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Friday 10 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So, Sam Smith has been chosen to be the Sound Of 2014, and finally we all know what to listen to for the rest of the year. Unless, of course, you're following The Telegraph's lead and listening to other artists as well. I'm not sure there's any future in that sort of attitude though. Smith was the artist most pundits on the panel for the poll picked as their perfect pop pick for 2014. Arguably, he breaks the... [READ MORE]
 
THIS WEEK'S CLUB TIP: London's Fabric kicks off it's Saturday programme for 2014 in style with lady of the moment Ms Maya Jane Coles headlining alongside Alex Arnout and Dense & Pika, who will be playing live. Residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis will also be in full effect, with Belgian Peter Van Hoesen also doing a live stint. Room three sees party-makers Louche take over with Detroit's very own Patrice... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Lady Gaga has had a bit of a rant about "those who have betrayed me", suggesting that it's all their fault that the campaign to promote her new album, 'ARTPOP', hasn't gone quite as well as hoped. Who those people are she hasn't said, but we might as well speculate a bit, eh? In a broad sense, there are the staff at Gaga's Haus Of Gaga company, which she set up to work on various creative projects... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Sam Smith tops BBC Sound Of 2014 poll
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LEGAL Flavor Flav arrested on his way to mother's funeral
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DEALS The-Dream leaves Def Jam
Dizz1 signs to Tru Thoughts
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS UK artists could double share of American albums market with right government support, says CBI
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Rough Trade's Christmas sales up 20%
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MEDIA French TV regulator bans raunchy pop vids from daytime
4Music relaunches website
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RELEASES Grimes leaks LP release date
The Men preview new LP
Owls record overdue second LP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & tours round-up: Earl Sweatshirt, Ella Eyre, Shy Nature and Lolo
Festival line-up update: Bugged Out Weekender, Snowbombing and Behind The Castle
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AWARDS BRITs nominations announced
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AND FINALLY... Beef Of The Week #188: Lady Gaga v Those who would seek to betray her
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Physical Operations Manager will be responsible for all aspects of production for albums released outside of North America as well as being the in-house physical distribution expert and assisting the label management team with any inquiries from clients.

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Management Assistant required for London based established artist management company. Role will include providing support to artist managers for release campaigns, promotion and touring, co-ordinating day-to-day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties. Candidates must have a minimum of three years proven management, promotion or label experience.

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Sam Smith tops BBC Sound Of 2014 poll
So, Sam Smith has been chosen to be the Sound Of 2014, and finally we all know what to listen to for the rest of the year. Unless, of course, you're following The Telegraph's lead and listening to other artists as well. I'm not sure there's any future in that sort of attitude though.

Smith was the artist most pundits on the panel for the poll picked as their perfect pop pick for 2014. Arguably, he breaks the survey's own rule of tipped artists "not being generally known by the UK public", having featured on Disclosure's number eleven hit 'Latch' in 2012 and Naughty Boy's number one 'La La La' last May. But who pays attention to the names of featured artists, really? And it's not like any of his releases as a lead artist have charted, so let's just let him enjoy this. Honestly, you all do like to moan, don't you?

Given the news, Smith, who has also been named the BRITs Critics' Choice, screamed from the rooftops: "I'm completely speechless. It's a huge compliment to be recognised by the industry and the BBC in this way. I really didn't expect it. Being amongst names like Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Adele is just incredible because they inspire my music so much".

The complete Sound Of 2014 top five is as follows:

1. Sam Smith
2. Ella Eyre
3. Banks
4. Sampha
5. George Ezra

Flavor Flav arrested on his way to mother's funeral
Public Enemy man Flavor Flav was arrested on Long Island yesterday for driving on a suspended license, but was released pretty quickly because he was in New York State to attend the funeral of his mother, who died on 31 Dec.

According to New York State Police, Flav was pulled over for driving 24 miles an hour over the speed limit, after which officers discovered the hip hopper had sixteen suspensions on his licence and was in possession of a "small amount" of marijuana.

