WEDNESDAY 10 JUN 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Following the news that America's Department Of Justice and Federal Trade Commission were both investigating allegations made against Apple that it had been acting anti-competitively while developing the new music service it announced earlier this week, it's emerged that the Attorneys General of both New York and Connecticut have also been looking into... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES American Attorneys General also investigating Apple's digital music dealings
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LEGAL Kesha updates Dr Luke lawsuit, accuses Sony Music of knowingly fostering abusive relationship
Snoop Dogg demands cut of brewing company sale after promoting its alcopops
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMG renews GEMA partnership for pan-European licensing
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LIVE BUSINESS Ticketmaster buys Front Gate and Universe
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify closes its latest funding round with over half a billion
Deezer to benefit from new Channel 4 Growth Fund
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MEDIA Rob Wells also advising LoveLive
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Mötley Crüe bring The Final Tour to Europe (and UAE)
Bellowhead to split after final tour
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ONE LINERS New Lamb Of God, new Health, two Chance The Rapper shows, and more
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AND FINALLY... Katy Perry hasn't recorded a Taylor Swift diss track
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American Attorneys General also investigating Apple's digital music dealings
Following the news that America's Department Of Justice and Federal Trade Commission were both investigating allegations made against Apple that it had been acting anti-competitively while developing the new music service it announced earlier this week, it's emerged that the Attorneys General of both New York and Connecticut have also been looking into the tech giant's musical dealings.

As previously reported, Apple is accused of trying to use its market power to pressure the majors into forcing Spotify and YouTube to cut back on their freemium services. Apple Music, of course, will offer a Beats-branded online radio station and three-month free trial, but no free on-demand element like its high-profile rivals. The original allegations came amid much speculation that Universal was putting pressure on Spotify over the freemium element while negotiating its next licensing deal with the service.

A spokesman for New York Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman confirmed to the New York Times that his office was indeed looking into Apple's negotiations with the labels, adding, "It's important to ensure that the market continues to develop free from collusion and other anticompetitive practices".

Further proof of the investigation comes in the form of a letter from Universal Music to Schneiderman, which has been posted by The Verge, and in which the major insists it has not entered into any inappropriate agreements with Apple.

Commenting on the investigation, Universal Music told reporters: "UMG shares the Attorneys General's commitment to a robust and competitive market for music streaming services in the mutual best interest of consumers, artists, services and content companies alike - and we have a long track record to that effect. We are pleased to have provided the Attorneys General information demonstrating that conduct. It is our understanding that, given these representations, the Attorneys General have no present intention to make further inquiries of UMG in this regard".

According to Billboard's sources, Warner Music was not asked any questions by Schneiderman regarding Apple's deal making, but it is thought that Sony was.

Kesha updates Dr Luke lawsuit, accuses Sony Music of knowingly fostering abusive relationship
Kesha has updated her legal complaint against producer Lukasz 'Dr Luke' Gottwald to include Sony Music as a defendant, claiming that the label "forced an abusive relationship" and knowingly put other female artists in danger.

As previously reported, Kesha Sebert filed a lawsuit against the producer in LA last year, claiming that he had forced her to "take drugs and alcohol in order to take advantage of her sexually while she was intoxicated" when she was eighteen. She also accuses him of actual rape and of further abuse leading to her suffering from bulimia. Gottwald almost immediately filed a countersuit in New York accusing the singer of defamation.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the updated claim put forward by Kesha this week states: "Dr. Luke's proclivity for abusive conduct was open and obvious to [Sony Music] executives, who either knew of the conduct and turned a blind eye, failed to investigate Dr Luke's conduct, failed to take any corrective action, or actively concealed Dr Luke's abuse".

It continues: "SME's conduct placed ... female artists, including Ms Sebert, in physical danger by giving Dr Luke full creative and business control, with nearly limitless financial resources, over young female artists who necessarily were compelled to become dependent upon his good will ... Based on SME's conduct, SME has forced an abusive relationship between Dr Luke and Ms Sebert to this day".

Gottwald's countersuit claims that Sebert's real issue is over past contracts, which, the producer alleges, the singer is trying to get out of. There is also a dispute over where the litigation should be heard, with Gottwald pushing for New York, but The Hollywood Reporter says the revised legal filing might force the case to be heard in California first, which is seemingly Sebert's preference.

