TUESDAY 30 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Kim Dotcom's latest attempt to fight extradition to the US to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement will be livestreamed on YouTube, so that's a thing. Lawyers for Dotcom had argued that the case should be beamed live to the world, but reps for the US government objected. As much previously reported, Dotcom has been fighting extradition... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Led by songwriter Emily Scott, who recruited King Creosote collaborator Pete Harvey, drummer Joe Smillie and solo artist Rob St John, Modern Studies formed in early 2015. Having contributed to the vast tribute album to folk musician Shirley Collins last year, they are now preparing to release their debut LP 'Swell To Great' on 12 Sep. The title of the album is taken... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES MegaUpload extradition appeal to be livestreamed on YouTube
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LEGAL Snoop Dogg's alcopop case allow to proceed to trial, fans sue over live show railing collapse
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DEALS Pulled Apart By Horses sign to Raw Power Management
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Inverness' Tooth & Claw wins PRS Music Makeover prize
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Guvera must find nearly a million to meet creditor obligations tomorrow
EE to bundle Apple Music via new deal
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Music Business Association pays tribute to John Trickett
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RELEASES Moddi releases third 'banned' song from new album
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ONE LINERS Andrew Bird, Dua Lipa, Meshuggah, more
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AND FINALLY... MTV VMA ratings plummet, Taylor Swift misses show for jury duty
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YOUR ARMY - ARTIST MANAGER (LONDON)
Your Army are a developing media company known for promoting the likes of Disclosure, Christine & The Queens, Major Lazer and Duke Dumont, with offices in London and Los Angeles. They are looking for an Artist Manager to join their growing Artist Management Division. The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience of working within a management company, or a proven track record working independently, and have been managing a 'dance' act.

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K7 - DAY TO DAY ARTIST MANAGER (BERLIN OR LONDON)
K7 Artist Management supports a diverse range of artists with innovative and creative approaches across the music value chain. For our team in Berlin, or possibly also London, we are looking for an experienced day-to-day Artist Manager to support the management of our clients starting immediately. The successful candidate shall have one to two years experience in the field of artist management.

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PA/OFFICE ASSISTANT (LONDON)
This is an opportunity to join an established London-based artist management company as PA/Office Assistant. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the music entertainment industry.

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HALF MOON PUTNEY – MUSIC MANAGER/BOOKER (LONDON)
Half Moon Putney is one of London’s longest running and most respected live music venues, and it is looking for a Music Manager/Booker. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing and developing the Half Moon’s entertainments schedule and venue operations.

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SOLAR MANAGEMENT – OFFICE JUNIOR (LONDON)
An Office Junior is required for London-based artist, songwriter and producer management company Solar Management. The job will include general office duties as well as providing support to client managers, including the booking of travel, couriers, web/social media updates, registrations and general administrative duties.

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[PIAS] – RECEPTIONIST (LONDON)
[PIAS] is looking for a well-organised receptionist/administrator with 1-2 years experience. The position is based at the company’s London office and will suit someone looking for a first step into a great independent music company.

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X-RAY TOURING - ADMIN ASSISTANT (LONDON)
An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic administrative assistant to support the busy team at one of the UK’s leading booking agencies, X-Ray Touring.

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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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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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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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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
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MegaUpload extradition appeal to be livestreamed on YouTube
Kim Dotcom's latest attempt to fight extradition to the US to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement will be livestreamed on YouTube, so that's a thing. Lawyers for Dotcom had argued that the case should be beamed live to the world, but reps for the US government objected.

As much previously reported, Dotcom has been fighting extradition from New Zealand to the US ever since American authorities shut down his MegaUpload business in early 2012 on copyright grounds. A New Zealand court finally considered the extradition request late last year, ultimately siding with the Americans, though Dotcom et al are now appealing.

Legal reps for Dotcom said that the appeal should be streamed because, you know, the bloody media and all that, who knows what they'll say, so letting people watch the hearing on the YouTubes will restore balance and ensure public scrutiny. The American authorities argued that the streams could prejudice the actual criminal trial if and when it happens back in the US, in particular making it harder to select an impartial jury.

But as the appeal hearing got underway yesterday, the judge overseeing the case - Murray Gilbert - green lighted the livestream, and on Dotcom's preferred platform of YouTube too. Though there are conditions.

First, guidelines for broadcasting court sessions in New Zealand say that there should be a ten minute delay, and for this case it will be 20 minutes, so that specific things can be blocked from the public screening if necessary. Commenting will also be turned off and the footage will not be able to stay on YouTube long-term.

