An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 14 May 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: With Michael Jackson's posthumous commercial affairs still in rude health with the recent release of the 'Xscape' album, the late king of pop's legal woes also continue. Possibly because the former is generating a pile of cash for potential litigants to go after. According to the Daily Beast a new sealed lawsuit has been filed alleging sexual molestation of a minor by the popstar. It's thought that this time it is... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: In 'real life', whatever that means post-'The Matrix', Princess Nokia is tri-state-based rapper and singer Destiny Frasqueri. And additionally, on early 2012 single 'Bitch I'm Posh' and 'Puerto Rican Judo', an atypically lite interval in hip hop trio Ratking's grimy first LP, 'So It Goes', she's Wavy Spice. And, in fact, while I'm at it, she's fiancés with Ratking MC Wiki, and gets pretty NSFW with him in the clip for... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES New molestation lawsuit for Jackson Estate, but former manager fails to reopen commissions claim case
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LEGAL Joan Jett drops trademark lawsuit against US retailer Hot Topic
Gregg Allman reaches settlement with filmmakers
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DEALS Ezra Vine signs to Parlophone
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Insomniac Events partners with Interscope on EDM label
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify offered to buy Last.fm, says Music Ally
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THE GREAT ESCAPE How does US dominance affect our ability to combat music misogyny in the UK?
Reality checks about the limits of Facebook shared in TGE's Building A Fan Business
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Speakers announced for SF MusicTech Summit
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ARTIST NEWS The National's Mistaken For Strangers film to show in British cinemas
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Osfest postponed until August due to low ticket sales
La Roux announces album and tour
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: DJ Snoopadelic, Beirut, Tom Vek, First Aid Kit, Freddie Gibbs and Nagoya Fest
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AWARDS Parliamentary Jazz Awards winners announced
Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards awarded
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AND FINALLY... Ricky Wilson CBA to go back on The Voice
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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL SALES MANAGER
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ALPHA MUSIC PUBLISHING UK LTD - ROYALTY AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
We are a small but very established French music publisher looking for a French-speaking Royalty And Administration Manager for our London office.

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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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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - WEBSITE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
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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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New molestation lawsuit for Jackson Estate, but former manager fails to reopen commissions claim case
With Michael Jackson's posthumous commercial affairs still in rude health with the recent release of the 'Xscape' album, the late king of pop's legal woes also continue. Possibly because the former is generating a pile of cash for potential litigants to go after.

According to the Daily Beast, a new sealed lawsuit has been filed alleging sexual molestation of a minor by the popstar. It's thought that this time it is a man called James Safechuck who has made claims against the late singer. Safechuck was a child when he met Jackson on the set of a 1987 Pepsi commercial, and he now reportedly claims that the singer sexually abused him up at the time, and up to his fifteenth birthday.

Safechuck's litigation joins that of choreographer Wade Robson, whose previously reported lawsuit making similar claims is currently going through the motions. Both are seeking damages from the Jackson Estate.

But, as with the Robson case, the Estate strongly refutes the new allegations. Its lawyer Howard Weitzman has told TMZ that Safechuck has denied many times over the past 25 years that Jackson ever did anything inappropriate to him ... but is "now demanding money from Michael's Estate by claiming he suddenly recalls life differently. We believe these false and scurrilous allegations will not prevail".

Elsewhere in Jackson legal shenanigans, a former publicist and manager of the singer has failed in her appeal relating to a legal claim for allegedly unpaid fees. Raymone Bain, who actually began legal proceedings against Jackson shortly before his death, claims she was never paid commissions on contracts she helped secure for the singer in the years immediately before his passing. Her agreement with the singer, Bain says, promised her 10% of any income.

Though Bain's agreements with Jackson, and the dates of her being in his employ, have been disputed, hindering the financial claims. The former manager returned to court recently with a new letter from Jackson that had been mixed up with files relating to a real estate deal the singer was considering prior to his death, which, Bain said, proved her account of her business relationship with the pop star. But, according to Billboard, a US appeal court refused to reopen the case based on the letter because of an assortment of legal technicalities.

Joan Jett drops trademark lawsuit against US retailer Hot Topic
Joan Jett has reached a settlement with US clothing retailer Hot Topic over the allegedly unauthorised use of her label Blackheart Records' logo on a line of lingerie, reports Law360.

