FRIDAY 8 MAY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Having long resisted calls by some in the music community to add video into the mix, word has it Spotify is now considering a move into the visual, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the streaming music firm has opened talks with traditional media companies and multi-channel networks about acquiring and creating video-based content. And with Spotify announcing... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Today I'm tipping a great charity bash in aid of a really important cause, with a top assortment of DJs and acts coming together in Brixton this weekend to help those in need in Nepal after the recent shocking earthquake there. While the cause is reason enough to attend, the line-up also speaks for itself, so let's just list it: Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Kissy Sellout, Audio Bullys, Scratch... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: I was recently reading an article about Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction, which basically said that a solo career could end up being a good thing for him, but he should stay friendly with his former bandmates so that they can all milk a reunion when necessary. Though in that regard, things could probably be going better. As a child, I'm sure Malik's mother warned him not to... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spotify plotting move into video
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LEGAL IMPALA and IFPI welcome European Commission's digital single market
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DEALS Sony/ATV announces new neighbouring rights signings
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS David Byrne joins SoundExchange board
Sentric Music hires Ally McCrae
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LIVE BUSINESS Download Festival to go cashless
New ticketing start-up announces £1 million plus in angel funding
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Line up revealed for MusicTank's private copy debate
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ONE LINERS Hannah Cohen, Little Boots, The Hidden Orchestra, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #253: Zayn Malik v Louis Tomlinson (via Naughty Boy)
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Spotify plotting move into video
Having long resisted calls by some in the music community to add video into the mix, word has it Spotify is now considering a move into the visual, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the streaming music firm has opened talks with traditional media companies and multi-channel networks about acquiring and creating video-based content.

And with Spotify announcing a press event in New York on 20 May – sneakily getting in before any big iBeats announcement that may or many not be made at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month – many are now wondering if some sort of video offer might be the big bit of news the company has to share.

Given the people Spotify has reportedly been approaching, it seems likely the company would be looking for original programming rather than just music videos, and the move may be a way to secure – or create - exclusive content that could differentiate its offer within the ever competitive streaming music market, where Apple and Tidal are expected to pursue an assortment of artist exclusives to gain competitive advantage.

It may also be that Spotify execs reckon there are more opportunities for advertising and brand partnerships in video than with audio. Although Spotify's freemium level is ad-funded, the company is not a major player in the advertising space – the free service now very much a marketing tool rather than a standalone business – but a move into video could open up some new revenue potential to help prop up the more contentious free-to-the-user side of the firm's operation.

It seems unlikely Spotify would go fully into video-on-demand – ie put itself into competition with the Netflixes and Amazons of the world – instead focusing more on short-form and music-related video content. Though that still puts it in competition – both for users and advertisers - with YouTube and Facebook's increasingly major play in video, not to mention, on the subscriptions side, start-ups like Vessel.

IMPALA and IFPI welcome European Commission's digital single market
Global record industry trade group IFPI and pan-European indies organisation IMPALA have both welcomed the European Commission's Digital Single Market plans which were formally unveiled earlier this week.

Unsurprisingly they have both focused on the opportunity the scheme provides to review the so called safe harbours in European copyright law which enable services like YouTube to operate 'opt-out' rather than 'opt-in' content platforms.

As previously reported, the music industry is increasingly of the opinion that such an approach is exploiting a loophole, in that the safe-harbours were designed to protect internet service providers and server hosting companies when their customers distribute or store copyright infringing content, not platforms that aggregate infringing material and re-present it through their own portal.

The IFPI, which put the spotlight on this issue when releasing its 2014 figures last month, said yesterday: "The Commission's DSM Strategy contains key positive elements. It recognises the need to clarify the role of certain online platforms which distribute copyright content while claiming the benefit of safe harbours. This is an important step towards creating a more level playing field between online operators and the creative sectors".

Meanwhile IMPALA chief Helen Smith said of the DSM proposals: "This addresses a fundamental barrier to licensing in Europe today which holds Europe's Digital Single Market back and causes an unintended 'value gap' for our members. It is crucial to address trading practices which frustrate competition and which are particularly prevalent in the online environment. An open, diverse and competitive digital market is crucial to independents and other players".

