MONDAY 27 JULY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The record industry has always been pretty stats-happy, though over the last year or so an ever more steady flow of figures have been coming out of the sector's trade bodies around the world, presumably because in the digital domain it's easier to get the numbers together on a more regular basis. It can be hard to keep with them all (we'll do another speedy summary in the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Have I mentioned that Jon Hillcock's 'All Back No Front' podcast is back? Don't answer that, I already know I haven't. But it is. After a bit of a hiatus, Hillcock is now back to bringing new music to your ears every two weeks. New music like 'Gold' by Kiiara, which has become something of an internet hit since its release a month ago (but had passed me by entirely... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the FTC's investigation into Apple's 'tax' on in-app purchases, the race to improve songwriting royalty reporting, Spotify's new Discover Weekly playlists, and the pains of trying to get your One Direction remix competition entry heard on SoundCloud. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES UK market tops 500 million streams per week
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LEGAL 50 Cent ordered to pay another $2 million in sex tape case
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DEALS Sony Music reportedly signs Enrique Iglesias
Imagem signs Oh Wonder
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Russian collecting societies set to merge, though the recording rights society doesn't seem keen
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ARTIST NEWS Meek Mill/Drake squabble continues
New Haçienda documentary to debut next month
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GIGS & FESTIVALS NBC to air TV special of Ed Sheeran's Wembley shows
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ONE LINERS Chief Keef, Snoop Dogg, Amanda Palmer, and more
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AND FINALLY... Alesha Dixon on Stereo Kicks: "What's wrong with these bands?"
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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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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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UK market tops 500 million streams per week
The record industry has always been pretty stats-happy, though over the last year or so an ever more steady flow of figures have been coming out of the sector's trade bodies around the world, presumably because in the digital domain it's easier to get the numbers together on a more regular basis.

It can be hard to keep with them all (we'll do another speedy summary in the September edition of the CMU Trends Report), though in the main each set of figures is just confirming that ongoing trend, with some regional variations: that streaming is booming in terms of users and revenue, CD sales continue to slowly decline, the nominal vinyl revival is still ongoing, and downloads are still down loads (stolen joke alert, stolen joke alert).

The UK's BPI - one of the most stat happy of all the trade groups - put out another slew of data this weekend, mainly to big up the fact that British music fans are now streaming more than 500 million tracks a week, and that's based on Official Charts Company data so doesn't include YouTube or SoundCloud, which don't currently chart return in the UK.

According to the latest figures, 11.5 billion streams took place on the subscription-based platforms (so those where you have to sign-up to listen, though this includes freemium and premium) in the first half of this year, compared with 14.8 billion streams for the whole of 2014. And in chart week ending 16 Jul, 505,849,000 tracks were streamed, meaning the industry's counters-in-chief are now confident that the total figure for 2015 will top 25 billion. Add in the non chart-returning platforms, and the number could exceed 50 billion.

Of course, consumption and revenue are two very different things, and unlike with CD and download sales, in streaming the two don't necessarily go hand in hand. While streaming services are paying per-play guarantees to rights owners, the overall total number of streams is relevant, but as the market matures it's the revenue-share arrangements between the DSPs and the labels, publishers and collecting societies that matter. And then, for individual artists and rights owners, what becomes more relevant is what percentage of overall consumption comes from your catalogue.

And, of course, all the debates remain about streaming royalties, quite where freemium fits in, and whether the current subscription models are viable - for both DSP and rights owners - long term. Which makes revenue figures better than consumption figures in order to assess the state of the industry, and even then, what's really needed to work out whether doom and gloom is justified, is the much less readily accessible (or, where available, dissectible) profit figures. Still, streams will dominate in the future - that seems certain - and so everyone needs to find a way to make this thing work commercially.

Meanwhile, here are the ten most streamed tracks in 2015 so far - these guys are probably doing OK. So there's that.

1. Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
2. Omi - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
3. Hozier - Take Me To The Church
4. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
5. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
6. Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth - See You Again
7. James Bay - Hold Back The River
8. Maroon 5 - Sugar
9. Years & Years - King
10. Major Lazer feat Mo & DJ Snake - Lean On

50 Cent ordered to pay another $2 million in sex tape case
A New York jury last week ordered 50 Cent to pay another $2 million in punitive damages to the woman whose privacy he violated via a sex tape leak.

As previously reported, earlier this month a court ordered Fiddy to pay Lastonia Leviston $5 million in damages, after he put a sex tape in which she appeared online without her permission. The court heard that the leaking of the tape was part of the rapper's ongoing feud with Rick Ross, who didn't appear in the clip, but who has a child with Leviston.

Having handed down the initial $5 million in damages, the court requested to see an overview of 50 Cent's financial affairs to see if additional punitive damages should be applied too. It was at this point that the rapper applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that would normally put all and any matters involving his finances on hold.

But lawyers for Leviston requested that their client's case not be held up by the bankruptcy proceedings - presumably suspecting that Fiddy had applied for Chapter 11 deliberately to delay or hinder the punitive damages from being calculated - and the bankruptcy courts complied with that request.

