TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: George Ergatoudis has announced he is to join Spotify, leaving BBC Radio 1 where he has been Head Of Music for the last decade. He will take on the newly created role of Head Of Content Programming for the UK at the streaming service. Prior to joining the BBC in 1997, Ergatoudis was a senior producer at Kiss FM. Initially taking on a producer role at BBC Radio, he went on to... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Radio 1 Head Of Music George Ergatoudis to join Spotify
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LEGAL Neil Fox found not guilty of all sexual offence allegations
RIAA wins big damages from anonymous Grooveshark cloner
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DEALS Sony/ATV boosts neighbouring rights roster
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LIVE BUSINESS Fabric's lawyers welcome ruling over club venue's security measures
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ARTIST NEWS K-pop group were not accused of being prostitutes, says LAX airport source
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RELEASES Babymetal announce second album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Mariah Carey announces first UK tour since 2003
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ONE LINERS Eventim, Concert Promoters Association, Prince, more
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AND FINALLY... Rihanna's album's not even finished yet, according to Sia
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Radio 1 Head Of Music George Ergatoudis to join Spotify
George Ergatoudis has announced he is to join Spotify, leaving BBC Radio 1 where he has been Head Of Music for the last decade. He will take on the newly created role of Head Of Content Programming for the UK at the streaming service.

Prior to joining the BBC in 1997, Ergatoudis was a senior producer at Kiss FM. Initially taking on a producer role at BBC Radio, he went on to manage Radio 1Xtra's music policy before eventually becoming Head Of Music for both Radio 1 and its sister station. In his new position at Spotify he will lead the company’s in-house music curation strategy and content programming for the UK.

Announcing the news this morning, Ergatoudis said: "I am leaving BBC Radio 1, the world’s greatest music radio station, to join the world’s leading digital music service and I couldn’t be more excited. There are huge opportunities ahead for Spotify and I am delighted to be joining their brilliant team. My passion for music has driven my entire career and this next step is like a dream come true".

He continued: "It's been a privilege to have played a key part in the journey of the world's greatest music radio station over the last ten years. In that time, Radio 1 has successfully moved into a new era of visual and shareable content, helping to drive new young audiences to the BBC. Now I'm ready for the next chapter in my career as I take on responsibility for leading Spotify's in-house music curation strategy and content programming for the UK. I can't wait to get started".

Nick Holmstén, Spotify's Global Head of Content Programming, added: "George is one of the most well known and well respected figures in the British music industry, and we are enormously proud and excited to have him join us at Spotify. His gifts for music curation and identifying exciting new talent are second to none, and I can think of no one better to help Spotify introduce music fans to a wealth of new music and a new generation of artists that they are going to love".

Meanwhile, Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "Over the past decade, George has been a key part of Radio 1's discovery of new music for young audiences and has continued to support British artists, giving them a platform for success. He has built a strong team at Radio 1 with excellent contacts across the industry. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him all the very best for the future".

It has long seemed logical that streaming services should utlise the curation skills of traditional music radio, especially as they endeavour to reach more mainstream audiences. Some Radio 1 staff members went to Apple as it moved into the streaming space earlier this year, of course, so this isn’t the first time a digital platform has tapped BBC talent.

Acknowledging that fact, Cooper added: "Radio 1 has a rich history of developing presenters, producers and leaders, and we see this as being a key part of what we bring to the industry".

Ergatoudis will take up his new role at Spotify in March. In the meantime, the BBC is on a search for his replacement.

Neil Fox found not guilty of all sexual offence allegations
Neil Fox has been found not guilty of all ten sexual offence charges against him at the conclusion of his trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday. He said that he had "been vindicated", although his future as a radio presenter is not yet clear.

The broadcaster was accused of eight counts of indecent assault and two of sexual assault against six women between 1988 and 2014. The youngest of his accusers was fourteen at the time of the alleged incident.

