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Thursday 7 Aug 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Indie label digital rights body Merlin has announced a new deal with Pandora, which will result in the US streaming service's first direct alliances with record labels. In America, 'internet radio' style streaming services like Pandora can license all the sound recording rights via collective licensing set-up SoundExchange, with rates set by a statutory body called the Copyright Royalty Board, so no direct... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: It's ages since we've written anything about Rökkurró. Ages. More than three years, apparently. And almost four since they first appeared in this column. We can't be held entirely responsible for this gap though, as since their 2010 album, 'Í Annan Heim', they've been a little on the quiet side. Anyway, let's not get into an argument about whose fault anything is, let's just rejoice in the fact that... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Merlin and Pandora announce partnership
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMI supports publishers withdrawing digital rights from the collective system
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Mariah splits from manager Jermaine Dupri
Imogen Heap, The Wytches and Dry The River to benefit from BPI Music Export Scheme
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MEDIA X-Factor UK to air in the US
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ARTIST NEWS Nightwish drummer takes break to combat insomnia
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RELEASES Godflesh announce new album and tour dates
Moonface shines light on City Wrecker EP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Electric Zoo festival launches anti-drugs campaign
Jon Hopkins announces 2015 Brixton show
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AND FINALLY... Kanye West is "not Britney Spears", but is part of the oppressed celebrity minority
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Merlin and Pandora announce partnership
Indie label digital rights body Merlin has announced a new deal with Pandora, which will result in the US streaming service's first direct alliances with record labels.

In America, 'internet radio' style streaming services like Pandora can license all the sound recording rights via collective licensing set-up SoundExchange, with rates set by a statutory body called the Copyright Royalty Board, so no direct deals with the labels have been necessary. SoundExchange will still be involved under the new indie label arrangement, but with rates set via the Merlin deal rather than the Board. Though the partnership is actually less about royalties and more about the other benefits Merlin-member labels will receive.

The agreement, both sides say, will allow Merlin's members to boost their audience and listening hours on the service. To facilitate this, Pandora will work with labels to identify tracks to push harder in its playlists. Meanwhile Merlin member artists and labels will be given access to customised data and insights, as well as being given their own communication channels to engage fans on the service.

Talking up the partnership, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said: "For the independent sector, internet radio is an increasingly important part of the digital market, and we want to see it continue to grow, and grow fast. For the thousands of labels Merlin represents, this agreement with Pandora provides a real best of both worlds scenario: a hugely important opportunity to increase our members' revenues and access unparalleled opportunities for exposure, whilst continuing to support a collective licensing framework".

Of course, on the music publishing side, Pandora is currently working hard to argue that Universal and Sony/ATV should not be able to withdraw their digital rights from the ASCAP/BMI collective licensing system. Both majors believe that by withdrawing and dealing direct with the streaming service, they would be able to secure better royalty arrangements.

But, fortunately for Pandora, which doesn't want to pay higher royalties to the publishers, the US courts have said that - under the current rules - publishers cannot just withdraw their digital rights from ASCAP and BMI, while continuing to licence broadcasters and live events via the societies. Though all of that is currently being reviewed by the US government.

On the recordings side, Apple's Pandora rival iTunes Radio did direct deals rather than going with SoundExchange, reportedly receiving better rates on the back of the existing dominance of the iTunes download store.

Pandora has mainly resisted direct dealing with the labels so far, expecting to face bigger royalty charges if it did, though the Merlin deal possibly shows that there is a middle ground. And for Pandora, which has taken a lot of stick over royalties in the music community in recent years, it's good to show there is room for compromise. And, in the credibility stakes, even better to do that deal with the indies first.

"This is an important step to advance Pandora's ongoing commitment to build a vibrant and sustainable music industry", said Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews of the Merlin deal. "It's a true partnership that will grow our collective businesses, help artists reach larger audiences and give our listeners an even better music discovery experience personalised to their tastes".

BMI supports publishers withdrawing digital rights from the collective system
In its submission to the US Department Of Justice's review of collective licensing in America, collecting society BMI has said that it believes that music publishers should be allowed to choose which rights they allow it to administer.

As previously reported, the review of the collective licensing system in the US was triggered after a court ruled that publishers could not withdraw just their digital rights from BMI and its rival ASCAP. Both Universal and Sony/ATV argue that they should be allowed to deal with digital services directly, in order to gain more favourable rates, while continuing to licence broadcasters and live events through BMI/ASCAP (a split that collective licensing systems elsewhere in the world have allowed).

