MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The drummer of Romanian metal band Goodbye To Gravity died yesterday from injuries sustained during the fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest last month. News of Bogdan Enache's passing came as the death toll from the incident rose to 45. The drummer was being transported by plane to a hospital in Switzerland, where he was due to receive treatment... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Born in Brooklyn and raised in Barbados, rapper and producer Haleek Maul began making music while still at school. He was still in his teens when he started getting attention with the release of his first EP and mixtape in 2012. Rather than immediately capitalising on this, Maul decided to put his music on hold while he finished school. Three years later (and still... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Pandora's "unprecedented" licensing deal with Sony/ATV, the MegaUpload extradition case, UK Music's 'Measuring Music' report on just how much money the music industry is pumping into the UK economy, and the week in Bieber news. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Third band member dies as death toll in Romanian club fire rises to 45
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LEGAL vKontakte ordered to pay damages in two more infringement cases
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Investment by labels and publishers enabled UK music successes, say labels and publishers
Universal Music appoints a new chief lobbyist
Independent Label Week gets underway
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Alibaba's bid to buy YouTube of China gets board approval
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MEDIA The Voice will switch to ITV after its next series
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Insights to head to Canadian Music Week in 2016
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ARTIST NEWS Seoul to honour Psy with statue
5 Seconds Of Summer's Michael Clifford injured at Wembley Arena (again)
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AND FINALLY... Jonathan Ross calls Ariana Grande a "lazy little fucker"
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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)
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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)
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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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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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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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Third band member dies as death toll in Romanian club fire rises to 45
The drummer of Romanian metal band Goodbye To Gravity died yesterday from injuries sustained during the fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest last month. News of Bogdan Enache's passing came as the death toll from the incident rose to 45.

The drummer was being transported by plane to a hospital in Switzerland, where he was due to receive treatment for his burns, when he reportedly went into cardiorespiratory failure yesterday. The plane turned back to Bucharest but medics were unable to save him, according to Medical Director Cristian Nitescu.

As previously reported, the blaze at the Colectiv nightclub seemingly began when pyrotechnics set stage décor alight, which in turn caused flammable soundproofing materials to catch fire. The impact of the incident was worsened because only one of two emergency exits at the overcrowded club venue was open at the time.

45 people have now died from injuries sustained during the fire, which includes three members of Goodbye To Gravity, who were playing when the fire began. Enache's bandmates Mihai Alexandru and Vlad Țelea died at the scene. Dozens more injured in the blaze remain in hospital, some in a serious condition. Over 20 of those have now been transported to hospitals elsewhere in Europe to receive specialist treatment.

As also previously reported, the fire has acted as a catalyst for anti-government protests in Romania because of allegations corrupt officials took bribes from venue owners rather than enforcing health and safety regulations. The country's prime minister, who was already embroiled in a corruption scandal, resigned on Wednesday, taking his government with him.

Protests in Bucharest's University Square continue. Yesterday Romania's President Klaus Iohannis, who last weekend led the mourning for those who had died, visited the protest, but received a frosty reception from protestors, who booed their leader and chanted "resign!"

The President seems keen to stay on though, and lead the "sea change" he says is required in Romanian politics, writing on Facebook, after his short meeting with protestors in the country's capital, that "I told people to stay involved, that only together we can all make Romania the country we want it to be".

vKontakte ordered to pay damages in two more infringement cases
While the major record companies failed to win any damages in their legal battle with often controversial Russian social network vKontakte, the digital firm has been ordered to pay monies to two local independent labels as a result of copyright litigation.

According to Billboard, vKontakte has been ordered to pay $11,600 to a label called Nikitn, after users of the social network illegally distributed tracks by Russian singer Grigory Leps via the firm's servers. Meanwhile another label called Soyuz has won $9280 relating to the illegal distribution of various tracks from its catalogue on the vKontakte platform.

While those may not seem like large sums compared to copyright cases in the US and Europe, the damages are sizeable by Russian standards. Billboard quotes Nikitin's lawyer Pavel Katkov as saying: "We hope that our client is satisfied with the judgment. The sum of damages may not look significant, but it is important as an instrument for fighting illegal distribution of content".

As previously reported, legal action taken by Universal Music and Warner Music against vKontakte resulted in the social network being ordered to do more to combat copyright infringement on its networks, though no damages were awarded to the majors. As a result, both the social media firm and the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry claimed victory in the case.

vKontakte also claims that the latest rulings vindicate its position, despite the damages it will have to pay out. It said the courts had again confirmed it was a "good-faith information intermediary".

