TUESDAY 21 JULY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Good news for fans of joined up collective licensing, the UK, German and Swedish music publishing sectors' collecting societies - PRS, GEMA and STIM respectively - have formally signed their long planned alliance to create what they are calling the 'hub', but which I will be referring to as Prezgaymastim. As previously reported, the new joint venture entity being created by... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES European societies formally launch their speedy digital rights hub
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DEALS Communion announces new Caroline alliance
Mull Historical Society signs to Xtra Mile's new publishing joint venture with BMG
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES New Beatport CEO as SFX rejigs management structure
Spotify to provide every user with a personalised weekly playlist
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Grooveshark co-founder dies
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ARTIST NEWS Badu notes similarities in new Black Eyed Peas video
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GIGS & FESTIVALS New PJ Harvey songs promised by London Literature Festival
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ONE LINERS 50Weapons to close, VV [Brown] is back, Leftfield tour dates, and more
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AND FINALLY... Simon Cowell happy with 1D hiatus
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European societies formally launch their speedy digital rights hub
Good news for fans of joined up collective licensing, the UK, German and Swedish music publishing sectors' collecting societies - PRS, GEMA and STIM respectively - have formally signed their long planned alliance to create what they are calling the 'hub', but which I will be referring to as Prezgaymastim.

As previously reported, the new joint venture entity being created by the three societies aims to make the licensing of multi-territory digital services in Europe more efficient, both by offering combined licences covering PRS, GEMA and STIM repertoire, and by uniting the three societies' data and royalty processing operations for digital services operating in multiple countries. The hub will also tap into the existing PRS/STIM combined database set-up ICE, which will be updated to incorporate GEMA data.

The aim is to reduce the time and cost it takes to process the flood of data that comes in to the music publishing sector each and every month from streaming services. With no central repertoire database of song ownership, DSPs have to provide all the publishers and collecting societies they have licences from with a complete list of every track streamed, and then it's up to publishers and societies to claim the royalties they believe they are due.

By combining efforts, the three societies hope to make that big task more efficient, plus joined up databases mean that the chances of two societies both claiming 60% of a song - which usually delays payment - will be less likely to happen.

Of course, in Europe the big five publishers negotiate direct deals with multi-territory streaming services via joint venture operations with one or more of the collecting societies. In Europe, song copyrights are routinely split up, so that some elements (such as mechanicals) are owned by the publishers and others (such as performing rights) are controlled by the societies, but under this direct dealing system the publisher gets to negotiate all elements of the copyright, subject to relevant societies approving terms.

The new Prezgaymastim hub won't affect any of this, with the joint licence offered by the new joint venture covering that repertoire not currently subject to direct licensing. But it will nevertheless mean that streaming services looking to operate across Europe will need two fewer licences in place to cover song rights.

Plus those publishers doing direct deals will be able to opt to use the new hub to administer digital royalties, with Sony/ATV's direct dealing vehicle Solar (a joint venture with PRS) and BMG's ARESA (a joint venture with GEMA) set to do just that.

Most of this we pretty much already knew, but the whole operation is now formally in place. Finalising the alliance was delayed for a time by the European Commission - which expressed some competition law concerns about three big collecting societies merging some of their operations - but it green lighted the hub plans earlier this year.

As part of the deal, GEMA becomes a shareholder in the existing ICE data alliance between PRS and STIM, while PRS For Music boss man Robert Ashcroft has been confirmed as CEO of the new JV's licensing and professional services arm, meaning he will oversee the establishment of the new operation, which hopes to start granting joined up licences to multi-territory digital services from next year.

Announcing all this, Ashcroft said: "We are immensely proud to announce the completion of PRS For Music, STIM and GEMA's agreement to launch the first integrated music licensing and processing hub. We had a vision five years ago to support the fragmented music market by developing a hub that would encourage the aggregation of music repertoires and offer state-of-the art rights management systems run from a single, authoritative database. Today we are bringing that vision to life with the launch of this brand new company. It's a defining moment for the music industry".

