WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Recording Industry Association Of America has got in quick with a lawsuit against the much hyped aggregated-stream-player Aurous, even though it's only just launched in alpha. Widely compared to Popcorn Time, which taps content on the file-sharing networks to stream films through a Netflix-like platform, most pre-launch talk about Aurous said... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Truls' debut solo single 'Out Of Yourself' was one of 2013's best singles that you probably didn't hear. And one of 2013's best singles even if you did. But sadly, his album 'Trvls' wasn't released here in the UK. Doubly sadly because, just look at its flippin artwork. Following on from 'Circles' earlier this year, he's now back with a second track from his new album... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Pandora's acquisition of ticketing service Ticketfly, Modular Recordings' legal disputes with Universal Music and BMG, the US Copyright Royalty Board's review of SoundExchange royalties and George Osborne's love of NWA. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES RIAA gets in quick with lawsuit against "Popcorn Time of music"
Explaining the need for Dissecting The Digital Dollar
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LEGAL Jay-Z in the house as Big Pimpin case gets underway
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LIVE BUSINESS DMCS launches another secondary ticketing review
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MEDIA Conde Nast buys Pitchfork
BBC iPlayer to screen Elton John live show
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ARTIST NEWS Tyler, The Creator releases "tantrum set to music" in response to visa issues
Jake Bugg polishing up demos, after label rejects third album studio recordings
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Guy Garvey to curate Meltdown Festival
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ONE LINERS Vevo, Ministry Of Sound, Deerhunter, more
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AND FINALLY... Hilary Clinton might consider Kanye West for vice president, after she beats him to the top spot
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GLOBAL PUBLICITY - PR CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON/BERLIN)
Global Publicity specialise in worldwide PR and communications for music, festivals and events. We are currently recruiting for an experienced PR Co-ordinator based in London or Berlin. As the PR Co-ordinator you will work across multiple accounts, taking responsibility for day-to-day activities such as campaign planning, writing press releases, contacting media with news about our projects, updating social media and keeping press reports and admin up to date.

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THE O2 - MARKETING MANAGER, ENTERTAINMENT (LONDON)
For the eigth year running, The O2 has secured its status as the world’s most popular music venue (we do sport too), hence the importance of selling tickets and supporting content in the arena and across the campus has never been greater. The focus of this role is to develop marketing campaigns with the primary objective of selling tickets to all events at The O2. Experience working with ticket agents, promoters and event organisers (as well as an understanding of trends and marketing tools geared to drive ticket sales) is essential in order to succeed in this role.

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TUNECORE - UK BRAND MANAGER (LONDON)
Reporting to the VP, International, the UK Brand Manager should have a deep understanding of, and an extensive network in both the UK music market and the indie scene. They will come from the independent music industry and will be responsible for the development of TuneCore’s brand across the UK. He or she will initiate and follow key B2B partnerships, promote TuneCore at industry events, and more generally set up all acquisition deals, which will help TuneCore to develop its UK Business.

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VALLEY MUSIC - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (HENLEY-ON-THAMES)
Valley Music is looking for a Management Assistant to join their Management team. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to break into the music industry. Based in beautiful offices in Henley-on-Thames, the position will be working primarily with two experienced Artist Managers and a team consultant. There is also opportunity for eventual growth into own client establishment with company approval and support.

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9PR - SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER / ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
9PR are looking for new additions to our growing team. Our roster includes key independent and major record labels, big name acts and hotly-tipped new artists. At least two years’ experience in either print or online PR is essential and those able to do both will get preference.

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BUCKS MUSIC GROUP - HEAD OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS (LONDON)
Bucks Music Group, an international and independent music publisher with a rich musical heritage is seeking a Head Of Business Affairs. The candidate we are looking for should be legally qualified (with around three years PQE) or experienced to a similar level, with an understanding of the specific demands and requirements of an in-house business affairs function.

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7DIGITAL - LABEL & PROMOTIONS MANAGER (FRENCH SPEAKING) (LONDON)
7digital is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Label & Promotions Manager to join our team based in East London. The Label & Promotions Manager will be solely responsible for all relationships with French labels and well as the French store management. This includes co-ordinating promotions and store updates for our own website and apps as well as providing curation services for partners.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (LONDON)
Working alongside the Chief Executive and General Manager, you will be the gateway for communications about the MPA Group of Companies comprising MPA, MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL, and their work to their members, industry stakeholders, the press and the general public.

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RIAA gets in quick with lawsuit against "Popcorn Time of music"
The Recording Industry Association Of America has got in quick with a lawsuit against the much hyped aggregated-stream-player Aurous, even though it's only just launched in alpha.

