MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: For a legal battle that has been going through the motions for some time now, there was much a stronger spotlight on the latest act in Kesha's ongoing dispute with Dr Luke and his Sony imprint Kemosabe on Friday, as the New York State Supreme Court refused the singer's request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily nullify her record contract. As previously reported... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Formed over a decade ago, what always made Orka stand out initially was their use of homemade instruments built out of old agricultural equipment, making for an interesting juxtaposition between rural life and electronic music. Though what makes them stand out once you've heard them play is how brilliantly versatile they are; a unique force in music... [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 Kesha fails to secure injunction against Sony and Dr Luke
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DEALS Danny Howard label signs Mr H
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LIVE BUSINESS Soho Estates planning to re-open Madame Jojo's
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Digital fan club platform Drip to wind down
Spotify spokesperson talks down artist exclusives
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ARTIST NEWS Damon Albarn named 'local king' of Malian village
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RELEASES Pantha Du Prince announces new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Rihanna cancels two UK shows
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ONE LINERS Nick Grimshaw, UTV, Radio Festival, more
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AND FINALLY... Iron Maiden unveil new 747 tour jet
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Kesha fails to secure injunction against Sony and Dr Luke
For a legal battle that has been going through the motions for some time now, there was much a stronger spotlight on the latest act in Kesha's ongoing dispute with Dr Luke and his Sony imprint Kemosabe on Friday, as the New York State Supreme Court refused the singer's request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily nullify her record contract.

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

In this latest chapter in the case, Sebert's lawyer Mark Geragos requested an injunction that would allow his client to make and release recordings with another record company, despite her contractual commitments to Sony and Kemosabe. Kesha argues that the legal dispute with Gottwald has put her entire career on hold.

The judge overseeing the case refused to comply, concluding that doing so would undermine New York State contract law. The judge added that Sebert's agreement with Kemosabe was pretty standard for the music industry, and that Sony had offered a compromise in saying that the singer could record new material with another producer. Shifting Sebert to another Sony label has been previously proposed as a solution here.

Geragos argued that Sony's offer to his client was "illusory", because the major's loyalties really lie with Gottwald, who generates more income for the music company. To that end, he reckons that Sony won't properly promote any recordings Sebert makes with producers other than Gottwald, meaning the offer would buy the major time in the legal battle, but not help the singer overcome concerns that her career is now faltering because of this long drawn out dispute.

Plenty of artists know the feeling of falling between the cracks at a major record company once they have lost their internal champion, and not getting the promo support their new releases need as a result. But the judge said that Geragos had failed to successfully argue the case as to why Sony's proposed compromise was not a workable solution.

Beyond the injunction to put Sebert's record contract on hold, the court also discussed the allegations at the heart of this case. Again the judge said Geragos's arguments were not strong enough, this time with regard to his clients allegations against Gottwald. Though the judge postponed making a decision on Sony's application to have the whole case dismissed.

Whatever the legalities may be in this case, Sony Music is facing a mounting PR challenge over the way Sebert is being treated by her main corporate partner. A plethora of artists spoke out in support of the singer this weekend, while Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Sebert to "help with any of her financial needs during this trying time".

All of which may mean that, even if Sony and Gottwald succeed in having Sebert's case dismissed, the music major may need to do something significant to demonstrate some compassion for the singer.

Danny Howard label signs Mr H
Nothing Else Matters - the new label from Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard and his former colleague at the station Nigel Harding - was fully launched last week with the news that the Sony imprint had signed upcoming producer Mr H, and would release his 'Alternations' EP on 18 Mar.

The new label was initially unveiled last year when it released the 99 Souls track 'The Girl Is Mine'. On Mr H, the new venture said in a statement last week: "The 21 year old has long been supported by Danny, playing alongside him at his event series for the past year. Having originally honed his skills on the Manchester club circuit, 'Alternations' showcases the full extent of his talents, whilst establishing a high standard for Nothing Else Matters as a label".

Other signings to the new venture include Ryan Blyth and Saint Wknd. The latter will join Mr H at a Nothing Else Matters night being staged with LWE and SJM Concerts at The Steelyard in London on 30 Apr.

Soho Estates planning to re-open Madame Jojo's
Soho hangout Madame Jojo's is returning, apparently, it having been shutdown in 2014 after a "serious incident of disorder" involving the venue's security staff. The operators of the space - an important venue on the London cabaret scene and home to decade-old industry music franchise White Heat - subsequently lost their licence.

Despite the drama surrounding the closure, many saw the shutting down of Jojo's as yet another nail in the coffin of Soho's cultural past, assuming the building would be repurposed into offices, apartments or some horrible bar. But the MD of Soho Estates, which owns the property, told London Live last week - according to Thump - that the plan is to open a new venue on the site using the Madame Jojo's name.

