An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 7 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: If you, like CMU HQ, have a "which streaming services are evil this week?" board in your office (which, post MIDEM, is presumably headlined with YOUTUBE), then it's time to take Beats Music off the list. I say this just in case, like us, you added them there last weekend after seeing that God awful Super Bowl ad they ran. But Beats should now be on your "which streaming services are lovely this week"... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, aka Detroit Swindle, are on the up and headline this South London bash with a three hour set. With a string of releases on labels like Dirt Crew, Freerange and Tsuba, this duo's take on party house grooves with a tech feel is going down well, which should make for a very fine night indeed, and a suitable party to get everyone in the mood for the outfit's own recent EP... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Earlier this week, MIDEM's organisers were enthusing about how positive everyone had been at this year's edition of the big Cannes bash. The conference was apparently filled with record industry folk thrilled at the (very slight) return to growth that has been seen in their strand of the music business in various territories in the last year or so. All was well again in the world. We'll be rich... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Merlin confirms Beats deal with parity to the majors
Music group in parliament also planning ticket touting inquiry
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LEGAL SFX sued by co-founders
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DEALS Young Guns sign to Virgin EMI
The Strokes sign to BMG for North American publishing
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Italy and France also report record industry revenue increases in 2013
Boss confirmed for new Caroline's French unit
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ARTIST NEWS Earl Sweatshirt, Warpaint and King Krule pull studio all-nighter
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RELEASES Bis to break silence with new LP
The Good Natured rebrand as Lovestarrs, release single
Owen Pallett details Brian Eno-featuring LP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Noise Of Art announce final electronic music 100th anniversary show
Festival line-up update: BoomTown Fair, Beacons, Rock en Seine and more
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AWARDS Eurovision to ban vote rigging countries for three years
First ever Fly Awards presented
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #192: The Music Industry v YouTube
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CMU INSIGHTS: THE MUSIC RIGHTS SECTOR
This two-hour session provides an overview of the music rights sector in 2014, looking at trends in the digital market, plus the future of physical products, and where sync, public performance and other IP revenues fit in.

For more information and to book click here.
   
SECRETLY LABEL GROUP - JUNIOR RADIO PLUGGER
The Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a Junior Radio Plugger who can learn on the job and fit in well with the small UK team. Ideally the candidate will have a huge passion and knowledge of radio and the music released by the three labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian. Some experience of working with radio is essential.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply 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.

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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.
 
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Merlin confirms Beats deal with parity to the majors
If you, like CMU HQ, have a "which streaming services are evil this week?" board in your office (which, post MIDEM, is presumably headlined with YOUTUBE), then it's time to take Beats Music off the list. I say this just in case, like us, you added them there last weekend after seeing that God awful Super Bowl ad they ran.

But Beats should now be on your "which streaming services are lovely this week" list, though we don't sully ourselves compiling such a silly thing. The loveliness, though, was confirmed yesterday by indie label digital negotiator Merlin, which confirmed that the new streaming platform was offering the 600 labels and distributors it represents (which together represent over 20,000 indies) the same deal as the big bad major record companies.

That deal applies from the day the Beats service went live Stateside last month, and on it the boss of the streaming set up, Ian Rogers, told CMU: "We are thrilled to be working with Merlin, Beats Music is committed to treating all artists and labels fairly and equally. While other services may try to get away with paying independent labels and artists less, we're paying all repertoire-owners equally because it's the right thing to do".

Meanwhile Merlin chief Charles Caldas added: "Ian and the team at Beats have taken a refreshing and enlightened approach to recognising the value of a Merlin deal, and we are excited to be in business with them. As a result of our deal, not only do the users of Beats Music have access to an extraordinary range of music from the world's best independent labels and artists, but the labels we represent have an opportunity to benefit from the success of the service on a truly equal footing to our major label competitors".

