WEDNESDAY 4 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: It seems that Russia's leading social network vKontakte is finally making good on its long-standing promise to transform all the sneaky song stealers on its platform into trustworthy music consumers with the launch of its own subscription music app. As much previously reported, both Russian and Western music companies have been long-time critics of vKontakte, which... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: In the few weeks since Ringa Manner - aka The Hearing - released her second album 'Adrian', it has fast been becoming one of my favourites of the year. Her talent for writing interesting pop songs, with intriguing lyrical twists and unexpected shifts in intonation, prove a winning combination. Opener 'Straight Teeth' sets the tone for the record by juxtaposing apparent calm... [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 vKontakte launches subscription music service
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LEGAL Kanye West has LAX attack conviction removed from record
Nightclubs in Buenos Aires temporarily banned following festival drug deaths
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MARKETING & PR Selina Webb promoted to Executive Vice President of Universal Music UK
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Nelly Furtado writes open letter criticising YouTube royalties
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: Reality check – who needs to play ball, and why would they?
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur dies
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RELEASES Radiohead release new single Burn The Witch
Busted release new song
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ONE LINERS Crowdmix, Creamfields, James Blake, more
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AND FINALLY... P Diddy to focus on all his acting after next album
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EGG LONDON – DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Egg London is one of London's most established clubbing venues. Having recently undergone major improvements, the venue is now one of the capital's most exciting multi-media spaces, and it is currently looking for a Digital Marketing Manager to join the team.

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OUTPOST MEDIA - SUPERSTAR PR ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Fast growing music PR agency is looking for a sharp Account Manager who loves PR and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require an encyclopedic music knowledge, a passion for clubs and gigs and be obsessed with popular youth culture.

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LISTEN UP - SENIOR PRESS MANAGER (LONDON)
Listen Up provides a bespoke 360 promotional service offering radio, club, online and print campaigns in the UK and worldwide, consistently delivering results to clients in a diverse range of musical genres.

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BIGBOX - PART TIME JUNIOR PR ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Bigbox are currently looking for a part-time Junior PR Assistant to join us three days a week. This is a junior role, ideal for anyone looking to take the first steps in music PR and really get to grips with the inner workings of a press team.

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LIVE NATION - EVENT TICKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Live Nation Music UK is seeking a London-based Event Ticketing Manager to maximise ticket sales for Live Nation events by providing effective ticketing information and advice; and proactively managing inventory, ticket agents and allocations.

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PROPELLER RECORDINGS - RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
We are recruiting a new radio plugger to join our expanding PR department. Working with both internal label and external clients, you will have a proven track record in national radio promotion and online PR experience is a plus.

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FABRIC - COMMUNICATIONS & PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Fabric is looking for a self-motivated and proactive individual to join the press and promotions team as communications officer. Their main role will be to create and maintain the content across our communications channels and play a key role in the implementation of our marketing and press campaigns.

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ROBOMAGIC - OFFICE ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Due to expansion we are recruiting an office assistant to complement our existing team. The role would suit a second jobber who has worked within the music industry ideally the live sector.

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!K7 LABEL GROUP - INTERNATIONAL SALES & MARKETING MANAGER (BERLIN)
The !K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced sales and marketing professional to help direct, implement and manage robust sales campaign and marketing strategies across multiple artist and label projects for both our in-house and partner labels.

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YOUR ARMY - ARTIST MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Your Army are offering a full time position working in our artist management division. The ideal candidate will have experience of working within a management company and an independent record label.

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RENEGADE MUSIC - PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Renegade Music are currently looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist our small team in all areas of club, student and retail promotions, based in our riverside offices in Barnes, London.

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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.
 
6 May 2016 CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week 2016
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19-20 May 2016 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016
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21 May 2016 CMU:DIY x The Great Escape 2016
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kicks off 6 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminars Programme: How The Music Business Works
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6 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Making Money From Music
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13 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Rights Work
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15 Jun 2016 CMU Masterclass: Music Business Explained - For Brands
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20 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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27 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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4 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Merch, Live & Brands
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6 Jul 2016 CMU Masterclass: Navigating The Digital Market
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11 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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18 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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25 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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vKontakte launches subscription music service
It seems that Russia's leading social network vKontakte is finally making good on its long-standing promise to transform all the sneaky song stealers on its platform into trustworthy music consumers with the launch of its own subscription music app.

