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Friday 18 Jul 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: While Spain was one of the first countries to seriously consider web-blocking as a tactic in the fight against internet piracy with its so called Sinde Law, a court in the country has overturned a previous ruling that led to the blocking for a number of file-sharing sites. Ever since the rise of internet piracy fifteen years ago, rights owners have struggled to stop the unlicensed distribution of their... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: So, technically this is a festival, and it's all sold out. But the revitalised Lovebox is the place to be for the capital's clubbers this weekend, and you can still find a ticket or two online. Not that we endorse ticket touting, oh no. But Chase & Status Live! Katy B! Sub Focus Live! Theo Parrish Live! David Rodigan! Craig Charles! Joy Orbison! DJ EZ! Benji B! Shy FX & Stamina MC! Zinc & Tippa! Randall... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Billy Corgan rants are ten-a-penny and have a tendency to be quite Billy Corgan-centric, but his latest offering might just raise some interesting discussion points for other artists and record labels. Maybe. Plus, it's an opportunity to kick Amazon a bit, and that's very popular these days, isn't it? In September, Universal and Corgan are re-releasing the band's 1998 album 'Adore' as a seven disc... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spanish court overturns web-blocks, as Pirate Bay says userbase has doubled since blockades began
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LEGAL Long disputed Hendrix recordings to be released
Conor Oberst accepts apology from rape accuser
Cowell's lawyers consult Attorney General after claims made in Tulisa drug case court
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Distributor STHoldings to close
FatCat launches publishing arm
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EDUCATION & EVENTS BIMM founders behind new Detroit-based music school with global online courses
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ARTIST NEWS Adele hasn't confirmed anything
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RELEASES Scott Walker and Sunn o))) announce album details
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Alvvays to play London shows
Lust For Youth announce UK shows
Vaults announce ICA show, new single
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AWARDS MTV VMA nominations announced
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #215: Billy Corgan v Amazon
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!K7 - LABEL MANAGER
The !K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced Label Manager to join its London team. Founded in Berlin in 1985, !K7 is a multi-faceted music services and label group with offices in London, New York and Berlin, and partners across the globe. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to manage all aspects of our release campaigns and drive label development.

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MACHINE MANAGEMENT - DAY-TO-DAY ARTIST MANAGER
Machine Management is looking for an experienced day-to-day Artist Manager to join the management team. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with minimum 2-3 years' experience to develop in this very busy and internationally focused role. Based in offices in East London, the position will be working primarily with one of the company's biggest talents, is very much a 24/7 role and will involve some travel.

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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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Spanish court overturns web-blocks, as Pirate Bay says userbase has doubled since blockades began
While Spain was one of the first countries to seriously consider web-blocking as a tactic in the fight against internet piracy with its so called Sinde Law, a court in the country has overturned a previous ruling that led to the blocking for a number of file-sharing sites.

Ever since the rise of internet piracy fifteen years ago, rights owners have struggled to stop the unlicensed distribution of their content online under Spanish copyright law, with judges often ruling that existing legislation didn't deem individual file-sharers liable for infringement. But legislative reforms in 2011, in part motivated by lobbying by the American government, endeavoured to address the entertainment industry's concerns.

And back in May the anti-piracy group FAP secured injunctions in court forcing internet service providers in the country to block various file-sharing set-ups, including SpanishTracker, PCTorrent.com, NewPCT.com, PCTestrenos.com, Descargaya.es and TumejorTV.com. As much previously reported, web-blocking of this kind has become the norm in a number of countries, including the UK, even though proxies can often be used the circumvent the blockades, as quickly occurred in Spain.

Nevertheless, the Spanish web-blocks were welcomed by the music and movie industries. But the ruling was appealed and, according to TorrentFreak, this week an appeals judge called of the blocks, saying there was "insufficient grounds" for blocking the offending sites in order to protect property rights. Which is a blow to the rights industries, who will now likely put new pressure on the Spanish political community, which is again considering the piracy issue, to put even stronger copyright protection laws onto the statute book.

