WEDNESDAY 8 JUL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So, are you all ready for New Music Fridays? Did you buy a new hat? Have you organised high tea at the Ritz for when the new chart comes in, so you can be sipping on some Earl Grey and chewing cucumber sandwiches just as Greg James reads out that list of best selling/streaming records on your battery-powered transistor radio? I hear London's tube drivers are so excited... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Officer, aka singer-songwriter David Logan, will release his debut album 'Myriads' on 31 Jul. Something only made possible when a group of fans got tired of waiting and crowdfunded the record behind his back. Tracks like latest single 'My Darling Defibrillator' show exactly why he might command such an insistent fanbase. A slow builder, it marches forward with deliberate... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Commercial radio chart show to stay in Sunday slot despite New Music Fridays
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LEGAL Judge says Suge Knight should stand trial for murder
Canadian politicians red faced over Nine Inch Nails copyright infringing t-shirts
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DEALS BMG acquires Minder Music
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal to rep Mexican collecting society's mechanical rights Stateside
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Saavn scores $100 million in new investment
Rdio adds new curated radio channels
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GIGS & FESTIVALS New Order announce tour dates, reveal album guests
Susanne Sundfør announces UK dates
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ONE LINERS AIM AGM date set, Sophie does McDonald's ad, some of Sigur Rós record together, and more
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AND FINALLY... Natalia Kills changes name following X-Factor sacking
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Commercial radio chart show to stay in Sunday slot despite New Music Fridays
So, are you all ready for New Music Fridays? Did you buy a new hat? Have you organised high tea at the Ritz for when the new chart comes in, so you can be sipping on some Earl Grey and chewing cucumber sandwiches just as Greg James reads out that list of best selling/streaming records on your battery-powered transistor radio?

I hear London's tube drivers are so excited about this big innovation in music releasing that they're all taking tomorrow off work to prepare, which is commitment. I assume they're all building special sheds in which to experience the new chart. But yes, the global release day starts this week, with Radio 1's all new big fat chart show in its new slot of Friday at 4pm.

But, hey, what, hang on just one minute, what about the actual "big" chart show? As in commercial radio's 'Big Top 40', lovingly paid for by the flumps at Vodafone? You know, "Kid Jensen and the Network Chart", except with Marvin Humes in the role as "the Kid". You know, the Global Radio-produced chart show aired by 140 commercial radio stations across the UK. You know, the chart show you don't care about but actual people listen to. Yes, that's it, 'The Vodafone Big Top 40 with Marvin Humes'.

Well, despite Global boss Ashley Tabor admitting back in April that his company was indeed considering whether to follow Radio 1's lead in moving its big weekly chart show to Friday, to fall in line with the new chart week caused by the global release day, the radio firm has decided to keep the 'Big Top 40' in its traditional Sunday at 4pm slot.

This may well be for primarily logistical reasons, because shifting a weekly show aired on numerous radio stations owned by different companies isn't as easy as Radio 1 just plonking the chart into the Friday drive time slot.

Not least because weekday evening rush hour is already a prime listening spot for commercial radio stations, and they won't want to mess with their existing drive time formula, while Sunday tea time is an otherwise off-peak slot that gets a boost, in terms of listeners and sponsorship potential, because of the chart. Plus, while 'Big Top 40' already has twice as many listeners as the Radio 1 chart show, with that rival programme now shifting to Friday there might be more listeners to grab on Sunday afternoon.

Though a spokesman for the programme told Radio Today that the show was staying put because Sunday tea time is chart time in the UK and you shouldn't mess with that, and anyway, because commercial radio's chart is compiled differently to the record industry-endorsed countdown the BBC carries, 'The Big Top 40' is usually ahead of the 'UK Top 40' in terms of tracking new music (apparently).

Said the spokesman: "Sunday is the home of the charts. The 'Vodafone Big Top 40' is still the only place you can enjoy the UK's hottest hit music almost a week before any other chart and includes the official iTunes top 10, every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm".

