MONDAY 12 OCTOBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: SFX founder and boss man Robert FX Sillerman has confirmed that he is still bidding to take back complete ownership of his flagging EDM festival promoter and Beatport operator. As much previously reported, Sillerman's previous attempt to take the publicly listed music firm back into private ownership stalled in August when he failed to finance the generous offer he had... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The first single from producer Dylan Richards' second album as House Of Black Lanterns, 'You Were Telling Me Of Mountains', this track sees him take a further step away from his former King Cannibal moniker. 'Triumphantism' is a soaring piece in a wider puzzle, influenced by the grand studio constructions of Tangerine Dream and a variety of today's bedroom... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Robert FX Sillerman still bidding to buy back SFX
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LEGAL Steven Tyler issues cease and desist over Donald Trump track use, poses interesting legal questions
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DEALS Heavenly and Bucks sign Jane Weaver
Amazing Radio's new record label signs Boy Jumps Ship
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES MUZU reportedly heading into liquidation
Former Radio 1 chief joins Vevo in original content role
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ARTIST NEWS Camera Obscura's Carey Lander dies
Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay dies
George The Poet joins organ donation campaign
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AND FINALLY... Obama offers presidential tips for West, but Kanye's already moved onto a bigger prize
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Robert FX Sillerman still bidding to buy back SFX
SFX founder and boss man Robert FX Sillerman has confirmed that he is still bidding to take back complete ownership of his flagging EDM festival promoter and Beatport operator.

As much previously reported, Sillerman's previous attempt to take the publicly listed music firm back into private ownership stalled in August when he failed to finance the generous offer he had made to the company's other shareholders. The firm's board then said it would consider all and any offers for the company or its constituent parts, initially setting 2 Oct as a deadline for bids, before extending that deadline until this Wednesday.

Although Sillerman indicated he would now put together an alternative buy-back plan in August, there was no word of those plans when the bidding deadline was extended, with SFX's independent directors simply saying that the company's founder had committed to support their decision regarding the future of the business.

In a new interview with the New York Business Journal, Sillerman says: "I'm bidding for the company, but I'm not opposed to competing bidders". As for how many competing bidders there might be, he added: "Based on observation, and the amount of due diligence requests that are being processed, there are several". Word has it that some other major players in live music may be bidding for some of the high profile EDM festival brands in the SFX portfolio.

It's no secret that 2015 has been a tricky year for SFX, with some investors plotting legal action over Sillerman's abandoned buy-back plan, and the current call for bids being positioned as a last-ditch "fire-sale" in recent weeks.

In the Business Journal interview, the firm's founder concedes that with hindsight he possibly expanded his all-new EDM-focused SFX business too quickly, and that synergies between the festivals he acquired, especially when it came to global sponsorship deals, didn't come as quickly as he had expected.

However, he says that SFX's recent issues have nothing to do with any waning popularity within the genre in which the firm specialises, because EDM is "bigger than it has ever been", rather "the reality is, we are behind where we built the company to be; and I think it's obvious that the market has lost patience". Which is why, he concludes, the best outcome would be for him to resume complete ownership of the company.

As for SFX's most recent bad press, the wash-out TomorrowWorld festival near Atlanta, where day-tickets for the final day of the proceedings were cancelled and Saturday attendees had problems exiting the water-logged site, Sillerman says that the event's insurance policy means the company won't be hit financially, but he regrets the inconvenience caused to festival-goers.

Logistical problems were heightened, he said, by the Pope being in the US at the time. This made it harder to secure emergency transportation, apparently. What with the rain that caused the problems in the first place, God really had it in for SFX that weekend.

Though in amongst all the speculation around the future of Sillerman's most recent business venture, the Wall Street gods might now be smiling on the firm a little more than they have in recent months. Its share price went up nearly 11% on Friday after one analyst said stock in the company was way undervalued given the festivals it owns, when compared with other publicly listed festival owners like Live Nation.

At 94 cents, SFX shares are still considerably down on where they started this year, and Sillerman offered $5.25 a share in his original buy-back plan, but still, maybe that's glimmer of hope to justify the SFX founder's continued belief in his company.

Steven Tyler issues cease and desist over Donald Trump track use, poses interesting legal questions
Reps for Steven Tyler have sent a cease and desist to noted character comedian Donald Trump demanding that he stop playing the Tyler-penned Aerosmith power ballad 'Dream On' at his political rallies. Trump, of course, is vying to be Republican candidate in next year's American presidential race.

Various musicians have complained about Trump - and other American politicians, usually Republican - using their songs at political events, though this complaint is interesting for two reasons. First, Trump is an Aerosmith fan, and Tyler has had past dealings with the billionaire. He judged at one of businessman's Miss USA pageants, and reportedly attended a Republican debate in August as Trump's guest.

