THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Legal representatives for producer Dr Luke have reacted angrily to a newly published profile on Kesha in the New York Times Magazine. They claim that the article contains "many inaccuracies" and falls into a "continuing co-ordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public". The main focus of the article is the career limbo in which Kesha finds... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The most likely place you've heard Fifi Rong this year is on the title track of Skepta's 'Konnichiwa' album - it's her voice that opens the record. She also appears on three tracks on the new Yello LP, and has previously worked with the likes of Tricky, Ghostchant, Phaeleh and more. But it's her own material you should really be directing your attention to. Her debut... [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 moves by MP Nigel Adams to get ticket-buying bots banned, how the cost of streaming is putting off mainstream consumers, and Harry Shearer's $125 million lawsuit over royalties from 'This Is Spinal Tap'. 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 Kesha's New York Times profile part of a "co-ordinated campaign to mislead the public", says Dr Luke's lawyer
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LEGAL Prince's "brother" cut from $300 million estate
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BRANDS & MERCH Outkast's Big Boi launches dog shampoo range
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Boiler Room announces virtual reality venue
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MEDIA RAJAR Round Up: 6 Music and Radio X score record audience figures
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ARTIST NEWS Abba working on virtual reality project with Simon Fuller
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RELEASES Pussy Riot return with two new songs
111 track #savefabric compilation announced
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ONE LINERS Gavin Rossdale, Maria Pallante, Bucks Music, more
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AND FINALLY... Justin Timberlake avoids jail after posting polling booth selfie
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Kesha's New York Times profile part of a "co-ordinated campaign to mislead the public", says Dr Luke's lawyer
Legal representatives for producer Dr Luke have reacted angrily to a newly published profile on Kesha in the New York Times Magazine. They claim that the article contains "many inaccuracies" and falls into a "continuing co-ordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public".

The main focus of the article is the career limbo in which Kesha finds herself as she continues to pursue legal action against Luke, with whom she has various active deals, including with his Sony Music imprint Kemosabe. She is described in the piece as "a popstar suspended in a Jell-O mould of paralysis, unable to put out new music until all of this is resolved".

Kesha's accusations against the producer of rape and later verbal abuse are reiterated, alongside a discussion of the new music she has recorded but has been unable to release as of yet. It also says that "Kesha has no ability to earn money, outside of touring for audiences of a few hundred, paying expenses from her own pocket", suggesting that Luke maybe suppressing her new music as a means to ensure that she runs out of funds to continue with her litigation.

All of which is disputed in a lengthy statement from Dr Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepera.

"The reality is that for well over two years, Kesha chose - and it was entirely her choice - not to provide her label with any music", says Lepera. "Kesha was always free to move forward with her music, and an album could have been released long ago had she done so. She exiled herself".

Lepera continues: "[Kesha] provided 22 recordings [in June and July this year] created without any label consultation which were not in compliance with her contract, were in various stages of development, and which Kesha's own team acknowledged needed work. Then, and for the last several months, the label has been in discussions with Kesha and her team to choose the best music, create additional music, and work on the tracks created".

A list of agreed producers has been signed off by both sides, a studio booked and budget set aside, the lawyer says, suggesting that it is now Kesha who is holding up the process.

Lepera concludes: "Kesha's claim in the article that she has no ability to earn money outside of touring is completely rebutted by well documented public court records which apparently escaped the article's attention".

As much previously reported, Kesha's legal battle with Dr Luke is a long and complex one, at one point straddling courts in three separate states. The key focus for most observers has been her accusations that he drugged and raped her as a teenager. He denies these claims, saying that she made these allegations in a bid to force his hand in a contractual dispute - something reiterated in Lepera's statement, and which she says "backfired".

Earlier this year, Kesha attempted to gain a temporary injunction allowing her to record for a label other than Sony Music, in the short term at least, in the main so that she could work without the interaction of Luke. This was rejected by the court, the judge saying that this would undermine New York State contract law and that, anyway, Sony had committed to allow her to work with another producer and imprint at the major music firm.

