MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Following rumours in July that Live Nation was planning a shake up of its artist management assets, likely resulting in a more cohesive division led by Guy Oseary, Billboard revealed on Friday "music's biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year", erm, that Live Nation is shaking up its artist management... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Chosen by Gilles Peterson for his 'Brownswood Bubblers' comp back in 2012, five-piece The Hics are still on a slow simmer, having laid somewhat low (and swerved the odd artistically compromising major label deal, they say) since the release of their 2013 EP 'Tangle'. The fact that the whole band trained... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Live Nation reshuffles management assets, launches the new Maverick
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LEGAL Google pledges to further demote piracy sites in search listings
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LIVE BUSINESS Organiser dies by suicide after South Korean concert tragedy
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ARTIST NEWS Thom Yorke solo album release advised by students
Bono has a medical reason for not taking off his sunglasses, and therefore you are a bad person
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RELEASES Middleton and Shrigley make sweet Words And Music
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AWARDS Hardwell tops DJ Poll for second year
Live UK awards presented
First ever Festival Congress Awards presented
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ONE LINERS The Orchard x Naïve, Lily Allen, Pitbull and more
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AND FINALLY... Ya, ya, ya, South Park releases Lorde parody as free download
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Live Nation reshuffles management assets, launches the new Maverick
Following rumours in July that Live Nation was planning a shake up of its artist management assets, likely resulting in a more cohesive division led by Guy Oseary, Billboard revealed on Friday "music's biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year", erm, that Live Nation is shaking up its artist management assets resulting in a more cohesive division led Guy Oseary. Though we do now know that the new division will take the name of Oseary's original joint venture business with that there Madonna, Maverick.

Live Nation has been a prolific player in artist management for sometime, though you wouldn't necessarily have realised it. The core of the live giant's management business came from its acquisition of Ticketmaster, which brought with it the Front Line management powerhouse led by Irving Azoff, which the ticketing firm had earlier acquired sometime earlier. Though Live Nation has since bought into numerous other management agencies around the world.

All those management assets sat under the rather ambiguous Artist Nation banner, originally set up as the division to manage Live Nation's mega-bucks alliances with Madonna, Nickelback, Shakira and Jay-Z, but subsequently something of a miscellaneous unit that also included some of Live Nation's fan services and merch interests. Most of the management agencies owned or part-owned by the group operated under their own brands.

But a few of them (at least) will now take the one name Maverick. And the revamp is seemingly more than just a rebrand, with the managers involved pledging to work more closely as a united business, pooling their skills, knowledge and contacts for the benefit of each other's artist clients. Oseary, who came to Live Nation when it provided financial backing to the merger of his and original U2 manager Paul McGuinness's management firms last year, will head up this new more united business.

Included in the Maverick party are Laffitte Management's Ron Laffitte, I Am Other's Caron Veazey, Blueprint Group's Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant, Reign Deer's Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber, Quest Management's Scott Rodger and Spalding Entertainment's Clarence Spalding.

The union is being spun as a move that will help the Live Nation-affiliated managers capitalise on the new opportunities open to artist managers as a result of a music business that is still in flux.

And, they presumably hope, it will also enable the Maverick team to rise to the challenge all managers need to tackle, both to capitalise on the opportunity that exists to strengthen their power within the wider business, and also to better deliver for their artists: that is to be the strategists that build lucrative businesses around musical talent on an act-by-act basis, capitalising on the direct-to-fan relationship and building revenue streams beyond record and ticket sales.

Oseary certainly has some heavy hitters within the all new Maverick, and also presumably enjoys access to brand, data and live expertise elsewhere within the Live Nation empire, plus we expect further acquisitions along the way. What benefits it delivers for artists allied to the new management powerhouse, well that will be something to watch out for.

Google pledges to further demote piracy sites in search listings
Google has made another commitment to downgrade piracy sites in its search engine results based on takedown notices issued under America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, amidst continued pressure from the content industries that see the web giant as having a key role to play in their continued battle against online copyright infringement.

