THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: If you thought all the twists and turns that led up to the SFX bankruptcy were entertaining, you just wait till the post-bankruptcy litigation gets underway. Much of the potential legal action that could be launched in the wake of the SFX bankruptcy will likely involve the dance music firm's founder Robert FX Sillerman, who stood down as CEO shortly after the firm... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Classically trained in voice and piano, and the holder of a degree in classical music, Michelle O Faith has done the obvious and gone into pop music. Good plan, I say. There's all sorts of exciting stuff going on in Classical at the moment, so the more we can bring all that over into other genres the better. Anyway, you don't want to hear me ramble... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: On the CMU Podcast this week, Andy Malt and Chris Cooke are joined by Music Managers Forum CEO Annabella Coldrick to discuss part two of the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report. She also tells us more about the Fanfair Alliance campaign, and we run through some of the biggest music industry stories of the last week. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: Last week the MMF launched Part Two of its 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report, summarising a series of roundtable debates it staged to discuss the issues raised in Part One. Once again CMU Insights produced the report, and here CMU's Chris Cooke provides his take on the key findings in Part Two. CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES SFX rejects money claims from its founder and former CEO
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LEGAL Foo Fighters settle insurance lawsuit
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DEALS Sentric signs deal with urban music firm Defenders Entertainment
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New free digital distribution service launches
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BRANDS & MERCH Zayn Malik to design for Versace
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Pandora has a rebrand
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ARTIST NEWS Prince's vault reportedly up for sale for $35 million
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RELEASES Lykke Li returns with Swedish supergroup Liv
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ONE LINERS Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sony/ATV, Sainsbury's, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber's telepathy still unconfirmed, may have threatened to enact rapture at O2 show
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OUTPOST MEDIA - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Outpost currently have a vacancy for an online PR account executive with a minimum of one year’s experience. Are you hardworking, motivated and intelligent with first-class writing skills and computer literate? One that relishes looking after key online projects, has an outstanding knowledge of cutting edge music and possesses excellent contacts?

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PRESTIGIOUS MUSIC MARKETING & DESIGN COMPANY - REPROGRAPHICS ARTWORKER (LONDON)
Working across a wide range of high profile blue chip clients in the home entertainment, FMCG and music markets, the creative team covers all areas of creative design, from packaging for all musical formats as well as POS and Shopper journeys to ATL,TTL, BTL, experiential and brand strategy. The creative team is split into four design pillars; Concept; Design; Creative Artwork; Structural Design.

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RSK ENTERTAINMENT - LABEL & LOGISTICS ASSISTANT (NEWBURY)
Sales, marketing and distribution company RSK Entertainment requires a Label & Logistics Assistant to cover a range of administrative duties, including the co-ordination and creation of sales information, liaising with labels, PRs and pluggers, various weekly reporting, digital release co-ordination and physical stock ordering. There will also be a junior label manager aspect to the role.

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PITCH & SYNC/SYNC+ - GENERAL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for a forward thinking and dynamic General Manager that will join our growing music synchronisation business operating across advertising, brand and fashion sectors. You will be responsible for building creative strategies, creating new business opportunities and servicing an existing client base, ensuring that the combined businesses are financially successful and build on their reputations as leaders in their fields.

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MATADOR RECORDS - PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Matador Records is expanding its London staff and are seeking a publicist. The successful candidate will not only work on existing Matador projects, but will also manage the various external PR companies that we already work with.

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MATADOR RECORDS - CREATIVE & MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Matador Records is expanding its London staff and are seeking a member of staff who will be their Marketing and Creative Manager. This newly created position is designed to act as a creative link between our US and UK offices, to develop marketing plans for every release, and help to implement a worldwide plan.

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MATADOR RECORDS - LABEL CO-ORDINATOR/JUNIOR PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Matador Records is expanding its London staff and are seeking a junior member of staff. Duties will include helping to co-ordinate the label's busy release schedule, liaising directly with artists, managers and agents, compiling various weekly reports, and taking on some junior project management.

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KILIMANJARO - TICKETING PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Kilimanjaro Live is recruiting a Ticketing Project Manager to join its existing team of two. The individual will take full responsibility for specific shows and tours from set-up, through the sales period and to settlement post show.

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ROBOMAGIC - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
A dynamic and enthusiastic Marketing Manager is required to join an expanding team in a 360 music company that produces and promotes various shows, tours and festivals as well as managing artists. The role is to oversee the marketing department and create and implement marketing plans for all shows, events and artists.

