THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: "Those pesky BBC bastards had better properly licence this streaming service they are launching-slash-vaguely-thinking-about", BPI boss Geoff Taylor screamed while shaking his fist at the sky yesterday afternoon. He then stunned the audience at the BPI AGM by burning an effigy of BBC Director General Tony Hall, while chanting in a mysterious language consisting only of... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Vocalist Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto, aka Majical Cloudz, have just posted the video for 'Silver Car Crash', the latest track taken from their second album 'Are You Alone?', due out through Matador on 16 Oct. Of the video, Walsh says: "We shot this video in Montreal with Neil Corcoran. We used his camera as well as my friend Kyle's camera. It's very homemade... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES BPI boss warns BBC over streaming service licences
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LEGAL MegaUpload lawyers call for yet another delay in extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom et al
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LIVE BUSINESS Koko scores a win in battle against residential development plans
Swedish booking agency launches global division in London
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple Music comes to revamped Apple TV
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ARTIST NEWS Survivor and REM angry at Republican use of their music
Beatles portraits by Ringo Starr go on display at The National Gallery
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Reeperbahn forges ahead after fire
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ONE LINERS Live Nation, Imagem, Spotify, more
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AND FINALLY... Nicki Minaj waxwork lives to twerk another day
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THE O2 - EVENT SALES CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
The O2 is on the lookout for a fantastic new Event Sales Co-ordinator selling a diverse range of event spaces under The O2 tent; The O2 arena, Building Six (corporate hire), American Express Invites Lounge, Green Room, The Piazza and The Quadrant.

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DOMINO - INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS APPRENTICE (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co is seeking an International Promotions Apprentice to join the International Department based in the London office. This is an interesting and varied role that will offer a good introduction to the specific skills needed to work in promotions and international.

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DOMINO - INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co is seeking an International Marketing Manager to join the International Department based in the London office. A very exciting opportunity for a dynamic marketing manager to join the Domino International team. The ideal candidate will have at least two years’ experience in music marketing, be familiar with Domino's output, aware of its history and will complement the company culture.

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IMPRESSIVE PR - SENIOR MUSIC PUBLICIST (LONDON)
We need an experienced Senior Music Publicist who knows the job, has excellent music media contacts and potential to bring in their own clients. The role is all about personality - organised, friendly, positive, "can do" attitude, great journalist contacts and being able to juggle artists promo schedules, multiple releases and generate high volumes of coverage.

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MERLIN - HEAD OF ROYALTIES (LONDON)
Merlin, the global rights licensing agency for the independent sector, is seeking an experienced professional to head its royalties division. Based in the company’s central London office, the successful candidate will demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of both practical and technical aspects of processing digital royalties, along with proven experience in a senior role within this sphere.

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DOMINO - WAREHOUSE MANAGER (LONDON)
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AIR MEDIA - PR MANAGER (LONDON)
Air Media is a creative, forward-thinking music and entertainment PR agency working with a variety of international stars, cutting edge bands, venues and festivals. We are looking for a music-obsessed individual with at least two years’ PR experience to join our small team in West London.

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PARAMOUNT ARTISTS - BOOKING AGENT (BRIGHTON)
Paramount Artists is a booking agency based in central Brighton. We arrange worldwide tours for DJ’s and electronic musicians. We are looking to expand our team and currently have an opening for a booking agent.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERS, ARTS CLUB, LIVERPOOL; HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN AND THE BORDERLINE, LONDON (TEMPORARY CONTRACT)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation to work at Arts Club, Liverpool and at our London venues. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of London’s most established venues.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT BAR MANAGERS, LONDON VENUES
MAMA & Company is looking for Assistant Bar Managers for its London venues. You will have some experience of maximising bar, cloakroom and other revenues while minimising all relevant costs. You will have exceptional stock and staff management and must be driven to achieve the best results for the venue in support of the Bars Manager. Some experience of duty management within a live music venue would be beneficial.

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MAMA & COMPANY - PROMOTIONAL MANAGER - ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic Promotional Manager ideally with some experience within a live music operation to work at Arts Club, Liverpool. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of the UK’s most established venues.

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BPI boss warns BBC over streaming service licences
"Those pesky BBC bastards had better properly licence this streaming service they are launching-slash-vaguely-thinking-about", BPI boss Geoff Taylor screamed while shaking his fist at the sky yesterday afternoon. He then stunned the audience at the BPI AGM by burning an effigy of BBC Director General Tony Hall, while chanting in a mysterious language consisting only of One Direction lyrics.

