TUESDAY 12 APRIL 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Universal Music owner Vivendi has taken a 15% stake in French entertainment retailer Fnac which, I can confirm, because I was in Paris recently and checked, is still a going concern. Who'd have thought it possible? Vivendi, of course, is on something of an acquisition spree at the moment. Having sold most of its assets in the gaming and telecom sectors in... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Originally formed in 1998, over the course of five albums Dälek carved out a sound entirely their own. Dark, claustrophobic hip hop, built on layers of drones and distortion. Following 2009's 'Gutter Tactics' the group ground to a halt, but last year was revived by MC Dälek and new album 'Asphalt For Eden' is now due for release on 22 Apr. Although now missing... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Universal owner buys into French retailer Fnac
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LEGAL Rick Ross's LMFAO lyric theft case thrown out over bad paperwork
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DEALS DJ Khaled's We The Best joins Epic
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Imagem launches joint venture with Blue Flowers
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LIVE BUSINESS Dance Tunnel to close
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MEDIA Katy B gets Rinse FM show
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RELEASES Cate Le Bon releases short film to accompany new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS The Enemy to split after farewell tour
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ONE LINERS Universal, AIM, [PIAS], more
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AND FINALLY... Gene Simmons and Ice Cube continue to argue over the definition of rock n roll
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CHERRY RED RECORDS - ADMINISTRATION & ROYALTIES ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Cherry Red Records, one of the UK's leading independent labels is looking for a full-time administration and royalty assistant to join its team based in West London.

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The Columbo Group is hiring a Live Bookings Manager for a new live music venue.

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Hideout started in 2011 and was created by Sound Channel and The Warehouse Project. The festival has grown massively over the last five years and sells out well in advance. The Marketing Executive assists in running the Hideout marketing campaign.

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DOMINO RECORDS - JUNIOR PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Bolstering the UK marketing team, Domino seeks an energetic, musically savvy individual to join our existing project management and marketing team as Junior Product Manager based in our London office.

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Defected Records, the word’s leading house music brand, is looking for Label Manager.

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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.
 
14 Apr 2016 CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: Playlists 2
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Universal owner buys into French retailer Fnac
Universal Music owner Vivendi has taken a 15% stake in French entertainment retailer Fnac which, I can confirm, because I was in Paris recently and checked, is still a going concern. Who'd have thought it possible?

Vivendi, of course, is on something of an acquisition spree at the moment. Having sold most of its assets in the gaming and telecom sectors in recent years, it's now using the pile of cash that generated to buy into, well, mainly gaming and telecoms companies.

However, it has also been buying into other entertainment-based businesses too, some obvious allies to Universal Music like See Tickets, others more interesting bedfellows, like Dailymotion and Radionomy, both accused by others in the record industry of unfairly exploiting music rights in one way or another.

Fnac is a less controversial sister company for Universal of course. Though Vivendi saying that its investment in the retail firm will also result in new live event partnerships, which suggests Universal and Fnac working more closely together, might possibly put a strain of the retailer's relationships with other labels.

With stores in nine countries, Fnac successfully saw off a number of its competitors in various markets as specialist entertainment retailers really felt the crunch a few years back. Though entertainment retail remains a challenging sector, and an alliance with Vivendi's other entertainment businesses could help it maintain its edge.

Rick Ross's LMFAO lyric theft case thrown out over bad paperwork
Rick Ross's lawsuit against LMFAO over the similarity between the lines "everyday I'm shuffling" and "everyday I'm hustling" has been dismissed, though mainly because of one of those always fun legal technicalities.

As previously reported, Ross sued LMFAO over their 2010 hit 'Party Rock Anthem' which contains the 'shuffling' line that is rather similar to the 'hustling' lyric in his 2006 track 'Hustlin'. It had the makings of one of those classic copyright cases where a judge has to decide whether or not borrowing two thirds of a three word lyric is sufficient to constitute copyright infringement.

Last year the judge threw out one element of the legal battle relating to LMFAO's use of their 'shuffling' lyric on merchandise, ruling that - even if there was a case for song theft over the half-borrowed lyric within 'Party Rock Anthem' as a song - the three word phrase in isolation couldn't be infringement.

