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Wednesday 30 Jul 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Following the indie label community's recent Fair Digital Deals Declaration, which saw hundreds of independent record companies commit to be fair and transparent with their artists when it comes to the often complex and secretive world of digital music deals, the International Music Managers Forum - which brings together artist manager trade groups around the world - has issued... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Originally going as XL-signed singing-writing alias Blue Roses, Yorkshire girl Laura Groves' story is one of DIY-discovery, of eking out her own voice - and given name - and now she's released a solo LP titled 'Thinking About Thinking'. Also a part of approved trio Nautic, whose 'Navy Blue' EP is one of my favourites of the year, Groves' willowy voice digs a line in songs of meditative longing, yielding... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Global management group joins call for more transparency in digital dealing
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LEGAL US copying levy collector sues car makers
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Three Six Zero partners with Warner on recordings and publishing
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Vevo on the market
Rhapsody claims two million paying users
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RELEASES TV On The Radio sign to Harvest, plant new LP details
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett preview jazz LP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Rare Roni Size Reprazent show confirmed
Marianne Faithfull books London show
Shabazz Palaces, Melt Yourself Down, James Chance and Séb Tellier to play LDN's Illuminations
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AND FINALLY... Rizzle Kicks love bees, hate wasps
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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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WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - SENIOR MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Senior Management Assistant required for London based established artist management company. Candidates must have a minimum of three years proven management experience. The role will include providing support to artist managers for global release campaigns, promotion and touring, co-ordinating day-to-day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties.

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SHOGUN AUDIO - LABEL MANAGER
Shogun Audio the diverse forward thinking drum n bass / electronic label is looking for an experienced label manager. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work within our Brighton-based team managing all aspects of our release campaigns and to drive label development.

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BUCKS MUSIC GROUP - LICENSING MANAGER (MATERNITY COVER)
Maternity cover required for leading independent music publisher in W8. Bucks Music Group Limited is an international and independent music publisher, whose core business evolved from a strong 60s and 70s back catalogue of copyrights including classic songs 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 'Space Oddity' and 'She' as well as much loved TV themes such as 'The Professionals' and 'Black Beauty'.

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ENTS24.COM - MARKETING AND INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS MANAGER (BRISTOL)
With your help, we can ensure that every single entertainment fan, promoter, artist and venue knows why they need Ents24. As well being responsible for growing our online audience, you'll also be developing our partnerships within the live entertainment industry. If you have an in-depth understanding of the industry and a proven track-record of helping companies to grow, we'd love to hear from you.

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9PR - HEAD OF ONLINE
9PR is looking for a Head Of Online. Our current clients include Royksopp and Robyn, Abbey Road Studios, Boys Noize, Dr Meaker, Spank Rock, Chilly Gonzales, Dena, Underworld, Gary Numan, Vitalic, Saint Etienne, Grace Jones, Vashti Bunyan and The Orb.

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[PIAS] UK - PRODCUTION COORDINATOR
[PIAS] UK is seeking a Production Coordinator to join its growing team based in its Bermondsey office. The role includes maintaining and archiving of production assets, co-ordination of production parts, processing of metadata and label copy and managing repertoire release schedules.

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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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Global management group joins call for more transparency in digital dealing
Following the indie label community's recent Fair Digital Deals Declaration, which saw hundreds of independent record companies commit to be fair and transparent with their artists when it comes to the often complex and secretive world of digital music deals, the International Music Managers Forum - which brings together artist manager trade groups around the world - has issued its own call for more clarity in the digital domain.

The trade body notes that, for all the talk back in the day of the web cutting out the middle man for artists, in fact "within the digital music value chain there are a number of stakeholders, positioned between creators and consumers". Those stakeholders play a key role but, says the IMMF, have a duty to the artist community to ensure "transparency" and "fair remuneration". Indeed the IMMF says it will refuse to support any stakeholders who do not embrace those basic principles.

It then goes into things in a little more detail, calling specifically for "global pricing transparency", basically ensuring artists know exactly what revenue is generated by what content on what services, so they can make informed decisions about which platforms to embrace. They also want "usage data transparency", basically artists should have access to all and any data a digital platform provides a label or publisher, and "licensed service statements", a concise summary for creators on how deals between rights owners and digital companies are working.

