An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 28 February 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: So, this is absolutely no fun whatsoever. We love a bitter court battle here at CMU. And we were quite looking forward to getting some clarity on whether copyright exists in lists of records. So, any talk of sensible and "amicable" out-of-court settlements is not what we wanted to hear at all. Though presumably the last thing Spotify needs during its sprint to IPO is a bitchy court battle with ... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: B295 returns to the soon-to-close Club Colosseum, the landmark 90s venue for house and UK garage, for a thirteenth birthday party. And the big draw is Matt 'Jam' Lamont, a true UKG stalwart and one half of the Tuff Jam project. This Saturday he'll be playing a two hour set, backed by Norris 'The Boss' Windross, Ramsey & Fen, Hermit, Creed and Buzzard in the main room. US vocalist Gerideau will also be... [READ MORE]
BEEF OF THE WEEK: So, Ms Katy Perry is a blasphemer, that's this week's news. Or at least she is according to an online petition that called for the recently released video for her track 'Dark Horse' to be removed from YouTube (technically the Vevo bit of YouTube). In the Ancient Egyptian-themed clip, there is a sequence where a Cleopatra-like Perry employs her Ancient-World-come-Pop-Promo powers to zap... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Ministry Of Sound settles with Spotify
Trackitdown sold, following administration
LEGAL As I Lay Dying frontman pleads guilty to hiring a hitman to kill his wife
DEALS BMG UK signs top One Direction songwriter Wayne Hector
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Australian record industry reports revenue slide for 2013
New indie label seeks to release lost albums
Acting CEO confirmed for STIM
LIVE BUSINESS London metal dive The Intrepid Fox to close
BRANDS & MERCH inspires 'ill' i.wear line
MARKETING & PR Charmfactory announces promotion, appointment
MEDIA Dublin's Phantom to become TXFM as Communicorp's Global deal approved
ARTIST NEWS Albarn slurs about Blur
Portishead's Adrian Utley discusses fourth LP
RELEASES James Murphy discusses LCD Soundsystem live album, and 'subway symphony'
GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival line-up update: Glastonbury, Jabberwocky, WOMAD and more
AWARDS Music+Sound Awards presented
AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #195: Katy Perry v Allah
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Ministry Of Sound settles with Spotify
So, this is absolutely no fun whatsoever. We love a bitter court battle here at CMU. And we were quite looking forward to getting some clarity on whether copyright exists in lists of records. So, any talk of sensible and "amicable" out-of-court settlements is not what we wanted to hear at all.

Though presumably the last thing Spotify needs during its sprint to IPO is a bitchy court battle with a high profile music brand, cos that won't fit with the "we're the future of music, and the labels think we're FAB" mantra that will run through any initial public offering prospectus, if and when such a thing is released. And Ministry, presumably, knew that.

So yes, the Ministry Of Sound record label's legal battle with Spotify is over, the two parties reaching this "amicable" settlement. As previously reported, Ministry objected to Spotify carrying user-generated playlists that replicate the tracklistings of its compilation albums. There were issues around the use of the Ministry trademark in the names of these playlists, but also a claim that copyright should exist in the actual tracklisting, and therefore nicking those track line-ups and plonking them on Spotify constituted copyright infringement.

When Ministry sued on the issue last September, the music group's boss man Lohan Presencer said that Spotify had been unresponsive to his company's concerns. He told The Guardian: "It's been incredibly frustrating: we think it's been very clear what we're arguing, but there has been a brick wall from Spotify".

Confirming that an agreement had now been reached, Presencer told reporters yesterday: "Ministry Of Sound welcomes Spotify's willingness to work together to reach an agreement".

Meanwhile Spotify's James Duffett-Smith said: "Spotify and Ministry Of Sound are pleased to have reached a resolution on amicable terms".

So, that's suitably vague. Though sources have told The Guardian that under the deal Spotify has agreed to stop any offending playlists on its system from being searchable by others, and will prevent users from 'following' those lists if they find them through other means. However, they won't actually delete user-created playlists old or new that replicate Ministry compilation tracklistings.

