TUESDAY 20 JANUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: If Monster Energy Drink thought that having to pay $1.7 million to the Beastie Boys for the uncleared use of the group's music was way over the odds - and it very much did - then it will presumably balk at the suggestion that it should pay another $2.4 million in legal costs. But that is was reps for the rap outfit are requesting. As much previously reported, Monster... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Ah, Mew. Good old, dependable Mew. They may not be the fastest moving band in the world, but they're always ready with something great when you need it the most. Having left Sony Music two years ago, before experimenting with releasing music via brand partnerships and apps, they eventually reached the conclusion that the best plan of attack was to record... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Beastie Boys seeking over $2 million in legal costs from Monster drink
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LEGAL Latest Gary Glitter trial begins in London
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DEALS BMG/Big Deal sign Sleater-Kinney
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LIVE BUSINESS 12 Bar Club relocates to Holloway Road
Live Nation announces new joint venture in Thailand
Barcelona Metal Festival cancels 2015 event
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Primary Wave expands talent management division
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MEDIA Kiss found in breach of Ofcom rules over unedited Calvin Harris track broadcast
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EDUCATION & EVENTS FAC announces new drop-in night for young artists
Meghan Trainor announces UK tour
The Veronicas announce UK tour dates
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ONE LINERS Jay-Z buying Hot 97 rumours, Metallica and Geri Halliwell in the studio (not together, sadly), Paloma Faith heads down to the woods, and other top pop delights
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AND FINALLY... "Precious" James Blunt and "classist gimp" Chris Bryant MP 'debate' diversity in the arts
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Beastie Boys seeking over $2 million in legal costs from Monster drink
If Monster Energy Drink thought that having to pay $1.7 million to the Beastie Boys for the uncleared use of the group's music was way over the odds - and it very much did - then it will presumably balk at the suggestion that it should pay another $2.4 million in legal costs. But that is was reps for the rap outfit are requesting.

As much previously reported, Monster used a mix of Beastie Boys tracks in a promotional video documenting a snowboarding event it staged in 2012, and which was posted online shortly after the death of the group's Adam Yauch.

Showing what might be best dubbed as 'some naivety' regarding how music licensing works, it transpired that the team involved in making the promotional video assumed they'd got the all clear to use the music after the DJ who mixed the soundtrack said the final edit was "DOPE".

Monster admitted copyright infringement for using Beastie Boys tracks without permission, but said that damages in the region of $125,000 would be more appropriate. Reps for the rappers pushed for a much bigger damages sum and won $1.7 million in a jury trial last summer, a ruling which was upheld on appeal in December.

But a new legal filing by lawyers working for the Beastie Boys says that the big bucks win was actually something of a 'Pyrrhic victory', because legal costs associated with the litigation had reached nearly $2.4 million, leaving the trio out of pocket overall.

According to Billboard, the musicians' lawyers argue that the way the Monster company behaved during the legal battle added to those legal costs and, therefore, it should foot the bill. A legal filing last weekend cites Monster's failure to engage in "good-faith negotiations" and its bid to have the original ruling overturned as reasons why the drinks company should be held liable for the group's legal fees.

The lawyers write: "Monster's tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney's fees and costs, plaintiff's success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory".

Monster is yet to comment on the new claim.

Latest Gary Glitter trial begins in London
The latest trial of Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, on child sexual abuse charges began yesterday. The prosecution outlined ten alleged offences against three girls between 1975 and 1980.

Gadd denies all charges against him, though Southwark Crown Court heard that one of the alleged incidents he is accused of was a "clear and unmistakable attempt to rape" a school-age girl.

Prosecutor John Price said that the woman had only come forward when the musician had been arrested after images of child abuse were found on a computer he had taken to be fixed by the Bristol branch of PC World in 1999.

"It seemed to her that recent events in Bristol - as she understood them to be from the publicity - offered a better chance that she might be believed when accusing so famous and popular a man of so dreadful a crime", said Price, according to the BBC.

The case continues.