Coming alongside a new edition of the web company's 'How Google Fights Piracy' report, which bigs up the firm's other rights management initiatives, Google's Senior Copyright Policy Counsel Katherine Oyama pledged in a blog post an "improved DMCA demotion signal in search".

She wrote: "In August 2012 we first announced that we would downrank sites for which we received a large number of valid DMCA notices. We've now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week".

As previously reported, while music industry trade groups welcomed that original 2012 announcement, most subsequently reckoned that the changes had little impact, with unlicensed content sources still routinely scoring high in Google searches. It remains to be seen if the rights owners are any more impressed with the latest promised alterations.

The boss of UK record label trade body the BPI, Geoff Taylor, told CMU on Friday: "When fans search for music or films, they should get legal results - it's as simple as that. If these new steps help guide more consumers to services like Spotify, Deezer and iTunes, which give back to music, instead of to fraudulent torrent or hosting sites, then they would represent a step forward for artists, labels and all those trying to build a thriving music economy online"

He went on: "The BPI, together with colleagues from the film industry, will continue to meet with the search engines and government to ensure these measures make a real difference and to persuade Bing and Yahoo to take similar action".

"We will also press for other steps to marginalise the online black market, including the delisting of sites ruled illegal by the courts, clearer signposting of legal services, and the swift removal of pirate apps. We will monitor the results carefully, but we are encouraged that Google has recognised the need to take further action and will continue to work with the search engines and government to build a stronger digital music sector".

In reality, the changes promised by Google last week don't really go anywhere near what the record industry wants - in particular the complete de-listing of sites that have been subject to web-block injunctions - som even if this alteration to the web giant's search engine does have more tangible results, the music rights companies will still continue to lobby for more action on Google's part.

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Organiser dies by suicide after South Korean concert tragedy
A man involved in the organisation of an open air pop concert in South Korea that ended in tragedy on Friday, when a ventilation grate on which some audience members were standing collapsed, was found dead this weekend, having seemingly died by suicide.

Sixteen people died after the ventilation grid gave way during a performance by K-Pop group 4Minute in the city of Seongnam, just 12-13 miles from the South Korean capital Seoul. There was reportedly a 20m drop beneath the grid, and its collapse led to eleven others being seriously injured, eight of which are being treated for life-threatening injuries.

4Minute, who were not aware of the incident until sometime later, subsequently issued a statement via their management that reads: "We can't express how regretful we are for what happened. The performance wasn't solely a 4Minute show, but a stage shared by many artists for an event. During their performance, none of the members or staff were aware of the accident and finished their complete set. It wasn't until they arrived back in Seoul that they heard of the news regarding the accident".

According to the Mirror, the man found dead this weekend, named as Mr Oh, was one of sixteen involved in organising the show who were subsequently interviewed by police. He was seemingly an employee of the Gyeonggi Institute Of Science And Technology Promotion, a sponsor of the concert, and had some responsibility for safety measures.

According to local media reports, Oh took his own life by jumping from a building nearby the concert site, while local officials say he left a note that said: "I apologise to the victims. I'm sorry to my family".

A police investigation into the circumstances around the tragedy is ongoing.

 
  Approved: The Hics
Chosen by Gilles Peterson for his 'Brownswood Bubblers' comp back in 2012, five-piece The Hics are still on a slow simmer, having laid somewhat low (and swerved the odd artistically compromising major label deal, they say) since the release of their 2013 EP 'Tangle'.

The fact that the whole band trained in the arts (and sciences) at the same school in Pimlico is clear in The Hics' latest poster-single 'All We'll Know', a script heavy with all the band's signature traits, from its warm, steady-moving circlets of Sade-esque soul and jazz, to the earnest love-themed wording, to co-lead-singers Roxane Dayette and Sam Paul Evans' high-and-low range vocals, which soften and build with each other in total sync.

