THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The French live industry has appealed for 50 million euros in state aid to help the sector weather the storm that has followed the attacks on Paris earlier this month. The worst of those attacks, of course, was at the French capital's Bataclan theatre, where gunmen killed 89 audience members at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert. Shows at venues across the city were cancelled... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having spent this year touring with the likes of Mark Ronson, Years & Years and Charli XCX, Australia rapper Tkay Maidza recently signed record deals with Kitsune in Europe and Downtown in the US. She's now set to release her new single, 'Ghost', on 4 Dec, produced by George Maple, What So Not and Baauer. The track is built with numerous twists and turns... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Rdio declaring bankruptcy and shutting down as Pandora buys its assets, Spotify's new data platform for artists and managers, the debate about the latest government review of secondary ticketing and Zayn Malik's Fader interview. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES French live industry appeals for state assistance in wake of Paris attacks, as Vice publishes Eagles Of Death Metal interview
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LEGAL SoundExchange rates won't differ between majors and indies
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DEALS Emerson, Lake & Palmer sign catalogue deal with BMG
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Crispin Hunt and Mark Kelly re-elected as PPL Performer Directors
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LIVE BUSINESS Elastic Artists admits that financial difficulties have led to unpaid artist fees
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Guvera raises AUS$100 million in new finance, IPO still on the agenda
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Digital licensing to be explained at CMU Insights masterclass
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RELEASES Leaf Label celebrates 20th anniversary with live shows at boxset
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Adele is at least thinking about headlining Glastonbury
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ONE LINERS Belly, Beyonce, NTS, more
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AND FINALLY... Wu-Tang sell secret album for "millions"
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B-LINE FESTIVAL BARS - PRODUCTION MANAGER (LONDON)
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MATERIAL MUSIC - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
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STRONGROOM STUDIOS - RECEPTIONIST AND BOOKING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Strongroom Studios are looking for a self-motivated and organised Receptionist and Bookings Assistant with a 'can do’ attitude to join their team. The successful candidate will assist the studio manager in organising studio bookings as well as manning the reception desk, taking telephone calls and aiding visitors to the studio.

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SUNDAY BEST - PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Sunday Best Recordings, home to artists Valerie June, David Lynch, Kitty Daisy and Lewis plus a host of new signings are set for a busy 2016. A Product Manager position is available for an enthusiastic individual with a creative attitude.

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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
30 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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French live industry appeals for state assistance in wake of Paris attacks, as Vice publishes Eagles Of Death Metal interview
The French live industry has appealed for 50 million euros in state aid to help the sector weather the storm that has followed the attacks on Paris earlier this month.

The worst of those attacks, of course, was at the French capital's Bataclan theatre, where gunmen killed 89 audience members at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert. Shows at venues across the city were cancelled in the immediate wake of the attacks, and while most venues are now open again, trade group Prodiss says that its members need support because of a significant slump in ticket sales, and the need to step up security measures at smaller venues in order to reassure the public.

French culture minister Fleur Pellerin has already released four million euros in emergency funding for the live sector, which Prodiss welcomed. But, the group said, it was far from enough to compensate for the "shockwave" that has hit its industry. "Directly affected by this national tragedy", it continued, "our sector today needs the support of all players in our ecosystem, including that of public authorities".

Ticket sales in Paris were down 80% year-on-year in the week after the attacks, and while things have since improved, last weekend was still 50% down on the same period last year.

Noting that the gunmen who struck Paris on 13 Nov staged an attack on the "symbols of our lifestyle and youth", the live industry trade group also thanked those audience members who have turned out for concerts and theatre shows in the last week, saying that everyone needed to work together to restore the French capital's cultural scene, which would provide "the real proof that we can pick ourselves up and get back life".

In addition to requesting state assistance for its industry, Prodiss is also proposing that its members across France donate one euro from each ticket sold in December to funds supporting the victims of the Paris attacks and their families.

In related news, Vice has published its interview with the members of Eagles Of Death Metal - including the band's co-founder Josh Homme, who wasn't at the Paris show - about the attacks.

Band members describe the events that occurred in the Bataclan as the attacks unfolded in harrowing detail in an emotional interview, with frontman Jesse Hughes revealing he came face to face with one of the gunmen as he and his bandmates attempted to flee. "He turned on me, brought his gun down, and the barrel hit the doorframe", Hughes says. He and most of the band then managed to exit the building.

Bassist Matt McJunkins, who found himself on the side of the stage with no exit route, hid with fans in a backstage room as the gunmen continued to run rampage. "The gunfire got closer, it went on for maybe ten, fifteen minutes, it just didn't stop", he explains. "And then it would stop and there was a sense of relief and then it would start up again". Then came an explosion "that just shook the whole room and probably the whole building" as one of the gunmen detonated his bomb belt.

