TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sony Music has acquired German metal label Century Media Records. Terms of the deal are not known, though sources have told Billboard it was worth something around $20 million. As previously reported, the hard rock indie's co-founder Robert Kampf revealed that he was planning on selling his company to a major back in March, telling Metal Sucks: "I think... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks. Today the 'Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman' at The Famous Spiegeltent, which is running each night until the end of the month. "It's difficult for a musician to take me (and the rest of this small... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Sony Music acquires Century Media Records
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LIVE BUSINESS Another new music venue to open in Edinburgh
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MARKETING & PR Kathryne Chalker joins Inside/Out
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MEDIA ITV in talks to buy UTV's TV business
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ARTIST NEWS Women assaulted by the young Dr Dre respond to his apology
Raekwon on a possible Wu Tang movie: "Bet your ass its gonna be serious"
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Tyler cancels UK and Ireland shows
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ONE LINERS ASCAP, Rock Band, The Libertines and two more
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AND FINALLY... Bon Jovi depart label with song dissing label
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Sony Music acquires Century Media Records
Sony Music has acquired German metal label Century Media Records. Terms of the deal are not known, though sources have told Billboard it was worth something around $20 million.

As previously reported, the hard rock indie's co-founder Robert Kampf revealed that he was planning on selling his company to a major back in March, telling Metal Sucks: "I think Century Media, or any indie label – which is going to lose a lot of its sales due to the changes in the industry – will have a much better chance to shine within an organisation like a major. Every music company in the future has this problem: whether it's Spotify or Beats or whatever comes along, those changes will be difficult".

At the time he noted that his company had good contacts at all three major labels, though Sony or Universal seemed more likely as possible buyers, because Century already used the label services divisions of both companies, Sony's RED in the Americas and Universal's Caroline in Europe and elsewhere. Back in March, Kampf mused that a deal with Universal would probably result in the least change at his company, though seemingly Sony did a better job at wooing him into a deal.

Kamp will continue to head up a Century group within Sony Music, with RED continuing as distributor in America, and Sony units taking over distribution elsewhere in the world too. The deal seemingly covers all of Century's recorded music assets, but not its publishing catalogues.

Commenting on the deal, RED Distribution President Bob Morelli noted: "Century is one of the best hard rock labels in the business and Robert is an accomplished executive who understands the genre like few others. We are excited to continue working with Century to grow the business for their talented roster of artists".

Kampf himself added: "The company I founded over 25 years ago is moving into its strongest chapter yet with the best music company in the world, Sony Music". The deal would, he added, allow Century "to further grow...as a dominant force in rock, prog, alternative and metal".

Another new music venue to open in Edinburgh
Closely following the news that one of the Edinburgh Fringe's main venue operators is planning on opening a year-round music space in the Scottish capital, now a company that runs various pubs in the city has also announced plans to open a new gig venue.

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Bruce Taverns is promising a 900 capacity live music space within the building known locally as Wilkie House in Edinburgh's Cowgate. That building has had various guises as a venue before – some great, some God awful – though the space has not been used at all for three years now.

Although a little smaller in terms of capacity, the company hopes the new venue will go someway to filling the hole never really filled ever since MAMA sold its Picturehouse venue in the city at the start of 2014.

Kathryne Chalker joins Inside/Out
Music PR firm Inside/Out has announced the appointment of Kathryne Chalker to the role of Senior Publicist, as relatively recent recruit Frazer Lawton departs the company.

Chalker previously worked at Bang On PR before launching her own agency Chalker PR in 2012. She will now wind down that company, but will bring her existing roster of artists with her to Inside/Out.

Confirming the new appointment, Inside/Out Director Adrian Read told CMU: "We're delighted that Kathryne has decided to join Inside/Out and flattered that she is bringing the entire Chalker PR roster with her. When we asked journalists for recommendations for the role there was one name that kept coming up, and that was Kathryne".

ITV in talks to buy UTV's TV business
ITV plc is seemingly in talks to buy the TV assets of UTV Media, which controls the channel three franchise in Northern Ireland.

Following speculation that such talks were underway, the latter company said in a statement: "The board of UTV Media notes the recent media speculation and confirms that it is in discussions regarding a potential sale of its television assets. Discussions are ongoing and may or may not result in such a transaction being agreed. A further announcement will be made when appropriate".

