FIRDAY 10 OCTOBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: SoundCloud's latest bid to become a licensed music service is faltering, according to the Financial Times, because of those pesky major record companies and their lust for loot (aka desire to be paid for their content). As previously reported, while the core business of SoundCloud has traditionally been upselling premium accounts to content owners, who in return get great streaming... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: DJ Friction celebrates his Shogun Audio label's tenth birthday tonight, with a huge cast of big hitters at the BassLaced night in this multi-roomed Wapping venue, loaded with a Funktion One set up. As well as Friction himself, on the bill are DJ Marky, DJ Hazard, Icicle and Rockwell, SpectraSoul, Fabio, Technimatic, Fourward, Total Science and Krust. MCs on hand to keep the energy up will be... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: We've become accustomed to news of media organisations going out of business in recent years. Magazines find themselves unable to convince enough people to pick up a physical object on a monthly or weekly basis. Local newspapers struggle to get in enough classified advertising to pay journalists to report on the latest flag ceremony, or whatever it is they do in local places... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES SoundCloud label talks faltering, says FT
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LEGAL Mike Weatherley launches copyright education report
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LIVE BUSINESS Glastonbury posts 2013 profits
Danish booking agency resignations follow Tinderbox controversy
SFX share price increases after Sillerman responds to bankruptcy claims
Jockey Club Live partners with AEG Live on future racecourse shows
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES UK music performs even better on Spotify
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ARTIST NEWS Iggy Pop to horrify (and steal eyes) in Sandman film
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ONE LINERS Kobalt, Bjork, Take That, Katy Perry and more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #226: Beyonce v Journalism
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SoundCloud label talks faltering, says FT
SoundCloud's latest bid to become a licensed music service is faltering, according to the Financial Times, because of those pesky major record companies and their lust for loot (aka desire to be paid for their content).

As previously reported, while the core business of SoundCloud has traditionally been upselling premium accounts to content owners, who in return get great streaming technology though no way to monetise their output, the digital firm has more recently been ploughing ahead with developing an advertising element to its platform, presumably as investors push for higher revenues.

Part of that strategy is the plan to secure licensing deals with the record companies, presumably so that labels would start uploading new releases as a matter of course, earning a cut of ad revenue as they do so. Many artists and record companies already use SoundCloud as a content distribution platform, but the lack of monetisation tools has long been an issue for rights owners.

Plenty of people in the labels are pleased that SoundCloud is now piloting its ads system, the platform being popular amongst both record industry staffers and artists. And with the service boasting 175 million listeners a month worldwide, there is desire inside the record companies to find a way to make a monetised SoundCloud work.

But at the same time, the labels are currently very wary of any new licensing proposal that could hinder the growth of those operating on a Spotify model, which is currently fuelling the boom in streaming income for the content owners. And to that end the labels are reportedly playing the "you need us more than we need you" bluff and holding out for better rates, even though SoundCloud was rumoured to be offering equity to sweeten the deal.

With hindsight SoundCloud should have got to the negotiating table much sooner, because before Spotify started to boom in Europe the Berlin-based start-up would probably have found the labels in a slightly more flexible mood. It doesn't help that SoundCloud's model seems to be more like that of YouTube than Spotify et al, and the YouTube model has been the subject of much criticism by labels and artists alike in the last year.

At one point it seemed that SoundCloud's main priority was getting bought by a bigger player - making these late-in-the-day label talks some other sucker's problem - but takeover talks, including the mooted conversations with Twitter, didn't come to anything.

The FT says that, despite reports over the summer months that label talks were going well and deals were looking likely, there remain hurdles to cross, the main hurdle being how much SoundCloud will pay. The paper also claims that talks with the biggest record company of them all, Universal, have now wound up for the time being.

In more joyful news coming out of SoundCloud HQ, the firm has been rolling out a new look to its web platform this last week which steps up the visual element, making a SoundCloud content page look rather like a YouTube content page (look at all that extra space for ads!!!!).

"Visuals are a crucial component of how you choose to share your music and audio" the company said in a blog post earlier this week, "and now they'll be backing every track on the web as they do on our iOS and Android apps and embedded players".

It does look nice, though any of you with legacy content where you uploading little pictures to go with your audio, you might want to swap the pics, cos there's a high chance they currently look shit.

Mike Weatherley launches copyright education report
Mike Weatherley MP, Intellectual Property Advisor to David Cameron, has published the third of his copyright reports this morning, this one called 'Copyright Education And Awareness'. It follows his previously reported papers on piracy, the first focused on the 'follow the money' approach to combating online infringement, the second looking at the role of the search engines.

