FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Legal reps for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom will begin their defence on Monday in the extradition hearing that will decide whether he and three ex-colleagues should face criminal charges in relation to their former business in a US court. If you're getting a sense of déjà vu here, yes, that was meant to happen four weeks ago, after prosecutors wrapped up their arguments... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: East London's Studio Spaces E1 tomorrow night hosts some night-time festivities to follow on from a daytime of Halloween clubbing across the road at Tobacco Dock. Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg go back-to-back in the warehouse room, while tech wizard Beyer hosts Dubspeeka and Reset Robot in the main space. The rather good Will Saul will also be on the decks... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Adele is still back, everyone. It wasn't a dream. Music-industry-saving, record-breaking, wealth-creating Adele. She's already set about drawing all of Google's money into the music industry by getting everyone in the world to watch her new video on YouTube six hundred times each. And now she's going after Apple. Yeah, that's right. For too long we've sat back and watched... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Deezer abandoning its IPO and where it can go now, Radiohead suing Parlophone over deductions from thie digital income, the Get It Right From A Genuine Site anti-piracy campaign and Adele's record-breaking return. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES MegaUpload defence to get underway next week
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DEALS Sony Music and Artist Legacy Group form joint venture
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Senior management rejig at Universal Music
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LIVE BUSINESS Events Industry Forum publishes welfare guide for live shows
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Bop.fm to close as staff move to identity theft protection firm
Pandora boss questions whether Spotify freemium can last forever
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ARTIST NEWS Lady Leshurr: Music industry remains tough place for rappers who are female
Ed Sheeran appears on Home & Away
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Official Charts live shows to launch next month, Melissa Steel and Karen Harding co-headline
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #277: Apple v Adele
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COMPOSED - CUSTOMER SERVICES EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Composed is a digital start-up from Universal Music Group, the global music leader. We are recruiting for a full-time Customer Services Executive to support the needs of our ever-growing customer base. This position would suit a tech-savvy graduate with a passion for classical music and previous experience in a customer service role.

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WFS COMMUNICATIONS - MUSIC, BRAND & EVENTS PUBLICIST (LONDON)
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DOMINO PUBLISHING - COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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CHALK PRESS AGENCY - ONLINE MUSIC PR (LONDON)
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MegaUpload defence to get underway next week
Legal reps for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom will begin their defence on Monday in the extradition hearing that will decide whether he and three ex-colleagues should face criminal charges in relation to their former business in a US court.

If you're getting a sense of déjà vu here, yes, that was meant to happen four weeks ago, after prosecutors wrapped up their arguments at the start of the month as to why Dotcom et al should be extradited. But the MegaUpload defence has so far spent its defence time arguing that no defence should be necessary. Though without success.

As previously reported, legal reps for Dotcom and friends say it is impossible for their clients to get a fair extradition hearing because, although US officials have unfrozen some of the cash seized when MegaUpload was shutdown by the authorities in 2012, the four men can only use that money within New Zealand. But, the lawyers say, US expertise needs to be hired to ensure their clients are properly represented.

Team Mega tried to have the already much-delayed extradition hearing postponed yet again last month based on those arguments. When they failed to get that postponement, they used the first day of the court hearing itself to again call for the proceedings to be delayed. And when that call went unanswered, they used their defence time to again insist their clients needed more cash to fight the case against them.

The judge overseeing the extradition proceedings, Nevin Dawson, has again refused to call off the current hearing, while also rejecting calls for an extended discussion on the defence's arguments as to why the case should be postponed or dismissed. Which means, on Monday, Team Mega will actually have to respond to the arguments previously put forward by the prosecution, rather than just re-running the case for postponement.

Responding to that news, Dotcom himself said: "We will identify why the United States case is flawed [next week]. Sadly because of the limited focus of such an extradition hearing I can't call the required and planned expert evidence to simply answer the incorrect factual assertions by the United States. The United States won't permit [experts] to be paid".

He went on: "The case will now turn on important legal argument. We outline this on Monday. However, when we enter the ring we do so to win. The obstacles the United States has put up to stop us from fighting back won't stop us. We won't be silenced by bullies! I wish you could all be at my court hearing on Monday. It's going to be good".

With so much time having been spent to date on the defence's part on legal technicalities and finance issues, it will be interesting to finally hear their arguments against the actual charges Dotcom et al face, ie those of money laundering, racketeering and rampant copyright infringement. Safe harbours are sure to make an appearance.

