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22 AUG 2013

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CMU TIMELINES: DIGITAL ROYALTY LAWSUITS AND REDIGI
We're currently throwing the spotlight onto the CMU Timelines, which track developing stories in the music business over the weeks, months and years. Today two timelines covering separate legal squabbles in the US that are testing legal principles that could have a big impact on the American industry, and beyond. The first is the legal battle between the record labels and MP3 resale site ReDigi. And the second the many digital royalty lawsuits that have followed the landmark ruling in the FBT Productions case over the early Eminem catalogue.
 
APPROVED: HOUSE OF BLACK LANTERNS - WORTHLESS
Following on from the release of his debut album as House Of Black Lanterns, 'Kill The Lights', earlier this year, producer Dylan Richards returned in that guise this week with the 'You, Me, Metropolis' EP. It leads with the title track, taken from the album, plus remixes of 'Broken' and 'Shot You Down', by Unsubscribe and Breakage respectively. But while 'You, Me, Metropolis' is one of the album's standout tracks, and the two remixes are interesting (if not entirely satisfying) takes on the originals, it's the final track on the EP, 'Worthless', which I've been returning to the most more>>

TOP STORIES
- PRS announces new deal with YouTube
- Sid Bernstein dies
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Aretha Franklin gives health update, is '85%' fit
RELEASE NEWS
- Nirvana fans shown original Sub Pop contract; longer Heart Shaped Box vid
- NOW! franchise to have 'what's next' spin-off feat Haim, Tom Odell
- MIA releases Blur/Carly Simon-sampling track
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Gallows to play Macbeth benefit tonight
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: iTunes Festival, V 2014, Sound And Vision and more
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- The Orchard appoints new Director Of Sync And Licensing
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Vevo to launch TV app on Apple and Samsung platforms
- 7digital appoints Dolby man to VP Product role
AND FINALLY...
- Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards engaged to marry
- Dentist plans to clone John Lennon from tooth
EMMS PUBLICITY - FREELANCE MUSIC PR
EMMS Publicity is looking for an experienced Music PR Freelancer, 2-3 days a week. You should have a proven track record of successfully launching new artists as well as managing high profile campaigns. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional writing ability and a great industry contact base. You'll be required to assist on existing accounts with equal focus on both digital and print media.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MAMA & COMPANY - E-MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR
MAMA & Company are looking for someone with a passion for e-marketing and database management. You will be creating and managing all of MAMA's email marketing campaigns to promote artists, gigs and tours through new announcements, pre-sales and event listings based on the requirements of Marketing department.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
NEVER SAY DIE - LABEL MANAGER
Never Say Die are a forward thinking electronic bass music company based in London. We are looking for a Label Manager to manage our two labels and oversee the day-to-day running of our multifaceted business. As opportunities arise for growth so do the opportunities for the role of Label Manager as we expand our PR and Management divisions.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DEF - ARTIST PROJECT MANAGER
DEF Ltd is a London-based international music company working in the artist management sector extending into label services, rights management and publishing. DEF is working worldwide with Moby, Royksopp, The Knife, Mylo, M83, Robyn and Fever Ray amongst others. After a long, exemplary service DEF is losing a very important member of our fabric and is now looking for someone who can come in and join our small team to be an Artist Project Manager.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
THE ORCHARD - SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to the Senior Director, International Client & Video Network Services, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Senior Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content & campaign manager for key music clients across Europe.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PLEDGEMUSIC - GLOBAL HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PR
PledgeMusic is looking to hire a full-time Global Head of Communications and PR. The Global Head of Communications and PR will be responsible for controlling all communication originating from PledgeMusic. This is inclusive of, but not limited to, all press releases (whether generated by Pledge or third parties), presentations, onesheets and other marketing materials. The position will be based in either London or New York.

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

PRS ANNOUNCES NEW DEAL WITH YOUTUBE
The UK music publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music yesterday announced a new deal with YouTube, which will cover the use of songs represented by the rights body across the Google-owned video platform - including in official music videos, live footage and when synced in user-generated content - in no less than 130 countries.

It's a pretty wide-ranging deal, both in terms of the kinds of usage of represented songs it covers, and the number of territories in which the licence will apply, 130 across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

PRS was one of the first collecting societies to licence YouTube back in 2007 and, with the exception of one wobble when a dispute over royalty levels threatened to scupper the partnership, the two organisations have generally enjoyed a good relationship, even if some of the songwriters and independent publishers PRS represents still have some reservations about the way the video site operates.

Confirming the new deal, PRS top man boss guy Robert Ashcroft posted a video to YouTube (well, he probably should have done) to declare: "Streaming is a key growth area for PRS For Music, helping drive our online revenues to over £50 million in 2012. YouTube's vast reach around the world offers our publishers and songwriters a unique stage and music lovers access to millions of songs. I am delighted we have reached such an important multi-territory agreement".

He added: "The issue of remuneration from streaming services remains a key one for our members and the further evolution of our licensing relationship with YouTube will help ensure continued growth in royalties for our members from one of the world's leading video platforms".

