TODAY'S TOP STORY: As expected, the boss of EDM powerhouse SFX has submitted a new proposal to buy back all of the shares in the company he doesn't currently control and take the business back into private ownership. Robert FX Sillerman first sought to do just that earlier this year, of course, ultimately offering $5.25 a share. But, as investors became uneasy about... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Last week, Chairlift announced that they will release their third album, 'Moth', at the beginning of next year. And what album announcement is complete without some new music? Not even one, that's what. 'Ch-Ching' isn't exactly new music though, having featured in the duo's live sets since 2013. But hearing it in its studio form - rather than via crappy... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Robert FX Sillerman submits new proposal to buy back SFX
Global songwriter and artist groups pledge to collaborate
LEGAL Aurous confirms legal reps as injunction stops downloads of controversial app
ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Beat Delete to wind down
MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Latest MEGS funding announced
MEDIA UTV sells TV business to ITV
EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU:DIY to co-host Urban Development's seminars programme
ARTIST NEWS Adele put some new music on the telly
AWARDS Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike top DJ Poll
Lionel Richie and Catfish And The Bottlemen among winners at Live Music Business Awards
ONE LINERS Azealia Banks, Animal Collective, SXSW, more
AND FINALLY... Jay-Z forgot he owns Tidal
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Robert FX Sillerman submits new proposal to buy back SFX
As expected, the boss of EDM powerhouse SFX has submitted a new proposal to buy back all of the shares in the company he doesn't currently control and take the business back into private ownership.

Robert FX Sillerman first sought to do just that earlier this year, of course, ultimately offering $5.25 a share. But, as investors became uneasy about the music company - both as a result of its financial performance and Sillerman's plan - the SFX share price tanked, making that bid totally unrealistic, especially as the founder needed to secure financial backing from third parties to go through with the offer.

After that bid was abandoned in August, the SFX board opened the door to all and any new proposals for the firm and its assets, with the deadline for bids passing last week. Sillerman's new proposal is to buy out all other shareholders at $3.25 a share, a considerable drop on the original deal, but then again SFX shares have slipped well below a dollar in recent weeks (though the share price is now rising again).

There are some complications to the offer, in that shareholders would get some of the money in cash now, and a top-up payment on any future sale of the business. Some shareholders will also be invited to roll over their current equity into the private company Sillerman hopes to create, rather than selling out at this point.

While the proposal is subject to the approval of SFX's special committee of independent directors, and key shareholders, Sillerman says he does not need to raise any new finance to fund this deal.

Meanwhile, in a letter filed with the US Securities And Exchange Commission, the SFX boss writes: "I am prepared to move expeditiously towards the negotiation and execution of definitive agreements for my proposed acquisition transaction. No further diligence review or analysis is required".

We now await word from SFX itself on what the aforementioned special committee plans to do next.


Global songwriter and artist groups pledge to collaborate
CIAM - the global grouping for songwriters, composers and authors - yesterday invited the International Artist Organisation - the newish global grouping for recording artists - to speak at its International Council Of Creators Of Music in Siena. The two groups vowed to work more closely to represent the interests of creators worldwide.

IAO's Paul Pacifico and Suzanne Combo keynoted at the event, and a working group was established to discuss where CIAM and IAO have common positions, with three members from each organisation set to take part.

Confirming the new alliance, Pacifico told reporters: "Authors and performers share a symbiotic relationship - there is no singer without a song and no song without a singer. The entire music industry is built on our work and creators from across the spectrum are taking responsibility for our place in the music ecosystem. We very much look forward to working with CIAM on this exciting initiative and thank them for the opportunity to bring our organisations closer together during this critical time of flux in the music industry".

Although the interests of artists and songwriters are not always aligned, they often are, not least because many artists are also songwriters and vice versa, even if the music industry still often treats the two sides of music making separately.

Aurous confirms legal reps as injunction stops downloads of controversial app
Controversial streaming music app Aurous, which pulls in music from a variety of places - though mainly unlicensed sources to date - announced details of its legal representatives this weekend, after stopping people from downloading the app in response to a court order.

As previously reported, hype around the app - and an abandoned crowd-sourcing campaign to fund a mobile version - meant the Recording Industry Association Of America filed litigation within days of the service launching in alpha.

