FRIDAY 29 JANUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: A report from the US Department Of Commerce has recommended that more guidance be provided when statutory damages are awarded in copyright infringement cases in America, the result of which would likely be a curtailment of the mega-damages you often see awarded, especially in online piracy litigation. Rather than being directly linked to the infringer's gains... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Earlier this month, Hot Flush boss Scuba launched his Twelve Weeks Of Techno residency at XOYO, which runs up to the end of March. Tomorrow night he ropes in Detroit techno legend Kenny Larkin, who's been on the scene for well over two decades now. Scubes (do we call him Scubes?) will also appear on the decks, as will Ryan Elliott, who you should recognise from his releases on... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: It's been quite a beefy week, all told. People falling out left, right and centre. Perhaps dry January is starting to take its toll. Just hang in there, guys. We've almost made it to the end. Contender number one for Beef Of The Week was Kanye v Wiz Khalifa. Kanye misunderstood something Wiz said on Twitter, and then launched into an epic rant before realising his mistake... [READ MORE]
   
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Spotify adding video and raising more money, T In The Park's "teething problems", the launch of Cür Music and B.o.B's scientific beef. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Government taskforce proposals could reduce mega-damages in US copyright cases
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LIVE BUSINESS MU forms taskforce and initiates consultation on US visa issues for British artists
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MARKETING & PR Inflyte launches new mobile apps
Zeitgeist expands into Europe
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Beatport launches localised version for the Netherlands
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RELEASES Tiggs Da Author releases new single with Lady Leshurr
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GIGS & FESTIVALS The Last Shadow Puppets announce tour dates
Steve Mason announces tour dates
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ONE LINERS Official Charts Company, Ticketfly, Dean Blunt, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #291: Ghostface Killah v Martin Shkreli
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MUTE SONG - MUSIC PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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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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Government taskforce proposals could reduce mega-damages in US copyright cases
A report from the US Department Of Commerce has recommended that more guidance be provided when statutory damages are awarded in copyright infringement cases in America, the result of which would likely be a curtailment of the mega-damages you often see awarded, especially in online piracy litigation.

Rather than being directly linked to the infringer's gains, or the copyright owner's losses, under US copyright law courts can award damages anywhere between $750 and $150,000 per infringement.

It's not unknown for damages at the top end of the scale to be awarded, which means - where you have online infringement cases that will usually list tens if not hundreds of tracks that have been infringed - you end up with defendants facing damages bills of many millions.

This might make sense for corporate defendants, but there have been some key cases where individuals who will never be able to afford such sums were nevertheless faced with having to pay millions in damages.

The Department Of Commerce's Internet Policy Taskforce, which has been reviewing three key areas of copyright law, isn't proposing changing the damages scale in infringement cases, but says that more guidance should be provided to judges and juries when damages are being considered.

The proposed list of considerations includes the plaintiff's actual losses as a result of the infringement, the value and nature of the infringed works, whether the total sum is "commensurate with the overall harm", and the defendant's ability to pay. The need to deter future infringements is also on the list, as is the need to "punish" the infringer, though most of the points raised would probably be more likely to lessen than increase overall damages.

Commenting on the report, US Secretary Of Commerce Penny Pritzker said: "Through extensive public consultations, the Internet Policy Taskforce has produced a detailed analysis of important policy issues raised for copyright in the digital age. Its recommendations will maintain strong and balanced copyright protection while preserving the free flow of information required for innovation and our digital economy to thrive".

The other two issues considered by the taskforce were the licensing of remixes and the so called 'first sale doctrine', which says consumers are entitled to resell CDs they legitimately buy (which limits the copyright owner's 'distribution control').

On the latter point, the key question was whether to expand the doctrine to digital, while on remixes there was talk of compulsory licensing or more copyright exceptions. On both issues, the taskforce ultimately decided current copyright law is just fine. Though making things a little bit simpler for remixers when it comes to licensing would be nice.

Both of these latter decisions were welcomed by the US National Music Publishers Association, whose boss David Israelite told reporters: "After working with the US Patent And Trademark Office extensively to prevent the creation of new compulsory licenses and exceptions for remixes, we are glad to see that the IPTF has agreed that these new regulations would be damaging to creators. Additionally, we applaud the USPTO's decision not to support the radical expansion of the first sale doctrine to digital transmission, which could prevent music creators from being fairly compensated for the resale of their works".