And so the case continued last week, with jurors deciding on Friday that an additional $2 million in damages should be applied. Which is another win for Leviston, though her lawyers had been pushing for $15 million, while 50 Cent's legal reps argued $700,000 was more reasonable.

Any appeals pending, with this case resolved it remains to be seen what happens to 50 Cent's bankruptcy.

Sony Music reportedly signs Enrique Iglesias
Sony Music has both nabbed and grabbed Enrique Iglesias from rivals Universal, signing him up to a new deal that will likely see his Spanish language output released via Sony Music Latin, while RCA will handle anything he croons in English, according to Billboard.

Iglesias completed his last contract with Universal last year, having worked with the major for over a decade. Earlier this year he appeared on the single 'El Perdon' from Sony-signed Nicky Jam, which possibly gave the singer the opportunity to experience first hand just how magnificent all things Sony Music can be. Because I'm sure they are.

And, possibly, to open negotiations for a deal which, word has it, is very generous in terms of advance and royalties, and which sees the major promise lots of international marketing support. Though neither Sony nor Iglesias have actually commented on any of this so far.

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Imagem signs Oh Wonder
Indie publisher Imagem has signed one of those worldwide multi-year agreements with London duo Oh Wonder - aka Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht - ahead of the September release, via Universal's Caroline International label services unit, of an album featuring tracks they have been unveiling online every month since September last year.

Confirming the publishing deal, Imagem Music UK MD Kim Frankiewicz told reporters: "Anthony and Josephine are a one of kind artist proposition. They have a real aura around them, and really embrace innovation. As writers they have a rare knack to create something really different but with the confidence of seasoned songwriters".

Matt Johnson at Redlight Management, which manages West, said: "We're over the moon to work with Kim and the Imagem team going forward, and look forward to building a strong career for Anthony for the foreseeable future"; while Steve Ambler of Vander Gucht's reps SB Management added: "The passion and dedication of Kim and her team filled us with confidence that they are the perfect home for Josephine".

So, "filled with confidence" and "over the moon", it's a great little alliance this one and, most importantly, not one person is "thrilled". Oh hang on, Ambler adds "we are thrilled to be working with Imagem". So close.

Russian collecting societies set to merge, though the recording rights society doesn't seem keen
While, for the Western music industry, Russia is rarely thought of as the home of efficient collective licensing, collecting societies in the country are doing the one thing that has been much discussed elsewhere but with little action so far, that is to say simplifying music licensing by bringing the record industry and music publishing sector's performing rights organisations together. Though not everyone is seemingly happy with the move.

RAO, which represents Russian authors and songwriters, has announced that it is merging with VOIS, which represents sound recording owners, and RSP, which collects the private copy levy in Russia, to create one big rights body, seemingly to be known as PDK RAO. Collecting societies in Russia need government approval, but the country's culture minister has reportedly backed the new combined rights organisation.

However, according to local media reports, the boss of VOIS claims that the merger decision was made a meeting he did not intend, and that he therefore considers the proposal to be illegal. According to Izvestia, the sound recording rights group - which caused controversy itself when the Russian government decided it should be the only record industry collecting society in the country in 2009 (two other societies weren't impressed) - has complained to the culture ministry about the proposal, and asked the ministry of justice to intervene too.

But a spokesperson for the RAO seemed to suggest the merger was already underway, telling Billboard: "Succession will be observed as far as responsibilities before rights holders and relations with licensees and users are concerned, and there will be no interruption of regular royalty collection operations. Distribution and paying out of royalties to rights holders will be done on time and in strict compliance with the law".

So, that's all fun isn't it? Record labels and music publishers in New Zealand were the first to offer joined-up music licenses via their One Music initiative, although the two sectors' PROs still remain autonomous behind the scenes. Meanwhile, in the UK, PPL and PRS do offer a handful of combined rights licences, though it's still the exception rather than the norm. But many in political circles reckon that, where users exploit recordings of songs, and therefore need to clear both recording and song rights, more joint licences should be available.

  Approved: Kiiara
Have I mentioned that Jon Hillcock's 'All Back No Front' podcast is back? Don't answer that, I already know I haven't. But it is. After a bit of a hiatus, Hillcock is now back to bringing new music to your ears every two weeks. New music like 'Gold' by Kiiara, which has become something of an internet hit since its release a month ago (but had passed me by entirely until it featured on 'ABNF', hence the nod).

Last week Kiiara released her second track, 'Tennessee', another collaboration with producer Felix Snow, who is currently best known for his work with SZA. Like 'Gold', the new track is an excellent piece of cut up R&B pop, and quickly gaining listeners over on SoundCloud.

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Meek Mill/Drake squabble continues
If you thought rapper Meek Mill sort of possibly maybe apologising to Drake for claiming that his more famous rival and recent track-collaborator uses ghostwriters was the end of this rap squabble, then you were wrong wrong wrong. The good old fashioned diss track is still going strong, it seems.

