THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Four of the five musicians performing when the Colectiv club in Bucharest caught fire last month have now died from their injuries. Goodbye To Gravity bassist Alex Pascu died yesterday as the death toll from the incident rose to 53. As previously reported, a fire began at the Romanian nightclub after pyrotechnics set light to décor and, subsequently, the flammable materials... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: I probably shouldn't start by admitting that a big motivation for covering Girli here is that I think it'll annoy a lot of you. But, hey, I've done it now. And anyway, I suspect it's at least partly why she makes the music she does. Actually, I already decided against writing about her once before because I thought she was 'a bit much'. But then the video for... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Fourth member of Goodbye To Gravity dies after Colectiv club blaze
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LEGAL Charity says it could be the actual owner of Happy Birthday
PIPCU arrests couple behind online musical software piracy operation
Martin Garrix sues former manager and label boss
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DEALS Imagem signs James Earp
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Victory Records returns to Spotify
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BRANDS & MERCH Snoop Dogg launches range of cannabis products
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MEDIA Universal videos not appearing on Foxtel music channels in Australia
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ARTIST NEWS Man behind the Amen Break gets paid
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AWARDS Classic Rock presents awards, announces Tokyo tie-up
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ONE LINERS Apple, NWA, The Big Pink, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber and Gandhi just want to smoke blunts, leave them alone
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Fourth member of Goodbye To Gravity dies after Colectiv club blaze
Four of the five musicians performing when the Colectiv club in Bucharest caught fire last month have now died from their injuries. Goodbye To Gravity bassist Alex Pascu died yesterday as the death toll from the incident rose to 53.

As previously reported, a fire began at the Romanian nightclub after pyrotechnics set light to décor and, subsequently, the flammable materials that had been used to soundproof the building. Attempts by audience members to evacuate the premises were hindered because only one of two fire exits was open at the time.

The incident has fuelled political protest in Romania because of allegations that local officials took bribes from venue owners rather than enforcing health and safety regulations. Meanwhile, following the fire, the owners of a number of other club venues in the country have admitted that safety measures at their businesses were also insufficient.

It's also emerged that the former mayor of the Bucharest district where the Colectiv club was located, and two of his former colleagues, have been questioned by police over allegations they gave authorisation for the venue to operate despite it not have the required fire permit. Cristian Popescu Piedone and the two other men have now been released from custody, but could still face charges of abuse of office.

Two members of the Romanian metal group Goodbye To Gravity - guitarists Mihai Alexandru and Vlad Țelea - died at the scene on 30 Oct. Drummer Bogdan Enache then died at the weekend. Frontman Andrei Găluț continues to be treated for the injuries he sustained during the blaze, one of 72 people still hospitalised as a result of the fire. Authorities say eighteen of those still being treated are in a critical condition.

Charity says it could be the actual owner of Happy Birthday
There was an interesting new development in the 'Happy Birthday' copyright case early this week as a beneficiary of the song went public for the first time.

As previously reported, the copyright status of the popular ditty is currently in limbo following a court ruling in September. A film producer sued 'Happy Birthday' publisher Warner/Chappell, arguing that the copyright in the song had actually expired in the US, and therefore the Warner subsidiary should no longer be taking money when the work is used in America.

There were various strands to the legal battle, which centred on the song's lyrics. In a summary judgement, the judge hearing the case ruled on one of those strands, concluding that the sisters who wrote the song never transferred ownership of the 'Happy Birthday' lyrics to their publisher. Warner/Chappell's current claim to the song stems from it buying that publisher in the 1980s.

It's still not entirely clear what that means regarding the copyright in the song in the US, because the whole issue relates to early 20th century US laws, copyright term rules at that time, and who, if anyone, registered the lyrics, and when. In Europe, where the copyright term relates to the death of the Hill sisters, the song remains protected for another year.

Either way, if Warner/Chappell never acquired the rights to the lyrics, who is the owner, and who should be getting any cash that is due? Enter the Association For Childhood Education, which was seemingly co-founded by Patty Hill, and which is still a beneficiary of the song. The charity works with the United Nations to monitor childhood education practices around the world, and provides grants to education schemes.

On Monday, the charity stepped forward, first to say that if the US courts ultimately decide 'Happy Birthday' is public domain, an important income stream will be cut off and its good works will be hindered. But, perhaps more interestingly, ACE reckons that - if the Hill sisters never did assign the copyright in their lyrics, as had previously been assumed - then it might actually own the copyright itself.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a legal filing by ACE's reps reads: "While, until recently, the applicants believed there was a valid assignment between [publisher] Summy Co and the Hill sisters, the court's summary judgment order raised the very real likelihood that the applicants are, in fact, the owners of the copyrights".

