TODAY'S TOP STORY: Shares in flagging EDM powerhouse SFX slipped another 12.5% at one point yesterday, and while it wasn't a great day for stocks in general, that was in no small part because of problems at one of the firm's big events Stateside this weekend, the third edition of TomorrowWorld, the American spin off of European dance festival Tomorrowland. Described as an... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES SFX share price slips further after problems at TomorrowWorld
LEGAL vKontakte ordered to beef up its takedown system
LIVE BUSINESS T In The Park funding to be challenged in Scottish Parliament
Dave Kaplan joins Paradigm
BRANDS & MERCH Resilient Music puts the spotlight on advertising sync
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES 7digital adds high quality audio to Google Cast
MEDIA BBC Radio and Jazz FM collaborate on 'pop-up' station
ARTIST NEWS Fetty Wap hospitalised after traffic accident, tour in question
No Devotion cancel German show after Geoff Rickly "poisoned and robbed"
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber was always the greatest living human. May be the messiah.
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SFX share price slips further after problems at TomorrowWorld
Shares in flagging EDM powerhouse SFX slipped another 12.5% at one point yesterday, and while it wasn't a great day for stocks in general, that was in no small part because of problems at one of the firm's big events Stateside this weekend, the third edition of TomorrowWorld, the American spin off of European dance festival Tomorrowland.

Described as an "epic disaster of near-riots and looming lawsuits" by Vice site Thump, the problems at TomorrowWorld were caused by inclement weather, though at least some festival-goers are blaming the event's promoters for how they responded to the infrastructure issues the rainfall caused.

The biggest problems came on Saturday night after transportation off the boggy site was cut back, making it hard to exit the festival and resulting in some having to give up trying to get home and sleep on the roadside instead. Uber drivers that could get through were, unsurprisingly, operating at a considerable premium. Keen to avoid repeat issues on Sunday, SFX announced that only those already onsite would have access to the final day's festivities, with non-campers offered refunds on their tickets.

Announcing that decision, organisers said in a statement: "We take the safety of all of our visitors very seriously. The rainfall since Thursday resulted in limited capacity of festival parking fields, drop-off locations, and the shuttle system. Festivalgoers with day tickets, guest list tickets, and anyone not already camping at DreamVille will unfortunately not be able to access today's events".

It's not quite clear how big a financial impact the refunds TomorrowWorld will now have to pay will have on the SFX business, but it will likely affect the company's third quarter performance. Wash out festivals are nothing new, of course, and live music firms usually prepare for and insure against the extra costs bad weather can cause, but investors are already particularly interested in SFX's finances, so will be watching these events all the more closely.

The EDM company's share price has tanked this year, of course, amidst shareholder concerns over founder Robert FX Sillerman's aborted attempt to take the company back into private ownership, and other concerns about the festival promoter and Beatport owner's finances. The firm recently secured an extra $90 million in financing while the board continues to consider options for the company's future.

vKontakte ordered to beef up its takedown system
A Russian court yesterday ordered social network vKontakte to improve its takedown system, to prevent music from Universal Music and Warner Music being shared on its servers.

As previously reported, all three majors launched separate legal actions against vKontakte through the Saint Petersburg & Leningradsky Region Arbitration Court last year. The record labels asked the court to order the social media firm to remove some specific content from its networks, to put in place more robust anti-piracy measures, and to pay damages for past infringement.

In July, Sony Music reached a 'goodwill agreement' with the social network, resulting in its lawsuit being withdrawn. But the other two major labels forged ahead and are now celebrating a win in their legal proceedings.

According to a statement from the IFPI, a judge yesterday gave an "oral decision" that vKontakte must implement "effective technology" to takedown infringing content owned by the companies and prevent it from being re-uploaded. Full written judgements are expected in due course.

