An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 31 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: A long running legal squabble in the US over what rights the Jimi Hendrix estate has to prevent others from selling goods using the late guitarist's likeness has moved forward, with an appeals court overturning a contentious 2011 ruling on the matter. So called 'publicity rights', the American legal concept at play here, are complicated, and even more so for dead celebs, because the protection comes... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Groove Odyssey arrives at Pacha tomorrow night, with Masters At Work's legendary singer India flying in for an exclusive live show alongside East Coast US headliner DJ Spen, of Quantize Records and Muthafunkaz fame, plus the UK's Neil Pierce making his debut alongside the residents, ex-Garage City lads Bobby & Steve Zoo. India, real name Linda Viera Caballero, is the vocalist responsible for 'To Be In... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Prince has a beef. And that beef is with The Internet. No, not the Odd Future offshoot, the actual internet. All of it. Except his own website, I guess. Though you never know. The artist currently known as Prince's long running battle against those who would upload his music without asking him first is long and well documented. It all began in 2007, when the musician issued a takedown notice to YouTube... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Appeal court upholds publicity rights for Hendrix in Washington State
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DEALS CI announces five new deals
Cooking Vinyl announces four new signings
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Merlin launches new member dashboard New President for US pop division at Imagem
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LIVE BUSINESS Ticketing firms agree to show fees up front
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MEDIA RadioCentre confirms new boss
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Billy Bragg to lead at next MusicTank debate
AIF confirms latest marketing seminar
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ARTIST NEWS The Who "raring" to start making a new LP, says Daltrey
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RELEASES Elton John announces Goodbye Yellow Brick Road re-issue, cinema broadcast of Las Vegas show
Slint's Spiderland to get deluxe re-issue
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GIGS & FESTIVALS McBusted announce outdoor shows, with support from Backstreet Boys and 5ive
Gigs & Tours round-up: School Of Languages, The Warlocks and Dean Blunt
Festival line-up update: Radio 1's Big Weekend, Isle Of Wight, Ultra Europe and more
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AWARDS Nordic Music Prize shortlists The Knife, Iceage, Rhye and Múm
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #181: Prince v The Internet
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CMU INSIGHTS: MUSIC RIGHTS - LICENSING BASICS
This two-hour evening session on Monday 3 Feb provides an introduction to how music licensing works, looking at what copyright law says about licensing, why rights owners might license direct or collectively, and when and how collective licensing works in the UK.

For more information and to book click here.
   
[PIAS] COOPERATIVE - UK LABEL MANAGER
[PIAS] Cooperative, a division of the [PIAS] Music Group, is looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable UK label manager. This is an ideal position for someone with experience in label management, marketing, retail, and production. The successful candidate will approach the business with an independent mind, drive and ambition.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
THE JAZZ CAFE - PROMOTER ASSISTANT
MAMA & Company are recruiting for a Promoter Assistant for The Jazz Café London. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of London's premier small music venues, and work closely as part of the booking and marketing team.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
EAST VILLAGE CLUB, LIVERPOOL - VENUE MANAGER
MAMA & Company are recruiting for an experienced Venue Manager for the East Village Arts Club, Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity to join Liverpool's newest live music, club and arts venue based in the City Centre.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
EAST VILLAGE CLUB, LIVERPOOL - DUTY MANAGER
MAMA & Company are recruiting for an experienced Duty Manager for the East Village Arts Club, Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity to join Liverpool's newest live music, club and arts venue based in the city centre.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MINISTRY OF SOUND - DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR AND COPYWRITER
Ministry Of Sound are looking for a new Digital Content Editor and Copywriter to launch their brand new website. Ministry Of Sound, established in 1991, has grown from a world famous nightclub in London to become the world's biggest dance brand. With the club, international live events, record label and millions of compilations record sales across the world, Ministry Of Sound truly is the home of dance music.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MUTE - INTERNATIONAL MARKETING & PROMOTIONS MANAGER
Mute are looking for an International Marketing & Promotions Manager to join their West London based team. Candidates for this role should have previous experience building international marketing plans for a wide range of artists using traditional and digital methods.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
INGROOVES - PHYSICAL OPERATIONS MANAGER
INgrooves is looking for a talented Operations Manager to manage all aspects of the production of physical releases outside of North America, as well as being the in-house physical distribution expert, and assisting the label management team with any client queries relating to physical distribution.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
LEADING ELECTRONIC LABEL SEEKS LABEL MANAGER
One of the world's leading independent electronic labels are now looking for an ambitious, experienced and creative label manager to oversee all key day-to-day aspects of the label moving forward.

