16 MAY 2013

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Today is the first day of The Great Escape 2013. In fact, the CMU-programmed convention is already underway, and CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke has already delivered the opening keynote speech. To keep up with all goings on at the Great Escape convention this year, head over to our TGE blog, where you'll find lots of information. Also be sure to follow @TGEcon_mama on Twitter for all the latest info, and stayed tuned to your CMU Daily for more coverage.
Hailing from Cork in Ireland, alt pop duo Young Wonder made their arrival with their eponymous debut EP last year. Fronted by vocalist Rachel Koeman, their smart songs feature melodies expertly cut up and rearranged by producer Ian Ring. Their second EP, 'Show Your Teeth', was released earlier this month through Feel Good Lost. In the year between releases, the pair have developed their sound yet further, this time around making things bolder, sleeker and more immediate more>>

- Merlin reports streaming is booming for indie labels
- Google launches streaming service
- Warner's purchase of Parlophone Label Group approved by European Commission
- Indies comment on Warner/Parlophone deal, EC confirms they will gain PLG assets
- Entries for AIM Awards now being accepted
- Eric Avery quits Nine Inch Nails
- Solange starts saintly, Sony-affiliated label, new LP on its way
- Polyphonic Spree join The Music Management
- Third Man reissuing Sun Records singles
- Ty Segall to release solo sleeper hit
- Icona Pop's I Love It given UK buy-date
- Holy Ghost! share new track
- Susan Boyle to tour Scotland
- Little Boots adds headline show
- Festival line-up update: Bestival, Visions, Tennant's Vital and more
- Diddy does Downton
We are looking for a promoter based in Nottingham, who'll have specific responsibility for programming one of our award winning venues, as well as significant roles in our Dot To Dot festival and other activities. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative, knowledgeable and hardworking individual to join one of the UK's fastest growing national promoters and venue operators, with ever expanding career possibilities.

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CODA requires a full time receptionist for immediate start within our busy and successful artist music agency based near Farringdon, London. We're looking for someone with excellent communication skills, friendly and motivated who is able to multi-task. We need a "can do" attitude. This is an excellent first step in to the live music industry.

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Partisan Records, part of Knitting Factory Group, is looking for a dynamic and forward thinking Product Manager to join the recently established UK office. The successful candidate will have at least two years product management experience and will be experienced in implementing multiple artist campaigns across traditional and digital marketing platforms.

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Kilimanjaro are concert promoters working on over 400 shows per year from small halls to green field festivals. This role is providing full support to the CEO and requires someone who is highly efficient, motivated, unflappable and very hard working.

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Since 1999, Brighton-based Elite Music Management has represented breakthrough and established DJs, producers and label parties. We are looking for a hard working, exceptionally organised individual to work as part of a small, hard-working team. You will be required to assist the Director with bookings, and the efficient day to day running of the office. You will liaise with artists, managers and promoters on a daily basis.

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Cherry Red Records requires a full-time administrative assistant for immediate start in our West London office. Playing a key support role across several areas of the business the ideal candidate will be someone with a good working knowledge of, and interest in, catalogue music across several genres, self-motivated, with a keen attention to detail.

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Working closely with label managers and reporting to the Managing Director this is an ideal position for someone with experience of dealing with key online and physical accounts as well as taking the initiative in building relationships with new customers.

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London-based music promotions company Listen Up is recruiting for an experienced online and print press officer to join the expanding company. The ideal candidate should have at least three years experience in a similar role with a thorough knowledge of online and print portals across music, culture and lifestyle.

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Mascot Label Group, is looking for a dynamic and experienced UK label/marketing manager. Do you have solid experience in label management, marketing, retail, digital, and promotion and are you looking for a new challenge? Ambitious, hands on, creative, efficient, organised, hungry for success and an affinity with hard rock, metal and blues rock genres in particular is what we are looking for.

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We are looking for an experienced Content Operations Director to join our ever expanding team here at 7digital. The successful candidate will have experience working in and managing a digital supply chain function, preferably in music, for a digital retailer, label or content aggregator. You will be passionate about content and you must be able to work in a fast-paced and fast-growing environment.

