FRIDAY 19 DECEMBER 2014
This is the final edition of the CMU Daily for 2014. Premium subscribers will receive a final CMU Digest bulletin over the weekend. We will continue to report on big stories over the Christmas break at completemusicupdate.com. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for alerts on new stories as they go live. The first CMU Daily of 2015 will be in your inbox on Monday 5 Jan. Have a great Christmas!
   
TODAY'S TOP STORY: London nightclub Fabric has been saved from closure, following a licence review by Islington Council last night. The review was prompted by police, due to what was described as a "wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue". In a report, police noted that in the last three years, eight people had collapsed in the club due to ecstasy use... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Every weekday in the run up to the Christmas break, we've been revealing another of our ten favourite artists of the year. Last on our list is Taylor Swift... Taylor Swift, eh? Taylor Swift. Where would the world have been without the musical saviour of 2014? Trapped in a room with Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, that's where. So thank the cosmic forces of the universe... [READ MORE]
   
VIGSY'S FESTIVE CLUB TIPS: Christmas is a time for giving and getting together. No, not giving presents and getting together with family - giving money to promoters and getting together with a room full of (mostly) strangers. OK, you can spend Christmas Day with your family. The clubs are shut, after all. But, oh what treats are on offer once all that's done with. Below are some opportunities to get... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Can it really be that another year is over? Another eleven and a half months of disputes, arguments and fallings out has come to an end? Yes. That is what has happened. And as a result, there is no specific Beef Of The Week this week. Because it's Christmas and everyone's in a good mood. No one is fighting anymore. Not until January. And so, it is time for what I believe is... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths
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DEALS Incubus sign to Island Records
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Japanese messaging app firm Line buys MixRadio
More lyrics and a new CEO at Deezer
7digital will be first to deliver new lower-file-size high quality audio files
Spotify-connected DJ apps upgrade
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ARTIST NEWS Sam Smith a trans-Atlantic smash, shifts one million LP copies in US and UK
Michael Bublé donates live takings to Nordoff Robbins
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ONE LINERS Nicki Minaj, Babymetal, Male Bonding and a partridge in a pear tree
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #236: The Year In Beefs
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MINISTRY OF SOUND - DIGITAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER (LONDON)
Ministry Of Sound Recordings seek an experienced Digital Campaign Manager. The DCM will be responsible for the planning and execution of the digital marketing strategy for all Ministry Of Sound Recordings artists. MoS Recordings is behind many of the biggest dance hits of the last 20 years. It now has a growing roster of established and developing artists including London Grammar, DJ Fresh, Wretch 32 and Rhodes. While the role will be label-focused, the DCM will feed into all areas of the brand.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
IMAGEM MUSIC - CREATIVE ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Imagem Music UK is seeking a bright, ambitious and organised Creative Assistant to join the A&R/Creative team in our central London office. The Creative Assistant will work closely with the A&R team and the Managing Director on a variety of creative and administrative projects. Our ideal candidate would be a first or second jobber with a passion for pop music and prior experience and/or interest in music publishing, A&R and digital/online communications.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
9PR - ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
9PR are looking for a print and online Account Manager. Our roster includes the following acts and organisations: Public Enemy, Röyksopp, Boys Noize, Grace Jones, Sherwood & Pinch, Underworld, Gary Numan, Dena, Digitalism, The Garden, C Duncan, Shelter Point, DEMS, M+A, Pinkshinyultrablast, !K7, Warp, Def Jam, Trax, PIAS, City Slang, FatCat, Fierce Panda, Astralwerks, Abbey Road Studios, Plisskën festival, Reverence festival, Universal, Island, Sony, Columbia, RCA, Cooking Vinyl, Record Makers.

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ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FESTIVALS - MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANT (LONDON)
AIF are looking for an enthusiastic and organised Membership Assistant to assist the General Manager with day-to-day organisation and administration. You must be a quick learner with solid administrative skills and will be extremely IT literate, reliable and have great communication skills. Experience of working on events, specifically conferences and workshops would be advantageous.

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IDOL UK - MANAGER (LONDON)
IDOL is a fast-growing independent French company that specialises in digital music distribution and label services, with an ambitious plan to develop internationally. With a strong marketing expertise, digital distribution experience and a technological edge, today we offer a complete range of services, tailored to meet the needs of labels and content distributors.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE, LIVE MUSIC (LONDON)
Handle Recruitment are looking for a Social Media Executive to join this dynamic start-up Live Music Events Company based in London. You will be responsible for overseeing social media channels and producing a comprehensive online strategy for all events as well as building the overall brand and online community.

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LISTEN UP - EVENTS PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
We are hiring an experienced Events Press Officer to join the events team at Listen Up. The candidate will need 3-4 years’ experience running print and online events campaigns and will be working across Listen Up’s extensive festival and events roster.

