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Monday 14 Jul 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The US Department Of Justice has distributed a so called Civil Investigative Demand, or CID, to the two main performing rights societies in the US music publishing domain, ASCAP and BMI, as well as mega-publishers Universal and Sony/ATV/EMI. The document request notices are part of the DoJ's review of the consent decrees that regulate the collective licensing of song performance rights in the US... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Shishido Kavka released her approved debut album 'Kavkanize' in Japan last year, though it sadly never made it over to the UK. Such is the fate of many a great J-pop act, doomed to enjoy success, fame and fortune back home, when unprofitable cult status awaits on the other side of the world. Still, more Japanese artists are beginning to make the journey, even if it's only making a record available on... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES US Department Of Justice's digital licensing review underway, though could wider remit result in bad news for the publishers?
Line-up for the July edition of The CMU Podcast: Live announced
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LEGAL Massive illegal CD pressing plant uncovered in Germany
Former Jay-Z producer now suing for co-ownership of rarity recordings
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DEALS More neighbouring rights clients for Kobalt
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OBITUARIES Tommy Ramone 1949-2014
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ARTIST NEWS Azealia Banks is finally without a record deal
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GIGS & FESTIVALS MTV to launch new Brand New live event as part of Liverpool festival
Linkin Park announce UK shows
Sparks and Heritage Orchestra to perform Kimono My House
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AWARDS Ed Sheeran tops 1Xtra's urban music power list
DJ Mag opens voting for its DJ Poll
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AND FINALLY... Cole confirms recent wedding
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CMU INSIGHTS: THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN 2014
A series of evening seminars providing a complete overview of the music business in 2014 - covering all key revenue streams, music rights in detail, music PR and social media, direct-to-fan and artist deals.

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ESSENTIAL MUSIC & MARKETING - LABEL MANAGER
For ten years, Essential Music & Marketing has been at the forefront of the evolving distributor and label services models for releasing music. We are seeking a highly motivated Label Manager to join our growing team.

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JAZZ CAFE - FOOD & BARS MANAGER
MAMA & Company is seeking a Food & Bars Manager for the Jazz Café in London. The purpose of the role is to all aspects of the bars operation of the building, assist in all aspects of food operation within the kitchen and restaurant.

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MARATHON ARTISTS - COMMUNITY MANAGER
Marathon Artists is seeking a Community Manager to work across all the label's socials and websites. The successful candidate will be able to engage and start conversations with Marathon and our band's communities, and will send weekly reports to the team. The candidate will also need experience setting a social calendar and strategy for the label across all digital platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google+

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - GENERAL MANAGER, O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
Academy Music Group is recruiting for a General Manager at London's O2 Academy Islington. Candidates should have at least three years' experience of live and club venue management.

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LONDON-BASED MUSIC PR COMPANY - PRESS ASSISTANT / JUNIOR PRESS OFFICER (DEPENDENT ON EXPERIENCE)
Wilful Publicity is seeking a new member of staff to join the team, and work across a wide and diverse roster of both established artists and new talent. Dependent on experience, the role has the potential for the successful candidate to quickly develop their own roster of artists and would suit a candidate with some previous experience working in a record company or independent music PR, looking to take the next step in their career.

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GENERATOR - ARTIST DEVELOPEMENT MANAGER
Newcastle Upon Tyne-based music development agency, Generator, is looking for a commercially minded individual with strong industry contacts to develop and implement its Artist Development programme. The candidate will manage a bespoke service that includes mentorship, release support, building sustainable teams, developing live strategies and providing digital marketing support. Experience of supporting artists at various levels will prove useful to this role.

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SUNDAY BEST - PRODUCT MANAGER
London-based independent record company Sunday Best Recordings are seeking an experienced Product Manager to join our dedicated, creative and hardworking team. The successful candidate will initiate and drive album marketing campaigns, liaise with international partners, commission assets and implement creative digital strategies.

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THE ROUNDHOUSE - MUSIC PROGRAMME PRODUCER
We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual, to lead on the planning and management of the Music Programme for young people. Working with professional artists and other creative organisations, you will develop projects, workshops and performance opportunities, to establish pathways and progression routes for young people locally, nationally and internationally.

