An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 4 Jun 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The independent label community will today step up its campaign against the big bad YouTubes by calling on the European Union to intervene. As previously reported, last month indie label trade bodies the world over issued statements criticising the way the Google-owned company is negotiating with the record companies in a bid to launch its much mooted and rather delayed audio streaming... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Greg Gives Peter Space finds Berlin-based Brit Greg Haines trading collaborative space (and time) with his long distance trans-Atlantic parallel Peter Broderick. The pair have, via digital means and air miles, made a six-track mini LP, also titled 'Greg Gives Peter Space', which they're releasing via Erased Tapes on 16 Jun. It's a real layer cake of tastes and tones, scaling the pair's shared love for salt-of-the... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Indie labels to ask EC to intervene in YouTube dispute
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LEGAL Labels back movie studios in call for Dotcom's assets to stay frozen
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DEALS Leona Lewis signs to Island
Ciaran Gribbin signs to Polar Patrol
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS ASCAP and BMI consent decrees up for review after Pandora pull stalled
Morrissey is still signed to Warner/Chappell
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES SoundCloud opens big new NYC office
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MEDIA Phil Alexander named editor-in-chief of Q
New German media player acquires Musicwoche
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Ticketmaster announces scholarship on Henley's music MBA
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ARTIST NEWS Gwar's Dave Brockie died of heroin overdose
Wilko Johnson making 'excellent progress' following cancer operation
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Mastodon, Angel Haze, Eaux, Godflesh and The Ting Tings
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Transgressive plans anniversary party with Mystery Jets, Marika Hackman and Johnny Flynn
Nick Zinner to deliver 41 Strings live with Romy xx, Savages and Brian Chase
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AND FINALLY... Glastonbury asked to ditch Metallica over bear killing
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Indie labels to ask EC to intervene in YouTube dispute
The independent label community will today step up its campaign against the big bad YouTubes by calling on the European Union to intervene.

As previously reported, last month indie label trade bodies the world over issued statements criticising the way the Google-owned company is negotiating with the record companies in a bid to launch its much mooted and rather delayed audio streaming service, a Spotify competitor that will sit alongside YouTube's vast music video catalogue.

The royalty rates paid by YouTube when music videos are streamed on its site were already becoming contentious in the music industry, as the audio streaming services which pay higher rates started to stress that the free-to-view video site was hindering their attempts to woo more mainstream consumers. The rates subsequently offered for YouTube audio were similarly criticised once they were on the table.

And while it's thought that Google has managed to negotiate deals with the three majors for its planned audio service, the independents have said that they have been offered "highly unfavourable terms". Though it's not actually the unfavourable terms that have angered the indies so much, it's the alleged threat by YouTube that if the labels refuse to sign up, all of their content on the Google site could be blocked.

Some have suggested that a threat of that kind could constitute an abuse by Google of YouTube's near monopoly in the video streaming domain to give the firm an unfair advantage in the audio space, which is possibly why indie labels in Europe reckon there is now a case for the European Commission to investigate.

The board of pan-European indie label trade body IMPALA, which has quite a bit of experience in negotiating European competition law, usually in the context of merging major record companies, met during the Primavera festival in Barcelona last weekend and formally decided to make a complaint to EC officials about YouTube's negotiating tactics.

Later today reps from IMPALA, its UK affiliate AIM, and the Featured Artists Coalition - which is also backing the call for EC action - will stage a press conference in London outlining their plan of action.

Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, said last night: "YouTube is behaving like a dinosaur, attempting to censor what it doesn't like. This is completely out of sync in Europe where the EC has systematically insisted that European citizens should be able to access the cultural diversity and choice they demand. Europe has already had to take a tough line with Google on issues such as search and privacy. Prompt intervention with YouTube must be the next step".

Meanwhile AIM chief Alison Wenham, who also heads up the Worldwide Independent Network, added: "We will start this process in Europe with IMPALA referring YouTube to the EC for urgent regulatory action, which will be the first step in a global campaign. Our fellow trade associations around the world, representing tens of thousands of independent companies, also take issue with the actions of YouTube towards the most creative sector in the music industry. We must therefore do everything we can to protect the independent sector from the actions of one very powerful company, which seeks to railroad content owners, and by association their artists, into unfair and unjust contracts while threatening to block access to their platform".