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We are looking for a dynamic individual who will be responsible for delivering music festivals for DHP. The Head Of Festivals will: develop the proposition for new outdoor events in different genres; source suitable locations; develop a model for ticket pricing and suitable artist budgets; work with the promoter team on programming; develop non-music areas of the festivals; take over the management of the existing 20,000 capacity event, Splendour; oversee the city based events, Dot To Dot, Hit The Deck and Gathering.

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We organise indoor and outdoor music & arts events and have two desks available for rent in our friendly and comfortable office. It's a great creative space located in Hoxton for anyone working in the creative industries (ie graphic designers, journalists, digital, marketing). Just five mins from Hoxton Station. The building is very secure and has 24 hour access. Rent is £250 a month plus VAT per desk which is inclusive of all bills and wi-fi.

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In the opening keynote of the CMU-programmed Great Escape convention this morning, the CEO of Merlin, Charles Caldas, announced the results of a new survey of the group's members, as the indie labels' digital rights agency turns five years old. The organisation represents over 20,000 independent labels and distributors from over 35 countries, representing the largest collection of digital music rights outside the major labels.

The survey found that from 2011 to 2012, 92% of its labels and distributors had seen streaming and subscription revenues increase year-on-year, a third of those labels seeing those revenues increase by over 100%. For almost a quarter of respondents, streaming is now generating more income than download sales, particularly in Europe, where nearly a third of Merlin members said they now bring in more than 50% of digital income through streaming. In the US, this figure dropped to 16%.

Though some in the record industry fear that streaming will cannibalise traditional downloads, Merlin's research showed this not to be the case for most of its members. Just under 64% of companies also saw a la carte download sales increase during the period surveyed, more than 20% saying download sales were up over 50%.

Merlin also reported that its members' share of the streaming market is 12-20% higher than their share of the overall digital market in the US and UK, with royalties in excess of $65 million expected to come in from these services alone in 2013. Overall, 73% said that their total revenues had increased between 2011 and 2012. For 20% of these, overall revenue increasef in excess of 50%.

Announcing the findings, Caldas said: "Five years on from the establishment of Merlin, it is clear that the streaming business is coming of age. We are in an exciting phase of the business. The new generation of digital services has created a new dynamic of consumer freedom, limitless choice and myriad paths to discovery. Our numbers illustrate that this dynamic is bringing incremental value to the market, and the demand from music fans for the music being released by our independent members is higher than ever before".

He continued: "But the ecosystem is fragile: power is more concentrated than ever, and we are seeing an attempted land grab by the largest companies for digital market shares as they try to recreate the old-market advantages they are clearly losing in the digital space. Any digital service that comes to market pre-shaped to satisfy the demands of the largest companies, and without understanding this new consumer-led dynamic, is bound to fail. And in this delicate phase of the business, that is bad news for us all".

Elsewhere, the survey found that iTunes, Spotify and Amazon MP3 are the dominant services throughout the UK, US and Europe. However, while eMusic comes in fourth in the US and in global results, Deezer is fourth strongest in the UK and Europe - eMusic coming fifth in the UK and sixth in Europe, behind Beatport. Although arguably the biggest and most popular streaming service online, YouTube, ranks fifth in terms of revenues globally, and even lower for the UK and Europe.

Global service rankings for Merlin members:

1 iTunes
2 Spotify
3 Amazon MP3
4 eMusic
5 YouTube
6 Deezer
7 Beatport
8 Google Play
9 Rdio
10 Musicload

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So, as expected, Google launched a music streaming service yesterday. Of course, arguably Google already operates the biggest music streaming service on the web, YouTube. However, this one will compete more explicitly with the likes of Spotify.

So, what name has Google come up with? Well, it needs to be snappy, like YouTube or Spotify, something that rolls off the tongue and becomes shorthand for the type of service it is. A name that embodies everything it offers and almost becomes part of our language in itself. Or maybe Google Play All Access Music will be fine.

Let's just look at that name again: Google Play All Access Music

Fucking hell. I'd say it was the worst name for a music service ever, but I just remembered Nokia ComesWithMusic. Lucky escape, Google.

Anyway, the service is now live in the US, with additional countries coming at some point in the near future. It'll cost you American types $9.99 per month to use it, after a 30 day free trial, though if you sign up before 30 Jun it'll be $7.99 for an undisclosed amount of time.

