THURSDAY 23 JULY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The number of UK consumers accessing digital content through legal download or streaming platforms has risen 10% since 2013 according to new research published by the government's Intellectual Property Office yesterday, though one in five consumers continues to access music, movie, TV or gaming goodies from unlicensed sources online. The IPO survey reckons that 15.6 million... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: By blending a variety of styles - from Swedish guitar-pop to hip hop - Broen have gained a good reputation as a live band back in their native Norway. They also released their debut album, 'Yoga', there back in February. All of this is yet to come for us in the UK though, where we've only just received their debut single 'Iris'. An examination of jealousy and paranoia... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the latest in the Marvin Gaye's family's legal battle with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over 'Blurred Lines', the BBC banning Neil Young and others from its radio stations, NPR's withdrawal from the MIC Coalition, and why a cartoonist was sent to a Foo Fighters show... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES 10% more consumers tapping legit content online, though one in five still pirate
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LEGAL Flavor Flav charged for coke-fuelled drive
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS MU General Secretary John Smith to chair PPL
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES SFX's Beatport gets into bed with competitor Spotify
Rhapsody/Napster confirms three million paying users
Deezer announces IFTTT alliance
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ARTIST NEWS Deadmau5 plans "winter hibernation" to record new album
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RELEASES Aphex Twin promises 150 more unreleased tracks
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GIGS & FESTIVALS More NWA reunions? Maybe, but forget about Dre
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ONE LINERS James Franco's Lana Del Rey book, Matthew E White's new video, Lion babe's Heaven show, and more
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AND FINALLY... Slaves won't beef with the Mods
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REDEYE - INTERNATIONAL PRESS AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Redeye is extending its international team by hiring two positions in the UK. The International Press and Promotions Manager will coordinate and execute Redeye press and promotions campaigns in assigned territories as well as coordinate press campaigns via Redeye Territory Reps who will execute press and promotions in their assigned territories.

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REDEYE - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ACCOUNT AND MARKETING REP (LONDON)
Redeye is hiring a digital marketing position in London, UK to extend its international team. The primary responsibility of the International Sales Representative is to be the main point of contact and expert for all Redeye Digital sales for new releases and catalog in assigned territories.

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BLUES KITCHEN - PROMOTIONS & MARKETING ROLE (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual to join the Blues Kitchen marketing and promotions team.

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WARWICK SU - PROGRAMMING AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER (COVENTRY)
We are looking for an exceptional Programming and Promotions Manager to deliver a diverse and cost effective social provision programme across Warwick SU operation’s and outlets, including both regular and one off events that exceed the expectations of the student population and other customers.

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - PLAYLIST DESIGNER (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a music Playlist Designer to join our small but expanding creative team. The playlist designer will develop a sound understanding of our clients’ needs, and then source, program and timetable appropriate tracks in line with the client brief.

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IQ - ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
IQ, a leading trade publication operating in the international live music industry, is seeking a dynamic, bright advertising sales executive to become an integral part of its growing team. The ideal candidate will have solid sales experience across both digital and print media.

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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA - VENUE MANAGER (NORWICH)
Are you looking for a change in your career? A unique opportunity to run a major venue on the live circuit. You will lead and develop enthusiasm in your management team and inspire them to make highly commercial decisions whilst also delivering an unforgettable experience to each and every customer.

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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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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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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)
Why do job ads try so hard to be boring? If you also genuinely wonder too, we might be on the same page and you might want to work with us. We’re looking for a multidisciplinary Marketer/Social Media manager to lead our efforts. Messaging apps are incredibly popular right now. We want to add music to the mix and we’re uniquely positioned to do so.

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10% more consumers tapping legit content online, though one in five still pirate
The number of UK consumers accessing digital content through legal download or streaming platforms has risen 10% since 2013 according to new research published by the government's Intellectual Property Office yesterday, though one in five consumers continues to access music, movie, TV or gaming goodies from unlicensed sources online.

