FRIDAY 29 JULY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Could the all-new, revamped, streamlined, fresh faced, exuberant, exciting, exceptionally well formed and possibly divine SFX focus most its new found energies on suing the old SFX? Well maybe. That would be fun, wouldn't it? As previously reported, having abandoned its original plan for getting out of bankruptcy, a new proposal has emerged for the future of the flagging EDM business... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: So, somehow it is now 25 years since The Orb released 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld', the record that put them on the ambient electronic map and took the whole genre to new heights. It remains a great record, and it's definitely worth a revisit or - for those not of this earth 25 years ago - possibly a first listen. But hey, why not hear the damn thing performed live tonight at... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Regular listeners to the CMU Podcast will already know this story, but I think it bears repeating. Recently CMU's Chris Cooke was getting into a taxi at Kings Cross station when the driver started talking to another prospective customer. It turned out they were both heading to the same place, and the driver seemed keen to have this other person's business. Always wanting to be... [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 All new SFX may sue former management
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LEGAL Alleged Kickass chief hires Kim Dotcom's lawyer to fight criminal copyright charges
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sync platform Music Dealers heading into liquidation
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LIVE BUSINESS Pandora adds gig recommendations to app as ticketing ambitions gain momentum
Eventbrite boosts dance music credentials with new hires
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ARTIST NEWS PJ Harvey writes score for new production of Franz Xaver Kroetz play
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RELEASES Wiley cancels new album
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ONE LINERS Napalm Records, SB Projects, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #316: Uber v Lorde
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All new SFX may sue former management
Could the all-new, revamped, streamlined, fresh faced, exuberant, exciting, exceptionally well formed and possibly divine SFX focus most its new found energies on suing the old SFX? Well maybe. That would be fun, wouldn't it?

As previously reported, having abandoned its original plan for getting out of bankruptcy, a new proposal has emerged for the future of the flagging EDM business.

According to the Wall Street Journal, under the new deal, primary creditors Allianz SE and Axar Capital Management LP will take control of the company, with some other small creditors – probably including the founders of some of the companies SFX acquired – given the option to take smaller stakes in the new entity. Former owners, including founder and ex-CEO Robert FX Sillerman, will have no stake.

It's widely believed that the new owners will then appoint former AEG Live chief Randy Phillips to run the all new SFX, focused on its core festivals business, with dance music digital platform Beatport possibly spun off as a separate company.

But what about the potential for bitter and nasty litigation, that's why we're all gathered here today, right? Well, IQ has noted new documents filed with the Delaware bankruptcy courts this week which say that the new owners may seek damages for "breaches of fiduciary duty by former directors and officers of [SFX], and avoidance actions, such as fraudulent transfer claims under federal and state law".

It is likely that any such claims would focus on the various failed attempts by Sillerman to take the company he floated on Nasdaq in 2013 back into private ownership, and commitments made to SFX by its founder's other companies. The new owners may also seek to recover "amounts reimbursed to Sillerman" during the bankruptcy process".

The revised plan for taking SFX out of bankruptcy will go before the judge overseeing the process at the end of next month.

Alleged Kickass chief hires Kim Dotcom's lawyer to fight criminal copyright charges
Alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has engaged the services of Kim Dotcom's attorney Ira Rothken because, well, why wouldn't you?

Even if you can't fight the charges made against you by the American authorities, perhaps you can put off your extradition until the early 2040s, by which time the US – aka Trumptonia – will be a baron wasteland where the feral beasts of men who roam what's left of that once great nation won't be so bothered about bringing former copyright infringers to justice.

Especially those who live in Europe, who will still be contaminated from the nuclear winter, and what judge wants a radioactive defendant in their courtroom? None, that's what. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call a legal strategy. I should give up this words lark and put my law degree to proper use.

Anyway, Rothken – who has advised Dotcom in his long running legal battle with the US authorities over his former business MegaUpload – reckons that Vaulin, arrested last week, can mount a decent defence against the charges filed against him over KickassTorrents. And to that effect the lawyer is trying to have the Ukranian released from the Warsaw jail where he's been resided since his arrest in a bid to start work on that defence.

