TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: An 'agent of change' rule could be added to the government's in-development Housing And Planning Bill thanks to an amendment tabled by two Labour MPs. As previously reported, the agent of change principle says that if a property developer constructs or converts a building next to a music venue, it must take responsibility for ensuring that the new development... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having recorded and self-released three albums in their home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, indie-pop duo The Response decided a change was needed before they got to work on their fourth. So they upped sticks and moved to Vancouver, Canada. The new record's first single, 'You Wanted To Go', suggests that it was a trip worth making. It's a softly floating synth track... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Peter Hook’s lawsuit against his former New Order bandmates, the latest development’s in web-blocks, the social media hijack at Elastic Artists, and all those ones to watch lists. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Labour MPs push for 'agent of change' to be added to new planning legislation
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LEGAL Niall Horan wins in round one of libel action against the Star
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DEALS FUGA announces Domino deal
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LIVE BUSINESS Shepherds Bush Empire closed due to structural damage
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Vevo buys video curation app maker, wants to utilise expertise for its own products
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ARTIST NEWS Eagles Of Death Metal return to Paris stage at U2 show
Taylor Swift briefly returns to Spotify, miscredited to Lostprophets
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RELEASES Primal Scream announce new album
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ONE LINERS Eventbrite, Coldplay, Grammy Awards more
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AND FINALLY... Thom Yorke writes to Father Christmas
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ROCKFEEDBACK - HEAD OF MARKETING & EDITORIAL (LONDON)
A crucial role at the RFB, this is a role for an ideally experienced person in the music industry, working with the Head Booker and full team on liaising with Booking Agents, Managers and the wider industry on constructing and actioning marketing plans and creative marketing ideas.

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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.
 
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Labour MPs push for 'agent of change' to be added to new planning legislation
An 'agent of change' rule could be added to the government's in-development Housing And Planning Bill thanks to an amendment tabled by two Labour MPs.

As previously reported, the agent of change principle says that if a property developer constructs or converts a building next to a music venue, it must take responsibility for ensuring that the new development can co-exist with said venue, for example, paying for soundproofing if noise may be an issue for the new neighbours.

It's something that already exists in Australia, and is a principle that enjoyed much support during the #VoteForMusic survey of the music community ahead of the General Election earlier this year. The Musicians' Union has also been lobbying hard for its introduction.

The aim is to overcome the mad situation where developers plonk a new residential building next to an existing venue, and then the new residents complain to the council about the noise, forcing new soundproofing obligations onto the gig space next door. Given the profit margins the grass roots live sector operates on, such obligations can put small venues out of business.

It's shadow culture minister Michael Dugher and his fellow Labour MP John Healey who are proposing that the agent of change principle be introduced in the UK via the new planning legislation, which is currently at committee stage in Parliament. The measure, if made law, could cut both ways, in that people opening new venues would also be obliged to consider their new neighbours, and to ensure that the arrival of a music space in a residential area didn't negatively impact on the existing locals (though, to an extent, new venues already have to do that anyway).

Dugher's proposals have been welcomed by the music community. The boss of cross-sector trade group UK Music, Jo Dipple, stressed how challenging times are for small venues at the moment, and how important said venues are for nurturing new talent.

"These small and grassroots venues create a platform for our industry, one that contributes £4.1 billion to the UK economy", she explained. "I am incredibly grateful to Michael Dugher MP and John Healey MP who recognise that something needs to give. Their leadership in this matter is welcome. I urge government to support the introduction of these amendments into law".

Meanwhile Mark Davyd of the Music Venue Trust added: "We welcome this important opportunity to take a common sense approach to housing and planning. Grassroots music venues are culturally significant spaces, incubating UK music talent at the very earliest stage of their careers. By adopting agent of change principles, we not only ensure these spaces are protected, we also contribute to the development of higher quality residential development in towns and cities. Residents and culture can happily co-exist in our towns and cities, and agent of change is a simple supporting measure that encourages that outcome".

And finally, Dave Webster of the MU added: "This amendment, if carried, will help to ensure the many venues supporting live music and providing community assets across the UK can continue to exist. Relaxation of planning laws allowing inner city, often redundant commercial buildings, to be turned into residential accommodation has in many cases adversely affected venues nationwide".