The IPO survey reckons that 15.6 million UK internet users now access music online, with twelve million streaming and 10.5 million downloading, again confirming the rise of the streams in recent years. Though while Spotify is amongst the most use streaming music platforms in the UK, 54% of online music was consumed via YouTube.

And while it's a licensed service, the music industry has, of course, got something of a fractured relationship with the Google video site, which generates less revenue for labels and publishers despite its massive userbase (though, as we discuss in the latest CMU Trends Report, that's something rights owners might just have to get used to).

Although legit digital services, especially streams, are booming, plenty of users are still tapping illegal sources of content too. And while overall that's 20% of users, for music it's 26%, 1% more than for film, and 5% more than those seeking bootleg telly shows, according to the IPO data. The most common excuses given for continuing to infringe are that piracy services are free and more convenient, with a quarter of the pirates surveyed saying they'd go legit if legal services were cheaper. Though how they can be cheaper than freemium YouTube and Spotify isn't clear.

With the new IPO report coming ahead of the previously reported Creative Content UK education campaign which will try and encourage consumers to only use licensed content services, IP Minister Lucy Neville Rolfe said: "It's great news that a huge proportion of UK consumers are going online to enjoy music, TV shows, video games and e-books legally, supporting our creative industries to grow and showing the benefits of making legal content widely available. By building a clear picture of online streaming and downloading trends we can work with industry and international partners to tackle the problems of internet piracy and increase public awareness of the ways people can download and stream legally".

Flavor Flav charged for coke-fuelled drive
Not letting the new Public Enemy album get in the way of his regular schedule of legal wranglings, Flavor Flav has picked up charges for speeding and driving under the influence of cocaine, all stemming from an incident back in May.

According to TMZ, Flav was stopped by police in Las Vegas on 21 May after travelling at 73mph in a 45mph zone. Officers quickly spotted an open beer bottle in the centre console of his vehicle, and then the rapper admitted to smoking marijuana "not too long ago". A subsequent blood test then showed the cocaine in his system.

The various charges were made by prosecutors last week but came to light yesterday. Flav is yet to comment.

MU General Secretary John Smith to chair PPL
John Smith, General Secretary of the Musicians' Union, will take over from Fran Nevrkla as Chairman of the UK record industry's performing rights society PPL at the start of next year when Nevrkla, a former CEO of the rights body, steps down.

Already a director on the PPL board, Smith's appointment to the part time Chairman role should be popular, not least because it communicates the society's commitment to its artist members. PPL not only represents the performing rights of UK record companies, but also manages the equitable remuneration featured artists and session musicians are due on that income under copyright law. In most other countries performers have their own societies to handle Performer ER, making PPL unusual in representing both labels and artists in the so called 'neighbouring rights' domain.

Confirming the appointment, PPL CEO Peter Leathem told reporters: "John has an excellent knowledge of PPL and the wider music industry and his appointment is unanimously supported by the board. John's appointment provides stability and continuity to the organisation which is key to ensuring future success".

Smith himself added: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to become Chairman of PPL. It is a great honour to follow in the footsteps of Fran Nevrkla who has presided over such a successful chapter in PPL's history. Working for many years with PPL, the MU has given me a firm grounding in the practical application of performers' rights and the role of effective collective management - knowledge that I will continue to apply on behalf of all PPL's performer and record company members".

The appointment was welcomed by Jo Dipple, boss of cross-sector trade group UK Music, which counts both the MU and PPL amongst its membership. She said: "The appointment of John Smith as incoming Chairman of PPL is brilliant. John brings with him the knowledge of a musician and the skill of a negotiator. Like Fran, John has offered me and UK Music support and guidance from the off. He is never more than a phone call away when I need to ask his advice. He will serve PPL in the manner he has served the Musicians' Union - with passion, knowledge and diplomacy".

SFX's Beatport gets into bed with competitor Spotify
EDM huckster SFX yesterday announced an alliance between its Beatport platform and Spotify which will see unique audio and video content secured and created by the former pumped out through the latter's streaming service.

