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Friday 1 November 2013

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So when I went to update the apps on my iPhone last night the latest changes to the Twitter app promised an enhanced timeline, the iPlayer upgrade provided a "facelift", and Netflix changes merely addressed some bugs. And the latest upgrade to the HMV download app? "Download buttons removed". Exciting times. Yes, HMV's proprietary app has been refreshed in order to comply... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A quality night of electronic music over in West London this Saturday, featuring waver makers Waze & Odyssey, Gilles Peterson fave Pedestrian, Krankbrother, Real nice and the Menendez Bros boys. Continuing its aim of breaking the west side of the capital free of its mainstream chains, Ritual also sets itself apart with a strong visual identity once you're through the door - be prepared for... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Just because Kanye West hired a baseball stadium to propose to Kim Kardashian last month, that doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be very private moment for the celebrity couple. Well, other than all the friends and family members who were invited along for the ride. And now Chad Hurley, a founder of YouTube who is these days busy trying to get his latest start-up, Vine/Instagram competitor... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Cut back HMV app available in Apple store
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LEGAL Copyright extension specifics announced
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DEALS Polydor reportedly drops MKS
Bicycle buys Wind-Up catalogue
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony Corp revises profit projections after tricky quarter
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LIVE BUSINESS SFX acquires Totem OneLive Group
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify announces Tango alliance
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MEDIA Vice and Pulse form alliance
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ARTIST NEWS One Direction top list of Twitter's 'most influential' users
Fred Durst developing new TV show
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RELEASES Release round-up: Eminem, Dum Dum Girls, Foxes and Julianna Barwick
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Leona, Eliza Doolittle to sing at Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on
Gigs & Tours round-up: Xfm Winter Wonderland, Fat White Family and Dum Dum Girls
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AWARDS Popjustice and Drowned In Sound bestow alt-Mercury prizes
2014 GIT Award launches
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #180: Kanye & Kim v Chad
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We are recruiting for a Sales & Production Co-ordinator to join this fast-paced & dynamic sales team. You will assist in the day to day smooth running of this department by co-ordinating the production, manufacturing and distribution process for physical releases. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and must be able to build strong relationships with our physical distributon partner, manufacturing partners and internal Product Managers.

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INGROOVES - DIGITAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER
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Cut back HMV app available in Apple store
So when I went to update the apps on my iPhone last night the latest changes to the Twitter app promised an enhanced timeline, the iPlayer upgrade provided a "facelift", and Netflix changes merely addressed some bugs. And the latest upgrade to the HMV download app? "Download buttons removed". Exciting times.

Yes, HMV's proprietary app has been refreshed in order to comply with the laws of Apple, removing the bit of functionality that allows users to actually buy and download music, because that involved the entertainment retailer taking money outside the app interface, which breaches Apple's app rules (mainly because it excludes the tech giant from the transaction process, depriving Apple of a cut).

As previously reported, the all-new HMV launched its first digital play last month, with a mobile-centric service designed to encourage customers to access the firm's digital platform while inside their high street stores. At the core of it all is a bespoke Android app, though not wanting to exclude iPhone users an iOS version of said app was also available.

And while not as sophisticated as its Android counterpart, it did include the proprietary download transaction element, a first for a third party iOS music app, though mainly because all of HMV's rivals followed the aforementioned Apple rules which ban such functionality. Though, as HMV continues to point out, Apple did initially approve the retailer's app, though quickly changed its mind once it realised the transactional bit was in there.

That resulted in HMV's iOS app being removed from the Apple store within days of it going live. The above mentioned update, removing the download bit of the operation, means the app can now return to Apple's app shop. The two key gimmicks of the app - sound and visual recognition tools - remain, and iPhone-using customers can still buy tracks from HMV via their phone, they just have to close the app and logon to the retailer's mobile website to do so (a service initially set up to service Blackberry and Microsoft phone users).

Confirming all this, the new HMV's digital man James Coughlan told CMU: "We've had an extremely positive response since the launch of our new digital download products and the news today confirms that iOS users can continue to enjoy the HMV image and sound search features that everyone is talking about!"

Meanwhile the boss of Hilco, which bought HMV out of administration earlier this year, Paul McGowan, said: "Whilst it is disappointing that direct purchases cannot be made in the app, Apple device users have a very simple and straightforward process through Safari to continue to purchase through HMV and to then listen to their tracks on their Apple device. This is a strong compromise position for HMV and we look forward to Apple device owners once again buying and enjoying their digital music through HMV".

