WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Spotify could be close to allowing at least some artists to 'window' their releases on the platform, so that premium users would gain access to new material ahead of those using the free version of the streaming service. According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify execs have indicated to labels that they are now considering adopting such a windowing approach... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having previously released music under the name SoSo, Sophia Somajo is back without abbreviation. I don't know the reason for the rebrand, or whether it's an attempt to draw a line in the sand musically speaking, but I do know she's making a strong start under the new name with two new singles, 'The Last Summer' featuring Seinabo Sey and, this week... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Spotify considering premium-before-freemium windowing
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LEGAL Pirate Bay's .org domain down
Dave Lee Travis refused permission to appeal indecent assault conviction
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DEALS Pandora signs with Songs Publishing for third direct licensing deal
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LIVE BUSINESS Salford Lads Club to begin hosting live music
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Guvera to launch in the US
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ARTIST NEWS Veteran acts top hardest working bands in the UK list
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Guy Garvey announces forest shows
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ONE LINERS Indie-Con, SoundCloud, Kanye West, more
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AND FINALLY... Metallica still proud of album with Lou Reed, whatever you might say
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Spotify considering premium-before-freemium windowing
Spotify could be close to allowing at least some artists to 'window' their releases on the platform, so that premium users would gain access to new material ahead of those using the free version of the streaming service.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify execs have indicated to labels that they are now considering adopting such a windowing approach for some artists, though it isn't yet certain how that might work, and the company would likely look to test the system with one or two artists before introducing any permanent change of policy.

The current rule with Spotify, of course, is that your music is either available to both paying and freemium users, or it's not available at all. The streaming service's attitude is that it's freemium that sells premium, and therefore it needs a really compelling free-to-access level to hook-in new users, who can then be up-sold the £10 a month package with the promise of no ads and more mobile functionality.

In the main it's a strategy that has worked, in that Spotify has generally signed up paying users faster than its competitors whenever it has entered a new market. And Spotify's premium users are in no small part behind the boom in subscription revenues in the last two years, which have helped keep the record industry's revenues more or less static, even as CD and download sales decline.

However, freemium pays much, much smaller royalties into the music industry, especially as Spotify has never really got its ad-selling business off the ground in any serious way, while some artists just don't like the idea of consumers getting fully on-demand access to their music - especially their new music - without paying a penny.

It's no secret that some major labels and some big name artists have been putting the pressure on Spotify over its freemium service in the last year. Taylor Swift, of course, pulled from Spotify entirely on this point, while some labels have been asking Spotify to limit its free offer in some way, maybe by offering less functionality - many liked the Rdio approach of only offering personalised radio to freemium subscribers - or less content.

Which brings us to the windowing approach. Coldplay's new album wasn't on Spotify last week when it was released on CD, download and premium-only streaming services, but it will arrive there on Friday. Had Spotify offered the flexibility to window premium-before-freemium, then its paying users - who are among the record industry's best customers - could have had the new record on release, with only the freebie brigade deprived Chris Martin's latest warblings for a whole week.

Given Spotify, as much as anyone, needs to shift as many people as possible from freemium to premium (it takes a big hit on free users too), you might think that it would like the idea of premium-before-freemium windowing: "upgrade now to hear the new Coldplay album" being a simple sell. And presumably Spotify recognises that giving in to the record industry on this particular freemium gripe has an upside.

Though there will be issues, not least which artists are offered the windowing option, and how big is the window? For Spotify, really it needs to be just premiere league artists who go the windowing route, but who's to say who is in the premiere league?

Then, of course, there are YouTube and SoundCloud. If Spotify lets artists window their new music, but then the new records are available to stream on the 'opt-out' free-to-access streaming platforms, Spotify Free becomes less compelling, and the streaming company loses its up-sell audience.

Spotify needs labels to commit to aggressive Content ID management and takedown issuing to overcome this issue. But then, when they put their mind to it, the labels have got quite good at keeping new releases off YouTube and SoundCloud, so that is probably do-able.

