25 JUN 2013

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Led by vocalist and keyboard player Katie Stelmanis, Austra released their debut EP, 'Beat And The Pulse', in 2010, picking up rave reviews. Their first album, 'Feel It Break', came the following year and picked up similar acclaim. Last week the band released their second long player, 'Olympia', again through Domino Records. This second album saw the band work on tracks more as a group, whereas previously Stelmanis had arrived with songs almost complete. This had a profound effect on the development of the record, while still maintaining Stelmanis' strong artistic vision more>>
If there's one thing I've learned while doing this job, it's that people like to know what Tom Vek is doing. It's something I've been asked amazingly often over the last few years. And for the most part, people are disappointed by the answer to that question. Because Tom Vek generally isn't doing anything. Not that he's willing to tell anyone about, anyway. Sure, he's managed to put out a couple of albums since 2005, but... well, let's just say he's not one to be rushed. Nowhere is that more true than with this new project, a collaboration between Vek and New York-based musician Olga Bell more>>

- Former Jackson family manager sues Sony
- Dave Grohl still thinking hard about Foo Fighters album
- Killers not planning to release new album any time soon
- Arctic Monkeys wanna share LP info, and do
- Morrissey releasing Hollywood High School live DVD
- Drake adds facts, dates, new tracks to Nothing Was The Same
- Daughn Gibson streams LP early
- V&A's Bowie exhibit to be shown live in cinemas
- Charles Aznavour still touring
- Deerhunter add one-off Roundhouse show
- Festival line-up update: Beacons, Liverpool International Music Festival and Wickham Festival
- MPG takes ISRC-in-WAV campaign to wider industry
- Numero allies with newly created Secretly Label Group
- Ticketmaster expands into Austria
- Sony launches content venture with former MTV chief
- Vinyl lending library to open in London
- Surviving members of TLC re-record Waterfalls, Lopes' family not impressed
- Bieber falls down stairs
Futuresound Events are looking to recruit a concert promoter based in its Leeds City Centre office. The ideal candidate must have a broad knowledge of the music industry, excellent organisational, digital and communication skills are required; combined with a genuine passion for music.

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based in its Leeds City Centre office. The ideal candidate must have a genuine passion for music, excellent organisational, digital and communication skills. This will be a varied role, where you will learn all aspects of promoting and you must be willing to work long hours and unsocial hours. A great opportunity for the right person!

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We are looking for an experienced online/web publicist to join our team and look after all aspects of online music promo. The position offered is full-time and based in Manchester but for the right candidate there could be an option of working in London or remotely. We offer a competitive salary based on experience.

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The Office Manager oversees the administration of Edinburgh Festival magazine ThreeWeeks, a sister title to CMU, manages the volunteer admin team, and coordinates the review team and booking of review tickets. This is a two month contract, with a month based at ThreeWeeks’ London HQ in Shoreditch E1, and then four weeks based in Edinburgh from 27 Jul – 25 Aug. Reporting into the Publishers, the Office Manager needs to be a very organised person, IT and web literate and able to navigate a spreadsheet, and able to take the the initiative and manage and motivate a volunteer team.

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CMU sister title, Edinburgh Festival magazine ThreeWeeks requires part time sub-editors to work between 1-24 Aug, processing and subbing reviews submitted by the publication’s volunteer review team, using the magazine’s style guide. Reporting to the Editors, as well as tweaking and reworking reviews ready for publication, the sub-editors also give feedback to the review team, and may liaise with reviewers on rewrites to help participants in the ThreeWeeks media-skills programme improve their work.

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Come and share our lovely office in Camden NW1, which is available from the beginning of July 2013

Situated in a 620 sq ft former photographic studio, up to four of you will be sharing with us - a music PR company. One third of the office is available in a friendly, spacious, airy, media environment. The space offered is partially separated from the main room and currently acts as our meeting / ping pong room! Individual desk spaces may also be considered.

