TODAY'S TOP STORY: Although ATP's Stewart Lee-curated festival did go ahead this weekend, Drive Like Jehu have confirmed that their already drastically changed edition of the event - due to take place next weekend - will now not go ahead. Following rumours over the weekend of various acts pulling out and then of full cancellation, Drive Like Jehu frontman John Reis confirmed this morning that the... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Drive Like Jehu's ATP festival cancelled
LEGAL Lawyers use anti-piracy company to keep celebrity threesome stories offline
Justin Bieber accused of holding up song theft trial, plaintiffs demand $10 million
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Imagem appoints new US sync VP
LIVE BUSINESS Live Nation takes majority stake in The Warehouse Project
MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Radiohead clarify ATC chief's role after comments about new album
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES YouTube's new talent Foundry fuels speculation on its music ambitions beyond safe harbour lobbying
EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU:DIY and Urban Development put the spotlight on songs
GIGS & FESTIVALS Axl Rose confirmed as new AC/DC frontman
AND FINALLY... Anti-EU web addresses provide surprising message from Rick Astley
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Drive Like Jehu's ATP festival cancelled
Although ATP's Stewart Lee-curated festival did go ahead this weekend, Drive Like Jehu have confirmed that their already drastically changed edition of the event - due to take place next weekend - will now not go ahead.

Following rumours over the weekend of various acts pulling out and then of full cancellation, Drive Like Jehu frontman John Reis confirmed this morning that the festival had indeed been cancelled.

As previously reported, the event had already been moved from Pontins in Prestatyn (where the Stewart Lee event took place) to Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Despite those changes, Reis said agreements with bands had not been met, leaving them unable to play, and punters who bought tickets for the original holiday camp event had not been provided with the promised hotel rooms in Manchester.

Showing little sympathy for the ATP organisation, Reis began his statement: "After four months of a long and bumpy ride, the wheels finally fell off the wagon and crashed and burned. A search party was sent to Monkey Island to scan the wreckage for survivors and only found Barry Hogan/ATP collecting bits of luggage and body parts for his next show 'ATP 3.0 The 90s Deconstructed'. Tickets on sale now at".

He continued; "It's a uniquely cruel hoax to appeal to Drive Like Jehu's ego and ask us to create a programme based on personally inviting the bands and musicians that have inspired us and changed the way we hear music and then subject them and their supporters to this".

"We really wanted this show to happen more than anything. It had all the makings of a legendary weekend. We were so committed to seeing this through that we remained hopeful (blind in retrospect) amongst the ritualistic turmoil and crisis and trusted [ATP management's] solutions that would ensure that the show would definitely go on and the attendees would be treated fairly and the bands would be respected and celebrated".

Noting that he had largely gained information about his event's future in the same way as the public - sifting through internet rumours - he added: "48 hours ago word started to trickle in that Barry hadn't honoured his agreement with many of the bands. These bands were not cancelling, but rather did not have the promised means to attend".

"It was only then revealed that ATP was unable to honour the agreement with the ticket holders that purchased accommodation. ATP is out of funds. ATP offered to postpone the event until November as a solution. No thanks. We looked into trying to salvage the weekend by putting on our own free show in Manchester. But at this late date, no suitable venue is available".

As previously reported, doubt was first cast on the future of both of this month's ATP festivals last month when Pontins put chalets at its Prestatyn park on sale on the weekends the music events were due to take place.

Initially the holiday company said that the promoter had cancelled the festivals. Then ATP said that they were going ahead and everything was fine. Then, eventually, it emerged that ATP had missed some payment deadlines with Pontins, which is where the problem lay. It was subsequently confirmed that the first event would go ahead at the holiday camp as planned, but that the second would relocate to Manchester, presumably in the hope of finding day-ticket buyers.

Following Reis's Facebook post, ATP HQ also confirmed the Manchester event had now been axed. It said: "All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 curated by Drive Like Jehu will no longer be going ahead. After working through all options, including moving the event from Prestatyn to Manchester, we have had to accept defeat due to its lack of financial viability. We would like to apologise to everyone involved, especially to our customers who were planning to attend the event. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the curators and artists for their involvement, and we are so sorry that we will not be able to stage this event".

Despite Reis's comment that "ATP is out of funds", the promoter insists that all ticket monies will be refunded and, more than that, that the festival firm will compensate any ticket-buyers with travel or accommodation costs that cannot be reclaimed from the actual provider.