Copyright extension specifics announced
And so the copyright in sound recordings in the UK now runs for 70 years, people. Rather than the 50 years that was previously the rule.

As much previously reported, the UK record industry lobbied hard for years to get the copyright term enjoyed by sound recordings increased, wary that the still incredibly lucrative sixties catalogue would soon be out of copyright, meaning anyone could copy, distribute or adapt the records without getting permission or paying a fee to the record industry.

The labels argued that it was unfair that the sound recording copyright in the US runs for 95 years, especially as the music business becomes increasingly global. Also songwriters and their publishers enjoy a much longer copyright term, because the copyrights in lyrics and musical composition run for the life of the creator plus seventy years.

And sound recording copyrights expiring at 50 years affects aging musicians as well as labels, the corporates pointed out, because of a neighbouring right under European copyright law that gives recording artists a small cut of public performance royalties generated by records on which they worked, oblivious of their contracts with the label who released the track.

Mainly because of the latter argument, the UK government came out in favour of copyright extension in 2009, though it took two more years to persuade the rest of the European Union (copyright terms have to be consistent across the EU). But in 2011 a European Directive was passed, and every country in the union was told to increase their recording copyright terms by today.

Because many politicians agreed to the extension because of the benefits to musicians rather than labels (even though labels will benefit the most), the Directive requested that each country introduce measures to ensure artists got some extra kick backs during the extra 20 years of copyright protection. The specifics of those kick backs in the UK have been in development for most of the year, and this morning the Intellectual Property Office announced the following initiatives...

- A "session fund" paying many performers (such as session musicians) 20% of revenues from sales of their recordings.

- A "clean slate" provision, whereby a producer may not make deductions from payments to performers (such as advances of royalties) from publication of a recording.

- A "use it or lose it" clause - which allows performers and musicians to claim back their performance rights in sound recordings if they are not being commercially exploited.

Confirming the new measures, IP Minister James Younger told CMU: "The new rules bring lasting benefits for our world class recording artists. These changes demonstrate the government's ongoing commitment to, and support for, our creative industries - who are worth billions to our economy. Artists who performed on sound recordings will benefit from this extension of copyright protection from 50 to 70 years. The changes should help ensure that musicians are rewarded for their creativity and hard work throughout their careers".

Meanwhile Jo Dipple of cross-industry trade body UK Music said: "UK Music welcomes today's announcement on extending the term of copyright for sound recordings. We are pleased that the government is implementing changes that acknowledge the importance of copyright to performers and record companies. This change will mean creators can rightfully continue to make a living from their intellectual property and works".

As previously reported, although most of the really profitable catalogues of British rock music will now get an extra 20 years of copyright protection, The Beatles' first record 'Love Me Do' fell out of copyright at the start of the year. The extension will not be applied retrospectively, so that track and its b-side remain in the public domain.

Polydor reportedly drops MKS
Online gossip has it that Mutya Keisha Siobhan have been erm... 'released early' from their still fairly fresh deal with Universal's Polydor label.

FACT claims to have learned via an MKS insider that the original Sugababes were canned by the label earlier this month, citing "disputes with management" and the "poor chart performance" of the trio's first and only single to date as MKS, 'Flatline', which charted at number 50 in the UK.

Fans await confirmation (or otherwise) from Polydor or MKS.

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Bicycle buys Wind-Up catalogue
American music rights firm Bicycle Music has acquired the catalogue of US indie Wind-Up Records, which includes recordings by the likes of Creed, Evanescence and Alter Bridge. The newly acquired recordings will be marketed and distributed by Concord Music Group, which is owned by the same equity vehicle as Bicycle.

Wind-Up will continue to operate as normal working with its current roster of acts, despite giving up the rights in its catalogue. The label's CEO Ed Vetri told reporters: "Wind-up will continue, we have signed a bunch of new bands; the staff will stay as is; and we will continue to be distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. The artist roster is strong and the future is bright for Wind-Up".

According to Billboard, Vetri also said of the deal: "It was time for Wind-Up to sell our historical successes and move onto a new business model which emphasizes developing up-and-coming alternative music leaning artists at the label, which some are now informally referring to as 'Wind-Up 3.0'".

Speaking for Bicycle Music, the company's co-President Steve Salm told reporters: "The acquisition of Wind-Up's seminal catalogue marks a record high investment year for the Bicycle Music Co, with more to come before 2013 closes out".

As previously reported, earlier this year Bicycle acquired the label owned by Offspring frontman Dexter Holland, Nitro records.

