12 JUL 2013

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Morrissey's not a big fan of meat, or things that are related to meat. This is pretty common knowledge. Despite all that, someone at Channel 4 decided in 2011 that it would be fine to use Smiths song 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want' in a trailer for a Christmas edition of Gordon Ramsay's 'Cookalong Live' show. A programme that was no short of footage of dead animals being cooked more>>
So the sun's been shining bigtime, but now it's disappeared, so let's tip a night where the sun is sure to still be out. Yes, with Ibiza's summer season fully underway, let's take a look at what's happening at the hedonist's fave superclub Space. On Sunday nights it's the 'We Love' party, and this weekend the marvellous Groove Armada headline with a DJ set, with support from Foamo, Boddika, Jackmaster and Pleasurecraft more>>

- Boinc returns, in Venezuela
- Jessie J loses Voice, cancels shows
- Physical now counts for just 20% of recorded music revenues in Norway
- Korn title new LP
- Oh Land casts off track, LP info
- Of Montreal share weird LP details
- Widowspeak preview new EP
- Jay-Z mimes Picasso Baby on repeat, calls it art
- These New Puritans add live dates
- The Bug to play London date
- Festival line-up update: iTunes Festival, Feel Good Festival, London Folkfest and more
- Sony appoints new chiefs for Epic UK
- New board members appointed at AIM AGM
- Stranger Music announce Eagle-i alliance
- Bieber makes good with Clinton
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: France amended its three-strikes law. Following the recommendations in a recent report on the country's controversial anti-piracy measures, the French government published a decree removing the net disconnection deterrent from strike three. File-sharers who fail to heed warnings about their copyright infringing will instead be fined up to 1500 euros. Only one person has ever been hit with temporary net disconnection under the French anti-piracy system. CMU report | Guardian report

02: Tesco was confirmed as the second biggest entertainment retailer in the UK, in the latest market share stats from research firm Kantar Worldpanel. The downsizing of HMV following its administration earlier this year meant the specialist entertainment seller slipped from second to fifth biggest. Amazon benefited most from HMV's woes, seeing market share increase to 23.4% in the last quarter, while Tesco is now the second biggest entertainment retailer, with a 13.2% share. The continued growth of digital means iTunes is now in third place. CMU reportBBC report

03: Rebecca Ferguson settled with Modest! The former 'X-Factor' finalist fell out with the management firm, which used to have the contract to represent all the finalists from the talent show, last year. She dissed the Modest! team on Twitter, while they sued the singer when she tried to pull out of her contract. Despite tensions being high between the two sides, an out of court settlement deal has been struck, with both parties complementing the other last week. CMU report | Digital Spy report

04: UK Music launched its Skills Academy. The initiative, launched in Westminster on Tuesday, aims to help young people who aspire to work in music develop the rights skills for a successful career, partly by promoting the concept of paid apprenticeships to both employers and young talent. UK Music also confirmed that it was opening its fifteenth rehearsal space for young musicians thanks to support from the Beggars Group. Those spaces will also be promoted by the Skills Academy. Academy reportRehearsal space report

05: Beats was talking to the tel cos, while vKontakte was talking to the majors. Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine's company Beats is developing a streaming music service, and this week it was reported to be talking to various US telecom firms, including AT&T, about them bundling the new platform when it launches later this year. Meanwhile Russian social network vKontakte, which is now (finally) removing unlicensed music content from its platform following a court ruling and moves to step up copyright law in Russia, is reportedly talking to the major labels about how it can allow music sharing across its network on a legal basis. Beats reportvKontakte report

On the CMU this week, we pre-empted this weekend's launch of the BBC Proms by talking to its boss (and Radio 3 chief) Roger Wright, and this Saturday's Independent Label Market by chatting to The Vinyl Factory's Sean Bidder about them pressing a series of special records for the event. Our playlist came from Anna Von Hausswolff, and we approved of Annie, Little Daylight, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, and Truls.

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So, is Beyond Oblivion, that revolutionary new digital music service best known for crashing before it even launched, back? Well, it seems so.

As previously reported, Beyond Oblivion founder Adam Kidron bought his former company's assets through a new entity called Gee Beyond in March 2012, after the original company went under at the end of 2011. Shortly before that deal, an article in Evolver FM reviewed what had gone wrong at Beyond Oblivion, with ex-employees blaming Kidron from making various terrible decisions.

In happier times, Kidron and the Beyond Oblivion team made bold claims about their planned digital service, which - although a little confusing at first - would basically bundle an all-you-can eat streaming and download platform into devices, with royalties covered by a licence fee paid by the device maker. It was claimed that problems securing a sufficiently major device manufacturer to fuel launch was one of the original firm's biggest issues.

