MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: With the music industry having turned its love/hate relationship with YouTube into more of a hate relationship in the last two years, there are some who have wondered of late "maybe GEMA got it right?" Who'd have thought it possible? The German music publishing and songwriter collecting society has been a vocal critic of YouTube throughout, refusing to... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Syne Sanden has just released her third album, 'In Between Sparks', through Vilje Records. With it, the Thomas Dybdahl collaborator delivers ten tracks of smart pop that repeatedly defy expectation. First single 'The Pilot', released last year, entwines liquid guitar parts around skittering beats. Initially seeming quite tame, it's layered with drama... [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 GEMA suffers another knockback in ongoing YouTube litigation
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Believe Digital extends into Norway via Indie Distribution partnership
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Kilimanjaro Live launches YouTuber focused management firm
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Amazon reportedly considering standalone streaming music service
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU's music rights masterclass incoming
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ARTIST NEWS Tame Impala "really happy" with how Rihanna's cover turned out
Bombay Bicycle Club confirm hiatus, solo projects
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RELEASES So Below releases new track ahead of debut EP
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ONE LINERS Coldplay, Music Publishers Association, Enter Shikari, more
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AND FINALLY... David Bowie didn't want to work with Red Hot Chili Peppers either
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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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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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8 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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10 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Key Developments In Music Rights
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15 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Live Sector, Brand Partnerships & Fan Services
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17 Feb 2016 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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18 Feb 2016 CMU Insights @ Output 2016
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22 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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29 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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6 Mar 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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16 Mar 2016 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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17 Mar 2016 CMU Insights @ Convergence 2016
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14 Apr 2016 CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: Playlists 2
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6 May 2016 CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week 2016
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19-20 May 2016 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016
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GEMA suffers another knockback in ongoing YouTube litigation
With the music industry having turned its love/hate relationship with YouTube into more of a hate relationship in the last two years, there are some who have wondered of late "maybe GEMA got it right?" Who'd have thought it possible?

The German music publishing and songwriter collecting society has been a vocal critic of YouTube throughout, refusing to license the video platform and arguing that Google should be liable for the videos containing its songs that nevertheless appear on the site.

Elsewhere, record companies, music publishers and other collecting societies have licensed YouTube for years, and continue to do so, despite increasingly joining GEMA in criticising the royalties the video site pays, and its use of the so called safe harbours in copyright law to reduce its obligations to ensure unlicensed music never appears on its site.

But while the GEMA viewpoint on YouTube may have become more prevalent in music circles (though not amongst the marketers who still rely on the video site to promote their new acts, of course), that hasn't been helping the German collecting society in court where it continues to argue that Google is liable for the musical videos it hosts without licence.

Last week, the regional court in Munich confirmed an earlier district court ruling that said YouTube wasn't liable, because it's just a 'mere conduit', as tech firms like to say. YouTube's users may be liable for copyright infringement for uploading videos containing GEMA-repped works without licence, but the video site itself is not. Meaning GEMA is not due royalties from Google for every play of every video containing one of its songs that YouTube has ever hosted, at rates set by the society.

Needless to say, GEMA ain't happy with the ruling. "Today's decision is most regrettable", said its General Counsel Tobias Holzmüller. "The court has obviously accepted YouTube's argument that it is only the uploaders who are responsible for the content that is retrievable via the service. We consider this to be wrong". It also meant, Holzmüller added, that YouTube could sell advertising around the unlicensed content until the offending video was spotted and blocked by a rights owner, and keep any advertising income

GEMA's Director Of Broadcasting And Online, Thomas Theune, added: "In our opinion, YouTube exploits works retrievable via the service. This type of exploitation is subject to licence fee payments. YouTube is not only a technical service provider, it actually conducts itself like a music service. As a consequence, YouTube should, just like a music service, obtain licences and not pass the responsibility on to the uploaders".

GEMA still has the right to further appeal the ruling, and said it probably would after reviewing last week's judgement in more detail. Meanwhile I'm going to get "maybe GEMA got it right" t-shirts printed up to sell at The Great Escape this year. And maybe accompanying "no they didn't" hoodies. Just to keep everyone sweet.

Believe Digital extends into Norway via Indie Distribution partnership
Independent distributor Believe Digital has formally launched a new base in Norway via a partnership with Norwegian music firm Indie Distribution. The full-on launch follows two years of development in the market led by Believe's representative in Norway, artist manager Eivind Brydøy.