In related news, The Pirate Bay has told TorrentFreak that its user numbers have doubled since 2011, despite it often being the first file-sharing site to be blocked whenever web-blocking becomes a reality in any one jurisdiction. The file-sharing set-up adds that about 9% of its users come via proxies, who are likely accessing the service in a country where ISPs have blocked the site's primary domain.

Web-blocking critics argue that web-blocks are so easy to circumvent that they achieve nothing, though rights owners - while conceding that no anti-piracy tactic is perfect - argue that if Google and the search engines could be persuaded or forced to remove all and any web-block circumventing proxies from their search lists, then the blockades would be much more effective.

Long disputed Hendrix recordings to be released
Sony Music's Legacy Recordings is set to release a number of early Jimi Hendrix tracks after the conclusion of a legal dispute that lasted nearly five decades.

The disputed recordings were made between 1965 and 1967, many featuring Hendrix playing on records made by Curtis Knight & The Squires. The recordings were instigated by a label called PPX International run by producer Ed Chalpin, who famously signed Hendrix and Knight to an infamous one-pound-advance-one-percent-royalty deal.

The arrangement caused issues within a couple of years as Hendrix's career started to take off, and PPX and its business partners started to put out versions of the recordings that heavily implied - through title or artwork - that the records were by the legendary guitarist, rather than them just featuring his guitar playing on the side. Hendrix was not impressed.

But, whereas his manager had managed to buy Hendrix out of most of the dodgy contracts he'd signed before his rise to fame, the PPX deal remained. Though the guitarist's people did manage to block at least one of the re-releases of the Curtis Knight recordings in the UK.

Then, decades later, in 2001 the Hendrix Estate won a legal battle, again in the London courts, enforcing a 1973 decree which limited PPX's ownership of recordings featuring Hendrix to just 33 masters made in 1965, rather than the larger catalogue of tracks put down in the following couple of years.

Further legal wranglings followed, with a London appeals court and New York State Court both upholding that ruling (the latter after Hendrix's brother Leon, not affiliated with the Estate-owned Experience Hendrix company, partnered with PPX on a planned release of the tapes). Then, in 2007, Experience Hendrix secured a $900,000 court order against Chaplin.

But it's seemingly taken until now to finally iron everything out. The long disputed master recordings are now in the hands of the Hendrix company, and it has partnered with the Sony catalogue label to enable a series of remastered releases, which will be directed by long-time Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer

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Conor Oberst accepts apology from rape accuser
Conor Oberst has apparently ceased legal action against a woman who claimed that he had raped her, after she issued an apology and retraction this week.

As previously reported, the comment was posted anonymously under an article on the xoJane website, and subsequently deleted. However, after discussion of the claim spread, Oberst's lawyer identified the poster and sued her for libel, demanding $1 million in damages. Earlier this week, a statement from the accuser was published by Oberst's lawyer, in which she retracted her claims, saying that she "made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life".

A statement from Oberst, published by Billboard, reads: "I have accepted [the] apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives".

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Cowell's lawyers consult Attorney General after claims made in Tulisa drug case court
Legal reps for Simon Cowell are consulting the UK Attorney General's office after a tape was played in court during Tulisa Contostavlos's previously reported drugs case in which an associate of the N-Dubz star and former 'X-Factor' judge claimed that the 'X' creator was gay.

In the recording of a conversation between journalist Mazher Mahmood and Contostavlos's PA Gareth Varey the former asks the latter about Cowell's sexuality. Varey, asked if he had slept with Cowell, says: "No. One day I will, when I make my move. [But] I know people who have".

Quite what the conversation had to do with the allegations that Contostavlos offered to organise the supply of drugs to Mahmood isn't clear. But it's put Cowell - who since the conversation took place has fathered a baby with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman - in a tricky position, because if he publicly comments on the claims he could find himself in contempt of court.

