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Wednesday 8 January 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Ministry Of Sound nightclub's future has been assured, after its owners reached an agreement with property developer Oakmayne over a new block of flats to be built opposite the venue. As previously reported, Ministry was successful in convincing Southwark Council's planning department that the 41 storey building would cause problems for its business - predicting complaints from new... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Ministry Of Sound reaches agreement with property developer
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Germany puts streaming data into its singles chart
LIVE BUSINESS New opening date for DHP's Oslo
MARKETING & PR Beth Brookfield launches Bandwagon Press
MEDIA Billboard publisher revamps, puts Hollywood Reporter boss in charge
Absolute Radio cuts off non-UK streams after Bauer acquisition
INDUSTRY PEOPLE Lyor Cohen to reveal 300 plans at MIDEM
ARTIST NEWS 1D, Miley, Drake and Bieber make Forbes' '30 Under 30' cut
RELEASES Secret 7" scheme to sell singles by Lorde, Jake Bugg and Black Sabbath
Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society trail new LP
Lyla Foy reveals LP details
Sondre Lerche previews film score
GIGS & FESTIVALS Laura Mvula to play MasterCard Priceless gig
AWARDS Trevor Horn to receive MPG's Outstanding Contribution Award
Voting open for Parliamentary Jazz Awards
AND FINALLY... Only having one female judge is good for The Voice, says Kylie
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Ministry Of Sound reaches agreement with property developer
The Ministry Of Sound nightclub's future has been assured, after its owners reached an agreement with property developer Oakmayne over a new block of flats to be built opposite the venue.

As previously reported, Ministry was successful in convincing Southwark Council's planning department that the 41 storey building would cause problems for its business - predicting complaints from new neighbours about noise. However, London mayor Boris Johnson then agreed to review the decision, saying in May that the two sides should get together and work out a solution themselves.

Apparently a mutually agreeable solution has now been found whereby MOS will not have to reduce its current noise levels. In part, this is down to Oakmayne adapting the design of its building to make it more soundproofed. Everyone happy, Johnson approved the planning application on 19 Dec, with building work due to commence shortly.

In a statement, Ministry Of Sound Group's chief exec Lohan Presencer said: "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with [Oakmayne's business partners] Englewood Ltd that safeguards our future while allowing new development in Southwark. This is a significant planning breakthrough for London, setting a precedent for how new housing and existing businesses can live together. We are grateful to the Mayor for his efforts and look forward to welcoming our new neighbours to the area".

Chris Shaw of chartered surveyor Shaw Corporation, which worked on the tweaks to the new building, said: "We are happy to have reached this landmark agreement with Ministry of Sound Group. It will enable us to deliver much needed housing to London while ensuring the nightclub remains fully protected. This agreement means that both sides can truly co-exist in Southwark. We look forward to working together to achieve this objective".

Work on the new development is due to be completed in 2017.

Germany puts streaming data into its singles chart
The German record industry is adding streaming data into it's official singles chart, following the lead of music chart makers in the US, Sweden and Norway. Though only stats from subscription-based streaming services will be included, initially at least, in the overall singles top 100, with a stream being counted as a listen once at least 31 seconds of a track has been consumed.

A separate streaming chart is also being launched that will include freemium streaming data as well, which would usually mean all-important YouTube stats being included in the mix, except of course the Google-owned video site isn't a music hub in Germany because of those wacky GEMA guys and their tendency to scream "Nein, Nein, Nein, Nein, Nein".

Confirming that streaming data will now be mixed into the country's charts, the MD of Germany's record industry trade group BVMI Dr Florian Drucke told CMU: "The growth of streaming is one of the most significant trends in music, and in recognition of this fact, and to more accurately represent the success of tracks across all platforms, we will now include streaming data in our Top 100 singles chart. This will improve the accuracy of the German charts in assessing the success of artists and bands".

The move may increase demands in the UK for streaming stats to be incorporated into the main singles chart over here as well, the British digital music market being somewhat more mature than that in Germany (not least because streaming services were held back there somewhat by the aforementioned "NO!!!!!!!" policy of collecting society GEMA).

The UK's Official Charts Company has so far resisted putting streaming stats into its main singles chart, although it does process streaming data for a standalone countdown. Putting streams into the main singles list probably wouldn't vastly change the order in which tracks appear in any one week, though in the year-end charts it was interesting that while the main charts were dominated by urban, pop and EDM acts, the top two most streamed artists of the year were indie rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Bastille.

New opening date for DHP's Oslo
The new East London venue from DHP Family, Oslo in Hackney, will now open on 17 Jan, original plans to open back in November having been put on hold after a nearby building started falling over. The new space will stage both gigs and club nights, as well as operating as a bar and restaurant.

DHP MD George Akins told CMU: "It's great to be making an impact in East London. I'm looking forward to introducing Oslo as a place where good music, fantastic food and inventive drink menus come together to provide a great culinary, social and cultural experience".

He added: "We're delighted to have the opportunity to add something fantastic to the already amazing Hackney and East London music, food and nightlife mix. And, of course, it's pleasing to reflect a bit of my Norwegian roots in the Oslo name and offering!"

