THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018 COMPLETEMUSICUPDATE.COM
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Hey, so you know that new subscription music streaming service YouTube's going to launch? Well it's going to launch it next week. So it's not long before you can be one of the millions of people not signed up to it... [READ MORE]
Available to premium subscribers, CMU Trends digs deeper into the inner workings of the music business, explaining how things work and reviewing all the recent trends.
   
SPOTIFY - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
As Spotify finally lists on the New York Stock Exchange, CMU Trends reviews Spotify's business to date, considers what its SEC filing might tell us about its current direction, and speculates what a Spotify of the future might look like. [READ MORE]
   
CHINA, AI AND MUSIC EDUCATION - SETTING THE AGENDA
As CMU Insights publishes agendas for each of the conferences that it will present at The Great Escape later this year, CMU Trends outlines the background to each theme being explored: music education, AI and the Chinese music market. [READ MORE]
   
AI - THE NEXT REVOLUTION IN MUSIC?
Midem recently published a brand new white paper from our consultancy unit CMU Insights reviewing the potential impact various AI technologies will have on the music industry in the next decade. CMU Trends presents some highlights. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES YouTube to launch music streaming service next week, adds credits to music videos
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Vivendi board set to meet today to discuss Universal IPO
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LIVE BUSINESS Dice hires Jason Edwards as new Head Of Music
Kilimanjaro Live adds two promoters
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Tidal accused of delayed label payments
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ARTIST NEWS US TV sitcom based on Harry Styles' life to air this autumn
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ONE LINERS Apple Music, Big Shaq, G Flip, more
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AND FINALLY... Tickets for Labour Party music festival not selling that well shocker
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RAYMOND GUBBY LTD - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (LONDON)
The successful candidate would be responsible for ‘the voice’ of social media for RGL and would be responsible for developing and implementing the social media strategy. 

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INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF MUSICIANS - PUBLIC AFFAIRS & CAMPAIGNS MANAGER (LONDON)
This is a great opportunity for a highly-skilled public affairs professional to join the dynamic and innovative ISM and lead on our public affairs work.

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER (LIVERPOOL)
Academy Music Group has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant General Manager to join two of Liverpool’s premier live entertainment venues, O2 Academy Liverpool and Arts Club.

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THIRTY SIX MINUTES - CREATIVE MANAGER (LONDON)
Thirty Six Minutes is looking for a Creative Manager for our publishing company; someone with hands-on experience from working with music whether in music publishing or from a media company where their job was actively choosing the music to fit AV projects.

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UEA(SU) - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (NORWICH)
The students' union's Assistant Director of Social Enterprise (Venues) will be at the centre of developing and managing the union’s Venues operations, including the operation of the largest music venue in the region, multiple bars and student club nights alongside a unique and renowned venue in Norwich city centre.

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UEA(SU) - COMMERCIAL SALES & MARKETING MANAGER (NORWICH)
The Students’ Union’s Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager will be at the centre of leading a freshly redeveloped team in the union aimed at maximising internal and external revenue and creating meaningful partnerships both locally and nationally, ensuring our members remain at the forefront of our marketing activity.

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MODEST! MANAGEMENT - ARTIST DIGITAL MANAGER (LONDON)
Modest! Management seek an Artist Digital Manager to work across an exciting, international artist roster in their busy London office. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and passionate music loving individual to deliver innovative and creative digital marketing campaigns for a truly global roster.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking a Promotions Manager to join our events team. You will be responsible for the marketing and promotion of all club nights at one of our key venues, working alongside a team of very passionate people.

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NINJA TUNE - SYNC CREATIVE (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a sync creative working in its new production music arm. The position will sit within the wider label, publisher and bespoke sync team, focusing on the newly launched production music catalogue.

