WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: London club Fabric has issued a statement confirming that it will be closed again this week, due to the ongoing investigation into two recent drug-related deaths at the venue and the pending review of its licence. As previously reported, all events last weekend were cancelled after two eighteen year old men died from drug overdoses at the club... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A couple of years ago, Brazilian rap trio Pearls Negras made a splash with their 'Biggie Apple' and 'Nossa Gang' mixtapes, making their way over to the UK for a handful of shows, including one at the Old Blue Last that saw Andre 3000 tucked away in a corner to watch. Now, with all eyes on their hometown of Rio de Janeiro, they've taken the opportunity to relaunch... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Fabric confirms another weekend closure, Sadiq Khan urges positive outcome for the venue
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LEGAL Kesha says she will no longer include abuse allegations in contractual dispute with Dr Luke
In-flight entertainment firm settles with Universal Music for $20 million
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Cash Money signs up with Apple Music for documentary project
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MEDIA Billy Bragg says he was "stitched up" by The Times over Corbyn quotes
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ARTIST NEWS Morrissey has written a new album, which one of you is going to distribute it?
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RELEASES The Hidden Cameras announce new album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Chase & Status announce UK tour dates
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ONE LINERS Jupiter Sound, Prophets Of Rage, Banks, more
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AND FINALLY... Frank Ocean's art should not be rushed, says Malay
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Fabric confirms another weekend closure, Sadiq Khan urges positive outcome for the venue
London club Fabric has issued a statement confirming that it will be closed again this week, due to the ongoing investigation into two recent drug-related deaths at the venue and the pending review of its licence.

As previously reported, all events last weekend were cancelled after two eighteen year old men died from drug overdoses at the club, one in June and one earlier this month. Last year the club fought off attempts by the local Islington council to impose tough new security measures on the venue. But on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Fabric's licence had now been suspended by the council, with a review to be carried out within 28 days.

Clearly hoping to re-open sooner rather than later, the club yesterday only committed to cancelling its most imminent events, saying in a statement: "Further to the statement issued by the MPS last Friday, we can confirm that our operation remains suspended. The club will therefore be closed again this weekend".

It said that a further statement would be posted "when we have more information", but for the moment, tickets for this weekend would be refunded.

In the meantime, many in the electronic music scene have been urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to step in to ensure the venue's future. As a candidate for mayor, Khan vowed to support and protect the capital's clubbing and live music scenes. This situation, various commenters noted, was a real test of Khan's commitment to that promise.

Artists such as Chase & Status, Skream, Leftfield, Daniel Avery, Artwork and others tweeted their support for Fabric as news of its uncertain future became clearer.

Addressing Khan directly, Avery said: "Dear Sadiq Khan, if ever there was an opportunity to make a mark, here it is. Fabric needs your help, man. Without Fabric I wouldn't be doing this now. The club has supported underground music on a large scale every single weekend for over fifteen years. The cultural significance of institutions like Fabric should never be underestimated".

Artwork also wrote to Khan directly, saying: "I voted for you for your views on London club life. Now please do something about Fabric".

Responding to Artwork's tweet, Khan said that he is "urging Fabric, the Met and Islington to find an approach that protects clubbers' safety and the future of the club".

The exact extent of that urging isn't clear, though it does show that he is at least thinking about the matter.

Kesha says she will no longer include abuse allegations in contractual dispute with Dr Luke
Kesha last week told a court in New York that she would no longer include the allegations of sexual abuse against Dr Luke in her contractual dispute with the producer.

As previously reported, there have been various strands to the long-running legal battle between Kesha Sebert and her one time musical mentor Lukasz Gottwald, with litigation filed in three different states.

The headline-grabbing element of the whole dispute has been Sebert's allegations that Gottwald plied her with drugs and alcohol and raped her as a teenager. He has always denied those allegations, and sued both the singer and her mother for defamation, arguing that the accusations were invented in a bid to force his hand in a contractual dispute.

Most attention to date has been on the New York cases, with Sebert voluntarily dismissing her litigation in California at the start of the month. And even in New York, Sebert's legal action was stripped back by the judge, who dismissed various elements of the singer's lawsuit.

However, a breach of contract case in New York continues. And it's in that litigation that Sebert says that she will no longer raise the abuse allegations as part of her case. In a new legal filing spotted by Billboard, the singer says she plans to fight Gottwald's claims of breach of contract by presenting various "professional grievances".

Sebert has contracts with various companies led by Gottwald, including his Sony Music imprint Kemosabe Records. The dispute with the producer has basically put her career on hold, though since a high profile stand-off in the New York courts earlier this year - where Gottwald scored more wins legally speaking, but Sebert won the PR war - the singer has started putting out new material and performing again.

