9 AUG 2013

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- Grooveshark settles with EMI Music Publishing, signs new licensing deal
- Usher speaks on son's near drowning
- Kobalt adds more artists to neighbouring rights roster
- The Killers making tracks with M83
- Oh Land adds Wish Bone info
- Bill Callahan re-dubs new single
- Jesu trail new LP
- Joanna Newsom shooting Paul Thomas Anderson film
- Warner sees revenues increase, but losses grow too
- Competition Commission provisionally approves AEG's management of Wembley Arena
- Universal International launches new label services business under Caroline brand
- New UK MD at Ticketmaster
- BandPage announces deals with Vevo and Xbox Music
- Sean Parker invests in gig discovery app WillCall
- Lady Gaga gets naked, hugs massive crystal
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Essential Music and Marketing is seeking a confident, high calibre individual to lead its digital retail representation. The position will manage partnerships with digital music services (eg iTunes), working closely with label managers and reporting to the Sales Director. This is an ideal position for someone with experience of dealing with key online accounts, looking to forward their career and skills in a dynamic and fast growing music distribution company.

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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: Sony Corp knocked back Daniel Loeb's proposal to partially sell off the company's entertainment division. Earlier this year, Loeb's Third Point hedge fund became a significant shareholder in the Japanese entertainment and electronics conglom, and promptly began suggesting it sell off part of its entertainment business. The Sony top guard said it was giving the proposal serious consideration, but this week formally knocked back Loeb's plan with a letter from CEO Kazuo Hirai. CMU reportKazuo Hirai's letter

02: Grooveshark signed a licensing deal with EMI Music Publishing, meaning it now has one major music company deal in place. The Verge reported earlier this week that the streaming firm was close to settling its ongoing legal dispute with EMI Music Publishing and to signing a new licensing agreement. And yesterday that's exactly what happened. Announcing the news, Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino said: "We're excited with this. Grooveshark is taking the same steps YouTube did in its early evolution from a startup to becoming a core part of a content creator's social distribution and marketing mix". CMU report | The Verge report

03: Google launched its streaming service in the UK. Having launched in the US and Australia earlier this year, Google's lengthily named streaming service Google Play All Access Music finally made it to the UK (along with Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain). It'll set you back £9.99 per month, or £7.99 if you sign up by 15 Sep. CMU report | Music Ally report

04: Warner Music Group and Live Nation were both upbeat about their finances. Though Live Nation perhaps with more reason. The live firm said it had seen revenues 8.3% year-on-year in the last quarter. Warner Music Group, meanwhile, had seen revenues increase by 1.8% in the same period, but losses had almost doubled to $63 million. Live Nation reportWarner report

05: HMV confirmed it was moving back into its original store. The very first His Master's Voice shop opened on Oxford Street in London in 1922, and remained in the same unit until 2000. Having given up the lease on its larger Oxford Street store near by to Sports Direct earlier this year, new HMV owner Hilco confirmed the return this week. CMU reportPhotos of the original shop

Also in CMU this week, we teamed up with our sister magazine ThreeWeeks on a series of Edinburgh Festival-themed features. Musician and Edinburgh Fringe veteran MJ Hibbett offered advice to bands making the trip to Scotland to perform, Song, By Toad boss and Edinburgh resident Matthew Young chatted about his local band showcase festival taking place this month and the Festival in general, plus the team at the Edinburgh International Festival compiled an very eclectic playlist for us.

In the Approved column this week, we went to Argentina to meet rock trio Las Kellies, before stopping in France to catch up with long lost French producer Jackson And His Computerband and alt-pop outfit Christine And The Queens, then back to London to flounce about with enigmatic duo Rainer.

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As expected, often controversial streaming service Grooveshark yesterday announced that it had settled its legal battle with EMI Music Publishing and signed a licensing agreement with the company. Exact details of the deal are confidential.

As previously reported, Grooveshark once had a licensing deal in place with both the recordings and publishing sides of EMI - back when both were still part of the same company - following the settlement of an earlier piece of litigation in 2009. However, this deal later fell apart, and EMI Music Publishing sued again in January 2012.

