TODAY'S TOP STORY: Cream founder James Barton, currently President Of Electronic Music at Live Nation, could be heading to flagging EDM powerhouse SFX, according to the New York Post. SFX, of course, has had a very tricky year after founder Robert FX Sillerman's twice aborted attempt to take the company back into private ownership. The insecurity caused by those plans, coupled with disappointing... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Cream founder may be hired to help rescue SFX
LEGAL CeeLo Green launches joint venture with Sony Music
ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Tesco's Iron Maiden a success, supermarket to sell more vinyl
LIVE BUSINESS Levelz return social media to flagging agency Elastic Artists
MEDIA Rock Sound announces editorial rejig
OBITUARIES Scott Weiland 1967-2015
ARTIST NEWS Lee 'Scratch' Perry studio destroyed by fire
GIGS & FESTIVALS Adele announces more tour dates
ONE LINERS Neil Fox, !K7, Tunecore, more
AND FINALLY... Damon Albarn didn't call Adele insecure. He would never do that
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Cream founder may be hired to help rescue SFX
Cream founder James Barton, currently President Of Electronic Music at Live Nation, could be heading to flagging EDM powerhouse SFX, according to the New York Post.

SFX, of course, has had a very tricky year after founder Robert FX Sillerman's twice aborted attempt to take the company back into private ownership. The insecurity caused by those plans, coupled with disappointing financials, have resulted in the publicly listed firm's share price tanking. It currently stands at just 24 cents - at one point Sillerman was offering $5.25 a share - which means the firm's valuation today is just over $21 million.

Last week the company confirmed it had asked bankers Moelis & Co to review its debts, with a view to restructuring them. Meanwhile, it is thought that the business's independent directors are still considering selling off some of the firm's assets, which include festivals, ticketing and marketing interests, and the digital music platform Beatport.

Barton became President Of Electronic Music at Live Nation when it bought his Cream clubbing and festival company in 2012. The live giant has made a number of other big EDM acquisitions since then which, one source tells Billboard, may have resulted in other execs vying for dance music supremacy within the group, which might be why Barton is considering new roles where he might have more sway.

For SFX, Barton may be seen as a safe pair of hands to help turn round the company's fortunes. Despite its woes this year, SFX is still sitting on a number of esteemed EDM brands, and investors may reckon that having someone on board who understands both the dance genre and the modern festival market - and who has exported festival brands worldwide before, a key part of the SFX strategy - is the best way to capitalise on that portfolio. Certainly many investors no longer see Sillerman as the man for that job.

It's not clear exactly what position Barton would take at SFX, though the Post says he is now concluding negotiations with the company.

CeeLo Green launches joint venture with Sony Music
CeeLo Green has launched a new label venture called Mothership Entertainment in partnership with Sony Music. The new business will focus on finding and developing soul and R&B artists.

Sony Music CEO Doug Morris said of the venture: "CeeLo Green is a tremendously successful songwriter, producer and artist who has proven himself to be a gifted and versatile talent. We look forward to developing great new artists and music through our new relationship".

Green added: "Music made for the sake of procreation can and does also serve as philanthropy, essentially enriching the quality of life of avid listeners. I am honoured to stand beside, and in extension of Sony, with a keen sense of appreciation for this opportunity. I'm certain I can rise to the occasion. It will be my pleasure and duty".

OK then. Whatever you say CeeLo. Green will set up studios in Las Vegas and Atlanta in which to work with artists.

Tesco's Iron Maiden a success, supermarket to sell more vinyl
You know, when Tesco announced that it was venturing into vinyl sales with the latest Iron Maiden album, we were a bit down on it. Which isn't like us at all. We're normally so upbeat and 'on message'. Still, the weekend the album was released I found myself in one of the Tesco Extra stores that were supposed to be selling the record, so I went to look for it, interested to see how and where it was being promoted. Could I find it? No, I could not. So I decided we were right to be down on it.

But apparently the vinyl-selling venture has been a massive success. Enough people did manage to find copies (those stores are very big, maybe I just missed the vinyl revival aisle) for the supermarket chain to want to try out selling more twelve-inch albums. Some old, some new, and 20 of the things in all. Coldplay's new one is in there, plus a bit of George Ezra, Elvis, The Beatles, Nirvana, and the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' soundtrack. Which may or may not give some indication of the target market.

