WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Often controversial Russian social network vKontakte may have launched a legit music app, but Universal Music hasn't yet given up the fight against the social media firm. As much previously reported, at one point vKontakte faced litigation from all three major record companies over allegations it facilitates rampant copyright infringement across its networks... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Singer, rapper and producer Esperanza Denswil, aka Pink Oculus, has largely built her following through touring to date. Though she does have two extraordinarily good singles to her name, 'Sweat' and 'Overdue'. The latter is titled particularly appropriately, as I could really do with some more music from her. Thankfully a whole EP is due imminently... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Universal files new appeal in vKontakte litigation
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LEGAL Alanis Morissette accuses former business manager of stealing $4.7 million
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Artwork-focussed app aims to make digital music "better than vinyl"
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff?
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ARTIST NEWS TheeSatisfaction announce split, Cat Harris-White releases debut solo album
Misfits reunion inspired by recent artist deaths, says Glenn Danzig
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RELEASES Blossoms announce debut album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Slow Club announce tour, release new single
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AWARDS Commercial Radio Awards presented
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ONE LINERS Revelator, 7digital, AEI Group, more
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AND FINALLY... Noel Gallagher open to an Oasis reunion - for a price
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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)
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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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MINDS ON FIRE - PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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ROCKET PR - NATIONAL RADIO PLUGGER (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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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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Universal files new appeal in vKontakte litigation
Often controversial Russian social network vKontakte may have launched a legit music app, but Universal Music hasn't yet given up the fight against the social media firm.

As much previously reported, at one point vKontakte faced litigation from all three major record companies over allegations it facilitates rampant copyright infringement across its networks. Although a few local music firms have had some success in court when accusing vKontakte of similar things, the majors have generally not faired so well.

Sony had actually done a deal with the social media firm before the matter got properly to court, but Warner and Universal fought on. The initial ruling on the lawsuits was a bit of a mixed bag, with the courts denying the two majors the damages they thought they were due for all the music piracy committed over vKontatke's servers, but judges did demand that the social network do more to combat infringement on its platform. On appeal, the courts backtracked on the latter part of the judgement.

Then came Warner's settlement with vKontakte, and subsequently the news of the music app, a subscription service - price-point TBC - with Sony, Warner and local label content included. It's thought that as part of its licensing arrangements for that app, vKontakte has made certain commitments to crack down on the illegal distribution of music across its social network, though quite how quickly that work will kick in isn't yet clear.

There was talk of Universal being close to signing up to the subscription service as well, but now the mega-major has filed another appeal in its ongoing litigation with the social media business. It's not clear if the record company will again be pushing for both damages and tougher anti-piracy measures, though you'd expect so.

It's also not clear what the extension of Universal's litigation means for vKontakte's other plans in music, though it could all be a tactic to strengthen the former's negotiating hand in any deal-making over the app, even though the social network has generally enjoyed more success in court to date.

Alanis Morissette accuses former business manager of stealing $4.7 million
The business manager of a number of musicians, including Beyonce and Mariah Carey, is being sued over claims that he stole millions of dollars from another of his clients, Alanis Morissette. Jonathan Schwartz faces legal action from both his employer GSO Business Management and Morissette herself.

GSO went legal first on Monday, suing Schwartz over claims that he stole at least $4.7 million from Morissette without her or the company's knowledge.

Both lawsuits state that Morissette fired Schwartz earlier this year, and an audit by her new management uncovered the missing funds. It is alleged that Schwartz then claimed that his client had asked him to invest in illegal marijuana growing businesses, which is why there was no paper trail for the cash withdrawals. But with that claim seemingly discredited, Schwartz is now accused of using the money to support his own lavish lifestyle.

With the legal action against GSO in the offing, the company requested a court order to allow it to remove Schwartz as a partner in the firm, and also to return an advance of $588,000 that he was paid. While this moves through the courts, he has already been removed from the list of partners on the company's website. Though whether this will be enough to reduce GSO's liability in Morissette's lawsuit remains to be seen.