Judge says Suge Knight should stand trial for murder
A judge has ruled that Suge Knight should stand trial for murder, despite lawyers for the one time hip hop mogul arguing that a key witness's testimony lacked credibility and the case should be dismissed.

As previously reported, Knight killed a man and injured another after he drove his pick-up truck into them outside a burger bar in LA back in January. He is accused of deliberately driving his vehicle into the two men, though he claims he struck Terry Carter and Cle 'Bone' Sloane by accident as he was fleeing from a violent altercation.

As also previously reported, Sloane, who survived the hit and run, initially described the incident, including the punch up that preceded it, in quite some detail when interviewed by police. But in court he said the specifics were now not so clear to him, adding "I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison" and "I just know I screwed up and Terry's dead".

Knight's lawyer - now Thomas Mesereau, best known for successfully defending Michael Jackson in his 2005 child molestation trial - hoped to use the inconsistencies in Sloane's testimonies to discredit him as a witness, with a view to having the murder case thrown out.

But the judge hearing the arguments said that it was clear Sloane and Knight had a long and turbulent history akin to a "soap opera", and that it would be impossible to assess the former's credibility as a witness in a preliminary hearing. Judge Stephen A Marcus also noted that Sloane hadn't specifically said Knight wasn't the man who fatally hit Carter in his truck.

Mesereau declined to comment on the latest development, except to say the case was still in its early stages, and that he would be seeking to have his client's $10 million bail reduced.

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Canadian politicians red faced over Nine Inch Nails copyright infringing t-shirts
A group of Canadian politicians have had to withdraw t-shirts promoting their campaign for re-election after it turned out you can't just slap a Nine Inch Nails logo on something without permission. I mean, who could have guessed?

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi recently showed off the t-shirts, which promote the two of them, along with Edmonton mayor Don Iveson, as "building Alberta together". When combined, initials of the trio's surnames can be arranged as 'NIN', so they basically just printed this tagline under the Nine Inch Nails logo.

But speaking to the Edmonton AM radio station, reports CBC, Iveson said this week: "We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist".

Presumably Trent Reznor himself was too busy with his Apple Music shenanigans to be monitoring all use of his own intellectual property.

A spokesperson for Nenshi apparently said that only three of the t-shirts were actually produced, and there were never any plans to put them into wider production. Possibly because ironing cheesy slogans onto band t-shirts is expensive and time consuming.

BMG acquires Minder Music
I'm thinking of launching a column where we publish a list of every music company BMG hasn't acquired, it would probably be quicker.

Yes, another day another BMG acquisition, and this time the music rights firm has bought itself London-based indie publisher Minder Music, last seen in these parts grabbing a stake in Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk', settling a lyric squabble with Ariana Grande and forcing a judge to muse on the clarity of Mark E Smith's vocals. They also publish a stack of songs, including many seminal R&B works.

A number of songs in the Minder Music catalogue will actually be retained by another company owned by the publisher's co-founder John Fogarty, who will also consult for BMG following the completion of the deal. But much of Minder's catalogue will now sit with the bigger music company, as will recordings owned by is sister label Cavalcade.

Confirming the deal, BMG UK's Executive Vice President Alexi Cory-Smith told reporters: "Minder truly is a wonderful catalogue and exemplifies the power of great songs to inspire new generations again and again. John Fogarty has a well-deserved reputation as a formidable defender of copyright and we are delighted that he will be joining us as a consultant".

Fogarty himself added: "In just a short space of time, BMG has emerged as an effective digital age alternative to established music companies. Building Minder has been a labour of love, and there is a story behind the acquisition of each song. These songs were like my children and so I wanted a good new home for them and I know that they will be well looked after by BMG".

Universal to rep Mexican collecting society's mechanical rights Stateside
Universal Music Publishing Mexico yesterday announced a deal with the country's collecting society SACM which will see the former represent the so called mechanical rights of the latter's songwriter members in the US (and Puerto Rico as it happens).

