An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Monday 30 September 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: Warner Music UK boss Christian Tattersfield will step down next February, it's been confirmed, with his successor - Atlantic Records UK chief Max Lousada - becoming co-CEO of the British division with immediate effect. As of next February Lousada will become sole CEO of Warner Music UK, as well as continuing in his role of Chairman of Atlantic UK, reporting directly into overall Warner Music chief... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: If New Zealand psych-head Connan Mockasin's 'Forever Dolphin Love' album was bizarre, and it was, his follow-on 'Caramel' looks as if it'll wax stranger still. I'm basing this calculation on plain, inarguable facts, mainly that it carries on the 'Dolphin Love' narrative, that of a marine mammal's doomed affair with a non-dolphin 'boss-man', features five variations on a track titled 'It's Your Body'... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Warner Music UK chief to stand down
LEGAL Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova admitted to hospital following hunger strike
DHP settles in photograph valuation dispute
DEALS One Direction to stay at Syco; sign three-year megadeal
LIVE BUSINESS SFX confirms IPO plans, pitches $1.1 billion valuation
Police investigating "bad batch of drugs" after death at Warehouse Project event
MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Dave Stewart defends Spotify, launches bank
MEDIA LoveLive announces new funding
EDUCATION & EVENTS The Metadata Academy to host free training event this week
RELEASES Stone Roses LP possibly out in 2015
Release round-up: New Britney clip and JLS's final single, plus Eric Clapton, Banks, Savages and Ke$ha
GIGS & FESTIVALS 65daysofstatic to play back The Fall Of Math
Gigs & Tours round-up: Chrome Hoof and Forest Swords
AWARDS Live UK Music Business Awards nominees announced
AND FINALLY... Banks says Disclosure collaboration dropped from album
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Warner Music UK chief to stand down
Warner Music UK boss Christian Tattersfield will step down next February, it's been confirmed, with his successor - Atlantic Records UK chief Max Lousada - becoming co-CEO of the British division with immediate effect.

As of next February Lousada will become sole CEO of Warner Music UK, as well as continuing in his role of Chairman of Atlantic UK, reporting directly into overall Warner Music chief Stephen Cooper. The boss of Warner's other main UK division, the recently combined Parlophone and Warner Bros, Miles Leonard, will then report into Lousada. He will also become sole Chairman of the Warner Bros side of his unit, a job he currently shares with Tattersfield.

Confirming all this, the aforementioned Cooper told CMU: "Christian's tenure as leader of Warner Music UK has been an extremely impressive one. As well as guiding the company through on-going commercial success, he has fostered a culture of excellence in artist development that will continue to shape our future. We are extremely grateful for his contribution and for his continued support as we enter this transitional phase ahead of his departure. We'll always consider Christian a part of the Warner Music family and look forward to collaborating with him on future projects".

On his new UK chief, Cooper continued: "Max's achievements at Atlantic UK have been remarkable. Artists that have emerged under his stewardship are among the most successful British acts in recent years, not only in the local market but on the world stage. Max is a natural successor to Christian and, in Miles and the rest of the senior UK team, he will have extremely strong support when he takes the role. His appointment ensures stability and continuity during the handover period and leaves us well positioned for growth in this important and influential market".

Indicating that he plans to launch his own new music venture once outside the major label system, Tattersfield said of his departure: "With [Warner Music UK] in such great shape and its future in such good hands, the time is right for me to focus on the kind of entrepreneurial projects that I have pursued since I started out in the industry. My time as the CEO of Warner Music UK has allowed me to work with some of the best artists and executives in the business, not least Max, who I am confident will continue to lead with the same creative energy that has made Atlantic UK such an A&R powerhouse".

Last April, Tattersfield also took on the job of Chair of the BRITs organising committee, a job usually held by a British major label chief for two or three years, before handing on the role to a counterpart at another major record company. It's not clear if Tattersfield will step down from that role too after departing Warner, though his exit date from the major conveniently comes just after the next BRIT Awards event.

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova admitted to hospital following hunger strike
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was admitted to hospital on Friday, five days after a beginning a hunger strike in protest against the conditions at the prison colony where she is currently being held.

As previously reported, Tolokonnikova was placed in solitary confinement after the publication of an open letter stating that she was going on hunger strike and complaining of "slave-like" working conditions. She also accused the deputy head of the prison of making death threats against her. Prison authorities said that the move to solitary was for "her own safety", rather than a punishment.

According to reports, her husband Pyotr Verzilov announced that she had been taken to the prison hospital on Friday but that details about her condition were not clear. In a statement, he explained: "Nadya is now in hospital, but they're refusing to provide documents about that, or to meet the defence. A blockade has begun".

