THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So both the great and the good, and at least a smattering of the bad, gathered once more last night under the big telecoms tent of East Greenwich for the much hyped annual music bash that is the Mastercard Adeles, celebrating the very best in Adele from the last twelve months. Among the winners this time were Adele, Adele, Adele, Adele and James Bay. Bay winning the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: White Lung have long stood out as a band of above average talents, something signing to Domino for the release of 2014 album 'Deep Fantasy' helped to bring to wider attention. And that attention should hopefully widen further with the release of their fourth album, 'Paradise', on 6 May. The first single from the new LP, released this week, 'Hungry'... [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 The customary Adeles write up
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LEGAL Tony Blackburn says BBC sacked him ahead of Savile report, plans to sue
Kesha responds to flood of support after losing bid to make music without Sony
Another song theft claim made against Uptown Funk
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Dice launches Girls Music Day
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ARTIST NEWS The Farm's Peter Hooton to lead Liverpool's Beatles Legacy Group
New album was "a struggle", says Deftones guitarist
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RELEASES Richard Ashcroft discusses new album
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ONE LINERS Southbank Centre, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Singtel, more
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AND FINALLY... Dermot O'Leary to return and rescue X-Factor, reckons The Sun
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MUSIC GLUE - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
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The customary Adeles write up
So both the great and the good, and at least a smattering of the bad, gathered once more last night under the big telecoms tent of East Greenwich for the much hyped annual music bash that is the Mastercard Adeles, celebrating the very best in Adele from the last twelve months. Among the winners this time were Adele, Adele, Adele, Adele and James Bay.

Bay winning the Best British Male Adele was controversial, of course, with many pointing out that the award should really have gone to Adele. There were allegations overnight that Bay's win was the result of a tedious technicality found in the rules set down by event organisers, the British Adele Industry. Details of those technicalities remain uncertain, but insiders say that it had something to do with Adele's gender. Which proves, once again, I feel, that in this industry, it's rarely about the music.

It wasn't the only controversy of the night. Coldplay took the Best Group Adele because of dubious claims Adele isn't a group; Bjork won the Best International Female Adele on the frankly offensive basis Adele isn't foreign; and David Bowie picked up the British Icon Adele, just because Adele isn't dead yet. And then One Direction won the Best Video Adele because some idiot let the public pick the winner. Which has never worked out well in the past. Not even at the Mastercard Adeles.

But, to everyone's credit, no one let these controversies ruin the evening too much. After all, it's the Mastercard Adeles, and it wouldn't be the Mastercard Adeles without a little bit of controversy along the way. Concluding the evening, a BAI rep told CMU "Adele", while the lady herself told reporters, "Fucking hell, I'm Adele". Amazingly, no one was thrilled.

And here are the winners of this year's Mastercard Adeles in full...

The Adele Award For Best British Single: Adele - Hello
The Adele Award For British Album Of The Year: Adele - 25
The Adele Award For British Video Of The Year: One Direction - Drag Me Down

The Adele Award For Best British Female Solo Artist: Adele
The Adele Award For Best British Male Solo Artist: James Bay
The Adele Award For Best British Group: Coldplay
The Adele Award For Best British Breakthrough Act: Catfish & The Bottlemen
The Adele Award For Best British Producer Of The Year: Charlie Andrew
The Adele Global Success Award: Adele
The Adele Award For British Icon Award: David Bowie
The Adele Critics' Choice Award: Jack Garratt

The Adele Award For Best International Male Solo Artist: Justin Bieber
The Adele Award For Best International Female Solo Artist: Björk
The Adele Award For Best International Group: Tame Impala

PS: Hey, here's a genuine proposal. Next year, to give everyone else a chance, let's not allow Adele to be nominated, but have her host the show instead. I mean, I know the BRIT Awards usually go with some tedious, tepid TV tosspot(s) to placate the average ITV viewer, but think how many ITV viewers must have bought '25'. It's a winning formula.

Tony Blackburn says BBC sacked him ahead of Savile report, plans to sue
Tony Blackburn has said he plans to sue the BBC after the Corporation allegedly sacked him from his current Radio 2 and Radio London roles ahead of the long-awaited publication of the report by judge Janet Smith into the culture and practices at the broadcaster during the years Jimmy Savile worked there.

Smith was asked to conduct the review in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, after it became clear that many of the incidents of sexual abuse committed by the former presenter and DJ had occurred on BBC premises.