The rest of the case, however, has been thrown out because of bad paperwork on the part of Ross's team. Unlike most other countries, copyrights are actually registered in the US, and it turned out there were problems with the registration of 'Hustlin'. The problem not being a lack of registration, but the fact the song had been registered three times by different people.

Given that some of those registrations were by big music publishers, the judge argued, someone involved in the song should have spotted that problem long ago and fixed it. Or, at the very least, Ross's legal team should have sorted out the registration issues before going legal over the LMFAO lyric.

With all that in mind, the judge overseeing the case wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter: "Although plaintiffs have failed to carry their burden of showing proper registration and compliance with the Copyright Act's statutory formalities, registration does not confer copyright, nor can an erroneous registration take it away".

But, she added, "the failure to properly register a work will preclude an infringement action predicated on that work. And, while the court's ruling here does not cancel the registrations, it does bar plaintiffs from bringing an infringement action because no valid registration exists".

Concluding, the judge ruled: "Because plaintiffs do not hold a valid copyright registration and because plaintiffs have not established either legal or beneficial ownership of the exclusive right to prepare derivative works for 'Hustlin', plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment is DENIED and this case is DISMISSED".

So the lesson here, I think, is that whether you're shuffling or hustling, if you're going to sue for copyright infringement in the US, sort out the registration forms first.

DJ Khaled's We The Best joins Epic
DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group company has signed an exclusive deal with Sony's Epic Records in the US. The producer's business, founded in 2006, has previously been aligned with Universal's Def Jam and Cash Money.

"Khaled is a supremely gifted artist and social media guru whose music has defined hip hop and R&B for the past decade", said Epic boss LA Reid of the deal, according to Billboard. "With an extremely loyal fan base radiating worldwide out of Miami, every new release by Khaled has now become a firestorm event and his devoted legion of fans only grows bigger by the day. With Khaled's passion and creative savvy, together with our dedicated and versatile staff, we are poised to reach even greater heights together than ever before".

Khaled added: "We The Best Music and Epic. Those two brands are synonymous with quality music. Iconic music. LA Reid was the first executive to give We The Best Music an opportunity to distribute my music on a grand scale [while at Def Jam]. It is a very satisfying feeling to realign myself with someone who shares my vision of bringing fans the best music possible".

The first release under the deal with be DJ Khaled's new album 'Major Key'.

Imagem launches joint venture with Blue Flowers
Independent publisher Imagem Music has announced a new joint venture with West London club night Blue Flowers. This follows a recent label deal for the live music night with Island Records.

"I've known Chris [Pearson, Blue Flowers founder] for many years having worked together directly quite some time ago, and have always thought that there would be a next chapter", says Imagem MD Kim Frankiewicz. "Blue Flowers has proven itself to be on the needle when it comes to being ahead of the curve so am delighted that he has found a partner in Imagem".

Pearson adds: "I first met Kim way back at the start of my music career when I was an A&R at Universal Publishing - from the start of our working relationship I always really appreciated the belief she had in Blue Flowers. I've been a huge admirer of everything Kim's doing at Imagem, so I didn't think twice when presented with this opportunity. I'm very excited to get going and build a successful partnership".

Through the deal, Imagem will provide publishing administration and creative services to Blue Flowers globally.

Dance Tunnel to close
Dalston nightclub Dance Tunnel has announced that it is closing permanently in August, due to "the licensing climate in Hackney".

"We regret to announce that Dance Tunnel is to close its doors in August", said the venue in a statement. "Sadly the licensing climate in Hackney has made it impossible for us to get the hours we need to make Dance Tunnel sustainable in the long term".

This latest London venue closure follows the recent launch of mayor Boris Johnson's Night Time Commission. Its first job is to run a six month investigation into how London's night time economy can be better protected. Hurry the fuck up is a conclusion I can give you right now.

Meanwhile, here's the customary petition to save the Tunnel.

Katy B gets Rinse FM show
After a long association with Rinse FM, Katy B is finally getting her own show on the station. She will take over Fridays 4-7pm from this week.

"So excited to have my very own radio show on my favourite radio station Rinse FM, getting you ready for the weekend every Friday 4-7pm", says the singer. "I've been working really hard to get the best guests and live performances to make it a show you don't want to miss!"

