THURSDAY 28 JULY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: SoundCloud is considering selling up for a cool billion dollars - or so reckons Bloomberg - because with all those licences now in place, the future is clearly both bright and orange, and who wouldn't want to pay a billion for the company? I'm planning on buying two. The company's founders and investors are, according to Bloomberg sources, mulling over... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Lung Dart - aka multi-instrumentalists Tim Clay and James Rapson - have to date released a small but endlessly intriguing collection of music. Last year's 'Ebbs' EP is now joined by 'Healthy Functional Tissue', the first single from upcoming mini-album 'As I Lay Drying', which is out on 2 Sep. Following from the dense but warm, gospel-inflected sound of... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: We all know the digital pie debate, but there is another discussion to be had about the way streaming income is shared out, focused less on how the stakeholders in any one track divvy up the money, and more on how streaming monies are shared across the music industry. Start-up SupaPass brings this debate to the fore. Find out why in this free-to-access sample CMU Trends article. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES SoundCloud reportedly considering $1 billion sale
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LEGAL Michael Jackson's nephews sue RadarOnline over abuse claims
French artist loses Lady Gaga plagiarism case
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DEALS Warner Music signs up to Vadio
Lifehouse's Jason Wade signs worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV
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ARTIST NEWS The Cure's Lol Tolhurst to publish memoir
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RELEASES The Radio Dept announce new album Running Out Of Love
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Girl Band announce return to touring
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ONE LINERS Warner Music, Jenny Hval, Mick Harvey, more
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AND FINALLY... Darude lacks real world sandstorm experience
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LOCOMOTION ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER / PA TO MANAGING DIRECTOR (LONDON)
Locomotion is hiring an Office manager / PA to the Managing Director for our growing management and music publishing business based in Soho, London. The role forms a key part of our team and would suit a self-motivated forward-thinking individual with exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail in the dealings with artists, producers, executives and business partners.

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KARTEL - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Kartel Music Group is recruiting a Marketing Manager to complement its existing product management, distribution and internal promotions team. The role will be involved in a cross section of sales and marketing activity within the management, label and artist services sector.

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X-RAY TOURING - AGENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The role of Agent Assistant is crucial, having responsibility for creating and delivering key documentation to ensure a smooth process from show/tour confirmation to show/tour completion. The assistant helps to manage the main administrative process in delivering shows to the highest possible standard on time and without error.

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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 – ARTWORK, PRODUCTION & LOGISTICS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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)
Ninja Tune is recruiting a Marketing Assistant to provide support for the Product Managers across all areas of artist campaigns. The role is ideal for someone with previous music industry experience, preferably within marketing.

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BIMM GROUP - TUTORS (LONDON, BRIGHTON, BRISTOL, MANCHESTER, DUBLIN, BERLIN)
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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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.
 
26 Sep 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Music Business Explained – For Start Ups & Brands
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SoundCloud reportedly considering $1 billion sale
SoundCloud is considering selling up for a cool billion dollars - or so reckons Bloomberg - because with all those licences now in place, the future is clearly both bright and orange, and who wouldn't want to pay a billion for the company? I'm planning on buying two.

The company's founders and investors are, according to Bloomberg sources, mulling over possible future strategies for the business, which might include a sale. Though finding someone willing to pay that billion dollars won't be easy. Not least because a recent funding round valued the start-up at $700 million, and some would argue that that is too high.

It's widely thought that previous attempts to sell SoundCloud were scuppered by the music industry's then increasing anger that the firm was operating without licences, and was therefore not paying revenue back to rights holders. Indeed, with its original business model, the rights holders were the client.

SoundCloud did eventually enter into licensing negotiations with the music rights companies, partly because its own investors were demanding alternative revenue streams, and those would require the participation of the record labels and music publishers. Though the talks dragged on, and were in part delayed by PRS For Music suing the company.

Eventually deals were done with all the majors and many of the indies, and even the PRS dispute was settled. All of which has let the company get on with evolving the ad funded platform it first launched in the US in 2014, and the SoundCloud Go subscription service that went live Stateside in March. Both ads and subscriptions were added here in the UK in May.

But does all that really make the business a more attractive purchase? After all, although there are some differences, SoundCloud is increasingly moving into the territory of the more conventional streaming music services, all of which are struggling to make any profit. The challenge that poses would make a 'let's bail' strategy sensible for current investors, but also mean it will likely remain a hard sell with possible billion dollar bidders.

Michael Jackson's nephews sue RadarOnline over abuse claims
Michael Jackson's nephews Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson - also known as the pop group 3T - have launched a $100 million libel lawsuit against Radar Online, over claims that they were abused by their uncle as children.