A spokesperson for Cowell told reporters: "We are bound by contempt of court rules so cannot respond to these claims in the manner we wish to. We are speaking to the Attorney General's office - and we intend to make a statement in court as soon as possible".

Contostavlos claims she was basically entrapped by Mahmood, who tricked the singer into thinking he could help her launch a film career. The case continues.

Distributor STHoldings to close
Electronic music distribution company STHoldings will cease trading at the end of this month, according to FACT. Launched in 1998, the company initially set itself up as a drum n bass distributor, and subsequently grew to work with labels releasing a variety of underground electronic genres in the UK.

In May, reports Clash, the company pared back its operations, reducing its client base from almost 200 to around 30 labels, owner Andrew Parkinson saying at the time: "We set out to build something that empowered the underground independent artist and gave them freedom to focus on their art. Things have changed... the ethos is getting lost and STH and its labels are dissatisfied".

He went on: "Personally I do not feel that STHoldings can and should continue on its current path. I have decided to hit the reset button and for STH to return to its roots ... Starting today, we are only going to work with a small number of approximately 30 record labels that reflect this ethos".

However, just two months later the company is now seemingly shutting up shop completely, with payments to labels due to be brought up to date by September. Meanwhile former Sales Manager Mat Harwood has already launched a new vinyl distribution service, as part of Bournemouth record shop Unearthed Sounds, which also opened this month.

Since news of the closure broke, there has apparently been some confusion amongst labels still signed to the company over the ownership of metalwork from which their vinyl is pressed. According to a post on the blog of vinyl broker Well Tempered, an email from STHoldings told labels that they own the metalwork and should contact pressing plants direct to claim it./

However, writes Well Tempered: "This is not entirely accurate. The metalwork is not owned by the label. The rights to the metalwork is owned by the pressing plant that manufactured them. The rights to the masters embedded into the metalwork is owned by the record label".

The post continues: "Please don't panic and feel the need to have to 'claim' ownership of the metalwork - it will not be going anywhere. The pressing plant will not destroy it. I have agreements in place whereby I can take control of STHoldings-related metalwork when needed. This is by no means a complicated procedure".

STHoldings, you may remember, made headlines back in 2011 when the digital distribution side of the company pulled its entire catalogue off Spotify, saying at the time: "As a distributor we have to do what is best for our labels. The majority of which do not want their music on such services because of the poor revenues and the detrimental affect on sales. Add to that, the feeling that their music loses its specialness by its exploitation as a low value/free commodity. Quoting one of our labels: 'Let's keep the music special, fuck Spotify'".

No official statement on the closure has yet been made publicly by the distribution firm.

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FatCat launches publishing arm
Brighton record label FatCat has announced the launch of a new music publishing arm, FatCat Publishing. A joint venture with Cooking Vinyl, the company will work with new artists found through the FatCat demo website.

In a statement, the company said: "Working with new artists has always been integral to who we are at FatCat. The FatCat demo site has been the source of countless amazing discoveries, many of which have become FatCat artists (Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, David Karsten Daniels to name a few). Unfortunately we can't sign all of the wonderful artists who send us music but our new publishing arm gives us a chance to help these artists get some of the exposure they deserve".

More details on the company here, and here's a playlist of artists already signed.

BIMM founders behind new Detroit-based music school with global online courses
The founders of music education institution BIMM, Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, have confirmed that they are launching a new educational business, which will have a physical base in Detroit, and an e-learning platform that will reach beyond the US, with an alliance with the UK's Falmouth University.

DIME and DIME Online will launch later this year, offering courses in creative music performance, creative songwriting and artist management, with others to follow.

Explaining the decision to launch with an online learning set-up in addition to the physical base in Detroit, DIME MD Sarah Clayman told CMU: "With more and more people spending more and more time online and the increasing affordability of digital devices it makes sense for us to also offer our campus-based DIME course online so that even more people can study them, wherever they are in the world, increasing or decreasing their work load to fit their current circumstances".

