MONDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Marty Bandier, boss of the world's biggest music publisher Sony/ATV, was presented with the President's Merit Award at the Recording Academy's annual Pre-Grammy Gala in LA this weekend, as part of the festivities that take place ahead of the main Grammy Awards. And he used the occasion to formally state his widely known mission to secure publishers and songwriters a bigger slice of... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The name 'Lydia' and the words 'the tattooed lady' are inseparably linked in my mind. A fact that proved mildly embarrassing when I learned the name of a friend's new baby recently and those words came tumbling out of my mouth before I realised what was happening. I suppose it might have been worse if I'd started singing, but the look I received anyway can't be taken back now... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Bandier uses Grammys speech to call for more digital dollars to go to songwriters
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LEGAL Damages ruling against former Lady Gaga producer upheld
Phil Rudd court hearing delayed by change in lawyer
Roy Harper found not guilty of two charges of indecent assault, though jury can't decide on other allegations
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LIVE BUSINESS Robomagic announces first hire
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Heather Kokler joins Mick Management
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MARKETING & PR Frazer Lawton moves to Inside/Out
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES iTunes tweaks style guide to make ‘tribute' covers more obvious
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AWARDS Tom Petty wins no Grammys
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ONE LINERS CMU's One Liners: Madonna, Jaden Smith, Incubus and others
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AND FINALLY... Slipknot's masks aren't gimmick, says Corey Taylor. Even though they are.
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Bandier uses Grammys speech to call for more digital dollars to go to songwriters
Marty Bandier, boss of the world's biggest music publisher Sony/ATV, was presented with the President's Merit Award at the Recording Academy's annual Pre-Grammy Gala in LA this weekend, as part of the festivities that take place ahead of the main Grammy Awards.

And he used the occasion to formally state his widely known mission to secure publishers and songwriters a bigger slice of the digital pie, he being a leading name in the increasingly vocal debate about how the money generated by subscription and ad-funded streaming services is shared between the sound recording and song copyright owners (the former currently get way more of the loot).

Noting that he was the first publisher to win the President's Merit Award as part of the annual Grammy Salute To Industry Icons, he said he'd like to thank the songwriters. Yes, all of them.

"This includes not only those songwriters I have worked with", he told his audience. "But also those I have never met and those who came before me but whose words and music will nonetheless live forever".

Positioning himself as a champion of those songwriters in the digital land-grab, he went on: "Unlike other forms of art - and to me there is no doubt songwriting is an artform - few people know who created a classic song, unless it is the performer. Everyone knows who wrote 'The Great Gatsby', or painted the Sistine Chapel, but if you asked someone about 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', while they would probably tell you Judy Garland sang it, very few would know it was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg".

"That is why I have always felt that songwriters have never received the credit they deserve. This is particularly the case today when something like 95% of the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart are written in whole or part by someone other than the performer. A songwriter doesn't share lucrative touring revenue and they don't do brand deals. Their entire livelihood is reliant on the income from the song and that proposition is now under threat in a way that it has never been before".

"The music industry is changing in ways that I could never have imagined even just a decade ago; it is exciting for us that this has resulted in music lovers having new ways to listen to music as they move from CDs and digital downloads to streaming services. But it is also the case that songwriters are not being adequately compensated for their creations in today's digital world. Their songs are the very reason these services exist; their songs are why we are all here tonight. As the saying goes, it all starts with the song".

And finally, stating his intent for the year ahead, he said: "While I am honoured that this award is celebrating my own success, I would not be here tonight without the songwriters who I have cared for and worked with. They and their songs have inspired me all these years. And it is because of them that I have made it my number one priority to ensure they are fairly paid for what they do".

And so there you go, mission stated. As previously reported, the British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers And Authors shared similar opinions about the way the digital dollar is being distributed when it launched its The Day The Music Died campaign on Friday, while Bandier joins an industry veteran from a different end of the American industry - artist manager and former Live Nation boss Irving Azoff - in his bid to secure songwriters more digital income.