But Gee Beyond has seemingly found a tel co partner in the form of Movistar, a Venezuelan subsidiary of the sometimes terrible Telefonica, and it will start bundling the service with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini phone, still using the Beyond Oblivion brand name Boinc, which pretty much everyone - Kidron aside - always thought was pretty awful.

Although a much more modest launch than that planned by Beyond Oblivion v1, the new firm says the Movistar alliance is the first stage of global roll out. On its website it states: "Launching exclusively in Venezuela on the Movistar network, Boinc will gradually expand to become a global eco-system of inter-connected Boinc users and devices, all sharing and opening each other's ears to new music".

It will be interesting to see how Boinc v2 compares to the original Beyond Oblivion platform, which was pretty much ready to go when the company went under, and certainly looked slick, bringing together a variety of elements from rival services. Playlisting and discovery - an obsession of all streaming services these days - was always very much part of the Boinc equation, and The Echo Nest has confirmed it has been hired to provide "rich music information and local music understanding" to the new service.

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Jessie J missed a pair of singing appearances in Dublin and Paris earlier this week, the talkative star having been silenced by a sore throat. So it's kind of like, first 'The Voice' lost her, and now she's lost 'it'. Ha ha ha.

Following an Insta-share from Dublin on Tuesday that her voice had "decided to be friends with the air con today and dry out to Marge Simpson vibes!" (lol), J confirmed yesterday that she'd had to cancel her shows in both the Irish and French capitals (in so doing disappointing fans who'd given their time via the OrangeRockCorps voluntary programme to earn tickets), but added that she'd be back "very soon".

Jessie's fans - her 'heartbeats' as she'd say if she was able to speak - are probably hoping 'soon' means as soon as tomorrow, when J is meant to be headlining Cornwall's Eden Sessions.

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The Norwegian branch of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has released figures for music revenues in the first half of 2013, which show that digital accounts for 80% of income in the country.

What's more, streaming counts for the bulk of that income, at 66% of the total. Download services, meanwhile, count for just 14%, down from 21% last year, while physical music sales fell by 29% compared to the same period in 2012.

So, in Norway it appears that some people's worst fears are being realised and streaming is indeed cannibalising both download and physical sales. Though IFPI Norway also reported that total recorded music revenues in the country were up 17% year on year. So maybe it's all going to be OK after all.

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So, Korn have signed off on their eleventh LP, 'The Paradigm Shift'. With once-departed guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch now fully back on board, having stayed on following a stint playing live with the band earlier this year, they (and he) will release the new record on 30 Sep.

James 'Munky' Shaffer explains that title: "It's a term encompassing different perspectives. You can view a piece of art from one angle and it takes on a certain image. If you look from another angle, it's a completely different image. We liken that to Korn in 2013".

He adds: "With Head back in the fold, all of the elements fans have loved since day one are there, but we're interpreting them from a new perspective. It's a bigger, brighter, and bolder Korn".

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Danish ex-ballerina Nanna Øland, alt-pop alias Oh Land, is to release a new LP named 'Wish Bone', this later in the year via TV On The Radio wiz Dave Sitek's label Federal Prism.

Mixed in the main by Sitek, it'll feature just previewed new track 'My Boxer', which is a collaboration with Bat For Lashes/MIA/Charlift-associated pop don Dan Carey (who also assisted on Oh Land's self-titled LP circa 2011).

This is 'My Boxer'

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Of Montreal are to follow last year's 'Paralytic Stalks' with a new LP, 'Lousy With Sylvianbriar'. I have no idea what that title means. Perhaps it'll all be clarified on 7 Oct, aka the date 'Lousy With Sylvianbriar' (no, still nothing) is released. Perhaps.

oM's Kevin Barnes did tell us something about the album though, if not the title: "I knew I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people used to make albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I wanted to work fast and to maintain a high level of spontaneity and immediacy. I wanted the songs to be more lyric driven, and for the instrumental arrangements to be understated and uncluttered".

Take a listen to 'Fugitive Air' here.


Fugitive Air
Obsidian Currents
Belle Glade Missionairies
Sirens Of Your Toxic Spirit
Triumph Of Disintegration
Amphibian Days
She Ain't Speakin' Now
Hegira Émigré
Raindrop In My Skull
Imbecile Rages

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CMU playlist-makers Widowspeak have gone and made (always making things, aren't they?) a new six-track EP that's released via Captured Tracks on 28 Oct. Its name is 'The Swamps', a 'motif' it carries in its lyrical themes, "fears of stagnation" and "the pitfalls of nostalgia".

