MONDAY 8 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Musicians' Union is backing Owen Smith in the Labour Party's leadership election, following a vote by its Executive Committee. As well as reckoning that Smith will better push the needs of musicians in Parliament, the trade group also expressed concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's response to the EU Referendum "I am pleased that the Executive Committee has... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: You quite possibly already know the story behind Minor Victories. Formed by Editors' Justin Lockey with a view to writing an EP of extreme noise with delicate vocals, he asked Slowdive's Rachel Goswell to be involved. She then brought in Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite and the line-up was completed by Lockey's brother James. They began firing files back and forth... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Musicians' Union backs Owen Smith in Labour leadership race
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS IMPF joins backlash to consent decree review
Kobalt denies NIN information leak
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LIVE BUSINESS More than 40 people injured at Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa show as railing collapses
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify launches personalised new music playlist Release Radar
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ARTIST NEWS Viola Beach album goes to number one
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RELEASES Dillinger Escape Plan to split after new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Super Furry Animals to perform first two albums back to back live
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ONE LINERS Deadmau5, Biffy Clyro, Meshuggah, more
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AND FINALLY... Prince's Paisley Park home not being sold off
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O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE - GENERAL MANAGER (NEWCASTLE)
The O2 Academy Newcastle requires a General Manager to manage the venue both efficiently and effectively ensuring that the diary is commercially maximised and all statutory duties are discharged.

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THRILL JOCKEY - PRINT & ONLINE PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Thrill Jockey Records is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic print and online publicist to be based out of our East London office. The ideal candidate must be able to work with established artists, and developing new and emerging artists from a diverse spectrum of musical genres/styles.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP – DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER (LONDON)
Kobalt is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our AWAL UK Operations Team, based in our London office. The Digital Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing AWAL’s supply chain performance across audio and video platforms, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of content.

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BLEEP - JUNIOR MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Bleep is looking for a junior marketing manager who will be primarily responsible for devising and implementing marketing strategies for Bleep.com with three key aims: customer acquisition, brand-building, and customer engagement.

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FREE TRADE AGENCY - RECEPTIONIST/OFFICE MANAGER (LONDON)
Free Trade Agency is a busy live music booking agency, working with many world renowned artists. We are currently looking to fill the position of Receptionist / Office manager. The successful candidate will have a great opportunity to learn the workings of the live music industry.

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9PR - ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for an Account Manager with at least two years experience in print and online publicity. Our campaigns range from up-and-coming-talent, established acts, catalogue releases and events across a variety of genres.

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eONE MUSIC UK - DIRECTOR (LONDON)
This exciting new position reporting to the President of eOne Music requires a dynamic self-starter to head the UK music division to represent our remarkable client roster across all divisions of label, management and publishing and liaise with our TV, film and family divisions.

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KILIMANJARO LIVE - TICKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Kilimanjaro Live are recruiting a Ticketing Project Manager to join their existing team of two. The individual will take full responsibility for specific shows and tours from set-up, through the sales period and to settlement post show.

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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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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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Musicians' Union backs Owen Smith in Labour leadership race
The Musicians' Union is backing Owen Smith in the Labour Party's leadership election, following a vote by its Executive Committee. As well as reckoning that Smith will better push the needs of musicians in Parliament, the trade group also expressed concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's response to the EU Referendum

"I am pleased that the Executive Committee has voted to endorse a candidate who has been such a good friend to the Union over the past few years", says MU General Secretary John Smith. "Owen has met with us on a regular basis, and has supported the MU on issues such as protection of live music venues, copyright protection, fair pay for musicians and arts funding matters".

On EU affairs, the MU chief goes on: "[Owen Smith] is also offering a second referendum based on approval of the terms of Brexit, which is undoubtedly an attractive option for many musicians concerned about what Brexit might mean. Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand called for article 50 to be invoked almost immediately after the Brexit vote was announced".

Smith himself (ie Owen) says in a letter to the MU: "I understand the anger felt by many MU members following the EU referendum result. Open borders, European funding, protective copyrights and social dialogue on live performances are now all in jeopardy. Employment and health and safety rights derived from our membership of the EU are now threatened. I don't trust the Tories to make Brexit work. That's why, under my leadership, Labour will demand the final Brexit deal is signed off by the British people, either through a General Election or a second referendum".

Members of the Musicians' Union who joined before 12 Jan 2016 and are paying into the organisation's political fund will be eligible to vote in the Labour leadership election. The deadline to register to vote is today. More details on that here.

IMPF joins backlash to consent decree review
The International Music Publishers Forum has joined other trade bodies, publishers and songwriters in responding with dismay to the conclusion of the US Department Of Justice's review of the consent decrees which govern American collecting societies BMI and ASCAP.

As previously reported, music publishers originally welcomed the DoJ's decision to review the rules surrounding how collective licensing is managed in the States. In particular, they were keen on a rule change that would allow them to partially withdraw their performing rights in order to force digital services in direct deals, without losing the benefits of collectively licensing things like clubs and bars.