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EVENTIM - E-COMMERCE ASSISTANT (PAID INTERNSHIP)
UK ticketing agent Eventim are looking for an ambitious graduate to fill a three month paid internship position, starting asap. Based in central London, the successful candidate will gain valuable experience working across the E-commerce and Operations departments, assisting the team in maximising sales for our clients across the country.

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US Department Of Justice's digital licensing review underway, though could wider remit result in bad news for the publishers?
The US Department Of Justice has distributed a so called Civil Investigative Demand, or CID, to the two main performing rights societies in the US music publishing domain, ASCAP and BMI, as well as mega-publishers Universal and Sony/ATV/EMI.

The document request notices are part of the DoJ's review of the consent decrees that regulate the collective licensing of song performance rights in the US. As previously reported, Universal and Sony/ATV want to start licensing digital services like Pandora directly rather than via ASCAP and BMI, because they reckon that they can secure more favourable rates when not subject to the collective licensing regulations.

But last year a court ruled that, under the current consent decrees, publishers cannot just withdraw their digital rights from the collecting societies. To stop licensing Pandora through the collective licensing system the publishers would need to withdraw from the societies completely, meaning they'd have to licence broadcasters, gig promoters and public space owners directly too. Which isn't something any publisher really wants to do.

Though - having called for the consent decrees to be rewritten to allow just digital withdrawal - the big publishers have also threatened to withdraw from collective licensing in its entirety in the US if they don't get their way. Sony/ATV chief Marty Bandier last week reaffirmed that option was under consideration if the DoJ doesn't conclude that more flexible rules are required as a result of its current decree review.

The arrival of the CIDs is a sign that the DoJ's review is now properly underway, which is good news because these things can be long drawn out, and Universal and Sony/ATV would really like the matter to be resolved, in their favour, sooner rather than later.

Though Billboard reports that an internal memo distributed within ASCAP, about the CID, notes that the DoJ's investigation is likely to go beyond just the withdrawal of digital rights. The wider remit might deliver extra benefits, giving the collecting societies even more freedom to adapt or expand, but it might also have negative affects on the US publishing sector.

In particular, the DoJ looks set to consider whether there has been any collusion between the two biggest music publishers and the American societies in their attempts to revamp the way digital services secure song rights in the US.

This part of the investigation likely relates to comments made by judge Denise Cote when considering the dispute between Pandora and ASCAP last year, in which she talked of 'co-ordinating' activity having taken place between the major publishers. Given the consent decrees exist to allay the competition law fears of collective licensing, claims of collusion between the big rights owners might, some experts reckon, result in a stricter rather than relaxed consent decree at the end of this review.

The publishers seem optimistic though, saying they'd appreciate the chance to formally rebut any claims of inappropriate collaboration between rival rights owners, and that ultimately the CID is about getting over the current digital hurdle. According to Billboard, Bandier said the arrival of the CID was "positive because it shows that the DOJ is taking seriously the concept of modifying the consent decree. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we can have something positive, a modified consent decree, so we won't have to withdraw [from the performing rights societies]".

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Line-up for the July edition of The CMU Podast: Live announced
Following the success of its first edition in June, the CMU Podcast will be back for another live recording at The Roundhouse in London on Tuesday 29 Jul.

Joining host Andy Malt to discuss the latest developments in music industry news this month will be Andrea Leonelli from Digital Music Trends, Claire Southwick from Transgressive Producers, artist and producer Dan le Sac and Simon Pursehouse from Sentric Music.

The show will subsequently be available as a free 30 minute podcast, but to get the full experience you need to come and join us on the night, where you'll get extra insight on more topics from our line-up of seasoned industry professionals, plus the chance to pose your own questions to the panel.

Says CMU Editor and event host Andy Malt: "I enjoyed the first edition of this event so much, I can't wait to do it again. Last month it was particularly exciting to be able to debate the developing dispute between YouTube and the indie labels with a group of people looking at it from very different perspectives. So much fascinating discussion didn't make it into the finished podcast, so I'd urge anyone with an interest in the music industry to attend the live show".

Tickets to attend are available now for £10 plus booking fee from the Roundhouse website. CMU Digest subscribers can get 50% off the ticket price - look out for a discount code in Friday's email, and sign up to receive it here if you're not already a member.