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THE ORCHARD - CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER, CATALOGUE (LONDON)
Reporting to the International Client Relations Director, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content and campaign manager for a selection of core labels across Europe with a particular focus on high volume and deep catalogue clients.

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HOUSE OF 27 - SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
House Of 27 is looking for an experienced Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager to join their team. You will be responsible for the day to day social media activity for artists and music brands; creative content creation, copywriting, influencer outreach, content flow management, community engagement and fan growth. You will be working alongside external partners to amplify artists' social media presence and relevance.

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WFS COMMS - JUNIOR MUSIC PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Worldwide Friendly Society Communications is looking for a junior publicist. Ideally with one or two years experience, you will have delivered complete album campaigns across print and digital music media with attention to detail, determination and panache.

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THE ORCHARD - MARKETING COORDINATOR PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
The Orchard has an opening for a marketing coordinator on a twelve month paid internship basis. This is a pivotal support role for our UK and European retail and interactive marketing teams. The position sits within the marketing department that is comprised of two branches - retail marketing and interactive marketing.

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7DIGITAL - LABEL & PROMOTIONS MANAGER - GERMAN-SPEAKING (LONDON)
7digital is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Label & Promotions Manager to join our team based in East London. The Label & Promotions Manager will be solely responsible for all label relationship and promotions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as our G/S/A websites and apps and all social media. They will work closely with other Label & Promotions Managers as well as internal content teams to ensure content availability and to run promotions.

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Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths
London nightclub Fabric has been saved from closure, following a licence review by Islington Council last night. The review was prompted by police, due to what was described as a "wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue".

In a report, police noted that in the last three years, eight people had collapsed in the club due to ecstasy use, four of whom died. The review was seemingly prompted by the two most recent deaths, which happened in the last few months - particularly that of an eighteen year old girl whose death in September, police said, the club did not inform them about.

Although Fabric was told that revoking its licence was being "seriously considered", the club was saved from closure at last night's meeting of decision makers at Islington Council after venue bosses agreed to tighter checks, including hiring seven sniffer dogs and their handlers to patrol the venue at a cost of £300 each per four hour shift.

All clubbers will be subject to ID checks on entry too, and the club agreed to increase CCTV coverage of the venue and to step up drug searches at the door.

Despite the stern tone of the original police report that prompted the licence review, the Evening Standard reports that Chief Inspector Ian Howells said last night: "The relationship between the club and police has been good. There's a good level of support. With the two recent deaths we have sought to engage to improve the security and search regime to mitigate further risks".

The club's co-founders Cameron Leslie and Keith Reilly told the Standard that the company will appeal last night's decision over concerns about the implementation of the forced changes, including the introduction of an ID scanner. "We'll be appealing. We need to see their written reasons but we fundamentally disagree on a number of key points", said Leslie. "We are on the same page in lots of ways, we just have fundamental differences on how to operate that".

Reilly added that the recent deaths were a result of a wider national problem, saying: "In fifteen years we have had six million people come through the doors and sadly there have been four deaths. We do everything we can to stop people taking drugs in the club. What's happened recently is this country is awash with drugs. There's been a large batch of MDMA that's got more powerful and has caught the kids out".

Prior to the meeting last night, Fabric put out a statement thanking people for the wave of support it received after news of the licence review broke. Talking up the various campaigns on drugs use, safer travel and harassment awareness run by the club, the statement added: "We care deeply about the welfare of our patrons. Fabric has always operated a zero tolerance drugs policy and we're proud to continue to be open and honest in assisting the police with any incident investigations".

It added: "We employ two trained medics who are on site for the duration of all of our club events and, as a venue, we provide free water and non-judgmental advice from bar staff, stewards and security teams. The incidents referred to in the Met Police's report are truly tragic events; incidents that we assure you our team reacted to in the quickest possible and most efficient manner - our medical staff have since been commended by senior coroners on their 'impressive' and 'quite extraordinary' level of expertise".

As a result of last night's decision, all scheduled events over the festive season will continue as planned.

Incubus sign to Island Records
Having taken that break that was more or less confirmed in March 2013, Incubus are now officially back to work, as confirmed by a big new deal they've signed with Universal's Island Records.

Apparently the band have been messing around with new material for a while now, and, as they've been 'in between labels' until the Island signing (their deal with Sony's Epic Records having ended in 2012), have felt able to take their time.

In Mike Einziger's words (via Billboard): "The recording has been fantastic, it's been amazing. We didn't have any plans to make this record. Just having no horizon to look at was important for us. We needed that".

And by 'this record', he means an LP's worth of tracks split into a pair of EPs, the first of which will be released in February, and the next later in 2015. Of the track titles confirmed so far, Einziger has named 'Make Out Party' - the band's "heaviest song"; "loud aggressive rock song" 'Dance Like You're Dumb'; and lead single 'Trust Fall', which the band gave a first live play to the other day at KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas'.

