WEDNESDAY 27 JULY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Australian streaming service Guvera is pulling out of its home market it has been confirmed, as the digital firm continues to deal with the fallout of having its planned IPO blocked by the Australian Securities Exchange. As previously reported, loss-making Guvera withdrew from a number of markets and put two of its subsidiary companies into administration after its ambitious attempt... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears make weird, avant-punk as The Garden. Purporting to have invented their own genre – vada vada – there is lots to be distracted by in the way they describe themselves, but to dwell on it would detract from how much fun their music is. Their latest album, 'Haha', was released through Epitaph last year, and now they are releasing the... [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: We all know the digital pie debate, but there is another discussion to be had about the way streaming income is shared out, focused less on how the stakeholders in any one track divvy up the money, and more on how streaming monies are shared across the music industry. Start-up SupaPass brings this debate to the fore. Find out why in this free-to-access sample CMU Trends article. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Guvera to exit Australian market
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LEGAL Wolfe Trust appeals Led Zeppelin song-theft ruling
Twentieth Century Fox accuses Kim Dotcom of breaching court order on frozen MegaUpload funds
Record industry welcomes isoHunt settlement
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DEALS Sony signs Martin Garrix
M.O sign US record deal with Interscope
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LIVE BUSINESS Alexandra Palace raising money to re-open "frozen in time" theatre space
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ARTIST NEWS Michael Kiwanuka collaborates with Nas on soundtrack to new Baz Lurhmann drama
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Regina Spektor announces four UK shows around new album
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AND FINALLY... 1D alumni are "incredibly loyal", though not that Liam Payne, says Syco chief (sort of)
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LOCOMOTION ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER / PA TO MANAGING DIRECTOR (LONDON)
Locomotion is hiring an Office manager / PA to the Managing Director for our growing management and music publishing business based in Soho, London. The role forms a key part of our team and would suit a self-motivated forward-thinking individual with exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail in the dealings with artists, producers, executives and business partners.

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KARTEL - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Kartel Music Group is recruiting a Marketing Manager to complement its existing product management, distribution and internal promotions team. The role will be involved in a cross section of sales and marketing activity within the management, label and artist services sector.

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X-RAY TOURING - AGENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The role of Agent Assistant is crucial, having responsibility for creating and delivering key documentation to ensure a smooth process from show/tour confirmation to show/tour completion. The assistant helps to manage the main administrative process in delivering shows to the highest possible standard on time and without error.

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END OF THE ROAD - FINANCE MANAGER (LONDON)
End Of The Road Festival is seeking a Finance Manager to work full time in its East London office, very much at the heart of the company, reporting to the Managing Director. This is an important job in a young company and would ideally lead to posting as the Finance Director.

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WARP RECORDS - DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Warp require a Digital Projects Manager to play a key role in our wider marketing and promotions team. You will be responsible for the creation and delivery of digital focused elements of our release campaigns. You will have a passion for this dynamic area of music marketing, as well as the Warp label and our artists.

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IHM – ARTWORK, PRODUCTION & LOGISTICS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
IHM is looking for a new employee who will help with artwork, production, logistics, creating sales sheets, and communicating up to date sales info to distributors/artists etc. Full time working at our office in Wardour Street, they will need to know Word, Excel, Photoshop and InDesign or similar.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP – INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Kobalt Label Services is looking for an International Product Manager, based out of our London office. The role will involve working with the Label Services team as well as our network of international label managers, distribution partners and licensees to plan, implement and deliver successful international marketing promotion campaigns.

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HOSPITAL RECORDS - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
Hospital Records are hiring a label manager for their thriving business in South East London. The successful candidate should have proven experience and understanding of sales, marketing and distribution, and a solid grasp of the modern music market.

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NINJA TUNE - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is recruiting a Marketing Assistant to provide support for the Product Managers across all areas of artist campaigns. The role is ideal for someone with previous music industry experience, preferably within marketing.

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Calling experienced music industry professionals to join our talented tutor roster at the British And Irish Modern Music Institute. Now with over 5500 students studying at six fully connected BIMM colleges, we are again actively recruiting to appoint new specialist music industry tutors to join our roster – especially in the subject areas of music business, event management and music journalism.

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Guvera to exit Australian market
Australian streaming service Guvera is pulling out of its home market it has been confirmed, as the digital firm continues to deal with the fallout of having its planned IPO blocked by the Australian Securities Exchange.

