TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: In a move that will surprise, well, precisely no one, EDM (low)powerhouse SFX yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, announcing a plan to wipe clean much of the flagging festival promoter's debts by creating a new privately owned company controlled by the firm's creditors. The downfall of SFX, the third big entertainment business founded by... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Aged thirteen, Sophie Beem auditioned for the US version of 'The X-Factor', making it through the auditions but no further. The following year she re-appeared in a TEDxYouth video, performing a couple of original songs slightly awkwardly. Then last May she signed a management deal with Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment. Having managed to ensure... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES SFX finally enters bankruptcy
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LEGAL Coachella not impressed with Hoodchella
Appeals court upholds ruling in Courtney Love tweet-libel case
Roc Nation responds to Rita Ora litigation, though settlement possibly pending
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS PPL and PRS announce JV to simplify public performance licensing
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LIVE BUSINESS Nocturnal Tour Management and Rooted Touring merge
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Holy Roar announces tenth anniversary show
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AWARDS IMPALA announces European Indie Album Of The Year shortlist
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ONE LINERS CAA, De La Soul, BMG, more
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AND FINALLY... Adele not endorsing Donald Trump, if you were wondering
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SFX finally enters bankruptcy
In a move that will surprise, well, precisely no one, EDM (low)powerhouse SFX yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, announcing a plan to wipe clean much of the flagging festival promoter's debts by creating a new privately owned company controlled by the firm's creditors.

The downfall of SFX, the third big entertainment business founded by industry veteran Robert FX Sillerman, has been a long drawn out affair.

Having quickly built up the world's biggest dance music empire through a rampant and expensive acquisition spree - via which he took control of many of the world's biggest dance music festivals, digital store Beatport and an assortment of related businesses - Sillerman convinced Wall Street that, following the EDM explosion in the US, this was where the smart money should be invested.

Despite being something of a maverick, Sillerman had a good rep, having previously built up the venue business that formed the core of what is now Live Nation, and then another profitable music and media business focused on TV formats, talent management and brand licensing. But, alas, this SFX venture didn't got so well.

In terms of the public spectacle, the downfall began a year ago when Sillerman announced his plan to take SFX - which he'd only floated in 2013 - back into private ownership. Investors expressed concern about the plan, and then about wobbly financials, and then about Sillerman's leadership. With all the insecurity, the firm's share price tanked, making its $300 million+ debts an increasingly big problem.

With Sillerman's buy-back plans aborted, twice, and no one else seemingly ready to swoop in and buy the business, last month SFX announced it had appointed FTI Consulting to come in and restructure the company and its debts, aka a last ditch attempt to rescue the firm, which was now defaulting on its loans.

Yesterday's announcement is the conclusion of FTI's work. The company said it had reached an agreement with "an ad hoc group of bondholders to significantly restructure the company's outstanding debt". That deal would "eliminate more than $300 million in debt from the balance sheet, provide significant working capital and convert the majority of the bondholder group debt into equity in a newly strengthened private company".

In terms of the legalities, SFX said it had "today filed voluntary petitions for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company's international operating subsidiaries are not included and will not be impacted by the filing".

Of course, despite all the woes of the last twelve months, SFX does control some significant EDM brands, so presumably the "ad hoc group of bondholders" reckon there is still a successful business to be made out of the company once it's cut free from its debts. Though not with Sillerman at the helm. He will step down as CEO of the company as part of the restructuring, but stay on as Chairman, while a new chief is sought to come in and make things good.

Sillerman remained upbeat, though, as the bankruptcy announcement was made, saying of the deal FTI had put together that: "This expression of confidence from our lenders is testimonial to the vibrancy and potential of our business, and the dedication and professionalism of the over 600 people who make up SFX".

He went on: "Of course this was not where we thought we'd be but with this restructuring we have the opportunity to achieve all that SFX can and will be. I'm looking forward to continuing to be part of the new SFX as Chairman. We will immediately commence a search for a new CEO to lead us as we continue to set the trend in the exploding culture that is electronic music".

While the SFX parent company goes through the motions of Chapter 11, the firm was keen to stress that it's business as usual in its various subsidiaries, what with festival season now looming on the horizon and plenty of dance labels still relying on good old Beatport to get their bleeps out to the masses. Subject to court approval, the aforementioned ad hoc group will provide $115 million in 'debtor-in-possession' financing to pay for "ongoing, normal course of business", and obligations to suppliers and business partners.

To that end, Beatport - which at one point last year got all caught up in one of Sillerman's buy-back bids - took to its blog yesterday to insist that "all Beatport users, customers, and partners should rest assured knowing that this action will have no impact on our ability to continue offering the most complete electronic music experience available. Around here, it's business as usual".

