MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As expected, iHeartMedia has announced that it is moving into subscription streaming, with January next year set as a launch date. As also expected, it will offer both an enhanced personalised radio experience, probably at $5 a month, and a fully on-demand option, probably at $10 month, and it has entered into direct deals with the labels to make all of that happen... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Paffgen, aka Syotaro Hayashi, released his debut EP in 2012, which was eventually followed by his first album last year. Now he's releasing his debut single, 'Channel View'. Which might seem like an odd way round of doing things. And in-keeping with that tendency for the unconventional, this single is seventeen minutes long. The track, perhaps better described as... [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: Amazon, Pandora and iHeart are all bringing $5 a month streaming services to market. The record industry arguably needs mid-price services of this kind to succeed as streaming becomes its dominant revenue stream, but will these products find a consumer base? And what about the free services? CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES iHeart unveils its move into subscription streaming
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LIVE BUSINESS Re-Production rebrands as Viva La Visa
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MARKETING & PR Your Army promotes Amy Collins
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MEDIA Rolling Stone sells 49% stake to BandLab Technologies
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU:DIY among the line-up at Urban Development's All-Dayer
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RELEASES Robbie Williams announces heavily entertaining new album
Future Of The Left's Julia Ruzicka announces solo album, releases Black Francis collaboration
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AWARDS Adele manager Jonathan Dickens to be named Manager Of The Year
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ONE LINERS Ariana Grande, South By South Lawn, Drake, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Vernon would rather you didn't take money from Pepsi (this is a message mainly for Beyonce)
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END OF THE ROAD – ASSISTANT ARTIST MANAGER (LONDON)
End Of The Road is seeking an experienced Assistant Artist Manager to work full time in its East London office. This is a key role at the heart of our young and growing artist management enterprise.

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INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP - MANAGER, DIGITAL ACCOUNTS (LONDON)
The position of Manager, Digital Accounts is responsible for generating revenue growth at key accounts in the digital music industry in the UK and Europe. You will work closely with label representatives, marketing information and various data sources to ensure maximum visibility for our key projects.

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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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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.
 
26 Sep 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Music Business Explained – For Start Ups & Brands
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27 Sep 2016 CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: The Politics Of Licensing
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Oct/Nov 2016 CMU Insights Seminars Programme: How The Music Business Works
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3 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Making Money From Music
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10 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Rights Work
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17 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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24 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: From Napster To Now – The Battle With Music Piracy
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24 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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31 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Merch, Live & Brands
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7 Nov 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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14 Nov 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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21 Nov 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Digital Deals, Dollars And Trends – Explained!
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iHeart unveils its move into subscription streaming
As expected, iHeartMedia has announced that it is moving into subscription streaming, with January next year set as a launch date. As also expected, it will offer both an enhanced personalised radio experience, probably at $5 a month, and a fully on-demand option, probably at $10 month, and it has entered into direct deals with the labels to make all of that happen, having previously heavily relied on the compulsory licence available for basic personalised radio services in the US.

All of which mirrors much of what competitor Pandora announced earlier this month (though it was relaunching its existing $5 service), and possibly explains why it was in such a rush to get its upgrades and new deals announced, even though doing so required putting out a press release before Warner Music had actually signed on the dotted line.

Though iHeart premium isn't going to be same old, same old, everybody. Oh no, stop saying that, will you? As the streaming service of the biggest conventional radio broadcaster in the US, iHeartRadio is going to properly integrate all this streaming whatnot with the good old fashioned radio experience that we all know and love.

"Because 73% of consumers, which include users of on-demand music services, continually cite radio as their primary source of music discovery, iHeartRadio's new on-demand offering will allow listeners to bridge the divide between music discovery and music collecting by seamlessly incorporating true interactivity into the radio listening experience through a variety of new features", says the broadcaster.

Want to know more about that seamless radio-to-stream experience? "For the first time ever, when listeners hear a new or favourite song on the radio they can instantly replay a song and even save it directly to a playlist", says iHeartRadio President Darren Davis. "We are re-imagining radio - with the new technologies and offerings powered by our on-demand options, music discovery, music collecting and the power of community and companionship fostered by live radio and influential and trusted personalities. iHeartRadio is now combining it all for the first time; there's no other digital music service that can do this".

Well, that's all lovely, isn't it? And the major labels chiefs are all super excited too. They wrote quotes and everything.