"Our trial selling vinyl this summer was a real success with all our stock selling out and this really proved to us just how popular the vinyl album format is again with music fans", said Tesco music buyer Michael Mulligan. "Vinyl is definitely coming back with demand growing stronger year by year and we think there will be a big demand in the UK this Christmas as music fans look for trendy gifting options".

He continued: "We have brought in vinyl albums for everyone - from new releases for established collectors to absolute classics for younger fans, and for mums and dads who might have worn out their original copies the first time round. By also selling record decks we are helping customers who are looking to start their own vinyl album collection".

Here are your "trendy gifting options" in alphabetical order:

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bob Marley - Legend
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
The Eagles - Hotel California
ELO - Alone In The Universe
Elvis Presley - 30 Number 1 Hits
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits
George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage
Gun N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Nirvana - Nevermind
Prince - Purple Rain
Radiohead - The Bends
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
The Specials - The Specials
Stones Roses - Stone Roses
Various Artists - Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack

But what of Iron Maiden? Well, they've already moved on, recognising that the smart money is in headphones now. They've just released their new range of 'Ed-Phon3s' in partnership with Japanese company Onkyo.

Says bassist Steve Harris, who was involved in the design of the headphones: "My main objective was for a balance that wasn't just top and bottom heavy with hardly any mid-range, like a lot of headphones these days that are basically designed for dance music. I wanted a good balance across the widest bandwidth incorporating a lot more mid-range frequencies, something I strongly feel is vital to appreciate the complexities of our music, and rock and metal in general".

Tesco gets none of this action, though. You'll have to go to Richer Sounds if you want to buy some in an actual shop. Or you can get them from the Maiden Audio website.

Levelz return social media to flagging agency Elastic Artists
Manchester MC collective Levelz have given booking agency Elastic Artists its social network channels back, after last week hijacking the live firm's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

As previously reported, the Levelz team used Elastic's social media pages to express their frustration about the lack of communication around the booking agency's flagging financial situation, but mainly in a comedic fashion. They weren't the first artists allied to the agency to take to social media to confirm they were owed money by the firm, though they were the only ones to do so via the company's own online channels.

The directors of Elastic Artists, which is thought to be heading into administration, are yet to comment on the situation beyond a memo sent to clients last month admitting the company was "experiencing financial difficulties".

Though one director did confirm to Resident Advisor that the police were looking into the activities of Levelz, and in particular a spoof ransom video the group uploaded to YouTube during the hijack. And according to Fact, one of the collective subsequently confirmed they had indeed been questioned by officers.

Which may or may not be why Elastic Artists got their social networks back, albeit so the company could pretty much immediately take them offline.

Back on their own Facebook page, Levelz confirmed the hijack was over. "We're going to shut down this operation now", they wrote. "Having made our point, in a way that's made us laugh over this situation rather than cry, and got us some PR as we now have no money for promoting our next release, or to even pay our studio rent; and also, we know how the internet works, as we're so last Monday now we had better knock it on the head".

They went on: "We did this for all the artists, agents, assistants and promoters that have lost funds, and then been so disrespected by lack of contact, explanation or apology. We know that the agents who worked at Elastic really were in no way to blame and didn't even have any knowledge of how ropey a financial position Elastic were in til the last minute. Arguably they have been dealt a worse card than everyone. This campaign was in no way directed at them".

The message concluded: "We have heard, but can't confirm, that our actions have pushed the company into administration quicker, meaning that ex-staff will now be getting their redundancies sooner. We do hope that is the case. Now that we are giving the reins to their social media back, we do hope Elastic Artists will take the opportunity to apologise and make a clear statement to shed some real light on the situation".

New CEO announced at MMF
The Music Managers Forum has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Annabella Coldrick, who will lead the artist management trade group from 1 Jan next year.

It's an interesting appointment, in that Coldrick's background is public affairs, having worked in corporate communication roles at Cadbury and Which?, and in government communications at the Department For Business, Innovation and Skills. She was most recently Director Of Policy And Research at the Design Council. So the hire possibly shows that the MMF wants to increase its voice in government and political circles, to better represent the artist management community amongst law and public policy makers.

Coldrick replaces MMF's long-time CEO Jon 'Webbo' Webster, who has significantly grown both the profile and the activities of the trade group during his eight years leading the organisation. He will continue to work for the MMF on a part-time basis in the new role of President.

Says Webster: "After eight years at the MMF, when we have grown substantially as an organisation, it is time to hand the baton to someone else and I am incredibly happy that we have found Annabella to fulfil that role. The issues facing managers and their artists require an injection of new skills as the legislative process that affects our businesses becomes worldwide following the revolution that the internet has brought".

