22 MAR 2013

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Hey, it's the 150th Beef Of The Week, and thank the good lord of unnecessary arguments, it's a good one. Even though it may not be exactly as it at first seems. Earlier this week, Seattle-based label Sub Pop delved into its mail bag and pulled out a complaint about the new Father John Misty album 'Fear Fun'. The grievance was not with the music on the album itself - "I enjoyed listening to the CD" the author, named only as 'Helen', noted in a PS - but with its artwork more>>
A huge line-up of beats and bass music DJs and artists, including Shy FX, B-Traits featuring Elisabeth Troy, Dub Pistols, MJ Cole, Deekline & Ed Solo, Congo Natty, Freestylers and Shut Up & Dance, donate their services for free at a massive Push Play benefit event next Thursday at Egg London. All money raised via the night will be split between The Anthony Nolan Trust and a fund to pay for music PR and DJ Sonia Akow's ongoing treatment and care for Leukaemia more>>

- IFPI calls EU report on piracy "flawed" and "deeply misleading"
- Bow Wow refusing to pay French pornstar
- Morrissey advised to quit music after latest hospital stay
- Madonna 'teases' secret vid thing
- Jason Molina discography placed online
- Swim Deep to release heavenly LP
- Earache Records releasing 'world's shortest' 90 sec record
- Stone Roses film to be shown in June
- Jessie J, JLS, Union J playing Allstarz Pop Party
- Festival line-up update
- Jarre added to IMS line-up
- Mew team up with Bang & Olufsen
- Beyonce poses in H&M campaign
- Warner unite sync operations of publishing and catalogue units
- Kilimanjaro live joins AIF
- BMG announces new rock JV with Odyssey
- ITV planning Now! documentary
- inthemix to launch US operations
- Robbie Williams doesn't agree with Brett Anderson about pop
- Dave Grohl not a fan of Lee Ryan
Kilburn’s live music venue Power’s Bar is looking for a live music booker. Candidates must be music driven, with knowledge of the music scene and be a night owl. They will be responsible for corresponding and coordinating events, booking the best up-and-coming bands as well as established acts. The successful candidate will also be responsible for listing and promoting the events organised at Power’s bar, both online and in print.

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Distiller Records is on the hunt for a new marketing intern that can also help us out with all manner of things. We want bright, motivated and creative folks who want hands on experience in how an independent label works. We’re looking for people who have a passion for music and a crazy love for the internet.

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We’re looking for a bright, enthusiastic part qualified accountant with a love of music to join our finance team. Working across all the companies in the group the main duties will include: Cash book and bank reconciliation, purchase and sales ledger processing, HMRC returns – VAT, Intrastat, writing cheques/setting up online payments, intercompany postings and reconciliations, dealing with customer and supplier queries.

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Ultra DJ Management is an independent company that is part of the Mission Control Group of companies including Mission Control Artists Agency and ASM Damage Ltd. We represent some of the world’s leading recording artists and producers and our roster includes multi-platinum album selling and award winning touring artists. We are recruiting for a booking agent with a good knowledge of dance music, the club and festival scene who possesses excellent negotiation skills and a high degree of professionalism.

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Building on our success of being voted Live UK’s National Promoter of the Year, DHP are looking for a Concerts Assistant to assist in the promotion team with our growing number of concerts.

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This post heads the Ticketing operation for the DHP venues and Concert Promotions. DHP has its own Box Office system – alt-tickets and marketing (which this role is involved with) is carried out in-house. This role involves close working with DHP promoters on marketing events and generating sales.

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ReverbXL are seeking a full time Intern to work in our London office based in Chiswick. This is an ideal entry level position for a graduate looking to gain employment in the music industry. The position will give the chosen candidate a diverse range of experience in how a music publisher, record label and management company operates.

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Involved Management is one of the world’s leading electronic music management companies, with an artist roster that includes Above & Beyond, Mat Zo and Dusky. Involved also shares an affiliation with Anjunabeats, one of the biggest independent dance labels in the UK and currently number one in the iTunes US dance album chart.