As much previously reported, iHeart - formerly Clear Channel - has used its vast network of AM and FM stations to hook in American listeners to its existing online and personalised radio offering, doing a good job of catching up with main rival Pandora despite coming to market somewhat later. Though to date iHeartRadio has only had an ad-funded free option. The move into subscriptions is an attempt by the media firm to create a crucial extra revenue stream around its online product.

Anyway, I mentioned major label boss quotes...

Sony Music's Doug Morris: "I'd like to congratulate [iHeart CEO] Bob Pittman and the team at iHeartRadio on their move into the subscription music business. This deal further expands our long-running successful relationship, and creates promising new commercial opportunities to engage with the millions of music fans who listen to iHeart every day. We look forward to working with them to develop premium music solutions for radio users".

Universal Music's Lucian Grainge: "Universal Music Group is pleased to welcome a new addition to the growing and dynamic music subscription space with iHeart's launch of interactive services. We're glad to build upon our relationship with iHeart, which under Bob's leadership continues to innovate the radio experience by adding distinct features and services and attract a broad audience that remains deeply passionate about music".

Warner Music's Steve Cooper: "We're pleased to be expanding our long-standing partnership with Bob and his team. iHeart's expertise and reach in radio programming and curation, combined with the full power of streaming technology, is a compelling prospect. These new services will open up the choice of experiences that iHeart offers music fans, while providing our artists and songwriters with a wider range of commercial and marketing opportunities".

Re-Production rebrands as Viva La Visa
Music visa company Re-Production has rebranded itself as Viva La Visa, so at least now you won't have to guess what it does.

"In today's global music market, the ability for performers to cross borders and meet their audience has never been so vital - or as fraught with potential pitfalls", says founder Andy Corrigan. "As a former artist and occasional tour manager, I know only too well the challenges of planning an international schedule, the intricacies of the US visa system, last-minute panics over SXSW or the frantic 3am phone call from Japan over a lost passport. We have been there and done it".

The company has also opened a new London office, so you don't have to go all the way to Suffolk to speak to someone in person.

Your Army promotes Amy Collins
Music PR firm Your Army has promoted Amy Collins to the role of Head Of Promotions. Collins will continue to handle radio and TV plugging for the company, as well as now overseeing all promotions activity.

"Amy's energy and skill as a plugger makes her one of those people who can make a massive difference to an artist's career. We are delighted to promote her to this important role", says Your Army founder James Pitt.

In addition to Collins's promotion, Director of Radio & TV Christian Nockall now becomes Director Of Promotions & Business Development, while Head Of US Promotions Matt Black will head up the company's club, digital and radio departments from its LA office.

Rolling Stone sells 49% stake to BandLab Technologies
Wenner Media has sold a 49% stake in Rolling Stone magazine to Singapore-based BandLab Technologies, whose main product is "easy-to-use, all-in-one, social music creation platform" BandLab.

Head Of Digital at Wenner Media - and son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner - Gus Wenner tells Bloomberg: "It's a big moment. There is a great opportunity to take that brand and apply it into new and different areas and markets".

BandLab is owned by Kuok Meng Ru, son of billionaire Kuok Khoon Hong, who says: "What has happened in the last 49 years has already shown that Rolling Stone is more than a brand to people. It is now our shared responsibility to take it into the future".

Kuok's company will launch a new subsidiary called Rolling Stone International, which will operate live events, merch sales and hospitality services under the classic magazine's name.

CMU:DIY among the line-up at Urban Development's All-Dayer
Music education organisation Urban Development will stage its big All-Dayer event at Ravensbourne University in North Greenwich this coming Saturday, aimed at anyone and everyone at the start of their music careers, from future popstars to future label chiefs.

On the back of the recent season of CMU:DIY x Urban Development seminars that together provided a concise but comprehensive beginner's guide to the business of music, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will be hosting three sessions as part of the All-Dayer programme. The first will provide a brief overview of the different kinds of music companies, before interviewing an eclectic mix of music professionals about their roles and careers to date. The second will explain how the streaming business works and how DIY artists can get their music online. And the third will look at artist management.

Also represented on the day with be an assortment of labels, media like GRM Daily, Complex UK and Reprezent FM, and industry organisations like UK Music and the Musicians' Union. Among the sessions planned are 'Grime 2.0: Debate The Future Of Urban Culture', 'Generation DIY' and 'Who Runs the World? Girls! The Women Behind UK Music'.

