An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Tuesday 14 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sony/ATV has settled its legal dispute with the Gaye family over Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', possibly because Marvin Gaye's children raised issues around the music publisher's market dominance in their litigation. That's not something Sony/ATV chiefs want debated too much in the public arena, they having successfully speeded through their mega-acquisition of the EMI publishing... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Hailing from Rio De Janierio, rap trio Pearls Negras released their debut mixtape 'Biggie Apple' late last year. Somewhat lost in the end-of-year silliness, the seven track collection makes too loud a noise to be lost for good. With beats produced by British duo David Alexander and Jan Blumentrath, they deliver an angry concoction of English and Portuguese lyrics, designed to give an insight into the life of... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Sony/ATV settles with Gaye family over 'Blurred Lines'
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LEGAL LA judge dismisses Jacksons' call for retrial in AEG case
IFPI issues 100 millionth takedown, calls on Google to do more about piracy
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DEALS Troy Carter confirms Miguel and John Mayer signings
Snow Patrol's Polar Patrol Publishing signs Belle & Sebastian
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BRANDS & MERCH Bravado's UK chief promoted to European sales role
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ARTIST NEWS Gender Equality Is A Myth, writes Beyonce
Range 'taking a break' from Sugababes
Louis Tomlinson books Doncaster Rovers debut
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RELEASES Paloma Faith details LP, Pharrell-featuring single
UK release for Sky Ferreira's Night Time, My Time
Mac DeMarco announces third LP
Liars untangle LP info
O Genesis label comp to feature Nik Colk Void, R Stevie Moore, Keel Her
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Red Hot Chilli Peppers invited to spice up Super Bowl show
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AND FINALLY... Alex James planning Britpop drink
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WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER/PA (MATERNITY COVER)
Office Manager/PA required for maternity cover contract for London-based established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the entertainment industry.

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DISCIPLE MEDIA - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Disciple Media is looking for a business development executive. Your job will be to identify musicians who will thrive on our mobile platform and manage the sales pipeline.

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SNAPPER MUSIC - PRESS & PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR
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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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ESSENTIAL MUSIC - HEAD OF DIGITAL STRATEGY & MARKETING
The Head of Digital Strategy & Marketing will be the lead digital strategist representing distributed labels and artists. They will craft and execute digital campaigns for select projects, spanning promotion, social strategy, community engagement, D2C, and partnership opportunities.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGER, THE BORDERLINE
MAMA & Company is looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant General Manager with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of London’s most established venues. As AGBM, you will have experience of duty management, diary management, liaising with clients, forecasting and budgeting, venue administration and a passion for live music.

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Internship available for Digital Assistant at label specialising in rock n roll, blues, soul and jazz music. You will be tasked with sourcing and digitising content and ideally, you will be passionate and knowledgeable about this era of music and able to contribute creatively, as well as being technically proficient with all things digital.

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DAINTY GROUP - TOUR ACCOUNTANT
Dainty Group is an Australian-based and internationally renowned live entertainment business which presents world class concerts, musicals, exhibitions, sports and special events. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the finance team as a Tour Accountant, based in Southbank, Melbourne. The successful candidate will have extensive tour accounting experience ideally gained in an international environment. The package is negotiable based on experience.

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Sony/ATV settles with Gaye family over 'Blurred Lines'
Sony/ATV has settled its legal dispute with the Gaye family over Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', possibly because Marvin Gaye's children raised issues around the music publisher's market dominance in their litigation. That's not something Sony/ATV chiefs want debated too much in the public arena, they having successfully speeded through their mega-acquisition of the EMI publishing company with minimum fuss in 2012 while everyone was distracted with Universal's takeover of the EMI record company.

As previously reported, the Gaye family have accused misogyny-pop maestro Robin 'incredibly' Thicke of lifting from Marvin Gaye track 'Got To Give It Up' for his slightly controversial hit 'Blurred Lines'. Partly because the Thickster once told GQ: "Pharrell [Williams] and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favourite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up.' I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that' ... we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it".

The legal battle between the Gaye family and Thicke himself, and his publisher Universal, is ongoing, but Sony/ATV was pulled into the squabble too because it represents Williams in the publishing domain. Moreover, Sony/ATV/EMI also manages the song copyrights in 'Got To Give It Up', which added an extra dimension to the case. The Gaye family said that the EMI publisher had failed in its duties, first by not spotting that 'Blurred Lines' lifted from the Gaye track, and then by putting inappropriate pressure on the family not to sue and hinder "the goose that laid the golden egg" (ie the Thicke/Williams hit).

