THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: With secondary ticketing a top talking point once again in UK music circles this last year, a new report due out later today from New York Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman is likely to put the pesky touts fully back on the agenda in the US as well. Though they'll do that thing where they insist on calling the touts 'scalpers'. You crazy Americans, you. You'll be making... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: "I think the problem for anyone striving to create their own sound is, once you - hopefully - have achieved that, how do you expand that whilst maintaining it?" So ponders Three Trapped Tigers' Matt Calvert. And what better way to answer that question than with some music? And so it was that yesterday the title track from the band's new album 'Silent Earthling'... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES New York Attorney General to publish ticket touting report, promises crackdown
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BRANDS & MERCH Signature Brew aims to improve gig attendance with ale
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MARKETING & PR Former Life Or Death staff unveil new PR firm Liberal Arts
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify seeking another $500 million
Amazon launches Prime Stations personalised radio service in the UK
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MEDIA Chris Price named BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra's new Head Of Music
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU to ask whether clickbait and branded content are the future of media at this year's Convergence Sessions
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RELEASES Rihanna releases Anti as free download
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Hundred more acts added to Great Escape line-up
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ONE LINERS Jay-Z, British Summer Time, Syco, more
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AND FINALLY... Advertising Standards Authority rejects complaints over Radio X ad
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MUTE SONG - MUSIC PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Mute Song is seeking a dynamic individual to join the company as Music Publishing Assistant. This position presents a terrific opportunity for a bright and engaging person to embark on a rewarding career in music publishing.

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BEGGARS MUSIC - COPYRIGHT AND ROYALTIES ANALYST (LONDON)
Beggars Music are looking to hire an experienced Copyright and Royalties Analyst, based in their London office. The role would be best suited to someone with experience of either working within music publishing administration or a collection society.

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LISTEN UP - PRESS MANAGER (LONDON)
We are hiring an experienced Press Manager to join the press team at Listen Up. The candidate will need 2-4 years' experience experience in a similar role with a thorough knowledge of artist and label campaigns. We are looking for an enthusiastic and articulate individual with strong writing and organisational skills.

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AEG LIVE - TICKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are now hiring a Ticketing Assistant to join our team. The successful candidate will support the day to day operations of the ticketing team for events within AEG Live & Goldenvoice.

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YOUR ARMY - MUSIC EVENTS AND PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Music Events And Press Officer to join its expanding and busy Press Department and Promotions Team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience working across national music events and festivals alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns.

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FMLY - BOOKING AGENT (BRIGHTON)
FMLY London is a booking agency based in Brighton and we are looking to expand our team and currently have an opening for an established booking agent.

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SECRET ROAD - MUSIC LICENSING CREATIVE (LONDON)
Secret Road Music Services, Inc is a boutique music services company based in Los Angeles, California that focuses on music licensing, music publishing and artist management. We are seeking a Music Licensing Creative to join our London team working out of offices in Kings Cross.

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CIRCUS RECORDS - PART-TIME PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
Electronic record label seeking a pro-active, knowledgable intern for 20 hours per week to help out in all departments including label management, social media, press and merchandise. Main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting the label team with DJ and club promotion, press, social media and other more general label activities.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
In April 2016 we’ll be launching an Artist Engagement project to help us elicit support for our campaigns from prominent musicians. Esmée Fairbairn have awarded us funding to build on the success of our #MusicWithoutBarriers and Club Attitude campaigns. We are seeking a part-time Communications Assistant to work with us for two years.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - ARTIST ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
In April 2016 we’ll be launching an Artist Engagement project to help us elicit support for our campaigns from prominent musicians. Esmée Fairbairn have awarded us funding to build on the success of our #MusicWithoutBarriers and Club Attitude campaigns. We are seeking a freelance Artist Engagement And Community Co-ordinator to work with us for two years.

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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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CREAM - SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL EXECUTIVE (LIVERPOOL)
Do you live and breathe social media? Have a passion for electronic music and festivals? Have a flair for design? Work well as part of a team? Enjoy working in a fast paced commercial environment? Then this could be the perfect job for you. Rare opportunity to join the Cream marketing team based in our new Liverpool offices.

