An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 7 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Spotify yesterday announced that it had acquired music data and technology firm The Echo Nest. The two companies will work together with the aim of improving Spotify's overall user experience, particularly in music recommendations and discovery. For the time being, The Echo Nest will continue to operate as normal, maintaining its offices in Somerville, Massachusetts and San Francisco. Also, the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Another Party turned three in January, after a very successful 2013 that saw them bring the likes of Kerri Chandler, A Guy Called Gerald and Cocoon boss Sven Vath to the stage. And 2014 looks set to be just as big for these guys, with their first party of the year featuring NYC's The Martinez Brothers. They'll be bringing their brand of paradise-garage laced house and hip hop, and will be joined in the... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Right, everyone, stop saying that everything Lady Gaga does of late is a flop. For one thing, says Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation's global touring division, it's just not true. The latest rumour that everything is going wrong for Gaga seemingly came from a post by a contributor in Milwaukee to the US site Examiner.com which claimed that, despite the fact that barely anyone had bought tickets... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spotify buys The Echo Nest
Trends report - 'Ticketing Questions Of Both The Primary And Secondary Kind'
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DEALS The Orchard buys BalconyTV
Fist City cross over to Transgressive
Ninja Tune signs Romare
Imagem signs Circa Waves
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New recruit for Kobalt's neighbouring rights business
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LIVE BUSINESS Glastonbury applies for capacity increase
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MEDIA New London TV station commissions weekly music show
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RELEASES Fucked Up announce album, Glass Boys
Wiley releases mixtape
J-Lo luhs ya papi
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Lady Gaga to play SXSW
Festival Line-Up Update: Live At Leeds, Kendal Calling, Latitude and more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #196: Live Nation v Lady Gaga naysayers
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CMU INSIGHTS: BUILDING A FAN-ORIENTATED BUSINESS
This two-hour session looks at how social and direct-to-fan tools, including the fan mailing list, should be used to inform an artist’s business, and the new kinds of label deals being done to capitalise on the potential of direct-to-fan.

For more information and to book click here.
   
WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER/PA (MATERNITY COVER)
Contract for London based established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the music entertainment Industry. Role will include providing support to CEO, MD and artist managers, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the office including all general administrative duties. Initial six month contract starting in April.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MANNERS MCDADE - SYNCHRONISATION EXECUTIVE
Manners McDade Music Publishing is an independent publisher representing the copyrights of composers and songwriters working primarily in audiovisual media. We are currently recruiting for a Synchronisation Executive to work within a small team, placing our music into film, television, advertising and games.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
BIRD ON THE WIRE - PRODUCTION AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
London-based independent live music promoter Bird On The Wire is offering the opportunity to join their team as their Production and Marketing Assistant. The right person for this position will be passionate about music and be used to attending concerts several nights a week.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MATERIAL - MARKETING AND PRODUCT MANAGER
As the Marketing and Product manager at Material you will have overall responsibility for driving the marketing strategy for the business and its subsidiary brands whilst also ensuring the delivery of commercial targets. Reporting to the Managing Director, you will work collaboratively with the team to achieve your goals through strategic planning and delivery of creative marketing initiatives that build the Material, Needwant and Future Disco brands and generate revenue for the business.

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BIGBOX - FREELANCE PR
Freelance mid-level publicist wanted to join BIGBOX, a busy, creative full-service PR agency with clients including club and youth culture brands and music festivals in the UK and Europe. Candidate should have a good knowledge of electronic music and club culture. Previous PR experience is essential, as is confidence in client-management and reporting, and creative idea generation and pitching. Radio PR experience is a bonus.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
   
NOMANIS - FINANCE/ADMIN ASSISTANT
An opportunity has arisen for a Finance/Admin Assistant to join Nomanis, a busy independent music booking agency based in Bethnal Green, London. The applicant must be extremely organised with meticulous attention to detail. We are looking for a fast learner, with the initiative to work on their own and an ability to prioritise their workload to meet deadlines.

