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Thursday 5 Jun 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: "We will not put down this fight. We will continue to campaign for the right thing to be done", was the conclusion of Alison Wenham of the Association Of Independent Music and Worldwide Independent Network, at a press conference in London yesterday called to discuss YouTube's threats to independent labels. Wenham was joined by Helen Smith of pan-European indie labels trade group... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: After a slow build up over six months, beginning with the posting of her debut track, 'How The Mighty', back in January, singer-songwriter Violet Skies is set to release her first EP, 'Dragons', on 22 Jun. As the release draws closer, the campaign has stepped up considerably, with a rush of tracks appearing on her SoundCloud profile. Her stated aim is to mix vocal influences like Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Indie labels draw battle lines in fight against YouTube, BPI adds support
LEGAL Eagles' Don Henley defends legal action against Frank Ocean, Okkervil River
Madonna faces lawsuit over Hard Candy fitness business
Engelbert Humperdinck sued over cancelled show
Snoop Dogg sued by former security guards
LABELS & PUBLISHERS PPL revenues up as international income wobbles
Universal Music Australia rejigs
LIVE BUSINESS Belfast venue The Stiff Kitten closes
BRANDS & MERCH ASA rules Rihanna perfume ad too rude for kids
EDUCATION & EVENTS MIDEM moves to June, adds new strands
ARTIST NEWS G-Unit reunite, working on new music
The Whitest Boy Alive break free of 'golden cage' (split up)
AND FINALLY... Bieber apologies for latest racist vid
One Direction fanfic writer strikes publishing deal
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Indie labels draw battle lines in fight against YouTube, BPI adds support
"We will not put down this fight. We will continue to campaign for the right thing to be done", was the conclusion of Alison Wenham of the Association Of Independent Music and Worldwide Independent Network, at a press conference in London yesterday called to discuss YouTube's threats to independent labels.

Wenham was joined by Helen Smith of pan-European indie labels trade group IMPALA, Billy Bragg speaking for the Featured Artists Coalition, Mark Chung of AIM's German counterpart VUT, and journalist and songwriter Helienne Lindvall, to outline plans to take their battle with YouTube to the European Commission.

As previously reported, last month indie label trade bodies the world over issued statements criticising the way the Google-owned video platform 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.

Explaining the situation as it stands, Wenham said that Google has told independent labels that if they don't accept the proposed licensing terms for the new YouTube streaming service, all of their content - ie all the video-based artist channels they operate - would be removed from the platform. Earlier this week, she added, she wrote to the UK's Secretary Of State For Business Vince Cable, calling on him to act on this matter too - you can read the letter in full here - ahead of IMPALA's submission to the EC.

"It's our duty to act and it's our duty to out a company whose principles of 'freedom on the internet' don't seem to extend to their own commercial interests", she said. "They are preferring instead, it seems, to exercise a punitive form of punishment and censorship until companies give in to terms which are both out of step with the streaming market and which will severely devalue independent music".

YouTube's dominance in the online video market means that it is a service that the labels "can all ill-afford to be removed from", added Chung. He continued: "If the EC does not succeed in rectifying this problem, then clearly competition law in the online market is not functioning".

Smith said that she was confident that the EC would act in favour of the independent labels. Pointing to previous investigations of music company mergers, in which IMPALA participated, and particularly the stern divestments ordered by the EC on Universal's purchase of the EMI record labels, Smith said that the EC's Competition Commission is already very aware of the importance of independent labels - both economically and culturally - and of the digital music market as a whole.

"We're expecting the Commission to take this very seriously", she said. In addition to raising the issues around a large corporation using its position to threaten smaller companies, Smith added that the indie labels' complaint to the EC will call for emergency measures, forcing YouTube to withdraw its threats and to not enforce any agreements that have already been signed until any EC investigation is over.

"That's a pretty rare step for the Commission to take", she admitted. "But we think in this case it's merited in the public interest".

Speaking on why this was so important for the UK music industry, Billy Bragg said: "[Since the sale of EMI], in the UK, the independents are all we've got as a record industry. That's who we are now, so it's absolutely crucial that we support them in their attempts to get a good business model from multi-national corporations such as YouTube and Google".