BMG/Big Deal sign Sleater-Kinney
BMG has announced a new deal with Sleater-Kinney as part of its alliance with US-based publisher Big Deal Music. The arrangement comes as Sub Pop releases the band's new album, the first since 2005, 'No Cities To Live'.

Confirming the deal, David Hirshland at BMG Chrysalis US told reporters: "We are thrilled to continue our long-term relationship with Sleater-Kinney. Partnering with Big Deal is a very exciting prospect as we together look to maximise the reach of this new album which is already proving to be a major statement in the world of rock music in 2015".

Meanwhile Dave Ayers of Big Deal Music added: "Creatively, this is a special moment for a singular, massively important band. To have an opportunity to contribute to the efforts of everyone involved is a rare privilege. The record is a real watershed, and there's a whole new generation of fans about to be born right before our eyes".

12 Bar Club relocates to Holloway Road
Soho venue the 12 Bar Club is set to relocate to new premises on Holloway Road in North London, it has been announced. As previously reported, the venue was given notice to vacate its current site last December.

The venue's new location is within the Phibbers pub. A grand opening party will take place on 24 Jan, it was announced yesterday, with performances from King Kurt and London Sewage Company.

Speaking to The Islington Tribune, manager Andy Lowe said that the new venue had been selected because it was "cheap" and "available".

He added: "Obviously, there will be lots of teething troubles as it is such a new and different environment in every sense but it is an area that does have music venues, some of which do well and some not so well. Buffalo Bar used to be just down the road from our new place and that was great. There is a large student demographic in the area so there is a lot of potential there, as some venues have been well sustained around here, but others have not".

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Live Nation announces new joint venture in Thailand
Live Nation recently announced yet more global expansion via a joint venture with Thailand-based entertainment firm BEC-Tero.

The new company, Live Nation BEC-Tero, will promote concerts by Western, J-Pop and K-Pop artists in the region, a pursuit in which BEC-Tero's concerts division is already a market leader locally. The joint venture will be led by Neil Thompson, who has been working in the Thailand music industry for over two decades.

Confirming the alliance, Live Nation chief Michael Rapino told reporters: "This represents another important step in increasing Live Nation's global presence and ensuring we can offer fans, artists and sponsors a seamless service across the world".

Meanwhile BEC-Tero director Brian Marcar said: "BEC-Tero has long been a leader in entertainment in Thailand and joining with Live Nation, which has an immense portfolio of artists, festivals and international tours, will offer great growth opportunities".

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Barcelona Metal Festival cancels 2015 event
Hot on the heels of last week's Sonisphere UK statement, the Barcelona Metal Festival has announced that it will also not take place in 2015.

Only launched last year, its first edition headlined by Within Temptation, organisers yesterday blamed the size of fees bands are demanding and Spain's high VAT rate for the cancellation.

A statement on the event's website reads: "The conditions were not favourable for us to be able to hold this second edition in 2015 in the manner we would have liked. The proliferation across Europe of festivals of this genre, the increase in the fees of many bands and the fact that Spain has the highest rate of VAT in Europe on the price of a ticket (21%), means that our offers were not sufficiently attractive for artists of the calibre required by BMF".

The event had been set to take place on 13 Jun. Organisers say that they hope to return in 2016.

Primary Wave expands talent management division
US-based music group Primary Wave has announced the merger of its talent management division with Intellectual Artists Management to create, what it's calling "a full service entertainment management company with talent spanning creative industries, from music to film to television and literary".

Primary Wave had already added to its talent management business recently by acquiring film and TV agency Evolution Entertainment Partners. The new business, which will operate under the Primary Wave brand, will be headed up by both Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel and Intellectual Artists boss David Guillod, with Evolution CEO Mark Burg as Vice Chairman.

Confirming the deal, Guillod told reporters: "We are very excited to partner with Larry and his team, which will perfectly position us to become a global entertainment, media, branding and licensing powerhouse. I look forward to our new relationship and our continued aggressive growth in the future".

Mestell added: "I'm proud to be entering into this partnership with David and his amazing team at Intellectual. This is truly an exciting business step for both companies and will give our roster of artists the opportunity to expand their brands across many platforms within the entertainment industry".

