WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sony/ATV boss Marty Bandier told the Pre-Grammy Gala earlier this month that he had made it his "number one priority to ensure songwriters are fairly paid for what they do". Well, good news songwriters everywhere (though mainly those signed to Sony/ATV and whose songs are classified as 'Anglo-American catalogue'), because Sony/ATV has just signed a new pan-European... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Yesterday we featured a singer-songwriter who'd started going by another name, and I see no reason why we should buck that trend now. Today we have Keto, aka Leah Sinead, whose first material under this name sees her music take a darker turn to match her striking voice. Her debut single as Keto, 'Change', is due for release on 23 Feb through Denizen Records. It's a... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Sony/ATV signs new Europe-wide licence with Spotify
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DEALS Pharrell signs to Penguin, gonna make some books
PIAS announces Roisin Murphy deal
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New appointments at SoundExchange
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Milk Music reaches Australia sans-Merlin
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MEDIA NME not going free the week after next
Radio 1 denies Madonna ageism
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ARTIST NEWS Gavin Clark dies
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GIGS & FESTIVALS East India Youth announces tour dates, reveals new single
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ONE LINERS A Drake record, Iggy Azalea, Kelela and Elle Exxe records, and sync award finalists recorded
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AND FINALLY... Calvin Harris wears pants
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Sony/ATV signs new Europe-wide licence with Spotify
Sony/ATV boss Marty Bandier told the Pre-Grammy Gala earlier this month that he had made it his "number one priority to ensure songwriters are fairly paid for what they do".

Well, good news songwriters everywhere (though mainly those signed to Sony/ATV and whose songs are classified as 'Anglo-American catalogue'), because Sony/ATV has just signed a new pan-European licensing deal with Spotify covering its Anglo-American repertoire that delivers, says the publisher itself, "fair compensation to songwriters". Of course, this being a digital deal, no one can ever know what exactly that means, though if I was a Sony/ATV-signed songwriter I'd be expecting at least a Volvo V70 to appear in my drive-way sometime this week.

Bandier, of course, is one of the highest profile music publishing chiefs to complain about the disparity in the royalties streaming services pay to record labels versus music publishers. Overseeing the single biggest songs catalogue in the world, in theory he should have a pretty strong negotiating hand when pushing for more cash for his company and the songwriters it represents, though in the US he is constrained somewhat by copyright law and the so called 'consent decrees' that govern collective licensing.

In Europe too there are complications, because - unlike on the sound recordings side - the collecting societies can't be totally cut out of the proceedings, because by convention they, rather than the publishers, control the 'public performance' element of the song copyright. Though there is more flexibility when it comes to the 'reproduction' element, a stream being both a reproduction and a public performance (or, technically under UK law, a 'communication to the public'). So as the streaming sector started to gain momentum the big publishers started negotiating direct on the 'mechanicals'.

Quite what the new Sony/ATV deal covers, and what it means revenue share and royalties wise for the publisher and its songwriters, isn't clear. But Spotify says it's happy with the new arrangement, with its Chief Content Officer Ken Parks noting: "We are very pleased to announce our continued partnership with Sony/ATV, home of some of the greatest songwriters in the world. We look forward to continuing our work together to deliver great music to fans around the world and fair compensation to songwriters for their terrific work".

Meanwhile Bandier himself is, obviously "thrilled" about the whole thing. Said the Sony/ATV supremo: "We are thrilled to have renewed our European agreement with Spotify, the world's largest music subscription service. As streaming services continue to grow, Sony/ATV is delighted to be continuing our relationship with Spotify at this pivotal moment for the music industry".

He went on: "We share two important goals - growing the market for paid-for music subscription services for the benefit of music lovers everywhere while delivering fair compensation to our songwriters for the use of their songs. We believe we have accomplished that with this agreement".

So that's nice. Though here's a prediction: this ain't going to stop the songwriters griping about their split of the digital pie.

Pharrell signs to Penguin, gonna make some books
Pharrell Williams has been signed up by Penguin to write... well, create... well, front four children's books, the first of which will be based on one of his more innocuous songs, 'Happy'. But to make it more appealing to kids, it'll be called 'Happy!' With an exclamation mark. The picture book will feature photographs of children from a variety of cultures "celebrating what it means to be happy".

Asked for a quote to go with the press release, Williams said: "I'm inspired by all of you". Which is amongst the worst press release quotes ever written. Inspired by whom? Penguin Books? The journalists reading the press release? Children? Does he mean children? What have children ever done? Nothing. You can't be inspired by children. Pharrell is an idiot.

Fairing a little better, Penguin Young Readers President Don Weisberg said: "This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America's most talented and beloved stars. Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self and we're proud to help him share that with young children".

'Happy!' will be published in the US in September. Not sure when the other three books are coming out. I guess he'll have to write another song that is almost devoid of meaning (or at least implied misogyny) first.

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PIAS announces Roisin Murphy deal
The Play It Again Sam label announced a worldwide licensing agreement with that there Roisin Murphy on Monday, with her first album in eight years due to be released under the alliance on 11 May. It will be called 'Hairless Toys'.

