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TOP STORIES Key themes confirmed for TGE Conference 2019 - education, streaming, marketing
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Economic contribution of UK creative industries tops £100 billion
LIVE BUSINESS Liverpool Echo Arena to become M&S Bank Arena
RELEASES Enter Shikari announce two new live albums
Daniel Knox releases poisonous Nina Nastasia collaboration
AWARDS Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia and Sam Fender make BRITs Critics' Choice shortlist
ONE LINERS Janet Jackson, Grimes, Ed Banger, more
AND FINALLY... Ted Cruz will drink all your beer, claims Trent Reznor
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Key themes confirmed for TGE Conference 2019 - education, streaming, marketing
As the First Fifty shows in London reach their climax this evening, The Great Escape has announced more details about the TGE Conference that will take place in Brighton next May, plus Australia has been confirmed as the lead country partner for 2019.

Three full-day conferences presented by CMU Insights will again sit at the heart of the wider TGE Conference programme. Each of these is focused on a different aspect of the music industry, allowing delegates to dig much deeper into the key music industry issues of the day.

The first CMU+TGE conference will take place on Wednesday 8 May and will be focused on music education. CMU Insights teamed up with BIMM and Urban Development to put the spotlight on the music education sector at TGE 2018, resulting in an inspiring day of discussions that raised many questions. The Music Education conference in 2019 will seek to answer at least some of those questions, in part by reporting back on the ongoing 'Redefining Music Education' research project that was launched at this year's event.

On Thursday 9 May, the second full-day conference will put the streaming market in the spotlight and dissect the inner workings of the streaming business. Streaming, of course, is the biggest and fastest growing revenue stream for the global recorded music industry. But issues with the model remain. The Digital Dollars conference will look at issues around how streaming income is shared, while also considering if, how and when the streaming services themselves will finally go into profit.

The final CMU+TGE conference is all about music marketing. The music industry's marketing campaigns continue to evolve with the shift to streaming on the recorded side, and with the live business become much more prolific in its marketing efforts. This full-day conference will look at best practice, current trends, the role of social media and playlisting, the challenge of campaigns getting longer while budgets remain the same, and at how labels and promoters could better collaborate to help their artist's grow their fanbases.

All three of the CMU+TGE conferences will take place in the new home for the wider TGE Conference at the Jurys Inn Waterfront hotel in Brighton. This one venue will host the CMU+TGE strands, plus all the partner panels and many of the key networking events, making it much easier for delegates to navigate the full programme.

Commenting on all this, the CEO of TGE promoter MAMA Festivals, Rory Bett, says: "We're really proud to have a truly distinct conference programme at The Great Escape by ensuring that we have the time to dig deep into the key issues and trends of the day".

He goes on: "When we put the focus on education in 2018, it really felt like we started a movement to more closely align music education with the music industry, so it's great to be able to further that debate in 2019. Meanwhile, I think we can all agree that for new artists, the big two challenges are getting noticed and getting paid, two things that will be at the fore with our full-day conferences on digital dollars and music marketing".

Music-wise, the first fifty acts to play the festival side of TGE in 2019 have already been announced, them all appearing at the series of First Fifty shows that have been taking place in London this week. With Australia now confirmed as the lead country partner next year, more acts from down under have been added to the bill today, including These New South Whales, Sons Of The East, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Allysha Joy, Cable Ties, Body Type and Tropical Fuck Storm.

A delegate pass gets you access to both the conference and festival side of TGE and they are available here. A standalone day ticket is also available for the CMU+TGE: Music Education conference here. For more info on the wider TGE Conference programme click here.


Economic contribution of UK creative industries tops £100 billion
The contribution of the wider creative industries to the UK economy passed the £100 billion mark in 2017 according to the new stats from the government's Department Of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. In fact, the gross value add of the creative sector was £101.5 billion.

When calculating this annual GVA figure, the DDMCS combines the economic impact of the music, film, TV, radio, photography, advertising, museum and gallery sectors, and those digital disciplines that are in some way creative. The latter has played a key role in significantly boosting the GVA from £94.8 billion in 2016 to the £101.5 billion figure, because it includes British gaming firms like Rocksteady Studios and Rockstar Games, who have been doing very well of late thank you very much.

Commenting on the latest stats, the government's low-key culture man Jeremy Wright mused thus: "Our creative industries not only fly the flag for the best of British creativity at home and abroad but they are also at the heart of our economy. Today they have broken the £100 billion mark and continue on a hugely positive upward trajectory, outperforming the wider UK economy and bringing joy and entertainment to millions".

Despite many in the creative sector fearing that their specific issues with the impending Brexit disaster are not being addressed - and the remaining frustrations with how creative subjects continue to be downgraded in schools - Wright nevertheless insisted: "We're doing all we can to support the sector's talent and entrepreneurship as we build a Britain that is fit for future".