Education is also a key element of the fight against copyright theft, of course, though one that is often mentioned and then less prolifically pursued. Key recommendations in Weatherley's report include more coordination in government and industry-led IP awareness initiatives, a BBC-produced copyright education programme and, perhaps most importantly, the incorporation of IP education into the school curriculum.

Commenting on his latest report, Weatherley told reporters this morning: "Getting education right on intellectual property awareness is paramount if, as a country, we are to properly respect the value of the creative industries. I have now submitted three reports to the Prime Minister on various aspects of intellectual property and I hope that my education report will help shape the future of both IP education and awareness across the country".

Backing the report, Culture Minister Sajid Javid added: "Intellectual property underpins our creative industries. It's what our past success was built on and it's what our future success depends on. We need to get the message across that if people value creativity - and most do - then it has to be paid for. Education plays a vitally important role in changing people's behaviour. By communicating the vital importance of copyright, not just to the success of our creative industries but to the many jobs these sectors will create, we hope to bring about behavioural change".

Record industry trade group the BPI has also supported the new paper, telling reporters: "Mike Weatherley's comprehensive report is an important first step in bringing a range of IP-dependent sectors together to build on our individual efforts in the world of consumer education and sets a strong foundation for the development of the recently-announced Creative Content UK [intiative]. There is a deep love of music in this country but we need to do more to shine a light on the realities of the business, and in particular the role of copyright in creating jobs and value from music and other forms of creativity. It's time for a coordinated effort to educate the public about IP to help boost our creative economy".

You can download Weatherley's report here.

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Glastonbury posts 2013 profits
Look, will you all quit moaning that you've had to pay £225 for Glastonbury tickets? Poor you, sat in your chair, with £225 to blow on a long weekend in a Somerset bog, and a ton of great live bands and 'solo artists' to look forward to. Boo hoo.

Anyway, while you're doing all that, at least take a sec to think of the festival itself, which, confirm accounts filed by Companies House earlier this week and seen by The Guardian, made a relatively small pre-tax profit of £764,000 on its 2013 event. And that's relative to the fact that it shifted £35m in ticket sales.

Plus remember, by taking a year off in 2012 (Glastonbury having its 'occasional fallow year policy'), 2013's profits had to cover the Glasto company's costs from the previous year too (when the firm reported a £544,000 loss). So, most of that £225 is paying for the fun times, while Michael Eavis's cash cow is more likely his cows.

In very brief terms, the lengthy expenses sheet shows that £348,000 of Eavis and co's total 2013 profit was donated to various charities; whilst Eavis, his relatives, and several companies affiliated with him claimed slightly over £2.6 million to cover staff and stage-hire costs, land rental, and compensation for earnings lost on Worthy Farm. I'd imagine 2013 Pyramid headliners The Rolling Stones took a fair bit from the kitty, too. And those tax efficient Arctic Monkeys.

So all in all a modest profit, but a profit nonetheless, which is a small victory in today's dicey festival 'clime', when it's a stretch for many events to break even, or even to go ahead in the first place. Whilst the financial data from this year's Arcade Fire/Kasabian/Dolly-featuring festival are still to be filed, the 2013 accounts show that Glastonbury 2014 had taken £6.58 million (sans VAT) in advance ticket sales by the end of last year. Which can't be bad.

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Danish booking agency resignations follow Tinderbox controversy
Two staffers at Denmark-based booking agency Scandinavian have resigned from the company, after their involvement in the upcoming Tinderbox festival resulted in a boycott of the agency by a number of other major music events.

As previously reported, Roskilde Festival, Smukfest, Nibe Festival and Jelling Musikfestival all refused to work with Scandinavian, and another Danish agency called Beatbox, in protest against Tinderbox and the public funding it is receiving (£2.5 million over five years). Festival Republic also cancelled the 2015 edition of its Hove Festival in Norway, claiming that the emergence of the new festival made it too difficult to compete in the already busy Nordic market.

Beatbox's two founders had already split their business interests, ensuring that the booking agency and festival promotion sides of the company were separate, which meant Beatbox Booking's Peter Sørensen expressed some surprise when a boycott nevertheless began against his firm. Now Tinderbox co-founders Brian Nielsen and Flemming Myllerup, who are also involved in the Northside and Grim Feast festivals, have announced their departure from Scandinavian, in a bid to relieve some of the tension for that company.

