WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Cross-sector trade group UK Music has been busy counting once again, and reckons that the business of music made a contribution of £3.8 billion to the British economy in 2013, which is up 9% on the figures the group estimated for 2012 in its original report on such matters last December. The top line stat from the 'Measuring Music' report is that the overall 'gross value added' of the music... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: After several years spent nudging tracks out here and there, production duo Flight Facilities will release their debut album, 'Down To Earth', on 27 Oct. News of this came with one final track nudge before the big day, in the form of new single 'Two Bodies'. Featuring guest vocals from singer-songwriter Emma Louise, the track follows a similarly relaxed route to previous singles like 'Clair De Lune' and... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES GVA of British music up 9% in 2013, says UK Music
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LEGAL Eminem copyright infringement lawsuit "politically motivated", says New Zealand National Party
TV investigation confirms 'death hoax' rapper Tim Dog did really die
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DEALS Iggy Azalea signs to Sony/ATV
Skinny Lister sign to Xtra Mile
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony Corp revises projections for current year, expected losses increase fourfold
Indie label Steak Club launches with Krill album
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MEDIA Clear Channel rebrands as iHeartMedia
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RELEASES Lapalux releases three-phase Brainfeeder single
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ONE LINERS Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, MTV EMAs and more
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AND FINALLY... Nadine Coyle doesn't even regret releasing her solo album through Tesco, if you must know
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GVA of British music up 9% in 2013, says UK Music
Cross-sector trade group UK Music has been busy counting once again, and reckons that the business of music made a contribution of £3.8 billion to the British economy in 2013, which is up 9% on the figures the group estimated for 2012 in its original report on such matters last December.

The top line stat from the 'Measuring Music' report is that the overall 'gross value added' of the music industry last year was up from £3.5 billion in 2012 to £3.8 billion. The industry supported in the region of 111,000 full-time jobs, with exports of £2.2 billion.

UK Music, the trade group of trade groups which brings together reps from the various strands of the music industry, taps into a number of sources for its 'Measuring Music' study, estimating what the various products and services sold by musicians and their many business partners generate.

According to the group's maths, the music rights sector generated £1.15 billion, breaking down as £618 million through exploiting sound recording rights, £436 million by exploiting publishing rights and £102 million for the creation of recorded content. The live sector generated value of £618 million while, once again, it was the artist and songwriting community at large that generated the most revenues, pegged at £1.7 billion.

Commenting on the stats, UK Music boss Jo Dipple told reporters: "We all know how amazing British music is. Now we can put a figure to its value. Last year its contribution to our economy grew by 9%. This is a big deal. The music industry creates real jobs and real opportunities for young people".

She went on: "'Measuring Music' provides us with the data to accurately show government and policy makers how important an industry we are to the UK economy. The young bearded kids in the pub, making a racket on a Friday night, might just turn out to generate more revenue for [the Treasury] than a car manufacturer. But they need support to get there".

Defining what support, the UK Music CEO concluded: "We need a strong copyright framework and we need help to ensure the many legal music services we licence are given priority in online search results. Our SMEs need access to finance and support for skills and training to allow them to grow. And we need help to talk to young music fans about how to value the music they love. British music has a natural and world-leading creative advantage. UK Music is committed to helping government develop policies as good as the music we produce".

Eminem copyright infringement lawsuit "politically motivated", says New Zealand National Party
Hey, when was the last time we had a story about a musician suing a politician? I don't know, and I can't be bothered to go and look. It was a while ago though. Oh wait, was it the Eagles guy? I think it was the Eagles guy.

Anyway, that doesn't matter, because now Eminem's at it, and Eminem trumps Eagles guy any day of the goddamn week. Plus, he's suing an entire political party in New Zealand, which is extra cool.

Eminem is super bummed that the country's National Party used one of his songs in an TV advert, as part of its campaign to get Prime Minister John Key re-elected, without permission. The 'Lose Yourself' song too, which is one of the ones people know the best. So everyone in New Zealand will know who it's by, and they might have assumed that Eminem in some way endorsed the party and its policies.

Eminem is not a happy man, because he doesn't want people to think that. He's not even sure what a New Zealand is, for starters. So, his publishers Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated yesterday filed legal papers with New Zealand's High Court accusing the party of copyright infringement.

Speaking for the rapper's publishing concerns to the New Zealand Herald, Joel Martin said: "Eminem's publishers were not approached for permission to use any of Eminem's songs for this campaign advertisement".

The National Party denies this and says it did everything properly, going through licensing company Beatbox Music in Australia, which apparently reckons it ticked all the copyright boxes, by dealing with collecting society APRA/AMCOS. So that all's fine, I'm sure (well, they're sure).

