THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Cross-sector trade group UK Music has published the latest edition of 'Measuring Music', which sets out to assess the economic impact of the wider music business in the UK. And according to the research, the 'gross value added' by the music industry in 2014 was nearly £4.1 billion, up from £3.8 billion in 2013, an increase in no small part aided by the success of British artists... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Jupiter Sounds is a new label founded by sound engineer John Stuckley, aka Redpine, which aims to uncover the finest in analogue synth, soundtrack and cosmic disco. Its first release will be a compilation titled 'Jupiter Sounds Volume 1', which is out on 5 Nov. The record is an exciting collection of musicians from all over the world, from Model 86 in the UK... [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 Economic impact of UK music up 5% in 2014, says UK Music
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LEGAL Another law firm pursuing action against SFX
Lawyer demands information on claims that Wu-Tang Clan ordered 1999 murder
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DEALS WSTRN sign to Sony/ATV
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Despotz opens UK office
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LIVE BUSINESS London venue The Coronet to close in 2017
New MD for End Of The Road Festival
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE #HearForMusicians campaign aims to reduce prevalence of hearing damage in musicians
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ARTIST NEWS Gaspar Noé talks being ripped off by Kanye West
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AWARDS MOBOs dished out
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ONE LINERS Electronic Music Workgroup, Cara Lewis, All Def Digital, more
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AND FINALLY... Morrissey says critics don't like his novel because they don't like him
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ALPHA MUSIC PUBLISHING - FINANCE & ROYALTIES MANAGER (LONDON)
Alpha Music Publishing are looking for a permanent Finance & Royalties Manager to be based at their East London office and to commence in January 2016 with remuneration based on experience.

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CR2 RECORDS - DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER (LONDON)
We are now looking for a fully competent and experienced Digital Content Manager to manage the scheduling and delivery for all our digital releases covering singles, artist albums and compilations to all digital retailers ensuring quality control and accurate, timely delivery for our very busy schedule.

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WARP RECORDS - JUNIOR BUSINESS AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
Warp Records is seeking a full-time Junior Business Affairs Administrator to assist with the day to day running of the department which oversees legal and business affairs operations across the entire Warp group of companies.

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a Client Services Manager to manage our expanding creative and account management teams and oversee the smooth day-to-day operations of the business, whilst liaising at senior level with world-class brands.

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MUSICIANS' UNION - NORTH OF ENGLAND REGIONAL OFFICER (MANCHESTER)
The Musicians' Union represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As the Regional Officer, your broad knowledge of the music industry will enable you to play a full and effective role in the delivery of services to our members within the Region.

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IMPRESSIVE PR - SENIOR MUSIC PR (LONDON)
Impressive PR are looking for an experienced Senior Music Publicist salary approx £25-35K+ dependent on experience, specifically for publicists who know the job and have excellent music media contacts and potential to bring in their own clients.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - SYNC ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are looking for a self-motivated individual looking for a unique internship opportunity in the music industry. A passion for and knowledge of a wide variety of music is essential as is a desire to learn about all aspects of Synchronisation.

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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)
WFS Comms is looking for an experienced publicist to work across music, brand and event publicity. We need a music obsessive, with good, long standing contacts, sharp strategic thinking and experience pitching on new business with great presentation skills.

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MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - MEMBERSHIP MANAGER (LONDON)
The Music Publishers Association is seeking a self-motivated, proactive, confident and sociable Membership Manager to manage its membership base, driving expansion whilst continuing to build on existing relationships with members.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - EVENTS MANAGER (LONDON)
The recently reorganised MPA Group of Companies is seeking a highly organised, well connected, confident and creative Events Manager to be responsible for the planning and delivery of its full and varied events calendar.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
The recently reorganised MPA Group of Companies is seeking a highly organised, multi-tasker with strong analytical and research skills, working closely with its Chief Executive to take on, develop and see through the completion of specific projects across all companies in the MPA Group.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - TEAM ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
The recently reorganised MPA Group of Companies is seeking a highly organised, pro-active, efficient and positive team player to work as its Team Administrator, taking responsibility for specific licensing related duties as well as offering admin support to its staff and assisting with the smooth running of its office.

