An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 27 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Ah, American juries and the copyright damages they award. So, Michael Robertson, having lost the most recent instalment in his long running legal battle with EMI over his now defunct digital locker service MP3tunes and its sister service Sideload.com, has been ordered to pay the music industry in the region of $41 million for the copyright infringement his former business enabled. Good times... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: 'How You Say', the next single taken from Factory Floor's acclaimed debut album, is released with the usual plethora of remixes, of which Daniel Avery's eight minute reworking is particularly thrilling. Minimal in a different way, it improves on the monochrome cold machine electro of the original by adding subtle layers of colour and warmth to hypnotic effect. More deep sleep than deep house... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Robertson facing $41 million damages bill from MP3tunes case
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DEALS Imagem links up with Mothership
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMG and Nokia MixRadio set China in their sights
Relativity buys stake in Downtown Records
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Last.fm to switch off hosted radio service
Partner talks underway for enhancing music sharing within Twitter
Shazam and Juno to help identify vinyl-only tracks
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MEDIA Bauer moves London radio operations into Absolute HQ
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ARTIST NEWS Madonna dives back into filmmaking. Again.
Bush back in the studio
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RELEASES Wu-Tang to display new album in art galleries, sell to the highest bidder
Björk and David Attenborough's Biophilia doc to have DVD release
Release Round-Up: De La Soul, Lust For Youth, Lone and Dauwd
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Kate Bush announces more London shows
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AND FINALLY... Benefits Street's to blame
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ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC - MUSIC BUSINESS LECTURER
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in conjunction with its strategic Partner Metropolis Studios London is looking to appoint a Music Business Lecturer. Reporting to the Business School Manager, successful candidates will be lecturing on the Music Business Degree.

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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER / FREELANCER
Music PR agency Outpost is looking for a sharp online PR account manager who loves the web and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require significant music online experience, with a proven track record of working across artist PR, events and social media campaigns.

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DHP FAMILY - MARKETING & PR CO-ORDINATOR
We are after a Marketing & PR Co-ordinator who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily, you will be responsible for looking after the day to day population of our social media channels, e-mailouts and websites delivering reach, growth and engagement with our online community. You will also be using your digital knowledge to develop our PR strategy and actioning subsequent initiatives.

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KOBALT LABEL SERVICES / AWAL - DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER
Kobalt Label Services / AWAL is looking for a dynamic Digital Account Manager to oversee day to day relationships with key digital accounts along with sales strategy and co-ordination through our international offices and partners. The right candidate will have broad knowledge of rapidly changing digital markets, and great relationships with key DSP Accounts.

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HOUSE OF 27 - INTERNSHIP
House Of 27 is a UK digital PR company representing a balance of major and independent label, emerging and development artists. We currently have a place for an intern, to gain a first-hand experience in the world of promoting music online over the course of the placement.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS
MAMA & Company is looking for dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at some of London's most established venues.

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MAMA & COMPANY - HR MANAGER
We are looking for a fully qualified HR manager with circa three years experience to work with minimal supervision to manage a workforce of around 450 part time and full time staff. Working full time three days a week.

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MAMA & COMPANY - SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST/DIGITAL MARKETING ANALYST
We are looking for an experienced Social Media Manager to work across all MAMA brands to oversee their social media campaigns and strategies and measure the success of our online performance. The Social Media Strategist/Analyst will be responsible for proposing, managing and coordinating social media campaigns whilst working closely with our venues, festivals and marketing teams and fostering and building relationships within each of our social media channels.

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UNDER THE BRIDGE - EVENTS AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
Under The Bridge is seeking an Events And Marketing Assistant to assist in operational aspects of events at the venue including corporate events, private events, filming and public music events. Liaising with security, cleaners, in-house caterers and Chelsea FC venue sales team. Assist with all administration for sales, marketing and PR campaigns for music and private and corporate events.

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ANDERSON & PENNINGTON - MUSIC ACCOUNTANT
We are seeking an accountant with music industry experience to join our expanding Music Division, where you will work with artists, producers and writers. The role requires solid experience of international touring, whilst a knowledge of recording and publishing contracts is desirable. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to gain a broad range of experience in order to provide business advice to a wide portfolio of music clients.

