MONDAY 20 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: When Andy Chen, CEO of WiMP/Tidal since June 2013, told Music Week that Jay-Z's acquisition of the company was a "game-changing move" he wasn't wrong. It's certainly been a game-changer for him. Because it seems he's just been pushed out of the company. Tidal confirmed on Friday that Chen had left the building, with Peter Tonstad - previously CEO and... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Formed in the city of Gao in Mali, Songhoy Blues came to international attention after French music manager Marc-Antoine Moreau travelled to the country in September 2013. Scouting for the Africa Express project, which promotes collaboration between Western and African artists, Moreau invited the band to record a track with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The result... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Tidal CEO out as post-relaunch staffing rejig begins
North American EDM business worth $1.9 billion
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LIVE BUSINESS Jockey Club Live firm adds cricket grounds to concert network
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MARKETING & PR Dot Levine joins Vevo
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES MP3tunes founder returns with new music app
Malaysian radio firm launches streaming service
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MEDIA Drowned In Sound raising money via Patreon
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THE GREAT ESCAPE Full marketing strand for CMU Insights @ The Great Escape revealed
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ARTIST NEWS Lady Gaga launches study into mental health of US high school students
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Ariel Pink announces tour dates
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ONE LINERS Viv Albertine, The Prodigy, Arca and more
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AND FINALLY... Slipknot stole debut album master tapes so they could mix it themselves, says Corey Taylor
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Tidal CEO out as post-relaunch staffing rejig begins
When Andy Chen, CEO of WiMP/Tidal since June 2013, told Music Week that Jay-Z's acquisition of the company was a "game-changing move" he wasn't wrong. It's certainly been a game-changer for him. Because it seems he's just been pushed out of the company.

Tidal confirmed on Friday that Chen had left the building, with Peter Tonstad - previously CEO and then Chief Commercial Officer at the streaming service's former parent company Aspiro - taking on the top Tidal job in the interim. A spokesman told Billboard that Tonstad "has a better understanding of the industry and a clear vision for how the company is looking to change the status quo". So that's fun.

Chen's departure followed speculation that Tidal would shift its powerbase from Norway to the US, where Roc Nation's Chief Investment Officer Vania Schlogel has already become the public face of the revamped streaming firm. Though Tidal says that rumours 25 staffers had been axed from its European HQ were an exaggeration and that, while Tonstand was now "streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximised", only a "handful" of roles have been axed, and all Tidal offices "will remain and grow".

Ever since Tidal's official relaunch via a spectacularly awkward star-studded press event, the streaming service has been battling against criticism of its service, its exclusives strategy and its claim to be more artist friendly. Though it remains to be seen if the "no such thing as bad publicity" mantra wins through, certainly the all-new Tidal has received much more press coverage that most of its rivals.

Meanwhile, possibly trying to overcome claims that the long line of A-listers wheeled out at that press event were just a publicity stunt rather than a team of fully engaged shareholders, word has it that both Jay-Z and Jack White have been phoning up Tidal subscribers to get their feedback on the service. Schlogel told Business Insider: "[Jay] called some of his fans and one of them made the funniest comment. He said 'This is the best customer service call I've ever received!'"

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North American EDM business worth $1.9 billion
The EDM business in North America is worth about $1.9 billion according to research presented at IMS Engage in LA last week. That figure includes recorded music sales and streams, DJ technology sales, and festival and club income. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the latter revenue stream accounted for the vast majority of the EDM sector's American loot last year.

The stat was presented by Kevin Watson of Danceonomics, a "knowledge hub of the electronic music industry", who reckons that North America now accounts for about 30% of the wider EDM industry, which he values at $6.2 billion. Watson's study took in stats and insights from numerous reports on dance music and the wider music industry.

Hoping to demonstrate that the relatively recent rise of dance music Stateside doesn't seem to be a temporary phenomenon, Watson said that his research showed that dance track sales accounted for 4.6% of overall track sales in North America last year, an all time high, while EDM was now the fourth most popular genre on streaming platforms, accounting for 7% of streams in the US and 10% in Canada.

You can download the report in return for an email address at www.danceonomics.com.

