TODAY'S TOP STORY: Hey everybody, it's '25' day! It's here! At last! Let it begin, people, let it fucking begin. The joy! The wonder! The sheer magnitude of unprecedented and unrivalled musical wonderment that will now unfold upon us; the mere mortals who, for reasons only known to the Lord himself, may now consume such awe-inspiring moments of artistic genius. It's called '25'... [READ MORE]
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BEEF OF THE WEEK: Hey, women. Do you find it more difficult than other types of human to find music to listen to? What do you mean no? Yes you do. Of course you do. Jimmy Iovine says so. And he's rich. Music industry veteran and now Apple Music bigwig Iovine appeared on 'CBS This Morning' in the US this week with Mary J Blige to discuss the new TV ad for the Apple streaming service.... [LISTEN HERE]
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TOP STORIES Adele's 25 won't stream, for now
LEGAL Radiohead stage collapse case reaches court in Canada
YouTube offers legal support to creators on fair use
DEALS The Orchard acquires Shrapnel Records catalogue
LABELS & PUBLISHERS David Bither to become Co-President of Warner's Nonesuch Records
MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Government-backed bank supports latest Edge creative industry investment fund
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify improves parental leave policy
ARTIST NEWS The Ghost Inside involved in serious tour bus crash
AWARDS Little Simz wins Dice Live Award
AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #290: Jimmy Iovine v Women
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Adele's 25 won't stream, for now
Hey everybody, it's '25' day! It's here! At last! Let it begin, people, let it fucking begin. The joy! The wonder! The sheer magnitude of unprecedented and unrivalled musical wonderment that will now unfold upon us; the mere mortals who, for reasons only known to the Lord himself, may now consume such awe-inspiring moments of artistic genius.

It's called '25'! It has eleven tracks on it! It's out just in time for Christmas! Who's not on the edge of their seats right now rocking backwards and forwards with a kind of frenzied excitement never before witnessed in this particular plane of existence? Well, me actually. Sorry. Not really that bothered. Never quite got all the way through '21', if I'm being honest.

But hey, it's the big release day! We've put up the big release day sign here at CMU HQ and everything. Though - because there is always a 'though' - if you're sitting there, munching on a muffin and sipping on your soya skinny latte, planning on firing up your streaming platform of choice in order to dive into this new slice of Adele-like magic, well, tough luck suckers, you will not find '25' available to play.

Because, yes, Adele is windowing '25'. Which means you can buy it on CD, or download the whole thing from iTunes, but you WILL NOT STREAM. OK? There had been much speculation in recent weeks as to whether the big release of the year would go straight to the streaming services or not, but it was only last night - as '25' was about to go on sale - that it was confirmed the streamers were going to have to wait.

The decision - which Adele herself was reportedly involved in making - isn't entirely surprising. Though it is interesting to note that Apple Music isn't getting the new album straight away either, so this is not just about Spotify's continued resistance to the idea of allowing big name artists to window their new material so only premium users can access it at the get go. Apple Music, of course, does not offer a freemium level beyond its three month free trial.

Artists should be allowed to decide where their music appears, of course, and bigger acts will always have that right to choose written into any record contracts. Though - from a wider record business perspective - you could argue that Adele isn't being much of a team player with this move, because those who pay £10 every month to a streaming platform are the industry's best customers, who have in no small part helped the sector's revenues stop declining. So the record industry is basically saying 'fuck you' to its most important clientele.

Then again, Adele, like Taylor Swift, isn't in the record business. She is in the Adele business, like Taylor Swift is in the Taylor Swift business. She, her management and her label understand her fanbase - which goes well beyond the streamers - and presumably feel that rushing to even the premium streaming services could negatively impact on more lucrative record sales, especially in the pre-Christmas market. And as Adele is going to singled-handedly rescue the entire music industry this month, perhaps we should just let her get on with it.

