TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The US record industry has asked for a summary judgement in its favour in its latest piracy battle, this one against the website MP3Skull. The Recording Industry Association Of America went legal against the piracy site earlier this year, but so far no one associated with MP3Skull has responded, hence the request for summary judgement. The major labels are now... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: WSTRN's 'In2' has been picking up a following over the summer, culminating in the West London trio signing to Warner/Atlantic in August. Moving fast to capitalise on the hype already built, the track will be properly released this Friday. It's easy to see why 'In2' is proving so popular. It's a wilfully commercial take on the mainstream R&B and hip hop... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including France's new government-led initiative on transparency in digital music deals, controversy over the funding of T In The Park, rumours on YouTube's music streaming plans, Amazon Prime Music's Universal Music deal, and Justin Bieber's thoughts on life, the universe and everything... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES RIAA seeks $22 million in damages from MP3Skull
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DEALS Sean Combs relinks with LA Reid as Bad Boy allies with Epic
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BRANDS & MERCH Brian McFadden announced as the face of Scottish vodka brand
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Instragram users will continue to like music for the foreseeable future, says CEO
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MEDIA Juice Liverpool to rebrand as Capital
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ARTIST NEWS "There is nothing spooky about it", says man turning Ian Curtis's former home into a museum
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Slipknot announce UK arena dates
Grimes announces acidic spring tour
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ONE LINERS Universal, Warner, Busted, more
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AND FINALLY... George Osborne says NWA live show was one of the best he's ever seen
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RIAA seeks $22 million in damages from MP3Skull
The US record industry has asked for a summary judgement in its favour in its latest piracy battle, this one against the website MP3Skull.

The Recording Industry Association Of America went legal against the piracy site earlier this year, but so far no one associated with MP3Skull has responded, hence the request for summary judgement. The major labels are now seeking $22 million in damages plus an injunction preventing domain registrars and registries from working with the site.

In its motion to the court, the record industry says: "Defendants designed, promote, support and maintain the MP3Skull website for the well-known, express and overarching purpose of reproducing, distributing, performing and otherwise exploiting unlimited copies of plaintiffs' sound recordings without any authorisation or license. By providing to the public the fruits of plaintiffs' investment of money, labour and expertise, MP3Skull has become one of the most notorious pirate websites in the world".

The $22 million has been calculated by multiplying the 148 tracks specifically listing as having been infringed in the RIAA litigation by the maximum statutory damages allowed under US law for copyright infringement, $150,000.

Of course, it's always a tricky business getting damages out of full-on piracy outfits, which usually operate on limited means, unless they happen to be sitting on a pile of cash from ad networks, subscriptions or donations. Therefore the injunction element of the summary judgement request, preventing domain registrars and registries from working with the site, is arguably more important, the aim being to knock the site off the net.

As previously reported, web-block injunctions against internet service providers are not available in the US, and a recent attempt by the movie industry to secure such a thing as part of an anti-piracy lawsuit resulted in a mini-controversy, leading to Hollywood removing that element of its litigation.

But there is precedent for seizing the domains of piracy operations in the US, so an injunction simply demanding that domain firms not work with MP3Skull is less likely to result in controversy. Though obviously the injunction only really has power in the US, and piracy operations are generally adept these days in finding registries well beyond the jurisdiction of US and European courts to register their domains.

All that said, while MP3Skull has been a significant piracy operation in recent years, its user base does seem to be waning because of various anti-piracy efforts against the site.

Sean Combs relinks with LA Reid as Bad Boy allies with Epic
Sean Puff Diddy Man Combs is allying his Bad Boy Entertainment label with Sony's Epic Records, having previously worked with Warner, Universal and the original BMG. I think by forming a partnership with Sony Music he now gets a free coffee.

The deal sees Combs working once again with Epic CEO LA Reid, who ran BMG's Arista back during its Bad Boy alliance. Under the new deal Epic will provide all the usual label services for artists signed to the Bad Boy roster, and will work two forthcoming Puff Daddy albums.

Says Reid: "Sean 'Diddy' Combs, aka Puff Daddy, and I have been musical collaborators since the 1990s, when we both ran independent record labels ... Over the years, we not only enjoyed incredible success together, but we also became lifelong friends. Today, of course, Puffy is truly in a league all his own, continuing to influence culture and ignite musical revolutions time and time again. He's a true innovator and I could not be more excited to join forces once again".