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STREAMING STARTUP - MARKETING EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
We are a new music streaming platform aimed at the world of independent music set for launch later in 2018 and are looking for a Marketing Executive to join our team.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP - EVENT MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Joining a growing, global marketing team in our first ever events focused role, you will help us create a better music industry as well as bring it into the digital age by taking complete ownership of Kobalt and AWAL’s UK and Europe events schedule supporting emerging artists from all over the world.

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NUCLEAR BLAST - SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Nuclear Blast is looking for a young, dynamic and creative Social Media Communications Manager to handle online promotion and new media for its rapidly diversifying roster.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP - RELEASE MANAGER (CATALOGUE) (LONDON)
As part of Kobalt’s significant expansion of AWAL - our recorded music division - the Release Manager (Catalogue) will support the growing operations team by ensuring accurate and timely build of all catalogue acquisition releases for digital and physical distribution.

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MELODIC RECORDS - LABEL ASSISTANT/PRESS OFFICER (MANCHESTER)
Melodic Records / Melodic European Labels is looking to hire a Label Assistant & Press Officer to work at our office in Manchester city centre.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - ARTIST DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (LONDON)
Attitude Is Everything is excited to announce an opportunity to join our growing team and lead on a new area of work for our organisation.

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PITCH & SYNC - SENIOR MUSIC SUPERVISOR (LONDON)
Pitch & Sync is looking for a dynamic and inspiring Senior Music Supervisor who will join its growing music synchronisation business operating across advertising and brand sectors.

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ONE LITTLE INDIAN - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
One Little Indian is seeking a Digital Marketing Manager to develop and manage the digital campaign strategy for the record label and its diverse roster.

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CMU Insights is at The Great Escape in Brighton as we speak presenting its full-day conferences, including:
   
CMU INSIGHTS PRESENTS THE AI CONFERENCE
Thursday 17 May | Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
This full-day conference will look at how big data and AI will impact on music, including audio-recognition, fan-messaging, data-driven recommendations and music composition tools. [READ MORE]
   
CMU INSIGHTS PRESENTS THE CHINA CONFERENCE
Friday 18 May | Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
The full day conference will provide a beginner's guide to the Chinese music market, looking at copyright, streaming services, media and social media, and the touring circuit. [READ MORE]

YouTube to launch music streaming service next week, adds credits to music videos
Hey, so you know that new premium music service YouTube's going to launch? Well it's going to launch it next week. So it's not long now before you can be one of the millions of people not signed up to it.

In a blog post announcing the 22 May launch, the company said that YouTube Music (as it is to be known) will make "the world of music easier to explore and more personalised than ever". Basically, the idea is that you will never need to leave YouTube for any of your music listening needs ever again. The gaps in YouTube's existing music catalogue will be plugged by the new set-up, creating one mega service filled with music you'll find on all the other platforms, and lots you won't.

There are the usual promises of a brilliant user experience, awesome personalised recommendations and thousands of great playlists that streaming services always make. Plus, YouTube reckons its music service will have such an amazing search option that it will be able to find stuff even when you're not sure what it is. One example the company gives as a possible search term is "that hipster song with the whistling". Though I'm not sure how it will fair with "the one on that advert with the dog that goes mmmmanan nnnn nuh shhshh BAP dungh prroororrrrrr".

YouTube Music is set to launch in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico on Tuesday, with a free ad-supported version and a $9.99 per month option.

It had been thought that the new service might replace the Google Play Music streaming service, although the company says that this is not the case. Existing Google Play Music subscribers will have the premium version of YouTube Music bundled into their packages though. So that's nice. For them.

As well as this, YouTube also announced that it plans to rebrand its platform-wide subscription service, YouTube Red, as YouTube Premium in the near future. Continuing to provide ad-free access to the website, it will also include a YouTube Music subscription, resulting in a price increase for new users to $11.99 per month.

Also yesterday, YouTube announced that it will now provide detailed credits for the music contained in official music videos on its entire platform, as well as user-generated content soundtracked with other people's songs, via a new 'Music In This Video' section on its pages. The newly-displayed data now features on more than half a billion videos on the platform, the company reckons.