With this strategy, the singer looks set to break *Nsync's first week sales record in the US. With such glory in reach, why wouldn't you leave Spotify and Apple Music subscribers hanging for a little while. Which I suppose poses the next question here: how long is a little while? Spotify says it hopes the singer, who they "love and respect", will provide their users with her new record "very soon". We'll see, I guess. 25 weeks maybe.

Radiohead stage collapse case reaches court in Canada
A court case got underway in Toronto earlier this week over the stage collapse that occurred ahead of a Radiohead concert in the Canadian city back in 2012, which resulted in the death of the band's drum tech Scott Johnson.

As previously reported, Johnson was killed and three others injured after a scaffolding structure collapsed onto the open-air stage on which Radiohead were due to perform. The show was promoted by Live Nation, and the live music giant and its Ontario subsidiary were subsequently charged under the Canadian province's Occupational Health And Safety Act. Optex Staging & Services Inc was also charged over four alleged breaches of health and safety laws, while an engineer working on the show, Dominic Cugliari, faced one charge.

All four defendants continued to plead not guilty as the court proceedings got under way this week. Johnson's father has travelled from the UK for the hearing, while Adrian Bullocks has testified on behalf of Radiohead's management team.

According to CBC, Bullocks told the court that he wished one of the companies involved in promoting or producing the show would take responsibility for the tragic incident, saying: "No one's manning up and saying, 'Look, it's our responsibility and we share responsibility'. It's really quite disrespectful in a way".

Speaking to journalists outside the court, Ken Johnson said: "Scott was our only boy so this was quite devastating, really. He was a happy guy". He added that he planned to stay in Canada for the duration of the court proceedings, and that he hoped to plant a maple tree in honour of his son in the Toronto park where the stage collapse incident occurred, noting that the maple is "one of the best trees for making drums".

The case continues.


YouTube offers legal support to creators on fair use
Following the recent ruling in the long running dancing baby case - which said that rights owners in the US must consider 'fair use' before requesting content be removed from services like YouTube - the Google-owned video site has revealed it is offering legal assistance to creators on its platform that have had copyright issues over posts that they consider to be 'fair use'.

As previously reported, the so called dancing baby case relates to a video posted to YouTube back in 2007 of a toddler dancing to a Prince track. Prince's publisher, Universal, demanded the content be taken down, as it is allowed to do under US copyright law when someone uses a song or recording without permission.

However, the woman who uploaded the video successfully argued that the inclusion of the Prince song constituted 'fair use' under American copyright law. Debate then ensued over whether Universal had broken the rules around takedown notices by not spotting and acknowledging that the video was fair use, and therefore did not infringe its copyright.

Fair use - or 'fair dealing' as we call it here in the UK - provides various scenarios when third parties can legally make use of copyright material without license. The exact list of scenarios varies from country to country, and exceptions can be both very specific and rather vague.

Some creators on YouTube have accused rights owners - across the entertainment industry - of regularly exploiting the vagueness element to force videos that feature clips of their work offline, through the takedown system, even when the inclusion of said clips could be seen as fair use. Though rights owners probably would say that video creators are also exploiting the vagueness element to make use of clips that really do need licensing.

Either way, according to the New York Times, YouTube has offered financial support to a small number of creators on its platform that have been caught up in fair use disagreements, so they can hire legal advice if they need to fight their corner. Four creators have been picked for such assistance, who between them make use of clips without license for the purposes of news reporting, parody and critical analysis, things that are often covered by fair use.

It seems that, although the four creators picked by YouTube for assistance have all been at the receiving end of takedown notices, none of them have actually been threatened with legal action by the owners of the clips they have used. But YouTube has reviewed their content, decided it constitutes fair use, and told the creators that, not only will their videos be reactivated, but if there are any legal ramifications, it will cover the costs.

