WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Beatport is shutting down its streaming service. And its mobile app. And its news service. And its video service. Oh, and its events section. Are you keeping up? Worked out what's left? Go on, have a guess. Yes, that's right, the Beatport Store. Download yourself some beats as a reward. So yes, struggling dance music company SFX has been busy of late trying to flog... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: After releasing an EP under his real name last autumn, Erik Luebs is back recording and releasing as Magical Mistakes again. He will release new album 'Peaking In The Pitch Black' through The Playground on 1 Jul, the first portion of which comes in the form of 'Annihilated'. Like pretty much all of his work, 'Annihilated' is a track that starts interesting and... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Beatport to cut everything but downloads
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LEGAL Intellectual Property Office sets out copyright objectives for next four years
Five Finger Death Punch producer responds to Prospect Park lawsuit
Deadmau5 and Play Records settle lawsuit
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DEALS Sigala and Ministry Of Sound sign worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music
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LIVE BUSINESS Mumford & Sons and Little Mix get behind anti-touting petition
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES CMU@CMW: "We as an industry have a deeply impoverished product"
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ARTIST NEWS Meghan Trainor demands new video edit after waist digitally altered
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ONE LINERS Rita Ora, Corey Taylor, Zayn Malik, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Timberlake to perform at Eurovision Song Contest
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ROCKET PR - NATIONAL RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
Rocket PR have an exciting opportunity for a national radio plugger to join their successful team. Rocket is one of the UK's leading radio and TV promotions companies, working with top independent labels and both emerging and established artists.

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MINISTRY OF SOUND - LICENSING EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Ministry Of Sound requires a Licensing Executive to license and clear tracks (both third party and our own tracks) for our compilations within the required deadline, and looking after all the administration in respect of those albums.

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VEVO - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (LONDON)
Vevo, the world's leading platform for music entertainment, is in search of a Social Media Manager to join us in our exciting Editorial department. You’ll be joining one of the leading online music platforms that receives over seventeen billion monthly views and you could be at the forefront of driving our brand.

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NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP - PROMOTION MANAGER (LONDON)
The Promotion Manager’s role is to co-ordinate, arrange, manage and support the promotion of artists being released by Nettwerk UK, wherein one or more aspects of the promotions are not being handled by external third parties.

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SNAPPER MUSIC - MARKETING AND ROYALTIES ASSISTANT (GRADUATE LEVEL) (LONDON)
UK independent label Snapper Music seeks a graduate looking for experience in the music industry in a role to include sales, marketing and royalty accounting duties. A great opportunity for an entry level position in our central London office.

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AEI MEDIA - MUSIC PUBLICIST (LONDON)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented and passionate music publicist to work in-house at AEI Media across our variety of global music brands and artists. We are looking for an independent, well-rounded individual with a strong creative streak and passion for electronic music, a nose for a unique story and a strong contact base.

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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
[PIAS] Artist & Label Services is looking for a new Label Manager to join the team. The successful candidate will have the proven experience and understanding of sales, marketing and distribution necessary to navigate the challenges of the modern music business, allied to a sound grasp of both physical and digital routes to market.

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EGG LONDON - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Egg London is one of London's most established clubbing venues. We are currently looking for a Digital Marketing Manager to join our team in the Egg London office.

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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.
 
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Beatport to cut everything but downloads
Beatport is shutting down its streaming service. And its mobile app. And its news service. And its video service. Oh, and its events section. Are you keeping up? Worked out what's left? Go on, have a guess. Yes, that's right, the Beatport Store. Download yourself some beats as a reward.

So yes, struggling dance music company SFX has been busy of late trying to flog off the digital music platform it acquired in 2013 as it works its way through bankruptcy. The deadline for bidding to buy Beatport was extended into last week, but as of yesterday the auction process was suspended, though the parent company said it would "continue considering offers". Anyone?

Beatport, of course, enjoyed considerable success during the download boom, which conveniently coincided with the EDM explosion in the US. Its genre specialism enabled it to compete in a market otherwise totally dominated by iTunes, and some commentators reckoned it was one of the few digital music start-ups to be profitable.

But under SFX's watch Beatport expanded into streaming and other forms of content provision, all of which are much more risky affairs. A move into streaming, where labels and publishers earn a share of overall revenues rather than per-download sales, usually means providing minimum guarantees to the rights owners, which is costly for streaming platforms until they reach critical mass. Meanwhile becoming a media platform is also risky, given how much conventional music media are struggling to make any money online.

With downloads in decline across the board, ambitions to diversify the Beatport brand weren't totally insane, though the business plan was likely reliant on upselling other SFX products and tapping into other SFX brand partnerships to work, in the short term at least, which meant its success was linked to that of the parent company. Which then fell over.

