FRIDAY 7 APRIL 2017 COMPLETEMUSICUPDATE.COM
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Assuming the other big rights owners now follow Universal Music's lead and sign up to new multi-year licensing deals with Spotify, all eyes will then be on the streaming music company's long anticipated IPO on Wall Street. Though that might not go quite as had been expected, according to sources who have spoken to the Wall Street Journal... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S CMU APPROVED: Deep Into Soul celebrates its sixth birthday with New York Body & Soul man Danny Krivit flying in for an exclusive set tomorrow night. In room two you will find London legends Phil Asher and Afronaught, the latter aka Orin Walters, keyboardist extraordinaire and a founder member of the broken beat outfit Bugz In The Attic. [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Right, so obviously the beef of this week is this whole thing with that Pepsi advert. I mean, what where they even thinking? How did that get past every single person involved without anyone demanding it be stopped before it was made public? The idea was so clearly bad and the backlash so easily foreseen, you start to wonder if generating outrage was the intent from the off. [READ MORE]
 
LATEST CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including Viagogo's no-show at the latest parliamentary select committee hearing on secondary ticketing, Spinrilla's irritable response to the major record labels' lawsuit against the mixtape sharing platform, and how new acts should approach journalists.. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
 
LATEST CMU TRENDS: In late 2014 we published a CMU Trends article on why the year 1972 had become such a talking point among American music lawyers. There have been plenty of developments around the 1972 issue since then, though legal uncertainties remain. CMU Trends investigates. CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spotify's IPO could be a non-IPO
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
LEGAL Elton John and Sophie Ellis Bextor among new batch of phone hacking litigants
British DJ sentenced to year in jail after including Muslim call to prayer in his techno set
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Google launches its streaming music service in India
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
MEDIA Ronan Keating to host Magic Breakfast
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
RELEASES Harry Styles has a chat and plays a song
TLC set album release date, but still can't think of a title
Denai Moore tackles anxiety on new single
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
ONE LINERS Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Everything Everything, more
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
AND FINALLY... Beef Of The Week: Pepsi v Something, I Guess
READ IN THIS EMAIL | READ ON THE WEBSITE
BELIEVE - FINANCE MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Distribution Services is seeking a new Finance Manager. The ideal candidate will have relevant experience in accounting as sole accountant or in accounting firm as responsible for accounts of small size companies.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
KOBALT - DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES & RELEASE MANAGEMENT (LONDON)
Kobalt Music Recordings is looking for a friendly, dynamic and experienced music industry professional to work closely with the International Marketing teams in London, NY and LA, KMR’s artist community and the London-based Digital Operations/Supply Chain teams to ensure accurate and timely build of all release products for digital and physical distribution.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
!K7 MUSIC - INTERNATIONAL SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER (BERLIN)
!K7 Music is looking for an experienced sales and marketing professional to help direct, implement and manage robust sales and marketing campaigns across multiple artist and label projects for both our in-house and partner labels.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
REALLY USEFUL THEATRES GROUP - HEAD OF PROGRAMMING (LONDON)
Really Useful Theatres Group has a great opportunity for a Head Of Programming to take responsibility for programming the London Palladium as well as our other theatres (outside resident performance hours), ensuring all bookings are in keeping with the company’s brand, strategic and commercial objectives.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
CHERRY RED - CATALOGUE CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Cherry Red Records is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative individual to help run their back catalogue division. The role will involve overseeing compilations and reissues from idea to delivery, covering all aspects of their origination and marketing.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
ERASED TAPES MUSIC PUBLISHING - PART-TIME COPYRIGHT ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
Erased Tapes Music is currently seeking a meticulous and highly organised individual to join our team as a part-time Copyright Administrator. The chosen candidate will oversee all aspects of catalogue administration.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual to join our events and promotions team for The Blues Kitchen venues. The job will involve programming and promotion of live music events and club nights, managing digital and physical promotion campaigns, and creating social media content.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION GROUP OF COMPANIES - MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
The Music Publishers Association Group Of Companies (MPA, MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL) is seeking a dynamic Marketing & Communications Executive to be the gateway to communications on its work to its members, industry stakeholders and the general public.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
MELODYVR - CREATIVE DIRECTOR, CONTENT (LONDON)
MelodyVR is the destination for music in virtual reality. It has partnered with hundreds of artists to create thousands of virtual reality experiences. The company is looking for an exceptional Creative Director to join its team, who is as passionate about music and content, and is as excited by technology, as the MelodyVR team are.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
NAME PR - PRESS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Name PR is looking for a Press Assistant – a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, switched on individual to develop their communication skills and knowledge of the music business. This person will work across the music trade PR division; activities will include press and industry research, client admin, contacting journalists and writing press releases.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
MODEST! MANAGEMENT - SENIOR DIGITAL MANAGER (LONDON)
Renowned artist management company Modest! seeks a Senior Digital Manager to work across its exciting roster of international artists, supporting the firm’s artists and managers in managing their digital and social channels and campaigns, and liaising with digital teams at each artist’s label. A perfect role for an experienced digital marketing expert looking to work closely with number of top artists on exciting digital and social campaigns.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
SJM CONCERTS - EVENT TICKETING MANAGER (MANCHESTER)
Working in a team of five, the successful applicant for the role of Event Ticketing Manager will be an organised, enthusiastic and conscientious all-rounder with great attention to detail and willing to help with anything and everything the busy ticketing department throws their way.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
BPI - MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER (LONDON)
The BPI is introducing a Member Services Manager role. The new position will support the Membership and International department in their objective of actively promoting the BPI and its brands, the rights and reputation of its members and the success of British music.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
PLEDGEMUSIC - CAMPAIGN MANAGER UK & EU (LONDON)
A PledgeMusic Campaign Manager's role is to oversee and manage every aspect of a PledgeMusic pre-order or crowdfunding campaign. This involves managing the smooth launch, running, and closure of a campaign, liaising with every other PledgeMusic department, and daily contact with all areas of the music industry.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
CR2 RECORDS - HEAD OF DIGITAL (LONDON)
We are looking for an experienced Head Of Digital to manage the scheduling and direct delivery for all our digital releases to all DSP’s ensuring quality control and accurate, timely delivery. The successful candidate will also prioritise content management on streaming retailers and be responsible for catalogue registrations for both copyright and publishing direct with many collection societies worldwide.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
WORLD CIRCUIT – MARKETING & PR MANAGER (LONDON)
World Circuit is seeking a full time Marketing & PR manager at its offices in London. The ideal candidate is a creative, self-motivated individual with 3+ years music business experience in marketing and/or project management.

