An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 8 November 2013

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Spotify is raising another round of investment, according to reports, because, as it turns out, fucking over Thom Yorke's actually quite expensive. According to Sky News, Spotify bosses are talking to California-based Technology Crossover Ventures about a possible $200 million investment that would give the finance firm a decent stake in the streaming music company. Back in September there were... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: London's biggest soulful house night celebrates its fourth birthday over three rooms at South London's Fire tomorrow night. Flying in are South Africa's 'queen of house' Bucie and US headliner Terry Hunter. There will also be a selection of the UK's finest, including my fave Joey Negro, Jazzie B, Atjazz, Groove Assassin, residents Bobby & Steve Zoo and the House FM crew. Happy birthday Groove Odyssey... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: No list of "things people don't talk about so much anymore" would be complete without the Fun Lovin Criminals and 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'. Unless you were compiling that list this week, because a great deal of talking has been done about both. Well, some talking. And more about Huey Morgan than his band. These days Huey is best known as a presenter on BBC Radio 2 and 6music (despite the... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Spotify reportedly raising more investment
Gaga confirms 2015: a singing-in-space odyssey
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LEGAL Jay-Z sued over Run This Town sample
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Blockbuster US closing down remaining stores
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BRANDS & MERCH Streaming platforms and live events good homes for music-supporting brands
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MEDIA Online soul station signs up former Choice DJs
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ARTIST NEWS Busted and McFly announce announcement
Tribes split
Blurred Lines ban at UK universities "ridiculous", says Thicke
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RELEASES Release round-up: King Krule, Ariana Grande, AIDEN (Grimshaw), These New Puritans and The Leg
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Kanye reschedules some Yeezus shows, 'explains' Confederate flag jacket
Gigs & Tours round-up: Kelela, Patrick Wolf, Bert Jansch tribute
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AWARDS Student Radio Awards presented
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #181: Huey Morgan v Never Mind The Buzzcocks
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Spotify reportedly raising more investment
Spotify is raising another round of investment, according to reports, because, as it turns out, fucking over Thom Yorke's actually quite expensive.

According to Sky News, Spotify bosses are talking to California-based Technology Crossover Ventures about a possible $200 million investment that would give the finance firm a decent stake in the streaming music company.

Back in September there were reports that, while Spotify was looking to raise more cash to fuel further expansion, the company was likely to borrow rather than sell more equity, because founders and/or early-to-the-gate investors were nervous of further diluting their shareholdings in the company.

Though given yesterday's Twitter IPO in New York, which has presumably reassured the venture capitalist community that the dicks of Wall Street will still vastly overpay for tech stock if you just position the sale in the right way, perhaps Spotify's shareholders are now less worried about the potential of their big sale payday.

Whatever, Sky reckons Spotify's talks with TCV about it making an investment are now in "advanced stages".

Elsewhere in Spotify news, a Finnish singer-songwriter called Anssi Kela has shared some info about the streaming royalties he received for his track 'Levoton Tyttö', which has been a big hit in his home country this year. He reveals that the track was streamed over a million times between March and June (across all services, though he suggests Spotify accounts for the majority) which generated him royalties of 2336 euros.

Although it's not 100% clear, it seems this figure relates to the cut of streaming income Kela receives from his record company, Sony Music, ie his cut of the royalties paid by Spotify et al for the recording rights in the track, so any publishing income would be in addition to this. But even so, many would argue that's still very low for a hit record.

Though Kela hasn't shared this information as part of an angry attack on Spotify. Rather, he notes that his 79 tracks in the Spotify catalogue will generate further income every month for the foreseeable future, while also revealing that he earns around ten times more when his music is played by a premium subscriber rather than a freemium user.

So, far from calling for a boycott of Spotify, he suggests that fans interested in supporting their favourite artists should consider becoming a paying user of the streaming platform. You can read Kela's blog post, albeit in Finnish, here, and Music Ally's quick analysis of the figures here.

