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Monday 11 November 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: Speculation is rising that the UK's record label trade body the BPI might seek a court order to force internet service providers to block access to controversial streaming service Grooveshark. As previously reported, the BPI has now secured injunctions forcing ISPs to block a number of file-sharing websites, utilising a precedent set in the English courts when the movie industry successfully... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having built a convivial (if not radical) line in slight, lopsided doo wop via songs like 'Call Me In The Day' and 'Sure As Spring', both on their 'Damp Face' EP circa 2012, Seattle band La Luz released a like-shaded LP, 'It's Alive', via Hardly Art earlier this year. Taking the shine off all that a bit, the group's US tour hit the curb last week when their van was hit by a bigger van, injuring several members and... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES UK industry may seek a web-block injunction against Grooveshark
LEGAL Professor Green arrested for alleged drink driving
Emmylou Harris fined for hit and run incident
DEALS Universal Publishing signs Mike Einziger
MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Deadline approaches for UKTI and BPI's Music Export Growth Scheme
MEDIA Eurovision contacts Russian TV stations over anti-gay law concerns
Smaller radio firms call for government to abandon digital switchover plans
EDUCATION & EVENTS New CMU Insights season kicks off this week
Timbaland hosting 'how to' masterclass
ARTIST NEWS John Lydon claims Mick Jagger provided legal support to Sid Vicious after Nancy Spungen death
The Killers to go on a break
Alanis Morrissette making Jagged Little Pill: The Musical
RELEASES Flaming Lips' Ke$ha collaboration is not happening
GIGS & FESTIVALS McBusted tour announced
Bastille, Jake Bugg and AlunaGeorge headlining Crisis presents gig
AWARDS EMAs presented
AND FINALLY... Celine admits Dion Is Dead rumours a little irritating
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UK industry may seek a web-block injunction against Grooveshark
Speculation is rising that the UK's record label trade body the BPI might seek a court order to force internet service providers to block access to controversial streaming service Grooveshark.

As previously reported, the BPI has now secured injunctions forcing ISPs to block a number of file-sharing websites, utilising a precedent set in the English courts when the movie industry successfully secured a web-block against Newzbin2 in 2011. It has become the norm that, before the BPI considers taking legal action to secure a web-block, it contacts all labels in the UK via collecting society PPL to check if any have a licensing arrangement with targeted sites.

Earlier this year the list of possible target sites included in one of those PPL-delivered messages included Grooveshark, though the subsequent injunction that was then secured last month did not include the streaming service. But, according to Torrentfreak, PPL has sent another standalone message asking UK labels whether they are currently licensing content to Grooveshark, with today provided as a deadline to let the BPI know if deals are in place.

Although the BPI insists to Torrentfreak that this survey does not necessarily mean legal action will follow, if the trade body was to try and secure a web-block against Grooveshark it would make for an interesting case. Because while the US-based streaming site has plenty of enemies in the music industry, unlike the file-sharing services usually targeted with web-block injunctions, Grooveshark has tried to engage the record labels and music publishers, and has had and currently has deals in place with some of them.

Plus, of course, Grooveshark's owners claim that their service is legal, in the US at least, even though users can upload content to its servers, meaning that it routinely hosts content that it is not licensed to distribute. But Grooveshark operates a takedown system as described in America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, removing unlicensed content when made aware of it, which technically means it is not liable for copyright infringement under US law, even though some labels, publishers and artists have accused the digital firm of operating a deliberately shoddy track removal process.

Of course the DMCA doesn't apply outside the US, and although there is a bit of European law that offers similar protection to web companies, it hasn't been tested in the music space. Which means Grooveshark could be deemed liable for infringement in the English courts; though the case wouldn't be so simple as those pursued against more conventional file-sharing set ups, so the BPI would likely want to tackle it separately if it decided to go the web-block injunction route.