She now seems to be working on putting together a new album for release via either Kemosabe or another Sony label, and there is a sense that Sebert herself now just wants to put the legal battle behind her as soon as possible and get on with promoting the new music.

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In-flight entertainment firm settles with Universal Music for $20 million
You know, it occurred to me the last time I actually left Shoreditch and flew in one of those planes they have nowadays, that in this here Netflix/Spotify age, the in-flight entertainment systems the airlines have feel positively ancient, in terms of look and feel, functionality and content selection.

Those plane people should just get plug sockets and wi-fi installed, put an iPad holder on the back of every seat, and let us get on with using our content-on-demand platforms of choice. Though of course, licensing complexities only increase when you're in the air.

One company that will be hoping in-flight entertainment systems still have a solid future is Global Eagle Entertainment, which has just agreed to pay Universal Music $20 million in damages to settle a copyright dispute.

The major accused the in-flight entertainment firm of copyright infringement after it put tracks owned by Universal into the content system it provides to companies like American Airlines and US Airways. Global Eagle initially tried to exploit the aforementioned complexities of mid-flight copyright law - "we didn't do any copying in your jurisdiction" - and then argued that past negotiations with Universal resulted in an implied temporary licence via which the in-flight entertainment firm could use the music company's tunes.

As previously reported, a judge rejected both of those arguments in a summary judgement earlier this year. A legal filing made earlier this month now shows that the two companies have reached a deal, which will see Universal receive $20 million in damages, plus over a million shares in Global Eagle, and further equity if the plane-music-provider's share price rises about ten or twelve dollars a share.

And, as a Global Eagle shareholder, I guess that means Universal is now also hoping that in-flight entertainment systems still have a solid future. But personally I'm still backing the plug-socket-and-wi-fi future.

Cash Money signs up with Apple Music for documentary project
We all know how much Apple loves cash money, so it's perhaps no surprise that the tech giant has signed a deal to do something special with Cash Money Records.

The something special is seemingly a one-off documentary about the Universal imprint and its co-founder Birdman. Whether that will cover the label's high profile legal battle with Tidal-fan Lil Wayne remains to be seen. Though we're guessing Cash Money's biggest act of the moment - Apple Music ally Drake - is more likely to make an appearance.

The deal will presumably give Apple exclusive access to the documentary. While both Apple and Tidal have been busy securing exclusives around new albums by top-tier artists, some reckon that the streaming services would be better off commissioning original projects of this kind, if exclusive content is to remain a way that platforms differentiate themselves in the market place.

Billy Bragg says he was "stitched up" by The Times over Corbyn quotes
Billy Bragg has said that he's been "stitched up" by The Times, after the newspaper claimed that he no longer supports Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.

Earlier this week, The Times published an article using quotes from a Q&A with Bragg at the Edinburg International Book Festival, in which he said: "I worry about Jeremy that he's a kind of 20th century Labour man. We need to be reaching out to people. We need to be working with everybody we can because you can see what happens to a political party that becomes tribalist. We can't afford to go down that route if we are to retain the ability to represent ordinary working people".

You could read that quote as consisting of suggestions for how Corbyn could improve his leadership of the party, but The Times went with Bragg having decided that Corbyn should be kicked to the curb.

Responding on Twitter, Bragg said that he had "joined the long list of people stitched up by the Murdoch papers".

"Don't believe the b/s about me in the Times", he added. "I'm still supporting Corbyn, just want more talk about devo for England and fair votes for all".

Responding to another Twitter user who accused him of doing "a sell-out interview" with The Times in order to promote his new album, he noted that it was "not an interview. It's a quote twisted out of context to beat Corbyn with. Don't let Murdoch sow discord".

  Approved: Diamond
A couple of years ago, Brazilian rap trio Pearls Negras made a splash with their 'Biggie Apple' and 'Nossa Gang' mixtapes, making their way over to the UK for a handful of shows, including one at the Old Blue Last that saw Andre 3000 tucked away in a corner to watch. Now, with all eyes on their hometown of Rio de Janeiro, they've taken the opportunity to relaunch themselves as Diamond with fiery new single 'Bad Girls'.

Mixing trap and Brazilian bass for their backing, the trio's already powerful delivery has been honed and sharpened since last they released any new music. Perhaps that's reflected in the name change, from pearls to diamonds. Whatever gem they now identify as, they remain an act who should be very much on your radar.

Listen to 'Bad Girls' here.

