THURSDAY 11 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sony Music yesterday announced it had acquired the Ministry Of Sound record label. The deal means that the major now owns the Ministry Of Sound Recordings business outright, including its current roster of artists, back catalogue and compilations operation. A spin-off from the super club, the Ministry label was launched in 1993 and became one of the UK's most significant... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: It's been a couple of years, but Bat & Ball are finally back with a new single. Their last release was 'Stops My Mouth' in 2014, after which came various teasers but nothing concrete, until now with the release of 'Cruel Cats'. The new single beckons a slight shift in sound for the band. The guitars remain, as do the smart hooks, but the addition of more electronic... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Sony Music buys Ministry Of Sound Recordings
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LEGAL Judge upholds BMG's $25 million court win against US ISP Cox
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DEALS Sire Records signs Sugarmen
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BalconyTV announces compilation series
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Vinyl buyers would rather be alone and not tell you how they're feeling
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LIVE BUSINESS Live Nation acquires Nous Productions from Warner
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ARTIST NEWS Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi reveals his cancer is in remission
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Rare Radiohead photographs to go on display in London
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ONE LINERS Janelle Monáe, Novelist, Psychic TV, more
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AND FINALLY... PETA turns The Smiths' Meat Is Murder into 8-bit videogame
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Sony Music buys Ministry Of Sound Recordings
Sony Music yesterday announced it had acquired the Ministry Of Sound record label. The deal means that the major now owns the Ministry Of Sound Recordings business outright, including its current roster of artists, back catalogue and compilations operation.

A spin-off from the super club, the Ministry label was launched in 1993 and became one of the UK's most significant independent record companies. Though a big part of that success was down to its compilations business, which licensed in recordings from other labels that were then packaged under the Ministry and other spin-off brands, with key releases shifting phenomenal units at the label's peak.

The shift from physical to digital created some specific challenges for the compilations side of the record industry, of course, and even more so for those compilation labels that relied heavily on recordings controlled by third parties, rather than exploiting their own back catalogues.

With the early days of downloading dominated by single tracks rather than albums, and with back catalogue sales now much easier for other record companies once they'd pumped their content into the iTunes store, compilations became less attractive to both consumers and licensors.

Though with some clever pricing, and a general increase in the sale of digital albums, some of the bigger compilation brands managed to weather the storm and actually go back into growth. Except then the download-to-streaming shift occurred, and the compilations market faced an even bigger challenge: where do compilation brands fit in on the streaming platforms where curation comes via free-to-access playlists.

Given that challenge, it's perhaps not surprising that the Ministry Of Sound label has been a reluctant participant in the streaming music revolution, at one point taking Spotify to court over the fact users of the digital platform had set up the tracklistings of its compilations as playlists without permission. Had it got to court, the dispute would have been an incredibly interesting test case on whether or not tracklistings are protected by copyright.

In the end Ministry and Spotify settled, though the former's CEO, Lohan Presencer, has remained a vocal critic of the streaming music platforms ever since. The Ministry chief is famously out-spoken, of course. And while he has been mainly vocal about streaming in recent years (alongside licensing issues affecting his clubbing business), in the past he wasn't afraid to hit out at other record companies, including other indies, most famously when the independent community was being courted by Warner Music which was, at the time, plotting a merger with EMI and hoping to avoid opposition from the indie sector.

In more recent years, while tackling the challenges facing the wider compilations market, the Ministry label has grown its artist albums business. This has included forming a couple of alliances with Sony Music to secure international distribution for some key artists, which presumably set things in motion for the major to actually take ownership of the Ministry Of Sound's recordings business.

The deal enables Sony to boost both its dance music credentials and portfolio of compilation brands, while Ministry Of Sound says that, by becoming part of the Sony Music empire, it will be able to "grow its recorded music offering on a truly global scale".

Confirming the deal, Presencer said yesterday: "I'm delighted we have found the right home to grow Ministry Of Sound Recordings at a global level while keeping its unique identity. Sony Music is a world-class company that understands our ethos of exceptional curation and developing young talent. Ministry Of Sound Recordings had its most successful year to date in 2015. Sony has the scale and strength within the industry to project our artists and music onto an even bigger platform".

