TODAY'S TOP STORY: The multiple gun and bomb attacks in Paris on Friday night unsurprisingly resonated around the world this weekend, but within the music community especially, after the most deadly of the attacks occurred at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert in the French capital's Bataclan theatre. 129 people were killed and a further 352 wounded after attacks at six locations... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Music community mourns after Paris attacks
LEGAL Stakeholders respond over lost MegaUpload data - reconnection remains unlikely
LIVE BUSINESS Prince hits out at touts as ticket sales suspended
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES RIAA confirms which digital platforms are utilising the Hi-Res audio logo
MEDIA Ricky Wilson won't follow The Voice to ITV
Lisa Snowden departs Capital breakfast
EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU:DIY to appear at three events for future music talent this week
ARTIST NEWS Mogwai announce departure of guitarist John Cummings
GIGS & FESTIVALS Betting odds slashed on classic Guns N Roses line-up festival headline shows
AND FINALLY... Rick Ross would eat chicken wings with 50 Cent to end racism
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Music community mourns after Paris attacks
The multiple gun and bomb attacks in Paris on Friday night unsurprisingly resonated around the world this weekend, but within the music community especially, after the most deadly of the attacks occurred at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert in the French capital's Bataclan theatre.

129 people were killed and a further 352 wounded after attacks at six locations in the city on Friday night. 89 of the fatalities were at the Eagles Of Death Metal show, where three attackers with assault rifles opened fire, subsequently taking audience members hostage. According to reports, the three attackers spoke about Syria and Iraq amid the carnage, before police stormed the venue. Two of the attackers then detonated suicide belts, while the third was killed by police gunfire.

As the French government locked down its borders and declared a state of emergency, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, though the specifics of what that means remain unclear at this time as investigators seek to identify the killers and any accomplices involved in organising the assaults.

Among the victims were a number of people working in and around the music industry, including Nick Alexander, a British tour merchandiser for numerous bands including Eagles Of Death Metal.

As countless former colleagues paid tribute online, Alexander's family confirmed that he was among the victims, telling reporters: "Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal. Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world".

Meanwhile on Saturday, Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge confirmed to his staff that Thomas Ayad, a product manager at the major's Mercury Records subsidiary, had also been killed during that attack at the Bataclan. He wrote: "This is an unspeakably appalling tragedy. I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family".

On Twitter, Universal Music France President Pascal Nègre said three members of the Universal "family" were among those killed, including Ayad, and also "Marie and Manu". It is thought that refers to former Universal Music France marketers Marie Mosser and Manu Perez.

Another victim was French music journalist Guillaume Decherf, a rock and metal correspondent from Les Inrocks. His colleagues at the magazine said they were "shocked by his death" and that their "thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones".

A number of artists cancelled shows in the wake of the attacks, some because of the state of emergency declared in France, others out of respect for the victims. Among those cancelling concerts were U2, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Deftones and Motörhead.

The politically motivated attacks at a cultural event will likely raise concerns about security at theatres and other music venues across the world. Attackers reportedly failed to gain access to Paris's Stade De France because of the actions of a security guard, resulting in suicide bomb blasts outside rather than inside the stadium, which was hosting a France-Germany football match at the time.

Consideration will now no doubt be given as to whether security should be ramped up at smaller venues and the practicalities of such a move, and whether Friday's incidents really mean there is a significant risk of future similar attacks at cultural spaces in other Western cities.

Of course, the media in America and Europe are often accused of ignoring conflicts that occur far away, only tuning in when something tragic happens on their doorstep. It's a valid accusation, though inevitably tragedy is going to resonate strongest when it occurs not only closer to home, but in such a familiar environment.

After the Charlie Hebdo shootings, journalists across the globe felt the impact of something so horrific happening amid something so mundane, the kind of editorial meeting that routinely takes place at every magazine and newspaper around the world. Though at least that time the average journalist could convince themselves that the circumstances of the controversial satirical magazine were unique, which in no way justified the crime, but perhaps distanced the incident from their own personal experiences.

But for those who make and work in music, who are now taking in Friday night's events, that kind of show in that kind of venue is exactly the kind of place in which they find themselves on a very regular basis. That such a place could be invaded in such a horrific way is going to resonate strongly.

Nevertheless, the music community - while mourning those who died - will no doubt work hard to ensure that that kind environment remains unchanged for artists and fans alike, while hopefully working ever harder to support the wider movements that seek to help those who face such conflict on a much more regular basis.