Morissette's legal action against both GSO and Schwartz arrived yesterday, suing for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligence. The lawsuit states that over a four year period the "defendants concealed these distributions from Morissette, convincing her that she was in tremendous financial shape when, in fact, they were draining her assets and leading her on a road that could have led to financial ruin", reports The Hollywood Reporter.

She also says that $8 million was transferred out of her investment accounts, despite her stipulation that this money should remain untouched to allow her to live off the interest from this money, in addition to her current income.

When she questioned the state of her finances, the legal papers claim, Scwartz told her that everything was "fine" and that "she and her future grandkids were 'set for life'", even going so far as to advise her to turn down performance offers because "she didn't need to work so hard, because she was so financially secure".

She claims that during the period he was managing her finances, Schwartz was actually using her money to fund his own extravagant lifestyle, such as a $50,000 holiday in Bora Bora and paying off an outstanding gambling debt of $75,000. He also owes "a substantial sum for unpaid taxes", it is claimed.

The musician is seeking damages in excess of $15 million.

Artwork-focussed app aims to make digital music "better than vinyl"
A new digital music app called Sleevenote is putting artwork up front, describing itself as a 'post-discovery' app to improve people's engagement with albums already in their digital music libraries. Basically it aims to bring the artwork of physical releases properly into the digital music experience, something download and streaming platforms have generally not focused on in the past.

Designed by musician Tom Vek, the app now has 1000 specially formatted album sleeves in its database, providing both the original cover art and rear tracklist, with plans to include full liner notes. Currently available for iTunes and Apple Music, cover artwork not in the Sleevenote database itself is pulled in through Apple's API.

"I've been pretty shocked how poorly treated the album as a package has been", Vek tells CMU of the digital music experience to date. "I think I expected Apple with their tasteful approach to most things to have done it better, perhaps originally with iTunes, or even had a better understanding of the need for accessible formatting with iTunes LP - all these chances to differentiate 'owned' music as streaming has grown".

"I feel like it's late, but will never be too late to create a compelling digital format that makes something feel more owned, even emotionally more so than literally", he continues. "I say this freely - the vinyl revival should make digital music feel ashamed of itself. That's our benchmark, it needs to be better than vinyl".

"The industry is obsessed with discovery right now, but there are literally no other products for 'post-discovery' - products that help fans really get deep into a record, which gives the most rewarding experience and forges the strongest bonds and devotion from fans".

Of having more than 1000 fully formatted sleeves in the app now, including artists such as Adele, Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, he says this is an important milestone in proving the app's value.

"It's felt tangible in the sense that most people who discover the app have at least a few albums [in their collection] with full sleeve artwork, so they can imagine how great it would be to have their whole collection supported", says Vek. "Ultimately I like to think that it's made several times that amount of people happy and dote over an album they love".

As for the future, he explains: "The idea was to build a robust foundation for including artwork but giving music control - ie playing the song - the priority it needs, hence starting with interactive back cover tracklist art. It will mainly grow by getting support from labels, supplying artwork as well as promoting the format, and it will also need support itself so I'm looking out for anyone who sees the potential in growing a great digital music product".

"The next stage is definitely getting digital booklets in, which will be fairly easy", he adds. "Adding links to credits and label information is a way that these areas can be pushed into the information age. The vision I have for the ultimate incarnation of Sleevenote, is the idea I had at the very start - a standalone double-sided square 'virtual vinyl' sleeve that sits pride of place next to a hi-fi system in the home of the future".

Download Sleevenote and browse the artwork database here. And read our full interview with Tom Vek here.

CMU@TGE Previews: CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff?
New music festival The Great Escape kicks off in Brighton tomorrow and, once again, the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference is at the heart of the convention programme. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke has been previewing the sessions we will present this year, and today runs through the final of our four strands, 'CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff?'