Which is interesting mainly because Beatport, originally a download store of course, moved into streaming music itself earlier this year, making the two firms competitors who really should be busy briefing against each other on the sly. And then wishing for the other's imminent demise and a whisking off to that place in the digital sky where Peoplesound and Wippet and Puremix and MyCokeMusic and Sony Connect and Imeem and Lala and Bloom and Sony Music Unlimited hang out.

But no, it's a positive love-in. Beatport is "thrilled" obviously, to be "providing our unique content around all things EMC to the Spotify audience", said Greg Consiglio in his highly anticipated first quote in the job of CEO of Beatport. EMC, in case you've forgotten, is "electronic music cultcha". Spotify users, he added, will "be the first to access the latest need-to-know exclusive electronic music from Beatport and will also be able to watch to a mix of original festival and event video content".

That video content will come from SFX's portfolio of dance music festivals, while the exclusive music will be tracks previously only available on Beatport. The team behind the SFX online platform will also curate playlists for Spotify users who are bored with the indie durge the streaming service's own new Discover Weekly service has recommended and who fancy something with a few more bleeps instead.

The deal, and the promise of other similar alliances, suggests that SFX increasingly sees Beatport as a media brand through which to promote its festivals and brand partnerships, rather than just another streaming service, which is probably a sound plan. For Spotify the deal fits into that recent strategy to secure more exclusive and video content, basically anything to distinguish its service from that other download store busy moving itself into the streaming space.

Says Spotify's Chief Content Officer Ken Parks: "Millions of Spotify users are going to love this unique music and video content that only Beatport can bring. Two billion times every month, our listeners discover an artist they've never heard of through a Spotify playlist. I'm really pleased that we can include Beatport's new music exclusives to our deep catalogue of both rising and established artists".

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Rhapsody/Napster confirms three million paying users
Hey you, don't be getting all distracted by the Spotifys and the Beatports and all that jazz, it's time to give some brain space to Napsody, which confirmed yesterday that it now has three million paying subscribers worldwide.

Which, as we noted the last time the Rhapsody/Napster company had a stats brag - announcing 2.5 million users back in February - isn't so impressive on one level, given Spotify's 20 million premium subscribers, and the fact that both the Rhapsody brand (in the US) and the legit Napster service (worldwide) have both been in the digital music marketplace for a long time. But then three million paying subscribers does still put Napsody in the top five premium streaming services, and as the company itself was keen to point out, that's a 50% increase on a year ago.

Other nuggets of trivia shared by Napsody yesterday included that mobile users are up actually 60% on last year, and in the UK 72% also tune in via Sonos. Also, emerging markets have played a key role in the service's recent growth, with Colombia and Brazil the fastest growing, even though Germany and France have the largest number of Napster users. So, now you know.

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Deezer announces IFTTT alliance
But hey you, don't be getting all distracted by the Napsters and the Rhaposdys and all that jazz, it's time to give some brain space to the Deezer geezers, who would like you all to know that they are the first - that's first - not third, not ninth - but the first streaming service to integrate with IFTTT. You know, If This Then That. And if you don't know what that is, well, get with the moment granddad. Actually, ask your granddad, I bet he knows.

IFTTT allows users to integrate different social media and online services, kickstarting an action on one platform based on activity on another. Each action on the service is called a 'recipe', and under this new alliance a bunch of pre-prepared Deezer-related recipes are now available so, for example, if you favourite a track on Deezer it posts to Facebook. And there's some other less pedestrian uses of the IFTTT platform too.

And if you like that, then this. As in go check it out.

  Approved: Broen
By blending a variety of styles - from Swedish guitar-pop to hip hop - Broen have gained a good reputation as a live band back in their native Norway. They also released their debut album, 'Yoga', there back in February. All of this is yet to come for us in the UK though, where we've only just received their debut single 'Iris'.