"That means the entire Beatport platform is fully operational without restriction", the post went on. "The store remains open. The streaming service continues uninterrupted. New releases are being added every day. New videos are being scheduled and filmed. Payments to labels and suppliers are ongoing in their usual manner".

"The beat goes on", the post concludes. Though, at SFX HQ, the firm's money-lenders-come-shareholders will be hoping a different beat will now sound, with a new approach that can turn the company's portfolio of festivals and companies into something more like Sillerman's previous ventures. We'll see.

Coachella not impressed with Hoodchella
AEG Live's Goldenvoice last week began legal proceedings against an LA-based festival called Hoodchella, which launched as a one-day event last year during the first weekend of Goldenvoice's own Coachella Festival. This year Hoodchella is set to return as a three-day bash the weekend before Coachella kicks off for 2016.

Goldenvoice insists that it has no problem with new festivals entering the market, but that it does object to those new festivals stealing part of its event's name. Because that's trademark infringement, see, or so says the AEG subsidiary. Oh, and "false designation of origin, dilution and unfair competition", according to the promoter's lawsuit.

Goldenvoice says that Hoodchella founder Kamil Al-Ahdali has ignored repeated requests to change the name of his event, resulting in the legal action. Though a petition set up in support of Hoodchella, which may or may not be linked to Al-Ahdali himself, insists that "it's clear that our fanbase knows we are two completely different establishments being that we already gained a fanbase from our past underground art and music shows".

The Goldenvoice lawsuit is seeking at least $100,000 in damages, legal fees, control of Hoodchella's web address, and a commitment from Al-Ahdali to cease using the name.

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Appeals court upholds ruling in Courtney Love tweet-libel case
A Californian appeals court has upheld a 2014 ruling that said Courtney Love had not defamed her former attorney Rhonda Holmes via an angry tweet posted in 2009.

As previously reported, Holmes worked for Love at a time when the singer believed that the estate of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, was being mismanaged and that various unnamed individuals had stolen assets and posthumous earnings, which should have gone to her and daughter Frances Bean. The attorney investigated those concerns.

The working relationship came to an end somewhat acrimoniously, with Love tweeting "I was fucking devastated when Rhonda J Holmes esq of San Diego was bought off", implying that the lawyer had done a deal with the people she was meant to be investigating.

Holmes refuted that allegation, and then sued for defamation, claiming her reputation had been harmed by Love's tweeting. However, the jury hearing that case sided with Love, who told the court that she had meant the offending tweet to be a direct message and not a publicly available statement, and that, anyway, she genuinely believed that Holmes had been "bought off" at the time.

The fact that Love believed that Holmes had been bribed in someway - even though she hadn't - was key to the singer's win in the defamation case. The appeal courts has now concurred that the jury was right to reach that conclusion.

Referring to Love as Mrs Cobain, Justice Thomas Whillhite wrote: "We must view the evidence in the light most favourable to Cobain and give her the benefit of every reasonable inference ... given Cobain's repeated testimony that she believed Holmes had been 'compromised' or 'gotten to', substantial evidence supports the jury's finding that Holmes did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that Cobain knew the statement was false or had serious doubts about the truth of the statement when she made it".

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Roc Nation responds to Rita Ora litigation, though settlement possibly pending
Roc Nation has responded to the previously reported lawsuit filed by Rita Ora, which saw the singer trying to get out of her contract with Jay-Z's company.

In its countersuit, Roc Nation says that Ora is in breach of the five-album contract she has with the company. It adds that the firm has "tirelessly promoted" the singer and her 2012 debut album, while spending $2.3 million on an as yet uncompleted second record. The company says it wants that money back plus damages for the undelivered four LPs.

However, in her lawsuit, Ora claimed that it was Roc Nation that had delayed her second album, and in doing so had stalled the singer's career. Her lawyers argued that a change of personnel at the music firm meant the people who had supported Ora early on were no longer there, meanwhile the fact that she was distributed by Sony - while Roc Nation was now mainly working with Universal - had caused further problems.

Either way, Ora's legal rep, Howard E King, now insists that out of court talks are very much ongoing between Jay-Z and his client, and that the countersuit has only been filed because Roc Nation had a deadline by which it had to respond. He told Billboard that a deal that will see Ora released from her Roc Nation commitments is close to being signed, with Sony Music's approval pending.

So make the most of the spiteful lawsuits while you can, because it doesn't look like you're going to get any courtroom entertainment out of this one.

PPL and PRS announce joint venture to simplify public performance licensing
"Licensees often say 'if the point of collective licensing is to simplify things and reduce the number of licenses I need, why do I still need two licences, one for songs, one for recordings'" said Chris Cooke at the CMU Insights seminar 'How Music Licensing Works' last night. That's me by the way. Hello.