Listing what that includes, the statement announcing the latest GVA figure cited tax breaks for TV and film makers, the nine new 'creative clusters' set up by the government's Industrial Strategy, and investments being made in the kind of new-fangled technology that will drive many creative businesses in the future. Good times.


Liverpool Echo Arena to become M&S Bank Arena
After ten years of being the Liverpool Echo Arena, the Liverpool Echo Arena in Liverpool is giving up on being the Liverpool Echo Arena and is changing its name. So, from early next year, everyone will have to call it the M&S Bank Arena instead.

"We're incredibly excited to announce the launch of the M&S Bank Arena", says Bob Prattey, CEO of venue owner ACC Liverpool Group, even though its inconceivable that anyone would ever actually be excited about that. "It's a fantastic way to conclude a phenomenal year that has seen us mark ten years since the arena first opened its doors".

He continues: "M&S Bank is one of the UK's leading challenger banks, with a long-established history in the region. The business shares our passion for the city of Liverpool, making it the perfect naming partner for the arena, complementing the great partnership we already have in place with the Liverpool Echo, which will continue as a key business partner".

Continuing to talk up those local links, M&S Bank CEO Sue Fox adds: "M&S Bank has been based in the North West since the business was formed in 1985, it has continued to evolve over this time to the full-service bank it is today and our past, present and future are firmly rooted in the region".

Firmly rooted, you hear? But I'm not sure there are enough eggs in this pudding yet, so let's let her continue: "We're very much committed to supporting our local community and over the last ten years we've seen the Arena bring a phenomenal breadth of entertainment and cultural events to the city of Liverpool, it has also delivered fantastic economic benefits to the city and the wider region. We're extremely delighted to be a part of something incredibly special and look forward to the launch of the M&S Bank Arena early in 2019".

Ensuring that we all know there are no hard feelings and that this is all amicable, the Regional MD of local newspaper and out-going headline sponsor the Liverpool Echo,
Carl Wood, says: "The Echo has had an amazing ten year association with ACC Liverpool and we feel very proud to have played a key role and supported what has become such a success for our city, our region and for the arena, convention and exhibition industry".

He goes on: "We are also very pleased to announce that we will remain a key business partner of ACC Liverpool and will continue to be part of this incredible success story. We are delighted to welcome M&S Bank as the new naming partner and wish them every success for the future".

Echo editor Ali Machray adds: "We are proud to have helped create something that all of Liverpool has taken to its heart. The last ten years have seen the Arena become an iconic venue. In that time the city has enjoyed spectacular growth and The Echo has powered ahead in digital media to underline its position among the best-known and most powerful regional media brands in the world. We will work closely with ACC Liverpool and M&S Bank to ensure the next ten years are as thrilling and successful as the last".

In summary, a building is getting a new sign.


Approved: Clozee
Following a long run of shortform releases over the last few years, producer Chloé Herry - aka Clozee - released her debut album, 'Evasion', last month. Currently on a North American tour that will take her up to the end of the year, she's given the record another bump with a new video for album track 'Spiral'.

"'Evasion' is the result of my years of research and adventures while touring, traveling, meeting new people, and discovering new landscapes", she says of the album. "I finally felt ready to share a complete musical story that tells about myself and my past experiences"

Of 'Spiral', she adds: "It's an ode to the strong people who follow their hearts, despite the judgments of what they should do".

Watch the video for 'Spiral' here.

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Enter Shikari announce two new live albums
Enter Shikari have announced two new live albums, recorded in Moscow and London last year, which will bring their Bootleg Series of live recordings up to ten.

The two performances were respectively recorded at Moscow's Adrenaline Stadium in February 2017, on a tour marking the tenth anniversary of the band's debut album, and at Alexandra Palace in London in November 2017.

"I can't believe we're at volumes nine and ten of our Bootleg Series already", says frontman Rou Reynolds. "It's nice to be able to share these snapshots from across the years, especially as 2017 was such a strange year for Shikari shows. Kicking off the year looking backwards a whole decade - not something we really do all that often - and ending the year with a new album and tour of the biggest rooms we've been in so far. It's good to be able to reflect that with these releases".

The two live records will be out on 15 Feb, by which time the band will be halfway through their next run of tour dates, which begin in the UK this weekend and will wind up in Germany in April.


Daniel Knox releases poisonous Nina Nastasia collaboration
Daniel Knox has released two tracks from his upcoming new album 'Chasescene', including one featuring folk singer Nina Nastasia called 'The Poisoner'.

"'The Poisoner' was the last song I wrote on 'Chasescene'", Knox says, as he explains the story behind the track. "I lived with someone who was secretly poisoning my food and I didn't find out until it had been happening for several years. At that point things had already been poisoned in every other way".

Working with Nastasia on the song was a much more positive experience. He goes on: "Nina Nastasia is probably my favourite living songwriter. The first time I heard 'Run To Ruin' it felt like being truly seen by someone for the first time. After I saw her perform I thought, this is something to live up to. I just admire her in every way".

He adds: "Seeing her play in Chicago in 2006 was what made me start taking songwriting more seriously and made me want to give myself over to it".