IFPI CEO Frances Moore said of the ruling: "This is a very important and positive decision for the Russian music market and for music creators in Russia. VK's infringing music service has been a huge obstacle to the development of a licensed business in Russia, making available hundreds of thousands of copyright infringing tracks to more than 70 million daily users. Now, the Russian court has ordered VK to use technology to stop infringements. This is good news for rights holders in Russia. We now look to VK to implement the court's decision and stop these on going infringements".

vKontakte has in the past indicated plans to more effectively police infringing material on its site, and to license a legit music service, though most labels would likely say that the firm has, to date, only paid lip service to its copyright commitments. It remains to be seen if this court ruling changes anything.

T In The Park funding to be challenged in Scottish Parliament
Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is set to appear before a committee of the Scottish parliament in Holyrood to justify a government grant of £150,000 given to music festival T In The Park. The funding was provided as the popular music event moved to a new home at Strathallan Castle.

While some of Hyslop's political rivals are questioning why such a popular commercial event needed state funding at all, others are accusing the SNP minister of "cronyism", because an initial meeting between the Scottish government and T In The Park promoter DF Concerts - which is majority owned by live music major Live Nation - was set up by a one-time aide of former SNP leader Alex Salmond who was working for the festival firm at the time.

Ahead of a meeting of the Scottish Parliament's education and culture committee, reps from other political parties have been busy saying that "serious questions" remain about the funding T received, with Labour MSP John Pentland telling the BBC: "We need some honesty from the SNP government about this £150,000 payment and the extent of the involvement of a former SNP adviser. At a time when the SNP government is slashing the budget for local services, people will find it difficult to understand how such a successful company needs an extra £150,000 from the taxpayer".

A spokesperson for Hyslop says that the funding was justified, and in line with grants given to other major events in Scotland. As for the allegations of "cronyism", the minister insists that "the awarding of this funding followed normal procedures and was based solely on the merits of the case following an objective assessment by Scottish government officials. I look forward to answering any questions the committee has".

The move of T In The Park to Strathallan Castle was not without controversy, of course, with some opposing such a large music event taking place on the site. Although the all clear was given for the festival to take place there, some have called for an infrastructure review ahead of future editions after reported transport issues around the site this year.


Dave Kaplan joins Paradigm
US live industry veteran Dave Kaplan has departed the recently acquired Agency Group to take up a new role at the Paradigm Talent Agency's music division. As previously reported, the Paradigm Music Division is a partnership between Paradigm, AM Only, Coda and the Windish Agency which launched earlier this year.

Says Kaplan: "I've known [PMD's] Marty Diamond and Tom Windish for many years and admired what they've accomplished as agents. Paradigm should be a great home for me and for the artists I represent and I'm really looking forward to this next phase of my career".

Head of the Paradigm Music Division, Chip Hooper adds: "We're delighted to have an agent of Dave's calibre join our family. Whenever we consider the addition of an agent or a partner, we're very conscious of the character and quality of the people involved. We think Dave fits perfectly".

Kaplan brings with him artists including The Black Keys, Father John Misty, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Kills.

Resilient Music puts the spotlight on advertising sync
Music rights procurement consultancy Resilient Music recently put the spotlight on the advertising side of sync, surveying brands, ad agencies, rights owners and artist managers about the way licensees and licensors work together, how each side views the sync sector, and where the opportunities to do better business lie.

The results of that survey are being published through a series of blogs on Resilient's own website, but CMU got a sneak preview, and in the latest CMU Trends Report we provide our five key take-aways from the research. Premium subscribers can get the full lowdown here using the premium content password from this week's CMU Digest.

But for now, here is each key point in a sentence or two...

1. Music remains a key tool for consumer engagement
With over 60% of agency respondents choosing eight or higher when asked to rank the importance of music to their clients on a scale of one to ten. As Resilient noted, this will only add to the calls from labels and publishers for brands to increase the budgets of the music components of their campaigns.

2. Brands and rights owners could be involved earlier in the creative process
Many brands would like to be involved in final music selections, while ad agencies providing one-track choices at the last minute makes it harder to negotiate a good deal from the rights holders. Labels also said that they'd like to be involved earlier in the creative process, especially when brands are working with new talent.