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SNAPPER MUSIC - MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT (LONDON)
Management Accountant required for a successful independent record label with turnover of around £6 million and fifteen staff based in central London.

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NEW STATE ENTERTAINMENT - RECEPTIONIST/ADMIN ASSISTANT (LONDON)
New State Entertainment Ltd is looking for a Receptionist/Admin Assistant to support the label management and production teams of this busy record label. The right candidate will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised person with good admin and excellent communication skills who works well under pressure and has a can do attitude.

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CHUFF MEDIA - REGIONAL PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Chuff Media are on the hunt for a regional press officer to come and join our team in E17. Ideally you will have a minimum two years experience in print, live and/or online music PR and be capable of hitting the ground running, having already worked or be working campaigns across major and indie labels including touring acts.

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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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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.
 
17 Oct 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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SFX rejects money claims for its founder and former CEO
If you thought all the twists and turns that led up to the SFX bankruptcy were entertaining, you just wait till the post-bankruptcy litigation gets underway.

Much of the potential legal action that could be launched in the wake of the SFX bankruptcy will likely involve the dance music firm's founder Robert FX Sillerman, who stood down as CEO shortly after the firm applied for so called Chapter Eleven protection. Investors in the business will likely go legal (again), plus there could be litigation between Sillerman and his former company.

The all-new hoping-to-come-out-of-bankruptcy-as-a-going-concern-very-soon SFX has already had a bit of a skirmish with its former chief executive, this week filing an objection to claims made by Sillerman for monies to cover legal costs and financial guarantees he made on behalf of the business.

According to Amplify, Sillerman has requested just over half a million to pay the law firm he has hired to represent him in litigation where both he and SFX are co-defendants.

Meanwhile he is also seeking over $15 million in relation to guarantees he made as part of deals between SFX and both Spotify and Chicago-based promoter React Presents. Quite what sums SFX's creditors will see of unpaid debts depends, of course, on the final terms agreed to take the company out of bankruptcy.

On the latter claims, lawyers for SFX argue that there is no evidence that Sillerman has, to date, made any payments to the beneficiaries of the guarantees, arguing that his claims against the company are contingent on such payments having been made.

As well as seeking to block the claims for legal fees and other cash, the dance music set-up's lawyers are also opposing several requests made by Sillerman to indemnify himself from future lawsuits in relation to his former business.

So that's all fun, isn't it? As previously reported, a court date has been set for next month to formally approve the latest proposals to take SFX out of bankruptcy. The deal will return the business into private ownership, with key money lenders controlling the new company. The judge overseeing the proceedings recently rejected a request by the firm's former shareholders to have a role in the restructuring of the business.

Foo Fighters settle insurance lawsuit
The Foo Fighters have settled that previously reported legal battle with their insurers that centred on payments due for two sets of cancelled shows, one set caused by Dave Grohl breaking his leg, the others called off in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan venue in Paris last year.

Various insurance firms and brokers Robertson Taylor were named in the lawsuit. As previously reported, the band alleged that the latter had failed to properly advise them of the impact of rescheduling the UK shows that had been axed as a result of Grohl's injuries, the insurance pay-out being significantly different if said shows were classified as 'postponed' rather than properly 'cancelled'.

The dispute over the second batch of cancelled shows centred on whether the 'terrorism' clause in the band's insurance policy should apply. In their original lawsuit the band said that, while insurers seemed happy to pay on two French shows cancelled following the Bataclan attacks, with regard to two further shows in Italy and Spain, the insurance firms had been "engaged in a seemingly never-ending series of requests for increasingly irrelevant information".

Terms of the settlement between the band and the various insurers are not known, though - according to Billboard - a court filing last week officially called off the litigation, a move done "with prejudice", meaning Grohl et al cannot launch new proceedings in relation to this specific dispute.

Sentric signs deal with urban music firm Defenders Entertainment
Sentric Music, best known as the music publisher for DIY songwriters, announced a new deal earlier this week with urban music firm Defenders Entertainment which, among other things, will see the launch of a similar service offering rights management services for self-published writers in the urban genre.

The deal also sees Sentric sign a sub-publishing agreement with the music publishing side of the Defenders Entertainment business, DMMP, plus the two companies will collaborate on signing publishing deals with new writers, producers and artists.