As previously reported, Fox was initially arrested in September 2014 at the studios of Magic FM, where he then worked, on allegations made by two separate women. Further women later came forward, a mixture of former colleagues and women who had been teenage fans at the time of the alleged incidents. A number of charges were dropped at the beginning of the trial, leaving the ten of which he has now been found not guilty.

In total the court heard from 50 witnesses, many reporting the alleged attacks in detail. At one point the court was told that Fox sometimes had to leave awards ceremonies early because there was "too much pussy", while he himself defended bending a female colleague over a desk and simulating sex as "physical banter".

In its ruling the court said that it "believed each of the complainants", but that "the question we must ask is whether we are sure of the 45 facts alleged, sure of the context in which they occurred, and sure that they amount to criminal offences".

Ultimately, the magistrates felt that this was not a conclusion that they could confidently reach. "In the case of the most recent allegation, we are sure it happened but are not sure that it amounts to the criminal offence of sexual touching", they said in their ruling. "In the other cases, we either cannot be sure the incident occurred as described, or we cannot be sure that in the context it was a criminal offence, namely indecent assault, or in one case sexual touching".

They continued: "This is not to go back on our original assessment that we believed the witnesses and accept that they had attended to tell us the truth as they remember it. Nor should this verdict be taken as a criticism of the decision to bring this prosecution. It was a strong case and one that needed to be brought to the court for determination".

What this means for Fox now is unclear. After his initial arrest, Magic FM owner Bauer said that he would be going "off air" to "enable him to devote his full attention to dealing with these matters. All other aspects of his contract will remain unchanged while matters are resolved". Following the conclusion of the trial yesterday, Fox said that he "cannot wait to be broadcasting again".

However, in a statement, a Bauer spokesperson said that Fox's return to Magic was not yet assured: "We will be taking some time to reflect on the outcome of the trial and we have no further comment to make at this stage".

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RIAA wins big damages from anonymous Grooveshark cloner
Further proof that anti-piracy litigation is much more speedy these days, though even this didn't go through the motions quite as quickly as the US record industry's recent legal assault on the short-lived streaming app Aurous.

Nevertheless, the Recording Industry Association Of America has scored another court win in its battle against the Grooveshark clone, the unlicensed music service that popped up shortly after the original Grooveshark was finally forced offline, replicating the original's look and feel, and using its name.

As previously reported, the people behind the original Grooveshark finally threw in the towel back in May after years fighting off litigation from the record companies which argued the streaming service infringed copyright. The clone version, which claimed to be a restoration of the deleted streaming set-up, appeared online almost immediately.

The RIAA quickly went legal, securing an injunction ordering various domain and internet companies to not provide services to the new copyright infringing site. And in the main, the injunction was successful, with the Grooveshark clone moving around the internet for a while before pretty much disappearing.

The person behind the clone, although initially quite vocal online about their project, never responded to the legal action. On the back of that, the RIAA returned to court to request a default judgement in its favour ruling that the Grooveshark clone definitely infringed copyright, while also seeking an injunction to ban any future incarnations of the site and damages for the infringement it enabled in the few weeks it was online.

The court duly complied, with the resulting judgement stating: "Defendants have engaged in willful copyright infringement of plaintiffs' copyrights through the counterfeit service, which allows users to download and stream infringing copies of plaintiffs' copyrighted sound recordings directly from servers operated or controlled by defendants, in violation of plaintiffs' copyrights".

In terms of damages, the judge fully utilised the always fun provisions in US law and awarded the labels the top available damages for each of the 89 specific tracks the RIAA said had been infringed, which is 89 x $150,000, so over $13 million in total. The judge then added $4 million to be bill because the defendant used the Grooveshark trademarks without permission. These had been handed to the RIAA as part of its settlement with the original Grooveshark company.

Of course, because the person behind the Grooveshark clone only ever spoke anonymously, and never responded to the legal action, their identity remains unknown, making these theoretical rather than actual damages.