Meanwhile, the promoter was keen to stress that none of this affects the planned ATP Iceland festival, though you have to think that this latest cancellation is surely the nail in the coffin for the ATP holiday park events in the UK, which organisers had already brought to an end before the recent attempts at a revival.

A UK tour by Reis's other band Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake has also been pulled, due to the ATP cancellation, as have two other standalone ATP shows headlined by Soulside and The Gories later this month.

Lawyers use anti-piracy company to keep celebrity threesome stories offline
As the celebrity couple who have been trying to keep stories about an extra-marital threesome out of the English newspapers find out whether or not the privacy injunction currently in place will be upheld later today, a legal rep has confirmed that "remarkable efforts" have been made to keep the story off Google and the social networks in the UK.

The Sun On Sunday went to court last week requesting that the injunction barring it from running the story be withdrawn, in part arguing that the claims had been so widely reported on websites outside the UK that the facts of the story were now common knowledge in England anyway, making the limitations on its reporting pointless.

According to Torrentfreak, part of those efforts to stop English readers from seeing the foreign reports on this story have included hiring Web Sheriff, better known as an agency that issues takedown notices on behalf of copyright owners whose content is distributed without licence online. Web Sheriff, it seems, now offers similar services to those seeking to protect their reputations and/or privacy rights online.

Though Torrentfreak says that requests by Web Sheriff to Google that it remove links to reports of its client's alleged activities, in a bid to stop English readers from seeing them, have - in the main - gone unheeded. This may be because the web giant doesn't deem itself bound by the UK injunction, or perhaps because it has been assessing Web Sheriff's takedown requests on copyright grounds which, obviously, would not be met.

As previously reported, lawyers for the celebrity at the heart of the suppressed story argue that their client would be "devastated" if their identity was to be revealed in the English press, while also citing concerns about the impact the revelations would have on the couple's children.

It's a classic case of the celebrity's right to privacy clashing with the newspaper's right to free speech and - once again - while the celeb's private life probably is no one else's business, the whole debacle puts the spotlight on the effectiveness, or not, of privacy injunctions in the internet age.


Justin Bieber accused of holding up song theft trial, plaintiffs demand $10 million
Justin Bieber has been accused of holding up a previously reported song theft lawsuit by missing two scheduled deposition appointments. Songwriters Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton accuse Bieber and Usher of stealing parts of one of their songs, and are now demanding that the court awards them the $10 million in damages they are seeking, if Bieber can't be forced to sit down and talk about it all.

According to a new legal filing, Bieber was due to give evidence in a deposition scheduled for 21 Mar in LA. However, on the day of the appointment, his legal team said that the singer needed to rest his voice before a live performance that night. The appointment was rescheduled to 14 Apr in Georgia, but the day before - it is claimed - Bieber's legal team cancelled without explanation. The plaintiffs also claim that Bieber's manager Scooter Braun is refusing to discuss dates for his own deposition.

As previously reported, Copeland and Overton first claimed in 2013 that Bieber track 'Somebody To Love' features various lyrical and stylistic similarities to a song they wrote with the same title, which Copeland released under the name De Rico in 2008. Copeland also claims that he gave a copy of his recording to Usher via the star's mum, giving him an opportunity to hear the original.

The case was initially dismissed in 2014, but then reinstated on appeal last year. Earlier this month, apparently irritated by how slowly the case was now moving forward, the judge overseeing it refused to move a deadline for submissions from expert witnesses. The result of which is that Bieber and Usher face possibly going to court without any expert witness to support their defence that there is no resemblance between the two songs, beyond some coincidentally similar lyrics.

In this latest legal filing in the case, Copeland and Overton are demanding that the court rule in their favour, if Bieber and Braun do not provide their depositions. They are also asking that Bieber be forced to reimburse them the costs of the two missed appointments.

Imagem appoints new US sync VP
Indie publisher Imagem last week got itself a brand new VP of US Creative Services who will lead on all things sync in North America.

And if you think that's a thrilling move, then you're in sync - haha! - with that new VP, aka Karen Macmillan. "I am THRILLED to join the Imagem team", said she. "Not only is it a company comprising catalogues with rich and storied histories spanning pop to classical to Broadway, but it is a fantastic group of professionals on the team".

Which means what? "I look forward to further developing the reputation Imagem has and to continuing the company's ethos of providing creative music solutions to all media clients no matter how big or small".