Though, as previously noted, there are sure to be some elements of the DSM plans that are not so welcomed by the music community, and others that split opinion between different strands of the industry.

As reported yesterday, the Music Managers Forum and Featured Artists Coalition have already criticised the EC's rather lacklustre commitment to review performer rights, especially around the so called 'making available' element of the sound recording copyright, which many artists and managers think has been skewed to the advantage of copyright owners and to the detriment of performers.

Sony/ATV announces new neighbouring rights signings
Sony/ATV has announced a load of signings to its neighbouring rights division, including Mark Ronson and Snoop Dogg.

As previously reported, the UK-based division launched a year ago, with a roster featuring the likes of Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Nile Rodgers, Clean Bandit and the estate of Lou Reed, seeing the music publisher move into managing public performance royalties on sound recordings for the first time.

Sony/ATV's UK MD Guy Moot said of the new signings: "Our neighbouring rights business continues to go from strength to strength and these additions to the roster will only make it stronger. It's particularly gratifying to me to be reunited with Mark Ronson, someone who I have known and worked with over many years and who is deservedly having such an incredible year".

Meanwhile the man who heads up Sony/ATV's neighbouring rights venture, George Powell, added: "As relatively new players in this sector, I am happy we've gained the respect and trust of some of the biggest names in the game and shown them the benefits of working with us in this field. Lower client numbers ensure we keep this personal and also that the high levels of admin required to do this properly don't get diluted".

In addition to Ronson and Dogg, other new signees are DJ Snake, Cedric Gervais, The Magician, Lily Wood & The Prick, Shift K3y, Blonde and AronChupa.

David Byrne joins SoundExchange board
SoundExchange – the collective licensing body that administers royalties collected by the record industry and recording artists from US services which operate under America's compulsory license for online and satellite radio - has announced the addition of David Byrne to its board of directors.

Says CEO Michael Huppe: "It is an honour to welcome David to the SoundExchange board of directors. His experience in the music industry as an artist, songwriter, producer and visionary make him an extraordinary addition to our organisation and his perspective will be invaluable in this exciting time of change and growth in the digital music market".

Byrne adds: "I am honoured to join the SoundExchange board where I can leverage my experience as a performing artist and fight on behalf of all creators for fairness and the long-term value of music. SoundExchange is a global leader across the entire music industry in advocating and protecting the rights of music creators. I look forward to working with their exceptional leaders that are dedicated to moving music forward".

Byrne is one of eighteen artist and label reps who sit on the organisation's board.

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Sentric Music hires Ally McCrae
Rights management firm Sentric Music has announced former Radio 1 presenter Ally McCrae as its new Head Of A&R & Strategic Development. The role will see him scout for new talent and maintain relationships with existing songwriters on the company's books, as well as overseeing commercial partnerships.

Director of Music Services Simon Pursehouse said this: "We're utterly delighted to add Ally to the team here. Alongside managing Prides he was able to see how Sentric works from the user perspective which has given him a deep understanding of who we are and what we're aiming to achieve. Also, with his previous work at BBC Introducing he has consistently shown his expert knowledge of the emerging music market and I'm excited to see what opportunities he can generate for the business".

McCrae himself added: "I'm really bloody chuffed to be working with Sentric, a company I've respected and worked with for years. They offer something truly unique to the industry and, at the root of it, it's a company full of people who genuinely give a crap about the artists and their careers. Sentric can, and has, helped out some amazing acts at crucial points in their careers, something that I'm well excited to be involved with".

Download Festival to go cashless
Live Nation's Download Festival is going cashless, having revealed plans to exclusively used RFID-chipped wristbands for taking payments for food, drinks and merch on site this year.

RFID technology has been doing the rounds in the festival space for a while now, though hasn't been adopted as quickly as some expected it would be, especially not as the sole payment method on site.

The RFID chip in the festival-goer's wristband can be charged up with cash online, and then used at bars and stalls by tapping your wrist on a little device in a way that often looks like your banging your fists in rage.

The logic is that it saves festival-goers from having to carry cash and debit/credit cards, which has security benefits, and it should speed things up at the counter as people won't have to exchange money or type in pin numbers. It can also make it easier to stop under-18s from buying booze, in that the chip can know their age, though where that is the case I'm sure the kids have already figured out some kind of work-around.

