THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Six ticket brokers in the US will together pay $2.76 million in fines as part of a settlement with the New York Attorney General for violating ticket selling laws in the state. The move is seen as the start of a wider crackdown against good old ticket touting in New York State, following the previously reported publication earlier this year of the report 'Why Can't... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Amanda Mair released her debut album in 2012 to much pointing and saying 'this is good'. Then, so the story goes, she just disappeared. Which isn't strictly true because, well, it's just not true. She toured, she recorded, she released an EP with her band Vo PAM. But the point is, she is now properly back, and has wiped any trace of her past history from SoundCloud... [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 Ticket brokers pay over $2 million in fines in New York over tout bots
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LEGAL Kesha's mother drops lawsuit against Dr Luke
Led Zep song-theft accusers say they would settle for a dollar
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DEALS Cadet partners with Absolute Label Services
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify buys CrowdAlbum
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MEDIA A.Dot to take over 1Xtra breakfast show
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: Drowning in data? Learn how to swim
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ARTIST NEWS Bank appointed to oversee Prince's estate
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ONE LINERS Tegan & Sara, Steve Aoki, Kygo, more
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AND FINALLY... Which direction? Judge admits he's never heard of boyband
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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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Ticket brokers pay over $2.7 million in fines in New York over tout bots
Six ticket brokers in the US will together pay $2.76 million in fines as part of a settlement with the New York Attorney General for violating ticket selling laws in the state.

The move is seen as the start of a wider crackdown against good old ticket touting in New York State, following the previously reported publication earlier this year of the report 'Why Can't New Yorkers Get Tickets?', commissioned by the state's AG Eric T Schneiderman.

When publishing the report in January, Schneiderman said: "Ticketing is a fixed game. My office will continue to crackdown on those who break our laws, prey on ordinary consumers and deny New Yorkers affordable access to the concerts and sporting events they love".

The six ticket brokers targeted by Schneiderman were TicketToad.com, Avery Tickets, Charm City Entertainment, All Events, Just In Time Tickets and A2Z Tix. All six were accused of selling tickets in New York State without the required licence, while all but Charm City also used so called bots in order to hoover up tickets from primary sites in order to resell them on the secondary market.

The latter point is most important with regard to the wider debate around secondary ticketing. Even some of the secondary ticketing sites have been critical of the bots employed by some touts, which are basically software that can spot when tickets are put on sale via primary sites, and then automatically buy hundreds of tickets for in-demand shows.

They do this by employing multiple logins, email addresses and credit cards, so to circumvent any restrictions on how many tickets any one customer can buy. It's widely believed that it's the bots that ensure in-demand events often sell out before most fans have even managed to log on to the primary ticketing site.

As part of the settlement the six ticket brokers have reached with Schneiderman, aside from paying fines of between $100,000 and $1,125,000, the companies have all committed to stop selling tickets in New York without licence, and to stop using bots to access tickets.

It's thought that Schneiderman's office could instigate other crackdowns against ticket touts in the coming months, with the AG saying earlier this week: "Our office will continue to enforce New York's ticket laws by investigating ticket brokers who are breaking our laws, and making them pay for their illegal acts".

Meanwhile, others are now wondering whether Schneiderman's actions could have an impact beyond New York. The regulations he is enforcing mainly sit in state rather than federal law, but other states may follow his lead, both in introducing new regulations and enforcing them.

The increasingly proactive anti-tout campaigners in the UK will no doubt be looking to see if the New York Attorney General's tactics could be employed over here to stop the flood of tickets that end up being sold at hiked up prices on the touting sites.

Kesha's mother drops lawsuit against Dr Luke
There's been a further development in the ongoing legal battle between Kesha and Dr Luke. The singer's mother has dismissed her legal action against the producer in the state of Tennessee.

As previously reported, there are various elements to the Kesha v Dr Luke litigation, with lawsuits filed in three states. Kesha Sebert accuses her long-time musical collaborator Lukasz Gottwald of plying her with drugs and alcohol and raping her as a teenager. He denies all of those allegations, and has sued both the singer and her mother for defamation, saying that the accusations were invented in a bid to force his hand in a contractual dispute.