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THE ORCHARD - INTERACTIVE MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a savvy, seasoned music marketer to promote The Orchard’s distributed artists in Europe and beyond. The ideal candidate’s specialty lies in creating and executing strategic marketing campaigns designed to generate publicity and awareness, build audiences, engage fans, and drive sales and revenue for new releases and catalogue titles.

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LISTEN UP - EVENT PRESS CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
We are currently hiring an experienced Events Press Co-ordinator to join the events team at Listen Up. The candidate will need one year of experience in print and online events campaigns.

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DOMINO PUBLISHING - COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Domino Publishing requires a passionate music person to assist the copyright and royalties staff. This is a unique opportunity to work within the worldwide hub of a young, expanding music publishing company and help us provide an unrivalled and exemplary service to our songwriters and publishers.

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CHALK PRESS AGENCY - ONLINE MUSIC PR (LONDON)
The Chalk Press Agency are seeking an experienced Online Music PR. The ideal candidate will have at least three years experience in online press with an unwavering passion for breaking new artists, and re-introducing global names with sharp, ideas-driven campaigns, and with proven results.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
05 Nov 2015 CMU Insights @ Industry In The Community
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09 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Live, Brands & Fans
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16 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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18 Nov 2015 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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20 Nov 2015 CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke appears at Finding The Future
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21 Nov 2015 CMU:DIY x The Roundhouse Artist Toolkit Day
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23 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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30 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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07 Dec 2015 CMU Insights Masterclass: Navigating The Digital Market
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10 Dec 2015 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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18 Jan 2016 CMU Insights Seminars: How The Music Business Works Programme
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10 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Key Developments In Music Rights
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Economic impact of UK music up 5% in 2014, says UK Music
Cross-sector trade group UK Music has published the latest edition of 'Measuring Music', which sets out to assess the economic impact of the wider music business in the UK.

And according to the research, the 'gross value added' by the music industry in 2014 was nearly £4.1 billion, up from £3.8 billion in 2013, an increase in no small part aided by the success of British artists internationally. 'Measuring Music' reckons that 117,000 full time jobs are now provided by the music industry, the majority of which are people involved in the writing, creating, recording and performing of music.

The music creator community - so musicians, composers and songwriters - contributed £1.9 billion to the economy last year. The music rights sector was worth just over a billion (£615 million for recordings, £410 million for publishing), while the live sector saw the biggest growth from 2013, up to £924 million. Studios and music production contributed £116 million, while music representatives contributed £89 million.

International successes by the likes of Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, One Direction and Pink Floyd saw export growth in the record industry alone of 17%, which is pretty impressive. Though just imagine what will happen to those figures once the Adele record is out. What if she tours? Every other UK industry will be able to shut down for the year.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Jo Dipple is here to talk about the 2014 figures. "2014 proved to be another hugely successful year for British music", the UK Music chief said. "The sector outperformed the rest of the UK economy and grew by 5% year-on-year. Music contributed a staggering £4.1 billion to the UK economy, and exports generated £2.1 billion".

She went on: "Now in its third year, 'Measuring Music' helps show the true weight of our commercial music sector and the scale of its global reach and impact. It also helps us articulate just how culturally important the British music industry and the 117,000 people it employs are to our nation. UK Music will continue to work with government for the best possible future for every part of our varied and stunningly diverse industry".

Of course, beyond any backslapping within the music community, this report is really aimed at government, and demonstrating to political types the importance of the music business to the UK economy.

Welcoming the latest UK Music stats pack, the government's culture dude Johnny Whittingdale noted: "Our artists continue to dominate the global charts - and shows from the Royal Ballet and Rod Stewart to the LSO and Status Quo, sell out concerts across the globe. In fact, many people around the world first learn about this country through one of our bands. Our music industry alone contributes more than £4 billion a year to the UK economy. It creates wealth and jobs as well as providing entertainment to millions".