And echoing Wenham's assertion that WIN will not back down in this fight, he added: "I don't think [Google] realise what a stupid thing they've done".

After yesterday's press briefing, and as the story gained momentum online, UK record industry trade body the BPI, which represents both indies and the major labels, this morning gave its backing to the WIN campaign.

The trade group's Chief Exec Geoff Taylor said in a statement: "YouTube is the dominant platform for music video and an essential partner for all UK labels and artists. We believe it is vitally important that all independent labels should have access to the YouTube platform and should not be unfairly disadvantaged in doing so".

He added: "A healthy independent sector is crucial to the success of British music overall. We will strongly support the campaign for fair access for independents and we call on YouTube to demonstrate that it respects and values independent music".

Earlier this week a YouTube spokesperson told CMU: "We have successful deals in place with hundreds of independent and major labels around the world, however we don't comment on ongoing negotiations".

Eagles' Don Henley defends legal action against Frank Ocean, Okkervil River
Eagles frontman Don Henley has taken aim at Frank Ocean and Okkervil River for reworking his music. Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff, meanwhile, responded by saying that copyright law is "strangling and depleting our culture".

Ocean used the instrumental version of The Eagles' 'Hotel California' as the basis for the track 'American Wedding' on his 2011 free download album, 'Nostalgia, Ultra'. Although a clear breach of US copyright law, such sneaky uncleared free releases by new artists, particularly in the form of hip hop mixtapes, are common and something the industry generally turns a blind eye to. Henley, however, did not.

Writing on his Tumblr blog ahead of a performance at Coachella in 2012, Ocean said: "[Henley's label Warner/Rhino] threatened to sue if I perform ['American Wedding'] again. I think that's fuckin awesome ... They also asked that I release a statement expressing my admiration for Mr Henley, along with my assistance pulling it off the web as much as possible. Shit's weird. Ain't this guy rich as fuck? Why sue the new guy? I didn't make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything, I'm paying homage".

In a new interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph, Henley admitted that he had initiated this action, saying: "Mr Ocean doesn't seem to understand US copyright law. Anyone who knows anything should know you cannot take a master track of a recording and write another song over the top of it. You just can't do that. You can call it a tribute or whatever you want to call it, but it's against the law. That's a problem with some of the younger generation, they don't understand the concept of intellectual property and copyright".

He added that he had not wanted the matter to go legal, but: "[Ocean] was quite arrogant about it. We tried to approach him calmly to talk reason to him via his managers and his attorneys and he wouldn't listen. So finally we threatened to bring legal action against him. He was clearly in the wrong. I wouldn't dream of doing something like that. What kind of ego is that? I don't understand it".

This shouldn't be a matter focussed entirely on R&B and hip hop though, he said. He also brought up a rework of one of his solo songs, 'The End Of The Innocence', by Okkervil River, which he forced the band to remove from their website, where they were also giving it away as a free download.

"They don't understand the law either", Henley said. "You can't re-write the lyrics to somebody else's songs and record it and put it on the internet. I'm sorry, but it wasn't an improvement. We were not impressed. So we simply had our legal team tell them to take it down and they got all huffy about it".

He continued: "It's a different mindset. I don't know how they'd react if I took one of their songs and re-wrote the lyrics and recorded it, I don't know if they'd like that. Maybe they wouldn't care, but I care. We work really really hard on our material. We spend months writing it and years recording it. You don't go into a museum and paint a moustache on somebody else's painting. Nobody would think of doing that".

Well, there was that thing with the Mark Rothko painting, but you can see the general point he's making. Though that doesn't mean you have to agree with it. Will Sheff from Okkervil River certainly doesn't.

Noting Henley's remarks about reworking other people's art, in a piece for Rolling Stone Sheff said: "I thought of doing that. Maybe I didn't spend months recording [our rework], maybe it wasn't an improvement, and maybe he wasn't impressed, but I did think of doing that. But I wasn't the first person to do that, because doing it goes back to Afrika Bambaataa, to Marcel Duchamp, to Bob Dylan, and to pretty much all folk music pre-1940".

