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Wednesday 25 Jun 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The UK's Music Publishers' Association is the latest music industry trade body to back the indie label community in their battle with YouTube over the terms being offered by the Google subsidiary for its planned audio streaming service. As much previously reported, indie label trade groups worldwide have criticised YouTube for offering what they consider to be inferior terms regarding the new audio... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Bea lives in the Netherlands. She is 22. Her website is bea1991.info, and her email address, to which you might like to direct any questions, is info@bea1991.info. Ummm so you might've guessed that there isn't a great deal of 'info' on Bea in the public domain right now. There really isn't. But who cares for info anyway? Especially when there is, in the absence of facts, Bea's new single 'Safe Ground' instead... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Music Publishers' Association backs indies in YouTube dispute
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DEALS Julian Casablancas's Cult Records does label services deal with Kobalt
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New Vivendi chair confirms content acquisition strategy
PPL and PRS put out music licensing video intro guide for businesses
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LIVE BUSINESS T In The Park, One Love Festival both moving house
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Beatport CEO stands down
US launch date set for 7digital-allied mobile streaming service
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ARTIST NEWS Frank Turner to write tour memoir
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RELEASES Rustie confirms new LP, latter London show
Underworld to mark 20th anniversary of debut album with re-issue and live show
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Blink 182 announce Reading/Leeds warm-up show in London
Emilie Nicolas to perform in London
Perfume announce Hammersmith Apollo show
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AWARDS Entries open for UK Music Video Awards
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AND FINALLY... ITV to pay Blue to run a bar; James Arthur punched in a bar
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Music Publishers' Association backs indies in YouTube dispute
The UK's Music Publishers' Association is the latest music industry trade body to back the indie label community in their battle with YouTube over the terms being offered by the Google subsidiary for its planned audio streaming service.

As much previously reported, indie label trade groups worldwide have criticised YouTube for offering what they consider to be inferior terms regarding the new audio set-up. And even more so for threatening to take away full access to the firm's popular video platform from the indies if they don't play ball over the new service.

UK record label trade body the BPI, which reps both indies and the majors, who have signed up to the new YouTube service, has backed the independent community's stance, and yesterday the MPA also confirmed its support at the music publishing sector trade group's annual general meeting in London.

MPA CEO Sarah Osborn said: "If companies such as Google are now acting in the role of cultural gatekeepers, whether by accident or by design, they must bear some responsibility to not act against the interests of the creators upon whose labour large parts of their business are built".

Elsewhere at the AGM, Chris Butler was re-elected unopposed to the role of MPA Chairman.

Julian Casablancas's Cult Records does label services deal with Kobalt
Kobalt Label Services has announced a new deal with Cult Records, the label set up by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. The company will provide product management, physical and digital distribution, marketing and sync licensing services across multiple releases.

The first release under the partnership will be Casablancas's new solo album 'Tyranny', which he's putting out under the name Julian Casablancas And The Voidz in September. Other artists signed to the label include, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, The Virgins, Har Mar Superstar, Cerebral Ballzy and Rey Pila.

Announcing the deal, Kobalt Music Group President Richard Sanders told CMU: "All of us at Kobalt are looking forward to helping Julian and his team at Cult Records find the largest possible audience for their artists".

Meanwhile, with his new album is set for release on 23 Sep, Casablancas says of the inspiration for the record: "Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter)".

Just to reiterate, that quote relates to Casablancas' new album specifically, not his new business arrangements.

View some sort of preview video for the album here.

New Vivendi chair confirms content acquisition strategy
French billionaire Vincent Bollore stood up as Chairman of Universal Music parent Vivendi at the firm's AGM yesterday, the 5% shareholder in the group having slowly increased his influence in the board room in recent years.

Bollore confirmed that Vivendi's priority is now content, it having divested itself of its flagging telecoms business. The group's two main assets are now Universal and French TV firm Canal+, though it also owns Brazilian broadband company GVT and some other smaller businesses, such as ticketing companies Digitick and See Tickets.