But who will take Beats' place on the evil list next week? Tune in same time same place in seven days time to find out. Assuming YCAES (the Yorke Campaign Against Evil Streamers) returns our calls to tell us.

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Music group in parliament also planning ticket touting inquiry
Westminster's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music has announced it will be holding an inquiry into ticket touting later this year, with a view to reporting in 2015. The investigation will specifically focus on the impact of the booming secondary ticketing market on the music business, the artist community and music consumers.

Though it's not the only parliamentary investigation into secondary ticketing, with the separate APPG on Ticket Abuse already throwing the spotlight on the touts, albeit not specifically in music. That group held its first evidence session on Wednesday with reps from the sport, theatre and music sectors contributing, including Kilimanjaro Live CEO Stuart Galbraith.

As previously reported, Christoph Homann at Live Nation's Ticketmaster business earlier this week set out his top line viewpoints on secondary ticketing, expressing an interest in participating in the APPG on Ticket Abuse's inquiry. Although best known as a primary ticket seller, Ticketmaster is also in the resale business, in the UK via its Get Me In! site, and Homann oversees those operations. It's thought there is and always has been an interest at the ticket-focused APPG to involve the main resale sites in its investigation, but it remains to be seen if Homann takes part in future evidence sessions.

The ticketing group hopes to report on touting by as soon as late March, in a bid to inform amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill that is already working its way through parliament. The music-centred APPG will presumably have more time to go into the whole touting thing in more detail in the autumn.

Music APPG Co-Chair John Robertson MP told CMU yesterday: "The secondary market has grown exponentially over the last decade, but has been subject to very little scrutiny. As a result, music fans are finding it increasingly hard to get to top gigs unless they're prepared to pay well over the odds, and this is particularly true for the young people that many artists want and need to attract to be successful in the long run. I want this inquiry to get to the bottom of how the market works now and how it should work in the future if it is going to support the music industry, rather than undermine it".

Meanwhile Mike Weatherley MP, who is involved in both the music and ticketing APPGs as well as advising David Cameron on IP matters, added: "Industrial-scale touting is affecting more and more live entertainment events, but nowhere is it more noticeable and more damaging than in live music. Touts are capitalising on the risk, talent and intellectual property of others while contributing nothing to the continued success of the industry, and it's important that the issue is looked at by parliament and the government. I hope that this inquiry will lead to much-needed improvements which are acceptable to the whole industry".

SFX sued by co-founders
Highly acquisitive EDM events firm SFX Entertainment is being sued by three apparent co-founders, who claim they were "frozen out" of the company by CEO Robert Sillerman, reports Bloomberg.

Paolo Moreno, Lawrence Vavra and Gabriel Moreno claim that entertainment industry veteran Sillerman approached them in early 2012 to discuss his plans for an electronic music-focussed company. Having no experience in that side of the business, they say Sillerman used the three men's expertise to identify and purchase seven of the eight companies listed as SFX's "principal assets" in its IPO filing last year.

The men say that they owned shares in the original company which should have been worth over $100 million when the firm sold off a portion of its equity on the NASDAQ stock exchange last year, but that they were defrauded of these shares and left with nothing.

A lawsuit filed this week states: "Had they known that Sillerman's true intentions were to use plaintiffs' strategy, information, connections and access for his own gain, without granting plaintiffs any significant ownership interest in the venture, plaintiffs would not have entered into any agreement with Sillerman, and would not have undertaken to execute on the strategy for the benefit of SFX".

A spokesperson for SFX told the Wall Street Journal that the claims are "baseless".

Young Guns sign to Virgin EMI
After releasing two albums with [PIAS], Young Guns have just signed to Universal division Virgin EMI, which will release the rock band's third album later this year, work on which is about to begin. The Virgin deal excludes North America where the band will continue to be signed to Wind Up Records.

