THURSDAY 12 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Songkick has been denied its request for a temporary injunction against Ticketmaster as it pursues its wider legal battle with the Live Nation business. As previously reported, Songkick sued Live Nation last December, alleging that the live entertainment firm - which is a significant player in tour and festival promotion, venues, ticketing and artist management... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Dems first appeared in this column about six years ago, when it was still the very new bedroom-based solo project of frontman Dan Moss. Since then, of course, they've expanded up to a full band and in 2014 released debut album 'Muscle Memory'. The other thing that's changed is that they're no longer bedroom-based, which leads us to the inspiration for new... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Songkick denied preliminary injunction in Ticketmaster lawsuit
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DEALS AEG sells stake in live production unit to Concord Bicycle Music
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LIVE BUSINESS Cancelled Australian festival refuses to pay out refunds
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Amazon seeks to grab some of YouTube's independent content creator monopoly
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MEDIA Bauer Media streamlines UK business
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: Building a more diverse music industry
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ARTIST NEWS Azealia Banks dropped from Born & Bred Festival following attacks on Zayn Malik and grime
Yacht's faked sex tape stunt backfires
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ONE LINERS 7digital, James Blake, Mura Masa, more
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AND FINALLY... Next time you see Justin Bieber, how about you just take a selfie on your own and fuck off?
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MINISTRY OF SOUND - LICENSING EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
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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)
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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)
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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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Songkick denied preliminary injunction in Ticketmaster lawsuit
Songkick has been denied its request for a temporary injunction against Ticketmaster as it pursues its wider legal battle with the Live Nation business.

As previously reported, Songkick sued Live Nation last December, alleging that the live entertainment firm - which is a significant player in tour and festival promotion, venues, ticketing and artist management - was holding the artists it works with to ransom, especially in the US, if they decided to collaborate with the gig recommendations service on fan club pre-sales.

Although best known for its listings and recommendations service, Songkick has increasingly moved into ticket selling itself in recent years, with a particular emphasis on pre-sale campaigns targeting fan club members. But, it argues, Live Nation is exploiting its market dominance in tour promotion and ticketing to hinder that business, by discouraging artists from working with Songkick, or insisting on fees for pre-sale tickets sold by the smaller firm, making its evolving pre-sales service unviable.

In March, Songkick also alleged that Live Nation had increased its demands on artists using its pre-sale service even more since the legal action began. It then requested a preliminary injunction that would stop the live music giant from making such demands. And it's that injunction request that has now been denied. It's a relatively small part of the wider litigation, though some reckon the judge's comments made after denying the injunction don't bode well for the ticketing start-up.

Responding to the ruling, the President of Ticketmaster North America, Jared Smith, told reporters: "We are pleased with today's ruling from the court which confirms that Ticketmaster's exclusive rights agreements mean what they say, and that Ticketmaster is entitled to protect itself from third party ticketing companies exploiting our voluntary programme for artist fan club presales. We hope today's ruling convinces Songkick to reconsider its pursuit of this lawsuit, but if it does not we will stand firm and vigorously pursue our counterclaims".

However, Songkick insisted it remains committed to pursuing the rest of its legal action: "As the nation's biggest promoter, ticket vendor, festival owner, pre-sale ticketing provider and manager of artists, Live Nation has overwhelming control over how fans experience live music - and the price they pay for it. Songkick will continue with its legal case and remains committed to providing artists with an alternative that puts tickets in the hands of fans at a lower cost and helps keep them out of the hands of scalpers".

AEG sells stake in live production unit to Concord Bicycle Music
Live giant AEG has sold an equity stake in its live event production unit Bounce to record label and music publisher Concord Bicycle Music. With AEG maintaining a controlling interest, Bounce will now operate as a joint venture, producing events for both parent companies, as well as working for third party clients.

"Bounce has established a reputation for producing high-quality events for clients such as MusiCares, PBS, Rolex, and Chanel", says Bounce CEO Tim Swift. "This new alliance allows us to move beyond a traditional client-vendor relationship, and truly become content partners".

Concord Bicycle CEO Scott Pascucci adds: "We are very excited to be working with Bounce and AEG. Our strategic partnership will give Concord Bicycle Music new opportunities to serve our artists and extend our reach into high-profile events and broadcast programming".

In addition to Swift, five new members will be added to Bounce's board - two from Concord Bicycle and three by AEG.

Cancelled Australian festival refuses to pay out refunds
Australian festival Maitreya has refused to provide refunds for ticketholders still waiting for one, almost two months after the event was cancelled.

The festival was pulled the day before it was due to go ahead in March, after Buloke Shire Council refused to grant a licence for it to take place, saying that it had not been provided with the correct documentation from the event's organisers.

