An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 4 December 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: YouTube's previously reported in-development audio streaming service won't launch this side of Christmas, according to AllThingsD. And while you probably didn't expect to see the video site's new music service go live so soon anyway, with it only be first mooted in the press back in October, insiders say that at one point there were hopes internally at the Google-owned company that the new... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Hip Brooklynites and blogger's dream Wet are making their way in NYC's thriving alt-pop scene via their very fine 'Wet' EP, which had its release earlier this year. Perhaps the most immediate of its tracks, 'Dreams' drips with sweet appeal and dewy synths, whilst the slightly Bon Iver-esque 'You're The Best' is beautifully life and love-affirming, and still stops short of sickly. I don't know how... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES YouTube music service now likely for Q1 next year
LEGAL Jacksons present arguments for appeal in AEG case
Bognor bootlegger banged up
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Rdio appoints new CEO
New site launches to bring Western artists to Japan
MEDIA Radio 1 right not to play Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead, says BBC Trust
UK version of Vice's Thump electronic music site launches today
Sweary Red Hot Chili Peppers no good for breakfast, OfCom tells Kerrang! Radio
EDUCATION & EVENTS Speakers added to by:Larm programme
ARTIST NEWS Rufus Wainwright planning Hadrian-inspired opera
Third Tame Impala LP is go
RELEASES Release round-up: Kaiser Chiefs, Young Turks, Joan As Police Woman, Charli XCX and The Big Reunion
GIGS & FESTIVALS Drenge plot 2014 headline shows
Taking Back Sunday add London date
Festival line-up update: Reading & Leeds, Gottwood, Rock Werchter, and more
AND FINALLY... Japanese sex doll company builds life-size Lady Gaga replicas
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YouTube music service now likely for Q1 next year
YouTube's previously reported in-development audio streaming service won't launch this side of Christmas, according to AllThingsD.

And while you probably didn't expect to see the video site's new music service go live so soon anyway, with it only be first mooted in the press back in October, insiders say that at one point there were hopes internally at the Google-owned company that the new audio platform could go live this year. A quarter one 2014 launch is now pencilled in, for the US at least.

While YouTube is already basically the world's biggest streaming service, even if that was achieved in a slightly round-about-way, the new venture will likely see a number of innovations: first content owners will be able to upload just audio, allowing album tracks with no video content to be pumped into the system; second, YouTube will go to the labels direct for their tracks, rather than relying on content owners and fans to upload music; and third there may be some sort of ad-free subscription option.

According to AllThingsD, the hold up isn't, as is usually the case, to do with licensing talks with the labels and music publishers, indeed it's thought the existing licences Google has with rights owners for its Google Play streaming service will cover the new YouTube offer. Rather, the team leading the new project are not yet happy with the way their audio-platform works. It's thought that it's the integration of the new YouTube audio service with the site's existing music video content where work still needs to be done.

YouTube, of course, is yet to comment at all on its music service plans, though some code hidden away in a recent upgrade of the video site's Android app offered some clues as to what might be in development.

Jacksons present arguments for appeal in AEG case
Legal reps for the Jackson family have filed documents outlining their case for an appeal hearing in their high profile battle with AEG Live.

As much previously reported, the Jacksons wanted the live music giant held liable for the death of Michael Jackson, because it hired Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted for causing the late king of pop's death in 2009 through negligent treatment.

But after a long court case, a jury ruled that it was reasonable for AEG to assume that a licensed doctor would provide safe treatment, and therefore was not negligent in approving Murray as Jackson's personal medic while he worked on the 'This Is It' project.

The Jacksons announced their intent to appeal that ruling almost immediately, and filed initial appeal documents with the court last month. And now, according to TMZ, Katherine Jackson's lawyers have provided various reasons why an appeal should take place. Amongst them are allegations of jury misconduct and other procedural errors during the original trial and, apparently, new evidence.

A judge will now rule on whether Jacksons v AEG Take Two should be allowed to proceed to court.


Bognor bootlegger banged up
A man from Bognor has been handed an eighteen month prison sentence for running a bootleg CD and DVD operation and possessing what has been described as "one of the largest ever hauls of hi-tech equipment for use in copyright theft ever found in the UK".