As much previously reported, both Russian and Western music companies have been long-time critics of vKontakte, which has been home to rampant copyright infringement over the years as users share music across the network. Various legal battles have been fought, with some local music companies succeeding in court, though major litigation by the major record companies generally went more in vKontakte's favour.

Nevertheless, the global music firms remained vocal critics of the social media business for sometime, with record industry trade group the IFPI often portraying the Russian service as the world's champion copyright abuser, before everyone decided that was actually YouTube.

But after the majors decided to go legal against vKontakte, Sony Music subsequently withdrew from the proceedings last year saying it had reached a 'goodwill agreement' with the social media business. Then last month Warner Music also announced it had settled with vKontakte, adding that the social network had allied with another Russian business to launch a licensed streaming service, to which the mini-major had licensed its content.

That service is presumably the new music app that has just gone live. vKontakte has long expressed ambitions to be a player in the legit streaming market in Russia, while also insisting that it has implemented a multitude of measures to stop the unlicensed distribution of music across its social network.

The labels were never especially convinced by the latter claims, and initially it seemed that they wouldn't play ball on the legit service plan until the file-sharing issue had been properly addressed. Though it seems that most have now agreed to basically turn a blind eye to the ongoing illegal music distribution, for the time being at least, while the licensed vKontakte music set-up gets off the ground. The hope, presumably, is that if the new streaming service works, vKontakte has a commercial incentive to stop piracy elsewhere in its platform.

Sony and Warner content is accompanied by tracks from a number of Russian music firms on the new service. Universal Music remains the holdout on doing a deal with vKontakte, though local media says an agreement with the mega-major may be close.

Those ongoing licensing talks are presumably being sweetened by the $10 million a year that vKontakte is also reported to be pledging to pay the music companies on the back of its new music play. Which may prove to an ambitious commitment, especially given all users are currently on a 90 day free trial, and price point beyond that is yet to be revealed.

But perhaps vKontakte actually can make it work, and lose its (nearly) top foe status by becoming the music industry's new best mate.

Kanye West has LAX attack conviction removed from record
Kanye West has had a conviction for misdemeanour battery wiped from his criminal record, reports TMZ.

As previously reported, West was convicted of attacking photographer Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport in 2014, after entering a plea of no contest over the pap altercation.

He has now had a request to expunge the conviction approved after doing more than the 250 hours of community service he was ordered to carry out and by staying out of trouble for the duration of his two year probation.

A civil suit brought by the snapper against the rapper was settled out of court in April last year, in a deal that saw West agree to apologise to Ramos.

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Nightclubs in Buenos Aires temporarily banned following festival drug deaths
All nightclubs in Buenos Aires were ordered to shut down by a municipal judge last week, follow five drug-related deaths at the Time Warp festival in the city last month. The ban was overturned shortly afterwards, but has sparked strong debate.

Judge Roberto Gallardo ordered that "all commercial activity involving dancing with live or recorded music", other than at tango venues and dance-related cultural events, be halted.

"How do you obey a totally unconstitutional order like this one?" complained a spokesperson for nightclub owners Jorge Becco, according to Reuters. "It's like shutting the vegetable store because you found food poisoning at the butcher shop".

The ban was overturned following a complaint from Buenos Aires Chief Of Government Horacio Larreta. He told La Nacion: "It was a nonsense that the judge wanted to ban all parties. What do we do? Do we close down night clubs? We know that the teens are drinking alcohol at pre-parties. Do we suspend pre-parties? So then they're going to go out and drink on the street. Do we prohibit the use of the streets?"

Although Larreta said he did support a temporary ban on music festival permits in the city, he added that a better long term solution to drug problems in Argentina is to open "an honest discussion on the topic in schools and in the home".

Selina Webb promoted to Executive Vice President of Universal Music UK
Universal Music UK's Senior Director Of Communications Selina Webb has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President. Whatever that means.

Actually, this is what that means, according to Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph: "Selina knows our company and our industry inside out, and has played a key role in Universal Music's success. Her new role reflects her exceptional creative and commercial instincts, and I know she will make further significant contributions as we continue to create new opportunities for our artists and labels".

