TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Apple Music now has 6.5 million paying subscribers, according to the tech giant's chief exec Tim Cook, who got busy chatting about his firm's streaming music platform during a wide-ranging conversation at a conference in California yesterday. An additional 8.5 million are still enjoying the service for free, their three month trials yet to expire. "We have music experts... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Oh hi, just checking in with another reminder that Susanne Sundfør is really great. Back in January I said right here that her then still to be released fifth album 'Ten Love Songs' was the album of the year. And now here we are nine months later comfortable that it is an indisputable fact that I was right. Anyway, I've brought you all here together because Sundfør has released... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the Dissecting The Digital Dollar report we published this week with the MMF, the RIAA's speedy lawsuit against new music app Aurous, Steven Tyler's cease and desist against Donald Trump, and Barack and Hillary's tips for future US President Kanye West. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Apple Music has 6.5 million paying subscribers
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LEGAL Artists call on European Parliament to ensure performer rights are key to the copyright debate
Amazon sues fake review writers
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DEALS Sia renews Sony/ATV deal
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS PRS launches work placement programme to find and support new industry talent
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MEDIA Everett True launches crowd-funded book company
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Full BIME conference line-up confirmed
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AWARDS Queue up as we cue up the Q Awards
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ONE LINERS New Sunday Best deal, new Kanye tracks, new Grimes title, more
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AND FINALLY... Bieber thought his dad's dick tweet was "hilarious"
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SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY - OPERATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The purpose of this role is to successfully deliver all allocated events to meet the needs of our clients and customers, fulfil our health and safety responsibilities, and maximise the profitability of the Arena through effective cost control and developing additional revenue opportunities.

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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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Apple Music has 6.5 million paying subscribers
Apple Music now has 6.5 million paying subscribers, according to the tech giant's chief exec Tim Cook, who got busy chatting about his firm's streaming music platform during a wide-ranging conversation at a conference in California yesterday. An additional 8.5 million are still enjoying the service for free, their three month trials yet to expire.

"We have music experts, just like the DJ when we were growing up", Cook said, while trying, with limited success, to distinguish his streaming set-up from the competition. "It gives you a feeling that there are no words in my vocabulary to describe... it brings the art back in music. I'm finding personally that I'm now discovering a whole lot of music that I wasn't listening to before". So at least Cook is enjoying the Apple Music experience.

Those who signed up for Apple's streaming service on day one back on 30 Jun saw their three month free trial expire at the start of the month of course, and there has been much speculation in music circles as to how many people would continue to use the set-up once they had to pay ten pounds a month for it. Unlike Spotify, Apple only offers radio channels for free beyond the trial period.

Back in early August, Apple's Eddy Cue said eleven million people had signed up for his firm's streaming service, though some of those could still be in their free trial period now, so that doesn't necessarily mean 4.5 million have definitely dropped off already.

But even if they have, if Apple can turn over half of all those who give the free trial a whirl into paying customers, then that would be a pretty decent return, though it remains to be seen what free trial and premium sign ups look like as the whole venture matures.

Meanwhile, those figures mean that Spotify remains the big guy in paid-for streaming, for now at least, and it may well stay that way until Apple – or someone else – persuades the music companies to let them launch a mid-market paid-for streaming service priced at a few pounds per month. Unless you're of the opinion Amazon has already done that with Prime.

Artists call on European Parliament to ensure performer rights are key to the copyright debate
The Featured Artists Coalition yesterday issued an urgent call to the European Parliament demanding it ensure that performer rights be included in the European Union's current review of copyright law.

The UK's FAC and the globally-focused International Artists Organisation is launching a campaign called Artists In Europe in a bid to "ensure that protection for artists' intellectual property sits at the heart of the new legislation".