Confirming all this, Andy Snape of the band's management firm Raw Power told CMU: "Young Guns are genuinely excited at the prospect of working with Mike Smith and his team at Virgin EMI. They have a real understanding of what the band are looking to achieve creatively and their enthusiasm was a major reason why we decided to sign to the label".

Meanwhile the there-mentioned Smith, President of Virgin EMI, added: "We have long been admirers of Young Guns. They have a very strong vision for the kind of music they want to make and we are honoured that they chose Virgin EMI to help them achieve that".

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The Strokes sign to BMG for North American publishing
The Strokes have signed a new publishing deal for North America with the US branch of BMG Chrysalis, following the release of their fifth long player last year.

Confirming the new deal, the band's frontman Julian Casablancas told reporters... oh, hang on, the obligatory quote seems to be missing from this here press release.

Erm, commenting on his BMG deal Casablancas said: "See, people they don't understand; No, girlfriends, they can't understand; Your Grandsons, they won't understand; On top of this, I ain't ever gonna understand".

Which doesn't seem like the informed position you're meant to be in when entering into a legal agreement. But I'm sure it'll all be fine.

Italy and France also report record industry revenue increases in 2013
Following optimistic growth stats from the record industries in Norway, Sweden and Germany, two more European markets have just published financials for 2013 that are showing increases in the money generated by recorded music.

In Italy, according to figures from Deloitte and the record industry's FIMI organisation revenues were up 4% last year to 117.6 million euros (though that did include brand partnership income that Italian labels are increasingly sharing in, but if you take just CD, download and streaming income alone there is still a 2% increase).

Digital income went up 18%, though still only accounts for 32% of record industry revenues overall in Italy. Within the digital domain both streaming services and download stores saw monies go up, with the former now accounting for 38% of the digital music market, an increase from 31% in 2012.

Over in France, industry group SNEP has reported a rise of 2.3% in 2013, though the digital market there seems to be stagnating, seeing just a 0.6% rise overall as streaming income rose a little, but download sales dropped slightly. Physical sales actually rose 1% in France last year, while public performance income and the like is definitely in growth mode.

It's worth noting that, even with the slight revenue increases that occurred in recorded music in various European markets last year, the record industry is still a long way off its 1990s peak, though in many cases these are the first signs of growth in a decade and are resulting in some new optimism. Plus, of course, many labels are now also tapping other music business revenue streams beyond recorded music, and in most cases those extra revenues are not included in industry stats.

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Boss confirmed for new Caroline's French unit
Universal's brand spanking new(ish) label services business Caroline International has a boss for its French unit, Thomas Lorain, who comes to the major from working in France's indie sector, most recently for Wagram Music and before that Naïve. In his new role he will oversee the release of Caroline-repped records in France as well as seeking artist and indie label clients in the country.

He reports in jointly to joint Caroline MDs Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor who jointly said this: "We're absolutely delighted to welcome Thomas to Caroline International. He has such an impressive track record of success with independent artists and labels both in France and internationally that he is the ideal person to launch our French company and build it into something very special for our partners".

Lorain himself added: "I'm really excited to be joining Michael and Jim and all the team at Caroline. It is a real global music company, with strong expertise, resources and ambition. I feel very lucky to be a part of this superb team".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Detroit Swindle, Citizen & Outboxx at Plan B
Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, aka Detroit Swindle, are on the up and headline this South London bash with a three hour set. With a string of releases on labels like Dirt Crew, Freerange and Tsuba, this duo's take on party house grooves with a tech feel is going down well, which should make for a very fine night indeed, and a suitable party to get everyone in the mood for the outfit's own recent EP 'Huh, What!' (mini-mixed here) and up-coming album 'Boxed Out'.

Also playing at this Plan B night are Citizen, aka Laurence Blake, who has recorded for US deep housemaster Kerri Chandler's label, and Outboxx, who pitch in for 180 mins in Room One.