Google's service doesn't seem to offer much that others don't already, the company seemingly banking on its brand recognition rather than making any attempt to innovate. This is essentially what BPI chief Geoff Taylor said about it too, telling CMU: "Streaming is the fastest growing part of the £330m digital music sector in Britain, with over than a million paying subscribers already and millions more enjoying free and ad-supported music. The entry of a player with the reach of Google will persuade many more consumers to experience having millions of songs to play instantly on their phone, tablet or PC".

Of course, that's not how Google put it. Announcing the service yesterday, Android Engineering Director Chris Yerga said on stage: "We set out to build a music service that didn't just give you access to a load of music, it also helped guide you through it". It basically means it'll have a curated page of recommendations on it. And what music service doesn't have that? Though Yerga did add that GPAAM is "a music service that's about music, and the technology fades to the background".

Yeah, it's totally about the music, man. Oh, this technology, just ignore it. It's so uncool, I don't really know why I keep it.

Still, the announcement of the new service means we're now just waiting for Apple to arrive at the streaming party. Though arguably Apple is holding off because its download store is still so strong in the digital market, the company is known to be in talks to licence some sort of streaming operation (most likely personalised radio).

Google Play All Access Music. Fucking hell.

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The European Commission has granted approval for the sale of the Parlophone Label Group to Warner Music, it was announced yesterday.

As previously reported, when it acquired EMI last year, Universal Music was forced by competition regulators to sell the Parlophone Label Group - which includes the UK-based Parlophone frontline label and catalogue, some more British EMI archive, and EMI operations in various other European markets - and it was announced that Warner would buy it in February in a £478 million deal.

In a statement, PLG CEO David Kassler told CMU: "I welcome the European Commission's approval of the acquisition of Parlophone Label Group by Warner Music, it marks a significant milestone for both businesses and the music industry overall. The combined position of WMG and PLG in the market will provide a strong competitor to the other majors and the creative successes of PLG, which continue to flourish - Gabrielle Aplin is on course for a high debut chart position in the UK and Pablo Alboran at number one in the Spanish album chart - demonstrates the strength of talent that WMG is acquiring".

He added that with the merger complete, he will now step down from his position at the company: "As this acquisition nears completion, I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as CEO. My time at EMI and PLG has been immensely rewarding and I have enjoyed the challenge of steering EMI Music and Parlophone Label Group through different ownerships, numerous creative achievements and two acquisition deals over the last twelve months. It feels like the time is right to pursue new challenges in my career but I will continue to lead PLG through to completion before handing over to Steve Cooper and the Warner Music team".

In a memo to staff last month, Warner boss Stephen Cooper said that Parlophone will operate as another frontline label within the Warner business, alongside Atlantic and Warner Bros, suggesting the brand will become active in more territories that under EMI. He added that the classical catalogues and brands that would also come with the acquisition would be used to "reinvigorate" Warner's approach to the genre.

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IMPALA and Merlin yesterday issued a statement talking up the positive effects of the European Commission's approval of the sale of Parlophone Label Group to Warner Music yesterday.

As previously reported, the organisations made agreements with Warner Music earlier this year, which will see certain PLG assets sold to indie labels. The EC yesterday confirmed that this was part of what led to approval of the sale, saying: "Pursuant to this agreement, WMG, upon completion of the proposed transaction, will undertake a number of structural and financial measures, which, once implemented, would likely result in the strengthening of the independent music sector in the EEA. These measures include, for example, opportunities to buy, license or distribute certain WMG or PLG assets".

IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith told CMU: "This marks the beginning of a new chapter for independent labels and their artists".

Meanwhile, Beggars boss Martin Mills told Music Week: "This is good news for the market, and goes some way towards mitigating the concerns raised by Universal's EMI acquisition, which we are already seeing become reality. As the clearance says, the strengthening of both Warners and the independents, as a consequence of Warner's agreement with IMPALA and Merlin, should go some way to counter the power of Universal - and the existing duopoly of Universal and Sony - to unilaterally determine the shape of the marketplace. The consequent strengthening of the independent sector as a whole should be especially welcomed".

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Entries for the 2013 edition of AIM's Independent Music Awards are now being accepted. The third outing for the awards will take place at The Brewery in London on 3 Sep, again hosted by Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, while Xfm's John Kennedy will announce the nominations at the Gibson Guitar Studio on 6 Aug.

You have until 13 Jun to put yourself (or anyone else) forward for an award, all relevant forms available here.