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ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
The Director of Communications will be responsible for leading and managing communications, and for the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of transformational strategies to promote the profile and work of the RCM nationally and internationally. This is an important role for the RCM where we recognise the importance of good communications and leadership and there is huge scope for you to stamp your mark on this position.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC - MUSIC CO-ORDINATOR
The Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) in conjunction with its strategic partner Metropolis Studios London has an exciting new opportunity for a Music Co-ordinator. This is a new and exciting position within a vibrant music office housed within ACM in Guildford.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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Spotify buys The Echo Nest
Spotify yesterday announced that it had acquired music data and technology firm The Echo Nest. The two companies will work together with the aim of improving Spotify's overall user experience, particularly in music recommendations and discovery.

For the time being, The Echo Nest will continue to operate as normal, maintaining its offices in Somerville, Massachusetts and San Francisco. Also, the company will continue to offer its API, on which numerous music apps are built, for free, Spotify stating that it recognises that "the developer community is crucial to the success of both Spotify and The Echo Nest".

As well as many small third party developers, users of the data the Echo Nest API provides include Clear Channel, Universal Music, Sony Music, Pandora, Vevo, Rdio, the BBC, eMusic, Twitter and Beats Music. Meanwhile, companies which provide data to it include Rhapsody, Deezer, 7digital, Songkick, Discogs and, of course, Spotify.

Announcing the deal, Spotify chief Daniel Ek said: "We've been fans of The Echo Nest for a really long time and are honoured to have their talented team join Spotify. At Spotify, we want to get people to listen to more music. We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet. With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible".

Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese added: "Since founding The Echo Nest, Brian Whitman and Tristan Jehan have created a company completely and beautifully obsessed with understanding the world of music to help fans discover more music. Joining forces with Spotify gives us the opportunity to continue doing so as part of the fastest-growing service in the world; we're thrilled to be part of a team equally as passionate about connecting more people with more music".

Earlier this week, and as previously reported, Beats Music announced that it had acquired direct-to-fan company Topspin. While both deals will have differing effects on user experience, Spotify's purchase seems like the stronger of the two. And, certainly, The Echo Nest seems confident that this is the case, its co-founders saying in a blog post that with Spotify they're "going to change how the world listens".

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Trends report - 'Ticketing Questions Of Both The Primary And Secondary Kind'
With the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse meeting again earlier this week to discuss the whole secondary ticketing thing, an overview of the big debates in the ticketing space from the recent CMU Digest monthly report has now been posted online.

In it Business Editor Chris Cooke notes: "It may be a new year, but the two big ticketing debates tick along pretty much as they have done for the last decade: what's to be done about secondary ticketing, and why does the live sector continue to do nothing about the sector's single biggest consumer frustration, add-on commissions and fees".

You can now read 'Ticketing Questions Of Both The Primary And Secondary Kind'
on the CMU site at this link. And to receive a monthly overview of key trends in the music business, sign up to the new CMU Digest premium service. Providing a weekly news digest and monthly trends report, a CMU Digest subscription is just £4.99 a month, though the special introductory rate - £29 for the year - is still available for a very limited time. Click here to sign up.

The Orchard buys BalconyTV
In a busy week for acquisitions, digital distribution firm The Orchard has announced it has bought BalconyTV, the online video service where artists play a little song on a balcony. The digital company is particularly interested in the fan community the video channel, originally created by three friends in Dublin, has built up over the years.

Orchard CEO Brad Nevin told Billboard: "As a global distributor we operate in markets across the world to work with local labels and BalconyTV has done the same on an artist level. They've built a tremendous music discovery channel with both an active fan component and producers in each local market. Now, we can introduce select clients to the global BalconyTV community as part of our marketing effort and we'll further expand the promotional opportunity for artists by introducing new audiences across new platforms".

Meanwhile BalconyTV co-founder Stephen O'Regan added: "We literally started BalconyTV on our apartment balcony in Dublin. Since then it's been incredible to see such a simple idea generate so much passion from music lovers all over the world ... now with The Orchard's experience and network we can continue the journey".