Kiss found in breach of Ofcom rules over unedited Calvin Harris track broadcast
Ofcom has found Kiss FM in breach of its rules after the station broadcast an unedited version of Calvin Harris's 'Open Wide' at 5.45pm on a Sunday afternoon back in November. The track features sexually suggestive lyrics and multiple uses of the word 'fucking'.

In response, Kiss said that it "sincerely apologised" for the error, and acknowledged that it had breached the rules. It explained that it had been given the opportunity to have the first play of Harris's new single, and had scheduled the spin into its Sunday night chart show.

However, a very tight turnaround between receiving the recording from the label and giving it its first play meant the track had not been properly vetted before broadcast, and had "clearly not been the expected 'radio-friendly' edit".

The Bauer-owned station said that it worked hard to adhere to regulations but "on this occasion the delivery of music from a normally trusted source failed us". So, basically, it was Sony Music's fault.

In its decision, Ofcom said that it was "concerned that in this case, the licensee allowed a track that had not been listened to by station staff to be broadcast at a time when children were particularly likely to be listening".

FAC announces new drop-in night for young artists
The Featured Artists Coalition has announced that it will host the first of a series of monthly informal drop-in sessions for young artists in London next week. Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien will host the first edition.

Taking place at The Water Rats venue (which was only temporarily a furniture shop last year) during Independent Venue Week, it's an artists-only session, and artists interested in attending should email info@thefac.org. A ballot will then take place to distribute places to the intimate gathering.

Says O'Brien: "I want to hear what it's like to be a young artist navigating his or her way through the music industry in 2015. In this way and through our experience in the business, hopefully, we can find a way to better support our sisters and brothers".

  Approved: Mew
Ah, Mew. Good old, dependable Mew. They may not be the fastest moving band in the world, but they're always ready with something great when you need it the most.

Having left Sony Music two years ago, and then experimented with releasing music via brand partnerships and apps, they eventually reached the conclusion that the best plan of attack was to record an album and just release it. It's the future, I tell you.

Yesterday they announced that they will release that album, titled '+-', on 27 Apr, making available the first track from it, 'Satellites', on SoundCloud. Featuring the band's unmistakable sound, the song sits comfortably amongst established Mew classics like 'Am I Wry? No' and 'She Came Home For Christmas'. It also features a line where it sounds like Jonas Bjerre is going to sing "Stephen Fry", instead of whatever it is he actually says. And that is strangely comforting.

The band have also announced tour dates for May, kicking off at ABC in Glasgow on 17 May, followed by The Ritz in Manchester on 19 May, and finishing up at The Roundhouse in London, where they played their last UK show in 2013, on 20 May.

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Meghan Trainor announces UK tour
With her debut album, 'Title', due for release on 26 Jan, Meghan Trainor has announced a tour of the UK in April. It is called the 'That Bass Tour', just in case you forgot what she was all about.

Tickets go on sale this Friday. These are the dates:

9 Apr: Manchester, Ritz
10 Apr: Glasgow, ABC
11 Apr: Birmingham, Institute
13 Apr: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

And here's her other single, 'Lips Are Movin'.

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The Veronicas announce UK tour dates
The Veronicas will tour the UK in March. Yes they will. And in that same month, after the tour is finished, they'll release their second album, 'The Veronicas'.

Speaking about the album, the follow-up to their second album 'Hook Me Up', which was released at some point in the eighteenth century, the duo's Jessica Origliasso says: "The challenging and inspiring aspects of creating this record, have allowed us the life experience and the creative freedom, to pave a path of our very own. It's the greatest feeling knowing that once this album is heard, listeners will have experienced the missing pieces of Lisa and I from these past few years, to today. We are ready for our stories to be heard".