According to Jett's complaint, filed last June, Hot Topic had legitimately distributed products made by Blackheart itself for more than a decade, but then started using the company's logo on its own range of underwear without permission. This, said Jett, constituted false advertising, unfair competition and was an attempt to trade of the "substantial goodwill associated" towards the record label.

Hot Topic said in response at the time that it had compensated Jett "with mutually agreed-upon license agreements for the sale of t-shirts featuring her image", arguing that Jett had actually given up her trademark on the logo anyway.

However, this week it was announced that both sides have agreed to end legal proceedings. Exact details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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Gregg Allman reaches settlement with filmmakers
Gregg Allman has agreed to drop his lawsuit against a production company making a film of his life after reaching an out of court settlement, it was announced yesterday.

As previously reported, Allman attempted to halt production of 'Midnight Rider' following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones during filming. Film company Unclaimed Freight Productions initially stopped filming after the incident voluntarily, in part because of the departure of lead actor William Hurt. However, plans were in place to begin again in June.

Allman initially appealed to director Randall Miller to stop making the film, but when this was unsuccessful went the legal route instead, claiming that Unclaimed Freight had defaulted on its agreement to turn his life story into a film.

Details of the settlement reached by the two sides have not been disclosed as yet.

Ezra Vine signs to Parlophone
Singer-songwriter Ezra Vine has signed a deal with Parlophone. He's from New Zealand by the way, so please have your opinion piece about him being the 'new Lorde' on my desk by 4pm. Thanks.

Vine's co-manager Matt Coleman told A&R Worldwide: "Ezra Vine signed the global deal out of London, England with Parlophone's Nathan Thompson and Harry Lloyd Jones; both of whom spearheaded the signing. They initially discovered the band on the New Zealand charts last year".

With the label deal now in place, a decision on which of a number of publishing deals on the table to take is apparently almost ready to be made.

Have a listen to his 2013 single 'Celeste' right now.

Insomniac Events partners with Interscope on EDM label
The CEO of US live music firm Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella, has partnered with Universal's Interscope on a new EDM label, Insomniac Records.

Insomniac Events is already one of the largest companies in the US EDM field, running a number of festivals, amongst them the Electric Daisy Carnival franchise, and several nightclubs. The company last year formed an alliance with Live Nation.

On his new label venture, Rotella told Billboard: "We formed Insomniac Records because we saw the need for a label that fosters the unique talents of dance music artists while also giving them a powerful platform to share their music with fans around the world. The Interscope team has an unparalleled track record of success and I believe that with our combined efforts, Insomniac Records will launch the careers of undiscovered artists while also attracting established producers, allowing them to create music that the fans will love".

The first signing to Insomniac Records is producer Arty, who will release an album later this year. Yesterday he posted a clip of his first single for the label, which you can listen to here.

Spotify offered to buy Last.fm, says Music Ally
Spotify was in talks to buy Last.fm before purchasing The Echo Nest earlier this year, according to sources who spoke to Music Ally.

Exactly who broached the possibility of a sale - Spotify itself, or Last.fm parent company CBS - is not clear, but it seems that the asking price was deemed to be too high. Spotify is thought to have paid around $100 million for The Echo Nest.

One source told Music Ally: "There was an acquisition offer. It was certainly put on the block, [but] I don't think Spotify came up with enough money. It was a low-ball offer".

As previously reported, Spotify acquired metadata company The Echo Nest in March, stating that its aim was to improve user experience and discovery on the streaming service by bringing the two businesses together. However, in doing so, other streaming services have ditched The Echo Nest as a data partner, notably Rdio and Rhapsody.

In other Spotify news, after much delay, Spotify has now launched in Brazil. The company initially announced that it would go live in the country last September, but this was delayed by negotiations with local labels. According to ZDNet, the service is currently available on an invite-only basis.

This follows the announcement of a partnership between Rdio and Brazilian media firm Grupo Bandeirantes last month, with a view to expanding usage of that service in the country.

How does US dominance affect our ability to combat music misogyny in the UK?
Following discussion of how the UK music industry could adapt to improve its representation of women, in the second part of the pop misogyny strand at The Great Escape last weekend, the focus shifted to the US.

Because while there is a lot that could be done on a practical level to address how women are represented by and certainly within the music industry, given that the tracks and performances that caused most controversy this year mainly came from the US industry, what impact can we have without involving artists and labels from the States? Did the controversy over 'Blurred Lines' even register in America, and is there any movement towards change?

