THURSDAY 21 JANUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: All staff at US music PR company Life Or Death have now left the firm to start a new venture, it was announced yesterday. This follows the resignation of CEO Heathcliff Berru after accusations of sexual harassment came to light earlier this week. As previously reported, on Tuesday Dirty Projectors' vocalist Amber Coffman tweeted about an incident from a couple of years back... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Life Or Death staff quit to form new company
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LEGAL South African authorities charge Mos Def with attempting to travel on "fictitious" passport
J-pop 'no dating' clauses ruled unconstitutional
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Deezer confirms 100 million in new finance
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MEDIA SBTV launches a news channel with the PA
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Insights to talk digital dollar at Northern Ireland's largest every one-day music conference
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ARTIST NEWS R Kelly offers sympathy to Bill Cosby
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GIGS & FESTIVALS War Child announces pre-BRITs live shows
The Body announce UK tour dates
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ONE LINERS 7digital, Vevo, The Last Shadow Puppets, more
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AND FINALLY... ABBA only bloody reunite (for food)
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Life Or Death staff quit to form new company
All staff at US music PR company Life Or Death have now left the firm to start a new venture, it was announced yesterday. This follows the resignation of CEO Heathcliff Berru after accusations of sexual harassment came to light earlier this week.

As previously reported, on Tuesday Dirty Projectors' vocalist Amber Coffman tweeted about an incident from a couple of years back involving "a very popular music publicist", later naming Berru. This prompted various other women to come forward with allegations of harassment and assault against the PR chief. Later that same day, Berru resigned from the company, blaming drug and alcohol addiction for his actions, and announcing that he was checking into rehab.

In the wake of the various accusations, a number of acts on the Life Or Death roster, including Wavves, Diiv, Kelela and Speedy Ortiz, announced that they would not be working with the company anymore. Meanwhile rapper Killer Mike said that he would stick with his day-to-day publicist at the agency, Duncan Will, but offered support to the women who had come forward and said he hoped that Berru could become "a better human being".

Although it was originally indicated Life Or Death would continue as a going concern, but without Berru's active involvement, in his tweets Killer Mike mentioned that Life Or Death was "no more" and that the company "had a plan ready for clients". This plan was later confirmed by the company's president Nick Dierl.

"In light of recent events, the remainder of the Life Or Death staff is leaving the company today", wrote Dierl. "We are saddened by the circumstances under which we are departing but are grateful for the opportunity we had together. There will be a new venture imminently that bears no ties to Heathcliff Berru or the Life Or Death name".

It's not clear how much of the Life Or Death roster, including those who already departed the company, will transfer to the new business.

South African authorities charge Mos Def with attempting to travel on "fictitious" passport
Rapper Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, has been charged with breaking South Africa's immigration laws after attempting to leave the country using a 'World Passport', which authorities say is not recognised in the country.

The World Passport is a travel document not affiliated to any one country, issued by the World Service Authority. The non-profit organisation has been making these passports available since 1954, citing Article 21(3) of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, which says that "the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government". Though most countries don't formally accept them anyway.

Bey was arrested in Cape Town (where he has lived since 2013) last week as he attempted to fly to Ethiopia. He was charged and released on bail yesterday, and is due to appear in court on 8 Mar.

In a statement issued through Kanye West's website, Bey said: "At this present time, I am currently in Cape Town, South Africa and I'm being prevented from leaving unjustly, unlawfully and without any logical reason ... Anyone can do the research about the World Passport; it's not a fictitious document. It is not meant to deceive or derive unlawful benefit from any nation state at all. In fact, the World Passport has been accepted here on numerous occasions in South Africa, in Johannesburg and Cape Town as early as 1996 and as late as 2015".

Authorities have also ordered Bey's wife and child to leave the country by 29 Jan. The rapper says that he is willing to move with his family "immediately" to another country "never to return". He also says in the message that he is retiring from the music and film industries "effective immediately".

