MONDAY 17 OCTOBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Bob Geldof is being sued over his biggest hit to date (well, other than that one with the dubious knowledge of African geography). A former bandmate is suing for co-ownership of the copyright in the 1979 Boomtown Rats song 'I Don't Like Mondays'. It's the band's former keyboardist Johnnie Fingers, aka John Moylett, who is now claiming to have co-written the hit... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A purveyor of rough-edged soulful songs, Keir has been gaining some attention with his debut single, 'Probably', in recent weeks. And rightly so - it's a hell of an opening gambit. Whenever someone comes in straight away with something this good, I instantly fear that they've put their everything into that one song and have nothing left. Thankfully, he has a whole... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including Amazon's new on-demand streaming music service, warnings that the Isle Of Wight Festival may be cancelled in 2017, and Inane Clown Posse's take on the sinister clown craze taking over the US and now the world. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: The single biggest impact that mainstream adoption of the internet has had on the music industry is the direct-to-fan relationship, the fact that artists can now connect directly with core fanbase. Yet it seems like the music business has taken a long time to truly capitalise on the new opportunities here. We speak to D2F specialist Jessie Scoullar. CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Bob Geldof sued by former bandmate over song ownership
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LEGAL Live Nation seek to dismiss criminal case over Radiohead stage collapse
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS TuneCore launches in France
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LIVE BUSINESS Pacha Group sale agreed
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify's UK revenues up 18% in 2015 despite slip in ad income
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MEDIA NBC to develop US version of Norwegian TV talent show The Stream
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ARTIST NEWS Trent Reznor on US presidential race: "It's absurd that this is even happening"
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Little Mix announce new album and 2017 tour dates
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ONE LINERS The Weeknd, Pusha T, Korn, more
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AND FINALLY... Craig Logan doesn't even want to be in your stupid Bros reunion
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AEI MEDIA - FINANCIAL CONTROLLER (LONDON)
AEI Media is looking for an experienced Group Financial Controller to undertake all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecasts preparation, as well as development of internal control policies and procedures. There are currently six trading companies within the group.

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HALF MOON PUTNEY - GENERAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
An exciting opportunity has arisen and we are looking for someone with solid office and admin experience with a passion for live music. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting the Half Moon’s Music Manager with the entertainment schedule and venue operations.

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PROPER MUSIC - LABEL ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
Proper Records is an independent label within the Proper Music Group of companies that include, Proper Music Distribution Ltd and Propermusic.com. We are now seeking a Label Administrator to assist with our ever growing roster of artists that already includes Richard Thompson, Bill Wyman, Joan Baez, Nick Lowe, The Waterboys, Bonnie Raitt and Loudon Wainwright III.

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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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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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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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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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Bob Geldof sued by former bandmate over song ownership
Bob Geldof is being sued over his biggest hit to date (well, other than that one with the dubious knowledge of African geography). A former bandmate is suing for co-ownership of the copyright in the 1979 Boomtown Rats song 'I Don't Like Mondays'.

It's the band's former keyboardist Johnnie Fingers, aka John Moylett, who is now claiming to have co-written the hit, on which Geldof is currently listed as the sole writer. Moylett claims that he actually wrote most of the music and some of the lyrics for the song, which was famously inspired by a shooting incident at a Californian elementary school about which the sixteen year old shooter said, when asked why she committed the crime, "I don't like Mondays".

Geldof and Moylett were in the US at the time of the shooting. The latter claims that he started work on the chord sequence and melody for the song as soon as he returned to London, later adding Geldof's lyrics. But Geldof claims he worked on both the music and the words while still in the US.

Needless to say, Moylett will face the tricky question as to why he waited more than 35 years to claim co-ownership of the song, and indeed Geldof has already hit out at his former bandmate on that basis.

Moylett says that, at the time the record was released, Geldof made an "intimidating" phone call in which he said the keyboardist risked splitting up the band if he insisted on a co-write credit on the song. Meanwhile, in more recent times, Moylett says he has been writing to Geldof about this dispute since 2004 to no avail, hence the legal action.

In theory the time delay in going legal shouldn't prevent Moylett's case from proceeding to court, given the precedent set in the famous Procol Harum case.