Investment by labels and publishers enabled UK music successes, say labels and publishers
Following last week's 'Measuring Music' report from UK Music, the British music rights sector has been bigging up the investment it continues to make in new music and new talent, boasting that UK record labels and music publishers invested nearly half a billion in 2014.

According to figures from the record industry and music publishing sector's trade groups - so BPI and MPA respectively - labels invested £178 million into A&R in 2014 and an additional £157.4 million into the marketing and promotion of their recordings, while publishers invested £162 million into the careers of songwriters and composers. Fans of maths will be pleased to know that that totals £497.4 million.

The BPI says that its members' A&R spend equates to 25.4% of their annual revenues, the highest A&R investment as a proportion of revenue since the industry started logging such things in 1992. And if A&R is treated as R&D - ie a research and development cost - then that puts the record industry ahead of all sorts of other industries in terms of how much revenue is reinvested in this way, biotech investing 17.4% of revenue into R&D, software 14.8%, pharmaceuticals 13.2% and the automotive industry 5.4%.

The focus on these particular stats is designed, of course, to point out that it's the music rights side of the wider industry - ie labels and publishers - which continue to pump most investment into new content and, crucially, new talent. And without that investment, it is heavily implied, the £4.1 billion 'gross value added' by music to the UK economy - as reported by UK Music last week - just wouldn't have been possible. So "woo" for the labels and publishers, now give them some tax breaks will ya?

Making the link between his members' investments and the £4.1 billion figure, BPI boss Geoff Taylor says: "It's no fluke that 2014 was such an outstanding year for British music. These achievements do not come easily, however, and they reflect the huge A&R and marketing investment by labels as well as the significant risks they undertake in signing new artists - for every global superstar there are, sadly, other acts that aren't quite able to break through".

He goes on: "Such A&R investment is typically well ahead of the proportion of revenues that other leading industries such as the biotech, software and automotive sectors spend on their R&D. Alongside the artists themselves, the passion and commitment labels show in unearthing, nurturing and developing the next wave of talent is one of the main reasons our music is the envy of the world right now. It demonstrates the vital role labels play in the music ecosystem in providing venture capital for new music".

But don't forget the publishers Geoff, says MPA boss Jane Dyball. Well she didn't actually say that. However, alluding to the UK Music stats, she did say that "music publishers are at the heart of this success", which is definitely a reminder. Her members are "supporting songwriters and composers at every stage of their career" she went on, "whether that's a would-be recording artist just starting out, an international superstar or a jobbing writer".

She added: "[The publishers'] investment takes many forms: offering advice, finding label deals, securing sync licenses and cover versions and, of course, ensuring that our creators are paid for use of their works. Importantly, these incredible figures also highlight that music publishers, like record labels, make a very substantial annual investment in A&R, further demonstrating the music industry's colossal contribution to the financial and cultural wealth of the UK".

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Universal Music appoints a new chief lobbyist
Following that top level rejig at Universal Music last month, the mega-major has appointed a new Executive VP Of Public Affairs, who will be responsible for lobbying activities on a global basis. Eric Berman, a former White House staffer, has worked for nearly two decades at New York-based communications agency Kekst, and in his new job will report into Universal Music's top legal and communication execs, Jeffrey Harleston and Will Tanous respectively.

Harleston said of the new hire: "Eric is the rare professional who truly lives at the intersection of public policy and business. He has a proven judgment that can only come from the kind of diverse real-life experiences he has had at the highest levels of government, politics and business".

Meanwhile, noting Berman's past consultancy role for the major, Tanous added: "After working together for years, we are fortunate to have Eric join UMG. As a trusted adviser to our executive team, he has demonstrated a perceptive understanding of the challenges facing our industry, a keen vision for how to seize the opportunities before us and an astute appreciation for how to advance public policy in the mutual best interest of all of our industry's stakeholders".

The new appointment comes as the music rights industry faces some big battles in the political domain, including the fight to secure a public performance right as part of the sound recording copyright in the US (so that American AM/FM radio stations have to pay royalties, like their counterparts worldwide); various issues around compulsory licensing and statutory rates, also mainly Stateside; and the campaign to reform safe harbours in copyright law, which involves taking on the phenomenal Google lobby in Washington and Brussels.

While these are battles for the record industry at large, not just Universal, as the biggest music rights firm the mega-major will be expected to play a significant role.

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Independent Label Week gets underway
So this, don't forget, is Independent Label Week, a new initiative led by the Adult Teeth Recording Company and involving, by our maths, 47 indies, mainly of the smaller variety, who are marking the event with special releases, offers and/or events.

