THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: With just two weeks to go until this year's Great Escape, today we announce the line-up for the final of our CMU Insights conference strands - What's The Point Of A Record Label Anyway? Presented in association with the BPI, this strand will explore why, despite the rise of easily accessible and affordable online sales and marketing platforms, labels still have a key role to... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: It's easy to dislike things, isn't it? Sometimes you just look at a thing and think, "Phew, I'm not going to like that - so I can happily get on with my life without having to put any effort into drawing any joy from that particular thing at all". But some things turn out to be good once you take a proper look, don't they? And then you have the chore of enjoying them to deal with... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Line-up for final CMU Insights @ The Great Escape strand announced
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LEGAL Big players in tech and broadcasting form coalition to fight copyright reform Stateside
Courtney Love sued by autobiography 'co-writer'
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MARKETING & PR Kartel launches PR division
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES More Radio 1 staffers head to Apple for new look iTunes
Instagram launches some sort of music thing
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ARTIST NEWS Blur may release another album. Or they may not. Who knows? Not you. Not them. No one. And yet here we are talking about it.
The Prodigy considering retirement
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Courtney Barnett announces UK tour dates
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ONE LINERS New MPG board, new Corey Taylor book, new Adam Lambert, er, bideo, and other new things
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber crashes school prom
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Line-up for final CMU Insights @ The Great Escape strand announced
With just two weeks to go until this year's Great Escape, today we announce the line-up for the final of our CMU Insights conference strands - What's The Point Of A Record Label Anyway?

Presented in association with the BPI, this strand will explore why, despite the rise of easily accessible and affordable online sales and marketing platforms, labels still have a key role to play in many artists' careers, especially with new talent. And how all sides - artist, manager, label - can better work together to get the most out of their partnerships. It will also consider how both label and artist businesses are evolving, and what that means for the way label/artist deals are constructed.

Informing that debate, Chris Carey from Media Insight Consulting will consider the various artist revenue streams - looking at recent trends and consumer insights - and explain where the opportunities are for artists and their business partners. CMU's Chris Cooke will then review and propose some alternative ways for labels, artists and management teams to work together, and put those proposals to a panel of leading managers, label execs and music lawyers.

As previously reported, CMU Insights @ The Great Escape sits at the heart of the TGE Convention, presenting four full-day strands covering marketing, licensing, brand partnerships and label deals, plus keynote sessions providing an overview of the music year just gone and delivering messages from the music community to the new government (you can input on that by voting in the #VoteForMusic initiative, details here).

Says Cooke: 'The CMU Insights strands at the core of this year's convention are very different to the average music business conference. Rather than the usual one-hour panel after one-hour panel, we are basically presenting four standalone full-day mini conferences with a real mix of presentations, original research, one-on-one conversations and lively discussions".

The full CMU Insights @ The Great Escape programme is now live here, and don't forget the CMU:DIY line-up on the Saturday of TGE aimed at future music talent and including Blur's Dave Rowntree in conversation. And on top of all that, TGE delegates can also choose from a programme of panels presented by the convention's industry partners and a series of networking sessions (for which sign-up is now available!)

The Great Escape takes place from 14-16 May in Brighton, with the CMU Insights strands on 14 and 15 May, and CMU:DIY on the 16 May. A limited number of delegate passes are still available here. Standalone tickets for the CMU:DIY programme are available here.

Big players in tech and broadcasting form coalition to fight copyright reform Stateside
Big tech - including Amazon and Google - lined up with the American broadcasters yesterday to present a united front on the various copyright reviews underway in the US.

As previously reported, the music rights community Stateside is hoping to reform copyright rules in the country so to reduce the regulation covering collective licensing (so that publishers can pursue direct deals on digital while still licensing radio and live through their societies) and to introduce a general performing right for sound recordings for the first time (so radio stations and venue owners would need a licence to play recorded music). Both these initiatives would bring US copyright law inline with Europe.

Meanwhile there are ongoing battles - in the copyright courts and before the Copyright Royalty Board - about the rates that should be paid to publishers and labels under the compulsory and collective licensing arrangements for streaming services like Pandora.

