TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Pandora is planning to unveil a revamped version of its existing premium service before jumping full-on into the glorious and entirely loss-making world of on-demand streams, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times last week. As much previously reported, Pandora - which currently operates a personalised radio service in the US, Australia and New Zealand... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Post-rock experimentalists Radian return in November with their first album since 2009, 'On Dark Silent Off'. Their fifth LP, it is their first with guitarist Martin Siewert, who replaced Stefan Nemeth in 2011. The first track released from the album, 'Scary Objects', sees the band come back with a new refined definition to their sound. There's a very industrial... [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 Pandora planning to overhaul existing premium offer before launching fully on-demand service
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS John Dyer named Chrysalis MD
Proper hires new staff in London and Paris
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HMV owner responds after ex-staff affected by liquidation of Irish business
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LIVE BUSINESS Glastonbury move to Longleat "probably won't happen"
Berghain granted 'high culture' status
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RELEASES Final David Bowie recordings to be released on Lazarus soundtrack, Mercury Prize tribute announced
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Red Hot Chili Peppers announce UK tour
Bon Iver announces UK shows
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AND FINALLY... Nirvana confirm that Kurt Cobain is still alive
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EINSTEIN'S GARDEN / GREEN MAN - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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YOUTH MUSIC - PA/ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
We’re Youth Music. We’re a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances. The PA/Administrator will be responsible for managing the CEO’s diary, coordinating and administrating trustee meetings and ensuring the smooth running of Youth Music’s office on a day-to-day basis.

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ANJUNABEATS & ANJUNADEEP - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep are looking for an experienced digital marketer to join our growing team in London. You will execute digital marketing campaigns for our releases, streaming playlists and tours with a specific focus on leveraging our social media network to drive results.

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INVOLVED MANAGEMENT - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Home to Above & Beyond, Dusky, Lane 8 and Yotto (among others), Involved Management is looking for a motivated and proactive management assistant to work across two of our highest profile acts and our broader roster.

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INVOLVED GROUP - OFFICE MANAGER & PA (LONDON)
Involved Group is looking for an enthusiastic, highly organised and proactive individual to take on a new, wide-ranging office manager role within our growing operation. The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude, excellent attention to detail and experience implementing and managing office systems.

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ERASED TAPES - MARKETING & PR MANAGER (LONDON)
Erased Tapes is currently seeking a dedicated and highly creative Marketing & PR Manager to collaborate with both our in-house creative team and external PR partners. Core tasks include overseeing social media management, advising on overall business and product marketing strategies, special event planning, brand partnerships, and fostering relationships with online and print press partners.

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NINJA TUNE - SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune requires a Social Media Assistant to work on the planning and execution of of compelling content across the label's social channels, working closely with the Social Media Manager and Digital team.

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RESIDENT ADVISOR - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (LONDON)
Resident Advisor is seeking a digital media expert to manage our social media strategy. With more than one million fans across all platforms, a huge opportunity exists for an ambitious, quick-thinking person to directly shape the company’s social media agenda.

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9PR - ONLINE PUBLICIST (LONDON)
9PR is looking for an account manager with at least one year's experience in online press. Our campaigns range from up-and-coming-talent, established acts, catalogue releases and events across a variety of genres.

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YOUR ARMY - PROMOTIONS CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Your Army is looking for a Promotions Co-ordinator to work across its raio and TV departments. The position is ideal for someone with excellent administration and time management skills.

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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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Pandora planning to overhaul existing premium offer before launching fully on-demand service
Pandora is planning to unveil a revamped version of its existing premium service before jumping full-on into the glorious and entirely loss-making world of on-demand streams, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times last week.

As much previously reported, Pandora - which currently operates a personalised radio service in the US, Australia and New Zealand - is planning to launch a fully on-demand streaming platform later this year, putting it into direct competition with Spotify and Apple Music for the first time. The on-demand service will likely cost the standard $10 a month, and is primarily being launched in order to provide Pandora with a new subscription income stream, it currently generating most of its revenues from ad sales.

Though Pandora already offers a premium version of its personalised radio service at $5 a month, even though the vast majority of its users are on the ad-funded free level. The Pandora One package currently removes the advertising and allows users to skip more tracks and, according to the Times' sources, additional functionality will be added this month in a bid to sign up more paying users. That will likely include the facility to store some personal playlists that users can return to as and when they wish.

It's an interesting development. Subscriptions rather than advertising are driving the streaming music boom, with most - though not all - streaming companies now seeing premium as their core future business, and the record companies and music publishers generally more enthusiastic about the paid-for platforms that generally generate much higher royalties for rights owners, artists and songwriters.