Although originally harking from Long Island, Flav now lives in Las Vegas, but will have to return to his home region to face the traffic violation charges in court at a later date.

The-Dream leaves Def Jam
R&B smooth-o The-Dream, aka Terius Nash, has waved 'adieu' to his long-time label love Def Jam, with whom he's worked as an artist, songwriter and producer since 2007.

Ending his and the Universal division's nearly seven year affair via Instagram, Nash added this pic of the Def Jam logo, typing: "I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream". Exodus The-Dream.

Seemingly referencing back to the time he self-leaked his 'Terius Nash 1997' album in protest at label delays on his 'Love IV MMXII' record, he added: "Creativity! My own time my own way. Just me and spat my engineer at the time. No label at all! Perfect".

Oh right. Looks like he won't 'miss this logo' that badly, after all.

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Dizz1 signs to Tru Thoughts
Australian maker-of-beats Dizz1 has chosen Tru Thoughts, out of all the labels in all the world, to release his new EP 'Everyday Grind'.

Featuring bit-part vocalists Aloe Blacc, Warrior Queen and Jay-Z/Kanye collaborator Om'Mas Keith, it'll be available digitally and on limited red vinyl on 17 Feb.

Stream the title track here.

UK artists could double share of American albums market with right government support, says CBI
The Confederation Of British Industry reckons that UK artists could double their share of the US albums market by 2025 (assuming there is such a thing in ten years time), if only British and European political leaders would get their arse into gear and provide the good old creative industries with the help they need. Bloody political leaders and their reluctance to get their arses into gear.

The UK's creative industries are "world beaters", the CBI enthused as it published a report called 'The Creative Nation', setting out how government could and should be helping the various content and entertainment sectors, which together contribute to the economy £36 billion in Gross Value Added and around 1.5 million jobs. Most of the CBI's proposals aid the creative industries at large, and one specifically aims to benefit the gaming sector, though with the report coinciding with the BRIT nominations last night the trade group headlined its announcement with music. I bet they just wanted an excuse to put a picture of One Direction on their home page.

Introducing the report, CBI Chief Policy Director Katja Hall told CMU: "The UK's creative industries are already world-beaters and make a huge contribution to our economy. Now we need to build on this potential to help them achieve even greater global success. Artists like Adele and One Direction are renowned across the globe, and we believe the UK music industry has the potential to double its share of US album sales by 2025. We should keep thinking big, and with the right support our creative firms can continue to lead the world, create jobs and boost our economy".

The commitments that the CBI wants government to make to aid creative businesses will be pretty familiar to anyone who regularly reads lobbying reports issued by creative sector trade bodies, but the new document calls on political leaders to...

• Unequivocally commit to developing licensing models across the EU to protect businesses' intellectual property.
• Ensure creative firms can access the finance they need to grow.
• Ensure the European Commission accepts a tax credit for video games.
• Boost the development of in-work skills and ensure the apprenticeships system is suitable for creative industries
• Tilt the playing field to help creative businesses export and expand overseas.
• Ensure the new Competition And Markets Authority is responsive to changes in product and geographic boundaries.

The full report can be accessed online here.

Rough Trade's Christmas sales up 20%
Rough Trade Retail saw its pre-Christmas sales grow by 20% year-on-year, while online sales were up 47% following the relaunch of the firm's website back in February.

According to Music Week, the independent music seller says that the bumper Christmas was the result of an "unswerving strategy of adding value without resorting to discounting" online and "a rewarding [in]store experience, curated product selection, authoritative recommendation, live performances and exclusive/bonus product".

While Rough Trade co-owner Stephen Godfroy added: "Independent music stores across the UK are experiencing a sales uplift, with recent BPI figures of vinyl sales in 2013 testament to that fact. At Rough Trade, we continue to improve our percentages and cash margins, as we look to grow our business further in 2014".

Which is all very jolly nice to hear. I expect you all to now exclaim a moderate but joyful "woo" to celebrate.