Find out more here, and subscribe to the podcast feed in iTunes, or via RSS, or listen to the last edition right here.

Massive illegal CD pressing plant uncovered in Germany
What is possibly the largest black market CD pressing plant in Europe has been raided in Germany, with investigators finding a large-scale CD, DVD and vinyl pressing operation and "significant numbers" of pirated discs.

Several properties were raided in both Bavaria and Hessen after preliminary investigations led by anti-piracy organisation proMedia at the instigation of the German record industry trade group BVMI, with support from global trade body IFPI. A state prosecutor from the Economic Crime Department in the city of Würzburg is now investigating at least one individual in relation to the mass production of pirated CDs, DVDs and records.

Commenting on last week's raids, and explaining why CD piracy remains a big issue for the record industry, BVMI CEO Dr Florian Drücke told CMU: "With a market share of about 70%, there is still a high demand for CDs in Germany - this is evident not only in the legitimate business, but unfortunately also on the illegal market".

He went on: "Thanks to the excellent preparatory work and above all the precise work of the prosecutor and police, this raid has enabled us to pull the plug on the largest-ever undercover pressing plant for music in Europe. The equipment found here demonstrates once again that this is not the work of petty criminals, but of professional organisations whose criminal activities inflict massive damage on artists and the recording industry".

Meanwhile the IFPI's Director Of Anti-Piracy Jeremy Banks told CMU: "IFPI was pleased to work with BVMI and law enforcement agencies in Germany to uncover, investigate and take action against this industrial scale underground pressing plant. While digital piracy makes the headlines, this case clearly shows that the industry also continues to take action against those who illegally make money through the manufacture, distribution and sale of unlicensed physical media".

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Former Jay-Z producer now suing for co-ownership of rarity recordings
A producer recently investigated over allegations of extortion after a complaint was seemingly filed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation business, or possibly its parent company Live Nation, has now filed a complicated lawsuit in which he makes claims of co-ownership to some of the hip hop mogul's own recordings.

Back in April, Chauncey Mahan was questioned by LA police officers after allegedly telling Roc Nation that he was sitting on a pile of outtakes and demos from when he worked with Jay-Z back in the day. He reportedly indicated that he had considered auctioning off the recordings, but that he'd return them to the rapper's company if they paid a storage fee. Live Nation then apparently accused Mahan of extortion, and brought LAPD officers with them to a scheduled meeting with the producer.

But Mahan wasn't arrested, and the investigation into the extortion complaint seems to have been closed without any action being taken. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the producer has now gone legal, against his former collaborator and his then label Roc A Fella, seemingly in a bid to prove that Mahan should have co-ownership of the copyrights in the old Jay-Z recordings. Because, he argues, as a "creative sound engineer" he was involved in the creation of the works.

The case will likely centre on whether or not Mahan was a 'work for hire' when he collaborated with Jay-Z, an issue that comes up with increased frequency in US copyright cases, mainly because of the 'reversion right' in song copyrights, which stems from 1970s law but which is only now kicking in.

It means that US publishing (and possibly other music) rights automatically revert to the 'creator' after 35 years, oblivious of any original assignment contract. Though there is often a dispute over who exactly the creator of any one song is where corporate entities claim that an artist, songwriter or producer was basically an employee, meaning creator rights sit with the employer.

The specifics of this legal dispute are different, but if it were to ever reach court some of the discussions about work for hire could have wider ramifications.

More neighbouring rights clients for Kobalt
Kobalt's neighbouring rights business - Kobalt Neighbouring Rights - last week confirmed another list of new clients, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Akon, Sean Paul, Foxes, Steve Angello and Art Garfunkel.

KNR helps artists (and some labels) manage the royalties they are due from the public performance of recordings they were involved in, all artists being due a direct cut of that income in many countries in addition to any share of what the label receives when recordings are used on radio, at events or in public spaces.

Confirming the latest list of big name artists to sign up to Kobalt's neighbouring rights services, KNR MD Ann Tausis told CMU: "This year has already seen our client list grow rapidly with the addition of many prominent acts, and we're delighted to be able to count these artists among them. Their international appeal makes them an ideal fit for our services and we look forward to working closely with them to realise their neighbouring rights revenues".