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Sydney based company representative for Australia, New Zealand and Asia. This position supports the activities of the company globally under the supervision of the London based Director, Label and Project Management. The role will cover supporting activities surrounding master rights owners as well as retail accounts. It will also have a business development aspect to the role.

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Berlin based company representative for Europe. This position supports the activities of the company globally under the supervision of the London based Director, Label and Project Management. The role will cover both supporting activities surrounding master rights owners as well as retail accounts. It will also have a business development aspect to the role.

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With a split role of business development and ongoing client relationship management, the candidate will be the UK based point person for INresidence artist projects, as well as being the liaison for projects with a physical component.

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The senior person in the international office for all Sales & Marketing activities. This position will work closely with label representatives and product managers to ensure maximum visibility for key projects. He/she will also manage relationships with various teams for the external clients as well as internally at INgrooves Fontana and support business development activities.

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Eight week evening course with music journalist Lulu Le Vay (Guardian, Independent, Observer, i-D, Sleaze Nation, The Face, DJ magazine). Learn how to source hot music stories, network with industry insiders, interview artists, write reviews and features, and deliver copy under pressure. You will also get to pitch your interview and feature ideas to editors at our partner publications: Clash Magazine, Dummy, Resident Advisor and DJ Mag. Guest tutor: Matt Bennett, Deputy Editor, Clash Magazine. 

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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: The Universal Music Group merged Virgin Records UK with Mercury. The first big development on the UK side of the business since Universal acquired the EMI labels last year, the move sees the main British EMI asset that UMG was allowed to keep by regulators, the Virgin label, merged with existing Universal division Mercury, creating Virgin EMI. The new entity will incorporate the existing Virgin and Mercury UK rosters, plus represent over here acts signed to the Universal-owned Virgin and Island Def Jam labels in the US. It's not yet fully clear what all this means for the staff of the Virgin and Mercury labels, who will be redistributed into two A&R and marketing teams, one called Virgin and one called EMI. CMU report | BBC report

02: The music industry awaited news on the future of HMV. Many commentators have noted that 25 Mar, aka this coming Monday, is the next big quarterly rent day for businesses, the first big rent pay out since HMV went into administration in January. In the ideal world administrators Deloitte would have confirmed a deal to sell the entertainment retailer before that date. That could still happen, though some insiders say the deadline isn't as important as many in the media have made out, not least because HMV now pays some of its rents on a monthly basis. Despite rumours ASDA was thinking of bidding, it seems that Hilco, which bought up most of HMV UK's bank debts when the firm went into administration, is still the only serious bidder. Elsewhere a creditors report prepared by Deloitte showed HMV owed £347 million when it collapsed, £237 million of which was to unsecured creditors who won't see anything back from the administration. Deadline report | Creditors report

03: WPP bought into SFX which bought into ID&T. The mega advertising and communications group said that it was investing in the new EDM-focused music company being built by Robert FX Sillerman because its network of events and websites provided a channel to a "valuable audience for our agencies' global clients". Meanwhile SFX confirmed it had taken a 75% stake in Dutch dance music promoters ID&T in a deal thought to be worth $97.5 million. As part of that acquisition, SFX will launch a US version of ID&T's flagship event Tomorrowland. WPP report | ID&T report

04: An Amazon streaming service was rumoured, while eMusic merged with an ebook company. Word has it that Amazon is now also in talks with labels about launching a streaming music service to sit alongside its existing MP3 store and digital locker, or possibly its film-on-demand platforms LoveFilm and Amazon Instant. Apple and Google, of course, are also thought to be developing streaming services in either a Pandora or Spotify mould, with Apple already notably including full-album preview streams within the iTunes platform with increased frequency. Elsewhere, one of the oldest digital music companies, eMusic, which has moved away from its original 'subscription download' model of late, announced a merger with ebooks firm K-NFB Reading Inc and the resulting departure of its CEO Adam Klein. It's thought the merged entity, to be called Media Arc, will develop a combined music and ebooks platform. Amazon report | eMusic report

