TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The global record industry's litigation against Russian social media firm vKontakte had, at best, mixed results last year. Now the book industry is now pursuing an alternative legal action against the social media firm, which has - of course - been widely accused of turning a blind eye to rampant copyright infringement on its networks. As previously reported, Universal Music... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: After several years of writing and relentlessly touring music that she wasn't entirely happy with, a couple of years ago Hana Pestle took a moment to re-evaluate where her career was going - a story she recounts in this enlightening interview with Fader. This - along with meeting Blood Diamonds and Grimes - proved to be a pivotal moment. Co-produced... [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 Book publishing industry seeks web-block against Russian social network vKontakte
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LEGAL Dr Luke comments on legal battle with Kesha
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DEALS Sony/ATV signs Grimes via Jack Antonoff's Rough Customer
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Studio where Bowie recorded final albums to close
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LIVE BUSINESS New Attitude Is Everything report highlights need for Access Starts Online campaign
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ARTIST NEWS UK Eurovision hopefuls unveiled
Fable and Paul Hartnoll reveal rejected Eurovision entry
Ukrainian Eurovision entry may fall foul of 'no politics' rules
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ONE LINERS TI, Pearl Jam, BPI, more
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AND FINALLY... Will.i.am dials up new smartwatch
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Book publishing industry seeks web-block against Russian social network vKontakte
The global record industry's litigation against Russian social media firm vKontakte had, at best, mixed results last year. Now the book industry is now pursuing an alternative legal action against the social media firm, which has - of course - been widely accused of turning a blind eye to rampant copyright infringement on its networks.

As previously reported, Universal Music and Warner Music sued vKontakte through the Arbitration Court Of St Petersburg, which last year ruled that the social media firm had a duty to do more to combat piracy on its networks, but then decided that the majors were not due damages over the alleged past infringement of their recordings. Though in a separate lawsuit pursued by two Russian record companies, damages were awarded.

Nevertheless, in both cases vKontakte insisted that it is already doing more to help copyright owners enforce their rights, to the extent that it reckoned it was already complying with the obligations put on the company by the Universal/Warner ruling.

Now an organisation representing a number of book publishers, called the Association For The Protection Of Copyright On The Internet - or AZAPO for short, which sounds more exciting - is pursuing its own legal action against the social network, and it is trying an alternative approach. It is taking action through the Moscow City Court and is pushing for a one of those trendy web-block injunctions that would force local internet service providers to block access to the social network on copyright infringement grounds.

The Moscow court is empowered to grant such injunctions, and AZAPO has secured web-blocks there before against more conventional piracy sites. Though targeting a social networking platform as popular vKontakte in this way is pretty much unprecedented.

At the heart of the case is a single book, Zahara Prilepina's 'Resident'. AZAPO seems to claim that while vKontakte has responded to some of its takedown requests in relation to unlicensed digital copies of this work, not all copies have been removed. This, says AZAPO Director General Maxim Ryabyko, according to Torrentfreak, confirms that the social media firm is "not taking proper protection measures".

Asked why he was taking the matter to the Moscow City Court, rather than filing a copyright infringement lawsuit with the Arbitration Court Of St Petersburg, as the record industry did, Ryabyko said that the latter approach is a time-consuming and costly endeavour, and that copyright owners need a more efficient way of enforcing their rights.

If there was a credible risk of vKontakte being the subject of a web-block injunction, the company would have to speedily improve its relationships with the book, movie and music industries, many of which have, in the past, accused the social networking business of paying only lip service to its copyright obligations, while continuing to turn a blind eye to the rampant infringement it enables online.

Given that web-blocking on copyright grounds is now possible in Russia, you might wonder why other entertainment industry groups haven't gone this route before. Though Russian newspaper Izvestia says that unnamed copyright owners it spoke to said the country's telecoms regulator Roskomadzor urged them not to, arguing vKontakte was making moves to collaborate with rights owners.

If that's true, AZAPO is breaking rank. Though Ryabyko did add that while it is true vKontakte has been negotiating with music and movie companies about legitimising the distribution of their content on its networks, no such talks have been initiated with book publishers. The desired outcome of the web-block application, then, may be such talks.

vKontakte itself is predictably critical of the legal action, while insisting that it has already had talks with Russia's largest book distributors. AZAPO possibly wants more talks, and more talking about how vKontakte can help book publishers generate revenue online.

