An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 14 February 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: While Russian law has not been hugely favourable to music companies trying to enforce their intellectual property rights over the years, copyright rules in the country have been beefed up of late, and that has resulted in the operator of a stream aggregator called TracksFlow facing a fine and possible web-blocking. The Russian site, which pulls in streams from a plethora of sources but allows users to... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Currently celebrating a decade in the game, Hyperdub takes over Corsica Studios on Tuesday with a night headlined by the label's head honcho Steve Goodman, aka Kode9. A self confessed junglist, this Glasgow-born beatster has been DJing since 1990. I'm sure he'll be testing the Corsica sound system under the arches at the Elephant & Castle to its limits. He'll be joined by DJ Rashad from... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Drake is unhappy. He did this big cover interview with Rolling Stone about an album he released almost six months ago, and then Rolling Stone went and gave his cover to some other guy at the last minute. Just because that guy was the greatest actor of his generation and died suddenly. It's like the magazine thought it was important to pay tribute to a key figure in the wider interests of its... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Tracks Flow case could lead to web-blocking in Russia
JUMP | ONLINE
LEGAL DLT cleared of most indecent assault charges against him
Rihanna files new lawsuit against former accountant
JUMP | ONLINE
DEALS Universal announces wide-ranging distribution deal with Glassnote
Sony Music acquires Philadelphia International Records catalogue
JUMP | ONLINE
LABELS & PUBLISHERS IFPI makes Rube Goldberg Machine, videos it
Universal promotes Matt Allard to Head Of Streaming
JUMP | ONLINE
BRANDS & MERCH Madonna launches MDNA skincare line
JUMP | ONLINE
MEDIA Most titles down but Rock Sound up in latest music mag ABCs
JUMP | ONLINE
ARTIST NEWS A list of songs with 'love' in their title for Valentine's Day
JUMP | ONLINE
RELEASES Release round-up: Spiritualized, Thee Oh Sees, SOHN and Nicki Minaj
JUMP | ONLINE
GIGS & FESTIVALS Kylie Minogue plays East London pub
Odd Future banned from New Zealand (again)
ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera to pitch new festival featuring Neutral Milk Hotel
Festival line-up update: Camp Bestival, Love Supreme, Open'er and more
JUMP | ONLINE
AND FINALLY... Lil Kim is a lil bit with child
CMU Beef Of The Week #193: Drake v Rolling Stone
JUMP | ONLINE
 
Click JUMP to skip direct to a section of this email or ONLINE to read and share stories on the CMU website (JUMP option may not work in all email readers). For regular updates from Team CMU follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.
 
 
CMU INSIGHTS: LIVE, BRANDS & FAN SERVICES
This two-hour session provides an overview of music industry revenue streams beyond intellectual property, including the live sector, brand partnerships, and the increasing importance of direct-to-fan services.

For more information and to book click here.
   
RESIDENT ADVISOR - ACCOUNT MANAGER
We are looking for an exceptional, sales focussed account manager to join our ticketing team. In order to be considered for the role you will need to have an in-depth understanding of Electronic Music relevant to RA's core audience, both in the UK and internationally, and ideally will already have relationships with some of the key players in our industry.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL - PAID INTERNSHIP
Intern wanted for busy independent record label based in London. The successful candidate will be a hard working, organised and enthusiastic with a genuine passion for live music. Day-to-day duties will include; artist diary management, liaison with promotional team, ticket ordering, assisting marketing & international staff with admin, and general office duties.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply 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.
 
CMU Jobs is a proven way to recruit the best music business talent for roles across the industry at all levels, from graduate to senior management. To book an ad contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
 

Tracks Flow case could lead to web-blocking in Russia
While Russian law has not been hugely favourable to music companies trying to enforce their intellectual property rights over the years, copyright rules in the country have been beefed up of late, and that has resulted in the operator of a stream aggregator called Tracks Flow facing a fine and possible web-blocking.

The Russian site, which pulls in streams from a plethora of sources but allows users to listen to and organise tracks through one web-based interface, was targeted with litigation by now Warner affiliate SBA Music Publishing. And, according to Torrentfreak, the Moscow Arbitration Court has sided with the publisher, ordering TracksFlow and its owner Boris Golikov to pay over $44,000 in damages and ruling that the TracksFlow.com domain should be "terminated".

