TODAY'S TOP STORY: Chuck D has sued his publisher Reach Global Music, accusing the firm of having falsely registered works with the US Copyright Office as being owned by a joint venture company rather than the rapper in his own right... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Chuck D files lawsuit in music publisher dispute
LEGAL Tax evasion charges against Sigur Rós dismissed on double jeopardy grounds
DEALS Rufus Wainwright signs to BMG for new album
RELEASES Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins announces guest-heavy new Coattail Riders album
Peggy Sue announce new album, Vices
GIGS & FESTIVALS Avril Lavigne announces 2020 UK shows
ONE LINERS Timbaland, Lady Gaga, Michael Kiwanuka, more
AND FINALLY... Elton John says new version of The Lion King "was a huge disappointment"
Check out all the latest job opportunities with CMU Jobs. To advertise your job opportunities here email or call 020 7099 9060.
The Premium Services Manager will be responsible for initiating the Premium Services branch of AXS Europe Client Services, developing and implementing a pricing strategy in line with client goals for inventory of AXS premium tickets. This is an exciting new role with an excellent scope to develop and make your own.

For more information and to apply click here.
Secretly Distribution is seeking a full-time International Co-ordinator for our growing London based international team. This is an amazing opportunity for a highly organised person with great communication skills and a demonstrable knowledge of the independent music sector and of course a passion for our label and artist partners.

For more information and to apply click here.
Domino Publishing requires a passionate music person to assist the copyright and royalties staff. This is a unique opportunity to work within the worldwide hub of a young, expanding music publishing company and help us provide an unrivalled and exemplary service to our songwriters and publishers.

For more information and to apply click here.
WeGotTickets is looking for a full-time Sales Executive who shares thecompany's values and can help it to grow by bringing on board more promoters, venues, and event organisers.

For more information and to apply click here.
The O2 Ritz Manchester is looking for a highly capable, experienced and knowledge individual to take on the management of the venue. The ideal candidate should have experience of managing a major live music venue and be familiar with all aspects of venue management.

For more information and to apply click here.
Mute is looking for a talented individual to join its creative and independent team. The main responsibilities of the role will be assisting various departments across the company including marketing, digital, production and A&R.

For more information and to apply click here.
Domino Recording Company seeks a full time UK Head of Marketing. The successful candidate should be an exceptional and innovative Marketeer with six years minimum experience delivering marketing campaigns in the UK to the highest level.

For more information and to apply click here.
Redon is a live music, club and multi-functioning art venue on Cambridge Heath Road, Hackney. It is looking for an experienced operational manager and DPS who will manage internal processes (Bar/FOH/Security).

For more information and to apply click here.
Secretly Group is looking for a motivated and ambitious European Project Manager to join its London team to fill a new position. The candidate must have a passion for music, have excellent organisational and time management skills and an ability to communicate effectively with artists and managers.

For more information and to apply click here.
The Marketing Manager for Lovebox Festival holds responsibility for all marketing activity for the highly successful and long standing London event, now entering its eighteenth year.

For more information and to apply click here.
Secretly Distribution seeks a full time Digital Marketing Co-ordinator based in its London office. This position will work closely with our existing digital team in a wide reaching role that will focus on sales and marketing in multiple territories including the UK, EU, Asia, and Australia.

For more information and to apply click here.
The Client Services Manager, Music, will be responsible for the management of all aspects of Ticketmaster's client relationships (Music) whilst working closely with directorial and regional 'stakeholders' in the development, and execution, of current and future business strategies.

For more information and to apply click here.

Chuck D files lawsuit in music publisher dispute
Chuck D has sued his publisher Reach Global Music, accusing the firm of having falsely registered works with the US Copyright Office as being owned by a joint venture company rather than the rapper in his own right.

TMZ reported back in August that the Public Enemy founder was going legal in a dispute with his long time music publishing partner. A lawsuit was filed with Californian courts yesterday outlining the key elements of the dispute.

The defendants in the case are Reach Global and its owner Michael Closter. Chuck D has been working with Closter on his publishing rights since 2001, the two men having formed a business partnership in that year after the rapper had managed to re-acquire some of the song rights in his earlier work. The partnership that was set up would administer both those rights and the song rights in Chuck D's subsequent output.

The lawsuit explains how this was achieved through the creation of a business called Terrordome Music Publishing, in which both Reach Global and Chuck D's company Bring The Noize Music Inc were shareholders. A third shareholder in the venture was subsequently bought out, so that ownership of that publishing venture is now split between Reach Global (42%) and BTNM (58%).