Though most paid-for services offer pretty much the same catalogue for pretty much the same price point, ie $10 a month. And while Spotify and Apple Music in particular are still adding new paying subscribers at a rapid rate, many reckon that $120 a year is simply too high a price for many consumers and therefore a mid-price paid-for streaming service is needed. The question is, what does the mid-price service look like, so that it's better than the free platforms but not as good as the $10 a month services?

One proposal has been some kind of enhanced personalised radio service, with some people also arguing that more mainstream consumers are actually more attracted to a platform that picks the music for them based on their favourite artists, rather than requiring users to navigate a 40 million track catalogue themselves. Though sign-ups for Pandora's existing premium personalised radio package have been somewhat lacklustre, and the now defunct Rdio's dabblings with a similar mid-price offer didn't come to much.

But perhaps those services were just ahead of their time, and there is still a market for a more sophisticated personalised radio service for a few dollars a month. Therefore it will be interesting to see how Pandora revitalises and markets its existing paid-for package, what the up-take of it might be, and how the US firm will then present its menu of free, mid-price and premium offers once the fully on-demand element comes online later this year.

As previously reported, Amazon - which is also plotting a standalone streaming music platform - is also expected to launch a $5 a month option, though it will likely be fully on-demand, but locked to the firm's proprietary Echo speaker system.

John Dyer named Chrysalis MD
The all new Chrysalis Records continues to grow under the control of former Chrysalis Music boss Jeremy Lascelles and producer Robin Millar's Blue Raincoat company. The relaunched label's latest move is to hire John Dyer as Managing Director.

"John's track record speaks for itself", says Lascelles. "He has worked for many of the leading independent labels and in his recent spell at Domino, a company we much admire, he has worked with and helped to break some of the most exciting, important British bands of the last decade. He will be a huge asset here at Chrysalis Records and is an indication of the ambitions we have for the label".

He's right when he says his new MD has "worked for many of the leading independent labels", by the way, because as well as being Director Of Operations at Domino Records, Dyer has previously held roles at [PIAS], Mute and Rough Trade.

"It had to be a very special company and challenge for me to make a move, and taking on the MD position at Chrysalis fulfils both those criteria", says Dyer. "The company is packed with talented people and of course has an amazing history. It will be a privilege to take the label forward and work with the current and future artists".

Dyer's work will be aided by that recent signing of a label services deal with Kobalt.

In other Blue Raincoat-related news, Dermot James has been appointed General Manager of the whole group, overseeing the running of Chrysalis Records, Blue Raincoat Songs and Blue Raincoat Artists.

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Proper hires new staff in London and Paris
Distribution firm Proper Music has hired new staff in the UK and France. Back home in London, Martin Daniels becomes National Account Manager, while Paris-based Logan Gilles has been named the company's first Label Manager for France.

Proper MD Drew Hill says: "In the wake of Brexit we certainly don't seem to be losing ground with any of our European partners! Employing a Label Manager in Paris with expert, native knowledge will bolster our relationships within the ever-important French music market. We also look forward to welcoming Martin and have no doubt the energy and expertise he will bring to the team".

Gilles will work out of the offices of the Bertus record label in Paris.

HMV owner responds after ex-staff affected by liquidation of Irish business
HMV owner Hilco has responded to criticism from its former staff in Ireland, whose redundancy payments were further delayed last week when the Irish side of the entertainment retail group was put into liquidation.

As previously reported, when Hilco bought HMV out of administration in 2013, that included the Irish business. A streamlined network of stores was reopened in the country, and HMV-branded sections were introduced into the also Hilco-owned Xtra-vision chain of DVD outlets. But then Xtra-vision was wound down, and earlier this year it was announced that the four standalone HMV shops in Ireland would also close.

Following those closures, affected staff were expecting redundancy and holiday pay last week, but then at the last minute the Irish HMV business was put into liquidation, which stopped any such payments being made. The move meant that the former employees would most likely have to rely on the statutory system that provides some protection for those working for companies that go into liquidation, though that will delay and possibly reduce final payments.

The former employees were unsurprisingly angry about the development. Meanwhile Niall Collins, Jobs Spokesperson for the opposition Fianna Fáil party in Ireland, was quoted by NewsTalk as saying last week: "The closure of the four stores, three in Dublin and one in Limerick, is a terrible blow for the workers and their families. The least the staff could expect was that the company would pay them their redundancy payments. They received written correspondence from the management to say that this would happen".

