An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 23 October 2013

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As Apple was yesterday busy showing off its latest tablets, demoing the revamped GarageBand and bragging about its iTunes Radio sign-ups (the total number of users since US launch a month ago are impressive, average listening hours possibly less so, as MusicAlly notes), the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: London trio Shopping first took a trip to release-ville with their 'In Other Words' EP, a tight, A-side/B-side unit with a title riff - something like The Slits spliced with Devo, only not quite like either one - to die for. They've since been trolleying about on tour pretty much non-stop, the motive being to sell their new LP... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES ERA supports HMV in Apple squabble
Music Finland confirmed as lead international partner for The Great Escape
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LEGAL isoHunt goes offline early
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DEALS Warner/Chappell signs Slash
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS PPL announces performer meeting, election of new director
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BRANDS & MERCH Perry panned for peddling Pepsi
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES PirateBrowser downloaded a million times
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MEDIA BBC 6music to uncover 'lost' Bowie show
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Music PR Stuart Emery dies
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OBITUARIES Noel Harrison 1934-2013
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ARTIST NEWS Courtney Love memoir still a thing
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RELEASES Alcopop! releasing compilation on a bike
Release round-up: Omar Soleyman video, new Young Fathers LP, plus John Talabot and Jake Bugg
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & tours round-up: Dolly Parton, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Architects
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AWARDS Q Awards presented
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AND FINALLY... 33 year-old songwriter spends £60k on becoming Bieber clone
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ERA supports HMV in Apple squabble
As Apple was yesterday busy showing off its latest tablets, demoing the revamped GarageBand and bragging about its iTunes Radio sign-ups (the total number of users since US launch a month ago are impressive, average listening hours possibly less so, as MusicAlly notes), the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association was issuing a statement in support of HMV in its previously reported squabble with the tech giant over its new download service.

The all-new HMV launched its all-new download service last week, the retailer's first digital venture since the firm was bought out of administration by Hilco earlier this year. A mobile-centric set-up, key to the operation are its proprietary Android and Apple apps. The latter was unusual in that it allowed users to buy and download tracks almost within the app, with the transaction bit handled via the mobile web.

This seemed to violate Apple's app rules, which ban transactions that cut it out of the process, but HMV insisted that its app had nevertheless been approved by the iPhone maker. Which it had, except Apple app checkers hadn't noticed the external transaction element and, with approval still subject to all app rules being obeyed, after launch the tech firm ordered that functionality be removed, and suspended the HMV app from its store while the amends were being made.

Hilco and HMV boss Paul McGowan wasn't impressed, telling reporters: "It is disappointing that Apple has chosen to suspend an app that has proven to be very successful in only a few short days despite Apple having already approved the exact same version on 15th September. We are unable to explain the change in Apple's position as we have been given no explanation by them as to any difference they view between the approved version and the one suspended".

While McGowan's criticism focused on Apple approving and then unapproving his company's app (Apple would likely say the app maker is still responsible for ensuring all the rules are followed, even if approval is given), the squabble has raised the wider issue of the limitations the tech firm puts on entertainment retailers trying to sell products and services via its mobile devices, limitations that exist in no small part to protect Apple's own entertainment retail operations through the iTunes store.

In its statement, ERA, which counts HMV as a member, but not market leading download seller iTunes, said last night: "The dispute between HMV and iTunes highlights, we believe, serious issues of competition in the digital entertainment world".

It went on: "iTunes is by far the dominant player in music downloads with a marketshare estimated to be over 70%, but just as importantly it also maintains an iron grip on access to the hugely powerful iPhone/iPad platform, which effectively hinders competitors from reaching millions of consumers and stands in the way of innovation. With market power comes responsibility and we urge iTunes to act responsibly and allow the development of a free market in music online".

It's not the first time Apple's control over other retailers and digital service providers trying to reach consumers using its devices has been raised, of course, with competitors and policy makers having previously discussed the issue in both Europe and America. Though, unless someone is prepared to go legal over the matter, or a sufficient number of operators are willing to boycott the iOS ecosystem to force Apple's hand, you don't sense the tech company currently feels any need to respond to its critics in this domain.

