MONDAY 3 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Vivendi confirms Lucian Grainge deal at Universal extended until at least 2020 Lucian Grainge will continue to run the world's biggest music rights company until at least 2020, Armageddon pending, according to Universal Music owner Vivendi. The French media firm confirmed on Friday that it had inked a new deal with Grainge, who took over the top job... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: 'Concrete Antenna' is a new album by Tommy Perman, Simon Kirby and Rob St John based on a sound installation commissioned by the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop to mark the opening of a new tower built on the site. The trio's recordings are built using archive samples and field recordings from the landscape around the tower, layered with sparse piano... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the latest on the digital pie debate, Amazon Prime Music’s UK launch and how it affects the streaming landscape, Russian social network vKontakte’s “goodwill agreement” with Sony Music, and Zayn Malik’s contract signing frenzy. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Vivendi confirms Lucian Grainge deal at Universal extended until at least 2020
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LEGAL Phil Rudd pleads not guilty to allegations he breached home detention rules
Travi$ Scott faces charges after Lollapalooza set
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LIVE BUSINESS Sillerman asked to prove finance in place for proposed SFX buy back
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MEDIA Liberty Global increases ITV stake
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Music lawyer Mark Wilkins returns to London to join Everys
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OBITUARIES Cilla Black 1943-2015
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RELEASES New Dre record confirmed for Friday, no Detox but it's "bananas"
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GIGS & FESTIVALS CMU Publisher to present free speech on free speech at the Edinburgh Fringe, inspired by the Blurred Lines debate
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AND FINALLY... Leona Lewis left Syco over covers album proposal
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AIR ARTIST AGENCY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Air Artist Agency is an innovative live music agency. The agency represents the cream of today's jazz musicians, cutting edge innovators and mainstream established artists. With an extensive worldwide network of contacts, we book for emerging talents as well as established artists. We are looking for a personal assistant to one of our directors.

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AUDIO NETWORK - PRODUCT AND A&R MANAGER (LONDON)
Working in our London office, we are looking for a music industry professional with passion and experience to join the Audio Network Music Team, primarily as cross discipline (B2B and B2C) Product Manager but also in support of all A&R functions.

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BIMM LONDON - EVENTS & GUESTS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The post holder will have a supporting role to the Head of Events & Guests with specific responsibility for BIMM in house and external events, gigs, artist auditions, masterclasses and supplying the marketing department with information on events, guests and student success stories.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - HEAD OF HIGHER EDUCATION & COURSE LEADER (MANCHESTER)
The post holder will be a highly experienced, dynamic professional with a strong background in music and in education who will share responsibility for the leadership, creative development and delivery of all the academic activities of BIMM Manchester.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - COURSE LEADER BA PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP (MANCHESTER)
The role requires an inspirational course leader and teacher who can also bring a high level of music industry and academic experience and demonstrate an understanding of, and affinity with, the curriculum at BIMM Institute.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER X 2 (MANCHESTER)
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic experienced, dynamic professional with a background which will enable them to take on a key role in upholding all Student Support systems to ensure all students complete their studies and achieve at the highest level.

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BIMM DUBLIN - RECEPTIONIST (DUBLIN)
The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all students, tutors and visitors to BIMM Dublin. Working within the reception team, the role will involve dealing with a high volume of calls and responding to all queries in a timely and informative manner.

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BIMM DUBLIN - RECEPTIONIST (TEMPORARY CONTRACT, 6.5 MONTHS) (DUBLIN)
The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all students, tutors and visitors to BIMM Dublin. Working within the reception team, the role will involve dealing with a high volume of calls and responding to all queries in a timely and informative manner.

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BIMM DUBLIN - TEMPORARY STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER (DUBLIN)
The Student Support Officer will have a key role in supporting the QSS Manager in ensuring that all aspects of the School’s Student Support provision, including pastoral tutorials, counselling, learning support welfare awareness programmes and student representative programme are delivered in line with the requirements of our key educational partners and in order to support all students at BIMM Dublin.

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SOLD OUT - JUNIOR SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Sold Out is an independent full service advertising agency, specialising in arts and entertainment for 20 years. You will be supporting the business through effective implementation of social media campaigns for a variety of clients across the entertainment market. The role is ideal for a recent graduate or for a first full-time job.

