THURSDAY 9 JUNE 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: There was much debate last year as to whether or not the high profile 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism ruling set a worrying new precedent for songwriters who are, inevitably, influenced by other musical works they hear. Though there remains enough ambiguity in the law that you'd only really want to pursue big time litigation if the song you reckon rips off your own work has been a pretty big... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: RABBII (which apparently stands for Revolutions Are Best Before Initial Inception, but let's just stick with RABBII) are Johanna Berglund and Felix Persson. Over the last year they've released a series of downbeat pop singles: 'Why Can't I Be You', 'Hang Us High', 'Chameleon', and now 'New Friends'. The 'in the club' genre of song is one that is somewhat... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: YouTube remains the big talking point in the music community, but how did we get here, and where next? Based on his presentation at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape last month, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke reviews the music industry’s relationship with Google’s big video platform. To access CMU Trends become a premium subscriber for just £5 a month. [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Guvera's IPO and the current challenges facing the streaming music market, the latest twist in Kraftwerk's legal battle over a two second sample of 'Metal On Metal', and Ellie Goulding’s defiant political stance on Donald Trump. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Ed Sheeran accused of song theft in $20 million lawsuit
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LEGAL Cher sues financial firm over bad investments
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Sainsbury's crowns itself King Of Vinyl, HMV thinks it's still top dog
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple Tax to come down for app-based subscription services
AEG partners with Snapchat
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ARTIST NEWS The Who hit out at Quadrophenia sequel
Everything Everything play launch of new events space in former Granada Studios
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RELEASES Shaun Ryder forms supergroup to record Euro 2016 single for England
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ONE LINERS Krept & Konan, A2IM, Roc Nation, more
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AND FINALLY... Liam Gallagher not happy with London premiere for new Oasis doc
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HART MEDIA - RADIO PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Hart Media is one of the UK’s leading Radio PR agencies. Our clients have included Joss Stone, Ward Thomas, Passenger, The Prodigy, Public Service Broadcasting, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Motorhead, Deaf Havana, Madness, Alison Moyet to name a few.

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FABRIC RECORDS / HOUNDSTOOTH - FABRICFIRST SECRETARY (LONDON)
The position involves managing the day-to-day running of the Fabric membership club, comprising electronic music lovers from around the World. The role is a mix of customer care through email, social media and telephone channels, database management, stock dispatching and control, and assisting on both fabric and Houndstooth record labels.

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Fabric Records / Houndstooth are looking for an Assistant Accountant to work alongside their MD, ensuring the smooth running of day to day finance operations. This is a great opportunity to develop your existing skills in a social, fast paced team within the much sought-after music industry.

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THE BREWHOUSE - EVENTS & LIVE MUSIC MANAGER (LONDON)
The Brewhouse at London Fields Brewery is one of East London’s most exciting event spaces. As the Events and Live Music Manager, you will be responsible for the booking, programming and promotion of our live music and club nights.

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PROPER MUSIC - NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Proper Music Distribution is now the largest truly independent, full service distributor of music on all formats in the UK. Reporting directly to the Head of Sales, the National Account Manager’s role is to develop strong direct relationships with key domestic retail partners. Customers include HMV, Fopp, Amazon and supermarkets.

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PROPER MUSIC - ROYALTIES ACCOUNTANT (LONDON)
Proper Music Distribution is now the largest truly independent, full service distributor of music on all formats in the UK. The Royalty Accountant role exists to make sure that the companies’ contractual royalty obligations are interpreted accurately and on time.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP - PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Kobalt Label Services is looking for a Project Manager to join the UK Marketing Team. We are expanding our UK Marketing team to include a new Project Manager responsible for managing relationships with a wide range of clients, from emerging to established artists, both UK-based and international, as well as record labels and catalogue owners.

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PARTISAN PR - PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Partisan PR is seeking an online and print publicist. We require a quick witted, resourceful applicant with impeccable writing skills, a great, no-nonsense ear for new music and the adaptability and initiative to thrive working across the shifting landscape of social, online and print media.

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SENTRIC MUSIC - CATALOGUE ADMINISTRATOR (LIVERPOOL)
Sentric Music are looking for a Catalogue Administrator to join the Rights Management team based in our Liverpool office where they will help manage sub-published catalogues.

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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
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Ed Sheeran accused of song theft in $20 million lawsuit
There was much debate last year as to whether or not the high profile 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism ruling set a worrying new precedent for songwriters who are, inevitably, influenced by other musical works they hear. Though there remains enough ambiguity in the law that you'd only really want to pursue big time litigation if the song you reckon rips off your own work has been a pretty big hit in multiple territories, earning sizable royalties.