The Gaye's lawsuit added that, by now controlling nearly a third of the songs market since the merger of the Sony/ATV and EMI publishing businesses, conflict of interests such as this were likely to occur within the company relatively regularly, and this was an example of Sony/ATV being unable to properly handle such a problem. It said: "The EMI defendants have proven that they cannot be trusted to remain neutral and impartial, and that they are unworthy of the level of trust and professional conduct which is required of a copyright administrator".

Tough talking. But Sony/ATV now won't be forced to defend its abilities to cope with conflicts between songwriters across their vast catalogues having reached a settlement with the Gaye family, terms of which are not known. Though, if the Thicke side of the dispute does get to court (which it probably won't, he's not that thick), then the Sony publisher might still be called to explain why it was so certain there was no lifting from 'Give It Up' in the creation of 'Lines'.

LA judge dismisses Jacksons' call for retrial in AEG case
An LA judge has rejected a retrial bid by Katherine Jackson in her long-running legal dispute with AEG Live, promoters of her late son's ill-fated 'This Is It' venture.

As much previously reported, the Jackson family claimed that AEG, as 'This Is It' promoter, should be held liable for the late king of pop's demise, because it employed Conrad Murray, the medic jailed for causing the singer's death through negligent treatment.

But after a long trial last year the jury hearing the case decided that, while AEG did hire Murray, because he was a licensed doctor it was reasonable for the live firm to assume that he would provide safe and proper healthcare.

In a first appeal bid, the Jacksons claimed that a number of mistakes were made in the original trial, mainly that the jury were incorrectly briefed by the judge. But legal reps for AEG argued that wasn't true, that the court battle had been conducted fairly and that jurors were correctly briefed.

And the judge considering Katherine Jackson's appeal concurred. AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam told the New York Daily News: "We couldn't be more pleased with the court's ruling. We were confident that the court would uphold the jury's verdict, the product of five months of their careful focus and attention".

Though the Jacksons are not done yet, with TMZ reporting that papers have already been filed with the California Court Of Appeal.

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IFPI issues 100 millionth takedown, calls on Google to do more about piracy
Following the news last year that UK record label group BPI had now issued 50 million takedown notices to Google, requesting that links to copyright infringing files be removed from the web giant's search engine, now the globally-focused record industry trade body the IFPI has confirmed it has issued 100 million. Which is an awful lot of takedown notices.

Although takedown notice issuing has already become a routine part of copyright management for many record labels and music publishers (with notices issued against blog platforms and user-upload sites as well as search engines), and although most big web firms comply with takedowns (which are actually issued inline with US law), many content owners reckon Google could and should be doing more to combat piracy itself.

And that's the viewpoint put forward pretty strongly by IFPI boss Frances Moore in a polemic timed to coincide with the 100 millionth takedown. Insisting that past commitments by Google to become more proactive in combating piracy have come to little, and adding that by linking through to so much infringing content the web giant is hindering the digital music start ups as much as record labels, music publishers, recording artists and songwriters, Moore calls on the digital giant to commit to several measures.

Those measures include making good on past promises to ensure that licensed music sites appear higher in Google search lists, adding a consumer-guiding icon next to content that comes from sites known to be licensed, doing more to reblock content previously blocked when it reappears at a slightly altered URL, and stepping up auto complete rules so that Google doesn't suggest search terms likely to lead to piracy sites.

As previously reported, in the past Google has made some commitments to prioritise legit content in its search results and has removed some piracy terms from auto-correct, though the IFPI insists those measures haven't come to much. And in the main, Google has resisted calls to step up their anti-piracy measures, instead insisting that content owners should be targeting the ad networks and payment providers than enable piracy operations to make money. Though the IFPI has been doing quite a lot of that too, but still reckons Google should be playing its part in the piracy battle.

Read Moore's full opinion piece here.

The role of takedown and web-blocks in the modern music business is considered in the CMU Digest report 'Music Business Trends 2013/14'. Sign up for the CMU Digest service to receive a copy.

Troy Carter confirms Miguel and John Mayer signings
Troy Carter has confirmed to Billboard reports that he has signed R&B soloist Miguel and rock type John Mayer to his Atom Factory artist management company. Both deals were apparently signed after his split from his biggest client, Lady Gaga, in November.