3. Re-records are a fact of life and can be good for publishers
This is where a brand commissions a re-record of a track, so that it only has to license the song rights from a publisher, and not the master rights from a label. The record companies Resilient spoke to were divided on whether the threat of a re-record would make them negotiate downwards on price. Meanwhile publishers noted that re-records can free up budget to pay higher rates to the song rights owners, and make the licensing of more expensive songs more realistic.

4. Fees are going up for online video
Although TV ads will still usually command a premium from labels and publishers, the rates rights owners are looking for from online branded content are also going up. Though rates will vary depending on whether content is going into paid-for ad slots or simply on YouTube - and depending on the territories where the ad will be seen - so brands should be clear on those things when negotiating deals.

5. Brands want simpler licensing, obviously
Everyone wants simpler licensing, and they probably won't get it, even though the music rights sector is aware of the issues. Though some brands said that some rights owners could simply go further in customer service, at least acknowledging that brands are customers when it comes to sync! Basically labels and publishers that put more effort into client relations may score more sync deals down the line.

The latest CMU Trends Report is fully focused on the sync industry, explaining how sync licensing works, surveying leading supervisors on how they choose tracks, and exploring differences between the UK and US market. You can buy a copy here for £9.99, or go premium with CMU today and access this and all archive copies of the Trends Report right away.

7digital adds high quality audio to Google Cast
7digital has become the first music provider to offer high quality audio on Google Cast, the tech giant's smart phone remote control thingy. The integration will allow users to stream music from the 7digital Android App to any Google Cast-enabled speaker or Chromecast-connected TV.

Talking all this up, 7digital CEO Simon Cole said: "This upgrade to include Cast to our platform as well as enhancements on the Music Store app for Android marks a significant update. It leads the way in providing users with both high quality audio and a truly modern music-listening experience. Our diverse partners will also benefit from improvements made across Android, iOS and web platforms, as 7digital enables new features and functionality for the services we power around the world".

Playback on the app is available in various formats up to 24-bit studio quality FLAC. Whether this type of high quality audio can find a significant market remains to be seen, of course. Although innovations such as this are a lot more likely to succeed than Neil Young's ten-years-too-late Pono Player.

BBC Radio and Jazz FM collaborate on 'pop-up' station
BBC Radio and Jazz FM have announced a collaboration on a temporary radio station to coincide with this year's London Jazz Festival in November. Called BBC Music Jazz, it will air content from both broadcasters.

Available on digital radio, online and mobile, the three-day project will feature shows from presenters including Jamie Cullum, Clare Teal, Craig Charles, Helen Mayhew, Jez Nelson, and Claire Martin. As well as simulcasting BBC Radio 3's Jazz Festival coverage, it will broadcast Jazz FM's archive coverage of Ella Fitzgerald in concert from the 1990s.

And if you like voting for stuff, you'll be pleased to know that there'll be a poll to decide the 50 Greatest Jazz Figures.

BBC Music Editor James Stirling said in a statement: "I'm really pleased that we're able to showcase the wide range of Jazz content available across the BBC and through working with Jazz FM, some rare archive. BBC Music Jazz will offer jazz fans and beginners alike something truly unique this autumn and demonstrates the power of BBC Music to bring audiences closer to the music they love".

Jazz FM CEO Jonathan Arendt added: "It's fantastic that jazz is bringing the BBC and commercial radio together in this unique collaboration. We know that the pop-up will introduce new audiences across the country to the wonders of jazz and the EFG London Jazz Festival. In our 25th anniversary year, we're delighted to be working with the extraordinary teams from BBC Radio and Serious on this ground breaking digital station".

BBC Music Jazz will be on air from 12-15 Nov.

  Approved: Emmecosta
Describing their sound as "post-club", Emmecosta released their debut single, 'Brontos' in July. The track welcomes you into a hazy, just out of reach world that straddles the point where it's no longer clear if it's late at night or early in the morning.

