THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So, the "circumstances" that have prevented Tyler, The Creator from playing the Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend seem to be primarily visa issues. Having been slightly vague earlier this week as to why he was pulling from the two festivals, plus dates in Belfast and Dublin, the Odd Future rapper returned to Twitter yesterday, pushed down caps lock once... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Tyler, The Creator says UK gig cancellations were down to visa issues
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LEGAL T-Mobile Austria refuses to take recent ruling against rival ISP as reason to web-block
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DEALS Sony Music partners on new live-data-driven talent discovery network
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Russia might hand collective licensing to a state agency
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LIVE BUSINESS High Definition promoter in liquidation after second aborted event
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Australia's Mushroom Group announces new management business
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ARTIST NEWS Eazy-E's son makes bold allegations about his father's death
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ONE LINERS BPI AGM, Vevo sponsor, Foals tapes and two more
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AND FINALLY... Fat Whites demand Mac Demarco withdraw from music, otherwise, well, ISIS
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Tyler, The Creator says UK gig cancellations were down to visa issues
So, the "circumstances" that have prevented Tyler, The Creator from playing the Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend seem to be primarily visa issues.

Having been slightly vague earlier this week as to why he was pulling from the two festivals, plus dates in Belfast and Dublin, the Odd Future rapper returned to Twitter yesterday, pushed down caps lock once again, and declared: "BASED ON LYRICS FROM 2009 I AM NOT ALLOWED IN THE UK FOR 3-5 YEARS (although i was there 8 weeks ago) THAT IS WHY THE SHOWS WERE CANCELLED".

His manager, Christian Clancy, then took to Tumblr with a much more detailed summary of recent events, and to express both confusion and frustration as to this new decision by the UK authorities, given it seems to relate to early Tyler, The Creator output, and the rapper has been in Britain many, many times since that material was released.

Clancy writes: "Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between three to five years per a letter from the Secretary Of State for the home department of the United Kingdom. The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote six to seven years ago for his albums 'Bastard' and 'Goblin' – the type of lyrics he hasn't written since... highlights from the letter include that his work 'encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality' and 'fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts'. I grew up on NWA, Eminem and Rage Against The Machine, so it's hard for me to fully wrap my head [around] this thought process and its implications".

He goes on: "To say that I am confused would be an understatement. Can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? Tyler has been to the UK over 20 times in the last five years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets). We rented out a movie theatre ... in London for a private showing of 'Napoleon Dynamite' for his fans literally last month".

"More importantly" he says, "this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. In fact, punishing growth. What I do know is Tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. How do you punish someone for growing up?"

Expanding on the issues, he muses: "Since the letter acknowledged he was writing from an alter ego perspective does this then apply to book writers? The fact that he has evolved into someone who has acknowledged and grown out of that is simply lost in the narrative. Is he not worthy of the pat on the back for becoming aware and making changes? What message does that send? Is race a conscious or subconscious factor at all?

He concludes: "I'm not defending [Tyler's] OLD lyrics. To be honest they make me cringe, but I stand beside him because of who he actually IS. Our eight year old daughter, who is constantly inspired by him, said it best; 'why would they ban Tyler? that makes no sense'".

As previously reported, the rapper also recently cancelled dates in Australia, where there had been calls for his visa application to be denied because of similar issues with past lyrics, though in the end Tyler said he was pulling the dates because he simply didn't want the shows to be surrounded by a controversy. We await word from the UK Home Office regarding the exact circumstances of these new visa issues.

T-Mobile Austria refuses to take recent ruling against rival ISP as reason to web-block
T-Mobile in Austria has knocked back a request from the local music industry to block its customers from accessing The Pirate Bay, though this isn't so much the phone firm rebelling against the concept of web-blocking in principle, but rather insisting that blockades be ordered by the courts rather than rights owners.

As previously reported, Austria recently joined the web-block party with a court there ordering internet service provider A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay and some other copyright infringing websites. Deciding that set a precedent, a local music industry group wrote to other large ISPs in the country urging them to voluntarily instigate blockades against the sites listed in the court order against A1.

And that included T-Mobile. But, according to Torrentfreak, a spokesman for the phone firm in the country, Helmut Spudich, told Futurezone "we will not to comply with this request and access to The Pirate Bay will not be blocked", before adding that the Austrian government "should implement clear legal regulations with regard to internet blocking in Austria. We don't want our customers to be blocked inadvertently and would like a clarification on the correct procedure".

As previously reported, web-blocking on copyright grounds has proven controversial in a number of countries, not least the US, with ISPs and tech firms often arguing that introducing such blockades sets a dangerous precedent and/or that web-blocking doesn't work anyway (the second argument has more legs).

Though, in those countries where web-blocking has become the norm, such as the UK, the ISPs no longer seem so bothered about the concept and, as previously noted, at a recent Music 4.5 event in London, a legal rep from Telefonica talked up the tactic as being one of the more effective anti-piracy practices.