Confirming the tie-up, Indie Distribution MD Erlend Gjerde said: "We're excited to announce our new role for Believe Digital. Believe is probably the only player in the digital music industry that manages to offer the flexibility and dynamics of an independent, whilst coupled with the power which is usually only enjoyed by the majors. This truly marks the start of a new era for us, entering into the digital music distribution market by joining one of the very best multinational teams out there".

Meanwhile, speaking for Believe, the firm's GM Lee Morrison added: "The expansion in Norway is another step towards increasing our full international reach for our global distribution and label services divisions. And we are looking forward to working with Indie Distribution and their superb catalogue, both on a local and global basis".

Kilimanjaro Live launches YouTuber focused management firm
Live firm Kilimanjaro has been doing quite a good job of quietly moving itself into the mad world of YouTubers of late. Now it's going into business with talent management firm Triple A Media and UK YouTuber event Summer In The City to launch a new management agency focused on YouTube-based musical talent.

As discussed at last week's Music 4.5 event on all things YouTube, an interesting new business is emerging around online talent who have primarily built an audience via a channel on the Google video site. The so called multi-channel networks have the highest profile, though managers and agents specialising in this kind of talent are also emerging. Where the YouTuber makes music, that then poses the interesting question of how the performer and their YouTube-centric business partners interact with the conventional music industry.

Kilimanjaro Live says it conceived its new venture - called Free Focus - while promoting shows for YouTubers like Tyler Oakley, Lilly Singh and Emma Blackery, and the new business will have a focus on extending the reach of YouTube-based stars through more traditional media and entertainment channels.

"It's really exciting to be able to offer a platform for stars of a digital age to spread their reach into more traditional mediums such as TV, radio, music, live and beyond", says Kilimanjaro Live's Mark Walker, quoted by Access All Areas. "These hugely talented individuals have grown massive fanbases all by themselves and we can offer them our expertise to grow even more. I'm loving working with the guys at Triple A Media and Summer In The City because we all bring different expertise and knowledge to the party".

The first signings for Free Focus are singer songwriter Bethan Leadley and indie duo Box Of Light. Meanwhile you can check out the CMU Insights 'story so far' presentation from last week's Music 4.5 event, reviewing the music industry's relationship with YouTube, and the emerging YouTuber business, here.

Amazon reportedly considering standalone streaming music service
Having had a jolly good time providing some musical streams as part of its Amazon Prime set up, now the etailer has got it into its head that it would be a good idea to launch a standalone streaming music service of the Spotify variety. Fools!

We are basing this news on sources cited by the New York Post last week, that reckon early-doors conversations are underway with the labels about Amazon getting licences for a full-on streaming platform.

The music strand of Amazon Prime, of course, is a limited service in that it has a much smaller catalogue than the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, with a bigger focus on catalogue rather than new releases.

For music rights owners, it is a lot less lucrative because the music is just a sideshow to the video-on-demand and free delivery elements of Amazon Prime, and the whole thing has a cheaper price point than a premium subscription on the standalone music steaming set-ups.

The etailer's argument is that the sorts of people using Amazon Prime would never sign up to a standalone music service, so its musical streams do not compete with Spotify or Apple Music, and therefore any royalties the labels and publishers do receive from the music side of Prime is basically free money.

If it did go head-to-head with the standalone music streamers, the labels and publishers would seek a deal more closely in line with Spotify et al, even though Amazon would presumably seek to exploit its existing dominance in the mail-order market and its existing download business.

Though one attraction for the labels might be that Prime Music could become an upsell platform for the full-on Amazon streaming service, assuming the existing limited catalogue streams are something you stumble across after joining the Prime scheme to get free delivery or, possibly, access to those telly exclusives the firm has been buying in of late.

The Post reckons that Amazon planning a full-on music streaming platform is part of CEO Jeff Bezos's ambition for his company to become the one-stop shop for on-demand digital content, in addition to dominating mail-order. It may also be because Amazon, like Apple, has seen its download store take a considerable hit in the last two years.

CMU's music rights masterclass incoming
A small number of tickets are still available for the next CMU Insights masterclass, which will review and explain in a concise and user-friendly manner all the key developments in music rights in the last twelve months.

That includes the 'Happy Birthday' and 'Blurred Lines' cases, the big debate around 'safe harbours', developments in the US around mechanicals on streams and the 1972 issue, discussions in Europe on performer rights and 'making available', plus copyright exceptions in the UK, and even last week's report on copyright damages in America.

The session will be led by CMU's Chris Cooke, who says: "Whether you make, market, distribute, sell or utilise music, then you are in the copyright game, and that means being up to speed on the very latest developments in music rights gives you and your business an edge. We all know copyright can be a dry topic, but there have been some dramatic developments in the last year, and we plan to present those in an entertaining way".