Chaired by John Robb, the panel featured four representatives of the US music industry, Adam Lewis of Planetary Group, Friendly Fire Recordings' Dan Koplowitz, B3SCI's Mike Clemenza and Atlantic Records A&R Mollie Moore.

"It's not a big deal at all in America", said Moore of whether or not the debate over 'Blurred Lines' had registered in the US. "And I think it's pretty sad that that wasn't a discussion. I agree that there's a problem with the way pop represents women, and this is something that should be discussed. But I think at this point, it's going to take a big artist or a senior manager - someone like Irving Azoff - to initiate the debate, to almost do a PR campaign about it: 'I'm game changing right now. This is why, and this is how'. Someone like Beyonce also has that power, if she wanted to do it".

Does the US industry have a bigger responsibility than anywhere else, asked Robb. "I think so, 100%", said Moore. "But I don't think that this is something people talk about at all in America. Everyone's just trying to [sell more records] right now, and that's not easy. So I don't feel like there's any attempt to address this problem. I do try to have those conversations, because I care about this, but I'm one of the only girls in that part of the game".

Lewis and Clemenza agreed that the 'Blurred Lines' debate had not really taken off in the US like it had over here. Though Koplowitz disagreed: "I feel this debate has been had in the US. For a while every time I went on Facebook all I saw was new blog posts about this issue".

He went on: "Though one of my fears is, by talking about [the controversies] so much, are we actually addressing the issue? I think we do have a responsibility to criticise [artists who maybe send out a bad message], but I think we're only doing half our job if we don't offer up alternatives too. If all we're doing is talking about Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus, are we doing a disservice to the people who are fighting the good fight? I think you have to lead by example".

On the question of whether the UK was beholden to the US, he went on: "Our cultural industries mirror each other and play off each other, and I don't think either of us has a monopoly on misogynist behaviour. I think we have to vote with your dollars. No one of us can stop these videos from being made, but what we can do is shift the conversation and go watch other videos and see other artists live. Any one of us has that limited power".

In the UK stage of the debate, while most of the panellists felt there were issues to address here, everyone was nervous of actually telling artists and songwriters what they could do or say, because no one wants censorship. Though interestingly Moore - although convinced a big player was needed to truly bring about change in the US - did think that A&Rs like herself could help by challenging certain lyrics. Because simply raising concerns doesn't have to be interference or censorship.

"In A&R there aren't many of women", she said, echoing a point made by her UK counterparts. "So I absolutely feel a responsibly. I try to have conversations with publishers and talk about it. This is our responsibility. [We] work with songwriters who are cracking out these songs, but it's easy to change one line. It's easy to change a lyric, and it matters. It really, really matters. I feel like generally there's a lot of support for [those one-on-one conversations], but there's isn't a voice on a higher up level right now, and that would be amazing".

However, getting that big name voice to take a stand could be difficult, said Koplowitz: "On the level of major label pop music, it does always come down to dollars. If the landscape changed tomorrow, and you could make more money from someone dressed as a nun, that's what you'd be seeing. It's not a defence, but that's the world we live in".

Listen to the debate in full here.

Read part one of the debate here. Tomorrow we'll be looking further at videos both in music and in a wider cultural sense.

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Reality checks about the limits of Facebook shared in TGE's Building A Fan Business
Absolute Marketing & Distribution's Head Of Digital Adam Cardew provided a reality check for artists and managers obsessed by top level Facebook stats as part of the Building A Fan Business strand at The Great Escape last week, while confirming the importance of the email address when commercialising the fan relationship.

Asked by CMU's Sam Taylor whether top level social media stats - numbers of Facebook fans and Twitter followers - were important, Cardew said: "Not to us. They might be to the artist, and they used to be to radio and TV, but increasingly - and thankfully - media like Radio 1 are also moving away from looking at Facebook fans and YouTube views when looking for stats to help inform playlisting decisions".

He went on: "In real terms the top level figures aren't that important. Sometimes you have artists with 100,000 fans on Facebook, and they'll release a product and not get many sales and say 'what went wrong'. But the fact is they haven't engaged with those fans".

Though even if an artist is doing Facebook well, it's important to remember the limits of fan relationships via that platform, especially when it comes to driving commercial transactions. "On Facebook very few people want to click on an iTunes link", he said.