The need for those synergies to make an EDM streaming service work were also likely a concern for any potential bidders for Beatport; few investors want to back loss-making streaming services in 2016, where long-term success almost certainly requires very deep pockets. The test now is whether a downloads-centric Beatport can survive in a declining download market. Bosses there will be hoping that one of its key target audiences - the DJ community - still need to download copies of the tracks they want to utilise.

In a statement yesterday the digital platform said: "When Beatport was acquired three years ago, part of the vision was to create a broad digital platform for DJs to engage fans of electronic music wherever they may be. The original Beatport Store and the Beatport brand became the foundation for this vision, upon which we added a streaming music service, mobile app, a video live-streaming platform, and a relaunched news and media property".

"We have learned through this process however, that in our effort to be so many different things, we lost focus on bringing the best possible service and capabilities to our most loyal customers: the DJ community", it went on. "As such, we have determined to invest in what is most important to our business and our customers, rather than adding yet another choice to a sea of streaming services".

The Beatport platform will be cut back to just its download store at the end of the week. It's not yet entirely clear what this means for the people working there, except that there will be a management rejig and some downsizing.

Meanwhile the service's statement concludes: "For over twelve years, the Beatport Store has served DJs and the electronic music community. As a new generation of artists, performers, and sounds develop and grow, inspired by the leaders of today and the past, the Beatport Store will continue to be there to support the music and inspire the community".

Intellectual Property Office sets out copyright objectives for next four years
The UK's Intellectual Property Office yesterday published a policy paper called 'IP Enforcement 2020' which "sets out how the government will make effective, proportionate and accessible enforcement of IP rights a priority for the next four years". Good times.

The IPO says that it plans to work with relevant industries, law enforcement agencies and governments around the world to "address the multiple and growing challenges posed by IP infringement and counterfeiting".

Most of the challenges to be considered are the classics, so tackling unlicensed downloads and streams, cracking down on the trade of counterfeit goods, and enabling IP owners to enforce their rights more quickly. And the customary "we really ought to educate people about intellectual property" thing is in there too.

The report also bigs up the so called 'follow the money' approach to limiting copyright infringement online by cutting off the income streams of piracy operations. This has been a preferred anti-piracy tactic of the IPO - and especially the City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit - for quite some time, and this strategy looks set to remain a priority.

But for a music industry that is currently so vocal about YouTube and safe harbours, the most important commitments in the report relate to takedown systems and "platform liability". On that point the IPO says it will "review notice and takedown procedures to improve and streamline the process" and also "push within Europe for clarification of the current EU rules around platform liability". Which is code for safe harbours.

Launching the policy document, IP minister Lucy Neville-Rolfe said yesterday: "As a country famed for its creators and innovators, we know that ... intellectual property rights lie at the heart of the economic and creative wellbeing of the UK. But these crucial IP rights are undermined and devalued on all fronts by infringement, whether by the wholesale sharing of digital content through myriad file sharing and streaming websites, deliberate copying of patent or design protected products, or the importation and sale of counterfeit goods on a massive scale".

"That is why as a government we have made effective, proportionate and accessible enforcement of IP rights a priority", she continued. "And this document sets out a roadmap for how we will address this challenge. The challenge is to keep up the momentum we have, bring others in the UK, Europe and further afield along with us, and ensure that we continue to improve the outlook for the UK, for creators of all kinds, and for those looking to invest in the UK as a great place to do business".

Copyright law is already being reviewed in Europe, of course, as part of the Digital Single Market initiative, though the IPO's policy document opens the door for UK rights ones to continue pushing for the reforms they want at a Whitehall/Westminster level, even if ultimately key issues - like safe harbours - are controlled at a European level.

You can download the IPO policy document here.

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Five Finger Death Punch producer responds to Prospect Park lawsuit
Record producer Kevin Churko has issued a statement on the litigation between record label Prospect Park and metal band Five Finger Death Punch, in which he is named.

"I was confused, concerned and disappointed to learn that the band has been sued by their record company, Prospect Park, LLC", he says. "Moreover, because my name was mentioned in the lawsuit, I thought I should go on the record with some facts".

As previously reported, the label sued the band last month accusing them of breach of contract. It claims that they are working on a new album before their record contract allows, suggesting that this is because they want to get it recorded before frontman Ivan Moody's alcohol addiction leaves him unable to work. The lawsuit also claimed that the band had refused to submit two new songs for a greatest hits compilation.

