2 JUL 2013

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Eddy's own involvement with the Campaign Against Living Miserably came in the wake of the suicide of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool frontman Charles Haddon. Sadly, this is often how people come to be involved with this charity, which aims to lower the rate at which young men take their own lives. But that involvement, though it comes from sadness, is a positive thing. And there's a similar story to go with CALM's presence at the Secret Garden Party this year, as Eddy describes here more>>
Dum Dum Girl-alikes (mainly in looks, if not sonically) LA Witch's dark garage-rock art is at its most practiced on the band's first official release, a tri-track offering featuring inputs from Burger Records signing Joel Jerome and Lucy Miyaki (that's Miyaki as in Approved act Tashaki Miyaki). Framed by the bone-rattling bass schisms of 'Get Lost' and 'You Love Nothing', its most sophisticated track 'Heart Of Darkness' is exactly that, a death-blackened organ beating smack in the middle cavity. more>>

- Warner's acquisition of Parlophone complete
- Overdose confirmed as cause in Chris Kelly's death
- Will.i.am may not be suing Williams, but Williams is now suing Will.i.am
- Lou Reed hospitalised with dehydration
- Moby to release LP feat Cold Specks, Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan
- Matt Cardle and Mel C to release single
- Filming starts on Lana Del Rey's Tropico
- Pixies add new dates, new Kim on bass
- Professor Green to play live in Nov
- Festival line-up update
- Bids being taken for Nile Rogers created IMS anthem
- As Pandora debate rumbles on - why doesn't the digital service back US record industry's fight for AM/FM royalties?
- Apple registers iWatch trademark in Japan and Russia
- Semetric announces developments and expansion
- Chavril marry in Cannes
Warp Records are looking for an experienced royalties accountant who will be responsible for managing all aspects of royalty accounting for the record company. This will include preparation of bi-annual accounting to artists, mechanical royalty accounting, internal reporting and analysis. Candidates will have experience in a similar role.

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The 100 Club and Cornerstone Agency are looking to recruit an experienced candidate to work with The 100 Club's owner, help fill any gaps in the schedule and work to improve the Club's marketing and promotion (including social media) to raise awareness of the Club's activity. This is great role for someone who is well connected in music and has a great relationship with agents, promoters, record labels and managers.

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As the Fulfilment Coordinator, you will manage the ticket fulfilment process for our customers in a timely and accurate manner in order to maintain and grow the company's market leadership aspiration. Additionally, you will work to maintain relationships with fulfilment sub-contractors and any related partners in the UK and Europe.

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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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Warner Music yesterday completed its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group, which constitutes most of the former European EMI units and catalogues that Universal Music was forced to sell by competition regulators when it acquired the British major last year.

It was confirmed that Warner would acquire the PLG in February in a £487 million deal. With the indie label community - often opponents to big deals between major music companies - immediately backing the transaction, the sale received the green light from European regulators in May.

At the core of the acquired unit, of course, is the UK-based Parlophone frontline label and catalogue (minus The Beatles archive, which stays with Universal), though Warner also acquires the Ensign and Chrysalis UK recordings (minus Robbie Williams), the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics divisions, and EMI units in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Artists whose recordings appear in amongst that little lot include Coldplay, Tinie Tempah, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Danger Mouse, David Guetta, Eliza Doolittle, Pablo Alborán, M. Pokora, Raphael, Mariza, David Bowie, Radiohead, Tina Turner, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, Jethro Tull, Blur, Kate Bush, Daft Punk, Edith Piaf, Itzhak Perlman and Maria Callas.

Most of those assets will now operate under a new Parlophone division within the Warner Music Group, a new primary label that will sit alongside existing Warner flagship labels Warner Bros and Atlantic. Although with an obvious European focus initially, it may be that the Parlophone brand is subsequently extended into markets where it didn't previously operate when part of EMI.

Welcoming the completion of the deal, the biggest single expansion of Warner since it was acquired by Access Industries in 2011, the boss of the parent company, Len Blavatnick, told CMU: "This is a defining moment for Warner Music, which is strengthened today by the addition of PLG's acclaimed roster, renowned catalogue and gifted executives. This acquisition further cements Warner Music's place as the world's best home for extraordinary artists".

