20 SEP 2013

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Back at the end of August/beginning of September Budweiser's Jay-Z-curated Made In America festival took place. Headlined by Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails, it also featured the likes of Calvin Harris, Phoenix and Queens Of The Stone Age. Jay-Z himself didn't perform. He was too busy ensuring that everyone had a shit time. Or so says QOTSA frontman Josh Homme more>>
The Black Atlantic label presents the third in a series of freeform events curated by Joy Orbison under the title of 'Just For You' at the sister venue to Dalston Superstore. Here he's in command again, playing all night, seulement. No high heels at this 200 capacity basement venue apparently, but it is decked out with a Funktion One sound system to make amends! more>>

- Vivendi's Activision sale set back by court ruling
- Ed Sheeran and Pharrell go "nuts"
- Sam Smith discusses working with Nile Rodgers and Disclosure
- Jessie J presenting new single via Facebook Live
- Mel B solo again, still scary
- Annie Eve announces new single
- Billie Joe Armstrong shooting film
- Faber to publish Ian Curtis notebooks
- Caro Emerald delays dates to have baby
- Frankie Rose picks winter shows
- VV Brown announces October tour
- Festival line-up update: The Big Reunion and Ja Ja Ja Festival
- Piracy back on agenda in Washington
- Sony boss says Loeb raised important issues with rejected entertainment sell off plan
- Universal issues takedowns against This Charming Charlie
- PRS announces apprenticeship scheme
- Chris Moyles not returning to radio
- Kanye likes his carpets bumpy, says BBC
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The five biggest stories in the music business this week...

01: Pandora won one of its ASCAP legal disputes. The American collecting society said there was nothing it could do to stop key music publishers from withdrawing their ASCAP-represented song catalogues from the digital licence under which the streaming service operates. But Pandora argued that all ASCAP members were obliged to honour its current licence, that runs until 2015, and this week a US court agreed. The victory came as the sometimes controversial streaming company confirmed it would be issuing a new batch of shares in a bid to raise in the region of $279.4 million. ASCAP dispute report | Share sale report

02: Rhapsody confirmed a restructure. The US-based streaming music company, which operates under the Napster brand in Europe, confirmed it had a new shareholder in the form of Columbus Nova Technology Partners, and that two reps from that company would now sit on the Rhapsody board. Their arrival coincides with a downsizing that will affect 30 staff, and which will see President Jon Irwin and CFO Adi Dehejia stand down. CMU report | The Verge report

03: Kim Dotcom launched his litigation against New Zealand's spy agency. A police investigation recently confirmed that the Government Communications Security Bureau breached New Zealand laws when it spied on Dotcom in 2011, ahead of the shutdown by US authorities of his MegaUpload company. However, police said the breaches hadn't been deliberate, so no prosecutions would be pursued. But Dotcom was given court approval to sue over the breaches earlier this year, and last weekend the Mega chief confirmed he was filing a NZ$6 million lawsuit against the GCSB. CMU report | Wired report

04: AEG Live concluded its arguments in the Jackson case. The live giant had been expected to call back to the witness stand Katherine Jackson, the main plaintiff in the litigation, in which the Jackson family claims AEG Live should be held liable for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009. But instead they actually concluded their arguments with a recording of a deposition by an old doctor of the singer, who said the late king of pop had been excited if nervous about his planned ‘This Is It’ project in the months before his untimely death. He also said that the star had a habit of keeping secrets about his health issues and medical treatments, even from other doctors he was consulting. The jury are expected to begin their deliberations next week. CMU report | Billboard report

05: The Pirate Bay dropped The Promo Bay from its home page. Although The Promo Bay, the spin-off website from the controversial file-sharing service which provides a platform for new artists to promote their work, will continue, featured artists from it won't be promoted on the TPB home page, one of the main attractions of participating in The Promo Bay to start with. The change seemingly follows the departure of Tobias Andersson, who founded The Promo Bay, from The Pirate Bay team, he having been the person who oversaw the featured artist element. He told TorrentFreak that the dropping of The Promo Bay from The Pirate Bay home page was "more evidence of the [Pirate Bay] site going stale". CMU report | Torrentfreak report

On CMU this week we previewed next week's Reeperbahn Festival with a special CMU playlist, and also enjoyed some tunes selected by Sam Lee, meanwhile CMU Editor Andy Malt reviewed some recent brand partnership nonsense. Approved were Lithuanian popstar GJan, the brilliant new single from Katy B, the off kilter Shangri La-style tones from US Girls and the latest from Danish superstar Fallulah.

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Universal Music parent company Vivendi's plan to sell most of its stake in gaming firm Activision Blizzard has hit a hurdle in the form of a lawsuit by another shareholder, though most reckon the litigation is only a temporary setback.

