TUESDAY 28 JULY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: There has been lots of debate this year about the music industry needing to develop a mid-market streaming service, with less content and/or functionality and a lower price point than Spotify et al, yet somehow more attractive than the freemium channels. But arguably such a service has been available in the US since June last year in the form of Amazon Prime Music... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Initially approved two years ago, GJan has fallen a little quiet since then. Though things seem to be moving into action again now, with one new single, 'Nobody Around', released in April, and another out this week, 'One More Drink'. The new track continues her line in bold pop delivery, this time a little Sia-esque. It also sees her briefly venture into rapping, which, while a risk... [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 Amazon Prime Music arrives in the UK
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LEGAL Wixen deal allows Neil Young et al back onto the BBC's airwaves
Plaintiffs present "smoking gun" in Happy Birthday case
Korn frontman sued over unpaid legal bill
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LIVE BUSINESS Robomagic allies with Nile Rodgers festival
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple Music has signed up over ten million, say label sources
Warner definitely out and iHeartRadio in at Snapchat Discover
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ARTIST NEWS Tyler, The Creator not yet banned from Australia
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ONE LINERS Deafheaven sign to Anti-, NME editor promoted, Mercury entry deadline this week, and more
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AND FINALLY... Florence's Glastonbury performance made Dave Grohl "cry like a baby"
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MUSIC GLUE - HEAD OF SALES AND MARKETING (LONDON)
Music Glue, the world’s leading D2F e-commerce platform, is looking for a Head of Sales and Marketing to lead our sales team. You will be an experienced and well-organised sales professional with wide ranging contacts, an excellent network in the music industry and a keen desire to make a name for yourself in a fluid, exciting role.

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MUSIC GLUE - DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Music Glue, the world’s leading D2F e-commerce platform, is looking for a Digital Communications Manager to join our team. We’re looking for an experienced communications professional who is searching for a job unlike any other in music or PR. Music Glue is a company at the forefront of the ongoing revolution in music and we want someone who is as comfortable evangelising our brilliant new features to our rapidly increasing user base as they are crafting the messaging and voice of the company as a whole.

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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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Amazon Prime Music arrives in the UK
There has been lots of debate this year about the music industry needing to develop a mid-market streaming service, with less content and/or functionality and a lower price point than Spotify et al, yet somehow more attractive than the freemium channels. But arguably such a service has been available in the US since June last year in the form of Amazon Prime Music. And now it's going live here in the UK.

As previously reported, the Amazon streaming service is made available to subscribers to the firm's Prime service, who already enjoy video-on-demand, free delivery and other benefits from being in the online retailer's club. Users have access to a smaller library of music than with the Spotifys of this world, and without all the latest releases, though the argument is that for more casual music consumers, that's sufficient. And users can always access their MP3s through the platform's app, so can get the handful of new releases they want to play by paying a little extra through Amazon's existing music store.

In the UK, there will be about a million tracks at launch, and in the region of 500 curated playlists to choose from. This is available under the existing £79 a year Prime subscription, which obviously also includes all the other gubbins, with music really a side service rather than the core proposition. As a result, Amazon Prime Music isn't really competing with Spotify and Apple Music etc, instead aiming at a different demographic. Though it could help further escalate the slide in download sales, especially of catalogue tracks.

Confirming the launch, Amazon UK's Head Of Music, Paul Firth, told the BBC that the way people are consuming music is evolving, and, with all the hype around Apple Music, consumer awareness of streaming is at an all time high. Amazon, he thinks, can now take streaming "to the masses", not least by just adding it in to the existing Prime service. He added: "The best music streaming service is the one you already have".

Licensing deals are seemingly in place with both majors and indies for the new service. Obviously what those deals look like in terms of royalties and revenue is not known, but payments will be considerably lower than with the music-only platforms. Amazon, of course, offers scale, and will argue that while income per user will be much lower, there can be many, many more users this way, and users who wouldn't otherwise sign up to a Spotify-type service. Rights owners, let alone artists and songwriters, may or may not agree.

Wixen deal allows Neil Young et al back onto the BBC's airwaves
Neil Young may be busy trying to stop you from listening to his music anywhere that is concurrently legal and convenient, but you will be able to hear his oeuvre on BBC radio once again. Programmer preferences depending, of course.

