MONDAY 25 JANUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The long-standing US-based online radio platform Live365 is set to go offline at the end of the month, in no small part because of the recent Copyright Royalty Board ruling on what rates online radio operations licensed via SoundExchange should pay. As previously reported, the CRB ruling was big news in the US, though most headlines centred on what it meant for Pandora... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: What's PJ Harvey up to in that box? That's what we were all wondering, wasn't it? When she was in that box - aka a glass-fronted room at Somerset House in London - last year. Of course we knew she was recording her new album, she'd told us as much, but that's not really enough information when it comes to an artist like PJ Harvey, is it? More recently we've... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including PRS's new deal with YouTube, the dramatic events at Life Or Death PR, Deezer's new money and some big developments in J-Pop this week. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Live365 to close because of SoundExchange rate changes
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LEGAL Intellectual Property Office opens consultation on geo-blocking
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL BBC partners with Record Store Day
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LIVE BUSINESS Nine indie festivals already on board for Attitude Is Everything's Access Starts Online campaign
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MEDIA Bauer make hires and promotions to ensure "premium targeting opportunities" for online advertisers
BBC releases iPlayer exclusive Lemmy documentary
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Trends Report and masterclass set out to explain the latest music rights issues
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ARTIST NEWS No David Bowie autobiography, though the key to his life story may lie in massive personal archives
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RELEASES Pet Shop Boys announce new album, Royal Opera House shows
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ONE LINERS ABKCO, FUGA, Adele, more
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AND FINALLY... Weezer accidentally sell $25,000 bird-watching experience
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THE ORCHARD - INTERACTIVE MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a savvy, seasoned digital music marketer to promote The Orchard’s distributed artists in Europe and beyond. The ideal candidate’s specialty lies in creating and executing strategic digital marketing campaigns designed to generate publicity and awareness, build audiences, engage fans, and drive sales and revenue for new releases and catalogue titles.

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JUNO RECORDS - SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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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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Live365 to close because of SoundExchange rate changes
The long-standing US-based online radio platform Live365 is set to go offline at the end of the month, in no small part because of the recent Copyright Royalty Board ruling on what rates online radio operations licensed via SoundExchange should pay.

As previously reported, the CRB ruling was big news in the US, though most headlines centred on what it meant for Pandora, which has traditionally utilised the compulsory sound recordings licence that exists under US copyright law for online radio services, including personalised radio set-ups.

The CRB controls what rates companies using the compulsory licence - which is administered by SoundExchange - pay, and for Pandora the ruling meant a higher rate, though not as high as the record industry had been pushing for. Pandora was pleased with the latest changes, but small to middle-sized online radio outfits were not, because a revenue share option that had previously been available to grass roots operators was phased out.

Live365, which launched way back in 1999, provides a platform for bedroom, smallscale and community broadcasters based in the US via which they can webcast. It not only provides the webcasting technology for its broadcasting customers, but also music licences, which it sorts out via the music publishing sector's collecting societies and, for recordings, under the SoundExchange licence.

Shortly after the CRB ruling, the company laid off staff and left its offices, explaining that: "The absence of the [smallscale broadcaster] licence will make legally streaming copyrighted musical content prohibitively expensive for many small to mid-sized internet broadcasters. Live365 relies on this licence for many of their broadcast partners".

Meanwhile, the firm's Dean Kattari argued that this development was bad news for the record industry that was the beneficiary of the higher royalties. He said: "The true value of Live365 lies in its diversity of content - it's a sanctuary where you can hear music and other content that is so unlike the template broadcasting that is heard on most terrestrial radio. These stations are the hard work of real human beings who use Live365 to share their vision with the world. It's a home for musical discovery because many of these stations play emerging artists that terrestrial stations are reluctant to take a chance on".

To make matters worse, Live365 also lost investors in the wake of the CRB ruling. At the time management said that they were trying to find new business partners to help them move forward, but it seems that search has been unsuccessful.

According to RAIN, a recent email to webcasters who use the Live365 platform reads: "We are sad that we are closing our doors at the end of this month. There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another, but at this point in time, 31 Jan 2016 is the last day that Live365's streaming servers and website will be maintained and supported".

It's thought that many of the grassroots webcasters that rely on Live365 will struggle to find alternative ways to legally webcast given the removal of the special SoundExchange licence for small-scale operations. They will therefore be hoping Live365 can indeed "come back in one form or another", though that seems far from assured for now.

Intellectual Property Office opens consultation on geo-blocking
While for the music business the main priority in the ongoing European copyright review is good old 'safe harbours' - or, actually, 'making available' if you're an artist - for most of the rest of the entertainment industry it's all about geo-blocking. To that end the UK's Intellectual Property Office has launched a public consultation on what it calls "cross-border portability".

