25 APR 2013

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The CMU Insights training course Managing & Monetising Rights takes place once again next Wednesday, 1 May, in Shoreditch, and there are still a few places available. With that in mind, we've gathered together the CMU Insights team's copyright tip pieces, which include some basics on intellectual property, an outline of the types of copyright under the UK system, information on who owns copyrights by default, and the all important guide to how copyrights make you money. Go learn, then sign up to learn even more next Wednesday.
First, a basic Hebronix CV. Daniel Blumberg quit Cajun Dance Party just as its brand of sugary jingle-jangle pop was starting to look like it'd had its day. After that he moved with the times, reappearing in the midst of grunge-toned Yuck in 2011, only to leave after one LP. Blumberg is now 'back' (again), this time via solo alias Hebronix, and will release an LP titled 'Unreal' on 8 Jul. Its title track, a bed-headed hymn to slack dissatisfaction, spirals back and forth on a pair of fairly prosaic chords, but gains extra-special shine via the lyrical twists and jewel-like synths in its seam more>>
- Record Store Day deemed a success
- Capitol UK launches
- Scottish Album Of The Year longlist announced
- Iggy Azalea signs US deal with Island Def Jam
- Christopher Maloney to release LP via Tristar
- Samaris sign to One Little Indian
- Zomby shares new track, LP details
- Jagwar Ma to release LP
- Colin Stetson collaborates with Bon Iver on new album
- The National to perform Sorrow. A lot
- Thundercat to play Brainfeeder party
- Festival line-up update: Bestival, Brownstock, Hevy and more
- New MD for Universal Music China
- Twitter Music chief departs
- Beyonce bans photographers from live shows
- Bieber monkey still in limbo
- Psy needs a chef
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Hey, Record Store Day 2013 was a success. Though if you were one of the people who looked at the queues outside some of the most popular shops, thought 'bollocks to that' and went home, you might already have guessed it was.

In total, eight of the top ten best selling vinyl albums last week were Record Store Day exclusives, while the average customer spent £45, according to new stats released by the Official Charts Company and the Record Store Day UK team. This year the number of exclusive releases put out specifically for the day grew to 500, which seems a bit out of control, but if people are buying them, what are you gonna do?

Record Store Day UK Coordinator Spencer Hickman told CMU: "Indie record shops pulled out all the stops once again to make Record Store Day UK a huge success. They proved yet again indie stores are more than just shops - at their best they are a focus for the passion, the excitement, the stubborn belief in the power of great music which is the hallmark of the true music fan".

Paul Quirk, chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association, added: "Record Store Day reached a new level this year. What is clear is that it is the stores that have done the most in terms of organising gigs and special events which have seen the highest sales. Being a music fan is about more than just shopping, and those stores which recognise that are the ones which will prosper. I am continually amazed by the effort record store owners and their staff put into this event".

Of course, some of the people in those queues are only there because they know if they can get in early and scoop up the rarest of the exclusive records, then they can sell them at a profit on eBay. However, claims Quirk, instances of this happening are down on previous years. "There is a lot of revulsion among music fans when people try to cash in on Record Store Day," he said. "But the stores have made strenuous efforts to restrict this trade and our researches suggest less than 2% of product ended up on eBay this year - which means that 98% did not".

While 2% of 500 releases still seems like quite a lot, but Quirk reckons reselling is now on a downward trend, saying: "I am confident we can continue to reduce the impact of this problem".

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Universal Music has announced the launch of Capitol Records UK, because like my granny always used to say, you can never have too many imprints. Capitol will operate alongside the mega-major's other British frontline labels: Island, Polydor, Virgin EMI and Decca.

Universal confirmed rumours that it would launch a UK version of Capitol Records last month. Capitol, of course, was the main US division of EMI, which Universal Music acquired last year. Having been forced to sell EMI's other iconic label, Parlophone, in order to get regulator approval for its EMI deal in Europe, Universal seemed keen to capitalise on the Capitol name in the UK instead.

Existing Universal UK mini-division London Records will basically be morphed into Capitol UK, with its chief since 2011, Nick Raphael, heading up the new unit. London is a 'capital' I suppose, which is only one letter off 'capitol'. Raphael's London Records team will become the Capitol team, though additional execs will be recruited in the coming weeks.

Universal's official announcement of the Capitol venture adds that the new venture "will be based in premises outside Universal Music UK's Kensington High Street HQ", which seemingly backs up the rumour that the label will set up home in offices at Abbey Road Studios, also acquired by the mega-major in its EMI deal, to replicate Capitol US being famously based in the Capitol Tower, one of LA's best known studio complexes.