The other issue in that part of the dispute was that Kesha's deal is not with Sony direct, but is funnelled through a number of Luke's companies. She raised concerns that there was no guarantee that Sony would put any effort into promoting her new work, and that the structure of her deal meant that anything she did with the major label would still put money into the hands of the man she accuses of abusing her.

Although the PR war has generally gone in Kesha's favour, especially this year, court proceedings have tended to side with Luke. As more of Kesha's case has been eroded, she voluntarily dismissed litigation in California in August, that having been previously placed on hold while the breach of contract proceedings in New York continued. On that front, Kesha said later in August that she would no longer include the abuse allegations in that case.

Despite the ongoing litigation, earlier this month Sony Music told Buzzfeed that it hoped to release new music from the musician "soon", though her lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, then said that his client had received "no commitments" with regard to this.

Meanwhile the New York Times profile made those new claims that her music was actually being suppressed. "Dr Luke has insisted Sony's participation is just an 'accommodation' and has not denied that all decisions regarding the album are still being made by Dr Luke", a rep for the singer told the publication.

Commenting on the article via Instagram, Kesha herself said: "Thank you to the New York Times for shedding light on my life and legal situation. There's nothing harder than dreaming and working and fighting for something your whole entire life, since you were three years old, since you could speak. And you FINALLY achieve it. And then have someone else take it away from you. My heart has a giant hole in it and is literally aching and throbbing from sadness and loss. Imagine someone owning your voice... and not letting you sing. Singing is how I have dealt with everything in my life. And my right has been taken away".

Read the New York Times article here, and Dr Luke's full response here.

Prince's "brother" cut from $300 million estate
The legal wrangling to work out who are the legitimate heirs of Prince continues, and what we've learned this week is that just because you refer to someone as your "brother" that doesn't make them your brother, not in the eyes of the law anyway. Who knew?

As previously reported, Prince died earlier this year without making a will, and various parties subsequently came forward claiming to be a legal heir to his estate, which is estimated to be worth around $300 million. His sister and five half-siblings have been confirmed as heirs, but many others have been rejected by the judge overseeing the proceedings, including people who claimed that Prince was their biological or adoptive father, and a woman who claimed to have married the singer.

The latest claims to be rejected came from the heirs of a man who Prince often referred to as his "brother", Duane Nelson. But Duane wasn't, in fact, Prince's brother. Though, to be fair to these two claimants, the musician wasn't just using the word 'brother' in the slang sense to mean friend. They argued that Prince's father, John L Nelson, had treated Duane as if he was his son, creating a "family relationship".

However, the judge, Kevin W Eide, said that under Minnesota law formal adoption must take place for an assumed child to be a legal heir. The judge ruled: "There is no case law in Minnesota or, to the court's knowledge, anywhere in the United States that establishes for intestacy purposes where there was no genetic relationship but the parties to the relationship held themselves out to be father and son".

Duane Nelson's decedents are likely to appeal the ruling, while another man who claims to be the son of Prince's non-brother has been given extra time to prove his claim that John L Nelson had intended to adopt Duane even though the formalities were never completed.

Elsewhere in Prince news, a rep for his estate says he has no knowledge of discussions with Jay-Z about Roc Nation acquiring the musician's unreleased catalogue in a $40 million deal. TMZ says Jay-Z met with Prince's sister Tyka Nelson to discuss the possible purchase.

Speaking for the estate, L Londell McMillan told Billboard that no formal representative of the estate has had any such discussions with Roc Nation, while stressing that any deal done around previously unreleased Prince recordings will a licensing arrangement not a sale.

It is possible, though, that Jay-Z will seek to extend the exclusivity deal his streaming service Tidal struck with Prince before his death.

