MONDAY 2 MARCH 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Despite the 'streaming music boom' and the rather more modest 'vinyl revival' both providing some positive spin, few would deny that 2014 was another challenging year for the record industry, following that temporary moment of optimism when the global recorded music market saw the slightest bit of growth in 2012. As the overview of key-market year-end figures in the... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES As figures confirm 2014 was challenging for the record industry, will 2015 be better than "flat"?
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LEGAL Gary Glitter jailed for sixteen years
"Broke" Kim Dotcom pushes for access to more of his frozen assets
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Another senior digital exec stands down at Universal
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Target will still sell music, despite rumours it was concerned over Friday release day
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Twitter music man steps down
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MEDIA ITV in advanced talks to buy 'The Voice' maker
Clara Amfo to get daytime show on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton bows out
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ARTIST NEWS Lulu comments on pressures for women in the music industry
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AND FINALLY... Kelly Clarkson unwittingly covers Tokio Hotel
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As figures confirm 2014 was challenging for the record industry, will 2015 be better than "flat"?
Despite the 'streaming music boom' and the rather more modest 'vinyl revival' both providing some positive spin, few would deny that 2014 was another challenging year for the record industry, following that temporary moment of optimism when the global recorded music market saw the slightest bit of growth in 2012.

As the overview of key-market year-end figures in the CMU Trends Report last month showed, a common trend in multiple markets last year was download sales going into decline to the extent that booming streaming income couldn't prevent an overall revenue drop. And that will likely be reflected in the global record industry figures for 2014, due to be published by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry on 14 Apr.

The Japanese industry published its 2014 figures last week, with revenues down 4.6% overall. Which is better than in 2013, though the CD-dominated market still faces challenges, because CD sales are now very much in decline (down 6% last year), but the streaming sector there - while up 188% last year - is still way behind most other markets (accounting for 2.6% of total revenues).

The big global streaming brands are yet to launch in Japan, and the major labels (four of them in Japan) are divided on what strategy should be employed as the country's music market finally goes digital. As discussed in the December edition of the CMU Trends Report, two majors favour letting the global players in, the other two still prefer backing local services. So, instability remains there, and as the second biggest recorded music market Japan has a big impact on global record industry figures.

The challenging year just gone meant that there was little surprise in the news last week that Universal Music saw its full-year revenues slip 6.7% last year (5.6% accounting for currency fluctuations). This despite Universal being behind some of the year's biggest success stories: Sam Smith, the musical side of the 'Frozen' franchise and, outside North America, the Taylor Swift phenomenon.

But will 2015 provide some new glimmers of hope for the majors and the record industry at large? Well, "no" says one Sony Music source, who told the New York Post that revenues this year will be at best flat, with optimists pegging 2016 as the year the streaming boom will push things back into growth overall. But hey, keep peddling everybody.

Gary Glitter jailed for sixteen years
Gary Glitter was jailed for sixteen years on Friday having been convicted earlier in the month of six charges of assaulting three young girls in the late 1970s and early 80s. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault, one of attempted rape, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of thirteen.

As previously reported, having been convicted in the UK in 1999 for possessing 40,000 images of child abuse, and then in 2006 in Vietnam for indecently assaulting two children, Gadd faced the new charges as a result of Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police's investigation into sexual abuse related to accusations against Jimmy Savile. Gadd claimed he was innocent of the new allegations.

But sentencing the former pop star on Friday, Judge Alistair McCreath said that Gadd's victims were "all profoundly affected" by the abuse, and that there was "no real evidence" the singer had atoned for his crimes. Speaking at Southwark Crown Court, McCreath said, according to the BBC: "You did all of [your victims] real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind".

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"Broke" Kim Dotcom pushes for access to more of his frozen assets
MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was back in court last week trying to secure more of the monies seized when his former company was shutdown by US authorities in 2012.

Prosecutors in America, and the US music and movie industries, have been keen for the MegaUpload cash pile to remain locked up even though the criminal and civil cases against Dotcom and his former company have been very slow going. The labels and studios argue that, if their civil litigation against MegaUpload is successful, that money will be needed to pay damages to copyright owners.

But Team Dotcom says that as the case against the MegaUpload founder progresses at a snails pace it is unfair to keep frozen all the assets that belonged to the MegaUpload company and Dotcom personally as of January 2012, not least because it prevents the always controversial entrepreneur from paying his legal bills, hindering his defence.

Having previously been granted around $15,000 a month from funds seized in New Zealand to cover living costs, Dotcom was back in court last week claiming to be "broke and destitute", and pushing for an increase in his monthly allowance to $152,000, plus extra monies to cover legal fees of up to $3 million.

With his New Zealand legal team having quit Dotcom's case last year because of unpaid fees, there may well be a strong argument to release a one-off lump sum to settle past legal bills, and to ensure the Mega founder's new legal reps can be paid as he continues to fight efforts by the US to extradite him to face charges of criminal copyright infringement.

