TODAY'S TOP STORY: Nigel Adams MP has withdrawn his proposed ticket touting amendment to the in-progress Digital Economy Bill after the government's Minister For Digital And Culture, Matt Hancock, committed to instigate a meeting between "all interested parties" to discuss the issue at hand - the use of ticket-buying bots by touts - this side of Christmas. Hancock added that... [READ MORE]
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TOP STORIES Government pledges meeting to discuss tackling ticket tout bots
LEGAL Dutch industry turns its anti-piracy efforts to Facebook groups
DEALS Universal Music Publishing to administer entire Prince catalogue
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify buys subscriber insights firm, relaunches website for artists
ARTIST NEWS Nigel Farage keeping The Smiths apart
Grimes plans to move away from singing
RELEASES A Tribe Called Quest discuss final album release
Japandroids announce wild new album
ONE LINERS Foreigner, UK Music, David Bemoji, more
AND FINALLY... Yeah, Bono really has been named Woman Of The Year
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Government pledges meeting to discuss tackling ticket tout bots
Nigel Adams MP has withdrawn his proposed ticket touting amendment to the in-progress Digital Economy Bill after the government's Minister For Digital And Culture, Matt Hancock, committed to instigate a meeting between "all interested parties" to discuss the issue at hand - the use of ticket-buying bots by touts - this side of Christmas. Hancock added that the government will then respond to the Waterson Review of the entire secondary ticketing market after that meeting has taken place.

As previously reported, Adams, the Conservative MP who heads up the All Party Parliamentary Group For Music, proposed his amendment to the Digital Economy Bill last month. It would have criminalised the use of the kind of software industrial-level touts use to buy up large numbers of tickets from primary sellers as they go on sale.

Somehow restricting the use of these so called 'bots' is the one bit of regulation that even some of the secondary ticketing sites - which generally advocate minimal regulation of the resale market - have in the past said they'd support. And indeed StubHub confirmed that support after Adams announced his proposal.

The proposed amendment was discussed by the Public Bill Committee in the House Of Commons earlier this week. Adams again recalled his trouble getting hold of Green Day tickets from the band's primary seller, which quickly sold out as tickets at hiked up prices appeared on the secondary market.

The MPs on the committee were quick to sympathise with Adams while admitting that they too had heard of Green Day. Hancock, meanwhile, said he'd like to name-check Paul Simon, doing so by concocting some story about how he too had been a victim of the bloody piss-taking touts when trying to see Not Garfunkel sing some of his songs.

However, Hancock then noted that, in the aforementioned Waterson review, it said that the use of ticket touting bots may already be illegal under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and that while those rules are clearly not being enforced, solving the bot problem may not actually require new law. To that end, he added, his boss - Culture Secretary Karen Bradley - wanted to review how the Computer Misuse Act 1990 might apply and could be better implemented. So the promised big meet up will discuss just that.

Plus, Hancock added: "A series of non-legislative work is also needed to tackle the problem. Today, we are announcing the new national cyber-security policy and that includes support, through the National Cyber Security Centre, for further action. The centre is in touch with ticketing organisations to enable this and I suggest that we also invite them to attend the meeting to see what progress can be made". What a fun meeting it'll be. If only Green Day and Paul Simon could be persuaded to attend.

The FanFair Alliance, which is lobbying hard on secondary ticketing of course, welcomed Hancock's commitments. Its Campaign Manager, Adam Webb, said: "We fully support Nigel Adams MP in pursuing this issue. The abuse of software by touts to hack into ticketing sales and scalp inventory is a major bugbear for genuine fans and it is an issue where we need clarity in the law. However, as was also made clear by MPs at the committee and also by the minister, action against bots is not a silver bullet. To make the ticketing market function better for audiences, we also need proper enforcement of existing consumer law and regulation of the big four resale platforms".

Elsewhere, it was the StubHub sponsored Q Awards last night. StubHub's involvement in Q magazine's annual back-slapping bash has proven rather controversial of course, it unfortunately coinciding with the newly organised anti-touting campaign within the artist community.

