An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 16 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Another of the long running legal disputes relating to the death in 2009 of Michael Jackson has come to an end, after the Jackson Estate and insurance company Lloyds Of London reached an out of court settlement. Lloyds was the insurer of Jackson's ill-fated 'This Is It' venture. After Jackson died and the planned London residency was pulled, both show promoter AEG and Michael Jackson LLC, a... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Norwegian producer Per Martinsen returned under his Mental Overdrive moniker last month, with the project's ninth album, 'CYCLS', released through his own Love OD Communications label. Released to coincide with the first anniversary of the end of the world (according to the Mayan calendar), 'CYCLS' is a hotbed of ideas and takes influence from house, techno and dub. It's all cleanly done and Martinsen... [READ MORE]
 
TOP STORIES Jackson Estate settles with This Is It insurers
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DEALS Morrissey signs to Universal, will release LP by close of year
JoJo leaves Blackground in the shade, flees to Atlantic
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Norwegian recorded music revenues grew 11% in 2013, boosted by streaming income
New Creative VP at Warner Bros US
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LIVE BUSINESS Colin Greenwood named Independent Venue Week ambassador
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Samsung in talks with Deezer
Winamp saved after Radionomy acquisition
Mixcloud launches revamped website
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MEDIA New Content Director at Magic
Radio 1 celebrating International Women's Day with female-led specials
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ARTIST NEWS One Direction, two 2014 books
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & tours round-up: Korn, Neneh Cherry, Peggy Sue and Radkey
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AWARDS European Festival Awards presented
Kodaline take Public Choice Award at Border Breakers
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AND FINALLY... Fuller on nearly managing Jackson, and Lennox advising the Spice Girls
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Jackson Estate settles with This Is It insurers
Another of the long running legal disputes relating to the death in 2009 of Michael Jackson has come to an end, after the Jackson Estate and insurance company Lloyds Of London reached an out of court settlement.

Lloyds was the insurer of Jackson's ill-fated 'This Is It' venture. After Jackson died and the planned London residency was pulled, both show promoter AEG and Michael Jackson LLC, a company now controlled by the Estate, made a compensation claim to the insurance group.

But Lloyds refused to pay, arguing that misrepresentations had been made about Jackson's health when the insurance agreement for 'This Is It' had been agreed. And in 2011 the insurers went legal to get court backing for its opinion that AEG/Jacksons' policy was void, and therefore no monies were owed.

In September 2012, while it was busy preparing for its headline-grabbing legal battle with the Jackson family, which it won last year, AEG announced that it had reached a settlement with Lloyds, and as a result the live giant was removed from the insurance group's lawsuit as a defendant.

But the legal battle between Lloyds and the Jackson Estate rumbled on. A judge was due to rule anytime now on what evidence would be allowed to be presented at trial, but before that judgement was made the two parties reached a deal.

Had the case gone to court it would have put the health of Michael Jackson in the months before his death, and the prescription drugs he was taking, back under the spotlight.

Morrissey signs to Universal, will release LP by close of year
Following a long, cold, lonesome exile, during which he claimed he no longer expected to "live long enough to experience an offer to record for a grown up label" again, Morrissey, it emerges, is now "thrilled" to have befriended the oh so grown up Universal Music via an international deal (or re-befriended, Universal being the home, via its Polydor imprint, of his last solo album too).

He has specifically signed to the mega-major's US-based Harvest label, part of the Capital Music Group, which was previously part of EMI, and which Universal relaunched last year. The latest of a handful of new signings since then, Moz lines up with Death Grips and White Lies, amongst others. He will release a solo LP for the label in the latter half of this year. What a wonderful cop ou... I mean, coup.

Moz first hinted at the new album, his first since 2009's 'Years Of Refusal', earlier this month, naming one of its tracks as 'Istanbul'. He will, states yesterday's press release, begin making it in earnest within the next few weeks, in France, with his long-time band and producer Joe Chiccarelli.

Capitol Music Group's CEO Steve Barnett, for one, is beside himself with the whole thing. He sobs: "Morrissey is clearly one of music's most important and influential artists. He is the rare soul who has stayed consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s. We are so happy that he has chosen Capitol Music Group as his home and that his forthcoming album on Harvest will bring new Morrissey music to the world".