Still, it further demonstrates that the US record industry is now in a position to pursue speedy litigation against new piracy set-ups almost as soon as they go live. Though, obviously, it can't do that to every new piracy venture that appears online, so it's those that generate a lot of hype at launch that are likely to be the targets. But the record industry will nevertheless hope that that may still be a deterrent to some of the geeks planning new online ventures that utilise or link to unlicensed music content. We'll see, I guess.

Sony/ATV boosts neighbouring rights roster
Music publisher Sony/ATV has signed up various new artists to its neighbouring rights division - which sees the firm dabble in the performing right royalties of sound recordings - with The Weeknd, Slash, Hans Zimmer, Amy Winehouse and Andy C amongst the acts it will now represent in this domain.

Sony ATV UK MD Guy Moot said in a statement: "These are fantastic additions to an incredible roster of clients that we have built up in a very short space of time. Rather than playing a numbers game, we are taking a very different approach to neighbouring rights, which to us is about providing a bespoke, highly personal service in which we work with a handpicked group of the very best artists and plug into our creative, business and administrative skills as the world's leading music publishing company".

George Powell, who oversees the UK-based neighbouring rights division, added: "It's been an exceptionally positive year for Sony/ATV's neighbouring rights department and we are, of course, honoured that more of the most influential and talented artists in the industry have placed their faith in us. Alongside worldwide NR collections, we also continue to focus on any other areas we can assist our artists. I feel it's this synergy and personable touch that is assuring our clients that they're in very capable and caring hands".

Also new on the roster are Jake Gosling, Roy Thomas Baker, Philip George and Adam Beyer.

Fabric's lawyers welcome ruling over club venue's security measures
The legal representatives of London nightclub Fabric have issued a lengthy statement summarising their successful efforts to stop Islington council forcing strict new security restrictions on the venue.

As previously reported, late last year long-standing clubbing set-up Fabric faced the very real threat of losing its licence after the local authority decided to review its operations in response to police concerns about drug-related incidents there.

Fabric insisted that it had a zero tolerance approach to drugs, that it had long enjoyed a good working relationship with local police, and that its existing security measures were more than adequate. Drugs are, of course, part of clubbing culture, and occasional tragic incidents are likely to occur, but Fabric insisted that it employed best practice measures to ensure risks are absolutely minimised.

Nevertheless, with licence withdrawal on the agenda, the venue reluctantly accepted a number of strict new security measures ordered by the council, albeit while stating almost immediately that it intended to appeal the local authority's rulings on the matter. The two big measures Fabric was left to both test and fight were the use of sniffer dogs and ID scanning on the door.

The venue's appeal was led by Paddy Whur of law firm Woods Whur, with representation in court from Gerald Gouriet QC, while Professor Fiona Measham, a specialist on the social impact of drug use, and Robert Humphreys, who chairs proof-of-age scheme PASS, were among those who provided expert evidence.

In a post on his company's website, Whur writes that district judge Gillian Allison "allowed our appeal in full. In relation to the drugs dog she said, on the evidence she had heard, Islington were wrong to impose the condition as it would not promote the licensing objectives. The judge went further and found that the use of a drugs dog could undermine the licensing objectives in a number of unintended ways, including causing drugs to remain in circulation that would otherwise have been confiscated under Fabric's thorough search procedures".

On the ID scanning scheme, "the judge said that there was no evidence that the premises had issues with underage entry or sales [and] that to deploy [such a scheme] at Fabric would adversely affect the length of the queue, with possible public order consequences; and that it would create problems for the significant number of non-UK customers who would not necessarily carry photo ID".

Also, "that Fabric had no issues with violent crime and disorder, which made ID scan a more understandable control measure at other premises. She also noted that the ID scan system Fabric had trialled for seven weeks had not been interrogated once by the police, and that in sixteen years of operation there had only been one incident at the premises where ID Scan might have been of some use in the prevention of crime - although she added that, on the facts, she doubted it would".

