THURSDAY 14 JANUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Hey, so it turned out those reports that Universal was about to sign a licensing deal with SoundCloud were true. And who doesn't like reports that turn out to be true? I mean, I prefer lies, but the truth's alright on occasion. And the truth is, the mega major confirmed it had done its deal with SoundCloud yesterday. It covers both recordings and some publishing. As previously reported... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Following on from last year's 'Insides' album on Ghostly International, Fort Romeau returns this week with a new EP, 'Secrets & Lies', this time through the Live At Robert Johnson label. Since the start of the year, the house producer has shunted out two tracks from the new EP, and both see him on top form, knocking anything and everything from 'Insides'... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: In the final CMU Podcast of 2015 CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the year in music and the music business, plus the rates personalised radio services in the US will pay from this year and how streaming platforms are headhunting radio people. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Universal finally agrees SoundCloud licensing deal
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LEGAL Swedish prosecutor drops case against key Pirate Bay suspect due to lack of police resource
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MEDIA Neil Fox won't return to Magic breakfast
All-new Virgin Radio confirms head of music
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ARTIST NEWS Drama as rift forms between Japan's biggest boyband and their management company
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RELEASES Tiga discusses new album in as much detail as you might expect
LNZNDRF to release debut album
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AWARDS European Festival Awards presented
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ONE LINERS BRIT Awards, Laura Mvula, Hookworms, more
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AND FINALLY... Sam Smith unsure of man's name
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INDIGO AT THE O2 - ASSISTANT TECHNICAL MANAGER (LONDON)
Indigo are hiring an Assistant Technical Manager, to assist the Technical Manager in all aspects of the technical operation at Indigo. The successful candidate will provide effective communication of event requirements relevant parties, ensuring the technical expectations of the hirers of Indigo are met and managed effectively.

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JUNO RECORDS - SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Juno, the world’s largest online dance music and DJ and studio equipment store, is looking for an enthusiastic social media and content assistant to help expand its fast-growing social media and marketing activity, on and offline.

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SECRETLY DISTRIBUTION - PROJECT MANAGER, EUROPE (LONDON)
Secretly Distribution is seeking a full-time Project Manager - Europe for our extensive family of distributed labels. Join Secretly Distribution’s growing international team. The ideal candidate is a skilled writer and communicator with at least three years' professional experience related to product management, artist relations, marketing and/or promotions in the music industry.

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KILIMANJARO LIVE - PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
Kilimanjaro Live are starting a year-long paid internship programme to give individuals an opportunity to learn the various elements of concert and festival booking, promotion and production with a view to establishing a career in the live music industry.

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CR2 RECORDS - DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for an experienced Digital Content Manager to manage the scheduling and delivery for digital releases to all retailers ensuring quality control and accurate, timely delivery. The applicant will also be responsible for producing sales data and also registering all repertoire with relevant collection societies for both copyright and publishing.

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SIX07 PRESS - SENIOR PRESS CONSULTANT (LONDON)
Six07 Press is looking for an experienced music PR to join us as a Senior Press Consultant. It is vital that applicants have two to three years’ experience in national UK print PR, as well as online PR campaign management. We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, flexible and has initiative.

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KINC - MUSIC MARKETING COORDINATOR (LONDON)
KINC is a communications agency that specialises in music, sports and entertainment. We have an exciting new role that has become available working across all of our music clients. It is a full time role in Islington, London starting in February 2016.

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NEW CROSS INN - LIVE BOOKINGS MANAGER (LONDON)
As a member of our live events team you will be responsible for the booking, programming and promotion of our live music calendar alongside the current events manager. You will have experience booking and contracting live acts and will have a strong network of contacts to draw on.

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MANNERS MCDADE - COPYRIGHT & ROYALTIES MANAGER (LONDON)
We are an independent music publisher based in Central London, specialising in indie-classical and electronic music. We also manage the rights of the media composers managed by our sister company, Manners McDade Artist Management. Due to expansion we are recruiting an experienced Copyright & Royalties Manager to work with our International catalogue.

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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.
 
18 Jan 2016 CMU Insights Seminars: How The Music Business Works Programme
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1 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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6 May 2016 CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week 2016
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Universal finally agrees SoundCloud licensing deal
Hey, so it turned out those reports that Universal was about to sign a licensing deal with SoundCloud were true. And who doesn't like reports that turn out to be true? I mean, I prefer lies, but the truth's alright on occasion. And the truth is, the mega major confirmed it had done its deal with SoundCloud yesterday. It covers both recordings and some publishing.

As previously reported, Warner Music and indie label repping Merlin already have agreements in place with SoundCloud, which means Sony Music is now the only big hold-out on the recordings side. Universal was reportedly close to getting itself on board last summer, but then UK collecting society PRS For Music announced it was suing the digital firm, putting things on hold at the mega-major. But with that litigation settled late last year, the road was cleared for music licensing fun times.