As previously noted, there are some parallels between the MegaUpload and KAT cases, in that both are criminal actions being pursued by the US government that require the accused to be extradited to the States. And both Dotcom and Vaulin are accused of copyright crimes and money laundering.

Though there are some significant differences too, because MegaUpload was a file-transfer and video-upload site, whereas KAT was a file-sharing hub. The big difference is that MegaUpload actually hosted unlicensed music and movie files on its servers, whereas KAT simply provided links to unlicensed content elsewhere on the net. Dotcom, if his case ever gets to the US courts, will rely heavily on the always contentious safe harbours of American copyright law. Vaulin's defence, however, would likely rely on other legal arguments.

As a string of successful lawsuits against file-sharing sites have proven, saying "but we don't host any of the infringing files" isn't a valid defence, because most copyright systems recognise that helping others to infringe can in itself constitute infringement – something variously called contributory, secondary or authorising infringement, depending on the jurisdiction. This was the defence unsuccessfully used in the main case against The Pirate Bay, which is probably the closest comparable case to that now involving Vaulin

The founders and funder of the Bay were found liable for contributory infringement in a combined criminal and civil case, and all spent time in prison (or under house arrest in the funder's case) as a result. But that all happened under Swedish law. And Rothkin reckons that, while file-sharing sites can and have been held liable for contributory infringement, or similar, in civil cases in the US, there isn't a case under the criminal law. And the KAT man is accused of criminal copyright infringement.

The lawyer told Torrentfreak: "We believe the US criminal complaint lacks merit. Torrent sites and trackers are devoid of any content files. If any infringement occurs it happens offsite and leaves KickassTorrents behind. This type of copyright theory is known as secondary copyright infringement and there is no United States criminal statute for secondary copyright infringement – that type of theory is at most a civil liability issue".

Rothkin will work with Polish legal reps to try and get Vaulin out on bail and to then fight the US authorities' bid to extradite the alleged KAT chief. Attempts to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand to the US are ongoing four and half years after he was first arrested, and even though the NZ courts approved the extradition late last year, the former MegaUpload boss is now appealing that ruling, while getting busy setting up MegaUpload v2.

Sync platform Music Dealers heading into liquidation
US-based Music Dealers, a business that aimed to link independent and self-releasing artists with companies interested in syncing their music, is being wound down. Despite raising over $9 million in finance since launching in 2008, the company says that a key client abruptly terminating its contact with the firm was enough to force it into liquidation.

A spokesman for the company confirmed the news, though with the positive spin that perhaps someone might want to buy the business and revive it moving forward. Which seems optimistic, but who knows? The spokesperson told Hypebot: "It is with a heavy heart that Music Dealers has made the difficult decision to discontinue operations. We are proud of all we achieved in our eight years in business and disappointed to be in this position. We remain hopeful and focused on finding a partner who will help revive Music Dealers and once again realise its potential".

Hypebot is also reporting that some of the artists who had songs licensed via Music Dealers remain unpaid for those syncs, and are probably now unlikely to see their money. Producer and manager Tyler Neil Johnson told the site: "After countless emails and failed promises Music Dealers failed to pay out $2600 to one of my artists. I went to email again...they bounced back... did a quick Google search to find out they went bankrupt and their Facebook and Twitter had been deleted. It's just sad because a lot of artists like my client were never given any warning about this and will probably never see that money".

Pandora adds gig recommendations to app as ticketing ambitions gain momentum
Pandora's bid to generate new revenues by moving into ticketing was stepped up earlier this week when the streaming music firm announced it would start recommending gigs to users via its app as well as sending listeners a regular digest of upcoming shows they might be interested in, based on their listening habits.

Pandora is not unique amongst the streamers in adding gig recommendations as a service for users, but unlike its competitors it sees this not just as an added benefit for users - or, indeed, its music industry partners - but as a way of making more money. As you may remember, Pandora moved into ticketing itself by acquiring Ticketfly last year.

