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Tuesday 10 Jun 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Norway could be the next country to introduce web-blocks, with anti-piracy group the Rights Alliance confirming that it is planning legal action to force internet service providers in the country to stop users from accessing key file-sharing websites, with The Pirate Bay likely to be the first target. Web-blocking, of course, has now become common in a number of countries, especially in Europe... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Sophie's darkside pop world so far is a rather foggy profile, consisting mostly of the odd photo of who he (yep, he's a he) really is, titbits like this trippy tangible interview with J-pop kawaii girl Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - with whom Sophie is working at the moment - and, on the bottom line, his massive hit 'Bipp', which many have said/are still saying cuts the ultimate shape of pop's future fate. And this is... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Norway could be next to web-block The Pirate Bay
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Vector announces new alliance, moves into managing journalism talent
Momentum announces latest round of funding
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES DDoS attack takes Deezer offline
Future Audio Workshop testing club-based audio fingerprinting technology
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MEDIA TeamRock launches new hub website
BBC Worldwide secures international rights for Foo Fighters TV series
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ARTIST NEWS Lily Allen shares Sheezus rejects
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RELEASES Alt-J announce second album, tour dates
Quietus Corp to issue new Grumbling Fur LP
Björk "thrilled" to feature on Death Grips' free new demi-LP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Jack White confirms new November shows
Klaxons sound the '3D tour' alarm
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AND FINALLY... Gary Barlow not invited to PM's celeb party
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Norway could be next to web-block The Pirate Bay
Norway could be the next country to introduce web-blocks, with anti-piracy group the Rights Alliance confirming that it is planning legal action to force internet service providers in the country to stop users from accessing key file-sharing websites, with The Pirate Bay likely to be the first target.

Web-blocking, of course, has now become common in a number of countries, especially in Europe, and including the UK. If a content lobby can convince a judge (usually, though in Italy a government body is being empowered to block) that a website exists primarily to enable others to infringe copyright, and has made no efforts to limit infringement on its platform, but can't be targeted directly because of jurisdiction issues, then the court may pass an order forcing ISPs to block access to the offending site.

While net firms have in the main resisted calls to voluntarily block sites like The Pirate Bay, most accept and adhere to such court orders with minimum fuss. So no surprise, in Norway ISP Telenor has already commented on the Rights Alliance's calls for it to block the Bay, telling reporters: "We cannot act as a court or a police authority to act for third parties who want sites to be closed. We will only deal with a court decision".

With that in mind, Rights Alliance boss Willy Johansen has confirmed to Aftenposten that his group is now preparing to take the matter to the Oslo District Court in the next few weeks, with hopes that the group can secure Norway's first web-block injunction by the end of the summer. According to Torrentfreak, while in the UK web-blocks were secured by the music and movie industries under existing copyright laws, new legislation in Norway has specifically paved the way for web-block injunctions.

Of course, critics point out that web-blockades are actually pretty easy to circumvent, with a simple Google search enabling UK web-users to access the Bay and other supposedly blocked sites. Though the content industries maintain that web-blocking is still an important anti-piracy measure, if only to educate people about which sites are legal and which are not.

Vector announces new alliance, moves into managing journalism talent
Vector Management, part of Live Nation's artist management division, has launched a new unit with Eric Ortner, a former American TV producer who moved from journalism and broadcasting into managing journalists and broadcasters.

And that's what the new Vector division, to be called Vector OMG (Ortner's existing company is called the Ortner Management Group, there's no OMGing going on here), will specialise in, managing the careers of news and journalism talent. The new venture will look to apply some of the practices employed elsewhere in the Vector business to this group of talent, and look for synergies between media and other creative people and performers.

Confirming the new alliance, Vector Management co-President Jack Rovner told reporters: "With this new venture, we plan to take the best practices of traditional campaigns in the general entertainment marketplace while creating new revenue opportunities for journalists and other public figures. Vector OMG has great potential to challenge industry standards and pave the way for future non-conventional opportunities".

