MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: There are lots of stats to digest in the latest 'Measuring Music' report from cross-sector trade group UK Music, though if you're looking for the tl;dr, try this: it's all going very well thank you very much, but, you know, fucking YouTube, and please stop shutting down all our grass roots venues. Oh yeah, and something about Brexit. In the fourth edition of... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Christian Vogel's third LP for the Shitkatapult label - 'The Assistenz' - finds him on top form. Indeed, the Chilean born musician, who formed Super Collider with Jamie Lidell before the turn of the millennium, throws us a large slice of cerebral tech. The latest addition to a vast array of output - which has included a number of collaborations with choreographer... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from this summer, including the closure of Fabric, the launch of the FanFair campaign against secondary ticketing, and Frank Ocean's two new albums and how they contributed to the debate over streaming exclusives. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: Based on the keynote he delivered for Music Estonia last week, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke considers the state of the music industry in 2016, and where the opportunities lie in the near future. As the streaming sector rapidly evolves, where next for recorded music, artist deals and direct-to-fan? CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Music contributed £4.1 billion to UK economy last year, says UK Music
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LIVE BUSINESS Islington MP Emily Thornberry "disgusted" by Fabric closure, as support continues to swell
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MARKETING & PR Purple hires Chris Slade
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MEDIA Capital FM arrives on national DAB network
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Max Martin, Björn Ulvaeus and Niclas Molinder launch Music Rights Awareness Foundation
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OBITUARIES Prince Buster 1938-2016
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RELEASES Busted announce comeback album
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AWARDS Kiev wins bid to host 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
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ONE LINERS eOne, Laika, Frank Ocean, more
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AND FINALLY... Darkthrone's Fenriz becomes accidental politician
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Music contributed £4.1 billion to UK economy last year, says UK Music
There are lots of stats to digest in the latest 'Measuring Music' report from cross-sector trade group UK Music, though if you're looking for the tl;dr, try this: it's all going very well thank you very much, but, you know, fucking YouTube, and please stop shutting down all our grass roots venues. Oh yeah, and something about Brexit.

In the fourth edition of 'Measuring Music', UK Music reckons that the wider music industry contributed £4.1 billion to the UK's economy last year, using the 'gross value added' metric. That's only slightly up on 2014, though is 11% higher than the first time UK Music calculated a GVA for the sector in 2012.

With the GVA of recorded music down 4% since 2012, live music has played a key role in the wider industry's growth over the last four years. Though it too saw its GVA slip slightly last year, a development put down to the well documented closure of a number of grass roots venues around the country.

Therefore helping said grassroots venues thrive again, whether through funding or licensing reform, remains a key objective of UK Music, alongside working to ensure that the streaming sector continues to boom, possibly enabling the recorded music side of the business to go back into growth as soon as this year.

Although, as we know, UK Music - along with the record industry's trade groups and music publishing organisations - reckons the God darn value gap caused by those bloody safe harbours is hindering that process. Hence "fucking YouTube". And continued lobbying efforts to reform the European law that provides the safe harbours.

However, there is a new call in the latest UK Music stats pack in terms of seeking government assistance, this one recognising that very soon European law may not apply in this United Kingdom. The UK music industry is a champion exporter, with 'Measuring Music' reckoning that more than half of the sector's GVA comes from exports, well above the economy-wide ratio of around 30%. Bloody Brexit, therefore, is a concern. Though also possibly an opportunity, given British music's worldwide appeal.

UK Music CEO Jo Dipple said: "The UK needs to solidify its new post-Brexit place in the world and music will undoubtedly be part of the glue that does this. Our export profile is astounding which is partly why music, like sport, gives the world an understanding of our small country. UK Music's goal is to work with government to convince them to give us policies as good as the music we produce".

The trade group's Chairman, Andy Heath, meanwhile honed in on more familiar concerns, ie the good old value gap, noting the trends that could now be seen over the four years of 'Measuring Music' reports that have been published.

"The growth in revenues from streaming services reflect a well understood change in music consumption", he said. "However, there are services showing a huge increase in music consumption for barely a nudge in revenues. It's in the wires behind the consumer experience, between artists, rights owners and services where fair terms of trade, or not, are established. Let's work really hard to get those wires right. If we can do that, the unstoppable rise in consumption will be reflected in value back to the industry".

For its part, the government welcomed the latest UK Music report. Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley MP, said: "Of all the albums sold across the globe last year an incredible one in six was by a British artist. The extraordinary success of artists like Coldplay and Adele added billions to our economy. We want to maintain and build on that success".

