MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Google launched its streaming music service in Japan on Friday, making it an early entrant into a market where streaming, and indeed digital music at large really, is yet to gain momentum. As previously reported, the Japanese record industry has been slow to adapt to digital, with even iTunes having to agree to a different pricing structure... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: In both song and video, the debut single from Connie Constance sees the singer-songwriter escape London to a fantasy world, putting her troubles behind her. Released through Black Acre on 18 Sep, the song is produced by the also approved Blue Daisy, with broad musical strokes sweeping across the track, letting the vocal and lyrics sit at the fore. Says Constance... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Tesco and Technics joining the much hyped vinyl revival, EMI Production Music's sample amnesty, the Canadian company accusing the majors of anti-competitive behaviour over public domain recordings, and Kanye West's bid to be President of the USA. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Google streaming service goes live in Japan
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LEGAL Aretha Franklin stops 1972 concert recording from being screened, for now
Glastonbury ticket fraudster gets suspended sentence
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Justin Bieber and Sam Smith set chart records, don't you know?
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MARKETING & PR Spotify collaborates with Foo Fighters on promotional email
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MEDIA Global hands back Xfm Scotland licence ahead of Radio X relaunch, as Eddy Temple Morris resigns
7digital partners with Imagination on FlowRadio
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ARTIST NEWS Beatles management contract up for sale this month
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ONE LINERS Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi, Lyla Foy, Loyle Carner, more
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AND FINALLY... Blurred Lines video is "the bane of my existence", says model
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Google streaming service goes live in Japan
Google launched its streaming music service in Japan on Friday, making it an early entrant into a market where streaming, and indeed digital music at large really, is yet to gain momentum.

As previously reported, the Japanese record industry has been slow to adapt to digital, with even iTunes having to agree to a different pricing structure in the country in order to get licensed. Resistance was motivated by, and for a time helped to maintain, a very strong CD market, but physical product sales are now in decline in Japan too, and with digital services there so far behind, the wider recorded music business has started to struggle.

Until recently very few streaming services were available in Japan, and those that did operate - like the now defunct Sony Music Unlimited and Taiwanese streaming set-up KKBOX - had significant functionality limitations compared to Spotify-type platforms. However, in the last few months new services offering a little more functionality have started to appear: first via the record industry's joint venture with messaging app Line, and then Apple Music.

And now Google. Its streaming service in Japan will seemingly mirror its set-up elsewhere, though interestingly the monthly subscription rate seems set to be cheaper, reportedly just over £5 a month, with a discount for early adopters. Following Line Music's also low price point, this is an interesting trend in a market where downloads were generally more expensive than the rest of the world.

One thing that links the streaming services that are live in Japan though, is that, beyond free trials, there is no freemium level, which could be the sticking point that is still preventing the big players elsewhere - and especially Spotify - from entering this market.

Which means that, whereas Google's streaming set-up has never seemed to gain much momentum elsewhere, and Apple Music, despite the hype and moderately pleasing sign-up figures, is still very much playing catch-up, in Japan both are early to market and could gain more traction as a result.

Aretha Franklin stops 1972 concert recording from being screened, for now
Aretha Franklin won some "respect" in the American courtroom on Friday, said every news outlet in the world this weekend, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

But whatever, the soul legend definitely won in her bid to stop the screening of on old documentary which features a concert she performed in an LA church back in 1972. For now at least.

The film, called 'Amazing Grace', documents Franklin recording the live gospel album of the same name, but a technical error that occurred during the making of the documentary meant that the sound was never synchronised with the image, resulting in a silent movie that sat in a vault unseen until being completed only recently.

The film's director, Sydney Pollack, died in 2008, while Franklin sued its producer, Alan Elliott, in 2011 in a bid to stop the documentary ever being made public. The singer said at the time: "For him to show that film, for him to completely and blatantly ignore me, would be terrible. For him to do that would encourage other people to do the same thing and have no respect for me".

But a film festival in Colorado was nevertheless planning on showing 'Amazing Grace' this weekend, with three screenings in its schedule. Which resulted in Franklin filing late-in-the-day legal papers in Denver, phoning in her testimony from Detroit, in a bid to get an injunction stopping the screenings.

Franklin's lawyers said that Pollack recorded their client's 1972 performance on the understanding that any commercial use of the recording would be subject to the singer's approval. Screening the film without her consent, therefore, would breach her contractual as well as intellectual property, image and privacy rights.

