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TODAY'S TOP STORY: Spotify has approached some artist managers about licensing music directly from certain acts rather than via a label or distributor, according to sources who have spoken to Billboard. Those sources say that the streaming firm has offered advances of up to a few hundred thousand dollars as part of the proposed direct licensing arrangements... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Spotify reportedly offering artists direct licensing deals with cash advances
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LIVE BUSINESS Ticketfly back online, says payment details not accessed during cyber attack
Sound Diplomacy launches guide for cities to develop a night time economy
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ARTIST NEWS Emma Bunton reveals that the Spice Girls are "definitely" doing "something"
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RELEASES Anna Calvi announces new album, Hunter
Gaika announces debut album, Basic Volume
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ONE LINERS Lady Gaga, Tove Lo, The Internet, more
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AND FINALLY... Foo Fighters pretended that Dave Grohl fell off stage in Sweden again, but he didn't
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Spotify reportedly offering artists direct licensing deals with cash advances
Spotify has approached some artist managers about licensing music directly from certain acts rather than via a label or distributor, according to sources who have spoken to Billboard. Those sources say that the streaming firm has offered advances of up to a few hundred thousand dollars as part of the proposed direct licensing arrangements.

The direct licences would mean that Spotify would pay royalties directly to said artists, paying a revenue share rate a few percent lower than would be the norm under a label or distributor agreement - so 50% rather than something closer to 55%. Any song royalties also due would continue to be paid via Spotify's deals with the music publishers and collecting societies.

There has been much discussion, of course, about streaming firms becoming record labels and/or music publishers, directly signing artists and songwriters, mainly in a bid to reduce their significant royalty commitments to the labels, publishers and collecting societies. There are all kinds of reasons why Spotify or Apple Music becoming labels or publishers wouldn't work, as discussed on this week's edition of Setlist.

The direct licensing deal being touted by Spotify isn't the streaming firm becoming a label, although it is an interesting new approach that would ultimately reduce the company's royalty bill. Under the deal artists would be self-releasing their records - and would own all the recording rights - but would then license the recordings to Spotify at a reduced rate in return for the cash flow the service would be providing.

From an artist perspective, the lower royalty rate would probably actually be higher than what they are currently receiving, because there would be no label or distributor taking their cut. The artist could then license their recordings to all the other streaming services and elsewhere through a distributor on a very good deal, because they would no longer be seeking an advance from said distributor to help with recording and marketing costs.

For more proactive managers, Spotify's proposal would be attractive, in that it would provide upfront cash allowing the artist to self-release and then buy in marketing and label services as required. It's not clear whether Spotify would also throw in some marketing kickbacks as part of the deal. Nor what level of artist the service would offer this kind of deal to - probably acts where it is pretty certain any advance money would be recouped through royalties within a few years.

Billboard's sources say that Spotify is keen to stress that under this proposed arrangement the artist would not be 'signed' to the service, presumably because of concerns that its label relationships will be damaged - and potential label agreements breached - if it is seen to be trying to become a full-on record company in itself.

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Ticketfly back online, says payment details not accessed during cyber attack
Ticketfly is now fully back online, almost a week after being hit by a cyber attack. The company has confirmed that data from around 27 million accounts was stolen by a hacker, but said that credit and debit card details were safe.

"Last week Ticketfly was the target of a malicious cyber attack", says a Ticketfly spokesperson in a statement. "In consultation with third-party forensic cybersecurity experts we can now confirm that credit and debit card information was not accessed. However, information including names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers connected to approximately 27 million Ticketfly accounts was accessed".

"Upon first learning about this incident we took swift action to secure the data of our clients and fans", they added. "We take privacy and security very seriously and regret any disruption this has caused. We're extremely grateful for the patience and support of the Ticketfly community".

All of Ticketfly's online operations were taken offline last week, after its servers were hacked. Vice's Motherboard spoke to someone claiming to be the hacker, who said that they had warned the company of a security vulnerability prior to stealing its database.

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Sound Diplomacy launches guide for cities to develop a night time economy
Music market development consultancy Sound Diplomacy has announced a new publication called 'A Guide To Managing Your Night Time Economy', aimed at cities wishing to develop their after dark cultural and entertainment activities.