Also on Friday, one of Tolokonnikova's fellow inmates, former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky sent out a letter in support of her actions, though warned her against taking them too far. He wrote: "I know that you've got family and friends waiting for you on the outside. You've done a great job, you've really stuck it out, and you're continuing to stick it out. All I would ask is that you carefully weigh the costs and benefits of what you're trying to achieve with the impact it will have on your health or even your life. I am confident that the intended effect of bringing attention to the problem has already been achieved".


DHP settles in photograph valuation dispute
Live music firm DHP Family has settled a dispute with a photographer after it used a photo he took of Ke$ha and LMFAO without permission.

The deal brings to an end a dispute that actually went to court in May, and which was summarised by Editorial Photographers UK last week. Although DHP admitted it had used the photo, in error, in marketing materials without permission after being made aware of that fact by photographer Jason Sheldon, a dispute then began as to how much the live firm should pay the photo man for past and future use of his picture.

According to EPUK, DHP initially offered £150 for use of the photo, while Sheldon asked for £1350. When agreement couldn't be reached, the case went to court, where - given that the unauthorised use was never disputed - the debate centred on the value of a single photo of the kind DHP had used.

The promoter presented quotes from various photographers that said that a fair licence fee for use of the single photo should be a few hundred pounds, while Sheldon cited the rate cards of photo agencies like Getty which would put the value of the picture considerably higher.

In court, the judge hearing the case erred more towards Sheldon's arguments, noting that the photo had been taken backstage, requiring the photographer to gain exclusive access and to photograph in a room with poor lighting. Judge Colin Birss said that both the exclusivity of the moment photographed and the work involved in taking the picture should impact on its value.

In the end the court ruled that a fair price for licensing past and future use of the photo would be the rather precise £5,682.37. According to EPUK, post the court ruling DHP reached a settlement with the snapper covering a licence fee, interest and his legal costs, resulting in the £20,000 settlement.

A reminder that, unless a contract says otherwise, the copyright in any photos sit with the photographer, Sheldon told EPUK that he was glad he pursued his case to court, because the ruling was a "very useful judgement" for the wider photographer community, for whom copyright protection is as hot a topic as it is for music right owners.

Meanwhile speaking for DHP Family, Operations Manager Julie Tippins told CMU: "We regret the oversight which led to this image being used in promotional material without the correct permission or agreement. We have reviewed our internal systems and briefed staff to ensure our use of images comply with copyright legislation at all times".

One Direction to stay at Syco; sign three-year megadeal
One '1D' Direction have renewed their deal with Syco via a new three-year, three-LP, £10 million gentlemen's agreement, says The Sun. This is three LPs in addition to the band's third album, 'Midnight Memories', which is released 25 Nov. So that's quite a lot of '1D mania' still to manifest itself, isn't it? Three years. Imagine.

Skirting the deal's inner detail, a Syco rep said: "Simon Cowell and One Direction are delighted to confirm they have agreed to continue their hugely successful relationship with a new long-term agreement with Syco. Simon and the band look forward to many years of continued success together".

Yes, bravo them. Sensationalising a bit, an 'insider' then revealed via the tab: "This is a big deal for Simon and the lads. It shows confidence that they have a long-term future and that a split or members going solo is highly unlikely. It's worth a lot of cash too. They'll get a big upfront payment worth millions then much more from record sales, tours, brand tie-ins and merchandise". So, quite the multi-revenue stream deal then.

SFX confirms IPO plans, pitches $1.1 billion valuation
Dance music-focused live firm SFX Entertainment filed more details about its previously reported initial public stock offering last week, valuing the business at $1.1 billion.

SFX, the newish business of entertainment industry veteran Robert FX Sillerman, first indicated it would float back in June. The company has been on an acquisition spree, mainly buying up EDM live enterprises, since 2011. Last week's submission confirmed plans to raise up to $200 million by selling off a slice of the company via the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Under that plan the company would be valued at $1.1 billion. By comparison, Billboard notes that Live Nation, the live music major Sillerman helped create, is currently valued at $3.5 billion. Given the respective sizes of the two companies, investors would presumably have to assume that Sillerman's latest enterprise has much potential to expand in the coming years, cashing in on the recent commercialisation of dance music in North America.


Police investigating "bad batch of drugs" after death at Warehouse Project event
Police investigating the death of a man who died at a Warehouse Project night in Manchester on Friday are said to be considering the theory that a "bad batch of drugs" could be the cause. Five other clubbers were also hospitalised after taking a drug, thought to be ecstasy.