On videos which simply feature music in their soundtrack, viewers will also now be able to link through to the official videos for the tracks they hear playing, as well as seeing who was involved in making them.

"Bringing 'Music In This Video' to the diverse content that exists on YouTube is made possible due to the data and technology behind Content ID, which allows copyright owners to identify and manage their content on YouTube", explains the company in another blog post. "It's also possible due to YouTube's partnerships with record labels, music publishers and music rights societies around the world".

So that's nice. The ramping up of musical credits on YouTube follows a similar commitment made by Spotify earlier this year, and by Tidal in 2017, though with the UCG add-on, of course. When Spotify added beefed up metadata to its desktop app it was a little more muted in its fanfare. "A lot of this data is going to be a load of old shit, because the information the record labels provide us with is fucking useless", said the company. Or words to that effect. I may not have remembered it exactly right.

Oh wait, look I've found it. Spotify actually said: "We realise some of the label-provided credits are incomplete or may contain inaccuracies, but this is just the first step in displaying songwriter credits on Spotify". So there you go, I was right. A load of old shit.

Still, these moves by digital music services to display more information about those involved in the making of music responds to something that many in the music community have been demanding for a long time. So the addition of this data by YouTube will be welcomed by music types, although it may not stop them thinking the Google-owned site is evil. Maybe the streaming service will do that though, who knows?*

*Me. It won't.

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Vivendi board set to meet today to discuss Universal IPO
The board of Universal Music's parent company Vivendi is reportedly set to meet today to discuss the possibility of floating a portion of the major label on the stock market, reports the FT.

Speculation about a Universal IPO has appeared at various points in the past, but has been particularly circulating for the last year, since Vivendi execs started talking up a $23.5 billion valuation for the major music firm.

At the company's AGM last month, Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine confirmed that a formal proposal to launch a Universal IPO was being put together. Today's meeting is seemingly the first step towards reaching an actual decision.

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Dice hires Jason Edwards as new Head Of Music
Ticketing firm Dice has announced former Coda agent Jason Edwards as its new Head Of Music. He replaces Russ Tannen, as he moves up to the role of Managing Director.

"Dice is bringing significant and long-needed change to the live music industry, and fans and artists love it", says Edwards. "I was hugely impressed with Dice as an agent, and being able to lead the music team to help spread the word is an exciting proposition. We will help grow promoters' margins, build sustainable and exciting careers for artists while ensuring fans have the best experience. Dice has become an integral brand in the music industry".

Also new to the company is former NME journalist Leonie Cooper, who takes on the newly created role of Editor.

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Kilimanjaro Live adds two promoters
Concert promoter Kilimanjaro Live has announced the addition of two new promoters to its team, Peter Thomsen and Jamie Anderson.

Anderson joins from PCL Presents in Scotland, while Thomsen joined the company last year, initially as an intern, before moving into an assistant role.

"I'm delighted to welcome Peter and Jamie to the fold and have them join myself, Carlo Scarampi, Alan Day, Georgie Donnelly and Mark Walker in representing Kilimanjaro in the incredibly competitive live music scene of the UK", says company director Steve Tilley.

"Peter and Jamie are here to build their own careers as well as those of the artists they bring in", he went on. "And we're excited to have them on board and to be able to contribute to their development in the industry".

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Tidal accused of delayed label payments
Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv is keeping up the pressure on Tidal, with new claims that the streaming service is behind with royalty payments to labels - including all three major labels - in some cases by more than six months.

The paper spoke to a number of indie labels for its latest article on the company, including Propeller Recordings boss Frithjof Boye Hungnes, who said: "We have not been paid since October. The agreement is that we will be paid monthly. People are talking about withdrawing, I think there's a pretty hostile atmosphere".

Sveinung Rindal, CEO of digital distributor Phonofile, which works with over 1000 indie labels in the Nordic region, confirmed that the company was experiencing delays in payments from Tidal.