The court is seemingly utilising relatively new Russian copyright law to make these orders. What isn't clear is how Golikov's dotcom domain will be "terminated", give the dotcom registry sits outside the jurisdiction of the Russian courts, though the obvious way would be for judges to issue web-block injunctions against internet service providers in the country, similar to those issued by various other European courts, including in the UK.

Another interesting element of the case is that Tracks Flow doesn't actually host any of the infringing content that flows through its player, and declares what sites tracks are being pulled from - SoundCloud and YouTube being common sources.

Golikov argued that this meant he wasn't actually liable for any infringement, though - of course - simply linking to unlicensed music has been sufficient to make a plethora of file-sharing set-ups liable over the years. But some of the sources of content Tracks Flow taps are licensed, and there are other sites and apps out there that operate similar systems who could now be targeted. Though in the meantime, TracksFlow intends to appeal.

DLT cleared of most indecent assault charges against him
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis was yesterday cleared of a number of indecent assault charges that were made against him in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

As previously reported, Travis, real name David Griffin, was originally questioned by police in late 2012 as part of the ongoing Operation Yewtree police investigation which was sparked by those accusations against the late Savile. Following DLT's initial arrest, more women came forward, increasing the number of alleged victims to eleven - the youngest fifteen at the time she claimed to have been assaulted. Travis always strongly denied all the charges against him.

At the end of a much publicised trial - in which DLT was portrayed by different ex-colleagues as both a sinister chauvinist who routinely sexually harassed the women he worked with and a loveable larger-than-life radio man who often greeted friends with a hug - the radio veteran was cleared of nine of the charges against him, including the incident allegedly involving a fifteen year old girl. The jury failed to reach a verdict on two other charges which may require a retrial.

Speaking outside the court, Travis said the allegations had led to eighteen months of hell during which he and his wife had had to sell their home to pay for legal bills. He told reporters: "First of all, I'm not over the moon about any of this today. I don't feel there's a victory in any way shape or form. On the contrary, I've been through a year and a half of hell with this, which includes costing me so much money to pay for my part of this trial, proving the point that not all famous people have got loads in the bank, so I had to sell my house to do it. That's OK because I know there's a lot of people who are worse off than me".

He continued: "I did lose my reputation as well, which I may try get back later. I want to say I had two trials: one by media and one by crown court, and I have to say in all honesty that I preferred trial by crown court. All I want to do now is go home, relax with my wife and daughter, who has also been suffering with me".

The DJ's legal reps said their client was the victim of a witch hunt that followed the various Jimmy Savile revelations, and that police and prosecutors had pursued unnecessary prosecutions in a bid to make up for their failures to respond to Savile's crimes while he was alive.

DLT was working for Bauer's Magic AM when the allegations first surfaced and was subsequently dropped from the station. It remains to be seen if he makes his way back behind a mic anytime soon, though what now happens regarding the remaining two charges may have an impact on that.

--------------------------------------------------

Rihanna files new lawsuit against former accountant
Rihanna's longrunning legal battle with her former accountancy firm Berdon LLP in New York has taken another turn, with the singer launching a new lawsuit against the company.

As previously reported, Rihanna sued Berdon back in 2012, claiming that between 2005 and 2010 former employees of the company, Michael Mitnick and Peter Gounis, mismanaged the finances of her touring business, Tourihanna. The accountancy firm later responded saying that any losses during this period were solely due to Rihanna's "own financial action or inaction".

Now, according to TMZ, Rihanna has filed a new lawsuit against Berdon that claims bad advice from her accountants in 2009 left her "effectively bankrupt". In that she started the year with $11 million, but ended it with just $2 million, mainly because she bought a $7 million house, a purchase her beancounters apparently approved, and which subsequently left the singer $2 million out of pocket when she sold the property for less than she paid for it.

This, the lawsuit says, amounts to gross mismanagement of her finances, because rather than telling her to go and buy the house, the accountancy people should have been pointing out to Rihanna that her tour at the time was losing money

Forbes now estimates that the popstress is worth $43 million, so it's all alright really.