The new job comes as she prepares to release her new album, 'Honey', through Rinse's Virgin EMI imprint on 29 Apr.

  Approved: Dälek
Originally formed in 1998, over the course of five albums Dälek carved out a sound entirely their own. Dark, claustrophobic hip hop, built on layers of drones and distortion. Following 2009's 'Gutter Tactics' the group ground to a halt, but last year was revived by MC Dälek and new album 'Asphalt For Eden' is now due for release on 22 Apr.

Although now missing co-producer Oktopus (who has recently been found working with Orka), the sound of the new material is still recognisably and welcomely Dälek. Released last month, the album's first single 'Guaranteed Struggle' is bathed in drones, which individually would be oppressive but together are woven into something almost ambient.

Newly released is 'Control', which follows a similar track. It's angry but tempered, giving it a late night feel - anger that's building to something rather than already out on the street shouting.

Listen to 'Control here.

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Cate Le Bon releases short film to accompany new album
Cate Le Bon has released a short film to promote her new album 'Crab Day'. Directed by Phil Collins (not that one), the twelve minute film takes inspiration and elements from the album to create accompanying visuals. As you might expect, I guess.

"My desire was not to work with any artist on visuals for 'Crab Day', but to work with Phil", says Le Bon. "He creates a landscape that is anarchic and wide-open through careful consideration and exploration. There is no map. It is an empowering isolation that fills me up when I see his work. It's beautiful, strange and inescapably human".

She continues: "To have him take 'Crab Day' and reimagine it as a visual piece is an absolute honour. No stone was left unturned and the friendship that we have fostered over the years was the anchor of the collaboration. He has made a coat that we can both wear".

'Crab Day' (the album) is out this Friday. Watch 'Crab Day' (the film) here.

You can also watch Cate Le Bon live next month. Look, dates:

21 May: Bristol, The Lantern
22 May: Birmingham, Glee Club
23 May: Manchester, Gorilla
24 May: Glasgow, Stereo
25 May: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26 May: London, Oval Space
27 May: Brighton, Patterns

The Enemy to split after farewell tour
The Enemy have announced that they are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their formation by splitting up. Fair enough. But not before one final tour, obviously.

"As we stand on stage for the last few times on this tour, I'll be cherishing the last fleeting moments of a decade that has shaped who we all are, bands and fans alike", says frontman Tom Clarke. "We all know what we'll be sharing. Come, bring your hearts, bring your lungs and leave with our songs, take them onto the streets and into your lives and keep them alive for us forever".

On the key reason for the band's split, he adds: "A lot happens in ten years. Radio changes, there is without doubt less room for bands on the airwaves these days and whereas once acts used to be able to get their big break on a sixth record, in this climate radio and the media is bored of them by their third, save a very select few. Our last record was to my mind the most complete and indeed the best we made, but radio and the media couldn't find a place for it despite unwaveringly strong ticket sales from a passionately devoted audience".

"Sadly funding and releasing records just isn't possible without support and exposure from radio", he continued. "This frustrates and saddens me in equal measure. While this is the main reason it has to be said it's not the only one. Health issues for myself and one of us becoming a proud father are amongst some of the others".

The dates are as follows:

15 Sep: Manchester, Ritz
16 Sep: London, The Forum
17 Sep: Coventry, The Empire
24 Sep: Newcastle, Academy
25 Sep: Leeds, Academy
26 Sep: Glasgow, ABC

Universal, AIM, [PIAS], more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Universal Music Group has hired its first ever Chief Technology Officer, because having Digital in your job title is so very 2009. Gracenote's Chief Strategy Officer Ty Roberts, who has also worked at Pixar and Apple in the past, is the guy taking the initials CTO over there at the mega major.

• The Association Of Independent Music has announced that long-time staffer Lara Baker has been promoted to the role of Marketing & Events Director. She will contribute to the organisation's "strategic direction" in addition to continuing to oversee the indie label trade group's events programme.

• Fans of AIM promotions news are in for a double treat today, because the organisation's Matt Parnell has also been promoted to the role of Legal & Business Affairs Manager, reporting into the group's Head Of Legal And Commercial Affairs Charlie Phillips.

