FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: After the US Internet Association, repping web giants like Google and Amazon, got in quick earlier this week with an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump making various requests, including some in relation to ongoing copyright debates, America's National Music Publishers Association has got its quill out and penned its own missive to the incoming Commander In Chief... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: The Soundcrash team have managed to take over the Royal Albert Hall! And, going from strength to strength, they've roped in an impressive line-up to join them. The Submotion Orchestra will headline, presenting their blend of electronic bass music, ambient, jazz and dub style, while one of the world's best hip hop groups - The Pharcyde - will be jetting in from LA... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: There are a number of things you can reasonably expect to see when you go to an Adele show. Adele is one of them. A bat is not. Not even Adele expects a bat at an Adele show. But one still turned up to her show at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City this week, acting like it was all totally normal. "There's a bat!" shouted Adele, highlighting what an... [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 the Culture Select Committee session on ticket touting in Parliament, Duran Duran testing the reach of America's copyright reversion rule, and Prince's label suing Tidal over the streaming of the late star's catalogue. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: A very long running piece of litigation involving a YouTube video that featured a snippet of a Prince track could reach the US Supreme Court next year. But what is the so called 'dancing baby' case all about, and what exactly are 'fair use' and 'takedowns'? We explain the law and debates behind this famous ongoing American case. CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Music publishers get in their wish list to President-Elect Trump
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LEGAL What.CD taken offline
50 Cent sample case dismissed by US court
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DEALS Catalogue label Rock Candy expands into US via RED alliance
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Young Thug launches 300 imprint YSL Records
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MEDIA Mark Goodier recovering from stroke
News UK to launch pop-up Sun radio station in Scotland
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ARTIST NEWS Musicians and MPs record charity single in memory of Jo Cox
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ONE LINERS Britney Spears, Pharrell, Metallica, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #332: Adele v A Fucking Bat, Jesus Christ!
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Music publishers get in their wish list to President-Elect Trump
After the US Internet Association, repping web giants like Google and Amazon, got in quick earlier this week with an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump making various requests, including some in relation to ongoing copyright debates, America's National Music Publishers Association has got its quill out and penned its own missive to the incoming Commander In Chief.

Noting Trump's promise to overhaul Washington politics and take on the shady lobbying machine, the letter beings by saying: "As you have said many times, Washington needs to change, and one of the changes we hope comes from your Presidency is fairness for one of America's most important small businesses: songwriters. Giant technology companies have had a stronghold in Washington under the Obama Administration. Google, which owns the largest music streaming company in the world - YouTube - enjoyed a well-documented, close relationship with the White House, in particular".

It goes on: "Relationships like these led to an unfair and often hostile stance towards the creative community whose work has been systematically devalued by the very technology companies who rely on its product. Such companies recently wrote to you requesting support for the internet industry and its 'innovation', however we implore you to keep in mind that innovation is the first casualty of a lack of incentive".

Noting the value of the copyright industries to the US economy, the letter continues: "Once the songwriters, producers and publishers behind the music cannot make a living, not only will they suffer, but so will all of the technology and entertainment industries they fuel".

Trump and his Republican pals in Congress will likely make reducing government regulation a key part of their agenda. Tech firms would argue that strict copyright rules are the unnecessary regulation that hinders their operations, while the music industry sees the compulsory licences in US copyright law and the consent decrees governing collecting societies BMI and ASCAP as the unwarranted intrusion of government into their business.

Expanding on that theme, the 'summary of priorities' attached to the NMPA's letter says: "For more than 100 years, songwriters have been denied the ability to negotiate the value of their intellectual property in a free market. In fact, today 75% of a songwriter's income continues to be regulated by outdated laws and government regulations. The results from this rigged process have clearly benefitted large technology companies who use music, which is why they are spending millions to keep songwriters under these crippling regulations".

Back in the letter itself, the music publishing trade group concludes: "Like many small business owners in America, songwriters are under attack by overregulation and degradation by Washington bureaucracy. We are hopeful that your administration is a sign of change for them - and that under your leadership they will be able to profit from the work they produce in a fair and free-market way, as other property owners do".

In terms of its priorities, the NMPA mentions consent decree reform, safe harbour reform, tech firms doing more to combat piracy and the US government putting pressure on those countries where IP protection is currently rather slack. You can read the full letter here.

It remains to be seen how a Trump government tackles copyright matters. It would sort of be ironic if his anti-lobbyist, anti-regulation leanings ending up helping the music community, most of whom have been very open about their distaste for a lot of what the President-Elect stands for. But we'll see, I guess.

What.CD taken offline
French police have taken BitTorrent tracker What.CD offline, seizing twelve servers at two hosting companies that were used to power the service.

Although the site and its domain name are still operational, visitors are now met with a message: "Due to some recent events, What.CD is shutting down. We are not likely to return any time soon in our current form. All site and user data has been destroyed. So long, and thanks for all the fish".

According to Zataz, the raid was conducted following a police investigation carried out in partnership with French collecting society SACEM. It's not clear if any arrests have been made, although the news report suggests that data on the servers may provide a trail back to various people involved in the file-sharing operation, including its UK-based founder.

