WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Prime Minister of Romania has resigned after more than 20,000 people took to the streets yesterday in protest over the nightclub fire in the capital of Bucharest at the weekend. As previously reported, a fire began at the city's Colectiv Club on Friday night during a gig by local metal band Goodbye To Gravity. It is thought that pyrotechnics set light to décor... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Club 8 are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year, and will release their ninth studio album, 'Pleasure', on 20 Nov. The first single from that record, 'Late Nights', continues down the route taken on their last album, 'Above The City', exploring retro electronic pop sounds. Far from sounding like pastiche, they imbue their music with a classic, timeless feel... [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 Romanian PM resigns after mass protest over Bucharest club fire
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LEGAL MegaUpload defence begins in extradition hearing
Dancing Jesus founder out of jail
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DEALS Tiga signs to Counter
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS PopShack becomes Instrumental
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LIVE BUSINESS Chainsmokers let fans choose tour dates
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MEDIA Radio 1 to launch weekly downloadable playlist feature
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ARTIST NEWS Oasis documentary makers get "unprecedented access" to band
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RELEASES Jess Glynne's 'Take Me Home' is the official Children In Need single for 2015
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ONE LINERS Syco, Peermusic, AEG Europe, more
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AND FINALLY... The lessons of Adele: Damon Albarn, Rick Rubin, vocal surgery, Playboy and feminism
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Romanian PM resigns after mass protest over Bucharest club fire
The Prime Minister of Romania has resigned after more than 20,000 people took to the streets yesterday in protest over the nightclub fire in the capital of Bucharest at the weekend.

As previously reported, a fire began at the city's Colectiv Club on Friday night during a gig by local metal band Goodbye To Gravity. It is thought that pyrotechnics set light to décor, which in turn caused the ceiling to catch fire. It seems likely that flammable materials had been used to soundproof the venue. The death toll rose to 32 yesterday with dozens more still in a critical condition in hospital.

As the three owners of the club were arrested on Monday, the operators of three other club venues in Romania admitted they too had not followed safety rules, putting lives at risk. Following solemn gatherings in Bucharest at the weekend in memory of those who died, people began protesting on Monday, accusing corrupt authorities of accepting bribes to allow unsafe venues to operate, rather than properly enforcing safety rules.

Many protestors specifically called for Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who is already facing a trial on corruption charges, to resign. Despite him denying the previous charges, this morning he confirmed he was "handing in my mandate, I'm resigning, and implicitly my government too". According to the BBC, he added: "I hope the government's resignation will satisfy the people who came out in the streets".

Although the collapse of Ponta's premiership is ultimately the conclusion of a wider story of corruption claims and political infighting, the timing shows the impact this weekend's tragedy at the Colectiv Club has had in the Romanian capital and beyond.

MegaUpload defence begins in extradition hearing
Having been unsuccessful in their various attempts to further postpone their clients' extradition hearing, lawyers representing the former management of long-defunct file-transfer platform MegaUpload are now finally presenting arguments as to why they think Kim Dotcom et al should not be extradited to the US to face criminal charges of money laundering, racketeering and rampant copyright infringement.

While there have been few surprises so far - most of the arguments being presented have been aired before - after so much time having been spent on legal technicalities as to why this case should not proceed, it's nice to see the defendants arguments against the charges they face being presented in black and white.

On day one lawyer Ron Mansfield began by dealing with the various bits of evidence presented by the prosecution in the first part of the extradition hearing, mainly conversations between Dotcom and his former colleagues that seemed to demonstrate that the MegaUpload management were more than aware that they were running a copyright infringing business, that there would be legal ramifications if they were found out, and that a scheme that encouraged users to upload more infringing content would be particularly controversial.

Mansfield argued that the conversations presented in court had been cherry-picked out of a mountain of evidence, and then taken out of context and misrepresented. The US prosecution were aided in this process by the fact that some of the conversations had been in Dotcom's native language, ie German, and prosecutors - Mansfield argued - had presented translations that served their case.