Well, the UK music industry's two main collecting societies - the record industry's PPL and the music publishing sector's PRS For Music - have only gone and announced a plan to launch a new joint venture that will allow public performance licensees using recordings of songs to cover both copyrights in one joint licence. One phone call. One web form. One invoice. Simple. Let PPL and PRS worry about splitting the money between the rights owners.

The move follows a strategic review instigated by the societies last year, and responds to calls by government for the music industry to further simplify the licensing process. It also follows the lead of New Zealand's collecting societies which did something very similar in 2013.

It remains to be seen quite how many licensees will be able to get a single music licence from the new joint when it properly gets underway in 2017, probably from a base outside London.

Confirming the new venture, PRS chief Robert Ashcroft told reporters: "Creating a single point of contact for our UK public performance customers would allow us to significantly simplify music licensing for UK businesses. It is in our members' and customers' interests to ensure that our licensing is ever more accurate and efficient. A joint venture between our organisations would be a landmark event for both societies".

Meanwhile PPL boss Peter Leathem added: "Both our organisations firmly believe that the proposed joint venture would be a very positive development for both our customers and our members, building on the successful joint licensing solutions and other joint working initiatives that PPL and PRS For Music have delivered over the last few years".

Nocturnal Tour Management and Rooted Touring merge
Nocturnal Tour Management and Rooted Touring have merged to form Nocturnal Touring And Rooted Productions, which aims to provide an end-to-end solution for anyone wanting to get their show on the road. Especially electronic music types.

"We can design an artist's show production and tech needs from the ground up as well as sourcing manpower for them internationally", says Director Mattie Evans. "We also can issue tickets, visas and fully arrange travel logistics for all involved".

Introducing an extra service into the mix, fellow Director Amy Vince adds: "We have also created an exclusive app which has been designed to take care of the main logistical attributes of tour management, including itineraries, guest list management and team communication".

So there you have it. But who are these someones wanting to get on the road? Well, the company's client list currently includes the likes of Goldie, Sigma, Waze & Odyssey, Zebra Katz, Skream, Mista Jam, Maya Jane Coles, Knife Party, Jaguar Skills, Eats Everything, Adam Beyer, Gorgon City, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.

  Approved: Sophie Beem - Skyline
Aged thirteen, Sophie Beem auditioned for the US version of 'The X-Factor', making it through the auditions but no further. The following year she re-appeared in a TEDxYouth video, performing a couple of original songs slightly awkwardly. Then last May she signed a management deal with Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment.

Having managed to ensure that those early appearances don't define her later career, she emerges under Parkwood's guidance with a strong debut single in the form of 'Skyline'.

Co-written by Jeremy 'Kinetics' Dussolliet and Tim 'One Love' Sommer, whose main claim to fame to date is the chorus to B.o.B's 'Airplanes', the new track perhaps shows the artists its trying to emulate a little too plainly. Nonetheless, Beem takes the track and works hard to make it her own.

Listen to 'Skyline' here.

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Holy Roar announces tenth anniversary show
Holy Roar Records celebrates its tenth birthday this year. Yes, I had to check too, but it really has been that long. An occasion like this deserves a party. Which is exactly why there's going to be one. Headlined by Rolo Tomassi, said party will take place on 21 May at The Dome and Boston Music Rooms in Tufnell Park.

The line-up for the two stage all-dayer also includes Hang The Bastard, Departures, Slabdragger, Giants, Apologies, I Have None, OHHMS, Employed To Serve, Svalbarduk, Up River, Body Hound, We Never Learned To Live, Meek Is Murder, Haast's Eagled, Eulogy, Helpless and The Long Haul, who will get back together for a one-off performance. More names are still to be announced.

Tickets and more info here.

IMPALA announces European Indie Album Of The Year shortlist
IMPALA has announced the shortlist for its European Independent Album Of The Year Award. And once again, the major labels have been completely overlooked. It's a travesty. In fact, this year the award has been limited to albums released on indie labels that have been around for less than fifteen years. So, ageist too.

Says IMPALA's Helen Smith of this year's awards, which come as the pan-European indie label trade group celebrates fifteen years of pan-European indie label trade grouping: "This special edition of the award features an exciting set of releases by forward-thinking and innovative young labels, who have made an impressive artistic contribution in just a few years of existence. The jury will now decide which release they believe is the most exceptional".

And the nominees are...