Do you know what was a pretty big hit in multiple territories, earning sizable royalties? 'Photograph' by Ed Sheeran, that's what. Which is good news for songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, who reckon that the similarities between 'Photograph' and one of their songs are so amazing that they went back in time and called their track 'Amazing'. That, as I'm sure you all remember, was the third single release from 'X-Factor' alumnus Matt Cardle, who scored a big Top 85 hit with his version of the song in 2012.

If only Harrington and Leonard could persuade Richard Busch, the lawyer who represented Marvin Gaye's family in the aforementioned 'Blurred Lines' trial, to take on their case. Oh fuck me, look at this, Harrington and Leonard have persuaded Richard Busch, the lawyer who represented Marvin Gaye's family in the aforementioned 'Blurred Lines' trial, to take on their case. Let's demand $20 million in damages to celebrate.

"My clients are professional songwriters", says Busch to Billboard, just in case you thought he was working for a couple of chancers. "Their work is their life, and I am honoured that they have trusted me with this very important case". But what's your case Richard? "The songs' similarities reach the very essence of the work", says the legal papers he just filed. "The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement, and are in fact striking".

The legal papers include a comparison of the musical score and chord progressions of the two songs, and claim that the two works share 39 identical notes. "The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that 'Photograph' copies 'Amazing'", the lawsuit goes on, before concluding that those similarities are "instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer".

Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid is the co-writer on 'Photograph', and both he and Sheeran are defendants in the case, as are Sheeran's label Warner Music, and publishers Sony/ATV and Polar Patrol, the latter the publishing firm set up by members of Snow Patrol, to which McDaid was signed, and which was acquired by Spirit B-Unique last month.

Bullish Busch is pushing for mega-damages in this case, and for his clients to start receiving 'Photograph' royalties. It remains to be seen if this one goes all the way to court like the headline-grabbing 'Blurred Lines' dispute, or whether one of those out of court settlements can keep it all behind closed doors.

If it does go to court, beyond any facts presented regarding the writing of 'Photograph' and its writers' previous exposure, or not, to 'Amazing', it will again put the spotlight on how copyright law deals with similar sounding songs.

Now, here you are, both songs for you to play side-by-side, to see if you can spot the amazing, photographic similarities:

Amazing
Photograph

Cher sues financial firm over bad investments
Cher is suing a financial management firm who, the singer alleges, defrauded her out of $800,000 by pumping her money into "risky and unsound" investments, and other "malicious and fraudulent" behaviour.

According to the Associated Press, the Veritas Trust, of which Cher is the sole trustee, sued Sail Venture Partners and related firms yesterday. The lawsuit says that, in 2006 and 2007, the business manager of Veritas - Warren Grant - persuaded Cher to invest about $1.3 million into both Sail Venture Partners and Sail Sage Water Partners, with the singer becoming a 'limited partner' in the investment vehicles.

But, the lawsuit alleges, the Sail businesses routinely misrepresented the performance of the companies in which they had invested, while assuring that their own interests were protected. Says the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter: "Defendants routinely leveraged their insider positions with the portfolio companies to placate limited partners with news of supposed 'exit strategies,' impending 'initial public offerings,' and the potential for 'enormous' profits".

It goes on: "Unbeknown to Veritas, defendants secured its capital and that of several other limited partners under duress at the eleventh hour ... these bizarre and improper management tactics were a harbinger of worse to come". Of the ten companies the funds invested in, three are already bankrupt and the others are not likely to produce a return, says the lawsuit, yet "defendants continued to collect management fees and lull the limited partners with false, rosy representations in violation of the partnership agreements".

The defendants are yet to respond.

Sainsbury's crowns itself King Of Vinyl, HMV thinks it's still top dog
Hey, here's a true story. A friend of mine bought a copy of 'Led Zeppelin II' on lovely vinyl from Sainsbury's recently, and had to return it twice because it was scratched. Anyway, since it began selling proper records in its stores again in March, Sainsbury's now reckons it is the UK's biggest seller of vinyl, with 8% market share.

The claim, reports City AM, came as part of the supermarket chain's financial report for the last quarter. Despite this, vinyl failed to offset the drop in like-for-like sales the retailer experienced in the last three months. Bloody vinyl revival.

Elsewhere in vinyl market share bragging, HMV is continuing to position itself as the King Of Vinyl, and has announced the launch of Vinyl Week later this month. From 13-19 Jun, the high street chain will sell limited edition vinyl versions of albums from the likes of Alex Turner, The Sex Pistols, The Velvet Underground and more.

Apple Tax to come down for app-based subscription services
Apple has announced a bunch of changes incoming to its app store, and perhaps most important is the news that the so called Apple Tax is coming down for in-app subscriptions. Indeed, that innovation stood out enough for Google to quickly announce it was doing the same, and with fewer limitations than its appy rival.