Written with night time economy academic Andreina Seijas, the book offers guidance on economic development, attracting tourism, catering to different age groups, recognising the value of culture and more. It is based on research from eleven cities over five continents.

Among those talking up the guide is Ariel Palitz - Senior Executive Director of New York City's Office Of Nightlife - who says: "As New York City's first Senior Executive Director for the Office Of Nightlife ... I have been given the awesome responsibility to not only create a new [department], but also to promote an economically and culturally vibrant nightlife industry, while serving the best interests of the city and residents of New York".

She continues: "The Sound Diplomacy Guide To Managing Your Night Time Economy truly is the invaluable toolbox it is intended to be. It helps clarify the many facets of night time economies around the globe, as well as illuminating strategies for managing nightlife that have been successfully implemented in some of the world's greatest cities. It is an honour to be part of the community of such visionary nightlife directors, and to have the opportunity to learn from them through resources like this excellent guide".

A launch event for the publication will be held at Omeara in London on 9 Jul. Find out more and download the guide for free here.

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Approved: Accü
Arriving with 'Did You Count Your Eyes?' - the first single from her debut album 'Echo The Red' - Accü plunges straight into a world of dense psychedelia. It pulls you in like water being let out of a bath, sucking you through a network of pipes and into a metaphor I frankly lost control of some time ago.

"The chorus was written years ago in my mind", she explains. "For years the words and melody would continue to revisit and tease me like an annoying lullaby, until last year I began reading Clarissa Pinkola Estés's 'Women Who Run With The Wolves'. Consequently the once annoying lullaby in my head had decided to reach it's angsty political female puberty and thus, the song was born. Maybe I want to annoy others".

Watch the video for 'Did You Count Your Eyes?' here.

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Emma Bunton reveals that the Spice Girls are "definitely" doing "something"
Apparently it's Emma Bunton's turn to make a vague statement about the Spice Girls reunion. Because she has. And I promise it's super vague.

"There is definitely something in the pipeline", she said on ITV's 'This Morning'. "It's difficult because I hope everyone appreciates that we want it to be the right thing, that's all it is".

The big question, of course, is 'will there be a tour?' "I'm not sure", she said. "But I think a few shows would be good".

OK, so there may or may not be a tour. But will Victoria Beckham be involved in any of what they end up doing? "I'm sure she will be involved in some way", she mused.

Asked if they would be making a movie she bellowed: "Definitely not a movie". Then, realising she'd broken the all important vagueness rule, she added that an animated film is "something we may be talking about".

In other relevant news, the Spice Girls' management company XIX Entertainment has just appointed Dawbell to do PR on the group's reunion activities. Although I'm not sure they're really required, what with the Spice Girls themselves out there explaining everything so clearly.

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Anna Calvi announces new album, Hunter
Anna Calvi has announced her third album - and her first for five years - 'Hunter'. Its 31 Aug release will be followed by UK tour dates in October, plus a one-off London show at the Roundhouse on 7 Feb next year.

"I'm hunting for something - I want experiences, I want agency, I want sexual freedom, I want intimacy, I want to feel strong, I want to feel protected and I want to find something beautiful in all the mess", says Calvi of the themes explored on the album. "I want to go beyond gender. I don't want to have to chose between the male and female in me. I'm fighting against feeling an outsider and trying to find a place that feels like home".

"I believe that gender is a spectrum", she continues. "I believe that if we were allowed to be somewhere in the middle, not pushed to the extremes of performed masculinity and femininity, we would all be more free. I want to explore how to be something other than just what I've been assigned to be. I want to explore a more subversive sexuality, which goes further than what is expected of a woman in our patriarchal heteronormative society. I want to repeat the words 'girl boy, woman man', over and over, to find the limits of these words, against vastness of human experience".

She concludes: "I believe in the female protagonist, who isn't simply responding to a man's story. I go out into the world and see it as mine - I want something from it, rather than just being a passive product of it. I'm hungry for experiences. Sometimes things seem clear, and other times I feel lost. I feel strong and yet vulnerable; I wear my body and my art as an armour, but I also know that to be true to myself is to be open to being hurt. The intent of this record is to be primal and beautiful, vulnerable and strong, to be the hunter and the hunted".