Though the fact that some labels are working with Grooveshark (even if anecdotal reports suggest most of the indies who were now are not), coupled with the extra legal challenges of blocking access to this kind of site, might put the trade body off pursuing action. Especially when the web-blocks have only limited impact in stopping file-sharers from accessing unlicensed sources of content, as it's pretty simple to circumvent the blockades.

Professor Green arrested for alleged drink driving
Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, was arrested last week on drink driving charges. Ironically, Green was the one to call the police, summoning officers to his south London hometo report he'd been mugged and his Rolex stolen in the early hours of the morning. On reaching the scene police, though, discovered Green's car had been involved in a crash with a van, and took the rapper into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Scotland Yard has issued a statement that reads: "The suspected driver of the car, a 29 year old man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and taken into custody at a South London police station. There were no reports of any injured parties. Inquiries into the robbery and the collision are ongoing".


Emmylou Harris fined for hit and run incident
Country singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris has been ordered to pay $5000 to the victim of a hit and run incident she was involved in last year, reports TMZ, seeing off a possible six month jail sentence.

Harris is alleged to have hit a car on an LA motorway back in October 2012, and then driven off, her pretty flimsy defence being that she didn't notice she'd struck the vehicle.

Facing allegations of hit and run, as part of a plea deal Harris pled no contest to the lesser crime of failing to provide the other driver with insurance info at the scene.

Universal Publishing signs Mike Einziger
Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has signed an exclusive international deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. Einziger, you might or might not be surprised to know, co-wrote Avicii mega-hit 'Wake Me Up', which is of course encompassed in the agreement, as are his future songwriting endeavours.

Executive VP and Head Of Pop & Rock Music at UMPG, Monti Olson, says this thing here: "It's great to work with a songwriter who is as versatile and talented as Mike. The amazing response that Wake Me Up has gotten is only the latest success in his extraordinary career, and I'm excited that he's made UMPG a part of his future".

Einziger himself adds: "I couldn't be more honoured and excited to begin my new partnership with Universal Music Publishing. This is an exciting time for me as a songwriter and I feel like I've got the ultimate team in place to help fully realise my creative visions".

Deadline approaches for UKTI and BPI's Music Export Growth Scheme
Record industry trade body the BPI this morning put out a call reminding independent music companies that they have week left to apply for grants under the previously reported Music Export Growth Scheme, the new UK Trade & Investment-funded initiative launched back in September.

The programme is aimed at SME music companies - including labels, publishers and management firms - that are working with artists who have already enjoyed commercial success in the UK, and who are now plotting global expansion. Grants from £5000 to £50,000 are available to fund international marketing campaigns that aim to expand audience and revenues for British artists overseas.

There will be various opportunities to apply to the scheme over the next three years, but the first deadline for applications is next Monday. A panel led by former IFPI boss John Kennedy and including reps from indie labels, the Music Managers Forum and the Association Of Independent Music will then select successful applicants before the end of the year.

More information and an application form are available here. The BPI has also published some FAQs based on questions asked since the scheme went live, which you can read of the CMU website here.

Commenting on the scheme today, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: "This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for British companies looking for that bit of extra help that might make all the difference when they are promoting their artists overseas, and I urge them to apply if they are eligible. Many of our smaller labels punch above their weight when it comes to discovering and nurturing great new music, but it can be a real challenge for them to translate UK achievements into international success given the high costs involved".

Eurovision contacts Russian TV stations over anti-gay law concerns
Two Russian TV stations have been contacted by a senior figure at the Eurovision Song Contest in relation to the country's controversial anti-gay laws, after a number of other countries seemingly expressed concern. The organisation has written to Channel One and RTR requesting answers to four questions about the artistic freedom and safety of contestants if the competition were ever to be held in Russia again.

Thomas Schreiber, who is head of Entertainment at German TV station NDR and a member of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, which oversees the development of the competition, told German magazine Stern: "We have decided to take this step because some large delegations, including Germany, have expressed massive security concerns".