Sony Corp revises profit projections after tricky quarter
I mean, the One Direction boys are trying their best to keep Sony Corp afloat with their world domination strategy, but if the entertainment conglom's film division will insist on releasing shit action movies about attacks on the White House, well even Harry Styles can't carry that disaster.

So yes, Sony Corp yesterday confirmed it had made just under a $200 million loss for the last quarter, which is a shame because - after several years of woe - the more recent narrative at the Japanese entertainment and electronics firm had been more positive. The company still expects to make a profit this year, but revised its expectations downwards, from 50 billion yen to 30 billion.

The consumer electronics side of Sony, behind most of the firm's recent problems, continues to struggle, meanwhile Sony Pictures posted an overall loss this quarter, in no small part because of the lacklustre performance of the studio's big summer blockbuster, mediocre action flick 'White House Down'.

Earnings at the Sony music companies - principally the Sony Music record company and Sony/ATV music publishing business - were pretty much on par with the same period a year ago, though in the wider picture are performing well for the conglom.

SFX acquires Totem OneLive Group
Following its recent IPO, the EDM-obsessed SFX company has acquired Aussie dance music promoter Totem OneLive Group, a company best known as promoter of the Stereosonic festival, though which has also been involved in other major music events like the Solar Music and Outrage festivals, and the Australian outpost of the now Live Nation owned Creamfields.

Confirming the latest in line of acquisitions for the SFX firm, its chief Robert Sillerman told reporters yesterday: "The acquisition of Totem OneLove Group is an important step as we expand into the huge Southeast Asia market. The world-class professionalism of Totem gives us the proximity, experience and platform to continue our growth strategy".

Namechecking two of the Aussie firm's key directors, he added: "Richie McNeill and Dror Erez are respected and admired by their industry peers, deservedly so, for what they have created and built".

Spotify announces Tango alliance
Spotify has announced an alliance with Tango, which isn't as exciting as it sounds, cos it's the video-call mobile app, not the sugary fizzy fruit drinks.

Under the alliance, users of the Tango app - which currently number 160 million apparently - will be able to access 30 second clips from tracks in the Spotify catalogue, should that be of interest to any of them. Although best known for enabling video calls, the Tango app already also offers other services like games and multimedia.

The music clips will be available to any Tango user based in a country where Spotify operates, and they won't require an account with the streaming service to access the previews, though presumably for the digital music company the aim of the alliance is to persuade some of the app's users that they should sign up.

Confirming the tie-up, Spotify's strategic partnerships dude Tom Hsieh told The Next Web: "Mobile messaging apps like Tango have helped remove the friction from sharing content that had existed previously, so it's a natural platform to help us realise our global growth aspirations and provide everyone around the world with music for the right moment".

It's not entirely clear how this latest Spotify deal totally screws over ever artist in the world ever (hell, the digital firm probably insists it actually helps promote their music to new audiences), but presumably it does. I'll give Thom a call later and see if he's worked it out yet.

Vice and Pulse form alliance
Vice Media and London-based Pulse Films have announced a strategic alliance that will see the two firms work on various co-productions, including scripted movies and scripted and unscripted TV and online programmes.

The deal will see Pulse - a film company with a particular reputation for creating music-based content - expand its US presence, while Vice will distribute some of the co-produced projects via its network of online channels.

Pulse Films boss Thomas Benski told The Hollywood Reporter: "We are very ambitious about what we can achieve in the US and how we see Pulse continuing to grow internationally, and this partnership will bolster the development of all of our creative projects. It is incredibly exciting to be working with one of world's most innovative media companies to help grow our business".

Meanwhile Vice's Chief Creative Officer Eddy Moretti said: "I am thrilled to see Vice and Pulse come together to give birth to a whole new generation of artistic filmmakers that will inspire and entertain us".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Ritual at Under The Bridge
A quality night of electronic music over in West London this Saturday, featuring waver makers Waze & Odyssey, Gilles Peterson fave Pedestrian, Krankbrother, Real nice and the Menendez Bros boys.

Continuing its aim of breaking the west side of the capital free of its mainstream chains, Ritual also sets itself apart with a strong visual identity once you're through the door - be prepared for UV face painting.

Saturday 2 Nov, Under The Bridge, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road. London, SW6 1HS, 10pm-3am, £10-£15, more info here.
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One Direction top list of Twitter's 'most influential' users
One Direction are topping pop polls all over the shop, this one I'm mentioning now being a list of Twitter's 140 most 'influential' UK users.

