24 JUN 2013

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It's Glastonbury week this week, the festival returning after its latest year off for more fun and frolics. If you're heading down at some point, then do have your self a lot of fun, won't you? But don't forget little old CMU, back here in London pulling together news and other gubbins for your enjoyment. There's wi-fi at the festival this year, so you have no excuse. We've got an interview with Austra and everything. Stay tuned.
Not one to care that it's been nearly three years since the release of her last LP, Robyn is still in a 'Body Talk' kind of mood, and so has presented a rather late-to-the-party promo to go with Snoop Dogg collaboration 'U Should Know Better'. In many ways, a significant tip-off to staid pop saps that times are a-changing, ‘Body Talk’ and its graphic idealisms are as fresh as ever in ‘U Should Know’ more>>

- Pandora tries to block direct dealing on royalties through courts
- Pirate Bay founder jailed over hacking charges
- Billboard Editor comments on Jay-Z chart ineligibility
- Robbie Williams releasing tenth anniversary Knebworth DVD
- A$AP releasing free beats mixtape
- Third Man details 'direct to acetate' live LPs by The Shins, The Kills And Seasick Steve
- JJ share new track
- Festival line-up update: OohLaLA!, Melt!, Incubate and more
- Abercrombie & Fitch withdraw Taylor Swift-referencing t-shirt after protests
- US industry welcomes latest report from IP enforcement chief
- TuneWiki to close
- UKRD chief says keeping it local is paying off
- AEG TV channel in US to air footage from Hyde Park shows
- Kanye names baby after one direction
- Har Mar Superstar not joining The Replacements
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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Glastonbury. It's the Glastonbury Festival this week. I'm not really sure what more I can say about this. You all know about it, right? Gates open tomorrow, music starts on Friday, headliners are Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons and The Rolling Stones. Oh, and it'll all be on telly, so you needn't bother actually going. The BBC has even agreed to cut off the Stones' performance halfway through to give the authentic experience of getting bored and going somewhere else.

Hard Rock Calling. Over in east East London's Olympic Park, it's Hard Rock Calling. This year, it's headlined by Bruce Springsteen. Just like it was last year. And in 2009. Who says there are no new headliners coming through? Actually, Kasabian are headlining the night before, so... yeah.

Silver Clef Awards. Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins' annual Silver Clef Awards presentation takes place this Friday. Amongst the winners are Alison Moyet, who take the Icon Award, plus Alison Balsom, who will receive the Classical Award, Coldplay, who will be named Best British Act, Barry Gibb, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Labrinth, who will receive the Innovation Award.

AIM Women In Music event. The Association Of Independent Music's annual Women In Music event is set to take place today, with Little Boots and Jo Whiley both interviewed on stage, and a panel discussion featuring senior execs from Sony, EMI and Warner - Emma Pike, Andria Vidler and Leanne Sharman respectively. Note this is now happening at Proud Camden (it was originally happening at a different Proud space).

Screening of Thom Yorke soundtracked film at East End Film Festival. Thom Yorke has scored, and appears in, 'The UK Gold', a new feature-length documentary film charting the rise of tax evasion in Britain. Directed by Mark Donne and with narration by actor Dominic West, the film features an OST created by Yorke in collaboration with Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja and Elbow's Guy Garvey. It'll have its first screening, as part of this year's East End Film Festival, at The Troxy in London on 25 Jun.

Viva Forever closes. Despite its optimistic title, Spice Girls music 'Viva Forever' will not play in London's West End until the end of time. It won't even run to the end of this week. That's right, you have until Saturday to catch it, if you still want to. And, trust me, you don't.

New releases. Tom Odell releases his debut album today. But his dad already made sure you knew that. Also, Japanese popstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu releases her second album this week (maybe in the UK, maybe not), and the first album from Deftones/Isis mash-up Palms is out too. Other albums we're quite pleased to see this week are newies from Bass Drum Of Death, Matias Aguayo and Smith Westerns. Johnny Borrell is releasing a solo album. Plus, over in the world of short releases, MYPET release their debut EP and Duck Sauce have a new single out.

Gigs and tours. Right, here's what's going on this week: Tame Impala are playing the Hammersmith Apollo; The National, Nitin Sawhney and Cat Power are all playing The Roundhouse; Sky Ferreira is playing The Scala (and H&M on Oxford Street); Boysetsfire are playing the Islington Academy; The Black Angels are playing Electrowerks; Devendra Banhart is bucking the trend by playing in Brighton (at The Old Market); and a load of Israeli bands are playing back in London at The Islington (in Islington).