So, that's nice. Have an advance blast of its penultimate track 'True Believer' now.

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On Wednesday night in New York, Jay-Z aped that 'playing the same song over and over for six hours' thing The National did back in May by doing a similar thing with his artsy 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' track 'Picasso Baby'. The rapper mimed to a playback of the track for six straight hours at NYC's Salon 94 art gallery, inviting various VIP bods to watch and film clips like this one on Vine.

Jay's 'art' was in fact part inspired by that of Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović, and her 2010 installation 'The Artist Is Present', in which Abramović sat at a table in New York's Museum Of Modern Art for almost two months, inviting visitors to sit opposite her.

Jay-Z's own arty venture was filmed in real time, footage from which is likely to be released as an official promo to 'Picasso Baby', one of six "pieces of art" the MC hinted at in the 'Magna Carta' Twitter Q&A he did earlier this week.

Elsewhere in Jay-Z news, the rapper has commented on problems many fans had with his much talked about album giveaway via Samsung phones. Talking specifically about access issues caused by the rush to get hold of one of the million free downloads of the album, he told Power 105.1: "It was 20 million hits for the app and it broke. No one is expecting it, there's no way in the world for you to calculate 20 million hits. It's not even a number you can fathom. You cannot prepare a service for that. For me, that's not cool. That's a loss. That has to get better. Someone else is going to figure that out and the next person will now know how to go into it better. That's my job. I took the hit for that".

By "took the hit", of course, he means "earned $5 million". But, hey, let's not knock the guy, he's clearly upset and concerned. Though he didn't make any comment on the other gripe people had with his app, namely that it wanted all of your personal details and those of your friends in return for the rapper's music.

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These New Puritans have planted a new lot of live dates, starting in October, as promotional backing to their thorny new LP, 'Field Of Reeds'.

Given we've all played 'Field Of Reeds' to death (right?), let's hear a new TNP track, titled 'And It's Risen', via Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show. Taped live at Maida Vale, the band's bit of the programme clocks in at 59.57.

Live dates:

11 Oct: Manchester, Gorilla
15 Oct: London, Electric Brixton
16 Oct: Leeds, Vox
17 Oct: Glasgow, Oran Mor
18 Oct: Gateshead, Sage

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Ninja Tune-signed vertebrate The Bug will give his recently-detailed new EP 'Filthy', which is released on 12 Aug, a timely live airing at London's Village Underground on 4 Oct.

He'll share a bill on the night with Congo Natty and Chanel One, meaning tickets, available via this link, are really thrice as reasonably-priced as they might've been, had it been a solo show.

Aaanyway. This is The Bug (feat added Flowdan) doing the 'Filthy' lead track 'Dirty'.

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So The Sun excited Little Monsters everywhere yesterday via the 'news' (gossip) that Lady Gaga 'is' (might be) playing live at this year's iTunes Festival. I've listed it speculatively here, just in case. Though given that Gaga's new album is now officially looming (its release date was announced last night as 11 Nov), and with a single out slap bang in the middle of the iTunes Festival, it's looking all the more possible.

But anyway, onwards with a recap of official additions to Birmingham's super-alternative Bring To Light, Rochdale's central Feel Good Festival event, and Balham's packed-out London Folkfest:

BRING TO LIGHT, Rainbow Warehouse, Digbeth, Birmingham, 25-27 Oct: Dinos Chapman, Deafhaven, DJ Nozinja's Shangaan Electro, Masaki Batoh, Josephine Foster, Clipping, Robedoor, Zomes, High Wolf, Kogumaza, Richard Dawson, Sleaford Mods, Sarah Angliss, Delia Darlings, Laurence Hunt.

FEEL GOOD FESTIVAL, Rochdale Town Hall Square, Rochdale, 30-31 Aug: The Feeling.

ITUNES FESTIVAL, Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Lady Gaga.

THE LONDON FOLKFEST, The Bedford, Balham, London, 18-20 Jul: Ryan Keen, Matthew And The Atlas, Blair Dunlop, Keston Cobblers' Club, Patch & The Giant, Willie Campbell, Sabiyha, The Hummingbirds, Skinny Lister, Monster Ceilidh Band, Snowapple, Autumn Red, Irenie Rose,Laurence Fox, Leddra Chapman, Frank Hamilton, Luke Jackson, Kathryn Williams, Josh Record, Richard Walters, Hanna Jacobsson, Lucy Kitt, Tom Staniford, Up Down Go Machine, Erin K, Billy Lockett, Adam Barnes, Matt Midgley, Paolo Morena, Rachael Sage, Corey Fox, Chris Peck And The Family Tree, Marie Naffah, Conrad Vingoe, The Bonfires, Greg Bishop, Rose Betts, Adam Brown, Simon Fagan, Dominic Dunn, Katey Brookes, Billy Lockett, Adam Barnes, Matt Midgley.