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J-pop 'no dating' clauses ruled unconstitutional
A court in Tokyo has thrown out a claim by an artist management company for damages after one of its artists broke a 'no dating' clause in her contract. The judge said that such clauses were unconstitutional.

The unnamed singer - thought to be a former member of Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School, two of whom were targeted with legal action by management company MovingFactory last year - was being sued for ¥9.9 million (approximately £60,000) in damages for allegedly having a relationship with a fan.

According to The Australian, judge Katsuya Hara said at the Tokyo District Court: "We must acknowledge that forbidding pop idols to date by claiming compensation for damages goes too far. Relationships are a right exercised by an individual to enrich life. They are part of the freedom to pursue happiness".

The question now is whether or not this ruling sets a precedent. 'No dating' and 'no sex' clauses are commonplace in contracts for Japanese pop groups, and it is not unheard of for management companies to sue if they believe those agreements have been broken.

When it announced that it was taking legal action against Miho Yuuki and Sena Miura in 2014, Moving Factory said: "The parental guardians signed contracts that said the members would not have relationships with fans and would not neglect their work. They have betrayed the [other] members of the group and all their fans. We cannot forgive this".

Last month the management company for pop group N Zero reportedly announced a lawsuit against a member and a fan for having "private contact".

While last year, the same court that issued this latest ruling ordered a seventeen year old former member of the group DokiDoki to pay Spiral Music damages of ¥650,000 (approx. £4000) for a similar breach of contract. The judge in that case, Akitomo Kojima, said: "The clause prohibiting dating was necessary to get the support of male fans. The revelation of an idol's relationship damages their image".

And in 2013, AKB48 singer Minami Minegishi was demoted in the hierarchical group for breaking her management firm's rules on dating. She then shaved her head and issued a tearful apology on YouTube asking for forgiveness. She remains a member of the group.

Deezer confirms 100 million in new finance
Bad news all round if you had Deezer in the "next streaming service to go kaput" sweepstake. I bet you thought you were onto a real winner, didn't you? What with Rdio safely out of the way and that messy "hey everybody, we're IPOing, oh, actually, we're not IPOing" debacle that occurred last year.

But no, the streaming firm that sits somewhere between Apple Music and Napster in the 'most paying users' chart, depending on how you do the maths, announced yesterday that it had just secured another 100 million euros in funding. Which makes you wonder why it ever bothered with the embarrassingly abandoned IPO in the first place.

The new financing round is led by existing investor Access Industries, aka the owner of Warner Music, which has a number of digital dabblings outside the Warner business, with Deezer and Songkick the most notable. One of the streaming service's earliest backers, Orange, has also participating in this new round of investment.

The money will be used to further grow Deezer's user base in the 180+ countries it now operates in, a task made all the harder by Apple's move into streaming last year of course. Some of the cash will also be used to hone the Deezer product, presumably in a bid to have a few more USPs over Apple Music and the market leading Spotify to help with that consumer acquisition.

For now Deezer is returning to one of the earliest methods of product differentiation in the streaming music space: "our catalogue is bigger than their catalogue". The service says it now has over 40 million tracks in its system, which constitutes "the largest music catalogue available globally". Which is possibly true, if you ignore SoundCloud and my mate Tim's hard drive. Torrent Tim we call him.

So, that's all exciting, isn't it? And it's all still to play for in this here streaming music market, you must always remember that. Or at least, Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht would like you to remember that fact. "We're in the early stages of the music streaming market", he said yesterday. "And it's quickly becoming the primary distribution channel for music".

As for all that new money? "The additional funding will allow Deezer to consolidate our position as a leading global, independent audio streaming service and expand our offering to music lovers around the world". Good times.

SBTV launches a news channel with the PA
Forget the music everybody, we all know it's all about the news in 2016. And not silly old music news. No, proper news. Politics, technology, celebrity, soup. So, at least there'll still be a place for your old friend CMU.

Anyway, "digital music discovery platform" (their words) SBTV has announced it is marking its tenth anniversary by launching a new news channel, to be called SBTV News, and to be powered by The Press Association's Snappa service, which is an actual thing, apparently.