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Israelite did express some concerns on the proposals around statutory damages, though he was basically upbeat about the taskforce's report. He concluded: "While we are concerned that the report's recommendations on creating a framework to guide statutory damages could unnecessarily limit the proper damages awarded to rights holders, we are ultimately encouraged by the report's findings and hope it leads policymakers to enhance protections for creators in the digital age".

Of course it remains to be seen what those policymakers make of the proposals, which are set out in full in this here white paper.

MU forms taskforce and initiates consultation on US visa issues for British artists
The Musicians' Union has announced that a taskforce it set up with British Underground to look into issues around American visas is now consulting artists and managers to inform future lobbying activity on the issue.

Problems and costs related to the visas required by British artists performing in the US have long been debated, though the MU was motivated to launch its taskforce last year to tackle the ongoing issues after it "received horrendous reports of cancelled tours and rearranged flights due to failures in the US work visa processing mechanism".

The organisation says that "one of the priorities for the taskforce will be lobbying for greater parity between UK and US visa costs and processes. The cost of a four-piece band requiring [US] work visas and petitions can cost in the region of £6000, and that's before any crew costs are also factored in plus before any flights and accommodation are sourced. Whereas in the UK a tier five visa can cost just £900 or a sponsored work permit just £84".

Noting the issue had been already been raised in Parliament by Conservative MP Nigel Adams, the MU says it has now written to culture minister Ed Vaizey to propose a meeting to discuss the issues and possible solutions. It's as part of that lobbying work that the MU and British Underground are now seeking input from the wider music community.

The MU's Dave Webster, who is chairing the taskforce, told reporters: "This longstanding issue remains a huge concern to the MU. The aim of the taskforce is to persuade the US authorities to work with us to find workable solutions to the problems musicians encounter. UK musicians have always fared well in the US and it's a significant market for our members".

Inflyte launches new mobile apps
Launched two years ago at the Amsterdam Dance Event, music promo delivery service Inflyte has just launched a major update to its mobile apps.

The company already claims to be the first mobile promo application (although I'm pretty sure I'd deleted PlayMPE's woeful app from my phone long before 2014), and now says that v2.0 offers an even better service. Features include: dashboard previews, smart search, sorting tools, endless paging and Dropbox integration. All of which probably means something.

Explaining further, co-founder Paul Hamill - the former presenter of BBC Ulster's ATL Dance Show - says: "V2.0 ports all the amazing features of our web platform into a beautifully designed mobile app so users can enjoy the same degree of functionality however they choose to access their promos".

He goes on: "What's fascinating to see is how mobile promo access has grown since we launched Inflyte, with increasingly more users opting to go straight to their phone or our unique web-based promo dashboard as opposed to email. This multi-channel access has really helped a lot of our labels significantly increase their response rates and engagement levels. On average, Inflyte subscribers listen to nearly ten promos per session and that number is continuing to grow month-on-month".

PR companies and labels already using the service include Your Army, Renegade Music, DJ Voice, Ultra Music, Ram Records, Defected and Cygnus PR.

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Zeitgeist expands into Europe
PR firm Zeigeist has announced the launch of a new European division, Zeitgeist Europe, which arrives with a roster of three festivals to represent: Roskilde, Flow and Horizon. The new unit will be headed up by Aimi Lewis-Mattock, and will help events on mainland Europe reach UK consumers.

"The UK is an untapped but potentially very lucrative market for many overseas events with UK audiences keener than ever to travel for their experiences", said Zeitgeist co-founder Jamie Stockwood. "Competition is fierce, and Zeitgeist Europe have very well established relationships with our engaged network which enables our European clients to tap into key media, tastemakers and in turn audiences here".

He added: "Our roster will be represented by a dedicated team, lead by Head of Zeitgeist Europe, Aimi Lewis-Mattock, who has grown through the ranks over the past four years and is unrivalled in her campaign results".

Beatport launches localised version for the Netherlands
Those with super good memories might remember that time in 2011 when Deezer announced plans to expand its operations into "over 200 countries", which was ambitious, given the world has 196 countries (and even if you add in disputed territories, it's hard to get above 200).

It turns out that Deezer simply wasn't ambitious enough. Not compared to the EDM kids over at Beatport, whose store has apparently "operated in over 220 countries, including the Netherlands, for years". Perhaps it's that kind of maths that got parent company SFX into the mess it is currently in.

Anyway, the Netherlands didn't get its little namecheck there, in and amongst the 220 "countries" of Earth, just because it's the mecca of modern dance music. Though that is presumably why the Dutch are getting their own local version of Beatport, in their language and with localised content. Which is what Team Beatport announced yesterday.