And if you think that's all very exciting, then you're in synch - a nod to our American readers there - with Imagem USA CEO Bill Gaden who says: "I am excited to have Karen join Imagem. Her contagious energy, experience and industry knowledge is the perfect complement to our team, and I am confident that she will achieve new heights for our writers in this important market. We all look forward to working with her".

Live Nation takes majority stake in The Warehouse Project
Live Nation has taken a majority stake in Manchester's Warehouse Project and Parklife Festival via its joint venture with Gaiety Investments.

"By establishing a hugely successful club and festival business, The Warehouse Project has confirmed their status as serious players in the UK live industry", says Live Nation UK Chairman Denis Desmond. "Our partnership with them ensures that they continue to produce their world-class events while giving them a platform for further growth and expansion to ensure Manchester stays firmly on the map".

Warehouse Project founders Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel add: "By working with Live Nation, we are able to progress with our creative vision, bringing unique events to the UK, now with the added advantage of being able to tap into the most diverse global network in live entertainment. We are beyond excited about the next chapter for The Warehouse Project and look forward to collaborating with Live Nation".

Radiohead clarify ATC chief's role after comments about new album
There was a flurry of excitement last week about the incoming new Radiohead album after manager and ATC co-founder Brian Message said that the new long player should arrive in June and would be "something that will probably make many of us go 'wow!'"

According to The Guardian, Message added of the band's new material that: "There's nothing out there right now that sounds anything like this. And for some people that will be a good thing and for others that probably won't".

However, as reports of the new Radiohead revelations circulated online, the band themselves were keen to stress that while Message is a partner in the management firm that looks after their business affairs, he does not have a hands-on role in their current activities, and therefore his comments shouldn't be seen as official updates from either the band or their day-to-day management team.

A rather frank statement from the band read: "At an industry event in London last night Brian Message was asked about new Radiohead music. Quotes attributed to him and taken from his talk have subsequently appeared, describing him as Radiohead's manager. Brian Message is not Radiohead's manager - he is a partner in Courtyard Management but plays no operational role and therefore any quotes from last night's event, or any supposition arising from them, should not be attributed to Radiohead's management or be seen as official quotes on behalf of the group. Radiohead are managed by Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge at Courtyard Management".

Message is one of the more high profile artist managers in the UK, and his involvement with Radiohead is often noted, especially as he has been a big advocate of the streaming business model in recent years, while Thom Yorke has been vocal in his criticism of Spotify et al. Though Message's companies have a large roster of artists, and he himself has generally been more closely linked to clients like Nick Cave and PJ Harvey in recent years.

Nevertheless, he did discuss at last week's event whether or not Radiohead would allow their new record to appear on the streaming services, saying he really hoped they would, but that the band were yet to decide.

YouTube's new talent Foundry fuels speculation on its music ambitions beyond safe harbour lobbying
As the major record companies do an interesting dance with YouTube - renegotiating their licensing agreements with the video site while concurrently lobbying hard in Brussels and Washington to deprive the Google business of the safe harbour protection on which it relies - there was much chatter this weekend about efforts at YouTube HQ to court new artists directly, likely via their management, with the promise of assistance with content production and promotion, and possibly some of that lovely cash too.

The chatter was partly based on a Bloomberg report about a newish YouTube initiative called the Music Foundry, via which new artists are given access to production facilities and expertise at the Google company's London, LA and New York offices. The programme seems to be mainly educational - along the lines of 'how to make great content and get more out of YouTube' - with sessions recorded as part of the proceedings, which will then appear on the Google site first.

Although the Foundry brand may be new, YouTube supporting content creators isn't, but the specific focus on music makers this time is perhaps interesting. And it comes alongside reports that the video site has been courting some music industry execs about wider partnerships with artists, in which it would support acts seemingly in return for some exclusive content.

Despite some talk of sizable budgets being set aside for such initiatives, it's not yet clear exactly what YouTube is planning, nor how much of this is actually brand new and how much is a continuation of past ventures. YouTube has financially backed some music channels before, and more recently has been working with certain top YouTubers to create unique content as a USP for Red, the subscription service it launched last year.

Of course, even if the marketers at the majors are attracted to the idea of YouTube helping with promo, label bosses will be nervous of giving the video site too much support while officially in conflict over the service's wider licensing model. Some might also question why, if YouTube has millions available for specific artist partnerships, it can't pump that money into providing guarantees for music played across its platform.

