23 MAY 2013

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Emika releases her second album, 'Dva', on 10 Jun. An ambitious record, and clear progression from her debut, 'Dva' opens with a classical piece, performed by 28 string players and soprano Michaela Srůmová, and elsewhere covers Chris Izaak's 'Wicked Game', bringing her own feel and new ideas to a well known and well worn song. Ahead of the album release, CMU's Andy Malt caught up with Emika to find out more about the album, the processes behind it and her interaction with the business of music more>>
One of our 2012 Artists Of The Year, Julia Holter has now finished re-issuing her past albums and is ready to release a new one. Well, almost ready. She will release 'Loud City Song', on 19 Aug. Her first album recorded in a proper studio, the first track to be released from it shows that she's lost none of the subtlety borne of her previously limited recording means. If anything, 'World' is more stripped back, built up with layers of soft harmonies and a dusky lead vocal more>>

- Publishers hold up Apple's streaming launch plans
- Judge orders arrest of "dead" rapper Tim Dog
- McCartney again calls for the release of jailed Pussy Riot two
- Ray Manzarek 1939-2013
- Cash Money signs Paris Hilton
- Alt-J prepare to start work on second album
- Boards Of Canada premiere video in Tokyo
- Harry Hill's X-Factor stage show gets a name
- AIM announces awards warm up shows
- Ghosting Season on tour
- Festival line-up update: British Summer Time, T In The Park, Electric Picnic and more
- Piracy and public performance rights need to be on the agenda for Asian music markets to capitalise on potential, says IFPI
- CueSongs and Audiosocket announce partnership
- RIAA piracy chief calls for reform of DMCA takedown system
- Metal Hammer editor amongst Team Rock radio line-up
- Parent Television Council not impressed with Ke$ha's piss drinking
Cherry Red Records are looking for an assistant to our digital manager in the creation of a marketing/project management department within the company. The successful candidate will work closely on our new frontline releases, but also assist in the general running of the digital department across our entire catalogue and various media platforms.

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Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a Music Team Assistant to join our small but expanding creative team. This is an excellent starter role giving the opportunity to work in the music industry with an exciting growing company.

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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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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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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 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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The music publishers are still holding out for a better deal from Apple's planned streaming service, or so says The Verge, which might further delay any launch, even if the Sony record company follows Universal Music's lead and licenses the tech giant its recordings catalogue for the long anticipated streaming venture.

There were reports last October that it was Sony's music publishing business, Sony/ATV, that had raised the most concerns about Apple's move into the streaming space, and especially the rates it was proposing to pay, which were less than those paid by existing streaming music providers, mainly on the basis that the Apple streaming platform would also upsell downloads. In its negotiations with the record companies it's thought Apple eventually increased its offer, but it's not known if that has happened on the publishing side.

The Verge reckons that BMG, one of the bigger independents in the music publishing domain, is now also pushing for better rates for the publishers. It adds that this is part of a general trend on the songs side of the industry, where music publishing execs are getting increasingly tetchy about how much more money is paid to the owners of sound recording rights than to the owners of song rights, a discrepancy inherited from the CD age but which, some publishers say, makes less sense as you move into digital, and especially streaming.

As previously reported, to date the music publishers have licensed many of their digital rights in many territories via their collecting societies, whereas the record companies have tended to do direct deals, which usually results in higher advances and royalty rates, especially for the big rights owners. But both Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing are now taking back some of their digital rights, especially in the US, and that can only mean they are looking for better rates.

Of course whether the digital service providers, even Apple, can afford to pay any more to rights owners overall is debatable, especially in the streaming domain where profit margins are already very tight. Which might result in that glorious situation where the royalty pot remains the same, but publishers and record labels get to argue about their respective share of the loot, which is always fun to watch, especially given how many music rights companies own both sound recoding and music publishing businesses, meaning they are basically arguing with themselves.

But what does this mean for Apple and that service which people like to dub iRadio? Well, insiders seem to think none of this will stop the service launching, but could further delay a launch date, making any big announcement at next month's Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference unlikely.