Speaking to Fast Company about that split, Carter said: "It's like you wake up and you work with somebody every day, and then all of a sudden they're not there anymore. I don't think you're ever prepared to sever that deep of a relationship. I'm human. I went through every emotion. You go from fear to sadness. It's emotional for the company [too ­ Gaga's] one of us".

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Snow Patrol's Polar Patrol Publishing signs Belle & Sebastian
Polar Patrol, the publishing company owned by Snow Patrol, has announced a new deal with former Jeepster labelmates Belle & Sebastian. The deal covers the band's ninth album, which is due for release through Matador Records later this year.

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody told CMU: "We couldn't be happier about signing Belle and Sebastian. We have known them for nearly 20 years as they were signed to Jeepster Records the same time we were in the mid-90s. They are an extraordinary band, who not only write great, enduring songs, but have over many years woven magic and wonder into tales of ordinary life. And in the time of Twitter when it seems every detail of every life is up there for all to see they somehow retain an element of rare and alluring mystery".

Belle & Sebastian's previous records are represented by Sony/ATV. Keeping things nice and circular, that original publishing deal was struck by then Sony/ATV A&R Manager Steve Farris, who is now a co-director at Polar Patrol.

Bravado's UK chief promoted to European sales role
Universal Music's merch company Bravado yesterday announced that its UK boss David Boyne had been promoted to the new role of Head Of European Sales, though he will continue to lead the British side of the business too.

The appointment was confirmed by Bravado's CEO Tom Bennett, who told CMU: "David has done a fantastic job at Bravado UK since joining us three years ago. With his instinctive understanding of the lifestyle clothing sector, of building brands and of retail he has transformed our UK business and I'm looking forward to him having a similar impact on our already highly successful European operations".

Boyne, who spent 20 years in the fashion sector before joining Bravado in 2010, added: "This is such an exciting time for our business and Bravado is better placed than anyone to capitalise on the retail opportunities for music and lifestyle merchandise. Bravado UK has done amazingly well in recent years and I'm really looking forward to now working much more closely with all our teams across Europe as well".

  Approved: Pearls Negras
Hailing from Rio De Janierio, rap trio Pearls Negras released their debut mixtape 'Biggie Apple' late last year. Somewhat lost in the end-of-year silliness, the seven track collection makes too loud a noise to be lost for good.

With beats produced by British duo David Alexander and Jan Blumentrath, they deliver an angry concoction of English and Portuguese lyrics, designed to give an insight into the life of teenagers growing up in one of their home city's poorest areas.

Tracks like titular opener 'Biggie Apple' and 'Mr President' set the tone for their sharp-tongued attack, but they also show off a more pop side on 'Make It Last', that stands out as almost twee amongst the rest of their output.

Listen to the mixtape here.
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Gender Equality Is A Myth, writes Beyonce
In a new fit of brilliance (not that I'm biased or anything), R&B star nonpareil Yonce Knowles-Carter has written an essay entitled 'Gender Equality Is A Myth!', all about just that. In it, she discusses opportunities and pay given to women in America, the crux being that, she argues, they aren't the same as those afforded to men. Which, she thinks, is all wrong.

The full essay is published in 'A Woman's Natin Pushes Back From The Brink', the new issue of journalist Maria Shriver's eponymous Report, full details on which here. The Shriver Report has also made available an excerpt from the essay, which reads as follows...

We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the US workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77% of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more - commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender.

Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50% of the population and more than 50% of the voters. We must demand that we all receive 100% of the opportunities.

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Range 'taking a break' from Sugababes
Definitely-still-a-Sugababe Heidi Range has said that the 'new' 'Babes - as in Range, Jade Ewen and Amelle Berrabah - haven't, actually, officially split up, so... do with that information as you like. They still aren't going to release anything or play any shows any time soon though, so, really, she may as well have kept quiet.

Speaking to Metro, Range says she feels "great" despite the Sugas' long, slow downfall, adding: "I was in Sugababes for eleven years. It's amazing for a pop band to last that long but right now it's time for a break from all that".

Note the 'was in Sugababes', past tense. So Heidi, will there be a reconciliation, like, ever? "I don't think there needs to be. It's no big deal. We haven't released anything for a few years and don't have any plans to. Maybe one day we'll fancy doing something. Maybe we won't".

Right, so, the Sugababes are still 'on a break', with Range's comments echoing those made by her co-Babe Jade Ewen, though not so much those by Amelle Berrabah, who said last year she "would like to think" the trio would re-group and make an LP this year. So far, so no sign of any of that happening.