Whur concludes: "Gerald and I have spent the last year wrestling with the issues surrounding this case, and in particular the fact that young people have lost their lives after taking drugs on the way to, or in the venue. [But] after hearing Gerald's submissions the judge found that the operator was a beacon of best practice, and she urged Fabric to continue its diligence in what is a difficult environment for all who work in the nighttime economy - where so many young people seem prepared, regrettably, to put their lives at risk by taking unlawful drugs".

Also responding to last week's ruling on its licence, the venue itself said in a statement: "Everyone at Fabric is delighted with the outcome and are very much looking forward to resuming our positive, long-standing and solid relationships with both Islington Council's licensing department and the borough's police to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our club-goers and local residents".

Club operators across London and beyond will likely be pleased with last week's ruling, and that Fabric had the resources and will to fight the case. Some in the so called nighttime economy think that some councils need to rethink the way they deal with club licensing, especially when it comes to issues around drugs.

One concern expressed by venues which operate best practice anti-drug schemes is that such good practices, and the required close working relationship with police, means that occasional incidents that require law enforcement or paramedic assistance are more obvious to authorities than at venues that operate a slacker system, which can ironically make them targets when councils look to crack down.

Some have expressed fears that clubs in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland are less likely to collaborate with police on drugs issues since licensing problems forced The Arches - another venue with seemingly good security practices and anti-drug policies - out of business. No one benefits from that. So, say club owners, rather than penalising the good clubs for not having a 100% success rate, councils should seek to expand their practices to less pro-active venues.

  Approved 2015: Holly Herndon
Every day this week in the CMU Approved slot, we'll be looking at one of our five favourite artists of 2015. Today, Holly Herndon...

When 4AD signed Holly Herndon in March this year, label boss Simon Halliday told CMU that the company is "always looking to partner with the most innovative and original artists possible". And in 2015, few others came close.

The first music from her first 4AD album 'Platform' actually appeared in early 2014. One of her most accessible tracks to date, 'Chorus' was created in part using software that 'spied' on her internet browsing habits and turned them into sound. So even when being more accessible, Herndon is still doing things differently.

There's a balance throughout the album of music that is both deeply experimental and that which will work in a club setting. And while it might not pack the dancefloor on a Saturday night, applied to her own shows it really worked. Her live performances were engrossing and allowed more of her humour to come through - in part with creative partner Mat Dryhurt's live backdrops, telling stream of consciousness stories and passing on messages from audience members invited to text in.

'Platform' is an experimental album that bears up to regular listening, rather than being a record that languishes, waiting for the next time you feel in the kind of very specific mood required to enjoy it. Check out 'Interference' and 'Midnight Sun'.
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K-pop group were not accused of being prostitutes, says LAX airport source
An employee of LAX Airport has denied claims by K-pop group Oh My Girl that they were detained there for fifteen hours and returned to South Korea because they were mistaken for prostitutes.

The group had been travelling to the US for a photoshoot when the incident occurred. In a statement last week, their record label WM Entertainment said that confusion had arisen when the group were asked what their relationship to each other was and one of their entourage had said "sisters" - which in Korean can be used to mean close friends.

"Since the members are young girls, they were mistaken as 'working women' (prostitutes) which the US has a big issue with right now", added the label. "The company was detained for a long period of fifteen hours, and we decided to go back to Korea because of the members who were tired physically and emotionally".

However, speaking to LA Weekly, an LAX source, who asked not to be named, disputed the group's version of events. They said that officials had become suspicious of the Oh My Girl party because they were travelling with a large number of outfits but did not have a visa for working in the US - which means the group were accused of being working women rather than 'working women'.

The source added that the group had not been detained for fifteen hours either; they were simply refused entry to the US and that was how long they'd had to wait for the next available flight back to South Korea.

Babymetal announce second album
Babymetal have announced that their second album will be released on 1 Apr - a date hereby known as Fox Day, after the band's divine inspiration the Fox God. Obviously.