Announcing the new deal yesterday, Grooveshark co-founder and CEO Sam Tarantino said, somewhat optimistically: "We're excited with this development. Grooveshark is taking the same steps YouTube did in its early evolution from a startup to becoming a core part of a content creator's social distribution and marketing mix".

Of course, YouTube's early innovation happened while everyone was still trying to work out exactly how music should work on the internet. And its major label deals were in place relatively quickly. And YouTube didn't then get re-sued by one of its existing major label partners, necessitating a second deal (though there was that temporary wobble in its Warner relations that time, I suppose). But whatever.

And, of course, Grooveshark is still embroiled in litigation with the three major record companies. Meaning that however big the EMI songs catalogue may be (and it is big), Grooveshark still isn't technically cleared to play recordings from much of it.

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Usher has released a statement reacting to news of his son's swimming accident earlier this week. The five year old, named Usher Raymond V, is said to have almost drowned in the pool at his father's Atlanta home after catching his arm in a drain. In the care of his aunt at the time, Usher Jr was hospitalised after being freed and given CPR by workmen who happened to be on-site.

Sending especial thanks to the men, Usher Sr said: "I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family's wellbeing. I would like to thank the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock".

Meanwhile TMZ claims that Usher's ex-wife Tameka Ramond, whom he divorced in 2009, is now seeking sole custody of Raymond's two children following the incident.

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Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, the part of the Kobalt empire that helps recording artists and producers collect any so called neighbouring right royalties they may be due under those copyright systems that recognise such a thing, has signed new deals with a number of acts, including 30 Seconds To Mars, Train, A*M*E, American singer and DJ Havana Brown and 'Australian Idol' runner-up Matt Corby.

Confirming that all those acts had appointed Kobalt to be their neighbouring rights agents, Ann Tausis, MD of KNR, told CMU: "We're delighted to be working with talented recording artists like 30 Seconds To Mars, Train, A*M*E, Havana Brown and Matt Corby and I can't wait to surprise them with their first KNR revenue statements. The world class team here has done a brilliant job in building an impressive client list in only a year and a half - 2013 sees us go from strength to strength".

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Whilst The Killers aren't exactly hastening to complete a new LP, it seems they have nevertheless made a start. Speaking to backstage at last weekend's Lollapalooza festival, the band said they'd written a perhaps releasable new track with M83's Anthony Gonzalez, having been passed his name by a rep at their and Gonzalez's shared label Island.

Specifically, Killers guitarist Dave Keuning said: "There was a mutual thing like, 'Yeah we think he's good. We'll try him out'. It's something we finally agreed with our label on. I think it will be a great single when it comes out".

Re when that might be, he added: "I can't promise a date, but I think we would like to release the song on some level though I don't know how. I'm not saying a new album is going to come out or anything like that. But sometimes people just put out songs or it gets used for some kind of compilation. We'd like to get a new song out there soon".

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Oh Land has shared several new facts regarding her new LP, 'Wish Bone', since last we approved her/it.

Released 7 Oct via Federal Prism it'll carry this image, and Oh Land's new single, 'Renaissance Girls', which is released a week earlier.

Here she is, meanwhile, interpretative dancing in the brilliant 'Renaissance Girls' vid.

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Bill Callahan has released a mystic twist on a track from his quite 'sensual' new LP, 'Dream River'.

A dub interpretation of listed track 'Javelin Unlanding' - called 'Expanding Dub' in its new form - will be released as a separate single, backed by a dub take of another 'Dream River' track, 'Winter Road', titled 'High In The Mid-40s Dub'.

Hear the distinctly Peaking Lights-ish (if that means anything) 'Expanding Dub' here.

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Justin Broadrick's post-metal band Jesu have piqued interest in their new LP, 'Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came', via a new teaser mixing all its five tracks, which are as listed:

The Great Leveller
Grey Is The Colour

See/hear the trailer, and an unabbreviated play of its intro 'Homesick', in advance of the LP's 23 Sep release date, here.