As previously reported, the European Commission is currently reviewing copyright rules across the European Union as part of its Digital Single Market initiative. When it published its priorities last month, a review of the so called 'making available right' was included, which is good news for artists who see this as a possible way of regaining some control over digital income. Meanwhile the review of safe harbours that the labels and publishers have been pushing for was simply alluded to in a paragraph about piracy.

Top of the agenda is the issue of most concern to the movie and TV sectors, but about which the music companies are slightly ambivalent. The European Commission wants consumers who sign up to digital content services in any one EU country to be able to access that service - and all the content that comes with it - in any other country in the Union. Basically so that a UK Netflix customer can continue to use the service and access the British catalogue of content wherever they may be in Europe, without having to employ a VPN to confuse the streaming service about their location.

The music industry has adopted pan-European licensing on a much bigger scale than the movie and TV industries, meaning that - while regional variation in catalogue does remain to an extent - meeting the kind of "cross-border portability" requirements the EU is seeking to make law won't be too big a problem for labels and publishers.

Many movie and TV show producers, though, are critical of the proposals, and say that European politicians are exaggerating the scale of the problem, ie how many people are using a Netflix type service while travelling around Europe. To be fair, the EC's proposals are unlikely to tackle the bigger frustration amongst video-on-demand customers: disparities between catalogues in different countries, and the time lag between release dates in different markets, especially for TV shows.

With geo-blocking atop the EC's copyright agenda, the UK's IPO last week invited all interested parties to input into the review. The government agency said: "The European Commission has recently published draft legislation that is intended to ensure that all digital services are portable within the European Union. This would mean that a person who lives in the UK, who subscribes to a digital content service there, would be able to continue to access that service when they are elsewhere in the EU".

It added: "The government is seeking views on the draft legislation to ensure that they deliver the best outcome for businesses and consumers. We would welcome your views on the costs and benefits of these proposals and suggestions for how the language of the proposed regulation can be improved".

Input should be sent to copyright.policy@ipo.gov.uk by 12 Feb.

BBC partners with Record Store Day
BBC Music has signed up as a partner of Record Store Day, which is good news. I half expected the BBC to launch its own annual celebration of record stores, because you know, how better to utilise dwindling licence fee funds than with another over-priced vanity project for BBC bosses that no one cares about?

But no, this is no BBC Music Awards, this is the Beeb supporting something industry-led and grassroots. Or possibly climbing on a bandwagon long after it jumped the shark. Which is something I'd like to see. A bandwagon jumping a shark, I mean. Could it even do that? The BBC should axe its pointless Music Awards and pump the budget into hiring some engineers to achieve just that task.

Anyway. BBC. Record Store Day. Steve Lamacq talking to record shop owners. Lauren Lavern broadcasting live from a record shop. 6 Music announcing the list of Record Store Day exclusives. Our very own British Broadcasting Corporation supporting a moment that unites people through their love of music. Good times.

And here's BBC Music's James Stirling with a quote: "BBC Music is always keen to support moments that unite people through their love of music. Record Store Day does exactly that and we are very happy to be officially involved this year".

Nine indie festivals already on board for Attitude Is Everything's Access Starts Online campaign
Attitude Is Everything has confirmed that nine festivals affiliated to the Association Of Independent Festivals have signed up to its Access Starts Online initiative.

As previously reported, Attitude Is Everything, the charity that encourages the live music sector to improve accessibility to its events for deaf and disabled music fans, launched Access Starts Online at AIF's Festival Congress last November, encouraging festival promoters to introduce a "designated access information page" on their websites, using a template provided by their trade body. AIF members ArcTanGent, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Common People, Cornbury, Deershed, Just So, Kendal Calling and Nozstock are all already on board.

Attitude Is Everything says that the lack of such information for major music events is a key source of frustration for disabled music fans, and therefore decent access information pages are a "simple and cost-effective measure" that all live music events and venues can take that will make a real difference.

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull told reporters last week: "We are heartened to have received such a strong show of support from AIF members. These days everyone hears about gigs and festivals online, and that's why this campaign is so important - as without comprehensive access information in advance of an event, many disabled music fans can be put off from buying tickets in the first place".

Bauer make hires and promotions to ensure "premium targeting opportunities" for online advertisers
Media firm Bauer last week announced the recruitment of Cathy Ma to the role of Audience Development Director who, alongside three existing staffers who have been promoted into new posts, will help the magazine and radio station owner to "forge ahead with an ambitious plan to further accelerate digital growth, and leverage its unique and powerful range of radio, magazine media, connected TV, events and digital brands to offer scaled and premium targeting opportunities for commercial partners". Yeah, those are definitely words.