Widely compared to Popcorn Time, which taps content on the file-sharing networks to stream films through a Netflix-like platform, most pre-launch talk about Aurous said it would do the same with music. When it went live this weekend a mixed-bag review of the service from Torrentfreak said most of the music files being streamed originated with piracy hub Pleer and the vKontakte platform, the Russian social network which has had its own run-ins with the record industry of late.

Assuming that is the core Aurous model, then the RIAA likely has a decent case. True, some supporters of the service have already pointed out that Aurous will not host any copyright infringing content itself. But the "we don't actually host the files" defence has been unsuccessfully employed by numerous file-sharing technologies over the years. In the main, most courts have not accepted that argument and therefore held such services - whether file-sharing clients or BitTorrent search engines - liable for contributory or authorising copyright infringement.

'Safe harbours' have also been mentioned, it being something of a buzzword in music rights circles at the moment. Though if Aurous is deliberately and specifically tapping widely acknowledged unlicensed sources of music content, that's a whole load different to user-upload platforms or generic search engines, where a service is inadvertently assisting in the distribution or sign-posting of infringing material as a by-product of another legit operation.

Except that Aurous creator Andrew Sampson insists that his new product has been misrepresented, and that it is more a platform-agnostic playlisting tool - in similar territory to Tomahawk and Bop.fm - that will ultimately pull in music from the likes of YouTube, SoundCloud and subscription music services, as well as crawling the wider web for music content.

Sampson told Billboard: "At the most fundamental level, it's a music player like any other. What stands out is that it can take advantage of other existing platforms and piggyback off those. You have YouTube, Spotify playlists, Apple Music playlists - the end goal, once we're out of alpha, is to put those playlists into our app, and it'll do the rest of the work. So you can listen from anywhere that you have a playlist. I'd refer to it as a player of players. You can play content that you already own - we use licensed content APIs for that".

That would confuse things a little in legal terms, though a litigious record industry may well seek to cut off access to legit platform feeds while demanding Apple and Google not stock any Aurous mobile app.

So even if the legalities are not as straightforward as the RIAA says, there is still enough ambiguity to make this business plan tricky. And where you have ambiguities in copyright law, legal battles are often won by whoever has the biggest pockets. A start-up already being sued by the major record companies will struggle to raise serious finance, investors being cautious of possible infringement liabilities.

However, Sampson does already have the backing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was certainly bullish when responding to the record industry's "empty" legal action yesterday. But for its part, the RIAA insisted this was a straight case of copyright infringement inline with the seminal file-sharing cases against Grokster and Limewire.

The trade group said in a statement: "This service is a flagrant example of a business model powered by copyright theft on a massive scale. Like Grokster, Limewire or Grooveshark, it is neither licensed nor legal. We will not allow such a service to wilfully trample the rights of music creators".

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Explaining the need for Dissecting The Digital Dollar
Following the launch yesterday of the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report by the Music Managers Forum and our consultancy division CMU Insights, we've now published one of those infographic things to summarise the introduction CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke gave to the whole project.

As previously reported, this in-depth report based on nine months of research sets out to explain in clear terms how streaming services are licensed, by reviewing copyright law basics, the traditional music rights industry, and how digital business models have evolved over the last ten years. It then summarises seven key issues the music community now faces, with the aim of kickstarting a debate in the management and artist communities.

You can check the introductory infographic, explaining why the report is needed, here, and then download the full report here or just the executive summary here.

Jay-Z in the house as Big Pimpin case gets underway
The big 'Big Pimpin' court case got under way yesterday with the big pimper himself Jay-Z in the house. How very moral. By which I mean, this is a moral rights case. There's nothing moral about 'Big Pimpin'.

Anyway, recap fans, this one relates to a long-running legal battle over a sample contained within the Roc Nation chief and Tidal waver's 2000 track, which was produced by that Timbaland fella.

The sample was a snippet of music by the late Egyptian film composer Baligh Hamdy which Timbaland thought was out of copyright. On realising that wasn't the case, his people sorted out a licence from an EMI subsidiary that had an arrangement with an Egyptian company which had an arrangement with Hamdy's heirs.

However, said heirs were not impressed about the sample, and in 2007 got round to suing everyone involved in the track. Some of the case relates to what contracts between the various stakeholders in this dispute actually said, though the Hamdy family claim that - even if the copyright in the sample was controlled by other parties - licensing it for the 'Big Pimpin' sample without their approval infringed the late composer's moral rights under Egyptian law.

This confused the Americans who don't really involve morality in their legal system. Sorry, I mean, who don't really have the concept of moral rights in the legal framework of their copyright system. Team Z tried to have the case thrown out on the basis it all hinged on a peculiar whim of Egyptian law and who could be bothered with that? But the judge allowed the case to proceed.