Sony Music and Artist Legacy Group form joint venture
Sony Music and the Artist Legacy Group have launched a new joint venture that provides artist brand management services, mainly for heritage artists, with the new enterprise sitting alongside the major label's catalogue division, Legacy Recordings.

The new business will be overseen by ALG CEO Ashley Austin and COO Scott Austin, and will operate under the ALG name. You'll barely even notice a difference, except that it'll now be a division of Sony's Commercial Music Group in New York under the watchful eye of Legacy President Adam Block.

Says Ashley Austin: "SME/CMG's vision for expanding its service offerings to include brand management and development is an incredibly intuitive and forward-thinking strategy. ALG prides itself on proactive protection and promotion of our clients' unique legacies, and we are thrilled to embark on this joint venture. Working closely with Adam Block and the SME/CMG family will allow for the creation of new and exciting opportunities across the board".

Scott Austin adds: "Intellectual property rights management plays an integral role in successful, comprehensive marketing strategies in today's entertainment industry. By working closely with Sony Music affiliates, ALG will provide unparalleled levels of service to our clients and maximise the impact of campaigns surrounding their name, likeness, media and other content".

Services provided by ALG to Legacy and other Sony-signed artists (and beyond the Sony Music domain too) will include seeking merchandising opportunities, social media management, print buying, and trying to convince film companies to make biopics.

Senior management rejig at Universal Music
Following the departure earlier this year of digital chief Rob Wells, and the recent confirmation that Max Hole was stepping down as boss of its international division, the Universal Music Group has announced a new executive management board and senior management structure.

Just in case you wondered, the rejig is designed to "strengthen the company's ability to operate its business across 60 countries more nimbly" and to ensure "continued growth as the most commercially successful and creatively diverse music-based media and entertainment company in the world". Or at least that's what boss man Lucian Grainge says.

Key new appointments include Andrew Kronfeld, previously global marketing man within Universal Music International, becoming VP Marketing for the whole group, with the task of coordinating marketing activity between the mega-major's different regional divisions, the bosses of which will now report directly into Grainge.

On the digital side, the major has hired Michael Nash, Warner's former digital chief who had been consulting for the mini-major again since the summer. He becomes Exec VP Digital Strategy, overseeing Universal's digital business partnerships worldwide, which will include negotiating the next round of deals with key streaming services.

Other remit changes atop Universal including Michele Anthony adding US catalogue and Canadian operations to her area of oversight; Boyd Muir adding Bravado and Eagle Rock to his domain; and Jeffrey Harleston, chief legal man in North America, now having a global business and legal affairs role.

Says Grainge: "Universal Music is one of the world's most powerful sources of creative and commercial opportunities for artists, labels, digital music and video services and platforms. Our continuing strength rests in our capacity to anticipate and then adapt to the rapid changes in how music is created, distributed and ultimately experienced in an environment that is at once both singularly global and regionally nuanced. As technology and business models continue to evolve, we must do the same".

He goes on: "The new executive management board and structure will enable us to drive change throughout the organisation, meet the individual market's unique needs and serve as the most effective partner to artists in what is more than ever a truly global business. Most importantly, this new structure will be able to accelerate the careers of our artists, by providing them with focused teams that are entrepreneurial and innovative and have the ability to seamlessly tap into the resources of the entire company. This management team represents the best the music industry has to offer - a combination of deep creative, commercial, regional and industry expertise".

Events Industry Forum publishes welfare guide for live shows
A new guide to providing welfare services at live events has been published. Which, I admit, does sound like the dullest read in the history of reading. But people do like to think that their lost property might turn up somewhere after they drunkenly drop it in a puddle, don't they? So is it really that boring? Yes, it is. But it's important, OK?

The guide - which includes advice on a variety of procedures organisers of large events should have in place, covering everything "from drug problems and distress to lost people and property" - is published by the Events Industry Forum and written by welfare specialist Penny Mellor. It contains both guidance and downloadable forms that can be used in providing relevant services. So at least that's something you don't have to sort out yourself.

Apparently no one has thought to put this information in one place before, and it's hoped that doing so now will help to establish more consistency across events. It will be made available for free to subscribers to the EIF's Purple Guide, more details on which you can find here.