Dr Luke comments on legal battle with Kesha
Following a surge of coverage and discussion about his legal battle with Kesha, producer Dr Luke has commented on the case via Twitter. He again denied her claims that he raped the singer, and called into doubt the integrity of her lawyer, Mark Gregaros.

As previously reported, Kesha Sebert accuses Lukasz Gottwald of plying her with drugs and alcohol and raping her as a teenager. Gottwald claims that the allegations and resulting lawsuit are an attempt to get out of her contract with his Kemosabe label, a Sony imprint.

Last week Sebert was denied a temporary injunction to allow her to record with another label outside the Sony empire. The judge noted that the major had already offered to allow Sebert to work with another producer, and possibly another label within the group. However, 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.

That ruling generated by far the most attention that this long running case has had so far, which prompted Gottwald to issue his own statement yesterday. He said that the case "should be resolved in court not here on Twitter", but that he was commenting now because "there's so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information".

"The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge", he wrote. "The judge did not rule in Kesha's favor on Friday".

"I understand why people without all the information are speaking out", he continued. "I can appreciate their compassion. But lives can get ruined when there's a rush to judgment before all the facts come out. Of course any sane person is against rape and sexual assault, but everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts. They are getting behind an allegation only - motivated by money".

"I didn't rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her", he stated, before pointing out that the singer had denied the accusations in a 2011 deposition, which was unsealed as the case went to court. Gregaros said last year that his client had been coerced into giving that testimony.

It was Gregaros who came under particular fire in Gottwald's statement, with him noting that the two had a separate legal battle last year - Gottwald suing the lawyer for defamation after he claimed that the producer had also raped Lady Gaga, which she denied.

Gottwald also brought up that Gregaros represented Chris Brown after he assaulted Rihanna, and worked for Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife. "How can [Gregaros] pretend he cares about women's rights?", Gottwald asked in relation to these cases.

Back to the ongoing case with Kesha, Gottwald went on: "Kesha and I made a lot of songs together and it was often good, but there were creative differences at times. It's sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue. But I feel confident when this is over the lies will be exposed and the truth will prevail".

He then concluded by saying that he would make little or no further comment on the case while it continued to work its way through the courts.

Sony/ATV signs Grimes via Jack Antonoff's Rough Customer
Sony/ATV has signed Grimes - aka Claire Boucher - to a new worldwide publishing deal, via its Rough Customer imprint. This is the first contract signed by the joint venture launched with Bleachers and Fun's Jack Antonoff in December.

"I wanted to start a publishing company to work with friends who are making important work", says Antonoff. "It really couldn't be more special to start things with Claire. She's one of my all-time favourite artists and a wonderful person. Her work matters on the highest level and I feel deeply proud to know her, have worked with her and now be involved here as well".

Sony/ATV SVP Creative Jennifer Knoepfle adds: "Grimes is a rare and special talent and we are so pleased that she has chosen Rough Customer and Sony/ATV as her publisher. An accomplished songwriter, producer and visual artist, she is truly a triple threat and a phenomenal addition to the Sony/ATV Rough Customer family".

Grimes offered no comment, so please take this as one.

Studio where Bowie recorded final albums to close
The studio where David Bowie recorded his final two albums, The Magic Shop in New York, will close next month. The operation has been forced to shut down because of dwindling business and spiralling rent.

Opened in Manhattan in 1988, the studio is known for its collection of analogue recording equipment. This makes it an attractive option for many artists, but also expensive to hire as record industry budgets fall and alternative options become cheaper. Still, over the years it has attracted the likes of Coldplay, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Norah Jones, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile and more.

After featuring the Magic Shop in his 'Sonic Highways' series, Dave Grohl last year loaned owner Steve Rosenthal $50,000 to pay off rent arrears. The Foo Fighters frontman then backed a $3 million bid to buy two floors of the building in which the studio is housed. This was rejected and, according to the New York Times, it's thought that the floor on which the studio sits could fetch almost four times what Rosenthal is currently paying. Which leaves the studio with no more options.

