3 SEP 2013

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The third annual AIM Independent Music Awards are due to take place this very evening in London, recognising the great and the good of music that's had nothing to do with a major label. The overall winners of the other thirteen categories are still being kept under wraps. We'll known later on who they are, but now let's take a quick look though some of our favourites on the nomination lists more>>
Jasper Erkens had already made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in his native Belgium by his mid-teens. But right in the middle of his ascension, he made the decision to up sticks and move to London to attend the BRIT School. Now ready to launch new project Altrego his new sound is a long way from Erkens' earlier work, layering heavy electronic sounds onto funk tracks with infectious results more>>

- BMG and Primary Wave announce strategic alliance
- Competition Commission green lights AEG's Wembley deal
- David Jacobs dies
- Little Richard considering retirement
- Katherine Jenkins re-signs with Universal
- Chase Records partners with Cash Money for Austin Mahone album release
- Arcade Fire put fifteen seconds of music on Spotify
- Natasha Khan and Jon Hopkins collaborate on film-scoring single
- MKS change Flatline release date (again)
- Promoters bidding to host Bowie shows, says The Mirror
- Poliça add live dates
- JD Roots tips Swim Deep, Toy and Citizens for tour
- Festival line-up update: ATP's End Of An Era, EB Festival Budapest and Bearded Theory
- Dr Martens partners with DIY for live activity
- Spotify to add Connect to premium service
- Twitter poaches Syco's digital boss
- You lead a music-lite Media Guardian 100
- Sunrise Radio has 42 days to settle tax debts
- Richey Edwards wouldn't have stood for bands and brands working together, says Manics frontman
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BMG this morning announced a new strategic alliance with Primary Wave Music, which will see the two companies operate a joint artist services business in North America, and BMG take an interest in Primary Wave's publishing catalogue.

The new joint venture, to be known as BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services, will sign artists to deals similar to those already operated by the recordings side of BMG, where the artist retains rights ownership, with BMG providing investment, rights management, sync representation and other back office services. Primary Wave, which already has publishing, management and brand partnership units, will provide the marketing services element of the new business.

On the music publishing side, Primary Wave will continue to manage and market the firm's catalogue, which includes numerous famous songs acquired since the US independent launched in 2006 through the acquisition of half of the Kurt Cobain oeuvre. The two companies will also collaborate on discovering and developing new songwriters, and administering resulting publishing rights.

Confirming the deal, BMG boss Hartwig Masuch told CMU: "The US remains the heartland of and biggest single market in the worldwide music industry. This strategic alliance with Primary Wave, one of the most respected independents in the business, gives us control of some of the greatest copyrights in popular music in one stroke, while also strengthening our marketing resources in promoting new recordings. And from the writer's perspective, we are confident this deal will open up many new opportunities for the international exploitation of these iconic songs through our proactive BMG team".

Meanwhile Primary Wave founder and chief Larry Mestel added: "Having worked closely with the old BMG and Bertelsmann in the past while at Arista Records, I'm looking forward to rekindling that strong working relationship and leveraging our various resources and strengths to create a powerhouse partnership that will give artists a refreshing alternative in the industry".

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As expected, the Competition Commission yesterday formally gave the all-clear for AEG to manage North London's Wembley Arena.

As previously reported, the venue's owner Quintain Estates And Development PLC appointed AEG's Facilities UK business to manage the arena late last year, Live Nation having previously overseen the running of the space.

But the appointment was criticised by some, who pointed out that AEG already operated London's other major arena venue, The O2 Arena in the old Millennium Dome complex, and also was co-owner of one of the city's biggest theatre venues for comedy and music shows, the very-soon-to-be-relaunched Hammersmith Apollo. And through AEG Live the company is also a significant concert promoter itself.

With critics raising competition concerns, the deal was passed to the Competition Commission in March, but a prelim report in July said that the regulator didn't believe that an AEG business operating the Wembley Arena would result in "substantial lessening of competition" in the live entertainment space.

Confirming that viewpoint was now the Commission's final ruling, Martin Cave, who chaired the inquiry, told reporters yesterday: "AEG's opportunity to increase venue hire prices would be limited because factors such as capacity, availability, brand, reputation and personal preference are more important to acts booking the venue. Negotiation on the venue hire price takes place after the venue booking has been confirmed".

He added: "We also considered whether AEG would have an incentive to reduce the quality of the venue after [taking over the running of Wembley Arena] and found that doing so could damage AEG both in financial terms and also in relation to its reputation at its other venues".