Here's where you'll be able to hear those stories told in person:

4 Mar: Birmingham, The Library
6 Mar: Glasgow, The Garage
8 Mar: Manchester, Academy 2
10 Mar: Brighton, Concorde 2
11 Mar: London, Heaven

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Jay-Z buying Hot 97 rumours, Metallica and Geri Halliwell in the studio (not together, sadly), Paloma Faith heads down to the woods, and other top pop delights

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Jay-Z is on the verge of buying US hip hop radio station Hot 97, says AllHipHop.com. This, it is claimed, is the reason for an on air rant by DJ Funkmaster Flex last week.

• Metallica are "rockin along", which I believe is code for 'recording a new album'. That is certainly what this post on Instagram suggests.

• And this Instagram post from Brent Hinds would suggest that Mastodon are also working on new music.

• Clearly not up on current recording announcement trends, Geri Halliwell has revealed that she is in the studio the old fashioned way: on Twitter.

• Madeon will release his debut album, 'Adventure', on 30 Mar via Sony/Columbia. So that's the news there. Here's the video for his latest single, 'You're On'.

CMU approvee Denai Moore will release her debut album, 'Elsewhere', through Because Music on 6 Apr. She'll be off on a brief UK tour around the same time to celebrate. Excellent. Here's the album's title track.

• Oh, well Caribou has released a live album on Bandcamp. I say album, it's only got three tracks on it. It was recorded in 2011 with his Caribou Vibration Ensemble band. Blah blah blah. Bandcamp link.

• Zun Zun Egui are about to release their second album through Bella Union. You can listen to the whole flippin thing and read a track-by-track breakdown of it from the band on The Quietus, here.

• The two surviving members of TLC, 'T-Boz and Chilli, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to record their "LAST AND FINAL" album. They apparently need $150,000. You can bung them a few dollars here.

• HTRK have released an EP featuring three tracks originally written during sessions for their 2011 album 'Work (Work Work)', including two with performances by the band's late bassist Sean Stewart. Its 350 vinyl-only copies have already sold out, but it's still worth mentioning because you can listen to its title track, 'Body Lotion', here. And you should.

• The line-up of the next Nordic showcase night Ja Ja Ja will by Jennie Abrahamson, Psyence Fiction and Mont Oliver. Call me a liar if you want, but you'll look pretty silly come 19 Feb when those three acts take to the stage at The Lexington in London.

• Paloma Faith is the latest artist to be added to the list of performers who will warble in forests around the UK this summer, as part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live programme. Tickets will go on sale on Friday. Details here.

"Precious" James Blunt and "classist gimp" Chris Bryant MP 'debate' diversity in the arts
James Blunt yesterday extended his popular Twitter jabs at detractors to a full letter length in a response to comments made by shadow culture minister Chris Bryant. The Labour MP recently told the Guardian that it might be a good idea if government supported people from a diverse range of backgrounds to get into the arts.

In his first interview in the job, Bryant said that a "cultural drought" outside London and the south-east, thanks in part to cuts in arts funding, had allowed the sector to be "dominated" by people from wealthy backgrounds, like "Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt and their ilk".

In his response, also published by The Guardian, Blunt labelled Bryant a "classist gimp" for singling him out, saying that his background had been no help at all when trying to get into the music business. On the contrary, he complained, he had been told by "EVERYONE" in the British music industry that he was "too posh" to be a pop star, noting that he actually signed the record deal that made him famous in the US.

"What you teach is the politics of jealousy", he added. "Rather than celebrating success and figuring out how we can all exploit it further as the Americans do, you instead talk about how we can hobble that success and 'level the playing field'".

Beginning what is starting to look like a tedious exchange of letters, Bryant then penned his own response, telling Blunt to "stop being so blooming precious".

"I'm delighted you've done well for yourself", he went on. "But it is really tough forging a career in the arts if you can't afford the enormous fees for drama school, if you don't know anybody who can give you a leg up, if your parents can't subsidise you for a few years whilst you make your name and if you can't afford to take on an unpaid internship".

He concluded that "we need to break down all the barriers to taking part so that every talent gets a chance".

"To help people at the bottom of the tree join those near the top, give them a ladder, not a bow and arrow", tweeted Blunt this morning, continuing to miss the point.

 
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