An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Tuesday 1 October 2013

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Few outside the music industry understand the distinction between the copyrights in a song and the copyright in a sound recording, a distinction that means that, if a licensee wants to use a recording of a song with lyrics, they will usually need at least two licences, even if one single person wrote and recorded the track. And even those who appreciate that copyright law recognises separate lyrical... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Today's approval is of something different from our usual fare, and something that has already been spread out on social media as wildly as the band's music. Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, as you may have noticed, is a woman. She's also the person who manages the outfit's Facebook page, and as such receives all comments about the band - good and bad - direct to her mobile phone... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES New Zealand collecting societies launch wide-ranging joint public performance licence
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LEGAL New report says third of European jobs in sectors that rely on IP rights
New Jackson child abuse claims set for court hearing next June
Duncan James bankrupt
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Departures at Warner as Parlophone integration gets underway
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Vevo launches in Germany
Apple's Eddy Cue discusses iTunes Radio launch
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MEDIA Paul McCartney to perform for Radio 2
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Peermusic president pays tribute to Allan Dann
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ARTIST NEWS Eddie Vedder feared nerve problems may stop him playing guitar
Aidan Moffat hospitalised
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RELEASES David Bowie to release Next Day Extra
Release round-up: PiL reissues and Snoop Dogg mixtape, plus Crosses, Katy B, Nicholas Jaar, Glasser and Danny Brown
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Justin Timberlake adds 2014 dates
Gigs & Tours round-up: Taylor Swift, Volcano Choir, Haim, ATP Netil House Takeover
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AWARDS YouTube announces music awards thing
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AND FINALLY... Cher haunted by Sonny Bono's ghost
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CMU INSIGHTS: MUSIC RIGHTS - INTRODUCING COPYRIGHT & LICENSING
This in-depth half-day course on Wednesday 2 October (2-6pm) provides an overview of how music rights work, with a beginners guide to copyright law, what enjoys copyright and how ownership works. It looks at how music rights are monetised, why both direct and collective licensing exists, and how the collective licensing system works in the UK.

For more information and how to apply click here.
   
THE ORCHARD - SENIOR DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL SALES AND MARKETING
We’re looking for a smart, organised, motivated and forward-thinking music and video marketing, sales and distribution professional to drive and manage our retail marketing and sales function across all formats in the UK and Europe. The ideal candidate will oversee the Orchard’s international physical and digital distribution, acting as the conduit between digital retailers, international physical distributors, our European client, marketing and physical distribution staff, and New York HQ.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DOMINO RECORDS - NATIONAL RADIO PLUGGER
Domino is looking for a national radio plugger to join its in house promo team. The successful applicant must have an extensive knowledge of UK radio, a proven track record of working successful releases and established relationships at all appropriate stations. The ideal candidate will be articulate, persuasive, knowledgeable, sociable, a frequent gig goer and music lover.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MUSIC CONCIERGE - AUDIO ASSISTANT
Music Concierge a ground-breaking and award-winning music consultancy service for luxury brands, hotels, and high-end retail outlets. We are looking for an Audio Assistant to work in our music department for four days a week at £7.50 per hour. This is an opportunity to work in the music industry with an exciting growing company.

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NOMANIS - PA/BOOKING ASSISTANT
An opportunity has arisen for a PA/Booking Assistant to join Nomanis, a busy independent music booking agency based in Bethnal Green, London. The applicant must be extremely organised with meticulous attention to detail.

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DHP FAMILY - PRODUCTION REP
DHP Family is currently recruiting for a full time Production Rep based in London. The qualities needed to make this role a success are communication, organisation and experience. Ideally the successful candidate will have a minimum of two years practical experience working in the live music industry. You will be responsible for advancing events allocated to you and acting as a promoter representative on site where required.

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DHP FAMILY - BODEGA GENERAL MANAGER
The Bodega is a 330 capacity venue, club and bar in Nottingham city centre serving a music and fashion aware profile of customer. The venue has a cool and underground profile with both students and locals. It has a reputation for catching live acts at the beginning of their career and is stylish watering hole and atmospheric club venue with a diverse programme of events. It has a mixture of in house and third party club nights, with the live gigs booked through the Concerts team at DHP Family.

