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Friday 1 Aug 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Veteran festival promoter Vince Power has been banned from staging live events in the UK until he settles a dispute with collecting society PRS For Music over royalties owing on the old Hop Farm festival. According to the BBC, editions of the Hop Farm music event from 2009-2012 went ahead without a licence from PRS, which covers the copyright fees that are due for the performance of songs... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: For its last outing at Merton Farm just south of Canterbury, the 2014 Lounge On The Farm festival is distilled into just one day. So, there's a lot packed in. The headliners are Huey Morgan with his Fun Lovin' Criminals, who take the limelight, with The Subways and Peter Hook, with his band The Light. But keeping the festival to its roots are DJ Yoda with The Trans-Siberian March Band, and my... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Staff at branches of the Co-operative have risen up in anger, after being driven to distraction by the music playing on the supermarket chain's in-store radio station. And by "risen up in anger", of course, I mean posted on the company's Facebook page. The problem is that the Co-op has begun using a company called Emerge Media to source the music it plays on the station. Based at RAK Studios... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Vince Power banned from promoting events until PRS dispute resolved
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LEGAL Private copy exemption set to go live in October
Morrissey denies one-time bodyguard's 'SoLow' fansite claims
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New leadership and expansion plans at SESAC
CEO of Universal publishing division Zach Horowitz steps down
MPG shows support for Fair Digital Deals Declaration
British music still popular the world over
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LIVE BUSINESS Alt-Fest is cancelled, headliners confirm
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Shazam launches desktop software for Mac users
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ARTIST NEWS The Who to produce and score 1960s TV drama
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RELEASES Lorde curating Hunger Games OST
Tru Thoughts sells fifteen anniversary boxset through PledgeMusic
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #217: Co-op staff v the future of music
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Vince Power banned from promoting events until PRS dispute resolved
Veteran festival promoter Vince Power has been banned from staging live events in the UK until he settles a dispute with collecting society PRS For Music over royalties owing on the old Hop Farm festival.

According to the BBC, editions of the Hop Farm music event from 2009-2012 went ahead without a licence from PRS, which covers the copyright fees that are due for the performance of songs in the public domain. Such royalties must be paid even when artists perform their owns songs, because if said artists join PRS they give up the right to directly licence any of their songs for public performance, so promoters can't circumvent the collecting society.

Quite how so many editions of an event as high profile as the Hop Farm festival could go ahead without a PRS licence isn't clear, though it's possible legal wrangling has been quietly going on in the background for a while.

Of course, after launching the Hop Farm festival, Power spun his new live music ventures into Music Festivals plc, which subsequently went under, arguably taking any liabilities from the festival with it.

But it seems that, having completely failed to secure a PRS licence - rather than just letting bills lapse before Music Festivals plc collapsed - the collecting society wants Power himself held liable. It argues that the promoter was the "guiding will and mind" of the event and the company which produced it.

The judge hearing the case ruled in favour of PRS by default because Power failed to submit a defence. It's therefore not clear if, had he fought the case, the promoter could have argued against the "guiding will and mind" line, and passed the PRS liabilities onto his now defunct former company.

Under the new court order Power must now settle with PRS, and pay the society's legal fees, before staging any further events in the UK. Failure to do so would constitute contempt of court, which could result in fines or even a prison sentence.

Power, of course, was originally planning to stage another Hop Farm festival this year, last year's edition having been called off. Though a former business partner has set up a rival event at the same site and with the same name, and it now looks likely Power won't be competing with his own Hop Farm branded show.

Private copy exemption set to go live in October
The private copy exemption is now scheduled to go live in UK copyright law in October after the statutory instrument making the change passed through the Lords this week.

A number of new exemptions are being added to the UK copyright system, scenarios where people can make use of copyright material without licence. The changes stem from the 2011 Hargreaves Review of British copyright law.