Says Pandora boss man bloke Tim Westergren: "Pandora is redefining the music experience, and that includes live events. There's nothing like the magic of a live show, and there's nothing worse than missing your favourite band because you didn't know they were in town. Pandora and Ticketfly are solving that with personalised and effortless access to live, local events". Yeah, whatever you say Tim.

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Eventbrite boosts dance music credentials with new hires
Ticketing platform Eventbrite has hired three new execs from the dance music and clubbing scenes in the US in a bid to enhance the firm's services for and reach within that community.

Two of the new hires, Barak Schurr and Diego Carlin, come from the clubbing-focused Wanttickets.com, a rival ticketing platform that the former founded and the latter ran as CEO. The third is Senthil Chidambaram, founder of dance music website Dancing Astronaut, which he will continue to oversee in addition to his new full-time role with Eventbrite.

Confirming the new appointments, Eventbrite's Director Of Music & Live Events, Greg Patterson, told reporters: "We're excited to further our commitment within the dance music market and extend our proven success in dance music festivals to nightclubs and venues".

He went on: "Barak, Diego, and Senthil share Eventbrite's passion for live experiences and an aligned interest in helping nightclubs and venues run their event business as smoothly as possible. We look forward to marrying their deep industry knowledge with our global leadership in event technology to better serve this important and fast-growing part of the music ecosystem".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: The Orb (Live) - Adventures Of The Ultraworld 25th Anniversary at Electric Brixton
So, somehow it is now 25 years since The Orb released 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld', the record that put them on the ambient electronic map and took the whole genre to new heights. It remains a great record, and it's definitely worth a revisit or - for those not of this earth 25 years ago - possibly a first listen.

But hey, why not hear the damn thing performed live tonight at Electric Brixton as part of the celebrations for that 25th anniversary? Go on, tell me, why not? The "original family" is billed, so who knows what that means, and which former collaborators will be joining Alex Paterson on stage.

Friday 29 Jul, Electric Brixton, London, SW2 1RJ, 7pm-11pm, £25. More here.
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PJ Harvey writes score for new production of Franz Xaver Kroetz play
Your good mate PJ Harvey is composing the music for a new theatrical production, a new translation of German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz's play 'The Nest', which will open at Belfast's Lyric Theatre on 1 Oct before transferring to the larger of the studio spaces at London's Young Vic on 28 Oct.

The play tells the story of a truck driver who is ordered to dump toxic chemicals into a lake, and explores "the moral cost of an increasingly materialistic society", says its blurb. The show has been directed by Ian Rickson, who Harvey has worked with on similar projects before.

Harvey composed the music for the piece on her own, and then recorded the soundtrack with James Johnston in London.

Wiley cancels new album
Wiley is apparently now not releasing a new album in September. The rapper announced in March that he would be releasing 'The Godfather' on 2 Sep, but now he's decided not to bother.

"I'm not dropping an album anymore", he tweeted yesterday. "Pointless, I reckon".

"I am Wiley. I am the Godfather. I am the eskibeat producer. What else do I have left to prove?" he added.

Wiley scrapped his last album 'Snakes & Ladders' and then re-recorded it, before announcing that it would be his "final solo" LP.

As previously reported, the new record was supposed to precede a documentary and autobiography by Wiley. Those are yet to be ditched, as far as we know.

Napalm Records, SB Projects, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Metal label Napalm Records has announced it is opening a new London office next month. The UK base will be overseen by Wally van Middendorp, who is "very pleased" about his new job.

• The longtime General Manager of artist manager Scooter Braun's SB Projects company has been promoted to the role of President of said business.

• Music consultancy Arising Artist has announced the appointment of Alan Pell to the role of General Manager, him have most recently been MD of the Distiller Music Group.

• Live Nation's grass roots ticketing outfit TicketWeb will be headline sponsor on the next edition of Venues Day, which is organised by the Music Venue Trust of course.

• AlunaGeorge have released 'Mean What I Mean', the latest single taken from their upcoming second album 'I Remember'. The LP's out on 16 Sep, and they'll play Koko in London on 25 Nov.

• Daughter have released the video for new single 'No Care'. They've also announced UK tour dates for October.