For more information and to apply click here.
 
RECRUIT YOUR TEAM RIGHT HERE: 020 7099 9060 or ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
21 Apr 2017 CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week
CLICK FOR INFO
6 May 2017 CMU Insights @ SPOT+
CLICK FOR INFO
18 May 2017 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape - The Media Conference
CLICK FOR INFO
18 May 2017 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape - The Drugs Conference
CLICK FOR INFO
19 May 2017 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape - The Export Conference
CLICK FOR INFO
19 May 2017 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape - The Royalties Conference
CLICK FOR INFO

Spotify's IPO could be a non-IPO
Assuming the other big rights owners now follow Universal Music's lead and sign up to new multi-year licensing deals with Spotify, all eyes will then be on the streaming music company's long anticipated IPO on Wall Street. Though that might not go quite as had been expected, according to sources who have spoken to the Wall Street Journal.

As previously reported, the costs of servicing a round of debt financing taken on by the digital firm last year become more expensive the longer Spotify waits to list on a stock exchange, which is why an IPO is expected next year at the latest. The new licensing deals with the record industry were widely seen as the main delay in getting the flotation under way.

However, sources have told the WSJ that Spotify is seriously considering an alternative way to become a publicly listed company rather than a conventional Initial Public Offering. Spotify may opt for a 'direct listing', which enables existing shareholders - including the major record companies - to start selling their shares in the company on the investment market, but no new shares are issued and therefore no new mega-bucks finance is raised.