It's thought that some kind of Ministry app within Spotify might also be under discussion, which would have some kickback for the music firm if people access tracks via its curated playlists (because Ministry itself often doesn't own the songs or recordings on its complications, it wouldn't receive royalties for the tracks themselves being played).

The settlement means that the issue of whether copyright exists in curated playlists will not now be considered in court. With some streaming services distinguishing themselves in a crowded market place by hiring curators to make thematic playlists especially for their subscribers, it will be interesting to see what happens if users nick those lists and replicate them as user-generated playlists on rival streaming platforms.


Trackitdown sold, following administration
Dance music-focussed download store Trackitdown has been sold, after the company behind it went into administration last week.

Administrator Simon Rowe of Milsted Langdon confirmed to CMU that he was appointed administrator of the digital music firm on 20 Feb, adding that he had already completed an asset sale which will allow the service to continue to operate as normal.

Details of the new owner have not yet been confirmed.

As I Lay Dying frontman pleads guilty to hiring a hitman to kill his wife
Tim Lambesis, the lead singer of Christian metal group As I Lay Dying, has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife. Having originally pleaded not guilty to the crime, Lambesis has seemingly reached a plea deal with prosecutors which will likely result in a nine year prison term. The frontman remains free on $2 million bail for the time being, with formal sentencing due to take place on 2 May.

As previously reported, the man Lambesis thought was a hitman, and who he asked to kill his wife, was actually an undercover police officer. Court papers reveal that the rocker originally asked his personal trainer at his gym if he knew anyone who could murder his wife, with whom he was involved in a custody battle over their three adopted children. The trainer reported Lambesis to the police, who arranged for the undercover cop to meet with the singer.

Despite Lambesis originally pleading not guilty, his lawyer subsequently stated that his client had been using steroids at the time of the hitman query, and that the drugs had "dangerously altered his thinking".

BMG UK signs top One Direction songwriter Wayne Hector
Songwriter/producer Wayne Hector, creator of 1D's 'Best Song Ever', has done an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK. It's applicable all over the world too. Fancy that.

The versatile hitmaker, who prior to his BMG contract was signed to Warner/Chappell, has written (or co-written) in excess of 30 number one singles, and his hits include Nicki Minaj's 'Starships', Westlife's 'Flying Without Wings', Dappy's ironic smash 'Good Intentions', and in the past year, tracks by John Newman, Shane Filan and pop's most popular Jameses; Mssrs Blunt and Arthur.

Quite the CV, isn't it? BMG Chrysalis UK's EVP Alexi Cory Smith sure thinks so, and says this of having Wayne on side: "Wayne Hector stands in the very first rank of pop writers in the world today, and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with him".

BMG's Senior Creative Director Kate Sweetsur adds: "Wayne's track record speaks for itself, and we are very excited about working with him across BMG's international network and particularly in the US".

And Wayne Hector's manager Jackie Davidson adds: "We are enthusiastic and looking forward to integrating with the BMG family, both here in the UK and abroad and am sure it will help enhance and build upon what has been achieved to date".

Australian record industry reports revenue slide for 2013
Having the record industries in various European countries issuing upbeat end of year financial statements reporting increased revenues in 2013 has become a little trying, don't you think? So good news, the Australian record industry saw income fall 11.6% last year. Yeah, obviously that's not really good news.

CD sales continue to slump in the Australian market, down about a quarter year-on-year, and digital growth wasn't sufficient to compensate for that. But digital is growing, up 4.3% overall, and accounting for nearly 55% of income, and the country's record industry trade group ARIA remains optimistic that the 2013 figures are a blip (the Aussie industry having seen a 4% increase in revenues in 2012).

Says ARIA CEO Dan Rosen: "The way that music is discovered and enjoyed by fans continues to evolve, and as the industry continues to transform itself, the sales trajectory will not always be a straight line. We have seen in other territories around the world that as streaming services gain momentum, strong market growth has followed".


New indie label seeks to release lost albums
The people behind indie label Alcopop! Records and the 1p Album Club blog have announced the launch of a new venture called The Lost Music Club, which aims to dig out albums that were recorded but never released, and make them available to the public.