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Robertson facing $41 million damages bill from MP3tunes case
Ah, American juries and the copyright damages they award. So, Michael Robertson, having lost the most recent instalment in his long running legal battle with EMI over his now defunct digital locker service MP3tunes and its sister service Sideload.com, has been ordered to pay the music industry in the region of $41 million for the copyright infringement his former business enabled. Good times.

As previously reported, original MP3.com founder Robertson was sued by EMI over his digital locker and music link sharing platform in 2007. He more or less won at first instance, but EMI prevailed on appeal; even though by that point neither EMI nor MP3tunes existed anymore, but the companies that acquired the litigation convinced the courts that Robertson should be held personally liable for his former company's copyright shenanigans.

American copyright law usually offers juries a significant margin of variation when deciding what damages a copyright infringer should pay - from a very low figure to a very high figure. Damages are then theoretically paid 'per infringement', which is how you sometimes end up with phenomenal total figures owing. In these cases it's for the juries to decide what should be paid, even though you sometimes sense even the judges overseeing the proceedings are a little flabbergasted at the final figures that can be proposed.

But Marty Bandier of Sony/ATV, which now controls the EMI music publishing business, thinks the jury got everything right in this latest edition of the EMI v MP3tunes legal battle. He told The Hollywood Reporter: "Sony/ATV Music Publishing commends the jury on their careful consideration of the facts and their decision in the MP3tunes.com case. The judicial process has worked in favour of the songwriter and demonstrated a respect for the copyrights laws. We will continue to vigorously pursue action against those who have disregarded the copyright laws of the works entrusted in our care".

The complicated nature of this case and this week's damages judgement means that it's not 100% clear yet exactly what Robertson will have to pay, and it's an EMI legal rep who gave Reuters the $41 million estimate. Either way, Robbo will almost certainly appeal.

Imagem links up with Mothership
Independent music publisher Imagem yesterday announced an alliance with Mothership Music Publishing, the music rights joint venture launched last year by Lionel Conway and Brett Gurewitz.

Bad Religion guitarist and songwriter Gurewitz's best known music business venture is probably the Epitaph record label, and its imprints, though he also runs publishing enterprise FIG Music. It's on the publishing side that he went into business with industry veteran Lionel Conway last year, creating Mothership. Under the new deal, Imagem will represent the Mothership catalogue, including FIG's songs, outside of North America.

Confirming the new alliance, Imagem chief André de Raaff told CMU: "Lionel is one of the most unique and successful music publishers of all time. Brett is unique for his continued success and philosophy as a true independent. I've enjoyed working with both Lionel and Brett in the past and we have shared great success together. I'm convinced that this new combination of Lionel and Brett will make them even more successful than before as music publishers, and I trust that we can contribute to this through our unique team and worldwide infrastructure".

From the other side of the deal, Conway added: "We are excited to have Imagem represent our catalogues outside of North America. We have long admired what André de Raaff and his talented team have achieved in music publishing. Both Imagem and Mothership share the same independent ethos - this gives us a unique flexibility to try things different, especially when it comes to developing new talent".

While Gurewitz added: "It's a pleasure to be in business with a true independent entrepreneur such as André and I look forward to continued success together with our exciting new company Mothership Music Publishing".

BMG and Nokia MixRadio set China in their sights
In many ways, China remains one of the big untapped markets for Western music companies, partly because it's not the easiest place to properly get your tapping tool a-tapping. But BMG reckons it knows where to tap its tools. Basically, what I'm saying here is that BMG is expanding into China.

Thomas Rabe, CEO of BMG's parent company Bertlesmann, reckons it's happening and it's going to be a huge success. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said at the company's annual press conference: "There is a new awareness with regard to copyright issues in China and there are new and emerging formats [which can generate revenue]. In short, you can make money in China with music".

Exactly how he wasn't clear on, but apparently a team is ready to go and do just that. So that's fun.

Meanwhile, earlier this week Nokia's curated streaming radio service MixRadio announced that it is also launching in China, though exact details of that development are also a little sketchy.

