TUESDAY 17 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The long-running legal dispute between Kesha and producer Dr Luke has been a complicated affair because it has involved multiple lawsuits and countersuits in three separate states, though most attention to date has been on the New York-based actions. But legal reps for the singer have now confirmed hopes to re-activate litigation in California. As previously reported... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Composers Jim Perkins and Tom Gaisford have teamed up for a new release, 'Kyrie', taking William Byrd's 'Mass For Three Voices' as their inspiration. The single release opens with 'Cantus Firmish', which stays fairly true to Byrd's original piece, written in around 1590. Main track 'Kyrie' then rushes forward more than 500 years to give the work a very modern... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Kesha's lawyers seek to reopen Californian case against Dr Luke
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LEGAL Journey sue Monster Inc
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New bosses at Polydor
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BRANDS & MERCH Topshop accused of using sweatshop labour to make Beyonce's Ivy Park range
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Paul McCartney pays tribute to former Beatles PR Tony Barrow
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ARTIST NEWS Sinead O'Connor found safe after being reported missing near Chicago
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace burns birth certificate on stage in protest against North Carolina's 'bathroom bill'
Quentin Blake discusses his artwork for James Blake
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ONE LINERS Adele, Coldplay, Nite Jewel, more
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AND FINALLY... Rob Zombie back on the Babymetal campaign trail
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FIRE RECORDS – IT DEVELOPER / PROGRAMMER / SUPPORT (LONDON)
Fast growing North London music company Fire Records is looking for a full time IT genius and developer to support a close knit team, covering a variety of roles.

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YOUR ARMY - PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
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)
The !K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced Label Manager to join its Berlin team. We are looking for a highly organised and motivated individual to manage all aspects of our release campaigns whilst driving artist and label development.

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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)
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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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.
 
19-20 May 2016 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016
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Kesha's lawyers seek to reopen Californian case against Dr Luke
The long-running legal dispute between Kesha and producer Dr Luke has been a complicated affair because it has involved multiple lawsuits and countersuits in three separate states, though most attention to date has been on the New York-based actions. But legal reps for the singer have now confirmed hopes to re-activate litigation in California.

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

Multiple elements of Sebert's lawsuit in New York have now been dismissed, while efforts by the singer to secure an injunction allowing her to record with a label other that Gottwald's Sony imprint Kemosabe failed. Though, while Gottwald has had more success in legal terms, Sebert has generally enjoyed much more public support, putting pressure on the producer and his major label business partner.

Sebert said she needed the label-switch injunction because the legal battle with Gottwald had put her career on hold, because she couldn't release any new material. Though she did then appear on a new version of Zedd's 'True Colors', put out with Gottwald's blessing. And then Sebert announced that she was no longer represented by her often contentious lawyer Mark Geragos, perhaps suggesting that some sort of settlement might now be in the pipeline.

But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sebert's new legal reps have announced plans to request the Californian lawsuit against Gottwald - which has been on ice pending the New York cases - be reopened. The legal rep said: "We intend to file a motion to lift the stay and to file an amended complaint in this action".

This seemingly surprised both the judge overseeing the Californian case and Gottwald's legal team, who met with Sebert's reps for a routine status conference yesterday. Judge Barbara M Scheper said she'd actually been planning to invite a motion to dismiss the Californian case entirely given recent developments in the New York courts, and the fact Sebert's contract with Gottwald requires disputes to be heard under New York State law.

The judge then said she was a bit disappointed Sebert's reps hadn't provided advance notice - to her and Gottwald's team - of their intent to submit an amended complaint, before adding: "If you just present the same arguments to me, that's not going to be well taken".

While much of Sebert's case in New York has been dismissed already, that's mainly been on technicalities, and the core allegations of the singer's case, and Gottwald's countersuit, have not really been assessed to date. It will be interesting to see the arguments Sebert's team now present in their bid to get the Californian case re-opened, and if they succeed, whether those core allegations will ever be presented in a courtroom.

Journey sue Monster Inc
Journey are suing audio equipment manufacturer Monster Inc for $500,000, claiming breach of contract.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the band claim that they were booked to perform as part of a Monster event at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. However, the electronics firm then cancelled the performance, supposedly in favour of a cheaper band. But with contracts already signed, Journey say that they are still owed their fee.

According to Journey's lawyer, Howard King, a deal was brokered by Broken Arrow Music Marketing in October last year, with Monster then cancelling a month later. Monster apologised, says the lawsuit, but did not honour a clause in their contract which guaranteed payment for the band even if the show was pulled.

