MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Hollywood trade body the Motion Picture Association Of America recently had a sneaky go at having the homepages of a plethora of file-sharing websites de-listed from Google. Though, somewhat unsurprisingly, the web giant knocked back the majority of the requests. As much previously reported, under US copyright law Google is obliged to remove from its search engine... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Australian post-pop band Nite Fields are at the moment clearing the way for their first LP 'Depersonalisation', the legacy to a cloistered nine-month mixing sprint by their "opinionated and passionate" frontman Danny Venzin, whose eye for detail is self-evident in NF's new single, 'Depersonalisation' lead 'You I Never Knew'. Lifting off in a '...Milky Way'-lit ripple of cool and clear-chiming... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES MPAA has a go at getting file-sharing site homepages de-listed on Google
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DEALS MIA signs to BMG Chrysalis
Mascot Label Group extends alliance with Warner's ADA
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LIVE BUSINESS Ticketmaster to launch in Poland
Noisey editor not so big a fan of Vice's latest partner
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ARTIST NEWS Marilyn Manson and Iggy Azalea comment on appearances in rape fantasies
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RELEASES Carla Bruni steers a French Band Aid, as Yoko Ono and co 'Imagine' a new UNICEF sing-along
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AWARDS YouTube Music Awards to rise again in 2015
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ONE LINERS Sony Music Australia, Tony Bennett (aka Bobgoblin), David Lynch x Patti Smith plus so much more
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AND FINALLY... Ed Sheeran wears cheap pants that no one will ever see
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MPAA has a go at getting file-sharing site homepages de-listed on Google
Hollywood trade body the Motion Picture Association Of America recently had a sneaky go at having the homepages of a plethora of file-sharing websites de-listed from Google. Though, somewhat unsurprisingly, the web giant knocked back the majority of the requests.

As much previously reported, under US copyright law Google is obliged to remove from its search engine any links to copyright infringing content if alerted to said links by a copyright owner. Though the web giant generally insists on specific URLs being stated on a takedown notice.

The rights owners reckon that if a website prolifically infringes - and especially if that has been proven in court via a web-block injunction - then Google should de-list all and any URLs linked to the offending site, including its home page. Google does not concur.

Nevertheless, the MPAA - which is not so prolific a takedown issuer as its record industry counterparts - recently had a go at having the home pages of a bunch of film-based file-sharing sites taken out of Google search. Torrentfreak noted the takedown this weekend.

It's interesting to speculate why the MPAA had a go at de-listing so many home pages, given it was unlikely to be successful. Were they hoping that there was always on off-chance a handful would be blocked, or were they getting the paperwork to prove Google's policy on home-page takedowns ahead of some lobbying of American law-makers?

The music and movie industries would like the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act amended to force Google to be more proactive in this domain. What the latest home page takedown attempt proves is that Google ain't going to start doing that voluntarily.

MIA signs to BMG Chrysalis
Ms MIA has signed an international deal with BMG Chrysalis UK, the British wing of insatiably acquisitive music rights firm BMG. The publishing contract covers all 'future compositions' by the artist and songwriter, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, who released her latest LP, 'Matangi', last year.

Taken aback by the giant-wedding-tent-scale significance of the new alliance, BMG Chrysalis UK EVP Alexi Cory-Smith says: "This is truly a marquee signing. MIA is one of the great leaders and influencers and innovators in contemporary popular culture. We are extremely pleased that she has chosen BMG to represent her future work".

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Mascot Label Group extends alliance with Warner's ADA
That there Mascot Label Group has announced an alliance with Warner's label services business ADA in the US, having already been working with the major's distribution unit in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.

Confirming the deal, the rock, blues and metal indie's founder Ed Van Zijl told reporters: "Obviously I am over the moon with ADA becoming an ever growing part of our distribution network in the world. Their mentality, enthusiasm and positive views in today's market are matching ours. Not to speak of their professionalism and power. I can see us working together for a long time, as in this great environment, we can further exploit our repertoire and focus on growing and bringing the best we can".