Bop.fm to close as staff move to identity theft protection firm
Platform-agnostic playlist service Bop.fm has been acquired by identity theft protection company LifeLock. It celebrated the news by shutting itself down yesterday, and will now close its website entirely this Saturday, which doesn't give users much time to export their playlist data.

Basically, LifeLock wanted the Bop.fm team and their expertise, but not their product. The playlisting company's founders Shehzad Daredia and Stefan Gomez said in a statement: "Our team will apply their consumer product DNA to help enhance the services that LifeLock delivers to millions of customers - we can't wait to show you what we have in store".

Founded in 2013, Bop.fm raised $2 million in funding in July 2014. Like services such as Songdrop and Tomahawk, it aimed to allow users to create playlists that seamlessly draw in tracks from various sources, enabling the sharing of playlists between users of differing streaming platforms, and avoiding the issue of gaps in catalogue that can occur when compiling a playlist from a single source.

In their statement, the founders added: "While proud of what our small team has accomplished in a short period of time, we realised that we still had a long way to go to unify the ever-evolving digital music landscape. Building out a central destination for consumers can be very expensive and require hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, in an industry fraught with monetisation concerns".

They concluded: "As we considered the future direction of the company, we debated the trade offs between doubling down on a risky endeavour versus aligning ourselves with more promising opportunities that had presented themselves".

Bop.fm users should now have received an email informing them how to save the data help within their accounts.

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Pandora boss questions whether Spotify freemium can last forever
Pandora chief Brain McAndrews has had a little dig at Spotify because, well, why not? If James Blunt can have a little dig at Spotify, why not Brian McAndrews?

It's been a tricky week for Pandora since announcing its most recent financials, with investors seemingly nervous that customer acquisition is slowing, even though revenues are up. Some on Wall Street seem to think the arrival of Apple Music has had an impact of Pandora's ability to sign up new users, though McAndrews correctly points out that Spotify - with its fully on-demand freemium level - is more of a competitor than Apple's streaming set up, which only offers limited free channels beyond the three month free trial.

When speaking to investors about his company's recent performance, McAndrews admitted that Spotify freemium may attract consumers - and especially younger consumers - away from his personalised radio service. But, Business Insider has noted from McAndews' most recent musings, he went on to say: "I think some other models like Spotify and others, there are some that have perpetual free alternatives, and that is going to attract some of the younger audience. [But] whether that's sustainable or not is a very different question".

With freemium being primarily a loss-leader marketing tool for companies like Spotify - and a costly loss-leader marketing tool at that, which burns up lots of venture capital - McAndrews wonders if his competitors will eventually have to turn off their expensive-to-run fully-on-demand freemium options.

Of course, the boss of loss-making Pandora having a dig at Spotify for its current loss-making growth strategy might seem a bit rich, but he may still have a good point. If and when Spotify becomes a publicly listed company like his, it might change its mind about the value of operating a cash-haemorrhaging freemium strand as a marketing channel. Which would give more-limited-functionality Pandora-type services - which are cheaper to license - an advantage in attracting those consumers less willing to pay.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Drumcode After Dark at Studio Spaces E1
East London's Studio Spaces E1 tomorrow night hosts some night-time festivities to follow on from a daytime of Halloween clubbing across the road at Tobacco Dock.

Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg go back-to-back in the warehouse room, while tech wizard Beyer hosts Dubspeeka and Reset Robot in the main space. The rather good Will Saul will also be on the decks at some point, and Nicole Moudaber and Dense & Pika complete the line-up.

All in all, a frighteningly good line-up. Happy Halloween.

Saturday 31 Oct, Studio Spaces E1, Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, Wapping, London E1W 2BB, 10pm - 6am, £25. More info here.
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Lady Leshurr: Music industry remains tough place for rappers who are female
The UK rap scene remains a tough place to get ahead if you're a woman, says rapper Lady Leshurr, regardless of your talent.

"We don't get classed as just 'rappers'", she tells Noisey. "We get classed as 'female rappers' - like you're good for a girl, you shouldn't be doing this, you should be in the kitchen washing dishes".

"We get swept under the rug a lot, like 'oh, it's just her', and we don't ever get mentioned with Skepta and people like that", she continues, while discussing the lack of any women in Kayne West's UK-rap-celebrating BRITs performance earlier this year. "We're still placed in the 'good for a girl' box and it's actually horrible, but that's one of the main things I wanna break next year. I wanna make sure we get named alongside all these established artists in the UK and America".