Even so, Spotify remains non-committal on all this, except to say that it is still committed to its basic commitment to having a committed freemium offer. Though it is thought windowing was considered for the Coldplay release - and, of course, there was that Muse premium-only track as part of a PlayStation promotion earlier this year - and we may well see some real testing in this domain in 2016.

A cynic might say that Spotify conceding on this point in special circumstances (ie for top artists) is a useful way of placating the labels with freemium concerns, without actually really conceding much at all. Though we don't know any cynics here at CMU, so can't comment on that one way or another. All that is certain is that the role of free streaming will continue to be a big talking point in music circles next year.

Pirate Bay's .org domain down
The Pirate Bay's classic .org domain is down after being suspended by domains firm EuroDNS because the registrant of thepiratebay.org has failed to verify their contact details, a requirement of worldwide domain overseer ICANN.

The domain, like most of those used by the controversial file-sharing platform, is registered to Fredrik Neij, one of the site's founders, who went to jail for his involvement in the piracy enterprise. Since TPB's founders and funder were jailed for copyright crimes, those who continue to run the file-sharing service have kept a much lower profile.

The .org domain could be re-activated at any time if someone involved in the site completes the verification process. It remains to be seen if they bother. Although thepiratebay.org was at one time the site's primary domain, since 2012 that has actually been thepiratebay.se. Those running the site at the time switched over fears the US government was preparing to seize the .org domain, though that never actually happened.

Some will have continued to use thepiratebay.org since then, especially in countries where the primary domains are not blocked by internet service providers. Though a simple Google search will help those people find the site and, ironically, in those countries where web-blocks are in force, file-sharers who use the Bay - and therefore have to routinely circumvent the blockades - are less likely to rely on domain names to reach the service anyway, so when domains go offline it has no effect.

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Dave Lee Travis refused permission to appeal indecent assault conviction
Dave Lee Travis has been refused the opportunity to appeal against an indecent assault conviction last year, a judge saying that there was "no arguable grounds" for him to do so.

As previously reported, Travis was found guilty of assaulting a researcher on the 'Mrs Merton Show' in 1995 and given a two year suspended sentence. He was found not guilty of another charge.

According to BBC News, judge Heather Hallett said: "We are driven to the conclusion that there are no arguable grounds of appeal and accordingly the application for leave to appeal must be refused".

Outside the court, the former radio presenter said: "Obviously I am really, really disappointed - which is probably the understatement of the year. I agree with the law, but I have lost a lot of respect for the law now".

Prior to his conviction, Travis had been cleared of twelve other sexual offence charges, but was forced to stand retrial on the two other allegations against him, including the one for which he was convicted, upon which the original jury could not reach a conclusion.

Pandora signs with Songs Publishing for third direct licensing deal
Songs Publishing has announced a direct licensing deal with Pandora. This is the third direct deal the US streaming service has struck up with a publisher, it having previously licensed all song rights via the collective licensing system. Previous direct deals were with Sony/ATV last month and BMG last year.

"Now is the time to move past the over-regulation of songwriter rights and towards a market-based approach to streaming music", says Songs CEO Matt Pincus, announcing the new deal. "This agreement is a big step forward in a long conversation about fair and equitable compensation for all songwriters and publishers. I value Pandora's commitment to treating all songwriters and publishers equally and look forward to a new chapter with them".

Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews adds: "Pandora has a long-standing commitment to independent songwriters. This agreement with Songs underscores that commitment and demonstrates our shared belief that all publishers and songwriters should receive equal treatment. Pandora is a leader in the space and we continue to improve value to music publishers and songwriters - a positive step for the entire industry".

I'm sad he didn't mention Songs' "storied catalogue", like he did with the last two direct deals the streaming service did. Makes a mockery of his claims to treat the big guys and the independents equally, doesn't it? Also, specific details of these deals are confidential, so we can't even check if what he says it true beyond comparing quotes.