Tickets are just £12, or become a UD Creative for £24 and also get into the next season of CMU:DIY x UD events for free, plus a plethora of other benefits. Though use the promotional code CMUDIY and you'll get discounts on both, first come first served. Click here to book tickets.

 
  Approved: Paffgen - Channel View
Paffgen, aka Syotaro Hayashi, released his debut EP in 2012, which was eventually followed by his first album last year. Now he's releasing his debut single, 'Channel View'. Which might seem like an odd way round of doing things. And in-keeping with that tendency for the unconventional, this single is seventeen minutes long.

The track, perhaps better described as a mini mixtape than a single, journeys through reggae, R&B, folk and more, occasionally drifting out of focus before snapping quickly back into sharp view. It may be a lengthy introduction to the world of Paffgen, but it's never not interesting.

As well as being available to download on Bandcamp, Paffgen is also crowdfunding a vinyl release, which you can chip in for here.

Listen to 'Channel View' here.

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Robbie Williams announces heavily entertaining new album
Coinciding with his Apple Music Festival show at The Roundhosue in London last night, Robbie Williams has announced that he will release his new album, 'Heavy Entertainment Show', on 4 Nov through the Columbia label. It will be the singer's first album for Sony Music, having signed to the major back in May.

Of the album's title, Williams says: "I was musing over the phrase 'light entertainment' - all the huge TV shows from when I was a kid, 30 million people watching them, this huge shared experience of these moments called light entertainment. Sometimes it can be levelled at people in a bad way, but for me that's heavy entertainment. That's what I'm hoping to do with this album - to have a shared experience with millions of people through the medium of light entertainment... but on steroids".

It's not clear if that musing happened while watching Nick Helm's TV show of almost the same name. Though I'm pretty sure that wasn't a literal admission that Robbie Williams is taking steroids at the end.

The album, if you take the full, sixteen track deluxe version's tracklist into account, features songs co-written with Guy Chambers, John Grant, Rufus Wainwright, Brandon Flowers, Ed Sheeran and Stuart Price.

Here's a trailer.

And here's the tracklist, which also reads like the back of a Nick Helm album:

Heavy Entertainment Show
Party Like A Russian
Mixed Signals
Love My Life
Motherfucker
Bruce Lee
Sensitive
David's Song
Pretty Woman
Hotel Crazy (feat Rufus Wainwright)
Sensational
When You Know
Time On Earth
I Don't Want To Hurt You (feat John Grant)
Best Intentions
Marry Me

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Future Of The Left's Julia Ruzicka announces solo album, release Black Francis collaboration
Future Of The Left bassist Julia Ruzicka has announced her debut solo album, 'This Becomes Us', under the name Ruzicka. Although, for a solo album, she kept a lot of company.

Each track was written on bass by Ruzicka, and recorded with guitarist Ian Wilson and drummer Jack Eggleston. Nine different singers then added vocals to the resulting instrumentals, including Kristian Bell from The Wytches, Matchbox B-Line Disaster's Guy McKnight, and Pixies frontman Black Francis, who appears on first single 'Painter Man Is Coming'.

"I have loved and still love the role I play in my bands creatively, on bass", says Ruzicka. "But as time passed throughout various writing periods for all kinds of records, I started to stockpile ideas on bass, and just wanted to see some of the embryonic ideas written on bass turn into fully realised songs".

Of bagging a Frank Black collaboration, she adds: "It was an incredible outcome. I wrote the song with him in mind, being someone who has been listening to his music for a long time. To actually have the person singing on your song that inspired that piece of music is quite an incredible event and feeling".

Listen to 'Painter Man Is Coming' here.

'This Becomes Us' is due for release on 11 Nov. Here's the full tracklist:

The Picture of Delorean Gray (feat. Damien Sayell of The St Pierre Snake Invasion)
Undervalue Love (feat Guy McKnight ex-The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster)
Big Hitter (feat Billy Mason Wood of Blacklisters)
Painter Man Is Coming (feat Black Francis of Pixies)
At The End of Everyday (feat Kristian Bell of The Wytches)
Simple Too (feat Rosie Arnold)
A Gift That Nobody Wants (feat Michael J Sheehy of Miraculous Mule)
Songs In My Mind (feat Chantal Lewis Brown of Vodun)
Sassessa (feat Vinod Bhairo)
This Horse Needs Peace (Instrumental)

Adele manager Jonathan Dickens to be named Manager Of The Year
Adele's manager Jonathan Dickins will be named Manager Of The Year at this year's Artist And Manager Awards. He'll get his trophy at The Troxy on 24 Nov. That's because the whole ceremony is taking place then, and it seems like a good idea to give all the awards out at the same time.

