20 AUG 2013

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Staying up to speed with all the developments in long-running music business news stories can be tricky. Which is why we have created a series of timelines for developing stories, which guide you through our various reports over the weeks and months. Some of the timelines cover stories now more or less complete, others are very much works in progress. One from the former camp is that covering the sale of EMI, from Citigroup taking ownership of the British major, to its split for sale, the regulatory investigation, and finally Warner's purchase of the Parlophone strand from Universal. Retrace the story on our EMI Sale timeline here. more>>
Foremost a film composer and producer, Lucy Claire Thornton also records and performs standalone work under the name Lucy Claire. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this standalone music has a cinematic quality to it, though it creates images in your mind, rather than complementing them in front of your eyes. Following on from her self-released single 'Paelistin' earlier this year, this week she releases 'Suite', a two tracker, via This Is It Forever, a label run by Ghosting Season (themselves alumni of the CMU Approved column). The two tracks are performed on piano, violin and cello, with added ambient sound and field recordings more>>

- German record industry sees some growth
- Calling frontman kidnapped, beaten and robbed
- Liam Gallagher hires Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer
- Welsh Music Award shortlist announced
- Lana Del Rey's Tropico is a 'farewell'
- RCA signs Elyar Fox
- Interpol "digging" new material
- Coheed And Cambria set headline dates
- Earth, Wind And Fire add October shows
- MONEY to play live in London bunker, twice
- Festival line-up update: Brownstock, Judgestock and more
- Carlsberg renews Live Nation deal
- IFPI welcomes ruling in Aussie radio royalties dispute
- McCabe departs revamped Parlophone
- Mick Jagger quite fancies running a festival
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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 Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a junior press officer to manage online, print press and general public relations for select artists on the roster of the in-house labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian.

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Following the news earlier this year that the global record industry saw slight growth in 2012, for the first time in over a decade, the trade body for the German record industry says that revenues there were up year-on-year for the first half of 2013, again the first time there has been growth in over ten years.

According to BVMI, digital revenue was up 16% for the first half of the year, helping offset the latest 2.5% decline in physical product revenues, so that overall monies were up 1.5%.

The positive impact of the digital boom comes despite money from download and streaming services still only accounting for about a quarter of income overall for German record companies. Digital services, and especially streaming services, have taken longer to take off in Germany, in part because of the German music publishing sector's collecting society GEMA's reluctance to approve new business models.

Welcoming his industry's return to growth, BVMI MD Florian Drücke told reporters: "Music usage is shifting to digital formats, but unlike in many other markets, here in Germany this shift is not occurring at the expense of the overall market, but indicates a market diversification with positive portents".

Meanwhile Frank Briegmann, who heads up Universal Music's Central Europe operations, told Billboard: "Music is back-again - not least of all in economic terms. There is virtually no technology vendor or platform operator who can afford to do without an attractive offer of music. After a period in which the main focus was on technological innovation, content is king again. At the same time, music is not only attractive legal content which is available on the net and elsewhere but has also become an interesting investment again".

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The frontman of US band The Calling, Alex Band, was kidnapped, beaten up, robbed and then left on train tracks at the weekend. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, after the band had performed at the Lapeer Days Festival in Michigan.

According to police, Band was walking from his hotel to a nearby shop when two men pulled him into a "blue-coloured minvan-style vehicle", later dumping him on train tracks. He was discovered after his bandmates and crew realised he was missing and went looking for him.

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Following rumours that Liam Gallagher and former All Saint Nicole Appleton have split, after those reports of him being involved in a paternity lawsuit in the US after allegedly fathering a child with US celebrity writer Liza Ghorbani, it's now being reported that the Beady Eye man has hired lawyer Fiona Shackleton to handle a divorce. Shackleton also represented Paul McCartney in his divorce from Heather Mills. You can make your own joke up about that. I'm sure you already have.

A source told The Sun: ''Hiring Fiona Shackleton is a huge statement of intent from Liam. Divorce had been mentioned but until now nobody knew he would actually go through with it. Now the wheels are in motion. Nicole will be devastated. Shackleton is one of the best. She is incredibly shrewd in the courtroom. On top of that, she represented Liam's all-time hero, Paul McCartney. There is every chance this could turn nasty and it looks like Liam will not be giving up his massive fortune easily".