The legal man then threw the expected safe harbour line into the mix, noting that under both US and New Zealand law there are provisions that say that legitimate online businesses that inadvertently enable others to distribute unlicensed content cannot be held liable for that infringement. Google, Facebook and Twitter all rely on these safe harbours, Mansfield added, and making MegaUpload liable for its users' infringement - and criminally liable at that - would set a very dangerous precedent.

The US record and movie industries are keen to distinguish MegaUpload from the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter (though at the same time, they reckon those services too are unfairly exploiting the safe harbours). Of debate is whether Team Mega were "wilfully blind" to the infringement happening on their networks, and whether that increases their liabilities.

For his part, Mansfield was keen to portray MegaUpload as an entirely legitimate business, wheeling out the bloody 'Mega Song' to show how many big name artists backed the operation. The judge wisely asked for the song to be paused, officially because he didn't see why it was relevant, but possibly because it's so fucking irritating.

Yesterday, the defence moved on to another claim they have raised before, that the copyright crimes Dotcom et al are accused of are not covered by the extradition agreement between the US and New Zealand. The prosecution say that the MegaUpload management are guilty of fraud - a crime covered by the extradition treaty - but the defence team argue that, under US law, copyright infringement doesn't constitute fraud.

It was partly because of this debate that the MegaUpload team previously argued that they needed to hire US legal experts, but restrictions on what the defendants can do with unfrozen funds from their former business prevented them from accessing this expertise. That makes the extradition hearing unfair, Team Mega claim, though presumably Mansfield hopes he can still win the argument on this point anyway.

The defence continues today, and is expected to conclude later this week.

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Dancing Jesus founder out of jail
The founder of the long defunct Dancing Jesus website is reportedly out of jail, after being sentenced to 32 months last year in one of the harshest sentences relating to online piracy to date.

As previously reported, the Dancing Jesus site provided thousands of links to unlicensed content - included pre-release music - stored in cyber-lockers like Rapidshare and Filesonic. It was forced offline in 2011 as a result of action by British record industry trade group BPI, its worldwide counterpart the IFPI, and the authorities in both the US and UK.

It then emerged that the BPI had brought a private prosecution against the site's founder Kane Robinson and its most prolific uploader Richard Graham, following an investigation by the City Of London Police. Both men ultimately pleaded guilty to the copyright crimes they were charged with, and both were sentenced last November.

The two men received 32 and 21 month prison sentences respectively. The sentences were welcomed by the BPI, which has often criticised the fact that online piracy offences tend to result in more lenient sentences than when people run CD bootlegging operations, despite arguments online piracy is actually more damaging to the music rights sector.

But many in the file-sharing community criticised the sentences, arguing that they were far too harsh for the crime. Both men were expected to appeal the jail terms though, according to Torrentfreak, Robinson is already out of prison after serving less than twelve months of his 32 month sentence.

A lawyer who provided expert testimony for the defence during the Dancing Jesus trial has pointed out that Robinson being out of jail this early is likely just routine, in that he could have expected to serve the second half of his sentence 'on license' rather than in jail, and good behaviour could have brought his release forward under standard procedures.

It its unclear whether either of the men still plan to appeal.

Tiga signs to Counter
Tiga has signed to Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, ready for the release of his third album, the follow-up to 2009's 'Ciao!', early next year.

Says Tiga of the deal: "It's a natural fit - I'm the original Counter. I count RESULTS. Advantage: Tiga City. Seven years is a lifetime, especially for lifetime full-time dreamers like me. Entire fantasy worlds have been loved and lost. Restaurants have opened and closed. I've taken the spiritual advice of those closest to me and chosen to remain inside the present, listening and growing until there's no choice to spring out of the box and share my gift. And that gift is the simplest of questions and answers. What is love? It is what it is, and what it is is it's everything". So that's all clear, right?