The copyright industries - including the music biz - have various reservations about the new exemptions. On the private copy right - which means that consumers can now legally rip tracks off CDs onto their PCs and smartphones - the record labels and music publishers don't disagree with the exemption in principle, but reckon that rights owners should receive some compensation for the private copies being made as they do elsewhere in Europe. This is normally achieved by adding a levy to devises used to make private copies.

The statutory instrument making the private copy right (without levy) law was delayed earlier this year, but has now been approved. Though the copyright industries may as yet challenge it through the courts, either arguing that such changes to copyright law should not be possible via a simple statutory instrument, or by arguing that the new exemption being passed with no compensation puts the UK copyright system out of kilter with the rest of Europe, and therefore contravenes European law.

Though the tech sector is trying to address that last point too, albeit from the other direction. According to The Register, a trade group representing thousands of tech firms, including big guys Microsoft, Apple and Samsung, is pushing for the levy system to be abolished elsewhere in Europe, and will now likely use the new levy-free private copy right in the UK to bolster their case.

So that's all fun, isn't it?

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Morrissey denies one-time bodyguard's 'SoLow' fansite claims
Morrissey has denied recent claims made against him by his one-time bodyguard, Bradley Steyn. As per a TMZ story circulating this week, Steyn has alleged that Moz asked him to find and potentially "hurt" one David Tseng, the creator/webmaster of the fansite Morrissey-solo.com, and that, when he (Steyn) declined to do this, he was fired from Moz's security team.

Anyway, Morrissey has since stated that this didn't happen, deeming Steyn's claim a "vexatious lie" that is now "in the hands of the LAPD", and that Steyn may face criminal and civil legal action over his allegations.

"The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely", writes Moz via rival fansite True To You, adding that: "As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with".

Morrissey's dislike of Tseng and his website - which he calls 'SoLow' throughout the True To You post - isn't exactly the greatest-kept secret ever, by the way. Here he is wearing his heart practically on his sleeve, on a 'Fuck Morrissey-solo.com' T-shirt. And, you may remember, shortly after that attire was premiered at a show in Bradford back in 2011, Tseng claimed to have been ejected from a Moz show in Denmark.

Continuing his statement, and perhaps not quite fairly representing the free-for-all nature of Morrissey-solo.com as a public forum and comments board, or indeed a 'fan' site, Morrissey adds: "I am aware that all of the opinions posted on the site are controlled or written by David Tseng, and that David Tseng will give maximum and inexhaustive publicity to anything said in the negative about me. This is a general truth that most people accept about SoLow. It is nothing new, and I have long since learned to accept it".

New leadership and expansion plans at SESAC
America's third song right collecting society SESAC has new management and is planning further expansion.

Controlled by private equity group Rizvi Traverse since the end of 2012, a new top team has been appointed at the rights firm, with John Josephson, a former MD at investment bank Allen & Co, becoming CEO; incumbent Pat Collins becoming CEO of SESAC Performance Rights; and Kelli Turner becoming CFO and VP Of Corporate Development.

Unlike ASCAP and BMI, which are both not-for-profit, SESAC is a commercial venture, though likewise licenses the songs of its members for public performance in the US. With the operations of ASCAP and BMI currently under review by the regulator of such things, and much debate over the ways songwriters and publishers should be licensing digital services, there has been much speculation that SESAC sees opportunity for growth in a licensing domain currently in flux.

And new boss Josephson has confirmed that, telling Billboard: "SESAC has big plans that go beyond the scope of what [its] business has been for the past 22 years. What motivates me to take this position is I see a lot of change coming and SESAC is in a great position to benefit no matter what direction the industry's evolution takes".

Quite where SESAC is headed remains to be seen, though rumours continue to circulate that it is bidding to buy the main music publishing 'mechanical rights' firm in the US, the Harry Fox Agency. Plus there maybe other acquisitions similar to its purchase last year of micro-licensing platform Rumblefish.