Well, I don't know if that's exactly what happened. I wasn't actually there. I was eating a fishfinger sandwich and looking at the sea, if you must know. But it is true that record industry trade group chief Taylor yesterday insisted that the BBC should get all its licences in order before launching any streaming music service.

As previously reported, in a new report this week outlining what it might do under the next licence-fee-enabling Royal Charter to be granted to it by Parliament, the Corporation revealed plans for a new service that would give time-limited on-demand access to music being played on its radio stations. It would be an expansion of the existing BBC Playlister service and would, the report insisted, fill gaps not otherwise being plugged by commercial radio or digital music companies.

Such a proposal throws up various questions, of course, including whether that kind of service would help or hinder the evolving streaming music sector, and how exactly the Beeb might licence such a thing. Could it do everything via collecting societies PPL and PRS For Music - which licence traditional, online and listen-again radio - or would it need to do deals directly with the record companies and/or publishers? And what would those deals look like? And that would, in no small part, depend on whether the music industry believed the extended Playlister service would help or hinder the evolving streaming music sector.

The record industry sees the value of the proposition, Taylor said at his organisation's big annual gathering, but the Corporation shouldn't make too many assumptions about how it might be licensed. "The BBC is concerned that it may lose its audience share to the new additional services, particularly the on-demand ones", he noted, according to Music Ally. "We understand why the BBC would want to be where the audience is, and make sure it is as relevant as possible - particularly to younger music fans".

But, he went on to stress: "If the BBC is going to launch such a service, then it needs to bring the industry with it. The starting point for some of the BBC's suggestions around how such a service might work, involved launching such a service but paying no money for it - and I just don't think that's viable ... There will have to be a sensible deal behind it if it's going to happen".

Taylor's choice of words were interesting in that the BBC's report implied that the music industry was very much behind its new extended Playlister idea, however early in development that project might be. But Taylor's speech would suggest that negotiations are already somewhat fractious, despite the music companies having to concurrently bang the drum as a vocal champion of the Beeb's other output, in the face of government moves to further cut BBC funding and ultimately overhaul the whole licence fee system. So that's fun.

MegaUpload lawyers call for yet another delay in extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom et al
Kim Dotcom and his former associates at long defunct file-transfer service MegaUpload are due to appear in a New Zealand court on 21 Sep, as the US continues in its much, much, much, much delayed attempt to extradite the men back to the States to face charges of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering in relation to their former business, which was shut down following a raid by American authorities in 2012.

A string of technicalities have delayed the extradition process, and as this latest hearing approaches lawyers working for the former Mega execs have raised another issue. Well, an existing issue with a new slant. It's based around the ongoing allegation that the American government is starving the defendants of funds which means they are unable to properly defend themselves in court.

The MegaUpload men's lawyers concede that some of the funds seized when the file-transfer company was forced out of business have now been released to help pay their clients' defence costs, but those monies can only be spent within New Zealand. And, say the lawyers, their clients need the counsel of experts in US copyright and criminal law, who are generally based in the US.

According to Scoop, in a new filing requesting that this month's court hearing be postponed, one of the lawyers repping two of the MegaUpload defendants writes: "We can't become instant experts in US copyright law and US criminal law. We need help from expert witnesses and we're being denied that opportunity".

Prosecutors counter that this month's hearing is all about New Zealand extradition law not American copyright or criminal law, so legal services from outside the country are not required. Though previously Dotcom's reps have argued that the strength of the US government's case against MegaUpload under American law has an impact on whether or not there are grounds to extradite him.

If the MegaUpload reps are successful in this latest wrangle, it could push this month's much previously delayed extradition hearing back into next year, maybe around the four year anniversary of the shutdown of the controversial digital company.

Koko scores a win in battle against residential development plans
Given growing concerns in the grassroots live sector over long-standing venues being forced out of business by noise abatement orders instigated by new neighbours, who ironically arrive because a district's creative businesses make a once run-down area more attractive again, promoters and venue owners will welcome a High Court ruling that has overturned planning permission for a new residential development adjacent to Camden venue Koko.

Camden Council gave permission back in January to the owner of the Hope & Anchor pub to extend the property and convert it into a retail unit on ground level and eight flats up above. But Koko owner Obar Camden Ltd took the matter to court, arguing that the proposed development was at odds with the neighbourhood, and would likely result in complaints about noise from both its building and other nearby venues, which in turn could threaten their businesses.

According to Ham & High, after hearing Obar's arguments judge Stephen Stewart ruled that Camden councillors had been "significantly misled" by the local authority's planning officers in that they had not been properly alerted to the impact the development could have on Koko. He noted that one planning officer had considered this matter and decided there would be no harm to local venues, but, the judge said, this process had been "truncated" and councillors had not been properly briefed on the matter.

