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TODAY'S TOP STORY: Songick has amended its ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation to include new claims that staff at the live music giant's ticketing firm Ticketmaster stole trade secrets from the start-up and used them to develop its own rival service. Live Nation calls the accusations "baseless". As previously reported, Songkick sued Live Nation in December 2015... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S CMU APPROVED: RAM Records label boss Andy C continues his thirteen week residency at London’s XOYO, and tonight he ropes in the rather good Mampi Swift and the ever reliable DJ Hazard for a night that will definitely showcase some real bass ballistics. All the advance tickets are gone, but we’re told that there will be some on the doors. [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: The thing that always strikes me about award ceremonies like the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys is the theatre seating. How do people cope? Awards ceremonies are really boring. It's just a load of clapping, which really gets old after the third prize is given out. At least at most awards ceremonies that's tempered by free food and booze. [READ MORE]
   
LATEST CMU PODCAST: CMU Insights yesterday presented two sessions at the Output conference in Belfast. In this first of two special editions of the CMU Podcast, we present highlights of the first session, looking at developments in music media and music PR, and the top five things music PRs do wrong. Look out for this first Output-themed podcast going live this weekend. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
 
LATEST CMU TRENDS: The death of the record company has been predicted many times in the last fifteen years. Yet, in 2017, most artists still work with a record company - or a business that looks rather like a record company - in one way or another. As Music 4.5 gets ready to consider what 'The Record Label Of The Future' might look like, CMU Trends reviews where we're at. CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Songkick accuses Ticketmaster of hacking in updated Live Nation lawsuit
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DEALS Tori Kelly signs to Sony/ATV
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LIVE BUSINESS Old Blue Last team takeover Sebright Arms
Ticketmaster buys Czech ticketing firm Ticketpro
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RELEASES Mew release 85 Videos
Kid Koala and Emilíana Torrini to release collaborative album
Wesley Gonzalez announces excellent debut album
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AWARDS MPG Awards presented
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ONE LINERS Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, The Shins
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #343: Ed Sheeran v Afterparties
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AMRA - LEGAL & DIGITAL LICENSING MANAGER (LONDON)
Reporting to the Head of Legal, International in London, AMRA's Legal and Digital Licensing Manager will be an essential part of a small legal team and involved in the negotiation and drafting of digital licensing agreements, inter-society agreements as well as a variety of other legal drafting and analysis work.

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DOMINO - PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Project Managers at Domino are in charge of running artist campaigns inside the company while being "ambassadors" of the artist and their team inside the business. The candidate should have a solid general knowledge of the music industry, the marketplace, the digital space and how this informs all aspects of marketing.

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Really Useful Theatres Group owns and operates six commercial theatres in the heart of London's West End. We are currently seeking a Venue Programmer to manage and maximise hirings of our six theatres (outside resident performance hours).

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NINJA TUNE - COPYRIGHT ADMIN ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a full time admin assistant to join the copyright and publishing department. The ideal candidate would be a focussed, motivated and logical individual who can work to deadlines and follow instruction carefully.

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NINJA TUNE - PUBICITY ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a full time Publicity Assistant for their London office, primarily working with the Publicity Officer and Head of Communications across all release campaigns.

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MPA GROUP - TRAINEE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT (LONDON)
The MPA Group of Companies (MPA, MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL) is seeking a trainee financial accountant to assist the Director of Operations with all of the finance functions across the four companies as well as providing assistance with other finance related projects.

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THE NOISE CARTEL - TV & RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
The Noise Cartel are looking for a Radio & TV Plugger (regional and national specialist) to join a growing team of dedicated and passionate professionals. The applicant will be working alongside the Head of Radio & TV on bands such as A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, GHOST, Parkway Drive, While She Sleeps etc, and will also implement national specialist campaigns for Century Media artists and many more.

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UEA STUDENTS UNION - HEAD OF VENUES & LICENSED TRADE (NORWICH)
We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced operations manager to manage our £5 million turnover live music and student club venues. You must be business minded, have a thorough grip of the numbers, and be able to manage and motivate a team of dedicated career staff.

