MONDAY 16 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Facebook is in talks with the labels about securing licences to cover the music that appears in user-generated content on its platform, though seemingly on a much more limited basis than YouTube. According to the New York Post, Facebook wants to license a limited catalogue of tracks that users will then be able to choose from when uploading their own visual content to the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Former Selebrities frontwoman Maria Usbeck releases her debut solo album, 'Amparo', this Friday. Three years in the making, the record sees Usbeck return to her first language of Spanish, with songs written and demoed on travels back where she was born in Ecuador, as well as to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Barcelona, Lisbon, Easter Island, Costa Rica, Florida... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Facebook in talks with labels over limited music licences
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LEGAL Car Seat Headrest album recalled to remove uncleared Cars sample
Trumpton creator's family not impressed with Radiohead video
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Niall Horan launches golf management company, whatever that means
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MEDIA Bauer's Orion deal could go to competition regulator
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: Building a healthier music industry
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ARTIST NEWS Dionne Warick announces biopic, claims Lady Gaga is to play her nemesis Cilla Black
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RELEASES MØ releases Final Song, announces tour
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AWARDS Ukraine wins Eurovision, Russia threatens boycott
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ONE LINERS Azealia Banks, Super Furry Animals, Jherek Bischoff, more
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AND FINALLY... Tiga opens up his "one-man hive mind" in new documentary series
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Your Army is seeking a dynamic Press Officer to join its busy press department and promotions team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of one year’s experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns.

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!K7 - LABEL MANAGER (BERLIN)
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INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
The position of International Digital Account Manager is responsible for the development and growth of key accounts in the digital music industry outside of North America. You will work closely with label representatives to ensure maximum visibility for our key projects and manage relationships with external accounts and internal teams at INgrooves.

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PRS FOR MUSIC - HEAD OF BROADCAST LICENSING (LONDON)
The Head of Broadcast Licensing will lead the Broadcast Licensing function within PRS for Music, managing negotiations with the largest broadcast customers. They will develop and drive the licensing teams to ensure PRS for Music is maximising revenues and increasing licence penetration whilst delivering excellent customer service.

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MINDS ON FIRE - PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Minds On Fire, a dynamic music publishing company, is looking for an assistant to work across all aspects of the company. Reporting to the two directors, the role will involve managing the extensive works database, song registration, liaising with sub publishers, updating the website / social media platforms and assisting with synchronisation.

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ROCKET PR - NATIONAL RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
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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)
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NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP - PROMOTION MANAGER (LONDON)
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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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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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Facebook in talks with labels over limited music licences
Facebook is in talks with the labels about securing licences to cover the music that appears in user-generated content on its platform, though seemingly on a much more limited basis than YouTube.

According to the New York Post, Facebook wants to license a limited catalogue of tracks that users will then be able to choose from when uploading their own visual content to the social network. The deals currently mainly relate to a product called Slideshow, which makes it easier for users to turn photos into a slideshow video with a soundtrack.

Warner is seemingly on board for a pilot, with a spokesperson for Facebook telling the Post: "We are always testing ways to help people better share their stories with friends. Slideshows are a new way for people to share photos and videos in a creative and succinct way. To date, we've been using Facebook-owned music to accompany these slideshows, we will now be testing the use of a limited amount of music from Warner Music Group".

It's not clear how Facebook will pay for music used in this way, ie whether it will charge the uploader a nominal licence fee (unlikely, but a route some have suggested as a more lucrative approach to music in UGC), place advertising alongside the finished product (more likely, and Facebook's ad business is currently booming), or just take a hit.

Video, of course, has become a big deal on Facebook in recent years, and the social media firm recently launched a Content-ID-style system to help rights owners whose content is appearing on the social network without their permission. Though, unlike YouTube's Content ID, Facebook's Rights Manager does not currently include monetisation options.

The social media company is known to be experimenting with various monetisation models for rights owners whose content appears on its platform. Though Facebook bosses will obviously be aware of the issues that currently surround YouTube's licences from the music industry, and will be wary of joining the Google-owned video platform in the firing line, where it too would be routinely slated in public by popstars and music execs. At the same time, it will also be wary of committing to the sorts of minimum guarantees the music industry generally wants from streaming platforms.