Outkast's Big Boi launches dog shampoo range
Outkast's Big Boi has announced a new range of dog shampoos. The collection is a collaboration with actor turned pet care product manufacturer Bobbi Panter, and is being released under the brand name Big Boi & Bobbi. And no, I'm not sure if this isn't just really a weird dream either.

"I was fascinated by Big Boi's love and passion for his pets and eager to learn more about this world of dogs that I didn't know much about", says Panter, referring to the array of bulldogs the rapper and his brother James care for at their Pitfall Kennels in Atlanta. "I was anxious to see what these breeds were all about and as I suspected, they are adorable, affectionate and lovable too. I fell in love with them all!"

Big Boi adds: "Once I saw how great Bobbi's products are and how passionate she is about her pets and helping other animals, I knew I wanted to partner with her and get these products in even more dog owner's hands. I look forward to the possibilities ahead for us!"

Right, so if you have a dog that stinks (and it almost certainly does), you'll find eleven possible shampoos to rectify that with here.

Boiler Room announces virtual reality venue
More VR? Yep, more VR. Boiler Room has announced that it will launch its live-streamed club night concept into virtual reality next year. It claims to be setting up "the world's first VR venue" in partnership with VR content maker Inception.

"We've always been driven by using technology to showcase the music we care about and give fans all around the world an authentic experience of the events and scenes they can't be part of in person", says Boiler Room founder Blaise Bellville. "Building the first ever music venue born for VR is a big evolution of that, creating immersive online experiences that bring people even closer to what it's like being at a sweaty rave or an amazing concert half-way across the world".

Inception CEO Benny Arbel adds: "Our goal is to bring immersive experiences to life by providing premium VR content to users worldwide. Boiler Room's VR venue will be the definition of immersive - everything about this site will be meticulously planned and constructed to be a dream room for any artist to create the VR show of a lifetime".

Actually, "characterised by or relating to dipping, absorption or immersion" is the real definition of 'immersive', but whatever. Further details of the new Boiler Room venture are to be announced in due course, with the first shows in the VR venue expected in early 2017.

RAJAR Round Up: 6 Music and Radio X score record audience figures
So, the latest radio listening figures are out everybody - yes, it's RAJAR day.

For younger readers, radio is a medium via which old people consume audio, both speech and music, through special 'wireless' devices which, confusingly, often have a few wires, but which receive said audio, both speech and music, through special transmissions that are delivered over the air in the form of radio waves, sometimes with an element of frequency modulation, and which the aforementioned wireless device is capable of receiving, so that the aforementioned old people can tune into to said transmissions of audio as and when they wish. It's a bit like YouTube. But without the pictures. And without the option to choose the music. And you can't skip the ads. And you can't write angry comments next to things you just watched. So, basically, it's like a shit YouTube.

Anyway, let's see who's been listening to the radio this summer, shall we? Yes, it's our five point summary of those bloody RAJARs.

1. Just over nine million people were listening to Chris Evans on Radio 2 over breakfast in recent months, which sounds good, though that's 400,000 less than earlier this year. Radio 2, meanwhile, saw its overall listening numbers slip by 150,000 to 15.1 million.

2. Over on Radio 1 Nicky Boy Grimshaw managed to persuade 200,000 of his listeners to turn off, so that 5.25 million people are now tuning into to his breakfast show. Though Radio 1 in general had a pretty good quarter, with overall audience up 400,000 to 9.87 million.

3. Good old 6 Music continues to out-perform itself, scoring a new record audience of 2.34 million listeners. Let's once again spend six seconds remembering that time they tried to shut this digital station down.

4. In commercial radio land, Global Radio would like you all to know that the Capital "brand" now reaches 8.7 million listeners, up 213,000 on the last set of RAJAR figures and 732,000 year on year. It's also the most popular commercial radio outlet in the actual capital. By which I mean London. Sorry Edinburgh.

5. Oh, and the Radio X experiment does now seem to be paying off, the revamped Xfm currently reaching 1.3 million listeners each week, its highest audience ever. Though Chris Moyles is still talking to a far smaller audience than in his Radio 1 days. But hey, that's probably a good thing.

