An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 9 May 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So, The Great Escape heads into its second day, with gigs and showcases aplenty, plus the CMU Insights-programme convention, which today turns to the Festival Business, New Product Strategies and Global Digital Markets. And don't forget that things continue tomorrow with the new mini-conference on creativity and tech, Blueprint, for which a few standalone tickets are still... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: So, the CMU team are all down at The Great Escape right now overseeing the convention side of the event and checking out a whole host of artists in the festival. Casting my eye over the list of gigs in search of something on the clubby side, Belgium basshead Alix Perez instantly jumped out. Perez has been putting out top class drum n bass that draws on a variety of genres for... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Now, you know we love a good lawsuit here at CMU, but there's nothing like the joy of punks suing punks. So it was nice to see former Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig suing the last remaining original member, bassist Jerry Only. The dispute has arisen over Only's licensing deals for merch featuring the band's distinctive Fiend Skull logo. If you want to know why Danzig is annoyed, you could.. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Day two of The Great escape begins
Finding future global stars in China and India discussed at The Great Escape
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Streaming is critical to our future says WMG CEO, announcing Q1 revenue drop
XL Recordings promotes Ahmed and Pawson
Warner/Chappell confirms deal with Von Trier film co
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple in talks to buy Beats Electronics, says FT
SoundCloud to switch off its 'classic mode'
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ARTIST NEWS Diplo in cahoots with Madonna and AlunaGeorge
'Bleak' Morrissey biopic a possibility
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: King Creosote, Braid, Kitty, Flying Lotus and Trim
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Metallica announced as final Glastonbury headliner
Capital FM Summertime Ball adds Pharrell, Cheryl and Little Mix
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AWARDS Chuck Berry wins Polar Music Prize
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #205: Misfit v Misfit
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DHP FAMILY - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Based in Nottingham, we are looking for a creative individual who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily working on concerts and festivals, you will be responsible for our social media channels, e-mailouts, websites and online advertisements. We expect you to be able to deliver reach, growth and engagement with our online community, and be able to lead the development of our online marketing strategy going forward.

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TICKETMASTER - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER - MUSIC
Reporting to the Head of Client Account Management, the Client Services Manager – Music, will be responsible for the management of all aspects of Ticketmaster’s client relationships (Music) whilst working closely with Directorial and Regional ‘stakeholders’ in the development, and execution, of current and future business strategies.

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - WEBSITE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Responsible as part of the digital team for the front-end maintenance of the website and email templates, producing HTML/CSS web pages and graphics to reflect key promotional activities and online communications.

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DOMINO - PARALEGAL / BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT
Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join record label and publishing company assisting the Business Affairs department. Reporting to the Business Affairs Manager and Company Directors, the role will provide every opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their commercial and legal skills in the music industry.

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SOUND ADVICE - MUSIC LAWYER
Sound Advice is a London based law firm specialising in the music industry, focusing mainly on the representation of artists and managers. We have a client roster to be proud of, from home and abroad. We are looking for an experienced lawyer to join us.

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FUGA - SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE
FUGA are looking to expand our London-based team with a Sales & Business Development Representative to develop the market, drive revenue and manage client relations in the UK.

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AEI MEDIA - ROYALTIES ASSISTANT
AEI Media Ltd are seeking an experienced and passionate Royalties Administrator to join their team; the role will sit within a dynamic accounting function and report directly into the Finance Manager.

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AEI MEDIA - FINANCE ASSISTANT
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DEEZER - OFFICE INTERN (PAID)
This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience working for a fast-growing company in the music and technology sector. During the internship you will assist the UK office manager and other departments when called upon. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone looking for their first steps into the music industry.

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MAMA NEW MUSIC - JUNIOR BOOKER AND EVENTS ASSISTANT
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THE MOST RADICALIST BLACK SHEEP MUSIC - MUSIC RESEARCHER
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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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Day two of The Great escape begins
So, The Great Escape heads into its second day, with gigs and showcases aplenty, plus the CMU Insights-programme convention, which today turns to the Festival Business, New Product Strategies and Global Digital Markets.

And don't forget that things continue tomorrow with the new mini-conference on creativity and tech, Blueprint, for which a few standalone tickets are still available at £30 - buy yours now! Also taking place tomorrow is the DIY programme for the grass roots music community hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, and, of course, the rather exciting Blurred Lines panel, asking does pop have a misogyny problem.