Revealing that 30 tracks came out of the most recent recording sessions with her long time collaborator Eddie Stevens, of which eight will appear on the new album, Murphy told reporters: "To select just eight songs from the vast batch written last year required some pretty vigorous editing. The record could have been much longer but this seemed like just the right combination, and in fact the sequencing fell into place with more ease than any other album I've made".

Meanwhile Peter Thompson, MD of the PIAS label, said: "When you get the chance to work with a talent like Roisin you have to take it. She is an amazing addition to the Play It Again Sam family. I have always been a huge admirer of her work and 'Hairless Toys' is a thrilling body of work".

New appointments at SoundExchange
SoundExchange, the collective licensing body that administers the compulsory licence that covers the use of sound recordings on satellite and internet radio in the US, including Pandora-style streaming services like, well, Pandora for one, has appointed a new VP Strategic Initiatives and a new VP Communications. Fingers crossed they'll get to collaborate, because I think we all love strategic communication initiatives.

The former appointee is Mark Eisenberg, who comes to the organisation from the licensee side, having most recently worked for Nokia-then-Microsoft-then-Line-owned MixRadio (though before that he was in legal at Sony Music). VPing some comms will be Jacqueline Peterson, who joins from the live side of the music industry, most recently working for Live Nation.

Confirming the hires, SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe told reporters: "I'm extremely excited to welcome Mark Eisenberg and Jacqueline Peterson to our team. Their collective experience in the music industry is immeasurable. Both have proven track records of strategic leadership and helping the industry succeed. SoundExchange is only as good as the people who work for it and we pride ourselves on attracting the best talent. With these new additions, our team is stronger than ever and poised to achieve even greater success in 2015".

Milk Music reaches Australia sans-Merlin
I wish Samsung's Milk Music would hurry up and launch in the UK.

Because I assume their PR team would then start sending a pint of milk to the office of every music business news service each morning. And I've just used the last of the milk here at CMU HQ in a cup of coffee for Andy Malt. So we could do with that PR campaign starting now. It would also be good if HTC could launch Filter Coffee Music, and Microsoft Cake Tunes, and then if Tidal adopted the slogan "the steak dinner of streaming music".

Anyway, Milk Music, Samsung's 409th attempt at a music platform (approximately), has arrived in Australia. Originally launched in the US last year powered by existing streaming service Slacker, Milk Music looks set to replace Samsung's previous attempt in this domain - Music Hub - in multiple territories, Australia being the third.

Though it hasn't yet signed up all the labels to the Australian service, with indie-label repping Merlin telling Billboard that it is not yet on board. Said Merlin chief Charles Caldas: "Samsung did not bother to license the world's major independents via Merlin before they launched in Australia. Given the success our labels have enjoyed in the Australian market, I'm sure Australian consumers will notice that, and be disappointed at their absence".

Too right. Sort out those indie label deals Samsung. But you can send me my milk first.

NME not going free the week after next
So, after last week's ABC magazine stats were released various people noted NME's latest circulation figures and mused that the weekly music mag should just go free, Time Out-style, which Chinese-whispered into rumours that NME was about to go free, Time Out-style, leading to the team at Vice asking their local newsagent if NME was going free, Time Out-style, and he told them that NME was definitely going free, Time Out-style, which led to much chatter on Twitter about how NME was going free, Time Out-style.

So, Time Inc UK, publisher of NME, is it true that NME is going free, Time Out-style? "It is untrue that next week's edition is the last paid-for issue of NME". OK, Time Inc UK, publisher of NME, but what about the week after that, will we soon see NME go free, Time Out-style? "We don't comment on speculation". But, Time Inc UK, publisher of NME, are you not commenting on speculation Time Out-style? "No comment".

So, that's all stuff that happened. Well, apart from that last sentence. I made that bit up. Time Out-style.

PS: For the avoidance of doubt, I'm not saying Time Out has ever made anything up. That was just a pleasing way to finish off the story. NME-style.

PPS: For the avoidance of doubt, I'm not saying NME ever finished off a story in a pleasing way. That was just a mechanic to ensure someone got dissed in this story. CMU-style.

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Radio 1 denies Madonna ageism
OK people, remember this, Radio 1 doesn't ban artists from its playlists just because they're getting old, in much the same way the tabloids don't stop reporting that Radio 1 has banned aging artists from its playlist, even though that story is now getting very old indeed.

The latest report of Radio 1 ageism was in last weekend's Mail On Sunday, which reported that the powers that be at the nation's favourite had declared that Madonna was now way too old to be appearing on their playlists. Because that's the only possible explanation for her pre-Christmas track 'Living For Love' hardly getting any airplay on the station.

But, said Radio 1 yesterday, in a post on the Facebooks, the social network of choice for oldies: "Radio 1 does not ban anyone - please don't believe the papers. The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country's fifteen to 29 year olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist's age is never a factor. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks - 'FourFiveSeconds' and 'Only One' - on the Radio 1 playlist".