He went on: "However, the decision to enter into liquidation today has ended any hope of the former workers getting redundancy payments from the company. The state will now have to step in and provide basic statutory redundancy which, in some cases, may be considerably less than what they would have received if the company had paid them their redundancy. What happened today is nothing short of scandalous. The company made a commitment to their former staff, and simply decided to renege on it".

But in its response, Hilco insisted that the HMV business in Ireland was put into liquidation last week because its banks demanded payment of debts that the company was unable to meet. "This timing was unforeseen and unfortunately meant employees would have to wait to receive their entitlements", Hilco said in a statement.

It went on: "As has been said, a liquidator will be appointed which is when employees' entitlements such as holiday pay and redundancy - that are protected by the state - can be progressed".

But, it then added: "The directors will fund the amounts due to the 29 employees who are entitled to redundancy - to be paid no later than Wednesday to each employee - so that employees are not beholden to the timing of a liquidator's appointment", which seems to say that employees could see some payments directly and much quicker.

Glastonbury move to Longleat "probably won't happen"
Glastonbury Festival's deal with the Longleat estate to act as an alternative site to Worthy Farm has apparently fallen through.

As previously reported, Michael Eavis has been saying in recent months that it's likely that Glastonbury will have to relocate at some point in the future, due to issues surrounding the use of land from various other farms at the current site. Meanwhile, Emily Eavis has denied that there are any plans to move the main festival, but has said that there are plans to launch a new event before 2020.

Michael Eavis then said after this year's festival that any plans to work with Longleat may be off, telling The Guardian that representatives of the estate attended this year's Glastonbury and were "not that impressed".

However, the estate's own Lord Bath, so that's Alexander Thynn, apparently remained keen. But unfortunately any hopes of reaching an agreement have now been vetoed by his son, Caewlin Thynn, who took over the running of Longleat Enterprises in 2010.

"Longleat probably won't happen anymore", Michael Eavis told The Telegraph. "Lord Bath is really keen. I went to him because I knew him when he was a boy. But he and his son aren't agreeing, and they don't speak very much, so it's hard to make decisions. I haven't been able to sit down with all of them at the same time".

"Ceawlin and [his wife] Emma don't like the mud", he continued. "They saw the mud at its worst. They were supposed to come and see it all cleaned up on 1 Sep, but they didn't turn up. They let me down gently about their decision. I went round to their house and we had a very long discussion. They said to clean up all that mud, they'd have to restrict the whole of the operations at Longleat for about three months and it's too expensive".

Eavis has previously hinted that there are other possible sites for a new festival, although Longleat was his preferred location. Though don't be thinking that this new festival might launch in place of Glastonbury itself during it's next year off - now confirmed as 2018 - because "there are no plans to hold an event at another location in 2018", says the festival in a statement.

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Berghain granted 'high culture' status
While authorities in London gleefully shut down Fabric last week, over in Berlin the city's most famous nightclub, Berghain, has been granted 'high culture' status. If only for tax purposes.

According to Der Spiegel, Berghain has successfully ended a two and a half year dispute with the local tax office over the rate of tax it should pay. The club previously paid the 7% rate set for cultural institutions, but then Berlin's finance ministry decided to reclassify nightclubs under the entertainment category with a 19% tax rate, in doing so demanding millions in back taxes. The club fought the reclassification through the courts though, leading to an interesting debate about what, exactly, constitutes 'culture'.

According to The Guardian, tax officials argued that a club was not comparable with a concert hall, because there was no stage, no beginning or end, and no round of applause, and people mainly went into the venue to get high on drink, drugs and music. But a report commissioned by Berghain insisted that most people attended the club primarily for the music on offer, arguing that a DJ was comparable to a conductor. Meanwhile the venue's lawyer contended that concertgoers may achieve a similar intoxicating effect from a Mahler symphony as clubbers do from a DJ set.

The venue ultimately won the argument, securing itself 'culture' status and therefore the lower tax rate. That said - even though the judges reached their conclusion based on Berghain's core clubbing programme, and not because of the other more conventionally cultural events it now often hosts midweek - the court also noted the ruling was specific to this venue and did not set a city-wide precedent.

  Approved: Radian
Post-rock experimentalists Radian return in November with their first album since 2009, 'On Dark Silent Off'. Their fifth LP, it is their first with guitarist Martin Siewert, who replaced Stefan Nemeth in 2011.