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Music Finland confirmed as lead international partner for The Great Escape
The Great Escape has announced that Finland will be the featured country at its 2014 edition, which will take place in Brighton next year from 8-10 May.

Although artists and industry professionals from countless countries are represented at TGE each year, the showcase festival and music business convention always has one lead international partner, with a specific spotlight thrown onto that partner's region. And in 2014 that partner will be Music Finland, a new organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and the success of Finnish music.

Confirming the alliance, TGE MD Kat Morris told CMU: "As we begin to approach TGE 2014 our ninth Great Escape, we are truly delighted to announce Finland as our lead international partner. Over the years Finnish artists have become a prominent and highly anticipated fixture in our line up and we feel the time is right to thrust the Finnish music industry into the spotlight like never before at The Great Escape. We can't wait".

Meanwhile Music Finland's Project Manager Riku Salomaa added: "We are proud to be the lead country at The Great Escape in 2014. The Finnish music industry has actively created connections and built awareness in the UK over the years, and in the last two years the UK has been the focus country for the exports of Finnish music".

"With more than 60 Finnish artists, songwriters, composers and music products introduced to the UK market and gathering wide press coverage in British media, the results have truly been great. With this in mind, we feel it is the right time for us to partner with the biggest industry event in the UK and showcase the wide variety of talented Finnish acts to the international music industry family".

Super early bird tickets for TGE have now sold out, but early bird delegate tickets are available for £145 from this link.

isoHunt goes offline early
File-sharing site isoHunt went offline ahead of schedule earlier this week, seemingly to prevent the Archive Team project from grabbing a complete back-up of the controversial website.

As previously reported, it was announced last week that isoHunt founder Gary Fung had finally thrown in the towel after years of legal battling with the entertainment industry, and had agreed to pay the US movie business $110 million in damages for enabling copyright infringement and to take his site offline.

The deadline for doing so was last night, but the site actually went dead on Monday morning, seemingly to stop the Archive Team's back-up efforts. It also gave Fung an opportunity to leave his service's users with a parting message, in which he pointed out the vast majority of the BitTorrent links stored on his site were available elsewhere anyway, via other torrent services and through Google.

Fung wrote: "This is it. We are shutting down isoHunt services a little early. I'm told there was this internet archival team that wants to make historical copy of our .torrent files. I'm honored that people think our site is worthy of historical preservation. But the truth is about 95 percent of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrent sites in the first place".

"So I might as well do a proper send-off to you dear isoHunt users, before final shutdown sequence on Tuesday. It's been an adventure in the last 10.5 years working on isoHunt, a privilege working with some of the smartest guys I've worked with, and my life won't be the same without this journey. For what I'm working on next, please look up my blog on Google and follow me there. Because as the Terminator would say with a German [actually Austrian] accent, 'I'll be baaaack'".

A spokesman for Archive Team told Torrentfreak that they were actually interested in backing up meta data and comments from the isoHunt servers rather than the BitTorrent links themselves, adding: "[Although] I'm disappointed to see that we didn't manage to archive all of isoHunt ... I am quite happy to see how many people helped out, and what kind of a result it has had. 29 million IDs checked in roughly two days is still incredible".

Although the music and movie industry's long-running isoHunt legal battle is now nearing its end (Hollywood led in the US courts, though the Canadian music industry was also battling Fung), the isoHunt man's closing remarks will likely add to the entertainment business's resolve that Google should now be doing more to ensure its search engine is not a hotbed of links to copyright infringing content.

Warner/Chappell signs Slash
Warner/Chappell yesterday announced a new worldwide deal with Slash, through which Warner's music publishing division will administrate all of the guitarist's future works, and most of his catalogue to date.

Confirming the new deal, Slash told CMU: "Warner/Chappell is great at what they do, and I know that many of my friends and colleagues rely on them for their ability to navigate the world of publishing. I'm very happy about this partnership and look forward to exploring new avenues with them".

Meanwhile Warner/Chappell chief Cameron Strang added: "For the past quarter century, Slash's signature sound has been a commanding presence across the rock landscape, and he stands among the most innovative and influential artists of our generation. As both a musician's musician and a great songwriter, his expansive talent is remarkable in its creativity and impact. We are thrilled to welcome Slash into the Warner/Chappell family, and we look forward to working together to find new commercial and creative opportunities for his exceptional body of work".

