MONDAY 25 APRIL 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: More details about the circumstances surrounding the death of Prince on Thursday began to emerge over the weekend. However, the question of how he came to die remains unanswered, with the results of a post-mortem that was conducted on Friday still possibly weeks away. Speaking about the ongoing investigation, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told reporters that his... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Colder, aka producer Marc Nguyen Tan, ties together post-punk, krautrock and dub with French lounge cool. Which, now I've written it down, sounds like all kinds of a disaster. Thankfully, he pulls it off with far more skill in practice than I've managed in describing it. Colder's fourth album, with appears in two halves - 'Goodbye' and 'The Rain' - is due for release... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Warner Music and the indie labels' opposition to Sony/ATV becoming wholly owned by Sony Corp, ATP's latest cancellation, the continued question over YouTube's position in hell, and the man taking Kanye West to court over a tweet. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Questions remain over the circumstances surrounding Prince's death
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LEGAL Universal secures summary judgement for in-flight listening case
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Beyonce releases another surprise album
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: Making video that succeeds online
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ARTIST NEWS Papa Wemba dies
Peter Frampton to play North Carolina and Mississippi shows, but will not return
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RELEASES Mumford & Sons announce South African mini-album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS RNIB to stage unusual concert experience with 'sim specs'
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ONE LINERS Universal, Iggy Azalea, Beck, more
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AND FINALLY... Roger Daltrey on AC/DC tour: "Go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break"
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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.
 
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Questions remain over the circumstances surrounding Prince's death
More details about the circumstances surrounding the death of Prince on Thursday began to emerge over the weekend. However, the question of how he came to die remains unanswered, with the results of a post-mortem that was conducted on Friday still possibly weeks away.

Speaking about the ongoing investigation, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told reporters that his team wanted to avoid disclosing any information too early, saying: "To you, Prince was a celebrity. To us, he's a community member and a good neighbour".

Olson did give some details about the case though, saying that police were not considering the death to be foul play or suicide. Though he would not answer questions about speculation that Prince had suffered a drug overdose.

The last time the musician was seen alive, Olson told reporters, was around 8pm on Wednesday evening, when he was dropped off at his Paisley Park home. He was then found slumped in a lift in the building the next morning at around 9.40am. An emergency call was made and there were attempts to revive him, which were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 10.07am.

The musician had cancelled shows in St Louis shortly before his death. He also cancelled performances in Atlanta earlier this month, citing flu. Though these were quickly rescheduled, and it was these shows that he was returning from when his private jet made an emergency landing in order for him to receive hospital treatment on 15 Apr.

Flight records show that the plane descended 45,000 feet in seventeen minutes in order to land at Quad City international airport in Moline, Illinois, despite only being 48 minutes away from its destination in Minnesota. Prince was taken to hospital, with a spokesperson saying later that he was only admitted for three hours. The plane took off again for its destination ten hours after landing.

Two days later he held a party at Paisley Park, seemingly to show that he was in good health. However, it has been suggested that he was actually aware that he was gravely ill but had refused hospital treatment.

Following the post-mortem on Friday, Prince's remains were released to his family, and cremated on Saturday, with a private memorial service taking place at Paisley Park.

"A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye", a spokesperson said in a statement. "Prince's remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private. We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time".

The spokesperson added: "The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks before we receive the results of the autopsy. An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration".

Universal secures summary judgement for in-flight listening case
Universal Music secured a summary judgement in its favour last week in a dispute with a company that provides in-flight entertainment for American Airlines and US Airways.

It's not the first dispute over the licensing of music made available to customers on planes. These disputes often have a jurisdiction element, as to whether licences from an airline or in-flight entertainment provider's home country - possibly from a collecting society rather than a label direct - can apply when the music is then consumed in the air all over the world.

Sony Music went legal against United Airlines and its entertainment provider InFlight Productions in 2014, but then did a deal with another in-flight content distributor called Global Eagle Entertainment. In Universal's case, its Global Eagle and its IFP subsidiary that is being sued.

IFP has seemingly been talking to the majors about licensing deals since about 2008, from which the Sony agreement presumably stemmed. No such deal has been struck with Universal, yet IFP has been making music controlled by the mega-major available via its in-flight entertainment platform. After legal action began, IFP cited the "we do the copying in another jurisdiction" line before claiming that, via its past negotiations with Universal, the major had provided an implied temporary licence.

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the judge hearing the case rejected both the jurisdiction and the implied licence arguments in summary judgement last week. The judge said: "There is ample evidence that IFP knew it had no licences from plaintiffs and that it could be sued for copyright infringement, and no evidence that plaintiffs ever indicated to IFP that any such licenses were forthcoming or misrepresented any existing fact".

A hearing before a jury to decide damages has now been set for next month. A crucial factor of last week's ruling with regards damages is that the judge concurred with Universal that IFP was liable for 'wilful' infringement, something that can greatly increase the damages awarded. "As plaintiffs aptly state, if IFP's infringements were not wilful, no infringements could ever be", said the judge.

