TUESDAY 14 JULY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: BBC Radio has announced more details about the upgrade to the iPlayer Radio app which has forced the broadcaster to ban songs by Neil Young, Bonnie Rait, The Doors and Journey from its airwaves. From later this week users of the BBC's proprietary radio app on Apple and Android devices will be able to download as well as stream programmes to their phones and... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: As we've almost certainly mentioned at least once before, Speedy Wunderground is a rather marvellous label which encourages artists to record in a speedy fashion, capturing the moment as it were. Led by producer Dan Carey, recordings takes place in a single day and mixing the day after, with a vinyl release then following as soon as is humanly possible (which is where things... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES BBC Radio announces details of app upgrade that resulted in Neil Young ban
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LEGAL FAC hits out at Sony legal filing, welcomes Berklee report
50 Cent declares himself bankrupt
Kendrick Lamar sued over 'The Blacker The Berry' photo
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Distiller hires Chloe Gold for senior marketing role
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MEDIA Final paid edition of NME to be published this month
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ARTIST NEWS BB King died of natural causes, coroner confirms
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Lauryn Hill refused UK entry, cancels London show
Foo Fighters announce new UK shows
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ONE LINERS Electric Ballroom app, MIA video, Ninja award and more
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AND FINALLY... John Lydon on One Direction
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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA - VENUE MANAGER (NORWICH)
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RSK ENTERTAINMENT - LABEL MANAGER (NEWBURY)
RSK Entertainment is looking for a self-starting and dynamic label manager to manage a diverse roster of UK and international record labels. Based at our office outside Newbury the role would best suit someone already established in the music industry and ideally with either current or previous label management experience.

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FREELANCE DIGITAL MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
This exciting music/entertainment startup works around the world helping artists connect with their fans. We are in our pre-launch phase and require a temporary marketing assistant to work for one month supporting one of our directors.

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BSI MERCH - SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
BSI Merch is looking for a skilled sales/business development person to lead our sales department in our London office. You will be an experienced and well-organised sales professional with wide ranging contacts and an excellent track record in the music industry.

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SENTRIC MUSIC - SYNC ASSISTANT (LIVERPOOL)
Sentric Music is looking to expand their award winning synchronisation department by adding an enthusiastic and passionate individual to their team. Applicants must have a sound knowledge of the sync industry and how to appropriately pitch catalogue to music supervisors, broadcasters, agencies and agents worldwide.

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7DIGITAL - MUSIC PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER - PUBLISHING (LONDON)
As Music Partnerships Manager for Publishing you will play a key role in negotiating music publishing licenses needed for 7digital to expand its services. You should be comfortable with negotiating complex content-licensing agreements with publisher partners as well as working across multiple teams to structure new business models around music publishing licenses providing 7digital and its B2B clients with the best possible user experience and support.

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13 ARTISTS - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (BRIGHTON)
13 Artists are looking for a full time Administrative Assistant to join the team. The ideal candidate would have already worked for at least five years in an administrative / secretarial / PA type role and is highly organised with the natural ability to prioritise and multi-task. A great knowledge of MS Office, particularly Excel, is vital as is being extremely organised with meticulous attention to detail and confident and capable with data. An experience working with live music would be appreciated.

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INFLUENCE DIGITAL - SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Influence Digital, the award winning social and digital marketing agency, is searching for a new account manager to join our team in London W1. The company creates and manages digital and social media strategies for some of the biggest names in music, film, TV and travel. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with some of the hottest and most respected names in the world of entertainment.

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BIRD ON THE WIRE - MARKETING AND TICKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
London-based independent live music promoter Bird On The Wire is offering the opportunity to join their team as their part-time Marketing and Ticketing Assistant. The right person for this position will be passionate about music and be used to attending concerts several nights a week.

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EMOTICAST - SOCIAL WIZARD WANTED FOR MUSIC + MESSAGING + COOL SHIT (LONDON)
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[PIAS] COOPERATIVE - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
[PIAS] Cooperative, a division of [PIAS], are looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable UK label manager. Based at [PIAS] UK office, this is an ideal position for someone with a minimum of two years experience in label management, marketing, retail, and production.

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NINJA TUNE - JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER (LONDON)
The role entails ad-hoc graphic design duties, the majority of which are reworking existing artwork for a variety of web and print media, including social network banners and print posters. Applicants must be deadline conscious, perform tasks fastidiously, and able to follow a brief accurately and quickly, with multiple revisions. You should have a keen eye for high visual impact, and an enthusiasm and knowledge for music-based artwork.

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DOMINO RECORDING CO - INTERNATIONAL TEAM (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co is seeking a dynamic music lover to join our International Team, based in the London office. This full-time position will be responsible for production and promotional support as well as general admin required by the International Team.