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NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS - ONLINE PROMOTIONS AND NEW MEDIA (LONDON)
Nuclear Blast UK are looking for maternity cover for the role of Online Promotion and New Media. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of social media (including scheduling posts, adverts and maintaining label and roster channels), as well as managing online communities.

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LISTEN UP - OPERATIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Listen Up is seeking an administrator to provide support to our expanding Operations Team. You will report directly to the Operations & HR Manager, working alongside the Office Manager and Accounts Manager to ensure company administration is completed to a high standard.

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THE WIRE MAGAZINE - ADVERTISING SALES (LONDON)
The Wire needs a creative and resourceful advertising sales and marketing person to sell ad space in its print magazine, on its website and in its newsletters. This is a rare opportunity to join the staff of the world's greatest independent music magazine.

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SECRETLY GROUP - NATIONAL RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian) have an exciting opportunity for a radio plugger to join their expanding UK label team. We’re looking for a candidate who is ready to step up from their current role to lead the UK radio plugging strategy for the three labels in UK.

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CR2 RECORDS - MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR (TEMP COVER) (LONDON)
We are looking for an experienced Marketing Co-ordinator to oversee key singles and compilation projects on the Cr2 Records schedule along-side label management. This will be a temporary position covering for our Marketing Manager whilst away on sabbatical for the period of start of February to the end of April 2016.

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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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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.
 
1 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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10 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Key Developments In Music Rights
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18 Feb 2016 CMU Insights @ Output 2016
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New York Attorney General to publish ticket touting report, promises crackdown
With secondary ticketing a top talking point once again in UK music circles this last year, a new report due out later today from New York Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman is likely to put the pesky touts fully back on the agenda in the US as well. Though they'll do that thing where they insist on calling the touts 'scalpers'. You crazy Americans, you. You'll be making Donald Trump your president next.

The resale of tickets by touts or scalpers online has been a hot topic at various points since the rise of internet auction sites and the emergence of standalone platforms for ticket reselling. At various points there has been a rally call to ban, restrict or regulate the resale websites, though usually those calls ultimately fade away and the touts get on with the reselling of tickets for in-demand events at considerable mark ups.

As much previously noted, while the live industry was initially against the rise in ticket touting allowed by the web, some artists and promoters have since embraced the secondary market, either reselling tickets for their owns shows or forming official partnerships with specific resale sites. Meanwhile the biggest live music company, Live Nation, is very much in the secondary ticketing game, owning various resale site operations via its Ticketmaster subsidiary.

Plenty of critics remain in the music community. In the UK, the whole debate has become loud again in the last year or so, mainly after two MPs successfully snuck a little bit of regulation of the secondary ticketing market into the UK's new Consumer Rights Bill, and in doing so also forced the government to review the whole touting business anew.

That review is now underway, and many artists have stepped forward to express distain for the touts who buy up tickets to their shows - sometimes using so called 'bots' to grab a load of tickets early on - and then sell them at a massive mark up.

Schneiderman's report on secondary ticketing in New York - which is called 'Why Can't New Yorkers Get Tickets' - is based on a three year investigation, and could result in a new crackdown against online touting.

The regulation of ticket reselling in the US generally sits at a state-level. Rules in New York were actually relaxed in the early days of online touting, though the use of those bots to buy up large numbers of tickets is still banned there, and much of the new report - and possibly any resulting crackdown - is focused on the continued illegal use of such technology.

According to the New York Times, the new report will also include various touting claims, including that as many as half the seats for many popular concerts are not offered to the general public, that a single high-tech tout bought more than 1000 tickets to a U2 concert in a single minute, and that free tickets that had been distributed for an appearance by Pope Francis in the city were resold for thousands of dollars on the secondary market.