Speaking for the FAC, one of its co-Chairs, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, added: "Indie artists and labels are at the cutting edge of the future of music. To restrict them in this way is to risk creating an internet just for the superstars and big businesses. Without the innovation and risk-taking of the indie sector we lose a vital ingredient in pushing us all forward".

Representing the artist community at today's press conference will be Billy Bragg, who said: "YouTube are shooting themselves in the foot with their attempt to strong-arm independent labels into signing up to such low rates. They're in danger of launching a streaming service that lacks the innovative and cutting edge sounds that independent artists bring. Would music fans be willing to pay for such an inferior product? I don't think so".

Asked about the video site's ongoing fall out with the indie label community, a spokesman for YouTube told CMU yesterday: "YouTube provides a global platform for artists to connect with fans and generate revenue for their music. We have successful deals in place with hundreds of independent and major labels around the world, however we don't comment on ongoing negotiations".

Labels back movie studios in call for Dotcom's assets to stay frozen
The major record companies have joined the film studios in requesting that Kim Dotcom and MegaUpload's assets be frozen. Though they'd have to be unfrozen first. But that might happen, if the authorities in New Zealand and Hong Kong leave the asset freezer door open. Though if they do, the labels want the assets placed right back into a brand new freezer to be frozen anew.

As previously reported, both the music and movie industries in the US have filed civil litigation against Dotcom et al over their running of the now defunct MegaUpload, based on the allegation the digital transfer service deliberately enabled rampant copyright infringement. But Team Mega have asked for the civil actions to be postponed until after the incredibly slow-going criminal case against them, also centred on infringement allegations, has reached its conclusion.

The music and movie companies recognise the logic in that request, but are anxious that moves are afoot in both New Zealand and Hong Kong to return assets seized from Dotcom and MegaUpload when the US authorities shut down the digital platform in 2012. A New Zealand court has already refused to extend the order that allowed assets to be seized there, though the country's authorities are appealing that refusal.

The movie studios, and now the Sony, Universal and Warner record companies via the Recording Industry Association Of America, argue that if Team Mega get back their assets they may divert all the monies MegaUpload made offshore, putting the cash out of the reach of the US courts. Meaning that if the studios and labels were to succeed in their copyright litigation against Dotcom and co, they may never be able to collect any damages they may or may not be awarded. Hence the call to keep everything frozen.

According to 3 News, it was Dotcom's legal reps who confirmed in an Auckland court earlier today that the RIAA filed papers yesterday, seeking to keep their client's assets out of his reach. It's thought that the American music and movie companies want their applications to keep Dotcom's assets frozen heard before the 30 Jul hearing in which the New Zealand authorities will attempt to persuade an appeal judge that their original court order allowing MegaUpload assets to be taken should be extended.

Leona Lewis signs to Island
Leona Lewis has signed a new record deal with Universal/Island, having left Sony/Syco, the label she had been with since winning 'X-Factor' in 2006.

Lewis broke the news with these words: "After seven incredible years at Sony, I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to sign to perhaps the most iconic label of all, Island Records. To me Island has always been a label where artists can really flourish and are encouraged to express themselves. Island stands for quality music and signing with such a legendary label is really like a dream come true for me. I can't wait to start making music with my new team".

That's nice. What a shame she spent seven years with a label that doesn't allow artists to flourish or express themselves. That's what she was basically saying in that quote, right?

Anyway, chief flourish-allowerer at Island, Darcus Beese added these words: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Leona into the Island family. I've watched and admired Miss Lewis from afar, and witnessed her grow into one of this country's most formidable female artists, topping the UK and US charts, earning numerous BRIT and Grammy nominations, while remaining true to herself and her principles. And all the while maintaining a genuine down to earth appeal. Soon as the ink dries, it's on to the most exciting part of all, getting into the studio and making the record we know Leona has in her".

Well, that's nice, isn't it? Lewis's fourth or fifth album (depends if you count her Christmas record) will probably be out next year or something.