Although the direct listing approach is unusual, it does have some advantages for companies which want a public listing for one reason or another - maybe it has obligations to money lenders or investors eager to sell out on the open market - but which doesn't actually need to raise a big new pile of cash.

A direct listing doesn't dilute the shareholdings of or put limitations on existing investors, and removes some of the risks associated with a traditional initial public offering. Though it does land Spotify with the extra scrutiny of being a publically listed company without providing a nice big cash boost at the outset.

Needless to say, Spotify hasn't commented on the latest gossip about its IPO, or non-IPO.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

Elton John and Sophie Ellis Bextor among new batch of phone hacking litigants
Ah, phone hacking, that all seems like a very long time ago now, doesn't it? But not in the High Court, where celebrities are still lining up for compensation over allegations that journalists at the tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch's News UK hacked their phones. That includes Elton John and Sophie Ellis-Bextor so - boom! - this counts as music news again.

As you may remember, the phone hacking story began in 2006 when the Sunday tabloid the News Of The World admitted that its royal correspondent had been using a private investigator to hack the voicemail accounts of the rich and famous. Bosses at Murdoch's UK newspaper business insisted that just that one single journalist was in the business of hacking phones, until five years later when chapter two of the phone hacking saga exploded, and it then admitted that phone hacking had been rife across the NOTW, which was then promptly closed down.

Meanwhile News UK insisted that while journalists at NOTW may have liked hacking phones for fun times, reporters at sister title The Sun never did any such thing. The management over at rival tabloid the Daily Mirror also said their hacks never hacked, until three years later when they admitted that, actually, they did, quite a lot.

News UK continues to insist that The Sun wasn't involved in the phone hacking fad, but the latest round of legal action from celebrities who allege their voicemail messages were illegally accessed by journalists include allegations relating to stories that appeared in Murdoch's daily tabloid too.

Both News UK and Trinity Mirror have previously settled with a stack of celebs whose phones were hacked by News Of The World and Mirror journalists respectively. But there are now a whole load more legal claims being made against the Murdoch company, partly because it wound down its voluntary compensation scheme for phone hacking victims, and partly because a High Court judge last year said there was sufficient evidence for cases to be pursued against The Sun as well as the News Of The World.

John and Ellis-Bextor have been recently confirmed as being among the celebrities involved in the latest round of litigation against News UK, which is set to reach court in October.

One of the lawyers representing some of the celebrities involved in the latest chapter of the phone hacking story, Christopher Hutchings, told the BBC this week that "this surge in the number of claimants is a reflection of the expansion of the case to cover The Sun", while adding that some claimants were seeking damages not only for the actual phone hacking, but also over allegations News UK bosses were involved in "concealment and destruction of evidence" in a bid to cover up or contain the scandal.

--------------------------------------------------

British DJ sentenced to year in jail after including Muslim call to prayer in his techno set
A court in Tunisia has ruled that a British DJ should serve a year in jail after he played a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer during a set at a clubbing event in the country last weekend.

London-born and Berlin-based Dax J, who had fled Tunisia before the matter went to court, has already apologised for including the remix of the adhan in his techno set, insisting that "it was never my intention to upset or cause offence to anybody".

Officials shut down the club where the Orbit Festival took place after footage of the DJ's set appeared on YouTube. The owners of the venue and promoter of the event were also charged over the incident, though according to the AFP those charges were dismissed by the court, but the prosecution has indicated they plan to appeal that ruling.

The promoters of Orbit apologised over the inclusion of the adhan in Dax J's set earlier this week, adding that the DJ "did not realise it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours". The promoters added that they did not accept responsibility for any offensive music at their event, as they did not know what the DJ planned to play.

Though prosecutors have argued that that is no excuse, as the promoters should have checked Dax J's setlist before the show.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

Google launches its streaming music service in India
Hands up who remembered that Google has a streaming music service. No, not YouTube silly. I mean Google Play Music Through A Stream Unlimited Access All, or whatever it is that the web giant calls the music streaming element of its Google Play platform.

Well, those streams are now streaming to streamers in India, where Google Play Music initially went live last year, but originally only as a download store. Now the subscription streaming element is available too.