As previously reported, loss-making Guvera withdrew from a number of markets and put two of its subsidiary companies into administration after its ambitious attempt to float the company failed. Meanwhile, despite insisting that its core business is ad-funded free streaming, Guvera's freemium level in Australia was cut back, with users told to upgrade to a paid-for account to access lost functionality.

Guvera confirmed to Aussie tabloid The Courier-Mail that it was exiting the Australian market this morning, after the company sent a memo to its shareholders that read: "Unfortunately, the time has come for Guvera to withdraw from the Australian market, this will come into effect in the following week".

The note to investors went on: "We have decided that in order to achieve sustainable and long-term goals, we will focus all efforts in key emerging countries, such as India and Indonesia. Research shows that in these countries consumers simply can't and won't pay for the streaming of music and we feel we can return the greatest value for our shareholders [there]".

There is some logic to that decision, in that the labels and music publishers who put a huge strain on streaming start-ups by demanding large advances and financial guarantees will generally be more flexible with services in countries that didn't traditionally generate much revenue for the record industry.

Partly because rights owners recognise different business models may be required in these countries, and partly because there is less risk in participating in lower-return free services when there is no real CD, download or premium subscription market that might be negatively impacted by a ready supply of free music.

Though, while Guvera may be right to conclude that consumers in markets like India and Indonesia are much less likely to sign up to a premium service, therefore making ad-funded more attractive there, that still leaves unanswered the more important questions, is there enough interest from advertisers in those territories to fund free streams?

Co-founder Claes Loberg, who replaced Darren Heft as CEO earlier this month, has reportedly "temporarily relocated to Indonesia and India to work closely with several key partners". So perhaps he can try and answer that question while he's there.

Wolfe Trust appeals Led Zeppelin song-theft ruling
The man who unsuccessfully sued Led Zeppelin over allegations they ripped off another song when writing 'Stairway To Heaven' has lodged an appeal because, well, of course he has.

As much previously reported, the trust that benefits from the estate of the late Randy Wolfe, aka Randy California, accused Led Zeppers Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of plagiarising 'Taurus', a song Wolfe wrote for his band Spirit.

But in a high profile court hearing, that included testimonies from both Plant and Page, a jury decided that the two songs were not sufficiently similar to constitute copyright infringement, even though it's possible that the Led Zeppelin men had heard 'Taurus' before writing 'Stairway'.

Aside from the celebrity testimonies, the 'Stairway' song-theft case also stood out because of the lawyer leading the case for the Wolfe Trust, whose seemed to annoy the judge at every turn. That lawyer, Francis Malofiy, has subsequently been banned from practising law in Pennsylvania for three months because of his conduct in another copyright case.

Meanwhile Warner Music, as a co-defendant in the litigation, has since hit out at both Malofiy and the Wolfe Trust's Michael Skidmore, accusing the two men of "extensive and ongoing litigation misconduct" which pro-longed the case and added to the cost of fighting the action. The mini-major is seeking to force the Trust to pay its legal costs.

But Skidmore, it seems, is not yet ready to put this behind him. According to Reuters, he filed notice of appeal with America's Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals last weekend, with the court acknowledging receipt of the legal papers on Monday.

That Skidmore is appealing isn't a surprise, though it remains to be seen what arguments are put forward in the appeal, and whether Malofiy will still be involved in the case. Though it's thought oral arguments on Skidmore's appeal are unlikely to take place until next year, and by that point we may be living in the Age Of Trump, and there's a chance everyone will have bigger things to worry about by then.

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Twentieth Century Fox accuses Kim Dotcom of breaching court order on frozen MegaUpload funds
Movie studio Twentieth Century Fox has accused former MegaUpload chief Kim Dotcom of breaching a court order relating to the funds frozen when his former business was shut down by the US authorities in 2012.

Millions of dollars were seized in multiple territories as MegaUpload was shut down and Dotcom and some of his former colleagues were arrested in New Zealand over allegations of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement.

Since then, Dotcom and his lawyers have successfully sought to unfreeze some of those funds to cover his living and legal costs, though the courts are still overseeing all the remaining monies linked to the former MegaUpload business.

The big music and movie companies take a particular interest in any legal wranglings around the seized funds because they are suing Dotcom et al for copyright infringement, and they want there to be a big pile of cash ready and waiting should they prevail in that litigation and be awarded mega-bucks damages by the courts.

And to that end, lawyer Matt Sumpter, representing the Fox film company, recently told the New Zealand courts that a recent financial transaction involving Dotcom was in violation of the order freezing his assets. The transaction at the heart of the complaint was a $220,000 loan Dotcom had taken from his lawyers on behalf of a trust for his children.