Tommy Ramone 1949-2014
Thomas Erdelyi, better known as Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, died last week, aged 65. He had been receiving treatment for bile duct cancer.

Born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest in 1949, Erdelyi emigrated to the US with his family in 1956. He later began playing in a band called Tangerine Puppets with John Cummings, who would later become Johnny Ramone. However, he left to focus on recording studio work, getting a job as an assistant engineer in New York's Record Plant studio.

When Cummings formed The Ramones with bassist Douglas Glenn Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) and drummer Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) in 1974, Erdelyi was their manager, producer and co-songwriter ('I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' and 'Blitzkrieg Bop' being two of his compositions). However, when Joey switched to vocals, he found that none of the drummers he auditioned could do what he wanted them to, so Erdelyi became a performing member of the band too.

He remained the band's drummer for four years, performing on and co-producing their first three albums. When he stepped down in 1978, he remained in his original role to produce the band's fourth album, 'Road To Ruin', and later returned again to produce 1984's 'Too Tough To Die'.

Following his departure from the band, Erdelyi continued to work as a producer and later formed Bluegrass band Uncle Monk with his long-term partner Claudia Tienan.

Erdelyi was the last surviving member of the original Ramones line-up, Joey having died in 2001, Dee Dee in 2002, and Johnny in 2004. He is survived by his older brother Peter.

  Approved: Shishido Kavka - Dame Kashira?
Shishido Kavka released her approved debut album 'Kavkanize' in Japan last year, though it sadly never made it over to the UK. Such is the fate of many a great J-pop act, doomed to enjoy success, fame and fortune back home, when unprofitable cult status awaits on the other side of the world. Still, more Japanese artists are beginning to make the journey, even if it's only making a record available on iTunes.

And maybe this time Kavka will make it onto iTunes over here, because she is back with a new single, 'Dame Kashira?' ('Is It Bad?'), and it's a track that's crying out to be legitimately stored on my mobile phone for the rest of the summer. Like 'Kavkanize' single 'Love Corrida', it has a great chorus, and Kavka's role as her own drummer ensures a solid beat unpinning it all.

The video visualises the lyrical theme of breaking free from your unsatisfying life with Kavka dancing on a beach while being wooed by an American football player, an Elvis impersonator and a hipster sailor. Just what every woman wants.
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Azealia Banks is finally without a record deal
Azealia Banks has 'got out' of her deal with Universal/Interscope. Yeah, you're thinking I mean 'dropped', and you're probably right. But remember that Azealia has been "begging" to get out of the contract since the start of the year. She even went so far as to threaten to leak her debut album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste', if her demands weren't met. They weren't but she didn't.

Then, on Friday, it was all over. Announcing that the severance was underway, she tweeted: "IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!!"

Then shortly afterwards: "I'S IS FREE!!!!!!"

And: "I'm feeling like miss celie at the end of color purple"

And: "Free at last"

And, er: "FUCK IT UP KUNTZ YAAAAAAAAAAAAS"

And: "I'm gonna have a fresh start. I'm so excited!!!!"

And: "Ugh, now I get to be the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14!!!"

And: "All of my 14 year old dreams are coming true"

And: "All I need is to be a member of Interpol and my teenage dreams are complete !"

Let's ignore the fact that she started out as an indie artist, before falling out with XL. Azealia Banks is free and now we can all expect to hear that album she's been talking about for so long. Probably.

MTV to launch new Brand New live event as part of Liverpool festival
MTV will stage an event under its Brand New banner as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival next month, adding to the music TV network's existing annual new talent event in London. Elle Eyre, Becky Hill and Jess Glynne will all perform at the event at Liverpool's Camp And Furnace on 13 Aug.

MTV UK's Kerry Taylor told CMU: "Liverpool has an intrinsic connection with music having brought us some of the world's most famous acts and best loved songs. I can't think of a better destination to host an MTV Brand New event to showcase some of the hottest new acts on the British music scene".

Meanwhile Yaw Owusu from the Liverpool International Music Festival added: "We're very excited about this show - MTV are a fantastic partner and the line-up is incredible, literally the cream of the UK pop and R&B scene. Our aim was to create something really exclusive, cool and intimate while keeping it affordable and I think we have definitely achieved it".