Commenting on the incident, Det Insp Aaron Duggan told reporters: "It is possible that there may be a particularly bad batch of drugs out there in the community and that is a concern to us. If you attended The Warehouse Project [this weekend] and are feeling unwell, I would ask you to go to hospital for a check up as soon as possible".

Meanwhile a spokesman for the Warehouse Project said: "Everyone at The Warehouse Project is devastated about the news and our condolences are with [the dead man's] family. We are assisting the police with their ongoing inquiries surrounding the circumstances of the man's death. The Warehouse Project operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to drugs, however if you have taken something and start to feel unwell please tell a member of staff".

Beyond the tragedy of Friday night's Warehouse Project event, it is interesting how industry and business media in the US have recently taken an interest in drug-related fatalities at EDM events, including this one and the recent deaths at the Electric Zoo event in New York, presumably in light of the ongoing commercialisation of dance music Stateside and the upcoming IPO of SFX Entertainment.

Indeed, SFX notes the press interest in its recent IPO filing and admits such coverage could have negative impact on commercial dance music enterprises, especially where brand partnerships are a key revenue stream. Though, and despite occasional tragic incidents like on Friday night, European EDM promoters would likely say this is a side of their business they have generally learned to deal with.

Dave Stewart defends Spotify, launches bank
Former Eurythmic Dave Stewart, a one-time streaming naysayer, has changed his mind and decided that "as a songwriter you should worship Spotify".

Speaking to The Guardian about Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich's recent anti-Spotify rant, Stewart said: "Thom Yorke made a mistake there, him and Nigel Godrich. They were misinformed. I think they just suddenly got a bee in their bonnet, because Spotify is one of the few companies that is transparent and actually pays properly - as a songwriter you should worship Spotify, because they've come along with a solution".

He added: "It's a volume business. If they had 100 million subscribers, which is possible, the payment [for the Eurythmics catalogue] would be equal to the band's income back at the peak of selling".

Increasingly chatty of late, with a new album to promote, Stewart also gave a keynote address at last week's Reeperbahn conference in Hamburg, where he announced the launch of his new project, the First Artist Bank, which he described as "a global creative community bank ... for artists, creators and their fans".

Created with former chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse EMEA Michael Philipp, the bank will provide funding, management of digital assets and intellectual property, and business advice to creative types in music, film, TV and theatre, so that they "don't sign stupid deals", said Stewart.

Due to open next year, culture fans will also be able to open accounts with the bank, and its credit cards will offer a reward scheme providing access to free tickets to events.

LoveLive announces new funding
Music content maker LoveLive last week announced it had raised £1.7 million in new funding to fuel further and global expansion. The new investment has come from a consortium of private investors, including Andurand Capital owner Pierre Andurand, Maker Studios Executive Chairman Ynon Kreiz, and John Gleasure, Andy Measham and Oliver Slipper from Perform Group.

Commenting on the new funding, LoveLive chief Richard Cohen told CMU: "In the last five years our approach to bringing together artists, labels and brands to create and commercialise high-quality music content has been incredibly successful. Brands understand the power music has to connect them with fans and the music business continues to innovate, as developments in networks and devices take VOD from the early-adopter margins into the commercial mainstream".

He added: "Revenues are growing rapidly and we expect them to accelerate in coming years - it's the perfect time for LoveLive to seek significant external funding and move into the next stage of our growth - now we have an incredible investor team to help us achieve our ambitious goals".

The Metadata Academy to host free training event this week
The Metadata Academy, a newly launched organisation aiming to provide education and training in music metadata, has announced its first event. 'How Metadata Affects Your Business' will be a free ticketed session running from 4-7pm in Camden on Thursday, 3 Oct.

Speaking to CMU ahead of the event, three of the guest speakers who will appear explained their approaches to metadata.

Gracenote's Head Of Sales EMEA, Chris Cass: "If content is king, then metadata helps build empires. At a basic level, there needs to be ways to identify, recognise and recommend the amorphous mass of digital media available and this is where metadata plays a key part in monetising entertainment".

Kudos Records' Head Of Digital, Simon Cullwick: "High quality metadata is fundamental to successful digital music distribution. At Kudos, we are constantly refining the way we receive, store and supply data in response to the ongoing trend in the industry towards better quality control, higher standards and the need to provide greater breadth, depth and accuracy in all aspects of the music supply chain".

Shazam's Music Partnerships Manager, Jonathan Davies: "Having high metadata standards are vital for our core service, when someone uses our app we ensure that they get the correct information on the song or TV show that they have Shazamed. From that moment onwards, we then give them the opportunity to purchase or stream the music, watch the video on YouTube or share with their friends, which is all done through the use of metadata".