The office is tastefully designed, has ample storage and is based in Camden close to all the amenities. The space would suit music professionals, designers or architects or a small company involved in the creative arts.

The studio has excellent security and is situated in a private yard off the street. It is 5 mins walk from Chalk Farm tube and Kentish Town West Overground stations. It is equally close to Camden Lock and Market with its numerous shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and a short journey on bus or tube will take you into the west end quickly.

There's a kitchenette, with sink for tea/coffee, microwave and fridge. The studio is situated on the lower ground floor of the building with its own locked door, with 24 hours access.

The rental cost is for the space and includes all utilities but not telephone. Wireless high speed broadband (reasonable use) could also be shared.

A one month deposit would be required with a three-month minimum agreement, with one month written notice and rent to be paid monthly in advance by standing order.

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While the ongoing Jacksons v AEG court battle rumbles on in a small Los Angeles court room, new legal papers relating to the late king of pop's work have been filed in the LA Superior Court. Because you wouldn't want the American legal system to ever not be dealing with several Jackson-related lawsuits at any one time.

The latest lawsuit doesn't involve the Jacksons or the Michael Jackson Estate directly, rather it's against the singer's long-time label partner Sony Music. Richard Arons, a former lawyer, claims that the major has failed to pay him the royalties he is due on Jackson's early recordings for the record company as part of a deal relating to his time as co-manager of the Jackson family's business affairs.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arons says that he became attorney to the Jackson family way back in 1969, and three years later became co-manager for the Jackson brothers alongside their father Joe. It was during this time that The Jackson Five left Motown and signed with Epic Records, which ultimately became part of what is now Sony Music.

During his time co-managing the Jacksons, Arons' lawsuit claims, he took 7.5% of all the brothers' income, half of the 15% management fee. The management partnership with Joe Jackson ultimately broke down, but in a 1981 settlement it was agreed that he would continue to receive a 7.5% cut, but only of the Jackson brothers' sound recording revenue, ie the artist cut of the revenue stream controlled by Epic Records.

And that cut is still due, seemingly, relating to the sound recording output of the Jackson brothers from the early 1970s up to Michael's first two solo albums, 'Off The Wall' and 'Thriller'. A brief dispute with Michael himself occurred in 1991, but, says Arons, a settlement was reached which reaffirmed his 7.5% cut.

Sony Music presumably has been paying that cut directly to the one time attorney and manager, but - says Arons - he isn't getting all he is due, and Sony is failing in its duty to properly account to him. Tensions have seemingly been rising for a while, and have come to ahead after a Sony exec failed to deliver on a promise a year ago to review Arons' claims.

The claimant wants the allegedly unpaid royalties, costs and damages - to the tune of $10 million - and new confirmation about his royalty rights. Sony Music is yet to comment.

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Those Foo Fighters are still in the 'vague ideas' stage of working on their next album, the follow-up to 2011's 'Wasting Light', drummer Taylor Hawkins has told Billboard. This means very little has changed since Dave Grohl spoke about it in March. Although Grohl is possibly thinking a little harder now.

Hawkins said: "We're getting started. We're getting our ideas together. Dave has his brain working overtime, like usual, and he's got a lot of great ideas, both musically and conceptually - [nothing] that I can speak of at this moment, but it's gonna be great. It's gonna be cool".

I'm not sure they're actually far enough into the process for him to say with such certainly whether or not it will be "great" or "cool". Still, Hawkins reckons there's plenty more to be done within the Foo Fighters house.

He continued: "You always want every [album] to be the best one you've ever done, and you always think you haven't done your best one [yet]. Although some people may feel we have, I still think we haven't written our 'Hotel California' or our 'Bohemian Rhapsody' or whatever. You should always be a little scared... Every time you start a record, you have to be, like, ready to fucking kill yourself or it's not gonna be any good".

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Bad news if you were excited by the news last week that The Killers have been working on new music. You're not going to be able to hear any of it for quite some time yet. On the plus side, that's good news for everyone else.