The list's compiler PeerIndex reckons that Liam, Harry, Niall, Louis and Zayn, who rank highest to lowest in that order, each hold a greater individual sway over tweeters' hearts, minds and click-throughs than, say, PM David Cameron, who places seventh in the chart. Underneath Ed Sheeran.

"The sheer volume of mentions and conversations generated by their legions of fans is hard to escape'', rules the survey, with PeerIndex founder Azeem Azhar piping up: "As Twitter has become more mainstream, the top 140 starts to resemble the contours of popular culture and power, the footballers, politicians and boybands".

He continues: "However, social media's democratising effects still allow those with challenging, well-defined or interesting views to build influence. Witness the number of independent media stars, like Marius Listhrop and Dan Howell and authors like Owen Jones and Caitlin Moran".

In conclusion: "Twitter is so rich and vast, that subcultures co-exist on it, often without knowing about each other. For example, even though more than 900,000 people follow both George Osborne, the chancellor, and Rylan, the reality TV celebrity, they only share six followers in common".

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Fred Durst developing new TV show
On-screen 'Douchebag' Fred Durst is developing a new TV drama inspired 'loosely' by his own life, possibly including that time in 2011 when he appeared briefly in a never-aired sitcom titled 'Douchebag'.

The new show, 'The Noise', is a one-off, one hour drama about a rockstar who "escapes a tumultuous home life and forms a wildly popular band with a unique sound". And afterwards, I'm assuming, is unable to adapt that 'unique sound' to changing times, signs to a rap label, and makes a straight-to-TV movie about it all.

Release round-up: Eminem, Dum Dum Girls, Foxes and Julianna Barwick
Eminem's new disc 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' leaked on Wednesday, a week early. Whilst in the interest of staying legal, I'll have to sidestep linking to the leaked streams, I can at least give up this official preview of Eminem's 'TMMLP2'-inclusive 'feat Rihanna' track, 'The Monster'.

A band praying their LP won't go the same way as Marshall's are Dum Dum Girls, who've just announced a new record titled 'Too True'. Out via Sub Pop on 27 Jan, it is, says lead singer Dee Dee, inspired by, and itself echoes: "Rainer Maria Rilke, Anaïs Nin, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, Sylvia Plath; the punk poet singers Patti Smith and Lou Reed (who, like many, I consider to be my spiritual parents); and finally, an admittedly unhealthy obsession with the Surrealists' manifesto of desire".

Preview 'Too True' via its radiant alpha single 'Lost Boys And Girls Club' either on SoundCloud, or as a garish clip made in partnership with H&M (I'd pick the SoundCloud option), here.

Still rooting in the bins of chart-facing alt-pop with 'substance', it's Foxes, whose first album is to be called 'Glorious'. It'll be released on a TBA date in March 2014, but available to order in advance (in which case you'll get free grat-track 'Shaking Heads') from 14 Nov.

As for the story of that title, Foxes, real name Louisa Rose Allen, says: "It's been a long journey making this album and 'Glorious' was the last song I wrote for it. It's about never giving up on something which I felt tied the whole thing together".

Nice. Foxes single 'Youth' is out now, so listen and look to it, um, now.

And since it's practically still Halloween, why not catch this scarily brill new Julianna Barwick clip in which, aided by La Blogoteque, she gives children in Reykyavik, Iceland, sweets AND treats them to a street rendition of her new song 'Ash Day'.

Leona, Eliza Doolittle to sing at Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on
Leona Lewis is to sing at the big switching-on of this year's Regent Street Christmas Lights in London.

Whilst she isn't the one tripping the switch (that privilege is given to actor Ty Burrell and director Rob Minkoff, both of the new Dreamworks animation 'Mr Peabody And Sherman'), the ex-'X-Factor' diva will likely do bits of her new Xmas LP, 'Christmas, With Love', and perhaps 'Bleeding Love', too, or that other one with the shiny purple rain mac.

Eliza Doolittle and Passenger will also play at the Emma Bunton/Jamie Theakston-MC'd 'event', which takes place on 9 Nov.

This is Leona's festive new single, 'One More Sleep'

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Gigs & Tours round-up: Xfm Winter Wonderland, Fat White Family and Dum Dum Girls
Xfm will present sets by Jake Bugg, Primal Scream, Chvrches, Temples and The Vaccines amidst its live Winter Wonderland shows in Manchester and London. The 1975, Kodaline, Josh Record and Darlia join Bugg and Scream at the Manchester Apollo on 10 Dec, whilst The Vaccines, Churches and Temples lead a London line-up (at the Brixton Academy on 12 Dec) featuring Miles Kanye, Lewis Watson and White Lies.