Issuing its first update since the cancellation, organisers said via Facebook last week: "Unfortunately we are unable to make any more refunds for tickets purchased for the 2016 event. We plan to hold an event exclusively for ticketholders of Maitreya Festival 2016, on Grand Final Long Weekend, starting 30 Sep 2016 at Lake Wooroonook. Please hold your tickets or proof of purchase and these will gain you access to the event. We hope this event can go to re building trust within the Maitreya community, and assist the community of Wooroonook and Charlton with extra incomes that they so desperately need".

As you might expect, this did not go down particularly well with many ticketholders, who paid between $150 and $300 to attend the cancelled event. The legality of this move has also been called into question, with government body Consumer Affairs Victoria previously stating that all ticket holders should be entitled to a refund.

Quite how many ticket buyers got their money back, from one source or another, before this statement was issued isn't clear, though legal action could follow if the majority are out of pocket, however good that planned Grand Final Long Weekend party may sound.

Amazon seeks to grab some of YouTube's independent content creator monopoly
I hope you haven't worn yourself out complaining about YouTube already, because Amazon launched a rival service earlier this week. Well, sort of. It doesn't seem like Amazon Video Direct will be quite the user-generated content free-for-all of Google's platform. It's more for independent TV and film makers than your cat vomiting up its lunch to the sound of Will.i.am's new single.

Essentially an offshoot of Amazon's existing film and TV streaming platform, AVD will allow all and any creators to upload their content direct into the firm's platform at standard rates, rather than having to use a distributor with a bespoke licensing deal. Content pumped into the system via AVD will be available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers as well as through the Streaming Partners Program, one-off rental and purchase payments, or ad-funded streaming.

"It's an amazing time to be a content creator," says Amazon Video's Vice President Jim Freeman, immediately making creating anything of any sort sound like no fun at all. "There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there's a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service. We're excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content".

At launch, you'll find "great content" from partners including Conde Nast, The Guardian, Mashable, Business Insider and Pro Guitar Lessons. It's all available in United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan now.

Bauer Media streamlines UK business
Bauer Media - owner of music brands like Kerrang, Q and Kiss, among many other media assets - has announced a structural rejig that will bring all of its magazine, radio and digital operations in the UK and Nordic markets under one CEO, Paul Keenan.

The firm's UK magazine operations were previously split into two units, Bauer Media and H Bauer Publishing. The latter will now be subsumed by the former, streamlining management hierarchies in a bid to increase efficiencies. You know, that kind of shizzle. The current boss of H Bauer Publishing is departing.

Says Andreas Schoo, Executive Board Member of the Bauer Media Group, "To increase our growth, operational performance and competitiveness we have decided to consolidate our UK and Nordic operations, under the leadership of Paul. This will strengthen our business for the future and enable us to seize new opportunities in these key territories".

Says Keenan said: "Bauer Media is exceptionally well positioned with a unique set of influential brands living across multiple channels and devices. This multi-media offer makes us a compelling marketing partner for our clients and an exciting and different content creator. I am delighted to have the opportunity to take the business further forward, and to meet the many exciting opportunities that lie ahead".

CMU@TGE Previews: Building a more diverse music industry
We are now a mere week 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 appearing in the strand 'What Has The Music Industry Ever Done For You?'

Diversity in the music industry, or a lack thereof, has been quite the talking point this last year, as it should be. Though I am still nervous about organising a 'diversity panel', not wanting to accidentally stage one of those sessions where everyone angrily agrees there should be more diversity and then goes home thinking they've achieved something.

Addressing the diversity problem needs practical solutions - outreach initiatives, better internships, better recruitment processes, high profile ambassadors, and possibly even redefining what certain music job titles represent.

For the last eight years I have been involved in a diversity initiative in the PR industry that is proactively enabling more ethnic diversity in that sector. What I have learned is that achieving a more diverse workforce requires three things: for everyone to stop talking about diversity and actually do something; an acceptance that positive discrimination is sometimes a necessary evil; and for someone to write a cheque.

The good news is that there are a number of initiatives in the music industry practically addressing the sector's diversity problem, and we'll be putting the spotlight on some of them as part of our people strand at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape.

Kieron Faller from CI will discuss how he has evolved his company's recruitment strategy, demonstrating how all music companies can recruit in a way that assures more diversity. Then Katia Isakoff will discuss the Women Produce Music initiative, exploring how our perceptions of what a record producer is can affect who decides to pursue a career in music production. And finally songwriter Carla Marie Williams will discuss her brilliant Girls I Rate programme.

The aim is to both inspire and inform, and present practical ways in which everyone can help foster a more diverse music business.

'Building a more diverse music industry' takes place at 10.45am on Friday 20 May as part of the strand 'What has the music industry ever done for you?' You can get in with a delegates pass or conference ticket.