"When artists think about posting an iTunes or Amazon link, they post it on their page and see it in the context of all the other posts they've made about their latest content or project. But their fans are seeing it in a news feed where it is competing with lots of other noise - above it there might be photo of a cat, below it a post about a pregnancy or new baby or something, so your iTunes link is competing against a lot of other ideas; and it won't get clicked on in that environment".

Cardew said that even when you pay Facebook to ensure your post is in front of all of your fans on the network, you'll likely see only a 1-2% click-through rate on a sales-based post, which compared to the impact similar messages have via email is "miniscule". "So we don't plough a lot of money into pushing out that kind of post. Facebook advertising is good for awareness building, but when converting to sales, focus on email".

You can listen to Adam's full conversation with Sam here.

Speakers announced for SF MusicTech Summit
The fifteenth SF MusicTech Summit is due to take place in San Francisco later this month, and the programme of musicians due to speak at the event has just been announced. Amongst them are Gang Of Four's Dave Allen (also Beats Music's Artist Advocate, of course), Universal-signed Vine stars Us, prolific session drummer Elmo Lovano, singer-songwriter and blogger Ari Herstand, and Magik*Magik Orchestra artistic director Minna Choi.

SF MusicTech Summit Communications Director Patti Silverman told CMU: "Anyone coming out to our fifteenth Summit on 20 May can expect tons of opportunities to network, learn and do business. We'll be showcasing exciting new music tech companies, along with an incredible line-up of speakers including: Us The Duo, Dave Allen of Beats, Robert Schwartzman, Mate Galic of Native Instruments and Zack O' Malley Greenburg of Forbes".

She went on: "But what really sets the SF MusicTech Summit apart from other music/tech events, is our dedication to building a community beyond a single day event. Our team is available to connect folks, offer advice and share opportunities year round".

The event takes place at Hotel Kabuki in San Fransisco on 20 May. More information here.

  Approved: Princess Nokia
In 'real life', whatever that means post-'The Matrix', Princess Nokia is tri-state-based rapper and singer Destiny Frasqueri. And additionally, on early 2012 single 'Bitch I'm Posh' and 'Puerto Rican Judo', an atypically lite interval in hip hop trio Ratking's grimy first LP, 'So It Goes', she's Wavy Spice.

And, in fact, while I'm at it, she's fiancés with Ratking MC Wiki, and gets pretty NSFW with him in the clip for 'Dragons'. Which, since that's a track off her new mixtape as Princess Nokia, 'Metallic Butterfly', I guess brings us back to that.

Following on from a caustic bit-part on Mykki Blanco's slick rap disdain-athon for 'basic bitches', 'Wish You Would', Frasqueri dials back the bad gal schtick a (tiny) bit on 'Metallic Butterfly', a collaboration with NY producer OWWWLS.

Her first real body of solo work (so give it a break), it foams over with a misc fizz of beats, motifs and Manga TV clips, splicing the trip-hoppy mysticism of 'Seraphims' with 'Matrix'-hacking html pop coda 'Cybiko' and tribal trap mantra 'YaYa'. Then there's petrifying mind-freeze 'Felicity Island', which is... well, it isn't the best bedtime song.

Anyway, like I said, give it a chance. Here.
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The National's Mistaken For Strangers film to show in British cinemas
The National's acclaimed real-life road movie, 'Mistaken For Strangers', is going to be shown in select UK and Irish cinemas on 14 Jun, the band's label 4AD has confirmed.

First seen last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, it'll premiere over here via a series of special screenings (special in that they'll feature a live satellite Q&A with the film's maker, Tom Berninger, and his older brother Matt, who fronts The National) on 14 Jun, before going on general cinema release on 27 Jun.

It's billed as "an amazingly intimate and spirited film that not only follows a band in their ascent but also delves into the joys and struggles of brotherhood", and came about after Tom Berninger was asked to join The National on tour as a roadie and opted to shoot it, honing in on his relationship with Matt.

See the trailer here.

Osfest postponed until August due to low ticket sales
Osfest, the Shropshire-bred pop fest, which was meant to take place this coming bank holiday weekend, has now been moved back to 9-10 Aug. Apparently, the Wiley and Union J headlined event wasn't selling enough tickets, which organisers have linked to the fact that late-May is the height of exam-time for the festival's target ticket-buyers, who are mainly students.