STIM CEO Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen added that "the hub is unique - there is nothing else that offers access to a vast repertoire of European music and with the efficiency and power of new technology", while GEMA chief Dr Harald Heker said: "We have designed a transformative and very flexible service offering to fit the needs of different rightsholders and DSPs ... the integrated systems have been built from the ground up to provide unparalleled speed, accuracy and economies of scale".

So, everyone better hold on tight, or they may be toppled over by the sheer speed with which digital royalties will work their way through the system once the hub is fully operational.

Elsewhere in PRS news, the UK society yesterday announced the appointment of two new external directors to its executive board: former BBC, ITV and Channel 4 exec Michael Grade and recently retired media, IP and commercial law man Paul Mitchell. Let's just hope they are both speed junkies, or they might feel out of place in this bold new world of collective licensing.

Communion announces new Caroline alliance
Communion Records has announced a wide-ranging deal with the big bad, I mean, diligent and delightful Universal Music, which will see future releases from the indie supported by the mega-major's label services unit Caroline International.

There are already various tie-ups between Universal and Team Communion. The indie has worked with Island UK in the past, including on recent success story Catfish And The Bottlemen, and of course co-founder Ben Lovett works with the same Universal division when he's doing his Mumford & Sons thing. Universal's Virgin US recently also came on board for the Bottlemen, while other label co-founder Kevin Jones released his debut record as Bear's Den last year via a Communion/Caroline hook up. So it's clearly a proven winning formula. Let's all buy new hats to celebrate.

Confirming the more formal Communion/Caroline alliance, Universal Music UK top man David Joseph told reporters: "The team at Communion have an extraordinary track record in discovering and nurturing unique new talent; our joint venture means the label can build on this success, with Caroline providing an outstanding international support network as they do so".

Meanwhile Communion MD Jamie Emsell said: "We are thrilled to be moving into a new phase of our partnership with Universal Music, and expanding what is already an excellent working relationship with the team at Caroline. [Caroline MDs Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor] have assembled an exceptional team, both in the UK and internationally, who take an approach to artist development and marketing that fits very naturally with our culture at Communion".

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Mull Historical Society signs to Xtra Mile's new publishing joint venture with BMG
Colin MacIntyre - or Mull Historical Society to his closest friends - has signed a publishing deal with Xtra Mile Music which, amazingly, is the new publishing arm of the rather marvellous Xtra Mile Recordings, and also, as most things are these days, a joint venture with BMG.

The deal covers MacIntyre's back catalogue and future work, including a new MHS album and the songs from his debut long player under his new INK moniker. The new arrangement extends MacIntyre's existing label relationship with Xtra Mile, and will see him working with both the indie's MD Charlie Caplowe and BMG A&R man Hugo Turquet.

Confirming the deal, MacIntyre told reporters: "I am delighted to be part of the BMG family and to be Xtra Mile Music's first signing. It is very exciting what Charlie and the Xtra Mile team are doing and I am thrilled to be a part of the journey with Charlie and Hugo; and doubly exited that all my material is together under one such fine roof".

Caplowe added: "We're very chuffed to be building another level in our relationship with Colin and to have the support and back up of the amazing BMG set up, we all feel very optimistic about this new venture".

New Beatport CEO as SFX rejigs management structure
EDM peddlers extraordinaire SFX yesterday announced "a change in its overall organisational structure, designed to shift focus and emphasis to its brand-level operations from a centrally operated entity". So that's all nice and clear isn't it?

One thing I do now is that it means Greg Consiglio, previously COO for SFX Entertainment, is now CEO and President of Beatport, the firm's main online operation, best known as a dance music focused download store, but now with streaming and other dibs and dabs of EDM fun times thrown in for good measure.

Commenting on his new beat(port) - I thank you - Consiglio said: "This year marks the evolution of the Beatport brand beyond Beatport Pro, our music store, to a platform that includes music streaming, original video production, festival live streaming and editorial coverage of all that is happening in the exploding electronic music culture scene worldwide".

