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Wednesday 20 Aug 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: If you were thinking of buying yourself a Vevo, but were waiting untill pay day next week before making your bid, well, you missed your moment, suckers. Because Vevo ain't for sale no more. Oh no, no more, no more, no more. Well, that's according to the New York Post, which cites 'sources' and everything. As previously reported, the current owners of the music video service, which feeds... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Look who it is... extraordinary psych-rock machine Ty Segall, back again, with his seventh solo LP 'Manipulator'. Cynics have only to look at his discography to see that Segall makes records in record time, at lightspeed, and most times keeps the bar at a height most artists, given the rate at which he's creating, can only dream of. Though the same doesn't in fact go for 'Manipulator', which, given the... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Vevo owners no longer considering a sale
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DEALS The Prodigy ally with Three Six Zero's new label in the States
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LIVE BUSINESS NFL proposes pay-to-play option to potential Super Bowl halftime performers
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Details of YouTube subscription music service leak
AIM and A2IM tell members to be wary of SoundCloud user licence
Mixcloud launches paid accounts for content owners and listeners
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RELEASES Leonard Cohen releasing birthday LP
Kele Okereke confirms new solo LP, shares track
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Cliff Richard cancels Canterbury Cathedral charity performance
Rob Da Bank taking Bestival to the US and Europe
Cate Le Bon's riverside festival cancelled
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AND FINALLY... No cameras at Kate Bush shows, please. Thank you very much
'Red-faced' Lee Ryan dances in his pants
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COOKING VINYL - PRODUCT/MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
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MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is seeking an Office Administrator to join it's small team which works to support music publishers and the business of music publishing throughout the UK. The Office Administrator will be responsible for the smooth running of a busy office including managing suppliers, troubleshooting IT problems, administering room bookings and processing invoices. There are also a number of agreements and licences to administer in conjunction with the General Manager.

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VALLEY MUSIC - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (HENLEY-ON-THAMES)
Valley Music is looking for a Management Assistant to join their management team. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to break into the music industry. Based in beautiful offices in Henley-On-Thames, the position will be working primarily with two experienced artist managers and a team consultant. There is also opportunity for eventual growth into own client establishment with company approval and support.

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MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - GENERAL MANAGER (LONDON)
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is seeking a General Manager at a time of transformational change, both within the organisation and the sphere in which its members operate. The changing patterns and methods of music consumption provide numerous opportunities but also significant challenges to the music industry and music publishers look to the MPA to take the lead in addressing the issues of the day and responding collectively.

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EARTH AGENCY - MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT (LONDON)
Earth is a new music booking agency, with experienced management and agents looking after a well-established client base. We need a highly motivated, experienced accountant to take responsibility for all accounting processes. We are looking for a calm problem solver, who enjoys working as part of a team and would relish the challenges and opportunities presented by a start-up environment.

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Vevo owners no longer considering a sale
If you were thinking of buying yourself a Vevo, but were waiting until pay day next week before making your bid, well, you missed your moment, suckers. Because Vevo ain't for sale no more. Oh no, no more, no more, no more. Well, that's according to the New York Post, which cites 'sources' and everything.

As previously reported, the current owners of the music video service, which feeds a big portion of the pop vids on YouTube as well as operating its own apps and platform, have been reviewing their options for much of the year.

Early indications were that further minority investors were being sought to provide some expansion-funding capital, but then word had it that current shareholders Sony Music, Universal Music, Google and the Abu Dhabi Media Group were toying with the idea of selling a controlling stake in the company.

But no more people, no more. According to the Post, Vevo's current owners now reckon that the service is likely to see significant further growth in the coming year, and that's its non-YouTube outlets in particular will expand, and that therefore selling now won't deliver the best return on investment. Or something like that.

The Prodigy ally with Three Six Zero's new label in the States
The new joint venture label being run by EDM management powerhouse Three Six Zero and Warner Music has a signing, in the form of those lovable dance music innovators I like to call The Prodigy.