According to Music Week, some of the anti-touting artists amongst the winners at the event last night used the opportunity to diss secondary ticketing, if not actually targeting StubHub by name. Bastille's Dan Smith was most forthright, declaring that: "Exploitative secondary ticketing is fucking bollocks - it's shit for fans and it's pretty shit for the bands as well". Which would be a pretty good slogan for StubHub to adopt.

Jack Garratt, Bastille, PJ Harvey, The 1975, U2, James Bay, MIA, Meat Loaf, Ray Davies, Madness, The Charlatans, Blondie and Muse all took home Q gongs - the latter apparently the best act in the world today, which possibly damages the credibility of the whole event more than the sponsor. Though, in honour of Q's big sponsorship deal, I expect every winner to now sell their gongs to the highest bidder on an auction website of their choice. Maybe StubHub owner eBay could even waive its fees.

Dutch industry turns its anti-piracy efforts to Facebook groups
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN says that it has successfully forced nine Facebook groups offline on the basis they existed to provide users with links to unlicensed sources of music content. And that's not really what music people have in mind when they continue to waffle on about Facebook's possible role as a future music service.

It's not the first time the entertainment industry has pressured Facebook to close down groups on copyright grounds, but comes as part of BREIN's newly proactive efforts to crack down on good old fashioned file-sharing.

As previously reported, BREIN has started pursuing legal action again against individuals who prolifically upload music without licence, usually by securing ex-parte court orders that mean a suspected file-sharer would face regular significant fines if they do not commit to stop infringing copyright with immediate effect.

One of the file-sharers targeted by BREIN in this way did his file-sharing via a Facebook group, by posting links to music files stored in digital lockers. That particular group was shut down at the same time as the targeted file-sharer committing to stop infringing, but BREIN has now confirmed to Torrentfreak that it got another nine groups closed.

The anti-piracy group stated that: "Links to infringing files hosted on cloud services were indexed on the pages. Knowingly posting links to infringing files is itself a violation".

Of course, those posting or accessing illegal content via the now closed Facebook groups - while inconvenienced - will likely find a new place to post and click on links. Though the ever proactive BREIN will no doubt look out for those new places too - while also threatening to go after any individuals who can be shown to be actually uploading the files linked to - the message basically being "why can't you all just use bloody Spotify?"

Universal Music Publishing to administer entire Prince catalogue
Universal Music Publishing has announced a deal with the Prince estate to represent and administrate the publishing rights in all of the late musician's songs. The major says that, via the deal, it is now "responsible for servicing and administering Prince's expansive catalogue of songs" and "will also work closely with Prince's estate to develop new creative outlets for his music".

If you think Universal Music Publishing boss Jody Gerson is "THRILLED" about all this, you'll be forgetting just how humbling becoming Prince's exclusive publishing administrator can be. "We're humbled to be entrusted with Prince's catalogue", said she. "I'm grateful to my entire team for their work in making this agreement a reality".

"UMPG is a premiere destination for songwriters, because of the meticulous care, focus and passion we bring to creating opportunities for our artists and their body of work", she continued. "With the timelessness and genius of Prince's music, there are no limits to what we can achieve working with his estate. Prince's popularity will only continue to grow around the world".

One hopes there'll also be some "meticulous care" employed before Universal starts issuing takedowns over YouTube videos in which babies dance to Prince's pop songs. By which I mean some meticulous care to check whether said videos constitute 'fair use' under American law before pressing send on the takedown demand. What am I talking about, of course there will be!

Certainly Prince estate overseers Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan reckon everything's going to be well smart this time. "We are pleased that UMPG shall once again administer Prince's music publishing worldwide", said they last night, in perfect unison. "With this major agreement, the estate maintains ownership of Prince's music, and now legions of fans from around the world will have even greater opportunities to continue to delight in his incomparable songwriting and musical expression".