He continued: "Beatport is a critical component of the overall SFX Entertainment strategy and will become an integral part of our live event business and fan experience from event listings and music curation to activations at all SFX events worldwide. I am really excited to take on this critical role within SFX and Beatport to help drive our vision forward as the home of electronic music".

Elsewhere in the change to overall organisational structure, Wouter Tavecchio becomes CEO of SFX Europe and Jeroen Jansen becomes Creative Director of SFX Live North America. The firm has also set up a global steering committee featuring the aforementioned Consiglio alongside SFX Live CEO Ritty Van Straalen and SFX's CFO Richard Rosenstein and brands man Kevin Arrix, plus various of the founders whose EDM start-up businesses SFX has gobbled up in recent years.

Confirming all of this, SFX overlord Robert FX Sillerman, who's still busy trying to get his publicly listed company back into private ownership, told reporters: "We are moving to a more distributed organisational structure. We are pushing more of our operations to the local and regional levels around the world, as opposed to maintaining a corporate structure at the top".

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Spotify to provide every user with a personalised weekly playlist
As streaming music platforms continue to try and find new ways to help their users navigate the millions of songs in their catalogues, and all the new tracks labels insist on plonking in there each and every Friday, Spotify has launched a new service called Discover Weekly.

Basically, it's a weekly personalised playlist for each subscriber based on what that user has listened to previously, and what other listeners and playlisters on the streaming platform have been up to.

Announcing the new service, Spotify says: "For the first time ever, we're combining your personal taste in music with what similar fans are enjoying right now. This means every song in Discover Weekly is based both on your own listening as well as what others are playlisting and listening to around the songs you love - making your playlist completely unique and full of deep cuts and new discoveries. It's like having your best friend make you a personalised mixtape every single week".

Yeah, my best friend makes terrible mixtapes. But I'm sure Spotify will be much better at it. For starters, it will have the two billion playlists already in the Spotify system - created by labels, media, fans and the firm's own editors - to tap into, which should help. Though I did just ask Andy what he thought of his personal Discover Weekly selection and he said that he hated the first three tracks and has been indifferent to most of the rest so far. So that's good.

Matthew Ogle, formerly of Last.fm and This Is My Jam, and who has led on the new feature since joining Spotify at the start of the year, confirmed to Music Ally the value of all those existing and evolving Spotify playlists in informing the new personalised song selection service.

He said: "Each playlist, especially when combined with other activity on Spotify, captures someone's deliberate curatorial intent, and teaches us a ton about the relationships between songs. So we take that universe of music, then look at what you've been listening to, giving more prominence to your more recent spins. By combining those two things, we can find the missing songs".

Discover Weekly will appear at the top of each user's playlists folder, and can be stored offline and shared, as with any other Spotify playlist.

Depending on how much curated playlists on Spotify really do influence Discover Weekly recommendations, it could further boost the importance of having tracks playlisted on the streaming platform, in turn increasing the need for labels to start PRing playlist owners in the same way they do other media. This is a trend we review in this month's CMU Trends Report - premium subscribers can read up on it all here using the password in this week's CMU Digest.

Grooveshark co-founder dies
The co-founder of the controversial user-upload streaming service Grooveshark, which finally shut down in April after years of run-ins with the music industry, has died aged 28. According to local media, Josh Greenberg was found dead at his home in St Petersburg, Florida on Sunday evening by his girlfriend.

His mother, Lori Greenberg, told reporters that police had found no evidence of injuries or drugs, while her son was not known to be suffering from any illnesses, or to be taking any prescription medication. Mrs Greenberg added that a medical examiner's autopsy found no explanation for a cause of death, and that the authorities are therefore "as baffled as I am" as to what could have happened. Results of toxicology tests, which can take up to three months to be ready, might offer some insight.

Greenberg and his business partner Sam Tarantino fought various legal battles with the music industry over Grooveshark, which, by allowing users to upload music, routinely streamed content without licence from labels or publishers.

The firm claimed it was protected by so called safe harbours in copyright law, while trying to negotiate licences on the back of its massive userbase. But the majors seemed to decide they just wanted the streaming service offline, and at the end of April they got their way, Greenberg and Tarantino giving up their battle and urging formers users to sign up to a licensed streaming set-ups like Spotify.

