TUESDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Spotify has abandoned plans to launch in Russia, with its office in the country due to close later this month. Russian news agency TASS reports that the head of the streaming service in the country, Alexander Kubaneishvili, wrote in a memo to his contacts: "I regret to say that Spotify has refused to start business in Russia in the nearest future. There are several reasons for that... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Courtney Barnett's success has seemed pretty assured ever since she emerged in 2013, her deadpan, half-spoken songs dripping with personality and humour from the outset. And catchy too. Last week, she released the video for 'Pedestrian At Best', the first single from her debut album 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit'. The follow-up to 'The Sea Of Split... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spotify closes Russian office
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LEGAL Suge Knight charged with murder over hit and run
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DEALS Nile Rodgers and Chic sign new deal with Warner Bros
Peter Gabriel to distribute solo catalogue through Caroline International
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MEDIA Orion Media boss to take backseat role to concentrate on other projects
Radio 1 faulted for Foo Fighter 'fucks'
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ARTIST NEWS Noel reckons Liam should make more music
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ONE LINERS Gorillaz, Angel Haze and Paul Oakenfold but no snow
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AND FINALLY... Bez to stage anti-fracking bed-in
Katy Perry Super Bowl shindig results in 1000% Missy Elliot download boost
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Spotify closes Russian office
Spotify has abandoned plans to launch in Russia, with its office in the country due to close later this month.

Russian news agency TASS reports that the head of the streaming service in the country, Alexander Kubaneishvili, wrote in a memo to his contacts: "I regret to say that Spotify has refused to start business in Russia in the nearest future. There are several reasons for that: the economic recession, the political situation, new laws controlling [the use of] the internet".

He continued: "My last official working day is 12 Feb. Speaking for myself, I can only confirm the fact that indeed, there will be no start-up in the nearest future".

It had been expected that Spotify would launch in Russia early this year, with negotiations for a partnership with tel co Vimpelcom taking place last year.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently begun to place strict controls on internet usage in the country, particularly on people accessing foreign websites, as tensions between Russia and Europe and the US continue to grow. Indeed Putin last year branded the internet a "CIA project" that his country needs to be protected from.

Last month, a new law came into effect requiring foreign internet companies to store users' personal data on servers within Russia's borders. In December, Google also closed its engineering office in the country, a move thought to be related to this change in the law.

Spotify declined to comment.

Suge Knight charged with murder over hit and run
One time hip hop mogul Suge Knight has been charged with murder following last week's hit and run incident that left one man dead.

As previously reported, Knight was seen driving his pick-up truck into two men after an altercation outside a burger bar in LA on Thursday. The incident occurred near a promo shoot for the NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton', and it's thought an argument between the Death Row Records founder and the other men may have begun there.

Knight's attorney insists that his client accidentally struck Terry Carter and Cle 'Bone' Sloane, killing the former, as he fled a violent attack that may or may not have involved the victims. But some eye-witnesses have said it looked like Knight deliberately drove his truck into the two men.

The LA County District Attorney's Office confirmed yesterday that it intended to charge Knight with murder and other felonies in relation to the incident. An arraignment is scheduled at the Los Angeles County Superior Court later today.

Knight's bail, previously set at $2.2 million, has been revoked because he is considered a flight risk.

Nile Rodgers and Chic sign new deal with Warner Bros
Ever since it was made law that Chic had to be booked to play at every single festival in the land (I'm not joking, several festival bookers are now facing jail for not adhering to this), Nile Rodgers' star has been back on the rise.

This, of course, peaked with his production work on the last Daft Punk album, 'Random Access Memories'. But would you believe, there hasn't been a Chic studio album since 1992? What the fuck's that all about? Someone should do something about it. And someone has.

Warner Bros Records has announced that it has signed a global deal with Rodgers and Chic for a new album. In addition to this, Rodgers and former Warner exec Michael Ostin's own Land Of The Good Groove label will have distribution and label services provided by WBR.

Through the deal, Chic will release their first album for 25 years in June, with the first single due to 'drop' in March.

"My relationship with Warner and Michael formerly started with 'Like A Virgin''', said Rodgers, noting his previous associations with Warner in the 80s and 90s after producing the Madonna track. "The [new Chic] album is double diamond, just like our friendship is".

Says Ostin: "Nile and I have had a long rich history as creative collaborators and close friends. To be partnering with him during this exciting chapter of his career and to be back in Burbank at Warner Brothers, a building that served as my second home since childhood, is an unimaginable dream come true".

WBR CEO Cameron Strang added: "Nile Rodgers' influence on the course of modern music cannot be overstated. For the past four decades, his visionary work as a songwriter, producer, bandleader, and musician has reverberated across genres and generations".

He went on: "From groundbreaking guitar work, to an uncanny hit-making instinct, to shaping the sound of countless artists, he has created a phenomenal musical legacy. Nile has never stopped moving forward, so I am thrilled to welcome him into the WBR family as he begins a dynamic new chapter of his extraordinary career. And I'm doubly thrilled that Michael Ostin will be returning to the WBR fold as Nile's label partner".