The line-up has just been confirmed for the video dimension of that debate, and it's gonna make for a very fine debate. Caroline Bottomley from Radar Music Videos will lead a fizzing discussion about trends in music video making and porn, including sexism, feminism and the rise of 'ethical porn'.

Joining her will be Phil Tidy, a prolific producer who has collaborated with Diane Martel, director of the 'Blurred Lines' video; Craig Haynes, content manager for the massive electronic music channel UKF; Jerry Barnett, founder of free speech group 'Sex And Censorship'; and De La Muerta (aka Deborah Scanlan and Elizabeth Adams), regular directors for Kyla La Grange, Lulu James and Chlöe Howl.

Blurred Lines runs from 11.00am to 3.00pm in The Old Courtroom, with the Video Dimension at 1.30pm.

Meanwhile, listen to Cooke's opening speech from The Great Escape 2014 yesterday morning. Under the title 'Where We're At', he ran through the ten biggest music business stories and ten most interesting stats from the last twelve months. Listen to the speech in full here.

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Finding future global stars in China and India discussed at The Great Escape
When discussing new markets for music, we often focus on taking British or American talent to emerging market territories. But a CMU-presented conversation on the first day of The Great Escape yesterday turned that around, looking at talent scouting in countries like China and India with a view to bringing acts back home.

Sitting on the panel, moderated by Evening Standard journalist David Smyth, were A&R veteran Seymour Stein, Ed Peto of China-based company Outdustry, and Great Escape founder Martin Elbourne, who has worked on the NH7 festivals in India.

Stein said that extending A&R activity into new territories was vital for the survival of the wider music business. He told the audience: "I've always been open to anything, but in recent years finding acts from abroad has become more imperative, because the music business is shrinking and we've got to bring these other countries in if we're going to build it back to where it was in the 80s and 90s, and that means working with artists from these countries, not just trying to import our existing acts".

Finding those artists can be a hard task though. While Stein has already begun signing talent from places like South Korea and Brazil, breaking artists from India and China is still something he's "working on".

There are various problems that anyone will face when trying to work with artists from China, said Peto. Bands can find that they are barred from gaining visas to travel abroad, and there is little financial support on offer for indie and alternative artists. And there fewer acts of that kind to start with.

Being in a punk band in China is much less socially acceptable than it would be in the west, he noted. "In the West, indie music is often about kicking against your middle class background, but in China you have the one child policy, which creates a pyramid of people above all the young who have invested so much in them going to university and being a success".

"It makes going to university and then ducking off to a punk venue instead of working far more rebellious. It doesn't have that crossover cool, it's still seen as very outside. So these artists who are doing it, we really need to get them out to other countries. And that's still very much a work in progress".

Another potential problem, once musicians have made that leap into alternative music, is Western perception of what Chinese artists should be. Responding to an audience question, Peto said: "Everyone is desperate for Chinese bands to make a statement with their music. While British or American bands almost get the opposite. But it's very easy for a Chinese band to get shut down if they do anything political, so they have to be more clever about it. To say something openly critical is very short term thinking".

Perhaps unsurprisingly, India is further ahead that China in many ways, said Elbourne, but alternative musicians there are still "desperate" to play abroad. A large reason for this is that there are very few venues to perform in back home, and ticket prices at those there are tend to be very low, making it difficult to make money. So many artists end up working in the more lucrative Bollywood music industry.

However, he said that university campuses were a rapidly growing network for indie gigs, which is becoming increasingly important for developing bands in the country.

In terms of what travels both ways, Elbourne added: "Something like metal travels very well. Metal is international because normally you can't understand what they're saying anyway. And dance music's totally international, it doesn't matter where you come from".

On the subject of genres, the panelists were keen to stress that this was not about minority 'world music', but about acts who have the ability to take their music to the mainstream in the West. However, Peto said that any breakthroughs might actually come from more traditional music initially.

"A number of Chinese folk artists have managed to find some success touring abroad", he said. "For me, these are the bands that are going to creep out of China in a quiet unassuming way. Even if you don't understand the language, you get it, and there's a lot of charisma in the performances".