The 'Happy Birthday' legal battle is far from over, with Warner/Chappell seeking a rethink on and the right to appeal the summary judgement, while the film company who pursued the action want it to be clarified that the song is now public domain. Depending how those wranglings turn out, ACE could end up with no 'Happy Birthday' money, or all of it.

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PIPCU arrests couple behind online musical software piracy operation
Two people in Manchester have been arrested by the City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit, aka PIPCU, on suspicion of being involved in the unlicensed distribution of music software online.

PIPCU began investigating the couple after being made aware of their online operation by record industry trade group the BPI. The accused allegedly ran a piracy set-up that sold musical software - including digital products like backing tracks and pre-recorded instrumentals - at knocked down prices, without the permission of the owners of the works they are distributing.

Police arrested the couple as part of an early morning operation, subsequently searching their home and "seizing a number of articles relating to the distribution of copyright protected music software".

Detective Constable Steven Kettle says: "PIPCU is committed to working with partner agencies like the BPI to clamp down on the [illegal] sale and distribution of copyrighted materials. This is a crime that is costing the UK creative industry hundreds of millions of pounds while affecting the livelihoods of people living and working across the UK and around the world".

Meanwhile the BPI's Head Of Internet Investigations John Hodge added: "This recent action shows that engaging in content piracy isn't a legitimate business; it's an illegal activity that has negative consequences not just for creators, but ultimately for consumers also. It is reassuring that this matter is being taken very seriously by City Of London Police, and we would like to thank PIPCU for their professionalism in this case and for their ongoing efforts to tackle intellectual property crime, which increasingly affects us all".

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Martin Garrix sues former manager and label boss
Producer Martin Garrix is suing his former manager Eelko Van Kooten, accusing him of deception in relation to deals signed three years ago.

Sixteen years old at the time, Garrix - real name Martijn Garritsen - signed a record deal with Van Kooten's own label Spinnin Records. Through the company he released an album and various singles, including 2013's UK number one 'Animals'. Then in August, he announced via a Facebook post that he had terminated his contracts with both Spinning and Van Kooten's MusicAllstars Management company.

"From the beginning of this year I tried to get back the ownership rights of my music from Spinnin Records and to keep my confidence in MAS", he wrote. "I am extremely disappointed that the discussions have not led to a change in the agreements or return of the ownership rights, and that is why I nullified them".

According to Telegraaf, court documents filed by Garrix this week now accuse Van Kooten of providing "false and misleading information" when the producer was negotiating contracts with both of his former manager's companies, adding that Van Kooten acted in his own interests rather than his client's.

Neither side has publicly commented on the lawsuit as yet.

Imagem signs James Earp
Imagem has signed songwriter James Earp to a global publishing deal. This follows his recent appointment to Sony's RCA label as an A&R consultant.

Imagem A&R Manager Tom Coulson Smith said: "James' talent as a songwriter and producer, and his proven ability to discover and develop new talent, makes him a very exciting signing and a perfect addition to the Imagem family. We are very much looking forward to working closely with him and his management on the next chapter of his writing career".

Earp himself said: "I'm so excited to join Imagem. From the moment I met the team, I was absolutely blown away by how focused everyone was and also by the feel from the people and the place. I'm thankful for their faith in me and look forward to a brilliant journey together".

Most recently Earp has been working on songwriting and production projects with Shells, NGod, Raye, Anteros, Little Hours and Rebecca Ferguson. And you might recognise him from his cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Don't Stop' that was used on a 2013 John Lewis advert.

Victory Records returns to Spotify
Well, that didn't last long. Victory Records is back on Spotify after reaching a "good resolution that works for everybody".

"WE'RE BACK", tweeted the record company last night, along with a link to a playlist of its tracks on the streaming platform just to prove it. The company's catalogue was pulled by Spotify in the US last month as part of a dispute with Victory's sister publishing company, Another Victory.

As previously reported, Another Victory believed it had not received mechanical royalties due on 53 million streams of its songs, mainly due to complexities in the US copyright system. The two sides had attempted to reach a resolution, but talks fell apart when Spotify suggested that Another Victory do a direct licensing deal. The publisher pointed out that this would breach its contract with rights management company Audiam, and that Spotify should have been aware of this.

It was at this point that Spotify pulled the Victory Records catalogue from its US service. While not all artists on the label are actually published by Another Victory, without a central database of song ownership, there was no easy way for Spotify to see which tracks should be taken down and which should not.

In a statement at the time, Victory said: "The issue of non-payment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records' artists".

But speaking to Digital Music News after the Victory catalogue re-appeared on Spotify yesterday, the company's founder Tony Brummel said: "We're glad to have our content back on Spotify, and that we came to a good resolution that works for everybody, ensuring that our fans can listen to the music they love on Spotify and that all of our artists and songwriters are paid for their work".

