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4 JUL 2013

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Q&A: BEN OSBORNE, NOISE OF ART
Ben Osborne is the founder of Noise Of Art, a collective launched in 2005 to bring together electronic music, film and art in interesting ways. Since then they have staged events at nightclubs, galleries, cinemas and festivals around Europe. Last year that included a massive event around the re-release of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' film, taking over all four floors of The Hackney Picturehouse cinema. And this year they've stepped things up yet again with a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of electronic music more>>
 
APPROVED: SOKO - MONSTER LOVE (FEAT ARIEL PINK)/ I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT NEW WITH YOU
Stéphanie Sokolinski, aka SoKo (The Cat), plays a freak 'en amour' in this, her DIY-directed 'Monster Love' video. Starring Ariel Pink on co-vocals, the clip features a heartsick werebeast who falls in love (in vain) with various Hollywood hotties and, in part II - backed by SoKo's 'I Want To Make It New With You' - makes it new with Soko, a Wednesday Adams-esque she-fiend. 'Monster Love' is a beautifully light and lilty affair with a higher-fi trimming than is SoKo's usual style more>>

TOP STORIES
- SJM and Desmond buy into Benicàssim
- Great Escape early bird tickets go on sale
IN THE POP COURTS
- 50 Cent charged after incident at ex-girlfriend's home
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Motörhead wipe all live dates as Lemmy advised to take a break
- Morrissey says doctors feared for his life earlier this year
CHARTS, STATS & POLLS
- Dance music continues to sell well, confirms BPI
RELEASE NEWS
- Tinie Tempah releases trampoline-based new single
- Julio Bashmore shares Duccy, new dates
BOOKS NEWS
- Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe writing book
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Anna von Hausswolff confirms London show
- Shit And Shine add live appointments
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Aussie collecting society to licence Universal songs catalogue in multiple Asia-Pacific markets
- HMV HQ moves
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- 7digital launches store for Firefox OS
AND FINALLY...
- Katona feels "amazing" despite bankruptcy

MAMA & COMPANY - GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS, ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS & BARS MANAGERS
MAMA & Company are looking for dynamic, experienced General Business Managers, Assistant General Managers & Bar Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at some of London's most established venues. Based in London, closing date for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 24th July 2013, starting

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.

   
WARP RECORDS - ROYALTIES ACCOUNTANT
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
THE 100 CLUB / CORNERSTONE AGENCY - ACCOUNT MANAGER
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
CROWDSURGE - FULFILMENT COORDINATOR
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
FUTURESOUND EVENTS - PROMOTER
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
FUTURESOUND EVENTS - PROMOTER'S ASSISTANT
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!

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
IN HOUSE PRESS - ONLINE/WEB PUBLICIST
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.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
ADVERT: OFFICE SPACE TO SHARE IN CAMDEN, NW1
£600 per calendar month

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.

Please contact hello@six07press.com for more details

SJM AND DESMOND BUY INTO BENICÀSSIM
Vince Power has sold shares in the Benicàssim festival to SJM Concerts and Denis Desmond in a deal designed to assure the future of the popular Spanish event.

Power reclaimed ownership of both the Benicàssim and Hop Farm festivals after his company Music Festivals plc hit the wall last year. However, despite plans to stage a 2013 edition of the UK-based Hop Farm bash, that event was cancelled in May due to poor ticket sales.

Given the fall-out from the collapse of Music Festivals plc, coupled with reports that the flagging Spanish economy was again affecting ticket sales in that market too, there were fears that Benicàssim, due to take place from 18-21 Jul, might also be pulled, despite it being by far the most established of the events that operated under the Music Festivals plc banner.

But the deal with UK and Irish live music players SJM and Denis Desmond should assure that Benicàssim will continue this year and in the future. The two promoters have taken a sizable stake in the event, though Power will remain MD and this year's edition will not be affected in anyway.

Power said in a statement: "The difficult economic climate coupled with the bad year suffered by Music Festivals plc has prompted my decision to sell a major shareholding in Benicàssim festival. I am pleased that two of Europe's best known festival promoters are now taking part".

He continued: "[Benicàssim] is one of the world's most established and best-loved live music events and I wanted to ensure the future of the festival for many years to come. I am pleased we have found great partners to take Benicàssim forward to its next phase and to guarantee it is secure and solid for the fans, this year and every year. Next year Benicàssim celebrates its 20th anniversary and I look forward to many more memorable festivals in years to come".