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Ciaran Gribbin signs to Polar Patrol
Singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin, who harks from Belfast but is based in Sydney, and who has written music for various popstars and numerous movies, and who spent a year fronting INXS of all things, has signed to Polar Patrol, the music publishing company set up by Snow Patrol.

The deal comes as one of Gribbin's songs is set to be performed by Al Pacino in a forthcoming movie, while the songwriter plans to put out new material in his own right later this year too. The publishing deal with Polar Patrol, which will be administered by Kobalt Music, covers the world with the exception of Australia and New Zealand.

Confirming the new signing to his band's publishing outfit, Snow Patrol's Jonny Quinn told CMU: "We are thrilled to have Ciaran signed to Polar as a songwriter. His skills, talent and international experience put him in an ideal place to co-write with and for a wide range of artists but equally he can competently write to brief for TV, ads and movies".

ASCAP and BMI consent decrees up for review after Pandora pull stalled
The anti-trust division of the US Department Of Justice has opened a review of the 'consent decrees' that govern the two main performing right societies for the American music publishing sector, ASCAP and BMI.

So called collective licensing, where large groups of copyright owners choose to licence their catalogues as one to certain groups of users in certain scenarios, is often convenient for both licensor and licensee, and copyright law therefore allows it. Though such licensing does throw up all sorts of competition law concerns, given that the copyright owners could be accused of creating a content monopoly by negotiating as one.

To that end, extra rules usually apply to collective licensing negotiations, such as those done for the UK music publishers by PRS For Music and the UK record labels by PPL, often with a mediator - a tribunal or court - empowered to intervene where a group of licensees can't agree terms with a specific collecting society.

In the US, ASCAP and BMI are governed in no small part by their 'consent decrees', which arguably put more restrictions on the two societies than many of their counterparts around the world. And those restrictions have caused problems for the big music publishers in recent months as they seek to revamp the way they work with digital services. And especially 'interactive radio services'. And especially especially Pandora.

While the record industry has, in the main, sought to licence most digital services directly rather than via its collecting societies (though, actually, in the US, separate copyright law forced the labels to licence Pandora through a society), the music publishers, whose collecting organisations are generally more prolific, started out licensing most digital platforms through the collective licensing system.

However, some of the bigger publishers have started to reconsider that approach, initially with the so called 'mechanical rights' (which cover any copying of songs), and more recently with the 'performing rights' (which cover the public performance of songs) too. It's the latter that ASCAP and BMI handle.

However, when the major publishers told Pandora that they would soon be withdrawing from the collective licensing system for its kind of service, necessitating the digital company to do direct (and more expensive) deals directly with the publishing firms, the copyright courts threw a rather large spanner in the works. They said that, under the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, publishers had to be all in or all out, they couldn't use their society to licence broadcast and public performance, but not interactive radio.

All of which has led to the US publishing sector calling for the limiting consent decrees to be rewritten, hence the DoJ's review. The government department has called on all interested parties, including songwriters, publishers and digital services, to submit their opinions on the decree documents, and how they should work in the digital age.

The review doesn't mean that the publishers will get their way, at all, and certainly not in the very near future, because such consultations can routinely take up to two years to complete. Though Billboard says some sources reckon that the DoJ is hoping to speed this one through, relatively speaking.

Either way, the US publishing sector has welcomed the review, with a spokesman for the biggest music publisher of them all, Sony/ATV, telling CMU: "In the current digital environment, it is crucial that ASCAP and BMI's outdated consent decrees are amended to reflect the realities of the current marketplace and emerging business models. We welcome the Department Of Justice's review and we are optimistic the system will be reformed to allow our writers and composers to receive fair market value for their music".

The big publishers have threatened to withdraw from collective licensing altogether if the decrees aren't altered on this, though whether they'd actually go through with any such threat isn't clear.

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Morrissey is still signed to Warner/Chappell
Would you like to own Morrissey's publishing catalogue, Smiths songs and all? Well, according to his usually reliable fansite True To You, you can. Something which is apparently news to Warner/Chappell - his publisher.