Stakeholders respond over lost MegaUpload data - reconnection remains unlikely
Key stakeholders with an interest in the lost MegaUpload data have responded to specific questions recently posed to them by the judge tackling the issue. And what have we learned? No one has changed their position. And it would probably cost at least a million dollars to get said data back to its owners.

As previously reported, when the authorities shut down MegaUpload in 2012 amid allegations of rampant copyright infringement, subscribers using the file-transfer service to legitimately store their own content also lost access to their files without warning. Some have been trying to get that content back ever since. Though some of the servers previously used by MegaUpload have since been wiped, while others are gathering dust in a warehouse.

The US server company that was perhaps the most significant provider of web space to MegaUpload still has the machines the controversial firm used, but a new owner wants to repurpose them. It requested permission from the courts to do just that, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation, representing some of those who lost their data, objected.

The judge overseeing the mess recently asked that server firm, Carpathia, what would be involved in reconnecting the old MegaUpload servers. It responded by saying that, while the machines could be switched back on, the equipment previously used to link the servers to the net is no longer on the market, and would cost about $500,000 to buy second hand.

The cost of relocating the old machines into a new facility would then cost hundreds of thousands more, putting the total bill at a million at least, though most people involved here reckon the project would cost many millions to complete.

Predictably, the US authorities, who have shown little concern for the legit former MegaUpload users ever since the 2012 shutdown, have objected to the idea that funds seized from the defunct file-transfer firm be used to pay for the big reconnect.

US Attorney Dana Boente said prosecutors no longer needed the servers and that MegaUpload's illicit profits should therefore not be used reconnect the machines. Boente also sited FBI filings that said the old MegaUpload servers contained some images of child abuse that should not be made available again online.

For its part, Hollywood continues to say that if any MegaUpload servers are to be turned back on, copyright infringing music and movie files should be removed first. The Motion Picture Association of America said its members "remain gravely concerned about the potential release of the copyrighted works that are stored on the ... servers at issue here".

So, everyone's basically standing their ground on this one, meaning it looks ever more doubtful that the legit former MegaUpload users will ever get back their files. Even though that is big copyright showing an utter disregard for the intellectual property of the little guy, further damaging the credibility of copyright at large. Which means once again the entertainment industry's bid to combat piracy has made the populace much more likely to pirate. Well done everybody.

Prince hits out at touts as ticket sales suspended
Prince hit out at the touts on Friday as he postponed putting tickets on sale for his upcoming UK shows.

Although official sellers didn't explain why ticket sales for the shows had been suspended, Prince's Twitter feed posted a picture of a vulture with the multiple choice selection "A. Scavenger; B. Vulture; C. Tout; D All Of The Above", before posting a link to Which? magazine's latest report on the ticketing sector.

The consumer rights title has just published the findings of an eight week investigation into the secondary ticketing industry, ie the websites that allow others to resell tickets to in-demand events. The magazine's conclusions contain most of the usual criticisms of the resale sector, in particular that resale sites are primarily used by people touting on an industrial level, and that ticketing sites, agents and promoters are themselves touting tickets to big shows and events.

Which? also adds that "in a recent survey of 1241 members, 29% said they didn't understand the difference between primary and secondary ticket companies. It doesn't help that the distinction between promoters, venues, and primary and secondary ticketing agents is blurred through numerous takeovers and partnerships. Take Ticketmaster: it became a Live Nation company in 2010 and now owns two major secondary sites - Get Me In! and Seatwave".

Secondary ticketing is under review by the government once again, of course, following the introduction of some mild regulation of online reselling in the Consumer Rights Act earlier this year. The live sector remains divided on the issue, some leading the anti-tout agenda, while others participate in the resale market.

The big secondary sites, like StubHub and Viagogo, and the aforementioned Get Me In! and Seatwave, maintain that no further regulation is required, and that any attempts to further legislate will send the touts to sites outside the UK, where consumers are more at risk of giving money to fraudulent resellers who do not actually have the tickets they are selling.

Beyond resource-heavy photo-ID-based ticketing, it's debatable what anti-tout artists like Prince can do about people reselling their tickets, though ensuring that no one linked to his shows is doing the touting would be a start. It's possible mobile ticketing could limit touting to an extent, but it would be a brave artist that would make mobile tickets compulsory, with smartphone ownership yet to become universal.