Confirming the deal, Defenders Entertainment MD Corey Johnson said that as soon as he learned how the Sentric business model worked, he decided "it was the only option for Defenders Ent and DMMP. There needs to be more transparency around YouTube, SoundCloud and live revenues, and Sentric provides that. Helping to bring Sentric's core system and 28 day contract model to grime, rap, dancehall, Afrobeat and other urban genres is not only an honour but a massive responsibility".

For its side, Sentric's Creative Director Peter McCamley added: "We are delighted to be working with Corey. The access to urban talent he has through Defenders and a multitude of other networks is just incredible. We look forward to maximising that potential through our JV with DMMP and helping the exciting emerging artists and writers that come to him with our flexible 28 day model and global infrastructure".

New free digital distribution service launches
A new digital distributor for DIY artists formally launched this week having been offering its services since earlier this year. Called FreshTunes, the service's main selling point is that users can get their music into all their favourite digital platforms with no upfront costs and no commissions charged on subsequent income. So free as well as fresh.

With bases in Dubai and Moscow, FreshTunes - similar to that other no-fees-no-commissions distributor Music Kickup - intends to generate income by upselling other services to the artists it signs up, with its founder basically liking its freemium-to-upsell-premium approach to that of one of the key streaming services it will pump content into, Spotify.

Says Nikolay Okorokov: "Everything is going free, services are now affordable for everyone, it is the same for music. FreshTunes has a 'freemium' model, the main service of distributing music onto digital platforms is totally free, and if users want a value added service on top, then they are happy to pay a small fee. We truly believe everyone deserves to share their art, build their communities and reach a global audience for free".

Zayn Malik to design for Versace
Zayn Malik is collaborating with Versace to design a range for the fashion brand's contemporary line, Versus. A range of outfits for men and women plucked from the mind of the former One Directioner will be debuted in May next year.

"Zayn is one of the most exciting personalities on the world stage right now", says Donatella Versace in a statement. "When we first met, he told me how much he loves fashion. I thought it would be fantastic to collaborate on a new Versus collection together".

Speaking to The New York Times, she added: "Many celebrities do clothing lines that just aren't relevant. This one? It will be. He's smart to do it with me".

Malik, who launched his own streetwear line earlier this year, will also star in a series of ad campaigns for Versace, the first of which will air in February.

Pandora has a rebrand
With its existing premium service now revamped as Pandora Plus - and with that fully on-demand option in the pipeline - streaming music firm Pandora has had a bloody rebrand.

What a dynamic range of sound and colour the all new look Pandora logo embraces, visualising - as it does - not just all the energy that artists pour into their tepid love songs, but all that raw emotion too. Please, never forget the emotion of music will you? And if you ever find yourself designing a logo for a streaming music service, it is absolutely vital you pour as much emotion into your design as possible, while you work out what combination of form, colour and pattern to implement into your unique, diverse portal of branding goodness.

But hey, look at me, getting all carried away about the new Pandora logo. Let's hear what the service itself has to say about it all shall we? "Music is a personal experience for everyone", notes the firm in a blog post, "from the artists creating it all the way to the fans listening to it". Yep, all the way, every single step.

What else? "As Pandora continues to evolve the most personal music experience, our new look embraces the dynamic range of sound and colour, visualising the energy and emotion that artists pour into the creation of music, and that we feel as listeners. Our dynamic brand is composed of form, colour and pattern, which we implemented into the new P icon and serves as your portal into the unique and diverse range of music you love".

So yeah, Pandora has a new logo. Good times. Here's a video.

  Approved: Michelle O Faith
Classically trained in voice and piano, and the holder of a degree in classical music, Michelle O Faith has done the obvious and gone into pop music. Good plan, I say. There's all sorts of exciting stuff going on in classical at the moment, so the more we can bring all that over into other genres the better.

Anyway, you don't want to hear me ramble on about classical music. What about all this pop? Well, last year, Michelle O Faith released her debut EP, 'No Romance In China', featuring tracks like the amazing 'Sleep Through The Fire'. Then in May this year, she was one of the recipients of the PRS For Music Foundation's Women Make Music Award, which gave her some cash to fund the release of the follow-up.

That very EP, 'Birthday Blues', is now imminent, and she's trailing it with the release of its title track. The song is pop at its grandest; a bombastic lament on the passing of time.

Listen to 'Birthday Blues' here.

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Prince's vault reportedly up for sale for $35 million
Prince's entire vault of unreleased music is reportedly up for sale. And it can be yours for just $35 million.