Vivendi announced that it was selling 48% of its 60% stake in Activision, leaving it with just 12%, back in July in a $8.2 billion deal, part of the French conglom's strategy to refocus its energies on its music and television businesses. The shares were bought by Activision itself, and a consortium of individuals led by the gaming company's CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-chairman Brian Kelly.

But another Activision investor, Douglas Hayes, has filed a lawsuit arguing that the gaming company should have put the deal to a shareholder vote before agreeing terms with Vivendi. And having received Hayes' legal papers, the Delaware Chancery court has now put a temporary block on the transaction.

Vivendi and Activision had hoped to have the share sale completed by the end of this month, though that now looks unlikely. To overcome Hayes' legal challenge Activision could simply organise a shareholder vote on the deal, though legal experts have told Reuters that it would actually be quicker to appeal this week's court ruling, because the Delaware Supreme Court would likely consider such an appeal in weeks rather than months.

Analysts reckon that the legal challenge is a temporary setback, and even if Activision is forced to put the deal to a vote amongst its non-Vivendi shareholders, the transaction would likely get approval. As a result Activision's share price was not hugely affected by the ruling.

Though for Vivendi, which is now looking into off-loading most of its telecom assets so it can properly focus its attentions on a new period of growth around its remaining businesses, Universal Music and Canal+, the delay on this lucrative share sale will be irritating.

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Ed Sheeran has done a crazy collaboration of some kind with collaborations-crazed R&B man Pharrell.

Actually, it wasn't crazy, it was "nuts", which is a different thing entirely. And whilst this is pure speculation, the 'nutty' duet might just wind up on Ed's new solo LP, which is underway, and also features guests in Rudimental and rapper The Game.

Elsewhere in Sheeran news, Ed will fight Cher, Ryan Tedder and Miguel to coach contestants on the new season of 'The Voice USA', which airs next week.

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Singer Sam Smith has been chatting with Clash about recent studio sessions he was involved in with Disclosure and Nile Rodgers.

Rodgers tweeted about his Disclosure tie up earlier this week, saying: "Gonna sleep from seven to nine, then another KICK A$$ session with Disclosure. They are the REAL F-ing DEAL. I've had some great collabos this year".

Smith, who guested on Disclosure track 'Latch', was also there, and explained: "It was really mad! We had our first session on Tuesday. It's been in the diary for a couple of weeks, so I've been freaking out and we didn't tell anyone [but] then he was tweeting about it anyway".

He added: "But really he just played his guitar and we just sat there dribbling in happiness. He was just playing all these classics on his guitar and it was truly special to be with a musician that is such an expert at what he does".

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Jessie J will reveal her brand new single at Britain's first ever Facebook Live event, which will be streamed in real time next week, on 26 Sep at 3pm to be precise.

J, who'll sing tracks from her new LP 'Alive' and stay for a Q&A with fans, expresses her excitement ahead of the big day by saying: "Taking part in Facebook Live lets me connect with millions of fans all over the world that I wouldn't otherwise get the chance to. I'm looking forward to answering their questions, and meeting the fans who actually get to come along and listen to me perform a song from my new album".

Elsewhere, a slightly less thrilled J was recently heard lamenting 'Alive' material leaking ahead of its 23 Sep release date, tweeting at the time: "The mystery in music is slowing disappearing. The big reveals don't happen anymore, everything is so immediate! Social networking just makes everything so accessible. Such a shame".

Yeah, a real shame.

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Self-styled "Leeds nutter" Mel B premiered a 'scary' new vid representing her new solo single, which is titled 'For Once In My Life', recently. In it, she strips (several times), skips (badly), snips (her t-shirt and hair) and has a lesbian kiss with... herself , all things that seem pretty tame when placed beside, say, this.

Mel's also been spilling her 'sex secrets' in the papers, but since I'm pretending I haven't read them, I'll instead segue direct to the 'For Once In My Life' video.

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Rising singer-songwriter Annie Eve, who played a sold out headline show at London's St Pancras Old Church last night, has announced a new single, 'Bodyweight', which will be released through Young And Lost Club on 14 Oct. The track is the second single to be taken from her eponymous EP.

And now, as if by magic, here is the video for 'Bodyweight' for you to watch.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is going to do real acting in 'Like Sunday, Like Rain', a wet new independent film by writer/director Frank Whaley.

Armstrong will star opposite Debrah Messing off of 'Will And Grace' and 'Gossip Girl' 'actress' Leighton Meester, playing the latter's boyfriend.

Deadline confirms shooting on the movie has already started, so it's too late to do anything to stop it now.

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A book collating various "intensely personal writings" by the late Ian Curtis, titled 'So This Is Permanence: Lyrics And Notebooks', is to be released via Faber in spring 2014.