He went on: "UK Music's 'Measuring Music' is extremely useful in describing the economic impact of commercial music. Its publication coincides with a roundtable meeting that I am hosting with a wide range of representatives from across the music industry to discuss how we can ensure that British music remains at the top of the charts. As Secretary Of State, I want to do all I can to ensure that British music continues to thrive".

Another law firm pursuing action against SFX
A third law firm has announced it is plotting legal action against EDM powerhouse SFX in relation to founder Robert FX Sillerman's attempts to take the company back into private ownership.

As much previously reported, earlier this year Sillerman announced he was planning to buy back all the shares he doesn't currently control in the dance music festival promoter and Beatport owner, which he floated back in 2013. But then in August he admitted he couldn't raise the money to finance the deal at the offer price he had made, mainly because SFX's share price had tanked during this process.

The dance firm's independent directors then announced that they were accepting all and any new bids for the company. They are now considering their options, including a new less generous offer from Sillerman to take complete ownership of the business.

Some have accused SFX and/or Sillerman of making misleading statements after the latter originally announced his intent to retake control of the former, and that that may have violated federal securities law in the US. Those violations, some allege, negatively impacted on shareholders, especially those who bought shares in the company in the early part of this year, and two law firms previously announced they were investigating this matter, encouraging affected investors to come forward.

They are now joined by Lundin Law PC, which yesterday announced it had filed a class action against SFX "concerning possible violations of federal securities laws between 25 Feb 2015 and 17 Aug 2015. Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares should contact the firm in advance of the 10 Nov 2015, lead plaintiff motion deadline".

The law outfit alleges in its complaint that SFX "made misleading statements and/or failed to disclose a proposed acquisition of the company by SFX's Chief Executive Officer and largest shareholder. Specifically, the investigation will focus on the CEOs repeated affirmations of his commitment to acquire SFX, and whether he failed to disclose that he did not have any financing in place at the time he made his proposal".

All three law firms looking into this matter are yet to confirm any clients that they are representing, and they are likely still seeking affected investors to join their class actions. Though if any of the litigation proceeds, it could put a spotlight on events behind the scenes at SFX HQ this year. Meanwhile we await an update from the company's independent directors as to whether they are accepting Sillerman's new buy-back offer.

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Lawyer demands information on claims that Wu-Tang Clan ordered 1999 murder
A lawyer representing convicted drug dealer Anthony Christian is demanding to see police files related to claims that a 1999 murder, which his client was found guilty of orchestrating, was actually ordered by members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Anthony Christian and his brother Harvey were found guilty last year of running an illegal drug operation in New York for 20 years, and were also convicted for organising the murder of Jerome Estella.

But, as his client awaits sentencing, lawyer Michael Gold has argued that FBI files show that Estella's murder was actually carried out in June 1999 "at the instruction of members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group, as revenge for robberies". He is now requesting access to all police files relating to the murder investigation, along with others into the death of another man, Corey Brooker, the same month.

References to an FBI investigation into RZA and Raekwon first surfaced in 2012, when bandmate Ol Dirty Bastard's FBI file was released under a Freedom Of Information request. It was claimed that the two Wu-Tang founders ordered the murders in retaliation for the robberies of family members.

"These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I'm not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes, the FBI did", Gold told the Staten Island Advance. "What I'm trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide".

Prosecutors contend that Gold had access to all of the information he is now referring to prior to the trial, and that none of it constitutes evidence that might have exonerated his client.

They do note, however, that the man who actually shot Estella - Brian Humphreys - who testified against the Christian brothers at trial, did say that his victim robbed RZA's little brother. Meanwhile another informant, Paul Ford, is said to have claimed that Brooker robbed RZA's brother and Raekwon's cousin, leading to RZA putting a $30,000 contract out to kill him.