Japanese message app firm Line buys MixRadio
The company behind messaging app Line yesterday announced it was acquiring MixRadio, the streaming music service set up by Nokia, which confirmed it would be spun off from its parent company earlier this year as a result of changes made following the phone maker's acquisition by Microsoft.

Line says that it is purchasing MixRadio "to expand its range of services to become an integral part of consumers' daily lives", calling its new buy "a highly acclaimed service that offers the world's most personal and truly mobile-optimised music streaming service to millions of listeners across 31 countries".

Line's purchase of MixRadio follows the announcement in October that, in its home country of Japan, the messaging app firm had struck up an alliance with music majors Sony Music and Avex to launch a streaming music platform for the Japanese market.

Last week it was confirmed that the tech firm and the two music companies were each shareholders in Line Music, a venture that is seen by some as Sony and Avex's last attempt to control the very-much-still-emerging Japanese streaming sector.

It's thought rivals Universal and Warner are more keen to see global streaming set-ups like Spotify, Rdio and Deezer, and of course MixRadio, launch in Japan. Though MixRadio will operate autonomously from Line Music, retaining its base in Bristol, despite the acquisition.

Confirming the deal, Line's Jung-ho Shin told reporters yesterday: "Line has been ceaselessly evolving to become the world's leading mobile life platform. I am confident that MixRadio provides an outstanding music service, which is an important component of consumers' life. I also believe that Line's global footprints will further enable MixRadio to bring endless pleasure to them".

Meanwhile MixRadio's Jyrki Rosenberg said: "Line shares our vision and passion for simple, personal and fun user experiences while constantly delivering innovation to our listeners. This partnership presents huge scope to expand our service to even more people around the world".

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More lyrics and a new CEO at Deezer
Want lyrics with your streams? Of course you do, who wouldn't? No one, that's who. So good news for all you lyric happy streamers out there, Deezer has added a new lyrics feature, meaning that users can now stare at lyric sheets while they listen to their favourite tracks, or switch on karaoke mode and sing along. The new lyrics add-on is powered by LyricFind.

And look, here is LyricFind's Darryl Ballantine saying words: "Our team of transcribers have been capturing and time-stamping lyrics literally for years. We are excited to be launching this with a brand that is as international as we are. This is a huge day for music fans".

Huge day indeed. So huge, in fact, that Deezer's SVP of Music Industry Relations, Ludovic Pouilly, also put on his quoting hat, telling reporters: "We are delighted with the work done with our partners LyricFind and the music publishers. Thanks to this close collaboration, all music fans can now access the lyrics in a particularly innovative and enjoyable way".

Hey, perhaps 2015 will be the year of the lyric, and all you songwriters out there can start selling t-shirts with your lyrics scrawled on them, because we all know the music business is all about selling t-shirts these days. And then, with your lyric fashion line bringing in the money, you can all stop your moaning about those bloody streaming royalties. Moan, moan, moan, Only joking, you're almost certainly being screwed over in the streaming domain, so moan away. But hey, lyrics!

Elsewhere in Deezer news, the streaming firm also announced the appointment of a new CEO yesterday, Dr Hans-Holger Albrecht, who will replace former top man Axel Dauchez, who announced he was departing from the digital company back in April. I know for a fact that Albrecht joins the streaming music firm from telecoms and media group Millicom, where he was also CEO. I've no idea whether he's ever bought a lyric t-shirt though.

But here he is saying words: "It is with a tremendous sense of excitement that I take on the role of CEO of Deezer. This is a company that has already built a substantial user base of sixteen million people in more than 180 countries. It has come a long way already and become a thriving, pioneering company that is helping to redefine the way we all discover and enjoy music. Together with the board and the management team, we will work towards continuing Deezer's stellar trajectory in the context of a booming market, where streaming holds so much promise for the future of audio listening".

Sixteen million people hey. There's a stat for you. Perhaps we could print that on a t-shirt. 2015, the year of the stat. Well, it's something to look forward to. Happy Holidays everybody.

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7digital will be first to deliver new lower-file-size high quality audio files
7digital has announced an alliance with Meridian Audio which will see the digital music platform provider become the first to offer tracks in the audio firm's super new high quality audio format MQA - or Master Quality Authenticated - which will be available for both downloading and streaming next year.

MQA is basically a competitor to other high quality digital audio formats like FLAC, except the promise is that it matches the quality of its competitors with file sizes more similar to compressed MP3s. If you want the technical explanation of how that's achieved, I'd read this report on an event earlier this month where the new file format was unveiled.

Although high quality audio has always been a niche market in both the disk and download domain, some argue that that niche could be significantly larger in the streaming space, given that receiving content in the higher quality format will require less effort on the consumer's part - basically press this button and get the higher quality streams. And if things like MQA reduce the bandwidth and storage (for offline listening) implications, then it could take off. Services like WiMP/Tidal and Deezer are already dabbling in this space, charging a considerable premium on subscriptions for the higher quality sound.

