THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Following the news yesterday that the French government has put together a code of conduct in partnership with the music industry which, amongst other things, calls on record companies to be more transparent with artists over their digital deals, today the UK's Music Managers Forum has also identified transparency as a key priority. The trade group has revealed... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Esther Joy Lane is set to release her debut EP on 23 Oct. And a bold entrance it makes, sprucing up the warm electronic sound eked out over a series of demos slowly uploaded to SoundCloud over the last year. Lane's songs have a classic feel to them, distinctly pop but far from throwaway; her combined talents for songwriting, production and singing are used... [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 Management community confirms digital transparency is at the top of its agenda
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LEGAL vKontakte as happy as the IFPI on copyright ruling, though not happy with IFPI
Record industry's MegaUpload lawsuit postponed again
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DEALS Kobalt signs Lionel Richie
Concord Bicycle Music buys into Razor & Tie
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LIVE BUSINESS SFX reportedly considering fire sale
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple Music launches in China
Tidal hits one million user milestone, announces celeb-filled live show
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ONE LINERS Sunn o))), The Chills, UK Music Video Awards 2015, more
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AND FINALLY... Disclosure chat about twisting Sam Smith's Bond song
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BOOMTOWN FAIR - PR AND MARKETING ASSISTANT (BRISTOL)
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Management community confirms digital transparency is at the top of its agenda
Following the news yesterday that the French government has put together a code of conduct in partnership with the music industry which, amongst other things, calls on record companies to be more transparent with artists over their digital deals, today the UK's Music Managers Forum has also identified transparency as a key priority.

The trade group has revealed that in a recent survey of managers in five different markets, transparency emerged as a priority issue for respondents, with 34% of those surveyed saying the issue would top their personal lists of things government could do to help the music community. Government intervention on 'safe harbours' - the issue that the music rights sector is lobbying on hardest just now - came in second at 28%.

The MMF surveyed 50 managers, who between them represent artists signed to all three major music companies and over 100 indie labels, as part of a major research project that has been led by CMU's consultancy unit CMU Insights. The research, which also involved in-depth interviews with over thirty leading music, legal and digital experts, has fed into a new report called 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar', which will be published later this month.

It explains how music licensing works, and explores the new licensing model that has evolved as the music industry has shifted from CD to downloads to streams. The aim is to inform and educate the management and artist community to enable an informed debate with their music business partners around the seven issues the report identifies, in a bid to answer the fifteen question it then poses.

The full report will be published later this month, but today the MMF revealed some other stats from its manager survey. Less than 10% of those surveyed had been told about the key components of the labels' streaming deals for all their artists, while less than 20% had been briefed by their label partners on how digital deals have been structured. Meanwhile 78% said that automatic 'equitable remuneration' for artists, like that paid on broadcast revenue, should also be paid on digital.

Commenting on the report, MMF CEO Jon Webster told reporters: "With streaming services now a key revenue for the music industry, it is time for everyone involved in the creation of music to be involved in the debate around how this market evolves. The way labels and publishers license the streaming platforms is complex, which has hindered that debate to date. Through our new report 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar', we hope to educate artists and managers, to inform ongoing discussions and to identify the questions that the industry at large needs to answer".

Meanwhile high profile artist manager Brain Message, who co-manages Nick Cave, Radiohead and PJ Harvey, backed the call for more transparency. "Having publically supported streaming as a route out of the constraints of physical distribution and digital piracy, I have been somewhat dismayed at how streaming services have been licensed and how creators and their representatives, by and large, have been shut out", he said.

He added: "The erosion of trust in the chain from creator to consumer lies at the heart of an economic model that should now be flying. I therefore urge labels, publishers, collection societies and the digital platforms to come to the table and discuss their digital deals more openly with us. The industry is changing, it cannot stay the same. Better transparency and an open, collaborative conversation will surely build the trust that can drive forward the music industry economy to benefit us all".

'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' will be published on 13 Oct, and you can order a free digital copy via the MMF website at www.themmf.net/digitaldollar

vKontakte as happy as the IFPI on copyright ruling, though not happy with IFPI
Russian social network vKontakte is apparently all smiles after being ordered to beef up its anti-piracy takedown system by a judge this week. Mainly because the ruling on cases brought against it by Warner and Universal didn't award the majors any damages.

As previously reported, a verbal ruling on the two lawsuits was made earlier this week, while the final judgement was provided in writing yesterday. All three majors launched action against the popular Russian site last year, though Sony pulled out in July after coming to a 'goodwill agreement' with the social media company, details of which are still unclear.

Expressing pleasure at this week's ruling yesterday, vKontakte spokesperson Georgy Lobushkin told Billboard: "We are glad that the court supported our position and has declined to impose fines on VK. The court has also ordered that we make our 'music copyright DMCA technology' more effective, and we are constantly working on that".

So business as usual, as far as the website is concerned. He also criticised the IFPI for commenting "on the judgement in the most advantageous way for themselves" before the final ruling had even been published.