Kobametal, founder of the J-pop metal outfit, explains: "As prophesied by the Fox God, a new album will be released on 1 Apr 2016, also known as the Fox Day. Since the release of Babymetal's debut album in 2014, we have been racing across the globe non-stop on our world tour. Through the last tour I have come across people from all over the world and have had the chance to feel that miraculous moment when everyone came together via Babymetal".

He continues: "Our new song 'The One' contains lyrics that speak of uniting the world. I continue to believe that the songs of Babymetal continue to push them forward to discover new possibilities. All I can say right now is for all of you to wait patiently for the coming of the Fox Day".

The day after Fox Day, Babymetal will headline Wembley Arena. Here's a trailer for the album that sort of explains a bit more about it.

Mariah Carey announces first UK tour since 2003
Mariah Carey is coming to the UK. Although not until March, so she misses out on being here for this, the most Mariah time of year. Ah well.

Still, we can hardly start accusing her of being late for Christmas when these are her first UK dates since 2003. Following on from her recent Vegas residency, the shows will also draw on her 'Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity' compilation.

This is what Carey had to say on the matter: "Lambily, it's been too long! I'm so excited to be coming to Europe to perform for you all. I promise we're going to share the most amazing moments together and I have so many surprises in store for you daahhlings! Can't wait to see you all in your hometowns".

Well, she'd better hope all of her fans come from one of these six cities:

15 Mar: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
17 Mar: Leeds, First Direct Arena
18 Mar: Manchester Arena
20 Mar: Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
21 Mar: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
23 Mar: London, O2 Arena

Eventim, Concert Promoters Association, Prince, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Simon Presswell, formerly top man at Ticketmaster UK, has just popped up as CEO at the UK arm of European ticketing giant Eventim. "Ticketing", said overall Eventim CEO Klaus-Peter Schulenberg. Yeah, we get it.

• The long-standing boss of the Concert Promoters Association, Stuart Littlewood, has stepped down after fifteen years. Live Nation's Phil Bowdery takes over. "Phil Bowdery", said Littlewood, confirming this one liner to be the truth.

• You all know that Prince has gone and plonked a new album down on the internet right? And by 'the internet' I mean Tidal. Titled 'HITnRUN Phase Two', this one isn't yet being sold on CD by the streaming service, but you can get MP3 or FLAC downloads if you insist.

• If you pre-order Pusha T's new album now, you'll get three instant grat tracks. The rest will come to you on Friday.

• Aurora has announced that she will release her debut album, 'All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend' on 11 Mar. Here's a short video in which she talks a bit about her music making.

• Once, in about 1999, in the Blue Note in Derby, I pointed out Roy Wood at the bar to a friend. Said friend then went and asked him if he wished it could be Christmas every day. And now look, MJ Hibbett has released a song about what a common occurrence that was back then.

• I know what you're thinking. Roy Wood seemed to take it in good humour, even smiling like it wasn't the seventh time he'd heard it that night.

Rihanna's album's not even finished yet, according to Sia
Earlier this month everyone thought Rihanna was going to release her new album, 'Anti'. But then she didn't. Then everyone thought it could be any day now. Maybe last Friday. After all, it's now more than two months since she unveiled the record's artwork. And also, it is nearly Christmas. But now, it turns out, she hasn't even finished recording it.

This (slight) bombshell comes from Sia, who revealed that Rihanna was tapping her for new songs as recently as last week. Speaking to Jo Whiley on Radio 2, reports the NME, the songwriter said: "The other night she came over and listened to half of 25 songs I played her because she's still looking for songs for her new album. She was there to listen to songs and see if there was anything that she was into. It was a business meeting for sure. She took four [songs] but I don't know if they'll end up [on the album]".

Rihanna's got tour dates starting in February, so it'll probably be out by then. Although it would be fun if this all turned out to be some sort of art project to see how long people will stay interested in an album that does not and will never exist, wouldn't it? Wouldn't it?

 
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