Meanwhile YouTube's Director Of Global Music Partnerships got out his guitar and sang the following falsetto (well, he probably should have done): "We're delighted to renew our successful partnership with the PRS For Music. This means the UK's music publishers, songwriters and composers can continue to reach new and existing fans on YouTube and the passionate YouTube community can keep enjoying listening to music and discovering new artists online".

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SID BERNSTEIN DIES
Sid Bernstein, perhaps best known as the promoter who put on The Beatles' legendary Shea Stadium show, died yesterday. He was 95.

It was while working at the General Artists Corporation in 1963 that Bernstein proposed to Beatles manager Brian Epstein that the band play two US shows, one at Carnigie Hall and the other at Shea Stadium. Then mostly unknown in the US, Bernstein had trouble convincing his colleagues (and later the owners of Shea Stadium) that this was a good idea, but was vindicated two years later when the shows went ahead with huge success.

As well as The Beatles, Bernstein promoted many other artists, including Abba, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, Bobby Darrin and Judy Garland, as well as managing The Rascals.

Bernstein's daughter, Casey Deutsch, said yesterday that her father had died in his sleep at the Lennox Hill Hospital in New York.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN GIVES HEALTH UPDATE, IS '85%' FIT
Aretha Franklin has released an update re her health, saying she is "85%" fit and still making a "miraculous" improvements.

Speaking to the Associated Press, likely in reply to news that she had cancelled a PA earlier this week because she was "unable to travel", Franklin said "My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous".

Whilst declining to identify her illness, Franklin did say it was common to women. She added: "Anytime you have cancellations you should be concerned. But all prayer is good, and keep me in your prayers until I am 100%, not 85, and back on stage".

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NIRVANA FANS SHOWN ORIGINAL SUB POP CONTRACT; LONGER HEART SHAPED BOX VID
As that 20th anniversary 'In Utero' re-release nears its due-date, various Nirvana-based bits n bobs have been appearing online, not least an extended 'Heart Shaped Box' video and a copy of the band's original Sub Pop contract circa 1989.

The latter, shared by the label yesterday, binds Cobain and co into a two year, three LP agreement (neither of which came to be in the end, since DGC famously bought them out of their contract after the release of debut album 'Bleach'), this in exchange for $600 in the first year.

Aware they made quite the steal, Sub Pop writes: "Six hundred bucks well spent - not that we had it at the time".

I'll say. Anyway, to that alternative 'Heart Shaped Box' vid, aka Anton Corbijn's director's cut, which will make up part of the massive 'In Utero' reissue package, as also features a never-yet-heard track by the band, aptly titled 'Forgotten Tune'.

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NOW! FRANCHISE TO HAVE WHAT'S NEXT SPIN-OFF FEAT HAIM, TOM ODELL
Sony and Universal's still highly saleable (say recent chart stats) NOW! franchise has confirmed a new digital-only spin-off compilation in the US featuring new and 'breaking' artists.

The first in a probable landslide of 'NOW! That's What I Call What's Next' LPs carries ten tracks by the likes of Haim, Mikky Ekko, The 1975 and Tom Odell. It'll be released exclusively via iTunes USA on 27 Aug, with an info pack on each artist featuring practical links to all their social media stations.

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MIA RELEASES BLUR/CARLY SIMON-SAMPLING TRACK
Finally (it seems) at peace with her new LP 'Matangi' (which, after all that backbiting and label-baiting, has at last been given a release date in early Nov), MIA has shared a new track that may feature on it. Even if not, it's still new, so please... stay with it.

Titled 'UNBREAK My Mixtape', it (kind of badly, I think) samples Blur AND Carly Simon and may be played here.

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GALLOWS TO PLAY MACBETH BENEFIT TONIGHT
Gallows will headline a show at The Macbeth in East London as part of a series of nights highlighting the threat of closure the venue faces.

As previously reported, the venue's owners fear that if plans to build a block of flats behind it go ahead, then complaints about noise could lead to its licence being revoked. And what better way to highlight that problem than to get a hardcore band in to play?

The band will be supported by This Is Hell and Rough Hands. Tickets available here.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: ITUNES FESTIVAL, V 2014, SOUND AND VISION AND MORE
As iTunes reveals highlights of its namesake festival will once again air via Channel 4 this year, so too has it revealed the September-long event's final 30 Sep headliner will be 'Roar' hitmakeress Katy Perry. K-Pez will share her special night with Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop, all late-ish additions to the fest's Gaga, NIN and 1D-featuring wider listings. And that's that.

In V Festival news, patriotic 'X-Factor' boybots Union J have only gone and blabbed a DIY confirmation for 2014's V via BANG! Showbiz, saying: "Don't worry, we are signed up for next year so that'll be good". No, it won't. Still, anyone that thinks it will can have a go at snatching advance tickets for V 2014, since a limited batch is now on sale.