But Facebook can't just bail on music - as it did when facing similar challenges in the past - because video is now too important, and video uploads mean music on the platform. The streamlined licences being negotiated for Slideshow, therefore, could be seen has baby-steps towards more full on alliances with the music rights owners. Though quite what those deals might look like remains to be seen.

Car Seat Headrest album recalled to remove uncleared Cars sample
Matador Records has recalled physical copies of Car Seat Headrest's new album 'Teens Of Denial' just before its release, thanks to what everyone thought was a cleared sample of 'Just What I Needed' by The Cars turning out not to be.

"We were so inspired by Radiohead and Beyonce's recent success with surprise albums outta-the-blue that we decided to do the REVERSE with Car Seat Headrest's hotly anticipated 'Teens Of Denial'", joked the label. "Instead, we're pulling the LP and CD versions from circulation on the eve of the album's release. OK, sorry. The real story is a little more complicated and a lot more of a hassle. We'd love to blame it on someone else, but for once, we can't".

The album was due to be released this week, and had been distributed to retailers, the label having negotiated a licence to sample the Cars composition by Ric Ocasek "in good faith months ago, only to be told last week that the publisher involved was not authorised to complete the licence in the United States". Sadly, not only was the sample uncleared, but Ocasek "preferred that his work not be included in the song". Which, I'm sure you can see, is a bit of a problem.

In his own statement, Will Toledo - he who is Car Seat Headrest - explained that while physical copies of the album will now not be available until later this year, the digital release will still come out as planned. Toledo has quickly reworked his track without the Cars sample and retitled it 'Not What I Needed'.

"It's not merely an edit - it is its own thing, about half a minute longer than the original track, and goes in a much different direction", he said. "Honestly, despite the apparent clusterfuck, I had fun doing it, and I think it's a stronger song now. In any case I've grown up accustomed to working on an album right up to its drop date, so this is not a freak-out scenario for me. The album is going to come out on time and it's going to be good".

Car Seat Headrest will be touring the UK next month, which will help take his mind off this whole thing. Here are the dates to take your mind off it now:

20 Jun: Brighton, The Hope
21 Jun: London, 100 Club
22 Jun: Manchester, The Deaf Institute
23 Jun: Glasgow, Broadcast

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Trumpton creator's family not impressed with Radiohead video
The family of the man who created golden oldie kids TV show 'Trumpton', Gordon Murray, have said they are currently "deciding what to do next" over the recent videos put out by Radiohead to accompany their new single 'Burn The Witch'.

The Radiohead clips are very much in the style of Murray's famous children's shows, though with darker themes and a little of bit of 'The Wicker Man' thrown in for good measure. And Murray's family don't think that's a good use of their father's legacy.

His son-in-law, William Mollett, initially told Pitchfork he wasn't even aware of the Radiohead video, but later told the Daily Mail: "Radiohead should have sought our consent as we consider this a tarnishing of the brand. It is not something we would have authorised. We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next".

Whether or not Radiohead have infringed any copyrights with their 'Trumpton' take-off is debatable, before you even throw in the newish parody exception in UK copyright law, though it will be interesting to see if the Murray family do take this matter any further.

Niall Horan launches golf management company, whatever that means
We all speculated about what the members of One Direction might do on their hiatus-that-is-definitely-not-a-split, didn't we? Will they do some singing? Will they do some songwriting? Will they have a TV show? Those were the unimaginative things we all thought. Not one of you said, "I wonder if Niall will go into golf management now". Not one of you. And that's why this industry is fucked.

Horan's plans to open Modest! Golf Management, a partnership with Modest! Management, which managed all of One Direction's singing and that, were actually revealed by The Sun earlier this year. But what does that even mean? Well, I am reliably informed that the company is "the 2016 official golf management partner for the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle Golf Club this July". Nope, still not getting it.

"The next generation of golfers is a huge focus for us as a business", says Horan, attempting to put it in simpler terms. "You only need to look at the history of the Challenge Tour to see the calibre of player it produces. We are hugely excited to be official partners to the NI Open and welcome some amazing golf talent from across the world to participate".

Ah, I almost thought I had it there. Maybe co-director Mark McDonnell could have a go: "Modest! Golf are delighted to be working with the Challenge Tour and Galgorm on this event. We are excited to come to Northern Ireland; a country that continues to produce some of the best players in the world".