This is a big step for SoundCloud as it continues to shift its business model from being primarily a service provider to content owners, to being an ad and subscription funded content platform, where it and content creators benefit from advertising income and paying subscribers. The digital firm is already piloting the ad side of all that, of course, though specifics of the subscription package are still to be confirmed. But, while Sony and some publishing remain to be cracked, the Universal deal should help SoundCloud finally get that to market.

Announcing the truth yesterday, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge said: "At UMG, we have long-embraced empowering entrepreneurs and innovative services such as SoundCloud. With this partnership, we're ensuring recording artists, songwriters and labels benefit, both creatively and commercially, from the exciting new forms of music community engagement on SoundCloud. We look forward to working with SoundCloud and supporting the company's evolution into a successful commercial service".

Meanwhile, SoundCloud founder and lie hater Alexander Ljung added: "With this partnership with UMG we will further strengthen and grow the unique community we've built over the past seven years, where multiple forms of expression can live and where artists at every stage of their careers come to create and share their work. Bringing together the world's largest audio platform and the world's largest music company means we are able to further expand SoundCloud's role as a critical platform for creators and open up its benefits to UMG's extensive roster of artists".

He continued: "With the majority of the music industry partnering with us, and adding to the more than 100 million tracks already available to discover on the platform, we are able to offer a service to both creators and listeners that is unrivalled in the music streaming space today".

Earlier this week SoundCloud also confirmed that it had last year raised new debt financing to fund its evolution into this brave new world of ad sales and premium subscriptions. All truth, no lies.

Swedish prosecutor drops case against key Pirate Bay suspect due to lack of police resource
A police investigation launched in Sweden into the operations of The Pirate Bay - which came off the back of the server raid that knocked the always controversial file-sharing site offline for a time - has been scaled back because of a lack of resources, according to Torrentfreak.

As previously reported, in December 2014 The Pirate Bay went offline after police raided a data centre in Greater Stockholm which hosted some key elements of the site. It took two months for the Bay to return, though with hindsight that may have been due to a decision by those who run to site to address some back-end issues, rather than the server raid being especially damaging to the always resistant and undeniably persistent piracy set up.

One man was arrested as part of that investigation, and police seized computers belonging to that suspect in addition to the 50 servers they took from the data centre. Police seemed to think the suspect, who they questioned for a week, could be guilty of copyright crimes, in a similar way to the Bay's original founders and funder, who were convicted in the Swedish courts for their role in running the site in 2009.

Though all went quiet on that side of the case, and now prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad has told local media that the investigation into one key Pirate Bay suspect is basically over. It's thought he means the man who was arrested in 2014.

Those in the entertainment industry who remain annoyed that, despite numerous successful legal assaults against the Bay, it remains live and active, will likely also be annoyed at the revelation that the latest investigation into the piracy operation is being scaled back because of resource issues. It seems that police simply don't have the time to analyse the shed full of servers they seized for evidence, a task that would be all the harder because key files would likely be encrypted.

According to Torrentfreak, Ingblad said recently: "Parts of the investigation are closed. And that's because the police do not have the resources to analyse the seized hardware. These kinds of investigations take time, but in this particular case [the police] have barely begun to analyse the hardware and I have not received a plan for when the police can start working again". He added that police had specifically cited a lack of IT resources as the reason for the delays and the absence of a plan of action.

Ingblad said that his resulting decision to drop the case against the this key Pirate Bay suspect was "unfortunate", but that other investigations into the operations of the piracy site, and some other people thought to be involved in running it, are still ongoing.

Neil Fox won't return to Magic breakfast
Bauer Media's Magic has confirmed that Neil Fox will not be returning to the station's breakfast show, despite him being cleared of ten sexual offence charges last month.

Fox was one of Magic's highest profile presenters, but went off air at the end of September 2014, shortly before being arrested at the radio station's London studios. The initial police investigation was based on allegations made by two women, though others subsequently came forward as well. Fox was later accused of various offences of indecent assault and sexual touching, ultimately facing ten specific charges in court.

The broadcaster didn't come out of the trial particularly well, he himself attempting to justify
bending a female colleague over a desk and simulating sex as mere "physical banter". But nevertheless, magistrates acquitted Fox on all charges, saying that they could not be certain some incidents occurred exactly as described by witnesses, or that other alleged events constituted a criminal offence, whether indecent assault or sexual touching.

After the trial, Fox said that he had been "vindicated" and that he couldn't wait "to be broadcasting again", though Bauer was non-committal about his future with its station. Now a spokesman for the media firm has told Radio Today: "Neil Fox's contract has expired and he will not be returning to the Magic breakfast show".

Former drive time host Nick Snaith was shifted into breakfast a few weeks after Fox stood down in 2014, technically on an interim basis, but presumably now permanently.