This, like those other direct deals, pre-empts the conclusion of the US Department Of Justice's review of the consent decrees that govern how US collecting societies BMI and ASCAP work. It is expected that amendments will allow publishers to partially withdraw from the two societies, ie only with digital, forcing streaming services into direct deals, where royalties are not ultimately set by the rate courts that oversee collective licensing.

Such direct deals are already an option if the digital service chooses to go that route, for whatever reason, hence how this deal with Songs, and those with BMG and Sony/ATV, were able to be done.

Salford Lads Club to begin hosting live music
The iconic Salford Lads Club, made famous by The Smiths of course, is about to become a live music venue, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The building will apparently host around ten acoustic shows a year, with Taylor Swift tribute act Ryan Adams among those who have expressed interest in performing at the venue.

"Ryan Adams visited and was clicking his fingers and saying 'oh that's amazing'", said Club spokesman Leslie Holmes. "At the time we didn't have the capacity to offer him a concert. But because we have put in new fire escapes and a lift - we have improved access to the building with a grant - now we can have 200, and the sound gets better the more people you have in the room".

"We think there will be a lot of interest from bands wanting to play here", he continued. "We can apply for up to ten temporary licences per year. We have one or two people interested already - promoters wanting to help us. I think acoustic is the perfect medium for the space".

Artists including Billy Bragg and Liam Fray of the Courteeners have performed low-key shows at the venue in the past.

Guvera to launch in the US
Australian digital firm Guvera has announced plans to expand its ad-funded streaming service into the US. Though these particular plans apparently don't involve buying up an existing service, then closing it down and scarpering.

The company, which dabbled in the US market in an earlier incarnation, announced plans to launch its current service Stateside with a launch party in LA earlier this week. The evening included performances by Swimm and Jessie J. What a night it sounds like.

Said the company's CEO Darren Herft ahead of that bash: "Our West Coast Launch Party at the House of Guvera is going to be an absolute blast. But more important[ly], the event will be an opportunity to highlight Guvera's brand-funded streaming model, dedication to music lovers everywhere, and mission to bring fans, brands and musicians together in a way that transforms the way we experience music".

Back in the UK, Guvera is still facing a class action from former employees of Blinkbox - which is what I was referring to with that whole buy/close/scarper thing. They argue that Guvera managed to run Blinkbox into the ground in just five months after acquiring the service from Tesco at the start of the year, and then failed to meet obligations to staff when the service was suddenly shut down in June.

More recently, Guvera raised new financing of AUS$100 million and discussed plans for an IPO.

  Approved: Sophia Somajo
Having previously released music under the name SoSo, Sophia Somajo is back without abbreviation. I don't know the reason for the rebrand, or whether it's an attempt to draw a line in the sand musically speaking, but I do know she's making a strong start under the new name with two new singles, 'The Last Summer' featuring Seinabo Sey and, this week, 'Klein Blue'.

Somajo has a new EP out in February called 'The Freudian Slip Vol 1'. I think both these tracks are on it. I know for damn sure that the stronger of the two - 'Klein Blue' - is definitely on there. It's the sort of pop song that kicks you in the back of the knees and then pokes you with a stick while you try to check if you've just ruined your new trousers. Though by the second chorus you've realised it's all fine, and you both spend the last 50 seconds dancing around like nothing happened.

Listen to 'Klein Blue' right now and tell me that's not exactly what it's like.
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Veteran acts top hardest working bands in the UK list
Hardest working band in the UK in 2015? Go on, have a guess. Anyone? Yeah, of course, it was. Showaddywaddy. Obvious now you think about it, isn't it?

That's according to online entertainment guide and ticketing hub Ents24, which has counted up which music and comedy acts played the most different UK venues this year, meaning 'hard-working' is defined not just by the total number of shows on British soil, but on how much travelling from city to city an act's touring involved.

The top 20 artists based on that criteria is filled with veterans and acts playing the nostalgia circuit, though there is some younger and/or newer talent too, including Laurence Jones, Allusondrugs and Sleaford Mods.