Meanwhile, on the inspiration for the 'Golden Opportunities' series of cover versions that his band's Henley cover was a part of, he wrote: "I realized that this is what artists are supposed to do - communicate back and forth with each other over the generations, take old ideas and make them new (since it's impossible to really 'imitate' somebody without adding anything of your own), create a rich, shared cultural language that was available to everybody".

He continued: "Once I saw it in folk art, I saw it everywhere - in hip hop, in street art, in dada. I became convinced that the soul of culture lay in this kind of weird, irreverent-but-reverant back-and-forth. And I concluded that copyright law was completely opposed to this natural artistic process in a way that was strangling and depleting our culture, taking away something rich and beautiful that belonged to everyone in order to put more money into the hands of the hands of a small, lawyered few".

Read Sheff's full article here.


Madonna faces lawsuit over Hard Candy fitness business
Madonna and her business partners in the Hard Candy fitness business have reportedly been sued by the Hard Candy cosmetics firm, the latter accusing the former of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Madonna, her manager Guy Oseary and gym entrepreneur Mark Mastrov launched their Hard Candy company in 2010, naming it after Madonna's 2008 album of the same name. At the core of the operation are health clubs in Berlin, Mexico City, Moscow, Rome, Santiago, St Petersburg, Sydney and Toronto.

According to, the Hard Candy cosmetics company, which formed in 1995, reckons that Madonna's health venture using its name is confusing customers, and it is pushing for the popstar to stop using the brand. The trademark infringement litigation has been filed in a Florida court.


Engelbert Humperdinck sued over cancelled show
A venue in Albany, New York State is suing Engelbert Humperdinck over a concert he cancelled at the last minute back in 2011.

The Palace Theatre in Albany claims that it paid the singer a $20,000 advance for the show, but that his agents refused to return the money when they cancelled the concert with one day's notice, saying that their client intended to reschedule the performance. But, the venue says, it informed Humperdinck's people that they didn't want a rescheduled show.

According to local newspaper The Daily Gazette, the lawsuit says: "On or about 28 Jun, 2011, or 29 Jun 2011, the day before or the day of the concert, defendant Mr Humperdinck abruptly and without prior warning, cancelled the agreed-upon 29 Jun, 2011, performance, despite the fact that his band was already in place, and despite the fact that plaintiff had performed all of its duties and obligations pursuant to the agreement".

The venue is now seeking over $70,000 in compensation, which includes the deposit, advertising and other product costs spent before the show was pulled, and lost ticket sales. Humperdinck's people are yet to respond to the litigation.


Snoop Dogg sued by former security guards
Snoop Dogg - if that's what he's calling himself these days, and anyway, this is legal story, so we should use the real name Mrs Dogg gave him at birth, not some silly moniker he's made up for some nonsense music project - has been sued by three former bodyguards who allege they were overworked and underpaid for years.

In legal papers filed in LA last week, Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray and Ryan Turk all claim that they were unfairly dismissed earlier this year after complaining about their working conditions. The lawsuit also claims that they routinely only got three hours sleep while working with the rapper on tour, that no records were kept of working hours, that mandatory breaks were not allowed, and Californian law on overtime was ignored.

Security firm Gerber & Co and the plaintiffs' direct supervisor are also named as defendants in the lawsuit, which is seeking a mere $3 million in damages, broken down as unpaid overtime, general, compensatory and punitive damages, plus legal fees.

PPL revenues up as international income wobbles
The UK record industry's collecting society PPL held its Annual General Meeting in London yesterday, and announced that the total monies it collected for its label and artist members last year were 4% up on 2012, amounting to £176.9 million.

41.3% of that money came from the UK broadcasters - radio and TV - which licence the rights to the sound recordings they use via PPL. Broadcast income was up 5% year-on-year to £73 million. Meanwhile 39.3% of the money came from British organisations and businesses who play recorded music in public spaces, with that revenue stream bringing in £69.5 million, up 7% on 2012.

There were a few complications on the international front, ie where PPL collects royalties for some of its members from counterpart collecting societies around the world, where said members' recordings are used in broadcasts or public performances beyond the UK.

This revenue has generally been growing for a number of years now as PPL has entered into new reciprocal agreements abroad and got better at liaising with other societies. Though this year some specific "distribution issues" in Germany saw international income take a hit. Though the organisation stressed that, in the main, international monies continue to grow; indeed, earlier this year PPL said it had just paid out its biggest ever quarterly international royalties sum to artist and label members.