In a statement announcing that the studio will close on 16 Mar, Rosenthal said: "I get that New York City is always changing and adapting like the living city it is. Maybe what I believe in is no longer of value, but it was for us and we lived it. As the city becomes more of a corporate and condo island, some of us wish for a better balance between money and art, between progress and preservation, and we hope that one day we will see a reversal of the destruction of conscience and community we are witnessing".

He added that he intends to continue restoring and archiving analogue tapes from the studio and elsewhere, which has been the growth area of the Magic Shop's business in recent years.

New Attitude Is Everything report highlights need for Access Starts Online campaign
Attitude Is Everything, the charity that encourages the live music sector to improve accessibility to its events for deaf and disabled music fans, yesterday published its third State Of Access Report, which sets out to review "live music accessibility and the barriers that disabled music fans are facing at gigs and festivals".

A key finding of the report is that venues and festivals frequently fail to provide decent information online for disabled consumers, something that requires minimal investment on the part of the live industry to resolve. According to the report, a third of venue and festival websites provide no access information at all, two thirds of indie venues provide no such info online, and less than a fifth of the live sector's websites provide sufficiently comprehensive information.

The charity notes that: "For disabled fans, the first barrier to accessing live music typically happens before they've even purchased a ticket. Detailed access information on venue and festival websites is essential for 20% of the UK population to be able to determine whether they can attend an event. Disabled audiences are unlikely to attend live music events unless they know their diverse range of access requirements can be met".

As for what that information should include, the charity goes on: "Comprehensive information is crucial - knowing whether there are two steps, or two flights of stairs, or whether you can bring a personal assistant, or find an area to sit down, could be the difference between a fan buying tickets or not".

As previously reported, Attitude Is Everything has already launched an initiative encouraging venues and festivals to provide better access information on their websites. The Access Starts Online campaign began via a partnership with the Association Of Independent Festivals last year, and yesterday the charity called on all venues and festivals to sign up.

The organisation's CEO Suzanne Bull added: "Digital has revolutionised the live sector and how music lovers buy tickets, find information and share their experiences. However, as highlighted in the State Of Access report, a lack of decent online access information websites has become a constant source of frustration to millions of disabled fans. Evidence suggests that many will not risk attending an event if they are unsure about access facilities. We should not be letting these online failures hold back the tide of progress, especially when they are so easy to fix".

She went on: "Signing up to Attitude Is Everything's Access Starts Online initiative is something all live music businesses can do. Not only does it cost nothing, but it represents a vital first step towards greater inclusivity and improved customer service that help these venues and festivals to reach new audiences. Working together, we can make the UK's live music sector the most accessible in the world".

  Approved: Hana
After several years of writing and relentlessly touring music that she wasn't entirely happy with, a couple of years ago Hana Pestle took a moment to re-evaluate where her career was going - a story she recounts in this enlightening interview with Fader. This - along with meeting Blood Diamonds and Grimes - proved to be a pivotal moment.

Co-produced by Blood Diamonds, 'Clay', the lead track from her debut EP 'Hana', which is out on 25 Mar, may already be familiar. Originally released on SoundCloud last May, it received a boost when Pestle was touring as a member of Grimes's band, when Grimes was supporting Lana Del Rey. Grimes gave up a few minutes of her stage time for Hana to perform the song, then the pair cut together a video using footage from the shows.

You'll be able to catch Hana supporting Grimes on her upcoming UK tour, as well as playing two headline shows in London at The Old Blue Last on 17 Mar and The Waiting Room on 18 Mar. Check out another track from the EP, 'Avalanche', here, and the new video for 'Clay' here.

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UK Eurovision hopefuls unveiled
This Friday the UK public will decide which of six quite boring songs we're going to send forth to lose the Eurovision Song Contest for us in May. It's all part of the BBC's plan to shift the blame for that inevitable failure onto us, the people, despite it presenting us with very little choice.

All six songs are roughly the same in tone, though if they were members of The Spice Girls they would be nicknamed Piano-y, Reggae-y, Folk-y, Weep-y, Country-y, and Heavily Layered Vocals In An Attempt To Make The Chorus Rousing-y. And I think we can all agree that those would be terrible nicknames for members of The Spice Girls, thus proving my point that none of these are very good songs.