Say the people behind the venture: "Independent Label Week is an annual celebration of independent record labels worldwide. Through label-organised special events, releases and more, the primary aim is to encourage audience engagement with their local independent labels, and also to learn more about labels outside of their hometowns".

Meanwhile Nina Condron of Horus Music - which is sponsoring the whole thing - says: "As soon as we heard about Independent Label Week we knew we needed to get involved somehow, so we're thrilled to be sponsoring and supporting ILW 2015. Horus Music's ethos is akin to the labels that we work with; truly supporting musicians and championing under-the-radar music often dismissed by the majors".

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Alibaba's bid to buy YouTube of China gets board approval
The board of Youku Tudou - a Chinese video website often dubbed "China's YouTube" - have unanimously approved a takeover bid from Chinese web giant Alibaba. The deal values the video site at about $4.4 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Alibaba first announced its interest in acquiring the online video firm - of which it already controlled about a fifth - last month. Last week it increased its offer price, from $26.60 to $27.60 a share, which secured the backing of Youku Tudou's directors.

The final offer is a 13% premium on the video site's share price as of last Thursday, and a 35.1% premium on the share price before Alibaba first revealed its intent to take complete ownership of the online video business.

The acquisition is seen as Alibaba's latest attempt to expand its interests in content and entertainment, following the lead of global rivals like Google and Amazon. It remains to be seen if the music channel on Youku Tudou will tie up with the Ali Music Group which Alibaba launched earlier this year to bring together the firm's music services.

The Voice will switch to ITV after its next series
'The Voice' will switch from BBC One to ITV after its next series, it has been confirmed, making the upcoming fifth outing for the talent show something of an end-of-an-era season.

So let's take a few moments to remember all those stars that came through the show during its BBC tenure. Like Benji. There was one called Benji, right? From Burnley? He played the banjo? Or did I dream that? I probably dreamt it. Though fictional musicians in my dreams have generally enjoyed the same level of commercial success as finalists on 'The Voice', so it's easy to get confused.

There has been speculation that the UK version of the 'Voice' franchise would move from the BBC to ITV for 2017 ever since the production company behind the talent show brand, Talpa Media, was acquired by ITV Studios back in March.

We knew that the Beeb's contract with Talpa was up for renewal in 2016, and with the Corporation currently the subject of a government review - and with its critics particularly critical of its decision to take on ITV's 'X-Factor' by buying-in a ready-made rival show at much expense - it seemed unlikely BBC bosses would bid high to keep 'The Voice' on its networks.

According to sources, ITV did indeed bid higher to secure the show, and also agreed to partner with Talpa on a kids version, something the BBC hasn't been so keen to do.

The BBC's acting TV chief Mark Linsey confirmed: "We always said we wouldn't get into a bidding war or pay inflated prices to keep the show, and it's testament to how the BBC has built the programme up - and established it into a mainstay of the Saturday night schedule - that another broadcaster has poached it".

ITV taking over 'The Voice' has, of course, led to speculation that 'The X-Factor' - which is still flagging in the ratings, despite various revamps - could be axed. Though word has it that Sky might be interested in the Syco show if ITV was to drop it.

CMU Insights to head to Canadian Music Week in 2016
CMU Insights is set to host sessions at a number of music conferences around the world in 2016, and the first such conference to be confirmed is Canadian Music Week, which is putting the spotlight on the UK music market next year.

As part of the UK spotlight, the CMU Insights team will present a three-hour session during the CMW music summit hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. This will include the launch of a brand new CMU guide to breaking international talent into the UK market, plus conversations with some of Britain's most important digital innovators and independent music companies.

Says Cooke: "It's great news that Canadian Music Week is putting the spotlight on the UK market in 2016, and as someone who writes about the UK music industry daily, I look forward to sharing plenty of insights about the British business with CMW delegates. We'll investigate how to launch new artists and music ventures into the UK market, as well as discussing issues that the British business is currently tackling, and how that relates to the industry's development worldwide".

Confirming the tie-up, CMW President Neill Dixon said: "We know that the CMU team regularly bring the UK industry up to speed on the latest trends and developments in the music business through their seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions. With the UK being our spotlight country in 2016 it's brilliant that we can bring those insights to Canadian Music Week for the first time next May. These sessions will also feature leading industry executives from both sides of the Atlantic, and I look forward to joining the debate".