Despite their experiences, the band have vowed to continue performing. McJunkins says "music is what we do, it's our lives, and there's no way we're not going to keep doing it".

Meanwhile Hughes adds: "I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up. Our friends went there to see rock n roll and died. I want to go back there and live".

You can watch the full interview, conducted by Vice founder Shane Smith, here.

SoundExchange rates won't differ between majors and indies
Could major labels earn more than indies from the US collective licensing system that is utilised by services like Pandora? That's the question. The answer is "no", by the way. For now at least.

As previously reported, America's Copyright Royalty Board is currently reviewing the royalties paid by US online services that are licensed via SoundExchange.

Online radio set-ups, including personalised radio platforms like Pandora, are covered by a so called compulsory licence in the US, meaning labels are obliged to provide their content to such services through the SoundExchange system (which is why Adele can't withhold her new record '25' from Pandora). The rates such services pay the labels via SoundExchange are then set by the CRB. Whenever rates are reviewed, Pandora pushes for them to be cut, while the labels argue for an increase.

In amongst the current CRB rate review, the judges considering the matter noted that when digital services are licensed through direct deals, rather than the collective licensing system, different rights owners might negotiate different royalty rates, with bigger rights owners usually getting paid more. "Could the collective licensing system accommodate such variation?" they then pondered. "Fuck no!" said the indies. "Hmmm, maybe", thought the majors. The CRB turned to the US Copyright Office, and specifically Maria A Pallante, the Register Of Copyrights, for clarification.

She has now responded with a "no", though only because she thinks the question was raised too late into the current rate review. Had one or more stakeholders proposed variable rates when making their initial submissions to the review she'd have given the question proper consideration, but now isn't the time for such a debate. "I'll leave the answer for another day", Pallante wrote.

Which means that the CRB can't opt for one royalty rate for the majors and one for the indies in the current review, which will set rates through to 2020. As previously noted, any such variation in royalty rates (the CRB didn't specifically talk about a major/indie distinction, just whether some variation might be allowed), would throw up all sorts of tricky questions over how the collective licensing system classifies different groups of rights owners, and who calculates respective market share, which the CRB probably doesn't want to have to get involved in answering anyway.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer sign catalogue deal with BMG
Emerson, Lake & Palmer have struck a worldwide deal (excluding South East Asia) with BMG for their entire back catalogue, with a re-issue campaign now planned for the first seven of the group's albums. As part of the deal, the company also gets the rights to Greg Lake's solo single 'I Believe In Father Christmas'. How very festive.

The deal is Union Square founder Peter Stack's biggest deal since joining BMG as head of its catalogue division earlier this year. He said in a statement: "ELP have created an extraordinary body of work which helped to define progressive rock, and we are delighted that they have placed their faith in BMG. We will give this catalogue the respect it truly deserves and can promise some exciting times ahead for both existing and future fans of Emerson, Lake & Palmer".

ELP manager Stewart Young added: "ELP and myself are looking forward to the opportunity of working with BMG. This agreement brings our catalogue under one roof for the first time for the world outside South East Asia. BMG shares our belief that these works should be treated with the upmost respect, with reissues which offer the kind of quality that our fans deserve".

Crispin Hunt and Mark Kelly re-elected as PPL Performer Directors
Crispin Hunt and Mark Kelly have been re-elected as Performer Directors of PPL, the rights body that represents the performing and performer rights of record labels and recording artists. The elections took place yesterday at Rich Mix in London at the collecting society's Annual Performer Meeting.

In a statement, Hunt said: "It is a privilege to be re-elected as a Performer Director. I will continue to do my utmost to represent the interests of PPL's performer members".

Kelly added: "Thank you to the performer community for re-electing me to represent your interests at PPL. I look forward to working closely with my fellow Performer Directors and PPL to achieve the best for performers in the next two years".

Meanwhile, PPL CEO Peter Leathem commented: "I'd like to offer my congratulations to Crispin and Mark on their election as Performer Directors. Over the years, both of them have demonstrated a deep commitment to the performer community. I very much look forward to working with them again in this capacity and wish them every success in the role".

As previously reported, as well as Hunt and Kelly standing for re-election, outgoing MMF CEO Jon Webster also stood for a Performer Director position.

Elastic Artists admits that financial difficulties have led to unpaid artist fees
London-based booking agency Elastic Artists has admitted that it is experiencing "financial difficulties", which have resulted in some clients not being paid for shows already performed. This follows rumours that the firm might be about to fall into administration.

The popular agency, best known for repping dance and urban artists in the live sphere, has sent a letter to its clients, which has been seen by Resident Advisor, and which explains that the company "is currently experiencing financial difficulties which have meant we are unable to release monies to clients for shows that have already taken place. We are exploring options to restore the company's liquidity and to transfer the ownership of the business to a new team".

