FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The boss of Sony's US-based entertainment business - under which the conglom's global music companies sit - has predicted that the record industry will move to a windowing approach with its new releases. To an extent this will mean adopting the approach of Hollywood, Michael Lynton being much more hands on with Sony's movie operations. There has been... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Currently gearing up to the release of his third album, James Blake will turn in a DJ set at the Prince Of Wales in Brixton tonight, alongside his 1-800 Dinosaur crew. Promoted by Deep Medi, the Broken House Dub night will also have Mala & Coki and Sir Spiro on hand. And all of this will be pumped through the RC1 Soundsystem, so get ready for your bones to be rumbled... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: It was the NME Awards With Austin, Texas on Wednesday night. And what a night it was. Oh my. The ups. The downs. The inappropriate comment by that person. The person who won over the audience when no one expected it. Oh, it was such a night. And there were awards! Lots of them! People were celebrated from across music and beyond. It was all very exciting... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Daniel Ek's claims that streaming is turning around the record business's fortunes and Spotify's attempt to stop David Lowery's lawsuit from becoming a class action, YouTube's acquisition of Bandpage, new research on the popularity of in-car radio listening, plus Morrissey's ill-fated move into modelling... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Sony chief reckons windowing will become the norm in music
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LEGAL Kesha and Dr Luke due in court today
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New boss at Universal France, as streaming overcomes CD/download declines at mega-major
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Initial line-up announced for next Music Cities Convention
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ARTIST NEWS David Bowie said "fuck off" to Dave Grohl collaboration
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Rihanna postpones start of tour due to "production delays"
Poliça announce UK tour dates
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AWARDS Eurovision voting changes aim to make competition more exciting
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ONE LINERS Tidal, Zayn Malik, Metallica, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #294: Bring Me The Horizon v Coldplay
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CMS MUSIC MEDIA - MEDIA PLANNER/BUYER (LONDON)
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IMAGEM CREATIVE SERVICES - LICENSING MANAGER (LONDON)
Imagem Creative Services UK are looking for a Licensing Manager/Exec to provide temporary cover from 14 Mar, with an expected term of at least six months. Candidates must have at least one year experience of working in the music publishing sector in a licensing exec or licensing manager capacity.

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BOILER ROOM - LEAD BOOKER (LONDON)
We are looking for a full-time Lead Booker to join the music team at Boiler Room. The successful applicant should enjoy working in a fast-paced, busy and vibrant music company exploring underground music worldwide.

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JAZZ CAFE - SENIOR LIVE BOOKINGS MANAGER (LONDON)
As a member of our live events team, you will be responsible for the booking, programming and promotion of our live music calendar, working alongside a small team of very passionate people. You will have experience at booking and contracting live events and will have a strong network of contacts in the music industry.

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AEG LIVE - SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
We are recruiting for a Senior Communications Manager to join the Communications team, based at The O2, to cover a period of maternity leave. You will be responsible for implementing our communications strategies both internally and externally and measuring their success.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - UK SALES & LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Digital is looking for a Sales & Label Manager to join its label management team in the UK. A deep knowledge of the independent music industry and key labels, as well as the experience and knowledge to sign content, is essential as Believe continues to drive its label acquisition strategy in the UK and internationally.

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7DIGITAL - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (LONDON)
Would you love to help transform the way the world listens to music? In this role you’ll have the opportunity to work with companies all over the world, breaking new ground in an industry ripe with growth and innovation.

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END OF THE ROAD - FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
End Of The Road is seeking a Festival Co-ordinator to train under the outgoing Head of Operations. The primary function of this role is artist advancing and contracting, but duties extend to other areas within the festival.

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SOLAR MANAGEMENT - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Experienced Management Assistant required for London-based artist, songwriter and producer management company. The job will include providing support to client managers, co-ordinating diaries for producers/songwriters/artists and include personal assistant and general administrative duties.

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THE ORCHARD - VIDEO SERVICES ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a smart, creative and analytical forward thinker to fill a new position within our European Video Services team as Account Manager. Based in London, UK, the post-holder will help lead and develop our European video service business, executing on a value proposition that drives client satisfaction, engagement and revenue.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - INTERNATIONAL MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Digital is looking for an international manager to join its Label Services team in the UK. A deep knowledge of the independent music sector at international level, as well as the experience and knowledge to manage projects, is essential as Believe continues to drive its label acquisition, marketing and distribution strategy worldwide.

