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Friday 11 October 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: One of the torrent sites that lost its dotcom domain this week after the City Of London Police's new IP Crime Unit sent a stern letter to its domain registrar says it is considering legal action to get it back. As previously reported, the recently launched IP Crime Unit has sent letters to a number of domain registrars... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: The clubbing venue under the O2 Dome, now called Building Six and hoping that it’ll be third time lucky, has got a pretty darn good line up this weekend. In room one DJ Fresh and Messy MC top the bill, alongside our host for the evening, the amiable MistaJam. Also on stage will be garage veteran DJ EZ, breaksters Stanton Warriors .... [READ MORE]
BEEF OF THE WEEK: One of the three trillion ways in which pop devils One Direction differ from Leonard Cohen is that, unlike him, they aren't prepared to change the date of one of their shows for any reason, even if the show happens to clash with a holy day. In 1D's case, the religious ceremony in question is the first Holy Communion... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Torrent site could go legal over suspended domain
DEALS Paul Epworth buys The Church Studios
BMG sign Rascal Flatts' DeMarcus
LIVE BUSINESS Music tourists generate £2.2 billion for UK economy, says report
MEDIA NOW TV channel to launch later this month
ARTIST NEWS Kidnapped Spanish band Delorean release statement
RELEASES James Murphy previews David Bowie remix
Gaga adds info, new single, to ARTPOP
GIGS & FESTIVALS Napalm Death find new site for ceramic speakers set
Jonas Bros cancel tour over "creative differences"
Glasser lists live dates
AWARDS Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead in AMA noms
Daltrey to get Outstanding Contribution prize at live industry awards show
AND FINALLY... Petitioners want Wiley statue in East London
CMU Beef Of The Week #177: One Direction v all that is holy
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Torrent site could go legal over suspended domain
One of the torrent sites that lost its dotcom domain this week after the City Of London Police's new IP Crime Unit sent a stern letter to its domain registrar says it is considering legal action to get it back.

As previously reported, the recently launched IP Crime Unit has sent letters to a number of domain registrars which manage the domain listings of file-sharing services. The letter, made public by one of those domain firms, easyDNS, says that the targeted file-sharing sites are likely infringing copyright and breaching the UK Serious Crime Act, and are breaking said registrar's own terms and conditions in doing so. The domain companies are encouraged to repoint the domains used by these sites to a police copyright notice instead.

easyDNS has refused to do so, arguing that only a court of law should be allowed to force a domain name to be blocked in this way. However, a number of other registrars have done as the police letter asked, depriving a number of file-sharing services of their domains (though most have quickly set up alternative domains through which their sites can be accessed). One of the affected sites is ExtraTorrent, whose domain was handled by a company called PDR Ltd.

A rep for the torrent service has told Torrentfreak: "After contacting PDR [when our dotcom domain was suspended] they kept giving us funny replies, but finally gave us a copy of the PDF file sent by the London Police. This was even more funny than the rest of the communications we had with PDR Ltd, because it turned out that the suspension was solely and willfully under the discretion of the registrar and with no legal basis".

The rep went on: "PDR Ltd didn't even think of spending more time on understanding the content of the email sent by London Police. Basically they just got scared and did what was asked of them even with no legal implications indicated by the sender. The police were dictating to registrars what to do and how to do it their way".

It seems likely that if any of targeted torrent sites were taken to the UK courts, the services would be deemed liable for authorising infringement, and an injunction forcing the domain suspension would probably follow. But, as easyDNS says, the City Of London Police themselves don't have that power, hence the carefully worded letter.

ExtraTorrent says it is investigating legal action against PDR Ltd, which would force the domain registrar to demonstrate that the torrent site was indded in breach of its terms and conditions.

Paul Epworth buys The Church Studios
Producer Paul Epworth has bought The Church Studios off David Gray, in so doing saving the historic North London building from Gray's previously reported proposal to turn it into flats and offices.

Gray purchased the studio - which over the years had played host to Bob Dylan, Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine - from Eurythmic (and Spotify advocate) Dave Stewart in 2004, himself recording three LPs there. He then applied to convert it into a residential space on the basis that its facilities had been "rendered obsolete" by new developments in music production technology, but faced opposition from local residents (and the aforementioned Stewart) anxious to preserve the site's creative heritage.