As previously reported, it emerged earlier this month that songs by Young, Journey, The Doors and Bonnie Raitt were being banned from the BBC airwaves because of an upgrade to the Corporation's iPlayer Radio app, which now allows users to download programmes to their smartphones for offline listening.

As all fans of music copyright technicalities quickly noted, that would require the making of a 'mechanical copy' of the programme and all the music contained within, in addition to the 'communication to the public' every radio broadcast involves. Which is a very relevant point when it comes to song licensing, because the music publishing sector in the UK appoints different collecting societies for each set of rights - MCPS controlling mechanicals, and PRS performing rights (which include communication to the public).

Now, in theory that's not a problem, because the red blob that is PRS For Music represents both MCPS and PRS rights, but not all publishers are members of both societies. Namely, reps for Young, Journey, The Doors and Raitt are not allied with MCPS, seemingly because the artists don't want to opt in to the society's blanket licence for TV sync, just in case that results in their music soundtracking some tedious report on 'The One Show'.

But as a side effect, it meant BBC Radio - whose shows automatically pass through to the iPlayer Radio app - couldn't play the four acts' songs, on the off chance that it then facilitated some mechanical copies without licence. And so the ban began.

Worry not though, because a deal has been done - at least for the songs of Young, Journey and The Doors - via their publisher, a wing of Wixen Music, with MCPS somehow involved too. So, songs from all three can return to the BBC airwaves, and then slip through into the iPlayer Radio app for offline listening without any copyright problems whatsoever.

Said the Beeb in a statement yesterday: "The BBC has been able to find a licensing solution by working together with the music publisher Wixen Music UK and with the MCPS. Works composed by The Doors, Journey and Neil Young are now mechanically licensed under an arrangement via MCPS and are available for use on BBC Radio and for the consequent download on BBC Radio iPlayer. The licensing solution enables us to include the works on both BBC radio and the BBC's radio catch-up services".

So, everything is well once again. Until the Tories push the BBC into the North Sea, then all of this will kind of be redundant. Though any producers of mediocre 'One Show' reports reading this, please note: this does not - repeat, does not - mean The Doors, Journey and Neil Young are now covered by the MCPS TV sync blanket licence, because they're not. So don't go using their stuff, OK? In fact, can we not just push 'The One Show' into the North Sea? Then that won't happen by mistake.

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Plaintiffs present "smoking gun" in Happy Birthday case
So, we have a smoking gun. Well, there's smoke. Perhaps someone just put too many candles on the birthday cake. Because yes, it's the 'Happy Birthday To You' copyright case.

And lawyers for the film company suing Warner/Chappell, owner of the 'Happy Birthday' copyright, say they have discovered a "proverbial smoking gun" that proves the song is out of copyright in the US, so that movie makers and such like should not have to pay any royalties for using the popular song.

As previously reported, a film company which made a documentary about the famous ditty - and which needed a licence to include the song in the film - filed litigation in the US arguing that, actually, the work is no longer protected by copyright in America, even though the Warner music publisher continues to control its use.

Whereas in Europe, the copyright in 'Happy Birthday' will expire at the end of next year, 70 years after the death of Patty Smith Hill, who wrote the song with her sister Mildred Hill, in the US the term of the copyright is more complicated, because of American copyright rules in the early 20th century, and the fact that those rules changed in 1923.

Warner/Chappell's claim to the copyright in 'Happy Birthday' relates to copyright registrations that occurred in 1924 and especially 1935. But film company Good Morning To You Productions Corp reckons that any copyright in the song predates the 1923 rule change, which would mean different regulations applied and the song would, therefore, be out of copyright.

And now lawyers working for the filmmakers say they have found an old songbook that proves their case. The new evidence was presented at the last minute, as the judge was getting ready to rule on the dispute, after attorneys found 'Happy Birthday' in the 1927 fifteenth edition of 'The Everyday Song Book' among documents actually belonging to Warner/Chappell. They then searched America for earlier editions, and found one at the University Of Pittsburgh dating from 1922, also including the birthday song. Suggesting it had indeed been published before the 1923 change in copyright rules.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plaintiffs are urging the judge to consider the new evidence, despite its late submission because, "the documents prove conclusively that the song is in the public domain, thus making it unnecessary for the court to decide the scope or validity of the disputed copyrights, much less whether Patty Hill abandoned any copyright she may have had to the lyrics".

