THURSDAY 21 JULY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The alleged boss of file-sharing hub Kickass Torrents has been arrested in Poland and will now have to fight off attempts by the US to extradite him there to face charges of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. Launched in 2008, Kickass overtook The Pirate Bay to become the most visited BitTorrent directory in the world in late 2014... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Yip Man is the solo project of Al Nero, the former frontman of Glasgow band Le Reno Amps and co-founder of the Armellodie Records label. To date, he has released two singles, both of which are a delight. 'Not That Easy' came out in April and 'For Your Own Good' arrives all fresh and shiny this week, ahead of the release of his debut album, 'Braw Power', in April... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: Following last week's launch of the FanFair Alliance, we review the recent chapter in the secondary ticketing debate. Can current and proposed new regulations really crack down on the number of tickets sold at a mark-up on the secondary market? And what about those artists and promoters touting their own tickets? Premium readers can read more in this CMU Trends report. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Alleged Kickass Torrents chief arrested in Poland, US begins extradition proceedings
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LEGAL EMI Publishing shareholder named in major Malaysia corruption scandal
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DEALS Esben And The Witch sign to Season Of Mist
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Is it time for more Spotify IPO rumours already? They come around so fast
Bids for Crowdmix due in today
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RELEASES Mykki Blanco announces debut album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Mary J Blige and Maxwell announce co-headline shows
Dear Esther videogame to be performed with live score
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ONE LINERS Downtown Records, Universal Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, more
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AND FINALLY... My Chemical Romance planning announcement for nine years and eleven months anniversary of The Black Parade
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END OF THE ROAD - FINANCE MANAGER (LONDON)
End Of The Road Festival is seeking a Finance Manager to work full time in its East London office, very much at the heart of the company, reporting to the Managing Director. This is an important job in a young company and would ideally lead to posting as the Finance Director.

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WARP RECORDS - DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Warp require a Digital Projects Manager to play a key role in our wider marketing and promotions team. You will be responsible for the creation and delivery of digital focused elements of our release campaigns. You will have a passion for this dynamic area of music marketing, as well as the Warp label and our artists.

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IHM is looking for a new employee who will help with artwork, production, logistics, creating sales sheets, and communicating up to date sales info to distributors/artists etc. Full time working at our office in Wardour Street, they will need to know Word, Excel, Photoshop and InDesign or similar.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP – INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Kobalt Label Services is looking for an International Product Manager, based out of our London office. The role will involve working with the Label Services team as well as our network of international label managers, distribution partners and licensees to plan, implement and deliver successful international marketing promotion campaigns.

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HOSPITAL RECORDS - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
Hospital Records are hiring a label manager for their thriving business in South East London. The successful candidate should have proven experience and understanding of sales, marketing and distribution, and a solid grasp of the modern music market.

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NINJA TUNE - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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SEASIDE MUSIC - LABEL MANAGER (BRIGHTON)
Seaside Music is a Brighton music label emerging from its already established and growing recording studios. The company is looking for an experienced Label Manager with a deep knowledge of the independent music industry. The role would suit a self-motivated and entrepreneurial individual with a proven track record in label management and release strategy.

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VILLAGE GREEN - PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
Village Green is a burgeoning British independent label reshaping the landscape of minimalism, classical and electronic music. We are looking for a creative and passionate intern to help out with label duties such as stock mail outs, social media management, website management, metadata entry and demo listening.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
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OVAL SPACE - VENUE MANAGER (LONDON)
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TROXY - OPERATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
An opportunity has arisen for an Operations Manager at one of London’s most versatile venue spaces. Troxy is based in East London, and the venue boasts a ground floor and circle area as well as a smaller event room and hosts events for 200 to 3100 people, such as corporate awards and dinners, live concerts, indoor sports events, club nights and weddings.

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ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL - ASSISTANT BARS & EVENTS MANAGER (LONDON)
Islington Assembly Hall is looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant Bars & Events Manager with a proven track record within a live music operation to work at one of the country's premier 850 capacity venues. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow in national touring venue owned and operated by Islington Council.

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FABRICLIVE - SENIOR BOOKER (LONDON)
We are currently looking for a Senior Booker to join our promotions team to provide 360° delivery of Fabriclive Friday nights at Fabric. The role will involve helping to shape the night’s music policy as well as that of midweek events.