Given that fact, it seems that this is less about YouTube seeking clarification on fair use rules through the courts, and more about sending out a message that it takes the fair use rights of its creators seriously. That message may well be targeted at both the big content owners who regularly issue takedown requests, and to the YouTube creator community, as other sites start to court video-makers. One of those offered help is quoted by the New York Times as saying, "It was very gratifying to know a company cares about fair use and to single out someone like me".

The Orchard acquires Shrapnel Records catalogue
Distribution and services firm The Orchard has acquired the catalogue of US-based independent metal label Shrapnel Records, and will now oversee the digital and physical distribution of the record company's 322-album-strong catalogue, about a third of which will be made available digitally for the first time.

Mike Varney, the founder of Shrapnel, which also has blues/rock and jazz/fusion imprints, says his company will continue to put out new records with its current roster of artists, but that it felt a larger company could better service the firm's back catalogue.

He told reporters: "The distribution landscape has changed dramatically in the last ten years, requiring greater staffing with expertise in digital distribution. Although the Shrapnel Label Group will continue making new records, the expanded distribution and accompanying administration of the back catalogue was something we felt could be best served by a larger company. As a pioneer in digital distribution with a tremendous track record of more than fifteen years, The Orchard was in a stronger position to effectively realise this for our catalogue".

Although best known as a distributor for other rights owners, this isn't the first time The Orchard has acquired independent labels and catalogues for itself. It's VP Of Catalogue Development, Jason Pascal, said of the new deal: "The Shrapnel Label Group was the first American label dedicated to metal and has pioneered the development of guitar-centric records. To get to work with a catalogue of this size and scope is humbling and inspiring, and I couldn't be happier that The Orchard will now serve as the steward for Shrapnel's legacy".

David Bither to become Co-President of Warner's Nonesuch Records
Warner Music yesterday announced that David Bither, a long time exec at Nonesuch Records, will become Co-President of the label at the start of next year.

The promotion follows the announcement in September that current Nonesuch President, Bob Hurwitz, plans to slowly step down from the top job at Warner division. The two men will work as Co-Presidents next year, before Bither takes over that job on his lonesome in 2017. Though Hurwitz plans to continue working with the label even then, mainly as an executive producer on some of its releases.

Overall Warner Music boss Steve Cooper is obviously thrilled about the development. "I am thrilled that David will be assuming the Nonesuch presidency as Bob transitions into his new role", said he. "David has been involved with the label for more than 30 years, and we are truly fortunate to have someone with his deep knowledge and experience take over the helm".

Hurwitz, meanwhile, said, "I have worked closely with David Bither for the last 30 years, and throughout that time he has been a terrific friend and colleague. He has made deeply meaningful contributions to Nonesuch and has been an integral part of our culture. Now that we have arrived at this moment, there is no one more suited to take Nonesuch into the future. I'm delighted that our artists, team and label will be in his hands".

Government-backed bank supports latest Edge creative industry investment fund
Edge Investments, an investment firm that specialises in backing creative industry ventures, and which has made a number of music investments over the years, has secured the support of the British Business Bank for its latest fund. It is the first time the government-backed British Business Bank, which was set up two years ago to increase financing for smaller UK businesses, has put cash into a specific creative industries investment initiative.

Referencing a number of successes in the UK music and entertainment sectors in recent years, Edge CEO David Glick is quoted by the Financial Times as saying: "It's been very hard for creative industries to know where to look for finance [and] we could be doing a huge amount more, if we solve the funding drought for these businesses".

Creative industry investment funds like those operated by Edge first came to prominence a decade ago when the then government provided tax incentives for those investing in such ventures. Though of his new fund, Glick says "we can't rely on tax advantages ... for us, it's about providing patient capital for these businesses to grow".

Glick adds that he expects to invest into twelve to fifteen media or entertainment ventures with his latest £40 million fund, and that "we really want people in the sector to bring [us] their business ideas".