05: An EU report played down the impact of piracy, but the IFPI did not concur. The report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre said that "digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format", mainly because most file-sharers wouldn't have bought the tracks they downloaded illegally had they not been available for free via file-sharing networks. Not only that, the report said, the existence of file-sharing networks has resulted in more people going online to find music, which benefits legit as well as unlicensed music platforms. The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry said "the findings seem disconnected from commercial reality". EU survey report | IFPI response report

In CMU this week, we found out from Ben Watt why he is winding down his label Buzzin Fly and about his plans for the future, Retro Stefson compiled us a playlist, and Editor Andy Malt reviewed some of the most recent pop-star/brand love-ins. Meanwhile CMU Insights provided an overview of how music makes money in 2013, as well as announcing some new training courses. Approved in CMU quarters this week were Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Beyonce, Mt Wolf and Dark Bells.

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No surprises here really, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry earlier this week issued a strong rebuttal of the previously reported piece of research by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre which concluded that "digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format".

The JRC survey was based principally on so called 'clickstream data', monitoring how some 16,000 web-users in five EU countries consume web-based content. The report reckoned that most music illegally accessed online would simply not have been consumed had it not been available for free from unlicensed sources, so content acquired that way does not actually constitute a lost sale.

There has been a plethora of research over the years on the effects of internet piracy on music sales, some concluding a definite link between rising piracy and slumping recorded music revenues, others arguing file-sharing doesn't negatively impact on the record industry.

The reality is probably something in between - clearly file-sharers would never have paid to buy the majority of the music they have downloaded for free had that not been an option, but the ready supply of free music from illegal sources online will likely result in some lost download sales, while also hindering all-you-can-eat streaming services.

The failure of the JRC research to even consider the impact of piracy on the burgeoning streaming music market is one of the IFPI's biggest criticisms, claiming that the report's much reported conclusion that piracy isn't detrimental to the record industry is highly misleading as a result.

Commenting, IFPI boss Frances Moore told CMU: "The study contains significant flaws and is therefore misleading in its conclusions about the impact of piracy. In particular, it uses a methodology that does not accurately measure digital music purchases and, very importantly, it omits from its assessment the impact of piracy on subscription and streaming services. Most research confirms a very different picture, which is that piracy overall has a negative impact on the legitimate music business".

The trade body also wheeled out Will Page, former PRS economics man, and now working for one of the key players in the streaming market, Spotify, who was even more critical of the JRC report. He told reporters: "The narrow definition of the market chosen by [this report's] authors is both puzzling and deeply misleading. In particular, the omission of streaming services from the study fails to appreciate the diverse make-up of the digital marketplace. As a result, the unfair competition that legal streaming services face from music piracy is not properly acknowledged by the authors - and moreover, the report fails to observe how consumers can migrate from illegal services into legal venues like Spotify".

Although the JRC report didn't make any specific recommendations policy wise to the European Commission, some at labels and streaming services fear it provides ammunition for those who oppose new anti-piracy measures in Europe. You can read the IFPI's rebuttal, and the trade body's summary of other research that counters the JRC report, in this PDF.

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Rapper Bow Wow has said that he will not pay $80,000 in damages and legal fees to French pornstar Celine 'Katsuni' Tran, despite a court order issued earlier this week.

As previously reported, Tran claimed that Bow Wow had used, without permission, footage of her dancing, originally shot for a video for French band Electronic Conspiracy, in the pop promo for "his track" 'Drank In My Cup' last year. Not owning the copyright to the original video, she sued on publicity right violation grounds.

As Bow Wow failed to respond to the lawsuit, the judge overseeing the case automatically ruled in Tran's favour, ordering the rapper to pay her $79,346.07. However, he now says he won't pay, disputing the lawsuit on two grounds. First, 'Drank In My Cup' is not his song, but was released by another rapper called Kirko Bangz. And second, neither he nor Bangz created the video in question, it being - he says - a mash up made by a YouTube user.