Continuing recent debates in the artist and songwriter communities, the FAC and IAO say that to achieve a "vibrant creative cultural music industry in the digital age" both the business and law-makers need to ensure there is transparency throughout the music value chain and that there is an enhanced duty of care from corporations so that artists know their interests are protected. Artists should also share in the profits from all the ways their music is exploited.

FAC boss Paul Pacifico says: "To ensure a vibrant creative cultural music industry in the digital age, it is essential that the review of copyright currently underway in Europe puts the rights of creators and artists front and centre of any new legislation. If not, we stand to lose an essential part of our revenues. In the digital world, consumers are switching to digital and using on-demand streaming platforms to replace radio-like services. However, as consumers transition from old world to new, our remuneration rights fall away. Unless we act now, we may lose them forever".

Meanwhile FAC board member and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason adds: "Artists are not looking to fight technology, or the fantastic access digital services and technology gives music fans. We want to foster innovation and push the uptake of these new and exciting opportunities for communication and creativity. However, we must make sure that the system pays back the artists of the future whose hard work and talent will make the services successful for the long term".

Artists wanting to support the FAC and IAO's work to ensure performer rights are the agenda in Europe are encouraged to visit www.fair-internet.eu.

As previously reported, the UK's Music Managers Forum and CMU Insights last week published a report designed to inform this very debate, explaining how music copyright works, how streaming services are licensed, and what issues artists and their managers currently face. You can download a free copy here.

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Amazon sues fake review writers
Amazon last week sued over 1000 people who offer to write fake reviews for money, in the online retailer's latest attempt to crackdown on company's paying for positive critiques to appear alongside their products on the Amazon site.

The web firm sued a number of websites offering the same service earlier this year, claiming the defendants were liable for trademark infringement and false advertising, and had broken several consumer protection laws. Many of the sites targeted back then have since shut down.

The latest legal action is against a large group of freelancers who offer the same service via a website called Fiverr.com, which is an online marketplace where companies can hire individuals to do small tasks from as low as five dollars. Amazon insists it has no problem with Fiverr.com itself – and the company isn't a defendant – but rather with the individuals who use the marketplace to offer to write fake reviews for cash.

Amazon says in its complaint: "While small in number, these reviews can significantly undermine the trust that consumers and the vast majority of sellers and manufacturers place in Amazon, which in turn tarnishes Amazon's brand".

Sia renews Sony/ATV deal
Sia has renewed her publishing deal with Sony/ATV, a partnership now more than fifteen years old. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's what they always say, isn't it? Sia and Sony/ATV, I mean. They're always saying that.

"If it ain't broke", said Sia in a statement. "Don't fix it", added Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier.

No, not really. Sia didn't actually say anything, because she's all mysterious and shit. But she probably would have said she was "thrilled" about the new deal given half the chance. Luckily, Sony/ATV UK MD Guy Moot was on hand to fill that particular press release hole.

"We are thrilled to be extending our long and hugely successful relationship with Sia who stands as a true artist with an amazing gift for writing incredible songs both for herself and other people", he said. "She brings artistic lyrics of real integrity to the mainstream and it's great her career has now come full circle with her back in the spotlight as a recording artist. She really is an unpredictably wonderful talent".

The aforementioned Bandier added: "Sia is a unique and extraordinarily special songwriter to Sony/ATV and we are so proud to have been part of her career for such a long time. So I am delighted that we have been able to renew our agreement with her and I look forward to many more successes to come".

Sia, as I'm sure you already know, is about to release a new album called 'This Is Acting'.

PRS launches work placement programme to find and support new industry talent
The UK music publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music has announced a new training scheme which will see five young people get a two year work placement within the rights organisation with a view to equipping them with relevant skills and knowledge about music rights and the wider music industry. Participants will work in various units across the society, and will receive ongoing careers coaching too.

PRS is encouraging anyone with "a desire to succeed within the music industry" to apply for a place, with no specific academic requirements made. The society says that the new programme is "designed to give a thorough grounding in both global collective rights management and the wider music industry, with successful applicants having the opportunity to learn and work within one of the world's leading global collective rights management organisations".