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Folkette Joanna Newsom has been pictured on the set of 'Inherent Vice', a new film by director Paul Thomas Anderson. Set to be released in 2014, the film stars, says The Playlist, Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone and, potentially, Sean Penn.

Its 1970s-set narrative, based on the book by Thomas Pynchon, follows an inexpert detective as he investigates his ex-girlfriend's kidnapping.

So, that's nice. Find photos of Newsom 'acting' in the movie in LA via this link. That, or more gratifyingly, watch Fiona Apple's ace and Paul Thomas Anderson-shot video for 'Hot Knife'.

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Warner Music Group yesterday announced its financial results for the last quarter, with revenues across the whole company increasing by 1.8% year-on-year.

Recorded music revenues increased by 3.3%, while digital revenues on recordings were up by 9.8% on the same quarter last year, representing 44.8% of total recorded music income. Comparatively, revenues on physical releases dropped by 5.8%.

Meanwhile, publishing revenue declined 2.8%, though digital revenue there increased too by 46.7%. Warner explained that the decline in overall publishing revenue year-on-year was down to a one-off settlement in the same quarter of 2012 of $4 million relating to a sync.

Losses for the whole group doubled to $63 million in the quarter. The company put the increased losses down to higher taxes, reduced interest and the re-pricing of its loan facility in May this year. Speaking of which, the company's total debt at the end of June topped $2 billion.

WMG CEO Stephen Cooper was upbeat about the results, saying: "We recorded a solid quarter, having released several successful albums and delivered strong performance from carryover releases, while continuing to exercise financial discipline and to benefit from the outstanding execution of our operators. We are also very pleased that, on 1 Jul, we closed the acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and we are now moving forward with our plans for Parlophone's extraordinary artists, legendary catalogue and talented team".

Executive Vice President and CFO Brian Roberts added: "Both recorded music and music publishing contributed to an increase in our total digital revenue, and both segments contributed to our improved OIBDA and OIBDA margin this quarter. In addition, we paid down $175 million in debt during the quarter".

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Interested parties have until Tuesday to respond to a provisional ruling by the Competition Commission on AEG's deal to manage the Wembley Arena complex, which gave the arrangement a green light.

As previously reported, AEG won the rights to manage the Wembley Arena venue, previously held by Live Nation, late last year. But competitors immediately raised concerns about the new arrangement, mainly because AEG also operates London's other big arena venue at The O2 complex, meaning the capital's two most important venues for major entertainment events will be in the hands of the same company. AEG also co-owns another major London venue in the Hammersmith Apollo.

The Office Of Fair Trading referred the new arrangement to the Competition Commission back in March, but the competition authority, in a ruling published last month and recently spotted by LIVE UK, has provisionally knocked back raised concerns, saying that AEG running the Wembley Arena would not result in a "substantial lessening of competition".

Said the Commission's Martin Cave: "We have focused our analysis on how the merger will affect the ability of their competitors and potential competitors to compete as live venue operators in the UK. We found that while a promoter may have some influence over venue decision, the final choice of venue usually lies with the act and their agent".

He added: "This is based on a number of quality factors, the main ones being capacity, availability, appearance, brand and reputation, rather than hire price. AEG's opportunity to increase venue prices would be limited given that other factors are more important and that any negotiation on price takes place after the venue has been confirmed".

Stakeholders must feedback on the provisional report by Tuesday, with a final ruling expected by 5 Sep.

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Universal Music has announced the launch of Caroline International, a new division offering sales, distribution and marketing services to independent labels, which utilises the brand of EMI's long-term indie label distribution company in the US, Virgin Records affiliate Caroline.

In some ways the new company replaces the former Europe-based label services operations of Universal and EMI, both of which were offloaded by the mega-major as part of its commitment to European regulators to get approval of its acquisition of the EMI record company (Universal's Co-op going to [PIAS], and the EMI label services unit in the UK to Warner via the Parlophone Label Group).