Confirming his firm's alliance with Meridian on MQA, 7digital boss Simon Cole told reporters: "MQA is a revolutionary new development in the journey towards serving consumers the purest high resolution digital files. MQA, which will be available in early 2015, delivers the quality of original studio recordings so cleverly and efficiently that it can be conveniently streamed or downloaded".

He went on: "For decades Meridian Audio has been at the forefront of audio innovation. We feel extremely privileged to have been involved so closely with the Meridian team right through the research and development stage, lending our own considerable and longstanding experience in high quality digital music services to the process. I truly believe MQA will become the standard for high quality streaming in the years to come".

Meanwhile Meridian Audio co-founder Bob Stuart added: "MQA is an important development that transforms music listening. MQA brings the listener every nuance and detail and the excitement of the live performance sound. Authenticity is not compromised for convenience. 7digital's commitment to excellence and to sound quality makes them a natural partner for MQA. Their team have been untiring supporters of this revolution and we are excited about the launch of this platform".

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Spotify-connected DJ apps upgrade
The two DJing apps that feature Spotify integration both announced new versions of their software yesterday. So that's exciting isn't it? Is it? I don't know.

Algoriddim released djay Pro which - like its counterpart djay 2 - allows users to DJ with Spotify's catalogue as well as locally stored digital tracks, though Pro is for use on a Mac rather than an iPad and is aimed at more sophisticated mixers. The new version "allows DJs to take their performances to the next level" says the blurb.

Or in the words of Algoriddim CEO Karim Morsy: "I'm thrilled to unveil the most sophisticated version of djay we have ever made. djay Pro opens a new chapter for DJs, bringing Spotify to the desktop and offering the simplicity and stability of our platform to millions of professional and aspiring DJs alike".

Amongst the brags made for djay Pro are multi-core track analysis, graphics rendering at 60 frames per second, pristine sound quality and rock-solid stability.

Meanwhile, rival DJing-with-Spotify app Pacemaker, which is generally more aimed at bedroom DJs, has announced the launch of Autopilot, which is basically for the bedroom DJ who is in bed asleep. In that it mixes your tracks for you.

Basically you pick the tunes and it does the work. Or just pick an existing Spotify playlist and then you won't have to do any work at all. Presumably the next upgrade will have the app even listen to the music for you, so you can just sleep away.

Anyway, here is Pacemaker co-founder and CEO Jonas Norberg: "Autopilot is your own little DJ that takes care of the mixing for you. It makes sure your tracks match and creates the smoothest transitions imaginable. And unlike real DJs, this one takes any request".

  CMU Artists Of The Year 2014: Taylor Swift
Every weekday in the run up to the Christmas break, we've been revealing another of our ten favourite artists of the year. See the full list of artists here and listen to a playlist of their music here. Last on our list is Taylor Swift...

Taylor Swift, eh? Taylor Swift. Where would the world have been without the musical saviour of 2014? Trapped in a room with Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, that's where.

So thank the cosmic forces of the universe that Taylor Swift finally became the popstar she's long been threatening to become this very year. A popstar who will slap you around with her thoughts on the music business, even if you're not that keen to engage with her on a musical level.

Who could have predicted that any of this would happen? Eight years ago, the fifteen year old Swift released her debut single, a country song so country that it was named after another country singer. And, as everyone knows, country is a genre so shit that literally no one likes it. Seriously, how many people do you know who really love country music? Don't answer that if you live in the United States, you'll ruin this. Don't ruin this for me? Why do you always have to ruin everything?

Anyway, the teenage Swift carried on being a big country star, selling piles of records to crowds of people, even though none of them actually liked country music (this conceit isn't working, is it? Shall I drop it? No I will not). But with each new album she sneaked a bit more pop into her sound, which is probably why people actually bought those records now I come to think about it.

Then in 2012 she released 'Red', which came loaded with pop wonders like single releases 'I Knew You Were Trouble' and the masterful 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'. It seemed like Swift had finally left country music behind for good. Except that when the album finally turned up on Spotify (and it took quite some time to do so), it emerged that she'd written a load of country songs to fill up space between the good bits. Man, people must have been annoyed if they actually bought that album in full.

This year, though. This year, Taylor Swift finally saw fit to go full pop with her fifth long-player '1989'. The title, of course, a reference to the year country music was banned in most civilised countries.

Speaking to Billboard about how this went down with the boss of her label Big Machine, a country label, Swift said: "When I knew the album had hit its stride, I went to Scott Borchetta and said, 'I have to be honest with you: I did not make a country album. I did not make any semblance of a country album'. And of course he went into a state of semi-panic and went through all the stages of grief - the pleading, the denial. 'Can you give me three country songs? Can we put a fiddle on 'Shake it Off'?' And all my answers were a very firm 'no', because it felt disingenuous to try to exploit two genres when your album falls in only one".