RIAA confirms which digital platforms are utilising the Hi-Res audio logo
Good news everybody, Hi-Res audio now has a logo. That'll do it right? Let's bring on the Pono revolution I say. And if you think trying to squeeze more money out of consumers by flogging them audio at a higher quality, even though they probably can't really hear the difference, all sounds a bit 1990s, well, that logo fits right in.

The logo was actually unveiled by the US record industry back in June, but last week trade groups the Recording Industry Association Of America and the Digital Entertainment Group announced a list of digital music sellers who will be using the Hi-Res Music mark on their websites and branding. And the list includes Acoustic Sounds Super HiRez, Blue Coast Music, ClassicsOnline HD*LL, IsoMike Recordings, ProStudioMasters, HDtracks, and, of course, PonoMusic.

Says RIAA CTO David Hughes: "We are gratified that the Hi-Res Music logo will be used as the standard branding measure of optimal quality music by digital retailers. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that music enthusiasts can more easily identify their highest quality preferences, and this is a key step in that process. We thank those that have adopted the Hi-Res Music logo, and encourage others in this space to follow suit, in order to help consumers enjoy the highest-quality digital recordings possible".

In case you wondered, to use the Hi-Res logo on your download store or streaming platform you must be providing music in "lossless audio capable of reproducing the full spectrum of sound from recordings which have been mastered from better than CD quality (48kHz/20-bit or higher) music sources that represent what the artists, producers and engineers originally intended".

The logo was initiated by the three major record companies, and will help consumers work out which online services really are offering audio at CD quality or higher. Which is particularly helpful given most people can't really tell the difference between a 320kbps MP3 and a 48kHz/20-bit WAV. But now they don't need to be able to hear the difference, because there'll be a nice yellow logo to reassure them it's there.

Ricky Wilson won't follow The Voice to ITV
Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson has confirmed the next series of 'The Voice' will be his last in the big spinning judging chair, because a serious musician like Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson would never sully himself by participating in a shitty ITV talent show.

And, as previously reported, shitty BBC talent show 'The Voice' will move to ITV in 2017 after the commercial broadcaster secured the UK rights to the programme from its maker Talpa Media, now a subsidiary of, well, ITV.

Wilson's decision to depart 'The Voice' after its 2016 outing on the Beeb is mainly based on a belief that ITV "will want to have a totally new show" when they take over the franchise in 2017, so he should "bow out gracefully" before the switch. Which is fair enough. He's probably right.

Speaking to The Sun, he admitted that he thinks the BBC should have fought harder to keep the talent franchise in its schedules, despite critics arguing that the Corporation should be developing its own shows in-house, rather than buying-in expensive existing formats just to take on ITV's 'The X-Factor'.

But, says Wilson of the show: "It's a huge part of people's lives. It's what the great British public want on their Saturday night. They don't want to be force-fed something educational". You know, like 'Strictly Come Dancing' or 'Doctor Who'.

And, of course, 'The Voice' played a key role in the BBC's remit to support and champion the British music community, aiding the careers of a long line of now successful UK artists like, well, erm, hmm, yeah, mainly Kaiser Chiefs I think


Lisa Snowden departs Capital breakfast
Lisa Snowden announced that she is leaving the breakfast show on London station Capital FM on Friday, after seven and a half years with the programme. Snowden originally co-hosted Capital's breakfast slot with Johnny Vaughan, and stuck around after Dave Berry joined the set-up.

Snowden confirmed on Friday's show that she will leave at the end of the year, subsequently telling RadioToday: "I'm very sad to be saying goodbye to our amazing listeners as I've had so much fun over the last seven and a half years and I'll genuinely miss them all. But after seven and a half years getting up at 4.30am, I hope people agree that I've earned a lie in! Now it's time for my next big adventure".

Global's broadcasting boss Richard Park added: "Lisa is leaving the Capital breakfast show after seven and a half years waking up London, the past four with her co-host Dave Berry. The pair have won all the major broadcasting awards and Lisa leaves Capital on a high as Dave & Lisa continue their reign as London's number one at breakfast, winning the battle for the commercial breakfast top slot in London with one million listeners".

He added that Snowdon would "remain part of the Global family", which implies another show elsewhere on Global's network of stations is on the cards. A reunion with Vaughan over on Radio X in the more palatable drive time slot perhaps?