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Tributes galore were made yesterday after it was confirmed veteran radio DJ David Jacobs had died aged 87.

As previously reported, Jacobs, the original host of classic music TV programme 'Jukebox Jury' in the 1960s and an original 'Top Of The Pops' presenter, stepped down from his weekly Radio 2 show 'The David Jacobs Collection' last month because of ill-health. He'd hosted the show for the BBC station since 1998, and it was hoped Jacobs might be able to reappear on an occasional basis to present one-off specials.

A spokesman confirmed that the presenter, who had been treated for liver cancer and Parkinson's disease in recent years, died at home surrounded by family members. Paying tribute, BBC boss Tony Hall said Jacobs had been "one of the great broadcast personalities", adding: "As a young and avid viewer of 'Jukebox Jury', I remember him every week scoring the hits and misses. And I was still listening to him just last month as he fronted his show 'The David Jacobs Collection' on Radio 2".

Jacobs' most recent boss at the BBC, Radio 2 Controller Bob Shennan, added: "David was a legend in broadcasting, not only for the Radio 2 audience, but for the whole population. He was a true giant of the BBC, whose career spanned seven decades on radio and television. His broadcast hallmarks were great taste, authority and warmth. I am sure his audience will feel they have lost a friend, as we all do here at Radio 2".

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Little Richard has said that he might retire from singing, possibly for all time.

Talking with Rolling Stone, 80 year old Richard Wayne Penniman admitted "I am done, in a sense, because I don't feel like doing anything right now", adding that, increasingly, he was giving his spare time over to prayer and fashion design. Quite the combination, that.

A spell of ill health, perhaps traceable back to an emergency heart operation he had back in 2008, meant Penniman had to stop a rare appearance mid-show in Washington last year. He hasn't played live since.

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Opera star Katherine Jenkins has re-signed with her original label, Universal Music.

Having first allied with UMG in 2003 via a six-LP, £1 million contract, Jenkins later moved to Warner in 2008 as part of a landmark deal (for a classical artist, anyway) valued at £5.8 million.

She then departed the mini-major earlier this year, apparently (claimed the tabs) ditched by the label over disappointing sales of her 2012 compilation 'This Is Christmas'. Though Jenkins denied this at the time, saying the split was amicable, and that she was leaving because she had reached the end of her three-LP deal.

Now back at Universal, Jenkins is set to release all new material via a less extravagant pact with Decca.

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Chase Records has announced a "multi-million dollar" partnership with fellow Universal Republic-affiliated label Cash Money Records for the release of the debut album with one of its artists, Austin Mahone. Further collaborations between the two labels on new arts are also planned for the future as part of the deal.

Cash Money Records co-founder and co-CEO Ronald 'Slim' Williams told reporters: "We've been colleagues with the Chase team for a while. As we continue our expansion, Chase Records is the perfect partner for Cash Money as we're both striving for excellence and now we're going to make history together. We've been watching Austin ascend to the ranks of pop music's elite. He's one of pop's most promising and powerful young contenders, and he's on his way to becoming a leader for the genre. As a brand, we cherish the chance to work with stars of this calibre".

Chase Records' Michael Blumstein, Rocco Valdes and David Abram meanwhile added collectively: "Cash Money's support will be integral to the next phase of Chase Records and their artist development. It's amazing to join forces with one of music's most respected and revered entities. It's clear to us that our label and our artists are a priority at Universal with both Cash Money and Republic Records behind us".

Here's a fun game. Have a watch of the video for Austin Mahone's single 'What About Love' and see if you think he's being lined up to be The New Bieber.

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Is this a comment on the royalty rates paid out by streaming services? No, it's not. But it made you stop and look, didn't it? Which is exactly the effect Arcade Fire wanted to have when they put fifteen seconds of new music up on Spotify yesterday.

The abstract snippet is listed as being on a release called 'Reflektor' and is titled '9pm 9/9'. Does this mean they'll reveal something about their new album at 9pm on 9 Sep? Yes, it does. And we already knew they were going to do that because they announced it last week. Keep up, would you?

Anyway, here's the track if you want to listen to it.

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Bat For Lashes lady Natasha Khan has done a collaborative single with Approved playlist-maker Jon Hopkins. Forming part of the score to Kevin MacDonald's latest film 'How I Live Now', 'Garden's Heart' will be released via Parlophone on 7 Oct.

Khan has directed a clip to go with the track starring 'How I Live Now' actor Saoirse Ronan, so watch that now.

