WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Rights owners sending warning letters to suspected file-sharers in the US, and asking for one-off payments to make good on past copyright infringement, have had both a win and a loss this week in the ongoing legal debate about the rights and wrongs of their anti-piracy tactics. As previously reported, whereas the industrial sending of warning letters to suspected file-sharers... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Best known for her 2011 viral hit 'The Cigarette Duet', Princess Chelsea, aka Chelsea Nikkel, is set to release her second album, 'The Great Cybernetic Depression', through Flying Nun/Lil Chief on 8 Jun. Building her lo-fi pop sound into something more grand on the new album, a narrative based on the future cataclysmic event of the title is woven through the record... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Rightscorp wins one, loses one
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LEGAL Gary Glitter to appeal sixteen year prison sentence
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Clara Kim joins ASCAP
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Verizon to buy AOL
Apple updates iOS music app ahead of streaming service launch
7digital announces OpenAura partnership
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ARTIST NEWS Original Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin was asked to join reunion, says Billy Gould
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RELEASES New Guitar Hero game song list revealed
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ONE LINERS Universal promotion, Take That and Chemical Brothers in cinemas, Efterklang opera, and more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber "ashamed" of his old, shitty ways
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MAMA & COMPANY - E-MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
MAMA & Company are looking for an experienced E-marketing Co-ordinator. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company who own some of London's most established venues. You will need to have experience of managing email marketing campaigns, database management and analysis, as well as holding high levels of computer literacy. Knowledge of HTML, CSS and Java is essential.

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HOUSE OF 27 – SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP (PAID) (LONDON)
House of 27 is a UK digital PR company representing both development and established artists across unsigned, independent label and major record label setups. We require an intern to support our small, friendly team in our daily work environment. An additional interest in A&R and scouting new bands would be ideal, but passion for new music and enthusiasm for digital is a must.

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DOMINO RECORDING CO - DIGITAL OPERATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co is seeking a high calibre individual to oversee its digital operations processes, based in the London office. This full-time position will be responsible for managing direct global operations relationships across digital music partners (eg iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Millward Brown), and ongoing management of the digital catalogue across the label.

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LIVE NATION - EVENT TICKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Live Nation requires an Event Ticketing Manager to maximise ticket sales for Live Nation events by providing effective ticketing information and advice; and proactively managing inventory, ticket agents and allocations.

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[PIAS] - BUSINESS AFFAIRS MANAGER (LONDON)
[PIAS] Entertainment Group is looking for an experienced lawyer to join their UK legal team at their head office in Bermondsey. The role will take primary responsibility for [PIAS] Artist and Label Services division, but will also have significant involvement in all other legal areas of the business to include [PIAS] Co-operative and its roster of partner labels and its own Play It Again Sam label.

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KOBALT LABEL SERVICES - MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Kobalt Label Services requires a Marketing Co-ordinator to assist the UK and International Marketing teams at KLS, as well as support the MD for KLS in the running of day to day activities within the KLS marketing team. The candidate will report to KLS MD but will get direction day to day from the VP, International Marketing, as well as the Head of UK Marketing for KLS.

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MAMA & COMPANY - GENERAL MANAGER, LIVERPOOL ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of the UK’s most established venues. To manage the venue both efficiently and effectively ensuring that the diary is commercially maximised and all statutory duties are discharged. To effectively manage the kitchen and restaurant operation, ensuring GP is maintained and customer satisfaction is the primary focus.

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SJM CONCERTS - DEPUTY MARKETING MANAGER (MANCHESTER)
SJM Concerts seeks a Deputy Marketing Manager to support our marketing team to maximise exposure of events promoted by the company, and to implement marketing campaigns to generate sales for new tours and events via various platforms including press, radio, TV, digital and print.

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SUPAPASS - ARTIST/LABEL RELATIONS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE (LONDON OR NORWICH)
SupaPass is an exciting new digital music platform connecting superfans with their favourite bands. SupaPass gives labels and artists a smart way to monetise their digital content, unlocking new revenue streams and amplifying superfan loyalty by bringing everything essential from social to streaming in one place. We are seeking an ambitious and driven artist/label relations and business development executive with a deep understanding and strong network across music, entertainment and music-tech.

