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Thursday 9 January 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: We've heard mixed things about the currently-in-beta Beats Music streaming service, but if the Beats headphones and speakers business has taught us anything, it's that if you get the branding right you can sell any old shit to idiots. You don't need an MBA to know that idiots are a good demographic to tap, because there's lots of them, and they'll pay a premium if you can convince them you're... [READ MORE]
MUSIC BUSINESS TRENDS 2013/14: In the first edition of the CMU Digest monthly report, out now, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke has picked eight of the key trends and developments that occurred in the music business in the last twelve months, and considers what they mean for the music year ahead. Read the executive summary here, and for the full report sign up to the new CMU Digest service, just £29 for the year!
TOP STORIES Beats plans big ad campaign for streaming service launch
LEGAL Jerry Sadowitz show includes video campaign for actor who died at Doherty party
Insane Clown Posse file new lawsuit against FBI and US Department Of Justice
Digital currency Coinye launches despite legal threat from physical rapper Kanye
DEALS Future Islands sign to 4AD
Kobalt secures Steve Winwood songs catalogue
LIVE BUSINESS VMS secures deal to lead live music at three ARC racecourses, as Jockey Club sets up music venture
MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Latest Momentum Music Fund grants awarded
MEDIA Blur's Dave Rowntree to host Xfm show
Penk sells The Revolution
ARTIST NEWS Rolling Stone writer working on 'definitive' Lou Reed book
Take That give Robbie an 'in or out' ultimatum
RELEASES Wild Beasts detail 'brash' new LP
John Dwyer shares solo track
GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival line-up update: Coachella, SxSW and Summer Sonic
AND FINALLY... Ricky Wilson anxious to cash in as coach on The Voice
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Beats plans big ad campaign for streaming service launch
We've heard mixed things about the currently-in-beta Beats Music streaming service, but if the Beats headphones and speakers business has taught us anything, it's that if you get the branding right you can sell any old shit to idiots.

You don't need an MBA to know that idiots are a good demographic to tap, because there's lots of them, and they'll pay a premium if you can convince them you're "the business". You just need to spend a lot of money to make them hear you. And that's exactly what Beats Music is planning on doing (not that I'm saying the firm's marketing plan specifically targets idiots, though the people running the company are notably non-idiotic, so it probably does).

According to a New York Post article earlier this week, American consumers can not only expect (as we already knew) to see the Beats digital music platform launch this side of the Grammys, but they'll almost certainly hear all about it, with a multi-million dollar ad campaign, including something special during the Super Bowl next month, aka the most expensive advertising platform in the known universe.

But if you've got the budget, and Beats does, it's a sensible strategy when you're launching into a crowded marketplace where the real opportunities probably lie with the consumers yet to embrace streaming music at all, beyond YouTube videos and radio station simulcasts.

Elsewhere in big noise marketing plans, as expected Beats will seemingly launch with a mobile partner in place, in the form of AT&T, while presumably we can expect plenty of celebrity endorsements.

And, having promised to take 'music discovery' to a new level, another un-idiotic move by the Beats team is the reported recruitment of a number of key players from the old fashioned radio world, a weirdly untapped resource by the streaming music market to date, even though radio people, for all their sins, are the experts when it comes to programming music for the masses. And for idiots.

So, that's all exciting, isn't it? And objective number one for Team Beats, according to one of the Post's sources? "They're going to try to blow Spotify out of the water". Though if they want to dominate the US streaming market, it's Pandora, YouTube, iTunes Radio and Clear Channel's iHeartRadio to which they should be aiming their bombs. And beats.

Jerry Sadowitz show includes video campaign for actor who died at Doherty party
Comedian Jerry Sadowitz has added a video appeal to the start of his current shows, according to The Guardian, relating to the mysterious death in 2006 of actor Mark Blanco.

Sadowitz, a friend of Blanco, has been supporting the late actor's mother Shelia in her seven year fight for a full investigation into the incident, and in the video shown before the comedy magic man's performances she explains the details of the case before concluding that "funds are desperately needed to expose this miscarriage of justice".