Well that's a worse explanation, if anything. Alright Mark, just tell us why you and Niall have hired Ian Watts as the head of your golf development division and we'll wrap this thing up: "Ian boasts over 20 years experience in the golf industry dealing with some of the world's best players on a daily basis. We are delighted he has decided to join the team".

I'd ask what a 'golf development division' is, but based on this story so far, I'm not sure there's much point. All you need to know is that Niall Horan is now the Simon Cowell of golf. Or something.

Bauer's Orion deal could go to competition regulator
Bauer Media's previously reported purchase of Midlands-based radio firm Orion Media could face scrutiny from the competition regulator, according to industry commentators who have spoken to The Guardian, and who point to regulatory statements made during the acquisition of the GMG stations by Global Radio in 2013.

As previously reported, Bauer recently announced that it was buying Orion and its network of radio stations in the Midlands. Consolidation of the UK radio sector, especially when it involves major players like Bauer, often interests the competition regulator, and indeed Orion came into being when Global Radio was forced to sell off a portfolio of local stations to get the green light for its acquisition of GCap all the way back in 2007.

However, it's the more recent Global acquisition of GMG Radio that commentators are now pointing to as setting a precedent that could result in the Competition & Markets Authority intervening in the Orion purchase. Although the regulator did force Global to offload some of the stations it acquired as part of the GMG deal, that wasn't the case in the Midlands, because officials said that there was enough other competition for the radio advertising pound in the region coming from Bauer's Kerrang! Radio and the Orion stations.

That basically meant, say commentators now, that in 2013 the competition regulator reckoned that there should be at least three significant commercial players in each radio market. But if Bauer takes control of the Orion network, in the Midlands there will only really be two: Bauer and Global.

For its part, Bauer is busy pointing out that the FM frequency that used to carry the Kerrang! radio station is now an outpost of its nationwide Absolute station, meaning it doesn't currently have any local outlets in the region. So, basically, Bauer national and Bauer regional should be considered separately.

The Guardian quotes Bauer Media boss Paul Keenan as saying: "This acquisition essentially brings into our business a local radio operation in the Midlands. We have one FM licence in the region that we broadcast Absolute Radio on. Absolute is essentially a national service; Orion is a significant local platform. From a competition standpoint, my view is there is no change in the competition landscape".

Whether the Competition & Markets Authority concurs remains to be seen. Though it is thought that Bauer's rivals will urge the competition agency to investigate the deal.

CMU@TGE Previews: Building a healthier music industry
We are now just days 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?'

I think most people have found it refreshing how, in the last year or so, people in the music community have become much more upfront about mental health, a trend almost certainly started by a few brave individuals standing up and being frank and honest about their own personal experiences.

It has kickstarted a debate about how certain aspects of life in the music industry can make it even more difficult for those facing mental health challenges. The fact that so many people, including pretty much all musicians, are freelance. The fact that so many people's financial security is reliant on the artists up front on stage. The highs and lows of touring. The rock n roll lifestyle, and the pressure to embrace it. And that nagging feeling that you've got your dream job, so can't tell anyone how unhappy it is making you feel at the moment.

Various initiatives are now underway to encourage this debate to continue, to provide support for those who need it, and to educate artists, managers and industry execs on what they can do to safeguard their own wellbeing, and that of those around them. And it's that debate, and those initiatives, that we'll put in the spotlight as part of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape this coming Friday.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and Vice is releasing a number of short films featuring artists discussing their personal experiences. Vice Head Of Music Alex Hoffman will present highlights of the films at TGE, and discuss why he commissioned them, while the manager of one of the artists who features - Bill Ryder-Jones' manager Ellie Giles - will discuss the role of management in supporting artists facing mental health challenges.

We'll also hear from Help Musicians UK - which is sponsoring the strand - about work it is doing in this area and a major new project it is launching, and we'll meet the people behind a great new initiative called Music Support. Plus the likes of Ric Salmon from ATC Management, Achal Dhillon from Killing Moon and Scott Quinn from Ont' Sofa will join the debate about what the music industry - labels, managers, publishers, promoters, agents and trade bodies - could and should be doing to build a healthier music industry.