The letter adds that neither the "existing team of agents nor the company's management are in any way implicated in the current problems, and none were privy to the underlying options until the past few days".

Some artists affiliated to the agency had already gone public about unpaid fees, with NTS DJ Alexander Nut tweeting: "Excuse me @elasticartists can your accounts department please reply to my emails and pay me the money I am owed. Thank you". He subsequently said "O well, Xmas is ruined and I don't know how I'm gonna pay the rent", but added that "the @elasticartists situation is in no way a reflection of the agents who all did a great job".

Guvera raises AUS$100 million in new finance, IPO still on the agenda
Australian-based streaming music firm Guvera has just announced a new round of financing to the tune of AUS$100 million, with backers including a "number of wealthy Australian families" and a private-equity group founded by the digital company's CEO, according to The Australian Financial Review.

Unlike rival Spotify, Guvera has already confirmed that it is planning an initial public offering that will float the company on either the Australian Securities Exchange or US-based Nasdaq at some point in the future. A precise timeline for that is still to be confirmed. The new finance will presumably fuel growth until then, but it won't necessarily buy the company too much time, given the firm reported a net loss of AUS$81.1 million in its most recent financial year.

Launching in Australia five years ago as an ad-funded download platform, since morphing into a streaming service Guvera has put most efforts into Asian markets where the likes of Spotify are less well established.

It has also talked up its ad-funded side as a business in its own right, rather than just a loss-leading marketing tool to sell subscriptions, reckoning that its rivals have failed to evolve their advertising products to capitalise on opportunities in the free streaming market. Though the firm's revenues last year might suggest Guvera is struggling to capitalise on those opportunities too.

For a time it looked like Guvera was about to arrive in the UK when it bought the existing Blinkbox streaming service from Tesco in January, but then it suddenly shut the Blinkbox company down in June. The firm now faces legal action from former Blinkbox employees over allegations it failed to meet obligations made to staff as part of its acquisition of the company.

Digital licensing to be explained at CMU Insights masterclass
CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will explain how digital music services are being licensed as part of a CMU Insights masterclass on the digital market in London next month.

Earlier this year, Cooke led a nine-month research project for the UK's Music Managers Forum, speaking to over 30 experts and insiders to work out how streaming services like Spotify are licensed by record companies, music publishers and collecting societies around the world. For the MMF, the aim of the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report was to overcome confusion in the management community as to how digital deals were being done, and how digital royalties are processed, so to inform the ongoing debate on the evolving streaming market.

Says Cooke: "There has been much discussion this year about the streaming music business, where it's heading, and whether current models are working. But for that debate to be fruitful, it helps to understand how the music industry is licensing these platforms, and what that means for how royalties are paid. Very few people have a full understanding of all the different elements, and with 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' the MMF set out to overcome that problem".

He goes on: "At our 'Navigating The Digital Market' masterclass I'll provide a concise overview of how things are working. When we launched the MMF report, we published a very complicated diagram to illustrate just how complex digital licensing is. You're not really meant to understand what's going on in that diagram, but during the CMU Insights session we will deconstruct it in a way that will make much more sense".

'Navigating The Digital Market', presented in association with Lewis Silkin and Eleven on 7 Dec, will also provide an overview of which digital services are dominating in 2015, in terms of users and revenues, both in the UK and beyond. Tickets are just £99 and can be bought here. Premium CMU subscribers get in for £75 using the code in recent editions of the CMU Digest bulletin.

  Approved: Tkay Maidza
Having spent this year touring with the likes of Mark Ronson, Years & Years and Charli XCX, Australia rapper Tkay Maidza recently signed record deals with Kitsune in Europe and Downtown in the US.

She's now set to release her new single, 'Ghost', on 4 Dec, produced by George Maple, What So Not and Baauer. The track is built with numerous twists and turns, with hard-edged verses held aloft by a heavy drum track, before switching to a more open and poppy chorus, with both sides gradually drawing together.

Once you've checked out that, it's also worth visiting her slightly less polished 'Switch Tape' EP from last year, and her appearance on 'DKLA' from Troye Sivan's 'Wild' EP.

Listen to 'Ghost' here.
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Leaf Label celebrates 20th anniversary with live shows at boxset
The Leaf Label is celebrating its 20th anniversary this with a series of live shows and a special limited edition boxset.

The 'Leaf 20' boxset features ten landmark albums from its back catalogue on vinyl selected by label founder Tony Morley, with hand printed covers, a poster, and new liner notes written by Rob Young. It'll set you back £180 and weighs just under 5kg, but if you want it, you should move now. Orders are being collected through Pledge Music, with a ship date of 6 Dec.

