THURSDAY 22 JANUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Great Escape returns this May for its tenth anniversary edition, showcasing over 400 new bands across the city of Brighton, with over 3000 music business professionals in town to learn, debate, network and discover new talent. For the fifth year, CMU Insights will curate the convention side of the proceedings, presenting four core full-day strands that will put the focus... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having floated around the music industry for the last few years, gathering followers and fans along the way, Kali Uchis's new single 'Lottery' seems to provide a stronger hint of where to place her as an artist. Heavily influenced by 60s soul, the Colombian born, LA-based singer is nonetheless clearly a product of the 21st Century. She talks about wanting to make pop music... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES UK announced as featured country at Great Escape 2015, plus topics of core convention strands revealed
New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month
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LEGAL Man accused of leaking Madonna songs arrested in Israel
Disclosure deny song theft claims
Roy Harper trial begins
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DEALS Modestep ally with INgrooves on new long player
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Moses Martiny takes digital role at Sony/ATV
Future Sony email leaks could focus on music
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LIVE BUSINESS Former AEG Live UK chief returns with new business
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES New funding pushes Shazam valuation over a billion dollars
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ONE LINERS Chester Bennington's leg and other pop body parts (mainly entire bodies)
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AND FINALLY... Race to find record producer Kim Fowley's body for Girls & Corpses photoshoot
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UK announced as featured country at Great Escape 2015, plus topics of core convention strands revealed
The Great Escape returns this May for its tenth anniversary edition, showcasing over 400 new bands across the city of Brighton, with over 3000 music business professionals in town to learn, debate, network and discover new talent.

For the fifth year, CMU Insights will curate the convention side of the proceedings, presenting four core full-day strands that will put the focus on some key areas of the music business in 2015. And these strands are: Music Licensing - Explained At Last!, Music Marketing Is Broken - Let's Fix It, How To Sell Out Gracefully - Better Brand Partnerships and What's The Point Of A Record Label Anyway?

Through case studies, research, interviews and debate we will: reveal how digital income is split between artists, labels, songwriters and publishers around the world (Music Licensing - Explained at Last!), discuss why repeat listening and online playlists are now key to music marketing (Music Marketing Is Broken), explore how the band / brand relationship is evolving (How To Sell Out Gracefully) and assess how '360 degree record deals' should be working (What's The Point Of A Record Label Anyway?).

TGE also announces today that, for its tenth anniversary year, the festival's featured country will be the UK. Festival Director Kat Morris explains: "In its history, The Great Escape has built a reputation as one of the most significant international festivals on the circuit and we are always incredibly proud of our lead country partnerships".

She goes on: "These collaborations provide new artists a key opportunity to perform at the UK's biggest industry event, being highlighted to some 18,000 attendees. As we celebrate the festival's tenth anniversary, we feel it's the perfect time to focus on the huge amount of brilliant, homegrown talent here in the UK".

Cross-sector trade body UK Music is already backing this initiative, with its CEO Jo Dipple telling reporters: "I am delighted The Great Escape has put the UK in the spotlight for its tenth anniversary. We produce the best music in the world so it is right to acknowledge that and give a bigger platform to our emerging artists. I can't wait to hear some great live music in May".

The first announcement about this year's artist line-up will come next week, with details about speakers, case studies and interviewees appearing in the CMU Insights strands to follow soon, as well as news on other sessions and events happening within the festival and convention.

Delegate passes that get you access to all of this are still available at the early bird rate of £145, for now. Click here to buy your pass, and check out more information about the topics being explored in the CMU Insights strands here.

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New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month
For a while now it has been thought that the big bad Pirate Bay was planning to return to an internet near you on the 1 Feb, and yesterday a new homepage at thepiratebay.se added credence to those rumours. Mainly by being very like the controversial site's old homepage.

As previously reported, the Bay went offline in December after a raid on the Swedish server facility hosting key elements of the file-sharing service. And while it wasn't the first time The Pirate Bay's servers had been seized, and despite previous claims by TPB operators that their set-up was now 'raid-proof', this time the site stayed offline.

At least one man linked to the site was arrested as part of the raid in Sweden, while another member of the team who had been running the file-sharing service in recent years told Torrentfreak that he and his colleagues were taking some time out following the takedown to consider their options. Pirate Bay's original spokesman Peter Sunde said he thought it was time the site called it a day.

But by the Christmas break hints were being dropped that the site would return on 1 Feb, and that's certainly what a countdown clock on thepiratebay.se suggests. Meanwhile yesterday much of the former Pirate Bay homepage was restored, although the search box and most of the links are not yet active, but people can click through to the PirateBrowser and PromoBay sister sites.