Commenting on a previous claim that Victory might have to make members of staff redundant if the Spotify boycott continued, he said: "In regards to the 'layoffs' comment - that was a rhetorical one. If anyone had [gone] to the job section of our website that would have been glaringly evident. We have over ten positions posted as we continue to add to and bolster our 34 person team. As many independents have sold their companies in the past year - Century Media, Fearless, Infectious, Razor And Tie, Rise, Vagrant and others - we continue to build".

But while Victory may be happy for now, the issue of mechanicals going unpaid by many streaming services in the US remains. As previously noted, the publishing industry is understanding of this issue to an extent, because it recognises that the problem is in part its own fault. Though musicians rights advocate David Lowery recently called upon the New York Attorney General to investigate the problem, arguing that difficulties in locating some song rights owners doesn't absolve streaming services from their legal obligations when using those songs.

Snoop Dogg launches range of cannabis products
Snoop Dogg has launched his own brand of cannabis products because... oh, come on, do you really need me to qualify this?

Called Leafs By Snoop - which is not only grammatically incorrect but makes it sound like a range of department store slippers - the new company will sell "flower, concentrates and edibles ... in Colorado medical and recreational dispensaries". This news comes via Snoop's recently launched cannabis-focussed website Merry Jane, which somehow managed to secure an exclusive on this new business venture.

"It's a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y'all today", said Snoop. "From the flower to concentrates and edibles - it's all handpicked by yours truly so you know it's the hottest product out there. It's the real-deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!"

By edibles, he means a variety of sweets and chocolates. So there you go. You can have a look at all the stuff in this video of the launch party.

Universal videos not appearing on Foxtel music channels in Australia
Music videos from Universal-signed artists are not appearing on music channels operated by Australian TV company Foxtel because of a licensing spat. The Music Network points out that that means Foxtel outlets Channel [V], [V] Hits, CMC, Maz and Smooth currently can't play over half of the tracks that appear in the Aussie trade mag's Top 40 airplay chart.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster has confirmed there is currently a stand-off with the mega-major, though didn't give much information about the dispute, except to say that, if necessary, its music channels can operate just fine without Universal's content, it just means there'll be a lot more One Direction than Justin Bieber as the two pop acts go head-to-head with album releases tomorrow.

They told The Music: "Foxtel has been in negotiations with Universal Music for some weeks to resolve a commercially viable agreement to continue to showcase Universal Music artists and music on our five music channels. Regrettably we have not resolved our commercial issues, which has forced us to pull all Universal acts from our contemporary music channels. The Foxtel music channels can continue without Universal artists [but] it is not our desired outcome".

The stand off does not affect all Foxtel services, and in particular Foxtel Tunes, which is just as well given that's a joint venture involving Universal Music itself.

  Approved: Girli
I probably shouldn't start by admitting that a big motivation for covering Girli here is that I think it'll annoy a lot of you. But, hey, I've done it now. And anyway, I suspect it's at least partly why she makes the music she does. Actually, I already decided against writing about her once before because I thought she was 'a bit much'. But then the video for 'So You Think You Can Fuck With Me Do Ya' turned up and I still found the track strangely charming.

Any article on Girli will mention one or more of the following: Daphne & Celeste, PC Music, Kitty [Pryde], Brooke Candy, J-pop, Hello Kitty, and some sort of sugar high-related quip. And there they all are in mine now. Good, we can move on.

She told Noisey recently that she wants to "make pop music that actually says something". And underneath all the surface artifice she does, if in a slightly earnest teenage way. But there's plenty of humour in what she does too, poking fun at other teens as much as the people who might patronise her in the way I just did.

Girli's music is something different, and both she and it stand out among the tsunami of new artists fighting for your attention. You might find her annoying now, but I think she might hit upon something really great that changes your mind not too far down the line.

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Man behind the Amen Break gets paid
The frontman of the band behind the Amen Break - the six second drum solo that forms the basis of many a dance tune - has accepted a cheque in lieu of royalties never paid on samples of the track. Fans raised £24,000 through crowdfunding in recognition of the influence the sample from The Winston's 1969 track 'Amen, Brother' has had on music.

Richard L Spencer was the lead vocalist and saxophone player in the band, and wrote the arrangement of 'Amen, Brother' (an instrumental version of Jester Hairston's 'Amen'). He retired from the music industry in 1971, and was unaware that a portion of the recording had been heavily sampled in early hip hop to drum n bass and more until the late 90s.

Part of the reason for his obliviousness was that the band were never paid any royalties for the sample. The crowdfunding campaign set up earlier this year aimed to go some way to redressing that, calling on fans of music that used the breakbeat (so basically everyone) to cough up some cash.