Perhaps sensing that the record companies and music publishers are starting to gain the upper hand in these debates - with their claims that rules written in the early days of digital (or, in the case of the collective licensing 'consent decrees', decades earlier) need overhauling - various major players and trade bodies representing digital firms, broadcasters and other licensees of music have launched a new organisation called the MIC Coalition (which, they then need to explain, is "pronounced 'mike', as in 'microphone').

Although the group's membership seems to be mainly tech firms, broadcasters and trade groups for restaurants and hotels, MIC calls itself "a coalition of companies, associations, consumer groups, venue owners and artist advocates", the latter of which is interesting, and a reminder to the music rights sector that it needs to involve its artists and songwriters in the copyright debate - and the evolution of the entire digital licensing framework - or risk having its rivals in the lobbying sphere claim ownership of the artist community.

In its mission statement, the MIC Coalition says it is "committed to a rational, sustainable and transparent system that will drive the future of music and ensure that consumers and consumer-serving businesses, such as retailers, restaurants and hotels, have continued access to play music at affordable prices".

It goes on: "This is a critical period for the future of music and the policies that govern it. Issues are being considered that will significantly impact how and where music is played and what users and consumers pay for it".

Needless to say, those lobbying on the other side of the table were quick to criticise the new alliance of the tech and broadcast sectors. Ted Kalo of musicFIRST told reporters: "The supposedly new 'MIC' coalition looks like little more than some of the world's biggest and wealthiest corporations - and the trade associations they fund - hiding behind a new website and a gauzy mission statement as they continue their campaign to deny fair pay to working musicians, to stiff artists on AM/FM radio, and to ignore the pleas of elderly performers seeking their due".

He went on: "The MIC group claims to support balanced solutions so that 'artists can be compensated' for music. But you cannot pretend to support that while opposing an AM/FM performance right as MIC member the NAB most surely does. They claim to support innovation in how consumers find and access music - but will they stand up for a level fair market value playing field so music services compete on the merits, and not on the strength of their loopholes?"

Concluding, he added: "They can't hide their true agenda behind lofty statements of principle when their actions speak so loud and clear. And they can't beat the people who create music and those who love it in the drive for Fair Play Fair Pay".

So, that's all fun, isn't it? Either way, expect plenty of lively debate ahead as copyright reform continues to go through the motions Stateside. Meanwhile explore the MIC agenda at mic-coalition.org

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Courtney Love sued by autobiography 'co-writer'
Ah, remember when it was announced that Courtney Love was going to publish her autobiography back in 2011? And then it never emerged. But then in 2013 Love said that she'd got a 'co-writer' on it, which had made things easier. And then it never emerged. And then last year she said it was "a nightmare" but still happening. Well, the latest problem is that her 'co-writer' is now suing her.

Journalist Anthony Bozza says in a breach of contract lawsuit filed this week that the musician owes him over $200,000 for his work on the book. He also states that he was hired to 'co-write' it back in 2010, which sort of sinks her claims to have started out writing it on her own.

According to the BBC, Bozza claims that Love has received $400,000 of a $1.2 million advance from publisher HarperCollins. He has, he says, been paid a $100,000 cut of this, but is now suing for the remainder of the minimum fee he was guaranteed.

The lawsuit adds that while Love reacted positively to the introduction and first two chapters he sent to her in 2012, subsequent "frequent unexplained absences meant that she did not make herself reasonably available to Bozza for months at a time".

Love has more recently said that she is unhappy with the final draft of the book, which has caused further delays. She apparently also told Bozza via text message that she had begun working with a new 'co-writer', who had turned out to be "worthless".

Neither Love nor HarperCollins have as yet commented on the case. Though, to be fair, everyone involved should probably have expected something like this to happen. We are talking about Courtney Love after all. And on the upside, the legal wranglings surrounding the autobiography will make a great last chapter to the autobiography.

Kartel launches PR division
Label services company Kartel Music Group has launched a new PR division, which is to be run by Hugo Simpson, former Head Of Online at MBC PR. The department will work across online, print, TV and specialist radio.

Kartel CEO Charles Kirby-Welch said in a statement: "Promoting artists and records is in our DNA so creating a PR department feels like a natural step. We're excited to welcome Hugo to the team and looking forward to taking a progressive approach to PR whether that's reaching outside of the typical record lifecycle or working a cross section of media".

Simpson added: "It is very exiting to be part of a company that are at the forefront of the label services in the music industry. The PR team will be dedicated to providing a personal, efficient and bespoke service, as is the mantra of the whole team".