But at trial the prosecution put it that Christian and Ford had actually ordered Humphreys to kill Brooker, simply because he was a rival dealer. And that Estella was then killed to stop him from warning Brooker of the plan. Humphreys was actually arrested on the day of Estella's death, but Brooker was nonetheless killed three days later. His murder remains unsolved.

Gold says that far from receiving all of this information before the Christians' trial, he was given documents with "a few remote references to Wu-Tang, but nothing that went as far as the released FBI files".

A decision is yet to be made on Gold's request for the other police files. The Wu-Tang Clan have not commented on the claims.

WSTRN sign to Sony/ATV
Recently CMU approved group WSTRN found themselves a record deal with Warner/Atlantic after the summer success of debut single 'In2'. And now they've scored a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. So it's all going pretty well for them.

Sony/ATV UK President Guy Moot said in a statement: "I am thrilled to be working with the WSTRN boys. They represent the very best in high level contemporary urban music and can stand on a global stage beside superstar US urban counterparts".

Name checking the group's management, he went on: "Alongside the rich experience brought by [manager] Jonathan Shalit and the team at Roar, WSTRN are in line to become one of the most important urban acts in the UK and we look forward to working with them both as artists and songwriters on other projects".

'In2' was re-released by Atlantic last week.

Despotz opens UK office
Swedish independent record label Despotz has announced plans to open a new office in the UK, and to expand the availability of its releases in the US.

The company's new UK office in Reading is to be run by Gavin Harry, who previously worked with Despotz on its UK distribution through RSK Entertainment. The office will operate as part of Harry's artist and label management company Eighty4 Music.

"Sweden really lacks a strong, fully independent record label with an international set-up and who have the backing needed for an international launch", says Despotz co-founder Carl-Marcus Gidlöf. "A label where you can work in close contact with the artists and from day one, pull up a release plan with promotion, marketing and distribution on an international level. We now have both Europe and North America covered and have several international releases planned for 2016, and are looking at a few new signings as well!"

Harry adds: "Although this chapter in my working relationship with Ömer [Akay, the other co-founder] and Carl-Marcus is indeed new, our professional relationship goes back nearly ten years. Despotz has been a label that I've carefully followed from their very first releases in the early days right through to seeing them become one of the leading independent labels in Scandinavia. Despotz has always remained particularly special to me as it was the first label I signed under my (then) role as label manager at UK distributor RSK Entertainment. During that initial period we worked together on a number of successful campaigns for the likes of The Deer Tracks, Civil War and The Unguided, to name a few".

The company opened a New York office in May this year, overseen by former Spinefarm A&R Director Luis Alvarenga. Physical editions of Despotz releases will be made available in the US from early 2016 through a partnership between the newly launched All Independent Service Alliance (of which Alvarenga is co-founder and COO) and Sony's Red distribution company.

London venue The Coronet to close in 2017
South London venue The Coronet is to close in 2017, 138 years after it first opened its doors. Having been in business since 1879, The Coronet will finally shut up shop on 5 Jan 2017 - which is something of a stay of execution, because operators managed to negotiate an extra year on the end of their lease with the venue's landlord, Delancey. After that, it will be lost to the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle.

As previously reported, a campaign was launched to attempt to save the 2600 capacity venue, urging Delancey and Southwark Council to make room for it in the spruced up Elephant & Castle area - while the venue's directors offered to make £2 million worth of improvements if its long term future could be assured. However, the extension to the lease was ultimately all that could be agreed.

Coronet Director Richard Littman said in a statement: "We have been here for so long, and we will be really sad to go, but with the Elephant & Castle changing so much, so quickly, it's become clear that the evolving character of the area is no longer right for a venue like ours. We've worked with our landlord to extend our lease for one final year, until 5 Jan 2017. We're looking forward to welcoming back old friends and making new ones - if you've ever wanted to perform here then get in touch quick - the calendar is filling up fast".