But the US court ruled that, under the 'consent decrees' that govern BMI and ASCAP, publishers cannot pick and choose which services they licence collectively. Basically, it's all or nothing when it comes to the licensing of so called 'performing rights' in musical works. So if publishers were to withdraw from ASCAP and BMI to do direct digital deals, they'd also find themselves having to deal with every radio station, bar, venue and other public space where music is played direct. Which, despite Sony/ATV's threats in that regard, no one actually wants.

The DoJ asked ASCAP, BMI, Universal Music Publishing and Sony/ATV to submit statements to its investigation last month, and yesterday BMI came forward with its view on the matter. The organisation argued that publishers should be able to retain their digital rights, separate from others, saying that this would improve the service BMI is able to offer on 'traditional' rights, while allowing publishers to negotiate better digital deals themselves. Of course BMI and ASCAP would rather lose the right to licence digital platforms than have the big publishers withdraw from the societies completely.

With the consent decrees now up for debate, BMI's submission also goes beyond digital matters. It says that the consent decree should allow BMI to represent all rights in a musical work, not just the performing right, in order to create a "one-stop" licensing option. That basically means the 'mechanical rights', ie the right to make copies of songs.

Traditionally, while both performing and mechanical rights have been licensed collectively in the music publishing domain, separate societies were often created for each. For various reasons, some reckon both elements of the copyright should be licensed together, and in some countries the separate societies have merged (or formed close partnerships) to achieve that. But in the US those pesky consent decrees have prevented BMI and ASCAP from doing that.

BMI also reckons that rate-setting responsibilities in collective licensing should be moved away from the federal court to a new arbitration system, which it says would make for quicker and cheaper dispute resolutions for all parties.

Commenting on all this, BMI CEO Michael O'Neill said: "The time has come to modernise the BMI consent decree. We appreciate the US Department of Justice's solicitation of public comments as part of the modernisation process. Our goal is to better serve our affiliates and music users, and the DoJ's request facilitates an industry-wide open dialogue needed for critical reforms".

The organisation's Senior Vice President Stuart Rosen added: "Our proposed modifications to the decree will benefit not only our affiliates but the rights marketplace in general. While we feel that there are additional important modifications necessary to modernise the decree, the proposals in today's filing are the most urgent and, we believe, need to be addressed on a faster timetable".

When the DoJ began it investigation last month, an ASCAP internal memo noted that the government was likely to look further than just the digital rights system in its review, which could give collecting societies greater freedoms, as BMI seemingly wants. However, it also noted that this could all have negative knock on effects for the US publishing industry.

Mariah splits from manager Jermaine Dupri
Mariah Carey, aka Mimi, has emancipated herself from another manager (or vice versa, as the case may be), in this instance long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri. Breaking the news earlier this week, Billboard claims to have learned that Carey has reconvened and is now working "closely" - if not officially - with Kevin Liles, who held the premiership of Def Jam at the time she was signed to the label.

Still, it appears Dupri and Carey's split is amicable(ish) at least, with Dupri stating via Billboard: "I put my all into every project. But when I'm not allowed to do what I do, then I know it's time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future".

Dupri is only the latest in a conveyor belt of Mariah Carey managers to "move on" from the position, following in the wake of Randy Jackson and Irving Azoff, and Bruce Eskowitz (all those in 2013 alone); and, over the past ten years, Benny Medina, the late Chris Lighty, Randy Hoffman and Sandy Gallin.

This latest management shift may or may not have a tiny bit to do with the disappointingly flat international sales of Mariah's latest LP-that-I-shall-not-name, which has shifted 103,000 units since its release back in late-May. I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark and say that it probably does.

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Imogen Heap, The Wytches and Dry The River to benefit from BPI Music Export Scheme
The BPI and UK Trade & Investment have published the latest list of recipients in their joint Music Export Growth Scheme.

As previously reported, the scheme offers grants of between £5000 and £50,000 to UK music companies - including labels and management agencies - to aid international touring, artist promotion and music projects.

Dry The River, Imogen Heap, The Wytches, Hadouken and Fink are all on the list of artists and bands set to benefit from the scheme's third cycle, which coincides with recent stats released by the BPI indicating that British acts' international appeal is still on a high, with one in eight LPs sold worldwide credited to a Brit act.

John Kennedy, Chair of the Music Export Growth Scheme, says this: "As we announce the results of our recent round of funding and move to our new invitation for applications we are beginning to see the results of this commitment by the government to our industry".