Clients at launch include Fatboy Slim and Emilie Nicolas.

More Radio 1 staffers head to Apple for new look iTunes
As speculation continues to mount as to what the ever secretive Apple have planned for its all new look iTunes with added Beats, Music Business Worldwide reports that four Radio 1 execs have followed Zane Lowe to the IT giant to work on the new platform, which we all expect to put curation front and centre.

Lowe, of course, announced he was leaving the BBC for an undefined role at Apple back in February. MBW reckons that amongst the four other Radio 1 staffers seemingly heading to iTunes are Lowe's former producer James Bursey, and three others, including people involved in BBC Introducing.

MBW also notes that James Foley seems to have departed Deezer - where he headed up the digital service's UK editorial - and suspicions are that he is also joining Apple, which will have a London team for the all new iBeats.

It's expected more will be revealed about what is planned for iBeats at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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Instagram launches some sort of music thing
Instagram has launched a new music profile aimed at "capturing and sharing the world's musical moments". And who knows what that means? No one. But it basically looks like it's going to post pictures taken by musicians.

In a statement yesterday, published via this new channel, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom said: "The music community is - and always has been - an important part of Instagram. For the past four years, we have become the home for artists big and small - a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans".

He continued: "Today we're launching @music, a new account dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it. Each week, we'll take a look at the musical experience on Instagram".

Yeah, but what does that mean? "That means showing you a different side of artists you know and love, like Questlove (@questlove), and introducing you to up-and-coming talents from around the world, like Tricot (@ikkyu193). It means highlighting music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers and, of course, fans. In the Instagram tradition, we will also welcome community participation with a new, music-themed monthly hashtag project".

Right. Still not 100% sure what all that means. Well, OK, there will be photos posted on the @music account - pictures have already been posted by the highlighted musicians - plus it seems that accompanying interviews will appear on the Instagram blog. So far there's this repost of a picture Questlove took a month ago and this interview with him, plus this recent photo from very good Japanese band Tricot and this interview with them. Which is nice.

But what will this all achieve though? I don't what to poo-poo is before it's even got going, but I'm pretty sure it'll be a total disaster and achieve nothing.

  Approved: Girl Friend
It's easy to dislike things, isn't it? Sometimes you just look at a thing and think, "Phew, I'm not going to like that - so I can happily get on with my life without having to put any effort into drawing any joy from that particular thing at all". But some things turn out to be good once you take a proper look, don't they? And then you have the chore of enjoying them to deal with. Not that enjoying things is a chore. But, fucking hell, it's a chore, isn't it?

Anyway, my point, if I have one, is that I didn't think I would like Girl Friend. But then I pressed play on their music anyway and it turned out that I did. Which, actually, despite what I said before, makes things more fun. I've had the same experience with the new Blur album. It's a strange and confusing time.

The Manchester quartet (that's Girl Friend now. Blur are from London, if anything) have released their new EP, 'Arrive Alone, Leave Alone'. Through the medium of 80s synth-pop, they present a glamorous exterior undermined by frontman Amory Neish-Melling's lyrics, which, as the EP's title suggests, tend to paint him as someone struggling to find happiness behind that outer surface. And it works well - all the best pop is profoundly sad.

"I found it interesting to juxtapose the dour moods and fatal flaws, with almost clichéd views on style and glamour", says Neish-Melling of lead track 'Monte Carlo'. "To dress the misery in something beautiful. The experiences of sexual frustration and amorous longing are portrayed with a graceful exterior".

You can catch the band headlining Club NME at Koko on 29 May, and you can listen to the EP in full here.
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Blur may release another album. Or they may not. Who knows? Not you. Not them. No one. And yet here we are talking about it.
For years there was endless speculation about whether or not Blur would release a new album. This was largely fuelled by members of the band variously stating that they were or were not going to. Then they announced 'The Magic Whip' and we were all finally able to get on with our lives. Except, no. Bloody Alex James has already started talking about the possibility of another album. Will it never end?

"Nobody knew the answer to the question 'Will Blur make a new album?' for twelve years, so it's incredible [that] everyone is asking again already", James told that NME (I was not aware anyone was asking this, but whatever). "Whether any other stuff from [the recording sessions for 'The Magic Whip'] will ever emerge, who knows? But coming up with new music has never been Blur's problem. If you get the four of us in the studio in the right frame of mind, we'll always make new music".