Meanwhile Ortner added: "The changing media landscape has created a great opportunity for journalists, artists and brands to reach their audiences in new ways while retaining their core credibility. Joining with industry legends like Jack, the Vector Management team and the Live Nation network, creates a great launching pad for new and innovative ways for our clients and partners to amplify their impact and expand their reach".

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Momentum announces latest round of funding
The PRS For Music Foundation has announced the next found of artists to receive funding from the Momentum Music Fund.

This is the fourth round of investment from the Arts Council England funded initiative, which was launched last year. Each of the eight artists will receive between £5000 and £15,000 to finance projects to help them step up to the next stage of their careers.

The latest batch of artists are:

Anushka for recording their debut album

Bat And Ball for recording their debut album

Boy Jumps Ship for recording their debut album, album marketing, and UK tour costs

Debian Blak for recording and promotion of their debut album

Fiction for recording their second album

Hockeysmith for UK Tour and recording costs

Menace Beach for recording an album

Woman's Hour for promotion of single and album releases

Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of the PRS For Music Foundation said: "As we move into year two of this unique talent development fund it's incredibly exciting to announce the latest list of talented artists who've been selected from another very high standard and, diverse batch of applications".

Meanwhile, Arts Council England Chief Exec Alan Davey added: "The Arts Council is thrilled that, a year in, the Momentum Music Fund is going strong and continuing to support exciting emerging talent. The Arts Council is proud to be a partner in this very popular programme, having supported 34 bands so far, and congratulate those who have been successful in receiving Momentum funding in this latest round".

In addition to this latest group of acts to receive new funding, a previous winner, Bear's Den, has received an additional £2500 from funding partner Deezer.

Bear's Den frontman Andrew Davie said: "The Momentum Music Fund has made an amazing difference for us as a band and we're honoured to be receiving the Momentum Deezer Award".

The deadline for the next round of funding is tomorrow, so you'd better hurry up if you want some of that cash. The next opportunity to apply after that ends on 12 Aug.

DDoS attack takes Deezer offline
Streaming music service Deezer experienced several hours of downtime this weekend just gone, thanks, apparently, to one of those Distributed Denial Of Service attacks that were so fashionable a few years back.

The source of the DDoS isn't clear, but the streaming service says its servers were first targeted on Friday, with no real impact, but that a high level attack occurred on Saturday afternoon, taking the service offline on all platforms. DDoS attacks swamp a server with traffic so that it crashes under the weight.

Deezer bosses say that while the DDoS was enough to force their service offline, no data was accessed by the attackers. The company's IT experts identified the course of the problem and put in place measures to limit the impact of the DDoS, so that even though the server attack continued through Sunday, the service has been back online since just after midnight Saturday night.

Deezer Founder Daniel Marhely said yesterday in a message to users: "As soon as we became aware of the issue we launched an investigation. We assigned ten staff members to the incident and worked to get the service back up, fuelled by a winning mix of adrenalin and pizza. The method of attack was quickly identified and actions were taken to minimise the impact on the service. We regularly adapted solutions to the changing methods of attack. New protective measures (filters to distinguish between normal incoming traffic and flooding traffic from the attack) were set up by our team, and the attacks finally stopped around 00.22 GMT".

Stressing that no user data had leaked during the attack, the Deezer man went on: "We apologise for any inconvenience. We're continuing to investigate and are working hard on measures to counter this type of attack in the future. We have taken steps to strengthen our servers and security systems and will continue to do so. Thanks for your patience. We really appreciated your kind messages and encouraging tweets throughout the weekend".

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Future Audio Workshop testing club-based audio fingerprinting technology
Irish music tech firm Future Audio Workshop has begun testing a new system built by its Berlin-based team for identifying tracks played in nightclubs. It's a response to calls, especially in the dance music community, for better tracking of music played in club venues, to inform the collective licensing process, so that royalties paid by club promoters get to the creators of the music their DJs play.

FAW's Geo Track ID hardware has now been installed in Berlin's Prince Charles club. The "compact, robust, tamper-resistant, low-cost" box collects data on music played by DJs, before reporting it back to FAW, which can then pass that information on to relevant collecting societies. Like Shazam, the system uses Juno's catalogue to identify vinyl-only releases.