Commenting on all this yesterday, PPL boss Peter Leathem said: "Over the years we have seen our revenues grow significantly, as performance rights continue to become a major revenue stream for the music industry. We are delighted that in our 80th year we are now paying out more money, on more recordings, to more performers and record companies than ever before".

Noting that one of the biggest challenges in the public performance licensing domain today is data management and exchange, he went on: "We have been, and remain, committed to investing in IT systems and technologies to help improve the accuracy of the payments that we are able to make to our members. Given that the UK is one of only three net exporters of music in the world - along with the US and Sweden - we are leading the way in addressing some of the issues affecting revenues in this market through collaboration with other collective management organisations internationally".

So that's good. Though we all know you're really here for the annual PPL 'most played' charts. And look, here they are...

Most played tracks...

1. Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
2. Robin Thicke feat TI and Pharrell - Blurred Lines
3. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
4. Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
5. P!NK feat Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
6. Passenger - Let Her Go
7. Avicii - Wake Me Up
8. Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith - La La La
9. Olly Murs feat Flo.Rida - Troublemaker
10. Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man

Most played artists...

1. Olly Murs
2. Bruno Mars
3. P!nk
4. Rihanna
5. Calvin Harris
6. Robbie Williams
7. Justin Timberlake
8. Katy Perry
9. Taylor Swift
10. Queen

Most played classical works...

1. Ludovico Einaudi - Nightbook
2. Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergieve - The Nutcracker
3. Ludovico Einaudi - Primavera
4. Crouch End Festival Chorus and City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Nic Raine - O Fortuna
5. City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Paul Bateman - On The Beautiful Blue Danube
6. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Ludovico Einuadi - Divenire
7. National Youth Choir Of Great Britain and London Philharmonic Orchestra with Karl Jenkins - The Armed Man
8. English Concert with Trevor Pinnock - Concerto For Four Harpsichords
9. The Labèques (Pianos), Philharmonia Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov - Concerto For Two Pianos
10. Ludovico Einaudi - Le Onde


Universal Music Australia rejigs
Universal Music announced a revamp of its Australian division earlier this week, which will see all but its EMI unit coming closer together under one banner led by two joint Managing Directors, Michael Taylor and Darren Aboud.

Reporting into Universal's Australasia President George Ash, the two MDs will oversee the mega-major's various frontline labels and international teams in the country, including Island, Mercury, Modular, Polydor, Republic and IDJ. Compilations, classical and jazz will also sit under the new streamlined Universal Australia banner

Already speaking as one, the two new joint MDs said in unison: "Creating a standalone label for Universal Music Australia, which will bring the international and Australian marketing, strategic marketing, promotions, Classics & Jazz and the A&R teams together will give us a more efficient, creative, nimble and entrepreneurial music company, that can harness the collective resources of our entire organisation to better serve our artists, their music and their creative talents".

Ash, meanwhile, added: "Both Mike and Darren are true music people who have forged entrepreneurial and creative visions for our company. To have them now running Universal Music and sprinkling their magic dust across the business is fantastic, I couldn't be more excited. Our aim is to drive entrepreneurial and innovative activities across all our labels and ensure our artists get the best possible partnerships with our teams into the digital future and with Mike and Darren they couldn't be in better hands".

The EMI business in Australia that Universal acquired back in 2012 will remain a standalone entity led by John O'Donnell.

Belfast venue The Stiff Kitten closes
Northern Irish nightspot The Stiff Kitten has closed with immediate effect, with its owners Shine Productions citing lack of finances and a "problematic location".

Shine, which has kept the premises on Bank Square in central Belfast since 2005, said it wasn't able to give the club the "attention and considerable investment it requires to thrive again", also blaming the fact that the city's night life has tended to migrate in recent times to a different area, the Cathedral Quarter.

A statement on the Shine website reads: "We hope these good times will live on in people's hearts but it is time for us to move on to other things. We managed to attract some world class acts to our quirky little venue, often badgering artists and their management for months on end until they caved in. It's hard to believe we had the likes of Mark Ronson, Disclosure and Calvin Harris (for £4 admission!) play at our little Belfast club over the years. To all who danced, worked and performed, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to do what we love for a living".