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13 ARTISTS - ASSISTANT WITH EXTENSIVE AGENCY EXPERIENCE
Gorgeous Brighton-based booking agency 13 Artists is looking for a full time assistant with extensive agency experience to work alongside Charlie Myatt. It will be busy and demanding. You must be proficient in Microsoft Office and have the ability to quickly learn bespoke booking software.

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AUTHORITY COMMUNICATIONS - WEBSITE EDITOR
Authority Communications Ltd is looking for a Website Editor to manage websites, mailing lists and social media platforms for our roster of global music clients. You will have 2-3 years of industry experience, the ability to deliver compelling copy to tight deadlines, a good working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop and an intimate familiarity with social networking platforms of all kinds.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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Appeal court upholds publicity rights for Hendrix in Washington State
A long running legal squabble in the US over what rights the Jimi Hendrix estate has to prevent others from selling goods using the late guitarist's likeness has moved forward, with an appeals court overturning a contentious 2011 ruling on the matter.

So called 'publicity rights', the American legal concept at play here, are complicated, and even more so for dead celebs, because the protection comes from state law, and some states protect the name and image of dead stars and others do not.

And that has been very relevant in the dispute between HendrixLicensing.com, a company which sells various flim flam bearing the musician's image, and the Hendrix estate. There is a family dimension here too, in that Hendrix's brother Leon has an involvement in HendrixLicensing.com, while their adopted sister Janie manages the estate.

Although Hendrix was resident in New York at the time of his death - a state where posthumous publicity rights do not apply - the estate's company Experience Hendrix has endeavoured to stop HendrixLicensing.com from selling goods in Washington, a state where such rights are on the statute book.

But in 2011, in what was a surprising decision, a Washington judge ruled that using the state's publicity right laws in this way was unconstitutional, in that it violated some rules set out by the US Constitution. That ruling limited the use of Washington's state laws on publicity rights where interstate dealings were involved.

However, this week the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals overturned that judgement. Admitting that the matter "raises difficult questions regarding whether another state must recognise the broad personality rights that Washington provides", the appeals judge said that, nonetheless, this case was specifically about HendrixLicensing.com trading in Washington state, so concerns about applying the publicity rights laws were limited.

The appeals court also made rulings favourable to the Hendrix estate on trademark and damages issues. It remains to be seen where this dispute goes next.

CI announces five new deals
CI, which provides a digital delivery platform to independent labels and distributors across the world, has just announced five new deals.

Amongst the companies signing on the dotted line with CI are Ignition, the management and label services company best known for its work with Oasis, Primal Scream, Stereophonics and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; and Unisys, a large Indian aggregator which works extensively with Bollywood content.

Also entering into new agreements with CI are New York-based Reservoir Media Management, Canadian indie Secret City Records and Nigeria-based Jungle Ventures.

Confirming that lot, CI GM Kieron Faller told CMU: "We are very pleased to be adding these exciting clients to the stellar client base CI has built up over the last ten years. The range of these new clients illustrates that CI's services are valuable across all sorts of record labels, label services companies, aggregators and more, across territories all over the world. Most importantly, we are helping independents take control of their business for themselves, on their own terms".