In a statement, via Denmark's Gaffa magazine, Neilsen and Myllerup said: "We are obviously annoyed that four festivals' boycott must have such drastic consequences for our company. Unfortunately it also cost several people their jobs. You can think what you like about the boycott, but it is a fact that the festivals failed to enter a dialogue before the boycott and subsequently refused to enter into dialogue with us".

They continued: "We do not want our own people or our other business to stand in the way of our artists' careers, and therefore we pull from the booking [agency] industry. We will now focus 100% on our two successful festivals in Aarhus, Northside and Grim Feast, and on the launch of Tinderbox in Odense, which we expect a lot from. Moreover, we will develop our concert business further with our good partners in Beatbox Entertainment and FKP Scorpio".

It has been speculated that the real source of tension in this bust up is actually the there mentioned German booking agency and festival promoter FKP Scorpio, the other partner in Tinderbox. It is growing its interests rapidly in Europe, and especially Scandinavia, which some independent and Live Nation-allied events see as a threat. FKP Scorpio also recently announced a new showcase festival in Sweden, which will plug the music conference gap between Eurosonic Noorderslag and by:Larm left by MIDEM (which has shifted to new summer dates).

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SFX share price increases after Sillerman responds to bankruptcy claims
Up, down, up, down, who knows where SFX Entertainment's share price will go next? There was a sharp fall earlier this week, following claims that the EDM festival maker was on the verge of bankruptcy. Though prices rose again following assurances by CEO Robert Sillerman that this was not the case.

The fall came after the publication of an article on the Seeking Alpha financial website on Wednesday, claiming that the company is "misrepresenting itself", and that Sillerman has not bought shares in SFX since its IPO, which doesn't suggest confidence in the company.

But a number of investors came to the company's defence following the appearance of the article - one calling it a "hit job" - while Sillerman himself responded with a press release yesterday announcing that he had in fact purchased 575,000 shares in SFX, with plans to buy another three million after the company's Q3 earnings announcement next month.

As a result, the share price began to rise again, though is still lower than pre-Seeking Alpha article levels.

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Jockey Club Live partners with AEG Live on future racecourse shows
Jockey Club Live, the previously reported joint venture between Jockey Club Racecourses and Live At The Races, has announced a new partnership with AEG Live.

Under the new deal, AEG Live will book artists for and promote events at Jockey Club-owned racecourses under the Jockey Club Live banner from next year onwards.

JCL CEO Andrew Wilkinson said these words, amongst others: "delighted", "hugely", "respected", "table", "amazing".

UK music performs even better on Spotify
Readers in Clacton were presumably horrified to read earlier this week that Swedish firm Spotify has gone into profit here in the UK, coming over here, streaming our songs, taking away business from obviously superior British-made streaming platforms like Blinkbox and Rara.com, which, if nothing else, at least know how to make a proper cup of tea.

Well, take heart Clactonites, the Swedes may be dominating the streaming market in Europe just now, but it's good old fashion, properly made and finely tuned British music that is powered the stream factory, with Spotify confirming yesterday that just under one fifth of all the tracks played on the service worldwide come from this Scepter'd Isle. Ha, take that Sweden with your globally admired pop songwriting community and consistently impressive new musical output, we've got One Direction, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran - boom!

Says the boss of UK record industry trade grouping BPI, Geoff Taylor: "The outstanding performance of British music globally on Spotify suggests that our exceptional music heritage may position us to claim an even greater share of the world market for recorded music in a streaming era. And as the busy last quarter of the year gets underway, a string of new releases from Calvin Harris, One Direction, Jessie J and Rumer promise a strong British performance at the top of the UK streaming charts".

Meanwhile Spotify man Kevin Brown added: "The BPI revealed this year that British artists are responsible for a huge one in eight of all albums sold worldwide. However, British talent over-indexes to an even greater degree on Spotify, where British artists now make up an incredible one-fifth of all tracks currently streamed on Spotify worldwide. This huge market share is testament both to the incredible home-grown talent we have here, and the ability Spotify offers to artists to share their music and build audiences of engaged music fans all over the world".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Ten Years Of Shogun Audio at Studio Spaces E1
DJ Friction celebrates his Shogun Audio label's tenth birthday tonight, with a huge cast of big hitters at the BassLaced night in this multi-roomed Wapping venue, loaded with a Funktion One set up.

As well as Friction himself, on the bill are DJ Marky, DJ Hazard, Icicle and Rockwell, SpectraSoul, Fabio, Technimatic, Fourward, Total Science and Krust. MCs on hand to keep the energy up will be SP:MC, Dynamite, MC AD, Linguistics, Mantmast, and Con-Natural.