The masterclass runs from 2-5.30pm at the London HQ of Lewis Silkin on Wednesday 10 Feb. Tickets are just £99 and can be bought here.

Terry Wogan 1938-2016
Broadcasting legend and former UK Eurovision host Terry Wogan died yesterday, following a short period of treatment for cancer. He was 77.

Born Michael Terence Wogan in Limerick in 1938, he was a fixture on the BBC for more than four decades. However, his career started with Irish broadcaster RTÉ in the late 50s. When the organisation opened its own TV station in 1961, he was recruited into the light entertainment department, hosting popular gameshow 'Jackpot' for several years.

His first work for the BBC came in 1969, standing in for Jimmy Young on his radio show. He quickly began working on Radio 1 and 2, eventually taking on the Radio 2 breakfast show, a job that would span much of his career and earn him his loyal fanbase. Eventually, when RTÉ tired of his trips back and forth between Dublin and London, it gave him an ultimatum, which led to him moving full time to the BBC.

Wogan will also be remembered as the voice of the Eurovision Song Contest, on which he was commentator for the BBC from 1980 to 2008. His cynical quips at the expense of the acts, presenters, voters and audience made the show unmissable viewing for many in the UK.

As well as commenting on and playing other people's music, Wogan himself dipped into the world of the novelty single, with his 1978 recording of Cornish folk song 'The Floral Dance'. It reached number 21 in the UK singles chart.

There were numerous other hosting gigs, of course. 'Blankety Blank', his chat show 'Wogan' and 'Children In Need', the latter of which he hosted every year from 1980 to 2014, continuing to do so after he had otherwise retired from TV. Last year was the first time he did not present the annual fundraiser, with an announcement shortly before the event stating he was too ill to attend. He also stepped down from his weekly Radio 2 show in November, replaced by Richard Madeley, which it had been hoped would only be a temporary hiatus.

Terry Wogan is survived by his wife Helen and their three children.

  Approved: Synne Sanden
Syne Sanden has just released her third album, 'In Between Sparks', through Vilje Records. With it, the Thomas Dybdahl collaborator delivers ten tracks of smart pop that repeatedly defy expectation.

First single 'The Pilot', released last year, entwines liquid guitar parts around skittering beats. Initially seeming quite tame, it's layered with drama that builds across its three minutes.

The more recently released 'Sweet Electricity' is the most wholly electronic track on the record and builds on a similar musical theme to 'The Pilot', the tension building before the track takes a complete left turn out of the blue.

Listen to 'The Pilot' and 'Sweet Electricity'.

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Tame Impala "really happy" with how Rihanna's cover turned out
But what do Tame Impala make of Rihanna's reinterpretation of their song 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes', which appeared on the impromptu freebie album she unleashed on an only half suspecting world last week?

As previously noted in your also free and routinely suspected CMU Daily, in her cover of the track from Tame Impala's album of last July, 'Currents', Rihanna makes the song's title all her own - by renaming it 'Same Ol Mistakes' - though the record itself is pretty much the same as the original. Except it's Rihanna singing the words. Rather than Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker. He not being Rihanna, see?

"The Roc Nation team got in touch with us here at Spinning Top letting us know that Rihanna loved the Tame Impala track 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes'", says his management team, while referencing her management team, in a note sent to NME. "They asked if she could cover the song for her new record. Kevin was more than happy to send it her way. We're all really happy with how the song turned out, love it!"

If I was a cynic, I'd now put something about them mainly loving the royalty cheques that will be coming in from the Rihanna version of their song. But who has time for cynicism in this brave new world of freebie Rihanna albums? Though I bet they're mainly loving the royalty cheques that will be coming in from the Rihanna version of their song, am I right?

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Bombay Bicycle Club confirm hiatus, solo projects
If you are one of those people who's been going around saying Bombay Bicycle Club had split up, well, you should get yourself a big mop to clean up all that egg on your face.

But if you are one of those people who's been going around saying Bombay Bicycle Club are on hiatus, many congratulations, have an extra egg for tea. If you are one of those people who couldn't really care less what Bombay Bicycle Club are up to, then why are you reading this article? Life is short and there really isn't time to be reading news stories about bands in which you have no interest. Sort your life out mate. Maybe eat a hard boiled egg.

Anyway, Bombay Bicycle Club posted an update to the socials last week confirming that there are currently no plans for a follow up to their 2014 album 'So Long, See You Tomorrow'. Though they may see you soon (albeit not tomorrow) via various solo projects.

