MONDAY 15 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: An American appeals court has denied Kim Dotcom's latest attempt to regain assets seized by the US government during the takedown of MegaUpload in 2012. The Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals said that, while Dotcom remains in New Zealand fighting extradition to the US, as far as they are concerned his status is that of a fugitive, and he is therefore... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Ten years on from their debut album, 'Music Illustrated', and three from their last release, 2013's 'In Cinema', Oddarrang are set to release their fourth LP, 'Agartha', on 23 Oct. Often filed under jazz, thanks to their origins in the genre, the band's pool of influences has spread wider with each release. On 'Agartha', the jazz is yet harder to detect... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Appeals court denies return of Kim Dotcom's assets due to 'fugitive' status
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DEALS Karma Artists and Imagem partner on new publishing company
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LIVE BUSINESS Carpark fire destroys vehicles at Boomtown Fair
DHP Family relaunches Alt Tickets website
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ARTIST NEWS Japanese boyband SMAP to split after 25 years
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RELEASES Carly Rae Jepsen and Danny L Harle release collaboration
Bon Iver announces new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Amanda Palmer announces stripped down tour
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ONE LINERS Janelle Monáe, Dave Mustaine, Mollie King, more
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AND FINALLY... Adele definitely not playing the Super Bowl, says everyone
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Appeals court denies return of Kim Dotcom's assets due to 'fugitive' status
An American appeals court has denied Kim Dotcom's latest attempt to regain assets seized by the US government during the takedown of MegaUpload in 2012. The Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals said that, while Dotcom remains in New Zealand fighting extradition to the US, as far as they are concerned his status is that of a fugitive, and he is therefore not entitled to the return of his funds.

Millions of dollars were seized in multiple territories as MegaUpload was shut down and Dotcom and some of his former colleagues were arrested in New Zealand over allegations of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement. Since then, Dotcom and his lawyers have successfully sought to unfreeze some of those funds to cover his living and legal costs, though the courts are still overseeing all the remaining monies linked to the former MegaUpload business.

On Friday, a panel of three judges voted two to one to leave Dotcom's assets under the control of the US government. Dotcom's lawyer Ira Rothken said that they would now fight the decision in a higher court, arguing that by branding his client a fugitive, the US is ignoring his legal right to fight extradition.

"This opinion has the effect of eviscerating Kim Dotcom's treaty rights by saying if you lawfully oppose extradition in New Zealand, the US will still call you a fugitive and take all of your assets", Rothken told Reuters yesterday.

Speaking to RNZ, he added: "By basically saying 'hey, we're going to call that fugitive disentitlement, we're going to take away your ability to have funds to defend yourself', we think that's too much. We think it's American imperialism at its best, and we're hoping the Supreme Court or the larger Court circuit will see it for what it is, and reverse it".

Dotcom himself reacted angrily to the news, tweeting: "I'm a 'fugitive' coz I use my treaty rights to defend against extradition and they take my assets without trial? 1938? Did they think they can separate me from my kids without a fight? I fight corrupt US empire clowns all day, every day. Not even tired".

As previously reported, 20th Century Fox recently claimed that Dotcom had breached a court order by receiving a $220,000 loan from a legal firm representing him on behalf of a trust for his children. Those reps contested that the loan was a new asset not covered by the existing asset freezing order.

Meanwhile, Dotcom's next appeal hearing against his extradition is due to begin at the end of this month.

Karma Artists and Imagem partner on new publishing company
Imagem Music has announced a new joint venture publishing agreement with producer and writer management company Karma Artists. The deal will see Imagem administer a catalogue of songs acquired by Karma's songs business.

"This is a great complement to our A&R frontier at Imagem and I look forward to working together across a range of songwriters and producers", says Imagem's UK Managing Director Kim Frankiewicz.

Karma Artists' A&R Director Ross Gautreau says of the decision to move into publishing: "We've built a fantastic roster of writers and producers over the past four years and manage two very exciting artists in Joel Baker and Little Giants. This, together with our A&R consultancy work with Universal and Syco on 'X-Factor', has enabled us to build a very exciting and diverse music company".

He goes on: "A fully servicing publishing division was something that we felt we were missing and something we have always been keen to build, but this was always going to be dependent on finding a like-minded, forward thinking partner like we have in Imagem".

The Karma Songs catalogue currently includes works recorded by Andrea Bocelli, Diana Ross, Bananarama and The Saturdays.