Norman Methner of the Prince Charles told Resident Advisor: "We from Prince Charles are happy to be the first ones to set up the GTI box, and that the effort that's been put in this little box will hopefully get a more fair share of money to the people who actually produce the music that we like to listen to in our and many other clubs".

Some collecting societies have been making moves in the club-reporting domain, and it will be interesting to see if any adopt the FAW system.

TeamRock launches new hub website
The TeamRock company yesterday launched a new website - TeamRock.com - that brings together the newish rock media firm's various magazines, which include Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog, with its radio station and other content.

Rock and metal fans are encouraged to sign up for free to the new site, and can navigate content based on which magazine they associate with, or other criteria. In addition to news, magazine content and radio station extras, the new site will also see Malcolm Dome, who recently joined the firm from Total Rock, trawling the Metal Hammer and Classic Rock archives "presenting it fresh for the digital audience and in the process, assembling the richest source of reviews anywhere in the world".

Confirming the new site's launch, TeamRock chief Billy Anderson told CMU: "This site gives rock and metal fans backstage access to thousands of articles and reviews, competitions, user polls and picture galleries as well as radio and video content. It's a rock and metal fan's dream. It doesn't matter where you are from, you know where you belong".

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BBC Worldwide secures international rights for Foo Fighters TV series
BBC Worldwide has acquired the worldwide rights, outside the US, to Dave Grohl's previously reported HBO series.

'Sonic Highways' follows Grohl and the Foo Fighters around eight iconic US studios, with the band recording a song for their forthcoming new album at each stop. The series follows on from Grohl's 'Sound City' film, which aired on BBC Four - probably the most likely home for the new series in the UK - earlier this year.

BBC Worldwide's Director Of Music Salim Mukaddam said of the deal: "It's an honour for us to be part of this revolutionary project and to be able to allow the rest of the world to participate in the celebration as the Foo Fighters turn 20. 'Sonic Highways' has all the same characteristics of 'Sound City' - incredible stories beautifully told".

Grohl added: "From the origins of blues and jazz, to the birth of hip hop and punk and the cultural revolutions that fuelled them all, I've pulled up the family tree of American music and exposed its roots to find inspiration for the next Foo Fighters album".

Watch the trailer for the series here.

  Approved: Sophie
Sophie's darkside pop world so far is a rather foggy profile, consisting mostly of the odd photo of who he (yep, he's a he) really is, titbits like this trippy tangible interview with J-pop kawaii girl Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - with whom Sophie is working at the moment - and, on the bottom line, his massive hit 'Bipp', which many have said/are still saying cuts the ultimate shape of pop's future fate.

And this is 'Bipp', an enticingly sherbert-sharp spiral of UK garage-style babygirl vox, hypertensive beats and drip-drop bass gasps.

And that's it, really, bar the whisper of new treats like 'Hey QT', a candyland collaboration with PC Music wizard AG Cook which Sophie also stuck into a mix for Just Jam, but which was sadly taken down off YouTube. Oh, and 'Bipp' B-side 'Elle', and a 2013 track titled 'Eeehhh'/'Nothing More To Say', which are both up on the Sophie SoundCloud.

And/or finally, Sophie's official site, which kindly lists every single thing he's ever done. To be continued...
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Lily Allen shares Sheezus rejects
Yesterday, Lily Allen uploaded some old songs to SoundCloud, if only for the "LOLs" of it. Most are prototype-type early takes that didn't make it onto Lily's latest LP 'Sheezus'.

There were also a number of songs written for Allen's 'Bridget Jones' musical, which have since been taken down. And that's a shame because one of them, as Popjustice confirms, was Lil's "love song to a fridge". Disappointing.

Still, it's not all bad news! Because politically-minded 'Sheezus' extra 'I Was Born In The 80s' is still there. It rhymes 'Scargill' with 'bar bill' and features the line "Sick of this, sick of this, go fuck your mum / Sick of this coalition, what you done?"

Alt-J announce second album, tour dates
Alt-J have announced that they will release their second album, 'This Is All Yours', on 22 Sep.

