FRIDAY 16 JANUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it has opened an "in-depth investigation" into the previously reported joint venture between three of Europe's biggest song-right collecting societies, Germany's GEMA, Sweden's STIM and the UK's PRS For Music. The three societies announced an alliance last June, expanding on an existing partnership... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Bringing a huge line up to Koko in Camden, it's the tenth edition of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards, featuring a whole load of artists you're likely to hear on his Worldwide Music Show, now firmly settled on BBC 6 Music, formerly on Radio 1 and initially on Kiss FM back in the day. Here he celebrates with some big and upcoming diverse names: Atjazz, Dorian Concept... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: There's nothing more rock n roll than a planning dispute. Nothing. So it doesn't get much more rock and/or roll than Jimmy Page going head to head with Robbie Williams via a terse letter to the local council about an planned extension to the latter's house. [Play air guitar solo.] Williams wants to get a little more space in his 46 room Holland Park mansion, which was previously... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES European Commission opens in depth investigation into collecting society joint venture
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LEGAL Tulisa fails to have assault conviction overturned
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DEALS Adam Lambert confirms Warner deal, new album
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Marathon Artists and Green United Music announce joint venture
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Rdio launches in India
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ARTIST NEWS GRL announce new single, partner with mental health charity
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GIGS & FESTIVALS War Child sends bands back to the bar
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AWARDS BRIT nominations unleashed
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ONE LINERS Placebo's digital deal, Eels' live album, Arca's fashion score and much, much more
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European Commission opens in-depth investigation into collecting society joint venture
The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it has opened an "in-depth investigation" into the previously reported joint venture between three of Europe's biggest song-right collecting societies, Germany's GEMA, Sweden's STIM and the UK's PRS For Music.

The three societies announced an alliance last June, expanding on an existing partnership between PRS and STIM built around the International Copyright Enterprise, or ICE. The rights organisations, which each represent a large collective of songwriters and publishers, said the new joint venture would make it easier for pan-European digital services to licence publishing rights (a big chunk of which are still licensed to digital services via the collective licensing system), and would make the management and distribution of royalties more efficient.

The EC wants the music publishing sector to make cross-border licensing more simple, but it also wants the collecting societies of Europe to compete more, both for members and licensees. So an arrangement that sees three of the biggest societies in essence competing less will raise concerns in some quarters of the Commission, even if it's being done to achieve another of the EC's objectives.

Announcing that it was launching an in-depth investigation into the alliance, the Commission said earlier this week: "[Our] preliminary investigation indicated that the combination of the music repertoires currently controlled by each of PRSfM, STIM and GEMA could result in higher prices and worsened commercial conditions for digital service providers in the European Economic Area. This could lead, ultimately, to higher prices and less choice for European consumers of digital music".

The Commission also noted that while the major music publishers were now licensing the 'mechanical' element of the song copyright to streaming services directly, they then employed the services of a collecting society to manage royalty collection day-to-day. Commissioners fear that the PRS/STIM/GEMA alliance will also reduce competition in the market for this kind of rights administration.

The EC now has until the end of May to investigate in more detail the proposed joint venture and to consider whether it is inline with European merger regulations. The Commission notes this week's decision does not "prejudge the outcome of the investigation", while PRS said that the instigation of the in-depth review was simply a "procedural step". Though the move will seemingly delay the planned launch of the alliance, which the three participating societies had hoped could get underway early this year.

PRS said in a statement: "The collective rights management organisations behind the venture are confident that their vision for a new licensing and processing hub will benefit the market and look forward to providing the European Commission with further analysis and market data".

Meanwhile PRS boss Robert Ashcroft added: "Given the complexity of the multi-territory digital market place and the scale and scope of the ground breaking solution that we are bringing to the table, it is understandable that our joint venture is subject to an in-depth assessment. We will continue to co-operate fully with the European Commission and look forward to a successful resolution of the process".

