TUESDAY 26 APRIL 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Well, this has all happened rather quickly for the political community. Following his speech in Parliament earlier this month proposing a ban on flares and fireworks at music events, Nigel Adams MP is now having a go at making that law by sneaking it in as an amendment to the Policing And Crime Bill that is currently working its way through Westminster. This has nothing to do with... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Multi-instrumentalist and producer Mathieu Thomas releases his debut album as Parc en Ciel - 'Path Integral' - this week through LuckyMe. The listed influences for the record are scientific discovery, the natural world and harmony, while the album's title is a reference to theoretical physicist Dr Richard Feynman, whose work apparently inspired the... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES MP seeks to get gig flare ban into Policing And Crime Act
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BRANDS & MERCH Grimes appears in Stella McCartney perfume ad
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify denies that it has been hacked
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MEDIA BBC Three launches random sounding new music show
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: The emerging YouTube industry
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ARTIST NEWS NoLay in critical condition following car crash
Florence And The Machine release short film
John Otway launching Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Air Studios in Montserrat
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Loyle Carner announces tour dates
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ONE LINERS World IP Day, Universal, All Def Digital, more
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AND FINALLY... Bernie Clifton "fuming and furious" after death metal mix up
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MP seeks to get gig flare ban into Policing And Crime Act
Well, this has all happened rather quickly for the political community. Following his speech in Parliament earlier this month proposing a ban on flares and fireworks at music events, Nigel Adams MP is now having a go at making that law by sneaking it in as an amendment to the Policing And Crime Bill that is currently working its way through Westminster.

This has nothing to do with on-stage pyro shows, but is all about gig-goers setting off flares, fireworks and/or smoke bombs at concerts and festivals. Amazingly this is [a] an increasingly common occurrence and [b] not currently against the law, unless you can prove the flare-setter-offer actively intended to injure.

Such activities are already illegal at football matches, and as such, in 2014 there were 255 incidents of flares and such like being set off at music events, but only three at football grounds. Under the MP's proposals, people setting off flares and fireworks at a gig or festival could be prosecuted and face fines or a prison sentence of up to three months.

Adams will formally propose an amendment to the Policing And Crime Bill to include the gig flare ban in the House Of Commons this afternoon. His proposal seemingly has cross-party support, so the amendment should make it into the new legislation.

Says Adams: "I am very pleased the amendment has been accepted and that we are able to make tangible progress towards providing a safer environment for music fans so quickly. Music audiences deserve the same protection under the law as sports fans".

He goes on: "This measure has support across the board: from fans wanting to focus on the music, performers wanting to put on a good uninterrupted show, and organisers wanting to provide a safe event - as well as from MPs right across the House. It's time we make the law on these dangerous articles consistent at both music and sporting events".

Grimes appears in Stella McCartney perfume ad
Grimes has appeared in an advert for Stella McCartney's new perfume Pop, which, other than probably smelling alright, it being sold on the fact that its boxes are made from trees grown in sustainable forests.

"Sustainability in fashion stuff is something I really care about; that's one of the reasons I like Stella so much. Not something that sort of exists for the sake of aesthetics but something that exists because someone cares about it", says Grimes in the ad. "I actually feel like my friends are the best cos they always tell me when my shit sucks. I take what they say into consideration more than anyone else probably. I mean, I think friendship is important to all non-sociopaths. I guess humans need friendship to live".

Indeed. Though I'm not sure what that really has to do with the perfume or its boxes. Try to work it out for yourself by watching the ad here.

Spotify denies that it has been hacked
Spotify has denied that it has been hacked, after user data from the streaming service was seemingly published online. However, TechCrunch reports that a number of those users listed in the supposed leak have had their accounts breached recently.

The data, which has since been removed from Pastebin, where it appeared at the weekend, apparently listed details of hundreds of Spotify accounts, including email addresses, usernames, renewal dates and account type.

In a statement, Spotify denied any breach, saying: "Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords".

However, TechCrunch says that when it contacted a random sample of users listed in the Pastebin document, some had noticed unusual activity on their Spotify accounts recently. Meanwhile others reported that accounts on other websites had been compromised, as they had used the same username and password across multiple sites.

Other purported hacks of information from Spotify accounts have appeared on Pastebin in recent weeks, though with smaller amounts of data, none of which have been verified as legitimate breaches.

BBC Three launches random sounding new music show
BBC Three - which is still definitely a thing remember - has commissioned a new music show presented by comedian James Acaster.

'Sounds Random' will initially run for fifteen episodes, and will see a different musician each week discuss a song that is important to them, before performing a choreographed routine based on that conversation. So the title is fairly apt, given 'Sounds Fucking Odd' presumably wasn't allowed.

"This is a fascinating series to film as our guests have nowhere to hide", says Acaster. "They can't ignore their guilty pleasures if that's what the device selects and the emotions that individual songs evoke are evident in their initial reactions as soon as they hear the opening chords!"