New owner Epworth, who was approached by Gray in a last bid to keep the building a studio, told CMU: "I was as keen as anyone to keep a piece of London recording history running and we finally completed the exchange at the start of October. It's a fantastic place and I intend to refurbish the studio to make it a viable commercial business. I hope we can keep it as a recording studio for the next ten to twenty years with a bit of luck".

Gray adds: "I'm delighted to be handing on this wonderful building in the knowledge that it will remain a vital part of London's ongoing music heritage. I bought the studios as my own personal recording space and at one stage - with the problems in the wider music business - it looked like the chance of selling it on as a working studio were close to zero. I know Paul has lots of plans and I wish him and the studio the very best".


BMG sign Rascal Flatts' DeMarcus
BMG has announced that it has secured a worldwide publishing deal with Jay DeMarcus, one third of massive-selling country group Rascal Flatts. DeMarcus has also enjoyed various successes as a producer in addition to his numerous awards and sales achievements with the Flatts.

Confirming the new deal, Kos Weaver, EVP at BMG Chrysalis Nashville, told CMU: "With his high calibre of talent and numerous accomplishments, we are fortunate to welcome Jay to the BMG family. In addition to being an insanely gifted writer, musician and producer he is also an overall great guy".

While DeMarcus added: "I am so excited to join BMG. They have assembled an incredible team of people and I'm looking forward to working with each one of them; their passion for music and songwriting truly inspires me".

Music tourists generate £2.2billion for UK economy, says report
Music tourists spent £2.2 billion in the UK last year, according to a new report from UK Music and VisitBritain, who are calling on government to do more to capitalise on the country's musical heritage and the continued global success of British music stars, and for regional towns and cities to likewise look to their music links when trying to attract tourists. I'm planning on doing my bit this Christmas by setting up a Harry Styles museum in my mum and dad's shed up there in Holmes Chapel, and then promoting it to 1D fans in China.

According to the 'Wish You Were Here' report, 6.5 million music-loving tourists attended festivals or gigs in the UK last year, spending £2.2 billion in the process. And while a sizable chunk of that spending went on tickets, transport and accommodation, other businesses benefited too from music fans as they traveled around the country. The report also reckons that those visitors classified as 'music tourists' spent more while in the country, with those here to attend music festivals spending on average £910 during their trip, compared to the usual average tourist spend of £600 (I bet the other £310 went on beer).

Commenting on the report, VisitBritain CEO Sandie Dawe told reporters: "This report confirms that the UK's music scene has significant international appeal and that music tourists spend lots of money and travel across the whole of Britain. This will act as a catalyst for us all to ramp up our activity and forge better relationships with festival organisers, promoters, venues and producers to raise awareness of our amazing music scene across the world".

And at least paying lip service to the report and its recommendations on behalf of the government, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Music is without question an essential element of Britain's tourism appeal, and it is this ability of the UK's music industry to attract tourists from near and far to our shores that is celebrated in this report".

NOW TV channel to launch later this month
"The most successful hits brand in the world" says the press release, so that's definitely a fact, is coming to a TV set near you this month. Providing your TV set is plugged into a Sky or FreeSat receiver. Yes, on 23 Oct NOW That's What I Call Music TV will go live.

Which means that the world's biggest music content companies - Universal Music and Sony Music - having done their best to dominate music video on the internet through their Vevo joint venture, are now trying to takeover music video TV too, they being the owners of the Now franchise, of course, since Sony acquired EMI's slice of the classic compo brand earlier this year.

All they need to do now is launch their own iTunes rival and all of us who laughed at the majors for trying to control the digital music experience in the early days of the web - "just make the music and let others deliver it to the fans" we said - may have to eat our hats. Or something like that.

Though anyone concerned about Universal and Sony getting even more powerful in the music delivery space, the new Now TV channel will find itself competing with Vevo's growing TV-based services, and just because the two brands have common ownership, that probably won't stop them trying to get one up on the other.

Universal affiliates All Around The World, which already runs music TV channels like Clubland TV and Planet Pop, will actually operate the new service, which will be listed on the Sky EPG as NOW Music, except from 22 Nov to 27 Dec when it will become NOW Christmas playing Mariah Carey and Shakin Stevens on a loop.

Confirming the latest spin off from the NOW franchise, Steve Pritchard, Joint MD for the brand, said: "It's a perfect time for us to be doing this. The NOW generation is the one that corresponds almost exactly with the advent of the music video".