  Approved: Dems - Gold
Dems first appeared in this column about six years ago, when it was still the very new bedroom-based solo project of frontman Dan Moss. Since then, of course, they've expanded up to a full band and in 2014 released debut album 'Muscle Memory'.

The other thing that's changed is that they're no longer bedroom-based, which leads us to the inspiration for new single 'Gold'. Living in London in 2016, it's hard not to be affected by spiralling rents and the constant feeling that the city is trying to spit you out. In the case of Dems, that feeling hit hard when their rehearsal space was bought up by developers and they found themselves out on the street.

Channelling the anger and frustration of that upheaval into their music, 'Gold' sees them return re-energised; their typically fragile sound beefed up with harder drums and distorted bass, while Moss sings "You're richer then gold, do not try to test my resolve". It's pointed, angry and catchy as hell.

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Azealia Banks dropped from Born & Bred Festival following attacks on Zayn Malik and grime
Azealia Banks has been dropped as a headliner of Rinse FM's London-based Born & Bred festival following derogatory comments she made about the UK grime scene.

Banks' trail of offence began on Tuesday when she accused Zayn Malik of ripping off her 'Chasing Time' video with his new 'Like I Would' promo. Initially saying that she was "not mad about this", she then launched into a Twitter rant where she referred to him has a "token sand nigga", "dirty refugee" and "faggot".

She then moved on to the entire genre of grime saying, among other things: "The UK really can't rap though. UK rap is just a disgrace to rap culture in general".

Needless to say, both grime fans and rappers - many of whom Banks was set to share the stage with at Born & Bred - were not happy. Rapper NoLay, now recovering from the car crash she was involved in last month, tweeted: "Please don't talk about grime or UK rappers. You are very average and I will spin you back into your mother's womb".

Heading off a potential PR disaster, Born & Bred issued a statement yesterday, saying: "We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks' headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred Festival. Rinse Born & Bred Festival is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality".

Responding on Twitter, Banks said: "To all of my darling UK fans who bought tickets to see me at the Rinse FM show, my sincerest apologies! But you know Mama Puma always goes in for the kill and NEVER backs down. Until next time!"

Yeah. See ya. She later added further thoughts on her insults against against Malik, saying that she had used racist language to highlight the fact that they are both seen as 'other' by the music industry. And because she was angry.

"I said what I said to Zayn because I was angry", she wrote. "He felt as if he was too good to acknowledge me, yet not too good to copy my creativity. I had to remind him that we were both in the same boat in this industry [as] people of colour by reminding him that no matter what you may think of yourself, the world still sees you as 'other'".

"Resisting the urge to say loads more terrible things to each and every one of [you]", she added. "But obviously I'm insanely fucking talented and have already lowered myself to the levels of people who don't even deserve to share the same air I breathe".

Anyway, just to reiterate, she's not coming to the UK, so no breath-swapping required.

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Yacht's faked sex tape stunt backfires
Yacht faked a sex tape leak to promote their new single and ironically came out of it looking like wankers.

The indie duo sparked some media interest earlier this week when they claimed that a sex tape featuring both of them had been stolen and leaked online "without our previous knowledge nor consent". They later announced that they were selling the video on their own website in order to "take some kind of ownership over what has happened", while they "commenced legal proceedings against the aforementioned person" who supposedly leaked it.

Although various outlets did take the story at face value, others were dubious, particularly as the band's own timeline of events didn't line up. And then, sure enough, it turned out that the 'sex tape' was designed to promote Yacht's new single 'I Wanna Fuck You Till I'm Dead'.

"We released it as a slowly-unveiling conspiracy, inspired in equal part by 'The X-Files', 'Nathan For You' and The KLF", they said in a now deleted Facebook post. "It's a project that allowed us to play with science fiction, the attention economy, clickbait journalism and celebrity sex tapes, all at once".

Although Yacht said that they had received an "outpouring of genuine support", the publicity stunt has received much criticism, with claims that it all makes light of the growing issue of so called 'revenge porn'.

"This is a bullshit marketing stunt", Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who focuses particularly on internet harassment and sexual assault litigation, told The Guardian. "As somebody who spends all day, every day working with actual victims of non-consensual porn and rapes that have videos and gone viral, I just thought: where are these guys, I'm going to come and hunt them down".

Meanwhile Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, who has recently been very vocal about sexual harassment within the music industry, tweeted: "Playing the victim and exploiting your fans as a PR stunt isn't some bold, cutting edge shit - it's just a real shitty asshole thing to do".

