FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The House Of Lords yesterday voted - just - to include a new clause in the Consumer Rights Bill that would force people touting tickets online to provide buyers with a bunch of extra information, a move designed to make it clearer who exactly it is reselling tickets, how big a mark-up is being added, and what the risks are to the consumer by buying tickets on the secondary market... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: For the second of their big London birthday parties the Bugged Out crew take over Fire this weekend. Ten DJs promise to play tracks from a specific era of the last 20 years: either the era when they started playing for the club, an era that reminds them most of Bugged Out, or an era they just fancy re-visiting. Prepare for a proper sonic adventure. And oh what a line-up: Andrew... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: After the runaway success of last week's Beef Of The Week (literally only one person described it as "pants"), I'm going to continue on a theme. After all, why should 'beef' get all the action? Just because that particular consumable got randomly selected as the new term for 'disagreement'. It could have been coffee. I see no reason why in a parallel universe this column wouldn't be... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Lords pass proposed secondary ticketing regulations
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LEGAL Wendy Starland wins over $7 million from former Lady Gaga producer for work discovering the popstar
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMG signs global deal with Chinese music firm
Sony closes down Lily Allen label
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LIVE BUSINESS Sankeys boss on US club closures, first ever Sankeys festival
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify goes into profit in France
Billy Bragg apologises to Taylor Swift, offers "full support" in "fight for transparency"
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ARTIST NEWS AC/DC 'don't have to fire' Phil Rudd
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Ennio Morricone postpones European shows
Annie Mac details first ever AMP festival, Lost & Found
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ONE LINERS The O2 x YPlan, Meghan Trainor, American Football and trillions more besides
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #232: Neil Young v Coffee
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Lords pass proposed secondary ticketing regulations
The House Of Lords yesterday voted - just - to include a new clause in the Consumer Rights Bill that would force people touting tickets online to provide buyers with a bunch of extra information, a move designed to make it clearer who exactly it is reselling tickets, how big a mark-up is being added, and what the risks are to the consumer by buying tickets on the secondary market.

The amendment stems from a report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group On Ticket Abuse back in April, which hoped to speed up the prospect of some ticketing touting regulation by amending the in-development Consumer Rights Bill, rather than having to promote bespoke ticket touting legislation to government or via a private members bill.

The amendment approved by 183 votes to 171 by the Lords yesterday would oblige a ticket seller using a resale site like Viagogo, Seatwave or StubHub to reveal their identity, declare the face value of tickets they are selling, provide seat numbers and booking refs associated with the ticket, and state whether the terms and conditions of the ticket being sold give the promoter the right to block entry to the event if they discover the ticket was resold. The secondary sites would also be obliged to ensure this information is given.

There are various motives behind the proposed regulations including: exposing the commercial touts who prolifically buy up tickets; making sure consumers realise that they are buying a touted ticket, the premium they are paying and the possible risk of being refused entry; and trying to stop touts from selling tickets they are yet to actually secure from the primary seller (sometimes before tickets are even on sale via the official route).

There is opposition to the proposals, which aren't endorsed by the government. Although a number of key sporting bodies have been pushing for more regulation of the secondary ticketing market, the live music industry is of two minds, not least because some live music players are now in the resale game themselves.

Meanwhile, Live Nation's Ticketmaster, which is in both the primary and secondary ticketing business, argues that over regulating the latter will force the touts onto online platforms outside the direct jurisdiction of the UK, where consumers are more likely to be the victims of ticket fraud. Ticketmaster reckons that any regulation should focus on those using clever software that enables them to buy up significant portions of primary tickets to in-demand events.

And while the APPG's proposals have some key supporters in parliament, who secured the vote in the Lords this week, there are plenty in the political community who share Ticketmaster's view. It will be interesting to see what the House Of Commons makes of the Lords-approved amend.