But Greenberg's mother said that her son was more relieved than depressed when the Grooveshark settlement was finally done, it not demanding mega-bucks damages from the founders. She added: "He was excited about potential new things that he was going to start".

  Approved: Foals - Mountain At My Gates
I wasn't much of a fan of Foals until their third album. Actually, I'm not sure why I put "much of" into that sentence. But a shift in sound on 2013's 'Holy Fire', and particularly the stupidly catchy 'My Number', resulted in a new appreciation for their talents.

The band are set to release their fourth long player, 'What Went Down', on 28 Aug, and have just shunted out the second track from it, 'Mountain At My Gates' (following on from the title track last month).

It marks, it seems, another progression in the Foals sound, taking a more simplistic approach to songwriting and giving themselves a bit more room to move around in. But it's still distinctly recognisable, from the guitar sound down to the cracks in Yannis Philippakis' voice.

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Badu notes similarities in new Black Eyed Peas video
So The Black Eyed Peas are back, everybody. Yeah, I know, but, hmm, what you going to do about it? Nothing, that's what.

Because The Black Eyed Peas are back with a hiatus-ending track called 'Yesterday' complete with a video in which the group, sans Fergie, browse around a record shop pulling famous album sleeves out of the boxes which are then magically re-enacted by the Peas themselves. Good times.

It's a marvellous moment of music video art in which the Peas get to give a big up or three to the classic hip hop artists and records of old that inspired them. Oh, and to Erykah Badu, whose video they ripped off, she doing the same thing in the promo for her 2007 track 'Honey'. Now, it's not an entirely original concept either way, so it's not a definite rip off. Though Will.i.am is involved. Which, of course, means nothing whatsoever.

Noting the similarities between the two videos, Badu tweeted this weekend: "I think The Black Eye Peas borrowed my idea a lil lol". Wanna see for yourself? Here's the Peas new vid and here's Badu's from back in the day.

New PJ Harvey songs promised by London Literature Festival
PJ Harvey will showcase some brand new material, by which we mean songs, while promoting her new book 'The Hollow Of The Hand' during the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre on 9 and 10 Oct. The book is a collaboration with photographer Seamus Murphy, and matches her poetry with his pictures, created during travels around the world between 2011 and 2014.

Harvey says of the book and the travels that inspired it: "Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with. My friend Seamus Murphy and I agreed to grow a project together - I would collect words, he would collect pictures, following our instincts on where we should go".

The event at the London Literature Festival promises poetry readings and new songs from Harvey plus images and a short film from Murphy. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

50Weapons to close, VV [Brown] is back, Leftfield tour dates, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Berlin record label 50Weapons has announced that it is shutting down after ten years, having reached its target of 50 releases.

• VV Brown is now just VV. And here's a snippet of new music to mark this downsizing of her name.

• The next single from Everything Everything's excellent new album 'Get To Heaven' will be 'Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread'. It's out on 4 Sep, but obviously you can listen to it right now. Here, for example.

• Seinabo Sey has released a video for new single, 'Pretend'.

• Lost Dawn have announced that they will release a new single, 'Electrify', on 14 Aug. Listen here.

• Leftfield have announced a UK tour in October, including a show at The Roundhouse in London on 13 Oct. Here's new single 'Head And Shoulders', featuring Sleaford Mods.

Simon Cowell happy with 1D hiatus
Don't worry everybody, Syco big cheese Simon Cowell is just fine with One Direction going on hiatus. He has no problem with the big 1D holiday at all. I mean, there's enough songs for two hits albums and a jukebox musical already in the can. So job done really.

Cowell tells The Sun: "In terms of the band, they've got enough hits now, they can take some time off and do some other stuff they want to do. Then I hope they'll have a little bit of time apart and want to get back together again. It's a fun job, but it's absolutely their decision".

Of course, we ought to note One Direction haven't actually announced a hiatus. Yet. Cowell is just getting his quote in early is all.

 
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