This all takes place as part of 'What Has The Music Industry Ever Done For You?' in Dukes@Komedia 2 this Friday, 20 May, in Brighton. Info here.

  Approved: Maria Usbeck
Former Selebrities frontwoman Maria Usbeck releases her debut solo album, 'Amparo', this Friday. Three years in the making, the record sees Usbeck return to her first language of Spanish, with songs written and demoed on travels back where she was born in Ecuador, as well as to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Barcelona, Lisbon, Easter Island, Costa Rica, Florida and LA, and to where she now calls home, Brooklyn.

She then spent a winter in the studio with the record's co-producer - Chairlift's Caroline Polachek - fleshing out her electronic compositions with layers of acoustic instruments. Three songs have been released from the album already: 'Moai Y Yo', 'Uno De Tus Ojos' and now 'Jungla Inquieta'. Each is a lush, warm recording, delicately constructed and benefitting greatly from the amount of time that was spent on it.

Listen to 'Jungla Inquieta' here.

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Dionne Warick announces biopic, claims Lady Gaga is to play her nemesis Cilla Black
Lady Gaga is going to play Cilla Black in a film. Lady Gaga. Cilla Black. In an actual film. Not just a video she's made on her phone in her house, a film that you will be able to watch. It's a biopic of Dionne Warwick, so presumably Gaga won't be in it loads. But still. Lady Gaga playing Cilla Black.

I mean, a rep for Lady Gaga told Variety that this is not true. But Dionne Warwick says it is and that Lady Gaga's people are just confused. So let's all continue to assume that Lady Gaga is definitely going to play Cilla Black in a film. Because presumably she's going to do the voice. Imagine Lady Gaga doing an impression of Cilla Black. Imagine it now. Just imagine it. I know it's hard, but I reckon you can approximate something on the way to that in your brain. Now, ask yourself, is that a good idea?

Yeah, it's not a good idea, is it? But she should definitely still do it. Ditch the Dionne Warwick story I say, and just make this film 90 minutes of a single camera pointed at Lady Gaga while she does an impersonation of Cilla Black.

Actually, apparently Dionne Warwick considered Cilla Black her nemesis. So potentially there could be scenes where Lady Gaga has to shout at LeToya Luckett (who is playing Dionne Warwick) while doing an impression of Cilla Black. So actually, the Dionne Warick story stays. At least that bit of it. But let's not rule out my other idea as a sequel.

"We think Lady Gaga is fabulous", a spokesperson for Black's estate told the BBC. "She's a great actress and we really look forward to seeing her portrayal".

But will they actually get to see that portrayal? That's the question. Because shortly after the news broke that Lady Gaga is going to play Cilla Black in a film, Gaga's reps sent out that statement saying that, actually, Lady Gaga isn't going to play Cilla Black in a film, adding "she is not attached [to the film] and will not appear in the project".

Which is exactly what I thought when I first heard the news that Lady Gaga was going to play Cilla Black in a film. Except, Lady Gaga is going to play Cilla Black in a film, or at least so maintains Warwick. The problem is that, according to Warwick, while Gaga's music PR reps know that Lady Gaga is going to play Cilla Black in a film, Gaga's film PR reps did not know Lady Gaga is going to play Cilla Black in a film.

"It is just a question of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing", Warwick told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm waiting now for an email from either her and or management letting me know that all the retractions that have been tracted will be retracted". What?

No such email has been sent, as far as I can work out. But I'm sure it's coming very soon and all of our Cilla Gaga dreams will come true.

MØ releases Final Song, announces tour
MØ has released her final song. By which I mean a song called 'Final Song' that is not her final song. Have I made that clear?

Maybe I should just let her explain: "'Final Song' is about reconnecting with your inner strength. With your inner glow, passion, spirit animal, whatever - the force that keeps us going and doing what we love".

"I wrote it with MNEK and Noonie Bao - both of whom I adore - in Los Angeles earlier this year", she continues. "We all need to feel empowered from within to be the best version of ourself, but it's not always easy and that's what inspired me to write these lyrics. When you're united with your inner glow you can beat the fears and fly towards your dreams".