Drummer Ronnie Vannucci told The Daily Star: "Dave [Keuning, guitar, is] becoming more of a father and wants more time off. We all totally respect that, because making and touring an album takes two and a half years of solid work around the world - more if it goes really well. Making the songs is the easy part. It's all the promotion that goes with it that takes you away from your family and that's tough".

He added: "If we do take a long break, I might make another solo album, or if Queens Of The Stone Age's drummer ever falls ill, I'll fight for a spot with those guys".

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Ah, Arctic Monkeys have released press details of an LP to go with their 'quite alright, really' new single 'Do I Wanna Know?'

Featuring Josh Homme, Bill Ryder-Jones, John Cooper Clark, varying instances of the word 'wanna' and three (three!) rhetorical track titles, new album 'AM' will be buyable via Domino on 9 Sep.

Do you wanna know its tracklisting? Don't answer that, because here it is anyway:

Do I Wanna Know?
R U Mine?
One for the Road
I Want It All
No 1 Party Anthem
Mad Sounds
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Snap Out Of It
Knee Socks
I Wanna Be Yours

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Morrissey has made his first official live DVD in nine years, or so claims his usually right fansite, True To You.

Marking 25 years since the ex-Smith's first solo single 'Suedehead' was released, 'Morrissey 25: Live' features an 'intimate' Russell Brand MCed show Moz played at Los Angeles' tiny capacity Hollywood High School back in March.

Fans wanting to know what it was like to be there, in real life, at the time, have a read of this Billboard article citing Morissey's "chiselled chest". And/or wait till August, which is when the recording of it will be available in shops and/or shown in cinemas.

Apparently back to health after various scares and cancelled shows, and potentially going against doctors' advice, Morrissey will be back playing live in Lima on 9 Jul.

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That Drake spent a large part of this past weekend advertising his third LP 'Nothing Was The Same' in varying ways, not least by adding a 17 Sep release date to its factsheet, sharing this trailer, and several new tracks and remixes via ovosound.com.

Rather than clicking over to that, though, save time by playing 'The Motion', a collaboration with SBTRKT vocalist Sampha, right this instant.

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'Me Moan', the really very good new LP by brooding CMU approvee Daughn Gibson, is available for advance streaming pre its release on 8 Jul.

There isn't anything else to say at this stage, except this; here's a link to listen to it.

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As the V&A's vastly acclaimed (aka virtually inaccessible) 'David Bowie Is' exhibit nears its close date, a live film looking at its many wares will be beamed into participating cinemas on 13 Aug.

Directed by filmmaker Hamish Hamilton and shown on over 200 screens nationwide, 'David Bowie Is Happening Now' will feature intros and insights by the show's main creatives Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, and by special guests... maybe even Dave (probably not though).

V&A MD Martin Roth says: "Visitors have gone to great lengths for a chance to see our exhibition, so we wanted to give everyone across the country one last opportunity to experience it for themselves. This is the first time the V&A has taken part in a live broadcast event of this magnitude and we are extremely excited to be working with such a talented production team to present the phenomenon that is David Bowie to the widest possible audience".

Details and a list of screenings are here.

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French-Armenian singing/acting great Charles Aznavour, aka 'France's Frank Sinatra', will play his first Britain-based live show in over 25 years at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The 'She' hitmaker, who claimed in 2006 that he'd done with the 'playing live' lark only to go back to it in 2007, will carry on his 'last live adieu' at the RAH on 25 Oct.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday. And this is a very spangly 'She'.

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High-achieving American band Deerhunter have added an extra live date straight off the bat, 'the bat' being the ATP festival they curated and headlined only a day or so ago.

This time it's a one-time thing at London's Roundhouse on 6 Nov, by which time Bradford Cox and co's new LP, 'Monomania', will be nearing its first half-birthday.

Tickets will be available from 9am tomorrow via this link.