You can listen to 'The Poisoner' here, and after that the other new track, 'Anna14', here.

'Chasescene' is due out on 7 Dec and Knox will be touring the UK in January next year. Here are the dates:

22 Jan: Brighton, The Greys
24 Jan: London, Slaughtered Lamb
25 Jan: Durham, Launderette Sessions
26 Jan: Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
27 Jan: Halifax, The Greyston Unity
28 Jan: Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall
29 Jan: Bristol, The Louisiana
30 Jan: Guildford, The Keep


Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia, and Sam Fender make BRITs Critics' Choice shortlist
The nominees for this year's BRITs new talent focused Critics' Choice Award are in. Would you like to know who they are? No? Well why are you even reading this then? I'm going to tell you anyway. They are Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia and Sam Fender.

"Absolutely honoured to have been shortlisted for this year's BRITs Critics' Choice award alongside two unreal artists", says BRITs Critics' Choice Award nominee Capaldi. "Genuinely cannot believe I'm being included in something like this and do not think I've done enough to be deserving of it! That being said, from here on in I will insist that those around me, including my mother and father, refer to me only as 'BRITs Critics' Choice Award nominee Lewis Capaldi'". Don't worry Capaldi, we're already on it.

Mahalia adds: "I can't believe it. I'm truly honoured to be nominated for the BRITs Critics' Choice Award. The last year has been surreal to say the least but this really is the cherry on top. Thank you so much to all those who voted for me".

I bet you're thinking I've got a quote from Sam Fender for you now, aren't you? Well, I'm nothing if not predictable - here's what he has to say about this whole thing: "I've been watching the BRITs since I was a child, and my brother would let me stay up and watch them live; so to be nominated for the Critics' Choice award is crazy. What an honour! A big thank you to anyone who has put their faith in my music".

Launched in 2008, the new talent award's shortlist is voted for by a crack team of journalists and heads of music at radio and TV stations, who aim to predict the identity of the new artist about to get all up in the public's face. Previous winners include Adele, Florence And The Machine, Sam Smith and Rag N Bone Man. Last year's winner was Jorja Smith.

The latest winner will be announced on 7 Dec, at which point they will receive their trophy, this year designed by architect David Adjaye.


Janet Jackson, Grimes, Ed Banger, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Janet Jackson has done a deal with booking agency Paradigm to handle all her touring, theatre and film work, and branding. The company's CEO Sam Gores is "THRILLED".

• Grimes has released dystopian new single 'We Appreciate Power', featuring regular collaborator Hana.

• Gabrielle Aplin has released new single 'My Mistake'. "I've always found writing a therapeutic escape from real life, but this song gently forced me to be brutally honest", she says. "This is a song about finding a strange sense of comfort in admitting to yourself that you're not feeling 100% and completely owning it". She's also announced that she will play a Christmas show at Union Chapel in London on 4 Dec.

• Modeselektor have teamed up with Flohio for new single 'Wealth'. Modeselektor have also announced that they will play London's Oval Space on 23 Feb.

• Rose Elinor Dougall has released new single 'Make It With You'. It's the first track taken from a new album, due out in the spring. "It is in essence a simple love song, but set against the fear of an uncertain, turbulent future", she says of the record. "When everything feels so unstable and chaotic in the world, how does one reconcile the hopeful but potentially futile gesture of pursuing love or even making art for that matter?"

• Skunk Anansie have released a video for 'Charlie Big Potato' from their upcoming 25th anniversary live album.

• Orla Gartland has released the video for her latest single 'Between My Teeth'. She's also announced UK and Ireland tour dates for next April, finishing with a show at Omeara in London on 18 Apr.

• Eloise has released her second single, 'TTCL'. She will play her first ever live show at Aces & Eights in London on 6 Feb.

• Ed Banger Records has announced a night at Electric Brixton in London on 25 Jan. In attendance will be label boss Busy P plus SebastiAn, Breakbot, Riton, Vladimir Cauchemar, and Myd.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily - updated every Friday.


Ted Cruz will drink all your beer, claims Trent Reznor
If you invite Texas senator Ted Cruz backstage at your show, he will drink your rider dry. So claims Trent Reznor.

Running a quick poll of the audience's political affiliations at a show in Orving, Texas earlier this week, Reznor asked: "Who voted for Ted Cruz? See the lights aren't on, I can't see. Is there any way to turn the lights on? I'd like to see. Come on, raise your hand, you guys, nothing to be ashamed of, just checking".

"He might be here tonight", he went on. "He was bugging to get on the guest list and I told him to fuck off".

Fuck off because of his pro-life stance? Or his support for the relaxation of gun control laws? Or his denial of climate change science? No, he's just generally not much fun to spend time with.

"We put him on [the guest list] a few years ago", said Reznor. "He drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around".

Cruz has not confirmed if Reznor's story is true, or if he ended up buying a ticket for the show he was denied free access to. It's possible he was too hungover to attend.


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