WEDNESDAY 8 OCTOBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Spotify's UK business went into profit last year, which is cheery news given that most streaming music companies are still major loss-makers. Though it's hard to know what that really means because the London-based subsidiary sits within the wider Spotify business which, given its continued rapid expansion worldwide, will almost certainly be still working its way through all that start-up... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A CMU SNAP Of The Day (you remember that nonsense, right?) back when the day was 6 Oct and the year 2009, London-based DIY flag-fliers Trash Kit have risen again, almost exactly five years later, with a rattly new track titled 'Medicine', the lead dose off their second LP, 'Confidence', which will make itself known on 1 Dec via Upset The Rhythm. In certain ways pretty easily filed... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spotify UK went into profit last year
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LEGAL Former radio DJ and Savile associate in court over rape charges
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DEALS Producer Mike Dean signs to Warner/Chappell
Audiam signs up Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Direct-to-fan agency publishes guide to fan engagement platforms
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Collins Long announces new partner and employment law practice
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ARTIST NEWS Morrissey admits tour cancellations due to cancer treatment
MKS haven't split up, you fucking idiot
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ONE LINERS Calvin Harris, McBusted, AlunaGeorge and more
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AND FINALLY... Hilarious headline along the lines of 'God Only Knows this isn't A Perfect Day'
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Spotify UK went into profit last year
Spotify's UK business went into profit last year, which is cheery news given that most streaming music companies are still major loss-makers.

Though it's hard to know what that really means because the London-based subsidiary sits within the wider Spotify business which, given its continued rapid expansion worldwide, will almost certainly be still working its way through all that start-up capital and making losses overall.

It's also hard to make comparisons with past figures for Spotify UK, because while at one point a big chunk of the company's global enterprise went through the London office, that has changed in recent years, presumably pushing some of the income but also some of the costs to elsewhere in the business.

Still, Spotify Ltd's revenues rose 41.8% last year, from £92.6 million to £131.4 million, meaning that the company made £2.6 million in net profit, compared to a net loss of £11 million in 2012, according to figures filed with Companies House and seen by The Guardian.

Over 70% of that revenue goes to the music rights owners (labels and publishers) according to the terms of their licensing deals, and it's no secret that Spotify income has become serious business for the UK record labels in the last twelve months, buoyed by this boom in the streaming firm's British business.

The company's partnership with Vodafone played no small role in the uplift in Spotify's UK subscriber base, mobile partnerships being a key part of Spotify's growth plans worldwide (and those of some of its direct competitors too).

Of course, for Spotify's investors, it's not short-term profit that are of interest (because worldwide there probably won't be any), but the profit to be made when the company is floated or sold off in one mega-transaction. Though, anything that suggests a Spotify-type company can eventually become profitable will provide a great boost to any IPO on Wall Street.

Former radio DJ and Savile associate in court over rape charges
A former radio DJ and friend of Jimmy Savile was in court yesterday to face eighteen charges of rape and other related offences.

Another case stemming from the flood of posthumous revelations about Savile's crimes, though this one directly linked to his activities, Ray Teret went on trial yesterday along with two other men, William Harper and Alan Ledger.

Teret met Savile in the early 1960s at a singing competition organised by the latter, and they subsequently shared a Manchester flat together. Teret became a DJ on pirate station Radio Caroline, and later presented shows for various commercial radio stations, mainly in North West England, including for Piccadilly Radio in Manchester and Signal Radio in Stoke On Trent.

Teret is accused of exploiting the minor celebrity status his radio work rewarded him, and his association with Savile, to assault young girls. One of the assaults described in court yesterday involved him taking a fifteen year old girl to his flat, where first Savile raped her, and then Teret.

Prosecutor Tim Evans told the court: "The Crown's case in a nutshell is that he used the celebrity that he had to abuse young girls in various ways and that the other two defendants - Mr Ledger and Mr Harper - friends and associates of Teret - also became involved on occasions".

Noting the association with Savile, Evans added: "This is not guilt by association and that sort of notion plays no part in this trial", stressing that Teret was wholly guilty in his own right of taking advantage of teenage girls who were flattered that a DJ was showing them attention.

The former DJ denies all the charges against him.

Producer Mike Dean signs to Warner/Chappell
Kanye West producer Mike Dean has signed a global publishing deal with Warner/Chappell, covering his entire songwriting catalogue.

The President of the publisher's North American operations Jon Platt said of the news: "Few producers have the talent to sustain a career as long, diverse and prolific as Mike's. From Tupac to Kanye and everyone in between, Mike has helped great artists define new sounds. He's always innovating, not only within hip hop, but across pop music in general. We're thrilled to be on his team".

Dean added: "I am excited to work with Warner/Chappell and Big Jon on expanding my musical palate, and be able to continue to innovate and push music forward".

As well as West, Dean has contributed to work by Lorde, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and is credited with developing the 'Dirty South' sound in the 1990s with artists such as Tupac Shakur and Nate Dogg.