In a video statement accepting his cheque, Spencer said: "Thank you so much for this great contribution to my life. You guys are the best. Thank you very, very much... amen".

The man behind the campaign, British DJ Martyn Webster, was inspired to set it up after listening to a 2011 Radio 1 documentary on the Amen Break, in which Spencer was tracked down for an interview.

In the programme, he expressed anger that his music had been used by so many other artists without compensation - noting that the drummer who played the sampled beats, Gregory Coleman, died penniless in 2006. Adding that the statute of limitations restricted any legal options to pursue payment, Spencer then urged musicians who had used the sample to "do the right thing" and pay up.

Classic Rock presents awards, announces Tokyo tie-up
As the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards took place in London last night, the media firm behind the magazine and the event, TeamRock, announced it would take the whole thing to Japan next year as part of a partnership with Parallel Contemporary Music International and KLab Entertainment. Hosting the Roll Of Honour bash in Tokyo is part of wider plans to grow the TeamRock brand in the Asian market.

Says TeamRock boss Billy Anderson: "Japan is the second-largest music market in the world with a strong interest and passion for rock music. There is no better place than Tokyo to launch our presence in Asia. Our collaboration with Parallel Contemporary Music International builds on TeamRock's leadership and success in the rock community and will allow us to expand and grow our brand across Asia".

Meanwhile David Ciclitira of Parallel added: "We're delighted to be partnering with TeamRock in bringing the legendary Classic Rock Roll of Honour to the rapidly growing music marketplace of Asia. We believe rock n roll fans have an appetite for the quality content produced by TeamRock and we look forward to using our experience in the marketplace to help grow their brand in the region".

But before you all start getting ahead of yourselves planning your trips to the Tokyo edition of the Roll Of Honour, let's just all slow down for a moment and invest some quality time into briefly scanning the list of the 2015 winners celebrated last night and going "hmm, right". Ready? Here goes...

Band Of The Year: AC/DC
Best New Band: We Are Harlot
The Comeback: Europe

Album Of The Year: Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls
Reissues Of The Year: Led Zeppelin
Classic Album: Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Film/DVD Of The Year: Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways

The Showman: Noddy Holder
The Maestro: Joe Satriani
Tommy Vance Inspiration: Jimi Hendrix
The VIP: Rod MacSween
Outstanding Contribution: Nils Lofgren
Living Legends: Queen

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Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Apple is advertising three Music Publisher Relations positions "to work with the publishers to develop the processes and systems and reports we need to make sure the songwriters around the world get paid for their work".

• An unreleased demo of NWA's 'Fuck Tha Police' has turned up on YouTube. The clip airs a verse from Ice Cube not featured in the final version of the track.

Almost three years ago Milo Cordell left The Big Pink but bandmate Robbie Furze vowed to carry on. And now he is carrying on, with Cordell replaced by Victoria Jean Smith. Here's a new track, 'High Times', taken from the forthcoming 'Empire Underground' EP. You can catch them playing live at The Echo in LA for the next three Mondays running.

• Nils Frahm's school band Nonkeen will release their debut album, 'The Gamble', through R&S on 5 Feb. The release has been confirmed as the band signs on with Manners McDade for publishing.

• Miley Cyrus can plan Glastonbury if she wants. "I think everyone has a place at Glastonbury", was Michael Eavis's non-committal reply to Loaded when asked if she will perform at the festival next year.

Justin Bieber and Gandhi just want to smoke blunts, leave them alone
I think Justin Bieber should give up this music lark and just do interviews. It's what he's best at. Having recently compared himself to the actual messiah, he's now downgraded himself to someone a bit more on his level as a great human: Gandhi.

Speaking to the NME, Bieber says that his troubled late teenage years, and all the hoo haa that surrounded his antics, were the result of him being held to unattainable standards: "It's because of the way the 'Justin Bieber brand' was portrayed. I was a wholesome popstar who was so amazing who had nice hair and a fucking image that no one could ever live up to".

I don't quite understand, JB. Could you give me an example? "So when all this happened people were like, 'Woah, let's rip him apart'. If you see Gandhi roll up a blunt, it's different to seeing Ryan Gosling roll up a blunt. You wouldn't give Ryan Gosling a hard time".

Right. Did Gandhi smoke blunts? I don't think I would have told Gandhi off for smoking a blunt. Let Gandhi smoke his blunts, people.

He also compared himself to Amy Winehouse, saying: "I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her. People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that's what they were trying to do to me".

There is something in that, I guess. Though you could argue that Amy Winehouse's problems were clearer and more severe than Justin Bieber's. Maybe. A little bit. I mean, she never threw eggs at anyone's house.

Still, Bieber's right, he is a lot more fun to write about now that he's bounced back to become the world's greatest human.

 
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