Beyonce releases another surprise album
Beyonce has gone and Beyonced another album on us. Like her 2013 'Beyonce' album, 'Lemonade' is described as an audio/visual record, with videos to accompany each track. These were premiered on HBO in the US on Saturday evening, after which it was announced that the album was available to stream on Tidal, but only Tidal. It was also briefly made available for sale as a download yesterday.

The exclusivity deal is, of course, not a surprise, given that Tidal is owned by Beyonce's husband Jay-Z, and the streaming service has been particularly keen to differentiate itself with its album exclusives. Such deals with Rihanna and Kanye West have drawn much attention, of course. Though it's often not clear how long any Tidal exclusivity period will run for.

As for 'Lemonade', a Tidal rep has told Billboard that it will be the only streaming service to ever carry the album, though that presumably relies on the platform's long term survival and/or Jay-Z's desire to remain its owner. That wording also suggests more widely available download and physical releases of the new record.

Still, this is another boost for Tidal, which while still a relatively small player in streaming, has quickly grown its subscriber base of late, thanks to its increasingly high profile exclusives. Last week it also benefitted from being the only legal service to carry the Prince catalogue.

Though the handling of its exclusivity deals also came under scrutiny last week, when Tidal and Kanye West were sued over claims by the rapper that his latest album, 'The Life Of Pablo', would only ever be available on Jay-Z's streaming service. It subsequently streamed elsewhere. The perhaps slightly optimistic class action accuses the plaintiffs of misleading West's fans into signing up for the service in order to farm their personal data.

CMU@TGE Previews: Making video that succeeds online
We are now less than a month away from this year's edition of new music festival The Great Escape which, once again, will feature the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference at the heart of its convention programme. Each day in the CMU Daily, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke is currently previewing the sessions we will present this year, initially looking at the line-up to the full-day strand 'What if YouTube actually is the future?'

Having dealt with licensing issues and platform specifics in the morning, in the afternoon we will put the spotlight on the creative side, and how to make online video content that really engages with fans, both on YouTube and far beyond. In the digital domain, there is more to music video than the music video, but are artists and labels capitalising on all the potential?

Leading the proceedings will be Vevo's SVP Content And Programming, Tom Connaughton, who will talk delegates through what he has learned about online video, whether that be traditional pop promos, or editorial and promotional content. What kind of output enjoys the most traction via the various Vevo channels, and what are his priorities when commissioning original Vevo programming?

Elsewhere in the session 'Making video that succeeds online', we will hear from Nic Yeeles, who previously worked on the Syco YouTube channel at Sony Music, and is now leading the start-up business Peg, which connects YouTube talent with brands. He'll be looking at those YouTubers - musical or otherwise - who have enjoyed particular success on the platform, identifying what artists and labels can learn from them in terms of how to utilise video online, and how to employ YouTube as a fan engagement platform.

The 'Making video that succeeds online' session kicks off at 2.15pm on Thursday 19 May in Dukes@Komedia 2. It is part of the full-day strand looking at YouTube and video, which is outlined hour-by-hour here.

TGE delegates get access to all of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape and all the other festivities that take place over the three days of the festival - passes are £230 and available here. This year tickets are also available for just the convention side of the proceedings for £100 and those can be bought here.

  Approved: Colder
Colder, aka producer Marc Nguyen Tan, ties together post-punk, krautrock and dub with French lounge cool. Which, now I've written it down, sounds like all kinds of a disaster. Thankfully, he pulls it off with far more skill in practice than I've managed in describing it. Colder's fourth album, with appears in two halves - 'Goodbye' and 'The Rain' - is due for release on 24 Jun through Bataille.

On 'Goodbye', he seems to soundtrack an experimental 70s road movie that doesn't exist. But if it did, I would watch the shit out of it. 'The Rain' is perhaps a darker sequel, where everything quickly goes wrong and repeated attempts by our protagonists to escape their fate only pushes them further away from reality. You will enthusiastically tell people how great this film is but never have any desire to actually watch it again. The soundtrack is a keeper though.

Check out 'Inside' from 'Goodbye' here.

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Papa Wemba dies
Influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba died this weekend after collapsing while performing at a music festival in Ivory Coast. In footage of the show, Wemba is seen slumped on stage behind a group of dancers, who then rush to his aid. Local officials told Reuters that the musician, aged 66, died before he could be taken to hospital.

By pioneering a popular blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds, Wemba - who toured internationally - had a huge influence on music in his home continent, with BBC 1Xtra's DJ Edu saying this weekend: "I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when it comes to influence on African music".

The Congolese Culture Minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay paid tribute to Wemba yesterday, calling the musician's death a "great loss for the country and all of Africa". Meanwhile the country's president, Joseph Kabila, also expressed his condolences, indicating that a number of large events paying tribute to Wemba in his home nation were now being planned.

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Peter Frampton to play North Carolina and Mississippi shows, but will not return
Peter Frampton has defended his decision to go ahead with shows in Mississippi and North Carolina, though has said he will not now return to either state until controversial new laws have been overturned. As previously reported, various artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, have pulled shows at short notice in protest against new anti-LGBT laws in both states.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Frampton said: "Performing live has been one of the most important opportunities I've been given and I am lucky to share my music with so many of my amazing, loyal and diverse fans. In light of recent legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi, I stand aside my fellow musicians Gregg Allman, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmy Buffett and many others to help overturn these absurd new laws".