Posting on Facebook, Bow Wow said: "Yo! That dumb ass pornstar chick who ever she is ain't getting a dime from us! We ain't make no video. That video was mashed up by somebody on YouTube and I reposted cuz it was dope. People mash up artist videos all the time online. Everybody looking for a hustle. Then they [try to] say 'Drank In My Cup' is my song. That ain't my song, you dumb broad! Get a life. I don't play dem games. Niggas work too hard to give away free money".

Bow Wow does seem to have a more formal link to the track 'Drank In My Cup' than he suggests, in that a remix of it was doing the rounds in which he guested, which was presumably the version used in the video in question. Nevertheless, his arguments against his liability for the video - if true - seem pretty compelling. Perhaps he should have said all that in court when he had his chance. Though maybe not quite in those words.

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Morrissey has spoken about his recent health problems with Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7, saying that while he's "had a very bad time" recently, he's now "very optimistic" that he's on the road to recovery.

As previously reported, Morrissey has suffered various health complaints since the beginning of the year, which have resulted in numerous hospital stays and many cancelled shows on his US tour.

Speaking to the radio station, the singer said: "I had a very bad time. I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn't work. I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline... I had lost so much blood I had become anaemic but I'm still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now".

He continued: "It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me but everything just attacked me at once. The double pneumonia - everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defences were very, very low and couldn't cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold".

Asked if he might retire from music as a result of all these health problems, he said: "I have been cautioned to, but it's difficult for me because it's very ingrained in me".

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So, Madonna is in training to release a 'SECRET PROJECT' and, since it's so secret, all I can say for certain is that it has something to do with optometry, as per this 'OFFICIAL TRAILER'.

Whatever the project may be, it involves a collaboration with Madge's go-to-visual-artiste, photographer/videographer Steven Klein. So, that's nice.


Following his sad death last weekend, the discography of late Magnolia Electric Co and Songs: Ohia man Jason Molina's has been made available to hear online.

It features free streams of all the EPs, seven-inch singles, rare tracks and LPs Molina made, both solo and as part of various bands and collaborations, between 1996 and 2012.

Listen via this link.


Dip-dyed pop types Swim Deep, they of 'nouveau grunge' fame, are going to release their first ever LP via Chess Club and Sony's RCA Victor on 29 Jul, and its title is 'Where The Heaven Are We'.

They'll promote it by playing festivals (Stockton Calling, Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds, Dot To Dot and The Great Escape) and, in addition, a series standard live dates starting at Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire on 27 May.

The band's new single 'She Changes The Weather' precedes 'Heaven' with its own 6 May release. Give it a play now.


Thirteen mini-tracks by the likes of Napalm Death, Wormrot, Brutal Truth, Morbid Angel and Insect Warfare will be released on a five-inch vinyl LP that's apparently the world's shortest, lasting a mere 82.8s in total.

Available on Record Store Day (20 Apr), it'll feature, amongst other things, Napalm Death's 'You Suffer' - the Guinness Book Of Records-deemed 'world's shortest track' - which clocks at 1.9s, and a 3.5s finale (the longest track) called 'Street Sweeper' by Insect Warfare.

Talking about the project, Insect Warfare's Beau Beasley said: "I like the primal aspect of these songs. Anything that really needs to be said can really be expressed very simply. Think of the power of the word 'NO'. When you hear it yelled you immediately know its intent. Imagine that power with the sound of a blast beat behind it".

While on Napalm Death's 'You Suffer' he added: "The first time I heard 'You Suffer' was an experience like this: it was like the sound of two pieces of large, rusted metal colliding. Quick, scathing, and confusing. A car crash. Not literally, but might as well have been".


Side A
Napalm Death - You Suffer (1.9s)
Napalm Death - Dead (2.7s)
Napalm Death - Your Achievement (4.2s)
Wormrot - False Grind Sodomy (2.5s)
Wormrot - You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (4.0s)
Brutal Truth - Collateral Damage (4.0s)
AC - Howard Wulkan's Bald (4.0s)

Side B
Lawnmower Deth - Be Scene Not Heard (4.7s)
Painkiller - Trailmarker (6.0s)
Brutal Truth - Blockhead (7.3s)
Morbid Angel - Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (6.9s)
AC - Windchimes Are Gay (9.5s)
Insect Warfare - Street Sweeper (13.5s)

You can see the full list of what treats will be on offer for this year's Record Store Day in the UK here.