Though, of course, viewers will be able to comment on the livestream elsewhere if they so wish and, somewhat ironically, there is nothing to stop pesky users from ripping the stream and plonking that content in publicly accessible digital lockers of the MegaUpload model, and then sharing that content beyond the trial period itself.

In their opening remarks yesterday, judges for the MegaUpload side - actually repping former Dotcom colleagues Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk - said that the judge in the original extradition hearing had shown "extraordinary disinterest" in their arguments.

They then listed some familiar grievances, regarding the process US and New Zealand authorities went through in originally investigating and arresting the former MegaUpload management, and over the fact the defendants had not been allowed to use funds seized from their former business to hire experts in US law as part of their defence in the New Zealand courts.

The appeal is expected to take at least six weeks, and it's thought that star attraction Dotcom won't take to the stand himself until next week. By which time the YouTube livestream should be fully functioning. What a time to be alive!

Snoop Dogg's alcopop case allow to proceed to trial, fans sue over live show railing collapse
A judge has allowed Snoop Dogg's lawsuit against Pabst Brewing Co to proceed to trial. The rapper accuses the company of breaching the terms of an endorsement deal.

As previously reported, the rapper signed up to promote alcopop Blast By Colt 45 in 2011, a deal which ran for three years. His contract contained a clause entitling Snoop to 10% of the profits if the brand was sold before January 2016. He sued in 2015, claiming the company had failed to pay him his cut when Pabst Holdings Inc, which is the sole shareholder in Pabst Brewing, was sold to a third party.

Pabst argues that it did not technically sell ownership of the brand, merely the rights to control it, and that such a deal is excluded from its profit share arrangement with the rapper. Snoop's lawyers claim that the drinks firm intentionally structured the sale of Pabst Holdings Inc so that it could avoid paying the rapper what he was due. The company's lawyers counter that it would have been "ridiculous" to complicate a $700 million deal simply to avoid handing some money over to Snoop Dogg.

The judge overseeing yesterday's pre-trial hearing criticised both sides, reports The Hollywood Reporter. He said that both parties had "conjured up a lot of facts on this case" and that the whole thing was "maddening".

As a result, he said that there were too many pieces of conflicting information for him to provide a summary judgement, which Pabst had been calling for, therefore allowing the case to proceed to trial. A jury will now have to try to work out what the hell went on, with the trial expected to begin in October.

Elsewhere in Snoop Dogg legal news, he and Wiz Khalifa are both being sued over the railing collapse at a recent show in New Jersey, which left more than 40 people injured.

As previously reported, the rappers were performing together at the BB&T Pavilion venue in the city of Camden earlier this month when the three foot metal railing gave way, sending fans falling down on to the concrete below.

Last week, three separate lawsuits were filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, with seventeen people claiming damages for a variety of injuries, reports Courthouse News. Live Nation is ultimately accused of liability, the lawsuits saying that it was responsible for repairs that should have been done in order to avoid the accident.

"Live Nation made the repairs in a cheap and reckless fashion because their focus was more on cutting costs than it was on the safety of the concertgoers", claims one complaint.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are both accused of making the situation worse by "inciting the crowd to a dangerous level", when they encouraged fans near the back of the outdoor venue to move closer to the stage before the incident happened. The surge as people followed these instructions caused the crowd to suddenly push hard against the already loose railings, further weakening the concrete in which they stood.

Neither rapper, nor Live Nation, nor a fourth defendant, National Event Services, have commented as yet.

Pulled Apart By Horses sign to Raw Power Management
Raw Power Management has signed a new deal with Pulled Apart By Horses to represent the band worldwide. The partnership will be backed by funding from Amplify Music.

"We are big fans of Pulled Apart By Horses and delighted that they have joined the Raw Power family", says the firm's CEO Craig Jennings. "This exciting new finance agreement with Amplify Music gives the band real freedom to explore the creative and commercial possibilities open to them. With that security behind them and the ability for them to make their own decisions they are in a better position now than they've ever been before".

Amplify Music grew out of previously reported music investment firm Power Amp and takes advantage of the Seed Enterprise Initiative Scheme that was introduced by HMRC in 2012.

The company's founder, Tom Bywater comments: "We are delighted to be working with Pulled Apart By Horses on their new album, which is their best yet. Also, we're excited about working with Raw Power Management for the first time - they are thoroughbreds in the rock management world. We can't wait to see what they can do with a band like this in combination with the war-chest we've given them. Let the battle commence!"

Er, yeah. There's no release date for that album yet, but their last LP 'Blood' came out in 2014.