The producer will perform live at Koko in London on 21 Nov. Of the show, he continues: "London is incredibly important to me. It's where I first heard The Beatles, and they also make very good dance music there. After conquering the festival circuit, I'm beyond jazzed to sing and dance in a club setting. The restroom lines are much shorter, which I think will make the set noticeably tighter in terms of costume changes".

And in case you wondered, I have a third quote from Tiga too. Here it is: "The same world that has given me everything breaks my heart every day-ay. But if that's the price I have to pay-ay, I wouldn't have it any other way-ay. I can't stop singing everything I say-ay".

Here's new single 'Don't Break My Heart'.

PopShack becomes Instrumental
You know PopShack right? Go on, PopShack. We definitely reported on it. It's the YouTube-centric record label type company that called itself a "Generation Z digital music business". How could you forget that?

It's backed by former MTV exec Bill Roedy. Oh come on, don't go forgetting about PopShack. Write it down everybody. On a post-it note. In your notepad. On your hand. Spray paint it on your wall. Permanent marker it onto your desk. PopShack.

Done it? Good. Now you need to throw away the post-it, rip the page out of your notebook, wash your hand, repaint your wall and possibly dispose of your desk. Because the "Generation Z digital music business" has a new name. Instrumental.

Yes, that's right, Instrumental. Don't go forgetting it will you? I know, write it down on a post-it note. In your notepad. On your hand. Spray paint it on your wall. Permanent marker it onto your desk. Instrumental.

Says CEO Conrad Withey: "The name change is not just a recognition of the breadth of talent and music creativity now in our network but also better reflects the role the business is playing in artist development and in delivering solutions for brands and advertisers".

Chainsmokers let fans choose tour dates
The Chainsmokers - you know, the ones who released that track '#Selfie' - are going on tour. Not just any tour though. A tour where fans decide where they go. "The first ever fan-sourced tour", they're claiming. Though I'm sure that can't actually be true.

Anyway, it'll be a six date tour of US universities. The dates and locations are yet to be determined. All the duo have announced is that they will perform at the first six campuses to sell 800 tickets.

"As artists especially, we want to go to the markets we have the most demand and getting that data or figuring out the best way isn't always easy", explained Chainsmoker Alex Pall to USA Today. "So this really puts the power in the hands of our fans and that's really exciting for us!"

Information on the tour and how to pitch for a show can be found here.

Radio 1 to launch weekly downloadable playlist feature
Radio 1 will launch a new show in January called 'Playlist' in which DJs at the station, and guests, will compile a one-hour playlist around a specific theme, with 'Daniel P Carter's Greatest Rock Songs Ever', 'Ellie Goulding's Running Mix', 'Annie Mac's Ibiza Classics' and 'Grimmy's Greatest Big Weekend Performances' being provided as examples.

Though I don't know whether those are actual playlists that will feature on the new show. It's possible someone at the BBC station just had some sort of nightmare vision of the future and wrote down what they saw.

The new programme, which will air at 9pm on Thursday evenings, presumably aims to capitalise on the popularity of themed playlists on the streaming platforms. Radio 1 is making much of the fact each playlist will be available to download to a portable device of your choosing via the BBC iPlayer Radio app - as is any BBC radio show these days, since the upgrade of said app back in July - but specifically bigging that fact up here is possibly a way of telling Spotify and Apple Music users "we do playlists too, don't you know?"

Announcing the new playlisting show, Radio 1 boss man Ben Cooper told reporters: "Radio 1 continues to innovate with the way we present and distribute the new music that our listeners love, and I'm excited to see whose playlists I'll be able to download to my phone. Across the industry, whether it be Spotify, Apple, or the BBC, we are all experimenting with reaching new audiences with audio in new ways".

Radio 1 actually has one advantage over Spotify and Apple with this playlisting experiment. Because it operates under blanket licenses from the music industry's collecting societies rather than direct deals with the labels, Radio 1's playlist compilers won't have the catalogue limitations those curating on Spotify and Apple face, especially when picking brand new music that's yet to reach the streaming platforms.