Carpark fire destroys vehicles at Boomtown Fair
Around 80 cars were destroyed when fire spread through a car park at the Boomtown Fair festival on Friday. Organisers offered ticketholders assistance in identifying if their cars had been affected, and then assistance in getting home if that was the case.

"What Boomtown is doing at the moment is making sure that we help anyone who's affected", the festival's Adrian Coombs told the BBC on Saturday. "So we're laying on internet access, phone lines, making sure owners can contact their insurance companies and facilitating people's transport home when the festival finishes".

Yesterday, organisers posted information on leaving the site to its website, including a note stressing that "in light of the extremely hot and dry conditions we've had throughout the weekend, it is very important that you do not smoke in car parks and please ensure your engines are turned off whilst stationary".

Work to remove the burnt out cars will begin tomorrow evening. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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DHP Family relaunches Alt Tickets website
DHP Family is relaunching its ticketing company Alt Tickets, with a new website and a switch to entirely digital ticketing.

DHP Family boss George Akins says: "Established primarily to sell tickets for DHP Family events, Alt Tickets has expanded massively over the past fifteen years in parallel with our significant growth as a leading national promoter. We're looking to grow the ticketing operation even further by investing in the customer experience".

You can find the website at www.alttickets.com

  Approved: Oddarrang
Ten years on from their debut album, 'Music Illustrated', and three from their last release, 2013's 'In Cinema', Oddarrang are set to release their fourth LP, 'Agartha', on 23 Oct.

Often filed under jazz, thanks to their origins in the genre, the band's pool of influences has spread wider with each release. On 'Agartha', the jazz is yet harder to detect, among increasingly dominant post-rock and electronic sounds. Although the incredible technical skill of the musicians and the structure of their songs provides a clear line back to the genre.

"'Agartha' has taken on a new energy for us", says drummer and band leader Olavi Louhivuori. "The writing and recording process was so rewarding and inspiring for us all. We're very happy with the new music. For the band, the music is special, it's part of all of us and brings together our own personal tastes and vision for the music".

The album as a whole is an incredible journey, laced with sudden twists and unexpected detail, making for a thoroughly engaging listen. A strong taste of this can be found in the single, 'Mass I-III'.

The band will be playing the Rich Mix in London on 18 Nov, as part of the London Jazz Festival. More information on that here.

Watch the video for 'Mass I-III' here.

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Japanese boyband SMAP to split after 25 years
Japanese management company Johnny & Associates announced that longstanding boyband SMAP will split at the end of the year, via a statement faxed to journalists yesterday. Maybe the continued popularity of fax machines in Japan is something we can talk about another time.

As previously reported, it was rumoured earlier this year that some members of the long serving outfit were planning to leave Johnny's, which brought them together in the late 80s, and in doing so bring an end to the group. They then made a fairly miserable looking statement on their weekly TV show days later denying that this would happen. Speculation continued, but the management firm's founder Johnny Kitagawa said in an interview in May that there was "no possibility of disbandment".

In the new statement, Johnny & Associates said that negotiations behind the scenes had been ongoing since the news of a potential split broke at the beginning of the year. It said that the disarray in the group had made it very difficult to continue with promotional activities, leading to the cancellation of TV appearances in July. The group were offered the opportunity to go on a brief hiatus, but responded that they would "rather disband than take a break".

The statement adds that it "was not a unanimous choice by the members". Presumably this means that Takuya Kimura remained the one member of the group not keen on bringing an end to their 25 year career - the band having acknowledged his continuing loyalty to their management company in their glum televised statement earlier in the year.

In a later statement of his own, Kimura said that the split "couldn't be more regrettable", according to The Japan Times, but added that "under the current situation ... we couldn't do anything, either a 25th anniversary concert or other activities, unless all five of us got together".

His soon to be former bandmate Masahiro Nakai also gave a statement, apologising to fans, saying: "We have caused you troubles, worried you, and we owe you much. We are really sorry for creating this situation. We apologise".

Although the four members of the group who instigated the split reportedly threatened to leave Johnny & Associates earlier this year, after their direct manager was forced to resign from the company, all five of them will remain on the company's books as solo artists.

Carly Rae Jepsen and Danny L Harle release collaboration
PC Music's Danny L Harle has released his collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen, 'Super Natural'. So that's a thing, isn't it?

"I wrote the melody for 'Super Natural' before I had any lyrics in mind, and even at that stage I knew it was going to be an important track for me", says Harle. "I found that the lyrics came to me easily once I had the tune".

