2 AUG 2013

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The latest issue of GQ features an interview with the members of One Direction. To mark this, the magazine is being published with five different covers. The fans, of course, are delighted with such coverage in what might be termed a 'serious' mens' title. Except they're not. In fact, they are livid. They don't like the pictures, and they don't like the cover lines chosen to go with them more>>
A slightly different one this week - the sun has baked us all, so why not catch some of Jazz Jamaica's happy summer vibes? Following on from a sell out at the Royal Festival Hall (having been upgraded from Queen Elizabeth Hall) they head south - deep south in London terms - to sunny Streatham where they'll be spreading the love for two nights at The Hideaway, their adopted 'home' club more>>

- Sony Corp poised to knock back proposal to spin off slice of entertainment business
- Tyler, The Creator aims to get rich and retire ASAP
- Cooking Vinyl sign Gary Numan and The Rifles
- Solange talks new LP
- Deadmau5 gives away free MP3
- Factory Floor share new track
- FKA Twigs previews new EP
- Psychic Ills set September dates
- Beaty Heart playing live anon
- Festival line-up update: EB Festival Podgorica, Unknown and Bloodstock
- Phones4u to sponsor Manchester Arena
- !K7 announces Luaka Bop and Sonic Cathedral partnerships
- Kobalt to represent Zappa publishing catalogue
- YouTube confirms plans to extend subs option to more content owners
- BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week turns 70
- One Direction's Louis Tomlinson signs to Doncaster Rovers
- Status Quo serenade mince
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: It was revealed that Spotify doubled its revenues in 2012, but saw losses increase too. The latest financial filing from Spotify shows that its revenues grew last year from 190.4 million euros in 2011 to 434.7 million euros. However, overall losses widened to 58.7 million euros, up from 45.4 million the previous year. Commenting on the figures, the company also talked up its "unheard of" free-to-paid conversion of 20% and assured everyone that it is "continuing to build for long-term growth - both for our company and for the music industry as a whole". CMU reportMusic Ally report

02: Bauer bought Absolute Radio. After two years of speculation over its future, Absolute Radio was sold to Bauer by current owner TIML Radio on Monday. Bauer also bought Planet Rock earlier this year, and already owned Kerrang! Radio. What the future holds for Absolute, and how Bauer's three rock stations will now work together, if at all, remains to be seen. CMU reportGuardian report

03: The latest RAJAR radio listening figures were announced. The main news was that Nick Grimshaw had clawed back some of this listeners he lost when he took over from Chris Moyles on the Radio 1 breakfast show. Though he is still lagging behind Radio 4's 'Today' programme for early morning listening. Radio 1 saw overall listening figures up, while Radio 2 and 4 broke listening figure records, so that's nice. CMU reportRadio Today report

04: Research showed that the music industry's annual economic impact on Nashville is $9.7 billion. The Nashville Area Chamber Of Commerce published some research on the economic impact the Tennessean city's music industry has on it as a whole. The findings were that music brings in $9.7 billion each year. The city's mayor Karl Dean said that the key now was ensuring that it stays that way by adapting to a changing music industry. CMU report

05: The Independent On Sunday drastically cut back its arts output. The IOS announced plans to revamp its arts coverage, which will mean cutting back on original writing. Amongst those to lose space in the paper is popular music writer Simon Price. CMU reportThe Stage report

Just as The Independent was cutting its arts coverage, we were increasing ours - well, by association. The team from our sister magazine ThreeWeeks are back in operation once again up at the Edinburgh Festival, with reviews, interviews and features galore from the world's biggest cultural event. Find out more here.

Back at CMU, this week we interviewed Raffertie about his new album, his new sound, and 'discovering' AlunaGeorge, plus Alela Diane put together a very good playlist for us.

In the Approved column, we had Mogwai's soundtrack to 'Les Revenants' (aka French zombie drama 'The Returned'), Michachu affiliate Tirzah, Japanese pop-rap duo, and comedy podcast Limmy's World Of Glasgow.

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Officially the board of Sony Corp are still considering those previously reported proposals by shareholder Daniel Loeb to spin off 20% of their US-headquartered entertainment business, which includes Sony Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, though according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei directors are ready to dismiss the plan.

Loeb, whose Third Point company holds just under 7% of Sony Corp stock, says that if the conglom was to float a fifth of its telly-film-and-music unit it would provide capital to fund the revival of the company's flagging consumer electronics division, and would for the Sony entertainment companies to be more transparent to investors.