Apologising for changing its dates at this late notice, Osfest MD Mike Scott has also cited increased rivalry from other festivals, "most notably BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend", moving to the bank holiday, which makes booking acts harder.

Promising a "bigger and better" festival than ever this year, he adds: "And of course let's not forget the good old British weather. Last year was an exception but the three previous years were pretty miserable. An August date should bring warmer and drier weather. All round a move to early August makes sense".

All tickets paid for already remain valid for the new event, which features Neon Jungle, Conor Maynard, Elyar Fox, Foxes and Nina Nesbitt, with additional acts still TBA.

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La Roux announces album and tour
La Roux's eponymous debut, 'La Roux', was just so good, wasn't it? Mmmhmm, it sure was. And now, following a gap of only, oh, FIVE YEARS, the new LP from synthpop lady Elly Jackson, who it seems is now totally solo, having split with one-time conspirator Ben Langmaid, is finally on the horizon.

The nine tracks on 'Trouble In Paradise', as it's titled, are all written and part-played by Jackson, with co-production from Ian Sherwin, who was credited as an engineer on 2008's 'La Roux' LP.

Also of note La Roux-wise is a live launch party at London's Conway Hall, on 1 Jul, and a just-listed tour, which starts at Glasgow's ABC on 5 Nov, and winds on until its culmination at Manchester's Ritz on 16 Nov.

Click here to see the dates in between, listen to lead single 'Let Me Down Gently' ahead of its big 7 Jul release here, and check the new LP's tracklisting here:

Uptight Downtown
Kiss and Not Tell
Cruel Sexuality
Paradise Is You
Sexotheque
Tropical Chancer
Silent Partner
Let Me Down Gently
The Feeling

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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: DJ Snoopadelic, Beirut, Tom Vek, First Aid Kit, Freddie Gibbs and Nagoya Fest
Snoop Lion/Dogg, who's on a 'tekno' hype at the moment, will play a series of sets as DJ Snoopadelic, his dance alias circa 2012, later this year.

The four nicely-spaced club dates, which follow on from a Snoop Dogg/Lion show at London's Brixton Academy, are at Birmingham's Gatecrasher (5 Jun), Control in Leeds (7 Jun), the Tup Tup Palace in Newcastle (9 Jun), and the Cardiff-based DC (12 Jun). Peace.

On to Beirut-themed gig news, Zach Condon and band have announced a rare headline date at the Albert Hall in Manchester. It's on 14 Aug, and will be Beirut's only UK appearance this year, aside from a slot at this year's Green Man festival. Or at least, it is at the minute. Hurry up and buy tickets from this Friday until they're all gone, via this link.

Tom Vek has tacked a new list of shows - ten in total - to his calendar, and all. The first is on 3 Oct, at the Falmouth Pavilions, and the last is at Koko in London on 15 Oct. Buy into the shows, which go to add a bit of promotional shine to Tom's forthcoming album 'Luck', from this coming Friday.

Now it's over to sister-sister folk salvos First Aid Kit, who've this week piled a heap of new dates on their site behind their new LP, 'Stay Gold', which is released on 9 Jun. Check the band's updated tour listings, which now feature shows in mid-September in Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester, Bristol and London, here, and appraise the brand new clip for lead 'Stay Gold' single 'My Silver Lining' here.

Next, hip hopper MC Freddie Gibbs is flying over on a British sightseeing trip soon-ish, visiting Glasgow's ABC 2 on 30 Aug on the first stop in a five-date tour of the UK. Gibbs' motivation is doing so is twofold, since he has two feature-heavy LPs, Madlib collaboration 'Pinata', and his and DJ Fresh's impending project 'The Tonite Show', to push. You'll find the full listings, if you're curious, on this page, and the video for Freddie and Madlib's 'Pinata' track 'Thuggin' right here.

Finally, and saving the best for last, a trio of DIY J-pop bands - Cecile Tiger Again, No Cars and Kero Kero Bonito - who'll play a super-cute split bill as part of this year's Nagoya Fest. An all-night - well, 7-10.30pm - dance party (the likes of which are banned in Japan at the moment, though soon might not be) so named because all the acts, and stand-up Yuriko Kotani, are native to the Japanese city of Nagoya, it's this Saturday (17 May) at The Pipeline in London.

