MONDAY 23 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: There has been plenty of chitter chatter in recent weeks to the effect that Adele is in serious talks to sign with Sony Music. Now one of those pesky sources at the major label has told The Sun that a deal is very close to being signed, and it will be worth £90 million, making it the highest value record deal signed by a British artist to date. Though, of course, the specifics of what that £90... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Moonface and Siinai reprise their 2012 collaboration on 'Heartbreaking Bravery' with a second album released on 3 Jun, 'My Best Human Face'. They released the record's first single, 'Risto's Riff', earlier this year, a fun, off-centre rock track bristling with nervous energy and restrained anger. As the unveiling of the full album draws closer, they now return with... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Adele's rumoured Sony deal could be worth £90 million
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LEGAL The Pirate Bay returns to its original .org domain
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS NMPA confirms deal with mix distributor Dubset
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Help Musicians UK launches research exploring mental health in the music community
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ARTIST NEWS Japanese popstar in critical condition after fan knife attack
Calvin Harris cancels two gigs after car crash
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage
Beastie Boys founder John Berry dies
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GIGS & FESTIVALS French festivals drop Eagles Of Death Metal following comments on Bataclan attack
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AND FINALLY... RHCP's Flea disses modern rock music, and modern rock industry
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SIX07 PRESS – FREELANCE SENIOR PR (LONDON)
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SIX07 PRESS – FREELANCE JUNIOR PR (LONDON)
Six07 Press is a well-established, independent music PR company, based in Camden. This is a great chance for someone who has a tremendous sense of fun and creativity and would like to work in music PR.

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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)
Rocket PR have an exciting opportunity for a national radio plugger to join their successful team. Rocket is one of the UK's leading radio and TV promotions companies, working with top independent labels and both emerging and established artists.

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

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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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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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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.
 
kicks off 6 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminars Programme: How The Music Business Works
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6 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Making Money From Music
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13 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Rights Work
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15 Jun 2016 CMU Masterclass: Music Business Explained - For Brands
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20 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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27 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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4 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Merch, Live & Brands
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6 Jul 2016 CMU Masterclass: Navigating The Digital Market
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11 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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18 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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25 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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Adele's rumoured Sony deal could be worth £90 million
There has been plenty of chitter chatter in recent weeks to the effect that Adele is in serious talks to sign with Sony Music. Now one of those pesky sources at the major label has told The Sun that a deal is very close to being signed, and it will be worth £90 million, making it the highest value record deal signed by a British artist to date.

Though, of course, the specifics of what that £90 million constitutes, and what revenues the singer is sharing with the major to unlock the deal, are as yet far from clear.

Adele has worked with Beggars label XL to date, though the indie struck up a partnership with Sony Music to help with marketing and distribution in the US, so the singer has an existing relationship with the major. She became a free agent record-deal-wise after the release of her most recent album, and it was known Sony was keen to exploit its existing alliance to try to get the exclusive rights to Adele's future recordings.

"We have secured the biggest music star in a generation", said the anonymous Sony Music source to The Sun. "This is massive. Adele's deal with her original label XL expired and we'd an existing relationship with her in America. The deal is being worked on by our Columbia label in the US, but is worth £90 million and gives Sony the rights to release her future music exclusively around the world".

With that kind of investment, Sony will be hoping that Adele can retain her phenomenal worldwide success with future albums. The signing would see the major get another top level UK artist on its roster, having recently signed Robbie Williams via its UK division. Though Universal Music is likely to get Harry Styles for his solo career now that Sony-signed One Direction are no more - sorry, definitely "on hiatus" - so there can be some bragging at the other end of Kensington High Street too.

The rumours of Adele's new record deal follow the singer's win last week at the Ivor Novello songwriter awards, where she was declared Songwriter Of The Year, providing her with a nice gong to plonk on the top of all that cash.

The Pirate Bay returns to its original .org domain
The Pirate Bay's world tour of domain names is complete, with the notorious piracy hub having now done a full loop and arrived back at its original .org web address.

As much previously reported, the Bay has used domain names registered in numerous countries as its main address in recent years. It switched from the .org domain to thepiratebay.se in 2012, fearing that the US authorities - which had then only recently shut down MegaUpload and seized its web addresses - might seize the Bay's .org address. The piracy site originated in Sweden of course, so the .se domain made sense.

Then Swedish authorities began legal proceedings to seize the .se domain, prompting the Bay to jump to an assortment of other domains, starting in 2013. But somewhat ironically, representatives from the entertainment industry and/or local law enforcement generally did a good job of urging pretty much every domain registry outside of Sweden to speedily shutdown any domain containing the words 'pirate' and 'bay', while back in Sweden attempts to seize thepiratebay.se got caught up in all sorts of tedious legal wranglings. So eventually The Pirate Bay made .se its primary web address once again.

But, as previously reported, earlier this month an appeals court in Sweden upheld a lower court's ruling that said that the country's domain registry Punkt SE should hand over the thepiratebay.se domain to the authorities. The whole matter could as yet be appealed to Sweden's Supreme Court, though Team Bay are seemingly concerned that domain seizure could now be imminent.