The Verge quotes one music industry exec thus: "Apple should have anticipated that it might run into trouble with the publishers. In September 2010, Apple was set to roll out 90 second song samples at one of the company's media events but had to shelve them at the last minute. The National Music Publishers' Association got wind of the deal and sent Apple a nasty note informing managers that if it went live without licenses it would be violating their rights. Apple's longer song samples finally made their debut three months later. If that kind of delay happens again, an iRadio launch next month at Apple's WWDC seems unlikely".

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Rapper Tim Dog, real name Tim Blair, best known for his 1991 track 'Fuck Compton', has had an arrest warrant issued against him, despite being dead since February. Or not, as it turns out.

Blair was previously in the news in 2011 after pleading guilty to conning Esther Pilgrim, a woman he met on an online dating site, out of $32,000. He was given five years probation and ordered to repay $19,000 to Pilgrim at a rate of $100 per month, which he did until February this year, when Pilgrim says she was informed of his death. It was also widely reported in the US music media, including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, that he had passed away following a diabetes-related seizure.

However, having initially taken the news at face value, Pilgrim later decided to look up information on Blair's death and was unable to find anything official. "There was nothing of what you would normally find", she told WREG Memphis News Channel 3. "What city? Who found him? There was nothing with any type of concrete details".

She added that she believes the rapper may have informed about 20 other people around the world about his supposed death in a bid to circumvent other debts, that together could top $2 million. Which would explain his potential keenness to disappear.

Yesterday, reports WREG Memphis, a judge issued a warrant for Blair's arrest, as evidence mounted that he was in fact still alive. Prosecutor Steven Jubera said: "I need proof [of his death]. I need a death certificate showing that's he's dead because as far as I'm concerned, he's alive. Nobody said where he died, nobody said where he was buried, which is very odd for an obituary... at the bare minimum he would get arrested and sit in jail until his court hearing".

Fellow rapper Ced Gee has revealed that he was asked to speak at Blair's funeral but refused because no death certificate could be produced, adding that he believes that, in the end, no funeral was held at all.

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Paul McCartney has again called for the release of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot who were jailed last year for staging a musical protest in a Moscow church.

The one time Beatle has written two letters to Russian officials following the news that Alyokhina has gone on hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing. One of the letter's makes a plea on behalf of Alyokhina, the other for Tolokonnikova.

In the former, Macca writes: "My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case".

As previously reported, to date the Russian authorities have shown little sympathy for the Pussy Riot performers, despite calls from celebrities and human rights groups around the world for them to be let out of jail.

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RAY MANZAREK 1939-2013
Founder member of The Doors, keyboard player Ray Manzarek died on Monday, aged 74. He had been suffering from bile duct cancer.

Born Raymond Manczarek in Chicago in 1939, the future Doors keyboardist took piano lessons while growing up, but was initially more interested in playing basketball professionally. He attended DePaul University to study economics, before moving to UCLA to study cinematography in 1962. There he met his future wife, Dorothy Fujikawa, who he married in 1967, and Doors frontman and fellow film student Jim Morrison.

It wasn't until after they left university in 1965 that The Doors formed. During a chance meeting, Morrison mentioned that he had written some songs and sang an early version of 'Moonlight Drive' for Manzarek. The pair decided to form a band at that point, the line-up being completed by drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, whom Manzarek had met at a transcendental meditation seminar.

Manzarek's keyboard playing was integral to the development of The Doors' sound, both in his distinctive lead parts, and the basslines he played in lieu of a bass guitar player, which the band never had.

Signing to Elektra in 1966 (following a very brief period on Columbia), the band released their eponymous debut album in 1967, releasing a total of six studio albums before Morrison's death in 1971 (and then a further three after his death, using recordings of Morrison reading poetry). Attempts to carry on after Morrison's death were not so successful, however, and the band split two years later.

Manzarek was then involved in a number of other musical projects over the subsequent four decades. He also led a number of bands with Robby Krieger, performing Doors songs with a variety of line-ups, under names like The Doors Of The 21st Century, D21C, Riders On The Storm and, from 2001 until his death, Manzarek-Krieger (such projects having been blocked from using the name The Doors by an injunction taken out by Densmore).

Manzarek also wrote an autobiography and two novels, the first of which explored the idea that Morrison faked his own death. He is survived by Fujikawa, their son Pablo, their three grandchildren, and his brothers Rick and James.