The streaming music boom always dominates the headlines when the customary music industry stats are unleashed, but is it not also notable that 44% of UK music industry revenues last year still came from physical products, and the vast majority of that CD? We know that the CD markets are still particularly significant in Japan and Germany, but the old silver discs are holding up much better than expected in other markets too. And that's before we get onto the much more talked about vinyl revival.

So who is still buying all these CDs? And is that vinyl revival sustainable? Have too many labels just given up on physical when there are actually many opportunities to capitalise on this declining but still significant revenue stream? This is what we'll be discussing on Friday at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape.

I suspect the conclusion will be that - while the mainstream CD release may now be in terminal decline - disks of all kinds are becoming a premium product with a decent profit margin, fuelled by the rise of direct-to-fan and pre-order campaigns. And with that in mind, we'll be putting the spotlight on four premium release projects covering CD and vinyl, new material and catalogue.

Simon Raymonde from Bella Union will discuss Father John Misty's deluxe diorama release of 'I Love You, Honeybear'; then Alex Thomson from Greenhouse Group will discuss the Pledge campaign around the box set release of The Libertines' 'Anthems For Doomed Youth'; Karen Emanuel from Key Productions will discuss the major catalogue release 'When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975'; and Craig Evans and Alex Nicolas will discuss their Flying Vinyl venture with its monthly vinyl boxsets that champion great new alternative music.

The second half of this strand will the put the focus on the music industry's other physical products - ie the still under-tapped potential of merchandise and creating great products for core fanbase. Which will bring us back to direct-to-fan, which - as I said at TGE two years ago - for me still remains the most exciting thing digital channels provide the music industry. But are we still learning quite how to do direct-to-fan, and capitalise on all that potential? Too right we are. But we're getting there, and we'll be looking at best practice, new channels and new possibilities on Friday.

And maybe new deals too. Labels sometimes see direct-to-fan as a competitor, but for me, direct-to-fan is a key part of the future label business. Record companies are cutting themselves into merch already, but does that sometimes just mean selling a few t-shirts on a website? I think labels are missing a trick here, and if they can master direct-to-fan, from a strategic point of view, they could start to make the multi-revenue stream record deals that have become the norm work for artists as much as themselves.

Well, that's what I reckon, and I'll explain why on Friday, before letting managers, labels and lawyers dissect my proposal, with PledgeMusic's Malcolm Dunbar, The Orchard's Scott Cohen, Rocket Music's Jazz Sherman, Reed Smith's Sachin Premnath, Communion Music's Jamie Emsell and First Access Entertainment's Benedict Maxwell amongst those joining the debate.

You'll find final schedules for all four of the strands that make up CMU Insights @ The Great Escape online here, with all the info about 'CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff?' here. And for updates on everything once we are up and running, check cmuinsights.com/tge2016.

  Approved: Pink Oculus
Singer, rapper and producer Esperanza Denswil, aka Pink Oculus, has largely built her following through touring to date. Though she does have two extraordinarily good singles to her name, 'Sweat' and 'Overdue'. The latter is titled particularly appropriately, as I could really do with some more music from her.

Thankfully a whole EP is due imminently. She's worth mentioning right now though because she has two shows coming up at The Great Escape this week, which will provide you with plenty of her heavy hip hop, soul and jazz influenced sound.

Ahead of that forthcoming EP, she's also appeared on a track by iET, which sets her vocals against acoustic instruments.

Here also is the video for 'Overdue'.

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TheeSatisfaction announce split, Cat Harris-White releases debut solo album
Hip hop duo TheeSatisfaction have announced that they are splitting up, in a statement published earlier this week.

"After seven years of creating, touring, pushing boundaries and breaking through glass ceilings, TheeSatisfaction has decided to end the group", they said. "We have decided to grow and take our individual careers to the next level. Having been on the road every year since our first with very few breaks, it is time for us to rest, reflect and grow independently".

