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08 octobre 2006

Keep Control

Gabriel, 56, warned new artists to keep control over their names -- and stop the record labels from muscling in. "I would say to artists, at the beginning of your careers in this business, own your name, own your Web site, own your rights," he said.

"There's a future when the record business becomes a service industry but not owners of talent.

"It's only if we're smart, something we have never been, then there's a future," added Gabriel.

The BT Digital Music Awards, now in its fifth year, has rapidly grown in stature as the download revolution gains pace and the record industry has seen the importance of the Internet in breaking new bands, such as Arctic Monkeys or Lily Allen.

In the year to date, there have been 35 million singles downloads -- half of all singles sales in Britain. At the ceremony -- which featured performances by Plan B, Nate James and Lil' Chris -- Lily Allen was named best pop artist, while Muse took the best rock artist gong and Lemar was named best urban act.

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