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ENTRY LEVEL RADIO PROMOTIONS ROLE
Entry level radio promotions role in small boutique company - must have passion for alternative music. You love discovering new bands and going to gigs, and are actively intrigued and up to date with technology and social media. The ideal candidate is articulate, organised, self motivated and able to work under pressure to deadlines as well as keeping up to date with current A&R developments.

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UNLIMITED CREATIVE, PART-TIME WEBSITE EDITOR
UnLimited Creative is looking for a part-time Website Editor to edit and manage the website of Creative Skills For Life, a social venture that aims to leverage digital technologies and social media to enable young people living with cancer and other long-term life-threatening conditions to explore their creative potential as a catalyst for healing and personal development. Working 8-10 hours each month, this freelancer will write news stories, edit blog posts, create images and generally keep the website up to date plus manage the CSL Twitter account.

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COOKING VINYL - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Cooking Vinyl is looking for a digital savvy and passionate music lover with at least two years previous experience of planning and managing high profile artist campaigns. The ideal candidate must be up to date with the current digital landscape and have a creative and innovative approach. You will be responsible for developing commercial, promotional and social strategies across all platforms.

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INGROOVES - OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
INgrooves provides clients customized marketing, promotion, sync licensing and administrative support to help maximize the earnings potential of specific music and video releases or catalogues. Operations Associate will be client facing, assisting the Client Services department with content ingestion, catalogue changes requests and other operational activities.

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ANJUNABEATS - FRONT END WEB DEVELOPER
A superb opportunity to join Anjunabeats, a London-based independent record label with a worldwide reputation for releasing the best in dance music and home to Above & Beyond, Andrew Bayer, Dusky, Mat Zo, Norin & Rad and more. We’re looking to recruit a front-end web developer as part of a small yet powerful tech team. If you want to develop some of the finest websites and social apps in the industry and reach millions of fans worldwide, this is the position for you.

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New Zealand collecting societies launch wide-ranging joint public performance licence
Few outside the music industry understand the distinction between the copyrights in a song and the copyright in a sound recording, a distinction that means that, if a licensee wants to use a recording of a song with lyrics, they will usually need at least two licences, even if one single person wrote and recorded the track.

And even those who appreciate that copyright law recognises separate lyrical, musical and recording copyrights, and that multiple copyrights can co-exist in a single work, often can't get their head around why the music industry treats the so called 'publishing' and 'recording' rights so separately; especially once you get into collective licensing where the whole point, surely, is that all the rights a licensee might require sit in one pot.

Of course that's one of the issues being considered in the UK by the not entirely pointless Copyright Licensing Steering Group, and in its progress report last week there was mention of further collaborations between the British music publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music and the UK record industry's rights body PPL to offer joint licences. They are currently developing one-stop licences for amateur sports clubs and small workplaces that play music in public spaces, in addition to five other existing joint licensing arrangements.

But the collecting societies in New Zealand - APRA on the publishing side and PPNZ on the sound recordings side - have gone quite a bit further with the creation of OneMusic, a new joint venture that will offer a wide-ranging combined public performance licence for businesses and organisations that play recorded music in public spaces.

Unsurprisingly, PPNZ boss Damian Vaughan says the new venture, which will surely be watched with interest by rights bodies around the world, came in response to public demand.

He told reporters: "Our customers were telling us the old two-licence model was confusing. APRA and PPNZ represent different rights holders [and] we operate differently and calculate fees in different ways. [But] too many customers were not even aware they needed both licences, so we're now dealing with the complexities behind the scenes. That's our job".

As Vaughan says, the new venture is not an actual merger of the societies, and the specific and different methods used to distribute monies collected will remain, though the aim is that for the licensee the process is much simpler. More efficient online licence processing is also part of the new venture.

On the online element of OneMusic, the Director of the New Zealand side of APRA (which also covers Australia on song rights), Anthony Healey, added: "By APRA and PPNZ coming together our customers can now go to one place, www.onemusicnz.com, to calculate their fee without having to deal with complex paperwork. An online payment service will also be ready to go shortly".