The IMMF's statement also includes one of the management community's biggest bugbears over the digital deals the labels do, what happens to any kick-backs the record company enjoys such as advances and equity. There has been much debate about whether labels are obliged to share with their artists such kickbacks - which are linked to entire catalogues rather than individual songs or recordings - though most managers reckon there is definitely an ethical obligation to do so, and some a legal one too.

WIN's statement also called for labels to act fairly in this domain, though the IMMF is possibly more resolute on the matter, writing: "Even in cases where the money is non-attributable [to specific tracks] it should be objectively evaluated and shared pro-rata with the creators. Non-attributable does not mean unpayable. If non-attributable truly meant 'unpayable', how would the money have ended up being attributed to rights holders in the first place?"

Concluding, the IMMF states: "Digital holds an unprecedented potential to deliver transparency, itemisation, and line-by-line accessible accounting to all stakeholders in the digital music value chain. However this potential will only be realised for creators if they are fairly and transparently involved and empowered. It is in each stakeholder's own interest to work with, and not against, the interests of our creators, because without the creators there would be no value chain in the first place".

US copying levy collector sues car makers
So, America's Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies. Remember them right? No, me neither. But it's an organisation that exists to collect, distribute and administer royalties generated by the copying levies that are applied in some jurisdictions on products that allow users to make copies of copyright works.

Sometimes these levies are a kickback in the copyright system in return for the 'private copy' exemption that says people can make back up copies of recordings for their own personal use. Other times the levies are more the result of deals to ensure the makers of copying kit can't be found liable for contributory infringement if and when their technology is used by others to infringe.

On its website the AARC says it "provides a music royalty, generated by the sales of automobile infotainment systems, blank CDs, personal audio devices, media centers, and satellite radio devices that have music recording capabilities, to its 300,000+ members worldwide". So that's fun.

It's the first of those royalty generating things that has brought the AARC into the news, because the royalties group is in dispute with the car industry in America. It claims that Ford and General Motors are in breach of the 1992 Audio Home Recording Act by placing hard drives in their cars that, amongst other things, allow users to rip music onto the disk for in-car enjoyment, without paying a levy to the AARC.

The not-much-talked-about-these-days Audio Home Recording Act is the bit of American legislation that introduced some copying levies into the US copyright system. Though a court case in the late 1990s limited the reach of the Act somewhat, by saying the rules did not apply to the makers of MP3 players because they were hard disks able to store other software, and were therefore exempt from the levy system. It's that ruling that Ford and GM are likely to rely on if this case gets to court.

But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the AARC says in its litigation: "Defendants have violated and continue to violate the AHRA by manufacturing or importing and distributing digital audio recording devices without complying with the AHRA".

It goes on: "Defendants distribute these devices either pre-installed in vehicles or intended for use in vehicles. Defendants designed these devices for the express purpose of copying music CDs and other digital musical recordings to a hard drive on the devices, and they market these devices emphasising that copying function".

The royalties group wants an injunction stopping the distribution of the allegedly offended in-car disk systems, and damages for every one sold in recent years. $2500 per vehicle in fact.

Three Six Zero partners with Warner on recordings and publishing
The Three Six Zero Group has announced a new partnership with Warner Music on publishing and recordings.

The newly launched Three Six Zero Publishing will work in partnership with Warner/Chappell on the music publishing side of things, while new record label Three Six Zero Music and Warner Bros Records US will jointly sign artists to record deals.

Three Six Zero co-founder Mark Gillespie said: "Three Six Zero Group is a place where artists can develop and grow with support from all areas of our business. Warner Bros Records and Warner/Chappell Music are powerhouses in contemporary music. There's no better group to team with as we look at new ways to blend genres and help developing artists break through and established artists cross over".

Warner Bros Records and Warner/Chappell CEO Cameron Strang added: "By bringing together Warner Bros Records and Warner/Chappell with Three Six Zero, we're creating a full service music company for exciting new artists. Dean Wilson and Mark Gillespie have swiftly established their company as a creative force and we're excited to work with them".