Secondly, and more interesting, are the legalities outlined in the cease and desist. As previously noted, generally speaking providing a politician has a public performance licence from the relevant collecting societies - so ASCAP and BMI in the US - then they are cleared to play songs repped by those organisations at their events without getting specific permission from the songwriter.

Some have wondered in the past whether that's fair at political events, where the performance of well-known songs may imply that the songwriters or artists behind them are in some way endorsing the politicians in the room.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyler's cease and desist, coming from the office of his attorney Dina LaPolt, suggests various reasons why - even if Trump has the relevant public performance licences (which the letter requests to see) - there may still be grounds to stop 'Dream On' being played at his rallies.

Those grounds include false endorsement under the Lanham Act, and the infringement of Tyler's publicity and privacy rights. These arguments are, in the main, untested in this kind of dispute, so if this matter got to court, well, that would be a very interesting test case indeed.

Of course, most politicians wouldn't want a messy legal battle with a popular musician, though Trump isn't "most politicians" and, if anyone was going to fight an action of this kind, it would probably be him. Though you can't help thinking that the last person he'd want to have that fight with is Steven Tyler.

For her part, LaPolt said in a statement: "This is not a political nor personal issue with Mr Trump. Steven works tirelessly with both Republicans and Democrats regarding copyright reform and his position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property. Simply, one must get permission from the music creators. Steven wrote 100% of 'Dream On', and this is about the unauthorised use of his property. Steven is a registered Republican".

It remains to be seen how Trump responds.

Heavenly and Bucks sign Jane Weaver
Independent music publishers Heavenly Songs and Bucks Music Group last week announced that they had signed singer songwriter Jane Weaver following the release last year of her seventh studio album 'The Silver Globe'. The publishing deal covers that LP and its accompanying record 'The Amber Light', plus several key songs from Weaver's back catalogue.

Confirming the deal, Heavenly Songs' MD Martin Kelly told reporters: "I've been a long standing fan of Jane's music since she worked with Doves many many moons ago and I'm made up to be working with her. 'The Silver Globe' album has been one of my favourite records from the last year and really shows Jane hitting her stride".

Meanwhile Bucks' A&R Director Sarah Liversedge Platz added: "We have seen Jane perform some fantastic festivals this year, most notably Glastonbury Festival and Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall. Her performance is distinctive and her songwriting markedly inspiring - we are excited to be working with her and Martin at Heavenly Songs once again".

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Amazing Radio's new record label signs Boy Jumps Ship
Amazing Record Co, the recently formed sister record label to Amazing Radio, has signed Boy Jumps Ship, an alt rock outfit from the North East.

Confirming the deal, Amazing CEO Paul Campbell told reporters: "At Amazing, we love finding bands early and helping them all the way. Our list of discoveries is pretty long now - Daughter, Chvrches, Haim, London Grammar - all bands we played on the radio before anyone else in the world. We launched the label earlier this year to help musicians all the way from their first recordings to global acclaim".

He went on: "Boy Jumps Ship are another band we played from the very start and they are destined for huge things. It's a nice plus that, like us, they are Geordies. The guys are truly amazing and we're thrilled to be working with them".

Meanwhile, the band said in unison: "We're beyond excited to announce that we've signed to Amazing Record Co. We can't wait to work with a label who are as enthusiastic and as passionate about our band as we are. Massive thank you to everyone who has supported us since day one. Time to work even harder, here's to the future!"

MUZU reportedly heading into liquidation
Dublin-based music video platform MUZU is seemingly heading into liquidation, according to MBW, which says that creditors have been invited to a meeting in Dublin later this month, with Outlook Accountants appointed as liquidator.

MUZU launched in 2008 at a time when a lot of the music content on YouTube had been ripped off music TV channels and uploaded by fans. It aimed to be the home to just official videos provided by labels, but encouraged other kinds of user generated content about the artists it featured. With Sony on board early on, other labels slowly signed up to the free-to-access platform, which offered rights owners a split of advertising income.

The launch of Vevo, the Sony/Universal owned platform which also only tapped official sources of music video content - but which offered its output within YouTube - created a considerable competitor, though MUZU forged a number of alliances with media and web partners, so that it's system powered music video players on those partners sites.

We await official comment on the company's situation. Whether a buyer will come forward for the video service remains to be seen.

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Former Radio 1 chief joins Vevo in original content role
With Erik Huggers, a former BBC exec, now in charge of Vevo, the Sony/Universal-owned music video platform is bringing in another ex-Beeb man to head up its original content.

Andy Parfitt, who used to run Radio 1 and other yoof outlets for the BBC, is joining the music video provider, albeit with the slightly temporary sounding job title of Interim Head Of Content And Programming.

Parfitt will add some "velocity" to Vevo's own content, Huggers says, and if there's one thing I like in my content, it's lots of velocity. "The development and support of our content and programming organisation continues to be a top priority for me", said Huggers in an internal memo to staff. "Andy will add more velocity to out efforts to further differentiate in these areas for the future".