Sony chief Kazuo Hirai has called Loeb's pitch an "important proposal", and said he would respond after the board had properly discussed the plan. But according to Nikkei, the CEO is poised to say "no" to the proposals. It's thought some of Sony Corp's key Japanese shareholders also oppose Loeb's plan.

The knock back will follow the news that Sony Corp made a profit of 3.5 billion yen in the quarter to 30 Jun, a marked improvement on the 24.6 billion yen loss the group made in the same period in 2012. The weakening of the yen has helped a lot in that recovery, though some of Hirai's restructuring and cost-cutting efforts may have also played a role. And on the electronics side, strong sales of the Xperia smartphone have contributed to the upturn.

In the latest set of Sony figures, Sony Music posted an operating income of 10.8 billion yen, up from 7.3 billion yen in the same period last year.

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Hey, guess what? Hip hop cynic Tyler, The Creator isn't really that into rap, if he's being frank, and is basically only doing it to make loads of cash so he can retire at 25.

But wait, I paraphrase a little. Sharing his life-plan with Italian zine PTWSCHOOL, what the OFWGKTA MC actually said re rap was: "I love it, but that's not what I really draw a lot of inspiration from at all. The little money I've made already I'm just trying to invest in shit so I don't have to make music three years from now and I can be rich off that. I am not kidding".

Hear that, Tyler, The Creator is not kidding. To that end, his next dollar-spinning enterprise will be the three pre Reading/Leeds 'Earlwolf' sets he's playing with Earl Sweatshirt in August. On sale now!

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Cooking Vinyl has announced that it has entered into new 'service deals' with Gary Numan and The Rifles, the latter worldwide, the former all territories outside North America.

Numan will release his previously reported new album 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' with the UK-based independent on 14 Oct, while via its deal with The Rifles, Cooking Vinyl will handle the release of the band's fourth album, which has been funded via a PledgeMusic campaign.

Confirming the deals, Cooking Vinyl boss Martin Goldschmidt told CMU: "We've been waiting a long time for the new album from Gary and I'm pleased to say it's absolutely been worth it. We are also excited to welcome The Rifles to the Cooking Vinyl family. Their successful PledgeMusic campaign has given the band some great momentum which we can use to launch their new album".

Meanwhile Paul Barton from PledgeMusic added: "The Rifles' PledgeMusic campaign was creative, engaging and exciting, it's brilliant to see their hard work pay off in signing the deal with Cooking Vinyl. We have a great relationship with Cooking Vinyl and we look forward to the release of a brilliant album by a brilliant band!"

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Alt-pop dawdler Solange's new LP is approaching (at a snail-like pace) a state at which it'll be releasable. So that's okay, provided you don't mind waiting a while for it.

Talking to Billboard 'backstage' at a Brooklyn laundromat, she named Sampha, The Dirty Projectors' Dave Longsteith and Chairlift's Patrick Wimberley as collaborators on the TBA disc, adding that the idea is to have it ready by 2014.

Asked as to the exact timeframe, she said: "I'm actually trying to give myself a deadline this time around. One of the pros of being independent is having that space and that time. But it's also a major con when you don't set aside a deadline and keep going and keep going. When you have a goal in mind you definitely stay motivated. I'm trying to stay motivated because I know it took four years before my last record came out".

When LP X is eventually released, it'll be via Saint Records, the Sony-affiliated label Solange first hinted at back in May.

In the meantime, here she is playing 'Bad Girls' at that real live launderette earlier this week.

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Deadmau5 thanked his fans for... well, being fans, earlier this week by releasing a free track titled 'Suckfest-9001'.

The EDM DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, has seemingly (or so says Mixmag) split with his erstwhile label, the NYC-based Ultra Music, hence being able to share the new stream as and when he felt like it.

Play 'Suckfest-9001', a preview of the many "unreal things" Deadmau5 says he has planned for 2014, via SoundCloud, and/or claim the free MP3 via this SoShareIt link.


Alt-disco talking points Factory Floor have followed the confirmation of their first LP, 'Factory Floor', by streaming its first track, 'Turn It Up'.

Hear it pre the LP's 10 Sep release here.


'Spectral R&B' artiste FKA Twigs has shared a new visual tying in with her track 'Water Me', a collaboration with Kanye West beatsmith Arca that's been available digitally since midnight last night.