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DOMINO - PARALEGAL/BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join record label and publishing company assisting the Business Affairs department. Reporting to the Business Affairs Manager and Company Directors, the role will provide every opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their commercial and legal skills in the music industry.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - GRASSROOTS PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. We have an exciting opportunity to join the team as Grassroots Project Manager, taking responsibility for delivering our Charter of Best Practice project to grassroots venues and playing a significant part in driving forward our new Breaking the Sound Barriers programme.

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  LEADING MUSIC MANAGEMENT COMPANY - SENIOR DIGITAL MANAGER (LONDON)
Renowned artist management company seeks Senior Artist Digital Manager to work across an exciting, international artist roster and join their busy London office. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and passionate music individual to deliver innovative and creative digital campaigns for a truly global roster.

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SIREN - MUSIC RESEARCHER (LONDON)
Siren is looking for a music researcher to join the team. We are one of London's leading music production companies and work with some of the worlds leading agencies, production companies and directors.

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MERLIN - HEAD OF ROYALTIES (LONDON)
Merlin, the global rights licensing agency for the independent sector, is seeking an experienced professional to head its royalties division. The Head Of Royalties plays an integral role within the organisation.

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Songkick accuses Ticketmaster of hacking in updated Live Nation lawsuit
Songick has amended its ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation to include new claims that staff at the live music giant's ticketing firm Ticketmaster stole trade secrets from the start-up and used them to develop its own rival service. Live Nation calls the accusations "baseless".

As previously reported, Songkick sued Live Nation in December 2015, alleging that the live entertainment firm – which is, of course, a significant player in tour and festival promotion, and venue and artist management, as well as tickets – was holding the acts it works with to ransom, especially in the US, if they decided to collaborate with the gig recommendation and DIY ticketing service on fan club pre-sales.

Later, Songkick also alleged that Live Nation had increased its demands around the pre-sale campaigns it was running for artists tied to the live music major after its legal action had been filed. It then requested a preliminary injunction that would stop Live Nation from making such demands, which was denied in May last year.

In new legal documents, Songkick alleges that Ticketmaster's Director Of Client Relations Stephen Mead used his position as a former employee of CrowdSurge – with which Songkick merged in 2015 – to steal data from both start-ups.

Mead left CrowdSurge in 2012 and did not join Ticketmaster - through a role at its Ticketweb division - until twelve months later. Songkick alleges that he nevertheless retained 85,000 Crowdsurge company documents on his laptop – including business plans, financial information, contracts and more – which he used to create reports for his new bosses about potential new business.

The lawsuit claims that in an email in January 2014, Mead wrote: "I must stress that as this is access to a live CS tool I would be careful in what you click on as it would be best not to give away that we are snooping around [but] feel free to screengrab the hell out of [CrowdSurge's] system".

At least in part, this information related to CrowdSurge test sites created for potential new clients, which were publicly available to anyone who knew how the URLs were formulated.

It is claimed that Ticketmaster then developed a plan to compete with CrowdSurge based on the confidential information it had obtained, including targeting new clients which the start-up was aiming to work with.

In a statement, Live Nation said: "In the face of [last year's] adverse rulings, Songkick has been forced to conjure up a new set of dubious arguments and theories, resulting in the amended compliant they recently filed. Songkick's amended complaint is based on the alleged misappropriation of information that Songkick did not even try to keep secret, in some cases could not have kept secret, and in some cases shared with artist managers that work for Live Nation. The claims have no legal merit and Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue to vigorously defend this case".

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Tori Kelly signs to Sony/ATV
US singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, best known in the UK for her guest vocals on Professor Green's 2014 single 'Lullaby', has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV.

Opinion on Kelly is divided. "Tori is a smart, self-driven and extremely talented artist with one of the most stunning voices in music", says Sony/ATV President Rick Krim. However, the company's A&R boss Lou Al-chamaa disagrees, saying that she is "an incredibly gifted songwriter and arguably one of the best singers around".

Meanwhile Kelly's manager Scooter Braun argues: "Tori is an incredible talent that needs to be shown to the world". He refuses to accept either of the views put forward by Krim or Al-chamaa, instead saying: "That is the way I have always felt and this partnership is just another step in continuing her incredible journey".

Apparently oblivious to the heated debate this deal has instigated, Kelly simply says: "I'm THRILLED to be part of the Sony/ATV Publishing family and eager to start working together to create my next project. I can't wait to see what the future holds as I continue to develop as an artist".