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Morrissey has written a new album, which one of you is going to distribute it?
Morrissey has written a new album, but fairly unsurprisingly can't find a label to release it. He's resigned himself to self-releasing, but still needs a distribution deal, which he also does not currently have. I'm sure he's open to offers though.

Speaking to Walla, the singer said: "The new album is already written, but I need to find a distribution contract. It is impossible to find a record deal, so we're going to record the album ourselves once we find someone who could distribute it and make it accessible worldwide".

As you might remember, Morrissey's last album, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', was withdrawn from sale when he fell out with Universal's Harvest so badly that the label cancelled the licensing deal it had with him three weeks after it was released. Moz went out looking for a new label to release the record, but none was found. Last September, he finally accepted that this situation was likely to be permanent, at least in the UK.

This is not because Morrissey is an utter nightmare to work with, mind. No, he explains: "There was a time when the music industry ... served the artist, but now the artist serves the music industry. That's why it's all so pointless".

So that's you told.

The Hidden Cameras announce new album
There's a new Hidden Cameras album coming out this autumn, which will feature guest appearances from Rufus Wainright, Neil Tennant, Feist and Ron Sexsmith. So that's nice. I am in favour.

Titled 'Home On Native Land', the record sees songwriter Joel Gibb return to his native Canada. Work on the record actually began ten years ago, and as well as original songs it sees Gibb covering country standards 'Dark End Of The Street' and 'Don't Make Promises', plus Canadian folk song 'Log Driver's Waltz'. He also covers himself, taking fifteen year old demo 'He Is The Boss Of Me' and giving it the full studio treatment.

Listen to the album's first single, 'The Day I Left Home' here.

Chase & Status announce UK tour dates
Chase & Status have announced tour dates for November this year, which will finish up at Alexandra Palace in London. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

If you'd rather receive all of that information in video form with exciting flashing lights and music and stuff, this is for you.

If you just want the dates in a boring black and white list, then here you are, you boring bastard:

19 Nov: Glasgow, Academy
20 Nov: Newcastle, Academy
22 Nov: Manchester, Academy
24 Nov: Birmingham, Academy
25 Nov: Portsmouth, Guildhall
26 Nov: London, Alexandra Palace

Jupiter Sound, Prophets Of Rage, Banks, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Newish label Jupiter Sound has put out its second release, a cassette compilation titled 'Dark Days On Earth'. Listen on SoundCloud here.

• Prophets Of Rage will release their debut EP, 'The Party's Over', on 25 Aug. It'll feature two studio tracks and three live recordings. Here's their reworking of the Public Enemy track from which they take their name.

Watch the video for Banks' 'Gemini Feed', why don't you?

• Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have released another track from their forthcoming 'Shine A Light' album. Here's their take on Woody Guthrie's 'Hobo's Lullaby'.

• Crystal Castles have released new single 'Fleece'. Their new album, 'Amnesty (I)', is out this week. They also play Rough Trade East on 23 Aug.

• El Perro Del Mar will release new album 'KoKoro' on 16 Sep. From it, this is new single 'Ding Sum'.

• Goat have shared 'Alarms' from their forthcoming album 'Requiem'.

• Rapper C Cane has released the video for 'Levels', from her forthcoming new EP.

• Jess Mills has put out the title track from her new EP under the name SLO. Here's 'Atone', featuring Bearcubs.

• PWR BTTM have released a new track, 'New Hampshire', from their debut album, 'Ugly Cherries'. They'll also be touring the UK In December.

• Björk has announced that she will play the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 24 Sep, in addition to her Albert Hall show on 21 Sep.

• Pixies have added three more UK dates to their end of their Nov/Dec tour, including a third Brixton Academy show on 6 Dec.

• Justin Bieber has deleted his Instagram account because he is the greatest. You should all follow suit.

Frank Ocean's art should not be rushed, says Malay
If you were wondering where the flipping heck Frank Ocean's new album is, producer Malay has an answer for you.

In a Reddit AMA earlier this week, he told fans: "First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys. Frank has told me this himself many times. To be fair though, art cannot be rushed. It's about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error. That goes for any creative situation".

Art can be rushed though, so he's wrong about that. Sometimes it even should be rushed. Though Frank Ocean is a pretty long fucking way from rushed right now, isn't he? I mean, 'Boys Don't Cry' isn't 'The Chinese Democracy' yet, but he's not exactly knocking out the hits either.

Anyway, there was a more important question answered in the same AMA, that of what Frank Ocean smells like. "If God was a woman and [farted flowers]", Malay revealed, finally putting that whole thing to bed.

 
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