The report was being made public as we went to press, but was expected to be very critical of the BBC and its culture during Savile's tenure, and to also raise concerns about current management practices at the organisation, where, Smith was expected to say, staff are still wary to complain to and about those higher up the hierarchy.

Blackburn issued a statement last night claiming that, ahead of the publication of the report, he had been sacked by the BBC because he had disagreed with the Corporation's official line on an incident that occurred in the early 1970s.

The incident related to allegations made in 1971 by a fifteen year old girl, who subsequently took her own life. Before her death, the teenager wrote in her diary that she had been assaulted by a BBC DJ. Blackburn was accused of that assault, though, the DJ said, "I am told that the mother told the BBC, a few weeks after her initial complaint, that her daughter had withdrawn her allegation against me".

Blackburn adds in his statement that: "Dame Janet's report makes no mention that I was guilty 45 years ago of any misconduct whatsoever with this girl. Nor did a coroner's inquest or a subsequent police inquiry into her death. The BBC have made clear that they are not terminating my relationship with them because of any misconduct. They are destroying my career and reputation because my version of events does not tally with theirs".

Clarifying that point, he says the Corporation's records state he was interviewed by then BBC exec Bill Cotton Jr about the allegations made by the teenager. But the DJ denies any such interview took place. He similarly disagrees with BBC records that say he was also interviewed by Brian Neill QC as part of a payola investigation at the Beeb.

"I have repeatedly told Dame Janet and the BBC I was never interviewed by either men in this context", he says. "And the BBC records are either very vague or have, conveniently, disappeared. Regardless of these facts, the BBC is axing me after five decades of broadcasting. Sadly what is happening to me now seems to be entirely in keeping with the past BBC culture of whitewash and cover-up".

Recalling his 49 years working with the BBC, he accuses the Corporation of now using him as a "scapegoat", adding that he believes the decision to axe his radio shows on the back of Smith's report had been made by Beeb boss Tony Hall himself. Concluding, Blackburn's statement says: "I am now left with no choice but to take legal action against the BBC. They have taken away a career I love and I will not allow them to destroy my reputation".

The BBC is yet to comment on Blackburn's statement, though Smith was set to make a statement to the press about her wider report shortly after 10am this morning.

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Kesha responds to flood of support after losing bid to make music without Sony
Kesha has posted a long statement on Facebook following the outpouring of support that has been unleashed this week after a New York court last Friday refused to grant an injunction allowing the singer to work with a different record company to the one she is contracted to, Dr Luke's Sony imprint Kemosabe.

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 contracts with his companies.

The legal dispute is ongoing, but Sebert's lawyer Mark Gregaros requested an injunction to allow his client to work with another label as the lawsuits continue go through the motions, because the litigation has basically put Sebert's entire career on hold. A judge refused that request on Friday, saying doing so would set a dangerous precedent in the music industry with regard to contracts signed under New York State law.

The decision catapulted a long-running story into the wider public consciousness, and a string of other artists have now joined fans in backing Sebert in her bid to work for a label other than Kemosabe and Sony. Last night, at the BRITs, Adele - whose records are distributed by Sony in the US - became the latest big name star to speak up in support of her fellow singer.

Writing on Facebook yesterday, Sebert said: "I'm so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I've received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I've gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can't believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful".

Commenting on the specifics of the case, she went on: "All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract - it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser".

But, she added, "at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me. I think about young girls today - I don't want my future daughter - or your daughter - or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power. Unfortunately I don't think that my case is giving people who have
been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that's a problem".

Concluding, she wrote: "I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don't be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me".

Gottwald, of course, continues to deny all the allegations made against him, while his lawyers point to a deposition made by the singer in another case in 2011 in which she said she had never had sexual relations with the producer. His lawyers also argue that their client and Sony Music have offered to allow Sebert to record with another producer and label within the Sony group, while accusing Gregaros of engineering a publicity storm around the case in a bid to force Gottwald's hand on the basis of PR rather than the law.

For his part, Gregaros counters that Sony's offer for Sebert to work with another producer is "illusory", claiming that the major would not properly promote any record made that way. Sony Music's deals with Gottwald's companies also mean it would be hard to stop him profiting from any release of new material by Sebert. The same deals also mean it is actually hard for Sony to unilaterally cut the singer free from her Kemosabe contract without Gottwald's agreement.

Using Twitter as his platform, Gottwald wrote earlier this week: "I understand why people without all the information are speaking out. 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".