Still a little confused? Well, in her new role, Webb will become more involved in strategic issues at the major label, as well as expanding her remit in the industry relations domain. Previously editor of Music Week, Webb joined Universal in 1998 as Polydor's Director Of Press. She was made Senior Director Of Communications in 2010.

Nelly Furtado writes open letter criticising YouTube royalties
Nelly Furtado has become the latest artist to call out YouTube on its approach to rights management and royalty payments, publishing an open letter to the Google-owned platform. "I love YouTube, but they are under-paying and exploiting creators and getting away with it", she writes. "I know the truth hurts, but someone's got to tell it".

A number of high profile artists have recently gone public about their opposition to YouTube, in no small part because the US industry has followed the lead of its European counterpart in ramping up its lobbying efforts against the safe harbours in copyright law, which allow the video site to run an opt-out rather than opt-in streaming service, putting the onus on copyright owners to remove their content from the platform.

Getting into all that, and the efficiencies of YouTube's rights management system Content ID, Furtado says: "YouTube needs to decide to use their Content ID system in a more productive way. It is interesting to note that they are ultra-efficient at removing anything pornographic or beyond certain limits of taste. They simply CHOOSE NOT TO for the artists' music, publishers and labels. Let's hope that the new ID system doesn't create profits for YouTube while we figure out who owns what. Let's not forget that Google/YouTube are a TECHNOLOGY COMPANY and unquestionably have the ability and resources to solve the problem right now!"

"With nearly double the plays of on-demand subscription services, Google/YouTube pays one third the revenue to artists and labels", she continues. "On a payment per user basis, it's even worse. The average music subscription generates $62 dollars per year for artists and labels, while at YouTube it generates less than $3.50 per user. That is eighteen times lower than the average revenue per user to artists and labels than subscription music services".

However, after dishing out all those stats, she then adds: "Let's dispense the details and numbers, which can be confusing. The independent community is asking for a minimum per-view guarantee at least as great as existing services that have a free tier, if not greater, because video has a higher value than just audio".

Furtado also adds that there should be no difference between the royalties paid to major labels and those that go to independent labels and artists, though that's another debate entirely.

Read Furtado's letter in full here.

CMU@TGE Previews: Reality check – who needs to play ball, and why would they?
We are now just a couple of weeks 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 – currently those in the full-day strand 'Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let's make buzzwords happen!'

'Data' has been a talking point at music industry events for years now. Meanwhile 'transparency' was the most buzzed buzz word at last year's CMU Insights @ The Great Escape. And it's been hard to avoid the 'blockchain' jargon in music circles this year. But how can we make any of this happen?

Now, we do occasionally don the cynic hat here at CMU, and those hats will be on full show during the final session of our 'Let's make buzzwords happen' strand later this month. There are all sorts of reasons why current plans for a super efficient music data platform may never get off the ground, and why the 'transparency' everyone agrees should be a routine part of the music business will be hard to secure.

But what are those reasons, and how might we overcome them? And assuming there'll be resistance from at least some powerful entities in the music industry, how can they be persuaded, cajoled or forced to play ball?

In a bid to answer these questions we've recruited a fine panel of experts, representatives and cynics (some are all three) to force a firm but positive reality check onto the proceedings. And by that we mean Mediaclarity's Jeremy Silver, Believe Digital's Stephen King, PPL's Mark Douglas, the Music Managers' Forum's Annabella Coldrick and IP consultant Amanda Harcourt.

'Reality check – who needs to play ball, and why would they?' concludes the buzzwords strand at 4.10pm on Thursday 19 May. Check the full strand outline right about 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.

Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur dies
Afeni Shakur, the activist mother of the late Tupac Shakur, has died aged 69. According to police, emergency services were called to Mrs Shakur's Californian home on Monday night after she suffered a possible heart attack. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10.30pm.

An activist and member of the Black Panther movement in her early life, Shakur became better known through her son's work, including the 1995 song 'Dear Mama', in which Tupac details his mother's battle back from addiction. Following Tupac's murder in 1996, Shakur managed her son's estate, and was involved in the rapper's many posthumous releases. She also set up the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

A representative of the Tupac estate issued a statement yesterday, which said: "We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Afeni Shakur. Afeni embodied strength, resilience, wisdom, and love. She was a pioneer for social change and was committed to building a more peaceful world".