The Times also quotes the Attorney General as saying: "Ticketing is a fixed game. My office will continue to crackdown on those who break our laws, prey on ordinary consumers and deny New Yorkers affordable access to the concerts and sporting events they love. This investigation is just the beginning of our efforts to create a level playing field in the ticket industry".

Other recommendations in the report will include demands that promoters are more transparent about how tickets are being released to the public, and that secondary sites police their systems more thoroughly, ensuring touting rules specific to New York are complied with when reselling tickets in the state.

Schneiderman is also set to suggest that restrictions on so called 'paperless ticketing' should be removed from the state's laws. Although the locking of tickets to credit cards or smartphones is seen as one way of limiting touting, such approaches have caused their own consumer rights problems, with New York state in particular restricting such practices. But it seems the AG sees paperless ticketing as the lesser of two evils.

It remains to be seen how the operators of secondary ticketing websites respond to Schneiderman's report. They always argue that by keeping touting on their sites, consumers actually get more protection. Meanwhile, most of the resale site companies support laws against the touting bots, so will be pleased that's a central issue in the report, while Live Nation's Ticketmaster - as a provider of paperless ticketing solutions - will like the removal of those regulations in New York.

Signature Brew aims to improve gig attendance with ale
Beer company Signature Brew, best known for its collaborative ales with various musicians, has partnered with Independent Venue Week to launch a range of canned beers. The company is apparently hoping that offering better beer at small gigs will convince more people to attend them.

"Independent venues are under threat with many of music's most iconic sites pushed to the brink", says Signature Brew co-founder Sam McGregor. "Drinkers are more discerning than ever and we believe Signature Brew's ethos of pairing music and brewing offers the perfect opportunity to put quality beer in the hands of fellow music lovers".

He continues: "That's why we've partnered with Independent Venue Week for the exclusive launch of our new range of canned beers. The 330ml cans are allowed into venues that our bottles aren't, plus they're safer and they keep the beer fresher. If venues offer high-quality beer, fans will arrive earlier, and stay longer - and, let's face it, who doesn't want to watch their favourite band with a delicious beer in hand?"

Independent Venue Week is happening RIGHT NOW, by the way. We are totally in it.

Former Life Or Death staff unveil new PR firm Liberal Arts
Former staffers from US music PR agency Life Or Death PR have announced details of their new company, which will be known as Liberal Arts. A number of Life Or Death clients have already confirmed that they will be hiring the services of the new entity.

As previously reported, the operations of Life Or Death came to an abrupt halt last week after Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors made allegations of sexual misconduct against the agency's CEO and owner Heathcliff Berru, in relation to an event that took place a few years back. After Coffman had spoken, a number of other women with whom Berru had worked likewise came forward with similar allegations.

Although not responding to each specific allegation, Berru quickly announced he was stepping down as CEO of his company, adding that he was "deeply sorry for those who I have offended by my actions", and that he was now seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction.

Initially it was stated that Life Or Death would continue under the direction of Nick Dierl, but a day later - with various clients announcing they would no longer work with the agency - Dierl and all other employees of the PR firm announced that they had quit and were planning on forming another company instead. The implication was that Life Or Death would be wound up.

In a new interview with Billboard, Dierl and Duncan Will, a senior publicist at Life Or Death, say that, while they knew their boss had addiction issues, which they had tried to take up with Berru in the past, they were unaware of the incidents that were revealed after Coffman's initial tweets last week. Though the revelations did explain why a number of clients had previously dropped the agency's services out of the blue, including Coffman's label Domino.

Dierl says that he called Berru as soon as the allegations started to appear online, and asked "about the validity of the Amber story, and he told me that he was 'blackout drunk' that night. I couldn't judge Heathcliff's level of sincerity, either". Will adds: "We believed all of those stories and chose to operate accordingly instead of contesting those statements. I applaud all of the women who came forward and brought these conversations to the public sphere. I hope that it's a conversation that doesn't end this week and continues to be talked about in the industry".

Even though Berru quickly agreed to stand down - and, say Dierl and Will, he had been increasingly hands off at the agency anyway - the Life & Death staff felt issues would remain if their former boss was still the owner of the company, and therefore benefiting from the profits of each campaign. Hence the decision to start a new business.