The first recording artists to be signed under the partnership are GTA, Cut Snake, and Anabel Englund.

Vevo on the market
Hey, it's been a few months since we had any sort of speculation about Vevo being up for sale now. But don't worry, it's back.

According to The Information, Vevo's co-owners Universal and Sony having hired Goldman Sachs back in April to come up with a plan for the future of the company, the bankers are now in early talks with potential buyers. Initial hopes were, reportedly, that a new minority investor could be found to inject some cash, like current partners Abu Dhabi Media and Google, but that having failed suitors are now being courted to take control of the company.

Re/code reports that a valuation of between $700 million and $1 billion is being thrown around. Though with the company currently not turning a profit, despite revenues in the hundreds of millions, the bankers are reportedly trying to convince Universal and Sony to reduce the cut of ad revenue they take as content providers to give any new investor a higher chance of making a return on their investment.

Names suggested as possible buyers include DreamWorks, which already put in a bid earlier this year, Yahoo! and Amazon. Google has also been suggested as potentially being interested in taking full control of the company - though it seems unlikely that Sony and Universal would agreed to that.

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Rhapsody claims two million paying users
Rhapsody International, the digital music company that operates both the Rhapsody and Napster streaming services, and the recently launched Rhapsody unRadio venture too, announced yesterday that it now has two million paying subscribers.

Which is an interesting boast for what is one of the longest established subscription-based digital music operators in the market (Rhapsody being early to market in the US, as was the legit Napster in the UK), in that it's a hell of a long way behind the ten million paying users boasted by the relative upstart that is Spotify.

But whatever, Team Rhapsody seem pleased with their two million achievement, up from one million paying users in 2011. As with most streaming services, mobile network alliances have helped. Rhapsody unRadio in the US is a partnership with T-Mobile, and a similar set-up will launch under the Napster brand in France via an alliance with tel co SFR.

Commenting on that, the firm's SVP for Europe, Thorsten Schliesche, told CMU: "We are very satisfied with the development of Napster in France and with Napster Découverte's successful co-operation with SFR. France is one of the fastest growing markets in Europe. The success of our service proves that customers are eager for a blend of on-demand and radio music".

  Approved: Laura Groves
Originally going as XL-signed singing-writing alias Blue Roses, Yorkshire girl Laura Groves' story is one of DIY-discovery, of eking out her own voice - and given name - and now she's released a solo LP titled 'Thinking About Thinking'.

Also a part of approved trio Nautic, whose 'Navy Blue' EP is one of my favourites of the year, Groves' willowy voice digs a line in songs of meditative longing, yielding, love and loves lost.

Laura plays London's St Pancras Old Church tonight (tickets still available here), a show you definitely need to be at. Hear her 'Thinking About Thinking' EP here first.
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TV On The Radio sign to Harvest, plant new LP details
TV On The Radio have pointed to the release later this year of their new LP, 'Seeds'.

Their first since the sad death of bassist Gerard Smith in the spring of 2011, it is arriving "this fall" via the band's new US label, Capitol's Harvest Records, this following TVOTR's decampment last year from Interscope.

And that's it for the time being, really. So pending extra details, why the hell not check a 'Seeds' teaser clip here.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett preview jazz LP
Young Lady Gaga and her showbiz granddad Tony Bennett have released a sheet of details on their long-awaited shared LP, 'Cheek To Cheek'. And here they are, posing 'head quite near to head'. And here again, in a clasp I'm calling 'chin to quiff'. And here again, clinching the 'Cheek To Cheek' stance finally.

Aaaanyway, the deal with 'Cheek To Cheek' is this; it's being released on 22 Sep, and will feature the pair's 2011 collaborative cover of Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes', and some other songs of a similarly jazzy ilk.

Gaga, an original jazz baby who was raised on smoky songbook classics, says: "The collaboration has been so wonderful. It's so natural singing with Tony. I just learn so much from him every day. I'm so happy".

Tony B adds: "She sings so wonderful and she's actually really a great jazz singer. She improvises every time we do a song. We do it over and over and it's different every time".