PRS For Music's HR chief Jane Stables says: "People are at the core of our business and are indeed what makes this company great. With the job market becoming increasingly competitive and volatile, we are acknowledging the very real difficulties people face breaking into music publishing and rights management by diversifying our search to find the very best people for the job. To achieve this, we are looking for those who show ability, aptitude, grit and the competencies needed to work successfully in the fast paced world of the music industry. I would encourage all who want to experience this fascinating industry first hand to apply for this opportunity".

More info at www.prsformusic.com/insidetrack

Everett True launches crowd-funded book company
Veteran music journalist Everett True is launching a new book company called Rejected Unknown with a view to publishing the kind of works he and other writers have found hard to pitch to conventional publishing firms.

The idea for the venture, says True, came about when Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series knocked back a proposal for a book about Daniel Johnston's album 'Hi, How Are You'. It made True wonder: "What other wonderful potential projects have been turned down flat? I know that brilliant writers, such as Jack Sargeant and Karren Ablaze, had proposals rejected too. Absurd, I hear you cry! Absurd! Will no one do anything about this travesty of taste!?"

Well, True himself is doing the something via a new business named after another of Johnston's albums. Launching the project, he recently posted on social media "I am starting a book company for the rejects and the misfits of this world", and such was the response, work on a first book - '101 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear' - is already underway, with a plan to have it published within six weeks of the company's creation.

"Rejected Unknown will release three to five such books every quarter, crowd-funded and immaculately designed, on a rolling system of self-finance", says the official blurb about the new venture. "The company will specialise in publishing works that are too brilliant and/or off-the-wall for conventional publishers".

More at rejectedunknown.org

Full BIME conference line-up confirmed
The full line up has been confirmed for the conference side of BIME, which takes place in Bilbao in Spain next week, putting the spotlight on the music business, and the intersection between music, tech, gaming and sync.

Former Arts Council boss and current Radio 3 chief Alan Davey, Lollapalooza Berlin's Fruzsina Szep and Music Tech Fest's Michaela Magas are amongst the latest additions to the conference line up.

Meanwhile CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will lead a panel looking at the changing role of the record label, continuing a debate he began at The Great Escape earlier this year. This time Bella Union chief Simon Raymonde, lawyer and The Box Plus legal chief Stacey Mitsopulos, Christophe Cuarret of marketing agency BETC Life and Sharon Matheson from distribution firm INgrooves will all join the discussion.

Announcing that programme, BIME Director Christophe Cassan told reporters he was looking forward to "focussing on new ideas and ways of collaborating across music and tech, and how to facilitate cooperation between South American and European music professionals. I really look forward to meeting and learning from all these executives and visionaries from across the globe".

  Approved: Susanne Sundfør – Accelerate
Oh hi, just checking in with another reminder that Susanne Sundfør is really great. Back in January I said right here that her then still to be released fifth album 'Ten Love Songs' was the album of the year. And now here we are nine months later comfortable that it is an indisputable fact that I was right.

Anyway, I've brought you all here together because Sundfør has released a new video for 'Accelerate', which is quite often my favourite track on 'Ten Love Songs'. The new video coincides with some of those European tour dates they have now. Sundfør will be kicking it all off with three UK specific shows – at The Haunt in Brighton on 26 Oct, Koko in Camden on 27 Oct, and The Deaf Institute in Manchester on 28 Oct.

Here's an interview she just did
with The Guardian, and here's that video you were banging on about.
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Queue up as we cue up the Q Awards
It wouldn't be the Q Awards without a few winners, so it's great to see that the event stuck with tradition this year and handed out a few prizes. The event took place yesterday at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London

Matt Mason, Senior Editor of Q Magazine, said: "Q magazine and the Q Awards are about seeking out and celebrating great music and the people who make it. It's been an incredibly exciting year for music, particularly in the UK, and today's winners reflect that. It's thrilling to recognise a band such as Foals who've reached this level of success by continuing to pursue their own unique vision, while the phenomenal impact of Florence And The Machine, Ed Sheeran and James Bay on both sides of the Atlantic underlines the power of great British pop music".