Tulisa fails to have assault conviction overturned
Tulisa Contostavlos has lost her appeal against an assault conviction she received last year.

As previously reported, the singer and English language educator was found guilty of attacking celebrity blogger Vas J Morgan at the 2013 V Festival in Chelmsford. She was left with a bill totalling £3020 following a slightly farcical trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court last July.

Yesterday, a judge at Southwark Crown Court upheld the earlier ruling, saying that Contostavlos had displayed "a lack of self-control" during the incident and that she "did strike Mr Morgan". He did, however, revoke £300 in fines and compensation, though she will have to pay an additional £1500 in appeal costs.

Adam Lambert confirms Warner deal, new album
Yeah, Adam Lambert and Queen kinda works, doesn't it? I'm saying this assuming you caught some or all of their BBC New Years shindig, itself a genius booking to take given the band has an upcoming UK tour to sell. And while, as tweeters were keen to note, Lambert is "no Freddie Mercury", he is a flamboyant popstar belting out the hits in front of a bunch of old rockers, which was sort of what Queen was always about anyway.

But let's not forget that Lambert's not just a Queen defibrillator, oh no, he's a top pop peddler in his own right, and having parted company with Sony's RCA citing artistic differences back in 2013 he's confirmed that he's now in business with Warner Bros, which apparently put in a call within a day of his departure from RCA Towers.

He tells Billboard: "The next day, Warner Bros contacted us, which I thought was pretty amazing and it was a kind of relief. It was just a scary thing to make that announcement to the world".

Commenting on the deal, Warner Music boss Cameron Strang said of his new signee: "I think the potential is worldwide superstar. He has fans all over the world. He's got one of the great voices and he's coming into his own as a person and as a man. He's more comfortable with himself and his artistic vision of himself and I think there's a confidence and a freedom that comes with having made more than one record".

The first album under the Warner deal will come out this summer, with executive producer credits for Max Martin and Shellback, who first worked with the singer shortly after his 'American Idol' nearly-win.

Marathon Artists and Green United Music announce joint venture
Marathon Artists and Green United Music have announced that they are partnering to launch a new London-based music company, GUM Marathon.

Independent label, publisher and management company Marathon, which is already headquartered in London, and Paris-based label and production music firm Green United Music will pool their collective talents to offer artist development, composer management and creative supervision under the new joint venture.

Marathon founder Philippe Ascoli said in a statement: "We are so thrilled to be on embarking on this adventure with Green United Artists. It is certainly a step into the future for us as we feel that GUM are one of the most ground breaking music companies in Europe today. We look forward to working together and anticipate great things from the GUM x Marathon union".

Rdio launches in India
Rdio has launched in India, meaning it is now available in a total of 61 countries. It also claims to offer the largest catalogue of any service currently available in the Indian market, with 32 million songs.

In addition to its free personalised radio service, users in the country will be able to upgrade to the full on-demand service for 120 rupees per month - around £1.30.

CEO Anthony Bay said in a statement: "At Rdio, we're focused on creating the world's best music experience built around the listener. India is the fastest growing internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organisation here, which is now our largest office and team outside the US. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener".

The streaming service launches in India off the back of its previously reported purchase of local service Dhingana. That company's co-founder Snehal Shinde is now Rdio's VP of Emerging Markets.

Shinde said: "Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India. Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localised user experience for music fans in India and abroad".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards at Koko
Bringing a huge line up to Koko in Camden, it's the tenth edition of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards, featuring a whole load of artists you're likely to hear on his Worldwide Music Show, now firmly settled on BBC 6 Music, formerly on Radio 1 and initially on Kiss FM back in the day.

Here he celebrates with some big and upcoming diverse names: Atjazz, Dorian Concept and soulster Bilal are the main draws, and alongside GP on the decks are Adrian Younge, Alex Patchwork, Anushka, Clap! Clap!, Fatima, Lil Silva, Lone, Marshall Allen, Melanie De Biasio, Nikitch, Orlando Julius, Seven Davis Jr, Skinny Macho aka Blackfoot Phoenix and the The Heliocentrics. Phew!