In his statement, Churko, as the band's produder, denies that any recording has taken place outside of contractual bounds: "Five Finger Death Punch and their management have always said that they couldn't commence recording until 5 Jun of this year and that they couldn't deliver the album until 5 Sep. That has always been their intention, and that's what I agreed to do".

Another claim Churko seems particularly irked by is the suggestion that he is somehow holding the band back, having worked with them on all but their first album.

"Prospect Park claims that if Five Finger Death Punch were to hire a different producer, they could sell well over a million records, maybe even two million", he says. "We all aim for the highest of goals, but honestly, there hasn't been a record in the hard rock genre that has achieved anywhere close to those sales in a two year period of time. I have worked with several of the biggest and am appreciative my bands are doing so incredibly well ... [Five Finger Death Punch] have sold over four million records at a time when general album sales are diminishing".

"I wish Prospect Park and Jeff Kwatinetz wouldn't have dragged my name into this", he continues. "However, I feel a moral obligation to go on the record and protect Five Finger Death Punch's name and mine. Moreover, I am scratching my head as to why Jeff Kwatinetz would want to get involved in the creative of this band after five albums together, when every record I've ever recorded for 5FDP has been finished in the studio of which I've never seen him present".

"I've never met Jeff, never had a conversation with him, not even an email. I've never submitted demos for approval while recording and I've had no direction given to me by Jeff. 5FDP knows who they are and what they're good at. From what I can tell, they're the one consistent, successful band in ten years with Prospect Park. I'm grateful to have done my part. It's not about the company. It's about the music and the artist".

Finishing by alleging that Prospect Park has consistently failed to pay him in a timely fashion throughout his time working with Five Finger Death Punch, he concludes: "Contractually, this would be Five Finger Death Punch's final album for Prospect Park. One can read between those lines".

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Deadmau5 and Play Records settle lawsuit
Deadmau5 and his original label Play Records have reached a settlement in relation to legal action launched by the producer last year.

As previously reported, Deadmau5 sued Play Records founder Melleny Brown in October, accusing her of releasing remixes of his early work without permission. He recorded music for the label around a decade ago, before reaching an agreement that released him from his contracts with the company in 2008, following a change of management.

Although various tracks were assigned to the label under that deal, Deadmau5 said that under the agreement future remixes of his work could not be released without his consent. It was that term which he said had been breached.

In a new statement, the company says that the two sides have now reached a settlement, under which "Play Records continues to retain full rights, per a 2008 agreement between the parties, to exploit the master recordings and publishing of more than 100 original Deadmau5 tracks, collaborations and remixes created by Zimmerman, Melleefresh, Billy Newton Davis and Steve Duda between 2006-2008".

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Play also agreed to not create any new remixes of those tracks as part of the settlement.

Commenting, Brown said: "We are pleased to reach a mutually beneficial resolution, given our long-standing business history".

Sigala and Ministry Of Sound sign worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music
Ministry Of Sound has signed a deal with Sony Music to license the work of producer Sigala to the world, outside the UK and Australia.

Sigala has scored three top five singles in the UK since last September, with new single 'Give Me Your Love', featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers, looking set to continue that trend.

"Sigala can be huge in every territory, we spotted his talent very early on and signed him for the world on the basis of one track, he's as prolific as he is creative", says MoS A&R Director Dipesh Parmar. "Three UK top five hit singles in a row, including a UK number one and a fourth imminent with 'Give Me Your Love' featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers highlights that".

He continues: "He has already established himself as a strong songwriter, DJ and producer, he can become a global artist in his own right having already proven his potency in a lot of the major markets with 'Easy Love' and 'Sweet Lovin' with worldwide sales in excess of 2.5 million. Sony, particularly Wolfgang Boss and Rob Stringer, have been very pro-active in their approach, we now have a strong long term view to make Sigala a global force".

Sigala's manager Charlie Arme adds: "We are happy to be extending a relationship with Wolfgang Boss and Sony International that has worked incredibly well to date in mainland Europe. Columbia/Ultra in America and the wider Sony family worldwide join a campaign with serious global momentum, with thanks to Ministry Of Sound, Spinnin, Subside, Discowax, Magic, Scorpio and Wolfgang and his team for the groundwork".

He goes on: "The combination of Ministry of Sound and Sony moving forwards is nothing short of a global dream team for us, their collective passion for Sigala's music from day one has spoken volumes and will no doubt deliver us results in the future".

Listen to 'Give Me Your Love' here.

Mumford & Sons and Little Mix get behind anti-touting petition
Mumford & Sons and Little Mix have rallied their fans to sign a new petition calling on the UK government to introduce tougher legislation regulating the secondary ticketing market.