He continued: "We are seeing the money being successfully used as seed money to launch or build on international careers, whether by way of sales or synchronisation licences, live appearances, expanded profile or strategic promotional activities - indeed the variety of uses that successful applicants are making of the funds is itself a testament to the innovation that these grants can drive, enhance and encourage".

The full list of funded artists and their business partners is as follows...

Antlered Man and Black Moth (touring jointly) / New Heavy Sounds
Dry The River / Stephen Budd Management
Fearless Vampire Killers / Wiseblood Management
Fenech-Soler / Fwinki Music
Fink / ATC Management
Ghetts / Disrupt Ltd
Hadouken / ATC Management
Imogen Heap / Megaphonic Ltd
Max Cooper / Agency X Artist Management
Smoove & Turrell / Jalapeno Ltd
The Answer / TAP Music Ltd
The Heavy / Redlight Management
The Wombats / SB Management
The Wytches / Raygun Music
Waylayers / Merrington Music Management

X-Factor UK to air in the US
Now, if there's one thing 'X-Factor USA' proved, it's that there's immense interest in the talent show franchise Stateside. Using the American definition of 'immense' there, which means 'not much at all'.

Anyway, 'X' fan(s?) in the US need not fear the axing of his (their?) favourite show, because AXS TV, the TV offshoot of AEG's ticketing platform led by Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest, has done a deal to air the British version in America.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, AXS TV will air editions of the next season of the UK talent show the day after ITV broadcasts it over here. Which means I guess we'll finally get to find out if American viewers really can't understand anything Cheryl Cole says. Assuming they can hear her above all the booing.

  Approved: Rökkurró - The Backbone
It's ages since we've written anything about Rökkurró. Ages. More than three years, apparently. And almost four since they first appeared in this column. We can't be held entirely responsible for this gap though, as since their 2010 album, 'Í Annan Heim', they've been a little on the quiet side.

Anyway, let's not get into an argument about whose fault anything is, let's just rejoice in the fact that Rökkurró are back. Back with a new line-up, a new sound (more synth, less cello) and a new album. That album will be released later this year, but the first single from it, 'The Backbone', is out next week.

Vocalist Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir says of the track: "We took a break from the album recordings, as we felt we needed new songs with a different feel from the ones we had already recorded. This song came through quite quickly. It changed quite a bit in the recording session and soon afterwards we felt this could be one of the strongest tracks on the album".

As well as being available through all the usual channels, the band's drummer Bibbi has created 120 unique sleeves for a special EP, which leads with 'The Backbone'. You can buy your copy here.

And you can listen to 'The Backbone' here.
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Nightwish drummer takes break to combat insomnia
Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen is to withdraw from the band for a while in order to try to cope with his longstanding - and now, debilitating - insomnia. In a statement, Nevalainen has said he feels he isn't able to join the Finnish metallers in their plans to make a new LP, or to go on the road and play shows, "for the time being".

He writes via the Nightwish FB: "For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours too. I've done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don't even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there's not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem".

He goes on: "During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can't fulfil my duties as a musician in the way that I'd want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds".

Whilst the rest of a very sympathetic Nightwish remain optimistic that Nevalainen will be able to join them again if and when he regains his health, they have had to bring in Wintersun's Kai Hahto to play drums on their TBA forthcoming LP.

Watch Nevalainan and the band discussing the situation in this clip.

Godflesh announce new album and tour dates
Godflesh have announced their first album in thirteen years, along with a handful of tour dates. And if you think they might have gone a bit soft in that time, well just you hang on a minute.

The duo of Justin and GC Green released their second album, 'Hymns', back in 2001, splitting a year later. However, they began performing live again in 2010, and released a new EP, 'Decline And Fall', in June of this year, setting the scene for album number three, 'A World Lit Only By Fire'. The record will be released through their own Avalanche Records label on 6 Oct.

In December, you'll be able to catch them live, playing these dates:

9 Dec: Brighton, The Haunt
10 Dec: London, The Garage
11 Dec: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
12 Dec: Manchester, Sound Control
13 Dec: Glasgow, Art School

And now, because you waited so nicely, here's the first track from the new album, 'New Dark Ages'.

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Moonface shines light on City Wrecker EP
Melancholic Finnish man Moonface has made a new five-track EP for all the cities of the world to delight in, and its title is, oh... it's 'City Wrecker'. He's quite a talker, that Moonface, who, for another thing, in reality has a face of a regular shape and size.