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'This Is England' filmmaker Shane Meadows' Stone Roses doc 'Made Of Stone' - as records the band's 2012 reconciliation and latter shows at Heaton Park - will be shown in British cinemas from 5 Jun.

Meadows, Ian Brown, Reni, Mani et al are set to attend its 30 May premiere, a secret and invite-only party in Manchester. A number of fans, who are shown in the film being given tickets to the screening, will also be allowed in.

Says Meadows: "Making this film, I got to be part of something truly remarkable, the double decade awaited 'resurrection' of my all time favourite band, The Stone Roses. People say that you can't recapture your youth, it'll never be the same second time round etc, but that's utter rubbish. The Roses were never allowed to reach their peak first time around so, as far as I and millions of fans around the world were concerned, with this comeback the Roses could be even greater".

He adds: "This film isn't a history lesson, nor is it a two-hour concert film. It is a film about defying the odds, sticking it to the man and telling the cynics to shut their pie-holes!"

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Charitable pop baldy Jessie J is to bare her shaven head (though her hair might be back by June) at something called the AllStarz Summer Party, which is basically a show in Reading's magisterial Madejski Stadium featuring Amelia Lily, Union J, JLS, and, incredibly, non-'X-Factor'-affiliated boyband Lawson. It's on 1 Jun.

J shares this choice soundbite: "I'm so excited to be headlining the AllStarz Summer Party. I hope my fans are ready to party because this show is going to be big".


Skrillex has gone and stopped his Full Flex Express, the party train-ride he was meant to be taking (and making noise on) across Canada in July, dead in its tracks. Aka, he's cancelled it. But why oh why has he done this?

I'll allow him to explain (via Facebook): "It is with huge disappointment that we have to announce the Full Flex Express will not be happening in 2013. During the past four months we lost the train we had booked, found a new one, and then realised the cost associated with using it would put us at a huge, huge loss".

Adding that he'd looked at "every option" to make his Full Flex dream a reality, he ends with: "The train is near and dear to my heart, and we have every intention of bringing it back in a massive way in 2014 (and for many years after), so please understand that we do this for you, and this is just an unfortunate convergence of circumstances".

In light of this calamity, and since tickets to the Skrill-Express (missed a trick there, didn't he) had already gone on sale, he says fratstep fans are guaranteed their cash back at point of purchase.

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I have to say, Irish independent festival Body & Soul - the same Irish independent that stars headliner Nick Cave and Kurt Vile, PiL, Solange, Charles Bradley and Willy Mason - is looking rather great this year, isn't it?

Yes, yes it is. And so are inextricably-linked pop raves Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks, who've taken in an extra artistic bilge featuring Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Bastille and 24 hour party-prone people Franz Ferdinand.

FF's Alex Kapranos says this: "This is the first time we've been to Ibiza Rocks, so are looking forward to it. Paul's been and told us all about it, so we're expecting a great crowd there and in Mallorca".

Chase & Status paraphrase that same sentiment, adding: "We're excited to bring our live show to Ibiza Rocks again this summer - the crowds at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks are always amazing!"

Amazing! And now, be similarly amazed by this list of astonishing FLUUs:

AS ONE IN THE PARK, Victoria Park, London, 26 May: Conor Maynard, Boy George & Marc Vedo.

BODY & SOUL, Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland, 21-23 Jun: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Public Image Ltd, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires, Solange, Breton, Willy Mason, Mmoths, Pantha Du Prince, Iron Curtis, Jon Hopkins, Almighty Sion, George Fitzgeraldn, Adultrock, Monto, RSAG, Ryan Vail, Fish Go Deep.

FON FESTIVAL, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, 26-28 Jul: Felix Kubin, The Bohman Brothers, Ryoko Akama, Lee Gamble, Ore Herb Diamante, Lauren Redhead, Jon Hering, Gail Brand, Steve Symons, Sound Network, FON Air Radio Works, Laura Cannell & Andre Bosman, John Richards.