While the Diddy Combster adds: "I have known LA Reid since the very beginning and together we have enjoyed countless successes over our long friendship. To now work with LA in this capacity feels more like a homecoming than a new beginning. Not only is he a fearless and smart businessman, he believes in artists and understands music better than anyone. He embodies hard work and true success, evident in all of his endeavours. To collaborate with LA Reid is to collaborate with the very best".

Brian McFadden announced as the face of Scottish vodka brand
Former Westlife guy Brian McFadden is the face of newly launched Scottish vodka brand Glen's Platinum Vodka. It's all very exciting. I know this, because it says so several times in the press release.

"I'm really excited to announce the partnership with Glens Platinum", said McFadden, partly proving what I just said. "I have spent a lot of time with the team at Glen's Platinum and I believe that we have created an extra smooth vodka, produced from the finest quality grain. Glen's Platinum can be enjoyed on the rocks, with mixers or in cocktails - it's certainly great when celebrating with friends and family!"

And that definitely sounds like something a real human being would say. McFadden has apparently been "working closely" with the Glen's Platinum team and "visited several times the 'home' of Glen's Platinum at the iconic Loch Lomond in the incredibly beautiful West Highlands of Scotland".

Presumably you'll all be able to get mashed out of your mind on the stuff when he plays Bush Hall in London on 3 Nov. Though I should stress that Glen's Platinum is a drink to be savoured and enjoyed responsibly.

Instragram users will continue to like music for the foreseeable future, says CEO
Instagram Music is here to stay! Which is pretty good going for something we didn't realise was still, well... going.

The photo-based social network launched its @music account earlier this year to highlight lesser known musicians using the service. Basically, it re-posts a photo from the artist's account and does a little interview with them. I'm sure you remember.

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, the company's CEO Kevin Systrom explained: "We never knew music would take off in the way it did but now 25% of our top [most followed] accounts are music related. We realised there's this whole community of interesting bands and musicians on Instagram so that's what the [@music] account is all about".

Newsbeat noted that the account currently has less than half a million followers, which wouldn't suggest that the idea has set the world on fire.

But apparently it was never supposed to. "Instagram's all about finding the unknown photographer or that little gem and we started doing that with music", countered Systrom. "I think it's been very successful so far".

"Music is obviously one of the most inspiring mediums for creativity, and pairing that with Instagram ... I think it's just a matter of time before music becomes even more dominant on Instagram", he added.

Though it would probably just carry on doing that by itself, I'd imagine. But, hey, at least Instagram hasn't launched a standalone music app that it will have to embarrassingly shut down a couple of years later.

Juice Liverpool to rebrand as Capital
As expected, Global Radio will rebrand its recent acquisition in Liverpool - the Merseyside version of Juice FM - as a Capital station, making it another outpost for the quasi-national pop station.

Global acquired Juice from UTV back in June, and the deal has just been approved by the competition regulator. As the deal was green lighted, Global confirmed to Radio Today that the Liverpool station would now rebrand as Capital early next year.

Says Global's biggest of the cheeses Ashley Tabor: "I'm extremely happy that we can now bring Capital, the UK's number one hit music station, to the city of Liverpool, something we've wanted to do for some time".

He went on: "The Capital network has grown and grown over the years by continuing to deliver what our listeners love, playing the world's biggest hits from the world's hottest stars, putting on the biggest and best events and delivering world class content to every corner of the UK. We will continue to take the Capital network from strength-to-strength in 2016 and we're looking forward to continuing this journey and bringing Capital to Liverpool early next year".

  Approved: WSTRN - In2
WSTRN's 'In2' has been picking up a following over the summer, culminating in the West London trio signing to Warner/Atlantic in August. Moving fast to capitalise on the hype already built, the track will be properly released this Friday.

It's easy to see why 'In2' is proving so popular. It's a wilfully commercial take on the mainstream R&B and hip hop coming out the US at the moment, but with a very British delivery that makes it feel fresh. It feels very much like a summer hit, which it has already been to a certain level, but if they can hold the momentum it could become a mainstay of next year's sunny weather too.

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"There is nothing spooky about it", says man turning Ian Curtis's former home into a museum
The man turning Ian Curtis's former home into a museum has spoken to The Guardian about the project. And Hadar Goldman denies, as former Joy Division member Bernard Sumner has suggested, that it will become a "monument to suicide".

Earlier this year, Goldman gazumped a buyer who had already agreed to purchase the property - outbidding a group of Joy Division fans - by offering £75,000 above the £125,000 bid that had taken it off the market. "Some people would pay for a Rembrandt painting", said Goldman. "For me, Joy Division is the modern Rembrandt".