Jockey Club Live firm adds cricket grounds to concert network
The company behind the Jockey Club Live series of concerts at racecourses around the UK has announced the launch of Cricket Live which - well, you can probably work it out - but basically they'll stage music events at county cricket grounds, the first being Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket, which will host a show from bloody Boyzone on 1 Aug.

Confirming the new venture, Andrew Wilkinson, CEO of Jockey Club Live - or now Music + Sport - told reporters: "Following the ongoing success of our Jockey Club Live division, which we launched in 2014 and which goes from strength to strength, we believe that we have created a strong template that will allow us to combine major music events with other sports. Our new partnership with the Ageas Bowl, which will see Music+ Sport launch Cricket Live, is the first step in our ambitious plans to engage with the sport".

Hampshire Cricket CEO David Mann added: "The Ageas Bowl has been designed specifically to host a range of entertainment formats in addition to world-class cricket. We have a history of staging some great concerts and are now delighted to have partnered with Music + Sport to build on this".

Dot Levine joins Vevo
Dot Levine, who has been with cross-sector trade group UK Music for the last five years, has been appointed Communications Manager at Vevo's UK office. While at UK Music Levine worked on a wide range of education, event and communication projects.

Confirming her appointment at Vevo, the music video platform's Exec VP Nic Jones told Music Week: "Bringing Dot Levine over from UK Music is another great hire for us, with several years experience in PR and most recently working closely on some of the biggest industry issues, she is perfectly suited to help us to navigate through the rapidly changing landscape of the modern music business".

MP3tunes founder returns with new music app
Michael Robertson - founder of MP3.com and MP3tunes, and an experienced defendant in record industry litigation - has launched a new music app called 6 Seconds, it emerged last week.

The new service could also result in a raft of objections from the mainstream music and media industries, in that it scans 100,000 online radio services to find songs, artists or genres to suit a listener's needs. Users are then seemingly tuned into any radio service playing the song, artist or genre of their choice, but they can quickly skip out of that stream to find a different tune whenever they want.

Given that users are connecting to live webcasts, the app's brag is that it scans information about what songs any one service is playing at any one time superfast, so users can speed in to hear the track they want. Though whether dipping in and out of radio services in this way will be a satisfactory user experience remains to be seen.

As for the radio stations being scanned, well, while 6 Seconds may help them find listeners, it could just as quickly take those listeners away to a rival station. Meanwhile labels and publishers are sure to bemoan that Robertson is using the output of music radio stations to make a virtual on-demand streaming service. And radio stations are licensed by music rights owners at much more preferential rates than on-demand platforms.

Commenting on the new project, Hypebot quoted Robertson as saying last week: "6 Seconds is the first free mobile music experience with unlimited skips and search so music listeners can hear the songs they desire, more often. Listeners can favourite any song and at anytime, quickly search for their faves playing anywhere in the world".

The new service comes as Universal Music's long running lawsuit against Robertson, in relation to the now defunct MP3tunes digital locker and link-sharing set-up, rumbles on.

Universal inherited the lawsuit from EMI, and while the major ultimately won the legal battle (more or less), the mega-major reckons that the $5 million it was awarded for legal costs was insufficient, so it recently filed legal papers pushing for another $7 million. Which would mean total legal costs would match the $12 million in damages Robertson was ordered to pay after losing the MP3tunes case.

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Malaysian radio firm launches streaming service
Malaysian media company Astro has launched a new streaming service, named Raku, which aims to provide a more localised service to consumers in the country.

As well as on demand streaming, Raku gives users access to live streams of Astro's existing radio stations, plus a selection of local and international podcasts. It operates an ad-funded freemium service as well as a premium service, the latter priced at 9.90 ringgits per month (approx £1.83) for existing Astro customers and 14.90 ringgits (approx £2.75) to everyone else.

Astro says it hopes the new service will be beneficial to Malaysian musicians in particular, who will be provided with a new source of revenue. Astro CEO Henry Tan told Digital News Asia: "As the music industry has been affected quite a fair bit by piracy, we hope Raku [will be a way we can support] the works of our local artistes". A number of local artists are operating their own playlists on Raku at launch, as are various local radio presenters.