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Pandora is further stepping up its legal battle with US collecting society ASCAP by asking the American copyright courts to rule that music publishers Universal, BMG and Warner/Chappell are obliged to continue licensing their content to the streaming service via the collective licensing system until 31 Dec 2015, when the society's current obligations to it run out.

The digital company has been fighting various royalty battles with the American music industry - labels and publishers - for a while now, claiming that the current licensing systems put it at a disadvantage to the traditional broadcasters, including those that operate online services the compete head on with Pandora.

The battles have become more high profile since the firm got its public listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2011, partly because the music community can now cite the company's valuation whenever it pleads poverty, and partly because the digital set-up's management have to show to shareholders they are pushing for the best possible royalty terms.

In amongst all of this, and possibly because of it, things have gotten more complicated because the big music publishers in the US - which have traditionally licensed most digital rights via their collecting societies ASCAP and BMI - have decided to start doing direct deals with many digital set-ups. As a result, Sony/ATV has withdrawn its digital rights from ASCAP, and the Universal, BMG and Warner/Chappell publishing companies are about to follow suit.

In theory Pandora now has to do direct deals with each of those publishers, in addition to its existing arrangements with BMI and ASCAP, to ensure it has access to the American industry's full songs catalogue. The reason the big publishers are doing direct deals is that they think they can get higher rates away from the legal complications that surround royalty negotiations involving collecting societies.

Sony/ATV reportedly got an increase on the usual 4.3%-of-revenue deal Pandora offers to 5% by negotiating directly. And since Apple started agreeing 10% deals with the publishers for its rival iTunes Radio service, it seems likely Universal et al will be pushing for even more.

Presumably realising that fact - and nervous it won't be able to agree terms with the major publishers in a timely fashion, possibly resulting in a dramatic cut in the songs it is able to stream to its customers - Pandora has now submitted court papers arguing that ASCAP is obliged, under its own rules, to continue licensing all its members songs to the service until 31 Dec 2015.

That claim is based on the fact that negotiations between Pandora and ASCAP regards the current licensing period, which runs until 2016, began before the major publishers started contemplating direct deals. The actual terms for this licensing period are yet to be agreed, and will now be set by the courts, but nevertheless - says Pandora - under ASCAP's 'consent decree' a licence still exists subject to whatever royalty terms the court rules.

And on that specific point Pandora is almost certainly in the right, but does that stop ASCAP-affiliated publishers from withdrawing their digital rights from the collecting society in the meantime and negotiating direct deals? Yes says the digital firm, hence its latest legal action.

But the music publishing sector disagrees, noting that publishers are at liberty to move their rights from one collecting society to another if they so wish even if existing licensee agreements are in place, and therefore a withdrawal from the collective licensing system altogether is also allowed.

Publishing insiders also argue that by already entering into a direct agreement with Sony/ATV, Pandora will struggle to force that publisher back into the collecting licensing system through this legal argument, and by doing a direct deal with the Sony publishing company that provides ammunition for the other publishers too.

All of which is rather complicated isn't it? A judge is expected to rule on the motion next month, albeit after Universal, BMG and possibly Warner/Chappell in theory stop licensing Pandora through ASCAP.

The latest legal battle accompanies Pandora's existing litigation with ASCAP over royalty rates, it's recently secured lawsuit from the other big US songs rights society BMI, and ongoing lobbying in Washington to have the rates the streaming platform pays to the labels - set by statute in the US - lowered to be in line with those paid by satellite radio firm Sirius XM. Good times for the lawyers and lobbyists then.

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The Pirate Bay founder charged in Sweden earlier this year over various alleged hacking offences was last week sentenced to two years in jail.

Gottfrid Svartholm was one of three Bay founders found guilty in 2009, alongside one of their key funders, of copyright infringement for their role in creating and running the controversial file-sharing website. Unlike his fellow founders and funder, Svartholm failed to show up when the conviction reached the Swedish appeal courts, meaning his one year jail sentence for copyright crimes was fixed, and future avenues of appeal cut off.

At that point the Bay man was living in Cambodia, outside the jurisdiction of the Swedish courts, but last year he was extradited back to his home country after various other hacking allegations were made against him. He's been in jail ever since, seemingly serving his Pirate Bay sentence while awaiting a court session to hear the hacking charges.

Although various allegations were made against Svartholm, the court case seemed to centre on alleged attacks on the servers of the Nordea banking group and services firm Logica, during which the personal data of about a thousand Swedes were taken and subsequently published online.

