FRIDAY 15 APRIL 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Ahead of this year's Record Store Day tomorrow, record industry trade group the BPI has released new stats on vinyl sales, showing a 60% rise in UK sales year-on-year for the first quarter of 2016. Vinyl revival! Woooooooooo! A total of 637,056 vinyl albums were registered as sold between January and March this year, according to data from the Official Charts Company... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A Memory Box party is "designed to cover the history of electronic club music, hearing its origins from the legends and luminaries whilst exploring the influences the past has on today's music and how we shape the future". Sounds a little pretentious? Well no, because this is Peckham's CLF Arts Cafe talking, and they've had some big hitters down to attempt this mission... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: This week's beef is essentially a prolonged game of 'yes it is/no it isn't', perpetuated by two men not keen on letting anyone else have the last word. It's basically that old tedious argument, which we're amazingly still having, over what constitutes 'proper' music. In an interview with Rolling Stone last month, Gene Simmons said: "I am looking forward to the death of rap. I'm... [READ MORE]
   
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the key stats from the IFPI's latest Global Music Report and what they mean, Facebook's new Content ID system, the legal battle to prove that 'We Shall Overcome' is in the public domain, and Gene Simmons' attempts to prove that NWA aren't rock n roll. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES UK vinyl sales double year-on-year to similarly small amount
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LEGAL Kendrick Lamar accused of using Bill Withers track without permission
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DEALS Joe Jonas signs new publishing deal with Universal
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Cür Media raises $2 million, needs quite a lot more
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ARTIST NEWS Sacha Baron Cohen removed from Freddie Mercury film for being "an arse", says Brian May
Spacemen 3's Will Carruthers to publish memoir
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RELEASES 65daysofstatic to release videogame soundtrack
Tunng founders form Throws for new album
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ONE LINERS Noise Records, Opeth, Skepta, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #301: Gene Simmons v NWA
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UK vinyl sales double year-on-year to similarly small amount
Ahead of this year's Record Store Day tomorrow, record industry trade group the BPI has released new stats on vinyl sales, showing a 60% rise in UK sales year-on-year for the first quarter of 2016. Vinyl revival! Woooooooooo!

A total of 637,056 vinyl albums were registered as sold between January and March this year, according to data from the Official Charts Company. This has almost doubled vinyl's share of that there album market from 2.1% to 3.9% in the space of a year. That brings the total revenues the medium contributes to almost nothing.

"Vinyl is no longer the preserve of baby-boomers who grew up with the format", says BPI boss Geoff Taylor. "It now also appeals to a new generation of engaged younger fans and millennials. While digital platforms provide fans instant and unlimited access to an ever-expanding cosmos of music, they can't quite match the unique experience vinyl gives you".

And that experience, Taylor explains, includes "browsing for rare gems in your favourite record store, poring over the cover art and sleeve notes and enjoying the ritual of carefully dropping the stylus onto an LP and savouring its analogue sound. Younger fans increasingly discover on digital but collect on vinyl".

The top ten vinyl albums and singles so far this year have also been announced, both of which suggest that "baby-boomers who grew up with the format" do still count for quite a chunk of sales.

David Bowie comes up top in both. His 'Blackstar' album is the best selling LP, while 1975's 'Golden Years' tops the singles chart. In total, Bowie takes three of the top ten albums and four of the singles, as fans bought up his catalogue in the wake of his death in January.

Lists? Lists:

Top ten vinyl albums so far this year

1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
3. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep
4. Adele - 25
5. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
6. David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed: The Very Best Of
7. Various Artists - Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1
8. David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend
10. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Top ten vinyl singles so far this year

1. David Bowie - Golden Years
2. The 1975 - A Change Of Heart
3. David Bowie - Space Oddity
4. Massive Attack feat Azekel - Ritual Spirit
5. Jeff Buckley - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
6. David Bowie - Fame
7. Blossoms - At Most A Kiss
8. New Order - Singularity
9. PJ Harvey - The Wheel
10. David Bowie - Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)

Kendrick Lamar accused of using Bill Withers track without permission
Kendrick Lamar and his record company Top Dawg Music have been sued over allegations that the rapper's 2009 track 'I Do This' sampled the 1975 Bill Withers record 'Don't Want You To Stay' without permission. 'I Do This' originally appeared on the misleadingly named 'Kendrick Lamar EP', which was basically a mixtape release.