IBIZA/MALLORCA ROCKS, Rocks Hotels, Ibiza/Mallorca, Spain, 4 Jun - 18 Sep: Franz Ferdinand, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Bastille, The Other Tribe. /

LONG DIVISION, various venues, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, 7-9 Jun: Allo Darlin, Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel, The History Of Apple Pie, This Many Boyfriends, Sky Larkin, That Fucking Tank, Blacklisters, This Is The Kit, Kid Canaveral, Humanfly, Runaround Kids, Too Many T's, Middleman, Olympic Swimmers, Mark Wynn, New Vinyl, O Messy Life, Harry George Johns, Imp, St Gregory Orange, Above Them, The State Of Georgia, The Birthday Kiss, The Coopers, The Spirit Of John, The Do's, Piskie Sits, The Exhibition, Morain, The Grand, Aztec Doll, Rosie Doonan, Johnny The Firth, Cry Baby Cry, Witch Hunt, Rose & The Howling North.

OFF THE TRACKS, Park Farmhouse, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, 24-26 May: The Popes, Dub Pistols, Scott McKeon, New Bushbury Mountain Daredevils, Neverland, K, Linos Wengara Magaya, Orchid Star, Kris Dollimore, Nordic Giants, Maia, Damn Vandals, The Convulsions, Shamus OBlivion And The Megadeath Morrismen, Ne3Folk, Mas Y Mas, Cloudbase, The Convulsions, Akahum, Rattleshack, Cupola, Sam Brookes, Woolly Mammoth, Woolley & Archer, 52 Commercial Road, Free Control, Inta Africa.

OTHER VOICES, Wilton's Music Hall, London, 5-7 Apr: Laura Marling, Villagers, SOAK.

SONAR BARCELONA, Fira Monjuic/Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, 13-15 Jun: Jurassic 5, Bat For Lashes, Skream, Luciano, Alvin Risk, Alizzz, Thug Ladies DJs, Kimberly I Clark, Benjamin Damage, Anstam, Phon.o, Bambounou, San Proper, DJ Antal, Clockwork feat Atavism & Vaal, Coyu, Edu Imbernon, Neuhen And Cardopusher.

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL, The Sage, Gateshead, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 19-21 Jul: The Mavericks, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Willy Mason, Patty Griffin, Matthew E White, Mud Morganfield, Shelby Lynne, Larkin Poe, Elizabeth Cook, Jan Howard, Yolanda Quartey, David Wax Museum, Tom Russell, Polly And The Billets Doux, Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys.

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Organisers of the EDM-focused International Music Summit yesterday announced another keynote in the form of electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre.

Confirming the booking, IMS man Ben Turner told CMU: "A lot of work has gone into landing Jean Michel Jarre. But we are hugely excited to have his attendance. I interviewed him in 1993 for the Melody Maker when electronic DJs like Slam had remixed his work. So it's been amazing talking to him again about speaking at IMS. He is a true pioneer and his understanding of today's scene is quite surprising. His understanding of the challenges facing the business is second to none, and his vision for change is also impressive and inspiring".

Jarre joins the line-up of artist and industry speakers already announced for IMS, which will also this year include a Legends Dinner celebrating a certain Fatboy Slim. It all takes place from 22-24 May in Ibiza, with info here.

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Danish band Mew have announced a new partnership with audio brand Bang & Olufsen's AV offshoot B&O Play. Details of their plans together are currently sketchy, except that they plan to "co-create an innovative experience with sound and music".

As previously reported, Mew announced earlier this year that they had parted way with Sony Music, after almost ten years with the major label, and would return to releasing solely through their own label, Evil Office.

Speaking about the B&O deal, guitarist Bo Madsen told CMU: "For us it is the new way: Funding our music and art by engaging in creative collaborations. We have total artistic freedom, while being able to offer our fans experiences they would not have had otherwise. Here, we work with a quality-conscious partner who, like us, has a desire to bring the world something new. Addition, not repetition. The music experience is not just music, but also the world you create around the music. We want to add colours and dimensions to that world".