YouTube HQ will likely get in touch with managers direct to circumvent the tetchy labels. And - while many managers are as pissed off as the labels over YouTube royalties and the whole safe harbours thing - others see the video site as a key fan-building tool for new talent. With record companies often investing in new artists later than they used to, managers desperately seeking alternative sources of financial support for early-career artists may decide that working with YouTube is no more dancing with the devil than signing an act to a major.

CMU:DIY and Urban Development put the spotlight on songs
CMU:DIY teams up with Urban Development again this week for another Industry Takeover Seminar at the Red Bull Studios, offering new talent insights into another strand of the music industry. This month songwriting and music publishing is under the spotlight.

In his customary pre-seminar blog post, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke contrasts the two sides of the music rights business, writing that: "It used to be that the record industry and the publishing sector were quite different. Record companies primarily pressed the recordings they controlled onto plastic disks and sold them on the high street".

"Publishers did once publish sheet music of the songs they owned - which is why we call them publishers - but for a long time music publishing has been more about 'licensing'. Which is to say, giving permission to other people who want to make use of your songs - so press them to CD, or sync them to video, or broadcast them on the radio, or perform them in public - in return for money".

"Though, as everything has shifted to digital" he continues, "record companies are increasingly in the licensing game too, giving permission to download stores and streaming platforms to allow their recordings to be downloaded and streamed. Just like the music publishers. Which is why some people reckon that labels and publishers should work more closely together (many are actually in common ownership), and that singer-songwriters should work with one music rights company on all their copyrights".

"But there is still plenty that is different between publishers and labels", he concludes. "Songs versus recordings - and how the different music rights operate. And if you are a songwriter you definitely need to understand how this side of the industry works and, most importantly, how to get every penny you are due as a creator of song copyrights".

Which is where this week's CMU:DIY x Urban Development session comes in, taking place on Wednesday evening at London's Red Bull Studios. Cooke will present a speedy overview of song rights, before an expert panel offers their knowledge and advice, with producer Hannah V, music supervisor Toby Williams and Sentric Music's Ally McRae amongst those on hand to offer insights.

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  Approved: William Tyler
William Tyler is a musician who has consistently shown throughout his career that there is more to be wrung from twelve-string acoustic guitar instrumentals than anyone might reasonably think. His latest album, 'Modern Country', is due out on 10 Jun and its first single, 'Gone Clear', once again proves that to be true.

"I spent a lot of time listening to what would at first seem to be disparate streams of music: 70s country and 70s German rock", says Tyler of the album's influences. "Yet, I was able to connect the dots in my head about what united the beat of Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and Barefoot Jerry with the 'motorik' crawl of Neu!, Kraftwerk and Harmonia. If nothing else, all of it sure as hell was great driving music".

'Gone Clear' is a six minute adventure, with multiple twists and turns, none more disarming and surprising than its middle section, in which an explosion of bells brings a level of tension to an otherwise fairly laid back journey.

Listen to 'Gone Clear' here.

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Axl Rose confirmed as new AC/DC frontman
AC/DC have confirmed that Axl Rose will take over as their frontman in order to complete the band's 'Rock Or Bust' world tour. As previously reported, vocalist Brian Johnson was forced to pull out of said tour after being warned that he risked "total hearing loss" if he continued to perform.

In a statement, the band said: "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures".

They went on: "As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfil this commitment".

The band will resume their tour with Rose on vocals in Lisbon, Portugal on 7 May, touring Europe until 12 Jun. This will include shows in London and Manchester on 4 Jun and 9 Jun. US dates will be rescheduled for after Rose rejoins Guns N Roses for their summer reunion tour.

As previously reported, Rose was initially rumoured as AC/DC's new frontman after he and guitarist Angus Young were separately seen emerging from their same Atlanta rehearsal studio last month.

Anti-EU web addresses provide surprising message from Rick Astley
Just when you thought there was no possible way 'rickrolling' could remain funny, someone's gone and used it to troll those campaigning for the UK to leave the EU.

Rather than providing information supporting the campaign,,,, and all point to the video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Rick Astley.

Those domains were seemingly registered last September before the official Vote Leave campaign could get their hands of them. And in what is perhaps another cruel twist of irony (or another example of Brussels meddling in our affairs, depending on how you look at it) the man behind the prank is Belgian.

Of course, most people don't both much with URLs these days, so it's debatable what effect the joke will have on the campaign. Still, this is another example of anti-EU politicians being unable to look after something as basic as a URL.

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