Inverness' Tooth & Claw wins PRS Music Makeover prize
Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw has been named the winner of this year's Music Makeover competition, run by PRS For Music. The prize is a £10,000 grant to revamp the live music venue, as well as some free advice from producer Steve Levine.

The venue's co-owner Paulina Matuszak says: "We are overjoyed with the support that both PRS For Music and the local community have given us. We want The Tooth & Claw to become a staple of the Inverness music scene and with this prize, that dream is becoming a reality. We can't wait to play host to the best of Inverness music!"

PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher adds: "We regard pubs as an essential component of our popular music culture; they provide unparalleled opportunities for emerging musical talent to develop their skills and their popularity. Our Music Makeover award gives PRS For Music an annual opportunity to encourage music-loving venues to support local talent and enables them to improve the quality of the music experience for both performers and their audience".

The Music Makeover prize was launched in 2012, initially offering £5000 towards refurbishment of the winning venue each year.

Guvera must find nearly a million to meet creditor obligations tomorrow
The heat may have been taken off struggling streaming music firm Guvera after creditors of the two subsidiaries it put in administration accepted a 'deed of company arrangement' earlier this month, though according to The Sydney Morning Herald tomorrow is going to be the first big test of that arrangement with nearly AUS$1 million in payments due.

The newspaper says that under the deed of company arrangement, the Guvera parent company will pay AUS$150,000 to creditors of its Guvera Australia company each month and another AUS$30,000 to creditors of Guv Services. But this month it must also pay AUS$761,200 in outstanding employee superannuation entitlements, which brings the total bill to AUS$941,200.

Some have questioned the Guvera company's ability to meet its commitments under the 'deed of company arrangement', despite it successfully negotiating down its liabilities to all but former employees quite significantly. So tomorrow will be a key opportunity for the streaming firm to address those concerns.

The Herald notes that administrator Deloitte assured creditors that it would be "active" in ensuring payments due to be made by Guvera Limited were indeed paid on time. If deadlines are not met, the administrator said: "Creditors can consider an extension, or variation of the [deed], or place the company into liquidation".

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EE to bundle Apple Music via new deal
Your old buddies over at EE - the mobile network that's now a division of BT, of course, - have announced a deal with Frank's mates over there at Apple Music that will mean new and upgrading pay monthly customers of the tel co will get themselves six months of free musical streams from the tech giant.

So that's six months of free time on Apple Music which is, in case you wondered, and I quote, "a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music including your music library, a revolutionary streaming music service, radio led by the flagship Beats 1 station, and playlists curated by world class music experts". Though not all of that actually requires a subscription.

Whatever. Most of the on-demand streaming services have used partnerships with mobile firms to extend their userbase, of course, though this is Apple Music's first tel co tie up in the UK. EE will promote the alliance with a "multi-channel, multi-million pound advertising campaign", tel-co-led marketing efforts being another attraction of these deals for the streaming services, beyond the quick win of new subscribers joining up at their mobile provider's expense.

Says EE boss Marc Allera: "We're delighted to be the first UK operator to offer Apple Music, with its incredible catalogue of songs, playlists, and Beats 1 radio. As the UK's biggest and fastest network, our focus is on bringing our customers the best 4G coverage in the most places. But we also look to bring our customers services from the best companies in the world. In Apple Music there is no doubt that we have found that, and together we'll provide customers with an outstanding music experience on the biggest and fastest mobile network in the UK".

Music Business Association pays tribute to John Trickett
The US entertainment retail trade group the Music Business Association, aka Music Biz, has paid tribute to John Trickett, the British songwriter, producer and music industry executive who died at his London home last week. He was involved in Music Biz via his retail business Immergent, and was most recently the organisation's Board Treasurer.

The trade group's President James Donio said: "We are devastated and our hearts are extremely heavy at Music Biz today as we mourn the sudden passing on Friday of our Board Treasurer John Trickett of Immergent. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the UK".

The statement went on: "He was a truly renaissance man in the music business - a producer, engineer, publisher, and record label and commerce executive, not to mention an accomplished songwriter and musician in his own right with more than 60 song titles to his credit".

Noting Trickett's work for Music Biz, including under its previous incarnation as NARM, Donio added: "He brought great vision, creativity, passion, innovative spirit, and good humour, as well as a solid grounding and experience in business finance and strategic planning. His dedication to the association was exemplary, always contributing the generous gift of his time and talents in the most selfless way possible".

  Approved: Modern Studies
Led by songwriter Emily Scott, who recruited King Creosote collaborator Pete Harvey, drummer Joe Smillie and solo artist Rob St John, Modern Studies formed in early 2015. Having contributed to the vast tribute album to folk musician Shirley Collins last year, they are now preparing to release their debut LP 'Swell To Great' on 12 Sep.