Plus the BBC station may well be able to plug the new playlisting programme across the other TV and radio channels operated by the Corporation, utilising some of the £80 million in free marketing the Beeb's pop stations enjoy through cross-promotion each year.

Or at least, that's according to the Chief Strategy Officer at commercial radio firm Global. We know this because Global Radio's Will Harding was having a good moan about the BBC's pop stations when addressing the House Of Lords' communications committee yesterday.

According to The Guardian he said: "[We are concerned at the] scale of BBC's cross-promotion. We estimate that as much as the equivalent of £80m of advertising of BBC radio happens on BBC TV [annually]. A lot of that is valid. But our concern is too much [promotion] is devoted to programmes on Radio 1 and Radio 2 which aren't showcases of public service broadcasting".

Given the rumours that Global Radio has its own streaming service in the pipeline, if Radio 1 uses too much of its cross-promo time to market initiatives aping the streaming music experience, well, that's only going to piss off the BBC's commercial rivals all the more. Which is always fun. Cross-promo away I say.

  Approved: Club 8 - Late Nights
Club 8 are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year, and will release their ninth studio album, 'Pleasure', on 20 Nov.

The first single from that record, 'Late Nights', continues down the route taken on their last album, 'Above The City', exploring retro electronic pop sounds. Far from sounding like pastiche, they imbue their music with a classic, timeless feel, and prove that after 20 years they still have great songs in them.

Last time we heard from Club 8, the duo's Johan Angergård made us a playlist exploring the musical influences of the first fifteen years of his life. This time, here's a collection of pictures from his and Karolina Komstedt's first two decades working together, via Culture Collide.

And most importantly, here's 'Late Nights'.
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Oasis documentary makers get "unprecedented access" to band
A new documentary about Oasis has gone into production, which reportedly sees its makers given "unprecedented access" to the band and their archive. So that's nice. The film is being directed by 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' director Mat Whitecross, and has 'Amy' director Asif Kapadia on board as executive producer.

Andrew Orr of production company Independent tells Screen Daily: "Oasis are without doubt one of the classic British rock bands selling 70 million albums worldwide and defining the sound of a whole era. At its heart are Liam and Noel Gallagher, two of the finest rock n roll stars this country has ever produced. Mat's sensibility and style are going to provide the perfect complement to this tale of the rise of one of the great rock n roll bands".

As well as Ian Dury biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll', Whitecross has also directed 2012's 'Spike Island' about a young band trying to get their demo to The Stone Roses in 1990. It's a shame he's doing this Oasis film because, with the ongoing Roses reunion, time is ripe for a sequel in which a young band don't even know who The Stone Roses are and just put their music on SoundCloud instead.

Jess Glynne's 'Take Me Home' is the official Children In Need single for 2015
This year's official Children In Need single is by Jess Glynne. It's called 'Take Me Home'. You may already recognise it from her debut album, 'I Cry When I Laugh'.

Of the track and its video, Glynne says: "This is a song about the need to have someone who cares when you are at your most vulnerable. It's an emotional song for me and I have to admit it brings me to tears when I sing it live, likewise when I made the video with Declan [Whitebloom]. I hope it makes people realise that they should reach out to others at a time of need and I'm so excited for it to be part of BBC Children In Need. It's such a special cause".

This news provides an opportunity to tell you that Glynne will headline The Roundhouse in London tonight. Oh, and that Children In Need takes place this year on 13 Nov. But mainly the Roundhouse thing.

Here's the video anyway.

Syco, Peermusic, AEG Europe, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Simon Cowell has renewed his joint venture deal with Sony Music for another six years and the Syco chief himself confirmed it at the MITS bash in his honour earlier this week. And if you're expecting some sarcastic or bitchy or dismissive line here, well, you're out of luck. I don't have one. Because, truth is, and you can't deny it, when it comes to shit pointless pop music idiots like to buy, this arrogant cunt is the bomb.

• Independent music publisher Peermusic has signed up Ivor Novello Award-winning singer songwriter John Reid, who leads house music outfit Nightcrawlers when not writing pop songs for popstars.