Stern also says that Sweden has said it may refuse to participate in a Russian Eurovision unless these concerns were addressed.

As previously reported, the new laws in Russia, enacted last year, make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to minors. Lady Gaga and Madonna were both accused of breaching these rules when performing in the country, and many have expressed concern about the staging of the Winter Olympics in Russia, with gay athletes and attendees potentially facing arrest.


Smaller radio firms call for government to abandon digital switchover plans
UTV Radio and Celador Radio have both backed a call for the UK government to abandon plans for the long planned digital switchover, which would see key radio services taken off the FM and AM networks to force the masses to buy DAB devices.

As much previously reported, the shift from analogue to digital radio has been long-drawn out, meaning many radio firms have had to provide their key stations on both AM/FM and DAB networks concurrently for years now, adding to the costs of broadcasting.

Whereas digital TV was forced onto mainstream consumers (mainly to free up the spectrum for 4G mobile services), resulting in a pretty speedy switchover from analogue, the government has been nervous about fixing a date for removing key stations off FM until enough of the population owns DAB devices.

But those broadcasters that back a digital future, and want to end the extra costs of broadcasting on both FM and DAB as early as possible, say that a deadline is needed to speed up the switchover, because such a deadline would persuade customers to buy DAB sets, and car makers to make DAB radios in vehicles standard.

However, some radio firms reckon that, despite the number of DAB users continuing to rise in the UK, the country is still a long way off being ready for switchover. Some of those firms might go as far as to suggest DAB should be abandoned completely, so the industry can focus on FM and net-based services.

Though this new statement from thirteen radio companies - issued as the government considers its latest position on the move to DAB - doesn't got that far, it does say that switchover plans should be put on hold, otherwise millions of households could lose access to key radio services, cash-strapped families would be forced to invest in new devices, and smaller radio stations would face big commercial challenges as their reach is hit.

Explaining his firm's backing for the new statement, UTV's Scott Taunton told reporters: "We think the concept of migrating stations from AM and FM [to digital] is flawed. There is no consumer demand for this and unlike digital TV switchover there is no digital dividend for the taxpayer. The bulk of people are quite happy with the radio services they already have. We're not saying digital radio is flawed but it's like saying mobile phones are so prevalent we can switch off all the landlines. This hasn't been thought through and we shouldn't be rushed into a decision".

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is due to clarify the government's current policy on digital radio switchover on 16 Dec.

New CMU Insights season kicks off this week
A new season of five CMU Insights courses kicks off this week. The five half-day sessions, which work as standalone or one complete course, are led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, who says "in an industry that is changing all the time, and with 2013 getting ever closer to its conclusion, why not start 2014 fully up to speed on the latest trends, developments, challenges and opportunities in the business of music? These courses provide a great overview for both beginners and experienced music industry professionals".

The five courses look at:

• The various ways to monetise music, and the music companies that specialise in each area.

• How copyright and licensing work, including a beginners guide to collective licensing and the collecting societies.

• The music rights sector, and trends in digital, physical and sync.

• The state of the music media, and developments in social media, and how both can be used to promote artists and releases.

• The growth of direct-to-fan, and the new kinds of deals artists are doing with their key business partners.

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Timbaland hosting 'how to' masterclass
The Guardian is hosting a (by all accounts real) masterclass with master R&B man Timbaland, during which he will "deconstruct some of his greatest hits using the original multi-tracks, reveal his studio secrets and disclose never-before-shared stories from his illustrious career" at London's Metropolis Studios.

More accurately, it's four masterclasses in all, split into afternoon and later sessions on 25 and 26 Jan 2014. With 45 places available for each class, a standard £245 ticket guarantees a casual Q&A, champagne reception and goodie bag with a signed photo in it, and other goodies I'm sure. Limited VIP tickets are £349. I can't afford to go, but if you can, and want to, click this URL.