The National Party's campaign chairman Steven Joyce said of the lawsuit: "I think these guys are just having a crack and have a bit of an eye for the main chance because it's an election campaign So good on them, but we'll be contesting it pretty seriously. We don't believe they've got any grounds at all and we suspect it's politically motivated".

He added that the party had stopped using the music two weeks ago, after being contacted by the publishers: "Nobody else seems to have had any trouble with it, it seems that picking on a political party might be flavour of the week".

Yeah, Eminem! Stop picking on the poor defenceless politicians!

The case continues.

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TV investigation confirms 'death hoax' rapper Tim Dog did really die
It's been confirmed that rapper and 'Fuck Compton' hitmaker Tim Dog, real name Timothy Blair, did indeed die in February last year. This in spite of stories circulating at the time that he had faked his death as a means of avoiding paying off debts (to the point that a warrant was issued for his arrest).

As previously reported, back in 2011 Blair pled guilty to conning one Esther Pilgrim, a woman he'd met on an online dating site, out of $32,000. He was given five years probation and ordered to pay $19,000 back to Pilgrim in installments of $100pcm, only for it to be reported in early 2013 that he had died following a diabetes-related seizure.

A sceptical Pilgrim then revealed she'd researched into his death and discovered neither details nor official proof that Blair had passed away. This sparked 'conspiracy theories' in certain circles, which led to a judge issuing a warrant for Blair's arrest in May of 2013.

Blair having failed to reappear, the team at NBC TV show 'Dateline' later began an investigation into the case, and have this week said that they have obtained a death certificate confirming that Blair did indeed die on 14 Feb, whilst in the care of Hospice Atlanta. The delay in tracing the certificate was due to the fact that it was filed in the county of his death, and no one bar the rapper's close family and friends knew he was living, and had later passed away, in Atlanta.

Iggy Azalea signs to Sony/ATV
That there Iggy Azalea has only gone and signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV. It's actually part of a partnership between the music publishing powerhouse and TI's company 'Grand Hustle', and includes Azalea's songwriting credits on her debut album 'The New Classic, and future output.

Confirming this very fact, Sony/ATV big cheese Marty Bandier told reporters: "We are incredibly excited to be working with such a fresh and electrifying new talent as Iggy Azalea. She is an incredibly smart and dynamic songwriter and artist and has made an amazing start to what looks set to be a long and successful career ahead".

Speaking for Azalea, her manager, Sarah Stennett from Turn First Artists, added: "It was clear from Iggy's first meeting with Sony/ATV that they were as excited about the next phase of her career as all of us at Turn First and that their excitement was genuine".

She went on: "The completion of this partnership agreement with Sony/ATV, Grand Hustle and Iggy continues the original mission that we at Turn First had agreed to with Iggy the day we met her: to only enter into relationships with people who truly support the vision and believe in her staying power, ability to write and deliver exciting records, and her potential to grow as an artist and cultural icon".

So that's all lovely.

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Skinny Lister sign to Xtra Mile
Skinny Lister have signed a new record deal with Xtra Mile Recordings, bringing them under the same roof as Frank Turner, Chris T-T and fellow recent signees Mineral (yay Mineral!).

Xtra Mile MD Charlie Caplowe said in a statement: "At Xtra Mile we are always looking for acts that not only have great songs and are cracking live but who also work hard, want to play and tour all the time and share our DIY ethos. Skinny Lister fit that bill and we are excited to welcome them to the XMR fold".

Meanwhile, the band's manager Paul Carey told CMU: "Joining Xtra Mile is a great look for us... Frank Turner, Dave Hause, Beans On Toast are all bands Skinny Lister rub shoulders with whilst on the road both in the UK and the US, so its perfect that the band are now in bed with their peers at Xtra Mile, which is a quality label".

Skinny Lister are set to release their first album for the label in the spring of next year, having released their debut, 'Forge & Flagon', through Sunday Best in 2012. Sooner than that, though, they are set to play the main stage at Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival today, and will head out on a tour of the UK in October. Look, here are the dates:

22 Oct: Manchester, Night & Day
23 Oct: Bristol, The Attic
24 Oct: Leicester, Scholar Bar
25 Oct: London, 100 Club
26 Oct: Brighton, Sticky Mike's

Sony Corp revises projections for current year, expected losses increase fourfold
Sony Corp has done some maths this week and worked out that the group is likely to make a loss of just over $2 billion this financial year, rather than it's previous estimate of just under $0.5 billion. Which is quite a big difference, really, isn't it? Even before you convert the figures into yen.

