WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sony Music has failed to have a wide-ranging lawsuit filed by 19 Entertainment a year ago dismissed, though some elements of the case have been thrown out. As previously reported, 'American Idol'-owning 19 Entertainment, which also manages many of the finalists that appeared on the talent show franchise, last year sued Sony Music, which traditionally signed 'Idol'... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Canada-based Etiquette is a synth-pop band with tight bonds - via its primary pairing, visual artist/Chad-Vangaalen-backing-vocalist Julie Fader and producer/Holy-Fuck-keyboardist Graham Walsh - to the centre of Canada's many-sided creative scene. Partial to the same 'after dark'-style pop moods as Canadian movers/shakers Chromatics, Glass Candy and Tops... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Sony fails to knock out 19's Idol stars lawsuit
New research provides insights into what UK consumers think about music
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony Music takes complete control of The Orchard
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES YouTube launches artist-focused resource
Patreon acquires rival voluntary subscription site Subbable
Rhapsody signs deal to bring free music to Twitter users
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MEDIA Mirror owner interested in Express and Star
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ARTIST NEWS Kendrick Lamar breaks Spotify record
Viet Cong address criticism of name
Sinead O'Connor retires Nothing Compares 2 U
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ONE LINERS Cameron Strang coming to Canada, Jessie J leaving Australia, Earl Sweatshirt staying right where he is, and other pop scheduling information
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AND FINALLY... Man petitioning Kanye's Glastonbury set speaks
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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Marketing & Promotions team to assist with the opening of their new venue. The role will involve an extensive working week which will require exceptional time management.

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YOUR ARMY - SENIOR PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Senior Press Officer to join its busy Press Department and Promotions Team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns. Knowledge of dance music is preferable and a good understanding of social media a bonus.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - UK SALES MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Digital is looking for a sales manager to join its label management team in the UK. A deep knowledge of the independent music industry and key labels, as well as the experience and knowledge to sign content is essential as Believe continues to drive its label acquisition strategy in the UK and internationally.

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DOMINO - DIGITAL CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co. is looking for an enthusiastic, tech-conscious individual to join the digital department of the label. This full-time position will be based in the London office and will assist the day-to-day work of the department, supporting the content, marketing, sales and operations functions.

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THE ROUNDHOUSE - HEAD OF MUSIC (LONDON)
The main purpose of this role is to create and lead the Roundhouse's internationally renowned music programme. The Head of Music leads on nurturing and maintaining our relationships with promoters and leading players in the music industry and developing the Roundhouse's own music programme, including opportunities for 11-25 year olds. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the successful candidate joins a strong and proactive team that ensures the organisation and all its activities flourish.

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MGR TOURING - ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Bright, well organised, numerate assistant required to support our small team of experts in steering international touring artistes through the maze of withholding taxes in UK, Europe and beyond. Based in NW London within offices of MGR Weston Kay chartered accountants the role initially involves admin, planning and research with some basic bookkeeping, but with training and guidance from the rest of the team we would expect this to expand to include more technical and client facing work.

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JUNO RECORDS - MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Juno, the world's largest online dance music and DJ and studio equipment store, is looking for an enthusiastic marketing and social media assistant to help expand its fast-growing marketing and social media activity, on and offline.

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A passionate and creative Content Marketing Assistant is required to join an innovative, fast-growing music business. The Content Marketing Assistant will be joining a VC funded company that has experienced substantial growth and success since its 2011 launch. The company administers royalties for a very large catalogue of musical works and licenses music in over 20 countries in the world.

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Sony fails to knock out 19's Idol stars lawsuit
Sony Music has failed to have a wide-ranging lawsuit filed by 19 Entertainment a year ago dismissed, though some elements of the case have been thrown out.

As previously reported, 'American Idol'-owning 19 Entertainment, which also manages many of the finalists that appeared on the talent show franchise, last year sued Sony Music, which traditionally signed 'Idol' winners, claiming that it had found "systemically incorrect calculations" on two separate audits of royalty payments made by the major. It then added that the record company had failed to allow 19's bean counters to access all the data they required to do a full audit.

Sony responded a few months later with a motion to dismiss, countering the various allegations made by the management company. But in a ruling this week, a New York judge said a big chunk of 19's lawsuit should be allowed to proceed to court, though some elements were removed.

