FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: More than three and half years after the US authorities took controversial file-transfer service MegaUpload offline, the extradition hearing of its founder Kim Dotcom and three other men involved in running the company finally kicked off yesterday after a multitude of delays. Indeed, had the Mega men's attorneys got their way, the whole thing would have been... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Deep Into Soul's terrace parties have gone down very well over the summer, and the finale at the Prince Of Wales in Brixton looks set not to disappoint. Headlined by the icon that is Terry Hunter from Chicago, the bill also includes NYC's DJ Spinna and some nu-disco from one of my faves, Mr Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro. High-octane house will also flow from Rhemi... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Well, it's been quite a week in the world of Morrissey, hasn't it? It's hard to know where to begin. How about we start with the news that straddles last week as well as this week - the former Smiths frontman's last ever show in the UK ever ever ever. That's right, people. Morrissey will never play in the UK again. If you've never been to one of his shows and you have no... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the ruling that 'Happy Birthday' is out of copyright in the US, record sales at gigs being included in album chart data, Deezer beating Spotify to become the first European streaming service to announce an IPO, and the fate of Father John Misty's covers of Ryan Adams' covers of Taylor Swift... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Kim Dotcom extradition hearing finally underway
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LEGAL Man arrested over fatal SXSW car crash pleads not guilty to murder
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DEALS Universal partners with ad agency on new label
Bucks Music announces alliance with Play Records
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MEDIA Channel 4 would like to make feature-length docs with music icons
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ARTIST NEWS Vladimir Putin calls Elton John (really this time)
John Lydon claims he was “banned” from BBC radio in 1978 for speaking out against Jimmy Savile
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RELEASES Sia releases single originally written for Adele
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Barbican to host Lee Hazelwood tribute show
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #271: Morrissey v the UK, David Cameron, and erotic fiction
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Kim Dotcom extradition hearing finally underway
More than three and half years after the US authorities took controversial file-transfer service MegaUpload offline, the extradition hearing of its founder Kim Dotcom and three other men involved in running the company finally kicked off yesterday after a multitude of delays. Indeed, had the Mega men's attorneys got their way, the whole thing would have been postponed again this week, maybe even into next year.

That request for further postponement was denied, and so things have finally cranked into action as American prosecutors try to extradite Dotcom et al from their current home in New Zealand over to the States to face allegations of money laundering, racketeering and rampant copyright infringement in relation to their former enterprise.

"In the long prelude to this hearing much has been said about the novelty and technicality of the case", said Christine Gordon, speaking for the US government in the Auckland District Court. But don't be fooled, she went on, according to the New Zealand Herald. "When distractions are stripped away, it boils down to a simple scheme of fraud", she said.

Embellishing a little, Gordon ran through the key allegations against the MegaUpload men, most of which first emerged shortly after the 2012 raid on their operations. Dotcom and his team made millions from advertisers and subscriptions, even though most of the traffic on their site was people accessing illegally uploaded content.

Not only that, but the firm allegedly had a scheme that rewarded users for driving traffic to the website, which basically meant uploading unlicensed music, movies and TV shows. But at the same time MegaUpload told copyright owners they were complying with obligations under US law to remove infringing material.

Acknowledging the much moaned about problem with the takedown systems that user-upload websites provide copyright owners - that users just re-upload the same content as soon as it's been removed - Gordon said that, with the MegaUpload operation, you had "the incredible spectacle of processing takedown notices while at the same time paying many of those same repeat offenders".

The former MegaUpload chiefs, of course, will claim that their operation - like those of other file-transfer platforms and video sharing sites like YouTube - was protected by the safe harbours of American copyright law, which say that, provided you do the takedown thing, you can't be held liable for your users uploading infringing content. Even if your takedown system is pretty ropey, for the reasons Gordon explained.

The prosecution's rep said that MegaUpload was different because it was rewarding the infringers who provided it with a steady stream of illegal files, ensuring taken down content wasn't down for long. She also cited various correspondence between the accused which allegedly acknowledged the illegality of their operation, adding that the MegaUpload team "sometimes enjoyed the fact they were making money by breaking the law".

Among the online comments Gordon cited was Dotcom urging his colleagues not to log chats because there is "too much shit in there" and "at some point a judge will be convinced about how evil we are - then we're in trouble".