A legal rep for the Telluride Film Festival countered that cancelling the screenings at such short notice would damage its reputation, while adding that an insufficient number of people would see the documentary at the event to damage Franklin's image. A 1968 contract was also presented that seemingly granted permission from the singer for the film to be used, though the judge said that agreement only related to the sound recording.

Either way, an injunction was issued banning the film from being screened, though that only lasts for fourteen days, pending more detailed legal wranglings. Meanwhile, the Toronto Film Festival also has plans to screen the movie this week, so it remains to be seen if separate last minute legal proceedings are now filed in the Canadian courts.

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Glastonbury ticket fraudster gets suspended sentence
The woman convicted of fraud after amassing £23,000 from selling fake Glastonbury tickets recently avoided jail after being given a suspended sentence because of mitigating factors presented by her defence.

As previously reported, Christine Babb from East Grinstead duped 29 people into handing over money between August 2013 and July 2014 for non-existent Glastonbury tickets, claiming she worked in the music industry so had access to the event. Indeed she sold sufficient fake tickets to prompt the festival's boss Michael Eavis to issue a statement noting that: "Nobody called Christine Babb is either employed by Glastonbury Festival or has any tickets to sell for the festival".

Back in April, the magistrates court hearing the case was told that Babb had previous convictions for "very similar" scams, and it then transpired that some of the new offences were committed while she was still serving a suspended sentence for the previous crimes. Meanwhile, it emerged that when some of those who had bought the fake tickets complained, Babb had told them that she couldn't afford to refund them their money because she was paying for cancer treatment, which was not true.

After being convicted, Babb's defence lawyers argued that mitigating factors of borderline personality disorder, Crohn's disease and bulimia should be taken into account before sentencing, though that didn't stop the Hammersmith Magistrates' Court referring the case to Isleworth Crown Court, because the higher court would be able to pass a heavier sentence.

But when the case reached the Crown Court late last month, the judge there accepted the mitigating circumstances and suspended Babb's sixteen month sentence, while also instigating a one-year mental health order and ordering Babb to pay £22,422.50 in compensation.

According to the Daily Mail, the judge said: "A doctor's report, which I have read, has found that you wanted to provide the tickets to people so you could feel better about yourself. You wanted to boost your own self-esteem. This can provide some explanation but no excuse for what you did and for the real loss you caused to so many people".

Justin Bieber and Sam Smith set chart records, don't you know?
Justin Bieber scored the highest first-week streams for a new single ever in the UK to take the number one spot with 'What Do You Mean' on Friday.

Across the chart-reporting streaming platforms, the angelic Biebster received 3.2 million plays of his new record during its first week online, smashing into tiny little smithereens the record set only last month by One Direction, whose track 'Drag Me Down' was streamed just over two million times in its first week out. If only the 1D boys were top nice guys like the Bieber, perhaps they too could have passed the God-like three million point.

Though that's still a pretty mediocre record to set when placed next to this one. Sammy Smith has only had his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' in the UK top ten for 67 bloody weeks now - which - fact fans note, is the longest unbroken run in the top ten ever. For a debut album. Smith gazumps that Emeli Sandé you all used to like, who previously held the record with 'Our Version Of Events', and who in turn took the record from a once popular pop combo called The Beatles.

"This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids", said Smith on hearing of his chart achievement. Which suggests he's planning a pretty impressive life-span too.

Spotify collaborates with Foo Fighters on promotional email
There was a flurry of excitement in music industry circles last week - did you feel it? I felt it, it was a flurry, and it was exciting - as Spotify sent out an email to some of its users plugging a competition to win Foo Fighters tickets and merch ahead of the band's UK concert dates.

The email was seemingly targeted at people who have listened to sufficient quantities of the Foo Fighters' oeuvre on the streaming platform, with the email saying, "You are receiving this exclusive email offer because you are one of the Foo Fighters top listeners on Spotify".

The flurry of excitement wasn't to do with the competition prizes on offer, though, but rather that Spotify was collaborating with an artist on some email marketing, targeted based on the streaming service's listening data.

Such a thing was discussed during the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape strand on music marketing earlier this year, when Cooking Vinyl's Sammy Andrews raised the prospect of Spotify offering this service to the streaming platform's Director Of Label Relations Will Hope. At the time he expressed caution about Spotify users being on the receiving end of a flood of promo emails, but said that creating better channels via which artists can connect with fans was on the company's agenda.