The new unit will be co-led by Michael Roe, who founded EMI's international label services unit in 2008, though Universal insists that Caroline International will operate differently in some ways to both Co-op and EMI Label Services. The official statement about the new venture also notes that Caroline will "operate on an arms-length basis" from its parent company "allowing Caroline to deliver a bespoke service to independent labels and artists in every market and region of the world".

Roe will be supported by co-MD Jim Chancellor, he of Universal's Fiction Records. Chancellor will help oversee the new company as well as continuing to head up the Fiction label.

Confirming the launch of Caroline International, Roe told CMU: "Being an old Virgin boy, Caroline was a label I always admired, so to be offered the opportunity to be involved with the name and its rich heritage is a great honour. Jim and I aim to bring together the culture and spirit of independents with the support and resources of a major music company to deliver a truly global solution. Having a label base in all major markets staffed with dedicated Caroline people supported by a significant and dedicated international marketing team and our colleagues at Caroline in the US gives us a unique global reach".

Meanwhile Chancellor added: "I'm really proud to be a part of Caroline. Artists and managers are looking for solid labels to work with and people they can trust. In Michael I have a partner who is proven to be THE best at label services and I am honoured to working with him. We can offer A&R input, if required, but most importantly, we can be a great independently minded label partner. The heritage within Caroline is awesome and we hope we can continue to do the name proud".

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Live Nation's ticketing business Ticketmaster has announced the appointment of a new MD for the UK, in the form of Simon Presswell, who previously worked for both BSkyB and the Universal television and theme park companies. He replaces Chris Edmonds who, as previously reported, was recently promoted to the globally focused role of VP of International Strategic Partnerships.

Confirming Presswell's appointment, Ticketmaster International President Mark Yovich, told CMU: "We are delighted to announce Simon Presswell to the role of Managing Director UK. Simon's appointment underlines our commitment to delivering improved experiences for fans in the ever changing live entertainment ticketing landscape, and his breadth of experience will ensure we continue to deliver our strategy which puts fans first".

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US-based fan engagement set-up BandPage has announced it has new agreements in place with Vevo and Xbox Music, which will allow artists with BandPage profiles to integrate information and sell-through from it with their presence on the two streaming platforms.

BandPage founder J Sidler told Billboard: "As these platforms grow and become places where fans interact with musicians, they're taking a step toward empowering musicians. When fans are on these platforms, they are already leaning forward, listening to your music. They're not just scrolling through a bunch of different types of content. The potential for conversion becomes much higher. At the same time, fans are also getting a richer experience. These are the first steps of what we hope will become much bigger partnerships".

The deals mean that artists will be able to more easily keep information on Vevo and Xbox Music up to date, and to push merchandise sales through the video sites.

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Gig discovery app WillCall has announced that it has raised a new round of funding to the tune of $1.2 million, with new backers including Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw, music business veteran Bruce Flohr, and that Sean Parker guy.

In a blog post, WillCall co-founder Donnie Dinch said: "It's important to us that our investors are as passionate about innovating the live music industry as we are, and we don't mind admitting that we're awfully impressed with this bunch. There aren't many people with visibility into the nuances of both the music and technology communities, and we're thrilled to have access to the collective wisdom, insight, and perspective of this group of music industry titans".

Also, although he doesn't mention it, I imagine their money is quite nice too.

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Erm, a new film featuring a naked Lady Gaga has 'appeared' via the web, and all the web is saying it's 'weird'.

I'm provisionally going to call it 'an artistic endeavour', and explain that Gaga made it in collaboration with Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, primarily as a means of raising donations to a Kickstarter campaign Abramovic is administrating to start a self-named Institute.

Having so far raised over $230,000 and with sixteen days to go, the Marina Abramovic Institute will, if/when it's eventually built, provide space for "long durational work", and teach "interdisciplinary performance" and 'the Abramovic Method'.

Here is Gaga (who, again, is naked) practicing that same doctrine.

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