Musicians roped into the first series are: The Mystery Jets, Raleigh Ritchie, Scroobius Pip, Izzy Bizu, Oh Wonder, Wolf Alice, Big Narstie, Shura, Tom Parker formerly of The Wanted, Billy Bragg and Vanessa White from the Saturdays.

You can watch the first episode here.

CMU@TGE Previews: The emerging YouTube industry
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?'

We all know why YouTube has been ever present in the music business news this last year, but there's another fascinating story in relation to Google's video platform, and that's the emergence of a brand new entertainment industry around the talent that has successfully built on audience via a YouTube channel.

When internet usage first went mainstream in the late 1990s, a buzzword used to describe anything published online was 'new media'. But there wasn't really that much 'new' about it, in that media on the internet were really just online versions of newspapers and magazines or, subsequently, online versions of TV or radio. New titles came to market because of digital, but attempts to create a third media industry (beyond 'the press' and 'broadcast') basically failed.

However, in more recent years, as the YouTuber phenomenon has gained pace, it seems that we are seeing the emergence of a new kind of media or entertainment industry. No one can quite agree on what to call it yet - social talent, digital talent, digital native talent - but we are starting to see an increasing number of people and companies specialising in working with individuals whose primary output is their YouTube channel.

This industry is an interesting mash-up of the TV and the music sectors. TV because the core product is video, but music because the individual rather than the format is the brand, which is something the music industry has always specialised in. This is possibly why a number of people with a music industry background are now operating in this space, even when the talent isn't making music.

It's this new entertainment industry which we will put the spotlight on in the latter sessions of our 'What if YouTube actually is the future?' strand at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape. Stuart Dredge from Music Ally and The Guardian will talk to two very different artists who have built their fanbases through YouTube - Hannah Trigwell and Noodlerella - alongside their respective management teams, Bob James of Intune Addicts and Mark Walker and James Hancock of Free Focus.

Brittney Bean from Tracks2 will then lead a discussion with a number of executives known for their work in music who are now also working with YouTube talent. Lawyers Cliff Fluet from Lewis Silkin and Tahir Basheer from Sheridans will provide a legal perspective, while Mark Walker from Kilimanjaro and Free Focus, Conrad Withey from Instrumental and Alex Bewley from WME Entertainment will all discuss their recent adventures in the world of the YouTuber. Because maybe - just maybe - this actually is the future.

The YouTube strand at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape takes place on Thursday 19 May. 'Meet the YouTubers' kicks off at 3.15pm, followed by 'The emerging YouTube industry' at 4pm. Click here for an outline of the full YouTube and video strand.

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: Parc en Ciel
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Mathieu Thomas releases his debut album as Parc en Ciel - 'Path Integral' - this week through LuckyMe.

The listed influences for the record are scientific discovery, the natural world and harmony, while the album's title is a reference to theoretical physicist Dr Richard Feynman, whose work apparently inspired the album as a whole. And I can confirm that, even if none of that really means anything to you, the music is still enjoyable. Good job.

The lead single from the album is 'pH', which takes a relaxed tour through guitar noodling and wobbly electronics, tying itself together with a regimented beat and firm synth melodies that dive-bomb the more ethereal elements into submission.

Listen to 'pH' here.

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NoLay in critical condition following car crash
Grime MC NoLay, real name Isabella Gotti, is in a critical condition after being involved in a car accident in the early hours of Monday morning.

"It saddens me to have to bring this news to light, but currently NoLay isn't in a stable condition and remains unconscious from a car crash abroad", said her manager Tyler Jones in a statement. "I ask that you all respect NoLay and Nolay's family's right to privacy. The prayers and love are much appreciated".

In an update to the rapper's Twitter profile yesterday, Jones added: "We do not anticipate much of a change in NoLay's condition at present. But will further update you once more info becomes available".

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Florence And The Machine release short film
Florence And The Machine have collected together nine videos created for 2015 album 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful' to make one whole short film. 'The Odyssey', directed by Vincent Haycock, was completed by its final chapter, 'Third Eye', which premiered yesterday.

"This is the finale of a very personal project that came from a conversation me and Vince had in the Chateau Marmont about a year and a half ago while I was writing 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful'", says Florence Welch.

"I was talking to him about the record and the car crash of a relationship break up I was going through", she continues. "The highs and the lows of love and performance, how out of control I felt, the purgatory of heartbreak, and how I was trying to change and trying to be free. And we decided we would re-tell this story in full. We would re-claim this experience, re-imagine it and in some way perhaps I would come to understand it, to exorcise it. And so the Big Blue Odyssey began..."

If you think that was all overdoing it a bit, Haycock adds: "'The Odyssey', like the epic poem by Homer, is a journey. It's Florence's personal journey to find herself again after the emotional storm of a heartbreak. Like the layers of Dante's purgatory, each song or chapter represents a battle that Florence traversed and physical landscape that embodied each song or story. It's a metaphorical journey about escaping your demons, confronting yourself and returning to the original Florence, the dancer, the performer, the lover".

Let's hope they haven't built this up too much now. Watch the film here.