Svartholm and his co-defendant Mathias Gustafsson claimed that while their computers had been used in the hack attacks, the hacking had been done by other parties. But experts testifying for the prosecution claimed data found on the PCs in question suggested the defendants had done the hacking, and neither men could, or were willing to, name who the alleged third party hackers might have been.

Svartholm was jailed for two years, while Gustafsson was given a suspended sentence and told to seek psychiatric counselling. The Bay founder faces further legal woes, with the Danish authorities recently winning the right in a Swedish court to extradite him to face allegations of a separate hacking incident.

As previously reported, although his fellow Pirate Bay founders did appeal their convictions relating to the file-sharing site all the way, they were ultimately unsuccessful, though so far only funder Carl Lundstrom has also served his sentence.

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Billboard Editor Bill Werde has commented on the fact that the million copies of Jay-Z's new album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail', being given away to Samsung customers ahead of its official release next month will not be eligible for the Billboard Chart. Jay-Z and his team have been arguging that they sold all those copies of the album to Samsung, so therefore that should mean that the record is immediately awarded platinum status and sent to the top of the album chart.

Insisting that "Billboard wants to encourage innovation", and pointing to recent changes to his charts and the launch of new charts looking at social media impact, amongst other things, Werde said that the problem with the Samsung partnership is that - unlike similar deals artists have done with brands or retailers in the past - nothing was being sold to the consumer here.

He wrote: "Our role as the chart of record is to set the rules, and hopefully even raise the level of play. It is in this spirit that I say it wasn't as simple as you might think to turn down Jay-Z when he requested that we count the million albums that Samsung 'bought' as part of a much larger brand partnership, to give away to Samsung customers. Retailers doing one-way deals is a fact of life in the music business. When Best Buy committed to and paid upfront for 600,000 copies of Guns N Roses' 'Chinese Democracy' in 2008, those albums didn't count as sales - not until music fans actually bought them".

He continued: "Had Jay-Z and Samsung charged $3.49 - our minimum pricing threshold for a new release to count on our charts - for either the app or the album, the US sales would have registered. And ultimately, that's the rub: The ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy. But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale".

Indeed, there's no guarantee that one million Jay-Z fans will download all those albums, sold or not. However, it is expected that once the record goes on sale properly, it will still score the rapper his thirteenth number one, so he shouldn't worry too much.

Read Werde's article in full here

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Robbie Williams is going to release a tenth anniversary version of the DVD that charted that time (well, the three times) he played 'Live At Knebworth'.

Filmed back in 2003, the remixed and remastered disc features Williams' entire setlist, and is available in HD on Blu-Ray for the first time.

Oh, and it has a pair of extra never-yet-seen bits on it: a performance of 'Back For Good' feat Mark Owen, and Williams' 2003 film 'Moments Of Mass Distraction'. Oh, and its 'deluxe' variant contains a 60 page book on Robbo, with photos!

It's released on 29 Jul, so... yeah, save the date.

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Rapper A$AP Rocky has made a mixtape of DIY beats for other rappers to sample/rap over, so that's considerate of him.

Talking to MTV a while back, he billed it as "classical beautiful music and boom bap Wu-Tang shit mixed together... slowed down and real vibey, with no lyrics". He also confirmed that he'll give the mixtape away free via the net, saying: "I'm not looking to put it out, I'm just gonna drop it online and I'mma have visuals to it. It's gonna be like a real album, but it's gonna be free".

Real, free, visuals, all great things. And a great title: 'Beauty And The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1)'. Catchy.

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Jack White's hyperactive label, Third Man Records, has detailed a new release series featuring live LPs by The Shins, The Kills and Seasick Steve. Taped and mixed in real time at Third Man's Nashville-based live HQ, the Blue Room, last October, all tracks were cut straight to vinyl on vintage gear, a practice the label calls its "one-of-a-kind direct-to-acetate recording process".

It adds: "We believe that this new/old method of recording is as honest as it gets, bringing listeners as close to the experience of the performance as possible (of course, that is until our team of talented engineers and tinkerers manage to gather all the necessary parts to get our time machine and teletransporter back up and running)". All three LPs will be released on twelve-inch vinyl on 25 Jun. Details here...

As previously reported, Nitin Sawhney recorded a retrospective record direct-to-acetate in London earlier this year, and that's out today, and will be launched at his Roundhouse gig later this week.

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Shy pop types jj have aired a new track off their new LP, 'V'.

The single's name is 'Fågelsången', and you can hear it online, and play a trailer for the album - which is released via Secretly Canadian later this year - here.