Friday 10 Oct, Studio Spaces E1, Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2BB, £27.50, 10pm - 6am. More info here.

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Iggy Pop to horrify (and steal eyes) in Sandman film
Enter 'The Sandman' (and rockstar) Iggy Pop, who's going to play a wrinkly serial killer of that alias in a nightmarish new Christmas film of that title. Aaaaand that's it, I'm never sleeping again.

The planned horror movie, which has its own funding page on Indiegogo, carries the festive/terrifying tagline 'Christmas is coming, and so is The Sandman', and will feature a score by Claudio Simonetti of the band Goblin. Shooting is pencilled in for early 2015 in Ontario, Canada, though according to the Indiegogo blurb, some incoming 'soft monies' might bring it all forward.

And this is the juicy bit: the film is based - practically blares its billing - on the 'REAL' Sandman of 'original German legend', who steals the eyes of children who won't go to sleep (wait a minute... gah!), and then feeds them to his children on the moon. Wait, I've changed my mind, I AM now going to go to sleep. Very early. Always.

'Maestro Of Terror' Snr Argento says: "Working with Iggy Pop is amazing! Such an interesting and intense personality! I would not even simply say 'actor,' that does not cover it. I would rather say 'a unique presence!'"

Whilst Pop, an avid admirer of Argento, adds (with apt morbidity): "If I could play The Sandman for him it would make my life complete. I hope I have not just written my own epitaph".

Equally terrifying to all this Sandman talk was Iggy Pop's appearance on BBC Two's 'Newsnight' last night ahead of his upcoming John Peel Lecture at this year's Radio Festival, entitled 'Free Music In A Capitalist Society'.

Actually, it wasn't that scary. It was kind of interesting. Here's what he had to say about his chosen topic for his speech: "When I started I was unaware of my fiduciary duty to make money for the record company, I was thinking about other things. Later, a few years in that became a problem because I was a disgrace to the industry. [So] I wanted to talk about the spirit of freedom and the idea of giving freely in a society which is getting dominated by one system, which is beginning to threaten other systems, because ultimately you've got to make a quick investment return for somebody that's sitting somewhere collecting interest. And that's fine, that's a good system but maybe it's a bit too successful sometimes and somebody should beat it back a bit. There are a lot of artists who go through this... in the visual arts world there's a patronage and a gallery system".

Asked if that made Apple a patron of U2, given that the tech firm just bunged the band a load of cash to give away their latest album to iTunes users, Pop responded: "That might be a sponsorship. I thought about this the other day and I thought gee, television shows are commonly sponsored by whoever sponsors these ads you see. That's accepted... and for some reason when that comes over to music it's a different feel. I'm not sure people are accepting of that".

Kobalt, Bjork, Take That, Katy Perry and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Kobalt Neighbouring Rights has signed up Pitbull, London Grammar, Jess Glynne, Frightened Rabbit and German rapper Cro. "Like all our clients, they will benefit from our expertise, technology and relationships with collecting societies to maximise their earnings and timeliness of payment in this complex area", says KNR MD Ann Tausis.

• Pop's best trio since Big Fun, Take That, are back! Following the recent news of Jason Orange's departure from the group, the remaining three That-ers have confirmed their next album will be called 'III' and will come out on 2 Dec, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! A first single called 'These Days' is available to stream now.

• Her royal Björkiness has confirmed that she is working on a new album for release next year. So hard at work is she that she missed the premier of her 'Biophilia Live' film at the London Film Festival last night. It's alright though, she'll be able to catch it at the Ja Ja Ja festival next month. You can book tickets for that here, Björk. Oh, and here's a playlist of all the amazing artists playing that festival for you to listen to as well.

• Transgressive Records is keeping its tenth birthday celebrations going with a new show on 30 Oct at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, featuring Thumpers, Famy, Alvvays, Blaenavon and Gengahr. Tickets are on sale now and, hey, you can read our recent interview with label co-founder Tim Dellow here.

• Kim Gordon - one-time Sonic Youth, now just sonic woman - has confirmed a release date of 24 Feb 2015 for her autobiography, 'Girl In A Band'. "At the heart of the book is the examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves", reads its synopsis.

• Ryn Weaver has finally got around to releasing a video for her track, 'OctaHate', which we approved of way back in July. And that is an excellent excuse to go and listen to that song again, because it's still great.

• Japanese shoegaze act Taffy are in the UK for a series of gigs, starting with a performance at Birthdays in London tonight. They'll play a handful of other dates around the country in the run up to their show at this year's Sŵn festival in Cardiff. Check out a special live version of their song 'In The Fields I Lay' here.

