MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The boss of the Featured Artists Coalition, Paul Pacifico, will jump ship to lead a different trade body later this year, becoming the second CEO of the Association Of Independent Music. Pacifico became the first full time CEO of the FAC at the start of last year, subsequently also taking on the post of President of the International Artist Organisation... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having released two albums through Burger Records, plus more recently singles through Suicide Squeeze and Adult Swim, Cherry Glazerr continue their tour of esteemed business partners by signing to Secretly Canadian. Their first single under the new deal is 'Told You I'd Be With The Guys', which shows a sharpening of frontwoman and last remaining original... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES FAC boss to depart to head up Association Of Independent Music
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LEGAL Jessie J song theft lawsuit dismissed again
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DEALS Believe announces strategic partnership with DRM in New Zealand
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Russian government considering taking over collective licensing
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LIVE BUSINESS Ministry Of Sound names new CEO
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Imogen Heap to be Brighter Sound's next artist in residence
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE BPI pays tribute to music industry events producer Fiona Haycock
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RELEASES Olly Murs announces fifth album
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Obama plans his own version of SXSW, White House style
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ONE LINERS James Blake, Jamie Lidell, The Hidden Cameras, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber urges Ed Sheeran to not "mess it all up"
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FAC boss to depart to head up Association Of Independent Music
The boss of the Featured Artists Coalition, Paul Pacifico, will jump ship to lead a different trade body later this year, becoming the second CEO of the Association Of Independent Music.

Pacifico became the first full time CEO of the FAC at the start of last year, subsequently also taking on the post of President of the International Artist Organisation. The two roles have seen Pacifico play an increasingly prolific lobbying role, campaigning on various artist rights issues in the UK and Europe.

At the indie label repping AIM, he will take over from Alison Wenham, who has led the organisation since its creation in 1999. She announced back in May that she intended to leave the association to become the first full-time CEO of the Worldwide Independent Network, which brings together independent record company trade groups around the globe.

Pacifico spent ten years working in the City before deciding to focus on his music consultancy Specific Music in 2005. He also performs with his band Pacifico Blues and The AllStars Collective of sessions musicians, which he set up. It was through those music projects that he became involved in the FAC, subsequently taking on the full-time executive role at that organisation.

His appointment to the top job at AIM is in part an acknowledgement that, while its core membership remains indie labels, the independent music community now includes ever more self-releasing artists and companies who provide services to such acts. Noting this, AIM said, while confirming Pacifico's appointment, that: "[We have] become increasingly aligned with the artist community and have always championed fairness and transparency with artist's interests at the heart of our ethos. [We are] hopeful of further collaboration between independent music companies and artists moving forward".

Confirming his new gig, which will begin on 1 Nov, Pacifico told reporters: "I am incredibly excited by this new challenge and am looking forward to building on the incredible work that AIM has done on behalf of the independent music community over the last seventeen years. The increasingly important role of independent music both culturally and commercially across the world means that, more than ever, AIM has a key role to play ensuring that our members voices are heard and that they continue to have real say in the future of our industry".

On his predecessor, he continued: "I would also like, of course, to pay tribute to the amazing legacy left to me by Alison Wenham. Under her stewardship AIM has become a hugely important organisation that has given the independent music community real unity and strength. We will remain close colleagues and I am looking forward to working with her in her new role at WIN".

Wenham herself added: "I am leaving AIM with the secure knowledge that in Paul we have someone who has the passion, energy and vision to take the organisation forward. His impressive track record at The FAC, where he campaigned and lobbied tirelessly for artists' rights demonstrates someone who has real conviction and integrity. AIM is in very safe hands under Paul and we will continue to work together to ensure that the independent music community continues to have real influence on the global stage".

And finally, giving FAC's blessing to Pacifico's new job, the group's co-Chair Sandie Shaw said: "We are delighted by Paul's appointment to replace Alison Wenham at AIM, an organisation with whom we share many goals. Over the past eighteen months having Paul - our first employed CEO - as part of the FAC team, we have together built on the heavy groundwork and hard slog of the 5000 FAC members to establish FAC as the artist's voice. His appointment with AIM has coincided harmoniously with the next phase of global growth for the FAC movement. We wish him well and know that he will continue to promote the central role of the artist creator within the music industry ecosystem".

Jessie J song theft lawsuit dismissed again
A song theft lawsuit launched against Jessie J and her songwriting pals in relation to her 2012 chart-topper 'Domino' has been dismissed for a second time.

As previously reported, Californian singer Will Loomis alleged that J's hit lifted some of its melody from his 2008 song 'Bright Red Chords'. Legal reps for J and her label successfully secured a summary judgement in their favour in 2013, but Loomis took the matter to appeal. Then last week the Ninth Circuit court of appeal concurred with the original judgement on the matter.