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One-time Sugababes Mutya Keisha Siobhan have revised the release date of their first single as MKS, 'Flatline', again, this time to this Friday.

Initially meant to be available on 1 Sep, it was later postponed by a fortnight, and, finally, moved forward to 6 Sep to coincide with the trio's TV PA on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man'.

They say: "We're SO excited about our 'Chatty Man' performance on 6 Sep that 'Flatline' will now be available to download then!"

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Live Nation is said (mainly by The Mirror) to be involved in a bidding war with rival promoters to stage David Bowie's first live shows since 2007.

The paper claims it has information on a potential early move by Live Nation, which has apparently asked Bowie to play at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park next year. The Mirror also links Live Nation to Isle Of Wight/Solo Music Agency boss John Giddings, who has been involved in Bowie's past live ventures, and who back in January said a Bowie tour was "the holy grail of promoters".

The Mirror reckons Live Nation's biggest competitor AEG Live will make a rival play "shortly". Though when asked for a comment by the NME, a spokesperson for Bowie said that "there are currently no plans for any live dates".

So, this may or may not all be nonsense, but it'd tie in quite nicely with show-based hints Bowie's wife Iman made earlier this year. And there's the fact that 2014 is the 50th anniversary year since the release of 'Liza Jane', Bowie's first solo single. Then there's the fact that his new LP, 'The Next Day', was quite sometime in development, yet Bowie said nothing until he was good and ready to.

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'Dark pop' force Poliça will, on 6 Feb 2014, start a five-date patrol of the nation's mid-sized live sites, one that'll finish with their biggest headline set yet at London's Troxy. The band's new LP 'Shulamith', meanwhile, is released 21 Oct.

Scan the relevant dates below and stream 'Shulamith' track 'Chain My Naim' here.

6 Feb: Bristol, Trinity Centre
7 Feb: Glasgow, The Arches
8 Feb: Manchester, The Ritz
10 Feb: Brighton, All Saints Church
12 Feb: London, The Troxy

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Jack Daniels' 'breaking bands' sideline JD Roots has picked Swim Deep, Toy and Citizens! to each headline one of a trio of shows it's hosting in October.

Swim Deep kick things off on 23 Oct at Edinburgh's Picture House, followed by Citizens! at the London Garage the following night, whilst Toy play the third and final date at the Ritz, Manchester on 25 Oct.

Listings and tickets for all dates are available, to over 18s only, via www.jackdaniels.com/music

Swim Deep's new single 'Honey' by the way, is released 30 Sep, and it goes like this.

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So, first to ATP's Camber Sands-based End Of An Era (Part 2, that is), whose latest phase of additions is lead by Shellac and The Dismemberment Plan. They link with headliners Loop and the likes of Slint, Mogwai, The Pop Group, Ty Segall, Balam Acab, White Fence, Hookworms et al at the event, the finale to a bi-weekend extravaganza happening later this year.

Next is Bearded Theory, which incidentally has changed site since its last incarnation, and will in 2014 take place at the larger-capacity Catton Hall in Derbyshire. Peter Hook And The Light are the first act confirmed for that, and will play a "Joy Division and New Order classic set" beside a bevy of Bearded Theorists that are still TBA.

Details on all that, and an extra initial update via the Budapest branch of Electronic Beats' namesake festival, are as listed:

ATP'S END OF AN ERA PART 2, Camber Sands Holiday Centre, Sussex, 29 Nov - 1 Dec: Shellac, The Dismemberment Plan, The Magic Band, Ut, Mick Turner, Les Colettes. www.atpfestival.com/events/endofanerapart2.php

BEARDED THEORY, Catton Hall, Walton-upon-Trent, 23-25 May 2014: Peter Hook And The Light. www.beardedtheory.co.uk

EB FETIVAL BUDAPEST, Millenáris Teatrum, Budapest, Hungary, 25 Oct: John Talabot, Nôze, Charli XCX, Washed Out, DJ Crimson. www.electronicbeats.net/en/events/2013/eb-festival-budapest-line-up-announced/

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Dr Martens has appointed the DIY magazine and website as its exclusive media partner and tour organiser for the previously reported #STANDFORSOMETHING venture, in a deal put together by DIY publisher and youth advertising firm Sonic Media.

Confirming the partnership, Dr Martens Marketing Manager Daniel Freeland told CMU: "We were looking for a partner that really understood our audience and the bands they would connect with. We are not just looking to create memorable events, but an experience that that brings our new #STANDFORSOMETHING campaign to life. The DIY team really impressed us with their knowledge of the music market and together with the resources, innovative media technologies, their organisational ability and cross platform reach, we are very confident they will be the ideal partner to deliver the tour and integrate our key messages".