Meanwhile Warner Music CEO Stephen Cooper added: "We are delighted to officially welcome PLG's legendary roster and dynamic team to the Warner Music family. This acquisition unites two companies synonymous with incredible music, pioneering labels and artists that have shaped genres and defined generations. By staying true to our shared values, leveraging our complementary strengths and investing in growth, we will build on that remarkable legacy to set new standards in artist development and drive industry-leading innovation. Above all, this historic deal will create global opportunities for great music talent".

Speaking for Universal Music, the top man there, Lucian Grainge, focused on the good price his company secured in the sale of PLG, and the other EMI assets it was forced to offload in a much tougher than expected ruling from the European regulator. And while that ruling may have been disappointing at the time, the silver lining, an upbeat Grainge insists, is that that extra income will help in his bid to reinvigorate those EMI divisions Universal kept.

The Universal boss man told reporters: "Over the course of the past year, we successfully acquired the recorded music assets of the legendary British music company EMI, revitalised its iconic Capitol Records and Virgin Records, and further strengthened UMG's position as the global leader in music. Now, given PLG's strong valuation, the transaction's proceeds provide us significant resources for our global reinvestment program rebuilding EMI, preserving its heritage and helping all of UMG lead the industry's digital transformation - and even better able to serve artists, songwriters and business partners, while offering fans more choice".

For the former EMI staffers who ended up within the PLG after Universal's acquisition, and therefore were left somewhat in limbo as their former colleagues moved over to UMG, hopefully now there will be some closure after years of uncertainty, even if there is a little bit of inevitable downsizing as the actual consolidation of Warner and Parlophone occurs. As previously reported, Warner has recently revamped the top team within its international division, which coordinates affairs outside of North America, in part to prep for the integration of the PLG business.

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Kris Kross star Chris 'Mac Daddy' Kelly died from a drug overdose, a coroner in Atlanta has ruled. As previously reported, the rapper was found dead at his Atlanta home at the start of May, just a few months after reuniting with his Kris Kross co-star Chris Smith at a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of the label of their mentor Jermaine Dupri.

A drug overdose was the suspected cause of death from the start, and now the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta has confirmed that fact after the return of toxicology results. Kelly had struggled with drug abuse for years and, while the coroner said it was difficult to say exactly what drugs he had consumed in the hours before his death, the rapper's mother previously told police he had taken both cocaine and heroin.

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If you've spent the last few days wondering all the way to high heaven how the devil it could possibly be that that nice, reliable, honest chap Will.i.am could insist on the micro-blogging network that the kids call Twitter that "I am not suing Pharrell and I never was", while at the very same time cool cat Pharrell himself was being quoted expressing abject disappointment that "a fellow artist would file a case against me", well fear not, I think I've solved the paradox. And, good sir, it's old fashioned legal technicalities causing the confusion.

As you may recall, it was Rolling Stone that first reported that Will.i.am was taking legal action against Pharrell Williams in a trademark dispute over that unusual lexical construct "I Am". Williams was trying to register various trademarks around the 'I Am Other' brand he launched a year ago, but Will.i.am had decided that would cause confusion with and dilute the value of his trademarked I Am clothing brand.

Though, after Pharrell hit out at the Black Eyed Pea and Voice judge, adding "I am someone who likes to talk things out" and "I am surprised in how this is being handled", Will.i.am took to the tweets to insist he wasn't suing a fellow star, and was far too busy on this charity projects to be worrying about trademarks.

But, it seems, Will.i.am's lawyers are worrying themselves about Pharrell's allegedly conflicting trademark applications. However - and here's the key point - they have let their objections be known through the standard channels, filing an opposition to Pharrell's trademark application via the standard mark registration process. Which isn't anything like as dramatic as the one star "suing" the other, though Rolling Stone's more abstract "legal action" still stands.

And, Will.i.am's legal rep Ken Hertz has told Billboard, his team were forced to file their opposition papers because if you have a problem with a new trademark application you must register it within six months, and that deadline was running out. Had it not been for that deadline, Team Will.i.am would have been happy to continue "talking things out", as Pharrell put it, but with said talking yet to reach a resolution the Black Eyed Pea's attorneys had to cover their backs by filing the formal opposition.

