THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: There was a time when Warner Music could always be relied upon to be the last hold-out standing with most new digital services. They were happy days. Now Warner always seems to be first to jump into bed with any old digital start-up and mobile what-not. In fact, the whole company seems to be lacking in the kind of good old-fashioned belligerence that we expect... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Each day over the next three weeks we will be looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks. And today it's 'Tubular Bells For Two', a show returning to the Edinburgh Fringe once again this August in which "two crazy Aussies perform Mike Oldfield's masterpiece, tackling over 20... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including facts, figures, rumours and deals at Apple Music, Universal’s new playlist marketing boss Jay Frank, the latest on Robert Sillerman’s attempts to buy back SFX Entertainment and the knock on effects for Beatport, plus the surprise new album from Dr Dre. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES New Vevo boss courting Warner Music
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LEGAL Jay-Z and Timbaland set to testify in long running moral rights case
Couple fined for indulging in sex act during Paloma Faith concert
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DEALS Spirit expands into UK via B-Unique alliance
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LIVE BUSINESS Hackney Council postpones controversial review of club licensing rules
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Three more music and media execs added to 8tracks advisory board
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MEDIA New BBC radio app serves over a million downloads in less than a month
Pearson completes its bail on news publishing by selling its stake in The Economist
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RELEASES Release date set for "Kurt Cobain solo album"
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AND FINALLY... No flying fucks from Rita Ora, whatever A$AP Rocky raps
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New Vevo boss courting Warner Music
There was a time when Warner Music could always be relied upon to be the last hold-out standing with most new digital services. They were happy days. Now Warner always seems to be first to jump into bed with any old digital start-up and mobile what-not. In fact, the whole company seems to be lacking in the kind of good old-fashioned belligerence that we expect from our record companies most major.

But Warner remains a hold-out on Vevo, something the recently appointed new top man at the video service is trying to rectify, according to reports. Former BBC digital man Erik Huggers joined Vevo back in May and, according to the New York Post, he has since been pitching hard to Warner Music overseer Stephen Cooper that its time the record company joined the party.

Vevo was set up, of course, by Universal Music and Sony Music - which remain significant shareholders in the venture – as a way of overhauling the way official music video content is distributed through YouTube, with Vevo selling the advertising and paying a royalty to the Google video platform rather than the other way round.

This gives the majors, and other labels signed up to Vevo, more control over their official content on YouTube, and the ad rates they charge around said content. Meanwhile Vevo has been busy building its brand beyond the YouTube ecosystem, pumping out pop promos and other music-related content via its own website and apps.

Warner Music has its own direct relationship with YouTube in relation to its official content on the Google video site, which is why it wasn't so desperate to go in cahoots with its major label rivals when they were first creating Vevo.

But as the video site expands beyond the YouTube platform, Huggers will be hoping Warner might see the advantage of signing up to his service too. Though it cuts both ways. Within YouTube it doesn't matter that Vevo lacks Warner content, because the mini-major's videos are there right alongside its channels anyway. But as Vevo tries to grow audience for its own platforms, the lack of Warner-released hits becomes a problem.

Sources speaking to the Post say Huggers and Cooper are due to meet again next week, though it's still early days and no firm deal is as yet on the table.

Jay-Z and Timbaland set to testify in long running moral rights case
If you enjoyed Robin Thicke playing piano in court during the 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism trial earlier this year, then get October in your diaries, because according to legal papers filed earlier this week both Jay-Z and Timbaland are due to testify in another case focused on copyright technicalities later this year.

This one relates to a very long running US legal battle over Jay-Z's 2000 track 'Big Pimpin', produced by Timbaland. The record includes a sample of a snippet of music by the late Egyptian film composer Baligh Hamdy. The story goes that Timbaland originally thought the sampled bit of music was in the public domain, but when told it was still in copyright, he got a licence from an EMI subsidiary, which had an arrangement with an Egyptian company, which in turn had an arrangement with Hamdy's hiers.

But the Hamdy family, led by the late composer's nephew Osama Ahmed Fahmy, subsequently claimed that the sample had not, in fact, been properly licensed, and they sued everyone under the sun in 2007, including Jay-Z, Timbaland, their music industry partners, Paramount Pictures for using the track in a Jay-Z documentary, and MTV for featuring it in a Jay-Z special.