French TV regulator bans raunchy pop vids from daytime
I've said it before and I'll say it again, won't anyone think about the children? Oh, look, the French have. Well done, France.

Yes, the French TV regulator has decreed that the pop videos for Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' and Britney Spears' 'Work Bitch' should not be shown on daytime TV, because they are too damn raunchy. And a bit silly. Though it's the raunchy thing that has forced France's TV overseer the CSA into action, albeit several months after the offending videos first started doing the rounds.

The CSA said in a statement that the Cyrus vid was too sexually explicit to air when children may be watching, and that the Spears promo, complete with the songstress dressed in bondage gear, shows "a sadomasochistic universe representing women in a way that risks shocking many viewers".

So that's the French kids saved. Five months too late, but they've been saved. Although, it would be just like The Kids to go looking for these videos on YouTube. At 2pm in the afternoon. Which means civilisation is still doomed. So, as you were.

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4Music relaunches website
Channel 4's music channel 4Music, run by the broadcaster's joint venture with Bauer, is only planning to relaunch its website, which will not be just a website after the revamp, oh no, the all new 4Music.com is a "24/7 hangout for visitors to watch and share the best in today's music and pop-culture news". Which sounds tiring. Though it doesn't launch until 27 Jan, so there's plenty of time to get some naps in before it goes live.

Says 4Music MD Matt Rennie: "Our website is an important and growing part of our brand portfolio and with the relaunch the new 4Music.com looks and feels great. We wanted to create something that was informative, engaging and fun and our partners Tokyo Digital and Amido have done a brilliant job realising our web vision for 4Music. The new site combines loads of great editorial and video content with all the features that you'd expect. I know our audience is going to love it!"

The relaunch of 4Music.com later this month follows the unleashing of a new mobile app for sister channel The Box late last year.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Maya Jane Coles at Fabric
London's Fabric kicks off it's Saturday programme for 2014 in style with lady of the moment Ms Maya Jane Coles headlining alongside Alex Arnout and Dense & Pika, who will be playing live.

Residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis will also be in full effect, with Belgian Peter Van Hoesen also doing a live stint. Room three sees party-makers Louche take over with Detroit's very own Patrice Scott and respected selector Cottam playing alongside the party-makers themselves, Brinsley Kazak and Josh T.

Saturday 11 Jan, Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell EC1. 11pm-8am, £15-21, more info here.
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Grimes leaks LP release date
Well, isn't this exciting. Pop wiz Grimes - real name Claire Boucher - kind of shock-spilt the date on which her next LP, the first since 2012's 'Visions', might potentially be released.

She did it via Twitter, replying "sept 9 i think ^_^" when quizzed by MIA fan timeline @MIAupdates.

Whilst the 9 Sep date is strictly provisional for now, this and Boucher's signing to Roc Nation's managerial arm last year are both bright spots on Grimes' 2014 horizon.

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The Men preview new LP
Top-tier rockers The Men have peeled off a new song from their new LP 'Tomorrow's Hits'.

Their first experience in 'high end' recording, we're told, the group's fifth full-length is out via Sacred Bones on 3 Mar, forerunning a European tour beginning on 13 Mar at The Harley in Sheffield. Full listings are supplied here.

The track I mentioned at the start is titled 'Pearly Gates', by the way, and is streaming online now in advance of all the above.

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Owls record overdue second LP
The one-time one hit wonders of slackerish rock, Chicago four-piece Owls, have at last announced their second hit LP-to-be (they hope). The band's first and so far only long player, 'Owls', came out in 2001, after which... um, not a lot got done, until now. Its successor, the ingeniously-titled 'Two', will roll out on Polyvinyl on 24 Mar.

Owls drummer Mike Kinsella defines the mood of their reunion thus: "The band dynamic was eerily similar to the first record... in some ways I think we all regressed to whatever roles we filled then, for better and for worse".

Relive Owls' second youth c/o top 'Two' single 'I'm Surprised' here.