As previously noted, 19's litigation includes one of the big fat debates of the moment in artist management circles, whether digital income should count as 'licensing' or 'sales' income with artist contracts that don't specifically mention downloads and/or streams.

It's an important distinction, because artists traditionally get a much bigger cut of the loot with licensing money that they do with sales income. Labels say that downloads and streams should be classified as sales for royalty purposes, but many heritage artists point out that what the labels negotiate with iTunes and Spotify are definitely 'licensing deals'.

And this issue is one that will be allowed to proceed, potentially giving more court time to a dispute that has been subject to countless lawsuits and artist/label deals (some public, most under the radar), but which has generally had little judicial consideration, except in the famous FBT Productions case against Universal, which the majors have always insisted doesn't set a precedent.

Among the other elements of the case also allowed to proceed is another favourite with artist managers and lawyers, the way labels sometimes confuse things when money moves between global subsidiaries, this time in relation to advertising spend. 19 accuses Sony of using "sleight of hand" tactics to reduce its royalty obligations to its artists. There was enough confusion here to justify proper court consideration, said the judge this week.

But not all of 19's grievances will remain in the case, perhaps most notably the firm's claim that it should have received at least $1 million from Sony Music's various file-sharing legal settlements, such as that with LimeWire, yet another common gripe amongst artists and their managers. On that point Sony was right to say 19 had no entitlement, the judge ruled.

All in all, plenty of good stuff to make this case very interesting indeed, providing pesky out of court settlements don't stop these issues getting a public airing. But for the time being, 19's lead legal man - a certain and presumably still smiling Richard Busch - told The Hollywood Reporter: "We now look forward to litigating these claims".

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New research provides insights into what UK consumers think about music
Media Insight Consulting, the consultancy business set up last year by former Universal Music Global Insight Director Chris Carey, has released some top-line data from a consumer research initiative titled 'What Music Means To Me', based on a survey of 2650 consumers.

Among the findings in the first batch of results to be released (more will follow focused on live and merch) are...

• Over half of consumers place a high value on music, with 30% of those surveyed, and 44% of 16-24s, saying that "music is my number one passion".

• 43% of the 16-24s surveyed had used a free streaming service in the last year, though the 25-34 age group was most inclined to pay to access streaming music.

• 60% of consumers overall said they were still interested in purchasing physical product, and while that figure declines as people get younger, 44% of 16-24s still expressed an interest in non-digital releases.

• And when it comes to ownership of music - physical or digital - unsurprisingly under 25s are less obsessed with owning copies of their favourite tunes, with 48% saying it's not necessary because music is so readily available online. Though that still means half are attracted in some way to permanent copies.

Carey is now set to go into the stats in more detail at some upcoming music business conferences, including as part of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape in May.

Meanwhile, he told reporters this morning: "Big data dominates the conversation in the music industry, but consumer research is often overlooked. Big data is great at the 'what' but not always great at 'why'. Consumer research gives the opportunity to explore the consumer attitudes that underpin their behaviour. It also allows a more complete view of the consumer, touching on many areas of their music activities, not just soiled, service led data. Don't get me wrong, Big data has value, but coupled with consumer research it can be much more powerful".

Sony Music takes complete control of The Orchard
Sony Music has completed its acquisition of The Orchard, according to a filing with the US Securities And Exchange Commission that's been spotted by Billboard.

Sony Music has been a major shareholder in the distribution business since 2012, when The Orchard merged with its Sony-controlled rival IODA. It was widely assumed that Sony had bought out all of the shares in IODA ahead of that merger, giving it at least 50% of the combined company.

The major has subsequently been viewed as the majority shareholder in the merged entity, though possibly with a 51% stake, the rest of the firm's shares having been held by Dimensional Associates, which controlled The Orchard at the time of the IODA deal.

But it seems that at the end of last year Sony agreed to buy Dimensional's stake for about $200 million giving it complete ownership of The Orchard. That deal requires regulatory approval, but is expected to be done by the end of the month.