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If you are one of the zero people who have been waiting with anticipation for a follow-up record from Ms Paris Hilton, to sit in your record collection alongside 2006's entirely unnecessary Warner Music-backed release 'Paris', well sit down and brace yourself for some exciting news. So exciting, who knows, you might fall into existence.

Paris Hilton has reportedly signed to Universal Music imprint Cash Money Records, home of Lil Wayne. And plans are now afoot, or so they say, for her to record that house-themed album no one wants. Confirmation of all this seems to come from the Twitter feed of Cash Money co-founder Bryan 'Birdman' Williams who tweeted overnight: "Welcome Paris Hilton to tha Family - RichgangRichgirl". Good times.

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Alt-J will soon begin recording their second album later this summer, with the writing of some new songs already nearing completion.

Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton told The Daily Star: "We go in the studio this summer ... Some songs have been started and almost finished. It's feeling good. It's been hard to write on the road because we don't [always] have access to our instruments. Maybe we'll do a Futureheads and make an a cappella album".

The band have already been in the studio to work on some new music though, having just completed the soundtrack for new British film 'Leave To Remain'.

Unger-Hamilton goes on: "The film is about asylum seekers in London. It follows three young people who try to seek safety in the UK. It's sad, it's life-affirming, it's brilliant. The music is more free, there wasn't the pressure to turn ideas into songs [as with our usual work], so it allowed us to come up with interesting sonic landscapes and let them run".

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Two years ago, Radiohead decided to premiere the video for 'Lotus Flower', the first single from their album 'The King Of Limbs', on one of the big screens overlooking Hachikō Square in Tokyo.

One of the busiest places in the world, the band thought that, for maximum impact, the right time to show the new video would be rush hour. The only flaw in that plan, though, was that, well, it would have been rush hour. Safety concerns were raised, the screening was cancelled, and the video went out first on YouTube instead.

What is the lesson to be learned here? Don't try to premiere a video somewhere where thousands of people are rushing to get home. No, do it when they're drunk instead. That's what Boards Of Canada took from it anyway, pulling off exactly the same stunt at midnight yesterday (Japanese time) to promote their upcoming new album.

The difference this time was that the video was actually played. Reporting from the scene, The Japan Times' Music Editor Shaun McKenna tweeted: "Song was quiet, video was filled with landscapes, when it was done someone yelled, 'Is that it?!'"

A success all round then, I'd say. And now you can watch a video of the video thanks to YouTube.

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Harry Hill's 'X-Factor' musical is getting closer to the stage, now bearing a name. And names are important in these things.

Hill explained: "We'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing about the title for a while, then it hit us... 'I Can't Sing!' It also happens to be the title of one of the funniest songs in the show and we hope hints at the direction we're taking this production. We're pretty certain that you won't have seen anything like it before and it's great that Simon is backing it 4500%".

The nineteen songs in the show have been written by Steve Brown, who has previously worked on 'Spitting Image' and Hill's 'TV Burp' show. It will be directed by Sean Foley, who oversaw Graham Linehan's stage production of 'The Ladykillers', and is due to begin previewing at the London Palladium next February.

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The Association Of Independent Music has announced two warm up shows to prepare us for the third edition of its Independent Music Awards thing in September. Apparently the shows will make you very warm indeed, because they take place in June and July, leaving you heated in preparation for two whole months.

Anyway, Little Comets and Dexters will play at The Borderline in London on 14 Jun, while Scritti Politti, Butcher Boy and Trapped Mice will play just around the corner (ish) at 229 on 4 Jul.

The first show has been put together by Xfm's Mike Walsh, who said: "It is an honour to be judging such a significant awards as the AIM Awards. Xfm has always enjoyed a good relationship with the independent sector, and AIM, and this was a good opportunity to showcase some of our favourite independent artists".

On his selections for the second show, journalist Pete Paphides said: "When I was asked to curate a show for AIM, Scritti were top of my list. I'm so privileged that they agreed to appear. Anyone drawn to Scritti's literate pop magic will find something equally special afoot in the music of Butcher Boy and Trapped Mice. Having them both on this bill with Scritti Politti is a dream come true".