ASA rules Rihanna perfume ad too rude for kids
Rihanna has gone and done a shocking, nudity-based thing again, and frankly the fact that the world is shocked about it is probably more of a shock than the shocking, nudity-based thing itself. In this post-transparent-CFDAs-dress era in which we live and all.

Anyway, so shocking is this latest 'racy Rihanna' thing, a poster image (this image) advertising her new 'scent' 'Rogue', that the Advertising Standards Authority has deemed it "sexually suggestive" and "provocative", placing a restriction on it meaning it can no longer be positioned where children are likely to see it.

The perfume's maker Parlux insisted that it wasn't aware of any complaints made relating to the ad, adding that the 'Rogue' campaign was "consistent with advertising for Rihanna's previous perfume launches, which had received no complaints, and reflected the advertising norms of the fragrance industry".

But, whilst the ASA conceded that the pic was "unlikely to cause serious offence", noting that RiRi's gaze in it was "one of defiance rather than vulnerability", it did slap a big red placement restriction on it, if only for the kids.

MIDEM moves to June, adds new strands
Bad news for fans of Cannes in the rain, the music industry's big annual shindig in the French city, MIDEM, is moving from its traditional January/February slot to June. Yes, June in Cannes, people. Cocktails in the summer sunshine, anyone? Good job the whole thing's been pushed back six months, it gives us all a little more time to save up. I reckon if we all club together in twelve months time we could probably afford three and half Cannes cocktails between us. Happy times.

So yes, MIDEM 2015 will take place from 5-8 Jun, and as well as the new dates and, hopefully, more reliable weather, there'll be another "new look" at the event. Says MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot: "MIDEM 2015 will have a new look, new content and a new atmosphere, as well as being partially open to the general public. We believe the result of the changes will be a bigger, more vibrant MIDEM, with more participants from more countries. All of this and a move to a June date when Cannes is at its best".

The original European business exchange for music publishers and record labels, MIDEM has seen its attendance numbers slide in the last decade amidst new competition on the conference and convention front, and less demand for the meetings-and-deal-making trade fair that was always at the centre of the proceedings. Tighter budgets at even the biggest music companies have also had an impact given Cannes is not a city designed to be done on the cheap.

Though, relatively speaking, MIDEM is still one of the biggest annual events for labels and distributors worldwide, and many of those who still regularly attend seem to prefer the fact the delegation isn't so big these days, citing quality over quantity. Though you sense that the event's organiser's have been less keen on the smaller numbers, and the addition of events open to the public is presumably an attempt to address that.

  Approved: Violet Skies
After a slow build up over six months, beginning with the posting of her debut track, 'How The Mighty', back in January, singer-songwriter Violet Skies is set to release her first EP, 'Dragons', on 22 Jun.

As the release draws closer, the campaign has stepped up considerably, with a rush of tracks appearing on her SoundCloud profile. Her stated aim is to mix vocal influences like Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon with electronic music in a James Blake and Massive Attack vein. And it's something she pulls off very successfully, while also working in classical influences, like the piano that drives 'How The Mighty'.

Both the EP’s title track, 'Dragons', and a great cover of Kanye West’s ‘Power’ have appeared online over the last month. Meanwhile, this week she unveiled another EP track, ‘Patience’, which builds slowly through the subtle application of strings and bass, under a powerful vocal performance.

You can catch Violet Skies’ debut London show at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton on 9 Jun.

Listen to 'Patience' here.
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G-Unit reunite, working on new music
G-Unit have confirmed that they are working on new music, following a reunion during 50 Cent's set at Hot 97's Summer Jam at the weekend.

The rapper, whose new solo album 'Animal Ambition' is out this week, was joined for a run-through of a handful of tracks by Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck - despite all three saying in interviews over the course of this year that their collaborative project was dead in the ground.

But speaking to XXL, Young Buck confirmed that the group were back in the studio, even if he was non-committal about the results of those sessions, saying: "We got no dates, we working".

Though apparently there was a memo missed somewhere, because later on TV show 'Good Day Philadelphia' 50 Cent said that fans could expect new G-Unit material in November. And that sort of sounds like a date.