The next hearing on the dispute is scheduled for tomorrow, and it remains to be seen what impact the new evidence has. It's commonly reported that Warner/Chappell makes $2 million a year from the 'Happy Birthday' copyright, so losing protection in the US would be quite a blow.

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Korn frontman sued over unpaid legal bill
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is being sued over an unpaid legal bill, which relates to work in reaching a settlement on one of two previous lawsuits, which stemmed from a failed serial killer museum project the singer was involved in.

Davis announced plans to open the American Curiosities Museum in 2002 - featuring various pieces of serial killer memorabilia - with artist Joe Coleman and true crime archivist Arthur Rosenblatt. Davis was then sued, separately, by Rosenblatt and an investor when the project failed to come to fruition, reaching a settlement in both cases.

The lawyers that helped him to reach the latter of those two settlements in 2006 are now suing because he never paid the fee owed for that work. According to TMZ, Davis was left with a bill for $158,407, but negotiated a deal to pay back $1000 per month. However, after two months he stopped paying, and now the lawyers want their money with interest - bringing the total up to $256,021.

Good luck to the lawyers working for him on this case.

Robomagic allies with Nile Rodgers festival
Robomagic, the new business of former AEG Live UK man Rob Hallett, just in case you're not keeping notes of everything we tell you, has announced an alliance with that there Nile Rodgers, which will see the London-based music firm promote the Chic man's new US-based festival, the Freak Out Let's Dance Festival, or the FreakOut! Festival if you're short on time, or the FOLD Festival if you're now even shorter on time on account of this being a very long sentence.

Beck, Duran Duran, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Paloma Faith and Q-Tip are among the acts set to play the new event next month, which Rodgers himself has been busy booking. He also plans to get some of those artists into a nearby studio to record some exclusive sessions that could be released under the FOLD banner.

Confirming that his company was now on board to help deliver this new event, Hallett told reporters yesterday: "I've known Nile for 30 years and it's an honour and privilege that he's reached out. It's such a brilliant idea and has huge potential with Nile using his incredible contacts and reputation to bring in the biggest stars. Once established as a festival, it could very easily transfer to become a tour, an album or even a festival in the UK and in other territories - we have big ambitions".

Apple Music has signed up over ten million, say label sources
While Apple boss Tim Cook was delightfully vague about the uptake to his firm's new streaming service last week, according to label sources gossiping to Hits Daily Double, over ten million people are now signed up. And, indeed, said label people are seemingly pretty impressed with the figures that are coming through the system, in terms of users and usage.

Of course, the hype that surrounded the launch of Apple Music - and even more so its short-lived Swift-feud - not to mention Apple fans rushing to upgrade to the latest version of the tech firm's software, would all have aided that rapid sign-up rate at launch. Though more marketing efforts are now reportedly in the pipeline to maintain the momentum, not least around this year's MTV VMAs in the US.

All that said, the real test for Apple Music will come in October, where those ten million plus users have to start paying to stream. The hope is that they'll be so in love with the service by then, they won't mind handing over a tenner a month to continue accessing all that musical goodness (or at least, won't be bothered to work out how to opt out of paying). Though whether that transpires at a similarly impressive rate, remains to be seen.

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Warner definitely out and iHeartRadio in at Snapchat Discover
Warner Music is definitely off the Snapchats, as first indicated last week, as the messaging app had a shake up of its Discover tab, where content and media owners get to push their bits in front of snapchatters. The major was one of a select bunch of firms participating in the Discover channel when it was launched at the start of the year. Snapchat's grand plan is to build ad income around the content service, in a bid to actually find a revenue stream.

As expected, BuzzFeed is replacing Warner Music as a content provider on Snapchat Discover, while iHeartRadio is seemingly taking the spot previously held by Yahoo! iHeart will provide artist interviews and features rather than actual music content. Whether that means the iHeart blob will be available beyond the US - unlike the iHeartRadio streaming service itself - remains to be seen.

There has been no official word on Warner's departure from the messaging app, though there is some gossip that the major is still working with Snapchat on other concepts, it's just that a presence on the Discover tab didn't work out.

  Approved: GJan – One More Drink
Initially approved two years ago, GJan has fallen a little quiet since then. Though things seem to be moving into action again now, with one new single, 'Nobody Around', released in April, and another out this week, 'One More Drink'.