The petition says that the Consumer Rights Act has proven ineffectual in restricting the secondary market to date - a position supported by Which? research - and calls for the introduction of a previously proposed amendment to the Act, which was rejected by Parliament last year, that would place tighter controls on secondary ticketing websites.

Keeping it short, Little Mix tweeted a link to the petition, saying: "Touts get in the way of music fans getting fair tickets. Stop them and sign the petition".

Mumford & Sons, meanwhile, went into more details with a post on their website, saying: "If getting onstage is one of the best things about being a musician, seeing your audience get ripped off is undoubtedly the worst. At M&S HQ we try hard to ensure that true fans have the best opportunity of getting into shows, at the right price, but are often powerless when faced with organised industrial-scale ticket touting".

"At the moment, the law makes it easy for these shady operators to hoover up tickets and profit at your expense", the band continue. "So we are joining with others across the music and creative communities to a support petition that demands politicians tighten up consumer legislation".

The petition has already passed 10,000 signatures, the threshold for receiving a response from Parliament. It has until October to reach 100,000, which will mean it is debated in the House Of Commons.

CMU@CMW: "We as an industry have a deeply impoverished product"
Streaming is growing at a phenomenal rate, we know that, but gaining investment for new services is growing more difficult. And while bashing some of the companies streaming music is popular at the moment, couldn't we be looking inwardly at how to create more value? These were some of the key points raised during the 'Digital Perspectives' session presented by CMU Insights at Canadian Music Week last week.

"We're seeing ongoing, phenomenal growth in streaming", said Merlin CEO Charles Caldas in an interview with CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. "In December 2015 alone, Merlin collected $23 million. Consumers like streaming and they're paying for it in increasing numbers. The growth dynamic is showing no signs of slowing yet, and the entry of Apple in the streaming space last year accelerated the growth of all the other services".

"At current growth trends, even if we halve them, this business is going to double in the next ten years", he continued. "We're looking at it becoming a market that is incredibly lucrative. There are consumers out there willing to pay for music and willing to pay for what's in front of them. A lot of them don't yet understand streaming, but this is just a matter of marketing. As these services become more mainstream, we'll see that change".

However, he added: "The depth of choice we had pre-digital hasn't yet emerged. We currently have the megastore or the free-for-all".

Building a wider variety of streaming music services is partly a matter of investment, though that is becoming more tricky for start-up platforms that want to actually play music, noted music industry consultant Jeremy Silver in a follow-on interview.

"A lot of money has been burnt by a lot of businesses", he said of digital music start-ups. "The reality is that music still has this incredible global appeal and the reason that people who invest in music get excited about it is because music appeals across borders. However, there are very few investors who want to put money into anything that requires licenses from the music industry. That is seen, from an investor perspective, as being a troublesome area".

There is still hope for those with a great idea though. Silver added: "There are always fanatical investors who are personally passionate enough to believe that these things are worth putting money into. And long may that last, because we need these people to be passionate despite what their brains might tell them".

Of course, the other big concern in the record industry at the moment is the growth of YouTube, and the so called 'value gap' created by its use of safe harbour laws, giving it an unfair advantage over other on-demand music set-ups, both established and start-ups. Various industry bodies are now lobbying for changes in the law to stop YouTube et al from claiming safe harbours on user-uploaded music.

"I think [indie labels are] very concerned [about the value gap]", said Caldas. "The fact that the service with the most streams pays the least shows that there's something very wrong with the market. And I think that holds the market back".

Noting that SoundCloud, another safe harbour dweller, had now done deals with the labels, Caldas said of its plans: "SoundCloud has recognised that streaming music has a value, and that price should go up over time. They're building a model that's more sustainable. It's astonishing in these years of growth that in most cases video streaming represents around 5% of [indie labels'] income".

Silver was less convinced, saying: "I think YouTube is another MTV. It's only because the music industry empowered it to become so big that it's become so powerful. I find it very disappointing that we're in this position. Bleating about why someone isn't paying enough, well there's a negotiating process. I'm not sure it's really the case that we need governments involved".

A bigger concern, he said, was the issue Caldas raised on the depth of digital music products. "Digital music is still a scandalously disastrous product", he said. "If you look a vinyl release, with the music and all the art and information that comes with it, we've lost that because it was easier for the labels to not to send all that information across when it went to iTunes. But it means we as an industry have a deeply impoverished product. We talk about ourselves as a copyright industry. Well, it has two parts, one is attribution and the other is payment. We seem to have forgotten attribution".

"Discovery is probably the single biggest issue that any of the streaming services have", he added. "Part of discovery used to be seeing that someone playing on one track and saying, 'Oh, he was the same saxophonist as played on that track'. Now no one knows who the producer is on any track, or who the musicians are. How are we going to enthuse people? That's about under investment in our own industry".