The title of the album is taken from a label that sits alongside one of the 'stops' on the aging harmonium that forms the basis of its songs. The Victorian instrument requires a delicate balance of care and force to make it work, by all accounts. Its gentle wheezing sets the tone for the layers of instrumentation around it, featuring analogue synths, cello, double bass, drums, guitars, and a wine-glass orchestra.

Listening to the finished record, it's clear that this is something that's been brought to life with a great deal of care and attention. It welcomes you to sit a while and take it in, which is an invitation well worth taking up.

Listen to the single 'Dive Bombing' here.

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Moddi releases third 'banned' song from new album
We're still a couple of weeks away from the release of Moddi's 'Unsongs' album, but a third single has now been released from it. As previously reported, the LP sees him record covers of twelve songs from around the world that were banned.

Following versions of songs by Pussy Riot and Kate Bush, Moddi now releases a cover of 'A Matter Of Habit', which was originally performed by Izhar Ashdot, with lyrics by author Alona Kimhi, which she based on first-hand testimonies from soldiers of the Israeli soldiers who had served in the West Bank.

The song's 'banned' status came when a live performance was cancelled by army radio station Galatz in 2012, which later stated that "we should avoid celebrating a song that demonises our soldiers".

However, there's more to it than that, says Moddi: "'A Matter Of Habit' may have been written about a particular conflict, but it carries a universal message: that anyone can become an oppressor. It says something bigger about not just Israel, but the entire Western World. Everyone recognises the feeling of numbness that comes from being exposed to violence and death every day. We see it in the news, we hear about it on the radio. In the end it just passes as background noise. We don't feel empathy anymore, just a growing fear that the same thing might happen to us one day".

He continues: "Modern politics is driven by this fear. That is why a song like 'A Matter Of Habit' can become so controversial, because it also suggests that being human is a matter of habit; that there's a way to recover our sensitivity, our humanity. But not without being exposed to the atrocities that are part and parcel of our political system".

To accompany the song, Moddi has also released a short documentary about it, the first in a series of similar videos that will be published on unsongs.com, which you can watch here.

Listen to 'A Matter Of Habit' here.

Andrew Bird, Dua Lipa, Meshuggah, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Andrew Bird has released the lyric video for new single 'Roma Fade'. He'll also be performing live on Facebook at 8.30pm UK time tonight.

• Dua Lipa has announced that she will release her debut album on 10 Feb. She'll also be touring the UK in October, finishing up with an appearance at Koko in London on 10 Oct. And here is a new track, 'Blow Your Mind (Mwah)'.

• Meshuggah have released new track 'Born In Dissonance' from their upcoming new album, 'The Violent Sleep Of Reason'.

• Mono have released new track 'Ely's Heartbeat'. Their new album, 'Requiem For Hell', is out on 14 Oct.

• Allie X has released the video for new single 'All The Rage'.

• Well look at this, Biffy Clyro are going on a whole damn UK arena tour in November and December. They'll wind their way around to London's O2 on 8 Dec. Here's the official trailer for the tour.

• Apothek will play The Pickle Factory in London on 25 Oct. Their debut album is out on 30 Sep.

MTV VMA ratings plummet, Taylor Swift misses show for jury duty
It was the MTV VMAs this weekend, which you may or may not have noticed. Many didn't, it seems, as the awards show saw its TV ratings drop for the fourth year in a row. Despite being shown across eleven channels in the US, the number of people tuning in dropped by 34%, according to the New York Times.

Possibly part of the problem is Kanye fatigue. It was the rapper who was again wheeled out to do his whole 'deliver a long speech and hopefully say something controversial' thing. Rihanna and Nicki Minaj performed (the former four times), as did Britney Spears as part of that big comeback. But the most interesting thing about this year's VMAs was that Taylor Swift didn't turn up because she was reporting for jury duty in Nashville.

Swift was put forward as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case, but was dismissed after she said she felt she would not be able to be impartial, due to her ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against a fan.

"She asked to be left off out of concern for an upcoming trial in Denver where she was - she used the term - 'groped' by a fan at a meet-and-greet", said a spokesperson for the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office.

So, the court trip was a short one, but still meant no MTV awards ceremony for her. She didn't win anything this year anyway. Unless you count Calvin Harris's Best Male Video prize for 'This Is What You Came For', a song she co-wrote. Harris didn't thank her in his acceptance speech, which was one of the biggest controversies of the show. Which perhaps shows how much of its edge the VMAs ceremony has lost.

For the rest of the awards, it's probably safe to assume that Beyonce won any category you can think of.

 
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