MONDAY 1 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Minnesota judge overseeing the estate of Prince has dismissed 29 would-be heirs as he considers who should benefit from the late musician's wealth. As previously reported, Prince died without making a will, leading to numerous people coming forward claiming a family link to the star. According to reports, amongst those potential heirs rejected... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Bayonne is the work of musician Roger Sellers, who is set to release his debut album. 'Primitives', on 4 Nov through City Slang. Using layers of loops as the basis for his sound, he builds complex but laid back songs around which he wraps his vocals like a blanket. This is shown perfectly on the album's first single, 'Spectrolite', which is carried aloft by a hypnotic guitar... [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 Prince judge dismisses 29 would-be heirs, may allow cameras in the courtroom
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LIVE BUSINESS Spiritland to open new venue in Kings Cross
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES MQA hires Mike Jbara as CEO
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MEDIA 1Xtra to take its big live bash to Liverpool
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ARTIST NEWS Beenie Man cancels OVO Fest appearance after contracting Zika virus
Smashing Pumpkins reunion rumoured for next summer
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RELEASES Performers from David Bowie's Blackstar reunite for new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Edinburgh Festival gets underway this week
CMU Business Editor returns to Edinburgh Fringe with his Free Speech
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AND FINALLY... Kanye West tells Apple to "give Jay his check for Tidal now"
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KARTEL - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
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Prince judge dismisses 29 would-be heirs, may allow cameras in the courtroom
The Minnesota judge overseeing the estate of Prince has dismissed 29 would-be heirs as he considers who should benefit from the late musician's wealth.

As previously reported, Prince died without making a will, leading to numerous people coming forward claiming a family link to the star. According to reports, amongst those potential heirs rejected by judge Kevin Eide were five people who claimed that Prince was their biological or adoptive father, and a woman who claimed to have married the singer.

Those claimed heirs that Eide is still considering awarding a stake in Prince's estate include the musician's sister Tyka Nelson and the five other half-siblings who she named when filing legal papers seeking to appoint a special administrator of her brother's estate.

The judge has asked that the three half-siblings who share a father with Prince now undergo genetic testing to confirm the link. Those two half-siblings that shared a mother will not be required to undergo such tests, though two other relations still in the running - a niece and grandniece - will do.

In other news, Eide has said that he may allow cameras into some of the future court hearings relating to the Prince estate. He has kept cameras out of the courtroom to date, but has told media organisations keen to film the proceedings that he may allow them in moving forward, but that he will make decisions to that effect on a day by day basis depending on the subject matter due to be discussed.

Spiritland to open new venue in Kings Cross
Having been based in Shoreditch's Merchant's Tavern for the last two years, Spiritland is now moving to a new permanent venue in King's Cross in September. As well as a music venue, bar and café, it will also sell records and high end audio equipment.

The venue also makes the bold claim of having "the best soundsystem in the world". That's a hard thing to prove, but they have spent £340,000 on speakers, so that's a start. It'll be located in the shiny new Coal Drop Yard complex behind King's Cross Station.

Set up by Canteen founders Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake and music consultant Paul Noble, Spiritland will be open seven days a week. A schedule of events is yet to be announced.

MQA hires Mike Jbara as CEO
Audio firm MQA has announced that Mike Jbara has been appointed as its new CEO. Originally set up by Meridian Audio, the previously reported MQA - which stands for Master Quality Authenticated - offers a high quality audio format with smaller file sizes than rivals, in theory making it a more attractive option for downloading and streaming.

The company's chairman Bob Stuart says: "We are delighted to have Mike join us to take the helm as MQA moves into this next phase. Our mission is to improve the quality of distributed music and to help connect artists to fans. I have known Mike professionally for many years and have immense respect for his technical and industry insight and knowledge, as well as interpersonal and organisational skills. Mike is a good friend and we are looking forward to developing the MQA business together".

Jbara adds: "I am inspired by the principles that have led to the creation of MQA - a commitment to sound quality, intuitive and natural consumer experiences, and the tireless advocacy for the artists' music. I have had the great fortune to work closely with Bob Stuart and develop a partnership and friendship rarely found. The MQA team is exceptional. I could not imagine anything more exciting than to join this team and pursue that vision".