The Prodge, as you like to call them, will seemingly work with Three Six Zero Music in the US on a forthcoming album, though the UK wing of Cooking Vinyl remain in the mix too.

No word as of yet on when that new LP will arrive - though Prodigy man Liam Howlett recently said the "violent-sounding" record was nearly complete. Billboard quotes Howlett today as saying: "Looking forward to seeing some more daylight once the record is done after all this time working on beats in the bunker and looking forward to bringing some fresh noise to the USA again - bring it on!"

Confirming the alliance, Warner Bros Records boss man Cameron Strang said: "Our partnership with Three Six Zero Music has only just begun and we're already doing some amazing things. The Prodigy are incredibly influential, and we're honoured for them to be one of the first artists to join our new label".

NFL proposes pay-to-play option to potential Super Bowl halftime performers
American football overseer the NFL is currently unable to decide who to pick to play the Super Bowl halftime show in February next year, and is asking potential acts to bid for the slot, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Traditionally the NFL has covered performers' travel and production expenses. However, sources told the newspaper that Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay have been asked if they would be willing to contribute a cut of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the NFL in return for having the high profile half time show performance spot.

The sports league apparently said it would also accept other financial contributions if giving up touring profits wasn't agreeable, but, it seems, the whole pay-to-play suggestion has not been well-received by the artists' reps.

An NFL spokesperson refused to comment on potential deals to the WSJ, but said the only aim was "to put on the best possible show".

Details of YouTube subscription music service leak
Some details about Google's YouTube music subscription service have leaked, reports Android Police. Though a launch date is still unclear, the website claims that the service will be called YouTube Music Key and will cost users $9.99 per month to access.

As previously reported, the paid YouTube service has been known to be in development since last year. However, there have been many delays to its launch, mostly thought to be licensing related. This came to a head earlier this year when trade body the World Independent Network accused Google of trying to strong arm indie labels into signing unfavourable deals.

Android Police has published a series of screengrabs apparently showing YouTube Music Key in operation on the Android mobile operating system, and also points to the fact that Google has registered the domain name youtubemusickey.com. Though a company owning a domain name doesn't really mean much until it's actually using it.

The site also claims that Google Play Music All Access is to be rebranded Google Play Music Key, which will at least stop people from mocking that terrible name. If only because there'll now be two new awful product names to mock.

See Android Police's full array of screengrabs here.

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AIM and A2IM tell members to be wary of SoundCloud user licence
UK and US indie label trade bodies AIM and A2IM have warned their members to be aware of a number of clauses in SoundCloud's terms and conditions for content-uploaders, and what rights those clauses ask rightsholders to give up when uploading music to the service.

Noted by Hypebot yesterday, the warning appeared on the A2IM blog earlier this month and states: "When putting tracks up on SoundCloud, you should strongly consider turning API access off. If you do not do this, you are granting not only SoundCloud a royalty free licence to use your recordings, but also anyone else who uses their API and/or links to your recordings (eg internet radio stations, remix services or other music apps)".

It adds: "As a SoundCloud user, you have already warranted to SoundCloud that you control all rights when using the service. This means that publishing, which you may not control, is also included in this royalty free license for onward usage. User uploads are also covered by this, so if third parties are uploading your recordings, they are also passing on a free license to other sites and services beyond SoundCloud, which effectively creates an ecosystem of royalty free usage for your music".

SoundCloud is thought to be considering making some clarifications regarding certain parts of its current terms, though the company did not respond to a request for further information relating to the AIM and A2IM statement.

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Mixcloud launches paid accounts for content owners and listeners
Mixcloud has announced a number of new features and subscription plans for listeners and content owners.

The new $15 per month Pro uploader option is aimed at users who upload radio shows, DJ sets and podcasts to the website, while the $6.99 per month Premium account gives users ad-free listening. One of the new features added to the service is the ability for users to repost other users' audio to their own accounts, similar to the option offered by SoundCloud, which its hoped will drive 'discovery. Gotta love a bit of discovery.