Actually, you can hear something right now, because on Monday G-Unit put out their remix of HS87's 'Grindin My Whole Life', re-titled 'Nah I'm Talkin Bout'.

In other 50 Cent news, the rapper's online store is now accepting payment using Bitcoin. Asked about this move in a Reddit AMA, the rapper said: "[I did it to] stay with times. Technology is what's changing the business - gotta get with it. I take money no matter if it's coins or dollars".


The Whitest Boy Alive break free of 'golden cage' (split up)
The Whitest Boy Alive (that's the dance-leaning Berlin band, not Justin Bieber) have died. Which is to say, they've split up. Apparently because they felt trapped in a 'Golden Cage' of their own making.

Yes, indeed. They have, as I said, split, following a mere pair of LP releases, 'Dreams' in 2006 and 'Rules' in 2009. Maintaining an air of mystique as to what exactly happened, TWBA said in an FB dispatch to fans earlier this week: "Dear Fans. We are no longer composing or playing together as The Whitest Boy Alive. The 'Rules' we made for ourselves became a 'Golden Cage'. Thanks for all the support and love we have received during the years".

And hey, here, because it's been mentioned three times, is their track 'Golden Cage'. Four times!

Bieber apologies for latest racist vid
After a second video of everyone's favourite teen pop racist Justin Bieber emerged online in which he used a racial slur - this time adding the 'n' word into some song lyrics and then joking about the Ku Klux Klan - the singer has taken to Instagram to share some of his favourite bible passages while his manager Scooter Braun has posted some inspirational pop waffle about learning from your mistakes.

The new video, acquired by The Sun, follows the clip in which Bieber told a racist joke. Neither video is new, but the popstar has nevertheless been quick to issue apologies, more so than after his various run-ins with the law in recent times.

Responding to the latest video he told The Sun: "I just hope that the next fourteen year old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did. Once again, I am sorry for all those I have let down and offended".

Then last night Biebs posted a few bible passages to Instagram all about not hiding from sin and seeking forgiveness, which is nice. Though if he'd dug a bit deeper in the old Good Book he could have found that bit where God orders Moses to "hang" the Israelites who had intermarried with those terrible Moabites, or that time Jesus basically calls a Canaanite woman a "dog" for not being a child of Israel, then he wouldn't have had to apologise at all.

Scoots, meanwhile, delivered his own little bit of philosophy in the wake of Bieber's latest controversy, posting to his Instagram: "Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes... How he owns it and learns from it... That defines him more than the mistake itself".

So there you go. Is this matter now put to rest? Probably not. The Bieber should learn from Harry Styles, if you want to distract everyone from last week's controversies, get your cousin to post a photo of you watching the boxing (possibly) naked.


One Direction fanfic writer strikes publishing deal
A lady named Anna Todd, writer of web-only One Direction 'fanfic' (that's 'fan fiction', for those with lives to live) has signed off on a six-digit deal with Simon & Schuster to print her 'After' stories worldwide. The first edition is expected later this year, albeit with Harry, Zayn, Niall et al appearing under different names to swerve any legal complications. Too bad.

Written in brief chapters - of which 293 are online so far, via free-viewing site Wattpad, attracting 800m 'reads' - the 'After' series is set six years 'After' (get it?) an imaginary One Direction split.

All five 1D boys feature in the narrative, as do a girl who falls in love with Harry called Tessa Young, "Liam Payne's adopted sister" Leela, and a character based on Liam Payne's real-life ex Danielle (Peazer). And FAO girls, Harry is still "single but ready to mingle".

The stories contain, warns Todd, "detailed sexual scenes", "tons of explicit language" and "loads and loads of typos", so aren't quite suitable for most of One Direction's pre-teen fanbase, or indeed fans of spelling.

Aaaaanyway, to cut a long and silly story short, Publisher's Weekly reports Todd's deal with Simon & Schuster is worth in the ballpark of "mid-six-figures", and incorporates audio rights. Todd has, she claims, made it so 'After' will still remain free to read on Wattpad, even in light of the new agreement. ISN'T THIS EXCITING, DIRECTIONERS?

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