Though in reality that means taking more money off the record labels as much as it does off the digital service providers, which makes this a very interesting debate indeed. It remains to be seen if any movement has been made on this issue by the time the US industry next amasses for a weekend of Grammy festivities.

Damages ruling against former Lady Gaga producer upheld
A judge last week upheld a jury ruling made last year that forced one-time Lady Gaga collaborator Rob Fusari to pay $7.3 million to the songwriter who brought the singer and producer together in the first place.

As previously reported, Wendy Starland said Fusari had broken a 2005 agreement in which he agreed to compensate her if she found him a future star to work with. Starland said that it was she who talent-scouted Gaga, hooking the singer up with Fusari in a partnership that kicked-started the pop star's rise to fame. But the producer had failed to make good on a commitment to share his profits from the venture with his talent scout.

After last November's court case, Starland told Billboard: "Fusari asked me to find an artist under the age of 25 who could be the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes. I had attended about 50 live performances and searched for countless hours online before finding an artist who fit the bill. Someone who was edgy and bold. Someone you couldn't take you eyes off of. I only brought Rob Fusari one artist for us to work with and that artist became Lady Gaga".

In his latest court case, Fusari sought to have the damages he is due to pay to Starland reduced, but US District Court judge Jose Linares denied the request, keeping last year's jury decision in place.

As also previously reported, Fusari previously sued Gaga herself claiming he had been underpaid for his input on her early releases, but reached an out of court settlement with the singer.

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Phil Rudd court hearing delayed by change in lawyer
Those of you looking forward to the crazy antics that will surely unfold when currently benched AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd next appears in court will have to wait a little bit longer. Because his next court hearing has been delayed due to a change in legal representation.

Rudd, of course, was last year charged with threatening to kill and drugs possession. He was due to appear in the Tauranga District Court this week, but that hearing was postponed last week after it emerged the drummer's legal rep, Paul Mabey, was no longer working on the case. According to Stuff, the lawyer said his withdrawal from the case was amicable, and that it was "just a professional decision that we have made".

It's thought Rudd, who denies the charges made against him, will now return to court in April when new lawyer Craig Tuck is up to speed on the case.

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Roy Harper found not guilty of two charges of indecent assault, though jury can't decide on other allegations
Folk musician Roy Harper was last week cleared of two counts of indecent assault, but the jury hearing the case could not reach verdicts on five other charges, a conclusion that could result in a retrial.

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

He was last week acquitted of the charge relating to the alleged 1980 incident, but on the allegations stemming from the 1970s the jury reached a decision on just one of six charges, one of indecent assault. Jurors could not agree on two further counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child, and one of having sex with a child.

Prosecutors now have two weeks to decide whether or not to seek a retrial on the remaining charges.

Robomagic announces first hire
Former AEG Live UK boss Rob Hallett has announced the first hire at his previously reported new business Robomagic. Bonita McKinney, who joins the new venture from DHP Family, will work in the live division of Hallett's firm with a specific remit to "seek out and sign up the music stars of the future and develop the careers of artists at the start of their musical journey".

Confirming McKinney's appointment, Hallett told reporters: "I want the most switched on people in the industry working with us and Bonita certainly is. Her knowledge of new music and new artists is incredible and she has a natural instinct for promotion. I'm confident she's going to be a huge asset to my new business".

Meanwhile McKinney herself said: "I am thrilled to be joining Robomagic Live. It is extremely exciting to be involved in a company from the beginning and work with Rob who is without doubt one of the best in the business. I'm passionate about making sure artists get the right kind of deal and they are given the support and expert advice they need to succeed. That ethos is at the heart of Robomagic and that's why I'm here".

As previously reported, although live music will be key to the Robomagic business, it will operate in other strands of the music industry too, with an intent to invest into the businesses of both new and established artists.