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CEO of Universal publishing division Zach Horowitz steps down
Universal Music Publishing CEO Zach Horowitz is stepping down. He has been in his current role for just over two years, but with Universal Music Group for 30.

In an email to staff, obtained by Billboard, Horowitz said: "After a wonderful 30 years at Universal Music Group it is time for me to move on and explore other opportunities ... I consider [being CEO of UMP] to be a true touchstone of my career in the company".

Horowitz began his career as a lawyer at CBS, later becoming its West Coast Head Of Business Affairs. He then moved to MCA to become Global Head Of Business And Legal Affairs and then Chief Operating Officer. When that company morphed into the Universal Music Group in 1999 he was appointed President and COO.

After Lucian Grainge took over as UMG CEO at the beginning of 2011, Horowitz's role within the company was in flux somewhat, until he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the company's publishing division in April 2012. He also sat on the Universal Music Group and Vevo boards.

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MPG shows support for Fair Digital Deals Declaration
The Music Producers Guild has joined the list of trade bodies supporting the World Independent Network's Fair Digital Deals Declaration.

As previously reported, the Declaration was signed by over 700 indie labels worldwide earlier this month, promising fairness and transparency in the digital domain for their artists.

In a statement, MPG executive board member Mick Glossop said: "The music industry has a long history of unfairly exploiting the work of artists without whose creativity the industry would simply not exist. The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is a welcome initiative, which seeks to address those injustices by promoting transparency and accountability".

The Fair Digital Deals Declaration was one of the topics discussed at this month's CMU live panel discussion at The Roundhouse in London. Excerpts from that conversation will be featured in the next edition of The CMU Podcast, which will be available shortly.

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British music still popular the world over
British artists remain super popular around the world, responsible for one in eight of all albums sold worldwide in 2013, according to new figures from the BPI. That's 13% of the global market.

One Direction, unsurprisingly, led the charge again, shifting four million copies of their 'Midnight Memories' album in the final six weeks of 2013, following its November release, making them the world's overall best-selling artist. Their second album, 'Take Me Home', was also the fifth biggest-selling British album worldwide, while their debut, 'Up All Night', came in tenth.

The other top five highest selling Brit albums were 'Babel' by Mumford & Sons, Adele's '21' and Robbie Williams' 'Swings Both Ways'.

BPI's Gennaro Castaldo said in a statement: "For home-grown talent to have recorded the world's biggest-selling album six out of the last seven years is a phenomenal achievement that says a great deal about the popularity of British music around the world, especially taking into account the fact that one in every eight albums sold globally are by UK artists. Aside from the obvious contribution to British exports, this success underlines the vital role that our music and artists play in promoting the appeal of British culture around the world".

The ten best selling British albums worldwide in 2013 are as follows (world positions in brackets):

1 (1) One Direction - Midnight Memories
2 (13) Mumford & Sons - Babel
3 (17) Adele - 21
4 (18) Robbie Williams - Swings Both Ways
5 (30) One Direction - Take Me Home
6 (33) Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events
7 (35) David Bowie - The Next Day
8 (36) Black Sabbath - 13
9 (37) Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
10 (40) One Direction - Up All Night

Alt-Fest is cancelled, headliners confirm
It's seems that the first ever Alt-Fest, which had been scheduled to take place in Kettering on 15-17 Aug, has been cancelled. Only thing is, it's the heavy rock festival's headline acts, not its organising body, announcing the cancellation, with both Gary Numan and Marilyn Manson sharing the news with fans via their social media sites whilst Alt-Fest HQ has remained tight-lipped.

The last definitive sign that all isn't fine at Alt-Fest came earlier this week, amid widespread reports from fans and bands that the festival wasn't going ahead as planned. Writing via a Facebook statement, its main promoters Missy and Dominic Void apologised for their silence over the matter, adding: "We are working all hours to deal with some extremely challenging and stressful issues".

Whilst the pair stopped short of actually cancelling the event, they did add that an official statement revealing all will be released over the weekend.