When will that happen? Well how about right now? The duo's Cat Harris-White released her debut solo album, 'No More Weak Dates', as SassyBlack yesterday. The album's title received a last minute change from the original 'No More Lame Dates'.

"After several practise sessions, it didn't feel right singing the word lame", says Harris-White of the decision. "I also became increasingly aware of how it may be interpreted as a slur to the disabled communities, so I made the decision to re-record the title track and change my album title".

Listen to 'Comicon' from the album here.

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Misfits reunion inspired by recent artist deaths, says Glenn Danzig
Glenn Danzig has said that his unlikely decision to reunite with The Misfits was prompted by the deaths of David Bowie and Prince.

"It's been a shock to see so many musicians dying this year", Danzig told Rolling Stone. "A lot of them weren't really that old. David Bowie's death came out of the blue, as did Prince's. And I've said it before with Peter Steele and Dio: If you're a music fan, you think these artists will be here forever, but you should enjoy them while they're here, because you never know what will happen. You've got to enjoy it and let it happen before everybody dies".

Not that negotiating the reconciliation with the band's bassist Jerry Only was easy. He adds: "Without saying stuff I'm not allowed to say, it became a mediation and evolved from there. We put a lot of stuff behind us and resolved certain longstanding issues. It wasn't an overnight thing ... No, we haven't been friends".

Danzig and Only will perform on stage together for the first time in 30 years as part of this year's Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago.

Blossoms announce debut album
Blossoms were heavily tipped as ones to watch in 2016, so I hope you're watching. Look, here they are announcing the news that they will release their debut album, which is also called 'Blossoms'. Nice and efficient. If you're going to watch a band for a full year, you want them to be efficient, and album titling is a great place to achieve that.

"Fundamentally we want to be a great pop band", says front man Tom Ogden, creating further efficiency by re-using a line wheeled out by every indie band since 2006. "We're influenced by the present as much as the past and we want to sound as modern as we can. We want to sound like a band who could only ever exist now, not then".

"All the songs are very personal to me as they're about my relationships", he continues. That's also smart, only writing about one thing. Efficient. "I tend to write my best lyrics when I'm miserable and heartbroken, but placing that over music that's very melodic, very pop, but with our own strange twist".

'Blossoms' will be out on 5 Aug. Now check out recent single 'Getaway', which clocks in at the perfect and most efficient length of exactly three minutes.

Slow Club announce tour, release new single
Slow Club have released a new single, 'Ancient Rolling Sea', produced by Matthew E White and performed with his in-house band at Richmond, Virgina's Spacebomb Studios. The song is taken from the duo's forthcoming new album, due for release later this year.

"This song felt as though it just did not want to arrive for a long long time", says the duo's Charles Watson. "I worked on the music for the whole time we were writing, and the words just landed at the last minute. With the approach I took on lyrics I wanted it to be more conversational. I wanted it to be direct, as if it were being whispered in your ear".

The duo will also be touring this month and next, here are the dates:

24 May: Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
25 May: St Albans, The Horn
26 May: Poole, Mr Kyps
27 May: Southampton, Joiners Arms
28 May: Bristol, The Lantern
31 May: Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
1 Jun: Ashford, Revelations St Mary's
2 Jun: Brighton, Komedia
3 Jun: Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre

Commercial Radio Awards presented
The great and the good of the commercial radio sector - and there are both greats and goods in the commercial radio sector I'll have you know, you BBC snob - gathered in that there London last night for the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2016. And in case you wondered, yes, I still can't type Arqiva without inserting a 'u' on first try. In other news, winners...