Watch the band share a bit of their story so far, and do 'All We'll Know' live, on episode two of Channel 4's very 'now', very anti-'Later... With Jools'-styled new music show 'Four To The Floor' (which I hope the station orders another round of because it's really, really good); and/or catch the track's official video in a bit.
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Thom Yorke solo album release advised by students
It turns out that Tom York from The Radio Heads didn't devise the plan to release his new solo album through BitTorrent by himself. In fact, confounding all of your expectations, he went to some business students to ask for advice. Students are some of the worst culprits for accessing music illegally of course, so maybe it makes sense to talk to them when you're trying to smash the system and that.

Anyway, apparently Yorkie and his managers at Courtyard went to the Saïd Business School to get some tips on avoiding "self-imposed gatekeepers". According to Billboard, the MBA students advised on the user experience, media strategy and financial analysis of the 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' project. Which explain why the media strategy was so bloody patronising. They also came up with ideas for the release of the next Radiohead album too, so that's something to look forward to.

Said a spokesperson for Courtyard Management: "It was immensely useful to have the input of the MBA students on data analysis and new marketing strategies. They produced a thorough and insightful document".

A spokesperson for the university added: "The MBAs were able to put their learning into practice on the project, analysing fan and market data and bringing together new technologies to generate new ideas challenging conventional content distribution mechanisms".

According to BitTorrent stats, Yorke's album has now been downloaded almost four million times - though no stats have been released to say how many of those who downloaded it have paid the $6 to unlock the audio files within.

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Bono has a medical reason for not taking his sunglasses off, and therefore you are a bad person
For years and years now you've been going around saying in a loud voice in pubs, "Oh, that Bono. What a cunt he is, always telling us what to do. And he never takes his sunglasses off. What's that about? Cunty, cunt, cunt".

Personally, I've always found your language rather distasteful, regardless of your opinion, but you've been talking like this for so long now I can't even remember what life was like before you started. But, anyway, the only reason I bring this up is that something has now happened that's going to make you all feel really, really bad about all this.

After Bono apologised with such humility last week over him and his band forcing us all to download their new album, he's now revealed that he never takes his sunglasses off because he's got bad eyes. And he's had bad eyes for ages. So that makes you a bad person for always mentioning the sunglasses, for sure. And for calling him a cunt.

Asked why he never takes his fucking sunglasses off by Graham Norton on his BBC One show last week, Bono said: "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine. You're not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono'".

I'm not sure why he didn't mention this before, given how often people have mentioned the sunglasses indoors thing in the past. Surely Graham Norton wasn't the first person to ask about it in an actual interview? Maybe none of the interviewers who asked about it before heard the answer properly, because they were just repeating "cunty, cunt, cunt" over and over again in their heads. Though as I said, I don't approve of such language.

Actually, when asked about it in the past Bono just said he wore sun-specs in the house because he's sensitive to light. And he once told Rolling Stone it was "part vanity, part privacy and part sensitivity", which probably left people feeling justified in insulting him. If people ever felt they needed justification, which I'm not sure they did.

Anyway, getting back onto that album release strategy, Bonzo the said that he wasn't actually sorry about it at all: "We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don't believe in Father Christmas. All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement".

Oh, fuck off Bono.

Middleton and Shrigley make sweet Words And Music
Mssrs Malcolm Middleton (of songwriting fame) and David Shrigley (of wry and whimsical illustrations-with-captions fame) have conspired to make a collaborative LP titled 'Music And Words'. It's taken the pair seven years to start and finish, and will finally be released on 15 Dec in time to make an ideal anti-Xmas gift for an 'alternative' relative.

It worked like this. Shrigley did all the 'words' and gave them to Middleton, who built the 'music' on top, apparently as a means of paying Shrigley back for drawing the artwork on his 2007 longplayer 'A Brighter Beat'. Still, as Middleton has admitted, in spire of their long-time artistic kinship, the pair's ideas weren't always in total sync with eachother.