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TROXY - BOX OFFICE MANAGER (LONDON)
This is a fantastic role for an experienced Box Office Manager to join the team at Troxy London, a unique venue in East London. We’re looking for someone with Box Office experience, and you will come from an environment where the customer experience is key.

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WALLACE PRODUCTIONS - SENIOR MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Wallace Productions require an experienced day-to-day Artist Manager / Senior Management Assistant to join the management team. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with 3-4 years’ experience wishing to grow and develop in a busy and internationally focused role.

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DHP FAMILY - PROMOTIONS CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Building on our success DHP are looking for an enthusiastic and pro-active Marketing Co-ordinator to work with the current marketing team and deliver marketing solutions and campaigns for our London based business.

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BUCKS MUSIC GROUP - PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
We’re looking for an intern to join our busy licensing department. It’s a six month paid placement and gives the successful candidate a great opportunity to get really stuck in and be part of our team.

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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.
 
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Sony chief reckons windowing will become the norm in music
The boss of Sony's US-based entertainment business - under which the conglom's global music companies sit - has predicted that the record industry will move to a windowing approach with its new releases. To an extent this will mean adopting the approach of Hollywood, Michael Lynton being much more hands on with Sony's movie operations.

There has been much talk about so called windowing in music circles of late, of course, partly because of Adele's decision to hold her new album off the streaming platforms, forcing fans to buy it on CD or download. Though Lynton was arguably proposing a system more like that advocated by Taylor Swift than Adele, in that the windowing isn't downloads-first-streams-later, but paid-for-platforms-first-freebie-platforms-later.

Speaking at the Code/Media conference in California yesterday, Re/code reports that Lynton said of the recorded music sector: "We all see the business is moving downhill; the download business is declining quarterly. The kind of a service that we would like to see, going forward, is a subscription service". And to help make that happen, "going forward, you will see some version of windowing in the music industry".

It's no secret that some label execs have been putting pressure on those on-demand streaming services that have a freemium level - so, in particular Spotify - to allow at least bigger name artists to only provide their new content to the company's paying subscribers for a set period, of maybe weeks or months, with said new releases then rolling onto the freemium level in due course.

Aside from possibly providing a little boost in CD and download sales in the week of release, said label execs reckon that big new releases being reserved for paying subscribers on Spotify-type services would provide a compelling reason why consumers should start paying, beyond the no-ads and more mobile functionality currently offered.

To date Spotify has been resistant to that plan, although there have been some indications it may reconsider in the near future. However, the streaming service remains hesitant about limiting its freemium offer too much, as the freemium-to-premium upsell approach is the company's main marketing strategy.

Bosses there will always express concern that if too much new content is kept off Spotify Free, people who could be upsold the premium package down the line will never sign on, opting instead for YouTube or the file-sharing platforms that have been particularly buzzy this week following Kanye West's decision to lock his new album exclusively to Tidal.

Though, despite all that, Lynton is probably right to say that - for big name artists at least - some premium-to-freemium windowing could well become the norm.

Kesha and Dr Luke due in court today
The latest hearing in Kesha and Dr Luke's long running legal battle is set to take place at the New York State Supreme Court later today.

As previously reported, Kesha sued the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, in 2014 alleging sexual assault and battery, accusing him of plying her with drugs and alcohol and raping her as a teenager. He in turn sued her, claiming that she had invented these accusations as a means to get out of her contract with his record label, Sony imprint Kemosabe.

Gottwald also sued the singer's manager Jack Rovner and her mother Pebe Sebert, though both of those suits were dismissed earlier this month (in New York State at least). Today's ruling is one postponed last month, at which fans were planning to stage a protest aimed at Sony Music boss Doug Morris, calling on him to release Kesha from her current contract with Kemosabe so that she can record a new album, possibly with another Sony label.

In an Instagram post yesterday, Kesha said: "I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. This is not just for me. This is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. Sexually. Emotionally. Mentally. I had to tell the truth. So the outcome will be what it will be. There's nothing left I can do. It's just so scary to have zero control in your fate. But this is my path this life for whatever reason".

New boss at Universal France, as streaming overcomes CD/download declines at mega-major
Universal Music France has a brand new chief in the form of Olivier Nusse, who takes over from the long-time boss of the major in the country (like, since 1998, which is a damn long-time), Pascal Nègre. Nusse moves up to the CEO role from his current post of MD for the Mercury Music Group and Universal Classics & Jazz in France.