But welcoming yesterday's vote, Lib Dem Lord Tim Clement-Jones, who was behind the Live Music Act in 2012, told reporters: "This is a victory both for the ticket-buying public and for the hugely important live event industry. The police and the entertainment industry have been clear that action needs to be taken on ticket touts to ensure that genuine fans can get access to gigs, shows and games without having to pay extortionate prices, and these new measures would do exactly that".

Meanwhile the APPG's chairs - Labour's Sharon Hodgson and the Conservative's Mike Weatherley - also welcomed the Lords vote.

Hodgson: "Ticket touts have operated with impunity for far too long. In no other market would we put up with not knowing who we were buying from or whether they even had permission to sell us a product. This amendment is a significant step towards tackling the scourge of touts and putting fans first, and I hope that the government now listens to the will of parliament."

Weatherley: "It's been clear for a long time that this market is not working in the interest of genuine fans or the people who put in all the hard work and investment to put on live events. Anyone operating honestly has nothing to fear from these changes, but they will make a big difference for ordinary fans. It's imperative that the government doesn't try to reverse this amendment when the bill comes back to the Commons".

Wendy Starland wins over $7 million from former Lady Gaga producer for work discovering the popstar
Lady Gaga's former producer Rob Fusari has been ordered to pay $7.3 million to Wendy Starland, the talent scout who originally discovered the star. A US court ruled yesterday that Fusari had broken an agreement to split his earnings from Gaga with Starland.

Starland was tasked by Fusari to find "the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes" in 2005. She eventually discovered 20 year old singer Stefani Germanotta and introduced her to him. The singer and producer then began working together, eventually developing her into Lady Gaga.

As previously reported, Fusari himself sued Gaga in 2010, claiming that he was due a bigger cut of her income than what he was already receiving for production credits on her first album. The pair eventually reached an out-of-court settlement.

That put behind them, Fusari became involved in a number of other disputes, including that with Starland - details of which Gaga attempted to have sealed by the court, on the grounds that some information in papers relating to the case was "sensitive, private and personal" and would "inflict significant personal and professional harm upon" her if it was made public.

A partial seal was granted, which made details of Gaga and Fusari's settlement confidential, though other details have been made public. These include the singer's deposition in the case, given in September, which seemingly helped Starland's claim greatly.

According to reports, Gaga said: "My understanding was that Wendy and him had initially agreed upon 50/50 perhaps before Wendy ever found me, and after I was signed to Rob and made music, Rob began to change his mind".

The singer added that Starland had pushed Fusari to sign a contract to put their verbal agreement in writing, but that he had continually delayed this, which had in turn put a strain on the friendship that had grown between Gaga and Starland.

Speaking to Billboard following the ruling, Starland said: "Fusari asked me to find an artist under the age of 25 who could be the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes. I had attended about 50 live performances and searched for countless hours online before finding an artist who fit the bill. Someone who was edgy and bold. Someone you couldn't take you eyes off of. These were the specific characteristics of the 'Strokes girl' Fusari identified that he would need to approve before signing her to a production deal. I only brought Rob Fusari one artist for us to work with and that artist became Lady Gaga".

She added: "The original deal we made was in 2005. Rob had made several promises to honour our agreement before attempting to alter it in late 2008/early 2009. I was incredibly surprised when he did that".

A rep for Fusari told Billboard: "We are very disappointed with the verdict and are in the process of analysing our options".

BMG signs global deal with Chinese music firm
Having entered the Chinese market earlier this year, BMG has announced a new partnership with Giant Jump, which will see the German company manage the Chinese music firm's recording and publishing rights both domestically and internationally.

BMG China's Chief Investment Officer Dora Yi said in a statement: "Giant Jump is a leading Chinese music company with strong entrepreneurship and clear strategic vision, making it an ideal partner for BMG. We look forward to working with them, developing new business models and delivering the value Chinese artists and rights owners deserve".

Giant Jump founder Haiquan Hu added: "It is my great honour to partner with BMG. I believe Giant Jump will definitely enter into a new chapter with BMG's international platform, know-how in music rights management and its unique position in China'.