Thrilled. Someone always says they're "thrilled" in these announcements.

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Peter Gabriel to distribute solo catalogue through Caroline International
Peter Gabriel has announced that he will use Universal's label services division Caroline International to distribute his solo back catalogue from this moment onwards. Actually, yesterday onwards. The point is, it's all happening immediately.

CEO of Gabriel's Real World label, Mike Large, said of the deal: "Peter has always wanted to work in partnership with his label rather than be a servant to it, choosing what services he needs rather than being forced to fit into a rigid system. Working with Michael and his team will give us the flexible relationship that we wanted: a true partnership, fuelled by expertise and enthusiasm".

The there mentioned Michael Roe, joint MD of Caroline International, added: "I've had the privilege of working with Peter Gabriel and Mike Large many times over the years and so I'm delighted that they've chosen Caroline as their international label services partner. Peter continues to be one of the most creative and inspirational artists in the world so everyone at Caroline is immensely proud of this new partnership".

Gabriel himself said nothing, as someone had misheard part of the discussion and hit him with a sledgehammer. He probably would have said he was "thrilled" though.

Orion Media boss to take backseat role to concentrate on other projects
Following the news that he was leading one of the bids to run the second national digital radio DAB multiplex, the boss of Midlands-based radio firm Orion Media, Phil Riley, has stood down as CEO of the company and will become its Chairman instead. Orion's Commercial Director takes over as CEO.

Confirming the switch, Riley told reporters: "After more than five years at the helm of Orion, I am keen to take on some new business challenges, with this bid being the first opportunity to do so. Recognising the importance that OfCom places on this multiplex succeeding, I'm delighted we have been able to restructure Orion in order to allow me sufficient time to see the bid through to launch and beyond if we are successful".

On his new appointment, Serle added: "I am delighted to be taking on the role of CEO. It is an exciting time for me to step up, with the full backing and support of the main board and the management team. Orion has been through a huge transition in recent years having seen all stations successfully re-brand in a thriving and competitive market. I now feel energised and excited about accelerating our growth, helping our people and businesses to reach their full potential, and to fully exploit the opportunities a content and advertising business such as ours has to offer".

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Radio 1 faulted for Foo Fighter 'fucks'
Radio 1 has been told off by media regulator OfCom for playing a Foo Fighters track that contained not one but two swear words during Nick Grimshaw's breakfast show back in November.

It was a live recording of the Foo's track 'Something From Nothing', though it had originally been aired the previous night shortly after 8pm. Unfortunately, no one thought to tell Grimshaw's team about the swears before they gave it a spin the next morning just before 8am.

OfCom noted that airing swear words at that time of day was very dangerous indeed because children might be listening. As it happens, at that precise time all the children of Britain were too busy consuming online porn to notice. But it was bloody close.

The regulator also acknowledged an apology had been quickly broadcast, but said Radio 1 was nevertheless in breach of its broadcasting code. The BBC said it was "highly unusual" that the offensive language had not been flagged when the live recording was made, and that staff at Radio 1 had been reminded about compliance procedures.

  Approved: Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett's success has seemed pretty assured ever since she emerged in 2013, her deadpan, half-spoken songs dripping with personality and humour from the outset. And catchy too.

Last week, she released the video for 'Pedestrian At Best', the first single from her debut album 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit'. The follow-up to 'The Sea Of Split Peas', a compilation of her first two EPs, and out on 23 Mar, the album features a slew of track titles that hint at stories I'm already excited to hear.

Sending out a track with a title like 'Pedestrian At Best' seems like a suitably self-deprecating, fate-tempting act, and it's a joke that works because the track's actually brilliant. Packed full of quotable lines, plus one that is now stuck on a loop in my head ("Fu-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-n-ny"), and with even a lead guitar part that sounds sarcastic, it makes me even more eager to hear the album.

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Noel reckons Liam should make more music
So, Noel Gallagher's been a very chatty man of late, hasn't he? It's as if, 20 years on from the height of Britpop, being rude about everyone in the press still helps sell records. But that can't be it. Though if you've had trouble keeping up with everything he's been saying, here's a quick tl;dr - everyone's a tedious cunt.

Apart from Liam Gallagher. Who's a cheeky cunt. Actually a cheeky little cunt. Is that better? Well, whatever. Informing Q Magazine that, despite past tensions, he still sees his brother "at the football", Noel remarked how Liam had told him he would have done a much better job singing the song 'Everybody's On The Run' that appeared on the 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' album. Says Noel: "He said, 'I'd have smashed it'. I was like, 'Yeah, whatever'. Like I said, a cheeky little cunt".

But he's a cheeky little cunt who should be singing songs, reckons Noel. Though preferably his own. Asked about his brother's plans now that his post-Oasis band Beady Eye have split, Noel mused: "Liam won't be out of the music game for long, and he shouldn't be, because there aren't many people like that still left".