Download Festival's cashless service will be powered by German firm YouChip, with the chipped wristbands called Dog Tags to make them feel a bit more on brand. It remains to be seen how festival-goers react to being forced to go the cashless route.

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New ticketing start-up announces £1 million plus in angel funding
Talking of clever chip-led ticketing, a new start up in the ticketing space called Una which aims to put tickets to gigs and festivals onto a special card that music fans could use at multiple events, has announced a funding round of £1.1 million from private angel investors, in addition to £250,000 awarded by the government's Innovate UK money pot.

The people behind the start-up say that their system tackles various issues in the ticketing space, including ticket fraud and over-priced touting. Stating that "what the Oyster Card did for transport, the Una Pass is about to do for ticketing", the firm says its new system can "abolish prolific ticket crime, unethical touting and extortionate admin fees by completely reinventing the ticket". While for the live industry, Una offers "ticketing, access control, cashless payments and real-time onsite analytics".

Like that other ticketing start-up Dice, the Una Pass model also hopes to put an end to unpopular booking fees in the live space, in that users would pay £5.99 for their Una card (which would have a three year lifespan) and then get to book tickets for Una-affiliated events without paying any additional fees to the company. And early adopters can currently get a free card via the firm's website.

Peter Thompson, former Deputy Chairman of Wembley Stadium, is the lead investor in the company, while its founder, Amar Chauhan, told reporters this week: "Do not dismiss us as just another start-up ticket agency. We are here to shake up the establishment and give power back to fans. We have built a solid end-to-end solution to combat the widespread problems in the ticketing industry which can take on the leading agencies across all live event sectors".

Line up revealed for MusicTank's private copy debate
MusicTank has announced the line up for its previously reported event 'Who Pays For The Right To Copy?', exploring the private copy right installed as an exception in UK copyright law last year, arguments that such an exception should be accompanied by a levy for the music community (as is the case in mainland Europe), and how exactly such a levy could be applied in the digital age, in the UK and beyond.

The debate will take as its starting point the paper recently published by MusicTank and penned by former University Of Westminster student Sam Rudy which explores the possibility of charging those who specifically profit from facilitating the copying of music – digital storage providers and device manufacturers.

Taking part in the debate will be MCPS and now interim Music Publishers Association boss Jane Dyball, leading copyright academic Martin Kretschmer, Musician's Union General Secretary John Smith, University Of Amsterdam's Balázs Bodó and CMU Business Editor and very-opinionated-on-music-copyright-person Chris Cooke.

The event takes place on 25 Jun, and details and tickets are here. Meanwhile MusicTank Chair Keith Harris says: "Compensatory systems for private copying need to be reviewed in depth in order to propose a model that does not become obsolete with the evolution of technology and this dissertation kick-starts a much-needed debate about how the industry might respond to such a requirement".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser
Today I'm tipping a great charity bash in aid of a really important cause, with a top assortment of DJs and acts coming together in Brixton this weekend to help those in need in Nepal after the recent shocking earthquake there.

While the cause is reason enough to attend, the line-up also speaks for itself, so let's just list it: Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Kissy Sellout, Audio Bullys, Scratch Perverts, Alabama 3 (Acoustic & Unplugged), Reeps One, Fast (from Fun Lovin Criminals), Sticky, Monkey Pilot, Spooky, Funkystepz, Pistol Pete, Keith Lawrence, Mr Prince b2b Fat!Lee, Fine Dining (DJ set), Love Kulture (DJ set), Kathrin De Boer and more.

Saturday 9 May, 6pm-4am, Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road. Brixton. London SW9 6LH, £8-£12, info here.
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Hannah Cohen, Little Boots, The Hidden Orchestra, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Sam Smith's ongoing throat problems have now led to the announcement that he will not play Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich later this month.

• There's another new Jenny Hval video for you to watch, this one for 'That Battle Is Over' from her forthcoming new album, 'Apocalypse, Girl'. Look here.

• PC Music has released its first commercially available album, a compilation titled 'PC Music Vol 1'. It's on iTunes and Spotify and that sort of thing.

• Hannah Cohen has released the video for 'Claremont' from her new album 'Pleasure Boy'. Here it is.