Back in the olden days, different companies ran the traditionally lucrative channel three TV franchises in each region of the UK, but most of those companies subsequently merged so that ITV plc now operates that channel – as ITV – in all of England and Wales. However, different companies still own the channel three franchises in Scotland and Northern Ireland, STV and UTV respectively.

UTV also has interests in radio in both England and the island of Ireland, which are not part of the ITV talks. UTV was already known to be interested in selling off its local radio stations in England, and did sell Juice in Liverpool to Global, though the company still seems committed to its UK-wide radio operations. That includes TalkSport and the new second national digital radio network in which it is a partner, and via which it intends to relaunch Virgin Radio.

It remains to be seen if the ITV deal goes ahead, but if it does, it will fuel speculation that ITV plc is also interested in STV, finally giving one company control of channel three across the entirety of the United Kingdom.

  From The Fringe: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman
Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks.

Today the 'Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman' at The Famous Spiegeltent, which is running each night until the end of the month. "It's difficult for a musician to take me (and the rest of this small, tired crowd) from ready for bed to up and dancing along" notes our reviewer, "but Jack Lukeman has the great voice, high energy, and above all, the stage presence to really warm up an audience"

She goes on: "'Late Night Phantasmagoria' is a combination of high-energy blues and soft lullabies, appealing to both the possibilities of an 11pm audience: tipsy and fun, or tired and floppy. He has the versatility for both and makes great song choices, though if pressed I might say that while the more rock-based songs were his natural element, I generally preferred the quieter numbers. But however your evening has gone, Jack Lukeman will provide the perfect nightcap".
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Women assaulted by the young Dr Dre respond to his apology
Two of the women assaulted by a younger Dr Dre have responded to an apology he issued last weekend to "the women I've hurt".

Dre was responding to discussions instigated by a piece penned by journalist Dee Barnes, a former partner of the rapper and producer, who he assaulted in 1991. Barnes described the incident in quite some detail, after noting how it had been left out of the much hyped NWA biopic 'Straight Out Compton".

In a statement to the New York Times, Dre said: "I apologise to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives. Twenty-five years ago, I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I've been married for nineteen years and every day I'm working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I'm doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again".

Dre's current employer, since its acquisition of his Beats company, Apple, also issued a statement, saying it believed in the sincerity of the regret expressed by the former NWA man now on its staff. The firm said: "Dre has apologised for the mistakes he's made in the past, and he's said that he's not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity, and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed".

But plenty of people online were more critical of Dre, suggesting the statement was just a PR move to counter any controversy around his new movie or, more importantly, his now very corporate business interests. But how did the victims of the younger Dr Dre feel about his very public remarks all these years later?

Barnes said she was in part motivated to write her original piece after the Beats man acknowledged his "fucking horrible mistakes" in a recent Rolling Stone interview, but failed to go into any specifics or to actually apologise. And to that end, she has welcomed Dre's more explicit statement of regret.

Although still critical of his past actions, she wrote in a new piece for Gawker: "Is this is a PR move by Universal, which released 'Straight Outta Compton'? After all, the film just crossed the $100 million mark its second weekend in theaters. Is it damage control by Apple, which can no longer ignore that if you take the 'Beats by Dre' logo and remove the 'S', you get a double entendre describing several woman he just apologised to?"

She went on: "Is Dre himself really remorseful or just saving face? To me, the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that Dre stepped up and performed his social responsibility by finally taking accountability for his actions. Who cares why he apologised? The point is that he did".

However, Dre's former fiancée Miche'le Toussaint, who has made a number of allegations against the producer over the years, was less impressed. She told the BBC: "I didn't ask for a public apology and I think if he is going to apologise he should do it individually. To just group us like we are nothing and nobody – I just don't think it's sincere. Treat us like we have names. He's selling a movie. I just think it's good PR at the moment".

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Raekwon on a possible Wu Tang movie: "Bet your ass its gonna be serious"
If NWA can have a fucking movie, why the fuck can't Wu Tang have a fucking movie. Not my words ladies and gentlemen. Well, my words, but not my sentiment. Well, maybe my sentiment. But the point is, the sentiment I express is not original, I'm merely passing on something Raekwon said. Actually, that's not what Raekwon said at all.

Anyway, the point is, Raekwon off of the Wu Tang Clan has been talking about the possibility of a biopic being made about his group because, in the wake of the box office success of 'Straight Outta Compton', people reckon there could now be a flurry of movies based around the lives of rappers.