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Snoop Dogg demands cut of brewing company sale after promoting its alcopops
Snoop Dogg has filed a lawsuit claiming that he is due 10% of the money generated by the sale of the LA-based Pabst Brewing Company last year. It was bought by a group of investors last November. His reasoning is a clause in a contract signed when he became 'brand ambassador' for the company's Blast By Colt 45 range of alcopops in January 2011, a deal that ran for three years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snoop cites a 'phantom equity clause' in his contract with the company, which states that he'd be due 10% of the net income if "the Blast by Colt 45 brand or the entire Colt 45 brand family is sold". He adds that, while there is an 'exception clause' that says this arrangement doesn't extend to a sale of the entire brewing company, for some reason he doesn't think that clause should count in this situation.

"Despite the sale, Pabst has taken the (very convenient) position that no transaction has occurred such that subsection (a) of the Phantom Equity Clause would be triggered", says the rapper's complaint.

In a statement, Pabst told THR that this was the first anyone at the company had heard of the claim: "Pabst Brewing Company has been under new ownership and new management since November 2014. We have not been contacted by Snoop Dogg or his representatives about this issue. We are investigating the matter and would be happy to talk to Snoop or his representatives to try to get to the bottom of this".

Snoop Dogg does so many ridiculous brand partnerships, it's amazing that they don't go legal more often. Still, this claim does seem a bit opportunistic.

BMG renews GEMA partnership for pan-European licensing
BMG has renewed its partnership with German collecting society GEMA to provide one-stop multi-territory licenses for its publishing repertoire to digital services operating in Europe. GEMA subsidiary ARESA is able to offer digital services access to BMG's songs catalogue in 38 European markets via one license.

As previously noted, the five big music publishers in Europe - so Sony/ATV, Universal, Warner/Chappell and Kobalt as well as BMG - all set up joint venture partnerships with one or more of the European collecting societies so to licence multi-territory digital services directly.

These arrangements allow the big publishers to licence digital services direct, meaning they can negotiate away from collective licensing regulation. But the collecting societies are still involved, partly because they have existing frameworks for distributing royalties to songwriters, and partly because in Europe the societies rather than the publishers control certain elements of song copyrights.

Confirming that he was renewing his company's partnership with GEMA on digital licensing, BMG boss Hartwig Masuch told reporters: "BMG is determined to ensure songwriters are able to make the most of the revenue opportunities of the digital age. That means having a lean and efficient licensing operation and a state-of-the art administrative back-end. The combination of ARESA's nimble licensing team and GEMA's significant infrastructure is a significant benefit to our writers, and the ability to license access to more than half a billion people in a single deal is a big plus for licensees".

GEMA Chair Harald Heker added: "The combination of BMG, one of the world's fastest-growing international music publishers, and GEMA, one of the world's most successful collection societies in terms of per capita collections, is a powerful one. We are able to offer a level of speed, transparency and efficiency which would otherwise simply be impossible".

As previously reported, Kobalt has recently wound up its similar arrangement with Swedish society STIM, having bought its own collecting society - AMRA - which will provide a similar service for the Kobalt repertoire (and for other publishers who sign up) but on a global rather than pan-European basis.

Ticketmaster buys Front Gate and Universe
Live Nation's Ticketmaster has acquired US-based ticketing firm Front Gate Tickets, which is interesting because the company had been partly owned by Live Nation's main rival AEG, which acquired the tickets business in 2012 in partnership with promoter C3 Presents.

Then Live Nation took a controlling stake in C3 back last December. There was then much speculation as to what would happen to Front Gate, with some wondering if AEG would seek to take full ownership of the company as part of its bid to expand its in-house ticketing business, which was set up after Live Nation and Ticketmaster merged in 2010.

But no, Live Nation's Ticketmaster has secured the company, which is particularly active in the festival ticketing space. The deal comes as Ticketmaster also buys DIY ticketing set-up Universe.

Says Live Nation boss Michael Rapino: "Front Gate and Universe have built innovative platforms for their respective verticals, and combined with Ticketmaster's marketing and distribution capabilities we will be able to deliver the best experience for even more fans and artists. The companies continue to build on our commitment to provide the best solution for each segment of the ticketing landscape, combining the specific needs for each occasion with the power of our global marketplace".

Spotify closes its latest funding round with over half a billion
Spotify has closed its latest funding round with over half a billion in the pot. Reports originally suggested that the streaming music firm was seeking in the region of $400 million to fuel its global expansion, but according to the Wall Street Journal $526 million has been raised, with $115 coming from Nordic tel co TeliaSonera AB.