Look out for further reports from CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week later this week.

  Approved: Magical Mistakes - Annihilated
After releasing an EP under his real name last autumn, Erik Luebs is back recording and releasing as Magical Mistakes again. He will release new album 'Peaking In The Pitch Black' through The Playground on 1 Jul, the first portion of which comes in the form of 'Annihilated'.

Like pretty much all of his work, 'Annihilated' is a track that starts interesting and quickly becomes totally immersing. It's electronic music with a hard-beating heart, and if there's more like this on the album then we're in for something very special indeed. The next chance to find out if that's the case will be later this month when the first single proper, and the title track of the album, is released.

For now, listen to 'Annihilated' here.

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Meghan Trainor demands new video edit after waist digitally altered
Meghan Trainor has published a new edit of the video for her new single 'Me Too', after discovering that in the original version her waist had been digitally altered.

The 'Me Too' video was premiered on a big screen in New York's Times Square on Monday, before hitting the internet. But it then disappeared again hours later.

"I took down the 'Me Too' video because they Photoshopped the crap out of me. And I'm so sick of it and I'm over it, so I took it down until they fix it", Trainor told fans via Snapchat. "My waist is not that teeny, I had a bomb waist that night. I don't know why they didn't like my waist, but I didn't approve that video and it went out for the world, so I'm embarrassed. The video is still one of my favourite videos I've ever done, I'm very proud of it. I just am pissed off that they broke my ribs, you know?"

Speaking to USA Today, she added: "I saw fans posting [screengrabs of the video] and was like, 'Why are fans ruining my waist? Are you kidding?' Then I went to the video and was like, 'Oh my god'. I texted the editors like, 'I never asked you to touch my waist. I want my waist back' ... It's insulting, it's rude. Especially because I'm the only artist who talks about it".

Watch the new version of the video here.

Rita Ora, Corey Taylor, Zayn Malik, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• As expected, Rita Ora has quit as a judge on 'The X-Factor' after just one year. Music and film commitments are being touted as the reason, though it's also rumoured that she's going back to 'The Voice' as it moves to ITV.

• Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will appear on a future episode of 'QI'. He was on spin-off podcast 'No Such Thing As A Fish' released on vinyl by Alcopop! Records last year.

• Zayn Malik has released a video for 'Like I Would'. For such an over the top production, you'd think he might put a little more effort into his dance moves.

Here's the new Pet Shop Boys single, 'Twenty-Something'.

Here's the video for Kaytranada's 'Lite Spots'. He's headlining the Troxy in London this Friday too.

• Ex-Klaxon James Righton has released a video for 'Open Up The Sky' from his new project Shock Machine.

• Honne have announced that they will release their debut album 'Warm On A Cold Night' on 22 Jul. Here's the video for new single 'Someone That Loves You', featuring Izzy Bizu.

• Boris are reissuing their 'Pink' album to mark its tenth anniversary. The new package will include nine previously unreleased tracks, including this one 'Are You Ready?'

• Dälek have released the 'Dälek Soundscapes Sound Pack' for music software Analog Rytm. A collection of studio outtakes that developed into new album 'Asphalt For Eden', you can also listen to the tracks here.

• Having played a sold out show at The Roundhouse in London last night, Birdy has announced that she'll be touring in October and November.

• Jake Bugg is going on tour in October. He'll be playing songs like this one, new single 'Love, Hope And Misery'.

• The Appleseed Cast will be touring the UK next month to mark the tenth anniversary of their 'Peregrin' album.

Justin Timberlake to perform at Eurovision Song Contest
People often wonder why more big name artists don't appear at the Eurovision Song Contest. Well how about Justin Timberlake? He's pretty big, no? And he'll be performing at this year's event. OK, not in the actual competition, but you can't have everything at once.

Timberlake will be the interval entertainment during the grand final of this year's competition in Sweden on Saturday, performing new single 'Can't Stop The Feeling'. This coincides with the event being broadcast on US TV for the first time.

"This is a fantastic opportunity, we are very happy and excited that Justin Timberlake will perform his new song together with his band in our show", says the producer of this year's Contest, Sven Stojanovic. "It makes it extra special that the Swedish songwriters Max Martin and Shellback have co-written and co-produced the song together with Justin Timberlake".

The first semi-final in this year's contest took place last night, with the second scheduled for tomorrow.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletins and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
Chris provides music business coverage and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business and education programme CMU:DIY, and heads up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, and advising on CMU Insights training courses and events.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of 3CM UnLimited she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
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