As previously reported, back in 1989 the House Of Lords (as the highest court of appeal at the time), backed a High Court ruling that gave organist Matthew Fisher a slice of the 'A White Shade Of Pale' copyright, despite him taking 38 years to make his claim. This overturned a Court Of Appeal judgement on the matter which had dismissed Fisher's claim on the basis that he had left it too long to go legal.

Nevertheless, Geldof, who denies Moylett's version of events and insists he alone wrote the hit, will seemingly seek to have the copyright lawsuit dismissed mainly on the basis of the time that has passed since the song was written. Responding to the lawsuit, he said his former's bandmate's recollection of how 'Monday' was written was "likely to be a figment of his imagination".

A court date has yet to be set. Moylett is pushing for two thirds of the copyright, which would likely be worth millions, depending on how far back any royalties split would be applied if the keyboardist won in court.

Live Nation seek to dismiss criminal case over Radiohead stage collapse
Live Nation last week sought to dismiss the criminal case launched against it and others following the stage collapse that occurred ahead of a Canadian Radiohead show in 2012 on the basis the legal proceedings are taking too long.

As previously reported, Radiohead's British drum tech Scott Johnson was killed and three others injured after a scaffolding structure collapsed onto the open-air stage on which the band were due to perform in June 2012.

The show was promoted by Live Nation, and the live music giant and its Ontario subsidiary were subsequently charged under the Canadian province's Occupational Health And Safety Act. Optex Staging & Services Inc was also charged over four alleged breaches of health and safety laws, while an engineer working on the show, Dominic Cugliari, received one charge.

The criminal case arrived in court last year, but hopes of a speedy resolution were not met, and further hearings have taken place at various points this year. It's thought a verdict could now follow next January, but the lawyer representing the Ministry Of Labour in the case, David McCaskill, last week confirmed to the Toronto Star that Live Nation were now trying to have the case dismissed because of the "unreasonable delay". The live giant made the claim based on a recent precedent in Canadian law over unreasonably long court battles.

According to the Star, Live Nation's lawyer then said in court on Friday that this case has been rumbling through the system for so long that it was "so far beyond the pale it simply can't be justified". But McCaskill countered that this was an "opportunistic" move by the live music firm, adding that the defendants hadn't complained about the delays until the recent precedent setting case. The government's lawyer argued: "You can't stand up at the eleventh hour and complain that your rights have been violated. This isn't a traffic ticket. This is something of great consequence".

Needless to say, Johnson's family back in the UK agree. His father had already expressed disappointment over Live Nation's latest manoeuvres in the case, telling The Star last week: "Any sympathy I had has gone and we get more and more angry at the deflection of blame ... They seem to have forgotten that Scott is now dead for a very long time, which is highly offensive to us".

He added that "if the case is not resolved, how do we know how to ensure it never happens again?"

TuneCore launches in France
Digital distributor TuneCore last week announced the launch of a French office, following international expansion into the UK, Australia and Germany since last year.

"With our expanding international customer base coupled with the constantly evolving music industry, our goal is to continue to support our artists at the local level by giving them the resources and tools they need to be successful", says TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman.

"France has a vibrant independent music community and our expansion into the French market is a natural fit in furthering our mission to bring more music to more people worldwide while continuing to establish TuneCore as a leader in the international digital music distribution market".

The move sees the launch of a new French language version of the company's website, where artists can sign up for the digital distribution service.

Pacha Group sale agreed
The sale of the Pacha Group to private equity outfit Trilantic Europe for 350 million euros has been agreed, the Ibiza-based clubbing firm's founder Ricardo Urgell has confirmed.

It was first reported that Trilantic was considering making moves to buy the company in August, and the following month Urgell confirmed that he had decided to sell up, after becoming frustrated at how Ibiza's clubbing industry was changing.

In an interview with Diario de Ibiza published this morning, Urgell confirmed that the deal had all but been done. "It hurts to sell Pacha", he says, "especially in this sweet moment".

Despite that, he made clear his distaste for Ibiza's development in recent years, describing local politicians as "a bunch of incompetents who cannot be fired, like they would at a company where a worker does not perform or does not work". This has lead, he says, to the island's clubbing industry growing out of control, with serious environmental impacts.