Though, that said, few ISPs would instigate a web-block simply at the request of a rights owner, or entertainment industry trade group, usually insisting that a court order be issued so that some sort of due process is gone through before any blocking occurs. Which seems reasonable, and these days in the UK the music industry normally speeds things up by including multiple ISPs and multiple sites to be blocked on each court order.

So until T-Mobile in Austria starts objecting to web-block court orders, it probably isn't going against what is increasingly the consensus viewpoint amongst ISPs in Europe, ie web-blocks are fine. Though it calling for more clarity on the issue suggests there remains some confusion as to what precedents the recent A1 ruling actually sets in the country.

Sony Music partners on new live-data-driven talent discovery network
Sony Music in the US has signed up to a new talent discovery network being run by Artist Growth, which is an online artist management service which aims to help managers keep track of their artists' activities, finances, audience and success.

The idea of the new discovery network, called AG Accel, is that decision makers in the music industry – including labels, distributors, agents and brands – can track the output and success of artists, and in doing so make informed decisions about which talent they might want to work with. Or something like that. Any artist with a premium account with Artist Growth can opt-in to the AG Accel network.

Says Artist Growth of the value of the data it stores on behalf of those artist and managers using its core product: "For artists seeking investment and sponsorship opportunities, tour history is a key fan engagement data point to tout when in talks with potential industry partners. Touring data provides a quantifiable, concrete representation of an artist's success and marketability that can often be overlooked when using more qualitative metrics like social media engagement".

Confirming it was joining the new AG Accel initiative, Justin Eshak, VP of A&R at Columbia Records, told reporters: "Data is playing an increasingly important role in our A&R process. How information is gathered and ultimately used is paramount in our goal to distance ourselves from competition, and we view touring data as another key metric in this equation".

Russia might hand collective licensing to a state agency
The Russian government might be about to meddle some more in the country's collective licensing system, with a new proposal that a state agency be set up to process royalties for music rights owners – both songs and recordings – where collective licensing applies.

As previously reported, the three collecting societies in Russia, which collect song royalties, recording royalties and private copy levies respectively, announced they were merging last month, though the boss of the recording rights society, VOIS, claimed the decision to merge had been taken at a meeting where he wasn't present, and as a result he was asking the Russian culture ministry to intervene.

Since then, proposals have been floated that rules that mean only state-approved collecting societies can operate in Russia be relaxed, allowing rights owners to choose which societies represent them, and to set up new performing rights organisations if they so wish.

That proposal was criticised by some, including Andrei Krichevsky, who heads up a state run record label and is Deputy General Director of the country's song rights collecting society RAO. He was subsequently beaten up in Moscow, though it is still being investigated whether that incident was linked to his outspoken remarks about copyright reform.

But now, according to Billboard and Russian business newspaper Vedomosti, ministers are proposing more or less the opposite of that recent plan, having one organisation run by the state to manage all collective licensing in music. The country's Deputy Communications Minister Alexei Volin said: "Our principal stand is that [collective licensing should be managed by] an organisation completely controlled by the government. It should be absolutely transparent so that it could be regularly audited by the Audit Chamber".

So, make of that what you will. It is thought amendments to relevant Russian laws are now being drafted, which might offer some clarity as to what's actually going on.

High Definition promoter in liquidation after second aborted event
I think it's fair to say that when it comes to festivals, the Hop Farm may indeed be cursed. Another company has gone into liquidation after attempting to stage a festival at the Kent site.

As previously reported, live music veteran Vince Power's Music Festivals plc struggled to make its Hop Farm Festival a long-term commercial success, with that business ultimately collapsing. An attempt to resurrect the event in 2013 was cancelled, and then Power fell out with the owner of the actual Hop Farm, so that for a time it looked like there would be two Hop Farm Festivals in 2014, one on the Hop Farm, the other run by Power elsewhere. Only the former actually happened, though the company behind it subsequently hit the wall with its promoter calling the Kent farm "cursed ground".

But when dance music festival High Definition fell out with the owners of the Tunbridge Wells park where its fifth edition was due to take place in July, it announced that it would be shifting to the Hop Farm with new dates in September. Then earlier this month the firm behind High Definition seemingly fell out with the owners of that site too, in a dispute over whether or not the promoters had met all their licensing requirements, and the take-two version of the 2015 event was also axed.

And now that company is going under. According to the Kent & Sussex Courier, organisers have sent out a message to ticket-holders that reads: "Due to the actions of The Hop Farm last week it is with great regret that the directors have taken the decision to cancel all future events. The decision is beyond their control due to the action of third parties and the impending insolvency of the company. Professional advice has now been received in this respect and steps to place the company into liquidation have been taken. Notice of the creditors' meeting under Section 98 of the Insolvency Act 1986, to place the company into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation will be shortly issued".

Ticketholders are advised to seek a refund from their bank or credit card company, or they can opt to swap their tickets to the cancelled festival for a ticket to one of three other events taking place in September. Meanwhile, what the future holds for High Definition long term is far from clear. Though I'd guess no return to the Hop Farm.