Saturday 8 Feb, 10pm-6am, Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9, £8 adv 14, more info here.
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Earl Sweatshirt, Warpaint and King Krule pull studio all-nighter
A pack of wildcard artists - not least Earl Sweatshirt, Warpaint, King Krule and Jono Ma off of Jagwar Ma - all spent an entire night earlier this week 'vibing' in Sydney. Like, they didn't even sleep! Crazy.

Though the collaboration sounds arbitrary, all the acts are in fact sharing a bill at the same festival, Australia's Laneway, which is always a nice icebreaker. And links between the grouping don't stop there. Krule has in recent times been snapped snacking with Earl and his OFWGTKA compadre Tyler, The Creator. And, as Pitchfork points out, Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa has played on Jagwar Ma's track 'Howlin', with Jono Mar also working on Warpaint's sophomore LP. Because Mozgawa is Australian, and so are Jagwar Ma, and that's how it works.

Find pics and proof of the group's twelve hour sojourn, which took place in Stones Throw signing Jonti's Sydney studio, in this FB post by his management firm Astral People.

Bis to break silence with new LP
In this, the year of bigtime renaissances by the long-silent likes of Outkast, Slowdive and, erm, Girl Thing, Glaswegian band Bis have confirmed their first LP since 2001.

The trio, consisting of 'Sci-Fi' Steven Clark, John 'Disco' Clark and Amanda MacKinnon aka Manda Rin, first appeared in 1994, splitting in 2003 and reconciling again in 2007, going on to play Primavera in 2010.

Their new release, a twelve-track titled 'Data Panik Etcetera', arrives via Do Yourself on 5 May. Hear its lead single 'Rulers And The States' here.

Control The Radical
Minimum Wage
Rulers And The States
Cubis (I Love You)
Sense Not Sense
Mechanical Love
Too Much Not Enough
Retail Of The Detail
Music Lovers
The Young Mothers
Flesh Remover
(That Love Ain't) Justified

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The Good Natured rebrand as Lovestarrs, release single
Aha, noir-pop trio The Good Natured are back, only with a new alias, which is: Lovestarrs. In spite of signing to Parlophone in 2011, TGN's first LP, 'Prism', failed to materialise, ever, and they revealed last year that it, and they, had been shelved by their (ex) label. And did Parlophone give back the 'Prism' master tapes? No, it did not.

Well anyway, c'est la vie, because here TGN are again as Lovestarrs, sexier than ever, and flipping their (new) wigs via a sexy new single in the sexily-titled 'Get Your Sexy On'.

Lead singer Sarah says: "Some things fall apart so that better things can fall together. Lovestarrs is testament to that. It's an evolution. To be a Lovestarr means you must always follow your heart and aim for the stars".

'Get Your Sexy On' is released 31 Mar. Preview it here.

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Owen Pallett details Brian Eno-featuring LP
Canadian singer-songwriter and Academy Award hopeful (for the score he co-composed to Spike Jonze's 'Her') Owen Pallett has just announced 'In Conflict', his first LP in four years, and also his fourth to date. Not since 2010's 'Heartland' has an Owen Pallett album been so... well, just 'been' full stop.

Anyway, it's out on 13 May, and counts Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra amongst a long list of other, mostly Toronto-based, contributors. Take a look at its tracklisting and trailer now:

I Am Not Afraid
In Conflict
On A Path
Song For Five & Six
The Secret Seven
Chorale
The Passions
The Sky Behind The Flag
---> (1)
The Riverbed
Infernal Fantasy
Soldiers Rock
---> (2)

Noise Of Art announce final electronic music 100th anniversary show
Cultural collective Noise Of Art have announced details of the final show in their year long series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of electronic music.

As discussed in this interview with Noise Of Art's Ben Osborne last year, in April 1914 Italian futurist Luigi Russolo performed for the first time using prototype synthesizers, described in his 1913 book 'Manifesto For An Art Of Noises'.