According to Torrentfreak the new homepage is being hosted by a server firm in Moldova called Trabia, which it's assumed will also host core elements of the wider service if and when it goes live again. Of course, the company can expect to feel pressure from the music and movie industries, and maybe Moldovan authorities, should that happen, all of whom will likely call on Trabia to take the site down.

For its part, Trabia has told Torrentfreak that it does respect local copyright laws and that all users are bound by its own terms and conditions, though in the short term the current Pirate Bay homepage isn't infringing anyone else's rights. Which it isn't.

Moreover, if and when the full TPB service goes live "the technology used, so called 'magnet links', is not violating the right of third parties directly" says the server firm. "[There] is actually no copyright infringement originating from websites such as thepiratebay.se which makes it a very complex case which is open for a lot of interpretation and discussions".

Which is interesting. The "but we don't do any actual copying" line was key to the defence of the four men, including the aforementioned Sunde, who were convicted in the Swedish courts for their role in running and funding The Pirate Bay in 2010. The judges weren't convinced.

The same defence failed in various other key file-sharing legal battles around the world and, although there has been some debate on the point in a handful of jurisdictions, in the main courts have ruled without too much controversy that sites such as the Bay are liable for contributory or authorising copyright infringement, even though other parties commit the direct infringement. Though who knows what would happen if the matter had to be dealt with in the Moldovan courts.

Meanwhile back in Sweden the investigation into more recent Pirate Bay operations is ongoing. And, of course, online plenty of Pirate Bay clones are fully operational. Though those who always preferred the original will be watching their browsers with interest at the start of next month.

Man accused of leaking Madonna songs arrested in Israel
An Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing and selling unreleased music from a number of major musicians, including Madonna.

Last month, Madonna rush released six tracks from her new album, 'Rebel Heart', after unfinished demo versions of the tracks leaked online; something the singer compared to "terrorism" and "rape", like a fucking idiot. The unnamed hacker is accused of being behind that leak.

Private investigator Asher Wizman told Reuters that he had been hired by Madonna's management to look into rumours that the theft had taken place in Israel. He explained: "Our investigator found her computers, at home and at a studio, were broken into from a computer in Israel. We tracked down the computer, and the man behind it. After gathering enough evidence, we turned to the police and he was arrested today".

A police spokesperson confirmed this, saying that the arrested man "is suspected of computer hacking, copyright violation and fraudulent receipt of goods. During the investigation it appeared the suspect had broken into the computers of a number of international artists, stole unreleased demos and final tracks and sold them over the internet".

Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' album is due out in its entirety on 9 Mar. Mike Tyson is on it.

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Disclosure deny song theft claims
Disclosure have responded to claims that they stole lyrics for songs on their debut album, 'Settle', which featured guest vocalists Sam Smith, Eliza Doolittle and Aluna Francis.

The accusations stem from a lawsuit unearthed by the Mail On Sunday last weekend, launched by songwriter Katie Farrah Sopher. She claims that her ex-boyfriend Sean Sawyers stole a notebook of her lyrics when they split up and sold them to his own music industry contacts. As well as the three Disclosure songs, she also claims that AlunaGeorge's 'Attracting Flies' features her work, and that the words of all the songs relate to her allegedly abusive relationship with Sawyers. He denies the accusations.

In a statement published on their Facebook page yesterday, Disclosure refuted that any lyrics on their records were written by anyone other than them and their stated collaborators.

"We always make sure everyone gets proper credit", they wrote. "We take great pride in our self-sufficiency, our work and the way we work, and it's incredibly frustrating when someone tries to take that away from us, by claiming we stole even one word or one note of our music from anyone ... All allegations made against us to do with this subject are completely false, as anyone we have ever worked with will back up. We didn't get into this industry to steal other people's ideas and we haven't - we are musicians, artists and producers".

They added that they are now working on their second album.

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Roy Harper trial begins
The trial of folk musician Roy Harper on sexual offences against two underage girls began this week.

As previously reported, Harper was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexually abusing an eleven year old girl a number of times between 1975 and 1977. He is also accused of indecently assaulting a sixteen year old girl in 1980.

The trial at Worcester Crown Court is expected to last two weeks.

Modestep ally with INgrooves on new long player
Electronic rock types Modestep and their management team at Raw Power have announced an alliance with INgrooves for the release of the band's second album.

The new record will come out of the band's own label Max Records, with INgrooves providing production management and promotion services via its INresidence artist services division, as well as distribution.

Confirming all this on the off-chance that you've not believed me so far, Modestep said as one: "2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the band. We are looking forward to working with INgrooves to leverage their expertise and the rich array of resources they bring to our creative vision".