Hu is also one half of Yu Quan, one of the acts that will be covered by the deal. Others include Yun Hao, Jianxiang Huang, Xiang Li and Nic Li. All of whom I'm assuming you are familiar with.

BMG has already been very active in the acquisitions domain of late, announcing the purchases of Vagrant Records and Union Square Music this month. In September, it also bought Infectious Music and LA-based production music library Music Beyond.

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Sony closes down Lily Allen label
Lily Allen is a vanity label boss no more, now that her relatively short-lived Sony/Columbia imprint In The Name Of has closed down.

ITNO, never really the hive of hyped new artists Allen had likely intended it to be, only had two acts signed to it - US band Cults and flaxen-haired jingle singer Tom Odell - since Allen started it back in 2011, reportedly earning a salary of £100,000 per year as head of the label.

A spokesperson for Allen has confirmed to The Sun that Odell, for one, has shifted back onto one-time ITNO distributor Columbia for his releases, something Lily is apparently "very happy" with, which is big of her.

Said spokesperson has also said that it isn't all over for Allen's 'behind the scenes' career yet, adding: "Lily will shortly be announcing a new signing/consulting role for another label".

Sankeys boss on US club closures, first ever Sankeys festival
The month-old Brooklyn branch of white-knuckle-ride nightclub franchise Sankeys has had to shut down, leading Sankeys boss David Vincent to release a statement blaming the brand's American franchisees for "failing to deliver" on their agreement. And some other damning accusations.

Brand Sankeys' attempt to break the NYC party scene hasn't gone brilliantly so far, what with the folding last month of Sankeys Manhattan after only a year in place, and now the accelerated demise of the Brooklyn site.

Vincent had initially said at the time of the big Brooklyn opening he was "taking direct control of all aspects of the venue, and leaving nothing to chance", adding with confidence that "Sankeys is a basement-style club and needs an intimate low ceiling venue to create our magic. Our new venue in Brooklyn is sure to create this".

Well he certainly isn't saying that now, rather the opposite, as his press release (re-printed here by RA) proves. In it, whilst Vincent confirms that he and the team will "no longer be involved" with the former Brooklyn venue, SRB, he directs most of his anger at Sankeys' Stateside franchise partners, writing that...

"In September, we were eventually persuaded by our franchisee and very much against our own better judgement, to help with their new venue in Brooklyn. We were promised direct and full control of all aspects of the new Brooklyn venue. We relocated key personnel from Ibiza to ensure the club would immediately come across as Sankeys, a social experiment rather than a franchised brand as in Manhattan".

"In order to create that true Sankeys magic it was essential for us to have complete control, the sound, the artistic vision and the management being fundamental to our success. We were lied to, we never had control of any of these things and for that matter on pretty much anything in reality".

Citing a range of last minute time constraints placed on the venue being finished as one of the major issues, he adds: "Once we committed to the move and started work, the franchisee failed to deliver on any of the agreed terms and we soon found ourselves in an untenable position being both unsupported financially and operationally. We were therefore left with no other alternative than to terminate our relationship with the franchisee immediately".

And finally he says: "We know we would have made this work, but we cannot work with people who do not share our vision or stifle our creativity. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our US fans, DJs and artists on this chapter, but as they say, 'the show must go on', and it will; but in another part of the world for now".

The world's remaining Sankeys nightclubs, for those keeping score, are in Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza, and another on-off one in the brand's city-of-origin Manchester. And to end on a Sankeys-style high, Vincent has confirmed the company will host its first ever UK festival at some point (he doesn't clarify when). 2015 seems a fair bet.

Spotify goes into profit in France
Following the announcement last month that Spotify's UK division had gone into profit, its French arm has apparently followed suit. Spotify reportedly now also holds one-third of the country's streaming market, where it faces stronger competition from domestic service Deezer.