Gigs & tours round-up: Earl Sweatshirt, Ella Eyre, Shy Nature and Lolo
OFWGKTA's favourite kid brother Earl Sweatshirt is going on a tour to support his solo LP 'Doris', which is still out in shops, and still worthy of your time. Comprising four UK/Ireland shows, the run will kick off at London's Brixton Electric on 23 Mar, continuing on to Glasgow's Garage, Manchester's Academy 2, and winding up on 26 Mar in Dublin's Academy.

Full info on Earl's weird 'Wearld' tour is here.

Ella Eyre, highest-placed loser in the BBC Sound Of 2014 list, is making (kind of) like Earl and headlining a set of dates in March. The first is at London's XOYO on 12 Mar, whilst the last of eight is at Manchester's Gorilla on 21 Mar. All shows trail in the wake of Eyre's new 'Deeper' EP, the title track to which is here. Ella fans can check on her live listings, meanwhile, here.

Blushing indie band Shy Nature, who apparently - says the NME - are apt to "appropriate the glossy pop of 'Serontonin'-era Mystery Jets, right down to singer William's Blaine Harrison-esque simper" - are also, like everyone else in this and every Gigs & Tours Round-Up, doing some gigs and tours soon-ish. Their tour runs from 7 Feb at Leeds' Cockpit 3, right up until 16 Feb at the Bristol Lousiana. Jen Long is releasing Shy Nature's new single 'Lie Back' via her Kissability label on 17 Feb, so why not go and listen to it here.

Also, hot hip hop tip Lolo has confirmed her first shows for 2014 in the shape of a "select" Feb trek. She gets going on 20 Feb at The Basement in London, then moves on to the capital's Shacklewell Arms on 4 Mar, before hitting Manchester and Liverpool and looping back to LDN to play Shoreditch House on 11 Mar.

In the meantime, hear her singing with Giggs on 'Gangsters' here.

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Festival line-up update: Bugged Out Weekender, Snowbombing and Behind The Castle
So 2014's edition of Bugged Out's annual two day Pontins party has added another half dozen artists to its bank of acts. Boddika, Jazques Greene, Joy Orbison, The 2 Bears and co join the mix alongside previously announced Sasha, Skream, Kerri Chandler, Ben Pearce, Julio Bashmore and Andrew Weatherall.

With that said, sit back, relax, and take in this handy collation of line-up updates just made to Austria's Snowbombing, and Dorset's mystical Behind The Castle fest...

BEHIND THE CASTLE, Sherbourne Castle, Dorset, 14 Jun: Newton Faulkner, Levellers, Paul Brady, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Steve Knightley, Sheelanagig, Megan Henwood, Boat To Row, Rodney Branigan, Tinderbox, Lizzyspit, Ninebarrow, Cloudi Lewis. www.behindthecastle.co.uk

BUGGED OUT WEEKENDER, Pontins Holiday Park, Southport, Merseyside, 7-9 Mar: Boddika, Green Velvet, Joy Orbison, Jacques Greene, Ten Walls, The 2 Bears. www.buggedoutweekender.net

SNOWBOMBING, various venues, Mayrhofen, Austria, 7-12 Apr: The Cuban Brothers, DJ Yoda, Jaguar Skills, Joris Voorn, Maribou State, Jaymo & Andy George, Ben Klock, Mario Basanov, Hot Since 82, My New Leng, Alex Niggeman, Mat Playford, Ejeca, Artifact, Gerd Jansen, Plump DJs, Clean Bandit, Reeps One, Will Tramp, aUncle Dugs, FACE DJs, Get Low Cartel, Pfeffa, Aartekt, Jacques Adda, Musika! DJs, Sangers, Oli Hackett, Ed Norris, Anna Wall. www.snowbombing.com

BRITs nominations announced
The nominations for this year's BRIT Awards were announced yesterday, which is never not fun, is it? Leading the way this year are Disclosure and Bastille, who both have four nominations.

Upon hearing the news, Bastille's Dan Smith shrieked: "We're completely blown away by the four nominations! When we started the band we never thought we'd be recognised in such a way so the whole thing is an awesome surprise".