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DOMINO - WAREHOUSE MANAGER (LONDON)
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MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Experienced Management Assistant required for established London based artist management company. Candidates must have relevant experience in all areas of artist management and must demonstrate their knowledge and experience in assisting with a global release and live campaign. Role will include providing support to artist managers, co-ordinating day to day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties.

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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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Rightscorp wins one, loses one
Rights owners sending warning letters to suspected file-sharers in the US, and asking for one-off payments to make good on past copyright infringement, have had both a win and a loss this week in the ongoing legal debate about the rights and wrongs of their anti-piracy tactics.

As previously reported, whereas the industrial sending of warning letters to suspected file-sharers sort of fizzled out over here, in the US it has become a key anti-piracy tactic for some in the music and movie industries. Most of the big ISPs are part of the Copyright Alert System, and pass on letters provided by rights owners or their anti-piracy reps under that initiative.

But those net firms outside that system can in theory be forced to reveal the identity of customers suspected of file-sharing via the courts, meaning the content company can send a letter direct. Said letter will usually warn the recipient that they are suspected of infringing copyright, and will then set out the rather high damages they could theoretically be ordered to pay if the matter went to court. A nominal cash settlement is be proposed, along with a commitment to never infringe again.

The letters have proven controversial in some quarters, and in Canada - where something similar to the Copyright Alert System went live earlier this year - various consumer rights groups and academics have asked the government to review the content of letters sent.

Meanwhile in the US both ISPs and letter recipients have gone legal, arguing that rights owners and their agents - usually it's anti-piracy firm Rightscorp - shouldn't be allowed to get long lists of suspected shareholders' addresses via a simple subpoena under America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

A class action led by a letter recipient called John Blaha said Rightscorp's tactics were an abuse of legal process, a claim strongly disputed by the firm, which cited California's anti-SLAPP law designed to deter frivolous litigation as reason enough to throw the case out of court.

And they succeeded, with judge Dale Fischer saying this week that - while he wasn't commenting on whether Rightscorp was correctly using the DMCA subpoena system - its legal filings to date do not constitute abuse of process, mainly because there was no evidence the anti-piracy firm had any ulterior motives other than those listed in its legal filings.

Said the judge, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "Whether or not [DMCA] subpoenas should validly be issued under the circumstances in which defendants sought them, there is no allegation and no evidence that defendants sought to do anything other than what their subpoena requests indicated - identify potential copyright infringers for the purpose of pursuing defendants' rights under the Copyright Act".

But it's not all good news for Rightscorp. One ISP which refused to hand over contact information for its customers has prevailed in court for a second time.

As previously reported, net firm CBeyond argued that the subpoenas being secured by Rightscorp shouldn't apply in file-sharing cases, and in February a court sided with that viewpoint. The anti-piracy company quickly filed various objections to that ruling, but those objections have now been knocked back by the courts as well.

So, one step forward one step backwards this week for Rightscorp. Remains to be seen what its next move will be.

Gary Glitter to appeal sixteen year prison sentence
Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has submitted an appeal against his conviction for sexual crimes against children in the late 70s and early 80s.

As previously reported, in March the former musician was jailed for sixteen years after being found guilty of four counts of indecent assault, one of attempted rape, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of thirteen.

He maintained his innocence throughout, but at sentencing was told by the judge presiding that he had done "real and lasting damage" to his victims.

It is not currently clear which counts Gadd is appealing.

Clara Kim joins ASCAP
American collecting society ASCAP has named Clara Kim as its new Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She joins from National Geographic, where she held a similar role.

Says Kim of her appointment: "Working at a mission-driven organisation like ASCAP with music at its heart truly aligns with my passions, and I am very excited to become part of [CEO] Beth [Matthew's] senior team. I have always been an avid music fan, so I am eager for the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to help songwriters, composers and music publishers succeed in maximising their opportunities in this rapidly evolving media landscape".

The role will see her in charge of legal and business affairs at the US performing rights organisation, where she will officially arrive on 1 Jun.

Verizon to buy AOL
US telecoms firm Verizon yesterday announced that it had agreed a deal to purchase internet company AOL for $4.4 billion. Because, of course, well, God knows.