The service is also interesting in that, although it allows freemium users to listen to playlists on shuffle, it does not allow them to create their own tracklistings. Only premium subscribers and partnered brands can create playlists, with an emphasis seemingly placed on the value of creating and sharing them.

Brand partnerships aim to provide a third tier of income for the service, beyond ads and premium subscriptions, with brands paying both to create playlists and to tailor advertising around them.

Drowned In Sound raising money via Patreon
Drowned In Sound has announced that it is using crowd-funding site Patreon to ensure its long-term future.

As previously reported, Patreon is a website that allows users to 'subscribe' to specific creators signed up to the service. 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 - said content generally being freely available online.

Announcing the news last week, founder Sean Adams said: "Despite around half a million people visiting the site each month, we are finding it increasingly difficult to cover our running costs (it is £1500 a month just for our server bill!), let alone pay developers to fix various niggles with the website or pay for the majority of our submissions".

This follows an appeal to users of the site a year ago to help cover bills for running costs, though presumably the hope is that going with Patreon will bypass the need for such appeals in the future and build a more sustainable donations-based income stream.

Adams continued: "We are reliant on advertising to keep going. Advertising is a bit unreliable to say the least and various things - from social networks driving the prices down to a lack of budget to invest in video 'content' - conspire against sites like ours".

"The seasonal shifts in advertising really don't help. Some months we sell all of our available inventory and our ad agency turn people away, whereas others we could use about 75% more ads. And yes, we do realise that this is boring, and we would far rather not have to think about it, let alone have wasted our time typing this paragraph, instead of another para about how awesome Lizzo is".

He's right, Lizzo is awesome. Find out more about how you can donate to DiS though Patreon here.

Full marketing strand for CMU Insights @ The Great Escape revealed
Each day this week we'll be announcing the final line-ups to the four CMU Insights conference strands that will take place at the core of the Great Escape Convention in Brighton next month.

As previously reported, CMU Insights will present four full-day strands at The Great Escape this year, putting the focus on music marketing, licensing, brand partnerships and the artist/label relationship. And today we have published the full line-up for the strand 'Music Marketing Is Broken: Let's Fix It', which will take place on Friday 15 May at Dukes @ Komedia in the heart of Brighton.

As already announced, Will Hope, Director of Label Relations at Spotify, will keynote, explaining what drives streams on the streaming platform and what that means for the way labels market their releases. Adam Cardew from Absolute Label Services, Joe Parry from Division Media, Leah Ellis from Warp Records and Sammy Andrews from Cooking Vinyl will then discuss how label marketing strategies need to evolve.

Following on from that debate an additional session - announced today - will look at the marketing role increasingly taken on by the artist manager. Management-led marketing is ever more prolific as success becomes more about sustained listening than first-week sales, and as revenues beyond recorded music become ever more important. Greenhouse Group's Alex Thomson, Evil Genius Media's Mark Muggeridge and RedBlueGreenCo's Rowan Brand will consider how management-led marketing works, and how this activity connects with and complements label-led campaigns.

Also announced today are a number of new speakers for the 'Playlists In The Spotlight' session, which will look at how online playlists are an increasingly important part of the marketing mix. We will consider digital service led playlists with Sam Lee, UK & Ireland Editor at Deezer; label led playlists with Matt Allard, Head Of Streaming at Universal Music, and media led playlists with Andy Puleston, who heads up the BBC Playlister platform.

Plus Aileen Crowley from DigMark will talk about PRing playlist owners; Francine Gorman from the Nordic Playlist will discuss the challenges of building a standalone playlist site; and David Balfour from Record Of The Day will present his analysis of what's being playlisted on the streaming platforms. Spintune CEO Brittney Bean hosts.

You will find the full line up for the CMU Insights marketing strand online here. And to buy your delegates pass, click here. And look out for more updates on the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape programme later this week.