CMG's Executive VP Michelle Jubelirer subsequently gushes: "Morrissey is a truly singular artist whose music and live performances first captured a worldwide audience 30 years ago and never let go. He is uncompromising in his integrity, extremely devoted to his fans and an artist with a unique and needed voice in our culture. It's so great that Morrissey is with CMG, and, more important, that he is about to record his first new album in five years".

Steven Patrick 'I seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the music industry' Morrissey, 'uncompromising'? Erm, if you say so.

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JoJo leaves Blackground in the shade, flees to Atlantic
One-time pop infant, now 'grown woman', JoJo has signed to Warner's Atlantic Records, having broken with long-time label Blackground Music, reports the LA Times.

The split with Blackground was, somewhat infamously, a long time coming, dating back to a legal battle circling the postponement of JoJo's third LP, which - despite her claiming last year that she'd made three variants of it in a bid to appease the label - still hasn't been released.

Back in July JoJo, real name Joanna Levesque, filed a lawsuit against Blackground referencing the label's failure to put out the LP and to pay various collaborators. Having signed with the label as a minor, aged twelve, in 2004, the lawsuit also claimed that the contract ceased to be binding after seven years, in New York as well as California.

Anyway, she's finally "freed" and beginning afresh with Atlantic, having apparently sealed the new deal in December.

Norwegian recorded music revenues grew 11% in 2013, boosted by streaming income
Norway saw another sharp increase in recorded music revenues last year, again driven by digital income. A year-on-year increase of 11% came mainly from streaming income, while physical and download revenues fell - streaming accounting for 65.3% of total revenues in 2013, according to new figures from IFPI Norway.

Overall the Norwegian record industry made 603 million krone (£60 million) in 2013, up from 545 million krone (£54 million) the previous year. 394 million krone (£39 million) of this came from streaming services, an increase of 60% year-on-year, while overall digital was up 40%. 22.3% of the remaining income came from physical sales, while just 12.4% came from downloads.

IFPI Norway states in its report that early adopting of streaming in the country, like in Sweden, has meant that this sector has matured sooner than elsewhere. In 2012, digital revenues broke 50% for the first time, accounting for 61.4% of total income, at which point previously declining overall revenue rose by almost 40 million krone. Last year's revenues are the highest since 2009, and almost the same as those recorded in 2008, when digital income accounted for just 9.3%.

Whether this is a trend that will be replicated in other countries remains to be seen - there are various factors that could mean that Norway is an anomaly, rather than a trendsetter. However, IFPI Norway says that with Norwegians over the age of 40 now increasingly using streaming services, it believes that growth in the country's recorded music revenues will continue in 2014.

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New Creative VP at Warner Bros US
The US wing of Warner Bros Records appointed a new Exec VP of Creative Operations earlier this week, because creative operations definitely need to be executively, erm, vice-presidented.

The new recruit is Peter Thea, one of the more interesting record industry veterans, with a background in both entertainment law and sound engineering, as well as fifteen years experience in label management and A&R at Jive and Island Def Jam. Reporting into Cameron Strang, Thea will work closely in his new role with the also-recently appointed Dan McCarroll, now President of Warner Bros Records.

Strang told CMU: "Peter comes to us with more than three decades of wide-ranging experience. From his early days as a recording engineer to his accomplishments as an attorney and most recently as an A&R executive, he boasts an expansive blend of talents - from making records to making deals - as well as great relationships throughout both the artistic and business communities".

Thea himself added: "I am thrilled to be joining Cameron, Dan, and the entire WBR team. It's very exciting to be at a label I have admired for so many years for its passionate devotion to artists and their music. It's a dynamic time in the company's great history, and I look forward to being a part of the next chapter and working with everyone to develop long-term musical careers for WBR's present and future roster of exceptional talent".

Colin Greenwood named Independent Venue Week ambassador
Radiohead's Colin Greenwood is to act as ambassador for the inaugural Independent Venue Week, which takes place later this month. As previously reported, IVW will commence on 28 Jan, celebrating small venues and the role they play in the music industry.