Cheeky not tedious he means. Because, as we've already established, there are plenty of cunts.

Gorillaz, Angel Haze and Paul Oakenfold but no snow

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Record industry collecting society PPL has announced Mary Beer as its new Director of Marketing & PR, and the promotion of Kate Reilly to the newly created role of Director of People and Organisational Development. "Helping", said Beer. "Inimitable", added Reilly.

• The Alan Lomax Foundation is collecting pre-orders for a new six-disc vinyl boxset of some of the folklorist's finest field recordings, amongst other things. It's being released to mark what would have been his 100th birthday. All money raised will go to the Association For Cultural Equity. Throw your money at them here.

• Damon Albarn said last year that a new Gorillaz album would be coming our way in 2016. Now it's looking like that date might have been brought forward, as the Blur man's partner in the project Jamie Hewlett has started sharing new artwork on Instagram.

• Richard X has done a remix of Susanne Sundfør's latest single, 'Delirious'. Her new album is now just two weeks away. Exciting times.

• Angel Haze has released the first single from her second album, which will be the follow-up to the brilliant if slightly (almost completely) ridiculous 'Dirty Gold'. The track is called 'Candles', and you can hear it here.

• The third Villagers album will be called 'Darling Arithmetic' and will be out on 13 Apr. So there. And here's a track from it.

• Paul Oakenfold has been doing that Perfecto Records thing he does for 25 years now. What would you do to mark such an occasion? Yes, well I think that's why no one ever consults you about things like this. He's releasing a compilation, called 'P25', which will be out on 20 Mar. Details here.

• Public Service Broadcasting have released a new track called 'The Other Side', which is taken from their new album, 'The Race For Space'. Th'album is out on 23 Feb, and they'll be touring sort of April/May time. Dates here.

• I'll tell you something you might not know, Lola Colt are releasing a new single called 'Heartbreaker' on 2 Mar. You can listen to it here. There's also a tour on the cards. Details of that here.

• The Replacements reunited back in 2012, but have only seen fit to play their first UK show now. It'll be their first gig over her for 23 years when it takes place at The Roundhouse on 2 Jun. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, here.

• The CMU approved Rökkurró are touring the UK right at this moment. You already missed a show in Bristol last night, you idiot. Catch them at The Tin Music & Arts Centre in Coventry tonight or at the Sebright Arms in London tomorrow. There's also a secret industry-only show on Thursday, but that's a secret.

• Psych rock types Toy will headline Club Attitude this year, the annual event staged by Attitude Is Everything to raise awareness of issues faced by deaf and disabled music fans, and positive steps venues and festivals can take to help. The show happens on 24 Mar at Islington Assembly Hall. Tickets here.

• Mumford & Sons have been added as headliners for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals. Royal Blood, Bastille, Deadmau5, David Rodigan and Shy FX are also new on the bill. "Secured", says festival boss Mr Benn.

• If you like your Music Industry Awards to be international, then you're in luck. Voting has opened for the second ever International Music Industry Awards, which take place during the Musexpo conference in LA on 29 Apr. See the shortlists and vote here.

Bez to stage anti-fracking bed-in
One time Happy Mondays' dancer and now political man of the people Bez will stage a week-long bed-in in London later this month - Lennon/Ono style - in protest at the government's plans to proceed with shale gas fracking. He'll be joined by girlfriend Firouzeh Razavi for the protest.

Says Bez in one of those statements: "Where John Lennon and Yoko Ono holed up for a week in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam for their 'bed-in for peace' on 25 Mar 1969, Firouzeh and I are compelled to do our 'bed-in against fracking'. No one in Britain wants fracking. But the government is, against the will of the people, trying to force it upon us all. And we're not having it".

You'll remember how all wars ended after Lennon and Ono took to their bed for a week, so anti-fracking campaigners are presumably optimistic about what Bez can achieve.

An assortment of people will visit Bez and Razavi during the protest - either in person or via Skype - with a daily round-up posted to YouTube each night. And whatever you think about the merits of this project, sitting on his arse all day while people buzz around pretending to be interested in what he says will all be good practice for when Bez becomes an MP later this year.

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Katy Perry Super Bowl shindig results in 1000% Missy Elliot download boost
So, Katy Perry sang some songs during a football game this weekend, did you notice? There were dancing dolphins and dancing non-dolphins, and a bit of flim and a dash of flam, and a marvellous time was had by one, and by all, and by him, and by her, and by your 'mom'.

Assuming your mom is Missy Elliot, who performed a rather well received guest spot during the proceedings that - the record industry's stat monkeys are now reporting - resulted in a big surge of interest in her tunes online which could see Elliot shift 70,000+ downloads in the US this week, a 1000% increase on her online sales the week before the show. So that's nice, isn't it? Get some download sales in before the downloading of music stops in its entirety come mid-March.

And in all seriousness, if you didn't see Perry's Super Bowl half time show on Sunday night, then you didn't see it. And that's the truth. And I'm serious about the truth.

 
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