The fundraising values the Spotify business at a neat $8.53 billion, more than double the current market cap of the publicly listed Pandora. Other investors chipping into the latest round reportedly include Halcyon Asset Management, GSV Capital, DE Shaw & Co., Technology Crossover Ventures, Northzone, P Schoenfeld Asset Management, Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's sovereign-wealth fund.

Spotify is still focused on increasing its global reach and, of course, recently announced an overhaul of its platform bring in video and speech-based content. Plus with Apple expected to spend big time on the marketing push for its new streaming service, there is speculation that Spotify might be forced to do more above-the-line marketing, rather than relying on artist alliances, tel co partners and word-of-mouth to hook in new users.

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Deezer to benefit from new Channel 4 Growth Fund
The Deezer geezers are the first company to benefit from a new initiative launched by Channel 4 called the Commercial Growth Fund, which will basically barter advertising across the broadcaster's channels in return for equity or a revenue share arrangement.

The telly firm says that the Fund initiative will "further diversify Channel 4's commercial strategy, bolstering its unique commercially funded, not-for-profit business model - and will also stimulate TV advertising spend from new to TV brands".

The broadcaster is partnering on the Fund with the investment arm of German TV company ProSiebenSat.1 Media, which is already a shareholder in Deezer. Under the new alliance, Deezer will produce promotional content tailored to Channel 4's platforms, which will start to air in the autumn.

Commenting on his company's involvement in Channel 4's new initiative, Deezer UK MD Christian Harris said: "We could not be more excited to be announcing this partnership with Channel 4 - not only are they pioneers in their field, but their emphasis on originality in output ensures we can work towards engaging consumers in the most creative way".

He continued: "Deezer's primary objective in working with Channel 4 is to accelerate our partner program in the UK to provide more scale and growth. This is an important time of growth for the streaming industry as a whole, and working with the Commercial Growth Fund means we stay at the forefront of innovation".

Elsewhere in Channel 4 news, the government has denied having any active plans to sell off the state-owned not-for-profit media firm, which is thought to be valued at around £1 billion. It follows rumours that the last government had been plotting such a scheme but was blocked by Liberal Democrat Vince Cable in his then guise as Business Secretary. Media regulator OfCom is busy reviewing public service broadcasting in the UK, but junior culture minister Lucy Neville-Rolfe has said there are currently no plans to sell off C4.

Rob Wells also advising LoveLive
Former Universal digital chief Rob Wells is now obliged to start advising a third music company, because I've got a very fine bus-based line waiting patiently on my paste board and it would be crying shame to waste it. Perhaps I'll set up a CMU advisory board and appoint him to that. Do you need to ask people before appointing them to your advisory board?

Anyway, following the news that Wells was advising Revelator, an Israeli music marketing data firm, he's now also popped up on the advisory board of music content makers LoveLive, just as it, and I'm quoting here, "targets further international expansion".

Confirming the appointment of his new advising man, LoveLive CEO Richard Cohen told reporters: "Rob is a true leader and visionary. For the past two decades, he has been one of digital music's most important champions, driving adoption and innovation within UMG and across the wider industry. We're thrilled to have him on board".

Wells responded: "I've been a long-time admirer and supporter of LoveLive, so the opportunity to work closely with them at such an exciting time in their development really appealed to me. The music business is going through another unprecedented period of transformation, and I believe innovative business models such as LoveLive's, based on the production of high quality content that leverages digital technologies to benefit all parties, is how the industry will thrive once more".

  Approved: Fufanu
Following on from their debut single, 'Circus Life', back in April, Icelandic post-punk band Fufanu will release their new EP, 'Adjust To The Light', on 29 Jun through One Little Indian.

The stand out track on the EP is opener 'Will We Last', a dark song with a thick atmosphere created by rubbing guitar and vocal melodies angrily together. Closing track 'City Lights' does something similar, but with a feel more sleepy than angry; a synth drone queasily stumbles around you as the guitar is shakily jabbed at.

The band will be in London next week for a headline show at Birthdays in Dalston on 15 Jun, followed by various support slots around town leading up to a position on the bill of Blur's British Summer Time Hyde Park show on 20 Jun.

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Mötley Crüe bring The Final Tour to Europe (and UAE)
Mötley Crüe have announced that their lengthy farewell tour will be coming to Europe in November, shortly before the band's final show back in their home town of LA on New Year's Eve.

