WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: No less than 212 artists have come out in support of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams as they attempt to overturn the ruling in the big fat 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism case. The likes of John Oates, Linkin Park, Jennifer Hudson, The Go-Gos, film composer Hans Zimmer and production duo Stargate are among the eclectic band of musicians who reckon that... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Konni Kass began her career as a professional musician as a teenager in the Faroe Islands. Supply and demand worked in her favour in a country where everyone seems to be in a band but she was one of the few who could play saxophone. After time spent in education, first studying jazz and currently medicine, she formed a band to perform her own songs... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES 212 artists back Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in Blurred Lines appeal
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LEGAL Judge kicks out much of Monster's case against Beats
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Composer critical of Russian collecting society becomes President of its Authors' Council
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LIVE BUSINESS Sadiq Khan responds to calls to ensure Fabric reopens
Twickets partners with End Of The Road to test new ticket resale system
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MEDIA MTV considering options for VMAs as clip-stream viewing totally out-performs audience for telecast
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Glasgow music scene rallies to save sound engineer Robert Makutsa from deportation
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ARTIST NEWS Selena Gomez taking time off to "focus on health and happiness"
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ONE LINERS Roc-A-Fella Records, Bon Iver, Sleigh Bells, more
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AND FINALLY... Mel C pens essay on why she won't be involved in any Spice Girls reunion
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212 artists back Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in Blurred Lines appeal
No less than 212 artists have come out in support of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams as they attempt to overturn the ruling in the big fat 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism case.

The likes of John Oates, Linkin Park, Jennifer Hudson, The Go-Gos, film composer Hans Zimmer and production duo Stargate are among the eclectic band of musicians who reckon that the ruling in the 'Blurred Lines' case set a dangerous precedent by confusing inspiration with infringement.

As much previously reported, Thicke and Pharrell were accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up' on their big hit. It was actually the terrible twosome who first went legal over those claims, in a bid to secure confirmation that there was no infringement, but it backfired and ultimately a jury sided with the Marvin Gaye Estate, that 'Blurred Lines' had indeed ripped of 'Got To Give It Up'.

Thicke and Pharrell filed their appeal against that judgement last week. At the heart of that appeal is an argument that was also key to duo's original case in court, which basically centres on some technicalities of American copyright law.

The lawsuit was over the copyright in the song, not the recording, and under the specific laws of relevance here only the song as filed with the US Copyright Office is protected. Lawyers for Thicke and Pharrell argued that any similarities between the two tracks were because 'Blurred Lines' had some elements in common with the recorded version of 'Got To Give It Up', but those elements are not actually in the sheet music for the latter song, and are therefore not protected by copyright, so can't be infringed.

The judge overseeing the case agreed with Thicke and Pharrell's lawyers with regard to what was specifically protected by copyright, ie the core composition of the song, which is why he banned the playing of the famous recording of 'Got To Give It Up' in the courtroom. But, say those same lawyers in their appeal, the judge failed to properly brief and guide the jury with regards these technicalities resulting, they say, in the wrong ruling.

However, the celeb-backed amicus brief filed with the appeals court yesterday - also signed by members of Train, Tears For Fears, Fall Out Boy, The Black Crowes, Tool, Weezer and more - focuses less on copyright law complexities, and more on the potential impact the 'Blurred Lines' ruling has on the creative process of the songwriter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the brief states: "The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works. All music shares inspiration from prior musical works, especially within a particular musical genre. By eliminating any meaningful standard for drawing the line between permissible inspiration and unlawful copying, the judgment is certain to stifle creativity and impede the creative process. The law should provide clearer rules so that songwriters can know when the line is crossed, or at least where the line is".

The brief goes on to state that 'Blurred Lines' and 'Got To Give It Up' "do not have similar melodies; the two songs do not even share a single melodic phrase", and instead the similarities between the two records is about "feel" and "groove". It then observes that Gaye himself was heavily influenced by the work of other artists, including Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Nat 'King' Cole and James Brown.

The filing concludes: "Such a result, if allowed to stand, is very dangerous to the music community, is certain to stifle future creativity, and ultimately does a disservice to past songwriters as well. One can only imagine what our music would have sounded like if David Bowie would have been afraid to draw from Shirley Bassey, or if the Beatles would have been afraid to draw from Chuck Berry, or if Elton John would have been afraid to draw from the Beatles, or if Elvis Presley would have been afraid to draw from his many influences".

Ten of those pesky musicologists have also filed an amicus brief in support of Thicke and Pharrell, also discussing the potential impact of the 'Blurred Lines' ruling if it's allowed to stand, as well as more of the copyright complexity stuff too. "There can be no genuine disagreement among experts as to the fact that there is no harmonic similarity between 'Blurred' and 'Give' because the chord progressions in both works were entirely different", they wrote in their court filing.