The initiative has been welcomed by various trade bodies representing groups of licensees, with the CEO of New Zealand's Restaurant Association, Marisa Bidois, saying: "We support anything that means compliance issues don't get in the way of business. This new process means our members can get a music licence quickly and easily and we're very happy APRA and PPNZ have heard us on this issue".

New report says third of European jobs in sectors that rely on IP rights
A new report from the European Union's Patent Office and Office For Harmonization In The Internal Market reckons that over a third of jobs in the EU come from sectors that rely on intellectual property rights (IPRs to use the report's shorthand).

The report surveys the importance of patents, trademarks, designs and copyright to the European economy, focusing in on what it calls 'IPR-intensive industries' which have a higher than average use of IP rights. Aside for the more obvious copyright industries like the music business, the document includes the engineering, financial and insurance, retail, motor vehicle, pharmaceutical and IT sectors in this group.

Indeed, about half of the EU's industries are IPR-intensive according to the report, and they generate about 40% of the union's total economic activity (some 4.7 trillion euros annually) and account for 35% of all employment (77 million jobs). Needless to say, the report's conclusion is that the development and protection of IP rights remains an important issue for political decision makers to tackle. Which I think we already knew.

Responding to the report, Internal Market And Services Commissioner Michel Barnier told CMU: "I am convinced that intellectual property rights play a hugely important role in stimulating innovation and creativity, and I welcome the publication of this study. It will help us to further underpin our evidence-based policy making. What this study shows us is that the use of intellectual property rights in the economy is ubiquitous: from high-tech industries to manufacturers of sports goods, games, toys and computer games, all are making intensive use of not just one, but often several types of IP rights".

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New Jackson child abuse claims set for court hearing next June
While the jury in the long-running Jacksons v AEG court battle continue to deliberate (well actually, they took yesterday off, but they'll definitely be deliberating later today), a date has been put in the diary for the next Michael Jackson-related court hearing.

A claim by choreographer Wade Robson against the Jackson estate has been given the green light to proceed to court, and on Friday a judge set a 2 Jun 2014 start date. As previously reported, Robson claims that, after the late king of pop befriended him when he was just five years old, the singer subsequently sexually abused him. He is suing the estate for damages.

Robson's main challenge when his case reaches the LA courts next summer will be to explain why, if he is now claiming Jackson abused him when he was a child, he vehemently denied anything untoward had occurred when asked to testify in the pop star's 2005 trial over other allegations of child abuse. In that case a former housekeeper of Jackson's claimed she had seen the singer showering with Robson when he was eight or nine years old, but the choreographer insisted there was never any abuse.

It is thought that Robson will say that Jackson brainwashed him, and that it wasn't until after the singer's death in 2009 and the birth of his own son that he was psychologically and emotionally able to understand what happened during the times he spent with the popstar. It is thought Robson's legal team hope to call an all-star witness list to testify if his case does actually reach court.

As previously reported, reps for the Jackson estate have strongly rebuked Robson's allegations, with lawyer Howard Weitzman telling TMZ back in May: "Mr Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic. This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is".

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Duncan James bankrupt
Blue's Duncan James has been declared bankrupt. Not morally but legally speaking. And maybe artistically too, though the High Court doesn't have any specific opinions on that. The singer was listed bankrupt by the London court last month, filing papers under his real name Duncan Inglis.

James may, depending on ticket sales, have a chance to rebuild his fortune on Blue's forthcoming 'comeback' tour, which starts at Nottingham's Rock City on 13 Oct. Too bad Blue got too 'big' to play those 'Big Reunion' shows, isn't it, or perhaps he would have had some cash sooner.

Departures at Warner as Parlophone integration gets underway
While the big news in Warner land this week was the announcement that the mini-major's UK chief Christian Tattersfield is stepping down, rejigs a plenty are occurring lower down the firm's British division where the integration of the Warner Bros and Parlophone labels is underway. Warner acquired former EMI division Parlophone earlier this year of course, and while the combined Warner Bros/Parlophone is being led by former EMI man Miles Leonard, a number of other former EMI-ers are now departing the company.

According to Music Week, Parlophone's VP Of Artist Relations Sefton Woodhouse is the latest exec to leave as part of the integration, following the recent departure of PR directors Debra Geedes and William Luff. Meanwhile on the Warner Bros side, VP Digital & Artist Development Sam Stubbings has left to join Native Management.