According to the lawsuit filed by Mattie Music Group, which claims to control the rights in the Withers track, "the musical composition 'I Do This' consists of nothing more than new, so-called rap or hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of 'Don't Want You To Stay'".

According to Billboard, the litigation then adds: "Plaintiffs are informed and believe that defendant Lamar has openly admitted that his musical composition 'I Do This' copies the music of 'Don't Want You To Stay' with a thumb to the nose, catch me if you can attitude".

The 'Kendrick Lamar EP' is still available online but for free. In the hip hop world, free mixtapes, especially from early career rappers, are often not properly licensed, and generally those who control sampled music don't take action unless the mix is commercialised.

That said, a remix of 'I Do This' also appeared on the 2010 mixtape 'Overly Dedicated', which was properly released, and is still available via download stores, and it may be that commercial release that has motivated this litigation, albeit some years after the fact.

Warner Music, with which Top Dawg has had alliances, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. None of the defendants have, as yet, responded.

Joe Jonas signs new publishing deal with Universal
You might have forgotten that there were actually Jonas brothers other than Nick, but Universal Music Publishing Group hasn't. Oh no, earlier this week it signed up Joe to a worldwide deal covering all the songs he's written for his new band DNCE. And that includes the outfit's ludicrously-named debut single 'Cake By The Ocean', which was released last year.

"It takes a very special artist to achieve worldwide success in one group, and then to achieve that same kind of success again in another one", says UPMG CEO Jody Gerson, slightly prematurely. "Joe Jonas is that rare talent, having scored hits as a singer and songwriter first with the Jonas Brothers and now with DNCE. His creativity, hard work and passion are remarkable and I'm THRILLED to have him join UMPG's roster of great artists and writers".

Jonas himself adds: "I've had the opportunity to work with the team at UMPG from the inception of DNCE and they've been an essential part of breaking the band. This deal with them further solidifies our relationship and allows me to continue to stay true to my vision and what I love most, in addition to where I'm taking DNCE".

If you're in the US and want to know where it might be that Joe Jonas is planning to take DNCE, you will find him literally taking the band on tour supporting Selena Gomez over the summer.

Cür Media raises $2 million, needs quite a lot more
Streaming music newcomer Cür Media yesterday announced the completion of a new $2 million funding round led by Intuitive Venture Partners and Katalyst Securities. That sounds like a significant sum of money for a start-up, though in a streaming music sector where Spotify just raised another billion, not so much.

While Cür is some way off operating at a scale where a money pot of $1 billion is required, the company admits that the two million will only buy the firm a few weeks' grace. According to company filings, Cür is already behind on previously reported commitments to pay $8 million in advances to the majors to secure access to their catalogues.

$500,000 of this new money is being paid over to placate the rights owners in the short term, with plans to pay the balance in June. Given that much of the rest of the $2 million is needed for development and running costs at the streaming firm, that probably means Cür needs to find backers who will stump up another $7.5 million pretty damn quickly.

Which possibly sounds like a bit of tall order, given the challenges of getting a streaming service off the ground, though bosses at the firm have put a positive spin on the modest cash injection they have secured.

Says CEO Tom Brophy: "I'm pleased to have completed this financing and to move our company one step closer toward the launch of Cür Music. We intend to work diligently to move our company forward and deliver on the great potential of Cür Music in the multi-billion dollar music streaming industry. I'm grateful for my team who have worked diligently to prepare a terrific and competitive product for consumers at a price-point of $1.99 per month that works for the masses".