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SONGKICK - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (LONDON)
The Business Development member will be responsible for leading the charge in researching, generating, and contacting potential clients that may benefit from Songkick’s ticketing technology and services. This team member has the ability to create and maintain important relationships within the industry and the knowledge, passion and insight to portray our value to major artist clients.

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Calling experienced music industry professionals to join our talented tutor roster at the British And Irish Modern Music Institute. Now with over 5500 students studying at six fully connected BIMM colleges, we are again actively recruiting to appoint new specialist music industry tutors to join our roster – especially in the subject areas of music business, event management and music journalism.

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Alleged Kickass Torrents chief arrested in Poland, US begins extradition proceedings
The alleged boss of file-sharing hub Kickass Torrents has been arrested in Poland and will now have to fight off attempts by the US to extradite him there to face charges of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

Launched in 2008, Kickass overtook The Pirate Bay to become the most visited BitTorrent directory in the world in late 2014, meaning it now often appears alongside its older rival on the list whenever the music industry goes to court seeking web-block injunctions.

The US Department Of Justice claims that to date Kickass has facilitated the illegal distribution of over $1 billion worth of music, movies, TV shows and games. In a criminal complaint filed in the Chicago courts, the DoJ adds that Kickass currently receives over 50 million unique visitors a month, making it the 69th most visited website on the net.

Artem Vaulin, the man accused of running the operation, is from Ukraine but was arrested in Poland. The authorities allege that Vaulin was involved in designing the original Kickass website and subsequently oversaw the operation, most recently via a Ukrainian-based front company called Cryptoneat.

Confirming the arrest and impending extradition proceedings, US Attorney Zachary T Fardon told reporters: "Copyright infringement exacts a large toll, a very human one, on the artists and businesses whose livelihood hinges on their creative inventions. Vaulin allegedly used the internet to cause enormous harm to those artists".

The legal man continued: "Our cybercrimes unit at the US Attorney's Office in Chicago will continue to work with our law enforcement partners around the globe to identify, investigate and prosecute those who attempt to illegally profit from the innovation of others".

Embellishing on the current case, US Assistant Attorney General Leslie R Caldwell continued: "Vaulin is charged with running today's most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials".

She went on: "In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice".

There are obvious parallels between the arrest of Vaulin and both the MegaUpload shutdown and the criminal case against the founders of The Pirate Bay.

The former was also led by the US and resulted in immediate extradition proceedings. MegaUpload domains were seized as its founder Kim Dotcom and others were arrested, and the feds made similar efforts to seize Kickass domains yesterday.

Though operationally speaking, Kickass is obviously much closer to The Pirate Bay, and legal arguments here are more likely to mirror the Swedish criminal prosecution of that site's founders (albeit under American law).

In many ways the US will be hoping that the case runs more like the 2009 Pirate Bay trial, in which all four of the men accused of founding or funding the piracy site were convicted of copyright crimes.

Meanwhile America's attempts to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand - and all but one of his colleagues - have been caught in a legal quagmire. The US authorities finally got an extradition order out of the New Zealand courts late last year, nearly four years after first asking, but that is now under appeal. And even if they get Dotcom to the US, a messy trial testing America's safe harbour laws will ensue.

Then the American authorities did manage to take the MegaUpload file transfer platform and sister video sharing site completely offline at the time of Dotcom's arrest, aided by the fact the firm used servers in both the US and other friendly jurisdictions.

And, while Dotcom did launch a second file-transfer platform called Mega, and is now promising a MegaUpload v2, in the main the file-sharing hub that was the original MegaUpload has stayed down.

Meanwhile The Pirate Bay - now run by a different team - continues to happily operate as normal, despite the four convictions in the big trial and more recent attempts by the Swedish authorities to shut it down.

So operationally speaking, US authorities will be hoping for something more like MegaUpload. Though, while there have been reports of the main Kickass domain wobbling a little overnight, as we go to press proxies of the site seem to be working just fine.

EMI Publishing shareholder named in major Malaysia corruption scandal
The boss of one of the private equity groups that invested in the Sony-led acquisition of EMI Music Publishing back in 2012 is caught up in a major corruption scandal involving the Malaysian government's sovereign wealth fund.

