WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: When the Drive Like Jehu curated ATP Festival was cancelled at the last minute in April, the event's promoter was keen to stress that its upcoming ATP Iceland event was run by a separate company and unaffected by the UK operation's latest financial problems. However, with several artists now pulling out of the imminent festival, concerns have again been raised about... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Forays into children's literature aside, Danny Brown has been fairly quiet since his 2013 album 'Old'. But yesterday he announced that he's signed a new record deal with Warp and then released the first single under that partnership, 'When It Rain'. "With the blessing of my Fools Gold family by my side, I'm excited to be working with Warp on new material", says Brown... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: "Transparency" has become quite the buzzword, with everyone agreeing that there should be more of it. But who needs to be more transparent about what and to whom? Chris Cooke reviews how digital royalties work their way through the system, and where the mysteries, confusions and blockages occur. 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 the $20 million song-theft lawsuit filed against Ed Sheeran, the RIAA's attempt to suspend The Pirate Bay's .org domain, The Worldwide Independent Network’s new indie music market research and Axl Rose's photo woes. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Artists pull out of ATP Iceland citing "failure to honour agreements"
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LEGAL Led Zeppelin plagiarism case gets underway
Foo Fighters sue insurers over cancelled shows
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Twitter confirms investment in SoundCloud
Rhapsody to rebrand as Napster in the US
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MEDIA Radio presenter Mark Benson dies
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE: The data pioneers – Niclas Molinder, Auddly
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ARTIST NEWS Former Slipknot drummer discusses ill-health that forced his departure form the band
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ONE LINERS Leona Lewis, WMA, HMV, more
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AND FINALLY... Coldplay rethink Glastonbury set after Barry Gibb drops out
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Artists pull out of ATP Iceland citing "failure to honour agreements"
When the Drive Like Jehu curated ATP Festival was cancelled at the last minute in April, the event's promoter was keen to stress that its upcoming ATP Iceland event was run by a separate company and unaffected by the UK operation's latest financial problems. However, with several artists now pulling out of the imminent festival, concerns have again been raised about whether nor not the show will actually go ahead.

With ATP Iceland due to take place at the beginning of next month, Múm and Blanck Mass both cancelled their scheduled performances there in recent weeks, while Fabio Frizzi joined them in bailing on the event yesterday.

A spokesperson for Frizzi said on Twitter: "We've made every effort to make this show happen, but unfortunately the lack of communication and the failure to honour any of the agreements that we made with Barry Hogan (ATP), made it impossible for us to perform at this year's ATP Iceland. It is a great shame since as we were very excited about these shows".

Múm issued a similar statement late last month, saying: "Unfortunately the terms of the agreement with the festival have not been honoured and the band has been left with no other option than to pull out of the line-up".

Blanck Mass, aka Fuck Buttons' Benjamin Power, did not comment on contractual issues, but said in a statement that it was "just not possible to be able to play".

While some new acts have been drip fed onto the bill in recent weeks, there are still only 26 artists listed on the line-up for the three-day event. The line-ups for each day have not yet been announced either, meaning that day tickets are yet to go on sale.

As previously reported, despite the continued popularity of its alternative music events, ATP has a history of cancelling festivals at the last minute. The latest round of troubles began in March, when the ATP company was unable to meet its financial commitments to holiday camp operator Pontins, which was hosting two planned festivals. The first of these, curated by comedian Stewart Lee, did go ahead. However, the second, curated by Drive Like Jehu, was first moved to Manchester and then cancelled with less than a week to go.

ATP did not respond to a request for comment.

Led Zeppelin plagiarism case gets underway
So, the big 'Stairway To Heaven' plagiarism case got underway in the US yesterday, with a jury selected pretty damn quickly, though there was enough time to remove a self-declared Led Zeppelin fan who said that their "love for these guys" is "very strong". Opening statements were also delivered.