"My band and I will uphold our commitment to play our scheduled shows there this summer and honour fans who have already purchased tickets and/or made travel plans", he said of his decision to play the upcoming gigs. "However, we will not play again until these laws are changed. I will be making a donation in support of the rights and protections of the LGBTQ community".

Mumford & Sons announce South African mini-album
Mumford & Sons have announced a new mini-album, 'Johannesburg', recorded with Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best in the South African city from which it takes its name. The songs were recorded in February during a tour of the country.

"We first met The Very Best in 2010 on the Laneway tour of Australia", says the band's Winston Marshall. "We weren't just mind-blown by their music but [also] by their ability to get absolutely smashed beyond belief, every night, and yet still make the plane to the next show every morning. It is a great pleasure - and an eye-opener into human endurance - to be out with them again and it was an equally great pleasure to work with Johan Hugo from the band".

Marcus Mumford adds: "The whole thing came together because of Johan really - and actually they had acted like sonic trailblazers in a lot of ways - marrying afrobeat rhythms, [The Very Best singer] Esau and Baaba's voices and languages, over Western songwriting".

All four acts teamed up to write and record the songs, which will be released on 17 Jun.

RNIB to stage unusual concert experience with 'sim specs'
The Royal National Institute Of Blind People last week launched a new music event called See Through Sound, which is due to take place in London on 14 Oct.

The concert will feature a combination of established and new acts - with newcomer Andy Jordan already confirmed - plus audience members will be encourage to wear 'sim specs', glasses which simulate reduced vision, to experience the show in a unique way while gaining a brief insight into living with sight loss. The specs were demoed at a launch event last week.

Says RNIB's fundraising boss Wanda Hamilton: "We're delighted to launch the See Through Sound music event which aims to both entertain and educate music fans and provide them with the opportunity to experience live music in a whole new way. We're excited about the main event coming up in October which will support us in achieving our goal of making every day better for the two million people living with sight loss across the UK".

More info and tickets at rnib.org.uk/see-through-sound

Universal, Iggy Azalea, Beck, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Universal Music Group in the US has promoted Barak Moffitt to the newly created role Executive Vice President Of Content Strategy And Operations. His work will be jointly overseen by Boyd Muir and Michele Anthony. "Universal Music", said Muir. "Universal Music", added Anthony. "Universal Music", confirmed Moffitt himself.

• Bon Jovi keyboard player and award-winning Broadway composer David Bryan has individually signed to booking agency CAA, reports Billboard. The band are already collectively represented by the company.

• Iggy Azalea has signed a new deal with booking agency William Morris Endeavor for her worldwide live activity, reports Billboard.

• Australian Armin Van Buuren shows have been cancelled, after SFX-owned promoter Totem One Love was hit by its parent company's bankruptcy. The company has also reportedly put its Windsor, Victoria HQ up for sale.

• Turns out streaming firm Rhapsody (aka Napster) has never had a full-time CEO. Now that somebody's noticed, the firm has decided to appoint one pronto, in the form of Mike Davis, a former Universal Music exec who most recently worked in private equity. He's "THRILLED" about his new gig.

• Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor will release a solo piano album, titled 'Piano', on 10 Jun. Are you ready for its first single, 'I'm Ready'?

• Let's Eat Grandma will release their debut album, 'I Gemini', on 17 Jun. Have a listen to new single 'Eat Shiitake Mushrooms' now. And catch them live at Electrowerks in London 1 Jun.

• Beck has announced two post-Glastonbury UK shows. He'll play Brixton Academy on 28 Jun and Albert Hall in Manchester on 29 Jun.

Roger Daltrey on AC/DC tour: "Go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break"
Roger Daltrey reckons that AC/DC are nothing more than an amateurish karaoke band, and that Brian Johnson was the only member with any talent. He also believes that Australians in general are untrustworthy. These are just a few of the things you could possibly (but for legal reasons probably shouldn't) infer from recent comments made by the Who frontman.

"I really feel badly for Brian", Daltrey told the London Free Press, when asked about Johnson's recent departure from AC/DC's world tour in order to avoid permanent hearing loss. "It must be heartbreaking for him after all the service he's given that band over the years. I thought their farewell statement to the press and to Brian was fairly curt to say the least. I felt for him. That must have hurt. I've spoken to Brian. He's got loads of other things he wants to do in his life".

On the band's decision to continue touring with Axl Rose as a replacement vocalist, he added: "I think AC/DC will miss Brian much more than Brian will miss AC/DC. There you go. What do you expect from Australians? And he's such a lovely guy, Brian. I've known him for 40 odd years, more. I mean, go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break".

"My hearing's dreadful", he added. "We're all going deaf. We're all wearing hearing aids. No it's true. I suggest to everybody over the age of 50 that have been going to loud concerts for years and years and years, go and have your hearing tested. You'd be surprised what you're missing. It's unbelievable. Most people over the age of 60 are lip-reading. And it's all our fault!"

 
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