The actual names of the outfits set to sing these songs are: Joe & Jake, who met while individually auditioning for 'The Voice'; Bianca, who used to be in girl group Parade; Dulcima, a duo of former (and future) buskers from Canterbury; Matthew James, who used to be in Bad Boys Inc; Darline, whose first gig was supporting The Shires; and Karl William Lund, who has been to Greece.

You can listen to all six tracks here. You will then be forced (if you choose to participate, I guess) to pick one as a 'winner' this Friday on 'Eurovision: You Decide!', which begins at 7.30pm on BBC Four. The 90 minute show will be broadcast live from The Forum in London and will be presented by Mel Giedroyc. In an attempt to make it all a little less depressing, there will also be performances from last year's winner Måns Zelmerlöw and the last UK Eurovision victor, Katrina And The Waves.

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Fable and Paul Hartnoll reveal rejected Eurovision entry
As the six potential UK entrants for this year's Eurovision Song Contest were unveiled on BBC Radio 2 yesterday morning, Fable and Orbital's Phil Hartnoll released a song that they had put forward but which was rejected by the Beeb. Unfortunately, they hadn't received the memo that the theme for this year's UK entry was 'crushingly dull', and they went instead for something judges felt might be 'a bit much'.

"I've been working with Paul for a while on various things, and he had this mad idea to write a track for the Eurovision Song Contest", explains Fable to CMU. "They said they were going to be brave and put some interesting tracks in, so we cooked up 'Human Pretending' to test that theory out, but I think we scared them off".

To be fair, it is not the most obvious Eurovision entry, but it's not dissimilar in tone to songs that have appeared in the competition before and done well. What's wrong with not being obvious, anyway? Maybe standing out is what we need to do after almost two decades of fading into the background at Eurovision. And as we all stand up and threaten to leave Europe altogether, maybe something a bit darker than usual would have been apt.

Anyway, here is 'Human Pretending', which will now never have the opportunity to shake Sweden.

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Ukrainian Eurovision entry may fall foul of 'no politics' rules
Ukraine has selected a song about Josef Stalin's mass deportation of the Crimean Tatar people as its entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Though it may fall foul of the competition's 'no politics' rule.

Written and performed by Susana Jamaladinova, under her stage name Jamala, the song '1944' is inspired by the musician's great-grandmother, who was one of those deported. The Crimean Tatar people were forced out to Central Asia after Stalin accused the entire 240,000 person population of collaborating with the Nazis. Many died en route, and none were able to return to Crimea until the 1980s.

While the song makes no specific comment on any other events in history, the subject matter has links to Russia's 2014 occupation of Crimea, which had previously been an autonomous republic within Ukraine of course, and the continued assertion by the Kremlin that the territory is under its rule.

And Jamala herself has admitted this link, telling RFE/RL: "Now the Crimean Tatars are on occupied territory and it is very hard for them. They are under tremendous pressure. Some have disappeared without a trace. And that is terrifying. I would not want to see history repeat itself".

Although the song was put forward as Ukraine's entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest by both the public vote and a formal judging panel, it may yet been barred from the competition. In order to go through, Eurovision bosses would have to be convinced that the lyrics were not explicitly political and were simply describing a historical event that happened over 70 years ago. That may prove difficult.

A spokesperson for the competition told The Hollywood Reporter: "All entries for the upcoming contest, including the Ukrainian song, will be assessed under the rules by the [European Broadcast Union] and the reference group by the submission deadline [on 14 Mar]".

Various songs have failed to go through to the main competition due to politically charged lyrics in the past. In 2009, Georgia's entry 'We Don't Wanna Put In' was turned away for making fun of Vladimir Putin less than a year after the country had been at war with Russia.
And in 2005, GreenJolly were forced to rewrite the lyrics of their song for Ukraine 'Razom Nas Bahato', it having been the unofficial anthem for the Ukrainian Orange Revolution the year before.

Whether this new song will make it through remains to be seen, but you can see Jamala perform '1944' here.

TI, Pearl Jam, BPI, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• TI has allied with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, via a distribution deal around his upcoming album 'Dime Trap'. As part of the deal, TI will also become one of Tidal's celebrity shareholders. But every deal has a downside, I suppose.

• Pearl Jam have signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing. The major will represent the band's entire catalogue and frontman Eddie Vedder's solo work. Guess how the band's manager Kelly Curtis is feeling about the deal. Go on, guess. I'm going to put 'THRILLED' on a t-shirt and make these people buy one.