Shifting SBTV ever more into Vice's territory, the news channel will, of course, be pitching itself at younger online viewers, with "showbiz, games, tech, politics, sports and entertainment" all set to be covered. Oh, and "music" too. So perhaps there is still a bit of mileage in music news. And to think, I'd already redesigned the CMU Daily around soup types.

Says SBTV founder Jamal Edwards: "SBTV News will be a fantastic opportunity to expand on our existing service which already covers the most important breaking music news on the web. Partnering with the PA allows our Editor-in-Chief, Ash Houghton, and his team to significantly expand the remit of the news we can cover, including sport, politics, and wider entertainment news. This is something I've been very keen to do for a while".

Over at the PA, CEO Clive Marshall added: "We are very excited to have formed this digital partnership with Jamal Edwards and SBTV, which will combine the multimedia content, resources and experience of PA and the unique strength among young audiences of SBTV. We see this is as great opportunity to gain insights into the needs of youth audiences and to ensure our services are relevant for this demographic".

CMU Insights to talk digital dollar at Northern Ireland's largest every one-day music conference
The team from CMU Insights have just confirmed that they will be presenting a one hour insight session as part of Output 2016, the second edition of the Belfast-based event which is set to be Northern Ireland's largest ever one-day music conference.

Taking place on 18 Feb, the session will focus on the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report that CMU Insights produced for the UK Music Managers Forum last year. CMU's Chris Cooke will provide an overview of the report in the form of a ten step guide to how streaming services are licensed and what happens to the money such platforms generate.

He will then discuss how digital distribution works with Believe Digital's Director of UK Distribution & Label Services Ben Rimmer, and debate the issues raised in the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar report' with artist manager Julian Deane from Raygun Music.

There's more information about the session here, and you can register for information about the whole conference - which will also include a keynote from the one and only Steve Albini plus panels on topics like sync, direct-to-fan, marketing and PR - here.

  Approved: A Nighthawk
A Nighthawk are Ted Malmros from the Shout Out Louds and Sarah Snavely formerly of Dag För Dag. Having formed the duo in 2011, they have since released two EPs, and are now weeks away from the release of their debut album, 'Ice In The Belly, Fire In The Mind', on 26 Feb.

Two tracks from the album have so far slithered their way onto SoundCloud. Both continue in the vein of dark pop that was set out in earlier releases, though they bring new depth to the outfit's sound. 'Coming For You' is a tense concoction of twisted melodies, while 'Dune' circles you, trying to catch you off guard with chanted vocals, staccato percussion and swirling organ.

Listen to 'Dune' here and 'Coming For You' here.

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R Kelly offers sympathy to Bill Cosby
R Kelly has said he sympathises with comedian Bill Cosby, because he too has been accused of sexual assault.

Speaking to GQ, the singer said: "I don't know what happened. I'm a fan of Bill Cosby's from the Bill Cosby show, of course - who's not? - and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it's true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70, 80, 90 year old ladies talking about what happened when they were seventeen, eighteen or nineteen, there's something strange about it. That's my opinion. It's just strange".

He added: "If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that's wrong. I don't care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it's strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn't true".

Of course, that's not what happened to R Kelly at all. His accusers all came forward relatively soon after the alleged incidents. To my knowledge, no 90 year old ladies have ever accused R Kelly (or Bill Cosby, for that matter) of sexual assault.

And if God is the only person Kelly will listen to, then we're going to be here for a long time. Though if we are waiting for God's judgement on all such allegations, that does make it seem a bit strange that he paid money to some of his accusers through out-of-court settlements, despite denying their claims.

War Child announces pre-BRITs live shows
War Child has announced a week of fundraising gigs in the run up to the BRIT Awards, offering music fans access to intimate London shows by big names, including Florence And The Machine, Bloc Party, Above & Beyond and Lianne La Havas.

Tickets to the shows will be handed out to competition winners, with the charity asking for donations of £4.50 to enter.