An injunction then followed on Thursday ordering Aurous founder Andrew Sampson to halt further distribution of the app. The injunction is a "temporary restraining order", and shortly after receiving it Sampson announced on Twitter that "Aurous downloads have been suspended until further notice".

Nevertheless, Sampson, who was bullish when the RIAA litigation landed last week, seems to still be up for a fight. Providing media contact information for his two lawyers on Saturday, the Aurous creator added: "Whatever you think of the lawsuit with the RIAA you should be more concerned it's pretending SOPA is law. That is why we're fighting".

SOPA was the controversial proposed legislation that would, amongst other things, have enabled web-blocking on copyright grounds in the US, in line with what has become the norm in many European countries. The tech community hit out at the proposals and successfully kicked the legislation out of Congress, though both the music and movie industries Stateside continue to consider how web-blocking might be activated there.

That said, the RIAA litigation to date has relied more on conventional copyright law, and the precedents set in the landmark file-sharing cases against Grokster and LimeWire, than any new-fangled anti-piracy measures. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what precise arguments Sampson's attorneys now use to combat the RIAA's legal action.

Beat Delete to wind down
The people behind Beat Delete, the Ninja Tune-founded website that crowd-sourced the re-pressing of out-of-print singles and albums, have announced that they are calling it a day.

The initiative recognised that most music-based crowd-sourcing campaigns on sites like Pledge and Kickstarter are for new material, but that the same approach could be applied to re-releases, if there were enough fans eager to get a new physical copy of an old record to make it worth the label's while to re-press.

But the site's operators say that, after many successfully crowd-funded re-presses, interest has now waned a little, making it less viable to put time into running the venture. An email to users reads: "Regretfully we have decided to close down the Beat Delete site in the coming weeks as unfortunately orders have slowed down and it's become less viable to put in the time that running the service requires".

It goes on: "All paid orders for records that have hit their target and are being manufactured will be fulfilled by the respective label. Finally, thank you for being a part of the Beat Delete process, together we've got a lot of great records re-pressed!"

Latest MEGS funding announced
Record industry trade group the BPI this weekend announced the list of artists who will benefit from the latest round of grants from the Music Export Growth Scheme, which is backed by UK Trade & Investment and which aims to help UK-based independent labels, publishers and management firms to expand the international reach of their acts.

To celebrate this seventh round of MEGS funding, Trade & Investment Minister Francis Maude put on his finest quoting hat and said: "The UK has a vibrant creative sector that generated over £17 billion in exports during 2013. The Music Export Growth Scheme has helped a new generation of British musical talent gain international recognition and boost the sales of UK music abroad; creating jobs and growth for the UK economy. I wish the latest recipients well as they grow their fan base abroad".

And so do we. Wellness all round, I say. The latest MEGS loot is going to artists Catfish And The Bottlemen, Crystal Fighters, Denai Moore, Ephemerals, Kero Kero Bonito, Lower Than Atlantis, Martin Harley, Max McElligot, Moulettes, Petite Noir, The Bohicas, The Twilight Sad and Turbowolf, plus songwriters Greig Watts, Georgie Dennis and Christopher Wortley.

UTV sells TV business to ITV
ITV plc has bought the television business of UTV Media, which operates the third channel - occupied by ITV1 in England and Wales - in Northern Ireland.

The third channel position on the UK TV network was originally run by a different company in each region but, as a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions, for over a decade now one firm - ITV plc - has controlled all the licenses in England and Wales. However, the channel is operated by separate companies STV in Scotland and UTV in Northern Ireland.

As a result of the £100 million deal announced this morning - which is still subject to regulator approval - ITV plc will also control channel three in Northern Ireland, though it says it will retain the UTV name on-air, for the time being at least. In England and Wales most of the old regional ITV company names have been phased out, except sometimes in regional news output.

The deal also includes UTV Ireland, a channel based in the Republic Of Ireland that launched at the start of the year, but which has so far struggling to gain momentum. Though the acquisition does not include UTV's radio assets in either the UK or Ireland. Those will continue to operate as a standalone company, though that firm will rebrand having sold off its TV assets.

UTV's radio division has also been looking into selling off some of its assets in the UK - and did sell its Liverpool FM franchise - though it is also set to launch a number of new UK-wide stations next year, including an all-new Virgin Radio, as part of the second national digital radio network.