YouTube launches artist-focused resource
If Spotify could only have patented the 'placate-tetchy-artists-with-a-website' strategy, it'd be quids in. YouTube is the latest digital platform to launch a website for artists, aiming to help creators understand how the video service works and how they can get the most out of it, plus there'll be some analytic tools to play with.

Although in part following the lead of Spotify, Pandora and Bandsintown in providing tips and tools for artists, YouTube does already have its Creator Hub and Playbook, so has been doing some of this for sometime. Though in announcing YouTube For Artists, the Google firm's Director Of Music Partnerships Vivien Lewit said: "What we're doing in a sense is putting the wisdom of the experts in the hands of everyone". So well done everyone.

The analytics are possibly the most interesting element of the new service for artists, and these will roll out in due course after some deft demo-ing at South By Southwest this week. The stats will include city-level info with data going back to autumn 2013, "so you can plan your next tour around them" says the holding page on the 'insights' section of the site. So, tour planners, watch this space. Well, that space. I mean, this space.

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Patreon acquires rival voluntary subscription site Subbable
Crowdfunding site Patreon has acquired video subscription service Subbable, with the two merged companies expected to bring in more than $25 million from their users this year, according to Forbes.

Launched in 2013, Patreon is a website that allows users to 'subscribe' to specific creators signed up to the site. A person states how much they wish to pay each time a creator creates something (within certain limits), and that money is passed over to the creator when their creation is created. The content is not actually distributed through the site - it generally being freely available online.

This system works particularly well for episodic content, such as podcasts, providing a system for voluntary subscriptions. Though Patreon recently hit the news when Amanda Palmer signed up, quickly gaining donations from her ever-engaged following that means she will now receive almost $30,000 every time she creates a "thing".

Patreon CEO Jack Conte told Music Ally earlier this month: "The fact that she's going to be communicating with her fans and hanging out with them using Patreon software, more than anything to me, is a tremendous responsibility. She's going to push the boundaries of our platform, and find the holes where it doesn't feel like being on-stage. We're going to have to build things that satisfy her, and that's a good way for us to step up".

Subbable also launched in 2013, founded by YouTube stars Hank and John Green. It allows users to subscribe to the output of video creators, either for free or paid (creators then decide which content is only available to paying subscribers). The idea is that it provides a more sustainable platform for niche video makers, for whom the ad-funded model is less suited.

According to Forbes, the merger of the two companies came when Subbable was told that the 12,500 users paying for content on its system would have to re-authorise their subscriptions on Amazon Payments due to a change on the payments platform.

Worried that this would lead to a significant fall in paying users, Hank Green asked Conte for advice, who suggested that the two companies join together in order for the larger to manage the transition.

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Rhapsody signs deal to bring free music to Twitter users
Rhapsody has announced a new deal with Twitter, which allows US users of the social network to stream full songs from the streaming service's catalogue embedded into tweets.

Users will not require a Rhapsody account to listen to the music, the hope being that they will click a button under each track that will invite them to sign up to a free trial of the service.

Announcing the deal, Rhapsody CFO Ethan Rudin said: "We loved how Twitter audio cards work seamlessly within the Twitter app and we wanted to make the experience of sharing music with friends easy by bringing great licensed content to one of the world's largest conversation platforms. Our goal with this launch is to not only help make streaming more social, but also to reinforce that music isn't free - every song played is accounted for and fully paid up".

I'm not sure how making music completely free at the point of access without any initial sign up at all reinforces that music isn't free to the public. But maybe he meant that he wanted to reinforce that fact to Rhapsody's accountants. Or something.

Users of Twitter's iOS and Andriod apps in the States can enjoy this unfettered music access now. The rest of us will just have to make do with the similar deal Twitter has with SoundCloud.

Mirror owner interested in Express and Star
Got three newspapers with declining circulations that you're struggling to reinvent as profitable online businesses? I know, let's buy some more!

So, Trinity Mirror, owner of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, is in talks with Northern & Shell about buying "certain newspaper assets", which presumably means the daily and Sunday editions of the Express and the Star, the two newspaper titles that currently sit within the Northern & Shell group.

Though the talks are at an "early stage", with Trinity Mirror saying yesterday that it "confirms that it is at an early stage of evaluating certain Northern & Shell assets [but] there is no certainty that any agreement will be reached in respect of the range of outcomes currently under consideration".