After raiding Keith Tamkin's base on Bognor High Street and his home in near by Felpham two years ago, police found more than 100 full computer hard drives, an estimated 150,000 CDs and DVDs, and eight 'multiple bay burning towers'. It is thought Tamkin could have been illegally distributing copies of up to 25,000 albums, films and games.

Tamkin pleaded guilty to possessing the bootlegging kit, distributing copyright material without licence, money laundering and possessing two prohibited weapons, a pepper spray and a stun gun.

The anti-piracy unit of record label trade body the BPI worked with police on its investigation into Tamkin's operation, and its boss David Wood told CMU yesterday: "I would like to thank Sussex Police for co-ordinating efforts to disrupt this prolific production of counterfeit music, film and game repertoire. This case was significant in that it was one of the largest 'domestic factories' uncovered to date in the UK. It had the capability of manufacturing and distributing counterfeit product on a truly commercial scale".

Meanwhile Detective Inspector Chris Neilson of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit added: "Detectives and financial investigators from our unit worked closely with the BPI and were able to establish Tamkin's full role in this case. Co-operation and support from the BPI was key to the success of this investigation and shows how law enforcement and trade groups can work together to help safeguard the legitimate interests of business".

He went on: "Intellectual Property crime and associated offences of money laundering will be pursued by Sussex Police in a co-ordinated way with partners involved in tackling IP crime, including the Intellectual Property Office, in order to disrupt this type of criminality. We will now be seeking a court confiscation order against Tamkin under the Proceeds of Crime Act to take back for society his criminal profits".

Rdio appoints new CEO
Rdio has a new CEO in the form of Anthony Bay, who has previously worked for Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.

As previously reported, the outgoing CEO at the streaming music firm, Drew Larner, announced he was stepping down back in June, saying that "the best person to take this to the next level is probably someone with a different skill set". The company subsequently announced it was streamlining its workforce by about 35 people "to improve cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long term".

Confirming his new job yesterday, Bay told reporters: "Subscription music offers an exciting and compelling customer experience and value proposition, and we are still in the very early days of this opportunity. There are well over one billion smartphone users with millions more joining every day, and our vision is for Rdio to become one of the 'must have' applications for any listener around the world".

Meanwhile Rdio founder Janus Friis added: "Under Anthony's leadership, Rdio will focus on building the world's best free, ad-supported streaming service and dramatically growing our active, paying user base globally. Anthony will also play a critical role in unlocking the value of our global terrestrial radio partnerships. I look forward to working closely with Anthony and continuing to invest in Rdio's success".

As expected, Larner will continue to advise Rdio's board taking the title Vice-Chairman.


New site launches to bring Western artists to Japan
A new site has launched aiming to bring smaller Western artists to Japan to perform live. By adopting a crowdfunding system similar to that of Songkick's Detour website, Alive aims to set aside the fears of both musicians and promoters about losing money on under attended gigs.

Launched in October, the site is currently piloting its service with five indie acts that its team thinks will find a large enough audience to make the costly trip to Japan worthwhile, asking fans to commit to buying tickets for a show if the interest is strong enough.

So far two of those acts, Blue Hawaii and San Cisco, have hit their targets for ticket pledges, with XXYYXX and Crocodiles both currently less than 10% off completion. Nouvelle Vague are currently only halfway to selling enough tickets for a show next March, but if they don't hit the target within the allotted time, it simply won't go ahead and no one is out of pocket.

The site was founded by Tokyo-based British gig promoter Sam Mokhtary, who tells The Japan Times: "A lot of people are losing money on shows [by foreign artists in Tokyo, and] a lot of artists which probably could come to the market aren't being brought here. It seemed like a different kind of approach could benefit all".

As well as Detour, Mokhtary says he was particularly inspired by Brazilian site Queremos!, which launched in 2010 and has been very successful. "It's remote markets that need this kind of service", he says. "That's why Brazil is a great example. It's hard to tour there, it's hard to get in there and it's expensive - it's very similar to Japan. People are passionate about music there; people are passionate about music here".

Currently available only in Japanese, Mokhtary hopes to launch an English version of the site in due course, and to work with artists and promoters on a larger scale. Check out the site here.

Radio 1 right not to play Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead, says BBC Trust
The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint over Radio 1's decision not to play 'Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead' on the 'Official Chart Show' earlier this year.

As previously reported, the song from 1939 film 'The Wizard Of Oz' reached number two in the singles chart in April, as people brought it in 'celebration' of the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Facebook-led campaign to push the song up the charts caused outrage in the political community and the right-wing press.