Meanwhile SVP of INgrooves Interntional, Alex Branson, added: "Modestep is without a doubt one of the most exciting bands in the world. It is an honour to be asked to join their groundbreaking team, and we look forward to supporting the band and developing various campaigns to push their career to new heights".

Moses Martiny takes digital role at Sony/ATV
Music publisher Sony/ATV has announced Moses Martiny as its new Vice President of Digital for Europe. Martiny was previously Head Of Business Development at PRS For Music, a role he took up in 2013 following positions at EMI and the Parlophone Label Group.

He will report to Executive Vice President of Digital & Society Relations Europe Antony Bebawi, who said: "I am delighted that Moses has joined us. He brings a complementary set of skills and valuable experience to our team which will further enhance our growing digital licensing business and help us to continue to deliver improved results for our songwriters during these exciting yet challenging times for the music business".

Martiny himself added: "I am excited to join the renowned team at Sony/ATV. As the leading music publisher Sony/ATV is playing a key role in enabling and shaping the expanding digital music eco-system. The challenge is to support a vibrant and growing market, while also ensuring fair compensation to the creators of music. I look forward to working closely with digital services and Sony/ATV's industry partners to evolve the European digital music landscape".

A key part of Martiny's new role will be overseeing negotiations for pan-European digital services, which will be administered by SOLAR, Sony/ATV's joint venture with PRS and German collecting society GEMA.

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Future Sony email leaks could focus on music
Could the Sony record company be the next division of the entertainment giant to be embarrassed by a flurry of email leaks? Well, it could I suppose. And the New York Post reckons that top execs at Sony Music US are nervous that could be about to happen.

A stack of confidential correspondence between execs at Sony's US-based entertainment business leaked late last year, of course, after the firm's servers were hacked, seemingly in protest at the conglom's backing of the film 'The Interview', which portrays the imagined assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Though most of the embarrassing notes leaked related to Sony's film and television businesses, with the only significant music-related emails made public being those in which some senior Sony execs considered the merits of selling its music publishing joint venture Sony/ATV (something Sony/ATV chief Marty Bandier has since said won't be happening).

But, says the Post's gossip-gatherers, it's thought further emails seized in the hack could be published online and as a result "top executives at Sony Music are bracing for more embarrassing emails to leak ... after their boss - Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton - called to offer a 'blanket apology' in advance of any details that come out".

One of the Post's sources says that "Lynton called a number of department heads within Sony, including Marty and [Sony's label chief] Doug Morris to give a blanket apology in advance for whatever else comes out", while another added that concerns are highest that details about artist contracts or senior exec pay packets might leak.

Though the paper itself conceded that another source has played down the levels of panic at the major, insisting that Lynton "did not make a blanket apology" about possible future leaked emails, and instead had spoken to two top execs - possibly Bandier and Morris - about some specific matters relating to last year's hack.

Former AEG Live UK chief returns with new business
The former boss of AEG Live in the UK, Rob Hallett, who, as previously reported, departed the live music major last April, has unveiled his new business venture.

He's told Music Week that the new company will be called Robomagic, and will be one of those "360 operations" operating in various strands of the music industry, though live music will undoubtedly be a key element of all that.

Hallett says that his new business has "the ambition and financial backing" to compete with his former employer and its main rival in the live space Live Nation, and that - while a "boutique operation" - it is looking to produce at arena and even stadium level in the UK and worldwide.

Alongside the live events, the new company will have a unit able to invest in the businesses of both emerging and established artists, and will get involved in recordings, publishing and brand partnerships, while seeking to allow talent to retain more control over their copyrights. On which Hallett says: "The desire to make the lives of both established and aspiring artists much fairer and more equitable is at the heart of the company".

In that regard Hallett's new business will have parallels with Sixth, the new company from MAMA co-founder Dean James which, like the original MAMA business, aims to combine artist services with live event promotion, helping to develop artist brands across the board, and then especially in the live space.

New funding pushes Shazam valuation over a billion dollars
The makers of "what's that?" app Shazam have raised another $30 million in funding, according to Bloomberg, which pushes the value of the business over the $1 billion mark. Which is nice. For them. They should get a certificate made for the office kitchen.

Bloomberg quotes Shazam Chairman Andrew Fisher as saying "this funding reflects the substantial progress we have made in delivering a new paradigm for brands and content owners to increase engagement with their audiences whilst magically connecting people to the world around them. We are delighted to welcome our new investors as we further strengthen our balance sheet and continue to effectively execute on our corporate strategy".