Spotify is yet to launch in India, which remains an emerging market for the global record industry, but one which many reckon could be a key territory in the relatively near future. Apple Music is live in the country, though the global streaming music brands have to compete with some established locally-based services, of which Saavn has probably enjoyed the most attention outside of India.

At launch in India Google is offering a "discounted subscription offer" of Rs89 a month, approximately £1.10, after which the subscription rate with be Rs99 rupees, or £1.23, which is in line with the India-based streaming set-ups but a little cheaper than Apple Music.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

Ronan Keating to host Magic Breakfast
Ronan Keating is being brought in to present the Magic FM breakfast show as part of an overhaul of the station's daytime schedule. He'll be joined by current weekend breakfast host Harriet Scott, who will try her very best to stop Keating pressing the wrong buttons and swearing.

"Ronan and Harriet are the perfect pairing for Magic breakfast", says Magic Radio Content Director Tony Moorey, which is fortuitous. "He's an internationally famous singer and presenter, she's an incredible, award-winning radio broadcaster and together they share a fantastic mix of humour, a passion for those huge songs our listeners love and a genuine talent of creating entertaining shows for the audience".

Keating adds: "I can't wait to get started with the new Magic Breakfast show. We'll make sure you get the perfect start to your day with plenty of laughs, and all the songs you love".

Meanwhile, Scott says: "Sitting alongside Ronan is going to be a great way to start the day. I'm really excited to be launching this brand new show; it's going to be a huge amount of fun and I can't wait to get started".

Everyone's excited. I'm so glad. Current breakfast host Nick Snaith is going to move into the 10am-2pm slot, giving him a bit longer in bed. The shifting around will see current daytime presenter Gary Vincent out on his ear (amicably, I'm sure) after over a decade at the station.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

Vigsy's Club Tip: Deep Into Soul 6th Birthday at Prince Of Wales
Deep Into Soul celebrates its sixth birthday with New York Body & Soul man Danny Krivit flying in for an exclusive set tomorrow night.

In room two you will find London legends Phil Asher and Afronaught, the latter aka Orin Walters, keyboardist extraordinaire and a founder member of the broken beat outfit Bugz In The Attic - check his awesome classic 'Transcend Me' here. They'll be joining up for an eclectic back-to-back set that should be pretty awesome.

Also on hand will be DiS residents Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk, aka Rhemi Music, who can elsewhere be found remixing tracks for house legends Sandy Rivera and Louie Vega.

Saturday 8 Apr, Prince Of Wales, 467 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 8HH, 10pm-5am, £17.50. More info here.

Harry Styles has a chat and plays a song
Harry Styles was on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning for a chat with his old mate Nicholas 'The Grimmy' Grimshaw. He was officially there to play his debut solo single, 'Sign Of The Times', but boy did they do some chatting too.

The Grimmy started with a strong opener, asking if it was true that Styles once had sex with Barack Obama. Although because it was first thing in the morning, The Grimmy said "dated". He meant sex though, just so we're clear.

"I'm not allowed to talk about that", replied Styles, disappointingly. Especially given he talked about it quite a lot when the rumour first emerged in the National Enquirer back in 2014. What's happened since? Oh well, on to easier questions. Is it true that Styles takes all of his dates on helicopter rides? I'm not sure if sex is implied here or not.

"No I've never done that", responded Styles, staying tight lipped.

"Not even with Barack?" shot back Grimshaw.

"No", replied Harry. "It was his helicopter".

Busted! That's the rumour confirmed then. And I guess the question over what happened in the helicopter is answered too. Now let's find out if the former One Directioner has ever smeared sheep placenta on his face.

"No, I've never had a sheep placenta facial". Sure, Harry. Sure.

There were some questions he didn't answer with a simple denial. For example, he revealed what Adele got him for his 21st birthday.

"She gave me one of her albums, '21', and said, 'I did some pretty cool stuff when I was 21, good luck' and I was like, 'oh geez, no pressure'".

Before that, Styles had noted that he doesn't even really know Adele all that well - "I've spoken to her a little bit, she knows one of the guys that I wrote [my solo album] with a lot" - which possibly means she sends copies of her albums to everyone who hits the relevant age. Which would certainly explain how she shifted so many units. Come to think of it, isn't '21' exclusively about a break-up? Does Adele not think Harry and Barrack should be together?

