MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Fans of Apple Music had better get themselves a Taylor Swift account. Or something like that. I don't know. The point is, the tech star and pop corporation have put aside all the bad blood that stemmed from that seven-hour feud back in June and are now getting all up close and personal with Apple's streaming platform getting exclusive dibs and festive dabs on the concert film... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Every day this week in the CMU Approved slot, we'll be looking at one of our five favourite artists of 2015. First up, Susanne Sundfør. In the past we've commended Susanne Sundfør for not being afraid to completely overhaul her sound. And while this year's 'Ten Love Songs' album might not have been a total move away from her most recent records, it was a... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Spotify considering windowing releases off its freemium service, the European Commission's Digital Single Market review, Labour's proposals on the agent of change principle, and the Wu Tang Clan's single-copy album buyer. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Apple Music scores exclusive on Taylor Swift concert film
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DEALS Helen Love signs to Alcopop! Records
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LIVE BUSINESS LA County task force reports back on EDM events
Fabric wins appeal over proposed new security measures
Another London venue to close, Power Lunches announces farewell party
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ARTIST NEWS Hotel for creative types to open in London
Rudimental fund Malawi school expansion
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RELEASES Willow Smith has a debut album all of a sudden
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ONE LINERS Tidal, Katy B, Femme, more
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AND FINALLY... Don't try to contact Ed Sheeran, he is not here
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Apple Music scores exclusive on Taylor Swift concert film
Fans of Apple Music had better get themselves a Taylor Swift account. Or something like that. I don't know. The point is, the tech star and pop corporation have put aside all the bad blood that stemmed from that seven-hour feud back in June and are now getting all up close and personal with Apple's streaming platform getting exclusive dibs and festive dabs on the concert film of Swift's '1989' world tour. And just in time for Christmas.

The tie-up was announced yesterday, along with details about the concert film, which will include an entire show from the singer's tour - filmed at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney - plus some of that "never-before-seen" backstage footage and guest appearances from acts who supported the popstar on her most recent live trek. It will go live on Apple Music for paying subscribers or anyone still on a three-month free trial on 20 Dec.

It is, of course, a coup for Apple, and the second time the singer has helped the tech giant's streaming service grab headlines. Though the first time was a less conventional alliance, when Swift hit out at the tech firm's plans to pay no royalties during the three month free trial period of its streaming platform, securing an almost immediate back down by Apple bosses, and ensuring them front page news coverage of their new service worldwide.

The new tie-up is also a big exclusive for Apple's streaming service at the end of a year when the prospect of digital platforms increasingly seeking exclusive content has been much debated in the music community.

With most streaming services basically offering the same library of music for pretty much the same price point, many have predicted that platforms would increasingly demand artist exclusives to give them a unique selling point in a crowded market place, following the lead of the video-on-demand sector, which is dominated by Netflix and Amazon's exclusive programmes.

Tidal made it clear that exclusives would be part of its game plan after the Jay-Z acquisition at the start of the year, and Apple - with its big pockets and, via iTunes, massive reach - has been expected to play this game too.

Though it seems likely that exclusives will generally be more of the kind seen in this new deal - ie concert recordings, backstage footage, special sessions - rather than artists giving one service exclusive access to a new album for any serious period of time. But it'll be interesting to see how this side of streaming progresses in 2016.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift fans signed up to Apple Music will have themselves a very nice 'Swiftmas'. Which is a word the singer is trying to trademark apparently. Yeah. That's what I thought. Seasons greetings one and all.

Helen Love signs to Alcopop! Records
Longstanding indie hero Helen Love has signed a new record deal with Alcopop! Records, and will release a new album in April next year.

Says label boss Jack Clothier: "I've been a MASSIVE fan of Helen Love ever since I heard the 'Tommy Gun Clash' cover on Steve Lamacq's 'Bootleg Sessions Volume 2' back in 1999. My friend Dave sent me the 'Does Your Heart Go Boom' single and I was absolutely smitten. On the quest of becoming best pals with Helen and the gang I (genuinely) enrolled at Swansea University where they played exactly no hometown shows and I met them approximately never".

He continues: "Fast forward ten years or so, and en route to the first HL show in London for many years, I bumped into Helen in a mid-priced chain pub and finally met the queen of the UK music scene. Now we're working together on her new album and, to put it frankly, I couldn't be happier about it. This is Helen Love on absolutely sparkling form... From Swansea Bay to the USA!"