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GREAT ESCAPE EARLY BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE
Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 2014 edition of The Great Escape, Europe's leading festival for new music, and the UK's premiere music business conference.

Once again next May thousands of music business professionals from across the world will meet in Brighton for panels, parties and networking events within the CMU Insights programmed TGE convention, while also joining thousands more music fans to sample over 350 great new artists at gigs and showcases staged across the seaside city.

The Great Escape was a sell-out event for the first time this year, meaning tickets for the 2014 edition are likely to be in high demand. Nevertheless, special prices are available on the limited edition early bird tickets, which are on sale now at £39.50 for festival access, and £100 for a full delegate passes.

Tickets can be bought from the 'buy tickets' tab at www.mamacolive.com/thegreatescape

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50 CENT CHARGED AFTER INCIDENT AT EX-GIRLFRIEND'S HOME
50 Cent faces domestic violence and vandalism charges after an incident at the home of an ex-girlfriend last month. Details of the altercation are sketchy, but reports suggest the rapper caused over $7000 of damage at his former partner's Californian home after going on a rampage on 23 Jun. He is also accused of kicking his ex.

The LA City Attorney's Office confirmed the charges, five in total, yesterday, adding: "Regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, domestic violence is a serious crime and alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by this office. We will continue to look out for the safety of all victims of domestic violence and seek justice for the alleged crimes".

Fiddy could face five years in jail and fines of up to $46,000 if found guilty of the charges he now faces. He is due in court on 22 Jul, though as yet has not commented on the allegations against him.

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MOTÖRHEAD WIPE ALL LIVE DATES AS LEMMY ADVISED TO TAKE A BREAK
Motörhead's Lemmy Kilminster has been "immediately advised to rest", having had "medical maintenance" last month (aka he had a defibrillator fitted to fix an irregular heartbeat, it appears).

All of which means Motörhead sadly won't be playing any of the remaining live dates listed on their official page. The band cancelled several shows last month, apparently as Kilminster was having treatment for a severe haematoma.

Notably avoiding confirming any of the above medical complaints in a note to fans, Lemmy says: "I'd like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me [cancelling the shows] as I don't like to disappoint the fans, especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody's ass".

Ill health or no ill health, Lemmy et al's new LP 'Aftershock' will still, adds the post, be released later this year.

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MORRISSEY SAYS DOCTORS FEARED FOR HIS LIFE EARLIER THIS YEAR
Morrissey says that doctors feared he might die earlier this year as the singer battled double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and throat condition Barrett's oesophagus. As previously reported, the one time Smiths frontman was forced to cancel a string of live appearances because of ill-health, that seemingly began when he collapsed in a hotel room in January.

Reflecting on his difficult year with Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Morrissey said: "It was terrible. I had played in January in Ohio, and I was perfect, but the next night at the hotel I collapsed. I lost consciousness and when I recovered, I was covered in black blood and did not know what it was. I was taken to a hospital [where doctors] quickly discovered I had an ulcer, Barrett's esophagus, and then [it] all finished in double pneumonia.

"I spent over four weeks on a drip, but I refused a blood transfusion. I managed to do some more shows in the US, but when I arrived in Mexico the doctors told me to stop. Not being able to finish the tour was devastating, but doctors warned me: 'A few weeks ago you almost died, and now you say you'll do 18 shows more? Are you trying to kill yourself?' In fact, I think that was what I was doing".

"Seriously, I did not worry too much, because eventually we all die one day and in my case it would be better to die on stage than on a sofa covered with bread crumbs. Yes, the doctors told me: 'Do you realise that you are dying?' But it's so abstract to hear you do not know what to do. Furthermore, we are all dying, even when we sleep we are dying slowly, but until that happens, you give everything you have. There will be much time to rest, once we get to the grave".

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DANCE MUSIC CONTINUES TO SELL WELL, CONFIRMS BPI
Didn't dance music get the memo, this was meant to be the year of the guitar band revival, remember? Yet sales of dance music singles were up nearly 20% in the first six months of 2013, while dance music albums were up nearly 34%.

Dance music accounted for one in six of the singles sold in the UK in the first half of this year, or 16.3% compared to 14.1% in the same period in 2012. It means EDM is now the third most popular genre behind pop and rock, though that's a bit misleading given most pop music these days leans towards dance, and the lines drawn between a lot of pop, dance and R&B releases at the moment often seem arbitrary.