"I misinterpreted the meaning of David's words so created a certain style of music to accompany the wrong themes", he explains, adding: "I took one song 'Sunday Morning' to be a scathing attack on the pomp and arrogance of religion, only to be informed that it's just about willies and was recorded on a Sunday morning. It makes for an interesting record though".

Making his own mini speech, Shrigley says: "We have similar sensibilities; we're both into darkness, pathos, despair; existential things. It was just what I wanted, even though I didn't really know what I wanted".

'Music And Words' features a 'poster single' in 'Story Time', which is, says Middleton, "the song that started it all. Funny, disturbing, and then a bit more disturbing. It's a beautiful song, not just a cheap shock".

And now here is a stream of the track, and the tracklisting it appears on:

A Toast
Houseguest
Monkeys
Walker
Dear Brain
Caveman
Sunday Morning
Story Time
Help
Touch My Face
The Tree
A Computer

Hardwell tops DJ Poll for second year
It was a busy week for music business conferences last week, which also meant it was a busy week for music industry awards too. And although the first one, DJ Mag's annual DJ Poll, isn't officially part of the Amsterdam Dance Event, the results of the big yearly clubber survey are now timed to coincide with Europe's biggest gathering of EDM peddlers.

But who is the most important DJ in the big fat club of the world in this the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen? Which of the mighty disk-spinners / knob-twiddlers / play-button-pressers (take your pick) has finally shown that whippersnapper Hardwell - who somehow snuck into pole position in 2013 - what it really means to be the king of not only the Eeeee, or the Deeee, but also the Em?

Well, none of them. Not Dimitri Vegas, not Armin Van Buuren, not even the granddaddy of trance Tiësto could knock that Hardwell boy of the top of the ultimate DJ list. Though before Hardwell - the youngest ever poll topper last year - gets too complacent about kicking it to the old boys, the 26 year old should take a look at who shot up to position four in the poll this year, fellow Netherlander Martin Garrix, who's about eight. Well, eighteen. But still, Hardwell may only have his 'youngest ever Poll topper' crown for another year.

Still, he remained upbeat this weekend, or at least seemed pretty upbeat in this quote shared by Digital Spy, in which he says: "Wow - this is a dream that just keeps going! I'm extremely proud to find myself holding on to the title of number one DJ in the world for another year. Last year was a moment in my career I had spent ten years dreaming of but to be back on stage again, picking up the award for a second time in a row, is beyond my wildest dreams". I think Hardwell should probably try having wilder dreams.

Anyway, here is the top ten of the 2014 DJ Poll, which was actually leaked by a Russian EDM site last week, but let's pretend that never happened and get all excited a new. And look, people still like Skrillex. Who knew?

1. Hardwell
2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
3. Armin Van Buuren
4. Martin Garrix
5. Tiësto
6. Avicii
7. David Guetta
8. Nicky Romero
9. Skrillex
10. Steve Aoki

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Live UK awards presented
Elsewhere in music conference-dom last week it was the Live UK Summit in London, within which you might have spied the Live UK Music Business Awards, which celebrate the great and the good of all things live music. And look, here are your winners in full.

Best Venue Teamwork
Stadium: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Arena: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Theatre/Concert Hall: Troxy, London
Art Centre: Band on the Wall, Manchester & Norwich Arts Centre
Campus: The Forum Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Major Club (cap 800+): Rock City, Nottingham
Club (cap under 800): Thekla, Bristol

National Promoter Of The Year: SJM Concerts
Regional Promoter Of The Year: Cuffe & Taylor, North West
Indie Promoter Of The Year (Local Impact): Kai Harris, Advance Promotions (South East)

Best Festival (cap 40,000+): Bestival
Best Festival (cap 15,000-39,999): Secret Garden Party
Best Festival (cap under 15,000): Festival No 6
Best Festival Performance: Royal Blood at Glastonbury

Agent Of The Year: James Rubin, The Agency Group
Artist Manager Of The Year: Stuart Camp, Rocket Music (Ed Sheeran)
Tour Manager Of The Year: Tre Stead
Best Record Label Partner: Callum Caulfield, Atlantic Records