Explaining his organisation's investment into Edge's latest fund, MD of the British Business Bank's venture capital unit, Ken Cooper, added: "This is the first fund specifically focused on the creative industries backed by the British Business Bank. We look forward to working with Edge Investments, which has extensive experience in this sector and a proven track record. The creative industry is of increasing importance to the wider UK economy and we are particularly pleased that this fund will ensure these high-growth businesses have access to the finance they need to scale".

Spotify improves parental leave policy
Spotify has announced that it is rolling out a policy of six months parental leave for new parents amongst its workforce around the world, who will be on 100% pay during that time

Employees of the streaming service in Sweden have long benefitted from a generous parental leave package, thanks to legislation in the company's home country. But the firm is now offering the same to all staff who have children. Both mothers and fathers can take their half-year up to their child's third birthday, and the package is being offered to all staff who had children from the beginning of 2013 onwards.

The leave period can be split into smaller blocks, and a more flexible schedule is offered for the first month back to make the return to work easier.

Announcing the new policy, Chief Human Resources Officer Katrina Berg said: "This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Bugged Out presents Tiga Live at Koko
Tiga is a big name who's definitely grabbed dance music by the horns as he's created a steady stream of great tracks over the years. He's remixed Coldcut, Depeche Mode, The xx, LCD Soundsystem, and even Moby, and is a frequent collaborator with other dance innovators like James Murphy, Hudson Mohawke and Paranoid London.

Tiga will bring his 'Tiga Live' show to Koko tomorrow night, a set up debuted at Sonar earlier this year. It's the first time the Montrealer has treated London fans to this particular blend of cutting-edge set design, lively performance and soaring vocals, with the help of fellow producer Jori Hulkkonen.

Saturday 21 Nov, Koko, 1a Camden High St, London NW1 7JE, 10pm - 4am, £18.50. More info here.
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The Ghost Inside involved in serious tour bus crash
US metalcore band The Ghost Inside have been involved in a serious tour bus crash, which claimed the life of their driver and left drummer Andrew Tkaczyk in intensive care.

The band were travelling from Texas to Phoenix when the bus collided with a lorry. One person in the other vehicle is also reported to have died. Tkaczyk's brother Nick said via Facebook that the drummer was airlifted to hospital, where he is being treated for "serious head trauma, as well as broken bones in his lower extremities, and a shoulder injury".

A statement on the band's Facebook page reads: "Thanks to everyone who reached out with concern today. The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus accident outside El Paso, TX this morning. All five band members and all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it. Unfortunately, all US shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can".

A crowdfunding campaign to help pay the band's medical expenses and the funeral costs for their driver has already raised around $11,000.

Little Simz wins Dice Live Award
Little Simz last night won the Dice Live Award, which sets out to recognise the best emerging live act of the year, and which is voted for by 100 journalists, promoters, DJs and venues across the UK. She beat other shortlisted acts Jack Garratt, The Big Moon and Girl Band to win the gong, which was presented at a bash in London last night.

Commenting on the winner, Russ Tannen, Head Of Music for the ticketing app company, told reporters: "We had an incredible shortlist but Little Simz has smashed it this year so we're stoked that she's come out on top tonight. Last year's winners, Wolf Alice, went on to score a number two album and Mercury nomination. The next twelve months are going to be massive for Simz".

CMU Beef Of The Week #290: Jimmy Iovine v Women
Hey, women. Do you find it more difficult than other types of human to find music to listen to? What do you mean no? Yes you do. Of course you do. Jimmy Iovine says so. And he's rich.

Music industry veteran and now Apple Music bigwig Iovine appeared on 'CBS This Morning' in the US this week with Mary J Blige to discuss the new TV ad for the Apple streaming service. Because, hey, who wouldn't want to hear about how there's a new advert out there to enjoy?

That sounded sarcastic, didn't it? But now I am actually going to tell you about the advert. For context though. Just context. I'm not suggesting big company's producing new adverts constitutes news. Nor am I endorsing the product here. I don't want you to think this is me, telling you, that you should use Apple Music. You shouldn't. Do not use it. Whatever you do, avoid Apple Music. Right? OK.