Confirming the changes, overall Universal Music top man big cheese boss bloke Lucian Grainge adopted his best French accent to declare: "On behalf of everyone at UMG, I would like to thank Pascal for his many significant achievements and commitment to our company over many years of profound transformation in the music industry. We wish him the very best for the future".

Then, starting to sound a little bit like a character in 'Allo Allo', he went on: "We are very pleased to have an executive of Mr Nusse's talents and stature take the lead for Universal Music France. Having worked with Olivier over many years, I am impressed by his capabilities and track record. He has demonstrated strong team leadership and an ability to drive results".

The change at the top of Universal Music France follows a not insignificant rejig of the mega-major's international operations, which in turn followed the stepping down of the company's former international chief Max Hole due to ill-health last October. That rejig has basically removed a layer of management from Universal's non-US operations, with regional divisions now reporting into the firm's overall HQ in California. It's a restructure that has resulted in some job-switching and downsizing in the company's international division.

Elsewhere in Universal news, latest financials from the major via an earnings update from parent company Vivendi revealed that 52% of the Universal record company's digital income now comes from the streams. And the subscription service boom is actually offsetting continued declines in CD sales and downloads. Slightly.

Which is super news. Let's make the most of that half billion in extra cash Spotify is reportedly raising, which should assure more good news in terms of recorded music revenues later this year. You know, before the venture capital and debt financing runs out and everything turns to shit.

Or to merde, if you want to retain the French theme with which this story began.

Initial line-up announced for next Music Cities Convention
The third edition of the Music Cities Convention, which launched last year just ahead of The Great Escape, will once again return to Brighton the day before the big new music festival this year with another programme looking at "the relationship between city planning, strategy, development, policy and the music industry". Basically, the role a thriving local music community can play in the cultural, social and economic development of a city or region, and what those cities and regions can do to facilitate that process.

Taking place at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre on 18 May, already confirmed to speak at the internationally-focused event are Amsterdam's Night Mayor Mirik Milan, Busk In London's Dr Julia Jones, New York University's Carlos Chirinos, Sydney Fringe Executive Director Kerri Glassock, Sheffield Tramlines organiser Kate Hewitt, South Australian Government advisor Joe Hay, and Jocelyn Kane, Executive Director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.

Also involved this time is Julie's Bicycle, which campaigns for the cultural industries to be more eco-friendly, and BIMM Brighton who will discuss the role music has had in the host city's economy. And CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke might just pop up as a moderator, alongside the founders of Music Cities, Glastonbury booker and Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne and Sound Diplomacy chief Shain Shapiro.

Info, tickets and all that jazz at www.musiccitiesconvention.com

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Broken Dub House at Prince Of Wales
Currently gearing up to the release of his third album, James Blake will turn in a DJ set at the Prince Of Wales in Brixton tonight, alongside his 1-800 Dinosaur crew.

Promoted by Deep Medi, the Broken House Dub night will also have Mala & Coki and Sir Spiro on hand.

And all of this will be pumped through the RC1 Soundsystem, so get ready for your bones to be rumbled.

Friday 19 Feb, Prince Of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London, SW9 8HH, 10pm-4am, £12+. More info here.
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David Bowie said "fuck off" to Dave Grohl collaboration
So, Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers aren't the only people who were snubbed by David Bowie. They're all coming out of the woodwork now. Turns out he once told Dave Grohl to "fuck off". If only we still ran the Ringo Says Fuck Off column (something very long-term CMU readers may just about remember), this would be perfect.

I think it was a playful, friendly "fuck off", but a "fuck off" all the same. Grohl explains in a new video for Playboy, in which he and Pat Smear tour some of Bowie's favourite LA haunts: "We played at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden, and that was the last time I saw him. About two years ago, I got approached by this movie to do a song for the movie, so I thought, 'Maybe I'll have someone else sing. I'll do the music and then have another vocalist'. And then I thought, 'Maybe I'll ask and see if David would do it'".

Wheels were set in moment, contacts were made, videos were sent, and then quickly an email from one David to another landed in Grohl's inbox. "It said, 'David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it's not my thing'", he recalls. "He said, 'I'm not made for these times. So thanks, but I think I'm gonna sit this one out'".

