TUESDAY 13 JANUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Tesco is close to signing a deal to sell its Blinkbox Music business to Australian streaming service Guvera, reports the Financial Times. As previously reported, Blinkbox Movies was sold to TalkTalk last week as part of a deal reportedly worth £5 million, as a flagging Tesco refocuses on its core retail business. It's thought that the music side of the Blinkbox company... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The development of Drink To Me's sound has been gradual but pronounced. From their guitar-driven 2008 debut 'Don't Panic, Go Organic!' to 2012's 'S', there was a slow shift to more of an electronic sound. The final shift in their metamorphosis was sparked by the departure of bassist Carlo Casalegno, which saw the band draft back in former guitarist Pierre Chindemi to... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Tesco poised to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera
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LEGAL Rightscorp criticised over its use of new Canadian copyright alert law
Iggy Azalea secures preliminary injunction against ex to stop distribution of early tracks
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DEALS Warner/Chappell acquires news theme firm
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Syco earnings topped £71 million in 2013/2014
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MARKETING & PR Andy Fixmer joins global comms team at Universal Music
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify reports fifteen million paying subscribers
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RELEASES Sufjan Stevens announces new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Morrissey says he's going to tour the UK
The Prodigy stream new single, announce UK tour dates
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ONE LINERS Carly Rae Jepsen in the studio, Mastodon's Brent Hinds in a movie, Gallows back and a variety pack of more news
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AND FINALLY... No Oasis musical thanks to Gallagher's spewed drink
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ALPHA MUSIC PUBLISHING - PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
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This is a very rare and exciting opportunity for a dynamic and innovative marketing genius to join our talented young team and have a major influence on the growth of the brand. We are looking for someone that oozes creativity and has a genuine passion for music and travel, as well as proven experience in creating commercial, brand-savvy campaigns.

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Tesco poised to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera
Tesco is close to signing a deal to sell its Blinkbox Music business to Australian streaming service Guvera, reports the Financial Times.

As previously reported, Blinkbox Movies was sold to TalkTalk last week as part of a deal reportedly worth £5 million, as a flagging Tesco refocuses on its core retail business.
It's thought that the music side of the Blinkbox company will go for less than that, despite being purchased (when it was still We7) for £12 million in 2012.

Guvera does not currently have a presence in the UK, focussing largely on the Asian market. However, it did partner with British companies 7digital and Omniphone last year, the former to aid expansion in India and the Middle East, the latter on a launch in Russia and Ukraine.

Rightscorp criticised over its use of new Canadian copyright alert law
Canadian copyright law recently changed so that internet service providers are now obliged to pass on copyright infringement notices to allegedly infringing customers when said alerts are provided to them by rights owners.

It's a statutory process that is similar to the voluntarily Copyright Alert System operated by many big net firms in the US, and has parallels to the graduated response section of the UK's 2010 Digital Economy Act, which is meant to be finally going live via the Creative Content UK initiative announced last year.

Though one American anti-piracy firm has already come under fire for misusing the Canadian system by putting misleading information in the notices it has asked ISPs to forward to their customers.

Rightscorp, which works for both music and movie industry clients, routinely attaches settlement forms to its copyright alert notices, urging infringers to pay a $20 fine for infringing content owned by one of its clients.

The form usually tells the recipient that if he or she were to be sued by the rights owner for the infringement they could be ordered to pay damages of $150,000 per infringement, which is the upper limit of damages that American courts can award when copyrights are infringed. But paying the $20 fine no questions asked will bring an end to the matter.

And, according to Torrentfreak, that very form with that very messaging has been attached to alerts being sent out under the new Canadian system. Except under Canadian law the maximum damages for non-commercial copyright infringement is $5000.

And the Canadian government isn't happy with Rightscorp misleading its citizens in this way, with a rep for the country's Industry Minister saying: "These notices are misleading and companies cannot use them to demand money from Canadians".

ISPs in Canada are now being advised that copyright notices such as those being issued by Rightscorp should not be forwarded to customers, though it's not clear whether that means notices should not include the $20 settlement form at all, or whether such forms will be allowed providing they contain Canadian rather than American law.

The mass-mailing of settlement forms by rights owner to suspected infringers hasn't been without controversy, and some ISPs won't forward that element of a copyright alert. They'd argue that such fines turn the anti-piracy effort into a business in itself, and given that rights owner monitoring of online content distribution isn't wholly accurate, users might end up paying a fine for an alleged infringement which wouldn't stack up in court.

And by paying the fine on one bit of content, a net user is providing Rightscorp with their name and address - as opposed to just their IP address and ISP info - which might allow the anti-piracy firm to demand further fines for other infringements.

That said rights owners might argue that it's more than likely that recipients of these forms have indeed infringed, that a $20 fine is a fair deal, and that rights owners should be allowed to at least recoup the costs of running an anti-piracy programme. Though they still ought not bully that money out of alleged infringers by citing the wrong country's law.