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So, there's a cosmopolitan new festival on the block, and it's really, really French. Based in London, the first of many OohLaLA!s is so far playing ambassador to Dominique A, Lescop, ≠FAUVE and Christine And The Queens, with extra (French) names still TBA.

Having nothing to do with France is this year's way-past-alternative Incubate; new additions at which - Serafina Steer, Anna Von Hausswolff and The Wedding Present - align with A Guy Called Gerald, Tim Hecker, A Place To Bury Strangers, East India Youth and Shonen Knife.

Over at Warrington's free-to-all Music Festival, Chris Persogli, who's in charge of one of the event's pivotal stages Pyramid Parr Hall, says this of signing Happy Mondays on as headliners: "It's fantastic that we've got the Happy Mondays on board for this year's Warrington Music Festival and testament to how far the event has come. The festival has really grown over the past seven years, acting as a platform for up and coming bands locally and now regionally. Who better to inspire the acts than one of the biggest and most successful bands from the North West?".

With that it's on to extra updates via Poland's Heineken Open'er, Germany's Melt!, and Spain's Monegros fiesta:

HEINEKEN OPEN'ER, Kosakowo Airfield, Gdynia, Poland, 3-6 Jul: Miguel.

INCUBATE, Tilburg, Netherlands, 16-22 Sep: The Wedding Present, Anna Von Hausswolff, Serafina Steer, Balmorhea, Fenster, This Town Needs Guns, Sheep, Dog&Wolf, The Future Dead.

MELT!, Ferropolis, Germany, 19-21 Jul: Blue Hawaii, Charli XCX, Modeselektor/Diamond Version Soundsystem, Claire, Young Rebel Set.

MONEGROS, Fraga, Spain, 20-21 Jul: Justice, Dirtyphonics.

OOHLALA!, Village Underground, London, 21-24 Oct: Dominique A, Lescop, ≠FAUVE, Christine And The Queens, The Quietus DJs.

WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL, various venues, Warrington, Cheshire, 19-21 Jul: Happy Mondays.

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Overpriced garment seller Abercrombie & Fitch is used to dealing with controversy, but even it had to quickly back down once it felt the wrath of the Taylor Swift fanbase.

The retail firm launched a t-shirt earlier this year with the strapline "more boyfriends that TS", a jokey reference to the string of celebrity love interests the singer has reportedly enjoyed in recent years.

It took Swift's fans a while to see the tee, but once they did a petition on was quickly organised. And then one fan posted a YouTube video urging other followers of the songstress to call Abercrombie's PR department and let them know what they thought about the Swift-mocking top.

It seems likely that it was the latter move that persuaded A&F bosses to pull the t-shirt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company's PR hotline was playing a recorded message last week that said: "Thank you for calling Abercrombie & Fitch public relations. If you are calling regarding the Taylor Swift t-shirt, please note that this is no longer available".

Meanwhile the company took to Twitter to announce: "Hey Swifties, we no longer sell the t-shirt. We <3 Taylor's music and think she's awesome!"

Whether A&F rating Swift's music with a "less than three" will placate her fans isn't clear, though the retailer famously likes low numbers when it comes to the ladies.

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Reps for the US record and music publishing sectors last week issued statements supporting ongoing efforts by the country's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, to crack down on IP crimes at home and abroad.

The statements of support came as Espinel's office published a report providing an update on the ways in which the American government is trying to crack down on copyright and other intellectual property violations, sometimes using controversial methods.

The new report notes that seven of the recommendations made in an earlier white paper in 2011 have led to new laws in America. Actually none of these new laws really relate to the entertainment industry and its battle against online piracy, mainly because efforts to introduce new anti-piracy laws in Washington collapsed in early 2012 when web-blocking proposals went toxic amidst high profile protests from the tech sector.

However, the music industry says that Espinel's efforts have played a key part in persuading the American internet service provider sector to voluntarily collaborate in a 'lite' version of the three-strikes system, sending warning letters out to suspected file-sharers alerting them to copyright rules. Pressure from the IPEC has also led to credit card companies stepping up their efforts to cut off the revenue streams of copyright infringing websites.

Responding to last week's report, the boss of the Recording Industry Association Of America Cary Sherman told reporters: "The White House has laid out a sensible and practical approach to protecting the Constitutional rights of America's creative community. Our voluntary, marketplace efforts with various partners in the internet ecosystem - such as ISPs, payment processors and advertisers - have shown such pacts are possible and can make a real difference".

Meanwhile David Israelite, CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, said: "We applaud Ms Espinel's ongoing effort to strengthen American copyright and ensure created works from music to software is valued and treated with respect consistently within our borders and beyond. Her belief that copyright policies and protections be inclusive and developed collaboratively benefits industries, businesses and ultimately our economy".