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Gaga confirms 2015: a singing-in-space odyssey
Lady Gaga has bagged a gig playing in space, where no one can hear her scream 'ARTPOP', etc.

She's been asked to be the first official popstar to ever sing in-situ in a space-bound vehicle by New Mexico festival Zero G Colony, which takes place - on Planet Earth, by the way - in 2015. Gagz will blast off on a Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two, where she will sing a single track once she hits conditions of zero gravity.

This whole 'first popstar to sing in space' thing, it should be said, does depend on Gaga beating Sarah Brightman - who's poised to join the Russians aboard the International Space Station, also in 2015 - to the launch pad.

Gaga has said via Twitter that she'll be revealing the secrets of her space odyssey on 10 Nov, so watch this... erm, page, popstronauts.

Jay-Z sued over Run This Town sample
Jay-Z and his label have been sued by New York-based independent TufAmerica over his 2009 Rihanna and Kanye-guesting track 'Run This Town', over allegations it repeatedly samples a 1960s track, owned by the indie, without permission.

According to the New York Daily News, the TufAmerica lawsuit says that Jay-Z's release includes a sample from Eddie Bo's track 'Hook & Sling' - the rights in which it acquired in 1996 - "dozens of times".

The legal papers want the courts to give TufAmerica the profits made by 'Run This Town' and damages to be determined, plus an injunction to halt the "further distribution and exploitation" of the Eddie Bo song without licence.

Jay-Z's people are yet to respond. Though the Daily News reckons this isn't the first time TufAmerica has thrown litigation in the direction of the rapper and his Roc Nation business, but past claims have been settled out of court.

Blockbuster US closing down remaining stores
Following the news last week that DVD rental and entertainment retail chain Blockbuster was back in administration in the UK, the firm's US counterpart is planning on closing all its directly managed high street stores, resulting in the closure of 300 shops and the company's distribution centres and DVD-by-mail service.

As previously reported, the North American Blockbuster business hit the hard times before the UK version of the company, filing for bankruptcy in 2010. It was then bought by satellite TV firm Dish Network, which has been downsizing the business ever since, taking the company from 1700 stores to the 300 that remain, which will now be shut down early next year.

Although that will mean that pretty much the entire American Blockbuster enterprise has been wound down, Dish Network plans to retain the brand. Franchisee stores will still operate, and Dish hopes to continue building the online Blockbuster business.

Dish CEO Joseph P Clayton told reporters: "This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment. Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings".

Blockbuster UK, faced with most of the same challenges as the American company - ie competition from Amazon's LoveFilm and the growth of digital on-demand video services - went into administration earlier this year.

Although it was then rescued by private equity firm Gordon Brothers in March, with bold plans to step up Blockbuster's online services in the UK and to diversify product lines instore (including an expansion of music products), last week the company's new owners put the business back into administration, saying they too were now trying to offload the firm.

Streaming platforms and live events good homes for music-supporting brands
Consumers who use streaming music services are more likely to feel more favourable to a brand if it engages in music-based marketing activity than consumers who do not stream.

Which isn't especially surprising, given that streamers are presumably more committed music fans, who are therefore going to be more appreciative when a brand provides some kind of added-value music experience for free. But presumably the advertising and brand partnership teams of all the streaming music platforms will nevertheless leap onto this conclusion from a recent Nielsen report. And why not?

74% of the streaming platform users surveyed by the stats firm said they felt more favourable to brands involved in music giveaways or sponsorship, compared to 58% of non-streamers. Streaming consumers also seemed to spend 54% more on music products, again probably not surprising, but a stat that will help the digital firms sell their promotional services to music companies too.

Especially as the survey reckoned that of those currently subscribing to a premium streaming service, not only are they more likely to also buy music products, but over half said they could afford to buy more music things than they currently do, if only the right products were put in front of these people in the right way.

Opportunity-tastic then. Nielsen's '2013 Music 360' report also bigs up the value of brands supporting live events; but let's not dwell on that, I don't think any of us want even more brand money going to Live Nation. Well, unless it's some of the brand cash that usually finds its way into the sports sector, which - according to Nielsen - currently receives over half of the $19.9 billion American brands spend on sponsorship every year.