That's all nice then. Now, let's all warm up for the warm up shows by going for a jog.

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CMU approved electronic duo Ghosting Season will be heading out on a UK tour this week. Tonight, in fact. Well, as they play in Sheffield tonight, they may already have 'headed out'. Whatever, they're going on tour, that's the important thing. Some of the dates will be with Fields labelmates The Slow Revolt and Max Cooper, while you can also find them supporting Esben And The Witch in Manchester tomorrow and Vessels in Leeds on 8 Jun.

Here are those dates in full:

23 May: Sheffield, Bungalows & Bears (with The Slow Revolt)
24 May: Manchester, St Clements Church (supporting Esben And The Witch)
30 May: Liverpool, Kazimier (with The Slow Revolt + D/R/U/G/S)
31 May: London, Dance Tunnel (with Max Cooper and The Slow Revolt)
8 Jun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (supporting Vessels)
9 Jun: Manchester, South (with Max Cooper and D/R/U/G/S)

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First up, some dates. Coachella 2014 currently has no bands (presumably they haven't reformed yet), but it does have dates: 11-13 Apr and 18-20 Apr. Put those in your diary. Or don't.

And an update on a shrinking line-up now. Or several, in fact, as Soulwax have decided to cancel all planned festival performances in order to finish work on their new album. In a statement, the band said: "We've decided to postpone our Soulwax shows over the summer so we can get our new record properly finished and have it released soon. Sorry to all of you who were looking forward to seeing us but we'd rather give you a good show and a good album. The good news is 2manydjs will replace some of the shows. We look forward to seeing you all this summer!"

It's not entirely clear which slots will be filled by 2manydjs, but the festivals affected are: Oxegen in Ireland, The Secret Garden Party in the UK, Sonar in Spain, Optimus Alive! in Portugal, Melt! In Germany and Pukkelpop in Belgium.

Over to expanding festivals, AEG Live's new Hyde Park-based British Summer Time events have just ingested a load more acts, with Elton John, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez amongst those joining the party.

In addition to that, a new pop festival has been announced for Brighton, called SD2. So far it only has two acts confirmed, but when those acts are The Saturdays and The Wanted, what more do you need? Wait, don't answer that. Aimed at a younger audience, it will offer a free bus service to and from the site, and all be over by 9pm.

SD2 promoter Matt Priest told CMU: "We're delighted to launch SD2 to Brighton and Sussex. We have assembled some of the best pop acts the UK has to offer; The Wanted are a global phenomenon and The Saturdays have established themselves as the country's biggest girl band".

As well as that, Magic Summer Live, Electric Picnic, T In The Park and Tramlines are amongst the events which have just added new artists to their line-ups, as you can see below:

BARCLAYCARD BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Hyde Park, London, 5 Jul - 14 Jul: Elton John, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Stooshe, Eliza Doolittle, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Lucy Rose, Justin Currie, Tift Merritt, To Kill A King, Thea Gilmore, Scott McFarnon, Olivia Sebastianelli, Incognito, Light Of The World, Pigbag, Charlie Brown, Vince Kidd, Smiler, Amplify Dot, Al Jarreau, Beverley Knight, Delilah, Angel.

DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE, Cardross Estate, Loch Lomond, Scotland, 22-25 Aug: Lipsync For A Lullaby, Tokamak, Asthmatic Astronaut, Lady North, Numbers Are Futile, Buriers, Teen Canteen, The Sexual Objects, Nevada Base, Jesus Baby!

ELECTRIC PICNIC, Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois, Ireland, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Robert Plant, Little Green Cars, John Grant, Ellie Goulding, The Beat, Miles Kane, Crystal Fighters, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Big Black Delta, Cayucas, Charli XCX, Chrome Sparks, Dawes, Factory Floor, Gavin James, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Lulu James, Matthew E White, Night Beds, No Ceremony, Space Dimension Controller, Terri Hooley, Valerie June.

MAGIC SUMMER LIVE, Stoke Park, Guildford, 13-14 Jul: Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Beverley Knight, Ocean Colour Scene, Alexander O'Neil, Aswad, Loose Ends, Gwen Dickey's Rose Royce, The Real Thing, Heatwave, Jaki Graham, Omar.