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Cooking Vinyl announces four new signings
London-based independent Cooking Vinyl has just announced new deals with Röyksopp and the newly-formed Ali-Campbell-Astro-Mickey-Virtue version of UB40. Meanwhile the company's Australian business has signed a licensing deal with Calling All Cars, and a services deal with Kate Miller-Heidke, who has funded her fourth long player via a Pledge campaign.

Confirming the deals, Cooking Vinyl chief Martin Goldschmidt told CMU: "I'm thrilled to see Ali Campbell join with his brothers Astro and Mickey in order to record and tour as UB40, and look forward to a new album from them. Added to this, we get to work with the fantastic Röyksopp whilst [our Australian team] continue to sign quality local and international acts to CV Australia, meaning that 2014 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for Cooking Vinyl".

Meanwhile Stu Harvey at CV Australia added: "Kate Miller-Heidke and Calling All Cars are both compelling artists and we have two brilliant albums ready to go. For Kate, she's embarking on a completely different venture this time round, having written so much of her record and enjoying complete control over how it came together. We're also really looking forward to taking the guys from CAC's music to an international audience".

Merlin launches new member dashboard
Indie label digital rights group Merlin has announced the launch of a new member dashboard, which will enable the 600 labels and distributors the organisation represents to access all their deal activity information and, moving forward, other data such as royalty reporting, financial statements and market analysis. The new facility is powered by a web-based reporting and analytics application called OTTO.

The dashboard will go live during Merlin's upcoming member meeting at MIDEM, where refreshed branding for the rights group will also be revealed. Confirming this, Merlin boss Charles Caldas told CMU: "Merlin has always taken seriously our commitment to offer our members the most efficient and transparent service possible. Given the pace at which the market is moving, we believe this dashboard will greatly enhance our members' interaction with Merlin, and with the digital market".

Meanwhile Merlin's Head Of Operations And Member Services Tom Deakin added: "After all of the hard work designing this tool with OTTO, I'm excited to see the launch of the system to the labels and distributors we represent. Via this dashboard, we can significantly enhance the way we interact with our members".

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New President for US pop division at Imagem
Independent music publisher Imagem has announced the appointment of Jason Jordan, the former Columbia and Hollywood Records A&R chief who also co-founded the SynchTank platform, to the role of President at Imagem Music US, the firm's "pop division" in America.

Confirming the hire, Imagem Group CEO André de Raaff told CMU: "We are very happy how our Imagem Music pop business has developed during the last few years in the US, with signings such as Mark Ronson, John Shanks and seminal catalogues like Elvis Presley and Sammy Cahn, and of course the success of Daft Punk in 2013; however we want our US company to focus even more on the A&R activities of our current and new roster. This has led our long search for finding the right candidate to Jason, whom I'm convinced will do an excellent job".

Jordan, meanwhile, added: "André and his team at Imagem have built a dynamic multi-national company with a fabulous catalogue of songs and roster of writers. It is with great pleasure that I join them in growing and nurturing Imagem Music's creative vision and brand".

Ticketing firms agree to show fees up front
A number of UK ticketing firms have agreed to declare booking fees and commissions up front, rather than at the checkout stage of the ticket booking process, following the most recent 'ticket commissions are evil' campaign from consumer rights group Which?, according to The Guardian.

Ticketmaster, Ticket Web, See Tickets, Stargreen, BH Live Tickets, ATG Tickets and Ticket Soup have all promised to make extra fees much clearer from the moment ticket buyers land on their websites, so that there are no surprises at the final payment screen.

As previously reported, in its latest report on the issue Which? said that ticket prices sometimes increased by up to a third when extra fees are added at the end of a transaction. Which?'s Executive Director Richard Lloyd told The Telegraph that these last-minute increases left consumers feeling "ripped off" and showed a "lack of transparency", making it harder for punters to make buying decisions before starting a purchase.