Though Stein rejected the whole idea of world music entirely, saying: "To somebody in China, The Beatles may have seemed like world music. It's just music, whatever you like. I always think of music being good or bad, and if it's good how good is it?"

Streaming is critical to our future says WMG CEO, announcing Q1 revenue drop
Warner Music Group has blamed a light release schedule for a dip in revenues in the first quarter of the year, though the overall decline was offset by the acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group.

Yesterday, the major label announced a 3.3% decline in revenues year-on-year. Excluding Parlophone from the figures, the decline increased to 13.9%. This was, said the company, largely due to a lower number of releases compared to the same period in 2013. In total, the company saw a net loss of $59 million, compared to a $4 million income in the first three months of 2013.

The figures also show that digital now accounts for 45.2% of total revenue (compared to 41.6% in the first quarter last year), and these revenues grew by 5% year-on-year. However, again, removing Parlophone reveals a 5.9% decline.

Subscription revenue saw the biggest increase, up 65%, while ad-supported streaming revenue grew by 13%.

Within the increase in revenue from subscription services, subscription revenue grew by 65%, while ad-supported streaming revenue grew by 13%.

Commenting on the figures, WMG CEO Stephen Cooper said: "The data clearly indicate that streaming will be critical to our future. Streaming is a complex category as it is comprised of a wide range of models including paid and ad-supported audio subscription services, internet and satellite radio services and ad-supported video services, many of which have yet to achieve scale".

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XL Recordings promotes Ahmed and Pawson
Cool London independent XL Recordings, part of the Beggars Group, has
promoted its one-time A&R Manager, Imran Ahmed, to Head Of A&R. The label has also given Caius Pawson, boss of XL's Young Turks imprint, the new and improved job title of Young Turks Recordings Founder/Co-Owner. Home to Chairlift, SBTRKT, Sampha and, of course, The xx, Young Turks is also now considered a JV between Pawson and XL.

More on Pawson in a bit, but first it's back to Imran Ahmed, who joined the XL fam in 2007 following jobs at NME and BBC Radio 1, and has since signed Vampire Weekend, Jungle, and Jai Paul.

Looking back over his time with XL, he says: "It's been great to be a part of some very special times at XL. I'm looking fwd to building on these foundations and continuing to make XL the most desirable home for new artists around".

XL MD, Ben Beardsworth adds: "Imran has played a central role in shaping XL's output over the past few years. He has an extremely insightful view of contemporary culture and the media landscape, combined with the creative empathy to be able to connect closely with artists. We look forward to watching his influence grow yet further in line with this promotion and it's increased responsibility".

And now it's over to yung Caius, who started the label within the XL family in 2006, and now runs Young Turks Music, and also Young Turks Management. He says of his new position: "I truly adore every person I've had the privilege of working with at XL and Beggars, so I'm delighted to be getting further into bed with them all. Young Turks has always been a team effort and without everyone at XL and Beggars we would never have got to the point of releasing records. I'd also love to congratulate the people who are Young Turks: Katie O'Neill, Tic Zogson, Simon Guzylack, Andy West and Molly Hawkins. Their tireless and inspirational work got us to this very exciting point".

Nice. And now to hear more from complimentary XL MD Ben Beardsworth, who says: "We're extremely proud of what Caius and his Young Turks team have achieved as an imprint, and it is impossible to overstate his contribution to XL overall. He has such a strong entrepreneurial and creative spirit that the sky really is the limit to what he can achieve with this exciting next chapter of Young Turks Recordings, now that it has become a true partnership with XL".

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Warner/Chappell confirms deal with Von Trier film co
Warner/Chappell has made a publishing rights alliance with Zentropa Music, a division of filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen's Oscar-winning production co Zentropa, the largest in aaaalll of Scandanavia.

The international deal applies to all Zentropa's future and back catalogue, and incorporates over 100 scores, not least those to Von Trier's 'Antichrist', 'Melancholia' and 'Nymphomaniac', and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's 2013 movie 'The Hunt'.

Warner/Chappell's latest partnership, which follows other cinema-based acquisitions of Miramax and Lionsgate, will see it license rights in screenings and broadcasts of Zentropy films, and develop new ways to sync the scores into TV, games, adverts, and online.