As previously reported, the Zeppelin are accused of ripping off a song written by the late Randy California, aka Randy Craig Wolfe, with their famous work 'Stairway To Heaven'. Led Zep toured with Wolfe's band Spirit in the late 1960s which – the lawsuit filed against them claims – is when they were exposed to his song 'Taurus'. The litigation, filed on behalf of the Wolfe Trust, claims that the band then lifted elements of 'Taurus' when writing their hit.

Speaking for the Trust and trustee Michael Skidmore, legal man Francis Malofiy kick-started the proceedings yesterday by declaring that the mantra of this case was "give credit where credit is due". He then bigged up the musicianship and performance skills of Led Zeppers Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, but only so he could then question their skills as songwriters, alleging that the band really became famous by covering other people's work and "making it their own".

He then wheeled out a video featuring a man playing the beginning of 'Stairway To Heaven' and the base line of 'Taurus' on an acoustic guitar, in a bid to demonstrate just how similar they are. Though, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that video led to an early objection from Led Zepp's lawyer Peter Anderson who said it hadn't been included on the official evidence list for the court hearing. Which, judge R Gary Klausner admitted, could be sufficient an error to declare a mistrial.

Though Anderson is yet to call for such a declaration, instead using his opening statement to outline the arguments he plans to present over the next week. He started off by pointing out that this litigation was coming so long after the fact – 'Stairway To Heaven' was released in 1971 – that many key witnesses are no longer alive and important documents have been lost. He then alleged that the Wolfe Trust only received royalties from 'Taurus' because they were "surreptitiously denied to his son".

As for the copyright law, Anderson argued that – even if jurors hear a similarity between the two songs, which they almost certainly will – those similarities are the result of the two works using the same 'musical building blocks' that sit outside copyright protection. And, he went on, it's known Spirit often covered the 1965 Beatles track 'Michelle' which, hey, also uses similar chord progressions to the later composed 'Taurus'.

So there you go. Page and Plant are both expected to testify in the case, along with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and his counterpart in Spirit, Mark Andes. The case continues.

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Foo Fighters sue insurers over cancelled shows
The Foo Fighters are at war with their insurers over the pay out on two sets of cancelled shows, the first following frontman Dave Grohl breaking his leg mid-gig a year ago, and the second in the wake of the attacks on Paris venue Bataclan last November.

The band are suing the London insurance market Lloyds, various insurance firms and their broker Robertson Taylor, arguing that the defendants haven't made good on their insurance policies, instead colluding to reduce the insurers' liabilities.

The first claim relates to three UK shows that were cancelled as a result of Grohl's injuries. The dispute centres on whether subsequent shows play by Foo Fighters at those venues mean the originally scheduled dates at Wembley Stadium and Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium were in fact 'postponed', rather than 'cancelled'. This has a big impact on pay out.

"Robertson Taylor failed to adequately advise the band of the potential impact these additional shows could have on their claim for coverage", says the band's litigation, according to Billboard. "Specifically, Robertson Taylor failed to adequately inform the band that, if it decided to add these shows to the tour, the London market insurers would attempt to recharacterise the cancelled Wembley Stadium and BT Murrayfield Stadium performances [as being] 'rescheduled'".

The band's filing also points out that Grohl's decision to quickly get back on the road despite the broken leg - performing from a specially made throne – saved insurers tens of millions. It also alleges that Robertson Taylor pumped the Foos for information on the subsequent UK shows, supposedly to enable "prompt payment" of what was owing on the cancelled concerts, but – the band reckons – the information requested was really needed to help the insurers reclassify the three axed gigs as postponements.

As for the November shows, cancelled following the attack in Paris at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert where 89 people were killed, there is a dispute over whether terrorism provisions in the Foos' insurance policy should apply. Many artists postponed European shows in the wake of the attacks, with Foo Fighters missing four dates. It seems insurers have not disputed coverage on two of those shows, due to take place in French cities, but have "engaged in a seemingly never-ending series of requests for increasingly irrelevant information" relating to the concerts cancelled in Turin and Barcelona.

Neither Robertson Taylor nor the actual insurers have as yet commented on the lawsuit.