At the time of the Which? report, Ticketmaster refuted claims that its additional fees were "hidden" and insisted that it was upfront about how much tickets would cost. Though presumably the ticketing giant plans to now up the frontedness of that information. The seven agencies altering the way add-on fees are communicated are in part responding to a Which? petition that got 37,000 signatures after the magazine's ticketing report. So that's good.

Who knows, perhaps one day the live sector will think about selling tickets to its events at a fixed rate, covering all its costs with the actual declared ticket price, you know, like normal product and service sellers. Perhaps.

RadioCentre confirms new boss
The commercial radio sector's trade body RadioCentre has a new CEO, following the departure of Andrew Harrison last September. Taking the reins on 31 Mar will be former civil servant and most recently communications chief at HarperCollins UK, Siobhan Kenny.

Confirming the appointment, Stephen Miron of Global Radio, one of the companies RadioCentre represents, told CMU: "To attract someone of Siobhan's calibre to the commercial radio sector is testament to the current strength of the industry. Siobhan brings a whole new perspective from a strong leadership background in politics, media and communications which will prove invaluable as we look to build and evolve the sector over the next few years connecting our distinctive brands with existing and new audiences".

Meanwhile Dee Ford of Bauer Radio added: "We found in Siobhan someone with a passion for radio which matched our own. It's her job now to bang the drum for commercial radio - so I'm pretty sure everyone will be hearing a lot more about us in the future".

Kenny herself said: "If I could have designed my perfect job, it would have looked a lot like being CEO of RadioCentre. Radio is a terrific, thriving sector and consumers tend to have a very strong emotional connection with their favourite stations. There will inevitably be challenges, which means there is plenty to do. I have been more than impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the leaders in this industry and I can't wait to get started".

Billy Bragg to lead at next MusicTank debate
MusicTank has announced its next event, which will focus on both the hoo and the haa that has surrounded the growth of the streaming music sector in the last year, and especially what the move towards ad and subscription-funded all-you-can-eat music services means for the artist community.

And leading the debate will be Billy Bragg, who first shared his views on the matter via Facebook last November (those planning on attending the MusicTank event who don't want to know the result should turn away form this report here).

Confirming the topic for his group's next discussion, MusicTank Chairman Keith Harris told CMU: "Streaming represents a significant shift in the way people consume music, and as a new model its growing prevalence cannot be ignored. If this is to be the future, then all parties need to understand how they will come to be paid, and that's an area that for many artists is still unclear. It is our hope that with the input of our expert speakers, MusicTank can help shed some light on this subject".

The event takes place on 7 Apr in London, details here.

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AIF confirms latest marketing seminar
The Association Of Independent Festivals will host an all-day seminar on festival marketing next month, looking at how events can stand out in an ever-crowded market place.

Amongst those set to share insights is Joe Elkins of Bestival, Andy Smith of Kendal Calling, Lee Denny of Leefest and Matias Llort of YouTube.

It all takes place on 18 Feb in London, details and booking here.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Groove Odyssey presents House Legends at Pacha London
Groove Odyssey arrives at Pacha tomorrow night, with Masters At Work's legendary singer India flying in for an exclusive live show alongside East Coast US headliner DJ Spen, of Quantize Records and Muthafunkaz fame, plus the UK's Neil Pierce making his debut alongside the residents, ex-Garage City lads Bobby & Steve Zoo.

India, real name Linda Viera Caballero, is the vocalist responsible for 'To Be In Love', 'I Can't Get No Sleep' and the utterly brilliant River Ocean track 'Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun)'. Dubbed the "Princesa de Salsa", she sincerely cemented the Nuyorican Soul into the beats created by Masters At Work.

Groove Odyssey hosts two other rooms too, one with old skool 80s soul and funk headlined by Sammy Confunktion and Lloyd Life, whilst radio station du jour HouseFM.net bring the latest beats to room three with their residents Lady T, Joel S, Steve Harrington and Kev Chase.