But having done its big review, the DoJ - which oversees the consent decrees - decided that no changes were necessary, meaning partial withdrawal will not be allowed. Meanwhile, the government agency said that it reckoned current rules required BMI and ASCAP to operate a '100% licensing' system.

This means that, where a song is co-owned and represented by multiple US societies (because the writers are members of different performing rights organisations), any one society should be able to provide a licence for that work. Currently a licensee using that kind of co-owned song would need separate licenses from all the societies representing a share of the copyright.

The publishers disagree with this interpretation of the current consent decree rules, and last week reacted angrily to the final confirmation of the DoJ's conclusion.

In a joint statement, BMI and ASCAP said that the decision to enforce 100% licensing would "cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace and place unfair financial burdens and creative constraints on songwriters and composers". They added that they will now both challenge the decision, BMI in court and ASCAP in Congress.

Backing them up, IMPF President Pierre Mossiat said on Friday: "Where will this consistent erosion and undermining of the fundamental rights of authors and composers end? How is it that policy makers, on both sides of the Atlantic, have put themselves in the business of making decisions that are disastrous for the music community, but curiously beneficial for others? What is the tipping point? IMPF will work assiduously with all those in the international music community who rail against these decisions that are so very unfair to our songwriters".

It remains to be seen what effect this widespread opposition to the DoJ's ruling will have.

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Kobalt denies NIN information leak
Kobalt has issued a statement about claims that Nine Inch Nails are about to release a new single, as Trent Reznor saying that they are "not true" was apparently not enough for some people.

The rumour spread that a new single called 'Dive And Slam' was to be released in September after a Reddit user posted an image showing details of the release claiming the picture was a screengrab of Kobalt's internal database.

However, the company told Billboard: "Kobalt Music dismisses any claims related to a recent hoax where falsified information and images of a fictitious Nine Inch Nails release were posted on the web. As an established leader in both music and technology, Kobalt maintains the highest standards of security, integrity, and transparency in the industry".

More than 40 people injured at Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa show as railing collapses
Over 40 people were injured at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa show in New Jersey on Friday night after a railing separating the audience from the stage collapsed.

The rappers were performing together at the BB&T Pavilion venue in the city of Camden when the three foot metal railing gave way, sending fans falling down on to the concrete below. According to reports, the show was cancelled shortly afterwards, and 42 people were taken to nearby hospitals, mostly with minor injuries.

Video footage shows the accident happening just feet away from the rappers, who are then ushered away by security staff.

The venue nonetheless reopened the next day, following consultation with local authorities. Camden City spokesman Vince Basara told reporters: "There will be a permanent railing installed later, but for the sake of public safety and security the temporary railing has to go up. The buffer zone has to be installed".

In a statement, the venue's operator Live Nation said: "We were saddened that several dozen people, including Live Nation employees, sustained injuries resulting from a railing section collapse during the Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert at Camden's BB&T Pavilion on Friday night. Live Nation is closely following the recovery of the injured fans and employees as well as actively working with authorities and structural engineers to determine the cause of the collapse. We have secured the impacted railing section, and [Saturday's] show with I Love The 90s as well as [Sunday's] show with Fifth Harmony will go ahead as scheduled".

The next scheduled show at the venue now is a performance by Counting Crows on Wednesday, with shows from Blink 182, Black Sabbath and Prophets Of Rage all coming up later this month.

Spotify launches personalised new music playlist Release Radar
Spotify has launched a new personalised playlist for users, complementing its Discover Weekly playlists. Release Radar will provide users with a weekly playlist of newly released tracks from artists they already listen to, or which Spotify thinks they'd like to listen to.

"With the huge amount of new music released every week, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest tracks", says Spotify's Matt Ogle. "With Release Radar, we wanted to create the simplest way for you to find all the newly released music that matters the most to you, in one playlist".

Release Radar will be updated each Friday - indeed on New Music Friday, as some people may still be calling it (in IFPI memos, at least).

  Approved: Minor Victories
You quite possibly already know the story behind Minor Victories. Formed by Editors' Justin Lockey with a view to writing an EP of extreme noise with delicate vocals, he asked Slowdive's Rachel Goswell to be involved. She then brought in Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite and the line-up was completed by Lockey's brother James.

They began firing files back and forth, eventually writing an album very different to that original idea, perfectly balancing their individual talents, though they never actually all stood in the same room together until after they'd finished recording it.

The video for the album's latest single, 'Cogs', was released last week, which fits in with the style and tone set by promos for previous singles like 'Breaking My Light' and 'A Hundred Ropes'.

James Lockey says of the running concept: "We're now living in a society where it feels acceptable to be able to target the weak and more vulnerable, with a sense of our collective social consciousness being eroded, the media overlords giving the thumbs up to fuck us all over hand in hand with current governments, there will be a turning point, there will be light and the cloaked figures that keep us looking over our shoulders will take aim and miss".

Watch the video for 'Cogs' here.

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Viola Beach album goes to number one
Viola Beach have claimed the number one spot in the UK album chart with the posthumous release of their debut album.

As previously reported, all four members of the band and their manager were killed in February this year when the car they were travelling in fell into a canal in Sweden. In memory of them, their families took the decision to release the album, which came out on 29 Jul. It then went straight to number one on Friday.