Edited by Jon Savage and with a foreword by Curtis's widow Deborah, it will include unpublished pages from Curtis's private (until now) diaries that will, apparently, "throw his lyrics into relief and cast light on the creative process of this influential and legendary songwriter".

Hmm. Sticking with lyrics, this is Joy Division's 'Twenty Four Hours', the song from which the line that is now the first half of this book's title is lifted.

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That Caro Emerald has held back the eleven live dates she was meant to be playing in March 2014, having realised she is with child.

The tour is thus postponed until October next year, and will now start on 9 Oct 2014 at the Brighton Centre. Tickets to the cancelled dates will still remain valid at their new alternatives.

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Pop 'vixen' VV Brown will add a little live 'bite' to her new single 'The Apple' (released 23 Sep) by playing it, and the very good LP to which its attached, 'Samson And Delilah', over lots of shows in October. The shows are as follows:

17 Oct: London, Electrowerkz
18 Oct: Manchester, Deaf institute
19 Oct: Glasgow, King Tut's
20 Oct: Birmingham, Temple
21 Oct: Brighton, Coalition
22 Oct: Bristol, Thekla

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Alt-pop babe Frankie Rose is taking a Christmas-time trip consisting of headline shows in Sheffield, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol and London.

She'll also accompany White Lies on their December tour, giving fans extra chances to hear her new LP, 'Herein Wild', in a live-type scenario.

Until December, we'll all have to make do with a non-live take of 'Herein Wild' pick 'Street Of Dreams':

Tour dates:

2 Dec: Sheffield, The Harley
5 Dec: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
9 Dec: Brighton, Prince Albert
12 Dec: Bristol, Start the Bus
13 Dec: London, The Lexington

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Today's pocket-sized festival presentation is brought to you by The Raveonettes, Annie, LCMDF, Mew and Postiljonen, who, as fate has it, will all play the London-based mega-fest wing of ace Nordic night Ja Ja Ja. As well as all the ice-cool acts, the event will also feature a programme of daytime cinema curated by Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, a label fair, and Scandanavian eats.

Read up on all-things Ja Ja Ja, plus the Example/Jaguar Skills/Tinie Tempah-headlined Skegness get-together The Big Reunion, here:

THE BIG REUNION, Butlins Resort, Skegness, 15-17 Nov: The Other Tribe, Sub Focus (DJ Set), Rawkus Noise, Benga, Matrix And Futurebound, Eddy Temple-Morris, Cameo, LiA, The Chaps, Toby Jones, DJ Kev Jnr, DJ Rich E Rich, DMO, NeMMZ, DJ Smoochi, DJ Murphy, DJ Replae.

JA JA JA FESTIVAL, The Roundhouse, London, 8-9 Nov: The Raveonettes, Annie, Mew, múm, Husky Rescue, NONONO, Truls, Sin Fang, Rangleklods, Einar Stray, I Was A Teenage Satan Worshipper, Huw Stephens, Rubik, Kid Astray, Here is Your Temple, Broke, Mammút.

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The US music and movie industries have launched a new initiative to get piracy back on the agenda in Washington, though this time the focus is on search engines.

Two years ago, of course, there was a lot of momentum in US Congress around online piracy issues, with two pieces of legislation aiming to force internet service providers to block access to websites that primarily exist to enable piracy. But a high profile backlash from the tech community scuppered both sets of proposals.

According to Billboard, in their latest round of lobbying, the Motion Picture Association Of America and the Recording Industry Association Of America have stopped talking about web-blocking and are now focused on search-blocking, calling on Google et al to stop linking to unlicensed sources of content when people search for films or artists.

The search engines, of course, will remove specific links from their search results if instructed to do so by the movie and music industries, but the film studios and record companies want Google to stop listing piracy websites in their entirety. Talks to that effect have been ongoing for some time, but the search engines have so far resisted such wide-ranging delisting of sites, partly because of the question as to who should decide what sites should be fully de-listed, and on what grounds?

Speaking to a Congressional panel this week, RIAA chief Cary Sherman said: "We invite Google and the other major search engines to sit down with us to formulate a plan that goes beyond promises of action and actually serves its intended purpose of deterring piracy and giving the legitimate marketplace an environment to thrive".

Google, which needs to work with the music and movie studios to grow its Google Play business, does regularly talk about piracy issues, and would argue it has done way more than it is legally obliged to do to help the copyright industries manage their rights online, citing YouTube's ContentID system and tweaks that have been made in the Google search algorithm to prioritise legit content.

But full site delisting on copyright grounds is something it continues to resist, instead insisting that copyright owners should focus on going after the revenue streams of piracy sites, by working with Google's ad networks to ensure they are not providing advertising income for the pirates, and working with credit card companies to cut off other revenue. This line was pushed just last week in Google's latest piracy report.