Well, presuming the people behind her stop arguing long enough to let her get anything done, she's currently working on a second album.

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Old Blue Last team takeover Sebright Arms
The team behind London venues Old Blue Last and Birthdays are taking over another gig haunt in the capital, that there Sebright Arms. The team – alongside long-term partner Vice – say that they will "breath new life into the long-established stalwart of the city's music scene", which closed its doors earlier this month for refurbishment. It will reopen on 6 Mar.

Says Head Booker Cal McRae, said: "We're beyond excited to be working on Sebright Arms, there's a real simplicity and authenticity to it all – it's a straight up boozer with an incredible sounding venue that myself, along with a lot of other people hold in high regard".

"We want to bring Sebright back to it's original form, filling it with an in house programme consisting of some of the most exciting, up and coming acts as well as established acts in a setting you'd never normally be able to see them in, which is something that we've developed a great reputation for doing so over at our other sites".

"The response from everyone we've told so far has been overwhelmingly positive so it's already been a total pleasure to work on. We can't wait to properly move in and invite everyone over for a pint".

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Ticketmaster buys Czech ticketing firm Ticketpro
From the filed marked "another fucking Live Nation acquisition", the live giant's ticketing firm Ticketmaster has bought Czech ticketing outfit Ticketpro, boosting its presence in Central Europe and especially the Czech Republic.

"The live entertainment industry continues to flourish. There are more events taking place and artists on the road than ever before, coupled with increasing demand from fans across the world," says Ticketmaster International man Mark Yovich. "Acquiring Ticketpro enables us to better service our clients in Central Europe, while providing a world class service to the many fans in these countries".

Meanwhile Ticketpro chief Serge Grimaux added: "Having started our business in the Czech Republic, Ticketpro has established a proven track record in Central Europe and many emerging markets around the world. Combining this with Ticketmaster's global scale and reach will ensure that Ticketpro continues to provide an even better experience to its current fans, while attracting considerably more. This is an exciting time for the business and the live entertainment industry in this part of the world. For me, it is the end of a ticketing journey which has lasted over 25 years".

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Andy C at XOYO
RAM Records label boss Andy C continues his thirteen week residency at London’s XOYO, and tonight he ropes in the rather good Mampi Swift and the ever reliable DJ Hazard for a night that will definitely showcase some real bass ballistics.

All the advance tickets are gone, but we’re told that there will be some on the doors. There’s a bunch more heavy hitters still to come during this residency at the very fine XOYO - check out andycwhatnext.co.uk for all the info you need.

Friday 17 Feb, XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP, 9pm-4am, £20

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Mew release 85 Videos
Mew have released another video for a track on their forthcoming 'Visuals' album, which is out on 28 Apr. The track, '85 Videos', is the second to be released from the LP, following on from 'Carry Me To Safety' last month.

The video again features strange, colourful projections on faces of band members, as seen on the 'Carry Me To Safety' promo. You'd best get used to seeing these, because frontman Jonas Bjerre has made a video like this for each track on the new record.

"I've been working a lot with kaleidoscopes lately", explains Bjerre. "You have an image, or a sequence of images, and you snip out an angle, mirror it, and repeat it in a 360° angle. It's a beautiful thing, because almost no matter the state of the original image, it ends up a beautiful symmetrical, indefinable something. A picture of your messy desk turns into a strange flower. I like that you can't really envision what it will look like until you see it. I think our music is a bit like that too, even as we're working on it".

He continues: "I made a bunch of sequences, and crafted them into these ever-changing 'faces' that I then video-projected on to our actual faces. It's like wearing a mask made out of photons. You can say a lot of philosophical stuff about masks - but don't worry, I'm not going to".

You're welcome to think up your own philosophical comments while watching the video here.

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Kid Koala and Emilíana Torrini to release collaborative album
Kid Koala has announced that he will release a new album, 'Music To Draw To: Satellite', on 7 Apr. The first in a series of collaborative releases, it will feature vocals from Icelandic singer-songwriter Emilíana Torrini.