Meanwhile one of his colleagues predicted the firm's operations may be shut down, expressing surprise it hadn't happened sooner, and adding: "If copyright holders would really know how big our business is they'd surely try to do something against it. They have no idea we are making millions in profit every month".

So, plenty to be getting on with, though - of course - the purpose of this hearing is to decide whether the allegations against Dotcom et al are covered by the extradition treaty between New Zealand and the USA. The MegaUpload team are sure to provide plenty of arguments as to why they are not, before even tackling the allegations under US law.

The extradition hearing is expected to last for about four weeks.

Man arrested over fatal SXSW car crash pleads not guilty to murder
The man accused of murder in relation to the car crash incident that killed four people at the 2014 edition of the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas yesterday entered a not guilty plea as his trial approaches.

Rashad Owens is accused of being intoxicated when he drove his car into a crowd of people at SXSW last year, killing four and injuring more than 20 others. He is also accused of driving down a street which was closed at the time while fleeing from police.

He faces one court of capital murder and four counts of murder, plus 24 counts of aggravated assault. Following a brief appearance in Travis County District Court yesterday, Owens will now reappear for a final pre-trial hearing on 15 Oct, with jury selection for his trial then set to begin on 26 Oct.

Universal partners with ad agency on new label
Universal Music is partnering with ad agency BETC to launch a new Paris-based label to be called Pop Records, with the agency's VP Fabrice Brovelli and Creative Music Director
Christophe Caurret very much involved in running the new operation.

If you're even starting to wonder why, well, here's BETC co-founder Remi Babinet: "A modern ad agency should be able to offer a lot more than just consulting and traditional campaigns. It should be a media company, a producer and an audience generator in itself".

See, that's why. Bet you feel foolish for asking now, don't you?

BETC is owned by communications group Havas, which has other alliances with Universal, most likely because the two companies have a shareholder in common in the form of the Bolloré Group, which has stakes in both Universal Music's parent company Vivendi - where Vincent Bolloré is Chairman - and the Havas business.

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Bucks Music announces alliance with Play Records
Independent publisher Bucks Music has announced an alliance with dance label Play Records to represent the firm's publishing interests worldwide, which includes over a thousand works, some from that Deadmau5 fella.

Confirming the new alliance with Play Records - originally a Toronto operation which opened a London HQ last year - Bucks A&R Manager Harri Davies told reporters: "Play have a solid catalogue of works of which we will now be able to clear all master and publishing rights as a one stop shop - we look forward to working with them".

Meanwhile the label's founders Melleny Melody and Zachary Spider Brown Smith said in one of those joint statements: "We're looking forward to a long and prosperous collaborative, creative working relationship with Bucks".

Channel 4 would like to make feature-length docs with music icons
With both Warner Music and Universal Music now having ambitions in the music movie domain, Channel 4 has also expressed an interest in doing more popstar-based documentaries and biopics - well, "biopics by stealth" to be precise, whatever that means - and as a result it is seeking "music icons" to work with.

We know this because the broadcaster's Music Commissioning Editor Jonny Rothery has been chatting about getting more music-orientated programmes into primetime on the network, and, according to Broadcast, said: "We've got some really good rock docs that are working in primetime and now we're increasingly looking for more access to music icons".

Explaining, he added: "Not just talking heads, we're speaking to two or three really big music icons about spending proper time with them, doing biopic by stealth, with great archive and performance. Sometimes you don't always get the most out of them by sitting them down with a director. And we wouldn't do it with music stars that are quite saturated: Katy Perry might not be right, but being theoretical, Noel Gallagher or Elton John might be".

Rothery is in part inspired by the recent 'Amy' film, on which Channel 4's movie division was co-producer along with Universal Music. "I'd love to do more feature-length stories", he admitted. "There's a great story running through these films so it's not something you can necessarily tell in a C4 hour".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Deep Into Soul at The Prince Of Wales
Deep Into Soul's terrace parties have gone down very well over the summer, and the finale at the Prince Of Wales in Brixton looks set not to disappoint. Headlined by the icon that is Terry Hunter from Chicago, the bill also includes NYC's DJ Spinna and some nu-disco from one of my faves, Mr Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro.