She added: "We're really excited about DIME Online and in the United States we are seeing that university courses are increasingly involving a mix of campus-based lectures with online tuition - we believe using the internet in this way encourages accessibility to students who may face difficulties in taking up places within full time, campus-based education".

  Vigsy’s Club Tip: Lovebox
So, technically this is a festival, and it's all sold out. But the revitalised Lovebox is the place to be for the capital's clubbers this weekend, and you can still find a ticket or two online. Not that we endorse ticket touting, oh no.

But Chase & Status Live! Katy B! Sub Focus Live! Theo Parrish Live! David Rodigan! Craig Charles! Joy Orbison! DJ EZ! Benji B! Shy FX & Stamina MC! Zinc & Tippa! Randall! Crazy P Soundsystem! And that's just today, before MIA, Soul II Soul, Bonobo, Norman Jay, Horse Meat Disco, Futureboogie and many more arrive on stage tomorrow. What a line up! What a weekend!

So what if they're forecasting a little rain for tomorrow. What do they know? It'll be a scorcher, and you can quote me on that.

(PS: I'm trusting you'll be too wasted to notice the rain when it comes.)

(PPS: If you can't get a ticket to the event itself or that tiny threat of rain is putting you off, do check out all the great after parties planned.)

Friday 1 Jul and Saturday 19 Jul, Victoria Park, London, more info here; after parties listed here.
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Adele hasn't confirmed anything
Adele has not confirmed a 2015 world tour, no matter what you read on the World Music Awards Twitter feed. Not according to Beggars boss Martin Mills, anyway.

Earlier this week, the WMAs tweeted: "Adele confirms 2015 tour after the release of her new album '25'!"

A reasonable guess, perhaps, but not a confirmed fact. Mills, head of Adele's label XL's parent company, told Billboard that there is "no truth in this". So there. The WMA tweet has now been deleted.

Scott Walker and Sunn o))) announce album details
4AD has announced details of the previously reported collaboration between Scott Walker and Sunn o))). So, we now know that a five track, 50 minute album called 'Soused' will be released on 22 Sep.

The album was recorded in London earlier this year, Walker teaming up with Sunn o))) core members Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, plus associate Tos Nieuwenhuizen. It was produced by Walker and Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman.

In lieu of anything to actually listen to, here's the tracklist:

Brando
Herod 2014
Bull
Fetish
Lullaby

Alvvays to play London shows
With their Chad VanGaalen-produced debut album due to be released through Transgressive Records on Monday, Alvvays are lining up to play some London shows to mark the occasion.

You'll be able to catch them headlining Birthdays in Dalston on 5 Aug, followed the next day by an in-store performance at Rough Trade East. They'll also be back supporting Real Estate in October.

Now, watch the video for 'Adult Diversion', one of the many tracks you'll be able to hear on the album next week:

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Lust For Youth announce UK shows
Danish trio Lust For Youth have announced a quintet of UK and Ireland shows as part of their upcoming European tour.

Originally a solo project for frontman Hannes Norrvide, latest album 'International' marks their first work as a band. Wanna hear something from it? Well, here's the new video for one of the album's tracks, 'Running'.

And look, here are those tour dates I mentioned:

23 Sep: Glasgow, Broadcast
24 Sep: Birmingham, Alfie Birds
25 Sep: Dublin, Bello Bar
26 Sep: London, 100 Club
27 Sep: Manchester, Soup Kitchen

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Vaults announce ICA show, new single
New Virgin EMI signees Vaults have announced that they will play a headline show at the ICA in London on 3 Sep, amongst various festival dates. This follows their live debut at the Courtyard Theatre in London back in May.

They've also just announced their new single, 'Lifespan', will be out on 1 Sep. That's two days before the show. It's almost like they planned it!

Tickets for the show are on sale now, and also available to you right now is a stream of 'Lifespan'. This is too much excitement, I need a sit down. Here's the track.

MTV VMA nominations announced
Beyonce is leading the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards this year. She's got eight! That's quite a lot, isn't it? There are only sixteen categories, so she's come up in half of them. Well done Beyonce. I guess that's what happens when you release 76 videos all at once, or whatever it was.