Monster has traditionally aligned itself with hip hop artists, though at its CES event this year brought out sports and videogaming stars to help launch its new product line.

New bosses at Polydor
If, like me, you were sitting there last Thursday morning thinking "hmm, isn't it about time a new era unfolded at Universal's Polydor label?", well, many congratulations, you think like a major record company boss. Which means you could be a major record company boss. I should be a major record company boss. "I wonder if the problem with YouTube, really, is that neither Google nor the labels are selling enough advertising, and that requires a joined up approach to educate the ad industry about the power of the five second ad?" Ah, look at that, fucked it up again. No major record company boss job for me.

Anyway, "a new era is unfolding at one of the UK's leading record labels", says one of the UK's "leading record labels". The label is Universal's Polydor, as I may have mentioned, and this new era has been instigated by the hiring of a new boss for the frontline division. Actually, two new bosses: Ben Mortimer and Tom March. The former is stepping up from the role of A&R Director at Polydor, while the latter is stepping over from the GM job at another Universal label, Virgin EMI. The two previously worked together at yet another Universal unit, Island Records.

Says Universal UK top man David Joseph: "Universal Music has built its success on promoting from within and in Ben and Tom we have two exceptionally creative executives with a shared ability to truly realise their artists' vision. They have already proved they are a great team and I know their drive and energy will take Polydor into another world-beating era".

Another "world-beating era" hey? Like what other "world-beating era"? That time when a certain David Joseph ran Polydor? Or that time when his boss Lucian Grainge ran Polydor? Seems like the Polydor top job often leads to great things. Great things such as joint venture labels with Sony Music, like the one Polydor's most recent chief Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is apparently launching. Aim high, I say. Build it and they will come.

Topshop accused of using sweatshop labour to make Beyonce's Ivy Park range
Beyonce's new Ivy Park sportswear range for Topshop is being made using sweatshop labour, or so says The Sun.

The tabloid alleges that people making the singer's clothing line at a factory in Sri Lanka are paid around £4.30 a day for their work. The cheapest product in the range is an elastic headband at £8, while a full-length bodysuit will set you back £160.

Launching the Ivy Park range last month, Beyonce said: "My goal with Ivy Park is to push the boundaries of athletic wear and to support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance. True beauty is in the health of our minds, hearts and bodies. I know that when I feel physically strong, I am mentally strong and I wanted to create a brand that made other women feel the same way".

But The Sun quotes an unnamed machinist as saying: "When they talk about women and empowerment this is just for the foreigners. They want the foreigners to think everything is OK".

In a statement issued to Vogue, a rep for Ivy Park said: "Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading programme. We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams worldwide work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance. We expect our suppliers to meet our code of conduct and we support them in achieving these requirements".

Paul McCartney pays tribute to former Beatles PR Tony Barrow
Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Tony Barrow, the Beatles' first press officer and the man credited with coming up with the phrase 'the fab four'.

"Tony Barrow was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of The Beatles", said McCartney on Twitter. "He was super professional but always ready for a laugh. He will be missed but remembered by many of us".

Barrow worked with the Beatles from 1962 - pre their EMI record deal - until 1968. He later worked again with McCartney on his band Wings. He retired in 1980.

  Approved: Jim Perkins & Tom Gaisford - Kyrie
Composers Jim Perkins and Tom Gaisford have teamed up for a new release, 'Kyrie', taking William Byrd's 'Mass For Three Voices' as their inspiration.

The single release opens with 'Cantus Firmish', which stays fairly true to Byrd's original piece, written in around 1590. Main track 'Kyrie' then rushes forward more than 500 years to give the work a very modern studio treatment.

The tempo is increased, vocals transposed, and a whole new melodic line added. Plus there are instruments, which obviously did not appear in the original a cappella piece. Quick brushes of piano are added, along with strings and jittery electronic drums.

The original piece is modernised further by the addition of a remix by Leah Kardos, which rounds off a very carefully considered and beautifully put together package. It's yet another addition to the increasingly exciting and experimental world of modern classical music from Bigo & Twigetti.

Listen to 'Kyrie' here.

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Sinead O'Connor found safe after being reported missing near Chicago
Sinead O'Connor has been found safe after being reported missing in the US, police have confirmed.

US police reported O'Connor missing and expressed concern for her safety on Monday. The singer reportedly went out for a bike ride in the town of Wilmette, near Chicago, at around 6am on Sunday and did not return.

