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23 AUG 2013

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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #170: BRANDY V THE 40 PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA WHO ACTUALLY WANTED TO SEE HER
American R&B star Brandy stomped off stage after performing just two songs at a show in South Africa last weekend. The singer was seemingly upset that only around 40 people had turned up to see her. While I might usually say that artists should perform regardless of how many people come through the door, in this case I can see why it might have been difficult to muster the enthusiasm. After all, the venue she was playing in was the 90,000 capacity FNB Stadium in Johannesburg more>>
 
APPROVED: NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2013
It's Notting Hill Carnival weekend, so what else could I possibly tip this week? The huge West London street party, one of my favourite events of the year, takes place this Sunday and bank holiday Monday. Carnival's music policy embraces and mixes and blends many genres. There's much of the Caribbean traditional, but Carnival doesn't just focus on the past, the music embraces jungle, ragga, hip hop, house, broken beat and dubstep, and the static soundsystems are the places to catch up with such musical moves and grooves. They're certainly worth hunting down more>>

TOP STORIES
- Hip hop acts and labels face $100 million copyright lawsuit
IN THE POP COURTS
- Kanye West sued over airport pap scuffle
IN THE STUDIO
- Pendulum "probably" returning with new album next year
- Walkmen man making solo LP
RELEASE NEWS
- Matthew E White releasing bigger Big Inner LP, new EP
- Lemonade give away track
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Chase & Status add arena dates
- Jessie Ware, Duke Dumont to headline free whiskey gig
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Atom Factory announces Capitol alliance
- Beggars' David Emery to join Kobalt Label Services
- Carnaby St to host The Clash shop and showcase
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Music mags publishing director departs Bauer
- Record Of The Day ponders uncertainties in music journalism, and invites input on awards
AND FINALLY...
- Grimes to co-host VMAs coverage
PRS FOR MUSIC - 5 X FIELD LICENSING AGENT (7 MONTH FTC)
This role is all about new business sales. The successful candidates will have excellent communication and show tenacity in their previous sales roles. You will be able to work well in a team and be driven to exceed targets. The role holder’s prime responsibilities are to increase licence penetration through ensuring maximisation of revenue, collection of payments, whilst delivering excellent customer service.

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

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

01: PRS For Music announced it had signed a new deal with YouTube. The deal 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 pretty wide-ranging, 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. CMU report

02: It was revealed who will lose out financially from the HMV administration. Money lenders to the old HMV Group plc have recovered £38.6 million after the sale of the flagging entertainment retailer to Hilco earlier this year, while financial and legal advisors to the defunct company will earn £15 million for their work. Unsecured creditors, including suppliers and landlords, will likely see nothing, while the old HMV pension fund will lose out on £26 million it was due , though a spokesman for the fund said that this will not affect members of the pension scheme. CMU report | Daily Telegraph report

03: 21st Century Fox took a 5% stake in Vice Media. The $70 million deal with the Rupert Murdoch-owned company gives Vice a valuation of $1.4 billion, and will also reportedly see the company utilise 21st Century Fox's Star TV in India and its stake in Sky in the UK, Germany and Italy to further push out its brand. CMU reportFinancial Times report

04: It was reported that Beats Electronics is looking to buy itself out of its partnership with HTC. The phone maker took just over a 50% stake in the overpriced headphone peddler in 2011, but sold half of that back to the firm last summer. Since then the Beats company has been prepping to enter the competitive streaming music market in addition to the continued expansion of its hardware business. Now Beats bosses reportedly want to buy back HTC's remaining shares, though there's no word on whether the key shareholder will sell. CMU reportWall Street Journal report

05: Ad Age reported details of iTunes Radio's initial advertising partners. When Apple's streaming service goes live next month, it will do so with twelve brands in place, including McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi and Proctor & Gamble. These companies will remain exclusive advertisers, through audio, video and display ads, until the end of the year. After that, anyone will $1 million spare can come on board. CMU reportAd Age report

This week in the CMU Daily, we showcased a few of our timelines, which round up all of our reports on key stories, both ongoing and, in some cases, now drawn to a close. This week we looked through the epic tales of the EMI sale, HMV's decline and fall (and rise?), plus the digital royalties lawsuits sparked by FBT Production's landmark ruling against Universal, and the saga of MP3 resale service ReDigi.

In the Approved column we had a new track and video from dark lord House Of Black Lanterns, a bit of punk from Eagulls and (for the third time) Parquet Courts, plus some cinematic neo-classical goodness from Lucy Claire.

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HIP HOP ACTS AND LABELS FACE $100 MILLION COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT
A $100 million lawsuit has been filed targeting various hip hop producers and rappers, plus music publishers and labels, over allegations they were all involved in illegally sampling and using music created by New Orleans jazz ensemble The Batiste Brothers.

Amongst those accused of using extracts of the Batiste Brothers' work without permission are T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Pitbull, while corporate defendants include Universal's Def Jam and Sony's RCA.