The event this Thursday will also launch The Metadata Academy's 'Metadata 101' online training course. To register for free tickets to 'How Metadata Affects Your Business' go here.

  Connan Mockasin
If New Zealand psych-head Connan Mockasin's 'Forever Dolphin Love' album was bizarre, and it was, his follow-on 'Caramel' looks as if it'll wax stranger still.

I'm basing this calculation on plain, inarguable facts, mainly that it carries on the 'Dolphin Love' narrative, that of a marine mammal's doomed affair with a non-dolphin 'boss-man', features five variations on a track titled 'It's Your Body', and has a lead single in 'I'm The Man, That Will Find You', which moves in very weird circles indeed.

Which isn't to say I don't like it, or Mockasin's mad handling of its squidgy main catchphrase, and the way that pines away into a crazed refrain. I mean, I can love a thing and still be slightly scared of it, right?

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Stone Roses LP possibly out in 2015
The Stone Roses may release their fabled third LP in 2015, or so says bassist Mani, who I'd say is an authority on such things.

Gassing about it all via Gigslutz (naturally) whilst backstage at a Tim Burgess gig in Manchester, Manni said the band had been "working on a few bits" lately, stating, when pressed on a potential LP release date, "2015 man, 2015".

And that's that. Asked to deny or verify Mani's statements, a Stone Roses spokesperson told NME the following: "no comment". Which I'm taking as a "yes, it's all true", despite this flying in the face of SR guitarist John Squire's view, shared back in May, that the new LP will take "five years" (ie till 2018) to finish.


Release round-up: New Britney clip and JLS' final single, plus Eric Clapton, Banks, Savages and Ke$ha
Britney Spears has given fans "just a lil taste" via Instagram of a racy video matching her TBA eighth LP's lead single, 'Work Bitch' (released 3 Nov), and it's potentially the most artificially-enhanced thing I've ever seen. Stare at it in disbelief here. The full vid is due out tomorrow.

Similar to Britney in the fact that he has an LP on the way soon (and only in that fact), Eric Clapton has confirmed a five-disc compilation containing remixed, remastered and specially expanded versions of his live and studio releases between 1974-5. Titled 'Give Me Strength', it'll be available as a pre-Xmas gift on 25 Nov. Details and tracklistings here.

And in 'new vids' news, 'spectral R&B' financier Banks has given the world an official 'This Is What It Feels Like' video to rave over. Featuring on LA-based Jillian Banks's fresh-ish 'LONDON' EP, find the track visualised before your eyes via this link.

In stark contrast to Banks' hip hop gloss, because straight-faced noir punks Savages are nothing if not stark, is said band's just-out 'Husbands' promo. Backed by a song taken off the quartet's Mercury-nominated first LP, 'Silence Yourself', I'd advise not watching it if you have anything against maggots. Maggot-lovers and sympathisers, meanwhile, can have a go on it here.

And hey, Ke$ha has made a vengeance track inspired by fake orgasms titled 'U Suck Ass'. The 'U' in question is "a total piece of shit, douchebag piece of garbage" and "lying sack of shit, balls, shit-filled ballsack" that Ke$ha used to date. She hasn't released it to the public yet, but you can get a feel for its general 'vibe' via her recent tête-à-tête with MTV.

And finally, since there's a real finality to this last bit, JLS have finalised a final ever single pre their big irreversible split in early 2014. Whilst the actual track is still 'in hiding' till later this week, the band say its title will be 'A Billion Lights'. Here are their faces displaying the full gravity of the situation.

65daysofstatic to play back The Fall Of Math
65daysofstatic will mark the 'tin' anniversary of their 2004 album 'The Fall Of Math' via a dual-part show at London's Koko on 27 Mar next year. For its first half, the band will play - for the first time - 'The Fall Of Math' all the way through, whilst in the latter they'll celebrate recent hits and their present-day LP 'Wild Light'.

On the significance of 'The Fall', which was written post 9/11, they say: "While not exactly a global smash, 'The Fall Of Math' was met with some excitement by a number of people we had never dreamed of, and threw us into a world of very hard touring and recording for the foreseeable future. In short, it changed our lives, as did the aftermath of the events we were quasi-soundtracking by living through".

Tickets to the Koko show are available here.


Gigs & Tours round-up: Chrome Hoof and Forest Swords
Icono-disco-clasts Chrome Hoof will live-pitch their new LP, 'Chrome Black Gold', over two shows at London's The Lexington prior to it hitting shops on 7 Oct. They play next Friday (4 Oct) with special guests S&M, and again the next night supported by Gum Takes Tooth. RSVP via FB.

