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Arctic Monkeys in dispute with pioneering radio website over 'failure to pay royalties'

Some of Britain's top bands, including the Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Basement Jaxx, are locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with the music radio website Last.fm over substantial unpaid royalties.

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