Damn right. Look what happened with 'Red'. So, with the 'country-free-record' guarantee now made, I bet you wanna hear what the all new Taylor Swift sounds like? Well, that's an altogether more complicated matter.

As I mentioned before, Swift has had a lot of things to say about the music industry this year. Of course, there had been a bit of a hoo haa when she and her label held back 'Red' from the then still emerging streaming services in 2012, opting instead to shove the CD inside pizza boxes. But back then it was very much the aforementioned Borchetta who was justifying the no-to-streams-yes-to-pizza business dealings.

The first sign that things might be different this time around came in July this year, with an article penned for the Wall Street Journal by Swift herself. In it she stated: "Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art".

So, it was a pretty safe bet that '1989' was going nowhere near streaming services any time this year. Because it wasn't. Though what no one predicted was that the week after the album's release she'd remove everything she'd ever recorded from Spotify and Deezer too.

"All I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment", she told Yahoo! Music. "And I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music".

"We never wanted to embarrass a fan", Borchetta added in an interview with Nicki Sixx. "If this fan went and purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, 'Why did you pay for it? It's free on Spotify', we're being completely disrespectful to that superfan who wants to invest".

It has to be said, none of that entirely rings true. I mean, does that mean everyone who buys the album on iTunes is a "superfan"? Do people really mock "superfans" who pay for music? What about those who play her back catalogue on the streaming services that don't have a freemium option? Because her music (minus '1989') is still up on those platforms. The battle, you see, is more about Swift and Borchetta wanting an opt-out on freemium on those streaming services offering on-demand functionality.

But Spotify forces artists to have their music available on all of its different tiers - from ad-supported freemium to fully paid-up premium. This, says Spotify's Daniel Ek and, last week, Warner Music, helps to convert people using the free-to-access service into paid users. It's fundamental to making Spotify a success, says Ek, and choosing either/or would be bad for everyone. Because everyone's in this together, right.

Except Taylor Swift isn't everyone. Taylor Swift is Taylor Swift, currently the most successful popstar going. And perhaps the key thing to take from Swift's year, and her one-woman battle with the fastest growing music service of the moment, is that when you're the world's most popular popstar, that still gives you licence to do whatever the fuck you want. And what Swift wants is for people to pay for her music before getting it on demand.

And you do sense that this was very much Swift's own decision. She seems genuinely involved in the business side of her music, and in controlling her personal brand. Albeit taking advice, in no small part, from the country music industry, which remains one of the most resistant to the new digital world. But was her Spotify spat a bad decision? Well, it hasn't really hurt the Taylor Swift business in 2014, has it? Though, of course, she is one of the biggest popstars of now, so would probably have had equal success even if she had had everything on Spotify. I guess we'll never really know though.

But what is certain is that by breaking away from country music sonically speaking Swift has become what most popstars are not, an album artist. '1989' is a brilliantly put together record that benefits from knowing what it is from beginning to end. No mixing of genres to ensure that 100% of your fans are only happy 50% of the time. This time around, rather than trying to please too many different people, it really feels - from the music to how it was released - that with '1989' Swift was largely trying to please herself. And creatively she's all the better for it.

Because, yes, despite intending to hold out until she eventually caved and let me listen to her new record on my musical platform of choice, it was me who caved first and went over to her world. I paid my money and downloaded '1989'. As I said before, I was relieved I hadn't done that when I finally heard 'Red'. But this time around, the more snatches of the album I heard, the more I wanted to hear it in full. The more I couldn't wait.

Damn you, Swift. Although I think it'll be a lot harder to justify holding out from streaming services next time you come to release an album, this time around you've definitely earned the right to call the shots.

If you're still a Swift hold out, here's all I can give you - 'Shake It Off' and 'Blank Space'.
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  Approved: Christmas and New Year club tips
Christmas is a time for giving and getting together. No, not giving presents and getting together with family - giving money to promoters and getting together with a room full of (mostly) strangers. OK, you can spend Christmas Day with your family. The clubs are shut, after all. But, oh what treats are on offer once all that's done with.

Below are some opportunities to get straight back on the clubbing horse on Boxing Day in London, followed by a selection of the best New Year's Eve parties around the UK.

Backto95 Boxing Day Special at The Scala
They'll be heading Backto95 at The Scala, with the Kings Cross venue split into four rooms covering different genres. The main room will have old skool house and garage classics, headlined by Matt 'Jam' Lamont. Then there'll be old skool jungle in the Glass Bar, soulful deep house hosted by House.fm in the Foyer Bar, and 80s/90s soul, R&B and bashment in the Balcony Bar.

Friday 26 Dec, The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL, 10pm - 6am, £15-50 More info here.