As you may remember, way back in January last year the band announced their last ever tour, going so far as to publicly sign a contract promising never, ever, ever, ever, ever tour again once the last date was played. Though they did reserve the right to extend the initial 74 date US run. Which they have done.

Said bassist Nikki Sixx at a press conference yesterday: "We're excited to come back to Europe with all the songs, bells and whistles and say goodbye during 'The Final Tour' to the greatest fans in rock n roll".

Tickets for the UK dates of the tour, the support act for which will be Alice Cooper, will go on sale on 19 Jun. Here are the dates:

2 Nov: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
3 Nov: Manchester Arena
4 Nov: Birmingham Genting Arena
6 Nov: London, Wembley Arena

Now watch this not at all over the top trailer for the full European (and UAE) tour.

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Bellowhead to split after final tour
Folk band Bellowhead have announced that they are splitting up after twelve years together. Wipe away those tears though, because they'll be heading out on a farewell tour first that will keep them busy until May next year.

Announcing the news, the band said: "It's in keeping with all the musical and theatrical traditions that make Bellowhead what it is, that we will end at our peak and leave the audience wanting more. The shows always finish on a high, and so should we".

Tickets for the shows will go on sale on Friday morning. These are all the many dates:

14 Nov: Torquay, Princess Theatre
15 Nov: Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
16 Nov: Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
17 Nov: Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
18 Nov: Wimbledon, New Theatre
19 Nov: Leicester, De Montfort Hall
20 Nov: Bath, The Forum
21 Nov: Portsmouth, Guildhall
22 Nov: Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
23 Nov: Harrogate, International Centre
24 Nov: Chesterfield, Winding Wheel
25 Nov: Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
26 Nov: Newcastle, City Hall
27 Nov: Manchester, Apollo
28 Nov: Llandudno, Venue Cymru
29 Nov: Watford, Colosseum
15 Apr: Salisbury, City Hall
16 Apr: Bristol, Colston Hall
17 Apr: Cardiff, St David's Hall
18 Apr: Brighton, Dome
19 Apr: Liverpool, Philharmonic
20 Apr: Glasgow, ABC
21 Apr: Sheffield, City Hall
22 Apr: Reading, Hexagon
23 Apr: London, Palladium
24 Apr: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
25 Apr: Halifax, Victoria Halls
26 Apr: Northampton, Derngate
28 Apr: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
29 Apr: Norwich, Open
30 Apr: Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
1 May: Oxford, Town Hall

New Lamb Of God, new Health, two Chance The Rapper shows, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Lamb Of God have released a new track, '512', from their new album, 'VII: Sturm Und Drang', due out on 24 Jul.

• Health have shared a new track called 'Stonefist', taken from their forthcoming new album 'Death Magic', which is out on 7 Aug.

• Delorean will release their new single, 'Crystal', on 23 Jun. Here it is.

• Hudson Mohawke has released the video for new single 'Warriors'. His new album, 'Lantern', which is out next week.

• Slipknot have released the video for 'Killpop', the third single from their '.5: The Gray Chapter' album. So I, er, guess pop better watch out.

• Chance The Rapper has announced two UK headline shows. He will play the Electric in Brixton on 29 Jun and The Ritz in Manchester on 1 Jul. Tickets here.

Katy Perry hasn't recorded a Taylor Swift diss track
Katy Perry hasn't recorded a response to Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood'. Sorry to spoil your day.

Although Swift has never explicitly said so, 'Bad Blood' is generally thought to be about a beef she has with Perry. And because all female popstars have to be assumed to be involved in some sort of feud or other at all times, rumours of a response track have been floating around for months.

Previously it was claimed that Perry would perform a song hitting back at Swift during her Super Bowl half time performance. Then someone found a song registered with BMI in the US called '1984', apparently recorded by Perry. '1984', I'm sure you've noticed, is very similar to the title of the album from which 'Bad Blood' is taken, '1989'.

However, Universal has said that Perry has no knowledge of the song, telling Billboard: "Katy Perry's managers at Direct Management Group confirm that this story is completely false. Katy Perry was not involved in writing, singing, recording or registering this song".

The song, whose co-writers include former Perry collaborators Dallas Austin and Andreas Carlsson, was apparently registered by BMG in September last year, which would pre-date the incident TMZ claims Swift and Perry fell out over.

 
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