Liberal Arts will be backed by Knitting Factory Entertainment - the live, label and management business - which also had an "investor profit share" in Life Or Death.

Its President, Ian Wheeler, told Billboard: "I will serve as Managing Director for the new entity, which will be 100% owned by Figure Eight Publicity, a subsidiary of Knitting Factory Entertainment. An equity position will also being carved out for the founders of the new entity in the coming months. Life Or Death PR has now been dissolved. Mr Berru is no longer a party to our organisation and will not take part in our new venture, nor own an equity position. All ties have been cut".

You can read Billboard's full interview with Dierl and Will here.

Spotify seeking another $500 million
Spotify is looking to raise new funding of $500 million. And yes, it did just do that in June. But where does half a billion dollars get you these days? Hardly anywhere.

Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports that the streaming service is hoping to raise the new funding in the form of loans from existing investors. Those creditors would then have the option to convert their loans into equity at a later date, with a discount of 17.5% if the company does its long-awaited IPO in the next year, according to the Financial Times.

Exactly what Spotify plans to do with all this cash isn't yet clear, though with all streaming services currently focussed on driving growth, and the large-pocketed Apple now a direct competitor, increasing userbase (and especially premium userbase) would seem the most likely plan. Though Spotify has also been attempting to develop and launch a series of product innovations to differentiate its service from those of rivals, and further acquisitions to build on this are a possibility too.

Debt financing is all the rage in digital music at the moment, of course. What with SoundCloud confirming earlier this month that it had pulled in $32 million through such a scheme last year. Oh how people were up in arms about that $32 million! It doesn't seem like so much now, does it?

Investors could be quids in once IPO time arrives. Although if the naysayers are right and all this somewhat more risky new financing means that several of the big streaming services are going to fall down the toilet, we might get that consolidation of the market people like to talk about. How about a future where the choice is YouTube, Apple Music or Amazon Prime?

Spotify's proposal, drawn up by the company's financial advisors at Goldman Sachs and Nordea, will apparently be put to investors at a meeting at the latter's offices in Stockholm next week.

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Amazon launches Prime Stations personalised radio service in the UK
Amazon has added its Prime Stations personalised radio service for subscribers to the free-delivery-with-added-content set-up in the UK. It expands on the Prime Music on-demand streaming service, which has also just had a new lyrics feature added to it as well.

It means customers who pay the £79 annual fee for Amazon Prime now have access to the ad free online radio service, which like most similar services will play a continuous stream of music related to an artist or genre the listener tells it they like.

"With Stations we've introduced another feature for Prime members to discover great music at no additional cost to their membership", said Steve Bernstein, EU Director of Digital Music at Amazon. "Whether customers are on the move, at work or entertaining, there's no shortage of choice with hundreds of Prime Music Stations to choose from. And with the skip, thumbs up and thumbs down functions, customers can take full control of their stations and adapt them to their music tastes".

As I said, basically the same as all the others. But with Pandora still not available in Europe (yet), maybe this is the closest alternative currently available here.

Chris Price named BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra's new Head Of Music
BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra have a new Head Of Music in the shape of Chris Price. No, not a cardboard cut out. The actual Chris Price, who was previously Head Of Music for Last.fm. It apparently needing such a thing.

Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra, says: "Chris brings unparalleled experience across music radio, TV and digital broadcasting to BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. His passion and knowledge is key to our future plans for young audiences to continue to discover the music they will love. I'm delighted to welcome him to the team".

Chris Price adds: "Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Head of Music is the greatest music discovery job on the planet. I'm THRILLED to be joining the BBC to continue the incredible work it does breaking new music, as well as steering the networks' music strategy into the next phase of its digital future".

Price will take up his new role in March when George Ergatoudis leaves the building to join Spotify. As previously reported, he was announced last year as the streaming service's new UK Head Of Content Programming, after a decade in the Radio 1 job.