Spoony's House Boxing Day Special at The Jazz Café
Rinse FM's Friday night man DJ Spoony will host this party at the Jazz Café in Camden, where he'll be joined by Norris 'Da Boss' Windross, DJ Talent and MC Ranking for a night of UK Garage and soulful house. There'll be Christmas giveaways on the night too, apparently.

Friday 26 Dec, The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG, 10.30pm - 4am, £15. More info here.

Shut That Shit Down and Step Back Boxing Day Old School Special at Brixton Jamm
Shut That Shit Down and Step Back are teaming up for some junglist action at Brixton Jamm, which will specifically cover the years 1988 to 1994. DJs holding hard and fast to that rule will include Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Edzy, 2 Bad Mice, Kenny Ken, Jumpin' Jack Frost and Doc Scott.

Friday 26 Dec, Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6LH, 10pm - 7am, £15. More info here.

Slam NYE at The Glue Factory
If you're up Glasgow way at Hogmanay, this looks like the place to be to see in the new year. Longstanding party planners, and founders of Soma Records, Slam will take over The Glue Factory. With them will be a roster of local talents including Silicone Soul, Animal Farm, Sunday Circus, Petrichor and Platform 18.

Wednesday 31 Dec, The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, Glasgow, G4 9SE, 9pm - 3am, £20. More info here.

Slide and Get Diverted NYE 2014 at The Prince Of Wales
Back down south again, the ever excellent Gilles Peterson will be heading up Slide and Get Diverted's party over at The Prince Of Wales in Brixton. Also on the bill are Simbad, Elijah Collins, Rob Alldritt, Lloyd Wakeman, Eskimo Twins, Russell Wayne, Jason Marsham & Patrick Cresswell, Caroline Banx, Rich Smith and Lloyd Evans.

Wednesday 31 Dec, The Prince Of Wales, 467 Brixton Road, London, SW9 8HH, 9pm - 6am, £15-75. More info here.

Fabric NYE at Fabric
Always a winner, Fabric is back for its sixteenth annual New Year's Eve blowout, this year headlined by Seth Troxler, Scuba and Jackmaster. Also on hand will be CW/A (live), PBR Streetgang, Magda, Heartthrob and, of course, residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis.

Wednesday 31 Dec, Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJ, 9pm - 9am, £20-45. More info here.

Vagabondz at a secret East London warehouse location
The CMU approved Congo Natty will be heading up the Vangabondz NYE bash, which features a great line-up of supporting spinners. Mala & Coki (aka Digital Mystikz) will be there, as will Sub Phizix & Strategy, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Flava D & Moony and Goede.

Wednesday 31 Dec, secret East London warehouse location, 10pm - 6am, £15-40. More info here.

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club New Year's Extravaganza 2014 at Brooklyn Bowl
If you want some quality funk and soul in your ears as the new year rises up before you, then head down to the O2 Dome complex and its Brooklyn Bowl venue. Here BBC 6 Music's Craig Charles will be hosting a night with a range of DJs and live guests.

Wednesday 31 Dec, Brooklyn Bowl, The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX, 8pm - 4am, £30-35. More info here.

Moondance NYE 2014 at The Scala
Moondance has an impressive show lined up at The Scala in Kings Cross, with old skool drum n bass, jungle, house, acid house and club classics all covered. Amongst the many names on the bill are Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Donovan 'Bad Boy' Smith, Hamilton, The Ragga Twins and loads more.

Wednesday 31 Dec, The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL, 8pm - 6am, £30. More info here.

Wiggle & Superfreq present Superwigglefreq at Number 90
Mr C will be up to no good with Wiggle and Superfreq at Number 90 down in Hackney Wick. As will Evil Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Malchevsky & The Little Dude, plus a secret special guest. If you can hack it, there's an afterparty to take you through New Year's Day at The Star Of Bethnal Green too.

Wednesday 31 Dec, Number 90, 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, London, E9 5LN, 9.30pm - 6am, £30. More info here.

Music Is Love NYE 2014 at Sankeys
Back up North, and if you're Manchester way at New Years, check out Kerri Chandler, who'll be headlining proceedings at the city's Sankeys venue. Also lined up for this top looking party are Move D, Oli Furness, Liam Geddes, Angus Jefford, Perry Louis, Mute! and MVSON, amongst others.

Wednesday 31 Dec, Sankeys, Radium Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6JG, 9pm - 6am, £25 - £650. More info here.

NYE at The Warehouse Project
Or if that doesn't take your fancy, also in Manchester The Warehouse Project is returning to Store Street, with Eats Everything taking the helm. Heidi, Skream, Huxley, Bodhi and Citizen are also just a few of the names on the line-up. This one also has an Afterlife afterparty for those still going come closing time.

Wednesday 31 Dec, The Warehouse Project, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2GH, 8pm - 5am, £45. More info here.
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Sam Smith a trans-Atlantic smash, shifts one million LP copies in US and UK
Popstar-of-great-significance Sam Smith is officially the only artist on Planet Earth to have sold one million LP copies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in 2014. God bless him, everyone.