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Iggy Azalea secures preliminary injunction against ex to stop distribution of early tracks
That there Iggy Azalea that you won't shut up about has only gone and got herself a preliminary injunction to stop her pesky ex-boyfriend chappy from shopping around tracks the duo worked on back when they were an item and/or recordings he nicked off her laptop.

As previously reported, tracks featuring the rapper in the possession of one Maurice Williams surfaced online last August, though only for a time as her record label Universal soon had them ceased and desisted.

But the companies who had put the music online said they had a valid agreement signed by Azalea allowing them to distribute the content. The rapper countered that the contract was a fake, using a signature from a separate management agreement she had signed with a bloke called Kareem Chapman.

As previously reported, parties from both sides, including Azalea, testified last week. Azalea noted that the supposed contract was disorganised, out of order and cited a California-based attorney who denies any knowledge of the agreement. The rapper said that what she'd actually signed was a basic management contract providing Chapman with a 20% commission of her income.

Williams and Chapman both also testified, the latter denying he had ever had a management arrangement with Azalea, and insisting that the agreement in question had related to the distribution of some of her recordings. The two men's testimonies did not entirely agree with each other though, leading the judge to conclude that Azalea had "at the very least raised 'serious questions' about the validity of this agreement".

Which, for the court, was sufficient to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the further distribution of the tracks in William's possession, at least while this dispute works its way through the motions.

Warner/Chappell acquires news theme firm
I often think that one of the BBC News Channel's greatest assets is its music. Am I the only one who wills the network's presenters to run out of news to report on as each hour of output reaches its conclusion, so we can have more of that clips package with the beep, beep, beep soundtrack on top? What, it is just me?

Oh, well, what about the Channel 4 News theme tune! Everyone loves that, right? I mean we all enjoy watching Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru-Murthy doing their news reporting thing, but rarely does it top the opening sequence, "ba ba baaa; ba ba baaa; ba ba baa ba ba baa ba ba baaaaaaaa". Wonderful.

So yes, news music, that's a thing. And the production music arm of Warner's publishing business Warner/Chappell has just bought the assets of Frank Gari Productions and Gari Communications which, as I'm sure you all know, are "worldwide leaders in news theme music". Though I don't see the all-time classics 'Beep - Beep - Beep' or 'Ba Ba Baaa, Ba Ba Baaa' on their roster list, so I'm not sure that can be right.

Anyway, words. Warner/Chappell Production Music boss Randy Wachtler: "I'm thrilled to welcome the undisputed champions of news theme music, Frank Gari Productions and Gari Communications, into the Warner/Chappell Production Music family. Gari is a well-known and trusted source for the world's most recognisable news themes. I look forward to offering our clients an even wider array of first-class music, and to working with the talented Gari team to soundtrack fantastic television".

Syco earnings topped £71 million in 2013/2014
Simon Cowell's Syco business had earnings of £71 million in the financial year up to 31 Mar 2014, which isn't to be sniffed at. Unless you've got a cold. Then you might have to sniff at it. Even if you didn't want to.

Syco, of course, is Cowell's joint venture with Sony Music which owns his TV show formats, the record label that mainly signs artists out of said shows, and a movie division which, well, makes films about said artists signed out of said shows, mainly. Syco also has a slice of the One Direction business, which was arguably at its peak in this financial year.

According to the most recently filed company accounts, Syco paid out a dividend in the 2013/2014 financial period, the first such pay-out since 2005 apparently, with Sony Music getting £51 million and Millforth Limited, Cowell's JV with Top Shop chief Philip Green, getting £29 million.

The Daily Mirror then made some assumptions and did some maths and reckons that Cowell himself could have earned £24.5 million from his business ventures in the 13/14 financial year. Which, if true, means he could probably afford a Vicks inhaler and then he wouldn't have to sniff at it, however bad his cold might be. The Mirror doesn't tell us whether Simon Cowell currently has a cold, though.

Andy Fixmer joins global comms team at Universal Music
Universal Music has a new VP Global Communications, which was globally communicated to me with adept skill and charm late last night. Look at that, just in the door and he's already working his magic.

Not that Universal Music's communications previously lacked skill or charm you understand. They're all marvellous over at Universal HQ. Oh no, now I sound like I'm in cahoots with 'The Man'. They're a bunch of bastards those lovely evil competent handsome devious masterful pesky wonderful dangerous helpful major label public relations men. And ladies. Actually, I mainly deal with the ladies.

Aaaaaanyway, Andy Fixmer formerly off of Bloomberg, has been appointed VP Global Communications at Universal Music's Santa Monica HQ, reporting into Exec VP and Head Of Global Communications Will Tanous. In his new role he'll quickly get himself busy communicating stuff.

Says Tanous: "I'm very pleased to welcome Andy to our communications team. His vast experience as a business journalist combined with a deep understanding of news reporting in the digital age provides us with a unique perspective and skill set that will be a valuable addition to our team".

Spotify reports fifteen million paying subscribers
Spotify yesterday announced that it now has 60 million active users, apparently up by ten million since November. Fifteen million of those are paying for the service, up from 12.5 million two months ago.