CMU:DIY to co-host Urban Development's seminars programme
CMU's education programme CMU:DIY this week begins a new alliance with Urban Development, co-hosting the East London-based music development organisation's Industry Takeover Seminars, the first one of which takes place at the Red Bull Studios this Wednesday evening.

CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will provide a concise introduction to the music industry - how artists make money, and the people and companies they work with - before leading a discussion with Universal's Jade Richardson, Coda Agency's Mike Malak and Disrupt LDN's Phil Kemish on the roles they play in their artists' careers.

Cooke says: "We've a long tradition at CMU of supporting new artists and future music industry talent through educational initiatives. We now do this work under the standalone CMU:DIY brand, which we will be evolving and expanding in the next twelve months, allying with great organisations like Urban Development, who are supporting new talent every day".

He goes on: "As well as seminars like this one, and our own CMU:DIY workshops, we will also be developing the CMU:DIY website, with reports on all the events we are involved in, plus a new series of mini-guides on making money from music. Any brands, music companies or industry organisations interested in supporting this work should definitely get in touch".

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  Approved: Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Last week, Chairlift announced that they will release their third album, 'Moth', at the beginning of next year. And what album announcement is complete without some new music? Not even one, that's what.

'Ch-Ching' isn't exactly new music though, having featured in the duo's live sets since 2013. But hearing it in its studio form - rather than via crappy phone-filmed YouTube videos - is a shift in quality that is as eye-opening as the song's brightly-coloured video.

The duo's Patrick Wimberly explains that the song is "an experiment in combinations that began by banging on my living room coffee table, layering drastically different grooves, and forcing them to work together... a Sunday morning impulse that pretty much reflects manic New York life".

Bandmate Caroline Polachek adds that lyrically it's about "that moment of disbelief when you're confronted with a huge opportunity or stroke of luck, and you take it and run with it - pumped full of adrenaline, but you pretend it is business as usual. It's the kind of miracle people move to NYC for. The audition you didn't think you'd get, the lie that accidentally works brilliantly, finding a $100 bill on the sidewalk".

So, there you go. This song is like finding a $100 bill. Watch the video here.
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Adele put some new music on the telly
Hey, so it was rumoured recently that Adele's new album will be out on 20 Nov. And this weekend that dream was kept alive when the singer previewed a clip of some new music in an ad break during last night's 'X-Factor'.

After the initial disappointment that the song featured in the 30 second clip wasn't a cover of 'Hello' by Lionel Richie, some other words flashed up on the screen. Then it ended with an ellipsis. Three dots, just like Adele will soon have three albums out. It's like a code. And we've cracked it.

Send us more messages, Adele. And a cover of 'Hello' by Lionel Richie.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike top DJ Poll
DJ Mag's very latest fan-voted DJ Poll - announced during the Amsterdam Music Festival bit of the Amsterdam Dance Event this weekend - is topped by a duo for the first time, in the form of the Thivaios brothers from Belgium, aka Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. They pushed that Hardwell chap into second place. Yeah, about time too.

Say the brothers in unison: "Thank you so much! Since day one we've put every bit of energy and time we can into our music and our shows in order to give the fans the greatest experience any DJ could offer. So it's such an incredible honour to receive this award knowing it's from the guys that matter most to us".

Hmm, fans, fuck em I say, but then they didn't just vote me to the top of a big list of the greatest 100 deejays in the world. Though that's only because I didn't ask them too. And I don't DJ. And I can't DJ. And anyway, since my self-imposed fizzy drinks ban I'm not sure I could have anything to do with an event sponsored by 7up.

Anyway, here is a list of the top 100 DJs according to voting fans. 29 are from The Netherlands apparently. Which at least means, with the poll now being announced at ADE, the scheme's carbon footprint is down, even if its sugary drink consumption is up.


Lionel Richie and Catfish And The Bottlemen among winners at Live Music Business Awards
It was a busy week for music conferences last week, and over here it was the Live UK annual bash, which includes the live industry magazine's awards, voted for by readers of the title. Status Quo were awarded the outstanding contribution prize while Lionel Richie got Best Festival Performance, and Ed Sheeran and Catfish And The Bottlemen also earned some nods. On the industry side, promoter of the year gongs went to Kilimanjaro Live, DF Concerts and Eat Your Own Ears.

