WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sony Music is suing Belgium-based DIY radio platform Radionomy, which is fun, because - as you may remember - Universal Music owner Vivendi took a majority stake in the Radionomy company late last year. The dispute is over the firm's core product, which allows users to make their own online radio stations by tapping music in the digital company's music libraries... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Monika Brodka may be a relatively new act to most people in the UK, but in Poland she's a household name, having released three successful albums. More recently, word of her talents has spread further afield, prompting her to record her first entirely English language album, 'Clashes', which will be released through Play It Again Sam on 13 May... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Sony Music sues DIY radio platform owned by Universal Music's parent company
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LIVE BUSINESS ATP promises Pontins festivals will go ahead, venue says it has "had no funds"
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MARKETING & PR Sammy Andrews joins Entertainment Intelligence
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES SFX to sell Beatport
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MEDIA BBC Trust should be abolished, says government review
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ARTIST NEWS Izzy Stradlin not rejoining Guns N Roses
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RELEASES M83 announces album that you're not going to listen to
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Rolling Stones to play Havana
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ONE LINERS Columbia, Capitol, Tidal, more
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AND FINALLY... Foo Fighters splitting tomorrow. Or something else. Whatever.
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Sony Music sues DIY radio platform owned by Universal Music's parent company
Sony Music is suing Belgium-based DIY radio platform Radionomy, which is fun, because - as you may remember - Universal Music owner Vivendi took a majority stake in the Radionomy company late last year.

The dispute is over the firm's core product, which allows users to make their own online radio stations by tapping music in the digital company's music libraries or uploading tracks from their own PC. Users are then encouraged to find an audience for their 'stations' - of which there are currently over 30,000 - because stations with no audience are turned off, while there are kickbacks for those who make the most listened to playlists.

But, says Sony, none of this is properly licensed. Or at least, not anymore. It seems Radionomy did once have a relationship with US-based collecting society SoundExchange, which administers the compulsory licence that covers services of this kind in America. Meanwhile, on the publishing side, Radionomy has, in the past at least, said that it is licensed by Belgian collecting society SABAM.

It's claimed that when Sony approached Radionomy with its copyright concerns last year, the digital firm admitted that it hadn't paid any royalties to SoundExchange since 2014. Despite it allegedly still claiming to be paying statutory royalties through the US collective licensing system on its website.

Meanwhile, alleges the major, the company "refused" to remove music from its platform when requested to do so by the record labels, which would mean that Radionomy couldn't even plead safe harbours, unlike Dailymotion, another now Vivendi-controlled European content platform that rankles some music rights owners.

Acquisitive Vivendi took a majority stake in Radionomy - which also owns the Shoutcast streaming system, ad-network TargetSpot and the Winamp player - last December, saying that the purchase would "expand its presence in the value chain that flows from talent discovery to content production and distribution".

The entertainment conglom then added that "collaboration between the digital audio platform and the Vivendi businesses will be established and a number of innovative offers will be developed".

Radionomy, which announced a new mobile app yesterday, is yet to comment on the Sony litigation, which has been filed in the Californian courts.

ATP promises Pontins festivals will go ahead, venue says it has "had no funds"
ATP organisers yesterday issued a statement assuring ticketholders that next month's Stewart Lee and Drive Like Jehu-curated festivals would go ahead as planned. Though at the same time, the operator of the events' venue - Pontins - was saying that missed payments from the ATP company meant that there was not so such certainty.

As previously reported, questions were raised about the two festivals after Pontins began selling tickets to its Prestatyn holiday park to the general public on the dates of the festivals. When asked about this, Pontins said that the events had been cancelled by ATP. The promoter in turn said that this had been a "miscommunication" and was being resolved.

In a new statement yesterday, Pontins said: "From today we can state that we have had no funds from ATP and therefore cannot confirm that the event is going ahead".

Then yesterday evening, ATP said on Facebook: "For clarity, and to reassure customers who have purchased tickets or travel for the upcoming festivals, these events will go ahead as scheduled at Pontins Prestatyn on 15-17 Apr and 22-24 Apr. We would like to apologise for our silence today, and for not getting back to all of your questions individually. We have been working with Pontins management to release a full statement confirming this within the next 24 hours".

Meanwhile, speaking to The Quietus yesterday, Stewart Lee said that he knew no more about the situation than anyone else, despite being a curator of one of the affected festivals.

The comedian said that he had been "keen" to take on the curation role, because he had enjoyed ATP festivals he'd been to in the past as a punter. However, he added: "Since 'Jerry Springer: The Opera', I've made a rule of never getting involved in anything that's bigger than [just] me [on my own]. Because you can't keep track of everything. And this is the first thing I've done in fifteen years that [is] like that. And this is exactly why I don't normally do it, because there's stuff happening and you can't immediately find out what it is".