Neither court got to the issue of whether or not the two songs were sufficiently similar to constitute copyright infringement, because they decided that Loomis had failed to prove that any of the songwriters involved in 'Domino' had ever heard his earlier song, which - despite a little interest from MTV - wasn't widely played or commercially successful.

Loomis noted that his former guitarist Casey Hooper had later worked with Katy Perry, who in turn had worked with producer Dr Luke, who was part of the team behind 'Domino'. But the court said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that: "Nothing in the record shows the requisite nexus between Hooper and the 'Domino' songwriters except for Loomis's own speculation".

Believe announces strategic partnership with DRM in New Zealand
Believe Digital has signed one of those strategic partnership deals that the kids love so much these days with New Zealand-based music distribution firm and multi-channel network Digital Rights Management New Zealand.

Under the deal, DRM will continue to have relationships with key digital platforms in its local markets, but will utilise Believe's global network, and its distribution technology and analytics whatnot. Meanwhile, DRM will provide physical distribution in New Zealand for Believe's own label and label services projects.

Says Sylvain Delange, Head Of Sales Asia Pacific at Believe Digital: "We're very THRILLED to be partnering up with such a well-established and respected company in New Zealand. DRM has been rooted in the independent music scene in New Zealand for more than a decade and we're THRILLED to benefit from their expertise. We are convinced that this partnership will significantly contribute to raise the awareness on New Zealand music internationally".

And adds DRM GM Peter Baker: "This new partnership will enable us to offer our New Zealand artists amazing new opportunities on a global scale. We've long admired Believe's commitment to the cutting edge of the music industry and teaming with them means we can give our artists a world class, up-to-the minute service with unprecedented international reach".

Russian government considering taking over collective licensing
With all the continuing hoo and a little bit of haa around the fraud allegations made against Russia's song rights collecting society RAO, the Russian government is reportedly considering taking over some or all of the collective licensing regime in the country.

It's not the first time the government in Russia has talked about taking on responsibility for collecting and distributing music royalties where collective licensing applies. And according to Russian business newspaper Vedomosti, that possibility was discussed again at a meeting of the country's Ministry Of Economic Development last week.

In addition to the fraud allegations, which have seen RAO General Director Sergei Fedotov jailed ever since his arrest on those charges, there has been disagreement within the collecting society's membership, with a small group of members calling for a new chief to be appointed and a radical overhaul of the organisation's constitution.

The RAO Authors' Council, which is the main governing body of the society, continues to back Fedotov and responded angrily to the members seeking a radical overhaul. All eyes will now be on producer and composer Igor Matvienko, who was elected as President of the Authors' Council last month. He has been critical of RAO himself of late, but at the same time opposes the attempted coup to overthrow Fedotov and current management.

It's thought that the Russian government could use this squabbling as an excuse to intervene and take on some or all collective licensing duties, though RAO and the other collecting societies in Russia - the recording rights focused VOIS and RCP, which collects a private copy levy - are all likely to oppose any such move.

Ministry Of Sound names new CEO
Ministry Of Sound has announced former Clear Channel exec Jonathan Bevan as its new CEO, taking on the role from today. His predecessor, Lohan Presencer will become the group's Chair, replacing founder James Palumbo.

"As Ministry Of Sound approaches its 25th anniversary later this month I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities for the business", says Bevan. "There are several new ventures in late stages of development which we will be announcing shortly".

Presencer adds: "2016 is an exciting year for our business and Jonathan brings an international focus to our ambitious growth plans. I look forward to working closely with him across our current and future businesses".

The brand's focus is primarily back on clubbing again, of course, having recently sold its label operation to Sony Music.

Imogen Heap to be Brighter Sound's next artist in residence
Imogen Heap will be the next artist in residence for Manchester-based music development organisation Brighter Sound next month. Over five days she will work with twelve songwriters, musicians, producers and music entrepreneurs from across the North West on a performance to take place at Manchester's Band On The Wall venue on the final day.

"Who knows what's going to happen", says Heap. "I'd like to begin the song writing process with the morning papers, tea and discussion, and perhaps by the end of the week have a release of our recorded song and video. [And], alongside this, an exhibition with all the data we can possibly muster about the work. There are so many facets to being a recording artist, and technology is moving so incredibly fast, it's vital artists are brought into the front and centre [because] these technologies shape our own futures".

The event takes place from 2-6 Oct, with more information on the project here. It follows a similar event overseen by Anna Meredith, a video from which you can see here.

BPI pays tribute to music industry events producer Fiona Haycock
Record industry trade group BPI were amongst those paying tribute to Fiona Haycock, who worked on a wide range of music industry events, following her death last week.

Haycock led PR and event projects for the record industry organisation in the late 1990s. She subsequently worked on initiatives like the Music Industry Trusts Award and the Silver Clef Awards, as well as the radio industry's Sony Awards and the MOBOs.

Between 2009 and 2014 she headed up events for collecting society PPL, and immediately prior to her death from cancer she was working on this year's MITS event, which takes place on 7 Nov.