  Approved: La Luz
Having built a convivial (if not radical) line in slight, lopsided doo wop via songs like 'Call Me In The Day' and 'Sure As Spring', both on their 'Damp Face' EP circa 2012, Seattle band La Luz released a like-shaded LP, 'It's Alive', via Hardly Art earlier this year.

Taking the shine off all that a bit, the group's US tour hit the curb last week when their van was hit by a bigger van, injuring several members and breaking all their gear. And van. Luckily, their label has started up a recovery fund, which you can read up on here.

And in the mean time, harking back to happier days, this is 'It's Alive' track 'Brainwash'.
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John Lydon claims Mick Jagger provided legal support to Sid Vicious after Nancy Spungen death
In an interesting interview with Scottish newspaper Daily Record, Johnny Lydon has claimed that Mick Jagger funded legal representation for Sid Vicious after the Sex Pistols bassist was charged with murder following the death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in October 1978.

Recalling the legendary Sid and Nancy relationship, Lydon tells the Record: "Nancy Spungen was a hideous, awful person who killed herself because of the lifestyle and led to the destruction and subsequent death of Sid and the whole fiasco. I tried to help Sid through all of that and feel a certain responsibility because I brought him into the Pistols thinking he could handle the pressure. He couldn't. The reason people take heroin is because they can't handle pressure. Poor old Sid".

Expanding on Spungen's death by stabbing in 1978, and Vicious's death from an overdose four months later, Lydon goes on: "[Spungen's] death is all entangled in mystery. It's no real mystery, though. If you are going to get yourself involved in drugs and narcotics in that way accidents are going to happen. Sid was a lost case. He was wrapped firmly in Malcolm's shenanigans. It became ludicrous trying to talk to him through the drug haze because all you would hear was, 'I'm the real star around here'. Great. Carry on. We all know how that's going to end".

On Jagger's role in providing legal support for an accused Vicious, Lydon continues: "The only good news is that I heard Mick Jagger got in there and brought lawyers into it on Sid's behalf because I don't think Malcolm lifted a finger. He just didn't know what to do. For that, I have a good liking of Mick Jagger. There was activity behind the scenes from Mick Jagger so I applaud him. [And] he never used it to advance himself publicity-wise".

Read the whole interview here.


The Killers to go on a break
Well this is one 'indefinite hiatus' I can make my peace with, The Killers have confirmed they will take a break for a "little while". The band's Ronnie Vanucci revealed they'd be parting ways last week, adding that their appearance at the MTV EMAs this past weekend was their last planned live date.

Vanucci told The Hollywood Reporter: "I don't think it will take an unnaturally long time for us to get together [again], but it's time to take a breather and ground out a little bit... I think everybody is looking forward to putting their feet up for a little while and having some normalcy".

Vanucci's remarks don't really come as a surprise; you've sensed for a while that the band were tiring of gigging and spending so much time together, what with guitarist Dave Keuning pulling out of the group's tour last month and telling the NME: "I am sick of this. I'm done. The end is in sight. Some people might go, 'Why are you complaining?' But you haven't done what I have done, so you can't relate. We just toured a shitload".


Alanis Morisette making Jagged Little Pill: The Musical
Alanis Morisette is working with the people behind Green Day's 'American Idiot' musical, to make a super-'Ironic' stage adaptation of her 1995 LP, 'Jagged Little Pill'. Set to preview on Broadway in 2014, the show will feature all the songs on 'Jagged', plus other tracks, released and not released, from Morisette's oeuvre, and a number written specifically for the score.

'American Idiot' producer Tiwary, who pitched the musical in the first place, says: "It's not a concept album the way 'American Idiot' was. But there is a woman in a relationship where the other person has more power. She ends up getting dumped, and is vilified, but comes to a place of empowerment".

Alanis, who is considering appearing in the show herself, adds: "I don't know whether it would be me starting in the role or coming in at some point, but I'm totally open to the possibility of that. I think once it's written, it will become more obvious whether I was born to originate the role".