He didn't stop there though. He carried on talking: "It's also an honour to celebrate the careers of so many artists that have genuinely shaped modern music. With very different ideas and innovations, Gary Numan, Tony Iommi, Queen, New Order, Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, Mark Ronson and Noel Gallagher have all achieved the same result: radically re-defining the musical and cultural landscape. The fact that so many of them continue to make excellent and impactful music today only emphasises what a brilliant year it's been. We look forward to discovering and celebrating even more great music in Q next year".

Here, sadly, are the people they chose to give prizes to:

Best New Act: James Bay
Best Track: The Libertines – Gunga Din
Best Album: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
Best Video: Florence And The Machine – Ship To Wreck
Best Live Act: Royal Blood
Best Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran
Best Act In The World Today: Foals

Classic Album: Soul II Soul – Club Classics Vol. One
Classic Single: Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Q Hero: Mark Ronson
Q Icon: Duran Duran
Innovation In Sound: Gary Numan
Gibson Les Paul Award: Tony Iommi
Outstanding Contribution To Music: New Order

New Sunday Best deal, new Kanye tracks, new Grimes title, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Sunday Best Recordings has announced a new agreement with [PIAS] Cooperative, the bit of [PIAS] that helps indie labels market and develop their acts on a worldwide basis. The new deals covers the globe except US and Japan.

• Kanye West has uploaded two new tracks to his Soundcloud page. First, a new version of '808s And Heartbreak' song 'Say You Will'. And second, 'When I See It', a rework of The Weeknd's 'Tell Your Friends', which West co-produced

• Grimes' new album is called 'Art Angels', in case you wondered. We wondered if it might be called 'Ac!d Reign', because that's the name of her recently announced tour. But we were wrong in our wondering. Wrong, wrong, wrong. And now the name is sorted out, we can expect some actual new music next week.

• Gwen Stefani performed her new single 'Used To Love You' for the first time at a show in New York last week. Every single person who was there filmed it and put it on YouTube, so pick an angle and get listening.

• Kelela is holding a surprise release party for her recently released EP 'Hallucinogen' at The Nest in Stoke Newington tonight. Unless the poster I saw was a hallucination.

• Wolf Alice will be heading out on a pretty fucking hefty chunk of UK tour dates next March, capitalising on their certainly assured Mercury Prize win. It'll all finish up at The Forum in London on 27 Mar.

Bieber thought his dad's dick tweet was "hilarious"
It's alright, Justin Bieber thought it was "hilarious" when his dad took to Twitter to critique his dick the other week.

Bieber Senior posted a tweet as those paparazzo shots of the pop star sans clothing did the rounds online earlier this month, addressing his son with the words "What do you feed that thing? #proud daddy". Some thought the line was a little inappropriate, and Jeremy Bieber seemingly got the message, subsequently deleting the post.

But Bieber Junior is unfazed. "I thought it was hilarious", he told the 'Zach Sang And The Gang' radio show. "'What do you feed that thing' - it's such a dad thing to say!"

And as for those dissing his father for the cocky Twitter post, the singer added: "Are you kidding me? What dad wouldn't be proud of that? It's not like he's saying it to an eleven year-old. I'm 21 years old".

But while Bieber is OK with family members reviewing his penis he's less keen with the world at large joining in. "My first thought was like... how can they do this?" he recently told Access Hollywood when asked about the naked pap shots.

"I feel super violated" he continued, "I feel like I can't step outside and feel like I can go outside naked. Like, you should feel comfortable in your own space".

Imagine being so famous that you can't go outside naked anymore. It puts you right off wanting to be a pop star.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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