WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: No surprises here really, but the MIC Coalition, which unites trade bodies representing tech firms, broadcasters, bars, restaurants and hotels - ie users of music - has criticised last week's court ruling on the consent decree that regulates US collecting society BMI, calling on the Department Of Justice to appeal the decision. As much previously reported, having... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Split between London and Glasgow, Sacred Paws' output to date has not been prolific. An EP was released in March last year, and now they're due to follow that up with a new double A-side single, 'Everyday/Rest', on 21 Oct. A large part of that slow work rate is down to the distance between the duo. The project was started by former Golden Grrrls members... [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: As the European Commission publishes its draft new copyright directive, we review the key issues that the music community hopes might be addressed by the latest review of copyright law in Europe, and what the directive says about each of them. What has been achieved so far, and what next? CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Coalition of US music licensees call on Department Of Justice to appeal court ruling on 100% licensing
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LEGAL Court restarts legal battle between Beats and early collaborator
ECJ says free wi-fi providers not liable when customers infringe
One Direction facing lawsuit in Ireland
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LIVE BUSINESS Police and council deny 'vendetta' against Fabric, as club outlines appeal against closure
Attitude Is Everything announces Outstanding Attitude Awards
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES iHeartMedia plotting launch into paid-for streaming
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AWARDS Kaytranada wins Polaris Music Prize
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ONE LINERS AIM, Spotify x Tinder, Lady Gaga, more
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AND FINALLY... AC/DC's Cliff Williams retires
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NINJA TUNE - DIGITAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a bright, meticulous and technologically-minded aspiring music industry professional to fill the role of Digital Assistant, based out of its London office.

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YOUR ARMY - CLUB PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Your Army is looking for someone with a broad understanding of electronic dance music to be Club Promotions Assistant. Your role will involve researching and building relationships with tastemaker DJs, database management and reporting back to a wide range of labels and artists.

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KARTEL MUSIC GROUP - PROMOTIONS EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Kartel Music Group is a global, independent label services company representing an internationally acclaimed roster of labels and artists. The role we are seeking to fill is a Promotions Executive within our in-house Promotions Department.

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NOTTINGHAM TRENT STUDENTS' UNION - ENTERTAINMENTS SUPERVISOR (NOTTINGHAM)
Nottingham Trent Students' Union is recruiting for an enthusiastic individual to join its entertainments team. The Union operates across three campuses running a busy schedule of activity in its diverse venues. The Entertainments Supervisor will play a key supporting role in the programming and delivery of a wide range of entertainment.

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NAME PR - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Name PR is looking to hire an Account Executive. This is a fantastic opportunity for a bright individual with exceptional writing ability and a good grasp of the music business to work on some of the UK and Europe's most interesting music issues.

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EINSTEIN'S GARDEN / GREEN MAN - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are looking for a creative and motivated Marketing Assistant to join our friendly team, which organises events across the country including Wales’ largest music, arts and science festival, Green Man.

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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, co-ordinating 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 - 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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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
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Coalition of US music licensees call on Department Of Justice to appeal court ruling on 100% licensing
No surprises here really, but the MIC Coalition, which unites trade bodies representing tech firms, broadcasters, bars, restaurants and hotels - ie users of music - has criticised last week's court ruling on the consent decree that regulates US collecting society BMI, calling on the Department Of Justice to appeal the decision.

As much previously reported, having conducted a review of the consent decrees that regulate both BMI and its rival collecting society ASCAP, in August the DoJ declared that the two societies were obliged to run a so called '100% licensing' system (aka 'full work licensing'), rather than the 'fractional licensing' system that they currently operate.

That would mean that where a song is co-owned by an ASCAP member and a BMI member, a licensee could make use of that song with either an ASCAP licence or a BMI licence, whereas previously a licence would be required from both. The licensee would then pay one society any royalties that are due, and it would be for the PRO to ensure that both rights owners got paid their respective share of that money.

The DoJ's ruling on 100% licensing didn't involve a change to the consent decrees, the agency merely interpreted what was already written, and some licensees argued that 100% licensing had always been the norm with collective licensing Stateside. But the music industry disagreed, arguing that the DoJ's decision would require a significant overhaul of the collective licensing system, and would also have a negative impact on the collaborative songwriting process, making songwriters in different societies nervous of collaborating.

ASCAP pledged to lobby against the ruling in Congress, while BMI took the matter to court. And somewhat quicker than anticipated, a judge ruled in BMI's favour last week, basically overturning the DoJ's decision.