Beyond the CMU sessions, UK execs will appear across the CMW conference programme in 2016, with live music veteran Carl Leighton-Pope, Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt, Beggars Group's Simon Wheeler, Music Glue's Mark Meharry, MMF's Jon Webster, BPIs Geoff Taylor, BASCA's Vick Bain, UK Music's Jo Dipple, Music Venue Trust's Mark Davyd and FAC's Paul Pacifico among those already confirmed to speak.

Alongside the spotlight on the UK, next year's CMW will also include a Focus On Ireland strand, meaning artists, execs and companies from both the UK and Ireland will play a key part in the proceedings in 2016. British and Irish artists who would like to put themselves forward to play the festival side of CMW can do so via Sonicbids.

In addition to these new conference sessions around the world, CMU Insights continues to present its acclaimed programme of London-based seminars, as well as the recently announced masterclasses and the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference, more news on which will be announced very soon.

  Approved: Haleek Maul
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Barbados, rapper and producer Haleek Maul began making music while still at school. He was still in his teens when he started getting attention with the release of his first EP and mixtape in 2012.

Rather than immediately capitalising on this, Maul decided to put his music on hold while he finished school. Three years later (and still not quite out of his teens), he's back this week with a new mixtape, 'Prince Midas', the first in a trilogy of releases.

His hard-edged, experimental hip hop sound has been finessed by a collection of collaborators, including Shy Guy, Dubbel Dutch, Last Japan and Boody. Guest vocals also turn up, from Saul Williams on the single 'Money God', and Danish duo Kill J.

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Seoul to honour Psy with statue
Three years after becoming the most successful one hit wonder of all time, Psy is finally getting a statue in his honour. The district of Gangnam in Seoul, which the rapper affectionately lampooned in 'Gangnam Style', is to erect a statue outside the COEX shopping mall where parts of the song's famous video were filmed.

The statue will feature two giant hands positioned in Psy's horse-riding dance move, which featured heavily in that video. Sensors will apparently mean 'Gangnam Style' will play if you stand underneath the construction.

Elsewhere in Seoul, Psy is currently being less celebrated, as he attempts to evict Takeout Drawing, an independent coffee shop and art gallery in Seoul's Itaewon district. The musician is the owner of the building in which the café has operated for a decade. He is apparently keen to renovate the space and capitalise on the city's rocketing property prices.

This all comes just in time for the release of Psy's first album for three years, which is due out on 1 Dec. The new record will apparently be less like 'Gangnam Style' and follow-up 'Gentleman' and more a return "to his roots".

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5 Seconds Of Summer's Michael Clifford injured at Wembley Arena (again)
When 5 Seconds Of Summer performed at Wembley Arena earlier this year, band member Michael Clifford's head was accidentally set on fire. The good news is that there wasn't a repeat of this when they returned to the venue for the Radio 1 Teen Awards yesterday. Although he did fall off the stage. So maybe the universe is trying to tell Clifford to stay away from North London.

Last time the guitarist was injured when he walked too close to a pyro. This time he walked too close to Rita Ora. "I was looking at Rita Ora and I was like, 'Hey', and I fell", he told Radio 1.

Though it wasn't all Ora's fault. Because, while Clifford probably should have known where the pyros were located in his own stage set-up last time, apparently on this occasion their performance for the awards was done without a soundcheck, so they didn't have chance to survey the unusual stage set-up.

"There's a big hole in the middle of the stage and Michael was unaware of the hole", the band's Ashton Irwin told BBC Newsbeat. "We hadn't actually been on the stage, we hadn't sound checked today. We just kind of went out there. The thing is with radio shows, the stages are always different. They always do some crazy stuff with the stage shape. They just never have a regular stage".

So Rita Ora and Radio 1 are each 50% to blame, right? I'm sure that will be what the insurance claim says. Clifford wasn't too badly injured though. He tweeted last night that he would be "on crutches for the next few days".

Jonathan Ross calls Ariana Grande a "lazy little fucker"
Jonathan Ross apparently called Ariana Grande a "lazy little fucker" after she failed to show up for a recording of his talk show last week.

Grande had been booked to appear on Ross' ITV chat show, but failed to show up. He reportedly told the waiting audience: "Ariana is in town. We were told she would be in the car at 6pm to be here for 7pm, then it got to 7pm and she was not in the car - 7.30pm and she is still not in the motherfucking car. So I don't think we can hold out much hope".

He added later: "She was booked but the lazy little fucker has not come. Maybe she's gone to her first Nando's".

According to her Twitter feed, rather than being in Nando's, she was on her way back to LA to witness "the alien invasion".

Here for Jonathan and for you is the video for Grande's new single 'Focus'.

 
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