Now for some stock quotes. From Warner/Chappell CEO Cameron Strang, for one, who says: "We are delighted to further expand and enrich our prestigious film score and music library with this extraordinary repertoire. Zentropa is one of the most pioneering and influential production companies in the world and we look forward to finding a host of new creative and commercial opportunities for their scores, and fostering a life for their music beyond the original theatrical release".

Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen in his turn adds: "We are very pleased to take advantage of the power of a major music publisher to strengthen the position of small composers and help protect their copyright related interests".

While Zentropa Music MD Mikkel Maltha represented his feelings re the deal pretty well when he said: "The partnership with Warner/Chappell is a pivotal cornerstone in the continued development of Zentropa's publishing interests. Our composers will be ensured a unique strategic partner that without a doubt can further their interests throughout the world. Something we would not be able to do alone".

Apple in talks to buy Beats Electronics, says FT
Apple is in negotiations to buy Beats Electronics, the parent company of the Beats headphones brand and Beats Music streaming service, for $3.2 billion, according to a report in The Financial Times.

Sources told the newspaper that the deal could be announced as early as next week, coming just a month after Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was "on the prowl" for acquisitions.

A deal like this would make sense for a number of reasons. For one thing, while Beats headphones have many detractors, the hate for them doesn't even come close to that for Apple's proprietary earbuds.

Also, as streaming grows and the download market begins to stall, there has been much speculation about how Apple might update its iTunes software to counter this. Its entry into the streaming market with iTunes Radio has not gained the traction it had hoped. Purchasing a functioning streaming service, with a growing userbase (despite some questions over the speed of that growth) could be a god move. Although, obviously, it's not a foregone conclusion that Beats would be pulled into iTunes.

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SoundCloud to switch off its 'classic mode'
SoundCloud HQ has announced in a mass-mailout to users that it's shutting down its old design, leaving only its fancy 'new' interface, which came into play at the end of 2012.

SoundCloud has maintained its 'classic' mode as an option alongside the updated one all this time, but says that running the two sites has caused "increased outages on both sites and slowed the platform as a whole".

The old SoundCloud will make way for its young rival, which had a redesign back in January, gaining bigger images and its love-or-hate continual streaming feature, at some point next week.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Alix Perez at The Great Escape
So, the CMU team are all down at The Great Escape right now overseeing the convention side of the event and checking out a whole host of artists in the festival. Casting my eye over the list of gigs in search of something on the clubby side, Belgium basshead Alix Perez instantly jumped out.

Perez has been putting out top class drum n bass that draws on a variety of genres for the best art of a decade, and will be bringing the Great Escape festival to a close with a 90 minute set on Saturday night/Sunday morning. After running around town to different venues for three days, what better to do than stop in one place and just dance?

Sunday 11 May, Komedia, Regents Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN, 1.30am - 3am, entry with TGE pass, more info here.
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Diplo in cahoots with Madonna and AlunaGeorge
Dancehall producer Diplo has had his paws all over collaborations with AlunaGeorge and Madonna. Also, following confirmation that Madonna has worked with Avicii, a photo of AlunaGeorge's Aluna Francis in the studio with none other than the very same Avicii has gone online, pissing off a lot of 'purist' AlunaGeorge fans. So basically, Madonna and AlunaGeorge have each written, in a respective sense, tracks with Diplo and - again, separately - Avicii. Oh, and AlunaGeorge have nearly finished making their next LP! We live in exhilarating times.

So, Madonna's going first because, um, Madonna always has to go first. Big M, who's been writing with popstar Natalia Kills lately too, dished the Diplo scoop (if one can dish a scoop) on Instagram, taking a photo in a toilet, and typing: "Diplo is a slave driver! Got me working all hours of the night in the studio. Had to sneak into the bathroom! #clicclacclicclacbitchgetoffmyback".

Moving on quickly to AlunaGeorge's big anti-Avicii scandal of 2014, as above, Aluna Francis had a nice little chat with some AG Facebook fans after posting an in-studio pic of her and the Swedish EDM producer. Replying to one 'hater' who asked "what are you working with this idiot for?", Francis said: "He's a fan of AlunaGeorge, we don't discriminate, music is for everyone. Don't be mean", adding: "We have nearly finished our next album, which is entirely our own, a little help from our dear friend Diplo on one track, which we love and are excited about".