Saturday 17 Jan, Koko, 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE, 9pm - 3am, £35. More info here.
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GRL announce new single, partner with mental health charity
US girl group GRL have announced their first single since the death of member Simone Battle by suicide earlier this year. Titled 'Lighthouse', the track is dedicated to Battle and comes alongside a partnership between the Pussycat Dolls spin-off and mental health awareness charity Give An Hour.

Speaking about Battle's death, the group's Emmalyn Estrada told People: "We rehearsed the other day without her and it's just weird. But she was so passionate about singing and this group, and I feel like we're keeping her memory alive by being together. But right now we're focused on the song and the positive message overall, about being together in hard times. We're taking everything else one day at a time".

On their partnership with Give An Hour, Natasha Slayton added: "Mental health is important for everyone, and people need to be able to talk about it. And also be aware of the signs that friends and family members can look out for, in case someone close to them is going through something".

Watch the video for 'Lighthouse' here.

War Child sends bands back to the bar
Elbow, Duran Duran and Bastille are amongst the bands taking part in War Child's Passport Back To The Bars, which will see them all play in small venues to raise money for the charity.

Each show will be under 300 capacity, and admission will cost £4.50, of which £4.15 will go to War Child. Tickets will be available by lottery.

The full list of bands, venues and dates is as follows:

16 Feb: The Vaccines - Dublin Castle, London
19 Feb: Duran Duran - Wilton's Music Hall, London
19 Feb: Ride - 100 Club, London
22 Feb: You Me At Six - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
23 Feb: Bastille - Sofar Sounds House Party, London
24 Feb: Elbow - The Roadhouse, Manchester

Find out more here.

BRIT nominations unleashed
Ah, the BRITs. The BRITs, the BRITs, the BRITs. Do you know, I've kind of warmed to the BRITs since the BBC Music Awards. I mean they may be an obscene, vapid, pointless waste of space, energy and time, but at least it's the evil capitalists at Mastercard that pay for it all, rather than us the licence fee payers of Great Britain. And God Only Knows, that's a priceless distinction right there.

And anyway, what do you mean obscene, vapid and pointless you cynical nay-sayer of all that is great in British cultural endeavour? I mean, Sam Smith is up for five awards. Five awards! That's five awards. And I mean these aren't the Grammys where there are so many categories everybody is up for at least five awards. These are the BRITs. So that's an amazing achievement that will surely result in the kind of excitement levels that haven't been seen since, well, wow, certainly since that cat-on-a-skateboard video appeared on my Facebook feed yesterday.

And that's just the start of it! Ant & Dec will be hosting, you know, like it's 1998 all over again. And wouldn't that be great if it was? Though to remind you that that's not actually the case, there'll be a live vote via the Twitters to ascertain just who it was who made the best promotional pop video in the year just gone.

On top of that, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Jessie Ware could all pick up a Tracey Emin-designed bit of tat. If that hasn't sold it to you, well, that's probably why I've not been hired to do the publicity for this year's BRITs.

Anyway, it all helps to sell some records and without record sales we'd all be out of a job, so shut up your moaning and digest, accept and acclaim these here BRIT nominations for this year of our Lord Almighty Twenty Fifteen.

British Solo Male: Damon Albarn, Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Sam Smith

British Solo Female: Ella Henderson, FKA Twigs, Jessie Ware, Lily Allen, Paloma Faith

British Group: Alt-J, Clean Bandit, Coldplay, One Direction, Royal Blood

British Breakthrough Act: Chvrches, FKA Twigs, George Ezra, Royal Blood, Sam Smith

British Producer Of The Year: Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory, Flood, Jake Gosling, Paul Epworth

British Single: Calvin Harris - Summer, Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne - Rather Be, Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones - I Got U, Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud, Ella Henderson - Ghost, George Ezra - Budapest, Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk, Route 94 feat Jess Glynne - My Love, Sam Smith - Stay With Me, Sigma - Nobody To Love