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Audiam signs up Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers
TuneCore founder Jeff Price's previously reported digital rights admin firm Audiam has announced that it has signed Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The company will represent the bands' publishing catalogue on digital services exclusively in North America.

The company will seek to ensure that so called 'mechanical royalties' on the two bands' catalogues are being correctly assigned by digital platforms including YouTube - Price saying that in some cases up to 12% of such payments are being routed to someone other than the stakeholder, while 15-30% of sound recordings receive no royalties at all.

By forensically searching for these unpaid or misdirected royalties, Price says that his company has brought in $150,000 for its artists, $50,000 in the last four weeks.

"It's sex, drugs and rock n roll vs technology", he says. "These are fairly small catalogues relative to what's out there in the world, so you look at that 50 grand and you think, what else is out there?"

Direct-to-fan agency publishes guide to fan engagement platforms
London-based direct-to-fan agency Wicksteed Works has launched a report comparing the ten leading direct-to-fan platforms on the market, with the aim of helping artists, managers and labels work out which of the services available best suit them and their businesses.

As previously reported, the potential of direct-to-fan was a key theme at this year's CMU Insights-programmed Great Escape Convention in May. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke said in his keynote speech: "The single most exciting thing - and the biggest opportunity - in the web-era music industry is direct-to-fan. In the 1990s artists didn't know who their fans were beyond the mosh pit and fan letter".

"Not only that, artists' primary business partners - the labels and tour promoters - didn't even know who the fans were, they relied on the retailers and ticketing companies to reach the fans. In the web age artists know exactly who their core fanbase are. And it seems to me that the music industry of the 1990s totally under-serviced that core fanbase".

Wicksteed Works Director Jessie Scoullar, who previewed the report as part of the TGE Convention, has analysed how different D2F platforms assist in the process of engaging, communicating and selling to core fanbase, with Bandcamp, Music Glue, PledgeMusic and Topspin amongst those featured.

Says the company of its report: "It creates a set of standard criteria to measure and compare the core features of each platform, thereby helping industry professionals to navigate this newly crowded market and make an informed choice about which platform is most suitable for their project".

Scoullar herself adds: "We noticed artists, managers and labels are often confused by or simply unaware of the breadth of choice now available in the direct-to-fan space. The sticking point is the question, 'which platform?' so we decided to create an easy-to-use comparison tool to help users navigate the market and thereby make more informed and smarter decisions".

The report can be bought from the Wicksteed Works website, and CMU readers can get a £50 discount if they use the code CMUSAVE50. Get it here.

Collins Long announces new partner and employment law practice
Music and entertainment law firm Collins Long has announced the appointment of Praveen Bhatia as a Partner at the business. Joining the company from Sheridans, Bhatia will establish a new employment law practice to "advise senior executives, artists and employers in the creative industries on all aspects of their employment strategy and its execution".

The law firm's founders, James Collins and Simon Long, said in a statement this morning: "Already a go-to name for music executives, Praveen is known to be technically brilliant, practical and commercial. Her work with creative sector senior executives neatly complements our existing practices in music, film and theatre. We are delighted to have her join us as a partner to start our new dedicated employment practice and further strengthen the services we provide to the creative industries".

Bhatia herself said: "After thirteen fantastic years with Sheridans, I am excited about the prospect of establishing a new employment practice and working with the Collins Long team. They are cutting-edge both in terms of the deals they do and their style of working which is always flexible and commercial in order to add genuine value and give a full support service to their clients".

  Approved: Trash Kit
A CMU SNAP Of The Day (you remember that nonsense, right?) back when the day was 6 Oct and the year 2009, London-based DIY flag-fliers Trash Kit have risen again, almost exactly five years later, with a rattly new track titled 'Medicine', the lead dose off their second LP, 'Confidence', which will make itself known on 1 Dec via Upset The Rhythm.

In certain ways pretty easily filed away in an aisle beside (Trash Kit vocalist Rachel Aggs' rival band, the also CMU approved) Shopping, 'Medicine' is nevertheless a specialist item in its own right, finding Aggs et al hemmed in by a circle of spears tipped with scathing punk guitars and poison brass.

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Morrissey admits tour cancellations due to cancer treatment
Morrissey has revealed that he has been undergoing treatment for cancer in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Asked about the cancellation of various tour dates over the last couple of years, the singer said that he has undergone four surgeries to remove cancerous tissue. He continued: "But whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good".

Last year, following several weeks in hospital, Morrissey said that doctors had told him that he should retire from performing live.

Commenting on his current status as a performer, he said: "I'm at an age when you should no longer be making music. Many composers of classical music died at the age of 34. But I'm still here, and no one knows what to do with me. The audience that I have is very young, which leads me to think that the songs of The Smiths, like those of The Ramones, are more significant now than before".

The people Moz thinks don't know what to do with him would presumably include Universal's Harvest Records, the label from which he withdrew a licensing deal in August, shortly after the release of his latest album. The nature of the deal meant that the album also went with him, disappearing from digital music services upon his departure from Harvest HQ.