I think it basically means Bauer, like many of its rivals in magazine making and radio revelling, is increasingly shouting "DATA" and "BRANDED CONTENT" in the general direction of advertisers, as it tries to transform its online operations - the growth area for media owners in terms of audience - into decent revenue generators.

The media owner then notes that it has "achieved significant growth in streamed audio listening with a 30% increase across the Bauer City Network of local radio station brands and a 75% increase in 'logged in' listening to stations like Absolute Radio - which provides data to provide premium audio targeted commercial opportunities".

Meanwhile, increased online audiences for its "lifestyle brands" like Grazia and The Debrief means the publisher can "make better informed decisions about the content created and curated for these brands". Yeah, whatever you say.

Ma is joined by Hannah Rouch and Alice Farmiloe from within Bauer's magazines business, and Ali Wilkinson from radio, to do all this audience developing. Confirming all this, Sam Jones, MD of Bauer's digital division Xcel, told reporters: "We are seeking world class talent as we unlock a new level of digital performance and targeting opportunities for commercial partners. Cathy Ma, Hannah Rouch, Alice Farmiloe and Ali Wilkinson are celebrated digital talent and bring with them a wealth of experience and a highly creative approach".

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BBC released iPlayer exclusive Lemmy documentary
The BBC has made a new documentary, 'Lemmy: In His Own Words', available exclusively on the iPlayer. The programme is cut together using various interviews the Motörhead frontman gave on BBC shows between 1982 and 2010, plus live footage and previously unbroadcast material.

BBC Music Editor James Stirling says of the programme: "Lemmy was a colossal figure in British music and he had a unique approach to both his songs and the industry he found himself in. There was a smart sense of humour at the heart of everything, something clearly demonstrated through his interviews and performances we've uncovered from the BBC Music archive".

This is the latest in a series of iPlayer-only music shows from BBC Music, which have also included a similar documentary about Amy Winehouse and Elton John performing live at the Eden Project.

CMU Trends Report and masterclass set out to explain the latest music rights issues
The last edition of the CMU Trends Report having explained why 'making available' is on the European Commission's copyright review agenda, the next issue will explain quite why 'mechanical royalties' are causing such a kafuffle in the US right now. You should go premium with CMU to access both.

Or, if you prefer music right technicalities explained in person, both will be reviewed in detail at the next CMU Insights masterclass, which provides an overview of all the key developments in music rights in the last twelve months, all in one place, and with a very user-friendly approach.

The masterclass will be led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, who says: "If you make, manage, market, distribute or utilise songs or recordings, then you are in the music copyright game, and while you can rely on your lawyers to write the contracts, it really helps your business if you understand all the basics about how music rights work and make money".

He goes on: "Of course, copyright matters are often in flux, as each copyright system tries to tackle new forms of music distribution and delivery, as different stakeholders battle for a better deal, and as individual disputes test otherwise ambiguous parts of the law. Staying on top of it all can be tricky, but our masterclass will help you do just that, and without assuming you're an expert in intellectual property".

As well as 'making available' and 'mechanical rights', the masterclass will cover safe harbours, performer rights, copyright exceptions and key recent cases, including 'Blurred Line', 'Happy Birthday' and the ongoing MegaUpload case. Tickets for the masterclass are just £99 and are available here.

  Approved: PJ Harvey - The Wheel
What's PJ Harvey up to in that box? That's what we were all wondering, wasn't it? When she was in that box - aka a glass-fronted room at Somerset House in London - last year. Of course we knew she was recording her new album, she'd told us as much, but that's not really enough information when it comes to an artist like PJ Harvey, is it?

More recently we've received further details. The record was inspired by trips to places like Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, DC. Song titles suggest a political leaning to the record. And now comes the first single, 'The Wheel', which shed's yet more light on the project.

A thread definitely runs to the track from 2011's 'Let England Shake' album, but while that record looked at war and Englishness, this project certainly casts a wider net. And lyrically Harvey remains unflinching, singing of a "tableau of the missing tied to the government building". And again she manages to do this in a musically accessible way.

Listen to 'The Wheel' here.

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No David Bowie autobiography, though the key to his life story may lie in massive personal archives
David Bowie did not complete an autobiography, or a planned retrospective book focussed on items from his past, reports Newsweek. However, a personal account of his life may lie in a massive archive of items housed in a New York warehouse.

Rumours of a Bowie autobiography have circulated since the 70s, though a source told Newsweek that nothing was finished prior to his death earlier this month. A book titled 'Bowie: Object', planned to be published through Penguin since at least 2010, was also apparently not completed. The book would have showcased 100 items from the musician's life and career, with explanations written by Bowie himself. A spokesperson for the publisher said that "Penguin is not expecting it to happen".

However, while no written account of his life will seemingly be published, Bowie does leave behind an archive of items vastly larger than the V&A's 'David Bowie Is' exhibition, which is currently still touring the world.