As it became clear that the song would hit a high position in the chart that Sunday, Radio 1 decided that it would not air the 51 second track, but would instead cut to a Newsbeat report on why the track was in the charts at all when its chart position was revealed.

The Trust rejected a complaint that this decision had been "a breach of the requirement for impartiality", ruling that the "song had become linked with a campaign in the wake of Lady Thatcher's death to display opposition to her premiership and did have the capacity to cause offence because it had been widely publicised as being a way of giving voice to anti-Thatcher feelings".

The Beeb's Editorial Standards Committee added: "Aside from whether or not people had bought the song in order to express anti-Thatcher political sentiments, which listeners may or may not agree with, the song in question was clearly a celebration of a death".


UK version of Vice's Thump electronic music site launches today
Having launched in the US earlier this year, Vice's dance music website and YouTube channel arrives in the UK today, led by editor Lauren Martin.

The site goes online with a previously unpublished Daft Punk interview from 1999, plus exclusive videos from Jon Hopkins and Erol Alkan, plus an article on the life of a touring DJ by Annie Mac. Similar to other Vice sites, such as music-focused Noisey and Motherboard, which covers tech, it will publish a variety of video content, from music videos to documentaries.

Vice's Head Of Music Alex Hoffman told CMU: "Virtually everyone in the Vice world loves clubbing and nightlife culture, but most dance content tends to be somewhat dry and prescriptive. We want Thump to become a destination for everyone that loves, lives and breathes electronic music. And we want it to be fun".

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Sweary Red Hot Chili Peppers no good for breakfast, OfCom tells Kerrang! Radio
Kerrang! Radio has been found to have breached OfCom rules when it played an unedited version of 'Suck My Kiss' by Red Hot Chili Peppers on its breakfast show earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, themedia regulator thought that four instances of the word "motherfucker" was a bit much for a Saturday morning.

The station's owner Bauer Media seemed to blame the incident on the operational changes that occurred in its radio business after its acquisition of Planet Rock and the shift of the Kerrang! Radio studios from Birmingham to London.

The offending track was in a system Bauer had acquired, the media firm said, and while a staff member had spotted that the recording was not daytime radio friendly during the integration and had removed the song, it had then been copied back from the trash folder by mistake. This "technical error" caused the sweary version to be played.

Bauer added that presenter links either side of the song had been pre-recorded, so no one was on-site to spot the error and stop the track playing, or to immediately apologise, but added that an apology had been broadcast the following Saturday at around the same time the track had gone out.

In its ruling, OfCom said that it had taken into account steps taken by Bauer to improve its compliance to the rules, but that it still had to find the station in breach because of, you know, all the swearing. Also, it noted that a similar breach had occurred in April of this year.

Speakers added to by:Larm programme
The 2014 edition of showcase festival and music convention by:Larm in Oslo has been bolstered with a new set of speakers, including Q&As with Erasure's Vince Clarke and 4AD Managing Director Simon Halliday.

Halliday and Clarke join Can's Irmin Schmidt, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Matador Records' Nils Bernstein and Chris Lombardi, and Folkert Koopmans, MD of promoter FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen, on the line-up of interviewees.

See the full line-up of panels and interviews that have been announced so far here.

  Approved: Wet
Hip Brooklynites and blogger's dream Wet are making their way in NYC's thriving alt-pop scene via their very fine 'Wet' EP, which had its release earlier this year.

Perhaps the most immediate of its tracks, 'Dreams' drips with sweet appeal and dewy synths, whilst the slightly Bon Iver-esque 'You're The Best' is beautifully life and love-affirming, and still stops short of sickly. I don't know how they do it.

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Rufus Wainwright planning Hadrian-inspired opera
Having written French libretto 'Primadonna' in 2009, Rufus Wainwright is working on what's to be his 'sophomore' opera, quite slowly, since supposedly it won't go public till 2018. It's inspired by the life of Roman Emperor Hadrian, also drawing from 'Memoirs Of Hadrian', a 1951 novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, and is a collaboration with playwright/director/composer Daniel MacIvor.

Together they tell The Globe And Mail that the story has it all; "a big chorus, lots of characters, the Nile... all of South Asia actually, a love story... a political story ... all the elements of traditional grand opera".