Universal announces wide-ranging distribution deal with Glassnote
Prominent US indie Glassnote has announced a new distribution deal with the only occasionally evil Universal Music, which will see the mega-major provide distribution services for Glassnote releases "worldwide". Providing you're one of those people who don't include Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the "world". Which is most of us don't, I think. I know I don't. Take that Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Universal Music Group Distribution will handle most of that shipping, though in the US Glassnote records will be distributed by the Caroline label services business, while Mumford & Sons and Chvrches, both signed to Glassnote in the States, will be repped globally by Universal UK labels Island and Virgin EMI, to which said bands are directly signed over here. Which is all very neat.

While handing over distribution nonsense to Universal's label services business, Glassnote has also announced the launch of its own label services type venture, Resolved, which will provide financial, creative and marketing support and consultancy to entertainment entrepreneurs, emerging producers and independent labels. Resolved will also utilise Universal's distribution networks.

Confirming all this, Universal big cheese Lucian Grainge told CMU: "As a company that places entrepreneurs at the centre of our business, we are particularly pleased to welcome Glassnote and Resolved to the Universal Music family. [Glassnote founder] Daniel Glass is, quite simply, one of the most successful label entrepreneurs of the last decade. He represents the kind of innovation and creativity that defines who we are and who we aspire to be as an organisation, and we're looking forward to many years of collaboration and growth together".

Meanwhile the there eulogised Glass added: "We are honoured and excited to embark on this new journey with Universal. Lucian understood our vision from the start and his embrace of passionate, creative, entrepreneurs makes Universal the perfect home for our companies".

--------------------------------------------------

Sony Music acquires Philadelphia International Records catalogue
Sony Music has announced the acquisition of the catalogue of seminal soul label Philadelphia International Records, the record company set up by songwriting and production duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971.

Sony's catalogue label Legacy Recordings already had access to some PIR recordings, and oversaw a number of digital releases of that catalogue last year.

The new deal brings all the label's recordings together, and will result in a series of further reissues later this year including records from the likes of The Jacksons, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Three Degrees and Patti LaBelle, with the initial re-release campaign kicking off here in the UK.

IFPI makes Rube Goldberg Machine, videos it
Just ask Guinness, OK Go and Roy Castle, everyone loves a domino-topple, even if these days it's fashionable to topple everything but actual dominos.

And with that in mind, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has made a domino-free (there's not even any Fats Domino in the soundtrack) recorded-music-celebrating domino-topple type video that takes you from gramophone to the iPad in 90 seconds, the message being: the record industry may be falling over, but isn't it fun to watch? Actually, that might not be the message.

Technically, the IFPI is claiming to have built a 'Rube Goldberg machine' rather than a domino rally, but those toppling records sure look like wannabe dominos to me. Perhaps the NME could make a version of this for their upcoming awards show that includes some pizza boxes being toppled over, from recently announced awards co-sponsor Dominos. Which is a terrible idea, but look, I snuck that extra little news story in while you weren't looking.

Anyway, check out the IFPI's rather nifty 'Music Remains' video here. Or just join in with this live version of the 'Record Breakers' theme tune if you'd prefer.

--------------------------------------------------

Universal promotes Matt Allard to Head Of Streaming
Universal Music UK has announced that Matt Allard has been made the company's (and quite possibly the industry's) first ever Head Of Streaming. Allard joined Universal in 2011 as Digital Account Manager.

Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph said of Allard's appointment: "Given the growing importance of streaming and subscription to our artists and labels, this new dedicated approach is essential. Matt and his team will ensure that we can lead the market in how we work with our streaming partners, engaging many more music fans whilst innovating to bring new streaming services to market".

Brian Rose, MD of Universal Music UK's Commercial Division, added: "Given the fantastic work that Matt has done since he joined us three years ago, doing an excellent job of managing our digital business partners including iTunes, I know this move will be good for all of our artists and labels".

Allard's promotion comes into effect immediately, and he will report in to the mega-major's UK Director Of Digital Paul Smernicki.