The first track released from the album, 'Scary Objects', sees the band come back with a new refined definition to their sound. There's a very industrial feel to it, with guitar riffs sounding more like metal clanging on metal. But despite these sharpened edges, there is still a warm, flowing centre to the music, which keeps it accessible.

'On Dark Silent Off' is released through Thrill Jockey on 11 Nov, and the band will be playing three UK shows the same month - Café Oto in London on 25 Nov, Manchester's Islington Mill on 27 Nov, and The Exchange in Bristol on 28 Nov.

Listen to 'Scary Objects' here.

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Final David Bowie recordings to be released on Lazarus soundtrack, Mercury Prize tribute announced
The original cast recording of David Bowie's 2015 musical 'Lazarus' will be released as an album on 21 Oct. And as a bonus, it will feature previously unreleased recordings of three of the show's songs sung by Bowie himself before his death earlier this year: 'No Plan', 'Killing A Little Time' and 'When I Met You'. Also included will be his version of title track 'Lazurus', which appeared on this year's 'Blackstar' of course.

Speaking of 'Lazarus', you can all stop biting your lips and wringing your hands now, the David Bowie tribute performance at this year's Mercury Prize ceremony has been announced and it's fine. Michael C Hall, lead actor in the stage production of 'Lazarus', will perform its title track with the play's house band. As well as not being as horrifying as you imagined, the Mercury tribute set will act as an advert for the fact that the show is opening in London on 8 Nov. Those tickets won't sell themselves.

In other Bowie news, his estate has denied reports that his ashes were scattered at the Burning Man festival in the US earlier this month. An unnamed source told E! News that Bowie's godchild had taken a portion of the ashes to the event to sprinkle about. However, a spokesperson for the estate has said that there is "no truth in this story".

Bowie's son, film director Duncan Jones added on Twitter: "That Burning Man thing? What people will do and say for attention never ceases to amaze me. Not true. Kind of a gross claim as well".

"We all know", he added, "if dad DID want his ashes scattered in front of strangers, it would be at the Skegness Butlins".

Red Hot Chili Peppers announce UK tour
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be over here in the UK to sing some songs and jig about a bit in December, beginning and ending with shows at London's O2 Arena. This all comes off the back of the recent release of their new Danger Mouse-produced album 'The Getaway', of course.

You might not be interested in this news, in which case I'm not really sure why you've read this far. You were right to do so though, because your reward is the knowledge that Babymetal will be supporting at all shows on the tour. Wouldn't you like to see them play an arena show? You could just go and watch them and then leave.

Although if you did want to give RHCP another chance, this is one of the songs they'll be playing, new single 'Go Robot'.

And here are all dates on the tour, tickets for which go on sale this Friday:

5 Dec: London, O2 Arena
6 Dec: London, O2 Arena
8 Dec: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
10 Dec: Birmingham, Genting Arena
11 Dec: Birmingham, Genting Arena
14 Dec: Manchester Arena
15 Dec: Manchester Arena
18 Dec: London, O2 Arena

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Bon Iver announces UK shows
Bon Iver will be in the UK next February for some tour dates, doing the classic Blackpool-Edinburgh-London route. New album '22, A Million', is out on 30 Sep, don't forget.

Tickets for the shows are on sale right now, as far as I know.

10 Feb: Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
12 Feb: Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre
13 Feb: Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre
15 Feb: London, The Roundhouse
16 Feb: London, The Roundhouse
19 Feb: London, Hammersmith Apollo

Nirvana confirm that Kurt Cobain is still alive
A report published by the Daily Mail claiming that Kurt Cobain is still alive is true, Nirvana's official Facebook page has confirmed this morning.

It turns out Cobain is living in Peru under the name Ramiro Saavedra. He was rumbled when he appeared on the Peruvian version of 'Stars In Their Eyes' and performed 'Come As You Are'. Rookie mistake. His second error was to upload a video of the performance to YouTube himself. He almost got away with it too, it having been available on the Google-owned video platform for four whole years before being noticed by the Mail.

Still, he did go to some effort to mask his true identity, apparently spending the nearly two decades between his 'death' and his TV return learning to play guitar right-handed, rather than left.

Confirming that the band's former frontman had been rumbled, Nirvana's official Facebook page posted: "It is true, Kurt is alive. He needed time to learn to play the guitar with his right hand. Finding left-handed guitars is not easy. We are so happy to have him back and forgive him for all of the sadness that we have held so deeply in our hearts".

Big news. This could be the biggest reunion of recent times. Though it may be the case that Kurt would rather just continue entering lookalike competitions on South American TV. Him and Elvis have got a thing going.

 
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