PPL announces performer meeting, election of new director
The UK record industry's collecting organisation PPL has announced that its Annual Performer Meeting, the annual gathering for the society's recording artist and producer members, will take place at the Royal Institute Of British Architects in London on 27 Nov.

As usual, the meeting will include the election of a new performer director for the organisation, though this time two such directors will actually be appointed, after the creation of an additional performer director post earlier this year.

Since merging with the collecting organisations that represented individual recording artists, as opposed to record labels, in 2006, PPL has had four performer directors, two elected by performer members, and the other two appointed by the Musicians' Union and actors union Equity respectively. The third elected performer director will take the total to five.

In line with its constitution, current performer director Mark Kelly will stand down at the APM, although he plans to restand for one of the two positions that will then be elected.

Commenting on all this, Gerald Newson, Chairman of the PPL Performer Board, told CMU: "After many healthy discussions, it has been agreed that the constitution of the PPL main board will change to allow a further elected Featured Performer Director to sit on the board. We have worked towards this over the years and are now in a good position to represent even better record companies and performers in respect of the rights that PPL manages on their behalf".

Perry panned for peddling Pepsi
While pop stars with a young fanbase might think twice before allying with an alcohol brand, taking the dollar of a fizzy drink product probably hasn't been considered too controversial in the past. But America's Center For Science In The Public Interest, working with a number of other US consumer groups, is trying to change that.

The campaigners have taken out an ad in Variety to make a public plea to Katy Perry to stop working with fizzy drink makers on the basis she is encouraging her young, impressionable fans to consume the sugary-syrup-in-a-can that is, the campaigners argue, contributing to rising obesity amongst young Americans and probably keeping dentists busy too.

Perry has been picked for the open letter because of her recent alliance with Pepsi, even though she's never had a formal endorsement deal with the drink. But Perry has been linked to the brand through an awards show and movie promotion, which is enough for the Center For Science In The Public Interest et al.

Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center, says: "It's a sad story that some of the best-known celebrities in the country are encouraging their young audiences to drink beverages that are bad for their health. We're focusing on Katy because she's so popular with young people".

Meanwhile the open letter tells Perry: "Being popular among children brings with it an enormous responsibility. Don't exploit that popularity by marketing a product that causes disease in your fans".

Perry is yet to respond to the campaign, but a spokeswoman for Pepsi denied that its past links with Perry constituted an effort to sell their product direct to children. The firm's Andrea Foote told reporters: "We have a long history of responsible advertising and marketing practices, including a commitment to not direct our advertising to audiences comprised predominantly of children under twelve".

PirateBrowser downloaded a million times
The Pirate Bay has announced that its previously reported PirateBrowser software, launched to coincide with the controversial file-sharing site's tenth anniversary in August, has now been downloaded a million times. According to TorrentFreak, now about 0.5% of people visiting the Bay do so using the tool.

PirateBrowser is designed to circumvent the web-blocks that have been instigated in various countries, including the UK, where internet service providers are forced to stop their customers from accessing the file-sharing service via its usual domains.

As previously noted, numerous proxy sites exist to help the customers of web-blocking ISPs to still access the Bay, but PirateBrowser saves file-sharers the (very moderate) hassle of having to seek one out, by automatically routing them around any blockades.

A spokesman for the Bay told TorrentFreak: "I guess that a lot of people want to see the websites their governments and courts are trying to hide from them".

BBC 6music to uncover 'lost' Bowie show
A long-lost 'mock radio show' hosted by David Bowie, dating back to 1973, will air in five parts via BBC 6music today. Originally made as a promotional tool for Bowie's covers LP, 'Pin-Ups', the programme finds him playing five tracks by other artists (all featuring on the 'Pin-Ups' tracklisting - amongst those The Pretty Things' 'Rosalyn', The Yardbirds' 'I Wish You Would' and The Who's 'I Can't Explain').

Nigel Reeve, guardian of the Bowie archive, who discovered the broadcast, says: "It was in an old tape vault with simply the words 'Radio Show' written on it. This is such a rare find. No one knew of its existence, apart from David and Ken [Scott, Bowie's one-time producer]. To play it for the first time was quite simply a jaw-dropping moment".