The families said in a statement: "The tragedy that ended Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom's lives in Sweden and the pain and sense of loss will never leave us. By sending the Viola Beach album to number one the public have sent out an important message to the world. The tragic circumstance that met Viola Beach and their manager Craig that fateful night in Sweden will not now define their lives. What will now define their lives and what they will be remembered for, forever, is the music they were so passionate about making together".

They continued: "For that, we will be eternally humbled and ever thankful to every single person who by buying this glorious album has invested in their lasting musical legacy. The pain will never leave us but neither will the affection shown by every fan. Maybe one day that affection will live longer in the memory than the pain. So from us all, a simple but heartfelt 'thank you'".

Meanwhile Official Charts Company chief Martin Talbot added: "It is hard to think of an album which more people were rooting for than the Viola Beach release - nor a success which has felt so bittersweet. We - and the wider music community - are delighted that it has taken the number one spot - but it is an awful tragedy that Jack, Kris, River, Tomas and Craig are not here to see themselves take a place in the annals of British music".

In June, the band's story was brought back into the wider public consciousness when Coldplay covered their single, 'Boys That Sing', during their Glastonbury headline set.

Dillinger Escape Plan to split after new album
The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced that their new album, 'Dissociation', will be released on 14 Oct. They also said that the record is "potentially" their last ever release, and that they will shortly be heading into an "indefinite hiatus".

Speaking to Noisey, guitarist Ben Weinman explains: "I think in some ways we wanted to pull a 'Seinfeld' and go out while we're still on top, you know what I mean? The band has actually never been more prolific and we're as credible and popular as ever. I think whenever we're on stage, there's not another band in the world playing at that time that even comes close to us, and that's our goal".

He goes on: "We're really excited about this new album as well, but at the same time, it's going to be our 20 year anniversary in 2017, so I think it's one of those things where we didn't want to get to the point where we're stopping because we have to or because we're old or people are kind of over it ... we've been a full-time band the entire time, and the title, 'Dissociation', refers to the fact that I think we're all finally in a place where we can be individuals as part of a whole".

Listen to the first track released from the album, 'Limerent Death', here.

Super Furry Animals to perform first two albums back to back live
Super Furry Animals are going on tour later this year, with a plan to play their first two albums, 'Fuzzy Logic' and 'Radiator', back to back in venues all around the UK.

The tour will coincide with the release of an expanded re-issue of 'Fuzzy Logic', which is out on 4 Sep. As well as being remastered from the original studio tapes, the album will come with a bonus disc of extra music plundered from the band's archive.

And as well as all that, the band are preparing to release a compilation, 'Zoom! The Best of Super Furry Animals, 1995-2016', nailing that whole 21st anniversary thing. The final tracklist for that is due to be announced just as soon as they've worked out what it'll be.

"We were a young family and found ourselves parents to two, boisterous albums, suddenly born between 1996 and 1997", say the band. "It was our doing; we took full responsibility and endured the sleepless nights. The time goes so fast and they are all grown up now, old enough to be taken on the road again and let them stay up late. Before that excitement begins, we find ourselves rediscovering the thrilling alchemy found in the Fuzzy Logic vault and delve yet deeper to decide what makes the final 'Zoom' collection".

Tickets for the shows will go on general sale this Friday. Here are the dates:

30 Nov: Belfast, Limelight
6 Dec: Bristol, Academy
7 Dec: Bournemouth, Academy
8 Dec: London, Roundhouse
9 Dec: London, Roundhouse
10 Dec: Birmingham, Institute
12 Dec: Edinburgh, Usher Hall
13 Dec: Brighton, Dome
15 Dec: Leeds, Academy
16 Dec: Nottingham, Rock City
17 Dec: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena

Deadmau5, Biffy Clyro, Meshuggah, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Deadmau5 has released a new nine minute progressive house track called 'Saved'. It's taken from his upcoming 'We Are Friends Vol 5' compilation, which is out this week.

• Biffy Clyro have released the video for 'Howl', the third single from their latest album 'Ellipsis'.

• Meshuggah have announced that they will release their eighth album, 'The Violent Sleep Of Reason', on 7 Oct. Watch the trailer here.

• Highasakite have released another single from their latest album, 'Camp Echo'. This is 'Samurai Swords'.

Prince's Paisley Park home not being sold off
The Bremer Trust, which is currently overseeing the estate of Prince, has denied that it is planning to sell off his Paisley Park home and recording studio.

Last week, TMZ reported that the Trust had applied for permission to sell a number of the star's properties. Paisley Park was one of these, the website claimed, and plans were afoot to put it on the market for $7 million.

Court documents confirmed that Prince's house was indeed on the list of 20 properties, but the Trust has now said that it has "no plans" to offload Paisley Park, which was seen in Prince's 'Purple Rain' film.

"Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the Prince Rogers Nelson estate, has no plans to sell either Paisley Park or the property referred to as the 'Purple Rain' house", says a statement.

Fans have been calling for the building to be turned into a museum.

 
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