Presenter Of The Year (under 2 million TSA): Trevor Marchall and Caroline Verdon, 106 JACKfm Oxfordshire
Presenter Of The Year (over 2 million TSA): Iain Dale, LBC
Programmer Of The Year: Paul Sylvester, Absolute Radio
Journalist Of The Year: Ella Griffith, Global's Newsroom Yorkshire
Unsung Hero Of The Year: Robin Duff, The Bay

Station Of The Year (500,000 TSA): Radio Borders
Station Of The Year (500,000 to 2m TSA): Clyde 1
Station Of The Year (2m + TSA): Absolute Radio

Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 2 million TSA): Capital Breakfast with Matt, Polly and Geraint, Capital South Wales
Breakfast Show Of The Year (over 2 million TSA): The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio
Specialist Programme Of The Year: The Farming Programme, Lincs FM, KCFM, Rutland Radio
Feature Of The Year: Heart's 100 Happy Days, Heart Network
Single Programme or Broadcast Of The Year: Torture on the Kwai: The Diary of Raymond Savage, 101 Touch FM

Social Action Initiative: Global's Make Some Noise
Station Imaging Award: JACKfm Oxfordshire
News Coverage Of The Year: Hallam FM

Marketing Award: Radio X Launch, Radio X
Local Sales Team Of The Year: The Bay
National Sales Award: Helping Lucozade "find their flow", GTN
Innovation Of The Year: My Capital XTRA, Capital XTRA
Media Agency Of The Year: Mindshare
Most Creative Campaign Of The Year: P&G Duracell Perfectionist
Most Effective Agency Case Study Of The Year: Lucozade Energy - "Find Your Flow", MediaCom

Breakthrough UK Artist Of The Year: Jess Glynne
Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio: Ed Sheeran

Music Champion Award: John Kennedy, Radio X
Industry Leader Of The Year: Steven Miron, Global Radio
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gillian Reynolds
Gold Award: Steve Allen, LBC

Revelator, 7digital, AEI Group, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Music data company Revelator has announced a new Playlist Analytics app, which will enable users to track use of their music in playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. "The amount of playlist data that rightsholders need to analyse is increasingly problematic to manage, we plan to change all that", says CEO Bruno Guez.

• 7digital has itself a brand new Chief Commercial Officer in the form of Edward Kershaw, an ex-label exec who has worked in music roles in the mobile sector in recent years. He replaces Pete Downton, who is rising to the new role of Deputy CEO.

• Music and media firm AEI Media has rebranded at AEI Group. "The rebrand represents the evolution of the company from its humble beginnings in the industrial north to a multi-platform music company with a global audience", says co-founder Diluk Dias.

• Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez don't talk anymore. Here they are singing a song about it.

• Joey Jordison's new band Vimic have released another new song, 'She Sees Everything'.

• Shabazz Palaces has released the video for 'Dawn In Luxor', taken from his 'Lese Majesty' album.

• Mykki Blanco has released the video for new track 'High School Never', featuring Woodkid. Blanco's debut album is due out later this year.

• Die Antwoord have released a new track, 'Bum Bum', taken from new mixtape 'Suck On This', which is out tomorrow.

• Teleman have released the video for new single 'Glory Hallelujah'. Filmed on the road, the band's Johnny Sanders says of the clip: "Trying to avoid the usual 'tour diary' clichés we filmed something that looked nice and captured a feel of some of the places we went to".

• Russian Circles will release a new album, titled 'Guidance', on 5 Aug. Look, here's a teaser video to prove it.

Noel Gallagher open to an Oasis reunion - for a price
The Oasis reunion is on, guys. It's fucking on. Noel's said he'll do it. Liam has made no secret that he's wanted it all along. It's only a matter of time. It'll only be one show, but who knows where that could lead? There is just one little snag: the price tag. Noel wants £20 million.

"For 20 million quid, one gig - that is good money isn't it", he told The Daily Star. "But I have never had that offer from anyone yet".

Surprising, huh? Maybe now he's made his exact price more public, the offers will start rolling in. Unless he's intentionally set a price he knows it wouldn't be worth anyone paying. No, I'm sure Oasis will be playing an oil baron's daughter's wedding some time later this summer.

 
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