He added: "At the moment, of course, it's terrifying for people. It's not great for me either, to be honest. You know, I've got a babysitter, I've made plans, so in that respect I'm in the same boat as everyone else. I didn't sleep last night, I thought I was gonna have a stroke or something. I suppose the way these things work is that ATP hoped that whatever good reputation I might have would become attached to the event... but the other side of that is that when things go bad, that becomes attached to me! The one time I do something like this, it would just be typical if it goes wrong. But I hope it goes ahead. I'd like to see that line-up happen".

Elsewhere, Buzzfeed is reporting that ATP's parent company Willwal Ltd took out a short term loan in January from a company that specialises in helping small companies with cashflow problems. It is not clear if that is directly related to the current situation.

Sammy Andrews joins Entertainment Intelligence
Former Head Of Digital at Cooking Vinyl, Sammy Andrews, has been announced as a new Director of data firm Entertainment Intelligence. The company has developed a new platform, currently at the beta stage, for navigating the immense amount of data produced by artist activity these days.

"It is no secret that I've spent a lot of time over the years speaking publicly about the incredible wealth of data we are generating as an industry", says Andrews. "And how ludicrous it is that so many organisations and sectors within the business still don't understand it, don't have the facilities or resources to process it, or the ability to use it to make informed decisions to drive revenue and efficiency. Entertainment Intelligence offers all sectors of the industry an answer to these problems".

Existing EI director Erik Gilbert will also join the company full time in an executive capacity, having stepped down from the board of Essential Music & Marketing.

Confirming all this, EI founder Greg Delaney commented: "We are delighted to welcome Sammy to EI and benefit from Erik's wisdom full-time. Their collective knowledge and understanding of the needs of the music business is unparalleled".

SFX to sell Beatport
Anyone want a streaming service? Just think, play your cards right, and you could get yourself one of those multi-million dollar mechanical rights lawsuits that are so fashionable at the moment. And here's your chance, because SFX is selling off digital music platform Beatport, with marketing company FameHouse also being considered for the chop.

This news comes, of course, as the former dance music powerhouse struggles through bankruptcy. According to Billboard, a new court filing states that SFX has already spoken to 24 possible bidders for the Beatport website, download store and streaming service, which the company paid $50 million for in 2013. Bids are due by 28 Apr, with the final sale going to auction on 3 May. The sale will be put forward for court approval on 5 May.

FameHouse, meanwhile, was also purchased in 2013, and was then absorbed into SFX's FX-1 marketing platform. This week's court filing reportedly says that the firm's backers no longer consider FameHouse "core" to SFX's activities, hence the decision to sell it off to raise a bit more cash. Potential buyers are now being sought. What this means for SFX's other marketing agency assets isn't clear.

By the way, we can't guarantee buying Beatport will get you a trendy mechanical rights lawsuit. Those 24 suitors need to do some due diligence to check that Beatport has been as slap dash as everyone else in sorting out the US mechanical rights in the songs it streams.

BBC Trust should be abolished, says government review
The BBC Trust should be abolished and regulation of the Corporation handed over entirely to media regulator OfCom. Not my words, ladies and gentlemen, but the words of David Clementi, who has just reviewed the role of the Trust for the UK government as part of its ongoing review of the BBC's operations and funding.

Clementi reckons that the BBC Trust in its current form is "flawed" and should be replaced by a "unitary board" of mainly non-executive directors. Which is a little like the old BBC Board Of Governors that the BBC Trust replaced, though this new board wouldn't have the full-on regulatory role of its predecessors, instead being tasked with ensuring that the Corporation meets its specific obligations under the Royal Charter than enables its licence fee funding, while also acting on behalf of licence fee payers.

OfCom, which regulates the wider broadcasting sector, and already has some regulatory powers over the BBC, would then take on the rest of the regulatory responsibilities that currently sit with the Trust. Says Clementi: "Regulatory oversight should pass wholly to OfCom, which is already the public service regulator for the UK's broadcasting industry and has the ability to look at the BBC in the context of the market as a whole. Ofcom would be a strong regulator to match a strong BBC".

Despite it basically calling for her organisation's abolition, BBC Trust Chair Rona Fairhead nevertheless backed much of what Clementi recommended, saying: "David Clementi proposes a strong BBC board and a strong external regulator - a change we have argued for. It will be important to get the details right, and we now want to work with the government to ensure roles are clear, the structure is effective and the BBC's independence protected".