A post on True To You reads: "Morrissey's 30 year publishing term with Warner/Chappell Music has come to an end. If any publishing company has any interest in making a new offer for Morrissey's solo and Smiths catalogues, they should please contact ivoryenquiries@outlook.com".

Now, with a new album imminent, you might think that this was an odd time to ditch your publisher. Because it would be. But don't waste your time pondering that, because a spokesperson for the Warner publishing firm confirmed to CMU yesterday that "Warner/Chappell continues to be the long-term publisher of Morrissey's interest in all Smiths songs as well as Morrissey's solo works up to and including the forthcoming album".

So, that means that Warner/Chappell will still be able to collect the publishing royalties on these lyric videos Morrissey has been putting out. Even though he has apparently completely misunderstood how lyric videos work.

The singer has put out a series of videos for songs on his new album, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', which is due out... oh, at some point soon. Anyway, these videos feature Morrissey reciting lyrics to some of his new songs without music. The latest one sees him hanging out on top of the Capitol building with Pamela Anderson.

See for yourself if you don't believe me.

SoundCloud opens big new NYC office
The super-hot SoundCloud scoop today is that, in line with what it said it was going to do last year, the audio sharing platform has moved some of its staff into a big office on NYC's fanciest avenue, Fifth (Avenue). Which I suppose accounts for part of the $60 million secured in funding back in January.

The NYC team, at first only a two-man unit, has now grown to 20 men (and women), a workforce that's due to double by this time next year, says SoundCloud CBO Jeff Toig (that's Chief Business Officer, if you wondered).

Speaking to the New York Daily News on the big move, Toig, who joined the company last autumn, said the expansion would put SoundCloud at the heart of "one of the biggest centres of creativity in the world", adding: "We are making a major investment in New York. New York will be the hub for SoundCloud in the US".

Phil Alexander named editor-in-chief of Q
Editor-in-chief of Mojo and Kerrang!, Phil Alexander, has now taken up the same role at Q, Bauer Media has announced. Day-to-day running of the magazine will continue to be overseen by Senior Editor Matt Mason.

Alexander said of his newly expanded role within Bauer: "No one reaches more music fans in the UK than Q, Mojo and Kerrang! The three brands are the crown jewels of UK music publishing and we believe that there are a large number of opportunities for all three. Our aim is to examine these and to ensure that we are making new things for audiences that truly love music".

He continued: "Q plays a huge role in UK music and there's more that it can do. We expect it to grow and evolve. I look forward to helping Matt Mason and a team that is full of talented people do that".

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New German media player acquires Musicwoche
German media company Busch Business Media, which launched in January this year, has expanded its roster of publications dramatically with the purchase of Gruner + Jahr Entertainment Media, a subsidiary since 2007 of media powerhouse G+J, which is owned by BMG parent Bertelsmann.

According to Billboard, the deal to buy the G+J business will come into effect on 1 Jul, and is rumoured to be worth single digit million euros. Amongst the titles BBM will gain ownership of is music business magazine Musicwoche.

BBM founder Timo Busch said that for the time being all the publications that come under the deal would continue to operate as normal, telling Billboard: "We want to further extend the established brands with the highly experienced and expert team, and we feel a commitment to the long-standing tradition of these publications".

Other print and online media in the deal include Blickpunkt Film, Videomarkt, Gamesmarkt, mediabiz, Treffpunkt Kino and Kino.de

Ticketmaster announces scholarship on Henley's music MBA
Ticketmaster UK has announced the launch of a new scholarship with the Henley Business School on its MBA in Music & Creative Industries. Music industry executives will be able to apply for funding to attend the course, as well as receiving mentoring from Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster UK Managing Director Simon Presswell explained: "Sponsoring the Ticketmaster Scholarship recognises the vital role that the creative industries play in growing the UK economy and signifies Ticketmaster UK and Henley's commitment to improving the skills of those in the industry. According to the CBI, the UK creative industries' contribution to the economy is valued at £36 billion; accounts for around 10.6% of the UK's exports and provides 1.5 million jobs".

Henley MBA Programme Director Helen Gammons added: "We are delighted to be working with Ticketmaster UK, this partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students to become involved in a world leading brand and gain a unique insight into their business".