Other third party amicus briefs are now expected in this case, which is being watched closely by the entire music community.

Judge kicks out much of Monster's case against Beats
A judge has dismissed a number of allegations made against Beats and its co-founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine by Monster LLC, an early partner in the 'stick-a-by-Dre-label-on-the-side-and-hike-up-the-price' headphones business.

As previously reported, tech company Monster and the then independent Beats ended their alliance in something of a messy divorce in 2012. Then last year, after Apple had bought the headphone firm and its fledgling streaming service in a $3 billion deal, Monster sued.

The firm accused Beats of some dodgy dealing around its previous share sale to phone maker HTC, which Monster said was deliberately structured to enable Beats to exercise a change of ownership clause in its contract with Monster LLC in order to end the two companies' business partnership.

Monster founder Noel Lee also claimed that he had been misled by Beats management about future plans, meaning he sold his stake in the Beats company in 2013, netting much less than if he'd waited for the Apple deal a year later.

But, according to Billboard, in a summary judgement, the judge hearing the case concludes that Beats' actions were allowed under its contracts with Monster and Lee, while also noting that both had entered into deals with the Beats business as "sophisticated investors".

The summary judgement means that a scheduled court hearing will now only consider efforts by Beats to force Monster to cover its legal costs.

Composer critical of Russian collecting society becomes President of its Authors' Council
A producer and composer who has been critical of Russian collecting society RAO has been elected as President of its Authors' Council, which is the main governing body of the organisation. Some now wonder if Igor Matvienko will attempt to reform the society, though he has already distanced himself from a group attempting a radical overhaul of the collective licensing body.

As previously reported, RAO is currently fighting off fraud allegations which have led to the society's General Director Sergei Fedotov being arrested and held in jail. It is alleged the rights body used around 500 million rubles of money it collected on behalf of songwriters to buy four buildings in Moscow, ownership of which was then transferred to other companies and individuals. RAO management deny any wrongdoing.

In the wake of that controversy, a small group of Russian writers called an extraordinary conference of the society, which would have the power to replace Fedotov and rewrite the organisation's constitution. But Matvienko, while conceding he too has issues with the way RAO is run, was nevertheless critical of that mini revolution.

On becoming President of the RAO Authors' Council, he said: "As any living organism RAO has its own pros and cons. And I've just recently expressed my opinion on those disadvantages openly. Nevertheless, this organisation has a long history, it is the heir of [previous society] VAAP and it currently counts over 26,000 authors [as members]. We should take into consideration all of inefficiencies and take further actions to rectify them. But we shall not allow anyone to destroy our native RAO".

Meanwhile, yesterday the Authors' Council itself issued a more overt rebuttal of those efforts to call an extraordinary conference, and of the members making that call.

It's Vice President, composer Oleg Galakhov, said: "The more royalties RAO collects, the more often different people try to raid the organisation. RAO is constantly developing together with the whole sector of copyright protection. I don't think that this 'self-appointed group' cares about authors, transparency or any positive changes. What are they going to do after seizing RAO? No one knows. Their goal at the moment is to brake and ruin the existing organisation. Very few people are capable of creating something new".

Meanwhile, the Council confirmed that it believed Fedotov to be innocent of the fraud charges, and therefore they continue to back him as the boss of the RAO.

Alexander Klevitsky, another VP of the Council, said: "The question of changing the General Director hasn't been discussed at this meeting of the Authors' Council. We haven't discussed anything of that sort. Sergey Fedotov was officially elected at the last legitimate - I'd like to stress that - legitimate Conference of RAO. Mr Fedotov is the General Director of RAO, and there are absolutely no reasons for electing a new one. We are waiting for the incident to be over, and for Sergey Fedotov to return to his work".

So, all in all, it still very much remains to be seen whether the appointment of Matvienko to the President role will bring about any changes at the society.

Sadiq Khan responds to calls to ensure Fabric reopens
London mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to calls for him to act in order to protect club venue Fabric from permanent closure. Though he doesn't go much further than his previous tweet on the matter "urging" all involved to sort it out, noting that he doesn't have the authority to force the police or local council to let the club stay open.

As previously reported, Fabric has been closed since earlier this month, due to a police investigation into two recent drug-related deaths. The venue is now awaiting a new licence review by Islington Council, which will decide whether or not it can reopen. Owners of the club have pushed their commitment to preventing drug use on the premises, and said that they are reviewing policies. Meanwhile, the venue last week launched the #SaveFabric campaign, and a petition in support of the club began collecting signatures.