Saturday 1 Feb, Pacha London, Terminus Place, Victoria, London, SW1V 1JR, 10pm-6am, £17.50-£20. More info here.
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The Who "raring" to start making a new LP, says Daltrey
Roger Daltrey has let the NME (and therefore, the world) in on his intention to begin working on a new LP with the rest of The Who before the year is out. Indeed, he's confirmed Pete Townshend has already written "hundreds of songs" for the record, going on: "So the only question is whether we get around to it, but he wants to make an album and I'm always ready and raring to go. We'll see".

He went on: "I never know what I'm doing next, it's about what comes through my letterbox tomorrow, but I don't see why we wouldn't [make a new Who record]. My voice is still in good shape. The hearing isn't so great, but the voice is fine".

Asked if the LP might arrive in time to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary year, which is this year, Daltrey said: "I don't know. I haven't thought about it, to be honest. We didn't think it was going to last the week, let alone 50 years. We were The Who, we used to break up after every show".

As indecisive as that is, Daltrey is set to have a pretty active 2014, with a collaborative LP with the terminally-ill Wilko Johnson, 'Going Back Home', set for release on 10 Mar. And a previously hinted at 'last ever' tour with The Who to do. And his annual round of Teenage Cancer Trust shows - which this year feature Ed Sheeran, The Cure, Suede and Paolo Nutini - to curate. I'm going to have a sit down.

Elton John announces Goodbye Yellow Brick Road re-issue, cinema broadcast of Las Vegas show
To mark the 40th anniversary (back in December) of the release of his 1973 album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', Elton John has announced a new remastered version of the album on various formats and with various extras depending on how much money/enthusiasm you have.

At the very least, you'll get a download of the album in its remastered form. You could also have it on CD, Blu-ray or vinyl, plus get a load of extra cover versions by various hip young artists - including Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé and Fall Out Boy - and a best of-style live recording. You could even buy a big old box full of all that (except the vinyl and Blu-ray) and some other tat.

Two days before its 24 Mar release date (so 22 Mar), John will also play a special show as part of his current Las Vegas residency. "Why should I care, this has no bearing on my life", I hear you sigh. But you are wrong. Because the show will be beamed into 200 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Is the show worth seeing? Well, let's ask someone who would know. Mr Elton John: "I've had the best time [in Las Vegas] because I always thought of it as a challenge and wanted to put on the best show. I don't think there could be a better looking show than this in Vegas or in any venue anywhere".

So there.

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Slint's Spiderland to get deluxe re-issue
Slint's cult classic second album 'Spiderland' is to get a deluxe boxset release, for no particularly reason that I can see (it's not a major anniversary, I mean).

As well as remastering the original six tracks, the Touch & Go label has added a further fourteen demos, outtakes and live tracks, all provided on vinyl and CD. As well as that, it'll come packed with a 104 page book, with foreword by the album's cover photographer, Will Oldham, and a 90 minute documentary directed by Lance Bangs. And a t-shirt if you pre-order early enough.

The 3138 limited edition boxsets will be available to the public from 15 Apr, so if you want one, you should get your pre-ordering done here.

If you want, you can watch a trailer for the release here. I can't imagine why you would want to, but I don't think Slint ever made any music videos, so tough luck, there's nothing else to look at.

Here's the tracklist:

Breadcrumb Trail (remastered)
Nosferatu Man (remastered)
Don, Aman (remastered)
Washer (remastered)
For Dinner... (remastered)
Good Morning, Captain (remastered)
Nosferatu Man (basement practice)
Washer (basement practice)
Good Morning, Captain (demo)
Pam (rough mix, Spiderland outtake)
Glenn (Spiderland outtake)
Todd's Song (post-Spiderland song in progress)
Brian's Song (post-Spiderland demo)
Cortez The Killer (live Chicago 1989)
Washer (four track vocal demo)
Nosferatu Man (four track vocal demo)
Pam (four track vocal demo)
Good Morning, Captain (Evanston riff tape)
Nosferatu Man (Evanston riff tape)
Pam (Evanston riff tape)

McBusted announce outdoor shows, with support from Backstreet Boys and 5ive
McFly plus Busted, or McBusted, announced earlier this week plans to stage a couple of outdoor shows once summer comes, with 'support' from the Backstreet Boys, Scouting For Girls and 5ive.