Liana Mellotte, Head of Music, Entertainment & Development at War Child, says: "We're really excited by the fantastic artists who are generously giving up their time to support children affected by conflict. We've got a strong heritage of working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, from David Bowie to Muse and Stereophonics, to make a difference to children growing up in some of the toughest places in the world - and this year is no exception".

The full line-up for War Child's Passport To BRITs Week is as follows:

15 Feb: Bloc Party, Bush Hall
16 Feb: Frank Turner, The Monarch
17 Feb: Professor Green, Oslo
21 Feb: Jamie XX, LN-CC
23 Feb: Above & Beyond, The Pickle Factory
23 Feb: Lianne La Havas, Sofar Sounds Living Room
26 Feb: Florence + The Machine, St John At Hackney

For more information and to enter click here.

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The Body announce UK tour dates
The Body have announced a UK tour in April, following the release of their new album 'No One Deserves Happiness', on 18 Mar. The dates will all feature Full Of Hell, and will conclude with a support slot with Converge at Electric Brixton.

Having readied the new album, the duo are already hard at work on the next in their prolific line of collaborations, this one with The Bug. So that'll be good.

Here's 'Shelter Is Illusory' from the new album, and those tour dates I mentioned...

9 Apr: Leeds, Canal Mills (Ritual Festival)
10 Apr: Glasgow, Audio
11 Apr: Birmingham, The Rainbow Cellar
12 Apr: Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
13 Apr: London, Electric Brixton (supporting Converge)

7digital, Vevo, The Last Shadow Puppets, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Digital music and radio services firm 7digital has announced it will power a relaunched eMusic. The golden oldie of digital music platforms is relaunching following its acquisition by TriPlay last year.

• Sports marketing agency Synergy has announced it is launching a new division focused on entertainment "strategies, partnerships and campaigns" to be headed up by Arnon Woolfson, who has been working in the music and brands space for fifteen years.

• Vevo's chief content and programming dude in the UK, Tom Connaughton, will now head up the music video platform's global content and programming teams based out of New York. He basically takes over from former Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt, who was doing that job on an interim basis and will continue to consult.

• The Last Shadow Puppets - aka Alex Turner and Miles Kane - have announced that they will release their second album, 'Everything You've Come To Expect', on 1 Apr. Here's new single 'Bad Habits' again.

• Skrillex's Owsla label has announced a new compilation, 'Worldwide Broadcast', out on 29 Jan. From it, this is 'Ain't Your Girl' by Bixel Boys & Poupon.

• Fatima Al Qadiri has released a new track, 'Battery'. It's taken from new album 'Brute', released through Hyperdub on 4 Mar.

• Coming approximately about fucking time, Philco Fiction will release new album 'Talk/Brag' on 29 Jan. You can also catch then at Club NME at Koko on 5 Feb and then Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 20 Feb. Here's new single 'Runimals'.

• Frankie Cosmos has released a video for 'Outside With The Cuties', taken from upcoming album 'Next Thing'.

• The Casual Sexists release a new single, 'I Go Blank', next week through Rongorongo. It comes backed with a remix by label boss Wrongtom. Watch the video here.

ABBA only bloody reunite (for food)
Hey everybody, time for an ABBA reunion. So that's exciting, right?

But no, it's not that Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad all tuned into ITV's celebrities-murder-ABBA-songs special just before Christmas and were so outraged they thought, "Fuck it, we gotta start performing these fucking songs again to stop these fuckers from fucking them all up in fucking prime time".

I mean, they probably did think all that (though possibly in Swedish), but then they saw the royalty cheques the ITV atrocity generated, and they all calmed down a little.

Anyway, it was a cafe that finally brought the fab four of pop back together again in public, for the first time since the 'Mamma Mia' film premiere eight years ago. All four former members showed up for the opening of a new restaurant in Stockholm called 'Mamma Mia! The Party'.

Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid then stood in a row and posed for photos. It was quite the event. I wonder if there was soup.

 
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