In the mood for more RAJAR chit chat? Here's radio expert Matt Deegan with his thoughts.

  Approved: Fifi Rong
The most likely place you've heard Fifi Rong this year is on the title track of Skepta's 'Konnichiwa' album - it's her voice that opens the record. She also appears on three tracks on the new Yello LP, and has previously worked with the likes of Tricky, Ghostchant, Phaeleh and more. But it's her own material you should really be directing your attention to.

Her debut album, 'Wrong', was released in 2013, and more recently she's put out two EPs - 'Violently Silently' in 2015 and 'Forbidden Desire' in April this year. As she works towards her second full album, her new single, 'Future Never Comes', is due for release on 4 Nov.

"'Future Never Comes' is by far the most epic-sounding track I've made", she says, "with a lyrical theme going back to my initial breakthrough of the fear for pursuing my dream and answering my calling".

The song certainly has a grand feel, but is also underpinned by fragility. Rong officially launches the single with a live show at The Century Club in London on 4 Nov.

Listen to 'Future Never Comes' here.

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Abba working on virtual reality project with Simon Fuller
More VR? Yep, more VR. All four members of Abba are teaming up with Simon Fuller to create a new virtual reality experience featuring the band. Going slightly over the top with the hyperbole, they insist on calling it "a new entertainment experience" and a way to "see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined".

"We're inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here", says Benny Andersson. "A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are".

Frida Lyngstad adds: "Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new Abba creation will excite them as much as it excites me!"

Well, we'll see. Though they couldn't even get all four members of the group to give quotes for the press release. But Simon Fuller had something to say. And that is this: "The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of Abba over the past few months have filled me with great excitement. We are exploring a new technological world, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn't have previously imagined".

And then, for absolutely no reason, Universal Music boss Uncle Luci Grainge says that he is "THRILLED" about all this nonsense.

If you want to know more about what the hell is going on, you'll have to wait until next year.

Pussy Riot return with two new songs
Two new Pussy Riot tracks have hit the internet this week, written and performed by the group's Nadya Tolokonnikova and produced by Dave Sitek.

Following on from Sitek's previous production for the outfit, 'Chaika', new track 'Straight Outta Vagina' is performed in English, and also features rappers Desi Mo and Leikeli47. Announcing the track, Tolokonnikova told Afisha Daily: "We are still surrounded by such creatures as Putin and Trump, who view women on the same level as expensive watches. In the larger context of history, female emancipation is a relatively new concept. It is naive to suppose that a hundred years is enough to change the entire existing culture of prejudice".

Referencing Donald Trump's recently uncovered "grab them by the pussy" comments, the official Pussy Riot Twitter account also threatened that this song "grabs back".

The second new song, 'Organs', is less upbeat than the first and performed in Russian, delivering lines like, "You don't want to end unwilling pregnancies with an abortion, like Trump? Then cut your balls, motherfucker, and there will be no need for abortions. But leave my pussy alone and don't touch me with your dirty tradition. Relax, man".

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111 track #savefabric compilation announced
As the campaign to save the Fabric club in London continues, Fabric Records and Houndstooth have announced a new compilation, titled '#savefabric'. Artists associated with both labels were asked to donate previously unreleased original tracks or remixes to the project, resulting in the tracklist swelling to 111 contributions in a matter of weeks.

"In the era of the playlist, this compilation represents a comprehensive overview of electronic music from the outer fringes of experimental explorations right through to music aimed squarely at the dancefloor", say the labels in a statement. "Ahead of the court date which will determine the long term future of Fabric nightclub we'd like to present this compilation as a document of this moment in time but also as the perfect embodiment of everything Fabric is and stands for".

Among the contributors are Skream, Clams Casino, Simian Mobile Disco, Coldcut, Howie B, µ-Ziq, Machinedrum, dBridge, Caspa & Rusko, Pinch, Fake Blood, House Of Black Lanterns, Nightwave, Appleblim, 18+ and Clark

The compilation will be released digitally on 4 Nov. More info here.