The court ruling means the council will now have to reconsider proposals for the Hope & Anchor site.

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Swedish booking agency launches global division in London
Swedish booking agency United Stage has teamed up with music industry veteran Brian Lane to launch a new international division to be run out of London.

United Stage International will represent the firm's existing clients beyond the Nordics, and will seek other talent and live music opportunities too. Launch projects will include working with Swedish artists Vigiland and Ace Wilder on international strategies, as well as partnering with Dubai-based UII on launching a new music festival next March to be called Arabian Nights, hosted at the soon-to-opened Dubai Opera House.

Confirming the new business, United Stage's Jonas Thulin told reporters: "Brian is a huge figure in the music industry and this partnership will deliver great things. We have got off to a fantastic start with the deals that have already been done and there will be many more to come. We wanted someone with real expertise and a hugely respected reputation to lead our charge across the globe and that person is Brian".

Lane himself added: "I've worked in Scandinavia for the past twelve years and have seen how buoyant and creative the music market is there. Next to the UK and the US, it's the biggest market creatively and commercially, and I feel the global opportunities are immense. Also, we want to do fairer deals with the artists and properly support them at the start of their careers, when they need it the most, rather than taking a percentage of the small amounts of money they might make to start with. This is a long term strategy, we'll be selective and make quality rather than quantity the hallmark of this new venture".

Apple Music comes to revamped Apple TV
"This is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing, a simple multi-touch piece of glass that instantly transforms into anything you want it to be", says Apple chief Tim Cook. So yes, they're releasing a bigger iPad. The Pro. For pros. And anyone with money to burn. And there's a magnetically-connected keyboard and an Apple Pencil for those looking to really splash out the cash.

The iPad Pro was once of a number of announcements at the tech giant's big announcement event yesterday. Quite a bit of focus went on the rather-long-time-coming updated Apple TV set-top box, which will be available over here from next month, and will be rather appy because, said Cook, "our vision for TV is simple and provocative: we believe the future of television is apps".

And while yesterday's product pitch focused more on the games element of the new Apple TV, the upgraded telly-boxes' app store includes the all-important Apple Music app, bringing the firm's much hyped new music service to telly screens. And the Apple TV version of the music service, we are told, will come with all the same features as Apple Music on Mac, iPhone and iPad. So it will be utterly unusable and screw up your music collection. Only joking. Partly.

Talking of iPhones, there were two of them being launched yesterday too. And with 3D touch! Who'd have thought it'd possible. Me.

  Approved: Majical Cloudz
Vocalist Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto, aka Majical Cloudz, have just posted the video for 'Silver Car Crash', the latest track taken from their second album 'Are You Alone?', due out through Matador on 16 Oct.

Of the video, Walsh says: "We shot this video in Montreal with Neil Corcoran. We used his camera as well as my friend Kyle's camera. It's very homemade, shot quickly. I mainly believe in videos as an expression of the artist(s) themselves, and this is the video I wanted to make. It's not flashy or spectacular, but I think it does the mood of the band justice, which is most important to me. In any case, I made it myself so that it feels good to put it out".

It certainly captures the mood of the song, both downbeat and coyly playful. Otto's music is a sparse wash of synths, underpinning Welsh's lyrics, which constantly play with expectations and feature a whole host of quotable turns of phrase.

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Survivor and REM angry at Republican use of their music
Survivor and REM have become the latest in a seemingly endless line of bands to distance themselves from the use of their songs by right wing politicians.

In Survivor's case, the use of 'Eye Of The Tiger' by Mike Huckabee associates the band with various layers of shittiness. The Republican presidential candidate not only used the song, but used it to introduce Kim Davis to the stage like some kind of war hero at a rally this week. Davis, of course, being the Kentucky county clerk who just spent six days in prison for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences.

Writing on Facebook, Survivor's Frankie Sullivan said: "NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use my tune 'The Eye Of The Tiger'. I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!"

Let's just hope that message gets through to future generations, because you know that video is going to be used to illustrate how utterly fucking awful the people of 2015 were for decades to come.

Speaking of awful people, Donald Trump has upset some more musicians by using their work in his campaign to become the Republican presidential candidate. REM follow Neil Young in calling out the billionaire hair technician for using their music without asking first.

Responding to Trump's use of their song 'It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)' at a rally yesterday, the band said in a statement: "While we do not authorise or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign".

Guitarist Mike Mills added on Twitter: "Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him".

While vocalist Michael Stipe said bluntly: "Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you - you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign".