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Lyrics service TuneWiki will shut down at the end of the month, the Santa Monica-based start up announced last week.

The company, which had deals in place with the major music publishers, was one of the first firms to provide an app within the Spotify player, and had launched various mobile and game-based spin-offs in a bid to capitalise on the popularity of its core services. However, despite raising a reported $10 million in finance over its six year history, it seems in the end TuneWiki management just couldn't find a business model with long term viability.

In a blog post last week, CEO Larry Goldberg wrote: "TuneWiki has come a long way from its early days, when we pioneered the inclusion of scrolling lyrics with music playback. Over time we blossomed into a vibrant social music service that has been enjoyed by millions of music lovers. We saw countless examples of passionate and inspiring personal expression using lyrics and music as the foundation".

He added: "We are excited by the many friendships built within our community that I believe will last for years, if not a lifetime. This is what we set out to build and we are very proud of what we created. Unfortunately, everything comes to an end sooner or later and now is the time for those of us who have worked so hard for so long to move on to other journeys".

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The always-good-for-a-quote boss of local radio company UKRD, William Rogers, has taken a pot shot at his rivals' centralisation policies in a statement made as the firm pays a half-year dividend to shareholders for the third year running.

Admitting that it remains a tricky time for the commercial radio industry, Rogers claims that local advertising markets are actually more stable than the national advertising sector just now, which - he says - means his company's policy of keeping much more of its local radio station operations local, rather than networking in the majority of the programming from a central hub, is paying off.

According to Radio Today, Rogers said: "Trading continues to be patchy and there's no doubt that advertising revenues remain very short term, particularly in the national marketplace. As we have increasingly driven our genuinely local strategy, as opposed to the lip service to localness paid by some, there is a clear trend of upward movement in both audiences and locally derived revenues and this is the way we intend to continue to develop our operation".

Further criticising his competitors in the form of a sympathy message, the UKRD chief, who oversees a portfolio of sixteen local radio stations, continues: "For the benefit of the industry as a whole, I only wish that some of the bigger brands were more successful than they are. It's clear from even a casual look at RAJAR that some are in decline and this is not good for any of us".

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The US TV channel in which live firm AEG has a stake, AXS TV, will broadcast coverage of the promoter's British Summer Time concerts that take place in London's Hyde Park next month.

The Barclaycard-sponsored event, which in essence replaces the Wireless festival that rival Live Nation used to stage in Hyde Park (and which has now moved to the Olympic Park in East London) includes various concerts between 5-14 Jul, with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez all set to play. AXS TV's broadcasts will air on American cable networks on 13 and 14 Jul.

AXS TV launched a year ago, and is a joint venture between AEG, talent agency CAA, Ryan Seacrest and Mark Cuban's HDNet. It takes the name of AEG's new proprietary ticketing platform, which is slowly being rolled out outside the US, and replaced the existing HDNet TV channel. The network still airs some of the shows that previously appeared on the male-oriented HDNet service, though more music and pop culture programming is being introduced, including footage of AEG-owned live events.

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Oh yeah, amid all the 'Yeezus' hype last week I almost didn't notice that Kanye West had had a baby. Or, in reality, his GF Kim Kardashian has.

Though, while the birth itself may have been easy to miss, it was harder to ignore the news on Friday that a spy in the pair's inner circle had told Us Magazine that her (the baby's) name was to be North. As in, North West. So that's nice.

"They will call her Nori for short", adds said spy, pre vanishing into thin air.

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Yeah, you may well be sitting there thinking, "Well that's the stupidest headline I've ever read". But only because you didn't see the one(s) saying that Har Mar Superstar actually was joining The Replacements.

The alt-rock band's Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced earlier this month that they would reform for shows later this year to help raise money for the medical treatment of former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in 2012. Obviously Dunlap would not be involved, and last week Har Mar announced on Twitter that he had stepped in to take his place. Even though as far as we know Har Mar doesn't play guitar.

But in the face of much scoffing, Spin writer and friend of the singer, Jessica Hopper, called him up and he confirmed it to her, so she promptly fired off a news story for the site. He then started tweeting that he was heading into a rehearsal and that he "could still totally fuck this up".

It was only later that his conscience got the better of him and he caved, admitting that it had all been a ruse and the joke had "got out of hand", as more websites began reporting his new appointment. "I am, however, playing tambourine in Hüsker Dü this fall", he added. He also apologised for putting his "old friend's journalistic integrity at risk".

All's well that ends well, eh?

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