WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: I think we all know there's going to be quite a bit of consolidation in the streaming music market in the near future, so it seems appropriate that there's been a bit of consolidation in the streaming music litigation domain too. Who doesn't love a merger? So, yes, the two big mechanical royalty lawsuits fired against Spotify in the US back in December and January are now one... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Fresh from a well-received show at this year's Great Escape, The Fin have just a couple more UK gigs left before they head home and leave new EP 'Through The Deep' to do the talking. Oceanic themes run throughout the EP, both lyrically and musically. Waves of synths wash across the record, while swirling, reverb-heavy guitars create its undercurrent... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick's Spotify lawsuits combined
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LIVE BUSINESS eBay announces worldwide StubHub expansion through Ticketbis purchase
SFX creditor objects to Flavorus sale
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MEDIA 20 staff go in Vice News revamp
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ARTIST NEWS Paul McCartney discusses depression after Beatles split
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
Neil Young's perfectly happy for Donald Trump to use his music after all
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RELEASES Wild Beasts announce new album
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ONE LINERS Wireless Festival, Warner Music, Mercury Prize, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber questions the value of "hollow" awards shows
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David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick's Spotify lawsuits combined
I think we all know there's going to be quite a bit of consolidation in the streaming music market in the near future, so it seems appropriate that there's been a bit of consolidation in the streaming music litigation domain too. Who doesn't love a merger?

So, yes, the two big mechanical royalty lawsuits fired against Spotify in the US back in December and January are now one combined action co-headlined by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick.

You all know the story by now: streams exploit the mechanical as well as performing rights in songs, no industry-wide mechanical rights collecting society in the US, so operate under the compulsory licence, but have to alert songwriters, don't know who the songwriters are, hire the publishing sector's Harry Fox Agency to deal with it, doesn't work, mechanicals go unpaid, songwriters sue, we'll have $350 million in damages please thank you very much.

Both Lowery and Ferrick want class action status for their lawsuits, which would mean any affected songwriters could claim damages if the two cases prevailed in court. Spotify is trying to stop the cases getting that class action status, while concurrently trying to sign up as many independent publishers and songwriters as possible to a settlement agreed with America's National Music Publishers Association, which forbids signatories from joining Lowery or Ferrick's legal claims.

Having the Lowery and Ferrick cases - which were remarkably similar - merged simplifies things for Team Spotify to a point. And the Californian judge overseeing the cases says that she now expects Spotify to file motions to dismiss the combined case and/or move the litigation to New York.

And so the whole messy mess continues.

eBay announces worldwide StubHub expansion through Ticketbis purchase
eBay has announced a significant expansion of its StubHub secondary ticketing company through the acquisition of rival Ticketbis. The purchase will give StubHub a far greater international reach, Ticketbis being available in 47 countries, compared to StubHub's current four.

"In a world where the richest moments in life are becoming less about the things people have and more about the experiences they have to share, the acquisition of Ticketbis will allow us to connect millions more people with inspiring events", says StubHub president Scott Cutler. "The only boundary to an incredible experience is access, and this acquisition will enable StubHub to offer more events on a global basis to fans and event-goers around the world, and to help them discover new ways to enrich their lives".

I know you have to self-aggrandise a bit in any press statement, but bloody hell Scott. Let's see what Ticketbis co-founder Ander Michelena has to say.

"StubHub's extensive assets will add tremendous value for ticketing patrons and sellers worldwide, especially as we continue our expansion into nascent markets", nods Michelena. "Together, the StubHub and Ticketbis marketplaces represent tremendous value and opportunity for fans around the world to experience the events they love, whenever and wherever they are. We are THRILLED to be a part of the eBay family, and we look forward to continuing our innovation in ticketing as part of the StubHub brand".

A bit better, thanks. And what a tremendously rich moment this really is. Though news of the Ticketbis deal comes as the UK government prepares to publish its latest report on the ever controversial secondary ticketing market. It also follows that new Which? research which criticised a number of secondary ticketing websites, including StubHub, for not adhering to newish UK laws on the reselling of tickets.

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SFX creditor objects to Flavorus sale
Well, dance music firm SFX's continued attempts to sell off key assets to bring in some much needed cash as it goes through the bankruptcy process are still not going particularly well. The auction of its Beatport business was suspended and the digital music service stripped back to just its download store earlier this month. And now a creditor is attempting to block the sale of ticketing outfit Flavorus.