Responding to that judgement, the MIC Coalition said yesterday: "Judge [Louis] Stanton's abrupt judgment hurts music lovers across America. By overturning the DoJ's correct and necessary affirmation that the BMI consent decree requires full-work licensing, this ruling undermines the decades old efficiencies provided by the BMI licence, ignores the consent decree's explicit requirement - affirmed by the Supreme Court - that it indemnify the public performance of works in the BMI repertoire, and turns a blind eye to BMI's own contracts and statements that make unambiguously clear they have, and continue to, recognise the consent decree's longstanding requirement to license works in their entirety".

"All of this while robbing both the Justice Department and interested parties of their due process" it went on. "Since this declaratory ruling was issued off-the-cuff at a pre-motion conference. If left to stand, this decision eviscerates the entire purpose of the BMI blanket licence, hurting every restaurant, bar, hotel, winery, local broadcaster, digital music service, retailer and other venue that plays music".

Framing their argument in competition law terms, the Coalition went on: "This judgment does nothing short of create the exact kind of anti-competitive music marketplace our antitrust laws guard against, causing immeasurable harm to these local establishments and services, their many millions of customers, and to the songwriters and musicians to whom their royalty dollars are paid".

Concluding, the MIC statement stated that: "The mission of the [DoJ's] Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition. The DoJ staff took this important responsibility seriously, and should vigorously defend their work of more than two years to fully investigate, listen to all parties, and then take appropriate action under the antitrust laws. We urge DoJ to expeditiously appeal".

A spokesperson for the DoJ has said that the department is currently reviewing last week's court ruling before deciding its next move. So we'll just have to wait and see whether an appeal will indeed follow.

Court restarts legal battle between Beats and early collaborator
One of the lingering legal disputes linked to the Beats headphone-peddling business will return to court, after appeal judges overturned a ruling from last year that sided with the Beats company and its co-founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

As previously reported, one time hedge-fund manager Steven Lamar claims that it was him who originally pitched the idea of celeb-endorsed headphones to then Universal exec Iovine in 2006, and that he also pulled together the original consortium of companies to work on the design and manufacture of the initial Beats products.

Neither Dre nor Iovine deny Lamar's involvement in the early days of the Beats project, but the partnership Lamar put together quickly fell apart, resulting in legal action. That dispute was settled out of court and, as part of the deal, Lamar was offered a 4% royalty payment on certain Beats headphones. But which Beats headphones, exactly? That question then resulted in new legal action in 2014, and it's that action that has been reinstated on appeal.

The basic dispute is whether or not the 4% royalty only applied to original Beats products, or newer products derived from the originals. The Beats company - now an Apple subsidiary of course - argues the former, and at first instance the judge agreed that that seemed the right interpretation of the deal done between Dre, Iovine and Lamar.

The appeals court did not concur, reckoning that there is enough ambiguity in the agreement between Beats and Lamar for the matter to go before a jury. According to The Guardian, the judge observed: "Based on the extrinsic evidence presented and the language of the contract, we find that it is equally, if not more, plausible that the parties contemplated the interpretation for which Lamar advocates. There is no language in the contract limiting the agreement to a single model or product. Instead, the focus of the agreement is on the patented design on which the parties collaborated".

So that's fun. Still, at least it will give the Beats boys something to battle on, they having defeated legal claims by another early business partner, Noel Lee and Monster, last month.

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ECJ says free wi-fi providers not liable when customers infringe
Ah, the liability of free wi-fi providers for copyright infringement conducted by the free wi-fi users; as piracy cases go, that's a classic.

The European Court Of Justice has ruled on a case of that very kind, stating that the provider of free wi-fi cannot be held liable for any infringement that occurs via that wi-fi connection. The ECJ was ruling on a 2010 German case, where Sony Music sought to hold a shop in Munich liable for some illegal file-sharing that took place via the free wi-fi it provided for its customers.

As previously reported, the ECJ's Advocate General expressed a similar opinion when considering the case back in March, and now the court itself has passed that judgement. Though judges did add that providers of free wi-fi may be required to password project their networks - or insist users provide an email address - in a bid to (possibly) reduce the likelihood of people using the internet access to infringe.

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One Direction facing lawsuit in Ireland
One Direction are being sued through the Irish courts, according to the Irish Independent, though it's not entirely clear yet what for.

The case is being pursed by law firm Smyth & Son on behalf of a man called David Lewis, and as well as all five of the 1D boys (yep, Zayn too), songwriters Jamie Scott, John Ryan and Julian Bunetta are also named as defendants.

Given that those three guys have all contributed to a number of 1D tracks, including the 2013 hit 'Story Of My Life', on which all five members of the boy band also have songwriting credits, you have to think that it's another one of those plagiarism lawsuits.