Meanwhile All Around The World TV's COO Simon Sadler added: "A NOW Music TV channel is such an obvious and exciting idea and when better to go for it than by launching just ahead of the year's biggest NOW album, on the back of one of the biggest NOW summer albums ever. It's also a great opportunity to utilise one of the most recognisable Christmas brands in the UK".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: MistaJam presents Speakerbox at Building Six
The clubbing venue under the O2 Dome, now called Building Six and hoping that it’ll be third time lucky, has got a pretty darn good line up this weekend. In room one DJ Fresh and Messy MC top the bill, alongside our host for the evening, the amiable MistaJam. Also on stage will be garage veteran DJ EZ, breaksters Stanton Warriors and jungle legend Shy FX. Which is a very fine line-up in itself, but room two also boasts some good hitters, with Ray Foxx, Josh Butler, DEVolution, SecondCity, Issac Christopher and Bitr8. Despite past struggles to make this space work commercially, this is actually one of the capital’s better clubbing venues, and this weekend’s line up should put it to good effect.

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Kidnapped Spanish band Delorean release statement
Spanish act Delorean have released a statement on the strange case of their recent kidnapping in Mexico City. The band, who were freed earlier this week and are safe and well, say they were held against their will while in the Mexican capital, threatened, and tricked into thinking that they and their relatives were in greater danger than they really were.

Whilst the exact details of what happened are still unclear, the band have explained the incident in part, writing: "On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a security threat at the hotel".

"What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza , Interpol and the Federal Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning".

"While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travelers do not fall victim in the future".

"This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our lives".

James Murphy previews David Bowie remix
Busy LCD bee James Murphy has let slip his lengthy 'Hello Steve Reich Mix' (so titled because it references US composer Reich's 'Clapping Music') of David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost'.

Whilst premiering it via BBC 6music recently, Murphy said: "Any remix I've done I almost never use any of the original music. The challenge for me is to create a new track that serves the vocal in a different way but doesn't make the vocal seem pasted on. It's been many years since I've done a remix, so no matter who it was for I would've been stressed out".

Released as a piece of Bowie's three-disc 'The Next Day' extension on 4 Nov, the mix clocks in at 10 minutes, so spend that on listening to it via Consequence Of Sound, if you will:


Gaga adds info, new single, to ARTPOP
Lady Gaga yesterday shared the tracklisting to her new LP 'ARTPOP' via a typically grand reveal, letting a pack of LA-based Little Monsters tweet 'fan art' they'd made to represent each song title.

The album features guest MC's TI, Twista and Too $hort on 'Jewels N Drugs', and R Kelly singing as he pleases on 'Do What U Want'. Single release 'Applause' is also on there, obviously, as is just revealed track 'Aura'.

Feel free to check the latter track's new lyric clip in a sec, but first please be aware that it's not the next single. That, Gaga also revealed yesterday, will be 'Venus' (released 27 Oct). She confirmed that fact last night only on the condition that fans guess its name and 'get it trending' on Twitter. Cool move.

Napalm Death find new site for ceramic speakers set
So, Napalm Death's cancelled 'handle with care' performance - the band's fragile collaboration with ceramics artist Keith Harrison - has been given a new lease of life, finding a new site at Bexhill-On-Sea's De La Warr Pavilion.

The one-off show was meant to take place at London's V&A back in March, but didn't do so ultimately over fears it'd be too noisy, and damage the V&A's "historic fabric".

It will now go on as originally planned but on 29 Nov, with ND amplifying their set via a clay and ceramic PA system that's designed to crack as they play, made by Harrison. Tickets will be free, and presumably very much in demand, though fans who fail to get them will still be able to see the event via a live stream on the De La Warr Pavilion website.

Explaining things in greater detail, Harrison says: "Napalm was my band of choice, they really understood the project. We needed a group with a lot of attitude to show the power of sound and the energy it has to destroy. It's interesting to see how electrical power can change material, like clay. It can warm it up, break it down or completely change its state, which means the gig will be both visually and aurally entertaining".

Napalm Death's Mark Greenway adds: "Sound as a weapon - or a weapon of change - is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating".


Jonas Bros cancel tour over "creative differences"
The Jonas Brothers have cancelled a planned US tour at the last minute because of "creative differences". The cancellation of the 19 shows came pretty much out of the blue, because the Brothers themselves were still tweeting about the tour earlier this week encouraging fans to buy tickets.