The accolade was confirmed first in the United States, where Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' has 'done' sales stats of 1.05m to date, only the third long player to overtake the million mark in America this year. That's in addition to Taylor Swift's '1989' (3 million) and the 'Frozen' OST (3.4 million), by the way.

Aaaanyway, the Official Charts Company revealed yesterday that Smith had finally hit a million back in the UK, and in fact passed it, shifting 1.007 million 'In The Lonely Hour' discs/downloads as of midnight on Wednesday.

Capitalising in all the right places, a clearly not "completely speechless" Sam Smith told OfficialCharts.com: "OFFICIALLY sold ONE MILLION copies of 'In The Lonely Hour'! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album".

No 'Merry Christmas', then. Bit mean. Happily Official Charts boss Martin Talbot was in a more festive mood, and said: "Many festive congratulations to Sam. To hit a million anywhere is impressive, but to become the only artist in the world to do so on both sides of the Atlantic is quite remarkable. His journey in 2014, from unknown newcomer winning the Brit Awards' Critics Choice award to internationally renowned double million-seller, has been incredible".

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Michael Bublé donates live takings to Nordoff Robbins
Since it's nearly Christmas, holly jolly Michael Bublé has done a kind thing, and given £125,000 to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. The singer donated £1 from each of the 125,000 tickets sold to his sold out 2014 UK tour, which is nice of him.

Speaking in place of the modest Canadian singing star, David Munns, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins, says: "As well as raising awareness about Nordoff Robbins, Michael's donation will enable us to provide music therapy to thousands of vulnerable and isolated people across the UK for whom music therapy is essential to their daily lives".

Munns adds: "Thank you so much to Michael. What a lovely surprise to receive this donation just before Christmas, which will allow us to help even more people throughout 2015 and beyond".

Nicki Minaj, Babymetal, Male Bonding and a partridge in a pear tree

• High-fashion brand Roberto Cavalli has made Nicki Minaj's face and body the face and body of its SS15 line, if you really want to know. And to confirm, this is a pic of "the tribal dance of Nicki Minaj enchanting the lens" for the campaign.

• Adamski has released an 'anti-Catholic' track featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry, titled 'Boo Pope'. Yeah, that's right. The single, which is streaming here, is taken from Adamski's 'Revolt' box set, a collaborations-rich compilation that's set for released on 9 Feb.

• In Muse news, the band have posted an Instagram clip of an orchestra playing some kind of strings-based arrangement, which it looks highly likely will feature on Muse's next LP. Is this excitement? I think so.

• London band Male Bonding are up and about after a bit of quiet time, and have released a noisy standalone track titled 'Falling'. Hear it here.

• Finish synth-pop instrumentalists Siinai have released the video to 'Vasikka', a song on their shopping-for-groceries-themed concept LP 'Supermarket'. Get a two-for-one deal on it (if you watch it twice) via this link.

• Synth controller Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has let go two new songs, one an unreleased extra from his 2013 LP 'R Plus 7', and one a collaboration with PC Music MD AG Cook. Try to take a stab at which is which as you play 'Rush' and 'Bubs' immediately.

• Pop transcendentalist Indiana, who's all geared to release her first LP 'No Romeo' on 26 Jan, has in its stead shared a clip for her new single 'Only The Lonely'. Lay eyes on it here.

• On 7 Jan, Japan's deathliest pop trio Babymetal, also one of CMU's Artists Of The Year, will release a live DVD titled 'Red Night & Black Apocalypse', a film of the set they did at the famed Nippon Budokan. Here's a preview to set the mood.

• A Winged Victory For The Sullen added a series of headline UK/IE shows to their itinerary yesterday, all of them in early-to-mid February. The final two dates, at London's Sadler's Wells, will find the band live-scoring Wayne McGregor's contemporary ballet 'Atomos', also the title of their latest LP. Info here.

• Duran Duran, Bastille, Ride and other top artists will play an array of tiny shows in aid of the War Child charity as part of an initiative titled 'Passport Back To The Bars'. Listings, details and ticket links will appear in early January, via the War Child site.

CMU Beef Of The Week #236: The Year In Beefs
Can it really be that another year is over? Another eleven and a half months of disputes, arguments and fallings out has come to an end? Yes. That is what has happened. And as a result, there is no specific Beef Of The Week this week. Because it's Christmas and everyone's in a good mood. No one is fighting anymore. Not until January.

And so, it is time for what I believe is now a traditional look at one beef from each month of the year that just was...

January: Justin Bieber v God
Just 23 days into the year, Justin Bieber turned from prankster kid with a penchant for pissing in buckets into the rogue popstar we all know and love today when he was caught drag racing a Lamborghini in Miami under the influence of drink and drugs. He was later fined and sent to anger management classes. The title of this particular beef, should you be wonder, came from Bieber's mother's request for us to pray for him the previous day. Maybe we should have prayed harder.