Though Dotcom critics will question his living costs claim, given that his "being broke" is the result of a seemingly lavish lifestyle, not to mention dabblings in new start-up businesses and some rather unsuccessful political adventures.

Prosecutors in New Zealand last week presented all the obvious arguments against Dotcom's cash claim, which is further complicated by the fact he is currently separated from his wife Mona, and she controls a family trust that reportedly contains millions.

Another senior digital exec stands down at Universal
Another senior digital executive is leaving Universal Music, this time David Ring, a long-term digital specialist at the mega-major, most recently Executive VP Of Business Development & Affairs.

Confirming his departure in a note to industry contacts, Ring wrote last week: "It has been my sincere privilege to have had the chance to help UMG and its talented labels and artists navigate the massive changes required to transition from the CD business to the exhilarating digital business of today and tomorrow".

Ring's departure follows that of one of Universal's most high profile digital execs, Rob Wells, and is likely part of an overhaul of the major's top digital team in the US, with some tipping a bigger role for Michael Lang, a former movie industry man who has been consulting for the music company since last year.

But hey, people, what does this all mean?

If you think it's a sign Universal overlord Lucian Grainge is easing out all the freemium fans on his team before withdrawing his catalogues from free-to-access digital services, press one now. If you think all of Universal's digital execs are jumping ship to join their former colleague Jimmy Iovine over at the tower of cash that is Apple Inc, press two now. And if you reckon Wells and his team are working on a new smoothie-delivery-service app based out of San Francisco, press three now.

The latter plan's probably the most bankable.

Target will still sell music, despite rumours it was concerned over Friday release day
American retailer Target will not stop selling CDs just because of that pesky Friday global release day, or that's what a spokesperson has told Music Week.

When the long expected confirmation that Friday would become the unified day for releasing new records worldwide took a few weeks longer to arrive than expected, there was speculation that the delay was down to pressure being put on the major record companies by the big CD-selling non-specialist retailers Stateside, including Target.

Some US and UK retailers have argued that they will bear the brunt of the costs involved in switching from having new CDs going on the shelves on Monday/Tuesday to Friday. And for non-music specialists, including supermarkets and discount stores, for which CDs are not big earners, there was speculation the switch might result in some of those sellers bailing on music entirely.

But American retail firm Target says that it supports the music industry's move to have one worldwide release day, and that it has "absolutely no plans to stop selling music in our stores or on Target.com".

So there you go. As previously reported, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry last week confirmed that a Friday release day would be adopted worldwide later this year. Meanwhile the Entertainment Retailers Association in the UK revealed that an increase in the number of non-specialist retailers selling CDs meant there were now more places to buy music on the high street than ever before.

Twitter music man steps down
Twitter's chief music man Bob Moczydlowsky, who joined the social network in 2013 from TopSpin, is leaving the company.

And if you want proof of that, well, look to the tweets of course. He tweeted on Friday: "I'm ending my time at Twitter in a few weeks. I've loved every day of it, and will miss our great team. What's next? Stay tuned. ;)"

Moczydlowsky was hired to further Twitter's music industry alliances, with the firm's partnership with Lyor Cohen's 300 business probably the most high profile of the tie-ups he secured. It's not currently known if Moczydlowsky will be directly replaced, nor what future projects he has planned. But hey, winky face, it's sure to cheeky.

ITV in advanced talks to buy 'The Voice' maker
ITV is in advanced negotiations to buy Dutch telly production company Talpa Media, which would put the programme-making division of the 'X-Factor' broadcaster in charge of 'The Voice' franchise. Which would be interesting from a UK perspective.

Confirming that talks were ongoing, ITV plc told reporters: "ITV confirms that it is in exclusive discussions regarding an acquisition of Talpa. These discussions may or may not result in agreement of a transaction".

Talpa Media belongs to TV industry veteran John De Mol, whose original media business morphed into Endemol (he's the De-Mol of En-de-mol). The music publishing side of Talpa was acquired by BMG last year.

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Clara Amfo to get daytime show on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton bows out
News that the UK singles chart might move back to being released on a weekday, as a result of last week's global release day announcement, led some to wonder whether that might result in the long-mooted (or, really, 'long-wished-for-by-TV-pluggers') revival of 'Top Of The Pops'.

Because if we ended up with Thursday as chart day, well, 'TOTP' could relaunch in it's classic Thursday evening slot and still reveal the new Top 40 hot off the press. In its final incarnation 'TOTP' aired on a Sunday evening so to air the very latest chart (rather than one that had been out for several days), but the Sunday slot never really worked. Could a Thursday slot with a brand new Thursday chart give the whole thing a new relevance? Hmm, maybe. Though that possibly assumes the chart itself has some relevance beyond point scoring within the industry. Which is debatable.

But if ever there was a time to bring 'TOTP' back now is it, because Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1, which means she'd be less of a shoe-in to return as the primary presenter on a revived version of the show. Which means an all-new 'TOTP' would have at least a slight chance at success, she being one of the format's weakest elements during its slide into oblivion in 2006 (something the BBC always seemed blind to).