For their part, Yacht denied such accusations, saying: "We never make light of victims of any form of sexual abuse. Frankly, it's disturbing to us that press outlets could make the incredibly irresponsible leap from 'celebrity sex tape', which is the cultural trope this project explicitly references, to 'revenge porn', which is unfunny, disgusting, morally repugnant, and completely unrelated. Even within the fictional narrative we created, there was no violence or exploitation. It was always about agency and proactive empowerment".

Aside from this statement suggesting that they're unaware of what 'revenge porn' actually is, it's perhaps worth noting that while they were still pretending that the sex tape was real, Yacht described its release as "an exploitation" by "one morally abject person". They appeared to have forgotten that, even though they weren't actually being exploited, that doesn't mean they wouldn't have been if the story hadn't been a fabrication. Perhaps 'the media' should have been quicker to realise it was all a big joke, but to be fair, why would anyone reasonably think someone would make up shit like this to promote a new single?

Seemingly these are things that were pointed out to them, as the duo issued a second, more apologetic statement last night.

"First off, we're sorry", they began. "The reaction to this endeavour highlights a glaring error we made in positioning ourselves as the victims of a leaked sex tape. We understand that positioning it that way from the beginning was an egregious mistake, and are so ashamed we hadn't considered this beforehand".

They continued: "Yes, this was all a 'hoax' or 'PR stunt', and one we were so excited to share. While there is inherent deception in pulling a hoax, it was never our intention to mock or make light of anyone who has been a victim of a privacy violation like the one we mentioned. This was a lazy starting point for what we wanted to be a much more fun story about the expectations of a sex tape and the frenzy surrounding the taboo of sex, especially juxtaposed with our own non-celebrity. We failed to tell that story. Instead we told a much darker and more disturbing story".

As for the video they had been building up to releasing, they said that at this stage they were "leaning towards not releasing it at all", but had decided that it was "important that people be able to see and assess for themselves our intent". So you can watch and assess to your heart's content here.

As well as apologising for their previous "shitty non-apology", they concluded: "We should not have hinged this entire project on the fiction that we were the victims of a leaked tape, and we're equally disappointed in ourselves for taking so long to get over being shocked at the response and write this apology".

7digital, James Blake, Mura Masa, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• 7digital has appointed Philippe Decottignies as its new Chief Technology Officer, the same role he previously held at the recently acquired (by 7digital) Snowite. "Growth and development", says Decottignies. "Great asset", adds CEO Simon Cole.

• James Blake has put out a video for 'I Need A Forest Fire', featuring Bon Iver. The track is taken from Blake's new album 'The Colour In Anything'.

• Mura Masa has announced he's going on tour later this year, with dates in September, October and November. He's also launched a new documentary series about himself, the first episode of which you can watch here.

• Having dissolved Majical Cloudz earlier this year, frontman Devon Walsh has now put out a solo EP called 'Down The Mountain'. "This is a small collection of songs that were written at different times over the last two years", he says. It's available on Bandcamp here.

• Members of King Of Cats, Joanna Gruesome, Towel and Keel Her has formed a new band called Garden Centre. They'll release their debut album on 24 Jun and play some shows around then too. Here's a song called 'Riding'.

• Tayá has been named the winner of the One To Watch award at this year's GIT Award(s). Here's her latest single 'Sweet Waste Of Time'. The main GIT Award will be presented this Saturday.

Next time you see Justin Bieber, how about you just take a selfie on your own and fuck off?
Having recently decided that meeting fans before shows, even if they've paid for the privilege, is far too much effort, Justin Bieber has now announced that he won't be having his photo taken with people who see him out and about either. It's because he's so nice. God he's nice. What a guy.

To be fair, having people come up and ask for photos all the time must be a bit of a pain in the arse, even if you're a normal celebrity, rather than the actual messiah, like JB.

As you'll remember, earlier this year Bieber cancelled all upcoming meet-and-greet sessions, saying that they made him feel "so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy".

Even worse, random street photos make him feel like "a zoo animal". Which at least would ensure him an invite to parties his dad organises.

Wrote the Biebster in a recent Instagram post: "If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I'm not gonna take a picture. I'm done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognise me as a human. I feel like a zoo animal and I wanna be able to keep my sanity".

"I realise people will be disappointed but I don't owe anybody a picture", he added. "And people who say, 'But I bought your album', know that you got an album and you got what you paid for: AN ALBUM! It doesn't say in fine print, 'When you see me you also get a photo'".

Well, while we all go and check the fine print on all of our Justin Bieber CDs, we should probably respect his wishes. Those rumours that this move is actually Bieber trying to hide the fact that, since becoming the messiah, he no longer appears in photographs would be ridiculous if they actually existed. I mean, I've seen loads of pictures of Jesus.

It may or may not be worth mentioning that Bieber's fan photo ban came a day after he was snapped in a Boston park feeding a squirrel and wandering around barefoot.

 
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