Earlier this month, DN accused Tidal of inflating listening figures for its exclusive albums from Kanye West and Beyonce. Internal data from Tidal obtained by the newspaper corroborated the published listening stats. However, when journalists contacted individual listeners many denied that they had played the albums as much as the service's data said. Academics asked to analyse the data also concluded that it had been tampered with.

Tidal was bullish in its response, accusing the paper of running a "smear campaign", and the journalists of manipulating the "stolen" data.

Of course, overstating the popularity of certain albums is nothing new in music. However, due to the way streaming services are licensed, it doesn't just provide an ego boost and higher prominence for the artist. It would also mean higher royalties for the artist whose figures had been tampered with, and lower payouts for all others on the service.

Norwegian collecting society Tono has already filed a police complaint over the accusations, with other royalty collecting organisations thought to similarly be considering what action to take.

Tidal has not commented on the new complaints of late payments.

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Playlist: The Great Escape 2018
We're deep into the CMU Insights conferences at The Great Escape already, having kicked off with The Education Conference yesterday. Last night we piled out of Duke's at Komedia - after a productive day sorting out the crisis in music education - at something of a loose end. Thankfully, today the music starts, with Brighton suddenly filled with bands all over the place. Hundreds of them. How to choose what to see?

I favour an arbitrary selection process. Take a punt on someone with a funny name, or whatever venue is closest, or ten acts chosen by some stupid journalist. Speaking of which, here's a playlist of bands playing TGE this year.

1. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Kimino Mikata
Hey, J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is playing TGE this year, which I think is an opportunity you can't pass up. Presumably it'll be a chance to catch old hits like 'Pon Pon Pon', but also a means for her to showcase her new 'grown up' sound, as heard on her latest single 'Kimino Mikata'.

Friday, 9pm - The Arch

2. Pitou - Problems
Singer-songwriter Pitou's music is filled with vivid lyrics and beautiful melodies placed over arresting vocal rhythms - all in all, simple but carefully considered songwriting.

Thursday, 9.30pm - Unitarian Church
Friday, 12.45pm - Komedia

3. Anna Burch - Tea-Soaked Letter
Anna Burch's debut album, 'Quit The Curse', was released in February, but each song on it feels like you've known it for years. None more so than the brilliant 'Tea-Soaked Letter'.

Friday, 3.30pm - Horatio's

4. Gaika - Glad We Found It
Warp-signed rapper Gaika blends melodic and mechanical sounds into an always intriguing, often thought-provoking style. 'Glad We Found It' from 2016's 'Spaghetto' is an excellent route into that world.

Thursday, 9.30pm - Shoosh
Friday, 7.20pm - East Wing (Brighton Centre)

5. Kate NV - дуб Oak
Kate Shilonosova has explored various genres from post-punk to Japanese genre 'city pop'. On her latest album, she delves into minimalist compositions, akin to the work of Terry Riley and Steve Reich.

Thursday, 10pm - Volks
Friday, 12.30pm - Queens Hotel

6. G Flip - About You
I suspect G Flip is going to be one of the artists you really need to arrive early for this year, if you're serious about seeing her play that is. Her debut track, 'About You', was released earlier this year and ripped through the internet. Interest and expectations will be high for what else she has to offer.

Thursday, 5.30pm - Beach Club
Friday, 5pm - Beach Club
Friday, 3.30pm - Beach House

7. Art School Girlfriend - Bending Back
The latest signing to Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label, Art School Girlfriend released her debut EP, 'Measures', late last year. From it, 'Bending Back' is an enthralling entry point into her sound.

Friday, 8.15pm - The Walrus

8. Joy Crookes - New Manhattan
Slowly building towards her debut album, Joy Crookes already has an impressive collection on songs behind her. I'm still pretty hooked on her debut single, 'New Manhattan' though.

Thursday, 8.15pm - Coalition

9. Mellah - Paseo
Mellah releases his latest EP, 'Middle England', next week. I haven't been able to get the deadpan delivery of lead single 'Paseo' out of my brain for weeks now.