Aw, nice. Also nice is that John Grant has been nominated for Best International Solo Artist, alongside Bruno Mars, Drake, Eminem, and Justin Timberlake. It would be fun if he won, wouldn't it? He won't, but it would.

We'll find out exactly who has won that, and everything else on 19 Feb. Except, of course, we already know that Sam Smith is getting the Critics' Choice Award, and the British Producer prize will already have been presented at the MPG Awards.

British Male Solo Artist: David Bowie, Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman, Tom Odell

British Female Solo Artist: Birdy, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula

British Breakthrough Act, Bastille, Disclosure, Laura Mvula, London Grammar, Tom Odell

British Group: Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction, Rudimental

British Single: Bastille - Pompeii, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love, Disclosure feat AlunaGeorge - White Noise, Ellie Goulding - Burn, John Newman - Love Me Again, Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith - La La La, Olly Murs - Dear Darling, One Direction - One Way Or Another, Passenger - Let Her Go, Rudimental feat Ella Eyre - Waiting All Night

British Album Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys - AM, Bastille - Bad Blood, David Bowie - The Next Day, Disclosure - Settle, Rudimental - Home

International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars, Drake, Eminem, John Grant, Justin Timberlake

International Female Solo Artist: Janelle Monáe, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Pink

International Group: Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Haim, Kings Of Leon, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

British Producer: Ethan Johns, Flood and Alan Moulder, Paul Epworth

Beef Of The Week #188: Lady Gaga v Those who would seek to betray her
Lady Gaga has had a bit of a rant about "those who have betrayed me", suggesting that it's all their fault that the campaign to promote her new album, 'ARTPOP', hasn't gone quite as well as hoped. Who those people are she hasn't said, but we might as well speculate a bit, eh?

In a broad sense, there are the staff at Gaga's Haus Of Gaga company, which she set up to work on various creative projects, inspired by Andy Warhol's Factory.

She's generally talked up this operation in the past, but its technical division, Techhaus, was also responsible for that ridiculous 'flying dress' thing she unveiled in November. The much-mocked demonstration took place ahead of her live-streamed 'ARTRAVE' launch event for the album, for which a sponsorship deal with American Express fell through (though AMEX still plumped up the cash to pay for it).

Someone else possibly due some scorn is former PA Jennifer O'Neill, who is suing the singer for unpaid overtime. In September, despite Gaga's attempts to have the case dismissed by dubbing it "bullshit", it was decided that it will go to a full trial with a jury and everything. Which must be annoying.

Plus, of course, just as 'ARTPOP' was about to go on sale in November it emerged that Lady Gaga and her manager Troy Carter had parted ways. Gaga and Carter had worked together since 2007, and the partnership had, up to that point, proven extremely lucrative for both.

One of Carter's key innovations in helping the singer to build the fervent fanbase she now presides over, was the creation of the Backplane technology, upon which Gaga's own social network, LittleMonsters.com was built. And it was on that social network that Gaga made her comments this week.

Asked why the video for her track with R Kelly, 'Do What U Want', is yet to come out, the singer said: "It is late because, just like with the 'Applause' video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result".

Although she never actually mentioned anyone by name, the thinly veiled criticism continued: "Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions. Then they need trillions. I was not enough for some people. They wanted more".

Gaga added that her problems all began when she was forced to cancel tour dates and go into hospital for hip surgery. She wrote: "When I woke up in the hospital after my surgery there were many people that were not there. My health did not matter. I did not matter unless I could perform. This is a very hard lesson. My label was not aware that this was going on. The next few months of 'ARTPOP' will truly be its beginning. Because those who did not care about [the album's] success are now gone".

So that's good. You don't want greedy people who want all your money, but who aren't interested in you making any, hanging around you. That's just bad luck. And now all the extravagant and expensive parts of the launch campaign are out of the way, she can finally get on with promoting the album properly. Or just put it down to experience and try again.

 
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