And that's that. If anyone wants more and still more Diplo, the Mad Decent boss gave away a nine track pack of free bootlegs earlier this week, to celebrate one million 'likes' on his Facebook page. 'DL' the pack at this link.

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'Bleak' Morrissey biopic a possibility
As you and I know, Morrissey is big business right now, 'Autobiography' and forthcoming album and all. And it looks like filmmakers Mark Gill Orian Williams, who did the Joy Division biopic 'Control', are going to capitalise on the Moz-boom and a big old Morrissey movie, titled 'Steven' (aka Moz's first name).

According to The Hollywood Reporter (via fan-site Morrissey-solo), it's going to zoom in on mini-Morrissey's early life, pre-The Smiths, "growing up in bleak Manchester, England, and his triumph over an alienated childhood to become the cult star he is today".

And, says director Mark Gill: "It's as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees, but I cant deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester".

Whilst the film is so far unauthorised, which is to say Moz hasn't given it his approval, the plan is to start shooting it at the close of the year. So watch this Morrissey-shaped space. Or this clip of a fan knocking him over.

Release Round-Up: King Creosote, Braid, Kitty, Flying Lotus and Trim
Today's 'politically and socially topical pop goings-on' is that King Creosote, aka Kenny Creosote, will on 21 Jul release 'From Scotland With Love', his original, eleven song score to a film of the same name. A 'visual narrative' comprised by filmmaker Virginia Heath from archival clips, it lights on themes like "love and loss, war, resistance, emigration and work and play", and will coincide with Scotland's hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. And I guess it's pretty timely given the imminent vote on Scottish independence too.

King Creosote and his band will also accompany a screening of the film at the Barbican in London on 27 Sep. This is its trailer.

Illinois emo kids Braid are back, y'all, and will release 'No Coast', their first LP in sixteen years, on 7 Jul. Head over to hear lead track 'Bang', which kind of sounds like it's been frozen in time since the mid-1990s, at the scene of its premiere, NPR.

Kitty, aka 'post-internet' rap girl Kitty Pryde, has released a new track titled '☆:*・°☆:* emob0unce °☆.*・°☆' (with emojis) - or 'emob0unce' (if emoji-free). It's the first inkling of Kitty's new five-bit EP, 'Impatiens', which arrives digitally next week.

Stream 'emob0unce' after a quick-ish 'Impatiens' intro from Kitty, who writes (sans caps): "Impatiens are flowers that bloom in summer, and when the first frost comes they shrivel into nothing until the summer comes again. even though their lives are short, they can grow to be seven feet tall. there are hundreds of species, all of them bitter and toxic and beautiful in bloom. these are the impatiens that grew in me last summer and i can't believe i felt any of this dumb shit and i REALLY can't believe i bothered writing all of them down (i was bitter and im still toxic). but they were beautiful in bloom, so once they shriveled into nothing i turned them into 5 silly songs 4 u".

Bass soundboardist Flying Lotus is still stuck on his last LP, 2012's 'Until The Quiet Comes', and has come out with a panoramic promo for one of its songs, the Laura Darlington-featuring 'Phantasm'. It's a breathtaking clip, and extraterrestrial as it is, it was in fact shot in New Zealand by director Markus Hofko. Eyeball it here.

Now for a parting shot from London grime MC Trim, real name Javan St Prix, who's given a glimpse into his long, long-anticipated first solo LP 'Crisis' via new single 'Vending Machine'.

Check its video here.

Metallica announced as final Glastonbury headliner
Metallica have been announced as the third and final headliner of this year's Glastonbury Festival.

In an interview published on the Glastonbury website, Michael Eavis refuted a suggestion that the metal band were a strange booking for the festival, saying: "Do you think so? Metallica are one of the most popular bands in the world! And they really are a phenomenal live act. This a band that can sell out stadiums in pretty much every country on the planet. From Newlyn to Newcastle on my travels, all through the years, people keen asking me, 'When are Metallica going to play?' There's a huge swathe of people who love Metallica to bits and just think they're absolutely amazing. They're worthy headliners!"

Meanwhile, drummer Lars Ulrich told The Guardian: "The one thing we've figured out along the way is that Metallica have a tendency to get some fairly strong opinions out of people - which is a great thing, because nobody seems to just be neutral and dismissive. Everybody's always got an opinion about what we do, or what we're playing, or what we had for breakfast, or whatever. That's something you find the good in, because it means that people care. And it's better to have people care than not have anybody care. So we'll find the good in all of it, thank you very much for asking!"