Khan has been a particular focus for campaigning because, before being elected as the capital's mayor in May, he spoke about his commitment to London's night time economy. So far he's lived up to that by overseeing the opening of the long-in-development Night Tube and advertising for a Night Czar. But the situation with Fabric is seen by many as the first real test for him in this area.

Responding to the #Save Fabric petition, which has now gained almost 100,000 signatures, Khan spoke about improving safety as a collaborative effort, and linked to a recent Islington Gazette article on a police report about drugs within Fabric. In it a police officer claims that on a visit to the venue as many as 80% of people inside "appeared to be under the influence of drugs", and that the venue provides "a safe haven for the supply and consumption of illegal drugs".

"I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy", writes Khan. "However, it is important to note that City Hall does not have the power to intervene in licensing cases like the current situation with Fabric".

He continues: "Clubbing needs to be safe. There have been two tragic deaths at Fabric over recent months and there are clearly issues that need addressing. Fabric, the Metropolitan Police and Islington will of course have to take real action to protect the safety of everyone who enjoys a night out at the club".

"My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London's clubbing scene", he concludes. "I welcome your call for us all to work together - City Hall, London's music venues, local authorities, the police and others - to make our clubs safer while also protecting our night time economy".

Read Khan's response in full here.

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Twickets partners with End Of The Road to test new ticket resale system
Face value ticket resale platform Twickets has partnered with the End Of The Road festival for the first test of a new ticket reissue and waiting list service.

Rather than passing on the original ticket to a new person when a sale is agreed via the platform, the seller's original ticket will be cancelled and an entirely new one issued to the buyer. This should make the process easier and less open to abuse, as the new ticket is issued by Twickets, rather than relying on the seller sending their ticket on.

As part of the system, Twickets also introduces a waiting list for tickets, with the first person in the queue being offered the chance to buy any place at the festival that comes up for sale. As the system rolls out to more events, this function will only become available once tickets have sold out on primary platforms.

"With the launch of our new reissue and waiting list service in conjunction with End Of The Road, we hope to provide a secure and simple way for festival goers to buy unwanted tickets", says Twickets Richard Davies. "We are working hard to integrate ethical ticket resale across the events ecosystem and it's great to be working with one of the most exciting festivals in the country, who share our commitment to cracking down on ticket touts".

End Of The Road organisers add: "It's really important to us that people don't get ripped off by counterfeits and touts when trying to resell their ticket for any event. At End Of The Road we can actually do something about this by working with Twickets - an effective and reliable ethical face-value-or-less platform that allows our loyal audience - many of whom buy tickets months in advance - the opportunity to resell their tickets in a levelled playing field".

"We sell out every year, so we know the market has long been rife with exploitation", they continue. "We are proud to work with an organisation as committed as we are to the customer experience, striving for the highest levels of honesty and fairness".

End Of The Road takes place this weekend, running from tomorrow until Sunday. Following this initial launch, the new Twickets system is due to be rolled out to other events in the coming months.

MTV considering options for VMAs as clip-stream viewing totally out-performs audience for telecast
MTV says it is considering airing the VMAs live across the US next year - rather than putting it out at 9pm across the entire country, which means it airs live on the East Coast, but pre-recorded in other time zones.

Doing so would be a rather late-in-the-day acknowledgement that event television now happens as much online as on air as people chatter and comment via their social networks of choice. Though it would also mean the show airing in a less prime slot in some parts of the country, which could hit ad income.

Keeping the VMA brand money flowing is a challenge for MTV, which faces much the same problem as most legacy media. The TV audience for the event has slumped in recent years, despite it being aired on eleven different Viacom-owned channels this time.

Official ratings reckon that 6.5 million people tuned in this year, compared to 9.8 million a year earlier. But the viewing of online clips from the show on both MTV's website and across the social networks was up significantly, from just over 30 million to 149 million streams according to the broadcaster.

How do you generate decent ad revenue from the online viewing though? Especially when clips are consumed via third-party platforms which either control the advertising, or even worse don't offer the option to put any advertising alongside the content at all.

"Gone are the days where TV is where you go to - TV has to come to you", observed MTV President Sean Atkins, according to Billboard. "In a world where you are multi-platforming, when I can experience it on my feed from my friends on Facebook who are in New York, are you better off just going live? You give everyone essentially equal access to every platform at the same time".

Glasgow music scene rallies to save sound engineer Robert Makutsa from deportation
A petition has been launched calling on Nicola Sturgeon to halt procedures to deport sound engineer Robert Makutsa to Kenya. Makutsa has lived and worked in Glasgow for seven years, including at the now closed Arches venue.

According to friends, the Home Office initiated the deportation process because Makutsa's job was not one that met requirements for overseas workers, meaning his current employer was not granted the necessary 'Certificate Of Sponsorship' to keep him on. He was then, it is claimed, detained without warning.