The first release will be from cult 1990s Sheffield band Speedy who, despite scoring a Radio 1 Single Of The Week and gigging relentlessly in the mid-90s, saw their debut album, originally scheduled for a 1997 release, permanently shelved. The band subsequently split up.

Seventeen years later, The Lost Music Club will release that album, 'News From Nowhere', on 7 Apr, with the reformed band playing in London (Birthdays) and Sheffield (The Leadmill) just ahead of that date, on 4 and 5 Apr respectively.

Explaining the motivation for the new label venture, the people behind it say: "It was pretty exciting growing up in the 90s and a number of us have undoubtedly left little bits of our hearts behind. So when Twitter conversations with friends led inexorably back to those mythical lost albums that disappeared before the promos were ever even pressed, Liam from 1p Album Club and Jack from Alcopop! Records conceived a niche concept label - and Lost Music Club was born. This is not about nostalgia. This is about hearing new music from artists that fans still love, and introducing lost classics to a modern era".

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Acting CEO confirmed for STIM
Swedish collecting society STIM yesterday announced that its General Counsel, Helena Woodcock, was taking over as acting CEO following the previously reported departure of the group's long-running chief Kenth Muldin.

Confirming the appointment, Woodcock told CMU: "I very much look forward to my assignment as STIM acting CEO. Kenth Muldin was the mastermind behind the strategic development that helped position STIM as one of the world's leading collective management organisations. Now the STIM board and management will continue to follow the international business strategy that has been mapped out during the past years".

London metal dive The Intrepid Fox to close
London pub The Intrepid Fox, host to a load of metal/rock shows in the capital, is due to be evicted from its current site on St Giles High Street on 1 Apr. The venue is the latest to close due to construction work on the new Crossrail line at Tottenham Court Road station, which also prompted the closures of neighbouring live music spots the Astoria, Astoria 2 and Metro.

Posting a note on Facebook, its owners, who were previously forced to move the business from its former site in Wardour Street in 2006, also by building work (that time on some flats), hinted at a "third chapter in the tumultuous history of The Intrepid Fox", adding "the story is never finished, the future is still unwritten".

The Fox is counting down to its closure with a month's worth of shows, of which its owners write: "Come down and party with us to bid farewell to our home of the last seven years. We promise you that this area will never see the like again. Anyone who wants to be a part of rock n roll history: don't miss it. Anyone who believes in individuality and creativity, opposed to grey tower blocks: don't miss it. Anyone who's passionate about the alternative community: don't miss it".

Click here for full listings. inspires 'ill' i.wear line
Ocular poster-boy is creative directing, with all his aesthetic might, a line of "ill.i Optics", which is a cool way to say "glasses". Named 'ill.i', I deduce, because they make eyes appear super-ill. As ill as Will's, even.

Whilst Mr didn't design the specs themselves, leaving that instead to a real designer (George Gorrow, one-time boss of now-liquidised Australian brand Ksubi), he did... well, erm... he inspired them via his "early career", and via his admiration for hip hop artists from the 1980s.

Riffing heavily on the 'eye' and 'seeing' theme, Will says: "I see a gap in the world of eyewear and this is my installment of what I feel is missing. I want this to be an honest brand - it's about dedication and passion". And... vision. And magnification. And 2-4-1 frames. Will's optics will hit all good optician shops later this year, in September. So look out for that.

Okay, enough. Bar this trailer which doesn't actually show many glasses. It's mostly just black squares.

Charmfactory announces promotion, appointment
Now in its sixth year in the pop PR game, Charmfactory has confirmed the promotion of Lorraine Long, who's worked for the London-based company since 2009, to the position of Director Of Communications.

Since joining the firm, Long has worked on campaigns for Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Tori Amos, new faces John Newman and Kodaline, the Barclaycard Music Prize, and festivals like Wireless and Wychwood.

Charmfactory MD Sarah Thompson has this to say about it all: "Lorraine is an invaluable member of my team and the promotion is well deserved".