Meanwhile DIY Editor Stephen Ackroyd added: "Dr Martens and DIY will be hosting five gigs in five cities around the UK and the premise is simple: the country's most rousing live acts in tiny venues, giving music lovers the chance to catch their favourite acts up close and personal. We believe the way for Dr Martens to credibly engage with fans is to give them an experience to remember. DIY will be continuously reporting from September to the end of November through our monthly magazine, which is now also distributed in all Dr Martens stores, our iPad and iPhone Weekly, the website and associated social media channels".

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Spotify has announced a new feature to make its premium option feel more premium. Spotify Connect will make it easier for people using the streaming service via multiple devices, so that listening sessions can be paused on one gadget and picked up on another, or an iPhone or iPad can be used to control music playing via compatible wireless speakers.

It's all part of the ongoing mission to make digital content work in a more joined up fashion across all devices, and to realise that long-held ambition where portable gadgets control home entertainment consumption too. The new feature will be available for premium users only, and will be rolled out to iOS devices and various wireless speaker systems in the coming months, with Android and other apps due to be added in due course.

In some ways it competes with Apple's AirPlay system, which the Spotify iOS apps are already compliant with, though the plan is that the mobile device will only control music being played via wireless speakers, which will stream tracks direct from the Spotify server, reducing battery drain on the iPhone or iPad.

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Syco Entertainment's Head Of Digital Theo Luke is moving to Twitter, where he will lead the social network's strategic advertising programme Amplify in the UK and EMEA, reports Campaign.

Launched last year, Amplify works with advertisers on promoted photos and videos across the network, and has so far worked with companies such as Coca-Cola, AT&T and Sony Pictures.

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The Guardian put "you" at the top of its Media 100 list for 2013 yesterday, which is going to look good on your CV. Team Guardian was trying to recognise the increased importance of tweeters and Instagrammers and Facebookers in reporting world events. And if only someone could now invent that app that filters out the liars and hoaxers and idiots, the social networks might just become the primary news network for all.

Away from the big gimmick, the usual mix of tech chiefs, BBC execs and Fleet Street editors dominate the upper part of The Guardian's annual list of movers and shakers in the British media, which has only a small number of music entertainment players (unless music radio execs are counted) in it this year.

Simon Cowell is the highest ranking music bod, albeit more for his TV ventures, coming in at number fourteen. Interestingly Spotify boss Daniel Ek comes in next at number 45, which is interesting because he is one place higher than the UK boss of Universal Music, David Joseph, making the channel operator slightly more important that the content maker. Meanwhile David Bowie appears at 98 on the back of his surprise comeback earlier this year.

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Radio company Sunrise Radio, which operates various radio stations with programme specifically aimed at an Asian audience, has been given 42 days to settle a tax debt of over £400,000.

As previously reported, a petition to "wind-up" the Sunrise company was issued by the Inland Revenue in July. If the company was indeed wound up it would automatically lose its radio licences from media regular OfCom.

It remains to be seen if the company can fight off the threat, though 14 Oct was set as a new deadline in court yesterday. The Sunrise company operates Sunrise Radio, Kismat Radio, Punjabi Radio and Buzz Radio, though took a sister TV service off the air earlier this year.

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Richey Edwards would have "absolutely slayed people" over the increase in partnerships between bands and brands in the modern music industry, Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has told Wales Online.

Discussing the band's former guitarist, who disappeared in 1995, Bradfield said: "The older you get, the more perspective you have on it ... The only new thing that comes up in your head is that if Richey was around now he would have absolutely slayed people. In terms of how branded everything is, how branded bands are, he would have been disgusted by it".

"He would have been so completely angry about some things it would be like having an assassin in the band", he continued. "It would have been the perfect time for him to have been a musician, a lyricist and a quote machine. You wish he was still around so we could just set Richey loose on them".

As for how Edwards' own musical vision might have developed, Bradfield said: "The one thing I don't doubt about Richey is that he wouldn't have countenanced a midlife crisis. I think he would have been like Nick Cave - he would have kept going and not been scared of becoming a caricature. He would have carried through his vision, whereas I didn't think we could have gone anywhere else after 'The Holy Bible' as I thought we would become a caricature. We would have become goth horror - you can only go down deeper into that abyss".

New Manics album 'Rewind The Film' is due out on 16 Sep. It's safe to say, it won't be a goth horror.

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