Having noted the industry's successes, she continued: "The government is working closely with industry bodies, such as UK Music, to make it easier for these artists to do business and is investing in music education to nurture the next wave of successful British artists, who we want to see perform across the whole world".

And then, echoing remarks made at the BPI AGM last week by her colleague at the Department Of Culture, Media & Sport - Matt Hancock MP - as if they possibly shared a speech writer, she concluded: "The value of music goes beyond the economic. People around the world get their first taste of British culture via our music, while for millions at home it is a source of entertainment and creative expression. Above all, it simply brings us joy. I want all our children, from every background, no matter what their aspirations, to have music in their lives".

Download yourself a copy of 'Measuring Music 2016' here.

Islington MP Emily Thornberry "disgusted" by Fabric closure, as support continues to swell
Islington MP Emily Thornberry has said that she is "disgusted" by the actions of the police in getting Fabric's licence revoked by Islington Council last week. Meanwhile, the Musicians' Union has also offered support to the club and producer Four Tet says he has been invited to discuss the situation with London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Fabric's local MP Thornberry was critical of police and the local council prior to last week's licence review, and remained so in a new statement posted on Friday, saying that the decision to close down the venue "sets a worrying precedent at a time when we are already losing many of our nightclubs".

"A whole generation of young people across Europe have come to Fabric, this is a generation that is hardly ever represented by politicians", she wrote on Facebook. "We middle-aged politicians should try to understand it from the perspective of young people. I have been disgusted by the police's attitude in this. The suggestion that Fabric should change its name and music was wrong. Should there be an approved Met Police playlist, with Bryan Adams or something?"

She added: "There is no room to be complacent about the recent deaths [at the venue], nobody should go on a night out and not come home. However, the truth is that we are not going to stamp out drug use. We have to be realistic about this and I think Fabric has had good practice and has been better at this than other nightclubs. Closing Fabric is not the answer".

Thornberry is backing Fabric's campaign to have the decision overturned, as are three Islington councillors, according to the Islington Tribune. "The closure of Fabric is a huge loss for young people and Londoners across the capital, not to mention the 250 people whose jobs are at risk", said one such councillor, Caroline Russell. "I hope that a sensible solution can be found that keeps people safe from drug harm and ensures the future of Fabric as a centre of creativity and energy in our city".

As previously reported, the Night Time Industries Association is launching a fund to raise £500,000 towards Fabric's legal costs as it sets out to appeal last week's decision. Unlike last time it was forced to fight the council in court, on this occasion it will have to do so while not operating as a going concern, making covering the costs of appealing all the more difficult on its own.

Though as well as appealing the final decision to revoke its licence, Fabric could also appeal to the High Court to overturn the initial decision to temporarily suspend its licence, which would then allow it to reopen pending the outcome of the main appeal.

While this all goes through the motions, the Musicians' Union issued a statement in support of Fabric last week. The organisation's National Organiser For Live Performance, Dave Webster, said: "Whatever the problems venues are facing, systematically closing them down simply pushes the problem somewhere else. The problem remains but the venue closes. It's not an effective solution. Venue owners are often hamstrung by their licensing conditions. Let's hope [London's] Night Time Commission and the newly appointed Night Czar can effect some significant changes in attitude towards this issue".

How quickly London's new City Hall-based Night Czar will be appointed, and what they will be able to do with regard to Fabric's situation, remains unclear - mayor Sadiq Khan having already said that City Hall does not have the power to intervene in the licence review. However, Khan seemingly remains serious about his commitment to London's struggling night time industry - Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, revealing last week that he has been called in for a meeting after he reached out about last week's Fabric decision.

After sending a private message to Khan on Twitter, Hebden tweeted last week: "Sadiq Khan has DMed me back now and invited me to City Hall to share my views on Fabric and London club situation".

Exact details of that meeting are yet to be announced, though Hebden also tweeted that he's in turn invited Khan to his upcoming sold out all-nighters at Brixton Academy in October.

Presumably the police and Islington Council weren't expecting Fabric to go quietly, though it seems likely that they underestimated quite how loud the fallout from this would be. Listen to more discussion on the Fabric story on our CMU Podcast Summer Special here.

Purple hires Chris Slade
Purple Entertainment has announced the hiring of Chris Slade as its new Entertainment Publicist. Slade joins the company from Universal's Polydor label.

"We are absolutely THRILLED that Chris is joining us at Purple Entertainment", says the agency's CEO Carl Fysh. "We look forward to his creativity, energy and K-pop playlist on the stereo".

Slade's role will cover online and print PR across Purple's roster, which includes acts such as Adele, Björk, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce and Lewis Hamilton.