Coldrick herself added: "Music production and consumption is fast evolving in the digital age and it is imperative that the voices of managers and artists are heard and actively listened to by governments and the industry. I'm really looking forward to taking up this challenge with Jon and the MMF team, and to use my experience to further enhance MMF's reputation as a critical partner in this debate".

Coldrick will report into the Co-Chairs of the MMF, Diane Wagg and Stephen Budd, who said in a joint statement this morning: "Webbo's eight year tenure has seen a total revamp of the MMF culminating in the publishing of the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report. Annabella's appointment is a step forward to grow the influence of the MMF. We look forward to working together to represent the interests of managers and artists worldwide".

Rock Sound announces editorial rejig
Rock Sound magazine has announced that Editor Ryan Bird is moving to the role of Publisher at the title where he will, says this here statement, "build on Rock Sound's print and digital success as well as expanding the brand into new areas". The mag's current Deputy Editor David McLaughlin takes over from Bird in the full-on role, while Tomas Doyle, previously at Kerrang!, becomes his deputy.

Says Bird: "After a hugely successful couple of years, now is the perfect time to expand Rock Sound's print, digital and commercial portfolios. We're extremely proud to be the only magazine of our kind continually bucking a trend of decline, and that's down to the vision, hard work and dedication of our hugely talented team".

He went on: "With further expansion and recruitment planned across all departments, and a number of exciting projects already underway, 2016 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet, and we're delighted to continue proving that success can be achieved in the rock publishing sector in the modern age".

Yeah, but has he got a CRM growth strategy? That's what all the cool kids want to know.

Scott Weiland 1967-2015
Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland died last week, while on tour with new band The Wildabouts in Minnesota. He was 48.

Born Scott Kilne in 1967, he took the surname of his step-father aged five when his mother remarried, following his parents' divorce when he was two.

In 1986, he formed Stone Temple Pilots with bassist Robert DeLeo, the band eventually releasing their debut album, 'Core', in 1992. Although dismissed by many critics as copying grunge bands like Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, the album was a hit with fans and has gone on to sell over eight million copies. Second album 'Purple' was also a success, and began to win over the critics.

After the band split in 2002, while touring fifth album 'Shangri-La Dee Da', Weiland joined former Guns N Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, plus guitarist Dave Kushner, to form Velvet Revolver.

The band released their debut album, 'Contraband', in 2004, which went to number one in the US. They then released a second album, 'Libertad', in 2007, which was less successful both critically and commercially. Weiland was then fired the following year, his bandmates accusing him of displaying "increasingly erratic behaviour onstage".

Weiland struggled with drug and alcohol problems throughout his career, with numerous arrests leading to stints in both prison and rehab. Although some had raised questions about recent performances, both Weiland and his third wife Jamie had said that he had beaten his addictions in recent years.

Following his departure from Velvet Revolver, Weiland re-united with Stone Temple Pilots, releasing their sixth album in 2010. Though tensions arose again, and Weiland was fired in 2013 - sparking a bitter legal dispute when the band replaced him with Chester Bennington from Linkin Park.

Weiland also released four solo albums during his career, the most recent, 'Blaster', in March this year, as Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts. It was while touring this album that Weiland was found dead on the band's tour bus before a planned show at the Medina Entertainment Center.

Weiland had two children from his second marriage, Lucy and Noah.

  Approved: Nick Nicely - London South
It's over a year since Nick Nicely released his 'Space Of A Second' album. But does that mean it's too late to release another single off it? Definitely not. Which is lucky, because that's what he and Lo Recordings have just done with 'London South'.

The single release for the track is completed by two brand new remixes. Grasscut up the song's melancholy air, twisting it into a sort of sad lullaby that rises around you and slowly fills the room like a cloud of smoke. Meanwhile, Abul Mogard stretches it out to fifteen minutes, slowing it down and making it sound like it's being whispered to passing traffic.

Then, of course, there's the original version, which sits somewhere between these two disparate reworks of it.

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Lee 'Scratch' Perry studio destroyed by fire
Lee 'Scratch' Perry has seen his Secret Laboratory studio in Switzerland gutted by fire. The blaze was started by a candle left burning overnight, he told fans in a Facebook post last week.

"Something very very sad happened", he wrote. "I forgot to out a candle and my whole secret laboratory burned out. My whole life collections, arts, my magic hats, my magic boots, all my crazy show outfits and costumes - king, pope, general, magician - all my electronics and studio equipment and my magic mic, books, musik, CDs... Everything gone!"