Continuing to perform against doctors' orders, and still one to bear a grudge, Morrissey played a show in Lisbon on Monday night, dressing his band in t-shirts featuring the catchy slogan, Fuck Harvest. So, that's fun. You'll be able to see Morrissey (and his band's t-shirts) play at the O2 Arena in London on 29 Nov.

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MKS haven't split up, you fucking idiot
Hey, you know how you've been going around telling everyone that the original Sugababes - MKS, as they're known - have split up and will never release their album? Yes you have, don't try to pretend. Well, you were wrong. God, you're so stupid. You always jump the gun. Everything goes quiet for a few months and you think that means they've split up. I hate you.

In the first post on their Facebook page for seven months yesterday, the group said: "We know you guys are having heart failure and we're sooooo sorry! Some of you are on life support - again, so sorry! We are coming! New team! Amazing album! All will be explained soon. But we are still together and can't wait for you to hear what we've been cooking".

Cooking? Oh, they've gone and set up a catering company, haven't they? That's what this is about. Bloody Sugababes pulled pork, or some shit. Well, I suppose it's a good opportunity for Mutya to get some paper plates printed up.

Calvin Harris, McBusted, AlunaGeorge and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• So Calvin Harris is releasing his new album, 'Motion', on 24 Nov. It features guest appearances from Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Haim, Tinashe, Big Sean, Hurts, John Newman, Firebeatz and R3hab.

• McBusted have announced that they will release their debut single on 23 Nov. It's called 'Air Guitar', though presumably it will feature actual guitars on it. They're also going to be screening a documentary about their tour, called 'Tourplay', later this month. Here's a trailer.

• Cheryl wossname has released yet another track from her new album, in her continued bid to convince us that she can hold together a disparate collection of tracks with a discernable and consistent voice. Once again she fails. It's a better song than that last one though. Here it is, it's called 'Only Human'.

• AlunaGeorge are back with a new track called 'Supernatural'. It's good stuff, and comes from their still-in-the-works second album. Aluna will appear minus George at upcoming US and Australian shows, while he continues to kick the record into shape.

• A year on from her third album, 'Wish Bone', Oh Land is back with the follow-up, 'Earth Sick'. Well, she will be on 11 Nov. Until then, there's her new single, 'Head Up High', which you can listen to here.

• Rapper Lizzo and singer Caroline Smith recently recorded a single together ('Let Em Say' - here's the video). Now they're back at it again, and this time with added Grimes. Well, that's the assumption I have made based on this Instagram post anyway.

Hilarious headline along the lines of 'God Only Knows this isn't A Perfect Day'
Remember that time the BBC got together a big fat bunch of marvellous music stars (and Elton John) and had them cover Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day', mainly to remind us all how cool and nifty and worthy of our licence fee the BBC was, but then they sold it to normal people in aid Children In Need? I was kinda fond of that cover, and I don't care who knows it. I especially liked the bit at the end when the gospel choir went "reap, reap, reap, reap, reap, reap, reap".

But here's a thing, while I always assumed that project was a massive success, seemingly it was not, because it turns out there are still some children in need. So the BBC is having another go, and to that end has got together a big fat bunch of modern marvellous music stars (and Elton John) to have a go at covering The Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows'.

It's not as good as 'Perfect Day', of course, but that's because modern pop music always forgets the sax solo. Why does modern pop music always forget the sax solo? Bring back the sax solo pop music. I mean, I could almost (almost) stand two minutes of Justin Bieber's insipid off-key auto-tuned-to-fuck vocals if there was the promise of a 23 second sax solo.

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes, so the Beeb has got together the very best, and the very greatest, basically all the most wonderful music stars of today. Well, mainly those signed to major record companies. Because I mean, maybe a folk artist, and maybe one - just one mind - world music star, but you don't really want to sully your plush pop music project by letting in musicians signed to indie labels do you?

Artists signed to British-owned record companies singing on a song for the British Broadcasting Corporation? What a nonsense! And all you moaning indie labels, you can fuck right off to shitsville. Not my words by the way, but those of BBC Director General Tony Hall. Well, technically they are my words. But his sentiment, I reckon.

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes, the BBC has put out an all-star version of 'God Only Knows'. Mainly to say "remember that BBC Music thing we launched earlier this year which is definitely more than a web page, well, yeah, we're still doing that, so make sure you pay your licence fee, I mean, filming this nonsense didn't come cheap". And partly also to raise money for Children In Need, which will make its annual trip into all our lives very soon, just like winter flu.

Opinion is divided on the outcome, so - careful as we always are to never offend anyone - feel free to delete as applicable: "Wowsers, what a magical work of musical art!" / "Well, that's a bit mediocre isn't it?"/ "Oh my Lordy Lord, what a big pile of tedious shite that turned out to be, Brian Wilson must be spinning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet".

Want to hear it? Want to see it? Want to absorb the magic? Want to confirm your very worst fears? Well, do so. But don't be expecting any sax solo. And you'll have to add your own reap-reaps at the end. Though, as BBC founder Lord Reith once said, "fuckin hell, it's Emeli Sandé!"

 
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