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Another song theft claim made against Uptown Funk
The Sequence, a hip hop trio signed to Sugarhill Records in the late 1970s and early 1980s, are reportedly threatening to sue Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars over the allegation the duo lifted elements of the group's 1979 standout single 'Funk You Up' for their 2014 hit 'Uptown Funk'.

Following the Ronson/Mars track's Record Of The Year win at the Grammys earlier this month, a rep for The Sequence, Kali Bowyer, has reportedly claimed that the hook to both songs is the same, and that there are other similarities too. Spin notes that The Sequence's track has the lyrics "Funk you, Right on up, We're gonna funk you right on up", while Mars warbles in 'Uptown Funk': "Up, Town, Funk you up, Uptown funk you up".

TMZ, which spoke to Bowyer, says no legal action has been filed as yet over the song theft allegations, though litigation is being considered. Members of The Sequence, including Angie Stone, co-wrote 'Funk You Up', so would presumably claim infringement of the song (rather than recording) rights if they felt there was a case worth pursuing against Ronson, Mars and their business partners.

As previously reported, writers of The Gap Band's 1979 hit 'Oops Upside Your Head' have already been added as extra songwriters on 'Uptown Funk' after it was agreed the former had been rather influential on the latter.

Dice launches Girls Music Day
Ticketing app Dice has announced more details about an event it is staging next month called Girls Music Day, which aims to convince more young women to take up roles in the music industry, both on stage and behind the scenes.

The event will be split into two halves, with a live music session hosted by a variety of female artists in the morning, followed by talks from representatives of companies such as Rough Trade, Transgressive Records, Because Music and Caroline International in the afternoon.

Says Dice's Jen Long: "Every year you see the same story - there aren't enough female headliners at festivals, DJ Top 100s are 100% male, female artists being patronised and objectified. If we want to change this, a blame game isn't the answer. Instead it's about getting the great women who currently work in this industry to join forces and inspire the next generation of headliners, label managers, producers, and everything in between".

Taking place at the Sonos Studio in Shoreditch on 12 Mar, Girls Music Day is open to girls and women ages fourteen to 24, with tickets given out by ballot. Put your name down to attend here.

  Approved: White Lung
White Lung have long stood out as a band of above average talents, something signing to Domino for the release of 2014 album 'Deep Fantasy' helped to bring to wider attention. And that attention should hopefully widen further with the release of their fourth album, 'Paradise', on 6 May.

The first single from the new LP, released this week, 'Hungry', definitely sets them up for bigger things. Although recognisably White Lung, it's a step forward for their sound and songwriting, and an ear-grabbing start to the band's year.

"There's this really stupid attitude that only punks have where it's somehow uncool to become a better songwriter", frontwoman Mish Barber-Way told Annie Clark in a recent interview. "In no other musical genre are your fans going to drop you when you start progressing".

"That would be like parents being disappointed in their child for graduating from kindergarten to the first grade" she went on. "'Paradise' is the best songwriting we have ever done, and I expect the next record to be the same. I have no interest in staying in kindergarten".

Watch the video for 'Hungry' here.

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The Farm's Peter Hooton to lead Liverpool's Beatles Legacy Group
There's quite a lot of Beatles-related stuff in Liverpool already. But is it enough? That's the question The Farm's Peter Hooton has been tasked with answering as the new head of The Beatles Legacy Group.

The city's council has set up the group following the publication of a recent report which showed that the band's legacy generates £81.9 million for the local economy per year and provides 2335 people with jobs. Sounds pretty good, but the council reckons there's more Beatles cash to be wrung out of that there legacy.

"I'm delighted that I've been asked by the Mayor to chair the Beatles Legacy Group", said Hooton. "I've always been passionate and proud of Liverpool's musical heritage, especially our most famous sons The Beatles. I hope the Beatles Legacy Group can come up with strategies and ideas to enhance the already superb attractions the city has to offer, in order to attract even more visitors in the future to our 'city of music'".

Of his immediate plans, he added: "The report highlighted the need to work with and engage with young people, so I look forward to exploring all options around this with the group".

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson commented: "Setting up a Legacy Group was one of the main recommendations of the report and from the outset. I wanted an artist to be the Chair and Peter was my first choice. He understands the industry, and the value of the Beatles to Liverpool, and will always look at the bigger picture in terms of making decisions that are best for the city and the city's reputation".

The first official meeting of the Beatles Legacy Group is due to take place next month.