As previously reported, Blanco fell to his death from the balcony of a London property that was hosting, at the time, a party attended by one-time Libertine Pete Doherty. Blanco had had a run in earlier in the evening with Doherty and his minder Johnny Jeannevol. Having been evicted from the flat, Blanco tried to return a little later, but within minutes was captured on CCTV falling to his death. Doherty et al are then seen leaving the property ten minutes later, examining Blanco's body before running away.

Although police initially concluded Blanco's death had been suicide or accidental, the coroner requested further investigations, though the Crown Prosecution Service subsequently decided there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with the death. But a 'Newsnight' report in late 2012 included the opinions of two experts who said that the CCTV footage suggested that Blanco had been dropped from the balcony by another person.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Doherty expressed remorse for having run past Blanco's body on the night, but insisted neither he nor his entourage had been responsible for the actor's death. Meanwhile Jeannevol, despite having once confessed, for a short time, to murdering Blanco, insisted in the 'Newsnight' report that he was not responsible for the death, adding: "[My] conscience is clear".

Police have undertaken a further review of the evidence since the 'Newsnight' coverage, though Shelia Blanco continues her campaign for a full new investigation. Speaking to The Guardian, Sadowitz says: "It's pretty disturbing that there was no investigation. It was swept under the carpet. Everything surrounding that flat and the people in it seems well protected".

Asked if he thinks the most recent police review of the case will result in anything, the comedian said: "It's not in my nature to be optimistic. You know, society always seems to wait for 30 to 50 years and then say, 'Oh, why didn't we listen to somebody all those years ago?' I'm quite defeatist".

But he is committed to continue showing the pre-show video about the case. "You have to at least try", he continued. "You can't let the details disappear. This was a really decent guy, a good guy. What Mark's mum is doing is unbelievable: she's got a mountain to climb, she has to discuss this with the press, the legal team, everyone, without cracking up. It's very, very tough, and I'll help her if I can".

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Insane Clown Posse file new lawsuit against FBI and US Department Of Justice
Insane Clown Posse, aka hip hop duo Violent J and Shggy 2 Dope, have announced that they have gained support for their legal action against the FBI from civil rights organisation the American Civil Liberties Union and law firm Miller Canfield.

As previously reported, 'Juggalos', as the band's fans are known, were referenced in the FBI's 'National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends' report in 2011, which said: "The Juggalos, a loosely-organised hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognised as a gang in only four states, many Juggalo subsets exhibit gang-like behaviour and engage in criminal activity and violence - law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo subsets".

The group and their label, Psycopathic Records, originally filed a lawsuit against the FBI in September 2012 through law firm Hertz Schram PC. In it, they claimed that the FBI had violated the US Freedom Of Information Act by not providing any documentary evidence to prove that fans of the hip hop duo should be deemed an organised criminal outfit. Yesterday, they filed a new lawsuit also naming the US Department Of Justice as a defendant, and naming four fans of the group as plaintiffs, alongside the duo and their label.

Speaking at a press conference at ACLU's headquarters in Michigan yesterday, the duo said that, in partnership with the civil rights organisation, they were now working with prominent law firm Miller Canfield on the case. One of the ICP fans newly listed as a plaintiff also spoke, saying that he was regularly stopped by police for having Juggalo tattoos and wearing related clothing, insisting that he is "a peaceful person".

Elsewhere in the new suit, another fan says that he was rejected from the US Army because his own Juggalo tattoos were viewed as being "gang-related" by recruiters.

Meanwhile Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joseph Utsler, said at the conference: "We're not a gang, we're a family. We're a diverse group of men and women, united by our love of music and nothing more. We're not a threat, a public menace or a danger to society".

Confident that the new support for their cause will boost their chances of winning, a statement on the group's website confirming the news explained to fans: "With the ACLU and Miller Canfield standing with the Juggalos against the FBI, we have some VERY powerful friends on our side! The ACLU and Miller Canfield both think that the discrimination, profiling and harassment that Juggalos have been facing over the last few years in flat out WRONG and un-American, so now they will be helping us fight our case in court".