• [PIAS] UK has a new MD in the form of Jason Rackham, formerly MD of [PIAS] Cooperative. In his new gig Rackham will oversee the indie music firm's three core UK divisions: label services, Cooperative and the Play It Again Sam label. And if my laptop auto-corrects Rackham to Packham one more time, I'll throw it out the window.

• Fans of [PIAS] UK promotions news are in for a double treat today, because Craig Penney has also been promoted to the role of Head Of [PIAS] Cooperative. Which is particularly good news because my laptop's auto-correct makes no attempt to change the spelling of Penney's name at all. Well done Craig.

• Fans of [PIAS] UK promotions news are in for a triple treat today because Geoff Muncey has just become GM of [PIAS] UK. In case you wondered, auto-correct thinks Muncey is a typo, but makes no attempt to fix it. And I can live with that.

• Invitation-only live industry event the International Festival Forum will take place again in London on 28-29 Sep. Full details here.

• MIA has released that video promoting clothes recycling we mentioned a while back. Watch it here, and then recycle all of your clothes. Maybe keep one t-shirt just in case.

• Will.i.am is back making music. Ah well. Here's his new single, 'Boys & Girls', featuring Pia Mia.

• High Contrast has signed to 3Beat and released new single 'Remind Me', which you can hear here. He's also confirmed that he will release a new album later this year.

• Mura Masa has released the video for new single 'What If I Go?' What if you go and watch it now?

• Lola Colt will release new album 'Twist Through The Fire' on 1 Jul. You can watch a teaser video here.

• A full-length live DVD of MJ Hibbett's musical 'Hey Hey 16k' is out now. Purchase it here.

• Motern Media founder Matt Farley, best known for releasing more than 18,000 songs on Spotify, is changing strategy for his next release. New solo album 'Motern Heartburn' will be released on vinyl only. More details here.

• DJ Shadow will play Electric Brixton on 27 Jul, it has been announced. As already mentioned, his new album, 'The Mountain Will Fall', will be out a month earlier on 24 Jun.

• Rotting Christ and Inquisition will be heading out on a co-headlining tour of Europe later this year. Catch them in London on 7 Nov at Islington Assembly Hall, Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on 8 Jun and Sound Control in Manchester on 9 Nov.

• Ash Koona will play his debut UK headline show at the ICA in London on 4 Jun. Details here.

Gene Simmons and Ice Cube continue to argue over the definition of rock n roll
And so this story rumbles on. Ice Cube and Gene Simmons continue to argue over what constitutes 'rock n roll', after NWA were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame at the weekend.

As previously reported, MC Ren and Ice Cube both addressed Simmons' dislike of rap and hip hop in their acceptance speech, the Kiss bassist having predicted its death within the next decade in a recent interview. Simmons responded by tweeting "let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame".

Which seems like a fundamental misunderstanding of several things. Not least the fact that Jimi Hendrix died before hip hop was invented, and NWA have a very clear through line to rock n roll. (Dear Kiss fans: This is the joke yesterday's headline was making. Please don't all write in again and explain at length that Gene Simmons knows who Jimi Hendrix is).

This point was made pretty clearly by Ice Cube in his acceptance speech at the Hall Of Fame. "Rock n roll is not an instrument, rock n roll is not even a style of music. Rock n roll is a spirit. It's a spirit. It's been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock n roll, heavy metal, punk rock and yes, hip hop".

In a more blunt tweet in response to Simmons's Jimi Hendrix quote, Ice Cube then wrote: "Who stole the soul? Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Chubby Checker helped invent rock n roll. We invent it. Y'all reprint it".

He then pointed Simmons to the relevant part of his acceptance speech. To which Simmons replied: "Cube - I stand by my words. Respect NWA, but when Led Zep gets into [the] Rap Hall Of Fame, I will agree with your point".

So only when Led Zeppelin are recognised as a group of rappers, will Gene Simmons accept that 'rock n roll' is a difficult to define spirit of rebellion that runs throughout popular musical history? That doesn't seem very fair. How about we all just agree that the labels we place on things are irrelevant and arguing about what fits where is a waste of effort?

 
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