And that approach is seemingly in line with the ambitions at B&O Play. Bang & Olufsen Vice President Henrik Taudorf Lorensen added: "B&O Play is about enabling people to enjoy quality music wherever they are. About building appreciation for great sound and music. So when the opportunity to work with one of the strongest Danish proponents for quality recordings arose, we saw a chance to expose our customers to an innovative music experience. In this project, our team and the band are having a fun time creating a music experience in the intersection between sound engineering, designed user interaction and music creation".


The time and season for Lana Del Rey's H&M-made mohair-wear having apparently passed, the Swedish fashion brand has made Beyonce the face of its 'beach-ready' new summer range, one that she's apparently had a part in designing, so that's nice. She's even made a new track titled 'Standing On The Sun' to go with the tropical 'vibe' of the range, which will be buyable in shops in May.

Enter an uncharacteristically inane Beyonce, who says: "I've always liked H&M's focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements -- fire, water, earth and wind".

She exits. Click here to view an over-photoshopped photo of Beyonce a la H&M.

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Warner Music's strategy to integrate its sound recording and music publishing catalogues in the US has resulted in publishing unit Warner/Chappell and catalogue label division Rhino unifying their sync teams.

As previously reported, Warner rejigged its US operations last November so that Warner/Chappell and Rhino sit in one strand of the business, reporting into Warner/Chappell's existing top man Cameron Strang. Under the latest development, Warner/Chappell's synchronisation chief Ron Broitman will head up a new team that combines sync execs from both the publisher and Rhino, as well as looking for sync opportunities for the entire Warner Music business, including frontline record labels.

As record companies increasingly become licensing businesses rather than CD sellers, there is a logic for those music firms that own both label and publishing concerns to more closely align the operations of the two sides of the business, especially when it comes to catalogue, with the publishing sector having more experience in the licensing game.

Though, of course, because song-writing recording-artists traditionally signed record and publishing deals with different corporate entities, there will be a disconnect between any one music company's recording and publishing catalogues, which poses challenges in the sync game, where the ideal scenario would be offering ad agencies and film, gaming and TV studios a 'one-stop shop' through which all the rights in a piece of content can be secured via one simple deal.

But Warner reckons there are nevertheless benefits to having a joined-up sync operation. Confirming the revamp, Strang told CMU: "Ron is a world class talent in his field, with years of success in working with clients across all forms of media to create credible, memorable synchronisations that excite global audiences. Combining the expertise and resources of these two excellent teams, under Ron's experienced leadership, will help us set a new standard in licensing. The united operation will be faster-moving, better connected and more innovative, resulting in an enhanced service and enabling us to generate even more significant opportunities for artists and songwriters".


Kilimanjaro Live has joined the Association Of Independent Festivals, with its top man Stuart Galbraith joining the trade body's board.

The concert and festival promotions business of former Live Nation UK chief Galbraith now qualifies for AIF membership following the end of his business alliance with live entertainment major AEG Live, which was originally a shareholder in Kili Live. Galbraith took complete ownership of the company last year. By joining AIF, the Kili man formally brings festivals Wakestock, Vans Warped Tour and Sonisphere into the independent festival community.

Galbraith told CMU yesterday: "Kilimanjaro are delighted to be joining AIF, bringing with us the festival brands we're involved with - including Wakestock, Vans Warped and Sonisphere. We're already enjoying working with the independent entrepreneurs that are driving so many wonderful festivals throughout the UK and look forward to sharing information and experiences with them going forward".

A number of other indie festivals have also recently allied with AIF, including Tramlines, In The Woods, Greenbelt, London Summer Jam, Folk On The Water, Brecon Jazz, Larmer Tree, Festibelly, Imaginadium, Open House Festival, Blissfields and SWN.


BMG has announced a new alliance with Berlin-based management and marketing group Odyssey Music Network which will see the creation of Heartwork Music, a new rock and metal focused imprint that will sign artists to BMG's previously reported 'masters model' deals.