Flaming Lips' Ke$ha collaboration is not happening
The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha are no longer going to release an album together. You'd probably forgotten about it anyway, but that was a thing that was going to happen.

Ke$ha, Wayne Coyne et al first worked together on the opening track for the Lips' 'Heady Fwends' album - '2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)' - last year. But last week Coyne tweeted that any hopes for further collaborations were off the cards, writing: "As of now, sadly there will be no Lip$ha. I can't say why... It is sad..."

McBusted tour announced
So as expected, McFly are teaming up with Busted-minus-Charlie for a combined tour, though there'll be no joint record or union-tracking TV show. Under the name McBusted (so not BustedFly then), the combined bands will take a format initially trailed at a recent McFly show at the Royal Albert Hall to the below arena style venues. A website has been promised, but is currently forwarding to the McFly site, though the @mcbusted twitter feed is now active.

18 Apr: Glasgow SSEC
19 Apr: Liverpool Echo Arena
21 Apr: Bournemouth International Centre
25 Apr: The O2, London
28 Apr: Metro Aren,a Newcastle
29 Apr: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
30 Apr: First Direct Arena, Leeds
3 May: Birmingham LG Arena
4 May: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
6 May: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
9 May: Phones4u Arena, Manchester


Bastille, Jake Bugg and AlunaGeorge headlining Crisis presents gig
Bastille, Jake Bugg and AlunaGeorge will split headlining credits at a special Crisis Presents night at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Taking place on 20 Dec, the show - which will also feature musicians from Crisis' music classes - will donate its profits to the charity's Crisis At Christmas initiative, and its other UK projects.

Crisis Chief Executive Leslie Morphy said: "We have some of the best British musical talent lined up for this year's Crisis Presents and would like to thank all the artists, including our own from Crisis, for making it happen. At a time of rising homelessness, events like this are so important".

Find additional details and tickets here.

EMAs presented
Miley Cyrus showed off plenty of flesh, Katy Perry wailed from on high, and Robin Thicke made all the decent people in the room feel a little nauseous once again - yes, it was MTV's Same Old Same Old Awards, aka the EMAs, in Amsterdam last night. So that's fun.

We also learned that next year Glasgow gets to host the music telly firm's big European bash, where we'll presumably get to see next summer's big pop anthem performed live (probably a bouncy Pharrell-produced tune about how much fun it is to slap your girl in the face when she's not got your dinner ready on time).

Anyway, here's a list of EMA 2013 winners for all you good people. And look, 'Blurred Lines didn't win either of the awards it was shortlisted for. Perhaps people aren't as stupid as they sometimes look.

Best Song: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best Video: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best New: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Live: Beyoncé

Best Pop: One Direction
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Look: Harry Styles
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel

Best World Stage: Linkin Park - Mexico 2012
Best Push: Austin Mahone - April 2013
Best Worldwide Act: 李宇春 Chris Lee (Southeast Asia)
Global Icon: Eminem

Celine admits Dion Is Dead rumours a little irritating
Celine Dion has admitted to being a bit peeved about those "Celine is dead" rumours that do the rounds on the social networks from time to time, though mainly because it worries her poor mum. Which is understandable I suppose.

Following the most recent internet rumour, that had Dion being killed in an accident, though half the rumour spreaders said car wreck while the other half reckoned plane crash, the singer told Digital Spy: "Sometimes it's freaky because I have to call my family about it. I was celebrating the birthday of my twins in Montreal and I was getting these phone calls saying there was stuff on Facebook that I was dead".

She went on: "The thing that worries me is my mum. It makes me a little mad - she's 86 years old and if I'm not on the phone telling her I'm OK four seconds after it's on the news... it doesn't matter what they say, it's the impact it has on your family".

So stop spreading Dion Is Dead rumours people. However much fun it might be.

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