Further details on the course and how to apply can be found here.

  Approved: Greg Gives Peter Space
Greg Gives Peter Space finds Berlin-based Brit Greg Haines trading collaborative space (and time) with his long distance trans-Atlantic parallel Peter Broderick. The pair have, via digital means and air miles, made a six-track mini LP, also titled 'Greg Gives Peter Space', which they're releasing via Erased Tapes on 16 Jun.

It's a real layer cake of tastes and tones, scaling the pair's shared love for salt-of-the-earth dub, skyway basslines and orbital synths, all of which are cased lightly in ribbons of silvery vocal.

Hear Greg and Peter "take off" by streaming the EP here, featured track 'A Clear View' here, and maybe by heading to London's Village Underground tomorrow night (or Norwich Arts Centre the following one).
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Gwar's Dave Brockie died of heroin overdose
Gwar frontman Dave Brockie died from an accidental heroin overdose, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office announced yesterday.

As previously reported, Brockie, who went by the stage name of Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his home in March this year. He was 50.

Brockie's death followed that of guitarist Cory Smoot, who died of a heart attack on the band's tour bus in 2011.

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Wilko Johnson making 'excellent progress' following cancer operation
Rock guitarist Wilko Johnson is said to be convalescing at home in "excellent" style following a major operation to treat his long-standing pancreatic cancer.

A statement on the Facebook page of Johnson's one-time band Dr Feelgood said: "Naturally after such an extensive procedure, Wilko is extremely tired, and it will take him some time to recuperate, so he asks that you respect his privacy, but we had to share this incredibly positive news".

The statement added: "On behalf of Wilko and his family, another huge thank you for your magnificent support over recent months - it really means a great deal to Wilko - and please join us in thanking the staff at Addenbrooke's [Hospital, in Cambridge] for everything they have achieved in some extremely difficult circumstances".

Johnson was, of course, diagnosed with cancer in 2012, with doctors believing at first that it was terminal, and giving him less than a year to live. None of which stopped him from touring constantly, and making a collaborative LP, 'Going Back Home', with The Who's Roger Daltrey. Then last month Johnson's prognosis improved with the discovery that his cancer was of a rare, slow-growing kind, prompting a radical op involving the removal of his entire pancreas, half of his stomach, and various other organs.

Having spoken to Johnson after the procedure last month, Roger Daltrey told Absolute Radio: "I know that Wilko's recovery process is probably going to be six months. I said to him, 'Come on, write some more songs, let's think of something, sort the songs out for the next record'. I reckon two months in he'll at least have the strength to play, [and to] get that boredom and all that angst out on the guitar. So the studio could be easy for him and it might be a nice stepping-stone back to full recovery".

Release Round-Up: Mastodon, Angel Haze, Eaux, Godflesh and The Ting Tings
So your mom's most favourite heavy metal band Mastodon have dropped another track from 'One More Around The Sun', which is the title of the LP they're releasing in three weeks' time. The song, which follows 'High Road', is named 'Chimes At Midnight', and comes as an "audio visualiser", which means the stream is backed by a strip of 'illo' by Mastodon's go-to artist Skinner. Listen to (and look at) 'Chimes Of Midnight' now.

Next, rap lady Angel Haze has written a light-hearted (ie lighter than her quite formidable first LP 'Dirty Gold') party hit to match light-hearted party film '22 Jump Street', the OST of which it features on. As do tracks by Diplo, Wiz Khalifa, Duck Sauce and Travis Barker. Except Angel's is different because it's written especially to be the 'theme song' of the movie, so there.

Haze says of the jumped-up track, which has Ludacris shouting a bit on it, that: "The theme song was so rad to make. In the studio the energy of the movie fuelled us to really create something special that matches the energy on screen".

Ah, that's sweet. Rad, even. Check the extent of its rad-ness ahead of the big physical release next week, here.

Equally as rad as my girl Angel are Eaux, who've sipped from a mix of trip hop and oblique sci-fi synthpop on their new LP, 'Plastics'. Officially released on Monday (9 Jun), which is also the date of a live launch party at Birthdays in London, it's available to play now as a whole on Spotify, or alternatively in part via one of its tracks, the just-out 'The Light Falls Through Itself', which is up on SoundCloud.