Ah, new paradigms, I got a box of them for Christmas. Shazam, of course, was early to the mobile-based music app market, and grew a pretty decent business earning referral fees when people identified a track via its platform and clicked through to buy it.

Though that trade was linked to the music download market, which has now peaked, meaning the company is increasingly diversifying, seeking new opportunities in the TV, brand and data spaces. So a whole load of new paradigms. I should lend them my box.

  Approved: Kali Uchis
Having floated around the music industry for the last few years, gathering followers and fans along the way, Kali Uchis's new single 'Lottery' seems to provide a stronger hint of where to place her as an artist.

Heavily influenced by 60s soul, the Colombian born, LA-based singer is nonetheless clearly a product of the 21st Century. She talks about wanting to make pop music that draws on more than just contrived emotion, while at the same time referencing the importance of using image to get noticed in a way that could be called superficial.

Her debut album, 'Drunken Babble', was released while she was still in her teens, but showed a confident first run at the style she's now developed more fully. Since then she's recorded with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Tyler, The Creator, which would suggest that what she's doing is working.

Taken from forthcoming EP 'Por Vida', this is 'Lottery'.
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Chester Bennington's leg and other pop body parts (mainly entire bodies)

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• If you had a sleepless night worrying about Chester Bennington's leg, well, he's had some surgery and it should now take about six weeks to recover (says he on the tweets). Aaaaaaand relax. As previously reported, the leg injury has caused his band Linkin Park to cancel their current US tour.

• Haim are back in the studio, which is probably something of interest to you because you have notoriously poor taste in music. (Only joking Haim fans. Or am I?)

• The Weeknd's contribution to the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' soundtrack, 'Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey', has a video. The song is pretty poor and the video is hilariously self-conscious in its NSFW-ness. So fairly in-keeping with the original 50SOG text.

• Lil Wayne has released a new mixtape, 'Sorry 4 The Wait 2', as an apology for ongoing delays with his 'Tha Carter V' album. The compilation is the follow-up to 2011's 'Sorry 4 The Wait', which filled the delay before his 'Tha Carter IV' album.

• The Mountain Goats will release an album of twelve songs, all of them about professional wrestling. So that's a thing. It's called 'Beat The Champ'. It's out on 13 Apr. Here's a track from it, 'The Legend Of Chavo Guerro'.

• "Transcendental black metal" band Liturgy will release a new album called 'The Ark Work' on 24 Mar through Thrill Jockey. One of the tracks on it is called 'Quetzalcoatl'. I know this because it is here.

Approved for her last single 'Groove It Out', LoneLady is back with another fine track, called 'Bunkerpop'. Both will appear on her new album, 'Hinterland', out on 23 Mar.

• Inga Copeland has revealed that she has a new album ready called 'Relaxin With Lolina'. And that is fucking good news. So fucking good that I felt it necessary to swear unnecessarily two fucking times. Three. She's playing a gig at Café Oto this Saturday too. Good fucking times.

• Wilko Johnson has announced that he will play a benefit show in aid of Addenbrooke's, the Cambridge hospital that made a sham of his farewell tour by curing his 'incurable' cancer. The gig will take place on 6 Mar at The Junction in Cambridge. Tickets here.

Race to find record producer Kim Fowley's body for Girls & Corpses photoshoot
I think if there's any argument to be had for not allowing the government to further snoop on our online activity, it's my Google history after researching this story. Without the context I'm about to lay down for you, it could look... odd. Thankfully I have this outlet to clear the whole thing up should questions be asked. What the hell are you going to do?

This story relates to musician and producer Kim Fowley, who died from bladder cancer earlier this month. His dying wish, it is claimed, was for his body to be mutilated in a photoshoot for Girls & Corpses magazine - a fine example of finding a niche in order to stay afloat in these troubled times for print media.

According to TMZ, Fowler wrote to the magazine's publisher offering to leave money to cover the costs of the shoot, which would be led by his then girlfriend, fetish model Snow Mercy. He is said to have written: "Snow and her fetish friends, could mutilate the body, providing real blood and guts and set my bones and blood on fire".

The magazine apparently declined the mutilation and fire parts of the request, but agreed to set up the rest of the photoshoot once he had passed on. The only problem now is that he subsequently split up with Snow, and later married another woman. Since Fowley's death on 15 Jan, the magazine has been unable to contact his wife to arrange carrying out the plan.

Who knows if any of this is true? Not me. But, like I said, I have a search history to account for. It is true though that Fowley, who worked with artists including Kiss, Alice Cooper and, most recently, Ariel Pink, did record a video endorsing Girls & Corpses from his deathbed.

 
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