There are seemingly two key disputes between Chuck D and Closter. The first is whether or not the intent back in 2001 was that Terrordome would actually own the rights in Chuck D's compositions, or whether it would administrate them on his behalf. The second relates to works created since 2012, which the rapper argues are outside the 2001 deal.

However, it's alleged, Closter has continued to register Chuck D's music with the US Copyright Office as being owned - and not just administered - by Terrordome.

The lawsuit states: "With full knowledge that he had no right to do so, after 31 Dec 2012, Closter, without authority or permission from [Chuck D], registered the copyrights in the stolen compositions in the name of Terrordome with the United States Copyright Office, falsely claiming and certifying that Terrordome had acquired the right to do so by written agreement".

"The effect", it goes on, "is that Reach Global, by virtue of its 42% interest in Terrordome, now reaps the illicit profits of which [Chuck D] has been deprived. Reach Global is also able to profit from the administration of the stolen compositions for the entire term of the copyrights".

To that end, the lawsuit requests that the court first confirm that Chuck D is the sole owner of the post-2012 works, and then force Reach Global to delete its copyright registrations in relation to those works and pay any monies it has received from them since they were published. And, of course, pay some nice damages along the way.

We await a response from Closter and his companies.


Tax evasion charges against Sigur Rós dismissed on double jeopardy grounds
Tax evasion charges in Iceland against the band Sigur Rós have been dismissed, seemingly because of so called double jeopardy rules.

Various members of Sigur Ros were charged with tax evasion earlier this year after the authorities in their home country investigated the band's finances. They were collectively accused of submitting incorrect tax returns from 2011 to 2014 and as a result evading 151 million Icelandic Krona (just over £945,000) in tax payments.

The band blamed a former accountant for the incorrect tax filings, before adding that they had co-operated fully with the tax authorities since being made aware of the errors. Insisting that the band had not deliberately set out to evade any taxes that were due to be paid, the group's legal rep said in a statement that "the members of Sigur Rós are musicians - not experts on bookkeeping and international finance".

At the time the band added that they intended to demonstrate at trial that they had not been actively involved in any attempt to deceive Iceland's tax authorities. However, there now won't be a trial after the case was dismissed based on a European human rights law that says people should not be tried for the same crime twice - what is sometimes known as the double jeopardy principle.

This is because the band had previously been cleared of tax evasion charges by Iceland's Directorate Of Tax Investigations at the same time as they agreed to pay any monies owing from past filing errors. This, the band's lawyers argued, meant that the Icelandic District Attorney could not, in fact, pursue a case on the same charges in relation to the same filing errors.

A statement from the band's management, published by Pitchfork, explains: "The band had already agreed to pay all outstanding historical taxes and fines to the revenue services, but were being separately pursued by the Icelandic District Attorney for further fines and sentencing relating to the same period".

"The defence's successful move on 4 Oct to have the charges dismissed hinged upon recent European Court Of Human Rights rulings on 'ne bis in idem' - literally 'not the same thing twice' - grounds, whereby a defendant cannot be punished more than once for the same offence".

By relying on European human rights rules, the court's decision could have a wider impact on Icelandic law. The management's statement adds that the country's most-widely read newspaper, Fréttablaðið, is "calling for a change in the law to comply with the European Convention On Human Rights".

That said, the prosecution is now appealing the court's decision, which could as yet impact on the Sigur Rós case and any wider precedent it may or may not set in Icelandic law.

But for now, the band themselves have said in a statement: "This is great news. We know it's not over yet, but the ruling is very reassuring".


Rufus Wainwright signs to BMG for new album
Rufus Wainwright has signed a new global record deal with BMG covering the release of his new studio album.

The musician has released his nine previous LPs through Universal affiliated labels. He initially worked with a then independent Dreamworks Records, which was distributed by Universal. After the mega-major acquired the Dreamworks label in 2003, Wainwright subsequently put out music with various other Universal divisions.

Most recently the major's classical label Deutsche Grammophon released a recording of his opera 'Prima Donna' and a collection of Shakespeare sonnets. The new record that is set to be handled by BMG will be Wainwright's first standard studio album since 2012's 'Out Of The Game'.

"I'm excited to join the BMG family', he says. "I have been feeling the love worldwide. The record business certainly has changed and I have to say with BMG it has changed for the better".

John Loeffler, BMG's EVP Marketing & Repertoire, New York, adds: "An absolute inspiration, Rufus's artistry knows no bounds and he continues to be one of the world's most inventive and thought-provoking songwriters. His new music has excited BMG across the globe and we're ready to deliver his new masterpiece to his fans around world. We are honoured to be his partner".

No indication has yet been given for when this new album might be out or what it might be called. But it exists and everyone is excited, which I think should be enough for you.