Though there too there is disagreement between the two camps, with legal reps for Williams claiming that Will.i.am's team have, in fact, made no effort to connect on this issue, and instead have "obstructed at every overture". So much so, while the Will.i.am team may not be suing Williams, Williams is now suing Will.i.am, his team filing legal papers yesterday in which they ask a New York court to rule that his use of I Am Other, specifically on his YouTube channel, does not infringe any of Will.i.am's trademarks.

This one is going to be fun.

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Lou Reed was admitted to hospital over the weekend with dehydration. The 71-year old, who declared himself a "triumph of modern medicine" earlier this year following a liver transplant, received emergency treatment at a facility in Long Island on Sunday.

Reed made his first post-op PA at the Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity in late-June, saying this at the time: "How could time go that quickly? The other day, I was nineteen. I could fall down and get back up. Now if I fall down you are talking about nine months of physical therapy".

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Ambient baldo Moby will, on 30 Sep, release a new LP titled 'Innocents'. Featuring Mark Lanegan, Cold Specks, Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne, Skylar Grey and Damien Jurado, it also marks Moby's first collaboration with another producer, in the form of Mark 'Spike' Stent.

Says Mobz: "I spend most of my time alone in my studio, so for 'Innocents' it seemed like a really nice idea to involve other people in the making of the record. Working with all of these collaborators has helped me to make an album that I'm very proud of, and working this way also gave me some semblance of a social life".

This is Cold Specks duet 'A Case For Shame'


Everything That Rises
A Case For Shame (feat Cold Specks)
Almost Home (feat Damien Jurado)
Going Wrong
The Perfect Life (feat Wayne Coyne)
The Last Day (feat Skylar Grey)
Don't Love Me (feat Inyang Bassey)
A Long Time
Tell Me (feat Cold Specks)
The Lonely Night (feat Mark Lanegan)
The Dogs

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'X-Factor' enfant terrible Matt Cardle is releasing a hammy new collaborative single with Melanie C, and its name is 'Loving You'.

Cardle says this of the ex Spice Girl, a serial collaborator who has in the past paired with Bryan Adams, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and... Emma Bunton: "I'm a big fan and I've always loved her voice. I had already started writing 'Loving You', and I thought with a few changes it could work perfectly as a duet. I'm really thrilled with the song and I can't wait for people to hear it".

Listen hard to 'Loving You', a taster of Matt's TBA new LP, via this link.

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Lana Del Rey has shared an 'official' (says JustJared) still from her new film project - possibly a short film, possibly just a video - the previously reported 'Tropico'.

Having initially hinted at it last year, Del Rey is shooting the clip in California with director Anthony Mandler, maker of 'Rider', her 'Born To Die' mini-movie circa 2012.

This is a revealing Vine taken 'on set'.

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Pixies have listed new live dates to match their first new single in nine years, 'Bagboy', which premiered last week. The band will hit Ireland and Great Britain in November, playing shows in Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow and London. Oh yeah, and they've replaced ex-bassist Kim Deal with a new Kim: Kim Shattuck of The Pandoras and The Muffs.

Black Francis says: "Along with everyone's favourites, we'll be playing songs that we haven't played in ages or never played live before. Songs like 'Brick Is Red,' 'Havalina', 'Tony's Theme' and 'Sad Punk'. We've probably rehearsed some eighty songs, so we'll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it. We're all really looking forward to this tour".

Tour dates:

18 Nov: Olympia, Dublin
21 Nov: Manchester, O2 Apollo
22 Nov: Glasgow, Barrowland
24 Nov: London, Hammersmith Apollo

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Rap doc Pro Green PhD is going a-roving in November, playing shows all over the place in this order:

8 Nov: Glasgow Academy
9 Nov: Manchester Apollo
11 Nov: Carlisle, Sands Centre
12 Nov: Derby, Assembly Rooms
14 Nov: Birmingham Academy
15 Nov: Leeds Academy
16 Nov: Liverpool Academy
17 Nov: Newcastle Academy
19 Nov: Norwich, UEA
20 Nov: Bristol Academy
22 Nov: London, Hammersmith Apollo

PG releases his Miles Kane-featuring new single, 'Are You Getting Enough?' on 22 Jul. His new LP, 'Growing Up In Public', will be available on 14 Oct. Hear the track here.