Sometimes controversial Northern & Shell owner Richard Desmond asked his long-term business advisors to sound out possible bidders for his two newspapers late last year, having sold his big TV asset - Channel 5 - to Viacom last spring.

  Approved: Etiquette
Canada-based Etiquette is a synth-pop band with tight bonds - via its primary pairing, visual artist/Chad-Vangaalen-backing-vocalist Julie Fader and producer/Holy-Fuck-keyboardist Graham Walsh - to the centre of Canada's many-sided creative scene.

Partial to the same 'after dark'-style pop moods as Canadian movers/shakers Chromatics, Glass Candy and Tops, Etiquette's first LP 'Reminisce' sidles slowly from the glazed-over disco throb of tracks like 'Brown And Blue' and the snow-gleaming 'Island', to the low-lit night time syncopations of lead single 'Outside In' and the robotic 'Twinkling Stars'.

It's released psychically and digitally on Canada's Hand Drawn Dracula label on 24 Mar. In the meantime, feel at ease to stream it in its entirety here.
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Kendrick Lamar breaks Spotify record
So everyone's really digging Kendrick Lamar at the moment, aren't they? Word on the street is that all the buzz around his new album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' has actually been achieved by him making a really good record. But keep that to yourself.

However, do feel free to share this news: Spotify last night announced that Lamar's new long player has broken the worldwide record for "most streams in a single day". On its first day, aka Monday, it was played a massive 9.6 million times. And to put that in perspective, that's...

• One stream for every person living in Sweden. Which is possibly how Spotify achieved this feat in the first place. I think under Swedish law it's now obligatory to stream at least one album a day on Spotify.

• One stream for every person living in Tokyo. Though Spotify is yet to launch in Japan. So scratch that. Come back in 9.6 million years when the Japanese record industry finally realises it needs to embrace the global streaming brands.

• One stream for every pound made by the movie 'The Interview' during its first four days of online release. Even though Lamar opted for the controversial 'make something good' strategy here, rather than the easier 'piss off a dictator' approach to grabbing the headlines.

• One stream for every person signed up for Obamacare by the end of January this year - none of whom could possibly have been made ill by this album, on account of it not being available back then.

• One stream for every English person who drinks a "worrying" amount of alcohol each week, according to recent research. Though those people were probably too drunk to press play.

• The number of work days lost in the UK each year due to 'winter blues'. Yeah, that's a likely story. I bet they all just took the day off to listen to the new Kendrick Lamar record.

• One stream for every person who watched the Tuesday night episode of Eastenders during its recent 'live' week. Even though Lamar is very unlikely to fluff his lines.

• One stream for every barrel of oil recently found near Hurghada in Egypt. I can't help thinking that if I spent more time writing about oil and less making nonsense lists about Kendrick Lamar I'd be making a whole load more money.

I trust that helped.

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Viet Cong address criticism of name
The band Viet Cong have issued a statement addressing recent criticism of their chosen name. Earlier this month, a performance by the band at Oberlin College in Ohio was cancelled following complaints about the moniker.

Promoter Ivan Krasnov said in a statement at the time: "I would first and foremost like to apologise on both my and my booking organisation's behalf for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond. I acknowledge the problematic nature of a band naming themselves 'Viet Cong' and extend my apology to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations".

Anger at the name had seemingly arisen in part due to flippant comments about the real Viet Cong made by the band in interviews, they stylising the one-time political and military movement on one occasion as "badasses in movies".

But in a statement published by Pitchfork, the band said yesterday: "Our band, Viet Cong, has existed for a little over three years now. When we named ourselves, we were naive about the history of a war in a country we knew very little about. We now better understand the weight behind the words Viet Cong. While we don't take any concerns about the name lightly, we feel it is important to let you know that we never meant to trivialise the atrocities or violence that occurred on both sides of the Vietnam War. We never intended for our name to be provocative or hurtful".

They added: "We truly appreciate the seriousness of the feedback we've received, and we will continue to be open to listening to issues and concerns from all perspectives".

Those hoping that they would just choose a new name, however, will seemingly be disappointed.

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Sinead O'Connor retires Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor has announced that she is retiring her biggest hit, 'Nothing Compares 2 U', from live performances having found recently that she can no longer muster the necessary sincerity to sing the song.