We'll see I guess. Meanwhile, the 1D faithful are seemingly hopeful that all five members of the group will be obliged to testify, resulting in a One Direction reunion, of sorts, somewhat sooner than we expected.

Police and council deny 'vendetta' against Fabric, as club outlines appeal against closure
Police have denied that the recent licence review that saw Fabric closed down was the result of a vendetta against the club. Though in a documentary for BBC Radio 1, co-founder Cameron Leslie says that the venue "put some noses out of joint" by challenging parts of a previous licence review last year.

"I have only been working in Islington since May, so for me, to say it's a vendetta, I don't think so", says Commander Nick Davies of Islington Police. "I had no knowledge of Cameron before this period. But there have been two deaths on my watch, which makes me have to do something".

Islington Council Leader Richard Watts adds: "Nobody at Islington Council takes any pleasure about what happened to Fabric. We completely understand Fabric's cultural importance. The decision which our licensing committee took was based on evidence that Fabric weren't meeting the conditions of their licence. The committee did not feel confident that Fabric was a safe place that was doing everything in its power to stop crime and keep its patrons safe".

However, Leslie maintains that last year's judicial review, which saw Fabric successfully appeal orders made by the local council to introduce sniffer dogs and ID scans at the club's door, were the real reason for councillors forcing the venue's closure earlier this month.

"That was the very first time we had stood up to the police and the council", he says.
"Before that we had always worked very closely together. [But] we said that these points were wrong and they don't work for us. It's not because we are being obstructive - we never have been. But they [sniffer dogs and ID scanners] are wrong for this business and [the judge] agreed with us, so we felt vindicated. If I am honest, I think we came out of that and put some noses out of joint and that is why we are here today. It is my very firm belief that it was a feeling that 'nobody does that to us' and they got us back".

Of course, the other conspiracy theory going around since the club had its licence from Islington Council revoked is that this was all a ruse to turn Fabric's prime real estate into luxury flats.

But speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Chief Exec of the British Property Federation, Melanie Leach, denied that developers would seek such a thing: "Developers don't make decisions about closing nightclubs or about what happens to particular sites. What developers do is build the places that vibrant cities need. We build offices, we build houses, we build leisure spaces, we build all of those things to make cities thrive. We don't take the decisions about what type of buildings should be in particular locations".

You might want to read that quote a few more times and make notes, there's quite a lot going on in there. Maybe print it out and go and read it on the steps of the place that used to be your favourite venue.

Fabric is, of course, launching a legal challenge to the decision to revoke its licence, launching a fund to cover the expensive legal costs of doing so (unlike last time, there is no ongoing income from the club itself to fall back on). And yesterday the venue's Managing Director Gary Kilbey published details of how it plans to spend the money being donated by supporters.

This is not just a battle to see Fabric re-opened, he said, but "also a wider fight to stop this injustice happening again, to us or other venues".

As well as noting the difficulty in Fabric funding this legal action on its own, due to the club not being operational, he added that the wording of Islington Council's ruling meant that the venue's insurance claim for cancelling its events was being challenged too.

On the matter of the licensing appeal, he said: "Our first objective is to re-open Fabric. We have appealed to the Magistrates' Court against Islington Council's decision to revoke our licence and will be pushing for the earliest possible hearing date. We have been fortunate enough to secure the services of Philip Kolvin QC to lead our legal team, whom is widely regarded as the top licensing barrister in the UK".

"There is also a wider fight to stop this injustice happening again, to us or other venues", he continued. "Our main argument is as follows: No venue should be closed or threatened with closure as a result of crime occurring without the fault of management; closure should be a last resort. No venue should be closed unless the fault cannot be corrected; [and] police evidence to licensing authorities should be judged on its merits".

"The licensed sector has become a unique exception" to other areas of society, where "criminal conduct by individuals, whether disorder, drug use or phone theft, is used by police as a pretext to shut down businesses altogether", he says. But "well-run clubs should not face closure".

To that end, Fabric will also be lobbying the Home Secretary to make amendments to guidance issued under the Licensing Act 2003 in order to aid other venues faced with similar licensing challenges in the future.

Read Kilbey's full statement here.

These matters and more were discussed at the previously reported panel debate held at Fabric yesterday afternoon, which you can watch back here.

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Attitude Is Everything announces Outstanding Attitude Awards
Attitude Is Everything has announced the Outstanding Attitude Awards, recognising music venues and festivals that best serve deaf and disabled music fans.