The litigation has been filed by Paul Batiste and in his legal papers he refers to "an immense number of songs infringing upon the plaintiff's catalogue". Numerous such songs are then listed, including Jamie Fox and T-Pain's 'Blame It' and DJ Khaled's 'All I Do Is Win'.

It's not clear why action hasn't been taken before, but, according to AllHipHop.com, the lawsuit claims that "defendants have blatantly poached beats, lyrics, melodies and chords from Plaintiff's songs" and that "many of the defendants songs have been released multiple times, in multiple versions and that each release constitutes an independent act of copyright infringement".

Which is why the lawsuit reckons over $100,000,000 in damages could be due. None of the defendants have as yet responded to the various claims.

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KANYE WEST SUED OVER AIRPORT PAP SCUFFLE
Kanye West is being sued over an alleged scuffle with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport in July this year.

Paparazzo Daniel Ramos says that West punched him and wrestled him to the ground while he was trying to do the important job of photographing him as he walked somewhere.

Ramos initially tried to press criminal charges, but last week the LA district attorney decided not to prosecute West. In his civil suit, Romas accuses West of assault, battery and negligence and that the rapper violated his civil rights.

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PENDULUM "PROBABLY" RETURNING WITH NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Pendulum's Rob Swire has said that he is "probably" going to bring Pendulum off hiatus with a new album next year.

As previously reported, Swire shoved Pendulum into a corner and threw a sheet over it last year, as his other project Knife Party grew in popularity. He told NME at the time: "We're having too much fun with [Knife Party]. It's also great because Pendulum, towards the end, sort of felt like we were doing it because we had to and that's never a fun way to do music".

Does that mean Knife Party is over now? Well, no. Apparently there will be a new album from them too. What fun. Well, hopefully it's fun.

Tweeting yesterday, Swire said: We're probably going to release another Pendulum album some time next year. It will have been four years since the last one and probably no one will give a fuck, but neither do I... so it's all good. There will be a KP album before that also. Probably should have mentioned that first".

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WALKMEN MAN MAKING SOLO LP
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser is collaborating with a co-op of indie stars on his first 'solo' LP.

Hamilton and pals (that's The Shins' Richard Swift, Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Fleet Foxes' Morgen Henderson, Vampire Weekend Rostam Batmangli and Walkmen guitarist Paul Maroon, to name five), are, in fact, stationed at Vox Studios in LA right now, sharing regular updates like this Instagram pic and this Vine vid.

It's anticipated the LP, which is still in its early stages and so lacking in details, will see a release in spring 2014.

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MATTHEW E WHITE RELEASING BIGGER BIG INNER LP, NEW EP
'Big Love' wiz Matthew E White has made his first LP circa earlier this year, 'Big Inner', even bigger, and will re-release the disc on 21 Oct as an 'Outer Face Edition', this featuring an all-new EP.

Imagined by White as a "monument to love, to non-love, to the confusion of feelings, to the last half century of recorded music, to dub, to minimalism, to pure orchestration, to the human voice, to birds in the sky, to home", the EP features five new tracks. Hear final track 'Hot Hot Hot', and play a teaser trailing the re-release, here.

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LEMONADE GIVE AWAY TRACK
Singles specialists Lemonade are (soda)streaming a new song titled 'Skyballer', sweetening the deal to an even greater extent by also giving it away as a free gift. So, that's real nice of them, as is the track itself. Sip it here.

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CHASE & STATUS ADD ARENA DATES
EDMheads Chase & Status are taking a high-ranking live trail (aka a tour) of the nation's arenas later this year. Check its dates, which fall in the immediate wake of C&S's new LP, 'Brand New Machine', via this list:

31 Oct: Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
1 Oct: Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil And Gas Arena
2 Oct: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
7 Oct: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
8 Oct: Manchester, Phones 4u Arena
9 Oct: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
12 Oct: Plymouth, Pavilions
13 Oct: Bournemouth, BIC
14 Oct: Birmingham, NIA
15 Oct: Brighton, Centre
16 Oct: London, The O2

Tickets will be available next Friday. Until then get a C&S fix via their new single 'Count On Me', which is released 29 Sep.

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JESSIE WARE, DUKE DUMONT TO HEADLINE FREE WHISKEY GIG
Avid LDN-ers/alcoholics Jessie Ware and Duke Dumont will show love for London by playing Cutty Cargo, a one-off 'pop-up' night of food, drink and performance sponsored by Cutty Sark Whiskey, on 12 Sep.

The first in a series of similar international events designed to 'showcase the best in creative culture across major cities', it'll feature sets by Ware and Dumont plus live theatre, cabaret and, I'm assuming, whiskey on tap.

Raves Ware: "London is my city. It constantly surprises and gives me pride to be a Londoner. There is always something to inspire around every street corner and that's why I'm so excited to be part of the Cutty Cargo event, people can expect to experience the best sounds and sights of the city all in one place".

Hmm. Fans sharing Jessie's feelings can make a play for free tickets to the event via this Facebook page.