• Little Boots has announced that she will release her third album, 'Working Girl', through her On Repeat label on 10 Jul. From it, this is 'Better In The Morning'. You can catch her live at Oslo in Hackney on 7 Jul.

• The surviving members of the Grateful Dead's previously reported final farewell show will be broadcast live via satellite to UK cinemas on 6 Jul. Full details here.

• The Hidden Orchestra have announced UK tour dates for June. Check em out here.

• Brandon Flowers has admitted that the last Killers album "wasn't good enough". Now just the previous two and half of the first one to go.

CMU Beef Of The Week #253: Zayn Malik v Louis Tomlinson (via Naughty Boy)
I was recently reading an article about Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction, which basically said that a solo career could end up being a good thing for him, but he should stay friendly with his former bandmates so that they can all milk a reunion when necessary. Though in that regard, things could probably be going better.

As a child, I'm sure Malik's mother warned him not to hang around with naughty boys. But now look at him, he's hanging out with a guy whose legal name is Naughty Boy (come on, that must be the name his parents gave him, no one would actually choose to call themselves that surely). It's just asking for trouble.

For some reason, this week that naughty boy posted a photo of himself and Malik to Twitter with the caption, "Replace this". I'm not sure if he was saying that Zayn is irreplaceable or if it was just a note to himself that he should probably try to find a less crappy looking picture (or at least one without a crappy filter used on it). Maybe we will never know. That's just something we'll all have to come to terms with.

Or maybe we can just forget it altogether, because that picture was really just the catalyst for the monumental events that followed. A couple of hours later, 1D's Louis Tomlinson tweeted to his followers: "Remember when you were twelve and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha! Some people still do HA!"

Now, he might not have been referring to Naughty Boy's picture. He could have been talking about any crappy picture. He could have been talking about pictures in general. Naughty Boy did not think so though. Clearly already feeling a bit self-conscious about his awful photography skills, he shot back: "And some people can't even sing... but who's complaining when there's auto tune, eh?"

Quick as a flash, Tomlinson wrote: "Jesus forgot you were such an in demand producer - How does it feel to be riding on the back of someone else's career?"

Denying that he was, in fact, riding on the coattails of just one person (ie his mate Zayn), the producer noted that he has also worked with Emelie Sande and Sam Smith and suggested that it was in fact Louis who is being dragged along by others. But then Louis came back with the retort that he "happened to write on most" of the band's hits.

So, as you can see, it was all very exciting. Exciting enough to become headline news in this General Election week. Kind of like Frost/Nixon. Almost. And like that classic discourse, I certainly hope a film of this is made one day. Especially as in the midst of it all, further dramatic tension was added when Zayn Malik him-very-self interjected with a message direct to Tomlinson: "Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?"

I think Tomlinson's original comments were bitchy about the quality of a photograph actually, but maybe it was Zayn who took it/added the filter and that upset up. Again, we may never know. Though in the now-surely-in-development movie, we can have a scene where Malik deletes all the photos off his iPhone sobbing, and then pushes a load of stuff off a table. It'll be Oscars all round, I tell you.

Malik has since said that he was just defending himself, and not looking for a public spat with his former bandmate, while both he and Tomlinson have thanked their fans, as is protocol in these situations.

Anyway, there are bigger fish to fry now, as Noel Gallagher has finally got around to having an option on Zayn's departure from One Direction. It was only a matter of time. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he said: "It's a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age. The greatest quote was - I laughed out loud when I read it – 'I just want to be a normal 22 year old". Pfft. Who wants to be a normal 22 year old?! Hang on a minute. You can be fucking anything that moves and [you're] gettin paid half a million dollars a week, you fuckin' idiot. You want to be a normal 22 year old? Have you met any normal 22 year olds? They're fuckin shit-for-brains".

Zayn hasn't commented on this, but his good buddy Naughty Boy was on hand to jump to his defence, tweeting: "Noel Gallagher will make up with his brother soon because they will need the money, let's stop talking about fuckin idiots mate".

Ignoring the fact that in the same Rolling Stone interview Noel claimed that Liam was to blame for rumours of an Oasis reunion, and that said reunion wasn't happening, his brother actually came to the defence of Malik too – although he doesn't seem to realise that Zayn is no longer one of "those 1D kids".

 
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