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New album was "a struggle", says Deftones guitarist
Although the latest Deftones album now has a release date set in stone, this was not always the case. I mean, that's obvious, I know. But what I'm saying is that the album was previously delayed for reasons that weren't entirely clear at the time. Now it turns out that, at least in part, that was down to guitarist Steph Carpenter not being massively keen on the record.

Asked what he was most proud about on the new album by Ultimate Guitar, Carpenter said: "Oh god. I think my proudest thing about my guitar playing on this record is just playing on the record, because I didn't want to play on the record to begin with. It wasn't until way later once I actually got into it. I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get into".

That's the way to promote your new record, kids. He added that he was particularly into metal at the moment, while the rest of the band were perhaps looking to other influences. "My band is going one direction and I am going another one currently. When we were coming up with ideas and writing the songs, the stuff that was being written, you know, the other guys' ideas, I wasn't too interested in it. It wasn't the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. It wasn't what I was expecting or wanting".

He's not about to leave the band though, don't worry. Well, not intentionally. "I would never leave the band that I started but the band started leaving me, I can't control that", he said, slightly ominously. "I mean, I have a great time for the most part. This record has been a struggle and we have got issues, [but] I do not want to leave home. How things will be in the future, I do not know. I know what I will do and what I will not do and there are some things that I will not do in the future because I just don't agree with it".

Read the full interview here, and remind yourself of how great new single 'Prayers/Triangles' is here.

Richard Ashcroft discusses new album
Richie Ashcroft has got one of those solo album things to share, his fourth, and the first since 2006. Titled 'These People', it'll be released by his own Righteous Phonographic Association in partnership with Cooking Vinyl on 10 May.

The album is produced by longtime collaborator Chris Potter, and reunites the Verve man with string arranger Wil Malone, with whom Ashcroft has worked several times before, most recently on his 2000 debut solo album 'Alone With Everybody'.

Of the new album, Ashcroft says: "Some personal and world events take a darker turn, leading to a sense of urgency and clearing of the mind. My lane in the chaos becomes clearer. To be a modern day troubadour, to play a set of songs in front of 30,000 Mexicans all singing back with six strings and one voice - this influences the final stages of the new album".

And as if that wasn't clear enough, he adds: "To do nothing would be a crime - this sick nihilistic age of war. The line has been drawn - who are these people?"

You may or may not get more chat like this from Ashcroft at the two live shows he's playing in support of the album at the Albert Hall in Manchester on 14 May and The Roundhouse in London on 16 May.

Here's the album's first single, 'This Is How It Feels'.

Southbank Centre, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Singtel, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• London's Southbank Centre has appointed Bengi Ünsal to the role of Senior Contemporary Music Programmer. She previously ran the venue at the Istanbul Foundation For Culture And Arts.

• Amazon will live stream a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis show taking place in Seattle tomorrow night. And you don't need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to watch it. Which is a fucker. I accidentally signed up last month while trying to sneak some free delivery on an ink pad.

• Singapore-based tel co Singtel has allied with rival streaming platforms Spotify, KKBOX and AMPed for its Singtel Music service. Customers can sign up to any one of those services at a slight discount, plus streams will not come out of a user's mobile data allocation.

• Frankie Cosmos has released a new video for 'Is It Possible/Sleep Song'. Her new album 'Next Thing' is out on 1 Apr.

• Hey! Lovespeake have released their second single, 'Tightrope'. Have yourself a listen here.

• Make music? Unsigned? British or Irish? Want to perform at the Isle Of Wight Festival? Over 18? Got an internet connection? Available to play at a final in London on 29 Mar? Capable of clicking on a link? Sorted.

Dermot O'Leary to return and rescue X-Factor, reckons The Sun
With everyone abandoning the sinking ship that is 'The X-Factor', ITV and Syco need a strong swimmer on board, and who swims stronger than one time captain Dermot O'Leary? Lots of people probably. But, says The Sun, it's O'Leary that 'X' bosses reckon could return the telly talent tosh fest to its former glory.

Of course, O'Leary only recently insisted he'd never go back to the ITV franchise, while telling the Radio Times that the show probably needed to take a year off. But The Sun reckons that 'X' boss Simon Cowell wants him back now, and has told the presenter to "name his price", with the hope the host may be lured back to a three series deal.

The tabloid quotes one of those insiders as saying: "Dermot will come back to 'The X-Factor'. Talks are under way on his deal but everything is positive. Everyone, including Dermot and Simon, has the will to make it work".

And the will to backtrack on past remarks on O'Leary's part, presumably. As long as they pay him enough to buy the biggest water wings in history, all will be fine.

 
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