Announcing his company's plan to acquire the one-time internet giant, Verizon CEO Lowell MaAdam told reporters: "Verizon's vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience".

He continued: "AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world. At Verizon, we've been strategically investing in emerging technology, including Verizon Digital Media Services and OTT, that taps into the market shift to digital content and advertising. AOL's advertising model aligns with this approach, and the advertising platform provides a key tool for us to develop future revenue streams".

So there you go. Approval of the deal is expected this summer.

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Apple updates iOS music app ahead of streaming service launch
Apple has released the latest beta version of its new iOS 8 operating system, which features a number of tweaks to its music app. Though the new look Beats isn't in there, before you ask. I mean come on, you didn't think they'd just drop it in there like that did you?

Anyway, 9to5mac reports that the newly updated app is now more streamlined, with a new overall design, updated player, easier to access iTunes Radio section (for those territories that have it, aka US and Australia), and improved search. It's now also easier to toggle between tracks stored in iCloud and those actually held locally on you iOS device. About flippin time.

The final version of the software, including the integration of Apple's all new streaming service, is expected next month at WWDC.

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7digital announces OpenAura partnership
7digital has announced a partnership with artist data platform OpenAura, which will see the two companies work on music discovery products.

Says 7digital CEO Simon Cole: "OpenAura, like 7digital, considers all aspects of what makes listening to digital music as comprehensive, easy, and fun as possible. Therefore, this couldn't be more of a perfect fit. We fully support the way that OpenAura represents artists with data, and we're confident our clients will see the value of bringing more rich content into their services now that we have made it as seamless as possible to do so".

OpenAura CEO Kevin Arnold adds: "Our focus at OpenAura has always been on powering the next-generation of digital music experiences. Both OpenAura and 7digital are in the game for the right reasons: to connect artists with fans for a better, more engaging user experience. The market's asking that we make our services more compatible to companies and brands ready to build said experiences, and we're happy to comply".

The collaboration will run via open metadata service MusicBrainz. And if you've forgotten what OpenAura is - go read our feature on it and then remember.

  Approved: Princess Chelsea
Best known for her 2011 viral hit 'The Cigarette Duet', Princess Chelsea, aka Chelsea Nikkel, is set to release her second album, 'The Great Cybernetic Depression', through Flying Nun/Lil Chief on 8 Jun.

Building her lo-fi pop sound into something more grand on the new album, a narrative based on the future cataclysmic event of the title is woven through the record, entwined with her real life anxieties of today and wry observations on the mundanities of life. Musically and lyrically Nikkel manages to pull off being both over the top and understated throughout the record, often at the same time.

You can catch her live in the UK next month following the album's release, starting at Birthdays in London on 10 Jun, followed by Start The Bus in Bristol on 11 Jun and The Hope And Rain in Brighton on 12 Jun.

Now, here's the video for 'No Church On Sunday' from 'The Great Cybernetic Depression'.
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Original Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin was asked to join reunion, says Billy Gould
Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has revealed that original guitarist Jim Martin was asked to join their reunion, despite his acrimonious departure from the band in 1993.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gould explains that first, he, keyboard player Roddy Bottum, drummer Mike Bordin and vocalist Mike Patton got back together to see if a reunion was possible. When they'd decided that they could play together again, the matter of a guitarist came up and Martin was called.

"It was a very strange conversation", said Gould. "He said he would do it. He said this was not an emotional thing. [I said,] 'But there are some songs we wrote after you'. And he's like, 'That's not a problem'. So on the surface it was great, but it didn't really feel right".

The confirmation that Martin wasn't the guy for their reunion project came when he made a quip about sending a contract to his fax machine, referencing the medium via which he was fired from the band.

"We left on a bad note", continued Gould. "It had been 20 years. We have some catching up to do with ourselves; do we really want to bring this other energy into this fragile thing where we don't even really know what it means? So it's like, no. It just didn't feel right".

In the end, they went with Jon Hudson, bringing back together the band's final line-up before they split in 1998. 'Sol Invictus', their first album together since 1997's 'Album Of The Year', is due out next week.