The lawsuit follows a series of reports published by RadarOnline last month, purporting to be based on documents from a 2003 police raid on Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch. Among various claims made in the reports, it was said that Taj, TJ and Taryll, the sons of Jackson's brother Tito, accepted a gift of a car in exchange for keeping quiet about being abused by their uncle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit says: "Radar has tried to profit by launching a vicious and unrelenting attack on [Jackson] based on claims that, years ago, he was guilty of sexual abuse, even though, at the time, he was found 'not guilty' of that very charge. Radar represents its 'reports' as 'new' and based on official 'detective reports'. Not only have those detective reports been available to the public for many years, Radar has misrepresented what the reports say".

It goes on: "Radar falsely accused plaintiffs of committing a felony by participating in the concealment of criminal activity on the part of Michael Jackson and of being bribed to do so. Based on Radar's libellous stories, the international media reported to the public that 'Michael Jackson molested his own nephews ... and silenced them with threats and gifts'".

As previously reported, last month the Jackson estate published a statement in response to the reports, saying: "Everything in these reports, including what the County Of Santa Barbara calls 'content that appears to be obtained off the internet or through unknown sources' is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael's passing. Those who continue to shamelessly exploit Michael via sleazy internet 'clickbait' ignore that he was acquitted by a jury in 2005 on every one of the fourteen salacious charges brought against him in a failed witch hunt".

RadarOnline has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

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French artist loses Lady Gaga plagiarism case
French artist Orlan has lost a plagiarism lawsuit against Lady Gaga over the artwork for the musician's 2011 album 'Born This Way' and the music video for its title track.

Orlan alleged that Gaga had ripped off two of her works: 'Bumpload', which depicts the artist with bumps over her face and shoulders, and 'Woman With Head', which features her severed head on a table. She was seeking $31.7 million in damages, deemed to be 7.5% of profits from the record. However, the High Court in Paris rejected the claim this week, reports Le Journal des Arts.

The court reportedly said in its ruling that Orlan's art could not be boiled down to just its physical elements because, as conceptual art, its message must also be considered. But in the case of 'Bumpload', it said that the concept of transforming a human was not something that Orlan could own.

Under French law, Orlan must now pay 10,000 euros each to the defendants, Lady Gaga and Universal Music. However, the artist has told Artnet that she has already filed an appeal.

Warner Music signs up to Vadio
Warner Music has signed a deal with music video distribution platform Vadio, giving partnered brands and websites access to the label's catalogue of video content. Lovely.

"Vadio provides a smart service that gives partners quick and easy access to our artists' content, within a ready-to-go video platform", says Ron Wilcox, Warner's Executive Counsel, Business Affairs, Strategic And Digital Initiatives. "Vadio's extensive distribution network of video channels expands the potential for Warner Music artists to connect with new fans, while creating new revenue streams on our artists' behalf".

Vadio CEO Bryce Clemmer adds: "We pride ourselves on empowering new business models that create new revenue streams for content creators and media partners. For that reason, we are very excited about our partnership with Warner Music Group. We believe video will get integrated into every digital media destination. Therefore we are making it possible for artists, brands, and media partners to deliver high quality videos by making Warner's video library viewable across large scale consumer experiences".

Late last year, Vadio raised $7.5 million in funding, as well as adding former Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff to its board of advisors. But he didn't seemingly advise the company to find a better name than Vadio.

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Lifehouse's Jason Wade signs worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV
Sony/ATV has signed one of those worldwide publishing deals with Jason Wade, frontman and lead songwriter of the band, Lifehouse.

Co-President of Sony/ATV US Rick Krim says of the deal: "I have known Jason since the release of Lifehouse's debut album and have always been a great admirer of his immense songwriting talent. To be able to be his publisher as he embarks on this next phase in his career is truly a THRILL for me and the whole Sony/ATV team, and we are so happy to have him join our family".

Wade's manager Jude Cole adds: "Jason is a gifted and prolific writer who's been touring and supporting his own hit songs since he was eighteen years old. This is a new chapter for an artist who could never be satisfied running on the fumes of his past. I know he's THRILLED to be working with Rick and the whole Sony/ATV team and I expect great things to come from this partnership".

Though, despite all that, in his own statement Wade said nothing at all about being THRILLED: "After years of focusing on my band, this is a much-needed and exciting change in my life. My attraction to music has always been about the song, and in the world of songs I consider Sony/ATV to be the best of the best".

Maybe he was just tired out from being so THRILLED.

  Approved: Lung Dart
Lung Dart - aka multi-instrumentalists Tim Clay and James Rapson - have to date released a small but endlessly intriguing collection of music. Last year's 'Ebbs' EP is now joined by 'Healthy Functional Tissue', the first single from upcoming mini-album 'As I Lay Drying', which is out on 2 Sep.

Following from the dense but warm, gospel-inflected sound of 'Ebbs', 'Healthy Functional Tissue' is a gorgeous loop that undulates slowly while new elements drift into the mix almost imperceptibly, drawing you deeper into the music.