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ATOM FACTORY ANNOUNCE CAPITOL ALLIANCE
Atom Factory Entertainment, the management company of Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, has announced an alliance with Universal's Capitol Music Group in the US which will see the two companies operate a joint venture label to launch two new Carter-managed American indie bands, Basic Vacation and The Ceremonies.

Under the new partnership, Atom Factory will lead on the digital-focused marketing strategy for launching the two acts, but Capitol will support in other areas, including more conventional radio and TV promotions.

Commenting on his joint venture with Capitol, Carter told Billboard: "We'll use the radio team at Capitol, and they'll marry that to our marketing team at Atom Factory. For us, this was a choice about where to invest our financial resources. Do we put our personal resources to investing in technology, or do we invest our personal resources into a music label? I think it made more sense to do it this way because now both of us can do what we do best".

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BEGGARS' DAVID EMERY TO JOIN KOBALT LABEL SERVICES
Beggars Group's Head Of Marketing David Emery has announced that he will leave the company after eight years at the end of this week. So today. He's not hanging about though, from next week he will be known as Kobalt Label Service's Director Of Marketing.

Writing on his blog yesterday, Emery said: "It's been a pretty amazing ride over the last eight years. I've had the ridiculous fortune to work with some of my all time favourite artists like Radiohead, The White Stripes, Sonic Youth and Queens Of The Stone Age and about a million more. And then there was that whole Adele thing as well. You can't rest on your laurels forever, though. More importantly, I think everyone needs a challenge; problems to solve, things to change".

He continued: "It's a fascinating time for the industry, with digital having finally bedded in and revenue coming from all sorts of different places it seems like the perfect point to take a step back and reconceptualise what a label could and should be, which is exactly what KLS is doing. It's exciting".

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CARNABY ST TO HOST THE CLASH SHOP AND SHOWCASE
Similar to that Jimmy Hendrix one, Black Market Clash, a shop dedicated to all-things The Clash, will be 'popping' into London's Carnaby Street (at 75 Berwick Street) on 7 Sep.

Open for a fortnight only, it'll feature a showcase of not-on-sale memorabilia on loan from the band, specially-created merchandise, an HQ listening area and Fender Plug & Play 'Master Classes' and demonstrations. Really, mind, the main idea is to advertise 'Hits Back', a new Clash 'greatest hits' that's released 9 Sep.

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MUSIC MAGS PUBLISHING DIRECTOR DEPARTS BAUER
The Publishing Director for the music magazines at Bauer Media, Rimi Atwal, has departed the company, with Kerrang!, Mojo and Q now sitting under David Bostock.

According to Music Week, Bauer confirmed Atwal's departure, adding it was a result of "a strategic review of the London Lifestyle publishing structure".

Bauer, like all music magazine publishers, are, of course, tackling the challenge of sliding circulation figures on the print side, with future hopes mainly pinned on brand diversification.

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RECORD OF THE DAY PONDERS UNCERTAINTIES IN MUSIC JOURNALISM, AND INVITES INPUT ON AWARDS
And talking of sliding circulation figures in the print music press, the future of music journalism is the subject of an interesting opinion piece posted this week by Record Of The Day Publisher and Contributing Editor (respectively) Paul Scaife and David Balfour.

Noting those recent gloomy ABC circulation figures for the music press, and the decrease in pages dedicated to music and culture in many of the broadsheets, Scaife and Balfour write: "Music writing itself is not dead. It's thriving on the internet: in online magazines, on blogs, even - dare we say it - in places like Facebook, where people can powerfully recommend and spread their new passions to an engaged audience. It seems however to have become something that anyone can do, but very, very few can get paid for".

They go on: "In the same way that radio programmers increasingly turn to social media stats before making playlisting decisions, it seems the passion and gut feeling which used to lend a sense of excitement to music criticism has been lost in a world where every decision needs to be justified in terms of existing fanbase or potential monetisation. The danger and excitement seems to have gone, though who can afford much of either without a cash reserve to fall back on?"

Murdoch's recent investment in Vice suggests there may be some glimmers of hope, Scaife and Balfour add, but the future direction of music journalism remains uncertain. With that in mind, Record Of The Day is inviting input from those working in and around the sector on how it should respond with its annual Awards For Music Journalism And PR, a popular event celebrating a troubled industry.

Read Scaife and Balfour's full piece here.

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GRIMES TO CO-HOST VMAS COVERAGE
In amazing MTV news, the perhaps naive media giant is letting Grimes interview celebs pre this year's VMAs. She and her new BFF - says MTV - NYC designer Rachel Antonoff (me neither) will chat to the stars as they arrive at the awards this Sunday.

The big VMAs show will feature live showings by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Kanye West and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. And Mr Justin Timberlake, who'll play live (potentially with Nsync) and accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Anyway, back to Grimes, who says: "I am hard pressed to leave my studio at such a creative time of year, but deep in my heart I must know if Macklemore went to the thrift shop for his red carpet look. Also stoked to be joined by co host Rachel Antonoff, cos I would be terrified to do this alone!".

Antanoff adds: "I couldn't be more excited to be co-hosting this and so excited to be doing it with Grimes, she is the coolest!"

Yes, she is.

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