She adds that the problems are as much behind the scenes as they are on stage: "I realised ... that the industry doesn't actually know what to do with females as far as marketing and getting them out there goes. It felt like their best strategy was to pit females against each other. The media tries to make some imaginary beef happen, and I just hate it. I'm all about female empowerment - I'm a representative in it, so I'm never gonna put a female down. I'm never gonna be in beef over silliness".

Read the full interview here, and watch the latest instalment of Lady Leshurr's 'Queen's Speech' freestyle series here.

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Ed Sheeran appears on Home & Away
Well, Ed Sheeran's appearance in Australian soap opera 'Home & Away' seems to have been a resounding success. Your move, 'Neighbours'. Originally aired in Australia back in September, the episode hit UK screens yesterday.

The musician appeared as himself visiting his former foster mother Marilyn Chambers*. While walking with her on the beach, another character, Matt Page, runs up and asks him to play a song for the people of Summer Bay. At first he says no, but then his arm is twisted. Not literally, because that might stop him from playing guitar. Injury free, he performed 'Thinking Out Loud'.

"It's an Australian institution", said Sheeran of the show. "It's always on in my local chip shop".

High praise indeed. This isn't actually Sheeran's first soap appearance though, and he's keen to do more: "I got asked to do it and it sounded like it could be fun. I did 'Shortland Street' in New Zealand as well and I'm sure if 'Emmerdale' or 'EastEnders' ever ask me in England I would do that as well".

You see, this is what it's come to now that all the performance slots for musicians on TV have disappeared.

Alec Snow, who plays Matt Page, said of acting alongside Sheeran: "It was an awesome experience filming with Ed because he seemed like a really down-to-earth, nice guy that genuinely wanted to be there. It was funny seeing how star-struck everyone both on and off set was. It was quite entertaining seeing the effect he had on everyone around him".

You can watch the full episode here. Or - in the unlikely event you don't actually want to do that - here's a clip of Ed doing his acting. And here's him singing his little song.

*Ed Sheeran was not actually fostered by a fictional Australian.

Official Charts live shows to launch next month, Melissa Steel and Karen Harding co-headline
Melissa Steel and Karen Harding will co-headline the first ever, and previously reported, Official Charts students' union club tour, it has been announced. The first show will take place at Teesside University in Middlesbrough on 6 Nov. Also on the bill will be WSTRN, whose approved single 'In2' will be released the same day.

The Official Charts Company's move into live events is being bankrolled by clothing retailer New Look, a brand partnership that coincides with the appointment of new business development guy Richard Staplehurst at the chart-making outfit.

He says: "This partnership with New Look is a fantastic and exciting example of things to come for OfficialCharts.com. I'm looking forward to growing up brand partnership opportunities for Official Charts and working with advertisers who are looking to reach influential and engaged culture buffs, while aligning themselves with the trusted authority in the music space".

Sounds super fun. Party!

The full dates for the OCC tour are:

6 Nov: Middlesbrough, Teesside University
13 Nov: Guildford, University Of Surrey
20 Nov: Loughborough University
27 Nov: Keele University
4 Dec: Hatfield, University Of Hertfordshire

CMU Beef Of The Week #277: Apple v Adele
Adele is still back, everyone. It wasn't a dream. Music-industry-saving, record-breaking, wealth-creating Adele. She's already set about drawing all of Google's money into the music industry by getting everyone in the world to watch her new video on YouTube six hundred times each. And now she's going after Apple.

Yeah, that's right. For too long we've sat back and watched Apple steal all of our cash under the guise of being the industry's single biggest retail partner the world over. Bloody Apple, coming over here, giving us a stop-gap solution to piracy that, for a time, went a long way to offsetting the downturn in physical record sales.

Damn, I wish Steve Jobs had started out as a music industry man. Then I would totally have been able to say "coming over here, taking our Jobs". But no, that's another thing that Apple has ruined for us all.

Anyway, Adele's back. Oh dear lord she is back. Praise be. Everything's going to be fine. I thought we were going to have to rely on Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran forever. It doesn't bear thinking about. And don't even talk to me about Coldplay. Christ.