There are various strands to this case, with disputes around the various deals between the various entities that sat between the Hamdy family and Timbaland back in the day. But perhaps most interesting is the claim that, even if the Hamdys had assigned their copyright to the Egyptian publisher which then licensed it via EMI – as Jay-Z and Timbaland's legal reps insist – the way the rapper and producer then used the snippet of music constituted an infringement of the late composer's moral rights under Egyptian law.

As previously reported, legal reps for Jay-Z and Timbaland pointed out that no such moral right to stop 'objectionable' use of a song existed under American law. On that basis, the defendants tried to have the case dismissed, using the argument that the whole thing hinged on copyright rules outside the jurisdiction of the US courts. But in 2011 an American judge allowed the case to proceed.

The long running litigation is now set to finally reach court in October, with filings made by both sides in preparation for that earlier this week, including confirmation that the offending track's rapper and producer would both testify. For their part, legal reps for the Hamdy family are promising to present as a witness Judith Finell, the musicologist who testified for the Gaye family during the aforementioned 'Blurred Lines' trial.

So hats at the ready, this one could be interesting.

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Couple fined for indulging in sex act during Paloma Faith concert
A couple have been convicted of outraging public decency after indulging in a sex act during a Paloma Faith concert. This despite their lawyers presented what everyone in the legal community thought was a cast iron defence: that a bit oral sex is the only way to get through a Paloma Faith concert without slipping into a coma.

No, I'm only joking. I'm a big fan of Paloma Faith. I especially like that one that goes "da da da, di di, da". And that INXS cover she did for John Lewis. See, I'm the biggest Paloma Faith fan in the world.

Lisanne Beck and Simon Murphy actually denied indulging in a sex act while Faith performed during an all day Radio 2-hosted concert in Hyde Park last September. Beck argued that she had just been trying to wake her partner up. He having possibly slipped into the aforementioned coma.

But the judge was having none of it, siding with the prosecution, which claimed the couple's activities, in plain view of other concert-goers, went "beyond the bounds of public decency". They were both fined a £1000 each and ordered to pay court costs.

We hear that Faith's pals at John Lewis will be handing out sudoku books at all forthcoming performances by the singer, just in case any other audience members need some sort of distraction from what's happening on stage. The campaign slogan: "don't suck... sudoku". But I won't need one of them. Did I mention how big a fan I am of Paloma Faith? Actually I sort of am. CMU Editor Andy Malt just won't let me admit it in public.

Spirit expands into UK via B-Unique alliance
US-based independent music publisher the Spirit Music Group will open a new London office via an alliance with UK indie label and publishing company B-Unique. The UK-based operation will be headed up by B-Unique founders Martin Toher and Mark Lewis and will be called Spirit B-Unique.

Under the deal, Toher and Lewis will look for new opportunities for the Spirit catalogue in Europe, while Spirit will work the B-Unique songs repertoire elsewhere. The new venture will also seek to sign new songwriting talent.

Spirit Chairman David Renzer confirmed the deal thus: "The UK is an incredibly important market in music and we've long viewed it as a key part of Spirit's long-term global growth plan. Year in and year out, it produces some of the world's greatest musical talents, and opening a dedicated UK office positions Spirit to capitalise on the abundant creative opportunities that exist there. Our day-to-day operations are in great hands with Martin and Mark, who are two of the best creative executives in the business".

For his side in the deal, Toher said: "Founding B-Unique and developing it into a successful label and publisher has been some of the most fulfilling work of my career, and I couldn't imagine a better home for B-Unique's songwriters than Spirit. Their international reach, creative strength, and administrative resources make them an incredible business partner and a huge asset for a songwriter. I can't wait to get to work with David and his team and I'm excited to be part of Spirit's expansion into the UK".

Hackney Council postpones controversial review of club licensing rules
Controversial plans to clamp down on new late night haunts in the Hackney borough of London are on hold after the council there said it had discovered a "minor error" in its proposals. Current licensing rules, originally due to expire next January, will be kept in place until a new consultation on reform is completed sometime next year.