Jbara joins the company from Warner Music, where he was most recently EVP of Technology And Business Process. Earlier this year MQA announced a licensing deal with Warner to make the major label's catalogue available in the format.

1Xtra to take its big live bash to Liverpool
The BBC's 1Xtra has announced that it will stage its annual 1Xtra Live event in Liverpool this year on 8 Oct. Now in its ninth year, the BBC station is promising "the hottest line-up in urban music" with its latest Live event, which will take place inside Liverpool's Echo Arena. We'll see, I guess.

Says Radio 1 and 1Xtra Controller Ben Cooper: "The energy and excitement of ten thousand fans, the hottest UK artists and the biggest international acts, will make 1Xtra Live one of the best gigs of the year. We know there is a massive appetite for new music in Liverpool so we knew we had to bring our biggest event to the city".

While 1Xtra DJ A.Dot adds: "This year has been a big year for urban music and with a crowd like Liverpool, 1Xtra Live is set to be one of the biggest nights of the year".

  Approved: Bayonne
Bayonne is the work of musician Roger Sellers, who is set to release his debut album. 'Primitives', on 4 Nov through City Slang.

Using layers of loops as the basis for his sound, he builds complex but laid back songs around which he wraps his vocals like a blanket. This is shown perfectly on the album's first single, 'Spectrolite', which is carried aloft by a hypnotic guitar riff.

He hit upon his sound after becoming frustrated with studying music academically. "It became homework", he says. "It made me come home and not want to write".

Buying a loop pedal and working more freely reignited the spark within him, he says: "I found out that I could make these songs really spontaneously and have this really good idea without having to get into the studio to capture it right away. Most of these songs came out of me just fucking around, hooking up keyboards and experimenting".

There's an unlikely influence in there too, he adds: "I wanted to be Phil Collins for so many years as a child. He was my hero. I feel like you can hear that a lot in 'Primitives', that big drum sound, because so much of the way I play was learned from Phil Collins".

See if you can spot that in the video for 'Spectrolite' here.

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Beenie Man cancels OVO Fest appearance after contracting Zika virus
Dancehall artist Beenie Man was forced to cancel an appearance at the OVO Fest in Toronto at the weekend after he contracted the Zika virus and was denied a visa to enter Canada.

Ticketmaster confirmed that Beenie Man would no longer be performing, due to "immigration issues". The MC has had problems performing internationally in the past due to objections to the homophobic lyrics in some of his songs. But on this occasion it was being struck down by the much talked about Zika virus that caused him to be blocked from crossing a border.

In an Instagram post, Beenie Man said: "No visa fi mi Canada show. Zika virus hol mi. The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still".

The cancellation came the day after the UK government warned anyone travelling to Florida to be cautious, after the first cases of the Zika virus in the state were confirmed. Spread by mosquitos, the virus is fairly mild and not harmful to most people, but can be more serious for pregnant women and it is thought that it can lead to birth defects.

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Smashing Pumpkins reunion rumoured for next summer
Billy Corgan has fuelled rumours that the original line-up of The Smashing Pumpkins are getting back together with a vague update on Facebook.

In a video posted on the social network last week, Corgan said: "There's some big stuff happening. We're making plans. I can't give that away, but it's going to be interesting".=

A source subsequently told Consequence Of Sound that Corgan has been pitching for reunion shows and festival slots next summer.

Corgan has performed with former bandmates Jimmy Chamberlain and James Iha over the last year, while former bassist D'arcy Wretzky recently said that she would "consider going back" to the band.

Performers from David Bowie's Blackstar reunite for new album
Members of the band who performed on David Bowie's last album 'Blackstar' have reunited on a new album by saxophonist Donny McCaslin, dedicated to the late musician.

McCaslin has worked with bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and pianist Jason Lindner, who all played on 'Blackstar', plus guitarist Nate Wood. Titled 'Beyond Now', the album features a number of original tracks written by McCaslin, as well as covers of songs by The Chainsmokers, Mutemath, Deadmau5 and Bowie himself.

"David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days", says McCaslin. "'Beyond Now' is dedicated to him and to all who loved him".