The albums included are:

Susumu Yokota - Sakura
Asa-Chang & Junray - Jun Ray Song Chang
Murcof - Martes + Utopía
Caribou - Up In Flames
Colleen - Everyone Alive Wants Answers
A Hawk And A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
Efterklang - Parades
Polar Bear - Peepers
Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rivers
Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down

The individual LPs will be released next year. You can also mark the 20th anniversary by buying one of a series of t-shirts commemorating the event.

Now, what about these live shows? Well, here you go:

26 Nov: Melt Yourself Down - London, Bussey Building
27 Nov: Melt Yourself Down - Leeds, Headrow House
2 Dec: Polar Bear - Leeds, Headrow House
3 Dec: Matthew Bourne + Tom Rogerson - Leeds, Headrow House

Adele is at least thinking about headlining Glastonbury
Adele is going to headline Glastonbury next year. Well, maybe. She's at least talking to the festival about it. Though she might want to hurry up and make a decision - as we (don't really) know, Rihanna has definitely already snapped up the Saturday night slot.

Glastonbury booker Martin Elbourne discussed the festival's latest negotiations with Adele while speaking at the M For Montreal conference last week.

"There's lots of talk about Adele and it's in there in the mix", Elbourne said, according to Loaded. "Adele is in a situation in her career where, frankly, she can do whatever the hell she likes. Hopefully it will happen [but] it still needs to be confirmed. She's not into festivals but obviously, every promoter in the world wants to get her, so fingers crossed, we are hoping it's going to happen".

As he said, Adele's really not that into festivals, and she has previously talked down the likelihood of her playing any of the big events, including even Glastonbury. Just last month, she told Capital FM: "I think I have made myself pretty clear on Glastonbury. The crowds are too big - I don't know if I could do it".

Elbourne admitted that big name artists can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to pin down, even for Glasto. "We were trying to get Prince for the last couple of years, but it just goes on forever. You have to get in early and the process takes so long with these bookings. Years ago, you could leave it until January, but you can't do that now. It has to be done early. I book The Other Stage and The John Peel Stage, and I can't book The Other Stage until The Pyramid stage is done and people know who is playing on that".

The good news is that "the Pyramid Stage is pretty much done" for 2016, he added. "I've just secured two of my headliners for John Peel, so now it will be down to firming up three and four".

In other Adele news, she's probably just broken another sales record with '25'.

Belly, Beyonce, NTS, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Roc Nation has signed Weeknd collaborator Belly to a record deal. "It's exciting stuff", he told Billboard.

• Beyonce's joint venture company with Topshop founder Philip Green's Arcadia - Parkwood Topshop Athletic - will launch a new clothing range in April next year. Are you ready for it? Well, are you?

• London-based online radio station NTS has announced that it is setting up another studio in Manchester which will broadcast on the set-up's international stream every Sunday from this weekend with an assortment of local DJs taking to the air.

• The Association Of Independent Music's Indie-Con conference returns on 29 Jan in London, it has been confirmed, with record industry veteran Seymour Stein amongst those set to appear. More here.

• We recently reported that Dave Haslam was selling his vinyl collection. He's now sold it to Seth Troxler. "The records were bought by me to be played - it's a working DJ's collection - and Seth's commitment to music and to vinyl is fabulous", said Haslam.

• Producer and Killing Joke member Youth has launched a new book of his line drawings, called 'The Anarchist's Colouring Book'.

• Tinie Tempah is back with a new single, 'We Don't Play No Games', taken from his forthcoming 'Junk Food' mixtape, out on 4 Dec through his own Disturbing London label.

• Sophie has released a new single, 'Vyzee'. He's also announced various live shows, including at Village Underground in London on 21 Jan.

• Rustie has released a video for 'First Mythz', taken from his recently surprise released new album 'Evenifyoudontbelieve'. The LP will also be available on vinyl through Warp from 18 Mar.

Wu-Tang sell secret album for "millions"
Wu-Tang Clan have finally got shot of that single-copy album they had made up. Must be a relief. The CD has been purchased by a "private American collector" for an amount "in the millions", auction house Paddle8 told Forbes.

As previously reported, the 31 track, 128 minute record, titled 'The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin', was finished last year, with just one CD copy pressed and placed in a pricey looking box. The group then held a single public listening for the album in March before putting it up for auction.

The sale was agreed in May, but it has apparently taken until now to finalise contracts and other legal business.

"The Wu-Tang Clan have always been driven by innovation, and this marks another moment in musical history", said Wu-Tang's RZA. "From the beginning, we hoped that this concept would inspire debate and new ways of seeing creativity. Both of those goals have been achieved, and the ideas continue to evolve".

A portion of the money raised from the sale will go to charity. The group will then spend the rest of it on hats and Freddo chocolate bars. Maybe. I don't know.

 
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