The American authorities have accused various people linked to Malaysia's state-owned investment fund - including, it seems, the country's Prime Minister Najib Razak - of siphoning off over $3.5 billion of monies for their own means, including business ventures and lavish purchases like art and jewellery. The US is now seeking to seize assets in the region of $1 billion linked to the alleged fraud.

One of the key executives accused of involvement is Malaysian businessman Taek Jho Low - generally known as Jho Low - who has no formal role at the sovereign wealth fund, but who is allegedly deeply involved in its operations; though that's something he denies.

Low's private equity business Jynwel Capital was one of the vehicles that helped fund Sony's $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing in 2012 and, according to his official biography, his involvement in that deal resulted in him becoming Non-Executive Chairman of the music publisher in Asia. But according to the Americans, the $106 million Low invested in the EMI songs business was misappropriated from Malaysia's state fund.

A number of investors joined Sony and its long-term business partner, the Michael Jackson Estate, to acquire the songs side of EMI after Citigroup repossessed the British music major and put it up for sale in 2011. Although EMI Music Publishing technically remains a standalone business, with a different ownership structure, it operates as if it was a unit of Sony/ATV, Sony's Music publisher.

The ownership of Sony/ATV is currently under the spotlight, of course, because Sony is trying to buy the Michael Jackson estate out that business, which would give Sony Corp complete ownership of the company, though that wouldn't affect the ownership structure of EMI Music Publishing.

In sort of related news, pan-European indie labels trade group IMPALA has confirmed it has now submitted its objections to Sony taking complete control of Sony/ATV to the EU competition regulators who are considering the deal.

IMPALA wants the European Commission to instigate a fuller investigation into the acquisition, which would mean launching a phase two investigation - rather than approving the deal - at the start of next month. Sony has until tomorrow to propose remedies that might overcome the concerns IMPALA and others in the music publishing domain have raised, in a bid convince competition regulators to just green light the deal.

Says IMPALA boss Helen Smith: "The Sony/ATV deal would have a transformative effect. The European Commission knows the situation and the solutions, having already identified concerns about the impact of Sony's increased market power on prices, and other terms and conditions in the digital market. Brussels has set a limit on how much power Sony should have and it now needs to enforce it".

If Sony's deal were to get blocked, perhaps bosses there could see if their mate Low has any more (allegedly) shady Malaysian cash in his pot to buy out the Jackson Estate instead.

Esben And The Witch sign to Season Of Mist
Esben And The Witch have signed to French metal label Season Of Mist for the release of their fourth album.

"We are delighted to announce that we have signed with Season Of Mist", say the band, which is lucky. "It has been quite the journey so far, always learning, always growing and 2016 finds us settled here in Berlin. Now as we embark towards the glowing horizon, we do so in good company. Season Of Mist will help us blaze new pathways and find more like-minded souls as we go".

The new album release will be a partnership with the band's own Nostromo label, through which they put out their last long player, 2014's 'A New Nature'.

The band add: "We think this collaboration will be a great thing for Nostromo as well, enabling us to release more music by ourselves and others in time. We are excited to see where this will lead, come with us".

Further details on the band's new music will be announced in due course, but for now we know that the as-yet-untitled new record is due out in the autumn.

Is it time for more Spotify IPO rumours already? They come around so fast
Spotify IPO, yeah? It's happening next year. Sometime in the second half of it. For definites. Or so say not one, not two, but five sources who have spoken to Bloomberg.

While having five people eager to anonymously set out a timeline for Spotify's long-awaited IPO might seem like a swell of confidence, it's not an entirely new prediction. From next March, financiers who provided $1 billion in cash to Spotify earlier this year get ever bigger discounts on stock at the point of IPO, so it's not in the company's interest to delay flotation too long after that.

As previously reported, Spotify raised its most recent round of funding in March via debt financing, rather than selling off more stock. However, it's believed that the terms of that finance allow lenders to convert the loans into stock at IPO at a discount of 20%. After a year, and every six months subsequently, that discount goes up 2.5%.

This would mean, if the IPO finally occurred in the fourth quarter of 2017, the discount would rise to 25%. Though most expected that to be the earliest date of the IPO - and therefore the minimum discount - even when March's financing was first confirmed.

When the IPO happens, the question will be whether or not Spotify can match its very silly $8 billon valuation. The fact that the company is yet to turn a profit is a big issue there. An aggressive growth strategy means high costs, and the minimum guarantees it must pay labels and publishers mean that, while in theory it should get to keep about 30% of revenues after paying royalties, it is currently keeping something closer to 15%.