Those of you thinking the mid-price Cür Music streaming service had already launched in the US, well, that was a soft launch, see. The company is hoping to properly launch its long in development mainstream streaming product later this year, rushed fund-raising and tricky label deal renegotiations permitting.

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A Memory Box party is "designed to cover the history of electronic club music, hearing its origins from the legends and luminaries whilst exploring the influences the past has on today's music and how we shape the future". Sounds a little pretentious? Well no, because this is Peckham's CLF Arts Cafe talking, and they've had some big hitters down to attempt this mission at MemBox.

Headlining tonight, Hardfloor formed in 1991, just as the German acid and techno scenes were kicking off. They hit the limelight with seminal acid house track 'Acperience 1'. Far from being one hit wonders, they have gone on to release nine studio albums and remix artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, Mike Oldfield, New Order, The Shamen and A Guy Called Gerald, to name but a few.

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Sacha Baron Cohen removed from Freddie Mercury film for being "an arse", says Brian May
Queen's Brian May has discussed claims made by Sacha Baron Cohen about how he came to no longer be playing Freddie Mercury in a film about the singer.

Speaking to Howard Stern earlier this year, Baron Cohen said that he had dropped out when it became apparent that the film was going to focus on how Queen continued after Mercury's death, explaining: "I said, 'listen, not one person is going to a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on to see how the band carries on' ... Brian May is a great musician, but he's not a great movie producer".

But in a new interview with the Daily Mail, May says the problem was that "Sacha became an arse". He went on: "We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas but he went off and told untruths about what happened".

Adds May: "Why would he go away and say that we didn't want to make a gritty film? Are we the kind of people who have ever ducked from the truth? I don't think so. We decided he wasn't right for the role for very good reasons, which will become apparent if you watch what he's done recently. It's obvious that it wasn't going to work, him playing Freddie. It wouldn't suspend your disbelief. We're hoping Ben Whishaw will do it. He's fabulous - a real actor".

Whishaw was reported to be cast in the lead role in 2013, although May's comments suggest that this is not now assured. Queen drummer Roger Taylor has previously said that Baron Cohen was dropped because his performance might have been seen as comedic. That does often happen when you hire a comedian.

Commenting further on the long-in-production film, May added: "We'll have a director - although we still haven't signed one up - and then hopefully we can step back and just look after the music side of it. We have arrived at a great storyline. But the film's not going out till it's right".

Well, employing a director definitely seems like a good idea. Sounds like it's all in hand.

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Spacemen 3's Will Carruthers to publish memoir
Former Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized bassist Will Carruthers is to publish an autobiography, 'Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands', later this year.

Giving a sense of the book's content, as well as explaining the title, Carruthers writes: "I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms".

Providing some sort of testimony, Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre (for whom Carruthers played bass between 2008 and 2010) adds: "I've known Will for a number of years. I know the places, people, personalities, music and history very well and all of this information leads me to believe that this book is one hell of a yarn".

He goes on: "In person, Will is a great storyteller, and a natural narrator. His perspective is important; it's sure to piss off a few, but they should be thankful I'm not writing this book. And it's like my grandma says, 'It's better to be pissed off than to be pissed on".

Indeed. 'Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands' will be on sale via Faber on 3 Aug.

65daysofstatic to release videogame soundtrack
Last seen taking offence at being held up as an example of the Tory government supporting the arts, 65daysofstatic have announced that they will release an album version of their soundtrack to videogame 'No Man's Sky' this summer.

Of the project, the band say: "Being involved with 'No Man's Sky' is as unlikely as it is exciting. Two years of our lives have disappeared into a black hole and we've been spat out into another dimension. The project has pushed us to explore new processes and techniques, to rethink our relationship with our own music and to essentially soundtrack every narrative thread of a 'choose your own adventure' novel that exists only in our minds. We're really proud of the results, and can't wait to release the album and play it live".