Meanwhile, overall Sony Music boss Doug Morris said in a statement: "This agreement underscores our ongoing commitment to investing in great artistry and hit music. On behalf of the entire Sony Music family, I'm excited to welcome the wonderful artists and talented team at Ministry Of Sound Recordings to our line-up of world-class creative centres".

Sony Music UK chief Jason Iley also bigged up the deal, and Ministry Of Sound label execs David Dollimore and Dipesh Parmar, saying: "Ministry Of Sound is one of the greatest brands in music. I'm delighted to welcome one of the most innovative, smart and pioneering labels to the Sony Music family. David and Dipesh's track record, alongside one of the best curation teams in the business, speaks for itself and the label will be another hugely exciting addition to Sony Music UK's vision for the future".

Judge upholds BMG's $25 million court win against US ISP Cox
A judge has upheld last year's court ruling that ordered American internet service provider Cox Communications to pay music rights firm BMG $25 million in damages for failing to stop piracy on its networks.

The case arguably sets important precedents regarding the often controversial safe harbours of US copyright law, and the concept of contributory infringement, both of which will be at the heart of the criminal cases against the bosses of MegaUpload and KickassTorrents, if either ever actually reach an American court room.

As previously reported, BMG accused Cox of operating a deliberately shoddy system for passing on warnings to suspected file-sharers when it received them from the music rights firm, or more specifically from its anti-piracy agent RightsCorp.

Unlike most of the other major ISPs in the US, Cox is not part of the voluntary Copyright Alert System scheme via which ISPs send warning letters to net users who rights owners suspect are accessing or sharing content without licence. The letters warn the suspected file-sharer that they are infringing copyright and could be sued.

Cox has its own system for passing on the piracy warnings, though, as the judge overseeing the case, Liam O'Grady, notes, that basically amounts to a 'thirteen-strike' system. Meanwhile, during last year's court case, internal memos were presented that showed staff at Cox were encouraged to let file-sharers off, so that the net company didn't risk losing the file-sharer's business.

After losing the case late last year, Cox sought a new judgement in its favour on various points of law, while also requesting a new trial. Cox argued that BMG hadn't properly demonstrated that its customers had actually infringed the music firm's copyrights, that there was insufficient evidence regarding Cox's liability for contributory infringement, and no conclusive evidence that the ISP had wilfully turned a blind eye to its users infringing.

On the contributory infringement point, Cox's argument went back to the classic US case in this domain, that involving Sony Betamax in the early 1980s, in which the court deemed that the electronics firm was not liable when its customers used its technology to pirate movies, because the Betamax video player had legit uses and the company had no control over how the kit was used once it had been sold. The Sony Betamax case was a big part of the defence in the early file-sharing lawsuits in the US.

But, as in those landmark file-sharing cases, O'Grady pointed out that - unlike Sony with Betamax video players - Cox does in fact have some control over how its services are used. Therefore, he concluded, there was a sufficient case for contributory infringement. Indeed, the judge rejected all three of the points of law raised by the ISP, and also refused the request for a new trial.

Though there was some good news for the net firm, in that the judge also denied BMG's post-trial claim for an injunction that would oblige Cox to introduce a number of new anti-piracy measures. The judge, while confirming Cox's past liabilities, ruled that there wasn't a strong enough case to force the ISP to implement the measures BMG proposed.

Sire Records signs Sugarmen
Following on from the recent signing of The Lottery Winners, Seymour Stein has added another UK band to the Sire Records roster, Liverpool's Sugarmen, ahead of the label's 50th anniversary next year.

Speaking about the band, Stein says: "I was blown away when I first saw Sugarmen live, and then again when they opened for The Who and Blur, both at Hyde Park. In May, I saw the band at Liverpool Sound City: They keep getting better and better; the songs, their musicianship and their live performance".