CMU at English Folk Expo and Sŵn Festival this week
The CMU team will be in Manchester and Cardiff this week running sessions for early career artists and each city's local music community.

Tomorrow, CMU:DIY teams up with the Featured Artists Coalition and the English Folk Expo to present the latest Artist:Entrepreneur Day in Manchester. Artist entrepreneurs Roxanne de Bastion, Thom Moorecroft and Lauren Ray will lead the proceedings, joined by CMU's Chris Cooke and a team of music industry experts. Then, at the end of the day, folk artist and FAC board member Sam Lee will join the conversation to talk about his career in music to date.

Full info about the day is available here.

Meanwhile, in Cardiff tomorrow CMU's Sam Taylor and Phil Nelson will present a series of CMU:DIY workshops at the University Of South Wales as part of the Sŵn Festival's programme of talks and debates. Then on Friday the CMU team will present a series of conversations and discussions, also as part of the Sŵn daytime programme, including an introduction to CMU's new Pathways Into Music book.

Full info about both days are available here.

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins announces guest-heavy new Coattail Riders album
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has announced that he will release his third album with his other band, The Coattail Riders, next month.

The new LP, titled 'Get The Money', will feature a whole load of guests, including Foo Fighters bandmates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, plus LeAnne Rimes, Guns N Roses' Duff McKagan, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Queen's Roger Taylor.

Set for release on 8 Nov, the album's first single, 'Crossed The Line', is out now and features Grohl and Yes vocalist Jon Davison. Listen to that right here.

Here's the full tracklist and line-up of guests:

Crossed The Line (feat Dave Grohl and Jon Davison)
Don't Look At Me That Way (feat Duff McKagan and Nancy Wilson)
You're No Good At Life No More (feat Dave Grohl)
I Really Blew It (feat Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell)
Queen Of The Clowns (feat Mark King)
Get The Money (feat Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde and Duff McKagan)
C U In Hell (feat LeAnn Rimes)
Middle Child (feat Dave Grohl)
Kiss The Ring
Shapes Of Things (feat Roger Taylor and Pat Smear)


Peggy Sue announce new album, Vices
Peggy Sue have announced that they will release a new album, titled 'Vices', early next year - their first since 2014's 'Choir Of Echoes'. Kicking things off, they've released the first single from it, 'Motorcade'.

"Motorcade is about recognising the difference between what you need and what you want and asking for it as fast and loud as you like", says the duo's Katy Young. "I wrote it in the first wave of relief after a big break-up - it was probably the first moment that I was ready to be a bit mean and honest about it all. When we started arranging the song with the band it just kept getting louder and faster and more powerful, now it's this burst of energy that we're terrified of playing live but always love every second of".

"Lots of songs on the record are sort of messed-up love songs for things that feel good, but aren't necessarily good for you - like getting staying out too late, or taking too much comfort from certain people", she goes on. "That kind of interplay between the positive and the negative has always been in Peggy Sue songs, but it's particularly true of this album. It's about the things you do to lift you up when you're down, or distract you when you're sad, that can end up circling back".

The album is out on 21 Feb, with tour dates to follow. Here's the schedule for those:

24 Mar: Cambridge, Portland Arms‬
‪25 Mar: Brighton, Green Door Store‬‬
‪26 Mar: Bristol, Louisiana‬‬
‪27 Mar: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach‬‬
‪28 Mar: Manchester, Kings Arms‬‬
‪29 Mar: Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club‬‬
‪31 Mar: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds‬‬
‪1 Apr: Liverpool, Studio 2‬‬
‪2 Apr: Glasgow, Hug & Pint‬‬
‪3 Apr: Newcastle, Cluny‬‬
‪4 Apr: Coventry, The Tin‬‬
‪5 Apr: Sheffield, Picture House Social‬‬
‪9 Apr: London, The Dome‬‬

Watch the video for 'Motorcade' here.


Avril Lavigne announces 2020 UK shows
Avril Lavigne has announced UK tour dates for April next year. Well, it's two shows. But "Avril Lavigne has announced UK two dates" sounds weird. Let's stick with "tour". London to Manchester and back again to fly home counts as a tour.

"We had the most amazing time performing on the US Head Above Water tour", she says. "I can't believe how quickly it went by".

Ah yes, she recently did a US tour. And she played more than two dates on that. Actually, you know what, she's actually doing a twelve date European tour and in most countries she's only playing one show. So British Avril Lavigne fans are actually doing pretty well. German fans are getting four shows though, and isn't that just playing right into the Brexiters' hands?