Approved alt-pop artist Bea has released a 'visual' for her track 'We Are Like The Hard Born', mainly as a means of advertising her new EP 'Good Thinking', which is released on 21 Oct. View the vid here.

• NY-based R&Pop soloist Tei Shi is to release her new single 'Bassically' via Double Denim on some date or other, this following on from her approved 'Saudade' EP. Basically, go ahead and stream 'Bassically' via this link.

• Katy Perry is set to play the half time show at next year's Super Bowl, sources have told Billboard. Of course, there were rumours that Super Bowl organisers were thinking of making their entertainment bit 'pay to play', though Perry apparently recently told ESPN: "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl".

CMU Beef Of The Week #226: Beyonce v Journalism
We've become accustomed to news of media organisations going out of business in recent years.

Magazines find themselves unable to convince enough people to pick up a physical object on a monthly or weekly basis. Local newspapers struggle to get in enough classified advertising to pay journalists to report on the latest flag ceremony, or whatever it is they do in local places (I'm a London meeja arsehole, I have no idea). And occasionally a radio station will just drop off the air.

So it might have gone unnoticed when Houston's News92 FM went off the air this week. In fact, I'd be willing to bet you didn't notice it happen at all. It's like you weren't even listening to that particular station. Well, let me tell you, we always had it on in the CMU office and its loss was greatly felt.

But its departure has gained more attention than it might, because the channel previously occupied by the news service has been replaced with a brand new radio station. And whereas News92 FM focused on what all Houston residents were up to, the new service focuses on just one child of the city. Beyonce.

Yeah, that's right, Beyonce is more important than news and now has her own 24/7 radio station. And in order to make this switch, News92 owner Radio One had to sack 47 members of staff. So, Beyonce is basically responsible for almost 50 news-makers being unemployed, all because of a narcissistic love of the sound of her own voice.

Fucking hell, Beyonce. I hate all these self-obsessed celebrities, hell bent on doing anything they can to promote themselves, not caring whose lives they ruin in the process. "Oh, look at me. I've only got $350 million in the bank, how will I feed my baby?" You make me sick, Beyonce. Sick!

OK, perhaps I have stretched the conceit of this piece a little too far. Perhaps. Beyonce didn't actually request that anyone lose their job (not publicly, anyway). She didn't even ask to have her own radio station (not publicly, anyway). And the station didn't say it was sacking anyone just so that it could play Beyonce instead of reporting the news (not publicly, anyway). Actually, the station's staff were put out on the street because the local news service's ratings were rubbish, so there was no money to pay them. And spinning Beyonce tunes 24/7 is much cheaper to do (and more popular, probably).

"News92, Houston's first FM all-news radio station, aired its last broadcast Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014", said a statement. "This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested. Unfortunately, the market hasn't shown a sustainable appetite for news radio, but each of you motivated us daily to produce a high-quality news programme. Together, we made history".

Yeah, but you made much bigger history just by becoming the world's first 24 hour, ad-free Beyonce station. On the switch, Yashima Azliove, a spokesperson for the Radio One company, told reporters: "She's Queen Bee. In looking to make a transition, we go back to what we know. We know urban radio. We're in Houston, [so] the combination seemed like a winning one".

I think technically she's Queen Bey, but whatever. She can be both. And Azilove's right, it does seem like a winning combination. (Houston/Beyonce, I mean, not Bee/Bey. The latter's just a mess. I've changed my mind about her being both).

For too long Houston has been plagued by the tyranny of news - clearly something it didn't want, given News92 couldn't get any listeners or make any money - when really all anyone wants is a bit of Beyonce available at any time of the day or night. I suggest all stations now make the switch. This is clearly the future of media. In fact, so inspired are we by this news, we've just sacked the whole CMU team, and will from Monday start publishing the BMU (Beyonce Music Unlimited) Daily. A daily YouTube playlist emailed to your inbox every morning so that you never need be without her.

Of course there's a slight chance this is just a big fat publicity stunt by the Radio One company, likely to promote the launch of a new pop music station in the place of News92. Though it could back fire. Once the people of Houston have got used to 24/7 Beyonce, how are they going to feel about other artists encroaching on her territory? There could be riots. I'd propose a gradual approach, slowly slotting in Destiny's Child, then Solange, then Kelly Rowland, then some light Jay-Z, and then maybe, but only maybe, listeners won't go to war.

As for the journalists, well, they should just focus on writing some Beyonce-themed lists.

 
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