Meanwhile ADA's Dan Chalmers added: "Over the course of five years, Mascot Label Group and ADA have accomplished a lot together. At this point, we understand each other's business so well that we're very well-positioned to take things to the next level, and it gives me great pleasure to watch our relationship flourish across the pond and beyond".

Ticketmaster to launch in Poland
Look out Poland, Ticketmaster is coming for you. Right for you. As in, the Live Nation-owned company is opening a Polish office. But you've got to make these things sound exciting, haven't you?

Based in Warsaw, Ticketmaster Poland will be headed up by Iwona Żuber-Fiuczek, who will try to convince Polish promoters that this is the thing that has been thus far missing from their lives.

Says Live Nation grand master Michael Rapino: "This provides another market for Ticketmaster to further build on its global base. Leveraging on its scale and expertise as the industry leader in ticketing, expanding into Poland continues building the company's global share and expands the opportunities for Live Nation's adjacent sponsorship and concert promotion businesses".

Żuber-Fiuczek added: "I'm thrilled to be joining Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing agent and software platform. Having worked within the industry before, I'm looking forward to bringing the very best in technology and service to ensure that Polish fans have an even better live entertainment experience".

Is anyone ever "thrilled" outside a press statement? Answers on a thrilling postcard, please.

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Noisey editor not so big a fan of Vice's latest partner
Talking of Live Nation's continued march to world domination, remember that announcement earlier this month that uber-funded yoof media powerhouse Vice was allying with the live music giant to "launch a revolutionary new digital content platform delivering the voice of live music to millions of online and mobile audiences"?

Well, Gawker has now honed in on a blog post written a few months back by the US editor of Vice's Noisey site in which he described Live Nation as "a gigantic, dickbag corporation intent on monopolising live music". So, that's fun.

Dan Ozzi wrote the Live Nation dissing post for another blog called Jaded Punk back in August (and he's made no kneejerk effort to remove it since). It was in response to a survey that showed that 21 of the 25 most attended club venues in the US are owned by Live Nation.

Noting that these were mainly venues operating under the live firm's House Of Blues and Fillmore's brands, Ozzi's main point was that the masses like the familiar when picking a night out.

But he went on to lay into good old Live Nation. "If you know anything about Live Nation, it's not news to you that they are a gigantic, dickbag corporation intent on monopolising live music", he muses, adding: "Many small venue owners and local promoters have accused them of deliberately trying to undersell them and drive them out of business, much like Amazon takes a financial hit on book sales just to eliminate competitors".

But, he goes on, the public has its part to play in Live Nation's total domination of the live market (especially in the US), and he calls on bands and fans to do their part. "If you are in a band, book your tours at independently operated venues. Tell your booking agent you don't want to give Live Nation business. Book shows in basements and libraries and in the back of bowling alleys if you can".

He continues: "And if you're just a regular ol concert-goer, don't buy Live Nation/Ticketmaster's fee-heavy tickets and make an effort to avoid their locations whenever possible".

But no word on whether the boycott should extend to that "revolutionary new digital content platform".

  Approved: Nite Fields
Australian post-pop band Nite Fields are at the moment clearing the way for their first LP 'Depersonalisation', the legacy to a cloistered nine-month mixing sprint by their "opinionated and passionate" frontman Danny Venzin, whose eye for detail is self-evident in NF's new single, 'Depersonalisation' lead 'You I Never Knew'.

Lifting off in a '...Milky Way'-lit ripple of cool and clear-chiming shoegaze chords with a backboard of Cure-ian bass, the track, which the band say deals with the theme of 'missed connections', spirals off into heavier psych darklands in its latter stages, as a hale of hacksaw guitars takes over.

'Depersonalisation' is released on this side of the world via Felte on 2 Feb 2015, and following that Nite Fields will play a lone show 'over here' on 23 Feb at London's Old Blue Last.

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Marilyn Manson and Iggy Azalea comment on appearances in rape fantasies
A rep for Marilyn Manson has denied any involvement by the musician in a video that emerged online last week showing Lana Del Rey and director Eli Roth simulating a sexual assault.