The invite-only What.CD was launched in 2007 after British file-sharing community Oink was taken offline. In the criminal case pursued against that set-up, the site's founder, Alan Ellis, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud. He was later found not guilty.

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50 Cent sample case dismissed by US court
A US court has dismissed a lawsuit launched earlier this year over a sample in 50 Cent's 2003 track 'PIMP'.

Producer Brandon Parrott sued 50 Cent and pretty much everyone involved in the 2003 record, basically claiming that he was tricked into licensing the use of a beat from his track 'BAMBA' that appeared in the Universal-released hit.

The story went that he had sent 'BAMBA' and other tracks to Dr Dre's Universal imprint Aftermath two years before the 50 Cent record came out. Parrot claimed that in 2003, after the rapper's debut album 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' had been released, the label then got in touch to say it had put out the track containing his sample without licence by mistake. A deal was then done to cover the sample.

But Parrott subsequently reckoned that the label's 'honest mistake' story wasn't true, and that he had been duped into signing a less favourable deal. On that basis he sued in June this year for compensation.

Universal then requested that the case be dismissed in September on the grounds that an earlier settlement with Parrott over the sample barred him for pursuing legal action, and that the claimant had "not pled a single factual allegation" that proved that he had, in fact, been ripped off by Aftermath.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the judge hearing the case has now agreed with the major's arguments, stating that Parrott's "fraud claim was not only time-barred but also deeply flawed - failing on the justifiable reliance standard that is necessary to prevail". As a result, judge S James Otero dismissed the complaint without leave to amend.

Catalogue label Rock Candy expands into US via RED alliance
Rock Candy Records, the UK-based rock-orientated catalogue label led by former music journalist and A&R Derek Oliver - which has overseen reissues of records from the likes of Ted Nugent, Rick Springfield, Toto and REO Speedwagon - has announced a new alliance with Sony's RED Distribution in order to launch in the US market.

Confirming the deal, RED President Bob Morelli told reporters: "Derek Oliver's Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED's like-minded music strategy in the US. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl market share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are THRILLED to have them on board".

Young Thug launches 300 imprint YSL Records
Young Thug has been given his own label, YSL Records, as a subsidiary of 300 Entertainment.

The rapper broke the news on Snapchat earlier this week, giving followers a tour of the company's office and team. In the video, 300 co-founder Kevin Liles said: "[Young Thug] starting a new venture is going to take us to a different mindset. He's not just an artist in this particular case".

Although Young Thug has used the YSL name - standing for Young Stoner Life - in various ways in recent years, questions have already been raised over whether or not Yves Saint-Laurent will take exception to its apparent first use as an official company name. Probably not, but it would be fun, wouldn't it?

The news also firms up 300's position, following recent speculation over its future. Main founder Lyor Cohen - of course - recently moved to a new job at YouTube, while another co-founder, Todd Moscowitz, last week launched a new joint venture with Universal.

Mark Goodier recovering from stroke
Former Radio 1 DJ Mark Goodier has had a stroke, it has been confirmed.

Goodier's out of office reply for his email address at his production company Wise Buddah reads: "Thank you for your email. I am away from work for a time recovering from a stroke and so not seeing email every day".

According to the Mirror, his continued recovery means that he will not now record the voiceover for the new 'Now That's What I Call Music' album's TV ad. Which is notable because it will be the first time in 25 years that Goodier hasn't been the voice of the compilation series. Radio 1's Matt Edmondson will take his place.

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News UK to launch pop-up Sun radio station in Scotland
Media firm News UK has announced the first collaboration between its core newspaper business and its new radio division; the British subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp having bought TalkSport and Virgin Radio operator the Wireless Group earlier this year.

That collaboration is The Scottish Sun Xmas Radio, a temporary service available online and also on DAB in parts of Scotland, playing all your favourite Christmas tunes, and possibly all the ones you hate as well.

Says Wireless Group's Terry Underhill: "We want to sprinkle some Christmas magic across Scotland and The Scottish Sun will be providing the soundtrack for the 2016 festive season. From midday on 21 Nov until midnight on 27 Dec, we'll be broadcasting The Scottish Sun Christmas radio station".

Merry Christmas one and all.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Soundcrash at The Royal Albert Hall
The Soundcrash team have managed to take over the Royal Albert Hall! And, going from strength to strength, they've roped in an impressive line-up to join them.

The Submotion Orchestra will headline, presenting their blend of electronic bass music, ambient, jazz and dub style, while one of the world's best hip hop groups - The Pharcyde - will be jetting in from LA for an exclusive set; expect classics from 'Bizarre Ride II', 'Labcabincalifornia' and more.

The Hidden Orchestra will also unveil a new AV show, and singer Andreya Triana attends with her extended band for a live soul set. A favourite of mine since a few years back, Triana's beautiful soulful sound sits on the left side with output on Ninja and other labels.

Tying things all together, Henry Wu will bring his skills to the ones and twos in between the live sets, and after, with his nu soul flavours.

It's only a shame it's a school night.