• Frankie Cosmos has released the video for new single 'Sinister'. She'll be playing UK shows in September, including The Dome in London on 8 Sep.

• Ofelia K has another new track out, this one called 'Killing Me'. "'Killing Me' is about the strange paradox that those who love you the most can also hurt you the most", she says.

• Amatsuki releases his second album, 'Hakoniwa Dramatic', in Europe through JPU Records today. Here's opening track 'Shooting Star'.

• Trentemøller will be headlining the Islington Assembly Hall on 18 Sep. Tickets on sale now.

• Death Grips will play their first London show for three years at Village Underground on 17 Oct. Unless they don't.

• There was some crappy fan-shot footage of Coldplay playing 'Johnny B Goode' going around recently. Now the band have uploaded an official video of that occurrence.

CMU Beef Of The Week #316: Uber v Lorde
Regular listeners to the CMU Podcast will already know this story, but I think it bears repeating. Recently CMU's Chris Cooke was getting into a taxi at Kings Cross station when the driver started talking to another prospective customer. It turned out they were both heading to the same place, and the driver seemed keen to have this other person's business. Always wanting to be amenable (or possibly looking forward to splitting the fare), Chris agreed to share the cab with the other passenger.

The driver then asked about the office complex to which they were now all heading. The other man had a meeting with a digital agency about a sports project, but – Chris added – most of the companies at said complex worked in the music business. And he had a meeting to discuss all things digital music, he added. What did Chris think about streaming, wondered the other man aloud. Chris thinks a lot about streaming, and so chatted on about that rapidly evolving sector at length (something else podcast listeners will be familiar with).

This monologue took much of the rest of the journey. But it was only when the taxi reached its destination and the taxi driver asked to take a selfie with the other man that it dawned on Chris that this other man might not just be some random other man. And it was bit odd, was it not, that the taxi driver had started talking to another prospective customer after Chris had already got into the car and announced his destination? So who was the not random man with whom the taxi driver now wanted a photo, Chris enquired. It was footballing star Rio Ferdinand. Who knew? Not Chris.

So the moral of this story is that you can't know the faces of ever celebrity in the world. That taxi driver was excited about picking up Rio Ferdinand, for sure. But he missed a trick by not knowing that he also had CMU's Chris Cooke in his cab, who I'm sure would also pose for photos, if only asked. Though on the up side, at least that taxi man got to learn all about Spotify's business model rather than having to talk football with a famous (ex)footballer.

I was reminded of all this earlier in the week when Lorde began tweeting from the back of a taxi. "Uber driver currently busting a nut about the fact that there was a 'celebrity passenger' just before me", she wrote, adding: "I can tell our ride, by comparison, sparkles significantly less for him".

"I can feel it from the back seat, his dazed glow", she went on. "He's probably now pretending that I am not here, that they are still together, and alone". So that's fun. And possibly funny. Though, those tweets do also feel a little like a passive aggressive 21st Century version of shouting, "Don't you know who I am?!"

Now, OK, Lorde probably seems like the sort of person who would tweet about this event because she was amused rather than annoyed. She's probably happy not being recognised. And used to it. At least, if the reaction of an alarming number of people sitting around me at this year's BRITs (mostly politicians and non-music journalists, I should probably add as a caveat) when she performed a David Bowie tribute is anything to go by, she should be used to it.

But still, can it be right that a pop star – and someone who's been on the TV – should go unnoticed when out in public? Should pop stars have to tolerate conversations about people other than themselves? Surely now that taxi drivers don't need an inside out knowledge of the streets of their home city, thanks to sat-nav, The Knowledge (or similar) should be revamped. Every taxi driver – Uber drivers included – should go through rigorous training in a bid to recognise every famous face in the land, from A through to Z.

And celebrities, you can help here. Help ensure htat the taxi drivers of the world have The Knowledge they really need. Don't sit in the back quietly tweeting. Lean forward, stare into the rear view mirror, and calmly ask, "Would you like a photo?" Do it for yourselves. Do it for us. Do it for humanity. And especially do it for Chris Cooke if he happens to be sitting next to you, because he almost certainly won't know who you are either.

 
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