A spokesperson for Manson told Pitchfork: "Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music. It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else's Lana Del Rey footage".

The video, titled 'Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel (Short Film)', which was promptly issued with a takedown notice, used footage from two Manson videos, intercut with the assault scene.

Interviewed by Larry King last year, Roth said that he had made a music video with Manson and Del Rey, but that "The footage is so sick, it's been locked in a vault for over a year". Whether the footage that appeared in the Sturmgruppe video was part of this 'lost' music video remains unclear. As yet, Del Rey and Roth have not commented.

This was not, sadly, the only controversy surrounding an fictional sexual assault to hit the music industry last week, after Eminem released a new track, 'Vegas', in which he fantasises about raping Iggy Azalea. The lyrics of the track read: "So what's it gon be? Put that shit away, Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. Before I get lost with gettin off".

Responding via Twitter, Azalea said: "I'm bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend".

She added: "It's especially awkward because my fourteen year old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. Nice!"

Carla Bruni steers a French Band Aid, as Yoko Ono and co 'Imagine' a new UNICEF sing-along
As the 'Do They Know It's Christmas' gravy train rolls on to the top of the UK singles charts (albeit amidst a climate of criticism and close examination of its 'message'), in swoops popstar and France's one-time first lady Carla Bruni(-Sarkozy) to captain a French edition of Band Aid. She and a cast of French artists have created a charity single titled 'Noël est la' (or 'Christmas Is Here') in order to raise money for the fight against the spread of ebola in West Africa.

Bruni and the likes of Vanessa Paradis, Lou Doillon, Téléphone's Louis Bertignac, rapper Joey Starr, rock band Shaka Ponk and jazz guitarist/son-of-Jacques Thomas Dutronc are to release the track via Universal's Mercury Music Group on 1 Dec, with all takings going to Band Aid.

So, that's the Band Aid franchise, au française. Now, if it's okay, I'd like to move the 'charity single' spotlight on to an entirely separate charity single for a different charity; in this case an all-star cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' that's being released in aid of UNICEF, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the international children's charity's Convention On The Rights Of The Child.

The 'interactive' single, which co-stars celebrities like Yoko Ono, David Guetta, Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Idris Elba and the actress Courtney Cox, allows ordinary people to add their own voices and videos to a multi-lingual mass sing-along (via an online app), the final Guetta-mixed 'world version' of which will be released in the lead-up to New Year's Eve. Participants can also upload and share their takes on the song on social media, tagging their entries #imagine.

David Guetta says of the campaign: "I'm really excited to be working with UNICEF on this incredible new project. Our 'world' version of Imagine will be like no other - I am proud to be a part of this collaboration. We have to get the word out that every voice counts and every child counts too".

And UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake adds: "The Convention On The Rights Of The Child asked us all to imagine a better world for children - and calls on all of us to make that vision a reality. The #imagine project gives people across the globe a chance to join a global movement for children, lending their ideas, their visions and, not least, their voices to advance the rights of every child, everywhere".

Info on how to donate to Unicef via The #Imagine Project, and to download the app, is available via imagine.unicef.org. And this is an introductory trailer.

Finally, sticking with the always philanthropic Yoko Ono, she and The Flaming Lips have shared their new spin on Ono and John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'. It's taken from a non-charitable Christmas compilation from Amazon Prime, titled 'All Is Bright', which is out now, and carries 40 tracks from artists like Beth Orton, Liz Phair, Ladyhawke, Tom Tom Club and... Amanda Palmer.

Anyway this is Yoko and the Lips wishin all the fans at Amazon Prime a very 'Happy Xmas'.

YouTube Music Awards to rise again in 2015
My absolute favourite bumbling awards-giving 'thing' in all of 2013, the wholly worthwhile YouTube Music Awards, is coming back again in 2015, so you can imagine how 'psyched' I am at this point. Highly, highly psyched.

Only wait! Because as YouTube HQ explained (really badly, maybe deliberately so) via its official blog last week, the second edition of the old YTMAs will work differently to the first, placing more of the emphasis on 'the fans', and inviting them to get involved in "guiding and creating" a series of artist-director video collaborations. Whatever that means.