Anyway, that was some chatting. Here's the song you actually wanted.

--------------------------------------------------

TLC set album release date, but still can't think of a title
Back in February, TLC's "last and final" album was "tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of June". But what about now that were here in April? Well "the album date is firm". Firmly set for 30 Jun. I probably built too much drama into that, didn't I? Made you think there was some new controversial delay. But what will the record be called? NO ONE KNOWS! Dun, dun daaaaaaah. There's your drama.

As previously reported, the surviving members of the group, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter for the album back 2015, with plans to release it later that year. As you've probably guessed, that didn't happen. But finally this year the planets aligned and the big comeback/finale for the group was set in motion.

The duo's manager, Brian Diggins, revealed the news of the definite release date in an update on Kickstarter. He also added that various bits of good fortune - including Ed Sheeran handing over a cut of publishing rights in 'Shape Of You' to the writers of 'No Scrubs' and TLC's upcoming London show selling out - meant that "it was a blessed month for us and we finally feel a little wind at our back".

Yeah, same for me. I think I drank a bit too much beer last month, and that always plays havoc with my guts. But hey, now all's fine and nothing more needs to be done. Oh, besides settling on a name for that bloody album.

"We need your help - let's hear your suggestions for the album title", writes Diggins. "Tionne and Chilli are still undecided so [are] looking to you for inspiration".

Uh, okay. How about we call it 'A Little Wind'?

--------------------------------------------------

Denai Moore tackles anxiety on new single
Denai Moore is back, and she's brought a new single with her. The single is called 'Trickle' and is out now.

The song is presented as a break-up letter to Moore's personal demons, setting her past problems with anxiety behind her and walking forward towards the future.

"I've never written about this before and it was a massive weight off my shoulders", she says. "I've always wanted to write about it, and I think a lot of people can relate to it because people are more open now about mental health issues. I think it is empowering".

Watch the video for 'Trickle' here.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Everything Everything, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• "Y'all got till April 7th to get y'all shit together", rapped Kendrick Lamar on his surprise single 'The Heart Part 4' last month. It turns out there's been an extension granted on getting your shit together though, because this morning he announced that his new album will be out next Friday.

• Gorillaz have put out another new track. Here's 'Let It Out', featuring Mavis Staples and Pusha T.

• Christina Martinez and Jon Spencer recently released their first album as Boss Hog for seventeen years, 'Brood X'. Now they've made a video for 'Shh Shh Shh' from it.

• Everything Everything will play two low-key shows at Heaven in London on 20 Jun and Albert Hall in Manchester on 21 Jun. They'll be playing new material from their upcoming fourth album, as well as some songs you know.

• The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were handed out on Wednesday. Al Stewart and Ry Cooder both got lifetime achievement awards. Check out all the action here.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

Beef Of The Week: Pepsi v Something, I Guess
Right, so obviously the beef of this week is this whole thing with that Pepsi advert. I mean, what where they even thinking? How did that get past every single person involved without anyone demanding it be stopped before it was made public? The idea was so clearly bad and the backlash so easily foreseen, you start to wonder if generating outrage was the intent from the off.

If you haven't seen it, here's a basic synopsis: Some young attractive people are marching in protest against, I don't know, something. Their placards mainly just say "join the conversation", which seems like a weird thing to march for, especially given that no one is talking. Some of them are carrying musical instrument cases, I'm not sure if this is relevant. No one plays any instruments on the march. Just like no one talks. They all just walk around looking like happy young, attractive, mostly white people.

One of the protesters sees Kendall Jenner on a photo shoot and wordlessly beckons her to join in. Realising this is a great opportunity to get 'young attractive people things' on the agenda, she does so without question. The march is stopped by a wall of police, so Jenner walks forward and hands a Pepsi to one of the policemen. He drinks it, smiles, and the crowd cheers. The oppression of young attractive people is over. At last.