Um, yeah, anyway, she continues: "Seeing all your faces each night and feeling your energy was exactly what I needed. I truly missed being up on stage, singing with you, and this has brought me so much happiness which is why I'm even more excited to announce that I'll be taking the Head Above Water tour worldwide next year with dates in Europe, Japan, China and Southeast Asia!"

Not sure about all this Europe, Japan, China and Southeast Asia nonsense, we're here to talk about the good old fashioned definitely not European UK tour. All two dates of it. And here they are...

1 Apr: London, Brixton Academy
2 Apr: Manchester, Apollo

Tickets go on sale on Friday.



The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired the catalogue of producer Timbaland, which includes his share of tracks by Jay-Z, Rihanna, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliot and more. "My music is in great hands", he says.



Lady Gaga removed R Kelly collaboration 'Do What U Want' from streaming and download services earlier this year. Now she is set to re-issue physical versions of the 2013 album it featured on, 'Artpop', with the collaboration also scrubbed from the tracklisting. The release will be available from 11 Nov - according to Rolling Stone - five years to the day since its original release.

Michael Kiwanuka has released new single 'Hero'. "'Hero' is a song about how the gems of this world always seem to die young, and how those who are oppressed often seem to have the most to offer us", he says.

Omar Souleyman has announced that he will release new album 'Shlon' on 22 Nov. Here's new single 'Layle'. He also has UK live shows booked in at EartH in London on 6 Feb and The Junction in Cambridge on 7 Feb.



Kim Petras has announced UK shows in February next year, finishing at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 11 Feb. She's also released the video for 'Icy' from her 'Clarity' album.

With UK shows coming up next month, Georgia is already planning her return to the road. She will play more UK and Ireland dates in March next year, finishing up at Heaven in London on 12 Mar. By that point, her new album, 'Seeking Thrills', will be out - its release date being 10 Jan. Tickets for the new shows go on sale tomorrow.



The nominees for next year's US Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction are in. They are Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious BIG, Pat Benatar, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Soundgarden, Thin Lizzy, Todd Rundgren, T Rex, and Whitney Houston. Fans can vote this year via a Google Search page, which is weird.

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


Elton John says new version of The Lion King "was a huge disappointment"
The public are doing a pretty bad job of convincing Disney to stop making inferior new versions of all of its classic movies, they apparently thinking that rushing out to see all said remakes in the cinema might do the job. But maybe the studio will listen to Elton John.

He, of course, co-wrote five songs for the 1994 original version of 'The Lion King' with lyricist Tim Rice. Those songs went on to be big hits and remain popular to this day.

So, what does John think of the 2019 remake of the film? He tells GQ: "The new version of 'The Lion King' was a huge disappointment to me".

Too right! But why? Because the animation was too slick and the talking animals looked weird? Because the energy of the original was lost? No, "because I believe they messed the music up".

Oh yeah, of course. He explains: "Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn't have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost. The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box office success".

One issue, he reckons, is that while he did work on reworked versions of his original songs for the movie rehash, he wasn't involved as much as he should have been. "I wish I'd been invited to the party more", he says. "But the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn't really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad".

But, he adds, "I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the 'Lion King' stage musical". And I don't think John was directly involved in the development of the stage show, so that tempers the hubris a bit.

Anyway, if Disney could stop making inferior new versions of all its old films, that would be great.


ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU Daily, website and Setlist podcast, managing social channels, reporting on artist and business stories, and writing the CMU Approved column. (except press releases, see below)
CHRIS COOKE | Co-Founder & MD
Chris provides music business coverage, writing key business news and CMU Trends. He also leads the CMU Insights and CMU Pathways consultancy units and the CMU:DIY future talent programme, as well as heading up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited. (except press releases, see below)
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, and also heads up business development at CMU InsightsCMU Pathways and CMU:DIY. or call 020 7099 9060
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media as a Director of 3CM UnLimited, as well as heading up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supporting other parts of the business.
CMU helps people to navigate and understand the music business.

We do this through our media, our training and our research, and at a range of music industry events.

CMU Daily covers all the latest news and developments direct by email.

Setlist is a weekly podcast dissecting the biggest music business stories.

CMU Premium gives you access to the CMU Digest and CMU Trends.

CMU Insights is our music business consultancy: supporting the industry.

CMU Pathways is our music education consultancy: supporting educators.

CMU:DIY is our future talent programme: supporting new music talent.

© UnLimited Media, a division of 3CM Enterprises Ltd

UnLimited Media, Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX
t: 020 7099 9050 (editorial) 020 7099 9060 (sales)

Send press releases to

Email advertising queries to

Email training and consultancy queries to

You can read our Privacy & Data Policy here |