Twitter confirms investment in SoundCloud
So, Twitter may have bailed on plans to buy SoundCloud two years ago - just when the streaming platform could really have done with a big buyer taking it over – but the social media firm has now pumped a reported $70 million into the streaming company.

To be fair to the tweet-overseers, SoundCloud is in a better position now it has deals in place with most music rights owners, rather than potential and - at one point - actual litigation from the music industry. Though, as much previously noted, the long-term future of the streaming firm is far from assured as it tries to nurture new advertising and subscription revenue streams.

Of course, Twitter knows all about the challenges involved in turning a free-to-use platform with a massive audience into a decent revenue generating business, so SoundCloud's current position will be familiar to it. It's just a shame Twitter isn't so experienced in actually meeting that challenge. Though its share price did rally a little yesterday; but only because Microsoft's big purchase of Linked-In sparked new speculation Twitter might be bought.

Anyway, back to SoundCloud. Twitter has confirmed it now owns a slice of the streaming platform, with boss man Jack Dorsey telling reporters: "Earlier this year we made an investment in SoundCloud through Twitter Ventures to help support some of our efforts with creators. They've been great partners of ours over the years and their community-supported approach mirrors ours in many ways".

SoundCloud added in a statement: "We can confirm that Twitter has made an investment in SoundCloud. Both companies facilitate and inspire contemporary culture to happen in real time while reaching millions of people around the world. This investment will enable SoundCloud to remain focused on building value for creators and listeners alike, and to continue the global rollout of many company initiatives such as our recently launched subscription service, SoundCloud Go".

News of Twitter's investment into SoundCloud will, of course, lead to speculation about the two companies more closely collaborating. Imagine that! More facilitation and inspiration for contemporary culture to happen in real time! I'm not sure the world could cope with that.

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Rhapsody to rebrand as Napster in the US
US streaming music firm Rhapsody has confirmed it is rebranding its American service as Napster, which will mean it will now have just the one brand worldwide.

Rhapsody acquired Napster in 2011. The former was originally the music platform of RealNetworks, while the latter began life as a subscription download service, its owners having acquired the Napster brand during the bankruptcy of the file-sharing network that made it so (in)famous.

Both were very early players in the digital music space that saw new entrants in the market storm ahead of them as subscription streaming really started to gain momentum five years ago. Though they have seen some alright subscriber number increases in the last couple of years.

Rhapsody has only ever operated in the US, so when it acquired the multi-territory Napster business, it continued to use the latter brand outside America. Presumably because all the research showed it enjoyed high brand recognition, even though that recognition was arguably more for the brand's original file-sharing incarnation rather than the subsequent legitimate music service using the name.

But in the US, the Napster brand was phased out, meaning that whenever you talk about the service on a global basis you have to say Rhapsody/Napster (well, we liked Napsody, but the firm never followed out lead). Rumours that the company would dump the Rhapsody brand and go with Napster worldwide started to circulate last year.

"Rhapsody is becoming Napster", said the company on its blog yesterday. "No changes to your playlists, favourites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned!" We will, don't you worry, we will.

Radio presenter Mark Benson dies
The radio presenter Mark Benson, who had worked for a plethora of commercial radio stations during his career, has died. Confirming the news, the DJ's brother wrote on Facebook yesterday that "for some time [Mark] has been battling his inner demons and over the weekend he has finally has lost the war".

Starting his career in hospital radio and then at Radio Top Shop, Benson subsequently hosted shows on numerous stations, including Capital, Smooth Radio, Real Radio, Key 103 and Radio City, as well as working for radio firms abroad. Most recently he was presenting the drive time show on Sunshine Radio.

Sunshine's Station Manager, Mark Edwards, is quoted by Radio Today as saying: "Mark was a well liked and popular man as well as a professional radio presenter. All of us are deeply shocked and deeply saddened at the loss of one of our colleagues. He was a gentleman and quiet soul. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this distressing time".

CMU@TGE: The data pioneers – Niclas Molinder, Auddly
Look out for insights, advice and viewpoints dished out at this year's CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference here in the CMU Daily throughout June. This week, some of the takeaways from the data focused strand.