Online soul station signs up former Choice DJs
Following the recent rebranding of London radio station Choice FM as Capital Extra, two former Choice DJs have now popped up at Mi-Soul, an online radio station available via the web and mobile apps, with plans to move to the digital radio network in due course.

Natty B, who spent thirteen years with Choice, will present a weekly reggae show every Saturday evening, while another Choice veteran, DJ Jigs, will host a daily show each weekday from 10am.

Mi-Soul presumably hopes that including the two popular DJs in their schedules will win them that portion of the former Choice audience not impressed with the station, originally set up to service London's black community, transforming into a much more mainstream operation and more obvious Kiss competitor.

Mi-Soul MD Gordon Mac told CMU: "I am delighted to welcome two DJs who I have admired for many years. They will be valuable additions to a team that is bursting with high profile names".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Groove Odyssey Fourth Birthday Party at Fire
London's biggest soulful house night celebrates its fourth birthday over three rooms at South London's Fire tomorrow night.

Flying in are South Africa's 'queen of house' Bucie and US headliner Terry Hunter. There will also be a selection of the UK's finest, including my fave Joey Negro, Jazzie B, Atjazz, Groove Assassin, residents Bobby & Steve Zoo and the House FM crew.

Happy birthday Groove Odyssey!

Saturday 9 Nov, Fire, 6A South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SP, 10pm-6am, £17.50-£20, more info here.
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Busted and McFly announce announcement
The Busted reunion is possibly the most hotly anticipated reunion in pop. Possibly. And it's coming, people. Possibly. Though, with Charlie Simpson still a hold out, Matt Willis and James Bourne have had to seek out a worthy replacement. And the replacement they've chosen is... McFly.

Yes, according to invites that went out yesterday, "the ultimate pop supergroup" will announce their "plans for 2014" at a press conference at the Soho Hotel in London on Monday. And they've even managed to get Emma Willis to host the press launch.

Willis (Matt) and Bourne recently joined McFly on stage at the Royal Alert Hall in September to play through a few Busted hits and a couple of McFly ones too, so this is probably some sort of extension of that.

The actual ultimate pop supergroup, by the way, would be Janelle Monáe and A-ha. But for now, this will do.

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Tribes split
Universal/Island-signed band Tribes have announced that they are splitting up, less than six months after releasing their second album, 'Wish To Scream'.

In a statement on Facebook, the band said: "We are sad to announce that we will no longer be writing and performing together as Tribes. Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way. We are proud of what we achieved together. You gave us the best four years of our lives so far".

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Blurred Lines ban at UK universities "ridiculous", says Thicke
Robin Thicke reckons that student unions at various British universities, most recently University College London, banning his song 'Blurred Lines' is just ridiculous. The bans, of course, all relate to the controversy that has surrounded the summer hit, which many reckon promotes or at least excuses rape.

Speaking to the BBC, Thicke said: "I don't think people got it out here [in the UK] in those positions of power. I think the kids get it. I just have to deal with that. I wrote it about my wife. She's my good girl. And I know she wants it because we've been together for 20 years".

Of course, student unions are generally run by 'the kids', so it's not some old fuddy duddy issuing these bans. And while a man being so close to his wife of 20 years that he "knows what she wants" could be romantic in some contexts, it does just seem a bit creepy when Thicke's involved. But whatever, clearly those 'blurred lines' are confusing everyone.

Release round-up: King Krule, Ariana Grande, AIDEN (Grimshaw), These New Puritans and The Leg
Pallid jazzist King Krule has kindly slipped fans a 'batch' of beats he has made as his alias, DJ JD Sports, a strong alias as aliases go. Not only that, he also posted a link to 'Little Wild', a track only heard on the Japanese edition of his new-ish King Krule LP '6 Feet Beneath The Moon', so cop that and 'Batch 1' of a possible batch of beat-batches now.