Tri-Angle Forest Swords, real name Matt Barnes, has new live dates to declare too, specifically sets in Feb 2014 in Leeds, Manchester and Brighton, based on his acclaimed 'Engravings' LP. Info on his Tumblr.

Live UK Music Business Awards nominees announced
The nominees for the 2013 Live UK Music Business Awards have been announced. The overall winners will be revealed at a ceremony held as part of this year's Live UK Summit, taking place at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London on 17 Oct.

For a recap of last year's event, have yourself a watch of this here video, or if dwelling on the past makes you feel physically sick, just skip straight ahead to this year's list of nominees:

Best Venue Teamwork - Stadium: Wembley Stadium (London), Ricoh Stadium (Coventry), Emirates Stadium (London)

Best Venue Teamwork - Arena: Motorpoint Arena (Sheffield), The O2 (London)
Capital FM Arena (Nottingham), Phones 4u Arena (Manchester)

Best Venue Teamwork - Theatre/Concert: Civic Hall (Wolverhampton), St David's Hall (Cardiff), Shepherds Bush Empire (London)

Best Venue Teamwork - Campus: The Engine Shed (Lincoln), Manchester Academy, The Forum Hertfordshire (Hatfield)

Best Venue Teamwork - Major Club (cap 800+): Corporation (Sheffield), Rock City (Nottingham), Koko (London)

Best Venue Teamwork - Club (cap under 800): Under The Bridge (London), Robin 2 (Bilston/Wolverhampton), 229 The Venue (London)

Agent of the Year: Adam Gainsborough (This Is Now Agency), Alex Hardee (Coda Music Agency), Steve Zapp (ITB)

Artiste Manager of the Year: Owain Davies (OD Management), Paul Carey (The Music Management), Kwame Kwaten (ATC)

National Promoter of the Year: SJM Concerts, DHP Family, AEG Live

Regional Promoter of the Year: Orchard Events (Wales), DF Concerts (Scotland), Ten Feet Tall (North East)

Indie Promoter of the Year (Local impact): Dave Grenfell (FeedMe Music, London), Jamie Finn (No-Wave, Folkestone), John Rostron (SWN Festival, Cardiff)

Tour Manager of the Year: Ant Forbes (1975), Glen Rowe (Muse), Rich Jones (Rita Ora)

Best Record Label Partner: Paul Craig (Warner Music Group), Claire Haffenden (Universal Music UK), Allie Bailey (Cooking Vinyl)

Spectacle of the Year (Best Production): Rolling Stones at British Summer Time, Muse at Emirates Stadium, Roger Waters 'The Wall' at Wembley Stadium

Best Festival (cap 40,000+): Bestival, Glastonbury, British Summer Time

Best Festival (cap 15,000-39,999): Latitude, Camp Bestival, RockNess

Best Festival (cap under 15,000): Bloodstock, Festival No 6, End Of The Road

Breakthrough Artiste: Skinny Lister, Ben Howard, Jake Bugg

Greatest Brand Impact: Relentless, Nutz Headphones, Gaymers

Best Festival Performance: Rolling Stones at British Summer Time, Biffy Clyro at Reading, Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury

Unsung Hero: Graham Lambert (SJM Concerts), Lester Dales (Dales Evans), Felix Baird & James Bartlett (Stage Miracles)

Banks says Disclosure collaboration dropped from album
On the off chance that Azealia Banks actually releases her debut album 'Broke With Expensive Taste' next January, as most recently promised, don't go expecting there to be a collaboration with Disclosure on there. Even though she did collaborate with them, definitely.

Banks first referenced her hook up with the Disclosure boys back in June when she tweeted "Just had an amazing session with Disclosure!" But they initially played down their connection with the rapper, claiming they'd done more meeting than collaborating.

They tweeted back: "I think [Azealia has] kind of taken to Twitter quite heavily with the fact that she's meeting with us. People now think that we've made the greatest song of all time, and it doesn't even actually have a chorus yet".

But the brothers Lawrence then backtracked (deleting that tweet) and indicated they had done some collaborating with Banks after all, leading her to tweet: "Disclosure apologised to me for the statements made yesterday. They were false. We actually DID work. Don't know what made them say otherwise".

But either way, however much meeting and collaborating took place, and even if a chorus was eventually found, that particular hook up will not now see the light of day. Well, not officially.

She recently told The AU Review: "I did something with Disclosure but they were, like, really rude in an interview, so I canned it. I might leak it, though to be honest, I've got better stuff on my record".

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