That said and done, I'll move this thing on to a glance at new artist reveals by prime Netherlands fest Incubate, Scottish pop-rock caper Loopallu, Norwich-wide AV happening Sound And Vision, and Donington Park dance-athon Zoo Project:

INCUBATE, Tilburg, Netherlands, 16-22 Sep: The Field, Biosphere. incubate.org

ITUNES FESTIVAL, Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Katy Perry, Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea. www.itunesfestival.com

LOOPALLU, Broomfield Holiday Park, Ullapool, Scotland, 20-21 Sep: Newton Faulkner, The Temperance Movement, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Ruen Brothers, Laurence Fox, Prides, Blood Relatives, Fake Major, The Vatersay Boys, The New Piccadillys. www.loopallu.co.uk

SOUND AND VISION, various venues, Norwich, 10-12 Oct: Foxes, AlunaGeorge, Kiran Leonard, Purson, Honningbarna, God Damn, Superfood, Meadowlark, Abi Wade, Sisters, Bad Grammar, Islet, Sivu, Pawws, Crushed Beaks, Niagara, M+A, Midas Fall, Harleighblu, Doe, Just Handshakes (We're British), Halls, Mammal Hands, Wooden Arms, John Langan Band, Gren Bartley. norwichsoundandvision.co.uk

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Chelmsford/Weston Park, Staffordshire, 16-17 Aug 2014: Union J. www.vfestival.com

ZOO PROJECT, Donington Park, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: Dusky, Dana Ruh, Ethyl, HVOB Live, Laura Jones, Paul Woolford, Youandewan. www.thezooproject-festival.com

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THE ORCHARD APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF SYNC AND LICENSING
The Orchard has announced Jim Leavitt as its new Director Of Sync And Licensing, working out of the firm's New York office. Leavitt was previously Director Of Licensing And Royalties at VP Music Group.

Leavitt will report to Colleen Theis at The Orchard, who told CMU: "Our goal has always been to provide clients with comprehensive services to heighten artist profile and brand recognition, accelerate audience growth, and drive revenue. A holistic strategy that includes focused, creative song placement and simplifies complex licensing needs is a key component to our overall strategy. We are thrilled to have Jim spearhead this team".

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VEVO TO LAUNCH TV APP ON APPLE AND SAMSUNG PLATFORMS
Vevo is soon to bring the TV offering it began experimenting with back in March to Apple TV set-top boxes and net-connected Samsung TV sets, reports The Wall Street Journal. Deals have apparently been done with both companies, with an Apple TV app launching possibly as soon as next week.

The move would further reduce Vevo's reliance on YouTube for much of its traffic - though the Google-owned site would likely still account for most of its standalone video views.

Google renewed its partnership with the Sony and Universal-owned music video service last month, investing an undisclosed amount in the company. Vevo also recently extended a partnership with Dailymotion into Europe.

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7DIGITAL APPOINTS DOLBY MAN TO VP PRODUCT ROLE
Digital music seller 7digital yesterday announced the appointment of Gunnar Larsén, most recently with Dolby Laboratories, to the role of VP Product. He will be "responsible for defining and driving 7digital's expanding portfolio of music products across the B2B and B2C market - further cementing its position as a leader in the digital music sector". Which sounds like fun.

Confirming the hire, 7digital boss Ben Drury told CMU: "Gunnar is an excellent addition to our growing 7digital team. He brings the right talents and experience to the role as we continue to strengthen and grow our digital platform. It's a privilege to welcome Gunnar to 7digital".

Meanwhile Larsén himself added: "I'm excited to join the 7digital team and appreciate this unique opportunity to help advance its product line. 7digital is a well-established name in the digital music space and I'm looking forward to working with its extraordinary talent to further establish it as a leading, global digital music company".

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ZAYN MALIK AND PERRIE EDWARDS ENGAGED TO MARRY
1D's Zayn Malik has made Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, his on-off flame since 2011, his official fiancé, so that's nice isn't it?

Confirming the pair's engagement after her daughter was pictured wearing a 'sparkler' at the premiere of One Direction's little-known 'This Is Us' film, Edwards' mam Debbie said via Real Radio: "It's wonderful because Zayn is absolutely gorgeous. It's true they got engaged on Sunday and it's absolutely lovely. Perrie loves him to pieces and it's perfect. They get on so well together and understand each other. It's just fabulous".

She additionally gushed: "He did the traditional asking me, and then he asked his mum and dad. It was fabulous, it was lovely. I was like a little marshmallow - it was so lovely".

Ahhhhh, etc. I wonder if it was the tattoo of her on his arm that swung it. Well, in celebration, here's Little Mix's 'Wings' in Korean.

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DENTIST PLANS TO CLONE JOHN LENNON FROM TOOTH
A Canadian dentist, Michael Zuk, who bought one of John Lennon's teeth at auction for $30,000 in 2011, has announced that he plans to clone the late Beatle from DNA taken from the molar. Well, he's sending it off for DNA testing anyway, and thinks cloning might be a possibility.

According to Rolling Stone, it was previously said that the tooth was too fragile to be DNA tested to ensure that it actually belonged to Lennon, relying only on the word of the seller - the daughter of Lennon's former housekeeper - to confirm its authenticity. However, Zuk has now said in a statement: "I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope. With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality".

You can find out more about the tooth (and hear a pretty awful rework of 'Love Me Do') via its official website (I'm not sure how many unofficial John Lennon tooth websites there are, but you know) here.

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