WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Whereas it was a tetchy shareholder who recently laid into management strategy at Universal Music owner Vivendi, it's a former vice chairman hitting out at the leadership of Sony Corp. So that's fun.The Sony conglom, of course, has been through some 'challenging years', with its one-time cash cow consumer electronics division sliding big time, not to mention the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Almost two years since he last released any new music, Mauro Remiddi, aka Porcelain Raft, has announced a new EP, 'Half Awake', which he'll release through his own, newly-launched label Volcanic Field, on 2 Jun. "I felt the need to create a house for all my music and ideas", he says, suggesting that this release is the first of many for the new label. "A sort of archive, a diary... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Former Sony Corp vice chairman hits out at firm's current strategy, calls for more "engineers" on the board
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LIVE BUSINESS Live Nation takes controlling stake in Bonnaroo
Ticketmaster launches new talent website
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BRANDS & MERCH Motorpoint ends sponsorship of Sheffield Arena
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Stephen Titmus leaves Shazam for Resident Advisor
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ARTIST NEWS Joni Mitchell not in a coma, despite rumours
Black Sabbath finale now scheduled for 2016
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Sam Smith forced to cancel Aussie shows to rest vocal cords
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ONE LINERS Twitter's new Head Of Music, Waka Flock Flame wants out of record deal, Glastonbury's nitrous oxide ban, and more
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AND FINALLY... Andrew WK given show on Glenn Beck's radio network
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DOMINO - UK DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino is seeking a UK Digital Manager to work alongside our Digital and Project Management departments. The ideal candidate will take full responsibility for defining and implementing digital marketing strategy and will evaluate and communicate ongoing campaign effectiveness. Extending the reach and engagement of our marketing campaigns with creative ideas is key.

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THE STATE51 CONSPIRACY - SUPPORT TEAM ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The state51 Conspiracy is looking for a bright, enthusiastic, collaborative and well-organised person to join its support team. Support Team Assistants provide critical support to our partners (labels, artists), customers, music services, suppliers and to the rest of the business, as needed.

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MATERIAL - JUNIOR LABEL MANAGER & MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Material are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic new member to join a small but growing team based in central London to work across our in house record labels (Needwant, Boso & Future Disco). As well as working across the labels you will have some involvement in the management arm when required. This is a starter position for an organised candidate keen to build a serious career at Material and learn fast on the job.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - SYNC MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Sync is the in-house synchronisation department for leading international digital distributor, Believe Digital. You will be responsible for representing the catalogues of Believe Digital's distributed labels, as well as in-house indie label Believe Recordings (James Vincent McMorrow, Breton, Sarh, Fyfe, Meadowlark, Age Of Luna, Gavin James and more) for synchronisation and licensing opportunities.

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BPI COPYRIGHT PROTECTION UNIT - MEMBER PORTAL SERVICES MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for a lively, dynamic and enthusiastic individual to manage our new Member Services Portal, identify and deploy resources required to deliver BPI's Anti-Piracy Strategy and coordinate with developer to resolve or escalate performance issues, and carry out other membership related tasks allocated by the Head of Internet Investigations.

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PARTISAN RECORDS - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
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NINJA TUNE - PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for an experienced high level product manager working across our main imprints Ninja Tune, Big Dada and Counter Records. The job involves managing record release campaigns from beginning to end of campaigns working closely with the A&R, production, marketing, digital and international teams.

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RESIDENT ADVISOR - TICKETING ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
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THE BLUES KITCHEN - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
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MUSIC CONCIERGE - PLAYLIST DESIGNERS (HERTFORD)
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Former Sony Corp vice chairman hits out at firm's current strategy, calls for more "engineers" on the board
Whereas it was a tetchy shareholder who recently laid into management strategy at Universal Music owner Vivendi, it's a former vice chairman hitting out at the leadership of Sony Corp. So that's fun.