Thompson has also made a new addition to Charmfactory HQ in Senior PR & Brand Manager Heather Swaine, who moves to the company following a job as Head of Online PR at Warner Bros Records.

Dublin's Phantom to become TXFM as Communicorp's Global deal approved
Dublin's alternative rock radio station Phantom 105.2 is to be rebranded TXFM it has been confirmed. It follows rumours earlier this month that the station might become an Irish offshoot of the similar UK radio outfit Xfm, after an alliance was struck between the British alternative station's owner Global Radio and Communicorp, which owns a third of Phantom. But Global quickly denied that this was part of its Communicorp partnership.

Instead, the rebrand of Phantom aims to ally the alternative station with another of Communicorp's radio brands, the Ireland-wide mainstream channel Today FM. Phantom's owners - which also include Irish live music mogul Denis Desmond and a business associated with former U2 manager Paul McGuiness - told the Irish Times that the station, which recently laid off 20 employees, would retain its own targets, budgets and "market ambitions" but work in "greater unison with Today FM".

In related news, the Irish Competition Authority has approved Communicorp's aforementioned deal with Global Radio. As previously reported, the Irish firm will buy the UK FM licences Global was forced to sell by the British Competition Commission after it acquired GMG Radio. But, in a good deal for Global, Communicorp will then licence back the UK firm's brands and syndicated programming for those FM outposts, so that Global's quasi-national radio networks won't be hugely reduced.

The Irish competition regulator has followed its UK counterpart in green lighting the deal, though the relevant minister in Ireland's government must still rubber stamp the arrangement.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Back To 95 Thirteenth Birthday at Club Colosseum
B295 returns to the soon-to-close Club Colosseum, the landmark 90s venue for house and UK garage, for a thirteenth birthday party. And the big draw is Matt 'Jam' Lamont, a true UKG stalwart and one half of the Tuff Jam project.

This Saturday he'll be playing a two hour set, backed by Norris 'The Boss' Windross, Ramsey & Fen, Hermit, Creed and Buzzard in the main room. US vocalist Gerideau will also be playing his first live show in the UK for five years, with soulful aplomb on on classic anthems including 'Masquerade'.

With four rooms of sounds covering jungle classics, deep house, 80s soul and R&B, Back To 95 will whip up some proper old skull party atmosphere for its birthday celebrations. And heading up the old skool jungle/DnB room are Jumping Jack Frost and Phantasy, while Rampage and the Firin Squad are let loose in the 80s R&B and classics room.

Sounds like a great night out, taking you back to the future of UKG.

Saturday 1 Mar, Club Colosseum, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, London SW8 5NQ, 10pm-5am, £17.50-£20, more info here.
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Albarn slurs about Blur
So listen up, this is big. Blur have done lot of new songs. Over ten. In fact, they've written fifteen! And recorded them!

The caveat? They aren't going to do anything with the songs, like release them, or share them, or anything. And how dare you assume they would. The audacity.

By all appearances battling a severe case of sleepiness at Wednesday night's NME Awards, Damon Albarn said when asked if a new Blur LP was 'in the works': "Oh, for god's sake. Why are you asking me that?"

Then he said: "All of us are doing other stuff at the moment. This year, and maybe next year, and maybe the next year after that, I'm doing other stuff. That doesn't mean that in three years time we're gonna make a record".

"We recorded fifteen songs, but just because you record fifteen ideas doesn't mean that you've got an album".

So there you have it. Now go away. And take this video for Damon Albarn's new solo single, 'Lonely Press Play' (from his forthcoming 'Everyday Robots) LP with you.


Portishead's Adrian Utley discusses fourth LP
In line with the appearances they're making at all the festivals later this year, Portishead have confirmed that their increased activity as a band also signals, at last, the coming of their fourth LP, and first since 2008's 'Third'. The group have said all this before, though, all the way back in 2010. So don't hold your breath for too long. Because you might die, and I'm sure Adrian Utley doesn't want your blood on his hands. He is busy making an album, after all.

It's exactly as he told the Quietus during a Q&A at this year's by:Larm Festival in Oslo yesterday. When he was asked about the frankly huge gaps in time from one Portishead LP to the next, he said: "We're clearing our schedules so we can get on with it, otherwise it will be another ten years".