Of course that statement's cheating slightly, in that those Macca tracks technically belong to Rihanna and Kanye West. But ignore that, the message here is clear: oldies are not banned from Radio 1. It's just that they all make shit music, except when under the specific command of a youngster. And we're glad to have cleared that up once and for all.

  Approved: Keto
Yesterday we featured a singer-songwriter who'd started going by another name, and I see no reason why we should buck that trend now. Today we have Keto, aka Leah Sinead, whose first material under this name sees her music take a darker turn to match her striking voice.

Her debut single as Keto, 'Change', is due for release on 23 Feb through Denizen Records. It's a Portishead-esque, shape-shifting song that is impressive in both its execution now and what it suggests she might achieve in the future.

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Gavin Clark dies
Singer-songwriter Gavin Clark died on Monday this week, it has been announced via his official Facebook page.

In a statement, his management said: "Gavin Clark tragically passed away last night. Until a full statement is released, we ask the press to respect the family's request for privacy at this time, so that they can grieve in peace".

At the time of his death, Clark had been working with UNKLE on new material. And James Lavelle said in a statement: "It is with great sadness and shock to hear today of the tragic and unexpected passing of friend and collaborator Gavin Clark. Gavin was a beautiful man, a wonderful friend and father. A man of unimaginable talent, wit and spirituality, and had a voice like no other. One of the greatest and most unique artists I have had the pleasure to work with. He will be deeply missed".

As previously reported, Clark was also the subject of a new documentary by director Shane Meadows released through Noisey last week.

East India Youth announces tour dates, reveals new single
That East India Youth has released a side order of tour dates to go with his album-based main course. The starter will be a one-off show in London. Dessert is the nagging feeling that this is the worst metaphor I've ever come up with. Which I plan to eat right now.

Anyway, as you already know, the new East India Youth album is called 'Culture Of Volume' and will be out through XL on 6 Apr. Before that, he'll headline the Sebright Arms on 4 Mar. I saw him at the Sebright Arms once before. It was good. Chances are this show will be good too.

But didn't I mention a whole tour? Yes, well done for noticing that in amongst all the nonsense back there (I cannot apologise enough). Here are those tour dates:

23 May: Hay On Wye, How The Light Gets In Festival
27 May: Manchester, Deaf Institute
28 May: Glasgow, King Tut's
30 May: Sheffield, Plug
31 May: Norwich, Arts Centre
2 Jun: Bristol, Exchange
3 Jun: Brighton, The Haunt
4 Jun: London, Village Underground
5 Jun: Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall

Oh, and finally, here is new East India Youth single 'Turn Away'.

A Drake record, Iggy Azalea, Kelela and Elle Exxe records, and sync award finalists recorded

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Drake's impromptu album release last week has scored the highest number of streams for a long player in its debut week on Spotify in the US, which would almost fit on a t-shirt. He broke the record previously set in 2013 by some bloke called Drake. Tracks from new LP 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' were streamed 17.3 million times in three days. And exclusive CMU analysis can now reveal that that means quite a lot of people heard it.

• Rapper Fashawn has released a single from his new album 'The Ecology', which is out on 23 Mar. You can listen to 'Out The Trunk', which features Busta Rhymes, here.

• The next Iggy Azalea single is out on 20 Apr. 'Trouble', it's called. And it features Jennifer Hudson. Familiarise yourself with its lyrics with the lyric video here.

• The Cribs are back with a video for their new single, 'Burning For No One'. Their new album, 'For All My Sisters', is out on 23 Mar.

• The next release on the Song, By Toad label will be the debut album from Digitalanalogue on 6 Mar. Titled 'Be Embraced, You Millions!' the record is the work of Broken Records' Ian Turnbull. Listen to 'Café Royal' here.

• Kelela will release her CMU approved 'mixtape' (ie album) in 'deluxe' (ie physical) form on 23 Mar. You'll be able to get it on vinyl and CD with a load of remixes tacked. And you should.

• Yes, well, Metz have now seen fit to share a song from their new album. And here it is.

• If, say, you wanted to hear the debut single from Elle Exxe, you could totally click on this link here. And if you wanted to see her live, you could go to 229 on 26 Feb. So I heard, anyway.

• Black metallers Liturgy have announced UK tour dates for June, following on from the release of their new album 'The Ark Work' in April.

• Weyes Blood, aka singer-songwriter Natalie Mering, will be performing two UK dates this weekend. The Old Blue Last in London on 21 Feb, The Glad Café in Glasgow on 22 Feb.

• The finalists for this years UK Music+Sound Awards have been announced. Here they all are. The ceremony will take place at Café De Paris in London on 4 Mar.

Calvin Harris wears pants
Now, you might think big-time EDM is here to stay, but I hear eight year olds aren't digging the beeps, so that whole thing's sure to wane soon.

But you know what will never wane? Pants. People will always need pants. And I know what you're saying, but you're wrong. Pants are here to stay.

So well done to Calvin Harris for ensuring that his Armani deal includes being the fashion firm's pants-man. We'll leave Billboard to do the in-depth analysis: who looks better flogging pants, Calvin Harris or Justin Bieber?

 
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