Marking the 100th year since this performance, in April this year Noise Of Art will host a number of events, concluding with a performance from Booka Shade - whose latest album, 'Eve', was itself recorded using vintage synths (though not 100 year old ones).

The show will take place at Village Underground in Shoreditch on 25 Apr, with further details to follow.

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Festival line-up update: BoomTown Fair, Beacons, Rock en Seine and more
So yeah, BoomTown, Beacons and Paris-adjacent Rock en Seine festivals have all declared the first artists on their 2014 line-ups.

Sprawling Hampshire carnival BoomTown adds Chas & Dave, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Ms Dynamite, Tinariwen, Johnny Flynn and Bellowhead to its listings, whilst lighting Beacons' torch in Yorkshire come August will be the likes of Jon Hopkins, The Fall, Nicolas Jaar's Darkside, Hookworms, MONEY, Eagulls and East India Youth, which is excellent news.

Rock en Seine, meanwhile, in a brave display of genre diversity, has made Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey and The Prodigy its headliners-in-chief, while taking Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Die Antwoord, Jake Bugg, Flume and Warpaint to its bosom, too.

More on all that, plus further updates from further festivals, is still to come...

BEACONS, Funkirk Estate, Skipton, Yorkshire, 7-10 Aug: Darkside, Daughter, Jon Hopkins, The Fall, Nightmares On Wax, Hookworms, Toy, King Creosote, East India Youth, Eagulls, Sweet Baboo, Melt Yourself Down, MONEY, Traams, PINS, Girl Band, Cheatahs, Menace Beach, Galaxians, Golden Teacher, Championlover, Autobahn, Dixon, Roman Flugel, Mano le Tough, Special Request, Daniel Avery, Max Graef, Aartekt. www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Estate, Hampshire, 7-10 Aug: Chas & Dave, NoFX, host Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Hot 8 Brass Band, UK Allstars (Congo Natty, Congo Dubz, Tippa Irie, Top Cat, General Levy, Daddy Freddy, Ms Dynamite, Mele Sweetie Irie, Boddika, Tenor Fly and Nancy & Pheobe), The Cat Empire, Hayseed Dixie, Tinariwen, Bellowhead, Playing For Change, Dub FX, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, [dunkelbunt], Secret Swing Society, Eliza Carthy, The Bad Shepherds, Treacherous Orchestra, Sam Lee & Friends, Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate, 3 Daft Monkeys, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Skinny Lister, La Chiva Gantiva, and Beans On Toast, The Dreadnoughts, Freddie Notes, Tape Five, Phoenix City All-stars, Russkaja, Woohoo Revue, The Destroyers, The Trojans, Molotov Jukebox, La Selva Sur, Babyhead, Horace Panter's Uptown Ska Collective, Raggasonic, Lady SawWarrior King, Easy Star All Stars, Chronixx, Dawn Penn, The Skints, Mungo's Hi Fi Sound System, Raging Fyah, The Heatwave, Robbo Ranx, Stylo G, Jus Now, Tipper, Special Request, Hannah Wants, Dub Phizix & Strategy, & Slick Don, Friend Within, Stanton Warriors, Kahn b2b Neek, Proxy, Optiv & BTK, Black Sun Empire, Aphrodite, Altern8, Kry Wolf, Zed Bias, My Nu Leng, Rockwell, Swindle & Royal T, Bong-Ra, Machine Code, Panacaea, DJ Champion, Mouse Outfit feat Dr Syntax & Sparkz. www.boomtownfair.co.uk

GOLDCOAST OCEANFEST, Croyde Bay, Devon, 20-22 Jun: Clean Bandit. goldcoastoceanfest.co.uk

LEMONFEST, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, 31 May: The Correspondents, Luke Friend, Hysteria, Tourists, Phat Bollard. www.lemonfest.co.uk