He also said that the shows Portishead are playing in 2014 will likely shape and affect the new LP, and that he doesn't mind the band being unsigned currently, but rather sees it as a good thing. Have a chew on the discussion via the Quietus.

James Murphy discusses LCD Soundsystem live album, and 'subway symphony'
A live album of LCD Soundsystem's 2011 farewell concert in New York will be released this year, frontman James Murphy said in a live interview at the by:Larm festival in Oslo yesterday. The Madison Square Garden show was, of course, captured in the documentary, 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' in 2012, and it's audio-only companion will finally see the light of day later this year, he confirmed.

Explaining the delay, he said: "The movie took a much longer time than I thought. I had to mix the film, then we had to mix the whole concert, then I thought, 'I don't want the concert audio to be the record', so I had to mix it again. Then I think EMI got bought by Halliburton and they sold it to Warner/Chappell - I don't know, some big thing ate another giant thing - and it took a minute to work out what I was allowed to do, cos there's re-record things with contracts".

While you ignore Murphy's not entirely accurate summary of corporate movements in the music publishing sector, instead take note that the new live album will be available as a Record Store Day special on 19 Apr as the five-disc vinyl boxiest titled 'The Long Goodbye', with an unabridged recording of the four-hour gig. A digital and CD release will follow on 19 May.

Murphy also discussed a long-term ambition of his to change the sound of the New York subway. Explaining the idea, he said: "I love the subway, but it's really unpleasant sounding - the sound made when people swipe their cards is this constant whining dissonance. I wanted to just make a nice sound. I want each station to have a series of notes, and they'll be all related, so during rush hour it'll be all crazy Brian Eno moments in stations. I don't wanna make an art project, I just want a civic design that I don't need to take credit for".

He admitted that he's been failing to get this idea off the ground with various New York officials since 1999, but says that after discussing the idea in a number of interviews he realised there was a different angle he could be taking - namely to ask members of the public to get behind him.

"I've decided to run it like a public campaign, because I've realised that appealing to the bureaucrats to agree with me about the subway needs is kind of insane", he said. "But if I'm like, 'There's a whole bunch of people that vote who want this to happen', then there will be some guy who'll say, 'I'm gonna make this my cause'".

A website for this campaign, where you can sign a petition in favour of the idea, can be found at

Festival line-up update: Glastonbury, Jabberwocky, WOMAD and more
The big news in festivals this week is this: Dolly Parton, Blondie and Disclosure's introduction to the Glastonbury line-up. That's on an individual basis - they're not collaborating or anything. Although that would be quite good, wouldn't it? No, it probably wouldn't.

Anyway, with that shock revelation made, here's a list of slightly less seismic shifts in the listings of the following festival-like events...

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, 10-12 Jul: Dave McPherson, The Blackout, Cerebral Ballzy, Three Trapped Tigers, Darlia, Loom, Dancing Years.

BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug: Phil Campbell, Incinery, Diabolical, Winterfylleth, Cambion, Zerozonic.

DEER SHED FESTIVAL, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Yorkshire, 25-27 Jul: Toy, Wolf Alice, Cate Le Bon, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bleech, Teleman, Cheatahs, Girls Names, Lyla Foy, Womans Hour, John Smith, Eliza And The Bear, Samantha Crain, Sam Airey, Post War Glamour Girls, Beccy Owen, Keston Cobblers Club.

JABBERWOCKY, ExCeL Centre, London, 15-16 Aug: James Blake, Darkside, Thee Oh Sees, Perfect Pussy, gthe Bug, Sun Kil Moon/Mark Kozelek, Forest Swords, Amen Dunes, patten, Paus, The Van Pelt, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Oso Leone, Joana Serrat, Fra Soler, Pitchfork DJs, DJ Coco, DJ Cherrystones, Spencer Hickman, Daevid Phillips.

THE ELECTRIC FROG & PRESSURE RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL, Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland, 3-4 May: 2manydjs, Laurent Garnier, Lord Of The Isles.