"Emilíana is one of my favourite singers in the world", says the producer, real name Eric San. "I've been following her work since her first album. She's just got one of those singular voices that captivated me years ago. Even when she is singing at whisper quiet levels, it's enough to crack your heart open".

He continues: "Emilíana told me about an article she had read about a woman who had signed up on a one way mission to Mars and would leave her significant other behind forever. We spoke at length about how it might feel to leave your planet, and what it meant both literally and metaphorically. Many of those ideas grew to become a narrative theme for the album. It allowed us to create two characters with differing points of view through which we could write".

Commenting on working with San, and writing melodies for his poetry, Torrini says: "Eric told me it was his first time writing lyrics so I thought it was a big deal. It is the first thing I listen to in music, my absolute favourite. Words are powerful. He was also going through a bit of a brain maze so writing your way out is perfect. He is an annoying guy in a sense: with everything he does, with whatever he touches, he is amazing. Creation is his absolute core, his nature. I have to work harder to reach that space".

Listen to the first track from the album, 'Fallaway', here:

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Wesley Gonzalez announces excellent debut album
Following on from last year's CMU approved single 'I Spoke To Euan', former Let's Wrestle frontman Wesley Gonzalez has announced that he will release his debut album, 'Excellent Musician', on 30 Jun.

"I wanted to completely indulge myself with the experimentation that I had previously kept to my bedroom demos", he says of his approach to writing for the album. "Whilst I'm proud of what I did with Let's Wrestle, I hate bands that regurgitate the same sound over various LPs – I knew something had to change for me to want to try music again".

He continues: "I found a new way of working in the 'first thought, best thought' manner. I purposefully didn't allow any of the musicians playing on the record to hear much of the songs prior to the recording sessions, and instead asked them to just turn up on the day, forcing creativity to meet financial deadlines. I was terrified of starting another band, of rehearsing, and of allowing myself to fall back on what I was used to".

The musicians playing on the record are Younghusband's Joe Chilton and Euan Hinshelwood, and Proper Ornaments drummer Bobby Voltaire. Rose Elinor Dougall was also drafted in later for the live band.

Speaking of the live band, you can catch them at The Waiting Room in London on 4 May. And here's new single 'Exhibition Song'.

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MPG Awards presented
So it was the Music Producers Guild Awards last night, and by sticking to a tried and tested format, awards were dished out to a bunch of music production talent. Mainly this lot...

UK Producer Of The Year: Paul Epworth
International Producer Of The Year: Tony Visconti
Recording Engineer Of The Year: Richard Woodcraft
Mix Engineer Of The Year: Tom Elmhirst
Mastering Engineer Of The Year: Mandy Parnell
Re-mixer Of The Year: Matthew Herbert
Self Producing Artist Of The Year: Tarek Musa (Spring King)

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year: Andrew Hunt
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year: Manon Grandjean

UK Album Of The Year: David Bowie – Blackstar
UK Single Song Release Of The Year: Radiohead – Burn The Witch

Studio Of The Year: RAK Studios
The A&R Award: Toby L and Tim Dellow (Transgressive Records)

Outstanding Contribution To UK Music: Tony Visconti
The MPG Award For Inspiration: Roni Size
Special Recognition Award: Rupert Neve

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Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, The Shins

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• CMU Insights presented two sessions at the Output conference in Belfast yesterday. Those who attended can access the slides here, plus look out for highlights of the first session – on music media and PR – on the new CMU Podcast going live this weekend.

• Here's a new song from Ed Sheeran's new album, fresh out this morning, 'How Would You Feel?'

• Linkin Park will release their seventh album, 'One More Light', on 19 May. It's too late to stop it now. Here's first single 'Heavy'.

• The Shins have released a new single, 'Mildenhall'. New album, 'Heartworms', is out on 10 Mar. You can catch them at the Hammersmith Apollo on 29 Mar too.

• Incubus are back with a new single, the first from their upcoming eighth album, called 'Nimble Bastard'. No, really, that's its actual title.

• Blanck Mass has released the video for recent single 'Please'. He'll be touring the UK in late April, including a show at the Rich Mix in London on 27 Apr.

• Pixx will release her debut album, 'The Age Of Anxiety', through 4AD on 2 Jun. Here's new single, 'I Bow Down'.