"The Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, is a massively influential market with a rich and diverse history in the world of electronic music", notes Beatport boss Greg Consiglio. "Many of the most popular DJs, festivals, and labels are based here, and the fans here are some of the most dedicated in the world. So it was an easy decision for us to launch our first localised expansion of Beatport here".

Meanwhile the MD of Beatport Netherlands, Joost Geurts, reckons that: "Localising services to a specific market increases traffic, engagement, and trust. Not only can local labels and artists now better reach their hometown fans, but labels and artists from other regions interested in reaching Dutch music fans now also have a platform to do so in a more direct and meaningful way".

And you can't argue with that, however many countries there may or may not be.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Scuba, Kenny Larkin and Ryan Elliott at XOYO
Earlier this month, Hot Flush boss Scuba launched his Twelve Weeks Of Techno residency at XOYO, which runs up to the end of March. Tomorrow night he ropes in Detroit techno legend Kenny Larkin, who's been on the scene for well over two decades now.

Scubes (do we call him Scubes?) will also appear on the decks, as will Ryan Elliott, who you should recognise from his releases on OstGut Ton, the label owned by Berghain in Berlin – where Scuba held some acclaimed parties, of course.

Over in Room Two you'll find South London disco crew Love Glove, who'll be hosting a night of choice disco and funk cuts, if all that techno gets too much.

Saturday 30 Jan, XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP, 9pm-4am, £13.50. More info here.
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Tiggs Da Author releases new single with Lady Leshurr
Rapper Tiggs Da Author has put out the video for new single 'Run', which features Lady Leshurr.

Says Tiggs of the track: "The song is about escaping your troubles and just getting away from certain situations and not letting life's little dramas bring you down. Sometimes it's better to just run! It's always great to collaborate with an amazing artist like Lady Leshurr but it's even better when you're friends. We've known each other for a long time and she nailed it".

Lady Leshurr adds: "This song makes me happy! I love that it can be played to all ages. It's a feel good vibe and I love that. Working with Tiggs felt so natural, his smile is infectious just like this song".

Watch the video here.

The Last Shadow Puppets announce tour dates
Having recently confirmed that they'll be releasing their second album, 'Everything You've Come To Expect', on 1 Apr, The Last Shadow Puppet this week threw some tour dates into the mix. When will it end? I can't cope.

Tickets for the shows went on sale first thing this morning. Here are the dates:

26 Mar: Edinburgh, Usher Hall
1 Apr: London, Hackney Empire
2 Apr: Liverpool, Olympia
3 Apr: Sheffield, City Hall

Here, yet again, is new single 'Bad Habits'.

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Steve Mason announces tour dates
The recently approved Steve Mason has announced some tour dates. And I can't see how you could possibly see that as a bad thing. The album, 'Meet The Humans', is out on 26 Feb, but you can throw money at him sooner than that because tickets for the tour are on sale RIGHT NOW.

Dates:

10 Feb: Southampton, Engine Rooms
11 Feb: Brighton, Concorde 2
24 Apr: Manchester, Academy 2
25 Apr: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
26 Apr: Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
28 Apr: London, Electric Brixton

Official Charts Company, Ticketfly, Dean Blunt, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• European digital distributors Phonofile and Finetunes are coming together under one parent company, SendR, which constitutes "one of the most significant mergers in the history of the independent digital distribution market". Say Phonofile and Finetunes. The two firms will continue to operate autonomously, but will actively collaborate.

• The Official Charts Company has launched itself a brand new Americana Albums Chart, to chart albums of the Americana variety. But what exactly is "the Americana variety"? Well, duh, it's "contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues". Good times.

• Your good friend Ticketfly has bought Canadian ticketing firm TicketBreak, which basically constitutes Pandora further expanding its ticketing business, it having bought Ticketfly last October of course.

• Poliça have released the video for 'Wedding'. The track is taken from new album 'United Crushers', which is out on 4 Mar.

• Hey everybody, you do know that Zayn Malik's "evocative debut single" is out now right, with its raunchy video and everything? I think we're meant to call him just "Zayn" now by the way. I must remember to memo the CMU Style Guide committee about that.

• Dean Blunt opened a new art exhibition to the public yesterday. It consists of a single stock photo in a frame and a high pitched noise pumped over the gallery's sound system. Amazing. Catch it at London's Cubitt gallery until 28 Feb.