Sony, of course, has been struggling for years now, a temporary uplift in 2012/3 proving shortlived. It's the consumer electronics side of the business causing the problems rather than the movie studios and music companies, with doom and gloom in the firm's mobile division behind the revised loss predictions announced today. It's because all you kids keep purchasing super-cool Apple and Samsung smartphones, rather than buying a cassette walkman from the 80s and just pretending to check your email on it. Which would probably be as productive.

Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai has already been offloading less lucrative units and expensive property assets in a bid to turn the company's fortunes around. Remains to be seen if talk of selling a slice of the conglom's US-headquartered entertainment division slips back onto the agenda given continued challenges at the company.

Confirming the issues in their mobile phone business, Sony top guard said today that its latest revival plan had already been "modified to address the significant change in the market and competitive environment of the mobile business".

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Indie label Steak Club launches with Krill album
Joe Parry from Division Promotions and Simon Morley, owner of the Blood & Biscuits label, have announced the launch of a new record label, Steak Club. The company's first signing is US indie outfit Krill. The band's album, 'Lucky Leaves', will be released on vinyl in the UK on 17 Nov, while the downloadable edition is available now from Bandcamp.

Explaining how the label had come into existence, Parry told CMU: "It all came about because of Krill. I came across the album earlier this year via their US label Exploding In Sound and saw them live at SXSW. I became pretty convinced that 'Lucky Leaves' is one of the best albums of its kind in years and just sent it to all of my friends, talked about it on Facebook and Twitter and so on. Simon listened to and fell in love too, so I was trying to get him to sign them to Blood & Biscuits over here. We had a big chat about it over a Wetherspoons steak and, after a few drinks, it seemed to make sense to do it together, and Steak Club was born".

On why he wanted to work with Krill in a label capacity, rather than just taking on their PR, he continued: "This might sound trite but we wanted to work with them in a label capacity because we are so in love with this album. For me it's a completely new experience being on this side of it and to do it with someone who already runs an amazing, established label definitely makes it less terrifying".

As for his ambitions for the new label venture, Parry concluded: "We both already work on an almost exclusively independent basis - at Division PR our roster is largely incredible independent artists - so we just want to continue in the tradition of labels that we respect who do this purely out of love. We're starting to think about further releases, but at the moment our minds are pretty open".

Listen to 'Lucky Leaves' UK bonus track 'Peanut Butter' here.

Clear Channel rebrands as iHeartMedia
I'm not sure iHeartMedia is an especially good name for a company, but then I never thought Clear Channel Communications was an especially good moniker either.

Though the latter originated in a bit radio industry jargon, while the former takes its name from the company's dabblings in streaming audio. Which makes this rebrand of America's biggest radio broadcasting company telling.

Clear Channel's online platform iHeartRadio - even when you take into account the radio show aggregation that occurs under the brand, in addition to the original curated streaming music element - accounts for only a fraction of the media firm's over-all listening hours, and probably no more than 10% of its revenues, but clearly it's the future baby.

On the name change, Clear Channel boss man Bob Pittman is quoted by the New York Times bigging up his company's online and iHeart-branded ventures, before concluding: "To capture all these concepts and still call [the company] the legacy name really is a disservice to what we are and what people here have built. So we've taken our biggest national brand, our newest brand, our most digital brand, and made that the name of the company".

Although Clear Channel has resisted the temptation to start rebranding its traditional FM and AM stations under the iHeart identity (something UK radio firm Global probably would have done if it owned an online services as successful as iHeartRadio), the US broadcaster has not shied away from plugging its online iHeart services relentlessly via its more established channels. Meanwhile the name has been pushed beyond the net via a series of iHeart-branded events.

Being only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand, iHeartRadio is often missed out of wider debates about the streaming music sector, but, while it lags behind Pandora in the US, it has performed well in a competitive market. And it is one of the few examples of the radio sector positioning itself into a marketplace otherwise dominated by start-ups, even though - as the internet reaches the bathroom, kitchen and car dashboard - Pandora and Spotify services start to go head-to-head with traditional radio.

Clear Channel's rebrand proves that iHeartRadio is no token-gesture initiative for the media company, though with the streaming audio market still hard to predict long-term, the broadcaster will need more than a new name to assure it is a successful player in it once things calm down.

  Approved: Flight Facilities
After several years spent nudging tracks out here and there, production duo Flight Facilities will release their debut album, 'Down To Earth', on 27 Oct. News of this came with one final track nudge before the big day, in the form of new single 'Two Bodies'.