He went on: "Both bands are perfect additions to the Sire roster. I look forward to working with them and Warner Bros, and having success with The Lottery Winners and Sugarmen as part of Sire's 50th anniversary in 2017".

Here's 'Dirt' by Sugarmen.

BalconyTV announces compilation series
BalconyTV, the YouTube channel that films bands playing live sessions on balconies, has formed its own record label, BalconyTV Records. "Is it going to release records of bands playing on balconies?" you may joke. But you would be foolish to do so, because that is exactly what it's going to do. It will be releasing compilations of the best tracks from its archive of sessions.

With the backing of The Orchard, which acquired the channel in 2014, BalconyTV Records will launch a new series of compilations called 'Live From The Outside', each of which will focus on a specific genre. The first edition, which focuses on indie rock, is out now. The second and third instalments are to follow later this month.

"BalconyTV is always focusing on finding new artists and showcasing them to a worldwide audience", says the channel's president Jeff Clyburn. "'Live From The Outside' allows us to highlight the finest performances from up-and-coming musicians of all genres and share them with the world in a new medium".

Here's one of the tracks from the first compilation, Slow Club performing 'Tears Of Joy', in LA in 2014.

Vinyl buyers would rather be alone and not tell you how they're feeling
As we all know, vinyl continues to sell like hot cakes to a statistically insignificant percentage of the UK population. But who are these people flocking to Sainsbury's and Tesco to get their latest analogue music fix?

Well, thanks to new YouGov research, we now know that they are most likely between the ages of 45 and 54, listen to a lot of music, love seeing their favourite bands live (but would probably rather go on their own) and tend to keep their feelings bottled up.

The survey found that 66% of vinyl enthusiasts couldn't get through the day without listening to music, compared to 49% of all UK adults. Although that does seem like a strange question. Of course you wouldn't die if you didn't hear any music, but would you want to not hear any music at all? It doesn't sound like a very enjoyable day.

The survey also found, as I mentioned, that vinyl buyers are more likely to keep their feelings a secret and enjoy spending time alone than the average UK adult. But only very slightly in both cases, so it's probably not worth turning that into a headline. Ah well, too late, everyone's done it now.

The main conclusion of the research is actually that young people - aged eighteen to 24 specifically - are a lot less likely to be interested in buying vinyl. And while the artwork and packaging might be attractive to core music fans of all ages, The Kids would actually prefer that cover artwork on a t-shirt. Which might be an issue if the vinyl revival is to be sustained long term.

Still, if you don't like the sound of all that, you can just stick with this bit of research from 2013, which reckoned that young people were in fact putting all their cash into vinyl and therefore everything is fine.

Live Nation acquires Nous Productions from Warner
Live Nation has acquired French promoter Nous Productions from Warner Music, it has been confirmed.

Though that isn't the French wing of the mini-major bailing on its live music ambitions entirely. "Warner Music France will concentrate on developing its concert business via its subsidiary Décibels Productions, specialising in the production of local artists", said the label.

A WMG spokesperson told IQ that the decision to sell Nous was "a local decision taken by Warner Music France and has no effect on WMG activity in other territories".

Nous will officially become part of Live Nation France on 1 Oct.

  Approved: Bat And Ball
It's been a couple of years, but Bat & Ball are finally back with a new single. Their last release was 'Stops My Mouth' in 2014, after which came various teasers but nothing concrete, until now with the release of 'Cruel Cats'.

The new single beckons a slight shift in sound for the band. The guitars remain, as do the smart hooks, but the addition of more electronic elements brings a new punch to the proceedings.

The break in their recorded output seems to have given the outfit time to hone and update their sound for greater impact too, which should hopefully mean they can pick up and expand on the momentum they gained two years ago.

Listen to 'Cruel Cats' here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi reveals his cancer is in remission
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer is in remission, he said this week while unveiling a plaque at the hospital where he has been receiving treatment.

As previously reported, Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, and last year admitted that health concerns were the reason for Black Sabbath's current farewell tour.