That slightly out of focus sound is developed further on new single 'Snowboy', lulling you with slow plucked guitars, bass that sounds like a memory and reverb-heavy vocals. The band work hard to fill their recordings with a particular atmosphere, and it pays off in droves.

You can catch the trio live in London at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 9 Oct, followed by a performance at the Rockaway Beach festival in Bognor.

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Fetty Wap hospitalised after traffic accident, tour in question
Rising rapper Fetty Wap was involved in a motorbike accident at the weekend, colliding with a car. As well as breaking his leg in three places, he is also facing three criminal charges as a result of the smash.

After news of the crash broke, the rapper posted a video on Instagram, assuring fans that he was OK, saying: "I appreciate all my fans praying for me, man. I had a little accident, but I'm straight. I broke my leg in three places, but I'm gonna be alright".

The driver of the car involved in the accident was also injured and taken to hospital for treatment. Afterwards, New Jersey police issued three summons for the rapper's arrest, for driving without a licence, driving without insurance, and failing to produce a vehicle registration card.

Fetty Wap released his debut album, 'Fetty Wap', on Friday. He is due to begin a US tour in support of the record in New York tonight. It seems that show has been cancelled, though there has not yet been any official statement on this or any other dates.


No Devotion cancel German show after Geoff Rickly "poisoned and robbed"
No Devotion were forced to cancel their show at last week's Reeperbahn festival in Germany after frontman Geoff Rickly was "poisoned and robbed".

Rickly explained to fans in an Instagram post: "Just a little note to say that I was poisoned and robbed (outside our Reeperbahn Festival venue on Friday) and spent the night in the hospital in Hamburg".

He added that he is "recovering" and was well enough to play Sunday night's show in Paris. The band began the UK leg of their European tour in Cambridge last night.

As previously reported, in something of a rough week last week, Rickly was also forced to dump his record label Collect's financial backer, after it turned out he was a bit of an arse.

[PIAS], Warner, Universal, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• [PIAS] yesterday announced it is acquiring the music side of Harmonia Mundi, the classical, jazz and world music specialists. The deal includes the firm's label, music publishing and distribution divisions, though not its book publishing and retail assets.

• Warner Music yesterday announced two appointments in its label services division ADA Worldwide, with David Orleans being promoted to President Of Sales & Label Management and Kenny Weakly to the role of President Of A&R & Label Services. "Core", said their boss Eliah Seton. As in "core strengths". Just in case you wondered.

• Universal Music Publishing announced not one but three promotions in its UK wing yesterday, with Caroline Elleray becoming VP of A&R; Frank Tope becoming Senior Director of A&R; and Mark Gale becoming Director of UK A&R / Director of International A&R, which sounds to me a little like becoming Director Of A&R.

• Elsewhere in the Universal Music Group, Nicola Levy has just become Global Head Of Business Affairs, Digital, a promotion that will see her relocate from London to Santa Monica. Good times.

• US collecting society BMI yesterday announced the appointment of Jodie Thomas to the role of Executive Director, Corporate Communications And Media Relations, reporting into VP Of Corporate Comms Liz Fischer who says "tremendous".

• BBC London 94.9 is rebranding as BBC Radio London. Fact fans will note that that's what the station was originally called when it launched 45 years ago, and the rebrand will coincide with the 45th anniversary. Over the years the station has also gone by names like GLR, BBC LDN and BBC London.

• Ninja Tune founders Coldcut and one of their newest signings Seven Davis Jr took over Radio 1's 'Essential Mix' slot at the weekend to mark the label's 25th anniversary. You could and probably should listen here.

• Run The Jewels have finally released their 'Meow The Jewels' remix album. Sadly, it is dreadful.

• Lush are reforming to play their first show in 20 years at the Roundhouse on 6 May next year. "Finally", says frontwoman Miki Berenyi.