The duo will be previewing the mini-album on 26-27 Aug at Holdrons Arcade in Peckham with an event that will be part listening party, part art installation. Listeners will be invited to enter, lie down and experience the record accompanied by videos created by Joe Wilson, Liam Healy, Billy Bolton, Edward Carvalho Monaghan, Oliver Hyde Mobbs, Estelle Birch and Lung Dart themselves.

Listen to 'Healthy Functional Tissue' here.

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The Cure's Lol Tolhurst to publish memoir
Former Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst has announced that he will release a memoir, titled 'Cured: The Tale Of Two Imaginary Boys', on 11 Oct.

"This is a record of the things that have kept me awake at 4am", says the musician of the book. "The precious flowers of the past blooming in the dark corners of memory. I have tried my best to capture whatever that light shone on. I hope it illuminates events for you as much as it has for me".

Read an interview with Tolhurst and an excerpt from the book on Noisey here, and watch a trailer for it here.

The Radio Dept announce new album Running Out Of Love
The Radio Dept have announced their first album since 2010. Titled 'Running Out Of Love', it is inspired by the changing social political landscape in their native Sweden, which also seemingly reflects what is happening in the wider world.

"[It is] an album about life in Sweden in 2016 and how our society seems to be in regression on so many levels", say the band in a statement. "Politically, intellectually, morally... It's an album about all the things that are moving in the wrong direction. It's about the impatience that turns into anger, hate and ultimately withdrawal and apathy when love for the world and our existence begins to falter".

The album will be their final record for Labrador Records, against whom they launched an unsuccessful lawsuit over the terms of their contract after the release of last long player 'Clinging To A Scheme'. Last year's track 'Occupied', which features on the album, is about the court case, while "the Swedish weapon and arms industry [is covered] in 'Swedish Guns' and 'We Got Game' is about the proud police tradition of protecting Nazis and racists, whilst at the same time using brutal violence against opposing groups of protesters".

"'Running Out Of Love' has moulded itself into a rather dystopian album", the band conclude, perhaps slightly unnecessarily. "Mainly because it was created in a sense of deep frustration over the reactionary currents which characterise our time".

The album is due for release on 21 Oct. Listen to 'Occupied' here.

Girl Band announce return to touring
Girl Band have announced that they will begin touring again next month, starting with a handful of US dates.

The band cancelled all scheduled tour dates last October citing "health issues in the band". Shows booked in for early 2016 were also pulled. They eventually returned with a show in Dublin in April, and have played a number of summer festival dates in recent weeks.

The band will be in the UK in December and early 2017. Here are the dates:

7 Dec: Brighton, The Haunt
8 Dec: London, The Scala
9 Dec: Manchester, Soup Kitchen
22 Jan: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24 Jan: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26 Jan: Edinburgh, Summerhall

Warner Music, Jenny Hval, Mick Harvey, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Warner Music Nashville has promoted Peter Strickland to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer. Meanwhile, from 1 Jan next year, WEA President Matt Signore will become WMN's COO. "I am THRILLED", says CEO John Esposito.

• Jenny Hval has released new single 'Conceptual Romance'. Her new album 'Blood Bitch' is out on 30 Sep.

• Having just released a third volume of Serge Gainsbourg translations, Mick Harvey has announced a fourth, 'Intoxicated Women', which will be released on 4 Nov. Here's a sampler.

• Mass Gothic have announced new EP 'Sup Goth', which will be released on 5 Aug. From it, this is 'A Run'.

• Sarah P has made three music videos to go with new single 'Golden Deer'. One, two, three. Pick a favourite or watch them back-to-back as one whole mega-video.

• The Ramona Flowers will release their second album, 'Part Time Spies', on 9 Sep. Here's the video for 'Dirty World'.

• Punk duo PWR BTTM will release their debut album 'Ugly Cherries' through Big Scary Monsters on 7 Oct. From it, this is 'Projection'.

• Twelve-string wizard William Tyler will be playing a full band show at Bush Hall in London on 20 Nov.

• Band-Maid will be in the UK this autumn, playing The Underworld in Camden on 12 Oct as part of a wider European tour.

Darude lacks real world sandstorm experience
Write about what you know, I was always told. But first Kelis admitted that she'd never made a milkshake, and now it turns out that Darude has never been caught in a sandstorm. What is this world?

The producer dropped the bombshell in a Reddit AMA (which was very 'Sandstorm' focussed), answering a direct question asking if he'd ever been in a sandstorm: "No, but in a smaller one, dust devil, or whatever you want to call it... AND, I've got a picture from a few years back, when I was landing in Arizona I believe it was, where I literally landed and ... a sandstorm blew through the airport area and you can see the edge on the pic".

Not fucking good enough, Darude. Being caught up in a mini sandstorm years ago does not provide the experience required to write about the phenomenon. And being near a full-sized sandstorm? Come on now. I can only advise that you focus future energies on writing about milkshakes.

 
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