And so they have made good old thepiratebay.org their primary domain once more. Which may or may not motivate the American entertainment industry, or the feds, to seek to grab that domain too. But, with everything having now come circle, Torrentfreak has done a little recap of the various domain registries the Bay visited along the way.

NMPA confirms deal with mix distributor Dubset
The National Music Publishers' Association in the US last week announced a deal with the company behind Dubset, the service that wants to distribute unofficial mixes to streaming services.

As previously reported, Dubset has a technology which tries to work out what songs and recordings are contained within any one mix, and it is now trying to sort out licences with rights owners whose works it may identify.

The aim being to enable services like Spotify and Apple Music to carry unofficial mixes, like those more traditionally found on SoundCloud and Mixcloud, but with everyone earning royalties, including the remixer. The company announced an alliance with Apple Music back in March.

The deal with the NMPA provides a template for US independent publishers and songwriters who are interested in collaborating with the new venture, setting out how they would be paid if their songs are ever included in a Dubset-distributed mix.

The NMPA's General Counsel Danielle Aguirre said of the deal last week: "We are excited to see that Dubset has made great advances in identifying and licensing compositions contained within mix content. It is a massive category that can now be unlocked and offered by the world's largest music services and I'm THRILLED that our publishers and songwriters will be the beneficiaries of a new and important royalty stream".

Speaking for Dubset, Bob Barbiere added: "The amount of new mix content distributed daily is estimated to be fifteen times as large as that of traditional music. Due to complexities associated with identification, and cross-clearance of copyright protected works used within mixes, music services were not able to offer it to consumers. Dubset's technology solves that problem and enables us to clear and deliver this enormous high-demand category of content to music services globally generating new royalties to publishers and other rights holders".

Help Musicians UK launches research exploring mental health in the music community
Music industry charity Help Musicians UK launched a new campaign and a significant research project focused on mental health during the CMU Insights conference at The Great Escape on Friday.

The launch came as CMU Editor Andy Malt led a number of interviews and discussions on how the music industry could and should better support its people - both on and off the stage - if and when they face mental health challenges.

Help Musicians UK has teamed up with the University Of Westminster to explore in more detail how the peculiarities of the music industry can have a negative impact on the mental health of those working in it, while investigating initiatives the industry could endorse and fund that could tackle some of the issues.

Launching the new research in Brighton, Help Musicians UK boss Richard Robinson said: "Today's announcement represents a huge milestone for mental health in the music industry as well as new strategic direction for HMUK as the independent voice for musicians. Help Musicians UK want to build a robust and effective service for those musicians with mental health issues - but we know we have to listen and be part of the conversation. It is all too easy to suggest solutions but we believe our academic study will do more. We want to build sustainable solutions".

The research begins with a survey that everyone working in music is encouraged to fill out. You will find the survey here.

  Approved: Moonface & Siinai
Moonface and Siinai reprise their 2012 collaboration on 'Heartbreaking Bravery' with a second album released on 3 Jun, 'My Best Human Face'.

They released the record's first single, 'Risto's Riff', earlier this year, a fun, off-centre rock track bristling with nervous energy and restrained anger. As the unveiling of the full album draws closer, they now return with another track, 'Them Call Themselves Old Punks'.

Again the song manages to be angry and abstract, this time beginning quietly tense, and slowly building to a chorus brought to life by grinding guitars, a descending keyboard line and a choir singing the hook line, "There's nothing punk about that".

Listen to 'Them Call Themselves Old Punks' here.

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Japanese popstar in critical condition after fan knife attack
Japanese popstar Mayu Tomita is in a critical condition after being attacked outside a concert venue where she was due to appear in Tokyo this weekend.

Tomita suffered nearly two dozen wounds to her neck and chest after a man claiming to be a fan of the singer attacked her with a knife. It is thought Tomita had made a complaint to police about 27 year old Tomohiro Iwazaki last month after he started posting obsessive comments about her on social media.

According to local media reports, after being arrested Iwazaki said that he confronted Tomita about a present he had sent her but which had been returned, and he became violent because he wasn't happy with her response. He is quoted as telling police: "I ambushed her at the station and asked her [about the gift]. I lost my temper and stabbed her many times because she didn't clearly answer".

The attack has drawn parallels to the incident in 2014 when two members of J-pop group AKB48 were attacked by a man brandishing a saw at a meet-and-greet for fans.

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Calvin Harris cancels two gigs after car crash
Calvin Harris was forced to cancel two sets this weekend after being involved in a car crash in LA. Harris was a passenger in a Cadillac that collided with a Volkswagen Beetle on Friday night.

The producer/DJ seemingly escaped with relatively minor injuries, though was taken to a local hospital for treatment to a cut on his nose. One of the passengers in the other vehicle suffered a broken pelvis, having seemingly not been wearing a seatbelt, and being thrown from the car on impact as a result.