In a blog post yesterday, Spotify said: "We had an amazing 2014 at Spotify and owe it all to you, the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists with us every day of the year. And before 2014 turned into 2015, we reached fifteen million subscribers and 60 million active users".

As is traditional in these circumstances, Spotify put together a playlist to mark the occasion.

  Approved: Drink To Me
The development of Drink To Me's sound has been gradual but pronounced. From their guitar-driven 2008 debut 'Don't Panic, Go Organic!' to 2012's 'S', there was a slow shift to more of an electronic sound. The final shift in their metamorphosis was sparked by the departure of bassist Carlo Casalegno, which saw the band draft back in former guitarist Pierre Chindemi to fill the gap with synths.

The line-up and instrument alterations push the band further towards dance music, though with the strong songwriting skills developed in their earlier incarnations.

Album number four, 'Bright White Light', is due out on 23 Feb, and you can listen to its semi-title track, 'Bright', here.
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Sufjan Stevens announces new album
Sufjan Stevens has announced that he will release a new album, 'Carrie & Lowell', on 30 Mar.

The follow-up to 2010's 'The Age Of The Adz', which was inspired by outsider artist Royal Robertson, this latest album is named after Stevens' mother and stepfather.

Here's a mini-site for the album, and you can watch a trailer for the album here.

Elsewhere in Sufjan Stevens news, you'll be able to catch his second collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy Of Music later this month. His musical accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage, 'Round-Up', will be played at the New York arts centre from 20-25 Jan.

Morrissey says he's going to tour the UK
Morrissey has announced what I am told is his "first full UK tour" since 2011. This of course assumes he doesn't cancel it, which is always a strong possibility. He did play that show at the O2 Arena last year though.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday, and the dates look like this:

13 Mar: Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
14 Mar: Bournemouth, International Centre
18 Mar: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
20 Mar: Leeds, First Direct Arena
21 Mar: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
27 Mar: Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena

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The Prodigy stream new single, announce UK tour dates
The Prodigy. The Prodge. The... oh, let's not start that again. Having announced their new album, 'The Day Is My Enemy', those guys have now let loose the video for its first single, 'Nasty'.

Here it is, the most Prodigy-sounding piece of new music you will hear today.

As well as that, the band have foretold of an upcoming tour in May. It'll include two nights at London's Alexandra Palace. Tickets for this tour go on sale on Wednesday at 9am. These are the dates:

4 May: Newcastle, Academy
5 May: Bridlington Spa
7 May: Birmingham, Academy
8 May: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
9 May: Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
11 May: Reading, Rivermead
12 May: Brighton, Centre
14 May: Bournemouth, BIC
15 May: London, Alexandra Palace
16 May: London, Alexandra Palace

Carly Rae Jepsen in the studio, Mastodon's Brent Hinds in a movie, Gallows back and a variety pack of more news

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Moshi Moshi has this morning announced its latest signing as Happyness. The band have also signed deals with Bar None Records in the US and Magniph Records in Japan. They'll play Birthdays in Dalston on 4 Feb as part of the NME Awards Shows and, I don't know why, but they've covered a Norah Jones song.

• Mastodon's Brent Hinds is playing 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn in a film directed by Bam Margera. Apparently this is old news, but no one seems to have noticed until Loudwire watched an interview from last August at the weekend.

• Carly Rae Jepsen has been recording with songwriters Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid. Here's a picture of them together in a studio.

• Brotherly duo Champs have announced that they will release a new album, titled 'Vamala', on 24 Feb through Play It Again Sam. Here's the first single, 'Desire'.

• 'Desolation Sounds' is the name of the new Gallows album. It'll be released on 13 Apr through Play It Again Sam/Venn, and here is its first single, 'Bonfire Season'.

• We mentioned the other day that Gruff Rhys and The Earth had recorded a song for Valentine's Day. And here it is.

• CMU approved producer Ryuei Kotoge has released a new EP called 'Parallel'. You can listen to it on Bandcamp.

• Florrie will release her new single, 'Too Young To Remember', on 8 Mar. She'll also play a show at The Borderline in London on 29 Jan. And now I suppose you expect me to link to the video for the single? Well, you expect correctly.

No Oasis musical thanks to Gallagher's spewed drink
You probably think to yourself several times a day that the catalogue of Oasis is ripe for being turned into a musical. They were surely one of the most theatrical bands of our time. No? Oh, OK. Well, apparently you're not alone in thinking that all sounds like nonsense.

Appearing on the XFM Breakfast Show with Jon Holmes yesterday, Noel Gallagher said: "Somebody did talk to me once about doing a musical, he was an American dude. After I'd stopped laughing I realised that he'd walked off! He was like, 'The rags to riches story of Oasis'. After I'd belly-laughed and spewed up my drink, I realised he wasn't there anymore. I don't think it'll be happening anytime soon".

Gallagher also possibly said something that hinted that he'll be playing Glastonbury this year, but I sort of zoned out because I don't really care, so I don't know.

 
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