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Illegal Downloading – In a battle that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere truly worthwhile, Radiohead, Keane and Blur have come out in strong support of the ‘three strikes’ rule against illegal downloading in the UK. The rule will see users bandwidth sanctioned after three warnings if they continue to download music illegally. A message on the Feature Artists Coalition website said, “Our meeting voted overwhelmingly to support a three-strike sanction on those who persistently download illegal files, sanctions to consist of a warning letter, a stronger warning letter and a final sanction of the restriction of the infringer’s bandwidth to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical while leaving basic email and web access functional.” It still seems like there could be a lot of loopholes here, e.g. moving onto a new internet provider, obviously not wanting to pay for something that you cannot use, downloading at free internet spots, the fact that this is coming from three bands who aren’t as affected by illegal downloading as other musicians etc. More as it unfolds, I guess. [NME]

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Fucked Up– No one seems to be more surprised than Fucked Up themselves who today won the Polaris Prize in Canada. The award, which NME dubbed the “equivalent of the Mercury Prize,” saw the band win the top prize of $20,000 for their sixth album ‘The Chemistry of Common Life.’ Damian Abraham says that winning the prize “was something that until this year would have felt so far out of the realm of possibility.”

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Mad Men January Jones

– Unfortunately there were no Kanye moments at the Emmy awards today but there were still a few things to talk about anyway. Mad Men, otherwise known as one of the best shows on television, easily scooped up the award for best drama for the second year running. Elsewhere, 30 Rock, one of the other best shows on television, won the best comedy award for the third straight year. Glenn Close won the award for best actress in a drama while Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston won the award for best actor in a drama. More winners here.

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Contra – Yeah, more indie rock news. Vampire Weekend, a.k.a the band that Alice Cooper called “metrosexual” have announced that they will release their sophomore album ‘Contra’ on January 12 in the US. Various ad’s, featuring a girl in a polo shirt, have been popping up on websites over the past few weeks and today the website ithinkuracontra.com linked back to VW’s home page.

– Monsters of Folk’s debut album is streaming in it’s entirety via their MySpace page. The supergroup, which consists of Conor Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward, will release their album stateside on September 22. Thanks to Stereogum for the heads up.

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Taylor Swift VMA–  There hasn’t really been much else to talk about today since Kanye  became the trending topic on Twitter by interrupting Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the VMA’s (you can watch the video here). According to MTV, Kanye apologised shortly after the incident on his blog, a post which has since been removed. Kanye wrote, “I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom. I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said. She is very talented! I like the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she’s in the bleachers! I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment! Okay, well let’s just hope we get something good actually comes of this. Maybe Thug Story II? You can view the VMA winners over here.

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The Beatles

 – It’s been a big couple of days for releases. Not only did our new favourite album, ‘Only Built For Cuban Linx II’  just come out in the US (a NZ release is apparently not on the books), but we had ‘The Blueprint 3’ (which Rolling Stone are predicting will hit number one) and The Beatles remasters and Rock Band combo. Phew. Yoko Ono today let it slip to Britain’s Sky News that The Beatles back catalogue will be released on iTunes. The news has since been removed from the news network but the internet is flooding with rumours that the iTunes announcement will be made officially tomorrow. Maybe not just yet though. MSNBC reports that EMI are denying the deal. “Conversations between Apple and EMI are ongoing and we look forward to the day when we can make the music available digitally. But it’s not tomorrow,” said global catalog president, Ernesto Schmitt.

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Blueprint 3 Poster

– So yeah, after all this business about the ‘Blueprint 3’ release date and the attention we got from it, it turns out the album is moving up three days to a September 8 release date in the US. Neither Roc Nation or Jay-Z have commented on the change of date yet but we’re assuming it’s due to the album leaking almost two weeks before it was due to hit shops. Either way, we’re going it’s going to be a good day for hip-hop since Raekwon’s ‘Only Built For Cuban Linx II’ gets dropped on the same day. [Billboard via 2dopeboyz]

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