Gavin Rossdale, Maria Pallante, Bucks Music, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Roc Nation has signed a publishing deal with Gavin Rossdale off of Bush. He's "THRILLED" about it all. Hope he still has time to write some songs now he's being a judge on the all-new 'Voice' show over there on ITV.

• Maria Pallante, the recently axed US Register Of Copyrights, has formally resigned, according to The Hollywood Reporter. When she was removed from the job running the American Copyright Office she was given a consolation prize position in the Library Of Congress, which oversees the copyright unit. But she's confirmed she doesn't want it.

• Music publisher Bucks Music Group has announced three new hires within its sync division: Holly Manners, formerly with Soho Music; Angus Fulton, who previously did sync things at Warner/Chappell; and Tom Frank, formerly a syncer at [PIAS]. Charlotte Robson also becomes Sync Assistant having completed the firm's internship programme.

• The dance music focused Brighton Music Conference will take place from 27-28 Apr next year. In Brighton. It's a conference. About music.

• The Shins have released new single 'Dead Alive', taken from their forthcoming new album.

• They have released a new track based on the guitar riff from 'Polly' by Nirvana. Listen to 'Rather Die' here.

• Hudson Mohawke has released new track 'Shanghaied', taken from his soundtrack to videogame 'Ded Sec - Watch Dogs 2', which is out on 11 Nov.

• Sleigh Bells have released the video for new single 'I Can Only Stare'. Their new album, 'Jessica Rabbit', is out on 11 Nov. They also play The Dome in Tufnell Park tonight, but that's sold out.

• PC Music's GFOTY has released a new mixtape, 'Call Him A Doctor'.

• Sacred Paws have announced that they will release their debut album, 'Strike A Match', on 27 Jan. Here's new single 'Rest'.

• Ekkah have announced a new single, 'Can't Give It Up'. They've also let slip that they'll be on tour next month.

• Tegan & Sara have announced that they will tour the UK in February next year, kicking off at The Roundhouse in London on 13 Feb.

• Pete Doherty has announced two UK live shows in December. He will play The Forum in London on 6 Dec and Albert Hall in Manchester on 7 Dec.

• Nightwave will perform live at Echoes in London on 8 Nov.

• US collecting society ASCAP will be giving its Golden Note Award to Duran Duran at its big annual back-slapping bash in London next month. No confirmation yet as to which note employed by the band was the golden one.

• It was the Music Ally Digital Music Awards last night. Were there winners? Oh boy, yes, there were winners. Here are some winners.

Justin Timberlake avoids jail after posting polling booth selfie
Justin Timberlake has avoided prosecution for taking a selfie in a polling booth by virtue of the person whose job it is to investigate such things not being arsed.

The musician returned to his hometown of Memphis to cast an early vote in the upcoming US presidential election. Posting a picture of himself about to vote, he wrote on Instagram: "I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote. No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, 8 Nov! Choose to have a voice! If you don't, then we can't hear you! Get out and vote!"

So that's a positive message. However, taking pictures while voting is illegal in Tennessee, and can incur a fine or jail sentence. And it wasn't looking good for JT, when the next day the local District Attorney issued a statement saying: "The Shelby County DA was made aware of a possible violation of election law. The matter is under review by the DA's Office".

Panic stations! Who would run MySpace while he was in prison? It really looked like we were heading for disaster. But then it turned out it was OK. The DA couldn't actually be bothered to look into what had happened.

"The statement released earlier today by my office regarding Justin Timberlake and an investigation was incorrect and was released without my knowledge", said Shelby County DA Amy Weirich in a second statement. "I am out of town at a conference. No one in our office is currently investigating this matter nor will we be using our limited resources to do so".

Phew! As a rule of thumb though, don't take selfies in polling booth because that is obviously stupid and could be illegal.

 
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