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BBC Radio announces details of app upgrade that resulted in Neil Young ban
BBC Radio has announced more details about the upgrade to the iPlayer Radio app which has forced the broadcaster to ban songs by Neil Young, Bonnie Rait, The Doors and Journey from its airwaves.

From later this week users of the BBC's proprietary radio app on Apple and Android devices will be able to download as well as stream programmes to their phones and tablets. Unlike the BBC's existing podcasts - which are simply MP3s that can be played through any audio player and on any device – downloads through iPlayer Radio will only play within the app.

So basically it's the same as what streaming music services do on mobile – and indeed what already happens in the main iPlayer app for TV shows - the aim being to allow offline listening. This limitation means that the download can include music content.

Though, as previously reported, it will require the exploitation of the so called 'mechanical right' in music as well as the 'performing right', whereas the latter wholly covers conventional broadcasts and – usually, if not technically speaking - most straight webcasting too.

This is an important distinction, because on the music publishing side, PRS provides performing right licences while MCPS controls mechanical rights. And while the BBC can get a joint licence from PRS For Music, which reps both PRS and MCPS rights, that joint licence can only cover songs by songwriters and publishers allied to both societies.

As also previously reported, Neil Young, Bonnie Rait, The Doors and Journey are not MCPS members, seemingly because they don't want to opt in to the collecting society's blanket licence for TV sync in the UK. This means that anyone wanting to exploit the mechanical rights in these artists' songs must get a separate licence direct from their publisher.

Though the BBC would seemingly rather not do that, and so instead has just removed non-MCPS affiliated artists from its entire radio output, so that it doesn't accidentally infringe the mechanical rights of those artists when their music pops through into the all new iPlayer Radio. All of which might require a rethink on the part of Young et al, unless they're happy to forego BBC radio airplay to ensure they never pop up soundtracking a mediocre report on 'The One Show'.

Nearly all BBC radio shows will be available for offline listening via the upgraded app for 30 days after broadcast, the main exception being some sports output where similar copyright issues arise.

Confirming the new service, the Beeb's Andrew Scott said: "With over 860 million requests for radio streams across all devices on BBC iPlayer Radio in 2014, we're thrilled to bring offline listening to our audiences. We know this is something they've been asking for and we have been working hard to make it possible".

Meanwhile Mark Friend, BBC Radio's Controller For Multiplatform, which is an actual job title, added: "The spectacular success of the BBC's podcasts, with around 70 million downloads in May, shows that people want to download high-quality audio to listen to at their convenience. Extending this to make almost all of the BBC's radio programmes downloadable, including comedy, music and drama, will delight our audience which has been asking for this".

FAC hits out at Sony legal filing, welcomes Berklee report
The UK's Featured Artists Coalition has responded to last week's court submission by Sony Music in its ongoing US legal battle with 19 Entertainment, in which the major said it had no obligation to "structure its affairs in whatever way yields the greatest royalties" for artists represented by 19's management unit.

As previously reported, 19 is suing over various disputes in relation to the contracts between Sony and a number of former 'American Idol' finalists who are managed by the plaintiff. In a more recent legal filing, 19 accused Sony of structuring its deals with streaming platforms so to maximise income that it doesn't have to share with artists to the detriment of those revenue streams where artists are due a cut. In its response, amongst other things, Sony said that it was entirely in its rights to structure its streaming deals that way.

Responding this morning, the FAC writes: "Artists sign deals with labels that are balanced between advances and royalties, which artists understandably always thought protected their long term future, given that they assign valuable rights as part of these deals. Yet the leak of Sony's position on artists rights when deals are struck with digital service providers proves our long held fear. Artists' royalties have clearly been rendered all but value-less by the deals the major record labels have done with digital providers including music streaming services such as Spotify".

It goes on: "It would appear that in this instance, Sony chose to ignore artists' interests in favour of their own corporate ones. It's extraordinary that Sony is prepared to defend their conduct in court by saying they believe it is their legal right to do so". Given both Sony and Universal recently went out of their way to placate artists over the 'breakage' debate, it remains to be seen if the PR machine will now crank into action on this one, which will only become more messy if and when the 19 case gets to court.

Meanwhile the FAC has welcomed a new report from Berklee College Of Music called 'Fair Music: Transparency And Payment Flows In The Music Industry', which looks at how music royalties flow through the system in the digital age. And which proposes a Creators Bill Of Rights which would ensure artists and songwriters receive fair remuneration and full transparent reporting from their corporate copyright partners.