The latest development relates to Gottwald's litigation against Kesha's mother Pebe. Earlier this year, the New York courts dismissed one of the producer's lawsuits against Sebert Senior, but mainly on a jurisdiction point, because the latter successfully argued that the events covered by the action didn't take place in New York State. That dismissal didn't affect the separate legal action between Gottwald and Pebe Sebert in Tennessee.

In the latter case, Sebert countersued. Gottwald accused Kesha's mother of defamation and tortious interference, while she accused him of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, misrepresentations and fraudulent inducement.

Pebe Sebert has now voluntarily dismissed that countersuit. The move follows an earlier decision to part ways with Mark Geragos, the celebrity lawyer who has been leading on her daughter's legal case of late. A legal representative for Gottwald said that "Pebe Sebert's voluntary withdrawal of all her claims against Dr Luke is her acknowledgement that her claims are meritless".

Various other strands of the Kesha v Dr Luke case continue, with a currently frozen case in California still having the potential to become the forum where the various allegations made by both parties are properly scrutinised in court.

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Led Zep song-theft accusers say they would settle for a dollar
The lawyers leading the litigation against Led Zeppelin over the allegations 'Stairway To Heaven' is a rip off of an earlier track have again stressed that the case is primarily about securing the late Randy California a credit on the Led Zep song. To that end, the lawyers say they'd be happy to settle for one dollar if that co-credit could be agreed.

Of course, a co-credit on the song would presumably equate to co-ownership of the copyright, so the dollar settlement isn't as generous as it sounds. The Randy Craig Wolfe Trust would presumably want a cut of all future royalties generated by the famous song, as well as back payments as far as the statute of limitations on a case of this kind would allow.

As previously reported, the Zeppelin are accused of ripping off a song written by California, aka Randy Craig Wolfe. Led Zep toured with Wolfe's band Spirit in the late 1960s which - the lawsuit claims - is when they were exposed to his song 'Taurus'. The litigation, filed by a lawyer called Francis Malofiy on behalf of the Wolfe Trust, claims that the band then lifted elements of 'Taurus' when writing 'Stairway To Heaven'.

Led Zeppers Robert Plant and Jimmy Page deny those allegations, and their lawyers successfully got the case against them streamlined earlier this week ahead of the jury trial which is scheduled for next month.

There are increasing parallels between this case and last year's mega 'Blurred Lines' litigation, in that the judge has told the plaintiffs that they can only present the published version of 'Taurus' in court, and not recordings that contain extra bits n pieces added in the studio. It may be the extra bits n pieces where the similarities between the two songs lie.

In another parallel to the 'Blurred Lines' case, Plant and Page argue that any similarities between the two songs are simply common musical structures that can be found in countless works. Though the Led Zep team will be hoping that that's where the crossovers with the 'Blurred Lines' case end, given that that argument ultimately failed for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.

Either way, speaking after this week's developments in the case, Malofiy told reporters: "[This case has] always been about credit where credit is due".

Cadet partners with Absolute Label Services
Cadet and his management company J Star Entertainment have signed a deal with Absolute Label Services. The company will administer the grime MC's label, distribution, social media promotion and video releases.

"We're really happy to be working with Cadet", says Absolute's James McGuinness. "As with many of our grime acts, he stood out as a real talent straight away and we made sure we offered a deal quickly to add him to our roster. We saw a chance to help Cadet build a platform to grow as an artist, within his own label, and keep full creative control via our label services and distribution".

Cadet adds: "I'm incredibly excited about Absolute. We share the same vision and goals, and they have so much faith in me and my art. I literally cannot wait to see my dreams come to fruition with them".

You missed Cadet supporting Pusha T in London last night. Sorry.

Spotify buys CrowdAlbum
Spotify has bought CrowdAlbum, a service which aggregates fan-uploaded photos and videos from live shows and then helps artists to identify their biggest fans. Or at least the ones who post the most photos and videos online. So, their stalkers, maybe.