London promoters and clubbers had expressed concerns about the planned licensing reforms, which included a cut back on late night opening at bars and clubs, and a move to stop licensing new clubbing venues in Shoreditch entirely. Local music businesses argued that this would hugely hinder the night-time economy that has become so important to this part of the capital.

As those opposed to the changes got busy grabbing signatures to back their submission to Hackney Council criticising the plans, the local authority's Licensing Chair Emma Plouviez said: "Unfortunately there was a minor error in the published consultation document. Although this was not related to the part of the consultation affecting nightclub opening hours, which is what we know has caused the most concern, we want to ensure that everyone who takes the time to respond to any council consultation can have confidence that they did so with the full facts".

She went on: "We needed to decide whether to correct the mistake and extend the current consultation, or take the opportunity to take a step back and re-consult on a new draft policy that we hope both residents and businesses will be able to support".

Three more music and media execs added to 8tracks advisory board
Cuddly Pandora rival 8tracks has announced the appointment of three new experienced music and media execs to its advisory board which, says founder David Porter in Billboard, "plays an important part in our efforts to deepen our understanding of and ability to meet the needs of the music industry".

The new advisors are digital marketing and licensing expert and former Beggars new media man (back when we said things like 'new media') Dick Huey; artist manager of off Red Light Management Bruce Flohr; and Fred McIntyre, who previously worked at CBS, AOL and Last.fm.

I like 8tracks, so I hope they provide good advice.

New BBC radio app serves over a million downloads in less than a month
More than a million BBC radio shows have been downloaded to the Corporation's new fangled iPlayer Radio app since it went live just under a month ago.

As previously reported, for the first time, as of last month, users of iPlayer Radio could download shows to their devices so to allow offline listening. Previously – unlike the TV version of iPlayer and most streaming music services – iPlayer Radio would only work while the device was connected to the internet.

The development created a temporary stir amongst fans of tedious copyright law technicalities, because someone pointed out that if a radio programme containing music was actually downloaded to a device – rather than just streamed - that would exploit both the so called mechanical and performing rights in the songs said programme contained.

Actually, technically a stream does that too, but let's not dwell on that fact, because it was only now that this 'we're exploiting both mechanical and performing rights' issue was raised in the context of online radio.

It was an issue because it meant the BBC needed a licence from both performing rights collecting society PRS and mechanical rights society MCPS. Which the PRS For Music organisation is fully equipped to provide, except that a handful of songwriters, while members of PRS, are not allied to MCPS.

Which meant songs from Neil Young, The Doors, Journey and Bonnie Rait were banned from the BBC airwaves, in case a programme containing one of those songs slipped through to the new iPlayer app without licence, constituting copyright infringement. Except a subsequent deal with a publish repping three of those songwriters meant it was a very short-lived ban.

Though, looking at the list of Top 20 downloads within the iPlayer Radio app ecosystem so far, I'm not sure all that flapping over music rights was necessary, given only five are music-based programmes, and that includes 'Desert Island Discs' and the 'Proms'. It was mainly Radio 4 listeners who were eager for off-line listening functionality, it would seem.

And now a quote from the BBC's Andrew Scott: "We knew from the success of our podcast service that there was a demand to download BBC radio and music content to listen to whenever they wanted too. But hitting one million downloads [so soon] far surpassed our expectations. We're looking forward to bringing audiences even more features like this over the coming months".

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Pearson completes its bail on news publishing by selling its stake in The Economist
Following its sale of the mighty Financial Times to Japanese media firm Nikkei last month, publishing and education company Pearson yesterday confirmed it had now sold the 50% stake it also owned in The Economist Group. That stake was actually held via The FT Group subsidiary, but was not part of the Nikkei deal.

Though we knew talks were underway for Pearson to sell its shares in The Economist magazine and its spin off ventures as soon as the FT deal had been confirmed, it having decided to withdraw from news publishing altogether. Though there is no new player involved in this deal, Pearson having sold its shares to other existing shareholders in The Economist Group in a deal worth £469 million.

That said, Exor, an investment outfit led by Fiat heir John Elkann, does increase its stake in the Economist company from 4.7% to 43.4% as part of the deal, making it the single largest shareholder in the company. Though Exor has agreed to cap its voting rights at 20%.

  From The Fringe: Tubular Bells For Two
Each day over the next three weeks we will be looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks.