Spotify buys subscriber insights firm, relaunches website for artists
Spotify has bought a company called Preact that uses analytics, metrics and good old machine learning to identify how to better sign up new subscribers and retain the ones you've got. Which is certainly knowledge that would be useful for a subscriptions-based business, and especially one that is very keen to find ways to persuade its loss-leading freemium users to become paying customers.

"Finding the trends and behaviour patterns in our data that correlate with paid subscriptions is incredibly valuable", the streaming firm's VP Of Product Jason Richman said while confirming the acquisition. "The addition of Preact to Spotify's team will help us design experiences that grow our premium customer base".

Preact was founded in LA in 2012 before relocated to San Francisco. The start-up raised somewhere between $12.5 million and $16.7 million in investment, depending on who you ask, and was originally pitched as a B2B insight provider to subscription-based businesses. It's not clear if it will continue to work for other clients too now that it is owned by Spotify and will operate from its parent company's offices, though TechCrunch suggests it may have stopped doing that already about a year ago.

Elsewhere in Spotify news, the streaming firm has relaunched its website aimed at artists, with the company's recently appointed Global Head Of Creator Services Troy Carter stating in a blog post that "we're shifting the purpose of this website from detailing the mechanics of streaming to helping artists maximise the opportunity it's created".

  Approved: Leonie Evans
A performing musician since childhood, Rae vocalist Leonie Evans has spent recent years in a state of perpetual touring. Reflecting this on her debut solo album, 'Collaborations Vol 1', she spent a year travelling around the UK, recording with groups made up of some of her favourite musicians.

Members of Syd Arthur, Cocos Lovers, Yama Warashi and others feature across the album's nine tracks, giving it an eclectic sound that straddles folk, blues, jazz and more, not to mention multiple languages. It's all then drawn together by Evans' impressive songwriting and astonishing voice.

The tour in support of the record begins tonight at North London's Styx Bar. She'll then travel the country again between now and Christmas, visiting the places where each musician on the album is based and performing live with them.

Listen to 'Mi Balcon' from the album here.

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Nigel Farage keeping The Smiths apart
Mere days ago, we learned that we only narrowly avoided a Smiths reunion back in 2008. Now the question remains, could we come so close to disaster again? Probably not, thanks to opposing views on the result of the UK's EU Referendum between Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

Last month, Morrissey told Australian magazine Faster Louder that "the result [of the referendum] was magnificent", and also told that Nigel Farage and George Galloway are "liberal educators". Meanwhile back in 2013, he told Loaded: "I like Nigel Farage a great deal. His views are quite logical - especially where Europe is concerned".

Speaking to Marr this week, Sky News asked if this means that he and Morrissey no longer see eye to eye on politics. "Yes, that's probably right", he replied. "I always forget about that, it's stuff I hear second hand and I don't believe everything I read but if that is the case that he's pro-Farage, there would be a slight drawback in that, as anyone would imagine".

So, if you can say one thing for Nigel Farage, it's that he's stopped The Smiths from getting back together. Although Marr added that he wasn't in any mood to reform The Smiths now anyway: "Doing what I'm doing now, it doesn't feel necessary at all - I really like moving forward. Me and Andy [Rourke] play together when I'm in New York and that is as far as I think it needs to go".

Which I guess means we can go back to Nigel Farage having no redeeming qualities. Ah well, better luck next time, Nige.


Grimes plans to move away from singing
Grimes has said that she sees herself moving away from singing on future material, in order to concentrate more on songwriting and production. Well, it worked for Calvin Harris.

"Honestly, I don't feel very confident in myself as a singer", she tells V Magazine. "As I get older, I'm probably going to try to be more involved in the behind-the-scenes work, and less involved in being the frontperson. I think where my pride in my work lies is in my production, editing, and directing. I'm not a trained musician; this is something that happened almost randomly. I'd rather be compared to my peers who are producers - I think that's a world where I'm capable at achieving at a higher level".

Of where her music is headed, she says: "I'm really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe. I feel like my work has always been fast-paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that's slow and heavy. I'm so ADD in my work; I really want to push myself into something that would be slower and more reflective".