"We're working every day to find ways to tighten the connection between artists and their fans", says Spotify's VP Product Charlie Hellman of the acquisition. "The CrowdAlbum acquisition is the latest way Spotify is investing in helping artists find and engage their audiences on and off Spotify, especially around the ever important business of touring".

CrowdAlbum's staff will join Spotify and focus on building tools for artists, which possibly puts some doubt on the future of CrowdAlbum itself.

A.Dot to take over 1Xtra breakfast show
BBC Radio 1Xtra has announced A.Dot as the new host of its breakfast show, making her the only woman to ever present the show without a male co-host. She moves to the early slot from weekday afternoons.

"This is unbelievable", says A.Dot. "I can't believe actual people are going to be waking up to my voice every day! I can't wait to kickstart your mornings with enough music and mayhem to get you through the day. Breakfast will never be the same again!"

She continues: "Just eighteen months ago 1Xtra gave a radio rookie a Saturday afternoon show and now here I am taking the wheel on the 'Breakfast Show'. I'm so, so grateful for this huge opportunity. I've never set a 5am alarm before, let's hope I don't sleep through it!"

Current hosts Twin B and Yasmin Evans are moving on to present their own solo shows on the station.

CMU@TGE Previews: Drowning in data? Learn how to swim
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 previewing the sessions we will present this year. And today he is moving onto the full-day strand 'Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let's make buzzwords happen!'

It's all about data these days, isn't it? Big data even. But what does that even mean? What, exactly, are we meant to be doing with all this data that floods into the music industry each day? And what about the data that we should be pumping out into the world?

We're putting all things data into the spotlight as part of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape this year, with the main focus on music rights data, which has been the big talking point in the last year, as the industry tries to find more effective, efficient and transparent ways of processing the billions of micro-payments that are the result of the shift to streaming.

Before that, we'll consider all the different kinds of data that the music industry is now routinely dealing with, from consumption and rights data, through to the analytics generated by socials, email lists, ticketing and even piracy. The aim, though, is to not just review the different sets of data artists, labels, publishers, collecting societies, managers, promoters and agents now deal with, but also to consider practical ways to make use of all that information.

To that end we'll kickstart the data strand with four online platforms presenting the data they make available to the industry, and then - for each service - a music client who explains how they are making use of that information, with practical tips on how to get the most out of the analytics that have just been previewed.

'Drowning in data? Learn how to swim' takes place at 10.45am on Thursday 19 May, with Jessie Scoullar of Wicksteed Works overseeing the proceedings, and Spotify, Muso and Bandcamp amongst those showcasing their data systems and tools.

Find out more about the full-day data strand 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: Amanda Mair
Amanda Mair released her debut album in 2012 to much pointing and saying 'this is good'. Then, so the story goes, she just disappeared. Which isn't strictly true because, well, it's just not true. She toured, she recorded, she released an EP with her band Vo PAM. But the point is, she is now properly back, and has wiped any trace of her past history from SoundCloud and YouTube in celebration.

History is unimportant though. Let's live in the now, people. And the now is 'Wednesday'. Yes, I know Wednesday was yesterday, but if you're going to get picky about things like that, you might start noticing that this track has been around for two weeks already and the whole façade of this approved song being brand new and totally 'now' will come crumbling down.

'Wednesday' - the record 'Wednesday' just released by the recording artist Amanda Mair - is a strong electronic ballad, which cuts a through line to but marks a step up from the naïve indie-pop sound of her debut album. It's taken from a forthcoming EP, which is still in the works, and has a very good video, which you can watch here.

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Bank appointed to oversee Prince's estate
The administration of Prince's estate will be handled by Bremer Bank in Minnesota, a local judge ruled yesterday.

As previously reported, the musician's sister filed legal papers earlier this week requesting a court appointed special administrator to oversee her brother's estate, after it emerged that he left no will. It was she who suggested Bremer, the bank that Prince had used for many years.