• AEG Europe has promoted Nathan Kosky to the role of VP Global Partnerships. "I know Nathan", said Paul Samuels, EVP of AEG Global Partnerships.

• Ultra South Africa has announced Viagogo as its official international ticketing partner for 2016. "Heritage", said a spokesperson for the festival.

• Mixcloud is now available through Apple TV. Why not use it to listen to the CMU Podcast?

• No one in the history of the internet has read the terms and conditions on a digital service they're signing up for, despite happily ticking a box to the contrary. Maybe that will change now that someone has turned the iTunes user agreement into a graphic novel.

• All 38 issues of A Short Fanzine About Rocking are to be made available in the British Library archive. The publication's founder Nick Mann was killed in an accident earlier this year.

• One Direction might have split up, but here's a new website for their soon to be released final album 'Made In The AM'.

• Moby has finally written his autobiography. It's called 'Porcelain: A Memoir' and will be published by Faber & Faber next June. "The writing is terrific, enlivened by a deadpan humour that makes crazy sense of it all. His ancestor Herman Meville would, I think, be simultaneously revolted and proud", said Salmon Rushdie for some reason.

The lessons of Adele: Damon Albarn, Rick Rubin, vocal surgery, Playboy and feminism
Adele remains, as she has now been for more than two weeks, back. And as if to prove this fact further, Rolling Stone has published an interview with her. An interview in which she talks about her new album and other stuff, like life and that.

One of the things you might have been wondering about (I'm sure it wasn't just me) is the operation she had on her vocal chords that forced her to cancel tour dates in 2011. As I'm sure you'll remember, being unable to promote her '21' album had a devastating effect on sales. "It does make your voice, like, brand new", she says of the surgery. "Which I actually didn't like at first, because I used to have a bit of husk to my voice, and that wasn't there at first".

So that's one thing she said. Should I have made this one of those 'five things we learned' lists? No. And fuck you if you've ever written one of those. Or read one. People aren't supposed to have articles laid out in front of them in easy to read sections. It's unhealthy. Reading should be hard, time consuming and mildly confusing.

Here's another thing we learned (or at least had re-confirmed) from Adele's Rolling Stone interview: Damon Albarn is a bit of cunt. As I'm sure you'll remember, he was one of a number of people Adele worked with on songs for the album. He recently told The Sun that he didn't think she'd use any of his songs because the rest of her stuff was "middle of the road" and she is "very insecure".

"It ended up being one of those 'don't meet your idol' moments", she says of working with Albarn. "And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him. None of [the music they wrote together] was right. None of it suited my record. He said I was insecure, when I'm the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved - because he has a child - and then he calls me insecure?"

Actually, she admits that an earlier draft of the album had been a bit sub-par, but Rick Rubin told her this to her face, rather than via an interview with The Sun, so she took it better.

"Adele was anxious to be finished with the new album and move forward with life", says Rubin "I stressed the most important thing was to be true to her voice, even if that took longer and was more work... In the new material I heard, it was clear she wasn't the primary writer - many of the songs sounded like they might be on a different pop artist's album. It's not just her voice singing any song that makes it special".

"You know the pop songs that are fantastic, but they don't have much depth?" agrees Adele. "They were all a bit like that".

But those weren't the songs that Damon Albarn heard. What a bastard. Still, they're all in the archive now, so she might still release them all one day, right? No. "Some songs are not fucking good enough", she says. "And I think that's where a lot of people go wrong, thinking that people will buy any old shit from you".

Anyway, you're probably wondering now if she'd ever pose naked for Playboy. "I've been asked 'Would you do Playboy?' so many fucking times, it's ridiculous. And is that because I'm a woman or because I'm fat?"

And is she a feminist? "I don't think many men in interviews get asked if they're feminist".

Brian Hiatt didn't actually ask her those last two questions while interviewing Adele for Rolling Stone, I just made it look like he had. Bloody media, always twisting people's words. Read the full interview here. It's good.

 
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