CMU Beef Of The Week #291: Ghostface Killah v Martin Shkreli
It's been quite a beefy week, all told. People falling out left, right and centre. Perhaps dry January is starting to take its toll. Just hang in there, guys. We've almost made it to the end.

Contender number one for Beef Of The Week was Kanye v Wiz Khalifa. Kanye misunderstood something Wiz said on Twitter, and then launched into an epic rant before realising his mistake and retracting it all. But some things you can't take back. Kanye claimed ownership of Wiz's child, and wrote these actual words: "Maybe I couldn't be skinny and tall but I'll settle for being the greatest artist of all time as a consolation".

He also managed to piss off his ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, the mother of Wiz Kahlifa's child (that Kanye apparently owns) in the process. She then made claims about West's sexual preferences. This led to Kanye today posting probably the greatest tweet of all time (OF ALL TIME): "Exes can be mad but just know I never let them play with my ass... I don't do that... I stay away from that area all together".

Twitter beefs though. They're so easy. Anyone can have a Twitter beef. You need to make it out into the real world to do this beefing thing properly. Rapper B.o.B and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson did a better job of it, their Twitter beef spilling over into trading diss tracks over whether or not the Earth is flat.

But sometimes you have to take it old school. And what could be more old school than a rapper and a hedge fund manager trading threats in a series of videos? Yes, that's right, Martin Shkreli is back in the music news again.

When it was announced last year that Shkreli was the buyer of Wu-Tang Clan's single-copy-album 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin', there was criticism that the group had become involved with the man who bought the rights to a drug used to treat cancer and AIDS and then massively ramped up the price.

At the time, RZA issued a statement saying that he and the rest of his team had been unaware of Shkreli's business practices when they had agreed the sale in May. Although those business practices possibly explained why the Clan didn't seem keen to name the buyer of their record when the deal was finalised in November. It was Shkreli who confirmed that fact in an article published by Bloomberg.

Beyond the RZA statement, which stopped short of offering any real opinion about Shkreli, the Wu-Tang Clan have stayed pretty silent. Until this week. When Ghostface Killah was stopped on the street by TMZ.

"That shithead. You don't take some AIDS pill you have for like $7 and then make it like $800. You know? You don't do it like that. I don't care if you bought the Wu-Tang whatever, whatever, whatever. I don't even know him, but when I heard what he did with the AIDS like that, that's not right".

He added that he doesn't think there should be just one owner of 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin', and that "the people" should own it.

Shkreli, clearly contravening the rules I laid out very clearly earlier in this article, then took the beef to Twitter, saying in response: "Ghost [is] mad that 'Shaolin' outsold his last five albums... dude's a non-profit rapper. Calls himself Ironman, but sounds rusty [as fuck]".

Bold words. So TMZ - never one not to fuel a fire - went and found the rapper again. In a second video, Ghostface referred to Shkreli as "the Michael Jackson nose kid", adding: "Come on brah, you don't even wanna do it. I'll break your heart in four days. We could play. We could do that. We could get it in. You know, I'm just laughing off of the dude's face".

I really hope there are opportunities for me to use "I'll break your heart in four days" in the future, because that is gold. But all this talk about his nose clearly riled Shkreli, who realised that he was going to have to come out from behind Twitter if he was going to gain the upper hand here. But rather than wait around for TMZ to find him, he made his own video and sent it over to the website.

Flanked by three "goons", he claims that if he doesn't receive a written apology from Ghostface Killah, he will erase him from the 'Shaolin' album, and from "the record books of rap". Not really sure how he plans to do either of those things, but I guess that's not the point.

"Every one of my enemies, they try to stay anonymous", he says. "You're trying to reclaim the spotlight from my spotlight ... You're my son, you have to listen to me. I butter your bread, you understand me?"

That's all fine, but none of it has the beautiful simplicity of "I'll break your heart in four days", does it?

Shkreli also did an interview with TMZ Live about the beef, in which he showed that he was using the Wu-Tang album as a coaster, adding that it's "100% none of your business" if the record is any good or not. "I paid the money so you won't know", he said.

He added that he's not worried about the repercussions of the beef if people take it seriously, saying: "No, they're worried about the repercussions. You saw the video ... At the end of the day, I react to things how I react. It's not an act. You know, Ghost is in trouble".

So, we'll see about that. Those four days aren't up yet. But at least all of this confirms that Shkreli's copy of 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin' wasn't seized by the FBI when he was arrested on charges of fraud late last year.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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