CMU to ask whether clickbait and branded content are the future of media at this year's Convergence Sessions
The team from CMU Insights have announced details of a session they will run as part of the Convergence festival in London in March.

Kicking off this year's Convergence Sessions programme at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will put the spotlight on media in an insight session called 'Making Money From Media? You Won't Believe What Happens Next!'

The event will look at how, even though it's easier than ever to publish content, making money from media is an increasingly big challenge today. With social media competing for both consumer attention and the advertising pound, and loyalty to newspapers and magazines on the wane, many publishers have looked to clickbait to drive new traffic and branded content to drive new revenue. But is either really a desirable solution?

CMU Insights will ask - whether you're a legacy title, an upstart or a start-up - how can media make money in 2016? And what does that mean for the content they create, and the role of journalism in monitoring, analysing and informing the world? Publishers, editors and journalists from leading news, culture and music media will all join the debate.

Tickets for the two hour session, which takes place at midday on 17 Mar, are just £8.70, including booking fee. Click here to book your ticket. And click here for full information on this year's Convergence Sessions programme.

CMU Insights has a packed programme of seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions coming up, and you can check the full list here. Don't forget the next masterclass will focus on all the latest developments in music rights, taking place on 10 Feb in London. More here.

  Approved: Three Trapped Tigers - Silent Earthling
"I think the problem for anyone striving to create their own sound is, once you - hopefully - have achieved that, how do you expand that whilst maintaining it?" So ponders Three Trapped Tigers' Matt Calvert. And what better way to answer that question than with some music?

And so it was that yesterday the title track from the band's new album 'Silent Earthling' was heaved onto YouTube. Unquestionably a Three Trapped Tigers track, but a fresh take on a very distinct sound.

Back in 2010, the band's Tom Rogerson told us that their writing process consisted of "bashing our heads against a brick wall for about six months until something happens". Though it seems that the pressure they place on themselves has only increased since then, leaving a five year gap between albums. In the end, Brian Eno stepped in to help out with his 'oblique strategies' method.

The full results of that will be revealed when the album is released on 1 Apr through Superball Music.

Listen to 'Silent Earthling' here.

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Rihanna releases Anti as free download
Alright, calm down everyone. Rihanna's new album is out now. And contrary to what you might have thought after listening to new single 'Work' yesterday, it's actually quite good.

The fairly shoddy Drake-featuring 'Work' was aired on Radio 1 and Capital FM yesterday afternoon, after being made available on iTunes and Tidal. The release was in line with details published by Billboard earlier this week, which also said that the album was on its way this week too. And here we are.

As you might have guessed, 'Anti' is a Tidal exclusive. As you might not have guessed, 'Anti' is also being made available as a free download. Presumably this is as a result of the singer's Samsung sponsorship, though it's mainly pushing a 60 day free trial of Tidal that comes with it. But with FLAC as well as MP3s available in the download bundle, you don't need to take the streaming service up on that offer to experience the album in high quality.

It may not be Rihanna's 'Chinese Democracy', but the ups and downs in the creation of 'Anti' have long been reported. Previously released tracks 'FourFiveSeconds', 'American Oxygen' and 'Bitch Better Have My Money' are all missing, with only interlude 'James Joint', released last April, remaining. This news may or may not please you.

What is on the album is a slightly mixed bag, with occasionally confused tone, but a lot of good tracks. Lighter moments should appease fans turned off by the darker, occasionally experimental turns she takes.

Weirdly, the record features a cover of 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes', the closing track from Tame Impala's fairly recently released 'Currents' album. They say you should make a cover version your own, which Rihanna has done by changing the title to 'Same Ol Mistakes'. Other than that, it's basically exactly the same track with Kevin Parker's lead vocals removed and Rihanna's dropped in their place. It's a good track, but mainly because the original is a good track.

But, for all its odd quirks and moments of corner-cutting - which really do seem odd for an album that took so long to make - it does feel like Rihanna is making a statement and a play for longevity. As her tweet earlier this week suggested, it's an album that requires attention and some serious listening on the part of the fan. Though perhaps not in those headphones.