This week Iommi too time out of that tour to unveil a plaque at the Spire Specialist Care Centre, a new facility at Solihull's Spire Parkway Hospital, which has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark for its cancer care. Although he will have to have blood tests every six weeks for the rest of his life, the guitarist used the event to reveal he is currently clear of cancer.

"I came back to hospital straight after we finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is alright up to this point", he told the Birmingham Mail. "I am in remission and hopefully, this situation will continue. The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick - but I'm aware that it could come back one day".

Commenting on the Spire Centre, he added: "The new centre, which is separated from the hospital, offers a warm and welcoming environment. All the staff are friendly and helpful. You can talk to them about any concerns you may have, about your treatment or just about life in general, which is sometimes exactly what you need. I can't thank them enough for what they have done for me, and others like me".

Black Sabbath's 'The End' tour starts up again in the US later this month, before eventually making its way back to the UK, finishing up with two nights at the Genting Arena in Birmingham next February.

Rare Radiohead photographs to go on display in London
A collection of portraits of Radiohead taken by photographer Sebastian Edge is to be exhibited at Metropolis Studios in London this autumn. Used to promote the band's 'King Of Limbs' album in 2011, the pictures were taken using techniques from the late 1800s.

"In January 2011, I received a call from Radiohead HQ", Edge tells The Line Of Best Fit. "They'd heard about a photographer that was making pictures with this early Victorian process, with a camera built from Hurricane timber, and wondered if I was still making pictures, having disappeared from the music scene for a while".

He continues: "Within a few weeks I arrived at their studio and spent two separate days making the pictures for their 'King Of Limbs' campaign. A day in the woods and a day at their studio. Colin, loved it, being a photographer himself. And after a while I think they realised these weren't just photos, they are works of hard crafted art and as analogue and as hands on as it could possibly get!"

The exhibition will be open to the public from 14 Oct at Metropolis Studios, with a private viewing the night before.

Janelle Monáe, Novelist, Psychic TV, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Janelle Monáe has released her contribution to the soundtrack of new Netflix series 'The Get Down'. Listen to 'Hum Along And Get Down' here.

• As he continues to work on his debut album, Novelist has released a new track called 'Girls Around The World'.

• Psychic TV have released the title track from their new album 'Alienist', which is due for release on 16 Sep. The band will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on 7 Nov.

• Lamb Of God have released a new single called 'Embers'. Read more about the story behind the song and listen here.

• Kuedo will finally release his second album, 'Slow Knife', on 14 Oct. From it, this is 'In Your Sleep', featuring Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe.

• Dena has released a new track called 'I Like You/I Lied To You', which you can listen to here.

• Alt-J's Thom Sonny Green will play at solo show at The Lexington in London on 17 Aug, as part of the next [PIAS] Nites night.

• Japandroids have announced that they will play a show at Birthdays in London on 20 Oct.

• Ahead of a new album next year, Suicide Silence will be touring the UK in November, finishing up at Koko in London on 29 Nov.

PETA turns The Smiths' Meat Is Murder into 8-bit videogame
Morrissey and animal rights group PETA have teamed up to turn The Smiths' 1985 song 'Meat Is Murder' into an 8-bit videogame, called 'This Beautiful Creature Must Die'.

The object of the game is to save animals from being slaughtered, so the name of the game isn't accurate at all. You also have to avoid setting off bombs which are falling towards the slaughter house buzzsaws. I'm not sure it's a 100% accurate depiction of the abattoir industry either. Maybe that's not the point though.

"This game is the biggest social crusade of all, as we safeguard the weak and helpless from violent human aggression", says Morrissey. "You don't get that from 'Pokémon Go'".

No, I suppose you don't. Though no creatures actually die in 'Pokémon Go', so maybe it's better. PETA's Joel Bartlett adds: "PETA's 'This Beautiful Creature Must Die' has a fun, nostalgic vibe but also calls out animal agriculture as the biggest threat to human health, animals, and the environment today. After mastering the game, players can save animals and the Earth in real life by going vegan".

Oh, so there is a 'Pokémon Go' style augmented reality element to all this. An augmented fridge, at least. Play the game here.

 
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