Capital FM arrives on national DAB network
Global Radio has plonked Capital onto the national DAB network Digital One, making the music station properly national for the first time.

Originally the commercial pop station for London of course, a few years back Global relaunched many of its other local FM outlets around the UK under the Capital brand. That, coupled with a presence on some local DAB networks, meant Capital had become a quasi-national radio station, but its appearance on the national DAB multiplex solidifies the station's UK-wide presence.

Though, as Radio Today notes, Global itself doesn't actually operate all of the local Capital FM stations. In some areas the local Capital outlet is actually run by Communicorp, after Global was forced to sell off some FM licences after acquiring the Guardian Media Group's radio business. Communicorp then licenses in the Capital brand and a bunch of syndicated content, but provides local programming and sells the ads.

The arrival of Global's Capital FM on national DAB means it will now be competing with the local versions of the franchise run by Communicorp, which is interesting.

Max Martin, Björn Ulvaeus and Niclas Molinder launch Music Rights Awareness Foundation
Swedish songwriters Max Martin, Björn Ulvaeus and Niclas Molinder have launched a new organisation called the Music Rights Awareness Foundation, through which they aim to better educate music creators on their intellectual property rights.

"Information and education is obviously always key and I am hoping Music Rights Awareness, together with others, will help the creative community help themselves in the challenges ahead", says Martin.

Abba's Ulvaeus adds: "In the new digital world the songwriter is often the weaker part in a negotiation. Knowledge is power and that's where Music Rights Awareness comes in".

The three men already work together on Auddly, which provides software to track and register rights in new works at the point of creation - a project discussed in detail with Molinder at this year's CMU Insights conference at The Great Escape.

On the development of the Music Rights Awareness Foundation from that, Molinder says: "While working together, we realised that there is an ignorance when it comes to rights among both songwriters and the industry. We are convinced that many of the legal disputes that are now underway could have been averted, and with Music Rights Awareness we can help the world's musicians at a broader level".

The organisation's first project will by Music Rights In Africa, an education programme in Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania to make local musicians better aware of the rights they own in their music.

Prince Buster 1938-2016
Ska pioneer Prince Buster died at his Miami home last Thursday. He was 78.

Born Cecil Bustamante Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica in 1938, he helped shape the then burgeoning new ska sound in the early 1960s as Prince Buster - a combination of the nicknames he picked up as a gang member and a boxer. Dubbing himself the 'King Of Ska', his influence spread far beyond Jamaica and the genre itself - with him becoming the first Jamaican to have a top 20 hit in the UK, with 'Al Capone' in 1965.

Much of his influence came as a recording studio owner and producer, in particular thanks to his work on the Folkes Brothers' 'Oh Carolina'. But he was equally known as a performer himself. As the popularity of ska began to wane in the late 60s, he helped to develop a new genre, rocksteady, and began recording songs as his own fictional creation Judge Dread.

His influence and popularity dipped in the 70s, and he relocated to Miami where he ran a series of businesses. He was given a boost by the British ska revival a few years later though, with Madness naming themselves after his song 'Madness In Gladness'. He was referenced in their debut single, 'The Prince', and they also made the charts with their version of his song 'One Step Beyond'.

Buster made occasional, though generally short-lived, returns to performance, returning to the UK charts in 1998 with the single 'Whine And Grine', after the song was used in a Levi's advert.

  Approved: Christian Vogel
Christian Vogel's third LP for the Shitkatapult label - 'The Assistenz' - finds him on top form. Indeed, the Chilean born musician, who formed Super Collider with Jamie Lidell before the turn of the millennium, throws us a large slice of cerebral tech.

The latest addition to a vast array of output - which has included a number of collaborations with choreographer Gilles Jobin and plenty of remixing and production projects, in addition to his own impressive stack of records - 'The Assistenz' is not instantly accessible, but the soundscapes are well worth sticking with.

From beatsy to minimal but with an undercurrent of brooding darkness, it's a record that reveals itself slowly. Listen to the fantastic 'Cubic Haze', which takes us to old skool electro pastures akin to Drexciya with a little mid-90s Carl Cox thrown in.

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Busted announce comeback album
Busted have announced that they will release their first album for thirteen years, titled 'Night Driver', on 11 Nov.

"As soon as we started making music it became very apparent that we all wanted to make exactly the same thing", says Matt Willis. "We'd been listening to dance and pop producers like Skrillex and Max Martin who both started off in rock bands."

"The last thing we wanted to do was try to recreate what we used to have", adds Bourne. "It belongs to that time. All real artists evolve, all real artists try things, it's unnatural not to".