Part of a new four track suite titled 'EP2' Twigs is releasing via Young Turks on 9 Sep, listen to 'Water Me' now.

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Trippy New York-based Sacred Bones-signings Psychic Ills have set a new series of September live dates, at the same time sharing the 'alien' video for their new single 'See You There'. The band play this year's Liverpool Psych Fest, this in the wake of their latest LP 'One Track Mind'.

"I love the UK, man", drawl PI, casually adding: "It's a shame we haven't made it over more in the past few years but, we're looking to change that. It'll be a good time".

Check the 'See You There' vid, and then the six dates, here:

23 Sep: Bristol, The Exchange
24 Sep: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25 Sep: Wrexham, Central Station
26 Sep: London, Corsica Studios
28 Sep: Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
29 Sep: Brighton, The Prince Albert


Indie rakes Beaty Heart have said they're going to play eleven shows later this year, so that's nice. They'll first release their very first LP, 'Mixed Blessings', on a TBA date in early autumn.

Signifying that, this is the band's new 'mix' 'Ssllooww Ddoowwn'. And here are those dates:

23 Oct: Leeds, A Nation of Shop Keepers
24 Oct: Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
25 Oct: Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
26 Oct: Portsmouth, The Registry
30 Oct: Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes
31 Oct: Sheffield, Bungalow and Bears
1 Nov: Manchester, The Castle
2 Nov: Reading, Oakford Social Club
4 Nov: Brighton, Green Door Store
5 Nov: Bristol, Start The Bus
6 Nov: London, Hoxton Plaza

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So, today's FLUUs shortlist includes news of Disclosure, Mount Kimbie and Retro Stefson becoming the first confirmed acts at Electronic Beats' Montenegro-based EB Festival, plus updates just made to this year's King Diamond/Slayer/Lamb Of God-dominated Bloodstock Open Air fest and Croatian alt-dance hub Unknown:

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, 8-11 Aug: Andrew O'Neill, Craniation, Ten Cent Toy, In The Hills, Elithia, Resin.

ELECTRONIC BEATS FESTIVAL PODGORICA, Stadion Malih Sportova, Pdgorica, Montenegro, 12 Sep: Disclosure, Mount Kimbie, Retro Stefson.

UNKNOWN, Rovinj, Croatia, 10-14 Sep: Jon Hopkins, Paul Wollford, Ryan Elliott, Mark E, FCL, Death On The Balcony, Last Magpie, The Sonic Emporium, Nicola Bear, Man Power, Mediate.

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The Manchester Arena has been renamed the Phones4u Arena, because what rockstar wouldn't want to play in a shed named after a crappy phone seller? Though they all gladly play in a tent named after a crappy phone network I suppose. Ah, the modern world.

The retailer has signed a five-year deal with SMG Europe, which owns the Mancunian arena. The venue has been without a headline sponsor since 2011 when local newspaper the Manchester Evening News ended more than a decade's association with the building.

A spokesman for Phones4u said: "Phones4u has signed a five-year deal with SMG Europe, the company that owns the arena, and everything including the venue, website and tickets will be re-branded with our name on it".

He added: "Phones4u customers will get access to exclusive competitions over the coming months, giving you the chance to win tickets to some of the best events around. We'll also be featuring the partnership in upcoming #projectupgrade campaigns, so make sure you keep an eye open for this".

Nope, I don't know what that means either.

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!K7 yesterday announced new "strategic label partnerships" (which are my favourite kind of label partnerships) with David Byrne's New York-based Luaka Bop label and London-based indie Sonic Cathedral.

Under the new partnerships, !K7 will provide label services to both new partners, helping them develop and market their acts and releases, and in the case of Luaka Bop specifically aiding growth in the European market.

Confirming that deal, Yale Evelev of Luaka Bop told CMU: "In our 25 years in existence we've been searching, reverse Cortez like, to reach the pot of gold, that is the hordes of open-minded European consumers interested in the compelling oddities we put forth. We are looking forward to this team of X-Men and Women at !K7 to prove that mutant labels like ours can be heroes".

Meanwhile Nathaniel Cramp of Sonic Cathedral said: "I'm really excited to be working with !K7. It allows me to release some incredible records from new bands like Younghusband and also work with some of my heroes like Dean Wareham. It's an important and big step forward and feels like the label is finally growing up".