Greenwood told CMU: "I'm proud to be involved in the celebration and promotion of local gigs which gave us some of the best times in our musical life - The Joiners, King Tut's, Jericho Oxford - just to name three brilliant venues that are still putting on top shows today. They're all crucial for the musical development of the UK because they provide local artists with places to hone their show skills and a window to other musical worlds when a tour hits town. Some of my favourite musical memories are from these independent venues and the dedicated promoters and local crew who run them".

Independent Label Week co-founder Sybil Bell added: "It's fantastic for us and small venues everywhere to have the support from Colin as Independent Venue Week Ambassador. It goes to show that even when you become a band playing huge stadiums and arenas across the world as Radiohead do, cutting your teeth playing the smaller venues when you start out is something you learn so much from and never forget".

As well as acting as the face of the IVW programme, Greenwood will co-curate a night at one of the participating venues, Oxford's Jericho Tavern, with BBC Introducing Oxford. Full details of the line-up for that show, and the others taking place around the UK during the week-long celebration, will be announced shortly.

Samsung in talks with Deezer
Deezer is in talks with Samsung about a potential partnership, as well as possibly receiving investment from the Korean tech firm, according to Le Journal Du Dimanche. Initial discussions are said to have taken place at last week's CES trade show in Las Vegas. Neither company has commented on the report so far.

Meanwhile, the newspaper also reports that another French web company, Orange-owned video site Dailymotion, is in talks with Microsoft with a view to partnering in the States. This follows comments from Orange CEO Stephane Richard, who said that the sometimes controversial video platform was speaking to "a major player" in the US.

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Winamp saved after Radionomy acquisition
Having previously been sentenced to death by current owner AOL, Winamp has been saved after an acquisition by online radio service Radionomy. The deal reportedly sees AOL shift the digital music player and its own radio service Shoutcast for reportedly somewhere between $5 million and $10 million, as well as taking a 12% stake in Radionomy. AOL purchased Winamp and Shoutcast from Nullsoft in 1999 for $80 million.

As previously reported, AOL announced in November that it would shut down Winamp on 20 Dec, but shortly afterwards rumours began to circulate that Radionomy was negotiating an acquisition, much to the delight of its existing users and the large number of people with nostalgic feelings towards the veteran digital music player.

It's expected that Winamp will now continue to run as is, for the time being at least, with Radionomy founder and CEO Alexandre Saboundjian telling TechCrunch: "We want to rebuild the story for Winamp. We think the future can be great because the strategy is not just desktop but mobile and cars and so much more ... Perhaps there has been no special innovation in the last two years, but it is still a very strong community and still appreciated by those users".

Launched in 2007, Radionomy offers streaming access to over 60,000 online radio stations for free. With the Winamp acquisition complete, and Shoutcast's stations added to its catalogue, the French company is now apparently planning to seek new funding to continue its growth.

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Mixcloud launches revamped website
Audio-streaming platform Mixcloud, which makes DJ mixes and radio shows available on-demand, yesterday announced a relaunch of its website, which "has been redesigned and built from the ground up, with key learnings from recent improvements to both our iOS and Android apps".

Innovations include a new system for users to stack up mixes and shows to listen to, and more adaptable profile pages for content and brand partners. Says Mixcloud CTO Mat Clayton: "From the new customisable Profile pages to the colourful new Cloudcast pages, the site has a beautiful new look and feel, developed with a multi screen strategy in mind".

New Content Director at Magic
The London outpost of Bauer's Magic franchise has a new Content Director, which I think is the new fangled way of saying Programme Director (certainly that's been the trend elsewhere within Bauer's radio business).

And the new recruit, confirmed earlier this week, is Liam Thompson, who joins the London station for Irish radio firm Communicorp where he had the embarrassingly old fashioned job title of Group Programme Director. He will now report into Bauer Radio London MD Steve Parkinson.

And here's some quotes, sorry, story-relevant-content-submissions...

Thompson: "I am really excited at the prospect of working at Bauer Media and the opportunity to be involved with such an instantly recognisable and totally unique brand. From Neil Fox and Angie Greaves, to Denise Van Outen, Rick Astley and Kim Wilde, there is a wealth of talent and experience at Magic's disposal and I can't wait to get started".