Australia's Mushroom Group announces new management business
Australia-based independent music group Mushroom has announced the launch of a new artist management business to be called Role Model Artists.

The new agency will be headed up by Matt Gudinski, son of Mushroom founder Michael Gudinski, with managers Adam Jankie, Jon St Clair, Tig Huggins and Cara McDonald on the team. The new unit's roster at launch will include Bliss N Eso, Lila Gold, Lurch & Chief, Mossy, Pearls, Slum Sociable and Total Giovanni.

The new Mushroom business will formally launch at the BIGSOUND festival in Brisbane next month.

  From The Fringe: Grande Messe Des Mortes
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.

And today something a little bit classical, actually from the Edinburgh International Festival, with a highly rated performance of 'Grande Messe Des Mortes' last week. Says our reviewer: "Hector Berlioz's requiem had drama, spectacle and the tremendous Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus celebrated their 50th anniversary by contributing a blend of poignantly angelic and impressively devilish voices; tenor Laurence Brownlee was masterful".

She goes on: "Berlioz experimented by expanding orchestral and choral sound – even going so far as making extraordinary new instruments to further his musical ideals. Tonight was sonorous and bold in tone and execution, expressing the wild spirit of Berlioz by scattering most of the brass section around the auditorium. The audience felt present at the last judgement itself, as the very air around them shook. Did we go to heaven or hell during this performance? Heaven, definitely!"

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Eazy-E's son makes bold allegations about his father's death
Following the mini controversy around NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton's failure to portray the young Dr Dre assaulting some of his girlfriends – discussions of which forced the hip hop veteran to apologise for his younger self – chatter has now shifted to the portrayal in the movie of Eazy-E, the late NWA rapper who died in 1995 one month after being diagnosed with AIDS.

His daughter, EB Wright, has said she feels quite a lot of her father's story is missing from the biopic, but that's alright because "I'm producing a documentary that will show everything including his death". Meanwhile the late rapper's son, Yung Eazy, has been making some bold allegations about the circumstances that led to his father's passing, basically accusing Suge Knight - the one-time boss of Death Row Records, where Dre headed amidst his early 1990s feud with Eazy-E – of having had a hand in it all.

He basically accuses Knight – who, of course, is currently facing murder charges relating to an incident that occurred nearby the filming of a trailer for the NWA film – of injecting his father with blood contaminated with the AIDS virus, referencing an old interview Knight gave in which he discussed such a thing.

Yung Eazy wrote in a recent Instagram post: "I've known my pops was killed. His death never added up 2 what ppl have always said, maybe they think we're idiots blind to the truth idk ... but 4 u new fans, youngsters & ppl who just don't know much notice in #StraightOuttaCompton, Eazy did not get sick until after a studio incident with Suge and look how he acknowledged & admits on this interview with #JimmyKimmel injecting ppl instead of shooting them is a new thing that's done. The truth is out there, it's just blinded by the fact that Eric had a lot of sex #FreeYourMind #RipEazyE #EazyE #FuckSugeKnight".

BPI AGM, Vevo sponsor, Foals tapes and two more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Record industry trade group the BPI has confirmed the government's culture man Johnnie Whittingdale will be keynoting at its AGM next month, on 9 Sep to be precise. I thought we already knew that, but it's possible I dreamt it. Because that's just the kind of thing I do dream about.

• No one has ever been able to explain to me why the Toyota AYGO is mainly marketed at teenagers, but it must be working for them, because the former T4 sponsors have signed up for a third year working with music video platform Vevo, including on their presenter-led show 'VVV', which is only bloody well relaunching tomorrow.

• Music telly channel operator the Box Plus Network has promoted its business affairs chief Stacey Mitsopulos to the much grander sounding role of Director Of Commercial & Business Affairs. Because we all know commercial affairs are much more fun than business affairs. Though I do fear that will all these affairs, Mitsopulos's private data may now be stolen by hackers.

• Foals have been pre-empting the release tomorrow of their rather fine new long playing record 'What Went Down' by hiding cassette copies of the album around the world and providing information on social media as to where fans can find them. It's a double treasure hunt: stage one, use the band's clues to find the tapes; stage two, find a cassette player to play them on.

• Is Paul Weller softening in his old age about the possibility of a Jam reunion? Well, see what you think based on what he said when the word 'reunion' was mentioned during a new Sky documentary about the band: "Absolutely, categorically, fucking no. To me it would be against everything we ever stood for".

Fat Whites demand Mac Demarco withdraw from music, otherwise, well, ISIS
Fat White Family have declared that if Mac Demarco doesn't stop with his music making malarkey they're going to fly out to the Middle East and join ISIS.

Or, in their own Facebook-published words: "Unless Mac Demarco immediately withdraws from music and the public eye, me and Saul will be on the first plane to Syria to join ISIS.
Peace be with you".

Given Demarco has not, to our knowledge, yet cancelled his Roundhouse show next Tuesday, we're assuming the Family are already on their way to the desert.

 
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