Anyway, have a free copy of the album on us.

Hundred more acts added to Great Escape line-up
The next batch of acts set to play this year's Great Escape festival in Brighton was unleashed yesterday, including news on the second of this year's 'spotlight shows', which will present key acts in key venues, and which are open to both TGE wristband holders with a 'top-up' and standalone ticket holders too.

Oh Wonder had already been confirmed for the first of those, playing All Saints Church, and now it's been announced that Songhoy Blues will headline the second, this time at Brighton's Old Market.

Originally from Timbuktu in Northern Mali, Songhoy Blues actually formed in the country's capital, Bamako, after they were forced to leave their homes in the North due to a civil war and the imposition of Sharia Law. With a mission to "recreate the lost ambience" of their home region, the band released their debut album on Transgressive Records last year, and will share that sound with the TGE audience, with support from another Malian singer, Fatoumata Diawara.

The spotlight shows are just the tip of the iceberg at TGE, of course, with 450 acts set to play across the three days of the festival in May. A hundred more were added to the line-up yesterday, including, in something nearing alphabetical order: AJ Tracey, Actor, Alec Benjamin, Alice Phoebe Lou, Anna Meredith, Anna Of The North, Anteros, Anthonie Tonnon, Ariana & The Rose, Astrid S, Avelino, Babe, Band Of Skulls, Banners, Beaty Heart, Black Peaches, Bleached, Blossoms, Bo Rocha, Callum Beattie, Cameron Ag, Catholic Action, Causes, Chastity, Chastity Belt, Cigarettes After Sex, Coves and D Double E.

But there's more! Don't forget Dead!, Depresno, Diet Cig, Dolores Haze, Dreller, Egyptian Blue, Elf Kid, Elifantree, Fatoumata Diawara, Frisco, George Taylor, Georgie, Grumble Bee, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?, Her, Iglooghost, Inheaven, Jacob Collier, Jain, James Canty, Jammz, Joseph J Jones Jr Green, Kate Jackson And The Wrong Moves, Khruangbin, Kiko Bun, K-X-P, Lady Leshurr, Lewis Del Mar, Little Hours, Logan Sama, Lusts, Mabel, Mai Kino, Makeness and Man & The Echo.

And if you thought that was it, fools! Look at this lot: Matthew Logan Vasquez, Michael Kiwanuka, Mossy, Mumdance, Muncie Girls, Nadia Reid, Nadia Rose, Ouzo Bazooka, Pink Oculus, Postaal, Postiljonen, Rømans, Royce Wood Junior, Ruth Koleva, Ry X , Samm Henshaw, Shannon & The Clams, Søren Juul, Spring King, St Lucia, Stephanie Rainey, Sudakistan, Teleman, Ten Fé, The Big Moon, The Prettiots, Tim Vantol, Transviolet, Type Two Error, Uniiqu3, Viola Beach, Vitamin, Wesley Gonzalez, William Singe, Willie J Healey, Yorkston Thorne Khan and Youth Club.

TGE 2016 takes place from 19-21 May and, of course, in amongst all that lot there is the convention for music industry delegates, which includes the 2016 edition of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape. Two rooms, two days, putting the spotlight on four key areas of the music business in 2016: CDs and merch; data and transparency; training, diversity and mental health in the industry; and bloody YouTube. Get top line info here, book your delegate passes here, and look out for more info on the CMU strands very soon.

Jay-Z, British Summer Time, Syco, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Fragrance firm Parlux is suing Jay-Z for $18 million for failing to promote their 'Gold Jay Z' range in the manner he had agreed to, or so they allege, according to TMZ.

• Pleased that this year's programme includes both Take That and Kendrick Lamar, the Queen has decided to allow AEG Live to present its British Summer Time bash on her second back lawn until 2019, a two year extension of the live firm's original five year deal to stage gigs in London's Hyde Park. Which is managed by the Royal Parks, see?