Ariana Grande, popstar and GF of Nathan off of The Wanted, is to celebrate Christmas by releasing a new track every week as Christ's birthday nears. The first song she'll give, with an advent date of 19 Nov, will be her spin on 'Last Christmas', though the initiative will incorporate her own originals too. Ariana says she is "beyond excited to share them w/ U!", whatever that means.

And hey, meet AIDEN. You know, AIDEN, as in ex-'X-Factor' boy Aiden Grimshaw. Yeah, him, only these days he's AIDEN, sans the Grimshaw, and with a new image and new 'aesthetic'. Anyway, AIDEN has released several new singles previewing an EP, 'Satisfy Me', which arrives on 26 Nov. Hear its title track here.

Elsewhere in the pop sphere, These New Puritans have let go a new video from their Rubik's Cubic third LP 'Field Of Reeds'. Representing 'V (Island Song)', which is out as a single on 18 Nov, the animated clip is scripted by TNP's Jack Barnett, who says he was inspired to write the narrative by Chris Morris's 'Blue Jam' and Miley Cyrus. View it here.

And finally, I bring news of a new album from CMU approved indie weirdists The Leg. Out on Monday via Song, By Toad, and bearing the title 'Oozing A Crepuscular Light', the first single from the record is called 'Chicken Slippers'. And what better way to close this round-up than with the video for that?

Kanye reschedules some Yeezus shows, 'explains' Confederate flag jacket
Kanye Omari West has resurrected his 'Yeezus' tour post-it being put to death by a truck. Or more accurately, after the giant LED screen displaying West's custom 'Yeezus' visuals was damaged when the lorry carrying it crashed last week.

Aaaanyway, it should be noted that only five of the affected shows - two each in Chicago and Toronto, and one in Detroit - have been rescheduled, meaning that, due to "touring logistics", West's rep has confirmed, once-'postponed' dates in Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, St Louis and Vancouver are now just plain cancelled.

Meanwhile, the tour will resume in Philadelphia on 16 Nov.

In relevant-ish news, West has commented on the prominence of the Confederate flag - an often controversial symbol in the US due to its links to racist and white supremacy groups - in items of 'Yeezus' tour merchandise, and even on the sleeve of a jacket he's been pictured wearing recently.

Speaking via LA-based radio station 97.1 AMP, West said: "React how you want... Any energy is good energy. You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way - that's my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song 'New Slaves'. So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag. Now what are you going to do?"

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Gigs & Tours round-up: Kelela, Patrick Wolf, Bert Jansch tribute
The already twice-approved Kelela has made London's Electrowerkz the site of her first real headline show, which is nice. Kelela '& friends' will appear live on 14 Nov, presenting a slice of her still excellent new mixtape, 'Cut 4 Me'. Tickets and details are here.

Also, folk-pop heathen Patrick Wolf, seen here hiding behind one of his kind, has announced some shows to mark the Winter solstice. The 'A Night Of Winter' tour, which confusingly comprises nine nights in all, will hit the UK on 16 Dec via Hove's Old Market, winding up at London's Union Chapel on 21 Dec. Dance around those dates - chanting if you like - to the tune of Pat's 2013 remake of his song 'The Libertine', whose video he's just debuted.

A host of artists will pay their respects to the late Bert Jansch, who died in 2011, in December, playing a charity concert in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation. Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Suede's Bernard Butler and folk greats Roy Harper, Martin Carthy and Donovan will all perform at London's Royal Albert Hallon 3 Dec, as will members of Jansch's one-time band Pentangle.

Find information and tickets at this link.

Student Radio Awards presented
So the UK student radio community's annual awards bash - the Student Radio Awards don't you know - took place at the IndigO2 venue over there in the East of East London last night.

With Global Radio and the BBC's yoof station co-sponsoring, Capital FM's Dave Berry and Radio 1's Greg James oversaw the proceedings (the latter standing in for Nick Grimshaw who was dead, or busy, or washing his hair. Basically he couldn't make it).