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Fist City cross over to Transgressive
Canadian punk bunch Fist City have signed to Transgressive Records, who'll reissue the group's 2012 LP, 'It's 1983, Grow Up', on 17 May. The remastered release will feature new tracks, 'Losers Never Die' and 'Let's Rip'.

Paying his respects to his label's new signings, Transgressive exec Tim Dellow says: "Fist City are a special band who stopped us all in our tracks. Ten seconds into listening we'd all jumped up from our desks and were adamant that we had to sign this vital new band. Dischord(ant), dirty, new wave brilliance that should pour some cold piss and vinegar on all of you taking a nap at the back. Important band".

Mmm, cold piss and vinegar crisps. In additional Fist City headlines, the band have regained bassist Brittany Fist, who dropped out of touring for a while, but is now back in the line-up.

And talking of touring, Fist City are headlining a series of free-entry dates beginning 22 Mar at Manchester's Nekro Bar. Listings are detailed here, and this is past Fist City single and remastered 'It's 1983, Grow Up' track 'Boring Kids'.

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Ninja Tune signs Romare
Ninja Tune has announced the signing of young London producer Romare.

Taking his alias from collage artist Romare Bearden, whose technique he re-contextualises in his own music, Romare has to date put out a couple of vinyl EPs on the Black Acre label: 2012's Meditations On Afrocentrism' and 2013's 'Love Songs: Part One'.

A newer track, 'Jimmy', which first appeared via this guest mix for BBC Radio 1's Benji B, is available free here.

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Imagem signs Circa Waves
Independent music publisher Imagem has signed Liverpool-based four-piece Circa Waves to a worldwide deal. The band have already signed a record deal with Universal's Virgin EMI.

Confirming the new signing, Imagem Music UK A&R Manager Sam Mumford told CMU: "Circa Waves are one of those one in generation bands that emerge - I know I speak for the whole of Imagem when I say how excited we are to be working with them. Without a doubt they are one of the most exciting guitar bands to emerge from the UK in a long time and they are at the forefront of the new wave of bands coming through for 2014. As songwriters and storytellers, they have that rare intrinsic ability to combine melody and lyrics in a way that grabs you on first listen and stays with you".

Meanwhile Stefano Anselmetti for the band's management Prolifica added: "We are extremely excited at the prospect of working with Imagem. The determination shown by Kim [Frankiewicz], Sam and Jess [Hamilton] and all their team in securing the bands signature was incredible. They have a wonderful and very focused roster of artists and we are proud to be part of it. They will no doubt play a significant part in the bands career".

New recruit for Kobalt's neighbouring rights business
Kobalt's neighbouring rights business has extended its US presence by appointing a new Business Development Manager to be based in LA. New recruit Jesse Willoughby, who previously worked with US collecting society ASCAP, will report into Kobalt Neighbouring Rights' MD Ann Tausis.

Confirming his new role, Jesse Willoughby told CMU: "I'm very excited to have the opportunity of joining a company with the global impact of Kobalt. The reputation of the company precedes it, and I look forward to being part of the KNR team and contributing to its ongoing success".

Meanwhile Tausis added: "We're happy to welcome Jesse to the Kobalt family. His experience in the performing rights sector, and particularly in relationship management, will be hugely valuable as we look to take KNR further forward in the US - a market which is notably more complex when it comes to neighbouring rights".

And if you're wondering what exactly 'neighbouring rights' are, or how much money is being generated by them in 2014, or what role a Kobalt-type company plays in collecting this income stream, well Tausis will be among the experts sharing insights on this very subject as part of the 'Maximising Music Rights' strand at the CMU Insights programmed Great Escape Convention in May.

Glastonbury applies for capacity increase
Glastonbury Festival is preparing an application to Mendip District Council to increase its capacity to 198,000 people over the next ten years. The expanded size will only allow for higher staff numbers, however.