"Attitude Is Everything's Charter Of Best Practice is designed to promote innovation and dismantle barriers to accessing live music", explains Suzanne Bull, CEO of the accessibility charity. "Venues and festivals that join at our bronze stage are encouraged to keep moving forward until they reach silver or gold, and as a result of this process we are seeing the most forward-thinking event producers become ever more creative and resourceful in how they encourage deaf and disabled fans to attend their shows".

She continues: "The Outstanding Attitude Awards were conceived with these businesses in mind. We want to shine a light on the most creative, the most interesting and most envelope-pushing examples of access provision - and look forward to celebrating the best of the best in just over two month's time".

The winners will be announced on 21 Nov, chosen from more than 120 venues and festivals signed up to the charity's Charter Of Best Practice by a panel of industry professionals.

You can nominate any venue, festival or event you feel should receive an Outstanding Attitude Award here.

iHeartMedia plotting launch into paid-for streaming
Personalised radio service showcases a $5 a month subscription package that removes the ads, as well as plotting a fully on-demand streaming platform at $10 month. Sound familiar? Yeah, it does a bit, doesn't it?

US radio giant iHeartMedia is planning on moving into subscription streaming, and could announce those plans this week, according to the New York Post. Formally Clear Channel, iHeart already competes with Pandora in the US via its iHeartRadio app, which provides users with free access to both a stack of radio channels and a personalised radio experience.

Although coming to market later, iHeartRadio caught up with rival Pandora in terms of users, partly because of relentless promotion of the service via iHeart's large network of AM and FM radio stations in the US.

That move was something of a gamble on the broadcaster's part, in that traditional radio is still currently a more bankable business than streaming, but the media firm has been shifting listeners over to the online service, recognising that that is probably where its future lies.

Unlike Pandora, iHeart has only ever had a free option, whereas the former has always had an ad-free $5 a month premium package, even though the vast majority of its users are on the freemium level. As previously reported, last week Pandora ramped up that $5 a month package, while also teasing its move into fully on-demand streaming at $10 a month, a new level that will make it a direct competitor of Spotify and Apple Music for the first time.

According to the Post, iHeart now plans to pretty much replicate Pandora's model, in that it will continue to offer its free service, but will have a $5 a month package that removes the ads and increases the number of tracks a user can skip when listening to a personalised radio channel, and a $10 a month package offering fully on-demand streaming.

For Pandora, ramping up its existing premium service and moving into fully on-demand is primarily about boosting its subscription revenues, with the digital firm basically admitting that ad income alone cannot sustain the business. And it seems likely that iHeart has similar motivations for adding premium packages.

Though, like with Pandora, doing so will require iHeart to enter into direct deals with the record companies, rather than relying on the compulsory licence in the US that applies to personalised radio but not fully on-demand streams.

iHeart has done some direct deals with some labels in the past, exploiting the fact that, under US copyright law, its AM/FM stations don't have to pay anything to the labels for the recordings they play. Those deals, therefore, got iHeart preferential rates on streams in return for a commitment to share some ad income from AM and FM channels. It will be interesting to see if the media firm revisits that proposal as it seeks more direct deals for its proposed fully on-demand streaming service.

Assuming both iHeart and Pandora enter the fully on-demand market in the next six months, as well as starting to push a $5 a month mid-range offer too, it will be interesting to see what kinds of sign up the two services achieve.

The record companies now basically see paid-for subscription services, rather than ad-funded set-ups, as the future of streaming. Just this week the Recording Industry Association Of America again bigged up the paid-for subscription services, which are in no small part responsible for the US recorded music market seeing revenues rise 8.1% year-on-year (at retail, 5.7% wholesale) in the first half of 2016.

Though, of course, Spotify continues to offer free streams on the basis that doing so provides a great marketing channel via which to upsell a paid-for package. Assuming you buy that strategy, both Pandora and iHeart are interesting because they each boast free userbases similar to Spotify's, despite only being live in three markets, and mainly the US. Could their respective moves into premium therefore result in a big boost in paying users overall?

Plus iHeartRadio has arguably pulled in the most mainstream user-base of all the services by also offering hundreds of conventional radio stations as part of the mix, meaning consumers can be hooked in to something very familiar, before being turned on to personalised radio, and then on-demand streaming and paid-for subscriptions.

Though, of course, subscription streaming remains a competitive and challenging market, and even those doing a good job of signing up new paying users are struggling to break even, because of the onerous minimum guarantees demanded by the labels and music publishers. Still, with Spotify and Apple Music now dominating the paid-for streaming market worldwide, it will be interesting to see whether Pandora or iHeart can become a third player.

 
  Approved: Sacred Paws
Split between London and Glasgow, Sacred Paws' output to date has not been prolific. An EP was released in March last year, and now they're due to follow that up with a new double A-side single, 'Everyday/Rest', on 21 Oct.