Spectacle Of The Year (Best Production): Kate Bush at Eventim Apollo
Breakthrough Artiste: Royal Blood
Greatest Brand Impact: Tuborg

Unsung Hero: Prue Almond, ITB
Outstanding Contribution: Barry Dickins, ITB

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First ever Festival Congress Awards presented
And third, but by no means least, in fact, we've saved the best for last, it was the first ever Festival Congress Awards this weekend, which, the more alert of you may have already guessed, took place in amongst the Association Of Independent Festival's Festival Congress event in Cardiff.

"But which festivals scored the glory?" I hear you all shout (well, I can hear at least nine of you). Well, if you'd just calm down for one flippin second, let me flex my fingers and tap a few keys on the board in front of me, then I could tell you. Thank you. OK, here are the winners.

Supporter Of Emerging Talent Award: 2000 Trees
New Festival On The Block: Fire In The Mountain
Mind-Blowing Spectacle Award: The Arcadia Spider
Smart Marketing Campaign Of The Year: Bestival Mirror Ball
Emmet Brown Award: Shambala Festival - Fuel Efficient Technology
Random Act Of Kindness Award: End Of The Road audience - Festival Wood

Unique Festival Site: Festival No.6
Festival Venue Of The Year: End Of The Road: The Garden Stage
Silver Service Award: Goan Seafood Company
Friendliest Security Staff: Showsec
Culture & Tourism Award (Forward Thinking Local Authority): Dorset County Council

Live Act Of The Year: Catfish & The Bottlemen
Artist For The Audience: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Festival Blogger Of The Year: Shell Zenner
Unsung Hero: James Goodall
The Outstanding Contribution Award: Rob da Bank

The Orchard x Naïve, Lily Allen, Pitbull and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Digital distribution co The Orchard has signed off on a très bon new deal with premiere French label Naïve, applicable everywhere except France. "The Orchard has a first class presence in global digital distribution, thus giving Naïve a critical mass guaranteeing its exposure on all digital platforms", raves Naïve CEO Patrick Zelnik au francais.

• Lily Allen has replaced her ex-manager of eight years Todd Interland, with whom she split back in June, with twin 'career overseers' Henry Village and Scott Rodger, respectively of Stack House and Maverick (look at us, on brand with Rodger's business name). The end.

• P-Wizzy aka Pharrell Williams is going to artistically direct the action on Snoop Dogg's new record, having signed Iggy Azalea's least-liked rapper right now to his Sony/Columbia imprint I Am Other. Snoop's latest long-playing scoop is set to feature Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson and, I bet, Pharrell Williams.

Approved pop composer Andy Stott has teasingly revealed the title track to his new LP 'Faith In Strangers', in advance of its release on 17 Nov. Hear it here.

• Those Foo Fighters have shared a first track from 'Sonic Highways', their all-American latest LP, which will hit da shops on 10 Nov. 'Something From Nothing', as it's titled, goes like this.

• Pitbull is going to release a new LP titled 'Globalization' (yeah, that's definitely spelt with a 'z') on 23 Nov. As well as Pitbull yelling, it'll have singing by J-Lo, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo and my fave part-time-violent-criminal-moonlighting-as-music-star, Chris Brown. That said, let's never speak of any of this ever again.

Ya, ya, ya, South Park releases Lorde parody as free download
Right, so there was this thing on a recent episode of South Park where Stan's dad Randy turned out to be Lorde. It's slightly more involved that that but 1) you probably already know about it and 2) I can't really think of a second point to justify my laziness, but I'm sure there is one.

Anyway, that whole thing happened and people thought it was funny - Lorde included - so at the end of last week South Park Studios put out the full version of the song as a free download. Reportedly the vocalist on it is actually Sia, which would make sense cos she's on everything, isn't she?

But enough of this talk, let's listen. You can download 'Push' for free here, or just listen via YouTube here.

 
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