Confirming the launch of Capitol UK, Universal Music UK boss David Joseph told CMU: "For us to work with Capitol is an honour and a tremendous opportunity - it's a label with an incredible past but what the new team are doing promises a huge amount for the future. Here in the UK, the same can be said for what Nick's leadership can do for the label, with Capitol joining Virgin EMI, Island, Polydor and Decca to complete our line-up of frontline labels".

While Raphael added: "When David approached me to run Capitol Records in the UK I jumped at the opportunity to run a legendary label with an incredible roster and the chance to work with [Capitol US boss] Steve Barnett again".

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The shortlist has been announced for the 2012 Scottish Album Of The Year Award, you know, like the Mercury but with English, Welsh and Irish bands kicked out of the room. Organised by the Scottish Music Industry Association, 100 music and media types nominated records for the longlist, from which a shortlist of ten will be selected, one by the public on 27 May, and the rest by the SAY judging panel. A final winner will then be selected on 20 Jun.

But enough of that, here then is the longlist...

Admiral Fallow - Tree Bursts In Snow
Auntie Flo - Future Rhythm Machine
Calvin Harris - 18 Months
Dam Mantle - Brothers Fowl
Django Django - Django Django
Duncan Chisholm - Affric
Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
Errors - Have Some Faith In Magic
Human Don't Be Angry - Human Don't Be Angry
Karine Polwart - Traces
Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson - New Focus
Lau - Race The Loser
Meursault - Something For The Weakened
Miaoux Miaoux - Light Of The North
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
PAWS - Cokefloat!
RM Hubbert - Thirteen Lost & Found
Stanley Odd - Reject
The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
The Unwinding Hours - Afterlives

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Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has signed a deal with Universal's Island Def Jam in the US, it was announced yesterday. As previously reported, Azalea previously signed with the mega-major's Mercury label (which has since relaunched as Virgin EMI) in the UK back in February.

Island president David Massey said in a statement: "We are beyond proud and excited to welcome Iggy to the Island Def Jam family. Iggy has created a massive buzz and rightfully so: she's incredibly talented, she's focused, driven, and has great creative tastes and instincts. She is nothing short of an international star, and the team here - including Steve Bartels, Chris Anokute, Karen Kwak, our chairman Barry Weiss and myself - are thrilled she's chosen Island Records as her US home".

Iggy added: "I am elated to be a part of the Island Def Jam family! After speaking in depth with David, Steve and Chris, it became clear that Island Records was attuned to the type of artist I am. They are a great addition to my UK team. Along with TI and the Grand Hustle family, I couldn't have asked for a more understanding and aspirational group of people to work with".

Azalea recently released new single 'Work', and her major label debut album, 'The New Classic', is due for release in the UK in June.

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Singing baked bean Christopher Maloney, aka him off of 'The X-Factor', has 'landed' an LP deal (a real one this time) with independent label Tristar Records, Sony having declined to sign him post-'X'. The LP in question, which, Chris says, will consist of "mostly" original tracks, shall be released later this year.

Talking to the Liverpool Echo, he adds: "I wanted full control over what I was doing and full creativity and I wanted a label that will look after me. I didn't want to go somewhere with big artists where I would be put on the sideline. If I signed with another record company, it would have been a lot longer process and my fans are waiting for my album now".

And: "There's two people writing it at the moment and one producer. People are expecting an album full of covers but that's not what I'm going to do. There may be one or two covers but it'll be mostly new stuff".

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One Little Indian has signed Icelandic trio Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir, Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, Jófríður Ákadóttir, or to give them their band name, Samaris.

This done, the label will release a pair of the Samaris' EPs - 'Hljóma Þú' and 'Stofnar falla' - as a two disc vinyl LP/CD/MP3 extravaganza, on a TBA date in July.

Hear a track from that titled 'Goda Tungl' (translation 'Good Moon') in the meantime.

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Zomby is releasing his third LP, the 33 track 'With Love', via 4AD on 17 Jun, FYI. Too big to fit on a single disc, it'll be available as a triple vinyl and/or two CD package.

Apparently, it'll sit "between the dancefloor and after-hours emotional introspection, serving as a love letter to the soulful dance music of his past".

Hear all those things at play in featured track 'Soliloquy'.

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Spacey psych-pop act Jagwar Ma have given their first LP a title - 'Howlin' - and a release date - 10 Jun.

A record taped, say the band, in "the depths of Sydney, rural France, Berlin and some places in between", it'll carry this tracklisting:

What Love
The Throw
The Loneliness
Come Save Me
Let Her Go
Man I Need
Did You Have To
Backwards Berlin

This is the above-listed 'Man I Need'.