Madonna launches MDNA skincare line
Madonna is launching a skin care brand with an inspired name: MDNA Skin. So that's nice. Particularly because that 'up-all-night-on-drugs' look is SO in (your face) right now.

The line, which will be available worldwide on 23 Feb, consists of a clay mask, a 'facial serum' and a 'skin rejuvenator', aka the only products Madonna uses to stay so young and smooth-looking. Obviously.

Whilst Madge had her grills in, and wasn't able to speak, her 'facialist' and Skin Care Adviser Michelle Peck said: 'The brand's goal is to challenge women and their awareness about the art of beauty and skin care. Using these products routinely as part of daily skin care regime creates firm, resilient and radiant skin overflowing with energy after every use".

Hear that, ladies? It really is that easy. MDNA Skin.

Most titles down but Rock Sound up in latest music mag ABCs
Needless to say, the further decline of the NME print magazine was the stand out stat from the latest batch of gloomy official circulation figures for the music mags. The music weekly saw its ABC figure drop below 20,000 for the first time at 18,184, a 9.1% decline since the last set of circulation stats and a 21.1% drop year-on-year.

And this despite the big revamp last October. Though, as we noted at the time, "the more music industry types welcome and acclaim the overhaul, the more readers the mag is likely to lose". And the revamp was generally well received within the industry. Of course the print mag is now just one element of the wider NME brand, with its high-traffic website, events and other spin-offs, and overall it's easy to believe the NME business is plenty profitable for owner IPC.

And the title's Publishing Director, Jo Smalley, noting that print ad revenues were up 50% year-on-year in the latter half of last year, said: "2013 has been a hugely successful year for NME. It continues to be a tough trading climate for most publishers, but the NME brand, its 60-plus years of heritage, its overall reach across multiple platforms and the way we help brands connect a young and valuable audience with live music experiences and events keeps NME in revenue growth".

As a media brand, NME is certainly not going to disappear anytime soon, though you do sense that a disproportionate amount of editorial effort still goes into the print product despite the fact that - in terms of audience at least - it's a small part of the overall equation. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time NME has one of its customary big overhauls.

Elsewhere, there were further declines in the print music mag ABCs. NME sister title Uncut was down 9.8% year-on-year to 56,223 copies a month; over at Bauer, Q was down 14.2% year-on-year to 52,781, Mojo was down 11.3% to 74,203 and Kerrang! dropped 8.9% to 35,127; and Team Rock titles Metal Hammer and Classic Rock slipped 12.5% and 4.6% respectively year-on-year, to 26,273 and 54,109 copies per edition. But hey people - remember, if you assume readership is 2-3 times circulation, those are still pretty sizable readerships compared to the average units shifted by a successful album release.

And it's not all doom and gloom. Oh no, independently owned Rock Sound magazine saw its circulation rise 6.6% to 13,220 over 2013, which wins Publisher Patrick Napier this quote: "This increase is down to a really strong editorial team who have consistently shown that they have their finger on the pulse with a string of exclusives on the exciting new bands coming through in rock at the moment. We've recently launched a digital edition which is growing fast and we're optimistic we'll be able to build further in 2014".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Hyperdub Presents... at Corsica Studios
Currently celebrating a decade in the game, Hyperdub takes over Corsica Studios on Tuesday with a night headlined by the label's head honcho Steve Goodman, aka Kode9.

A self confessed junglist, this Glasgow-born beatster has been DJing since 1990. I'm sure he'll be testing the Corsica sound system under the arches at the Elephant & Castle to its limits.

He'll be joined by DJ Rashad from the US, who has output on the label in question, and Leon Smart, aka Scratcha DVA from Rinse FM.

Tuesday 18 Feb, Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB, 9pm-2am, £5+, more info here.
CLICK HERE to read and share online
 

A list of songs with 'love' in their title for Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day everybody! Here is a list of the most played songs (in Britain in 2013 as licensed by record industry rights reps PPL) with 'love' in their title. Why?

Well, because it's Valentine's Day, and St Valentine was executed by the Roman regime for his religious beliefs, and religious persecution always makes me think of Ellie Goulding singing "I need your love" over some irritating synths.

Enjoy the list everybody!