CMU:DIY to appear at three events for future music talent this week
The CMU:DIY team will be busy this week with two events aimed at future talent, as CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke leads sessions for aspiring artists, songwriters and producers, and future music industry leaders.

On Wednesday, CMU:DIY will once again team up with Urban Development for one of its Industry Takeover Seminars at the Red Bull Studios. The session will look at the artist development process pre-record deal, including the importance of collaboration, how to build up a creative and publicity team, and the basics of a DIY marketing campaign. Noisey Executive Editor Sam Wolfson, Method Records A&R Jamila Scott and Ditto Music Business Development Manager James Walsh will be among those sharing their expertise. For more information on Urban Development click here.

Then on Saturday, CMU:DIY will present two sessions as part of the annual Artist Toolkit day at the Roundhouse. The first will provide a beginners guide to copyright, explaining how music rights work, how new artists can protect and monetise their content, and where the collective licensing system fits in. The second will look at the role labels and publishers play in an artists' career, how these companies discover new talent, and what label and publishing deals look like. For more information on the Artist Toolkit day click here.

As all this unfolds, City Showcase also presents the Finding The Future programme at the Apple Store in Convent Garden, with three days of panels, interviews and performances. This includes CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke interviewing Absolute Label Services Founder and MD Henry Semmence at 1.30pm on Friday. For more info click here.

  Approved: Sudakistan
With a smattering of single releases nudged out over the last few years, Sudakistan are about to kick their debut album 'Caballo Negro' firmly out into the world.

A garage-rock band heavily influenced by the South American roots of four-fifths of its members, snarling guitar riffs are lifted by euphoric percussion. A perfect example of this is recent single 'Concrete Djungle', which, like most of their songs, toys with your expectations until you're forced to stop thinking and just give in to it.

With just days to go before the album's 20 Nov release date, the band's label PNK SLM have slipped one more track out onto SoundCloud. 'You And Your Way' slows the usual pace of their songs, but loses none of the electric atmosphere of their music.

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Mogwai announce departure of guitarist John Cummings
Mogwai have announced that guitarist John Cummings has decided to leave the band in order to pursue other musical projects.

In a statement, the band said: "We are sad to announce that John Cummings has decided to leave Mogwai to pursue his own musical projects. We will continue as a four piece of Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns and shall be joined on our upcoming live shows by Scott Paterson and Luke Sutherland. We wish John all the best with the future".

Cummings joined the band shortly after it was formed by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison and Martin Bulloch in 1995, and has appeared on all of their albums to date. Last month the band released a retrospective compilation 'Central Belters' to mark their 20th anniversary.

Betting odds slashed on classic Guns N Roses line-up festival headline shows
Bookmaker Betfair reckons that the classic line-up of Guns N Roses - Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff MacKagan and one or both drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum - will headline next year's Download, Reading and Leeds festivals.

The company has given odds of 2/1 on Download and 6/5 for Reading and Leeds. There are also odds of 25/1 that the band will be announced as the Saturday headliner at Glastonbury.

There have been rumours of a classic line-up GNR reunion since, well, ever since the mid-90s really. But people seem to think it's actually happening now. Frontman Axl Rose has continued to perform under the name, of course, with a fairly fluid line-up of contributors, and in 2008 released the long-awaited album 'Chinese Democracy'.

Earlier this year it was reported that the band had enough new material recorded for "two or three" more albums. But shortly afterwards, guitarist DJ Ashba announced that he was leaving the outfit. And since then there has been a steady stream of reports that the classic line-up reunion was definitely on.

Rick Ross would eat chicken wings with 50 Cent to end racism
Rick Ross has said he would set aside his ongoing feud with 50 Cent if it would bring about an end to all racism. So that's something all you racists are going to have to sit down and have a long think about today, isn't it?

Appearing on 'Daily Show' spin-off 'The Nightly Show' last week, host Larry Wilmore posed rapper Ross with a dilemma: "The universe offers you a deal. You can end racism forever, but you have to become good, close friends with 50 Cent. You have to hang out at the pool together, you got to go eat together, take ski trips together. I don't care, whatever, you guys are pals. Do you do it?"

"I'ma keep it 100. I'm going to stop racism", decided Ross. "If I gotta take him to Wing Stop and have him eat some lemon pepper wings to stop racism, that's what I'm gonna do".

He stopped short of agreeing to that skiing holiday, but something this big isn't going to change all at once, is it? For now, chicken wings will have to do.

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