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Linkin Park announce UK shows
Linkin Park will play three English dates in November, having just added a second night at the O2 Arena in London to their schedule.

The band will kick off their UK jaunt in Manchester on 22 Nov, followed by two nights at The O2 on 23 and 24 Nov. And then they'll be off again, just like that.

The very latest Linkin Park album, 'The Hunting Party', was released in June. Here's 'Until It's Gone', a track from it that they thought was good enough to release as a single.

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Sparks and Heritage Orchestra to perform Kimono My House
Sparks have announced that they will perform their 1974 album, 'Kimono My House', in full at London's Barbican later this year, with the backing of the Heritage Orchestra.

Say Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael: "Come celebrate with us the 40th anniversary of our album 'Kimono My House'! To make the evening excruciatingly special, we will perform it in its entirety with the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra. And since we'll be in full-on celebratory mode and in no rush to go home, we'll also perform a selection of songs from our other 22 albums with blaring symphonic accompaniment. You waited 40 years; the wait is over!"

The show will take place on 19 Dec, with tickets going on general sale this Friday via the Barbican website.

 

Ed Sheeran tops 1Xtra's urban music power list
So, Ed Sheeran is the most powerful player in British urban music, according to BBC 1Xtra, which brought together a panel of those industry experts to consider which artists are having the biggest impact in the UK black and urban music scene around about now.

Of course, there is no denying that Sheeran is a leading player in British music in 2014, though him topping a list of urban acts has caused a little controversy, mainly based on where exactly you draw the boundaries on what is and isn't 'black and urban music'.

1Xtra points out that black and urban music isn't about the ethnicity of the performers, though putting a white boy whose music is classified on Wikipedia as "pop, folk, acoustic" is going to cause a little stir. Oh, but he's a little bit urbaney, isn't he? Is he? Oh yes, I forgot, 'urban' is a made up genre label that can be pretty much applied to anything.

Explaining the decision to put Sheeran at the top of the poll, 1Xtra DJ Yasmin Evans told reporters: "Having just his music in mind, and disregarding anything else that we may have considered for other artists, there is so much power in what he produces and writes, that this alone holds so much power". Though that says more about Sheeran's 'power' than his urban music credentials.

It was Wiley, placed number sixteen in the poll, who had most to say about Sheeran's topping of the list. He wrote on Twitter this weekend: "We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns [out] he has influenced us. England music industry is backwards. God bless those who try".

He went on: "People think I am mad. I am not mad, I can just see skull duggery from miles away. We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from Ed, he is sick. But black artist in England, we are getting bumped".

Anyways, here's the Top 20. You can work out your own definition of 'urban music' and be pleased or pissed off accordingly...

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Disclosure
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Sam Smith
5. Rudimental
6. Emeli Sande
7. Naughty Boy
8. Katy B
9. Krept & Konan
10. Fuse ODG
11. Boy Better Know
12. Rita Ora
13. Lethal Bizzle
14. DJ Fresh
15. Jessie J
16. Wiley
17. Giggs
18. Laura Mvula
19. Wretch 32
20. Dizzee Rascal

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DJ Mag opens voting for its DJ Poll
Voting opened yesterday for DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJ Poll, the annual survey every club DJ will tell you doesn't really matter to them, but which actually does. According to the dance music mag, 750,000 people from 200 countries voted in last year's poll, with Dutch DJ Hardwell taking the top spot off five-times winner Armin Van Buuren.

This year's survey was kicked off with a party in Amsterdam on Saturday night before voting opened online yesterday lunchtime. This year's Top 100 will be unveiled on 18 Oct, with events in both Amsterdam, as part of the Amsterdam Dance Event, and at the Brixton Academy in London.

Clubbers have until 15 Sep to do their voting at top100djsvote.djmag.com

Cole confirms recent wedding
Cheryl Cole married her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at a secret ceremony earlier this month, the singer and 'X-Factor' judging lady has confirmed.

Cole - or Madame Fernandez-Versini if you prefer - wrote on her Facebook page: "I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to share my happy news... Jean-Bernard and I married on 7/7/14. We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together".

According to The Sun, the couple wed on the private island of Mustique after being together as a couple for just three months.

 
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