Commenting on the situation, Brian Reynolds of Synergy Concerts and the Hug And Pint venue says: "While [Hug And Pint booker] Joe Rattray and I were frantically looking for an audio engineer when Dougie Laing was sick last week, I tried to call Robert twice. Little did I know he was detained by the authorities and placed in detention centres and prisons between Glasgow and London for 'overstaying' his visa despite never having been informed that his application had not been successful until he was incarcerated".

"Robert is currently not allowed to work despite being obliged to pay rent and council tax on his Cessnock residence", he adds. "This is an outrageous imposition on Scotland's arts community by the immigration authorities and we must unite to ensure that Robert is permitted to stay in the country where he is contributes so much and where he is valued and loved".

You can read more and sign the petition here.

  Approved: Konni Kass
Konni Kass began her career as a professional musician as a teenager in the Faroe Islands. Supply and demand worked in her favour in a country where everyone seems to be in a band but she was one of the few who could play saxophone.

After time spent in education, first studying jazz and currently medicine, she formed a band to perform her own songs last year, and released her debut single 'Surrender' earlier this year. Two more - 'Sounds' and now 'Time' - have followed, in the run up to the release of her debut album in November.

Kass's music is based in soulful pop, but tends to take unexpected turns that set her apart from her contemporaries. On 'Time' in particular, as the music shifts gears into something more like dance music, the tone of her voice also changes, as if fragile cracks suddenly repaired themselves.

Listen to 'Time' here.

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Selena Gomez taking time off to "focus on health and happiness"
Selena Gomez has announced that she is taking a break from public life, after revealing that she has been coping with anxiety, panic attacks and depression as a side effect of contracting autoimmune condition lupus last year.

In a statement to People magazine, Gomez says: "As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges".

She continues: "I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues".

The singer first spoke about her treatment for the condition last year, speaking about her anger that time out of the spotlight led to speculation that she had developed a drug addiction. She told Billboard: "I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're assholes'. I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again".

The cause of lupus is not yet fully understood, but affects the immune system in various different ways as healthy cells, tissue and organs are inflamed. Most common symptoms are fatigue, rashes and joint pain. There are various treatments available, though no known cure.

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Roc-A-Fella Records, Bon Iver, Sleigh Bells, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Damon Dash is reportedly plotting a new TV series that will tell the story of his former business partnership with Jay-Z and the hip hop label they ran together, Roc-A-Fella Records. Dash is promising a "brutally honest account" of the label's story, which would presumably include the tensions that rose between its founders in the latter years.

• There's another new Bon Iver track out there in the world. This is '33 God'.

• Having announced their new album last week, Sleigh Bells have now released another new track from it, 'It's Just Us Now'.

• Tulisa has recorded a cover of 'Sweet Like Chocolate' by Shanks & Bigfoot. Here is a seventeen second trailer. You might say that was quite enough, but the whole track will be released on Friday.

• Tkay Maidza has released a new track, 'Carry On', which features Killer Mike as a guest.

• Cold Cave have put out the video for new single 'The Idea Of Love'.

• Conan Mockasin and Sam Dust (aka LA Priest) have formed a new band, Soft Hair. Here's their first single, 'Lying Has To Stop'.

• Ultimate Painting have premiered new single 'Song For Brian Jones'. Here it is. Their new album, 'Dusk', is out on 30 Sep, and they'll headline Islington Assembly Hall on 6 Oct.

• Savoy Motel have aired new single 'Sorry People', taken from their upcoming debut album.

• The Chemical Brothers have announced three UK live shows in December, finishing up with a performance at the Hammersmith Apollo on 10 Dec. Tickets on sale this Friday.

• Savages have announced that they will play Brixton Academy on 25 Nov. Tickets go on sale through Songkick this Friday.

• Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls will be touring the UK in November and December. One pound from each ticket sale will be donated to War Child.

• Who will be performing at the Mercury Prize ceremony this year though? Well, The 1975, Skepta, Kano, Bat For Lashes, Jamie Woon, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Savages, The Comet Is Coming and Anonhi. There'll also be some sort of David Bowie tribute.

Mel C pens essay on why she won't be involved in any Spice Girls reunion
Mel C has penned an essay for Love Magazine on how fame has changed since her day, and why she'll never be involved in another Spice Girls reunion.

"I will be a Spice Girl until I die", she writes. "But the continuous speculation on whether we will reform to celebrate 20 years of 'Wannabe' has been particularly exhausting. Don't get me wrong - I totally get it. But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can't we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the 90s".

Not that she hadn't toyed with the idea of a reunion. She continues: "Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie. Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family".

She concludes that "something didn't feel quite right and I had to follow my gut".

Read Mel C's full essay here.

 
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