Huggers went on: "In addition to running Radio 1 [Andy] also played critical roles of bringing BBC Radio into the digital world. I am confident he will help us further elevate our ability to produce and distribute great content that makes Vevo an even more attractive platform for artists, labels, brands and of course our audience".

  Approved: House Of Black Lanterns - Triumphantism
The first single from producer Dylan Richards' second album as House Of Black Lanterns, 'You Were Telling Me Of Mountains', this track sees him take a further step away from his former King Cannibal moniker. 'Triumphantism' is a soaring piece in a wider puzzle, influenced by the grand studio constructions of Tangerine Dream and a variety of today's bedroom-based electronic producers.

That mix of influences is not an accident, the album is themed and inspired by the frustrations Richards sees in being a recording artist in the 21st Century - ie that being able to create something on the scale of a 1970s Tangerine Dream record with limited resources presents both problems and opportunities. This in turn has led to his decision to self-release this record, despite currently working with various other labels on other standalone releases.

"Album projects born from a creative spark can soon be rendered to ash by lack of care, and all too quickly can be extinguished altogether by the misunderstanding hand of what amounts to the modern label experience", he explains. "'Mountains' isn't an easy sell but then it's not meant to be, and releasing it this way means it gets to see the light of day how I envisaged it, I can make my own mistakes, be happy in my own success, and fight to keep complete control of the process".

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Camera Obscura's Carey Lander dies
Camera Obscura keyboard player Carey Lander died yesterday, the band announced in a statement. She had been receiving treatment for osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

"It is with the greatest sadness, that we must share the news that Carey passed away peacefully this morning after her illness with cancer. We have lost our friend and bandmate, and our deepest sympathy goes out to her partner Kenny, and to all her family and friends", said the band. "She was left in no doubt how much you all loved and appreciated her, and we'd like to thank you all for the support and kind words you have been sending to us and her. The band, our music, and all of you who have enjoyed it over the years, meant so much to her".

Lander was diagnosed in 2011, but continued to work with the band, both touring and recording 2013 album 'Desire Lines'. In August the band were forced to cancel shows in Mexico and California as her health deteriorated. At this point, Lander launched a campaign to raise money for more research into osteosarcoma.

"It's an aggressive form of bone cancer that's treated with a very harsh regime of chemotherapy and surgery or possible amputation of the affected limb", she explained on a Just Giving page. "Particularly horribly, it's a cancer that most commonly occurs in children and because of its rarity, receives scarce attention or funding and there has been very little in the way of new treatments developed in the last 30 years. It's probably too late to help me, but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don't have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival".

The band have said that they will continue to promote the campaign to raise money for the Sarcoma UK charity, which has so far raised over £60,000. Find out more and donate here.

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Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay dies
Saxophonist Steve Mackay, who came to prominence through his work with The Stooges, has died aged 66. He had been battling sepsis.

Contributing to the songs '1970' and 'Fun House' on The Stooges' debut album, Mackey briefly toured with the band in 1970. He returned to the band when they reunited in 2003, performing with them until recently and appearing on recent albums 'The Weirdness' and 'Ready To Die'.

In a statement on Facebook, Iggy Pop said: "Steve was a classic 60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met. Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world. He was a credit to his group and his generation. To know him was to love him".

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George The Poet joins organ donation campaign
George The Poet is fronting a new NHS campaign to boost the number of registered organ donors in the UK.

The spoken word artist has created a new poem called 'The Human Story' to draw attention to the campaign. In it, he explains that adding your name to the register is only part of the process, and that it is important to make your next of kin aware of your wishes too.

Watch the video here, and find more information on organ donation here.

Obama offers presidential tips for West, but Kanye's already moved onto a bigger prize
Barack Obama has offered Kanye West some advice for the US presidential campaign he may or may not be embarking on in a few years' time; West having previously said that he planned to run for election in 2020.

Obama was speaking at a $10,000-a-ticket fundraiser for the Democratic Party in San Francisco, at which West was also booked to perform. First, he suggested that being married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian might be a good grounding to start from: "You've got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they're on a reality TV show", he joked.

But then he turned to challenges the rapper might face: "Do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?" he asked. "That is crazy".

Barack Obama is a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name. Just in case you didn't get that gag. And fact fans might like to know, Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States twice.

Finally, referencing the title of one of West's albums, he added that "saying you have a 'Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' - that's what's known as 'off-message' in politics". So, basically, you shouldn't mention it. Though it is, of course, mandatory to have one.

But, whatever, it seems that West might already have moved on to a different sort of election - the rapper apparently auditioned for the latest (and final) series of 'American Idol' at the weekend. His performance deemed up to standard by the judges, he was awarded a place in the next stage of the show.

 
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