Curator of the exhibition, Victoria Broackes, says that she was given access to a collection of over 75,000 items, with 300 (including material from other collectors) selected for the show. "The archives are unique in pop music and would be unusual, in their scope, for any artist or indeed any individual", she told Newsweek. "Bowie's collection is like its own museum".

The article also claims that Bowie left plans for a series of retrospective releases of his music. Read all about it here.

Pet Shop Boys announce new album, Royal Opera House shows
You remember the other day when you were wondering what the Pet Shop Boys were up to because you saw this picture on Instagram? Well, it turns out they're releasing a new album in April. On the actual 1st of April, as it happens. No joke. It's called 'Super' and its twelve tracks were produced by Stuart Price.

"It was fantastic to be back in the studio with Stuart Price continuing from where we left off with 'Electric' and we're THRILLED with the results", said the duo in eerie synchronicity. "It's also very exciting to take electronic music into the Royal Opera House - such a grand and beautiful venue. These will be four very special nights for us and our only UK concerts this year".

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a moment guys. I haven't told them about the shows yet. I was actually going to tell the people that you're releasing the new album through your own Kobalt Label Services-serviced label x2 Records. But, whatever, we can talk about the gigs instead.

I mean, the cat's pretty much out of the bag already, but the Pet Shop Boys are going to play four shows at the Royal Opera House later this year. They'll take place on 20-23 Jul. Titled 'Inner Sanctum', the site-specific performance has been created with designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page. Tickets are available here.

Oh, and the lead single from the new album is called 'The Pop Kids'. And you can ferret about in this website for more info on everything here, and watch the duo's "2016 Launch Video" here.

ABKCO, FUGA, Adele, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Alisa Coleman was last week promoted to COO of ABKCO Music. She had been the company's Senior Executive Vice President since 1985.

• Digital distribution firm FUGA has hired René Andreasi-Bassi, who has a background in broadcasting, to the role of Head Of Digital Marketing & Promotions, and Michael Cassidy, who joins from Liberty Global, to the post of Head of Operations.

• Who reached a billion views on YouTube the fastest? If you said Psy, you are WRONG. Idiot. It's Adele with her 'Hello' video. Everyone knows that.

• Producer Ron Fair has given an update on TLC's comeback album, funded by Kickstarter supporters last year. "It's old soul music. It's 90s throwback music. It's vintage TLC and I can tell you that their vocals sound exactly the way they did the last time you heard them", he told Renman Music & Business Live.

• That Steven Tyler off of the Aero Smiths has released a solo single. It's called. 'Red, White & You'. Yeah, I thought he was going to say "blue", but he said "you". He's a clever one that Steven Tyler from Air-o-smyth.

• Deftones guitarist Steph Carpenter has confirmed that the band's new album will be out on 8 Apr. It may or may not be called 'Gore'. Either way it's exciting.

• AlunaGeorge have a new single out called 'I'm In Control'. It features Popcaan. It's from new album 'I Remember', which - you should remember - is out in the spring. Here's the single.

• Zayn Malik says he'd consider a One Direction reunion "if the time was right". And despite his seemingly fractious relationship with his former bandmates, he told the Sunday Times "I have no beef". Excuse me Zayn, please remember we have a weekly column to fill, and you're really not helping.

Weezer accidentally sell $25,000 bird-watching experience
You know how it is, you're putting together the perks for the crowdfu... sorry, "pre-order" campaign for your new album and you throw in a jokey expensive one you know no one will ever buy. We've all done it. But what if someone did buy it? What then? Well, that's the question Weezer are asking themselves right now.

Because, see, their $25,000 "experience bundle" offers one fan the chance to go bird watching with frontman Rivers Cuomo on the Galapagos Islands.

The lucky purchaser will "take a Greyhound [bus] to the Galapagos with Rivers where you'll stay only for a limited time", explains the page for the package. "Once you get to the islands, you'll go bird watching to try and find the elusive white-cheeked pintail. You'll go on a catamaran ride to Charles Darwin Research Station, sing 'The British Are Coming' with Rivers in the Galapagos but replace every lyric about 'old King George' to 'lonesome George'. Finally, you will be named King Of The World for a day".

How they must have chuckled to themselves as they put that little offer live. But in the cold harsh light of day things must look very different. "Whoa", exclaimed the band on Facebook. "Got word that someone bought the $25k pre-order package on weezerwebstore.com late last night. Time to figure out how to get a Greyhound to the Galapagos".

How indeed? How indeed? Luckily, the listing stipulates that Cuomo's travel must be paid for separately from the $25,000, which might cover the cost of developing a coach with in-built hovercraft capable of travelling 1000km over the Pacific Ocean.

 
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