The FAC concludes: "Whatever the legal rights or wrongs in Sony's case, the breach of moral trust that has long been felt amongst artists is now in the public domain and on the record. If the labels won't come together with artists to fix the problem, perhaps legislators will. Without solutions, the future of the music industry hangs in the balance as artists cannot make a living out of scotch mist, lining the coffers of record labels who appear not to care about the very hand that feeds them".

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50 Cent declares himself bankrupt
50 Cent got rich without dying, so now he's going to have another go. The rapper has filed for bankruptcy

According to the Wall Street Journal, 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, filed for bankruptcy protection in the US yesterday, reporting both assets and debts between $10 million and $50 million and somewhere between one and 49 creditors. Imagine not being sure about your debts to that degree. What do you mean he just ticked a box? No, I think he really is that confused.

The news comes just days after the rapper was ordered by a Manhattan court to pay $5 million in damages to Lastonia Leviston, after he leaked a sex tape featuring her and a former boyfriend in 2010. The court heard that Jackson had placed the video online as part of an ongoing beef with Rick Ross, with whom Leviston has a child.

Although the bankruptcy papers do not mention that legal case, the two things are definitely linked. Jackson filed for bankruptcy protection just as the court was due to consider what further punitive damages the rapper might have to pay in relation to the sex tape leak. The bankruptcy filing will likely halt that review.

The rapper had already filed for bankruptcy for one of his companies, a boxing promotions firm, shortly before the trial was due to begin in May, according to the New York Post.

Commenting on the latest manoeuvre, legal reps for 50 Cent said the bankruptcy filing "allows Mr Jackson to reorganise his financial affairs, as he addresses various professional liabilities and takes steps to position the future of his various business interests. [It will also allow him to] continue his involvement with various business interests and continue his work as an entertainer".

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Kendrick Lamar sued over 'The Blacker The Berry' photo
Kendrick Lamar and friends – well, business partners – have been sued by a photographer who claims they used one of his pictures without permission for the single release of the rapper's track 'The Blacker The Berry'.

The second single from Lamar's third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' featured a photo of a women breastfeeding two children. Freelance photographer Giordano Cipriani says he took the picture on a trip to Africa in 2011, and that he never gave Lamar, his label Top Dawg Entertainment or their affiliates at Universal Music permission to use it.

According to the website Bossip, in a lawsuit filed last week Cipriani is seeking an injunction to stop Lamar's future use of the image, plus $150,000 in damages for each time the image was used without licence.

Neither the rapper nor his label have as yet commented on the litigation.

Distiller hires Chloe Gold for senior marketing role
Distiller Music Group has appointed Chloe Gold as its new Head Of Marketing. She joins from [PIAS] Co-operative, where she was UK Product Manager.

Distiller Managing Director Alan Pell says: "Our company is growing fast as we develop our existing interests and launch new initiatives so it is vital that we have someone on board who can offer marketing expertise and experience across a diverse range of sectors. Chloe comes to us with an existing track record of success and an excellent reputation. She is a fantastic addition to our team".

Gold herself adds: "I am joining Distiller Music Group during an exciting phase of its evolution as it consolidates its existing success and launches a number of new divisions. I'm looking forward to working with Alan and the team to help develop and implement a creative and effective marketing strategy for the company".

Taking up her new position immediately, Gold will oversee marketing across the entire group.

Final paid edition of NME to be published this month
The NME will publish its last ever edition carrying a cover price on 29 Jul (though it will be dated 1 Aug). And for those of you paying proper attention, yes, that does mean there will be a six week gap before the new free version is launched.

But don't worry, the final paid edition will be a bumper issue featuring 132 pages, looking back at key moments in the title's 63 year history, with archive photography, former writers returning to look back at old features, and other retrospective type stuff. Before going free, that final issue will move in the other direction, charging an increased cover price of £3.50 because of all the extra gubbins.

Says Editor Mike Williams: "As we move into this exciting next chapter for NME, it's fitting that we celebrate the first 63 years of this amazing brand with a massive party on the pages of the last paid-for issue".

He goes on: "Across the years we've provided a platform to showcase the talents of some of the best artists, photographers and journalists around the world. Their work has inspired the next incarnation of NME, which will reach a bigger audience than at any other time in our history. I can't wait to get stuck into our vast and mind-blowing archive and start putting the issue together".

The new look free version of NME will launch on 18 Sep.

  Approved: Peluché - The Guy With The Gammy Eye
As we've almost certainly mentioned at least once before, Speedy Wunderground is a rather marvellous label which encourages artists to record in a speedy fashion, capturing the moment as it were.

Led by producer Dan Carey, recordings takes place in a single day and mixing the day after, with a vinyl release then following as soon as is humanly possible (which is where things can get less speedy, given the tedious queue to get on vinyl presses these days).