Though quite what that venue will be like remains to be seen. John James told the London TV network that the current venue space "isn't fit for purpose", but that he had plans to "build a bigger and better basement club which is going to re-appear as Madame Jojo's". Quite what that means, we'll see if and when it happens, I guess.

Digital fan club platform Drip to wind down
With the true potential of direct-to-fan almost certainly yet to be realised, one start-up with an interesting approach to that side of the music business has decided to call it a day. Drip, a platform that enabled labels and artists to offer subscriptions services - so, basically a digital version of the good old fashioned fan club - has announced it will wind down operations on 18 Mar. It will try to find alternative platforms for its clients before then, as well as assuring all the labels and artists using Drip receive any monies they are owed.

Announcing that they had "a tough message to share" on their blog last week, the people behind the popular service confirmed: "We've decided to conclude the Drip platform on 18 Mar".

They then reminisced that: "We started Drip five years ago because we believed existing networks hadn't yet [met] the needs of creators: recurring income, support from their fans beyond likes and follows, and the data needed to have more control over their careers".

Noting that labels like Stones Throw and Domino, and artists like They Might Be Giants, had all signed up to the service, they added: "Fans joined these communities; they paid their favourite creators directly; and they got access to high quality, often rare and exclusive music plus more. From live events and guest list spots, to one-on-one hangs and exclusive products, we were constantly inspired by the types of interactions that Drip encouraged".

But, well, here comes the but. "At the top of the year we took a hard look at Drip, our future, and the various routes we could take to get there. Between timing, funding, and everything needed to realise this future, we made the decision that now was the time for Drip to come to a conclusion. For now, we'll be taking this moment to regroup and refocus".

The blog post went on: "There were no subscription services that met the needs of our creators, so we built it. We experimented, we had a great time, and we've made some great friendships along the way. In the time since we began, we've been happy to see several services emerge to tackle some of the same problems. We like to think we even inspired some of them. Throughout the next month we'll be looking to partner with these services to help our creators continue".

Members will also be able to export their music and data from their accounts on the platform before it winds up next month.

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Spotify spokesperson talks down artist exclusives
As Sony Entertainment chief Michael Lynton was bigging up a windowed future for the record industry last week, Spotify's Jonathan Prince was talking down a streaming music future full of artist exclusives.

As previously reported, Lynton - who runs the division of Sony Corp that includes the conglom's global music companies Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing - said at last week's Code/Media conference that he thought we'd see more windowing in the record industry in the coming years, with music following the lead of the industry he is more closely associated with, ie Hollywood.

Though, of course, there are a number of different ways labels can stagger - or 'window' - the release of new albums, especially from big artists. You can go the physical/download-first, streams-later route of Adele; or the premium-platforms-first, free-services-later route advocated by Taylor Swift; or you can initially give your new tunes to just one streaming music platform for a set period of time, before rolling out across the net.

Tidal talked up artist exclusives following its relaunch as a Jay-Z-led vehicle last year, of course, while Apple also has a record of pushing for exclusivity from big name artists with new content to share, both before and since it launched the Apple Music streaming service. And it seems that, in recent months, the practice of high profile new records appearing first on one or another platform is becoming more of a norm, though at the same time, you sense both streaming services and artists are still experimenting and may conclude it's not a strategy to employ in the long term.

Either way, Prince says Spotify isn't keen to get into a bidding war for exclusive first dibs on new records. He told The Verge: "We're not really in the business of paying for exclusives, because we think they're bad for artists and they're bad for fans. Artists want as many fans as possible to hear their music, and fans want to be able to hear whatever they're excited about or interested in - exclusives get in the way of that for both sides".

Not that Prince wants to start a war with those artists who have done exclusivity deals with his rivals (unlike the high street retailers, who occasionally boycotted artists who did CD exclusives with rival record sellers, especially in North America). He added: "Of course, we understand that short promotional exclusives are common and we don't have an absolute policy against them, but we definitely think the best practice for everybody is wide release".

  Approved: Orka
Formed over a decade ago, what always made Orka stand out initially was their use of homemade instruments built out of old agricultural equipment, making for an interesting juxtaposition between rural life and electronic music. Though what makes them stand out once you've heard them play is how brilliantly versatile they are; a unique force in music.

Following on from 2014's 'Leipzig' album, which took their sound more downbeat, new LP 'Vað' - out on 16 May - ups the pace again. Written by project mainstay Jen L Thomsen and former Dälek member Oktopus, two tracks so far released from the new record - 'Dimmalætting' and 'Grind' - see the Orka sound twisted into hardened, cathartic techno. Still based on those homemade instruments, the sounds are largely broken up into samples. The music remains distinctively Orka, while ushering in an exciting new twist in their sound.

"I think that after several albums and tours I felt the need to make a record which had fewer elements which I could focus on and explore", Thomsen tells CMU. "'Vað' has been all about getting to the core of an idea or tune and stripping it down to its essentials. A few tracks on this album are made up from three parts only".