The music industry's collecting societies regularly form reciprocal arrangements with their counterparts worldwide, of course, so to collect the royalties due for the use of the songs or recordings they control in other territories. SACM working with a major publisher in the US, rather than another society, is partly to do with peculiarities in the way mechanical licensing works Stateside, and partly the result of big shifts happening in collective licensing in general, especially in North America.

Confirming the tie up, Yadira Moreno, MD of Universal Music Publishing in Mexico and Central America, told reporters: "We couldn't be more delighted that SACM entrusted their legacy to UMPG. SACM has a unique catalogue that conveys the cultural essence of contemporary Mexican music. It will be our privilege to maximise opportunities for the composers we now represent, and to continue promoting their songs in the territory".

Meanwhile SACM President Armando Manzanero added: "As a composer myself, I have firsthand experience of the effectiveness and efficiency in which UMPG operates. We are very excited to be working with UMPG, as they understand the nuances and complexity of our catalogue".

Saavn scores $100 million in new investment
Indian streaming firm Saavn has just closed on a new funding round, adding $100 million to its cash box which will be used to fuel new product development, customer acquisition and proprietary ad technology to help enhance it's all important ad-funded service. There's also talk of a move into video.

Based in New York but focused on the Indian market, Saavn is one of a number of local and international players trying to capitalise on the rapid growth of smartphone usage in India, which is opening up a big market for subscription and especially ad-funded music services. Saavn says it now has fourteen million users and expects to top 20 million by the end of the year.

The latest funding round was led by Tiger Global Management, Bertelsmann India Investments and three other existing investors, with a number of new backers also stepping in. Tiger Global's Lee Fixel told reporters that Saavn "has built a leadership position in a unique marketplace while at the same time developing a world-class music service. We're excited to support Saavn as it continues to define India's mobile entertainment market".

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Rdio adds new curated radio channels
Rdio has added a load of new curated stations to its online radio service across all tiers (ie freemium, medium and premium), giving users access to the brains of various labels and media. Though only when it comes to choosing songs to play. Other elements of said brains remain closed off to the public.

"Rdio is committed to making music discovery fun, easy and personal", says Rdio CEO Anthony Bay. "In keeping with our objective of providing the world's best internet radio experience, we are proud to partner with key influencers and the label community to programme their own branded stations. These stations not only help extend each labels' brand presence but they also let our listeners anywhere in the world discover music from credible brands that they trust and respect".

In the UK, the new stations available are curated by record labels XL, Fiction, DFA, Blue Note, Arts & Crafts, Burger Records, Dirty Hit, and Glassnote, plus Alt Sounds and DJ Kicks.

  Approved: Officer
Officer, aka singer-songwriter David Logan, will release his debut album 'Myriads' on 31 Jul. Something only made possible when a group of fans got tired of waiting and crowdfunded the record behind his back.

Tracks like latest single 'My Darling Defibrillator' show exactly why he might command such an insistent fanbase. A slow builder, it marches forward with deliberate pace before falling into a dark-edged chorus that gives way to woozy synths. It perfectly complements his two previous single releases, the gently layered 'Glass Ceiling' and urgent 'The Waters'.

It is, says Logan, "A song about being brought back to life by loads of lovers just going mental inside you in the kitchen burning lasagne caked in that squirty cream stuff whilst drinking vodka from saucepans from the cupboards of the top of my lungs' hopeful ark of couldness when you've died a horribly hazey and hesitant death in there in your inmost".

So now you know. Watch the video for 'My Darling Defibrillator' here.
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New Order announce tour dates, reveal album guests
New Order have announced tour dates in support of their new album 'Music Complete', as well as revealing the glittering array of guests who will appear on the record.