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Wildly experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson has announced that he will release his new album, 'New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light', through Constellation on 29 Apr. The record is the follow-up to 2011's 'New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges', completing the trilogy started with 'New History Warfare Vol 1' in 2007.

Although you may not have heard Stetson's solo work before, you will almost certainly have heard his playing on albums by artists including TV On The Radio, Tom Waits, Feist, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. He is also a touring member of the latter two acts, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon provides vocals on four tracks on 'New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light'.

Listen to 'High Above A Grey Green Sea' from the album here.

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Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson has had an idea. And if you're in New York next month, you can see that idea played out. Quite literally. Entitled 'A Lot Of Sorrow', Kjartansson has drafted in The National to perform their song 'Sorrow', from 2010 album 'High Violet', on a loop for six hours. That certainly is a whole lot of 'Sorrow'.

Taking place from 12pm to 6pm on 5 May at the MoMA PS1 exhibition space in New York, it'll be interesting to see what happens. Will the band grow to hate the song? Will it morph and change into something quite different by the end? Will anyone be able to stand the full six hour show? These are things we can only wait to find out.

And if you want to find out first hand, tickets are available here.

Prepare yourself by listening to 'Sorrow' here.

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The usually LA-based Thundercat will be in London on 13 Jul, playing live at a party on the same day that his new LP, 'Apocalypse', is released via Brainfeeder. He, and special guests Throwing Snow, Slugabed and Kutmah, will all appear at Village Underground.

Advance tickets to the show are available via

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Steaming in at the top of today's FLUU headlines is the Isle Of Wight's end-of-season HMS Bestival bash, and in particular its new dance arena The Port. A 'landlocked harbour' featuring nautical sideshows, LED screens and pyrotechnics, it'll be captained by DJs Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Julio Bashmore and Erol Alkan, not to mention brand new Bestival guests like Knife Party, Jaguar Skiills and DJ EZZ.

Head Bestival buccaneer Rob Da Bank says this: "This whole new field is going to be an all night maritime adventure with dirty little rum bars, enticing brothels and sea shanties ringing out from random sailor folk in every corner. It'll have crazy aerial displays and a bucket load of pyro that will blow your mind, it's the dance arena to end all dance arenas and it's gonna go off. If you want to know where the party's at, it's at The Port".

"The party", with all respect to Rob Da Bank, isn't only based at Bestival this year, oh no. It's also going to be at Festival No 6 c/o the Welsh fest's disco-tastic new additions, Chic, who'll 'feat' Nile Rodgers.

Nile verbalises his excitement at playing the festival thus: "I've never been to Portmeirion but it looks like a truly magical place. Chic always love to play somewhere unique and special, especially if we've never played there before, so we're really looking forward to Festival No 6. We're looking forward to showing Portmeirion that there ain't no party like a disco party!"

Whilst I can't argue with that last part, I can present to you a list of festivals to at least rival Nile's unparalleled "disco party". And they are:

B'ESTFEST SUMMER CAMP, Tunari, Bucharest, Romania, 5-7 Jul: Chase & Status, Nas, Nneka, Noisia, Joker, Friction, Soilwork, Tiamat.

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: Knife Party, DJ EZ, Toddla T Sound, Jaguar Skills, Phat Phil Cooper, Russ Cuban.

BROWNSTOCK, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: DJ Yoda, Roni Size, The Cuban Brothers.

FESTIVAL NO 6, Portmeirion, Wales, 13-15 Sep: Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Neon Neon, Lianne La Havas, Tricky, Daughter, Wire, London Grammar, The Leisure Society, Money, Melt Yourself Down, Mary Epworth, Dan Croll, Wave Machines, Sivu, Islet, Sam Airey, Daddy G, Horse Meat Disco, Will Sergeant, Crazy P, Psychemagik, Sancho Panza, Pete Herbert, Low Life, Heavenly Social DJs, Jagz Kooner, Dicky Trisco, AOR Disco, Guy Williams, Sophie Lloyd, Richard Hector-Jones, Bernie Connor, Nadia Ksabia, Neal Schtuum.

HEVY, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent, 2-4 Aug: Killswitch Engage, American Me, Eyehategod, Give Em Blood, Liferuiner, More Than Life, Raein, Xerxes, The Catharsis Coliseum, Black Dogs, Earthtone9, Empress, Goodtime Boys, Polar, It Prevails.