For the time being it seems that political types in Washington are still hopefully a voluntary agreement can be reached between the music and movie studios and Google et al, though the former are increasingly saying that the threat of legislation is now needed to force the latter to play ball.

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Sony Corp chief Kazuo Hirai has told the Wall Street Journal that the recent call by activist shareholder Dan Loeb for the Japanese conglom to sell off a slice of its American entertainment business was "actually a good thing", even though the company's board ultimately rejected the proposal.

As previously reported, Loeb's Third Point company has been quietly increasing its stake in Sony Corp, and proposed that the firm float part of the Sony entertainment group, which includes the firm's non-Japanese movie, TV and music companies, partly to raise funds to help the flagging Sony electronics business, and partly to force the entertainment division to be more open to investors (because it would be directly listed).

Although the Sony Corp top guard have always denied speculation that they might sell their film studios and music companies in the past, they did formally consider Loeb's proposal before knocking it back. Hirai insists that, despite rejecting Loeb's plan, he has a good relationship with his shareholder, telling the Journal: "I have a fairly good relationship with the folks from Third Point, including Dan".

The Sony boss also conceded that "Dan and Third Point shed a light on the entertainment properties that we've been trying to shed a light on for the longest time". Hirai said that profit margins at Sony's entertainment business should be higher, that the Sony entertainment companies - including Sony Music and Sony/ATV - should be more transparent, and the Sony film studio should refine its movie greenlighting process.

It remains to be seen if those issues are now dealt with, though the wider Sony business is performing better of late, which could reduce shareholder pressure on management in the immediate future.

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A much commended Tumblr called This Charming Charlie, which paired Morrissey lyrics with Charles Schultz's Peanuts cartoons, with surprisingly good results, may go offline after Universal Music Publishing Group, which represents The Smiths songs catalogue, started issuing takedown notices.

The graphic designer behind the Tumblr, Lauren Loprete, has posted: "The Smiths licensing company (Universal Music Publishing Group) has started requesting posts be removed from This Charming Charlie. So far six posts have been removed, and it is increasing every hour. If you like the page, please save copies of the comics to your own computer".

It's possible that under US copyright law there would be a fair use claim to allow the cartoons to continue to be posted without the approval of Universal or the Peanuts company on parody grounds; though that's probably not a battle its worth fighting for Loprete.

But either way, given the popularity of the Tumblr, Universal would probably be better advised collaborating with the designer and Peanuts Worldwide LLC on a series of Smiths/Peanuts merchandise. Christmas is coming after all.

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The music publishing sector's UK collecting society PRS For Music has announced a new apprenticeship scheme, supported by the government-funded Creative & Cultural Skills agency. The programme will initially offer two apprenticeships, with unemployed young people aged 16-24 eligible to apply. One will be in IT and the other in business development.

Announcing the programme, PRS For Music CEO Robert Ashcroft told CMU: "One of our core objectives is to support the creativity and talent of our songwriter and music publisher members and it is equally important to develop the talents and experience of both existing and future employees. As one of the largest employers within the UK music industry we are delighted to lead the way in offering a younger and vital generation an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge that will sustain them throughout their careers".

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Chris Moyles has said that he currently has no plans to return to radio, as he prepares to take up his role in the upcoming arena touring production of 'Jesus Chris Superstar', where he will again play King Herod.

Interviewed on 'This Morning', Moyles said: "I've just decided that I'm going to take break for a while because I did [radio] for so long. I'm having a nice break from it all. I kind of feel like I've closed that chapter of my book and now I'll do something else. I never say never, but for the foreseeable future, no".

There has been much speculation about Chris Moyles' radio future since his departure from Radio 1 last year (and, indeed, before it). Rumour had it that the original plan was for him to move elsewhere within BBC Radio, but talks stalled as Moyles lost enthusiasm for other possible radio projects.

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A BBC source has denied that Kanye West requested that carpets in his dressing room for 'Later... With Jools Holland' be ironed when he recorded performances for the show on Tuesday. The Sun claims that the rapper complained that the carpets in the room were "too bumpy".

But a source "close to the show", who for some reason required anonymity to deliver this fact nugget, told the NME: "This is all utter nonsense. It's wish fulfilment - people expect stars of his stature to make diva demands, but the truth is Kanye was great to work with. There were more flowers in the dressing room than usual, but that's it".

So, there you go. Kanye West doesn't mind that the carpets at Maidstone Studios are all bumpy. I wouldn't stand for that. But Kanye is a more humble man than I. Here he is being all humble and that while performing 'Bound 2' on Tuesday night's live show. You can catch him again on the extended show tonight.

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