The French group is expected to expand its assets in the content industries in the coming year, though Bollore promised shareholders that he wouldn't let any acquisition spree prevent dividend payments from being made. It is thought that any purchases will be outside of music, Universal already being the world's biggest music rights player, though there maybe TV industry purchases to expand Canal+ beyond France.

Outgoing chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou will become Honorary President and have an advisory role, with a focus on looking at how the different Vivendi businesses can better work together. Speaking at the AGM, Fourtou also discussed Vivendi's slow withdrawal from gaming powerhouse Activision, in which it once owned a controlling stake. The divestment of the gaming firm possibly seems counterintuitive given the group's mission in recent years to focus on its media and entertainment businesses.

According to Billboard, Fourtou said that while Activision was on "the cutting edge of technology" and "a jewel", much of the firm's success was based on just two titles, 'World Of Warcraft' and 'Call Of Duty', which the Vivendi board thought made it a "fragile" business. He also admitted that the original attraction of Activision for Vivendi was the 'Guitar Hero' franchise, massive when it bought into the gaming business, but a product that fell out of fashion incredibly quickly.

The outgoing Vivendi Chair also admitted that he and his board were sensitive to having control of a company whose cash cow was the sometimes controversial 'Call Of Duty' franchise. According to Billboard, he said: "Every single time there were massacres in Sweden, Norway, the United States, the killers were people who had been spending a lot of time playing [our two biggest] games, especially 'Call Of Duty'. Supervisory board members just as you felt it was really a problem having this kind of business activity in our company".

Which is interesting, business leaders with a conscience, who knew? Though their cash cow on the music side last year was 'Blurred Lines', so misogyny millions are fair game presumably.

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PPL and PRS put out music licensing video intro guide for businesses
Want to hear Lauren Laverne explain the music licensing process, the difference between collective licensing bodies PPL and PRS, and why playing music in your work place is a damn good thing to do?

Well you, my good reader, are about to be on the receiving end of an extraordinary stroke of good fortune. Because she's only gone and made a video doing just that. Because Lauren Laverne, and this is no secret, is a lady who loves licensing. Hence her DJ name Lauren 'Licensing Loving Lady' Laverne

Says DJ L-LLL-L: "PPL collects and distributes royalties on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music. PRS For Music collects and distributes royalties on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics".

She goes on: "By obtaining licences from PPL and PRS for Music, you can enjoy the benefits of using music in your business without having to seek permission individually from all these thousands of people - who in turn get the opportunity to be paid fairly for their work".

Fans of music licensing explanations can check out the PPL/PRS-commissioned video here. Though it's really aimed at business owners who play music in their cafes, bars, stores, offices or workspaces, and is part of the collecting societies' mission to make the licensing of music easier to understand.

T In The Park, One Love Festival both moving house
Scottish pop/rock festival T In The Park is set to move to a new site for its 2015 edition. T's present base in Balado, Kinross, where the event has taken place every year since 1997, sits above a major oil pipeline which is apparently causing its organisers DF Concerts ongoing problems.

This year's T In The Park will still go ahead at the Balado location on 11-13 Jul, despite "substantial concern", reports The Scotsman, expressed by local health and safety executives. Nearby Stirling and Loch Lomond are being tipped as potentials for the new site, which will apparently be officially revealed later today.

Also on the move, though not because of any dodgy oil pipes, but rather to "absorb growth", is this year's One Love. The reggae-weekender-with-camping-facilities, which is happening between 15-17 Aug, is setting off for a new, bigger address at Springfield Farm in Milton Keynes, only ten mins drive away from its old post at Stockwell Farm.

A confirmation on the One Love website states: "At Stockwell Farm (our old venue) we were really struggling with where to put everything and everybody! So we came to the conclusion that a change of site would be necessary to see the festival grow and protect the future of the genre".

Beatport CEO stands down
The CEO of EDM-focused download store Beatport is stepping down, it's been confirmed. Matthew Adell saw the digital firm through its acquisition by EDM powerhouse SFX last year, and the subsequent downsizing that occurred as the company was integrated with the other digital operations of the Robert FX Sillerman-led business.