Everyone involved attempted to defend their advert that reduced protest movements and recent controversies around policing in the US into a sugary canned liquid push, despite it clearly being a terrible idea from conception to realisation. Jenner even said she was "THRILLED", though she later changed her chosen adjective to "devastated". Then eventually Pepsi withdrew the ad, saying that it "did not intend to make light of any serious issue". Though the only specific issue it addressed in its apology was "putting Kendall Jenner in this position", which I'm not sure is what made so many people angry.

So that's that. As I said at the beginning, this is definitely the beef of the week. The only problem is, it isn't really music news. Kendall Jenner is not a musician. I don't think she is anyway. To be honest, I'm not really sure who she is. I realise that's quite an 'old person' thing to say, but it's generally a good indicator that someone isn't involved in music if I don't know who they are. I am terribly, terribly old, that's true, but I am also so immersed in this stupid music industry that I don't really know who anyone outside of it is. Email me some names, I'm sure I'll recognise none of them.

I've written five fucking paragraphs about all this now though, so I'd better get on with crowbarring something vaguely musical into this non-music beef of the week, otherwise I'll be outside my remit and my paymasters will be very upset. They'll probably start marching in protest against my writing. I put in that bit about the instrument cases, that'll do right? What, no? Fuck.

Ah, phew, the Chemical Brothers have already turned in a parody of the advert, so everything's fine. They're quick off the mark, those boys. So quick off the mark that they actually put their parody out into the world nearly 20 years ago.

In the 1999 video for 'Out Of Control', starring Rosario Dawson, what initially appears to be a protest - with young attractive marchers facing off against the police - turns out to be a soft drink commercial. So, well done to them for getting that bit of satire in before the world went totally stupid. Although this is all so strange that the teeth-clenched conspiracy theorist in me is now wondering if this is actually an incredibly elaborate promotional campaign for a Chemical Brothers 'best of' compilation.

Of course it's not. You'd never put 'Out Of Control' on a Chemical Brothers 'best of'. And also, several of those involved don't seem to be in on the gag.

In a statement to Fader, the video's director Wiz said: "The original inspiration for my Chemical Brothers film came from The Clash lyric: 'Huh, you think it's funny turning rebellion into money', crystallising a deep felt anger that when it comes to the profit margin, absolutely nothing is sacred, not even heartfelt expressions for social justice. We made this film in 1999, however today the inevitable has materialised: it's become a self-fulfilling prophecy".

He continued: "If you were ever in doubt about the carnivorous nature of advertising, then this Pepsi 'spot' says it all. It so insults everyone's intelligence that it's disturbing, what is this culture that we choose to live in that engenders such naked cynicism, is advertising the pornography of capitalism? Vanillarising our expressions of outrage, cashing in on the very frustrations that this system creates. Right now big business is laughing, clutching our hard earned dollar and hard earned dignity all the way to the bank. Our love, our sweat, our beauty is being sold back to us, two for the price of one".

Rosario Dawson also tweeted that the Pepsi advert was "eerily reminiscent" of the 'Out Of Control' video but "sadly minus the point". The Chemical Brothers themselves just used the opportunity to promote the original video, which brings us back to my 'best of' conspiracy again. GUYS! I'M KIDDING! Although they did do that.

Anyway, that's enough crowbarring, right? This is totally a music story now. I can do more, if you want. I mean, if you want references to Pepsi adverts looking a bit like other things, how about that time they cast David Bowie and Tina Turner in a bad rip off of 'Weird Science'? I'm not even making that up, that's a thing that happened. And learning about it is probably the most upsetting part of this whole story.

BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BULLETIN

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletins and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
Chris provides music business coverage and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business and education programme CMU:DIY, and heads up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, and advising on CMU Insights training courses and events.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of 3CM UnLimited she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
 
CMU supports the music community by providing news, business intelligence, training and education.

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

CMU Podcast is a weekly dissection of the biggest music business stories.

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

CMU Insights provides training and consultancy for music companies.

CMU:DIY provides workshops and resources for future 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 musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

Email advertising queries to ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

Email training and consultancy queries to insights@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

publishing@unlimitedmedia.co.uk | complaints@unlimitedmedia.co.uk