According to RNS, Sumpter says the loan basically amounts to contempt of court, and he wants the judge to "remind Mr Dotcom about his obligations". But Dotcom's own lawyer disputes the Fox man's claims, arguing that the loan "was a new asset, not covered by the original freezing order".

The latest legal skirmish between Hollywood and the MegaUpload man comes ahead of the latter's appeal against a court decision late last year which said that the American authorities could extradite Dotcom et al to face those aforementioned charges in a US courtroom. A hearing to consider that appeal is scheduled for next month.

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Record industry welcomes isoHunt settlement
The Canadian and global record industries have both responded to the previously reported settlement reached between the labels and the man behind former file-sharing platform isoHunt.

As previously reported, although Gary Fung took his file-sharing service offline back in 2013 after reaching a settlement with the movie studios, legal action being pursued by the record industry continued, but was finally settled last week.

For many years Canadian Fung denied that his file-sharing set-up was liable for copyright infringement, at one point actually suing the record industry in a bid to have a judge confirm that opinion.

Canadian copyright law was actually a bit ambiguous on the liabilities around file-sharing for a while, though Fung's arguments as to why isoHunt was not liable for the infringement it enabled others to undertake had generally been rejected by courts in various other jurisdictions.

In his settlement with the record industry, made with Canadian trade group Music Canada, Fung agreed to pay the labels $66 million, breaking down as $55 million damages, $10 million in aggravated punitive damages and $1 million in legal costs. He said last weekend: "After ten long years, I'm happy to announce the end of isoHunt's and my lawsuits".

Confirming that a settlement had indeed been reached, Music Canada boss Graham Henderson told reporters on Monday: "Music companies in Canada stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against illegitimate sites that distribute massive volumes of creative works without compensation to creators. Thousands of Canadian creators, our creative industries, and their employees are directly harmed by these activities. This settlement is a step forward towards providing consumers with a marketplace in which legitimate online music services can thrive".

Meanwhile, speaking for global record industry trade group the IFPI, its CEO Frances Moore added: "Courts all over the world have confirmed that websites such as isoHunt infringe rights. Artists, creators and record companies pay a heavy price for that infringement, in lost revenues, lost jobs and lost investment. This settlement sends a strong message that anyone who builds a business by encouraging and enabling copyright infringement faces legal consequences for these actions".

In addition to damages he must pay, under the terms of the settlement, which has been filed with the British Columbia Supreme Court, Fung also agrees not to be associated with any other service that makes sound recordings available without licence.

Sony signs Martin Garrix
Following his somewhat messy departure from former label Spinnin Records, producer Martin Garrix has signed with Sony Music, and will now work on future releases with the major's RCA division in the US and Columbia Records in the UK. The first release under the new deal will be 'The Name Of Love, a collaboration with Bebe Rexha, which will be available from this coming New Music Friday.

Sony Music Entertainment Netherlands is also involved in the deal, Garrix being Dutch and all, making it a rather international arrangement. Hence why we've got Adam Granite of Sony International providing the quotage from the major, him saying: "Martin is one of the pre-eminent DJ, producers and songwriters in the world today and we couldn't be more excited to welcome him and his team to the Sony Music family".

I bet they could be more excited if they really tried. I mean, Garrix himself is "super excited", which is surely more than just "excited". "I'm super excited to be working with such a hungry and passionate team at Sony Music Entertainment" said the producer. "Their forward thinking approach to streaming and incredible roster of talented artists combined with their passion and understanding for my vision of the future of my music made this a no brainer".

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M.O sign US record deal with Interscope
Having put out single 'Who Do You Think Of?' with Polydor in the UK back in May, English pop trio M.O have now signed up with another Universal label Stateside, good old Interscope Records.

Who says? Only bloody John Janick, CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, that's who. "I've been watching M.O connect with music fans, especially over the course of 2016", says he of his new signings. "As well as being great writers, the group has a sound that draws on some of the greatest dance and R&B music, while being unique to them at the same time. We are really excited to build on the current UK success and break them here in the US".

As for M.O, they said in unison of the deal: "Signing to Interscope feels slightly surreal, an absolute dream come true. We can't wait for more people around the world to hear our music and what we've been working on for the last two and a half years!"

Alexandra Palace raising money to re-open "frozen in time" theatre space
London venue Alexandra Palace has launched a fund-raising campaign in a bid to re-open a whole theatre space that has sat inside the complex totally unused for 80 years.

The theatre was founded in 1875 and was regularly used in the early decades of Ally Pally's history. But it hasn't been open to the public for over 80 years now and has been "frozen in time" as a result, which, says the boss of the trust that runs the building, makes the theatre "a unique and atmospheric space which you can't fail to be moved by".