  Approved: Brodka
Monika Brodka may be a relatively new act to most people in the UK, but in Poland she's a household name, having released three successful albums. More recently, word of her talents has spread further afield, prompting her to record her first entirely English language album, 'Clashes', which will be released through Play It Again Sam on 13 May.

As with her last record - 2010's excellent 'Granda' - she's taken careful time developing the sound of her fourth album, as can be heard on its first single, 'Horses'. Recorded with producer Noah Georgeson, the track feels like it's set in grand surroundings. The drums keep a slow pace, as guitar lines and keyboards dance around each other, chasing Brodka's intricate vocal melodies.

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Izzy Stradlin not rejoining Guns N Roses
Former Guns N Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin has confirmed that he will not be involved with the reunion of other members of the band's classic line-up.

As previously reported, it was announced earlier this year that Slash and Duff McKagan will rejoin Axl Rose for a series of reunion shows, including a headline slot at Coachella. It was not clear at the time if any other former members would return.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Stradlin said: "At this point in time, I will not be playing at any of the April 2016 GNR shows. I've also not been in the studio recording or writing with any of the others recently. There is so much speculation, but so very little info, [that] I thought I should reach out".

He also confirmed that a recently set up Twitter account denying his involvement, which had made a similar statement, was being managed by him.

M83 announces album that you're not going to listen to
M83 has announced that his seventh album, 'Junk', will be released through Naïve on 8 Apr.

Describing the inspiration behind the new record, main man Anthony Gonzalez says: "I want to show different sides of me on this album. I want to come back with something more intimate, yet somehow with... less me!"

On the title he adds, in more depth: "Anything we create today is going to end up being space junk at one point anyway, and I find it really fascinating and scary at the same time - beautiful too in a way. I have this image of pieces of humanity floating in space, lost forever".

"It also means that nowadays everything goes so fast and everybody is kind of throwing away art in a certain manner", he continues. "People will listen to an album for instance and just pick a track they like to put on a playlist. They're not going to take the time to listen to an album anymore because they have to jump on the next thing".

Well, in that case, let's all save ourselves a lot of time and just listen to first single 'Do It, Try It', and then move on.

Rolling Stones to play Havana
The Rolling Stones have announced that they will play a free show in Havana, Cuba later this month. It will be the first ever open-air concert in the country by a British band, no less, and the band's first show in the Caribbean in their 50 year career.

In a statement, the band said: "We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too".

The event has been organised in partnership with cultural organisation Fundashon Bon Intenshon and the Institute of Cuban Music, plus promoters Musica Punto Zero and AEG's Concerts West.

The show will take place on 25 Mar at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be filmed, just in case you can't make it.

Columbia, Caroline, Tidal, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Sony Music's Columbia US label has promoted both Imran Majid and Justin Eshak to the role of SVP of A&R. Previously they were mere VPs of A&R. And in A&R, it's all about the 's'. No one involved was "thrilled".

• Dave Lombardi is leaving Universal's Capitol Music Group in the US, where he is currently VP Of Promotion at label services business Caroline. He's been with Capitol since 2004, when it was an EMI division, of course. Caroline was unavailable for comment. As usual. Who is Caroline?

• Tidal has sacked both its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Office, so finances and operations aren't currently being chiefly officered by anyone at the streaming service. Or perhaps they are, the firm says Chris Hart and Nils Juell have exited as it moves more of its team to New York from Oslo. The techies will remain in the Norwegian capital, though.

• Ginger Baker has cancelled all upcoming tour dates after being diagnosed with "serious heart problems".

• Yumi Zouma's Sam Perry will release a solo album under the name Zen Mantra on 15 Apr. Listen to 'Second Skin' here.

• Jorja Smith has released a video for her brilliant debut single, 'Blue Lights'.

• PJ Harvey will play the Eden Project's Eden Sessions on 27 Jun.

Foo Fighters splitting tomorrow. Or something else. Whatever.
The Foo Fighters are splitting. Up. Splitting up. That's what they're doing. Splitting up forever and ever. Or something else. Who knows? But it'll be fun finding out. Or at least we'll have a piece of information with which to briefly fill a period of time. And what more can we ask for than that?

Rumours of the band's imminent split began to spread earlier this week when the New York Post began to spread rumours of the band's imminent split. "The band is billing it as a 'break', but it's totally Dave going solo, and Taylor [Hawkins, drums] is pissed about it", said one source. This is "completely untrue" said another.

"Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned", said the band this morning via their social media channels.

Grohl performed a solo cover of The Beatles' 'Blackbird' at the Oscars on Sunday night during the 'In Memoriam' section of the evening. Solo, you hear? Solo. On his own. Though perhaps it was felt that a big rock number wouldn't be appropriate to soundtrack such a sombre point. Stay tuned.

 
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