Kicking off the new partnership, Alcopop! is releasing a Helen Love Christmas single, which is quite a timely thing to do (it is nearly Christmas). So, here's 'The Townhall Band'.

LA County task force reports back on EDM events
The Electronic Music Task Force set up by the Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors, following two drug-related deaths at the Live Nation-promoted Hard Summer EDM festival in August, has made 55 recommendations, but has rejected a proposal that dance music events be banned from county-owned venues.

As previously reported, the two deaths and other drugs-related incidents at Hard Summer got particular attention, partly because there has been a focus on drugs at dance music events since the EDM boom in the US, but more so because that festival was hosted at a site owned by the LA County - Fairplex - the long-term home of the LA County Fair.

Live Nation cancelled another dance music event at the venue following the Hard Summer incidents, and reduced the capacity of the EDM brand's Halloween bash. Though 500 of the 40,000 people who attended that latter show were still arrested.

According to the Pasadena Star-News, recommendations made by the LA County task force include: enforcing an 18+ rule on all EDM events at its venues, increasing access to water at such shows, a requirement of four police officers per 1000 festival-goers, amnesty boxes before security checkpoints, and 'evidence-based educational and informational materials on alcohol and drug use' to be distributed at all dance music events.

Gary Richards, who heads up Hard Events, declined to comment on the recommendations when approached by the Star-News, except to say that he felt the task force members did "their due diligence."

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Fabric wins appeal over proposed new security measures
London club Fabric has successfully appealed a number of new licensing conditions placed on the venue by Islington Council late last year, according to Resident Advisor.

As previously reported, Fabric faced losing its licence entirely after a review of its operations was launched by the local authority last year. The review followed complaints by police, mainly in relation to alleged drug incidents, and claims that there had been a "wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue".

The club managed to keep its licence, but had to agree to a number of strict new security measures, including sniffer dogs and ID scans. Though the venue's co-founders Cameron Leslie and Keith Reilly immediately announced that they would appeal the Council's ruling, saying: "We need to see their written reasons but we fundamentally disagree on a number of key points. We are on the same page in lots of ways, we just have fundamental differences on how to operate that".

Most of the new security measures were never implemented, pending the appeal, though ID scanning was trialled for a couple of months. But, following the venue's successful appeal, it seems those measures won't now ever have to be introduced.

Despite last year's license review, police admitted that they had a good relationship with Fabric, while the venue's management said at the time that "Fabric has always operated a zero tolerance drugs policy and we're proud to continue to be open and honest in assisting the police with any incident investigations".

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Another London venue to close, Power Lunches announces farewell party
Dalston venue Power Lunches is to close down following one final party on 19 Dec, due to London being a monumental fuckstick.

In a statement, the venue's owners said: "Yes I'm afraid we are closing, in the last year it has become financially unviable for us to carry on without compromising the integrity of what Power Lunches is known and loved for".

They continued: "We all know it has become increasingly difficult to do good stuff in a city that is so focused on making a profit without much concern for anything else, but we've had four great years and we hope everyone will remember us fondly knowing we did our best to support independent bands and promoters in London".

As well as this, they added that there is still a chance that they will open at a new premises next year, although that is not confirmed. So, for now, let's just make sure this farewell show goes off with a bang.

  Approved 2015: Susanne Sundfør
Every day this week in the CMU Approved slot, we'll be looking at one of our five favourite artists of 2015. First up, Susanne Sundfør...

In the past we've commended Susanne Sundfør for not being afraid to completely overhaul her sound. And while this year's 'Ten Love Songs' album might not have been a total move away from her most recent records, it was a bold step nonetheless.

The new LP both walked headlong into a more mainstream sound, but then also toyed with it. It's pop forced to take on very-grown-up, very-real-feeling relationship problems. The battle is fought so hard that the only way to stop the intensity of both the music and the emotions is to suddenly disappear into a lengthy orchestral interlude halfway through.

Sundfør told The Guardian earlier this year that the creation of the album was just as intense as the finished result, admitting that it had ultimately had a negative affect on her health. Not that I'd recommend that as a work ethic, but it does seem to have paid off. Five albums into her career, Sundfør is knocking it out of the park so far she's in danger of hitting herself in the back of the head.

She also provided live shows this year that more than did the album justice, her performance at St Georges Church in Brighton at this year's Great Escape being the highlight of the whole festival for me.

Now, here are the videos for 'Fade Away' and 'Accelerate'.
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Hotel for creative types to open in London
A hotel especially designed for artists, performers and others working in the creative industries is set to open in London next March. The 22 room hotel in Wood Green, North London will also offer rehearsal, exhibition and meeting spaces.