He continues: "Carly was always at the top of my list of people who could sing it, but I never envisaged it actually happening! Ever since I heard 'Call Me Maybe' she has been one of my dream collaborators. I love her take on the track; her voice has an amazingly positive energy which was essential in giving 'Super Natural' a necessary sense of euphoria".

Listen to 'Super Natural' on Spotify here or Apple Music here.

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Bon Iver announces new album
Bon Iver, aka Justin Vernon, has announced that he will release his third album, titled '22, A Million', through Jagjaguwar on 30 Sep.

The album was officially announced with a full live performance of the record at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, in Vernon's hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Friday night. Two extended versions of tracks from the album, '22 (OVER S∞∞N)' and
'10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄' were also released on Saturday.

Recorded between Wisconsin, London and Lisbon, among the collaborators on the album are The Staves and saxophonist Colin Stetson.

Vernon will be playing two European live shows at Funhaus in Berlin on 1-2 Oct, if you fancy going along to either of those. Or, just for fun, you can look at the album's tracklist here:

1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
3. 715 - CR∑∑KS
4. 33 "GOD"
5. 29 #Strafford APTS
6. 666 ʇ
7. 21 M◊◊N WATER
8. 8 (circle)
9. ____45_____
10. 00000 Million

Amanda Palmer announces stripped down tour
Amanda Palmer has announced that she will play three UK shows in October, in Brighton, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

"I am taking it back to basics", she says of the shows. "I am going on a short, super-stripped down tour with just me, a suitcase, a piano, a ukulele, and a baby. (And two kick-ass friends, Whitney and Justine, to help me with travel and baby). Just Me. Piano. Songs. Some old songs, some new songs, lots of feelings, lots of ridiculousness. Certainly wine. Babies and piano and wine actually go together phenomenally".

On her decision to played stripped down sets, she adds: "I feel like people have forgotten that behind everything - the Kickstarter, the TED talk, the book, the crazy art projects - I am fundamentally a songwriter who performs her own songs on a stage... that's the source. Sometimes I even forget. It's time to get back on stage and remind myself and everybody else that without the music, there's nothing. It drives me crazy when people have read my book three times cover to cover but don't bother to look up the music of The Dresden Dolls or dig into my songwriting catalogue. Time to fix that".

Yeah, put down that book and go to one of these shows:

22 Oct: Brighton, All Saints Church
23 Oct: Liverpool, Central Library
26 Oct: Edinburgh, Liquid Room

CMU's One Liners: Janelle Monáe, Dave Mustaine, Mollie King, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Janelle Monáe stars in new film 'Hidden Figures', which is due for release in January next year. Watch the trailer here.

• Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is inviting fans to his birthday party on 13 Sep, which will double up as a promotional event for his new beer. Cheers!

• The Saturdays' Mollie King will release her debut solo single, 'Back To You', this Friday. Here's a teaser. "My solo material is the kind of music that I love, stylistically this is me and I'm saying things that I want to say", she says.

• Tinashe has released a video for new single 'Superlove'.

• MIA has released new single 'Bird Song'. Her new album, 'AIM', is out on 9 Sep.

• WSTRN have released the video for new single 'A-List'.

• Grouplove have just released new single 'Do You Love Someone'. Their new album, 'Big Mess', is out on 9 Sep. They also have UK shows in London and Manchester booked in next month.

• Nomad Cinema will be screening Prince's 'Purple Rain' outside St Paul's Cathedral this Thursday (18 Aug). More details here.

• Lorelle Meets The Obsolete will be touring the UK at the end of next month, finishing up at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in London on 1 Oct.

Adele definitely not playing the Super Bowl, says everyone
Adele told the audience at a show in LA on Saturday that she had turned down the opportunity to play next year's Super Bowl half-time show. The event's organisers responded by claiming to have never even offered it to her.

Rumours that Adele would sing in the middle of the sporting event next year have been doing the rounds for a while. Because obviously Adele would be approached to do it at a point when she is actively doing stuff. It would be silly not to. Although that speculation was stoked earlier this month by an article in The Sun, which quoted "an NFL source" as saying that "organisers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up" but it was her "nerves that are the issue".

Addressing those rumours at the Staples Center, Adele said: "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And ... I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no".

In response, the NFL and its sponsor Pepsi put out a joint statement, saying: "The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time".

Formal offer or not, if you talk to an artist about doing it then they say they don't want to, I'm pretty sure that still counts as the artist turning it down. Whatever, she's not doing it.

 
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