Like Nokia's previous attempt at a music service, unlimited download offering ComesWithMusic, MixRadio is pre-loaded on the phone firm's phones. However, unlike ComesWithMusic, it is generally talked about in positive terms (helped by it being powered by The Echo Nest).

Nokia did previously have some success with CWM in China, launching it without DRM in 2010, and keeping it operational for a time after it had been closed in most other territories.

A press conference to explain Nokia MixRadio's plans for China in full is scheduled for later today.

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Relativity buys stake on Downtown Records
American media company Relativity has bought a stake in US indie label Downtown Records through its own music division. And before you ask, "Who the hell are these Relativity guys of which you so flagrantly talk?", well obviously they're a content engine that has the unique ability to help other entertainment companies reach the next level. And if you've no idea what that means, I can only assume you're not Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, which is a bit embarrassing.

It's like Kavanaugh said when confirming his firm's new alliance with Downtown Records and its founders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam: "Relativity is a content engine that has the unique ability to help other entertainment companies reach the next level. In just eight years, Josh and Terence have built a cutting edge music business, and we are excited to provide new opportunities for their incredible talent as Relativity continues to grow".

So there you go. Confirming the deal from his side, Deutsch told CMU: "Since 2006, Downtown Records has been dedicated to discovering and breaking today's most exciting artists. Relativity is the ideal partner to fuel Downtown Records' continued growth. Leveraging Relativity's broad platform, Downtown will generate innovative new opportunities for artists, composers and music fans alike".

As previously reported, last year Downtown Records split off from its namesake music publishing venture in a deal that put founders Deutsch and Lam back in charge. Artists the label is best known for working with include Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids and Duck Sauce.

Last.fm to switch off hosted radio service
Last.fm has announced that, on 28 Apr, it will switch off its 'hosted radio service', currently only available to paid subscribers in a small number of territories, meaning it's content services will totally rely on music drawn from other platforms.

As previously reported, Last.fm launched a new player for its Pandora-style radio service in beta back in January, which draws music from YouTube. Then a week later in reinstated on-demand streaming through a partnership with Spotify.

In an email to premium subscribers yesterday, the company said: "From 28 Apr, our subscription radio streaming service will come to an end. This means subscriber radio will no longer work on any platform or device. We're making this change to focus on improving scrobbling and recommendations, while continuing our goal of being your #onemusichome. Of course you'll still be able to listen to all of your favourite stations on the new Last.fm Player, as well as listen to your favourite tracks with our recently launched on-demand playback feature via Spotify".

It has been expected that Last.fm would switch off its own hosted radio service for some time, given that this is one of the more expensive parts of its offering, and one which has been slowly downsized in terms of reach and functionality over recent years. This latest shift suggests Last.fm is now fully focused on being a data business that links in to other music platforms.

Last year it was also rumoured that the web company had been given just one more year to begin earning some money for its owner CBS, hence all the cost cutting. Though the site also now has plans to launch a line of merch. So, consider the books balanced.

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Partner talks underway for enhancing music sharing within Twitter
Following the news that Twitter's standalone #Music app is being shuttered, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the social networking firm has various ambitions for facilitating music sharing within its main platform.

Like its biggest rival Facebook, Twitter has no interest in getting into the business of licensing and hosting music itself, but is seeking partnerships with other music platforms that would involve better integration of those services within the tweets eco-system.

The micro-blogging firm already had partnerships with iTunes, Spotify and Rdio for its #Music service but it's not clear if the plan is to now move the content partner functionality previously available in the bespoke app over to main Twitter platform. Meanwhile the Journal says that new talks have been had with SoundCloud, Vevo and Beats Music.

The latter might be a logical partner given Twitter's music projects are now being led by Bob Moczydlowsky, previously of Topspin. Beats Music, of course, is led by former Topspin boss Ian Rogers, and recently acquired the direct-to-fan company.

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Shazam and Juno to help identify vinyl-only tracks
Shazam has partnered with online music retailer Juno Records to add a whole lot of dance music titles to its database of tracks, including many that are only available on vinyl. This means that clubbers will be able to identify more of the very coolest music when they're out dancing. Hurrah!

Will Mills, Shazam's VP Music and Content, said: "Juno has the world's most comprehensive catalogue and widest source of genres in dance music and we are very excited to form this exclusive partnership with them, especially as it includes vinyl".