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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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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)
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Vivendi confirms Lucian Grainge deal at Universal extended until at least 2020
Lucian Grainge will continue to run the world's biggest music rights company until at least 2020, Armageddon pending, according to Universal Music owner Vivendi.

The French media firm confirmed on Friday that it had inked a new deal with Grainge, who took over the top job at the mega-major from Doug Morris (now running Sony Music, of course) in 2011. The new contract, and Grainge's current plan for the music giant will, said Vivendi, "enable the company to maintain its profitable growth and continue to play a leading role in the transformation of the music industry".

The renewed support for Grainge at Universal follows a significant shift in the regime running Vivendi itself, where Chairman Vincent Bollore has greatly increased his influence over the company's affairs. And while his own business, the Bollore Group, has interests in all sorts of industries, and only controls around 14.5% of Vivendi stock, he seems to be taking a particular interest in assets like Universal Music.

As well as confirming that Grainge would continue to lead its music business for at least the next five years, Vivendi also revealed last week that making new investments in Africa, India and China is a priority for Universal, because these are "high-potential markets for music". Oh, and that tricky need to accelerate the "monetisation of music on digital channels" is also at the heart of Grainge's big five year plan. Which might make Armageddon look like the more attractive option.

Phil Rudd pleads not guilty to allegations he breached home detention rules
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded not guilty to those allegations he breached rules of his home detention sentence by drinking alcohol last month.

As previously reported, earlier this year Rudd pleaded guilty to making threats against a man who had worked on the promotion of his solo album. The drummer was then sentenced in the New Zealand courts to eight months home detention and strict rules to stick to a drug and alcohol rehab programme. The judge hearing the case told the drummer that he faced jail if he broke the terms of his house arrest.

But then one weekend last month, Rudd was arrested and spent a night in jail over allegations that he had broken the alcohol rules of his detention. Although he was let out of jail a day later, Rudd didn't officially enter a plea in relation to that allegation at the time. So he did so at a court hearing earlier today, where he pleaded not guilty.

A new hearing has now been set for November to consider the term breach allegations, though in the meantime the drummer will remain under house arrest rather than serving a full-on jail term. But he could still end up in prison if the new allegations against him are proven in November, though when asked outside court whether that made him nervous, Rudd told reporters: "No, the only thing I'm nervous about is... I don't actually know what's going on". Which possibly amounts to the same thing.

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Travi$ Scott faces charges after Lollapalooza set
Rapper Travi$ Scott is facing disorderly conduct charges after encouraging fans to jump over the stage barriers during his set at the US date of Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend.

The city's Office Of Emergency Management said the rapper's set was cut short after he began telling fans to climb over the security barricades. He then fled the scene but was subsequently taken into custody.

A spokesman for the office, Melissa Stratton, confirmed Scott was now facing the disorderly conduct charges, even though the incident was dealt with quickly by festival staff and no one was hurt.

Scott's people are yet to comment on the incident. Though the rapper might wish his set had been scheduled for Sunday, when some of the festival's proceedings had to be suspended because of stormy weather.

Sillerman asked to prove finance in place for proposed SFX buy back
EDM show maker SFX Entertainment has told its founder and CEO Robert Sillerman that he has two weeks to confirm financing for his proposed bid to take the firm back into private ownership.

As previously reported, having floated the EDM festival and Beatport owner in 2013, Sillerman now wants to buy back all the shares he no longer controls. Amid some investor resentment, he finally offered his fellow stock holders $5.25 per share in cash.

An independent committee set up by the SFX board then approved that offer, before inviting other players to make rival bids. Last week it was confirmed that no such offers were forthcoming.

Despite Sillerman's impending buy-back of his latest entertainment business at an above-market rate, shares in SFX have slipped in the last fortnight, with some questioning whether the founder will be able to raise enough funds to go ahead with the $5.25 per share deal.

Which is why the company's board has now asked its CEO to prove financing is in place in the next two weeks.

Liberty Global increases ITV stake
Liberty Global - another company led by John Malone who, through Liberty Media, controls a quarter of Live Nation - last week increased its stake in ITV plc to 9.9%, having originally bought a 6.4% stake in the commercial broadcaster last year. But the company, which also owns Virgin Media, denied it had ambitions to take control of the ITV business.