The first is on Weston-super-Mare Beach on 28 Jun, and the other one is in Ipswich Chantry Park on 29 Jun. Admirers of McFly, or Busted, or McFly plus Busted, can buy tickets from THIS MORNING. Here. Good McLuck to you.

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Gigs & tours round-up: School Of Languages, The Warlocks and Dean Blunt
A solo David Brewis, sometimes of Field Music, is to bring his new LP under the alias School Of Languages, 'Old Fears', to a series of live shows chiming with its release via Memphis Industries on 7 Apr. Moving off that same day with a date at Newcastle's The Cluny, the trip reaches its end at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on 28 Apr. Check Brewis' live listings here, and listen in on 'Old Fears' track 'Between The Suburbs' here.

Drone shamans The Warlocks, from LA, have put listings for a UK tour out in the world. It starts on 11 Mar at Corsica Studios in London, and rolls on through Glasgow, Liverpool, and Leeds, before its foregone conclusion at Manchester's Antwerp Mansion on 15 Mar. The run - listed in full here - is in honour of the group's 2013 LP 'Skull Worship', their first since 2009's 'The Mirror Explodes'.

More concisely, Dean Blunt of possibly-dead pop mystics Hype Williams has confirmed a solo date on 1 Apr at London's Café Oto. It's a 'FREE JAZZ' set, apparently, which might mean anything, really, because that kind of 'secrecy' is the Hype Williams way. And while we're on topic, Dean has released a new mixtape, titled 'Skin Fade' and featuring singer Joanne Robertson, which is free to stream as you please here.

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Festival line-up update: Radio 1's Big Weekend, Isle Of Wight, Ultra Europe and more
Ah, Radio 1's big Big Weekend. This year's free-entry (if you're lucky enough to win one of the 60,000 tickets on offer) event will be based in Glasgow, and feature headliners in the twin forms of pop royals Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini, plus some other acts that haven't so far been announced, so there.

Bristling with excitement, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw says: "So excited to announce that we are going to be partying in Glasgow this summer! There is a rule that the further north you go, the more fun the gig will be, so I'm psyched to be in Scotland this year. Big Weekend always has the best line-up and kicking things off are Rita and Paolo. I can't wait!"

As south as you can go without falling in the English Channel (but I'm sure this'll be fun, whatever Grimmy says), on to the Isle Of Wight and it's namesake festival, which has gained a pinch of naff pop spice, aka the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who pile on top of a bill also boasting Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Rudimental and The 1975. Hey, remember when Isle Of Wight was a 'rock' festival?

The Chilis sure do, and to that end they say all together: "To headline the Isle of Wight Festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity, following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. When we were offered the slot, we jumped at the chance... it will be our only show in the UK/Ireland this year... so we intend to make it really special".

Now flip through a list of recent updates made to the following festivals, which are all very special too:

ELECTRIC ELEPHANT, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 10-14 Jul: Norman Jay, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Prosumer, Awesom Tapes From Africa, Begin, Stevie Kotey, Man Power, Neil Diablo, Joe's Bakery. www.electricelephant.co.uk

FOUND, secret location, East London, 14 Jun: Damian Lazarus, Cassy, DJ Sneak, Heidi, Ben Pearce, Noir, Dense & Pika, Ejeca, Josh Butler, Leftwing & Kody, Frankie Knuckles, Moodymann, Bicep, San Soda, Citizen, Son of Sun, Visions, Magda, Anja Schneider, Darius Syrossian, Francesca Lombardo, Geddes, Simon Baker, Matt Tolfrey, Jay Shepheard, Krankbrother, Jack C. www.foundfestival.com