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Louis Tomlinson books Doncaster Rovers debut
One Direction's own Sporty Spice, Louis Tomlinson, is to make his semi-pro footballing debut with Championship side Doncaster Rovers, who signed him as an honorary, 'non-contract' player last August. Technically he'll be on the bench as a reserve but, just for the sake of this all being a bit more interesting, let's picture him on the pitch.

Tomlinson, who'll 'play' with the Rovers when they face Scunthorpe in March, says this of his journey: "Six months ago I was joking about with one of the guys at the club and the joke became reality so I'm on the squad! I've been a fan since I was a young boy, and used to go with my dad and granddad".

On his qualifications to play football at a professional level, he added: "I'm registered as a player. I'm alright, I play right back - a bit hit and miss!"

All in all a fair(ish) appraisal.

Paloma Faith details LP, Pharrell-featuring single
Pop lady Paloma Faith has officially joined the Pharrell Williams hit parade, collaborating with the Midas-like R&B king on her new single, 'Can't Rely On You'.

Written, and featuring only slightly phoned in additional singing, by Williams, the track leads Faith's third LP, 'A Perfect Contradiction', which will be released on 23 Feb.

Now have a visual to go with the song.

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UK release for Sky Ferreira's Night Time, My Time
Hip hip hooray for nonchalant popstar Sky Ferreira, and the fact that her criminally long-awaited first LP, 'Night Time, My Time', has finally gained a UK release date. Isn't that great? I'd dance for joy, but I guess that wouldn't be 'cool', so I won't.

Granted only a digital release (so far) in Sky's native United States, 'Night Time' will have a real live physical pressing over here c/o Polydor, who'll put it out on 17 Mar. In the meantime, she'll play an invite-only show on 30 Jan, at the London Edition Hotel.

In relevant viewing, see Sky stabbing a man in the neck with a screwdriver in the video for her single, 'You're Not The One'.

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Mac DeMarco announces third LP
Many-times-Approved rock goon Mac DeMarco has premiered three new songs from his even newer new LP, which, he revealed live-on air via Edmonton's CKUA station, will be titled 'Salad Days'.

He confirmed it'll be out on his label Captured Tracks in April, adding: "Though I'm not supposed to say that".

Bit late now, isn't it? Hear Mac's all-acoustic CKUA showing, which features the 'Salad Days' title track and non-title tracks 'Treat Her Better' and 'Let Her Go', here.

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Liars untangle LP info
Liars have announced, at the expense of a flock of sheep, the title of their new LP, which is this: 'Mess'.

Heir to the group's truly good 'WIXIW', which ruled 2012, it will be released on 24 Mar.

Hear one of its tracks, 'Mess On A Mission', playing over this trailer.

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O Genesis label comp to feature Nik Colk Void, R Stevie Moore, Keel Her
Charlatan Tim Burgess has collected together a brief history of his three year old record label, O Genesis, c/o a new 'best of' LP titled '...And Now Our Lives Are Complete'.

It features eighteen tracks by the likes of Electricity In Our Homes, Factory Floor's Nik Colk Void, Kurt Wagner of Lambchop, lo-fi high-flyers R Stevie Moore and Keel Her, and London punks Throwing Up. And one of Tim's own solo tracks.

Check its tracklisting and details via iTunes, ahead of its big physical release on 10 Mar.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers invited to spice up Super Bowl show
Big news everyone: the Red Hot Chili Peppers will muscle in on this year's Super Bowl Half Time show, the NFL has confirmed.

The Chilis have been invited to play the event as special guests of smokers' friend Bruno Mars, which is odd because... um, it's just a horrible line-up.

Still, it is written. The whole thing will 'go down' at the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, America, the world, on 2 Feb.

Alex James planning Britpop drink
You might think that Troy Carter has already cornered the pop music-related drinks market with Pop Water, but Alex James thinks you're wrong. Only fifteen years after it might have had some commercial or cultural relevance, the Blur bassist has applied to trademark the name 'Britpop' for drinks.

The application, spotted by City AM, doesn't give any idea of what sort of drink James might be planning to make - it covering drinks in very broad terms - but if it's anything like his cheeses, it'll be very silly indeed.

Anyway, there's not really much to report here. I'm mainly writing this piece so that we can all be reminded of that time Alex James 'critiqued' the food production processes of McDonalds', KFC and Greggs for The Sun. All together now: "Yes, big business can be a bad thing, but only if it's bad".

 
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