Takings from all tickets sold will go to War Child, so go to this link for info.

Moving on to a show that's as far from Xfm's wholesome Wonderland as its possible to go: blues-rock no-goods Fat White Family's headlining 'Slide In' slot at the 100 Club. It's on 10 Dec, and will promote the band's various doings, which are: the 18 Nov release of 'Heaven On Earth' (aka the final single off their first LP 'Champagne Holocaust'), a split EP with 'cave-punks' Tamanshud, and a role in NME's November Radar tour. Details on the 100 Club night, which co-stars Ben The Rebel, The Nuns and Quietus DJs, are here.

Third and finally, it's Dum Dum Girls (again), who deserve an extra name-check for playing a show in December. It's in London (again, sorry), at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, on 14 Dec, and will back up the band's just-announced new LP, 'Too Pure', which you can read a bit about here.

Popjustice and Drowned In Sound bestow alt-Mercury prizes
James Bl-whatshisname having taken away this year's Mercury Prize on Wednesday night, it has to be time - and lo, it is - for Drowned In Sound and Popjustice to give Mercury-alternative accolades to whomsoever they choose to give them to.

Well, they did choose, on Wednesday night as it happens, with readers and six DiS judges selecting Leeds psych band Hookworms' excellent debut 'Pearl Mystic' to claim its Neptune Album Prize.

Reporting on the ceremony, DiS editor Sean Adams writes: "Regular readers of DiS will know that there's a lot of love around these parts for 'Pearl Mystic', so perhaps it isn't a huge surprise that it was the victor. Earlier this year DiS writer Dom Gourlay awarded the record 10/10 in his review and spoke of the perfection of this record that somehow marries post-hardcore heft with massive psychedelia and glorious shoegaze sprawls of guitars".

And so to Popjustice's illustrious Twenty Quid Music Prize, which is given to the person, or persons, Popjustice thinks 'did' the best single this year. Beating off finalists like The Saturdays, Duke Dumont and Little Mix, CMU approved Chvrches eventually won with 'The Mother We Share', taking the most votes in a round-table discussion.

"Woooo!", they tweeted, adding: "Thanks to everyone who voted/argued! A new career high point".

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2014 GIT Award launches
The 2014 GIT Award, a kind of Merseyside Mercury Prize for the people, officially launched for another year the other day. Founded in 2011 by Peter Guy, editor of the Getintothis blog, the award is now open for any eligible acts to enter, with a free-entry night - featuring DJs and live bands Bird, and VEYU, and singer-songwriter Natalie McCool - taking place on 16 Nov at Lead in Liverpool to celebrate that fact.

The winner, chosen by an industry panel from a shortlist of twelve acts, will be announced (and handed £1000 cash) on 11 Apr 2014 at the Kazimier.

Peter Guy says: "When the GIT Award was established two years ago we had no idea how it would snowball, placing new Liverpool music at the forefront of the national consciousness and have the impact it has had. We hope this year's award is equally as special (as in past years'), and continues to place the focus on the incredible musicians working within our community".

Go here to get details on entry regs.

CMU Beef Of The Week #180: Kanye & Kim v Chad
Just because Kanye West hired a baseball stadium to propose to Kim Kardashian last month, that doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be very private moment for the celebrity couple. Well, other than all the friends and family members who were invited along for the ride.

And now Chad Hurley, a founder of YouTube who is these days busy trying to get his latest start-up, Vine/Instagram competitor Mixbit, off the ground, has sullied the whole magical moment by posting a video of the proposal on his tawdry new website. And then tweeting about it. And sending out a press release.

And Kanye and Kim are pissed. And not just because they'd sold exclusive rights to the moment to an affiliate of E!, ie the broadcaster of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'. Though mainly for that reason.

And so Kanye and Kim are suing Chad. According to TMZ, the couple's lawsuit says that the tech entrepreneur wasn't even invited to the event at San Francisco's AT&T Park, but successfully blagged his way in, but only after signing an agreement in which he promised not the film the moment.

Says the suit: "Exclusive rights, such as those sold by plaintiffs to publication of video of the event, are particularly valuable. If people violate these rights ... they are of substantially diminished value". The Ks are suing Hurley and his company Avos Systems for unspecified damages.

And Kanye in particular is likely to have some spare time to focus on this legal battle, given he's just cancelled a load of live dates after a 60 foot LED screen used in his 'Yeezus' shows was damaged when the truck transporting it was involved in an accident earlier this week.

 
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