Parkinson: "We look forward to welcoming Liam to the Magic team. He brings extensive programming and creative experience and expertise to a very talented team. 2014 promises to be another great year for the station".

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Radio 1 celebrating International Women's Day with female-led specials
BBC Radio 1, God love it, has confirmed a series of specialist shows coinciding with International Women's Day, which this year is on 8 Mar.

Airing between 7-8 Mar, the evening and overnight line-up is lead by the station's female DJs (she-Js?), not least Annie Mac, Sarah Jane Crawford and its longest-serving presenter Annie Nightingale. It'll feature guest mixes by artists like B Traits, Monki, Claira Hermet and Magda, who'll cover a range of styles and genres.

Annie Nightingale, also Radio 1's first woman broadcaster, says: "Gender is, welcomingly, not an issue nowadays when Radio 1 appoints new DJs and it has been demonstrably supportive of women. We all desire to be judged on our abilities alone in this very competitive field and we all thrive on the respect of our peer group, and our audiences".

Station controller Ben Cooper adds: "It's fantastic that Radio 1 and 1Xtra has such a wide range of female specialist DJs. We are committed to giving opportunities to the best DJs in the world and you are going to hear something very special to celebrate International Women's Day".

Find the timings of, and information on, all the shows at this link.

  Approved: Mental Overdrive
Norwegian producer Per Martinsen returned under his Mental Overdrive moniker last month, with the project's ninth album, 'CYCLS', released through his own Love OD Communications label.

Released to coincide with the first anniversary of the end of the world (according to the Mayan calendar), 'CYCLS' is a hotbed of ideas and takes influence from house, techno and dub. It's all cleanly done and Martinsen's production skills are as deft as ever. Perhaps not instantly accessible, the LP is a good excursion nonetheless.

Playable here, 'Sunstorm' demonstrates one aspect of this sonically diverse album, this track is definitely Detroit techno leaning and reminiscent of early work by Dave Angel with its floating synths.
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One Direction, two 2014 books
One Direction are to sign off on not one, not two - oh, actually, it is two - books in the coming months, the first a dark, dystopian graphic novel and the other a collection of sonnets. The best sonnets ever.

Only kidding, it's only an autobiography and an official annual. Soz. The hardback autobiog, which hasn't a title thus far, is slated to swamp shops in September, as a pull-out companion to 1D's world stadium tour, and will - for the price of £20 - insists Natalie Jerome of publishing co HarperCollins, bring Directioners "even closer to the band by telling their story in the kind of depth we've not seen before".

One can only imagine what depth. Natalie adds: "It's a hugely exciting departure from the books we've published with them so far".

A slightly more shallow annual, taking fans through into 2015, will come out in time for Christmas.

Gigs & tours round-up: Korn, Neneh Cherry, Peggy Sue and Radkey
Headbangers' dream Korn are heading off on a tour named after 'The Paradigm Shift', their latest LP. It includes the group's first UK show in a couple of years, and also features founding guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who returned to the Korn fold in 2012. The UK show in question is at London's Brixton Academy on 2 May, so put that in your pipe and smoke it, or just buy into it via the Korn site.

Like Korn, Swedish R&B genius Neneh Cherry has revealed a single (proper) date, in the capital, on 26 Feb at Concrete, this following an in-store at Rough Trade East on the previous day. Both show and in-store chime with the issue of Cherry's Four Tet-mastered new LP, 'Blank Project', which you can preview a song from in the excellent 'Everything', here.

Folk dolls Peggy Sue, who're also playing at Rough Trade, on 23 Jan, will build on a sold out show at London's St Pancras Old Church (27 Jan) with a longer UK tour running from Brighton's Green Door Store on 7 Apr. Comprising seven further shows, it'll come to a close at Oslo in London on 15 Apr, in honour of P-Sue's forthcoming LP 'Choir Of Echoes', which is out on 27 Jan. Find tour listings here, and listen to 'Choir Of Echoes' single 'Longest Day Of The Year Blues' here.