"Rather than fighting against change, we want to focus on celebrating The Coronet's incredible history", he continued. "What better way to do that than by making The Coronet's final year of operation its biggest and best!"

Indeed. So keep an eye on The Coronet website for details of shows during its final year.

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New MD for End Of The Road Festival
The End Of The Road Festival has announced some new appointments, with Lauren Down, who joined the company as Festival Manager a year ago, being promoted to the job of Managing Director. Rosanna Dean becomes Operations Manager while Anna Mears, formerly with PR agency Inside/Out, has been hired as Head Of Communications, working on both the festival and the company's new artist management business.

Festival co-founder Simon Taffe told CMU: "Lauren's has been an incredible addition to the festival since joining a year ago and we are very happy to announce that she is joining the board as Managing Director. We're also excited to welcome Anna to the EOTR team who, in addition to overseeing the festival's publicity, will be working alongside our new artist management arm which already manages Ezra Furman".

#HearForMusicians campaign aims to reduce prevalence of hearing damage in musicians
Musicians are four times more likely than the general population to suffer hearing damage, but few are doing anything to lower the risk, according to Help Musicians UK.

Though rather than blasting airhorns into the ears of unsuspecting non-musicians to help redress the balance, the Help Musicians UK organisation is instead opting to educate music types on the importance of looking after their ears. This follows research the organisation carried out that found that 41% of musicians experience hearing problems during their career, with the vast majority blaming their profession.

Despite the increased risk, 68% of musicians surveyed hadn't had a hearing test within the previous three years. And while 89% believed that they should be using hearing protection, only 66% ever actually had, and then only 8% every time they played.

Over half of the musicians who had suffered hearing damage during their careers said they had developed tinnitus - a condition Eddy Temple-Morris has written about here on many occasions. And tinnitus is 0% fun, I can confirm that. So get yourself some decent earplugs.

Nigel Hamilton, Help & Advice Manager at Help Musicians UK, said in a statement: "We know that hearing is one of the most important tools a musician has and when we started looking into musicians' hearing more closely we realised how fragile it can be. Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable but also completely irreversible and as the leading charity for musicians, we felt we had to do something".

As part of the new campaign, Help Musicians UK is offering advice on hearing protection via its website, as well as providing financial support for hearing test, hearing protection and hearing aids. Find out more here.

  Approved: Jupiter Sounds Volume 1
Jupiter Sounds is a new label founded by sound engineer John Stuckley, aka Redpine, which aims to uncover the finest in analogue synth, soundtrack and cosmic disco. Its first release will be a compilation titled 'Jupiter Sounds Volume 1', which is out on 5 Nov.

The record is an exciting collection of musicians from all over the world, from Model 86 in the UK to Meteor from Columbia. Each of the eleven artists bring something different to the record, while also keeping within the sonic boundaries of the label's planned output.

Listen to Redpine's 'Never Wake Up' from the album here.

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Gaspar Noé talks being ripped off by Kanye West
Filmmaker Gaspar Noé has accused Kanye West's 'All Of The Lights' music video from 2011 of "ripping off" the opening credits of his 20909 film 'Enter The Void'. Though more than the rapper, he seems annoyed by the pop promo's director Hype Williams.

He told The Daily Beast: "I was more shocked by the fact that that guy who copied all the typography of my titles put his name in it - Hype Williams - when you never usually see a director's name in a music video. He was putting his name on it over and over! It was so weird that he was not only copying it, but adding his name into the credits over and over again".

It was no secret that elements of the West/Williams pop video were inspired by the opening credits of Noé's movie, so I guess this is really the old "when does inspiration become a rip off?" debate. Though the director is seemingly over it all now.

He continued: "The truth is that when you put something out there, if you put any idea out there that's kind of flashy, you have many, many people that are going to be copying it. This happens whether you do movies, paintings, or music".