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Record industry's MegaUpload lawsuit postponed again
The record industry's lawsuit against the former management of MegaUpload has been postponed once again while criminal action in relation to the defunct file-transfer service continues to go slowly through the motions, though at least there are now some actual slow motions occurring.

As previously reported, in addition to facing criminal charges of money laundering, racketeering and rampant copyright infringement in the US, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues face civil action from the American music and movie industries, who want to get their hands on the millions seized from the digital firm when it was taken offline in 2012. The labels and studios argue that MegaUpload made its millions by ignoring and encouraging copyright infringement on its networks.

Legal reps for Dotcom et al previously requested that the US-based civil action be postponed, in case those proceedings influenced the criminal case. In the main the record and movie industries haven't objected to that request, albeit after demanding a few conditions for the postponement, and it seems that neither the Recording Industry Association Of America nor the Motion Picture Association Of America have objected to this latest request for postponement either.

Formal postponement of the MPAA lawsuit is still pending, but the RIAA case has been put on ice until at least next April. Meanwhile, of course, over in New Zealand, Dotcom and co's extradition hearing is finally underway, with the US government's legal rep portraying MegaUpload as a business that actively encouraged users to upload infringing content, while pretending to the music and movie industries it was acting on piracy.

Though, in a slightly embarrassing turn of events, the prosecution has had to admit it isn't quite sure where the actual extradition notices originally filed against Dotcom et al now are. A court services manager had photocopies, but after Dotcom's lawyer noticed said copies weren't date stamped he asked where the originals were, and the court official admitted she didn't know. There is also some confusion over whether, in 2012, the then Justice Minister in New Zealand saw all the required paper work ahead of the raid on Dotcom's home, as is meant happen under the country's Extradition Act.

None of which is really relevant to the core allegations against the MegaUpload men, though various procedural errors on the part of the New Zealand authorities caused some of the previous delays in getting the extradition hearings underway.

Kobalt signs Lionel Richie
Kobalt signing of the week, which is a feature we could probably add to the Daily if only there was time to create a logo (there isn't), is that there Lionel Richie. You know, Mr Richie. The Richster. Lionel. Ly.

Yes, earlier this week Kobalt announced it had signed a global publishing agreement with a "true global superstar". Not my words by the way, I stole them off Kobalt President Richard Sanders. Which is cheeky I know, but I wasted valuable time checking with the CMU design department whether creating a Kobalt Signing Of The Week logo was or was not a viable option, so now I'm in a rush.

Now I've explained all that to you I'm in even more of a rush. Which means there is no time to proof read these here quotes. I'm just going to have to hope that Sanders and Kobalt GM Of Creative And Acquisitions Sue Drew are the kind of people who would not supply inaccurate or badly constructed sentences in press releases. I wonder if either of them is "thrilled". I guess I'll never know.

Sanders: "I couldn't be more excited about welcoming Lionel Richie into the Kobalt family. A true global superstar, his music has touched billions of people and influenced artists around the world".

Drew: "It is an honour to be representing Lionel Richie, one of our American treasures. His body of work is a testament to his talent and success and we are proud to be working with him".

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Concord Bicycle Music buys into Razor & Tie
Expansive US music firm Concord Bicycle Music has announced an alliance with American independent Razor & Tie, which is perhaps best known for its 'Kidz Bop' compilations for children.

As a result of the deal a new company will be formed called Razor & Tie Enterprises in which Concord Bicycle will have a "significant stake". Concord Bicycle will also administer Razor & Tie's publishing interests, and "provide strategic resources and support the further expansion of the 'Kidz Bop' brand". Good times.

Confirming the deal, Razor & Tie co-founders Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam said in a joint statement: "We are thrilled about our new venture with Scott and his outstanding team at Concord Bicycle Music. This partnership maintains our independence and autonomy and provides us with the strategic support necessary to take Razor & Tie and 'Kidz Bop' to a completely different level. We are energised and ready for the challenge".

Meanwhile Concord Bicycle Music CEO Scott Pascucci added: "I have known and respected Cliff and Craig for almost 25 years. They have shown remarkable focus and creativity in building Razor & Tie into the company that it is today. We are excited to be their partner as they continue to grow and expand the company".

SFX reportedly considering fire sale
SFX Entertainment is now considering a fire sale of some of its assets, according to the New York Business Journal. This follows that further share price wobble caused by a damp and problematic edition of its TomorrowWorld festival at the weekend.

As previously reported, bad weather hit the festival site in Georgia, which led to major transport issues on Saturday night, with some festival-goers claiming problems were exacerbated by the organisers' response to the conditions. Unable to get home, some day ticket holders apparently opted to sleep by the side of the road. Sunday's proceedings were then closed to those not already on site.

This is the latest hit the SFX share price has taken recently, the firm's stock tanking during and after founder Robert FX Sillerman's aborted attempt to take the company back into private ownership. We already knew that the company was considering offers to buy some of its assets, though the NYBJ now reckons it's looking to get rid of them pretty sharpish in order to keep afloat, despite that recent $90 million cash injection.