• Record industry trade group BPI has a new Head Of Content Protection, with Tom Cooper joining the organisation in April. He takes over the anti-online-piracy role from John Hodge, who is departing to join PhoneplayPlus. Cooper joins from anti-piracy agency NetResult.

• The video wing of the UK record industry's collecting society PPL - which is VPL, in case you wondered - has announced Geoff Kempin as its new Chairman following the retirement of former PPL CEO Fran Nevrkla from the role. Co-founder and Executive Director of Eagle Rock, Kempin has been a VPL director since the organisation's inception in 1983.

• Sentric Music has a new board member and Creative Director in the form of music publishing veteran Peter McCamley. Based in London, he will sign up songwriters to Sentric's rights management services, while also seeking talent interested in signing more conventional publishing deals with the company.

• Tour production firms Cato Music and Production Park are joining forces, with the former set to become part of the latter's group of companies. The deal will also see the two organisations' respective education initiatives - the Cato Academy and Backstage Academy - ally to create a "centre of excellence for training the next generation of touring and production professionals".

• Live Nation has acquired one of those "controlling interests" in a South African firm that stages lots of big concerts. It's called Big Concerts. That's how big. The Chairman and CEO of the firm - Attie van Wyk and Justin van Wyk respectively - will continue to lead the business day to day.

• Following Nick Grimshaw's departure this weekend, Olly Murs has announced that he's also jumping the sinking ship that is 'The X-Factor', with the handy get out that he simply must "concentrate 100% on making my next album and getting back to performing".

• When I was at university, a friend ran out of clean clothes and bought a load of branded clothing from the university shop to avoid having to go to the laundrette. Not sure why I'm reminded of that watching the video for 'Work' by Rihanna.

• Saul Williams has released the video for 'The Noise That Came From Here', filmed in Fergusson.

• Highasakite's recently approved new single 'Someone Who'll Get It' now has a video. It's quite dark, have a watch.

• Inga Copeland will release a new album, 'Live In Paris', on 29 Feb. That's quite soon.

• All Saints will play their first headline show in more than ten years at Koko in Camden on 4 Apr. New single 'One Strike' is out this week, and their new album 'Red Flag' is out on 8 Apr.

• Hey all you "the music industry just isn't creating headliners anymore" moaners, you forgot about Beiber. Because yes, the Biebster is headlining V Festival this year. Ha! Though I'm mainly mentioning this here because it's been months - I mean, many months - since we last linked to this. Which is an embarrassing oversight for which we can only apologise.

Will.i.am dials up new smartwatch
Is that Puls smartwatch you're wearing looking a bit tired? Well, it's OK, Will.i.am has a new one coming out in April, called The Dial. Which is a shame, cos I always enjoyed saying Puls. Say it now. Puls. Pu like poo, not pu like pulse. Puls. What fun.

Will.i.am has been showing off the new wristwatch, which he may or may not still be insisting on calling a 'smartband', at Mobile World Congress this week. It seems he is now insisting that his Puls watch was just a beta version of the technology, which is why it wasn't very good and no one bought it. This is the real one now. The Dial.

As with the Puls, The Dial will have its own sim card, meaning it's not tethered to a phone. "The reason we built the platform this way is that it is for areas where you are truly mobile - in the gym, in a car, on a bike, on a hike, areas where the phone really isn't meant for", explained Will.i.am to The Telegraph. "The phone isn't really meant for a bike in New York. It certainly isn't meant for a gym where, you have a phone in your pocket, wires everywhere, as you are jump roping".

The device has its own operating system, ANeedA, which he describes as "artificial intelligence that's personal to you", quite possibly misunderstanding the quite specific definition of artificial intelligence.

In the UK the new watch will be sold by Three, while, according to Bloomberg, on mainland Europe it'll be hawked by Deutsche Telekom.

Is Will.i.am news still considered music news these days? Quick, let's find a justification for this report. Well, the Puls had music pumped into it by 7digital. It is not yet known who will provide music services to The Dial. News!

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletins and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
Chris provides music business coverage and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business and education programme CMU:DIY, and heads up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, and advising on CMU Insights training courses and events.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of 3CM UnLimited she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
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