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All-new Virgin Radio confirms head of music
As preparations continue for the relaunch of Virgin Radio in the UK, the station now has a Head Of Music in the form of Richard Wilkinson, previously music chief at Scottish station Beat 106 and Head Of Programming for Forth One in Edinburgh.

As previously reported, TalkSport owner UTV Media is relaunching Virgin Radio - in partnership with the Virgin Group - as part of the second national digital radio network that is finally going live this year. Somewhat ironically, UTV is working with Bauer Media on launching that DAB network, and Bauer owns Absolute, which began its life as the original Virgin Radio.

The all-new Virgin Radio UK is set to launch in March. Among other previous roles, Wilkinson has worked as a consultant on Virgin-branded radio stations elsewhere in the world since 2003, including in Thailand, Indonesia and Lebanon.

On his new gig, he says: "I am tremendously excited to be part of the team - the brand has an incredible heritage that people absolutely love, so it's an honour to be asked to put together the station's playlist. Having worked with the Virgin brand for over thirteen years, I can't wait to bring it back to the UK".

Confirming the hire, Virgin Radio Programme Director Liam Thompson adds: "Richard has a wealth of experience and depth of music knowledge, which makes him the perfect person to develop a unique music policy for Virgin Radio. It's great to have him on board as we look to the station's launch this March".

  Approved: Fort Romeau
Following on from last year's 'Insides' album on Ghostly International, Fort Romeau returns this week with a new EP, 'Secrets & Lies', this time through the Live At Robert Johnson label.

Since the start of the year, the house producer has shunted out two tracks from the new EP, and both see him on top form, knocking anything and everything from 'Insides' out of the way and charging forward in terms of quality.

The latest upload, the EP's title track, is a nine minute sonic journey, which takes in soulful acid synths and watery percussion along the way. 'Seventyfour', meanwhile, is a mini sci-fi epic, put to good use soundtracking footage from 'Repo Man' in its video.

Check out 'Secrets & Lies' here and 'Sevetyfour' here.

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Drama as rift forms between Japan's biggest boyband and their management company
Japan's most successful and longest-serving boyband SMAP are rumoured to be on the verge of splitting, following reports that four of its five members have left the management company behind the pop franchise, Johnny & Associates.

Newspaper Nikkan Sports reported news of the split on Tuesday, although Johnny & Associates said in a statement later that negotiations were still ongoing. The apparent rift comes after the resignation of the group's long-time manager Iijima Michi from the management firm.

Formed in 1988, SMAP have enjoyed a great deal of chart success over their career, scoring their first number one in 1994 with the single 'Hey Hey Thanks For Your Business' and since selling over 35 million records. Though the group's longevity is probably more to do with their TV careers than anything else, the group having fronted weekly show 'SMAP x SMAP' since 1996.

They also have numerous product endorsement deals in their home country, with everything from videogames to their own line of convenience store snacks, and enjoy a strong following in other neighbouring countries. However, with most of the band now in their 40s, the time remaining on their career as a group has long been in question.

In a statement, the management company said: "Some news organisations are currently reporting on the independence issue of some of the SMAP members and also the resignation of their head manager. It is true that there are currently discussions and negotiations taking place. However, we can not answer any more inquiries about this issue presently".

There has been speculation over whether or not the four departing members of the group could maintain some of their success without Johnny & Associates. A highly powerful company in the Japanese entertainment industry, it's quite possible that brands and TV companies would shun the performers in order to retain access to other successful (and younger) acts on the agency's roster, like Arashi and Sexy Zone.

Tiga discusses new album in as much detail as you might expect
Tiga has announced further details of his new album, his first since signing to Counter Records last year. Titled 'No Fantasy Required', it will be out on 4 Mar.

But what about the music? All you really want to know about is the music, right? Here's Tiga himself to spill the beans: "First of all, I never talk about the music itself. It's borderline sacrilegious to talk about the grooves. They have a language all their own, the grooves do. I just birth them and send them out into the world to make others happy. And that's what makes me happy, and that's what makes you happy".

Well, I assume that satisfied your needs. He also had a few things to say specifically about the second track released from the record, 'Planet E'.

"This was a collaboration with Hudson Mohawke, another kindred spirit I identified and subsequently befriended", he spoke. "We worked on it while waiting for a cab at the airport. The rest of the details are blurry; all I have in my notebook on Hudson for that day is 'Young, hip hop - really good friends'. These kind of limitations are intentional; alone you can deliberate forever. But when you have to make someone else happy, all the personal anxieties go out the airport window and onto some baggage loader. Let him worry about staying current in an ever-evolving dance music landscape".

Noted all of that? Right, here's 'Planet E'.