HAMMERFEST, Haven Holiday Park, Gwynedd, Wales, 13-15 Mar: Avatar, Feed The Rhino, Savage Messiah, Attica Rage, Honour Is Dead, Sworn Amongst, Cyclamen, The Vintage Caravan, Skam, Throne, Desert Storm, One For Sorrow, Druganaut, Toranaga, Death Valley Knights, Primitai, Imicus. www.hammerfest.co.uk

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, 12-15 Jun: Red Hot Chili Peppers. www.isleofwightfestival.com

LARMER TREE, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, 16-20 Jul: Tom Jones. larmertreefestival.co.uk

LENTE KABINET, Het Twiske, Amsterdam, 31 May: Dixon, Julio Bashmore, Theo Parrish, Actress, Machinedrum, Omar S, DJ EZ, Dusky, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Prins Thomas, Efdemin & Lawrence, Addison Groove, Tama Sumo, Fred P, Eye, Jungle By Night, Anthony Naples, Ron Morelli, Tom Trago, Huerco S, Mr Ties, Cinnaman, Jameszoo, Awanto 3, Casper Tielrooij, Thomas Martojo, Young Marco, Jan Van Kampen, Tako, Malawi, Orpheu The Wizzard, Radna Rumping. www.hetkabinetfestival.nl

PENN FESTIVAL, The Big Park, High Wycombe, 18-20 Jul: Betty Boo and Buzzcocks, Betty Boo, Robin S, CeCe Peniston, SL2, Baby D, Liquid, Livin Joy, Phats & Small, The Selecter, Ruts DC, Whigfield, From The Jam, Neville Staple, Hot Chocolate, The Dualers, The Members, Brother Beyond, Ed Tudor Pole. www.pennfestival.com

RADIO 1'S BIG WEEKEND, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, 24-25 May: Rita Ora, Paolo Nutini. www.bbc.co.uk/events/ep3g9r

SNOWBOMBING, Mayrhofen, Austria, 7-12 Apr: Tom Odell, Clean Bandit, Pete Tong, Foxes, Apex Ape, Raffle Mafia. www.snowbombing.com

STOP MAKING SENSE, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 31 Jul - 3 Aug: Nick Höppner, Gerd Janson, T Williams, Leon Vynehall, Severino, Will Saul, Harri & Domenic, Kiwi, Danza Macabra, Mr Solid Gold, Park Ranger, Luka K, Zero, Anomalous DJ, Rufus & Bambi, Orlando Boom DJs, Ali Tillett, Ollie Seaman, Rob Aldritt, Blonde Ambition, Lovesick DJs, Madera Verde. stopmakingsense.eu

ULTRA EUROPE, Poljud Stadium, Split, Croatia, 11-13 Jul: David Guetta, Tiesto, AfroJack, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Blasterjaxx, Fedde Le Grand, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, W&W. ultraeurope.com

Nordic Music Prize shortlists The Knife, Iceage, Rhye and Múm
'Shaking The Habitual' by Sweden's The Knife, 'You're Nothing' by Danish band Iceage, Icelandic group Múm's 'Smilewound' and Norwegian singer Jenny Hval's 'Innocence Is Kinky' are five of the twleve finalists shortlisted for 2014's Nordic Music Prize, the Mercury-style 'album of 2013' award for Nordic nationals only. Though based in LA, 'sensual R&B' pairing Rhye's 'Woman' also qualifies since it has original Dane Robin Hannibal on side.

Won in the past by Jónsi, Goran Kajfes, and First Aid Kit, the prize is given under industry jurisdiction, by an international round-table of journalists and label execs. It'll be awarded to one of the following artists, for one of the following LPs, as part of by:Larm 2014 festival, on 1 Mar.