According to Billboard, all three major labels are currently in talks to get access to the trove of songs that the musician recorded and then locked away during his lifetime. As previously reported, drilling out the locks on the vault was one of the first actions taken after Minnesota bank the Bremer Trust was appointed as administrator of the late musician's estate in April.

A deluxe version of 'Purple Rain' is reportedly also due for release in the coming months, while a new greatest hits package is set to be unleashed before the end of the year.

Lykke Li returns with Swedish supergroup Liv
Lykke Li's back, and she's brought some friends. In fact, she's formed a whole supergroup, called Liv, with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow, Peter Bjorn And John's Bjorn Yttling, Pontus Winnberg of Bloodshy & Avant (and also Miike Snow), and Kanye West producer Jeff Bhasker.

"I'm trying to shut down the EDM scene", Li told Pitchfork recently, discussing the new project. "We all have babies, we bring the babies. We only do things that we enjoy. It's all about art, and music, and family, and love. Nothing else".

The video for first single, 'Wings Of Love', was released yesterday, the directorial debut of Li herself.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sony/ATV, Sainsbury's, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Andrew Lloyd Webber, through his Really Useful Company, has partnered with Concord Bicycle Music to form new theatrical music rights management company, Musical Company. "We are extremely enthusiastic", says Webber.

• Music publisher Sony/ATV has promoted LA-based Tyler Childs and Lou Al-Chamaa to the roles of VP Creative and Senior Director Creative respectively. "Integral", says their boss, Rick Krim. And he's right, you know.

• Sainsbury's has announced that it will start selling vinyl records in more stores around the UK. The supermarket, which jumped on the vinyl bandwagon earlier this year, will distribute a number of new vinyl titles to its shops tomorrow, including a Michael Buble silver coloured exclusive. What a time to be alive!

• Lego will release a 'Yellow Submarine' set, based on The Beatles' 1968 animated film, on 1 Nov. The idea was submitted by a member of the public, which you can read more about here. You can watch a little video of the set in action here.

• Former Klaxons frontman James Righton has announced his first album in new solo guise Shock Machine. It'll be out in February, and here's the first single from it, 'Lost In The Mystery'.

• King Creosote has released the video for new single 'Love Life'. He'll be touring in January, with shows all over the shop, including one at the Barbican in London on 22 Jan.

• Hot on the heels of Hannah Diamond's new single, PC Music has announced that it will release new compilation, 'PC Music Vol 2', on 18 Nov. To mark the release there'll be an event at Heaven in London on 30 Nov, and at Berghain in Berlin on 1 Dec.

• Aesop Rock has released the video for new single, 'Shrunk'.

• Noisia have released the video for new single, 'Mantra'. Here are some music video facts.

• Nils Bech has released new single 'Glimpse Of Hope', and the video for previous single 'Please Stay'. His new album, 'Echo', is out tomorrow.

Justin Bieber's telepathy still unconfirmed, may have threatened to enact rapture at O2 show
It's not a Justin Bieber show if you don't get told off at some point, so fans at the O2 Arena in London will have been THRILLED earlier this week to be told to shut up and listen to the pop boy speak.

The King Of The Humans was performing the first of a series shows at the venue. Before performing an acoustic version of his Major Lazer and MØ collaboration 'Cold Water', he told the audience, according to the NME: "I hope we can all be quiet and listen when I'm talking".

By "we", he just means the audience. It wouldn't make sense for him to be quiet and listen while he's talking. Not unless he was trying to communicate telepathically. Although I wouldn't be surprised if that was what he was doing. Justin Bieber operates on a different level to the rest of us, remember. We should all be quiet and listen when he's talking, telepathically or otherwise.

He also reportedly told the audience on the top row of the arena that they would be "the first to go when Jesus comes back", which is a confusing thing for him to say, because Justin Bieber is already here. Clearly he's back to denying his messianic status again. Oh, that Bieber.

Last year, the singer told off fans for grabbing at him while he tried to clean up some spilled water on stage at a TV recording. He also asked fans who wanted to take selfies with him to restrain themselves and do something else instead.

However, the new nicer Bieber (not so new, I guess - he's be the greatest for a while now) does seem to have relaxed his attitude to the paparazzi. Instead of roughing them up, he apparently told his security to allow them to get on with their job earlier this week. Proving this, The Mirror has published a load of pictures of Justin Bieber just walking around, like walking around is a normal thing that people do.

 
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