And today it's 'Tubular Bells For Two', a show returning to the Edinburgh Fringe once again this August in which "two crazy Aussies perform Mike Oldfield's masterpiece, tackling over 20 instruments to accomplish a feat that usually requires an entire entourage of musicians".

Notes our ThreeWeeks reviewer: "Richard Branson had to bribe Mike Oldfield with his car to get him to play 'Tubular Bells' live. After seeing the entire album performed by these two expert barefoot Australian multi-instrumentalists, dashing around the stage frantically playing and cueing each other, I understand why".

There is lots to enjoy about this show, she adds, "not least watching a musician sort out the wires under his keyboard with his toes! The music was wonderful but not perfect – and that was its great charm. The alternating terror and joy of the performers electrified the audience. It seems almost impossible to get these multi-layered instrumental parts right all of the time, but it sure is fun watching them try!"

'Tubular Bells For Two' is on at the Pleasance Courtyard until 31 Aug.
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Release date set for "Kurt Cobain solo album"
So we have a release date for what some people are dubbing "Kurt Cobain's solo album", though I'm not sure I'm calling it "Kurt Cobain's solo album", because I'm not really sure it is "Kurt Cobain's solo album", but I thought you should know that some people are calling it "Kurt Cobain's solo album", and that you're welcome to call it "Kurt Cobain's solo album", because some people reckon it is "Kurt Cobain's solo album", but I also wanted you to know I'm not calling it "Kurt Cobain's solo album", because I'm not sure it is "Kurt Cobain's solo album", on account of it clearly not being "Kurt Cobain's solo album".

So, Kurt Cobain's solo album will be released on 6 Nov, alongside the DVD release of the film to which the record is the soundtrack, 'Montage Of Heck'. The documentary had limited screenings and an HBO airing in the US back in May, but will go on general release on DVD in November.

The documentary's director Brett Morgen ploughed through a stack of home recordings and other Cobain rarities when making his film, and it is tracks from that stack that appear in the documentary and on this new record. On the music he found, Morgen previously told Bedford + Bowery: "Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album, it's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him". Which is why this is definitely a Kurt Cobain solo album. Expect to be unexpected.

On the soundtrack, Morgen continues: "You really get a sense of how happy he was simply by creating himself. His lyrics are really playful, and, at times, you can feel his smile and warmth coming through".

Those who have seen the documentary will have already heard most of the music on the record, or at least bits of it, though it is thought there might be some extra rarity recordings on the soundtrack that don't actually appear in the film.

No flying fucks from Rita Ora, whatever A$AP Rocky raps
If you've been going around your local district telling everyone you know how that Rita Ora clearly gives a flying fuck about her not entirely flattering namecheck in recent A$AP Rocky track 'Better Things', then you're going to look very foolish indeed around about now.

"I don't give a flying fuck", says Rita. See. You're a silly old fool for even thinking that flying fucks were something Rita Ora gave out about badly constructed A$AP Rocky raps. And our insiders have exclusively revealed that she doesn't give any stationary fucks either. So don't think you'll get round this one by claiming it was only the flight of the fuck that you got wrong.

I should probably backtrack a moment for the uninitiated. The offending line in A$AP Rocky's 'Better Things' runs as follows: "I swear that bitch Rita Ora got a big mouth; Next time I see her might curse the bitch out; Kicked the bitch out once cause she bitched out; Spit my kids out, jizzed up all in her mouth and made the bitch bounce".

So you can see why Ora might, in fact, have given some sort of flying fuck. I mean, for starters 'mouth', 'out' and 'bounce' don't rhyme. But speaking to Hot 97 about the A$AP Rocky diss, Ora said: "I'm not looking at it like 'you're upsetting me' because I don't actually give a shit. I don't care what you say about me. I don't give a flying fuck".

She does concede that the rap possibly sets another bad precedent, that is to say " I don't want people to think it's okay to speak about women like that". But, she adds, "That's just how it is, but you know you got to keep it moving. I'm very happy with what I do, and I'm proud of who I am, and what I represent".

So well said Ora. Meanwhile, I'm off to tell everyone in my local district how A$AP Rocky definitely gives a flying fuck about Rita Ora not giving a flying fuck.

 
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