Beth Brookfield launches Bandwagon Press
Music PR Beth Brookfield, previously with SJM and Sony Music, and most recently Senior Press Officer at Purple PR, has just announced the launch of her own music publicity company Bandwagon Press. The new agency launches with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Embrace, Black Submarine, Bipolar Sunshine and Society on its roster.

Confirming the launch of Bandwagon Press, Brookfield told CMU: "After twelve years of working in music PR, with roles at SJM Concerts, Sony Music and most recently as Senior Press Officer at Purple PR, I am thrilled to have launched my own PR company".

She went on: "Bandwagon Press offers a national press service to various genres of artists. I have a varied roster of both established and new acts and there is lots more exciting talent on the horizon too".

Billboard publisher revamps, puts Hollywood Reporter boss in charge
US finance firm Guggenheim Partners has announced a new year rejig of its media company - which I think has been known of late as Prometheus Guggenheim Digital Media (it's had various variations of that name in recent years) - and which includes American record industry trade magazine Billboard amongst its portfolio.

The revamp follows the sale late last year of the firm's film/theatre industry magazine and casting service Backstage and the gig bookings website Sonicbids to RZ Capital (just as Sonicbids launched a site revamp which, I think it's fair to say, wasn't particularly well received).

Last April, Backstage having bought Sonicbids, and Guggenheim having regained full control of Backstage, the company plonked those two brands alongside Billboard in a new unit called the Billboard Group, led by John Amato commercially and Bill Werde editorially, the men who had previously overseen Backstage and Billboard respectively.

But with Backstage and Sonicbids now gone, Billboard is being partnered up with the company's other entertainment industry trade mag, The Hollywood Reporter, creating a unit to be known as the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group, which will be led by the aforementioned Amato and, on editorial matters, by Janice Min, Editor of The Reporter.

The firm's Entertainment Group will sit alongside another unit that will operate its advertising industry and event brands: Adweek, the CLIO Awards and the Film Expo Group.

Amato and Min will report into Guggenheim Partners President Todd Boehly, who told reporters: "We believe that this new structure will not only foster growth, but allow enhanced opportunities for advertisers, readers, viewers and/or audiences and, of course, our employees. We see significant growth potential beyond our current platforms. The new structure will also allow synergies within each of these two new organisations which will foster growth and enhanced opportunities for each of our constituencies".

Werde, a popular editor at Billboard, who has also built up quite a personal following on Twitter, will seemingly step away from the record industry title, but may stay with Guggenheim to work on other projects.

He posted to Tumblr last night: "Mine has been an amazing seat from which to watch the entertainment business evolve. Guggenheim Digital has expressed interest in me working to develop some new ideas within their framework of companies, and I look forward to applying an entrepreneurial approach to the entertainment and media realms that we've all spent so much time studying. More soon!"


Absolute Radio cuts off non-UK streams after Bauer acquisition
Absolute Radio has blocked international listeners from receiving its services online, presumably because of the licensing costs of providing music services worldwide. The radio firm said that while it valued its international audience, the company was funded by British advertisers, making webcasting beyond the UK unviable.

The firm said in a statement: "We do care about our [international] listeners, of course, but we are a broadcaster funded entirely by UK advertising derived from UK listening. It is, therefore, very unfortunately, not economically viable for us to continue to meet the cost of providing non-UK streams".

The development is the first big move at the national rock station since its acquisition by Bauer Media was approved by the Office Of Fair Trading just before the Christmas break.

There had been speculation that Bauer might quickly wind down some of Absolute's spin-off services, but the company says it has no such plans at the moment. It remains to be seen how Bauer's various rock radio brands - Kerrang!, Planet Rock and Absolute - now interact with each other.

Lyor Cohen to reveal 300 plans at MIDEM
Former Warner Music man Lyor Cohen will reveal plans for his previously reported new Google-backed music business venture 300 at MIDEM next month, and there's nothing you can do to stop him.

Cohen will discuss his new "music content company" with Tommy Boy boss and New Music Seminar chief Tom Silverman on the second day of this year's MIDEM bash in Cannes, on 2 Feb

Confirming the booking, MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot told CMU: "Lyor Cohen has been one of the most influential industry players over the past decades, and he is now embarking on an exciting new venture which promises to push the envelope in terms of artist development and distribution. We are thrilled he has chosen MIDEM as a platform to give the music industry a first look at his vision".

So, if you want to know more about his new company, you'll just have to wait a little longer. If you want to know how he likes to spend a Sunday though, look no further than this New York Times profile.

1D, Miley, Drake and Bieber make Forbes' '30 Under 30' cut
Forbes has just published its '30 Under 30' lists for 2014, one of which is devoted to 'music's brightest young stars'.

On the artistic side, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Calvin Harris and Lorde are all predictably on the list, which is determined by expert panellists ex Def Jam premier Kevin Liles, Live Nation's reigning CEO Michael Rapino, and John (Hall &) Oates, and isn't ranked.

Influential business figures also tipped by the business mag include Grooveshark co-bosses Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg (somewhat controversially - given the ongoing disputes over rights and takedowns), BandPage man James Sider, streaming app Songza's dream team Peter Asbill and Elliott Breece, and Tunezy entrepreneur Derek Fung.