The Sony conglom, of course, has been through some 'challenging years', with its one-time cash cow consumer electronics division sliding big time, not to mention the impact of natural disasters, hacks of user data on its PlayStation Network and the big fat email steal at its US entertainment division last year, which continues to cause embarrassment.

Since taking over as CEO in 2012, Kazuo Hirai has been busy restructuring - and streamlining - the consumer electronics side of the business, selling off computers, and spinning TVs and audio into standalone units. Earlier this year the Sony boss said he was prioritising gaming, music and imaging technologies, admitting he could as yet sell off the conglom's television manufacture and smartphone businesses.

It's a strategy that has been welcomed by some in the investment community, who were also pleased when the firm reduced its projected loss for the financial year just gone, and who are expecting top guard at the group to predict a return to profit this coming year. But the shift away from consumer electronics is not popular with some in the Sony old guard.

And according to Tamotsu Iba, a former Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman at Sony Corp, Hirai's grand plan risks "sinking" to business. According to the FT, Iba wrote in a letter earlier this month: "Sony is like a ship that is navigating through the stormy waters of the electronics business with a captain that is using the wrong sea chart. If it continues to navigate the stormy ocean without the correct map, Sony will face the danger of sinking".

The FT notes that such criticism from Sony old-timers in Japan is not especially unusual, with many nostalgic for the company's hey day as the worldwide king of consumer electronics, and resenting the fact the last two CEOs of the Corporation have come from the entertainment rather than electronics side of the business.

Reflecting that, Iba calls for more engineers to be appoint to the company's board, arguing that the firm has lost "the Sony spirit". He told the FT earlier this week: "I don't see any vision for what Mr Hirai wants to do with the electronics business", adding that the current CEO should stand down if he doesn't heed his advice to promote more engineers to the top.

None of which is likely to change Hirai's current strategy, providing investors stay generally supportive of his current plan (whereas Vivendi, having a tetchy shareholder, had to do some placating), though it shows he is yet to convince everyone in the wider Sony family that he knows what he's doing.

Live Nation takes controlling stake in Bonnaroo
Continuing in its bid to own every festival not only in the world but also in history, Live Nation yesterday took a controlling stake in American fest Bonnaroo. Though current promoters Superfly and AC Entertainment will continue to programme and run the event.

Confirming the deal, Live Nation boss man Michael Rapino told reporters: "The addition of Bonnaroo builds on Live Nation Entertainment's world leading festival portfolio of over 60 marquee festivals such as Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, T In The Park, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock Werchter, and Watershed Music Festival to name a few. Bonnaroo is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience".

Meanwhile Superfly co-founder Rick Farman said: "We are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Bonnaroo. Through this partnership with Live Nation, we're even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we've thoughtfully built over the past fourteen years".

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Ticketmaster launches new talent website
Talking of Live Nation, its good old ticketing division Ticketmaster has just launched a new website in the UK that aims to be "a one-stop shop for fans to discover their next favourite act, share it with their friends and recommend artists that they have found elsewhere". If only someone had thought of that before.

Anyway, it's all called Ticketmaster Rising, it has a tie up with the London mayor's 'Busk In London' campaign, and, says Ticketmaster UK MD Andrew Parsons: "Ticketmaster has over 30 years experience supporting live entertainment and artists globally. As a brand we go beyond the sale of tickets by connecting fans to their favourite artists or passions whether it be music, theatre, arts, sports or festivals. Ticketmaster Rising gives us the opportunity to boost the next generation of superstars through our networks - something that we feel is hugely important".

While Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor For Education And Culture at London's City Hall, had these very words to say: "There's nothing like that adrenalin rush you get when you stumble across a new act and there's nowhere better to find amazing undiscovered talent than London's streets, squares and Underground. It's been incredibly exciting working with street performers over the last year to create Busk In London and we're thrilled that Ticketmaster share our love of supporting grass roots talent. It's going to help more great acts to reach bigger audiences".

Well done one and all. Check out the site for yourself here.

Motorpoint ends sponsorship of Sheffield Arena
Live Nation has announced that Motorpoint's five year deal for the naming rights to the Sheffield Arena have come to an end and, do you know what, it will not, repeat will not, be renewed. The venue is now seeking a new sponsor.