Of course, the house itself is not Joy Division, but he reckons it contains some of the "raw energy" that went into the band. On the accusations that there might be something a bit morbid about all this, he adds: "Years pass. We are left with great art, great music. And super-positive energy. There is nothing spooky about it. I would like to take it to a place where it is like a little sun [for] energy projection".

Currently working through the paperwork required to turn the residential property into a museum, it's some way off being opened to the public as yet. However, Goldman reckons that within six months the building will at least have a blue plaque on the front.

Slipknot announce UK arena dates
Slipknot have announced four UK arena dates next February, tickets for which will go on general sale this Friday.

'QI' podcast guest and 'Doctor Who' monster screamer Corey Taylor, frontman of Slipknot in his spare time, says: "Any time we get the chance to come over to the UK, it's awesome. Hopefully the fans have as much fun as we do. We'll be putting together a great set for them, and as we fill out the bill with bands, we hope the excitement gets even bigger".

Glad to hear they're filling the bill out with bands. Always a smart move. Here are the dates:

8 Feb: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
9 Feb: London, Alexandra Palace
12 Feb: Birmingham, Genting Arena
13 Feb: Leeds, First Direct Arena

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Grimes announces acidic spring tour
Grimes has announced UK and Ireland dates next March, which will follow the release of her new album, which may or may not being coming out this month.

The tour's called 'Ac!d Reign', which may or may not also be the title of the new album. And the support act on the tour may or may not be Hana. Actually, that bit is definite. Support will come from Hana.

Also facts are the dates here:

6 Mar: Bristol, Anson Rooms
7 Mar: Leeds, Beckett University
8 Mar: Nottingham, Rock City
10 Mar: London, Brixton Academy
11 Mar: Birmingham, Institute
12 Mar: Manchester, Academy
13 Mar: Glasgow, ABC
15 Mar: Dublin, Olympia

Universal, Warner, Busted, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Universal Music has confirmed plans to move its London HQ to Kings Cross where it will take over one of those plush new buildings next to the station. The new base will house Universal's music publishing business and sister company See Tickets as well as all the labels. The mega-major's new base will be a stone's throw from the newish PRS headquarters. So let's hope they don't bring too many stones.

• Warner Music in the US yesterday announced that Larry Mattera, previously Head Of Global Digital Accounts at its WEA division, is to take the new role of Exec VP Commerce, Digital Marketing & Strategy at its Warner Bros label. "Spearhead", said Warner Bros boss Cameron Strang. Who bought Larry a spearhead as a welcome gift. Possibly.

• Charlie 'no fucking way, not ever again' Simpson is apparently considering joining a Busted reunion, or so says The Sun. Despite him steering clear of the McBusted enterprise, apparently Simpson reconnected with former bandmates Matt Willis and James Bourne as they enjoyed their renewed fame. The reunion will occur this year, says the tab.

• Dave Haslam is selling his entire vinyl collection, if you fancy buying it off him.

• The first batch of acts on the line-up for Stewart Lee's ATP festival next April have been announced. Among them are Sleaford Mods, Boredoms, Shonen Knife, Trash Kit, Bardo Pond and The Raincoats. More info on the festival here.

George Osborne says NWA live show was one of the best he's ever seen
George Osborne ranks an NWA show at Brixton Academy in 1991 among the top five gigs he has ever attended. So that's a piece of information for you.

Quite how he came to be there isn't clear, as the Daily Mail just plonked this fact into an infographic at the end of a long article on the Chancellor Of The Exchequer and didn't see fit to examine the statement any further. But surely this is the most fascinating thing we've ever learned about him. Why was the whole article not about this?

Though the collection of Osborne 'top fives' contains several nuggets almost as interesting. For example, his other four favourite gigs are a Rolling Stones show from 2006, Billy Joel in North Carolina, also at some point in the 90s, a performance of German opera 'Tristan Und Isolde' earlier this year, and last year's 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' show.

He says in the article that he also hoped to attend a Taylor Swift show recently, but his daughter banned him from going because it would be too embarrassing.

His top five songs, should you be wondering (and I'm sure you are), are as follows: 'Come On Feel The Illinoise' by Sufjan Stevens; 'Hurricane' by Bob Dylan; 'Carolina In My Mind' by James Taylor; and Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'. The latter is the music he writes his speeches too. Yeah, that's the one that the Mail felt required context.

There's more too. 'The Young Ones' is one of his favourite TV shows, the opening of 'Trainspotting' is one of his favourite film moments, and Rosa Parks is one of his political heroes.

All of which makes you wonder if someone's forcing him to do his current job, and to pursue his current policies, against his will. What did this man do to a pig?

 
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