It's thought that Foo Fighters are the first band to have participated in such targeted promotion via Spotify. The streaming service hasn't commented on that specific artist tie-up, though told Music Ally: "We're always testing out new ways to connect artists to their fans".

Global hands back Xfm Scotland licence ahead of Radio X relaunch, as Eddy Temple-Morris resigns
As Global Radio prepares to relaunch Xfm as Radio X on 21 Sep, on Friday the radio giant announced it was handing back the West Scotland licence that has been used for Xfm Scotland since April 2014.

Xfm has long had a regional outpost in Manchester that takes most of its programmes from London but with some locally made shows in primetime. A version of Xfm in South Wales was short-lived, while Xfm Scotland ran initially from 2006 to 2008, and again since last year, the latter using a frequency Global acquired when it bought the Guardian's old radio business in 2012. The Welsh and Scottish versions of Xfm also both carried locally made programmes in amongst those networked from London.

But Radio X is set to broadcast the same shows nationally on digital, and it seems Global doesn't want to have to go to the hassle of making local programmes for its FM channels. It's thought the radio firm is currently trying to have obligations to carry local programmes removed from the FM licence it uses in the North West of England, but media regulator OfCom would not allow a Scottish FM station to air only shows from England, hence Global's decision to abandon that licence.

A spokesman for Global told Radio Today on Friday: "Under current regulatory policy, we can't further network our programmes in Scotland and so we've taken the difficult decision to hand the [current Xfm Scotland] licence back to the regulator, OfCom. We are making some changes to Xfm which affect a small but important number of presenters and staff. These sorts of decisions are always difficult and we'd like to thank them for their huge contribution to the station over the years and wish them well for the future".

As previously reported, Radio X will launch with some high profile new recruits, headlined by Chris Moyles, who posted a YouTube video pre-empting his return to radio this weekend (soundtracked with music from 'Dr Who', so perhaps the BBC could get it blocked). Other daytime DJs confirmed for Radio X this morning include Vernon Kay, Dan O'Connell and Johnny Vaughan. Which means presenters on Xfm London will be affected by the revamp as well as their colleagues in Manchester and Glasgow.

Though quite a few are staying, some with new shows, while the night time specialist music slot - from which Xfm used to get a lot of its credibility as a champion of new music - is set to sound very familiar. That said, long-term Xfm DJ and occasional CMU columnist Eddy Temple-Morris has nevertheless decided to exit the station before the relaunch for "personal reasons that shall remain private".

Posting on Facebook on Friday, ahead of the final edition of his show 'The Remix' to air on Xfm, he wrote: "For reasons that are personal, and shall remain private, I've made a very hard decision to resign from the radio station I love".

He added: "I've spent half my working life at X with cherished moments, from watching Steph and Dave Soulwax do their first ever UK radio DJ mix before they became 2ManyDJs, through first playing Kasabian's demo on radio after discovering it in the Xfm office bin, to convincing Xfm to let me produce a pilot for a hip hop and spoken word show presented by a white boy from Essex with a stammer. Scroobius Pip's 'Beatdown' show won two Sony Awards. That was the proudest I've felt in all fifteen years".

He went on: "I'm choosing to leave with nothing but love for the station, its stalwart and hugely supportive and passionate staff and my bosses, and friends, Chris Baughen and Mike Walsh, for whom I have enormous respect".

'The Remix' will now be aired each week by online radio station Soho Radio, while Club Remix and the new club night version of the stage Temple-Morris hosted at this year's Secret Garden Party will be launching soon at The Clapham Grand, so there is plenty more to come from The Remix post-Xfm, not to mention the DJ's plethora of other projects, including his band Losers.

Meanwhile we await to hear what the revamped Xfm will sound like.

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7digital partners with Imagination on FlowRadio
7digital last week announced a new alliance with technology company Imagination - which, amongst other things, makes the Pure digital radios and wi-fi speakers - that will see the two firms collaborate on the latter's FlowRadio platform, which aggregates live radio stations, on-demand radio programmes and podcasts worldwide.

Radio and music services provider 7digital said the new partnership would allow it "to power comprehensive IP radio services for other brands via the FlowRadio platform, complementing and adding to 7digital's existing portfolio of digital music and radio services". 7digital will also work with Imagination to further evolve and develop the FlowRadio product.