Also, top-volume Missouri punks Radkey will, on 23 Feb, lurch off on a tour of the UK countryside, beginning at London's Sebright Arms (though that's sold out), and hitting LDN on the other side, following seven intervening shows, on 5 Mar at the 100 Club. Check all the live dates here, and click here to claim a pack of free Radkey tracks.

European Festival Awards presented
So the Eurosonic showcase festival and music convention got underway yesterday with the European Festival Awards celebrating the great, and let's not forget the good, from across the European festival community. And what an evening. What a night. What a party. What a celebration. I'm guessing. I'm wasn't there. I wasn't invited. Something to do with all the unnecessary sarcasm in this paragraph. Just for the record, I think the Festival Awards are great.

I mean, festivals are immensely popular with people across Europe so it's a delight to recognise the many achievements of the continent's festival community. What do you think Festival Awards boss James Drury? "Festivals are immensely popular with people across Europe and it's been a delight to toast the achievements of a great 2013 with the best in the continent". Yeah, I think that's what I said.

Anyway, here are the winners. It seems the best festivals are all in Germany. Who knew?

Best Small Festival: FUSION Festival (Romania)
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Melt! Festival (Germany)
Best Major Festival: EXIT Festival (Serbia)
Best New Festival: B.my.Lake (Hungary)
Best Indoor Festival: Metal Hammer Paradise (Germany)
Artist's Favourite European Festival: Lowlands (Netherlands)

Headliner Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys
Newcomer Of The Year: Imagine Dragons
Festival Anthem Of The Year: Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Best European Festival Line-Up: Berlin Festival (Germany)
Innovation Award: Paleo Festival (Switzerland)
The Green Operations Award: Way Out West (Sweden)
Promoter Of The Year: FKP Scorpio (Germany)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Marek Lieberberg (Germany)

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Kodaline take Public Choice Award at Border Breakers
And if you think that just one awards presentation is sufficient to get the beast that is Eurosonic underway, then you're embarrassingly misinformed.

No, last night also saw the presentation of the European Border Breakers Awards. And what an evening. What a night. What a party. What a celebration. No, I wasn't there either. Maybe next year these award shows could move to my house.

Anyway, we already knew the ten new(ish) artists due to get a Border Breakers gong in recognition of their success in European countries other than their own, but there was also the matter of the Public Choice Award, which only one of the finalists can win. And that honour went to Irish rock boys Kodaline.

And if you think that other finalists GuGabriel, Lukas Graham, Woodkid, Zedd, Asgeir, Jacco Gardner, Envy, Icona Pop or Disclosure were more deserving winners, then you're clearly not a member of the public.

Fuller on nearly managing Jackson, and Lennox advising the Spice Girls
Pop mogul Simon Fuller was once in talks to manage Michael Jackson, he has revealed via those previously reported Radio 2 programmes, but he backed away from the opportunity because of anticipated run ins with the late king of pop's other business advisors.

According to Digital Spy, Fuller told the BBC: "There was a minute there where I was going to become his manager. I had lots of ideas, and I think about it every now and again, about what I was going to do with him, and [about how my proposals were] different to anything he'd done previously and it wasn't about touring for sure".

He went on: "It was quite a complicated situation and complication isn't something I crave in life but the people around him would have made it challenging. If it had been just down to me working with Michael I think we'd have done something extraordinary but I thought better to just let it go, it was a shame".

Elsewhere in the BBC documentary, Fuller revealed that one of his longest-standing management clients, Annie Lennox, offered some crucial advice to the group he's possibly most famous for managing, a then fledgling Spice Girls.

Admitting that Lennox might not wish the world to know about her role in developing the Spice Girls brand, Fuller nevertheless revealed: "Each of the girls knew who they were and in their own way tried to represent it, but it wasn't strong enough and probably the most significant thing that happened was when they met Annie Lennox".

He went on: "I think we were flying to New York and I sort of brought up midway in the flight that I'd just signed this girl group. And Annie was very interested. She said, 'I want to meet them'. Almost directly, she was the one who got them to be louder and more brash and more specific. So Emma who was the sweet, cute, blonde girl became Baby Spice. She just played it and hammed it up - none of these names actually existed, but Annie gave them focus".

The second part of 'The Fuller Picture' documentary is on the iPlayer here.

 
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