Motorpoint Managing Director Mark Carpenter said in a statement: "Our sponsorship of the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield has definitely been one of the contributing factors in our continuing growth. The exposure our brand has received from Sheffield, worth around £4m a year, has been enormous, enabling Motorpoint to appeal to a far greater potential customer base than we forecast at the outset".

So successful that it's just too scary to carry on? No, there is a plan: "As our agreement draws to end at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, and we focus on other areas of the UK as part of our strategic plan, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob O'Shea and his Arena team for the work they have done to make our partnership over the last five years such a success".

The venue's General Manager Rob O'Shea added: "We have had a great relationship with Motorpoint and we're happy to have played our part in delivering the amazing commercial success they have achieved over the last five years. The deal comes to an end this year and the Arena is now looking for a new partner who wants to put their business not only in front of our millions of customers, but to be associated with the hundreds of international and national events that take place at the venue, with the profile and exposure this brings".

So there you go, get your bids in now. I only just realised that Motorpoint is an actual company, so it's clearly a good thing to do.

Stephen Titmus leaves Shazam for Resident Advisor
Shazam's Senior Music Manager Stephen Titmus has announced that he is leaving the company after eight years and is set to take up a new role as Head Of Product at Resident Advisor.

"I'm hugely excited to be joining Resident Advisor at this exciting point in their history", Titmus told CMU. "Like Shazam, RA is a market leader with enormous potential for growth and an incredibly strong brand. I'm thrilled to be working with such a talented team and look forward to launching many innovative and exciting projects".

Read our interview with Resident Advisor co-founder Nick Sabine and editor Ryan Keeling from last year here. The company's other co-founder Paul Clement will be speaking in the marketing strand at this year's CMU Insights @ The Great Escape too - details on that here.

  Approved: Porcelain Raft - All In My Head
Almost two years since he last released any new music, Mauro Remiddi, aka Porcelain Raft, has announced a new EP, 'Half Awake', which he'll release through his own, newly-launched label Volcanic Field, on 2 Jun.

"I felt the need to create a house for all my music and ideas", he says, suggesting that this release is the first of many for the new label. "A sort of archive, a diary of my work in progress, for the sake to tell the story and tell it all".

He kicks things off with 'All In My Head' from the 'Half Awake' EP, a track that finds him back on top form. The swirling synth-pop track builds from lo-fi beginnings to a densely layered adventure into Remiddi's ever-intriguing world.

Pre-order a cassette version of the EP with handmade artwork from Bandcamp, or stream 'All In My head' on SoundCloud here.
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Joni Mitchell not in a coma, despite rumours
Joni Mitchell is not in a coma and is recovering well in hospital, a message posted to the singer's website last night said, the statement coming in the wake of rumours that the folk legend was "unconscious" and "unresponsive".

As previously reported, Mitchell was rushed to hospital late last month after being found unconscious at her LA home. TMZ reported that the singer's condition had worsened after Leslie Morris, a long-time close friend of Mitchell, filed legal documents to obtain a conservatorship over her friend's affairs.

But an online statement approved by Morris and posted yesterday read: "Contrary to rumours circulating on the internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected".

The statement went on: "The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her long-time friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24 hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital".

It concludes: "As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts".

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Black Sabbath finale now scheduled for 2016
Ozzy Osbourne has said that a final farewell album and tour from Black Sabbath (minus Bill Ward, presumably) is still in the pipeline, even though what was originally billed as a finale Sabbath show - Ozzfest Japan in November - is now a solo show for the singer.

According to Metal Hammer, Osbourne told the Monsters Of Rock press conference in Brazil: "The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and album. I'm not stopping... my wife spends all my money, so I can't".

But, he said, those plans could still change, adding: "We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don't want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together".