Atlanter - Vidde
Death Hawks - Death Hawks
Hjaltalín - Enter 4
Iceage - You're Nothing
Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky
Jenny Wilson - Demand The Impossible
Minä Ja Ville Ahonen - Mia
Mona & Maria - My Sun
Múm - Smilewound
Rhye - Woman
Synd Og Skam - Lad Mig Falde Ind Til Dig/Center
The Knife - Shaking The Habitual

CMU Beef Of The Week #181: Prince v The Internet
Prince has a beef. And that beef is with The Internet. No, not the Odd Future offshoot, the actual internet. All of it. Except his own website, I guess. Though you never know.

The artist currently known as Prince's long running battle against those who would upload his music without asking him first is long and well documented. It all began in 2007, when the musician issued a takedown notice to YouTube, asking for a video of a baby dancing to his song 'Let's Go Crazy' to be removed from the site. Which YouTube did. But the mother of the baby, Stephanie Lenz, then issued a counter claim to YouTube and got the video reposted. It now has over 1.25 million views, despite being really rubbish.

Not content with that, Lenz then sued Universal (which had actually issued the takedown) with the backing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, saying that the music in the 29 second clip was covered by US fair use doctrine. Amazingly, through a series of rulings and appeals, this case is yet to reach a conclusion, with appeals from both sides currently awaiting a hearing in the Ninth Circuit appeals court.

What can we learn from this case? Well, arguably it has cost everyone involved far more in legal fees than any sum Prince has lost from having that video online. Plus that clip has now been watched over 1.25 million times more than you might have expected it to be. So from Prince's side, a bit of a backfire.

Nonetheless, Prince's crusade against the internet continues. And in 2010 he declared himself the winner, telling The Mirror: "The internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it. The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you".

He seemingly backtracked on that theory last year though, when he made a new video available for sale via his own website. Only via his own website mind, and only for money. Much to the distaste of many of his fans, who would have rather watched it on YouTube for nothing. And maybe put it into a playlist with that baby video too.

Shortly after that, Prince had another shot at taking down some short, barely audible videos. And more successfully this time, getting a whole load of six second Vine vids filmed at his SXSW performance last March taken offline. And this time no one even sued him for the takedowns, which is probably good news, as he'd had to fork out $4 million for failing to help promote some perfume just a year earlier. I'm sure he would have done all that promo work, had he not been distracted by all that internet.

Anyway, bolstered by that success (possibly), this month Prince went in for the kill. Having discovered that there were people in the world sharing bootlegs of his live performances, earlier this month he sued 22 bloggers making these recordings available. Given that this must have been going on amongst his fans since online music sharing first began, and via bootleg cassettes way before that, you have to wonder what took him so long to act.

Whatever, he filed a lawsuit stating that each of these file-sharing people - identified only by their Blogger usernames - now owed him $1 million each, plus whatever other money might be knocking around. Their sharing of his work, said the lawsuit in an attempt to justify the purple one's claims for damages and demand for a jury trial, had "caused and will continue to cause substantial, immediate and irreparable injury to Prince for which there is no adequate remedy at law".

It's now three and a half years since even the Recording Industry Association Of America realised that this sort of lawsuit, ie directly suing music fans over file-sharing, is not a great course of action - mainly because of all the PR damage it does and the massive losses it leads to as legal costs mount up and damages payments only trickle in, if they come in at all.

And the good news for Prince fans hoping not to be sued, is that he's seemingly realised this too. Or he got bored. One of those two things. Either way, he has withdrawn his litigation. His lawyer told TMZ yesterday: "Because of the recent pressure, the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy. We recognise the fans craving for as much material as possible, but we'd prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work".

Prince has reserved the right to re-file the case if he sees fit though. But with all that off the agenda for the time being, at least he can concentrate fully on arranging the cushions on Lianne La Havas's sofa for maximum comfort at his press conference in her living room next week.

 
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