According to L'Express, Spotify France saw revenues increase by 66% in 2013 to 18.75 million euros, resulting in a 311,426 net profit for the year. A spokesperson for the streaming service also told the newspaper that its premium subscriptions were up 76% year-on-year.

While many will no doubt be pleased to hear that Spotify is going into profit in more territories, this news will also fuel the ire of critics who believe the company should be paying higher royalties to rights owners and artists. Though, of course, market-by-market figures don't necessarily tell us much, because it's hard to know what costs are incurred at a global rather than a country level; overall the business is still likely posting a sizable loss.

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Billy Bragg apologises to Taylor Swift, offers "full support" in "fight for transparency"
Billy Bragg has apologised to Taylor Swift for suggesting that she had accepted money from Google to promote YouTube Music Key, after it emerged that none of her albums feature on the new streaming service.

It had been widely reported (including by us on one occasion, for which we can only apologise and then pass the buck) that Swift's catalogue would feature on YouTube Music Key, minus new album '1989', as journalists were told at a press briefing by YouTube last week. This despite the new YouTube set-up, like Spotify, having freemium and premium fully on-demand levels after Swift's label had said that its problem with Spotify was compulsory participation in the free element of the service.

Though as people got access to the invite-only beta version of YouTube's actual subscription set-up earlier this week, it became apparent that this wasn't the case. Meanwhile, the singles that are available via the Taylor Swift 'watch card' in both freemium and premium actually come from Vevo, and the plethora of unofficial user-uploads of Swift's tunes on the wider YouTube platform seem to be gone following a pretty efficient takedown spring clean by the singer's reps.

Earlier this week, calling out Swift for bailing on Spotify over its freemium level, but then seemingly getting into bed with YouTube's equivalent, Bragg wrote on Facebook: "What a shame that Taylor Swift's principled stand against those who would give her music away for free has turned out to be nothing more than a corporate power play".

However, writing a new Facebook update yesterday, Bragg said: "I want to apologise to Taylor Swift for accusing her of selling her soul to Google".

He continued: "My criticism was based on the fact that Swift's back catalogue was the central feature of a demonstration of the Music Key services given to journalists in London last week ... Learning that Google were using Swift to promote Music Key gave me the impression that her music was going to be front and centre of their launch, the implication being that her Spotify boycott was a corporate power play, rather than an attempt by an artist to make the point that music has value".

In conclusion, he said: "The time will surely come when content creators have to band together to challenge deals done between rights holders and service providers, details of which are kept from artists and their representatives. If Ms Swift is going to lead that fight for transparency, she will have my full support".

He also barred journalists from using the headline 'Bragg makes Swift apology', which accounts for the clunky mess you see at the top of this story. Look at us, passing the buck twice in one story.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Bugged Out 20th Birthday Party at Fire
For the second of their big London birthday parties the Bugged Out crew take over Fire this weekend. Ten DJs promise to play tracks from a specific era of the last 20 years: either the era when they started playing for the club, an era that reminds them most of Bugged Out, or an era they just fancy re-visiting. Prepare for a proper sonic adventure. And oh what a line-up:

Andrew Weatherall
Brodinski (1997-2000 set)
Erol Alkan (2000-2002 set)
Heidi
Justin Robertson (1999-2001 set)
Kölsch (2011-2014 set)
Lemmy Ashton
Matt Walsh (2004-2008 set)
Plus two mystery guests

Nuff said.

Saturday 22 Nov, Fire, South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1UQ, 10pm - 6am, £17.50. More info here.
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AC/DC 'don't have to fire' Phil Rudd
Whilst the rockin world is probably up to date on what's going on with AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd as far as his criminal situation goes (ie that he will appear in court in New Zealand next week to face charges of threatening to kill and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, not to make light of any of those by bracketing them) what isn't as clear is Rudd's position within the AC/DC line-up; as in, is he still within the band at all?

Well, in a recent interview with Sirius XM's Howard Stern, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has said that he and the band are going to leave Rudd's fate to the legal system to decide. Or in his words: "I don't think we have to do anything - fire him or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself".