  Approved: The Hearing
In the few weeks since Ringa Manner - aka The Hearing - released her second album 'Adrian', it has fast been becoming one of my favourites of the year. Her talent for writing interesting pop songs, with intriguing lyrical twists and unexpected shifts in intonation, prove a winning combination.

Opener 'Straight Teeth' sets the tone for the record by juxtaposing apparent calm with quiet anger. Seething lyrics are delivered sweetly, the reigns held tightly on the words "fuck this all, fuck everything" as they threaten to give the game away. Another highlight is previous single 'Backwards', on which the unexpected hook is the word "if". In fact, the song could have 50% more ifs and I wouldn't mind.

Now comes new single 'Robot Vs Human Heart', one of the album's faster paced tracks, underlayed with cinematic synths and with lyrics that tell a vivid, relatable story that boasts gripping drama and tension.

You'll be able to catch Manner twice at The Great Escape later this month – she being one of six Finnish acts playing the event this year, alongside LCMDF, K-X-P, View, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS and Eliphantree. Right now, listen to 'Robot Vs Human Heart' here.

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Radiohead release new single Burn The Witch
Radiohead have released their new single 'Burn The Witch'. So that's what all that was about then.

The track has been made available to download direct from their website in MP3 and WAV format. And it's on iTunes. Was there something else you were interested in? Oh yeah, it's on streaming services too. Even Spotify ("We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off"). And YouTube ("It's like what the Nazis did during the Second World War").

Those two brief clips that were posted on Instagram yesterday were taken from the video for 'Burn The Witch', which sees 'The Wicker Man' turned into the darkest episode of 'Camberwick Green' you ever saw.

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Busted release new song
Busted yesterday released their first new song for twelve years. 'Coming Home' was made available free via the band's website in advance of their upcoming reunion tour.

"After twelve long years it feels great to say, here is a brand new Busted song", said James Bourne. "We wanted to give this away free to the fans as a gift for supporting us all these years. We can't wait to play it live in the arenas and hear them singing along".

So, if you want to learn all the words (even the SHOCKING swear words) to a song that appears to be about how much Busted hate touring and all want to go home already, here's the lyric video.

Crowdmix, Creamfields, James Blake, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Social network for music whatnot thingy you know etc Crowdmix has only gone and put its bloody app live in the Android and iOS stores, but it's invite-only for now.

• Creamfields has unveiled its staging set up for this year, which it's calling Steel Yard. "This living, breathing behemoth redefines festival production as we know it" says the festival. It does look pretty impressive.

• James Blake has collaborated with illustrator Quentin Blake (no relation, we're told) - best known for his work illustrating Roald Dahl books - to create artwork around his upcoming new album 'The Colour In Anything'. Teaser murals have been put up in London and New York.

• Eddie Vedder and Beyonce have recorded a cover of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song' as the b-side for a Pearl Jam fanclub single. It may well be a recording of this performance.

• Foxes has released the video for 'Cruel', from her latest album 'All I Need'.

• Kyla La Grange has a new single out. Here's 'Hummingbird'.

• Beverly Knight has announced her latest album, 'Soulsvilles', will be released on 10 Jun. From it, this is 'Middle Of Love'.

• Mitski has released another track from her upcoming 'Puberty 2' album. This is 'Happy'. She's also announced dates for the UK and Ireland in September and October.

• The organisers of Coachella have announced a new smaller scale event, Desert Trip. Taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on 7-9 Oct, it'll feature performances from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who.

• Entries are now open for this year's AIM Independent Music Awards. The deadline is 24 May. The ceremony will take place on 6 Sep at The Brewery in London.

• You can get singing lessons from Christina Aguilera now.

• Take your David Bowie vinyl outside.

P Diddy to focus on all his acting after next album
Whoever it is who logs these things, can you please take note that P Diddy has promised to retire from music after the release of his next album 'No Way Out 2'.

Diddy makes the commitment in the next issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine. He's planning on stepping back from music to concentrate on another passion. No, not cigars. Acting of course.

"I'm going to put out my last album and devote 100 per cent of my time to doing films", says he. "I want to stop at a great place, and a final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it once last time".

Ah, so he's actually promising to retire after his next world tour. Still, this news should still be logged. If only to reassure 50 Cent, who noted at the weekend when the Cigar Aficionado article started to circulate: "Wait, I thought he retired ten years ago. LOL".

 
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