Music Week quotes Woodhouse as saying: "Thank you to all of the colleagues, artists and artist managers who I have been lucky enough to work with over the past fifteen years. It's been a truly awesome experience at EMI; the music, the events and making many, many friends."

Meanwhile the there mentioned Luff has announced that he is launching his own PR company Wilful Publicity, which will represent many of the artists he worked on at Parlophone, and others.

Luff told CMU: "After eleven years working for EMI, I am launching my very own PR agency called Wilful Publicity. I'm delighted that I will be continuing to represent my existing roster, and to announce that I will be representing the singer and songwriter Fish who is releasing his first album for six years, entitled 'A Feast Of Consequences', along with upcoming Welsh rock act The Dirty Youth and the fantastic new artist Zena Kitt".

Vevo launches in Germany
"Guten Tag Vevo", or so said Germany this morning. Or maybe "Hallo Vevo" because that sort of rhymes. Though you might think that was a typo rather than the casual German greeting, and then this whole introduction wouldn't work. I really wanted to find the German for "Yo Vevo", but Google Translate couldn't help me. Which isn't surprising, because Vevo is launching in Germany without Google's YouTube as a partner, and the web giant has clearly reprogrammed its translation service to be anti the German version of the video service.

Anyway, yes, as expected, Sony and Universal owned music video site Vevo has finally launched in Germany after negotiating a deal with the country's publishing sector collecting society GEMA. The organisation famously has YouTube on its "very evil, do not licence" list, meaning that Vevo couldn't launch in the country, as it has elsewhere, via the Google video platform. Which means the German launch will test Vevo's abilities to generate traffic away from YouTube, via its own growing portfolio of apps and whatnot.

As Vevo arrived in its thirteenth territory this morning, the company's Senior VP International, Nic Jones, told CMU: "From the day I joined Vevo with a mandate to expand the video platform's global presence, a launch in Germany was my top priority. It took us two years of hard work to get to this day and I couldn't be more thrilled. German music lovers will finally be able to enjoy the immense depth and breadth of our catalogue and the fabulous Vevo Originals - anytime, everywhere and on all devices".

Also das ist alles gut. Ich frage mich, wie gut Google Translate wird mit diesem Zeichen-off Satz zu tun. Ich denke, nur unsere deutschen Leser wird es jemals wissen.

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Apple's Eddy Cue discusses iTunes Radio launch
Apple's Senior Vice President Of Internet Software And Services, Eddy Cue, has been discussing the recent launch of iTunes Radio and how he sees it fitting into the future of both the iTunes software and streaming music in general.

Asked by Entertainment Weekly's The Music Mix about which services Cue saw iTunes Radio competing with directly, he said: "First of all, competition on anything is good, because it makes everybody better. Our goal is to be the best. We thought we could bring something that customers would love more than any other service out there and that's what we want to do, and certainly I think competition will make things better for everybody so we can get better and better at it".

That doesn't really answer the question, but it's almost interesting. Though the jury is still out on whether or not Apple's new service is anywhere close to being 'the best'.

Next Cue discussed moving pre-release streams of albums from the iTunes Store to iTunes Radio - noting that the new Justin Timberlake album, part two of 'The 20/20 Experience', is the first album to do this.

He explained: "It's a huge improvement to do it on iTunes Radio because you don't go to a store a lot. Hopefully lots of people will be listening to iTunes Radio a lot; from a discovery perspective it's significantly better. I think when you go to a store and you go to the Justin Timberlake page and stream it from there, that's great but that means you went to the store. iTunes Radio lets you discover it without you having to think about it".

Read the full interview here.

Paul McCartney to perform for Radio 2
Paul McCartney will perform a show at the BBC's Maida Vale studios next month, at 1pm on 16 Oct. Those of you not able to get in (most of you) will be able to listen to it that same evening on Radio 2 at 8pm. It'll then be available on the Red Button from 7 Nov.

Says Radio 2 Head Of Music Jeff Smith: "Paul McCartney is a true music legend and we are extremely excited to have him as part of our In Concert line-up. The Radio 2 audience are in for a real treat and I'm sure this will be a concert to remember!"