GALTRES FESTIVAL, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York, 22-24 Aug: The Human League, Public Service Broadcasting.

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, 25-29 Jun: Dolly Parton, Blondie, Disclosure.

GOTTWOOD, Carreglwyd Estate, Holyhead, Wales, 19-22 Jun: Gerd Janson, Margaret Dygas, DJ Format, DJ Die & MC Inja, Appleblim, Calibre, Artwork, Jay Shepheard, Pedestrian, Zero 7 (DJ Set), Bodhi, Cassio Kohl, Caspa, Jackson Blumental, Lorcan Mak, My Panda Shall Fly, Pedestrian, Rekreation, Sophie Barker, The Scribes, Werkha, Angus Cowen, Arkane Society, Autophase, Bangor Uni DJ Society, Charles Jordan, Ed Mackie, Em Williams, Fuzzbuzz, Good Block, HiJinkx, Jim Elkington, K.A.G, Little Thoughts, Locked Soundsystem, Maff CMajor, Oddity, Ollywood, Phase 2, Side A, Souljam DJs, Thick As Thieves, Tom Saunders, Truthos Mufasa, Will Brockbank.

GRILLSTOCK, Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol, 7-8 Jun: Fun Lovin Criminals, Hayseed Dixie.

LARMER TREE FESTIVAL, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, 16-20 Jul: Frank Turner, Tom Odell, Squeeze, Staff Benda Bilili, Stornoway, Public Service Broadcasting, Dreadzone, The Bad Shepherds, La Chiva Gantiva, Hudson Taylor, We Were Evergreen, La Pegatina, Chloe Charles, CoCo and the Butterfields, Belinda O'Hooley & Heidi Tidow, Marcus Bonfanti, The Intermission Project, Georgia Ruth, Boppin B, Will And The People, Beans on Toast, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, Tantz, Rusty Shackle, Samsara, Mike West & Truckstop Honeymoon, We Used To Make Things, The Dixie Strollers, Patch and The Giant, Ninebarrow, Pronghorn, Eyes for Gertrude, Yeti Love.

NOZSTOCK, Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 1 - 3 Aug: Roots Manuva, The Skints, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer.

SPOT FESTIVAL, Aarhus, Denmark, 2-3 May: Choir Of Young Believers, Iceage, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Kellermensch, Psyched Up Janis, Bon Homme, Lydmor, Stine Bramsen, Lucy Love, The Eclectic Moniker, Farao.

WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 24-27 Jul: Alice Russell, Nitin Sawhney, Mulatu Astatke, Fat Freddy's Drop, Goran Bregovic Wedding And Funeral Band, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Salim-Sulaiman, Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits, Mari Boine, The Gloaming, Roberto Fonseca, Fatoumata Diawara, Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons, Kobo Town, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat, Anna Cinzia Villani & Macuran Orchestra, Ibibio Sound Machine, Magic Drum Orchestra, Nuru Kane, The Good Ones, Salim-Sulaiman feat Karsh Kale.

Music+Sound Awards presented
The winner's of this year's UK Music+Sound Awards were presented at The Troxy in London last night, recognising hard work and magnificence in the sync and ad-commission domain.

Winners included Lily Allen's weepy cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know', which soundtracked the 2013 John Lewis Christmas advert (it's still not a thing, stop trying to make the John Lewis Christmas advert a thing), and Underworld's previously reported 'Play The Road' project for Volkswagon.

The awards' co-founder Nick Payne told CMU: "It was months in the planning and The Music+Sound Awards 2014 was truly a night to remember. The work entered this year was of a very high standard and seeing the winners rewarded for their brilliance was a phenomenal thing to be part of. We congratulate them for their outstanding achievements and for inspiring the visual media industries with their exceptional work".