The EDM company's rapid expansion since launch has seen it spend over $1 billion on the acquisition of various festivals, ticketing firms, marketing outfits and the Beatport download store. A fire sale would likely see it only make a fraction of that money back. It's worth noting that the SFX share price has recovered since its post-TomorrowWorld dip, though it's still at 46 cents compared to $3.70 at the start of the year and £11.90 when it first floated in 2013.

Apple Music launches in China
Assuming you intentionally, or forgetfully, allowed your Apple Music subscription to renew this morning and start charging you £10 a month, you can fire up the streaming service today safe in the knowledge that people in China can do the same.

Not made available to Chinese music fans on its original launch earlier this summer, Apple Music has now come online there too. And it comes with the standard price point - 10 Chinese Yuan Renminbi per month - although that works out at about £1, so you may or may not want to start feeling a little miffed now.

"Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads", said Apple's Eddy Cue in a statement. "One of the top requests has been more great content and we're thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts".

That's right, he's thrilled. And understandably so. As you might have guessed from what he just said, Apple also launched iTunes Movies and iBooks for Chinese users at the same time. What a thrilling day.

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Tidal hits one million user milestone, announces celeb-filled live show
Tidal is telling everyone that it now has one million users. That's up from 530,000 the day Jay-Z paid $56 million for it. Hurrah! In celebration of this milestone, the company is blowing any money it might have made in the last nine months on a big live concert.

Under the snappy title TIDAL X: 1020, the show will feature performances from artists like Beyoncs, Jay-Z, Prince, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and TI. They'll not be just running through a few hits on their own though. The show will feature "collaborations on specially chosen songs to promote the message of unity through music". Nice.

All profits from the show will be donated to charity, with Tidal set to match total revenues made on ticket sales during a pre-sale period. Does that mean I shouldn't mock this event? Well, we have until 20 Oct to decide, when it will take place at the Barclays Center in New York.

  Approved: Esther Joy Lane
Esther Joy Lane is set to release her debut EP on 23 Oct. And a bold entrance it makes, sprucing up the warm electronic sound eked out over a series of demos slowly uploaded to SoundCloud over the last year.

Lane's songs have a classic feel to them, distinctly pop but far from throwaway; her combined talents for songwriting, production and singing are used to impressive effect. If this is the level she's at on her first release, then it's exciting to think where she might be in a year's time.

You can catch Esther Joy Lane live at Finding The Female Headliners at Birthdays next week on 8 Oct, alongside Tara Priya, Rebecca Clements, and Xylaroo. Listen to 'Travelling Light' from the EP here.

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Sunn o))), The Chills, UK Music Video Awards 2015, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Following on from their album with Scott Walker, Sunn o))) will release a record all of their own called 'Kannon' on 4 Dec.

• The recently approved So Below - who we now know is LA-based musician Maddie North - has released a new track called 'Sleep'. It's very good. And it's taken from her debut EP, also called 'Sleep'.

• New Zealand indie legends The Chills have a new single out, called 'Warm Waveform'. New album 'Silver Bullets' is out on 30 Oct.

• First Lush announced a reunion, now fucking Kula Shaker are at it. They're also going to be playing the Roundhouse next year. On 17 Feb to be exact. There are some other tour dates too.

• Speaking of Lush, they've added a second Roundhouse date on 7 May next year after the first one sold out. I do not understand this world anymore.

• Songhoy Blues are also going to be playing the Roundhouse next May, 21 May to be precise, which is more like it. Here's their version of the Clash's 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go?'

• The nominations are out for this year's UK Music Video Awards 2015 which take place on 5 Nov at The Roundhouse in London, preceded by a special Beatles-themed edition of Adam Buxton's BUG event on 3 Nov and the MusicVidFest conference on 4 Nov, both at BFI Southbank. Check the shortlists here.

Disclosure chat about twisting Sam Smith's Bond song
If you're a big Sam Smith fan but you think that Bond theme is a bit mediocre, then worry not. It was probably Disclosure's fault.

The duo have chatted about their input on the new Bond song telling Red Bull: "We didn't have too much involvement but I'm pretty proud we were involved at all. Sam and Jimmy [Napes] wrote this incredible song for the Bond theme called 'Writing's On The Wall' and they then came to us and asked us to give it a bit more of a contemporary feel".

They add: "The song was already fully written and was incredible but it was just Sam with a piano and an orchestra and it sounded very classic - an amazing classic Bond song, like 'Diamonds Are Forever' or 'Goldfinger'. They asked us to put our twist on things and we just added a few little bits and made it a bit more electronic sounding, really quite subtle. But yeah man we helped with a fucking Bond theme! I'm so proud".

Put their twist on things? Yeah, that's definitely code for "made it a bit shit". No, not really. I'm sure 'Writing's On The Wall' being the most lacklustre Bond theme in years is all Sam Smith's fault. Then again, it seems set to become the first ever Bond song to top the UK charts. So what do I know?

 
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