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The Mercury Prize-style award for Welsh music, The Welsh Music Prize, has a shortlist. So that's nice, isn't it? Wanna see? Of course you do. Here it is:

Euros Childs - Summer Special
Fist Of The First Man - Fist Of The First Man
Georgia Ruth - Week Of Pines
Laurence Made Me Cry - The Diary Of Me
Little Arrow - Wild Wishes
Metabeats - Caviar Crackle
Neon Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect
Race Horses - Furniture
Sweet Baboo - Ships
Trwbador - Trwbador
Winter Villains - February
Zervas And Pepper - Lifebringer

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It looks as if Lana Del Rey may leave that singing/fame lark behind and 'retire' after her new mini-film 'Tropico' is released. We think this because LDR said it was her "farewell project" last week, adding via Twitter: "I adore you and thank you for inspiring me. TROPICO".

The 30 minute film which, given that tweet's air of finality, may be your last chance to enjoy Lana's work, is set to have premieres, said Del Rey last week, in NYC and Hollywood Forever Cemetery (dates still TBC).

Of course, she might just mean 'Tropico' is a 'farewell' before she goes off and records another album. Oh, the suspense.

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It's safe to say we'll all be hearing great things (or at least, things) from Bieber-alike Elyar Fox in the New Year via a new deal he's signed with Sony's RCA.

Having apparently parted ways with Universal's Polydor, with whom he initially signed last year, the viral teen 'sensation' will release an RCA-abetted single early next year.

Hear his past track 'Colourblind' in the meantime.

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Interpol began making a new LP last week, which is exciting. It will, when it's released, represent their first since 2010's 'Interpol', and first ever since bassist Carlos Dengler quit the band that same year.

Having indicated back in June that there was a "plan in place" to start taping new material, guitarist Daniel Kessler said early last week that he, Paul Banks and Sam Fogarino were stationed in Brooklyn, adding: "had a good rehearsal yesterday. Started working on a new tune. We were all digging it".

Still digging it several days later, he tweeted: "We got a bit of a marathon writing session going. Fourteen days straight with no day off but everything be feeling good".

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Coheed And Cambria have added new headline dates either side of their appearance at this year's UK edition of the Vans Warped Tour (17 Nov) at Alexandra Palace.

See the dates below, and a moving illustration (so, a video) of the band's new track 'Number City', as features on their latest LP 'The Afterman: Descension', right here.

14 Nov: Coventry, Kasbah
15 Nov: Liverpool, Academy
16 Nov: Brighton, Concorde 2
19 Nov: Dublin, Academy
20 Nov: Edinburgh, Liquid Room
21 Nov: Cardiff, Solus

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Funk-rock-soul-jazz sages Earth, Wind And Fire will advertise their first all-new LP since 2005, the 9 Sep-dated 'Now, Then And Forever', by playing two shows in October. One is at London's Royal Albert Hall on 19 Oct, and the other is at the Manchester Apollo on 20 Oct, so now you know.

In the meantime, contemplate the LP's lead single, 'My Promise'.

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Bella Union signees MONEY are playing a pair of fairly imminent live dates later this week, first on 22 Aug and last the following night. Both are at The Bunker, a WWII-era air raid shelter in Dalston, East London. Since it's quite a small space, places at the show are limited, so click on this ticket link ASAP.

A feature of MONEY's first LP, 'The Shadow Of Heaven', which is released next week, this is the band's new single 'Hold Me Forever' in a vid directed by Cilian Murphy and starring dancers of the English National Ballet.

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Starting today's FLUU at attractively-named Essexian event Brownstock, Rudimental have cancelled what was to be their headline set as they have bigger, better fish to fry in America. Or, as their management phrased it, "a major US touring commitment".

Whilst Rudimental's last minute change of heart has left Brownstock HQ "shocked and disappointed", it's all going to be okay, because Professor 'Pro' Green has stepped in as a replacement. He aligns quite nicely with the likes of The Fratellis, DJ Yoda, The Pigeon Detectives, Benga & Youngman, Hadouken! and DJ Mark Ronson at the festival, which takes place at the end of the month.