1. Calvin Harris feat Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love
2. John Newman - Love Me Again
3. Lawson - Learn To Love Again
4. P!nk feat Lily Allen - True Love
5. Rudimental feat John Newman - Feel the Love
6. Calvin Harris feat Rihanna - We Found Love
7. Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
8. Adele - Make You Feel My Love
9. Ben Howard - Only Love
10. Florence And The Machine - You've Got The Love

Release round-up: Spiritualized, Thee Oh Sees, SOHN and Nicki Minaj
Ladies and gentlemen, Spiritualized's new song is floating in space. Kind of. Really, Jason Pierce et al's new track - 'Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)' - merely (merely!) features noises sampled from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 space probe missions. It'll shoot off into shops aboard a 'Space Project' compilation, alongside tracks from Beach House, Youth Lagoon, Mutual Benefit, The Antlers and Porcelain Raft, all of which will loop the 'sounds' picked up by the probes.

Or rather: "The 'sounds' recorded by the Voyager probes aren't sounds in the conventional sense; rather, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons, and large asteroids the Voyager probes travelled near. Each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique". Split into seven pairs of tracks, each bearing the name of a planet or moon or whatever, 'Space Project' is set to be released on Record Store Day, which is this year on 19 Apr.

Having taken the briefest "well deserved break" ever, messy rock gods Thee Oh Sees are back on their feet. And hey, they've made a new LP, which is inevitable (since making LPs is piss-easy for them) and great news. Released, like everything else these days, on Record Store Day, 'Drop', as it's titled, is preceded by its lead single 'Penetrating Eye'. So examine that here.

4AD-signed artist SOHN, who charts the dark side of pop, has announced his first solo LP, 'Tremors'. Out 7 Apr, it was made over the course of many long nights, and so 'sounds' aptly nocturnal. Or in SOHN/Christopher Taylor's words: "I wanted 'Tremors' to feel like fresh air. There's something about the way I was working overnight on the album which found its way into the sound. Every night I worked finished with a cold sunrise and a walk home... and to me that's what 'Tremors' sounds like". Have a blast of one of its tracks, 'Artifice', now.

And PS: Ms Nicki Minaj released a new hip hop ditty earlier this week which, it's safe to say, isn't her greatest single ever. Still, mid-range marks for trying. It's titled 'Lookin Ass Nigga', so... erm, yeah. The track is taken off Minaj's label Young Money's new compilation LP, 'Rise Of An Empire', and is available to hear and look at via this link.

Kylie Minogue plays East London pub
Kylie Minogue 'pulled a Prince' and played a surprise show in a small London venue last night.

Minogue took it even more low key than Prince though, turning up at an evening that had been billed as a 'Kylie karaoke night' at the Old Blue Last pub in Shoreditch to perform three songs, including new single 'Into The Blue', and another track from her new album 'Kiss Me Once', called 'Les Sex'. The other track, if you were wondering (you were), was 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'.

Earlier in the day, the singer also appeared at Spotify's London HQ to perform an acoustic set, featuring the same tracklist, plus another new track, 'Beautiful', which on the album is a duet with Enrique Iglesias. Enrique didn't turn up to sing his part. Lazy.

In a Q&A following the Spotify performance, Minogue said of her new material: "I feel reinvigorated, having fresh energy and fresh ideas, and merging that with the history I have. You don't want to mess with the foundations but definitely put something new on top".

'Into The Blue' is released on 9 Mar, followed by 'Kiss Me Once' a week later on 17 Mar. Watch a video of Kylie's performance of 'Into The Blue' last night here.

--------------------------------------------------

Odd Future banned from New Zealand (again)
Odd Future have been stopped from performing in New Zealand for a second time. Immigration authorities in the country have blocked the hip hop group from entering the country for their support slot at an Eminem show this weekend, claiming that they are a "threat to public order".

As previously reported, last time Odd Future came up against authorities in the country, it was Auckland City Council, which blocked the group from performing at the New Zealand leg of the 2011 Big Day Out touring festival. Campaigners put pressure on the council, which owned the site where the festival took place, over the group's homophobic lyrics.

In a statement, New Zealand's immigration department said of the latest ban: "Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence".