Confirming it had boosted its stock, Liberty Global said: "Given ITV's operating and stock price performance, we were able to increase our stake to 9.9% with no incremental investment by hedging our existing equity position. This investment remains an opportunistic one for us in our largest market".

Despite Liberty saying that it wasn't planning a takeover of ITV plc, analysts said on Friday that the fact the media firm is increasing its stake suggests execs there believe one of the company's big media rivals may seek to acquire the UK telly business at some point in the future.

Music lawyer Mark Wilkins returns to London to join Everys
Veteran music lawyer Mark Wilkins is returning to the UK after several years working in Southern Europe to join the London offices of Everys Solicitors, where he will focus on music, digital and tech companies, including helping new businesses in these domains.

Wilkins, who is rejoining his former colleague Stephen Beverley, who is now running the Everys London office, told reporters last week: "Ten years ago, when we were first introduced to Shazam, Kobalt and Frukt, there was wide-spread post-dot.com scepticism among funders. Today, there are many more routes from crowd funding and government initiatives for start-ups to hungrier members of the development and venture capital communities seeking early post-revenue businesses".

He went on: "The landscape for the music and associated business has changed beyond recognition in recent years. Now is the time for the business of music to re-visit its core models and adapt to suit the cascade of new technologies... or get lost in the stampede. There are many hugely talented executives who see the wood for the trees and aim to realise the new wave of commercial opportunities".

Cilla Black 1943-2015
Cilla Black died yesterday at her holiday home in Marbella, Spain, aged 72.

Born Pricilla White in Liverpool in 1943, Black took her stage name in 1961 after it was mistakenly published that way in the first edition of music newspaper Mersey Beat. Working in the cloakroom at the Cavern Club, she became friends with The Beatles and signed a management contract with their manager Brian Epstein in 1963 - she had first auditioned for him a year earlier, but was rejected at the time.

Black's first single, 'Love Of The Loved', was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and produced by George Martin, but only reached number 35 in the singles chart. It was the follow-up, a cover of 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', which kickstarted her career, beating Dionne Warwick's version of the song to number one.

Later she recorded a version of 'You've Lost That Lovin Feelin', which reached number two behind The Righteous Brothers' original recording of the song. Though as a singer, she is
perhaps best remembered for her 1966 version of 'Alfie', the Burt Bacharach-written theme song for the Michael Caine film of the same name.

Latterly Black became better known in the UK as a TV presenter, of course. Her first TV show was 'Cilla', which ran on the BBC from 1968 to 1976. She later fronted hit ITV shows 'Surprise, Surprise' and 'Blind Date' in the 1980s through to the early 2000s.

Black continued to record music during that time though, her most recent and eleventh solo album, 'Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs', released in 2003.

Amongst many paying tribute yesterday, Paul McCartney said in a statement: "Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at The Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around. She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her".

Black is survived by her three sons with her husband Bobby Willis, who died in 1999, Robert, Ben, and Jack.

  Approved: Concrete Antenna
'Concrete Antenna' is a new album by Tommy Perman, Simon Kirby and Rob St John based on a sound installation commissioned by the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop to mark the opening of a new tower built on the site. The trio's recordings are built using archive samples and field recordings from the landscape around the tower, layered with sparse piano and other sounds.

Even removed from the location it was originally created for, the music created for the project still sounds like it comes from a very specific place - the feeling of wind and rain lapping at the tower as it stands firm, drawing in the sound of its surroundings, still coming across strongly.

The album will be released on 14 Sep, with a vinyl set featuring accompanying art prints, essays and tide table. Watch the video for opening track 'Church Bells' here, and a short documentary on the project here.
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New Dre record confirmed for Friday, no Detox but it's "bananas"
So, Doc Dre this weekend took to the Beats, the Beats, the big fat Beats, the Beats, the Beats, the Beats, Beats, Beats, give me a B, what that spell, that's right, it's the one, the big fat one, get the Beats, the Beats, Beats, Beats, lock it in, here come the Beats... Beats 1. Which is, actually, the full name of Apple's radio station, whatever Zane Lowe says.

Anyway, as expected, that there Dr Dre used his latest spot on Apple's radio channel to announce a new record, all set to tie in with the release of the NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'. Is it the official soundtrack? No. Is it Dre's long waited new long player 'Detox'? No. So what the hell is it? A record "inspired" by the movie featuring Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg, that's what the hell it is.