"There are spoiled areas of the island that will be difficult to recover", he says. "[And] if we continue at this pace it will eventually move to the north of the island".

Saying that "music should be controlled" and that "there cannot be music everywhere", he criticised the growth of beach and boat parties. "You can go to the beach and hear the sound of the sea. If there were no music on the beach, they would fill [with people] just the same".

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first Pacha nightclub, though Urgell says he has no plans to retire despite selling his business. "Being in house watching TV on the couch is not me" he said. "There are many projects on the table, from hotels to other interesting things to Cuba".

Spotify's UK revenues up 18% in 2015 despite slip in ad income
The UK division of Spotify saw revenues climb last year, from £159 million in 2014 to £187 million in 2015, according to the latest Companies House filing by Spotify Ltd.

Subscriptions were behind all that growth, with ad income generated around the freemium version of Spotify down slightly, from £11.1 million to £10.8 million, confirming that for the market-leading streaming service, free remains a loss-leader marketing channel to upsell premium, especially in more mature markets.

Still, the UK business managed to log a profit for the year of just over £1.2 million, having made a similar sized loss in 2014.

Though, of course, worldwide the wider company continues to make big losses in no small part thanks to the costs of aggressive growth and the minimum guarantees it must pay the record companies and music publishers over and above the basic revenue share arrangement it has with the music industry.

NBC to develop US version of Norwegian TV talent show The Stream
US TV network NBC has picked up Norwegian talent show format 'The Stream', which attempts to harness the power of the internet to discover interesting new artists while simultaneously narrowing the chances of actually finding any.

As previously reported, the show asks hopeful contestants to upload videos of themselves performing to the programme's website, which are then voted on by the public. The 100 highest rated contenders then go forward to the next stage of the competition, where A&Rs from the three major labels choose 40 acts they'd actually like to work with.

At the end of each week of the actual series, each label signs one act each and releases a track as a single. After that, the acts' progress through the show will be determined by the number of streams they get on Spotify.

No, it doesn't sound like it would make a very good TV show, but apparently NBC was impressed, so a US version of the show will now be developed.

"'The Stream' brilliantly uses technology and social media to draw music lovers in and make them a part of the process", says NBC Entertainment's Paul Telegdy. "We're excited to discover talent in this modern way and connect the best artists with the industry's top starmakers".

Yeah.

  Approved: Kier
A purveyor of rough-edged soulful songs, Keir has been gaining some attention with his debut single, 'Probably', in recent weeks. And rightly so - it's a hell of an opening gambit.

Whenever someone comes in straight away with something this good, I instantly fear that they've put their everything into that one song and have nothing left. Thankfully, he has a whole EP of stuff like this ready to go. He has an uncommon mix of talents in singing, songwriting, presence and delivery that are worth savouring.

You can catch Keir on a brief tour of the UK later this month, closing with a sold out show at the Old Blue Last in London on 1 Nov.

Watch the video for 'Probably' here.

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Trent Reznor on US presidential race: "It's absurd that this is even happening"
Trent Reznor has commented on the continuing farce that is the US presidential election, in an interview about his soundtrack for new climate change documentary 'Before The Flood'.

"It is surreal", he says of Donald Trump's rise, speaking to The Daily Beast. "I'll admit that I was entertained during the Republican debates and the whole process of whittling them down. It's kind of fun to see a grenade go off and see these guys - I hate every one of them - be eliminated and humiliated. But it stopped being funny months ago. It's sad to see the discourse be dragged this low. It's absurd that this is even happening".

"Hopefully Trump will flame out any minute now", he continues. "But the effect of him - or he himself - is not going to go away, and there's going to be an awful lot of very energized followers. We all know they're not going to say, 'Well, let's support Hillary because she's the president now'. She's walking into a terrible situation".

On his decision to take on the 'Before The Flood' soundtrack, despite having "a pretty full schedule to start with", he says: "What attracted me to this when it came up, because we had a pretty full schedule to start with, but the idea of taking one of the most recognisable celebrities on the planet who cares deeply about this and presenting a digestible overview of this, and putting it out in a fashion where there's a low barrier of entry to see it - it's being broadcast everywhere and available on all platforms - and the fact that they were always trying to get this out before the election, if I can contribute in some small way to make this a little bit louder then it's my duty to do that".