Commenting on Twitter, Odd Future frontman Tyler, The Creator said: "OF is banned from New Zealand, again. They said we were 'terrorist threats and bad for the society' or whatever. Sick. They are anti golf. I love NZ though.

He added later: "Seriously, if I wasn't able to go back to Waterloo or Fitzroy [ever] I would actually lose my mind. I'm not angry though, but the irony is that we can't get in to open for Eminem. Hahahaha, like he didn't make 'Kill You' or 'Kim', hahahahahaha".

Discussing the matter further, Border Operations Manager Karen Unwin added that the band's lyrics had not been taken into consideration in the matter. In fact, it was seemingly based largely on an incident at a show in Boston in 2011, when the group allegedly told their audience to attack police officers. Unwin told Radio New Zealand: "It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often. If we banned people who used swear words, we wouldn't have many people left in New Zealand".

The fact that she thought this was just about swear words would seem to prove that border control really didn't look at Odd Future's lyrics. If you want to sample some of those lyrics for yourself, Odd Future will be touring the UK next month. Full dates here.

--------------------------------------------------

ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera to pitch new festival featuring Neutral Milk Hotel
Indie festival sceneleaders All Tomorrow's Parties and Primavera have teamed with Pitchfork to present a new live event headlined by Neutral Milk Hotel. The achingly alternative Jabberwocky, a two day film/arts/music hoorah, will take place (inside) at London's ExCeL Centre over 15-16 Aug, which will be brill if it's raining and... less so if it isn't.

Caribou, Deafhaven, Connan Mockasin, Iceage, Electric Wizard, Earth, Pissed Jeans and Hookworms are also playing, as are lots of other artists. Find full listings within this Festival Line-Up Update.

Tickets to it are on sale as of... now.

--------------------------------------------------

Festival line-up update: Camp Bestival, Love Supreme, Open'er and more
Camp Bestival has put up its first phase of artist announcements, as includes Basement Jaxx, James, Johnny Marr, Sinead O' Connor, Laura Mvula, Public Service Broadcasting, Charlotte Church, Nick Mulvey and Steve Mason.

James's Saul Davies accepts his band's headline billing like so: "We've not done Camp Bestival before but it has a great reputation so we're well up for this show. I'm sure it will be one of the highlights of the summer for us. One to bring the kids to... and maybe even leave at!"

Abandoning your little ones, good times. And good times, too, at the following festivals-with-line-up-updates-to-share...

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 11-13 Jul: Tall Ships, Arcane Roots, Natives, Wolf Alice, Lonely The Brave, Dad Rocks, &U&I, Slaves, Radstewart. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

BBC RADIO 6MUSIC FESTIVAL, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, 28 Feb - 1 Mar: PINS, Mr Scruff, Kiran Leonard, Weird Shapes, Bird. www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8gmxj

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 31 Jul - 3 Aug: Basement Jaxx, James, Johnny Marr, Sinead O' Connor, Laura Mvula, Public Service Broadcasting, Charlotte Church, Nick Mulvey, Steve Mason, Skatalites, Peter Hook and the Light, The Cuban Brothers, Chas & Dave, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Wedding Present, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Denai Moore, Jaipur Brass Band, The Fabulous Lounge Swingers, Fe, Musafir, Joanne Joanne, Mdou Moctar, Boy George & Marc Vedo, TEED, David Rodigan, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Rob Da Bank, The Shellac Collective, Coley, Silent Disco DJs. www.campbestival.net

EXIT FESTIVAL, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-13 Jul: Disclosure, Carl Craig vs Green Velvet, Dusky vs Paul Woolford, Jackmaster & Oneman. www.exitfest.org

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL, East Molesey, Surrey, 11-25 Jun: Dionne Warwick. www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

JABBERWOCKY, ExCel Centre, London, 15-16 Aug: Neutral Milk Hotel, Caribou, Deafhaven, Electric Wizard, Iceage, Pissed Jeans, Earth, Joanna Gruesome, Chelsea Wolfe, The Growlers, Vatican Shadow, The Ex, Jesu, I Break Horses, Speedy Ortiz, Hookworms, Connan Mockasin, Metz, Eaux, Kode9. www.atpfestival.com/events/jabberwocky2014/tickets.php