As previously reported, Mill said last week that Drake "don't write his own raps", adding that it was because he had found out about this that Drake was pretty lacklustre in promoting the two rappers' recent collaboration. And now a new track from Mr Drake himself, which he premiered on his Beats 1 radio show this weekend, seemingly responds to those allegations.

The NME records some of the lyrics of new track 'Charged Up' as follows: "I did some charity today for the kids / But I'm used to it cause all y'all charity cases / All y'all stare in my face and hope you could be to replace me / Snitchin on us without no interrogation / I stay silent cause we at war and I'm very patient".

I'm not sure rapping about the fall out counts as staying silent. And Mill, for certain, has no plans involving silence, seemingly promising a response rap this week, while conceding that Drake almost certainly did write the new diss rap he aired this weekend because it's "baby lotion soft".

So, that's all fun isn't it? I wonder if this is one of those well-it-gets-us-lots-of-press-doesn't-it rap beefs, or one of those I'll-end-up-posting-a-sex-tape-of-your-babymother-and-be-left-with-a-damages-bill-for-seven-million-dollars rap squabbles.

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New Haçienda documentary to debut next month
A new documentary about legendary Manchester club the Haçienda is set to debut at a charity event at the city's Royal Northern College Of Music on 5 Aug.

Liam Gallagher, Peter Hook, Clint Boon and former Haçienda DJs Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and Dave Haslam all feature in the film, recalling the role the venue had on the city's music community of the day.

Director Chris Hughes told the Manchester Evening News last week: "I went to the club a few times but I was never a regular [because] I was mainly an indie kid back then. But I'm fascinated by music culture".

Making the film in aid of charity helped him get together the people he needed to make the venture happen, he adds, saying: "The club's story has been well told and all the people who have helped me out wouldn't have done so if this wasn't for charity. But, you know, people get very misty eyed when I asked the question: 'What made The Haçienda so special?'. It's like I'm taking them back to the best night of their lives".

Watch the trailer for 'Do You Own The Dancefloor' here.

NBC to air TV special of Ed Sheeran's Wembley shows
So you know how that Eddy Sheeran played some tunes to a few people recently via a three day stint at Wembley Stadium? Well, if you missed all that, possibly by living in America, and you'd like to see what happened, even though you live in America, and you'd also like some backstage footage, as a result of you living in America, well good news, highlights of the show are being made into an NBC TV special. But only if you live in America.

Says Sheeran: "It really doesn't get any bigger than Wembley in my mind and it was an honour to join the select few that have headlined there. It's definitely a personal milestone and I'm so glad to share this special moment with all of my fans".

That's nice isn't it? The 'Ed Sheeran - Live At Wembley Stadium' special will air Stateside on 16 Aug. Don't know about here in the UK. Just file-share it. I mean, it's not like Sheeran needs the money any more. Though poor little old NBC might. So possibly don't.

Chief Keef, Snoop Dogg, Amanda Palmer, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Well, here's a new development in the world of live music. Chief Keef was "switched off" by police one song into a charity show in Indiana on Saturday. The rapper was appearing as a hologram, actually performing on a sound stage in Beverly Hills, due to a number of outstanding arrest warrants. Full story via the Chicago-Tribune here.

• Snoop Dogg has accused Swedish police of racial profiling in a number of Instagram posts, after he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after a show in Uppsala at the weekend.

• Amanda Palmer was forced to cancel a show supporting Morrissey in San Jose, California last week, after falling ill as the result of a tick bite. Read the full story in minute detail here.

• Imagine if I told you right here and now that Disclosure hadn't just released the video for 'Omen' featuring Sam Smith. That would be such a lie. Look, it's right here.

• PC Music producer Kane West is putting out an EP through Tiga's Turbo Recordings on 14 Aug, the label has announced.

Alesha Dixon on Stereo Kicks: "What's wrong with these bands?"
Alesha Dixon, officially allowed an opinion on such things in her guise as 'Britain's Got Talent' judge, and possibly as a one time popstar, isn't impressed with the unsigned eight-mouths-to-feed Stereo Kicks giving up quite so quickly

As previously reported, the oversized boy band created by the last series of 'X-Factor' announced they were calling it a day earlier this month, having been unable to get a decent record deal signed, and following the somewhat lacklustre performance of their debut single 'Love Me So'.

But Dixon is not impressed with such little commitment to making it in pop. She told Radio City: "What's wrong with all these bands? They've been together two minutes. It's not like the old days when people grafted for years and years, and stayed together for years and years. Those days are gone. Well I wish them the best of luck, you know. They're nice guys and they're talented. It's a shame".

Going in for the double diss after that little big up of the Stereo Kicks boys, she went on: "This industry isn't easy, but nothing is in life. That's life, you know. You have to work for all the things that you want and the rewards are great when you put the work in. I think that the boys are going to have a great career whatever they do, because they're talented, and I think that's such a shame that they've split up. But that's the nature of bands. They all have a shelf-life and some are shorter than others".

It's true you know. Though that was a particularly short shelf stay.

 
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