So that's nice. And being a nice sort himself, Grohl wrote back saying thanks for the email and for giving the project his consideration. Another email then came back from Bowie saying: "Alright, well that's settled then. Now, fuck off".

It was all in good fun, says Grohl. Now, fuck off.

Rihanna postpones start of tour due to "production delays"
Following the cancellation of her performance at the Grammy Awards earlier this week, Rihanna has now postponed the first eight dates of her upcoming US tour.

As previously reported, Rihanna's performance at Monday's Grammy ceremony was cancelled at the last minute. In a statement, a spokesperson said that the singer had not fully recovered from a bout of bronchitis and doctors were concerned that she may damage her vocal cords if she sang.

However, the cause of the postponement of these dates has been confirmed to be "production delays", rather than ill health. The tour will now begin on 12 Mar in Jacksonville, Florida. The postponed dates have been rescheduled.

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Poliça announce UK tour dates
Poliça have announced some UK tour dates, riding on the wave soon to be generated by their new album 'United Crushers', which is out on 4 Mar. Waves were probably not the right metaphor there, given the title. Ah well.

Anyway, this news comes accompanied by a new single, which is called 'Lately'. Here's what vocalist Channy Leaneagh has to say about it: "Don't let love become a distraction. I want to be moved by my lover but not put in a lethargic state of apathy for doing anything else but be with another person. Love is a place where we make each other better and inspire each other to make cool shit".

What does that all mean? No idea. Does it matter? Probably not. Here's the song.

And here, friendo, are the tour dates:

14 Oct: Leeds, Stylus
16 Oct: Glasgow, SWG3
18 Oct: Bristol, Anson Rooms
19 Oct: London, The Roundhouse
20 Oct: Birmingham, Institute Library
21 Oct: Manchester, The Ritz
23 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2

Eurovision voting changes aim to make competition more exciting
The Eurovision Song Contest has announced some changes aimed at "creating TV magic". The big idea is to make everybody's favourite part of the show, the long and tedious vote-counting stage, even longer. Woo!

Actually, the aim is to change things so that we don't have to sit through 30 minutes of vote-counting when it's already blatantly apparent who has won. This will be done by splitting the announcement of the jury and the public votes. Previously they were combined on a country by country basis before any votes were added to the score board, which also meant a song that rated highly amongst viewers in any one country could still get a modest score from that nation because of how the local judging panel scored each song.

The jury votes will now be announced country by country in the usual way. Then the total combined public votes for each song will be announced in reverse order at the end. In theory this means that the overall winner won't be clear until the closing moments. The change also means it's less likely for anyone to score "nul points".

"This new way of presenting the votes is a big step forward, both to make a better television show as well as a more exciting competition", says Eurovision's Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand. "There is more reason than ever to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest. The new voting format guarantees that the song which is most popular among the public will receive twelve points regardless of how the juries voted. It is fitting that this change to the Contest's iconic scoring sequence will be debuted in Stockholm, where the famous douze points system was introduced in 1975".

What a system. Eurovision Producer Christer Björkman adds: "All competitions are enhanced by creating a dramatic finish. This was a unanimous decision taken by the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. It's about creating TV magic".

Here's a quick explanatory video in case you didn't understand any of that.

Tidal, Zayn Malik, Metallica, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Tidal has seen a 155% boost in its UK Android users since it bagged the exclusive on Kanye West's 'The Life Of Pablo' album. According to The Drum, 0.1% of Android users in the UK are now using the app. A threefold uplift, don't you know.

• I made a derogatory comment about the artwork of Gwen Stefani's album recently, which some people felt was uncalled for. And now that I've seen the cover for Zayn Malik's debut LP I'm starting to think they might have been right.

• Tired of waiting around for a new Metallica album? Well they've just announced that they're re-issuing their first two LPs - 'Kill Em All' and 'Ride The Lightning' - on 15 Apr. Which is probably a better use of your money anyway.

Here's the video for Miguel's new single 'Waves'. And here's a reminder that Miguel's 'Wildheart' album is very good.

• Mayer Hawthorne is releasing a new album, 'Man About Town', on 8 Apr. Listen to first single 'Love Like That' here.

• Shura has finished her debut album. It is called 'Nothing's Real'. Here's 'Touch' featuring Talib Kweli.

• The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra And Chorus will premiere a new show at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 Mar. Western Music In Concert will provide a live score to some of the most iconic visual and musical moments in the western genre. More info right here.

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