Impatient, as are many ticket-holders and acts playing the fest, to get clarification on Alt-Fest's status either way, Italian trance band XP8 have complained that they are being kept in the dark and "treated as a 'b series' band", adding in a later Facebook post that: "This situation is frustrating for all and everyone involved, and I am afraid that no matter how it will be resolved in the end, we all lost a lot in this".

As previously reported, Alt-Fest raised £60,000 in funding for its inaugural edition via Kickstarter earlier this year, double what organisers originally asked for. It's not clear what will happen to that money now, which has presumably been spent already.

Shazam launches desktop software for Mac users
Shazam yesterday launched a desktop version of its music identification software for Apple Mac computers.

Available from the Apple App Store, the program runs in the background monitoring the sounds around you, seeking music, TV shows and adverts it thinks you might like to know about without you having to find your phone or use your eyes to work out what it is.

But, anyway, Shazam's Chief Product Officer Daniel Danker said of this new thing: "Shazam on mobile instantaneously answers fans' questions about what's playing around them, at the touch of a button. The magic of Shazam for Mac, is that it anticipates and answers these questions before they're even asked".

Although the first track it identified for me it managed to get wrong, it's not building up a nice list of things I've listened to. Though I'm not sure identifying music you already know is really the best application of this. People who work on laptops in coffee shops might find it particularly useful, if only so they know what to complain about.

  Vigsy's Festival Tip: Lounge On The Farm
For its last outing at Merton Farm just south of Canterbury, the 2014 Lounge On The Farm festival is distilled into just one day. So, there's a lot packed in.

The headliners are Huey Morgan with his Fun Lovin' Criminals, who take the limelight, with The Subways and Peter Hook, with his band The Light. But keeping the festival to its roots are DJ Yoda with The Trans-Siberian March Band, and my man of the moment, who rocked Ramsgate Beach last month, Mr Congo Natty - aka Rebel MC - whose 2013 album was rather good.

UK sax ambassador Courtney Pine will also be in full effect, a true jazz champion, plus DJ Format vs Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) and the Dub Pistols will return to the festival for a seventh year; indeed DJ Format and Ollie Teeba of The Herbaliser will go head to head.

Saturday 2 Aug, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, £35-55, more info here.
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The Who to produce and score 1960s TV drama
The Who are at the 'in talks' phase on co-producing a new eight-part drama series inspired by swingin sixties London.

According to Screen Daily, lead singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend will oversee the score to the inevitably-titled 'Mods & Rockers', also working with Bill Curbishley, who produced 'Quadrophenia' in 1979.

The show's director Simon West, who is also responsible for both 'Con Air' AND the video for Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up', says: "We're not remaking 'Quadrophenia' but it's that kind of world", adding: "It will cover the rockers' side of the story and will spill out into the wider world of swinging 1960s London".

Lorde curating Hunger Games OST
Lorde has a new curatorial job: choosing the songs that'll go on the soundtrack to the latest film in the 'The Hunger Games' series, 'Mockingjay Part 1'.

As well as selecting the artists and tracklisting, Ms Lorde has written a TBA lead single to feature on the movie's OST ahead of its cinema release in November.

And she says: "Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance. The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people".

Soundtracks for the previous soundtrack albums in the 'Hunger Games' series haven't had celebrity curators, but have featured contributions from Coldplay and Arcade Fire.

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Tru Thoughts sells fifteen anniversary boxset through PledgeMusic
The Tru Thoughts record label has announced a new fifteenth anniversary boxset, for which it is taking pre-orders via PledgeMusic.

Limited to 500 copies, at £50 each, the box includes three twelve-inch records cut into fifteen-sided shapes (pentadecagonals, if you like), plus two CDs, a book and cover artwork by graffiti artist Aroe. There's music too, of course. Tracks featured are culled from the labels now extensive back catalogue, with artists including Bonobo, Quantic, Alice Russell, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Rodney P and the recently approved Lost Midas.