It added: "This represents a MAJOR victory for all Juggalos and I guaran-fucking-tee you that if anyone was laughing at the Juggalos v FBI case before, no one is laughing now. THAT'S how much influence the ACLU has and we are SO PROUD and honoured to have them standing up for the Juggalo family".

With the litigation now more than a year old, it's not clear if this new development means we are any closer to a court date. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds, nonetheless.


Digital currency Coinye launches despite legal threat from physical rapper Kanye
A new rival to digital currency Bitcoin, calling itself Coinye, in tribute to Kanye West, launched this week, despite a cease and desist letter from the rapper's lawyers. In fact, the letter brought the new currency's launch forward.

According to the Wall Street Journal, lawyer Brad Rose said in his legal threat: "Given Mr West's wide-ranging entrepreneurial accomplishments, consumers are likely to mistakenly believe that Mr West is the source of your services".

Meanwhile, in a statement, the people behind Coinye said that they were "being attacked with fishsticks and must launch sooner" than their original 11 Jan start date. In an interview with WSJ, one of the creators explained that the decentralised nature of the currency meant that once it was in the public domain, there was nothing that could be done to stop it propagating.

"We want to release this to the public before 'the man' can try to crush it", they said. "They'll still come after us, but that's OK".

You can find out more about Coinye here. And while you might think it silly now, pray heed the lesson of Lily Allen.

Future Islands sign to 4AD
Choosy London-based label 4AD has signed Baltimore trio Future Islands, aka vocalist Sam Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion and programmer Gerrit Welmers.

The band's fourth LP 'Singles', a collaboration with Grizzly Bear's Chris Coady, with will mark their first 4AD release on 24 Mar.

And its tracklisting carries on like so:

Seasons (Waiting On You)
Sun In The Morning
Back In The Tall Grass
A Song For Our Grandfathers
Light House
Like The Moon
Fall From Grace
A Dream Of You And Me


Kobalt secures Steve Winwood songs catalogue
The Kobalt music rights company has announced the acquisition of the entire Steve Winwood songs catalogue, which numbers 177 works. The catalogue has been specifically acquired by the Kobalt Music Copyrights business with support from Kobalt Capital.

Moving forward the catalogue will be marketed and administered by the Kobalt Music Group, while, as part of the deal, Kobalt Label Services will also seek sync opportunities for a number of master recordings controlled by Winwood, including re-recordings of some of his hits.

Confirming the deal, Kobalt boss Willard Ahdritz told CMU: "Steve Winwood has remained a major figure in rock n roll, a respected artist and writer who has helped to create some of pop music's most celebrated songs. We're extremely proud that Steve has chosen Kobalt to be the caretakers of his works. His great music is timeless and will remain relevant and popular for years to come".

VMS secures deal to lead live music at three ARC racecourses, as Jockey Club sets up music venture
Live music company VMS has announced a deal with the Arena Racing Company, which operates fifteen race courses around the UK, to deliver music events on an exclusive basis at three of those sites, in Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Newcastle.

Confirming the deal, VMS MD Steve Forster told CMU: "We are absolutely delighted to have been selected by ARC to be their chosen supplier to deliver live events at three of their racecourses. We put forward what we felt was an excellent proposal focussing on not just the booking of the artist but also our expertise in event delivery, commercial management and ticketing and we are well underway with delivering the programme of events for 2014".

Meanwhile Mark Spincer, MD of ARC, which was created by the merger of Arena Leisure and Northern Racing in 2012, added: "Though we have always delivered a high quality and successful live music programme across our estate, as a larger group it was felt the timing was right to open the delivery of our events to the market, consider our options, and see if there were any ways in which we can improve our offer".

He went on: "Throughout the tender process VMS showed what their skills mix and delivery would bring to the table, and we are delighted to be working with them at three of our courses. We are really looking forward to working with VMS and their team and know that together we can deliver ongoing success to what is already an important part of our customer's experience and the ARC business".

ARC's deal with VMS comes as another major player in the UK racing business, the Jockey Club, launches its own live music venture Jockey Club Live as part of a plan to step up the number of concerts at its sites.