Niall Horan wins in round one of libel action against the Star
A libel case being pursued by One Direction's Niall Horan against the Daily Star will proceed, after a judge refused the tabloid's request to have the case dismissed.

The action relates to an article back in July that implied the 1D boy used drugs during a night out with Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson. And we're not just talking about a little puff on a joint in a van. Oh no, the tabloid was implying this 1D member was into the proper stuff, crystal meth, or crack maybe.

Or was it? Exactly what the newspaper was implying - or what its readers may have inferred - is at the heart of this case. Horan's legal team reckon that claims their client was "staring blankly" and that there were "rumours the singers were using hard drugs", coupled with some 'Breaking Bad' references, made it very clear what the Star was alleging.

The paper argued that it threw enough doubt into its story - at one point stating "there is no suggestion that this is the case" regarding the hard drug allegations - that readers would not have interpreted the article in the defamatory way that Horan claims.

Quite what the average Star reader may have inferred is still to be debated but, in a stage one victory for the popstar, judge James Dingemans said that the tabloid's piece was at least capable of bearing the defamatory meaning that Horan claims. Therefore, he said, this case should proceed to a full hearing, and the Star's application for dismissal was rejected.

It remains to be seen if the case now gets to court, or whether the newspaper will seek to settle given the ambiguities around the interpretation of the piece.

FUGA announces Domino deal
Digital distribution and services firm FUGA has announced a new deal with Domino which will see the former handle the global digital delivery of the latter's music, both catalogue and new releases.

The fact that FUGA makes it simple to deliver multiple encodings of each track makes them "the natural choice for Domino", says the official announcement of the new deal. "With a growing proportion of Domino's catalogue now offered as high definition audio and an increasing number of services such as Tidal, Deezer Elite and Pono now offering 16-bit and 24-bit streams and downloads to create a point of difference, the ability to efficiently deliver multiple resolutions is crucial" it adds.

Confirming the tie-up, Jason Reed, Head Of Digital at Domino, told reporters: "We're happy to have partnered with FUGA as our digital integrations solution. Their platform provides an intuitive, efficient and flexible solution for us in managing our digital releases and deliveries across our retail and streaming partners".

And FUGA boss Pieter Van Rijn added: "We're pleased that Domino chose us as their digital distribution partner, as our pioneering tech for easy distribution of multiple encodings is something we're all proud of at FUGA. We are of course very excited to be working with the Domino team and the consistently great music they put out".

Shepherds Bush Empire closed due to structural damage
The Grade II listed Shepherds Bush Empire venue in London has been closed for the remainder of the year while "essential maintenance work" is carried out, with most shows now postponed or moved elsewhere.

Structural issues were seemingly discovered ahead of a sold out Courteeners show on Friday, with the gig only cancelled at around 7pm. Fans have been advised that this will be one of the rescheduled shows.

An hour later, the band's Liam Fray tweeted a statement saying that they had been told that "serious structural damage" was to blame for the cancellation.

"They checked a problem and it was A LOT worse than first thought", he continued. "Why they told us and you so late, I've no idea. I know you're all disappointed but if something happened to one of those balconies with all you guys inside it does not bear even thinking about".

After further investigation yesterday, the venue's owner Academy Music Group issued a statement confirming that all remaining shows in December will no longer go ahead as planned.

"Safety and amenities for our customers and staff is paramount and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this unexpected maintenance and repair may cause", it said. "We are undertaking remedial works and aim to be fully open within a matter of weeks. Our thanks to all fans, artists and promoters for their co-operation, it is sincerely valued and appreciated, especially at this extremely busy time".

A further update is expected later this week.

Vevo buys video curation app maker, wants to utilise expertise for its own products
Vevo, the music video platform owned by Sony Music and Universal Music, has gone and got itself an acquisition, buying up the company behind Showyou, a video curation platform which last year introduced a subscription offer.

It's thought that Vevo isn't especially interested in keeping Showyou running as a going concern, but rather wants to utilise its intellectual property and the knowledge of its team to enhance its own products. Seven of Showyou's ten employees are thought to be joining the firm.