Directed by Fisher Stevens, 'Before The Flood' follows Leonardo DiCaprio in examining how climate change is affecting the planet. The European premiere was held at the London Film Festival on Saturday.

Little Mix announce new album and 2017 tour dates
Little Mix have announced that they will release their fourth album, 'Glory Days', on 18 Nov. So you have one month to prepare. You also have a year to prepare to see them perform the album live. Because they will be touring the UK and Ireland a year from now. Which is why I said that.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale this Friday at 9am. Here are the dates (all of which are in 2017, remember):

28 Oct: Sheffield Arena
30 Oct: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
31 Oct: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
1 Nov: Liverpool Echo Arena
4 Nov: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (matinee and evening shows)
6 Nov: Dublin, 3Arena
7 Nov: Belfast, SSE Arena
11 Nov: Glasgow, SSE Hydro (matinee and evening shows)
13 Nov: Leeds, First Direct Arena
15 Nov: Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
18 Nov: Birmingham, Genting Arena (matinee and evening shows)
21 Nov: Manchester Arena
22 Nov: Manchester Arena
25 Nov: London, O2 Arena (matinee and evening shows)

The Weeknd, Pusha T, Korn, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The Weeknd has released the video for 'False Alarm', from forthcoming new album 'Starboy'.

• Pusha T has released a new track, 'HGTV', which people reckon disses Drake. So that's fun.

• Korn have released another new track, 'Take Me'. Their new album, 'The Serenity Of Suffering', is due out on 21 Oct.

• Franz Ferdinand have released a new song through the previously reported anti-Trump project '30 Days, 30 Songs'. Here's 'Demagogue'.

• Daughter have released a new song, 'The End'. They're touring the UK later this month too.

• Oh, thank fuck. Death Team have a new single out.

• You probably thought Male Bonding had split up or something. But just to show how wrong you are, they released their first album for five years out of bloody nowhere last week.

Craig Logan doesn't even want to be in your stupid Bros reunion
Bros, as we know, once headlined Wembley Stadium and were always just Matt and Luke Goss. However, some people have claimed that there was once a third member of the group.

No! Bros (who once played Wembley Stadium) are and have always been Matt and Luke Goss. Your memories must be playing tricks. Well, you can deny it all you like, but it doesn't change the fact that the BBC has done an interview with Craig Logan, who claims that he was a member of the band from 1986 to 1988, playing on and touring their debut album. Can it be true?

"I am very proud of the time I was in Bros", he says. "I would do it all again. I was seventeen when it all kicked off. And we travelled the world, being friends, playing in front of huge audiences and that was real fun. But I was never comfortable with fame, in all honesty".

If he'd "do it all again", does that mean he's upset not to be involved in the reunion? Nope. "This is something they've really wanted. It's not something I've wanted. They will do great, they'll put on a fantastic show, and I only wish them well. I think they know that it's not something that interests me. That part of my world has moved on".

Note that he only thinks he knows Matt and Luke's opinion, because they didn't actually tell him that the reunion was happening. Presumably because the former Wembley Stadium headliners have always been just Matt and Luke anyway.

"They're launching a tour as the two of them, so that's fine", he says. "There was always two blonde ones and another one. I was the other one".

Just in case you forgot.

Logan, of course, moved over to more behind-the-scenes roles in the music industry after leaving Bros. He was head of Sony's RCA label for a number of years, and now heads up his own management firm, Logan Media Entertainment, currently managing artists including Anastacia, Dido, JLS's Aston Merrygold, and Andreya Triana. So he's done alright for himself.

And he's now preparing to launch a new record label, of which he tells the Beeb: "I think it's a great time to have an independent label. The key before was always distribution. You'd rely on an awful lot of other people. Now, distribution is pretty straightforward to set up. After that, you have to understand how to build an international strategy for any particular artist".

"The reason I've set up a new label, a new publishing company and also a TV sync company - for putting music into TV and film - is I want to have lots of routes to the market for my artists", he continues. "You just have to be nimble. And if you put some knowledge in there, and some skill in there, you can actually do some damage".

Maybe he could sign the duo Bros. I mean, they once played Wembley Stadium.

 
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