Wainwright adds: "It's important to bring back some of that grandeur of opera of the past. I think in our modern world, among younger audiences especially, there's a hunger for a sort of spectacle that the opera world thinks is no longer relevant. They're like, 'I don't want you to sing about my life; I'm here to see something bigger and grander'".

Rufus will premiere his new production in 2018 with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company.


Third Tame Impala LP is go
Tame Impala's main man Kevin Parker has likened the band's apparently underway third LP, the follow-on to this year's 'Lonerism', to a pizza with hardly any toppings, so that's nice.

Talking it up, or rather, down, to Triple J, he says: "I'm gonna try to make it a bit more minimal this time; only use what's needed. Instead of a supreme pizza, where you just throw everything on, it's kind of just gonna be like a margherita. I don't want to over-fill it".

Fascinating. On his mode of making an album this time around, Parker adds: "I record every day, and I'm trying to stop myself. I like the idea that I could wait until I'm in a situation where I could do it all in a month. This time I don't wanna spend two years every day doing it. It did my brain in. It worked out for the best, or whatever, but I want to preserve my sanity".

And if you're picking up a hint of fatigue in all that, you're quite right. Parker has also told Billboard he's so 'over' all the awards and acclaim Tame Impala are constantly having heaped upon them, saying after winning a hat-tick at this year's ARIAs: "With each award we get, we become a little bit more overrated. That's what it feels like. It's like the next album is going to come out and, well, I'm not sure what people will be expecting".

And having read all that nonsense, nor am I.

Release round-up: Kaiser Chiefs, Young Turks, Joan As Police Woman, Charli XCX and The Big Reunion
Ricky Wilson is to make some extra cash off of his stint coaching on 'The Voice' next year by releasing a new Kaiser Chiefs LP, titled 'Education, Education, Education & War'. Wilson and band's fifth overall, and first following main writer/rhythm provider Nic Hodgson's quitting last year, it'll be released on 31 Mar 2014. The KCs will also promote it by playing live and intimately at the Manchester Gorilla (11 Feb) and London Scala (13 Feb).

Cool label Young Turks has nonchalantly compiled a 'greatest hits' LP, the final part of its year-charting 'YT2013' series. Representing the best of its 2013 releases, which YT has deemed are tracks by The xx, Sampha, Koreless and Pional - plus exclusives by SBTRKT and approved artist FKA Twigs - it'll alight in various formats on 9 Dec. Find all the info on it at this link, and look at this clip for a montage of all the songs on the LP.

Joan As Policewoman has compiled a load of original songs onto a new player titled 'The Classic'. Trailing 2011's 'The Deep Field', it finds Joan (Wasser) "in the best place I've ever been in my life", and will arrive in shops via Play It Again Sam on 10 Mar 2014, around the time Wasser is to play the first in a file of March/April dates listed in their totality here. Meanwhile, watch the new album's title track in motion here.

And ooh, excitingly, Charli XCX has talked a bit about what her second LP might sound like, and apparently it's silly French yé-yé, which is great news. See Charli chatting away via instalment #1 of her new video diary.

Finally and festively, the stars of ITV's 'The Big Reunion', not least Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, 911, 5ive and Honeyz (and, when they don't have anything better to do, Blue), have premiered the vid for their new single, which we're letting get by unscathed because it's for charity. The 'TBR' crew's spin on 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day' is released on 15 Dec in aid of ITV's Text Santa appeal, and can be previewed here.

Drenge plot 2014 headline shows
Rock relations Drenge, aka real-life siblings Eoin and Rory Loveless, have announced a slew of sets, all of them in the new year.

Hinging on a 20 Feb appearance at the London Scala for one of NME's 2014 Awards Shows, which as previously reported are somehow sponsored by the city of Austin, the rest of the slew will flow as follows:

19 Feb: Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
22 Feb: Glasgow, Stereo
23 Feb: Stockton, The Georgian Theatre
25 Feb: Brighton, Komedia
27 Feb: Bristol, The Fleece
1 Mar: Sheffield, The Plug


Taking Back Sunday add London date
Rock lot Taking Back Sunday have announced a 2013 show, their only UK appointment this year, at London's Koko on 6 Dec.

Supporting both the band's TBC sixth album, due to come out in spring, and a tenth anniversary re-release of their very first LP, 'Tell All Your Friends', on 10 Dec, tickets to it will go on sale this Friday.