TRUCK, Hill Farm, Steventon, 19-20 Jul: The Subways, Fonda 500, Thomas Truax, Society, Redlands Palomino Co, Luke Smith, Edible Five Foot Smiths, Le Emu Tavern, The Epstein, Dreaming Spires, Huck And The Yarns, Stevie Ray Latham, Case Hardin, Troubadour Rose, Paul McLure.

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Universal Music has announced the appointment of Garand Wu to the job of MD at Universal Music China, reporting into Sunny Chang, MD of Universal Music Greater China.

Wu previously worked for EMI in the region, though since 2009 has run his own music business consultancy focused on events and artist management across South East Asia. In his new role he will oversee marketing, promotions and back office operations at Universal Music China, while working with Chang on A&R matters.

Confirming the appointment, George Ash, President of Universal Music Asia Pacific, told reporters: "Garand is a highly experienced executive whose leadership and expertise in marketing and label management make him an invaluable force for the company in the region".

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The Twitter exec who spearheaded the development of the social networking firm's music discovery app, which went live last week, has reportedly left the company.

According to AllThingsD, Kevin Thau, who also championed Twitter's acquisition of We Are Hunted, from which Twitter Music morphed, has left the firm to join Jelly Industries, the new company being led by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who himself departed the micro-blogging business last June.

Thau isn't the first Twitter employee to follow Stone into Jelly, designer Vítor Lourenço having made the move earlier this year, while Ben Finkel - founder of social Q&A site Fluther, which was acquired by Twitter in 2010 - is a co-founder and CTO of Jelly.

The assumption now is that the former chiefs of We Are Hunted will lead Twitter's musical ambitions from this point, and head up further development of the company's potentially-ground-breaking though so far rather disappointing music app.

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While the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Savages are banning their fans from taking shaky photos and videos at gigs, Beyonce is reportedly going a step further and banning professional photographers from her entire 'Mrs Carter Show' world tour, which began in Serbia earlier this month.

Purporting it to be taken from information for media outlets wishing to cover the shows, Facebook page Music Photographers has posted a paragraph of text saying: "There are no photo credentials for this show. Local news outlets, including print and online, will be given a link to download photos from every show. They will need to register to access the photos".

Those official photos, all of which are apparently taken by one photographer, Frank Micelotta for Associated Press, can be found here.

Presumably this is a response to the incident this year in which Buzzfeed posted, and then refused to take down, photographs from Beyonce's Super Bowl performance, which her people deemed to be "unflattering".

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Did Justin Bieber never see those adverts? You know, the ones that said, "A monkey is for life, not just for your birthday"? Well, it was something like that. Clearly he didn't, because if he had he wouldn't have abandoned his pet monkey in Germany.

As previously reported, Bieber was given the monkey, named Mally, for his nineteenth birthday midway through his European tour in March. But when he tried to take Mally off his private jet and into Germany officials at Munich Airport said that the popstar didn't have the correct paperwork and promptly confiscated the animal. He was then given four weeks to come back and collect it, though authorities noted at the time that neither the singer or his people had been in touch since the confiscation.

But now, as that four week deadline is reached, reps for Bieber have been in touch with the Munich animal sanctuary where Mally is being cared for. However, according to a spokesperson, that was just to say that no one was going to come and get the monkey, instead asking for them to locate a "safe and sheltered place, or a zoo" as a new home.

Poor monkey. Well, actually, I think Mally probably had a lucky escape - concerns already having been raised over the morality of an animal being plucked from its mother and natural habitat in order to become the plaything of a teen popstar.

It's not over yet though. Apparently phoning up and saying you don't want a monkey isn't enough. Authorities have now given Bieber a new deadline of 17 May to notify them in writing that he doesn't want his monkey back, and address the matter for the thousands of euros it's costing to look after the animal while he makes his mind up.

Bonn Federal Office For Nature Conservation official Franz Böhmer said in a statement: "So far no papers for the monkey of Justin Bieber have been submitted. If he submits a written disclaimer, we can accommodate Mally in a welfare family group in a zoo".

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Love Psy? Want to be the one to de-shell his special pistachios? Well, guess what.... Psy wants you. The K-pop phenom has linked with (aka is being paid by) Korean eatery chain Bibigo to find a new private chef.

Auditionees (a la Psy's bi-lingual advice) are asked to film themselves showing their "Bibigo skills", share the clip via, and wait for the axe to fall. Psy will stop looking for a cook on 12 May, after which shortlisted contestants will take part in "an extensive interview and missions".

An overall winner will be chosen on 3 Jun, given $40,000, and made to join Psy on his world tour. It's a bit like an online 'Great British Bake Off', only really complicated, and vocational.

Oh, and it has a dance.

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