BMG will handle the release process of Heartwork artists, while Odyssey will oversee marketing and promotion, with the first releases under the new venture coming from The Dillinger Escape Plan and
German deathcore outfit We Butter The Bread With Butter.

Confirming the new alliance, Björn Meyer, Label Manager at Odyssey Music Network, told CMU: "BMG's modern approach to master rights in partnership with artists is a natural fit with the Odyssey Music Network concept".

While BMG's Dominique Kulling added: "The BMG approach to masters is based on working with best-in-class partners. Odyssey Music Network is an ideal partner in the rock, alternative and metal fields".

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ITV will screen a one-off documentary about the Now That's What I Call Music franchise, telling the story of the compilations series, and featuring music from some of the artists who have appeared over 84 editions of the album.

The programme will be made by Reef Television, whose MD Richard Farmbrough said: "Now That's What I Call Music is one of the phenomena that has infiltrated everyone's lives at some point or another - we've all owned a copy and you can pretty much calibrate someone's age by it".


Aussie-based dance music website inthemix has announced plans to formally launch in America, with bases in New York, LA and Miami contributing US-focused EDM editorial.

The announcement coincides with the Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival in Miami, with the boss of inthemix publisher SoundAlliance, Neil Ackland, saying: "inthemix is all about amplifying the EDM event experience and we have worked closely with some of the world's biggest festivals and clubs to support and nurture the scene, and bring new fans into EDM".

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In a CAPS-heavy post on his blog, Robbie Williams has hit out at Suede's Brett Anderson for taking a swipe at modern pop music.

He was irked by a comment in The Sun, in which Anderson said: "There has always been crap pop music. I remember when we had all the crap boybands in the 90s - stuff like that has always been around. The lack of money in the music industry created a crisis. Record companies don't have the resources to take a gamble, so these pop stars are created by committee. They are just a series of bland ticks on a check list, which creates a generic style of artist. I prefer artists with something slightly wrong about them".

Needless to say, Williams wasn't impressed with Anderson's swipes at either the 1990s or current pop scenes, Take That being part of both. On the Suede man's remarks re 90s pop, he noted: "Now this was at the height of what was Britpop and mainstream indie. Record companies don't/didn't have the resources to gamble? I think not... Any quarter-decent three chord knobheads could and did get a deal in the 90s".

These are valid points. The Britpop era was a pretty miserable time to be into indie music - especially towards the end, when the barrier to entry did seem especially low. And some of the "quarter-decent three chord knobheads" Williams goes on to list were decidedly mediocre, despite major label backing. Though he does include Curve in that list, which isn't on. You can't put Curve next to Shed Seven, come on! And also, in the late 90s, having fallen off the Take That bandwagon, wasn't Robbie's shtick hanging out with "quarter-decent three chord knobheads"?

Anyway, he continued: "There were a few special indie bands then just as there are in every generation. And just as some pop bands are useless, some are magnificent in every generation I feel sorry for the people who are too bigoted to appreciate the latter. The world's a lot more exciting with a One Direction in it. And more hearts will genuinely race at a new 1D album than they ever have or will at any Suede album in any time period".

Once again, all valid points. But Curve were brilliant. Can we just remember that?

Finishing his rant, Robbie addressed Anderson directly: "Please say hello to your drummer. He was consistently lovely with me". See, told you his schtick in the 90s was hanging out with "quarter-decent three chord knobheads".


Blue's Lee Ryan is a bit of a Dave Grohl fan. Well, apparently. He covered 'Best Of You' by the Foo Fighters on for Radio 1's 'Live Lounge' once, anyway. And he also went and watched Grohl's Sound City Players perform live in London last week.

During the gig, he apparently found his way to the bar, because by the time he reached the after-party he was a little worse for wear. Grohl told The Sun: "There was this English singer who was with us who was completely wasted. We almost had to throw him out. Have you heard of this band, Blue? The guy kept telling us how many million records he's sold. I was like, 'Really? You?'"

Poor Lee. He's not good with alcohol.

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