Mixcloud CTO Mat Clayton said in a statement: "From a business model point of view, the objective is to both diversify and smoothen our revenue, with the objective of growing our direct-to-consumer business to 25% of total revenue by the end of the quarter. Additionally we think it's important to have a product that allows our users to pay for the Mixcloud service. This sets the precedent that content and services on the internet are valuable".

The company's announcement also took a swipe at SoundCloud's recent problems with takedowns, playing up its own licensed (in some countries) status, saying: "The alternative [to listening to mixes on Mixcloud] is to stream DJ sets and radio shows via unlicensed platforms - an issue that has been causing recent frustration due to copyright takedowns".

  Approved: Ty Segall - Manipulator
Look who it is... extraordinary psych-rock machine Ty Segall, back again, with his seventh solo LP 'Manipulator'. Cynics have only to look at his discography to see that Segall makes records in record time, at lightspeed, and most times keeps the bar at a height most artists, given the rate at which he's creating, can only dream of.

Though the same doesn't in fact go for 'Manipulator', which, given the fourteen months it took to write, is a rare case of Segall taking his time. It's as if (actually it just 'is', as Ty states in this Pitchfork chat) for the man who'd ticked off practically every sonic idea in the book, maybe 'patience' was the only trick he needed still to try, because 'Manipulator' is the finest thing he's released in a while.

It's not as if songs like tricksy glam jam 'The Clock' or the relentless stride-by-stride everest beast 'Feel' seem any less immediate - they're simply better (bigger, wiser, richer, fleshier) than past tracks Segall has fabricated in a "mad dash". The opportunity to be more leisurely was something Segall had been waiting a long time for, he earned it with endless sweat and toil, and ultimately puts it to the greatest use imaginable.

Or in his own words, which are really all that matter as a guide to 'Manipulator': "I always rush things, but that was part of the plan originally - I wanted all of his stuff to be emotional first-takes. The grime was part of what made it cool and gave it a real quality. But this record was about finding out how to become a perfectionist while holding onto that rawness".

Dig into the LP now while you still can via NPR, as it's released next week. And this is Ty playing 'Feel' live on 'Conan'.
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Leonard Cohen releasing birthday LP
Growly folk icon Leonard Cohen is going to have a right old party on his 80th birthday, mainly by flipping tradition and giving (well, selling) his loved ones the gift of a shiny new LP entitled 'Popular Problems'.

Co-written (as was his last disc, 2012's 'Old Ideas') with Madonna's 'Like A Prayer' collaborator Patrick Leonard, it finds Cohen playing the "astonished lover rocking to the human condition as [as LC sings in LP track 'Born In Chains'] 'the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing'". Beautiful.

'Popular Problems' is the thirteenth longform record of Len's equally longform life, and will have a UK release on 22 Sep, the day after his birthday.

See its tracklisting below, and hear listed track 'Almost Like The Blues', here.

Slow
Almost Like The Blues
Samson In New Orleans
A Street
Did I Ever Love You
My Oh My
Nevermind
Born In Chains
You Got Me Singing

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Kele Okereke confirms new solo LP, shares track
So Kele Okereke is making solo moves (again), this in light of his some-time band Bloc Party having split (again) last year.

The latest upshot of those moves is a new LP titled 'Trick' arriving 13 Oct, Okereke's first lone release of any real length since 2010's 'The Boxer'. I don't know what exactly he's been doing all this time, but lead 'Trick' single 'Doubt' implies time spent on the deep house scene. I haven't had time yet to read his blog, so maybe the answers are in there.

Check 'Doubt' here, and the LP's pet tracklisting, here:

First Impressions
Coasting
Doubt
Closer
Like We Used To
Humour Me
Year Zero
My Hotel Room
Silver and Gold
Stay the Night

Cliff Richard cancels Canterbury Cathedral charity performance
Cliff Richard has cancelled a performance at Canterbury Cathedral, in the wake of a police investigation into accusations of sexual abuse by the singer. The appearance was due to take place at a charity event next month.