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LNZNDRF to release debut album
Hot new 4AD signings LNZNDRF will release their debut album, 'LNZNDRF', on 19 Feb. The trio will also play a one-off show in London on 19 Feb at good old Oslo in Hackney.

What does LNZNDRF mean though? Well, there's a funny story about that. The members of the band are Ben Lanz and The National's Scott and Bryan Devendorf. So it's basically an amalgamation of their surnames with some letters removed. The CMU Style Guide (which is a thing) says that names that don't stand for anything aren't allowed to be written in all caps. But Lnzndrf looks a bit weird, doesn't it? And, hey, it's my style guide, I can break the rules if I want. This wasn't even a funny story, like I claimed it would be. See? Rule breaker.

Anyway, back to the topic in hand, here's the band performing 'Beneath The Black Sea' from the album live.

European Festival Awards presented
So, it was the European Festival Awards in Groningen last night, and what a night it was. I mean, what... a... night. That moment when that person said that thing, and everyone was like: "What!" "Ha!" "Who'd of thought it possible?!"

And then that other thing happened. And what a thing. I mean, things happen, we know that, that's normal. I wouldn't normally report on a thing. But this thing. What a thing! Such joy. Such monumental joy.

In fact, it really was a joyous moment on a joyous night in a joyous city in this most magnificently joyous age that humanity has joyfully come together and achieved for one and all. Such joy. Actually, I wasn't there. Awards were handed out I'm guessing. To all these people presumably. They were the winners after all...

Best Major Festival: Untold Festival, Romania
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Telekom Volt Festival, Hungary
Best Small Festival: Happiness Festival, Germany

Best New Festival: Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany
Best Indoor Festival: Les Transardentes, Belgium
Best Line Up: Sziget, Hungary
Artists' Favourite Festival: Rock Werchter, Belgium
Green Operations Award: Tollwood Festival, Germany
H&S Innovation Award: Das Fest, Germany

Best Headliner: The Prodigy
Festival Anthem Of The Year: Major Lazer - Lean On
Newcomer Of The Year: Hozier

Promoter Of The Year: Horstmann Unternehmensgruppe, Germany
Agent Of The Year: Emma Banks, CAA
Excellence And Passion Award: Chris Kemp, Mind Over Matter Consultancy
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jean-Louis Brossard and Beatrice Mace, Les Trans, France

BRIT Awards, Laura Mvula, Hookworms, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Hookworms are going to release an expanded edition of their debut EP on 4 Mar. From it, here's 'Teen Dreams'.

• Frøkedal's debut album 'Hold On Dreamer' is still on track to be released on 26 Feb, I'm sure you'll be pleased to learn. Here's another track from it, 'The Sign'. She'll also be playing a few UK shows around the release.

• Heck (the band formerly known as Baby Godzilla) will release their debut album, 'Instructions', on 11 Mar. This from it is 'Good As Dead'.

• Laura Mvula has released a new single, titled 'Overcome', which features that Nile Rodgers on it. You can have a little listen here.

• Moderat will release new album 'III', on 1 Apr. They'll also be heading out on a short tour of the UK the same month, starting at St John At Hackney in London on 2 Apr.

• Bullion has released new single, 'Never Is The Change' from debut album 'Loop The Loop', which is out on 26 Feb. You can catch him live at Oslo in Hackney on 30 Jan, 27 Feb, and 26 Mar. So you really have no excuse not to see him perform.

• Adele, Justin Bieber and Coldplay have already been announced as performers at next month's BRIT Awards. Could today's newly announced performers top that? Well, they are The Weeknd, Jess Glynne, Little Mix and James Bay. So no.

• Latvian band Carnival Youth have won the Public Choice Award at the European Border Breakers Awards, picking up their trophy at last night's ceremony at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival. It was also joyful.

Sam Smith unsure of man's name
Sam Smith doesn't know who Thom Yorke is, which some people are taking to be some sort of big deal. It's not. I have not idea who he is either. Nor who Sam Smith is for that matter.

Anyway, apparently this Smith guy did the theme tune for a film called 'James Bond', or something like that. Then this Thom bloke and his band - not sure of the name - did a cover of it, I think. Or the same theme tune, but a different one. That was it, yeah. So people wanted to know what Sam thought of Thom's song, and he was specifically asked about that after he won some sort of prize for it this week.

"What do you think of Thom Yorke's thingy?" asked a journo, or words to that effect.

"Thom Yorke?" said Smith, turning to the guy he'd written his song with.

"Radiohead", said that guy, whatever that means. Whatever, it seemed to jog Sam's memory, and he then said: "Yes, I was a little bit surprised. Not going to lie, but I haven't listened to it personally because I did the 'Spectre' theme song".

I thought the film was called 'James Bond', what's this 'Spectre'? Who are these people anyway? I'm sure no one else knows or cares what any of this was about either. I doubt we'll ever hear any of these names again.

 
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