Confirming that Harris was having to cancel two appearances this weekend as a result of the accident, a spokesman for the producer said: "[Calvin's] transport was involved in a collision this evening on the way to the airport. As a result he will be unable to perform at Omnia tonight. He has been examined by doctors and told to rest for a few days".

Harris had also been due to appear at the Hangout festival in Alabama on Saturday, and the festival said on Twitter: "Calvin Harris is unable to perform tonight. All of us at Hangout wish him and everyone involved in last night's collision a speedy recovery". Meanwhile Panic! At The Disco, who were moved up the bill to fill Harris's headline slot, said: "Wishing all involved in last night's accident a speedy recovery and hope we do you proud, Calvin".

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Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage
Drummer Nick Menza, best known for his time with Megadeth in the 1990s, died this weekend, aged 51, after collapsing on stage.

Menza was performing with his current band Ohm when he collapsed three songs into the outfit's set at a venue in California. Paramedics were unable to revive the musician once they were on the scene. The band's manager Steve Bauer later told CNN: "The group's bassist texted me last night after it happened. We are all still in shock".

Paying tribute on Facebook, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine said that the words "shocked, devastated, and saddened don't begin to describe my feelings".

He continued: "Originally a tech for the band, Nick soon displayed such talent and personality, it didn't take long for us to realise he belonged on stage with us, behind the kit. As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining. And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a bandmate, and a friend was even more fun".

On his contacts with Menza following the drummer's departure from Megadeth in 1998, Mustaine added: "There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons it never came together. We've been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger than life personality".

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Beastie Boys founder John Berry dies
Founder member of Beastie Boys John Berry has died, aged 52. He had been living with frontal lobe dementia, which recently worsened, his father told Rolling Stone.

Berry, who was credited with coming up with the group's name, founded Beastie Boys as a hardcore punk band with Michael Diamond while at school. They were later joined by Adam Yauch, who died in 2012, and future Luscious Jackson drummer Kate Schellenbach, releasing their debut EP, 'Polly Wog Stew', in 1982.

Shortly after the release Berry left the band and was replaced by Adam Horovitz. Their next single was 1983's 'Cooky Puss', which saw them move into hip hop and the musical direction for which they would become known.

After leaving the group, Berry played guitar in a number of bands, including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe. He was later diagnosed with frontal lobe (or frontotemporal) dementia, a rare form of early onset dementia which typically begins between the ages of 45 to 65 and is caused by the shrinking of the frontal lobes, affecting personality, behaviour and language comprehension.

French festivals drop Eagles Of Death Metal following comments on Bataclan attack
Eagles Of Death Metal have been dropped from the line-ups of two French festivals after frontman Jesse Hughes again claimed that security guards at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris were complicit in the terror attacks at the venue last November, which left 90 people dead.

In an interview with Fox News in March, Hughes claimed that a number of security staff at the venue had not shown up to work at the band's performance that night in order for attackers to take their place. He later apologised on Facebook, saying that he had made "absurd accusations" in the interview.

However, in a new interview with right wing website Taki's Magazine he reiterated those accusations, saying: "I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. [But] I know for sure that [the attackers] were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realised later it was [subsequently arrested attacker Salah] Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There's no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?"

Following the publication of the interview, Eagles Of Death Metal were dropped from the Rock En Seine and Cabaret Vert festivals. In a statement, organisers of both festivals said: "Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hugues' recent allegations given in an interview with an American media, both Cabaret Vert and Rock En Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band's performance. We thank you for your understanding".

Since the attacks last year, Hughes has also been criticised for saying that audience members would have been safer in the venue if they had all been allowed to carry guns.

RHCP's Flea disses modern rock music, and modern rock industry
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist and tedious old man Flea has been dissing modern rock music while guesting on Sirius XM's Pearl Jam Radio, hosted by Pearl Jam guitarist and tedious old man Mike McCready.

Alternative Nation notes that Flea says of those pesky 1990s: "I just remember being so excited that we were playing with [Pearl Jam] and with Smashing Pumpkins, because it was just an exciting time for rock music. A lot of times, especially recently, I look at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways. Nothing to take away from us and [Pearl Jam], because obviously I believe we're relevant bands that come with a real energy".

Well of course, totally relevant, who'd ever say otherwise? Though wanna know why rock music is dead now? It's the bloody industry, innit? Everyone's too business savvy.

"When we were kids", he Fleas on, "when I said I want to be in a rock band and that's what I'm doing for my life, that's what I was going to do, no question. You'd get: 'You are a fucking lunatic, you are crazy. You're never going to get a decent job in your life. What are you doing? You're ruining your life'. I was like fuck it, I don't care, this is what I want to do, this means everything to me, I found a home. I've been a weird, neurotic, loner kid all my life, I was always the kid you called fag in high school, punk rock gave me a home".

"But nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band it's like, 'Oh great, let's get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let's see what we can do here", he adds. "It's a great money making opportunity for you, junior'".

Not sure which careers officer he's referring to there, but anyway, aspiring rock stars, stop being savvy about the business of music and you too could make music like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. And how joyous would that be?

 
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