The latest release on the label was seemingly the speediest to date, with Team Wunderground first hearing 'The Guy With The Gammy Eye' by South Londoners Peluché, catching a live show and getting them into the studio all in the space of a week.

The resulting track is really rather good, with a very sleepy feel at the outset before fully bursting into life about 90 seconds in. Though the dreamy feel is kept throughout, driven by a rolling drum beat and heart-quickening bass line. Another fine addition to the Speedy Wunderground oeuvre then. It's out on vinyl on 10 Aug, but can be streamed here now.

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BB King died of natural causes, coroner confirms
The Las Vegas coroner has confirmed that there is no evidence blues legend BB King was in anyway poisoned before his death back in May.

As previously reported, some of King's children have made various allegations against the musician's former business manager and personal assistant, LaVerne Toney and Myron Johnson respectively. A legal filing by the children focuses on claims about their father's healthcare and financial affairs, though earlier allegations included the claim King's death had been caused by poisoning.

Legal reps for Toney and Johnson insist that all the allegations made against their clients are "spurious and unjustified", but two of King's children nevertheless requested the autopsy to assess the poisoning claims. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg confirmed yesterday that tests had now been completed and that they confirmed King's death had been the result of Alzheimer's disease and other physical conditions.

The coroner's report closes the investigation into King's death, though the legal squabble around his estate may run for some time as yet.

Lauryn Hill refused UK entry, cancels London show
Lauryn Hill has cancelled a London show due to take place tomorrow after being refused entry into the UK.

In a statement on Facebook she broke the news to fans, saying: "I've been informed that I won't be able to enter the UK for a period of time due to my past legal situation. For this reason I have to cancel my concert on 15 Jul. Know that I was looking forward to performing in London this summer, and that I appreciate all of my fans and supporters both in London, and throughout the UK. I look forward to seeing you again as soon as I'm able to".

Hill was due to play Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday. She will now perform a show in St Tropez in France instead. So it sort of worked out quite nicely for her.

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Foo Fighters announce new UK shows
Having cancelled their European tour dates in June, after Dave Grohl broke his leg in Sweden, Foo Fighters have announced three new UK shows in September.

The band will play two nights at the Milton Keynes Bowl on 5-6 Sep, with support from Iggy Pop, followed by a show at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 8 Sep, where support will come from Royal Blood and Honeyblood.

Tickets for all three shows will go on general sale on Friday. Those who had tickets for the previously cancelled UK shows will be given the opportunity to buy tickets for the new dates on Wednesday.

Electric Ballroom app, MIA video, Ninja award and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The Electric Ballroom in Camden has launched a new iPhone app which, amongst other things, will allow you to pay for stuff in the venue without having to have any cash or cards with you.

• MIA has released a new video featuring two new songs. You can watch it on that Apple Music.

• Menace Beach will release a new EP called 'Super Transporterreum' on 25 Sep. Oh look, here's the title track.

• Battles have announced two UK shows in October. They'll play Manchester's Academy 2 on 23 Oct and the Electric Ballroom in London on 28 Oct. Hey, why not enjoy Battles and that new app at the same time?

• Ninja Tune Label Manager Peter Quicke and the indie's founders Matt Black and Jonathan More - aka Coldcut - will together receive the Innovator Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards in September. Which sounds like a jolly good idea to me.

John Lydon on One Direction
So, yet another old time punk star disses the modern manufactured pop machine? No, not today people, not at all. Johnny Lydon loves One Direction and he doesn't care who knows it. I mean you know it now don't you? And Lydon's fine with that.

And not just because he has a new Public Image Ltd album to sell and he knows that the only thing that will get people talking more than him dissing 1D is him saying he loves the 'X-Factor' boy band.

"The thing with those boys is, they can really sing", Lydon told the Sun. "Fair play to them. I'm never going to put another artist down. Anyone who wants to make music is all right by me".

Hmm, that's no fun at all is it? We'll just have to hope that the Twitter spat between former 1Der Zayn Malik and his post-1D collaborator Naughty Boy is the real deal.

The producer, who has alluded before that he's working with Malik on solo material, recently shared a video on Snapchat that seemed to contain new music from the former boy band star. And then he tweeted: "Don't feed the hand that bites you".

Malik quickly took to the tweets himself, declaring "@NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you" and "someone learned how to upload a video... maybe now he should learn how to use logic, ha you ain't shit but a faker".

No, I've no idea what all that means either. But hey boys, listen to Uncle Johnny, never put another artist down. He has other words of wisdom too. For example, Zayn, if the solo career fails, you can always make a few bucks selling butter.

 
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