The group hasn't released an album since 2009, though there was some new material earlier this year ahead of the planned tour. It's not clear if the "creative differences" preventing the group from performing live will also stop any plans for a new long player, though speculation is now rife that this is basically the outfit splitting for good.


Glasser lists live dates
Infinitely approveable alt pop architect Glasser, aka Cameron Mesirow, will build on her sublime new LP 'Interiors' by touring it a bit around ol Europe.

Said tour includes but a single UK date, at London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 25 Nov, so there you go. And on the subject of 'Interiors', this is the new video for one of its inner singles, 'Design'.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead in AMA noms
So, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have the most nominations in this year's American Music Awards, the US industry's big public-voted awards event.

The hip hop duo have six nominations in the AMA shortlists, ahead of Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake who are each up for five prizes. Rihanna, Florida Georgia Line and Robin Thicke each get four noms.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for the flagship Artist Of The Year category, against Swift, Timberlake, Rihanna and Bruno Mars, while the other shortlists they appear on include Single Of The Year, New Artist Of The Year, Favourite Pop/Rock Group, Favourite Rap/Hip Hop Artist and Favourite Rap/Hip Hop Album.

The full nomination lists are online here.


Daltrey to get Outstanding Contribution prize at live industry awards show
Roger Daltrey will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Live UK Music Business Awards in London next week, which take place alongside the Live UK Summit conference at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel next Thursday.

The prize is in part in recognition at The Who man's role in fund-raising for the Teenage Cancer Trust, in particular via the annual concerts staged in aid of the charity at the Royal Albert Hall each Spring.

A statement from the awards' organisers notes: "The success of The Who worldwide coupled with his work for teenage cancer sufferers makes Roger Daltrey a most worthy recipient of this award".

More on the awards show here:

Petitioners want Wiley statue in East London
Rinse FM DJ Julie Adenuga has set up an online petition requesting that Tower Hamlets Council recognise the many undeniable contributions of East London's very own grime meister by erected a life-size statue of Wiley in Mile End Park.

The DJ told NME: "For me Wiley is a representation of the world I've grown up in. A positive, humorous and honest representation of my generation. Bearing in mind he's nine years my senior, you can imagine the people older and younger than me who he is also relevant and significant to. A statue to celebrate his achievements and further inspire a generation just seems like the right thing to do. We shouldn't wait for people to die before we celebrate their life".

The online petition currently has 2133 virtual signatures, with organisers hoping to get 3000 supporters to persuade Tower Hamlets councillors to put the proposition on their agenda for consideration. Though I'm thinking of setting up a rival petition for a statue of the grime star to be erected in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth. Because I know the people there have very special memories of the time Wiley paid them a visit.


CMU Beef Of The Week #177: One Direction v all that is holy
One of the three trillion ways in which pop devils One Direction differ from Leonard Cohen is that, unlike him, they aren't prepared to change the date of one of their shows for any reason, even if the show happens to clash with a holy day.

In 1D's case, the religious ceremony in question is the first Holy Communion of a group of Limerick school children, which, it's been discovered, falls on the same evening as One Direction's May 2014 concert in Dublin. Perhaps this clash explains the slightly 'biblical' plague of snakes ringing the boys' hotel the other day, who can say?

The scheduling conflict led to a number of parents of Year Two pupils at the Raheen Galescoil in Limerick, whose offspring all had tickets to see 1D play live at Dublin's Croke Park on 24 May, to request that the Communion be moved so they could still attend the show. The Irish Independent newspaper reports that the request led to an "extremely heated" debate at the school earlier this week, where other parents reacted angrily to the proposal by the 1D-loving-children's guardians. God should come before One Direction, you see.

"A lot of parents, who had no problem with the [communion] date, contacted the school subsequently to express their outrage at the (perceived) disrespect shown to the blessed sacrament", a school source confirmed to the paper, whilst an official school spokesperson added: "Staff, parents and children of Gaelscoil an Raithin look forward to preparing for this very special celebration [I'm assuming they mean the Communion, not the 1D show] next May".

Harry Styles and The Pope are yet to comment, so I guess the score is Catholicism: one, 1D: nil. Though saying that, 1D now have their own special day to celebrate their existence, whereas God mainly relies on celebrations of his son to stop the world in its tracks. So I'll call it a draw.

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