruption is still happening in many areas of life. And few are being affected more by this than the live events business. Of those events which are still going ahead, they risk turnout being up to 40% down on normal levels. So it was no surprise to read yesterday, courtesy of Music Week, that some 25% of gigs…

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