Confirming the deal, 7digital CEO Simon Cole told reporters: "Radio is in 7digital's DNA, and the combination of our expertise in this space and Imagination's FlowRadio platform opens up exciting opportunities to further develop the global radio ecosystem. As a result of this partnership, 7digital's clients will be able to leverage the leading internet radio service to tap into the continuing popularity - and current resurgence - of radio for their customers. We are now able to offer licenses that provide access to the world's radio, as well as huge music catalogues, and innovative products that link the two together".

Imagination's EVP Of Marketing Tony King-Smith added: "This announcement is an important milestone for our connected radio strategy and the availability of our FlowRadio platform to other brands. We are fully committed to radio in all its forms at Imagination and believe that radio will continue to thrive and dominate the audio landscape worldwide. 7digital is already a long-term partner for Imagination and this announcement is a natural extension of that partnership and we look forward to working together to bring what we believe is the best internet radio platform available to as many people as possible".

The 7digital tie-up followed the news that Pioneer had licensed FlowRadio for its in-car entertainment system to power an app that will be called the Pioneer Radio Collection.

  Approved: Connie Constance - Stars
In both song and video, the debut single from Connie Constance sees the singer-songwriter escape London to a fantasy world, putting her troubles behind her.

Released through Black Acre on 18 Sep, the song is produced by the also approved Blue Daisy, with broad musical strokes sweeping across the track, letting the vocal and lyrics sit at the fore.

Says Constance: "With 'Stars' I wanted to create a safety net that allows escapism to a world that is totally accepting of you as you are and washes away all troubles and problems that are alive in reality... even if just for a moment".

Watch the video for 'Stars' here.
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Beatles management contract up for sale this month
The Beatles' management contract with Brian Epstein is set to be sold at auction by Sotherby's in London later this month. Offered as part of a sale of music memorabilia on 29 Sep, it's thought the document could fetch between £250,000 and £500,000.

The document is dated 1 Oct 1962, four days before the release of the band's debut single, 'Love Me Do'. It was actually the second contract the band had signed with their manager, but the first Epstein also added his signature to. The fathers of Paul McCartney and George Harrison also signed, as their sons were under the age of 21 at the time. This will be the latest in a string of sales of the contract in recent years.

Also among the items up for sale in the Sotherby's auction are a signed copy of The Beatles' 'Please Please Me' album, a collection of Andy Warhol-designed album covers, a Fender Stratocaster formerly owned by Eric Clapton, and handwritten and signed lyrics for Tupac Shakur's 'Ambitionz Az A Ridah'.

If you've got your heart set on a Beatles contract but don't have quite enough money saved for this one, the band's first record contract is also up for sale this month. The 1961 deal to record a cover of traditional German children's song 'My Bonnie' under the name Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers is expected to fetch around £98,500 at Heritage Auctions in New York on 19 Sep.

Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi, Lyla Foy, Loyle Carner, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi will release a new album, titled 'Cold Moon', on 16 Oct. You can catch them live at Komedia in Brighton on 10 Nov and Bush Hall in London on 11 Nov.

• Lyla Foy will release a new EP, titled 'UMi', on 2 Oct. Here's lead track 'Beginning It All Again'. She'll also play London's Courtyard Theatre on 1 Oct.

• Boysetsfire have released a new track from their forthcoming new album, 'Boysetsfire', out on 25 Sep. And this is it, 'Savage Blood'.

• Frøkedal has just released her debut EP, 'I See You', through Propeller Recordings. From it, this is 'First Friend'.

• Loyle Carner will head out on his first headline UK tour in November, including a show at Corsica Studios in London on 10 Nov.

• This year's Oui Love tour will take place on 27-30 Oct, featuring St Lô and Saycet from France plus UK act Acre Tarn

Blurred Lines video is "the bane of my existence", says model
Emily Ratajkowski has said that the 'Blurred Lines' video, in which she appeared, has become the "bane of [her] existence". Though I'm sure she's not the only person who says that these days.

Speaking to InStyle magazine, the model said: "I wasn't into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it's the bane of my existence. When anyone comes up to me about 'Blurred Lines', I'm like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?"

"It's weird to me that the reaction to a woman's naked body is so controversial in our culture", she added. "My mum taught me to never apologise for my sexuality. My dad never made me feel embarrassed. I also don't think I've ever had an awareness of my own body as being super-sexual. It was always just my body".

Though, to be fair, for the most part the controversy came from the context provided by the video and song, rather than just the discovery that Ratajkowski has a body.

 
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