He added: "Vinyl music is seeing a resurgence in the industry, with sales at their highest for fifteen years. Crucially some of the most important and exciting new music is released on vinyl first before later hitting digital, so this gives Shazam's 420 million global users an even better experience with the world's newest and most innovative music which is sometimes beyond the digital ecosystem".

Bauer moves London radio operations into Absolute HQ
As has been expected for a while, Bauer Media yesterday announced it will move its London-based radio stations into One Golden Square, the home of Absolute Radio, which became part of the Bauer empire last year. The building will be revamped to house the Magic, Kiss, Planet Rock, Kerrang! and Heat stations in addition to Absolute itself.

Confirming Bauer's non-Absolute radio operations would be leaving their current base at Mappin House, Bauer Radio MD London Steve Parkinson told reporters: "One Golden Square is an iconic radio location, known to the media industry and audiences alike. Having the national radio teams in one building will support our business objectives to drive initiatives and ideas across the Bauer Media group, and to build audiences and revenue".

  Approved: Factory Floor - How You Say (Daniel Avery Remix)
'How You Say', the next single taken from Factory Floor's acclaimed debut album, is released with the usual plethora of remixes, of which Daniel Avery's eight minute reworking is particularly thrilling.

Minimal in a different way, it improves on the monochrome cold machine electro of the original by adding subtle layers of colour and warmth to hypnotic effect. More deep sleep than deep house, Avery's mix doesn't actually do much, but mines a rich melodic vein as it ebbs and flows and throbs with somnambulant bliss, with feedback and disembodied looped vocals drifting in and out that vaguely suggest what Slowdive might have sounded like if they were into progressive house and/or heroin.

'How You Say' is released on DFA on the 19 May and the Avery mix is previewing on SoundCloud now.
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Madonna dives back into filmmaking. Again.
Following yesterday's very sketchy newsbite re Madonna's 'Rebel Heart', a TBA mystery 'thing' (or single) she might be doing (or releasing) soon (or perhaps, never), today's 'what is Madonna doing now?' headline is this: Madonna is directing a film.

She'll steer, says Billboard, a screen version of 'Ade: A Love Story', the 2013 novel by Rebecca Walker, daughter to 'The Colour Purple' author Alice. Madonna's last directorial foray was that 'WE', in 2011, which wasn't all that critically praised, nor was it a box office hit, grossing only half a million (pounds) worldwide.

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Bush back in the studio
Bush are in the studio recording a new album. Yes, that Bush. No, they reformed ages ago. In 2010. I can't believe you don't remember. No, they recorded an album back then, this is the second. You really don't remember? I'd have thought you of all people would remember something like that. Oh, well they're recording a new album right now. Well stop butting in and I'll tell you.

Bush are recording a new album - their second since reforming in 2010 - with producer Nick Raskulinecz in Dave Grohl's Studio 606. As well as following up 2011's 'The Sea Of Memories', it'll coincide with the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 'Sixteen Stone'.

Look, they're working so hard that Gavin Rossdale has fallen asleep while recording a guitar part.

Wu-Tang to display new album in art galleries, sell to the highest bidder
Wu-Tang Clan's long-awaited new album is a work of art. Not my words, ladies and gentlemen, the words of The Wu-Tang Clan. And given that it's such a work of art, they're going to treat it like one.

The group have announced that their first album since 2007, titled 'The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin...', will be made available as a one-off item, displayed in art galleries around the world and then sold to the highest bidder. Which is sort of similar to what UK indie band Subliminal Girls did with their single 'Self-Obsession Is An Art Form' back in 2008.

Recorded over the course of six years, and featuring guest appearances from Bonnie Jo Mason, Redman, and players from the FC Barcelona football team, amongst others, it will come encased in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by artist Yahya.

Producers Cilvaringz and RZA explain: "While we fully embrace the advancements in music technology, we feel it has contributed to the devaluation of music as an art form. By taking this step, we hope to re-enforce the weight that music once carried alongside a painting or a sculpture. The album will be put on listening display in renowned galleries, museums, venues and exhibition spaces around the world for only the most dedicated to experience before it disappears into the private collection of a buyer. The public will know that what they will hear will be a once in a lifetime experience".