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Oh dear, first it was Hop Farm, Tokyo Rocks, No Direction Home, Sonisphere UK, Playground and Hevy, and now this; another one to add to the sad scrapheap of the year's cancelled festivals. Sigh. The latest event to take the hit is the nascent Isle Of Man Festival, as was meant to take place for the first time on 6 Jul. Stopped in its tracks by bad ticket sales, the one-dayer was to host the likes of headliners Primal Scream, Paloma Faith, Johnny Marr and Wretch 32.

Its organisers say: "The risk in pursuing the event would put businesses on and off the island in jeopardy. A great festival was planned for the Isle of Man - with global artists, international and local media partners and world reaching sponsors. Sadly, this cannot now be realised".

In less sad news, Suffolk-born Ed Sheeran has given his name to a stage at this year's Ipswich Music Day. Says the singer - who despite having graced the festival twice in 2009-10, can't make it this year - has said it's a "privilege" to have a presence at this "amazing event", adding: "I remember playing at the event a few years ago and it was great fun".

Fascinating. Pushing on, I give you today's FLUUs:

BEACONS, Funkirk Estate, Skipton, Yorkshire, 16-18 Aug: Danny Brown, SBTRKT, Gold Panda, Wire, Eagulls, James Holden, T Williams, Throwing Snow, New York Brass Band, Sky Larkin, Traams, Findlay. www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, various venues, Liverpool, 18 Aug - 22 Sep: Stooshe, Diana Vickers, A*M*E, The Vamps, Charlie Brown, Tich. www.limfestival.com

WICKHAM FESTIVAL, Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, 1-4 Aug: Wilko Johnson, Public Service Broadcasting, The Deborah Bonham Band, Sarah Savoy and the Francadians, Shamus OBlivion and the Megadeath Morrismen, Neverland, The Courtiers, Doghouse Boat Boys. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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The Music Producers Guild last week briefed representatives from various industry bodies about its initiative to get International Standard Recording Codes - the code used to uniquely identify any one sound recording - embedded into WAV files as standard.

As previously reported, the MPG has been calling for better meta-data standards in digital content for a while, though less in terms of providing better data for categorisation purposes (which others have focused on), and more to ensure better crediting for those who work behind the scenes on sound recordings. Partly to ensure that any creator's moral right of a credit is more readily met, and partly to aid with the reporting of neighbouring right royalties for those session musicians and producers due such a thing under copyright law.

The MPG reckons - probably rightly - that the easiest way to achieve its objective is to link digital music files to the existing ISRC system, which in turn could be linked to any other copyright databases developed down the line. The producers trade body has been working with the European Broadcasting Union in this domain, and is now advocating the adoption of the 'broadcast WAV' with embedded ISRC as an industry standard for raw digital files.

Reps from record label trade bodies BPI and AIM, collecting societies PPL and PRS and the Featured Artists Coalition all attended a briefing on the MPG venture last week, launching wider efforts to promote this standard to the industry at large.

Those efforts follow support for the initiative from the technology side of the equation. Barry Grint of Alchemy Mastering, who is leading this campaign for MPG, told CMU: "We have had a great response from digital audio workstation manufacturers, many of whom are backing this initiative. Magix/Sequioa and Merging/Pyramix have already demonstrated file exchange between their systems and Prism Sound/SADiE plan to implement this shortly".

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Chicago-based catalogue label the Numero Group has formed a partnership with the Secretly Canadian record companies which will be known as the Secretly Label Group.

Under the new alliance, Secretly Canadian owners Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson and Darius Van Arman will become partners in the Numero Group. The catalogue label will continue to be based out of Chicago with its own marketing and A&R team, while Secretly Canadian and sister labels Dead Oceans and Jagjaguwar will also continue to have their own A&R and marketing operations, but all the Group's companies will share back-office services such as accounting, technology and legal affairs.

Confirming the new partnership, Numero co-founder Ken Shipley told CMU: "We've known Chris, Ben and Darius since we were all on indie training wheels. Watching their companies grow from off-the-map vanity imprints to taste-making powerhouses has been a thrill to watch, and we're pumped to join what we know will be a formidable bloc of important record companies for decades to come".