Sam Smith forced to cancel Aussie shows to rest vocal cords
Planning on seeing Sam Smith warble his little ditties in Australia in the near future? Bad luck suckers, it ain't happening. And don't go moaning, the poor boy needs to rest his vocal cords, on doctor's orders.

The singer writes via the socials: "I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans [that] I have to cancel my Australian tour. I have been vocally exhausted for a while now. However, last night in Sydney I had a small haemorrhage on my vocal cords. The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal cords have healed, otherwise this could become a long term issue".

He concludes: "I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am. We will be announcing re-arranged dates very shortly. This kills me".

Just for the avoidance of doubt, neither the concert cancellations or the announcing of said cancellations actually killed Sam Smith.

Twitter's new Head Of Music, Waka Flock Flame wants out of record deal, Glastonbury's nitrous oxide ban, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Twitter UK's Head Of Entertainment Partnership's Sunil Singhvi has announced (via Twitter, obviously) that he is moving to the US to take up the role of Head Of Music.

Approved hardcore outfit Bastions have announced that they will go on hiatus following a show supporting Rolo Tomassi in London on 2 Jun. "If this seems sudden, it's because it is", they said in a statement, explaining that other commitments meant that they would have to abandon the recording of their debut album. However, they added: "We truly believe that this isn't a goodbye, if and when the time is right, we will be back".

• Waka Flocka Flame tweeted yesterday, claiming that his label, Atlantic, is holding back his new album and demanding to be allowed to buy himself out of his contract. He even came up with a hashtag for his campaign: #LETWAKAGO. An unnamed source subsequently told Billboard that the rapper is already considering other offers.

• Another clip from Kurt Cobain documentary 'Montage Of Heck' has been released, ahead of it US TV premiere on HBO next week, featuring the Nirvana frontman mocking hate mail. The film is out on DVD this week.

• The new Deftones album is scheduled for release on 25 Sep, frontman Chino Moreno has told Radio 1.

• Folk musician Richard Thompson has announced that he will release a new album, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, on 29 Jun.

• Wiley has released a video for new track 'Chasing The Art'. Watch it here.

• Glastonbury has banned nitrous oxide from its King's Meadow area at this year's festival, in a bid to reclaim the 'sacred space' from people inhaling the gas. "The arrival of so much nitrous oxide in the King's Meadow - some two tonnes of canisters were picked up, by hand, at Glastonbury 2014 - has darkened the field's atmosphere", said Green Fields co-ordinator Liz Eliot.

• Battles have announced that they will play a one-off London show at The Dome in Tuffnell Park on 27 May. Tickets went on sale this morning.

• Classic Album Sundays and the John Peel Archive have announced an event that will allow attendees to listen to Pulp's 'Different Class' album on 6 Jun. Oh, I should mention that Jarvis Cocker will be there to listen along too, at the John Peel Centre For Creative Arts in Suffolk. Details here.

Andrew WK given show on Glenn Beck's radio network
Well, here's a thing. Party advocate and self-help guru Andrew WK has been given a show on ring wing commentator Glenn Beck's radio network TheBlaze. The two hour show, 'America WK', will broadcast its first edition this Saturday.

In a statement, Andrew WK said of the news: "When Glenn asked me to do my own radio show on TheBlaze, I was shocked but excited, as I knew he would allow me the unrestrained freedom to say exactly what I wanted. I'm very dedicated to exploring and learning from different people in different places, and always with an open heart. If people never went outside their own box, life would be boring. After all, why would I only want to talk with people who already think exactly like me?"

Beck added: "My relationship with Andrew WK is a perfect example of how two people can come together on what unites us, and become strange bedfellows. He is open minded, honest, loves his fellow man even though he may disagree with him, and is a natural entertainer. Our mutual audiences have already begun to find commonalities. I think he is the perfect fit for TheBlaze Radio Network".

How might this unlikely relationship have formed? Well, BuzzFeed has put together this timeline of its brief history.

You'll be able to tune into the show on Saturday here. Though as the actual time of the broadcast hasn't been announced, you might have to listen to some stuff that annoys you first.

 
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