The Bremer Trust will "preserve the estate and secure its proper administration until a general personal representative is appointed by the Registrar or by the Court", according to documents obtained by People.

The Trust has also been tasked with locating all of Prince's heirs, whom will likely receive an equal distribution of his assets. This includes his sister Tyka, plus five half siblings. The musician had no known children, his son Boy Gregory having died of rare skull defect Pfeiffer syndrome at just a week old.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing investigation into Prince's death last week, Minnesota law enforcers have now reportedly called in the Drug Enforcement Agency for help. NBC cites officials as saying that prescription drugs had been found in the musician's possession when he died. The DEA's role at this stage would be to ascertain what drugs he had obtained and where they came from.

This follows claims on TMZ that Prince had taken the medication Percocet for several years to relieve pain in his hips. Having first reported rumours that the reason Prince's private jet made an emergency landing earlier this month was because he had overdosed on the drug, the website is now reporting that he had a "long-standing addiction" to the pain relief medication.

As previously reported, Prince's lawyer L Londell McMillan disputed these rumours earlier this week, saying that the musician was "not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern".

Elsewhere, Prince's former backing band The Revolution have announced that they are reuniting for a tour in tribute to their former frontman.

"We have decided, after spending three or four days together now grieving over the loss of Prince, that we would like to come out and do some shows", says guitarist Wendy Melvoin in a video statement. "We want to let you know that we'll be there soon".

This will be the first time the 'Purple Rain' era line-up of the group have all performed together since 2003, when they regrouped for a Sheila E organised charity event, the Family Jamm.

Tegan & Sara, Steve Aoki, Kygo, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Tegan & Sara's new single 'Boyfriend' now has a video for you to watch.

• Steve Aoki, Felix Jaehn and Adam Lambert made a track together, and now it has a video.

• Kygo will release his new album 'Cloud 9' on 13 May. And he's headlining Wireless on 10 Jul. It's all go.

• Ladyhawke has released a new track from her incoming new album 'Wild Things'. This is 'Dangerous'.

• Broen will release new EP 'Yoga' on 6 May. From it, this is 'No, My God'.

• Sløtface have released a new video, filmed at a protest against the dumping of chemical waste into a Norwegian fjord.

• Newcomer Mhairi has released the video for her debut single 'Crystalline'. Shot in Indonesia, it aims to raise awareness of the practice of shackling people with mental health issues in the country.

• Blonde Bunny will play The Moth Club in Hackney on 3 May. Check out recent-ish single 'Loreta' here.

• You know how joyful it is to see a music video so clever that you don't understand how it works at all? It can only be topped by the joy of not having to listen to an OK Go song while you watch it. So, here you go, watch J-pop outfit Lyrical School's video for 'Run & Run' on your iPhone.

Which direction? Judge admits he's never heard of boyband
Three people were found guilty of profiting from the sale on eBay of counterfeit One Direction t-shirts this week. All received prison sentences, despite the judge overseeing the case having no idea who they were ripping off.

"Don't be surprised to hear that I have not heard of [One Direction]", said Judge Lawrie, at Plymouth Crown Court, as the case got underway earlier this week. "I am more of a Bach man myself".

"They are absolutely huge. They are collectively worth about £70 million", said Nick Lewin, the barrister for one of the accused, failing to heed the judge's warning not to be surprised. He added: "If you have not heard any of their music, then your honour is definitely blessed".

Now fully aware of the scale of One Direction's success and therefore the value of their trademarks, Lawrie found Lewin's client - and the other two defendants - guilty of selling goods bearing false trademarks. The defendants seemingly ran their fake t-shirt operation for three years and netted around £140,000 from it, according to the Plymouth Herald.

While defending his client, Lewin had argued that the items sold were of good quality and received great feedback from the eBayers who bought them. But, while good buyer feedback is everything in the world of eBay, it means little in the courtroom. So the judge handed out prison sentences of between eight and sixteen months to the three sellers.

 
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