"Also, only five people, including mastering engineer Matt Colton, have worked on the material compared to the seemingly endless credits list on Orka's last album 'Leipzig'", he adds. "We wanted to avoid overproducing and rather stay true to the roughness and immediacy of the core ideas. This approach has given it an almost Neanderthal sense of texture and pace".

Watch a new studio-based performance of 'Grind' by Thomsen and Francine Perry (aka La Leif) here.

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Damon Albarn named 'local king' of Malian village
Damon Albarn has been named 'local king' of the village of Kirina in Mali, in recognition of his work with musicians in the country.

BBC Radio 4's 'The World Tonight' reports that Albarn was recently presented with the honour at a ceremony at music and dance school L'Ecole de Musique de Kirina. Given a new Malian name, Makenjan Kanisoko, a classroom in the school was also named after him.

The brother of the school's founder Mahamadou Diabaté, musician Toumani Diabaté, explains: "Damon is not from Africa, but he needs to be like a king of these Griot people".

Albarn added: "I'm not used to this sort of thing, but it's fantastic to see this schoolroom. It's a school dedicated to music and dance, [and] that's where's my heart is. So my heart is here".

Opened in 2009, L'Ecole de Musique de Kirina offers classes in a range of traditional instruments and dance. It's location, about 25 miles outside the capital city Bamako, was chosen because Kirina has been a centre for the preservation of Malian traditional culture for more than 700 years.

Pantha Du Prince announces new album
Pantha Du Prince has announced his first solo album since 2010's 'Black Noise'. 'The Triad' will be released on 20 May through Rough Trade.

Says the producer: "'Black Noise' was very much about me being alone in a small room in Berlin and composing. 'The Triad' opens the structure to more human ways of interacting, not digitised ways of interacting. It's not about Facebook; it's about meeting up and jamming. I wanted to cut through the digital dust that surrounds us".

Here's first single 'The Winter Hymn', featuring Queens.

Rihanna cancels two UK shows
Having last week postponed the start of her US tour, Rihanna has now cancelled two shows on the UK leg of her world trek, due to "logistical difficulties".

Performances at Sunderland's Stadium Of Light on 16 Jun and Cardiff's Principality Stadium on 18 Jun will now not take place. And a show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry has been moved from 14 Jun to 25 Jun.

In a statement, Sunderland AFC Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson said: "Unfortunately this is something that can happen with major tours and naturally we are sorry for those concert-goers who were looking forward to the show. We still have an exciting summer of events planned at the Stadium Of Light however, including the sell
out Beyonce concert, which everyone is looking forward to".

Oh, burn. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Cardiff's Principality Stadium has also offered to swap tickets for Rihanna shows in other cities, where possible.

Nick Grimshaw, UTV, Radio Festival, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Nick Grimshaw has confirmed he will not return to sinking ship 'The X-Factor' in a judging capacity. He insisted he "loved" the show and his decision not to stay with it for a second series was "not a diss". Presumably it's because he's not that confident a swimmer.

• The sale of the UTV television business in both Ireland and Northern Ireland to ITV plc should complete next Monday, the deal having received regulator approval. The remaining UTV radio business will then announce a new name. Belfast's business card printers excitedly await the day.

• The Radio Academy's recently revamped Radio Festival will return to the British Library in London town on 27 Sep, it has been confirmed.

• Azealia Banks has released a new single, called 'The Big Big Beat'. Listen here.

• Bat For Lashes has released a new track, 'I Do'. Attached is a note that reads: "Save the date, 1 Jul 2016. Til death do us part".

• Protomartyr have shared the video for 'Dope Cloud' and announced that they'll be touring the UK in April.

• Vaults have released a new single 'Midnight River'. They've also got UK live shows coming up in April.

• Ant & Dec have confirmed that this week's BRIT Awards will be their last as hosts. Which presumably means in 2017 it'll be Sam & Mark's turn?

• Oh, for fuck's sake. We're entering this tedious cycle again, are we?

Iron Maiden unveil new 747 tour jet
In these post-rockstar, more frugal times for the music industry it can be easy to find yourself lamenting the loss of the overblown excesses of yesteryear. But then Iron Maiden rock up in a fully branded, massive Boeing 747 jumbo jet and all is well again.

As the band head off on tour, the new 'Ed Force One' was revealed last week in Cardiff. Though there are some cost savings to be had, of course. Unlike most bands, Iron Maiden have a pilot in their midst. Bruce Dickinson will captain the plane, and he trained specifically to be able to fly the new jet, which is twice the size of the last one he flew the band around in (a 757) in 2011. There was another cost saving there too, because he was able to do the training at his own aviation company. Quids in.

Announcing that the band would be leasing the larger jet from Air Atlanta Icelandic last year, Dickinson said: "The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757".

And here's Dickinson getting a look at his new ride for the first time.

 
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