MOBOs dished out
It was only the bloody MOBOs in Leeds last night, and if you're thinking a bunch of awards were handed out to urban music's finest and, for some reason, Lenny Henry, well brace yourself. Turns out a bunch of awards were handed out to urban music's finest and, for some reason, Lenny Henry.

"Thank you MOBOs, Music of Black Origin Awards, I feel like Ed Sheeran up in here", joked Henry. Ah, he was there to do a joke. And to read out a list. People enjoyed it. Talking of lists, here's hoping you enjoy this one...

Best Female Act: Ella Eyre
Best Male Act: Stormzy
Best Newcomer: Section Boyz

Best Song: Skepta - Shutdown
Best Album: Krept & Konan - The Long Way Home
Best International Album: Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Best Video: Fka Twigs - Pendulum

Best Hip-Hop Act: Krept & Konan
Best African Act: Fuse Odg
Best Grime Act: Stormzy
Best Reggae Act: Popcaan
Best Jazz: Binker & Moses
Best RnB/Soul Act: Shakka
Best Gospel Act: Faith Child

Mobo Outstanding Achievement Award CeeLo Green
Paving The Way: Wiley & Lenny Henry

Electronic Music Workgroup, Cara Lewis, All Def Digital, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The US Music Business Association has partnered with the Association For Electronic Music to launch the Electronic Music Workgroup, with the aim of providing a place to discuss and further the electronic music business. "Happy", said AFEM CEO Mark Lawrence.

• Talent agent Cara Lewis has reportedly left CAA, after three years with the company. She was previously with WME for 23 years. The New York Post is claiming that she was "ousted" following unsuccessful negotiations to renew her contract.

• Russell Simmons' "leading cross-platform media destination for urban millennials" (aka YouTube channel) All Def Digital has passed the million subscriber milestone. "I'm so excited", said the Def Jam founder.

• Dance music conference Brighton Music Conference will take place on 14-15 Apr next year.

• PC Music's Hannah Diamond has released the video for new single 'Hi'. So that's here.

• DIIV will release new album 'Is The Is Are' through Captured Tracks on 5 Feb. Here's new single 'Bent (Roi's Song)'.

• Adam Lambert will play two UK shows next year. He'll hit the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 14 Apr, then Manchester's Academy on 16 Apr. And here's his new single 'Another Lonely Night.

• Andy C will kick off the Easter Weekend next year with a Thursday night show at Alexandra Palace in London. That's on 24 Mar. Tickets here.

• Jazz type Saint Germain will play his only UK show of 2015 at The Troxy in London on 17 Nov. Tickets.

Morrissey says critics don't like his novel because they don't like him
You might have forgotten that Morrissey recently published a novel. I had. It sounds like something you might have dreamt, doesn't it? But it really happened. Now that I've jogged your memory, you might also remember that it wasn't very well received by critics. That, says Moz, is more to do with him than his book.

That's right. Any and all criticism of the book was a personal attack upon him and had nothing to do with his story of a demonically possessed sports relay team. A story that, let's not forget, contains this actual sentence: "Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza's breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra's howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza's body except for the otherwise central zone".

Ah yes, how could we have forgotten about Morrissey's bulbous salutations?

Anyway, speaking to Cooperativa in Chile (meaning this interview has been translated from English to Spanish and back again), Morrissey said: "I strongly believe in freedom of expression, so the critics have to be allowed to say what they want to say. But often the criticism is a rejection of me as a human being, and has nothing to do with what they have in front of them. Nor can you express moral indignation at a book just because you do not like it. It was not written for you. You cannot pretend to know what the author should have written rather than what he did".

Pondering further, Morrissey then decided that the reviews weren't actually about him or his book, but the critics themselves. He continued: "Most critics ... will launch a holy war against anything that brings them some attention, because it's all about themselves and their own personal taste. In such a world, nothing evolves".

Indeed, if the first fish that crawled out of the sea onto the land had been a critic we'd all still be on the beach. Which doesn't sound that bad when you put it like that. Yay critics!

 
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