Writing on Facebook, she said: "The time has come for me to cease singing 'Nothing Compares 2 U'. The first principle of the manner in which I'm trained as a singer (Bel Canto) is we never sing a song we don't emotionally identify with. After 25 years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it".

She continued: "I don't want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won't. If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn't be doing my job right, because my job is to be emotionally available. I'd be lying. You'd be getting a lie. My job is to give you honesty. I'm trained in honesty. I can't act. It just isn't in my training. I have ceased singing other songs over the years for the same reason".

Cameron Strang coming to Canada, Jessie J leaving Australia, Earl Sweatshirt staying right where he is, and other pop scheduling information

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Canadian Music Week has announced that big man at Warner Music, Cameron Strang, will give a keynote at this year's conference. He'll be interviewed by Mobilium Global CEO Ralph Simon on 9 May.

• Sony Music Nashville CEO Gary Overton has announced that he is leaving the company. "I will deeply miss the talented team at SMN, but I am also excited about starting the next chapter of my career", he said in a statement.

• Due to a "sudden illness", Jessie J has cancelled the last three dates of her Australian tour. "If I could magic myself better and be there I would", she claimed.

• Bloc Party have "started recording" a new album, Kele Okereke told Triple J yesterday. And as proof, he performed a new song called 'Exes'. Nice try, Okereke. It proves nothing. NOTHING.

• Squarepusher's put out another track from his new album, 'Damogen Furies', ahead of his sold out show at the Barbican tonight. This one is called 'Stor Eiglass' and you can hear it here.

• Django Django have also put out a track from their new album. This one is called 'Reflections', and is available over here.

• Rainer featured in the Approved column not once but twice back in 2013. They won't be hurried though. They're only now announcing their debut album. Out on 18 May through Kissability, it's called 'Water'. Here's a track from it, called 'Nocturn'.

• Earl Sweatshirt is going to release a new album called, 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside'. Like, next week. Here's a track from it.

• JME has put out a fifteen minute documentary about the making of his new album, 'Integrity'.

• Raekwon will release a new album called 'Fly International Luxurious Art' on 28 Apr. It features Ghostface Killah, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Estelle and Liz Rodriguez.

• The Line Of Best Fit has filmed CMU fave Emilie Nicholas performing a live version of her single, 'Grown Up'. Look, here it is.

Approved last summer Ryn Weaver has announced that she will release her debut album on 18 May. It's called 'The Fool'.

• Somerset House's Summer Series will return in July, with artists performing including Jessie J, George Ezra, Kwabs, Belle & Sebastian, and James Bay. Full details here.

• Reports that Liam Gallagher is one the verge of launching a solo career are "totally fabricated", if you were wondering.

Man petitioning Kanye's Glastonbury set speaks
The guy who set up that petition calling for Kanye West's Glastonbury headline slot to be cancelled, and for a rock band to be scheduled in his place, has spoken to the NME about his campaign.

Although he says that the petition, which has now gained over 30,000 signatures, really began as a joke, Neil Lonsdale's "banter" does seem to come from a place of genuine anger. Largely, it seems he's annoyed that for his first ever Glastonbury experience, come the Saturday night he will be forced to choose between seeing Kanye West perform or going to bed. There being no other options whatsoever at the multi-stage, multi-faceted uber-fest.

"I fought the temptation to scream and instead opted to hurl my iPhone across the room", he said of the moment he heard the news of West's booking. "Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West? It's an outrage!"

Despite his stated desire for a rock band to headline in place of Kanye, Lonsdale said that he had no specific problem with hip hop. "My beef is not with the genre. My beef is with the stage and the fact it's a headline slot ... Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists. Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names. The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that".

Lonsdale also noted that West "totally disrespected" Beck at the Grammys, and that his performance at the BRIT Awards, surrounded by numerous members of the British hip hop community, was "just threatening".

So, once again, he doesn't dislike hip hop, he just finds it threatening. Michael Eavis though, not threatened at all.

You can read the NME's full chat with Lonsdale here. Though if you were really concerned about this year's Glastonbury headline bookings, you'd ignore him entirely and just sign this petition right away. Ban this sick filth!

 
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