Acquired back in 2014, Flavorus was used to sell tickets to key SFX events. The sale of the company was announced last month, but now one of SFX's creditors, cloud computing firm Salesforce, has objected to the sale, asking for a court order to ensure that it will receive monies owed if and when a sale goes through.

Salesforce is owed over $200,000 and is also demanding that a further $125,000 be paid out of any loot secured by a Flavorus sale to cover what it's due on the rest of its contract, which is due to run until February next year, reports IQ. If Salesforce's request is granted, it could pose a problem for SFX as it seeks to sell off other assets, as the Salesforce debt is far from the largest outstanding on the dance music company's books, and other creditors could make similar moves, especially where debts are linked to specific SFX businesses.

20 staff go in Vice News revamp
Vice Media has laid off about 20 of its journalists, mainly in the US, although three London-based staffers and two foreign correspondents are also for the chop.

According to The Guardian, the cuts are part of a revamp of Vice's news operation, which follows the decision to give former Bloomberg hack Josh Tyrangiel - originally hired to develop a daily Vice TV show in the US - a new role overseeing the youth media firm's wider news output. Despite yesterday's cuts, it is thought that Vice will continue to grow its news team, by introducing new roles and bases in Hong Kong and San Francisco.

The company has received heavy financial backing from both venture capitalists and traditional media players in recent years, making it a significant player in the online media space, and a full-on competitor to traditional news providers. Vice also continues to expand in terms of output, presumably hoping that scale will boost advertising and sponsorship income to a level that can assure long-term success.

This week's job cuts follow tensions in Vice's London HQ between management and some writers over the firm's refusal to recognise the UK's National Union Of Journalists as an official representative of its editorial staff.

One staff member who supported NUJ recognition told The Guardian last night: "These redundancies are shocking and an insult to the multi-award winning workers who have put so much into making Vice News a success. The total lack of transparency and consultation also raises serious questions about the company's recent pretence at staff engagement, while failing to recognise the desire of many staff to unionise".

Elsewhere in media cutbacks news, The Telegraph axed a number of senior editorial staff yesterday, including Deputy Editor Liz Hunt, while Sky News announced it is shutting down the US version of its website which launched four years ago.

  Approved: The Fin
Fresh from a well-received show at this year's Great Escape, The Fin have just a couple more UK gigs left before they head home and leave new EP 'Through The Deep' to do the talking.

Oceanic themes run throughout the EP, both lyrically and musically. Waves of synths wash across the record, while swirling, reverb-heavy guitars create its undercurrent.

Frontman Yuto Uchino's vocals are then carried by each, gently pushed forward to the shore, all of which can be heard in the title track, 'Divers' and the newly released opening track 'White Breath'.

The EP is due out on 3 Jun, and you can catch the band at the Tooting Tram & Social in London on 26 Jun and The Edge Of The Wedge in Portsmouth on Friday night.

Listen to 'White Breath' here.

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Paul McCartney discusses depression after Beatles split
Paul McCartney has spoken about the depression he experienced after The Beatles split up in 1970. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's 'Mastertapes' series, he said that he turned to drink to cope.

"It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that? I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends. So I took to the bevvies ... I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn't having a good time. I was far gone. It was Linda who said, 'You've got to get it together' and that led to [forming] Wings. I liked the idea of a band. I wanted to go back to square one".

As previously reported, the topic of how the music industry cares (or doesn't) for the mental well-being of its artists and those behind the scenes was discussed in detail at last week's CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference.

The music industry could and should be a world leader in occupational health provision, but a 40 year old story about Paul McCartney still seems all too familiar. An initial step towards overcoming those failings is research being carried out by Help Musicians UK and the University Of Westminster into the mental health of artists and music business professionals, more information on which here.

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Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
Frontman of The Tragically Hip Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band revealed in a statement yesterday. Alongside this, they announced that they will head out on tour this summer because it "feels like the right thing to do".

"A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer", said the band. "Since then, obviously, he's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him. So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours... we've decided to do another one. This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us".

The dates are yet to be announced, but the band say that they are "going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet".

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Neil Young's perfectly happy for Donald Trump to use his music after all
Right, so despite all that shouting and lengthy statement giving a year ago, Neil Young now says he's not bothered if Donald Trump uses 'Rockin In The Free World' at his campaign rallies. Which means we'll have to update our list.