Wrote the band: "The four of us wanted to fill you in on what is happening with the band at the moment. Right now we aren't working on any new music and don't have plans to do so any time soon. We aren't breaking up, but after ten years of doing this - and it being the only thing we've known since the age of sixteen - we thought it was time for all of us to try something else. For a band that has been together for such a long time, we are all still incredibly close and probably get on even better than we did when we started the band".

As for the future projects, the note went on: "Fortunately, you won't have to wait too long for new music from us: Jack and Ed are both working on their own respective albums - they are different but equally exciting. Jamie has just made a documentary for Radio 1 about protest songs; returned to university; and is attempting to take over the world of music management. Suren is playing drums for anyone who is lucky enough to be able to get him, while we also expect a solo jazz album from him at some point - we're assuming vibraphone interpretations of classic grime tracks, or some variation on that theme".

Hmm, actually, I'd quite like some vibraphone interpretations of classic grime tracks. Anyway, that's all exciting, isn't it? If you like Bombay Bicycle Club. And if you don't, I really don't know why you're still reading this.

So Below releases new track ahead of debut EP
With two tracks released on SoundCloud last year, the CMU approved So Below, aka Maddie North, has made it three with new single 'Luna'. The track apparently signals more to come from the musician in the next few months.

Speaking to CMU, she said: "'Luna' is definitely the most upbeat track I've released so far. It's actually about me moving from my hometown in Auckland, New Zealand, to Los Angeles a few years ago. I think it took a while to adjust and feel like I fit in, so it's really about me finding my footing and making friends. I co-wrote it with my NZ friend Leroy Clampitt who had also just moved over, so we shared a lot of similar experiences".

Of her upcoming plans, she adds: "The next few months are going to be really great! I'll be releasing my four track EP in a few weeks, followed by a couple of singles I'm super proud of. Definitely lining up some LA shows ASAP which I'm very nervous/excited about, haha!"

Listen to 'Luna' here.

Coldplay, Music Publishers Association, Enter Shikari, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Tina Hart has been appointed Membership & Outreach Manager for the Music Publishers Association, joining from the London office of US collecting society BMI. Before that she was at Music Week.

• Ticketing firm The Ticket Factory has promoted Daniel Handley to the role of Group Sales Manager at the firm's Birmingham base, something he is "really pleased" about. Rachel Floyd joins the company to take over his old job of Client Services Account Manager.

• The team that pick good gigs for ticketing app Dice will now be picking good tunes for Apple Music. In that they'll be compiling playlists for the tech giant's streaming film flam.

• Coldplay's next single will be 'Hymn For The Weekend'. Beyonce does a bit of singing on it. Here's the video.

• Lion Babe have released a new single, 'Where Do We Go'. Here's the video. Their debut album's out this week.

• Ahead of their headline set at Alexandra Palace on 27 Feb, Enter Shikari set up in the venue's usually unused Victorian Theatre for a low-key acoustic set in December. An EP of tracks from the performance is released today, and you can watch footage on YouTube here.

David Bowie didn't want to work with Red Hot Chili Peppers either
Don't worry Coldplay, you're not the only occasionally good but mainly tedious rock outfit to be turned down by the late David Bowie. Oh no, those Red Hot Chili Peppers were turned down too. Multiple times. They wanted Bowie to produce a record for them.

Speaking to one time Sex Pistol Steve Jones on his radio show in LA last week, Pitchfork notes that RHCP's Anthony Kiedis revealed: "Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion: 'Who should we get to produce this record?' 'I don't know, we have to try someone new. Let's get David Bowie!'"

"So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say no, respectfully", Kiedis goes on. "Then, later, we would write long emails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on - and he always respectfully declined... For two minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear Chad Smith play drums, and I'd be like, 'We're good, we can go do something else'".

Though if Bowie was pretty keen to not work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his sometime collaborator Brian Eno is even keener. "[Bowie] said no to us like, two or three times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we've also been asking our entire career to please produce a record for us, has said no eight times. All good. You gotta ask. And by the way, 'no' is a reasonable answer. It's one of a couple of answers you could get, and it's acceptable".

I sort of wish I'd asked David Bowie to sub-edit a CMU article at some point now, so I too would have a "I was turned down by Bowie" anecdote to wheel out at times like this. I might start sending out subbing requests to every aging pop legend, to assure future anecdotal goodness. I'll start with Eno, the apparent king of the sensible "no thanks".

 
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