As previously reported, the Apple Tax - the 30% Apple takes on purchases made through iOS apps - has proven controversial in some quarters, and especially in the streaming music domain. As streaming music services are paying over at least 70% of subscription income to the music companies already, the cut Apple then takes if subscribers sign up via the iOS app would wipe away any profit margin.

To that end, streaming platforms generally pass the Apple cut onto the customer, so that it is £3 a month more expensive to subscribe to such services if you choose to sign up and pay via the app. Of course customers can always sign up via the service's own website, and then use the iOS app without Apple taking any cut at all, though the tech giant - unlike Google - has rules that make it hard for a digital platform to communicate that fact to customers within the app itself.

This has all became an even bigger issue since the launch of Apple Music last year, because it doesn't have to worry about its own in-app purchase mark up, meaning that to anyone signing up for a streaming music service within an app, the Apple set-up appears better priced than its competitors. The whole thing reportedly led to an FTC investigation in the US last summer.

The big change is that Apple and Google are dropping the cut they take for in-app subscriptions to 15%, though with Apple the figure will only drop once a subscriber has been subscribing to a service for over a year. Though as the new policy is instigated, it will apply to anyone who has had a Spotify or Deezer (or whatever) subscription for more than a year already, if they are still paying via the app.

Other app store changes at Apple include allowing app makers to pay to score more highly in searches within the store, the expansion of the subscriptions option to all kinds of apps, and a new option to vary subscription prices around the world.

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AEG partners with Snapchat
AEG Live has signed a multi-year deal with Snapchat, which will see the social network cover the promoter's festivals in Snapchat Live Stories. All of which are words that will probably make sense to some of you.

Snapchat Live Stories are basically short videos created by Snapchat using users' photos and video from a specific location, which they can then slap advertising all over. And with Snapchat being the hot social network of the moment, this is a thing advertisers and brands like.

The partnership, says AEG's Andrew Klein, is "unlocking the capability for our concertgoers to not only share their favourite moments with their fellow attendees, but also with music fans around the world".

"Partnering with AEG Live helps us capture thousands of unique perspectives from the event, allowing our community to dive in to the story and feel like they are actually there - from backstage to the front row", adds Snapchat's partnerships guy Ben Schwerin. "This deal also provides a great opportunity for brands to align with music content and reach our audience".

At least some of that statement is correct.

  Approved: RABBII
RABBII (which apparently stands for Revolutions Are Best Before Initial Inception, but let's just stick with RABBII) are Johanna Berglund and Felix Persson. Over the last year they've released a series of downbeat pop singles: 'Why Can't I Be You', 'Hang Us High', 'Chameleon', and now 'New Friends'.

The 'in the club' genre of song is one that is somewhat oversubscribed, but Berglund sings the chorus line, "I have missed you in the club, used to keep our hands up high" so forlornly, it's impossible not to be intrigued. "The song explores depression, loss, and death", she says. "It's about how you can't ever really escape it or heal, however hard you try".

If that sounds like something you'd like to spend four minutes being reminded of (and in this case, I think you would), listen to 'New Friends' here.

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The Who hit out at Quadrophenia sequel
The Who have hit out at a planned sequel to their 1979 rock opera 'Quadrophenia', calling it "a blatant attempt to cash in" on the original film's popularity.

The Mirror reported last month that the film, set in the present day and based on Peter Meadows' book 'To Be Someone', which was inspired by the original movie, will star original cast members Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Trevor Laird and Mark Wingett.

But Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and their manager Bill Curbishley (also the producer of the original film) have now expressed their anger at the new production.

"'Quadrophenia' has an enduring appeal and will forever be THE definitive mod film", said Curbishley. "'Quadrophenia' is a significant and influential film based on The Who's music not some Carry on Franchise. Any follow up to this film could only be made by the authors of the original and would need to be worthy of the name. This karaoke sequel announced recently in the press would be totally ridiculous".

He adds that he "found it hard to understand why any of the original cast would lend themselves to this crass attempt to cash in on the excellence of the original when this quite clearly isn't a sequel". The statement also notes that "contrary to reports that The Who had endorsed the supposed sequel, nothing could be further from the truth".

As well as being worried that the planned follow-up will be a "totally ridiculous karaoke sequel", the band and management may also be annoyed that someone got their before them, Curbishley having told Time Out in 2013 that he was working on his own script for a 'Quadrophenia' sequel.