Paying tribute on Twitter, the BPI said: "BPI is profoundly saddened by the passing of Fiona Haycock, who made an immeasurable contribution to our industry and will be greatly missed".

  Approved: Cherry Glazerr
Having released two albums through Burger Records, plus more recently singles through Suicide Squeeze and Adult Swim, Cherry Glazerr continue their tour of esteemed business partners by signing to Secretly Canadian.

Their first single under the new deal is 'Told You I'd Be With The Guys', which shows a sharpening of frontwoman and last remaining original member Clementine Creevy's already pretty pointed songwriting. Punchy with a dry humour - addressing what Creevy sees as her own need to show a bit more solidarity with other women - it's a strong start for the band's return.

"Sexism is so ingrained in me, I can often feel that men are the only ones who can help me socially, economically", she says of the lyrics. "The most important thing in my life is that I've realised I need to work for solidarity. That song's both hopeful and dismal!"

You can catch Cherry Glazerr live in London at Mirrors festival on 29 Oct.

Watch the video for 'Told You I'd Be With The Guys' here.

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Olly Murs announces fifth album
Olly Murs will release his fifth (FIFTH) album, '24hrs', on 11 Nov. It features the single 'You Don't Know Love', which you might have seen him perform on 'Strictly Come Dancing' at the weekend, if you're into that sort of thing.

He'll also be touring the UK and Ireland in March and April next year. These are the dates:

3 Mar: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
6 Mar: Newcastle, Metro Arena
9 Mar: Leeds, First Direct Arena
10 Mar: Sheffield, Sheffield Arena
13 Mar: Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
16 Mar: Liverpool, Echo Arena
17 Mar: Manchester, Manchester Arena
20 Mar: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
24 Mar: Birmingham, Genting Arena
28 Mar: Bournemouth, BIC
30 Mar: London, O2 Arena
31 Mar: London, O2 Arena
3 Apr: Dublin, 3Arena
5 Apr: Belfast, SSE Arena

Here's the video for 'You Don't Know Love'.

Obama plans his own version of SXSW, White House style
American President Barack Obama - on the home straight of being President now, so basically he can do whatever the fuck he likes - is planning a mini-festival in the grounds of the White House to celebrate the worlds of music, film and tech.

And if that sounds a little bit familiar, what with Obama speaking at South By Southwest back in March, well, to be fair, the Prez is acknowledging the inspiration behind his event and calling it South By South Lawn. The 3 Oct bash will bring together "creators and thinkers", no less, for a night of music, film and tech innovation.

According to Billboard, the White House's Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman describes the event as a "call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on our country - and a celebration of the great work so many of us have already accomplished".

UK PM Theresa May may, or may not, be likewise planning her own version of the UK's leading showcase festival The Great Escape. You know, for when all this Brexit bollocks goes horribly horribly wrong and we all have to leave the country pronto.

James Blake, Jamie Lidell, The Hidden Cameras, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• James Blake has released a new version of 'Timeless', featuring Vince Staples.

• Jamie Lidell is back with a new single, 'Building A Beginning', the title track of his new album, out on 14 Oct. He'll be playing live at Koko in London on 27 Oct.

• The Hidden Cameras have released the video for 'The Day I Left Home', taken from forthcoming new album 'Home On Native Land'.

• Andy C has announced a UK club tour that will run from October to December, taking in Manchester's Warehouse Project on the way.

Justin Bieber urges Ed Sheeran to not "mess it all up"
Nice guy Justin Bieber has been offering some advice to the man some people wrongly believe to be the nicest man in pop, ie Ed Sheeran (even though we know JB2.0 is the nicest human in all existence, duh). Basically, Bieber's advice to Sheeran last week was "carry on being good and don't fuck up". Except he didn't say "fuck". Not at that point, anyway.

"Me and Ed aren't super close but he's someone who I consider a friend and I really appreciate his music", Bieber said, appearing on Radio 1 for a Live Lounge performance from his LA home. "I appreciate who he is as a person. He's an inspiration to a lot of young people - he makes awesome music that people are inspired by and that people laugh to, cry to and I think it's important in music to have those people who bring the emotion out of you".

"There's something about him that just makes you like him", Bieber continued, laying it on a bit thick. "He's very likeable and very, very talented ... We gotta make sure he doesn't do something stupid to mess it all up".

Demonstrating a low level example of 'messing up', Bieber then opened his Live Lounge performance by using the F word (which is "fuck"). He let the rude word slip when his guitarist also messed up, getting wrong the opening chords of his song 'Love Yourself', which is co-written by Sheeran.

"He's broken his finger, so he's not usually this terrible", said Bieber, which must have made the guitar guy feel great and highly valued.

Bieber later tweeted: "I don't usually get nervous but tonight I was thrown off. Sorry about that. Really wanted to be my best. Hope you all had fun. Just want to make people smile. And teach them the perfect squat".

And now this story is finished.

 
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