LOVE SUPREME JAZZ FESTIVAL, Glynde, East Sussex, 4-6 Jul: Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler, Gregory Porter, Dave Holland's Prism, Christian McBride Trio, Courtney Pine, Curtis Stigers, Snarky Puppy, Alice Russell, Jose James, Polar Bear, Derrick Hodge, Cecilia Stalin, Laura Jurd, Chloe Charles, Hidden Orchestra, Ollie Howell Quintet, The Computers, Funky Sensation. www.lovesupremefestival.com

OPEN'ER, Babie Doly Gdynia, Poland, 2-5 Jul: Interpol, Haim, Darkside. opener.pl

Lil Kim is a lil bit with child
Dope rapper Lil Kim is going to have a lil baby later this year. The now not-so-lil MC, who's pregnant with her first child at 39, revealed the 'news' via Us Weekly yesterday, crying impatiently: "I'm so excited! I'm a few months along, I can't wait to be a mom!"

Another thing Kim said was: "I'm still going to work. I'm still going to be hardcore. The baby has made me even more of a beast!"

--------------------------------------------------

CMU Beef Of The Week #193: Drake v Rolling Stone
Drake is unhappy. He did this big cover interview with Rolling Stone about an album he released almost six months ago, and then Rolling Stone went and gave his cover to some other guy at the last minute. Just because that guy was the greatest actor of his generation and died suddenly. It's like the magazine thought it was important to pay tribute to a key figure in the wider interests of its readership or something. Unbelievable.

Drake's response came after snippets of the interview, which goes on sale today, began to circulate online. In particular was a quote in which Drake seemingly suggested that he didn't think that Kanye West's last album, 'Yeezus', was 100% the greatest piece of art ever created.

There were other digs at fellow rappers in the interview, such as Jay-Z - "It's like Hov can't drop bars these days without at least four art references" - and Macklemore, whose text message to Kenrick Lamar apologising for winning the Best Rap Album Grammy Award Drake "felt cheap". Drake also said of the SMS: "That shit made me feel funny". Best quote of the interview there, by the way. "That shit made me feel funny".

Anyway, once he was done laying into Jay-Z and Macklemore, he moved on to Kanye, saying: "There were some real questionable bars on ['Yeezus']. Like that 'Swaghili' line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn't say some shit like that".

Oh, I forgot to mention he had a dig at Fabolous too. Though on the subject of Kanye, he quickly re-stated the influence West had on his early career, saying: "Kanye's the reason I'm here. I love everything about that guy".

So, hey, all's well then. Except it wasn't. Because as far as Drake was concerned, when he made the comments about Kanye he wasn't being interviewed, he was just talking to the journalist who was interviewing him. And that talk is off limits for publication.

"I never commented on 'Yeezus' for my interview portion of Rolling Stone", he said, beginning a series of now mostly deleted tweets. "They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue".

Oh yeah, the cover. Drake was supposed to be on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. But now Philip Seymour Hoffman is on it instead. This is probably the worst thing about the actor's sudden and tragic death.

"I'm disgusted with that", continued Drake. "RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil".

Yeah, if they were going to make it a tribute issue to some dead actor guy, they really should have told Drake before he agreed to do the interview. How thoughtless. I'd say that maybe he'll have better luck next time, but sadly there won't be a next time.

In his final tweet on the subject, the last to remain online, the rapper said: "I'm done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That's the only way my message gets across accurately".

If you're interested in getting Drake's message inaccurately, you can read the full interview here.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletin and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | Co-Publisher, Business Editor & Insights Director
Chris provides music business coverage, writing key business news and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business, and is MD of CMU publisher UnLimited Media.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
Aly reports on artist news, coordinates the festival, gig and release round up columns, and contributes to the CMU Approved column. She also writes for CMU's sister title ThisWeek London.
Email aly@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of UnLimited Media she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
© UnLimited Publishing at division of UnLimited Media

CMU, Fl2 Unicorn House, 221 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ.
t: 020 7099 9050 (editorial) 020 7099 9060 (sales)

publishing@unlimitedmedia.co.uk | complaints@unlimitedmedia.co.uk