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Having cancelled its Sao Paolo-based edition (owing, it said at the time, to Brazil's financial instability) earlier this year, multi-national festivals plc Sonar is to spread itself over four continents in 2014; having released dates for events in Reykjavik (13-15 Feb), Tokyo (12-13 Apr), Mexico City (16-17 May) and Cape Town (16 Dec) in addition to its flagship Barcelona bash (12-14 Jun).

Meanwhile, have some enhancements to Pitchfork's The Knife / Hot Chip / Disclosure / Deerhunter-starring Paris fete; the all-new London branch of Polish alt-fest Unsound; Upset The Rhythm's superlatively-billed Yard Party and Bradford/Leeds' nascent arts carnival Recon, are as here written:

PITCHFORK FESTIVAL PARIS, Grande Halle De Le Villette, Paris, France, 31 Oct - 2 Nov: Panda Bear, Mount Kimbie, Todd Terje, Omar Souleyman, Blood Orange, Mac DeMarco, Colin Stetson, No Age, deafheaven. www.pitchforkmusicfestival.fr

RECON, various venues, Bradford/Leeds, 22-29 Sep: Gang of Four, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hookworms, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Cowtown, White Manna, Cut Hands, Helm, Black Pus, Cold Pumas, Sauna Youth, Tense Men, Kult Country, Bilge Pump, Carlton Melton, That Fucking Tank, Skullflower, Gareth S Brown, Con-Dom, Mutant Ape, Spols & Relics. reconfest.co.uk

UNSOUND LONDON, various venues, London, 26-29 Sep: Demdike Stare & Sinfonietta Cracovia, Penderecki, Lustmord, Forest Swords, Durian Brothers, Robert Piotrowicz, Innode, BNNT, Stara Rzeka, Nicholas Bullen. unsound.pl/en

YARD PARTY, Yard Theatre, London, 15-17 Aug: US Girls, Slim Twig, Merchandise, Michael Chapman, Mark McGuire, Joe McKee, Flamingods, Fat White Family, Sauna Youth, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Cut Hands, Spencer Clark, Rob St John, Las Kellies, Earth Rod, Silver Fox, Ex Easter Island Head, Yong Yong, Halo Halo, Sex Hands, Please, Year Of Birds, Apostille. www.upsettherhythm.co.uk/#yardparty

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The rights in an 'anthem' created by that surprising man of the moment, Mr Nile Rogers, at this year's EDM-focused International Music Summit are to be auctioned off for charity. Rodgers is the latest artist and producer to be invited to create a unique track during IMS though, say the event's organisers, this year when the 'anthem' - remixed by Eats Everything - was premiered there was much interest amongst delegates in acquiring the rights in it.

To that end, bids are now being accepted via Leigh Head at Sherrards Solicitors from labels interested in acquiring the rights to distribute the master recording, with the advance paid under any deal donated to Rodgers' charity the We Are Family Foundation. Sealed bids in excess of £5000 are being accepted until 9am on 14 Jul. Anyone interesting in making a serious bid should email lbh@sherrards.com for details.

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Pandora's various efforts to reduce its royalty bills remain big news in the US, with Pink Floyd's recent op-ed on the debate in USA Today resulting in a plethora of other opinion pieces on the rights and wrongs of the streaming music service trying to cut the payments it makes to record labels and music publishers, and recording artists and songwriters.

And while in recent weeks Pandora's disputes with the publishing sector's US collecting societies ASCAP and BMI have had most attention, the focus is now back on the monies the streaming company pays the record labels, because that's what the Floyd wrote about.

As much previously reported, sound recording copyright owners in the US don't receive any royalties when their tracks are played on AM and FM radio (unlike in Europe), but do when recordings are used by satellite or online radio services. These royalties are - in the main - paid via the statutory collective licensing system, managed by SoundExchange, with rates ultimately set by statute.

The rules regards royalties differ between satellite radio (ie Sirius XM) and online service, and Pandora says that that is unfair, because the former end up paying lower royalties. To that end the digital firm has been lobbying in Washington to try and get the system changed, to bring its royalty payments inline with those paid by Sirius XM. Which will mean lower rates, and less money going to the labels and recording artists.