As previously reported, Cliff Richard's Berkshire home was searched by police last week, in relation to allegations of the sexual assault of a boy under the age of sixteen at a Christian faith rally in 1985. The singer has denied the claims, saying that they are "completely false", and adding that he will "co-operate fully" with the police investigation. Police have since complained to the BBC over its conduct in reporting the case.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the singer told reporters: "Sir Cliff was due to perform on 26 Sep at a charitable event in Canterbury Cathedral but doesn't want the event to be overshadowed by the false allegation and has therefore withdrawn. He is sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience caused".

Earlier this week, Cilla Black came out in support of Richard, telling The Mirror: "Cliff is a very close friend of mine and has been for a million years. I, like everyone else, was shocked to hear of these allegations and I am absolutely positive that they are without foundation".

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Rob Da Bank taking Bestival to the US and Europe
Mr Rob Da Bank is going to "knuckle down a bit" and replicate his Bestival franchise over in North America AND at additional sites - that's sites, plural - in Europe.

Da Bank has confirmed he's expanding his fancily dressed weekend festival, which for the ten years since it began has been Isle Of Wight-based only, to TBA locations in the States and on the (Euro) continent, and will sign a deal to that effect with overseas reps next week.

Explaining his motivation for doing so, he tells The Telegraph: "The deal has been a long time coming. I've never been in this industry for the money but now I'm 40 with three small kids, it's time to get business minded".

He adds: "We've made a real impression on the festival market and pioneered a lot of ideas. People think Bestival pours multi-millions into my bank account every year and it doesn't... That's not a sob story but now it's time to knuckle down a bit. My 20s and 30s were a total laugh, but now I have to be responsible".

This year's 50,000-capacity British Bestival, the tenth anniversary edition, takes place right inside Robin Hill Park between 4-7 Sep, with Outkast, Beck and Foals headlining.

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Cate Le Bon's riverside festival cancelled
It's bad news for Cate Le Bon's nascent all-day festival Mas Mas, I'm afraid. The event, which was meant to happen on 28 Aug, is cancelled over licensing problems, with no chance of being reinstated.

Billed to take place in Cardigan, Wales, on the banks of the river Teifi, it now won't because, confirms River's Edge (the team behind the festival), of a "failure to obtain the necessary entertainment licence".

A statement on Le Bon's site reads: "River's Edge would like to apologise for the inconvenience this causes and apologise to, and thank, all the artists and ticket-buyers, particularly Cate Le Bon herself, whose performance and personal contribution to the programme would have ensured a successful and iconic event".

Had it gone ahead, Mas Mas was set to feature Perfume Genius as a headliner, as well as Sweet Baboo, Euros Childs, Gwenno, R Seilog, H Hawkline and Cate herself. Sigh.

No cameras at Kate Bush shows, please. Thank you very much
Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone's asking people not to film their gigs these days. But Kate Bush isn't just anyone, is she? And she has asked people very politely ahead of her upcoming Hammersmith Apollo shows not to take photos and video during her performances, rather than putting up a passive-aggressive sign at the venue, like some people. Manners cost nothing, you know.

In a message on her website, she said: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together".

Or, as Karen O would say, put that shit away.

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'Red-faced' Lee Ryan dances in his pants
'Shamed' Blue man Lee Ryan was asked to leave a drinking establishment recently - yes, this is clearly need-to-read headline news - having stripped to his 'pants' whilst 'drinking' with 'mates' and "started dancing", on the bar that is, whilst the pub's patrons stared aghast. At Lee. Ryan's. Pants.

This via The Sun, which heard of the 'incident' via a spy stationed at Glasgow's Crowne Plaza Hotel (at which the whole sordid affair took place): "He was being egged on so started taking his clothes off. Next thing he jumped on the bar in only his pants and started dancing".

"A row broke out with staff telling Lee to get off and put some clothes on. He was then asked to leave the bar and went red-faced to his room".

It probably wasn't the first time. The end.

 
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