Anyway, no one's that bothered about the actual awards, are they? You all want to know who's going to make this year's 'Miley-rubbing-up-against-Robin-Thicke's-balls' moment, aren't you? Well, currently booked to perform are Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds Of Summer. None of them quite cut it in the controversy stakes. I guess we'll just have to wait.

Oh well, maybe we will look at the awards then. You can vote here, if you want, and you can look down the list of nominees here:

Video Of The Year: Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX - Fancy, Beyonce feat Jay-Z - Drunk In Love, Pharrell Williams - Happy, Sia - Chandelier, Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

Best Hip Hop: Eminem - Bezerk, Drake feat Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home), Childish Gambino - 3005, Kanye West - Black Skinhead, Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz

Best Male: Pharrell Williams - Happy, John Legend - All Of Me, Ed Sheeran feat Pharrell - Sing, Sam Smith - Stay With Me, Eminem feat Rihanna - Monster

Best Female: Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX - Fancy, Beyonce - Partition, Lorde - Royals, Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea - Problem, Katy Perry feat Juicy J - Dark Horse

Best Pop: Pharrell Williams - Happy, Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX - Fancy, Jason Derulo feat 2 Chainz - Talk Dirty, Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea - Problem, Avicii feat Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up

Best Rock: Imagine Dragons - Demons, Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know, The Black Keys - Fever, Lorde - Royals, Linkin Park - Until It's Gone

MTV Artist To Watch: Sam Smith - Stay With Me, 5 Seconds of Summer -She Looks So Perfect, Charli XCX - Boom Clap, Schoolboy Q - Man Of The Year, Fifth Harmony - Miss Movin On

Best Collaboration: Beyonce feat JAY-Z - Drunk In Love, Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea - Problem, Pitbull feat Ke$ha - Timber, Chris Brown feat Lil Wayne and Tyga - Loyal, Eminem feat Rihanna - Monster, Katy Perry feat Juicy J - Dark Horse

MTV Clubland Award: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What, Zedd feat Hayley Williams - Stay the Night, Calvin Harris - Summer, Martin Garrix - Animal, Disclosure - Grab Her!

Best Video With a Social Message: Angel Haze feat SIA - Battle Cry, Avicii - Hey Brother, Beyonce - Pretty Hurts, J Cole feat TLC - Crooked Smile, Kelly Rowland - Dirty Laundry, David Guetta feat Mikky Ekko - One Voice

Best Cinematography: 30 Seconds To Mars - City of Angels, Beyonce - Pretty Hurts, Arcade Fire - Afterlife, Gesaffelstein - Hate or Glory, Lana Del Rey - West Coast

Best Editing: Eminem - Rap God, MGMT - Your Life Is A Lie, Zedd feat Hayley Williams - Stay The Night, Beyonce - Pretty Hurts, Fitz And The Tantrums - The Walker

Best Choreography: Sia - Chandelier, Beyonce - Partition, Usher - Good Kisser, Michael Jackson feat Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good, Jason Derulo feat 2Chainz - Talk Dirty, Kiesza - Hideaway

Best Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What?, OK Go - The Writing's On The Wall, Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball, Beyonce - Pretty Hurts, Eminem feat Rihanna - The Monster

Best Art Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What, Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX - Fancy, Eminem - Rap God, Arcade Fire - Reflektor, Tyler, The Creator - Tamale

Best Visual Effects: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What, OK Go - The Writing's On The Wall, Disclosure - Grab Her!, Eminem - Rap God, Jack White - Lazaretto

CMU Beef Of The Week #215: Billy Corgan v Amazon
Billy Corgan rants are ten-a-penny and have a tendency to be quite Billy Corgan-centric, but his latest offering might just raise some interesting discussion points for other artists and record labels. Maybe. Plus, it's an opportunity to kick Amazon a bit, and that's very popular these days, isn't it?