And now, just to muddy the round-up waters a touch, it's industrial hacks Godflesh, aka Justin K Broadrick and GC Green, who earlier this month came back with 'Ringer', their first new track since 2001. The EP from which it came, 'Decline And Fall', is on Bandcamp now to listen in on or, for a small price, download.

Oh and Godflesh play live tonight (and in fact tomorrow) at Heaven in London, so that's a thing to think about whilst you blast out all of 'Decline And Fall' right now.

And finally, the damn Ting Tings have released a new track, in so doing laying the way for their TBA third LP. Some are saying it's not half bad, and some are saying it's not half good. I'm saying I can stand it, and its brazen 'disco renaissance'-piggybacking ways.

Either way, its lyrical premise is, say TTT: "About feeling like you don't fit in, finding someone you can leave with, finding someone like you, finding someone who likes you - even if you can't dance like the rest. It's a dark take on a good time. Finding your place on the dance floor, or shunning the stereotypes around you because they can't see your vision regardless how wrong or right".

The new song's name, by the way, is 'Wrong Club' (since it's inspired by going on a bad night out and listening to "shit" songs). I'm not saying anything.

Transgressive plans anniversary party with Mystery Jets, Marika Hackman and Johnny Flynn
Independent label Transgressive has decked its already-festive tenth anniversary year with a special event featuring live sets by three prize Transgressive-signed acts, Mystery Jets, Marika Hackman and Johnny Flynn.

Taking place at the Barbican in London on 30 Sep, the Huw Stephens-MC'd show will also give spots to lots of DJs and other artists TBA on the night. Visit this link to get tickets.

Appraising the gig, Transgressive's enigmatic co-boss Toby L says: "The Barbican is one of the world's finest venues so it's both an honour and privilege for us to be presenting an evening of our roster as part of our tenth birthday celebrations. This will be a real centrepiece night in a full year of events for us - and there are more names to come. We cannot wait".

Stephens adds: "Transgressive have released so many great records over the last decade, and the night promises to be a huge celebration of all they've achieved. The line-up is testament to the quality of their releases, and I can't wait to listen to the music Transgressive have brought us over the years, live onstage".

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Nick Zinner to deliver 41 Strings live with Romy xx, Savages and Brian Chase
One third of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Zinner, is set to present the British premiere of '41 Strings', a four seasons-inspired classical piece he composed in 2011 to coincide with Earth Day.

Zinner will play guitar at the same time conduct the four-part score, with YYYs drummer Brian Chase and the likes of The xx's Romy Madley Croft, Savages' Gemma Thompson, The Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart, Deap Vally's Lindsey Troy and Jeff Wootton and Seye (of Damon Albarn's backing band) all joining him on the night.

Also filling the 45-musicians quota will be Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Ben Vida of Soft Circle, strings arranger Gillian Rivers, and a cast of young players from Southbank Sinfonia and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Tickets and details are available here, and this is a trailer in which Zinner and friends go behind the scenes on the project.

Glastonbury asked to ditch Metallica over bear killing
So Metallica's upcoming appearance at Glastonbury is still proving controversial, though at least now not because of any question over whether or not their music is suited to the music festival.

A new Facebook page has popped up, asking Glastonbury to ditch the band from the line-up due to the announcement that frontman James Hetfield is to narrate a new US documentary series about bear hunting.

"Metallica's lead singer James Hetfield is a big game hunter and promoter", says the protest organisers. "We believe this is incompatible with the spirit of Glastonbury and brings its good name into disrepute".

Glastonbury and Metallica have so far not commented on this latest controversy, but Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich did recently suggest how the band might deal with naysayers on the night of their performance, telling The Guardian: "Jay Z came out and played 'Wonderwall', right? So maybe we gotta go out and do our rendition of 'Wonderwall'. We'll start with 'Wonderwall' and we'll take it from there".

You might think he's joking, but here is Ulrich's actual rendition of 'Wonderwall'.

That ought to placate everyone. And if any bears are still complaining, we'll have James shoot them dead.

 
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