Using the same rather understating 'pickle' phrase as guitarist Angus Young did in a recent interview, Johnson added: "He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts, judges and juries. But we are going to go on tour, and nothing's going to stop us".

As previously reported, AC/DC say they have had no contact with Rudd following his arrest earlier this month, prior to which the band have said he was behaving erratically, prompting them to shoot the video for 'Rock Or Bust', the title song to their forthcoming LP, with Buck & Evans' Bob Richard standing in on drums.

'Rock Or Bust', a title that's becoming more and more fitting as time goes on, comes out on 1 Dec.

Ennio Morricone postpones European shows
86 year old Italian composer Ennio Morricone, off of all the greatest Sergio Leone, John Carpenter and Oliver Stone film scores you can think of, has postponed his forthcoming December tour of Europe while he recovers from a spinal injury.

Though UK dates at Birmingham's LG Arena and Manchester's Phones 4U Arena have been postponed indefinitely, while shows at London's O2 Arena and the O2 Arena in Dublin will now take place on 5 and 7 Feb respectively.

In a press release Morricone says: "I am most grateful for the loyalty that my audiences around Europe have shown. It was with great sadness that I have had to cancel and reschedule so many concerts during the past year".

He adds: "Many people have asked if this coming tour is my last one. This is not the case. I feel rested, inspired and excited to be back. I consider it a comeback after a terribly long period of absence. I greatly enjoy conducting my music for my dear audiences and I intend to 'conduct myself' in recognition of their esteem and lasting patience".

And here he is appearing very rested, inspired and excited, saying similar things in Italian in a video.

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Annie Mac details first ever AMP festival, Lost & Found
Do-a-lot dance DJ and 'tastemaker' Annie Mac is to doing another thing; and this time it's hosting, via her AMP live events series, a new weekend festival in (or on) Malta called Lost & Found.

Taking place on 3-5 Apr, it's a collaboration with promotions companies The Warehouse Project, Sound Channel, Drop the Mustard, Metropolis, Fresh Events and Lights Out, and has on its initial line-up the likes of Car Craig, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything, Julio Bashmore and Kaytranada. So that's cool.

Advertising the fest, Mac says: "Having attended festivals all my life, I did not enter into this project lightly. I've worked with the team involved for ten years now, we've visited Malta, toured the event spaces and hotels, and all worked together to curate what I think is an incredible line-up. Expect boat parties, beach parties, night time open air raves and plenty of AMP surprises. It's going to be a very special weekend".

Exciting. Early bird tickets are already available via the Lost & Found site.

The O2 x YPlan, Meghan Trainor, American Football and trillions more besides

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• London's 'The O2' has got into bed with live listings app YPlan in a deal that will see the latter become the arena's official 'going out partner', so that's cute. Set at three years to start with, the alliance will reach to other AEG-owned live spots like the Brooklyn Bowl and Wembley Arena.

• Australia-based streaming service Guvera is now available in Russia and Ukraine in a launch assisted by Ominifone. This is the latest phase in a time of large-scale worldwide growth for the company, which in the past year has spread to sixteen countries in five continents.

• The Beach Boys' own Mike Love is going to release a book on his life as a Beach Boy titled 'Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy', confirms Billboard, but not until 2016. Biographer James S Hirsh will assist him.

• The back of pop princess Sia's head is tempting fans to donate to the Kickstarter campaign for her husband Erik Anders Lang's documentary on golf (GOLF.), 'Be The Ball', with incentives like an unreleased cover of 'Iko Iko', video greetings, and personalised singing experiences. Sia's remaining breath isn't on sale though, sorry. The deadline on the campaign is 17 Dec, so go browse now via this link.

• Healthy popstar Meghan Trainor has said she'll release her very first LP, titled 'Title', on 26 Jan. Which means she probably will. Bear that in mind whilst you view the new video to Trainor's new single 'Lips Are Movin'.