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Nine Inch Nails' return to the world hasn't even properly kicked off and already they've lost a band member. That's just careless. Former Jane's Addition bassist Eric Avery announced his departure from the group yesterday.

Posting on Facebook, Avery said: "It's with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I'm pulling out of NIN. I know. It's been a tough call and I don't know if it's the right one, but I really want to focus on my musical life here in LA, on film work in particular. As the tour dates kept growing... I just got overwhelmed. I just got home from a year of heavy travel with Garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that Nails demands... fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and fourteen. Go get em gentlemen".

Proving that he does indeed understand, Trent Reznor said in his own Facebook post: "I/we get it and love you, Eric. While we're sure going to miss having you along for this adventure I personally cannot wait to hear more great stuff from you".

How nice.

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So, I said yesterday that Solange (Knowles) has signed to Sony/Columbia, but that isn't completely - contrary to the title of Solange's 2012 EP - 'True'. Whilst it's a fact that she's officially now a Sony-signed artist, Solange has retained her 'alt status' by revealing her tba new LP will be released via her new vanity label, Saint Records. Nice.

Clarifying all that via Twitter, Solange explained: "Super stoked to announce I've started my own label, Saint Records, where I'll be releasing my music and other projects distributed through Sony!"

She added: "Through Saint Records I will have 100% creative/artistic control and continue to passionately pursue my footing in this new musical movement".

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The Polyphonic Spree have taken on new management in the UK and Europe, and will now be represented by Paul Carey of The Music Management. The company also represents indie outfits Skinny Lister, Summercity and Films Of Colour.

Carey told CMU: "I'm very pleased to add the 23 members of The Polyphonic Spree to my ever expanding management roster. What with Skinny Lister (five members), Summercity (four members) and Films Of Colour (four members) that makes 36 band members in total! The Polyphonic Spree have made a great record in [new album] 'Yes, It's True', which will be a fantastic return for the band from Dallas. It's also exciting times for Skinny Lister who are confirmed on Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and start work on their second album later this year and we've already got several offers for the band coming in".

As previously reported, The Polyphonic Spree will release 'Yes, It's True' later this summer, and will appear at a number of UK festivals, including Bestival.

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Similar to the one it had with blues label Document earlier this year, Jack White's Third Man Records has made an alliance with legendary Memphis, Tennessee-based co Sun Records.

The basis of the pact is that Third Man will re-release a series of Sun's archive titles as 45rpm seven-inch singles. First is a trio comprising Rufus Thomas' "primitive R&B smoker" circa 1953, 'Bear Cat'; Sun's "first certifiable hit" of the same year, The Prisonaire's 'Just Walking In The Rain'; and Johnny Cash's 1956 track 'Get Rhythm'. So, that's all cool.

Here are the details, and here is the release date: 21 May.

And this? That's Johnny Cash (and The Tennesse Two) playing 'Get Rhythm' on telly, ages ago.

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That lazy oaf Ty Segall can almost never 'BA' to release an LP (not), but has managed to make one bearing the title 'Sleeper' (pretty apt, I'd say) to release later this year. Or, if we're talking exact dates, on 20 Aug via Drag City.

Here he is, taking a little extra R&R, in its trailer. It's a disgrace.

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So, Icona Pop's mega-advertised megahit 'I Love It', which features Charli XCX, finally has a final, official Great British release date, and that date is 1 Jul.

The single will include remixes by Jakwob, Fix8, Bobby Champs, and Style Of Eye, but since the original is always the best, here that is.

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NYC dance act Holy Ghost! have shared a new single titled 'Dumb Disco Ideas', perhaps not (as the band's label, DFA Records, has realised) the smartest thing to do in this, 'the year of Daft Punk'.

Still, on the off-chance that, as in Diplo's case, the new Daft Punk LP isn't all you dreamt it'd be, try the track (as features on Holy Ghost!'s released-in-fall new disco disc 'Dynamics') as a disco alternative.

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Scotland may not have its independence, but one thing it does have is Susan Boyle. Playing live within it, several times, for the first time. As in, Susan Boyle is doing her first ever concert tour, the fittingly titled 'Susan Boyle In Concert', in Scotland - and only Scotland - in July.