Justin Bieber was always the greatest living human. May be the messiah.
We all know that now - with his wild days behind him - Justin Bieber is the greatest living human. Perhaps the greatest who has ever lived. I mean, what a guy. What a great guy. But it's a little known fact that, back in those days when it looked like he was being a monumental arsehole, it was all just a big misunderstanding.

Partly, he says in a new interview with Complex, the trouble was his perception of the people around him. "There are awesome people who are the lovely, amazing, joyful kind", he explains. "But I only saw people who are shitty and were taking advantage of me. When you have that perspective, the way you act changes. I was basically like, 'fuck everybody'. Then I started doing my own thing. I got into a little bit of trouble - nothing that other 20 year olds don't get into - just rebelling a little bit. Now, being 21, I'm coming into my own and [am] around some pretty cool people who are not afraid to tell me what's real".

"Nothing that other 20 year olds don't get into?" you might scoff. What about the drug-fuelled drag racing? Never happened. "The police, they just wanted press; they wanted attention. I never was speeding; I never was drag racing", he insists. "The cop supposedly wanted to be famous for arresting celebrities, and someone had heard him say that prior to that. I wasn't drinking ... I was just like, 'Oh they're trying to get me right now at any cost'".

Well, that's that cleared up then. Of course, Bieber was convicted of various charges levelled at him that night. But he reached a plea deal, which I think is like when you just say you did something for an easy life and a less damaging criminal record.

Anyway, that's one thing he didn't do. What about that thing where he pissed in a bucket? Well, he did that, but it wasn't because he was being naughty. "Honestly, I think the pissing in the bucket wasn't as big as people made it seem. Just because, dude, think about it. Imagine, you hear that fucking Ozzy Osbourne pisses backstage. Immediately, 'Oh, he's a freaking rock star!' As soon as I do it, 'He's being a brat'".

And if you still insist on saying that pissing in a cleaner's bucket seems a bit bratty, well Bieber says this: "Dude, what is bratty about pissing in a bucket? I had to go piss - we all have to pee. The bathroom was like on the other side, and the dude in the club was like, 'Just pee here'. He told me I could and it wasn't like I was being disrespectful. I feel like that was pretty ostracising - bigger than it should've been".

He was told to pee in that bucket. What was he supposed to do? Not pee in the bucket? Come on. Live in the real world for a second.

For the latter part of the interview, and pretty much apropos of nothing, talk turns to Bieber's faith in God and how that has helped him to better present himself as the great guy he really is. He's not saying he is Jesus, I should add. "I just wanna honestly live like Jesus", he said. "Not be Jesus".

However, he notes some glaring parallels between their lives: "Sometimes when I don't feel like doing something, but I know it's right, I remember, I'm pretty sure Jesus didn't feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don't have to feel what we should have to feel".

"I feel invincible like, nothing is bigger than God", he enthuses further. "If God's for me, who can be against me? That's helped me in a lot of situations where I feel judged. It gives you confidence and you can carry yourself in a cool way, but it's not cocky. It's a confidence that's a godly confidence. That's what I always want. I wanna be loved for being a good dude and for being confident in myself because I know who I am and what I carry and what I sacrifice".

Bieber then lays down some insight into his views on Christianity. Not that he is Jesus, remember. He's just a guy with some views. Like, on how science might seem convincing with its big bang theory of the creation of the universe, but did you ever think of it like this? "Imagine putting a bunch of gold into a box, shaking up the box, and out comes a Rolex. It's so preposterous once people start saying it".

Preposterous. Of course, scientists might tell you that - with all the time and space possessed by this universe - anything, including both that and the creation of human life, is possible. But what do scientists know?

Beyond creation, other divine revelations provided by the Biebster include that "You don't need to go to church to be a Christian ... If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn't make you a taco". Truly, this interview is a sermon on the mount for our times. Go forth and read it in full here.

In other Jesus Bieber news, the singer recently told fans that they should do unto him as they would have other people do unto them.

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