• Syco has hired former Executive Producer of 'The Voice' Tim van Rongen to be a Senior Vice President of the firm. "I am really THRILLED that a television executive of Tim's calibre has chosen to join Syco Entertainment", said its Global Head Of Television Nigel Hall.

• So, the bloody blockchain. Got your head around that yet? Well, Pledge Music's Benji Rogers and the marvellous Imogen Heap will be talking through it all at an event for BPI members at the trade group's London offices next Tuesday at 4.30pm. Admission is free. There are a limited number of spaces for non-members also. Email becci.abbott@bpi.co.uk to reserve a place.

• Lafawndah has just put out a new track, 'Town Crier', which you can listen to here.

Here's new Starchild & The New Romantic track 'Slammin Mannequin', taken from the 'Crucial' EP, out through Ghostly International on 18 Mar.

• Tim Hecker has announced his first 4AD album, titled 'Love Streams', will be out on 8 Apr. Catch him live in the UK at St John At Hackney on 5 May.

• Susanna will release new album 'Triangle' on 22 Apr. Here's the first single, 'Burning Sea'.

• Former Race Horses guy Meilyr Jones releases his debut album, '2013', on 18 Mar. From it, this is 'Featured Artist'.

• "The music industry isn't creating any new headliners" people like to moan. But what about Foals and Disclosure? I mean, they are both headlining this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, and that makes them headliners, see? I hope it works. Because it's more ammunition against the "where are the new headliners?" brigade.

Advertising Standards Authority rejects complaints over Radio X ad
If you thought that advert for Radio X last year which saw Chris Moyles walking down the street bumping into various people was offensive, well you can fuck off.

It was clearly a fucking parody of the fucking video for The Verve's 'Bittersweet fucking Symphony' which fucking soundtracked the fucking thing, and you should all get yourself a fucking sense of humour. Not my words ladies and gentlemen. The words of the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority. Well, my words. Its sentiment.

106 people complained about the Moyles ad, and not because they were offended that a rebranded Xfm thought it was a good idea to bring the veteran broadcasting ego back to the airwaves, but because they "believed it encouraged and condoned anti-social and violent behaviour". I mean, he bumped into man holding coffee, someone in a costume, and a paramedic pushing someone on a stretcher. What a git. What if a child saw such outrageous misbehaviour on their telly screens?

But, said Radio X owner and Chris Moyles facilitator Global Radio, "the ad was a parody of The Verve's iconic music video for the song 'Bittersweet Symphony', which [we] believed would have been recognisable to the majority of viewers". And it was all just a "humorous play on Chris Moyles' reputation" and "his determination to return to radio". And let's not forget, "scenarios, which included a charity worker dressed in a giant rabbit costume and a lady inexplicably holding a wedding cake in the street, were executed carefully to ensure a comical, and slightly surreal, tone".

Yeah, all you 106 complainers, what about the comical and slightly surreal tone? As for anyone playing the "won't somebody think about the children" card, Global would like to point out that "slapstick humour, such as that shown in the ad, is common in children's programmes and family films". And anyway, the ad was never shown during kid's shows. Because Radio X, let us not forget, is the radio station for MEN. Not boys.

And so, says the ASA, "we understood the complainants' concerns about the behaviour shown in the ad and we acknowledged Global's intention to parody what they believed to be a well-recognised and iconic music video. Although we noted the ad used 'Bittersweet Symphony' as its soundtrack, we considered that some viewers were still unlikely to recognise the parody element of the ad."

The regulator went on: "We considered the scenario in which [Moyles] found himself was likely to be seen as surreal and far removed from the mix of people many were likely to encounter when walking down a street. We acknowledged that his actions in the ad were likely to be seen as unpleasant, but we considered that the context in which it was shown meant viewers were unlikely to interpret it as realistic and as an acceptable way to behave".

So, "in the particular circumstances of the ad, we concluded it was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence or be seen to encourage or condone anti-social behaviour or bullying".

So fuck off complainers. If you still have a problem, take it up with Richard Ashcroft will you?

 
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