And for !K7's part, the boss there, Horst Weidenmuller, told CMU: "Welcoming these two labels with differing styles is a compliment to our diversity. Everybody at !K7 is excited to work with Yale and his team plus the rich history and strong A&R vision that comes with Luaka Bop. We are also very keen to help develop Sonic Cathedral and Younghusband to the recognition they deserve, working with Nat on a global marketing plan which will bring the label and it's artists to the next level".


Independent music publisher Kobalt yesterday announced a new deal with The Zappa Family Trust, which will see the company represent the copyrights in the Frank Zappa songs catalogue, including his solo works, and those with the Mothers Of Invention and his touring groups.

Confirming the new deal, Kobalt President Richard Sanders told CMU: "We are extremely honoured to represent the extensive, illustrious repertoire of the legendary Frank Zappa who is certainly one of the greatest musical geniuses of the last century. It's our privilege to be working with The Zappa Family Trust to protect and promote his iconic catalogue".

Speaking for the Trust, Gail Zappa added: "Frank Zappa wielded a big stick, whether baton or guitar, and his influence on music and the arts in contemporary society penetrated and plumbed the depths of the importance of a free society with a sense of humour. We are forever laughing at the absurdity of this business and we are pleased to be doing it in the company of Kobalt".

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YouTube announced yesterday that it would soon be offering more content owners the option to charge users to access the channels they operate.

The Google-owned video site launched subscription-based channels with a select group of partners in May. It was always assumed that the option to charge for content posted to YouTube, rather than taking a cut of advertising revenue, would be expanded out in due course.

In yesterday's announcement at the VidCon event in California, YouTube said it would open up the subscription option to any content owner with a channel boasting over 10,000 subscribers at somepoint in the autumn.

Channel operators will also get access to better analytics, will be able to message followers directly, and will get use of something called the YouTube Audio Library, featuring 100 royalty-free instrumental tracks that can be synced with videos for free.

As previously reported, a recent report in Variety said that those content partners already operating subscription services on YouTube had seen modest uptake to date, though its still early days.

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One of the longest running shows in radio history, BBC Radio 3 show 'Composer Of The Week', turns 70 today. It originally launched during the Second World War in 1943 on the Home Service under the name 'This Week's Composer'. To mark the occasion, listeners are being asked to suggest a composer who has not previously been featured for a Christmas special later this year.

Donald Macleod, who has presented the show since 1999, told CMU: "It is a huge privilege to present a programme with such a rich history - I feel incredibly lucky to be presenting 'Composer Of The Week' as I genuinely think it is one of the best jobs in broadcasting. It's terrific that the listeners get a chance to participate in the 70th birthday celebrations - over the years I have had many suggestions put to me, so who knows what they will suggest but I'm looking forward to learning about somebody new".

Next year the show also plans to broadcast a series of live shows with the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales.

More information on the show and how to suggest composers for the Christmas special here.

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has signed up as a player for Championship league football team Doncaster Rovers. The singer will be quitting the band with immediate effect in order to play for the team.

No, not really, it's just some nonsense publicity thing. Tomlinson hasn't even been 'signed' as such, his new alliance with the club is strictly on a 'non-contract' basis, though he has been given a squad number for the 2013/14 season (28, if you're interested).

Tomlinson played in a charity match at the club's stadium last year, after which talks to have him more involved began. According to the club, it's hoped that he'll be able to find the time to train with the rest of the team at some point over the season. So, it's not like he's actually going to play for them or anything. It is all in aid of the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Sheffield though, so stop being such a cynic.

In a statement, Tomlinson said: "This has always been a childhood dream for me. I feel very honoured to have been asked to sign for Rovers and being able to help both the club and the amazing charity Bluebell Wood is what it's all about".


Back in June, One Direction announced a partnership with Australian supermarket Coles to give away tickets to their upcoming tour down under. They even recorded a short video message to fans, in which they plugged the store. Oh but boys, boys, boys, you really have nothing on Status Quo.

The Quo have also hooked up with Coles, which has used their hit 'Down Down' in its ads a lot in the past, for a new partnership specifically involved in selling minced beef, which includes a new advert that sees the band actually perform a specially altered version of their 1974 hit. The lyrics now proclaim, "Down, down, prices are down". Seriously.

So that's something for One Direction to think about in 40 years. Might I suggest the line, "Oh Coles, you slice up the price like nobody else"? Make a note of that. They should probably also study this amazing example of selling out (I'm not sure what else we can call it) here.

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