Elsewhere in 'Quadrophenia' inspired film news, a short film called 'Being' recently raised £20,000 on Kickstarter to fund its production. That film will also star Mark Wingett. Directed by Devlin Crow, it tells the story of a young boy who is caring for his mother, who has multiple sclerosis. He finds escape in the music of the 1960s, before befriending an out of work actor whose claim to fame is that he was in 'Quadrophenia'.

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Everything Everything play launch of new events space in former Granada Studios
Live footage of Everything Everything playing the opening night of Low Four, a new studio and event space set in the old Granada Studios complex in Manchester, has been placed on YouTube.

"We loved it", said Everything Everything's Jeremy Pritchard of the venue. "It's technologically up-to-date but they've maintained the original character. It's a great sounding room. The experience of live streaming was new to us and we enjoyed the way it felt like half way between a recorded session and a live gig, since there was an audience on the balcony. We would definitely come back".

Acts including NZCA Lines, GoGo Penguin and Alexis Taylor are already confirmed to use the space in the coming weeks.

Watch Everything Everything's performance here.

Shaun Ryder forms supergroup to record Euro 2016 single for England
Shaun Ryder, Paul Oakenfold, Goldie and Black Grape's Kermit have formed a new group, Four Lions, to record a song for the England football team's upcoming embarrassing defeat in the 2016 European Championships. Titled 'We Are England', it will be released this Friday.

"Hopefully our song will send out a positive vibe to the England fans and put a smile on their faces", says Ryder. "We made this record for the real heroes of our country, the working men and women of England.

"We did two writing sessions at my house in the 'man cave', then two studio sessions in Manchester", he says of the creation of the single. "Me and Kermit wrote the lyrics and Dan Broad, the Mondays and Black Grape's musical director, engineered it. It was recorded all over the place - Oakey was in Los Angeles, Goldie was in Thailand and me and Kermit in Salford and Manchester. We had a few Guinnesses in the studio, so it's a bit hazy, but we did film the studio time and the writing sessions".

As well as seeing Ryder working with Kermit again, the single also reunites him with Paul Oakenfold, who produced The Happy Monday's third album 'Pill N Thrills And Bellyaches'.

Watch the video for 'We Are England' here.

Krept & Konan, A2IM, Roc Nation, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Your old mates Krept & Konan have signed on with booking agency CAA for global representation.

• Stephanie Alexa from ATO, Glenn Dicker from Yep Roc Music Group, Andrew Kautz from Big Machine and Louis Posen from Hopeless Records are all newly elected to the board of US indie label repping A2IM. And don't you forget it.

• Roc Nation has launched a Latin division. The Jay-Z of Roc Nation Latino will be popstar Romeo Santos, who is CEO, while his manager Johnny Marines will be President. Santos will also be managed by Roc Nation.

• Radiohead's latest album, 'A Moon Shaped Pool', will be available on Spotify from 17 Jun. So now you know. But don't go causing any trouble with that information, will you?

• DJ Shadow has released another new collaboration, this one with Nils Frahm.

• There's another new Metronomy track out there. Here's 'Back Together'.

• Merchandise have returned with new single 'Flowers Of Sex'. They'll be playing live in London at The Lexington on 2 Nov.

• Eagulls have released the video for 'Velvet', taken from their latest album 'Ullages'.

• One half of Quasi - Sam Coomes - has released a new solo track, 'Stride On'. His debut solo album, 'Bugger Me', is out on 19 Aug.

• Hana has announced that she will play Birthdays in London on 21 Jun. She's just done a remix for Chairlift too, so have a listen to that here.

• Glass Animals will be touring the UK in October. New album 'How To Be A Human Being' will be out on 26 Aug. From it, this is 'Life Itself'.

Liam Gallagher not happy with London premiere for new Oasis doc
Liam Gallagher ain't happy. He ain't happy about the new Oasis documentary. And who is? Well, Liam Gallagher actually. He recently described the doc - which features previously unseen archive footage and interviews with all former members of the band, including both Gallaghers - as "A REAL FILM ABOUT A REAL BAND FOR REAL FANS". And that must be true. I mean, look at the capital letters.

So why ain't Liam Gallagher happy? Because the premiere of the film is set to take place in London not Manchester, that's why. And I wonder whose idea that was. "So check this out" he tweeted yesterday, "apparently some clown [is] trying to tell me this film about my fucking band - yeah MY band - is not premiering in MCR". He then added that: "Your so called mighty one [is] only up for London premiere".

Hey, I'm a problem solver, so here's the problem solved. This website reckons Solihull is half way between London and Manchester and I'm guessing the local Cineworld could fit in a screening of the new Oasis doc in between the new Ninja Turtles movie and the Warcraft film. Follow it up with some nosh at Solihull's Spice Club, and boom, I think we'll have an Oasis reunion on the cards.

 
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