SD2, Stanmer Park, Brighton, 29 Sep: The Saturdays, The Wanted.

SHAKEDOWN, Stanmer Park, Brighton, 28 Oct: Annie Mac, Kerri Chandler, The Toddla T Sound, MK, Hot Since 82, Devolution, and Enzo Siffredi.

SONUS FESTIVAL, Zrce Beach, Pag Island, Croatia, 21-25 Aug: Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Magda, DJ Sneak, Zip, Cassy, Davide Squillace, Valentino Kanzyani, Joseph Capriati, Margaret Dygas, Matthias Tanzmann, Karotte, Pan-Pot, tINI, Mathias Kaden, Onur Özer, Guti live, Sonja Moonear, Nick Curly, Dan Andrei, Premiesku live, Andrea Oliva, Enzo Siragusa, Dorian Paic, Binh, Yaya, Reas, Meat, Bunte Bummler.

STENDHAL FESTIVAL, Roe Valley, Northern Ireland, 16-17 Aug: Paddy Casey, Mick Wilson, More Power To Your Elbow, Bear, Trucker Diablo, Rainy Boy Sleep, Axis Of, Paul Casey, The Bonnevilles, Paddy Nash And The Happy Enchiladas, Paul Casey, Malojan, Sons Of Caliber, Our Krypton Son, Furlo, Triggerman, Wyldling, Amidships, The Clameens, De Fuego, Droids, Ruairi and The Owls, Chris Keys, August, Edwin Brooks And The Burning Glass, Intermission, The Steve Experiment, Alana Henderson, Limavady Big Band, John Deery And The Heads, Ria Maguire, Susie Blue, The Encore Contemporary Choir, Juma, Stumblebums, Tommy Shots, Brolly's Harp School, Hidden Highways, Badgerdan, Pocket Billiards.

ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL, various venues, St Ives, 14-28 Sep: Fairport Convention, Chastity Brown, The Manfreds, Emily Barker, John Cooper Clarke, Livewire AC/DC, The ZZ Tops.

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox, Vigo Thieves.

TRAMLINES, various venues, Sheffield, 19-21 Jul: The Selecter, Public Service Broadcasting, Wolf Alice, Summer Camp, Superfood, Best Friends, PAWS, Anushka, Squarehead, The Soft, Monki.

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Frances Moore, the boss of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, bigged up the potential of the Asian market - or, rather, markets - in a speech at the Music Matters conference in Singapore yesterday, predictably countering her optimism of the potential for growth in these regions with a call for better copyright and anti-piracy laws.

Noting that the Asian market is diverse, and not really one market at all, Moore observed: "In terms of revenue growth, one of the most positive stories of 2012 was India. A market where the smartphone revolution helped revenue growth of 20% last year. And where new download and subscription services promise more in 2013. There are still very few countries in the world where digital income has crossed the 50% threshold and accounts for more than half of all revenues. India is one of them, along with the US and some Scandinavian countries".

She went on: "South Korea's music industry is in many ways a showcase to the world. The country where subscription services achieved a mass audience, years before the model went mainstream elsewhere. Home to the internationally celebrated K-pop. And home also to some of the most enlightened government policies on copyright anywhere in the world. They have encouraged investment, driven market growth and helped domestic artists go global".

On to the biggest single market, Moore continued: "In China, we are seeing a new approach to licensing, as record companies partner with internet companies such as Baidu, with vast customer bases. These deals aim to lay the foundations for a licensed digital business. More such partnerships can be expected. Only last month, a senior official of China's national copyright administration said paid-for music downloads are 'inevitable' in China. Not long ago, the 'inevitable' would have been the 'unthinkable'. Of course copyright enforcement, both by the internet companies and by the government, will have a vital role to play if this prospect is to be realised".

And on the most lucrative Asian market of all, she concluded: "And then there is Japan - the giant market of the region. Japan is in a challenging phase of transition. CD sales grew in 2012. But the large traditional mobile music sector is in sharp decline. Japan is now moving into a new phase of download and subscription services. We need these to grow and expand over the coming months".