The festival's Robert Richards told eFestivals: "With all the new regulations and things, the pressure is on us to have enough staff to pacify everybody. We are doing this to make sure we don't have to keep going back to the council asking for additional numbers. We need to make sure that we can if need be, increase the staff capacity to meet the festival's needs".

Currently Glastonbury's capacity stands at 177,500, which works out as 135,000 for public tickets, 5000 for tickets sold to locals, and 37,500 for staff. If approved, the capacity for staff members would increase to 63,000 by 2024.

Partly the need for more staff is down to more punters arriving on the Wednesday before the festival officially begins. Also related to this, the new licensing application will ask to be allowed to hold acoustic performances on some of the festival's stages on that Wednesday.

New London TV station commissions weekly music show
The new local TV service for London - London Live - will have a live music show at launch, it has been confirmed.

London Live, one of nineteen super-local TV channels in the process of going live around the UK, will start broadcasting at the end of the month. It will be operated by a company called ESTV, which is in turn owned by the Lebedev family who also own the majority of the London Evening Standard (and for now The Independent too). There is expected to be quite a bit of crossover between the Standard and the new TV service.

The weekly music show, twelve editions of which have been commissioned, will be called 'SoundClash', and it will be made by independent production firm 3DD, which ironically is possibly best known in music circles for making a show also called 'London Live'.

Confirming the show, London Live Commissioner Lorna Cole told CMU: "It feels like terrestrial TV schedules have been crying out for a music show for some time. London Live wants to bring the vibrancy of the scene in the capital to peak-time programming. If music is the heartbeat of the city, we hope fans and artists alike will view 'SoundClash' as the pulse".

Meanwhile 3DD Producer Jess Eldridge added: "There is a real appetite for a weekly music show which reflects the ever evolving face of the UK music scene. London has always led the way in breaking new talent and providing a thriving environment to showcase artists both big and small from every genre. 'SoundClash' aims to capture that energy with the hottest performances and interviews of the moment to give a real sense of what's going on right now".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Another Party & The Code present The Martinez Brothers and Davide Squillace
Another Party turned three in January, after a very successful 2013 that saw them bring the likes of Kerri Chandler, A Guy Called Gerald and Cocoon boss Sven Vath to the stage. And 2014 looks set to be just as big for these guys, with their first party of the year featuring NYC's The Martinez Brothers. They'll be bringing their brand of paradise-garage laced house and hip hop, and will be joined in the place by leftfield deep house perpetrator and Circoloco resident Mr Davide Squillace.

Saturday 8 Mar, Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, London, SW2 1RJ, 10am-7am, £20, more info here.
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Fucked Up announce album, Glass Boys
Canada's most profane hardcore band Fucked Up have just announced an album, their first since 2011's laudable 'David Comes To Life'. The new LP, 'Glass Boys', which will be released later this year (exactly when is still unclear), is previewed very briefly in this clip.

This week also saw FU confirm the release of 'Year Of The Dragon', the latest entry in their Zodiac series. Out on 12-inch vinyl and CD, the single will carry a nearly eighteen minute title track, plus two B-side covers, of Cardboard Brain's 'I Wanna Be A Yank' and The Ugly's 'Disorder', both "historic Toronto punk tunes", say the band.

This is 'I Wanna Be A Yank'

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Wiley releases mixtape
Wiley slyly released a new mixtape yesterday. The nerve!

The tricksy grime MC's first significant move since last month - which saw him rip up the first draft of his much-touted 'Snakes And Ladders' LP, and start again - 'Ya Dun Know Vol 1' is basically a nineteen track bargain bin of his various doings of late. It features a fifteenth anniversary update of Wiley's 'Terrible' instrumental, mixed freestyles, and gives air-time to guests in Devlin, Tommy Spitz, Manga, Ice Kid and Tre Mission.

Go to Hood Tapes to make 'Ya Dun Know' yours for all time.

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J-Lo luhs ya papi
Jennifer Lopez yesterday premiered a new track titled - I can still barely believe it's real - 'I Luh Ya Papi'.