So there's some hope for anyone who wants another Blur album. But to ensure the necessary level of doubt, he added that "for many reasons, Blur is always in danger of drifting apart".

Enjoy it while it lasts, people! Actually, I have been enjoying 'The Magic Whip'. Particularly this track.

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The Prodigy considering retirement
As they prepare to begin touring in support of new album 'The Day Is My Enemy', The Prodigy fear that the band will "end before we want it to", with all three members now in their 40s.

Speaking to the NME, Keith Flint said: "I think that the band's gonna come to an end at some point. And it's got to be soon. It will end before we want it to because of the realities of age. The people decide when we fuck off, but it can't go on forever. We'll just figure it out. We haven't set dates. I think this might be the first time we've talked about it".

Nonetheless, Liam Howlett agreed, saying: "There comes a point where you don't want to be Uncle Alan at the wedding reception".

I don't know, maybe just a simple tweak of their sound and performance is required. Someone get those boys some stools!

Courtney Barnett announces UK tour dates
Courtney Barnett has announced some UK tour dates to take place towards the end of the year. These will include her biggest UK show to date, at The Forum in London.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, the dates are here:

25 Nov: London, The Forum
27 Nov: Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
30 Nov: Manchester, The Ritz
1 Dec: Liverpool, Academy
2 Dec: Glasgow, ABC
4 Dec: Bristol, Academy

Check out the video for latest single 'Kim's Caravan' here.

New MPG board, new Corey Taylor book, new Adam Lambert, er, bideo, and other new things

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The Music Producers Guild has announced a new board of executive directors, the previous bunch, led by former chairman Steve Levine, having reached the end of their five year tenure. The new line-up is Dan Cox, Bruno Ellingham, Cameron Craig, Andrew Hunt and Mick Glossop. "As a result of [the outgoing board's] efforts, the MPG's standing is at the highest level it has ever been", said Glossop.

• Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will publish his third book, 'You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left', on 22 May.

• Adam Lambert has released the video for new single 'Ghost Town', which is directed by Hype Williams. Watch it here.

• Jaakko Eino Kalevi has released the video for undoubtedly one of his best songs, 'Deeper Shadows'. The track is taken from his debut album, out on 15 Jun. Watch here.

• Icelandic pop trio Vök will release a new EP, titled 'Circle', on 22 May. They are also set to play two shows at this year's Great Escape. Watch the video for 'If I Was' here.

• The approved Sailor & I has shared new single 'Sweat', which will be available on an EP of the same name on 5 May. Listen here.

• A Major Lazer European tour has been announced for this October, finishing up at Alexandra Palace in London on 17 Oct. Full dates here.

Justin Bieber crashes school prom
All-round great guy Justin Bieber showed what a totally brilliant bloke he is at the weekend by making an impromptu appearance at a school prom in LA.

This isn't like when he used to crash things and make a nuisance of himself during the 'dark days' before he became the reformed character he is now. No, this was an innocent case of him and his entourage barging in unannounced and causing school staff to fear for the safety of all the children at the event. What a guy.

The Chatsworth Charter High School prom was actually being held at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, and Bieber was recording elsewhere in the complex. He was not due to appear at the dance, but when he learned of it, he realised it would be wrong of him not to head down to exude some of his messianic greatness on the room.

Having come into contact with Master Biebs, all of those kids will now probably grow up to be people who change the world in unimaginably positive ways, but the authorities didn't view it in quite the same light. Probably because they haven't realised that Justin Bieber is a super super nice guy now.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Ellen Morgan told Yahoo! Music: "The school was aware that Mr Bieber was at the venue recording, but was assured that he would not come out to interfere with the programme. His entourage pushed past the school's security to gain access to the dancefloor and was there for three to four minutes".

Is it not possible that the security guards were just amazed at Bieber's greatness and let him pass, recognising what a powerful force for good he has become? Well, Morgan continued, oblivious: "From the students' perspective it was a once in a lifetime experience to have him at their prom, but we were extremely concerned for the safety of both our students as well as Mr Bieber. No student was injured while he was there".

Well of course there were no injuries. And even if there had been, Bieber would have healed them all before he left.

 
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