In a new interview with Reuters, Young says that he was just miffed that Trump hadn't asked first before using the song last year. "The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then he didn't ask me to use 'Rockin In The Free World' doesn't mean that he can't use it", he said.

"He actually got a licence to use it [from ASCAP]", he continued. "I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I've got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything. But if the artist who made it is saying you never spoke to them, if that means something to you, you probably will stop playing it. And it meant something to Donald and he stopped".

Trump didn't so much get a specific licence for Young's song as use the blanket licence available from collecting societies for such events, but whatever. You heard the man, you can use his songs for anything you like, so long as you mention it to him first. I can foresee no instance where that policy might become problematic.

Wild Beasts announce new album
Wild Beasts are releasing a new album, which is good news, I think. Maybe you do too. Come, take my hand and we can walk through this news story about it together.

The album is called 'Boy King' and will be out on 5 Aug. It sees them getting "back to being pissed off", says the band's Tom Fleming. "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'" adds Hayden Thorpe.

"It became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male", Thorpe continues. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk. I think 'Boy King' is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same".

Are they? Oh well, have a little taste of what all of that might sound like on first single 'Get My Bang'.

Tour dates? Yes, there are tour dates:

28 Sep: Bristol, Motion
29 Sep: Oxford, Academy
30 Sep: Margate, Dreamland
1 Oct: Sheffield, The Foundry
3 Oct: Cambridge, The Junction
4 Oct: London, The Roundhouse
7 Oct: Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
8 Oct: Glasgow, QMU
9 Oct: Manchester, Academy

Wireless Festival, Warner Music, Mercury Prize, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The High Court last week agreed to hear the arguments of the Friends Of Finsbury Park group who, as previously reported, are seeking to stop Live Nation's Wireless festival from taking place in the North London park this summer. Judges will review Haringey Council's decision to allow the festival to go ahead.

• Warner Music UK has just launched The Firepit, which, in case you wondered, is "a creative content division, innovation centre and state of the art recording studio supporting Warner Music's artists, labels and partners". It will also "incubate emerging technologies". And why not, I say. Those emerging technologies could do with some incubating.

• The Orchard has confirmed that Lucy Blair, formerly with Motive Unknown, is the distribution firm's new Director of International Sales & Marketing, while Nikoo Sadr, formerly with Music Ally, joins as Manager of Interactive Marketing. "Innovate", said Orchard COO Colleen Theis.

• Universal Music's recently revamped Verve Label Group in the US has hired former radio man Graham Parker to be president of the classical labels now sitting under the Verve banner. He will report into both newly appointed Verve boss Danny Bennett and the mega-major's CEO of Global Classics Dickon Stainer.

• Jpnsgrls will release their new album 'Divorce' on 22 Jul. Check out the brilliant brand new one-shot music video for 'Oh My God' here.

• Alicia Keys will play Village Underground in London on Thursday. Like, tomorrow night. "Oh, but that will be sold out now", you're thinking. No, tickets also go on sale tomorrow. Be here at 9am.

• Allie X has announced her second ever London show. It will take place at Oslo in Hackney on 13 Jul.

• Label people! The deadline to enter this year's Mercury Prize is this Friday at 6pm. Albums released by a British or Irish artist between 26 Sep 2015 and 29 Jul 2016 are eligible. Sign up to receive further details of how to enter here.

Justin Bieber questions the value of "hollow" awards shows
Awards shows are "hollow" and "fake". Not my words, people. The words of Justin Bieber. I would have gone with "fucking stupid", "pointless", and "one of the most ridiculous things humans have ever created".

Bieber is much nicer than me though, which is why he didn't say that. He's the nicest. He should win a prize for being so nice. Although he probably wouldn't enjoy receiving it, so maybe I'll just keep it for myself. Bad luck, Bieber. He was commenting on all this specifically after others noted that he looked less than THRILLED to be at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

"I don't know about these award shows", he wrote on Instagram. "I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow".

He continued: "I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don't want to knock them I'm just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself, if I'm living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfilment".

Noting that he recognises that he is in a "privileged and honoured" position to be considered for awards at all, he added: "In these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder, does anybody else?"

It's almost like awards are really just events set up to make money for the organisers and it's mostly irrelevant who takes the awards home.

 
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