Festival line-up update: Reading & Leeds, Gottwood, Rock Werchter, and more
So, this is big. A first wave of artists added simultaneously to 2014's so-far-identical Reading and Leeds festival bills. Headliners Blink 182 will review their very finest hits, and as an extra gift to fans, air their TBA seventh LP for the first time.

Of that, the band's Mark Hoppus says: "I'm stoked to play Reading and Leeds 2014. It's our fourth time playing the festivals, and we're very honoured. The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury".

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GOTTWOOD, Carreglwyd Estate, Wales, 19-22 Jun 2014: Calibre & MC DRS, Craig Richards, Crazy P Soundsystem, Dense & Pika, Max Cooper, PBR Streetgang, Prosumer, Ralph Lawson, Session Victim, Stephan Bodzin, Tale Of Us, 2 Bad Mice, Alex Jones, Avatism, Bareskin, Behr, Brackles, Cedric Maison, Chimpo, Dave Beer, Denney, Dustin, Eton Messy, Futureboogie DJs, Gang Colours, General Roots, James Welsh, Konrad Wehrmeister, Kris Wadsworth, Last Magpie, Maribou State, Marko Zenker, Medlar, Mo Kolours, Morris Cowan, Mr Beatnick, Nisse Nilson, OJSmooth, Strategy, TCTs, Tristan Da Cunha, Wolf Music, A&O, Acre, Aerial, Alec Function, Ambitur, Bam, Benedict Jackson, Blackhall & Bookless, Brinsley, Ca$H Back, Camila Fuchs, Charles Darkly, Charlie Banks, Croz, Crump, Dom Chung, Ed Steele & Kostas G, Eldoko, Farrer, Frederick, Ged Lever b2b Leon Gittins, Hamish Cole, Hesseltime, Hijinkx, Hizatron, Hugh Bailey, Hunter Giles, Jigsaw, Jonny Dub, Jonny Opo, Jonny Sleight, Jonny Tawn, Josh T, Krywald, Larkin & The Sky, Major, Mannish Water, Metske, Nanny Banton, Opr8, Owen Howells, Real Nice, Reflec, Remé, Rich Reason, Richard Rowell, Rob Amboule, Sean Brosnan, Silas & Snare Surgeon, Sisterhood, Sly-One, Spam Chop, Sparkz, T-Man, TC, Titan, Tom Rankin, Transmission Collective, Truthos Mufasa.

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, 22-24 Aug 2014: Blink 182, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson, I Am Legion.

NORTHSIDE, Soren Frichs Road, Jutland, Denmark, 13-15 Jun 2014: Pixies, The Blue Van.

READING FESTIVAL, Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, 22-24 Aug 2014: Blink 182, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson, I Am Legion.

ROCK WERCHTER, Leaven, Rotselaar, Belgium, 3-6 Jul 2014: Arctic Monkeys.

UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL, Bisley Pavilion, Brookwood, Surrey, 19-21 Sep 2014: Roddy Radiation & the Skabilly Rebels, The Men They Couldn't Hang, 999, Dragster, Louise Distras, The Spitfires, On Trial, Home Town Hi Fi, No Lip, Jon Lamb, The Tang, The Risk, When We Run.

Japanese sex doll company builds life-size Lady Gaga replicas
Japanese "love doll" manufacturer Orient Industries has announced the addition of a life-size, realistic Lady Gaga replica to its range. Though the company stresses that these particular dolls are not intended for bedroom use.

The press release for the doll, published by E! Online, suggests using it as a conversation starter at parties or for taking "goofy photos", but insists: "No matter how lonely you get, or how good it feels, do not have sex with her".

The main reason for this is that the dolls are only available for hire, though the company may also have been wary of hawking it for anything other than innocent purposes after roping Gaga herself, currently in Japan to promote her 'ARTPOP' album, into appearing at a press conference unveiling their new product.

Speaking at the event, reports The Japan Times, Gaga told the makers: "They look so much like me. I respect your art ... and the detail you put into the dolls".

One of the dolls' key features is the use of bone-conduction technology to allow you to hear music and pre-recorded messages from the singer by pressing your ear to her chest. That probably sounds quite creepy, but if you watch this 'making of' video, you'll see that it... yeah, it's pretty creepy.

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