Confirming that Adell was now stepping down, an SFX spokesperson told Billboard: "His vision and dedication has helped make Beatport the company it is today, and we wish him well in all his future endeavours".

Meanwhile Lloyd Starr, who will remain as COO of Beatport, but will seemingly head up the operation moving forward, said: "I'm humbled by this opportunity to lead the evolution of Beatport into what is going to be an exciting future. I'm looking forward to working with Beatport's suppliers, partners, customers, and fans to continue offering the quality experience they've come to expect".

Adell will retain a consulting role to both Beatport and SFX, because why not?

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US launch date set for 7digital-allied mobile streaming service
7digital yesterday announced that the new mobile music service it is helping to power, for ROK Mobile, will go live in the US on 4 Jul. So let's hope there's plenty of indie label content in there, that being Independence Day and all. Well, at least some Will Smith tunes.

7digital announced its alliance with the then fledgling ROK Mobile venture just over a year ago. Confirming the London-based digital content provider's role in the new business, ROK Mobile's Jonathan Kendrick told CMU: "7digital's mission to simplify access to the world's music is complementary to our philosophy of supplying users with access to music everywhere they go via our wireless service for one simple price".

He went on: "ROK's music service is an essential part of our offering. We needed partners in the space that understand how to handle the demand. 7digital's API provided us with the flexibility to innovate quickly and collaborate easily with other partners so that our music service can deliver a next generation experience to our customers".

Meanwhile Simon Cole, now CEO of the all new funky and very publicly listed 7digital, added: "We are proud to be working with ROK; their music streaming app fills a gap in the marketplace, and we are pleased to be innovating alongside them. The face of the digital music industry is changing fast, and by working with forward looking companies like ROK, we will stay ahead of the crowd".

  Approved: Bea
Bea lives in the Netherlands. She is 22. Her website is bea1991.info, and her email address, to which you might like to direct any questions, is info@bea1991.info.

Ummm so you might've guessed that there isn't a great deal of 'info' on Bea in the public domain right now. There really isn't. But who cares for info anyway? Especially when there is, in the absence of facts, Bea's new single 'Safe Ground' instead, an ultra-fine fabric of rhythmic trip hop with her crisp, clean-lined voice at its centre point.

Also for your consideration is earlier Bea track 'Breadwinner', a lax-paced and stonily impassive synth-pop grind in the style of MØ in a dark mood.

Make do with both songs, 'Safe Ground' and 'Breadwinner', which are A* brilliant by the way, now.
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Frank Turner to write tour memoir
Frank Turner has signed a deal with publisher Headline to write a memoir of his life on tour. Starting with his final gig with hardcore band Million Dead, the book will track Turner's solo career and his touring escapades, including playing at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.

Says Turner: "It took some persuading for me to think about writing a book of any kind, but in the end I realised that I have spent a pretty unusual amount of time touring hard in the last few years, and I have a fair few stories to tell, and maybe even a tiny smidgen of wisdom to impart to people starting out on the same path. Plus I come from a family of yarn-spinners, and I can run my mouth, so it makes sense".

The book is scheduled to come out next spring.

Rustie confirms new LP, latter London show
Glasgow man Rustie is back in a big way with info on his first LP since 2011's 'Glass Swords'. 'Green Language', which is derived from old Norse term for 'the perfect knowledge', is its name, and "speaking directly to your emotions without your mind interfering with the message" (says Rustie) is its game.

"Written and recorded at 4am to the sound of birdsong in a remote location in his native Scotland, influenced by nature, birds and sunrise", add his team, the disc will make its way into shops via Warp on 25 Aug, featuring bit-parts from Danny Brown, D Double E and Redinho, and mixed traces of trance, MBV, Scottish electronica and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

All that will be made apparent, in the 'live' sense, on 18 Sep, which is the date Rustie plays London's Oval Space. Get tickets to see the show here, and listen in on lead 'Green Language' track 'Raptor' here.