In a statement to Billboard, local police said yesterday: "The Wilmette Police is seeking to check the well-being of Sinead O'Connor. O'Connor reportedly left the Wilmette area for a bicycle ride yesterday at 6am and has not returned. A caller has expressed concern for her well-being and no other information is available at this time".

Shortly after she set out on her bike ride on Sunday, an update appeared on O'Connor's Facebook page seemingly addressed to her eldest son Jake referencing her custody battle with ex-partner Donal Lunny.

Not long after police issued their original statement, O'Connor was found safe, with Wilmette Police saying in a second statement: "She is safe and no longer listed as a missing/endangered person".

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Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace burns birth certificate on stage in protest against North Carolina's 'bathroom bill'
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace protested North Carolina's much previously reported and somewhat controversial 'bathroom bill' at a show in the state last week by burning her birth certificate on stage.

As previously reported, the Public Facilities Privacy And Security Act, also known as HB2, which became law last month, forces transgender people to use public toilets based on the gender they were born into, rather than that with which they now identify. Several musicians have cancelled shows in the state in protest at the law, while others, including Against Me!, have honoured bookings but spoken out against it.

A transgender woman herself, Grace told Buzzfeed last month: "I'm going to create an event around the show as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared. They are not going to go away".

"I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically", she continued. "When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself".

Fan-filmed footage posted on Twitter shows Grace burning her birth certificate and saying "goodbye gender".

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Quentin Blake discusses his artwork for James Blake
Illustrator Quentin Blake has spoken about working with James Blake (no relation) on the artwork for his new album, 'The Colour In Anything', via a letter to Mary Anne Hobbs. Which is just delightful, I think we can all agree.

Hobbs contacted Blake (Quentin) to ask about his work with Blake (James) for her BBC 6 Music show, presumably hoping for some sort of response in audio form, as the medium would usually demand. A letter will definitely do in this situation though.

"I'm sort of a musical illiterate in that although I listen to music, I don't really know what's happening", he wrote. "Nevertheless, I can respond to atmosphere and James and I have, I think, some similar ideas about how the imagination works".

He continued: "Of course the landscape which I drew for his music is very different to the one that I did for children [in his book 'Patrick', which was the original inspiration for the album's artwork]. I'm not sure whether it's James having an effect on the landscape, or the landscape having an effect on him, but it was wonderful for me to draw those dark cloudy vistas and the strange trees inhabited by crows and young women".

Finally, he wrote: "At the time I produced these pictures James had not completed his work on the music and it may just be fanciful but it would be nice to think they had perhaps contributed in some small way to what we eventually hear".

Listen to Mary Anne Hobbs' reading Quentin Blake's letter in full here.

Adele, Coldplay, Nite Jewel, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Adele will premiere the video for new single 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' at this Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. So that's nice. Here's a little suggestion of it.

• Coldplay might not be planning to release any more albums, but if it's surreal music videos you want, they're still your band.

• Nite Jewel has released the video for her previously mentioned new single 'Kiss The Screen'.

• New Lyra single 'Emerald' is available to listen to right here.

• Anna Of The North's 'Baby' now has a video.

• Søren Juul has released the video for new single 'Pushing Me Away', which you can watch here.

• After Dying Fetus and Behemoth scattered the ashes of a fan in their mosh pits earlier this month, now Hatebreed have scattered the ashes of one of their fans on stage. So that's a thing now.

Rob Zombie back on the Babymetal campaign trail
Rob Zombie is continuing his campaign to turn all remaining doubters into Babymetal fans. This follows a series of snippy comebacks to fans who protested him posing for a picture with the J-pop/metal crossover group on Facebook last week.

Speaking to Minnesota radio station 93X at the Northern Invasion festival at the weekend, Zombie said: "I saw [Babymetal] the other day for the first time. I mean, I'd seen videos and stuff, but I saw them live for the first time the other day, and I just loved it; it was like nothing I had ever seen before. I mean, it was just like... leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make fucking death metal cute".

Before anyone could protest him calling Babymetal death metal, he continued: "It was awesome. And the crowd... The crowd was going fucking apeshit. The amount of crowdsurfing and stage diving and just complete mayhem, which made it even funnier, cos it's three cute little girls doing fucking karate on stage and shit, and these guys [that are backing them] are dressed like ghosts, all in white. It's the most bizarre fucking thing. It's totally worth watching; it's so good".

Yeah, let's all watch the video for 'The One' again, and then, if you really, really must, you can try to pretend it doesn't look like the greatest live show ever created.

 
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