Though before these hard-working music types get too smug, you might be interested to know that the hardest working comedian - the magnificent Patrick Monahan (a favourite of our sister mag ThreeWeeks) - did 25% more shows than the hardest working pop group. So take that Showaddywaddy.

Anyway, here's the list of hardest working musicians in the UK:

1. Showaddywaddy
2. Miranda Sykes
3. Bay City Rollers Starring Les McKeown
4. The Searchers
5. Laurence Jones
6. Steel Threads
7. Chas & Dave
8. Allusondrugs
9. Sleaford Mods
10. Rex Preston
11. Sarah McQuaid
12. Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
13. John Otway
14. Chris Farlowe
15. Bad Manners
16. T'Pau
17. The Proclaimers
18. Blossoms
19. Joe Longthorne
20. The Bohicas

While we are in list mode, here are the most "in-demand" live acts/events of 2015. Though, of course, high demand could be partly due to a scarcity of shows, as well as the popularity of the act, by which I mean, Showaddywaddy would surely top this list too if they didn't play so many bloody gigs.

This top ten is according to Viagogo; you know, tout-central. And there was you thinking that secondary ticketing was evil, and then, out of the blue, a resale site arrives on the scene with a list. Yeah, a list! Everyone loves a list. Everything is officially forgiven.

1. AC/DC
2. One Direction
3. Ed Sheeran
4. Taylor Swift
5. Madonna
6. Ariana Grande
7. Foo Fighters
8. U2
9 The Isle of Wight Festival
10. The Libertines

Guy Garvey announces forest shows
Guy Garvey has announced two solo shows in British forests next summer, as part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live series.

Says Garvey of the shows: "I have played Forest Live once before with Elbow so I am really delighted to be performing again in these beautiful locations. It should be a magical experience on a summer's evening in a forest".

Here are the dates:

24 Jun: Dalby Forest, near Pickering, North Yorkshire
25 June: Sherwood Pines, Edwinstowe, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Tickets on sale this Friday through forestry.gov.uk/music

Indie-Con, SoundCloud, Kanye West, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The Association Of Independent Music has added some more speakers to the line-up of its Indie-Con event, which takes place in London next month. Tom Silverman from Tommy Boy Records, Hannah Overton from Secretly Group, Tom Robinson from 6 Music and that there Sam Duckworth are amongst the adds.

• SoundCloud has announced a partnership with wireless audio company Raumfeld. From later this month, it will be possible to access SoundCloud content on the company's equipment.

• Opeth are continuing their 25th anniversary celebrations by launching their own beer, 'XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout'. Brewed by the Leeds-based Northern Monk Brew Co, it's 9.2% abv. If that seems a bit strong (because it is), they'll also have a pale ale out early next year.

• Tei Shi has released the video for 'Get It' from her 'Verde' EP.

• The Very Best have released a video for 'Let Go', documenting their 2015 summer tour.

• Sennen have released a video for new single 'Autopilot'. The band release their debut album, 'First Light', on 26 Feb next year.

• Protomartyr will play three UK shows next April. Magnet in Liverpool on 1 Apr, Broadcast in Glasgow on 2 Apr, and London's 100 Club on 3 Apr.

• Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's new child is called Saint. And that's fine.

Metallica still proud of album with Lou Reed, whatever you might say
As much as you've tried to make him, James Hetfield just won't feel bad about 'Lulu', the critically panned album Metallica made with Lou Reed in 2011. He both enjoyed making it and remains proud of the final result. So, bad luck you.

Hetfield told So What, according to Metal Hammer: "'Lulu' wasn't accepted as much as we accepted it. I'm really proud that we did it. It was fun, it was an adventure ... I think it comes down to personalities. You either want things to be safe, and you invest in them so much that if it's not safe, it rocks your whole world, or you look at life as an adventure".

You might still scoff that he has to admit the final album was shit though. Nope, he's checked: "We're perfectionists. We're really extremely self-critical. It's gotten us to where we are, but it's also the curse. When something doesn't go right, I come down so hard on myself".

So that's that. Let's all go and re-evaluate 'Lulu' now. I am the table!

 
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