If you decide to make it all yours by pre-ordering it via the band's website, you'll get a code to gain early access to tickets for the band's September tour dates too, which will begin in Glasgow just ahead of the album's release date. Those eager folks will be able to book their live show viewing slot from 9am on Wednesday, while the less committed will have to wait until 9am on Friday.

These are the dates:

18 Sep: Glasgow, Academy
19 Sep: Manchester, Apollo
22 Sep: Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
23 Sep: Brighton, Centre
24 Sep: London, Alexandra Palace
27 Sep: Dublin, O2 Arena

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Quietus Corp to issue new Grumbling Fur LP
The Quietus' ultra-discriminating in-house label The Quietus Phonographic Corporation, has finally seen fit to follow East India Youth's EP 'Hostel' with a new release.

'Preternaturals' is the third LP by psych-pop twinset Grumbling Fur, aka Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, and arrives on 11 Aug via a new distribution deal with PIAS.

Billed by the pair as their "pop record", it features a bit-part by Tim Burgess, and has Turner Prize-nominated Mark Titcher to thank for its cover art.

And this is lead single 'All The Rays', which is backed by an East India Youth remix.

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Björk "thrilled" to feature on Death Grips' free new demi-LP
Hip hop shock tacticians Death Grips have collaborated (in a one-sided kind of way) with Björk on a free new LP titled 'Niggas On The Moon', which follows last year's stealthy 'Government Plates'.

Representing the first 50% of a two-part compilation the band have named 'The Powers That B' (the next bit of which, 'Jenny Death', will appear later this year), each of the eight tracks on 'Niggas On The Moon' is laced with snips of distorted Björk vocals, in a style she's likened to 'found' art.

Writing on Facebook yesterday, Björk said: "I am proud to announce my vocals landed on the new Death Grips album! I adore Death Grips and I am thrilled to be their 'found object'! I have been lucky enough to hang and exchange music loves with them and witness them grow! Epic: onwards!"

That's right, CHAAAAAARGE (on over to this link to stream the LP, and/or this one to download it).

Jack White confirms new November shows
Jacky boy White has confirmed several new headline shows, taking place way off in the distance (November), in aid of his new solo LP 'Lazaretto', which is released this week.

Following a stop in Belgium on 16 Nov, White will move on to play Leeds' First Direct Arena (17 Nov), Glasgow's SSE Hydro (18 Nov), and finally London's O2 Arena (19 Nov), his biggest solo date of all time.

Head to this link on Friday to grab tickets.

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Klaxons sound the '3D tour' alarm
Klaxons revealed yesterday that they're heading off on "the world's first 3D printed tour" complete with 3D printed instruments, lights and 'production'. And whilst I'm pretty sure - as is Personalize - that it's all, technically speaking, a big fat lie, let's make believe it's really happening.

The shows at least are real. Look!

25 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
26 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
27 Oct: Glasgow, ABC
28 Oct: Manchester, Academy 3
30 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
31 Oct: Bristol, Thekla
1 Nov: Birmingham, Academy 2
2 Nov: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
4 Nov: London, Shepherd's Bush Empire

Equally real is a start-to-end stream of the band's latest LP, 'Love Frequency', which is going on general release next week, and yet is available to preview in its entirety right here via The Guardian.

Gary Barlow not invited to PM's celeb party
David Cameron - the most Prime of all the Ministers - is planning a big celeb bash at Ten Downing Street to celebrate the great and the good and the very best indeed of Britain's cultural industries. And Fearne Cotton.

But, and here's the thing, while the invite list includes Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Craig and Emma Watson and Eliza Doolittle and Simon Cowell and Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins, pop's top Tory, the mainstream messiah of monarch magnifying musical merrymaking, Mr Gary Barlow, is not welcome. Oh no. Though to be fair to Cameron, as leader of the Conservative Party, he can hang out with tedious tax-avoiding cunts any day of the week. And this night is meant to be different.

Cameron's Downing Street celeb-fest is already being compared to Tony Blair's 'Cool Britannia' bash in 1997, that official wake for Britpop that confirmed, in case there had been any doubt, that mainstream politicians can extinguish 'cool' on sight. So Barlow might be the fortunate one by being exiled from this event. Tax dodging, it seems, is the new cool.

 
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