But achieving growth potential, she went on, would require more Asian governments to start tackling piracy head on, perhaps adopting strategies employed (with debatable success - not that she said that) in Europe and, closer to home for Asian politicians, South Korea. Though piracy isn't the only issue, she added, calling on those copyright systems yet to full embrace the notion of public performance rights to do so.

Concluding: "The music industry is proving it is a 'winner', not a loser, in the digital world. And it is precisely at this moment of transition that we most need to address the issues I have outlined. We are on the road to recovery. The next step is to get to sustained growth".

Read the full speech here

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The Peter Gabriel-backed "one-stop music licensing hub" CueSongs, which aims to make it easier for grass-roots filmmakers and content creators to licence music, has announced a new alliance with Audiosocket, which also provides music for film and video makers. Via the new deal music represented by CueSongs will become available to Audiosocket users.

Commenting on the new deal, Gabriel told CMU: "Making video is no longer exclusive to a small professional elite, it is now open to all of us. Many of us want to add music to our videos, but have no idea how we might get the right permissions. Whether we be amateurs, semi-professionals, small businesses or schools etc there are millions of potential users, who currently have nowhere to go to license their music".

He added: "CueSongs painlessly connects music licensing to the new world of social media, YouTube, and the web. In the same way that low cost airlines encouraged millions of people to make trips that they would never have considered in the old traditional model, we believe CueSongs can create a whole new flexible and responsive market for music licenses".

From the Audiosocket side, the firm's COO Jenn Miller said: "Audiosocket provides highly curated, culturally-relevant music for client projects, and is focused on making the customer experience of sourcing, licensing, and using music as seamless as possible. Delivering great music to our customers while making sure our artists have a platform for distribution that ensures they are properly compensated for their work has always been top priority. We are thrilled to add well known artists to our collection via CueSongs, and are very excited to introduce our current and future customers to this new partnership".

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"We are using a bucket to deal with an ocean of illegal downloading", says the Recording Industry Association Of America's Executive Vice President of Anti-Piracy in a new blog post to mark the 20 millionth takedown notice the trade body has issued against Google, requesting that it remove from its search engine a link to an unlicensed bit of music content.

While the figures sound impressive, neither the record industry nor the big search engines especially appreciate that much paperwork. The problem, says the RIAA's Brad Buckles, is the way the takedown system concept, which originates in America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is being employed.

This is an issue that is occupying more and more minds in the US content industries, with rights owners quietly (or less quietly of late) lobbying political types to revise the DMCA, to increase the obligations of web companies which enjoy protection from copyright infringement claims - even if they host or link to infringing content - by operating a takedown process.

Those web firms, say the rights owners, should be more proactive in ensuring that unlicensed content identified by rights owners is blocked or removed permanently, and wherever it may be stored. At the moment content companies issuing takedown notices generally have to be very specific about the piece of content they object to.

Or in Buckles' words: "Under a controversial interpretation by search engines, takedown notices must be directed at specific links to specific sound recordings and do nothing to stop the same files from being reposted as fast as they are removed. It is certainly fair for search engines to say that they have no way of knowing whether a particular link on a specific site represents an illegal copy or not. Perhaps it's fair for them to make that same claim at the second notice. But what about after a thousand notices for the same song on the same site?"

He goes on: "As the Congressional review of the DMCA gets underway, there should be a strong focus on what notice and takedown was supposed to accomplish. The DMCA was intended to define the way forward for technology firms and content creators alike, but some aspects of it no longer work. How could we expect it to? It was passed before Google even existed, or the iPod, or peer-to-peer file-sharing or slick websites offering free mp3 downloads. It was after the DMCA that Napster, and Grokster and LimeWire and Grooveshark and MegaUpload, to name just a few, came on the scene. In particular, it's time to rethink the notice and takedown provisions of the DMCA".

Read the full blog here

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Bosses at TeamRock, the all new DAB-based rock radio station due to launch next month, have announced that Metal Hammer Editor In Chief Alexander Milas will present a show on the station each weekday evening.

The show will be one of the ways that the new TeamRock venture will integrate its broadcast and press interests, it having - as previously reported - also acquired both Metal Hammer and Classic Rock off Future Publishing.