So far it means that YouTube has created a new channel featuring videos by viral star Megan Nicole and K-pop hybrid GD x Taeyang, made with innovative directors they haven't yet worked with. Ta-dah!

2015's YouTube Music Awards will take place 'in March' (just as Music Key is ready to go properly live, possibly), and will once again, as in 2013, be backed by Kia Motors and produced by Vice Media.

So whilst we wait for all the new fan-centric enhancements to kick in, why not stream back the first ever ceremony, which was artistically directed by Spike Jonze and featured concept-driven set pieces by Arcade Fire, MIA, Lena Dunham x Avicii and Lady Gaga's weird fake teeth, HERE.

Sony Music Australia, Tony Bennett (aka Bobgoblin), David Lynch x Patti Smith plus so much more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Denis Handlin, my main man at Sony Music Australia, has been chosen to chair the Asia/Pacific Regional Board of the record biz's global trade body flim flam IFPI, Billboard confirms, a new role he is "delighted" to accept.

• The NFL has confirmed that Katy Perry will be the headliner of the 2015 Super Bowl half time show. As previously reported, it had been rumoured that the NFL was trying to convince artists to pay to be the entertainment mid-sports game. Perry later told ESPN: "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl".

• Lady Gaga's granddad (and august croon king) Tony Bennett is going to do the voice of Bobgoblin the singing goblin on an episode of Nickelodeon kids cartoon show 'Wallykazam'. It'll air on 5 Dec, because the New York Post says so.

• Mr David Lynch and Ms Patti Smith sat down in a red room a bit like the waiting room off of 'Twin Peaks' and had a conversation as part of the BBC's 'Newsnight Encounters' series. They did this quite a while ago, but I've only just noticed it, so let's pretend it's all shiny and new and 'check it out' right now before it vanishes, forever.

• One Direction - you remember them - have released a new video for their new single from their new album. It's called 'Night Changes'. The single, not the album. The album's called 'Four'. You should know that. Have you listened to it? It's quite good. Anyway, that video.

• Skrillex has released a video for 'Fuck That', which is just one of the many badly titled tracks on his 'Recess' album. Watch here.

• Flying Lotus and Doom have made their contribution to the updated version of 'Grand Theft Auto V' (aka 'Grand Theft Auto Five') available on SoundCloud. You can listen to it here, or while mowing people down in your (virtual) stolen car.

• Will Butler from Arcade Fire has announced the release of his debut solo album. That's WILL Butler. Just so we're clear. It'll be called 'Policy', and will arrive via Merge on 10 Mar.

• Having laid off training for some kind of Pitchfork-ian 'Fight Club', Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek has had time to release a new track titled 'The Possum'. It lasts nine minutes, and features Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums. Kozelek will release it via his Caldo Verde label on 1 Dec. Listen here till then.

• Note this in your diaries, people. Usher will be live-streaming a live show from Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta on 1 Dec at 12.30pm GMT. "This is one of 365 concerts to stream live over a twelve-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen", says the press release, which is a funny way of saying they stream a different show every day. Anyway, more info here.

• It was the American Music Awards in, well, America last night, and if you don't believe me this list of winners is going to blow your mind.

Ed Sheeran wears cheap pants that no one will ever see
Ed Sheeran buys his pants from Primark. I'm not sure you needed to know that, but now you do.

Interviewed in the new issue of Q, which is out tomorrow, Sheeran said that on his rare days off he'll generally "just watch films and eat chocolate in my underwear".

Asked where he procures his underwear, he added: "Primark. No one sees them, they're only meant to keep your junk in".

I'm not sure what's the sadder thing here - that Ed Sheeran can still go into a branch of Primark and buy pants seemingly unnoticed, or that no one other than him ever sees those pants once he's got them home.

Oh well, in a mildy ironic twist Sheeran will have the chance to see some ladies' underwear next month when he performs at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which this year will take place at Earls Court in London on 2 Dec. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande will also play the event.

 
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