Get details and tickets to the event here, and see Cecile Tiger Again singing their hit, 'Shonen Ramones', here.

Parliamentary Jazz Awards winners announced
The winners have been announced for this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group's annual show of its appreciation of jazz.

APPJAG co-Chair Michael Connarty MP told CMU: "The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is one way MPs and peers of all political parties aim to support British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in this country. The star studded names of this year's winners speak for themselves".

Fran Nevrkla, Chair of awards sponsor PPL, added: "I would like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to Michael Connarty MP and to Lord Colwyn for doing such a fantastic job in co-chairing and running APPJAG as well as my thanks to Bob Blizzard. I would also like to thank all the judges for their time and welcome Jon Newey, the Awards' presenter. These Jazz Awards remain a special night for Parliament, the jazz community and award recipients as well as for PPL and the music industry generally".

And here are those winners:

Jazz Vocalist Of The Year: Christine Tobin
Jazz Instrumentalist Of The Year: Arun Ghosh
Jazz Ensemble Of The Year: Beats & Pieces Big Band
Jazz Newcomer Of The Year: Phil Meadows
Jazz Album Of The Year: Troykestra - Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival

Jazz Venue Of The Year: EFG London Jazz Festival
Jazz Media Award: Jamie Cullum
Jazz Education Award: Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective

Services To Jazz Award: David Redfern
Special APPJAG Award: Chris Barber

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Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards awarded
The Royal Philharmonic Society handed out its annual cache of awards for all things good in classical music last might.

Hosted by BBC Radio 3's Petroc Trelawny and Sara Mohr-Pietsch at London's Dorchester Hotel, amongst the winners were conductor Daniel Barenboim and five-time winner Harrison Birtwistle. The Southbank Centre also took away a prize for it's the Rest Is Noise festival.

Innovation in the genre was recognised as well, with Touch Press taking home the Creative Communication award for its range of classical iPad apps.

Speaking at the event, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly said: "I often feel that classical music is underrated in this country, and whilst celebrating the success of a wonderful year, I think we should not be blasé. We need to say, loud and clear, that music matters, shout loudly about outstanding talent, great concerts, inspirational opportunities to participate in music - show how it makes a difference - and understand that inertia and complacency can be every bit as detrimental to culture as a challenging economic climate".

Here are the winners in full:

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Singer: Joyce DiDonato
Instrumentalist: Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Young Artist: Igor Levit

Large-Scale Composition: George Benjamin
Chamber-Scale Composition: Harrison Birtwistle
Opera and Music Theatre: Welsh National Opera
Chamber Music and Song: Champs Hill

Learning and Participation: Glyndebourne - Imago
Audiences and Engagement: Britten-Pears Foundation - Britten100
Concerts Series and Festivals: Southbank Centre - The Rest is Noise
Creative Communication: Touch Press

RPS Gold Medal: John Tomlinson

Ricky Wilson has "no reason" to go back on The Voice
Kaiser Chief and TV 'Voice' coach Ricky Wilson has shocked and disappointed his fans, and fans of the BBC's most-watched (and only) blind-baked singing franchise, by saying he has "no reason" to go back on the show for its so-far-coachless 2015 series.

In fairness, his motive for going on 'The Voice' in the first place was to shift copies of his band's latest LP, 'Education, Education, Education & War'. And that came out in March, charting at number one in the UK, so I guess his plan worked. I bet The Beeb feels so cheap and exploited right now.

Even still, with that number one achieved, I can think of several reasons it'd be a great idea to stay with the show: like the free press, the pay, the natty swivel seats, and getting to chill with Will.i.am (maybe, if he opts in on the new series) on a weekly basis!

Oh, right.

And this is what Rick, sounding so SO SOOOOOO profoundly bored with the whole thing, said via the NME over the weekend: "We decided to do it for a very good reason and that's because we had an album we didn't want to go unnoticed. If I did it again I'd have to have a good reason and at the moment, there isn't a good reason. That's the truth".

Okay, so Ricky Wilson has lost the will to trade off his 'indie' cred live on TV in order to promote his band and make loads of cash. What is the world coming to? No really, I'm asking.

This is a photo of Ricky wearing a pirate's eye patch, which he had to wear following a 'minor incident' involving some fairground bumper cars, to look at while you think it over.

 
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