Heather Kokler joins Mick Management
Heather Kokler, manager of Icelandic folk-rock types Of Monsters And Men and formerly a booking agent at US agency Paradigm, has joined New York-based management firm Mick Management. She will bring Of Monsters And Men to the management agency, and will also work with its wider roster, as well as seeking new acts to manage.

Confirming her move, Kolker told Billboard: "Being at Paradigm has been a very significant journey for me and leaving isn't easy. However, I am beyond thrilled about this next step and to be taking it with Mick Management - an outstanding team of people with a fantastic roster of management clients to which I am proud to add Of Monsters And Men".

Meanwhile Mick Management's founder Michael McDonald added: "Heather's musical tastes, experience as an agent, and success with OMAM reflect the dedication and passion we stand for. Heather and Of Monsters And Men are welcome additions to the family".

Frazer Lawton moves to Inside/Out
Music publicity firm Inside/Out has recruited Frazer Lawton to the role of Senior Publicist. He joins the company from Murray Chalmers PR today.

And if you're now expecting both of the agency's directors to take time out from their very busy Monday schedules to give you quotes, well, on this occasion you're right. But it's not because they feel any obligation to you, the quote hungry CMU reader. It's because they think Lawton is marvellous and deserves the quotage. Though I'm sure they like you too.

Says Chloe Melick: "We are very excited at the prospect of Frazer Lawton joining Inside/Out. His experience working on high profile campaigns combined with an infectious passion for new music made him the stand out candidate for the role".

And from Adrian Read: "We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved during the first three years of Inside/Out. By hiring publicists of the calibre of Frazer Lawton, following Anna Mears' arrival last year, we are showing that we are committed to continuing delivering high quality artist publicity for many years to come".

If you want a quote from Lawton, you have to email him on frazer@insideslashout.com yourself.

iTunes tweaks style guide to make 'tribute' covers more obvious
Apple has seemingly changed its iTunes style guide rules in a bid to make it easier for users to pick out original tracks from sneaky sound-a-like covers, or more to the point, to make it harder for the sellers of sound-a-like covers to trick people into buying their recordings thinking they are getting the real deal.

According to Digital Music News, the new iTunes rules stop sound-a-like makers from putting the name of the artist best known for performing a track into the meta-data of their covers. So, as DMN explains, "'Problem (Originally performed by Ariana Grande)' or 'Artist: The Billy Joel Tribute Band'" would not be allowed.

It's a move that will please those artists and labels behind hit records - both new and catalogue - who have a sneaky feeling that they are losing out on sales when customers accidently buy covers of their tracks which are confusingly labelled and made to sound very like the original. It's a problem Apple has long avoided addressing (when I asked the firm's spokesman about it about eight years ago he gave a long waffley reply that basically said "who the fuck cares?"), so it's interesting that they've made this move at this time.

Elsewhere in Apple news, there were rumours late last week that the IT giant was close to buying US country label Big Machine, best known these days as home to Spotify-Disser-In-Chief Taylor Swift. Though the tech giant has resolutely denied said rumours.

  Approved: Stornoway – Lydia, The Tattooed Lady
The name 'Lydia' and the words 'the tattooed lady' are inseparably linked in my mind. A fact that proved mildly embarrassing when I learned the name of a friend's new baby recently and those words came tumbling out of my mouth before I realised what was happening. I suppose it might have been worse if I'd started singing, but the look I received anyway can't be taken back now.

Part of the reason 'Lydia, The Tattooed Lady' was so fresh in my mind was that I had recently re-watched 'The Fisher King', in which Robin Williams sings it to his date, played by Amanda Plummer. Had that not been the case, I still would have had Kermit The Frog nudging me, or maybe Groucho Marx. Or, had I bothered watching 'Breaking Bad' all the way to the end, apparently that might have prompted the involuntary action too.

This strange and incredibly memorable song has been seeding itself in our minds for over 80 years now, as documentary director Jon Spira (responsible for excellent Oxford music scene film 'Anyone Can Play Guitar') outlines in this article about its history for the BFI website.