Milas previously presented a show on Rock Radio, the former GMG Radio-owned station that was run by TeamRock co-founder Billy Anderson. Other former Rock Radio presenters, or DJs from its successor Real XS, are expected to appear on the new national digital radio service.

Commenting on his new show, Milas told reporters: "We're planning the Letterman of radio programmes. Think Peel meets PBS with a David Lee Roth soundboard and you're halfway there. We'll be talking to artists, industry and most importantly fans to a soundtrack of unsigned and major world-beating acts that make metal the fire breathing monster it is today. Horns up!"

Meanwhile TeamRock's Head Of Radio, who goes by the name of Moose, added: "We are building an incredibly talented and passionate team. The only way we will achieve our goals is by involving great people and every member of our team is great in their own right. This unique schedule offers output that will appeal to all rock fans. Whether it's metal, classic, current or new rock music TeamRock Radio will deliver a service listeners will love. It will mirror TeamRock's magazine titles and create a bridge between press and broadcast... complete with the troll underneath".

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Long-awaited footage of Ke$ha drinking her own urine on her new MTV show, 'My Crazy Beautiful Life', is finally due to air in the US next Tuesday night. I think it's fair to say, everyone is looking forward to it. Especially the Parent Television Council, an organisation that stands as a self-appointed leader of outrage.

The organisation sent out a letter to its members this week, alerting them to the fact that there was a looming opportunity to be outraged by some "disgusting, vile content".

Opening with possibly the funniest sentence ever written, the letter asked: "Why should we have to pay for this kind of garbage just so we can get access to Discovery, Disney or The Golf Channel? It's outrageous - and it shouldn't be that way. Consumers deserve choice. We should all have the ability to choose and pay for only the channels we want to watch ... but the cable industry won't let that happen without a fight".

Presumably all the recipients of that letter will now be tuned into MTV next week to see this thing they don't want to see, at which point they may discover that Ke$ha sampled her piss on health ground. Possibly. Well, she told the BBC earlier this year: "I was told drinking my own pee was good... Somebody tried to take my pee away from me and I said, 'That is mine!' So I snatched it up and took a chug and it was really gross so I don't do it any more".

See, it's educational. The PTC should be praising Ke$ha for her important work.

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So, Tricky sounds like a fun guy to be around. I don't know, maybe he is sometimes, when he's not being forced to rub up against Beyonce, or spend time with pretentious musicians.

First in line for some Tricky dissing today is Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, aka 3D, with whom the Trickster recently reunited to work on some new music. It didn't go so well though, he explained to Exberliner: "Don't get me wrong, he's got a good heart, 3D, he's not malicious, he's not a bad person. But he's pretentious ... I think I did four tracks with him, right, but now I'm getting texts: he texts me going, 'Oh Tricks, you want to come DJ, you want to come?' He wants a friend. Not that I don't want to be his friend, but I got friends and I've got family and I don't want to DJ with him because I know it'd be trendy. 3D is always looking for credibility because he hasn't got the confidence himself and he doesn't think he's a cool guy so he always needs someone who's a tall black guy".

But it's not just former bandmates that Tricky isn't keen on, it's potential new collaborators too. Tricky continued: "I've been next to Kanye West - I stood next to him in a club and I looked at him and he looked at me and he thought I was going to talk to him. That's never going to happen. I was in a club once in New York and a guy I know came up to me and said, 'Hey, Lenny wants to meet you'. And I said, 'Who the fuck's Lenny?' And he goes, 'Lenny Kravitz'. So I said, 'What, Lenny Kravitz wants to meet me and he thinks I'm going to get up and go over to him?'"

Slightly stating the patently obvious, he continued: "I'm not a fan of Lenny Kravitz. I don't want to work with him. So he comes over, says to me 'I love your music'. Then there's a silence, because he's expecting me to say something nice back to him. Then he says to me 'You should come to Miami, I have a studio there'. 'Why would I come to Miami? I live in New York, I have a studio here'. He's like, 'We could do some recording together'. I say to him 'Why? Why would we record together?' He's got no logical answer. So if he thinks I'm going to do it just because he's a massive artist, and it would help me with my record sales - never going to happen".

So, there you go. Tricky: Not a fan of small talk.

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