Releases from Rudimental, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Calvin Harris and, of course, Daft Punk have all helped dance remain a strong genre in terms of record sales in the UK this year.

These stats were published today by record label trade body the BPI, where boss man Geoff Taylor said: "With so many memorable releases this year, not least Daft Punk's iconic summer anthem, 'Get Lucky', dance music is well on its way to becoming one of the defining sounds of 2013. It's drawing in artists normally associated with other genres, such as hip hop and dubstep. These fresh influences are giving 2013's Dance music an edge which is really cutting through to fans".

Meanwhile Ben Turner, co-founder of the newish Association For Electronic Music, told CMU: "The explosion of electronic dance music in the USA is well-documented worldwide, so it's great for the UK to now be in a position to reveal statistics as strong as this to show how dance music continues to drive the British music business forward".

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TINIE TEMPAH RELEASES TRAMPOLINE-BASED NEW SINGLE
Tinie Tempah has released a new single titled 'Trampoline'. Featuring American rapper 2Chainz, beats by Diplo and the phrase "Annefrankly", it will itself feature as part of the London MC's new LP 'Demonstration', the follow-on to 2010's 'Disc-Overy'.

Explaining his fairly literal inspirations in creating the track, this via the BBC's 1Xtra earlier this week, Tempah said: "It's about all the crazy things I've been able to see. I was always able to get people jumping, so I kind of tied that in with a little joke that people made about me jumping really high in all my performances. That's why it's called 'Trampoline'".

Watch Tinie, on a trampoline, in this official 'Trampoline' clip.

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JULIO BASHMORE SHARES DUCCY, NEW DATES
Like it or don't like it (Twitter opinion is split), Julio Bashmore has released a... 'divisive', let's say, new track titled 'Duccy'. And, as a distraction, various autumn/winter live dates too.

The approximate locations of said dates, with additional info to follow in time via juliobashmore.com, are as listed:

27 Sep: Aberdeen
28 Sep: Glasgow
29 Sep: Edinburgh
4 Oct: Belfast
5 Oct: Dublin
12 Oct: London
18 Oct: Nottingham
19 Oct: Brighton
25 Oct: Birmingham
26 Oct: Manchester
1 Nov: Newcastle
2 Nov: Leeds

Play 'Duccy' here

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LAMB OF GOD'S RANDY BLYTHE WRITING BOOK
Lamb Of God man Randy Blythe has signed an international literary deal to write a book on his life and times, or specifically his very recent legal troubles in the Czech republic.

In it, Blythe, who was twice acquitted (once in March and again last month) of the manslaughter of 19 year-old fan Daniel Nosek at a show in Prague back in 2010, will "unveil the truths" about his arrest, imprisonment and latter trials.

He says: "While I've dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would centre on such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told. I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it".

Random House will print the book in Britain for sale in spring 2014.

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ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF CONFIRMS LONDON SHOW
CMU Approved artist/organist Anna Von Hausswolff has added a solo date at London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (15 Oct) to her live repertoire.

The show, which follows PAs at this year's Green Man and End Of The Road festivals, will serve well to sell extra pressings of Von Hausswolff's new LP, 'Ceremony'.

Here she is doing something she'll most likely do in London in October, that is to say, she's playing cheery 'Ceremony' single 'Funeral For My Children' live.

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SHIT AND SHINE ADD LIVE APPOINTMENTS
Indelicately-named transatlantic experimentalists Shit And Shine have polished off (sorry, I mean announced) a trio of shows in front of a billing at Oxfordshire's Supernormal Festival on 9 Aug. One's in a crypt, the others aren't, and all act as promotional backing to the band's last LP circa 2012, 'Jream Baby Jream'.

Listen to the 'barrage' of an intro to that long player, 'Dinner With My Girlfriend' (which is like no dinner I've ever had), via this player.

Tour dates:

2 Aug: Newcastle, The Cluny
3 Aug: Bristol, St John The Baptist Crypt
7 Aug: London, The Lexington

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AUSSIE COLLECTING SOCIETY TO LICENCE UNIVERSAL SONGS CATALOGUE IN MULTIPLE ASIA-PACIFIC MARKETS
Universal Music Publishing has mandated the Australasian Performing Right Association and its mechanical rights sister body AMCOS to licence its songs catalogue to digital services throughout most of the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan. It's a landmark arrangement, because APRA/AMCOS will be the first collecting society to represent a publisher's catalogue in multiple territories in the Asia Pacific market.