Titled 'No Man's Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe', the record features ten new songs from the band and will be released on 17 Jun. Listen to 'Supermoon' from the album here.

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Tunng founders form Throws for new album
Do you remember Tunng? Sure you do. Well now they're back. Except they're not. Oh, I've already made this confusing, haven't I? I should just have said that Tunng founders Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders have a new project called Throws. Ten years on (give or take) from their final album as Tunng, the pair have reunited and will release their debut album in their new guise through Full Time Hobby on 10 Jun.

The project came together when Genders flew over to Reykjavik, where Lindsay now lives, for a bit of a catch up. "The whole month became a cathartic party", Lindsay recalls. "We talked about the challenges we were facing in life. We walked by the sea and along the city's small streets to crowded bars and cafes. We drank, laughed a lot, and danced like madmen on moonshine whilst recording whatever ideas came to us without any responsibilities other than making music, eating, and sleeping".

"One lunchtime on the second day we opened a beer to get us in the flow, then Sam started singing in this high-pitched falsetto Northern soul warble... it was like 'that's it! That's the sound!", he continues. "From that point on we found a flavour and vice for whatever this project was going to be".

"To make music in a place like Iceland will always leave you feeling refreshed and powerful... it's just in the air", adds Genders.

The duo have UK shows coming up supporting Choir Of Young Believers and Farao, and will headline their own album release show at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on 15 Jun.

Listen to new single 'Punch Drunk Sober' here.

Noise Records, Opeth, Skepta, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• BMG will relaunch metal label Noise Records with one of those major reissue campaigns next month. Founded in 1983, Noise Records was subsequently bought by Sanctuary Music in 2001, which was then sold to Universal, which then sold the Sanctuary catalogue to BMG in 2013.

• Opeth are adding to their beer range. Their second, Communion Pale Ale, will be available from 22 Apr. There'll be a launch event with a DJ set from guitarist Fredrik Akesson at the Northern Monk Brewery in Leeds the same day.

• Skepta will release new album 'Konnichiwa' on 6 May, he announced via Instagram. Here's the tracklist too.

• Michael Kiwanuka has released the video for new single 'Love & Hate'. His new album of the same name is out on 27 May.

• The Invisible have announced that they will release new album 'Patience' on 10 Jun. They've also released a new track from it, 'So Well', featuring Jessie Ware. Also, they'll headline the Pickle Factory in London on 19 May.

• Halsey has released a new version of her track 'Castle' for new film 'The Huntsman: Winter's War'. Here's the video.

• BadBadNotGood have released a new track, 'Speaking Gently'.

• Noonie Bao has released the video for new single 'Reminds Me'. "I wanted it to sound like the dark woods, huge castles and desperation", she says of the track. Find out if she was successful here.

• Pete Doherty will play the first show at the re-opened Bataclan Theatre in Paris on 16 Nov. The show will come almost a year to the day after terrorists opened fire on the audience at an Eagles Of Death Metal show there.

• Having previously announced that she would be playing London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 14 Nov, Julia Holter has now let slip that she'll be going on a whole flippin UK tour straight after.

CMU Beef Of The Week #301: Gene Simmons v NWA
This week's beef is essentially a prolonged game of 'yes it is/no it isn't', perpetuated by two men not keen on letting anyone else have the last word. It's basically that old tedious argument, which we're amazingly still having, over what constitutes 'proper' music.

In an interview with Rolling Stone last month, Gene Simmons said: "I am looking forward to the death of rap. I'm looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody... or just melody. Rap will die. Next year, ten years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy".

After this sparked something of a controversy, Simmons tweeted that he'd only been pointing out that music is cyclical and everyone needed to calm down. This totally ignores the fact that rock music has floated to the top of the popularity pond several times during hip hop's 35 year history, and yet rap never died as a result. But, still, he's right that what's most popular changes over time. Fine.