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Underworld to mark 20th anniversary of debut album with re-issue and live show
Underworld have announced a 20th anniversary re-issue of their debut album, 'dubnobasswithmyheadman', as well as a special one-off live performance to go with it.

Remastered by the band's Rick Smith at Abbey Road, the release will also come with a wealth of demos, remixes and other previously unreleased bonus material. Five discs' worth, if you fancy forking out for the 'super deluxe' CD edition.

It will be out on 6 Oct. And then later the same week, on 11 Oct, Underworld will play the record in full at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Tickets for that will be on sale on 2 Jul.

Blink 182 announce Reading/Leeds warm-up show in London
Blink 182 have announced that they will play a warm-up show at London's Brixton Academy on 6 Aug to limber themselves up for their performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals two weeks later.

Asked for a quote for the press release, frontman Mark Hoppus managed to splutter this out: "We're very excited to preface the Reading and Leeds festivals with this Brixton warm-up date".

Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 9.30am from here.

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Emilie Nicolas to perform in London
CMU approved last year, Norwegian singer Emilie Nicolas has continued to gain momentum since last summer with very well received performances at various European showcase festivals. Now, finally, she has announced her first London show. Two of them, in fact.

You'll be able to see Nicolas perform a headline slot at The Lexington on 16 Jul, followed by a support slot with Chvrches at Somerset House the following night. She'll also play Latitude on 18 Jul.

The Somerset House show is already sold out, but you can get tickets for The Lexington here.

And here's a video of Nicolas performing her debut single, 'Pstereo', live at Norway's P3 Gull Awards last year.

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Perfume announce Hammersmith Apollo show
J-pop stars Perfume have announced that they will be back in the UK as part of their third world tour later this year. They play the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 12 Nov.

Named one of our Artists Of The Year in 2013 for their impressive performance at the Shepherd's Bush Empire last summer, the step up to the Apollo will hopefully allow for more of the high tech stage set-up they're known for back in Japan.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am on 4 Jul. Until then, enjoy this only slightly comical trailer for the tour.

Entries open for UK Music Video Awards
Organisers of the UK Music Video Awards have announced that they are now accepting entries for their 2014 edition, the event's seventh outing.

Taking place on 10 Nov at the Southbank Centre in London, the ceremony will also mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night' film.

UKMVA editorial director David Knight told CMU: "This year's UK Music Video Awards will celebrate the gamut of music video creativity over the past year, and show how music video continues to nurture new talent in every department of filmmaking. The 50th anniversary of 'A Hard Day's Night' highlights how the art of music film and video in Britain has a fantastic heritage, which the MVAs does more than anyone to recognise".

Submissions for the Best Director, New Director, Producer and Commissioner categories are now being accepted at www.ukmva.com until 6 Aug.

ITV to pay Blue to run a bar; James Arthur punched in a bar
Apparently Blue are to act as landboybandlords at a new made-for-TV bar in Ibiza, as part of a show airing on ITV2 'soon'. So kind of like a Spanish spin-off of ITV's short-lived 2003 reality series 'The Club'. And what a storming TV triumph that was.

Although currently still in early development stages, the show is set to be made by ITV-owned production house Potato, which is already familiar with Blue having financed the band's big reunion on 'The Big Reunion'. And again, that all went extremely well in the end, didn't it?

I'm not certain placing a self-confessed alcoholic in charge of a bar is the greatest idea I've ever heard. Nor, for that matter, doing the same with Anthony Costa. Still, hey, that's showbiz!

Elsewhere in popstars-and-bars-based gossip, James Arthur, the white whale of pop, got a small scratch on his face after having a "Polish bar brawl" in a bar in Poland the other day. Brits abroad eh, what are they like?

He did say it was "the best", mind, adding that "boys will be boys", so let's try not to cry over it. You can read all about it on the Daily Mail website if you like, or alternatively, if you don't like, don't.

 

 
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