In another of our on-stage interviews as part of the TGE data strand, CMU's Chris Cooke spoke to songwriter and producer Niclas Molinder in his guise as co-founder of the music-making project management tool Auddly, which counts Max Martin, Abba's Björn Ulvaeus and Avicii as investors.

Throughout the day, we heard about the importance of good music rights data in ensuring that royalties flow through the chain as they should. However, a key place that data is often provided incorrectly - or not provided at all - is right at the start of the process, when a song is written. This can then lead to royalties being delayed or lost down the line, and disputes arising.

"Seven years ago I started a publishing company, because me and my partner found three really talented songwriters and we signed them", said Molinder. "I wanted information from the three writers that I had signed. I needed to know who they wrote with, the name of the songs, and the [copyright ownership] splits. For three guys. It was impossible to get that data, and when it was time for payments, they complained that they didn't get paid enough".

The frustrations of those songwriters grew from the lack of decent data at the outset, he said. "So I realised I needed a system for this. But also that that system wasn't going to work, for songwriters, if it involved Excel sheets, or email, or SMS, or even face to face conversations. So, that's the background. I wanted to create a simple tool for creators – the creators that are the only ones on this planet that know the truth about any one song, because they created it".

"I've done thousands of co-writes over the years, and I've said to myself before every session that I'm not going to leave this room without discussing the split", he added, explaining why the necessary information often isn't available. "Yet I have never discussed the split in the room, because I'm dancing on the table, drinking wine, thinking that I wrote the next number one hit".

He continued: "The second the writers leave the room, the split is based on expectations. It's common today that the publishers handle the split discussions. And I'm fine with that, but I want to create an environment where everything is transparent. So, if another writer's publisher is negotiating the split with me, I want to make sure that the writer is also involved in the discussion".

As it currently stands, though, that discussion often comes far too late. "I've seen the same pattern over and over again for more than eighteen years", said Molinder. "We write a song today and that song is definitely not going to be on Spotify or YouTube or Apple tomorrow. It's going to take at best six months, but sometimes years".

"When the song is about to get released, the whole industry – publishers, labels, PROs – everyone's screaming for the data, who did what, where and when. And you go back to the songwriter months or years later and ask who did what. But they don't remember what they did yesterday. So that's the reason that we need to collect that data at source when it happens in the studio".

And that's what Auddly enables. Although it's not quite as simple as all that. The software enables collaborating songwriters (or artists and producers) to organise and chat about their collaboration. As part of that process, it then ensures that the songwriters input who the co-writers on any one song are, as well as its title and the royalty splits they have agreed to.

In the background, Auddly also verifies who the songwriters are via the IPI (Interested Parties Information) codes and creates a CRW (Common Works Registration) file – the standard file format used for registering songs – which it then sends to the publisher or publishers involved.

The next stage, said Molinder, is for the company to become a registered ISWC agent with CISAC – which administers the song code identification standards - so that the software can also generate and send a unique identifier for the song that has just been created, along with all the other information.

"One thing I've learned after eighteen years in the music industry is that it's so political", he said. "You need to follow the political routes. I support blockchain, I support all the new upcoming systems or databases, but I realised that we needed to do something that can be adopted today, so we can help everyone".

He continued: "The problem today is that the publisher gets the data from their own writer. They don't care so much about all the other writers. So, what our system does is that when a song is done, and we have an agreed split with a digital handshake, we know all the involved IPIs, we know the title and we know the agreed splits. Our system then creates the CWR file, and we send it to the publishers, and actually then we're done. We provide the publishers with the correct data, and instead of them creating their own CWR with the information just from their own writer, we provide them with the full data".

By ensuring that all of this data is available at the outset, and available to current and any future music rights databases, it should ensure that songwriters receive all of the royalties that they are due from their new work, and hopefully reduce conflicts further down the line as well.