High-octane house will also flow from Rhemi as the evening progresses, whereas jazzy and soulful afternoon vibes will be provided by DJ Bones and David Bailey. Plus, the Afro house UK movement comes in the form of Shaun Ashby, Les Rebelles Aluku and DJ Fiddla.

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Vladimir Putin calls Elton John (really this time)
Vladimir Putin has called up Elton John on the telephone to organise a meeting. For real this time. However, unlike those pranksters, he seems to have been a little vague on when such a meeting might actually happen.

As previously reported, while in Ukraine speaking to business leaders and the country's president about gay rights in the country, John gave an interview to the BBC restating his desire to have a similar meeting with Putin. Not long afterwards, John announced on Instagram that he'd just been on the phone with the Russian president. However, a denial from the Kremlin quickly followed, and it all turned out to have been an apparently hilarious practical joke instigated by some Russian TV presenters.

Refuting that any call had been made after the singer's Instagram post, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov nonetheless said that, had they been aware that John wanted to meet his boss, the Kremlin would have been happy to accommodate him. And yesterday Peskov told reporters that they were now starting to get somewhere, saying: "Putin phoned him. He said: 'I know some guys played a trick on you on the phone, but don't get offended. They are harmless people, though that of course does not justify what they did'".

John has not been quite so quick on the Instagram trigger this time, but it does seem that this is a genuine offer to meet and discuss Russia's attitudes to the LGBT community.

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John Lydon claims he was "banned" from BBC radio in 1978 for speaking out against Jimmy Savile
John Lydon has said that he was "banned" from BBC radio in 1978, after saying in an interview that Jimmy Savile was "into all sorts of seediness".

Speaking to Piers Morgan in an interview to be aired tonight on ITV show 'Life Stories', or so The Guardian reports, Lydon says that "we all knew about [Savile] but we're not allowed to talk about it".

"I'm very, very bitter that the likes of Savile and the rest of them were allowed to continue", he continued. "I did my bit, I said what I had to. But they didn't air that. I found myself banned from BBC radio for quite a while, for my contentious behaviour. They wouldn't state this directly; there'd be other excuses".

"Weren't I right?" he added. "I think most kids wanted to go on 'Top Of The Pops' but we all knew what that cigar muncher was up to".

The scale of child abuse carried out by Savile only became truly apparent after his death, of course. The revelations sparked police investigation Operation Yewtree, which has led to arrests and some convictions against other radio and television presenters.

Sia releases single originally written for Adele
Sia has released a new single, 'Alive', a song originally written for Adele. It is taken from her upcoming new album, 'This Is Acting', which is made up entirely of songs initially intended to be performed by other artists.

"It's about Adele's life, so I now sing a song from Adele's perspective", says Sia of the track. "This is the first song from this new project. I'm calling it 'This Is Acting' because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn't go into it thinking, 'This is something I would say'. It's more like play-acting. It's fun".

Adele, as previously mentioned, is rumoured to be releasing her new album in November. Like Sia, Damon Albarn also contributed to the record, though he also thinks his work won't appear on the finished release. He told The Sun earlier this month: "Will she use any of [my] stuff? I don't think so. Let's wait and see. The thing is, she's very insecure. And she doesn't need to be, she's still so young". He added that all of her new material was "very middle of the road", which probably won't help with that insecurity.

Back back to Sia. Listen to 'Alive' here.

Barbican to host Lee Hazelwood tribute show
The Barbican will next month host a night of music by songwriter Lee Hazelwood, who died in 2007. Among a line-up of artists performing songs such as 'These Boots Were Made For Walkin' and 'Some Velvet Morning' are Mark Lanegan, Fran Healy, Caitlin Rose and Matthew E White.

The event, titled 'Love And Other Crimes: The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood', is curated by musician Ed Harcourt and Wyndham Wallace, Hazelwood's manager in the last years of his life. Wallace also published a biography earlier this year, 'Lee, Myself & I: Inside The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood'.

Speaking to CMU, Wallace explains how the idea for the show came about: "I live in Berlin, and I got a message out of the blue from Chris Sharp at The Barbican in November last year. I'd not seen him for many, many years and when he said he was coming to the city we decided to meet for brunch. He asked me what I'd been up to, and, as I told him about 'Lee, Myself & I', I suddenly thought of asking if he'd be interested in putting on a tribute show. He liked the idea, and soon afterwards I talked to Ed Harcourt about acting as co-curator and musical director. But the idea itself was pretty spontaneous".