In September, Universal and Corgan are re-releasing the band's 1998 album 'Adore' as a seven disc, 107 track boxset. Because that is apparently something people want. You'll get the original album remastered, the album in mono (???), demos, outtakes, alternate versions, live tracks and a live DVD. All of which, along with the tracklistings, should have been something you found out from 'The Panopticon: The Official Smashing Pumpkins Nexus' (aka the band's website) on Wednesday. But you didn't, did you? No, you found out from Amazon. Bloody Amazon.

"Great news", tweeted Corgan on Wednesday. "'Adore' box set tracklist to be announced on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com later today. Plus information on how to buy signed copies too".

Woohoo! But excitement soon turned to anger. With a new post just over two hours later stating: "CORRECTION: Amazon decided to break an agreement and post tracklisting of 'Adore' first; despite assurances otherwise that asked us to wait. OBVIOUSLY I've had [the] 'Adore' tracklist for four months, and could have posted anytime. But we try to co-ordinate these releases to balance all [requirements]. So all I can say is that a) never again will I trust such promises and that b) for now on I'll just do right by SP peeps first and foremost. AND btw, Amazon tracklist is WRONG. I'm just saying..."

Over on the nexus, he elaborated further later, saying: "I spent some time this morning preparing what was meant to be the reveal of the 'Adore' box set, for where the real juice lies in it is what sonic goodies made their way on it. Notably, I was prepared to share this information here on The Panopticon as far back as two months ago, but made the mistake of asking the record label if I should wait. And if you saw my comments earlier today, you already know that I'm very upset that an online retailer broke their agreement, posting up the tracks up before we could do it here first AS THEY'D ASKED. The irony being where do you think this kind of information comes from, if not for yours truly?"

He continued: "Now, let me digress here for a moment. The record business as you already know instinctively is quite bad; and some would say music hasn't been in such a disadvantageous place in the culture since the selling of commercial music began in the early 1900s. And I for one have been very outspoken about what I would say are harmful business practices, the kind which place artists in an exploitative position visa vie their rights and ownership of their own work".

"Lately though there have been some encouraging signs, particularly in those realms where groups can better own/control/and have some bigger say in how their music is marketed. As an example, The Smashing Pumpkins et al do not own the 90s albums, although technically it says on a piece of paper that we own 50%. But, and this is a big [but], I control any use of that music, and having agreed to this re-issue campaign a few years back I've worked tirelessly to provide, pound-for-pound, the best reissues possible. And believe it or not, in most cases I lose more than I spend on those projects. But this is not to say that I'm not grateful, for I am: to old SP, to our great supporters, and those who've taken a new interest in the band because of the depth of our ever-growing catalogue".

Finally, he said: "So in that light you can understand why it boils my blood when 'ye olde record business stands up and does the same old trample all over what was promised' because frankly, they're more scared of their masters than artists on their rosters. Yes, we are just a small operation over here, and unfortunately on a day that started with so much excitement, now I have to field through excuses to figure out what I can trust going forward. Not because I believe in some corporate logo that helps sell plastic, but because of what I've laboured to put on that plastic".

I'm not sure if he ever did work out who was more to blame out of Amazon or Universal for the early tracklisting leak. Maybe it doesn't matter. It's not the first time Amazon has been accused of leaking information early. Late last year it was the new Bruce Springsteen album, and back in 2008 it was an Eminem album. Oh, and there was that time the company accidentally sent out 500 copies of Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth'. Just this week, too, Amazon Japan was accused of leaking the release date and specifications for the iPhone 6. Though that seems like it was a hoax by someone set up as a third party seller on the site.

It makes you nostalgic for the days when all you had to worry about was individual file-sharing music fans leaking your album details (and your album) before you were ready.

Anyway, should you be interested, here is the full (and correct) 'Adore' boxset tracklisting via the only source you can trust with such things, Bill Corgan.

 
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ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
Aly reports on artist news, coordinates the festival, gig and release round up columns, and contributes to the CMU Approved column. She also writes for CMU's sister title ThisWeek London.
Email aly@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of UnLimited Media she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
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