The new track continues her line in bold pop delivery, this time a little Sia-esque. It also sees her briefly venture into rapping, which, while a risk, comes off surprisingly well. With 'One More Drink', she brings her back catalogue up to half of a strong debut album. Hopefully the other half is revealed soon.

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Tyler, The Creator not yet banned from Australia
Tyler, The Creator's long fought battle with activists in Australia rages on, with the rapper claiming yesterday that he had been banned from the country following renewed action by feminist group Collective Shout.

His last run-in came in 2013, when Collective Shout attempted to have his Australian visa blocked on the grounds that his lyrics "promote hate speech against women, perpetuating male entitlement to use women's bodies, to regard women as 'bitches', 'sluts' and 'hoes' for their sexual use".

After subsequently being allowed into the country, Tyler then used at least one of those words and some others in a tirade against a member of the group on stage at a show in Sydney, for which she reported him to the police.

Yesterday, the rapper tweeted that he had been "banned from Australia", tagging Collective Shout's Director Of Operations Coralie Alison in his post. This resulted in a barrage of abuse from his fans to her account, which hardly helped matters.

And, as it turned out, the statement was not actually true. Promoter Frontier Touring later posted an update to Facebook, saying: "With respect to media reports that Tyler, The Creator's visa has been refused, Frontier would like to advise that this is not the case. The department for immigration has raised issues with the visa application but it has not been refused and Frontier will update ticket holders as soon as more information comes to hand".

Meanwhile, Azealia Banks has said that Australian audiences are "terrible" and "violent", so perhaps Tyler is better off being banned anyway. The rapper was responding to a tweet from a punter joking that she had just "completed her first ever full Australian concert", the joke being that that counted as an achievement, of course.

She wrote: "You guys are terrible crowds to play for. You're violent and belligerent and I simply will not put my safety at risk. I would've walked off stage had someone thrown something. Plus you guys are too far away and honestly, the show guarantees are never really worth the trip. But I love my fans and will do anything to make them happy".

So, Australia, make of all that what you will.

Deafheaven sign to Anti-, NME editor promoted, Mercury entry deadline this week, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Deafheaven have signed to Anti- and will release a new album in October. Announcing this news, the label has put out a trailer for the record.

• NME Editor Mike Williams is now the publication's Editor-In-Chief, as it prepares to publish its final paid-for edition later this week.

• Considering all the hoo and the haa of his departure from Blink 182 last year, it might surprise you to learn that Tom DeLonge reckons "a few phone calls" could get him back in the band.

• Sky Ferriera has delayed the making/release of a video for a new track called 'Guardian'. But it is still coming, so don't be too sad.

• Guitarist DJ Ashba has left Guns N Roses to focus on his other band, Sixx AM. Read his full statement in your choice of five languages here.

• Stornoway will release a new EP, called 'Unplucked', on 18 Sep. Among the five acoustic recordings on it is this cover of 'The Only Way Is Up.

• Foxes returns with a new album later this year, and will tour the UK in October, including a date at Heaven in London on 27 Oct.

• Former Bad Seed Mick Harvey will tour the UK this autumn, with three dates in London, Glasgow and Newcastle on 30 Jul, 2 Aug and 3 Aug.

• Entries for this year's Mercury Prize will close at 6pm on 31 Jul. That's this Friday, people. If you want to have an album considered, you'd better go here and find out how right now.

Florence's Glastonbury performance made Dave Grohl "cry like a baby"
Dave Grohl has said he "cried like a baby" when he saw Florence And The Machine covering Foo Fighter's 'Times Like These' at Glastonbury. Tears of happiness, before you ask.

Speaking to Q Magazine, reports the NME, Grohl said that he had "prayed" that FloMac would get bumped up the bill after his band pulled out of their headline slot at the festival due to his broken leg.

"I was totally looking forward to playing with them [Flo et al] at Glastonbury", he said. "When we cancelled and they were searching for a replacement I prayed they'd just move them to the top of the bill because they fucking deserve to be there. I was so excited when they announced they would, I emailed Florence to congratulate her".

He added: "She gave me great advice for healing broken bones and said they we're going to cover 'Times Like These'. The day after the gig, someone sent me a link to the performance and I cried like a fucking baby. It melted my fucking heart. I am forever indebted to them. It meant so much, you have no idea".

And here is that tearjerking performance for you to sob your way through.

 
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