Though for a brief moment last week it looked like the case might not proceed just yet, because a crucial member of the Hamdy family announced he couldn't travel to the court hearing due to a medical condition. He said the court should just use a six year old deposition instead of cross-examining him anew, which Jay-Z and Timbaland thought wasn't fair, given that they will have to give testimonies.

Nevertheless, things kicked off yesterday with Jay-Z on hand to hear opening statements. Reps for the defence stressed that the sample was licensed and the plaintiffs had been earning from it ever since. But that doesn't answer the moral rights issue. Today an expert on Egyptian music is expected to give testimony.

So the big pimpin continues.

DMCS launches another secondary ticketing review
The UK government's Department Of Culture, Media & Sport yesterday announced that Professor Michael Waterson will lead the review of the secondary ticketing market which is required under the Consumer Rights Act that passed earlier this year.

As previously reported, MPs Mike Weatherley and Sharon Hodgson managed to sneak in some secondary ticketing regulation into the Consumer Rights Act as it passed through Parliament, though objections in the House Of Commons meant one key proposed new rule, that people reselling tickets online must publish their identity, was not included. That information would have allowed anti-touting promoters to more easily cancel tickets being touted as they appear on resale sites.

The new legislation said a review of consumer protection measures in the secondary ticketing domain should follow the Act becoming law, and that process was launched yesterday. Waterson, who specialises in industrial economics, including the economics of retail, will chair the review, while interested parties have been invited to submit evidence by 20 Nov. More information on the DCMS website here.

Conde Nast buys Pitchfork
Magazine publisher Conde Nast - which owns Wired, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, among other titles - has only gone and bought bloody Pitchfork. Who'd have thought it possible? Me.

Confirming the buy, which includes all Pitchfork ventures, so the spin-off live events too, Conde Nast's newly appointed big cheese Bob Sauerberg told reporters: "Pitchfork is a distinguished digital property that brings a strong editorial voice, an enthusiastic and young audience, a growing video platform and a thriving events business. We look forward to bringing Pitchfork to the network of best-in-class brands of Conde Nast".

Meanwhile Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, who first set up one of the few truly successful online-only music media brands in 1996, said: "Pitchfork is incredibly fortunate to have found in Conde Nast a team of people who share our commitment to editorial excellence. Their belief in what we do, combined with their additional expertise and resources, will allow us to extend our coverage of the artists and stories that shape the music landscape on every platform. We're honoured to become part of their family".

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BBC iPlayer to screen Elton John live show
The BBC will screen a full Elton John live show later this month, exclusively on iPlayer. John's performance was recorded in June at the Eden Project in Cornwall, as part of the long-running Eden Sessions programme.

Says the musician: "The Eden Sessions shows we did in June were so exciting for my band and myself. The Eden Project is a very beautiful venue with a joyous atmosphere, and it brought a smile to my face every time I looked out to the audience to see so many people of all ages enjoying my music! That's what it's all about - it's why I do what I do".

BBC Music Editor James Stirling added: "We're really excited to bring this iconic performance with Elton to BBC iPlayer for music fans to enjoy at home or on the go, whenever and wherever they are".

The BBC is experimenting with various iPlayer-only content currently, with specific plans to screen more music programmes - last month the broadcaster called on independent production companies to pitch new music-based shows aimed specifically at women.

'Elton Live At Eden' will be available from midday on 23 Oct.

  Approved: Truls - Canyon
Truls' debut solo single 'Out Of Yourself' was one of 2013's best singles that you probably didn't hear. And one of 2013's best singles even if you did. But sadly, his album 'Trvls' wasn't released here in the UK. Doubly sadly because, just look at its flippin artwork.

Following on from 'Circles' earlier this year, he's now back with a second track from his new album, 'Canyon'. A lower energy addition to his catalogue compared to the other songs, it shows off a different side to his instantly recognisable falsetto vocals. Hopefully this marks the beginning of a greater presence in this country, because he's not only a great recording artist but a captivating live performer too.

Listen to 'Canyon' here.
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Tyler, The Creator releases "tantrum set to music" in response to visa issues
Tyler, The Creator has released a track called 'Fuck It' referencing his recent problems when trying to tour in Australia and the UK. In it he complains of being judged on past lyrics when he's already moving on and trying to do something better, and questions why Eminem doesn't face the same issues.

"Tell Australia I'm sneaking in with a mic in my damn hand, instead of the vegetables that I packed in my backpack", he raps. "When Marshall had this problem what the fuck was they telling him? Is it cause of status or his melanin lacks black?"

"I think people love to be mad", he concludes, before offering: "How can I be misogynist, I love titties and ass, how can I be homophobic when my boyfriend's a fag".