So, there you go. If you fancy throwing the group a few quid for their box and its content, do please bear in mind that the word "millions" is used on the website set up to promote it. And that website you will find here.

And if engaging with art projects sounds like a bit to much effort, Wu-Tang will finally release their long talked about 'A Better Tomorrow' album this summer through more traditional channels.

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Björk and David Attenborough's Biophilia doc to have DVD release
Eureka! Björk's bio-scientific film 'The Nature Of Music', in which she talks over her app-happy last LP 'Biophilia' with its narrator, David Attenborough, is being released as a DVD on 5 May.

Also featuring a voice-over by the great Tilda Swinton, the hour-long doc was originally shown on Channel 4 last year, and saw the pair 'riffing' on larynxes, crystals, maths, Bach, the cosmos, the 'hidden' nature of sound, and all kinds of other fascinating 'Biophilia'-related wonders.

Björk looked a bit awkward all the way through, sort of like a kooky friend collared and quizzed by a scholarly dad at a dinner party. Fortunately, the dad wasn't any old dad, but David Attenborough, so it turned out quite amazing, age-gap considered.

Here's a tiny, infinitesimal glimpse of it, via the trailer Channel 4 made for the film back when it first aired.

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Release Round-Up: De La Soul, Lust For Youth, Lone and Dauwd
I don't know what time it is where you are, but it's free mixtape o'clock in De La Soul's world, as the NYC hip hop trio show their esteem for late great beat-maker J Dilla by releasing the eleven-track 'Smell The DAISY', which samples various beats Dilla made in life. Download the comp and only the comp via BitTorrent here, or as a package also featuring JD tribute film 'Still Shining' here, and savour one of its tracks, 'Dilla Plugged In', while those queue up.

Signed to the Sacred Bones label, which is always an automatic plus, one-man Scandinavian taskforce Hannes Norrvide, aka Lust For Youth, has just announced a forthcoming album titled 'International'. He trailed its release, which will be on 9 Jun by the way, earlier this week via its radiantly chilly lead single 'Epoetin Alfa', which is available to stream right here.

Hip hop-favouring Mancs producer Lone has an LP of his own to talk about, too, in the form of 'Reality Testing', which is arriving via R&S Records on 16 Jun. In lieu of a song from it, since none are out at the minute, you can look at its cover art AND dig once more into 'Dream Ache', the free MP3 he gave away as a New Year's Eve present.

Finally, and for anyone that missed 'Lydia' last month, it's over to another producer, this time Kompakt-signed London DJ Dauwd, who's let go a second preview (post 'Lydia' I mean) of 'Kindlinn', the tri-track twelve-inch EP he's releasing on 7 Apr. Hear 'Lydia' here and its fresh-revealed B-side, 'Rain Raker', here. Lydia, Lydia, Lydia.

Kate Bush announces more London shows
Honestly, she doesn't play a show for 35 years, now you can't stop her announcing the bloody things. In addition to the fifteen she already announced last week, Kate Bush has just added another seven. These, again, will take place at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

A pre-sale allocation of tickets for the first fifteen shows sold out in 30 minutes yesterday morning. You'll have a chance to not get tickets for all the shows when they go on sale at 9.30am tomorrow.

The new dates are 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 Sep and 1 Oct.

Benefits Street's to blame
As first hinted-at via many a nightmarish Daily Mail headline earlier this year, 'White' Dee off of television's 'Benefits Street' now has a day job as a rap artiste, and will release a single by the title 'Your To Blame' next week. Apparently. So have that, Mail readers, she's gainfully engaged in a career, just like you wanted.

MC Dee, real name Deidre Kelly (of James Turner Street, Winson Green, Birmingham), has collaborated on the track with nine-man indie-reggae fusion band XOVA, who claim to have a brass faction "tighter than a gnat's arse".

Sample lyrics to the single go: "Lay my cards on the table for the critics to see/No cards unturned, you can't judge me/Everything I've done I've done to survive/Or done for my kids, give them better lives/See, I'm not too old to have dreams".

And that's only a taste. Order the track in advance, if you dare or care to, via iTunes.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
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