You'll be able to enter a ballot for tickets until 6pm on 3 Oct at bbc.co.uk/radio2

Peermusic president pays tribute to Allan Dann
The European President of independent music publisher Peermusic, Nigel Elderton, has paid tribute to Allan Dann, his company's Business Affairs & International Copyrights Manager, who recently died. Dann had worked for the music firm for a remarkable 44 years.

Elderton writes: "Allan was one of the longest serving members of the worldwide peermusic staff having joined the London copyright department in October 1968. During his 44 years of service, Allan's encyclopaedic knowledge of the catalogue, the writer roster and the history of our company made him a valuable and fascinating source of information. One of Allan's many qualities was his willingness to impart advice and knowledge to his colleagues and he was always ready to patiently explain the complexities of copyright law or the idiosyncrasies of the collection society network to his colleagues".

He goes on: "Allan was never happier than when talking about music, his band or his vast collection of vintage guitars. His eyes would literally light up when he was among likeminded people and none more so than when [Peermusic's Catalogue Development Manager] Kara Wright visited us last year from our LA office to learn about the UK back catalogue of masters and copyrights. Fortunately, during this time Allan was reacquainted with many of the old writers and artists who were associated with Peer throughout the 70s and we could see how much he enjoyed this walk down memory lane".

Noting the dozens of condolence messages the company has received since Dann's passing, Elderton concludes: "He will be greatly missed by all of us that love and work in this great industry".

  Approved: Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry on misogyny
Last week Glaswegian electro trio Chrvches released their debut album, 'The Bones Of What You Believe', pulling off that most difficult of challenges in the process; delivering a record that lives up to the hype that surrounded the band arrival. When I first wrote about them in the summer of 2012 the fear that I might have just contributed to the band's fall (or that they might just turn out to be a bit rubbish down the line), as praise for their early releases spread, quickly gripped me. Thankfully it turned out alright.

Today's approval is of something entirely different though, and something that has already been spread out on social media as wildly as the band's music. Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, as you may have noticed, is a woman. She's also the person who manages the outfit's Facebook page, and as such receives all comments about the band - good and bad - direct to her mobile phone.

Last week she posted a screengrab of one of the less welcome messages posted to that Facebook profile, a direct message into the band's inbox suggesting that the sender and Mayberry should "make superior love together". Though she noted that it was rather more polite than another recent suggestion that someone might be able to "fuck the accent right out of her".

Writing on the Guardian Music blog yesterday, Mayberry wrote about the suggestion that she should just learn to "deal" with stuff like this if she wants to be in the public eye. She is not the first woman to tackle this issue online (or off), of course. And not the first to subsequently receive a new barrage of exactly the same sort of abuse in response.

That this is still happening is depressing, to say the least, and as a man it's hard not to feel embarrassed for and by the grown men ("they are all men", notes Mayberry) who still see fit to fire off comments like this. So, let's have this conversation now in the hope that we don't have to have it again later. Read Mayberry's blog post here.
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Eddie Vedder feared nerve problems may stop him playing guitar
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has said that he feared that he might never play guitar again after a back problem last year affected nerves in his hand. It turned out it wasn't actually that bad though, so it's alright.

Vedder told Rolling Stone: "That was a major inconvenience that, when I look back, was really minor. But, you know, in the middle of it, I didn't know if I would play guitar again. I could picture sitting there with [guitarists] Mike [McCready] or Stone [Gossard], calling out chords. 'No, go to a B minor! Go to a B minor 7!'"

In the same article, interviewer Brian Hiatt also noted how bloody long Pearl Jam have been going now (he didn't put it quite like that), with Vedder approaching his 50s, and asked if the singer could see the band still performing in their 70s, like The Rolling Stones.

Vedder said: "It's actually really rare. The more you look at it, you realise how rare it is, and how difficult it is. I first saw the Stones in 1981, and at that point they were elder statesmen. So we're lucky to see these old poets being able to read their work in their own voice, you know? I mean, they came from the same generation that said, 'Don't trust anyone over 30'. It reminds you to be open to the possibilities".