Chief exec of awards co-organiser the MMF, Annabella Coldrick says: "I watched the campaign for '25' unfold before joining the MMF. The voice of the artist shone through an impressive subtle, yet precise, global campaign that put the music first. Management is about sharing an artists' vision and delivering it and Jonathan delivered the last part of the trilogy with exemplary skill. We are so pleased that he has accepted the Manager Of The Year Award".

Just to be clear, he will actually be accepting it at The Troxy on 24 Nov, I wasn't lying about that. But they would have had to check that he would bother to turn up, wouldn't they? Good news is that he apparently will. Adele will be on her ten year hiatus from touring then too, so maybe she'll go as well. Dickens could then do some 'live managing' of her on stage, so we can see what all the fuss is about.

By the way, the shortlist for Breakthrough Manager Of The Year at the AMAs has been announced too. There's eight of them. The actual winner will be announced on the night. You know, 24 Nov. At The Troxy. Here they are:

Amy Morgan (Glass Animals)
Niko Michault (Jack Savoretti)
Sam Stubbings (NAO/Mura Masa)
Tobe Onwuka (Stormzy)
Martha Kinn (Years & Years)
Johnny Pinchard & Dan Bearman (Snakehips)
Claire Southwick (Spring King)
Steve Ambler & Matt Johnson (Oh Wonder)

Not sure if I mentioned that the ceremony is at The Troxy on 24 Nov.

Ariana Grande, South By South Lawn, Drake, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Ariana Grande is being managed by Scooter Braun and his SB Projects company again, according to Billboard. The singer only ended her previous professional relationship with Braun back in February, when her mother and Untitled Entertainment's Stephanie Simon took on management duties.

The line-up for Barack Obama's South By South Lawn festival at the White House next month has been announced. The headline session with be Obama interviewing Leonardo DiCaprio about his new climate change documentary.

• Drake's released a short film called 'Please Forgive Me' on Apple Music. It's got songs from his 'Views' album in it. You can watch it here.

• Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have released the video for 'Comancheria', taken from their soundtrack to Jeff Bridges film 'Hell Or High Water'.

• Dirty Projectors have released new track 'Keep Your Name'.

• Nicolas Jaar has announced that he will release a new album called 'Sirens' on 30 Sep. Yes, that is this week.

• Lock have just released their new EP 'Everlasting Road'. Here's the video for the title track.

• Wiley will headline The Roundhouse in Camden on 7 Feb. Tickets are now on sale. Meanwhile, here's the video for his new single, 'Can't Go Wrong'.

Justin Vernon would rather you didn't take money from Pepsi (this is a message mainly for Beyonce)
Justin Vernon has said that he plans to depart from traditional touring as much as possible while promoting new album '22, A Million', tailoring smaller shows specifically to individual towns and cities where possible. And in some small way, it's a kick back against the big bucks sponsorship deals that the likes of Beyonce do on their stadium tours.

Saying that he doesn't want to "just be 'Hello Cleveland-ing' through our lives", he tells The Guardian: "You can never be self-righteous, but it's okay to be a little righteous. You have to believe in something. Like, I'd prefer Beyonce didn't do a Pepsi tour. Do not take $2 million dollars from Pepsi and be a role model for young girls. Do not do that. That stuff does anger me. And I feel like I am not afraid to talk about that stuff".

Not that Vernon hasn't taken the big bucks in the past. There was that Bushmills whiskey advertising campaign he featured in. Though he did describe that as a "mistake" to Grantland last year, saying: "The problem is that it isn't just Bushmills. It's run by a corporation, and you kind of forget that they're not interested in you or really what you're doing. They're interested in your popularity and your reach, and it felt really sickening after a while. Not badmouthing Bushmills the company, but I regret it. I regret it because it wasn't us and they put my face on a fucking billboard ... I missed the mark on that one and I let it all kind of get to me".

So, yeah, money is nice, but will it make you happy? I am willing to test this out if anyone fancies writing me a cheque. While you do that, I'm going to listen to '22 (Over S∞∞n)' by Bon Iver again, cos it's dead good.

 
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