It's actually quite good, though J-Lo sounds like Nicole Scherzinger a bit in it. But on the plus side, its producer is 'Drunk In Love' guy Detail, and it features not a single trace of Pitbull. What it does have in the way of 'feat' MCs is rapper French Montana, who, let's face facts, represents by far the lesser of two evils.

'I Luh Ya Papi' will probably make the cut of Lopez's eighth solo LP, as and when that is ever released.

Give the song a spin on YouTube, and find out if you 'Luh' the song as much as I sure do.

Lady Gaga to play SXSW
At long last, Lady Gaga will get the opportunity to play in front of the world's music industry, something which has for so long eluded her. And it's all thanks to Doritos, which has selected her from thousands of potential unknown artists to headline its #BoldStage (yes, the stage name is a hashtag) at SXSW on Thursday.

Anyone wanting to attend the 2200 capacity show will have to jump through a load of hoops first, completing one of a series of 'Bold Missions' to "express their individuality". I'm not sure how doing something a brand tells you to do will particularly show off your "individuality", but Lady Gaga seems to like the idea.

"I believe that being an individual is the boldest thing you can do", she said. "I can't wait to see all creative, generous, brave and individual acts my fans take to gain access to the show".

Here's Gaga definitely not reading words off a card in a video introducing this whole stupid thing.

So, there's an option for something to do in Texas next week. Alternatively, you could just make like a sheep and eat some more barbequed meat.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Live At Leeds, Kendal Calling, Latitude and more
So, Live At Leeds' latest line-up announcement has now gone, um, live, as has 'as-seen-on-a-recent-BBC-3-piss-fest-doc' Kendal Calling's big deal first listings reveal, an uncharitably-strong update to the Latitude bill, and a huge (huge) initial insight into this year's Flow Festival in Finland.

Read on for the specifics on those and many more festivals besides...

BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, South Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug: Graveyard, Blood Red Throne, Battleaxe, Profane Omen, The King Is Blind. www.bloodstock.uk.com

CAMDEN ROCKS, various venues, Camden, London, 31 May: Reverend & The Makers, Sonic Boom Six, Gnarwolves, Max Raptor, Straight Lines, Bleech, Messenger, The Hype Theory, Rob Jones, Cytota, To The Bones, The Mercy House, Young Aviators, Legend In Japan, Flood Of Red, Messenger, Attention Thieves, Mia Klose, Burning Beaches, Vox Empire, Hey Vanity, The Dash, Damn Dice, The Derellas, Blast Until Moscow, Arms, Avosetta, The Din, The Talks, Romance, The Cramatics, Walk The Night, West Of The Sun, Chasing Cadence, Dumjaw, St Pierre Snake Invasion, Sondura, Kerri Watt, Shea, Star Scream, Milk N Kinski, Johnny Walker, Sean Grant. www.camdenrocksfestival.com

CORNBURY, The Great Tew Estate, Chipping Norton, 4-6 Jul: Hudson Taylor, The Feeling, Suzanne Vega, Arrested Development, Scouting For Girls, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Simple Minds, Sam Bailey, Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra feat Melanie C & Marc Almond, 10cc, Jon Allen, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Nina Nesbitt, Lissie, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes feag Gary US Bonds, Georgie Fame, Luke Friend, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Tomoyasu Hotei, Peatbog Faeries. www.cornburyfestival.com

FLOW FESTIVAL, Suvilahti Power Plant, Helsinki, Finland, 8-10 Aug: The National, Outkast, Janelle Monae, Die Antwoord, Darkside, Blood Orange, Charli XCX, Slowdive, Mac DeMarco, Nina Persson, Bill Callahan, Paul Kalkbrenner, Kavinsky, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, James Holden, Jamie XX, Jungle, Little Dragon, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Pusha T, Tinariwen, Mark Ernestus, Les Ambassadeurs, Iisa, Death Hawks, Risto, Noah Kin, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Eurocrack, Sound And Fury, Tuomo, Magenta Skycode. www.flowfestival.com

ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, Iceland, 5-9 Nov: Klangkarussel, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hermigervill, Berndsen, Tomas Barfod, Dísa, Nolo, Ballet School, The Vintage Caravan, Futuregrapher, Pins, Cell7, Árni2, Introbeats, Good Moon Deer, Fura. icelandairwaves.is

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthrope, Lake District, 1-3 Aug: Suede, Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, De La Soul, 2manydjs, Miles Kane, Happy Mondays, Goldie, J Cole, Tom Odell, Athlete, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Bondax, Breton, Gorgon City, Ella Eyre, Andy C, Zane Lowe, Newton Faulkner, Mr Scruff. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk, 17-20 Jul: The Black Keys, James, Crystal Fighters, Kelis, The Afghan Whigs, Mogwai, Lykke Li, Clean Bandit, The War On Drugs, Temples, Parquet Courts, George Ezra, Conor Oberst. www.latitudefestival.com

LEESTOCK, Melford Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk, 24-25 May: Lightning Seeds, Terrorvision. leestock.org

LIVE AT LEEDS, various venues, Leeds, 2-5 May: Bipolar Sunshine, George Ezra, Tennis, The Bug, Fat White Family, Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, The Neighbourhood, The Sunshine Underground, Forward Russia, A Plastic Rose, Barbarossa, Beastmilk, Big Sixes, Big Ups, Black Moth, Champs, Charlie Hole, Chasing Grace, Cheatahs, D/C, Dan Cook, Daniel James, Eaux, Empire Divide, Eva Stone, Ezra Furman, Ezra Vine, Fickle Friends, Gallery Circus, Gengahr, Ghost Beach, Grizfolk, Hibou, Jake Isaac, Jarbird, Leslie Mendelson, Life In Film, Little Matador, Matthew and the Atlas, Meanwhile, MT, Orla Gartland, Pearls Negras, Pet Moon, Rae Morris, Raleigh Ritchie, Saint Raymond, Sam Fender, Solomon Grey, Sundara Karma, Womans Hour, Years And Years, Young Kato, Beth McCarthy, Billie Marten, Happy Daggers, Natalie Holmes, Nose, Rupert Stroud, Super Luxury, Take Turns, The Covelles, The Orielles. www.liveatleeds.com

ØYA, Tøyenparken, Oslo, Norway, 6-10 Aug: Outkast, Bill Callhan, Angel Olsen, Mayhem, Neneh Cherry feat RocketNumberNine, Sharon Van Etten, Lulu James, Jungle, The Julie Ruin, Windhand, Thomas Dybdahl, Johndoe, Stein Torleif Bjella, Store P. oyafestivalen.com

RED ROOSTER, Euston Hall, Thetford, Suffolk, 6-7 Jun: The Jim Jones Revue, Big Boy Bloater, Miraculous Mule, C.C. Smugglers, Scoundrels, Danni Nicholls, Pearl TN. www.redrooster.org.uk

SONISPHERE UK, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, 4-6 Jul: Dream Theater, Devil You Know, Yashin, The Cadillac Three, Glamour Of The Kill, Palm Reader, Broken Hands, Fort Hope, The One Hundred, Collibus. sonisphere.co.uk

WAY OUT WEST, Slottsskogenk, Gothenberg, Sweden, 7-9 Aug: Outkast, Little Dragon, Les Ambassadeurs, Mark Ernestus. www.wayoutwest.se

ZOO PROJECT, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, 12-14 Sep: Groove Armada DJs, Mr Scruff, Ten Walls, Ben UFO b2b Midland, A Guy Called Gerald, Craig Richards, Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set), Special Request, John Talabot, Giles Smith, James Priestly, T Williams, Adam Shelton, Maribou State, Benjamin Damage, Drew Hill, Jack Wickham, Negghead, Michael James, Lee Pennington, Defex, Ricky Rankin, Shovell, Grant Kershaw, Federico Grazzini, Milou, Aiden Mozejko, Ali Scott, Ashley Smith, Ben Grunnell, Brent Anthony, Daniel Sanders, Dave Angle, Dudley Strangeways, Felix & Pickles, Filthy Geeks, Hot Wax, Jacky, James Davison, James Micallef, Jay Gregory, Jimmy Kennedy, Jnr Bilko, Joe Quinn, Jordan Diston, Jordan Plant, Kieran Sharples, Kristoffer, Lee Hodge, Lee Whitehead, Lewi Scandal, Marco Dot, Matty Morris, Milhouse, Perfume Advert, Philip Stirzaker, Richard Rowell, Si Paste, Steve Stewart, Tom Rankin, Trueself, Wayne Hannigan, Zutekh. www.thezooproject-festival.com