So, that's something to look forward to. The band are due to release their tenth album, 'Lightning Bolt', on 14 Oct. Here's a short film about it.

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Aidan Moffat hospitalised
Former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat found himself in hospital last week, after complaining of chest pains and dizziness. It turned out not to be a heart attack, so that's alright. According to Moffat, his diagnosis is not clear, though it could be a virus, exhaustion, hypochondria or "too much crisps". Yeah, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, 'This doesn't really seem like news'. And maybe you're right. Or maybe you should show a bit more concern for other people. Anyway, the main reason I mention it is because Moffat wrote an entertaining blog post on his brush with death.

"The ambulance crew ask all the necessary lifestyle questions, including the dreaded 'What do you do for a living?'" he wrote. "But instead of the usual mutual disappointment that fills the air when I talk of singing in Arab Strap or writing songs with Bill Wells ('Doesn't ring a bell. I don't really keep up with music these days. Do you sell a lot of records?'), the nurse says: 'Are you too young to remember Altered Images? My brother was in Altered Images'. I decide that now is not the time to discuss my erotic, recurring dreams of Clare Grogan. I don't want my possibly fragile heart to explode".

Read more here.

David Bowie to release Next Day Extra
Extra, extra: David Bowie is to release a three-disc extension of his latest LP 'The Next Day', titled 'The Next Day Extra'. Extra.

Besides the original tracklisting, its additional features will be a CD of ten unheard tracks and remixes (by Venetian and James Murphy), and a DVD with videos for all 'The Next Day' singles. A seven-track digital EP of selected extras/mixes will also be available to those buying the reissue on iTunes.

Released as part of the package on 4 Nov, the extra disc's contents are as listed:

Atomica
Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)
Plan
The Informer
Like a Rocket Man
Born in a UFO
I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)
I'll Take You There
God Bless the Girl
So She

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Release round-up: PiL reissues and Snoop Dogg mixtape, plus Crosses, Katy B, Nicholas Jaar, Glasser and Danny Brown
Virgin will continue its 40th birthday celebrations by reissuing three 'defining' Public Image Limited records. Beginning on 21 Oct with 1986's 'Album', this as a picture-disc LP, the series will continue on 28 Oct with PiL's 1983 single 'This Is Not A Love Song' b2b with an Eric ET Thorngren mix of 'USLS1', winding up on 4 Nov with a double A-side of 1986 track 'Rise' and 'Warrior'.

Meanwhile, Johnny Lydon's old buddy Snoop Dogg has made a mixtape with his two young sons Cordé and Cordell Broadus, aka Spandy Dangy and Dirty D (aka Channel 21). Hear the Family Dogg's relatively (get it? 'relatively') cute 'Royal Fam' at this link.

Moving on, Chino Moreno and co of Crosses have confirmed they'll release their next EP on 12 Nov. Though without a title, it does have a teaser trailer that you can watch here.

And hey, what say we take a skim over three of the week's internet LP streams, namely those by Nicholas Jaar, Glasser and Danny Brown.

Jaar's 'Psychic', a collaboration with guitarist Dave Harrington, is playing in the week leading to its release via his 'serial label', Other People. Alternatively, subscribers to said label can download it right now. Alt-pop approvee Glasser's new build 'Interiors', also released 7 Oct, is previewable c/o the Guardian; whilst toothy rap act Danny Brown's new offering 'Old', which features Purity Ring, A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX and ScHoolboy Q, is on Spotify in advance of its 8 Oct release date for some reason. Hear it here.

Finally, Katy B has taken lots of time making a 'visual' to go with her approved new single, '5am', released 28 Oct, so it's only fair that you go and watch it immediately.

Justin Timberlake adds 2014 dates
Justin Timberlake is taking all two parts of his '20/20 Experience' to his fans 'on the continent', playing a number of European shows in early-ish 2014.

The Britain-based dates, tickets for which will go on public sale on 4 Oct, are thus:

30 Mar: Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
1 Apr London, O2 Arena
4 Apr: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
7 Apr: Manchester, Phones 4u Arena
11 Apr: Birmingham, LG Arena

Stay entertained/inspired in the interim by watching this.