  Approved: Danny Brown – When It Rain
Forays into children's literature aside, Danny Brown has been fairly quiet since his 2013 album 'Old'. But yesterday he announced that he's signed a new record deal with Warp and then released the first single under that partnership, 'When It Rain'.

"With the blessing of my Fools Gold family by my side, I'm excited to be working with Warp on new material", says Brown. "They're music fans to the same high degree I am and I'm looking forward to breaking some rules together".

'When It Rain' is a kick-the-doors-off kind of return, hyperactive and dark, with producer Paul White's beat dragged along by Brown's relentless vocal. The rapper will be revealing more about his new album on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show tonight at 6pm. Watch the video for 'When It Rain' here now.

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Former Slipknot drummer discusses ill-health that forced his departure form the band
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison talked about his departure from the band earlier this week when picking up a prize at Metal Hammer's Golden Gods awards.

Slipknot announced that Jordison had left the band in 2013 for "personal reasons", though he subsequently took to Facebook to say that he had been sacked by the metal outfit, and that the news had left him "shocked and blindsided".

However, when picking up his Golden God award he bigged up his former bandmates. According to Metal Injection he said: "I want you all to give praise to them as well. We accomplished a lot in life, every one of them, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best praises. What we created, in the basements of Des Moines, will never be matched. It's one thing that's absolutely unbeatable".

He then went on to discuss in some detail the circumstances behind his departure from the band, explaining it was ill health that put his music career on hold. "Towards the end of my career in Slipknot, I got really really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis" he said. "I lost my legs. I couldn't play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy".

Discussing his recovery, he went on: "I got myself back, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in therapy, to fucking beat this shit. And, if I could do it, you could it. It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, more than fucking anything. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, or anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat that shit. And, fucking metal and all of these fans will do it for you. Thank you so fucking much".

Now back to music making, Jordison recently started a new band called Vimic.

Leona Lewis, WMA, HMV, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Leona Lewis is apparently parting company with Universal's Island Records after just one album, having signed with the label in 2014. She may seek to work with another Universal division on her next record, or could look for a totally new label partner.

• Record industry trade group BPI and the good old Music Publishers Association have confirmed that they will be staging another trade mission to Germany in September, conveniently timed to coincide with Hamburg showcase festival Reeperbahn. Those interested in taking part should apply via the BPI or MPA websites.

• London-based music marketing and creative agency WMA has announced the launch of a brand partnerships unit to be headed up by Crystina Cinti, who has previously done band-brand partnership gubbins at Sony Music.

• After HMV disputed the recent claim from Sainsbury's that it is now the biggest seller of vinyl on the high street, the supermarket has admitted to City AM "we have more stores on the high street (171) selling vinyl – making us the biggest for location - however, we still don't sell as many records as HMV".

• If it wasn't enough Sainsbury's trying to steel HMV's vinyl-seller crown, now Deezer wants to own 'music listening dogs'. Outrageous. Oh yeah, Deezer has a new telly ad.

Coldplay rethink Glastonbury set after Barry Gibb drops out
According to The Sun, Coldplay are having to rethink their headline set at Glastonbury later this month, because a planned guest star spot from Bee Gee Barry Gibb has had to be cancelled. The plan was seemingly for Gibb and Coldplay's Chris Martin to perform a medley of Bee Gee songs in the middle of the band's set, but that's now not possible.

Says one of those pesky sources: "Barry has had to stay put in Florida as a close family member is unwell and he needs to be with them. It'll be a shock if he makes it. He is disappointed as he was really looking forward to playing at Glastonbury. He's a good friend of Chris and the band and didn't want to let them down, but there is just no time for him to get to England to rehearse".

Goes on said source: "Coldplay had planned a big, colourful set around Barry's appearance. The medley was going to be in the middle of it all as a centrepiece. Now they are having to go back to the drawing board and think up a different surprise, which isn't what they need when they're doing a world tour.

Ah well, perhaps they could just have Chris Martin sitting at a drawing board for ten minutes doodling. It would be nice rest from his whiny vocals. Though whatever happens people, don't try and fucking film it from a drone.

 
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