No, Adele's the one. And she's going to turn this thing around. How? Well, how about this: Apple just announced third quarter revenues of eleventy billion, and Adele just got up and stormed straight in there, punched Tim Cook in the guts and shouted, "Give me £19.5 million in tour sponsorship, you cunts!"

"Nine. Teen. POINT. Five", she repeated with gritted teeth, staring down Jonny Ive.

By which, I mean, Adele's agents at William Morris Endeavor have reportedly set up a series of meetings with Apple's marketing department to negotiate the IT giant sponsoring her tour. Actually, it's quite possible that it was Apple that proposed all this in the first place. I don't know. But let's not spoil a good story, right?

"Nine... teen... point... five", she growled at Eddy Cue.

They were all terrified. Fucking terrified. Because they've not got Steve 'Fierce Fists' Jobs to protect them anymore, see. Ive bit his lip, drawing blood, though it was Cue who was first to let out a whimper. This was not like that time he'd had a nice Sunday morning chat with Taylor Swift at all. That was easy by comparison. There was a real sense of danger here. No one could tell what Adele might do next.

Adele knew that she had them in the palm of her hand. She knew she could ask them for anything she liked. But she forgot the second rule of contract negotiation. The first rule, of course, is glare and talk slowly. The second? Even when you have them in the palm of your hand, don't push it.

She pushed it.

"I want copies of my album in every Apple Store you have. Even the fake ones in China. Especially the fake ones in China."

"On CD?", sobbed Cook.

"On... C..."

"But...", began Ive.

"SHUT UP", screamed Adele. "Let me finish".

A silence gripped the room.

"D".

The silence became deafening.

"No", came a voice from the corner of the room. They all turned to see Senior Vice President Of Online And Retail Stores Angela Ahrendts, who had so far been sitting almost unnoticed in the corner of the room.

"No", she repeated, channelling the spirit of former boss Steve 'Fierce Fists' Jobs. "Are you fucking kidding me? You've gone too far this time, Adkins. Too far. Sure, we'll write you a cheque right here and now for $30 million, which is £19.5 million in real money. But not one CD will be placed in one of my stores. Or any of the fake stores in China. Especially not the fake stores in China".

Fuck, thought Adele. She suddenly remembered the second rule of contract negotiation. She cursed herself inwardly. She'd lost face and she knew it.

She took the cheque and left. And as she paid it in at the nearest Nationwide, she knew that while she might now have £19.5 million in the bank - in return for painting an Apple logo on her face on her upcoming tour - she had still let a crack appear in her all-important 'saviour of the music industry' mask.

She would never tell anyone, but she now knew that one day it might fall back to Taylor Swift to take up that cause. Or worse, Ed Sheeran. Or, God forbid, Coldplay. Those fuckers had already booked in a 4 Dec release date for their new album. It was like they knew this would happen.

Of course, I should probably note here that no negotiations with Apple re sponsorship of Adele's upcoming tour - if she even bothers to go out on one - have actually been confirmed. But Sky News does reckon that WME and Apple have been in talks. And a figure of £19.5 million has been mooted. And the news channel does claim that a request to have Adele CDs stocked in Apple Stores has been knocked back.

This has been spun as Apple playing hardball and refusing to support the music industry. You might notice I did that too, a little bit earlier in this article. Although, to be fair to Apple, if it was indeed made, that CD selling proposal was a fucking stupid request.

I mean, have you ever been into an Apple Store? Where would you put a CD display in an Apple Store without it looking really stupid? Apple computers don't even have CD drives in them anymore. Plus, and I'm not sure if this is common knowledge, but Apple is quite active in the selling of digital music.

Presumably any Apple sponsorship of any Adele tour would heavily promote the Apple Music streaming service. it probably wouldn't even mention downloads on this one, let alone acknowledge the existence of CDs.

Now, to be fair to WME, if it did propose Apple selling CDs, well, there's probably a list of generic requests wheeled out in any sponsorship negotiations, regardless of how appropriate they are. You just throw around as much as you can and hope that something sticks.

Roc Nation has just secured $25 million from Samsung for sponsorship of Rihanna's new album and tour. And I bet Jay-Z asked the Samsung guys (I don't know their names I'm afraid, and don't have time to describe the fictional meeting they had with a popstar) to stock her CDs in their so called Samsung Experience Stores.

Though, as her Apple talks continue, Adele will probably demand they start making flip phones next. Romantic, my arse.

 
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