Label founder Robert Luis said: "Our fifteenth anniversary is a chance for us to take stock and celebrate how far we've come, but also to look forward with excitement for the future, so it feels fitting to be pushing on and doing something that has not been done before. The platform that PledgeMusic offers is an important part of the modern music industry. We're extremely happy to be their first label partner and to have their help in bringing our fans a unique set of memorabilia that they can treasure. On which note, I can't thank all the artists enough for all the weird and most definitely wonderful offerings they have come up with, and the effort they have personally put into it all".

You can order your copy ready for its 20 Oct ship date here. Or you can just gaze at this video detailing the contents and the creation of the cover art.

CMU Beef Of The Week #217: Co-op staff v the future of music
Staff at branches of the Co-operative have risen up in anger, after being driven to distraction by the music playing on the supermarket chain's in-store radio station. And by "risen up in anger", of course, I mean posted on the company's Facebook page.

The problem is that the Co-op has begun using a company called Emerge Media to source the music it plays on the station. Based at RAK Studios, Emerge specialises in providing music by unsigned talent to a variety of retailers to play in store, including Argos and Sports Direct.

The key benefit is that new artists without a record deal get wide exposure for their music - Emerge claims it reaches 28 million people per week - and the retailers get to have enjoy a warm fuzzy feeling from the knowledge that they are helping out the future stars of tomorrow. Oh, and because the music Emerge uses isn't registered with PRS and PPL, it's cheap. But the fuzzy feeling is the main thing, I'm sure.

Sadly, that warm glow didn't extend to some staff forced to listen to eight hours of DIY artists at a time. One wrote on Facebook that the music was "diabolical", adding that four customers had commented on its quality that day too. Another added: "These lot are unsigned for a reason, even hipsters wouldn't listen to that rubbish".

There were positive comments too, but many of those in favour still requested a mix of unsigned and better known music.

After the story gained media attention, a spokesperson for Co-operative Food talked up the recent change to the firm's in-store station's playlist, telling reporters: "In order to profile new talent and give emerging artists a national platform for their music, alongside our existing mix of DJs, shout-outs and in-store offers, The Co-operative Radio now only features unsigned bands and artists. This will be the first time that emerging artists will be able to access such wide-spread national coverage on the radio, helping them to get a foot in the door of the music industry".

There's that warm, fuzzy feeling again. Come on, they're just trying to help some folks out. Folks who just need a chance in life. And being played in the Co-op is the chance they're looking for. Plus, bypassing the collecting societies does make it so much cheaper. Oh wait, they didn't say that.

But the founder of Emerge, Gideon Chain did. He told The Telegraph: "Shops normally have to pay a public performance licence to play well-known music but the artists we represent are emerging artists and we create a direct licence between the business and the artist. We then supply their music to the businesses, which is about 50% cheaper than if they wanted to pay mainstream artists".

He added: "Artists we sign get paid per play so the more tracks and content they supply, the more money they can make. It is a great way of supporting new emerging talent and artists are perfectly free to go on a sign up to major record labels as it is a completely non-exclusive deal with us".

Hear that A&R people? I hope you're all shopping in the right supermarket given all this new talent you'll hear. Although you might have to hang around by the eggs a little longer if you're planning to head down to your local Co-op this afternoon. By Wednesday the company had caved in to staff pressure and reached a compromise.

In a note to staff, obtained by The Grocer, Head Of Retail Steve Murrells said: "We recently piloted a new in-store radio service to showcase and show support for unsigned music acts. We did this because the initiative aligns well with The Co-operative Group's new purpose of championing initiatives which support our customers and their local communities".

He continued: "We have, however, had some negative feedback from colleagues. We've listened carefully and have acted to reinstate well-known acts while retaining slots on our programming for unsigned musicians to have their songs heard. We also intend to support unsigned music acts in the future by launching a new initiative with the National Union of Students".

Well, that all sounds good. Students will listen to any old shit.

 
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