Chris Swanson added: "Numero Group is the greatest reissue label in the world. Partnering with them is a dream come true. Their impeccable taste, unparalleled research acumen and keen business instincts are already making us a stronger, more well-rounded label group".

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Live Nation has announced the expansion of Ticketmaster in Austria, following the firm's establishing of its ticketing business in Germany in 2011. With offices in Vienna, Live Nation says numerous promoters will use its new www.ticketmaster.at platform to sell tickets for their Austrian events.

Confirming the latest expansion, Live Nation top man Michael Rapino told CMU: "This expansion into Austria is part of our strategic vision to expand our global footprint, bringing the most comprehensive ticketing products and world-class service to even more venue clients and fans. With Ticketmaster operations in nineteen countries, we are improving the fan experience and building a successful presence around the world".

Meanwhile Ticketmaster President Mark Yovich added: "The response we have had from promoters and arts institutions in Austria about our new service has been fantastic. Steeped in the rich musical history of Mozart and Beethoven, the country boasts the highest number of visits to live events per capita of any European country and with more than 36 million tourists visiting every year, its cities have a vivid cultural offering which Ticketmaster will help market both locally and internationally".

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A former boss of MTV Networks has joined forces with Sony Music to launch a new 'entertainment production business', which will look to create entertainment content aimed at a youth audience for consumption via both web and TV platforms.

Beyond that basic remit it's not entirely clear what the new joint venture between Judy McGrath, who led MTV Networks until 2011, will focus on, though it seems certain that - like MTV under her control - music will be a starting point, but won't necessarily at the core of the content brands the new business develops.

Confirming her new alliance with Sony, McGrath told the New York Post: "There's so much of the great content out there. We will need to find some new ways to reflect the creativity of a new generation".

It's possible that McGrath's new entity may look to sign up grass roots content makers who have achieved some success on YouTube, with the promise of maximising the advertising potential of their existing content, while developing their brand into other more lucrative areas.

As previously reported, a number of stand-ups, mainly in the US, are already operating in this space, basically becoming labels for vloggers, and it would make sense for major music companies to move into this space.

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Vinyl's becoming more popular, but it can be expensive too, not to mention rare. To help with this, a new vinyl lending library is to open in London. In Stoke Newington, in fact, which may or may not cause you to sigh and say, 'Oh, of course'. Whatever, it sounds like fun.

The not-for-profit venture will open to the public on 1 Jul, charging a monthly fee to become a member - or offering free access to those who donate records themselves.

Promising to offer everything from "70s Afro-rock to UK garage", founders Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall told CMU: "We want to create a sharing space for people to learn from one another by exploring vinyl in all its gloriousness".

For more information, check out the library's official Facebook page.

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The family of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes are not impressed by the decision by the surviving members of TLC - Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas - to re-record the group's most famous song, 'Waterfalls', with Japanese popstar Namie Amuro to mark their 20th anniversary. I imagine the Lopes family are about as impressed as T-Boz and Chilli looked during their cameo in the video for Stooshe's cover of the song.

Lopes' sister Reigndrop told TMZ: "I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up before being surprised".

The new version of the track has not been officially released outside Japan, and there has been no indication that it will receive a wider release, or if another version will be recorded for the rest of the world. You can hear the offending track here.

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Historically, Justin Bieber has always been pretty lucky when falling over, generally having a pane of glass to break his fall. Sadly, his luck finally ran out this week, and all that there was to meet him as he tripped were some stairs. As a result, yesterday he had to attend a photshoot with a slightly grazed neck.

Once again showing off the awesome power of Instagram's new video functionality, Bieber told his fans: "So I decided I was going to fall down the stairs. So I did! So that's exactly what I did!"

That twice delivered punchline was down to Bieber's own piss poor editing. Oh well, he may have hurt himself, but at least he's learnt something: once this whole music thing has dried up, making films is definitely out of the question as something to fall back on. As is walking without falling over. Only a few more potential careers to try out now then.

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