NOISILY, Coney Woods, Noseley, Leciestershire, 11-13 Jul: TEED, Phaxe, Neurodriver, Joe Ford, Solid Snake, Skope, Nanoplex, Atomic Drop, Pena, Krymes, Disprove, Your Niece, True Lies, Tongue & Groove, Teho, William Breakspear, Morbidly Obese Midget, Audley, Ans, Freefall Collective, Jasper, Tom Real, Fuzzy Logic, Aliji, LlamaLeaf, Geo, Rupes, Session Victim, Greg Wilson, 2562, A Made Up Sound, Real Nice, Groove Assassin, Panda, Low Steppa, Magnier, Seascape, Dave Maslen, Eliphino, Sean McCabe, Croz, Kenny Keys, Benedict Jackson, House of Disco DJs, Daffadam, Nick Duffy, Master Blasters, Lucas, Antispin, Slackbaba, Beardy, Shane Gobi, Hypnocoustics, Neuroplasm, Bad Tango, OOOD, Brainiac, Dala, Killerwatts, Liquid Ross, Lifeforms, Alex Story, Re-Creation, Nigel Shiva Valley, Nimbus, Monk3y Logic, Sacha, Sinerider, Chameleon, Nick Interchill, Miles. www.noisilyfestival.com

REBELLION, Blackpool Winter Gardens, 7-10 Aug: 16 Guns, Agent Orange, Agnostic Front, Andy T, Army of Skanks, Casual Nausea, Chewing on Tinfoil, Church of Confidence, Contempt, Cress, Demob, Department S, Dun 2 Def, Evil Conduct, Faster Than Bulls, GBH, Goldblade, Hateful, KrawallBruder, Kunt and the Gang, Leftover Crack, Lost Cherrees, Lunatic Fringe, Mad Sin, Part 1, Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies, Ruts DC, Saints and Sinners, Shock Treatment 21, Stupids, Super Fast Girlie Show, The Defects, The Dementias, The Forum Walters, The Lee Harveys, The Manc Lads, The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Pukes, Tragedy. www.rebellionfestivals.com

ROCK EN SEINE, Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, France, 22-24 Aug: Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, The Prodigy, Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Die Antwoord, Jake Bugg, Flume, Warpaint, Volbeat, Joey Bada$$, Airbourne, Superdiscount 3. www.rockenseine.com

SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 29-31 Aug: MK, BrEaCh, Sam Divine, Andy C, Wilkinson, Calyx & Teebee. www.sundownfestival.co.uk

Eurovision to ban vote rigging countries for three years
The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a further change to its rules, following the discovery that Azerbaijan tried to rig the vote at last year's event.

As previously reported, an investigation into irregularities with the Azerbaijani vote was launched by the country's president, Ilham Aliyev, following last year's contest in Sweden. It was found that, despite strong support from the public and the country's judging panel for the Russian entry, 'What If' by Dina Garipova, it had ultimately been awarded nil points. It was also claimed that Azerbaijan had attempted to pay Lithuanian students to vote for the Azerbaijani entry.

In September, Eurovision organisers revealed that the members of all juries for the 2014 event would be announced on 1 May, and all votes by those judges would be made public after the final for the first time, in order to combat vote rigging. Further to that, it has now been announced that any country found to have attempted to rig votes would be banned from the competition for up to three years.

Eurovision's Executive Producer, Jon Ola Sand, told The Guardian: "The ban is up to three years and no one should be in any doubt that we will act if we detect voting fraud. It is a drastic move but we are all in this together and we have to make sure nothing happens, it is not good for the brand. I have asked broadcasters, if you know something come forward and show me. If I have a smoking gun or evidence I can act, but I cannot act on rumours".

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Denmark on 6, 8 and 10 May.

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First ever Fly Awards presented
So Peace were rather good weren't they? And We Are Scientists - you should publish your script - because I'm not sure your boozy, chatty audience were paying close enough attention to get the jokes, such is the way at music award shows. Still, a fine evening was had by all at them there inaugural Fly Awards in London town last night, and not least this bunch of people who all got themselves a gong to take home and show the family.