Cotton, who also announced she is expecting her second child last week, told reporters of her decision to quit Radio 1: "After much time and careful thought I have decided to leave Radio 1 after ten amazing years. I have had the most incredible decade broadcasting on Radio 1, meeting wonderful people, helping break artists and watching live music from the world's best".

When Cotton leaves in May, her daily 10am-1pm slot will go to newish Chart Show host Clara Amfo, who will continue to front the Top 40 countdown programme for the station even after taking on the weekday slot (though the chart show will presumably go through an overhaul later this year as a result of the aforementioned global release day and moving chart day).

Confirming her new gig, Amfo said: "I am honoured and thrilled to be presenting such a huge show on Radio 1. The broadcasters who have gone before me have left an impressive trail and I hope to carry that on. Doing this job is an absolute joy and to now have the opportunity to broadcast Monday to Friday is something that I am so grateful for".

And on all this, Radio 1 boss man Ben Cooper added: "Fearne has been an amazing ambassador for new music and Radio 1, and we want to wish her and her family all the very best for the future. I'm also so excited for Clara, as she represents the next generation of Radio 1 DJs bringing the best new music to young audiences in the UK".

  Approved: Capsule
We made Japanese producer Yasutaka Nakata one of our Artists Of 2013 in recognition of his impressive output that year, both with J-pop acts Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and Capsule, his long-running dance-focussed project with Toshiko Koshijima.

While his work for other artists has continued to appear ever since then (with varying results), new material from Capsule has only just begun to emerge, with new album 'Wave Runner' recently announced and first single, 'Another World', appearing last month.

Identifiably a Capsule song, 'Another World' still marks a departure from 2013 album 'Caps Lock'. For one thing Koshijima is back to singing - if still buried under effects - rather than having her vocals cut up and reassembled by Nakata. And there is definitely a strong influence from the mainstream 'EDM' scene, though the duo still maintain something more interesting in their approach.

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Lulu comments on pressures for women in the music industry
Lulu has commented on the pressures faced by older and younger female artists in the entertainment business in a new interview with the Daily Mail.

Admitting that she'd had botox injections in her face in the past - but that she stopped when the lack of facial movement affected her performances - she said: "There is most definitely a prejudice against older actresses and women in TV. But I don't sit and wait for the work to come to me - I'm pro-active. The music industry is not an easy business, never has been, and the bosses aren't rushing to sign you if you're over a certain age because it's all about young people".

On the subject of younger women in the industry, she went on: "Do you know what I really dislike? Female singers thinking they have to strip off when they've got talent. Imagine some record exec in the 60s saying to Dusty Springfield and me, 'OK, for this new single we want you to strip off'. We would have killed ourselves laughing - then told them where to go".

Not that there weren't pressures. While discussing a brief relationship she had with David Bowie in the 70s, she said: "He told me I should lose weight. I was a bit embarrassed because I was always a little chubster, but he was talking in terms of my image - that was the thing then, that heroin chic look". But, she added, "He didn't say [all that] when I was in a compromising situation with him".

She didn't entirely help by also saying of Bowie's appearance at the time: "David Bowie's thighs were incredible ... They were strong, even though he was emaciated".

Kelly Clarkson unwittingly covers Tokio Hotel
Kelly Clarkson has released a cover of a Tokio Hotel song. Which, it turns out, is news to her.

Clarkson released 'Run, Run, Run', a collaboration with John Legend taken from her new album 'Piece By Piece', last week. She seemingly believed it to be the only commercially available version of the track, written by Joacim Persson, Ry Cuming and David Jost.

Then Tokio Hotel tweeted: "Check out the cover version of our song 'Run, Run, Run' from the talented Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. So flattered!"

Flattered, they were. Flattered. Flattered because, as far as they see it, it is their song. In fact, the Tokio Hotel recording, which appeared on their 2014 album 'Kings Of Suburbia', lists the band's Bill Kaulitz and Tom Kaulitz as co-songwriters. However, their names are not attached to Clarkson's recording. So, does this mean we've got one of those legal battles we all enjoy so much on our hands? Sadly not. It seems both tracks are working from the same source material, rather than one being a straight cover of the other.

Clearing matters up, Clarkson wrote on Twitter: "Wow, just heard Tokio Hotel's version of 'Run, Run, Run'! So great! Had never heard that before! Some fans brought this to my attention. Only version I've ever heard of 'Run, Run, Run' was a piano/vocal by one of the writers that was sent to me two years ago. Well, there's two versions of a great song! Also, [the Kaulitzes] weren't included as writers of the song because I guess they didn't write it, according to publishers. Not trying to disrespect them. It's a bummer that I wasn't given all the information and that it looks like I'm ripping them off because I would never do that to any artist".

But which version is best? Well, there's only one way to find out! Listen to both and form an opinion based on you own personal tastes.

Tokio Hotel do 'Run, Run, Run' - Kelly Clasrkson does 'Run, Run, Run'

 
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