Aware that the high pay-outs to the music industry will be an issue for potential investors at the time of IPO, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has - according to Bloomberg - been attempting to negotiate lower rates with the rightsholders. Though so far this has been unsuccessful.

The aggressive growth strategy, meanwhile, will have to continue for the foreseeable future, because attracting enough paying subscribers is the only way to make Spotify's business model work long term. But how many paying subscribers is enough? Well, that's the big question, isn't it?

You could worry that however many paying subscribers are needed, there just aren't that many people in the world willing to pay for a streaming music subscription. But that would single you out as a big old pessimist. And with the music industry now increasingly reliant on streaming royalties, there's no room for pessimists around here. So fuck off Mr Pessimist. Go and stand behind Ms Spotify IPO Date Speculator. She's much more interesting.

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Bids for Crowdmix due in today
Bids to take Crowdmix on as a going concern are due in today, after the company went into administration earlier this month.

As previously reported, following the departure of CEO Ian Roberts, staff reportedly not being paid on time or at all, and a failed attempt to raise more funding, the music-focussed social network called in the administrators just over two weeks ago. All before the company's app was properly launched - it having been available for invite-only accounts since May.

The sale is being managed by Lambert Smith Hampton, according to Music Week. LSH Machinery & Business Assets Director Paul Proctor says: "This sale provides a unique opportunity to acquire an exciting and fast growing social media brand, which benefits from a growing fan base and a highly talented pool of employees. By marketing the companies and their assets to potential buyers we hope to not only secure a good result for our client, but safeguard Crowdmix's employees and ensure the group fulfils its undoubted potential".

Yeah, so if you think that a music-focussed social network is not only a thing that the world needs, but a thing that you would like to own, LSH wants your bid in by 5pm today.

And if you are dithering between buying this failed digital music business or that other failed digital music business Omnifone - also in administration - well, the rumour that Apple is buying the latter has ramped up somewhat this week.

Though so has the counter-rumour that - actually - having considered a purchase, Apple has decided not to buy the digital distribution and data business. But whatever, no one wants to be bidding against Apple. So Crowdmix it is! Good luck with that.

  Approved: Yip Man
Yip Man is the solo project of Al Nero, the former frontman of Glasgow band Le Reno Amps and co-founder of the Armellodie Records label. To date, he has released two singles, both of which are a delight. 'Not That Easy' came out in April and 'For Your Own Good' arrives all fresh and shiny this week, ahead of the release of his debut album, 'Braw Power', in April.

Both tracks are laced with a Weezer-esque sense of fun and appreciation of guitar pop. 'For Your Own Good' is, in the words of the man himself, "based on a completely unoriginal chord progression". Upon that base, he lays down guitar riffs and a good amount of horns to amply bulk out the song's three and a half minutes.

The video for the track lightly mocks various YouTuber tropes, bookended with a tutorial in how to play the song itself. Watch that here.

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Mykki Blanco announces debut album
Mykki Blanco has announced that he will release his Woodkid and Jeremiah Meece produced debut album, 'Mykki', on 16 Sep.

"I realised as an artist I need to focus on myself and on my work", says Blanco of getting into the mindset to make the record. "Arguments with people online distract from that. I used to have a problem with the media trying to define me, either as a drag queen, or a transvestite, as a homosexual rapper, a transsexual or an HIV positive popstar, but most people need labels and my true fans know who I am and what I'm about".

The first track from the album, 'The Plug Won't', was released yesterday. Explaining the lyrics, Blanco says: "We've all fallen in love under the influence. We've all realised in the morning it was just the drugs leaving us numb, confused and empty".

You can catch Blanco live in the UK at the following dates this October too:

4 Oct: Brighton, Patterns
5 Oct: London, XOYO
6 Oct: Bristol, Exchange
7 Oct: Sheffield, The Harley
8 Oct: Manchester, Soup Kitchen

Listen to 'The Plug Won't' here

Mary J Blige and Maxwell announce co-headline shows
Mary J Blige and Maxwell are to co-headline three UK shows this October, kicking off with an appearance at the O2 Arena in London as part of BluesFest.