"I am so sad and my wife is so mad", he added.

As previously reported, Perry will headline a Soundcrash show at Electric Brixton on 12 Mar next year. It already looked like a pretty amazing show, but helping the man rebuild his studio seems like another good incentive to buy tickets.

Adele announces more tour dates
Apparently those live shows Adele announced have been pretty popular. So, to appease fans and further save the music industry, she's announced a few more, including another four at the O2 Arena.

The additional UK dates are as follows:

10 Mar: Manchester Arena
11 Mar: Manchester Arena
21 Mar: London, O2 Arena
22 Mar: London, O2 Arena
1 Apr: Birmingham, Genting Arena
2 Apr: Birmingham, Genting Arena
4 Apr: London, O2 Arena
5 Apr: London, O2 Arena

Tickets went on sale this morning.

Neil Fox, !K7, Tunecore, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Neil Fox's trial on accusations of various sexual offences has concluded. The verdict will be announced at 4pm on 14 Dec.

• !K7 has announced a deal with Berlin-based Mobilee Records which will see the former provide distribution, marketing and neighbouring rights services to the latter. "Unexpected", said Mobilee co-founder Anja Schneider. About the future projects he hopes to run with !K7. Not the deal. Presumably he expected that.

• Digital distribution firm Tunecore has had one of those oh-so-fashionable-of-late database hacks. In an email to users on Friday night, CEO Scott Ackerman said customer names and information could have been taken, and that all users should change their passwords ASAP. Passwords were encrypted in the system, Ackerman said, but "a determined hacker" may be able to crack the encryption anyway given time.

• India-based streaming firm Saavn has hired former PepsiCo senior marketing consultant Gaurav Wadhwa and given him a brief to launch original programming on the music service, and to expand its output into sports and comedy. I find pretending Chris Martin said something very sweary gets a few laughs.

• More Adele? Yeah. She's sold lots more albums, and broke some new records. You know, same old same old. Meanwhile Amazon Prime Music, which has no Adele tunes, suggests to those who search for the singer's new LP that they might like to listen to Duffy. Which takes you back, doesn't it?

• You've probably heard talk of this new Peaches video. It's for a track called 'Rub' and your employer might frown upon you watching it at your desk.

• How much do you want to see the inside of Björk's mouth?

• Andrew Weatherall will release his first solo album since 2009 on 26 Feb next year. It's called 'Convenanza'. Here's the first track from it, 'The Confidence Man'.

• Steve Aoki will perform two UK shows in February. He'll play Brixton Academy on 19 Feb and Mountford Hall in Liverpool on 20 Feb.

• NME Award nominations? Surely not! Like, really? NME Award nominations? That can't possibly be true! Oh, NME Award nominations you say? Yeah, whatever. Bloody NME Award nominations.

Damon Albarn didn't call Adele insecure. He would never do that
Yet more Adele? Oh, alright then. And look, Damon Albarn never called her insecure, right? And he certainly never spoke to The Sun about his discarded collaborations with the singer. Someone must have overheard him chatting with a mate or something, and taken a few things out of context.

"Here we go", said Albarn, when quizzed about his beef with Adele by BBC Newsbeat. "I have to get this right otherwise it just becomes kind of clickbait, doesn't it? What happened was I didn't speak to anybody about Adele. I did have a conversation with my mate and it wasn't in the most private space. Somebody definitely overheard it, but took very, very small details from it and cobbled them all together and presented it as something I said".

Some of those details, so it was reported, were that her new music was "very middle of the road" and that she was "very insecure".

However, he added: "I never called her insecure. I found when I was hanging out with her that her openness was her great strength. And clearly that was something she was channelling into her music and that's what we talked about".

Of course, that doesn't mean there isn't some sort of feud going on. After all, Adele did say to Rolling Stone recently: "It ended up being one of those 'don't meet your idol' moments. And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him. None of [the music they wrote together] was right. None of it suited my record. He said I was insecure, when I'm the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved - because he has a child - and then he calls me insecure?"

Fighting words! Retaliate Albarn! Let's keep this thing going!

"Oh well", he said. "She's just reacting to what she thought I said. It's one of those things, isn't it? I hope she doesn't really think that".

Alright, not quite what we were going for, but it'll do. And he still hasn't retracted the comment that her music is "middle of the road", so that's something to cling to.

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