6music Editor James Stirling adds: "As a network showcasing music of alternative spirit, David Bowie is at our core. It's fantastic that our listeners will have the opportunity to hear this radio show for the first time ever".

Listen to the show throughout the day via the 6music site.

Music PR Stuart Emery dies
Music promotions veteran Stuart Emery has died suddenly after suffering heart failure aged 50, it has been confirmed.

Emery, who started out in radio promotions at Phonogram, before moving to Columbia Records and later into the agency domain via his partnership with Amanda Beel, Absolute Promotions, had worked with countless artists over his thirty year career, and enjoyed great relationships with key players across the TV and radio sectors. Since 2004 he ran his own company Large PR.

Amongst those paying tribute to Emery this week has been his former business Beel, who told Music Week: "We've been close friends and colleagues for 30 years. He was loyal, honest, straight-talking, fun and loveable. I am going to miss him so terribly".

Noel Harrison 1934-2013
Oscar-winning singer Noel Harrison, the voice of 'Windmills Of Your Mind', died of a heart attack at his home in Devon last week. He was 79.

The son of actor Rex Harrison and the first of his six wives Collette Thomas, Harrison Jr recorded 'Windmills' in 1968 for the score to the movie 'The Thomas Crown Affair'. The song won him, its composer Michel Legrand, and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, an Academy Award for Best Original Song that same year.

A former British Olympic champion in giant slalom ski-racing, this in 1953, his career post-'Windmills' saw him star in American TV series 'The Girl From UNCLE', and release notable hit singles like 'A Young Girl', and a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne'. He also wrote 'Adieu, Jacques', a one-man musical in homage to French singer Jacques Brel, in the 1980s.

Harrison passed away in the night on Saturday, having played his last live set at a local village hall hours earlier. His wife, Lori Chapman, tells The Telegraph the show was "extremely successful", adding: "Noel will be loved and missed by more people than I ever knew". Harrison leaves behind five children and four grandchildren.

  Approved: Shopping
London trio Shopping first took a trip to release-ville with their 'In Other Words' EP, a tight, A-side/B-side unit with a title riff - something like The Slits spliced with Devo, only not quite like either one - to die for.

They've since been trolleying about on tour pretty much non-stop, the motive being to sell their new LP 'Consumer Complaints', due on 4 Nov via MÏLK Records, to the people.

With lots of shows still to get through between now and then, not to mention a big, BYO-effigy bonfire burn-up somewhere in London on 5 Nov, the band have released a new track to celebrate... well, the LP, and themselves.

So stream 'Long Way Home' here.
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Courtney Love memoir still a thing
So, Courtney Love's previously reported memoir is coming, and I wouldn't bother trying to stop, or run from it. Unless you're Trent Reznor or Billy Corgan.

Now listed on Amazon with a working title of... actually, it's 'Untitled', the book is due to be published on 1 Dec, making it the ideal Christmas gift for fans of "brutally honest, funny and insightful" life stories. And who isn't?

A rep at its printers Macmillan bills it so: "Nothing is off limits, not her relationship with Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, nor her engagement to Ed Norton. While she doesn't shy away from tales of excess, Courtney also goes deeper, offering unique insights into the modern rock culture she helped shape".

Alcopop! releasing compilation on a bike
Well Christ (were Christ a rock compilation LP) on a bike! Clearly still a bit light-headed from their 'Best Small Label' win at this year's AIM Awards, Alcopop! Records have decided their next 'Alcopopular' compilation, 'Highway To The Velodrome', will be released along with its own custom-built cycle, designed by Mango Bikes.

It's priced at £300, and will wheel in on 25 Nov with an accompanying disc featuring tracks by Alcopop!-approved acts like Gnarwolves, Playlounge, Radstewart, Throwing Up and Crushed Beaks. Fans unable to part with £300 can instead get the 'Highway' set by itself, either digitally or on CD, for a lot less.

Alcopop! Co-boss Jack Clothier says: "Creativity has always been a big part of the indie industry, and we were really keen to do something big with our latest 'Alcopopular' compilation, where we can do something eye-catching without really worrying about conventional release rack space. We've put together a line up of awesome of bands and friends which we're super proud of, and I'm hoping that the compilation will go down nicely".