Thursday, 3.15pm - Bau Wow

10. Suzi Wu - Teenage Witch
Signed to Lucky Number, Suzi Wu released her debut EP, 'Teenage Witch' last September. We've been eagerly awaiting more ever since. Something which it seems likely will be found during her two TGE shows.

Friday, 10.15pm - Bau Wow
Saturday, 6.30pm - Shooshh

US TV sitcom based on Harry Styles' life to air this autumn
Harry Styles is to act as Executive Producer on a new sitcom based on his own hilarious life. 'Happy Together' is set to premiere on US TV network CBS later this year, starring Felix Mallard as a Styles-like pop star who moves in with a suburban married couple, played by Damon Wayans Jr and Amber Stevens.

The show is loosely based on a period early in Styles' career with One Direction, when he moved down to London from Cheshire. He found a house to buy in Hampstead, and while he waited for the sale to go through moved in with TV producer Ben Winston and his wife. Initially the plan was for him to stay for two weeks, Winston told Rolling Stone last year, but it ended up being nearly two years. Two apparently hilarious years.

"Those 20 months were when they went from being on a reality show, 'X-Factor', to being the biggest selling artists in the world", he said. "That period of time, he was living with us in the most mundane suburban situation. No one ever found out, really. Even when we went out for a meal, it's such a sweet family neighbourhood, no one dreamed it was actually him. But he made our house a home. And when he moved out, we were gutted".

Winston is now an Executive Producer on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' - a show Styles stepped in to present at short notice when Corden's wife went into labour last December. More importantly, I suppose, he's also an Executive Producer on 'Happy Together'. So two years spent sleeping on an old mattress in an attic turned out to be quite fruitful for young Styles.

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Apple Music, Big Shaq, G Flip, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Apple's Tim Cook has announced that Apple Music has 50 million subscribers now. It only announced it had 40 million last month. Although, as Music Ally points out, last month's figure didn't include people on free trials and this month's does. So it's not actually that impressive.

• Big Shaq has released the follow-up to viral hit 'Man's Not Hot'. Here's 'Man Don't Dance'.

• G Flip is back with new song, 'Killing My Time'. "The story behind 'Killing My Time' revolves around a girl who kept distracting me from making music", she says. "It was hard to escape and be productive so I inevitably ended up breaking up with her because I wanted to focus".

• Melody's Echo Chamber has released new song, 'Desert Horse'. "This track was a monster", she says. "It's the most sculptural and mad I guess. It embodies my difficult life journey these last few years through my own personal desert of heartaches, thirst, mirages, moving sands, disillusionment and of becoming an adult woman in a mad world. It's a little punk to me somehow".

• Hilary Woods has released new track 'Prodigal Dog'.

• Death Cab For Cutie have announced that they will play The Scala in London on 19 Jun. Tickets on sale this Friday.

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

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Tickets for Labour Party music festival not selling that well shocker
Jeremy Corbyn's assumption that if people were excited about seeing him at Glastonbury, they'd also like to see him at his own festival turns out to have been somewhat flawed. According to the Huffington Post, only 15% of tickets for the Labour Live festival in June have so far been sold.

The event is due to take place at the White Heart Lane Recreational Ground in North London on 16 Jun. Among the artists lined up to perform are The Magic Numbers, Rae Morris and Reverend And The Makers, interspersed with political chat from John McDonnell, Owen Jones and J-Corbz himself.

Despite this, tickets are not flying off the shelves, with reports that free busses are being offered to transport party members to the event. Still, with less than a month away, Labour is facing significant losses, possibly topping £1 million.

A Labour spokesperson told the Huffington Post: "Ticket sales have been positive, and we are offering free tickets to under fourteens. We look forward to hosting Labour Live with our supporters and everyone from the local community".

Come on guys, Glastonbury's not even on this year! Get your tickets everybody! Did I mention they've got Owen Jones speaking?

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