Of course, if it stopped there, this would be the end of this week's column and I could go out in the sunshine. But no. On and on it dragged, spurred on by NWA's induction into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame last week. And quickly it changed from an argument about the cyclical nature of music into one about what constitutes 'rock n roll'.

It's worth pointing out here that, if you want a solid definition of what 'rock n roll' is, then the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame is not the place to look. NWA are far from the first hip hop act to take up residency. Public Enemy, Run DMC, and Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five all hold positions. And before you point to them as anomalies, we should probably ask if acts like Donna Summer, Donovan, James Taylor, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Bob Marley, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Aretha Franklin, Robert Johnson and Madonna fit any rigid definition either, because they're all in there too.

Of course, if you take 'rock n roll' as a spirit of rebellion and change in music, the cyclical ushering in of the new, then they all deserve their place. And that is indeed Ice Cube's view.

"Rock n roll is not an instrument, rock n roll is not even a style of music", said the rapper in his acceptance speech at the Hall Of Fame bash. "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. And what connects us all is that spirit. That's what connects us all, that spirit. Rock n roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life. That is rock n roll, and that is us. Rock n roll is not conforming. Rock n roll is outside the box. And rock n roll is NWA".

"Let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame", tweeted an unconvinced Simmons in response. "Then you'll have a point".

That seems like a pretty unfair set of rules - that only by recognising Jimi Hendrix's place within a genre with a specific definition can we agree that 'rock n roll' is a concept that cannot be specifically defined. But, OK, if Simmons wants to play that game, we'll play it.

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix collaborated with poet Lightnin Rod, aka Jalal Nuriddin, to record 'Doriella Du Fontaine'. A member of the group The Last Poets, Nuriddin is considered by many to be one of the originators of what would become rap, and therefore Hendrix's early work with him would surely make any move to recognise his place in the history of rap and hip hop seem valid.

So, cool, we're done here. Except we're not, because Ice Cube couldn't let it lie either. He tweeted back to Simmons: "Who stole the soul? Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Chubby Checker helped invent rock n roll. We invent it. Y'all reprint it".

It's a pretty blunt way of putting it, but it is reasonable to raise the fluid nature of music and influence. Everything feeds into everything else, and the music that Kiss play, while it might be classed as 'rock n roll', it is at a remove from Chuck Berry et al. It's natural to try to categorise things, but if you get too purist about it all you tend to end up crowbarring acts in where they don't really fit.

"Cube - I stand by my words", Simmons declared, after the rapper also pointed him at a pertinent section of his Hall Of Fame speech. "Respect NWA, but when Led Zep gets into [the] Rap Hall Of Fame, I will agree with your point".

Oh for fuck's sake. The Hip Hop Hall Of Fame is a thing that only very loosely exists, now we've got to set up and get stuff into the Rap Hall Of Fame too? Well, fine. Led Zeppelin did not work with any proto-rappers, but if you look at how many times their songs have been sampled on hip hop records, it would seem only fair to give them some sort of recognition for their influence on its sound and the development of the artform of rapping. Can we stop now?

No, we can't. Speaking to Howard Stern later this week, Ice Cube said: "I think [Simmons] believes [the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame is] straight for rock n rollers. I got a lot of respect for Gene Simmons - I've met him a couple of times, he's actually pretty cool - but I just think he's wrong on this. It's very weird [to have this argument on Twitter], but Gene hit me up on Twitter so I had to respond. You know, everybody's got their own opinions, and Gene, he's OG in the game, but he's just wrong on this. It's a spirit, and it's been going on since before they called it 'rock n roll'".

We could go back and forth on this forever. Hopefully we won't. Hopefully Gene Simmons isn't writing a tweet about Bill Haley getting into the Instrumental Hip Hop Hall Of Fame as we speak. But I don't want to give Ice Cube the final word either, so let's just enjoy Tone Loc's 'Funky Cold Medina', complete with its sample of 'Christine Sixteen' by Kiss.

 
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