All's well that ends with a Pro Green performance, as I occasionally say. And with that, we head back to the start. 'The start', that is, of today's festival line-up update listings, which today include brief details of Midlands-based charity fundraiser Judgestock and free-entry Bank Holiday revel Spa Fields:

BROWNSTOCK, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Professor Green. www.brownstock.co.uk

JUDGESTOCK, Sandwell Valley Country Park, 24-26 Aug: Blue, Lemar, The Twang, Alabama 3, The Quireboyts, Mitchel Emms. www.judgestockmusicfestival.co.uk

SPA FIELDS FESTIVAL, Spa Fields, Skinner Street, London, 25 Aug: The Masonics, Circulus. www.facebook.com/events/216475758506938

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Tuborg will remain the official lager at Live Nation promoted festivals in the UK, including Download, Wireless and Creamfields, after brewer Carlsberg signed a new five year deal with the live music major. Under the new arrangement Somersby Cider will also become the official cider at said events too.

The deal also covers events organised by Live Nation subsidiary Festival Republic, and venues operated by the live firm, including the Manchester Apollo, Southampton Guildhall and the Academy Music Group venue network.

Carlsberg UK's man in charge of festival and event partnerships, Nigel Bryant, had this to say about the new deal: "This new deal will position Tuborg as the leading UK festival lager and also provides a high-profile platform to drive awareness and trial of Somersby Cider which has an important role to play in our beer and beverage portfolio".

Now, drink carefully kids.

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The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has welcomed a very recent ruling that brings to an end a long legal battle between the record and radio industries in Australia.

The dispute centred on whether existing music licenses held by commercial radio stations in Australia covered simulcasts, ie when said stations make their services available online as well as via more traditional broadcast methods. The radio industry said that, under Australian copyright law, they did; the record industry argued they did not, and that therefore a new licence was needed for the online output, and more royalties would have to be paid.

The Australian record industry's rights body PPCA went legal on the matter. The record industry's interpretation of the law generally held up in court, though various appeals delayed resolution. But last week the High Court Of Australia backed lower court rulings that radio stations do indeed need new licences to webcast sound recordings.

Welcoming last week's ruling yesterday, IFPI boss Frances Moore told CMU: "This welcome ruling confirms that Australian broadcasters should pay rights holders when they stream their music online. It is a well established principle in most countries that broadcasters should pay a fair rate for the recorded music they use to attract audiences and drive advertising revenues. This principle should hold true when they use simulcasting technology to reach an audience online".

Meanwhile PPCA CEO Dan Rosen added: "This puts an end to the legal wrangling over payment for recorded music streamed on the internet. It confirms radio stations must pay a licence fee for streamed music and we hope to move quickly to work out a fair and proper licensing deal. We look forward to working with radio to establish equitable arrangements. For too long radio has had a free kick - driving listening audience numbers and profits via the internet while not fairly paying artists for use of their recordings".

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Kevin McCabe is departing Warner Music, according to Music Week, just a few weeks after he was appointed SVP Media of the newly combined Parlophone/Warner Bros UK division.

As previously reported, following Warner's acquisition of what was the Parlophone side of the old EMI UK record company, the label has been allied with the Warner Bros UK unit, both of which will now report into Miles Leonard, a long time EMI UK exec (albeit with overall Warner UK chief Christian Tattersfield retaining a co-overseer role with Warner Bros).

Although the Parlophone and Warner Bros teams will, in the main, remain separate, they will both be overseen by a combined top team led by Leonard with - according to the original plan - McCabe, another former EMI exec, coordinating media activity.

But he has now confirmed to Music Week that he has departed Warner. The reason for his departure so soon after the announcement of Leonard's top team isn't clear, while he told Music Week it was "still too early to say" what he would do next.

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Now he's finally played Glastonbury, Mick Jagger's got a bit of a taste for such large-scale events. He's even outlined some of the shortcomings of UK festivals - the main one being that they aren't in Brazil.

Someone or other told The Sun: "Mick has put some feelers out in Brazil to put on a big show. The plans are ambitious but if he pulls it off it will be huge. The whole vibe of the event is very much 'flower power' and the same hippy values that Glastonbury prides himself on. The publicity drive will begin in the next six months or so but there's no doubt there will be big names on the bill".

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