CMU Beef Of The Week #196: Live Nation v Lady Gaga naysayers
Right, everyone, stop saying that everything Lady Gaga does of late is a flop. For one thing, says Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation's global touring division, it's just not true.

The latest rumour that everything is going wrong for Gaga seemingly came from a post by a contributor in Milwaukee to the US site Examiner.com which claimed that, despite the fact that barely anyone had bought tickets to see the popstar perform at the city's Marcus Amphitheater, she'd come and play it anyway. "This is such a shame", wrote the contibutor, "especially since Lady Gaga was a major concert attraction just three years ago".

But commenting on this rumour, Fogel, as Gaga's tour promoter, told Billboard: "When something like Milwaukee specifically comes up, that show has sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it's at the end of June. I just don't know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework".

Now, that show is someway off selling out - the venue has 25,000 seats - though, as Fogel says, there's still plenty of selling time left. And anyway, even if no more tickets are sold, a million dollars of revenue sounds alright. After all, if you can bring in a million a night over 29 US shows, that's pretty good, surely? Actually, Billboard reckons the trek is currently averaging sales of $900,000 a night. But still all good, right? Except for another rumour doing the rounds, that Live Nation is set to lose $30 million on this tour.

"Just a complete fool would say something like that", continued Fogel. "And it could only come from somebody who has an agenda, because it makes absolutely no sense, on any level. Forget [the] $30 million, if it were actually true, you'd say 'pull the plug'".

The mega-million losses allegation relating to Gaga's upcoming tour mirrors another rumour last year (also beginning on the Examiner) that the singer's label Universal/Interscope was set to lose $25 million on her 'ARTPOP' album release. As unlikely as it seemed, that story spread fast online, prompting Gaga to write on her Little Monsters fansite that, while there were people in her team who had "betrayed" her, things were all fine with Interscope and no such losses had been made.

Given the figures in these rumours are usually so wide off the mark, that such gossip spreads is probably to do with the rather ambiguous definition of the word 'flop'.

Back at the beginning of the year, Billboard's Jason Lipshutz wrote an article calling on the world to stop using the word for projects that had actually been comparatively successful; that is to say, compared to the industry at large, rather than to any one artist's previous endeavours. Sure worldwide sales of 'ARTPOP' are so far only just over a third of what Gaga's previous album 'Born This Way' achieved, but 2.3 million album sales is still no mean feat in today's record business.

Sometimes a thing an artist does isn't as successful as another thing they did. That's just how things work. It doesn't necessarily mean that the less successful project isn't any good (though 'ARTPOP' does have some right clangers on it), nor that the project in itself is automatically a failure, artistically or commercially, short term or long term.

Quite how artists, labels and promoters should quantify 'success' was something 4AD boss Simon Halliday discussed at the by:Larm conference in Oslo last week, when he spoke candidly about the last Deerhunter album.

"The last Deerhunter album ['Monomania'] sold considerably less than the one before", he revealed. "A lot of established bands saw their sales half [last year]. But that Deerhunter record's great. We're just thinking, 'time will be good to us'. It was a financial failure, but not an artistic failure. Great artists have these albums that are a lost album or a hidden gem. It's difficult to think big picture sometimes when you're having a bad time financially in the moment, but if you think long term in terms of career artists then it'll work out".

So, if there's hope for Deerhunter, then I think we can have hope for Lady Gaga. Maybe they should collaborate.

 
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
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