Tuesday 22 Nov, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College Rd, Kensington, London, SW7 2AP, £22.50-£55.50, 7.30pm-11pm. More info here.
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Musicians and MPs record charity single in memory of Jo Cox
A group of politicians and musicians have come together to record a charity single in memory of Jo Cox, who was murdered in her constituency earlier this year.

Organised by Labour MP Kevin Brennan, the version of The Rolling Stones' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' features Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall, David Gray and Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley, plus 20 MPs from across various parties, including members of parliamentary rock band MP4, and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

"There's too few [people like Cox] in the world, so it's just incredibly sad that she has gone", Brennan told the BBC. "At the same time I think she'd be really happy that we are doing something so joyful and so celebratory and fun in her honour - and to help raise money and awareness for her causes".

Labour MP Tracy Brabin, who won Cox's former seat in Batley and Spen, commented at the recording: "I think it's an amazing event because it's bringing people together cross-party. There's Conservatives, there's Labour and I think that's what Jo always loved, to be able to work - when the idea was big and important - across parties".

The trial of the man accused of killing Cox is currently being heard at the Old Bailey.

Britney Spears, Pharrell, Metallica, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Britney Spears has released the video for 'Slumber Party', featuring Tinashe.

• Pharrell has a new song out. Look, here it is. It's taken from the soundtrack of new film 'Hidden Figures'.

• Metallica have released videos for every track on their new album, 'Hardwired... To Self Destruct', which is out today. Although the most joyous video of the week is them playing 'Enter Sandman' on toy instruments.

• A Tribe Called Quest have released the video for 'We The People', taken from their new and final album, 'We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service'.

• Jhene Aiko has released new single 'Maniac'.

• Has MØ released a new video? Does this answer your question?

• Jesca Hoop will release new album 'Memories Are Now' on 10 Feb. From it, this is 'The Lost Sky'.

• The Hidden Cameras have released a new video for 'Feeling Bout You'. They support Rufus Wainwright in the UK this weekend. Nice.

• Novella will release their new album, 'Change Of State', on 17 Feb. Here's the title track.

• Demdike Stare will release their first album for five years, 'Wonderland', on 2 Dec. From it, this is 'Sourcer'.

• Fakear will play his first full live band show in the UK at London's Oval Space on 23 Nov. Here's an idea of what you're in for.

• Apple Music will livestream Skepta's sold out show at London's Alexandra Palace on 2 Dec, it has been announced.

CMU Beef Of The Week #332: Adele v A Fucking Bat, Jesus Christ!
There are a number of things you can reasonably expect to see when you go to an Adele show. Adele is one of them. A bat is not. Not even Adele expects a bat at an Adele show. But one still turned up to her show at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City this week, acting like it was all totally normal.

"There's a bat!" shouted Adele, highlighting what an unexpected occurrence this really was. Particularly in an indoor venue. She flapped her arms, making the universal sign for bat, just in case people didn't understand what she was talking about.

Then realising that people may have actually thought she was miming a seagull, she shouted again: "There's a bat, it landed right by your head!"

She then pointed into the audience, presumably sending several hundred people into a panic that they were being attacked by a bat. Or possibly a seagull.

"Oh my god, there's a fucking bat", she continued. "Oh my god, welcome to Mexico, it's true, I'm happy to be here, but a fucking bat, Jesus Christ!"

We should add, there is no evidence to suggest that the second coming of Jesus Christ had actually happened, with the Messiah appearing in bat form. He'd probably come back as a seagull anyway. But what was clear is that there was a fucking bat. And it was not welcome.

Possibly spooked by all the shouting, the bat flew off and some level of normality was restored. But, shit, what if that actually was the second coming and Jesus was testing our love for all of God's creatures by appearing in bat form. If I was the Messiah, I'd probably come back at an Adele show. Seems like as good a place as any. And now Adele's fucked it right up. None of us are getting into Heaven now. Thanks a bunch, Adele.

Of course, I'm being silly. Jesus already came back as Justin Bieber, but no one would shut up long enough for him to tell us.

So forget all that second coming nonsense. Though I think it is reasonable to assume that the bat was there for a reason. Adele is a popular singer. I'd imagine the bat world takes a keen interest in the latest goings on in the world of pop. Seems like something they'd do. And this bat got wind of Adele playing a show in its hometown of Mexico City, so decided to check it out.

The bat had probably heard that Adele is not just a good singer, but also a warm performer, who makes each member of her audience feel like they are the only person in the room during her between-song chats. There's a place for anyone at an Adele show, regardless of your gender, sexual preferences, race, or species. Well, not the last one, it turns out, because Adele apparently hates bats.

Worst of all, the bats now know that Adele hates them. One of them turned up to bask in her welcoming personality and she just turned it away. Maybe that was our last chance with the bats. Adele's reaction confirmed their suspicion that we're all out to get them. It wouldn't surprise me if the bats are now planning to attack and kill all of us. And it will all be Adele's fault.

Fuck's sake Adele, all you had to do was let a bat listen to a few of your songs. Now we're all doomed to be eaten by bats. Well fucking done.

 
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