The winners were:

Best Sync/Use Of Existing Music in...
Television Advertising: Three - Pony (Universal Music Publishing / Warner Music / Wieden + Kennedy)
Cinema Advertising: Mercedes - Sound With Power (Ithaca Audio / AMV BBDO)
Feature Film Soundtrack: Alan Partridge - Alpha Papa’ (Ian Neil / Universal Music Publishing)
A Trailer Or Promo: Broadchurch’ Launch Trailer (Warner Music / ITV)
Re-Records and Adaptations: John Lewis - The Bear & The Hare (Leland Music / Warner Music / adam&eveDDB)
Non Broadcast and Viral Advertising: Mercedes - Sound With Power (Ithaca Audio / AMV BBDO)

Best Original Composition in...
Televison Advertising: Marks and Spencer - Believe in Magic and Sparkle (RKCRY&R / Native / Guy Farley)
Cinema Advertising: Vodafone 4G - Lost in Content (The Works Music / RKCRY&R)
A Television Programme Score: The Paradise Series 2 (Maurizio Malagnini / Blaze Music)
A Short Film Score: Orbit Ever After (Graham Hadfield)
Gaming: Bioshock Infinite (Composer: Garry Schyman)
Non-Broadcast and Viral Advertising: Volkswagen - Play The Road (Underworld / Nick Ryan / Tribal DDB)
Trailers and Promos: The Condemned (Smith and Elms at Eclectic Music)
Branding and Title Sequences: Downton Abbey Series 4 (John Lunn / Carnival Film & Television)

Best Sound Design in...

Television Advertising: Honda - Hands (Anthony Moore at Factory / Weiden & Kennedy)
Cinema Advertising: London Short Film Festival Trailer (Phil Bolland at 750mph / Ben Campbell at Cut & Run)
A Television Programme: Misfits Series 4 (Tony Gibson / Molinare / Clerkenwell Films)
A Short Film: Post Personal (David Kamp)
Gaming: The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Non Broadcast + Viral Advertising: Audi R8 V10 Plus Evolution on the outside, Revolution on the inside (Will Cohen at String and Tins / BBH)
Trailers and Promos: Skins - Time Changes Everyone (Arge at Envy Post / 4Creative)

Best Use Of Production Music In Advertising: The Outnet Fall / Winter 2013 (De Wolfe Music / Atelier)

Best Audio Mix In A Commercial: Honda - Hands (Anthony Moore at Factory / Wieden + Kennedy)

Best Audio Production In Gaming: The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)

CMU Beef Of The Week #195: Katy Perry v Allah
So, Ms Katy Perry is a blasphemer, that's this week's news. Or at least she is according to an online petition that called for the recently released video for her track 'Dark Horse' to be removed from YouTube (technically the Vevo bit of YouTube).

In the Ancient Egyptian-themed clip, there is a sequence where a Cleopatra-like Perry employs her Ancient-World-come-Pop-Promo powers to zap an admirer, resulting in him disintegrating into the sand. So far so OTT.

The problem, it seems, is that the disintegrated man is wearing a pendant which - if you freeze frame the video at the right moment - you can just about see carries the word 'Allah' in Arabic script. And that has offended a group of Muslims who believe that Perry zapping a man wearing such a pendant, and indeed destroying the pendant itself, is nothing less than pop blasphemy.

It's Bradford-based Shazad Iqbal who brought the clip to wider attention, setting up the online petition calling for the video to be banned, and declaring: "At 01:15 into the video 'Dark Horse' a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word Allah. Blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames".

He went on: "Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion. My only request is to all artists in the music industry: You have wealth, fame and success - please do not use the foundations of other religions in a mockery to carry out your fame".

So, there you go. Although the petition has not been without its critics, 60,000 people have now signed up to the campaign calling for the video to be removed. And yesterday Perry's label and/or Vevo seemed to respond, re-posting the promo in edited form with the offending pendant smudged out. Vevo also seems to have plonked a little promotional message into the corner of the screen at the key moment so you can't see the smudging.

Which makes this beef a bit one-sided really, doesn't it? Where's Perry standing up for the First Amendment of her home country? Where's director Mathew Cullen publicly pondering on what exactly 'Allah' meant to the Ancient Egyptians, living as they did in a pre-Islamic age? What, they both decided that this was just the kind of debate they could really do without, so instead let Vevo try to kill the outrage with a simple smudge? Well, that's understandable, I suppose.

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