British Album Of The Year: Alt-J - This Is All Yours, Ed Sheeran - X, George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage, Royal Blood - Royal Blood, Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

British Artist Video Of The Year: Calvin Harris - Summer, Charli XCX - Boom Clap, Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones - I Got U, Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud, Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk, One Direction - You & I, Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down, Route 94 feat Jess Glynne - My Love, Sam Smith - Stay With Me, Sigma - Nobody To Love

International Solo Male: Beck, Hozier, Jack White, John Legend, Pharrell Williams

International Solo Female: Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sia, St Vincent, Taylor Swift

International Group: 5 Seconds Of Summer, The Black Keys, First Aid Kit, Foo Fighters, The War On Drugs

Placebo's digital deal, Eels' live album, Arca's fashion score and a much, much more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Placebo have signed a new global digital services deal with Kobalt Label Services for their first six albums. Says, KLS UK MD Vincent Clery-Melin: "I believe this new digitally-focused services approach will help showcase Kobalt's leadership in the fields of digital monetisation, transparent reporting, digital marketing and access to technology and innovation".

• The Reeperbahn music industry conference and showcase festival has hired Paul Cheetham as its new International Project Manager. Cheetham previously held a similar role at Berlin Music Week.

• Eels will release a new live film and album on 4 Apr titled 'Royal Albert Hall'. Coincidentally, it was recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. Here is a trailer.

• You may have thought that Nick Jonas's 'Nick Jonas' album was already out in the UK, but it is not. It will be on 2 Mar. Here's new single 'Jealous.

Björk producer Arca performed a "bespoke musical score" to some fashion event in Italy earlier this week. You can listen to it here.

• The video for Ghostpoet's new single 'Off Peak Dreams' is now available. It cost £2068 to make. I'm not really sure why I've been told this, but I have. And now I'm telling you. Anyway, this is what just over two grand gets you, video-wise.

• CMU approved artist Petite Noir has put forward a track from his upcoming 'King Of Anxiety' EP. It's called 'Shadows' and is here.

• Krill have announced that they will release a new album called 'A Distant Fist Unclenching' on 16 Feb, through Steak Club Records. A week later they will begin their first ever UK tour. Let's all listen to this song they did called 'Foot'.

CMU Beef Of The Week #238: Jimmy Page v Robbie Williams
There's nothing more rock n roll than a planning dispute. Nothing. So it doesn't get much more rock and/or roll than Jimmy Page going head to head with Robbie Williams via a terse letter to the local council about an planned extension to the latter's house. [Play air guitar solo.]

Williams wants to get a little more space in his 46 room Holland Park mansion, which was previously occupied by late film director Michael Winner. His planning application apparently states that the extension will provide him and his clan with a "contemporary standard of family living".

Page is not happy about this at all. Not because he has anything against contemporary family living (I'm sure he understands the trouble any family of three would have living in a 46 room house these days), but because the extension would overlook and potentially cause structural damage to his house next door.

But of greater concern is what the building work will do to Williams' house itself. The Led Zeppelin guitarist has lived next door to the neoclassical Victorian home, designed by architect William Burges, since 1972, and is apparently very protective of it due to its history.

According to The Telegraph, Page wrote in a letter to Kensington & Chelsea Council: "I am extremely concerned that this work will cause vibrations and possible structural damage with my house. It appears the proposed new window is at a height that will overlook the side of my house as well as the garden at the rear of my property, thus having a significant impact on the amenity of the house and its garden".

And he added: "Although I understand that much of the interior was altered (and therefore compromised) by the current owners' predecessor, I believe most of the exterior of the original building remains intact and should therefore be considered sacrosanct".

As well as blocking Williams' building plans, Page suggests making his rival music star's home Grade II listed in order to protect the "building's fabric" from further attempts to update it.

 
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