New Guitar Hero game song list revealed
Five years since the 'Guitar Hero' videogame series was shelved, it's back (yes, just like rival 'Rock Band'). And the list of songs that will appear in 'Guitar Hero Live' has been unveiled. Hooray! The music industry is saved!

"This [list] is something we gave a load of thought to", Jamie Jackson of the company behind the relaunched game, FreeStyle, told Rolling Stone. "'Guitar Hero' - by its name alone - has always been associated with classic rock tracks. And we know fans really love that type of music. So we wanted to make sure those fans weren't disappointed".

He went on: "But it's been ten years since the first 'Guitar Hero' game came out. When you think of it like that, and think about how much the musical landscape has changed since then - that's where we've been able to explore some new types of musical style as well. Guitar music is broader than it's ever been - so we're reflecting that in the range of music on offer".

And so, here's that list of 24 songs you can jab along with in the new game, which is due out in the autumn.

The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling
Blitz Kids - Sometimes
Ed Sheeran - Sing
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
Gary Clark Jr - Don't Owe You A Thang
Green Day - Nuclear Family
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na
Pierce The Veil - King For A Day (feat Kellin Quinn)
The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Skrillex - Bangarang
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
Black Veil Brides - In The End
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals
System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
Alter Bridge - Cry Of Achilles
Alt-J - Left Hand Free
Broken Bells - Leave It Alone
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell

Universal promotion, Take That and Chemical Brothers in cinemas, Efterklang opera, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Universal Music Group has promoted Deborah Hyacinth to the new role of SVP Digital Marketing Innovation.

• If you want to see Take That live but can't be fucked schlepping all the way down to the O2 Arena next month, their performance on 19 Jun will also be broadcast in cinemas. Here's a trailer, and you'll find more info here.

• Chemical Brothers film 'Don't Think' is being screened at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo tonight. I suggest you get tickets right now.

• In their quest to find something to do other than release albums and play gigs, Efterklang have composed an opera. The show will premiere in Copenhagen on 26 Jul. More info here.

• Years & Years will release their debut album 'Communion', on 10 Jul. Here's new single 'Shine'. You'll be able to catch them up at the Shempire on 12-13 Jun.

• Of Monsters And Men have released the video for their new single, 'Crystals'.

• Shaun Ryder has released a new solo single, 'Close The Dam'. Have a listen here.

• Future Brown have released the lyric video for 'Room 302', which features Tink.

• There's a new Bang Gang single up on SoundCloud. It features guest vocals from Ladytron's Helen Marnie.

• Lapalux has released the video for 'Puzzle', taken from his new album 'Lustmore'. It features guest vocals from Andreya Triana.

• Rainer's debut album will finally be released next week. Here's a new track from it, 'Water'.

Here's the video for 'The Fool' by Ryn Weaver.

• Pop Will Eat Itself have a new album out called 'Anti Nasty Party'. From it, this is '21st Century English Civil War'.

• Dappy is going on a tour he's titled 'The Appreciation'. I'm not sure who's supposed to be doing the appreciating, him or the audience. Maybe both. Maybe neither. Anyway, here are the dates.

• Django Django have totally announced more tour dates in December. You'll find them listed here.

• Mikal Cronin will play the 100 Club in London on 1 Jun.

• Susanne Sundfør will headline Koko in Camden on 27 Oct. Attendance is mandatory. No excuses.

• Stephen Hawking is going to put in an appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival, in the Kidz Field.

Justin Bieber "ashamed" of his old, shitty ways
These days it's hard to remember a time when Justin Bieber wasn't like some kind of messianic deity, but I can assure you that he used to be a right little shit. I feel bad using such words about the world's greatest guy, but it's true. Even he admits that.

In an interview with Seventeen magazine, the singer says: "I was rebelling a little bit. I was getting cockier and cockier. I didn't have people to check me. I looked back and I was disappointed in myself. You have to own up to the mistakes. You have to say, 'I'm sorry if I've let you down'. I always want to be honest and let people know that those mistakes aren't who I am. Who I am is someone who really cares about people".

What a guy. What a super great guy. I wish we could all be like Justin.

 
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