Wow, ain't that a kick in the head. Watch Gaga and Tone promoting wild abandon in this 'Anything Goes' clip.

Rare Roni Size Reprazent show confirmed
Having recently detailed his new solo LP 'Take Kontrol' dnb demigod Roni Size has confirmed the first and ONLY 2014 appearance by his Reprazent ensemble, which is quite big news I guess.

The show is on 6 Nov at London's Village Underground, and will find Size playing live beside co-Reprazentatives Dynamite MC, Onalee, Si John, Dave Amso, Jay Wilcox and Danny Cox, and TBA special guests.

Contemplating the date, Size, who releases 'Take Kontrol' on 25 Aug, and will in the new year follow that with new Reprazent material, says: "Bringing back Reprazent has been on my mind for some time now. I'm looking forward to playing new tracks from the new album. There's no better feeling than when you walk on to the stage to perform a live show, the noise of the crowd, the screaming that turns into a roar! All of a sudden, its all systems go - then we all become one!"

Become one with a link to buy tickets to the Village Underground show with a click of this link.

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Marianne Faithfull books London show
Rock n roll grand dame Marianne Faithfull is going to grace the capital's Royal Festival Hall with a live send-off for her aptly-titled new LP, 'Give My Love To London'.

Falling on 29 Nov in the middle of a winter tour of Europe, the show also marks the 50th anniversary of Marianne's 'célébrité', and is her only British PA of 2014.

As previously reported, 'Give My Love To London' is released on 29 Sep, this featuring guest appearances by Portishead's Adrian Utley, Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt and The Bad Seeds' Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos, any of whom might plausibly show up at the London date.

Shop for tickets at this link.

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Shabazz Palaces, Melt Yourself Down, James Chance and Séb Tellier to play LDN's Illuminations
Cosmic rappers Shabazz Palaces, Franco-pop-o-naut Sébastien Tellier and Melt Yourself Down (featuring a rare PA by guest James Chance) are all listed to play live headline sets at this year's Illuminations festival, live promoter Rockfeedback's London-based series of one-off shows and arts/film events.

Taking place in various spaces all over London from 27 Oct - 7 Nov, the Illuminations 2014 programme starts off with a screening of 'Wild Combination', a film portrait of late alt-disco infiltrator Arthur Russell.

Also on the film side, and thanks to a collaboration with the Hackney Picturehouse, are a showing of Fugazi doc 'Instrument'; a Channel 4 'Random Acts'-curated night of short films featuring the likes of Savages and Jacques Greene; a 'from the vault'-style parade of 'shocking and sensational' music videos from MTV's '120 Minutes'; and on 31 Oct, a Halloween screening of 'Godfather Of Gore' Lucio Fulci's horror movies with live rendition of their Fabio Frizzi-written scores.

Details, listings and ticket links are available here.

Rizzle Kicks love bees, hate wasps
Your mum's favourite rap-pop duo and also mine, Rizzle Kicks, hate wasps, accusing them of being "fucking dickheads". On the other hand, bees, in Rizzle Kicks' dual minds, are the artists of the insect world. This is the way life is these days.

Yes, indeed, RK have set off a 'beef' with the winged, sting-ed insects (wasps). Stating the case for bees, the band's Jordan tells Q Magazine: "Bees are almost honourable, man. Firstly they create some sweet, sweet honey. Which is fucking GREAT. Thanks, bees, for the honey. And if they sting you they die, so when it comes to stinging, they're really passionate about what they do".

And he adds: "They're like passionate artists. Bees are like painters. All they do is give and give and give, and sometimes they give too much".

But wait. Jordan says of wasps: "Wasps on the other hand are just cunts. No honey, no passion, they just go around stinging children just because they can. They're fucking dickheads".

Sometimes it's good to try to think of things from your enemy's point of view though. And here Jordan does just that: "I suppose given the choice I'd like to be a focused missile kind of wasp, just stinging the shit out of other cunts. Jeremy Clarkson in the eye. BANG! Fuck you!"

Harley, by the way, is scared of wasps. So now we all know a lot more than we ever desired to know on the topic of Rizzle Kicks and bees/wasps.

 
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