As ever, it's important to note that neither politician, no matter how moronic their campaigns maybe, has broken any copyright laws here, so long as they paid the relevant public performance fees. While you do need permission to play published songs in public in the US, such things are covered by blanket licences provided by the collecting societies, so no specific case-by-case permission is required.

Of course, given how upset usage of this kind often makes artists, when their music and lyrics are attached to political views they do not share, it would be a nice gesture for politicians to routinely ask for permission anyway. Although for many candidates, this would make it hard to find much recognisable music to use in their campaigns.

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Beatles portraits by Ringo Starr go on display at The National Gallery
A collection of photographs of The Beatles taken by Ringo Starr have gone on display at the National Gallery in London. The pictures will all feature in a new book by the drummer, titled 'Photograph By Ringo Starr'.

Says Starr: "These are shots that no one else could have taken. Together they chart the story of four lads from Liverpool trying to live normal lives amidst the frenzy that surrounded them. I have always loved taking photos. All the Beatles had cameras - I think we bought a whole load on our first tour of Japan - but I'd been snapping away for a while before that".

He goes on: "We always had a real photographer around us, like Dezo Hoffman and Bob Freeman, who took a lot of photos of The Beatles for our album covers. But I took pictures of them photographing us - and I had a unique perspective of that incredible period of our lives. I hope you'll enjoy a few unique Beatles memories with me".

'Photograph By Ringo Starr' is due to be published on 21 Sep, though will be available ahead of publication at the gallery. A limited number of prints of 20 of the portraits are also available for sale at £1900 each. Though if I was going to spend that kind of money, I think I'd go for some of Starr's Microsoft Paint artwork.

Reeperbahn forges ahead after fire
The full programme for Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival will go ahead pretty much as planned later this month, despite one of its outdoor stages burning down earlier this week.

The stage on Spielbudenplatz on the Reeperbahn street from which the festival takes its name apparently caught fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Performances planned for the site will now be moved to a neighbouring stage.

"All events will take place as planned", festival MD Alexander Schulz told Festival Insights. "After the situation has been assessed by the fire department and the building authorities we will discuss with the Spielbudenplatz operating company how to handle the ruin on the west side. The fire has no negative effects on the event as a whole".

Reeperbahn takes place across various venues in Hamburg from 23-26 Sep.

Live Nation, Imagem, Spotify, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Live Nation has appointed Carrie Davis as its Chief Communications Officer. She joins from Disney. "Communications", says CEO Michael Rapino.

• Imagem Music Group's New York office has promoted COO Bill Gaden to CEO for the US. Steve King has also been made Vice President of Imagem Creative Services, with Isabel Arisso promoted to the role of manager in the same division. "Personal", says Gaden.

• Look, I know you've all seen this already, but I was so distracted by the fact that I was apparently in the first 1% of people to listen to Charli XCX on Spotify that I forgot to do the bragging I assume I was supposed to. See which artists you got to before everyone else here. It's a new Spotify thingy, see?

• Lana Del Rey has created a little sampler video thing for her new album 'Honeymoon', which is out on 18 Sep.

• Who would like to watch a new Julia Holter video? Me, I would. And I already have, so now it's your turn.

• AEG Live Asia has confirmed the cancellation of two Bon Jovi shows in China "due to unforeseen reasons". As previously reported, it's thought that the Chinese government cancelled the concerts after discovering that the band featured a picture of the Dalai Lama in a video backdrop at a show in Taiwan in 2011.

Nicki Minaj waxwork lives to twerk another day
Nicki Minaj's waxwork in the Las Vegas Madame Tussauds museum is not being removed a month after going on display, as has been reported in some places. It has, however, been "adjusted".

As previously reported, extra security staff had to be laid on around the waxwork, which features Minaj on all fours in a provocative pose inspired by her 'Anaconda' video, after a visitor took an "inappropriate" photo with it that subsequently went viral.

"We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again", said the museum at the time.

Despite this, reports began to circulate yesterday that the figure had been removed entirely. But, a spokesperson told Billboard: "Nicki Minaj's wax figure has not been removed from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The set has merely been adjusted".

So that's that mystery cleared up. Now if someone could explain to me why people go to Madame Tussauds, that would be great. I mean, they queue right down the street for the one in London. I thought it was just waxworks in there, but do they give out free money or something as well?

In other Nicki Minaj-related news, a Northern Ireland man has been jailed for four months for making two prank calls to the emergency services on Christmas day last year. In one of the calls, he claimed to be Nicki Minaj and said that there was a ghost in his house. Neither of these things turned out to be true, and he was given a custodial sentence for breaching an existing anti-social behaviour order.

 
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