The album's first single, 'Don't Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy', is out now. Watch the video here.

Would you like to see her tour dates? Sure you would:

19 Jun: London, Heaven
27 Sep: Belfast, Empire
28 Sep: Dublin, Tivoli Theatre
30 Sep: Glasgow, St Luke's
1 Oct: Manchester, Ritz
3 Oct: Newcastle, The Boiler Shop
4 Oct: Birmingham, Town Hall
5 Oct: Brighton, All Saints Church
6 Oct: Bristol, SWX
7 Feb: London, The Roundhouse

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Gaika announces debut album, Basic Volume
Gaika is following up his quite album-like mixtape and EP releases with a debut album, 'Basic Volume', which will be out on 27 Jul.

The album takes its name from that of a company owned by the rapper's late father, says Gaika. "It is the science he taught me before he left this world. It is the poetry we grew under and were made strong by its force".

"With this knowledge", he goes on, "I fought until my hands bled, propelled into combat by the god of metals. It's all true, I nearly lost my heart to angry memories, waking dreams of burnt out laboratories and dead friends. I am this chemistry and it is I and so I wrote it here".

He then concludes that "'Basic Volume' is collection of alchemical parables for all the immigrants who wander the earth in search of themselves".

Collaborators on the record include Sophie, Dutch E Germ, Dre Skull, Jam City and Buddy Ross.

Here's new single, 'Crown & Key'.

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Lady Gaga, Tove Lo, The Internet, more

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• There's a new 'A Star Is Born' trailer out showing off Lady Gaga's acting talents.

• Tove Lo has released a new remix of her song 'Bitches', featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and Alma.

• The Internet have released the video for new single, 'Come Over'.

• Gang Gang Dance have released new track, 'Young Boy (Marika In America)'.

• Jenny Hval has released the video for 'Spells', from her new EP 'The Long Sleep'.

• Oliver Coates will release his new album, 'Shelley's On Zenn-La', in September. Here's new track, 'A Church'.

• Susanna has released a live video of 'Wilderness', a track from her recent 'Go Dig My Grave' album. This accompanies the news that she'll play Rich Mix in Shoreditch on 27 Sep.

• Girls Names have released new single 'The Impaled Mystique'. "We're proud of this song", says frontman Cathal Cully. "It's both quite strange but also recognisably the closest thing to a traditional pop song as we've written in years in its structure, verse, chorus, verse, bridge, breakdown, outro etc. But it's very odd and very alien sounding".

• Ross From Friends has announced his debut album, 'Family Portrait', will be out on 27 Jul. Here's new track 'Project Cybersyn'.

• Tindersticks' Stuart A Staples has released new track 'A New Real', the second taken from his new solo album 'Arrhythmia'.

• Lucianblomkamp has released new single 'Endless'. "'Endless is about self-reflection", he says. "Lyrically, its somewhat lecturous tone is directed at myself. The track is basically a chat between my present and past self. The different sections of the track are meant to reflect that".

• Jo Passed will play UK tour dates in October, finishing at The Victoria in Dalston on 25 Oct.

• Half Waif will be in the UK for some of those tour date things in September, starting at the Sebright Arms in London on 24 Sep.

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

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Foo Fighters pretended that Dave Grohl fell off stage in Sweden again, but he didn't
I'm sure you all remember that time in 2015 when Dave Grohl fell off a stage in Gothenburg, breaking his leg and forcing the band to pull out of Glastonbury. Well, he's only gone and done it again.

Not really! Ha! You're so stupid. I can't believe you fell for that, you idiot. Oh my god, you're such an idiot. I hate you.

Anyway, the band pulled off a similar prank this week when they returned to Gothenburg. In a video posted to their Facebook page, the band is seen emerging on stage, before someone who is quite clearly not Dave Grohl walks to the front of the stage and throws themselves off. Moments later the real Dave Grohl appears at the back of the stage with all legs in tact.

It's not clear what happened to the stuntman. He may have died. Who cares? I don't. Watch the video here.

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