And don't forget Charlie Simpson, who is also in Busted. He says: "On this record we're older, we've had completely different experiences than what we'd have been talking about ten years ago. It's an authentic reflection of who we are today".

Not quite sure what they're trying to say. Does this album sound exactly like the music they were making before they split up? They should be more clear. Anyway, here's 22 seconds of music from the new album.

Kiev wins bid to host 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
After two weeks of delays, it was finally announced last week that Kiev in Ukraine will host next year's Eurovision Song Contest. The host city was due to be announced on 26 Aug, but a press conference was cancelled at the last minute.

Deputy Director General of Ukraine's national broadcaster NTU, Victoria Romanova, said in a statement: "After a thorough selection process, we are very pleased to be announcing today that NTU will be working with Kiev as host city for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Kiev presented an excellent case and we are looking forward to working together to create the most electrifying show yet next May".

The Ukrainian cities of Odesa, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kherson and Lviv had also been considered as locations for the event, but ultimately Kiev was chosen - as it was for Ukraine's last year as Eurovision host in 2005 - with the main event due to take place at the 11,000 capacity International Exhibition Centre.

"In the course of the selection we were deeply impressed with the efforts made by the bidding cities, the professionalism of their teams and the serious approach to their participation in the bid", continued Romanova. "The process has demonstrated an unprecedented interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine. We look forward to maintaining that momentum, with thanks and congratulations to Kiev - the host city of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest".

Ukraine won the opportunity to host Eurovision 2017 after singer Jamala won in Sweden this year. Her song, '1944', proved controversial in the run up to the event, after it was argued that its lyrics, about the exile of the Crimean Tatar people by Josef Stalin, were a covert comment on Russian's 2014 occupation of Crimea. Eurovision officials deemed the lyrics not to break the competition's 'no politics' rule and allowed it to proceed.

eOne, Laika, Frank Ocean, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The music division of eOne, which originally grew out of Koch Records, continued its recent move into artist management last week with the news that Dan Stacey and his dance-focused management company Hardlivings was allying with the group, also expanding eOne's music activities in the UK.

• Music-focused multi-channel network Laika will host the first of two panel events at its London HQ tomorrow. Focused on funding for grassroots artists, tomorrow's session will look at grant funding, with a second event on 18 Oct focused on crowdfunding. Tickets are £5 - more info here.

• Frank Ocean's 'Blond(e)' is now on Spotify. Makes you wonder what all the fuss what about, in hindsight.

• Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the video for new single 'Go Robot'.

• Green Day have put out the lyric video for new single 'Revolution Radio'.

• Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have released another video to accompany new album 'Skeleton Tree'. This is 'I Need You'.

• Tanya Tagaq has released a second track from forthcoming new album 'Retribution'. This is 'Centre'.

• Field Music have smashed out previously unreleased track 'How Are We Going To Get There Now?' You can hear them talking about that and other stuff on their Spotify radio show.

• Losers have released new single 'Chainsaw'. The track is taken from their third album, 'How To Ruin Other People's Futures'.

• The Featured Artists Coalition announced last week that Joan Armatrading will receive the Artists Artist Award at this year's edition of the Artist And Manager Awards, which take place on 24 Nov at the Troxy.

Darkthrone's Fenriz becomes accidental politician
Anyone who shows any eagerness to become a politician should probably be stopped from doing so. Forcing people reluctantly into public service sounds like a much more conducive way of getting things done. And we can now test that theory, as Darkthrone drummer Fenriz has been voted into the role of local councillor in his hometown of Kolbotn against his will, thanks to the slightly strange way Norwegian politics works.

"Basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives]", he tells CLRVYNT. "I said yeah, thinking I would be like eighteenth on the list and I wouldn't really have to do anything. They just need a list to be able to - well, it's hard to talk local politics in another language".

Fair enough. But how did he actually win the election? "My campaign was a picture of me holding my cat saying, 'Please don't vote for me'. But people just went nuts. After the election, the boss called me and told me I was a representative. I wasn't too pleased, and I'm not too pleased about it. It's boring. There's not a lot of money in that, either, I can tell you!"

As for the actual responsibilities of his new role, he explains: "I have to step in when the usual people who go to the big meetings are sick or something. Then I have to go sit there and feel stupid among the straight people".

Still, to take his mind off all this, there's the more pressing matter of the new Darkthrone album 'Arctic Thunder', their seventeenth, which is out on 14 Oct. Here, along with commentary from Fenriz, is opening track 'Tundra Leech'.

 
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