And the winners were...

Best Station: URN
Best Marketing & Branding: Fly FM
Best Technical: 1449AM URB's UK Radioplayer Console & Unified Station Management Application (1449AM URB)

Best Male Presenter: Glen Scott (Pure FM)
Best Female Presenter: Emma Jones (Fly FM)
Best Newcomer: Ben Sheppard (Fly FM)

Best Entertainment Programme: The Morning Show with Giles Gear (URN)
Best Journalistic Programme: Trent Talk (Fly FM)
Best Speech Programme: The New World Order: Part 2: 1651 (URY)
Best Specialist Programme: Will Metcalf (Fly FM)
Best Chart Show: 1449AM URB (for 5th May 2013)
Best Interview: Joel Lewin interviews Simon Darby of the BNP (CamFM)
Best OB/Live Event: LSR Presents the Leadership Race Results Night 2013 (Leeds Student Radio)

Kevin Greening Award: Phin's Barmy Brunch (CamFM)

CMU Beef Of The Week #181: Huey Morgan v Never Mind The Buzzcocks
No list of "things people don't talk about so much anymore" would be complete without the Fun Lovin Criminals and 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'. Unless you were compiling that list this week, because a great deal of talking has been done about both. Well, some talking. And more about Huey Morgan than his band.

These days Huey is best known as a presenter on BBC Radio 2 and 6music (despite the occasional drunken Twitter rant about colleagues), but FLC still tour. And if you don't believe me, why don't you just buy tickets to one of their January tour dates and go and see for yourself?

Anyway, it was his capacity as an artist that Huey appeared on 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' this week, placed in the chair next to Phill Jupitus usually saved for those panellists considered most worthy of derision (the Dappy chair, as it's sometimes known). A reasonably regular guest over the 9000 years the panel show has been on British TV screens, this may be a slight that didn't pass him by unnoticed.

Certainly by the end of the show Huey didn't seem in the best of moods, and took exception to the 'Next Lines' round. Having already made a few bored-sounding comments and shown contempt for having to complete some of his own lyrics for the second time, Morgan was asked by hosts Rizzle Kicks what the problem was.

"I'm totally alright with that", he insisted. "I just thought you guys would do something different for a change, not give me my own lyrics over and over ... I've been on this show, like, nine times".

Despite that, he then seemed to misunderstand how the round worked anyway, as it continued. Though he does make a reasonable point I suppose - the 'Next Lines' round has been part of 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' since it started, and it's always been a bit shit. Shit enough to make you smash a mug, though? If you're Huey Morgan and are asked to complete a Kavana lyric, then yes.

"Kavana, man. That's some dangerous music", commented Rizzle Kicker Jordan Stephens, as the fragments of the Buzzcocks mug settled, a quote I think we should all get printed on t-shirts now.

After Huey complained that he was being asked to "roll like a punk", Stephens added: "Huey, it's the game, bro! I say a line, you sing the other line, ha ha ha ha. It was just there on the show, you don't have to smash a mug in my hair!"

Still unimpressed, Huey neverthless managed to stick it out to the end of the round, though with 20 seconds of the show to go, got up and left. It's hardly Preston storming out, nor is it as entertaining as Donnie Tourette's attempts at edginess. But both of those things happened long in the past in the much missed Simon Amstell era of 'NMTB', so we'll just have to make do.

Hey, at least Huey wasn't asked to be in the 'Line Up', to be mocked by panellists as a long forgotten has-been. He should be thankful he's still considered famous enough to join in with the big kids.

Speaking of which, in a week of musicians being angry at TV shows, here's how Carter USM frontman Jim Bob's manager responded to his client being asked to take part in the 'Line Up' round on 'Buzzcocks', ie to be mocked by today's popstars, even though half of them are candidates for future 'Line Up' rounds (assuming this show lasts forever, which it seems to be doing).

And now, watch Huey Morgan getting tetchy for yourself.

 
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