So, this advert is part of a trilogy. Yes, a trilogy! It sees actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P Henson hanging out at Blige's house, listening to music. "That's what [women] do when we get together", said Blige in the telly interview. "We just listen to music, we talk about life, love, marriage ... so it was beautiful to have Jimmy choose me to be a part of their world, and [for] them be a part of mine".

But, of course, in real life, it takes quite a bit of time for Blige et al to actually get round to the listening bit of their hang outs, because women in general find it "very difficult" to find tunes to listen to, Iovine pitched in. "I always knew that women find it very difficult at times - some women - to find music. And [Apple Music] helps makes it easier with playlists, curated by real people".

He always knew it, women. Always. And that's why he's hired real people to help you finally get round to choosing a record to listen to. Definitely helping the situation, Iovine continued: "I just thought of a problem: Girls are sitting around talking about boys. Or complaining about boys, when they have their heart broken, or whatever. And they need music for that, right? It's hard to find the right music. Not everybody knows a DJ".

Yes, I'd imagine complaining about boys all the time does cloud your musical judgement a little. Well done Jimmy for creating this amazing service for all those helpless girls.

As you might imagine, quite a lot of people saw these statements as they circulated online yesterday and thought Iovine's remarks were a bit off. Which quickly led to the Apple Music man issuing an apology, saying: "We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone - men and women, young and old. Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologise".

You see, he meant to say that "all people" struggle to find music, but because he'd just seen some women in an advert, he forgot that men exist. That's the power of advertising.

'CBS This Morning' host Gayle King also came to his defence, tweeting: "C'mon people! Please listen to full 'CBS This Morning' interview with Jimmy Iovine. Women and music comments totally taken out of context. Not fair to him!"

OK, he did say "some women" find it difficult to find music to listen to "at times". And he's right to say that many people, whatever gender, appreciate help navigating the massive catalogues of music that most streaming platforms offer. And it's true, Iovine was specifically talking about an advert - a trilogy of adverts, no less - featuring women when he made his remarks. Still, it was a nonsense thing to say.

Now, I'm not a girl, but I just realised I forgot to put on any music to soundtrack all this complaining about Jimmy Iovine I've been doing. And now I've thought about it, I'm really not sure what to put on. So, he's right, it is a tricky thing. If only I hadn't cancelled my Apple Music account, I might be in a better situation right now. Though, maybe not. Because, while Iovine had "always known" that women struggle to find music, perhaps he's only just twigging that us men need help too. Is that why, as a man, I found Apple Music such a lackluster experience?

But back to the interview. Perhaps everyone is being too hard on poor old Iovine about this one slip. It's not like he makes a habit of saying nonsense things in interviews, is it? Well, except during that recent interview at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, when he was asked why Apple Music isn't doing full-on freemium streams.

"We have a problem with this whole 'free' issue", he explained. "The television industry doesn't have it, the movie industry doesn't have it, but the record industry has it. In my personal opinion - and this is not Apple's opinion - that 'free' is a real issue. You have to make a service in order to get over 'free'.

The television industry doesn't have freemium? Are you fucking kidding me? Surely the television industry is the one that proves that freemium can work, it having operated that very system so successfully for decades, offering many free-to-access ad-funded channels, while also charging for premium stations on cable and satellite. OK, the TV industry may be facing its own challenges in the digital age, but that hasn't stopped it still providing a healthy stack of content free to the user.

But whatever, Apple didn't hire Iovine for his words of wisdom. And usually no one questions the guy's ramblings because, kudos where it's due, he did set up the company that persuaded all those idiots to buy overpriced Beats headphones, making a stack of cash in the process.

Though this time there was plenty of questioning, and understandably so. Perhaps Apple could create an app to curate their music chief's words into something less ridiculous next time he appears on the telly. Because sometimes men find it difficult the find the right words, you know, when they're busy talking about girls.

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