So well done to them. Read the Forbes' full '30 Under 30' music list here.

Secret 7" scheme to sell singles by Lorde, Jake Bugg and Black Sabbath
Charity vinyl scheme Secret 7" will this year feature singles by Black Sabbath, Lorde, Jake Bugg, Elbow, Massive Attack and... Roxy Music and T Rex, which is quite a mix.

The initiative pairs seven sets of 100 seven-inch singles with secret one-of-a-kind sleeves designed by leading creatives, 'secret' sleeves in that, like a box of chocolates (and life itself) you never know what you're gonna get. Until you've paid up and it's all too late, that is.

Still, did I say it's really cool and for charity? Because it is. All 700 singles and their hidden sleeves will be released on Record Store Day, which this year is on 19 Apr.

Details are here.


Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society trail new LP
Ozzy O's former go-to ripper, guitarist Zakk Wylde, is to release a new LP as leader to his band Black Label Society.

BLS's latest, which trails 2010's 'The Order Of The Black', is titled 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican', and will be available via the Mascot Label Group on 7 Apr.

Have a look at a promo clip for the LP now.


Lyla Foy reveals LP details
London singer-writer Lyla Foy, the Sub Pop-signed artist formerly known as WALL, has revealed details of her new LP, most significantly of all its title ('Mirrors The Sky') and release date (17 Mar).

She'll celebrate the big release with a mini string of live dates beginning at Bristol's Louisiana on that same day. Waiting in the wings in the meantime are the LP's airy lead single, 'Feather Tongue', and tracklisting. See/hear them here.

I Only
No Secrets
Only Human
Feather Tongue


Sondre Lerche previews film score
Norwegian star and self-styled 'velvet viking' Sondre Lerche has shared a new track titled 'Palindromes', a collaboration with Kato Ådland, as part of the pair's original score to indie horror 'The Sleepwalker', a new film by Mona Fastvold.

The song will be available as part of the whole score, which is released next week. Stream it, and Lerche's daring take on Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball', while you wait.

Laura Mvula to play MasterCard Priceless gig
Blossoming pop artiste Laura Mvula will play an 'intimate' (or so it claims the flyer) show in London on 16 Jan, at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Mvula will do so as the first act so far confirmed for MasterCard's BRITs-related Priceless gigs, which last year featured Emeli Sande, Ne-Yo and Rita Ora.

As is usual with Priceless dates, tickets for the shows by Mvula and the rest of MasterCard's TBA 2014 poster kids are free, and available only by following orders (promotional RTs, hashtags and the like) via the @MasterCardUK Twitter. Info on what to do is at

Mvula says with considerable zeal: "After such a whirlwind past twelve months, being asked to perform at one of MasterCard's Priceless London gigs is really exciting. I can't wait for me and my band to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Emeli Sandé, Ne-Yo, Rita Ora and other high calibre artists which made last year's line up so incredible".

Trevor Horn to receive MPG's Outstanding Contribution Award
The Music Producers Guild has announced that it will give Trevor Horn its Outstanding Contribution prize at its annual awards ceremony next month. Which seems like a jolly good idea to me.

MPG Chairman Steve Levine told CMU: "I'm thrilled that the MPG is recognising Trevor with this award. I have known Trevor for over 30 years and have always admired his innovative production skills. He has always pioneered the use of new technology and is always happy to exchange and share his knowledge with other producers and with manufactures to help move that technical curve further forward. He is a very worthy recipient of this extremely prestigious award".

The MPG Awards will take place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London on 13 Feb.


Voting open for Parliamentary Jazz Awards
So, who do you think the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group should be giving awards to at its annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards in May? Putting democracy into action for once, the MPs involved are asking for anyone with an opinion to enter their favourite jazz types in the various categories on offer.

The deadline to put forward your entries - which you can do here - is 3 Feb, after which shortlists will be drawn up by a judging panel. Then the winners will be named during a ceremony at the House Of Commons on 14 May.

Only having one female judge is good for The Voice, says Kylie
Kylie Minogue has said that making her the lone female judge on 'The Voice' is good for the show, because it means that the press can't make up stories about "bitchiness". It's the world that Mary Wollstonecraft once could only dream of.

Speaking at the launch of the new series, Kylie said: "I think it works really well, just because it stops there being any stories about bitchiness, cattiness or any kind of competition. I hope that I'm giving a voice to the girls and the women who look up to me - or anyone like me in the business. Maybe it is proportionate to what it is in the industry. Maybe it would be interesting to flip it up another season and have three women and one guy".

Denying that fears of gossip and bitchiness were behind the hiring process for the judging panel, which includes another newcomer Ricky Wilson and original judges and Tom Jones, the Beeb's Controller Of Entertainment Commissioning Mark Linsey told BBC News: "It's fair to say our coaches are chosen for their musical credentials first and foremost. With this four, we're lucky to certainly have those in bucket loads and have a range of musical ability".

The new series of the show begins this Saturday on BBC One. It will be a picture of gentlemanly disagreement.

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