Those are exactly the kind of lyrics that wind people up, of course. Though later in the track he defends his right to use them and then distances himself from the earlier words.

"Freedom of speech? My freedom was breached, border patrol put me on streets immediately, for shit I said when I was a virgin repeatedly, posting on Hypebeast cause nobody would listen me".

He also criticised fans who want him to continue churning out those lyrics he wrote as a teenager. Writing from their point of view, he says: "Tyler losing himself, that nigga turned to a diva, nigga preaching and smiling, nigga wilden and breathing, tryna inspire all the little niggas that wanna be him, but fuck that! We want: 'Cats, cats, daddy problems, kickflip, fuck, fuck, cupcakes, buttrape, golf wang, daddy problems, fag, fag, dad, dad, bike, lake, everything that I hate, plus being sad".

Speaking to 7 News in Australia, Caitlin Roper of Collective Shout, the organisation that led the campaign for the rapper (and more recently Chris Brown) to be barred from entering the country, said: "He's essentially had a tantrum [set] to music. While he may have been a young man when he wrote music describing raping women, mutilating their bodies, locking them in his basement and raping their corpses, he's not a child anymore, and he is yet to grow up and take responsibility for what he has put out into the world".

Though she added that she did agree that if Tyler was barred from entering Australia, so too should Eminem, saying: "Collective Shout partnered with a coalition of domestic violence organisations in 2014 calling on the government to deny Eminem a visa".

Listen to 'Fuck It' here.

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Jake Bugg polishing up demos, after label rejects third album studio recordings
Jake Bugg's third album will be a collection of demo recordings, after his label Universal/Mercury rejected the finished studio versions. Who says the record industry still goes around wasting money?

"Weirdly enough, the label preferred my [demo] recordings to [those made with the producer] I'd been recording with", he told the BBC. "It wasn't my choice, it was their choice - so [the demos] must be OK. I've been mixing them and making them sound real sharp and real nice".

Earlier this year, Bugg revealed that he had been working with Beastie Boys' Mike D, whose work has possibly now been chucked in the bin.

Guy Garvey to curate Meltdown Festival
Next year's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre will be curated by Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, it has been announced.

Says Garvey: "I see this as the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some amazing new talent whilst recognising and celebrating the artists that have had an influence on the new sounds of today. Beyond that I want my Meltdown to be a party where everyone feels invited and everyone leaves having had the best night out".

This year's event was put together by David Byrne and featured performances by artists including Johnny Greenwood, Sunn o))), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Anna Calvi and more. The line-up for Garvey's festival next June will be announced in the coming months.

As previously reported, Garvey will release his debut solo album at the end of this month.

Vevo, Ministry Of Sound, Deerhunter, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Vevo's Head Of Product David Rice has left the company and a "small number" of product and engineering staff have also been let go. The remaining team now reports to interim CTO Alex Nunes. "Invest and grow", said a spokesperson.

• Digital distribution company FUGA has signed a new deal with Ministry Of Sound. The companies parted ways in 2014, after four years of working together. But now they're reunited. It's beautiful. "Always", said MoS Sales Director Eddie Jones. "Fantastic", added FUGA CEO Pieter Van Rijn.

• Sometimes I have this incredibly strong urge to watch a video for a song called 'Living My Life' by Deerhunter. Now, for the first time in my life, I can satisfy that urge.

• EMA has released a new song called 'Active Shooter', in response to the US's ongoing mass shooting epidemic.

• Metz have announced a new single, 'Eraser', out on 22 Jan as a limited edition seven-inch. Listen to the track here.

• Field Music have announced that they will release a new album, titled 'Commontime', on 5 Feb next year. Here's new single 'Noisy Days Are Over'.

• Fable has released 'I Am You', the first single from her forthcoming debut album. I also heard a rumour that she's working on a Eurovision song with Orbital's Paul Hartnoll. Please let that be true.

• Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips are planning to perform a one-off show next month where everyone - both performers and audience - are completely naked. Because of course they are.

Hilary Clinton might consider Kanye West for vice president, after she beats him to the top spot
More people who probably have more important things to be getting on with have been discussing Kanye West's professed plans to run from the US presidency in 2020. This time it's Hilary Clinton, who has graciously offered to allow the rapper to be her vice president.

Appearing on Buzzfeed's Another Round podcast, Clinton said: "I've told Kanye that I think he might want to wait, because I'll be running for re-election. I might want to give him some additional experience on [top of] all the other things he's done on his resume, so he's got some kind of envoy role or something he could point to. [And] I would not rule out anybody for vice president".

Outgoing president Barack Obama offered some campaign advice to West at the weekend, while America's next leader 'The' Donald Trump has previously welcomed the rapper's competition. And White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is presumably still keen to see West's hat.

 
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