Various industry and artist groups have spoken out against these moves, including artist and producer Blake Morgan, who recently had a public email exchange with Pandora founder Tim Westergren. And Morgan is amongst the people to have contributed a new polemic to the debate since the Floyd's piece captured the headlines.

In his new piece, published on the Huffington Post website, he acknowledges Westergren's constant argument - that none of this is about lowering the payments Pandora makes to rights owners and artists, but rather it's about combating inequalities that exist in the current system, in which his competitors in satellite radio pay lower sound recording royalties, and his rivals in the AM and FM sector pay no royalties to the record industry at all.

But, says Morgan, if that's the real aim of Pandora here, why doesn't Westergren invest his energies into backing the record industry's so far unsuccessful efforts to bring US copyright law inline with copyright systems elsewhere, whereby labels and recording artists are paid whenever their recordings are played or broadcast in public.

Says Morgan: "Mr Westergren has often stated that internet radio and Pandora in particular is being 'discriminated against' because they have to pay the performer [sound recording] royalty and terrestrial radio, who he identifies as a competitor, does not. He has also recently stated that 'Pandora is a company founded by artists to help artists. It is at the core of who we are and how we make decisions about our business and that will never change'. Then help us. With the right kind of help"

He continues: "Instead of lobbying Congress (as you have) to lower Pandora's rates, honour the rates Pandora, artists, and labels agreed upon together for internet radio hand-in-hand with Congress in 2009 ... and stand with music lovers and music makers in reasonably and rationally arguing that terrestrial radio has never paid its fair share, and it's time it did".

It's an interesting spin in a debate that seems likely to rumble on for sometime yet. Read Morgan's full piece here.

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It has emerged that Apple has applied for the trademark iWatch in Japan, and possibly Russia too, heightening speculation that the IT giant has a smart-watch in development, in a bold move to bring Solitaire and cat photos to your wrist.

Although some have pointed out that the name could also be utilised for a streaming video service, Apple boss Tim Cook has previously hinted that some sort of wearable net-connected device was in development.

Of course Apple has struggled to secure i-prefixed trademarks for some its more recent product launches, with key marks often already registered in key territories; and while sometimes a large cheque can solve that problem, other times you have a brand as established as ITV in the UK, which makes iTV impossible.

It's already been noted that there is already an Italian company using the iWatch mark, which will likely make registering the name in Europe tricky.

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Musicmetric owners Semetric have announced developments and expansion enabled by the firm's previously reported £3 million in new funding, secured at the start of the year.

In particular, a host of new features are being added to the Musicmetric Pro analytics service, which crunches online data to help labels and managers plan marketing, advertising, touring and A&R activity. Amongst the developments will be closer integration of streaming and sales data from the likes of iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and VEVO alongside social media and file-sharing metrics.

Meanwhile the company has also announced a reorganisation of its management team, with European expansion to be led by Jurgen Van Leeuwen, Alex Crickmay and Eli Shapiro, who respectively bring research, music business and IT experience to the table. In North America former Maverick Records GM Daniel Savage will lead, with support from LA-based ex-Nielsen man Mark Tindle and, in New York, Liz Camerelli, who joins from music library firm MusicMind.

The team is still led by Executive Chairman Jeremy Silver and CEO Gregory Mead. The former told CMU: "The entire industry is on a learning curve, finding new ways to use its valuable data in different parts of the business. We're focused on making Musicmetric Pro the most robust and dependable means by which executives form their decisions. We are increasing our user-base daily across the US and Europe. Bolstering our senior team with such experienced executives is helping us underpin our success alongside continued, iterative product development, all of which lays the ground for our future entry into other entertainment verticals".

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Avril Lavigne is said to have married fiancée Chad Kroeger, and he her, yesterday in Cannes.

Apparently, the pair said 'I do' at a Canada-themed bash, in so doing celebrating their shared love, and the Canadian nation's national day, at the same time. So that's nice isn't it?

Mr and Mrs K are meant to be releasing a marital single they taped pre the wedding, and I personally can't wait to hear it.

In the mean time, have another look at this.

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