This has led some to wonder whether Vevo is also planning to go the subscription route, perhaps offering some premium or upfront content to those who pay, rather than just pumping out all of the music videos and original content in its catalogue through its free channels and, of course, via YouTube, which is where most people still connect to the music video set-up.

The fact that Vevo has long wanted to exist in a serious way beyond YouTube may also suggest that the firm is as interested in Showyou's curation and sharing tools. Such flim flam could be incorporated into Vevo's own channels to make them more distinct from YouTube, even for free users.

Vevo, of course, has been under new management since earlier this year when Erik Huggers joined as CEO, bringing with him a background in TV and tech rather than music. He subsequently hired former Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt to lead on original content, boosting the firm's credentials as a media player rather than just a music video aggregator.

Huggers' challenge is finding new revenues beyond sharing in ad and subscription revenues on the YouTube site, and - of course - in keeping on side the major record companies which own his business, and who have become less keen on free-to-access digital services in the last couple of years.

Confirming the Showyou buy, Huggers told reporters: "With the acquisition of Showyou we take a significant step forward in re-positioning Vevo as a best-in-class product-driven organisation".

Final CMU:DIY x Urban Development event for 2015 tomorrow
The next CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar - the final one of the year - takes place at the Red Bull Studios in London tomorrow, once again providing insights and inspiration for future music talent.

This one looks at record deals, and the role record companies have in artist careers, especially for new talent. It will consider the pros and cons of signing a traditional label deal - rather than going a DIY or label services route - and also the differences between working with major and indie record companies. It will also explain how record deals work, and the highs and lows of the artist/label relationship.

CMU MD and Business Editor Chris Cooke will lead the proceedings, while Alex Boateng from Island Records, Craig Evans from Believe Digital, lawyer Richard Day, manager Riki Bleu and artist Terri Walker will all join the debate.

The session takes place from 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 Dec (note: this event had previously been listed as 10 Dec in some places), and you can sign up via Urban Development.

  Approved: The Response
Having recorded and self-released three albums in their home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, indie-pop duo The Response decided a change was needed before they got to work on their fourth. So they upped sticks and moved to Vancouver, Canada.

The new record's first single, 'You Wanted To Go', suggests that it was a trip worth making. It's a softly floating synth track, with a sparse arrangement that leaves space for Andy and Vic Knopp's twin vocals, before a final lift from a simple guitar melody.

There's more to come from the new album, but for now have a listen to this slowed down version of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.

And watch the video for 'You Wanted To Go' here.
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Eagles Of Death Metal return to Paris stage at U2 show
Eagles Of Death Metal joined U2 on stage in Paris last night as Bono et al performed the second of two shows at the city's AccorHotels Arena.

"These are our brothers, our fellow troubadours", said Bono, as his guests appeared for the encore of the show and performed two songs with U2. "They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight".

This follows the attacks on Paris last month, of course, which claimed the lives of 130 people. The deadliest of those attacks took place in the French capital's Bataclan theatre where Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the time.

U2's shows on Sunday and Monday night had been scheduled for the weekend of the attacks, but were cancelled and then quickly rescheduled.

It had been rumoured that Eagles Of Death Metal would join them on stage on Sunday, after they were seen coming through Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport, but U2 issued a statement saying: "We're back in Paris and it's great to be here. Some people have been saying that Eagles Of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight's show".

That guest turned out to be Patti Smith, who performed her song 'People Have The Power' with the band.

However, for the second night, which was being filmed for HBO, Eagles Of Death Metal did appear on stage with U2, and also performed 'People Have The Power'. They then closed the show with 'I Love You All The Time', one of EODM's own songs, which they have been encouraging other bands to cover, pledging all publishing royalties to charities supporting the victims of the attacks last month.

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Taylor Swift briefly returns to Spotify, miscredited to Lostprophets
Taylor Swift was back on the free streaming services this week, but only temporarily and miscredited to Lostprophets.

Swift's song 'I Knew You Were Trouble' appeared on Spotify and Deezer, as well as the iTunes and Amazon download stores, listed as a Lostprophets song. It has now been taken down from all four.