February: The Music Industry v YouTube
At this year's MIDEM, things turned sour for Google's Vice President of YouTube Content Tom Pickett after he told his audience that YouTube had paid out $1 billion to "the music industry" over "the last few years". The heckling this got him echoed out throughout the year, never more so than when the indie labels called Google's bluff over threats to remove their music from the video site if they didn't sign up to non-negotiable terms on the recently launched YouTube Music Key service. Now it's just the songwriters they need to worry about.

March: Holby City v Perrie Edwards
We've covered various fan backlashes in the Beef Of The Week column over the years. In March, when BBC One's 'Holby City' let a character suggest that she might cut off the head of Little Mix's Perrie Edwards "with a rusty chainsaw" so that she could be with Edwards' boyfriend, One Direction's Zayn Malik, all hell broke loose. Even Edwards' mother tweeted that she was "really upset.com".

April: The Internet v Avril Lavigne
So, as we've seen, fans of an artist can rush to the defence of a popstar when the mood takes them. But sometimes it works the other way around. Especially if you're Avril Lavigne. And especially if you're Avil Lavigne in a video co-opting Japanese 'kawaii' imagery. "It's awful", said some people. "It's racist", said others. "It's a dubstep track co-written by Chad Kroeger from Nickleback", wept everyone.

May: Gary Barlow v The Tax Man
Gary Barlow was not the only musician found to be using a tax avoidance scheme this year. He wasn't even the only member of Take That. But he was the only one with an OBE, so it was his job to take the bulk of the criticism for it. Even his good buddy David Cameron said poor old Gaz should make amends by paying the money he owed the country. That he was doing just that was, I think, what Barlow said when he made a sort of apology later in the year.

June: Morrissey v Cliff Richard
Moz and the Cliff-man didn't really have a beef in June, but that's the sort of headline you don't give up, even if it is tremendously tenuous. Morrissey had invited Cliff to support him at a show in the US. Then the former Smiths man cancelled the part of his tour where that show would have fallen. Cliff responded by putting on a free show in New York. Then, of course, Cliff's UK home was raided following allegations of sexual abuse and Morrissey revealed that the cancellations had been due to him being diagnosed with cancer. Which sort of ruins the lighthearted mood of all of this.

July: Tulisa v The Fake Sheikh
Elsewhere in quite-serious-stories-making-it-into-an-otherwise-flippant-column news, Tulisa Contostavlos found herself in court on drugs charges this summer, following a sting by The Sun's Mazher 'Fake Sheikh' Mahmood. Her co-defendant Michael Coombs having already admitted supplying drugs for her. But then the whole case fell apart when Judge Alistair McCreath said that he had "strong grounds" to believe that Mahmood had lied in court. Tulisa and Coombs walked free, and the fallout for Mahmood is still evolving.

August: Pablito Ruiz v Tame Impala
Barely a week goes past without someone you haven't heard of claiming that someone you have heard of stole a song from them. Just this week Beyonce was sued by a Hungarian folk singer. Mostly we ignore these cases until they get properly legal, but this one was interesting because it stemmed from a joke. Chilean music website Rata made a joke about Tame Impala copying Argentine popstar Pablito Ruiz, when clearly they hadn't. Some people laughed, some were confused, and some (one, Pablito Ruiz) threatened actual legal action.

September: Deadmau5 v Disney
Disney is a company that will fiercely defend its trademarks, as Deadmau5 found when it sued him for having a logo that looks like a mouse with big ears. It listed its reasons for doing so over 171 pages of a legal document. The usual legal posturing followed, but then things got more fun. It turned out that Disney had used some of Deadmau5's music in an online video without permission. The producer's lawyer wrote a pretty amazing letter to Disney pointing this out, and then Deadmau5 started issuing takedown notices.

October: Pan-fried beef fillet at The Mercury Prize
Actual beef has made it into the Beef Of The Column twice before, thanks to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. But never has it been described in such detail. Or any detail for that matter. But in October this year, CMU's Chris Cooke gave a blow by blow account of his experience at this year's Mercury Prize and the fear that the meal might once again be fish.

November: Taylor Swift v Spotify
You're probably sick of hearing about this by now, but it was a pretty big deal when it happened, wasn't it? I guess it still is. As you'll no doubt remember, Taylor Swift, having already refused to give her new album '1989' to streaming services, decided to pull her entire catalogue off Spotify and Deezer last month. It turned out this was a protest against how the companies operate at the freemium level. So there.

December: Tom Binns v Simon Bates
It's the festive season, so what better way to finish than with a story about a man calling another man a bad word? Comedian Tom Binns recently told a story on his podcast about his wife, radio producer Liesl Soards, being badly treated by presenter Simon Bates shortly before she ceased to work on his radio show. In a more recent edition of his podcast, Binns explained some more about what happened after that original episode went out.

 
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