Andrew Wilkinson, one of the people behind the new Jockey Club Live venture, told the Financial Times: "The ever increasing interest in live events means there is a growing opportunity for venues of all sizes, particularly racecourses that are generally not hamstrung by licensing restrictions and objections from neighbours, to provide a range of music and entertainment".

Latest Momentum Music Fund grants awarded
The PRS For Music Foundation has announced the latest artists to receive funding from the Arts Council England-backed Momentum Music Fund, as follows...

Andreya Triana - for recording a second album.

Bear's Den - for recording a first album.

Darkstar - for recording next album and live development.

Lonely The Brave - for UK touring and promotion.

Max Cooper - for promoting single and album releases and live development.

Night Engine - for recording an album and tour support.

NZCA/Lines - for finishing a second album, tour support and live development.

A collection of tracks from the latest supported artists is available on Deezer, which supports the Fund. Meanwhile the next deadline to apply for funding is 24 Jan, more here.

Blur's Dave Rowntree to host Xfm show
Blur's Dave Rowntree is the latest addition to Xfm's line-up of specialist hosts. The drummer will present a new one hour show each Thursday night, starting tonight at 9pm.

Announcing the news, Rowntree said: "I'm incredibly excited at the prospect of having my own show on Xfm. The station is known for its quality music and comedy, and for gambling its future on untried, untrusted and usually unwashed presenters. I'm genuinely humbled to be part of that tradition".

Managing Editor at Xfm, Chris Baughen, added: "Dave has pretty much seen, done and won everything when it comes to music. In addition to this, he's a natural born presenter who I'm sure will become a firm favourite with the Xfm audience by the end of his first link".

You can see Rowntree's profile on the Xfm website here.


Penk sells The Revolution
Steve Penk has sold his Oldham-based radio station The Revolution to a new company led by Matt Ramsbottom, a former MD at Orion Media.

Penk acquired The Revolution in 2008 and spent most of his time as owner of the business also fronting its breakfast show, notably provoking the ire of regulator OfCom by once playing Van Halen's 'Jump' when the main news story in the region that day was that local roads had come to a standstill because a woman was threatening to jump off a bridge onto a motorway.

Penk told Radio Today earlier this week: "I can confirm we have finalised the negotiations and completed a deal with Credible Media this morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team, past and present for their hard work and loyalty over the last five and a half years. I have enjoyed developing both the radio station and the brand through a tough financial period and will miss the staff, customers and listeners".

Ramsbottom added: "I'd like to thank Steve and wish him all the best in the future. He is a highly experienced broadcaster, as well as a professional media owner - I'd personally like to hear him back on the radio very soon. Steve has been highly complimentary of The Revolution team and I'm looking forward to getting to know them over the forthcoming months".

Rolling Stone writer working on 'definitive' Lou Reed book
Rolling Stone's Will Hermes is to write a "full, definitive biography" of Lou Reed, who, of course, died in October 2013, of liver failure, aged 71.

Confirming he's given the book the working title 'Lou: A New York Life', Hermes told the New York Times: "New York will figure prominently, because how could it not? Reed loved the city deeply, based his adult life here, rooted much of his work here and was a huge figure in our cultural life. I think we have yet to fully measure the loss. He was one of the greatest artists of our generation".


Take That give Robbie an 'in or out' ultimatum
Apparently Take That have given Robbie Williams a March deadline by which time he has to say, either way, whether he'd like 'in' on the band's new LP. Presumably Gaz, Howie, Jase and um, Mark Owen would rather he put in the work now, and not just swing in and seize all the glory once it's done. And rightly so.

Confiding in The Sun - because, well, why wouldn't you? - a source reckons: "The schedule will all be planned in the coming weeks and writing sessions organised for the new album. Gary and the boys want Robbie back but he has yet to make a concrete decision. He has his own tour this year and is going to be busy with that. He has until March to decide whether he wants to be part of the writing process".

Wild Beasts detail 'brash' new LP
So, Wild Beasts are back with a lean and mean new single, titled 'Wanderlust'. It's meant to ease fans in to the idea of the band's "dramatically new" LP, 'Present Tense', which follows 2011's 'Smother', hitting shops on 24 Feb via Domino.