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John Otway launching Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Air Studios in Montserrat
John Otway has announced that he is launching a Kickstarter campaign next week to fund the recording of his next album. Though it's slightly more ambitious than that first sounds. Plan A is to raise enough money to rebuild the old Air Studios outpost on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat.

The studio was opened by George Martin in 1979, but was put out of action by a hurricane in 1989. In the ten years it was operational, artists including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Black Sabbath and Eric Clapton recorded there, the last to use it being The Rolling Stones.

If his campaign is successful, Otway will travel to Montserrat and restore the studio to active use. If not, he'll record the album in his garage in Essex.

"Obviously I would prefer it to be Montserrat", says Otway. "I wondered why, after all those great albums were recorded there, no one had been back for years. Then I discovered that the island had been hit first by a hurricane and then by a volcano. Having written some songs, though, I went out to the Island earlier this year to find out if it was still possible to record there. Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound - it just needs rebuilding".

The campaign is set to launch on 1 May.

Loyle Carner announces tour dates
Rapper Loyle Carner has announced that he will go out on a UK tour this autumn, including a show at Koko in London on 5 Oct.

As well as the tour announcement, he also premiered new single, 'Stars & Shards', which you can listen to here.

Away from music, Carner recently announced that he is setting up a cookery school for children aged 14-16 who have ADHD. More information on that here.

Tour dates:

28 Sep: Oxford, The Bullingdon
29 Sep: Glasgow, King Tut's
30 Sep: Newcastle, Academy 2
1 Oct: Sheffield, The Plug
2 Oct: Birmingham, Institute
4 Oct: Norwich Arts Centre
5 Oct: London, Koko
6 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
8 Oct: Birmingham, Marble Factory
9 Oct: Manchester, Gorilla

World IP Day, Universal, All Def Digital, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Happy World Intellectual Property Day everybody! Even though, according to a new survey from collecting society PPL, 47% of Brits don't really understand what IP is or the role it plays in the music business. They should all come on one of our training courses. They're fun, honest. One joke per seminar guaranteed!

• Following the recent dismantlement of Universal's international division, Universal UK is now getting its own Head Of International to push UK-signed acts to the mega-major's subsidiaries worldwide. Want to know who it is? Brian Cellar, that's who.

• The latest company from Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons - All Def Digital - has launched a new division called ADHD to "create brand-focused content aimed at urban millennials". Lucky urban millennials.

• Management firm Three Six Zero has launched a new "contemporary pop venture" called Twenty Four Artist Management, which will be headed up by new recruit Stirling McIlwaine, who is also becoming SVP of US Artist Management for the wider business.

• 7digital has got itself a brand new Chief Commercial Officer in the form of Edward Kershaw, who has previously worked in labels, digital and mobile. He takes the COO title off Pete Downtown, who becomes 7digital's Deputy CEO.

• Beyonce's new album 'Lemonade' is on iTunes now, so that answers that question.

• Mumford & Sons have released a live video for 'There Will Be Time', featuring Baaba Maal. The song is taken from their previously reported 'Johannesburg' mini-album.

• Colour have announced that they will release their debut EP, 'Kafé', on 28 Jun. Here's opening track 'Fiction'. They'll also play Birthdays in Dalston on 4 Jul.

• Teleman have announced that they will headline The Forum in London on 1 Nov. Tickets available now.

• Lyra will play her debut London show at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on 16 May. Check out her debut single, 'Rabbit In The Headlights' here.

• Former Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley has (slightly confusingly) formed an Inspiral Carpets tribute band called The Kar-Pets. You can catch them live at the 100 Club on 28 Jul. "The songs are the stars, come along and hear them sung by the singer who originally sang them. This is a chance to truly indulge in nostalgia and to make it new for another generation!"

Bernie Clifton "fuming and furious" after death metal mix up
End-of-the-pier comedian Bernie Clifton was left "fuming and furious" after the tracklist printed on the back of his new CD was switched for that of death metal band Abhorrent Decimation.

Clifton released an album of covers titled 'The Impossible Dream' last week, but has forced to recall the CDs after the tracklist included was for the death metal band's latest release 'Miasmic Mutation'. Clifton had not, it turned out, recorded songs with titles like 'Eternal Repulsion' and 'For the Desperately Lost'.

"I'm fuming and furious", Clifton told BBC News. Though he did see the funny side, adding: "We could go on the road, me and the lads. We could do 'To Dream The Impossible Miasmic Mutation'".

No, not a great joke, but who needs to come up with great jokes when this news story already exists? Also, Abhorrent Decimation frontman Ashley Scott is up for the idea, saying: "I definitely want to talk to Bernie about working together on something... it would be amazing".

Scott also speculated that the mix up was due to both releases having similar catalogue numbers - CDB003 and CB003, if you're interested.

Meanwhile, because I'm sure you're all wondering, Clifton was apparently inspired to record his album after a positive reaction to his audition on 'The Voice', itself an error after he tripped and fell into a taxi meant for someone else. Sightings of a wannabe popstar riding an ostrich have since been reported at seaside towns around the country.

 
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