Featuring guest vocals from singer-songwriter Emma Louise, the track follows a similarly relaxed route to previous singles like 'Clair De Lune' and 'Crave You'. Its warm bassline exists as a slow-moving but persistent driver of the track, as sparkles of piano dance around its edges.

You can catch Flight Facilities live in London at Electric Brixton on 29 Nov, followed by a show at Dublin's Vicar Street on 30 Nov.

Check out the beautiful Lorin Askill-directed video for 'Two Bodies' here.
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Lapalux releases three-phase Brainfeeder single
Ya boy Lapalux, real identity Stuart Howard, has reappeared on FlyLo's Ninja Tune sub-label Brainfeeder with a seven minute long track. Titled 'Movement I, II & III', it's kind of like a classical symphony, only with added beats, deep-sea bass and the following synopsis (shared by Howard via FACT)...

"This is a piece that moves in three stages: morning, day, and night. It's centred around the idea of being in the desert, lost as fuck trying to find something or someone. Or at least that's how I see it. Like Harry Dean Stanton in the film 'Paris, Texas' when he's mysteriously wandering the desert and remembers nothing".

Lapalux is celebrating his Brainfeeder re-activation with a string of live shows, the first British date being at London's Oval Space on 4 Oct. Check the listings here, and play the triple-length 'Movement' here.

Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, MTV EMAs and more
Other notable announcements and developments today...

• It's transpired that Mr Frank Ocean signed a management deal with Calvin Harris/Deadmau5's reps Three Six Zero back in June, having split off from his long-time firm 4 Strikes earlier in the year. "Frank is an incredibly intelligent and creatively brilliant individual", fawns Three Six Zero co-owner Mark Gillespie.

• The first speakers speaking at next year's Eurosonic Noorderslag conference, which 'goes off' in Groningen, The Netherlands, on 14-17 Jan, have been named as SFX Europe Chief Exec Duncan Stutterheim, Marty Diamond and Rob Challice (aka the respective heads of booking agencies Paradigm and Coda), and Guns N Roses/Smashing Pumpkins tour manager Alex Macleod. Details and tickets are here.

• Warp has this week listed five extra listening parties for Aphex Twin's new LP 'Syro'. Fans can go and hear the LP played back on a first-arrivals-only basis at the first event, which is in-store at Piccadilly Records in Manchester tonight.

• The Doors' DIY-shot part-fictional doc 'Feast Of Friends' which the band filmed whilst touring in the summer of 1968, is going to be released for the first time on DVD (and Blu-Ray). All nice and remastered. On 11 Nov, confirms Rolling Stone.

• Twice-CMU-approved London creatives Dems have shared details of their long-awaited (I'm talking several years but hey, Dems the breaks) first LP; starting with its title, 'Muscle Memory'; release date (3 Nov); and lead single 'Lioness'.

• Boxfresh XL signings (and CMU approved act) Ibeyi are streaming a new track named 'Mama Says'. Hear it here, and find details on a free-entry in-store the Ibeyi girls are doing at London's Rough Trade West on 22 Sep here.

• Irish denim/pop fiends B*Witched are B*Ack with a new EP which is really (really) titled 'Champagne Or Guinness', and really (really) being released on 28 Sep. Get familiar with its lead single 'The Stars Are Ours', while I pinch myself repeatedly, here.

• In breaking news of lesser significance than the new B*Witched EP, MTV has released the list of nominees for its EMAs, which will be presented right inside Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on 9 Nov. Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Pharrell all feature on said list the most times. View and vote on said list here.

Nadine Coyle doesn't even regret releasing her solo album through Tesco, if you must know
Former Girl Aloud Nadine Coyle is not at all embarrassed that she released her debut solo album in 2010, 'Insatiable', exclusively through Tesco stores. So stop saying that she is, OK? Why would you even say that? Seriously, come over here (or there) and say that to her face. Go on. You'll see how not bothered she is.

Actually, if you want to make a point of it, she was experimenting with new ways to do business, an opportunity afforded to all artists in this amazing new music industry of ours. She really was the U2 of her day. Except she only released her album on CD and sold it next to some onions.

Speaking to Attitude, Coyle explained: "We only released it in one shop. We didn't have any digital downloads, or iTunes, except for Tesco. That was the deal that we had done, to try something new. So no, I don't have any regrets whatsoever".

She does, however, admit that it might look a bit like she did have some regrets, because she abandoned promoting the album shortly after its release and fled to another country.

"I was going to do a second single, 'Running', and I really should have, so sometimes I think I should have just stuck it out and done that", she says. "But I went back to LA and rested and got myself together".

Now she's working on a new solo album with Girls Aloud producer Brian Higgins, which will be released as a freebie on packets of Coco Pops. Possibly.

 
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