And So I Watch You From Afar - Heirs (Smalltown America)
Armin Van Buuren - Embrace (Armada Music)
Balthazar - Thin Walls (Play It Again Sam)
Bror Forsgren - Narcissus (Jansen Plateproduksjon)
Christine And The Queens - Chaleur Humaine (Edition Collector) (Because Music)
Cummi Flu - Z (Albumlabel)
Electric Nana - To Life! (Sin Anestesia)
JME - Integrity> (Boy Better Know)
José González - Vestiges & Claws (Imperial Recordings)
Kállay Saunders Band - Delivery Boy (Egység Média)
Lovely Quinces - Meet Me In Moscow (Part One) (LAA)
Nils Frahm - Solo (Erased Tapes Records)
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - Collaborative Works (Erased Tapes Records)
Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L - Sanguis Meus, Mama! (GAEA Records)
Primitive Reason - Walk Inside: The Singles Collection (Kaminari Records)
Puts Marie - Masoch I-II (Two Gentlemen)
Rangleklods - Straitjacket (Tambourhinoceros)
Sleaford Mods - Key Markets (Harbinger Sound)
Trixie Whitley - Porta Bohemica (Unday Records)

You can listen to tracks by all of the nominees in this handy Spotify playlist.

CAA, De La Soul, BMG, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• As long expected, Jeffrey Azoff - the CAA agent and son of veteran artist manager Irving Azoff - is taking on management duties for a now solo Harry Styles. One Direction management firm Modest told Billboard it wished young Harry all the very best with his new business partner. As, I'm sure, do we all. That Zayn record's good, isn't it?

• De La Soul have engaged the services of those Kobalt Label Services dudes to help with the release of their new record 'And The Anonymous Nobody'. The group's Vincent Mason, aka Maseo, says of the deal: "I think this is the best situation for this project". And you don't get higher praise than that.

• BMG US has promoted Zach Katz to the role of President Of Music Publishing. He was previously Chief Creative Officer. "Second", said Laurent Hubert, President of Creative & Marketing. "Seven", added Katz.

• Good news for Kobalt's business card printers, another promotion! LA-based Jeannette Perez has been upped to SVP Head Of Global Synch & Brand Partnerships. Though can someone tell Kobalt's business card printers that it's 'sync'. Thank you. Perez is "THRILLED", by the way.

• Team Rock has gone and entered into a partnership with Spotify. The first thing they're doing together is adding Metal Hammer to the line-up of the streaming service's 'In Residence' shows, using it to celebrate the magazine's 30th anniversary. Spotify's Rob Fitzpatrick is "THRILLED".

• In recognition of her new single 'The Wheel' being featured in the CMU Approved column, PJ Harvey has released a video for the track.

• Al Jourensen's new project Surgical Meth Machine will release their debut album through Nuclear Blast on 15 Apr. "It's a very dichotomous record, but it's me, and I'm acknowledging everything that's been me through, like, the last 35 years", says the former Ministry frontman. "Let's just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn't have a meat cleaver running".

• Asking Alexandria have released the video for the title track off their upcoming album 'The Black'. The album, their first with new vocalist Denis Stoff, will be out on 25 Mar.

• Vessels are releasing a new edition of their 2015 album 'Dilate' on 1 Apr. From it, this is new track '4am'.

• Momoiro Clover Z have released the video for new single 'We Are Born', taken from their third album 'Amaranthus'. That and their fourth album 'Hakkin No Yoake' will both be released on 17 Feb.

• Wet have announced a handful of UK live shows, finishing up at the Scala in London on 23 Mar. Their new album 'Don't You' is out now.

Adele not endorsing Donald Trump, if you were wondering
If you're compiling a list of artists Donald Trump has annoyed during his stint as a contender to be a contender for the US Presidency, well that's a foolish thing to do. An easier list to compile would be the artists that Trump hasn't annoyed during his stint as a contender to be a contender for the US Presidency. And if you're doing that, knock Adele off your list.

Trump's use of Adele's music at his rallies is not new - he was using her Bond theme 'Skyfall' last year - but recently he started using 'Rolling In The Deep' as his entry music, emphasising the line "we could have it all", which has brought new negative attention from her fans.

Resulting in a spokesperson for the singer saying yesterday: "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning". Not that her giving permission really matters. As ever, so long as Trump pays the relevant licence fee to the relevant US performing rights society - BMI in Adele's case - then he's totally within his rights to use her songs at any event he stages.

Though, last year Aerosmith's Steven Tyler managed to convince Trump to stop using the band's song 'Dream On' after issuing a cease and desist accusing the Presidential hopeful of false endorsement under America's Lanham Act and the infringement of Tyler's publicity and privacy rights. Trump stopped using the record, meaning those arguments were never tested in court. Whether Adele will go down this route remains to be seen. Probably not.

Meanwhile, Trump might argue that Adele caused him to lose the Iowa Republican caucus last night. Well, he's going to have to blame someone.

 
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