In which case, let's all enjoy Grimes at her most vocal and fast-paced before that shift comes.

A Tribe Called Quest discuss final album release
A Tribe Called Quest have confirmed that they will release their final album - and their first for eighteen years - later this month, called 'We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service'.

The band were working on the record when rapper Phife Dawg died in March this year, which bandmates Q-Tip and Jarobi White discuss in a new interview with The New York Times. "I had no idea that his days was numbered", says Q-Tip of learning that Phife Dawg had died. "I just want to celebrate him, you know?"

Featuring guest appearances from Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White and Busta Rhymes, 'We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service' is due for release on 11 Nov.


Japandroids announce wild new album
Japandroids have announced that they will release new album 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life' on 27 Jan.

As with the duo's previous two LPs, 2009's 'Post-Nothing' and 2012's 'Celebration Rock', the new album is eight songs long - this being the number of songs that feature on all the best rock albums, they have decided. When you start totting it up, they kind of have a point. This time around, the record has also been designed for vinyl, the songs on each side following their own loose narrative, tied together with the final track as an epilogue.

The announcement of 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life' comes accompanied with a new single, which I assume is what you're really here for. In which case, you'd better have a listen to that single, also called 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life', here.

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Other notable announcements and developments today...

• In their continued quest to find out what love is, Foreigner have signed a new brand management deal with Sony's Artist Legacy Group. "We are looking forward to working with the professionals of Artist Legacy Group who I know are going to make a valuable contribution to the development of the Foreigner brand", says guitarist Mick Jones. Rock and roll.

• Cross-sector trade group UK Music has a new Director Of Communications all set to start directing some communications. It's Anthony Barnes of recently appointed Director Of Communications at UK Music fame.

• David Bowie-themed emojis are being included in the next iOS update. At last.

• Oasis are reforming next year and have already been on the phone to a potential support act, reckons Noise11. Yeah, well, we'll see.

• Alesso has released the video for new single 'Take My Breath Away'.

• Back after more than a decade, Coldcut have announced that they will release their previously reported new EP 'Only Heaven' on 25 Nov, featuring collaborations with Roots Manuva and Roses Gabor. They'll also play a show at London's Jazz Café on 3 Dec. Here's new single 'Donald's Wig'.

Revived by Sony Music last year, metal label Music For Nations is now reviving its 'Speed Kills' compilation series, with volume seven due out on 2 Dec. The new edition will feature Akercocke, Acid Reign, The King Is Blind and more.

• Moon Duo have announced that they will release their fourth album, 'Occult Architecture Vol 1', on 3 Feb. From it, this is 'Cold Fear'.

• Trudy And The Romance have released a new single, 'My Baby's Gone Away', with a second on the way later this month.

• Laura Mvula has announced that she will be performing at Electric Brixton on 22 Nov. Tickets available now.

• The until now secret line up for the new Off The Record festival taking place in Manchester tomorrow has been announced, complete with info on who picked each act. Check it out on the website or listen to it in Spotify form.

• Music Business Worldwide presented its first ever A&R Awards last night. Were there winners? Oh boy, yes, there were winners. Here are some winners.

Yeah, Bono really has been named Woman Of The Year
US magazine Glamour apparently couldn't think of eight whole women who'd done anything of note this year, so it's given one of its Women Of The Year awards to Bono.

"I'm sure I don't deserve it", says the U2 frontman. "But I'm grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can't be won unless men lead it along with women. We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions".

One of 2013's Glamour Women Of The Year, Melinda Gates, commented: "He's one of the most outspoken and effective advocates for women and girls I know. As an activist, he's using those skills to get the world talking about the fact that ending extreme poverty begins with empowering women and girls".

The actual women on the list this year are: Gwen Stefani; gymnast Simon Biles; Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi; model Ashley Graham, France's first female finance minister Christine Lagarde; activist Nadia Murad; and fashion designer Miuccia Prada. Look how they've all been relegated to a list in the final paragraph of this article. Good work, Bonzo.

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