The hoax seems to date back to October, when the miscredited track was uploaded to a YouTube channel with the same artwork (a screengrab of animated TV series 'Scaredy Squirrel') that appeared on the digital music services this week. It got little attention back then, and appears to be a prank attempted with other songs previously.

It's not clear if the same person then took things a step further by submitting the track to the audio streaming and download platforms. Nor is it known which distributor failed to flag up the issue before delivering the digital file - Lostprophets having also been listed as the releasing label.

A Spotify spokesperson said in a statement: "The track in question was delivered to us by a provider, whose responsibility it is to ensure that content delivered to Spotify is fully licensed and in compliance with our Infringement Policy. We take the integrity of our catalogue very seriously, and will immediately remove any content that is found to be incorrectly licensed or attributed to the incorrect artist or composer".

They continued: "The track was taken down as soon as it was discovered (three days after it was delivered), and we will be taking the matter further with the provider who delivered this track".

Swift, of course, removed her entire catalogue from Spotify and Deezer last year, in protest against the streaming services' freemium tiers. Lostprophets split in 2013 following the arrest (and subsequent conviction) of frontman Ian Watkins for the sexual abuse of children.

Primal Scream announce new album
Primal Scream have announced that they will release a new album, 'Chaosmosis', on 18 Mar. The long player will come through their own First International label, an imprint of Ignition Records.

You can pre-order it on Pledge, you know. Would you like to watch a trailer for it? Sure you would.

Now, what about tour dates? There must be some of those to mark this momentous occasion. Yes, you're right, there are. Here they all are:

29 Mar: Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
30 Mar: Glasgow, ABC
1 Apr: London, Palladium
2 Apr: Manchester, Albert Hall

Eventbrite, Coldplay, Grammy Awards more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Eventbrite has announced deals to provide online ticketing, and especially mobile ticketing, to Ministry Of Sound and the WOMAD festival. Ever wondered what buying tickets via Eventbrite is like? Well, book yourself in to the next CMU Insights masterclass and see for yourself!

• Icelandic music hub Tónlist.is has announced a tie-up with 7digital to "re-launch the first and only music service based in Iceland". The all improved Tónlist.is, which offers both streaming and downloads, will launch early next year.

• The Spotify app reckons that Coldplay's new album 'A Head Full Of Dreams' will be available via the service from Friday, ie a week after release on CD, download and premium streaming platforms. Artists should be allowed to pick and choose where their music sits, but maybe they could do a better job of telling fans where it will be available when? Or perhaps guessing is part of the fun of being a music fan in 2015.

• Chvrches perform a song written by a contributor to the (always excellent) Mortified podcast this week. In-keeping with the theme of the podcast - adults read out their teenage diaries - it was written by a fourteen year old. Listen to the full episode here.

• Emmy The Great will release a new album, 'Second Love', on 11 Mar through Bella Union. Here's the first track from it, 'Dance W Me'.

• Sleigh Bells have put out a new track called 'Champions Of Unrestricted Beauty' on SoundCloud. And not a Demi Lovato sample in sight.

• The Body set out to make "the grossest pop album of all time". Find out if they succeeded when they release 'No One Deserves Happiness' on 18 Mar. Here's a hint with the song 'Shelter Is Illusory'.

• Coldplay have added another date to their 2016 tour. They'll play Wembley Stadium on 15 Jun. Tickets on sale this Friday.

• It's Grammy nominations time. I'm not going to list them all. Look for yourself here.

Thom Yorke writes to Father Christmas
Thom Yorke was one of a number of celebrities to write letters to Father Christmas for yesterday's National Letter Writing Day.

"Dear Father Christmas", begins Yorke, in the letter written for Letters Live and published by the NME. "It is years since I wrote to you. I hope this letter finds you well and that the snow is still continuing to fall up in Lapland. Here it is mostly rain. Not even jumper weather yet! But the Christmas albums are already being played in the shops. That must be so embarrassing for you".

Although admitting that he has "sometimes failed spectacularly" to be good, he hopes that Santa will deliver him "a beautiful Christmas" for his children, "perhaps some heavy snow", that he'll "consider not giving any presents to oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy", and that he might drop off "some reading glasses".

So basically all the normal stuff we all ask for. Read the full letter here.

 
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