A wider project is already underway to restore the palace's whole east wing, which has received funding from both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, but the Alexandra Park And Palace Charitable Trust is now looking to raise £1 million from the public to specifically renovate and re-open the theatre, which could then be used for plays, comedy, film screenings and live music.

Says Trust CEO Louise Stewart: "Alexandra Palace is the original 'People's Palace', held in trust for the public to enjoy forever, so we are appealing to the public to help us to make sure that this truly wonderful space can once again delight and entertain them, the audience it was intended for".

You can donate here.

  Approved: The Garden
Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears make weird, avant-punk as The Garden. Purporting to have invented their own genre – vada vada – there is lots to be distracted by in the way they describe themselves, but to dwell on it would detract from how much fun their music is.

Their latest album, 'Haha', was released through Epitaph last year, and now they are releasing the second in a series of five singles, 'Call This # Now'.

As with part one of the series, 'Play Your Cards Right', which drifted into oddball hip hop, 'Call This # Now' takes a step away from the duo's typical bass and drums focussed sound. Opening with an eight second blast of hardcore punk, it takes a sudden shift into funk that's all whistles and warped synth brass.

You can catch them touring the UK in August and September, all leading up to an appearance at the End Of The Road festival.

Listen to 'Call This # Now' here.

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Michael Kiwanuka collaborates with Nas on soundtrack to new Baz Lurhmann drama
Michael Kiwanuka has collaborated with Nas on the soundtrack for a new drama series made by Baz Lurhmann for Netflix. Nas is also an executive producer on and the narrator of 'The Get Down', a "music-driven drama series" set in 1977 that "chronicles the rise of hip hop and the last days of disco".

I think it's fair to say Lurhmann is something of a Kiwanuka super-fan, hence him getting the musician involved in the project. "Michael Kiwanuka's music came into my life at the same time we were evolving the story of 'The Get Down'", says the director. "While we've worked with many of the great classic artists from hip hop, soul, and dance, Michael's music was perfect to illuminate our main character of Books, who like Michael himself, is stepping out into the world asking questions: who is he, where is he going, what is life about?"

Lurhmann went on: "What I find remarkable, is while his songs are immediately fresh on first listening, you have a feeling that they're somehow classics that you've been hearing for years. I guess this only speaks to the influence of his heroes Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye, all iconic music figures performing and recording at the time that our story is set".

The series will launch on Netflix next month, though a trailer featuring Nas rapping over a Kiwanuka track was posted on YouTube earlier this week. Kiwanuka also recently released his second album 'Love & Hate', but you knew that already.

Regina Spektor announces four UK shows around new album
As you all know, because we told you, just yesterday for God's sake, Regina Spektor will release her brand new album 'Remember Us To Life' on 30 Sep. It features songs written just before and after the birth of her first child in 2014, and of that time she says: "I made more art and felt more inspired than I had in a long time".

But that's not really why we've all gathered here today. Though do all check that you put 30 Sep in your diaries and remember to have a little listen to first single 'Bleeding Heart'. But we're actually here today to note that Spektor will be in the UK in November for four dates as part of her touring activity promoting the new long player.

The tour gigs off at Gateshead's Sage venue on 9 Nov with subsequent dates in Manchester (Albert Hall on 10 Nov), Bristol (Colston Hall on 12 Nov) and London (Royal Festival Hall on 14 Nov. What a lot of halls.

1D alumni are "incredibly loyal", though not that Liam Payne, says Syco chief (sort of)
As you all surely remember, last week One Direction star, singer extraordinaire and ungrateful little shit Liam Payne signed to Universal label Capitol Records, leaving behind Home-Of-1D Sony Music. Harry Styles, meanwhile, is set to sign Sony's Columbia Records, while even lazy 1D drop-out Zayn Malik is currently working with Sony's RCA.

But what does 1D maker, Syco chief and Sony Music exec Simon Cowell think about this development? "We're in touch with them all", says he of the 1D boys while chatting to The Sun at an 'America's Got Talent' press conference, mainly because one of those boys – Louis Tomlinson – has appeared as a guest judge on the talent show.

Cowell then apparently continued: "The great thing about all these boys – well not all of them, but most of them – they are incredibly loyal, and you don't always expect that. Niall, Harry, Louis – amazing". Yeah, fuck you Liam Payne. And now you're part of the Universal Music family you'll have to make do guest judging on 'The Voice'. I mean, how humiliating will that be?

 
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