Remarking on the band's "brash" new era, co-vocalist Tom Fleming told this to This Is Fake DIY last month: "I think, for want of a better phrase, we wanted to repel the beards a little bit. The slight dad-rock crowd; with touch points like Kate Bush, Talk Talk, it's very easy to slip in to a facsimile of that. We're very aware that this is 2013 and we can't do that".

Here's 'Wanderlust', anyway. Dads-with-beards are free to leave.


John Dwyer shares solo track
Since his band Thee Oh Sees are taking a "well deserved break" at present, I guess this is as free a time as any for John Dwyer to spend 'finding himself' as a soloist. The search so far has lead to a new LP he'll release under the alias Damaged Bug, titled 'Hubba Bubba'.

Screen it pre its 25 Feb release by giving 'Eggs At Night' a listen, and sizing up its tracklisting:

Gloves for Garbage
Rope Burn
Eggs At Night
SS Cassidinea
Hubba Bubba
Sic Bay Surprise
Hot Swells
1/2 An Airplane
Metal Hand

Festival line-up update: Coachella, SxSW and Summer Sonic
Three is the magic number in today's FLUU, as a trio of big-hitting international fests add new waves of artists to their respective listings. First off is Coachella, which will be headlined by Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire. So that confirms those Outkast reunion rumours then. Cool.

Find the entirety of that Coachella line-up, plus further exclusives c/o Japan's super-massive Summer Sonic and tasty, Texan-fried BBQ band rack SXSW below these words...

COACHELLA, Indio, California, USA, 11-13 Apr and 18-20 Apr: Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Haim, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlohmo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, Goat, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys, Queens of The Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire of The Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi, The Head and The Heart, Sleigh Bells, Cage The Elephant, City and Colour, Chvrches, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, The Naked and Famous, Temples, Mogwai, Warpaint, Solange, Washed Out, Future Islands, Ty Segall, Darkside, Banks, Tiga, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Netsky, RL Grime, Galantis, Foxygen, White Lies, Graveyard, The Internet, Laura Mvula, The Dismemberment Plan, Headhunterz, Blood Orange, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Bear Hands, The Magician, Young & Sick, Unlocking The Truth, Saints of Valory, Carbon Airways, UZ, Syd Arthur, Bicep, Drowners, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Motörhead, Alesso, Duck Sauce, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Flosstradamus, The Toy Dolls, The 1975, Adventure Club, Big Gigantic, Chance The Rapper, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Rudimental, STRFKR, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Flight Facilities, Frank Turner, John Newman, Maceo Plex, Superchunk, Bombino, Daughter, Bad Manners, Surfer Blood, Lee Burridge, Poolside, Classixx, Showtek, James Vincent McMorrow, Bo Ningen, Aeroplane, Ratkin, Jhené Aiko, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Factory Floor, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anne Lunoe, The Martinez BroThers, Scuba, John Beaver.

SUMMER SONIC, Tokyo/Osaka, Japan, 16-17 Aug: Arctic Monkeys, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Avenged Sevenfold, Phoenix.

SXSW, various venues, Austin, Texas, USA, 11-16 Mar: Action Bronson, Dum Dum Girls, Charli XCX, Perfect Pussy, Band Of Skulls, Russian Red, Melissa Etheridge, Martin Garrix, HyunaA (full list here).

Ricky Wilson anxious to cash in as coach on The Voice
Likely to the BBC's immense delight, Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson has admitted he isn't doing a coaching stint on 'The Voice' solely for the love of televised singing competitions, or swivel chairs. No, he's also doing it to shift sales of the band's new LP, 'Education, Education, Education & War'. I mean, what did you take him for, some kind of fucking idiot?

Talking from atop his soapbox via this week's NME, Wilson says: "I love my band and I want our new record to get noticed. I know that everyone is going, 'He thinks he's going to sell more records and more tickets'. And that is why I'm doing it. I'm not a fucking idiot".

So come on, don't be an idiot. Buy 'Education, Education, Education & War' once it's released on 31 Mar. And watch 'The Voice', which begins airing its new series this Saturday, featuring Ricky, coaches-of-old Tom Jones and, and token girl Kylie Minogue.

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