"When we make a Wu movie, bet your ass its gonna be serious", he told Hot 97, at a shoe-promoting event, I think. I wonder if that will be in the movie. "Because we gotta tell the truth" he went on. "And I think that's what I love about the 'Straight Outta Compton' movie, is that they told the truth. When we do get to that level and it happens, it has to be the real story. It's gonna be an interesting one, cause I said - RZA hit the lotto one day. He knew who he had, but he didn't know what he had. So let's keep it right there".

So, that's something to look forward to: a Wu Tang film that is as truthful as 'Straight Outta Compton'. Though given all the controversy in the last week over how the young Dr Dre assaulting his partners was not portrayed in the NWA film, maybe not the whole truth.

Tyler cancels UK and Ireland shows
Tyler, the Creator has cancelled his upcoming mini tour of the UK and Ireland, including his slots at this weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals. Why? Well, fuck knows, but it sucks and he's sorry.

Look, Tyler himself held down the shift key and declared: "DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES I WONT BE PLAYING READING, LEEDS, BELFEST AND OTHER SHOWS IN THE UK. SUCKS AND IM SORRY. I LOVE YOU, SAVE THE HORSES -T"

Just to clarify, he was just playing Belfast, not Belfest, it being a Northern Ireland festival that hasn't run since 2006. And in case you wondered, the other UK show he refers to was in Dublin. Welcome to our united kingdom, Dublin. And do remember to save the horses.

These gig cancellations follow the axing of Tyler dates in Australia where there was opposition to him playing because of his misogynistic lyrics. On axing those dates the rapper said he'd rather play a tour down under that "isn't surrounded in controversy".

Quite what the "circumstances" are this time we don't know, though if he's a Spotify user, under their new privacy terms, presumably they could hack into his email for us and find out.

ASCAP, Rock Band, The Libertines and two more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• US collecting society ASCAP has a brand new SVP Strategy & Business Development in the form of Mark Sperling, formerly of investment bank Allen & Company. He'll develop business strategy and strategies for business development, I'm sure. "Wealth" said ASCAP boss Elizabeth Matthews. Referring to Sperling's knowledge, not his banking buddies.

• The Libertines have opened a shop! You know, just in case the new album bombs. Always good to have a back up plan I say. Sited next to the Dublin Castle venue in Camden, where the band will stage a number of events next week, the pop-up store will sell rare memorabilia and coffee in aid of the Rock N Roll Rescue charity, which is actually hosting the thing.

• Arctic Monkeys track 'Arabella' will feature on the soundtrack to 'Rock Band 4' it has been revealed, because, as I'm sure you all remember, the pretend-to-play gaming phenomenon is coming back this Autumn with new versions of both 'Rock Band' and 'Guitar Hero'. Songs from Soundgarden, Cake, The Black Keys and, even, Mark Ronson, will also appear on the former.

• Megadeath's Dave Mustaine has said it would be nice to be asked to rejoin the band from which he was famously fired in 1983, Metallica, though he'd still turn them down, down, down. Which I think makes the chances of him being asked even less likely. Though, in a Twitter Q&A with fans, he did call Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich a "friend".

• Members of One Direction have been busy telling fans what 'hiatus' means and that while they will - as The Sun reported - be going on a break next year, they'll be back. Though 1D fans ought to be told that you only really know a pop group is going to carry on performing forever once they've announced their "final ever world tour".

Bon Jovi depart label with song dissing label
Bon Jovi have fulfilled their contractual commitments to Mercury Records with a song dissing, well, Mercury Records.

The aptly named title track of their new album 'Burning Bridges' includes the lines: "After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave / Now maybe you can learn to sing or strum along / Well I'll give you half the publishing / You're why I wrote this song".

Which isn't the most explicit of rock disses ever, but Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard: "This hits it right in the head and tells you what happened. Listen to the lyrics because it explains exactly what happened. And that's that".

So there you go. As that there lyric states, Bon Jovi had been signed to Mercury Records for thirty years, though Universal Music has been busy winding down the label brand in recent years, merging the UK division in with Virgin EMI, and shifting Mercury-signed artists in the US over to other labels within the group. Which might be what pissed Bon Jovi off.

The slightly slap dash 'Burning Bridges' was originally intended as a souvenir CD to be dished out on the band's tour of south-east Asia, but they seemingly decided to release it proper this week to fulfil their most recent record contract with Universal, so they are free agents when they get round to releasing their next new album proper next year.

 
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