• Skott has released the video for new single, 'Glitter & Gloss'. She'll also play Village Underground in London on 13 Sep, so maybe go to that.

• Torgny is back with a new EP, 'Cut & Run', today. From it, this is 'All The Scars'.

• The BRIT Awards will be live streamed on YouTube globally again. The broadcast will be presented by Casper Lee, who's one of those YouTubers they have now.

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CMU Beef Of The Week #343: Ed Sheeran v Afterparties
The thing that always strikes me about award ceremonies like the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys is the theatre seating. How do people cope? Awards ceremonies are really boring. It's just a load of clapping, which really gets old after the third prize is given out. At least at most awards ceremonies that's tempered by free food and booze – mainly booze – throughout. But at those award events where everyone's sat in theatre seating, there's none of that. It's just a lot of clapping.

Right, I know at this stage you're wondering how this is my big takeaway from the Grammys last Sunday, given the debate that has been raging all week. But at this stage, I have nothing of value to add to the Grammy Awards racism debate that hasn't already been said. And I think we can all agree that that world would be a better place if people stopped throwing up hastily formed opinions on difficult subjects just because they've got a deadline to meet.

I'm also not sure the Beef Of The Week column is the place to have that kind of debate, even if it does provide me with one of those rapidly approaching deadlines. Let's just agree right now that the small number of non-white artists who have won the Album Of The Year award at the Grammys is troubling, particularly as it's been a white-only affair for nearly a decade now. I'm sure the awards' boss Neil Portnow is right when he says that none of the 14,000 voters is actively considering race when they cast their votes. But that doesn't mean it isn't happening.

At the same time, Beyonce limited the avenues through which her latest album could be heard, so that may also have had an impact on the number of votes she received. Adele was also a streaming holdout for a while, of course, but she did eventually make her record more widely available. It definitely wasn't the best album of the year, and Beyonce almost certainly did deserve it over her. But fucking hell, at least they didn't give it to Justin Bieber.

Sorry, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, theatre seating at awards. Awards are fucking stupid. They are probably the most stupid thing humanity has ever dreamt up. It doesn't matter who wins them, because ultimately everyone loses. And the ones where the audience has to sit in theatre seating - smiling and clapping constantly in case someone on TV notices they are bored out of your mind - are the worst.

They're long, too. Really long. Awards ceremonies go on for ages. And few run longer than The Grammys, which I think was about six and a half days of continuous clapping this year. After that kind of ordeal, everyone badly needs a drink. And that's where the afterparties come in.

All awards ceremonies have afterparties, because after congratulating themselves for a few hours, people like to hang around with their peers and talk about how great they are for a few hours more. But at ceremonies like the Grammys, where you've had to watch Bruno Mars dress up in a Prince costume without hard liquor, a drink is an even greater post-show requirement than at most.

So imagine what it must be like to be Ed Sheeran, who was refused entry from his own label's Grammys afterparty. And not just this year, this has apparently happened every year since 2014.

"That's actually happened four years in a row", he told Ryan Seacreast on iHeart the next day, confirming the rumours that he'd been turned away. "And that's not just my label's afterparty. That's just afterparties in general".

Poor Ed, apparently he just can't catch a break. But it turns out he doesn't even like those afterparties anyway. "You know what I don't get?" he asked. "You walk into those parties there's probably like four musicians there and everyone else is just people from LA that didn't go to the Grammys and just want a party to go to".

Imagine going to a party without the penance of actually sitting through the Grammys first. Those people have some nerve! Sheeran's found a sure fire way to get into parties full of famous people though – he puts on his own. And then he tells loads of people they can't come.

"I did a party at the EMAs in Milan [in 2015] and my rule for the party was that no one was allowed to bring bodyguards or entourage. If you were an artist you just came as yourself. So, Bieber turned up on his own and played pool with Twenty One Pilots. That was a nice thing, rather than Bieber hanging out with his entourage in the corner".

After last weekend's Grammys though, Sheeran ended up at a diner, where it sounds like he had more fun than being in a crowded room full of hangers on. Well, he sat dunking his French fries into a milkshake, which is apparently a thing people do now. So maybe that isn't as good. But he does confirm that it "tastes like cheesecake".

You know what also tastes like cheesecake? Cheesecake. This is why awards ceremonies are awful.

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