A large part of that slow work rate is down to the distance between the duo. The project was started by former Golden Grrrls members Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers as a reason to continue hanging out together after that band split up.

As such, they avoid emailing files back and forth in favour of, well, hanging out. And while that may mean more Megabus rides than any of us would care to take, the results show that it's a strategy that's paying off.

Aggs is better known for leading Trash Kit and Shopping, and her distinct highlife guitar riffs from those bands make it into Sacred Paws' songs too. However, the addition of Rodgers' more indie-pop songwriting style into the mix gives this a very different sound to those other two bands.

Listen to 'Everyday' here.

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Kaytranada wins Polaris Music Prize
Kaytranda has won this year's Polaris Music Prize, making his '99.9%' album officially and inarguably the best Canadian album of the previous twelve months. I mean, you try arguing against that position. See, you can't. Because it's official.

"For me, it's crazy to get this award", said Kaytranada, accepting the prize. "It's really, truly, a big honour. It's amazing. Ceci est pour Montréal, tous mes Montréalais. Shout outs to all of y'all. I want to thank the judges and everybody for voting for me. It's an honour man, I don't know what to say".

The first winner of the prize to come from the world of hip hop in its eleven year history, Kaytranda saw off strong competition from the likes of Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Basia Bulat, Jessy Lanza, US Girls and White Lung, among others.

From '99.9%' this is 'Glowed Up', featuring Anderson Paak.

AIM, Spotify x Tinder, Lady Gaga, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• New to the board of the UK's Association Of Independent Music following yesterday's AGM are your best buds over at Killing Moon (Achal Dhillon), Snapper Music (Frederick Jude), 1965 Records (James Endeacott) and Because Music (Jane Third).

• Spotify and Tinder have announced an alliance, so that's a thing. It will help Tinder users select possible dates based on taste in music. Swipe right, and all that.

• Lady Gaga has released the video for new single 'Perfect Illusion'. It's sounding better now than it did at first and I can't work out if it's been remastered or I'm in a better mood.

• Tom Odell's roped in Kevin Spacey for his new video.

• Toothless, aka Bombay Bicycle Club's Ed Nash, has released a new single, featuring The Staves. Here's 'The Sirens'.

• Tycho has released 'Epoch', the first single from his new album, details of which will be announced shortly.

• Baby In Vain have released the video for 'The Urge', taken from their debut EP 'For The Kids', which is out now.

• The Coathangers have released the video for new single 'Perfume'. New album 'Nosebleed Weekend' is out now.

• Wovoka Gentle have posted the video for their CMU approved single 'When Cameron Was In Egypt's Land Let My Cameron Go'.

• The Brighton Festival, one of the festivals that takes over the seaside city each May, will have Kate Tempest as its Guest Director next year. Past music types to do the job are Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno.

• Noisia will be playing in London on 9 Dec in support of new album 'Outer Edges', which you can listen to here.

• Weedeater have announced UK tour dates in October, finishing up at The Underworld in Camden.

AC/DC's Cliff Williams retires
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has announced that he is retiring, following the completion of the band's 'Rock Or Bust' tour in Philadelphia last night. He becomes the latest member of the band to depart in the last two years, though the first to make the decision entirely on his own terms.

It was announced that guitarist Malcolm Young would not return to the band in 2014, after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Drummer Phil Rudd was then arrested and later convicted on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. Then in March, vocalist Brian Johnson was forced to pull out of the tour after being warned that continuing could cause him to completely lose his hearing.

"It's time for me to step out, that's all", says Williams in a video statement on the band's YouTube channel. "Not because we've lost Mal, Phil or Brian. Everything changes when something happens like that. When Bon [Scott] died, it changed then. Everything changes. So, it's not that, it's just... I'm just ready to get off the road and do what I do in between tours".

"I'm happy", he adds. "I just need family time now, to just chill out and not do this. I'm all good".

Williams has been a member of the band since 1977, joining for their fifth album 'Powerage'. His final performance with the band last night was the last in a run of US dates rescheduled from earlier this year after Johnson was forced to pull out of the shows. His announcement suggests that, contrary to many expectations, AC/DC will actually continue to perform after this tour.

Perhaps this time next year, AC/DC will just be Axl Rose and some people you've never heard of.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletins and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email [email protected] (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
Chris provides music business coverage and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business and education programme CMU:DIY, and heads up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited.
Email [email protected] (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, and advising on CMU Insights training courses and events.
Email [email protected] or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of 3CM UnLimited she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email [email protected]
Send ALL press releases to [email protected] - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email [email protected]
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