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Gigs & Tours round-up: Taylor Swift, Volcano Choir, Haim, ATP Netil House Takeover
So, Taylor Swift is making like Justin Timberlake and playing a batch of shows in early 2014. Sadly for anyone not based in London, they all are (based in London), at The O2 on 1, 2 and 4 Feb. Listings and links here.

Justin Vernon's post-Bon Iver project Volcano Choir have announced they are going on tour, too, and so will honour UK/Irish bookings at Dublin's Vicar Street (9 Nov), Bristol's O2 Academy (10 Nov) and the Barbican in London on 11 Nov. Meanwhile hear the band's new EP - a series of remixes of 'Comrade', a track featuring on their new LP 'Repave' - here, and read a CMU interview with VC's Chris Rosenau here.

Next, it's Haim time, as the PM's new fave band plan a springtime trip to Britain, mainly to hype their pretty near-perfect new LP 'Days Are Gone', which is released this week. Find confirmation on the live dates, which fall between 4 and 12 Mar, via this flyer.

Lastly yet not leastly, promotions co ATP is hosting a nice array of November-time shows, at London's Netil House. Starting on 18 Nov with a performance by mystery LOOP affiliates Soundheads, there are nine dates in all, featuring the likes of Shellac, Autre Ne Veut, The Haxan Cloak, Wolf People and Beak>. Info's on this page.

YouTube announces music awards thing
Hey, you know how we're always saying that there aren't enough events out there to recognise the most famous and successful of musicians? Well, praise the lord, YouTube has noticed this too, and has announced the launch of the YouTube Music Awards. Now everyone can sleep soundly at night knowing that artists whose videos have been watched millions of times will finally get the recognition they deserve.

Nominations for the awards will open on 17 Oct, ahead of a ceremony on 3 Nov in New York, which will include performances from artists who are otherwise sidelined by the music industry, like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. Filmmaker Spike Jonze will act as Creative Director (whatever that means) and actor Jason Schwartaman will host, while Vice Media and Sunset Lane will executive produce. The people at the Kia Motors Corporation will also sling a load of money at it, out of the goodness of their hearts and a genuine desire to see wealthy musicians get a leg up in this cold, cold world.

But it's YOU, the fucking idiots who make up the general public, that will choose the winners. Oh joy. YouTube's Vice President of Marketing Danielle Tiedt explains: "YouTube is home to both established artists and the next generation of musical talent. From catalysing careers and pop culture phenomena to propelling a song's rise to number on Billboard's Hot 100, our global community's influence is felt across the music industry. We're thrilled to celebrate our fans and the music they love with a whole new kind of awards show - the first-ever YouTube Music Awards - judged by you".

Spike Jonze added: "We're setting out to create a night that's all about making things and creativity in the spirit of everyone that uses YouTube. As well as giving out awards, we'll be making live music videos. The whole night should feel like a YouTube video itself. We're getting together a group of amazing artists and filmmakers to do this live - tune in to see what happens live".

Yeah, really do. Oh, and the Vice President Of Marketing at Kia, Soon-Nam Lee, was allowed to give a quote too. Here's what he said: "The YouTube Music Awards will be a first in digital and music entertainment and Kia is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this event. Digital media has played a pivotal role in how we connect with our customers, and with more consumers going online every day to engage with content, it is only natural that we lead the way with this YouTube sponsorship".

Indeed, it makes total sense that a car company leads the way in sponsoring a thing to do with music videos and the internet, because... YAY! MONEY!

Now, everyone go and think about what you've done.

Cher haunted by Sonny Bono's ghost
Basically, Cher 'Believe(s)' in life after death, claiming that her late ex husband Sonny Bono's ghost fiddles with her light switches from 'beyond the grave'... and why the flip not?

Asked by a fan, via a recent Reddit AMA Q&A, if she was afraid of the spirit world, Cher said: "Absolutely not! I love ghosts. I actually think that Sonny makes a light go on. I have a beautiful chandelier that he makes the light go on when it is impossible, there is no power on. I love ghosts, I prefer ghosts to some people".

So, that's a thing, though I doubt Cher loves ghosts more than Ke$ha does. Head over to the Reddit Q&A if you'd like to read Cher's ghost (and Madonna) stories in greater detail.

 
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