Metallica will close the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night, with Arcade Fire and Kasabian taking the Friday and Sunday respectively.

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Capital FM Summertime Ball adds Pharrell, Cheryl and Little Mix
'You came in like a Capital Summertime Ball', as the Miley line goes. And hey, here's a thing, she (Miley), AND Pharrell, Cheryl, Calvin, Enrique, Ed, Rita, David (Guetta), Little (Mix) AND The (Vamps) have signed on to play a rainbow of pliant pop hits at this year's Capital Summertime Ball.

That lot, plus pop big shots Ellie Goulding, Jessie J Union J, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont and 5 Seconds Of Summer, will take over Wembley Stadium, all day, on 21 Jun.

Tickets are on sale now on capitalfm.com

Chuck Berry wins Polar Music Prize
Grandaddy-of-rock-n-roll Chuck Berry has been confirmed as a recipient of the 2014 Polar Music Prize, the lifetime achievement-style award given annually by the Royal Swedish Academy Of Music. Berry and this year's other Polar Music Prize Laureate, American opera and theatre director Peter Sellars, will accept their awards (and £100,000 each in winnings) at a ceremony in Stockholm on 26 Aug.

Past Laureates include Pink Floyd, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles and Sir Paul McCartney, who won the inaugural Prize in 1989.

Berry's citation reads: "Chuck Berry was the rock n roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music. Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last sixty years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run".

CMU Beef Of The Week #205: Misfit v Misfit
Now, you know we love a good lawsuit here at CMU, but there's nothing like the joy of punks suing punks. So it was nice to see former Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig suing the last remaining original member, bassist Jerry Only.

The dispute has arisen over Only's licensing deals for merch featuring the band's distinctive Fiend Skull logo. If you want to know why Danzig is annoyed, you could have a look through the merch on offer from one licensee, Hot Topic, yourself, or even skip over to Noisey's round-up of some of the worst items available overall. Or, if you're pushed for time, you could just read these three words: Misfits Ugg boots.

However, Danzig's big grip is that Only has apparently forced companies to agree that if they're dealing with him, then they can't even talk to Danzig. According to Billboard, Danzig's claim states that Only "has prevented and continues to prevent other retailers, including Hot Topic, which is the largest retailer of the Misfits products, from entering into licenses with Danzig and/or his designee to merchandise products bearing the Fiend Skull and other marks by falsely instructing the merchandisers that he is the exclusive owner of the marks".

He doesn't just want Only to stop shooting his mouth off like this though, he also wants $75,000 plus interest to tide him over until an accountant can get in and work out exactly how much he's owed.

Although Only and his brother Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (these are all pseudonyms, by the way) retained the rights to continue using the Misfits name when the band split in 1983, Danzig says that he is definitely entitled to a cut of money because "the vast majority of the Misfits fans associate the marks with the 1977-1983 classic Misfits era when Danzig was the creative heart of the Misfits, and not with [Only's] imitation Misfits".

Jerry Only does not agree. Which makes it all the more fun. In a statement to Alt Press, he said: "In 1995, Misfits founding member Jerry Only secured the exclusive legal right to tour and record as The Misfits, and, in accordance with those legal rights, launched a licensing program through Cyclopian Music. At the same time, Glenn Anzalone - professionally known as Glenn Danzig (former co-founder and Misfits vocalist circa 1977 to 1983) - made clear that he wanted no public association with the Misfits or Cyclopian Music's business endeavors".

OK, that's a bit dry, but he continues to say that "Danzig's lawsuit can only be described as a sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations".

Glenn Danzig having sour grapes tantrum. Here's a picture of what that might look like.

Only goes on to suggest a reason for the tantrum too, saying: "Apparently Danzig's own product line doesn't sell as well as he might like".

The statement concludes: "To be clear, Glenn Danzig has no legal right to, and no interest in, Cyclopian's Misfits licenses or business ventures period. Danzig's lawsuit is nothing more than a calculated attempt to unfairly and improperly enrich himself from revenue streams to which he is not entitled".

Did I mention that the Ugg boots have a purple ribbon on them? Who wouldn't want a slice of that pie?

 
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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.

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