As for what Hazlewood himself might make if it, he added: "He might perhaps squirm at the attention, but deep down he'd probably be loving it, and would be fascinated by how the 'young kids' delivered his songs".

Those "young kids" will be a band made up of Harcourt, Polar Bear's Tom Herbert, Jim Sclavunos from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Romeo Stodart from The Magic Numbers, and Portishead's Adrian Utley. They will be joined by vocalists Duke Garwood, Joe Gideon, Lawrence, Flo Morrissey, Josh T Pearson, Gemma Ray, Patrick Watson, Kathryn Williams, and the aforementioned Lanegan, Healy, Rose and White.

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CMU Beef Of The Week #271: Morrissey v the UK, David Cameron, and erotic fiction
Well, it's been quite a week in the world of Morrissey, hasn't it? It's hard to know where to begin. How about we start with the news that straddles last week as well as this week - the former Smiths frontman's last ever show in the UK ever ever ever.

That's right, people. Morrissey will never play in the UK again. If you've never been to one of his shows and you have no passport, you have zero chance of ever seeing him play. It's no use crying about it, he's gone, and there's nothing anyone can do about it now.

Well, I suppose there is one group of people who could do something about it, but they all seem pretty reluctant. Who are those people? Anyone with the power to give Morrissey a new record contract, that's who.

Tooting on his internet trumpet, the True To You website, ahead of his two very recent London gigs, the singer explained: "There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience - throughout 28 years - but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring".

No point at all. Imagine playing live in a place where you only had a back catalogue of 38 band and solo studio, live and compilation albums to sell. Everyone's already got them. Every single one. Even that last one that was withdrawn from sale because he fell out so badly with his then label, resulting in him being unable to convince any others to work with him.

So, it's bye bye Morrissey. But just because he won't come and play his songs for us, that doesn't mean we'll never hear from him again. He will remain, I'm sure, a man always quick with a statement for any given situation. And therefore a Beef Of The Week regular.

This week, he was right there when news broke that Prime Minister David Cameron had allegedly once put his penis in the mouth of the severed head of a pig. I think we're all smart enough to see that this particular allegation is a power play, exploiting the knowledge that the furthest anyone is likely to go in defence of the PM is to say that he "probably" didn't do it. That seed of doubt's always going to be there though, isn't it?

And so, on the off-chance that a) he did it and b) he ever admits it, animal rights group PETA and Morrissey published a statement telling Cameron that if he had "performed a sexual act on a dead pig while at Oxford University, then it shows a callousness and complete lack of empathy entirely unbefitting a man in his position, and he should resign".

I don't know, he's shown callousness and a lack of empathy plenty of times before and he just got re-elected. Who knows, maybe in 2020 he'll decide he would actually like a third term in office and win a landslide victory based on a one policy campaign of dead pig fucking. Stranger things may or may not have happened.

Sorry, we've strayed off the point here a bit. We were talking about Morrissey. Morrissey as a mouthpiece, I believe. Now, as I alluded to above, that statement on David Cameron was really penned by PETA, he just posted it online. What we really need is Morrissey in his own words.

We've already had that, of course, with last year's autobiography, 'Autobiography'. So now we have to settle for the next best thing, demon-possessed sports relay teams in Morrissey's own words. That's right, Moz has written a novel. And that is genuinely what the novel is about.

Look, here's Morrissey's first novel in Morrissey's own words: "The theme is demonology, the left-handed path of black magic. It is about a sports relay team in 1970s America who accidentally kill a wretch who, in esoteric language, might be known as a Fetch, a discarnate entity in physical form. He appears, though, as an omen of the immediate deaths of each member of the relay team. He is a life force of a devil incarnate, yet in his astral shell he is one phase removed from life. The wretch begins a banishing ritual of the four main characters, and therefore his own death at the beginning of the book is illusory".

Amazingly, the subject matter is not the main thing that has caught people's attention about this book project. More, they have been discussing the affront to erotic fiction that appears within its pages.

Here are actual words that a man wrote down and then had published in an actual book, via The Guardian: "Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza's breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra's howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza's body except for the otherwise central zone".

Bulbous salutations, one and all.

 
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