The Green Rooms hotel is being set up by Nick Hartwright, founder of The Mill Street Co, which offers studios and workspace for creative people around London. The new venture has backing from the Mayor Of London's High Street Fund and the local Haringey Council.

"There's nowhere in London that's specifically for artists to stay, where they can meet each other, practice, perform and stay under one roof", Hartwright told The Spaces. "Green Rooms will offer all of that".

According to The Stage, the hotel will offer standard rooms, plus dormitories and long-stay apartments. "We are targeting people in the arts and creative industries coming to work in London, but at the same time, it will be open as a hotel more generally", Hartwright told the theatre website.

"Fingers crossed we will be pretty busy and have block bookings going forward", he went on. "I have done a lot of research into this and there is nowhere like it. London is insanely expensive for accommodation, but there is a constant stream of people coming to work here, so hopefully it's a no-brainer".

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Rudimental fund Malawi school expansion
Money raised by Rudimental has been used to open a new block at the Mkhunku School, the first entirely self-sustainable school in Malawi. The third block at the facility will enable the teaching of a further 200 children from the area.

The money was raised for sustainable development charity Love Support Unite as part of its Love Specs campaign. Rudimental had their own branded heart-shaped glasses which were distributed at shows, including at their headline performance at the Wild Life festival in Brighton.

"We support Love Support Unite because they are an honest charity who work from the grassroots up", says Rudimental's Piers Aggett. "They help build schools and provide energy and resources in a place like Malawi where they are needed most".

The Rudimental block of the Mkhunku School was officially opened on 1 Dec.

Willow Smith has a debut album all of a sudden
Willow Smith dumped her debut album 'Ardipithecus' on US iTunes last week. Just out of nowhere. No announcement. People just woke up, and there it was. The bulk of the album is produced by Smith, with AcE (aka her older brother Trey) and Jabs also contributing to a handful of tracks.

Speaking to The Fader, Smith said of the title: "Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs. 'Ardipithecus' is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds..."

Willow Smith is fifteen years old.

Anyway, here's a song, 'F Q-C #8'.

Tidal, Katy B, Femme, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The world at large has, as yet, failed to see the benefit of high quality digital music services. But Tidal apparently has come up with a plan to change that - ultra high quality digital music. That should do it.

• I was just wondering what Katy B was up to the other day. And now we know, she's been working with Four Tet and Floating Points on this. She's going to release a collection of collaborations with various producers (an album, you could call it), titled 'Honey', next year.

• Femme has done a Christmas song. It's called 'Santa (Be Good To Me)'. It is nearly Christmas now.

• La Sera will release an album titled 'Music For Listening To Music To' on 4 Mar. From it, this is 'High Notes'.

• Sigma have announced four UK shows next year. Two shows come at the end of March, the other two at the beginning of April. What fun.

• Oh, I forgot to mention earlier, Katy B will also be headlining the Brixton Academy on 14 May next year. OK, cool. Thanks.

• The winners of the lifetime achievement prize at the next European Festival Awards are Jean-Louis Brossard and Béatrice Macé from Les Trans Musicales in France. They'll collect their prize at the ceremony in Groningen in The Netherlands as part of Eurosonic Noorderslag on 13 Jan.

Don't try to contact Ed Sheeran, he is not here
Ed Sheeran is gone. Do not try to contact Ed Sheeran. There will be no more Ed Sheeran. For approximately nine months. That's it. He played the final date of his 'x' world tour at Auckland Stadium in New Zealand on Saturday, and now he's off to look at the world with his eyes.

"Hello all", he said via a statement posted to Instagram. "I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while. I've had such an amazing ride over the last five years, but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes, so I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and to see everything I missed".

"To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit", he added, slightly threateningly. "To my fans, the third album is on its way and is the best thing I've made so far. See you all next autumn and thank you for being amazing".

So that's it. He's gone. Don't try to get in touch with Ed, because he's let the battery drain from his phone one last time. Set yourself a reminder to tell him everything next September. Write a list maybe. Here's one I've started off for you that you can cut out and keep:

1. Bye!
2. Merry Christmas!
3. Happy birthday! (Note: check when Ed's birthday is)
4. Happy new year!
5. Did you leave the oven on?
6. What was the name of that guy? You know, the one with the hat?
7. It's alright, I remembered.
8. Blimey, hot isn't it!
9. Fuck this rain.
10. Adele says nine months isn't enough.

 
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