  Approved: Songhoy Blues
Formed in the city of Gao in Mali, Songhoy Blues came to international attention after French music manager Marc-Antoine Moreau travelled to the country in September 2013. Scouting for the Africa Express project, which promotes collaboration between Western and African artists, Moreau invited the band to record a track with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The result, 'Soubour', featured on Africa Express compilation 'Maison Des Jeunes' later that year, and sparked a longer collaboration with Zinner, which saw him produce Songhoy Blues' debut album 'Music In Exile', released through Transgressive in February this year. The title of the album is further explained in the documentary 'They Will Have To Kill Us First', about the ban on music in Northern Mali imposed by Islamic extremists who took over the area in 2012.

The band will be in the UK over the summer for various festival dates, including The Great Escape on 16 May, and a sold out show at London's Village Underground on 28 May. They'll return in October for a headline UK tour, finishing at Koko in London on 4 Nov. 'Soubour' is set for release as a single on 11 May. Watch the video, a live version featuring Zinner, here.
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Lady Gaga launches study into mental health of US high school students
Lady Gaga has launched a new project aimed at promoting better mental health for US high school students. The scheme, called The Emotional Revolution, is a partnership between her own Born This Way Foundation and Yale University's Center For Emotional Intelligence.

The first stage is to survey US high school students about their feelings, ahead of the first Emotional Revolution Summit at Yale in October, where the singer and educators will meet to discuss the project's findings.

Introducing the project, Gaga said in a video: "I know what it's like to feel depressed, to feel humiliated, to feel isolated, and I know too many people that, no matter who they are, where they come from, they're feeling the same way that I do. It was so beautiful in a way that our sadness bonded us at the shows and yet I so badly wanted to understand why that cloud was there at all".

Watch the video here.

Ariel Pink announces tour dates
Ariel Pink has announced some UK tour dates that I thought you might be interested in hearing about. I hope you are. If not, please move on and stop reading. Most of the rest of this is just going to be about Ariel Pink tour dates, and if that's of no interest to you then you're not going to get much out of it. It's a waste of everyone's time, really. Just go. Go.

Here are the tour dates:

13 Jun: Liverpool, District
14 Jun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
15 Jun: Glasgow, CCAA
16 Jun: Bristol, Colston Hall
17 Jun: London, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

For those of you that stuck around for that, here's the new video for 'Jell-O', taken from Pink's latest album, 'Pom Pom'.

Viv Albertine, The Prodigy, Arca and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Viv Albertine is to publish a sequel to her acclaimed autobiography 'Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys' in summer 2016.

• Have The Prodigy released a video for 'Ibiza', which features Sleaford Mods? Yes, it's true, The Prodigy have released the video for 'Ibiza', which features Sleaford Mods.

• Courtney Barnett has released the video for 'Kim's Caravan' from her very good new album. Watch it here.

• Ciara will release her sixth album, 'Jackie', on 4 May. From it, this is 'I Bet'.

• Wild Beasts have shaken out a new track, called 'Wobegone Wanderers II'. It's a sequel to a track off their debut album. This is it.

• Arca has previewed the video for 'Sad Bitch' from his debut album 'Xen', and announced that he will play St John At Hackney in Shoreditch on 12 Jun.

• Tall Ships will release a new double A-side single on 25 May. Here's one of the tracks, 'Will To Life'. The night before (ie 24 May) they will play a show at The Lexington in London.

Slipknot stole debut album master tapes so they could mix it themselves, says Corey Taylor
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was asked last week to rank all of the band's albums in order of quality. Top of his list was the band's debut, the success of which - he said - was partly down to a decision made by some of his bandmates and producer Ross Robinson to steal the master tapes from the studio where they were being mixed.

"I don't know if anyone's ever told this story, but Clown, Joey and Ross Robinson broke into the studio where the master tapes were, because we weren't liking the mixes we were getting", he said. "They broke in, stole the tapes, and mixed it themselves! I had to go back to Iowa to go back to work, and I get a call from Clown: 'By the way, we committed grand larceny, we just stole our own fucking album'".

Explaining why this was necessary, he went on: "They sat down and mixed it because no one else understood it. When you're the first, no one knows. There's no track record for it. So we'd get these shitty fucking mixes that were either too thin, too bass-laden. People didn't understand what this noise was. So we ended up mixing it ourselves, man".

I'm not 100% sure what Slipknot were the 'first' of, but it's a good-sounding album nonetheless. Read Taylor's full take on Slipknot's catalogue here.

 
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