But where and when will you be able to get this exciting new folder of digitised recorded content? Well, on iTunes and Apple Music only, obviously. And as for when: this coming new, that's new, new, new, it's all new, all brand new new, oh for the new, the new new new, who knew, but hey which way, all on a day, get it on a Friday, all new Friday, music music music... New Music Friday. Which is, actually, the full name of the record industry's new global release day, whatever Bruno Brookes says.

Anyway, said Dre of the new record: "I felt myself being so inspired by the movie that I started to record an album. It's going to be my grand finale". So, what can we expect from Dre's musical swan song? "This record is bananas", he says. So there you go, that's something to look forward to. And, in case you wondered, 'Detox' is definitely never seeing the light of day because, in addition to a lack of bananas on that record, it simply "wasn't good".

CMU Publisher to present free speech on free speech at the Edinburgh Fringe, inspired by the Blurred Lines debate
CMU Publisher and Business Editor Chris Cooke will this month debut a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe inspired by the 'Blurred Lines' debate he presented at The Great Escape in 2014.

Cooke says: "At TGE 2014 we had a strand looking at misogyny in pop music which climaxed with a debate on the topic 'This House Believes UK Radio Should Have Banned Blurred Lines'. It was easy to find some great radio people to speak against the motion, and Sussex University Students' Union, which had actually banned the infamous Robin Thicke hit, were up for doing the proposing. But it was really hard to find anyone from within the music or radio industry to second the motion. So, I decided to play Devil's Advocate and do it myself. And in doing so I managed to convince myself that radio stations should have indeed banned 'Blurred Lines'".

He goes on: "Which is interesting because Edinburgh University was the first British educational institution to ban the controversial hit on campus, as critics responded to the song's misogynistic lyrics. But here's the thing. I know for certain that had that happened in the 1990s when I was DJing on the Edinburgh University radio station and helping publicise club nights in the union there, I would have definitely led the campaign against the ban. After all free speech is sacrosanct, censorship is never the solution, and America's First Amendment is something to aspire to. So what's changed in the last 20 years, me or the world?"

In the new one hour Fringe show - 'Chris Cooke's Free Speech' - Cooke will explore where the right to free speech comes from in the UK and what the law actually says about freedom of expression, before discussing some of the recent controversies around free speech and finally explaining why he thinks British radio should have indeed banned 'Blurred Lines' because of its lyrical content and the message it spread.

The show appears in the spoken word programme at the Edinburgh Fringe, and will be performed from 14-16 Aug at Space Triplex, and again on 21 and 22 Aug at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. Entry is free and tickets can be reserved online at chriscookesfreespeech.com.

Cooke is performing at the Fringe for the first time, having covered the world's biggest cultural festival for two decades via CMU's sister magazine ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, which is back up and running once again ahead of the start of this year's Edinburgh Festival later this week. Check out all the coverage at ThreeWeeks.co.uk or tune in to the TW Podcast, also hosted by Cooke, at ThreeWeeks.co.uk/podcasts.

Leona Lewis left Syco over covers album proposal
Now that Zayn Malik has definitely and undeniably and 100% for certain written off every moment of pop music he created as part of One Direction under the Syco regime (well, he did declare that his upcoming solo output would be the "real music" - and via a Twitter hashtag no less), the last popstar to leave the Sony label and then diss her work there has been saying more about why she parted company with Simon Cowell.

When she signed to Universal's Island Records last year, 'X-Factor' alumna Leona Lewis said that, while she had had "seven incredible years" with Syco, she was now happy to be on a label where "artists can really flourish and are encouraged to express themselves" and which "stands for quality music". Which for someone as nice as Lewis, constitutes a major slating of her former record company.

Though, it turns out, it was Cowell's insistence she record another covers album that convinced the singer it was time to move on. In a recent interview with Sirius XM host Larry Flick she explained: "The label wanted me to do an album of covers, and I just felt like I had not gotten to the point where I wanted to do that. I'd already done a Christmas album and done a lot of covers and had so much fun with it, then I was ready to do my own album, a studio album again".

But, she went on, "that opportunity wasn't there, so I decided to leave and do a record myself. I literally didn't know what I was going to do, who I was going to get signed to, or what was going to happen".

Which is all nice and mysterious. Except I already told you she signed to Island, who will release her new long player 'I Am' in September. All full of #realmusic, I'm sure.

 
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