It's as she says via her official site: "This is the first year that I feel I can hold my own on a stage for the full time and that I will be able to please an audience and my fans. So I will be performing on seven nights in Scotland as a tester to see if I enjoy it. The venues chosen are intimate and steeped in Scottish history. Fingers crossed it will all go well and then as they say the world is my oyster and I can look in 2014 to do more, well that's the plan anyway".

She adds: "I hope that you all will come and watch the shows and more importantly enjoy them. This is a big step for me but one that I'm very excited about. There will be a variety of music and I'll have my own band, plus a few surprises on the night. I hope you are as excited as I am".

Here are the relevant dates (limited tickets to which will be available via a password Susan says she'll share tonight on

2 Jul: Inverness Empire Theatre
4 Jul: Aberdeen Music Hall
6 Jul: Dundee Caird Hall
8-9 Jul: Glasgow King's Theatre
12-13 Jul: Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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Popstar-it's-okay-to-like Little Boots, real name Victoria Christina Hesketh, is playing a real, live, and most importantly, non-silent show in London. It's in Heaven, as in the place on earth (in Charing Cross), not the paradisiacal place in the sky; on 28 Nov; and will find Hesketh playing highlights of her new LP 'Nocturnes' - which is available to buy now, by the by.

So once you've paid for tickets to that, why not take an LB freebie. One like this Cosmic Kids remix of her past single, 'Broken Record', per se.

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So, who wants an extra special bit of Bestival birthday bash news? Well, the festival's very special guest (and host, I guess) at its brand new and half-alliterative 'Fatboy Slim's Bestival Birthday Bash' feature on Friday night is none other than Fatboy Slim. He's the final headlining piece of Bestival's sea-themed tenth birthday-celebratory jigsaw, and so aligns with Snoop Dogg and Elton John on a bill that also stars MIA, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips and The Knife. Hurrah!

But wait, that isn't all because, as is always the case when Bestival updates its line-up, there's an excitable speech to be made, and Fatboy makes it in this way: "It was at Glastonbury 2003 where I closed the Sunday Best stage for Rob Da Bank that I first saw the glint in his eye to create his own festival. Twelve months later I was headlining Bestival and TEN years on, here I am again, throwing them the biggest birthday bash possible. It's an absolute honour to return for this momentous occasion - staying creative and independent in these times. You've come a long way, baby!"

Yeah, baby. And speaking of, let's all go and coo over infant festival Visions, a dreamy new event by the teams at Sexbeat, Bird On The Wire and Rockfeedback. You can look at its first additions (aka the likes of !!!, Cloud Nothings, Iceage, The Haxan Cloak, Micachu & Tirzah and Still Corners), as a finale to this list of today's main FLUU headlines:

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: Fatboy Slim.

TENNENT'S VITAL, Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 14-15 Aug: Jason Mraz.

TERRANEO, Terrane Beach, Sibenik, Croatia, 7-9 Aug: The Prodigy, My Bloody Valentine, Azealia Banks, Calexico, Dubioza Kolektiv, The Bots, Cloud Nothings, Darkwood Dub, Kawasaki 3p, Postolar Tripper, My Buddy Moose, Kranksvester, Svi na Pod, Icarus Down.

VISIONS, various venues, London, 10 Aug: !!!, Cloud Nothings, Iceage, The Haxan Cloak, Jeffrey Lewis, Micachu & Tirzah, Still Corners, The Soft Moon, Molly Nilsson, Beacon.

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I assume you're aware of the TV show 'Downton Abbey'. I've never seen it myself, but I think it's like 'Upstairs, Downstairs', or something. Anyway, it's about rich people and their servants in the olden days. Currently filming its fourth series, the show's makers recently announced the casting of the show's first black character.

The actor playing the part was announced as actor Gary Carr, but this was apparently a red herring. Sean 'Diddy' Combs yesterday revealed that it was in fact he who would play the role. After much teasing, he eventually tweeted: "MY BIG NEWS: So happy to announce that I'm a series regular on 'DOWNTON ABBEY' - my favourite show - and I'll be debuting a sneak peek tonight!"

The internet was alive with chatter about this. As unlikely as it seemed, a lot of people took it at face value - even after the show's US broadcaster PBS had issued a statement saying that it was definitely "not true". And they were right to ignore PBS, because it definitely is true. Definitely, definitely. If it's not, then how do you explain this video of Diddy right there in Downton Abbey?

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