An examination of jealousy and paranoia, 'Iris' fittingly sounds both intimate and distant. Echoey cries of "you and me, you and me" might seem like a joyous 'us against the world' call to arms on their own, but become increasingly desperate within the context of the rest of the lyrics.

Listen to 'Iris' here.
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Deadmau5 plans "winter hibernation" to record new album
Deadmau5 has said he plans to go into "winter hibernation" later this year. By which he means he's going to work on a new album, rather than sleeping for three months. You can make up your own joke here.

Asked by a fan on Twitter if he actually still makes music, the producer explained: "Well honestly, haven't done anything since November. Been taking a production break while they build the new studio".

He continued: "The plan is, when the studio's done in the fall, I'm going into winter studio hibernation. Should have a new album done by January, I think".

His last album was 'While (1<2)' in 2014. If you're interested, here are the plans for the studio.

Aphex Twin promises 150 more unreleased tracks
Aphex Twin has said that he will soon add yet more unreleased tracks to the 200 odd already placed on his SoundCloud profile this year.

The producer has updated the biog on the profile to say: "I'm VERY happy to report that I've found loads more old tapes I never encoded or gave to anybody. Been looking a lot on/off last few months and found around seven tapes, most of which have 20+ tracks. Will upload/release soonish".

Fans are currently voting for their favourite tracks on the account, which may make up a future compilation.

Aphex Twin, of course, released his first album for over a decade, 'Syro', last September, followed by the 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2' EP at the beginning of this year.

More NWA reunions? Maybe, but forget about Dre
The movie studio behind the previously reported NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' is trying to get the legendary hip hop outfit back on stage, having managed to get Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella together at the recent BET Experience event in LA.

Speaking about promotional activity around the movie, Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley told The Hollywood Reporter: "We don't have anything settled yet with everyone's schedules, but we think it can create a lot of buzz".

But would that reunion include everyone's favourite Apple Inc suit and former NWAer Doc Dre? Well, that was the implication. And possibly his old pal Eminem too, who could possibly fill in for late NWA member Eazy E.

Though don't be getting too excited, according to Rolling Stone reps for Dre and Slim Shady have denied that they have any plans to tour together, at all, let alone as part of some NWA reunion party.

James Franco's Lana Del Rey book, Matthew E White's new video, Lion babe's Heaven show, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Actor James Franco has written a book about Lana Del Rey, titled 'Flip-Side: Real And Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey', following on from an essay he wrote about the singer for V Magazine earlier this year. Sadly, it will take until March next year to get this weighty 100 page tome out into the world, but you can look at the cover and pre-order it here.

• That Matthew E White has released a new video for his song 'Visions'. You can have visions of it (ie watch it) here.

• Ty Segall's approved Fuzz side project will release their second album, 'II', on 23 Oct. Here's a track from it, 'Pollinate'.

• Emika will play Electrowerkz in Islington on 15 Aug, following on from the recent release of her third album, 'Drei'.

• Lion Babe will headline Heaven in London on 24 Nov. Their new single, 'Impossible', will be released on 28 Aug. But it's okay for you to listen to it here now.

Slaves won't beef with the Mods
Anti-beef of the week goes to punk outfit Slaves, who have refused to rise to the bait after rival band Sleaford Mods called them "fucking appalling".

Though the Mods then said Slaves had ripped them off, which I think is them admitting that the fucking appalling-ness of the rival duo's music originates in their own sound? Actually, one of the things Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson accused Slaves of ripping off his "pose" in photos. Which may or may not be fucking appalling.

Anyway, asked about the remarks by the NME, Isaac Holman off of Slaves said: "I've got nothing to say about that". Though he did then say something, that Sleaford Mods are "just trying to stir up shit" and that entering into a public war of words "is hardly sending out a positive message to people". Which is true, but it might get you into CMU's 'and finally' slot. Though, to be fair, so did saying some tedious consolatory nonsense. So, well done Slaves.

 
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