The event's Steve Parker said these words: "It's great to see that Lionel Richie's exceptional performance at Glastonbury received such widespread support across the industry months after the event. There, at the other end of the spectrum, was a huge response for Catfish And The Bottlemen as Breakthrough Artiste. More than 22,000 votes were cast by Live UK readers and the wider music industry, which makes this year the most successful since its inception six years ago".

And if you were now expecting a list of all the winners, well, you're expectations are going to be met...

Best Festival (under cap. 15,000): Wickham Festival
Best Festival (cap 15,000 -39,999): Green Man
Best Festival (cap. over 40,000): Glastonbury Festival

Best Festival Performance: Lionel Richie at Glastonbury
Spectacle Of The Year (Best Production): The Ed Sheeran Tour
Breakthrough Artiste: Catfish And The Bottlemen

National Promoter Of The Year: Kilimanjaro Live
Regional Promoter Of The Year: DF Concerts
Indie Promoter Of The Year: Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears

Best Venue Teamwork
Campus: The Nick Rayns LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich
Club (under 800 cap.): Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Club (over 800 cap.): The Leadmill, Sheffield
Arts Centre: The Junction, Cambridge
Theatre/Concert: Royal Albert Hall, London
Arena: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London

Greatest Brand Impact: Jack Daniel's
Best Record Label Partner: Claire Coster & Nick Long, Atlantic Records

Artiste Manager Of The Year: Murray Curnow & Ian McAndrew at Wildlife
Tour Manager Of The Year: Ivan Kushlick (Kings Of Leon tour)
Agent Of The Year: Natasha Bent of United Talent Agency
Unsung Hero: Clare Utting of United Talent Agency

Outstanding Contribution: Status Quo

Azealia Banks, Animal Collective, SXSW, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Azealia Banks says she's been working with Fall Out Boy. Last month she tweeted that she was about to record a remix with the band. So there you go.

• Animal Collective have marked the tenth anniversary of their 'Feels' album by releasing a live recording from 2004, featuring various pre-release versions of tracks from the album.

• The deadline to apply to play next year's SXSW festival is approaching. Make your presence (and bank details) known by this Friday.

• Daughter will release their second album, 'Not To Disappear', on 15 Jan. And they've booked in a UK tour starting on that very same date in Cambridge. The two week run will finish at The Forum in London on 28 Jan. Here's new track 'Doing The Right Thing'.

• Flo Morrissey has announced a sort of UK tour in December, which will include a show at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush on 3 Dec. Her new single, 'If You Can't Love This All Goes Away', is out on 13 Nov.

• The final lines of the indie-label dominated Mercury Prize shortlist were announced after Friday's CMU Daily went out. You can check out our, erm, enthusiastic critiques of each nominated record here.

Jay-Z forgot he owns Tidal
Even Jay-Z has forgotten about Tidal, it turns out. And he said so under oath in a court of law, so it must be true.

As previously reported, the rapper gave evidence last week in a court case over the use of a sample of Baligh Hamdi's 'Khosara Khosara' in his 2000 track 'Big Pimpin'. It's still to be decided if the use of the sample was legal or not, but Jay-Z insisted that it was not his responsibility to find out before releasing the track - noting that the musical side of it was created by producer Timbaland prior to him arriving at the studio.

"I didn't think there was a sample in it", he told the court, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Timbaland presented me with a track. I didn't even think about there being a sample".

Asked why he didn't think to check out if all the necessary clearances were in place, he added: "That's not what I do. I make music".

Then asked to elaborate further on what actually takes up his time, Jay-Z continued: "I make music, I'm a rapper, I've got a clothing line, I run a label, a media label called Roc Nation, with a sports agency, music publishing and management. Restaurants and nightclubs... I think that about covers it".

"I'm not so sure", said his attorney Andrew Bart. "You have a music streaming service, don't you?"

"Yeah, yeah", he agreed. "Forgot about that".

To be fair, if Jay-Z can forget about a company he only recently paid $56 million for, it seems reasonable that he might also not be able to remember that music he's involved in needs all of its samples to be properly licensed. Although, as Timbaland will surely testify, everyone involved in the track who was paying attention believed that they were.

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