Artist Of The Year Award: Foals
Best Live Act Award: Haim
Ones To Watch 2014 Award: Wolf Alice

Album Of The Year Award: Parquet Courts
Song Of 2013: Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

Festival Of The Year: Glastonbury
Venue Of The Year Award: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Label Of The Year Award: Rough Trade
Local Hero Award: Sister Ray, London

Outstanding Artistry Award: The Horrors
Living Legend Award: Thurston Moore

CMU Beef Of The Week #192: The Music Industry v YouTube
Earlier this week, MIDEM's organisers were enthusing about how positive everyone had been at this year's edition of the big Cannes bash. The conference was apparently filled with record industry folk thrilled at the (very slight) return to growth that has been seen in their strand of the music business in various territories in the last year or so. All was well again in the world. We'll be rich... rich I tell you!

Of course, prior to that statement the most reported on panel during the conference this year was called 'Fuelled By Video Success'. And while that sounds pretty positive, it's the session where Google's Vice President of YouTube Content Tom Pickett took a bit of a beating.

The main headline from that panel was the vague stat from Pickett claiming that YouTube has paid out $1 billion to "the music industry" over "the last few years". Which sounds pretty positive, though is also fairly throwaway. Which bits of the music industry? Labels? Publishers? Both? And how long is a few years? It's the best part of eight years since YouTube signed its first record company licensing deal.

Much of the commentary following the panel noted that, in particular, Spotify also makes claims of having paid out around $1 billion to labels and publishers since it launched, but $500,000 of that came in the last year alone. And given that Spotify has a vastly smaller reach than YouTube, that doesn't make the payouts on Google's video platform sound that great. What exactly, some then thought, does that mean for the royalties that are being offered by YouTube for its proposed Spotify-style audio streaming service?

In the panel itself, however, the biggest confrontation actually came during the Q&A at the end of the session. One audience member asked why YouTube has such strict rules on the buying of fake video views (enforcement of which it's apparently planning to step up even further), but seemingly turned a blind eye to websites that allow users to rip the audio from videos on YouTube to MP3. And why do these sites come up so highly in Google searches?

Pickett started by pointing out that Google search is "a reflection of what's out there on the web", and said that the problem was that as soon as one of these sites went down, more popped up in their place, which makes it very hard to fight against them. A valid point, perhaps, but then the questioner retorted that he'd been using one such site to illegally rip music for between three and five years.

Back in 2012, Google did actually stop one such audio-ripping service from accessing YouTube's servers, and its search business's action against Rap Genius for a breach of its SEO rules late last year shows that Google can and will act when it feels like it.

Concluding the panel, the BPI's Geoff Taylor agreed with the questioner, saying: "I've got a lot of sympathy for what is being said on the floor, because we've been asking YouTube to deal with these stream ripping applications for many, many years. And the point is that YouTube is supposed to be an ad-funded streaming service, not a free download service".

He added: "I don't think it's good for YouTube's business model that those sites should steal and [take a] free ride on what YouTube is offering, and we can't understand why it's taken so long for Google and YouTube to do something about this. It's very similar to the problems we're having with Google search, where, as people know that the BPI sent 50 million notices to Google in the last year alone, to remove music, which is being indexed illegally on Google's search engine. And despite the fact that we've sent 50 million notices, and two million of those are to a particular site, it still comes top of search, in search results".

This is a point that has been echoed many times in recent years, as Google slowly raises itself up to enemy number one status in the music industry. The problem is, of course, that the web giant is also quite a good friend of the music industry - providing services which artists and labels have come to rely on a great deal. But for this relationship to continue and become "a really productive partnership", said Taylor, then Google has a responsibility to do something to push illegal sites down or out of its search rankings.

That was all a bit serious, wasn't it? And why no discussion about what the music industry can really learn from YouTube? In 2014 the art of short form video is really all about bouncing cats.

 
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