Who are they? Well, they are Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop and La Roux. How do you like them apples? By which I mean people. I think. I don't really know what I mean. Why is everyone obsessed with apples? Bloody Steve Jobs.

Anyway, they're going to be on the album. But they will almost certainly not appear at these tour dates:

16 Nov: London, Brixton Academy
19 Nov: Glasgow, Academy
21 Nov: Liverpool, Olympia
24 Nov: Wolverhampton, Civic Hall

Tickets go on sale on Friday. The album is out on 25 Sep.

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Susanne Sundfør announces UK dates
Hey, remember when Susanne Sundfør released the best album of 2015? That continues to be a thing that happened. And she continues to be a brilliant live performer too. So I say we all play that album on a loop until October, when she returns to the UK for a short run of shows.

Here are the dates:

26 Oct: Brighton, The Haunt
27 Oct: London, Koko
28 Oct: Manchester, Deaf Institute
29 Oct: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

And here's a remix of 'Kamikaze' by Maps.

AIM AGM date set, Sophie does McDonald's ad, some of Sigur Rós record together, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The Association Of Independent Music's AGM will take place at Glaziers Hall in London on 22 Sep. So don't go saying we didn't tell you. Or there'll be trouble. With a capital T. Even though there was no capital t there. But it was implied. OK?

• 'Lemonade' by Sophie is now soundtracking a McDonald's advert in the US. Yup.

• Sigur Rós bass player Georg Holm and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason have teamed up for some music making, along with Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Holm's brother Kjartan. Together they have composed a soundtrack to a BBC documentary on the history of circuses and carnivals due to be screened later this year. An album of the soundtrack will be released on 21 Aug. Here's a trailer.

• Producer Yogi has released a new track with Skrillex and Pusha T called 'Burial'. The video is worth a watch, here it is.

• The release of Sleaford Mods' 'Key Markets' album has been pushed back from this Friday to 24 Jul. "This is due to manufacturing issues caused by the backlog of Record Store Day", says a statement.

• Shura has announced that she will release her debut EP, 'White Light', on 17 Jul. Here's the video for the title track.

• With her new album 'Kiddo' just out, Tove Styrke has released a new video for a track from it, 'Number One'.

• Yes, there is a new Rejjie Snow video.

• FFS - that's Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, for fuck's sake - have announced that they will headline the Roundhouse in London on 8 Sep.

• Mixcloud is calling for submissions for this year's Online Radio Awards. Nominate your favourite radio show or station here.

Natalia Kills changes name following X-Factor sacking
Oh hi, I heard you were still calling Natalia Kills by that name, and I just wanted you to know that everyone is laughing at you behind your back because of it. Because she is now called Teddy Sinclair. I mean, she has been for a year. Though I suppose she's only just gone public about it, so maybe you could use that as an excuse.

What do you mean you don't know who I'm even talking about? Of course you do. She is (was) British pop singer Natalia Kills, aka Candy Rapper, aka Natalia Keery-Fisher, aka Mrs Teddy Natalia Noemi Sinclair. She hit headlines earlier this year when she and husband Willy Moon (aka Willy Moon) were sacked as judges from the New Zealand version of 'X-Factor' for shouting at a contestant. Said contestant, you may remember, had stolen Moon's trademark 'haircut and suit' look.

Announcing her name change on a new Instragam account, she said: "A year ago when I got married to Willy Moon, I took his last name (Sinclair). For a long time, the friends and family closest to me have called me Teddy, and my husband decided it would be beautiful to spend the rest of my life with my most intimate name united with my new married name. So, for a year I have been Mrs Teddy Natalia Noemi Sinclair and I've never felt so natural, honest and empowered. And finally I'm ready for you all to address me personally as I feel we are so close and I am so grateful for your support and love. I adore you all... call me Teddy... call me Natalia... call me crazy. As long as you call".

Her old nataliakills username on Instagram has now be taken up by a fan, who posted a screengrab of the message, which was otherwise hidden from public view.

 
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