The fact that collecting societies are generally only able to licence the catalogues they represent in their home territories has often been cited as a reason why collective licensing - whereby all (or most) rights owners licence music services together via one blanket licence - is inefficient in the digital space, where most service providers want to operate in multiple countries. Even though, traditionally, collective licensing has been employed where usage is high and per-transaction royalties low, as with most digital services.

So much so, as previously reported, in the digital domain the record labels have mainly opted to do direct deals with digital service providers (unless, as in the US, copyright law forces them to licence simpler services collectively).

Cynics would argue, probably rightly, that's mainly because they can negotiate bigger royalties and advances directly, where negotiations aren't subject to the special rules that cover collective dealing. But the labels would likely argue back that it is actually easier for the digital firms to do global deals with the majors, Merlin and a few key distributors, rather than having to negotiate licences with collecting organisations in every single territory.

On the music publishing side, most (though not all) digital services have been licensed through the collective licensing system, though in the US the big publishers are in the process of withdrawing their digital rights from the collecting societies, again believing better deals can be negotiated directly.

Of course the issues around collective licensing always being territory specific can be addressed by allowing collecting societies to licence digital services in multiple territories, most likely - as with Universal and APRA - on a non-exclusive basis. This is has started to happen already in Europe, partly in response to licensee demand, but mainly to satisfy the European Commission, which has long had issues with the monopolies collecting societies enjoy in their home territories.

Confirming it would now allow multi-territory collective licensing of its songs catalogue in Asia Pacific, Universal Music Publishing VP Andrew Jenkins told reporters: "Universal is proud to be the first music publisher to enter into a multi territory licensing and administration arrangement for the Asia Pacific region and I am really excited by the potential of this groundbreaking initiative".

He continued: "We chose APRA/AMCOS as our trusted partner in this rapidly expanding and incredibly important market because we want our writers to be paid fast, fairly and efficiently for the use of their works. I hope other societies and publishers join us in this initiative to make licensing and administration simpler, faster and more effective for the benefit of songwriters, digital retailers and consumers".

Meanwhile APRA/AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle added: "Consumers in this part of the world want and need the widest possible access on safe, legal platforms to the world's repertoire of music. This agreement is an important step in that direction and comes in direct response to pleas from digital service providers".

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HMV HQ MOVES
While HMV prepares to move its main London store along the capital's main shopping street a bit, giving up its current flagship shop to Sports Direct in favour of a smaller base at 363 Oxford Street, the original base of the entertainment retailer, the firm has also moved its corporate headquarters.

According to MCV, HMV's London HQ, previously in the West End near its flagship store, has moved to a City address in Blackfriars. It follows a considerable downsizing of the workforce at the company's corporate base when the firm was in administration earlier this year.

As previously reported, a streamlined version of the company was bought out of administration in April by restructuring specialists Hilco.

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7DIGITAL LAUNCHES STORE FOR FIREFOX OS
7digital has launched a music store for Mozilla Firefox OS, the new smartphone operating system that has only just become commercially available, via Telefonica in Spain. Accessible via the Firefox Marketplace, the 7digital Music Store will offer mobile access to the digital firm's downloads catalogue, recommendation tools and digital locker.

Confirming the new service, 7digital boss Ben Drury told CMU: "The potential of Firefox OS is huge. With more than 20 hardware and operator partners around the world, Firefox OS is filling the need for a fully adaptable, unconstrained mobile platform to deliver an innovative and customisable mobile web experience. We believe this offers us a significant market opportunity as a digital music provider".

He continued: "The heart of our digital strategy lies in providing a platform agnostic music store that does not tie users to a single device or operating system; we have apps for Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and iOS already available. Developing the Firefox OS application means we're ideally placed to become the default digital music store for Firefox OS smartphones".

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KATONA FEELS "AMAZING" DESPITE BANKRUPTCY
Atomic Kitten's Kerry Katona told reporters that she felt "amazing" at the Commecial Radio Awards yesterday, despite her recently filing for bankruptcy for the second time.

According to reports, Katona's financial woes have also led to her being dropped as the face of payday loans company Cash Lady, who needless to say don't want to be associated with a celebrity who has just become bankrupt.

Nevertheless, Katona, reunited with Atomic Kitten via 'The Big Reunion' TV show, told reporters: "I feel amazing. We've got an amazing tour coming up and I'm very happy".

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