She forgot to say it, but this is not her final song. That's just the title. I really can't stress that enough, MØ is not splitting up with herself. Actually, she's going on tour. Look, dates:

11 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
12 Oct: Leeds University Stylus
14 Oct: Glasgow, ABC
15 Oct: Birmingham, The Rainbow
16 Oct: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
18 Oct: Liverpool, Arts Club
19 Oct: Manchester, Ritz
20 Oct: Bristol, SWX
22 Oct: London, The Roundhouse

Oh, and finally, here is 'Final Song'*.

*not MØ's final song

Ukraine wins Eurovision, Russia threatens boycott
Ukraine won this year's Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, beating everyone's favourite European country Australia into second place. Much to the distaste of bookies' favourite Russia, who came in third.

Jamala's song, '1944', about the deportation of Crimean Tatar people by Josef Stalin in the year of its title, had been controversial ever since it was selected as Ukraine's Eurovision entry in February. Many felt it was a political comment on Russia's annexing of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, something Jamala herself seemed to admit. Despite protestations that this broke Eurovision's 'no politics' rules, the song was allowed to proceed to the competition.

The song took the prize thanks to Eurovision's updated voting system, which was introduced this year and sees the jury and public votes being added separately rather than in a combined fashion like before. When just the jury votes were in, Australia - competing for the second year for some reason - had a clear lead, but the pesky public overturned that. Even though Dami Im's 'Sound Of Silence' was clearly the best song in the contest - even if it arguably also broke a Eurovision rule (one about not mentioning branded products).

Russia's 'You Are The Only One' by Sergey Lazarev, which relied on a flashy performance mimicking that of last year's winner Måns Zemerlöw, had been the bookies' favourite to win, but ended up in third place, 40 points behind the leader. Russia and Ukraine's judging panels both awarded no points to each other.

A number of Russian officials have expressed anger at the result, suggesting that Russia will boycott the competition next year. Franz Klintsevich, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee On Defence And Security, told RIA Novosti: "If nothing changes in Ukraine by next year, then I don't think we need to take part [in next year's competition there]".

Meanwhile politician Yelena Drapeko told TASS that the win was the result of a wider campaign against Russia, saying: "Partly, this is a result of the propaganda and information war that is being waged against Russia. We are talking about the general demonisation of Russia - about how everything with us is bad, about how our athletes are all doping, our planes are violating airspace - all of this, of course, shows [in Eurovision]".

This is not the first time Russia has threatened to withdraw from Eurovision. In 2014, it both threatened a boycott and to set up a rival competition in protest at drag queen Conchita Wurst winning that year's competition. Despite this, the country did enter the 2015 contest, coming second. Ukraine withdrew that year, in part due to the political situation in the country.

Azealia Banks, Super Furry Animals, Jherek Bischoff, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• After being booted off the line-up of the Born & Bred Festival and having her Twitter account suspended last week, Azealia Banks has seemingly been dropped by her UK booking agency Primary Talent too.

• Bing bong! Super Furry Animals have released a new song. It is called 'Bing Bong'.

• Jherek Bischoff has announced his second album, 'Cistern', which will be released by The Leaf Label on 15 Jul. Check out the title track here.

• Slowolf has released his new EP 'White Feathers', featuring his Kimbra collaboration of the same name. It's really great.

• KT Tunstall will play The Tabernacle in London on 31 May. She's also got a new EP, 'Golden State', out in June and an album following in the autumn.

• Fat White Family announced on Friday that they're playing The Windmill in Brixton tonight. Details here.

Tiga opens up his "one-man hive mind" in new documentary series
It's about time we learned more about Tiga. About his creative process, about his latest album, about his other business interests, and about his ratings out of ten for Kanye West and EDM. So it's pretty fucking lucky that he's just put out the first episode of a new documentary series for Thump, in which all of those things are covered.

"Join me on a journey into the heart of the one-man hive mind that propels the Holy Tigan Empire ever forward into a future I can't wait to share with all y'all", says Tiga. "Life is simply a series of desks and the work you put in when you're at them. So let's roll up each other's sleeves and get down to business".

Talking of business, Tiga has just completed week six of a twelve week residency at XOYO in London. I'll do the maths for you: there are six weeks of it left. Check out the dates (it's every Saturday) and upcoming guests here.

Now watch this flippin documentary thing.

 
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