To accompany the article, Spira convinced Stornoway to take some time off from working on their latest album to record their own cover of the song. So, acquaint yourself or refresh your memory now, ready for future baby-meeting embarrassment.
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Tom Petty wins no Grammys
So, Tom Petty must be doing a little dance for joy this morning, as the song it has now been decided he co-wrote, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me', was given the Grammy Awards for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year last night.

Technicalities in the rules mean that Petty himself was not given any prizes, but he can bask in the reflected glory. And a well-timed boost in interest for the song that, I think we all need to remember, he wrote. As did Jeff Lynne, of course, who was at the Grammys ceremony yesterday to perform with Ed Sheeran.

But look at me, detracting from Sam Smith's success already. He took away four awards in total from this year's main Grammys bash, making him the night's big winner. Which is nice. He was also named Best New Artist and the maker of the Best Pop Vocal Album.

Accepting his final trophy of the night for Record Of The Year, and showing no sign of running out of acceptance speeches, Smith said: "I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys".

So really it was Tom Petty and 'that' guy's night for getting awards by association. Or something like that.

But what was the Kanye news? That's surely what everyone wants to know. Well, when Beck won the award for Album Of The Year, West launched out of his seat and began marching towards the stage, looking to re-enact his interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

He stopped himself halfway there and returned to his seat though, but not before Jay-Z had pulled an amazing array of faces.

But if you thought he'd calmed down mid-march, or it was all a joke, you were wrong. Later he appeared on E! where he ranted that Beck should "respect artistry" and give the award to Beyonce. Perhaps the strangest thing about the interview is that everyone there seems to agree with him.

If you, like Kanye, care who wins awards, you can look at the full list of Grammy winners here.

CMU's One Liners: Madonna, Jaden Smith, Incubus and others

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• I should have mentioned this last week when it was 'news', but Madonna became the first artist to premiere a music video on Snapchat's new Snap Channel. I'm sure this is as exciting to read now as it would have been on Friday. Don't rush to check it out though because, as is the way with Snapchat, it's gone now. And yet the world still turns.

• Jaden Smith has 'dropped' a new EP. It's called 'This Is The Album' because he's a contrary little fucker.

• Incubus have released a new track called 'Absolution Calling'. It's taken from the first of two EPs they'll be releasing this year under their new record deal with Island.

• I don't know about you, but I'd quite like to see a new Zhala video. What? There is one? Why didn't you tell me?!

• The Fall are touring! The Fall are touring! The Fall! Touring! They're playing shows in London and Hastings. That's a tour, right? Tour! Yes! Electric Brixton on 24 Apr, St Mary In The Castle in Hastings on 25 Apr. Tour! Tour! Tour!

• Trash Kit are very good. This you already know. And as we're aware of that, why don't we all get together and see them live while they're touring the UK? Power Lunches on 15 Feb? Or supporting Deerhoof at Oval Space on 26 Feb? There are dates outside London too but, ugh, can you imagine? Now listen to 'Leaves'.

Slipknot's masks aren't gimmick, says Corey Taylor. Even though they are.
Slipknot's famous masks are a gimmick. Clearly so. Not necessarily a bad gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless. It's like all those other publications that cover the music business with a straight face. So gimmicky. Anyway, back to Slipknot's masks. Oh my God, they're such a gimmick. Could not be more so. And if thinking that makes me a shithead, then so be it.

"To everyone who thinks it's just a gimmick", bellowed frontman Corey Taylor at Italian radio station Linea Rock. "Live in it and you tell me it's a gimmick, you shitheads".

No thanks, I'll get my own gimmick, if it's alright with you.

"I don't think you'll ever see a Slipknot 'unmasked' tour", he continued. "Everybody asks me that. It's such a part of what we do and it helps us really embrace the music. I couldn't see that happening".

He's right, that would be a bit too gimmicky. And not good gimmicky, bad gimmicky.

Here's the full interview, in which Taylor wears his gimmicky mask throughout.

 
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