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Sony Music yesterday announced the appointment of Dougie Bruce and Steven Melrose as joint MD A&Rs of the major's Epic UK division. They will report directly into Sony's UK chief Nick Gatfield, suggesting an expansion of the unit (ie they are not reporting into Richard Connell, who is now overseeing the firm's so called Associated Labels, the smaller imprints that would have previously included Epic in the UK).

Of course Epic, revived in the UK in 2007, does count British pop's most unlikely superstar, Olly Murs, on its roster. Bruce and Melrose seem likely to now quickly grow the number of artists aligned with the label, having already signed up Example, who will release his fifth long player with the company next year. Bruce was previously an A&R scout for the earlier incarnation of Epic UK, before moving into music publishing, and then over to Simon Fuller's empire, before returning to Sony to lead the label's Fuller JV The Sign Of The Times in 2011. Melrose joined Sony in an A&R role last year, having previously worked for both EMI and Universal.

Commenting on his new role, Bruce told CMU: "Steve and I are so excited to have this opportunity to lead Epic into a new era, particularly as it's full circle for myself starting as a scout for Epic all those years ago. We can't wait to get going". Melrose added: "We are thrilled to be taking the reins at Epic and are hugely excited and motivated to work on such an iconic label".

For the last two years Epic UK has been led by Tops Henderson and Paul Lisberg as part of Sony's alliance with their label Phonogenic. The duo will now refocus their efforts on their own label's activities once again. Says Gatfield on all this: "I've known Dougie and Steven a long time, they each have a great mix of A&R and management skills and they will be a strong force together. I'm also delighted that Paul and Tops will be taking on the task of building the Phonogenic label back up".

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The Association Of Independent Music held its Annual General Meeting in London on Wednesday. As is customary, four new board members were appointed at the gathering, who were Lesley Bleakley from Beggars Group, Sarah Bolshi from Sunday Best Recordings, Shirin Foroutan from Mute and Michael McClatchey from Moshi Moshi.

They replace retiring board members Kerry Harvey-Piper (Red-Grape Records), Natalie Judge (Matador Records), Simon Raymonde (Bella Union Records) and Ben Watt (Buzzin' Fly Records). AIM boss Alison Wenham told CMU: "AIM's board now truly reflects the broad range of entrepreneurs, male and female, in the music industry".

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London-based music company Stranger Music Group has announced a global administration alliance with Eagle-i Music, which will see the publishing business of Eagle Rock administer the Stranger Music songs catalogue, and seeking sync opportunities. Stranger Music will utilise the new partnership to further grow is publishing operations.

Confirming the deal, Stranger Music co-founder Dan Symons told CMU: "We clicked immediately with Roberto Neri and his team at Eagle-i Music and they have made it very easy for us to structure a music publishing company that will allow us to play to our strengths, which are discovering and developing exciting new talent. This is a natural extension of our existing operations and we are relishing the chance to build a roster of world-class songwriters for Stranger Music".

Meanwhile Eagle-i MD Roberto Neri said: " We have been great admirers of the guys at Stranger Music Group for a long time and when this opportunity to work together came along we jumped at the chance. They have proven themselves to be an internationally successful company with a fantastic understanding of music and composers and we are very excited about what we can achieve together as music publishers".

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Justin Bieber has made amends with Bill Clinton, so that's a relief. As you may remember, the conclusion of that recently-posted-on-TMZ video that mainly consisted of the pop teen pissing in a bucket in the kitchen of a New York club saw the star spraying cleaning liquid at a photo for the former president before seemingly declaring "Fuck Bill Clinton".

With the ex-Commander In Chief clearly the main victim in the video (because the restaurant's cleaning staff would have just loved having to dispose of Bieber's urine), the pop teen seemingly put in a call to the ex-Prez to apologise for his spray-n-cuss. And Clinton forgave him. So that's nice. Bieber subsequently tweeted: "@billclinton thanks for taking the time to talk, Mr President. Your words meant a lot. #greatguy".

Clinton himself hasn't commented, though gossip site Extra reckons the former president told Bieber to "be conscious of the friends he keeps and to focus on the good work he is doing", while E! Online says the short conversation included Clinton noting: "If that is the worst thing you have ever done, all is well".

All is well indeed. And as they always say, boys will be boys. And overpaid, self-absorbed, arrogant young men will be cunts.

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