Find details and order links here, and a tracklisting here:

Max Raptor - The King is Dead
Gnarwolves - Tongue Surfer
Jaws - Toucan Surf
Playlounge - Cream Soda
The Wytches - Digsaw
Night Engine - Seventeen
Radstewart - Arabesque Bedouin
The Spills - Friends With Girls
Axes - Wet Wet Wet Wet
Throwing Up - Toothache
Birdskulls - Sand Smiles
Menace Beach - Tastes Like Medicine
Crushed Beaks - Grim
Pet Moon - Ganger

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Release round-up: Omar Soleyman video, new Young Fathers LP, plus John Talabot and Jake Bugg
Syrian singstar Omar Souleyman kicks off today's release highlights in style with the surreal new clip signifying his track 'Warni Warni', which is taken from his Four Tet-mixed new LP, 'Wenu Wenu'. Tune in (tune in) here.

Passing on the baton to Scottish alt-rap mans Young Fathers (the band, that is) now, and the news that they've already set the date for a new album, despite only releasing one in 'Tape Two' earlier this year. The new set, 'DEAD', will be available via Big Dada/Anticon on 3 Feb 2014. Its lead track, 'LOW', is streaming in the meantime, right here.

Closing us out it's folk songwriter and all-round man-of-the-world Jake Bugg, who has a new promo out, directed by Shane Meadows, for his truly gritty new single 'Slumville Sunrise'. It features Elvis, a shell-suit, and some very fine acting, so watch it as prep for the 18 Nov release of Jake's new LP, 'Shangri La', here.

Gigs & tours round-up: Dolly Parton, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Architects
Despite being involved in a "fender bender" earlier in the week, in which she sustained minor injuries, the show, or shows, must go on for Dolly Parton, who's just announced a world tour. Its UK portion will begin on 8 Jun 2014 at Liverpool's Echo Arena, and continue on till 27 Jun and a London stop-in at The O2. Find full listings and a terrifying picture here.

And what do you know, folk ensemble Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros are touring in 2014 too, visiting Glasgow's ABC (6 Feb), Dublin's Olympia Theatre (8 Feb) and London's Brixton Academy (11 Feb) in support of the LP with which they share their moniker. Info on all the dates is at this page.

Add to that the five shows Epitaph Records' newest signings, metalcore band Architects, are playing between 7 Mar and 14 Mar 2014, and that's a nice lot of live activity to fill those gig diaries with. Not that anyone has a 'gig diary'. Anyway, bye!

Q Awards presented
So, there's been rather a lot of award things going on of late haven't there? And earlier this week Q magazine got about dishing out its annual awards. And look here are the winners...

Best Track: Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Best Album: Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Best Video: Manic Street Preachers - Show Me The Wonder

Best New Act: Jake Bugg
Best Solo Act: Ellie Goulding
Best Live Act: Foals
Best Event: Glastonbury Festival
Best Act In The World Today: Vampire Weekend

Classic Album: Happy Mondays - Bummed
Poet Laureate: John Cooper Clarke
Classic Songwriter: Chrissie Hynde
Spirit Of Independence: Belle And Sebastian
Q Icon: Suede
Q Idol: Robbie Williams
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Pet Shop Boys

Q's Senior Editor Matt Mason told reporters: "We keep being told that these are tough times for the industry, but the evidence here suggests the opposite. We're particularly delighted to salute evergreen artists such as Robbie, the Pet Shop Boys and Suede, who've all made excellent new music over the last twelve months. They're brilliant reminders of the enduring power of the great British pop act".

Meanwhile newly appointed Idol Robbie Williams joked of the Q awards bash, "of all the made-up awards to get a celebrity to an awards show, this is definitely one of them". And ain't that the truth?

33 year-old songwriter spends £60k on becoming Bieber clone
A 33 year-old man named Toby Sheldon claims to have spent nearly £60k on plastic surgery to make him look like Justin Bieber. Yes, this Justin Bieber.

Apparently an aspiring songwriter based in LA, Sheldon says via Closer: "My friends shower me with compliments. They even call me Toby Bieber".

Erm? Say hi to Toby Bieber here.

 
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