Listen to a cover of Bowie's 'A Small Plot Of Land', originally from his 1995 album 'Outside', here.

Edinburgh Festival gets underway this week
The world's biggest cultural festival kicks off in Edinburgh this week, and although better known for its programme of comedy and theatre, there is plenty of music on offer too.

The Edinburgh Festival is actually a number of different festivals that all take place in the Scottish capital at the same time, including the programmed International Festival, the unprogrammed Fringe, and standalone festivals focused on books, art and politics.

The first few events got underway this weekend, with Fringe previews properly kicking off on Wednesday, before the International Festival and the Fringe officially launch for another year on Friday.

Music wise, the Edinburgh International Festival has long been well known for its extensive programme of classical music, though newish Artistic Director Fergus Linehan has made expanding the event's music policy one of his key priorities, with a wider variety of genres now on offer, and the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Young Fathers, Sigur Rós and Mogwai all set to appear this year. Info here.

The Edinburgh Fringe - in which anyone can perform - also has plenty of musicians appearing, though a standout music programme within the Fringe this year is that being presented by arts hub Summerhall under its Nothing Ever Happens Here banner. Fringe gigs from NEHH include Kathryn Joseph, Willis Earl Beal, Orkestra Del Sol, Billy Bragg, Mount Kimbie, Grandaddy and Withered Hand. Info here.

We know all this because our sister magazine ThreeWeeks Edinburgh is back at the Festival for its 21st year covering everything that will happen there over the next month. If you are heading to the Edinburgh Festival at any point, check out the ThreeWeeks preview guide here, or sign up to the TW Daily bulletin here.

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CMU Business Editor returns to Edinburgh Fringe with his Free Speech
Talking of the Edinburgh Festival, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke is taking his spoken word show 'Chris Cooke's Free Speech' back to the Fringe for the final week of the Festival this year, with five performances from 23-27 Aug.

He explains: "It's a free speech about free speech. This show originates in a debate I organised at The Great Escape two years ago that centred on the motion 'British radio should have banned 'Blurred Lines''. Sussex University, which did ban the controversial track on its campus, proposed the motion, but I wanted someone from within the industry to speak in favour too. That was really hard to find! So I did it myself, and in doing so convinced myself that British radio should have banned 'Blurred Lines'".

"This despite the fact that in nearly all of the free speech controversies of recent years I sided with the freedom of expression side of the debate, even when that means defending people with outrageous opinions and invasive tabloid journalists", he goes on. "So what's different his time? In the speech I explain what the law actually says about free speech, then review the various controversies, before outlining why I think British radio should have banned 'Blurred Lines'".

The 'Free Speech' will be performed at theSpace @ Symposium Hall at 10.30am from 23-27 Aug. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

Kanye West tells Apple to "give Jay his check for Tidal now"
Apple and Tidal are "fucking up the music game", reckons Kanye West. They should stop that, he says. And he's willing to lend a hand, which is nice of him.

The problem, as West sees it, seems to be that negotiations for Apple to buy Tidal - which have been rumoured for a number of weeks now - aren't moving as quickly as he would like. West being one of those artist shareholders that Tidal has, he does have a vested interest in this I guess.

"This Tidal/Apple beef is fucking up the music game", tweeted West on Saturday. "I need Tim Cook, Jay-Z, Dez, Jimmy [Iovine], Larry [Jackson], me and Drake, Scooter [Braun] on the phone or in a room this week!"

"Fuck all this dick swinging contest", he continued. "We all gon be dead in 100 years. Let the kids have the music. Apple, give Jay his check for Tidal now and stop trying to act like you Steve [Jobs]".

As well as being a shareholder in Tidal, West of course initially made his latest album 'The Life Of Pablo' available as an exclusive on the Jay-Z owned streaming service earlier this year. His decision to then release it more widely is the subject of legal action. Quite silly legal action, granted, but if every single streaming service was to merge, the rapper could do exclusivity deals without worrying about being sued.

"I forgot to add Daniel Ek", he added yesterday, perhaps suggesting that the everybody-should-just-merge strategy is his favoured approach.

 
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