• 'Appaz' Lorde's Twitter whipping boy Diplo has made "a record" featuring approved glitch-pop oddity Sophie, and Madonna, and Nicki Minaj. And he's "going to be releasing it", says he in this interview with inthemix.

• THE main man Squarepusher is back after a little time away, and will premiere his all-new live show at London's Barbican on 18 Mar 2015. Get tickets here.

• Emo-tional rock band American Football, from Chicago, will play their first British shows in... well, ever, in May 2015. The band, who formed in 1997, split in 2000 and reformed again earlier this year, will hit London's Electric Ballroom (14 May), Leeds' Brudenell Social Club (15 May) and the Manchester Gorilla (16 May). Tickets go on sale Monday via the AF site.

Approved Sacred Bones-signed artist Amen Dunes, maker of this year's really excellent 'Love' LP, is playing a rare UK show on 26 Nov (so quite soon) at The 100 Club in London. Buy up last minute tickets to that here, and click here to see the video to lead 'Love' single 'Lonely Richard'.

CMU Beef Of The Week #232: Neil Young v Coffee
After the runaway success of last week's Beef Of The Week (literally only one person described it as "pants"), I'm going to continue on a theme. After all, why should 'beef' get all the action? Just because that particular consumable got randomly selected as the new term for 'disagreement'. It could have been coffee. I see no reason why in a parallel universe this column wouldn't be called 'CMU Coffee Of The Week' to mean exactly the same thing.

So, luckily for every single goddamn one of us, Neil Young has just noticed that Starbucks might be a company of dubious morals. Really, he's just spotted that. Until recently he used to queue up with all the other start-up CEOs to get his morning latte. But not anymore.

Actually, despite my tone so far, he's making an admirably principled stand (I'm just always confused by anyone who isn't already boycotting Starbucks, at least on the grounds that their coffee tastes awful). He claims, based on a campaign recently launched by US campaigning website SumOfUs, that Starbucks is "supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law [in the state of Vermont] that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labelled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations' right to free speech".

He wrote in a message to fans on his website: "I used to line up and get my latte every day, but yesterday was my last one. Starbucks has teamed up with [GM seed producer] Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labelling. Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit - we have a right to know what we put in our mouths. Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee. So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small US state of Vermont to stop you from finding out".

I'll tell you what's in your Starbucks coffee - fucking horrible coffee. But anyway, we've covered that. Young goes on: "There's much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labelled in a single US state. Vermont is the very first state in the US to require labelling. Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this path - in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont's law stands strong. That's why Monsanto and its new allies are fighting so hard to kill GMO labelling in Vermont. But whatever you think of GMOs, corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions with strong public backing".

Young concedes that Starbucks itself isn't pursuing this action, but says the coffee giant is just keeping itself at arms length - possibly for PR reasons - with the action actually being fronted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, of which the coffee company is a member.

But "not so" says Starbucks, which insists it is not part of the GMA's movements in Vermont. In a statement responding to the SumOfUs campaign last week, the company said: "Starbucks is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labelling nor have we provided funding for any campaign. And Starbucks is not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labelling or block Vermont State law. The petition claiming that Starbucks is part of this litigation is completely false and we have asked the petitioners to correct their description of our position. Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labelling. As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution".

So, can we hate Starbucks on this point or not, that's the question. Possibly not. There's still the whole tax thing, of course. Plus, have I mentioned that I really don't like Starbucks coffee? Oh, and as a coffee shop that once operated a record label, it could be said that Starbucks once compared music to coffee. And I think you all now what I think about that.

 
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CHRIS COOKE | Co-Publisher, Business Editor & Insights Director
Chris provides music business coverage, writing key business news and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business, and is MD of CMU publisher UnLimited Media.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
Aly reports on artist news, coordinates the festival, gig and release round up columns, and contributes to the CMU Approved column. She also writes for CMU's sister title ThisWeek London.
Email aly@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of UnLimited Media she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

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