"Mary is the epitome of soul", says Maxwell of his touring buddy. "She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can't wait to get on the road with her".

In a weirdly similar quote, Blige says: "Maxwell's music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colourful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I'm excited to get on the road with him".

Anyway, dates:

28 Oct: London, O2 Arena
29 Oct: Birmingham, Genting Arena
30 Oct: Manchester Arena

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Dear Esther videogame to be performed with live score
Screenings of films with live music are two a penny these days. Videogames though? Not so much. But the Barbican Centre in London will buck that trend in October with the staging of a live scoring of 'Dear Esther' by composer Jessica Curry.

Originally released by The Chinese Room in 2012, 'Dear Esther' is not your usual videogame. Opening with a man standing on a lonely and desolate Hebridean island, which may or may not be a representation of his grief, the game travels through various abstract scenes.

The live performance will see the game played through in full by writer Dan Pinchbeck, accompanied by Curry and a live band, with its narrator Nigel Carrington also performing his contributions in person.

Have you got your head round all that? Well, it all takes place on 14 Oct and there are more details here.

You can watch the original trailer for the game here.

Downtown Records, Universal Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Downtown Records has signed a distribution and label services deal with Universal Music and its Interscope division. The American indie previously worked with Sony's Red on distribution gubbins. The new deal will seemingly provide extra services for the independent via Team Interscope.

• Universal Music Publishing in the US has promoted David Gray to the job of EVP/Head Of West Coast A&R because - says UMPG boss Jody Gerson, - he is "a dynamic creative executive with stellar ears, great relationships and a real gift for identifying and developing talent".

• Warner/Chappell has announced Paul Smith as its new Senior International Creative Manager in the UK. He joins from management firm 365 Artists, and replaces Jane Bell, who relocated to the Warner music publishing division's New York office last month.

• Aphex Twin and µ-Ziq are re-issuing their 1996 collaborative LP as Mike & Rich, 'Expert Knob Twiddlers', on 16 Sep. The release will feature seven bonus tracks, one of which you can listen to here.

• Tom Petty's Mudcrutch have a new video out for their song 'I Forgive It All'. It was directed by Sean Penn and Sam Bayer, and stars Anthony Hopkins. Ladidah.

• John Foxx's 'Cathedral Oceans' trilogy will be available on vinyl for the first time from 30 Sep. From 'Cathedral Oceans III', this is 'Oceanic'.

• White Lung have released the video for new single 'Dead Weight', coinciding nicely with their Polaris Prize nomination.

• Hip hop duo Makola have released new single 'This Is London'.

• Izzy Flynn has released her second single, 'Gracious', taken form her forthcoming debut EP.

• Sophie Ellis-Bextor will play an album launch show at Bush Hall in London on 26 Aug. That album, 'Familia', will then be released on 2 Sep. Here's the first single, 'Come With Us'.

• Nite Jewel will play two UK shows in November, at Stereo in Glasgow on 16 Sep and the Jazz Café in London on 17 Sep.

My Chemical Romance planning announcement for nine years and eleven months anniversary of The Black Parade
Oh my God, are My Chemical Romance getting back together? The world seems to think so. Well, some people in the world. And I'm not sure how convinced a lot of them are. But there's a mysterious video up on YouTube, so we might as well speculate.

Right, so, this video appeared yesterday on the My Chemical Romance YouTube channel. It is 34 seconds long. It's all ambient and flaggy, and at the end "9/23/16" pops up. When you rearrange those numbers into the correct order, it reveals that fans should expect something MCR-related to happen on 23 Sep 2016.

What could it mean? Well, that date does mark the nine years and eleven months anniversary of the release of the band's 'The Black Parade' album. Which is, of course, a landmark traditionally celebrated across the world. So it could be that the band will announce their reunion to mark the occasion. Or it might be an announcement that they'll be re-releasing the record a month later around the less commonly celebrated tenth anniversary of the album.

Who knows? I don't. And maybe MCR guitarist Frank Iero doesn't either. He's releasing an album with new project Death Spells on 29 Jul. And then he's touring in August and September, which doesn't suggest he has much else planned. But then Death Spells aren't really playing that many shows, so maybe he had to cut all that short so he could get ready for his former band's triumphant return.

Or maybe the planet will have exploded or have been destroyed by aliens by then. It's just too exciting. Calm yourself down with this soothing video.

 
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