Anyway here he is waxing (kinda like a moon might) lyrically on 'City Wrecker': "I have a tendency to wreck the places I live. I am a lustre scraper; a green grass imaginer. I wreck places emotionally, as in, even though they stay the same objectively, they somehow worsen in my heart. I wreck their meaning, and so ultimately their function. No more crackling inspiration. I waste my own time. I get bored. I turn gardens into dust bowls".

And wait! Still waxing: "And I am a city wrecker not just for myself, but for those close to me as well, for my wrecking is a quiet and creeping poison that is hard to identify; hard to see coming through my mist of moods. I fuss, and then still am dissatisfied, making my loved ones feel sad and helpless, angry and confused, and perhaps most terribly, responsible. Though of course they are blameless and magnificent".

And finally, waning a bit: "I suppose this is why I have moved so many times in my life. It is not a good characteristic, and one I should work toward eradicating from my personality. But having regret is also unhealthy. So, I am Popeye?"

Erm? I'd say that's a question with many, many potential answers. Catch 'City Wrecker' when it's released on 16 Sep, and/or Moonface himself when he beams live into London's Cecil Sharp House on 9 Sep.

This is the EP's title track.

Electric Zoo festival launches anti-drugs campaign
New York's Electric Zoo EDM festival has launched an anti-drugs campaign ahead of this year's event at the end of this month. The campaign comes after two drug-related deaths resulted in the cancellation of the final day of last year's event.

Bought by SFX last November, organiser's Made Event announced the 'Come To Life' campaign yesterday, which urges festival-goers to avoid drugs, and ensure that they generally party safely. A team of 'Zoo Keepers' will be on hand at the event to provide water and electrolytes to tired dancers, and everyone is encouraged to look after people who might be having a bit of a crap time.

The festival has also published a video, created by 'Dexter' writer James Manos Jr and his nineteen year old daughter Ellie, further warning of the dangers of drugs. All ticketholders will apparently be forced to watch this video before they can activate their passes for the event.

Says Manos Jr (aka the senior Manos): "Ellie represents the target audience and she's been to EDM concerts and seen the behavior of her peers on Molly. She was the perfect partner to help me write the spot. This is a really interesting and volatile time of life for teens and young adults, and I was up for the challenge of crafting the right tone, manner and overall approach to creating a PSA that would have a net positive influence in their behaviour and lives, in an entertaining and authentic way".

Made Event's Laura De Palma and Mike Bindra added: "Our message to concertgoers is simple: The Electric Zoo experience is exceptional and worth being present for. Molly can cause you to not only miss the moment, alienate your friends and have an overall adverse and unpleasant experience, but can also make you sick and can even be fatal. Fans will experience how great it is to 'Come To Life' at one of our concerts from lights, sounds and crowds".

You can watch the video of your own free will here.

Last month Tom Petty claimed that all EDM festivals are just "drug parties" where everyone is at risk of death, adding that he couldn't be paid to attend one. Maybe this will win him round.

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Jon Hopkins announces 2015 Brixton show
Jon 'Jonny' 'J-Hop' 'Hopkat' Hopkins has announced that he'll play a headline show at Brixton Academy in April next year. Yes, it's only one show. And, yes, it's a long way away. But it'll be worth both the journey and the wait. Because 'The Hopkinator', as he likes to be known, is very good at playing his music in a live setting.

There are, in fact, various opportunities to see him live between now and the end of the year, though dates in London and Manchester are already sold out. Luckily for you, tickets for the April show have only just gone on sale, so you're still in with a shout. Go get em here.

And looky, looky, here's a trailer to whip you into a ticket-buying frenzy.

Kanye West is "not Britney Spears", but is part of the oppressed celebrity minority
Kanye West has been ranting again. And I know that's not exactly an uncommon thing, but it's not every day he does it under oath.

According to TMZ, in a deposition as part of a previously reported assault case brought by photographer Daniel Ramos against the rapper, West proclaimed: "I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever fucking dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears".

That's not all, he apparently told Ramos's lawyer Nate Goldberg: "I'm in the business of trying to make dope shit for the world. You're in the business of representing scum and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law".

Having laid out exactly who he is and what he does (and wear he's from - stating his residence as "Earth"), he went on to compare the struggle of celebrities today with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Asked by Goldberg if he genuinely saw a parallel between these two things, Kanye said: "Yes, 100% ... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities. We, as group of minorities here in LA, as celebrities have to band together to influence guys like this - guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the cheque".

Looking forward to that guest rap from Boris Johnson on the new Kanye album.

 
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